Meeting Books@Stones


Today I went into my local independent book store for a meet meet and greet and to gauge interest in stocking The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women book and having author signings. here's what happened.

Books@Stones is my local independent book shop which specialises in Australian authors and medical textbooks. I met with the owner Michael Weibler, who was extremely helpful walking me through some of the processes as a new author, and as a local one at that.

Books@Stones is happy to not only have The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women in stock, but offered to host the Official Book Launch and have signings and promotions afterwards. I am anticipating that Books@Stones be the bookshop in Brisbane which exclusively has the Book-and-Complimentary-Tasselled-Bookmark package as an extra incentive for people to support my local indie book shop.

The suggestion is for a small, intimate Invitation Only Launch which takes about 30 people with Champagne and cheese and a book reading etc. The polished wooden floors and raised dais is particularly suited to the Australian feel of our lifestyle and is a beautiful environment. I also learned that they have a small meeting room out the back which is news to me! Perhaps, as a future thing, Secret Medieval Lady things might take place there.

Books@Stones sometimes does a larger Event in conjunction with our local Café, Lady Marmalade which is an extremely popular and up market place with amazing staff and food. There is usually a small cover, which then includes the entertainment and a glass of champagne on arrival and a bar and food is available through the café (which pays their staff, of course!) Early discussions with a re-enactment group, have expressed interest in providing colour on the night in the way of several Noble Ladies and perhaps men in armour or soft kit who, in turn, can use the Event as a recruiting opportunity and social media cross-promotion. Lady Marmalade is an extremely well-known place and does a lot of social media with Instagram gorgeousness.

Of course, there’s the Stones Corner Festival which closes off the main strip at both ends, has a licensed area which runs for about half the street, markets and kid’s things, has live bands and turns into a place which is amazing! Books@Stones is located towards the main stage end of the street and would be a perfect opportunity for a book table outside the shop in the main strip in costume. #futurethings. Sadly, it’s in May so that won’t be until next year.

Meanwhile, you can find them here:

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Stones Corner Library Meet and Greet Staff

Today I visited the recently revamped Stones Corner Library, on Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner situated behind a huge, old Morton Bay fig which is strewn with an enormous amount of fairy-lights!
There I met two lovely ladies who answered all my questions about authory-thingys and whether they have them there and what they might be and whether I might be considered to join in.

As it happens, there are a number of these, both in the Stones Corner library itself and within the greater Brisbane City library network.
Prospective outcomes:
— Be included in the Lord Mayor’s Author events programme in libraries around Brisbane City and suburban areas including writer’s festivals.

— Potential Author readings or question and answer sessions.

— Potential twilight event in the courtyard under the Morton Bay Fig Fairy Lights.

The staff appeared extremely excited about the topic of The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women and said they were looking forward to reading it and being involved! I left with a shiny new library card and feeling hopeful about planning some things there.

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Book cover!

The official Publisher's cover
The official Publisher's cover

There we have it; the official book cover. The illumination by Tania Crossingham is outstanding and I love it so much. The text? Not what I wanted but it's a compromise on a number of other things.

As indicated by the side text, the book is available for pre-order online from both Book Depository and Amazon. Book Depository is currently AU$5.00 cheaper with free shipping, which beats the heck out of the $14.75 shipping on Amazon.

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Mark your book!

I've always wanted to make a few little Rosalie's Medieval Woman things for myself and have experimented with a few bits and pieces.. a cute T-shirt for me and a canvas bag to carry books. This week one of the big printing places had an Up-To-40%-Off-Most-Things sale and I caught it in the last 12 hours.

As a result, I now have a few things on their way in the post, all with the illumination I use on my book cover and website and the words "NO TOUCHY-TOUCHY!" helpfully printed in red block letters! I ordered a few things because a couple of friends have said that if I ever did make things, might they have some too?

No touchy-touchy tote bag
No touchy-touchy tote bag

On their way:

— A few canvas tote bags in cream and black
— 10 ceramic mugs
— Business card size book covers with the chapters on the back
— Bookmarks with illuminated leaves and lady in bed

The bookmarks will have those silky tassels in a few colours; bright red, bright blue or pink. The business cards are for me to take when I'm doing talks or out and about and people express interest in the book, especially since it's still pre-orders and the medieval season starts before the book it out. The mugs are extremely limited because shipping them may make them far too expensive to sell, although I will perhaps do a pre-order and collect at Abbey Medieval Festival. The tote bags are one each for me and a medieval friend and three spare in case anyone else is desperately keen and I will probably not get more. 

I've already used the company for business cards, so I'm confident the quality of the printed paper products will be nice, but if I am the lest bit unhappy with the quality of the mugs and bags, they will not be going anywhere. 

Fingers crossed.

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It had to happen! I'm actually using it.

@rosaliesmedievalwoman is up and running on Instagram and I'll be posting things different to facebook so I don't get boring. It's all medieval, though!

Except for the the test photo of my kitty, but she's so pretty, she can stay


Audio book

Exciting news for lovers of audio books! The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women will be released as an audio book and the narrative will be read by Cat Gould from the Tantor Media House. 

Cat is an Australian, so her pronunciation should be the same as mine, which is certainly a bonus.

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Xmas things!

Well, it's not medieval, but this week I wrote and illustrated a book for my grandson for Xmas which is all about him. The pictures of him and his family match real life things in their house and the clothes and toys that he has.

I can't wait to give it to him!



Now, I'm not promising anything, and it's certainly far from being a decision, but, depending on a number of things, maybe... really maybe.. the book might have some colour pictures!

Of course, that will make it more expensive to produce, so I don't know. I'm just excited to have some pictures in it at all.

Even black and white ones will be nice.

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I am in the process of getting some lovely little Very Secret Sex Life of Medieval Women-style bookmarks.  Actually, they tie in to my website and have the very encouraging words NO TOUCHY-TOUCHY on them while the lady in the bed points her finger, so they're not book merchandise as such, but they share the book cover art and manuscript leaves.

Silky coloured tassels! Pretty artwork from Tania Crossingham! 

If you buy a book from me in person, you'll get one free!

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