Beyond Black and White

I am a published author!

Since I first put pen to paper, I have dreamt about publishing my writing in a work that readers could pick up, read, reflect on, and add to their bookshelves.

Flash forward to three decades later, and my first book is finally out in the world!

Beyond Black And White: A Lady Writes The Hues Collection is a short anthology of poetry and essays about seeing all of the colours on the spectrum of life’s experiences.

It’s dedicated to those who want to make the world a more compassionate world to live in.

Thank you to Book Leaf Publishing for bringing this project to life and to my true blue Sonia for the constant inspiration and support.

You can order Beyond Black and White on Amazon in paperback and ebook format.

I hope this book brings you clarity, comfort, and a sense of community in these times when we need it the most.


The Most Anticipated Book Releases of Fall 2018

Now that we’ve comfortably settled into the fall season, it’s time to get cozy and settle into a good book! From gripping mysteries to heartwarming essay collections, this autumn’s latest reads from popular authors and newly published writers alike aim to offer everything and anything your bookish heart desires. Here’s a roundup of the new and upcoming book releases that you’ll be rushing to add to your ‘to be read’ list.

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How To Step Up Your Reading Game

So you want to become a voracious reader? If you’re like me, you have rows of hardcovers and paperbacks on your bookshelf, collecting dust as they wait for you to pick them up and devour them. Due to other more pressing priorities in your life, such as school, work and your freelance side hustle, your reading to-do list is growing way too fast for you to keep up with.

How can you make room in your busy schedule for getting lost in the pages of the latest Neil Gaiman novel? Here are some tips for cultivating an enriching reading life.

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Book Review: Then And Always

Want to add a little romance and mystery to your summer reading list? Look no further than Dani Atkins‘ debut novel, Then and Always, which Penguin Canada predicts to be the breakout beach read of 2014.

Rachel Wiltshire’s life reads like a dream: she has a great group of friends, a handsome and desirable boyfriend, and an acceptance into her choice university to study Journalism. However, on the eve of the beginning of this exciting new chapter in her life, a tragic event occurs and everything changes completely.

Five years later, we find Rachel as a lonely and scarred person with dashed dreams, poor health, and overwhelming guilt and grief over what had happened after that life-altering incident. She returns home for her best friend’s wedding only to be struck by yet another tragedy. When she wakes up in the hospital, Rachel discovers that her life is drastically different. Now, she has it all – a thriving career, a wonderful fiancé, and the company of her loving family and friends. On paper, this version of her life is picture perfect – a massive upgrade from the miserable existence she had gone through over the past few years. But is it really hers if she doesn’t remember any of it? Is any of this really real?

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Then And Always by Dani Atkins is available now in Canada from Penguin Canada. The book is also currently available in the UK (under the title Fractured) and in the US.

Follow Dani Atkins on Twitter (@AtkinsDani) and Facebook.


Book Review: Traitor’s Blade

Sebastien de Castell’s first novel, Traitor’s Blade follows the adventures of Falcio val Mond and his companions Kest and Brasti in their determined fight to uphold the Greatcoat values of fairness and justice across the kingdom of Tristia – ideals which have been tossed aside by the lawless, corrupted, and abusive regime of Dukes, who have taken over the land. Formerly the protectors of the King Paelis, the once mighty fighting guard of Greatcoats were branded as “traitors” who stood by as the ruler was overthrown and murdered. The traveling defenders, now disbanded and despised by the people, are considered lower class than peasantry. Despite the odds and forces stacked against them, the three fallen heroes try to fulfill the King’s last mission and save this territory on the verge of collapse, risking death at every turn. Events lead them to embark on a quest that will change their fates forever.

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Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell is available now from Penguin Canada, and will be released in the US in July 2014. (An excerpt of the first chapter is HERE).

Follow Sebastien De Castell on Twitter (@decastell) and visit his official website.

Follow Penguin Canada on Twitter (@PenguinCanada) for more updates on the Traitor’s Blade Blog Tour.