A bargain!

My publisher, BWL, is always looking for new ways to promote our books. From now until December 17th, you can purchase an ebook of Ten Days in Summer through  Smashwords for $2.99 USD using the coupon code RX82T.

Fake News

No, Will and I aren’t reporting on local hikes or being interviewed about my books on Global News. We toured the studio during Doors Open YYC last Saturday. I found it fascinating to get an inside look at news broadcasting.  In another life, I could see myself pursuing this career.

Single Onion Reading This Week

Looking forward to this Reading with some of my favourite writers.

Bouchercon Here I Come!

Today’s my day to post on my publisher’s author Insider blog. This month I talk about my preparations for this October’s Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto.

WWC: productive & fun

Ruth, Susan, Pam & Sherry

What a busy and fun weekend at Calgary’s When Words Collide Festival  for Readers and Writers. A highlight was the Saturday evening banquet. My friends and I got into the mood, with our flapper costumes for the event’s Roaring Twenties theme.

Sherry kicked up her legs to dance the Charleston.

Pam posed provocatively.


Two ladies grabbed me for a photo of ‘three women in red. ‘

Women in Red

But WWC wasn’t all about frivolity.

I sat on a number of panels, spent a few hours guarding the Writers Guild of Alberta information table, learned things about writing and promotion, and sold a few books.

I’m already thinking of ideas for next year — after a needed return to normal.

Nancy Bell & Jude Pittman at the BWL table in the Merchants Corner

Panel on Fragility & Mental Illness Within Story

It’s When Words Collide Weekend!

Serious: Me on a WWC panel

This weekend, I’m enjoying my seventh straight year at Calgary’s When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers – three full days of seriousness and fun.

Today I blog about my experiences at the festival on the Books We Love Insider Blog.

Fun: Meeting up with writer friends - Sandra & Sarah

WWC — 3 weeks away

Me in flapper dress

I’m gearing up for this year’s Whe Word’s Collide Festival for Readers and Writers, which takes place Aug 11-13 at the Delta Calgary South. This year I’ll be on six panels, all of them in the hotel’s Tower building:

Beyond Traditional and Self-Publishing, Fri 3 pm, Fireside room

Aging Series Characters, Sat 10 am, Parkland room

The Mystery of Mysteries, Sat 12 pm, Bonavista room

Absolute Mystery Basics, Sat 3 pm, Willow Park room

Fragility & Mental Illness Within Story, Sun 2 pm, Bonavista room

The Thrill of the Smoking Gun, Sun 3 pm, Parkland room

I’ll also be doing a shift or two at the Books We Love authors table in the Merchants’ Corner and attending the Mass Autograph Session (Sat 8-10 pm) and Roaring Twenties themed banquet.

It’s shaping up to be a fun and hectic weekend. Hope to see you there!


Today’s the day for my monthly post on my publisher’s website and I’m blogging about our Calgary Stampede.

Stampede Rodeo

More Side-saddled

Susan Calder, emcee Shaun Hunter & fellow reader Aritha van Herk

More pictures from our June 29th pre-Stampede Side-saddled reading and discussion.

Lookin' western

Yahoo for Side-saddled

Great fun last night our joint reading Side-saddled: Local Writers Take on the Stampede. I was awed by the turnout – about 80 people. Everyone seemed enthused and interested in the readings and discussion about all aspects of the Stampede, from mini-donuts to animal treatment. I learned so much and will now be more observant of our annual happening. Several people who attended told me they found it the perfect launch into the Calgary Stampede season.  Many thanks to the Calgary Public Library and Wordfest for hosting, and for Shelf Life books for bringing our books for sale.

Happy Canada 150 Day!

Shaun Hunter, Susan Calder, Aritha van Herk, Emily Ursuliak and Kris Demeanor

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