Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fall Arrives ~ Pleasant Pond, Island Falls, Maine

After The Storm ~ Pleasant Pond, Island Falls, Maine

Double Rainbow Over Pleasant Pond

Fall Arrives

Good Bye Summer ~ Hello Fall
Remember your summer camping, fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, sun-bathing; just enjoying life on "The Pond" with an autographed copy of  Life and Times on Pleasant Pond. Order from

Enjoy your winter

Saturday, September 1, 2012

So You Want to Write A Book

Thursday - Sept 6  - 5:30 - 7:00pm

Author Sandra Newman will present a lecture/seminar for those interested in learning the steps involved in writing and publishing a manuscript: 
  • How to get and stay motivated
  • Finding a topic 
  • Book layout
  • Costs involved
  • Hiring a copy editor or proof reader
  • Finding a publisher or self publishing
 The class ends with a group discussion for those interested in the sharing of ideas. The evening ends with a wine and cheese reception.

Back Inn Time Bed & Breakfast
68 Fairfield St
St Albans, Vermont  05478
$55 for lecture/seminar includes course, workbook and autographed copy of Life and and Times on Pleasant Pond, Sandra's published book. 
Please RSVP before Sept 6, 2012 - 802.527.5116 Pauline Cray at Back Inn Time Bed & Breakfast

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Life and Times on Pleasant Pond

Book Signing

LL Bean Flag Ship Store

Freeport, Maine

Sandra Newman will be signing her book 
1:00 - 4:00pm

July 6, 2012

L.L.Bean’s  Hometown Celebration is just one week away, and we’re looking forward to free outdoor concerts and entertainment with Chris Isaak, Jo Dee Messina and Dan Zanes. Chris Isaak, who is headlining the celebration with a July 7th concert, will showcase his unique musical style, inspired by musical legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison,… More

Monday, April 23, 2012

This is so exciting! Since Life and Times on Pleasant Pond was published, I have been asked many times, "How did you write the book?" "How did you know how to begin?" Then I hear, "I have an unfinished book." "I have always wanted to write a book." "What do I do?"

To answer these questions and thoughts, but never asked . . . I have put together a writers workbook to help answer some of these questions - So You What to Write a Book.

I will happily answer your questions and provide you with my workbook. For those intrigued by this idea, gather your friends, acquaintances, and book club members and just ask me.

Life and Times on Pleasant Pond 2012 Availablity and Schedule

Book Signing and Seminar on “So You want to Write a Book”
LL Bean, Freeport, Maine—Book Signing July 6, 2012
Center for Maine Crafts Fair, Kennebuck, Maine—Book Signing July 8, 2012
Back Inn Time  Bed & Breakfast, St. Albans, Vermont—Seminar and Book Signing—Date TBA

Book  Available
LL Bean, Freeport, Maine 
Back Inn Time Bed & Breakfast, St. Albans, Vermont

Katahdin Public Library, Island Falls, Maine
Jerry’s Thriftway, Island Falls, Maine
Blings & Things, Island Falls, Maine
Vacationland Estates, Pleasant Pond, Island Falls, Maine
Birchpoint Campground and Cottages, Pleasant Pond, Island Falls, Maine
Spring Break Maple & Honey, Smyrna Mills, Maine
York’s Book Shop, Houlton, Maine
Debbie’s Pizza, Patten, Maine
Lumberman’s Museum, Patten, Maine
Red Moose Gift Shop, Patten, Maine
5 Lakes Lodge, Millinocket, Maine
Moose Print Gallery, Millinocket. Maine
Bookmarc’s Bookshop, Bangor, Maine
Center for Maine Crafts, Gardner, Maine
Maine Historical Society Book Shop, Portland, Maine
Melanson Marketing, Sandy Springs, Georgia
Creative Cabins, Farmington, New Mexico
Latino Books y mas, Palm Springs, California
Renaissance Spa, Palm Desert, California

Saturday, April 7, 2012

■Writing the book was a labor of love, marketing the book is crazed determination
■When asked to the write book: researched, requested, and wrote. When published - discovered the work (challenge) had just begun.
■To create a masterpiece - easy. Getting someone to buy it - rocket science.
■Completing the book was a test of will – marketing the book - a test of strength and perseverance.
Guess what - LL Bean has Life and Times on Pleasant Pond!
Book shelf of LL Bean, Freeport, ME
I am very happy to inform all my blog readers Life and Times on Pleasant Pond has made it a bookshelf in LL Bean. I am so proud of this achievement. I remember while writing my book, my ultimate goal was to make it the quality LL Bean would want on their bookshelf. I received my first LL Bean order Dec 2011 and April 2012 they reordered. I am beyond excited.

I was just talking to LL Bean's Special Events planner. I have been invited to be part of their Maine Author's Day July 6, 2012 during Freeport's Hometown Celebration July 6. Come visit!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Life and Times on Pleasant Pond paints a Technicolor Cheshire grin on every reader’s face. Readers in northern Maine and those who believe in the myth of a Utopia, will find this be a delightful read. This book chronicles the lives of families who settled in Maine’s northern most county, Aroostook, and developed one of the area’s most treasured bodies of water, Pleasant Pond, in Island Falls. The author’s unique talent of weaving memories with amusing stories, written by people who live and play on “the Pond”, acquaint the reader to the pond’s magnetism.
This beautiful book of stories and photographs, both recent and nostalgic, captures not only the experience of life on “the pond”, but the imagination of an idyllic life. Every page is enlightenment to the author’s passion for the people of Island Falls and those of “the Pond.” Historical maps, and brochures, spanning more than 150 years, tell the story of Pleasant Pond’s tremendous natural beauty and its warm-hearted people.
Life and Times on Pleasant Pond is a celebration of Pleasant Pond, Island Falls, Aroostook County, Maine, where the author summers.  This is Sandra Newman’s love letter to her corner of Maine.  A must read for those with memories of the area and a picturesque invitation to those readers who have never visited, but so desire. This is also a tribute to everyone who has memories of life from their own special corner of the world.
This is a book to be treasured by generations, not just by those families and friends who have already experienced their own piece of the "dream life" in Island Falls, but also to the broader audience. Life and Times on Pleasant Pond provides a wonderful historical narrative that outlines the connection between the land and the first families who settled the area and the connections between the families themselves. It is no wonder that Old Joe's middle name is Walker! How the Lanes, Edwards, Walkers and Powers settled and remained in the area is a testament to the goodness that is found here. This book is something more than a history book, because it reads like a romantic memoir as well.
Theodore Roosevelt discovered Island Falls in 1878 and enjoyed three visits to the home and hunting camp of his lifelong friend, William Sewall, one of the town’s original settlers. Through the joint efforts of President Teddy Roosevelt and Maine's former Governor Llewellyn Powers, the woodlands around this area of Aroostook County are protected from development. Time itself can seem irrelevant here. For those who have yet to partake of the pond's shimmering lake or glorious, star-filled skies, the book becomes a "Walden Pond" of sorts, creating within the mind's eye, the ideal place to be, whether young or old. In short, whether the reader has firsthand experience with the pond or not, the book tells the story of where one would rather be.
Life and Times on Pleasant Pond is a wonderful read for those, both young and old, who have memories, stories and history to share. This book is a true tribute to a very special corner of the world, Pleasant Pond, Island Falls, Maine.  Enjoy!
Life and Times on Pleasant Pond is available at area shops and book stores. See listing on . The Island Falls 2011 calendars are also available. Both can be ordered directly from the web-site or visit the shops. Ms Newman is available for book signings, discussion groups and workshops. Contact –
Books Available:
Birch Point Campground and Cottages - Pleasant Pond, Maine -
Emerson Store - Island Falls, Maine
Katahdin Public Library - Island Falls, Maine
Jerry's Thriftway - Island Falls, Maine

Book Marc's - Bangor, Maine -
Maine Craft Center - Gardiner, Maine -
Maine Historical Society - Portand, Maine -
Red Moose Gift Shop - Patten, Maine
Shin Pond House - Shin Pond, Maine -
York's Book Shop - Houlton, Maine

Renassiance Spa - Palm Desert, California
Latino Books y mas - Palm Springs, California -

2011 Island Falls calendars available at Emerson Store and Katahdin Library in Island Falls. Also on the web -