Thursday, September 30, 2010

End of summer adventure photo collage

One of the great things about blogging is I get to share some of my vacation photos without being that obnoxious friend that makes you sit through the two hour slide show of their trip to Disney World. This way, you can scroll through the ones that are boring. Here's a few I haven't posted already. Enjoy.

My man on his cell as a storm approaches

The fog monster approaches

cooking noodles. Yum.

paddling next to a deer

what's a slide show without the obligatory dog shot?

I've posted this one before - but it's just too cute not to repeat

Outdoor Writers of Canada awards!

How to turn your book club into a spectacular event

New release alert!

How To Turn Your Book Club Into a Spectacular Event by Myra Calvani is available now on Amazon. It's published by Twilight Times Books.

The most amazing thing is that I'm listed in the book as a resource! I'm thrilled and honoured.

Here's what some people are saying
"How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectacular Event, by Mayra Calvani, speaks directly to kids who love to read and who want to share their favorite books with friends." --The Story of a Writer

HOW TO TURN YOUR BOOK CLUB INTO A SPECTACULAR EVENT is packed with great ideas on making this happen. From ideas of what to call your book club to brainstorming questions to ask, this is a must have book if you're serious about having a successful club." --YABooks Central

For more info, check out Myra's website HERE.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I'm on Writer's Alley!

I can't believe it!! I've hit the big time and I'm featured on Sheri Larsen's blog!!! Her graffiti wall features all sorts of amazing talented writers and I'm honoured to be chosen!

Check out the interview for how I feel about writing, dogsledding, agents, and dog breath. Go here.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Advanced readers copies

Very busy week this week! Hiking, working, kayaking, ARC's arriving...

And just because it's too beautiful not to share, here's my dog waiting on the deck early morning last week. She wants to go for a hike around the lake!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ask an Elevensie!

Over on the debut author site the ELEVENSIES, is a new feature. Every Tuesday, a new question will be picked from our readers and any of the 80 + authors on the site will respond with answers!


Go see what some of the Elevensies have to say! Check it out here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Adventure blogs and book

 Meet my new blog crush.

Kim Kircher's blog is a great place to be inspired to get outside and enjoy life.

Her latest post whispers a secret of an upcoming memoir, THE NEXT FIFTEEN MINUTES. Her adventures as a ski patroller trying to find salvation after a terrible diagnosis. Congratulations Kim!

Other great blogs

Girls Trek Too
Expand Outdoors
Women's Adventure Magazine

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bookmarks and facebook fan page

front view

back view
Just wanted to mention I have my new fan page set up on Facebook for DOGSLED DREAMS.


There's a contest right now to win my new bookmarks. All you have to do is "like" it and comment! This will be a place to find dogsledding info, meet junior mushers (closer to the book launch date) and get book related updates.

Would love to get a few more fans!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Kayak around Cockburn Island

Another excellent trip full of stunning vistas, secluded beaches, and near death experiences. Last week we circumnavigated Cockburn Island, just west of Manitoulin Island, Ontario (the world's largest freshwater island that we circumnavigated last year. See here for details) It is so remote we didn't see a soul, not one boat, for days at a time.

The highlight for me is one that I have no photos of because I needed both hands clutched to the paddle - or die. Well, maybe just horribly, horribly maimed.

On the second last day, we surfed for two hours with man-eating following seas and then when we were good and tired, tried to squeeze through some wave-beaten reefs. My man glanced back at me and said my kayak stood straight up and down, then disappeared under a wall of white, then popped back up. I felt as though I'd been sucked up and spit out by an impossibly powerful, wet monster. Huge adrenaline rush, but not sure I'd do it again.

The rest of the trip can be seen in these photos.

before a gale blew in - the water was magical. paddle blade dips.
tired to hold camera up to get me in there. almost made it. I'm looking at a raft of loons calling across the water.

one of many private beaches

we brought back many rocks that needed a home
doe and three spotted fawns behind her

If anyone can tell me what kind of tracks these are - leave it in comments! Five toes on front feet. Fisher? The tracks were all over the beach apparently having a fun romp

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Personal Demons release game

Fellow Elevensie Lisa Desrochers will be doing a blog tour this week for her release PERSONAL DEMONS. Start over on Elana's blog today to find clues for a free copy! Here's the schedule

Sat. Lila

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dogsled Dreams cover

I just came home from a week long kayak trip - photos to come. But the most WONDERFUL surprise awaited me when I fired up the old computer. I have a cover!! Full wrap-around jacket and the cover with shiny new text created by the talented WillowRaven - Art Director of 4RV Publishing.

One of the most exciting parts of this process so far is seeing the cover completed! I can almost imagine what it will look like on the shelf of a bookstore! 

Book giveaway winner!

Sharon Mayhew has won the draw for my book giveaway! Thanks so much for everyone showing up and playing along! I'll have more contests closer to the release date for DOGSLED DREAMS.