Giving thanks

Giving thanks

This Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving. I read a few internet articles talking about the differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, besides the obvious difference in dates, of course. There are more similarities than differences between our observances. According to the Wikipedia article, "The theme of the Thanksgiving holiday also changed each year to reflect an important event to be thankful for," but that has not been the case for almost one hundred years ...
It's my bookiversary

It’s my bookiversary

Six years ago, I published Looking Over Your Shoulder, my first book. Not the first book that I had written by a long shot, but the first book that I decided to share with the world! Since then, I have published another 48 books, along with a number of translations, collections, and audiobooks. ...
Back to School

Back to School

It seems like September always makes me think about planning for the upcoming year. Even though it is years since I was in school, and a couple of years now since I was homeschooling, I want to pull out the planners and start filling them in. Which is good, because I need to map out my writing projects and releases for 2020. ...
Summer writing

Summer writing

Summer has arrived! Kids are out of school, people are taking vacation, and here in Calgary, the Stampede is about to begin (which of course means that there should be plenty of thunderstorms over the next week!) I don't have any kids in school, we're not planning any trips until September, and well, we don't do Stampede or anything else with so many people in one place. ...
What's on the drawing board?

What’s on the drawing board?

If you've been paying attention, you probably know that my next release is Vegan Baked Alaska, the next installment in the Auntie Clem's Bakery series. ...
Making a stand

Making a stand

If you've been working in an office for the last few years, you have probably heard about the health dangers of sitting for hours on end. Sitting for too long at a time affects your metabolism rate, blood sugar, blood pressure, and the amount of fat that collects in your… ...
In the Margins 2019 Awards

In the Margins 2019 Awards

I am pleased to announce the Ronnie, Between the Cracks #5 has been awarded one of the fiction awards for In the Margins 2019. Ronnie placed on the Recommended Reading list for 2019 ...
Kicking off Nanowrimo

Kicking off Nanowrimo

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you probably know that I have been doing Nanowrimo for a number of years (according to my account, this is my seventh year.)  ...
Happy Fifth Bookiversary!

Happy Fifth Bookiversary!

Five years ago, I published Looking Over Your Shoulder. Not the first book I had written by any means, but the first one I published. I've learned a lot about publishing since then, have learned more about the writing craft, as well as learning new tools and crafts such as Photoshop, book cover design, web design and coding, and marketing ...
Future books in the Auntie Clem's Bakery series

Future books in the Auntie Clem’s Bakery series

There are currently six books out in the Auntie Clem's Bakery series. Many of you have enjoyed the exploits of Erin and her friends and adversaries in Bald Eagle Falls. Book 7 has been drafted and the first draft of book 8 will be done in a few days. As I consider the next in the series, I'm wondering what my readers would like to see in the future ...
What's coming up

What’s coming up

It's been a while since I told you what was coming up. Since I told you about my Plans for 2018, I have released: ...
Writing for Camp Nanowrimo and Summer Reading

Writing for Camp Nanowrimo and Summer Reading

It's July, and that means the second installment of Camp Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. I'm 16,000 words into the third book of a new cozy mystery series. The series is a spin-off from the Auntie Clem's Bakery series, and it's been a lot of fun, so you have something new to look forward to! ...
It's here! She Wore Mourning and other new releases

It’s here! She Wore Mourning and other new releases

Book 1 of the new Zachary Goldman Mysteries, She Wore Mourning, is out! (Be sure to scroll down for more new releases!)
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Cynthia Has a Secret available on audiobook

Cynthia Has a Secret available on audiobook

Cynthia Has a Secret is now available on audiobook!
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Goodreads Giveaway for Chloe, Between the Cracks #4

Goodreads Giveaway for Chloe, Between the Cracks #4

I am changing things up a little bit and running a Goodreads Giveaway for a paperback copy of Chloe, Between the Cracks #4 before release rather than after. So here is your chance to be one of the first to read Chloe!
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Nanowrimo starts tomorrow!

Nanowrimo starts tomorrow!

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I participate in Nanowrimo each year. National Novel Writing Month begins tomorrow, and I am all set to go. Here's my project profile:
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Giving Thanks for Indie Authors!

Giving Thanks for Indie Authors!

This weekend is both Canadian Thanksgiving and Indie Author Day. Combining both celebrations, I am posting today about my gratitude for indie publishing and indie authors. And of course, even if you don't want to read the rest, you must scroll down for some great new reading material!
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Release the Dogs!

Release the Dogs!

I am happy today to be able to unleash Loose the Dogs. This is my nineteenth published book, the fifth adult (rather than YA) book. If you're looking for something a little scary to read tonight, why don't you pick it up? It is a fairly short read, but it might just keep you up a bit later than expected ...
One way to avoid burnout and improve your writing productivity

One way to avoid burnout and improve your writing productivity

My “When Do you Find Time to Write” article has been a very popular post among writers.
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First draft of Camp Nanowrimo project complete!

First draft of Camp Nanowrimo project complete!

Draft 1 COMPLETE! Goal was 100,000 words. Rang in at 100,913. Fifteen writing days, averaging 6,700 words per day ...
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