Monday, 27 March 2017

Grandma's Wedding Quilts - The Prequel






Kate Cambridge is an emerging author of Sweet Historical Romance and Sweet Contemporary Romance. She is a hopeless romantic, strong supporter of women's rights, and loves to create stories that inspire, and characters who seem real long after "The End."

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The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.


One year ago Hannah Quinn scored her dream job, and now the fate of the museum she loves will rise or fall on her next exhibit. But wait... there's a problem. She doesn't have a clue what her next exhibit will be!

When a trunk with two quilts is donated to the museum, Hannah's boss thinks she's wasting her time chasing down the history of the quilts, regardless of their beauty; but Hannah persists. She knows there's something special about these quilts, and a story that demands to be told.

Little does Hannah know, her friend Callum, a researcher and consultant, plays an unexpected a role in her investigation that leads to questions and discoveries that threaten the foundation of all she holds most dear.

Will her desperation to discover the story of the quilts cause her to lose the very thing she loves the most - or will the secrets she uncover lead her to more than she ever dreamed?



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“Time and experience teach us things that often books can’t, Hannah. For some, quilting was one way to record memories at a time when many women were not permitted to learn how to read or write. The quilts were often placed on the laps of the elderly, both to keep them warm and to allow them to travel through the memories the quilt contained. Too often now, we rely on technology to store our memories. But if we are no longer lucid enough to work a computer, how will we relive our memories?”



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Friday, 17 March 2017

Hi Everyone! Today, Peacewrites is pleased to participate in this e-Blitz for 5 amazing authors. Do have a read and show these talented ladies some love!







USA Today bestselling author Kirsten Osbourne knows how to write romance. Each book is an experience that transplants the reader, indulging them in decadence, intense emotion and sweeping love.

Hailing from the state of Wisconsin, she has lived in Texas for over thirty years as a mother, writer, and wife. Married to the love of her life for more than fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and shares that vision with the world.

She writes contemporary and historical romance as well and also ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy, love, and make believe, no matter the location, where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

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Amelia C. Adams is the author of twenty-five sweet Western romance novels, the mother of four children, and the eater of chocolate cake and tacos. Many tacos. Too many tacos to count. Because cheese. And meat. Meat and cheese.
She has hit the Amazon bestseller list three times and has the screenshots to prove it. Even though she’s only been publishing Westerns for two years, she plans to do it forever and ever, or until the cows come home, whichever happens first. She credits her own pioneer heritage for this new interest, and is glad that she doesn’t have to wear twelve petticoats to be considered modest. 

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Peggy L Henderson is an award-winning, best-selling western historical and time travel romance author of the Yellowstone Romance Series, Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, Teton Romance Trilogy, and the Blemished Brides and Wilderness Brides Western Historical Romance Series. When she’s not writing about Yellowstone, the Tetons, or the old west, she’s out hiking the trails, spending time with her family and pets, or catching up on much-needed sleep. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Along with her husband and two sons, she makes her home in Southern California. 

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Hi! I'm Kristin Holt, USA Today Bestselling Author.
I write frequent articles (or view recent posts easily on my Home Page) about the nineteenth century American West–every subject of possible interest to readers, amateur historians, authors…as all of these tidbits surfaced while researching for my books. I blog monthly at Sweet Romance Reads, Sweet Americana Sweethearts, and Romancing the Genres.

I love to hear from readers! Please drop me a note. Or find me on Facebook.

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A transplanted Scot, Margery now lives on a lake in Canada.

Although she grew up as far away from the old west as possible, she’s always had a love affair with the men and women who settled the untamed land west of the Mississippi. Glued to TV westerns like Maverick, Rawhide and Gunsmoke, and reading stories of Annie Oakley, Roy Rogers and Rin Tin Tin, it was only natural that when she started writing, she wrote what she loved to watch and read. When she’s not writing or travelling in search of the perfect setting for her next novel, you can usually find her wielding a pair of knitting needles or a pool cue.

  
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MAIL-ORDER MEMORIES by KIRSTEN OSBOURNE: Mary Brown is forced to start over in Beckham, Massachusetts, when the love of her life is killed out West. She has no desire to be in the town where they grew up together and memories of him will flood through her at every turn. After five years as a cook, her employer suggests she become a mail order bride to a man who has no desire to find love…only a life partner. Unsure if she’s making a mistake, she sends a letter in reply to the ad, unsure if she’ll be able to handle marriage to a stranger after expecting a life of love.

William Jones has always known he’d marry his love, but when her father insists he goes West to make his fortune before they can marry, he reluctantly agrees. After all, he wants his love to get everything she ever wants in life. When he finds out Mary has died after a tragic illness, he gets his farm ready, but he can’t go through his entire life without love. He sends for a mail order bride, getting the biggest shock of his life. Will he ever be able to trust his bride? Or will he spend the rest of his life regretting his decision to marry?

THE ECHO OF MUSIC by AMELIA C. ADAMS: When acclaimed opera singer Orinda Lou Britt loses her voice, she leaves the stage and her home in Chicago to live in Topeka, where no one knows her and she can start over again. Along with her, she brings her cherished heirloom piano, a gift from her grandmother.

Nathan Perry travels the country tuning pianos in every town, and there is no one Orinda Lou trusts more. But when it comes time for her piano to be repaired, Nathan seems nowhere to be found, and when he does finally arrive, the reason for his absence may drive them apart forever.


TETON SEASON OF PROMISE by PEGGY L. HENDERSONOlivia Barkley knows how to take care of herself. Growing up in an orphanage, she’s learned that good things don’t come easily and certainly don’t last forever. While escaping the unwanted advances of her employer, her path crosses with a man who made a promise he didn't keep. 

Caleb Walker has lived a life of freedom among the spectacular Tetons, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Unexplained restlessness prompts him to leave his beloved mountains in search of answers. When he joins an expedition into the wilderness, he is shocked to come face to face with a woman from his long-forgotten past.

Caleb and Livy must find a way to come to terms with their unexpected meeting. If they can move beyond the guilt and misunderstandings of the past, they might discover that they were meant to be together all along. 


THE GUNSMITH’S BRIDE by KRISTIN HOLT: Morgan Hudson can’t begrudge his widowed father a second chance at happiness. So when Dad’s mail-order bride arrives in Mountain Home with a beautiful daughter, Morgan’s life flips upside down. The lovesick fifty-year-olds need a chaperone, and Morgan can’t remember to treat Lizzy like a sister. Will their emergent love survive their parents’ romance, threats from the past, and a law forbidding kissing on the streets of Mountain Home?


HANNAH’S HERO by MARGERY SCOTT: US Marshal Kirby Matheson is on his way to testify at the trial of an outlaw when he comes across Hannah on the trail, unconscious and hurt. He feels a connection to her unlike any he’s never felt with another woman. He’s sure she feels the same, so why is she so frosty toward him? And why is he suddenly thinking about giving up the one thing he’s always valued – his freedom?

When Hannah Wilde is rescued by a handsome stranger after being thrown from her horse during a storm, she finds herself growing to like him, much to her dismay. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s sworn never to get involved with – a lawman! 

However, when danger follows Kirby, Hannah realizes she could lose him forever. Or is it already too late?



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HANNAH’S HERO by MARGERY SCOTT


Margery's Top Ten List
1.   When I was growing up ...  I used to read medical books for enjoyment because I planned to be a doctor when I grew up.
2.   I once ... played pool in a national championship in Las Vegas.
3.   Readers would be surprised to know I ... was a movie extra, and I was lucky enough to be in a movie with Sean Connery.
4.   Everyday I ... play a few games of Candy Crush before I start working J.
5.   I like to ... dance – ballroom, rock and roll, country line dance. The genre doesn’t matter as long as it’s good music.
6.   I have always wanted to ... be able to sing.
7.   I will never forget ... crossing the Atlantic on a ship when I was ten years old with my mother and my older sister (my father was already in Canada.) My mother and sister got seasick the first night out, and I spent the entire week at sea running wild with no supervision whatsoever. I had a great time. J
8.   The best thing about writing is escaping to an imaginary world where I can live for a while.
9.   When I am not writing, I like to knit, travel, shoot pool, and do renovations (I’ve always enjoyed working with tools.)

10.           I am working on … two books at the same time right now - Unwanted Bride, book 4 of the Rocky Ridge Romance series, and the first book of a new contemporary western romance series to be released in May.



Snippet from HANNAH’S HERO

Hannah sat in the saddle, her hands wrapped around the saddle horn. She felt so weak and unsteady she was sure she’d fall off if she didn’t hold on tight.
With one swift movement, the man had swung himself into the saddle behind her. She’d felt him move, and a few seconds later, his body had pressed against hers, hard and warm.
She wanted nothing more than to bury herself in that warmth, but instead she jerked away from the contact and held herself as stiff as possible. Heavens, she didn’t even know this man.
“Here,” she heard him say behind her as he draped his duster around her shoulders, “lean back against me. This duster isn’t big enough for both of us.”

Propriety warred with her need for warmth. Propriety lost.



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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Essence of Courage by Lynn Watson

Hi Everyone! Today at Peacewrites, in association with Loving the Book, we have the pleasure of presenting The Essence of Courage by Lynn Watson. Why not take a few minutes to see what this inspirational book has to offer?







 As women we encounter multiple challenges, while simultaneously wearing
many hats. We need courage to face our challenges and commitments. In Song
of Solomon 4, Solomon ascribes the essences of his locked garden to the
courageous woman he has taken as his wife. This inspirational study will
provide an opportunity for you to discover:

• The secrets of the fruit, spices, and essential oils in Solomon’s locked garden.

• A deeper meaning of these fruits, spices and essential oil essences in Scripture by studying different women in the Bible.

• How others learn through their struggles and triumphs when you meet Cinnamah-Brosia and the women with whom she does life.

• Encouragement to allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate the essence of courage in your heart.

• Fun facts about the spices and essential oils, along with ways for you to
enjoy incorporating reminders of the fruit they represent into your life.



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Pulled reluctantly into women’s ministry nearly four decades ago, Lynn Watson now treasures the opportunities that were provided to lead, encourage and mentor women through relationships and Bible studies. She wrote a few of the studies, too. Drawing from those experiences, along with years serving others professionally in the complementary healthcare field and her love for essential oils, Lynn delights in bringing her readers freshly inspired insights drawn from and focused on the many fruits, plants, oils, and spices mentioned in God’s Word. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve call Bartlett, Tennessee home. Their
home is filled with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren.




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Snippets

An unsightly explosion brewed. Holding back the anger I felt, I’m certain my tongue bled ’til I could taste it. I shrugged my shoulders and may have commented, “This is not my choice to make.”
from "A Woman of the Bible Displays the Fruit: Hannah Bites Her Tongue," page 173

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Jochebed placed the basket in the water. Miriam's actions were necessarily gentle as she hid among the reeds of the Nile and waited. When Pharaoh's daughter found the baby, Miriam met the challenge. She assessed the situation while thinking very quickly on her wet feet. The Egyptian princess loved on Miriam's baby brother. In response to the hopeful sight, Miriam simply asked if the assistance of someone to nurse this baby would be helpful. A pleased adoptive “new mom” readily agreed and offered compensation for the task.
from "A Woman of the Bible Displays the Fruit: Miriam's Gentle Negotiations," page 155

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     "Ewww.... that smells like my closet floor with all my dirty clothes and smelly socks!" That was one young lady's spontaneous reaction as my husband shared spikenard with his fifth grade
Sunday school class. The day's lesson: Mary anointing Jesus’ head. We can be sure the aroma of a full pint of the oil filled the room. Shooey!!!
     The cost – not the aroma – alarmed the disciples (especially Judas, the one who later betrayed Him for personal financial gain). The others’ concerns acknowledged the fact spikenard sold for a handsome price, and the money could help the poor. There was surely a better use for the resource than pouring a whole pint of expensive oil on someone's head.
     Considering the cost and undeterred by their criticism, razzing and complaints, Mary chose to serve Jesus. She believed He was the most valuable investment opportunity in her life. Hindsight tells us she was absolutely correct!    from "The Essence of Spikenard in Scripture: What Is Your Spikenard?"  page 69

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     “Busted!” There I was with my hands in the air dancing around the coffee cottage with a big grin on my face when Jeremy unexpectedly walked through the door. He had seen me giddy with joy many times, but I wondered how long he watched before he announced himself today.      from "Cinnamah-Brosia and Friends Share about Faithfulness," page 131

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     Our family thrived on rudeness and disrespect. We feared being touched. That was reserved for a licking from Dad or a dispute between siblings. You may remember, I shared with Sara how Mom drove that hippie mobile of hers in and out of our lives – a lot! Sometimes she came alone and sometimes she had a ragtag group of friends along. Some of the men were friendly with me in ways I disliked very much. I bottled my pain.  from "Cinnamah-Brosia and Friends Share about Gentleness," page 147

Character Casting
Cinnamah-Brosia  - Candace Cameron-Bure




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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hi, Everyone! Today, in association with Loving the Book, Peacewrites is hosting Son of a Kitchen Witch by author Tim Hemlin. Read on and give him some love!





As if being a high school student isn't already hard enough, Bobby Hawthorne and his best friend, Angelina Dellapicallo, struggle to understand the emerging secrets of witchcraft and magic - secrets strictly guarded by Bobby's overprotective mother and her friends. The unexpected appearance of his spirited grandfather, though, sets in motion a series of events that sweep the young teens down a dangerous path, one inhabited by an ancient evil that threatens not only Bobby and Angelina but their whole community of witches as well.

Pixies can't stop the hellhounds . . . but they have sounded the alarm . . . and the magic users must respond . . .




RJ Reviews - "This is a great, fun read that puts a very American spin on the story of witches living among us in the real world, blending Texan culture and Native American mythology together into something unique and enjoyable. If you're a fan of fast-paced, YA stories, then you need to give Son of a Kitchen Witch a read!


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Tim Hemlin has taught middle school English Language Arts in the Houston area for over 20 years and now puts his master’s degree in counseling to work as a high school counselor in the Fort Bend Independent School District. Besides running marathons, Hemlin enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams—the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Cowboys. He currently lives with his family outside Houston, Texas.

Son of a Kitchen Witch is Hemlin’s seventh full-length novel and is informed by the decades he has spent as an educator in Houston-area public schools. Set in suburban-Houston, Son of a Kitchen Witch is a fast-paced urban fantasy about the teenage son of a witch and how he navigates the perilous terrain of young love, high school drama, and being hunted by a pack of hellhounds.

Tim Hemlin’s other works include the Houston-based Neil Marshall Mystery series and “The Wastelanders,” a dystopian-clifi novel about a futuristic world devoid of water.



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Snippet 2.
The first time I saw an angry Earlene Tamarack I thought it was a funny sight. And then I witnessed the storm she unleashed. You see Earlene has a strong connection with the weather and the freak tornado she cut loose caught everyone by surprise and took off a corner of Macy’s at the mall. I don’t even remember what made her angry, only the repercussions. Luckily the only one hurt was a bikini-clad mannequin in a display case.


Brave Cookies!!


Brave Cookies Recipe
Olivia created this recipe for Bobbie to make with her when he was having night terrors after his father died. These cookies are healthy and good for the soul. When they made the cookies, together they repeated the blessing, included below, to reinforce the “power” they impart. And every night before bed she reinforced their power with the invocation.
Brave Cookies
STRENGTH—1 & ½ to 2 C unbleached flour
ENERGY—2/3 C raw sugar
HOPE—1/2 C rolled oats
CONFIDENCE—1 egg, beaten
SPEED—1/8 C Earth Spread (margarine)- room temperature
UNDERSTANDING—1/2 C applesauce
CALM—1 tsp ground nutmeg
INVISIBILITY—1/2 tsp baking powder
CUNNING—1/2 tsp baking soda
TRANSFORMATION—1 tsp vanilla
COURAGE—1/2-1 C chocolate chips (the best are the dark chocolate sweetened only with cane sugar)
(Optional)
WILL—1/2 C chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350˚
Lightly spray cookie sheet with oil.
Combine applesauce and oats in small bowl. Set aside to let soak while preparing other ingredients. In medium mixing bowl combine the flour (start with 1 ½ cups), sugar, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda. Stir well. In small mixing bowl, combine the Earth Spread, egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add the applesauce and oats mixture. Stir until the batter is blended. Add extra flour until the batter is consistency of a thick paste. Finally add the chocolate chips and, if desired, the nuts.
Drop by teaspoonful onto the greased cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. Makes about two dozen cookies.
NOTE: The wonderful thing about these cookies is that you can adapt it to any of your child’s favorite cookie recipe.
Brave Cookies
Blessing while making the cookies:
“We ask for the blessings of the Lady and Lord.
We honor Her chalice and brandish His sword!
By the powers of Earth, Air, Fire and Water,
May these ingredients be mixed with their power.

With the blessed aid of white magick,
Make me tonight strong, wise and quick.
By the light of love's white moonbeams,
I am the master of my dreams.”
Of course you don’t have to be a witch for these cookies to work. Instead of Olivia’s blessing, use any prayer.
Have your child help make these cookies with you, reinforcing the fact that they can control their dreams. Tell them a story while putting these cookies together that incorporates all these attributes, bringing in positive ways to “fight” the demons in their dream, and remind them that these ingredients will help them become the master of their dreams.
Invocation before bed:
And before your child goes to bed have them eat one of these cookies and use an invocation similar to the one Olivia used for Bobbie (See below—again, adapt it to your own particular religion.)
“By the grace of Great Spirit, ruler of all,
I control my dreams. Be they great or small.
Blessed Be!
Blessed Be!
Blessed Be!

So Mote It Be!”

Snippet 4.
(Angelina and Bobby are waiting for the rest of their group to begin band practice)
Our eyes met and boy-oh-boy I’m surprised the instruments didn’t start playing themselves with all the sparks flying. We leaned toward each other just in time for Sophie to stroll in and say, “Hi guys!”
Angelina jumped back.

I could’ve kicked Sophie.



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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Reblogged from majankaverstraete.com

AuthorInterviewwithGordonA.Long

I’m interviewing Gordon A. Long today, author of fantasy novel “Zoysana’s Choice”. Welcome!

AuthorInterview

  1. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
The quick answer is that I didn’t; it just happened. I started out as a theatre director, and soon discovered that the theatre does everything backwards. They get a play written by somebody they don’t know, and then try to find an actor that fits each role. When you’re dealing with amateurs and students, that’s very hard. I soon found that if I chose the actors and wrote the script for them, and sometimes with them through improvisation, they fitted the roles much better (and remembered the lines better, too). So I ended up writing my own plays for years. I have always been an avid reader, and I just sort of slipped into writing novels. First one book, then another, and then I realized I really enjoyed it, and here I am.
  1. What inspired you to write Zoysana’s Choice?
Looking back on it, I think I created Zoysana after my two sons were born and I realized I was never going to have a daughter. So I made one up. I was also inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth (I even borrowed the main character). And if you want to get esoteric, I have always been fascinated by the existential concept of stripping a person down to his or her essential being, and making a choice completely independent of the influences of the world. So Zoysana’s Choice is an Existentialist novel. Take that, Herman Hesse and Franz Kafka.
  1. What is your editing process like?
When I start writing every day, I go back and read what I wrote yesterday, to fix up any details I notice, and put me in the picture and in the mood for today’s writing. So that’s my first edit. Then I read through about a thousand times when I’m writing and polishing. Then I use an online digital editing service to pick up technical errors and typos. Of course, I have a real human editor, because that’s essential. Then I go through a few more times looking for typos before I upload it to the printer. Once I get the first proof copy back, I read the story backwards, one paragraph at a time with a ruler under each line. That makes me focus, and I pick up a lot of errors.
And I still find mistakes in the final copy. That’s editing.
  1. What do you find the most challenging about being an author?
Promoting and selling a book. I’m a writer, not a salesman. But I think everyone says that. I’m forever grateful to people like Majanka who can take part of that task off my hands, and use their skills on my behalf.
The part about writing that challenges me the most is villains. I don’t like nasty people, and I object to having them in my books. So I tend towards conflicts that are character against environment, especially character against social environment. The best villain I ever wrote was based on a boss I had once, and I won’t say anything more, because I might get sued. But he’s a great villain, because he’s realistic.
  1. Do you have any writing goals for 2017?
I will be publishing “The Innkeeper’s Husband,” book 5 in the Petrellan saga, some time in the summer. It’s at the editors right now. It’s about a minor character from “Zoysana’s Choice” whom she recruits to become a leader in her battle against the Inari, Petrella’s enemy in that novel. Unfortunately for him, he’s very good at it, but he wants to quit to become an innkeeper.
I’m also publishing “Queen of Mischief,” Book 5 in my World of Change series. The main character in this book is Jameta anDennal, the main character and friendly rival of Aleria in “The Trouble with Tents.” “Queen” is about half way through the first draft, and at the moment I’m having trouble creating conflict between Jameta and her new husband, Erlon, because I did such a good job of making them compatible in the last book. Serves me right.
 I’m also going to publish a stand-alone fantasy I wrote ten years ago, “The Power to Serve,” which joins together the two best-known cattle-worshipping societies in history, the Minoans of Ancient Crete and the Californios of the American South-West.
  1. Are you working on something now?
Isn’t that enough?
I’m also working on the ElderStory Project: recording, collating, and editing a book of tales collected from seniors in my community, on a grant from the federal government. I now have 250 stories from 80 storytellers, so we’re making good progress. It will be published in the spring.

AbouttheBook

Title: Zoysana’s Choice
Author: Gordon A. Long
Genre: Fantasy
Discovered as a child living alone in the forest and growing up an orphan of mixed parentage, but under the protection of the king’s youngest son, Zoe is appreciated for her own merit by everyone, from the royal family to the lowest kitchen wench. But her secure nest is shattered by conflict in the king’s family, and soon she will have to decide where her loyalties lie.
She flees to her former home in the mountains, where she finds many answers, but not to the questions she is asking.
Then she is offered the chance to visit Kyabra, the home of her grandfather, to learn about that ancient culture.
But all of these travels come to naught when she hears of war at home, and she returns to Petrella to be faced with a decision that could stop a war and change the lives of thousands, but only at the greatest personal cost.
This is the first published work of a 7-book saga of standalone novels tied together by characters and setting. Books 4 to 7 are sequential, and Books 1 to 3 happen 400 years earlier.

AbouttheAuthor

Brought up in a logging camp with no electricity, Gordon Long learned his storytelling in the traditional way: at his father’s knee. He now spends his time editing, publishing, travelling, blogging and writing fantasy and social commentary, although sometimes the boundaries blur.
Gordon lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, with his wife, Linda, and their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Josh. When he is not writing and publishing, he works on projects with the Surrey Seniors’ Planning Table, and is a staff writer for <indiesunlimited.com>

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