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.


Prince Henry Childrens’ book now available

The long-awaited Prince Henry children’s book is now available on the St. Clair Publications site at one day ahead of schedule! It is also up on Amazon in the US, UK and Continental Europe sites. A slight alteration of the cover image is in progress on the Amazon sites which already has been corrected on our site. Also, an abreviated book description is showing to be more effective to the general market. This book is aimed at children ages 10 to 15, but is also very colorful in both illustration and descriptive verbiage, having been crafted by a noted artist, Hazel Brown. Thoes who order the book will not be dissapointed! Order yours today in order to receive well ahead of the Christmas rush.

When searching for it on all Amazon sites, the full title is Prince Henry St. Clair, Earl of Orkney.

Prince Henry book approved

The delightful new children’s book, Prince Henry St. Clair, Earl of Orkney, by noted artist, Hazel Brown, has been approved for release today, and will soon be available on our site at and on Amazon around the globe. I will be filling the pre-orders that I have already recieved right away. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Home is where the heart is

Rhonda and I had a delightful stay at the Cabin on the Pond. We were in a different cabin–one right on the water complete with fishing poles (which we chose not to use) lots of friendly catfish which jumped up to devour the food we tossed in for them, and a calico cat, as hungry for attention as eats. And it didn’t rain at all like it usually does when we go. We took lots of pictures and left a bit reluctantly heading home. Rhonda named the cat Cali. The guest book told the various names other folk had dubbed her.

But while we were there, it was as much home as here. We took a Scrabble game, books (can’t forget them, can we) and movies. One lesson I have learned in life is the fact that ‘home is where the heart is’ is more than an old saying. If we accept where we are (even when it is not so pleasant, which I have done at times) as our station in life for the time, we can be content. Now that we are back in our own bed and in front of our computers at times, there is a certain amount of gladness just to be here, because our hearts are in everything we do.

Getting ready for R&R

Today has been spent putting finishing touches on the Prince Henry children’s book–something still not yet completed, and cover changes for Tom Sawyer. A Man for the Ages has now been approved for release, and will be on Amazon within a week. It has been a day well-invested. I enjoy when I near the conclusion of a day looking back and feeling a sense of accomplishment, having traded a day of my life for those tasks.

In the morning Rhonda and I will be leaving for our get away at Muddy Pond. Time always well spent because we come back ready to get at it again. Muddy Pond is a MInnonite community high atop the Cumberland Plateau toward the Kentucky line which is an escape from the business of life as we know it in the twenty-first century. We love the log cabin on the pond which has no cell phone or television reception. It is like going back in time where we can really carry on conversations and play scrabble. Both are relaxing. Muddy Pond, here we come!


A bit of a scare

Yesterday we got a bit of a scare at the St. Clair home. My doctor has increased my BP and triglyceride meds to help control my mild kidney disease. He also wants me to increase my exercise. I’m supposed to be going to arobics classes three times a week (something which sometimes takes a back seat to a busy schedule). But I like getting out and mowing our lawn (though done on our Troy-bilt lawn tractor). At least it does provide excercise I wouldn’t get otherwise, especially because it is a large lot to mow. One of the back tires was low on air, so I pulled the mower up beside my car and hooked the compressor up to my cigarette lighter (which I don’t otherwise use). I started the car so the use of the power wouldn’t be any drain on the battery. Upon exiting I must have hit the fob door lock accidentally, and the car was locked up “tighter than a drum”. My wife always has a spare key, so I wasn’t sweating too bad yet. When I asked her to get it for me, it was nowhere to be found. After searching high and low we came to the conclusion that she was not going to be able to locate it, and began calling locksmiths to open the car. After all, it was running, and the air conditioner was on full blast. I couldn’t believe it. Every locksmith in the phone book was out on a job and couldn’t make it for an indefinate period. I guess it’s a good thing the doctor had increased my BP med. My wife thought she had likely left it in a pocketbook when she had changed last time, but had already gone through her entire collection of purses (that takes a while). Finally, after going back through them again, she located the key in a zipper compartment she hadn’t checked. I told her I guess we both just needed a little lesson. There was a good reason we hadn’t been able to reach a locksmith.

New releases

Every month we are releasing about three new titles. Sometimes more, perhaps some months, less. It is so exciting to participate in the birthing process.

One of our ongoing projects is classic literature. More than one book is being formatted and prepared at a time, and progress depends upon being able to work them in with new titles. Before the first of September we will be releasing both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the timeless classic by Mark Twain based upon his life growing up on the banks of the Mississippi, and A Man for the Ages, Irving Bacheller’s enduring best-seller about the life of our beloved 17th American President, Abraham Lincoln.

Add to this a beautiful 8.5 X 11 full color children’s book, Prince Henry St. Clair, Earl of Orkney, by noted British faerie artist, Hazel Brown, based on the brave voyage made to the New World almost 100 years before Columbus, and you have a trio headed for success.

When new authors come to St. Clair Publications they receive one-on-one personal attention,  true value unbeatable in today’s publishing market, and worldwide distribution. Our motto is Small enough to listen to the author, large enough to reach the world.

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes

Well, today being my birthday I have spent a great deal of the morning sending thank yous to the many family members and friends who have been so kind as to send e-cards, facebook and email greetings. A big dose of appreciation goes out to all. My birthday is one time when am humbly reminded that I have a great number of kind folk who are thoughtful enough to send me wishes for a memorable day, and I am certainly having one. Thanks to you all again. My lovely wife is taking me out to dinner this evening, and we are going away for a marvelous getaway next weekend in commemoration. To her I owe a deep appreciation and the greatest of thank yous and all my love.

Why do some books sell and others not?

If we all knew before we wrote and published a book if it would sell, we would know which themes to persue. The truth is, we don’t have a crystal ball that magically tells us these factors in advance. The fact is, this is determined by a variety of things.

First, as I have stated numerous times, no book sells itself. If a book is not on a topic that people are interested in reading, it won’t sell. If it is not well-promoted, it won’t sell. If it is not attractive or doesn’t appear interesting or informative, it won’t sell. It’s much easier to say what won’t sell than what will. Still, even the most seasoned writer sometimes has books that do not make it.  I have examined my better-selling books and they have some common denominators. It isn’t because I wrote them. The common threads are: they are well-written and researched; they are true; they are interesting, they are attractively presented and they are promoted.

Let’s take Conspiracy in the Town that Time Forgot, for instance. It was co-written by the person featured in it–Ron Cunningham. It was a true story which catches people’s attention and keeps them turning the pages. We still have book signings and sell a good number of them after almost three years.

Then there’s On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms. It has a catchy title, is humorously presented, is based on tons of research, and has a dynamite cover. Then it has been promoted online. It was the # 3 best selIing cliche origin dictionary in November and December last year on Amazon. I am still amazed at how many sell in both paperback and ebook format.

So in thinking about what books to write–or even read, consider these things.


Prince Henry St. Clair, Earl of Orkney

On or about 1 September a fresh and delightful new children’s book will be released by St. Clair Publications.

Noted British faerie artist, Hazel Brown, vividly paints this intriguing story, based on the life and voyages of Jarl Henry St. Clair aka Prince Henry Sinclair, and his voyages to the New World 100 years before Columbus, with all of the skill and rapture of a well-seasoned best-selling author.The brilliant full-color illustrations, many of which cover the entire page, are also most remarkable. 

Haakon, a twelve-year-old lad of Orkney, has waited what seemed an eternity, for the return of his wise and beloved grandfather, a blacksmith who has traveled with Sir Henry, his navigator, Antonio Zeno, and their crew to discover lands far away. He, along with his two young cousins, Jon and Eugenie, anxiously probe for answers to  numerous questions about their mysterious voyage. They are far from disappointed, and not only are told tales beyond their wildest dreams, but experience for themselves exciting adventures which would be the envy of any youngster of their day..

This book will excite children with its fast-paced, carefully-worded tales of blended truth and legends of kIngs and queens, princes and princesses, knights, selkies and fairie folk, all glued together with unforgettable art work. However, it will be equally memorable for adults, who will yearn to read it again and again to their curious offspring.