“What fun even for non sailors. The magic of the outdoors in the woods as well as inside a boat are delightfully told in her unique style. She had me laughing then crying with a few sentences.” ~ Glee, Amazon Review
Hello Digital Book Today readers. The Book Buzz segment today features I Only Cuss When I’m Sailing a memoir by Rae Ellen Lee. Her book is rated 4.8 stars on 13 reviews and is FREE on 7/12/2012. This book is for many people and serves many purposes. For the couple who thinks they would love living on a boat and sailing around the world then this is a must read. For the women who is married to a man who is a sailor you better grab this book for the great advice and humor that Rae Ellen will give you. For the non sailor woman this is a great read as you follow the first mate as she tells the story from a candid and humorous perspective. Best of all I Only Cuss When I’m Sailing is FREE today (7/12/2012).
“If anyone wants to know what it is like “living in an island Paradise”…this is the book to read. You get to meet all the ex-pats who are running from or to something, and who are all borderline candidates for the DMS-IV. It tugs your funny bone and heart strings throughout. A great book and one of those in which you are really sorry to reach the last page.” ~ Lucile Portlock, Amazon Review
“I Only Cuss When I’m Sailing is a memoir of the author that you need not be a sailor to truly enjoy, however, the story is that much better when you are.” ~ BusyB, Amazon Review
Book Description: While living in an old mining town brothel they are renovating in landlocked Montana, Rae Ellen Lee and her husband start writing a novel, and set it on St. John. On a research trip to the Virgin Islands they fall in love with the sand and sun. Upon their return to Montana, they quickly decide to sell their house and buy a boat. The plan is to live on the boat, learn to sail, and get ready for the great adventure. But things don’t go as smoothly as they plan.
The book is about taking risks and making changes, told from the viewpoint of a reluctant first mate with a candid and humorous perspective.… Read more on Amazon.
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LIFE AS A HOUSE Former brothel inspires novel By Margaret Bikman The Bellingham Herald
Q:What led up to your writing of The Bluebird House?
In 1990 I moved to Helena, Montana, to work as a landscape architect for the Helena National Forest. On one nice day in May I bought a collection of old buildings in a ghost town named Rimini – all for the price of a used car. With help from a carpenter I set about renovating one of the buildings, a former brothel.
Q:Why did you write the book?
I had several strange dreams while living in the brothel. When I told the carpenter, also a Rimini resident, about one dream, in which a shooting takes place behind the brothel next to the creek, his eyes got real big and he said, “That actually happened here.” Slowly a story took shape in my mind. I’d wanted to write fiction, and once this idea for a novel came to me it was like a crazy ex-lover stalking me.
Q:How did you come up with the title?
The old building looked something like a bluebird house, with its rustic barn board construction. This brothel, after all, was in an old mining camp and the architecture wasn’t elegant like, say, The Dumas in Butte, Montana. And the former madam held a fondness for bluebirds. From what her journal said, I believe they represented happiness and freedom to her.
“Folks who mess about with boats should enjoy this book about a small town girl from land-locked Idaho (who had only viewed sailboats from a distance) who signs on as First Mate to sail the ocean blue with her husband Tom. They train for a dream trip to the Caribbean by sailing the challenging waters off Western Washington. ” ~ Susan J. Erickson, Amazon Reviews
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