Monday, 28 September 2015

Once Upon A Time Season 5, Episode 1 "Dark Swan"

Or better title "Eyebrows Make All the Difference"

Well, here we are again, my friends. Another season of OUAT, who will we meet from the Disney franchise this time?


King Arthur and Sir Lancelot race on horseback in search of Excalibur. They find the legendary sword stuck in stone, but before Arthur can fulfill Merlin's prophecy, one of the knights gets greedy and despite everyone's warnings, tries to take the sword. Instead, he dies in a plume of smoke. When King Arthur successfully retrieves Excalibur, they see the end piece is missing.

*Gasp* The dagger of the Dark One is the missing piece!

Back in Storybrooke everyone stares at the dagger. Hook grabs it tries to summon Emma, but she's gone realm hopping and is outside of the dagger's magical pull. Instead, we see her emerge from a well and is now in the enchanted forest. And there to greet her is Rumpelstiltskin.

When Emma mentions it's impossible for him to be in front of her since he's actually in a coma in Storybrooke, he simply says, "I'm many things."

*cough* loop hole *cough*

Ignoring Rumpelstilskin's giddy prolomation that she'll give in to the powers of darkness, Emma leaves in search of Merlin so he can separate her from the dagger.

Wicked is the Way

The Apprentice gives Regina a wand to help find Emma, but it doesn't work because she's too good. Hook is all sassy and says they need a real villain—Selina, the wicked witch for example.

Good thing they've kept her locked up in the pysch ward.

Selina puts on her best 'I'm hot and you're not' face, and tells them all they need is to find an object that is important to Emma and that will help create the portal that will lead them to Emma. But Selina wants them to take off her wrist band that blocks her magic. Regina storms off, not willing to let that happen.

And because all this crazy stuff is happening, it's only natural for Belle to be worried about Mr. Gold dying while she reads a few good books. The blue fairy magics up a rose inside a glass case for her to carry around. As long as the petals are intact, Mr. Gold is still alive.

So every time we see Belle for the rest of the season, she'll be carrying this awkward case. Way to go, blue fairy.

Bad to the Bone

Meanwhile, Emma discovers the enchanted forest is full of peasants who aren't exactly cooperative. Rumpelstiltskin keeps talking in her ear like the little devil that sits on your shoulder who rationalizes all your bad behavior.

FYI, my little devil thinks I'm awesome!

A blue wisp flits by and Rumpelstiltskin tells Emma if she can catch it, she'll find Merlin. She races after the wisp and watches as someone snatches it out of the air and traps it in a bag. Emma tackles the stranger with magic.

Oh, hello. It's the chick from BRAVE.

Instead of fighting her like Rumpelstilskin wants, Emma goes along with Merida. Once they return the wisp to its home, it will grant them the answer to any question they ask it. Merida explains the clans are fighting and her three brothers have been kidnapped, she needs the wisp to tell her where they are. Then she promises to let Emma ask a question too.

They make camp and Rumpelstiltskin sneaks around, whispering to Emma that the wisp will only help one person. She realizes the only way to find Merlin is to betray Merida and take the wisp for herself.

Hmm...not seeing a lot of darkness yet.

Portals Galore

Hook and Henry break Selina out of jail, but not before she cuts off her hand, then reattaches it once the bracelet is off. She says, "See ya, losers." And disappears into a vortex of green.

Oops. Man, she is really wicked.

Not wasting anytime, Selina takes Robin hostage in exchange for the apprentice's wand so she can return to OZ. The wand creates the portal, but Regina is so slick she slaps the bracelet back on Selina, rendering her powerless.

Regina suddenly has the ability to use the wand.

Um...why? Is she bad enough now or something?

With the help of Emma's baby blanket a vortex opens up directly over Granny's pub/diner/Laundromat. The house gets pulled up into the air.


Merida sneaks away from Emma and uses the wisp for herself, but before she can follow the wisp to find her brothers, Emma arrives all upset because she wanted to use the wisp first.

Darn! What can she do?

With Rumpelstiltskin's encouragement, Emma decides she has to rip out Merida's heart.

Well, that escalated quickly.

Emma and Merida fight while Rumpelstiltskin manages to convince her to take out Merida's heart. Hook and the others arrive just in time to coax Emma to put the heart back like a nice girl. Emma says, "The darkness will consume everyone I care about. I need to find Merlin, so I have to kill Merida."

Um...what? There's probably more than one wisp around. Or, should could go with Merida and the wisp, then recapture the wisp after it leads Merida to her brothers. Or...oh, never mind.

Anyway, Hook manages to convince her love is the answer and she does the ole heart transplant. Merida goes on her way, ready to take the path of peace instead of the bloody fight she was planning on doing once she found her brother's kidnappers.

Mary Margaret gives Emma the dagger, but she passes it to Regina, knowing she's the only one who can handle the burden. Without warning, out of the woods, King Arthur comes with the broken Excalibur stating Merlin sent them, according to his prophecy. They say Emma is the one who will lead them to Merlin.

Go directly to Camelot, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

So everyone, including Granny, the dwarfs, Neal, go to the Camelot.

Six weeks later, Granny's pub/diner/Laundromat slams back down into Storybrooke. But no one has any memory of what happened six weeks ago. Emma walks in with white eyebrows, wearing a long black cloak rocking the Dark One's look.


Emma answers, "Because I'm the Dark One."

Who was tonight's MVP?

#1. Emma
#2. Regina
#3. Selina

Monday, 21 September 2015

Don't Ever Give Up

GIRL ON THE RUN is out in the real world, y'all!

"Quick paced with lots of twists and turns, readers will love 'GIRL on the RUN.'
    ~ CM Magazine. Four star review, highly recommended.

I am more than thrilled to FINALLY share Jesse's story. I first wrote this book five years ago. The manuscript went through two agents and almost a total of two years of being on submission. I was so completely disheartened by all the rejections, I almost gave up on writing.

Then I discovered Wattpad. I posted a novella with cross over characters to boost interest in Jesse's story. That story (BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE) quickly gathered its own audience of over two million reads, demanding to buy the book. I decided to send my novella out on my own. Soon afterward, my agent and I amicably parted ways.

Nimbus Publishing, the largest publisher on the East Coast, picked it out of the slush pile and BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE was sold. A week later, GIRL ON THE RUN was bought by them as well.

So, lesson learned. Don't ever give up.

But I'm so grateful for the previous rejections because Jesse ended up with the right publisher. I couldn't be more pleased with Nimbus and the awesome editorial magic of Penelope Jackson and Whitney Moran.

And now you can WIN your very own copy of GIRL ON THE RUN, plus the book that started it all, BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE!
Check out the blitz that's happening this week for your chance to enter!

Here's some eye candy on the Pinterest Board to further tempt you.
And you can add it on Goodreads too, you lucky doll!

Can't wait? No problem...

Buy Links: Amazon US Amazon CAN Chapters Barnes & Noble

Thursday, 20 August 2015

I Am Currently...

Loving: How all the stores already have Halloween candy on sale! Tiny chocolate bars rock!

 Reading: AMRITA by Banana Yoshimoto. I'm appreciating her wonderfully simple style that pulls the reader in almost immediately. Full of graceful descriptions of everyday occurrences.

Watching: I don't watch a lot of television, but I just started Orange Is The New Black. My favourite parts are when we see how the different characters ended up in prison. Plus, I'm dying for the Walking Dead Season 5 to be uploaded on Netflix. Shh...I haven't seen anything past Season 4.

Thinking about: Taking cooking lessons in the fall, or at least sending someone in my family to learn how to cook. Also, I'm going to try really hard to win the lottery this year.

Anticipating: Launching my third novel, GIRL ON THE RUN in September! It's a companion novel to BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE. I'm really in love with this story and the characters and I'm tremendously excited to share this book. Check out the Pinterest board.

Wishing: Sheriff Graham would return to Once Upon A Time.

Making me happy: Did I mention the Halloween candy, yet? Also, my dog Cody is super adorable and sleeps on my feet when I write. He follows me around the house, making me feel like Lord Grantham from Downton Abbey.  
How about you?

Saturday, 1 August 2015


I'm so excited to share the cover for Vicki Leigh's upcoming YA dark urban fantasy, FIND ME IF YOU DARE! Published by Curiosity Quills, December 1, 2015.

And if the cover art is any indication at how creepy and chilling this second book of the Dreamcatcher series is, I recommend reading this one with the lights on and NEVER when you're in the house night.

Feeling brave? Add it on Goodreads here.

To celebrate the cover reveal Vicki Leigh is having an awesome 22 BOOK GIVEAWAY! Check out all the details on her tumbr page. ( 

But first, a little bit about FIND ME IF YOU DARE.

They may have won the first battle, but the Apocalypse has just begun.

Five weeks have passed since the battle that left Rome and Columbus in ruins. Sheltered in the hidden city of Caelum, Daniel and Kayla train alongside over one hundred Magus and Protectors, hoping that their unified ranks will be enough to take down their greatest threat yet: Richard, his followers, and his horde of Nightmares. Then a fallen comrade is returned to Caelum with a message carved into his chest and a note referencing the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Daniel knows their time for training is over.

Finally understanding Richard’s plans for Kayla and the three other Magus born on Halloween, Daniel and the rest of Caelum’s volunteers scout the U.S. in a desperate attempt to stop their enemy before he can unleash his first Horseman. But when massive attacks claim thousands of lives, people all over the world begin to fall ill—including those Daniel and Kayla care about the most.

With the Horseman of Pestilence released, Daniel knows it’s time to step aside and let Kayla take the lead. Only she has the power to rival her father’s. But when Richard’s plot turns out to be darker than they imagined, their fight is met with more death and destruction—and an enemy who might be unbeatable, after all.

Phew! Awesome, right? Okay, scroll down for the spectacular cover.

Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay-at-home mom, Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes.

You can also find Vicki on Twitter!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Cursed and Curated: The Asp of Ascension Blog Tour


My very first blog tour!

Whoo-hoo! I love road trips.

Grab a bag of donuts and a coffee and settle back with your elbow resting on the window because you're in for a delightful jaunt through some of the most beautiful blogs, hosted by gracious authors and book lovers alike. There's contests and tons of Q&A's, and maybe a shocking confession to two...maybe.

Enjoy the ride!

Asp of Ascension BR Myers

July 13: Calgary Kid Critic (review)

July 14: A Portia Adams Adventure (review)

July 15: Writing on Writing (guest post)

July 16: Membrane (Q&A)

July 17: Adventures in YA Romance (guest post)

July 18: Fab Book Reviews (review)

July 19: A Portia Adams Adventure (Q&A)

July 20: Calgary Kid Critic (Q&A)

July 21: Fab Book Reviews (Q&A)

Thanks to all the amazing bloggers and authors involved and be sure to spend a little time roaming around their sites.

Don’t forget to preorder your copy! Asp of Ascension is available on Amazon, Chapters, and of course, from your friendly neighbourhood indie bookstore.


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Hosting a Writing Workshop For Teens

Last month I had the pleasure of hosting a writing workshop for teens at the gorgeous Halifax Central Library.

Have you been to the Central Library? It's so frickin' spectacular that people (especially the bookish types with particular appreciation for libraries) cry their eyeballs out as they walk around its four levels.

Seriously. It's that bee-u-tee-ful.

The workshop session was small. I had six potential best sellers staring at me, waiting for my wisdom. Luckily there were cupcakes and drinks to provide a distraction.

I introduced myself and gave a speedy recap on how I became published, emphasizing my success on Wattpad and how it gave me the confidence to send my manuscript to a local publisher.

Then I did a couple of polls to get everyone talking. Warning, these kids were total smarty pants and I was blown away by their brain power.

#1. How many of you have written a book?

Everyone raised their hands.

#2. What's the last book you read?

Saint Anything
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
House of Blue Leaves (play)
World of War Craft (the complete series)
Julie of the Wolves
Pretty Little Liars

#3. Which book have you reread the most?

The Book Thief
The Fault In Our Stars
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

#4. What's your favourite social media?

Three said Instagram
The other half said Twitter

#5. Is there a book you wished had never been made into a movie?

Percy Jackson
The Hobbit

This was a great way to get the teens talking about books and reading. As you can see by their answers this was an eclectic group of thinkers. I loved how they bounced ideas off each other. We talked for at least half an hour.

Next we did a few writing activities.

I asked them to write a six word story and gave them three minutes. Here are a few of the examples.

I'm warning you, don't come any closer.

Butterflies hate dragonflies for one reason.

He wasn't asleep, he was dead.

She smiled then pulled the trigger.

Holy brainiacs! These kids blew me away. What a wicked bunch!  

Then I spoke about the most common pitfalls for a beginning writer; excessive description, lack of a distinct voice, and too much backstory in the first few chapters.

The kids had the most questions about the first issue, so I focused on that and did a quick activity to emphasize the importance of description.

I asked them to think of one of their favourite fictional characters, then I had them list five traits that best described them and the rest of the group would try and guess who they were talking about.

This was a blast! Not only were the characters incredibly varied (Percy Jackson to Elizabeth Bennet) but in every list, none of the kids wrote down a PHYSICAL characteristic.

I used this exercise to point out that the most memorable traits aren't appearances. So never EVER have your character stand in front of a mirror and describe themselves. It's a waste of space and as one teen pointed out, when you're reading along you have an image in your mind so when the author throws in a pair of green eyes or blonde hair it takes you out of the story for a moment.

See? Smarty pants ;)  

As the session drew to a close, I answered any questions they had about publishing. The kids had lots of great insight and were eager to talk about their own projects. We even brain stormed a title for a girl's short story.

I ended the session by giving away a prize and drew a name at random for an autographed copy of Butterflies Don't Lie. Yay!

I hope this helps you plan your own workshop.

Do you have any ideas to share for workshops? What activities worked best for you?

Top Five Things You Should Know About Nefertari Hughes

A young girl goes missing without a trace.

A lost queen's cherished treasure is stolen.

And a thousands years old curse comes to light.

...And in the middle of the mystery is sixteen-year-old Nefertari Hughes. But who is this sixteen year old with a penchant for finding trouble?

Asp of Ascension is now available for pre-order as paperback and ebook!

Special Collectors Edition Paperback from Fierce Ink Press

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