Monday, January 15, 2018

The Ink Penn Newsletter for January 2018

The Ink Penn Newsletter
January 2018

Recovering from the Holiday Season
Are you worn out, even though you had some time off? Lord Banjo and I had a busy book signing season, and then the Royal Parents enjoyed a white Christmas in Whitefish, Montana. Lord Banjo was thrilled to spend Christmas with his critter sitter and her family, and we Royal Parents enjoyed our trip, especially the dog sledding adventure. Now, though, we're all happy to be back home. (Visit my Facebook page to see a video of the dog sledding.)

How do you recover from the often jam-packed Holiday Season? Lord Banjo is lying around enjoying belly rubs and dreaming about starting another book.  Me? I've been reading lots of books: Yes, I'm mostly a mystery lover and an Anglophile, but Megan Abbott's book takes place in the US, and I did just start Chris Bohjalian's The Sleepwalker, which is set in Vermont. Next on my list is The Nearness of You, a spicy romance novel by KG Fletcher. 
A Giveaway for the New Year
Good news! We're running a Goodreads Book Giveaway for each of our books, and you can enter to win. If you read to relax and wind down, here's your chance to try some light-hearted reading in the New Year. We guarantee at least a few smiles and maybe even a laugh or two.

The Giveaway for Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch runs until February 10, and the Giveaway for The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday ends January 31st. Click the blue links to visit Goodreads to sign up. Of course, if you'd rather not wait for the contest results, you can always visit Amazon to get your copy today.

Did you know that if you follow me on Goodreads, you'll get alerts when I post a new blog? 
Keeping up with Lord Banjo and the Royal Mum
Okay, okay, I know must of you are much more interested in Lord Banjo than you are in me, but there are several ways you can keep up with us both.
  1. For pics of my boy, visit the Photo Gallery at Also, we'll soon start scheduling book signings for the spring, so you'll want to check the home page for upcoming events.
  2. I, the Royal Mum, have a Facebook Author Page, where I post whatever strikes my fancy: my newspaper columns, pics of Lord Banjo, interesting links, and COMING SOONAsk Lord Banjo. It may be my author page, but milord wants to participate too.
  3. Last but not least, Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch now has his own Instagram account. "About time," he says.
Please feel free to forward our newsletter to your friends, especially if you gave them a copy of one of our books as a gift.  That way, they can keep up with us too.
We Wish You a Happy, Healthy New Year!
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