Wednesday’s Word: Diane McGyver presents “the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes”

Diane McGyver

Introducing author Diane McGyver. Her first book, Shadows in the Stone, was released in 2012. Since then, she’s written seven books, including four more fantasy novels and two stand-alone books for her Romance Collection. In this interview, she shares a little about her most recent book, the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes.

1) What is the title of your most recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

The title is the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes. It’s a stand-alone book, and I’ve no intentions of writing a sequel. It fits squarely in women’s fiction but overlaps into small town romance and inspiration. The content and story is geared towards those over 16 years old. If I had to narrow the age group down to the ones who’d enjoy it most, it would be women between 45 and 65.

2) In a few short sentences, tell us about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

The book opens with Mary considering the last piece cake that celebrated her 50th birthday. She’s looking back on life and thinking about the future now that her kids have grown and are creating lives of their own. After almost 25 years of marriage, mostly dedicated to keeping house and raising kids, she wants to take advantage of life’s opportunities and rekindle the relationship with her husband.

When she starts to make subtle changes, she runs into opposition from her husband and friends. Once she sets change in motion though, her life transforms in areas she hadn’t expected or wanted, and it won’t stop even when she wishes it would.

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Wednesday’s Word: L. P. Suzanne Atkinson presents “Didn’t Stand A Chance”

Introducing author L. P. Suzanne Atkinson. Her first book, Emily’s Will Be Done, was released in 2016. The first book in the Stella Kirk Mysteries, No Visible Means, was released in 2019. The second book was launched this spring. In this interview, she shares a little about her most recent book, Didn’t Stand a Chance.

1) Is Didn’t Stand a Chance a series? What genre is it? What age group is it geared towards?

Didn’t Stand a Chance: A Stella Kirk Mystery # 2 is the second book in the series. The Stella Kirk Mysteries are traditional cozy mysteries. My audience tends to be women aged 30 years and up, but I get a remarkable amount of feedback and comments from men, as well.

2) In a few short sentences, tell us about Didn’t Stand a Chance. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

The assumed accidental death of a young bride leads Detective Aiden North and Stella Kirk, the owner of Shale Cliffs RV Park, into an investigation fraught with sibling secrets, revealing choices, and unforgivable misunderstandings. Which family member holds the ultimate power of influence? Will Lucy Painter’s murder be confirmed? Will the perpetrator be exposed or will family ties be unbreakable until the end? This mystery illustrates how perceived sacrifice and devotion can be twisted into horrible results for a family.

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Wednesday’s Word: Sophia Minetos presents “Graves for Drifters and Thieves”

Introducing author Sophia Minetos. In this interview, she shares a little about her first book scheduled for release on December 15th, Graves for Drifters and Thieves.

1) What is the title of your most recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

Graves for Drifters and Thieves is a YA fantasy-Western. It is suitable for ages 12 and up, and it is the first installment in a series.

2) In a few short sentences, tell us about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

Jae Oldridge is a seventeen-year-old bounty hunter working in the Hespyrian West. When a twist of fate brings her to the enigmatic Harney brothers and their gang, she finds herself ensnared in a conflict involving their boss, warlocks, monsters, and a mystery surrounding the brothers themselves.

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Wednesday’s Word: Laura Churchill Duke presents “Two Crows Sorrow”

Laura Churchill DukeIntroducing author Laura Churchill Duke. She is a freelance journalist, and recently her first book, Two Crows Sorrow, was published by Moose House Publications. In this interview, she shares a little about the book.

1) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

Two Crows Sorrow published by Moose House Publications.

This is a creative non-fiction adult novel. This means that everything that happens in the novel is true, but it is woven together creatively so it reads like a novel, rather than an actual historical account.

2) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

Two Crows Sorrow is about the life of Theresa McAuley Robinson, a woman who lived on Nova Scotia’s North Mountain at the turn of the century. This is the true story of Theresa’s love and devotion to her children and her farmland, which ultimately led to her demise. In May 1904, Theresa was found murdered and her farm burnt to the ground. Her second husband William Robinson was accused of the murder. Two Crows Sorrow follows Theresa’s life to her death, then William’s court trial to its dramatic conclusion.

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Wednesday’s Word: Alice Walsh presents “Last Lullaby”

Introducing author Alice Walsh who writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. The first story I’d read by Alice was Uncle Farley’s False Teeth, a picture book I’d read to my kid many times when they were younger.

This was back when I didn’t take note of author names and who wrote what. I never thought I’d meet this author one day many years in the future, and that she’d be a member of our writers’ group. But here we are.

Alice has written many books for various publishers. Many of her stories take place in Newfoundland because that’s where’s she’s from. Her latest book, Last Lullaby, is no exception. Today, she shares a little about the book with us.

1) What is the title of your most recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

My latest book, Last Lullaby, is a mystery for adults. It has been described as “Equal part police procedure and dinner gossip.”

2) In a few short sentences, tell us about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

Claire and Bram’s only child, Ariel, dies from what they believe is a clear case of SIDS. However, after autopsy reports reveal the baby was murdered, Claire becomes the number one suspect. In addition to her anguish and despair, she finds herself on trial for murder. The deck is stacked against her: She was alone with Ariel in a locked house when she died. Claire’s only hope is that her friend, Lauren, will solve the case before it goes to trial.

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Appearances on Two Websites: Judy Penz Sheluk and Rita Lee Chapman

Today, I share the news of two websites I’m appearing on.

ONE

Several weeks ago, Judy Penz Sheluk,  mystery author of Where There’s a Will, offered a spot in her New Release Mondays to announce the release of Northern Survival. I accepted, and today that post appeared. You can read the post here: New Release Mondays: Northern Survival by Diane McGyver.

Judy’s book is scheduled for release on November 10th and is available for pre-order. If you love mysteries, check it out.

TWO

The Poinciana Tree Rita Lee Chapman

Also several weeks ago, Rita Lee Chapman offered an interview for her blog. I answered several questions, including which of my characters is my favourite and which book did I enjoy writing the most. I also shared an amusing story about the guinea fowl I once owned. They are peculiar birds.

The interview appeared on Sunday (Australian time) and Saturday evening (Nova Scotia time). Rita is the author of The Poinciana Tree, and I interviewed her on this blog for Wednesday’s Word.

You can read my interview by Rita here: Author Guest: Diane McGyver.

Rita’s book is also a mystery, so if you love mysteries, it’s your day.

Have a wonderful Monday, and happy reading. And, of course, happy writing.

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Wednesday’s Word: Rita Lee Chapman presents “The Poinciana Tree”

author Rita Lee ChapmanIntroducing author Rita Lee Chapman whose first book Missing in Egypt kicked off her Anna Davies Mystery Series. The series continues with Missing at Sea and Missing in London. Her book, Winston – a Horse’s Tale is a story for horse lovers. The Poinciana Tree, a crime mystery, is her most recent release. She shared a little about this book in Wednesday’s Word.

1) What is the title of your most recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

The Poinciana Tree is my latest book and it is a crime mystery – a book for adults.

2) In a few short sentences, tell us about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

This story is set around the beautiful Poinciana tree, with its amazing red flowers.

Suzanne Matthews arrives home from work to find the kitchen in disarray and her daughter missing. After searching the house, her eyes turn towards the garden, drawn to the Poinciana tree. Underneath its canopy she sees her daughter, slumped against its trunk.

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Wednesday’s Word: David A. Wimsett presents “Half Awakened Dreams”

David A. WimsettAuthor David A. Wimsett’s latest novel, Half Awakened Dreams: Volume I of the Carandir Saga, is an epic fantasy set in a world of gender equality where women and men have the same rights, opportunities and authority. It is the sequel to volume I, Dragons Unremembered.

Description

Wounded, an evil dragon escapes. Together as equals, the monarchs of Carandir, Queen Mirjel and King Ryckair, must subdue him with  a magical crown.

Ryckair is captured by a former lover who reveals the son he unknowingly fathered, the heir to the monarchy who vows to kill the king.

Mirjel must rule alone and rescue the king so they can complete the spell before the dragon fully rises.

In the queen’s absence, former nobles, who were exiled because they sided with the dragon, return and seize their lands. They declare that Carandir is only for pure Canadians and stir hatred among the masses. Mobs kill minorities and immigrants and drive others out as refugees.

There is magic, action, battles and political intrigue, as well as diverse cultures, languages, legends and poetry. Mr. Wimsett composed songs specifically for the book. Portions of the words are in the text and complete musical scores with lyrics are in an appendix.

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Corrected Links for Darlene Foster’s Wednesday’s Word

Amanda in HollandI’ll be honest, I have no idea what happened. The only thing I can think of is when I posted author Darlene Foster’s Wednesday’s Word segment, I had been battling WordPress’s forced use of their new editor. I had been frustrated by the process and the unknown territory.

If you were forced into the new editor after using the Classic Editor all these years, you know what I’m talking about. Anyways, I learned how to by-pass that editor by starting a post in the new editor, saving it as a draft, then going back to the original set up and opening up the post in Classic Editor. Problem solved. For now.

Or Gremlins were involved. Or I had a brain glitch. I have no idea. Either way, the links to Darlene’s social media sites were not for her. They were completely wrong. I sincerely apologize to Darlene and anyone using those leaks and being led astray. By some miracle, all the book links were correct.

I corrected the links with the interview, and I’ll post them here to make it easier for those who wish to connect with her to use them.

Happy Friday. 

Wednesday’s Word: Darlene Foster presents Amanda in Holland

Darlene FosterIntroducing children’s author Darlene Foster. She has several books in the Amanda series: Amanda in New Mexico, Amanda in Danube, Amanda in Alberta, Amanda in England, Amanda in Spain and Amanda in Arabia. Her Most recent book, Amanda in Holland – Missing in Acton, was released in September 2019. In this interview, she shares a little about it.

1) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

My most recent book is Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action, book number seven in the Amanda Travels series featuring a young girl who has an exciting adventure wherever she travels. Although this a series, each book can be read as a stand-alone and does not have to be read in any order. The books are written for children between the ages of 7 to 12 although many adults enjoy them as well, especially if they enjoy learning about other countries. One adult reader recently said, “I love how you mix creativity, imagination and cultural appreciation in your writing – for minds of all ages!”

2) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

In this adventure, Amanda is in Holland where she searches for a missing gardener, special tulip bulbs, a home for an abandoned puppy, and clues as to why her great-uncle didn’t return from the Second World War. She is there with her best friend Leah, and together they visit the amazing Keukenhof Gardens, the heart-breaking Anne Frank House, interesting windmills and a fun wooden shoe factory. But things are missing in the delightful country of Holland and intrepid traveller, Amanda Ross, is determined to find them, often putting herself in danger.

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Today I’m a Guest at D. G. Kaye, Writer

Today, my interview with D. G. Kaye appears on her website, D. G. Kaye, Writer.

Debby is the author of several wonderful memoirs, including Conflicted Hearts: A Daughter’s Quest for Solace from Emotional Guilt and Twenty Years: After “I Do”: Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging. She’s a fellow Canadian, an amazing writer and a lovely person.

When Debby asked if I wanted to be a guest on her website, I jumped at the chance. As Diane McGyver, I talk about my most recent release, Northern Survival. I also share a little advice for writers.

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Wednesday’s Word: C. A. MacKenzie Presents “Wolves Don’t Knock”

Introducing Nova Scotia author C. A. MacKenzie. Cathy enjoys writing poems, short stories and essays, many of which appear online and in various print anthologies and other publications. Her first novel, Wolves Don’t Knock, was published July 2018. In this interview, she shares a little about it.

1) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

My recent novel is Wolves Don’t Knock. It’s evolved into a series, with the next two titled Mister Wolfe and My Brother, The Wolf. Mister Wolfe will be published within the next several weeks, with the last to be released in 2021.

Wolves Don’t Knock is a psychological drama. My granddaughter (12 at the time) read the book, but I’m not sure she understood everything that went on! I’d recommend 16+.

2) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

Miranda is a sixteen-year-old, who had just given birth to a baby boy. She leaves the hospital to go for a walk and is kidnapped. She’s held for six years. The book is mainly about her readjustment to life with her mother and her son after being in captivity. The kidnapper, though, is not far away.

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Wednesday’s Word: Barbara Carter presents “Ain’t Easy”

Barbara CarterIntroducing Nova Scotia author Barbara Carter. She has several memoirs to her credit: Floating in Saltwater, Balancing Act, Loose Gravel and a book of poetry Sad Girl, Bad Girl, and I. Her Most recent memoir, Ain’t Easy, was released in July. In this interview, she shares a little bit about it.

1) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

My latest book is Ain’t Easy, a memoir of looking for love in all the wrong places.

This is book 4 in a series of memoirs that I’m working on. Each book can be read as a stand alone, or in sequence.

Most of my readers have started from the beginning and anxiously wait for the next book. Each book has a certain focus and theme and suitable for an adult audience.

2) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

In the 1970s, a seventeen-year-old woman thinks she’s found the man of her dreams—a thirty-four-year old man. But when he turns out not to be the man she thought he was she tries to find love and happiness elsewhere. But it turns out not being so easy and she ends up losing herself to men and addiction, and ultimately must face the part she plays in creating her own misery.

This book is also about double sexual standards.

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Wednesday’s Word: Tony Riches Presents “Drake – Tudor Corsair”

Tony RichesIntroducing historical fiction author Tony Riches, from Pembrokeshire in Wales UK. Tony has two best-selling Tudor trilogies to his credit, and the first book of his new Elizabethan series was released this summer. In this interview, he shares a little bit about it.

1.) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

My latest book, Drake – Tudor Corsair, is a biographical fiction novel about the life of Sir Francis Drake. After extensive research, I’ve taken a fresh look at Drake’s adventures – and found that most of what I thought I knew about him was wrong. This is the first book in my new Elizabethan series – which will complete the stories of the Tudors.

2.) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure, and learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold. Queen Elizabeth is intrigued by Drake and secretly encourages his piracy. Her unlikely champion becomes a national hero, sailing around the world in the Golden Hinde and attacking the Spanish fleet. Then King Philip of Spain has enough of Drake’s plunder – and orders an Armada to threaten the future of England.

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Introducing Blog Tours on Wednesday’s Word

In my effort to promote my books over the years, I’ve been fortunate to be a guest on various websites. As I search for more avenues to spread the word of my books, I’m finding others who want to do the same. It’s not always easy to find blogs to provide space for advertising, and finding free ones are more difficult. This is made all more necessary due to the lack of opportunities to meet readers personally at markets and other venues.

So, for the unforeseeable future, I’m offering up space on my blog each Wednesday for a writer to promote their book. This is ideal for authors doing blog tours for new releases.

What Can Authors Post?

  • Introductions to your book. It can be done freestyle or in question format. This is a great way to brag about your new release or upcoming release.
  • Interview: You create the questions and provide the answers.
  • 5-Question Interview: I’m posting 5-question interviews from now until the end of the year. You can answer those questions and use that as your post. Laura Best’s 5-Question interview has the questions and provides an excellent example of length.

Focus

I’d prefer, and it’s in your best interest, to focus on one book: your new release or the last book you had published. If this is a book in a series, of course, mention the series, but don’t discuss the other books.

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