Livening up book club

Here’s a nifty new activity to liven up book club!

This summer, we Corsair’s Cove authors had a blast creating character cards for some of our recent books, and it struck me that it would be a fun thing for a book group to do.

You can use sources like unsplash.com to find photos and Canva for layout templates, and spend a happy hour or two (or, ahem, a lot more) putting together a card for your favourite character or setting.

The possibilities are endless: the heroine, the villain, personality quirks, most riveting scene, best pets….

You can all agree ahead of time which character(s) to profile, and then compare your cards when you get together and see how different (or similar) they are.

Or each person can choose who or what they want to put on their cards, and when the group gets together, you can talk about your choices.

Just as examples, here are the cards I made for Siena Panati and Joe Johanssen of Secret Vintage:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had so. Much. Fun.

Wishing you the same,

Rachel

Into the Orchard …

This week sees the release of Secret Vintage by the esteemed Rachel Goldsworthy, which is the first novella of the Corsair’s Cove Orchard Series (yay!).

Secret Vintage by Rachel Goldsworthy

Releasing a book is a funny thing – the act itself is brief, and it’s easy to forget the months of work that went into writing it.  With the Cove stories, there’s also the planning sessions (in this case, a super-intense session last spring) and follow up group calls (still ongoing).

On top of all that are the research moments.  This summer I visited the Merridale Cidery, which has not only a very nice restaurant but a delightful orchard that invited wandering.  Here is some of what I found …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percy the Peacock is a terrible flirt – and his livelier cousins play a part in the story!