It’s Official – Your book is the WINNER of the sci-fi category in our 2018 Golden Quill Award Contest!


I entered this contest a few months ago never really thinking it would go this far. After a month, Playing in the Rain was selected as a semi-finalist along with five other books. Another month later and an email confirmed that it had moved on with one other book as a finalist, a winner would be chosen mid-July.  Tonight I received an email from Golden Box Books Publishing informing me that Playing in the Rain has won the 2018 Golden Quill Award in the Science Fiction category.

This is my first book award. I enjoy writing and everything it entails. Okay, not everything, editing is blah and marketing is even worse. I spend anywhere from 3 to 4 hours every weeknight when I return from my-full time job working on all aspects of writing. At the moment editing the second book of my first trilogy (Playing in the Rain was the first) is top priority. On the weekends I spend anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, maybe more, working on this craft that I love. It’s hard work as any author knows, but winning awards makes it worthwhile and keeps me going.

It may not be the Giller Prize but it’s a start and I’ll take that!





Author Interview – Lauren Boehm-Lynch

I’m not sure where the time is going but once again it is the end of another month. My author interview for June is with author Lauren Boehm-Lynch

Lauren writes books for children, young adults, and cookbooks under her own publishing company- Broken Road Farm Publishing.

Authors now have several questions to choose from related to their writing as well as about themselves.

So thank you , Lauren, for being my guest and the first to interview with my new questions.


  1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

The Flame and The Flower by Rosemary Rogers. The descriptions of the events and the main characters made me feel a part of the story.


  1. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

From a young age then in 1980 I wrote my first novel a romance, I put it away and now after being published and having more experience I dusted it off and should be putting it out soon!

  1. Where do your ideas come from?

The Broken Road Farm which is where we live; there is always something happening.

  1. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

Cooking, I love to cook.


  1. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Gone With the Wind, I would love to observe however I would need to be dressed in one of those beautiful dresses.


  1. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

The Broken Road Farm Counting & Picture Book. This book is filled with pictures of the animals that live on the farm.


  1. Have you won any awards for your writing/books and if so what?

Cooking on the Broken Road Farm won Best Cover Award which was illustrated by my husband Tim.


  1. Have you ever experienced something weird you could not explain?

I heard a sound in my kitchen when I went to check one of my Mammaw’s jars that I had filled with her crochet needles in fell to the floor right side up and didn’t break…funny thing is it was behind a cookie jar that was not out of place!


  1. What makes you happy?

My husband, kids, grandkids, the farm and of course writing, plus now having my own publishing company, Broken Road Farm Publishing!


  1. If you aren’t writing (or doing anything associated with writing), what are you doing?

Reading I love romance novels and books by James Patterson

Where to find Lauren:


If you are an author interested in an interview, please contact me.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read all about Author Lauren Boehm-Lynch

Emotional Roller Coaster


Just a few short minutes ago I penned the last words of the last book of my first trilogy. For me those last words are very emotional and tears spill down my cheeks. I’m not certain if all writers feel this way (if you’re a writer and you do let me know) but boy, I sure do. I guess it’s like saying goodbye to family, though I know I will see them again. Most certainly they will drive me nuts over the next few weeks as I begin the editing process, a process I am not really looking forward too, perhaps that’s why I cry :). In any event the stories are done and I am relieved as well as a bit sad. However, I have plenty of other characters waiting for their turn in the sun. So wish me luck as I soon begin the next phase of this writing journey as I lock myself up in my “office” to read my chapters out loud and wonder at times  – “what the hell was I thinking?”


Photo Challenge – Love this Photo

So it seems that the weekly photo challenge from The Daily Post has drawn to an end. For a final post we are to post an all time favourite. I have so many favourites but I promised to choose just one from previous posts. You can check out others here.


This really is one of my favourites taken the first (and so far the only) trip to P.E.I.  (but I will go back.) Anyway, back to the photo. It was taken at West Point Lighthouse. It was just supposed to be a day stop.  We toured the lighthouse, combed the beach, walked on the boardwalk. We were about to leave a couple of hours later when my husband asked if I wanted to stay the night at the motel attached to the lighthouse. He didn’t have to ask twice. The rooms were beautiful and this bench sitting on top of a sand dune was just outside our motel door. It was the perfect place to watch an amazing sunset and end a fantastic day.


Author Interview Faith Bloom

May’s interview is with Author and Poet Faith Bloom. Faith has been writing poetry for a number of years and will soon be releasing her first novel later this year.

I certainly can relate to Faith’s answer to the second part of question 4, as I am sure many authors can.

I hope you enjoy learning about Faith.

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

I guess that would be The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I had to read it while in school and I loved the story. It became my favorite when I realized the story was an allegory of the story of Christ. I realized then that writing could be an adventure and wasn’t always something easily explained. It had to be understood by the reader.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

It was in elementary school, I believe in the fourth grade. I had to write a poem for my class’s participation in the Christmas program. I wrote a poem about Santa’s reindeer planning a Christmas party. My teacher loved it! I realized how much fun I had writing poetry. Then in the sixth grade, I started to write my first book. It was about some kids and a vampire. I had gotten up to seven chapters and a friend of mine wanted to read it and never gave it back. I hope she liked it!

3. Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

I love Nicholas Sparks’ books. All of his stories are clean and have meaning to them. They have beautiful settings and are about relationships.

4. What is your favourite thing about writing? What is your least favourite thing writing?

My favourite thing would be coming up with new ideas and new characters. It’s exciting to dive into something new with each story that I write. It’s fun coming up with plot ideas and how I want the story to end.

The thing I like the least would be distractions. I get distracted easily from writing. I get into something that needs done around the house or appointments I need to get to and I lose focus. I need to learn to spend time on a regular basis for writing.

5. Where do your ideas come from?

I’ve had a lot of ideas from life in general, things I’ve experienced. I got an idea for a story I want to write with my son from a dream I had. The whole book played out in my dream. I’ve gotten ideas from songs. Some songs I’ve loved have given me inspiration to write poetry or a short story. And sometimes I see something on television. In a movie or even the news.

6. I’ve often found that creative people have more than one talent, what is yours?

One “talent” I have is I can walk into anyone’s house and rearrange, declutter and organize them within one day. I can play the flute, but I’m horrible at reading music. Over the past few years, I’ve been making videos, websites, publishing and editing books for friends. I happen to think I’m pretty good at it.

7. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?

Maybe that would be Eat, Pray, Love. My husband and I separated 8 years ago and I had to start all over again at the age of 38. I should have read this book then! It is full of exciting characters, yummy food, spiritual insight, and a great sense of humor as the character, Elizabeth, is redefining herself. I would love to follow her journey as she travels to other countries on her quest for self discovery.

8. When you create characters are they completely made up or do they resemble or remind you of people you know? Sometimes I think I am completely making them up in my mind, but later I realize that they resemble someone in my life. Probably because I believe you write what you know. I think a lot of authors write characters about people they know or have met and don’t realize it right away.

9. Have you ever created a character “out of thin air” only to run into someone in real life that reminds you of that character either in personality or their features? So far, that hasn’t happened to me. But that would be awesome!

10. What are you working on now and can you tell us about it?

I’m working on my first novel. It’s going to be a series of books called Unbreakable. It’s the story of a young woman named Ava and her journey through life and abuse that she endures. It’s going to be a trigger for some people but I’m writing it in hopes it will help others who have gone through similar situations. It
will be released later this year.

You can find and follow Faith Bloom on the links below.


Caligula Reincarnate – Book Review

Caligula Reincarnate: Killer with a Thousand FacesCaligula Reincarnate: Killer with a Thousand Faces by Steve Peek

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gaius Caesar (Caligula) is the evil and sadistic emperor of Rome in 41 AD. With the aid of his magician, Okuni, his desire to become immortal will be a reality. And when Caligula dies, he will be reborn immediately; he will always be Caligula and he will always know who he is.

Author Steve Peek takes the reader on an interesting and sometimes harrowing journey in this unique multi-genre story where fact and fiction intertwine.

The characters are well developed and the story is well written. However, it is not a story for the faint of heart as there are some gory and disturbing sexually explicit bits. These scenes are not gratuitous but rather work to show the sadistic mind of Caligula.

I enjoyed this story though I found the ending a little rushed and it left me wondering if there was more to come.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Liquid

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge – liquid


I live in Ontario, a province in Canada that is abound with lakes, rivers,ponds, rivers, and streams. With 250,000 lakes and over 100,000 kilometers (62,000 mi) of rivers,  Ontario contains about 1/5 of the world’s fresh water.

Charleston Lake
St. Lawrence River
St. Lawrence River
Gananoque River
Gananoque River
Pond on our property
Rideau Canal Merrickville
Charleston Lake
St. Lawrence River
Lake Ontario – Kingston
Lake Ontario – Kingston
Lake Ontario – Kingston