Monday, August 20, 2018

Book Review: TOMORROW by Merilyn Ruth Liddell

Often while I'm working on a difficult WIP, (one that's takes forever to finish) I'll grab a novel for inspiration. In July, I read an advance copy of Tomorrow by Canadian author Merilyn Ruth Liddel, and enjoyed it so much, I chose to write a review. The plot, the writing, and the characters motivated to me to the extent that I added six thousand words to my manuscript and am now within reach of the ending. Yay!

Tomorrow tells the story of three strangers in a small mountain community years after a virus almost wipes out the human race.  It addresses racism and the danger of absolute power, and is beautifully written in clear and concise language. Its subtle message stayed with me long after I had read the novel. Tomorrow exemplifies the resolve of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. They are not super-heroes.

Jake, a cab driver, seeks to learn the identity of his biological mother so as to better understood where he comes from and who he is. He doesn't think twice about risking his life for the safety of others.

Martha, a geneticist, suspects her father is the creator of the virus that killed millions, and jeopardies her mental and physical health to reverse the damage.

Sophie, abused and pregnant, with a history of neglect, is braver than men twice her size and willing to do whatever it takes to protect her unborn child.

These three uniquely courageous characters, coveting their secrets, come together with all their flaws, fears, and misconceptions to forge an alliance that will either destroy them or save them. While failing to trust people they can actually trust, their resiliency embodies what it means to rise above the horrors man can inflict upon man.

Liddell’s Tomorrow takes place in a dystopian world that is frightfully realistic. Her setting is dark and oppressive; her antagonists are ruthless and sinister. But the inhabitants of Tomorrow never lose their compassion.

I was drawn into the story immediately and compelled to read on because I wanted these characters to prevail. They could easily be my neighbours and friends. I wanted them to succeed, but I understood why they might not. If you’re looking for a story of depth and intelligence, where the characters surprise you, I highly recommend Tomorrow by Merilyn Ruth Liddell. I gave it five-stars on Amazon.

Sunday, May 27, 2018


I'm proud to do a shoutout for friend and fellow author C. Lee McKenzie. Her latest middle-grade novel, SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC, is full of imagination and humour. A great read for any reader, young or old. 


By C. Lee McKenzie

Pete’s stuck in medieval England!

Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.

There’s only one solution - fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.

But what if the page remains lost - will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again...

Release date – May 15, 2018
Juvenile Fiction - Fantasy & Magic/Boys & Men
$13.95 Print ISBN 9781939844460
$3.99 EBook ISBN 9781939844477

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days her greatest passion is writing for young readers. When she’s not writing she’s hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot questions about things she still doesn’t understand.

Available now - Some Very Messy Medieval Magic by @cleemckenzie Barnes & Noble iTunes Amazon #middlegrade #magic

Friday, March 16, 2018


I'm very happy to do a shoutout for fellow author Shannon Lawrence. Her collection of short stories comes out today. Hope you'll check out her new book. And be sure to enter the raffle at the bottom of this post. Good luck. 

Title: Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations
Author: Shannon Lawrence
Book Description: A collection of frights, from the psychological to the monstrous. These tales are a reminder of how much we have to fear: a creature lurking in the blue, sludgy depths of a rest area toilet; a friendly neighbor with a dark secret hidden in his basement; a woman with nothing more to lose hellbent on vengeance; a hike gone terribly wrong for three friends; a man cursed to clean up the bodies left behind by an inhuman force. These and other stories prowl the pages of this short story collection.
Release Date: March 15, 2018

Excerpt from The Tourist: "When the first light died, he pulled his leather briefcase closer to his leg. As he often found happening, almost without his will, his right hand slid inside, pressing deeper into its depths to feel the materials the bag hid. The leather of his gloves slid smoothly over the metal of the blades, the polished surface of the hilts."

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Bio: A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in magazines and anthologies, including Space and Time Magazine, Dark Moon Digest, and Spinetingler. Though she often misses the ocean, the majestic and rugged Rockies are a sight she could never part with. Besides, in Colorado there's always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. What more could she ask for?

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG: February, 2018

It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join, click on the tab above and sign up. Post the first Wednesday of every month and visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Be sure to link to IWSG and display the badge in your post.

IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Every month, a question is offered that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional.

February 7 question - What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

What I Love About Writing Suspense Thrillers

The need to overcome hardships drives the themes in my suspense novels. I believe life throws obstacles at you for specific reasons that aren't meant to be clear at the time. Writing stories centred around certain fears drives me to weaken their influences in my life. 

Most of the people who know me are perplexed by my dark plots. By nature I'm a happy-go-lucky person who is quick to smile. I look for the good in everything, sometimes foolishly. Not because I'm naive, but because I've learned that if things aren't going well, it's better to fake it and pretend they are. 

In 2017 I faced struggle after struggle, and for the first time in my life I couldn't bounce back. So, for an entire year, I faked it. Situations don't change on a certain date, yet, sometimes, in order to survive, we set time limits. Such is the reason so many of us were happy to see 2017 end. A New Year meant hope. 

I'm pleased to say 2018 has started off well. I'm not free of pain, but each morning I wake feeling blessed. And while this year may or may not be perfect, I'll continue to write suspense thrillers about characters facing tragedy, overcoming fears, and finding hope in the end.  

Please, no matter how bad your life is, never give up believing it'll be better tomorrow. Show the universe you believe in your right to be happy. And if the day throws you a curve ball -- swing hard!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hank Quense's QUEEN MOXIE - Giveaway!

Today it's my great pleasure to introduce Hank Quense's latest novel QUEEN MOXIE. Hank has been a guest host on this blog many times, so I hope you're aware of his ticklish humour. Hank's stories make me laugh, and as far as I'm concerned, there's not enough laughter in the world. We need writers like Hank.

Please check out his book and his blog, and know that you will be treated to a delightful and crazy take on all sorts of life's adventures. Be sure to enter the raffle for a free copy.

The giveaway will consist of 5 eBook copies of QUEEN MOXIE, 2 eBook copies of PRINCESS MOXIE, a 2-book boxed set.

Come join in the fun and enter to win one of the wonderful prizes being given away by Hank Quense. 

  • File Size: 4861 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing (February 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0775W1NWP

In this humorous tale, it is now ten years since Moxie became Queen of Usca in south-west Britain. A tribe of Picts shatters her peaceful reign by migrating from the north and occupying territory just outside her border.
Moxie decides to build a fort to help control the wild Picts. To her surprise, she discovers that the fort has been built on land claimed by the forest fairies. Oberon, the King of the fairies, destroys the fort using magic.
Moxie threatens Oberon with military might. Oberon threatens Moxie with magic. To counter Oberon, Moxie asks Camelot to send Merlin to help her out and Arthur agrees.
Once Merlin arrives, Moxie demands that he confront Oberon and use magic spells to defeat the Fairy King. Merlin isn’t thrilled by the request. Moxie wants him to cast field magic spells, a type of spell casting that Merlin has never been able to master.
The Picts hear about the fort and decide Moxie has become hostile. They determine to attack rather than wait for Moxie to attack them.
Meanwhile, Moxie’s only child, the ten-year-old daughter, Aethelwine, decides she won’t be the next queen, leaving Moxie without an heir.
Tristan, a Knight of the Round Table, has been exiled by Arthur for insulting all the nobles with his songs and is staying in Moxie’s castle. He is working on a play to be staged in Stonehenge. Tristan hopes the play will end his exile since it praises King Arthur and Camelot
Faced with threats from the fairies and the Picts, Moxie decides to take on the fairies. Merlin tells Moxie and Oberon they are both idiots for fighting each other when the real threat comes from the Picts who will be able to conquer both after they fight a battle and are weakened by casualties.
Moxie and Oberon agree to a treaty and combine forces to confront the Picts who have been reinforced by boatloads of warriors.
Can Moxie and Oberon convince the Picts to back down?
And what about Aethelwine?
Is Tristan’s play any good?

For those who aren’t familiar with Hank, here’s some background:

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories. He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles.

He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a third Moxie novel that takes place in the Camelot era.

He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

For more on Hank and his writing, visit his Amazon Author Page.

Now for the giveaway.

The giveaway will consist of 5 eBook copies of QUEEN MOXIE, 3 eBook copies of PRINCESS MOXIE, and a 2-book boxed set of the previous MOXIE novels in eBook format. Click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter or click here.

Thanks for stopping by during Hank’s visit. Would you want to be the next heir to a kingdom?

Have you checked out Hank's writer's guide yet?