Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Blog-Letter September 2022

 September 1 2022

September is a month of change. Here in the northern hemisphere September heralds a change from summer to autumn, from school summer holidays to classroom return. Change is inevitable and we more often than not have no control over it - the only control we do have is how we react.
 
Change - to make someone, or something, different; alter or modify
Change - to replace something with something else, especially something of the same kind that is newer or better; substitute one thing for another
Change - the act, or instance, of making or becoming different


 

Some September Trivia Facts  - With an Unintended Theme!


The first newspaper ever put in print in the United States was published September 25 1690. Called Publick Occurences Both Foreign and Domestick - it was published in Boston. The British were displeased with its contents and ended its run quickly.

September 1st is apparently Letter Writing Day. When was the last time you put pen to paper and sent a letter via snail mail?  There was a time when the written letter was the largest form of global communication - former phone giant Nokia started in 1865 as a paper printing mill.

September 4th - Newspaper Carrier Day - marking the day that Barney Flaherty was hired as the first ever newspaper carrier in 1833 by Benjamin Day, then head of the New York Sun newspaper. 

September 6th - Read a Book Day  - we really like this one!  Newspapers and snail mail may be disappearing, but books are still a huge part of many peoples' lives.

September 13th - Roald Dahl Day - celebrating one of the world's most noted children's literary figures.

September 24th - Punctuation Day. Never heard of this one before, but Jamie Tremain is very supportive! Founded in 2004 by Canadian (yay!) author and economist Jeff Rubin, the day is about the importance of punctuation. In these digital days of communication punctuation, sadly, is often the first thing to go.
 
 
 
And here's where you're waiting to hear from Pam, right? For those who didn't know, Pam has had to take a break from writing, and by break I mean, a bone. As a follow-up to fracturing her humerus bone in January of 2020, she suffered a nasty break to her left wrist a few weeks ago. It's healing well, but makes it difficult for her to work at her computer, so she begs your indulgence at her absence during this time and promises to be back in business as soon as possible.   Jamie Tremain is not at full capacity for a while yet - but seeing our third Grant's Crossing Story Acting Off-Script  launched, is a priority! 



Liz:

August became a very busy month. Family gatherings, overdue lunches with close friends and a lot of editing!  I did manage one book to review. A gentle ghost story set in a location I wouldn't have expected.

The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn   by Amber A Logan


How can a ghost story be suspenseful and serene at the same time? The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn provides a richly descriptive cultural backdrop of Japanese traditions such as food, clothing, and respect. All characteristics of Japanese life I would never have associated with a ghost story. And the gardens!

From the beginning, I vowed to immerse myself slowly in this delicate tale – each scene an experience to be savoured. To understand Mari Lennox and what has brought her to Japan.

Each character involved with Mari-san, has been created with loving care to detail and begs the reader to want to learn more.  Is Mari the only guest at the run-down Yanagi Inn? Why is Ogura-san, the woman who runs the Inn, so hostile toward her? Mari is befriended by Yuna-san and Honda-san, who both help her discover why she’s able to see the weeping ghost at the Inn, and the real reason for Mari’s return to Japan from Chicago. Her grief at the recent death of her mother and a failed romantic relationship adds human layers to Mari that many readers will be able to relate to.

I loved this beautifully written story!

A few months ago, I downloaded "China" by Edward Rutherfurd. A lengthy tale of a seventy-year family saga that starts in the nineteenth century, during the reign of Britain’s Queen Victoria. Through the viewpoints of British, American and Chinese families, the novel tells the sweeping and dramatic tale of how the West met the exotic Empire of China. I love his writing and its a book I'm enjoying. Another of his historical tales, "Sarum", remains one of my favourite all-time books.

 

Say - are you on Goodreads? Let's connect!  All my most recent reviews are there. Goodreads Liz Lindsay
 
As well, Jamie Tremain is on Goodreads, too. An easy place for you to provide feedback and rate our books!
 
Jamie Tremain News:
 
Acting Off-Script, our third Grant's Crossing Story is set for release on September 15 - e-books are available to pre-order!   Kobo, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, etc,  Amazon, and Google Play.   
 
Read more about the book here:    
 
 
In August we were interviewed by the Book Shelf Cafe News. If you, as a reader, want a new resource for all kinds of books, check out their site. New author reviews are posted daily. The Bookshelf Cafe News
 
See you next month!

 

 

 

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Book Release - Acting Off-Script

 August 29 2022


Ever since we released "Resort to Murder" earlier this year, readers have wanted to know what's going to happen with Alysha and Jeff. 
And whether or not Nina Mikado will make Grant's Crossing her permanent home.

Now you can find out. 
Print version will be available September 15
e-books are now available to pre-order

Amazon

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From the Back Cover of Acting Off-Script:

Autumn has come to Grant’s Crossing, bringing the Annual Fall Fair, Halloween, and a murder.

An unused cinema on the main street has been undergoing renovations, but work comes to a halt when a woman’s body is discovered buried beneath construction materials. There is no shortage of suspects, but when Alysha’s partner, Jeff Iverson, is questioned, then it becomes personal to her, and Leven Lodge.

The murder in Grant’s Crossing affects more than one relationship – one with a deadly outcome. Amid their preparations for the Annual Fall Fair, and Halloween, Leven Lodge’s residents have more than enough to keep them busy. Minnie has returned and a new couple have also settled into life at the lodge.

The colourful characters who call Leven Lodge home will see some changes, for Alysha most of all. But with the support of Dianne, and Jan, she learns how to Stand Fast and weather the storms this season brings.


You see, the play's not always the thing in Grant's Crossing.



Our Grant's Crossing Story series to date:


We hope to soon be adding a fourth book to our Dorothy Dennehy Mystery series as well:

 


 The new Grant's Crossing Story and all our other books can be found online:

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Blog-Letter August 2022

 August 1 2022



And time keeps speeding by! How can this be August already? Calendars are full of family events, holidays, and much more. But there are a few special days which aren't quite as well known.  Read on to learn more - plus psssst! Something is afoot in Grant's Crossing!

 

 


 


Pam - Summer Book Fair


A 45 km drive in brilliant sunshine was what I needed on Sunday the 10th of July. Anything to do with books and my radar is on alert. My GPS took me on all the back roads and I was not disappointed with the scenery.


 This is a new event put on by Eerie River Publishing



They advertise as a Dark Fiction Publisher.  On their card… Bringing nightmares to life one book at a time. They publish horror, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, dark sci-fi, dark fiction and other delights.


Now, these are not my genre, either to read or write, but books are books and I had to see for myself the wonderful location they had picked for their first event. The location was on the grounds of West Avenue Cider House  in Freelton, Ontario. 

 

This cider distillery is new to me but it has been here since 2012. Surrounded by heritage orchards. I visited the Cider house, tasting room and farm store. What is not to love?


As I wandered from booth to booth I marvelled yet again at the friendliness I always feel in the company of other writers. They are a generous lot. I’m sure they were glad of the tent canopies covering their tables as it was scorching hot.

 

I introduced myself and of course, after taking one of their cards I offered Jamie Tremain’s bookmark. 


There was something for everyone. Many of the genres mentioned above, along with a few mystery writers, and lots of children’s books, which is a good sign. Children reading books means adults who will read books! Romance, self-help and Inspirational books were evident along with memoirs.


I didn’t stay for the readings as I was beginning to wilt. I don’t do well in the heat. I hope it was a successful day for the authors. They had a good turnout as the parking lot was full.


Perhaps JT will have a table next year. 

 

Oh yes, I did buy one book in a genre I liked and then had a glass of cider to cool off.


Cheers!




Book Review (and more) - from Liz    

The Portable Nine

By Pete Mesling


The Portable Nine, and their foes, make for an unforgettable cast of characters. You be the judge if they’re criminals or saviours as they assemble under their leader and criminal mastermind, Davenport - aka the Mad Marksman of Malta - for a revenge-driven mission. Reminiscent of an Oceans 11 type escapade but with deadlier outcomes.  

Their primary foe, the Black Phantom, is a worthy adversary who is often one step ahead of them. Can Davenport fully trust the other 8 members of the Portable Nine as they embark on what could well be their last assemblage? Are they past their prime, or ready for the challenge of taking down a villain?

Open the cover of this book and get to know members of The Portable Nine, with monikers such as The Butcher, Twitch Markham and Dr. Intaglio. All of them possess their own unique skill sets which are needed as the tale unfolds.

Mesling’s marvellous character descriptions and globe-trotting locales lent an air of sensuality to the whole story. I eagerly anticipate the sequel!

 

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The Dog Days of August include these Just For Fun days. 

Aug 1 -7 International Clown Week (political commentary unnecessary)

Aug 13 - International Left-Handers Day (or as I like to say, everyone is born right-handed, but only we who are left-handed are able to overcome it)

Aug 17 - World Honeybee Day  (let's not forget how vital honeybees are to our very survival!)

And here's a little more on the 10% of the population I belong to (and I am unique in my family, no one else shares the trait with me! Who's with me?):


 

Sinistrophobia is the fear of left-handedness or things on the left side

Not all 'southpaws' are 100% left-handed. I can attest to that because I cannot use left-handed scissors for the life of me!  I once tried using a left-handed keyboard and thought I would have a stroke. For most things I have adapted quite fine, thank you, to a right-handed world. I actually find it beneficial for the time I spend at my desk, I can 'mouse' with my right hand and use my pen in my left hand at the same time. Very useful for  when I'm editing and need to make notes. 

I did have a Grade 5 teacher who tried her hardest to have me learn to write, right. But my parents put an end to that, although they insisted I learn to write neatly and not have my pen-holding-hand curve inwards over the paper.

And, yes, (here's where I eye-roll) during the 1600s, left-handers were thought to be witches or warlocks.Although there are days... 

But like everything else in this world, being a little different is what adds to our diversity, because, truly, if we were all alike - how boring!


JAMIE TREMAIN NEWS

We were thrilled to be featured as an Authors Interview on The Bookshelf Cafe News  earlier this month.



 

The third book in our Grant's Crossing series - Acting Off-Script - has been read by our tremendous Beta Readers and is now undergoing the editing process. Another super cover has been designed by our award-winning illustrator, Jennifer Gibson, and we are planning a release date by month's end or early September. Stay tuned!


And of course with the release of a new book, what does that mean for Jamie Tremain? Why the start of another book. We're returning to Portland, Oregon, with Dorothy, Max, HB and other characters from the Dorothy Dennehy Mystery series. Two chapters are already done, so we're off and running!

We'd love to hear from you about a favourite character in either series. What makes them your favourite?

Happy August and Cheers!

Pam & Liz

 

 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Never a dull moment!

 July 12 2022

 

July has been a stressful month for me. Nothing compared to the folks living in a war zone in Ukraine or those still struggling with the effects of Covid 19, or without work. And there are many looking for the next meal. 

My stress is none of the above. As a woman of a certain age and being profoundly deaf it can cause all sorts of issues. 

 

I live in a condo and the condo board decided to search for a water leak that was happening in the underground garage. Yes, my unit is directly over the garage and in their wisdom, management had jackhammers break up my patio and dig out the lovely garden that is in front of my bedroom windows. I moved all my patio furniture and they barricaded me in!




That was three weeks ago.

 

So, I decided they didn’t have enough water issues to contend with and I managed to flood my kitchen. Not only did I have my kitchen under an inch of water I flooded the garage! I’ve never been known to do things by half. 

 

How did this happen? I ran the tap water over a few dishes in the sink with the plug inserted, as you do. I picked up my coffee cup and sat down to watch the morning news. So, maybe 20-25 minutes later I took my cup to the sink… This is one of the hazards of being hard of hearing or deaf. I never hear water running and was probably still half asleep. That's my story and I’m sticking to it.

 

This means, I now have workmen outside pouring tar and drilling. Industrial-size blowers went for 48 hours to dry everything around the sink area after the contractors lifted the sodden floors.  This is a work in progress but the one highlight of all this commotion and upheaval is, that I can take the hearing aids out and I don’t hear a thing. I hope it all gets done before the summer is gone.

 

 

Then we had the Friday debacle with Rogers. I was cut off my phone the same as the rest of the country. I have Fido for my cell phone and don’t use my landline anymore. Personally, I don’t need to be connected 24 hours to folks but as it caused untold hardship to some who use Interact for business it must have been a worry.

 

On Sunday I took myself off to a book fair that I saw advertised. I needed to get out of the house and it was a beautiful day for a drive. I’ll tell you about the Bookfair in our August Blog-Letter.

 

When I returned later that afternoon tired and hot, I sat at my computer to check if Liz had been nagging me to get the lead out as she was waiting on an update.  No computer and no lights would come on in either my office or the bedroom!! NO INTERNET! Tragedy. The air was blue! If you know me you’ll understand that I’m not tech-savvy and anything electrical is beyond me. 

 

I texted Liz who walked me through lots of scenarios. I kept talking about fuses and was corrected. They are now called breakers. I fiddled around with the electric panel and did as she directed. No, go. I said I’d call an electrician in the morning. I went off to bed in the dark.

 

This morning I gave it one last try and moved the “breakers” and low and behold everything came back on. Must have been my magic fingers. So I’m back in business.

 

So what are these workmen doing now? They’ve sprayed all the outside with, what looks like snow and ice, and are testing to see if it melts into the garage I guess.

 


 


I smiled nicely at them and offered coffee and asked when I’d get my patio back. Maybe next week I was told. Hmm, we shall see.

 

Yes, 1st world problems. Still stressful but with Liz’s expertise not just with the writing but as an electrician I should be fine. Now back to the writing.

 


 

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