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Official LAUNCH DAY and eBook Sale

September 4, 2020

We’re celebrating the launch of Northern Survival this month. To kick it off, the eBook is half price from today until Thursday September 10th. That’s right! For less than the price of almost everything at the Dollar Store, you can read this fast-paced story that stars an author from Nova Scotia and a famous actor from California.

What is Northern Survival?

Northern SurvivalIt’s a fictional story that doesn’t have a firm year. It might take place in 2010 or 2018. Or maybe it’s 2025. The only thing we’re sure of is it take place in September when the heat of summer is long past and the threat of frost hangs over head.

It’s a survival story, starting less than an hour before a four-seater plane crashes near Albany River near Miminska Lake, leaving two dead and two survivors in the middle of nowhere.

It’s an outdoors adventure story that sees two survivors trekking through the forest and along waterways, and building a lean-to each night for protection and a campfire for warmth.

It’s a romance story that sees two strangers come together to help each other survive the rugged Northern Ontario landscape.

It’s an inspirational story of hope and overcoming our past and what life has dealt to envision a wonderful future.

It’s a mature story starring two individuals in their early 50s, who still have a lot of life and love left to live and give. That’s right; this romance doesn’t involve individuals younger than 30, yet sometimes they reminisce about those days.

All of this for the price of 99 cents. Download it to your Kindle today.

If you are a Kindle Unlimited member, you can read it for free.

 

99-cent Kindle Deal

It’s the Season for Blueberry Cake

September 1, 2020

Every year in late August, blueberries enter my house by buckets or boxes. This year was no exception, and I face the Gathering of the Bird season with 20 pounds of fresh, locally-grown blueberries in my refrigerator and freezer.

As usual, the fresh blueberries weren’t in the house one hour and I started making cake. The recipe I use has been in my family for decades. My mother made the cake for me and my siblings when I was a young girl. Where she got it and how long she had been making it before I arrived on the planet is anyone’s guess. The recipe could be 70 years old – Mom is 92. Or it may be older, a recipe made by my grandmother in the 1920s. Either way, this recipe makes excellent blueberry cake.

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Hot off the Press: Northern Survival

August 27, 2020

Northern SurvivalOfficially, Northern Survival isn’t released until September 6th, but the eBook is live now at Amazon.

The price for this fast-paced survival story is $1.99 (CAD and USD). However, for the next three months, you can read it for free with Kindle Unlimited.

If you’re waiting for the paperback version, it will be available soon.

Sneak Peak of My Next Project

June 28, 2020

Northern SurvivalSurviving the plane crash was the easy part.

Olive Tweed planned her trip for two years. She’d vacation at Summer Beaver, gather the research material needed to write the next book and spend a few days hiking the vast wilderness. When she is called home unexpectedly and boards a chartered plane, she never dreamt it would crash, leaving her alone with a man who knew nothing about survival or the woods. If they don’t put aside their differences and work together, they’ll never escape alive.

Look for Northern Survival soon.

Healing Stones: Last Day of the Sale

May 20, 2020

Today is the last day to take advantage of grabbing your eBook copy of Healing Stones, book 4 of the Castle Keepers series, for 99 cents. Tomorrow, it will return to its regular price of $2.99.

First Scene Teaser

Moonsface Awaits

 

THE SUN HAD BEEN up for more than three hours, yet it had hidden behind billowy white clouds much of that time, stealing heat from the land and casting much of it in shadow. The cool temperature forced Isla of Maura to pull her jacket from her saddle bag. She didn’t bother buttoning it; it was a warm day with a chill that would depart as soon as the sun peeked from behind the clouds. She’d be warmer if she did something other than stand next to the cold firepit and listen to McGuigan and Lyneth argue about the best route into Moonsface.

The obvious way, the one that took them directly into the large village on Blue Myst River, was the one McGuigan wanted to take, but Lyneth, who had been to Moonsface many times, insisted they take the narrow path around the collection of knolls. It’d add at least an hour to their travel time. Isla didn’t care which course they took; she wanted to mount her two-bit horse she’d bought with money earned from tedious work and get moving. If they argued for another ten minutes, they’d have already travelled halfway through the long way.

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Healing Stones: eBook 99-cent Sale

May 18, 2020

The eBook for Healing Stones, book 4 in the Castle Keepers series continues.

A good man isn’t down until everyone who matters has lost hope.

Isla of Maura hasn’t seen Liam Jenkins for six years, since they pledged to unite. Her thoughts often drift to him and not long ago, his thoughts invaded hers. She sets out to find him, but the man she finds is far from the one in her childhood memories, and the secrets he keeps threaten her life and the lives of her travelling companions.

If you love stories of adventure mixed with magic and romance set in archaic landscapes, you’ll love McGyver’s Healing Stones. Unlike many fantasy novels, family plays a central role in this story, so be prepared for the hero to have her heart strings plucked by the song of home.

Healing Stones is the 4th book in the Castle Keepers epic fantasy series. It picks up the story of Isla and Liam where her kidnapping and the murder of his das tore them apart.

Get your copy today at Amazon:

Book Launch

eBook Sale and My Favourite Scene

May 16, 2020

My favourite scene in Healing Stones is found in Chapter 28.  It’s from Liam Jenkins’ perspective. He and Jack enter Mystical Paragons to acquire a unique item.

Mystical Paragons is an unusual shop inspired by one I entered almost two decades ago in Digby, Nova Scotia. The atmosphere in the little shop by the waterfront was dimly lit, had brightly-coloured items and unusual things I had never seen before.

Here’s a snippet of my favourite scene.

The 99-cent eBook sale runs from May 14th until May 20th. Get your copy now at Amazon:

Book Launch and Sale

May 14, 2020

Today is the day. I am launching Healing Stones, book 4 in the Castle Keepers series. To celebrate, I’m putting it on sale for 99 cents for one week. The regular price is $2.99.

Healing Stones picks up about four moons after Revelation Stones ended. It begins with Isla of Maura, McGuigan Mulryan and Lyneth about to enter Moonsface. They are on their way to Wandsworth to find Isla’s childhood friend, Liam Jenkins, the boy she pledge to unite.

Continue the adventure through the Land of Ath-o’Lea by picking up the eBook now at Amazon.

 

Book Launch

 

Kitchens of Old Often Had Herbs Growing in the Window

February 27, 2020

Before supermarkets and corner stores provided the bulk of the food, humans grew their own in the backyard. Many also grew herbs to enhance the taste of their baked and cooked goods. Although times have changed, I keep several pots of herbs on the kitchen windowsill to use in soups, scrambled eggs and other dishes. It’s fast, convenient and inexpensive.

herbs

Given that the Castle Keepers series takes place in an archaic time, it’s no surprise potted herbs grace the windowsills of many homes, including that of Alaura of Niamh and Bronwyn Darrow.

When Liam Jenkins visits, he makes note of this.

Chapter 13, Scene 2

“Liam.” Alaura nodded her head towards the kitchen. “Let’s allow them to talk. I’ll get you a drink of water.”

He lifted Isla by the hips and squeezed past her to follow Alaura down the short hall. The compact, eat-in kitchen was perfect for a small family: two parents, two kids. It was similar to his dwelling when he was young. It even had a pot of herbs on the windowsill. He pushed the memories from his mind; he didn’t want to think about that time.

Alaura poured a glass of water from a pitcher kept near the back door and offered it to him.

“Thank you.” He took a sip and remembered the flavour of Maskil water. It tasted sweet compared to that in Wandsworth.

“It’s good to see you well.” She leant against the countertop, and her gaze swept around the kitchen.

“I was surprised when Isla told me you were livings here.” He took another drink. “I thought you’d have moved to Petra or another place.”

“I like Maskil.”

“And Bronwyn.”

“I can’t deny that.”

“I thought you were only friends, but Isla knew. She told me so, but I didn’t believe her. I mean, you pushed him into the lake.”

She laughed. “She’s perceptive, and that was an accident.”

“She is. It’s like she can read my mind.”

“She knows your history?”

He shrugged. “She knows me. She trusts me.”

“She still likes you?”

“I still like her.”

 

Cover Reveal: Healing Stones Book 4

February 18, 2020

Book Cover Reveal

Healing Stones is the 4th book in the Castle Keepers series. The proof is on the way. While I wait, I want to share the full cover. Here it is.

Healing Stones fantasy novel