Ontario Writers Conference FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS! April 6th 2018

It’s that time of the year again! Another Festival of Authors is upon us! Come to Pickering, Ontario on the evening of Friday April 6th for the Ontario Writers’ Conference FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS at CREATIVE MATH & MUSIC (1064 Salk Rd., Units 5-7 Pickering, ON, L1W 4B5)! Just a hop, skip, and a jump east of Toronto and well worth the trip.

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From the 2017 OWC Festival of Authors – emcee TED BARRIS. Ted will be returning to emcee the 2018 Festival.

The OWC website promises…

  • entertaining interviews and inspiring author readings (see below)
  • opportunities to mingle with Canadian Authors, fellow writers and avid readers
  • voting for the winners of our Story Starters Contest
  • exciting prizes!

7:00pm – 10:00pm FRIDAY APRIL 6th!

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From the 2017 Festival, Ted Barris interviews Ann J K Choi, author of the incredible Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety.
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Enjoying some Wayson time at the 2017 Festival. Wayson will be returning for the 2018 Festival. Make sure to say hello to the OWC’s longstanding patron when you’re there!

Host and interviewer extraordinaire TED BARRIS will be on hand to interview the following CAN LIT authors:

GREG GILHOOLY

KATHERINE ASHENBURG

BRAD SMITH

BARB HUNT

You can go directly to the ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS WEBSITE to read AUTHOR BIOS and learn all the details! ALSO, tickets are $20 each and are available for purchase at the website or at the door on the evening of the event.

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Me, with Wayson Choy and Ann Y K Choi, at the 2017 Festival of Authors.
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Wayson Choy and Ann Y K Choi – Ann meets a hero. It was such a lovely moment seeing this introduction. Festival of Authors 2017.

Don’t miss out on the 2018 event! It promises to be incredible. Come to Pickering on the 6th of April for your yearly dose of CAN LIT done right!

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LAST WORD? CAKE…

Pride Must Be How I’m Feeling…

Pride Must Be A Place has been out in the world for just over a week now. It released on Tuesday February 6th, 2018. It’s been doing well holding its own on Amazon and Kobo since it came out. I have to admit I’m extremely proud of this. I worked SO hard on this book!

When I see stuff like what is happening now on Amazon, it blows my mind! It’s #1 in Teen Homosexual Fiction AND #1 in Hot New Releases for the same category! I know, I know…Amazon is fickle and fast moving. I can look later today and it might not even appear on a chart. But right this second?! Swoon!

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AND it’s not doing all that terrible at KOBO either!

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I apologize. I’m just having a moment.

 

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO EITHER BOUGHT THE BOOK OR SUPPORTED IT IN ANY WAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA. DOUBLE-THANKS IF YOU HAVE DONE BOTH! I AM FILLED WITH APPRECIATION! I hope that you enjoy your copy, if you picked one up!

BUY LINK FOR AMAZON USA

BUY LINK FOR AMAZON CANADA

BUY LINK FOR AMAZON UNITED KINGDOM

BUY LINK FOR KOBO

BUY LINK FOR BARNES & NOBLE

Synopsis:

Ezra Caine is gay. He’s sort of out at school but not at home, where he fears the wrath of his father’s bigotry. When Ezra’s flamboyantly out friend Alex Mills takes one too many beatings from homophobic bully Will Severe, Ezra finally snaps. Fed up with the situation at school, he decides to do something about it. With the help of his BFF, Nettie, and some unlikely allies, Ezra rallies to create their small-town school’s first gay-straight alliance. The Rainbow Alliance Club is formed. But the changes don’t come without hiccups, one of which being a messy scandal involving Alex and a gay hook-up app. As Ezra and his friends attempt to sway their school into an alliance of tolerance and acceptance, Ezra experiences a few surprises of his own on the home-front. He also learns the hard way that friendships out of convenience aren’t always a good idea, just as some enemies might not be as bad as he originally imagined them to be.

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THANKS TO ALL! Enjoy the story of Ezra and Alex and Nettie and Marc and Simon and Will!

 

If you feel like leaving a review for PRIDE, you can do so at any Amazon and/or it can also be found on GOODREADS! There are already some amazing reviews up on Goodreads! Enjoy!

Allucinor: The Elements of Romance BOOK LAUNCH!

You’re invited!

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Click this image to be taken to the EVENT page on FACEBOOK.

Come to Sabina’s Casual Dining & Pub on Sunday March 4th for the ID PRESS Book Launch for their latest anthology of short stories, ALLUCINOR: ELEMENTS OF ROMANCE!

Sabina’s is in the little mall directly off the 401 at Brock Road in Pickering, Ontario (On the North East side). For Google Maps, the address is: 1755 Pickering Parkway Ste 20, Pickering, Ontario.

Meet the authors. Buy the book. Get signatures for your book. Readings. Door Prizes!

I will be there, hopefully doing a reading from my very own short story THE HALF DRAWN GIRL, which appears in ALLUCINOR.

Also, ID PRESS is currently open to submissions for CRIME short stories for their NEXT anthology, Nefariam: The Element of Crime—Give us your unusual. Give us your different. We want a well written crime short story, that twists the readers mind and lingers long after it’s been read. But you only have until FEB 28th to get your submissions in! CLICK HERE FOR FULL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.

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Come to Sabina’s on Sunday March 4th to pick up a copy of this beauty! SEE YOU THERE!

While I have you, my latest novel PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE launched yesterday and it’s now available either as a Kindle, a Kobo, or a paperback. CLICK HERE TO GO TO PRIDE AT AMAZON.COM it’s $3 for the Kindle or $12 for the paperback.

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Throwback Thursday and Pride is Coming! Pre-order Now

The waiting is the hardest part. Tom Petty was not wrong. When you put your heart and soul into something and your agent tells you it’s good, you see a kernel of a chance that maybe someone else will like it. Like it enough to pick it up. Like it enough to help you get it out into the world. Then your agent sends it out into the hands of waiting editors. And then you wait. And then you wait. And then you wait. I’m not complaining. Far from it. I’m thrilled that my agent believes in my latest novel. And I’m thrilled that editors like the sound of the premise enough to request a full read. And I’m grateful to all.

It’s just REALLY hard waiting. Especially when you know you ripped your heart out for this one…that you gave it your all and then some. My latest novel lived inside me for almost a full three years before I let it out. In that time, I cultivated it, imagined it and re-imagined it over and over again. As I wrote it, I literally felt like I was taking another pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago where the novel is set. I LIVED it. And now, full-stop-wait. SO hard. SO VERY HARD. But I get it. I’ve been here before. Many times. I have patience. But I also wear out the worry-beads during this stage in the process. Boy, howdy…it’s intense. I question and re-question every sentence, every word, every character, every piece of dialogue. It’s a funny thing writers do to themselves during this stage of the process. Self-flagellation has NOTHING on the writer awaiting word on the status of their novel after it leaves the hands of their agent.

BREATHE. Breathe.

I thought I would share a pic of the Camino for a Thursday Throwback. (-: Because, you know, I almost never share Camino shots.

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Samos, Spain – Along the Camino de Santiago

I thought I would share this particular picture because the town of Samos figures in my latest novel. There are a few scenes that take place in Samos, but I think my favourite is the one at the end of the chapter that features the beautiful town and its cathedral. This fence is throughout the town around the large cathedral there. At the end of the chapter three of my characters–Diego, Shania, and Bastien–leap this fence and walk into the river, clothes and all.

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This pic is also from the Cathedral in Samos. There’s a walk-around outside balcony that is literally covered with murals. They’re breathtaking. The setting is also featured in my novel. Diego, Shania, and Manny find a doppelganger for Diego on the wall.

That’s all. Two pics. The throwback is from MAY 2014, when I walked a portion of the Camino de Santiago with an organized group of Canadian pilgrims. The novel I completed last fall was festering in the back of my mind during that entire journey.

MY FINGERS ARE CROSSED for my Camino novel. I feel like I really gave it my everything and I hope it gets to see the light of day!

 

NOW…a mention of my upcoming release…which has nothing to do with the above. PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE is set to release in 5 days on FEBRUARY 6th! The first draft for this novel was mostly written at the 2015 Muskoka Novel Marathon. See below for a synopsis, cover and buy links. You can PRE-ORDER the Kindle version now…get it before the 6th and it’ll drop and be ready for you to read on your Kindle on the morning of the 6th!

PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE:

Ezra Caine is gay. He’s sort of out at school but not at home, where he fears the wrath of his father’s bigotry. When Ezra’s flamboyantly out friend Alex Mills takes one too many beatings from homophobic bully Will Severe, Ezra finally snaps. Fed up with the situation at school, he decides to do something about it.
With the help of his BFF, Nettie, and some unlikely allies, Ezra rallies to create their small-town school’s first gay-straight alliance. The Rainbow Alliance Club is formed. But the changes don’t come without hiccups, one of which being a messy scandal involving Alex and a gay hook-up app.
As Ezra and his friends attempt to sway their school into an alliance of tolerance and acceptance, Ezra experiences a few surprises of his own on the home-front. He also learns the hard way that friendships out of convenience aren’t always a good idea, just as some enemies might not be as bad as he originally imagined them to be.

Click on the pic below to preorder on AMAZON NOW! Only $3. The link is for USA, but it’s also available at AMAZON CANADA, KOBO, and BARNES & NOBLE.

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