Reading during COVID?

One thing we can all do during these peculiar times is to settle down with a book. It passes the time nicely, and can be educational and/or entertaining and/or just plain thought provoking. Best of all though, you don’t have to go outside to get a book. Just order from any number of on-line retailers! In our COVID-times … what could be better?

For dog lovers, and anybody who wants to learn a little more about dogs, plus anybody who loves a “rags to riches” kind of story … “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” is a book about the first 18 months of an abandoned and troubled German Shepherd/Rottweiler Cross who moved in with us. He was also my first dog!

 

 

 

For something just plain fun to read … “The Odessa Chronicles”! Imagine an owl (Odessa); a cat, and a jackalope coming together due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, and setting up home together on an old uninhabited farm. Now also imagine a human who had just retired, and whose dream was to live out his days peacefully on a little farm. You can probably guess which farm he purchased! You can probably also guess that his life would never be the same again. “The Odessa Chronicles” is a book of short stories suitable for ages 4 to 104!

 

 

Finally “Just Thinking” is a book of poems about various aspects of life.  You may find them enlightening, thought provoking, or perhaps some will mirror your own life. One of the poems was used last year as a discussion piece for senior students at a US school!

 

 

 

All three books have links (click book cover pics over in the right side column), and amazon.com has the broadest selection of reviews. Purchasing direct from Friesen Press Bookstore may be financially beneficial!

Finally, note that all three books are available in eBook, paperback and hardcover formats.

So … given that you are being advised to stay home as much as possible, treat yourself to a book and enjoy this change of routine!

 

I’m a hoot!

Hello!  Allow me to introduce myself … I am Odessa!

What am I doing here (I can hear you asking)? Well I decided to take over Colin’s blog. Here’s the problem you see …”The Odessa Chronicles” (note my name in the title) has not sold a copy for quite a few weeks now. I could just leave it to chance (aka Colin and Carolyn), but I have little faith in that having any impact, or I could take charge … hence why I am here!

So what”s  the book all about? Glad you asked! It’s about a very clever Barn Owl (me), and a few other characters, one of which (sadly) is a human.  One of the other characters is a Jackalope named Jaxon, and then there is a cat named Dewey …  and of course we cannot forget me (note my name is in the book title).

We three (Jaxon, Dewey and I) came together as a result of unfortunate circumstances and I (the main person in the book, hence the book title) managed to find us an old and abandoned farm to live in. Things quickly went south when a human moved into the farm (the cheek!). He had apparently just retired, and so dreamed about an idyllic life on a rural farm, but we were about to change all that! I was surprised at how easy it was to train him to be relatively acceptable to us, and we soon started having the adventures that are written in the book.

Of course it was always up to me (Odessa … the book title?)_ to get them out of trouble. Dewey was a typical cat. He was either sleeping or eating. Jaxon was a typical Jackalope (is there such a  thing?) with magic at his finger tips. In reality it was probably at his tail, given the mistakes he made. The human soon became known as the man-servant (good training eh!) … and then, of course there is “Moi!”, whose name is featured prominently in the book title.

So what else do I think you should know? Well, from my perspective (being the only one that matters really … the book is named after me after all), the book is a collection of stories suitable for young, middle-age, and senior children (I believe  it is promoted as “suitable for ages 4 to 104”).

We have lots of adventures, and I made sure that there were lots of good messages to get from the various stories. The importance of friendship; how four totally different beings can get along well together;  the frustrations when things go wrong, and the celebrations when they go right!

I think the most important part of the book … is me! That is why I am in the title, in case you had not noticed. My book is available from any on-line book retailer, and also direct from the FriesenPress Bookstore (Sssh…. don’t tell anybody, but the paperback and hard-copy versions are probably cheaper at the FriesenPress Bookstore).

So there you are. If you have never met a really nice, sensitive, compassionate, understanding, well educated, warm and friendly Barn Owl, then get the book and allow me (and those others) into your life. You won’t regret it. You have the word of Odessa. What more could you possibly want?

Odessa.

The “Odessa” Evaluation.

Getting any book ready for publishing is challenging for many reasons, but one key one is simply the thought “Is it good enough for publishing?” I have heard of a number of writers who just blindly go ahead, but I really thought that there were considerable potential benefits with having the manuscript professionally evaluated.

We subsequently submitted “The Odessa Chronicles” to Friesen Press … and waited! Continue reading