Review: The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, by Jean Pendziwol

I came to Jean Pendziwol’s novel quite by chance, drawn by its setting on Porphyry Island on the north shore of Lake Superior. This is a story of loss, of relationships and discoveries, of isolation and madness, told from the perspective of a delinquent girl who is doing community service at a senior’s residence as her penance, and the old woman she comes to know during that time. There’s a missing diary now found, connections…

A Shadow Song get well to Lorina

The first novel I ever published, Shadow Song, is a history set in 1830s Upper Canada, painstakingly researched, representing close to a decade of writing. I am still proud of this novel. And I hope it’s one you will allow me to share with you while I’m setting about making a new knee work for me. Generally, Shadow Song, was and still remains well-received by readers. What perhaps was the biggest kick for me was about 15 years…

Get well, Lorina, with From Mountains of Ice

So, 12 days since my knee surgery. I will have perhaps reported on my progress by now, or perhaps not. My physiotherapy assessment was last Wednesday. And, yes, I’ve set up a series of blog posts in advance of all this to blatantly solicit your well-wishes and encouragement in the form of book purchases. This week I’m badgering you about my cultural, dark fantasy, From Mountains of Ice. It’s a story about an unwilling hero, about underdogs…

While I’m recovering, what not Caliban?

I’m writing this post in advance of my knee surgery, which I’m hoping has gone swimmingly well, and that I’m now home and deep into physiotherapy. I am determined to be fully mobile and up to mischief by August. I’m even dreaming of attending Can-Con this fall. But perhaps I get ahead of myself. What would really help is for you to encourage me in this journey by sending me a get-well message in the…

The Rose Guardian

My newest novel, The Rose Guardian, is now available for pre-order in trade paperback. Just follow the PayPal links on the page for The Rose Guardian.  A pre-order for the ebook will be available in a few weeks. Or, if you’d prefer, you can wait a few months for The Rose Guardian to be available for pre-order through your favourite bookseller worldwide. I am so excited about this novel. Jeff Minkevics designed the gorgeous cover, which perfectly captures the tone…

Experiences before knee surgery

So here I’m at day four without prescription NSAIDS, the miracle drug which negates most of the pain from arthritis. I was instructed to stop taking NSAIDS seven days prior to surgery, and being a dutiful person have done so. Well. Last night had me in tears, wondering how I was going to get through the next few days. By evening I was almost unable to walk the pain was so intense, and by the…

The knees so far

Who cares about my knees? That just sounds ridiculous: the knees so far. I think to myself, who cares? Apparently quite a few of you do, if the emails I’ve received are any indication. I thank you all for that support. But it would seem many of you are also interested to learn about my progress through this journey because you’re facing the possibility of partial or full knee replacements as well. So, I thought…

What I’m up to in 2019

A busy Year 2019 is going to be a busy year for me, lots of positive changes. The major one is I’m having partial knee replacement surgery done on both my knees. This is a Big Scary Thing for me, but also a Big Hopeful Potty Deal. I think facing uterine cancer surgery was easier than knee surgery, because with the cancer surgery it was either going to be all or nothing, live or die,…