Maelstrom on Tour

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I’m pleased to share that Maelstrom is out and about on tour with Enchanted Book Promotions. Please stop in at the Launch Page and enter the Rafflecopter draw for one of two $10.00 Amazon gift cards. And do follow the tour with excerpts and interview pieces to enjoy along the way. Many thanks.

December 4th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

December 4th: Book Excerpt @ Stormy Night Reviewing

December 5th: Book Excerpt @ Book-o-Craze

December 7th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

December 11th: Book Excerpt @ Rising Indies United

December 11th: Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

The Writer’s Life–Up and Down, Here and There


I started this blog to share the process of a writer’s life. That includes the triumphant moments as well as the missteps and my-bad moments. My last post, on offering The Light Never Lies for a 99 cent sale on, turned out to be one of the less-than-stellar moments.

I made a quick decision to try the sale option because the book was about to come out of the Amazon Select program. Decide in haste, regret at leisure, as the old saying states. I didn’t plan for success by making effective use of social media networks. This was partially because I thought something would go wrong. Perhaps that was a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I anxiously checked the site at 8:00 a.m. (PST) on the day of the sale to see if the book was listed for 99 cents. It was not. I checked often and at no time during the 16 hours that The Light Never Lies was supposed to be on sale did I see that it was. Because I couldn’t see the sale price advertised, I didn’t promote through my own social media network.

The best that can be said of the whole situation is that it was nothing lost, nothing gained. I’m still not sure what went wrong as the help staff over at Amazon have chalked the whole thing up to a network latency issue which delayed the start of the promotion. Apparently these latency issues happen. (Like do-do, perhaps?)

The lesson learned is that I need to read the fine print more finely. Things probably didn’t work because the end of my 90 days in the Amazon select program was so close and I tried to rush my way into a sale, no doubt inviting latency.

Anyway – The Light Never Lies is now out of the Amazon Select program and I have just completed the process of putting it up on Kobo. The Kobo self-publishing site is fairly streamlined and user-friendly. My epub file and my cover went up in no time. I had a problem entering my bank information but the front-line helpers were quick to give me instructions to solve that issue. I am working on loading up to Nook and it is proving a bit more of a challenge. I ran into problems every time I reached the part where I declare I am not a US citizen. For some reason, Canada is not an option when it comes to living outside of the US. Maybe I should move to the UK. I’ve always wanted to see London and travel in Scotland.

Flag, Ottawa

My time with my granddaughters is flying by in an enjoyable whirl. Brit, the nearly three-year-old is very independent these days. She is often heard to say, “I do it all be self.” Kindergarten Emma broke her arm two weeks ago. It was due to an odd landing from a fall off of a very small play structure. When I think of the heart attacks I’ve nearly had as she scrambled to the top of heights much higher, I’m glad I didn’t witness the event. The cast came off today but her poor little arm is still sore.


Farley Mowat


Before I finish, I must mention how sad I felt yesterday when I heard that one of Canada’s best known writers, Farley Mowatt had died. I can remember reading his book, Owls in the Family, to both my kids when they were little. He was 92 and that is a long life. He has left us with the wonderful legacy of his stories but the world seems a bit less bright without him.


There you have it, folks – a writer’s process for another day. I have three more stops on the blog tour to share in the next couple of weeks and then I’ll have the fun of wading through all the comments to see who the lucky two winners of the softcover copies of The Light Never Lies, will be.

Mer Bleue, Ottawa

Blog Tour and Jelly Fish


My first blog tour for Disappearing in Plain Sight started yesterday (July 3rd) with a kick off on Peace for Pieces, Pandora Poikilos’ blog.

Doing this blog tour isn’t what I thought it would be – so far. I have to qualify that because it is early. I am getting quick responses to my numerous emails, so that is definitely something. It’s a bit of a learning curve, figuring out links and schedules and being part of a Rafflecopter draw.

Today (Thursday, July 4th) you can look for me at Mommy Adventures with Ravina for an author interview. I’m quite a ways down the page – something I wasn’t expecting, but still – the interview is good. I was hoping the Rafflecopter draw would be promoted, but I can’t find it. You can follow the direct link above to take part.

Update to this post: The Rafflecopter draw link was on the post all along but for some reason, no matter how many times I checked, I couldn’t see it. Obviously something to do with my server or system. It is also not uncommon for popular blog hosts to post several times per day, so it makes sense I was further down the page. My sincere apologies to Mommy Adventures with Ravina for the false information and for the fact that I sounded like I was complaining. I thought I was getting the hang of this whole touring thing, but back to the drawing board for me.

The tour lasts all week and there are suppose to be different appearances each day. I’ll keep you informed as we go.

On the subject of my own June blog anniversary prize draws, the entrants have been listed, each name put on a small square of paper and deposited in the appropriate pink bowl (whew – that was a lot of work, folks). I will set the actual draw up today and you can look for winners to be announced in my next post, with pictures of the actual draw process starring granddaughters – Emma and Brit. Should be cute and fun for the winners.


Who doesn’t love jellyfish? Right? Check out the Jelly Fish tanks at the Vancouver Aquarium this summer.