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Can you find peace on holding on to the family you has fought for a lifetime to bring together?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Finding Sophie
Sequel to Losing Cadence
by Laura Lovett
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Finding Sophie is the highly
anticipated sequel to Laura Lovett’s debut psychological thriller,
Losing Cadence.
For twelve years, Cadence Davidson has
dreaded her daughter’s twelfth birthday, for that is the day she will
tell Sophie who her true father really is.
Sophie’s world is turned upside down
when she learns that her biological father is really Richard White,
the man who abducted her mother twelve years earlier.She wonders if
she will ever meet the elusive billionaire, only to find herself
suddenly abducted into the life that he has carefully crafted for her
and her mother.
Despite his carefully orchestrated
plan, Richard White is faced with unexpected events that threaten to
tear his newfound family apart. Will Richard be able to find peace
and hold on to the family he has fought for a lifetime to bring
together?
In this psychological thriller, an
obsession that spans decades comes to it’s ultimate test. Love, loss
and courage coalesce as Richard faces his demons and makes the final
choice to find peace and love.
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Laura (Hambley) Lovett was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta,
and received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Calgary in
2006. Her love of writing began at an early age when she would create
and draw characters, telling stories to herself as she drew.
An accomplished author in the academic and business world, Laura
pursued her love of creative writing to pen her first novel, Losing
Cadence, a psychological thriller. Losing Cadence was written over
many years as Laura juggled school, work and family, but she made
time to pursue her passion for writing.
Laura is a psychologist and entrepreneur, currently running
practices in the areas of career and leadership development and
distributed workplaces. She was nominated and selected as a
Distinctive Woman in Canada in 2013. Laura also enjoys teaching at
the University of Calgary and has been an Adjunct Professor of
Psychology since 2010.
Laura lives in Calgary with her husband and three children. She
loves playing squash, travelling, spending time at the family cabin
in Montana, as well as her view of the Rocky Mountains as the snow is
falling on her hot tub.
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Step into a reality that is not as it seems

Saturday, July 1st, 2017
Harmless
by
Katherine Dell
Genre:
Paranormal Thriller
 
Be
careful what you wish for.
After
moving from Vancouver to isolated

Hazelton,
BC, high school senior Rachel Barnes hopes she’ll finally find
closure and a sense of direction after tragedy has torn her family
apart. When she and her friends discover the old spirit box her
grandmother gave her, they see it as a chance to wish their troubles
away. But the Great Spirits—deer, crow, bear, and the mythical
wendigo—give away nothing for free. 
So
instead of worrying about fitting in
and
finding a boyfriend,
Rachel
finds herself in a race to control the malevolent spirit who’s
taken up residence in Mason Allen, who she fears and
craves
in
equal measure. What began as a harmless game forces Rachel to
confront her past—and offers her a future she never imagined.
Step
into a reality that is not as it seems in Book 1 of the Harmless
series.
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Katherine
Dell is a young adult fiction author fascinated by the supernatural
and the stories that surround them. She began her writing endeavours
in 2011 when she wanted to reinvent herself from her previous career
as an event planner. When she’s not writing, she can be found in
cold hockey arenas sipping coffee, working on her tan at little
league games, or trying to keep her dog out of her many gardens. She
lives with her husband, two boys, and fur babies, in Calgary,
Alberta, Canada.
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Waki’tani, mythical lords of the wind

Friday, June 16th, 2017
Y’keta
The
Sky Road Trilogy Book 1
by
Sandra Hurst
Genre:
Epic Fantasy
 
Banished.
Cast out. Powerless. Y’keta is exiled to the small village of
Esquialt as his father’s punishment for his rebellious spirit.
Village tradition gives him one Cycle, from spring to spring, to earn
the right to stay. 
The
villagers have a legend about mighty beings called the Waki’tani,
mythical lords of the wind and lightning who can shapeshift into
human form. Y’keta knows the truth behind these stories. Could there
be more to them than just tales shared around the campfire? 
If
Y’keta reveals what he knows to the villagers, it will tear their
history and traditions apart…but sharing his secrets may be their
only hope for survival when Esquialt is threatened by the brutal,
ferociously destructive Utlaak.

 

Loosely
based on the Thunderbird of North American legend, Y’keta is an epic
fantasy set in an ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road
offers a way to the stars.

 

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Hi,
my name is Sandra Hurst, the author of the Sky Road fantasy
series.

 

As a child growing up in England stories and legends
surrounded me, I learned how important imagination was. When I was 8,
we moved to northern Canada and the legends changed. Stories of the
Fae and the little people were replaced by legends of the Thunderbird
and stories of the woodlands. I never stood a chance. What could I be
but a writer?


Growing
up in Northern Alberta gave me a great love and respect for the wild
lands and indigenous cultures which made its way into the worlds I
create.
A
mythmaker at heart, I started writing poetry in middle school and
graduated to epic fantasy.
Myths
give us a way to interpret the world past our normal experience. To
ask questions and explore answers in a larger-than-life game of ‘what
if.’ We need to make room for myths and mythmakers in our fact
driven world. To give space for worlds that are brighter and clearer
than our own. For it is in doing so, that we have room to become more
fully human.
My
first book,
Y’keta,
is loosely
based on the
Thunderbird of North American legend, Y’keta is a Young Adult, high
fantasy set in an ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road
offers a way to the stars.
I
now live in Calgary, Alberta with my husband and son, both of whom I
love dearly, and have put for sale on e-bay when their behaviour
demanded it. My day to day life is a balance between my outside life
as a paralegal counsellor and my inner life as an author/poet. In
between, I work on courses to improve my writing, learning the Cree
Language, book reviews and blogging on my website, and studying
mythologies from around the world.
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One teen, one cranky old man and the open road

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Just
Shut Up and Drive
by
Chynna Laird
Genre:
Coming of Age, Contemporary
 
One
teen, one cranky old man and the open road. What could go wrong?
Eighteen-year
old Wil Carter can think of more than a fistful of things he’d
rather do than go on a road trip with his ninety-five year old
grandfather. But when Gramps Wilf barks an order, you listen or get
an earful of grief.
Wil
lost his parents in a horrible car accident when he was five. Gramps
has been the only parent he has ever known. Now that he’s ready to
go off to college, the old man says he has things Wil needs to learn
to be the man he’s supposed to be. But the trip turns out to be
more than he bargains for.
Along
their week-long road trip across the Canadian Prairies, Wil not only
learns tidbits about his own life, but realizes the grandfather he
thought he knew has mysteries of his own. With each stop they make, a
new layer of emotional truth is revealed…for each of them.
Will
Gramps teach Wil what he needs to know before the journey ends? And
is Wil strong enough to hear it?

 

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CHYNNA
LAIRD – is a psychology/criminology major, freelance writer and
author living in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, Ryan, three
daughters [Jaimie (fourteen), Jordhan (twelve), and Sophie (eight)]
and baby boy, Xander (ten). Her passion is helping children and
families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, mental and
emotional disorders and other special needs.
You’ll
find her work in many online and in-print parenting, inspirational,
Christian and writing publications in Canada, United States,
Australia, and Britain. In addition, she’s authored an
award-winning children’s book (I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD), two
memoirs (the multi award-winning, Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s
Sensational Journey With SPD and White Elephants), a Young Adult
novella (Blackbird Flies), an adult Suspense/Thriller (Out Of Sync),
a Young Adult Suspense/Paranormal (Dark Water) and a contemporary New
Adult novel (Just Shut Up and Drive,). She is presently working on a
sequel to Not Just Spirited as well as the next book in the Dark
Water series. Stayed tuned as Chynna has several Works-In-Progress on
the go.

 

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Angela Ackerman co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Hi Anna, thanks so much for inviting me here.

Is great to have you, Angela. A book for authors that is so awesome. Well lets get started…

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

Let’s see…I was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in Canada and about sixteen years ago, moved one province over. Now I live in Calgary, Alberta, nice and close to the Rocky Mountains.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Once Becca and I decided to turn our blog tool, The Emotion Thesaurus, into a book, we spent a long time planning it out, and thinking about how to create something that would really help writers. (more…)