A bit of good news showed up in today’s email inbox!
Because this concerns another much-loved piece that’s literally been bouncing around the marketplace for 12 years, I couldn’t resist saying something.
Saskatchewan’s Tisdale Writers’ Group sponsors an annual literary competition. Last year, I entered my (also “market-battered”) creative nonfiction piece, “This Place of My Father’s Heart” – which won Third Place in the 2018 prose competition.
This year I entered a young adult sci-fi story “Crystal Sister”, also very dear to my heart, and which has been making its way around the marketplace ever since 2007. Some of the rejections were near-misses with very favourable editorial comments, but never an acceptance.
So it was especially gratifying today to discover that “Crystal Sister” is also bringing home a Third Place. Another fun coincidence is that a woman in one of my Facebook writing groups, Loretta Polischuk, has just won Second for her short story.
Got well stuck into a beautiful new Saskatchewan-based speculative fiction YA novel by Alison Lohans … Timefall faces climate apocalypse, teen parenting, and issues of consent with an innocence that can’t help but be engaging.
author of Maddie Hatter Adventures
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A review of Timefall, just in from Cathy, a retired teacher in California – thanks so much, Cathy!!
"I just finished reading Timefall. Wow! Five stars.
Loved the characters, very complex personalities. The plot had lots of significant issues to think about. Reminded me of pioneers, and made me wonder what I would think to take along in a similar circumstance.
The ebook did not include a guide on name pronunciation, and I never was satisfied with my decisions on that.
I think this is one of those books that will stay with me for a long while as I think about the implications of the various issues.
Anyway, well done. You have a very scary imagination."
Trade paper (402 pages): $33.99, ISBN 9781988274461
e-pub: $4.99, ISBN 9781988274478
Released this month by Five Rivers Publishing – Timefall!
This omnibus novel (a combination of Collapse of the Veil and Crossings, both out of print for the past 6 years) was more than 30 years in the making, from the flash of the initial image that spurred the huge “What if….??!!” question in 1984, through countless drafts and edits. My sincere thanks to Five Rivers Publishing for their commitment to bringing this back into work, and to Dr. Robert Runte for his on-target, illuminative editing that brought this work into its new form!
Every now and then a poem of mine will get published. About ten years ago I was thrilled to be invited to write, and submit, a poem for inclusion in Crossing Lines – Poets Who Came to Canada in the Vietnam War Era (Seraphim Editions, 2008, ed. Allan Briesmaster and Steven Michael Berzensky).
I submitted a poem “Immigrant, Landed” about the very intense feeling of homecoming I experienced upon immigrating to Canada in 1971. It was really great to have that poem included in the collection – particularly since poetry has never been my main genre.
It was an amazing surprise, last year, to receive a request for my poem to be used again in a “Canada 150” project by Acorn Press of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. I very happily agreed. My author copies arrived yesterday – a few months earlier than I’d expected. 150+ Canada’s History in Poetry (edited by Judy Gaudet) is a huge collection of poems documenting Canada’s history from the pre-colonial days when First Nations Peoples were the only residents of this land we now know as Canada, up to and including the 2018 Olympics.
It’s an incredible honour to have “Immigrant, Landed” included in this collection, which contains work by so many of Canada’s Very Famous Poets, as well as other literary “greats”.
Greetings from Regina! I’m excited to have just received my author copies of Timefall from Five Rivers Publishing. This prairies-based YA fantasy is available for pre-order in paper and e-format now, but the release date is September 1.
Timefall (402 pages in length) is an omnibus combined edition of two YA fantasy novels – Collapse of the Veil, and Crossings – previously released by another Canadian publisher, but now out of print.
Timefall features Katie, a teen mom in present-day Regina whose baby is the long-sought mythic hero of a society a thousand years in our future. Via psychic powers and time travel, Katie inadvertently crosses paths with Iannik, a young Seer with flawed Sight, last of his line in the dwindling population of Aaurenan. Iannik is desperately seeking the baby who offers their only hope for survival. Can three misfit teens and one baby manage to save at least one of their two very different worlds?
The photo below was taken in Victoria Park, downtown Regina, the day the books arrived. This area was destroyed by Regina’s 1912 tornado. Could something similar – only worse – happen in Timefall?