Welcome back, Anneli!

This is a busy week for me as I bounce around on some other blogs to celebrate the release of my novel, The Promise of Provence! I’ll keep you posted on what’s happening and if you have time, come on over and join me in the Author’s Red Room. The buzz today is about BoomerLit!  I’m also hanging out with the fabulous Jonty at Brook Cottage Books where we are chatting about chocolate and books and life in general. Things are never dull with Jonty!

Anneli[7]In the meantime,I’m delighted to welcome talented author and fellow Canadian,Anneli Purchase, back here today to share some of the story she spins in her novel, Orion’s Gift.  (And doesn’t she have a beautiful name?) As well as living on beautiful and rugged Vancouver Island, she travels often to the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Her rich experiences of coastal living contribute to the background knowledge for her writing. Enjoy this visit to the Baja along with some comments to tempt you into her compelling novel.

The sparkle of the constellations in an indigo sky reassures me. From my camping bed, I watch Orion, the hunter, rising. Throughout the night I follow his path when I half wake from sleep as he stalks his way north towards morning, and know I’ve survived to see another day.

Have you ever wished you could go far away from your troubles and live a simple lifestyle without many responsibilities?

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Most people probably have had that thought, but not many act on it, especially not in a rash way. Sylvia, a young California woman has reached that point of desperation. She has put up with her philandering husband for five years and would have continued to do so. But one day when she comes back from her morning run in a suburb of beautiful San Diego and picks up the mail as usual, the letter she receives changes her life forever.

Kevin, a good-looking man in his thirties, has a similar shock when a lawyer visits him at his Alberta hardware store. As a result of the news he receives, Kevin leaves his bullying wife and two teenage children. The stars have lined up and it is time to escape this unhappy life he has been leading.


The tranquility of Baja’s beaches and the simple life of dry camping without all the trappings of modern conveniences appeal to both runaways. When they meet, sparks fly, but two things stand in the way of their happiness. One—the secrets they keep from each other. Two—their vindictive ex-spouses hunting them down. The exotic landscape of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, provides the backdrop for this story of romance and treachery.

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Praise for Orion’s Gift

Orion’s Gift had me hooked from the first paragraph. No doubt about it, Ms. Purchase is aOrion's Gift first class writer and with her words she sweeps you up and takes you on an amazing ride. This is a great read and I finished it in two days … couldn’t put it down! If you’re looking for adventure, romance, drama, all rolled into one, this is the book for you! – Suzanne Rogers, author of “Bob,” and “My Mother Can Do Anything.”

Anneli has written three novels: The Wind Weeps, Orion’s Gift, and  Julia’s Violinist. They are available at all Amazon outlets and Smashwords.com

Visit Anneli at her blogs at http://wordsfromanneli.wordpress.com and http://annelisplace.wordpress.com.

Do you live near the ocean? Does it touch your spirit and would you ever consider living elsewhere?

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 www.patriciasandsauthor.com 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!"

15 thoughts on “Welcome back, Anneli!

  1. Beautiful photos, as always! I’ll certainly be seeing those in front of my inner eye when I read Orion’s Gift. Thanks for a lovely feature and thansk to Patricia for hosting. X

  2. Oooh, yeah. What a great book this must be! I love beach settings and the theme of two battered people coming together sounds intriguing. Thanks for this, Patricia, and Anneli! And, yes, what a beautiful name.

    1. Anneli, it’s always a pleasure to have you here and to talk about your books. The pictures you paint of the settings provide such a strong backdrop to your stories. Orion’s Gift is a fine read.

  3. I spent many summers on the very same coastline. I have a great picture of my grandmother and I walking along the shoreline. Your pictures dug up some deeply buried memories. Now I’ll have to read the book. Thanks, Patricia, for the introduction.

    1. Then you know it well, Brenda. I love reading stories set in places I have visited. There’s an added dimension to having intimate knowledge of those locales.

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