A Path to the Lake debuts at A Different Drummer Books

I am so honoured to have held my book launch at the beautiful A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, on Sunday. The owner, Ian Elliot, couldn’t have been a more hospitable and gracious host to us. A huge thank you to Ian, and to Kate, who were beyond welcoming and helpful.

My first of three women’s fiction books, A Path to the Lake, is now available to order here: amazon.com

Thank you to everyone for their amazing support in launching this book. To all those who came to the launch, I am so grateful. And to those who have already purchased it, I am honoured.

Somehow these words seem inadequate, so let me be really clear. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Women’s fiction with a strong romantic element…

Kate Browning longs to live her own life again, after caring for her parents the past two years. She starts a relationship with a man who seems to place a lot of expectations on her, and she’s flirting with another who seems to have no idea what commitment is. Still, she could surely figure it all out, if she could just figure out herself.

The book launch for my debut women’s fiction, A Path to the Lake, is tomorrow, Sunday, April 29, at A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, at 2:00.

A Path to the Lake will also be available tomorrow in both print and e-book on Amazon, Smashwords (so you can get it on Kindle) and The Crimson Cloak Publishing website.

Book Launches

 

Excitement is in the air for me, and no, it’s not just because spring is just around the corner. It looks like I can start planning the book launch for my women’s fiction novel, A Path to the Lake, for the end of April sometime. (: Can’t wait until I have the details for you. Hope you will be able to join me!

Speaking of book launches, I went to a fun one for author Melodie Campbell’s entertaining and funny book, The B-Team, on Thursday night. If you like crime, (and even if you don’t) you will find yourself highly entertained by the hilarious Ms. Campbell, from the first page to the last.

I found out this week one of my short fiction pieces will be published in the spring edition of Scryptic Magazine, and one of my haiku in the spring edition of The Cicada’s Cry.

I’ll offer two quotes about writing today. One serious, and one that might make you smile.

“If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do.” William Zinsser

“Write drunk, edit sober.” Ernest Hemingway

World Cancer Day

 

As I posted on facebook recently, today is the five year anniversary of the million step walk my son did for cancer (helpmeburycancer) across our province of Ontario, Canada. This is a small free verse poem I wrote about it.

The Gift

My heart is still capable of aching
of leaking parental pride
when I think of my son
my child
the man
trudging a million steps
over hundreds of miles
to fundraise for cancer
through snow and sleet
and freezing winds
for everyone who has ever had cancer
for everyone who will ever get cancer
for my parents
for me

(I’d also like to thank the Asahi Network for publishing one of my haiku on Friday, and Daily Haiga for accepting another of my photo-haiga!)

 

“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” Hellen Keller

Happy New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s Eve can bring with it memories of years past. Some of my earliest are my cousin and I, dressed in little girl party dresses, taking coats from the guests at my grandparents large bashes. I hold memories of my children dancing with me, their small feet planted firmly on top of mine, close to my heart.

There have been sad ones, too. I remember the first New Year’s Eve after my first marriage ended, hoping to be fast asleep by midnight. And nostalgic ones, like my mom and dad clasping hands and singing Auld Lang Syne, long after they were gone. Thankfully, there have been many beautiful memories with my husband, the first one dancing at an Inn on the lake, lights sparkling off the water.

Whatever New Year’s memory you’ll be making or reminiscing about tonight, I hope it’s filled with good health and good times…Cheers!

New Books and Holiday Wishes

 

I recently read Melodie Campbell’s latest book, “Worst Date Ever”, published by Orca Books. You may already know her as the author of the award winning Gina Gallo Mystery series. She shares a fun fact with us, that one of the dates in this romantic comedy actually happened to her! I assumed this “rapid read” would be a fun one, as Melodie was previously billed as “The Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun in 2014, and I assumed correctly. “Worst Date Ever” would make a great stocking stuffer!

I downloaded “The Author Blog” by Anne. R. Allen on Kindle this week. It’s available for a limited time for only $2.99. It’s an easy and informative read for anyone interested in secrets from this award winning blogger.

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous holiday season, full of all that you dream of.

 

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” Hamilton Wright Mabie

Jane Reichold Haiga Contest

 

I am honoured to say that my photo haiga entry has been named the winner in the photograph based category of the second annual Jane Reichold Contest. (photo haiga is a combination of two art forms, photography and haiku)

It is featured this month in two online journals, Prune Juice, a Journal of Senryu, Kyoka and Haiga and Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu, who jointly sponsored this worldwide haiga contest.

My sincere thank you to the editors, Steve Hodge and Mike Rehling, and to the judge of the photograph based category, Linda Papanicolaou. I am grateful to all.

Congratulations to all of the winners for their stunning work.