• TWO OUT OF THREE!

    It’s only by ‘author’s privilege’ that I have a printed copy of The Emerald. This second book of The Prophecy saga will be available on Amazon as of May 1st!

  • THE PROPHECY: EXPANDING THE SAGA

    I am excited to announce that the second book in The Prophecy saga is expected to be released on Amazon in May 2019. On the heels of The Crest, which was published in December 2018, comes The Emerald: In the fall of 1928, Nicolai Kota leads his caravan of nomads into the community of Liegnitz, in Southern Silesia, Germany. As in the past, they expected to display their talents at the annual fair. In a matter of days, the Kota family is forced to make a hard decision when nine-year-old Punita’s safety is compromised. While the caravan resumes its cyclical tour throughout Europe, Punita remains in Liegnitz to live with…

  • NEW GUMBOOTS

    My first pair of gumboots / Stomped in puddles in the lane. / Grandpa watched from the gate / Leaning on his cane. Once he’d saved folks from fire, / now handicapped he was. / A stroke had robbed him of his speech, / Yet my safety he ensured. “Yes, yes, yes!” His voice was clear, / Bringing Mother to my side. / As water teamed into my boots, / ‘My socks are wet!’ I cried.

  • IN THE ABSENCE OF RAIN

    I had been six years old for three months. By the time I was to start school in September, I would be closer to seven than six. In those days, you didn’t start school when you were five. You had to wait. I passed my days playing with neighbourhood friends caught in the same dilemma as me, talking with grandpa, or playing by myself or with my two younger sisters. Saturdays were different though. On Saturdays, mom would dress the three of us in fancy clothes, and dad would take us on a bus ride into town. We’d walk up and down the streets, wander through the toy departments at…

  • READING FOR CHARITY

    On March 9th, 2019, I shared the company of great, local talent at The Variety Hour hosted by Vincenza’s Angels. While some danced, sang songs, shared humorous anecdotes, or animated poetry, I just read. The fundraiser was for the benefit of The Heart and Stroke Foundation. My material included a short story called In the Absence of Rain, that speaks of heart disease and the effects of a stroke, and a poem in memory of my grandfather called New Gumboots. During the intermission, everyone was invited to bid on items donated for a silent auction. I bid on two. Imagine everyone’s surprise – especially mine – when it was announced…

  • Book Launch Celebration

    My first novel The Crest debuted on Amazon on December 10th, 2018. Well before it’s release, friends and family began asking me about a book launch. Given other festivities held in December, hosting a book launch didn’t make sense to me.  Deciding to Host a Book Launch Celebration For weeks, I hemmed and hawed about what to do. All the while, friends and family kept reminding me that they were keen to celebrate. Before I could host a book launch, I had to understand its purpose and structure.   “Who would want to come and hear me read?” I asked myself on more than one occasion. At the same time,…