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New Collaborators

Starting this month, I’m excited to have three new collaborators joining me on my blog: Robyn Williams, Jim Luce, and Margaret Loyer.  These three people are dear friends and have been part of my writing career from the beginning. Without them, their encouragement, their (sometimes harsh but true) critiques, and their steadfast belief I could do this, I wouldn’t be still writing.

I met Robyn Williams and Jim Luce on an online writing laboratory called Writelab more than ten–or is it fifteen?–years ago. The lab had a great premise. Every week, we would get a writing assignment, say writing in the omniscient point of view, and we would post it to the group. People then critiqued the piece and gave you feedback. Most of it was either of the rose-colored glasses or the “you’re an idiot” kind, but Robyn, Jim and I connected and, as they say in the movies, it was the start of a beautiful friendship. Robyn lives in Boisie, Idahoe and Jim lives near a lake in Wisconsin. We have never physically met but have stayed in contact ever since.

I met Margaret at Algonquin Community College in Ottawa where we both took the same writing class.  We hit it off and, with a few others from the class, started a writing group. Little by little, the group dwindled and only Margaret and I were left. She decided writing novels wasn’t her thing but she’s a crack copy editor and has corrected and commented on every one of my books. She’s the one who helpedd polish and clean my English, which is often deficient.

So, there you have it. Once a month, each of them will drop by my blog and talk about something that tickles their fancy. It should be eclectic. And, hopefully, it should be fun.

Welcome, you guys.

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Travel Blog

The Orange Garden near San Sabina

Since the first of September, my husband and I have been in Rome, Italy. This is our second time there, so we’ve been avoiding most of the “must sees” in favour of lesser known sights, and it’s been a delight.

To read about some of our experiences, hop over to The Other Word, where I’ve been blogging about it.

I can’t really keep up with the posts so I’ll continue to talk about my experiences even when I’m  back in Canada.

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New Look and Exciting News

If you’ve visited my website before, you’ll notice that my blog now has the same look. I’d wanted that for a long time and, finally, due to the fantastic work of my husband, it happened. I’m thrilled that both are now integrated.

As for exciting news:

My new SF Thriller, Catalyst, will be coming out in August. As soon as the cover is done, I’ll be sure to post it.

In addition, Synergy, my other SF Thriller, will get a brand new–although similar–cover and look. The second edition will read better, with a new font, and the cover will look more streamlined. It will also come out in August, to coincide with the publication of Catalyst.

Stay tuned for more news!

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Celebrating Zumaya Publications’ Birthday

Zumaya Publications celebrates its fourth birthday as an American Company (it used to be Canadian before; it’s been around a long time!) by having a month-long celebration at Coffee Time Romance and More!.

Along with their publisher, a bunch of Zumaya authors will hang around to talk books and any other thing we like to talk about, such as… cats! A writer must have a familiar, right?

We’ll also set up polls for people to answer. The current one is about multi-media ebooks and you can find it here.

One of the exciting events is a writing round robin, which I’ll start.  Each author will write in his or her style and genre. It should be a lot of fun. For that purpose, Zumaya has setup a blog at Worpress.com called Tales from Zumaya Books. Come and visit and see what we’re up to, either on the blog or at Coffee Time Romance and More!. The site is for all readers and genres and there are a lot of interesting people hanging around.

See you there!

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How posts can snowball

I came across this post:

This crossbow should automatically classify you as “Most Wanted”

It’s very short, with a sarcastic bent to it and I almost didn’t read the 89 comments attached to it. Then my brain said: 89 comments? My curiosity led me to go down and start reading, which made me realize that there are a lot of people who:

  1. don’t have a sense of humour; or
  2. aren’t quite there in the brain department; or
  3. have no life whatsoever.

Regardless, it made me smile on a Friday. A fun way to procrastinate all those tasks you need to do.

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