Saturday, 14 December 2013

Imajin Books Twitter Party!!!

Join the Imajin Books Twitter Party

Ever wonder what life must be like for a writer? Ever want to ask an author how they come up with their plots? Want to ask a publisher what they're looking for? Now you can!

On December 14 & 15, from 5-10 PM ET, join the Imajin Books Twitter Party, part of their annual 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways event. You will have the opportunity to chat with various Imajin Books authors and the publisher herself, international bestselling author Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Cheryl will be giving away random prizes to participants during the Twitter Party, so get your questions ready.

To join the Party, use #ImajinAuthors in all your tweets and follow the #ImajinAuthors thread on Twitter, which can be found by searching for the hashtag or going here.

And don't forget, Imajin Books is holding a massive eBook Sale and giving away lots of prizes, including a Kindle Fire HD or Kobo Vox 7 HD, and two $50 Amazon gift cards.

To learn more about all these events, please visit

Thursday, 12 December 2013

25 Days of Festive Cheer at Imajin Books!

Imajin Books Celebrates the Season with a Massive eBook Sale!

Here's the perfect opportunity to load up your ereaders (Kindle, Kobo, Nook etc.) over the holidays with fantastic fiction from a wide assortment of authors and genres.

From December 20th to January 3rd, check out the eBook Sale from Imajin Books, part of their 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways event. Most titles will be priced at $0.99 or $1.99, so stock up and/or gift great ebooks to your friends and family this Christmas season.

And don't forget, Imajin Books is giving away prizes, including a Kindle Fire HD or Kobo Vox 7 HD, and two $50 Amazon gift cards. This contest ends December 25, 2013. To enter, visit You can enter multiple times a day.

To check out the ebooks on sale, visit

Monday, 9 December 2013

The Secret to Writing a Novel and Getting it Published.

So you want to know the secret to writing a novel and getting it published. Well, there are no secrets. Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you want to be a writer the first thing you need to do is write every day.

There are steps every writer takes to becoming published and the ones I’ve taken are not that different from most, but what you need to consider are the rules.

Yes, there are rules in the writing world and I'm not talking about grammar, layout, or pacing. These rules are what I like to call Essential Guidelines to what every aspiring writer and published author should know. You may have heard of them before and I could've missed a few, but they are important and so I'm sharing with you again.

Rule 1: Write every day. If you don’t write every day, or at least five out of seven how are you going to meet the demands of a publisher who gives you a deadline?

Rule 2: Don’t get attached to your words. I’ll explain in rule 4.

Rule 3: Revise your work more than once and read it out loud. As Ernest Hemmingway says, “The first draft of everything is shit.”

Rule 4: Hire an editor. Everything you write is not perfect even after you’ve revised it a hundred times. An editor’s job is to make your words shine. If they ask you to delete a paragraph you love because it is irrelevant to the story. Do it.

Rule 5: Know your grammar. Live it. Love it. Learn it.

Rule 6: Research publishers. This doesn’t mean go onto their websites and take a quick peak. Learn everything you can about them and if they fit what your book is about. In short; STALK THEM!

Rule 7: Respect the submission guidelines and adhere to them. Do not send your manuscript on floral, colored, or scented paper. If asked for a three-page synopsis, send three pages. If they ask for a completed manuscript do not query them if your book is not finished.

Rule 8: Understand that the query letter is your moment to catch the publisher’s attention about your book. It is not for you to tell them you’re an amazing writer and they should publish you. Instead you want to hook them. Tell them about your book within a short paragraph, word count, genre, and your experience as a writer. That is it. Finito!

Rule 9: Have all your ducks in a row. When you send your query be sure to attach everything the publisher has requested in their submission guidelines. Check, re-check and check again. Utilize your OCD. Quack quack!!

Rule 10: Be patient. Yeah, I know--the OCD. You will not receive an answer right away. Do not email or phone the publisher asking about your submission. Instead start writing your next book, paint a room, rearrange your office.

Rule 11: Understand the rejection and use it for good. Remember it is not personal and it will only make you a stronger writer and person. Do not turn into Cruella Deville sending the publisher a nasty email telling them why they should've chosen your manuscript."Puppies Puppies. I want all the puppies!!" The writing world is interconnected and these publishers know each other. You will ruin your name and it is not worth it. Be smart. 

**When you do get published don’t let it go to your head. Remember where you came from and who helped you get there. Promote other authors and their work. You’re all in this together.**

Always be kind, generous, and thankful.


Sunday, 1 December 2013

25 Days of Christmas With Imajin Books!!!

Celebrate the Season with Imajin Books' 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways

This Christmas season, Canadian publishing house Imajin Books decided to do things a bit differently. Instead of only 25 days of contests and discounts as in past years, they're holding various events from December 1st to January 3rd. Okay, so they can't count, but they believe readers deserve to be rewarded. And we agree!

From December 1-25, Imajin Books will be awarding random prizes to those who leave comments on their Facebook page. So drop by, check out their posts and leave a comment or question.

Want to win even more? Check out their Share the Imajin Books Buzz contest. You could win a Kindle Fire HD or Kobo equivalent, or one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.  You can enter multiple times a day.


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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Civil War Christmas Trivia.

Post your answers below and we will announce the winner Sunday!
Good luck!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Holiday Hoopla with author Alison Bruce!

Today I'm chatting with bestselling author, Alison Bruce about her holiday traditions, and the best gift she ever received. You may remember Alison from previous posts. She is an accomplished author with a compelling talent for the written word. I've had the pleasure of working with her on our latest novel, Hazardous Unions: Two tales of a Civil War Christmas. 

As the season draws near I thought I'd interview Alison on how she celebrates the most wonderful time of the year!

So without further adieu here we go...

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What traditions do you have at Christmas?

We used to spend every Christmas with my cousins in Montreal: minimum six kids, five adults, every year. You could practically set the clock by our family traditions when I was growing up. From the first cup of tea we took in with us to open stockings to the formal tea in the evening when we exchanged tree presents the whole day was a set dance that we played out every year.

Then us kids grew up, got married, had kids, some divorced, some of those remarried and the family got a little unwieldy for us all to get together for the holiday. So, we adapted. I share Christmas with my daughter, son, nieces and significant others. Stockings still come first, but now they don’t get opened until after I pick my kids up from their father’s. We still end the day with tree presents – little not-so-secret-Santa gifts – but in the late afternoon, not the evening, because my nieces have to go to Christmas dinners with in-laws.

What was the best and worst gift you ever received?

The worst gift I ever got was one I bugged and bugged my parents for. I wanted a Spirograph and I got it. What a disappointment! It didn’t work like they showed on TV and it was bor—ring! It taught me a lesson about truth in advertising, however.

The best gift was totally unexpected. My daughter was born December 4. She was a bit of a miracle baby to start with because I conceived her despite using contraception and she survived me having Chicken Pox in her first trimester. Her father and I decided to have a honeymoon instead of a wedding and we went to Disney World once I was over the Pox. Kate’s first gift was bought there. For Christmas, Ross gave me a Mickey Mouse pocket watch. No one else would have thought of it and I still treasure that gift, even though we aren’t together any more.

Favorite holiday song?

Despite not being religious, my favourite holiday song to sing is “Angels We Have Heard on High.” We used to sing carols in the car on the way to Montreal and I loved singing the extended “Gloria in excelsis deo” in the chorus. To listen to, however, I love “Little Drummer Boy” by Pink Martini or David Bowie and Bing Crosby.

Three things you can’t survive the holiday’s without?

That’s easy: my kids, turkey and eggnog.

If you could give any gift what would it be and to who?

I would love to give political and corporate leaders a visit from Christmas Past, Present and Future a la Dickens’ Christmas Carol.

What’s next?

Of course I’m still pretty wrapped up in Hazardous Unions – it being a Christmas book and all. That is, I’m hoping a lot of people will be wrapping up our book for presents. <grin>I’ve just finished editing my next book, Men in Uniform, and am waiting to hear when it will be out next year. I’ve also got a sequel or two for Deadly Legacy to finish. Perhaps I should be asking Santa for more time to write this holiday.

Alison's Books:
Under A Texas Star
Deadly Legacy
Hazardous Unions

About Alison:
Alison started writing stories for other people when she was twelve. She lost her first novel in the women's washroom at Ryerson University. (No she didn't flush it.)

Copywriter and editor since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher and web designer. In addition to writing, she is the Publication Manager of Crime Writers of Canada, the Arthur Ellis Awards Administrator, and a part-time tech guru to the technologically challenged.

Also find Alison on Facebook and Twitter.

And Pinterest and Tumblr.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Krysta's Unique Bowtique!

        Today I have Krysta Ivers from Unique Bowtique. She is a bow making genius and I'm thrilled to have her answer a few questions on what she does and how she got started making bows! 

      Welcome, Krysta and thank you for being here.   
      Thank you for having me on, Kat!


     Tell us about Krysta’s Unique Bowtique? 

Krysta’s Unique Bowtique is your one stop shop for cheer bows and bow accessories. I hand make my products from home and fill team, club and individual orders! I offer a wide range of products to choose from to fill your cheer bow needs!
      How long have you been making bows?

I was inspired by a cheer teammate last year who was playing around with making bows so I gave it a try and loved it. It has been just over a year now that I have been making bows.

                                                        Where do you make them?

I make my bows at home in my basement. Luckily I now have a spare bedroom that doubles as my bow room where I have all of my equipment and materials set up. Every bow is totally handmade, so sometimes the creative process of filling orders can leave the room looking a little ribbon crazy.

         What inspires you to create different styles?
      I take a look at different styles of bows on the internet and I try to think of how I could make them flashier and more me. Also, when I look online to order ribbon I always try to find something new to inspire me, a new design of ribbon or fabric can have my head spinning with ideas! Luckily most of the people that order for me allow me to have full creative control over the style of bow(s) I create for them, which is fantastic and lots of fun!

      How long does it take to fill an order?

It depends on the size of the order and the complexity of the bows. For a very basic order of about 25 bows I can complete these in one day. For larger or more elaborate bows the order can take a few weeks to fill BUT anytime there is a timeline to be aware of I am always willing to work hastily to meet those time requirements.

How much are the bows?

My products range in pricing depending on what you are looking for but my large cheer bows
generally start at $5.00 for very simple bows and can go up to about $13.00 for something more elaborate. The price really varies with the order and I can work well with a team’s budget.

Do you make anything else other than bows?

The products that I create come in many different forms such as; cheer bows, bow key chains, bow headbands for babies and adults and I have even made a wedding veil with a cheer bow on it! I am open to trying anything bow related!

Where can we find you?

      You can find my page on Facebook at Krysta’s Unique Bowtique.

About Krysta: 

I live a life full of what I consider to be the most fulfilling sport ever, cheerleading. I have cheered on both high school and all-star cheer teams and I coach as well. Along with this busy life of sports involvement I am a stay at home mother of my two year old daughter, Emma. When Emma goes down to sleep I break out my creative side and get to work on my cheer bows, which has become rather successful! I get to display my artistic side through my bows and I love it!

(Krysta is the one on the top)