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What a 2017 it’s been.

My sarcoidosis went into remission, and although it has caused permanent changes (glasses, asthma, arthritis), I am basically still the same person and not too badly worse for wear. Notwithstanding a few smaller issues with my back and knees, this year was the year my health started the slow climb back upwards, and that’s something worth celebrating. I plan on spending some time in 2018 making small changes to keep on feeling better and staying better. My 40’s have definitely been the years to put plans into action, and my health is a big one on that list.

Shawn and I celebrated another anniversary and every year that we get to do that is a blessing. If there is one thing that we’ve clung to since 2014, it’s that life is short. Super short. You should be with the people you want to be with and let go of anyone and anything that isn’t a positive force in life. We know that as the years go on and the kids keep on leaving to pursue their own lives, it will only be ourselves left at the end, and we better still like one another. We’re still planning that trip to Italy and one of these years, we’ll actually do it.

We bid a final goodbye to our beloved dog, Katie. And we miss her every day.

I took my first ever in my life solo trip this year. At the end of June, I flew to Edmonton Alberta, my first time west of Ontario, to see my baby brother get married. For one day short of a week, I stayed with my internet-now-real-life friend Allison in her beautiful home and learned to drive my way around Edmonton. I went to the big mall, had dinner with my internet family/friends, visited with my family (all six of my siblings in the same place for the first time in six years!) and watched my baby brother tie the knot. I missed my own family dearly and it was sad that my husband wasn’t able to come with me. That just made the coming home that much sweeter.

As soon as I got back from Edmonton, I jumped into a jam-packed rehearsal schedule, as, for the first time since moving East, I got involved with a theatre show. I have to admit, I was a little gun-shy to get into a theatre again, my last experience not exactly leaving on a high note, due to (pun intended) drama, but, I’m glad I did. I threw on a habit, and became a singing nun in Sister Act. The run was fantastic, playing to nearly sold out crowds nightly and it was great to be a part of a production again.

We celebrated three years this fall of Shawn’s life since the heart stopping September of 2014. As always, I had a mini-meltdown in the days leading up to the anniversary and as always, we reflected on the fragility of life.

Speaking of getting back into the habit, I put on my writer’s cap again this fall and was a featured author at the Saint John Fog Lit festival. It really felt good to talk about my writing again and to speak at the events. I am, as ever, appreciative of cities that celebrate the arts and their own local artists.

And to cap off a wonderful year, I did my exam for French with the province and received a certificate of Intermediate ability.

2018 is already shaping up to be a busy one. Shawn and I will both be students at the University, working towards continually improving and updating our skills. I will keep working on French while I move to a new department at work. Kathryn, our second youngest, is graduating from high school and Shawn Michael, the baby, will start his Grade 12 senior year in the fall.

Life is a journey. It should be savoured and enjoyed. Live well, love hard, and let the rest go.

Peace, my friends.


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Saint John has a literary festival!! That’s right, our own lovely city has a literary festival every fall and last night was the launch!
This past early spring, I was contacted by a friend, whose sister is on the board of the festival, to see if I would be okay with being put in contact. Of course, I said! So about two weeks later, Andrea and I sat down at the starbucks in Indigo (how appropriate) and discussed the festival, the events and whether or not I would be interested in participating. It had been a long time since I had been a part of an event that wasn’t a book signing, and of course I agreed.
Last night the launch was held in the restaurant at the Delta hotel in uptown Saint John and it was wonderful! What local talent, what support for the arts. I was the last of the night to get up and read and I have to say, I had forgotten how much I enjoy doing that. After the main event we all stayed and mingled and talked and bought each other’s work. I spoke at length with the other artist of the night and had a lovely conversation with another Irish transplant from Co.Meath.
In gearing up for the event, I reached out to a certain well-known Canadian author with whom I’ve had the good fortune to be somewhat friendly with over twitter and I asked him if he would be willing to come out and be a part of the festival, give a reading? He was touched that I asked, and happy to do so, unfortunately the timing did not work out with his already booked events. So, I’ve asked his agent to please put a pin in it for next year. If/when he does come out, the festival has graciously allowed me to be the one to introduce him, which, to be honest, would be an enormous highlight of my writing life.

Earlier that day, I had thrown my back out helping some strangers put a mattress in their car, I had gone with my daughter to look at apartments as she is gearing up to move out, and I had enjoyed a glass of wine with my husband as we talked about life and next steps. It just goes to show that I really need to remind myself on darker days that my life it pretty damn fantastic. And that I’m one of the luckiest people I know.

If you aren’t a native Saint John-er, and haven’t done so, I urge you to head on over to Fog Lit’s webpage and check it out. And, if you’re in another city, find out how YOUR town is supporting its local artist and go out to some events. You never know how it will impact your life.

Happy reading, everyone!

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Just a reminder to please share and pass it on that today and tomorrow, in honour of my book signing here in Saint John today, you can download my first two books Autumn Violets and Winter Jasmine for free!! Of course when you’re done those two and you want to read the third…it’s also online although it is not free this weekend.

Also, my stand alone book, Keeping the Women, is now available online. You can also purchase it directly in hard copy here: https://www.createspace.com/4020211

That beautiful cover? Pictures I took of my favourite old park and cover designed by my husband. I truly love it.

Thanks for the continued support everyone! Look for another freebie weekend coming up before Christmas!

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All the books

Today the books arrived for my signing in Saint John Indigo on the 14th and I did a happy dance in my kitchen.
It’s one thing to talk about my books and such, but to see them arrive all together in a box and just look at them…the beautiful covers gleaming, the spines not yet cracked, sigh. I got so excited. I am the author of four books, dudes! When did that happen?? And I’m working on the fifth. Life is so amazing. I took a picture of my four books with Tiffany Reisz’s and tweeted it to her, why? Because besides being a writer, I’m a huge book nerd and sometimes I just have to get my fan-girl on. She replied to me something funny and witty because that is what she does. I also sent out a tweet to some of my favourite lady authors as a thanks for continuing to be inspirations to me and to share the love.

Some days I really can’t believe my life. Truly. No, I’m not a super famous author who has to tour all over to book stores, but that’s okay because in less than ten days I’m going to share my work with a whole new bunch of readers and that’s what excites me.

Don’t forget, as a thank you to all who have supported me and to those of you who have, or have not yet read my books (so, like, everyone) there will be FREE DOWNLOADS next weekend of the books for you!! Keep your eyes on Amazon!

It’s a really happy day.

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I may have mentioned this, but the weekend of September 14th I am doing a book signing and reading here in Saint John at the Indigo branch!! Yes indeed, they have their very own “Local Authors” section and are bringing in copies of all my books for the event. I am, obviously, extremely excited to do this and am looking forward to bringing my work into a whole other part of the country.

In the meantime…

If you haven’t already read any of my books, or if you have and know a friend who hasn’t, that same weekend, the 14th and 15th, I’m offering Autumn Violets and Winter Jasmine for FREE DOWNLOAD!! Yay!! Pass the word around, share it on facebook and twitter.

Not one but two free books?? Awesome. Plus, I am still working on book four, Summer Poppies, so get ready as I will definitely post some spoilers from it leading up to the big day.

So happy to be able to do this. I hope you take advantage if you have an e-reader of any kind. Also, please don’t hesitate to comment on your thoughts of the book after you’ve read it, or even if you already have. The good, the bad and the ugly, I’d love to hear it all.

Thanks everyone and click to share!!

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My parents just left.

They came out east a couple of days after we did for a visit with my sister in Nova Scotia that was to end with a few days visit with us, but both of them got sick so they stopped by last night and left again this morning, bound for Ontario and their home so they could recover. It was slightly sad that they couldn’t stay longer, but I was really happy to show them our new home.

And tell them my news.

Our first week here (so, barely two weeks ago) we went into the Indigo store here in Saint John. First thing I noticed? A huge display when you walk in the door for local authors. We browsed, bought a few books, because lord knows I can’t go in a book store without buying something, and on the way out I asked to talk to the manager.
As luck would have it, she was short staffed that day and was the one at our cash register. I mentioned to her how much I loved her local authors wall, told her that I had literally just moved here and that I am a writer.

Suffice it to say, on September 14th, I will be doing a multi-book signing and reading at the Indigo in Saint John!!

No fuss, no muss, she and her staff were so excited to read what my books are about and said that my genre, contemporary women’s fiction, is EXACTLY the type of book they sell most of at their location. It’s their niche. It’s mine. And I? I am so frickin’ excited!

I’ve spent the last two days hibernated in my house watching Orange is the New Black and obsessing over it, so now it’s time for me to get back to work. Stuff around the home, back to my writing, back to applying to jobs. And now looking forward to a really amazing new opportunity to jump back into the game with both feet on the books.

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First of all, thank you for all the incredible responses yesterday, especially the great ones on Facebook, the ones by phone and the huggy ones in person.  Most appreciated and greatly treasured.  You guys are awesome.

Secondly, I love how many people have asked me about book four in the Fayette series.  I agree that it would be great if I could get my hands on some and autograph copies before I flee the coop, but unfortunately, Summer Poppies is still a work in progress.  Over the last six months with everything that has been going on in my life, I have not had the time to devote to it that I would have wished for.  Rest assured, I will be crackin’ back to work on it after the move. 

Speaking of which…(the books, not the move)

I have made plans for another series.  It will likely have a few tie-ins to some of the characters from the first series and may even take place in Fayette, or in the fictional surrounding areas that have been briefly mentioned but this time, I will likely be focusing on male protagonists instead of mainly female ones. 

I’m pretty excited actually.  I had so much fun writing Joshua Moody and Darryn Stewart in Winter Jasmine that I just had to take another turn at the world as seen from the eyes of a man.  Embrace my inner dude.  All that good stuff. 

So,  I continue to pack and prep my current house (who wants to buy it??) and haggle in the game of offers over the one we like out east, AND continue to work during the day, you can see why the writing has taken a pause.  Plus, I already packed all my notebooks.  (ask me how hard THAT was!)

Four weeks today and counting.  If we haven’t had a chance to say goodbye yet, please try to catch me soon.  🙂

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