Monday, 27 October 2014

Nigh Cover Revealed!

A new dark fantasy serialized novel, coming soon! Get the first volume free by signing up to my eNewsletter!

A disappearing watch.  A thief in the night. Whispers around every corner...

And then a mist rolls into town, and it refuses to dissipate.

Alva Viola Taverner has lived in her small town all of her life, working as a car tech while saving for her little sister to go to university. But everything is about to change as the veil between our world and that of the faeries weakens and falls.

Suddenly, even the smallest bump in the night can prove to be the deadliest.

Artwork by Kerri Elizabeth Gerow, design by Designs by Lynsey.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Announcing "Le Sang de Mirial" !!!

I'm extremely excited to announce that Les Éditions Alire has picked up the French rights to the Destiny series (yay!)!  Destiny's Blood (Le Sang de Mirial) is already announced in their catalogue for Fall 2015, to be translated by the ridiculously talented Élisabeth Vonarburg (double yay!).

This, for me, marks a major threshold in my career. I'm from Québec and identify as a French Canadian, but I write in English (I learned English by reading fantasy/sci-fi books).  Most of my family is still in Québec, and few of them are fluent enough in English to get through my books.  They buy every single one though - I could never complain of not having a supportive family.

Now, this marks the time when I get to actually share my works with my family.  I'm over the moon.  And over several star systems that are now going to be blown up bilingually (very Canadian).

... Wait, they'll be able to read every single horrible thing I do in these books?  ... My family is going to disown me...

I can't wait to share more news as I get it!

Au plaisir! 

Friday, 17 October 2014

All the Fun!

Show in Ottawa today and then I'm in Mississauga tomorrow!

University of Ottawa Open House - Italian/Medieval Faculty
October 17, 2014
12pm - 1pm
Simard Building, Room 129
It's a free event AND there will also be a chef. OMG don't miss this!!

Mississauga Science Fiction Saturday
October 18, 2014
Mississauga, ON
Robert J. Sawyer, Tanya Hull, Robert Charles Wilson and myself, in honour of Rob's Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award! 

Gotta run - have stories to tell!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Scary Stories Coming Up!

I love October. The leaves turn, fireplaces are lit and scary stories are told.  This year, I'm the featured teller at the Tales and Tunes show, which will take place on three different nights in three different churches (atmosphere!)  I'll be telling an original story in two parts, with a brass ensemble.  It's gonna be creepy.  Not creppy.  Creepy. 

Don't miss it!  

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Paper Airplane Contest Rules

WARNING: the powers that be at CAN-CON are trying to fool you all by DISGUISING THE AWESOME THAT IS THE PAPER AIRPLANE CONTEST!  I WILL NOT DISCUSS plumbing Saturday night. All that I know is that plumbing is GOOD. It is the airplane context and YOUR DOOM that we shall discuss Saturday night. 


Back by popular demand, the paper airplane contest shall once more wreak havoc upon CAN-CON. I've been asked mutliple questions by citizens: what shall I bring?  Do we need our own band aids?  A change of clothes?  To sign a waiver?

Well, here are your answers: BRING ONLY YOURSELVES!

I've also received questions on the rules.  Some of you poor souls didn't make it previous years. So, here are the rules:


That's it.  Bring yourselves only, and be prepared to earn your way to even just folding the paper airplaine.


It is for the strong.


I've been asked that, especially considering all of the fine prizes I make available.  Fine, fine prizes. 


That's how you win.  And I define best based on my daily whim. 

... If this contest doesn't sound like a good time, I don't know what is! 

SEE YOU THERE.  8pm. Saturday evening.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

My CAN-CON Schedule

CAN-CON, one of my favourite cons, is happening this weekend at the Sheraton smack in downtown Ottawa. This con is always a lot of fun, informative and full of great networking opportunities, so you won't want to miss it!

Here's where I'll be:

Saturday, October 4

12:00 pm
Romance: Learnings that can be Imported into any Genre
Marie Bilodeau (m), Linda Poitevin, Coreene Callahan, Leslie Brown, Lynne MacLean
These ladies are fun. I offered to moderate.  I'm a big fan of how other genres can inform any writing.

1:00 pm
Taking the Next Step in a Creative Career
Jay Odjick, Gabrielle Harbowy, Linda Poitevin, Marie Bilodeau (m), Robin Riopelle
This one is near and dear to my heart.  Finding resources and advice when trying to become published was easy. Now, trying to take the next step... it's all a bit blurry.  A bunch of cool people will talk about their thoughts on taking the next step!

2:00 pm
The Engaging Author Reading – Techniques of the Stage for Writers 
Hayden Trenholm, Marie Bilodeau, Erik Buchanan
I don't even know what I can add considering who else is on this panel, but I'm certainly looking forward to it!

3:00 pm
Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne host the Can-Con Chocolate Fountain for All!
Need we say more?  In the con suite. Don't miss it!

5:00 pm
Fantastic Weather Slapdown  
Mark Robinson, Erik Buchanan, Julie Czerneda, David Nickle, Marie Bilodeau (m)
This is new.  It's going to be fun.  Come on out!

8:00 pm
A Comparison on the Building Codes of the Northern US States, Chapters on Plumbing and Wiring 
Marie Bilodeau
So, Derek Künsken, who's organizing the programming, is anti-fun and anti-airplane competition. He told me he'd make it sound like the most unappealing panel ever. I laughed, saying there was nothing he could call this that wouldn't appeal to a sub-section of geek culture.  I stand corrected. But don't be fooled - come one out for some paper airplane fun!

Sunday, October 5

10:00 am
GOH Interviews: Marie Bilodeau interviews Gabrielle Harbowy, and Gabrielle interviews 
Gabrielle was the editor of the Destiny series.  She's funny, ambitious and the right kind of twisted.  She's come all the way from California for this, so let's show her that 10 am isn't scary in Ottawa!

11:00 am
Reading: Erik Buchanan, True Magics and Marie Bilodeau, Destiny's War
Erik is a good reader.  I may tell a story instead - not yet decided. Only way to find out is to come on out!  

12:00 pm
What does a publicist do 
and what can a publicist 
do for you? 
Bilodeau (author)
I worked with Beverly on the release of Destiny's War.  She's great and has lots of good ideas.

1:00 pm
Talking about your Sonic Wrench and Other Tricks for Flushing Out the Nerds Who Are Hiding As Muggles: 
M. Bilodeau (m), S.M. Carriere, Erik Buchanan, Timothy Carter, Mark Shainblum
I requested fun. I believe my request has been met.

This is packed, but packed with awesome.  See you there!!!  

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

How a Story Comes to Own an Orgy

Last night I told stories of Dangers of the Sea, with Nicole Lavigne, at the Tea Party. The fun thing about storytelling, unlike stories in print, is that stories can continue to evolve, fed by your mood and the audience's mood.

For example, here's how my story The Last Siren evolved:

First showing, 5 years ago, at a fundraiser in Montreal:  "It's gonna be sexy. It's gonna be super dark. And there's gonna be singing. Awesome.  Oooh, there are a lot of kids here for a late night show.  Oooh.  Maybe less dark.  And definitely less sexy. But totally still singing. Maybe without the swearing. Maybe."

When selecting stories for this show: "I'm gonna tell that dark, sexy siren story. Totally."

Rehearsing for the show: "It's dark. Too dark?  Am I in the mood for dark? ... am I ever not in the mood for dark?"

Still rehearsing: "My second story has man-eating rats in it. Do I need to be that dark in both stories?  Really? I mean, yes for the rats. That's just freaky. But the last siren?  Two really dark stories? Maybe I'll lighten it up."

Day of show: "Good. Lighter.  Funnier.  More charming. That'll balance out man-eating rats nicely."

During show itself: "Let's get everyone in this story nekked! Ha ha ha!!"

After the show: "...I just totally told an orgy story.  With my mom in the audience."

Don't miss the second telling of this fun show on Friday, October 10, at The West End Well (969 Wellington Street West, Ottawa), at 7 pm.  Let's see how this sucker evolves this time!