And for a moment of fame

On this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I have much to be thankful for.


Click here to read the QC Leader article!

A bit of whimsy with the Saskatchewan flag


Click on the link above and read an article written by Ashley Martin in the QC which is a supplement of the A Leader-Post Publication, printed and distributed on October 08, 2020.

The last line that missed the scanner, is “just a slow burn.”

The title is: Author Offers Sweet Stories. Annette Bower writes non-traditional romance novels 

I was pleased and honoured to be contacted by Ashley Martin and asked if she could write an article about me. Of course, I said yes. We were going to meet in a socially distanced space but decided to have a phone conversation instead. She has quoted me in several places.

Someone suggested that I scan the article and put it on my blog to provide opportunities to those who do not receive the paper to read it.

Today, I went to Staples and did just that.

Thank you for reading about me and my writing journey.

Picture inside of me on my Townie Bike by Brandon Harder.

Picture above and picture on the front of the article by Sherry Shamblin


Spring For Love with Bleddyn Hall a historical novel written by Amanda L. V. Shalaby

Amanda Shalaby‘s favorite thoughts about spring are

Cadbury Egg chocolate candies!  They only come out this time of year!



Cadbury Egg chocolate wasn’t even a drop in a test kitchen during this historical novel’s time. But Shalaby blends her historical with Gothic tendencies, according to the many glowing reviews on Amazon.

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Amanda L. V. Shalaby’s passion for all things Jane Austen was inspired by her mother and grandmother.  She now writes her own historical romantic mysteries. Amanda’s previously published works, Rhianna and Audra, both were nominated for the prestigious InD’Tale Magazine RONE Award.  Her latest novel, Bleddyn Hall, was released on February 11, 2015.

Bleddyn Hall is hot off the presses and after you read this teaser, you can click on the link and purchase. .

“After a whirlwind romance during the London Season, Lady Isabel Sutton finds herself quickly engaged to the handsome Lord Tresham  Bleddyn, Earl of Dancy.  When his father passes away suddenly, however, his period of mourning delays their marriage and ruins the season for Tresham’s  younger, twin sisters, Annalise and Rosamund.

After the girls invite Isabel to their Yorkshire home, Bleddyn  Hall, Tresham  seems an entirely different man than the one she fell in love with in London.  Not only that, but all is not well within the walls of Bleddyn  Hall. The house’s dark secrets lead to murder, mystery, and a gruesome discovery.

Was Isabel’s happy future with Tresham nothing more than an illusion?  What is more, will she survive her stay at Bleddyn Hall?”

Readers have said they could not put it down and one reader says on Amazon: “Amanda Shalaby took a page from Daphne du Maurier and wrote a Gothic novel worthy to sit alongside the best in the business.”

Celebrating a chance to win prizes

Celebrating a chance to win prizes

There are prizes: Please visit Rafflecopter: Like Amanda Shalaby’s Facebook page as an entry.

This is a mild book with lots of tension.

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A five star review of Woman of Substance posted to Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Romance Worth Reading January 21, 2013
By R. Barri Flowers

A thought-provoking contemporary romance that reminds me a lot of recent television movies, “To Be Fat Like Me” and “The Pregnancy Project.” Recommended for romance readers and anyone who wonders what it might be like to walk in someone else’s shoes and find the experience both educational and inspirational.
Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project

R. Barri Flowers
Bestselling Author

THE DYNAMICS OF MURDER: Kill or Be Killed (CRC Press, December 2012)
MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME: Chilling Stories of Murder and the Macabre, ed. (Prometheus, July 2012)
MURDER HERE, MURDER THERE, ed. (Twilight Times, 2012)
MURDER IN HONOLULU: A Skye Delaney Mystery (Audible, 2012)

Today I heard “Tit for Tat” on the radio

Today I heard the phrase Tit for Tat. I’ve always believed that it meant, “You give what you get.” I began thinking about this with regard to romance.
I decided to look up the origin of the phrase:
“Tit for tat
A blow or some other retaliation in return for an injury from another.
It’s tempting to assume that this little phrase is another way of saying ‘this for that’ and, in a way, it is. ‘Tit’ and ‘tat’ are both the names of small blows which originated as ‘tip’ and ‘tap’. These are recorded by Charles, Duke of Orleans in a book of poems that he wrote while captive in England after the battle of Agincourt and first published circa 1466:
“Strokis grete, not tippe nor tapp.”
The widespread unconcern about spelling and pronunciation in the Middle Ages led to ‘tip’, ‘tap’, ‘tit’ and ‘tat’ all to be variant spellings. John Heywood appears to be the first to have used ‘tit for tat’, in the parable The Spider and the Flie, 1556:
“That is tit for tat in this altricacion [altercation].”

In the 20th century, ‘tit for tat’ was the source of the Cockney rhyming slang ‘titfer’, meaning hat. The renowned lexicographer of slang Eric Partridge listed that in 1930, in Songs & Slangof the British Soldier:
Tit-for, tit-for-tat, i.e. hat.
This usage was popularised by the British comedian Tommy Trinder who, although he was born several miles from the sound of Bow Bells, in Streatham, London, and hence not strictly a cockney, exemplified cockney style to most people. He was rarely seen in public without his titfer tat.

Most recently still, ‘tit for tat’ has been used as the name of the strategy in the classic logic problem of game theory, the Prisoner’s Dilemma. This strategy, which has since been applied successfully in many real life situations, recommends a like for like retaliation as the most rewarding response to duplicity by one’s opponent.”

I had not thought of it in regards to a blow or retaliation. How could I have missed that all these years of my life? I have thought it was a good motto for life. If you give something to someone you could receive something similar. I thought of good things.
So of course this called for a little more research.
On another good site:
“Beware The Tit for Tat Trap
by Brett & Kate McKay on April 10, 2012 • in Relationships & Family cautioned against this practice in a relationship.

“The Faulty Calculations of Those Stuck in The Tit for Tat Trap
Couples who fall into The Tit for Tat Trap base their relationships on strict reciprocity. “I will only do this, if you do that. And if you stop doing what I expect of you, I will stop doing what you expect of me….” (Please follow the link for the full discussion.)

Therefore what I have believed about Tit for Tat has been opposite the general interpretation of the meaning of this phrase.
I do enjoy learning new things but I am disheartened when my positive thought about the world turns around to have been a negative. Perhaps I should start a movement and turn Tit for Tat into a hug for a hug, a kiss for a kiss, respect for respect, love for love. Hmmm, although it is a positive for a positive if it is strict reciprocity it may not be the best that a relationship could be. But it would be a good start.

The Last Day of My Virtual Book Review Tour and I’ve caught all the butterflies and set them free.

The last review is up and it's a 4.

On Sunday evening and Monday morning and every morning I cautiously opened the review page.
Every morning I was surprised by the care the reviewers’ took in reading and reviewing Moving On-A Prairie Romance. Each commented and recommended readers of a sweet romance with a good ending to read Moving On-A Prairie Romance. This morning I gathered all of the butterflies and released them into the open air to find their way to flowers and grasses. They are much happier out there then inside me in the dark.
At midnight last night, Thursday, May 24, 2012
Day 1: It’s Raining Books: 4/5 Flowers, there were 9 commenters.
Day 2: Reviews by Molly: 5/5 with 12 readers commenting .
Day 3: Delighted Reader Book Reviews: B with 14 readers commenting.
Day 4: Minding Spot: No number but I good recommendation: “Laughs, love and great writing = a big winner” 6 commenters to midnight last night. However I just checked the blog because I needed the link and there are 3 more which I will reply to after I finish this post.
Day 5: Long and Short Reviews Romance: 4 Star Review. At the writing of this post there are 2 readers who have commented.

So the butterflies are free!
I will check all sites again and again. I will also post comments from the other blogs but right now this is getting too long for you to want to read.

If you go to all of the above links you will be there and you can comment from day one onward. There will be a draw for a prize.

Don’t forget I am also on a Book Before the Masses Tour at Melissa Keir’s Blog: There are 5 comments to date about my post on school memories.