Book number 70 about to be released

Since our inception, St. Clair Publications has submitted 70 books to the public, including those now in final stages of release. One would think that I would be the author with the most releases, but not so.

With a total of 21 titles either released of in process of release is spiritual and self-help author, Michele Doucette of Canada. She currently has two of these titles in process.

I have been the primary author of 12 released and one more about to pop on the scene. This one is a small Emma Lynn Children’s Book which is to be a prequel to my autobiographical tale of youth, Beyond the Thistle Patch. It is conveniently dubbed, Before the Thistle Patch, and begins in Canton, Ohio on the spring day of the move to the farm on which I was reared in the mountains of North Carolina in June, 1954.

Geared to pre-teens, it will also appeal to any child of the 1950s who yearns for memories of the past. It should be on Amazon in less than 2 weeks. Happy Reading.

What do we learn from the past?

It seems like every time I have a chance to go on facebook and see what some of my friends and family are up to someone has posted something from the past. Like, “Do you remember this?”

What do we learn from the past? When we keep making the same mistakes we have learned nothing. History and literature from previous ages, however, can be fascinating. By the study of genealogy I have gleaned a great deal about my ancestors and what their worldviews were and the times, both good and bad,

When we study bygone days we are not to repeat the same mistakes that gave our forebears great angst. We are to learn to make the world a better place.

At St. Clair Publications we preserve the great literature which defined the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Such a book is our latest release, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.

It tells the all-to-common tale of the inward conflict of a Union private torn over the issues of the divided American nation and ridden with guilt from his decision to flee his unit. He is ashamed of his cowardice and seeks peace, wishing for a wound, a ‘red badge of courage,’ which would show that he had at least faced his duty as a soldier.

Stephen Crane is now seen as one of the most prolific authors of his generation. Own your copy of this immortal classic today by ordering our version with a forward by me from Amazon for only $9.95.

Return children to the thrilling days of yesteryear…The Best of Mother Goose

We have seen the revival of a lot of old ideas over the past few decades. Back in the 1970s we saw a new interest in getting back to the past. Roots by Alex Haley brought us a greater interest in the history of our families. Movies like Wilderness Family spurned a desire of many to return to pioneer-style living, and log cabin kits became a rage. Then car companies brought back the first generation of their classic lines and movie companies over the last several years have revived the popular super-heroes like The Lone Ranger, Batman and Superman.

At St. Clair Publications we have brought back a number of the classic novels of the past centuries. In fact, another one will return next week (hint). But today I am announcing something just a bit different.

From the eighteenth century through the mid to late twentieth centuries, Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes were very popular with parents and grandparents for their toddlers to preschoolers. If you are my age, you will well remember. Now, electronic gadgets have taken away a lot of the pleasure of the old rhymes which delighted our kids.

St. Clair Publications Emma Lynn Children’s Book Division has just released The Best Of Mother Goose and Other Nursery Rhymes Illustrated, which recalls the same delightful rhymes we grew up with. I compiled them and they are available now on Amazon! So give your grandkids a gift from your past–order one or more copies today!

Prince of Kings is out!

Well, after months of writing and corresponding with Israel Stuart, our  exciting true story is available! This biographical adventure in survival of the fittest, filled with uncanny events and shocking revelations, is out on Amazon! 

Kings, in the story, is a small town in Mississippi. Here, a tow-headed boy begins a life filled with abuse and denial by his parents of his true identity. He is endowed with a special and unique gift, which is also belittled and sluffed off by those around him. When certain events bring him to the brink of truth, he is forced by those to whom he is entrusted to pack up and move to one town after another. Despite all of these attempts, he discovers that he is a special person with uncanny talents of royal lineage. He is able to quickly develop song lyrics for future artists who cross his path which will become hits, but is also prevented from receiving the credit or any gain whatsoever. Yet numerous persons whom he encounter come away better and richer people because of him.

The Prince of Kings is a powerful and touching story which will keep you turning pages and begging for more. Own your copy today at http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Kings-Israel-Stuart/dp/1935786512/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368019832&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Prince+of+Kings+Israel+Stuart

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Own it now!

The new Oz flick, Oz the Great and Terrible, is making waves at the box office. The original 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, was among the most successful children’s films of all time. But now take a step back even further in time with me. At the close of the nineteenth century, two very creative young men collaborated to publish a book of Nursery Rhymes. Those two men were writer L. Frank Baum and illustrator William Wallace Wenslow. The next year, in 1900, they would introduce the world to Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman (as he was first called), the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked WItch of the West, the ‘humbug’ Wizard and a host of other brilliantly imagined characters which would change the face of children’s litterature forever. There would be 13 sequals. I have two of these first edition books in my library.

Now, own the book that started it all! St. Clair Publications has just released an affordable version of that very first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Get your copy today at www.amazon.com.

But not only are we publishing the classics, but we are making our own Emma Lynn Children’s Books. Maybe some day folks will look back and say, “I have an original of that classic in my library!.”

New virtual library of cliche origins finally released!

The long wait is over! Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions is finally available!

Here is the description found on Amazon:

In what may just be the most detailed, accurate and comprehensive book of its type ever published, Stanley J. St. Clair, author of On the Origin of the Clichés and Evolution of Idioms, delves deep into the history of phrases and common English expressions, exposing numerous misconceptions and previously published origins.  

By enlarging the page size, using smaller print, and removing the illustrations and humorous antidotes, St. Clair is able to include all of the entries in his two previous volumes and double the combined number in this remarkable work.

Many of our common catchphrases are actually misquotes, often even attributed wrongly. Did you know that “Me Tarzan, you Jane” was never used in any Tarzan book or movie? Are you aware of the fact that “Elementary, my dear Watson” never appeared in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels? Then from where did these quotes originate?   

Did you know that “umpteenth time” was in use almost 100 years before top printed sources claim? Did you know that “The good Lord willing and the Creeks don’t rise” had nothing to do with streams of water? Did you know that “How do you like them apples?” was not referring to the fruit, and that the date of its first appearance is often misquoted?

Unlike most phrase dictionaries, in many cases this work not only gives the definition and most likely origin, but early citations as well. With entries as ancient as “By the skin of my teeth” to as new as “Kicking the can down the road,” this comprehensive work is sure to appeal to seekers of truth everywhere. The author welcomes your comments.  

Be among the first to order your copy today at: 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1935786415

Reviews encouraged!

Michele Doucette books now on Kindle

This Christmas, the number two most popular gift was tha Kindle Fire.  Spiritual author and novelist, Michele Doucette, has just included four of her insightful works in those avaliable on Amazon Kindle. Some have wonderful color illustrations which will show up brilliantly if you own a Fire.

Her current Kindle e books are her first novel, A Travel in Time to Grand Pre; The Ultimate Enlightenment for 2012: All We Need is Ourselves; Turn off the TV:  Turn on Your Mind, and Veracity at its Best. Michele’s e books start at only $2.99, and are sure to keep your interest. Send a copy of one of these inspiring titles to your Kindle today and find out why she is so popular among young aspiring adults.

 

 

Major announcement!

If you’ve been hampered by the fact that you don’t have a Kindle and you want to own or give one of our ebooks to a loved one, the wait is over! Our eVolve eBook Division is now up and running at http://stclairpublications.com . The premier offering of 10 books is now live and may be downloaded to your Nook, iPad or any Anthroid electronic pad or mini pad. Simply go to the site, and open an account if you don’t have one. Click on eVolve on the left top of the Home Page and then click the title of the book, which will take you to ‘Add to your cart’ and either continue shopping or go to the checkout. 

Books available now are:

By Tammy Mentzer Brown, A Teacher’s Prayer (Best-selling true story of courage, faith and grace)

By Kent Hesselbein, Good to the Finish (True story of a missionary family) and Infidel (Great difinitive work on Howard Pyle’s classic Men of Iron)

By Rhonda St. Clair, The Darkness of the Sun (Moving Christian novel of a brave young girl)

By Chris Godwin, SHAKAR: Blind Ambition (British Adult sci-fi novel)

By Ron Cunningham and Stan St.Clair, Conspiracy in the Town that Time Forgot (Best-selling true crime drama)

By Stan St. Clair, On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms (Best selling phrase origin book),  On the Origin of the Cliches, All New, Volume II (New, more phrase origins), Beyond the Thistle Patch (True autobiographical children’s book)

By Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(Immortal Classic) ONLY 99 cents!

Tell your friends…more to come! 

 

A poet and don’t know it

I am wrapping up phase one of my final phrase origin book. The original, On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms, continues to sell daily on Amazon both in America and also a number in the U.K. On the Origin of the Cliches, All New, Book II is also selling well.

The effort of the new book continues to consume much of my time. But the result is definitely worth it. I am now doing corrective formatting to agree with my new, larger page, smaller text version. It will approach 800 pages and is intended to be a trend-setter and standard-bearer for future books of its type. It will contain the phrases in my earlier books and many hundreds more. After this stage I shall begin first proofing, then two of my associates will also go over it carefully before I begin the final editing and proofing for publication, hopefully in late spring, 2013.

One of the entries is “Poet and don’t know it.” If you’ve ever made a rhyme without trying you may have had someone rattle off these witty words to you. Here is my entry for that phrase:

Poet and don’t know it

This sordonic statement is invoked when someone has apparently made an unintentional rhyme. It has been around in varying forms since the late-nineteenth century. The earliest known citation is from Niagara University’s (New York) Niagara Index, page 27, 1 October 1895:

“The author of that German poem, placed under our door must come to our office and identify himself with no less than three witnesses before we will pass judgement on its merits for publication.

“’We have a poet and don’t know it. If he had whiskers he’d be a go at.’”

The fact that the entire expression was in quotes leads to the opinion that it was already in use. Then in 1926 the following variation, which became more popular, appeared in Volume 20 of the Washington, DC, literary journal, Gargoyle Magazine as a part of a ‘Pat and Mike’ joke:

Pat: “You’re a poet and don’t know it, your feet show it; they’re Long- fellows.”

At St. Clair Publications we actually publish poets–the kind that KNOW IT and want to be read. Recently a friend made it known that she had a book of poetical prayers that she wanted to someday publish. We will be the ones with the honor of putting out her book.

If you have some poems that you believe are worthy of appearing in print, let me know and I will be happy to discuss it with you. I do have the option of accepting or rejecting anything, of course. We have guidelines and standards. Here’s wishing our readers a very merry holiday season.

 

Prince Henry Children’s Book now available

Hazel BrownThe long-awaited Prince Henry St.Clair, Earl of Orkney children’s book is up of the St. Clair Publications website one day ahead of schedule!  

This exceptional work, crafted by noted artist, Hazel Brown (See picture) in the UK, tells the story of a young boy, Haakon, whose grandfather sailed to the New World with Prince Henry almost 100 years before Columbus. It is aimed at children between the ages of 10 and 15, but will also be interesting and delightful to older teens and adults. Order your copies today at the above link, or from Amazon in the US, UK or any Continental Europe site. It is sure to keep the attention of everyone in the family.