The Dastardly Mr Deeds just released on Audible

The second book in The Gumboot & Gumshoe Series is now out in audio book. The Dastardly Mr. Deeds, narrated by the accomplished narrator, Carrie Burgess, is now available on Audible worldwide. Carrie did a wonderful job, like she did with Gumboots, Gumshoes & Murder at capturing the world of Seal Island and all of its quirky characters. Click here for a listen on Audible.com!

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GREAT NEWS ON CHRISTMAS EVE – Upcoming Releases

The audio book for The Dastardly Mr Deeds: Book 2 in The Gumboot & Gumshoe Series, narrated by the wonderful, Carrie Burgess, has been sent away to Audible for approval. It should be available for download on Audible around the world and on Amazon in early January.

I also received the final cover (artist: Autumn Sky) for my next cozy mystery which both paranormal cozy mystery readers and horse lovers will enjoy. Here’s a quick cover reveal. I started writing the book, but don’t expect to release it until sometime in February.

In the meantime, peace and wellness to all. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

For budding writers – must have books

I love it when someone comments on my posts and asks a question about writing, whether it be screenwriting or fiction. Because of a recent query, I thought I would post an updated list of reference books.

Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat method of screenwriting: I use this method in writing my scripts because it is what is generally accepted as the ‘norm’ in Hollywood for action and character arcs. It also works well for fiction. I can easily break out the 3 Acts of my screenplay or fiction piece and see where I am either lacking character direction or action to keep the reader/viewer engaged. This is not a substitute for good writing, but it is a well structured guideline. I used this guideline to win and/or make the finals in four major screenwriting competitions… it works. Here is a template that you can paste into a word document: (page numbers are for a script only)

THE BLAKE SNYDER BEAT SHEET

PROJECT TITLE:
GENRE:
DATE:

  1. Opening Image (1):
  2. Theme Stated (5):
  3. Set-Up (1-10):
  4. Catalyst (12):
  5. Debate (12-25):
  6. Break into Two (25):
  7. B Story (30):
  8. Fun and Games (30-55):
  9. Midpoint (55):
  10. Bad Guys Close In (55-75):
  11. All Is Lost (75):
  12. Dark Night of the Soul (75-85):
  13. Break into Three (85):
  14. Finale (85-110):
  15. Final Image (110):

As for fiction references, the following books are ‘must haves’ for the fiction writer:

On Writing by Stephen King

The Least You Should Know About English by Teresa Ferster Glazier

The Elements of Style by Strunk & White

Writer’s Digest Magazine is a great resource. They also put out a yearly publication with a list of publishing companies and agents.

A good Thesaurus.

There are lots of other helpful books out there, but the above list will get you started.

Cheers and Happy Writing.

Get it now! A Holiday Sale for Middle Grade/Teens

From today until December 22nd, The Riverbend Trilogy featuring One Frosty Christmas, The Great Pumpkin Ride and A Filly Called Easter, a fabulous Disney/Hallmark trio of horse stories for Middle Grade readers, teens, and the young a heart.

Get it NOW on Amazon.com and Amazon.uk for only $2.99 (ebook only). Also available in audiobook and print! FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Looking for an awesome Christmas gift for kids?

Look no further than One Frosty Christmas – a heartwarming tale for horse lovers aged 7 and up.

One Frosty Christmas – A heartwarming, hanky waving, Christmas classic

ORDER THE PRINT BOOK NOW SO YOU WILL HAVE IT UNDER THE TREE ON CHRISTMAS MORNING!

Teased by the local kids for being a city girl and an amputee, Hannah Storey feels alone and isolated just like the old mustang she sees on the way to and from school every day. Hannah vows to save the pony the local kids have cruelly nicknamed Frostbite from freezing to death or being sent to slaughter, but events spiral out of control. Will Hannah be able to save the pony? Will the townsfolk of River Bend ever accept her? Maybe Hannah Storey is just what the town needs to remember what love, friendship and Christmas is really about. Available in PRINT, AUDIO-BOOK & EBOOK!

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Surviving the storms

Almost everyone has seen pictures and videos of the floods in British Columbia. I am lucky I live on Vancouver Island on higher ground. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost their livelihood, homes & livestock. It is truly heartbreaking. The courage of those helping evacuate people and animals is a mighty thing to behold.

On lighter note after being ‘horseless’ for eight years since the passing of Sally, my Fjord mare, I am ready to find a new light trail riding and therapy buddy. I am looking at a couple of rescues. We will see what Christmas and the New Year brings. Peace and wellness to all.

In loving memory – my companion and inspiration… my Sally.

Happy November – a time to reflect and for family

As I live in Canada, we have already celebrated our Thanksgiving. I hope my American family, friends, and readers have as wonderful of one as my family did.

I find November is a time to be with family and to reflect on November 11th day on how lucky I am to reside in North America. My grandfather was a Calvary officer in booth WWI and WWII. I used to have a magnificent picture of him with Big Red, his American Saddlebred. Unfortunately, the picture has been lost to time.

With this post, I just wanted to wish all in the world, peace and wellness.

Lest We Forget Remembrance Day Quotes | Quote for days

The Great Pumpkin Ride for horse loving boys & girls

Everyone knows that ghosts walk the trail to Pumpkin Alley on Halloween night, but who or what will join The Great Pumpkin Ride this year is the subject of much debate. When a group of teens decide to ride out into the night after The Great Pumpkin Ride to camp out at an abandoned old cabin, they soon become embroiled in a ancient mystery. To discover the answers to these questions, join The Great Pumpkin Ride today…go ahead…we dare you!

Note to readers: This is NOT a Goosebumps monster book. It is a ghost story about four friends coming of age in a most mysterious way and finding the courage to stand up for each other and embrace the impossible.

In Print, E-Book, & audio book! Free on KU!

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