First the good news …

There’s nothing that makes a writer’s day brighter than hearing positive comments from readers or reviewers. (Truly! Don’t ever hold back!)  When the comments come out of the blue, it’s even better! So it was when a friend e-mailed me on Friday to say she had just read a great review of The Bridge Club in the ACBL November Bulletin.

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That’s the American Contract Bridge League for those of you who don’t play the game.

Associate Editor, Susan Munday, wrote the review. She made it very clear that The Bridge Club is NOT a bridge book but rather a fab story about lifelong friendship with eight women who just happen to play bridge from time to time. It’s what they did the rest of the time that grabs you. Thanks, Susan, for being such a fan. You made my day!

Those kind of reviews pump up the confidence several notches so putting in a few hours of writing today was no problem. I usually begin my day attempting to keep up with some of the fabulously AWE-mazing blogs I follow. It’s hard to catch them all every day. I missed a few yesterday so hit them today. Jenny Hansen’s The Undie Chronicles – An Epilogue had me convulsed with laughter. That whole series has been a hysterical distraction from the serious side of life. Natalie Hartford’s report on Puppy Tweets was just as hilarious. I love to start the day with a good laugh or three!

I always find time to check in with my Wana711 blogging gang whose names you’ll find in the blog roll in the left-hand column. When you have time, check out their sites. They are versatile, engaging and, without fail, have words we need to hear.

Then it was time to get down to work. It’s such a buzz when the words keep coming and ideas fall into place as the story moves along. What?  I might actually get this WIP finished before the end of the year after all?

Later in the day I took a break and watched the news. Big mistake. Talk about a mood-changer. Israel may attack Iran? When does all this stuff stop?

Friday is November 11th – Remembrance Day in Canada and the Commonwealth countries, Veterans Day in the USA,  Armistice Day in France, Belgium and some other parts of Europe. In these countries and many others, people observe two-minutes of silence at 11 a.m. to pay respect to all those who have fought in or paid the ultimate sacrifice in war. Not one of those brave men and women chose to have a war but all answered the call of their country. For that we can never thank them enough.  Many of us will be talking about this more this week. We don’t need more trouble … no more conflict … no more war …


From the Playing For Change website –  “As we made our way around the world we encountered love, hate, rich and poor, black and white, and many different religious groups and ideologies. It became very clear that as a human race we need to transcend from the darkness to the light and music is our weapon of the future. This song around the world features musicians who have seen and overcome conflict and hatred with love and perseverance. We dont need more trouble, what we need is love. The spirit of Bob Marley always lives on.

This is the fourth Song Around The World video released from the CD/DVD Playing For Change: Songs Around The World and the follow up to the classics “Stand By Me,” “One Love” and “Don’t Worry.” This unforgetable track was performed by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it traveled the globe.”

The Playing for Change Foundation is dedicated to creating positive change through music and arts education. Take a look at their programs and see how a small donation can make a difference. Pay it forward and pass the word on. Thanks!

Published by patriciasands

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

18 thoughts on “First the good news …

  1. Patricia, I am SOOOOO happy for you! I’m hanging my head in shame admitting that I haven’t read your book yet. But I’m gonna get it and read cover to cover 🙂 Oh, and I have it proudly displayed in my blog — did you see? (the upper bar, tab on the far right).

    The Undie Chronicles are so hilarious! I was reading the latest post yesterday and I was laughing so hard, my mascara ran down my face, oy!

    It’s a scary thought — another war. I’m afraid our troops would go there too. This makes me so sad.

    I will be sure to observe two-minutes of silence at 11 a.m. this Friday. Thank you for this wonderful reminder.


    1. Angela, it’s so thoughtful of you to put our books on your blog and I am going to get organized and do the same! Thanks!

      It’s incredibly sad to consider more conflict, I agree. We want it all to end and everyone to come home.

  2. Congratulations on the great review! We all thrive on confidence boosters! And a nice reminder to get your book. And thanks for the remembrance of those lost in the horrors of war.

  3. Congrats Patricia. I’m so happy for you! What validation to get a great review from this organization. You have to be over the moon! I hope you and the hubby broke out a nice little French red.

    I always loved wearing a poppy and listening to a recitation of In Flander’s Field. My Dad was in WWII and one of my Grandfathers fought in both World Wars and fought at Vimy Ridge. Love Playing for Change.

    Have a great evening!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Kate. You do have a significant family history in the wars! I like the poppy too and even brought one down to Florida with me as we are here until Monday.

  4. Patricia, what a huge boost with that review!! Incidentally, I LOVE to play bridge and there’s never anyone around that wants to play with me! I too need to (a) read your book and (b) figure out how the hell Angela does so many cool things in her sidebar! I’m a tech trainer, I should know these things…

    1. Jenny – I have the answer! You and I can meet on (in the bridge room) and be partners! Um….well, maybe in a few years when we have some time to spare. Seriously, when I can’t find any other distractions from my WIP … besides the bizillion great blogs and links we all share every day… I slip into the bridge room and play for an hour or so.
      And you are right about Angela’s sidebar … you probably really do know but are too busy feeding our enquiring minds on Cowbell – thanks for the great big coffee-spewing laughs – they’re the BEST!

  5. How lovely to receive such a review. Well done. Haven’t read it yet but looking forward to doing so. Not into bridge but won’t let this deter me.
    Best Wishes

  6. I am loving the Bridge Club, Patricia. I have just finished Bonnie’s SOS – such a brave and moving account. Looking forward to reading the stories of the rest of the members of the BC. On receiving surprise reviews – I found a lovely greetings card all the way from Canada on my doormat the other day with some beautiful comments therein about ‘Dear Dee’. Such a wonderful feeling!
    All best wishes
    Sue uden xx

    1. Oh Sue, what a wonderful surprise for you! That truly is the best part of being published! I’ll look into downloading Dear Dee today.

      Bonnie’s rehab story is more fact than fiction too … still not a drop to this day. She’s a great role model and the first person we turn to when we know someone with an addiction issue.

  7. Congratulations Patricia – that is wonderful news and sooo deserving. I haven’t read the book YET either but it’s on my list. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it – sounds totally up my alley!
    Thank you for the FAB shout out!
    And I love how you brought up Remembrance Day. Hubby and I will definitely take pause and will remember tomorrow at 11 am.
    HUGS and happy weekend!

  8. Whoohooo! This is wonderful, Patricia! Not about the war, because that always sucks, but about your glowing review. Dang, you’re published and now this accolade. You’re my heroine!

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