Tuesday, August 22, 2017
I have been REMARKABLY busy.
I turned in a Manuscript! Murder at the Flamingo releases with Harper Collins July 2018 and you can add it to your Goodreads shelf . The cover for this book is nothing short of amazing and I will be able to reveal it to you in the next few weeks :-)
I traveled to Scotland, England and Paris (!!!)
I traveled to Northern Ontario for a work conference
I spent a weekend at CFRR in Cincinnati
I spent a weekend in New York seeing a ton of theatre
I have done weekend trips to Niagara on the Lake for Shaw!
I spent a week in my little hometown Orillia
I have wandered Toronto near and far!
I TURNED IN A MANUSCRIPT (let me repeat that )
So I have been very neglectful of ye olde blog and rather do one LARGE catch up post, I thought I should divide it into a few sections.
I have seen a ton of theatre in the recent months and I thought I should give you a recap
Les Miserables: this was a workshop at Factory Theatre that really has a lot of potential. The story isn't quite finished yet; but it drew greatly from Hugo ---drenched in his prose and presence. I am interested to see the final, polished product. We are so used to the musical version, it was nice to see something straight
Strictly Ballroom: here is a show with sequins and sparkle adapted from the popular film and transposing its soundtrack from screen to stage that just cannot figure out what it wants to be. It was a fun spectacle; but needs a little story work
Tosca My friend is the technical director at the Canadian Opera Company and I had the privilege of seeing this on dress rehearsal night. IT WAS AMAZING! Opera is not my favourite musical medium; but I do appreciate Puccini. I had seen this at the MET three years ago and I have to say, I enjoyed our production more. GO CANADA
SHAW FESTIVAL in Niagara on the Lake
The Farmer's Revolt: Face it: if you adapt the Rebellions of 1837 to stage my Canadian history loving heart is gonna go pitter patter. This was an interesting tapestry sewn of many different patches embroidering different perspectives of Canada's almost-Civil-War in Upper Canada well over a century ago. It was a great ensemble piece; but I found without a working knowledge of the source material, audience members might get lost. I was right: several people left at intermission
The Madness of King George: My friend Melanie and I did a double-header day and this was our matinee. It wasn't the cast's fault; but the pacing in this play needs so much help. SO MUCH HELP! amazing what an editor could have done to tighten up the plot. It is a fascinating look at the George that, truth be told, just makes everyone's favourite Hamilton songs run on loop
Saint Joan MAN THIS WAS AWESOME! I love Joan of Arc. They chose to do it in that vague century-agnostic militant way that so many people are doing to transpose popular yarns of war to the stage;but it was captivating and sparked a ton of discussion !
Got the dream team back together and spent another weekend JUST for shows in New York
Miss Saigon: they did a lot of work at revitalizing this blockbuster ( a long time favourite of mine because of the MUSIC!) and they kinda did everything I ever wanted them to do to make the story and characters more palatable. This is not a white saviour story. This is a story about conflict and multi dimensional characters , blended dark and light, spotlit against the travesty of a complicated war. There are not heroes and heroines in this piece: just sweeping music and poor decisions informed by impossible situations.
So first, there are some great additions to the soundtrack ( albeit some lyrically challenged). Second, the production values are astonishing: costumes, lighting, sets, design--- truly breathtaking. STORYLINE --- this has always been problematic and somehow it becomes more apparent on stage when told in this way. I enjoyed it; but I wasn't floored. I kept turning to my friend Kat, scrunching up my nose to match her puzzled expression in the dark and shaking my head. The pre-teen girls in their sparkles LOVED IT
GUYS! I bought the soundtrack to this early in the summer and it is just absolutely dazzling. On stage, this is just a revelation: the actors sing, dance, act (triple threats!!!) and PLAY INSTRUMENTS! You see a real live swing band form before your eyes. I loved the story of recent veterans from the Second World War returning home to find that the world hasn't stopped as they anticipated; nor is it rolling out the red carpet as they dreamed when in the trenches. A bit more careful characterization could have drawn out some of the individual stories of the supporting band members, but Laura Osnes and Corey Cott (!!!) were exceptional
Kim's Convenience Readers of this blog know that this is not my first time with this show. Due to my friend Kat's close relationship with it, I have followed it around --- this time to New York! It was so lovely to see a slice of Toronto find a home in Manhattan for a little while and touch audiences in America the way it does here
Half a Sixpence
This is the show you pick to see in the West End when you want to see the most British thing you can conjure. Based on a lesser known H G Wells novel, it is kinda Downton meet Great Expectations meets--well any Lord of the Manor from humble beginnings tale. The music isn't memorable, the story is flimsy; but there's this adorable bunny (actor Charlie Stemp) who has a whole lot of gumption and a banjo and literally takes the show and runs off with it. You literally cannot take your eyes of him. When you do, you see a tightly produced piece with expert voices and choreography that are far better than the material they are performing. A fun night out and so very British I cannot even....
One of the reasons I trekked to the UK this summer, was to check up on my friend Maggie and her immersive show in the Edinburgh Fringe, Intermission. It was kinda neat to see how this piece---infused throughout Edinburgh by marriage of stage show and app and video and podcast--- came to be.
Whew! I think that is it ! Mel and I are off to Stratford to see Twelfth Night on the weekend--- so will keep you posted on that
Catch Up Posts will continue .....
Monday, June 26, 2017
It was hard to, like, eat and sleep and write and be out in the world the last few days knowing this was in my apartment
"“I swear, you would play the coquette with a well-upholstered sofa."
You have no idea. I just can't stop smiling about it. My cheeks hurt and, yes, I am going to read it five more times and probably all of those times just this week. For starters. Because this is the keeperest of keeper shelf keepers in the history of keepers. It is Rachel catnip, it is darned delightful, it is skittles and sunshine and kittens and ice cream and I am drawing hearts around it with my mind.
Oh Monty, you delicious rogue! Why are you so nose-wrinklingly adorable? But alas, I digress in my enthusiasm to just absolutely rave about the adorable awkwardness of this young man and his clueless ( so clueless) attempts at deciphering the intentions of his crush, Percy.
“It's beginning to feel like he's shuffling his way through the seven deadly sins, in ascending order of my favourites.”
It's very hard to get me to laugh aloud in a book. I snicker. I am amused. But, there is something magic about a voice that makes me laugh til I have tears. I love to giggle and clever humour is often how I find a keeper author. I also have a thing for writers who use beautiful, captivating fiction to draw out social injustices of a time period: in this case, the limited understanding of epilepsy and the stigmas surrounding it, same sex relationships, and the treatment of bi-racial Percy Newton, who is a bit of a hybrid between two worlds (if you have seen the film Belle you will be familiar with some of society's fascination and judgment of him)
I preface that to set the tone for our romp through Henry (Monty) Montague's disastrous Grand Tour. But also to place it as one facet of a multi-dimensional story that wrings tears along with its laughter ( sometimes at the same time )
Like the Horatio Lyle series and the Watchmaker of Filigree Street, this book had a narrative voice that arrested me. It is something special and something I want to keep in a treasure chest. To find a unique, alluring, brilliant, smart and surprising narrative voice is what a lot of readers live for and if you want one that will nab you on page one, this is the book for you.
It's a good thing, too, because Monty---our guide through his snortable adventures from lazy coquettish drunk to target in an international chase--- is an insufferably shallow but oh so delightfully rich fop.
And he is not as dense as what he gives off and he is not as shallow as the man who opens his story drunk and depraved and he undergoes a subtle and wonderful development. Character development? Not really, more the development of displaying to those closest to him what was always there on the inside, inverting it so it radiant for all to see. Monty is a good and lovely human. He just has to trip over a few of his own stupid mistakes to realize it.
“God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.”
Like so many men of his age and circumstance, Monty is to spend a year on a Grand Tour of Europe before settling down to become the Lord of the Manor. Monty hates everything about his family life: the restrictions, his wailing little brother, his abusive father and a life that would paint him into rigour and structure where he would rather be out kissing boys and girls and more boys, drinking everything within a six mile radius and flirting with his best friend Percy.
Percy, you see, is for the first several chapters of the book, Monty's only redeeming factor. Well, Percy and Monty's wonderful sense of humour keep you from thinking: you are a terribly selfish human being but La! You are also so fun and I cannot turn away from you, you disaster of a person.
Percy looks sideways at me. "Oh no what?"
I swallow. "I'd first like it to be noted that I am most certainly not a smuggler."
"Monty..." he says, my name sopping with dread.
"And," I continue overtop him, "I'd like you to both remember just how much you adore me and how dull and gloomy your lives would be without me in them."
"What did you do?”
Bundled into a carriage with a bear guide, his 15 year bookish sister Felicity ( think Mary from Pride and Prejudice) and Percy, his one true love, they set off for one last whirl of fun and end up running for their lives.
Some people don't want to spoil mysteries or twists. I don't want to spoil adventures. I don't want readers to be for one moment expecting the freshness of language, the originality of adventures or the heart of the chase that turns the plot from comedy of (ill) manners to continental chase ( with pirates, for good measure).
But I do want to allure readers by expressing my absolute delight (tame, I mean head over heels full blown heart-thrumming finger tingling obsession) and LOVE for our three leads, their interactions and the deep affection that is so beautifully shared it cuts through like a knife and winnows its way to stay.
When Monty learns about a terrible secret that would see Percy taken from him forever, it reveals the true depth of his heart. Monty may be all about quips and asides and lecherous behaviour, but he is loyal and broken--- we learn the depth of abuse at his father's hand--and so wanting to do the right thing (even if he takes a maze of lasciviousness to get there).
I absolutely loved this book. It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year (from years of following the author on social media), made more so when the first four chapters were released at Epicreads and I fell immediately into the wink of a knowing voice that I would follow everywhere.
It takes a lot to work with a hero like Monty---vain, self-centred, ridiculously and cluelessly obsessed with trifles--- but if you balance him with kind-hearted Percy you really do see through the prism of Monty's world: his goodness is most blatantly exemplified in his love and pursuit of a truly good man. And it is his care for Percy that opens up the shafts of his heart and sparkles and in that reciprocated goodness, you are given an epic pairing for the ages. As in all things, Monty loves without abandon, but it takes a journey to work through the unexpected hurdles that will prove him worthy of the object of his desire. ( I love Percy, too. I LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM! I love them both!)
“We're not courting trouble," I say. "Flirting with it, at most.”
So, get ready to snort tea out your nose and gasp and giggle and roll your eyes (because, really Monty, keep your stockings on and put that girl down!) and appreciate the craft of writing something excessively unputdownably readable undercut by a treatise on social injustice and featuring three of the most delicious leads in an age.
I want to follow you to the ends of the earth (or at least to a gambling den or Versailles hunting cottage) with you all, Percy, Monty and Felicity ---and thanks to a recent announcement about Felicity's upcoming adventures, I might be lucky enough to do just that.
(a note to readers: I read and review a lot of inspirational fiction on this blog, this book will not be for all readers. Please be advised of sexual content and strong language) .
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Now, gush time.
"When there are serious matters to discuss, Austen women walk. And it has the side benefit of keeping our figures so light and pleasing."
I have to admit I have been getting a little tired of Austen everything. So many updates. So many re-imaginings--- But, if anyone can do Austen, Reay can. Especially because she doesn't just transpose a story into a new setting, she interweaves a new story with new characters, nuances and worlds with the timeless sensibility and humour of Jane Austen. Even while you are not reading ye olde "Austen Update" that merely parallels Austen heroes and heroines in a modern setting, you are being confronted by an invigorated re-visitation of Austen's wisdom. When this strikes you, midway through the book, you recognize that Reay is far smarter than you initially could have thought. This is not just a nod to Austen, this is a thesis ABOUT Austen (specifically her relationship with Bath and her inter-textual connections about love, wisdom and modern relationships) told in prosaic form.
It's not often that fiction is supplanted with such an academic tenet; but that is what makes Reay one of my favourite writers. With all of her Austen and Bronte and Weber infused prose, she makes a statement about the books she pays homage to. It is this added layer that asserts her as one of the finest contemporary voices.
But while I get all stodgily English major-y on you, what makes Reay a must-read is her natural accessibility. While this certainly offers a grand wink and nudge to fans of Austen's work on a deeper level, so it is a keen and sparkly colourful carousel of characters transplanted into a Regency-modern hybrid in present-day Bath.
Mary Davies is a quiet engineer who works for WATT, a startup in Austin, Texas. Constulant Nathan is one of the brightest parts of her day. While she works to gauge disappointment that her latest optical project Golightly ( yes, THAT is Holly Golightly) didn't take off, she assembles wire animals at her desk and works to decipher the extra attentions Nate gives to her. Work complications and a new manager, however, inspire her to accept her life-long friend Isabel's invitation for a vacation at an Austen-themed estate near Bath. Deciding to escape the everyday and clear her head, she follows Isabel into a world of costumes and balls, of traditional manners and eccentric participants who acquire a personage from the books for their stay.
But Isabel is not as balanced as she seems and her domineering friend soon begins to show a remarkable mental instability, actually thinking she is Emma Woodhouse and speaking in the sequences and memories of Austen's canon. While Mary struggles to reach her friend, she discovers Isabel's connection to Nathan, who has sparked her life for so long it has flickered into a kind of unending flame. Hurt and confused---mostly by Nathan's own arrival at the estate--- Mary navigates the map of herself while amidst a fresh and inviting, humorous and whimsical world patronized by " clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation."
Human relations and fallacy, the map of the human mind, the friction between literature and art chafing against science and logic and math: all in a carefully constructed waltz.
I have spent some time in Bath and was happy when the resplendently unique city was drawn to colourful life by Reay's consistent canvas. As Seattle, Chicago, Italy and Ha'worth before, Bath becomes a pulsing throbbing city-- the antidote to the surging Austin heat.
While this book may remind readers of Austenland by Shannon Hale, it takes a step further in immersing the reader not just in a surfacely Austen world of Regency mannerisms and dialect; rather a deeper look at the wisdom of Austen and her prodding and poking into the deepest tenets of human nature. There is a particularly profound moment that finds Mary understanding more about Austen's relationship to Bath beyond the lens of Persuasion and Northanger Abbey that made me shoot up and think.
this book glistens.
What makes The Austen Escape different than all other Austen updates and adaptations is that rather than just making a contemporary parallel of an Austen story and Austen characters, she works a profound and meaningful thesis about Austen into prosaic form. And that is why the Austen Escape is an integral companion to the study of Austen in the 21st Century.
A few quotes:
"As the morning rolled up its sleeves and got ready to welcome its friend afternoon, the sunshine held fast in the clear sky."
"And Nathan fished. The silence was light and lovely until I realized it wasn't silence at all. The stream gurgled, birds chirped, something called in the distance."
"Something had been missing and its absence only felt with its return. Nature abhors a vacuum and will fill it but you must create an opening. Music was that opening. It felt as if the universe was expanding right before me, in a ballroom in Bath,"
"And I was diminishing--as one should before the size and unending grandeur of the universe. It wasn't that I was smaller or less significant; it simply felt like I didn't need to fight for a place within it or for my own protection. "
"I waited too and watched the stars. A few flickered and the sky felt like music. Music required honesty."
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
A tragic sequence of circumstances thereafter pricks at her constantly and she is but a shell of a person with really nothing to lose after life and love were ripped from her.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
I had a full blown love affair with this book. It exceeded expectations I didn't know I had and then some.
Pre-order two copies at least: one for you and one for the person you will immediately ache to share it with. This story is a love letter and love letters are never meant to experienced in solitude.
With thanks to Pegasus and Netgalley for the review copy.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
So delighted to announce some news about my BRAND NEW SERIES....
I am partnering with Thomas Nelson/ Harper Collins to bring you a brand new series!
I get to usher you to 1930s Boston: to tell the tale of a remarkable and special and anxious and smart and kind young man whose life truly begins when he arrives in the Revolutionary City. also, of a spirited young woman --a New Haven debutante--whose grand dream is to cross off every last "to do" in her "journal of independence." together, they will flirt with love and life and perfect the Lindy Hop.... they'll also solve a murder or two....
From the dazzling neon-striped nightclubs of Scollay Square to a crumbling office adjacent the Paul Revere House in the North End, we are going to Boston! beautiful, wonderful Boston!
Hamish DeLuca and Reggie Van Buren's first adventure releases in 2018!
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
I know! It's the best!
A Singular and Whimsical Problem is the first adventure published ( thought not chronological) and is a little Christmas jaunt with Jem and Merinda and an elusive cat named Pepper
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Of Dubious and Questionable Memory takes the girls to Massachusetts in pursuit of a missing woman whose mystery leads them to the heart of Concord and Orchard House, residence of Louisa May Alcott
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Conductor of Light is my homage to my love of all things theatre and is a cozy closed-room mystery set at the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres here in Toronto.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
My next writing adventure takes me back to 1930s Boston so, of course, I am using any opportunities I can to head out to Beantown and its historical wonderfulness in order to immerse myself in the place and walk for hours. I stayed at the Omni Parker House: which will be familiar to readers of Of Dubious and Questionable Memory as one of the locations Jem and Merinda visit on their Massachusetts adventure.
|a few snippets from my recent adventure|
We also found ourselves in the Room Where It Happens seeing the amazing Chicago cast of Hamilton --including new addition Wayne Brady as Aaron Burr. note: I got these tickets the day the first block of Chicago seats went onsale last June. That's how long we waited.
|Chicago, you're so pretty|
|the Palmer House|
|Rachel and Allison|
speaking of Unlike Anything I have Ever Seen, I am a huge fan of Come From Away. I saw the original cast in Toronto last fall during their pre-broadway run and am absolutely thrilled that this small Canadian musical with a staggeringly beautiful story and infused with Maritime Canadian music is making a splash on broadway. Just read what the NYT had to say
As for theater in Toronto, I will be seeing Mrs. Henderson Presents straight from the West End next week so will keep you posted.
And this past week I was in the East Coast of our great country for work!
|love the Jelly Bean houses in St. John's, NL|
And from St. John's, I flew a tiny plane out to PEI. Last time I was in Charlottetown was in the height of summer--- it is decidedly more quiet at this time of the year.
So, that's what I have been up to. And it doesn't slow down a lot. I still have work travel for my day job and an Easter Weekend research trip back to Boston. But, I am also excited about THE WHITE FEATHER MURDERS which releases May 1
There's a nice review in the next issue of Romantic Times
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Of course! I’m in the middle of edits for another book that is set in the same world as Piper’s and has some overlap, but is a separate story. I have ideas for another Piper book, and I’ve done a tiny bit of writing on it, but I really want to make sure that it’s the right kind of sequel.
Stephanie Morrill is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com and the author of several young adult novels, including the historical mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street. Despite loving cloche hats and drop-waist dresses, Stephanie would have been a terrible flapper because she can’t do the Charleston and looks awful with bobbed hair. She and her near-constant ponytail live in Kansas City with her husband and three kids.
Lydia has vanished.
Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye.
Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.
When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.
From the glitzy homes of the elite to the mob-run streets of 1920s Chicago, Stephanie Morrill’s jazz-age mystery shows just how far a girl will go to save her friend.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Oh my goodness, YOU GUYS! Have I got the book for you........
But first, a reminder that CONDUCTOR OF LIGHT is now available on all major e-readers for FREE. Publisher and I came up with the idea of a tiny little Herringford and Watts treat to tie you over before WHITE FEATHER MURDERS releases in May. It is a close-roomed mystery in Four Acts set amidst the tantalizing world of Edwardian Vaudeville. And there is a bit with a dog.
Back to gush.
Okay, SO I really, really wanted to read The Lost Girl of Astor Street the moment I heard about it and I was savvy to have it on my radar, it turns out, because it exceeded expectations and then some.
If you like Veronica Mars, the Roaring Twenties, plenty of plot twists and knee-buckling romance, then let me invite you into Piper Sail's fully realized world of flappers and mob-men, danger and high-class sleuthery.
Piper Sail is a renowned lawyer's daughter and resident of the upscale Astor Street in Chicago. She does a poor job of avoiding trouble at her prestigious private school but is tempered by the influence of her sweet friend, Lydia. Also peppering her world are her brothers, a rakish journalist named Jeremiah Crane ( you might want to start writing that name in your notebook and drawing hearts around it) and her long-time baseball-playing friend Walter ( ditto with the heart drawing).
When Lydia is reported missing, Piper learns that her friend was a pivotal aspect of a world now seeming to fray at the seams. Nothing is as it seems and with her amateur investigation into Lydia's whereabouts, she is springboarded into a season of self-realization.
While confronting the uneasiness of a world shrouded with privilege and slowly eking out shades of darkness in her own family, Piper is joined by the absolutely swoon-worthy young detective, Mariano Cassano.
And here, fair readers, I will go tangential with cheeks blushing and fingertips tingling....
MARIANO is a friggin' dreamboat. He respects Lydia and treats her as an equal as they launch each step of their sideline informal investigation. He has a dark, broody past that only reconciles with the tenacity and virtue of his present and he is dedicated to his job. He has a winning smile, a lanky build and every time he tipped his trilby or fingered his suspenders ( maybe I wrote that in..... I don't know if he fingered his suspenders but you all know I think suspenders are hot), I went to lala land ( now playing at a cinema near you).
The chemistry between Piper and Mariano snap crackles and pops from their first meeting when (SIGH) he arrives to calmly question her about Lydia ( DOUBLE SIGH) while, of course, being all dark-haired and olive-skinned and handsome as all get out.
( Later they dance under the stars after eating pizza in the park, I kid you not).
Mariano and Piper's relationship was, to me, the center of this well-spun tale but the romance does not overcrowd the mystery. As I preambled, there really are several twists---one that happens early on in the story and that earned my respect as a discerning reader. Chicago becomes a character---from its speakeasies to the L to the high townhouses and manicured streets owned by those who are willing to play into the powerplay world of two magnanimous families: the Cassanos and the Finnegans.
Another highlight of this excessively-readable book was Piper herself. Unlike Veronica Mars ( who I mention because there are several shout-outs to the tiny blonde one), Piper showcases a realistic insecurity. For as often as she straightens her shoulders and plunges in to danger for the sake of her friend, so she is uncertain in herself and the deductive abilities she is just beginning to find sure footing in. It was Piper's normalcy that jolted this story with a little something extra for me. She is winsome in her relatability.
The pages turned easily and while I sometimes found myself assaulted by a modern verve of speech or nuance, I was for the most part transplanted to a vintage whirlwind of murder, flappers and a sort of easy grace of a time past--- a world that doesn't quite know that while it speeds hastily to outdo itself, it is spinning itself on a dangerous axis.
I so hope that we get more of Piper's adventures. And more of Mariano. Because MARIANO is just music.
Music, I tell you.
With thanks to BLINK for the review copy.
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Friday, December 30, 2016
I also wrote a ton! I finished two full-length novels and three novellas and started another novel for an entirely different series.
|Schonbrunn Christmas Market|
I thought I would do a bit of a wrap up seeing as I got majorly side-tracked this past month with Christmas and with a spontaneous trip to Vienna, Austria (my favourite European City) to go to the Christmas Markets
In Vienna, I roamed and roamed for days and experienced the music that drips over the cobblestones and settles over the opulent decorations of the season. I sipped gluehwein under the spires of Stephansdom and saw a few concerts--- including Der Messiah at The Musikverein ( ironically, this was a spur of the moment concert and I had just seen the equally excellent Tafelmusik Messiah in Toronto the week before).
Favourite Books Read in 2016
Unmentionable, Therese ONeill
The Mark of the King, Jocelyn Green
The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
Charlotte Bronte, a Fiery Heart, Claire Harman
Keeping the Castle, Patrice Kindl
From This Moment, Elizabeth Camden
Promised to the Crown by Aimie Runyan
Manchester- By -the Sea
Gosh, I saw a lot of theatre this year.
It's hard to pick a favourite from Stratford's high standards to Les Miserables at the Dubai Opera to the touring return of Phantom...... I loved the pre-Broadway Come From Away. Honestly, I don't think I could pick a favourite. All of my dozens of theatrical experiences this year were varied.
I covered a lot of ground in Canada and the US this year! And in other continents!
Victoria and Vancouver
Prince Edward Island
Abu Dhabi and Dubai
I didn't see a ton of TV in 2016 as I was way too busy. But I did love Poldark and Endeavour!
I had two full length novels and one novella publish in 2016 as part of the Herringford and Watts series:
The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder
A Lesson in Love and Murder
Of Dubious and Questionable Memory
I also published Starring Christmas with my co-author, Allison Pittman