About annette

Writer. Traveller. Walker. Bicycle rider. Past R.N. Past Town of Regina Beach Administrator, alderperson. Resident of Regina, SK Canada

2017 Winner Uncaged Book Review Raven Award Favorite Contemporary is Fearless Destiny

 

An award

I asked Cyrene Olson what was behind the RAVEN Award. She told me that “Uncaged Book Reviews is a labor of love. I [she] wanted to find a way to continue working with authors and helping to promote them. Being a designer, and a book lover, Uncaged was born. This new take on a book review magazine, is to give more space, give the reader a bit more to read, to get a better feel for the author, to help them find “their next favorite author.” There are so many terrific authors, that need more recognition for the wonderful work they do, and Uncaged will do it’s best to help.”

The name came from the idea that I [she] wasn’t going to limit authors or reviewers, the limits were lifted, so Uncaged was a fitting name.

The Raven is Uncaged Mascot.

 

My certificate

 

 

Uncaged Book Review of Fearless Destiny by Cyrene Olson  

“This is a sweet love story, and a story with a powerful message, that if you don’t give up, you can find a way to accomplish anything. Will and Tiffany’s story is filled with humor and a nice plot. ” 4 star (February 28, 2017)

To be eligible for the RAVEN Award, the book had to have been reviewed by, or featured by Uncaged in the past year, July 2016 – June 2017.

All books were entered automatically. (I voted for someone else before I realized that Fearless Destiny was also nominated.)

And this is how Fearless Destiny entered into the Semi-final round for RAVEN Award in contemporary fiction. Each author then canvassed the public for votes.

This was one of the easier voting procedures as there wasn’t the need to register. Cyrene said she was not collecting email addresses and only one vote per person.

The top five books in each category moved into the Final round. Each author canvassed for more votes.

My family, friends and fans. Thank you so much for taking time and voting for Fearless Destiny.

The complete list of all of the winners and runner ups are on page 10 in the above Magazine.

On more lovely photo. I paid for an advertisement in the August Issue of Uncaged.

Cyrene designed it for me. It is on page 22.

If you go through the magazine you will be able to click through to the Fearless Destiny trailer.

I had been part of a group advertisement with Soul Mate Publishing authors in Uncaged but somehow in my life I missed the  aspirations of the publisher, Cyrene Olson and the goals of Uncaged Book Reviews.

I’m glad I’m finally in the loop and I have a badge and certificate to prove it.

Big kiss from me to you as a thank you for your support.

 

Free, Free Moving On is Free on Kindle.

Free, Free Download on Kindle

Moving On, my sweet contemporary romance novel set in the Town of Regina Beach, SK is free to download from July 14-July 18, 2017.

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A five star reviewer, “I loved this book.It was a lovely, sweet, romantic read. I don’t consider myself a small town girl, but I fell in love with Regina Beach and its residents.”

A five star reviewer: “This novel is beautifully written and captured the essence of being a stranger in a small town. Herman and Margaret, the elderly couple next door, gave the story a realistic feel few authors can achieve.”

A four star reviewer: “This was one of the best books in this genre I have read in a while.”

Take a chance and join Anna and Nick as they journey toward love while becoming friends and learning to trust again.

Download today until July 18, 2017 at midnight.

Thank you.

What has this author been up to since April 23?

Leaving on a jet plane

I did a bit of travelling at the end of April and visited with my sister and her family in British Columbia. Even though we are in the same country, Canada is so very different from Europe with countries near each other. I left Regina at 6:10 one morning and flew to Edmonton.  I was to catch my connecting flight in Edmonton and then  arrive at my destination at 9:30 am. However, the plane circled Edmonton and couldn’t land because of fog, so we flew to Fort McMurray, topped up the fuel and flew back to Edmonton where I was booked on a later flight to Calgary and then to my destination in BC. I arrived safely but a little tired at 4:30 pm. My destination was the sixth city I had visited that day. Regina, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Calgary, and finally BC. I read Doctoring the Single Dad by one of my favourite authors, Marie Ferrarella. I have to admit I purchased this book used at a church book sale. The author doesn’t benefit but the church does.

 

I love riding my bicycle.

While in BC, I received an early birthday present from my niece. I love bags to carry many things. This one held my printer which I had to take to the store for repair. The life of a writer!

 

 

 

 

 

I gave myself a birthday present and advertised in the May 10 issue of RWA e notes.

The short story collection Wanderlust, Stories on the Move was launched in McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon to about forty people. I have two short stories in this collection, Beating the Devil and Hello in There. Byrna Barclay wrote a script which dramatized a story by each contributor. The seven of us hired a director, Julianna Barclay, to help us perfect our performance presentation.

Reading from my story,
Beating the Devil

Anthology Contributors:
Byrna Barclay
Brenda Niskala
Linda Biasotto
James Trettwer
Shelley Banks
Kelly-Anne Riess
Annette Bower

 

 

 

Fearless Destiny was a nominee in the Contemporary: Sweet category in the In D’Tale Magazine RONE Awards.  I advertised and garnered votes from May 15-21 as this is the

The badge for Nominee

fans’ opportunity to vote and support their book and help it move into the finals. And my fans, family and friends voted. I crossed my fingers and toes that I worked hard enough to garner votes. It can be intimidating for people not familiar with online requirements to go through the registration process and vote. I thank each and everyone who took the time and assisted Fearless Destiny.

 

 

Wanderlust: Stories on the Move, was launched at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival on May 25, 2017 in the Artesian to a full house. Missing Byrna Barclay.

Six of the seven contributors performed their script to a full house.

On May 27, 2017 I went to Coles Bookstore in Brandon to sell and sign books.

I was captivated by the number of people who browsed in the bookstore. So very many customers purchase gifts.

I was invited and honored to be part Chapters/Indigo Regina to celebrate Canada’s 150 celebration.

A fantastic opportunity to celebrate Canada 150 with Regina authors.

My station to meet and greet customers was near the journals, notebooks and lovely writing paper and pens. I wanted to be the recipient of so many thoughtful gifts purchased by customers for those they held special in their lives.

On June 5, 2017, I discovered that Fearless Destiny did indeed final.

I’m so excited to have this opportunity.

I received this opening in my email letter: “CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your book is a finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards and has moved on to the final judging round. It is in the process of being read and rated by a panel of professional judges which will determine the winner of the “Best Indie or Small Published book of 2016”.

“Winners will be announced and presented at the RONE awards ceremony and gala on October 14th, 2017 at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in conjunction with the InD’Scribe Con and Book Festival (http://www.indscribe.com).  We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend this informative and fun conference, and the amazing RONE Gala Event Ceremony! It will be an exciting time for one and all, and we would love to see each and every one of you there!”

I also had an opportunity to visit a grain farm on the coldest day in May. I’m researching for my new novel.

I didn’t get too far away from the ladder that could take me down again.

 

And to bring this right up to date.

Karyn Good and I read at the Glenavon, SK Library Tea.

I’m reading from Fearless Destiny. Karyn Good read from Exposed.

And this is almost exactly how and what happened and I’m sticking to it.

Please join me next time I post and thank you so much for staying with me. If you check out my newsletter archive issues you will see more. Go to my home page and either sign up for my once a month newsletter or just hang out and read the old issues.

You know what it feels like when you’ve neglected a commitment for so long that…

This is a favourite  postcard* I purchased fifteen years ago on my first trip to Portugal. I call it “woman waiting.”

What or who is she waiting for?

Is she waiting for the letter I haven’t written? For a visit, I promised but haven’t made the time to commit an hour? For her child that hasn’t come home in a very long time.

I wrote this short story with thoughts of longing and desperation.

They used to have pictures on milk carton

by Annette Bower©

Today, I’m at the cenotaph until the sun sets or my toes freeze.

“Please look at my picture, maybe you’ve seen my son. My boy.”  Women stop when I beg. If they shake their heads too quickly, I can’t grab their coat sleeves. They might call the police again. Who would be afraid of your mother? My face is all wrinkles and I’m thinner than I used to be.

When they ask about you, I tell them that you weren’t a beggar, you were an entertainer. When people liked what they heard they slipped coins into your case. I tell them that you knew when you were pitied. I tell them that you played your guitar over by those trees during the summer before you went away.

It’s sunny today, but the wind is cold enough to bite the tail off a dog. I should have worn more than two pairs of pants. I got new gloves, the kind where my fingers stick out until I flip up the cover. The coat from the shelter is warm but if I bundle up too much those passing by won’t look at me.

“Sir, sir, excuse me. Please look at my picture. Have you seen him? He’s changed. He’s older. I need to find him.”

Every day this man walks by me, with his head down and never looks at me. I know you’re not like him. You’d stop and speak with an old woman.

There’s this nice young woman who brings me a coffee and doughnut every working day. She gave me these gloves. One day she took one of your pictures and when she came back she’d made a dozen copies. I was so happy, I cried. They blow away if I forget to put them under a stone. Sometimes some of the young kids in the park tease me and I leave in a hurry, then I miss seeing her. When I find you, I’ll introduce you to her. She’d make a fine daughter-in-law.

Remember how we used to enjoy the cathedral bells calling the faithful to worship. Some days if I close my eyes, I can feel your little hand curled in my palm. We would run up the steps and then side by side we were coloured by the sunbeams through the stained glass windows. And when the organist played and the choir sang, you asked me if this is heaven.

Since you’ve been gone, I tried showing some of the ladies in the congregation your picture, the bishop suggested I leave. They parishioners were uncomfortable.

I’ll turn eighty-five in a few days, son. I wish you’d write or come home. I had to move. I left our address and a copy of your picture with the new owner so if you drop by she’ll recognize you. I’ve put your books on the shelf and your t-shirts are in the closet.

One day, I’ll call to a man and he’ll stop, look, and say, “That’s me…Mom?”

for joining me on my blog today.

Published: “They Used to Put Pictures on Milk Cartons.” the Society March 2010: 8

*postcard: foto: N. Kustos art & concept: G.A. Wittich

 

 

 

Drop in at Chapters, Regina on Feb. 11, 2017 and say “hello.”

I’m looking forward to having copies of Fearless Destiny for sale at Chapters and Woman of Substance and Moving On, too.

Chapters/Indigo was considerate to offer me the opportunity to sign close to Valentine’s Day. I look forward to seeing many friends and new customers during this time.

Wishing all of you moments of togetherness during this month of