Review: Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ondaatje’s Warlight is a masterfully crafted post-WWII intrigue, rife with subtlety and elegant prose, brilliant characters with shady histories. It is a story about secrets, both personal and national, about nuance and perception, and the sometimes ambiguity of relationships. Nathaniel and his sister find themselves placed into the care of a somewhat disreputable, spider-like character known only to them as The Moth, a benevolently neglectful,…

The Rose Guardian, first chapter

To whet your curiosity, I thought I’d post the first chapter of my newest novel, The Rose Guardian.  Maybe, if you find it intriguing enough, you’ll go and purchase a copy of your own to read, either trade paperback or ebook. Endings I realize now innocence, once lost, can never be retrieved. We yearn. We search. But that search is vain; only the vestiges of what we once had remains. It was of innocence I thought…

Review: the works of Michelle Moran

In which I review Michelle Moran’s work Cleopatra’s Daughter Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran My rating: 3 of 5 stars During my recovery from knee replacement surgery, I took to some easy reading, something historical which required nothing of me, no intellectual stimulus, no literary demands, not particularly inspiring but rather something which would simply transport me to another place and time and allow the healing process to occur. So it was I discovered Michelle…

Review: Above All Things, by Tanis Rideout

Above All Things by Tanis Rideout My rating: 5 of 5 stars It is a stunning achievement that Tanis Rideout should write such a polished, captivating, gorgeous novel, made even more remarkable by the fact this is her first published novel. From the subtle opening hook to the shattering last paragraph, Above All Things sated my appetite for impeccably crafted fiction. Above All Things is a rich historical novel which recounts George Mallory’s epic assent…

Review: Only Time Will Tell, by Jeffrey Archer

I’ve been away It’s been a busy and long year, mostly having to do with two knee replacements, recovery, and regaining mobility and strength. Hence the reason I’ve been derelict in reviewing books, although I have been reading voraciously. I’m now setting to catching up, and here’s my first review since returning to the office. Only Time Will Tell, by Jeffrey Archer, a beige read Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer My rating: 3…

Another 5-star review for The Rose Guardian

Another 5-star review has come in from LibraryThing Early Reviewers for The Rose Guardian. The Rose Guardian is the beautifully told story of an adult daughter still trying to get past the damage her now deceased mother had inflicted on her life. This is both a powerful and moving story that is told with sensitivity and heart. Masterfully crafted, this book is well worth reading. Highly recommended. Short but fabulous review. I couldn’t be happier. You…

LibraryThing gives me 5 stars!

The first Early Reviewer review is in through LibraryThing, and The Rose Guardian garnered 5 stars from a site which usually is very critical! Here’s the full review: This is a journey of relationships and relativity as told though the eyes of an artist (and authored by an artist of both color and words). It touches on the relationship of the mother to her children and how her pain attacks them, leaving them marked for life also….

Writer in Residence

Neustadt Library Writer in Residence Program I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be the Writer in Residence at the Neustadt Public Library in July. Whether you’re working on your memoirs, family history, that next great Canadian novel, or are struggling with clarity in your academic or business writing, I’ll be pleased to help and offer insight. Over 30 years of experience In 2008 I established my own publishing house, Five Rivers Publishing, in direct response to…

Tesseracts 22: Alchemy and Artifacts reveal

There is nothing new in the world except the history we do not know. Alchemy and Artifacts (Tesseracts Twenty-Two), edited by Lorina Stephens and Susan MacGregor, is a collection of twenty-three amazing stories based on historical artifacts combined with fantastic historical fiction. The stories meld culture, concept and incident into a rich collection of ‘what if’ speculations that provide warnings yet revel in the cultural celebrations we continue to observe today. They are the touchstones that…

Review: Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell, is a complete departure from my usual reading fare: thriller, whodunit, mental illness crime. Jewell offers up a perfect golden girl who suddenly goes missing at the age of 15, and the resulting fallout for her family, most particularly her mother. The novel is sketched with safe tropes and cardboard characters, known entities for lovers of this genre. Everyone is beautiful and brilliant except for the villains who are…