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

Where has the time gone?

The summer has come and gone and today is the first day of fall. I just heard that this is the time when we will have twelve hours of sunlight and twelve hours of darkness. I do enjoy this time of year because I get to see the sunrise. I miss many summer sunrises.

My work in progress, working title, Will’s Intentions is at the publishers as of August 7, 2015 with a release date of April, 2016.

So I took a break, I caught up on family and read.

Lady Shadow by Abrielle S. Fuerst kept me engaged for many nights with her fantasy of seven kingdoms and fantastic female super heroes.

Time and Forever by Susan B. James accompanied me on my walks and reminded me of a time when I was young too. As well as the often asked question about roads not taken in life.

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray also accompanied me on my walks and drives. Yes, I do love audio books.

A road trip told me all about Candice Bergen through her autobiography A Fine Romance.

My to be read file diminished with the completion of a fast paced romance novel about the consequences of one little omitted detail, in Perfectly Honest by Linda O’Connor.

I read The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin and almost fell asleep myself.

Went to movies and attended events. Had a book signing at Chapters and discovered all of my copies of Moving On and Woman of Substance had been sold at Regina Beach Home Hardware and The Painted Parasol in Lumsden.

And now I’m reading Everyman by Philip Roth. I’m bending every corner so I recall the beauty of language and thought, because this is a print copy. When I’m reading electronically, I highlight and make a note. I enjoy e-reading and I have downloaded many books.

Had a wonderful reunion with my classmates who graduated with me from the Regina Grey Nuns’ School of Nursing, many years ago.

I walked around Wascana Lake many times and gained so many badges on my Fitbit.

Right now, Moving On is competing for The Readers’ Choice Award through The Romance Reviews. I’m asking friends, family and fans to vote, so that Moving On will qualify for the second round. Not sure what that will be yet, but it will be exciting I’m sure.

So that’s all for now. I hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for fall.

I’m preparing to blog hop

Blog hopping is one of the ways to promote authors and their books. But alas I’ve missed this exciting adventure. Sort of like Anna who missed the line dancing craze in my book Moving On. She learns to grapevine, shuffle and kick and I’m learning to link.On Friday, March 27, I’ll tell you about Darcy Flynn’s book Rogue’s Son .

A man in a cowboy hat and a truck. Looking good

A man in a cowboy hat and a truck. Looking good

The next day, Saturday, March 28 I’ll be giving you a chance to check out a fantasy/Paranormal novel by Anne B. Cole Souls Entwined

Book one of three

Book one of three

And then on Sunday March 29, I’ll be featuring a historical novel by Amanda L. V. Shalaby Bleddyn Hall.

Amanda Shalaby - BleddynHall_600

And there are prizes: Rafflecopter

The main page with the list of all of the authors participating.

The Facebook event page.

Come and join the fun.

Hope you'll join us.

Hope you’ll join us.

Gifts real and intended

Gifts real and intended

Gifts real and intended

Most of my gifts are wrapped. Most of my shopping is done. But very few cards have been sent. And I intend to write individual notes in each card to indicate that I care about friends and family. I have copied photos of my family to include in some cards. I have convinced myself that cards received after Christmas receive more attention because the recipient won’t be as busy. Or is it like a consolation prize?

I have reasons of course, don’t we all. I am on a time line trying to have novel number 3 ready to send out by the end of December. There are parties and family to visit. There is shopping and of course fitness to plan into a day, as well as short stories for submission to an anthology.

For instance today I finally completed my webpage for The Writers” Union of Canada. I submitted my application and fee in July while I was at the Sage Hill Writing Experience during the Fiction Colloquium lead by Lawrence Hill . He encouraged me to submit my application because Woman of Substance was in print.

From Dec. 17 – 23, The Romance Studio is having a Christmas Party, I will post throughout the party along with many other authors and different style of books. So drop on by, register and have chances to win many prizes, including copies of Woman of Substance and Moving On.

I also posed in front of our son’s Christmas tree and sang “we wish you a reading Christmas, we wish you a reading Christmas, we wish you a reading Christmas and a happy new year” for a fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Karin Shah. She is trying to put together a Christmas video Christmas card. One of the authors suggested giving us a key. Unfortunately, I don’t know one key from another. This is one of those hmmm, should I really have participated? I’m not sure if the project will come to fruition.

 

But most of all there are moments to reflect on life. The accomplishments, goals and improvements.

 

Now I am off to find batteries for a child’s toy.

 

Holiday Greetings and Christmas Wishes for you as you continue to prepare for your personal celebration this year.

 

photo courtesy of Mei Teng 

 

Remembrance Day, 2014

Remembrance Day, 2014

It was a cold day as you can see by the sky, however hundreds of people gathered around the City of Regina Cenotaph in Victoria Park. There were children on parents’ shoulders so that they could see. There were babies in strollers. There were elementary and highschool students and young and old adults. When you listen to this short clip of Slt Matt Field playing the trumpet you will notice there aren’t any other sounds.

In my novel Moving On Nick Donnelly is an injured Canadian soldier. He is home recovering from the effects of an IED explosion. This story takes place in the spring, however when November 11th arrives you can be sure that he will put on his uniform with pride and will remember all those who fought before him, and those who fought at his side.

During the message of remembrance we were asked to remember those who were broken along with those who died.

During my research and also through the time leading up to this day, it was often said how the armed forces personnel came home but didn’t speak of their time. How could they? I don’t think those of us who have not experienced the horrors of war could understand. They share with those who know.

I have a son in the Canadian Navy. So very many years ago during a family dinner I asked a question I had been asked in a philosophy class. “Who was I prepared to die for?” My answer was my family. My son’s answer was his country.

Of course we  hope that it will never come to this but so many families have experienced the pain of loss.

Anna, in Moving On, lost her fiancé due to injuries he sustained during a fire. He was a firefighter. These front line workers are also to be honored.

Nick and Anna feel an instinctive pull toward each other. They have both known a deep pain of loss. They help each other heal and grow. Join them on their journey.