Atlantic Book Awards and Festival

Some of you might recall that my novel, GOOD MOTHERS DON’T has been shortlisted for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for fiction along with THE SPOON STEALER by Lesley Crewe and THE SILENCE OF THE VESSEL by Brenda MacLennan -Dunphy. I’m honoured and thrilled that my book has been nominated in this category along side these two gifted writers. Coincidently, all three of these books have been published by Nimbus Publish and Vagrant Press!

If anyone’s interested in joining the online awards gala that will be talking place tomorrow evening, May 13th at 7:00 here’s the link. HERE

I’m wishing all the nominees good luck.

Keeping Busy

“Being busy and being productive are two different things.”

Having a certain amount of years under my belt, I have to say there’s a lot of truth to the above quote. My days have been super busy since I retired from my day job, and I’m grateful for that, but I don’t always accomplish the things I’d like to in. Mind you, I always manage to meet deadlines and most times actually beat them. But there’s always that “What if?” question dangling above me.

What if I used my time more efficiently? What if I set small, reasonable goals each day?

This week, I’m juggling several writerly things while trying to keep a balance in my personal life.

I also find myself on one hand, thrilled to have another book published, yet disappointed that this is my second published book during a pandemic. And I ask myself: Will THE FAMILY WAY even stand a chance in that scary COVID world? Regardless of the circumstances all author hope that their book will make a bit of a splash when it enters the world, not just a tiny ripple. Will this pandemic allow for splashes? Or will the many restrictions only allow for a ripple or two?

Today I was working on some preparation for the ARC for my upcoming book this fall, and I had to wonder what the future holds in store for that one. Will it become a third book released during a pandemic that doesn’t want to seem to go away?

Still, there’s not a thing I can do about it. Some things are out of my control. This is one of them. But I don’t intend to let this get me down. I’m not about to let this pandemic rain on my parade. I’ll just keep my head down and keep plugging along. What will be will be.

The Atlantic Book Awards

It’s that time of the year again when the nominations for the Atlantic Book Awards are announced. I’m honoured and thrilled that Good Mothers Don’t has been short-listed for this year’s Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, and thrilled to be in the company of such gifted writers.

The winners for all the awards will be announced later in May. Wish me luck!

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

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.

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