Friday, 20 July 2012

Astraea Press: Astraea Press Summer Sale

 Take advantage of this fabulous offer from Astraea Press - almost all their ebooks (including A Bright Particular Star) are available for just 99 cents (or equivalent) from Amazon and Barnes and Noble until 31st July!

So hurry and grab some great summer reading :)

Monday, 9 July 2012

Summer Snippets & Cherry Ripe

 A Bright Particular Star features on the Summer Snippets series at the Astraea Press blog today.  Pop over and take a look via this link.

I've also been out and about recently and you can see my photos from David Austin Roses and Old Moseley Hall by following the individual links to my Facebook author page.

One of my favourite summer fruit, English cherries, are ready for picking now.  Did you know...

Cherry Ripe by John Everett Millais
  • Girls used to predict who they would marry with the cherry-stone counting rhyme, Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor
  • Before the invention of hot water bottles, heated cherry stones were placed in pans to warm beds.
  • Legend has it that you can trace old Roman roads in Britain by wild cherry trees.  Soliders munching on the fruit spat out the stones whiles travelling the country.
Cherry ripe, cherry ripe,
Ripe I cry,
Full and fair ones
Come and buy.
Cherry ripe, cherry ripe,
Ripe I cry,
Full and fair ones
Come and buy

(English song, words by poet Robert Herrick 1591–1674, and music by Charles Edward Horn 1786–1849)