Saturday, March 14, 2015

A slice of pi(e)

My kids are math-magicians and never fail to remind me when there's something to celebrate. Like  most teens, they are also dessert connoisseurs, and pastry is one of their favourite sweets. Today was the perfect day to make pie.

Plus, baking helps me work through plot arcs and plan potential dialogue between characters. There's something about creating from scratch. Starting with flour and sugar and ending with a completed, consumable product - the entire process is soothing and satisfying.

I hope you all got to enjoy your slice of pi(e) today!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Frozen Falls of Niagara

Sometimes, when it's cold and dreary, I forget about the unique beauty of winter. In October and November, when the first bits of fluffy white stuff start to fall, it's fun and exciting. By mid-March, it can feel tiresome and annoying.

Recently, I had the opportunity visit Niagara Falls and had the privilege of seeing nature displayed at it's best. Because of the extreme cold this past February, the falls are partially frozen. The water still runs freely, but with the added allure of intriguing shapes and mystical nuances. Between each layer of snow and ice, the light refracts, creating gorgeous blues and greens and grays. From every angle, something new is revealed in the natural sculptures.

I wish I had a better camera so I could share the magic I experienced today. For now, my point-and-shoot pictures will have to do. If you have the chance, it's worth the drive to see this amazing landmark in the winter.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Be part of the book!

Olive has made her way into the world, but could use a little help reaching past the usual readers. This is an easy little contest and won't take more than four seconds of your time - I promise. In return, you not only get to name a character who will appear in episode two, you'll also get to read the second installment before release day - for free!

There's no catch.

All you have to do is share the link: via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your blog with the hashtag #OJSunshine before March 10, 2015, and you'll automatically be entered into the draw. The link must appear in the text of your post, not just in an image you share, so don't forget to copy and paste it. (If you do share the link on your blog, please let me know by email, as blogs are harder to track).

"Sunny with a Twist of Olive" is only available on Amazon.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Episode One: The Name of the Game

Today's the day!

Olive is making her appearance on Kindles (and Kindle Apps) everywhere! She's a sassy, snobby, selfish character you will probably love and hate with equal passion. I know I do!

For years, Olive has been whispering in my ear, and I've finally found the best way to let her have her say. Each month, a new story in the series will be posted, and more of Olive's secrets revealed.

If you do decide to meet Olive, in all her snarky glory, don't forget to let me know what you thought on Amazon, Goodreads, or right here, on my blog.