Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Please pass on my thanks to all those with Northern Lights Library System involved in sponsoring my author tour. It was an incredible experience that certainly stretched me beyond my comfort zone and ignited abilities within me that I didn't know I had.
Writers are prone to being non-adventurous, solitary critters so it was challenging to become comfortable with public speaking, to hone my teaching skills, and to travel along roads I'd never been on to destinations I sometimes hadn't previously known existed...alone and often in the dark.
Each visit was unique and memorable and all libraries and schools welcomed me warmly to their venues and communities.
This tour was a great opportunity to promote both my books and myself as a writer to those who are already my fans, to those new to my work, and to the local media who often showered me with attention.
It's my hope that I successfully communicated my love of literacy and my passion for my books and that I was at least half as inspiring to my audiences as they were to me. I hope I made a difference in the lives of at least a few youngsters who may take a lesson from my presentations and my BackTracker novels. I hope I was a source of encouragement and information to those, both young and old, who dream of pursuing their own writing career.
Thank you again for making this happen.
"Sharing the passion..." is brought to you by FIREWALLS
"...a tale of comfort and hope that we, too, can slay our own dragons."
"...a gritty, fast paced thriller"
"Firewalls provoked emotions in me and that is a sign of a brilliant book."
Friday, November 22, 2013
With only one stop left, a workshop on ePublishing in Cold Lake, 120 km to the north, I feel myself winding down, looking forward to getting back to my writing but already missing the applause and the media attention.
This tour stretched me to the limits, broadened my horizons, taught me new skills and ignited latent ones I didn't know I possessed. The presentations fuelled my passion for my novels and my love of writing. I discovered I could drive hours, down highways I'd never been on, to destinations I'd never heard of...all alone. In the dark. Day after day.
I learned how to use self-serve gas pumps and how to keep the attention of students for an hour. I discovered new stress-management techniques, spoke to children and adults, small audiences and large. I listened.
I autographed many books, smiled for many cameras, met people who'd read my books, convinced many others that they should. In each and every community I was made to feel welcome and important--things treasured by my fragile author ego.
As well as drawing friends from my past and present to my presentations, I spoke to many strangers--revelling in the support of all those who chose to attend.
I received applause, cards, and gifts--each memento a precious keepsake of my Great Alberta Author Tour.
|Plamondon School gave me a travel thermos, Lac la Biche a rock etching and a friend from my school days in Tofield handed me hugs and a bookmark.|
|The Lac la Biche Bold Centre is an amazing multiplex that houses the public library.|
|Nothing like seeing one's name in lights...well, sort of lights.|
|Creative, colourful posters greeted me at each library I visited.|
Thank you to the Northern Lights Library System for sponsoring and organizing this tour and thank you to the libraries and schools who participated.
"My author tour adventures" is brought to you by:
(Soon available in paperback)
"...be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions."
"A tale of comfort and hope."
"Fast paced and gritty"
"Firewalls provoked emotions in me..."
"A good read"
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
My new release FIREWALLS is up on Amazon and Smashwords and other fine online retailers in eFormat and will soon be available in paperback, too. I will not be officially launching this novel until December, when my 23-stop library tour is over, but an author can't sit on secrets for long.
So, in conjunction with my fine friends and fellow authors over at Famous Five Plus, I'm giving you an advance sneak-peek at this, the third novel in my BackTracker Series.
Please visit the Famous Five Plus website where you'll find more information about this novel as well as a special time-limited coupon enabling you to download FIREWALLS from Smashwords in the eFormat of your choice for only 99₵ .
I'll share with you here, the Dedication and Author's Message from FIREWALLS:
I hope FIREWALLS, with its compassionate look at the roles of friendship and love in the healing of those with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), enlightened you on the burden that trauma places on the mind, body, and soul of its victims and their loved ones.
Among other things, traumatic stress can alter thinking, derail love, split apart relationships, destroy careers, spark violence, cause nightmares and induce depression. Reaction to traumatic events can occur immediately or years later (as in this story), and in varying degrees and combinations of symptoms.
If you sometimes felt the characters were acting ‘out of character’ they were, because as Katrina and Shrug were struggling to overcome their pasts, PTS was chipping away at their hearts, clouding their thinking, and altering their personalities and behaviours.
PTS, also sometimes called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS) or, when job-related, Critical Incident Stress, can be effectively treated and those who suffer can recover and live healthy, fulfilling lives.
It’s incumbent on all of us to recognize and understand the symptoms in those whose lives touch ours and fully encourage their recovery. Katrina and Shrug were indeed lucky that they were surrounded by supportive friends and co-workers and were offered the professional help they needed. That in the end, they were also able to help each other heal, is a testament to the strength of the human heart in the face of adversity.
If FIREWALLS left you feeling Katrina and Shrug both have bright futures, you may be right—but you’ll have to wait for the next novel in the BackTracker Series to find out for sure!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Uncommon YA features not only the latest titles from the above montage but it has heaps of other features that will interest you. Whether you are a reader, writer or both, there is something to suit all interests.
Shout out! Saturdays.
Meet my Main Character.
Behind the Scenes in Publishing.
3 people will win their choice of 1 Ebook of selected titles. Or a 10 page critique of your work in progress is also available from the authors
Friday, November 1, 2013
|It's getting thank you gifts like these from the Morinville Public Library|