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.

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The Last Day of the RWA 2012 Conference

The last day of the RWA 2012 Conference

Today my first workshop was: The Editing Waltz. Category Craft.
Speaker Shelley Coriell
Coriell commented  that there were so very many workshops on social media and branding etc but her workshop was the only one dealing with editing.
She said that she had two important messages for us to take home and if we did that then she would have considered her workshop a success:
1. Having a good editor makes me a better writing technician.
2. Having a good editor makes me a better storyteller. 
She discussed the steps in editing:
1. Content Editing
2.Line Editing
3. Proofreading.

The next workshop I attended was: Slaying Your Inner Slacker 
Category (Writer’s Life)
Speaker Juliet Blackwell and Sophie Littlefield
These authors have been writing 4 books a year. They gave us a worksheet and the first question was: How badly do YOU want to write?
The next discussion topics were:
What is my true writing goal?
How important is this goal?
What am I willing to give up?
Getting to the chair? (Another author who has a separate computer in another space for emails and SM).
Stop sabotaging yourself.
The large discussion here was conquering fear. 

After this I took a break and walked outdoors and breathed fresh air. I returned for Marketing 101 for Self-Publishers: 10 Tools and Techniques to Maximize Sales.
Career category
Speaker: Florrie Binford Kichler.
Since I have two publishers, XoXo Publishers ™ for Moving On and Soul Mate Publishing for Woman of Substance TBR, Fall 2012, I attended to glean any tips and tricks to help my own promotion. 
I am after all in charge of my business.

 Tool #1 Plan. A book recommended is The One-Page Business Plan by Jim Horan. Since I should have time for that it is something I will look into. 
Tool #2 is all about studying the data.
Tool # 7 is all about finding our Niche. 
Again, I have a great deal of work to do.

I have just returned from the 2012 RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony. There are very many talented, hardworking writers in this romance genre. The amount of books some of these authors have written is humbling. Again I have work to do when I get home. 

Although conferences are an opportunity to network, gain knowledge and be surrounded by like minded writers, it is also a chance to re-evaluate and begin again. 
As Littlefield-Blackwell said in one of their bullets: “Respect yourself–do yourselfthe honor of high expectations. If you aren’t ready to do that, then we have nothing to talk about (yet).
Time to copy and paste and pack. The work begins tomorrow. 
Goals to set. Business plans to evaluate. And books to write. And promotion to do.