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I’m giving away 5 free copies of The Serpentine Garden Path at Goodreads on October 1st. Check it out at Goodreads. All you have to do is write a review of the book after you’ve read it. And I’m not the only one. You can get lots of free books at Goodreads. And The Gardener’s … Continue reading

Successful Launch

I wanted to say thank you to all the people who showed up at my launch at First Metropolitan United on Friday. It was great to have so much support. A special thanks to my sisters, Gayle for taking on the kitchen duties and Margo for doing sales. Also thanks to my husband David who … Continue reading

Countdown to Book(s) Launch

Just a reminder that I will be launching two books this Friday, December 6th at 1:00 at First Metropolitan United Church on the corner of Quadra and Balmoral (Victoria, BC). If you are able to come, there will be some refreshments and I’ll do a reading from The Gardener’s Wife and Letters from the Gardener. … Continue reading

Successful launch

It’s great to be back in Victoria after spending a few weeks in Edmonton where I launched by books. If you came out to one of the two events: book signing and reading at MacEwan University Library and book(s) launch at Grace United Church, many thanks for your support. There are still some signed copies … Continue reading

Edmonton launches

My visits to Edmonton are more about descendants than ancestors: my three children and now three grandchildren live here. So my time is more than filled with visits and baby-sitting, but this trip I’m trying to slip in two events to highlight my gardener novels. The first event on September 26 at 3:30 is at … Continue reading

My first book on

I’m excited to announce that you can now buy a hard copy of my book The Serpentine Garden Path from This is a prequel to A Garden in the Wilderness and the first book in the series I want to call The Compleat Gardener. Books one and two are still available as e-books. The publisher … Continue reading

The Difficulty of Titles

As you know, my novel A Garden in the Wilderness was published by Borealis Press recently. It did not always have that title. I originally wanted to call it Back to the Garden, but a google search revealed the title was already being used for a film. It is so important to do a google … Continue reading

More about the Wicked Earl

George Gordon, 3rd Earl of Aberdeen, was an eccentric. He had three mistresses that he set up in three great houses all over Britain– the fortress of Cairnbulg in Buchan, Ellon Castle, and Winscombe Park in Devon. He plundered his home Haddo House to furnish the mistresses’ houses and he abandoned his wife and children … Continue reading

The Importance of Memoir

What treasures do you keep hidden in your memory that future generations would love to uncover? In my blog, I have already told how I found the story that was to become the framework of my novels, but it bears repeating. A hundred years ago, a man named Arnold Stewart wrote down his grandfather’s oral … Continue reading