Alternative Marketing for Indie Publishers

Sometime last year I signed on with Goodreads (, a virtual book club where people fill shelves with virtual books and more often than not rate and write reviews. These are not critically acclaimed reviews, and are often disparaged by legacy publishers and authors. To my view, however, the forum Goodreads provides, and the reader reviews posted there, are a grassroots, honest response from the people who count the most in the literary world, besides…

Prologue: From Mountains of Ice

By way of introduction of my new cultural fantasy novel, From Mountains of Ice, and to celebrate my 54th birthday, I’m offering here the prologue for your pleasure. He tried very hard to remain still, to be strong, project the image of the Royal Prince he was. That scream in his throat had a life of its own. He wanted to set it free, let it encompass the room. How could she? He allowed himself…

Catching Up

After almost two weeks of silence from me — my apologies — I finally have a sane moment to update the blog. Technology Trials As in trial by frustration, not testing new products. The first week of July I experienced some rather disconcerting imaging and monitor problems that would have the monitor pixelate, freeze and thereby blocking any interface with the computer. The problem would only resolve by doing a hard restart of the computer….

Join Me in St. Catharines

I’ll be at Chapters, 285 Geneva Street, St. Catharines, Ontario on Saturday, July 25, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., signing copies of And the Angels Sang and Shadow Song. If my first shipment of From Mountains of Ice arrives, I may have copies of that available as well. Hope to see you there. View Larger Map

Marian Ritchie in St. Catharines

Marian Ritichie, author of The Long Way Home: A Journey into Alzheimer’s, will be at Chapters, New Fairview Mall, 285 Geneva, St. Catharines, ON L2N 2G1, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 15. Marian has received wide acclaim for her book and insight into the devastating disease, from individuals living with Alzheimer’s to medical staff and experts in nursing homes to the Mayo Clinic. She has lectured across North America and recently in Scotland….