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. "
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.