Family love – and Ollie takes flight!

Generally, I get a little nervous for book launches – you never know who will be able to make it, if anybody! This time around, I had my entire family to help out, and it was wonderful! Don, Liam and Shannon cooked up a Mothers’ Day/Book Launch surprise for me, and the kids flew in from Toronto for a gloriously perfect three-day weekend. There’s no better gift – if your kids live away, you know what I mean!

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Bachman’s Beach, Lunenburg County, NS -having both Liam and Shannon show up on a surprise visit from Toronto – best Mothers’ Day gift ever! Thanks, Don!

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Dock in – check! Liam and Charlie.

And, thanks to The Box of Delights Bookshop, friends and family, SKY PIG is officially launched, and Ollie has taken flight. It’s really fun to read this book aloud, but I need to work on my piggy snorting…

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Door prize, courtesy of daughter Shannon, who was also photographer.

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Friend, neighbour, and on book launch days – craft lady and publicity manager, Karen – she’s the best!

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Piggy cookies – it got easier after I’d decorated the first few dozen – they were a hit!

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I don’t know too many people with small children these days, but I’m grateful to the keen parents who bring their kids to book launches.

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Here’s Ollie (and Jack)!

Thank you to everybody who supports me, as both a writer and a human being – after having a new book out for four consecutive years, I’m starting to feel a little guilty asking people to come out and help me celebrate – but it truly means a lot to me when you do, both in person or in spirit through sending along your good wishes. I hope you have a good friend, like Ollie’s boy, Jack, to help make ALL your dreams come true!

Happy Book Birthday to THE POWER OF HARMONY!

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Let the nail-biting begin! I finally got my hands on a copy of The Power of Harmony yesterday – Mitzi from The Box of Delights book store was kind enough to lend me a copy while I’m waiting for my author copies to arrive.

I’ve decided having a new book is a lot like sending one of your kids off to their first day of kindergarten – you’re excited and happy (because of all that “free” time), but at the same time, totally terrified! Will the other kids like him? Will your kid behave himself and make you proud? Will all the strangers be friendly and kind? And if not, will your kid be be strong enough to cope and stand on his own two feet?

Despite this terror, I’m looking forward to my launches – in Wolfville on June 8th, and in Springhill (where the novel is set) on June 11th. Hope to see some of you there!