So, this happened. Due to some unforeseen issues, were were forced to scramble for another cover. As it happens, I have a crack team of professionals behind me and this is the result of a lot of blood and sweat and vodka. I can't say I wasn't a bit disappointed with having to lose the cover we started with, but I'm quite happy with this one, and most who have seen it like it much better. So there you have it. Launch date is as before, July 1st, 2021. Enjoy!
Many have asked me when my next book would be available for preorder. Barnes and Noble are the first ones to get it up on their site with the others to follow. Chapters Indigo is always slow to get the physical copies ready but the e-book is there. So it's not released until June, but for those of you who want to get in on it early, here it is. I appreciate all the support from those who have read my first one and those who have left me kind messages and generous reviews. Thank you. Enjoy.
A special thanks to SNAPD for doing this little write up on me in their paper. It is much appreciated!
Even as the launch of Marielle's Witch approaches, new readers are discovering the story of Laplace and his demon. And despite physical bookstores being closed all over the world for a large part of the year, the response to my little novel has been overwhelming.
I have received photos of people holding my book from all over the world. Everywhere from Canada to Taiwan, Japan, France, Italy, Germany...even Saudi Arabia, Laplace has had the pleasure of traveling. I am humbled and grateful to everyone who took the time to send me these greetings, strangers, and friends all.
Today I am sending a special shout-out to Salem (Pictured above with permission) from the beautiful state of Texas to thank her for reading my story. Her father Gayle went through the effort of getting her a signed copy for Christmas, and though it didn't arrive on time, (I blame Covid) I hope she enjoys the journey it brings her on.
If you haven't yet read Laplace's Demon, now is the time. With the second book in the Sword Demon Series just about ready to hit the printer, there is no better time to start delving into the story of Professor Haefastien Arsenault, otherwise known as Laplace.
Have a look at the trailer below.
I am pleased to announce that the editing of the second installment in the Sword Demon Series is well underway and going smoothly. Everything is on schedule and MARIELLE'S WITCH should hit store shelves in 2021.
The support I have received for the first book was amazing, and I hope this novel takes the story in a new and exciting direction.
Here it is at last. It has been a long road to get to this point, but with the support and help of many people along every step of this process, my debut novel is now available and about to hit shelves. As my editor, Janelle, said, it really does take a village to get a book from manuscript to the finished product. She was not kidding. I am very thankful for that village.
After all that, I'm not sure if I'm excited or relieved. Maybe it's a mix of the two.
Years ago I sat on a bench by the river Seine in Paris and watched as a young girl pulled her father by the hand—and I was amazed at how powerless he was to resist. The backdrop of the setting sun over the river behind them gave the pair an other-worldly glow. The idea was born from that image and stayed with me until it evolved into the story it is today.
Enjoy. The story doesn't end here.
At last I have received my own personal copy of the anthology that contains my short story, The Little Fiddle. I wanted to thank everyone who took the trouble to purchase one for themselves. The support was surprising and also much appreciated. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. I just might keep writing.
If you want a copy of this for yourself, just click the photo above to be taken to the Amazon.ca page. or click HERE
My debut novel, Laplace's Demon is due out in March, 2020. Stay tuned!
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” ~ Stephen King
I recently had this discussion. I critiqued an interesting piece of work but found it littered with adverbs. The vast majority of them ending in -ly, as they so often do.
Ly adverbs, of course, are among the most worthless ones. There was some resistance in the group to the idea that the use of ly words constituted lazy writing, but after some thought, I think it may have dawned on them that I was right. At least, I'd like to think so.
So what's my problem with adverbs that end in -ly? Why are they so wrong? I used to use them myself-often, until my editor tore them from my manuscript, kicking and screaming. Consider this example.
"Meet me behind the house in five minutes," John whispered quietly."
OK, well how the hell else does someone whisper, if not quietly? See what I mean? Here's another.
"Why don't you come up and see me sometime?" she said seductively.
Now, this misquote from Mae West tells you how she said the words when it should be showing you how she said it. like-
"Why don't you come up and see me sometime?" she said, batting her eyelashes.
Now with the description of the action, the reader visualizes the seductive intent of her words and remains engaged with the story.
The point is, visual cues show readers what’s happening; adverbs tell them. And we want to show what’s happening whenever possible to make the writing more vivid. Don't we?
Most adverbs either tell us what we already know or use too many words to communicate an image or idea. Let’s look at an adverb that modifies an adjective
It’s a very cool evening.
Once we write that an evening is cool, does it being very cool change the perception of the evening in the reader’s mind? No. All it does is intensify the word that follows it and it does a bad job of it. Often, the word very and the word it modifies can both be replaced with one word that is more precise:
It’s a cold evening.
In this sentence, we don’t need the word very or the word cool. The word cold does the job. It’s clearer and more concise, which is the mark of strong writing.
Don't just take my word for it.
“Adverbs are the tool of the lazy writer," said Mark Twain seriously.