Monday, 30 June 2014

Spend Canada Day With a Great Canadian Author

My official list is much too long to include in this blog, but here is a random sampling of my favorite Canadian authors. There's a genre for every mood. Happy reading!

The Republic of Love by Carol Shields

A contemporary story told in two alternating points of view that proves no matter how willing you are to believe the opposite, there is such a thing as love at first sight.

An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark

Hilarious and heart breaking at the same time. A mother mourns for the two daughters she lost as a young woman.

Through a series of flashbacks, we learn about the devastating effects of Moranna’s mental illness on her life and that of her family. But An Audience of Chairs also gives us a glimpse into the mind of a true iconoclast and wild spirit, who has managed despite overwhelming odds to keep hope alive.—Goodreads


Pluto's Ghost by Sheree Fitch

A male point of view love story/tragedy/mystery with a voice so authentic it reads like a diary.

Jake Upshore has loved Skye Derucci since before he can remember. Volatile, complex and frustrated (he's got a label disorder from all the labels he's been given) at the best of times, Jake's on a desperate quest to find Skye before she aborts the baby he believes is his. As he hurtles headlong toward certain tragedy, Jake relives the fatal choices he's made and the powerful forces that have led him to this to end. A gripping thriller and a heart-wrenching love story, Pluto's Ghost is a raw and powerful novel about anger, escape, and redemptive love.—Goodreads

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

A badly disfigured burn victim is visited in the hospital by another patient—a woman from the psychiatric wing. She tells him they were lovers in a past life, and so begins the epic love story of how they've met again after centuries.

The Sisters Brothers by Partick deWitt

This book proves you CAN judge a book by its cover. This is one fabulous Western romp.

Random Passage by Bernice Morgan

A pregnant stow away, an English family forced to escape to another land to save a thieving brother, a holy man, a murderer, and a young girl who starts a diary detailing all their secrets and miseries as they struggle to build a new life on the inhospitable shores of Newfoundland.

February by Lisa Moore

In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine's Day storm. All eighty-four men aboard died. February is the story of Helen O'Mara, one of those left behind.—Goodreads

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro

Of course you're going to read this. *cough* Nobel Prize *cough*

The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy

Plunged into an alien landscape, readers orient themselves in elephant time, elephant space, and elephant consciousness, and begin to feel, as Gowdy puts it, what it would be like to be that big and gentle, to be that imperiled, and to have that prodigious memory.—Goodreads

The Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein and inseparable until Konrad falls gravely ill. In the forbidden Dark Library, Victor finds an ancient formula, and seeks an alchemist to recreate the Elixir of Life.—Goodreads

What books will you be reading this holiday?

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Writing Process Blog Hop!

The Writing Process Blog Hop. AKA “My Mission Statement.”

I've been tagged by YA writer, Alex Karola to be part of a blog hop!

You can find her here and on Wattpad

"My characters are 'successful losers.' They haven't realized the rest of the world doesn't see failure in them." Alex Karola

FYI, during the day Alex teaches high school English.

Ten Points for Ravenclaw!!

And now, * drumroll* I'm supposed to talk about my writing process...

*Makes face*

1. What am I working on?

I recently finished the last edits for my YA coming of age novel, BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE.

So now I have more time to devote to BLACK FRIDAY, the second book in the NIGHT SHIFT series. You can read that YA paranormal mystery for FREE on Wattpad. Go ahead...don't be shy.

2. How is my work different from others of its genre?

It's FREE! Plus, the MC is a dude. Not rare of course, but most paranormal romances are in the first person with a female lead. And I dig the creepy yet stylish mystery of the old department store. I hope you'll give it a chance.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write because I have to. I write the stories I want to read. I write to stop the voices in my head.

4. How does my writing process work?

I sit in the chair and make myself keep writing sentences until I have enough of a mess to edit. I'm a fan of sticky notes. I have a simple outline of the major events. Before I write a scene, I list all the things that have to happen before the end of that chapter.

I'm a fan of cliffhangers too, but not too many in a row. Also, if your 'pickle of a situation' keeps ending with an easy solution, the cliffhangers will lose their effect. Readers want conflict!

Now I encourage you to check out the blogs of these other splendid people who will share their answers next week:

Ally Hayes

Lisa Ann O'Kane

Natalie Sampson


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Six YA Books to Match Your Every Mood This Summer

Whether you're a 'sway in the hammock' or a 'lounge by the dock' kind of summer reader, I've got the YA books to meet all your different moods this season.

Feeling like you need more smart ass contemporary teen angst in your life? Need a tickle in the funny bone? Then Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell the novel for you, my friend.

Looking for a paranormal romance that's heavy on the mystery yet full of swoony moments? Aspen by Rebekah Crane will fulfill your needs.

Need some fantasy drama with a kick butt female lead? Check out Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee.

Are you looking for the next clue that will lead you to a sophisticated who-done-it? Jewel of the Thames is just what Sherlock Holmes would suggest. Check out this YA mystery novel by Angela Misri.

Are you a lover of cool dudes who can talk to dead people? Heather Marie has written the book for you, The Gate Through Which They Came.

Does your perfect romance include magic and hidden worlds within our own? Megan Whitmer's Between is what you need.

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer? See you by the pool!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Top Ten Times You Totally Wished You Were Emma Swan

Despite being hunted by villains every episode of Once Upon A Time, determined to wreck any chance she has at happiness, Emma Swan is still having a whole lotta good times.

The Top Ten Times You Totally Wished You Were Emma Swan

#1. Hanging out with the Mad Hatter

I counted one thousand, two hundred and sixteen 'smoldering stare' moments. Plus this, 'nuzzle the tip of your ear while I talk into your hair' moment wasn't half bad either.

 #2. Kissing Cap'n Sexy Eyes

#3. Having Snow White and Prince Charming love you unconditionally.

#4. Eating this donut!

#5. Slaying this dragon in one shot!!!

#6. Flying in a magic ship!

#7. Finding out you have magical powers at the most convenient time.

#8. Kissing Schmexy.


#9. Riding a motorcycle with this dude!

#10. Always having 'shampoo commercial worthy' hair.

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