Starting Book #3

Winter in Lake Louise

As Calgary returns to winter weather, my monthly blog post on my publisher’s website is about my process of starting to write Winter: book three of the Paula Savard mystery series.

3 Quotes From a Great Mind

Yesterday’s published interview on You Read it Here First prompted me to google philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel Laureate Bertrand Russell. Here are a few quotes from his abundant writings, which influenced me as a teenager. 

Russell published numerous books. I can't say I read them all.

You Read it Here First

When author Christina Hamlett offered me an interview on her blog, You Read it Here First, I leaped at the chance. The interview turned out to be more involved than I expected. It took me a fair bit of time to craft these answers. I hope you enjoy them.

What do you do when you're not writing?

What would surprise people about you?

What was on your teenage nightstand?

# 1

Ten days in Summer is number one on today’s Calgary Herald Bestsellers List – Fiction.  Thanks, Owl’s Nest Bookstore, for once again hosting a terrific book launch. 

Book Signing Rescheduled

My signing tomorrow at Chapters Shawnessy has been changed to Saturday, April 22nd, due to the store not having copies of Ten Days in Summer.  So I’m in for a more relaxing Saturday this weekend. I’ll have to get out and enjoy our mild temperatures. Not as mild as this day in Spain, but still pleasant for Calgary in March. Happy spring.

Chapters Shawnessy Book Signing

This Saturday, March 25, 11:00 am–5 pm, I’ll be singing copies of my novels Deadly Fall and Ten Days In Summer at Chapters Shawnessy, 16061 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary. If you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by and say ‘hi.’


Another friend, Ruth Daly, has posted a photo-blog of my recent book launch for Ten Days in Summer. Ruth was my ‘official launch photographer.’ I’m lucky to have such friends.

Reading Recommendations

Today, Susan Toy features Ten Days in Summer in her blog Reading Recommendations. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for a picture of me dressed goofily, for reasons I explain.

Book Launch

I am finally surfacing after my book launch on Tuesday evening. Ten Days in Summer got off to a roaring start. Many thanks to all of you who showed up or sent good wishes. I’m touched by your interest and support. Thank you, as well, to my long-time writer-friend, Shaun Hunter, for her great introduction and to Owl’s Nest Bookstore for hosting this wow event!

And one more thank-you to my writer-photographer-friend, Ruth Daly, for her photographs that make me look good.

“Would you mind if I take pictures of your launch and write a photo-blog?” Ruth asked.

“Uhhh,” I said. “That would be terrific.”

I’ll include more of Ruth’s photos in my next posts.

Thanks to another writer-friend, Pamela McDowell, for her delicious cupcakes.

It’s Here!

Hope to see you at today’s launch for my second novel, Ten Days in Summer at Owl’s Nest Bookstore.

Full Moon hike, Phoenix Arizona, about a month ago (photo by Dave Arnold)

Fountain Hills, Arizona - due to the high winds, the water couldn't lift off as high as usual - it's still wonderful to aim for the moon, rather than the stars.

Am I nervous?


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