Quarter Castle Publishing is proud to present A December Knight by Diane McGyver. This is our first Christmas novel and is part of our Romance Collection.
When Santa fails to deliver, a knight gives the perfect gift.
It’s two weeks until Christmas, and all Jan Cooper can think about is surviving the rush of holiday shoppers. As the manager of a camera shop, she’s obligated to put on a happy face and wish her customers a Merry Christmas. What the single mother wants to do is curl up in a warm chair with a cup of hot cocoa, read a book and let the season pass without her. When a handsome customer crashes into her well-organised life, she discovers what she really wants for Christmas.
Quarter Castle Publishing sat down with author Diane McGyver and asked her about her latest novel, Natural Selection. Here is what she had to say.
QCP: When did you decide to become a writer?
I knew I wanted to a writer in my mid-teens. That’s when I started writing a lot. By the time I was 17, I had written my first novel. However, I didn’t start writing professionally until I became a mom in 1997.
QCP: Do you write every day? If not, how many days do you dedicate to writing?
I write for at least an hour every day. On average, I write for three hours.
QCP: Do you use an outline or do you write free style?
I’ve heard many writers have success with outlines, but I’m not one of them. I’ve tried and failed. I write best when I’m writing free style.
Quarter Castle Publishing is proud to announce the release of Diane McGyver’s first dystopian novel Natural Selection.
The book is 111,000 words in length. The paperback with standard print measures 6 inches wide by 9 inches tall and contains 402 pages.
It’s classified as a dystopian novel laced with light romance. The year is 2051, 28 years after The Devastation that destroyed all technology in the world. Life has returned to the 1800s, and only those who survived the environmental disaster remember the lost technology and tell fascinating stories about it to those born since.
“I hadn’t set out to write a novel young adults could read,” said author Diane McGyver when asked about Natural Selection. “Yet, after reading the first draft, I realised it was suitable for someone as young as 14 years old.”
Natural Selection doesn’t contain harsh curse words (no f-bombs), there is no graphic violence and no sex scenes. A few scenes of conflict result in death, but the injuries are not described in detail. Characters kiss, but it goes no further, and their thoughts are not on intimate activities.
“My stories choose their own path,” said McGyver. “And Natural Selection spoke to me in a simple, mild manner. While I’m certain curse words used today in society will be around in 30 years time, they would add nothing to this dystopian novel.
“Many readers don’t mind reading stories riddled with f-bombs,” she added, “but many other readers don’t want this word in their books. I see negative comments about harsh language in reviews.”
Look for Natural Selection‘s release later this month.
Diane McGyver’s first dystopian novel is set for release this month. Natural Selection takes place in 2051 in North America after the Devastation sets the world back two hundred years. It’s about starting over again but not from the beginning. Those who survived remember the old ways, and many want to reinvent that which was lost.
The cover for Natural Selection reveals many hints of the story within. It’s about a young girl peering into an unknown world. It’s about seeds. It’s about a crafty owl. It’s about the darkness that dwells in the heart of mankind, and those who hold the light to bring hope to the world.
The year is 2051. Almost three decades have passed since the Devastation destroyed civilization. Only the strong and wise survived; the weak and intellects perished. New societies emerged, forging a future with skills from the distant past.
In Green Wood, Eloise has lived in seclusion with her uncle for 12 years. While they receive visitors to Larkspur Cottage, the number of friends they have can be counted on one hand. When strangers arrive and capture her uncle, she is forced to run, but who can she turn to when she doesn’t know the land outside Green Wood or where those friends live?
Diane McGyver has penned her first dystopian novel and it’s set for release October 2021.
Natural Selection starts innocently enough: a young woman living an idyllic life with her uncle in a lush forest that provides the necessities of life. But the tranquility doesn’t last.
Here’s the description.
The wisdom of seeds grows naturally.
The year is 2050. Almost three decades have passed since the Devastation destroyed civilization. Only the strong and wise survived; the weak and intellects perished. New societies emerged, forging a future with skills from the distant past.
In Green Wood, Eloise has lived in seclusion with her uncle for the past 12 years. While they receive visitors to Larkspur Cottage, the number of friends they have can be counted on one hand. When strangers arrive and capture her uncle, she is forced to run, but who can she turn to when she doesn’t know the land outside Green Wood or where those friends live?
Several reviewers that have read Northern Survival by Diane McGyver share their thoughts on Amazon and Goodreads. Here are two of them.
The Wow Factor
Wow: A really good adventure story and romance. This was my first book by this author, and I’m looking forward to reading another asap! The fact that the two leading characters were in their 50’s was terrific.
A Great Read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book…….kept me on the edge the whole way. What a great story showing the strength you can exhibit when necessary. Loved the progression of the feelings of the characters. Shed a few tears near the end…….will remember forever.
“When I looked back to shows I watched in the 80s to conjure up a similar show the main character in Northern Survival had starred in,” said Diane McGyver, “I thought of Young Riders. I had watched every episode and dreamt many times I was one of those riders delivering the mail in the wild west.”
This hour show was on television from September 1989 to July 1992.
“I was horse crazy long before Young Riders,” said McGyver. “It’s a girl thing. I’m led to believe there is a special connection between women and horses.
“My daughter has that connection, too. Where she took lessons at more than ten years ago, every student was female. The coach tried to persuade my son to take lessons and even threw him on the back of a couple of horses. But it didn’t happen. My sons are not riders.”
McGyver used inspiration from Young Riders and her love of horses to write the following that appears in Northern Survival. These are Olive’s thoughts.
Countless times she’d daydreamt of running away with that handsome boy, mounting a horse and riding into the sunset where adventure and romance waited. He was the reason she took riding lessons when she was 19. It put her that much closer to her dreams.
This week, the eBook for Northern Survival is $4.00 off, making it 99 cents. Grab your copy today. Exclusively at Amazon.
This is the last time in 2020 Northern Survival by Diane McGyver will be on sale for 99 cents. If you haven’t already downloaded your copy, get it now before it returns to its regular $4.99 price.
Adventure Mixed with Survival and Laced with Romance
When Olive is called home unexpectedly from her research assignment at Summer Beaver, she never dreamt the chartered plane she boards would crash, leaving her alone with a man who knows nothing about surviving in the woods. The struggle to put their differences aside threatens their life at every turn.
The second book in the Romance Collection, the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes by Diane McGyver, is now available.
She reserved the most convenient lies for herself.
Mary Lola Barnes has everything: a loving husband, two wonderful grown children, good friends and a lovely home. She has no business asking for more. It doesn’t matter if she feels something is missing. She’s just being silly. After all, what could she ask for? When new friends enter her world, she’s ill prepared for the harsh light that shines on the imperfections in her life. It reveals the emptiness she refuses to acknowledge.
If you love stories about women redefining themselves after decades of living, you’ll love the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes.
The eBook for the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes by Diane McGyver is now available for pre-order at Amazon. It’s listed under the Romance Collection for Quarter Castle Publishing because a budding romance takes place, but the story is about much more than that.
It’s about a woman who has dedicated 25 years to her family and has somehow lost herself in the changing of diapers, laundry, making school lunches and cooking suppers. Her children are now grown and spreading their own wings.
This leaves Mary Lola Barnes wondering what the next phase in life will hold. She believes it involves reconnecting with her husband and rekindling the love they once knew before children.
At the essence of this story is a woman who doesn’t want the world at her feet, only a little attention and someone to experience the wonders of life with.
Genealogy research had uncovered my grandmother’s grandparents: Martha and William McDonald. They had at least one child: my great-grandfather William Aaron McDonald.
Little is known about this family, just a few names and dates. The further in time one travels, the less information surfaces about individuals and the more questions arise, such as what was Martha’s maiden name and what happened to William Sr.?
A few years ago, a genealogist from a far-flung branch of the McDonald family tree, who researched William Sr., wrote to say William had been ‘lost at sea’. To be exact, William had drowned 160 years ago today on October 7, 1860, when the fishing schooner he’d been aboard floundered.
Starting today and ending October 5th, the eBook Northern Survival by Diane McGyver will be on sale for 99 cents. This will be the final 99-cent sale of the book launch. On October 6th, the price will rise to the book-launch price of $1.99. Then, on October 15th, it will rise to it’s full-time regular price of $4.99.
They’d left the shelter at 7:30 with thick clouds concealing the sky and billowy white fog on the lake. The silence of the early morning trek through the forest with reduced visibility made Olive feel like she walked through a mysterious land where fantastical creatures sat just out of sight, watching her pass, stalking her moves.
Diane McGyver: “Northern Survival is about Olive, who is vacationing in Summer Beaver, Ontario, to do research for her next book and to get a little hiking in on wild, unfamiliar trails. When she is called home unexpectedly, she boards a chartered plane that crashes soon after takeoff. She and the man who chartered the plane are the only survivors. Together, they battle the elements, the terrain, hunger and each other’s wit and sarcasm in an attempt to escape the wilderness before it consumes them.”
Northern Survival is on sale for 99 cents, and that sale ends tonight at midnight. Tomorrow when you wake, it will have returned to it’s regular price of $1.99.
“Dialogue is important to me and I enjoyed the back and forth – there was tension, humour and on a couple occasions my eyes welled up and I had that burning lump in my throat!” ~ Barb
“Cover is very tempting, I want to pick it up and read it. It looks so good!” ~ Anonymous
“I loved the story. I especially liked the ending when … [removed to prevent spoiler], because that I wasn’t expecting.” ~ Lynn
This is what beta readers, who received an Advanced Reading Copy, have said about Northern Survival. Have you read it? Please, share your thoughts in the comments. If you’d kindly leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads it would be greatly appreciated.
The 99-cent sale continues until September 10th. Get your copy now.
To celebrate the release of Diane McGyver’s Northern Survival, the eBook is half price for the next seven days. That’s right. For 99 cents (half the price of a medium double double), you can download the eBook and delve into the wilderness of Northern Ontario now.
Northern Survival is a fast-paced story that follows two characters through the brush, searching for a highway they hope will deliver them to civilization.
If you’re a Kindle Unlimited member, you can read for FREE.
Surviving the plane crash was the easy part.
Olive Tweed planned her trip for two years. She’d vacation at Summer Beaver, gather the research material needed to write the next book and spend a few days hiking the vast wilderness. When she is called home unexpectedly and boards a chartered plane, she never dreamt it would crash, leaving her alone with a man who knew nothing about survival or the woods. If they don’t put aside their differences and work together, they’ll never escape alive.
A good man isn’t down until everyone who matters has lost hope.
Isla of Maura hasn’t seen Liam Jenkins for six years, since they pledged to unite. Her thoughts often drift to him and not long ago, his thoughts invaded hers. She sets out to find him, but the man she finds is far from the one in her childhood memories, and the secrets he keeps threaten her life and the lives of her travelling companions.
If you love stories of adventure mixed with magic and romance set in archaic landscapes, you’ll love McGyver’s Healing Stones. Unlike many fantasy novels, family plays a central role in this story, so be prepared for the hero to have her heart strings plucked by the song of home.
Healing Stones is the 4th book in the Castle Keepers epic fantasy series. It picks up the story of Isla and Liam where her kidnapping and the murder of his das tore them apart.
McGyver wields her pencil in a similar realm J. R. R. Tolkien and Terry Brooks released their imagination. It is traditional fantasy of old with magic, legends, dragons, hauflins and dwarfs.
Buy Healing Stones today and continue your journey into the Land of Ath-o’Lea where magic and sword clash.