The Family Way Book Trailer

In my last post, I mentioned that I’d be sharing the book trailer my oldest daughter made for THE FAMILY WAY. We had a blast working on it together, long distance. It was challenging but fun. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Release Day for The Family Way

Release day has finally arrived. But what does that mean? What it means is that the book is just newly back from the printer and a few copies are being distributed. But what does that mean? That it will be awhile before THE FAMILY WAY is lined up on bookshelves, readily available. But soon, real soon. I promise.

Not only am I excited to have another Cammie book coming into the world, but I also have a brand new book trailer to share with all of you. But not just yet. My sources say Thursday. My daughter and worked on the trailer–long distance this time, choosing music, video clips and photos, editing and reediting and reediting the small bit of text. Believe it or not, the least amount of words seem to take the most amount of time. Condensing an entire novel into a few sentences is challenging as are all the other components involved. But we had fun working at it.

So, that’s it for today. I’ll be sure to share the trailer with you when it’s available. I hope in turn you’ll share it on your social media and beg ask others to share it as well.

April-I Fooled You

I got thinking today about an April Fool’s blog post I wrote about nine years ago–yes nine! Saying that just sounds crazy to me, like how fast is time going? Sheesh. Anyway, back to said blog post.

The entire post was meant as an April Fool’s joke in which I announced that at 51 we were welcoming a new addition to the family. That post got the nearly 700 views and a ton of comments. I’m sure mainly because a lot of people thought I was off my rocker. An addition to the family that late in the game! Enquiring minds just needed to know! Anyway, it was exciting to watch the stats that day. If you’re curious, here’s the link to One’s On the Way.

I couldn’t have hoped for a better way to announce that I’d signed a contract for my second book, FLYING WITH A BROKEN WING.

So why is this relevant at this time, you might ask? I guess because little did I know when I wrote that post the joke was really on me. It should have actually said, Three’s On the Way.

Nine years ago. I had no inkling that the story of a spunky visually girl would actually end up being #1 in the Cammie series. How’s that for surprises? And while #3 THE FAMILY WAY is about to make it’s debut into the publishing world in just thirteen days, who’s to say where that series will eventually end up. Will it stop at three or will there be a four or even five? Honestly, I don’t know the answer to that myself. That’s the marvelous thing about being a writer, all the surprises that we encounter along the way.

So Happy April Fool’s Day. I hope you encounter a surprise or two along the way.

The Count Down Is On

Today marks a month until the release of my next book THE FAMILY WAY, a middle grade novel  based on the true story of The Ideal Maternity Home and its tragic Butterbox Babies. The count down is on! It won’t be long now. As I mentioned before it can be pre-ordered through your local books store, directly from Nimbus Publishing, Chapters and Amazon. But you all know that.

Spring is around us and its fills me with hope. I even saw my first robin. While we still have some snow hanging around in my area, you don’t have to go far to see open fields without a single solitary flake.

Releasing a new book is always exciting, even during a pandemic. As with my last book, I expect things will be slightly different and much will depend upon the restrictions that are in place in the coming weeks. You can be sure that I’ll keep you updated.

Having sent my first round of editors off to my illustrious editor for A SURE CURE FOR WITCHCRAFT, I am back working on a YA novel I began some time ago. It’s so nice to be creating for a change and having a break from edits. There is always something to work at. I will keep you up on the news that might come along.

This weekend the time changes. I’m not a big fan of the spring-ahead thing. I often wished they’d leave the time one way or another. But since the “powers that be” don’t often check these things out with me, I am at the mercy of this time change like everyone else.

I hope you enjoy the weekend ahead!

 

Saying Good Bye to THE FAMILY WAY

Just moments ago I said goodbye to THE FAMILY WAY. Honestly, I breathed a sigh of relief. This means, of course, that the files have now been sent off to the printer and we are coming into the home stretch. The April 13th release day is not that far away .

The Family Way is book #3 in the Cammie series. The first two books were of course FLYING WITH A BROKEN WING and CAMMIE TAKES FLIGHT.

Soon, I’ll be holding all our hard work in my hands. Yes, I did say “our hard work” because it takes many hands to get a book to publication. Can’t say enough good about the entire Nimbus team. Hard to believe this is my fifth book with them. I well remember when the publication of a book felt like an unattainable dream, one that I kept working toward even those times when I didn’t believe it would ever happen.

Here is the final cover, front and back. Call me silly, but I’m quite partial to the little pram on the book spine.  Some of you might recognize the building on the front as The Ideal Maternity Home. The Blurb on the back was written by Hadley Dyer, a writer I admire greatly. We met many years ago when her book, JOHNNY KELLOCK DIED TODAY was published and she later gave me some wonderful advice that I never forgot. And the fact that she’s a “Valley girl” is an added bonus. We actually attended the same high school–in different centuries of course.

The Family Way can be pre-ordered right now directly from Me, the author (Yes, I’ll take pre-orders too if you’re in the area! Simply message me on Facebook or through the CONTACT page of this blog. )You can also pre-order from your local  Independent bookstore,    Nimbus Publishing. Indigo  Amazon.ca  Amazon.com

I Read Canadian

The second annual I Read Canadian Day is on February 17th. Hey, that’s tomorrow! 

For those of you who have not heard of it until now I read Canadian Day is a nationwide celebration of Canadian books for young people.  Kids, teens and even adults are encouraged to read a Canadian book for 15 minutes on that day. Quite simply, it’s a day to shine a light on all the wonderful kids’ books in Canada–and there are SO many of them. 

BTW– you are allowed to read for longer than 15 minutes if you want!

On February 17th, I’ll be reading from Lindsay Carmicheal’s wonderful non-fiction picture book, The Boreal Forest and illustrated by the brilliant Josee Bisaillon, but there are plenty more books to choose from. I’m sure you won’t have any problem finding one.

Happy I Read Canadian Day!

If you’d like to give a shout-out to Canadian children’s book (or books) please feel free to in the comment section of my blog.

 

Valentine’s Day 2021

In keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, a very creative friend of mine sent me this photo of her work and I loved it so much that I just had to share it with all of you. Her world is filled with images, arrangements and colour, while my world is filled with words. 

Creativity has many faces and it’s a amazing just how many. Creativity adds balance to our lives, an outlet to express what we might not necessarily be able to say in words. It springs from our very being, a thought, a feeling, that can’t be silenced. I sometimes wonder if we ever come to the end to our creativity or if it changes along with us.  and if we stop being creative do we stop being who we are?

I have read that we all came to the planet to create and I believe that is true. We only have to look at the world around us to understand that. People have always been creative from the very beginning of time. Thank goodness for that.

I found a quote by Sylvia Plath that seemed quite fitting for this post and it reminded me that, while many of us will experience self-doubt, especially when it comes to our creative endeavors, we mustn’t let that stop of from expressing who we really are. 

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvie Plath

Please do not let self-doubt stop you from creating in whatever form or forms that feel right for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day–May you find some way to express the creative you today and every day! 

Feel free to share in the comment section what form you have found for expressing your creativity.

Sweet Covid Dreams

January is gone, slipped by when I wasn’t watching and now here I am holding February in my hands. It’s a good feeling.

I recently saw an interview on CBC with Margaret Atwood. Among the things they talked about, Margaret asked the interviewer if she’d had a Covid-dream yet and then admitted to having had one herself. I thought that was interesting. I had heard about people having Covid-dreams before, but I hadn’t had any myself. It made me start wondering if this was a big thing for people. I wasn’t sure if I should feel fortunate or a teensy bit left out.

But then low and behold, I had a dream of my own just last night. I’m pretty sure this whole interview with Margaret Atwood was playing on my subconscious and, who knows, maybe I’ve had them in the past but just didn’t remember them. Dreams are like that.

So here’s the dream:

We were visiting my son and his family. We hadn’t seen them for quite some time due to restrictions. In the dream, I noticed that my daughter-in-law’s sister was also there. I immediately began counting to see if we were under our number of 10 for gatherings, and as I counted, I came up with 11. (Not sure how, as that still would have only added up to 8, but strange things happen in dreams, right?)

I was getting a little agitated at that point but then suddenly the house had more people and I knew we were WAY over the 10 person limit. I told my son we would leave, but as we stepped outside there were people sitting on the grass and lounging around. I mean really? Why did he invite so many people over, the twerp? I was getting really upset at that point. Once again I took count. There were over 30. I knew someone would report them for having a large gathering, but not only that, I worried about our chance of exposure to the virus. He had put us all at risk.

What was wrong with this son of mine? He’d been so sensible in the past

But then I woke up, as people often do in dreams, before finding out what the conclusion was. Think I’m going to track down that son of mine and get to the bottom of this covid-dream, find out who he thinks he is having a house full of people over during a pandemic. Sheesh! he is in trouble.

I’m curious to know if any of you have had a covid-dream yet. I wouldn’t mind hearing about it if you have.

A Sure Cure for Witchcraft—Cover Reveal

I’m so pleased to be able to share the cover of my next novel, A Sure Cure for Witchcraft. The official publication date is September 7th, 2021. I know that probably seems like a long wait but this is the publishing business. Things tend to move along quite slowly for anyone on the outside looking in, but believe me, a whole lot of work goes into publishing a novel.

In the months ahead I’ll share some  pre-order information with everyone. Yes, that’s right books can be pre-ordered, not just on Amazon or Chapters but at your local Indie bookstore as well. Don’t forget your local bookstore!

I’m really excited about this book as it was a long time coming. I actually wrote a very early version of this story before Bitter, Sweet was published. (For anyone who might have forgotten that was back in 2009.) Over time I kept coming back to it, determined to get it to the place where I felt it was ready to be submitted for publication. I suppose this book is my reminder that some stories need time and determination and the ability to recognize when a story is worth my time going back to it again and again. 

 

 

Tracks in the Snow

I spent much of this snowy day writing and as I became aware of the mounting snow outside, I found myself remembering a winter poem from my childhood.

“Tracks in the Snow” by Marchette Chute.

In my memory I’m in grade one, and it’s winter, and the poem is something we’re required to memorize. Unfortunately, that is where the memory ends for the rest of the poem eludes me and I am left with nothing but a title and the author’s name. Thus is the reality of our memories, for many of them are vague and distorted, filled with gaps that we sometimes fill in ourselves with whatever seems to make sense at the time. Forget the fact that we do not always remember things the way they happened, to us the memories feel very real.

So, unable to remember any of the words to the poem in question, I turned to the all-knowing Internet and spent some time searching for this beloved poem. Eventually, I had to admit that I was wasting valuable time chasing after a memory over half a century old.

I went back to juggling edits for the final interior of The Family Way and work on A Sure Cure for Witchcraft that needs to ready for the ARCs to be printed in April.

And as we finalize the edits for my next book, I can’t help thinking how grateful I am for this journey I’m on and how. for so many years, it felt as though I was chasing an impossible dream.

I look out at the snow hanging heavy on the trees outside my window and I quickly remind myself that dreams do come true.  I may never be able to track down this beloved poem from my childhood, and quite possibly the memory is not all what I remember it to be. But who knows, perhaps one day someone who has the words to Tracks in the Snow by Marchette Chute will stumble across this blog post and reach out to me, because dreams to come true and I refuse to give up even on snowy winter days in January.


How are you spending this wintry January Day?

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