Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Exciting News

I recently published 2 of my short stories on Amazon's Kindle. The process was fairly simple and I'm happy with the results. Both stories are available at a reasonable cost of .99 cents. If you don't have a Kindle, you can read them on your computer. All you have to do is load the Kindle application onto your computer. It is a free, simple, and quick download and can be done here:

A Lifetime to Love - Click Here to Purchase

EarthSong - Click Here to Purchase
Interestingly enough, I'm finding that sales of my e-books are far outweighing my print sales. It's amazing how e-readers have become a household name overnight here in Canada. When I tried to buy my first reader about 8 years ago, people looked at me as if I were from outerspace. No-one, and I mean NO ONE, I talked to knew what the heck I was talking about. I ordered one from the RCA Rocket, which is still one of my favorite readers. Now it seems as if everyone owns a Kindle, Kobo, Nook, or Sony. Not just young people who have grown up with technology, but middle-aged and older people as well. People who fought against buying a computer are jumping at buying an e-reader. Go figure.
By the way, all my books are available as e-books, so don't be shy...check them out here:
Links to Buy my Books


Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Where did the time go?

Oh my goodess. Am I the only person who has trouble remembering to update their blog? Between facebook, twitter, myspace, my website, amazon's author central, and any other places I have an online can be mind-boggling.
Of course, with the roiling hormones these days *laughs as all the guys flinch at the mention* I have an excuse for my wickedly bad memory. From what I understand, women at this point in their life often worry that they're seeing the onset of early Alzheimers, but it's just hormones. I can relate. Not long ago I stood in front of the bank machine and struggled to remember my PIN. This is a number that I've used for approximately 30 years and suddenly I'm drawing a blank. Talk about frustrating.

I'm excited about posting my first short story on Amazon's Kindle. I designed the cover, formatted and posted the story myself. It was fun and not nearly as difficult as one would imagine. I love this story and am thinking seriously about expanding it into a full length manuscript. If you enjoy the timeless love story between King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, you'll enjoy A Lifetime to Love It's well worth spending the .99 cents to read the twist at the end of the story.

A friend of mine, Shelley Kinsman and myself have put together a Writer's Workshop for beginners and we are holding our first one on March 3rd. If you'd like more information check out our blog Word Alchemy. We will be building a series of workshops for writers at all levels of experience, whether you have a manuscript started, or completed and ready to send out. With my experience as a published author and Shelley's as an editor, we cover all aspects of the writing and publishing industry.
I'm excited about this venture as I feel we have alot to offer and I know how many people there are who would love to write a book, or are trying but need some guidance.

I promise, promise, promise, it will not be so long in between posts. See, now that I've promised, I have to post more regularly. I never make a promise without doing everything in my power to keep my word. Oh, there is so much to say on that subject, but I'll save it for another post.

Talk soon,

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Nothing to do with writing, but...

I have amazing dogs. Truly, seriously, special and amazing. Timber and Phantom are not your ordinary house pets by any means. They are livestock guardian dogs (LGD's) and unless you live in farm country you'll  probably have no idea what I'm talking about. The breed is Maremma, and their roots go back in history 2000 years or more. Originating in Italy, these dogs would be sent up into the mountains for the summer, along with the herd they were responsible for, and spend months without human contact. Because of the solitary lifestyle and the responsibility of protecting an entire herd, the breed has developed the ability to think for themselves, judge situations and react accordingly.

We bought Timber because the cry of coyotes close to the barn was a constant worry. I love my goats and would be devastated if anything happened to them so I researched ways to protect them. Llamas and donkeys are regularly used for protection but my research revealed that LGD's offered the breeding and instinct that I wanted to protect my babies.

Timber was two years old and been raised with goats, so he knew exactly what to do with no training from us. When we brought him home, he entered the barnyard and lay down, belly up to the goats. The submissive action let the goats feel safe while they sniffed and stepped all over him. Within a week, Timber had the goats trained to respond to his barks. Barking a warning at nearby predators garners no reaction from the goats, a bark of curiosity or uncertainty, and the goats still ignore him...but if Timber gives his bark with that certain tone to it, the goats come running. No matter where they are or what they're doing, they race to his side and stand in a tightly-knit group until Timber releases them. Don't ask me how he lets them know it's safe because I've watched for the sign, but I have no idea. They just know when they can go back to their previous activities.

Timber is loving, intelligent, sweet-natured, gorgeous and listens to me most of the time. The thing with LGD's is they pretty much do exactly what they want. They'll obey as long as it doesn't conflict with their number one priority...protecting the herd they are responsible for. If they sense danger we don't, you can call them to come as much as you want. They won't do it. If you want to hug or play with them and they know a coyote is in the area...forget it. You no longer exist and you can't bribe them with treats or affection.

Phantom is our younger dog. I lock the goats up in the barn at night and Timber is left alone in the barnyard. Every night when I'd come back to the house and look back at Timber sitting at the fence watching me and looking so sad and forlorn, my heart would wrench. I decided he needed company, not to mention two dogs against a couple of coyotes is much better odds. The thing is that I bought Timber to protect the goats but didn't want him to get hurt, so I bought a second dog to help guard Timber.

Phantom - as a puppy
We'd been fortunate that Timber is friendly and bonded with the goats so well but from what I've seen of how some people train their LGD's, I didn't want to take the chance of bringing home a dog who wouldn't be absolutely socialised and friendly with people. So I bought a puppy.  For the first couple of months it was important that he bond with the goats and not with me, so cuddling this cute, fluffy puppy was out of the question for the first while.  Now, you have to understand that I've never owned outside dogs before. My dogs have always been spoiled rotten house pets. Keeping a puppy at the barn and not spending all my time there cuddling him was an extremely difficult thing for me to do. I managed, but in spite of my fortitude and period of only minor attention, Phantom decided to love me like crazy anyway. He follows me everywhere when I'm at the barn, lays at my feet, watches every move I make with adoration.

He's so cute. But I do see signs of him becoming a good LGD. For example, when I take my usual morning wheelbarrow full of manure down to the growing pile, Phantom usually stands at the fence and watches every move I make while Timber keeps an eye on the trees and fenceline around me. Just so you know, Timber's action is more correct. He should be watching the surroundings for signs of danger. Watching me doesn't do any good if there's a coyote hiding in the shadows. Anyway, I noticed that Phantom is now starting to focus on what's going on around me instead of staring at me. A step forward for sure. He's great with the goats and watches and mimics Timber. It takes about eighteen months for a dog to become a valuable, valid LGD and Phantom is now one year old, so he's getting there.

Now, what prompted this entire post..I saw a deer and fawn in the back of my neighbours hayfield, so I grabbed my camera and ran back for a photo op. When I climbed the fence, I noticed the doe was stamping, snorting and jumping. I didn't realize why until I saw a coyote. The doe ran at the coyote and then ran away, almost as if leading the coyote. That's when I heard the fawn cry. My blood literally froze. The cry of a baby deer sounds exactly like a baby goat. I screamed NOOOOOOOOOOO and without thinking, ran to the back of the barnyard, opened the gate and set the dogs loose. I yelled at them GO, GO, GO. Boy can they ever run when there's incentive. Now I know some of you are wondering what was I thinking. Trust me, these dogs would not chase the deer, their focus would be totally on the coyotes. By the time I jumped the fence and looked to the back of the hayfield, all was silent. No deer, fawn, coyotes or dogs.

It took three hours for my guys to return home and that's a long time for these dogs to be away from the herd. Timber was limping on three legs and Phantom had some scratches in his ears and on his head. Very minor stuff that healed within a day or two. I have no idea if they tangled with a coyote, or hurt themselves in the dense bush. I have no idea if they got back there quick enough to save the fawn...I'll probably never know. I do know that these dogs are amazing and I can leave my goats in their care with total assurance of safety.

I do have more photos of all my animals on my website:
While you're on my website, why not check out my books as well. If you see something you like, maybe even purchase one. Animals are expensive to feed so look at it like this:
Buy a Book = Feed an Animal 

Take care and have a great day,

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Contest Winner

Drum Roll Please..and the winner is...Ginger Kenney

Ginger wins:
A  cute teddy bear wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with A Witch's Lament cover
A rose quartz pendulum
An instruction book on the many uses of the pendulum.

Congratulations, Ginger.

Many thanks to all who participated in the Crescent Moon Press Blog Tour. I hope you had fun and I can't wait to see who wins the grand prize. Winner will be announced on June 4th on the Crescent Moon Press Blog.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Crescent Moon Press -
Three Day Blog Tour
My blog prize - Teddy Bear wearing A Witch's Lament t-shirt
(cute enough to cuddle)
Rose Quartz Pendulum
Book on using the Pendulum

Welcome to the Blog Tour, or as I prefer to call it, Blog Hop. A similar idea to what we used to refer to as bar hopping. Not that I ever indulged in the infamous activity of bar hopping as a weekend event. Nope, not me. No way….Have I convinced you yet? I must admit, days when I might have bar hopped are so far in the past that I’d need a serious telescope to be able to see the speck in the distance.

With so many ideas whirling about in my mind for today’s blog, I decided to focus on shameless self-promotion. After all, that’s what this tour is about. Introducing the books of Crescent Moon Press authors to the public. Take a look at our covers.

Have you ever seen a publisher with such consistently gorgeous covers? I haven’t. I love my latest for A Witch's Legacy. (thanks to Jeannie Ruesch) You can see the cover over on the sidebar. It pulses with otherworldly, mystical energy that makes a person want to pick up the book and find out what’s happening. At least, I hope it does.

A Witch’s Legacy is sequel to A Witch’s Lament, a story about the infamous witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts. You can read it as a standalone but to get the full benefit of the story and timeline, I would suggest reading the first one. As a special treat for visiting my blog today, here is an excerpt of A Witch’s Legacy:

Cold prickles rushed through Cassandra and she froze with mortification. Years of guilt burned in her stomach. Her limbs weakened. Then the anger struck. She slammed her hands to her hips and glared at Samson.

“How dare you say such a thing?” Damn Samson for being an instigator. How dare he resurrect her pain! She wanted to scream at him and demand he apologize for invading her life.

Hot blood rose to her face and without thinking she raised a hand and slapped him. The resounding crack echoed in the still of the late afternoon and Cassandra immediately recoiled from the uncharacteristic violent act.

She waited for him to yell at her, or make a retaliatory move, but he only flared his nostrils and lifted a hand to touch his cheek. When he spoke, his voice rumbled low and he forced words through clenched teeth.

“I dare because people are dying.” Aloof and distant, he continued as if reciting a speech. “There was another dog slaughtered today, so I’m guessing there’ll be another murder tonight.”

He stared at her. Waiting.

A Witch’s Legacy is available as e-book or print and you can find it here:

Now, it’s time for you to do some work.
Nothing difficult because you’re not even halfway through the blog hop yet and I don’t want to wear you out.

1.  Email your answer to a simple question (below) to This will automatically enter you to win the contest on my blog.

***Question: Where do my books, A Witch’s Lament and A Witch’s Legacy take place.***

I will be awarding a prize to someone who sends me the correct answer. Prize consists of teddy bear wearing t-shirt with A Witch's Lament cover image, a rose quartz pendulum, and a book on using the pendulum.

2.  Go to my website: and sign up for the mailing list for my newsletter. The blue and green link at the bottom of the home page says “Join my mailing list”

3.  Continue on to the next blog and see what author Kinley Baker has in store for you. I'm sure it'll be something fun.

Note: Crescent Moon Press authors live sea to shining sea. If the next blog has not yet posted for the tour, please check back. The time difference may have created a speed bump. Don't miss out on a chance to win valuable prizes~!

If you get lost, visit CMP blog to find your way back again!

Take care, have fun and GOOD LUCK!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Contest. You could win a Kindle or Nook and e-books from Crescent Moon Press Authors.

This is such a cool contest, I wish I could participate. Since I can't then good luck to everyone who does. Instructions below, make sure to check back to my blog on Wednesday, May 25 when I post my blog and skill-testing question.

Memorial Day Weekend Bash~!

Three Day Blog Tour
May 24th, 25th & 26th

Prizes at every stop
Grand Prize Nook or Kindle, Your Choice

Every stop along the way will have a posted quest

Sign up for the newsletter or blog

Email your quest answer to the author to enter for great prizes.

Complete all blog tour stops to enter into the grand prize drawing

A Nook or Kindle, Your Choice
BONUS a dozen digital books

Full itinerary will soon be posted on the CMP blog.
All stops must be completed to qualify for the Grand Prize.

You can join the games late. All quests must be completed by May 26th end of day.
All Winners Posted on CMP blog by June 4th.

New Releases

Hello, people. Thanks for visiting my blog. Again, it's been awhile since my last post. *hangs head in shame* There's so much news I don't know where to begin. I'll start with the best news...I have 2 new releases. Yayyy! It's taken longer than I would have liked getting them to this point, but they are finally available in print and e-book.

A Witch's Legacy, sequel to A Witch's Lament, is the first sequel I've written and I found it difficult to stay focused on the story. With so many other characters and idea racing around in my mind, I don't think I'll be writing another sequel. But, hey, who knows.

I recently visited Salem, Massachussetts for a writers conference. Since this is the setting for both books and A Witch's Legacy is just released, the timing was perfect. If you'd like to read about my ghostly encounters check Hannah Howell's blog on June 6th and you'll get the lowdown.

Solitary Cove is my one and only contemporary novel. No ghosts, magic, paranormal wanderings into another realm. Nope. Just romantic suspense. Again, not something I'm sure I'll attempt again, but it was a story I wanted to I did. :-)  For those who have heard of, or read, Barbara Bretton (a wonderful writer) she was gracious enough to give me an author blurb for Solitary Cove. And because I love what she said so much, I'll post it below for you to read.

If you love fast-paced romantic suspense novels peopled with characters you'll cheer for, SOLITARY COVE is the book for you. A seaside village in Nova Scotia, a movie hero with a daughter he barely knows, and a woman on the run from danger equal the perfect formula for a terrific read. Catherine Anne Collins has a winner on her hands!
So how's that for a great blurb from a USA Today Bestselling Author. I'm happy. See me smiling :-)

If you'd like to join the mailing list for my newsletter, you can do so HERE.

Keep checking back, there's more news and great stuff to come.

Talk soon,

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Seasons Greetings!

Do you ever have a song play itself in your mind over and over again? It's actually a regular occurrence for me, some kind of OCD I'm sure. :-) I can remember the words for songs I haven't heard in years and my husband can always get me going by repeating two or three words of a song and then I have no choice but to finish the sentence. Then I'm stuck for the day repeating the song in my mind.

Anyway, today's song went like this:

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle-belling
And everyone telling you, Be of Good Cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year
It's the hap-happiest season of all...

Well, you get the idea.  I know the reason for the season has historically been to celebrate the birth of Christ, but with today's varied belief systems, that is not always the case. I think that no matter what you believe it's not a bad thing to take a portion of the year to celebrate the spirit of giving to others, and caring, not only for loved ones, but for strangers as well. Smile at your waitress, open a door for someone, pay for someone's coffee at the coffeeshop when they realize they don't have any money and the debit machine isn't working. Small things, maybe, but if you do it for a few weeks over the holiday season, who knows, it might become a part of your daily routine. Wouldn't that be a nice world to live in?

I guess what I'm saying is whether you're celebrating the birth of Christ, or just into the whole gift-giving, holiday visiting routine, why not let Christmas be the happiest season of all, the most wonderful time of the year? What's wrong with that? You shouldn't have to believe in Christ to want to be cheerful and help others.

Spread the joy. Love your neighbor. Be Happy.

Have a safe and Merry Christmas!