One of the perks an author receives with a small publisher, is that you are often able to offer great input into the cover design of your book. Crimson Cloak Publishing has allowed me that, and I have worked closely with Loraine Van Tonder, who designed both the cover for my first book, A Path to the Lake, and now my soon to be released Full of Grace. I love the small details that make it unique. For example, the character on the cover, Angela, is an author. The book on the top of the stack beside her, is the title of one she had written previously. Thank you to my publisher, and to Loraine, for making my cover vision a reality. I am grateful.
Happy thanksgiving to all my Canadian family and friends. I was blessed to celebrate it surrounded by my family yesterday, and gratefully counted my blessings, as each grandchild came through our door.
Last week was a busy one, spent doing final edits for my next women’s fiction novel, Full of Grace. Fingers crossed I will be able to have a launch for it, before the end of the year. Stay tuned!
Thank you to Under the Basho Journal for accepting two of my haibun (prose with haiku) and to Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, for publishing two of my photo-haiga this month. Even more reasons to be thankful.
Quote: No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” Robert Frost
As you know, I have my toes dipped into two different genres of writing, women’s fiction and Japanese short form poetry. I had some poetry published this summer, including some of my photo-haiga. But, it’s time to start thinking about my next women’s fiction novel, Full of Grace, as it’s slated to come out this fall or next spring. So, on the chance it comes out this fall, I think it’s time I give you a preview of the blurb for the back of the book!
Angela keeps a roof over her head, albeit a leaking one, by writing romance novels. But, Angela’s never really believed in the traditional happily ever after ending. So, she begins writing the story of Grace, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer shortly after finding out her husband Rick is having an affair. Again.
As she writes the story to dispel the myth of happily ever after, Angela begins a relationship with Mark, the contractor who comes to fix her leaking roof, and ironically, it looks like she may be on the way to her own happy ending. But Angela’s had a difficult past and has a cynical outlook, while Mark’s life has just gotten messy. Angela wonders if this is all going to work out.
Grace lies in bed at night, wondering if what Rick wants to give her, and what he is capable of giving her, are two different things. She asks Rick to move out temporarily, while they try to assess their marriage. She wonders how she can get such comfort and security from a man who cheated on her.
Quote: “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” William Wordsworth
I’d like to thank everyone for their support in debuting my women’s fiction novel, A Path to the Lake, and special thanks to those who have messaged or e-mailed with such kind words. I’m grateful to Linda’s Book Bag, Theresa Smith Writes and Linda Northing for interviewing me. I appreciate it! (you can find all of the interviews on my face book page)
A huge thank you to editor Shloka Shankar for accepting one of my photo haiga for the next issue of literary and arts journal, Sonic Boom, which comes out in August. And thanks to Lori A Minor, editor (and amazing artist and poet, too) of the e-zine “Femku” for accepting one of my poems for her next issue. And lastly, thanks to all those in our Virtual Haiku group for the kind reception of my latest haibun poem and photo-haiga.
Heading out now to find a path to the lake to enjoy. (I know, enough with A Path to the Lake!!) (:
Happy Summer and see you in September!
“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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!
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.
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
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.
My heart is still capable of aching
of leaking parental pride
when I think of my son
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
(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
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!