Calling All Readers! My gift to you …

Susan M. Toy, author of the humorous and intriguing mystery novel Island in the Clouds, offers here a collection of six short stories for your enjoyment, gratis. Why? Because, as she quotes Seth Godin in this blog post, “There’s always a gift intent on the part of the artist.” (See source in Susan’s post.)

Susan makes every word count, every action meaningful. She’s one of my favourite authors, so I hope you’ll take the opportunity to read these stories and, if you like them, consider buying and reading Island in the Clouds. (Don’t forget to write a review!)

Finally, because I offered to “gift” a Kindle edition of her novel to my first Facebook friend to express a desire to read it after sampling her short stories, Susan has also offered to give a free copy of Island in the Clouds to one lucky reader of her stories in any of the following editions: mobi, ePub or PDF. (Thanks, Susan!)

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

I’ve been reading another brilliant book written by the very insightful, Seth Godin. I can’t get enough of this guy and his ideas on how we can work and create and live a life that’s meaningful. This one is titled, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? and it was published in 2010. I wish I had read it a couple of years ago, but that’s water under the bridge.

I’ll quote from it now, however, to give you an idea as to why I’m writing this blog post at this moment.

“Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.” p. 70

“The last element that makes it art is that it’s a gift. You cannot create a piece of art merely for money. Doing it as part of commerce so denudes art of wonder that it ceases to be art. There’s always a…

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Canadian Authors Celebrate!

I thought the article below would be a good way of saying:


“Very few countries in the world are offering such a welcoming and generous climate for authors and publishers than Canada. Benefits for Canadian literature starts already with free ISBN’s in Canada:

The Government of Canada is committed to ensure that readers everywhere have opportunities to connect with a broad range of Canadian-authored books by providing funding and support to the Canadian book industry, professional writers, Canadian periodicals and small publishers (You!).”

Read more about funding available to Canadians at (Source): Savvy Book Writers

(P.S., The above blog has some excellent suggestions for authors on many topics!)

P.P.S.: Submissions for the 2017 CBC Literary Prize for Short Stories are being accepted from September 1–October 31, 2016. The submission fee is $25. Congratulations to David Huebert, author of “Enigma”, for winning the 2016 Award. Read or listen to his short story HERE

US Copyright Office Wants Your Input on the DMCA Rule-Making Process…

Please read this important article about how the US Copyright Office wants your input on the DCMA rule-making process. Follow the links to find out what suggestions it’ll accept and how to submit yours.

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Source: US Copyright Office Wants Your Input on the DMCA Rule-Making Process…

Runaway Smile Wins the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award

Congratulations to author Nicholas C. Rossis, whose children’s book Runaway Smile just won the 2015 Gelett Burgess Award! Read about it in his own words below:



I woke up to wonderful news! Runaway Smile has just been announced as the winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, in the Young Adult Fiction category. A lovely gold medal has been award…

Source: Runaway Smile Wins the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award

Thank You: Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik in Kugluktuk, NU | Indigo Adopt a School, #1000Speak for Compassion

thank-you-word-cloud creative commonsThank you to all who “adopted” Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik Elementary School, spread the word, and made donations to its library.

While the votes and donations received online are still being confirmed by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, the information thus far is that we collected 1637 books for this high-needs elementary school.

As a second-place winner in terms of number of adoptions received, Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik Elementary School in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, will receive an additional  $7500 grant from the Love of Reading Foundation.

What principal Catherine Keeling had to say about Jimmy Hikok’s library and what the Indigo Adopt a School contest meant for them:
Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik is located in Kugluktuk, Nunavut in the arctic circle. We are a traditional school that values family, community and literacy. We believe in community-based education and that the whole community aids in supporting the children in their learning. The library at Jimmy Hikok is a small but comfortable space. It has an open concept and is a focal point in the main hallway where parents, students and staff pass all day. It is where community members come to read stories during literacy nights. Although the library is present in its physical existence, the majority of our books are at least 20 years old, in poor shape and of low interest to our students. We are looking to update our library with high interest, quality literature. We envision a library that is comfortable and encouraging; a space that welcomes even the lowest level readers and cultivates a love for reading and learning about the world around them. Our students love to read, but it is our responsibility to foster that love.


Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik in Kugluktuk, NU | Indigo Adopt a School, #1000Speak for Compassion



Voting for this school to receive the Indigo Love of Reading grant costs nothing. They’ve received many donations from people like you, but to receive the additional $10,000 grant, they need to receive more votes. Currently they are in second place, but they need about 200 more votes to win.

Voting is easy. Click HERE, sign in with Facebook or create an account, click on the pink “Adopt” button, then click “Adopt Now” on the page to which you’re redirected.

Voting ends October 10th at midnight!

If you’d like to make a donation, $12CDN (currently $9.26USD) provides them with an additional 10 votes. Your donation goes directly to the school. The votes are for them to receive the additional $10,000CDN Indigo Love of Reading grant, some of which can be spent on computers, etc, in addition to books. Should you donate more than $12, please divide it into $12 amounts. (E.g. if you donate $24, make two donations of $12 to get 20 bonus votes rather than just 10.)

Please share this with as many people as you can!

Source:Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik in Kugluktuk, NU | Indigo Adopt a School


August 1st–August 15th: Get “Finding Pluck”–a Connie’s Pick– for just $2.99 USD*

Smaller cover image of Finding PluckFinding Pluck, winner of the 2014 William Faulkner Literary Award, is a powerful novel by author Peter Difatta. I reviewed this novel and made it a “Connie’s Pick” when I discovered it. (Read my review here.)

Recently, it was reviewed by James Doig Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, for the American Library Association. His summation: “This lively story of growing up, with its mixture of struggle and sadness but also a happy ending, is clearly written and entertaining.” (Read the rest of his review here.)

An excellent summary was also provided by reviewer Amos Lassen, who said, Finding Pluck is part mystery and part social commentary as well as a fascinating read.” (Read the rest of his review here)

Author Peter Difatta has recently submitted Finding Pluck for the 2015 Rainbow Award Competition.

More reviews and a preview of this novel can be found at, where its current rating is 4.7/5 stars. It has a similar rating of 4.71/5 stars on Goodreads.

Copies available for sale price at:

If you read just one more novel this summer, I’d highly recommend Finding Pluck.


*Please note that the $2.99 price is in USD, but that Finding Pluck is available on your country’s website at a comparable sale price.