Mirrors & Smoke was awarded 3rd place in the historical novel category by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, https://www.pnwa.org/page/winners2023. I’m very proud of this, even if it didn’t place 1st. I entered their competition for unpublished novels back in January, well before I thought the novel would go to press any time soon. Now, it feels very rewarding and just what I needed to springboard my next project. More about that later!
I uploaded Mirrors & Smoke ePUB versions on both Amazon and Kobo in late August, but somehow this post never made it live to my blog. The ePUB launch for both sites was September 1st. For those of my readers who didn’t want to lug around the paperback, now’s your chance to get the ePUB!
Mirrors & Smoke has now been published, and the paperback is available on Amazon worldwide. I have many people to thank for this, including all my beta readers, my editor, Allister Thompson, and my book designer, Sherrill Wark. There would be no book without every person I cite in the book’s Acknowledgments. I hope I remembered everyone. This has been a lengthy journey, starting with a novella written in a 3-day novel challenge one Labour
Mirrors & Smoke cover reveal “Mirrors & Smoke” is a story of one woman’s courage and perseverance to save her family when the United States invades Canada. Rebecca Plummer is a Canadian herbalist and midwife with a shameful secret and feminist outlook, caught up in the War of 1812 in Niagara, Upper Canada. Rebecca struggles to keep her family and community together despite wartime deprivation and gossip. “Mirrors & Smoke” is based on real people
My historical novel, Mirrors & Smoke, is being prepared for self-publication. I plan to have it ready to go in late summer or early fall. For more detail, click on Fiction. So, between those preparations and my ongoing kitchen renovation, I haven’t kept up with my blogging. But here I go, back on what I hope will be at least a monthly schedule. Possibly more frequent as publication approaches. Meanwhile, here are some renovation pictures. After
Welcome to the saga of my site development. Please be patient while I ease out the kinks! I have several projects on the go right now, so my blog entries may be sporadic for a while. I hope to settle out to once a month, but may update a little more often over the next few months. Let’s see how it goes. First up, poetry. I’m assembling poems for a chapbook, and working on the
Have a web presence they said. Set up an author page. Get out there! Well, here I am. And it feels good to have actual published work to promote. So far, I have quite a few poems published, and some stories. They’ll show up on their respective pages, and occasionally in blog posts. Plus, I have one novel finished and another in the works. Not published yet, but it will come. So this post