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text 2017-03-16 04:40
New Voices - the beginning of a new direction

Further to the new direction in my writing career.


Okay, so you’re saying my writing career had no direction before so how can I have a new one?


Well, maybe having no direction is a direction.


Too Zen for you?


How about: If you write a book and nobody reads it have you really written a book? That one’s been driving me crazy since, well, since I wrote a book and nobody read it.


Before you? me? we? all of us? get too hung up (do people still say that?) on these esoteric ruminations let me continue.


All of my book marketing has been so far done online. I blog, I Tweet, I post on my Facebook page, I send out promotional newsletters to my Advance Reading Team, I review books, I’ve even gone so far as to join and contribute to online reading/writing groups.


And it’s got me_______. (You fill in the blank)


This direction(?) has been macro – my books are available through Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Library Direct, OverDrive and a few more in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan and India. They’re available digitally as epub, mobi, pdf, online reader and more, suitable to most reading devices including your cellphone as well as in paperback in the UK, USA and Canada.


My new direction will be micro – I’ll sell actual books to real people face to face.


My first experience with this will be on March 27, 2017 at the Vancouver Public Library where I’ll be reading my work along with five other writers in their “New Voices” series. (How after seven years, seven novels and two plays I can be considered a “new voice” says something – what I’m not sure.)


The event is from 7 to 8:30 pm and our host will even provide a table for us to display and sell our books. I don’t know about the rest of the participants, but I’m taking advantage of the table and might even break off from my reading prematurely if I see someone in the audience interested in the merchandise.


Having been a salesman all my life I’m not the least bit intimidated.


So, I’ve crunched the numbers taking into consideration the price of my books, the exchange rate, shipping and tax and if I sell a book for $15 it’s $4 less than it can be purchased from Amazon and I can still make some money.


Enough, I hope, to at least cover the outrageous cost of parking downtown.


This is marginally better than selling my books at a flea market or garage sale, but if the world doesn’t want to buy them maybe the neighbourhood does.


I’m not afraid of taking chances, going in a new direction, and maybe, likely, failing. I never know where things will lead what’s important to me is to keep moving forward.


Well, at least to keep moving.


One thing’s for certain, if I do nothing, that’s what will happen.


Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.




Find reviews, blurbs and buy links to my seven novels and two plays at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU


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review 2017-02-18 14:53
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (SWE/ENG)
Career of Evil - Jay R. Galbraith

Ett paket med en kvinnas avhuggna ben levereras till Robin Ellacott. Hennes chef, privatdetektiven Cormoran Strike, inser att det finns fyra personer från hans förflutna som kan vara involverade – alla fullt kapabla till obeskrivlig brutalitet.

Cormoran Strike blir alltmer övertygad om att polisen i sin utredning fokuserar på fel person, och tar tillsammans med sin assistent Robin saken i egna händer. Jakten leder dem till de tre andra misstänkta männens mörka och skrämmande världar, men medan alltfler fasansfulla handlingar begås, håller tiden på att rinna ut.


Många såg nog fram emot den nya Harry Potter boken som släpptes i år. Personligen så har jag längtar mer efter att läsa denna bok. Nog för att jag gillar Harry Potter, men jag tycker att Rowling har lyckats gå vidare i livet med att skriva andra typer av böcker. Och då jag är en fan av kriminalromaner så är det kanske inte så överraskande att jag är väldigt nöjd med att hon har valt att skriva böcker om en privatdetektiv.

Nu kan jag inte säga att de är perfekta, jag har haft lite problem med handlingen i båda böckerna innan denna, även om fallen i båda bok 2 och denna har varit bättre än fallet i den första boken. Dock lider denna bok av samma problem som de förgående böcker. Handlingen kan bli lite långrandig. Om jag nu inte älskade karaktärerna så mycket så hade böckerna helt klart varit jobbigare att läsa. Men i och med att både Cormoran och Robin är fantastiskt karaktärer och jag är intresserad av deras personliga liv och deras problem så kan jag stå ut med att ibland känns det som om det tar en evighet för fallet att röra sig framåt. Jag tycker om att fallet var personligt i denna bok, att förövaren var ute efter Cormoran och använde sig av Robin att komma åt honom. Vem är det som är ute efter honom och varför? 

Slutet är både perfekt och oerhört frustrerande. Jag kan inget annat än säga än att jag nu verkligen vill ha fortsättningen på boken. Nu!

Tack till Wahlströms och Widstrand förlag för recensionsexemplaret!


When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...

A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down.


I bet many looked forward to the new Harry Potter book that was released this year. Personally, I craved this book more. Not that I like Harry Potter, but I think that Rowling has managed to move forward in life with writing other types of books. And then I'm a fan of crime novels, so it is perhaps not so surprising that I'm very pleased that she has chosen to write books about a private detective.

Now I have to say that the book is not perfect. I've had some problems with the plot of both books before this, even if the cases in book two and this book are better than the case in the first book. However, this book suffers from the same problems as the previous books. The plot can be a bit tedious. If I did not love the characters as much as I do would the books clearly have been harder to read. But, both Cormoran and Robin are fantastic characters and I'm interested in their personal live and problems so thanks to that can I take that the case seems to take forever sometimes to get anywhere. I like that that the case was personal in this book that the perpetrator was after Cormoran and used the Robin to get to him. Who is after him and why?

The ending is both perfect and extremely frustrating. I can't say anything else that I really want the continuation of the book. Now!

Thanks to Wahlströms och Widstrand förlag for the review copy!

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review 2017-01-06 00:00
Choosing a Career in Music
Choosing a Career in Music - John Giacob... Choosing a Career in Music - John Giacobello Basic introduction for children (4th to 8th grade) interested in pursuing a career in the music field. Delves into the many choices possible.
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review 2016-12-18 00:00
Choosing a Career in the Restaurant Industry
Choosing a Career in the Restaurant Indu... Choosing a Career in the Restaurant Industry - Eileen Beal Good basic overview for a kid (I'd say 4th to 8th grade) of the culinary industry for those thinking they might want to go into that career as an adult.
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review 2016-11-06 21:19
Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. Seuss

This can really be read for any grade level but for this particular activity, I would say 4th-6th. Since using it for older grades it would be a fun way to read a picture book again since they have already transitioned to chapter books, also because most students will be able to catch the metaphors. You could read this book to your class, maybe after having had a career week, maybe even red ribbon week since that is about saying no to drugs. That has a lot to do with making a better person out of yourself. After reading the book to the students they could write a short paper about what they want to be when they grow up and why they want to do that particular job. This is a great gift for graduation!

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