HalCon Review – Author Panels

On Saturday November 5th, I attended HalCon, the biggest, geekiest sci-fi convention in Atlantic Canada. There were many wonderful demonstrations, vendors and author displays. There was also author signings, autograph sessions and endless streams of characters.

Shortly after I arrived, I sought out the room for the Editing and Formatting panel session. The speakers for the event included

The description of the session stated: To Oxford Comma, Or Not.  This and other questions about editing formatting will be answered.  If you’ve ever wondered about cutting parts, proper structure or when not using proper grammar is okay, then this may be the panel for you. Continue reading “HalCon Review – Author Panels”

Free eBook: Conflicted Hearts by D. G. Kaye

Kaye, D. G. - Conflicted HeartsAre you looking for, “a book that makes you think, reflect, understand and most of all is a book that shows you that with the right attitude and beliefs, you can forgive and move forward”? (Quote from 5-star Amazon review of Conflicted Hearts by D. G. Kaye)

Then today is your lucky day. Kaye’s book Conflicted Hearts is available for free for 24 hours. The promotion runs only today, Friday January 10th, and ends at midnight tonight, 11:59 pm Pacific time.

More about Conflicted Hearts: a daughter’s quest for solace from emotional guilt

Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me.
Burdened with constant worry for her father and the guilt caused by her mother’s narcissism, D.G. Kaye had a short childhood. When she moved away from home at age eighteen, she began to grow into herself, overcoming her lack of guidance and her insecurities. Her life experiences became her teachers, and she learned from the mistakes and choices she made along the way, plagued by the guilt she carried for her mother.

Conflicted Hearts is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and acceptance, an exploration of the quest for solace from emotional guilt.

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Book Sale – Craft Show December 7th and 8th

I’ll be at the Craft Show in Middle Musquodoboit next weekend. I’ll have the following books for sale:

Shadows in the Stone by Diane Lynn McGyver

Pockets of Wildflowers by Diane Lynn McGyver

Nova Scotia – Life Near Water by Diane Lynn McGyver

City of Light and Shadow by Sheila McDougall

Authors Jayne Peters and Mindy George will also be there selling their children picture books.

Marketing 2013 Mus. Craft Show

 

two minutes…priceless

On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the stores PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the stores leadership role in adopting the Legions two minutes of silence initiative. He felt that the stores contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the two minutes of silence to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the stores clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, A Pittance of Time. Terry later recorded A Pittance of Time and included it on his full-length music CD, The Power of the Dream.

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In memory of my father Private Stephen Ellsworth Tibert (1922-1989), who served with the West Nova Scotia Regiment in Italy, Holland and other European countries.

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Meeting Author Laura Best

Best, Laura - Flying with a Broken Wing coverFor the past two and a half years I’ve followed the blog written by Laura Best, author of Bitter, Sweet. We’ve exchanged many messages during this time, and I’ve interviewed her twice, the first time regarding Bitter, Sweet and the second for her latest novel Flying with a Broken Wing. On October 23rd I posted a review for the second book.

Although I’ve attempted a few times to connect in person with Laura, our paths never crossed…until Saturday.

Laura was at Chapters, Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth, NS, signing copies of her book. I had to work that day, but fortunately I was only about five minutes away and my shift ended 45 minutes before Laura’s signing engagement finished.

So here we are…

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Laura signed the copy of Flying with a Broken Wing I already owned. We chatted for a few minutes, and then the signing was over.

For your chance to meet Laura Best and pick up a signed copy of her book (they make great Christmas gifts), she has two upcoming engagements this Saturday November 9, 2013. They include:

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Coles Bookstore, New Minas, NS

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Coles Bookstore, Bridgewater, NS

If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello.

**The picture was taken by a friend of Laura’s using Laura’s camera.

Free Fantasy Novel by Yvonne Hertzberger

Do you love fantasy stories? Traditional, classic, epic fantasy novels?

Then you might be interested in the offerings of Yvonne Herzberger. For the next two days (including today), the two ebooks in her Earth’s Pendulum series—Back From Chaos and Through Kestrel’s Eyes—are free on Amazon.com.

Author Biography (snipped from Amazon, along with book covers)

Yvonne Hertzberger is a native of the Netherlands who immigrated to Canada in 1950. She is married with two grown children, (one married) and resides quietly in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark in a 130-year-old, tiny, brick cottage, where she plans to live out her retirement. She calls herself a jill-of-all-trades and a late bloomer. Her many past paid jobs included banking, day care, residential care for challenged children, hairdressing (her favourite) retail, and customer service. She enjoys gardening, singing, the theatre, decorating and socializing with friends and family.

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Jay Underwood, Editor…Writer

I heard of Jay Underwood long before I actually met him. He was a frequent contributor to genealogy mailing lists I subscribed to. Sometimes he’d pose a question; other times, he’d answer a query. I learnt from these exchanges that he was a railway history buff and that he lived only a few communities away.

Eventually, Jay and I exchanged messages regarding one genealogy matter or another, and then we joined a new writer’s group at our local library. In the past three years, our paths have crossed numerous times. When the time came to find an editor for my latest novel, Shadows in the Stone, it was as simple as asking Jay if I could hire him for the task.

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Maud of the Red Mud

Occasionally, a blog I write for my Roots to the Past blog is related to writing. Today’s post is one of them. It gives a brief factual history on the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, prolific writer and creator of Anne of Green Gables.

To read more about Maud of Prince Edward’s Island and to see pictures of her grave site and of Green Gables, read Maud of the Red Mud. If you’ve ever been to the island and dipped your feet in the mud, you know how staining memorable it is.

Book Signing: Under the Same Sky

On Saturday February 11th, Genevieve Graham will be at Chapter, Bayers Lake, Halifax (12:00pm to 1:30 pm) and Chapter, Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth (2:30 pm to 4:00 pm) signing copies of her debut novel Under the Same Sky.

I met Genevieve in the fall of 2010 while looking for an editor for Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove. It was my first time working with an editor like this, and she made the experience less painful than I’m sure it could have been. She was very professional, returned my manuscript quickly and offered encouragement.

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Book Launch: Nova Scotia Ghosts and Great Stories

Millie Macumber was a long time telephone operator in Maitland in the days when the operators, known as ‘central’ often worked alone. They knew practically everything that went on in the communities as listening in was almost a part of their job. This night a call came in for Gwen and Eugene Hirtle. When Millie answered and forwarded it on, there was no answer at the Hirtle home. The caller then said she would call again to which Millie replied that she didn’t need to bother; the Hirtles were away for the weekend and wouldn’t be home until Sunday night.

That’s just one of the stories you’ll find in Hattie Dyck’s book, Best Kept Secrets – From a Generation Past (2010, 231 pages). It includes home remedies, old traditions, community stories, news events, ghost stories and much more.

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Interview with Diane Lynn McGyver

Recently, I shared a cup of tea and cranberry muffins with author Diane Lynn McGyver. We discussed the coming year and her current projects. Below is the meat of that conversation.

TIBERT: I read your short story Mutated Blood Bonds on Smashwords. It intertwines the mysteries of the ending of the Mayan calendar and the grid lines criss-crossing Nova Scotia. What do you think will happen in December 2012?

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Thea Atkinson has a challenge for you.

Nova Scotia indie author Thea Atkinson has a challenge for blog readers. She wants to accumulate 100 followers by Christmas. With 68 already, it’s not an impossible number to reach for. She’s even offered an incentive: if the goal is reached, a random subscriber will receive one complete Thea ebook package. AND if she exceeds expectations and gains 200 followers of her blog by December 24th, a random subscriber wins the ebook package plus a $25 Amazon gift coupon.

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The Wimp is Back and I’m Jealous

I’m jealous of Jeff Kinney. I’ve been bugging my kids to read my youth stories for a few years and they refuse. However, this Kinney guy publishes his sixth book in a series and they have the release date – November 15th – marked on the calendar six weeks in advance. They inform me that immediately after school on that day, I must drive them to Chapters, Dartmouth, so they can purchase a copy.

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Local Indie Author: Art Burton

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Psss! Did you hear about Art Burton in the Weekly Press?

I was looking through the Weekly Press yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see a write-up on a local indie author. I dropped everything – including the column I had been working on – and sat to read the article.

I first met Art Burton of Latties Brook, Hants County, Nova Scotia at our local writers group about a year or so ago. At that time, we discussed self-publishing and the price of a finished soft cover novel. I had unwittingly said that $18 for a novel was way too much. After all, I can pick up my favourite fantasy novel for ten dollars or less. And I had purchased novels for my children for around the same amount. A novel only inches away from a lovely green twenty was out of my price range.

Later, I explored the local book store where I usually made my purchases. Certainly, the novels I had bought were around the ten dollar range, but some novels were in the high teens or slightly over twenty dollars. Obviously, I hadn’t done my homework before making that comment to Art. I have since corrected my views on the price of novels and told Art about my discovery.

Once again, “Sorry, Art.”

The article in the Weekly Press talks about Art’s current publication, For Hire, Messenger of God. But this isn’t his first published work. He’s well-known for his creative non-fiction Hoboes I Have Known.

To read the full article, visit the Weekly Press or if you’re local, pick up a copy of the newspaper. It’s on stands until Tuesday March 15th.

Art recently began a blog where he posts his experience as a self-published author. Drop by, have a look around and subscribe.