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 Quarter Castle Chronicles, Volume 1, is regular $4.99. Between Friday October 23rd and Friday October 30th, it will be on sale for various prices. The lowest will be 99 cents. It will increase by $1.00 every 40 hours.
To get the cheapest price, grab it today. By Sunday morning, it will be $1.99.
A Collection of 13 stories by 12 Canadians
Quarter Castle Chronicles, Volume 1, showcases 13 short stories by 12 Canadian authors. They take place in settings across the country, both in the present and the past. From the rugged coast of Newfoundland to the streets of Vancouver, we are flung to far off places like Romania and Swaffham Prior. The authors spin tales of life, survival, death and the realm beyond.
7-Day Sale Schedule
October 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM (PDT) – $0.99 – save 81%
October 25, 2020 at 12:00 AM (PDT) – $1.99 – save 61%
October 26, 2020 at 4:00 PM (PDT) – $2.99 – save 41%
October 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM (PDT) – $3.99 – save 21%
October 30, 2020 at 12:00 AM (PDT) – returns to its regular $4.99 price
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.
Quarter Castle Publishing is making a Call for Submissions for short stories laced with romance for its first issue of The Tantalizing Tattler.
The Tantalizing Tattler is a new publication meant to revive the clean-telling of stories laced with romance. It was inspired by magazines of the past, ones girls as young as 14 had sneaked away from their mother’s nightstand and hid in closets to read. While these stories were about adults in adult situations, they were void of descriptions of bedroom activities and harsh language. At their essence, they told a good story. That’s what The Tantalizing Tattler aims to do.
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.
Maritimers are always talking about the weather. I think it’s because if we wait five minutes, it’ll change. We have the winds from the west bringing heat waves, winds from the north delivering cold fronts, the Gulf Steam transporting warm, humid air and the Atlantic Ocean that tries to maintain a constant weather day except for when it’s stirring up a storm.
All this activity makes for a lot of material to discuss. It also makes for a lot of data to analyse to predict the weather for the day. Forecasting the weather for an entire week is difficult at best. Predicting the weather for more than ten months into the future is impossible (though I realise almanacs can be somewhat correct at times). However that’s just what Lieutenant Stephen Martin Saxby (1804-1883) of the British Royal Navy did when he warned the public of a devastating storm that would strike the Maritimes in 1869.
Saxby was an amateur astronomer. He used his knowledge of the moon and Earth to predict the weather according to celestial events. It was known as meteorological astrology. In 1864, he published The Saxby Weather System in which he outlined his theories, explaining his method of predicting the weather.
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.
Quarter Castle Publishing is making a Call for Submissions for a short story collection to honour those who lived and died by the sea.
The goal is to tell the stories of life by the sea. It’s a unique existence, one in which the tides and winds set the pace. There are many joys, hardships and tragedies from living by the constantly changing waters gracing our shores in Atlantic Canada. For families who have spent generations breathing in the intoxicating saltwater-laced breeze, the sea is in our blood; it is our home. We will live here and die here.
The collection is entitled The Sea, Our Home – Honouring the resilient men and women who forged a living along the rugged coastline of Atlantic Canada throughout the centuries.
The contest is open to all residents of Atlantic Canada, and those who once lived here and still love and miss the sea. First-time authors and seasoned veterans are welcome to submit their short stories.
From September 17th until December 31st, The Coldest December eBook will be on sale for 99 cents, and the paperback copy will be drastically reduced.
The Coldest December
a Short Story Collection to Remember the Halifax Explosion
On December 6, 2017, Nova Scotia commemorated the one hundredth anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. More than two thousand people were killed and another nine thousand were injured from the largest man-made explosion of its time.
To pay tribute to the many victims, survivors and heroes who emerged from the disaster, Quarter Castle Publishing gathered a collection of fictional short stories connected to the Explosion. Stories are set immediately before it, during it or in its aftermath.
Pick up a copy today at the following online outlets.
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.
We all have our favourite television shows, and author Diane McGyver is no different. She grew up watching shows in the 70s and 80s. In a scene from Northern Survival, McGyver mentions several of her favourites.
Here’s the clip. Olive and John have been lost for many days, and they stumble upon an abandoned cabin in the middle of the wilderness. As they approach, they talk about who might own the cabin.
The structure, no more than 20 by 20 feet, had a covered porch and one window on the front. A pair of snowshoes were attached to the wall to the left of the door and two chairs rested to the right as if the occupants would walk out at any moment and enjoy their evening with a cup of tea. A stone chimney consumed a section of the right side of the cabin. Beside it was a crude table with a stool next to it.
John stepped on to the porch, and the wood creaked. “This is not the time to discuss The Cabin in the Woods.”
“Didn’t see it.”
He cast her a raised eyebrow. “Lucky you.”
“I prefer shows like Grizzly Adams, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie. Dusty Trails.”
“Let’s hope the owners are as friendly as the folks in those shows.”
Innocence is shattered when a young man falls victim to a horrible prank.
Youth and innocence still reside in Bronwyn Darrow. When he attends a celebration with the girl he admires most, he’s elated but extremely nervous. He hopes the night will be one they’ll never forget. Instead, he should have hoped for one easily forgotten.
Fantasy author, Diane Lynn McGyver, is participating in February is Fantasy Month. To mark the start of the event, her short story, Destiny Governed their Lives, will be free for February 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Amazon. Grab a copy for your Kindle now!
San Giacomo’s Corner – A Place to Connect with Readers reviewed Shadows in the Stone, Book 1 in the Castle Keepers series.
Diane Lynn McGyver stands head and shoulders above other indie authors. Her dialog flows well, as does her setting and internal descriptions. She knows how to show and not tell better than most. There is also a skillful knowledge of writing at work.
The first draft of any novel is like climbing a mountain that has its peak concealed in thick clouds. Many people start writing it but few finish. There’s many reasons for the lack of success. If you’ve completed your first draft, congratulations. Take a moment and bathe in the beauty of reaching the top of the mountain, breaking through the cloud cover and feeling the sun on your skin.
While writers may not understand why they failed to finish the first draft, one reason might be the use of the wrong technique. There are as many ways to write a book as there are writers. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. You have to find your way to write the novel. It won’t be the way your English teacher told you how to do it. It won’t be the way the famous writer you met at his book signing did it. The author giving the workshop in the community hall has a different way than you to write a novel.
One of the stories in The Coldest December short story collection was written by Annemarie Hartnett. Here is the biography that accompanied her submission.
First published in 2006, Annemarie Hartnett has written stories under various pseudonyms in just about every genre. Her young adult historical romance set during the Halifax Explosion can currently be read at Watttpad. A Mount Saint Vincent University graduate, she grew up in Halifax, where she still lives, and works in the non-profit sector.