Knowing that happiness doesn’t come from thinking, wanting, or expecting too much
Design by: Virginia
Cut someone some slack
Only One of Us Can Survive.
Wren knows only one thing: she is being hunted by the most powerful woman in Aria and she won’t stop until she is dead. Born a defective clone and cast out of society, Wren is a liability to have around because of her mirror image of the famous face.
Reece is the soldier who let her escape. A dedicated member of the Resistance hiding in plain sight with the city’s trooper division, he is determined to change things from the inside. Being a spy is deadly, especially when every move he makes is being watched.
When their paths cross everything changes. Wren must decide whether she can trust the soldier in order to find safety. When her best friend is taken by a guard, she has no choice except to beg Reece to help her find him.
In a fight for justice, the truth, and the lives of all Defectives, Wren and Reece are the unlikely duo who must risk everything they’ve ever known for the cause. In the first book of the Aria Clones Trilogy, be prepared to question everything you’ve been told.
“Sherry Jasmine Clayton… I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
I wasn’t ready for it then.
He was my anchor.
And then he wasn’t.
As swiftly as we’d fallen, he let me go.
Two years later, a phone call sends me running back to the last place where I thought I’d be – Fortuity.
The plan is to stay for a couple of weeks before I return to Chicago, keeping my head low and avoiding trouble.
Problem is, Chase starts to make my walls crumble. Only he’s not interested about the past. He insists we make one harmless deal – keeping the peace for as long as I’m here.
Dom Kozlov is a hotshot twenty-something who’s made his millions dealing illegal guns. From drug running biker gangs to Syrian freedom fighters, his client base extends to every corner of the globe. With his crack shot team of friends and longtime girlfriend by his side, there isn’t a deal in the world they can’t close. But when a rival dealer steps up the pressure, tensions quickly spiral out of control. From Miami to Oakland, this new competitor has declared all-out war. As the noose tightens, Dom and his friends must figure out a way to continue the business while staying out of both the handcuffs and the crosshairs. Could all the high stakes deals, heavy firefights, and close calls with law be signing the death warrants of Dom and his crew? Blow Back is the first installment of the Merchant of Death series. Intended for mature readers.
On October 8, Virginia and I attended the Indie Author Day event held at the Brampton Public Library. This event started in the United States and on this day, nearly 300 libraries across North America invited thousands of local writers in their communities to join them for a day of celebration and inspiration devoted to indie authors like me.
There were a dozen of us—poetry, non-fiction and fiction writers—all anticipating the chance to share our work at the Four Corners Branch. The library staff has wonderfully and professionally prepared the space for us. Each of us sat behind a desk displaying our books and these simple yet lovely-designed place cards with our names. Our desks surrounded a few rows of audience chairs facing the front where a sturdy dark brown lectern, microphone and projector were ready for author presentations. Just like a postcard, the backdrop was a wall of windows that displayed magnificent maple trees colourfully smiled under the blue sky 🙂
It was a charming set up although only a handful of people showed up. The organizers in the states probably didn’t take into consideration that it was Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. Yet this somehow did not deter us authors from sharing with the tiny audience and among ourselves. Some amazing spontaneous things happened that day—something that wouldn’t have happened if the crowd had been bigger. We shared our experiences as writers/publishers and these interactions may lead to different workshops that Virginia and I will do in the future to help other Indie authors. It’s amazing how many different publishing ideas are out there!
We took turn to talk about our books and publishing journeys. When it was my turn I told the story I often tell in my workshops. It’s about the word ‘PASSION’—that it is our opportunity to PASS-I-ON whenever we do something with a passion in life and as authors, we have created a wonderful legacy of passing ourselves on forever.
Before we left, Virginia took me by the hand, led me to a shelf and then told me to look down. That was truly something I never thought I would see in my life. When I looked down and there it was: my book on a shelf in the library! Laughingly, of course, I said I’d be happier to know someone had checked it out to read. Truthfully though, I was so very very proud to see my book in the library since getting it into libraries meant that the book’s quality fit the collection. I also remembered my grade 12 English teacher telling me to never choose a career in literature. I wondered what he’d say if he saw this!
It was a good day, so much to feel thankful for.
Offer someone your seat
Leone owns Pulp Magic (Comics, Books, Games, & More). Angry customers are her biggest concern—until a man from another world literally drops into her shop. And oni have followed him. Leone defends herself with a magical staff, which marks her with powerful runes. Her supernatural tattoo sleeves make her desperately thirsty, yet practically allergic to water—and oh, they foretell the fate of the realms of demons, gods, and men.
With her four friends and inter-dimensional guide, Leone travels to the realm of the gods, searching for magical cosmetic surgery. She doesn’t want to carry the fate of the world literally on her arms. But the truth she finds—of a war raging between worlds—changes her, challenges her.
What’s a nerd to do with the fate of all worlds at stake? Ah yes, kick some demon ass.
The Chronicles of Narnia but with more swearing, more katanas, and less allegory. It’s nerdy, anime inspired fun for the whole family.