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Neighbourhood Cast List

A few readers said they had some trouble keeping such a large cast of characters straight while reading the original NEIGHBOURS Series. To help alleviate that issue, I have added a ‘cast list’ to the second series at the back of each volume. I want to thank Violet, one of my beta readers, for making this suggestion. Here is what it looks like:

Cast List From the Neighbourhood

The Malloys:

Jed Malloy: 32 – back woods boy from Newfoundland is the head of the ‘clan’.

Zeb Malloy: 30 – rough around the edges; likes to party, and likes his ‘freedom’.

Bo Malloy: 27 – quiet and more sensible than the rest. Works at the Urban Cowboy.

Will Malloy: 26 – into sports, the outdoors, and anything fun!

Reba Malloy: 24 – fiery redhead with a stubborn streak.

Pip (Steve) Malloy: 22 – the ‘baby’ of the family and a bit of a ‘ladies’ man’.

The Rest:

Andrea Carravagio: identical twin to Angela. Owns Gemini’s Beauty Salon.

Angela Carravagio: identical twin to Andrea. The ‘wild one’ of the two.

Jacques Marcett: manager of the Urban Cowboy, originally from Quebec.

Lester Tibbett: former cowboy and Jed’s friend.

Patsi Tibbett: Lester’s younger sister back from the country.

Brett McMillan: Patsi’s former boyfriend and one of the ‘elite’.

Marigold Reynolds: artist and environmentalist. Her parents own a campground.

Ophelia Stanfield: rich California girl visiting her relatives, the McMillans.

Cory Roberts: owns the Urban Cowboy; likes dreadlocks and DJing.

Viann-Patrice Marcett: Jacques’s step-sister from Montreal.

Sherri Chan: college professor who goes with Lester Tibbett.

Tiffany Yuen: Martial arts instructor visiting from Toronto.

Lily Chan: Sherri Chan’s cousin who also works at the family restaurant.

Some Minor Players:

Tamara Spence: owner of the Brew café where Patsi works.

Carmen Lamont: owner of the Brew café where Patsi works.

Sherman Chan: Architect. Sherri’s brother. Goes with Carmen Lamont.

Rocky Carravagio: Scary looking brother of Andrea and Angela.

Jeremiah Reynolds: Will’s boss. Owns a campground.

Maizy Reynolds: Jeremiah’s wife.

Buck Stone: First Nations man who works at Jeremiah’s camp with Will.

Tad Roberts: Cory’s father and financier of the Urban Cowboy.

Dr. Lawler: has a brief relationship with Viann.

Crystal: waitress at the Urban Cowboy.

Millicent Peacock: nosy neighbour who lives in the apartment building.

Ma and Pops Malloy: The parents who started it all.

   (The three sisters still in Newfoundland):

Fanny: 33  – married to Joe with 3 kids

Mary: 29 – married to ‘Dr.’ Trent with two kids

Sissy: 28 – married to Hank with four kids

Characters from Neighbours Series I referenced in Series II:

Megan McMillan: Patsi’s friend and sister to Brett.

Emmanuel Fernandez: Megan’s boyfriend whom she eventually marries.

Elaine and Bruce McMillan: Brett’s lawyer parents involved in a scandal.

Steve Russell: Newspaper columnist who dates Tamara Spence.

Matonabee Spence: Tamara’s young son.

Goldie Harper: Lives in the apartment and goes with Tad Roberts.

Jason Harper: Goldie’s son.

Vinny Kirkpatrick: retired newspaper reporter.

Renee Tucker: Carmen Lamont’s niece, who used to date Cory Roberts.

Pre-sales of Volume 2 – NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – BO are on now! 

Accountability Progress Report

If I was in business, I would say that the first quarter of 2017 has come and gone. In fact, we’re two weeks into the second quarter. But wait… I AM in business. I’m a writer, and I set some pretty lofty goals for myself at the beginning of this year. In fact, my ‘word’ for 2017 is ACCOUNTABILITY, so this post is one way of maintaining that focus one quarter in.

While I’m not one hundred percent up to the mark with all of my writing and publishing goals, I feel like I am making very good progress. In fact, you may already know that Volume 1 in the NEIGHBOURS sequel released on Saturday.

NEIGHBOURHOOD TANGLE – Volume 1 – JED is now available on Amazon. It is the first novella length instalment in the continuing series. (There are seven in all) I shared the blurb in a previous post 

Here is how the rest of the series is shaping up:

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – Volume 2 – BO – release date April 30

NEIGHBOURHOOD REBEL – Volume 3 – REBA – release date  May 15

NEIGHBOURHOOD UPSTART – Volume 4 – PIP  – release date May 30

NEIGHBOURHOOD FREEDOM – Volume 5 – WILL – release date June 15

NEIGHBOURHOOD CUPID – Volume 6 – ZEB – release date June 30


KEEPING UP WITH THE NEIGHBOURS COMPLETE SERIES 2 – release date July 30 (paperback and ebook)

Please stay tuned for more details on the final launch. I am releasing each novella separately, but hope to make the final book launch of the complete series a bit more ‘splashy’.



This short volume – the first in a seven part series that follows the Malloy family, whom we met in NEIGHBOURS Series 1, is set to release on April 15.

Keeping Up With the Neighbours: 

Volume 1 – Neighbourhood Tangle – JED

Look out! The Malloy family are taking over the neighbourhood! Jed – a ‘down-home’ boy from Newfoundland who’s a bit rough around the edges – moved ‘out west’ several years ago, but now his raucous family are joining him, one by one. A confirmed bachelor, Jed finds himself attracted to a hairdresser who he mistakes for her identical twin sister. Just when Jed thinks he’s ready for love, he finds out that their moral standards don’t align. In anguish he turns to alcohol – the one true friend that has never let him down.




Note to readers: This series, although labelled ‘Christian’, contains elements that may be disturbing to some readers, such as the use of alcohol and 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 Jed Malloy

jed malloy w borderQ: Hello Jed. You’re from Newfoundland, correct?
A: That’s right, sis. I originally comes from the rock.

Q: What brought you all the way across the country to Alberta?
A: Work, a course. ‘Alf of Newfoundland is out west, don’t ya know, includin’ me own brother Zeb.

Q: Where does he live?
A: Fort Mac – or little Newfoundland, as they say. Thinkin’ about movin’ in with me, though, so ya better look out.

Q: Do you come from a large family?
A: I gots three sisters and five brothers. That’s nine of us in all.

Q: My goodness.
A: That’s small by Newfie standards!

Q: I see. What do you do for work?
A: As little as possible! (That was a joke. Don’t look so worried, b’y!) I works for Titan construction. We’re buildin’ an ‘igh rise downtown.

Q: What do you do for fun?
A: That’s easy. I likes to play pool down at that Urban Cowboy. My buddy Lester is gonna enter in one of them bull ridin’ tournaments down there on that mechanical bull they gots. Should be good for a laugh.

Q: I imagine you also enjoy the odd beer with your pool?
A: Ya gots that right, b’y! I’m always in the mood for a cold one!

Q: Do you plan to stay in Calgary or do you hope to move home to Newfoundland someday?
A: That’s a tough one, it is. I been here four years already, and I like it alright, but I do miss the ocean. If some more of me family members moved out west I’d consider stayin’ put.

Q; What about a girlfriend? Would that convince you to stay?
A: A girlfriend? Now if that don’t beat all! Ain’t no woman gonna get her clutches into me and tie me down. Lard thunderin’… no b’y. Not happenin’.

Well, it seems Jed has his mind made up. See what other shenanigans Jed gets into. He appears throughout the series, but has a special surprise in THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

Interview with Steve Russell

steve new w borderQ; What do you do for a living?
A: I’m a journalist. I write a column in one of the daily papers.

Q: You make news of other people’s misfortune, is that it?
A: I wouldn’t put it that way. I just try to tell it like it is, and if a local politician, for instance, is doing something he or she shouldn’t be, then I don’t mind alerting the public.

Q: I also heard you may be working on a fairly controversial story – one that could upset a lot of people if the allegations are true.
A: Obviously, I can’t comment on that right now.

Q: Can you at least tell us who is involved? I heard rumours of a local government official, an oil company, and even a construction firm.
A: Afraid not. That would be a breech of trust between myself and my source.

Q: You’re not giving me much, here, are you?
A: It’s the best I can do.

Q: How about your personal life? Is there anyone special?
A: Maybe. What makes you think I’ll tell you anything about my personal life?

Q: I’m the one asking the questions.
A: Sorry. Force of habit.

Q: So?
A: Actually there is someone. Her name is Tamara Spence, but don’t tell her I mentioned her name in this interview or she might freak out. She’s kind of skittish, and I’ve had a hard time convincing her to even talk to me, let alone date me.

Q: My lips are sealed.
A: Then why do I see our picture together at the top of the page?

Trouble is brewing in the neighbourhood – with a capital ‘D’ for danger, and Steve finds himself in the middle of it in SKELETONS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.


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