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Send Down the Elevator

I once heard an interview with a comic who was talking about when you reach the top, you shouldn’t forget to send the elevator down to all your friends and colleagues who you like/admire in order to help them succeed. Two writers have really gone out of their way for me in this respect. Both Eileen Cook (her latest,With Malice is out in paperback today!), and Joelle Charbonneau have been great about mentioning my books,…

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How to Help an Author

I would also like to add: Request your library buy the book (if they don’t have it already). My book budget doesn’t stretch to everything I want, so I often do this. It actually helps the author even more than you buying it, because libraries often buy multiple copies!

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Freelance Editing Services

Did you know I’m also a freelance editor? You can hire me to give you editorial feedback on your manuscript. I prefer to stick to the genres I’m most familiar with and enjoy reading, so if you have a manuscript that falls into any of the categories below, and are interested in getting more information about my services, please email me through the contact page. I’m about to finish up a new book of my…

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Richard Wagamese on Baseball

Canada has lost a great writer this month, and while I have always enjoyed interviews with him, I will admit I haven’t worked up the guts to read his writing because in his own words, “it will tear your heart out” and I like my heart firmly in place. I know I’m missing one of the greats, and someday the time will be right for me to read him. In the meantime, in honour of…

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Month of Mondays book launch

A fun time was had by all! And if you want to win a signed copy of A Month of Mondays, my good friend the writer Alexa Barry is giving one away (Canada, US, UK) on her instagram page. Also, if you’re in the US and you’ve tried to order it and seen the 1-2 month delivery time, I’ve been told that they’re still waiting for delivery at the distribution centres, but it shouldn’t really…

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Release Day!

Happy Book Birthday to A Month of Mondays! As is my tradition, I’m celebrating the release of my book by posting my Thank Yous. Acknowledgements Thank you so much to everyone at Second Story Press. Your enthusiasm and kindness is much appreciated, as is the charming cover. Thank you to my mother who has been with me (and Suze) every step of the way. Also big helpings of thanks to Cheryl Tradewell and Mark Shaw…

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Nothing Says I Love You…

Nothing says I love you like a book for Valentine’s Day! While I’m all about buying newly published books, might I suggest a Nevil Shute love story? They’re always so much more than a simple romance. Often set against the background of war, they’re exciting and romantic. Of course, you sort of have to plan ahead to find them, but maybe for next year? Pastoral Ruined City The Far Country I keep hoping someone will…

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Four More Mondays Until A Month of Mondays!

A Month of Mondays is an intensely readable novel. It is full of fun, bright and natural dialogue. It has a lovable underdog narrator, someone to whom many readers will relate. Highly Recommended. (CM: Canadian Review of Materials) Just a quick reminder that my first middle grade novel, A Month of Mondays comes out one month from today! I’m very excited about this book, as I started it about…oh…twenty years ago! Seriously. See this post…

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What she said:

“If novelists know anything it’s that individual citizens are internally plural: they have within them the full range of behavioral possibilities. They are like complex musical scores from which certain melodies can be teased out and others ignored or suppressed, depending, at least in part, on who is doing the conducting. At this moment, all over the world—and most recently in America—the conductors standing in front of this human orchestra have only the meanest and…

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One Book for 2016

Ever since I started blogging I have made a year-end shortlist of my favourite reads of the year, but this year is different. This year, I’ve chosen to highlight only one book. Why? Well, for one thing, I only read 80 books (I’ve been known to average 125) and not too many of them were really that outstanding. For another, 2016 was its own beast. The UNTHINKABLE happened which we won’t talk about here. The…

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Globe & Mail!

It took me three books, but I finally got a national review! Thanks Globe & Mail for reviewing Speed of Life (J.M. Kelly). If you want to read the very nice review online, click here. If you want to read the book, it’s available to buy at places like Chapters, Amazon, Powell‘s and from your favourite indie bookstore! If you live in Portland, OR and want a signed copy, email me through the contact page…

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Sculpy Clay and Papier Mache

Maybe you saw these pictures of my Speed of Life Diorama on my blog tour, but since then I’ve added a papier mache 1969 Mustang fastback and the dog, Bonehead. You might say that my talents fall more accurately when using Sculpy clay (Bonehead) than with papier mache, but for the record, this is a version of the car right after Crystal bought it, before she restored it and after being damaged in a hail…

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Bloggers are the Best!

Today I’m over at James Booth’s blog. For those of you who don’t know his blog, you should check it out. He’s been a big supporter of my work from the very beginning when he read an advanced copy of Restoring Harmony, so you can be sure I asked my publisher to send him an early copy of Speed of Life, too. He wrote a lovely review, followed by a fun interview. We discuss where…

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Welcome Mimi Cross!

Today for the Friday Five, we have the lovely Mimi Cross! Is there an author or book you’d think everyone should read (besides yours, of course)? The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater.  To me, this is a perfect book. There’s not a wasted word, not one word out of place.  I love the setting, and the characters. It’s a timeless love story, full of subtleties, that anyone but the youngest of readers can enjoy. 2. Do…

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Why J. M. Kelly?

As you’ve undoubtedly gathered, J. M. Kelly is my pen name for my new YA novel, Speed of Life. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about it and so I thought I’d answer a few of them here. Why J. M. Kelly? J. M. are my initials…Joelle Marie, and Kelly was a choice I made based on three cool things. The first is a bit sad, so I generally don’t tell people this…

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Cubs Win!!!!!

I just got the BEST Book Birthday present possible! In the bottom of the ninth, in true dramatic fashion, the Chicago Cubs scored 4 runs to take the lead and then Chapman came in and struck out the side, giving the Cubs the win and eliminating the San Francisco Giants. I’ve been waiting 34 years (a paltry number compared to many Cubs fans) for something like this and I’m here to say, that being a…

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Happy Book Birthday to EVERYONE!

Happy Book Birthday to Speed of Life! You’re finally out in the world and I’m so happy to see you! However, you’re not the only new book out there. So happy birthday to all the books I could find releasing today (and the ones I missed – feel free to add them in the comments!). I borrowed this list from Reading Books Like a Boss.   11 — Never Better (Dark Obsession #3) by Charlotte…

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Canadian Blog Tour

If you were here last week (or you scroll down), you’ll know I’ve been on a US Book Blog Tour, which continues through this week. And now I’m adding a Canadian leg to the journey. I get around! below are the sites I’ll be visiting this week, as well as the US ones. Tuesday– http://ayareader.blogspot.ca http://padfootslibrary.blogspot.ca/ Wednesday– https://alexabarry.com/ https://www.mostlyyalit.com/ Thursday– http://bookcatpin.blogspot.ca/ https://innocencewalker.wordpress.com/ Friday– https://fabbookreviews.com/ https://insidethepagesbookreviews.wordpress.com/ US Tour 10/10/2017- The Best Books Ever– Review 10/11/2017- With Love for Books– Guest…

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Friday Five Guest Nova Ren Suma

One of my favourite people is Nova Ren Suma and she very kindly answered five quick questions for me for the Friday Five post. If you’re not familiar with her, get familiar! Nova Ren Suma is the author of four novels, including the #1 New York Times Best Seller The Walls Around Us, which is an Edgar Award finalist and was named the #1 Kids’ Indie Next Pick for Spring 2015 and a Best Book…

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