Monday, September 15, 2014

Sincere apologies

I am so grateful to the faithful readers who visit this blog on a regular basis. I posted a few things recently in regard to a labour dispute that affects me on a personal level. After some lively comments on Facebook (and a few here as well), I decided to take those posts down. It's not that I don't respect differences of opinion - I do, but I came to see that perhaps this is not the best forum for that kind of debate. My intent for this blog is not to polarize people or create hard feelings about political issues. Instead, I want to focus on encouraging writers and readers in their faith as well as build my own platform as an author.

There are lots of exciting things coming up in the near future in the BOOK realm. I'm part of a contingent of Canadian authors who are putting together a Christmas anthology as well as a series of devotionals. NEIGHBORS is moving into the final instalment with an audio book set to release very soon as well as a complete paperback set. The Sci-fi series COLONY ZERO is about to embark on Book 2. And my novella LONE WOLF (sequel to WIND OVER MARSHDALE) will be out at the end of the month.

So stay tuned for lots of POSITIVE content in the coming posts. Thanks again and be blessed.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mid September Links

We're almost half way through the month of September. Here are this weeks links to places I've visited on the web:

A post at 'Gelatiscoop' entitled 'Six Sanity Savers' - ways to make your writing life easier and more awesome! (live on September 7)

Also, here is some exciting news. (At least I'm excited...) NEIGHBORS is now available at Kobo or as a B & N Nook.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Interview with Jed Malloy

I am continuing my series of interviews with various characters from my series NEIGHBORS.
Today I talk with one of my favourite characters, Jed Malloy.

Q: Hello Jed. You're from Newfoundland, correct?
A: That's right, sis. I originally comes from the rock.

Q: What brought you all the way across the country to Alberta?
A: Work, a course. 'Alf of Newfoundland is out west, don't ya know, includin' me own brother Zeb.

Q: Where does he live?
A: Fort Mac - or little Newfoundland, as they say. Thinkin' about movin' in with me, though, so ya better look out.

Q: Do you come from a large family?
A: I gots three sisters and five brothers. That's nine of us in all.

Q: My goodness.
A: That's small by Newfie standards!

Q: I see. What do you do for work?
A: As little as possible! (That was a joke. Don't look so worried, b'y!) I works for Titan construction. We're buildin' an 'igh rise downtown.

Q: What do you do for fun?
A: That's easy. I likes to play pool down at that Urban Cowboy. My buddy Lester is gonna enter in one of them bull ridin' tournaments down there on that mechanical bull they gots. Should be good for a laugh.

Q: I imagine you also enjoy the odd beer with your pool?
A: Ya gots that right, b'y! I'm always in the mood for a cold one!

Q: Do you plan to stay in Calgary or do you hope to move home to Newfoundland someday?
A: That's a tough one, it is. I been here four years already, and I like it alright, but I do miss the ocean. If some more of me family members moved out west I'd consider stayin' put.

Q; What about a girlfriend? Would that convince you to stay?
A: A girlfriend? Now if that don't beat all! Ain't no woman gonna get her clutches into me and tie me down. Lard thunderin'... no b'y. Not happenin'.

Well, it seems Jed has his mind made up. See what other shenanigans Jed gets into. He appears throughout the series, but has a special surprise in There Goes the Neighborhood - Volume 9 and the finale in the NEIGHBORS Series. 

Other interviews:


Friday, September 5, 2014

Lone Wolf Coming Soon!

I am super excited to announce that my latest novella LONE WOLF ( the sequel to WIND OVER MARSHDALE) is set to release at the end of September! (Published by Astraea Press) Stay tuned for the details. Here is the beautiful cover that has been finalized and a short synopsis.

Thomas Lone Wolf has recovered from a brush with death – and from a broken heart. His work of opening a First Nations cultural centre at an archaeological site near the town of Marshdale is almost complete. Once his son graduates from high school, he and his daughter will have to move on to the next project. Just when he has resigned himself to being a single dad for the rest of his life, he meets a woman who seems perfect. But can his wounded heart take a chance on love again? 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Interview with Steve Russell

I am continuing my series of interviews with various characters from my serialized novel  NEIGHBORS. Today I talk with Steve Russell, featured in Volume 7 Skeletons in the Neighborhood.

Q; What do you do for a living?
A: I'm a journalist. I write a column in one of the daily papers.

Q: You make news of other people's misfortune, is that it?
A: I wouldn't put it that way. I just try to tell it like it is, and if a local politician, for instance, is doing something he or she shouldn't be, then I don't mind alerting the public.

Q: I also heard you may be working on a fairly controversial story - one that could upset a lot of people if the allegations are true.
A: Obviously, I can't comment on that right now.

Q: Can you at least tell us who is involved? I heard rumours of a local government official, an oil company, and even a construction firm.
A: Afraid not. That would be a breech of trust between myself and my source.

Q: You're not giving me much, here, are you?
A: It's the best I can do.

Q: How about your personal life? Is there anyone special?
A: Maybe. What makes you think I'll tell you anything about my personal life?

Q: I'm the one asking the questions.
A: Sorry. Force of habit.

Q: So?
A: Actually there is someone. Her name is Tamara Spence, but don't tell her I mentioned her name in this interview or she might freak out. She's kind of skittish, and I've had a hard time convincing her to even talk to me, let alone date me.

Q: My lips are sealed.
A: Then why do I see our picture together at the top of the page?

Trouble is brewing in the neighborhood - with a capital 'D' for danger, and Steve finds himself in the middle of it. See what happens in Volume 7 as Steve discovers Skeletons in the Neighborhood'.

To read other interviews in this series: