Sips of Wine from the Grapevine Featuring Barbara Spencer Author #Booksale #WordPressWednesday

Sips of Wine from the Grapevine Featuring Barbara Spencer Author #Booksale #WordPressWednesday

Sips of Wine from the Grapevine

Featuring Barbara Spencer Author

The Year the Swans Came’ is on offer with at 99c from Saturday 19th – 21st (3 days).


My name is Patty Fletcher.

I am owner creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), the author of two full length books, am found in two anthologies, and I can be found blogging at: .

I’d like to share with you a taste of my monthly online magazine, The Writer’s Grapevine.

The writer’s Grapevine is a monthly news and literary magazine featuring Writers, Small Business and Nonprofits.

In each issue you’ll find a variety of Articles, Essays, Short Stories and Poems for your enjoyment and education.

The contributors of The Writer’s Grapevine have so much beautiful talent to offer, there’s just no way to fit it all into the magazine, and so Sips of Wine from the Grapevine was born.

We’ve just enjoyed some magnificent poetry from poet Joan Myles, and now, I’m most pleased and privileged to share with you a book feature from Barbara Spencer Author.

Growing up amongst the ruins of war, four siblings use the bridges and cobblestone walkways of the old city as a backdrop for their games. Pieter Bader, the eldest, wants to follow in the footsteps of his family, designers of mirrors for royalty since the 17th century, while Maidy, the youngest, dreams of becoming a writer. Around the smallest bridge in the city, she weaves stories of swashbuckling pirates and princesses, who wear sandals made from the silken thread of a spider web. Her best friend Ruth lives next door. She dreams of marrying Pieter, only for him to vanish from their lives late one night.

Is his disappearance linked to the arrival of the swans, feared as cursed and birds of ill-fortune? What will happen when they return six years later, on the morning of Maidy’s sixteenth birthday?

And who exactly is the charismatic and mysterious Zande?

Follow Ruth and Maidy’s cursed tale of love as they discover what happened to Pieter, and how the appearance of Zande will affect both their lives, unleashing events as tragic and fantastical as one of Maidy’s stories.

Review ***** from Davida De la Harpe.
The Year the Swans Came
Read this Book. It is a work of art.

What a wonderful book. The writer somehow recreates the ambience of 17th century paintings, but with a twist of in the story that places the action in a skewed modern setting. Then the fables come to life. The characters are beautifully developed, and though the story rushes to the inevitable conclusion the journey is wonderful. I can only recommend it highly.


First published in Fashion Magazine in 1969, Barbara Spencer embarked on a highly colourful career spanning three continents in which she was caught up in riots, wars, and choosing Miss World. An award-winning children’s author, Barbara is now writing fantasy/magical realism for an older audience.

The Year the Swans Came

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