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My Spring Writing Office

My Spring Writing Office

So, I know I’m a little bit late to the party on this whole “spring” deal, but up until this week, it hasn’t felt like spring here on the Nova Scotia coast. It’s been cold, and has kept me firmly inside the writing cave. But suddenly, as if out of nowhere–warmth! I’ve now been doing my writerly business at a table on our screened in deck, which extends to a birch stand on one side, and has a rockin’ view of the gardens on the other. It’s peaceful, with the only real noise the cacophony of birds, has visits from my little chipmunk friend I creatively named “Chippy,” and also, when the wind is right, it smells of the sea. It’s a beautiful place to work, and makes me far more productive and creative than sitting in my upstairs office (ie: childhood bedroom) where multiple photographs of Jensen Ackles are too distracting.

My current work in progress is another work for Smartypants Romance, which I am absolutely thrilled about, and I hope you will stick with me for this journey. I have my next two projects after this planned, and hopefully by next Spring, I’ll have all kinds of things available for you to read. *aura of mystery* *oooooh* Until then, my debut book, Dewey Belong Together (part of the Green Valley Library Series) is available exclusively on Amazon and enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome Spring day. Unless you live down under. Then, have a awesome day where I hope you see no spiders.

2 Months!

2 Months!

Almost two months ago, my debut book dropped and you amazing readers/reviewers have made my life so much brighter and exciting. To do something special to mark the two month-iversary of Dewey Belong Together, I’m going to be holding giveaways on my Facebook and Instagram pages. I’ll have a different item up on each page, so if you follow both, you’ll double your chances of getting some cool Green Valley Library/Dewey swag. Have a great week! <3

Unboxing Day

Unboxing Day

When I was five years old, I wrote my first lengthy story, about my family’s “ginger-coloured” cat named Poco (named after a character on Mr. Dressup, a Canadian children’s show that was a staple of my childhood in the 80’s). I loved writing, and I was hooked. My folks bought me an electric typewriter one year for Christmas and I was off, writing “books.”

My life took me down several career paths, and I never quite imagined my stories would ever see the light of day, so many of them relegated to sit on hard drives. And then, about ten days ago, a ginormous box from Amazon arrived at my house and I finally got to hold in my hands the first book of mine to be published, Dewey Belong Together.

I wanted to share with you my joy with you, so here I am with that first book in my grasp, clutching it like it’s about to be torn from my hands, grinning like mad because it was real.

The Audiobook Has Landed

The Audiobook Has Landed

** NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIO **
 
Good news to audiobook lovers! Grab your headphones and head to the retailer of your choice to hear Dewey Belong Together (except Audible–they are being slow, but I will let you know as soon as it is available there).
 
Narrated by Lee Samuels who has excellent comedic timing, and Marnye Young, who injects her heart into the performance, I was thrilled to hear Jonathan and Maxine come to life in this way and experience the story a bit differently. I hope you will enjoy it, too! Nab it at:
 
It’s LIVE!

It’s LIVE!

 

Dewey Belong Together is now LIVE on AppleBooks, Nook, Kobo, and Google Play. Act quickly, because tomorrow it gets removed from these retailers and on February 18th goes exclusively to Amazon/Kindle Unlimited!

** Purchase LINKS **
AppleBooks: https://apple.co/338AVKQ
Nook: https://bit.ly/3pUBUYJ
Kobo: https://bit.ly/3nI6dzY
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2ISxVLJ

**Pre-order LINKS**
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2UWgaxb
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/33aJo00
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/3pTw3D1
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/3nRrDuA
Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/39ykwmU

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2X42dyg

Tomorrow, Tomorrow…

Tomorrow, Tomorrow…

 

There is just ONE DAY left until my debut novel, Dewey Belong Together, goes live! Over one year ago, I was writing a book about a mismatched couple on a series of misadventures in Canada, Sweden, and Japan. I didn’t imagine that I would ever finish that book (and indeed I haven’t yet) or that my life would change much until I checked my email and saw a reply from Smartypants Romance, a unique publishing company which allows authors to collaborate in the universe created by Penny Reid. I had submitted a chapter to them a few months before, and then promptly moved on, convinced that I wouldn’t be chosen. Well, cue up the near primal scream that came out of my mouth as I gaped at the email inviting me to join Launch 3, and make my childhood–and now adulthood–dream of becoming a published author a reality.

I still remember the first lengthy story I wrote. I was five, and it was about my ginger cat named Poco (after the mime on Mr. Dresssup, of course!). I had my own typewriter by ten, and was churning out stories, illustrating them with coloured pencils. I didn’t know anything about the world of publishing, but I knew that writing was my love, and I would come back to it time and again, especially during the difficult periods in my life. I never imagined it as a real career for myself, mostly due to a determination to go to university and focus on my studies, so I meandered through academia, loving writing nonfiction essays and papers. But still, that little unsatisfied tingle in the back of my mind that swam with stories would grab me now and then, and demand to be written out. I’m not sure how many started novels I have lurking on my external hard drives, but there are a lot. 🙂

When the opportunity came to write Dewey Belong Together, a book in the Green Valley Library series–perfect for me, as I have a Master’s in Library and Information Studies–I couldn’t say no. Writing epically slow, I thought of my own life, of sixteen years of playing massively multiplayer online roleplaying games, and meeting my partner of seven years in one. I realized I hadn’t read many gamer girls in romance, so Maxine Peters, AKA Maximus_Damage was born. Of course, everyone needs a good nemesis in an online game, and I made hers Jonathan Owen, AKA Wrath. Then I just had to get them in the same location and I knew the sparks would fly. And the watermelon. But I digress.

I’m going to use the word joy a lot in this paragraph, because it was a pure joy for me to write this story. My journey with this book I described early on as “joy and jenga,” because I knew it would also be precarious at times. I was writing about heavy subject matter in places, and I didn’t want to trigger myself–rather, I wanted to confront those demons, and show that a person living with the same illness as I can have a life of love, of joy, and of family, both biological and chosen. It was also a joy to be mentored by the amazing Penny Reid, and to receive the help I did from the entire team at Smartypants Romance, from the invaluable Fiona and Brooke, to my fellow authors, the editors, and even the cover designer (I screeched when I saw the cover, I really did.) And it was a joy to see my whole family and dear friends gather around this dream of mine, cheering me on and helping me make it come true, doing everything from listening to me complain on hard days, to beta reading my manuscript and helping make it better (thanks, Ashley!).

I hope that as you read, you find some element of joy in the book as well. I know this book covers some sensitive topics, and will not appeal to everyone. But I think that it is relatable to most people, because in spite of our flaws or our challenges, we all want to be loved. That’s what this book is about, ultimately, and love was a big part of the journey of this book’s creation. <3