Sunday, January 17, 2016


Oops on my last post I said I'd write something amusing next time. I'VE HAD FAMILY VISITING AND ALL MY GOOID INTENTIONS HAVE FLOWN OUT OF THE WINDOW.

I have a new printer and have been tidying up the bits and pieces of manuscript left behind. My old printer has to go the recycling depot - my friends, Helen and Roy will give me a big hand. I can't lift that old printer. Friends are wonderful.

Especially when you are an old person like me. I'll be celebrating my ninety-third bithday in February. How did I get to be this old? It has a lot to do with the genes I've inherited - tough Scottish women who like to stick around an keep an eye on the family - they can be bossy and I have inherited that trait, as well. I do my best to tell my famly what to do but it really is a waste of time; they smile and nodded their respective heads and go on doing what they were doing. Sigh.

As  I cleared up old stuff lying aroud I found a notebook with something written on the first page - after that nothing. Seems my husband and I were visitng the Island of Iona, the blessed Island. And found someone had written this. "We asre blessed to live on this beautiful island, no carriages, one or two motor cars and a dog or two." Then a space and this: "Oh day that I have loved." Is it a quote? I'll Google it as soon as a wrap this up. Remember to buy my books in print or e-book. A VERY DIFFICULT MAN. ISABELLE'S DIARY. ISABELLE'S STORY. RING AROUND THE MOON. TOO YOUNG TO DIE.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


David Cameron, the Prime Minister of Great Britain asks us to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare on April 23. I am celebrating with this quote from Macbeth. He has just heard that his wife has died.." She should have died hereafterr: There would have been a time for such a word."

"Tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all  our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.  Out, out brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets this hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

That leave me deep in thought. There is so much magic in the words Shakespeare gives us. I am a feeble player on the writing stage but stays at the task given me. My talent is a small one but I use it as best I can. I especially like amusing readers. Tomrrow I will write something that pleased and amused me.

In the meantime buy my books. I'm not Shakespeare but I do my best with what I've got.

Anita Birt

Monday, January 4, 2016


I've neglected my blog over the holiday season and I've been busy writing an article for a magazine - that takes time. I am ninety-three years old and still writing and looking for the next BIG THING. To be pulished again at my age would be wonderful. I have a question - are there many writers still hard at work at my age or older? If you know please leave a comment.

I had a good Christmas. My family live too far away to pop in on Christmas Day but I received lots of great gifts. The first gift I opened - four books! Wonderful. My mother told us that the best Christmas she ever had - she received all books! I come from a reading family and read to my children and my grandchildren and great grandchildren when they visit.

I've been approached by a marketing organization to market my historical romance, A VERY DIFFICULT MAN. A charge, of course, so I turned it down. I wish there was a low cost way to market my book. It's selling okay in the UK as an e-book but it would be nice to hit the big time. As a historical romance it will never go out of date. Several readers have said it would make a good movie! Now that would be nice but I'd have to find an agent and that is the tough question. If you have an billiant ideas please let me know - comment please.

I'm winding up my "Lady Mary and Death in The Canal Boat," I really enjoyed writing the book. Things kept happening!

Make the New Years, 2016 a happy one for me when you buy my books.  Here they are: A VERY DIFFICULT MAN.  ISABELLE'S DIARY.  ISABELLE'S STORY.  RING AROUND THE MOON.

TOO YOUNG TO DIE is mystery with murder afoot and a three month old baby in dire need of protection. His nanny is brave and smart but his parents have gone missing. Imagine protecing the baby,  the nanny escapes with him at midnight and has to find her way through a forest with thugs determined to find her. A good read if you're a mystery fan.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Was anyone curious about my last post, "Astrologer & Love Psychic."where he mentioned "jadoo." and 'Vodoo." If you were afflicted he could get rid of them forever.

So I Googled "jadoo," and "voodoo." My goodness if, by chance, you have been bewitched with either then you look after your mental health. They are dangerous beliefs!!! For the believers.

I'll let you look after both and read about these strange beliefs.  Seems they are real to a lot of people and can cause serious damage to them! I now understand they the advertisement continues to appear.

My question, who believes in either "jadoo," or "voodoo," in this day and age of computers, internet, cloud coverage and much more of which I know a little.  Both play with people's minds, analyze dreams, evil thoughts - of course, behind it all someone is making money "providing protection."

Enough of that. We've had three whole days without rain or raging storms. Such a relief.  I wrote a letter to family and friends to tell them what I've been doing with myself. I am the oldest person in the family and they are interested in what I'm doing to stay alive and well.

It's a genetic thing. My grandmother and my mother lived long lives. My grandmother died at 87, my mother at almost 100. It's a Scottish characteristic! Tough women who are interested in staying alive even when one or two of them make lives miserable for their children. Yes they do! I've been there.

Does anyone have the slightest interest in know what it's  like to be OLD? If so, comment or I won't tell you..

My book, "Lady Mary and Murder in the Canal Boat," has passed 50,000 words. It's meant to be a short book, part of a series. I'll wind it up soon and then the hard work begins, printing and revising. I need a new printer! I like the characters in my book. Most of them live ordinary lives in an English village - until!

Please buy my books: A VERY DIFFICULT MAN.  ISABELLE'S DIARY. ISABELLE'S STORY.. RING AROUND THE MOON.  TOO YOUNG TO DIE. And my e-book THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY. All my books are available as e-books.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Another day of wild weather. Gale fore winds, pouring rain and white caps on the sea. I intended to go out but feared I'd be blown away. I've had wind shift me sideways so I stay home until I see or hear the all clear. Being blown into the sea!

I have to share an advertisement that appears once a week on the back page of the National Post, business section. Here it is: ATROLOGER & LOVE PSYCHIC (I won't quote the local telephone number)

Pandit: SAI GURU. Love, Husband-wife, relationships. Health, Marriage, Depression, Secret Matters, Teenage Issues. Jealousy, etc. Removes Black Magic, Jadoo, Vodoo. Witchcraft and provides 100% Protection

There you have it. Supposed to last a lifetime. Two other adds offering similar healing appear. I had no idea that Black Magic, Jadoo, Vodoo and Witchcraft were  problemsat the present time. Any comments on this issue. I am fascinated.

Back to Christmas Magic. I decorated my small apartment this morning and am pleased to see all the old Christmas decorations from years gone by giving me pleasure. Each piece has a story. That feels like a story coming on. Something magical for a child to enjoy. I shall set my mind at work and will let your know if a story ensues.

In the meantime: buy my romance novels all available as e-books. A very low price to enjoy my well-written stories. A VERY DIFFICULT MAN.  ISABELLE'S DIARY.  ISABELLE'S STORY. RING AROUND THE MOON. TOO YOUNG TO DIE.

If you search the Internet you may be lucky and find a copy of my non-fiction book: THE HOUSE AT BRIDAL VEIL.As inspiring story of a small group of Franciscan Sisters who managed to buy an architect designed house on the Columbia River that had fallen into ruin. With hours of hard work. Dealing with Rats! And snakes. And rain pouring through the roof. They worked during the day in Portland and headed out to the old house with sandwiches and flasks of coffee and set  to work.

Try and find my book. THE HOUSE AT BRIDAL and enjoy a truly inspiring, down to earth story about five Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.

Anita Birt

Sunday, December 6, 2015


This will be a short post. I've had family visiting, my great granddaughters, Caroline and Imogene - and their loving parents. I miss them and feel hollow inside as if a special part of me has gone missing. I know it will come back and I will return to my usual comfortable rut. Missing are the two children, Caroline is two and Imogene is three months. They have taken up residence in my heart and I am blessed to have had them visiting.

In the meantime. Back at the ranch. We had wild, wild weather yesterday. Lots of damage done on Vancouver Island but we missed the worst of it in Victoria.

Last night with the wonderful "LIGHTED TRUCK CONVOY." Possibly the only such event in the whole wide world. Check it out on the Internet. Every imaginative kind of truck is lighted in many different ways. It's one of the highlights of Christmas in and around Victoria. Millions of lights. So much work went into making this a wonderful event. The truckers ask for donations, money and goods for the local food bank. 

And now for the advertisement! Readers of historical romance fiction will love ; A VERY DIFFICULT MAN. He returns from the Crimean war wounded, lost his right leg below the knee. He is bitter about the way hundreds of men and horses, part of the Light Brigade, who were sent into battle without sufficient cover - a mistake had been made! Buy my book and learn about the Light Brigade and some of the men who died! Also there is a romance that starts off all wrong.

He does not want the companion his mother is foisting on him and makes her life miserable - starting off he  throws books at her! He is rude and determined to get rid of her. But she needs the money paid to her by his mother and cannot give it back!

There's a gypsy fortune teller in the book, an old friend of my heroine. Buy my book and enjoy a compelling story.

Anita Birt

Monday, November 30, 2015


Memories of the little bumps we have as we journey on until THE END.

Back in February I was taken by ambulance to the hospital. I had a high fever.

I was dying. I knew it. I felt it. Comforted by the way my long life was ending. No pain. A gentle way to leave the world behind. I didn't feel a bit apprehensive about what would happen next.

Wheeled into the emergency department at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. I closed my eyes. Dying. Letting go. Calming. Then:

A gentle touch. A gentle male voice. "Mrs. Birt.." The doctor on call  decided I wasn't dying.  Instead I was admitted to the hospital.

In all my long life I had never been a patient in a hospital! This new experience captivated me. I enjoyed the attention. The great nursing staff. The doctors who cared for me. Such a fuss and I enjoyed it all.

I had family visiting from England and my darling great granddaughter, Caroline climbed up on my bed with a book so I could read to her.

That's my hospital story.

Find my e-books on line. Please buy them! Enjoy page turning wonderful reads. Like: A VERY DIFFICULT MAN.  ISABELLE'S DIARY.  ISABELLE'S STORY.  RING AROUND THE MOON.  TOO YOUNG TO DIE.

If you like a time travel romance. RING AROUND THE MOON is the book for you. It takes place in Cornwall, England.

Anita Birt.