What has this walking writer been up to while she is polishing her novel?

May 2, 2015

May 2, 2015

May 14, 2015

TORONTO, May 14, 2015: The inaugural Canadian Authors for Indies Day, held May 2, 2015, was hugely successful for independent booksellers across Canada. Nearly 700 authors visited over 120 independent bookstores to celebrate the vital role of independent booksellers in both the Canadian book industry and in the lives of readers.”

Nine authors read from their books at SK Books & Collectibles Inc, 919 C Albert St. Regina, SK.

There was a lot of buzz in the store as it was also the grand opening.

Reading from Woman of Substance

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May 7, 2015

My novel in progress Designed for Love has an element of the effects on a small community when an industry arrives. I selected to write about the potash industry. Saskatchewan is home to one of the largest deposits of potash in the world. Grant Shaver, Senior Process Engineer at Mosiac Potash Belle Paine, the largest solution mine in the world, gave me a slide presentation and a tour of the facility. I had an opportunity to speak with the employees. When I told them I was a romance writer, they smiled and said, “potash and romance.”

I was so pleased to tour the production facility of this valuable resource in my own province. I’m proud of being part of a province that provides a product to help produce food and many other products all over the world.

All visitors must be in protective gear, which includes a hard hat, googles, ear plugs, the safety coveralls and safety boots.

All visitors must be in protective gear, which includes a hard hat, googles, ear plugs, the safety coveralls and safety boots.

May 9, 2015

It was a cool day

It was a cool day

Even though this year was my fastest 5 km walk in the Royal Road Race, I did come in last in my age group. I have been walking and also going to the Walking Endurance Class, therefore, I’m staying strong.






May 10, 2015 Mother’s Day and my first bike ride of the year.

Riding round Wascana Lake

Riding round Wascana Lake

The walking continues around the lake. Spring has arrived in Regina, SK.



Designed for Love continues to be revised and copy edited in between all of the fun of life.



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 


A Reading A Reading by any other name is fun

It finally arrived.

It finally arrived.

I had contacted the assistant librarian: Rob Kowaluk at Brandon Public Library and asked if I could read from Woman of Substance and if Elizabeth McGill could read a selection of her published short stories. We agreed on a date in the future, which was September 27, 2014. Neither of us knew it would be Culture Days but it was a beautiful weekend to be part of this event.

My voice sounded as if I had laryngitis and because the library didn’t own a sound system, I rented a microphone and amp from B Sharp in Regina. I wanted to provide the audience with a good listening experience.

Betty McGill reading from her short stories.

Betty McGill reading from her short stories.

Elizabeth (Betty) McGill read from stories about growing up on a farm in Manitoba. The crowd enjoyed Betty’s enthusiastic portrayal of the times.
One of the questions at the end of our readings was to Betty asking when she was going to have all of her stories in book form. I promised I would help Betty look into the possibilities.

Annette reading from Woman of Substance

Annette reading from Woman of Substance

After the reading a woman came up to me and told me that she had received a copy of Woman of Substance as a gift for a presentation she had given on behalf of the Kidney foundation to the Beta Sigma Phi of Brandon. I was thrilled and even more so when she told me she enjoyed the story too.
An author does not know who will hold her book.

All in all it was a wonderful day.

A book club read Woman of Substance

Women with substance discussed Woman of Substance

Women with substance discussed Woman of Substance

About six weeks ago Shirley contacted me and asked if her book club choose Woman of Substance http://www.amazon.com/Woman-of-Substance-ebook/dp/B00AN9TE8W/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1355464106&sr=1-3&keywords=annette+bower would I have some questions for them.

I said, of course, although I had not formulated any questions specific to my book, nor had I ever attended a book club meeting. But I was thrilled.

Readers will discuss the theme, characters and setting of  Woman of Substance

Readers will discuss the theme, characters and setting of
Woman of Substance

I researched of course. I asked women who were in book clubs what they discussed about a book. I formulated questions and offered to attend the meeting if the club wanted.

Shirley contacted me and said that the members unanimously chose Woman of Substance. http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/woman-of-substance

As the day drew closer, I had trepidation. What if they didn’t like it? I put all the doubts aside because readers were willing to purchase the book, borrow the book, spend time reading it and wanted to discuss the theme. I could only benefit from such generosity.

The day arrived, I took a trial run to the address because I didn’t want to get lost.

Shirley had suggested I bring a few print copies just in case members wanted to purchase a book. On my way, I realized I forgot change for a book priced at $12.99. I usually come prepared with 1, 2 and 5 dollar change. I wheeled into a grocery store, chose and item and paid with a fifty and requested 1, 2,and 5 change.

I was ready. Or as ready as I would ever be.

These women with substance welcomed me and discussed my questions about Woman of Substance http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/woman-of-substance-annette-bower/1113954859?ean=9781619352254 with knowledge, attention to detail and kindness. Did they like everything about the book? No they had some reservations and questions. Which is what discussion is all about.

But as discussion evolved I learned many things. I learned about the Be Astonished Inc program at the University of Regina. http://www.beingastonished.com/about-us/our-story/
which works towards inclusive community for young adults with complex disAbilities.

I learned about no bake chocolate, oat cookies and the names which were used in different families but the recipes are the same. They are also a favourite in the University of Regina, Luther Campus cafeteria.

I learned how suspicions are acted up when it appears that power theft may be in action for grow-op situations.

I learned about hospital volunteers, their dedication and age.

I learned about the J.C. Campbell School in North Carolina. https://www.folkschool.org/

I learned about the Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers fundraiser dinner coming up: http://grandmothers4grandmothersregina.com/

And Kick Biking: http://www.kickbikeamerica.com/
and an offer to try one.

I also learned about an author Sierra Dean. http://www.sierradean.com/

In between all of these discussions we talked about my motivation for writing this story and was it a good reason to write it.

We talked about using a character who dressed up as if she was fat rather than using a woman who was.

We talked about Jake and his motivations. But we also talked about the difference between romance genre and women’s fiction. Because Woman of Substance is women’s fiction with romantic elements, Jake doesn’t get equal billing in his character development.

We evaluated the basis of friendship for love.

And we talked about using Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regina,_Saskatchewan for a setting versus perhaps a larger city in another part of the world.

In the end, I didn’t need change because they paid by cheque or correct change for books.

My very first book club adventure was a huge success.

Thank you women with substance.

Women with Substance: Shirley, Betty, Connie, Sandi, Karen, Donna

Women with Substance: Shirley, Betty, Connie, Sandi, Karen, Donna

The Readers’ Summit is coming. The Readers’ Summit is coming

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Regina Public Library

Regina Public Library

Created to encourage a culture of reading in Regina, this exciting
event offers enthusiastic readers a chance to share their love of reading through
lively discussion. All events take place at Central Library, in downtown Regina.
Seating is limited. Call 306.777.6120 to register.
A Mystery Reading in Honour of
the Saskatchewan Book Awards
THURSDAY April 3: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
(For adults)
2nd Level Mezzanine
Watch for the mystery reader’s identity to
be announced on March 12th!

Yann Martel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yann_Martel
What is Stephen Harper Reading?
FRIDAY April 4: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
(For ages 19 and over)
2nd Level Mezzanine
Seating is limited. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
(ID may be requested.)

Dianne Warren: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Warren
Cool Water
SATURDAY April 5: 11:00 am – Noon
(For teens and adults)
Program Meeting Room 1

Alice Kuipers: http://www.harpercollins.com/author/microsite/about.aspx?authorid=32799

40 Things I Want to Tell You
SATURDAY April 5: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
(For teens and adults)
Program Meeting Room 1

Yann Martel: Beatrice & Virgil
SATURDAY April 5: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
(For teens and adults)
Program Meeting Room 1

Annette Bower: http://www.annettebower.com/

Woman of Substance
SUNDAY April 6:1:00 – 2:00 pm
(For teens and adults)
Program Meeting Room 1

Gail Bowen: http://www.gailbowen.com/

The Gifted
SUNDAY April 6: 3:00 – 4.00 pm
(For teens and adults)
Program Meeting Room 1