Entering April

Entering April

This was a good week.

A book club in Orleans hosted a virtual meeting with me as guest author on Tuesday afternoon. About fifteen attended and they had some great questions, having chosen Cold Mourning to read although some had read the entire series. It was a lot of fun and I thank Annemarie Humenuk for inviting me and for a great introduction.

I didn’t mention a lovely get together last week with two of my longtime friends, Sue and Rick. They took me for lunch and gave me roses as a way to celebrate the Blind Date release. I was touched by their kindness and it was so good to see them in person. I have to say that moments such as these make my writing journey even more joyful.

I’ve gotten in some writing, finishing one chapter and in the middle of another. I’m rounding in on the ending and figuring out how to get my characters through the last bit. Not as easy as one would think! The narrator, Heather Williams, and I have also been working on the audiobook for Blind Date. She’s down to the last six chapters and the book should definitely be available before the end of April.

This week, I also got my tax information completed and in to the accountant. I also got this year’s bookkeeping set up and updated. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of paperwork. Still it feels good to be on top of it for a change.

And on Friday, I was guest author on Mystery Lovers Kitchen, a blog that posts recipes from an array of authors. You can post a comment at the bottom of my post and be in the running for a free copy of Blind Date if you live in Canada or the U.S.

Maybe it’s the spring weather helping to make this week seem more hopeful. The snow is almost gone and temperatures are climbing to ten degrees on occasion. While there’s another Covid surge in the city, people seem less panicky about it since more and more friends have been getting it but not becoming too sick. The vaccines give a comfort level and now antivirals are helping those who land in the hospital. We’re well into the third year of the pandemic and the governments are trying to get life back to normal, but we’re not there yet. Happily the warmer weather will have us outdoors more where we can meet more safely – I’m looking forward to working in the garden and watching the world go by on our front veranda.

Blind Date is now available at both Perfect Books on Elgin and Books on Beechwood. It will be in some Chapters Ottawa stores next week, starting with Coles Carlingwood and Chapters Gloucester. Not to mention, it’s available on Amazon where it reached number one in ‘hot new Canadian Detective releases’ this week.