Thursday, 12 April 2012

Online Launch Party!

It's Friday 13th and welcome to the cyber launch party of my first tween book, Summer of the Eagles! Although written for the 10 to 14 age group, it might appeal to anyone who is still young at heart, or who remembers their own tween years, between childhood and adulthood.
So please enjoy the fun today and try some of the questions. Make as many comments as you like. Everyone leaving a comment will be entered into a draw to win an Amazon gift voucher for £10, or $15, depending on which side of the Atlantic you live!
So, please grab a (virtual) drink, (schloer for under 18s!) and a piece of cake and I’ll introduce you to my story and characters through this short video trailer and back cover blurb. Then you can read a short excerpt from the prologue.


Summer of the Eagles Blurb

Thirteen year old Stephanie (Stevie) loses her parents in a terrible accident, leaving her lame. Stevie’s dreams of running for Scotland are over. No longer able to cope with Stevie’s moods, Gran sends her to an aunt on a Scottish island.

Although Stevie gradually makes new friends and discovers an interest in the bird sanctuary, she soon falls into danger from two bird poachers intent on harming the eagles. A strange boy in the hills helps Stevie. But what does he have to do with the eagles, or the painted rocks and legends of the island?

Trailer



Excerpt 1

As the boy watched, he knew those two were trouble. He understood people, with an
unfailing instinct for their character. Even from this distance, he suspected they came for only one purpose. One that could mean danger for his kind. He’d need to keep a close watch on them.

Then his attention shifted to a girl and an old woman who stepped from the gangway.
Something in the way the girl dragged along, almost behind the woman, suggested deep unhappiness. One leg seemed slightly shorter than the other, emphasised in the way she limped.
The old woman looked kind but worried. She stopped now and then to speak to the girl, who only shrugged.

Her behaviour peaked his interested despite himself. There seemed so much sadness between them. He wondered what caused it.

As the two arguing men walked toward the bus, he noticed the younger one turn and wave to the girl. She stared right through him before walking closer to the old woman. Someone met the females. Another woman—older than the girl, younger than the other.

He thought about the drama now beginning, when these people stepped on to the island. It would unfold over these next weeks and he would be a part of it. He was ready. A movement in the air above caught his eye and he smiled. Turning his back on the people below, he raised his arms and called out a greeting to the eagles swooping toward him.

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The main character, Stevie is sent to a Scottish island and the setting is inspired by all my visits to Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae. Anyone who has been there will have noticed the painted rocks, like the famous Crocodile Rock on the shore.


Another unusual rock formation is Lion Rock, and you can read the local legend about that in Summer of the Eagles!


The painted Eagle Rock in the story is from my imagination, but you should be able to picture it from the description in the book (hopefully).

Here’s the first fun quiz!

How many types of eagle can you name? There’s no definite answer so just try and think of as many as you can.

Then you can try this quiz, to see what kind of bird you are! I was delighted to find that I’m an eagle since that’s my favourite.

Summer of the Eagles is set in Scotland (where I live) and we have a few famous kinds of food and drink. See how many items you can name that come from Scotland.

And do you know what these plants are that grow here? One of them is our National Emblem.






Have another drink (no alcohol for under 18s!) and a few chocolates, while I give you another short excerpt. This is after Stevie’s accident, when she’s on the island and meets the strange boy in the hills.


Excerpt 2
“I’m Karig.” He held out his hand, but Stevie ignored it; she wasn’t feeling that friendly.

“I’m Stephanie, though everyone calls me Stevie.”

“Stephanie. I like that.”

Stevie almost insisted on the shorter name but something held her back. Only Gran and her parents ever called her by her full name. Yet, looking at him she found it didn’t matter at all.
His own name sounded a bit strange, though he didn’t look foreign exactly, with golden
brown hair and a bit of a hooked nose. But she really noticed his eyes for their strange amber
colour, and his piercing gaze almost mesmerised her.

Shivering slightly, she took a step away from him. He didn’t scare her exactly, just spooked
her a bit for some reason.

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And you’ll have to read the book to see who or what he is!

Birds play a big part in the story, as Stevie eventually gets to help in the bird sanctuary. Here are some types of birds found on the island, and Stevie meets some of them at the bird sanctuary. Do you know what kind of birds these are?




Top row l-r: curlew, lapwing, guillemot.
Bottom row: oyster catcher and ringe plover. Well done to those who guessed any of them. 

There’s one particular form of transport used on the island that features in the story. How could you get the whole way round the island without using a car, bus, or walking? This is easy! A bicycle!

Have another drink of juice or something from this lovely table of goodies, while you read this final short excerpt. This one is to make you want to read more!


Excerpt 3

Heart beating wildly, her leg throbbing, Stevie ran on, realising she headed higher up the
mountain! She lost all sense of direction. Crashing footfalls warned her of his nearness. But
where? A loose stone nearly hit her. She heard him curse. Panic made her stumble. Surely they
didn’t mean her any real harm? These kinds of things didn’t happen in real life. Did they?

Then she remembered the words she heard earlier. Anyone who talked of poisoning birds or
stealing eggs was capable of anything. And those men looked mean enough.

She took great gasps of air, her chest hurting. Needed to stop… Suddenly, a figure loomed
up in front of her.

Stevie screamed.
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Thank you all for joining in the fun today. Please carry on celebrating and commenting – I’ll be around all day. If you want to read Summer of the Eagles now, you can buy the e-book for kindle from amazon (UK), amazon (US), and any e-format from MuseItUp. And if you don’t have any kind of e-reader, you can even download the kindle for PC on to your computer. Easy!

And please do let me know if you read it. I’d love someone in the 10 to 16 age group to write a review of it for my blog, so please get in touch with me if you’d feel like writing one (after you’ve read the book of course).



I’ll leave you with one more question and I’ll post the answers and the winner of the voucher draw on this blog on Saturday.

What island would you like to visit? It can be anywhere in the world.

Have fun! And thanks again for helping me to celebrate the launch of Summer of the Eagles. Hope you enjoy the book if you read it!

Ros

113 comments:

  1. Summer of the Eagles looks and sounds fantastic. I love the photos and your trailer. They make me want to visit the island. I remember you being so pleased with the cover, and I think it really suits the story. I think I'm going to have to read it!

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  2. Hi Ros, your trailer is brilliant. I've just downloaded my copy of Summer of the Eagles and read the first two chapters. Really looking forward to getting right into the story.

    At the breakfast end of your launch party, so raising a cup of the finest Twinings tea to you and your characters! Many congratulations on publication.

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  3. Congratulations on your release. From what I have read, it sounds wonderful and is beautifully written. As an honourary Scot, I appreciate all things Scottish. I am due to embark on a tour of the west coast, next week, with my sone who will be visiting from Greece. He is determined to find Nessie. Any clues on that?
    I love the way you have laid out this book launch. As for the birds - I am sure I have spotted one along the banks of the river Kelvin. Oh - and one flower is the thistle and is that cloutie dumpling I see further up? Please cut me a slice. Good luck with the rest of your day. I will tune in later on but, unfortunately, I am off to the dental hospital. All the best

    Viviane

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    1. Hi Viviane, my Dad once saw Nessie, so I therefore know that she exists, even though I've never seen her myself. After all, Loch Ness is 900 feet deep, and that's deeper than the North Sea! Best places to spot Mrs Monster are said to be from near Castle Urquhart - halfway down Loch Ness, or from Dores, on the other, quieter side of the loch.

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    2. Maggie - I'm very impressed that your Dad saw Nessie! I'm still hoping.

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    3. Me too. Wouldn't it be wonderful to get a clear, sharp photo of the beastie - or more likely, beasties?

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  4. Congratulations, Rosemary - the book sounds lovely - and I want to read more after your last excerpt. I did the bird test - I'm a dove :-) Any island sounds good to me - as long as there aren't many other people there :-) xx

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  5. Good morning first guests! Thanks for starting me off with such positive, lovely comments.

    Jean - please do read it and you can tell me if works!

    Maggie - thanks so much for getting the book so quickly! Hope you enjoy it. Raising my morning tea in response.

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  6. Viviane - many thanks for your lovely comments! You'd have to go up to Loch Ness for the monster, but do take him to Loch Lomond - beautiful there! I won't say if your answers are correct yet so I don't give it away!

    Hi Teresa - thanks for that lovely comment. A dove sounds lovely!

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  7. What a lovely blog, Rosemary. The photos are beautiful. The excerpts take me back to my Girls Crystal days but I'm still young at heart so I certainly want to read Summer of the Eagles and I hope my granddaughter will too.

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  8. Hello Gwen - thanks so much for that lovely comment. Hope you and your granddaughter will enjoy it!

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  9. A great launch party, Rosemary! Love your trailer and the excerpts. I didn't get very far with naming eagles, but food and drink - well, there's haggis (with neeps and tatties) and whisky too, with Irn Bru for the under 18s - oh, and porridge and Dundee cake and shortbread. I'm stop there because this is making me hungry. My bird type is owl - no surprise there, it says I'm a night person and love knowledge.
    Have a great party, and wishing you lots of success with Summer of the Eagles.

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  10. Just downloaded Summer of the Eagels and looking forward even more to reading it now that I've been to the party!

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  11. Forgive the typo,Rosemary -that's what comes of drinking at your party so early in the morning!

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  12. I really enjoyed your party, Rosemary. The music accompanying your trailer is so atmospheric. I've downloaded my copy - now I can't wait to read it. All best wishes for the success of Summer of the Eagles.

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  13. Hi Paula - many thanks! Well done on naming so much food and drink. Love owls too!

    Hi Myra - oh, thanks so much for getting the book! I should have served tea this early! Hope you had some fruit cake to soak up the wine.

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  14. Hello Joan! Thanks so much for that. I love the music too! Thanks for getting the book - hope you enjoy it!

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  15. Elizabeth McKay13 April 2012 at 03:05

    Just nipping in to say a quick hello, Rosemary as I have to go out for a while - but I'll be back later for a glass of wine. Everything looks lovely. Have a great day and see you again soon.

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  16. Hi Ros
    I'm not the right demographic for this book (nor do I have any relative who is) but max success with it. Sounds very exciting. I'm raising a virtual glass of champagne and wishing I could get at those gateaux and cakes! Gilli x

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  17. Congratulations on your book, Rosemary. I love the haunting background music on the trailer - suits the book's feel very well.
    I did the quiz too and have discovered I'm a swan. Who knew! Do swans eat chocolate and drink wine? You bet they do!
    Have a fabulous day. x

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  18. Hi Betty - thanks for dropping in. See you later!

    Many thanks for coming along to help me celebrate, Gilli. I wish I could get at those cakes too!

    Thanks a lot Maureen - the music is my favourite bit (and the eagle!). Swans are lovely - and yes, eat and drink up!

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  19. Love your trailer, Ros! Will pop back in throughout the day to see how your online launch is progressing.

    The story sounds fascinating and the Scottish scenery is spectacular. Can't wait to read it!

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  20. Very best of luck with the book and congratulations, not only on the launch of the book but on all the work you've put into the blog launch.

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  21. Hi Ros! I just loved the trailer. Love the book cover too and well done on creating such a fabulous adventure story.

    Q1: I know there are lots of different eagles but I'm not sure how many - flying over our cottage right now is what we call the 'tourist's eagle' but it's actually a buzzard. He looks impressively like an eagle of course but is only a quarter of the size.

    The quiz: I was a bit put out to find that in your quiz I am a Parrot!!!! I'd rather be a Golden Eagle thank you!

    Wishing you great success with The Summer of the Eagles, Ros.

    Love, Janice xx

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  22. Thanks so much for that, Melanie! See you later.

    Hi Lynne - many thanks for coming over and for your lovely comment!

    Thanks so much for that lovely comment Janice. I didn't even know there wa sa parrot in the quiz - but that's more chatty, unusual and original, just like you!

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    1. I just took the quiz. I'm an OWL! Who woulda thunk it? Certainly not I.

      You did a wonderful job with your trailer and the music fits it perfectly! Very evocative with a hint of mystery.

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    2. Thanks so much for that, Melanie! Another owl is good!

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  23. Congratulations on your book and your launch party. What a great idea. I love islands and will certainly download the book. I wish you luck on your future sales. Mx

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  24. Hello Moira - many thanks for coming over and for wanting to read the book!

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  25. Yaay! I'm an Eagle! Very pleased. Great party Ros - particularly enjoyed the cake, just my favourite kind. Summer of the Eagles sounds fantastic and definitely appeals to this (somehow forgot to do the growing up bit...) kid. Excellent trailer as well. Now - after all that praise - do I get another bit of cake? Please?

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  26. Hello fellow Eagle! You can have as much cake as you like, Gilly, as long as you leave me some chocolate! Thanks for the lovely comment.

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  27. Food? You want me to name food? Here we go. Ok - we have already had Haggis and the usual but what about the best Haddock and chips in the world? Black pudding in batter {anything in batter, actually}Best curries {sounds odd but for anyone who has been to Glasgow, its the curry capitol of the western world} Lorne sausage, tattie scones, Scottish loaf bread, buttries, Tennents beers, bridies, mutton pies....shall I go on? As for which island would I most like to visit? Can I say all of the Scottish ones? anywhere with lots of trees. I have spent a long time on Corfu. I miss it. I miss the abundance of trees. I will back later for more IrnBru and I will bring the fish suppers.

    Viviane

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  28. Loving the party - almost as much as "Summer of the Eagles"! Was misty-eyed throughout, as memories of my childhood - cycling on that very island - came flooding back. Was chuffed to discover I too am an eagle! My fledgling is halfway through and says save him a bit of cake for when he is done. Loads of luck with this heart-warming tale. TangoQueen

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  29. Hi Rosemary! Congratulations on your new book! Love the excerpts (well chosen) - will watch the trailer as soon as the rest of the household is awake (still early here in Canada). I am a swan?!?

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  30. Wow, Viviane - you certainly have mentioned the most food so far! Well done. Oh, can you bring me some lovely fish and chips when you come back, please?

    Hello Tango Queen - oh thank you so much for that wonderful comment about the book. Makes it all worthwhile to get that reaction! And you're an eagle too! Looking forward to hearing from the fledgling.

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  31. Congratulations and best wishes on your book. I know you are excited.

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  32. Hi Ros!

    Loved the trailer and what a great party. Yummy chocs! Your book sounds fab and I will recommend to as many young folk as I can and may well get a copy for myself.

    Have a wonderful day, and wishing you lots of luck and lots of fun!

    T'other Ros

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  33. Many thanks, Susan - you could say so! At least it's stopping me from eating too many chocolates.

    Hello other Ros! That would be brilliant if you could recommend it to young folk. Thanks so much! looking forward to reading yours too.

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  34. Hi Anne - you must be one of the earlybird Canadians (and an elegant swan)! A warm welcome and thanks so much for commenting.

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  35. Congratulations, Rosemary. You did a great job spiffing up your blog for the party. And I love the trailer. Nice and clear, yet dramatic. All best of luck with Summer of the Eagles! Look forward to reading it.

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  36. I loved joining your party today, Rosemary. As a fellow Scot I appreciate all your lovely photos and the setting of your novel! It sounds great.

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  37. Hi Anne - thanks a lot for coming over, and for the lovely comment!

    Hello Nancy - welcome to the party! Thanks for those kind words.

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  38. Just dropped by with some virtual homemade Cranachan and Tablet to say CONGRATULATIONS on your launch.
    I love the trailer, even if it does make me wish I could drive over to the West and jump on a ferry - NOW.
    (I confess to not reading the excerpts, but only because I'm about to download the real McCoy.)
    Hope you're having as much fun as your guests and wishing you every success with the book.
    Clare (A fellow Eagle!)

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  39. When you first displayed the book cover, I thought it was fantastic and certainly grabbed a reader's attention. I love it. Now with the online launch party, well done by the way, you certainly have stirred up more interest in this book. And yummy treats too!! Best wishes for success with this new release.

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  40. Oh I forgot to mention I looked up the national flower and I discovered this...."The thistle is not Scotland's national flower, although it is used in many emblems. In fact, the Scottish bluebell is Scotland's national flower."Perhaps you have pictured both? Very clever.

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  41. Ros, meant to ask you about the cover and the cover designer. Very attractive. Can you say something about how the finished cover was arrived at?

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  42. Hello Clare - many thanks for bringing some Cranachan and tablet (oh the teeth!). Have a glass of wine. And thanks so much for buying the book!

    Hi J Q - welcome! What a lovely thing to say, thank you. Clever you finding that about the thistle, but I'm afraid I've not been that clever! The other photo is another plant seen all over our hills.

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  43. Hi again, Maggie. Thanks for that question. I filled in a cover art sheet (for the MuseItUp cover artist) when the book was accepted and I was allowed to offer a few ideas. I wasn't very good at it but did request Scottish summer, possibly a girl, an eagle, and maybe a couple of other possibilities. But I had no idea of a complete picture. And I was delighted when Kaytalin Platt came back with this!

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  44. What a lovely party and best of luck with your book. It should certainly appeal to that age group. Without looking up all the answers and cheating, my answers are Golden Eagle, haggis, thistle and heather. Those long beaks will be for fishing in the bottom of lakes and ponds and you would get around the island on a bike. Oh, and I'm a Swan. I am particular partial to a chocolate, so many thanks for that. A lovely posting.

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  45. Hi Maggie - thanks and well done on answering some of the questions! Another elegant swan. Please help yourself to some chocolate - to save me eating it all (just as well it's virtual!)

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  46. Hi Rosemary, I raise my glass to you! Congratulations. Lovely book, lovely trailer and excerpts. Lovely strawberry torte too. :)
    I wish you every success. Okay, I will have just one (more) chocolate :)

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  47. Good morning from New England! Wonderful book launch, Rosemary. You not only write intriguing stories, you also have a good eye for visuals. I enjoyed exploring your blog (it seems I'm an owl, by the way). Looking forward to reading Summer of the Eagles, and wishing you many sales!

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  48. Hello Wendy - many thanks for coming over! Please have as much food as you like.

    Hi Pat - it's great to see lots of transatlantic friends coming over now! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. An owl is good!

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  49. The plants are the thistle and heather. The black and white bird with the long orange/red legs, eye and beak is an oystercatcher and the brown ones with the long beaks are either sandpipers or curlews. Sorry can't identify the others.

    Scottish food? Undoubtably the humble haggis, Cullen Skink, Arboath Smokies, Deep Fried Mars Bars, Tennents Lager, Caledonian 80, assorted single malt whiskies, The Famous Grouse (blended), curry from Glasgow (yum!), bagpipes (I know they're not food but definitely Scottish)...

    I'll pop back again later. Must go for a hill climb and work off all this delicious food I've eaten!

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    1. You've certainly got some of them, Melanie! I've just done some exercises to counteract the sitting and eating today!

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    2. Here's a platter of Dunlop and Crowdie cheeses with Oatcakes. You want the Bridies put in the Aga to stay warm?

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    3. Bridies - now I haven't had one of those for a long time!

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  50. Kate Blackadder13 April 2012 at 07:19

    Lovely party, Ros. I'm an owl and the island that I would most like to visit (that I haven't already been to) is Prince Edward Island.

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  51. Hi Kate - thanks for dropping in! Nice to see another owl to join the few we have so far. Prince Edward Island is one I most want to visit too - big Anne of Green Gables fan!

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  52. Hi Rosemary

    Your book sounds fab. I found myself drawn in from the bits you put up for us. I'm sure it will be a terrific success!

    Although I love Uist- how can I not when my parents were born there, I also love Skye and Harris. Scottish islands have that special magical quality. Otherwise I'd like to go back to some of the Australian islands near Cairns.

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  53. Congratulations on the new release! Great launch party. Best of luck with the book.

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  54. Good Morning Rosemary,
    Sure looks like a fun read. I'll for sure put it on my granddaughters Android, she's twelve going on eighteen. Loves to read, is president of her school, and grandma is one of her best friends.
    But, it kinda hooked me as well. As a defender of wildlife I connected with the story, but also I love anything strange, like what's up with the amber eyes.
    It was a little early for the champagne but enjoyed the Chocolate.
    Best of Blessings, I'll return for the Champagne.
    Cathy Coburn

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  55. Many congrats, Rosemary! The book looks fantastic, and excerpts are great! Wishing you all the best with it.

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  56. Hi Anne/Morag - great to see you here! Thanks for the comment, and for posting the link - much appreciated. I agree about Scottish islands!

    Hello Cathy - many thanks for coming over and for your lovely comment! Hope your granddaughter likes it (she can always let me know). Glad you clocked the amber eyes! I'll chill the champagne for you.

    Hi Talli - thanks a lot for coming over, and the lovely comment!

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  57. Congratulations on your new release, Ros! It sounds like a book I would enjoy. I just finished reading the Hunger Games series and have decided YA books are not just for kids. As soon as this is out on Nook I'll be getting a copy.

    Happy sales!

    Linda
    www.lindalaroque.com

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  58. Oooh, I particularly like the chocolates. I can almost taste them! Congrats (again). I'm really looking forward to reading the book which I'm off to Amazon to order now.

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  59. Hi Linda R - many thanks for taking time out of your busy removal to come over and comment. Much appreciated!

    Hello Linda L - great to see you here, thanks! I love YA and middle grade books too. Thanks for wanting to read it. Hope you had a glass of something chilled!

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  60. Finally made it. Great party, Ros, and the books sounds really gripping. Did the bird quiz - wee bit disappointed to miss being an eagle. I'm a parrot. mmhm? Wonder what that says about me? I enjoyed your trailer with the haunting music.

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  61. Congratulations on the launch. Looks real pretty! Loved the trailer, Ros. Wishing you all the best, January

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  62. What a great party! Thanks for entertaining me - and for the goodies! I'm an eagle too - how did that happen? Happy :-)

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  63. Hi Gill - lovely to see you. Please have some of those chocs before I eat them all! And thanks so much for saying you're away to buy the book - hope you enjoy!

    Hi Mary - so glad you made it over and thanks for the comment! Janice will be glad she has some company as a parrot - I still think that makes you both more unsual!

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  64. Hello January - many thanks for coming over and for your good wishes!

    Hi Jenny - great to see you! Hope you had some wine and chocs. And welcome to the eagle group!

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  65. Hi Rosemary, just in the door and coming late to the party. I have a glass of wine here but the cake looks so lovely - I'll just have to use my imagination. Site and book look wonderful as well. Good luck with it all! x

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  66. Good Morning, Romy!
    Brought you some delicious dark chocolates and since it's a bit early here for red wine, some Mexican hot chocolate--has just a touch of red chile in it, topped with dulce de leche (sweetened milk). Summer of the Eagles looks like a wonderful read and I'll pick up my Kindle copy in just a moment. I am so happy for you and wish you naught but the greatest success with this!
    Hugs,
    ~Jude

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  67. Hi Catherine - good to see you. Thanks for commenting! Hope you enjoy the cake.

    Hi Jude - many thanks for coming over and thank you for the chocolate with chilli (yum, yum!) - have some cake with your hot choc. And thank you so much for wanting to buy the book!

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  68. Elizabeth McKay13 April 2012 at 09:22

    Gosh, it's busy here isn't it. Glad everything's going so well. I've just discovered I'm a dove! (Maybe I've drunk too much wine.) The book sounds wonderful. Many congratulations, Rosemary.

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  69. Hi again, Betty - it's busy indeed, but that's wonderful! A dove is lovely - thanks for the good wishes.

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  70. Hi Rosemary
    Great party!! Can't wait to read your book - off to download it now. Thanks for inviting me and congratulations on publication :)

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  71. Super party Rosemary and a lovely trailer, loved the music and the atmosphere. Best of luck with the book. Years ago as a teenager I went over on the ferry from Oban to Lismore and your trailer reminded me of it.

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  72. Thanks so much for visiting, and wanting to read the book, Sweetieshop!

    Many thanks, Cara, for the lovely comment!

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  73. Lovely launch party Rosemary, I am loving all the delicious Scottish delicacies, so I brought you a slab of goats cheese from the Isle of Ghia and some delicious heather ale. I'm pleased to say that I'm an owl, and not an old bat as previously suspected! Hurrah! Congratulations and best of luck with the book

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  74. Brilliant trailer! This is exactly the sort of book my daughter (aged 11) would be interested in. Unfortunately she prefers paper versions, but I might persuade her to use my Kindle (will probably never get it back...). Hx

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  75. Hi Pam - many thanks for getting here and for bringing some lovely cheese (yum, yum). And owls are lovely!

    Hi Henriette - lovely to see you! Thanks a lot for your comment. I'd love your daughter to read Summer of the Eagles (perfect age for it). Hopefully, I'll manage to get some print copies too, as I'm sure many young people will still like reading a paperback. But look out for your kindle!

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  76. Lovely blog Rosemary. Those cakes and chocolates look gorgeous.I loved the trailer and the book sounds great.
    Congraulations and here's to many,many sales,*raises glass* (hic)
    opps sorry.I'm a dove by the way.

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  77. Thanks for coming along and joining the fun! Another lovely dove. I'm raising my glass in return!

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  79. I'm an eagle too! Congratulations on the launch, Rosemary and thanks for a lovely party. Sorry. Got confused about the best way to post!

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  80. Absolutely amazing post, Rosemary. I'm so glad our Internet is back after three days without it! I'm finally catching up with everything and have enjoyed a real glass of wine while reading this post.
    The quiz tells me I'm a wise owl, which I'm very pleased with!
    I love the excerpts from Summer Of The Eagles, as does my youngest daughter, aged thirteen (almost fourteen. We felt it pulled us right in and will be an absolute page-turner. A fantastic achievement, Rosemary. Many congratulations.

    The island I would love to visit is Easter Island, so I could make eye-contact with the iconic men who have stood there for so long, staring stonily at the horizon. It is the most remote inhabited island in the world, which makes me want to set foot on it, just for that reason.

    Fantastic to be part of the party at last. Our Internet could go at any time. An engineer is due to arrive on Tuesday, but my husband has given us temporary access somehow. He has the technology. I always knew he was bionic...

    Thank you for a lovely party, Rosemary. I shall have a second glass of wine to toast your success. xxx

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  81. Enjoyed your launch party, Rosemary. Congrats on a exciting release!

    Would love to visit the Isle of Avalon!

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  82. Hi Rowena - lovely to see you here and good you're an eagle too! Hope you had a glass of something chilled.

    Hi Joanna - I'm so pleased you got some Internet connection in time! Thanks for such a lovely comment - I'm absolutely thrilled that you and your daughter liked the sound of Summer of the Eagles! I'd forgotten about Easter Island - how amazing that would be. Hope you don't lose your connection again!

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  83. Hi Cheryl - many thanks for coming over! Ah, yes, the magical island of Avalon - good choice.

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  84. Love the cover, Rosemary! And the trailer is fantastic!! As are the excerpts. Looks wonderful and makes me wish I was a child again. Here's to every success with the book.

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  85. Hi Ros, I'm back, and with a glass of wine in hand this time. Hope you've had a fabulous day. I bet you are both exausted and elated. Happy happy launch day - there really is nothing quite like it. I'm toasting to both you and your continued success.

    Love, Janice xx

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  86. Hi Liz - thanks so much for coming over and for such a lovely comment!

    Cheers, Janice - you are absolutely right, as you've been there! Both exhausting and wonderful - and I'm so thankful for all the great interest.

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  87. I may have had a drink already but I know a thistle and a heather when I see them! Hic! Think it's time to go for the Schloer. Hope you're enjoying your lovely, exciting launch day and lots of luck with the book.

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  88. Elaine and Phil Gemmell13 April 2012 at 13:17

    Good evening and big congratulations from us both!
    We are just being fashionably late to this party I'm afraid, but we had a good reason. We were at the Wallace monument and made it to the top... both of us! Really like the extracts from the book, I think once we have the Kindle we will be downloading!
    Hope your party goes on all night, enjoy, love E and P

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  89. I'm really proud of you Rosemary. Well done girl! x

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  90. Hi again, Joanne - you've not had that much then! Having a wonderful day, thanks.

    Hello Elaine and Phil! Great to see you here - I cannot believe you managed to the top of the monument with your bump, Elaine - well done! Glad you like the excerpts!

    Thanks so much, Diane - glad you managed here! Make sure you have a glass of something and a piece of cake.

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  91. Good luck with the book Rosemary, it looks exciting.

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  92. Congratulations, Rosemary. Love the excerpts from your book - definitely makes me want to read more!

    Janice Johnston

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  93. Okay I'm back. Thought I would request a strawberry Margarita instead of champagne. bought your book from Amazon, would like to say I got it for my grand daughter, but must confess it was for me. Just have to get to the bottom of those amber eyes. Yasinya (my grand daughter has to have her Android here to download it, but not to fear she'll get her copy as well. Congrats on your response it looks like a great turn out!!
    Cathy

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  94. Oh by the way I am a dove, caring and peaceful, what fun that was.

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  95. Congratulations on the new release!

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  96. Rosemary,

    Looks like a lovely story! Congratulations on the release, and nice blog party too:)

    Sara

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  97. Wow - what a great response, even when I eventually got to sleep! I'll post a proper thank you later, but I'm overwhelmed - thank you one and all!

    Thanks for coming over, and your comment, Suzy!

    Many thanks, Janice - glad you like the sound of it!

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  98. Hello again, Cathy - hope you enjoyed your Margarita! That's so kind of you buying Summer of the Eagles and I really hope you and your granddaughter enjoy it! A dove is lovely.

    Hi T.M. - many thanks for coming over to wish me well!

    Thanks a lot, Sara - much appreciated!

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  99. Congratulations, Rosemary - look forward to reading it.

    What a fabulous job you've done with the launch.

    I wish you every success with the book.

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  100. Good morning, Sharon - many thanks for dropping in with your good wishes!

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  101. Finally my phone is letting me post a message!! Hi from me and Lucy in Manchester!launch looked great-sorry I missed it but I had a good excuse as you know!lcongratulations again-looking forward to reading the book.Lucy sends on her congrats too x

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  102. P.s can't watch the trailer on my phone so will look at that when I'm home

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  103. Hi Vikki - thanks for dropping in! Hope the travels are still going well. Hi to Lucy!

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  104. I just took a lovely walk through your garden of the imagination. i am truly inspired by your freshness and your ageless outlook. 'Tis no wonder you won that award, Ros. I wish you many, many more!

    I'm just glad to know your blogs are "out here" for us.

    Slán Erin O'Quinn

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