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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

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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Events Family Business Historical Fiction

An Afternoon of Story and Song in Port Hope

Summerhill B&B-Tearoom
Summerhill B&B-Tearoom

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.

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Family Business

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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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Family Business

New Ways to Read

Kobo Glo

As a writer who was shortlisted for the inaugural Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, I was delighted to receive a surprise ‘runner-up’ package which included the Kobo Glo E-reader. I admit it; I’ve resisted the E-readers before this because there is something I love about the feel and reading experience of a print book. Well, since it’s been pushed to me, and being a frugal Dutch person who can’t stand the idea of waste, I decided I’d give it a go. I’ve loaded up some books (starting with a Charles Dickens I don’t have in print – Our Mutual Friend). It’s a new skill to read this way. I’m not flipping back as much to reread something. No footnotes – oh my! No chunky feel of the pages moving from the ‘as yet unread’ to the read side. I can’t say I’ve fallen in love with it, but I can certainly see the convenience of it. As with fast food, there is always something to sacrifice for convenience. It’ll be great for travelling.

The other new way that I’ve been reading is out loud. This is rather a lost art (in the era of Dickens it was a common evening pastime) which I need to practice. I do regular readings of my book these days, but I find that I always feel better if I’ve done it at home, out loud, a few times before going in front of an audience. I don’t want to stumble. I want to make sure the emphasis and emotion are appropriate for the piece. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Go ahead. I dare you. Try it!

So – the lesson in all of this is that, even with a skill like reading, which one learned and presumably perfected back in grade three, it takes practice, honing and being open to the notion that there is still more to learn.

If you’d like to hear me read, and you will be in Gore’s Landing on September 12th at 4 pm, drop on by Pitchers Place restaurant. Can’t make that date? I’ll also be at the Cobourg Library on October 22. Drop in! I’d love to see you.

 

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Family Business

A Community of Writers

Well done to the organizers of the second Wordstock literary festival in Sudbury, Ontario. It was an exciting event with workshops, panel discussions, speakers and book signings. The best part of it for me though was the immersion into all things author-ish. Getting together with other writers to hear how they are progressing with their latest project, telling them about my own work in progress, encouraging and being encouraged and of course, celebrating my shortlist for the kobo Emerging Writer Prize – all those conversations serve to inspire and recharge the battery. I appreciate my writer friends and that made the long drive worth it!

Speaking of driving, if you happen to be in Peterborough, ON this Friday, June 26 between 4 pm and 8 pm, please join me at Chapters where I will be signing books and chatting with fans. I’d love to see you!

Chapters Map

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Family Business Historical Fiction

Book Signing

guestbook

Join me at the Peterborough Chapters on June 26, 4 pm – 8 pm for some chat and to pick up your personalized copy of Family Business. Books make great gifts too!

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/home/storelocator/storeDetails/930/