In this fun series genre clichés endure. But amid the humor are some good ideas, if only that in avoiding all the empty clichés, we can create something good.
DONNA COSTA is a former holistic health practitioner who integrates the world of natural health into her debut novel, “Breathing With Trees.”
Costa has been a frequent guest contributor at TheReconnection.com and her short story, “Petrels and Terns,” was published in Wordsfest Franken Zine, Vol. 4. Her health articles have appeared in Bowen Hands, the journal of The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia. In her former career as secretary, she was a ghostwriter of countless business letters in which “Dear Sir” and “Yours truly” featured prominently, and she wrote “The Wellness Corner” column for an in-house corporate newsletter.
After leaving the steno chair, Costa maintained a private holistic health practice and wrote two health blogs before shifting to fiction writing where she often incorporates her previous experience into her stories.
At Sarah Selecky’s Writing School, Costa’s writing style was diagnosed as ‘Deeper Than You Think,’ a term coined by Selecky and defined as “deceptively straightforward and carefully crafted” and “more philosophical than you let on.”
Costa grew up on a farm in Perth County, southern Ontario, where she enjoyed the solitude of country living. She filled her hours reading books under the back yard maple tree while trying to ignore her pesky brothers. Attending her rural elementary school, she received solid instruction in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, some of which she still remembers. She now resides in London, Ontario.
“Breathing With Trees” is a coming-of-age story about a young teen raised in the world of holistic health. She is faced with making adult decisions around informed consent, while trying to discover the name of her father and the name of the classmate that has been calling her names. There is also first love and some magical elements.
Clarissa was born and raised on the Canadian prairies, where she spent her childhood forcing her younger relatives to play roles in her interminably long family Christmas plays. (She has since apologized to her Traumatized Cousins and Very Patient Elders, all innocent victims of her attempts to realize her artistic vision.) She now contents herself with trying to manipulate the characters in her novels, who regularly surprise her by being just as resistant to her interference as real people.
Clarissa writes historical fiction set mainly in Victorian and Edwardian England. She has been fascinated by all things Victorian since she was a child: the clothes, the elaborate social rituals, the gap between rich and poor, the dizzying pace of advancements in science and technology. When it was time to choose a major in university, she had trouble deciding between history and English literature because she really just wanted to study the Victorians. Ultimately, she chose English and earned a PhD specializing in nineteenth-century British literature.
Her novels pay homage to her favourite Victorian authors: the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Her favourite living authors include Diane Setterfield, Kate Morton, Jessica Brockmole, and Susanna Kearsley.
In addition to being a novelist and proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Clarissa is a part-time university instructor and full-time grammar nerd who loves to explain the difference between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses.
Clarissa is represented by Laura Crockett of TriadaUS Literary Agency.
Great Expectations meets Grantchester in this story of love and lies, secrets and second chances, set in Edwardian England.
Beaten and left for dead in the English countryside, clergyman and reformer Tom Cross is rescued and nursed back to health by Miranda and Simon Thorne, reclusive siblings who seem to have as many secrets as he does. Tom has spent years helping the downtrodden in London while lying to everyone he meets, but now he’s forced to slow down and confront his unexamined life.
Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris’s orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women’s lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John’s Cathedral. Lilia doesn’t believe in God, but she’s attracted to Paul’s intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.
Jorge Mazza was born and raised in a neighborhood in the suburbs of Buenos Aires (Argentina) where he spent his childhood and adolescence. He started writing at the early age of twelve.
He graduated from Medical School at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He moved to London (Ontario-Canada) with his wife where he practiced Medicine for more than 40 years.
Today, in retirement he re-discovered his passion for writing. Due to his daily interaction with patients he learned a great deal about the complexities of mankind that he reflects in his first novel
“A new beginning “A second chance in life”. This book reflects his lifetime experience on the diversity of human behaviour.
Besides writing he is also an avid cyclist and enjoys carpentry using old reclaimed wood.
• Imagine that suddenly there is somebody living inside you who you who hasn’t been invited with a different personality that creates conflict in your life.
• This is the story of a group of people that underwent this experience
• All of these people lived in a community and developed interesting interactions in spite of their differences causing scenes of humor, sadness, friendship and love that will keep you entertained and capture your imagination.
• Don’t be surprised if you feel identified with some of the characters, this might keep you reading until you find out what happened.
Jay Zendrowski is a resident of London, Ontario, and has taken to writing in the last few years. He is recognized as a chess master by the Chess Federation of Canada and has published two novels, both works of fiction. His first, The Soldier’s Mirror, was written in homage to his father, a veteran of World War II who landed with the Canadian troops on the French beaches on D-Day. His second novel, Every Breath You Take, is a mystery novel set in his home town of London. Jay is a Professional Member of the Crime Writers of Canada. The third novel in the Tee Pepper Mystery series is due to be released in February, 2018.
A story of friendships forged in a time of crisis; of honour, and integrity.
Set against the backdrop of the D-Day invasion of France, an old man’s dying confession reveals an intriguing tale of theft, unflagging loyalty, murder and soul-searching redemption.
The unveiling of this family secret sparks a compelling quest as a dutiful son endeavors to complete his father’s final wish. The touching journeys of both father and son initiate a captivating series of unexpected life-changing events for everyone concerned; far greater than they ever imagined.
St. Patrick’s Day is generally a quiet affair in the conservative university town of London, Ontario. For Detective Tee Pepper and his partner, Rupert Wallace, the assignment to locate a missing coed takes a quick turn when the young girl’s murdered body is found–all signs pointing to the work of a serial killer. In a case like they’ve never had before, a series of clues that seem to be directed towards them lead the two detectives deeper into the twisted psyche of a clever opponent.
In the midst of a summer heat wave, London, Ontario is rocked by the senseless deaths of five teenage girls. A few weeks later, two suspicious deaths occur on the same night. Are the incidents related? Detective Tee Pepper, and his partner, Rupert Wallace, are assigned as primaries on the case. Pepper and Wallace must use all their ingenuity and deductive reasoning to try and wade through a complex array of suspects.
Can they shuffle the deck and pull out the guilty card?
My background is in Information Technology, Finances and Sports. In my later years, to my own surprise, I developed as a musician and finally a writer. I played in a rock and roll band called Indyscretion for a number of years and worked on my ‘Meter’ trilogy, a fast-moving action thriller series inspired by James Patterson, John Sandford, Greg Iles and the late great Robert B. Parker. Those books are now published and available on Amazon and Goodreads. The second of the series, Meter of Corruption, garnered interest internationally. I recently teamed up with South Florida author B.J. Tiernan. We have published two books, her historical romance Yield and the third of my ‘Meter’ series, the thriller Meter of Redemption, under our new TierWolf banner. Our first combined effort, a scintillating South Florida thriller called Sizzler, is complete and being shopped around to agents and publishers. Sizzler will spawn the edgy Kellie Sierra Detective Thriller series. We are currently working on the first installment.
Angel, Jon-Erik, Tina, and Joey have fought to protect everything they have from the evils of the tyrannical businessman Richard Rasmussin, but a dangerous circle is quickly closing in on a deadly confrontation.
A chill wind is ripping through the streets of Toronto and it’s up to four fearless friends to upend a plot that could very well be the city’s downfall. And given the determination and martial arts skills of some of them, they may send the town’s corruptors literally flying. Meter of Deception, a nail-biting edgy debut novel, delivers a dynamic new twist on the Action/Thriller genre with unbridled fun, Ninja action and a scintillating story. Things are getting very dicey at the Foxy Fire Strip Club. At first, twenty-something Jon-Erik and his best buddy Joey are sure they have discovered a slice of heaven there in the form of super-hot, kick butt stripper Angel and her gorgeous friend Tina.
This highly anticipated sequel to author Wolf Schimanski’s debut novel Meter of Deception finds the fearless foursome comfortably settled into a domestic paradise. Jon-Erik and Angel as well as Joey and Tina have settled down and are engaged to be married, and the men are working together as partners in Joey’s family furniture business.
But corporate shark Richard Rasmussin has his sights set on their business, and he’s determined to swallow it whole. A ruthless, underhanded, crooked man, he’ll stop at nothing until he takes hold of the business, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that no one interferes with his larger, wide-sweeping wicked schemes.
Don is from a working class family in the beautiful town of Goderich, Ontario. He was able to translate an absolute lack of exceptionalism in high school into a career that included graduating from the Ivey School of Business, obtaining his CPA/CA with PriceWaterhouse, and working for thirty years for the 3M Company in the areas of income tax and pensions. He also owns a company that publishes the Canadian Tax Planners Newsletter and the Canadian Financial Planner. Although he has over thirty years of experience writing newsletters, he published his first book in 2017: Retirement Hell –Byproduct of a Middle Class under Siege.
He volunteers in the community by providing seminars in the areas of estate planning and financial issues facing retired families. He is actively involved in Kidsport Canada, which is a charity that raises funds to pay for registration and equipment for children from families facing economic hardships. He is Chair of the London Sports Council and plays an important role in the London Sports Hall of Fame. He was also a founding member of a junior lacrosse team and coached box lacrosse for over a decade.
Retirement Hell – Byproduct of a Middle Class Under Siege presents a bleak picture of retirement for many families. Baby boomers are retiring at a time when graduating students are entering the workforce with significantly fewer opportunities than their parents and grandparents. Factories will continue to close; while robotics and artificial intelligence will allow companies to produce more products with fewer, but highly skilled workers. As boomers move to retirement homes and into the great beyond, they have left two types of legacies. On an individual level, this generation has accumulated incredible wealth which will be transferred to their beneficiaries. However, collectively, the most privileged generation in history has left behind a world that will cause future governments to spend too much time, effort and money attempting to clean up issues that were left unresolved.
Alastair was born in Glasgow, Scotland, grew up in Lancashire, England, and at 19 immigrated to Canada by himself. He became a typical yuppie with a family, house in the suburbs, and a big job in the corporate sector. At age 46, he went into business for himself. Following London Life’s Freedom 55 plan, he retired at 57, and went to live in the country. But two years later, disillusioned with the passivity of an early retirement and in search of adventure and greater personal fulfillment, he sold up everything and went to live with a small First Nations band in a remote fly-in location in the N.W.T.
Cultural differences and the challenging environment ignited in him fresh perspectives, inspired a new way of being and fueled his soul searching. The experience changed the direction of his life and is at the core of his autobiography: “Awakening in the Northwest Territories.”
When he left the north two years later, motivated and passionate about helping others less fortunate, he went to Bangladesh for two years as a Cuso International Development volunteer, followed by a placement in Nigeria.
Candas grew up in Toronto where she raised her family and worked extensively in the social service sector. Her career covered numerous private and public services including early childhood education, employment management for persons with disabilities, environmental advocacy, and community development. Her journey eventually took her to London, Ontario where she continued to follow her passions to serve her community.
Alastair met Candas one day by chance, fell in love, and with a shared passion to improve the lives of others, they set off together on a new path of adventure in volunteering and travel. They went to Jamaica and Guyana on one year Cuso assignments, and in between placements, backpacked Central America and S. E. Asia for 8 months. These experiences were so personally rewarding that they felt compelled to write two memoirs: “Go For It – Volunteering Adventures on Roads Less Traveled” and “Go For It – Budget Backpacking for Boomers”, to share their adventures with fellow “Boomers” to inspire and motivate them to “Go For It.”
Just when they thought their volunteering and writing days were over, they found themselves deeply embedded in a First Nations culture (the ‘Namgis) in Alert Bay B.C. on another 4 month Cuso assignment and with lots to write about. What they learned about the social injustices inflicted on First Nations people by the governments of the day so impacted them on a deep personal level that they felt obliged to share their enlightenment with other non-aboriginal people. “Tides of Change –Volunteering Adventures in Alert Bay, B.C” is the fourth memoir in their “Boomers’ Adventures” series.
To sell their books, they present an entertaining audio/visual story-telling show (readings accompanied by music and Power Point) to audiences throughout S. W. Ontario.
Book One: Awakening in the Northwest Territories
Book web Site: http:///www.awakeninginthenorth.com
Barnes and Noble:http://tinyurl.com/ANWT-BandN
Friesen Press: http://tinyurl.com/anwt-friesen
Book Two: Go For It – Volunteering Adventures on Roads Less Travelled
Book web Site: http://www.goforitvolunteeringadventures.com
Book Three: Tides of Change – Volunteering Adventures in Alert Bay B.C.
No book web site yet.
Book Four: Budget Backpacking for Boomers
To be published in December 2016
ALL BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE DIRECTLY FROM THE AUTHORS
Alastair Henry 226 700-7305
Candas Whitlock 226 224-1834
Bio of Rene Natan (aka Irene Gargantini Strybosch)
I always wanted to be a storyteller. At recess time I would gather some of my schoolmates and entertain them with stories—some of my own, others just summaries of books I read. My life, however, took a different turn, and I ended up following a career in information technology (as Professor Irene Gargantini). This over, I reverted to my old passion: plotting intrigues and mysteries and creating romantic or passionate encounters. I took several e-courses on fiction writing and began jotting down my tales. So far I have written ten novels, several short stories and co-authored a novella. The genre varies from romantic suspense to thriller. See www.vermeil.biz and renenatanblog.wordpress.com.
As an author, my goal is threefold: having fun in writing, entertaining the readers and offering them an uplifting vision at life.
Second place, the 2015 Five Star Dragonfly Book Awards for The Woman in Black
Silver Medal, the 2015 Global Ebook Awards for The Loves and Tribulations of Detective Stephen Carlton
Honorable Mention, 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, for Fleeting Visions
First place, 2012 Five Star Dragonfly Award for the Blackpox Threat
Finalist in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Award for the Blackpox Threat
Honorary Mention, 2012 San Francisco Book Competition for the Bricklayer
Lemoncella Cocktail is the story of a young man who, by saving a teenager from drowning is drawn out of his comfort zone and into the fight against arms dealers working in Canada. Action, 2016,
Fleeing Visions is a thriller centered on underage prostitution (nothing graphic, though). Louis Saura, orphan at the age of two and raised by an old uncle, becomes prey to a vicious criminal. 2013, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HNG53LU (ebook and softcover)
The Loves and Tribulations of Detective Stephen Carlton (ebook, romance) is centered on the life and misfortunes of a man of the law who falls in love with the wrong woman: a female athlete on the run. 2015.
The Bricklayer is a thriller. Everything is going well for Frederick Dalton, until he hires a female engineer in his construction company. Thriller, 2012, http://www.amazon.com/Bricklayer-Rene-Natan/dp/1466404019 (eBook and paperback)
The Blackpox Threat is a spy story. Her country threatened by a deadly epidemic, Tamara Smith moves from her comfort zone to a world filled with deception, treachery and life-threatening danger. 2010,
The Jungfrau Watch is a political thriller. A young man is raised to believe that communism is the panacea for all the problems of the world. Then the Soviet Union collapses, exposing all its crimes. What chances has a person like that to redeem himself? Available from the author.
The Red Manor (Omnia vincit amor) is about family bonds that stretch over two continents; here love overcomes both greed and cleverly engineered criminal plots. Romance, 2008, http://www.publishamerica.com (softcover)
Fire Underneath the Ice (a novella coauthored by Sharon Crawford under the pen name Natanevin) is a love story. Revenge is supposed to be sweet, but when Michael Hamming decides to take it out on the daughter of his nemesis, he finds love instead. 2010
Mountains of Dawn is about an orphan who wanders from foster home to foster home with no place she can call home. Suddenly she comes into money—but the people who killed her parents are now after her. www.smashwords.com/books/view/205088 (ebook)
Dr. Colin Forbes is the author of “From the Bottom of My Heart,” a memoir both graphic and humorous, which describes a life of extraordinary depth and breadth. “From the Bottom of My Heart” starts with Jamaican family life and society in the early 1950s, then progresses to the racism he experienced while he attended college in the USA. The book describes student life at McGill pre-med, life as a porter on the CPR, and his experiences in medical school. Dr. Forbes later had an internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal, where he met and married nurse Morrison. Posted to West Germany with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Dr. Forbes was a captain in the RCAMC. Dr. Forbes and his wife had five children. This descriptive memoir continues onward to tells of life in post-independent Tanganyika, then Nigeria, and service with the McGill teaching team at the new Medical School in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Forbes then moved to a private pediatric practice and taught for 45 years. Dr. Forbes was actively involved in international health with the Christian Medical Commission of the World Council of Churches. He was a consultant to mission hospitals in Asia, Africa, and mission boards in Europe where he experienced difficulties with traditional and local medical personnel and institutions. Dr. Forbes and his family returned to Canada after 48 years and worked in an indigenous community on Walpole Island as well as working in walk-in clinics. The final part of the book describes the challenges of re-settlement in Canada and eventually retirement.
I’m guest blogging on Montana Scribbler, Mona Leeson Vanek’s blog about what happens when you lose a publisher. Do you get the rights to your books back? If you do, what then. Find out what I’m doing since one of my major publishers went out of business.