Final Response review

Just one of the 4-5 star reviews for FINAL RESPONSE.

This book was far more interesting than I first thought it would be, the writing was well done, first person narrative, and moved along briskly. There was enough explanation of motive to make the character understandable and sympathetic. The tale, a futuristic Armageddon of natural causes believable with only a little suspension of reality. Clearly, the Canadian background of the Author and setting come through revealed by expression of attitudes in the story; and while some may find this disconcerting, it does not harm the plot. Others will, doubtlessly, reveal the entire plot or nearly so; consequently I will only recommend it highly for entertainment and not spoil the fun. A good book, with an exceptional conclusion.

Now that’s a book review!

Christmas Book Marketing

Last year, the library in Beaumont graciously held a local author night with several other authors from another county also there.  The night was a big disappointment as maybe twenty people showed up.  I managed to sell a few books.  At least the display tables were free.  So next Saturday, the 5th of November, I managed to get a vendor table at the local annual Christmas Gift Fair at an elementary school table.  One of my books The Blob…In My Shoes is even set in Beaumont.  I don’t think anyone else has written a young reader novel set in town.    Christmas Book Marketing can be the best time of year as people are primed to buy and books do  make great gifts.  So, this will be the second time and if not successful it will be my last in town.  Bwahhhh.  I did sell books via farmer’s markets this past summer and had fun, too.

Italy fun stuff.

My daughter’s wedding in Gargonza Castle in Tuscany was the ultimate 3 day celebration.  Then a tour of Venice, Florence, Pisa, Carrara marble quarry, and a swim in the warm Ligurian Sea topped it off.  Along the way were a few interesting images of Italy fun stuff.  As a writer I dig these goofy things.  I mean we have gluten-free-sugar-free, peanut-free and now Mafia-free in Venice.   This city appears to be afloat as there are almost no motorized vehicles and every street is a canal.  It’s a bizarre sight.  There are also hardly any benches to sit so enjoy the few spots below statues full of pigeon shit

Mafia free dining...with some vino

Mafia free dining…with some vino

Now, can someone tell me what kind of creature is in this gas station logo?

A dog-dragon fire breather gas co. logo

A dog-dragon fire breather gas co. logo

A few more benches in Venice would be nice

A few more benches in Venice would be nice


My Daughter’s Italian Castle Wedding and more

My Daughter’s Italian Castle Wedding and more took place a week ago or so at Gargonza Castle in TusGargonza Castle, Tuscanycany.  What a wedding!  Plenty of fun and my beautiful daughter finally married Steve.  Along the way I visited Pisa, Florence, Carrara, and Venice.  The food and vino are absolutely great in Italy.  Trains run on time and the water in the Ligurian Sea was warm


Grand daughter B having fun

Grand daughter B having fun

Finnley prepping for the wedding

Grandson Finnley prepping for the wedding


Me and Gloria @ Cinque Terre

Me and Gloria @ Cinque Terre


Firefighter Novel – OLD FLAMES

My second firefighter novel OLD FLAMES is now available in paperback at Amazon   It was first an eBook a few years ago which made it the 1st firefighter novel in Canada, and then Bookkus Publishing took it on.  It has firefighting, hot romance, obsession, investigation, and arson. It also has some pretty tough women who are aiming to cause plenty of trouble for the captain. I did not write in a car chase–my apologies. It’s quite different than FINAL RESPONSE and its more of a mystery.   I hope you enjoy it and will post a short review of it wherever you bought it.

Fresh Firefighter books

Fresh Firefighter books


Friesen Press – thumbs down for editing

Okay, so you want to find a publisher for your book and Friesen Press looks good.  They do it all for you–for a price.   The books look good on the outside but the inside…

Their ‘professional’ editing fees are $1.50 for 100 words so depending on your word count you are looking at quite an expense just to begin your publishing quest. In my writer’s group I’ve seen this ‘professional’ editing and it’s been barely tolerable most times, but never as bad as the latest one I’ve read.  Is Friesen Press trying to blaze a brave new world with some kind of new age editing standards?  They must be, because there’s plenty of stuff in here that defies standard practice.  Friesen Press – thumbs down for editing.  Maybe the manuscript for this book was handed to an amateur as it appears Friesen Press dialed this one in.   Editing can vary as to style–somewhat, but if an author/publisher wants to be taken seriously they had better do their diligence and use accepted practices.

What are the problems?

Double spacing between paragraphs like some children’s books.

Breaking up (with a double space) dialogue by the same speaker.  Why do this?

Leading off dialogue with a colon.

Internal thoughts are sometimes italicized and sometimes not.  Sometimes italicized with, he thought.

Rife with paragraph splits for no apparent reason.    Contextual spelling mistakes.   Punctuation missing, wrong, or  misplaced.

Asterisks denoting time transition randomly placed.

Paragraphs sometimes contain dialogue by one person mixed in with narration from  different topic.

The entire story comes off as weirdly edited.  The moral of this story.  Do not use this company for editing. You’re better off with almost any other editor.  Friesen Press of Victoria, B.C. gets a thumbs down for editing. If you want to know the name of the book email me or leave a comment.

Canada Day weekend

Canada Day weekend was full: Lacombe Farmer’s Market book sale/signing – Aspen Beach swimming and camping – Ponoka Stampede with imminent tornado, chuckwagon races, and Dallas Smith concert.  Came home to the Whyte Ave. Blues Block Party.Ponoka stampede (2) Ponoka stampede (7) Canada Day-Gull Lake (1) Canada Day-Gull Lake (14) Lacombe

Leduc Book Club

I was invited to the Leduc Book Club nite and discussed FINAL RESPONSE.  They all liked it but a few wanted more from the ending, telling me a sequel was needed. I talked about the characters and that a few were taken from my career. The big man, Ben, was actually blended of two men I used to work with.  The members of the club gave me a generous Chapters gift card. Thanks, Pat!   I met with the publisher on the weekend and we discussed the release of OLD FLAMES.  Editing is done and the cover will require a tweak. The pic is from the Seba Beach farmer’s Market

Seba Beach in June (2)

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