Next project. Turning houses into badges 😁
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [some] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Read it first for English class, grade 11. That’s when I realised “great” literature doesn’t have to be epic.)
2. Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (Read it first in a bus station in Thunder Bay, on my way home after crossing the country on Greyhound by myself at 19.)
3. Paterson by William Carlos Williams (Read it first during the summer semester when I took advantage of the university library and read everything by and about Williams. One day, I’ll tattoo his line—Look, there lies the city!—on my arm.)
4. The Leaving by Budge Wilson (Read it first soon after I received it as a gift for Easter when I was 9. The girls in these stories were my Anne Shirleys, pulled into the (almost) modern day.)
5. The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (Read it first probably soon after I learned how to read. Three siblings find a magic tree which leads to different worlds. Then I started making up my own stories about different worlds.)
6. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Read it first in grade 10, and then we saw the Baz Luhrmann film in the theatre on a field trip. Cemented these words in my 14-year-old brain.)
7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Read it first, grudgingly, in a university course where it was paired with Bridget Jones’s Diary. Read it again, enthusiastically, last year. It’s all about timing.)
8. Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock (Read it first, I think, Christmas ‘91. I would’ve been turning 10. My delight for that multi-media love story was definitely a sign of what was coming.)
9. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (Read it first in Halifax, two years ago, deep in the despair of trying to finish my first novel. After years of reading this book’s praises, I finally gave in. And I finished the novel.)
10. Sleepover Friends by Susan Saunders (Read it first during those days when your fiction series of choice said everything about you. I read Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins and Bad News Ballet, too, but these girls were most me.)
Now tell me your books!
I’m so happy I can finally share the cover of my new book! AWAY GAME comes out one month from today, in celebration of HOME TEAM's book birthday. Pre-orders are open, so please, tell all your friends and everyone else you know, and tell them to buy it!Set a month or so after the end of HOME TEAM (published 2013 by Dreamspinner Press), AWAY GAME continues the story of Zach, a sports writer, and Aaron, a professional hockey player. The Monarchs have made the playoffs, which means Zach is going on the road with the team. While they’re away, Zach runs into an ex-boyfriend, receives a job offer, and watches Aaron play to stay alive. Back home, they’re still avoiding the conversation about their future. Zach knows he wants to be with Aaron, but he doesn’t know if Aaron wants to come out. That’s what broke them up the first time, and it’s what threatens their relationship still.
AWAY GAME is a 45k word contemporary romance. Your download includes an ePUB, MOBI, PDF, and HTML version of the book, including extra short stories set in the world. Buy it now! Read it in September!
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You asked for a sequel, and here it is. Thank you for helping to make this happen. I can’t wait for you to read it.