Read An Ebook Week 2018
I’m delighted to participate in this exciting event. Both my ebooks are discounted by 50% when purchased through Smashwords. Check it out now:
Only two more weeks until Bookapalooza. I’m very excited to be part of the scavenger hunt. Come on down and find your great read from this book extravaganza!
I recently had the pleasure of being part of Northumberland County’s project to celebrate our 150th birthday. The County has created a book and show at the Art Gallery of Northumberland County called “When We Came From Away”. It showcases accounts of people coming to Canada, now living in the county. The accounts and photos of the people and cultural artifacts is a joy to see. Take a trip to Cobourg to check it out!
In other news – mark your calendars for BOOKAPALOOZA!! November 25, 10 am to 3 pm in Whitby – All things for the book-lover. Authors, books, readings, prizes. Come and start your Christmas shopping!
Hope to see you there.
‘Forest Bathing’ has been a recognized form of relaxation for decades now in Japan. Luckily in Canada we are very rarely far from an opportunity to partake in this simple form of therapy which reduces blood pressure and increases a sense of overall well-being. Northumberland County (north of Port Hope and Cobourg) offers numerous trails to go walking, and unlike in some countries, you’ll often find your little party alone to easily enjoy the sights of the spectacular colours, the sounds of the birds and the wind in the trees, and the smells of autumn. A perfect way to spend some time on a Saturday afternoon. Take a look at the Wikipedia article on Forest Bathing if you don’t believe me!
While you are in the area, drop by to see me on Saturday October 14th at the Roseneath Women’s Institute Annual Bazaar at the Alnwick Civic Centre 9059 County Rd 45 Roseneath, Ontario. Start your Christmas shopping early – I’ll be there to sign books from 10 am to 2 pm.
Follow me on my Virtual Blog Tour beginning September 19. Check out all the blogs where I’ll be interviewed, writing guest posts or will have my new novel After Paris reviewed. See the full schedule here: http://hfvirtualbooktours.com/afterparisblogtour
For those who prefer the old fashioned tour – I’ll be doing that too:
Guysborough town library, Nova Scotia: September 20
Antigonish town library, Nova Scotia (7 pm): September 22
It’s official! My new book has been published and ready to enjoy. To see where you can get your copy, select the ‘Buy A Book’ tab. There you will see the link for amazon – both Canada and US versions, the ebook link at Smashwords, or even through the website here. OR you could wait and buy it from me in person at the book launch:
When: September 10, 3 pm to 5 pm
Where: Real Mo-Mo’s (http://www.realmomos.com) 51 Colborne St, Toronto
I’d love to see you there and sign your copy, so put the event on your calendar today!
Newfoundland is a cauldron of creativity. I’ve always known it; some of my favourite writers are from there – whether it’s Annie Proulx with The Shipping News, Wayne Johnston with The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Michael Crummey with Sweetland or Michael Winter with Minister Without Portfolio, there’s no doubt about it – they have a magical talent of evoking thought provoking images and stories.
This past Sunday I had an opportunity to experience a different kind of magical creativity when I attended a benefit concert in St. John’s, held in honour of a long-time friend who has been going through some rough times health-wise. As a musician, Derek Harrington has garnered the respect and love of his fellow St. John’s musicians and fans alike, so when the news went out that this event was being held, they came in droves. There were so many musicians who wanted to participate, that D’Arcy Broderick, one of the key organizers, had to limit each act to 20 minutes in order to get everyone in during the 8 hour span of the day. To be immersed in an event of this nature, where amazing musicians came from all over to crowd on stage (some bands who usually play with 3 or 4, showed up with 6 or 7 musicians because everyone wanted to give of their time and talent) was an extraordinary experience. The songs, the music, the laughter and yes, the tears as people crowded around the computer to say hello to Derek himself on facetime, since he wasn’t well enough to attend in person, combined to produce magic.
And speaking of magic, I was delighted to listen in on one conversation where Jimmy Carton (one of Canada’s best loved Irish tenors for anyone who may not know him) and Richard Harrington (Derek’s brother and fine singer himself who came from Dublin for the event) were discussing their belief that Newfoundland is truly Tír na nÓg, the Irish mythical Land of Youth. One only needs to meet Doreen Reardigan to know that there must be some truth to this assertion. At 83, she is on a dragon boat rowing team, she performs in a musical group called the Sweet Forget Me Knots, she’s an actress who still gets called upon for commercial and television work, and as you can see from the photo, she was a volunteer who never sat down for hours and hours at the benefit.
I’d like to bottle that air of Newfoundland.
For anyone of you who knows Derek Harrington and would like to contribute to help him with his road to recovery, you can go to the gofundme site:
Sunday, November 15: 1 pm-3 pm
As part of this month’s on-going celebration of authors, please join me for a reading and discussion of my debut novel Family Business, recently shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. I will be joined by recording artist and one of Canada’s best loved Irish Tenors; Jimmy Carton, who will perform a few songs a cappella.
This event is free and will be held in the beautiful and unique environment of the Summerhill B&B and Tea Room, 127 Walton St. Port Hope. Space is limited, so call to reserve your place today: 905-885-8741.