Sunday, July 19, 2009


Last week we all got very excited about BAGS. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to offer an opinion, share a story. As to which bag I finally decided on, well, my favourite was the small feathery one, but I think the swirly one goes best with Josie's hair and personality. And since she'll be carrying it at the pre-wedding dinner where she'll need to have her emergency kit to hand, she'll need a little extra room, too.

You were all so great that I'm giving all of you a book from my back list. If you posted, then email me with your full name and snail mail addy and a shortlist of the books you'd most like at liz @ lizfielding. com I haven't got spares of everything, but I'll do my best.

The books I don't have a single spare copy of are an early trilogy, The Beaumont Brides -- Wild Justice, Wild Lady and Wild Fire.

These were pub'd in the late 90s by Robinson Publishing and are 100,000 word novels about three sisters; a revenge story, a bodyguard story and a Cinderella story.

They've been out of print for a long time and although I plan to tidy them up and publish them as Kindle editions on Amazon, I've decided that in the meantime, fans should be able to read them. So from this week, you'll find them serialized -- a chapter a week -- at a special blog -- The Beaumont Brides. It's there just for you, so when you have a moment help yourself.

Meanwhile --


I've finally put together my first Clippy Book Bag.

In case you haven't encountered this phenomenon, these bags (in all shapes and sizes) were invented by the lovely Calypso.

Each contains pockets into which you can slip your favourite photographs or any items which define you. On this side I've used aircraft boarding passes, a promo postcard for the Japanese Manga version of The Sheikh's Guarded Heart. There are daffodils and a dragon (for Wales), a postcard I bought in the National Portrait Gallery of T E Lawrence, the little icon that represents my upcoming book, Christmas Angel for the Billionaire, and a birthday card the dh sent me. Oh, and the little gardening bits and pieces that came with a Clippy kit!

On this side, I've put my hero, with one of the grand-dogs. There's a picture of my son's book (Unauthorised Access, out next month), both the grand-cats (Nigel is the ginger guy, Bernard is the black and white chap). There's me as the "stepping queen", one of my pocket calendars (I've got a supply to give away in another pocket!) and the centre pocket represents my trip to RWA New York a few years back. Two silver Rita pins and the covers of the books short-listed that year, with my RWA Conference pin and a Big Apple.

I've also got a big shopping bag with 24 pockets and that's my next project.

So tell me, if you had a Clippy Bag what would you put in the pockets to express your life and loves?


Fiona Lowe said...

Ah! I see Liz it is a bag to carry things in. What a fun idea!

EllenToo said...

I'd put pictures of my parents (who I no longer have around), my ID badge from when I was teaching, and at least one picture from my vacations to our National Parks. And I guess I have to do some thinking about what else to put in.

Jan Jones said...

Well, the bookcovers wouldn't take up much space, so I'd put in RNA party tickets and conference badges!

And as the holder of your very last copy of Wild Justice, I'm DELIGHTED that the other two will be along - er - eventually.

Jessiecue said...

Humm what would I put in it.... I would say that pics of my mother who passed away in 95, Pictures of my step daughter and my nieces and nephew. Then I would add maybe some of mine and Adams wedding pics.

Yours looks lovely though.

Nell Dixon said...

I think I'd put in pics of the belles and my dh, pics of gardens and intersting buildings, my book covers, a bat pin for the bat cave, sea shells for the seaside, and pics of my Caithness paperweights, my favourite quites might be some of my things.

Liz Fielding said...

Hi Fi -- I love the fact that you can change the contents to fit your mood!

Liz Fielding said...

Ellen, I have to sort out some more family photographs; I've got a big shopper to create so I think I'll use them for that.

Holidays and personal things are great, too.

Liz Fielding said...

Jan, your book covers are increasing and I've only used a couple.

Party tickets and conference badges would look great. And maybe conference pics?

Liz Fielding said...

Jessiecue -- I have to get the dh to print off some of the dd's wedding pics. There's a great one of the bus on which she and her guests rode back to the reception!

And I need my Mum and Dad, too.

Liz Fielding said...

Nell, I love the idea of the Bat Pin and sea shells -- you could put them with seaside pics behind them.

And I have just one Caithness paper weight. Aren't they lovely!

Michele L. said...

Hi Liz,

I haven't heard of the clippy bags before and I love bags! I am definitely checking that out next!

I would put in my clippy, pippy bag a picture of my best friend and I on a roller coaster and a picture of my hubby. Also, I am a card maker so I would have a card or two just in case I needed to drop a person a note. Oh and there's the neat bookmarks I get from authors and the book cover flats that they give out now which are autographed.

Oh boy, I can find all kinds of fun things to put in my bag. That's the beauty of bags. Throw it in, you never know when you will need something.

Thanks for sharing with us this novel idea! I love it!

Lacey Devlin said...

What a great idea! I definitely want a clippy bag and I'm not so sure they've reached Australia yet. That's it! I'm moving ;)

Liz Fielding said...

I think they'd ship, Lacey! Not that we wouldn't love to have you. :)

Snookie said...

I'd put in family pictures (Lord knows, got lots of pics and lots of family)! I'd also put in pictures of the Bob (our domesticated feral pig) and Buttons (our kitty kat) and Lilo, Nanea and Pokey (our dogs)

Mahalo nui for giving us all a prize on the purse go around. Glad the purse you chose for Josie was the one with the purple swirlies :)

robynl said...

I'd put pics of my 3 dogs I have lost due to death, pics of Mom and Dad who have passed away and pics of the grandchildren.

Liz Fielding said...

Thanks Snookie and Robyn -- books went in the post on Saturday, btw.

I guess we all want family pics. I'll be digging out some of mine for the big bag. And maybe the cats who are now in kitty heaven.

Snookie said...

Liz, I got eloping with Emmie last night :) I read it all in one go and loved it. Mahalo ia oe (thank you) so much for sending it and having your contests! Aloha, Snookie