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My library has a new book!

My library has a new book!

I am very excited to have Confessions of a Mad Mooer: Postnatal Depression Sucks by Robin Elizabeth on a shelf in my library. It’s been a big year for both of us in our publishing journeys and I’m very proud to have our books hanging out on the shelf together – and they look pretty good thanks to the amazing artistic skills of Sally Walsh at Sillier Than Sally Designs.

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And guess what?

I have copies of Confessions of a Mad Mooer in my hot little hands! 

$17.95 for local Penrith / Hawkesbury / Lower Blue Mountains buyers (I can get it to you), or add $7.00 for postage Australia wide. 

Contact me at bookendspublishing@gmail.com if you would like a copy. 

Description:

What happens when a mother says she isn’t okay, but nobody’s listening?

That’s the situation Sydney mother, Robin, faced after the birth of her identical twin boys. She already had a needy toddler and a husband who worked long hours, but no matter where she turned, her desperate cries for help went unanswered. It wasn’t until her newborn twins ended up in hospital with bronchiolitis that the medical staff realised it was Robin who needed the most care.

The hospital diagnosed her with postnatal depression, or postpartum depression as it is known in the US, and sent her and the boys to a psychiatric hospital. Inside the Psychiatric Mothers and Baby unit Robin finally found her confidence, not only as a parent, but also as a writer and a worthy person in her own right. Her periods returned, too, but she didn’t consider that as much of a blessing.

Confessions of a Mad Mooer is her story, told with warmth, humour, and unflinching honesty. A must read for anyone who has been touched by postnatal or postpartum depression, and a fascinating read for any creative or performing artists who have ever struggled with their own mental health.


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Robin Elizabeth is an Australian writer, ranter, reviewer, dyslexic, twitter addict, and definitely a mad mumma. She does enjoy getting caught in the rain, but not as much as she likes piña coladas and any number of 80s classic cocktails. Her friends have likened her to the comedian Judith Lucy, but no reputable source has confirmed the similarity.

She is best known for her blog entries about postnatal depression and her support of the Australian publishing industry. She is known as a good literary citizen and has started Robinpedia, which humorously catalogues the ins and outs of the Australian writing industry.

Sunny Sydney is where Robin Elizabeth resides with her three children and a husband; not that she’s entirely sure he exists because she only sights him but rarely. The children have been declared adorable by multiple sources.

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Merry Dachshund! Buy Destination Dachshund & receive a handmade dachshund Christmas ornament !

Merry Dachshund! Buy Destination Dachshund & receive a handmade dachshund Christmas ornament !

Need a stocking filler, a good read, or a cute dachshund Christmas ornament?

Well here it is. It’s like I read your mind 😉

Just for Christmas my Amazon Best Seller Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds now comes with the cutest handmade dachshund Christmas ornament.

$22.99 for book and dachshund ornament for pick-up or local Penrith area/Blue Mountains delivery.

*For postage Australia wide: $29.99

Get in quick before I hang all the dachshunds on MY Christmas tree!

Please email Lisa to purchase: lisa@lisafleetwood.com.au

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Praise for Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

“A likable author makes for a likable, dog-centric travel book.” – Kirkus Review
“Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—88 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.” – Kirkus Review

“I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys memoirs, travelogues, history, who has a love for pets, or who is just looking for a great read in general.” – Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite

‘Destination Dachshund is a truly delightful read with many laugh out loud moments. And it isn’t just a book about travel – even though the extraordinary array of travel experiences captured between the pages is epic. The author unpacks with warmth and humour the intricacies of family relationships, our love of pets, and the joys of travelling with dodgy-kneed grandparents. And then there’s the hilarious dachshund spotting competition. I now find myself scanning walkways and parks for these spunky little dogs.’ —  Vanessa, Sydney

“A truly engaging read that is so much more than a travel memoir. Not only does Lisa take us on her 3-month trip of a life time, she also takes us into the heart of her family. While the Fleetwood’s travel through Europe, they must also navigate their own grief. Destination Dachshund is a remarkable book – filled with honesty and humour, and the sights, smells and sounds of amazing locations. It will make you want to hug the ones you love, then book a flight somewhere!” – Sharyn, Springwood, NSW 

Fully endorsed by Rosie the Dachshund
Fully endorsed by Rosie the Dachshund

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My new venture: Bookends Publishing

My new venture: Bookends Publishing

I have decided to start an independent publishing house. It is small. It will be a big learning curve. But I’m doing it anyway! All things must start from somewhere no matter how small. 2017 will be a big year!

In publishing Destination Dachshund, I wanted to take my writing career into my own hands and with Bookends Publishing I want to be able to help other authors do the same thing. I also want to provide opportunities for new, emerging, and established writers.

‘Be a driving force in your own life. When you empower yourself to act on your ambitions, you create opportunities for growth, connections and self-improvement.’ – Louise Hay

In 2017 Bookends Publishing will be launching a step-by-step guide about publishing to make it easier for indie authors to get started. Some of the content will include:

  • Being brave and believing in yourself
  • How to set up your Amazon Publisher Account
  • How to become an Amazon Best Seller
  • Publishing your eBook in ten easy steps
  • How to obtain your EIN (US Tax ID)
  • Understanding Amazon’s Keywords & Categories
  • Formatting your manuscript for eBook
  • Ebook, Print Book, or both?
  • How to obtain your ISBN and barcode
  • How to set up expanded distribution of your book to hundreds of retailers
  • The importance of a Book Launch Team
  • The Bookends Publishing  ‘Self Publishing Dictionary’

 

A beginning…

Bookends Publishing will be assisting authors to self-publish and provide publication advice and in 2017/2018 my aim is to gather a great team at Bookends and be open for submission for full publication. So watch this space and the space over at Bookends. Watch all the spaces. 😉

Bookends Australian Writing Award

I am excited to announce that in mid-2017, the Bookends Australian Writing Award will be established to showcase Australian writers and their many talents. All winning and shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology in ebook format. More information coming soon!


Coming soon at Bookends Publishing….
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The first wonderful writer I am providing some advice to is Robin Elizabeth with her heartfelt, moving, and funny memoir ‘Confessions of a Mad Mooer’: Postnatal Depression Sucks’ about her time in a psychiatric hospital after having gone through postnatal depression with both her daughter and her identical twin boys. The book will be available in ebook and print in December.

Visit Robin’s website for more information about the book and her commentary on postnatal depression (PND). It is Postnatal Depression Awareness Week right now and Robin is writing a daily blog on PND. If you or someone you know has been touched by PND then tune into to Robin’s blog here.

Destination Dachshund widely available for purchase = Happy author!

Destination Dachshund widely available for purchase = Happy author!

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I just found Destination Dachshund in another book shop and I am very excited about it! Thank you Tea House Books in Denmark Western Australia! It is also widely available in print and eBook at the following retailers:

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Readers’ Favorite #5Star Reviews for Destination Dachshund #ReadersFavorite

Readers’ Favorite #5Star Reviews for Destination Dachshund #ReadersFavorite

STS_DD Ebook In between light and dark V5.2_mini_miniI am really pleased to share that I have received the Readers’ Favorite 5 Star seal and three wonderful reviews for Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds.

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Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite

In a simply delightful memoir penned by author Lisa Fleetwood, Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds, readers will be treated to a fun, funny, heartwarming and even an educational retelling of the travels of the Fleetwood family through 15 countries. The family, with teenagers and in-laws participating in the journey, leave for their epic trip just days after their beloved dachshund, Coco, passes away. While in Russia, they spot two engaging dachshunds, both wearing winter coats, and that spurs a new family game. With the search on for dachshunds across their travels, the family experiences are recounted with humor and love, and a great deal of history thrown in as well.

I very much enjoyed Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir. Author Lisa Fleetwood has done a wonderful job in telling the story of her family’s amazing adventure in an engaging style that will keep readers turning the pages from the start all the way through until the very end. This book is full of history, and information is provided about each of the family’s stops on their trip that many will find informative and interesting. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys memoirs, travelogues, history, who has a love for pets, or who is just looking for a great read in general. I certainly hope that author Lisa Fleetwood would consider writing another book in the future. With her obvious talent, it’s sure to be an excellent read!

Reviewed By Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

What a fun book I just finished reading! Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds by author Lisa Fleetwood is the tale of an amazing family trip taken with both her in-laws and her teenagers across fifteen countries. What do dachshunds have to do with any of this? Well, unfortunately, the family suffered the loss of their very loved pet, dachshund Coco, just a few days before their epic trip. While on their trip, they begin to notice dachshunds while they were traveling, starting with two smartly outfitted little ones in Russia. They decided to make a game of spotting these engaging dogs for the rest of their journey. What ensues is a fun and adventurous ride through historical spots, with dachshunds, of course, around almost every bend.

This sweet story was simply a delight to read. To any reader who enjoys reading about other people’s adventures while traveling, who likes to learn about other places and historical spots, who loves pets, especially dogs (and maybe especially those who love dachshunds) or to anyone looking for just a fun read in general, Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir is the book for you. Author Lisa Fleetwood has done a wonderful job in putting down her family’s amazing experiences in such a way that will engage most readers and will leave them wanting to hear more about this interesting and heart warming family. I can confidently rate this book most highly, and certainly hope to read more from author Lisa Fleetwood in the future!

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds is a non-fiction travel memoir written by Lisa Fleetwood. The author received a lot of puzzled looks when she told friends about the family’s upcoming travel adventure. Most wondered how adult children would handle travelling with their parents and in-laws, as well as their own children, and for three long months, but Fleetwood figured it had been done before by others. After her father’s passing, she knew that she wanted to spend some time with her mom and her husband’s parents while they still could travel, and while her own two children, now teens, were still living at home. What made eyebrows rise even higher was their itinerary. The Aussies would be travelling through Europe and Russia in wintertime, and then heading across the Atlantic to Boston, but it made perfect sense to the Fleetwoods. It coincided with their kids’ holidays, and a snowy Christmas abroad might indeed be a magical thing.

Lisa Fleetwood’s non-fiction travel memoir, Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir, covers quite a bit of traveling, and along the way I began to truly enjoy the company of the author and her family. Fleetwood shares the high points, and a few of the low points, of a most impressive grand tour. I loved exploring Eastern Europe with the Fleetwoods and found myself thinking a lot about food as they ate their way through some delectable sounding cuisine. She also touches on the family dynamics of a trip where they were in close proximity almost all of the time, especially with the added stress of her father’s death two years before and the recent death of their beloved dachshund, Coco, just before they left for the trip. Fleetwood writes in an easy conversational style that makes the reader instantly feel at home. She’s also the consummate travel guide, giving the reader an inspired itinerary for any number of travel adventures. Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds is most highly recommended.


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Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

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Tags: Dachshunds, Destination Dachshund, Recommended Books, Travel
Publisher: Lisa Fleetwood
Publication Year: 2016
Length: 275
ASIN: B01E3VZ80I
ISBN: 0994591403
Exploring the bond of family and the grieving of loved ones, both human and hound, Destination Dachshund offers a unique twist on the travel memoir with an often hilarious dachshund-spotting competition at the heart of one family’s extraordinary journey through Turkey, Russia, Europe and the USA....
About the Book

AMAZON BEST SELLING BOOK
…’This is a fabulous read with so much to enjoy – a travel journal with real heart. ‘
…’Lisa has such an engaging way of writing that pulls you in. It’s hard to stop reading.’

Destination Dachshund offers a unique twist on the travel memoir with remembrance for those who have been loved and lost, at the heart of one family’s extraordinary journey through Turkey, Russia, the Baltics, Europe and the United States for Christmas in New York City.

With teenage children and in-laws in tow, the Fleetwood family embarks on their adventure just days after the tragic loss of their beloved dachshund, Coco.

When two miniature dachshunds in smart winter coats are spotted in Moscow, it’s game on! A riotous, often hilarious dachshund spotting competition for the lovable, long-bodied dog ensues across 15 countries.

This funny and heartfelt true story will resonate with travel and dog lovers alike as well as history and war buffs. Through the wonder of travel, this remarkable travelogue explores the bond of extended family, the abiding love we have for our pets and the grieving for loved ones, both human and hound.

Reviews
‘What a wonderfully captivating read! Destination Dachshund is a humorous, yet moving memoir of a three generational family’s journey through Europe and the USA. As the family deal with the grief of death, there are moments that tugged at the heartstrings as well as a whole load of hilarious anecdotes, a bit of history and of course, the dachshund spotting! This book is a well-paced read and the rich descriptions captured the sights, smells and flavours of Christmas time in the northern hemisphere. We learn of the trials and tribulations of travelling with extended family, yet there are lots of special moments that make this book so complete. Destination Dachshund will make you want to grab your family and hug them tight…if only to make sure they don’t spot a dachshund!’ — 5 stars, Melissa, Sydney

‘Destination Dachshund is a truly delightful read with many laugh out loud moments. And it isn’t just a book about travel – even though the extraordinary array of travel experiences captured between the pages is epic. The author unpacks with warmth and humour the intricacies of family relationships, our love of pets, and the joys of travelling with dodgy-kneed grandparents. And then there’s the hilarious dachshund spotting competition. I now find myself scanning walkways and parks for these spunky little dogs.’ — 5 stars, Vanessa, Sydney

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#DachshundSpotting for Destination Dachshund

#DachshundSpotting for Destination Dachshund

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Dachshund Spotting – Meaning:

  • Dachshund – a dog of a very short-legged, long-bodied breed, otherwise known as sausage dog, wiener dog, doxie or jamniki. Please read Melissa Bromley’s highly informative post on the mighty dachshund – Digging up the Dirt on the Dachshund Read it – You won’t know how you got through the day without knowing these facts.
  • Spotting – the slightly obsessive past time of dachshund loving humans. Note: Can be highly addictive, and contagious.

Spot a dog and WIN! 

Follow me on Instagram at lisa_fleetwood and @lisafleetwood on Twitter and if you spot a dachshund snap a pic, tag me and upload it using these hashtags #DachshundSpotting #DestinationDachshund.

For the launch of my travel memoir, Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds I wanted to share some noteworthy dachshund spottings. Everyone who has shared a picture of their dachshund spotting with me goes into the draw for a $50 Red Bubble voucher, which will be drawn to much media coverage (filmed with my iPhone & posted on Facebook!) by Charlie the Dachshund on 30th April. So keep the pictures coming! You could spend the $50 on anything on Red Bubble but seriously who wouldn’t want these pieces of merchandise? Check out my store HERE.

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Dachshund Spotting Slideshow

First up in the #DachshundSpotting slideshow are the dogs spotted, (mainly by Anthony) on the three month holiday and the rest by my team of dachshund spotters from all around the world.

Spotted Riga, Latvia Spotted Riga, Latvia
Spotted Krakow, Poland Spotted Krakow, Poland
Spotted Zakopane, Poland Spotted Zakopane, Poland
Spotted Paris, France Spotted Paris, France
Same cute puppy in Paris Same cute puppy in Paris
Spotted Bayeux, France Spotted Bayeux, France
Spotted Central Park NYC, USA Spotted Central Park NYC, USA
Spotted Central Park, NYC USA Spotted Central Park, NYC USA
Spotted, NYC USA Spotted, NYC USA
Spotted Battery Park Esplanade, NYC USA Spotted Battery Park Esplanade, NYC USA
Spotted NYC, USA Spotted NYC, USA
Spotted NYC USA Spotted NYC USA
Same pup! Same pup!
Spotted NYC, USA Spotted NYC, USA
Spotted in London Spotted in London
Spotted: The dentist Spotted: The dentist
Spotted: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund on TV Spotted: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund on TV
Spotted: Byron Bay Australia Spotted: Byron Bay Australia
Spotted: Clontarf, Australia Spotted: Clontarf, Australia
Spotted: Port Macquarie Spotted: Port Macquarie
There ARE 2 dachshunds there! There ARE 2 dachshunds there!
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Spotted in London Spotted in London
Spotted Great Ocean Road, Victoria Australia Spotted Great Ocean Road, Victoria Australia
Spotted Brainerd, Minnesota Spotted Brainerd, Minnesota
Spotted: Royal Easter Show, Sydney Australia Spotted: Royal Easter Show, Sydney Australia
Spotted Rose Bay Sydney Australia Spotted Rose Bay Sydney Australia
Spotted watching the golf! Spotted watching the golf!
Spotted at Peter Alexander! Spotted at Peter Alexander!
Spotted! Spotted!
Spotted Glenelg, SA Australia Spotted Glenelg, SA Australia
Spotted Leura NSW Australia Spotted Leura NSW Australia
Spotted Rugby game! Spotted Rugby game!
Spotted at Market in Poland Spotted at Market in Poland
Spotted Missouri USA Spotted Missouri USA
Spotted Colo, NSW Australia Spotted Colo, NSW Australia
Spotted Peter Alexander, Sydney Spotted Peter Alexander, Sydney
Spotted in the ALDI catalogue! Spotted in the ALDI catalogue!
Spotted Venice, Italy Spotted Venice, Italy
Spotted Venice, Italy Spotted Venice, Italy
Spotted Venice Italy Spotted Venice Italy
Spotted Venice, Italy Spotted Venice, Italy

 

And by the way MY BOOK LAUNCHES TOMORROW!!! Woohoo!!! 

Book Review: Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson

Book Review: Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson

I’d like to welcome my awesome friend Angela Long to Welcome to my Library. She has generously agreed to join me here in reviewing books written by our many talented Australian authors. Angela will be focusing on adult fiction and memoir in all genres with any titles by women writers reviewed as part of the Australian Women Writers challenge. Read more about it: Australian Women Writers Challenge. I will remain reviewing children and young adult books in all genres, along with the occasional adult speculative fiction title.

We have some amazing writers in Australia – I am proud to showcase some of them here and very pleased to now be showcasing adult fiction as well as children’s and young adult books.

Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson was read and enjoyed in the book club that Angela and I are a part of. It was well received by all of us and was a great discussion book. What prompted the purchase of the novel was hearing Kristina Olsson speak at the Sydney Writers Festival last year where she reflected on her complicated family history – Final Wrap-up Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Kristina Olsson has received many accolades for Boy, Lost including: Winner 2014 Western Australia Premier’s Book, Non-fiction Award, Winner 2014 Kibble Literary Award, Winner 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction, Winner 2013 Queensland Literary Awards, Non-fiction Award, Shortlisted 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Non-fiction Award, Shortlisted 2014 Stella Prize, Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year. Wow!

Boy Lost

  • Title: Boy, Lost
  • Author: Kristina Olsson
  • Category: Memoir
  • Publisher: University Of Queensland Press 2013
  • Pages: 264
  • Reviewed by: Angela Long for Welcome to my Library

Summary: Kristina Olsson’s mother lost her infant son, Peter,when he was snatched from her arms as she boarded a train in the hot summer of 1950. She was young and frightened, trying to escape a brutal marriage, but despite the violence and cruelty she’d endured, she was not prepared for this final blow, this breathtaking punishment. Yvonne would not see her son again for nearly 40 years.

Kristina was the first child of her mother’s subsequent, much gentler marriage and, like her siblings, grew up unaware of the reasons behind her mother’s sorrow, though Peter’s absence resounded through the family, marking each one. Yvonne dreamt of her son by day and by night, while Peter grew up a thousand miles and a lifetime away, dreaming of his missing mother.

Boy, Lost tells how their lives proceeded from that shattering moment, the grief and shame that stalked them, what they lost and what they salvaged. But it is also the story of a family, the cascade of grief and guilt through generations, and the endurance of memory and faith.


Review by Angela Long: Kristina Olsson fuses memoir and fiction narrative to produce a hauntingly beautiful story of a family shadowed by the past, by a missing piece that was needed to make her ‘family’s broken cup’ whole. From the opening lines the reader is gripped with a sense of foreboding and wrapped in a sadness that permeates the pages, as the story of a young boy, torn between his parents, becomes the catalyst for the shape of a family’s future.

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