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Conspiracy of Bones – NEW! (Kind of)

I’ve broken all the rules (again) by not saying much about the re-release of my first published book under a new name. (Getting the flu and dealing with some other ‘life interruptions’ will do that sometimes…) BUT HERE IT IS!

CONSPIRACY OF BONES is out in all ebook formats and available everywhere ebooks are sold!

But it gets better…

It is FREE!

Yup. This is the recently revised and re-published version of my first published novel AND THE BEAT GOES ON.  (Only with a new name. No more ‘Sonny and Cher’ references!) I received the rights back to this book last year but have finally just gotten to getting it prepped and ready for re-publication. It’s the same gripping story, but with significant improvements. (At least in my mind.) I’ve learned a few things in the past eight years since it first released and I’ve grown as a writer, so I knew that when the time was right, I wanted to revise and re-release it.

For those who haven’t read the first version, here is the blurb:

 

Canadian born archaeologist Mark Graham unearths a remarkable discovery while at a dig in the mountains of Zimbabwe – pterodactyl remains and giant human bones buried together. Speculation leads to the possible existence of a mythical race known as ‘Nephilim’, a pre-flood people alleged to have descended from both gods and men. But skepticism and sabotage delay Mark and his team as the dig site is compromised, putting their discovery – as well as Mark’s very life – in grave danger. Deceived and framed by trusted friends and colleagues, Mark struggles to safeguard his findings and protect his reputation in order to unearth the mystery behind the bones.  

Download from:

KOBO

Smashwords

Amazon (still at 79 cents but will soon be free.)

Paperback coming soon!

I LOVE Scrivener… Now That I Know How to Use It!

I’ve been using Scrivener for about five years, give or take a few months. I loved it from the moment I started just for the way it organized my writing. but I never used it much beyond a word processing tool. Last summer I watched a free online video by Scrivener Coach, Joseph Michael, and I was so impressed. There were so many more things Scrivener can do – including formatting everything from epubs to mobi files to paperbacks to plays and more! I decided I needed to delve a bit deeper.

But… I figured as a long time Scrivener user, I should be able to figure things out for myself. I wasn’t about to pay some self proclaimed ‘expert’ to show me how to do it. Scrivener itself offers tutorials and there are tons of videos online, so I took those free tidbits from Joseph Michael and continued on my merry Scrivener way.

Things changed drastically when I went to format a book. I had done it before using ‘Word’ but apparently it was so much easier with Scrivener and the same file could be converted to an epub, mobi, paperback, pdf… whatever was needed with just a few clicks.

About forty hours later, bleary eyed from watching confusing youtube tutorials and upmteen ‘trial and error’ compilations, I gave up. Compiling my files for publication just wasn’t as intuitive as I had thought.  In desperation I signed up for Joseph Michael’s course,  LEARN SCRIVENER FAST

AND IT HAS BEEN THE BEST INVESTMENT I HAVE EVER MADE FOR MY WRITING CAREER!

I’ve managed to format and publish multiple ebooks, paperbacks, and pdfs. I organize my blog posts using Scrivener, and I even do a lot of my outlining using the cork board function. I can’t imagine writing without it and whenever I run into a snag, all I need to do is go to Joseph Michael’s easy to follow videos and VOILA! Problem solved!

LEARN SCRIVENER FAST has continued to be the best investment I’ve ever made in my writing career!

One year later, after paying for the course, I’ve decided to become an affiliate of Joseph Michael’s program. I mean, I’m always advising others to sign up for his courses, so why not get paid while doing it?

So… if you have ever thought about taking the course (and if you haven’t, you should! It’s SO worth it!) you can do so through any of the links on this page, or by clicking on the ad in the sidebar. You’ll get the benefit of Joseph Michael’s training (which you won’t regret) and you’ll help me out, too. Win-win!

I’m preparing to teach a workshop at Inscribe’s Fall Conference this September on Scrivener Basics. It will be VERY basic, since there is only so much one can do in an hour. I will be recommending that students sign up for Joseph Michael’s training. it is truly an amazing course and worth every penny hundreds of times over!

Keeping Up With the Neighbours COMPLETE SERIES

It’s official! The COMPLETE SERIES is now available as an ebook with the paperback coming next week. Check it out on AMAZON.

Look out! The Malloy family have taken over the neighbourhood, starting with Jed, whom we met in Neighbours Series 1. Jed is a downhome boy from Newfoundland who is a bit rough around the edges, but is the first to lend a helping hand when needed. His colourful and sometimes raucous siblings – Bo, Reba, Pip, Will, and Zeb – join him one by one in the western city of Calgary, Alberta. There’s plenty of laughter, romance, and a few surprises, as the Malloy clan get together. In the midst of the surprises, a greater love than any one of them ever expected comes to call: The love that only God can give.

 

As always, an honest review is always appreciated!

It’s a Wrap! Volume 7 – NEIGHBOURHOOD WRAP hits the virtual shelves!

The last instalment of the NEIGHBOURS Series is out! Here’s the blurb. Look for the complete series in both ebook and paperback – coming soon!

Volume 7 Neighbourhood Wrap- Finale

The Malloys have taken over the neighbourhood! This ‘rough around the edges’ family from Newfoundland are back in the final instalment of “Keeping Up With the Neighbours’. Will Jed be admit he has a drinking problem? Will Reba’s strong will keep her from finding true love? Will Pip return to his philandering ways or has he been bitten one too many times? Has Will given up or can he make peace with his feelings? What about Zeb? Will this ginger giant succumb to love or will he stubbornly stick to his vow as a bachelor? And will Bo ever get over the first real love he’s felt? There are no easy answers as the clan set to work solving their troubles in typical Malloy fashion. In the midst of the surprises, a greater love than any one of them ever expected comes to call: The love that only God can give.

Note to readers: This series, although labelled ‘Christian’, does contain elements that may be troubling to some readers, such as the use of alcohol as well as pre-marital sexual encounters. (The latter take place ‘off camera’.) There is, however, a faith based element throughout with a strong redemptive message at the end of the series.

 

Interview with Zeb Malloy

Here is the sixth and final character interview with the Malloy family, who have taken centre stage in Neighbours Series II – Keeping Up With the Neighbours. Meet Zeb Malloy!

Q: Welcome, Zeb. You’re the last Malloy sibling to be interviewed.

A: Saved the best fer last, eh, b’y?

Q: We’ve had some pretty interesting interviews and your name has come up a few times. 

A: What kind of malarkey have they been feeding you? Can’t believe everything ya hears.

Q: Nothing too bad, don’t worry! Tell us where you fit in to the clan.

A: I’m next in line to Jed, if that’s what you mean. We gots an older sister, too. Fanny, and then a passle more after. Not sure why the folks didn’t just stop after three. Ha! There wasn’t much point since they got perfection the third time around! What? Don’t look so all fire shocked! I’m just joshing with ya. I loves my entire family – the whole lot of ‘em. Wouldn’t trade any one of ‘em for the all the gold in China. Or was that tea?

Q: Since you and Jed are next to one another in age, I’m assuming that you’re pretty close. Have you ever been in a fight?

A: Lard tunderin! That’s a funny one and no mistake. We been fighting since we were in diapers – maybe before. I’ve had more than a few scraps with Jed, that’s for sure. Not sure when he’s gonna learn that he just can’t beat me when it comes to a fight! Mind you, it’s all in fun. Mostly.

Q: So you’re saying you usually win?

A: Course! All joking aside, Jed can hold his own. We just do it for fun. It’s our way. No real harm in it.

Q: Is that why you were both seen sporting black eyes shortly after Christmas?

A: You saw that, did you? He had quite the shiner, that’s for sure. I guess I did, too, but I avoided the mirror.

Q: You were the second one of the family to leave your home province of Newfoundland. Tell us about your decision to do so.

A: Work, plain and simple. Lots of folks left home and moved west when the fisheries went south. Oil patch mostly. That’s what I did. Moved to Fort McMurray almost four years ago now. Some folks call Fort Mac ‘little Newfoundland’ cause there are so many of us there. If everyone moved back home that’s left for the west, we’d double the size of the province, b’y!

Q: You’ve been credited with giving your siblings some interesting nicknames.

A: You mean Pip and Reba. Pip’s real name is Steve, but the story goes I called him Pip-squeak once and it stuck. I don’t remember it exactly, but that’s what I’m told. I call Reba ‘Spitfire’ but that one didn’t catch on as good. I’m the only one to call her that, but she doesn’t seem to mind. I have names for the rest of them, too, but you probably aren’t allowed to print them here.

Q: I hear you’re quite the ladies’ man. Is that true?

A: I like women, if that’s what you mean. I don’t mind admitting it.

Q: And they seem to like you, too, if what I hear is correct. What do you attribute that to?

A: Hm. Not sure, exactly. It’s just the way it is, I guess.

Q: Your brother Pip said it was a gift.

A: About him or me?

Q: He was speaking of himself, but he also mentioned, and I quote, “they flock to him (meaning you) like flies to honey.”

A: Sounds like Pip – the first part, I mean! As far as the rest goes, I’m not keeping tabs or anything like that. I’ve had a lot of women friends, if you know what I mean, and then moved on. I’ve never been one to make promises I can’t keep. ‘Here for a good time, not a long time’ and all that. I make no apologies, though. I am what I am.

Q: What’s your take on love?

A: I just told you.

Q: I don’t think so. I mean real love, as in a committed relationship.

A: I can’t really comment cause I don’t think I’ve ever had the misfortune of falling in love.

Q: Why do you call it a misfortune?

A: I’m not sure I’m the ‘commitment’ kind. Just can’t be bothered getting tied down just yet – although that doesn’t mean it’ll never happen.

Q: But if the right one came along?

A: Stranger things have happened, eh? Not making any promises, though… I mean, the sky could fall, too.

Q; So, for now you are a confirmed bachelor?

A: You got that right, b’y. As confirmed as they come, and then some.

Q: Thanks for joining me. Maybe I’ll interview you again in about a year from now. It’ll be interesting to see where you end up.

A: You know something I don’t?

Q: Stranger things have happened, eh, b’y?

A: Nice try! Although your Newfie accent sucks – just sayin’!

Buy the individual volumes on Amazon or get the complete verion in both ebook and paperback! 

Vol 1 – Neighbourhood Tangle – JED

Vol 2 – Neighbourhood Watch – BO

Vol 3 – Neighbourhood Rebel – REBA

Vol 4 – Neighbourhood Upstart – PIP

Vol 5 – Neighbourhood Freedom – WILL

Vol 6 – Neighbourhood Cupid – ZEB

Vol 7 – Neighbourhood Wrap – FINALE

CHECK OUT THE OTHER INTERVIEWS:

JED, BO, REBA, PIP, WILL

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