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    Long and Short Reviews 10th Anniversary Party!

    Long and Short Reviews is hosting a major party in celebration of their 10th anniversary! There’s a scavenger hunt going on until tomorrow, August 25th, 2017, with prizes including books and Amazon gift cards! Blank Canvas is one of the participant entries, so check it out to read more about the book and enter the giveaway! You can check out the whole event here, or see the Blank Canvas entry here. Best of luck, everyone!

  • Cover Reveal,  Orca,  Shadow

    Cover Reveal: Shadow

    Shadow has a cover, and a release date! About the book: Fourteen-year-old Preston Craft is organizing a film festival for his school’s film club. When one of the films goes missing two days before the festival begins, Preston is convinced it was stolen and is determined to get it back. But the only evidence of the theft is an unidentified shadow that crossed Preston’s limited line of sight right before he discovered the film was gone. No one quite believes Preston, but like the gritty private eyes in the classic black-and-white films he adores, Preston refuses to give up. Can he solve a mystery based on such a shady clue?…

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    Instagram Giveaway!

    Blank Canvas is turning 2 this month! It’s hard to believe my first novel is already two years old, and to celebrate, I’m holding an Instagram giveaway. One winner will get a signed print copy of Blank Canvas (US & Canada only). To enter, follow me and like the post below. The giveaway will end Friday, June 16th at Midnight EST. Good luck!     Follow Me: https://www.instagram.com/merejoyce/ Giveaway Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVBAqEJgFSl/?taken-by=merejoyce

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    The Once and Future Challenge – 1/4 Update!

    I can’t believe I’m already a quarter of the way through my year-long reading of Le Morte D’Arthur. But, since it’s been three months already, I thought I’d do a quick update on how it’s going! Things I’m enjoying so far: It’s great to know I’m around a quarter of the way through the book already. I’m a little behind schedule (about 20-25 pages), but technically it should take me a little less than a year to finish the whole book, so being a bit behind is okay. The unexpected adventures – Okay, let me level with you. Despite this story being full of battles and magic, it’s not the…

  • Me,  My Writing Process,  The Once and Future Challenge

    Edits, Instagram, and Arthur…Catching Up!

    It’s been a busy couple of months! With a toddler and a newborn around the house, there’s always something going on =). But I wanted to take a quick moment to catch up with you all. So here’s what I have up to: Editing – I’ve gone through edits, copy edits, and proofreading edits for Getting the Brush Off! It’s quickly coming together, and I can’t wait to see the book in its finished form. I’ve joined Instagram! Follow me at: https://www.instagram.com/merejoyce – not much there yet, but I’m going to try to post daily! The Once and Future Challenge – I’ve been continuing my way through Le Morte D’Arthur.…

  • A Grimm Challenge,  The Once and Future Challenge

    The Once and Future Challenge

    When I was on Maternity leave with my first son, I decided to make the most of my time off work and try to accomplish something fun, reading-wise. The result was A Grimm Challenge, in which I read the entire works of the Brothers Grimm. It was such a great experience. I got to read stories I’d always wanted to read but never actively made time for, and I (with occasional help from my husband) read the entire thing aloud, which meant it was a family activity, too. Well, a few weeks ago I gave birth to my second son, and this time I knew in advance that I wanted…

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    Cover Reveal: Getting the Brush Off

    It’s been a busy few months! Over the holidays we moved to a new house. We’ve almost got ourselves completely settled, which is good, because as of last week I officially became a mother for the second time. I now have two little boys in my household, which means things are busier than ever! And it’s been a busy time writing-wise, too. I’ve started working on a new story (though it’ll probably be slow-going for a while now, which is wonderfully okay), am in the querying stage for another one, and – the awesome purpose of this post – I finally get to reveal the cover of my upcoming Orca…

  • Me,  Writing

    2016 Reading & Writing Wrap-Up

    It’s the end of the year, so I thought I’d do a quick little wrap-up of my reading and writing this year! 2016 Best Reads/Listens**: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli The Disaster Artist – Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece – Annabel Pitcher Persuasion – Jane Austen Silence is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher Saving Red – Sonya Sones Bonus (Best Holiday Read): What Light – Jay Asher **I didn’t keep track of my reading and listening for the entire year, so these are recollections to the best of my memory! I attempted (and failed) to start a monthly recap of my…

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    Book News!

    Hello! Today I’ve got some exciting news to share, =) I’ve signed with Orca Book Publishers for a middle-grade Hi-Lo titled Shadow, which will be part of the Orca Currents line. Shadow is scheduled for release in Spring 2018. This will be my second title with Orca – my first, Getting the Brush Off, is scheduled for release in Fall 2017. I’ve started working with the marketing team for Brush Off, and will be getting into edits soon. Then, I’ll get a cover come springtime! I’m so looking forward to delving deeper into the publishing experience with Orca, and I’m thrilled to have a second book in the works with…

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    Giving Thanks

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It’s the Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and I’ve definitely got a lot to be thankful for. But today, I wanted to focus on giving thanks as a writer! This weekend, writer me is thankful for: Marketing and cover discussions for my upcoming Orca Publishing book, Getting the Brush Off (working title). Brush Off is scheduled for release next fall, which means planning officially starts now! It’s so exciting to start thinking about its release, and as we move closer to next fall, I’ll have more and more details to share! More exciting book news that’s on its way…stayed tuned ^_^ The fun of my latest short story…