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Today’s Entry in the Great War Glossary: B is for BLOTTO – Blotto meant stinking drunk. Living in conditions like those surrounding the young man in this image, it’s no wonder alcohol was a welcome escape. ...

A hundred years later, we’re all aware of the sweeping social, scientific and technological changes brought about by the Great War, but it’s easy to forget that the war changed our language as well. “In a ...

IT’S TIME AGAIN to blog for peace.  Let me introduce you to my two fellow bloggers in the picture above. Ceilidh (left) and Echo (the shameless hussy on the right) are my furbabies, my hairy kids. ...

A little while ago, author Valerie Francis posted on Facebook that she was organizing a blog hop. You can find Valerie at http://valeriefrancis.ca/ Valerie writes middle-grade fantasy fiction, and her stories sound terrific! I asked Valerie ...

Hello all, and welcome to The Romance Troupe’s Holiday Blog Hop! Don’t forget to comment with an email address to be eligible for the Grand Prize draw. You could win a $450 gift card, or an ...

I found this picture from the Great War last year, when doing research for Deliverance. Whenever I look at it, I wish I could lift that young man out of filth and misery and put him ...

A few years ago, at this time of year, I was teaching English and history to a group of high school girls at a small Muslim private school. My background is in math and science, and ...

This past weekend, Everett and I and my parents visited Louisbourg, a restored 18th century French fortress and town on Cape Breton Island. Once France’s main outpost in Atlantic Canada, the site is now one of ...

We got home this morning after spending most of our week’s vacation at the family cottage. Five days of perfect late-summer weather, with the lake at peak warmth. My parents joined us for a couple of ...

I’ve started doing research on early military aviation for Georgie and Cam’s story, and the more I read, the more I’m in awe of the fliers of the Great War. Not to take anything away from ...

I missed posting last weekend, but for good reason. I was busy attending to the details of getting Deliverance uploaded for publication! There were a few technical issues but those are now resolved, the print proof ...

I sent Deliverance off for formatting and uploading today. If all goes well, it should be available for purchase by the end of next week. This one has been a long time coming, but I think ...

When I was in my final semester of university, I needed one more elective to finish my degree. I’d had my fill of science and agriculture courses, so on a whim I chose something completely different- ...

  One of my brother’s best high school friends came from a military family. Arthur’s father had been in the Armed Forces, and in time, Arthur followed in his footsteps. He flew missions during the Persian ...

I’ve been tagged to take part in the Next Big  Blog Hop. I’ve been planning to revive this blog, and this seems as good a place to start as any. My goal will be to post ...

  The U.N. has declared today Malala Day in honour of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban in October for her advocacy of education for girls. It stuns me to think that ...

My Blog Blast for Peace posts always seem to say as much about war as about peace. I’ll blame it on the research I’ve done for my writing. The more I learn about the tragic loss ...

Donna Alward is a chapter mate of mine in Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. She is one of the warmest-hearted people I’ve ever met, and that warmth comes through in the contemporary romances she writes for ...

  I just finished chapter 14 of Deliverance, and Carl has hit rock bottom. He’s had a revelation of how badly he’s let himself and his family down, and how far he has to go to ...

Photo: The Tanks at Seicheprey, H.T. Dunn Well, SHATTERED’s day as the featured book on ENT was a surprise. A very nice surprise, and it came at the psychological moment when I was ready to dive ...