Summer 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Happy Summer!!! I hope everyone is well and safe. Here in BC we have been hit with hot weather and forest fires, but I am proud to be part of a city that has stepped up to welcome thousands who have been displaced from their homes.The huge outpouring of kindness is inspiring.

Kick-Butt Princess Book Sale

I am excited to be taking part in a huge, multi author book sale for the week of July 17-21. Click on the image above to be taken to a page of authors who have written kick butt princess books, all of which are on sale for $.99 or are free. Now is the time to stock up on your summer reading of amazing, strong heroines who do the saving. You’ll find Prophecy there for $.99. I can’t wait to check them out myself.

Art in the Park:

On Canada Day, my writing group Books in the Belfry (you can find out more about us here on our web page), were fortunate enough to have a booth at our local Art in the Park. It was a fantastic, sunny day, filled with people coming to talk with us about books and writing. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.


I’ve been spending most of my writing time these days polishing off my adult novel set in ancient Greece during the time of the Trojan War, Betrayed. I really love this book and can’t wait to finish it — it is about Queen Clytemnestra, twin sister to Helen of Troy. It combines my love of Greek myth with a phenomenal heroine and lots of strong emotions. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster to write, but well worth it.

New Writing Practice:

For those of you who are writers, I wanted to share a new writing practice that I’ve adopted that I am having some fun with. It is called “copywriting.” Basically, before writing every day, I sit and physically copy out a page or two from someone else’s work in an effort to learn new ways of writing. It’s actually something writer’s have been doing for a long time and something painters do — copy the masters. You can read my blog post about it here. I was in the mood for Thoreau’s essay On Civil Disobedience, so I’m starting with that. I also think it would be a fantastic way to get into the rhythm of poetry. So far I find it a great calming and centering exercise.

What I’m Reading:

Besides loading up my Kindle with Kick-Butt Princess books, I’ve been branching out in my reading this summer and I’m in the mood for thrillers. I’ve just started The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins and it’s amazing so far. Does anyone have any other good recommendations — not too gory, though.

Well, that’s it for now. Hope you are enjoying your summer,
Take care,
Coreena McBurnie


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Author Interview: Alex D. T. Baker

Today I am happy to introduce sci-fi author, Alex D. T. Baker, to my blog.

100_1530Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

I have three books out right now: Soul Burn and Bloodlust (parts 1 and 2 of the Frailty series) and Symbiont. All three are in the sci-fi genre.

The Frailty books have one foot in the Thrill/Suspense genre that contains a little bit of everything: serial killers, a slightly sexually demented detective, demons, and vampire-like people I call Blood-dealers.

Symbiont is the one I am promoting right now. Even though it’s not the most recent work, it is the one I am gearing up to do a follow-up for, so I would like to get as much exposure for it as I can. As for what it is about, here’s the synopsis, which I think sums it up nicely:

When Apoehl, the last of a race of benevolent and powerful aliens, comes to Earth to escape the war mongering Chilk, he is forced to abandon his failing body. To survive he must merge his life force with a human.
Jennifer has become the latest in a long line of hosts. Now she finds herself endowed with inhuman energy, in possession of the memories and strengths of those before her, and caught in a war.
It falls to Sam, the grizzled retired Marine now in command of a covert Government agency, and Paz, Sam’s mountain-sized right-hand man, to protect her from Brett, who craves the power for himself and will do whatever it takes to get it.
But as Jennifer fights against her past and questions the person she is becoming, the greatest struggle could be with herself.
Together, Jennifer, Sam, Paz, and Brett will unfold and build the story of the conflict that will change them all and decide Apoehl’s fate.
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Author Interview: Michael Mullin

Today I have the opportunity to introduce Michael Mullin of Geminknight Press. I first met Michael several years ago when I read and reviewed 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf, which was a funny and clever retelling (click here to read my Goodreads review).

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

Simon is a YA/NA retelling of Hamlet, set in the modern day. Simon is a 19-yr-old film student who learns that is uncle (and new stepfather) murdered his dad. And yes, the ghost of his dad gives him this unfortunate news.

Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?

I spend a lot of time in the concept/outline phase. Even with the retelling, it was important to make the story and the characters my own. I usually start with character (“who”) and develop the plot (“what” and “how”) around that. The all-important meaning (“why”) comes to light and evolves for me as those things come together.

What’s the best part of being a writer?

The truckloads of money that keep getting delivered to my house. Ok, kidding. I particularly like the idea of creating something that has a positive impact on others and that will outlive me. Legacy, I guess. Read more

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Author Interview: Timothee Ribeiro

Today I am happy to introduce French author Timothee Ribeiro, who has translated his latest book into English.

tim2 - copieWhen and why did you begin writing?
I began to write in 2009.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
To be honest, I considered myself a writer when I wrote the second part of my trilogy “help-us, save-us” in three books.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
In fact I didn’t choose a particular field. It’s when I wrote the six books of my trilogy “help-us, save-us !” that I realized that my field of genre was thriller, fiction, spying, adventure, mystery. In all my novels I can tell you than it’s always a thriller and nobody can know in advance the outcome. That’s the most important for me when I write.

What is the most important thing that people don’t know about your subject/genre that they need to know?
They never expect to guess the outcome until they read the last page. They can be very surprised. Read more

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