The Coldest December – Halifax Explosion Short Story Collection

The short story collection to mark the 100th anniversary (December 6, 2017) of the Halifax Explosion will be called The Coldest December.

Here is a mock-up of the cover. (subject to change)

Quarter Castle Publishing will release The Coldest December in November 2017. It will contain short stories written by Nova Scotia authors. The book will also include information and photographs to help explain the tragic events that changed the lives of thousands of people and decimated the shorelines of the twin cities, Halifax and Dartmouth.

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Event: Fall for Books 2017

Author Diane Lynn McGyver will attend the Fall for Books Festival at The Old School House, Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax County, Nova Scotia on Sunday November 5, 2017.

Mark your calendar. Visitors will be treated to readings by almost a dozen authors, including novelists, poets and nonfiction writers. They will also have the opportunity to speak with authors and purchase books.

More information will be provided as the event approaches.

NEW RELEASE: Impressions by Diane Lynn McGyver

Quarter Castle Publishing is proud to announce the eBook release of the short story Impressions by Canadian author Diane Lynn McGyver.

A member of the East Hants Writers’ Group, McGyver is also a freelance writer and columnist. Her many articles on topics such as gardening, history, genealogy, horses, homesteading and writing have appeared in thousands of publications since 1998. Her genealogy column Roots to the Past appears in several newspapers in Atlantic Canada.

Impressions Summary

Out of work for two years, Arnold White is desperate to find a job. His long-time girlfriend is through financing his life and is threatening to leave if he doesn’t find something soon. When the owner of a prestigious company offers him a job interview, Arnold feels his luck is changing, until he learns another man is vying for the same position. In a reckless move to land the job, Arnold tells his potential new boss what he wants to hear. A few white lies are harmless if it means he’ll keep his girlfriend and the roof over his head. Or are they?

Refreshing Memories: When things got real tough, Arnold reminded Danah who had paid the bills when they first moved in together. Burdened by mammoth student debt, she had resorted to eating pasta and popcorn to fill her stomach. She lived in a closet with two roommates she despised to avoid sleeping in a cardboard box beneath the bridge. It was worth it, she’d say. It was better than returning home to Nowheresville, rural Nova Scotia, where my choices of employment were between the local camping park, gas station and grocery store.

Moving in together was the perfect solution for both of them. After all, they were in love and wanted to spend every waking and sleeping moment together.

An interesting short story that hits at the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a quirky character who deserves everything he gets. 

Impressions takes place on the streets of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and inside the local bar Cheers.

The eBook is available at Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and Smashwords.

Deadline Approaches for Short Story Collection

The deadline for submitting a story to be considered for the Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Short Story collection is one week away. Stories can be emailed (quartercastle@bellaliant.net) up until Friday March 31st 11:59 pm or postmark-dated March 31st.

The goal of the fictional short story collection is to pay tribute to the many victims, survivors and heroes who emerged from the disaster, to remember their stories and to educate readers further on the life-changing event of the twin cities of Halifax and Dartmouth.

To learn more, visit Call for Submissions.

Scattered Stones Chapter 01

The second book in The Castle Keepers series Scattered Stones launches in May 2016. Here’s a sneak peek.

McGyver-ScatteredStonesFRONTBronwyn Darrow is desperate to rescue his daughter Isla from Blackvale Castle. For five long years, he’s travelled Ath-o’Lea searching for her, but the formidable castle remains elusive. He’s surrendered his coveted sergeant’s position at Aruam Castle, but he’s willing to sacrifice everything to bring Isla home, even his honour. If he fails, his innocent little girl will face a lifetime of slavery.

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Clue to Our Big Announcement

Big Announcement ClueIn December 1917, Canada was at war with the Central Powers in Europe (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey). The ice-free harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was strategically placed, making it a vital link to the conflict overseas. It was the perfect staging ground for trans-Atlantic convoys. Military personnel from across the country congregated in Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford. They either prepared to be shipped overseas or remained at military facilities to help with the war effort on this side of the Atlantic. Civilian men and women also came for many reasons, including to work as labourers.

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Shadows in the Stone Sale

QCP Emblem 02One by one, Isla’s senses awakened. The pain in her legs and buttocks greeted her first. The bad dreams dissolved into one, and she opened her eyes. The tree branches overhanging her sleeping spot blocked the morning sun, but didn’t hide the ugly scowl of the hauflin who peered down upon her. She trembled, remembering the events of yesterday. He must have sensed her fear because a stupid smirk appeared on his face.

Isla breathed easier when he turned and walked away. She sat up and pulled the blanket around her. The dwarf who had carried her to a safer location still leant against the tree. He ate bread from a brown bag. He didn’t spread anything on it like butter or fenberry jam. He ate it as if a big cookie.

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