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BONJOUR, HOLA, HELLO
It has been a long time since I sent out a newsletter. My apologies! I've been immersed in writing my next novel.

In this newsletter: 
  • What I'm Writing Now (a YA about Josephine's daughter Hortense)
  • Josephine's Secrets Revealed (a talk I'm giving)
  • My Flipboard "Magazine" Grows Up (over 5000 subscribers!)
  • The Winner (of a book)
Plus, in the sidebar, recommendations on good books, a great podcast, my next ebook publication, and various other items I hope will be of interest.

Enjoy! 
WHAT I'M WRITING

Josephine's daughter, Hortense de Beauharnais (above), is the subject of the novel I'm now writing. 

The working title is Moonsick, which signified a sort of obsessive craziness in the 18th century — an energy I think apt for Hortense, who was intensely creative. 

It has been fascinating to revisit the Napoleonic world from a teen's point of view. The novel features a ghost, romance, Bonaparte family evil doings and boarding school dramas.

Hortense's boarding school was unusual. Many of the girls had suffered a tragic loss during the French Revolution. Hortense's own father had been beheaded — imagine — and she was none-too-happy about her mother's second husband Napoleon, who in no way measured up to the father she both mourned and idolized. 

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JOSEPHINE'S SECRETS REVEALED
On Thursday, October 13, I'm going to be giving a slideshow talk on Josephine at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa. If you are in the area, I hope you can come. 
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MY FLIPBOARD "MAGAZINE" GROWS UP

My Flipboard magazine—On Writing & Publishing & Everything In-between—now has well over 5000 followers!

I post a new article to it every day. Here are a few I recently featured that readers especially enjoyed:
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THE WINNER!
With each newsletter, a subscriber wins one of my books. Congratulations to Ginger Beck, who won a book with my last newsletter.
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AU REVOIR, ADIOS, GOOD-BYE
I promise that it won't be a year before I return with an update.  In fact, I hope to be back soon with exciting news. 

WHAT I'M READING
My bookgroup has gone crazy for the literary novels by Niall Williams, and with good reason. Four Letters of Love is exquisite. Sentences to swoon over! 
WHAT I'M LISTENING TO
The Story of a New Name, book 2 in the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante.

Ferrante is a pen name, and the mystery of her identity has just been identified.
A PODCAST I'M FOLLOWING
The Story Grid podcast follows Tim Grahl's process of writing his first novel under the tutelage of editor Shawn Coyne, author of The Story Grid. I'm finding the series engaging as well as instructive.
SOON TO COME FROM SG INK
I've long been planning to publish a nonfiction chapbook series under my ebook imprint Sandra Gulland INK.

The first in the series — Internet Promotion for Writers and other Luddites — should soon be ready to launch. I'll be sure to let you know.
FROM MY BLOG
Where Hortense’s father Alexandre de Beauharnais was guillotined and buried. 

One of the themes of Hortense's story is her quest to find out why her father was executed. 
On Procrastination (and procrastination avoidance)

(The cartoon is by the wonderful Debbie Ridpath Ohi.)
LINKS OF NOTE
• It was quite a surprise to discover that BuzzFeed included me in 13 Brilliant Authors You Probably Didn't Know Are Canadian. Tra la!

• I'm a big fan of Jane Friedman (her book Publishing 101 as well as her blog), so I was thrilled to have been interviewed on her website as part of the "5 On" series. The questions about publishing were unusual and I very much enjoyed responding.
JUST FOR FUN
Granddaughter Kiki. <3
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