My First Writing Retreat

Jo-Ann Carson

Settled deep in a soft, black, leather sofa beside an enormous, stone fireplace I tapped away on my laptop keyboard, sculpting sentences out of the slop of an early draft. Through the French doors I could see the full moon hanging low over the lake illuminating its surface with an eerie light. The silence of the wilderness echoed in my soul. Stillness fed my muse.

lakeIt was my first writing retreat and it won’t be my last. Four of us gathered at a lodge on Shawnigan lake, thirty miles north of Victoria on the southern end of Vancouver lake1Island. You can see us in the top photo taken by Judy Hudson (from left to right: Judy , me, Marion and Jacqui).   Marion invited us and organized the whole event. I am sooo grateful to have been included.

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What does one do at a retreat?

lake4Write, chat, lake3walk, write some…

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Hot Lines Sunday – Scenery, #RSsos #RomSuspense #Writers

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Sisters of Suspense

Hello, Sunday Readers! This week the Sisters of Suspense present…scenery. Learn more about each story and its creator by clicking the book cover or author photo.


Diana PR Thumbnail photoA sudden onslaught of nerves and disorientation brought her to a stop. The business district was confusing and chaotic, jam-packed with people and cars. Overhead, laundry flapped in the wind and yellow, red and green signs in Chinese blasted across the streets.

Diana Belchase, Sister of Secrets and Spies
The Spy in the Mirror (a work in progress)


Jacquie BiggarIt seemed like only seconds later the beam transported him to a textured surface sort of like the topping on his favorite dessert, lemon meringue pie. There were hills and hollows all in creamy shades of tan and white as far as the eye could see. It made him queasy, almost seasick.

~ Jacquie Biggar, Sister of Suspense w/Attitude
Angels Among Us (a work in progress)

#Book Review of Cold in the Shadows by Toni Anderson

Jo-Ann Carson

I have eclectic tastes when it comes to reading and favorite authors in many Toni Anderson bio picgenres. My very favorite Romantic Suspense writer is Toni Anderson. I’m totally a “fan girl” of her work and I particularly like her Barkley Sound Series because it is set on the west coast of Vancouver Island. I also like her new series, the Cold Justice Series.

This review is of her latest book, released this week.


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Review – Cold in the Shadows (Cold Justice Series, Volume 5)  by Toni Anderson

There are three reasons I love Toni Anderson’s books.

  •  Her rich prose  pulls me into the story
  •  Her characters are complex and very human.
  •  Her plot twists shock me every time.

In Cold in the Shadows she delivers another awesome read.

The story opens with the heroine Audrey walking to her home in the Columbian rainforest. Anderson’s precise prose puts me…

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Working for Readers, Always

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QuinnPrincessI signed up for a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. In hopes, no doubt, that it’ll keep me from busting my budget. (Yeah, right.) On the plus side, I’m discovering new authors I greatly enjoy. On the down side, I’m seeing a lot of piss-poorly produced ebooks.

When I’m shelling out the cash POS, I shop carefully, reading samples so I can avoid the formatting atrocities that disrupt my reading pleasure.  With KU, if I read a description that catches my interest, I download it and give it a try. Why not? My money is already in the pot. Have to tell you, my DNF (Did Not Finish) rate is running almost 60%.

To be fair, my DNF rate has always been on the high side. I’m not one of those readers who feels compelled to finish every story I start, no matter how much I pay for it. Either a…

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Get Wicked with Entangled Blog Hop

A fantastic contest for a fantastic book. The talented Pintip Dunn is stopping by to tell us a little bit about her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow. It’s filled with all the teen angst anyone could want while asking really probing questions about whether we can change ourselves and our futures. Take it away, Pintip!

Hello! Welcome to my stop of the Get Wicked with Entangled Blog Hop!

The thing is…I’m not really wicked. I write YA novels. I’m a mother of three kids. The most wicked I get is this:

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But when you add in the fact that I am Maleficient to my daughter’s Mal this Halloween, the wickedness factor goes down quite a bit.

But no matter. The villain in my upcoming book, FORGET TOMORROW, is wicked enough for the both of us. Chairwoman Dresden, head of the Future Memory Agency, is downright scary in her ambition and single-mindedness. She’ll do anything to achieve her goals, even if it means sacrificing the innocent.

Callie, my heroine, has enough on her plate. Will she be able to circumvent Fate AND defeat Chairwoman Dresden? We shall see . . .

In the meantime, I’d love to give away a prize to thank you for stopping…

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