FINAL RESPONSE gets some press

My first firefighter novel in paperback FINAL RESPONSE is getting great reviews on Amazon and I am featured in the Edmonton Journal books section.  FINAL RESPONSE gets some press, too, in the form of a pic of the book cover.

 

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/books/Retired+Edmonton+firefighter+turns+writing/11305157/story.html

Calgary book signing tour success

I have to say my Calgary book signing tour was a success.  I hung around two Calgary Chapters stores and sold quite a few copies of  FINAL RESPONSE.  The Signal Hill Rd. store is keeping a few on hand as well. Calgary Book sign (3)

 

 

 

 

Then, on the way home, I stumbled upon the secret giant marshmallow farm.  The crop is ripe and ready for harvest, just in time for long weekend campfires.  People say Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was bullshit, but I’m not so sure now since I found this.

Marshmallow farm (2)

 

 

First ever book signings

Book signing (5)Book signing (11)Happy Saskatchewan Day! They named the ‘civic’ holiday. FINAL RESPONSE my first ever  book signings in Saskatoon went well at McNally Robinson (classy, stylized store) and Chapters ( a large store). McNally Robinson even put an advert in the paper for the signing. Both stores kept a few copies to sell. Krista @ Chapters wants to carry all my young reader books as well. So it all went exceedingly well. FINAL RESPONSE will be carried at both stores.  Thank you Hellen @ McNally Robinson. People like talking to a firefighter, even an extinguished one like me who actually knows how to pronounce ‘exceedingly’. There were a group of firefighters outside the bookstore at Chapters and the captain bought a copy.  Then Gloria, her sister, and I put on our dancing shoes and dropped into Danceland at Manitou Beach to cut a rug on the horse hair dance floor under a grand full moon.

 

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Final Response book signing Tour

The book signing tour begins.  I was heading for Saskatchewan this summer anyhow, so Bookkus set me up at Chapters and McNally Robinson books in Saskatoon.  I have no idea how many will sell.  It is a summer long weekend, so maybe I shouldn’t expect too much.

I have bookmarks and a banner made.

July 2015
Saskatoon:
Chapters Indigo
Friday, July 31 @ 4:00pm – 7:00pm Indigo Centre at Circle & Eighth

August 2015
Saskatoon:
McNally Robinson Sat. Aug. 1st 2-4 p.m.3130  8th street

Edmonton and Calgary to follow

 

FINAL RESPONSE 4 Star – firefighter thriller

FINAL RESPONSE 4 star rating – firefighter thriller.  Yes, it is doing well in the early going.  Pretty darn good.  I’m pleased people like it.  I enjoyed writing it and really only expected 3 stars which is a ‘like’.  I am the first Canadian firefighter to write firefighter fiction in Canada.    FINAL RESPONSE does make the grade for the thriller category.  Bookkus, the publisher hasn’t been able to come up with any book launch sites as yet, but it is still early.  Two more firefighter books will follow via Bookkus Publishing.  Stay tuned for the next one which will be OLD FLAMES, a sample of it on this site.

Firefighter thrillers are virtually non-existent.   You can get it in paperback or eformat at Amazon.

4 star means a good read, unless it’s out of 10 stars.  LOL   So keep reading and reviewing and comment on his site as well.  Remember, you are getting sleepy….sleepy…FINAL RESPONSE  4star rating…firefighter thriller…buy…read…buy…read……

 

This is a tentative cover rejected by the publisher.

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Another short story sold

I have recently sold another short story to Summit Studios.  Matt Jackson there likes my writing.  He wants me to take the drinking mentions out as a lot of younger people also read his anthologies. The story is called Big Bad Snowman and occurred some years back when I hung out at the Zoo, a big flophouse of transients from B.C. and Welland, Ontario looking for work.  A party was always on and if not, could get started in a hurry.  George Miller boiled potatoes with dirt still on them, we had a wacky city floor hockey team, Paul was building a catamaran in the backyard,  Canadian Club whiskey was never mixed (Barry), and there was always beer in the fridge.

Welland, Ontario fiction?

Four of my juvenile/MG stories Archie’s Gold, Ransom, Out On A Limb, and The Far Bank are set in Welland, Ontario.  Welland, Ontario fiction? It does exist.  I wrote them based on the quirky characters and all the ups and downs of life there when I was growing up.  A good buddy of mine can vouch for all of it and he’s actually in The Far Bank.   If you’ve ever swam the Welland Canal, hung out on King Street, remember shoe shine boys, or were picked on these are the stories to read.

Welland was a rough blue collar town where growing up, one had to have a certain toughness.  The King Streeters and Barge Boys were particularly quirky and actually quite courageous.  Fights in those days were plentiful and tough guys roamed up and down summer nights along King. Jukeboxes played loud and carried out to the street.

 

All my juvenile/MG stories into print editions

I finally was able to find the time to turn all my juvenile/MG stories into print editions.  Yes, there are 6 of them, including my latest Voodoo Bully and an older one The Blob…in my shoes which underwent a lot of drafts.  These are good reads for kids from about Grade 5 (did some readings) to about 12 years old.  There are no talking creatures or easy, magical escapes, just true grit and reality.  My boys get into trouble and must use their smarts to get out of it.  Four of these stories have been in eBook format for a year or two already.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_8?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=yatscoff&sprefix=yatscoff%2Cstripbooks%2C365

If you have some young-uns who want to read some reality books these are the ones to get.  There’s fights, bullying, friendship, and integrity.

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