|Sent on:||Sunday, November 6, 2011 1:14 PM|
Hi. I’m forwarding this message from member Patricia Leslie. If you have any questions, please direct them to her. —John
My historical-fantasy-romance novel, THE BALLAD OF YOUNG TAM LIN, set in 1790 Scotland and inspired by a traditional centuries-old Scottish ballad, is in print. I'm having a book release/reading/signing event this Thursday, November 10, 6:30-9 p.m., at Saturn Cafe in Berkeley (in the Space Lounge). No RSVP necessary—it's open to the public.
All three of my protagonists are vegetarians, which is a rarity in fantasy or romance novels. I'm sure there are lots of other veg folk like myself who get really sick of reading about big meat-based feasts, but haven't had a lot of other literature options—till now.
The event itself is free, and coffee and tea will be provided. Dinner and other beverages are no-host. Hopefully, anyone attending will want to get something and help offset the cost of the event. There will also be some live Scottish music and a free drawing for a complete set of all 3 of my vegan baking cookbooks. My husband Karl, who has also come to a lot of the Vegan Meetups with me, will assist me in two short readings, around 7:00 and 8:00. Saturn's great vegan cupcakes will magically appear after the second reading. The space is booked till midnight, so people are welcome to hang out after the "formal" part of the evening, which will be over about 9 p.m.
Anyone wanting to know a bit more about the book can read a short description either at my online sales channel, www.createspace.com/[masked] (it sells for $20 online, but will be available for $15 including tax at this event) or on my literature page, www.directory.ac5.org/TamLin. This latter site also provides the complete original lyrics of the old ballad. My book will also be available as a Kindle version starting November 10, and ordering information for the e-version will be available at those sites, or at Saturn Cafe.
There are no graphic bedroom scenes in my writing, so the novel would be fine for anyone from high school age to great-grandparents. The writing itself is not simplistic; it reads more like Austen or Dickens than Rowling. Fiction lovers interested in Scottish culture and folklore will find it a fun read.
Hoping to see a lot of fantasy-loving vegans this Thursday.
Thanks and best regards,
Patricia A. Leslie