Miami Book Fair has announced they are going virtual this year, from November 15th events, author interviews and special projects will be streamed online. Check it out. miamibookfaironline.com.
The live event is something that I, and many other authors, look forward to - a chance to meet best selling authors in person, connect with the community and national and International visitors and keep up to date with developments in the publishing world. Virtual is not the same as the excitement and fun of the live event and the Street Fair - but it is the best we can expect this year. Yes, the New Normal. I always time the launch of my new novel to coincide with the Book Fair - so, in virtual reality - I offer you - AN INVITATION TO THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE. Enjoy!.
This week, in glorious late summer sunshine I took the opportunity to visit some London landmarks. Glad to climb back on a ship, (I was the only sightseer) I climbed abroad the Cutty Sark, the historic sailing vessel that was once considered the fastest ship in the world. The tea clipper regularly made voyages from London to China and the journey took 8 months there and back.
The Cutty Sark a beautiful piece of maritime history, is restored and polished and takes pride of place on the river at Greenwich. A magnificent sight. Her maiden voyage was in 1870 and 10,000 tea chests were loaded on each voyage. In a totally empty London city, visiting the iconic London landmarks with never offer an experience like this again - a chance to get up close and personal without the crowds. Give yourself a treat - you can even sit at the Captain's Table in the wood panelled dining saloon. Exhibits and film shows showing life at sea in those far off days are fascinating and there is even a life like hologram of a young crew member writing a letter to home telling all about his adventures and sea - and the sometimes horrendous weather conditions. When the cruise ships resume sailing, I will remember what life at sea was like before our luxury cruise liners. Roll on my next cruise.
There is nothing an author loves more than when someone really 'gets' the book.
I love this ***** review from a transatlantic reader called Tony.
Tony wrote "EFJ has culled out some compelling romance tales and Invitation to the Captain's Table establishes the author's forte.
A first hand narrative of a round the world trip on a cruise liner.
Travel, history, culture, class, society, tours, she packs a lot into a rich narrative, entertaining and worthy of a tinge of envy. Beautiful plot, beautiful setting. Not predictable as author adds a touch of novelty. Blossomed unreservedly to the end. "
The Reviews are in.... "A story that will thrill you - A must read for fans of romance - Beautifully written - A classic romance......."
Thank you to all the lovely readers who have reviewed my new novel,
An Invitation to the Captain's Table - on Amazon
Here is a selection of what readers are saying....
"A story that will thrill you. An exceptional novel about love and destiny.
Characters are complex and you love and hate them at the same time. The
rhythm of the story is dynamic with constant twists in the plot.
The author narrates her stories in a magnificent way.
It is one of the best novels I have read.in a long time."
"Beautiful written, this book maintained my attention from the first pages to the last. Ellen Frazer-Jameson has a natural talent for storytelling and it is shown in this book. Five stars - it is enjoyable and entertaining."
"A classic romance. Get lost in the drama and romance of the plot."
"After a few pages you feel inside the story thanks to the amazing writing style of
the author. It's. a great novel. A must read for romance fans."
Where do you go when the world is closed? Plans for vacations, lovely long sea voyages, visits to family, all cancelled without even a rain check or the promise of a postponement. Quarantine restrictions on Brits coming back from many parts of Europe make it impractical to go abroad when the law is that you are required to stay home for two weeks on return. The covid 19 infection figures rise and fall in different parts of the world and it has become a morbid game to see which country has more infections or deaths than do we; who will be the next to go into the red zone and be named and shamed as being against government advice to travel to thereby invalidating travel insurance?
Will refunds for curtailed cruises, cancelled flights, deposits paid, ever make their way back onto our bank accounts? No wonder the mental health of the country is threatening to cause another national crisis as the uncertainly around the global pandemic continues to impact every area of our lives.
The anticipation of a lovely summer holiday or visit to the theatre or cultural or family event, is half the fun. Now every day we need to be prepared to accept that plans are subject to change at the last minute. Will the kids ever go back to school, will partners ever go back to work, even if they have a job to go to, will non emergency medical procedures become a priority?
Remaining positive is crucial as the alternative of letting ourselves sink into a well of despair and disappointment is not going to help us cope in the current 'unprecedented' times. But, I have to admit that my heart sank when I read that America's chief cheer leader, the motivational Michelle Obama had admitted to a 'low grade depression'. Full marks for honesty, Michelle, but if you are suffering mental heath issues what hope is there for the rest of us whose Superpower never was being a First Lady, of the most powerful nation on earth and helping her husband to rule the world while being a truly inspirational human being?
Today I am reminded of the Carpenters' song, 'Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down.' It's Monday, it's raining, roll on Happy Tuesday.
Hello, there - greetings from London - post lockdown but still under travel advisory so staying put! Usually at this time I am
running my writing classes at The Standard in Miami Beach. Its always exciting to meet the new authors and start their journey towards seeing their book in print. We have had enjoyed many success stories over the seasons at The Spa - but because
we cant be there in reality - doesn't mean we can't make dreams of becoming an author come true.
As a new venture starting this week, I am delivering virtual writing classes on a creative platform called Patreon. Thegreat thing is that if you ever wished you could come to the classes at the Standard but it was too far - or cost too much - or you could't commit to the time and date - here is the solution.
Patreon is a membership site. You sign up at whatever tier ofengagement you want depending on the extent of help and input you need with your book or writing project. Check it out. http;//www.patreon.com/EFj
Join me and see how you can accomplish your publishing dreams. And who knows - one day it may all lead back to the real world in Miami Beach. But for now - virtual is the new normal.
I promised you an invitation and here it is...... .....
My latest novel - a hearstopping love story - a storm tossed shipboard romance
Love Awaits Those Who Believe.......check it out on www.amazon.com/ www.amazon.co.uk
"AN INVITATION awaits you More will be revealed shortly. But suffice to say I have not been idle in lockdown. I have been busy writing and revising and editing and now a new book is on its way. When peoople complain about the restrictions of lockdown I feel quilty because I have welcomed it. All that quality time with my own thoughts and my own company. Music when I choose, silence when needed. Good intentions about diet and escercise followed faithfully but with no one around to see....well, what happens in lockdown stays in lockdown. The book took flight in my head and I lived the fantasy of yet another beautiful romance. Now the manuscript has moved on to the next stage and is being worked on by my great creative team in America.
I am excited to anticipate sharing the book with you later in the summer. After we are all released from our glorious isolation. (By the way, I wil be offering readers of this blog the oportunity to receive an early copy of the book at no charge - if you like it, feel free to post a favourable review).
For the time being, I will keep you in suspense a little longer, delaying the reveal
of the cover and the title. But....YOU ARE INVITED.....Watch out for your invitation COMING SOON ......
Stay safe, stay well, and when its allowed, hold those you love close.
Ellen Frazer-Jameson is a journalist, author, actress. theater producer and drama coach. She co hosted the largest live late night radio show in Europe for the BBC and has appeared on national TV shows and taken leading roles on stage. She lives in Miami and London and loves to dance Argentine tango.