I’m B…aaa…ck

I’m B…aaa…ck

This means the kids are back in school and autumn is right around the corner! I hope you’ve had a good summer, done some socializing and travelling now that Covid restrictions have lifted, and enjoyed reading some good books in your lawn chair.

I’ve managed to keep busy since my last post in April. My husband Ted and I took a chance and flew to France for the month of May, taking precautions and managing not to catch Covid. We had the best time, staying in Bordeaux, Avignon and Paris, with several forays into the countryside and a road trip to Montpeyroux. Here are a few photos to give a taste.

We made a second road trip in July to visit friends in Toronto, St. Catharines and Collingwood. It was so great to break free and see people and have a change of scene after lock down the last few years. But for now, I’m staying put.

The writing also progressed. I completed the draft for book two in the Hunter and Tate Mystery series. When Last Seen went to my beta readers in June and just returned from my editor, Allister Thompson, this week. The cover design is also nearly complete. The release is slated for spring 2023. Allister wrote this about the book: “This is top-notch stuff.” I’m excited for you to give it a read!

Blind Date got some press, including an excerpt that got a full-page spread in the Ottawa Citizen. You can read the sample here. The book also received some terrific reviews: one in The Glebe Report and another in Ottawa Review of Books.

Blind Date is available in audiobook – narrated by Heather Williams CHEZ 106 evening host

I also appeared virtually on Cable 22’s Daytime Ottawa and here is the 5-minute clip. I had a lot of fun as guest author on the live podcast Lurking for Legends and here is the YouTube link.

Since I last blogged, my short story “The Final Hit” was published in the Crime Writer’s of Canada anthology Cold Canadian Crime, which features some of Canada’s top crime writers. The book is an initiative to celebrate CWC’s 40th anniversary.

I did two in-person book signings at Chapters Gloucester and Coles Carlingwood in Ottawa  – it was odd not to be wearing my mask indoors, but worked out fine. I’ll be back at Coles Carlingwood on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with copies of Blind Date and the Stonechild and Rouleau series. I have a few more events lined up but more about those in another post!

So that’s a bit of a recap about my goings on since April. I’m sure I’ll have more to chat about next Saturday morning 🙂 Have a great week, everyone.