Showing posts with label Blake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blake. Show all posts

Monday, July 9, 2012


MuseItUp Publishing is hosting a Christmas in July Hunt from July 9 - 23, 2012.

For details, check out their webpage at

Find one hidden Christmas Tree or find them all, then receive your gift:
Package One: a $25.00 gift certiciate to MuseItUp Publishing's bookstore
Package Two: 10 EBOOKS 
Dead Witness is one of the participating ebooks.

Winners will be announced at the end of July.

Other news: 

As you know, my suspense thriller BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD won the IPPY Silver Medal for Canada West - Best Regional Fiction. I'm happy to announce that my eBook, DEAD WITNESS is a finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards, under the Suspense Fiction category. 

July 12th and 13th, I'm helping children's author, Carole Anne Carr, promote her new age 8+ mystery, FIRST WOLF. Hope you can stop by. 

You may have noticed my little Mickey Mouse promotional cartoon on the left? Truth is I love my followers and seeing their numbers grow gives me much happiness. Course, I can also hear my mother's voice in my head saying something like, "Modesty is a virtue, Joylene. The Mouse is tacky." I know, Mum, but ...." (head hanging low) "Go away, will ya." If you'd like a similar widget, just click on it while you can and you'll find a new page and numerous widgets to choose from. I can't promise how long mine will be here.

A big THANK YOU to Cher Green for the Fabulous Blog Ribbon Award, which I will feature next week. Speaking of awards, you may have noticed I've removed all my awards on the right? It wasn't an easy decision, I loved them, even though I could hear my mother whispering in my ear, "Joylene, remember it's not ladylike to--" However, several of my readers emailed to say that my blog took too long to download and they final stopped visiting for that reason. Yikes!

Lastly, I went fishing on the weekend with my DH and sons. I'd love to post pictures of all the happy burnt faces but I've been ordered NO INTERNET PHOTOS MUM!!! So, I'm left with a quick note to say it was a wonderful day for all involved, except maybe for the fish.

ps. My mother actually never said anything to me about bragging. She, herself, never boasted about her abilities. Come to think of it, she only ever bragged about her children and grandchildren. So, maybe it was my grandmother whispering in my ear?

Which reminds me, our little man Blake got his first haircut!

pic compliments of Skype

Definitely lastly, a prayer to all those experiencing the terrible heatwave and fires across Colorado. Smoke settling on Cluculz Lake alerts us all to just how bad those fires are. Our thoughts are with you. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Wanna Buy a House?

We finished the renovations on our home on Cluculz Lake and have finally listed it.

Doing so felt very similar to the first time I sent a manuscript to a publisher. Fingers crossed, sweaty brow, anxiety levels off the charts. As the days pass I'm learning to stay calm. The markets slow, but I have faith that someone somewhere will fall in love with our house. Then grandpa and I can move to New Brunswick and I can smother our little man with kisses every single day. Yes, I'm talking about our beautiful grandson, Blake, who is already an internet sensation. At least his other grandparents and we think so.

I know that seems a huge change to make just to kiss his little cheeks every day. Life is an adventure, and the old guy and me are ready. If you've been to the Maritime Provinces, you understand why. If you're a grandparent, then you totally get it. 

So... if you wanna live on a quiet lake, have I got the place for you. 

Early in our marriage, when we lived in the city, we used to drive around at night and look into people's front windows and imagine what it would be like to live there. I loved doing that. I still do. Maybe you do too? Hey--it's a great way to get decorating ideas.

The link below will take you to the MLS listing with all pertinent information. A glimpse into the lives of .... us.

All this talk about homes and space and atmosphere got me thinking about my new WIP and Pinterest. Alexander Sokoloff uses Pinterest to build emotional and thematic impact in her novels. I'm all for that. And pinning is exactly what I've been doing, finding the house, street, buildings, and faces that best build an image system for my current work in progress titled, (tenatively) ONE WRONG. 

I named my board Visual Aids for my Latest Manuscript.  Original, eh?

For example, here's what my protagonist Jason Sinclair looks like:

 I know! What a coincidence. Jason looks exactly like David Duchovny. Who knew. (Ignore the palm trees; there aren't any in Vancouver)

Here's the house he lives in: (minus the trees, plus there's a whole second floor) remember, the point is to help build an image system.

His office (English Department at University of British Columbia)

The street in Gastown (Vancouver) where his wife died:

The PI who helps Jason hunt her killer:

retired FBI agent Mike Canaday, AKA Davd Cubitt
What Pinterest has done is to reignite my enthusiasm for ONE WRONG. I'm not finished, in fact I'm about to enter the dreaded "middle" of the book, but... I'm excited about where the story is going. I haven't been excited or enthused for a while. Eight months to be exact.

Here's the front of Brigitte's store:

See what I mean? I could go on and on ... and get no writing done.

Which is my cue to get back to work.

Oh all right, just one more...

Jason's beloved wife, Brigitte Voisine Sinclair. She's already dead when the story opens. If they turn the book into a movie, I think Suleka Mathew would make a great Brigitte. That's her above.

Now it really is back to those chapters. Hope Pinterest helps you get over your dreaded "middle".

--happy editing.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Does Selling Yourself Sell Your Book?

I'm home. I'm jetlag. I'm missing my baby grandson.

But this post isn't about Blake or me. It's about my novels. If you haven't read Susan Kieman Lewis' January 28th blog, please do. (Thanks Pat Brown for passing it along) Then explain to me what Susan thinks the alternative is.

It's not that I don't agreed with much of what she says, but I found her solutions weak. As authors, what else can we do to sell our novels that doesn't require tons of hard work, exhausting hours, little pay? To be told that everything I'm doing is a waste of time, makes me feel even more exhausted.

Susan doesn't believe Twitter, Facebook, or any of the other networking services sell novels. She says it's not about making friends and letting your readers know who you are and what you believe, it's about the novels. I'd tell you what else she says, but you might as well read it for yourself. Then maybe help me understand what the alternative is. I can't see myself begging reviewers to post reviews.

If she's right and no matter how terrific you think I am, you're not going to buy my books if thrillers aren't your thing, I get that. But what about those readers who do? How can I convince them that buying a copy of Dead Witness or Broken but not Dead is worth their time and money?

While I'm figuring that out, let me know what you think of Susan's post.

Monday, January 30, 2012

E-Book Contest Winner

About my January 25th contest, What's He Saying? 

The winner is....

drum roll please ... ba-dum-pump chsh!


 "Nooo! They found me! I've been trying to hide from that darn camera all day!"

Congratulations, Carrie. You win a copy of my ebook Dead Witness. I'm sending it along shortly. Just have to blurb somebody first. 

ps. no, Carrie isn't a relative