Summer Newsletter & Sale

Hello Everyone,

I know it’s been a little while, but the end of the school year caught up with me. I was also getting ready to sell my book and some felting I’ve been working on at our local Art in the Park — an annual event here in Kamloops on Canada Day. It was super fun. Here’s a picture from my booth.

Working on Betrayed

As much as I love Antigone, I am finding that I need a break from her, so I am going to spend the next little while working on another novel I have in the works called Betrayed (working title). This one is most definitely aimed at adults and is about Clytemnestra, who is the sister of Helen of Troy and was married to Agamemnon (the leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War). She’s an interesting character who is villianized in most of ancient literature because she took a consort while her husband was away at the Trojan War, then killed him upon his return. But, she does have her reasons… Her story has a lot of fantastic avenues to explore. Read more

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Author Interview: Barbara Gaskell Denvil

Today I am fortunate to have author Barbar Gaskell Denvil on my blog.

grandma 2Hello Barbara. Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

I write principally historical fiction, but my new book, published on 2nd June and available in ebook and paperback editions, is just a little different. This novel, Fair Weather, is set in England during the reign of King John and the historical setting is lush, rich and important to me and to my storyline. However, the plot includes time travel, and the modern heroine goes back to inhabit the mind and body of a young girl at a most important and unexpected moment of her life. The link between my two heroines is very important, and unfolds gradually. There is a large paranormal element, and the hero links true history to dark evil of myth, cult and power of the paranormal.

This is a novel of mystery and adventure with a strong romantic theme. It is highly unusual in many ways, and I believe that the characters are particularly vivid.

Start reading – and you will be welcomed into a new world of danger, threat and mystery where the poor of London in the early 13th century discover a greater ruin than poverty, a greater threat than discomfort and a greater power than the king’s. But stopping the inevitable can only be achieved by travel through time, and knowing more about the past and the future before accepting the present. Read more

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Character Interview: Joshua David Sims

Today I am interviewing Joshua David Sims, a character from Dr. Don C. Kean’s book, I Didn’t Sign Up For This. Recently I interviewed Don Kean (which you can read here).

Bookstack-255x300Hello, can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.

My name is Joshua David Sims but everyone calls me J.D. I am from a place called Fishing View, Kentucky down “tween the rivers” in Western Kentucky. I was born and raised their and I hope to spend the remainder of my life their. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen or have ever been to in my life. I grew up down on the Cumberland River with my parents and my younger sister and brother where we raised corn, tobacco, and cattle. I have the finest of families and am truly blessed to be so cared for and loved by them all. I can still remember just like it was yesterday all of the fun times I had with family and friends doing my very favorite thing in the whole world which is fishin. Fishing View has some of the finest fishin holes along the whole river. The huntin ain’t too bad neither. I returned home after the war ended and was blessed with the good fortune to be able to get my own place just upriver from where I was born, where I raise mules, cattle and corn. .My very favorite memory is on the evening of my 8th birthday when my daddy gave me my first gun. Read more

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Author Interview: J.J. Anderson

Today I am happy to introduce author J.J. Anderson on my blog.

Julie_Anderson__051 (2)What genre(s) do you write in? Tell us about your books.

I don’t write in any particular genre. In fact I dislike being ‘categorised’ in that way ( although that’s the way Amazon and other on-line retail sites, and indeed, actual bookshops, are organised ).

My first book was a collection of short stories entitled ‘The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales’ published by The Story Bazaar (my own imprint) in April 2015 as a paperback and ‘e’ book. It chronicles the life of a modern English village over the course of one calendar year. The twelve, inter-linked stories portray a wide cast of disparate characters. At the centre of the book are four generations of the Marshall family, who negotiate the daily hazards of family life. Around them, babies are born, plots are hatched, matches are made and marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call. As Thornton Wilder said, ‘The life of a village against the life of the stars

What book are you promoting right now? What is it about?

Since then I’ve been working on a novel for young adults entitled ‘Reconquista’, set in 13th century Spain that is out now. This is a is an adventure story set in 13th century Al Andalus ( Spain ). I began to write it, ten or more years ago, as a serial story for my nephew and god-son. We have a home in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain and it is a place full of history. My nephew was about to visit there for the first time. I wanted to engage him in the history and romance of the place, so I write an adventure story, delivering ‘episodes’ on a gradual basis. He’s twenty one now and the story which I wrote for him has changed out of all recognition. Read more

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