Many exciting new books loom on the horizon

Having just returned to work after a relaxing extended holiday weekend away, myself and two of my associates have had our hands full with getting out several new releases and working on others. I have been spending long, but enjoyable hours at the main computer in my office, and it has not been without rewards. I have received one revision from an author and personally completed a new classic, and revised others, resubmitting four manuscripts, and the new classic to the printer. 

Coming very soon are:                                                                                                                              Pray Immanuel: A Supplemental Devotional to A Teacher’s Prayer, and I Pray Immanuel: A Leader’s Guide, by Tammy Mentzer Brown. Tammy’s A Teacher’s Prayer has been one of our best selling books to date.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by W.W. Denslow, the timeless children’s fantasy classic which was the basis of the 1939 blockbuster movie, The Wizard of Oz, and a recent film.

All of these are currently in process of release, and should be available on Amazon worldwide and at http://stclairpublications.com very soon.

Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, my huge tome combining three years of research is in final proofing and should be released in March. I will announce it then.

Men and Women of Renown: My Maternal Ancestry and Men and Women of Renown: The Companion Volume by Michele Doucette, a major member of our staff, are in final edits and should also be released this spring.

Just contracted and in the process of preparation are:                                               The A.C.T.S. of Prayer, a volume of poetical prayers by Peggy Ball.

The Prince of Kings, a surprisingly intriguing autobiographal work by Israel Stewart with my co-authorship.

Also coming later this year: Limericks, Jokes and Other Such Rubbish, another of my humerous works. Rhonda is also preparing a senior joke book which remains unamed at this date.

We are also negotiating for other books such as a hardback reprint of a Scottish Clan History.

The future with St. Clair Publications will not be dull. Stay tuned to this blog for the latest.

 

 

Happy New Year – New Classic coming

Happy New Year everyone!

In spite of having a nasty episode with bronchitis, I am feeling some better, and went ahead with plans to submit our latest StCP Classic–one book containing the immortal short stories which took Washington Irving to international fame almost 100 years ago.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle though different in scope, have a couple of things in common. In spite of the fact that Irving was Scottish, these two classic mystical ghostly yarns were both set in eighteenth-century Dutch communities in New York. Info will be posted on Amazon in Europe and America, as well as our site at http://stclairpublications.com within a few weeks. These tales are just as gripping today as they were when Irving penned them. The book has been submitted to the printer for review, so be watching late in January for their arrival. The book is high-quality and low-cost and less than some other publisners! Be looking in late January.

Bringing back the past – even the Big Wheel!

 

Big Wheel

The Big Wheel® was first developed by Louis Marx Toys and presented to the public at the 1969 New York Toy Fair. It immediately became a national success in the US. Now Alpha International in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is bringing it back.

Across America nostalgia is raging. 50s style restaurants with the appearance of Arnold’s on Happy Days are reaching a feverish peak. That’s partly because people like the ‘warm fuzzy feeling’ that comes from the that bygone era. In fact, facebook has been overrun by images of the past recently.

Classic autos are also very popular, and millions go out to see them at car shows each year, and prices of totally refurbished classics are prime.

The older I get, the more I like reminiscing and reading about the past. Not just my own lifetime, but topics of historic significance. I don’t want to live in the past. Heavens, no! We have to look to our future. But the past is certainly something we can learn from.

We have published a number books of historic significance. Books like SIlas Marner, A Man for the Ages, Men of Iron and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. If that story doesn’t take you back to a simpler time and make you feel warm and fuzzy, what can? There is also Beyond the Thistle Patch which draws from the 1950s and ’60s. Hope you get a copy of one today!

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Gold on the hearth

One of the classic stories of all times is Silas Marner by George Eliot. The story is set in early nineteenth-century England. Marner is a weaver who minds his own business and goes to church every Sunday. But a man whom he sees as a friend falsely accuses him of a crime that he, himself,  has committed. Forced out by the society of the town, he settles in another village and plies his craft there. Just as he feels safe once again, while he is away one day, his entire savings which he has worked so hard to put away is stolen from under his hearth where it was hidden. Devastated, he throws himself once again into his work, but is leary of everything and wants nothing to do with religion.

Suddenly, one winter day, a poverty-stricken mother wanders into his yard where she collapses and dies. Her blonde toddler daughter wanders into Marner’s open door and ends up on his hearth. When he sees her, he feels that his gold has returned to his hearth. He takes her in and adopts her as his own daughter. But is there more to the story than meets the eye? Who was this forlorn mother, and even more of a mystery, who is the child’s father? Will he once again be forced to give up what is keeping him sane?

Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe is a true classic and available on St. Clair Publications site. Preserving the classics is one way that we will keep alive the tales which never grow old.