PRAIRIE GIRL CAN’T JOIN A YACHT CLUB!
(THEY MIGHT THINK SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE’S DOING ON A SAILBOAT!)
Moving to Vancouver Island meant finding a location that was handy to the marina, so that husband and Prairie Girl could get to the boat easily for maintenance and quick decision day sails and get-aways. Looking back on the last 6 years, it didn’t quite work out as perfectly as planned. It’s true the boat was within walking distance of their new home, but with husband still working, Prairie Girl writing and publishing books, and extensive travel (both work and pleasure related), the TwoCan hasn’t always had the usage one anticipated with the move.
Shortly after moving, husband was approached by SCYC … Read the rest
AN APOLOGY TO MY FOLLOWERS: I know this isn’t Tender Tuesday or Wacky Wednesday, and not even Theatrical Thursday… Please accept my apology for publishing this on Freaky Friday! (I’ve been a little busy….)
Many of you may not be aware that I’m in process of publishing my first Picture Book! I waited for months to have the carefully chosen publishers respond to my query and tell me how anxious they were to get the project to print. I dreamt of bidding wars over my manuscripts- seriously! You’re shaking your head right now, thinking another disillusioned novice gets a dose of reality. Not exactly! I have had some experience with publishing in a former … Read the rest
(Catalogue Article Submission to Red Tuque Books)
WRITING with VOICE
by Mary Laudien
During my career as an educator/principal, I was innovative in structuring and implementing Writers’ Workshop in West Vancouver schools. The success that the students experienced by taking risks and realizing their potential as writers was brought home years later, when one of my earlier Grade One classes held a Grade 12 graduation party with their parents, and invited my former teaching partner and I to attend. The families wanted to acknowledge that they recognized how their confident children/learners had been so successfully launched in their school careers and were all anticipating exciting post secondary plans for their future. Writers’ Workshop was a powerful tool to bring … Read the rest
The trek to the PENTICTON AUTHORS and ARTISTS FAIRE started by taking a 6:30 am ferry from Nanaimo across to Horseshoe Bay. Of course this was supposed to give us a head start on the drive to the Okanagan. NOT! As expected, there was nothing but gridlock in the lower mainland. A couple of collisions had occurred. Surprise? NOT! Just the usual, when you live in Vancouver! It always reinforces our decision to move to the ISLAND! Husband Ryan had gone out to purchase chains, certain we would end up in a snow storm. Thankfully, they weren’t needed! We drove in summer road conditions, except for the colder temperature. Island life is quite a bit milder … Are you getting … Read the rest
OKANAGAN FALLS hosted a RAISE A READER visit on Friday, Nov. 22nd. This was the first class to be introduced to the recently published novel, FRENCHIE DIVA- FOLLOW the BLOG. The students were entertained by some of Ethan’s (the 13 year old main character) blog entries to FBF (Frenchie’s Best Friend). Stories were shared explaining what inspired the Frenchie series, as well as a YouTube video that encouraged the writing of FRENCHIE DIVA. The students shared how they personally related to Ethan and his Frenchie, friend, school and family drama, as well as his teen-age angst. Everyone understood why blogs are written and what essential ingredients are crucial to writing a powerful blog. It was a … Read the rest
Frenchie Diva- Follow the Blog
BOOK #3 of the Frenchie Series
by Mary L. Laudien
Will Sissy become the next canine celebrity sensation?Ethan and Grandma Sis are counting on it! In fact, Sis (the 72 year old CHER look-alike) is convinced she’ll be discovered.
Ethan’s tumultuous teenage world with its Frenchie drama continues to entertain (and alarm) his FBF followers. LOL
TwoCanDo Books (http://twocandobooks.com)
ISBN 978-1-4905652-9-3 $8.99
Pre-Order your paperback copy from Red Tuque Books
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I’m so excited to be able to start advertising my 3rd book of the Frenchie Series (FBF blog)! The paperback is about to be shipped and the kindle, e-book formats will not be far behind. I wanted you to … Read the rest
If you are traveling on B.C. ferries or visiting your favorite bookstore, make sure you check out Red Tuque Books‘ full page ad on page 7 of the free B.C. Bookworld publication. You can order the first two books of the Frenchie series from www.redtuquebooks.ca. Enjoy the fun summer reading by ordering your books today!
Frenchie X2: Follow The Blog
Mary L. Laudien
Two adorable Frenchie puppies had Ethan and his mother at first lick. Well, at least they had Ethan. A must read for anyone who has ever brought home a brand new puppy. The chaos and fun just couldn’t end with Frenchie’s Best Friend, so don’t miss X2!
ISBN-978-1-4664809-9-5 $9.99 www.twocandobooks.com