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Awards Historical Fiction

Feeling Grateful

Spring seems to have finally arrived in Southern Ontario and it brings with it a renewed sense of purpose as the grass greens and buds hint at the arrival of new leaves. It’s with this joy in all things gardening that I’m especially honoured to be the recipient of a Len Cullen Scholarship. This (one of two) $500-dollar scholarships is awarded by the Writers’ Community of Durham Region annually and sponsored by the Cullen family in memory of their father, who was of course, a household name in landscaping and gardening. What most people don’t realize is that Len Cullen was also a prolific poet, and his poetry could often be found in the newsletter he produced for several decades.

I look forward to applying this scholarship towards some writers-coaching to help me take my novel-in-progress (called Asunder) to a new level.

Thank you to the Cullen family for this amazing support in helping to grow my skills (which I hope will flourish more than my poor hydrangea) and to WCDR for all the encouragement, critiquing, and emotional sustenance on my writing journey.

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Events

Read An Ebook Week 2018

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:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/649211

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401486

 

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Events Historical Fiction

Such Excitement!

At the Gallery opening of When We Came From Away. November 2017

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.

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After Paris Events Historical Fiction

Going On Tour

04_after-paris_blog-tour-banner_finalFollow 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

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After Paris Book Chat Events

After Paris

After Paris front cover
After Paris front cover

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!

 

 

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Family Business

Latest News

Public Speaking
Public Speaking

I love talking to people about my book and my writing. I was pleased to be invited on Saturday Oct 10, to speak with Martin van Denzen on 1320 Dutch Touch radio. You can listen to the interview here by clicking the link, and since your Dutch may not be perfect, scroll ahead to minute 37 to listen to the interview in English.:

http://dutchtouchradio.com

 

 

For more opportunities to listen to me speaking about my debut novel, Family Business, check out my ‘Events’ page for upcoming engagements.

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Awards Family Business Historical Fiction

Celebrating Success

Shmoozing!
Shmoozing!

What does success look like? Like a chameleon, it takes on different colours and forms depending on the time in one’s life. For me, the time may come when being Shortlisted  for an award like the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize may not be enough to warrant the great excitement; the throbbing heart; the near giddy joy that I experienced. That time may come, but for now, I feel amazingly successful. No, I didn’t win the actual prize – that honour went to Claire Battershill with her novel; Circus. Did I still feel like a winner as I chatted with other authors and members of the publishing industry at the awards gala? You bet I did. As an Indie Author, there may have been a few of those in the traditional publishing business who wondered how I came to be there, but I didn’t let that dampen my pleasure. I was shortlisted and forever after I can enjoy that triumph. And… somehow I suspect that the next time I’m shortlisted for something, I’ll be just as giddy.