It’s Not Always About Me

Long before I ever had a book published it seemed important to me to support other authors. So you can imagine my glee when little by little I began to meet and get to know some of them! I’ll admit that many moons ago it didn’t seem so important to me, even way back when I was writing and publishing some of my stories in literary magazine. But then something changed and I don’t exactly know what. I started to realize that celebrating the success of other authors is also a way of celebrating my own success. Once I figured that out I  really started to feel like an author. And when I started to feel like an author, more and more opportunities came my way. I began to have work published in those literary magazines that, in the beginning, seemed so far out of reach as I wondered if I’d ever write to their standards. Things were looking up.

I’ve got to tell you, life can’t be all about me…me…me. And it shouldn’t be. No one likes a self-centred author no more than a self-centred human being. And so, because it’s not all about me, nor should it be, it’s time for me to give a shout-out for some books I’ve either read or plan to read in the near future. It’s a combination of kids and adult books from authors I’ve met in real life or from the blogging community.  Hopefully, a little something for everyone.. Enjoy!

Rain Shadow - CoverRain Shadow by Valerie Sherrard
Bethany knows that she is special. She doesn’t learn things as easily as her classmates do and that sometimes makes them mean to her. They call her names — including the really “bad” name. Even her mom and her sister Mira say unkind things at times. But Bethany has friends like her neighbour Mrs. Goldsborough as well as happy times with Daddy when he gets home from work. And now, Mira has promised to protect her from the bullies when the new school year begins. Then tragedy strikes, tearing Bethany’s world apart in way she could never have imagined, and she starts to wonder if there will ever be a place that feels like home again. For fans of The Gory Wing , this book is set in the fictitious town of Junction, Manitoba (setting for The Glory Wind) in this story.

I love the cover of this book! To find out more about Valerie and her many book, check out her blog. Here.

 

tumblr_ndsrj3YMpD1rzzbp4o1_500Gertrude at the Beach by Starr Dobson

Everyone’s favourite goat, Gertrude Allawishes, is back! School is out for the summer, and Starr and her family—even Gertrude—are heading to the cottage. Starr’s mom is worried Gertrude will get into trouble. But it isn’t long before Gertrude proves she is one loyal goat and saves the day.

Many of you know Starr Dobson, co-host of Live at Five for a number of years. This is a follow up to her popular picture book, My Goat Gertrude. The illustrations for this picture book are beautiful. To find out more about the artist , Dayle  Dodwell check out her site Here

 

9781771082570MacLean by  Allan Donaldson

This book is a reprinting and was originally published a few years back. It’s on my TBR list simply because I enjoyed his book, “The Case Against Owen Williams” so much.

Twenty-five years after the Great War, John Maclean is still struggling to carve out a meaningful existence in his small New Brunswick hometown.

One late summer day he embarks on a seemingly prosaic search for a little money, a little booze, and a birthday gift for his mother. But he’s haunted by memories—of war, of his cruel father, of opportunities wasted and lost—and each moment is shadowed by his bleak history. Shell-shocked and alcoholic, Maclean is divided between a lonely present and a violent past.

 

FC COVER--smFollowing Chelsea by Shari Green

Walking in the footsteps of a dead girl isn’t easy.

After her social life flatlines, seventeen-year-old Anna Richards wants nothing more than to lie low at her new school. But it seems Anna looks an awful lot like Chelsea, the sweet and popular girl who recently died, and Anna finds herself stepping into the void created by Chelsea’s absence.

Anna is determined to make the awkward situation work in her favor, because Chelsea didn’t just leave a spot open with the in-crowd; she also left a gorgeous—and now available—boyfriend. But it turns out that following Chelsea might be a lot more complicated than Anna expected.

I met Shari a few years back through WordPress and am so excited for publication of her first book. You can check out her site here.

 

evbishop_biggerthings_200pxBigger Things by Ev Bishop.

Best friends since childhood, Jen, Chelsea and Kyra know everything about each other. Or think they do.

Jen should be celebrating her whopping 121-pound weight loss. Instead she feels like she’s betrayed fat girls everywhere. Will anyone love her for who she is inside, fat or thin? More importantly, will she?

Chelsea appears to have it all—a husband, a family, a beautiful home—but plaguing memories threaten to destroy everything. In her desperation to maintain control, will she succumb to a compulsion that costs her life?

Kyra is sick of the superficial persona she’s worn for so long. It’s exhausting to pretend to be an airhead while running a successful business. But if she sheds her life-of-the-party façade, will she ever find the boyfriend she thinks she needs?

When a nervous breakdown leaves one of them fighting to survive, all their secrets are laid bare. To stay friends, they need to battle personal dragons, confront the past, and embrace change. But can they break free from the roles they’ve played so long? Or must they leave one another behind in order to move forward?

Click here to find out more about Ev and how to order Bigger Things.

alongthewayhome-christicorbett-453x680Along the Way Home by Christi Corbett

Kate Davis is intrigued when her father reveals his dream of starting a horse ranch in Oregon Territory. Settlers out west value a strong woman, and though she manages the financials of her father’s mercantile her competence earns her ridicule, not respect, from Virginia’s elite society. 

Jake Fitzpatrick, an experienced trail guide, wants land out west to raise cattle and crops. But dreams require money and he’s eating dandelion greens for dinner. So when a wealthy businessman offers double wages to guide his family across the Oregon Trail, Jake accepts with one stipulation—he is in complete control.

Departure day finds Kate clinging to her possessions as Jake demands she abandon all he deems frivolous, including her deceased mother’s heirlooms. Jake stands firm, refusing to let the whims of a headstrong woman jeopardize the wages he so desperately needs—even a beautiful one with fiery green eyes and a temper to match.

Trail life is a battle of wills between them until tragedy strikes, leaving Jake with an honor-bound promise to protect her from harm and Kate with a monumental choice—go back to everything she’s ever known or toward everything she’s ever wanted? Christi is also a blogging friend. Check out Christi’s WordPress site Here

downloadRocket Man by Jan Coates

If only Bob could go back to being the Mr. Invisible of his superhero days. Back when he wasn’t always being compared to his super-talented hardcore basketball god brother and perfect little sister. Back when Roy and Kyle didn’t know he existed. To make matters even worse, his dad is really sick and getting sicker.

When Bob begins planning a fundraiser basketball game in support of cancer research, things start to look up. With Roy being temporarily out of the picture after terrorizing some little kids, Bob finally gets a chance to play on the D1 basketball team and ends up helping Roy complete his community service. Maria seems to be becoming more than a friend, and even big brother James starts paying more attention to him, and gives Bob some pointers on how to become The Rocket Man. But cancer rears its ugly head again when a bad fall lands Dad in a wheelchair. Will he be strong enough to make it to the Hoop Heroes 4 Health game?

You can find out all about Jan  and her books by visiting her blog here.

buddyfordavidlargefront2Buddy For David by Carol Ann Hoel

I had the privileged of reading Carol’s book before it was published. Carol is another friend I met on WordPress. I’ve added a link to her blog here.

If you like Christian fiction you may want to give this a read.

Young David disappeared. The only clue was trapped inside the mind of his little sister Rachel. Experience the panic David felt, kidnapped and locked inside a cage. Delight in a Great White Pyrenees dog and a woodpecker playing their roles incidentally turning tragedy to good. If you have ever felt overwhelmed by grief or oppressed by a general sense of hopelessness, or discouraged by the trials of life, you will discover in the pages of this book a living, loving, and powerful God. Incidentally, you will be entertained. Read about this sweet family, the kind all of us might wish to call our own. Find out, immediately, that their lives are about to be molested by a tragic event. Meet the family, father, mother, children, and grandmother. Walk in the shoes of the sheriff and his staff, as they struggle to find and rescue David from his captors. Meet Buddy, a Great White Pyrenees dog, just a dog, not an angel, but a big, white, fluffy dog, that plays an integral part in this saga…

I hope you enjoy this  eclectic list of books. I wish each and every author all the best. Thank you for doing what you do. You’re awesome!

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  1. Some great book selections Laura! It is so good of you to share these with your readers. I just love the community of writers as they are all so encouraging. Thanks!!

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    • It’s a great way to let others know about a book they might not otherwise have heard of. I agree, the writing community is encouraging, and that’s so wonderful!

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  2. I’m happy to be part of your writing community, and thanks for the mention:) You must’ve been taking a break from shovelling to write that post? I hope we’ll meet again before spring comes (if it does).

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    • Lots of shovelling, Jan! I actually put the post together some time ago and scheduled it for today. Let’s me be in two places at once. 😉

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  3. Great post, as usual . . . but funny, too, as you’re one of the last people I would ever think of ever making everything all about you. I totally share your thoughts on why it’s so important to create yourself a community for support and encouragement–and to be community for other authors. 🙂

    And thanks so much for the shout out re: BIGGER THINGS. If you did read it–yay! If it’s on your to-read list, I hope you enjoy it immensely. . . .

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  4. christicorbett

     /  February 16, 2015

    Thank you, Laura, for including Along the Way Home in your blog post! It’s an honor. And now I’m looking through the list of other books and adding to my TBR pile 😀

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    • You’re welcome, Christi! I enjoy giving shout-outs every now and again. It has been some time. So many great books out there. And congratulations on the up-coming release of your second novel. I’m sure it will equal the success of your first. You must be so pleased! 🙂

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  5. Oh, Laura. What a wonderful collection of books for me to look forward to. Of course, I read my dear friend, Christi Corbett’s book and am delighted to see her on your list.

    No, it is never about me, me, me … our writing community … even those like myself who are still striving … make the most wonderful friends. It is a pleasure to get out of ourselves and enter into the imaginary world of others. Thanks 🙂

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  6. Thanks for this list and blurb of each book, Laura. There are a few I would like to read. Oh me. Such a stash have I!

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  7. I only know Shari, but that makes it even more special to hear about authors I haven’t heard about before. I just imagine how thrilled they are to see their book mentioned on your blog, Laura. You’re an inspiration to us all. Your wonderful spirit always shines through your posts. You write from the heart, and it shows.

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  8. Thank you, my dear friend. My heart is touched. I appreciate your kind gesture. I enjoyed your first novel entitled, Bitter, Sweet, and I’m sure I will be blessed by your second, Flying with a Broken Wing. Your story-telling skills make it a pleasure to read your writing. Blessings to you, Laura…

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    • Carol Ann, you are too sweet! It was my pleasure to give a shout-out for your book. I wish you all the best with your writing. I’m so glad we met on WordPress!

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      • I am glad we became friends on WordPress, also. I have read your second book, “Flying with a Broken Wing,” and I wasn’t disappointed. It was a delightful book to read, and I was reluctant to put it down until I had finished it. I liked the way you used wings of a bird to characterize Cammie’s spirit. What an amazing feature that added so much to feeling as the story developed. Kudos to you, Laura. Are you in process of writing another one yet?

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        • Thanks so much for your kind words, Carol Ann. You have always been so supportive and I appreciate it more than you know. 🙂

          I so enjoyed writing Cammie’s story. As for working on another, I’m always writing something. How about you?

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        • Not planning to write another novel.

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  9. Thanks, Laura, for the introduction to new authors and their books. Every one of these sounds wonderful. 🙂

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    • You’re welcome. Hopefully, one day, you have the change to read some of these books! 🙂

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      • I have so many lists of books I want to read, plus hundreds on my shelves and now on my Kindle. When will I catch up?

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        • I know the feeling , Tess. It’s an endless list and never gets smaller, only seems to keep growing. I guess that’s a good thing. Can you imagine if we suddenly had nothing to read?

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        • No. I cannot imagine THAT. There are too many wonderful books out there I can’t keep UP with, let alone the thousands published every day. I WANT to read each and every one.
          I’d like to put in a requisition for 150 years to catch up on my reading because I want to know everything (can’t though). Maybe I should pad it with an extra 50 years. What do you think? Might I be lucky in my request? 😀 😀 😀

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  10. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover of Rain Shadow. On another note, I often wondered if Starr owns a goat, and if so, what kind. We could be goat buddies. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful list of books. I agree that it is very rewarding to support local authors. I feel the author community is a very friendly place because we seem to all work together and help each other.

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    • Rain Shadow does have a beautiful cover. It’s what drew me to it as well. I’m not sure if Starr still has a goat, but she did when she was younger. I met her when her first book came out and she’s such a super lady. I can only wish all the best for her.

      The author community has been so welcoming and supportive to me, can’t say enough good things about it!

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