Friday, September 1, 2017

Who Am I Thankful For? by Nancy M Bell

Landmark Roses is the November release in the Canadian Historical Brides Collection. I'm writing under Marie Rafter for this one. You can find more here.

Elsie Nuefeld loves to sit on her porch and watch the children grow in the Mennonite community near Landmark, MB. Returning to the area after moving to Paraguay for a time, Elsie is happy to be living on the wild rose dotted prairie of south-eastern Manitoba. Her granddaughters are growing up and getting married, it's an exciting time. Secure in her long standing marriage to Ike, Elsie is content to observe the community from the sidelines and rejoice in the joys of the young ones. She often walks with her daughters and granddaughters through the graveyard abloom with wild roses and shares the stories of the ancestors sleeping there. It’s important, she feels, for the younger generation to feel connected to those who went before. Elsie hopes when she joins those resting beneath the Landmark roses the tradition of honouring the memory of the forebearers continues.

So now, who am I thankful for? First, I guess is my long suffering husband who puts up with my weird habit of getting up in the middle of the night and tapping away on the keyboard. Also, I have dragged him to some, shall we say, different places in pursuit of authenticity for my story.

We went to England where instead of hanging around London we took the train to Penzance. Then I dragged him all over the Penwith Penninsula to visit stone circles and quoits. His constant comment was "Are we going to look at more rocks?"

Below are a few picture of our Cornwall excursions.

These are the Hurlers stone circle on Bodmin Moor.

The first is Lanyon Quoit then the Men an Tol and the moor. All of the above places are visited by readers of Laurel's Quest.

Than I dragged him to Glastonbury and we climbed the Tor. Which is a very steep hill but well worth the effort. At least I think so. LOL

I am also grateful for my sons. They don't read my work but they do make my life richer.

All the people who read my words and buy my books. Without you my stories would never escape the closed pages of my books.

Nancy M Bell has publishing credits in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Nancy has presented at the Surrey International Writers Conference, the Writers Guild of Alberta Conference and When Words Collide. She lives near Balzac, Alberta with her husband and various critters. She loves all animals and fosters and works with rescue animals. Nancy is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta. Her latest novel is His Brother’s Bride which is part of a series celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. Each book in the series is written by a different Canadian author and every province and territory will be featured in separate titles.
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  1. I've dragged my husband to the Bodmin Moor, on a misty day, he actually enjoyed it (so he said, lol). He did like Cornwall.
    Beautiful pictures.

    1. Doug did too actually and we went to Port Issac where Doc Martin is filmed so he was good with looking at rocks afterward LOL

  2. Lovely photos, Nancy. Brings back very many wonderful memories of childhood summers spent in Perranporth, Cornwall with my favourite Aunt and Uncle.