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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…

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    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.…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Tales of the Lake Vol. 3

    It’s launch day! Tales of the Lake Vol. 3 is a non-themed horror anthology published today by Crystal Lake Publishing. This particular anthology includes my story “Maybelle” (which pretty awesomely is mentioned on the book’s back cover!) You can order your copy here, and you can also check out what else Crystal Lake Publishing has to offer! Creepy reading, everyone!

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    June Reads & Listens

    June was a better month than May was for reading. It was definitely an unexpected month, though…I didn’t finish the book I thought I’d have done in the first week of June, but I started and finished several reads/listens I wasn’t even planning to begin! What I’ve Read Nine Doors – Vicki Grant I honestly don’t know why I started reading this. I think the cover drew me, and I knew it’d be a quick read so I decided to give it ago. It’s a story about kids who take a game too far and wind up in more trouble than they expected. The ending was a surprise, but the…

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    May [Reads] & Listens

    Reads I didn’t finish any books in May! =( That doesn’t mean I didn’t read, of course, but I’m still working my way through A Clash of Kings! It’s going to take me ages to finish this one. It’s so good, but quite long, and I’m trying not to rush it (otherwise it will feel like work and not pleasure!) I did listen to some titles, though.  Listens Exit, Pursued by a Bear – E.K. Johnston, read by Jorjeana Marie So, I was kind of shocked part way through this book, because I’d totally misread the description of it. Spoilers, I guess. The book is about a girl who’s raped…