Monthly Archives: November 2013

Amazing Characters @Penticton Authors and Artists Faire


Penticton Author Artist Faire Poster-23

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 the idea that I like my new location?

The main highlight of the trip was meeting such interesting and talented artists and students. Our first encounter was made by staying in a quaint B&B- Vancouver House with our hosts Jane and Bob. Our upstairs wicker room was cozy and quaint.(Jane just opened a home decor store, so you can imagine the decorating in their home.) And  Bob’s breakfasts?  Let’s just say, I’m not going to tell you how gourmet they were because I selfishly don’t want Vancouver House to be booked up when I try to return in the spring for more Raise a  Reader visits. (Promise you won’t let the word out.)

The event of the weekend  (after my fun morning at Okanagan Falls sharing my new book for Raise a Reader) was to set up for the annual Penticton Authors and Artists Faire.         Image

My Canadian Distributor, David Korinetz was a major organizer for the Faire.  He did an amazing job of scheduling us all in for talks, ensuring that there was an array of diversified talent with all different genres of books, and art pieces that certainly caught one’s attention. His work on publicizing the event through radio, newspapers, signs, and posters and preparing draws throughout the two days, was well organized and done all on his own time. David  not only distributes Canadian books, but he is also a writer, himself.  You might want to check out his Fantasy novels. (Chronicles of the Daemon Knights: FireDrakes, Sorceress, Halfling).  He looks like a fantasy writer, doesn’t he? Could it be the hat?

David Korinetz 1

Ted Moore launched his new book, Tribute at the FAIRE. Ted had signings throughout the two days, as well as performed. His books tells the story of his journey with rock ‘n’ roll and how he became a successful Bon Jovi tribute artist.  Something he shared with the audience is that he actually hand-delivered his book to Bon Jovi himself.  (I keep wanting to connect with  CHER because of my Grandma Sis’s character… especially in Frenchie Diva!) The music these two rockers made was wonderful and spectators arrived just to hear Moore and interview him.

Tribute 1

Another interesting artist that I encountered was Dennis Weber and his wife, Sharon. This Metis artist had some exceptional portraits on display. When we started to discuss some First Nations Artists that we both knew, he brought over a book he was selling that was a collaboration with the author, David Bouchard, entitled, The Secret of Your Name.  Well, weren’t we both surprised! The author he made the paintings for and portraits of was none other than my ex-husband. Of course he was!  Poor Dennis just couldn’t get over the coincidence!  You might want to take a look at Dennis’ portraits, they’re worth a peek.  They can be found on

Dennis Weber

This is just a small glimpse into the many characters that I became acquainted with just by participating in the PENTICTON ART and BOOK FAIRE last weekend.  I didn’t even mention the many people who came to check out my books.  Everyone was so interested in my novels and the stories behind the inspiration for writing the Frenchie series.  It was a great experience and so validating as an author, connecting with readers. (I think I’ll try to make it back next year and renew these newfound acquaintances.)

If you didn’t attend this year, you may want to make sure you take an hour for this annual holiday event next November.  I’ll see you there!


New Mantra: TNT


I devote time daily to read Kristen Lamb’s blog (Kristen She is a writer who dedicates her energy teaching others how to improve their craft.  This author’s writing tips grab your attention. One of her recent blogs was about “TNT”.  What is this, you ask?  It’s basic, but oh so succinct- “TODAY, NOT TOMORROW”.  This caught my attention, while awaiting the proof of my third book of the Middle Grade Frenchie Series.  It shook me out of that pleasurable reverie of thinking I was almost finished and deserved a break.  Not so! Authors continue to grow and develop their skills by writing daily. And with a new book, it is time to prepare for its launch-contacting reviewers, setting up book events, updating my website (, publishing testimonials, and booking my favorite activity of all – school and library presentations.

Thank you Kirsten Lamb for focusing me, once again. Summer break is over and this author is ready to live the mantra- TNT!

Below is the new cover design for Frenchie Diva- Follow the Blog. Knowing that I made changes to the Frenchie Series’ cover, I’d love to have your feedback.  Do you think it has more appeal to the TWEEN readership (9-13 year olds)?  Please leave a comment, I value your input. I’d especially like to hear from Middle Grade readers, authors,parents teachers, and librarians. As well, if you are interested in reviewing Frenchie Diva, please leave your email address in the Comment section.  Thanks for your support!


Is that Frenchie puppy adorable or what?  Wait till you read the novel!




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 pleasure to visit Okanagan Falls and sign each student’s personal copy of FRENCHIE DIVA!

ImageThe students were left with a Blog Post Challenge. These are some possibilities for postings:

  • an opinion about the Raise a Reader presentation or the Frenchie series introduced
  • a short review of the Frenchie series
  • a recommendation of Mary Laudien’s Frenchie series to other readers
  • personal connection/s the reader made to the novels/blogs/ characters.

The two most informative and entertaining blogs will qualify for FRENCHIE prizes and the two winning blog entries will be shared within the next week.

There is nothing that I enjoy more than sharing my series with tweens. Meeting with classes and inspiring blog writing and reading for fun is the best part of the writing process for this author. Anyone interested in booking a visit can contact me through my website:  I encourage schools and libraries to use my books for a fundraiser and 15% of sales will be donated to the SPCA.

What are your thoughts about the Raise a Reader program and the blog challenge after the visit?   I value your feedback and would be pleased to have you leave a comment.

Remember, you can purchase BOOK #3 of the Frenchie series (Frenchie Diva- Follow the Blog) from Red Tuque Books:

Phone: 778-476-5751


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You know you want to read it…and not just for the adorable photos of the Frenchie puppies in the FBF blog posts.