Strong as a Pharaoh is out!

What a surprise to find this box of hot-off-the-press books waiting at my front door – a week earlier than expected! It’s exciting to have Strong as a Pharaoh officially out and now in print. It’s available in both print and ebook formats: from BWL Publishing:; from Amazon: and also available on; from Smashwords:; and in Regina, from The Penny University Bookstore:

Many thanks to the great work done by Jude Pittman of BooksWeLove Publishing, and to my wonderful beta-readers: Judy R/Jana, Sharon, Laurel, Judy M., Sally/Liz, and Morgan.

More news on The 1-Dogpower Garden Team!

An exciting email came in this afternoon. The 1-Dogpower Garden Team has been named the first runner-up in the Animal/Pets category of the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards! Profound thanks to my incredible “book team” of my talented artist cousin Gretchen Ehrsam, whose illustrations leap off the page of this fun story, and also to the wonderful Heather Nickel of Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, who brought her terrific expertise and creativity to this book. It was published in autumn 2021.

Sophie pulls Mom outside to show her the results of her idea on how to use dog Max’s love of digging in the ongoing battle with garden weeds.

A couple of wonderful book reviews!
5 stars – “Highly recommended”

STRONG AS A PHARAOH, coming June 1!

My second romance novel, Strong as a Pharaoh, will be released by BWL Publishing on June 1. This one is a contemporary “second chance” romance set during a tour of Egypt. It will be available from BWL Publishing and many other venues including Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Egypt! What better place to break free of painful ruts and crippling memories of two disastrous first marriages?

Megan, a blocked mystery writer, signs on for a tour of this ancient world of temples, pyramids and pharaohs, desperately needing to re-create herself in the aftermath of the suicide of her emotionally abusive husband. She no longer needs a man in her life…she thinks….

Daniel, a professor and church music director, signs on for a tour of Egypt at the end of his sabbatical in Oxford. He loved his mentally-ill ex-wife, and still can’t understand why she left him all those years ago, taking their daughter with her.

Two kindred spirits meet overseas and keep finding new common ground, a growing attraction…and hidden secrets…as they visit Cairo and Luxor, then board a cruise ship on the Nile. But it’s not all glamor. Mummies look grisly; vendors are aggressive; and women are regarded as second-class citizens. Screams punctuate the night as memories surface in nightmares, and a nearby hot air balloon crash triggers more trauma. And who’d ever guess that the mentally-ill ex might show up on the same cruise ship, clearly no longer taking the medications that kept her stable? And that she even seems to want Daniel back…right when Megan and Daniel are discovering a new love that’s helping them learn to trust again.

Thrilling news for The 1-Dogpower Garden Team!

The short-lists for the 2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards have just been revealed, and The 1-Dogpower Garden Team has been listed as one of the finalists for the G. Murray & Edna Forbes Foundation Children’s Award Category! Additionally, a new 5-star review has just appeared in CM Magazine:
Deepest thanks to publisher Heather Nickel, and to my artist-cousin Gretchen Ehrsam, for being such an amazing “book team” who brought The 1-Dogpower Garden Team so vividly to life!

November 26-27 – OUR LITTLE BOOKSHOP Black Friday & Saturday Sale!

OUR LITTLE BOOKSHOP is an online bookshop of great books for kids and teens by award-winning Saskatchewan authors (& former Saskatchewan authors). We love reaching out to kids everywhere through our work!
If you’re looking for gift ideas for the children and young adults in your life, why not check us out?
We ship anywhere in North America.
Nine of my books are marked down, some as low as 50% off. And they’re autographed!

Book signing clip!

Thanks so much, Annabel Townsend, for hosting yesterday’s book signing at The Penny University Bookstore! It was so lovely to have friends join me to celebrate the release of The 1-Dogpower Garden Team, and Canine Cupid. Very special thanks to cousin-artist Gretchen Ehrsam and publisher Heather Nickel for being such a fabulous “book team” that enabled my “Dogpower” story to become a picture book! And more sincere thanks to publisher Jude Pittman of BWL Publishing, for bringing Canine Cupid to press!

Dog-themed signing! Two new books, November 6

The 1-Dogpower Garden Team!

Sophie loves her dog Max, and Max loves Sophie. But Max also loves to dig… How can Sophie get Max to quit digging in Mom’s garden? Picture book illustrated by Gretchen Ehrsam, published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, September 1, 2021. Suitable for grades K-2. $14.95

Canine Cupid!

Kara, an elementary school teacher, is floundering with a mountain of fraudulent debt, left by her conman ex-husband. How can she stay afloat, let alone even think about a new relationship? Meanwhile, Peter is still grieving the tragic loss of his beloved wife and daughter – but his self-centred widowed mother keeps upping her incessant, unreasonable demands. The last thing he wants is another relationship. But a stray dog runs out into traffic, and Kara slams on the brakes to avoid hitting him. Peter rear-ends Kara. And everything suddenly starts to change…. A romance novel published by BWL Publishing, July 1, 2021. $16.99

I’ll be signing both books at Regina’s THE PENNY UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE at 3104 – 13th Avenue, opposite Holy Rosary Cathedral on Saturday, November 6, between 2 and 4 pm. Everyone is welcome!