From the Boroughs’ Newsletter

Life has kept me super busy…between a fairly new job in which I’m currently doing four roles, preparations (shopping, packing, etc) for The Daughter’s departure to University, and various visits to the physiotherapist for a shoulder injury…so I’m a little behind on my posts.

This week’s post is courtesy of Boroughs Publishing Group’s monthly newsletter, where I had a piece in their INSPIRED section

Real Life

They say to write what you know. In some cases, this could mean what you like to read and a genre that you are familiar with. In other cases, it could mean drawing on your life experiences. There are three things – three beings – that inspired me to write YA Romance: Lauryn, Kathryn and Victoria…my daughter and two stepdaughters.

Familiar? I have definitely read my share of YA. Life experience? Our girls are 18, 19 and 21, and many eons ago, I, too, was an idealistic, fantasy-fueled teen.

Strawberry Summer It is difficult as a mom not to sound preachy. In Strawberry Summer, one of the young teens gets really drunk. Underage drinking? Never! We’d like to think it’s never our own children, but it happens, even if it is only a friend or schoolmate.

Strawberry Summer

And while most young teens aren’t forced to choose a society based on personality or fight to the death in a post-apocalyptic world, the struggles and challenges a teenage girl faces – from a new school, to her changing looks, to young love – are enormous. Even if only to her.

I like to think my heroines are strong and confident young women. They follow their heads as well as their hearts. When they say “no” they mean “no,” and when they say “yes” it is the right thing to do.

In the end, what I really hope is that my stories inspire dreams and fuel imaginations. After all, everyone deserves a happily ever after.
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Cover Reveal…Strawberry Summer

I have to say that my new YA publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, did not let me down with my new cover.
They sent me a draft, took my advice for one tiny change, and voila.
So happy with the results.

Strawberry Summer


New Contract – Strawberry Summer

I’m a little behind on this, but none the less still excited to announce that I have signed a contract for my YA short, STRAWBERRY SUMMER.

While I love my current publisher, The Wild Rose Press, they do not have a Young Adult division. As such, I’ve signed with another publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, to release STRAWBERRY SUMMER as part of their e-only Lunchbox series.

Strawberries (Image from Wikipedia)

Strawberries (Image from Wikipedia)

Loosely based on our Strawberry Festival right here in Stouffville, Ontario, STRAWBERRY SUMMER is a contemporary, young adult romance that takes place on the long July weekend in Anytown, USA.

Sixteen year-old Olivia Pace volunteered to work the dunk tank at this year’s Strawberry Festival. Is it just her imagination, or does the cute guy in the red shirt with the buff arms, keep staring at her?
Aidan can’t help but watch the attractive girl in the dunk tank. With sparkling eyes and a turned-up nose, he’d like a chance to meet the attractive girl whose lips are currently a light shade of purple.
If the two are to stand a chance, they must look past their scars and overcome a few misunderstandings.

Scheduled release date is July 10th!