A big thank you to patrons of our website and the readers of this blog! The St. Clair Publications site itself has had 202,600 hits since it was reformatted by our wonderful graphic artist, Kent Hesselbein, and the blog, put up later, has had well over 8,500 reads. Yesterday was the best day of all with 62 blog readers, and more already early this morning, thanks to the post about Michele Doucette!
More great posts are just around the corner. Wonderful books are in process of preparation for publication, and now, with the addition of 100 new ISBNs, we are ready to take off!
Stay tuned for more announcements, and go to our website at http://stclairpublications,com to shop our huge selection of individual paperbacks, sets, ebooks and gift certificates!
As mentioned earlier, big changes are happening at St Clair Publications! In addition to new titles being added and 100 new ISBNs being ordered, Michele Doucette has been appointed as Content Manager and Editor in Chief!
Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Literacy Education from Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, Nova Scotia). A native of Truro, Nova Scotia (referred to as Cobequid during the time of the Acadian people), she has been living on the west coast of Newfoundland since 1985, and is in process of returning home to Nova Scotia. Previously employed as a Special Education teacher, she feels blessed to have worked with such Mighty Spirits. She is the author of a large variety of books, primarily related to mind, body and spirit, available from St. Clair Publications, Amazon and other retailers. Congrats to Michele on being appointed to this important position!
I have had the privilege of meeting a number of important people in my run at life. With several of them I have I have had personal dealings or connections. In 2015 I released a book titled 200 Celebrities Who Changed and How They Found Success. It was overshadowed by the popularity of my phrase origin books, but in its own way it was unique. If you haven’t seen it, and trivia interests you, you may want to get a copy of this book. Below is the Introduction: It’s available on Amazon.
There are numerous reasons why persons in the public eye change their names (or have it done for them). Many times it is simply because their birth names are too long, complex, ethnic, or would be difficult to pronounce or remember. Some have taken their mother’s maiden names, or the surname of a stepfather or first husband which was never dropped. But many others are much more complex. For instance, why did Rudolf Walter Wanderone, Jr. and James A. Moore, Jr. both take the names of fictional characters that they claimed were based on them and how did doing so change their lives forever?
At least 20 featured entertainers who took stage names were from Jewish immigrant families. Many were impoverished; some were abused; several were forced to work as young children to help pay family bills. Many were from broken homes, and some never knew their biological fathers, often being placed in foster care. One worked as a prostitute, one a bootlegger; another was a drug dealer. Several were jailed. One was expelled from school and many were dropouts. How did these broken individuals climb to the top of their professions? It took dogged determination and encouragement, and likely, a new name.
In this pictorial book of trivia, one unique feature is that I include popular actors, singers, dancers, authors, sports figures, magicians, entrepreneurs, broadcasters, models and others who longed to create a public persona which he or she felt was worthy of his or her audience, revealing the circumstances and reasons behind the changes and how they built the public perceptions which took them up the ladder of success. I have been very selective in order to provide a variety of intriguing personalities and stories of overcoming adversity.
Every once in awhile a new novel comes along that excites me. This is one of those! And it’s from a great new author, Canadian Léopold Álvaro!
John is on a quest to find the truth about the discovery of North America. His lead is the lost treasure of the Knights Templar and the legendary Henry St. Clair voyage to Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1398. John soon discovers that his personal quest is interlocked with the past life revelations of his son. Their collective search triggers an investigation of world events, leading them deep down the rabbit hole; a search fraught with intrigue, synchronicity, danger and murder. In the end, the treasure of the Knights Templar is finally located, but unbeknownst to all, its reach has always been beyond worldly measure.
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I promised to post some entries from my upcoming Second Volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. As I have repeatedly stated, many expressions have been wrongly credited in popular dictionaries and online sources. Here is one example which is in the new book:
This old idiom means “I have no idea.” In 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs is often credited for first using it in The Land That Time Forgot, Chapter 4:
“‘Flowering shrubs don’t thrive in the subterranean caverns from which geysers spring,’ suggested Bradley. Olson shook his head. ‘It beats me,’ he said.”
Again, wrong! It was in use figuratively as early as 1824 on page 57, in Douglas, A Tragedy, by John Home, Reduced to Scottish Rhyme, Chiefly the Broad Buchan Dialect:
“Norv. Weel, I am in a primonirie now— ‘Completely beats me how I’m to get through.’”
The new Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions Volume II will be out in just over 60 days! The response for the original volume was far greater than I had ever imagined. Over the next few weeks I will be posting a few entries from this new one. It contains detailed definitions and origins of over 1,000 new phrases and sayings. If you haven’t yet purchased the first one, especially if you are a writer or public speaker, I think you will find it highly valuable. It is available at stclairpublications.com or Amazon sites worldwide.
At times I highlight books which deal with subjects with which some of my readers may have had to deal. One such unfortunate subject is rape. The Darkness of the Sun by my wife, Christian author, Rhonda St. Clair, has been noted for the way this subject is broached and openly handled.
The story begins when the protagonist, a nurse named Bella Fontaine, has traveled to Easter Island and seen for herself the mysterious monumental statues known as the moai. standing stoically in Rapa Nui National Park. But something else is occurring–a spectacle for which she came at this particular time–a total soar eclipse.
“Now, as the tiny circle which remained of the sun’s glory shouted out around the rape of the lunar body embracing it, chills permeated the length of Bella’s slender spine.
“My life, she thought, has been like the darkness of the sun.”
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I consider myself fortunate to have friends as well as authors whom I publish living around the world in many nations. In Australia I have one friend whom I know from here, and several more I have met online. Two of these are the authors of The Enigmatic Sinclairs, Gerald Sinclair and Rondo B B Me, the first volume of which I published last October after which it was launched at the popular tourist attraction, Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, at the book store. (A second volume is due out this October.)
That book has been labeled as “The most important book on the history of the Sinclair Clan in 300 years.”
An obstacle “Down Under” is the fact that our printer and distributor, Amazon, does not print books in Australia. They do distribute Kindles through their Australian site, though. Every now and then I Google myself or our books, and today I found it interesting that Ebay in Australia has four copies of my childhood memoir offering, Beyond the Thistle Patch, mostly geared at teens and pre-teens. Here is a link:
I hope it works, nevertheless, they are indeed posted there. We do sell a lot of books outside the US. Though Australia is a bit different, it is really a cool place, and our books make it there “by hook or by crook!”
Michele Doucette was the first author other than myself to publish with St. Clair Publication. Since then she has written many amazing books, primarily centered around Mind, Body and Spirit. Already, she is one of our best selling authors. She has recently retired from teaching and is putting many more hours into research and writing. Here is the link to her updated Amazon author page. Enjoy it and check out her treasure trove of products:
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We have all heard this when we could find a way to ‘turn lemons into lemonade’ (there’s an entry on that in my big book). Lately a bunch of negatives have popped up in my life, as they have in the past. First my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and when she had surgery it had gone into her lymph nodes. She found out that she would also be facing chemo and radiation. Where’s the good in that, right? But, as always, there has been good. Her subsequent tests showed that if there were any more hot spots, they were microscopic. Also, many friends have shown great care, with bringing food and sending gifts, and offering their prayers and positive thoughts.
My smart phone has been freezing up, so I had to take it to the store yesterday an hour drive from home. The good news was that it was under warranty and a new one has been ordered for me. I needed a new case, so I got it while I was there. That’s good.
I had bought a new lawn tractor last year when the old one finally ‘gave up the ghost ‘. That’s on page 211 in my book. It’s been less than a year, and as I was mowing this morning, the gears quit engaging. No good there, right? Well, I called the store, and the service man was only 10 minutes away and came right out and reconnected the drive belt (also under warranty). I went ahead and purchased a 2 year extended warranty, so I won’t have to be concerned about huge repair bills for over two more years. And items which are not covered, I’ll get a 25% discount on.
Most people would be ‘crying foul’ but I am thankful that ‘all’s well that ends well.’ That’s on page 17 of my book. My regulars probably all have a copy. But if you don’t, now is the time to get it! Go to my website at http://stclairpublications,com and order it, and the first two to order there will get a personally signed copy direct from me! On October 1, the second volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions will be out with over 1,000 new entries with definitions and most likely origins, plus early citations.