Publishing News–Change is a Coming

I just wanted to share this exciting news with all of you. I’ve just signed a contract for my next book with Nimbus Publishing, due out in Spring 2024. Yes, I know that’s a bit in the future and I expect many of you will forget this news until that time comes, but that is okay. I will keep you up on what’s going on, sharing covers, etc. Publishing is not known for it’s speediness. In the meantime, I’ve been working on a few other projects and am feeling so good to be back writing on a regular basis after floundering for the past few years, due to a plethora of obligations that has taken my attention away from writing, the way life does for all of us.

This new book will be different from what you’ve been used to seeing from me in the past in that it is young adult novel with a contemporary setting and explores some heavy topics. I’d share the title but it could change before now and the publication date so I’ll wait until that has been established. The main character is also a young guy who loves hockey. With that said, it’s not a hockey story although hockey does make up one element in the book. I was so fortunate to have a friend read over the hockey bits and set me on the right track. It made such a difference to the chapter. Her suggestions were so helpful and insightful and there is nothing better than constructive criticism. In fact, I welcome it.

So that is my exciting publishing news for now and I hope none of you will be disappointed with the changes. I’m sure I won’t stop writing historic fiction, as I do have some ideas brewing, but I also have a few ideas for more contemporary stories as well. Time will tell.

So, it is back to the keyboard for me as I wait for the publication of my new book in November!

Not Again!

Okay, so I’m all for practical jokes. I’ve even been known to pull off a few from time to time. But when I awoke at four in the morning to discover that we were in the middle of yet another power outage I wasn’t laughing. I made my way downstairs (luckily we keep a flashlight on the nightstand at all times for just this reason) and called the power outage line expecting to be told that the power wouldn’t be back on until the next day or some such foolish thing. But to my surprise the voices was promising me it would be on at 5 am. Great, just the time I have to get up to get ready for work! That I could handle.

I said a silent “Thank you” to the Universe and crawled back in bed for another hour of sleep. I guess I’m a bit naive because for some reason I chose to believe that anonymous voice on the phone instead of trusting my gut feeling. Nova Scotia Power how many times have you let me down over the years? Low and behold when the alarm went off at five we were still in the dark. What a fool I felt like for believing.

So we’re old pros at this. We’ve got plenty of lights, a small propane burner for cooking and heating water, plenty of water for flushing toilet, washing and drinking because we know enough to be prepared at all times. My husband said it no different then camping until I pointed out to him that we don’t go camping.

I left the house at six (I actually couldn’t wait to get out of there) and I have no idea when the power came back on and frankly I don’t care. So there….I’ve moaned and complained enough! Now all I can do is send Nova Scotia Power some positive vibes ( I would say love but that would be stretching it.) Oh and the reason for this latest outage— apparently it was caused by downed trees, no doubt from the same gentle breeze that blew in my bedroom window all night. Give me a break!

So this evening I’m going to continue revising another young adult novel I wrote awhile back and hopefully this time I’ll have the power to do it!!

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