6 October 2015

By Special Request

I knew Jennifer was writing a book because it started coming up in conversation...after we talked about the weather, what we've been up to lately, and anything else.  A couple of weeks ago we talked about so many things that Jennifer forgot all about her books at the circulation counter and left without them.  A quick phone call home and she was back in no time with a sheepish grin.

 Recently, Jennifer asked if I would attend the launch party for her new book at A Different Drummer.  I was thrilled!  This independent bookshop has a charming location in one of our city's historic homes near Lake Ontario.  The previous owner has retired and moved on but thankfully a new owner has taken up the torch and made the shop even better.

The bookshop was heaving with people from Jennifer's writing group, friends, neighbours, and a few of us from the library.  There was green punch and she even found time leading up to Sunday's event to bake jam-filled peanut butter cookies in the shape of a speech bubble.  They were SO delicious that it came as no surprise when one of the questions from the audience was a request for the recipe.

 Jennifer signed my book and made me feel special on HER big day.

'Jelly Miles would rather be playing video games with his best friend P.B. than preparing for a speech competition.  In fact, he'd rather be doing just about anything else.  So he's as surprised as anyone that he's taking this year's competition seriously.  As first, it's for the awesome prize.  But when the competition turns ugly, Jelly realizes it's his chance to finally get the last word with the class know-it-all.  With his reputation, self-respect and the friendship he values most on the line, can Jelly find the courage to get up in front of the whole school and show his true self?

Laugh-out-loud funny, Speechless is about standing up to bullying, knowing who your friends are and finding your own unique voice.'

I haven't had a chance to read Jennifer's book just yet but the early buzz is so positive and I am thrilled for her!


  1. hey, thanks for the great post, darlene. and i didn't know you were a blogger. i love the cool, laid back vibe here :) and here's some breaking news; speechless has just been nominated for a silver birch award. the party continues!!!

    1. Congratulations, Jennifer!
      Ask for Kara at the library - her daughter bought your book with her birthday money...aaawwwww! She would be over the moon if you signed it!

    2. that's awesome! i'll check in with kara :) thanks!