Gananoque Literary Festival

I was honoured to be one of six authors invited to the first annual Gananoque Literary Festival. The patron of the festival was Canadian icon Peter C. Newman. I got to share the stage with Peter and Lewis DeSoto, author of The Restoration Artist. It was indeed a learning experience. Peter is an inspiration. He is releasing a new book this fall on the Empire Loyalists.

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Upcoming Events

It looks like a great a great summer is shaping up:

April 18 – Book signing at Chapters Indigo in Barrhaven

May 8-9 РI am one of six authors appearing at the Gananoque Literary Festival. Peter C. Newman is the patron of the event.

June 6 – I will be signing books at Prose in the Park – Parkdale Park, Ottawa.

July 25 – Book signing at Chapters Indigo in Kanata

August 11 – Keep On Climbing Golf Tournament – Manderley on the Green, Ottawa – to benefit Wounded Warriors Canada.

October 18 – Education for Africa Family Variety Show – Greenfields Pub and Eatery, Ottawa – funds go to a sanitation project in Tanzania – Plan Canada.

Hope to see you at one, two or all the events.

Upcoming Book Signings

I will be doing some book signings of Kilimanjaro and Beyond, I Guess We Missed The Boat and The Vanishing Wife in the coming weeks. If you are in the Ottawa area, drop in at one of the following locations to say “hello”:
Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood Ave.) – January 24 – 1-3 pm
Perfect Books (258 Elgin) – January 25 – 1-3 pm
Chapters Barrhaven (125 Riocan) – April 18 – 11 am – 3 pm

Also, I am looking forward to an interview with “It’s Raining Books” Thursday, January 8. Check it out here

Thank You For a Great Year

It has been another great year for Keep On Climbing. Our 6th Annual Keep On Climbing Golf Tournament in August generated $2400 for the elite service dog program at Wounded Warriors Canada and $200 for a similar program at Canadian Canine.

In October, we hosted our 4th annual Education for Africa Variety Show at Greenfields Pub in Barrhaven. In total, $2,585 was raised at the show, which will be help fund a sanitation project in Tanzania. Since the Canadian federal government matches funds raised 8:1, that’s $23,265 for the project.

I’m very happy to say that since we have started raising money for Tanzania and Wounded Warriors, we have managed to forward $131,195 to Plan Canada and Wounded Warriors Canada for our various projects.

On a personal note, I was very happy to release my third book, The Vanishing Wife, on November 1. Shortly after, I was awarded a Canada Book Award for contribution to Canadian publishing on the merits of the Vanishing Wife.

Planning has already started for the upcoming year with the golf tournament and Variety Show being scheduled. A number of book signings are planned for January. It promises to be another good year but in the meantime, I would like to thank everyone for the contribution to our projects and for buying my books. I couldn’t do all this without you.


Now for some stats to chew on:

Canada Book Award

I just got word that The Vanishing Wife has been named as a Winner of a Canada Book Award. The award is given to authors¬†for “their accomplishment and contribution to the publishing world. Their dedication, expression and passion are an inspiration for all of us.”

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Blog Tour

I will be participating in a blog tour starting Thursday, December 4 and continuing every week until February 26. During the tour, I will be discussing my new book, The Vanishing Wife, and any other subjects that the tour hosts can throw at me. I will also be available for questions or comments.

Please consider dropping by and saying hello. The complete schedule follows:

December 4: Our Wolves Den
December 11: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
December 18: Long and Short Reviews
January 1: Deal Sharing Aunt
January 8: It’s Raining Books
January 15: Straight from the Library
January 22: FictionZeal REVIEW ONLY
January 29: Sharing Links and Wisdom
February 5: Booklover Sue
February 12: Room With Books
February 19: Undercover Book Reviews REVIEW ONLY
February 26: Bunny’s Review REVIEW ONLY