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Archive for October, 2012

The Oathbreaker’s Son E-book on sale 50% off!!

My publisher is offering all of their e-books for 50% off after Hurricane Sandy.  If you want a copy of The Oathbreaker’s Son, use code Hurricane50 to get your copy at half off!

The Oathbreaker’s Son is the tale of Zoe Striking, a shy reserved young woman looking to change her life, but never expects her new house to force it upon her!  Not only do things go bump in the night, they show up in her mirrors and put their cold hands on her body when she least expects.  With two 5-star reviews, The Oathbreaker’s Son is a great Halloween read.

Have a great day out there!


Rain, Rain Go Away. Come Again When I Can Focus!

Five solid days of rain have already passed with a forecasted three more still to come.  Staring out the window, the remaining leaves on the trees wave at me violently as if each one begs to be brought in to sit by the fire.  Those that have fallen cover the storm sewers, creating lakes along the roadside large enough to drown the dog.  Speaking of the dog, she is antsy, nudging me daily to the door only to step outside and immediately turn back around, the brown of her eyes blackening as depression sets in.  Now, with Hurricane Sandy on her way to whip Southern Ontario around for a few hours, I feel caged in.  I have so much to do inside – writing, reading my Illustrator course lectures and completing my assignments, a Halloween costume to sew, an online hockey coaches course to complete – yet all I want to do is go outside.  One or two days of rain are welcome.  When I feel like I should invest in a rowboat and sell my minivan, perhaps Mother Nature has been a little too cruel.  I live in Canada after all, not England.

I’m staring at my laptop knowing full well what I should be doing, but instead I write a blog post about the pouring rain.  Storms are emotional for me.  If I had a covered porch, I’d be wrapped in blanket outside listening to the wind tell me its tales or singing a rap to the raindrops drumming the rooftop.  Since my deck and front porch are wide open, I have to be content to sit inside, ponder my life and wonder how I will ever keep up with what I need to do.  Life is like that I guess.  Always striving, always working, never enough time to get everything you want to do, done.

I don’t need time management skills.  What I need is for some miraculous addition of about four hours to the day.  Of course if my wish were granted, two of those hours would be gobbled up, as I’m most certain labour laws would change to grant businesses an extension of a legal work day.  I most certainly would take at least one hour away for sleep, since I’m seriously lacking there anyway.  What would I do with an extra hour?  Probably none other than waste it at the TV or playing a game.

Zoe Striking faced a storm of her own.  Read about her in The Oathbreaker’s Son – available at the links below.

On Amazon  (Print)

Sweet Cravings Publishing

Enjoy your day!

The Oathbreaker’s Son now in print!

I’m so excited, I could EXPLODE!  The Oathbreaker’s Son is now available in print.  As soon as I have a minute to breathe, I’m going to order at least 10 copies.  The moment I hold my baby in my hands will be nothing less than pure contentment.  After a year of writing and editing that novel, seeing her in black and white (colour cover of course) with my name in red across the front will bring the circle to successful completion.  Five years of rejection, questions, writing and re-writing other work, research and editing has put me exactly where I wanted to be – PUBLISHED!  Thanks to everyone for their support so far.  I’m looking forward to completing my sci-fi and starting the process anew.

The Oathbreaker’s Son has two 5-star reviews, one on Amazon and one on Goodreads.  You can purchase a print copy of The Oathbreaker’s Son on here:

Have a great day!

Interview with Zoe Striking of The Oathbreaker’s Son

Would you like to learn a little about Zoe Striking from my novel The Oathbreaker’s Son?  She was interviewed by author Raine Delight.  You can view the interview on Raine’s blog today.


Have a great day!

Winner of Where in the World are our SCP Authors Blog Hop!

Thanks to you all for participating with me in my first blog hop!!

My answer was indeed Toronto, Ontario, Canada (although a couple bloggers found my exact town!)  🙂  I live about an hour from Toronto.

My winner has been drawn from all of those who got it correct.  The winner is Melissa Bourn!  Congratulations!  I will be emailing you a PDF copy of The Oathbreaker’s Son in just a moment!

Again, thanks so much for participating.  I had a great time!

Where in the World are our SCP Authors Blog Event

Up for grabs is a PDF copy of “The Oathbreaker’s Son” released June2012. Here are my clues.

I am from a small town north of the border, near a city where the tower is no longer the tallest. Alice probably never would have found the white rabbit here, but the Princess of Wales is here nightly at the shows. The geese fly high above you as you shop and the pucks are dropped regularly in the Hall.

Leave your answer in the comments below, along with your email address.  Those who guess right will get their names put in a hat and I’ll draw a winner!  Good luck and I hope you have fun!

Here is the blurb for The Oathbreaker’s Son:

Zoe Striking was looking for a new lease on life and hopefully an opportunity to find love with the man she had her eye on for years.

Mike had been admiring her from a distance and secretly hoping she would never happen across the little house on Valley Drive. When Zoe announces that she has moved into the house, Mike has no choice but to step forward as both a suitor and an ally, but the conflicting stories about what happened in the house have Zoe running away from everyone, including herself. What she can’t run from is her heart.

Available at Amazon and Sweet Cravings Publishing

She is in love with two men; one who can give her everything she needs and one who has captivated her very soul.

When Writing Becomes a Chore

Life is hardly anything like the days when Mom stayed home spending time with the kids, cooking, cleaning and baking. For those Moms who get to stay at home, wonderful! I wish I had that option. Today, families are taxed above and beyond. The expectation to keep your kids healthy and active has gone viral to a point the activity could be the death of a few of us. My family is no exception to the rule. We have a daughter playing Ringette at the rep level, our son plays hockey, my husband and I are coaching him and I officiate Ringette at the Provincial Level. On top of our full time jobs and even a side business, I’ve decided to cram in an Adobe Illustrator Course through my local college because obviously I’m lacking enough to do. My creative writing opportunities are being reduced to talking things out to myself in the shower and trying to squeak a few words in on my lunch break. Not particularly effective, but I make do.

As the pace in my household steps up for the Fall/Winter season of running from home to work, to arena, to arena and home, trying to fit in food and housekeeping in between, I am finding getting back to my WIP a real chore. I don’t even have time to write down my ideas in a notepad half the time because there never seems to be one close by when I need it. Maybe I should get a voice recorder, but wouldn’t it be ruined if I took it in the shower? And most certainly, paper does not hold up against water! Perhaps I should buy those bathtub crayons made of soap. I could always write my notes on the tile, right? Ok, I’m a clean-freak. We all know I won’t go through with it.

My WIP sits at nearly 37,000 words, most of which were written through the lazier days of summer. I guess I have to be satisfied with getting two sentences written at lunch, even if the rest of the novel takes the whole Hockey/Ringette season to complete. My goal was to complete it by our Canadian Thanksgiving. Feasting on my turkey will have to be bittersweet. I love being at the rink, but it will have to be with my laptop firmly in my lap keeping my legs warm. Writing my story will be on my to-do list for a bit yet. I’ll just have to get the job done in between life!

How does your busy life affect your writing or any of your other passions? Where do you squeak in time to write, sew, have a little “ME” time?

Happy Monday!