Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy 150th Birthday Canada, A Tour of Green Gables PEI, Anne of Green Gables

Hello and welcome to the J Q Rose blog! 
Happy birthday, Canada!

In honor of Canada's 150th birthday this year, I'd like to share photos of our trip to Prince Edward Island, home of Green Gables. I blogged about this magical place when we visited in Summer 2015. Sit back and relax a few moments to enjoy a tour of this lovely place.

Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Panoramic photo by J.Q. Rose
In this contemporary world of digital books and developing genres, L.M. Montgomery's books published beginning in 1908 are still popular today. Readers fell in love with Anne of Green Gables, a feisty, red-headed orphan who persuaded an elderly farmer and his sister to take her in even though they had wanted a boy to help work the farm. Her adventures are chronicled in a series of eight books which take place on Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada.
We visited Green Gables as one of our stops in PEI on our trip in 2015. Join me as we step through the portal back to the late 1800's at this charming farmstead rich in history and beauty.

This house actually existed during Lucy Montgomery's time. She could see it from her home she shared with her grandparents in Cavendish, PEI, and roamed the countryside around it. The house is furnished as she wrote about it in the books, much richer than the real occupants would have lived.

So here we go. Grab your bonnets and I'll show you around.

The path from the Green Gables Heritage Place Visitors Center leads you to this enormous barn. Inside are tools and machinery from the 19th century. This would be a fun and educational field trip for kids to learn about farming when there were no air-conditioned tractors or multitasking combines.

The green gables certainly signal you have arrived.

The furnishings were rich and lovely. Amazing wallpapers and carpeting in every room.

The kitchen was stocked with beautiful dishes and no modern conveniences. 

Where's the microwave, the running water, the refrigerator?Life would be hard in the 19th century. We complain, but this step back in time made me appreciate our modern way of life.
This is the entrance to the Haunted Woods.

The scenery in the area is breathtaking. No wonder Lucy Montgomery always referred to it as "home" even after she moved away to Ontario. Her final resting place is the Cavendish Cemetery.
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Have you read Anne of Green Gables? I started reading it before we left on our trip and throughout the visit (when I could keep my eyes open long enough to read.) The story is sweetly told. Now considered a children's book, Anne is a great gal to help the reader, young or old, to escape this modern world for awhile.

If you're interested in getting the Anne of Green Gables series , I downloaded this eBook and I'm happy with the formatting. All but two of the series are in the book, plus many other books by L.M. Montgomery, and also the classics, Pride and Prejudice and Call of the Wild.

Photos by J.Q. Rose

Summer Readers Circle
Canadian author Heather Greenis joins us in the Readers Circle on Friday, June 23. Please join us. A lucky commenter will win all four books in The Natasha Saga collection!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Readers Circle: Susan Calder's Ten Days in Summer, Blog Swap, eBook Giveaway

Please welcome my Calgary author friend, Susan Calder to the Readers Circle!

This is an especially fun day for me because mystery author Susan Calder is my guest. But to add to the fun, Susan is hosting me at her blog. We're sharing who or what inspired us to write our books. Please be sure to hop on over to Susan's blog to read her post about what inspired her to write her new novel, Ten Days in Summer, a sequel to her first murder mystery, Deadly Fall. Lucky commenters can win a copy of Susan’s new e-book, Ten Days in Summer and also have a chance to win my cozy mystery, Dangerous Sanctuary.
Leave a comment for a chance to win one of these mystery novels.
To enter the drawing to win an eBook of my romantic suspense, Dangerous Sanctuary, all you have to do is post a comment about the following blog post on my Facebook J. Q. Rose Author Page, on this blog, J. Q. Rose Author blog, or on Susan's Ten Days in Summer page on Facebook. The deadline to enter the drawing is 10 pm EDST , Tuesday, June 13.

Welcome, Susan!

Thank you, Janet, for inviting me to your blog today. I invite your readers to visit my website to read your interesting post on this same topic and have a chance to win an e-book copy of your book. I’ll be offering a giveway of an e-book copy of Ten Days in Summer.

Novel Inspiration by Susan Calder
My new novel, Ten Days in Summer, is a sequel to my first murder mystery, Deadly Fall. So before I began this second book certain elements were set. These included my protagonist-sleuth, Paula Savard, a 53-year-old insurance adjuster, her supporting cast of family, friends and colleagues and the story setting in contemporary Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Since Deadly Fall took place in the fall, I decided the next three books in the series would occur during the three other Calgary seasons and, ideally, also contain the season name in the title. In addition, I realized these subsequent books should make use of Paula’s job, which is well suited to solving crimes. In the course of her work, an insurance adjuster would naturally come across burglaries, car accidents and other happenings that could be cover-ups for murder.

Calgary Stampede Parade

I arbitrarily chose the summer season for book two. For me, summer in Calgary means The Calgary Stampede, our 10-day festival that takes over the whole city like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. For novels, I tend to like a time span of about two weeks, long enough for meaty developments without large gaps in time. I hit upon the idea of framing the novel with the 10-day Stampede. The story would begin with Paula at the opening day parade and end with her watching the closing night’s fireworks. The book’s title evolved from this concept.

Calgary Stampede Fireworks at the Stadium

The novel’s murder, I have to confess, was inspired by an uncle who was causing me grief at this time. A hoarder, he frustrated my siblings and my efforts to dispose of our late grandparents’ home. My uncle occupied the second floor in a separate apartment, although after his parents died his stuff took over the whole premises. Also, shortly before I started the book, my sister had rented the top floor of a three-story building in Calgary with a glorious view of the city skyline and evening fireworks during the Stampede. These two properties merged into my story premise—a hoarder dies in a suspicious building fire.

Paula’s role would be to investigate the fire from the insurance angle, while sniffing around for possible murder. An extended family would occupy separate apartments on the building’s three levels, with the hoarder, who owned the property, living on the ground floor and his two nephews on the upper ones. The nephews, along with a niece, are the childless hoarder’s heirs and they become suspects, since they benefit from his death.

With this story idea derived from these varied sources—my first novel, the Calgary summer Stampede and my own and my family’s lives—I was ready to write book two of the Paula Savard mystery series. Much changed in the process of writing and revising. On the advice of a friend who read an early draft, I moved my Stampede parade scene to Chapter Three and opened the novel with Paula visiting the fire damaged building the evening before the parade. The novel still ends with Paula and others watching the fireworks from the deck of the hoarder’s home the final evening of the Stampede. In between, the story action progresses through Ten Days in Summer.

Have you visited Calgary? Been to the Stampede? Have a cool cowboy hat like Susan's? Please leave a comment below or at my FB page or Susan's Ten Days in Summer FB page.

Ten Days in Summer by Susan Calder

Back of the Book:

Insurance adjuster Paula Savard investigates a building fire that caused the death of a hoarder. A reckless event at the Calgary Stampede parade fuels Paula’s suspicion that the fire was deliberately set by one of the hoarder’s relatives who wanted to hasten an inheritance. The case turns personal when Paula’s daughter becomes involved with a suspect. To ensure her daughter’s safety, Paula must dig through the hoarder’s messy life. She unearths betrayal, family secrets and murder.

About Susan 

Susan Calder is a Calgary writer, who grew up in Montreal. She is the author of Deadly Fall and Ten Days in Summer, books 1 & 2 of her murder mystery series set in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 
Author Susan Calder
Susan’s short stories have won contests and been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. She teaches writing courses at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society and serves on the board of Calgary’s When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers. In her non-writing time, Susan loves travelling, biking and hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains near Calgary.

For more information on Susan and her writing click here to visit Susan's blog

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June is Brain and Alzheimer's Awareness Month: Can you envision a world without Alzheimer's?

Can you envision our world without Alzheimer's in it? The Alzheimer's Association can. They are researching and supporting families and caregivers, not in the hope of stamping out Alzheimer's but in their belief it can be eradicated so no one will ever have to deal with the devastation of this disease.

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. 

I bet Alzheimer's has invaded your life because you know someone whom you care about has disappeared into the darkness of this disease. We have not experienced it in our family, but I have friends who have. 

When my friend and mentor, Bernie, discovered she had it, she told me one afternoon after inviting me for dessert and coffee. I will never forget the sadness in her eyes as we talked about the diagnosis. 

Knowing this awful disease is lurking in your future shadows you every day, waiting for the next degree of losing a piece of yourself.

I dedicated my book, Deadly Undertaking to Bernie, and I included a character suffering with Alzheimer's in the story. This was my way of trying to bring awareness to readers about this debilitating disease.

Today, I am using facts from the Alzheimer's Association site to help spread the word and marshal an army to fight against Alzheimer's.  If we don't take steps to fight and win the battle against AD, the result will be a world-wide epidemic by 2050.
  • The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease. Currently, there are 44 million people suffering from dementia globally. That number is up 22% over the past three years when there were 35.6 million people suffering from the disease.
  • Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fifth-leading cause of death among those age 65 and older and a leading cause of disability and poor health. 
  • As the population of the United States ages, Alzheimer's is becoming a more common cause of death. It is the only top 10 cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
  • Although deaths from other major causes have decreased significantly, official records indicate that deaths from Alzheimer's disease have increased significantly. Between 2000 and 2014, deaths from Alzheimer's disease as recorded on death certificates increased 89 percent, while deaths from the number one cause of death (heart disease) decreased 14 percent.
  • It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • The costs of health care and long-term care for individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias are substantial. Dementia is one of the costliest conditions to society.

  1. Join a clinical trial
  2. Get genetic testing
  3. Email, call, and tweet your Congressmen
  4. Get educated about Alzheimer’s & Dementia
  5. Speak up if you see symptoms
  6. Sign the Alzheimer’s petition
  7. Volunteer or donate to an Alzheimer’s research or awareness organization
To learn more about AD, visit the following articles I used for this information.
Alzheimer's Association

Click here to read the article I wrote about Bernie, My Hero on this blog.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Summer Readers Circle: C. Hope Clark's Edisto Stranger, FREE eBook onWriting

Welcome non-fiction and mystery author C. Hope Clark to the Readers Circle.
You may know C. Hope Clark as the editor of the award-winning, Her Friday newsletters are packed with information and ideas to generate income from your writing career. 

If you are a fiction writer, have you thought about picking up some extra cash by submitting articles for magazines on writing or your passion for your hobby? How about the topic of your latest novel or short story? Is your main character a quilter (probably like you)? You could write an article for a quilting magazine or site AND get exposure for your book. If you are a children's writer, submit articles to magazines for children. 

Fund for Writers Newsletter
by C. Hope Clark
There are numerous ways to pick up more income and Hope can direct you to those sites. She even includes contests that pay. Check out Funds for Writers  for opportunities to expand your writing career.

Hope, please put on your mystery author hat and tell us about your experience when you entered the world of fiction. 

Thank you, Janet.

I realized when, after ten years, I finally published a mystery with a traditional publisher, that I still had not "arrived." As a matter of fact, I learned that we never arrive. We just take new steps. After building FundsforWriters for a decade, and speaking nationally, I learned that entering the fiction world put me in the position of a freshman in college, stepping out of being the big dog in high school. I was a novice. 

Nobody had heard of FFW in the fiction world, so I was a newbie of the highest order. I had to publish more and earn sufficient royalties to even be accepted in certain professional organizations. I've published the Carolina Slade mysteries and the Edisto Island mysteries and two nonfiction books, and I have climbed one more rung on that ladder. It's always an upward climb. It's never easy. And there is no top. If you aren't in this business for the enjoyment of the long haul, then leave. You most definitely have to enjoy the process or you are in the wrong game.

Thanks, Hope. Your experience is a good lesson for all of us. 

Edisto Stranger by C. Hope Clark
Book Four in the Edisto Island mysteries series
Back of the Book:
A cold case heats up . . . 
A dead man in Big Bay Creek, spring break, and a rogue FBI agent would be enough to drive Chief Callie Jean Morgan to drink . . . if she hadn't already quietly crawled inside a bottle of gin to drown her sorrows over a life ripped apart by too many losses.
When her investigation into the stranger's death heats up an unsolved abduction case, Callie finds herself pitted against the town council, her son, the agent, and even the raucous college kids enjoying idyllic Edisto Beach.
Amidst it all, Callie must find a way to reconcile her grief and her precious taste for gin before anyone else is killed.

About Hope:
Mystery Author C. Hope Clark
C. Hope Clark holds a fascination with the mystery genre and is author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series as well as the Edisto Beach Series, both set in her home state of South Carolina. In her previous federal life, she performed administrative investigations and married the agent she met on a bribery investigation. She enjoys nothing more than editing her books on the back porch with him, overlooking the lake with bourbons in hand. She can be found either on the banks of Lake Murray or Edisto Beach with one or two dachshunds in her lap. 

Hope is also editor of the award-winning, chosen by Writer’s Digest Magazine for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 14 years. Her Friday newsletters reach 40,000 readers, and she speaks at writing, reader and mystery events across the United States.  She also freelances and has been published in the likes of Writer’s Digest, The Writer, Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents, and Guide to Self-Publishing. 

Connect with Hope at:

Funds for Writers

Hope is also a contributor to the Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing collection. She offered many helpful tips on writing, publishing, and marketing.

Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing eBook Available Now
Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing
Compiled by J.Q. Rose

If you would like a free copy of this eBook on writing, please let me know in the comments below. 

Back of the book: Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing
Need some help with your writing? Fifteen romance and mystery authors share writing tips they have gleaned from their experiences as “on-the-job” writers. The tips are organized into the main topics of writing, publishing, and marketing. The novelists also reveal the “light bulb moments” in their writing journey, questions they are asked most often, and the best advice on writing they have received. By offering their expertise, the authors hope to smooth the sometimes rocky road for new writers toward a rewarding career in writing. 
Best wishes to you for success in your writing career!
The authors who have graciously contributed to this project are:
Conda Douglas 
C. Hope Clark 
Gail Roughton 
Heather Fraser Brainerd
Heather Haven
Helena Fairfax
J.Q. Rose 
Joan Curtis 
Joselyn Vaughn
Kathy McIntosh 
Marsha West 
Melissa Maygrove
Miss Mae
Roseanne Dowell 
Sara-Jayne Townsend

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

IWSG Blog Hop: Never Say Quit, Canva--a Useful Graphics Program

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog. 
Today is the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group(IWSG) blog hop! 

Internet Writers Support Group Blog Hop

First Wednesday of every month.
What is IWSG? Founder of the  Insecure Writer’s Support Group and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" You're invited to become a member of this supportive group.

The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page. I hope you'll take some time to visit the diverse list of bloggers.

IWSG Question for the Month
 Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?
Yes, I said "QUIT." Probably more than once. The last time I decided to give up on writing, I was so sad, my heart hurt. I was frustrated and angry with my work. Then I discovered Natalie Goldberg's book, Writing Down the Bones. Her words inspired me to pick up a pen and start again. 

I have included some of her quotes from the book. I hope they'll help any writers who are struggling and wondering why they should keep going. Yes, you CAN do it!

Natalie Goldberg quote

Natalie Goldberg quote
Natalie Goldberg quote

Blog Graphics by J.Q. Rose
If you would like to make graphics for your blog and social media, use That's what I used to make these quote graphics. It's free and yes, you do have to play with the program to learn how to do it. It's fun and you can use your own photos for backgrounds.
Come on back to the JQRose blog this Friday for the Summer Readers Circle Series. Meet or re-acquaint yourself with talented authors and their books.
Summer Readers Circle Series begins Friday, June 2.
Please join us for lively discussions and win prizes and giveaways 
every Friday this summer!

To find out more about Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg, click the image below.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer Readers Circle: Tricia McGill's Contemporary Romance Lonely Pride, eBook Giveaway

Readers Circle
Meet authors, win prizes, every Friday this summer
Welcome to the first edition of the Summer Readers Circle! Every Friday this summer, authors join the Readers Circle to tell you about themselves, their writing, and their books. AND you will have the chance to win a prize just by entering a comment below. You may be the lucky commenter. 

This week author Tricia McGill joins us from Australia where the weather is quite different from our weather in the US! Tricia is giving away a copy of her contemporary romance, Lonely Pride, the first book in her new series, Beneath Southern Skies. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, June 9, at 10:00 pm EDST.

Lonely Pride by Tricia McGill
Contemporary Romance

Welcome Tricia!!

Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your summer series, Janet.
It is summer in your part of the world, but where I live (Victoria Australia) it is coming up to winter. We are currently experiencing beautiful autumn days after smoky, foggy mornings. This is the first year we have had so many drab and dim dawns with disturbingly high smog readings. Our part of the world (especially Melbourne) is renowned for having four seasons in one day, so to be honest my schedule doesn’t alter a lot seasonally, apart from the donning of more or less clothing to accommodate the changes in temperature. 

These days my outdoor activities are confined to walking my dogs or pottering in my garden. While my husband was alive each year come July (our winter officially starts June 1st) we would take off for about three months, towing our caravan, and head for the north and a warmer climate. 

I miss those travels where I would get a lot of writing done while hubby was off fishing or doing whatever men get up to. I know he always managed to find someone to chat to and would be gone for hours at a time. Some of the inspiration for my contemporary novels, which are all set in Australia, was found during those long summer days.

Back of the Book:

So, here’s the blurb for Lonely Pride, a contemporary romance I would like to give away to one of your readers:
Lonely Pride by Tricia McGill
Contemporary Romance

Sam fell in love with Mac at first sight when she was still a child and he a teenage boy, almost but not quite a man. A special bond formed between them, fuelled by their mutual love of animals—especially horses. As each matured, that bond threatened to move beyond the limits of friendship. By the time Sam reached her 17th birthday she was desperately in love with him, her shining hero. But one awful night Mac betrayed that love and Sam was unable to find it in her heart to forgive him. By the time the truth was revealed they had both moved on with their lives, and Sam’s pride prevented her from forgiving Mac; threatened to ensure her a lonely future.

I’ve chosen to feature this book as it is set in the beautiful state of Tasmania, and because I have recently returned from a short holiday in that state some of the scenery and events included in this story are still fresh in my mind. I visited my friend of fifty years and we recalled certain events and characters from the past that make this state and its people unique.
Seeing Tasmania from the Spirit of Tasmania ship

Lonely Pride is Book 1 in my Beneath Southern Skies series. Details of this book and all my other Books We Love titles can be found here on my author page:

About Tricia:

Award winning author Tricia McGill was born in London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne.

The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer? Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart.

Author Tricia McGill
Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations, especially elephants and orangutans who seem to be getting the raw end of the deal even in this enlightened age. 

She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time she is heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?”

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dump Soup for Camping, Readers Circle Kicks Off on Friday

Cooking over the campfire.
Hello and welcome to the J Q Rose blog,

We camped with our daughter Lee Ann and family over the Memorial Day holiday weekend near Stony Lake in West Michigan. Always the "event" planner, she invited our other daughter, Sara, (who is not a camper) and family to join us on Sunday for a fun dinner with Dump Soup as the main entree.

I bet you've heard the folk tale Stone Soup. Hungry strangers convince the people of a town to share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys.  Well we weren't exactly hungry strangers, and we didn't ask fellow campers to contribute to the soup pot, but that is Lee Ann's idea for next month when we all camp together, including Sara, at family camp,

Lee Ann coined the term "Dump Soup" because we all brought ingredients to dump into the soup pot. There is NO recipe. That's the fun part. Just whatever is offered is added to the pot. Lee Ann poured in beef broth, beef consomme, and I added mushroom soup as a base for all the other stuff e.g. beans, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, onions, cans of veggies, etc.

All ready to cook over the campfire.

Lee Ann combined it all and placed the pot over the campfire for the men to watch while the ladies took a walk. Of course we came back to check on the progress of the soup. After an hour and one half over the fire, we gobbled down the soup. It was delicious. The soup must have been good because the kids loved it too, especially with lots of crackers.

Another of our family faves for dinner over the fire is "hobo dinner." I've heard it called foil packet dinner too. We spray the foil with vegetable oil, place bacon on the first layer, hamburger or chicken next, and then add whatever fresh veggies you like to the foil e.g. potatoes, carrots, green pepper, onion, butter, and celery.
Ingredients ready to wrap.

Be sure and wrap the packet tightly so the grease doesn't run out. Then place them in the coals or on a grate over the fire. Depending how you cut the veggies and how hot the fire is, the packets need to cook 30--45 minutes. Chicken may take longer. PS--It's easy to use your grill at home too.
Dinner wrapped in foil packets.
Clean-up is easy. Just wrap up the foil and throw it away. THEN it'll be time to roast the marshmallows to make S'mores! But first you may want to go for a swim or a hike!

What are your easy go-to recipes when having a crowd over to your house or when camping?

UPDATE: Deadly Undertaking is now available at major online bookstores.

Books We Love has added my cozy mystery, Deadly Undertaking in all formats to major online booksellers. AND the book is available in paperpback too.!

I am thrilled to know more readers will be able to enjoy this romantic suspense with such a variety of formats.

We're kicking off the Summer Readers Circle Series this Friday, June 2. Tricia McGill takes her seat in the circle. Meet or re-acquaint yourself with this talented author and her books.
Summer Readers Circle Series begins Friday, June 2.
Please join us for lively discussions and win prizes and giveaways 
every Friday this summer!