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Monday, October 27, 2014

An award... or two :)

This is a quick post to mention a couple things:

First, GLIMPSE, the first book in my Dean Curse Chronicles series won a couple awards. The first was second place in the Readers' Favorite pre teen fiction category:




And the second was the first place in the YA Fiction category from the Literary Classics:



What was interesting to me was the two different categories. I wrote my book with the younger YA audience in mind. I also write MG and so I know that there are different aspects that generally exit within the two categories, and I knew I was straddling a line in a way. In fact, I even market my books to the 10+ audience. But then, a lot of YA titles are similarly marketed.

It was interesting to see judges accepting the story in both the pre-teen and YA categories.





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOOKS YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T READ...



I'm settling into my new digs now,  and getting ready to set more time aside for blogging and posting on  my website and Facebook page. I figured it was time to post something lighter to start things off. 

Quite a while back I posted about some real, but unfortunate book covers/titles, and now I've decided it's time for a follow-up. So, without further ado, I give you part two of the unfortunate book cover/title  collection.

Hope you enjoy :)



I have a feeling Todd is going to want that candy, and  in a few pages the Pinata is going to meet the business end of that bat. But hey, it's a book about sacrifice . . .


These next two go together well, and I often wondered how I'd talk to my kids about such things... now I'll simply get these two books and all their questions will be answered...




The next book I have to admit gave me some pause. Being Canadian it was interesting to see a book about Canadians, and how we mysterious northerners are portrayed. Sure, we're polite, we wear toques and sit on chesterfields. But... well, the four images for WHAT IS A CANADIAN seems a bit off somehow. . .


In Canada it is true that it's pretty rare to see a French girl without her priest, so that photo is pretty accurate. But prospectors don't wear hats like that. I mean, c'mon!

And finally, because I know this is a topic many of you will want to know about:





Because who among us isn't passionate about donkeys?

Know anymore books I should add to the next post like this? Toss a link in the comments section, and I'll add it to the folder.







Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PUTTING DOWN ROOTS



My family and I just completed another move. 

Another.

Move.



Okay, I know, I know, most people have experienced moving at some point in their life, but I feel I have a special relationship (love/hate relationship…mostly hate) with the process. In the past eight years we’ve moved eleven times. Don’t get me wrong, the moves were mostly for the best. We chased opportunities: school; work; life experiences. We did most of the moves before having children, which, now that I’ve experienced two moves with children, was a wise decision.

But for the past eight years we’ve never really settled. We’ve always had furniture in storage. We’ve never unpacked clothing for more than one or two seasons at a time. We’ve collected artwork and mementos from our travels and stored them in boxes. We’ve never even put pictures on walls for fear of impacting our damage-deposits.

The next move was always on the horizon.

And that’s why this move is so different. We’re finally in a place we intend to be for the foreseeable future. We’ve taken all our belongings with us—including pictures and artwork—and intend to fully settle in. We’re putting roots down for the first time in as long as I can remember.

I’m really happy about it. It’s only been a couple days, but I’ve even found that my writing output is increasing now that I have a dedicated space to actually write in. I’ll talk more about what I’m working on in the coming posts, but wanted to share a bit about my experience finally putting down some roots.

Roots… it’s nice to have those again.