Exciting News and an exciting FREE opportunity

The absolute exciting opportunity is: My publisher, Soul Mate Publishing, and editor, Debby Gilbert is offering Raven award winning and RONE First Runner up Fearless Destiny  free for download from Amazon from Nov. 6-10, 2017. If you haven’t had an opportunity to purchase, now is your chance or gift to friends. Please share and help make Fearless Destiny a bestseller.

This is the announcement of Fearless Destiny winner as First Runner Up of Contemporary Sweet at the RONE awards ceremony and gala on October 14, at the Burbank Marriott Hotel in conjunction with the InD’Scribe Con and Book Festival.

Thank you to RJ Frankhouser who is also a runner up in the RONE for video taping this for me. I was away in Italy at the time and there wasn’t a way I could return. Although I wish I could have.

My badge and certificate arrived.

And a big, heartfelt

From the bottom of my heart to everyone who has taken the time to read my blogs and my stories.


I’m a featured author! I’m a featured author!

There is interesting news about food, beer and events happening at Bushwakker Brewpub in this newsletter. You can click on the picture above to read the newsletter and subscribe.

However, this is what I’d like you to read:

Featured Book at Bushwakker Brewpub Writers Corner.

“Our Bushwakker Writers Corner was launched in November 2016. It is a space dedicated to celebrating the recent works of Saskatchewan published authors. What will begin as one shelf will hopefully grow into a large library showcasing our province’s wordsmiths. Pub patrons are encouraged to peruse a copy whilst enjoying a pint. The books in the corner library will be available for patrons interested in reading works by local authors and the books are to remain in the brewpub.
One of our featured authors is Annette Bower. Annette Bower grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. She began her working career selling men’s underwear at the Army and Navy store, then went on to pump gas until she entered nurse’s training at the Regina Grey Nuns School of Nursing. She has worked in Regina, Ottawa, Halifax, Sioux Lookout, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Regina Beach. Annette enjoys writing short stories and novels. She gathers inspiration about women and men in love, searching for love, or lost without love, from her past and present. Her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies in Canada, United States and
in the UK. Woman of Substance, set in Regina and Lumsden, is her first novel. Her second novel, Moving On, is set in Regina Beach, Saskatchewan. Her third novel, Fearless Destiny, is set in Apex, Saskatchewan and is the winner of the Raven Award for Favourite Contemporary Novel. Her novels are published by Soul Mate Publishing, New York. She looks forward to reading to crowds or small groups.

Her featured book is titled Moving OnAnna Jenkins, a mysterious woman arrives in the resort town of Regina Beach, Saskatchewan as the heir to a cottage, even though there isn’t an obvious family connection. The residents of the town know everyone’s business and they are very keen on discovering Anna’s secrets. Anna meets Nick Donnelly with a secret of his own. As a soldier, the injuries he sustained in an IED explosion are greater than most people realize. During his rehabilitation, Nick and Anna become friends. Nick begins to dream of a life on the land with a family of his own. When Anna discovers that Nick plans to return to active duty, she puts the brakes on loving a man who might die because of his career. Nick must convince Anna they have a future to live for.”

Today I took the opportunity to drop into Bushwakker Brewpub and check out my poster on the wall and thank Grant Frew for the opportunity to be the featured author. 


The poster will be on the wall until the next featured author’s turn. Grant Frew hopes that many more Saskatchewan authors books will line the walls. Woman of Substance, Moving On and Fearless Destiny are there for patrons to peruse.

Grant Frew, Bushwakker’s bar manager and the man in charge of the Writers Corner.




This morning while I listened to the radio in bed I scanned my FB page, I read a heartening message.


Picture in your mind, if you can, the buzz of excited writers echoing in a lobby and carrying over into a sitting area and tall stools around a few tall tables. Excited voices ringing. It is a break from many workshops at the RWA 2017 conference. I’m with another Soul Mate author and two authors I’ve just met. Of course we are all checking our social media.

I see an email from my editor and publisher. I’m excited because I submitted my first three chapters of my fourth novel along with my synopsis.

Me: “Wait, I think I just have an acceptance for my new novel.” I quickly scan the email and it is not an acceptance. It isn’t quite a total rejection but . . . I am devastated and embarrassed.

Me to expectant faces: “No, it isn’t an acceptance, it isn’t a total rejection, she will consider a resubmission. She likes the premise.”

They stare down into their drinks. I put on a strong face. I continue through the conference. I see the Soul Mate author who was there when I blurted out my news, I meet up with the two new friends. I cry in my room. I blubber to my husband. I cry in a workshop when we are paired up and have to describe an embarrassing moment in our lives.

I come home and look at the manuscript occasionally.  I’m paralyzed. Do I want to revisit this manuscript? Almost a month has passed. I should be looking forward to rewrites.

This morning a friend on Facebook shared this link:

The Book He Wasn’t Supposed to Write

A best-selling author submits a draft to his editor. Hijinks ensue.

This is a writer’s response to his editor’s rejection. Please take time to read this article if you have received your rejection, if you are stuck, or if you are a reader wondering when the author’s next book will be published.

It’s time for me to look at my manuscript and rewrite and let the embarrassment go.

Wish me luck.

It isn’t luck, it is determination to tell the best story I can

But I’ll take a little luck along with BICFOKB (Bum in chair and fingers on keyboard)


Print copies of my books are only available through Amazon sellers rather than directly from Amazon.


Am I powerless when this is on my print copy purchase, See All Buying Options?


Recently, I updated my file for my novel, Woman of Substance. It had errors. Mostly words out of place or misspelled words. I hadn’t realized the number of errors until last fall a friend’s husband began to say something and she kicked him under the table.

I said, “What, tell me.”

He said, “They were surprised how the book was allowed to go to publication with the errors.”

This book was e published in 2012 around Christmas and then in print in 2013. The responsibility is ultimately with me, the author. I had the opportunity to re read the book and send in any corrections before it went to print. I did this but obviously not nearly enough.

I have and always will have both spelling and grammar challenges. These two necessary tools for a writer throw stumbling blocks across my path in every sentence I write.

I asked a reader to go through a print copy and mark errors. I submitted them to my publisher, Debby Gilbert at Soul Mate Publishing. Debby graciously agreed to correct my errors after all this time. I have received a corrected secure pdf from the publisher and the copy looks fantastic.

I had hoped that all of the readers who had purchased an e copy of Woman of Substance would receive a “push” notification of the changes. Alas, there are channels according to Amazon staff through which this may be possible but in reality not probable.

I can’t even order a new corrected e copy of Woman of Substance and pay for it again, because as  Amazon staff explained, the computer knows I own a copy and would send me the old file, regardless, unless the “push” happened.

I have print copies with these errors but I wanted to gift a clean copy to the reader who painstakingly went over the novel line by line and another to the couple who pointed out the errors.

I ordered Woman of Substance from Amazon.ca. I paid $24.38 for the print book including shipping. I anxiously awaited the arrival. Today it came in the mail all the way from the UK. It wasn’t sold by Amazon, but an Ingram distributor. It is in new condition and it isn’t the corrected copy. I’m so disappointed. Our son, a business man, pointed out that these sellers probably have old stock.


I checked Moving On and Fearless Destiny  alas they are only available in e copies directly from Amazon but  print copies are not available on Amazon except through a third party seller at various prices.

My publisher has confirmed I will receive royalties from the book I purchased. I’m glad. I was concerned that I actually had purchased a second hand book by error.

Print copies are available at Barnes and Noble:

Moving On

Fearless Destiny

And Chapters/Indigo.

Fearless Destiny

Moving On

I have ordered new copies from Soul Mate publishing of Woman of Substance. You can order a corrected print copy from me, if you like, in about two weeks.

Please check out my home page for more places to purchase my print books.

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.