2019: A Year In Review and End of a Decade

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and perhaps I should make it my New Year’s resolution to change that, but I prefer to not make promises that I can’t keep…

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Post-Con Thoughts – Fan Expo 2019

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I’m a little late with getting on with this one and I don’t have anyone to blame but myself.

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Post Con Thoughts – Ad Astra 2019

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I’ve had a good solid week to allow the dust to settle from Ad Astra (well somewhat) …

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CONVENTION ALERT – Ad Astra 2019

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Hey everyone. It’s been a busy week for me with the start of a new day job and the anticipated release of Q-16 and the Fury of Korangar.

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Q-16 and the Fury of Korangar cover and synopsis reveal

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After many months of planning and working on it, I can finally share the cover art for Q-16 and the Fury of Korangar…

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UPCOMING EVENTS – Limestone Genre Expo | Our Lady Queen of Poland Parish Picnic | Markham Chapters

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The next few upcoming weekends are going to be a busy ones for me and if you’re looking to grab copies of Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds or Q-16 and the Lord of the Unfinished Tower before the release of Q-16 and the Fury of Korangar, now will be your chance!

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LAST MINUTE EVENT ALERT – The Bookshelf

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EVENT ALERT! In a last minute twist of fate it looks like I will be attending The Bookshelf happening tomorrow in Newmarket.

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Book Review – Rebels Rein by MJ Moores

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Rebels Rein is the third instalment of The Xannia Chronicles written by MJ Moores…

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EVENT ALERT – Pickering Markets April 6th, 2019

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A wild author has been spotted!

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Post Convention Thoughts – Fan Expo 2018

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Better late than never as they say. This year’s Fan Expo brought many new experiences as well as the same blissful feeling of needing to keep writing.

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CONVENTION ALERT – Fan Expo 2018

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Convention Alert! A bit late but better than none at all, I will be at Fan Expo in Toronto from August 30 to September 2…

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CONVENTION ALERT – Coldwater Steampunk Festival

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So remember how I said I would be laying low until Fan Expo?

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Post Con Thoughts – Ad Astra 2018

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And so another Ad Astra has come and gone. As I sit in my room reflecting its outcome over a mug of tea I’m forced to acknowledge one thing finally that I learned this year.

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CONVENTION ALERT – The Bookshelf | Ad Astra | Elmvale SciFi and Fantasy Street Party

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Hey everyone! First off a Happy Canada Day to all of us Canadians and secondly it’s upon me, the busiest month of 2018 it seems and my caffeine jet is ready to go! I will be appearing at three events back to back this July.

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The Last Summoner by Nina Munteanu – Book Review

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I picked up a copy of The Last Summoner after having heard about it from the author at Limestone Genre Expo.

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CONVENTION ALERT – Limestone Genre Expo 2018

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Convention Alert! I’ll be at Limestone Genre Expo happening May 26-27th in Kingston Ontario. If you’re in the area be sure to drop in and say hello.

Art Jam Day at Jack’s On Queen

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Hey everyone!

I will be at Jack’s On Queen in Elmvale this Saturday May 19th from 12 to 5pm for their Art Jam Day. I hear it’ll be an event packed day so if you’re in the area be sure to stop by and say hello.

Of Two Worlds

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As with all good things, so too has my trip to Poland drawn its end…

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Book Review – Soul Sacrifice by Susan Faw

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Soul Sacrifice, the third and final instalment in the Spirit Shield Saga takes off right after the end of Soul Sanctuary.

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Book Review – Depends on the Strength of Yes by Cameron S. Currie

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It’s taken me a while to get to this one and I’m glad I finally did because I can easily say this will be one of my top 10 of the year. Depends on the Strength of Yes by Cameron S. Currie brings us into an Orwellian future where…

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Book Review – Soul Sanctuary by Susan Faw

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Soul Sanctuary continued right where Seers of Souls leaves off.

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Book Review – Water edited by Nina Munteanu

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I had a chance to meet Nina Munteanu at Limestone Genre Expo in 2017 where we were both on an Alternate History panel.

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CONVENTION ALERT – Toronto Comic Con

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Convention Alert! I’ll be at Toronto Comic Con on Saturday March 17th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm with other authors from the WCYR. More details to come as I learn them!

Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack

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Hey everyone! I’m excited to announce my short story Impossible Odds will be included in Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack.

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West Coast Science Fiction Association – Power: In the Hands of One, In the Hands of Many anthology

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I guess it’s official now so I can share it! I’m pleased to announce that my short story After the Storm has been chosen to be part of the West Coast Science Fiction Association’s first annual fundraiser anthology entitled Power: In the Hands of One, In the Hands of Many. Check out their website for a full table of contents and more details.

Book Review – Collapse of Kingdoms by Brandon Draga

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Collapse of Kingdoms in the fourth novel in The Four Kingdoms Saga, which if you haven’t picked up books 1, 2 and 3 I highly suggest you do.

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2017 – A Year in Review

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For me, 2017 was a year of continued change and growth as well as the final year of my twenties. On the front of being an author, I managed to publish the second novel in the Q-16 series…

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Book Review – Cadence of Consequences by MJ Moores

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Having read the first book in The Chronicles of Xannia and having enjoyed it thoroughly, it was only natural that I read the second volume in the series.

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Water anthology

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I had the opportunity to meet Nina Munteanu while at Limestone Genre Expo in Kingston where we talked about Alternate History (and a certain high school assignment I did), why Science Fiction is easier to write in short story form than Fantasy and a host of other topics. She also mentioned this anthology to me which right after I set out to find an idea for. Months later, it’s great to be able to finally share it, Water,  and I can’t wait to read the other short stories!

Book Review – Helix: Plague of Ghouls by Pat Flewwelling

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As mentioned in my review for Helix: Blight of Exiles, I couldn’t wait to jump into the next novel in the series and I can only say that I’m sorry it took me so long (this is partially due to thinking I would be bringing book 2 with me to Poland but alas the trip did not happen), but the new perk of my day job means a 40-50 minute break during which I can read so expect the review section of this website to expand exponentially in the coming months.

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Book Review – Seer of Souls by Susan Faw

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Over the course of the summer, I had a chance to meet Susan Faw in person while we were both attending the Elmvale Sci-Fi & Fantasy Street Party.

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Post Con Thoughts – Can Con 2017

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This year has had me exploring the convention scene more than any other before as I continue to evolve and grow as an author. It was only natural then that after being told and prodded by others that I attended Can Con.

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Event Alert – Word on the Street

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Event alert! I will be at Word on the Street in Toronto on September 24th.

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Post Con Thoughts – Fan Expo 2017

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Another Fan Expo come and gone in a rush, just like the summer that preceded it.

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CONVENTION ALERT – Fan Expo Toronto

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CONVENTION ALERT! A wild author (myself) will be at Fan Expo in Toronto happening August 31st to September 3rd. I will be located as in previous years in the Artists Alley at booth A424 GTA Indie Fantasy with fellow author Brandon Draga and artist Deanna Laver. I also heard rumours there will be a Puc Thanestorm roaming around the convention. So drop by to say hi. We don’t bite but the table Tribble might!

Book Review – Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets

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I picked up my copy of Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets a few years ago at Ad Astra where I had a chance to meet a few of the authors in person and was intrigued by the mission of the anthology.

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A Victory for the Apes: War for Planet of the Apes Review

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The Planet of the Apes series has been in my life for as long as I can remember, perhaps even longer than Star Wars. I do admit at the age of three, however, to being traumatized by the costumes, but most would be too if they saw a talking ape at that age, right? It was a short-lived fear, and today I even call myself a fan of the franchise, introduced to me by my father, who single-handily sparked my interest in all things fantasy and science fiction.

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Short Story – Forged in Fire

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The constant sounds of water from the falls created a background ambiance for all those who resided in the city of Aldamoor.

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CONVENTION ALERT! – Limestone Genre Expo

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Convention alert! I will be at the Limestone Genre Expo happening on June 3rd and 4th.

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Post Con Thoughts – Ad Astra 2017

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I survived! Well, I suppose I did more than that, since there is now not one but two novels in the Q-16 series.

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Ad Astra 2017 Schedule Is Here!

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Hi Guys!

I’m in full prep mode right now with just days away from Ad Astra which is proving to be much crazier with the anticipated launch of Q-16 and the Lord of the Unfinished Tower.

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Q-16 and the Lord of the Unfinished Tower – Book Launch

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A bit late with posting this on the website since I’ve been in the midst of preparations (books printing, organization and such) but nonetheless here it is.

I am pleased to announce that I will be launching Q-16 and the Lord of the Unfinished Tower at Ad Astra this year. The launch will be held on Saturday May 6th from 12- 2pm. There will be a reading, Q&A as well as a raffle. There will also be refreshments provided by Galaxy Teas. Admitance to Ad Astra is free from 11-1pm. If you plan to stay longer at the convention past this time, a pass will need to be purchased.

Book Review – The Dragon Whisperer by Vanessa Ricci-Thode

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I picked up a copy of The Dragon Whisperer last year at Ad Astra and was pleasantly surprised by the story hidden away in the pages of this small book (I say this due to the novel being just a little over 200 pages).

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Short Story – Sins of the Past

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Hands clasped together as he stared at his shoes on the black and white tiling that smelled of bleach, Arieus Severio sat hunched over in the visiting quarters within the psychiatric ward. Large rectangular lights flooded the room, making it appear far brighter than it was, as though he had woken up from having drank too much.

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Short Story – On The Ties That Bind

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Snow boots stomped through piles of slush, disregarding the splashes of wet snow as they sailed through the air for mere seconds before making contact with the ground again. Although it was not cold, the gloomy dark skies did not fill Annetta and her companions with much in the way of energy as they made their way to her house.

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Short Story Entry Announcement – Brave New Girls Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme

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So remember that short I was writing way back when in December and said I couldn’t say much about it?

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Book Review – Time’s Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia by MJ Moores

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It’s funny how sometimes an email that was originally in your junk mail folder can lead to a great book and that is exactly what happened at The Bookshelf in Newmarket last summer when I grabbed a copy of Time’s Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia by MJ Moores after having received an invite from her for the event.

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Post Genrecon Thoughts

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I had a blast this weekend at Genrecon. It was my first time attending with the WCYR, which gave me a chance to get to know my fellow members a little bit better and to geek out over writing.

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Short Story – The Crossing of the Sun

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Her shield raised before her, Annetta rushed forward. A war cry escaped her lungs, helping project her towards her target, her keen blue eyes peering from beyond the small opening she had left between her face and the shield. Resistance found her seconds later when the shield met with its target, an elongated foam and sand-filled pillar that stood about seven feet tall. Grunting from the effort of having to apply further pressure, she kept pushing, feeling how slow she was going, despite having run at full force just seconds before.

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Genrecon 2017

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Hey guys! I will be attending Genrecon in Guelph from from February 3rd to 5th as part of the Writers Community of York Region. Swing by to say hello. I’m also rumoured to be doing some panels while there but more on that once I actually know a bit more myself. In the meantime, back to prep!

On the Fall of Legends and 2016

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I’m writing this as I hastily get ready to attend a New Year’s party so, you’ll need to forgive me if there are any grammatical errors. For those who know I literally just finished my second round (and the third round over all with Anthony’s input) of edits to Q-16 and the Lord of the Unfinished Tower. I felt I needed to say something regarding the things that I learned this year and the lessons I hope all of us will carry forward into 2017.

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Short Story – The Gift

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Snow fell in large clumpy tufts through the air as the final bell of the day rang all across the high school. The dark green steel doors of the brick structure then swung open seconds later, letting out a sea of students ready for their winter holidays. Trudging among them in the snow were Annetta, Jason, Link and Sarina, each in their heavy winter coats. The group of companions were in high spirits, knowing they would not be forced to come back until after the New Year.

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Book Review – The Experiencers by Val Tobin

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Last summer, I had the opportunity to participate in WCYR’s first annual Bookshelf event. It was there that I had a chance to pick up a copy of The Experiencers by Val Tobin.

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Short Story – The Impossible Task

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A chill blew through Annetta, Jason, Link and Sarina as they walked home from school. Leaves danced around their feet, a sure reminder that winter would soon be upon them. It was something that neither Annetta nor Jason were looking forward to, having endured their fair share of cold weather due to living in Canada their whole lives.

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Bookapalooza 2016 – The Writers’ Community of Durham Region Massive Book Launch & Sale

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For anyone looking to give the gift of reading, I will be attending Bookapalooza 2016 on Saturday November 19th at The Durham College, Centre For Food/Bistro 67, located at 1604 Champlain Avenue in Whitby. Admission is free so if you have some time feel free to stop by and say hi.

More info on the event can be found on their website here.

Film Review – Shin Godzilla

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I remember the summers spent at my grandmother’s in Poland like they were yesterday. One of my most vivid memories was the summer where one of the three channels available (I know, hard to believe) would broadcast a Godzilla movie each Friday evening. It was then that I familiarized myself with Mothra, Rhodan, Mechagodzilla, King Ghidorah and a host of other monsters Godzilla found himself pinned against.

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Short Story – A Spectre in the Shadows

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His azure eyes never leaving his opponent, Matthias dodged the blow of the sword and sidestepped. Raising his clawed gauntlets, he met the blade.

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Book Review – The Clockman and Other Stories by Eric Lahti

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Since I have the digital copy here's an image of the awesome cover art.

Since I have the digital copy here’s an image of the awesome cover art.

Growing up, I was never much of a short story anthology reader and this was due to always stumbling upon full length novels I wanted to read. 

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Book Review – Helix: Blight of Exiles by Pat Flewwelling

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Last year at SFContario I had the opportunity to pick up Helix: Blight of Exiles while chatting with author Pat Flewwelling (the dealers room in which we found ourselves in now forever in my mind associated with the Star Wars Cantina theme).

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Short Story – Amelia

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Brisk autumn winds pulled in around the Trafjan Cliffs along with the impending night. These impenetrable mountains were home to the Soarin, the Sky Wolves, a race of beings that resembled upright wolves with thick manes of varied colour, sleek lion like tails and enormous feathered wings. From their city could be seen the smoke of hundreds of cooking fires, now lifted into the air in white wisps. The seasonal Eternal Hunt had come back as a success and the young Soarin were pronounced victorious by their leader, Entellion. When the cheering subsided, the feast began and the celebration proceeded.

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2016 Summer Indie Book Award

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Hey guys!

As I prepare for a weekend of Fan Expo I did want to remind everyone here that Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds has been nominated for the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Young Adult categories.

Voting begins tomorrow, September 1 and goes until September 11th.

The links for each category are as follows;

Fantasy

Science Fiction

Young Adult

I’d really appreciate your support in this. Please don’t forget to tell your family and friends as well.

New Look! New Site!

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Welcome to the new and improved website!

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Convention Announcement – Fan Expo 2016

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Hi everyone. As mentioned previously, I’m back at Fan Expo.

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Draft One Is A Go!

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Draft 1 clocking in at 160,692 words!

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Convention Announcement – The Bookshelf

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CONVENTION ALERT! I will be at The Bookshelf on Saturday June 25th in Newmarket. Stop by and say hello if you have a chance! For more details visit their website at thebookshelf.wcyork.ca!

Post Con Thoughts – Ad Astra 2016

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I had a blast attending Ad Astra this year.

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Ad Astra 2016 Panels

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Hey everyone, the official schedule is up. I’ll be doing a reading Friday night at 8pm and participating in 3 panels on Saturday. They are;

-How to Outline and Plan Your Story

-The Decision to Self Publish

-The Influences of Fanfiction Tropes and Practices on Mainstream Fiction

Hope to see you there!

Convention Announcement – Ad Astra 2016

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Hey everyone, so as promised more news!

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Book Title Reveal & Other Things

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Hey Facebookians! Lots of things going on behind the scenes on this end

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The Welcome and Other Sci-Fi Stories

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A little side project I was involved in while typing away at my second novel. I encourage you to check out the anthology and support these fantastic authors. Please check out The Welcome and other Sci-Fi stories.

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Convention Announcement – Fan Expo 2015

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Hi everyone. I will be attending Fan Expo this year in the Artists Alley. Table number is A424 so be sure to stop by and say hello.

It’s a Launch!

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After many, many years of breaking pencils, keyboards and on occasion my brain it’s finally happened

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