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Worth and Joel, the hero and heroine of my inspirational WIP, are both voracious readers. Joel, who is hearing-impaired, learned very early in life  to find refuge from his loneliness in books. Worth had little chance ...

We lost our cat, Emily, this week at the ripe old age of twenty. This picture is from Wikimedia Commons, but it looks just like her. In a way, it’s the end of an era. I ...

  I turn fifty today. Happy birthday to me! I’ve never been one to think much about my age – as my father says, getting older is better than the alternative, and I’m too busy to ...

For the past week, Halifax has been astir with events commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of Titanic. People from all over the world have come to visit the city where rescue ships landed the ...

The Ukrainian settlers who came to Western Canada in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries brought  with them a tradition of hospitality, good, hearty food, and holiday customs that blended Greek Orthodox Catholic Church ritual ...

My work in progress, Carl and Naomi’s story, is set in the fictional town of Mackenzie, Saskatchewan. Why? Partly because Carl had to get away from Nova Scotia, and partly because I’ve been in love with ...

Naomi and Carl have reached the first major milestone in their story – their first kiss. For them, it’s a moment filled with a lot of ambivalent feelings. As a rape victim, Naomi doesn’t expect to ...

Writers are always looking for ways to streamline and tighten their writing, and their writing process. This week, acting on the suggestions of a couple of fellow authors, I tried something new – with interesting results. ...

“Where winds of hope and memory blew” is a line from the ending of Anne of the Island, where Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe finally admit their love for each other. A scary thing for most ...

On a grey February afternoon, with what a former boss of mine used to call a “good old Halifax s**t storm” due to roll in overnight, I’m sitting here casting about for a blog topic. As ...

As I wrote each of my first three novels, I found the middles were the most difficult parts to write. Each time, I started out full of enthusiasm for my characters and their basic conflicts, and ...

2011 has been another year of change for me, but it’s ending on a high note.  I’m enjoying working at Sylvan Learning Centre – I like the fact that I’m doing a variety of jobs there, ...

“… and it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that truly be said of us, and all of us! And so, ...

Read the original review on Good Book Alert by clicking here 4 Stars for Shattered by Jennie Marsland Title: Shattered Author: Jennie Marsland Genre: Historical Romance Summary: Liam Cochrane no longer belongs. He lost his youth ...

As I’ve said before, I belong to an absolutely awesome chapter of Romance Writers of America. A few weeks ago I had a chat with Tara MacDonald, one of our members who has a marketing background ...

Hosting other authors on my blog is something I’m resolving to do more of in the coming year. I’m starting today by featuring author Sara Trimble, who I met a couple of years ago on Writing.com ...

I’m guesting today on Julia Smith’s blog, with thirteen stranger-than-fiction facts about the Halifax Explosion. Hop on over and join us! ...

The anniversary of the Halifax Explosion is only a few days away. December 6, 1917 was a bright, sunny morning, mild for December, with no hint of what fate had in store as people went about ...

I’ve been watching NHL hockey for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Montreal in the glory days of the Montreal Canadiens, I really had no choice. The city lived and breathed the game. ...

The talent, originality, determination and downright awesomeness of the people in Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, my local chapter of RWA, are amazing. Seriously. I leave every meeting awed by the energy and intelligence that crackles ...