Saturday, June 16, 2018

TV, Radio and Bookshops ...

So that was some week! Two store signings and three television interviews, including an overnight trip to Kingston. The Global interview was in the CKWS Kingston studio yesterday morning and you can view the clip.

A few photos from the signing at Novel Idea - a lovely bookshop that you need to visit when you're next in Kingston.



With Kathy Prairie and her husband Bill - Kathy is a mystery/thriller author and we had a chance to catch up over dinner the night before.

The Hollywood in the Valley taping was downtown last Saturday with host Matt Demers. The episode will be on Bell Fibe tv On Demand but I'm not sure of timing. This was a light-hearted interview and we managed it in one take. I couldn't recall what I said until later talking to Ted when I remembered his name came up a few times .... lucky for me he has a good sense of humour. I'll let you know when the show airs once I get the word.

On set with Matt Demers aka Mr. Hollywood

And Tuesday, I was on the Power Lunch on radio 1310 News with host Mark Sutcliffe. The show was broadcast simultaneously on Cable 22 television. The other guest was Ottawa lawyer John MacDonell, who was Chief of Staff for Peter MacKay when he was Minister at Defense and Foreign Affairs. We were given five topics with multiple choice opinions in the morning about topics in the news that day. It was a fun experience and I enjoyed meeting Mark and John, both interesting, friendly men who made me feel welcome.

Nothing planned this week so I can get back writing. I have about 5000 words to pump out by the end of the month to stay on the schedule I've set for myself. I alternate between working at the computer in my office and taking my laptop outside onto the back deck. More often than not, I get the bulk of my writing done in the afternoon once I get the running around and social media stuff done.

I should also have time this week to get back in my garden. A shot of the poppies in all their glory!




Saturday, June 9, 2018

On the Horizon

A busy week ahead.

This morning I'll be at Coles Carlingwood from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for any Ottawa readers who are looking for a signed copy of Bleeding Darkness.

And the rest of the week:

Saturday June 9 - 2:30 filming an interview with Matt Demers for Bell Fibe tv Show
Hollywood in the Valley                                           
Tuesday June 12 - Guest on Radio 1310 News Power Lunch with Mark Sutcliffe from noon to 12:30
Friday June 15 - Guest on Kingston tv CKWS The Morning Show
Friday June 15 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. signing at Novel Idea bookshop, Kingston

The Sunday launch at The Cross on Elgin was terrific - lots of old friends and new friends came by to raise a glass and celebrate. Thank you to Katherine Hobbs for being MC, Green Floyd for entertaining us and Fred Taylor for snapping the photos below.

















Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Launching

The Ottawa Bleeding Darkness book launch is tomorrow!! It promises to be a party with Green Floyd playing live music, finger food on order (come hungry), Perfect Books on hand with copies for purchase and lots of interesting people to chat to, not least of which is my buddy Katherine Hobbs who will MC. The weather is slated to be warm and sunny so we can spill onto the verandah ... lots of space to spread out. And I hear the road construction on Elgin in front of the pub is completed!

Here are the details once again:


So I had a busy Monday. In the morning, I was guest speaker at the Abbotsford House monthy topical talks meeting. The location is a limestone house in the Glebe across from Lansdown. The crowd was attentive and many came up to speak with me afterwards so a pleasant morning all around. In the afternoon, I drove to Orleans to an event organized by Nancy Reid and her sorority sisters. Five mystery authors attended and sat on a panel moderated by Nancy before we were treated to supper, cake and yellow roses. A lovely end to the day.


(l to r) Me, R.J. Harlick, Barbara Fradkin, Linda Widen, Mary Jane Maffini and Nancy Reid


A few events on the horizon:

Saturday June 9 - 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Signing at Coles Carlingwood
Saturday June 9 - 2:30 filming an interview with Matt Demers for Bell Fibe tv Show
Hollywood in the Valley                                           
Tuesday June 12 - Guest on Radio 1310 News Power Lunch with Mark Sutcliffe from noon to 12:30
Friday June 15 - Guest on Kingston tv CKWS The Morning Show
Friday June 15 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. signing at Novel Idea bookshop, Kingston

Lots going on as spring blossoms into summer starting with tomorrow's launch. It's exciting to finally have Bleeding Darkness in the hands of readers.

And one last blog posting today: A link to a piece I wrote for the Dundurn blog entitled "Floating Ideas" in which I give a smidgin of insight into where I get ideas for a book.

Good week everyone.