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Bon Jour from Gail Noble-Sanderson

Bon Jour from Gail Noble-Sanderson

During this time of renewal and reawakening after a year of solitude, I am excited and eager to get back in touch in so many ways with those I know and would love to know. I will be writing a post each month and sending it out as an e-mail to whomever would like to...

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Launched: “The Lavender Bees of Meuse”

Launched: “The Lavender Bees of Meuse”

Village Books in Fairhaven, WA will be hosting a virtual book launch, via Crowdcast, for my new book, "The Lavender Bees of Meuse" on Thursday, August 20 at 7pm PT.So hope you can join my sister, Kathleen, and myself as we discuss my books, her cover art, and our...

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Published! “The Lavender Bees of Meuse”

The lavender is blooming, the bees are buzzing, and it is the perfect time to release my new book, "The Lavender Bees of Meuse". This is the final book in the Lavender Meuse Trilogy which brings me great joy but also leaves me feeling terribly melancholy. It is...

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Chanticleer Book Award – 2018

Chanticleer Book Award – 2018

Very excited and appreciative! My first novel, "The Lavender House in Meuse", is a semi-finalist for the 2018 Chatelaine Book Awards for Romance Fiction, which is a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards.  So looking forward to attending this year's...

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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

Although the phrase, "It takes a village" has been around for a while, it doesn't make it any less true.  This is certainly the case when you indy- publish.  You must surround yourself with people you trust and whose expertise you admire as you develop your publishing...

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Onward and Upward!!

Onward and Upward!!

This was my second time attending the Chanticleer Authors Conference and the first time I had a book entered in a Chanticleer International Book Awards contest.  This fall, my second book, "The Passage Home to Meuse" made the short list for the Chatelaine Books awards...

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Inspiration by Design

Inspiration by Design

Last Sunday evening, two friends and myself had the pleasure of listening to Anne Lamont.  Anne, a gifted and prolific writer, shared her words of wisdom (doused with a generous dose of humor) to a sold out audience at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.  She talked about...

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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

March is National Women's History Month.  This Thursday, March 22 at 4:30 pm, I'll be part of a three-author panel at the lovely Seaport Books in La Conner, WA, discussing the significance of telling history through the experiences, eyes and voices of women.  I am...

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Making Time

Making Time

  While I am researching and writing my next historical novel, I find that ideas for short stories continue to come to mind.  This usually occurs shortly after I wake up (sometimes I dream the stories). If I  take the time then and there, in that early morning...

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Young Authors

Young Authors

Yesterday I spoke to at a group of middle school students at a Young Authors' Forum. They were eager to hear and discuss the many aspects of writing, at least as many as could be covered quickly in an hour. They were in their classroom in an environment in which they...

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La Saint Valentin

La Saint Valentin

 Thinking of all things French and Valentines today, I looked at the history of this day of love.  Many countries claim Valentine's Day began in their realm.  Most likely, long ago during the Middle Ages, Valentine's Day replaced a Pagan festival day of fertility, The...

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Writing in the Rain

Rain is a way of life in the Pacific Northwest, part of our culture.  We are not a people of umbrellas, but more often a people with hooded coats.  Spring, summer and fall coats with hoods.  In the summer we wear our sunglasses to protect us from the brilliant sun...

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Website Input Please

Website Input Please

Updating my website and would so appreciate it if interested friends and family would take a look and provide feedback. Is the font large enough, are the colors pleasing, does the placement of the buttons, headers and sidebars seem logical? Is the site easy to move...

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The Crazy Process of Writing

The Crazy Process of Writing

They say that the process of writing, putting words to print, is a solitary business and it is certainly a crazy business. Or rather, crazy making! I had planned for my next book to follow in proper time sequence after book two. Book two, "The Passage Home to Meuse"...

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2018: Looking Ahead to the New Year

2018: Looking Ahead to the New Year

With the September 2017, publication of my second book, "The Passage Home to Meuse” and having completed revisions and release of the second edition of the first book, "The Lavender House in Meuse", it is time now to look ahead to the next book.  That means research,...

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Hot off the Press!

Receiving a box of "hot off the press" books is exciting!  I carry that box from the porch into the house and try and try to pull back the thick cardboard flaps realizing that if I just went and got a tool,  the box would already be open.  Peeling back the thick white...

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Shabbat

I am not Jewish.  At least not in this life.  In writing my second book, I am including a chapter in which the main characters celebrate the Friday ritual of Shabbat.  Shabbat is the Friday night ritual performed either in Synagogue, in a larger community, or at home...

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Creative in LaConner

Creative in LaConner

This past Saturday I participated in a creativity workshop in LaConner, WA.  Sixteen women -  poets, novelists, playwrights, painters, actors, an astrologist, and others, gathered for the day to discuss the aspects of creativity and to focus on expanding and utilizing...

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Remembering Verdun on Memorial Day

Remembering Verdun on Memorial Day

While we in the United States celebrated our Memorial Day this weekend, there were ceremonies throughout the world commemorating the lives lost by our United States military while supporting our allies in armed conflicts. In Verdun, France this past Sunday, French...

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Book Two

Book Two

The manuscript for my second novel is now in the skilled hands of my publisher.  She will do a first read, we will edit and then send the manuscript on for final edits.  I very much enjoy the editing process as it is very instructive and facilitates the creative...

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They’re back!

They’re back!

Have you noticed that the bees are back beginning their months of tireless work gathering nectar for their honeycombs?  In doing research for my first book, it was fascinating to learn that evidence of the domestication of bees is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics as...

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Lavender

Lavender

The lavender in my gardens is preparing to bloom. The chubby yellow and black bumblebees are flying around the lavender bushes impatient to gather its nectar. The honey bees as well flit from the pansies to snap dragons and then land on the still-closed blooms of the...

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Ten Days of Solitude

Writers often talk about where they write, what type of esthetic is most conducive for their writing, do they write every day and when they do write, do they do so in large chunks of time or brief periods as inspiration strikes. I have been in Dallas for what will be...

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Young Writers

Next Thursday, March 10, I'll be speaking to students in the Young Authors Program in the Mount Vernon School District.  The director of the program has ask me to specifically talk about the importance of editing.  Writers love to write but they usually dislike the...

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Collaborative Creativity

Collaborative Creativity

This Friday I'm headed to Dallas to visit my mother and sister Kathy and her family.  You may recall that Kathy illustrated the beautiful covers for my book, "The Lavender House in Meuse".  Last time I visited, Kathy and I spent many wonderful hours collaborating on...

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Keeping Track of Life

Keeping Track of Life

Since the beginning of this new year, I began to journal everything I did each day related to my writing.  I also established quite a stringent writing schedule if I hoped to make my April 1 deadline of submitting to my publisher the manuscript of my next book.  To...

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Research vs Reality

Research vs Reality

This week I have been researching the role that thousands of dedicated Sikh solders from India played as they fought alongside solders from France and England in WW1.  I have been looking at pictures of the Sikh solders marching in formation, lining the trenches and...

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Today in History

Today in History

Martin Luther King Day prompts us to not only remember this great man of peace but to pause and ask ourselves about our own efforts towards reconciliation. On this date, Jan. 18, 1919, delegates of many countries convened in France to begin a peace conference in hopes...

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Finding the Balance

Finding the Balance

This morning I have been exploring the blog posts of other authors and their comments about the new year as it relates to their writing. Some feel energized to begin anew and committing to so many pages a week or starting that new chapter or story. I felt energized...

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Holiday Book Festival

Holiday Book Festival

The Bellingham Holiday Book Festival is this Thursday, Dec. 10 from noon - 8pm at the Bellingham Cruse Terminal. I'll be there along with 26 other Pacific NW authors and illustrators. A great place to find great reads for Holiday gifts for children and adults as well...

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Remembering

Today, December 7, is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. During the early morning hours on that date in 1941, three hundred and sixty Japanese warplanes, in a surprise attack on our Hawaiian naval base, bombed and killed 2403 people. In France during WWI, ninety...

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Holiday Art Walk-Anacortes, WA

Holiday Art Walk-Anacortes, WA

This Friday 12/4 from 6pm-9pm in Anacortes, WA, the beautiful town on the bay, will be hosting their December Gallery Walk in conjunction with the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce Holiday Art Walk. I am privileged to be one of the authors that will be at the Watermark...

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The Audience

As a newly published author, I am very fortunate to have patient and helpful instructors (my publisher and editor) helping me to navigate, understand and jump (ok - maybe walk briskly) into the real world of publishing books. Authors in today's very competitive market...

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Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving week here in the States. With our eyes all watching what is happening around the world and our ears attuned to "breaking news" here and abroad, we realize we live in increasingly unstable times. This last week I read and heard the words "World War...

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Veterans and Armistice Day

Veterans and Armistice Day

Today, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day here in the United States and Armistice Day in France. This day in 1918, in the town of Compiegne in northern France, the armistice treaty was signed ending World War I. More than 15 million people lost their lives in that "war to end...

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Sunday’s Book Event

I am so looking forward to this Sunday's book event at Village Books in Fairhaven, WA at 4pm! I will be doing readings from "The Lavender House in Meuse" as well as reading from chapter one from the upcoming sequel. My sister Kathleen Noble, the illustrator of the...

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The Sequel Question

Many are asking if there are plans for a sequel to "The Lavender House in Meuse", and the answer is a resounding "yes"!  I plan to have the draft of the manuscript to my publisher and editor at Green Darner Press by April of this next year.  After that we begin the...

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November 8th Book Reading and Signing

My book "The Lavender House in Meuse" is now available from Amazon as an e-book as well as in paperback. Now that the book is out and will be available soon, I will be doing an author event, readings and signings, on Nov. 8 at 4pm at Village Book Store in Bellingham,...

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The Vineyards of Alsace

Have left Alsace in the Colmar region and now in Beaune. Hot and sunny and the hundreds upon hundreds of fields flowing with the vines of multiple varieties of ripe grapes are beginning to be hand harvested. Today we spent the morning in the open market sampling...

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The Key

The Key

As my husband Terry and I walked along the banks of the Meuse River crossing all the very old bridges we came upon and crossing back again at the next one, Terry's shoe caught on something in the dirt.  He stopped and scuffed up the dry soil with the toe of his shoe. ...

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Marseille

Marseille

We spent our last two days in France in the port city of Marseille. Marseille is the 2nd largest city in France, has the 3rd largest deep water port and is home to a multi-cultural population and 70 consulates. Marseille was settled in approximately 600 BC. There are...

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Beautiful Provence

Beautiful Provence

Today was the last of three in the ancient city of Vaison-La-Romaine in the Provence Region. We have toured and tasted our way through many vine vineyards and caves and I can say I finally know the difference between a Penoit Noir and a Burgundy. I can almost smell...

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Bedazzling!

Chamonix France. The French Alps - monolithic majesty! The gondola rides - breath taking! The alpine trails - sometimes rugged. L'Arve River - roaring past our door. The para sailers - multitudes of colorful birds. The forests and glaciers - bedazzling.

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Difficult Day at Verdun

Yesterday at Verdun was difficult. I thought I was prepared knowing it would stir memories and feelings of great sadness, but I could not have anticipated the degree of deep grief I experienced. We followed the "sacred road" along a portion of the "red area" where the...

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A Busy Busy Day

A busy busy day. Gothic Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral this morning and tour of the city. We just returned from touring the champagne caves of G H Martin. Three glasses of bubbly n then spent time at another cathedral. Did you know the making of wine n champagne is...

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A Sleepless Night

A Sleepless Night

A sleepless night. I was so eager to begin the day that I couldn't sleep. Terry and I spent lovely hours in the countryside along the Meuse between St. Miheil and Verdun looking at the very old houses that resembled Marie's and at many places along the river coming so...

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Bonjour from France!

Bonjour from France!

Below is the first of several blogs I will be posting which follows my  journey through eastern France including both Marseille and Verdun, the places where my book, "The Lavender House in Meuse" begins and ends: Bonjour from France! Yesterday we wandered along the...

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Off to France!

My husband and I will be leaving Thursday to spend 17 days in France. The first few days we will be on our own visiting those places that were the setting for the book including Verdon, the smaller villages and towns along the River Meuse and Marseilles and then...

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Press Release Excitement!

The press release for the October launch of "The Lavender House in Meuse" was picked up today by Broadway World Book News and the BBC Record as well as a few newswires. Off we go! Below is the link to the press release should you want to take a read!...

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View From the Window

View From the Window

Below is a quote from The Lavender House in Meuse which is so beautifully captured in the back-cover illustration by artist Kathleen Noble: "Later that day, once I had gathered my senses, I ascended the creaking stairs, dust mites in rays of light leading the way...

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Lavender Then and Now

The cover of "The Lavender House in Meuse" depicts a simple home sitting in the midst of flowering fields of lavender. Lavender has been cultivated in France for centuries and used extensively in the production of perfumes and essential oils as well as regaled for its...

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Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover

While it may be a good practice not to judge most books by their covers, the cover of "The Lavender House in Meuse" may just be the exception! My sister, Kathleen Noble, is an artist and illustrator. While I was visiting Kathy and our mother in Dallas this spring, I...

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Welcome to my Blog!

Welcome to my Blog!

This is my very first blog on my very first website regarding my very first novel, "The Lavender House in Meuse". The learning of all things social media is a steep learning curve for me and, being a woman of words, I like to research what I write about. Hence I...

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Lavender House on NetGalley

Lavender House on NetGalley

Attention booksellers, media, librarians, educators, reviewers, and bloggers -- you can now request your review copy of The Lavender House in Meuse at NetGalley: If you haven't heard of NetGalley, you need to get on over there as it's a great way to discover, read,...

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