3 Bestsellers, 2 Gold IPPYs & ‘best ever read,’
say our readers.
Do we have eBooks? Yes, we sell our ebooks as PDFs here …
you’ll also find them at your favourite eBook Store.
Lizzie: Lethal Innocence was the first book I published for Robert’s and that book quickly became a series of four called, the Lizzie Series. Lizzie would become his favourite character, naturally so because even though he says the book wrote itself, it also utilized his own character and some of his own experiences as a young entrepreneur during WW2 and later in England. By 1970, he had worked all over the world and ended up here in Victoria, BC where he and Joyce met, joining forces in 1985. In 1994, he had a leg surgery and contracted a deadly staph infection. He had fought serious injuries before so when Joyce suggested he write his memoirs while recovering, he took her suggestion but took a liking to fiction, not his memoirs! When he got better, he kept writing and someone told them about the markets. In a couple years his Lizzie Book was becoming a household name with neighbours far and wide telling each other about this author who sold his books on the street! In this manner, over the years Robert became one of Victoria’s best-known authors surprising people when they found him (or Joyce) at their table at various summer events. Read his Biography for more on that part of his life … before they realized it, they had 10 books and had become market veterans. He ended up doing a 14-year stint at Bastion Square Market in Downtown Victoria ending in 2016. In addition, he and Joyce were always together at Christmas Shows until Robert passed away last summer at the age of 84. Although he wrote about history, many of his friends, fans, and readers were quite unaware of his own fascinating story which Joyce hopes to write.
Joyce intends to honour his memory and the twenty years they both worked so hard to produce their ‘wonderful and entertaining books.’ Having a lot of time to think while recovering from a recent fractured hip, Joyce realized she had to continue with the books for a few more years before she can retire. She simply wants to spread these books around, keep making people smile and continue to follow Robert’s work ethic. She knows ‘you can’t have a business without selling something.’ Robert had many businesses in his life in several countries and, on a smaller scale, she has too. He’s taken his talent with him but the books remain as a gift to the world … actually, many readers had told him exactly that.
His wife now has all the books at her home and has greatly reduced the price of his two popular series (details below). An added benefit she says, “all our books are now tax free!” At 73 years, she also knows she must think of retiring soon. Lugging around books and market equipment is not easy but she wants to make sure their books will be available so they can be enjoyed for a bit longer.
Support Robert’s two favourite characters … although they are the female lead of each series, Robert also gives us some wonderful male characters. Lizzie Short, his early 19th-century first female character who lived in London, England is a delightful girl who can drag a smile or a chuckle out of the somberest individual. Robert could do that too simply by telling you a little story which animated him so much you couldn’t resist buying a book to check it out. Even the lilt of his Yorkshire/Aussie accent was remarkable causing many marketgoers to stand around and listen to him (why we made audiobooks a bit later). Yes, Robert was a guy like Lizzie but previous to that, it was Joyce’s suggestion that he write his memoires. Two novels later, while recuperating from Staph infection, he asked her advice about the next book. He wasn’t really conscious of giving Lizzie any of his own character or utilizing a smattering of his own experiences in forming her own business acumen! But it worked and his humour came through. By the time his readers asked for a second book, it was already half written! Then, the requests began for a Victoria book and so we got not one, but TWO series!
His second female character was Nancy Wilson in the Victoria Chronicles Trilogy, who came to Victoria BC as a 4-year-old in 1900. When the popularity of Book One caused many requests for Hardcover copies, we ordered them, but too many! The Victoria Chronicles HARDCOVER TRILOGY is now selling for a meager $10/Book (originally $93), half the price of the Paperback copies.
Consider these Hardcovers to be an excellent gift for any local reader, history buff, or new Victoria resident. We’ve talked to many new residents who were gifted a copy and loved finding out how much of the story was factual history about their new hometown.
Today, Joyce has slashed the price of their two Series books. ‘ down to BELOW HALF PRICE!! Originally selling for $78 … go to Our Store in the Tab above or from several of our Facebook Pages by selecting the blue ‘Shop Now‘ link. You’ll find the 4-Book LIZZIE SERIES is now only $35 and the Victoria Chronicles Trilogy (Hardcovers) is $30.
Yesterdays: A Collection of Short Stories is only $10.
Joyce has also begun making plans to do something unusual … she has already begun giving away copies of both these series to local schools and Care Homes. The end of the school year is coming too quickly. She has limited copies of these older books and doesn’t plan to order any more. The early bird catches the worm, they say! She plans to keep the more recent books available for 2-3 years but don’t hold her to that! Best laid plans don’t always work out!
Local Orders (Updated Jan/18): Order at our Store on this website and have them delivered or pick up in Central Saanich. Phone if you have a problem with your order but phone orders are greatly preferred as they take less time to organize. Please leave a voicemail if no answer (so we don’t play endless phone tag) or text me 250-857-0840 … or message via Joyce’s or Robert’s Facebook pages. If you are a visitor to Victoria BC, contact Joyce to arrange pick up or delivery ($10 fee) to your hotel. Receiving 2-3 days warning would be nice. Thanks for your understanding.
Shaw TV’s Rajie Kabli speaks with the authors in 2014,
months before ‘Silent Destiny,’ Robert’s last novel was published.
If you miss seeing and hearing him at his bookstand, take a listen,
and enjoy his laugh for a minute or two, even if it brings a tear to your eye.
Robert passed away peacefully in August 2017.
One of Robert’s favourite reader stories … told to him at the market by a woman’s daughter when they moved her mom into a Care Home. “Mother told us not to buy her any more books. She said she had all the books she would ever need for the rest of her life … Robert’s “Victoria Chronicles Trilogy.” She must have read them 30 times and she was still reading before she passed on at 95 years! Her 93-year-old sister quickly took them over, leaving me to wait even longer for my turn!”