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Ghosts On The Prairies Launch!

I’m so thrilled for my friend and critique partner, Tanya Reimer, whose first book was just published in ebook format (paperback coming in October!) by Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specializing in Speculative Fiction.

The prairies of 1916-19 come alive with bootleggers, slavery, fools in sheets, haunting spirits, shifty tunne
l runners, and even exploding churches. Ghosts on the Prairies  is alternative history suspense incorporating the paranormal and infused with romance.

Some things are worth a fight. Strong words that Antoine’s father drilled into him. After his father mysteriously vanishes one night, Antoine must findanother income or he risks losing the Sacred Land that his father swore to protect. Working on a ranch, Antoine meets Emma, a victim of underground slavery. Fighting for her freedom costs him his home, his sister, his best friend, and puts in question all of his values. If he succeeds, will she and her son fit into his world? As the law of the Ghost tribes says: Respect others, respect yourself, and respect nature.

GP cover

About Tanya

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Tanya enjoys using t
he tranquil prairies as a setting to her not-so-peaceful speculative fiction stories, many of which are inspired by her years of research into Saskatchewan’s local Francophone history.

She is married with two children which means among her accomplishments are the necessary magical abilities to find a lost tooth in a park of sand and whisper away monsters from under the bed.

As director of a non-profit Francophone community center, Tanya offers programming and services in French for all ages to ensure the lasting imprint and growth of the Francophone community in which she was raised. What she enjoys the most about her job is teaching social media safety for teens and offering one-on-one technology classes for seniors.

Tanya was fifteen when she wrote her first column. She has a diploma in Journalism/Short Story Writing. Today, she actively submits to various newspapers, writes and publishes the local Francophone newsletter for her community, and maintains a blog at Life’s Like That.

I just started reading Ghosts on the Prairies, and so far, so good! Any new releases you want to mention?

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Tagged by Tanya

Recently I was tagged by my good friend, Tanya Reimer, a magical and generous writer. In return, I tag another generous writer, Suzanne Lilly, whose debut book will be published July 2012 by Turquoise Morning Press’s Honey Creek Books. In addition, I must answer these questions from Tanya:

 1. What is the title of your current WIP? Tell us about it.

The Transparents is a middle grade book about a boy who suddenly becomes invisible during math class, and learns to use his new ability to become a more confident version of himself and to solve a mystery to save his older brother and his best friend.

2. When did you start blogging and why?

Hmm, that’s a good question. I started blogging about three years ago to have an online presence. It has become a good way to make friends with other writers on the journey to publication.

3. If you could do anything tomorrow, what would you do?

Leave for France. But I’ll have to wait until late Spring. Okay, since I can’t leave tomorrow for France then I want to do exactly what I normally do on Thursdays and Fridays if I don’t have stuff to do at my kids’ school: exercise by playing Just Dance 3, do a tiny household chore (like throwing a load of laundry into the washer and then forgetting about it, or sweeping my kitchen floor), reading an actual book while eating my lunch (or meeting a friend out for lunch), and a whole lot of writing/revising.

4. Describe your happy place.

It’s quiet and calm (unless I’m in the mood for singing and dancing) with soft places to sit and lots of hot tea and peanut M&Ms. Then again, sometimes my happy place is doing something silly with my kids.

5. What was your first happy memory?

A birthday party at McDonald’s when I was about 4.

6. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Okay, so believe it or not, but this former globe-trotting humanitarian aid worker’s scariest moment was last summer on a roller coaster with my kids. I’m not a thrill seeker – at least not that kind – but my boys love roller coasters and I thought our local Six Flags park’s Bobsled looked doable for me. Nope. Never again. Sorry, guys.

7. What is the funnest thing you did today?

Today is not a good day to ask me that question since I spent most of the day feeling ill. The funnest thing I did last Tuesday was play Simon Says in French with a group of kids in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

8. What is the strangest place you’ve ever gotten an idea for a story?

On the toilet.

9. Where do you write?

On the toilet. Oops, nope, wrong question. Mostly I write on my living room couch.

10. If you just won a ticket to anywhere in the world but had to take me, where would you take me? Why?

I would take you to Rwanda so you can see how I lived for a couple of years, visit the mountain gorillas, and look for my friend Marie-Josée because she’s awesome and you’d totally get along.

Okay, your turn. In the comments tell me where in the world you’d take me and why. And Suzanne, if you feel like it, you can answer all the questions on your blog someday.


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Today you can read yet another interview of me, by my good friend, Tanya. This post of hers absolutely blew my mind. You’ll have to go see it to understand. Tanya is an amazing person, an amazing mom and an amazing writer (and yes, Tanya, I have those conversations with you in my mind, too).

This is now my 4th interview, all from writers I “met” during the Blog Crusade hosted by Rachael Harrie. I took a chance and put myself out there and it has paid dividends.

As I mentioned last week, I have gained writing-bloggie friends and critique partners and beta readers. This is as good a time as any to send virtual shout outs to the people who have recently critiqued all or part of Sophie (in the order in which they read it):

Suzanne Lilly
Eric Etkin
Gail Aldous
Steve Sheinkin
Tanya Reimer from Life’s Like That
Christy from erica and christy
Catherine Johnson
Laura Diamond of Diamond, Yup Like the Stone

These are all talented writers, following a similar path to my own. We are all on the journey to publication (except for Steve who has been living the dream for some time now) and we are very lucky to have found some support and friendship. There are others who have helped me in some way (you know who you are). I’ll honor them another time.

Now for an update. Sophie is steeping, having recently gathered critiques. I am reading, critiquing, and helping another friend with a new project.

Who are you happy to share a journey with (whatever that journey may be)?


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