Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Jeannie Ralston's Book Tour Schedule

Honored Queens,
I have to apologize to you in advance, I gave Ms Ralston the incorrect date for our meeting and she probably will not be able to do a call-in.  If she can squeeze a minute in between her scheduled event with her husband she may be able to call just to say hello. 
As you travel on vacation this summer, keep these places and dates in mind.  Just bring your tiara and surprise our author Jeannie Ralston.
Just wanted to let you know that the book tour has been going wonderfully. I'm just at the end of it and am exhausted but very happy.
Good Times on the Trail
A couple of weeks ago I was at a lavender festival in Albuquerque singing copies and they sold out of my book, which was fabulous.
At a book store in the San Francisco Bay Area, there were so many people at my reading, the store didn't have enough chairs. That's what you call a nice problem.
And when I walked into Powell's bookstore in Portland (I was there on vacation, not for a book event), I found out they were giving my book a special promotion. Do I love Powell's now or what?

We're Taking Our Show to Hereford (Robb's Hometown)
Wednesday, 30-Jul-2008 5 - 7 p.m. Deaf Smith County Library 211 East 4th Street Hereford, Texas 864-364-1206
Robb and I will share the stage at a joint book signing and we'll each talk about our respective books. Robb may even say a thing or two about my book (I hope it's good!)

A Party in Dallas: You're Invited
Thursday, 31-Jul-2008 5 - 7 p.m. Reading and Book Signing Stephanie Anne Home 4346 Lovers Lane Dallas , TX http://www.stephanieanne.com
I met Stephanie Anne when she was on vacation in San Miguel de Allende and she graciously invited me to have a book party at her store. She's amazing!

Here's a Plug for Dear Robb
Friday, 1-Aug-2008 7:30 - 9:30 p.m Gallery Opening Reception Robb Kendrick's Tintypes Afterimage Gallery The Quadrangle #141 2800 Routh St. Dallas, TX (214) 871-9140 www.afterimagegallery.com
This is a wonderful show of Robb's gorgeous tintypes. The show will be up until Sept. 9th, in case you miss this opening party, but I hope you won't.

Thank You, Central Market
Saturday, 2-Aug-2008 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Store Appearance and Signing Central Market Southlake 1425 E. Southlake Blvd. Southlake, TX http://www.centralmarket.com
Central Market gave us our first break in the floral business and I am so honored to be making an appearance at the Central Market in Southlake, Texas.
Please forward this schedule on to anyone in the Panhandle or Dallas areas. Down the road, I'll be speaking at an event in Syracuse, New York, and do a little something at the Texas Book Festival. I'll keep you posted, of course. Hope to see you--my wonderful supporters--somewhere along the way.
Until next time. Fondly--

Jeannie Ralston

I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night

 Queen Kay

Monday, July 28, 2008

Kay is inviting you to a Windows Live Event

Kay has invited you to "Pulpwood Queens July Meeting."
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Message from Kay:
Queen DeLaune`

Welcome to Southwest Louisiana Pulpwood Queens!
We are thrilled to have you join us.
Even more excited you will be a part of the Pulpwood Queens Convention with Kathy Patrick in January.

Click on the Event Site button, for our meeting site. Discussion questions are on the right side. We are just starting this on-line discussion thing I'm not sure how it will work out. Open to suggestions
I am so looking forward to seeing you again in January.
Happy Reading !
Queen Kay

When: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 6:30 PM
Where: Barbara's Home

Delaune' Michel

Several Queens attended Delaune' Michel's booksigning recently for her new book The Safety of Secrets. After reading this book, I was taken by the story of lifelong friends and what secrets do we tell or not tell. Definitely makes for an interesting discsussion! I recommended the book to our Head Queen, Kathy Patrick. After reading a copy sent to her by Delaune', she has invited her to the Pulpwood Queen Convention in January!

Deluane' was a joy to meet and connect with local folks and area attractions. She even joined our SWLA Pulpwood Queens Chapter! Welcome Delaune' and we look forward to seeing you either at the Pulpwood Queen convention in January or when you visit Lake Charles following the convention.

Delaune's websites for more information are:

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Update to Windows Live Event "Pulpwood Queens July Meeting"

Kay has sent you a message about "Pulpwood Queens July Meeting."
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Message from Kay:
Just a reminder that our meeting will be this Wed July 30 at Barbara Grangers. Directions are on the Event Site.

Those in Sulphur who want to car pool, please meet at the Center Circle Park Recreation Bldg. We will leave at 5:50 pm.

Author, Jeannie Ralston is planning a call-in. Hope you have some interview questions ready.

See you soon!
Queen Kay

Thursday, July 10, 2008

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Message from Kay:
Happy Reading Queens!

Here'e the link for the Event Site for our July Meeting. For those who can't make it the Reading Guide Discussion Questions are on the right side of the page. I hope everyone will at least take a peek.

I really enjoyed this book and I hope you do also!

Happy Reading,
Queen Kay

When: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 6:30 PM
Where: Barbara's Home

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Reading Guide for The Unlikely Lavender Queen

Happy Reading to the Pulpwood Queens

Jeannie Ralston will be calling in for our next meeting on July 30.  She also will be signing Bookplates for our books.  We may not get them in time for our July meeting though since she is doing a book tour this month.
You will be receiving the Event Site notice shortly.  Please let us know if you will be attending.  Also these discussion questions will be listed on the Event Site for those who can't attend to be able to discuss on the Event Site.  I'm working on how to do a chat room...anyone know how to do it? Let me know and we'll work together.



In The Unlikely Lavender Queen, journalist Jeannie Ralston shares the story of how she went from being a single, driven New York City career woman to a married lavender farmer living in rural Texas. Describing her transition from city mouse to country mouse, and recalling the hilarity and poignancy it brought, Ralston touches upon many themes including self-worth, identity, reconciling big-city dreams with small-town ideals, and the competing interests that sometimes complicate a marriage. The below questions are intended to help direct your book group's discussion of this lively–and unlikely–memoir.

Reader's Guide

1. The book opens with two quotations, one from Henri Matisse and the other from Alice Walker. Discuss what each means in the context of Jeannie Ralston's story. Why do you think she chose these particular quotes?

2. In the Prologue, Ralston describes her maiden morning as a farmer, and juxtaposes it with a memory of her life in New York: "I recalled one of the last times I was out at this hour, years earlier. It was on the other side of sleep, right after a New Year's Eve party, as I was stumbling through SoHo with my then-fiancé." Have you ever had moments when your current life seems at odds with your past? How does it make you feel? Do you long for the past, or have you "moved on?"

3. Before reading The Unlikely Lavender Queen, did you know anything about botanical farming? What did you learn? Do you think you could be a farmer like Ralston?

4. Have you made a surprising lifestyle or career choice, or otherwise found yourself doing something you didn't expect? Do you know people who've done so?

5. Answer the question the author poses at the end of the prologue: "When do you know whether the choices you've made were the right ones?"

6. At one point, Ralston says "I couldn't fathom giving up New York, and with it, I assumed, my identity, which had taken so long to forge." From what aspects of your life do you draw your identity? Is "home" a factor in how you view yourself?

7. The author's therapist tells her, "Marriage is a series of compromises and negotiations." Do you agree with this statement? What were the compromises Ralston and her husband made in their relationship? If you were in either of their shoes, would you have made the same concessions?

8. Ralston describes a visit to her parents' house as "invariably a time warp that you step into at your own risk." Why do you think she had such a hard time returning home? How do you react when you visit your family–do you relive the emotions of your youth, or are you separated from those feelings?

9. Were you surprised to discover that an undiagnosed case of post-partum depression was the cause of Ralston's severe insomnia? Do you know anyone who has experienced PPD?

10. After the farm is opened to the public, a customer says, "You are living my dream!" Ralston writes, "Reflexively, I wanted to answer, 'If you only knew.' But I simply smiled. Though it was true I'd never had such a dream, I was only beginning to see why others might." What did you find appealing about the author's description of her life in Blanco? Can you understand why she was not able to appreciate aspects of her life that others found enviable?

11. "To be part of a small town, I had to be more broad-minded than I had been while living in New York." Consider this statement. Do you agree that small town could test a person's open-mindedness more than a big city? Have you any experience with this yourself? Did this passage change in any sense the way you think about small towns?

12. When her husband convinces her that they should sell their home and the farm, the author says that she felt like if she was a true feminist, she would fight him on this. Do you agree? What does feminism mean to you?

13. As much as The Unlikely Lavender Queen is a story of new beginnings, it's also an intimate picture of a marriage. What did you think of the author's husband? How are she and Robb alike and different? Are you surprised that their marriage survived all the upheaval associated with their move to Texas and the launch of their farm?

14. If money or time were of no consequence, do you have a secret dream you'd like to pursue? What is it?

15. Ralston talks at different points about `letting go.' What does that phrase mean to you? Do you think Ralston truly learns to let go? Is this a goal for you in your life? If so, why?

 Queen Kay 
Justice --- When you get what you deserve
  Mercy ----- When you don't get what you deserve
 Grace ----- When you get what you don't deserve

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Press Release: SWLA Pulpwood Queens Book Club donations to Nicaraugan Missions

Press Release:

The Southwest Louisiana Pulpwood Queens Book Club contributed over $1000 to the Nicaraguan Mission headed by Father Danny Torres. Queen Hillene Deaton also made 19 cloth books for the younger children at the St. Christopher Orphanage in Managua, Nicaragua.

Queen Laurie Cormier will be bringing the funds and books on the mission trip where the Spanish Bibles and other reading materials will be purchased. Queen Allison White is pictured along with Queens Laurie and Hillene. (L to R Hillen Deaton, Laurie Cormier and Allison White)

The SWLA Pulpwood Queens are dedicated to promoting literacy as well as enjoying monthly book club selections of Kathy Patrick, founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Clubs.

For More Info:

Kay Huck, Head Queen, SWLA Pulpwood Queens
337-625-7930 or 337-794-0769
155 Beauregard Ave
Sulphur, LA 70663


Thursday, July 3, 2008

June Meeting Summary


Fellow Queens our June Meeting was another fabulous feast of food, friendship and feuilleton

(I found this word through a thesaurus --- to look up the meaning click here http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/feuilleton )

Author Michel Lee West of Mermaids in the Basement called in and entertained us with her descriptions of life on her farm in east Tennessee. She described her 40 baby chicks that had to be kept in her garage and became miniature dinosaur T-rex's to her baby swimming pool kept in the basement for her ducklings so they wouldn't be swooped her at the pond by the hawks. Her familiarity with southern Louisiana added to the charm of the tale and to our delightful phone visit.

Queen Hillene and Queen Linda joined forces to make 19 cloth books for Queen Laurie to bring to Nicaragua. I'm not sure what the final total was for the contributions to purchasing Spanish Bibles, over $200 for sure.

Also Tommeka Simien from the Literacy Council spoke about various ongoing projects in the area that we might want to consider adopting such as, Reading Volunteers for schools and at the Children's Clinic or tutoring. We'll discuss it more at our next meeting in July.

Also we received signed bookplates from authors Michel West and Margaret Cezair-Thompson. Queen Beverly had helped me choose the graphic design for the labels that I printed and sent to them to sign. We have to be one of the largest book clubs ever with 23 members!!

And we have a new member Tracey Baham who teaches with Queen Courtney. AND she's also my neighbor, living right down the street from us on Beauregard. Welcome Tracey!

Did I miss anything? Oh yes our next meeting will be July 30th at Queen Barbara's in Lake Charles. The book will be The Unlikely Lavender Queen by Jeannie Ralston. I'll be posting the Reading Guide and also the Event Site in the next few days.

Blogsite: http://swlapulpwoodqueens.blogspot.com/
Happy Reading!
Queen Kay