Hoppy Easter and many thanks to author Marlena Smith for hosting the Paige Maddison Series on her Blog

This quote resonates within my soul.

We would like to give a special thank you to Marlena Smith, author of The Power of Love. She hosted the Paige Maddison Series this week and we couldn’t be happier with her introduction of J.R. Matheson and I to her community. If you’re looking for more information on our series, or us as authors, please give Marlena’s heartfelt interview a read. We also wanted to wish everyone a very Hoppy Easter.

Thank Frank Matys for our interview. Orillia Today. December 17, 2016.

Have a special weekend with family and friends. Put aside differences and enjoy one another. It’s the only way to truly connect. Take our filters off for the weekend and just listen to those who want to share their feelings, their thoughts, with you.

Thank you to all of the Paige Maddison Series supporters. We couldn’t do it without you.

This young lady is an avid reader!

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J.R. MATHESON WON THE ROMET AWARD FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, DEPT OF PHARMACOLOGY

We’re so proud of you Justin Matheson, aka J.R. Matheson. Congratulations on winning the prestigious Romet Award from The University of Toronto, Pharmacology Department.

Our son, J. R. Matheson, is happy in his PhD Pharmacology at the University of Toronto. He works very hard and works on weekends. J.R. is also my coauthor of the Paige Maddison Series for two bestselling novels: Destiny’s Gate, Book 2, was #8 on the Apple ibookstore for paid books for 8 consecutive weeks + Shine Your Light, Book 3, was in the Top 100 Bestseller on Amazon.com

Shine Your Light moved up and down the Top 100 Bestseller List on Amazon.com for our paperback when released. Five weeks in total. More than the expected 3 weeks for a new novel. Thank you to our supporters of the Paige Maddison Series.

and listed 1 behind Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga when released.

Mom-Son coauthors at our first book signing, Manticore Books, for Shine Your Light, Book 3, Paige Maddison Series. Photo courtesy of Frank Matys, Orillia Today

We were amazed to see this on Amazon.com when Shine Your Light was released in November, 2016. #2 Hot New Release for 5 weeks running.

Our novel, Shine Your Light, is highlighted here on Amazon.com with Stephenie Meyer’s new release. Unbelievable to us. It’s for our paperback edition.

It also hit #2 Hot New Release for 5 weeks running. It’s outstanding news J.R. Matheson won the prestigious Romet Award based upon his body of work  in the Paige Maddison Series. This is a prestigious award with a monetary reward. Congratulations, J.R.! Your dad and I couldn’t be prouder! Keep going.

Here is information on the Romet Award:

GRADUATE AWARDS:

Dr. Malle Jurima-Romet Award

The Dr. Malle Jurima-Romet Award was created to honour the memory of Dr. Malle Jurima-Romet, an outstanding Ph.D. graduate of our Department who balanced her scientific training with a passion for music and the arts. Following her Ph.D. training in drug metabolism and pharmacogenetics, Malle enjoyed a successful career in research and executive positions with Health Canada, Phoenix International, MDS Pharma Services, and Celerion. She was also a talented administrator, devoting her time and expertise to the Society of Toxicology of Canada for many years.

The value of the award in 2017 is $2,000 and is meant to offset costs associated with extracurricular pursuits in the arts by a graduate student in our Department. The award may be renewable for up to three years. To qualify, applicants must be a full-time Canadian graduate student enrolled in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Applicants will be considered on the basis of academic excellence and extracurricular pursuits in the arts, described and documented in a short essay (maximum length 3 pages double-spaced) submitted to the Graduate Office.

The award will be presented at VIP on May 16. 2017 Award Winner: Justin Matheson  /  http://www.pharmtox.utoronto.ca/news-events-departmental-awards

 

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GOOD NEWS! We’re up and running with news of the Paige Maddison Series

J.R. Matheson signing copies of Destiny’s Gate and Shine Your Light, if he is unable to attend the book signings. He is very busy in his PhD at the University of Toronto. Proud Mom!

This was our first book signing of the year for our bestseller, Shine Your Light. Thank you to Indigo Yorkdale for hosting J.R. Matheson and Lee Bice-Matheson.

On the ‘live’ TV set with Executive Producer, Deanne McCallum, who invited the Paige Maddison Series onto Daytime Simcoe. Loved every second of it!

Good Day to the great readers of the world!

Thank you Frank Matys, Orillia Today, for your ongoing support of the Paige Maddison Series and self-published authors like us.

Sad to say The Packet and Times is no longer in print. Thank you for their loyal support to the Paige Maddison Series.

Thanks to genius computer programmer, Courtney Semeniuk, our website is finally up and running. It’s been down since last Spring, 2017. We could not understand what happened until we asked Courtney who found some WP code was missing. La voila! It’s now running smoothly. Thank you so much Courtney!

Photographed with author David D Plain who also wrote a blurb for Shine Your Light, Book 3, Paige Maddison Series.

I had so much fun with all of our readers stopping by. This young lady was a Sea Cadet from Ottawa! and she loves supernatural novels.

 

Here I am with host Melissa Neuen on Daytime Simcoe. Thank you so much Melisssa and Deanne McCallum, Executive Producer, for inviting me on the ‘live’ TV show.

Thanks for all of your support!

So much happened in 2017. We kicked off 2017 with our first ever ‘live’ TV interview with host Melissa Neuen, thanks to Executive Producer, Deanne McCallum, Daytime Simcoe. I loved every second of it! We had 22 book signings for our bestselling novel, Shine Your Light, Book 3, Paige Maddison Series.

Our last official book signing at Chapters Bayview Village as they are moving to another location at Fairview Mall. See you there! Fall 2018.

I represented J.R. Matheson (he’s attending the University of Toronto for his PhD in Pharmacology working 24/7)  and I, and worked most weekends between Spring and into the Fall months. And the most important of all? I met so many wonderful readers. I tear up every time I look at the photos collected over the year.

It was so much fun to return for our third book signing at The Book Keeper in Sarnia. Thank you, Susan, and to all of our family & friends who attended.

There are more than a thousand photos so I randomly selected these. The support from the readers in 2017 for our bestselling novel,  Shine Your Light, Book 3, was overwhelming. Thank you kindly!

Many, many thanks to my husband, Kevin Matheson, for all of your support to J.R. Matheson and I on our journey with the Paige Maddison Series. We couldn’t do it without you.

So happy to have JR Colombo, Canada’s Master Gatherer, and his lovely wife, and poet, Ruth Colombo at Chapters Bayview Village. TY for your mentorship and friendship.

We were delighted to have Paige Maddison close to Harry Potter. It happened at every book signing thereafter! What an honour. We love J.K. Rowling and her series.

Our debut ‘live’ TV introduction with host Melissa Neuen on Daytime Simcoe, Rogers TV, Friday the 13th, 2017. Thank you Melissa and Executive Producer Deanne McCallum for hosting the Paige Maddison Series.

We’ve sold out of our stock at Coles Lambton Mall a couple of times now. Thank you so much to Carly and Jenny for supporting the Paige Maddison Series. We love coming home, again.

It was an honour and a delight to meet every one of you. Thank you so much for supporting self-published authors! We even met a Film Director who suggested the Paige Maddison Series should be on regular TV programming!

Thank you, Bill, for validating the Paige Maddison Series. It was an honour meeting you.

I enjoyed Chapters Brampton for my first book signing. Thanks for your enthusiasm for Shine Your Light, Book 3.

I had so much fun with this young man and he promised to hold onto the Paige Maddison Series for his younger siblings! What a joy. Chapters Oakville

Happy to be back at the Indigo Eaton Centre for our 3rd book signing. Thank you for your support!

This young lady is an avid reader! We love our time at Indigo Stoney Creek and so many Chapters/Indigo bookstores.

 

That was a moment at Chapters Peterborough. It’s hard to sum it all up but I decided to post the photos and let you decide if we had a successful year, or not. Thank you to all of the Paige

It was our third year at The Word On The Street in 2017. It’s held at The Harbourfront Centre.

Maddison Series supporters. Special thanks to all of the bookstores who so generously hosted us for book signings:

The Paige Maddison Series partnered with One Spark Canada for our Fall Book Signing Tour. We donated $1 from every copy sold to this wonderful non-profit helping women get back on their feet. Photographed with Corrie Schneider, ED, One Spark, and her family.

We are grateful to every bookstore who hosted us in 2017. Thank you to the awesome staff for supporting self-published authors like us.

We couldn’t do any of this without the support of my loving husband, Kevin, J.R.’s Dad, and our family. Thank you for your love and loyalty.

Thanks for supporting the Paige Maddison Series. We hope everyone enjoys our series.

We celebrated Canada’s Sesquicentennial Birthday (150th) at Chapters Newmarket. Thanks to Devindra for making an eye-catching display for the Paige Maddison Series.

Readers looking forward to diving into the Paige Maddison Series.

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In-Store Author Book Signing at Chapters Square One

What a book signing at Chapters Square One on Saturday, May 6th. It started off with a bang when a dear friend of mine arrived to kick off our event. Thank you Karen for stopping in and also for picking up a copy of Shine Your Light. It was so great to see you in person. We had a Toronto teacher/librarian drop by our table. She was so excited to hear we write about ’empowerment’ ‘girl power’ and overall ‘self-empowerment for tweens/teens.’ She bought the complete Paige Maddison Series for her school and stated, “We had 1 bookshelf in our library for tweens and middle grade readers. We took … off the shelf … every book about princesses, objectifying girls, and we were left with NOTHING on the shelf. She said we made her day that Paige Maddison is all about self empowerment. We also had the same reaction from a Toronto Teacher visiting us at Indigo Erin Mills. She, too, bought the complete series. We hope your students enjoy the Paige Maddison Series! Thank you so much for your passion and enthusiasm.
We feel honoured that so many readers dropped by our table. Over the course of 5 hours, we had many intriguing conversations. Since we sell to tweens, I am no longer posting their pictures to protect their privacy. At our last book signing, the readers’ photos posted were approved.
I am always touched when someone runs into the bookstore to buy a copy of our series and leaves waving goodbye. This has happened at the last 3 book signings. Thank you so much to the Chapters / Indigo bookstores for marketing our events. We feel your support is behind our success at the instore author signings.
I also had the opportunity to meet an author named Manjit Singh. She coauthored ‘Walking Through’ with 4 authors. It is non-fiction and looks to be an intriguing collection of short stories. Their book signing at Chapters Square One will be on June 3rd. Please watch for Manjit. She’s going places and a delight to talk to, as is her supportive husband.
Thank you so much to the welcoming staff from Theresa, Mira, Magda, Nakita, to Kav, and many more. It warmed my heart to see their enthusiasm for the Paige Maddison Series. Thank you again to all who stopped by, picked up copies, and made our visit to Chapters Square One a pleasure.

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INDIGO ERIN MILLS MARKS 25TH BOOK SIGNING IN-STORE FOR THE PAIGE MADDISON SERIES

J.R. Matheson and I are pleased to announce we held our 25th book signing for the Paige Maddison Series at Indigo Erin Mills on Easter Saturday, April 15th, 2017. From the welcoming poster announcing our book signing on the entry door, to the welcoming staff, and meeting the absolutely enthusiastic readers who stopped by and picked up a copy of our series, it was one of the best days to date. We felt special and received wonderful feedback from many readers. In fact, one mother bought a book for her young daughter … who went home, read it, and emailed back ‘she loved it!’ Thank you so much for that immediate response. Writers spend a lot of time on their craft and to receive instant, positive feedback was truly appreciated. Thank you kindly to everyone who dropped by and spoke to us. We love sharing our Mom-Son writing story as well. We hope to return to Indigo Erin Mills again. Thank you kindly.

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CHAPTERS BRAMPTON HOSTS LEE BICE-MATHESON AND THE PAIGE MADDISON SERIES

It was our debut book signing at Chapters Brampton held on April 1st, 2017. What a wonderful store with many interesting book lovers, authors, and welcoming staff. https://business.facebook.com/leebicematheson/posts/1315214225222192 We quickly set up our display and when I turned around to greet readers there stood two authors asking what it’s like to do book signings with Indigo/Chapters. I hope I helped to encourage and share information that will help you in your journeys. Next up was an interested writer who shared he’s putting his pen to paper writing his memoir. It was an interesting conversation with Gar. We wish you all the best in your new adventure. Then we met a dozen or so book lovers that were interested in our series. Discussing the Paige Maddison Series and what it’s all about is an honour and we’re always happy many readers are interested in our series. I explained that we write a supernatural series with a spiritual twist, not paranormal. It is the age-old tale of good vs evil and as one reviewer said, ‘You have a unique series here. You tell the tale from the good side and what they do with evil.” Thank you for that insightful observation. We sold many copies of our second novel, Destiny’s Gate, and Shine Your Light, our bestseller. Thank you to those who support Indie authors. We’re always grateful when you choose our series. Thank you Rob for setting us up, and Mike for making sure the afternoon went smoothly.A special thank you to Melanie for doing a Facebook post on our event and on Twitter.  We also really enjoyed our conversations with Karla, Joe,  and Thomas. You made our day. Thank you kindly. Next up, we’re excited to be coming to Indigo Erin Mills in Mississauga on Easter Saturday, 1 pm. They have already begun advertising us via social media, and in their awesome bookstore, and in the Starbucks, too. We really appreciate your support and both J.R. and I are happy to see you soon. Thank you again.

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Paige Maddison Series Returned to Indigo Eaton Centre, St. Patrick’s Day, March Break 2017

We are excited as we arrived at the Eaton Centre for our St. Patrick's Day book signing. Thanks again for having us back.

We are excited as we arrived at the Eaton Centre for our St. Patrick’s Day book signing. Thanks again for having us back. March Break Fun, 2017.

We were thrilled to return to Indigo Eaton Centre on March 17th with the Paige Maddison Series.  Kevin with Lee at IEC 2017Paige Maddison Series Banner

Thank you to our host, Kari, for greeting us and setting us up at the top of the escalator. It was good to be back again. It was a bustling place. We assumed most people would be on vacation, but there were so many readers buzzing around the store.

Thank you for your enthusiasm about the Paige Maddison Series.

Thank you for your enthusiasm about the Paige Maddison Series.

It was awesome! I loved every second of this energized book signing from the hospitable staff, Kari, Jennifer, Karen, and so many more (thank you for making my husband and I feel so welcomed) to your awesome book lovers! Many stopped by to look at our series: a sea cadet from Ottawa who loves the supernatural genre, especially ghosts, to a university student that was interested in Paige Maddison’s spiritual awakening, to a young book lover who wanted to read about Paige’s personality and her fight against evil / bullying, and many more. I talked a lot throughout our late afternoon on St. Patrick’s Day.

Thank you Katy for stopping in. Truly appreciated.

Thank you Katy for stopping in. Truly appreciated.

We know not everyone loves ghosts, or supernatural books, but so many readers stopped by to congratulate me and my son (in absentia working) for having written 3 novels in the Paige Maddison Series.

Thank Frank Matys for our interview. Orillia Today. December 17, 2016.

Thank Frank Matys for our interview. Orillia Today. Dec. 17, 2016.

Sea Cadet

Thank you for your excitement about the Paige Maddison Series. Sea Cadet from Ottawa visiting Toronto. What are the chances your favourite genre would be highlighted?

I cannot recount how many people shook my hand over this. As a special thank you, we gave out Paige’s Guardian Angel charm (hand-crafted by our friends at Muskoka Pewter)  that is mentioned in Destiny’s Gate to the book lovers who bought copies of our series.  

Garrett Green handcrafted the Guardian Angel Pocket Charms. Thank you!

Garrett Green handcrafted the Guardian Angel Pocket Charms. Thank you!

Thank you for picking up a copy of the Paige Maddison Series. I enjoyed our conversation.

Thank you for picking up a copy of the Paige Maddison Series. I enjoyed our conversation.

Teens talking IEC 2017

Interested group of teens asking questions about the Paige Maddison Series. Thank you for dropping by.

We loved each and every conversation and it was indeed my honour to meet all of you. Thank you for stopping by. Special thanks to the book lovers who picked up copies of our series. We’ve been asked to return again to Indigo Eaton Centre and we shall look forward to it.  As a sidebar, J.R. Matheson spent hours and hours browsing books in this Indigo bookstore as a young child right through until the end of highschool. We, as parents, allowed him to explore the store on his own. We had a planned meet-up after an hour. However, as a mom, I never really let him out of my sight unbeknownst to J.R. It gave him confidence and independence to explore his interests. Now J.R.’s a PhD student at the University of Toronto. 🙂 Thank you again to Indigo Eaton Centre for hosting us. Special thanks to Kari for setting us up, and Karen for the social media.

Grateful for the Colombos' friendship and support. Thank you kindly.

Grateful for the Colombos’ friendship and support. Thank you kindly.

A special Happy Birthday shoutout to our dear friends, Ruth and JR Colombo, for their birthdays. Have the happiest one(s) yet.  They are our friends, my mentors, and supporters of the Paige Maddison Series.

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March Break Fun: Book Signing at Chapters Bayview Village for Lee Bice-Matheson & the Paige Maddison Series

It was this author’s dream come true with the exception of missing my coauthor and son. Unfortunately, J.R. Matheson caught a virus that many have succumbed to in our cold Canadian winter season. So many book lovers asked about J.R. and wished him well. I passed the well wishes along. 🙂 Thank you kindly.

Photo from our first book signing at Chapters Bayview Village, November 14, 2015.

Photo from our first book signing at Chapters Bayview Village, November 14, 2015.

From the moment I arrived with books in hand, I was greeted at the door by Donald who informed me our desk and Indigo tablecloth was all set up at the top of the escalator, second floor. Heather then arranged for the Paige Maddison Series to be processed and later brought the books upstairs for our signing. Thank you so much to all of the wonderful staff at Chapters Bayview Village for your support and encouragement including Heather, Yasir, Donald, Frances, and Brett. I felt very welcomed and honoured, indeed. Also, thank you Heather for introducing me on the PA system. That was fantastic! Thank you Colin for arranging all of this, and Yasir for overseeing it. 20151114_141739

We had many book lovers drop by. From my cousin Jason and his loving wife, Michelle, and his lovely family, to my mentors JR Colombo and his loving wife Ruth, and a childhood friend, Suzanne, who surprised me, too! It was a wonderful start to the book signing event. I had many wonderful conversations with interested readers from young tweens/teens to those who are young at heart. One young lady who bought the series exclaimed, “I know I’m going to love this series!” And later she returned and asked, “What are your plans with the Paige Maddison Series?” I was delighted as I had seen her reading part of the first novel, Wake Me Up Inside. I shared that our son, J.R., was now in his PhD full-time and he was sadly retiring from writing with me. However, I shared I have already begun book four and am rebranding the series wherein each novel will be a standalone mystery much like the Nancy Drew series. I smiled and said to her, “You’re probably too young to know who that is.” She broke out into a huge smile and said, “Oh, I know who Nancy Drew is. That’s awesome!” I grabbed a copy of Shine Your Light, flipped it over, and showed her JR Colombo’s book blurb: “Paige is … the Nancy Drew of the realm of high spirits and dreams  and visions. In my opinion, it is “a keeper.”” She walked away with a spring in her step. It made my day. That exchange is what means the most to me …  to hear the readers’ thoughts and their input. The questions from the tweens and teens were insightful.  I was so happy to have an audience with everyone who dropped by. Thank you to each and every one of you who made the effort and also encouraged the Paige Maddison Series to go forward. And a special thank you to those book lovers who picked up a copy of our series. J.R., my husband and business manager, Kevin, and I all thank you! All 3 books in the series were sold: Wake Me Up Inside, #1; Destiny’s Gate, #2; Shine Your Light, #3, our new release and bestseller. For readers who missed this book signing, we are happy to announce Chapters Bayview Village is stocking the Paige Maddison Series. You can pick them up any time. To see all of the photos please go to our Facebook:

Thank you again to Chapters Bayview Village for hosting us and to Colin for booking us first to launch our new release, Shine Your Light.  I loved every second at Chapters Bayview Village. We area honoured they’ve asked us to return again soon. Thank you so much!

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INDIGO YORKDALE HOSTS LEE BICE-MATHESON & J.R. MATHESON OF THE PAIGE MADDISON SERIES

It was an interesting afternoon spent at Indigo Yorkdale on Saturday and our first time there for an Author instore book signing. We were greeted right away by their welcoming staff. We began our day with a visit from grandparents looking for a special book for their granddaughter and boy were they happy to see the Paige Maddison Series on display. We had a lively chat and they bought Wake Me Up Inside to start her on the Paige Maddison Series. They really made our day.

We had so much fun talking with this couple. Thank you so much for stopping by and supporting us. Very kind indeed.

We had so much fun talking with this couple. Thank you so much for stopping by and supporting us. Very kind indeed.

J.R. Matheson & Lee Bice-Matheson pictured with their Hot New Release: Shine Your Light, Book 3, Paige Maddison Series at Indigo Yorkdale

J.R. Matheson & Lee Bice-Matheson pictured with their Hot New Release: Shine Your Light, Book 3, Paige Maddison Series at Indigo Yorkdale

We had another visit with parents of four daughters. They were so happy to see a series written for their daughters’ age group, 10+. And again they invested in the series and shook our hands encouraging us to continue on in our journey writing Paige’s story. So many readers dropped by our table and supported us. We want everyone to know how much we enjoyed our time with you and to thank you so much for stopping by. So many of you had kind words of encouragement. For instance, a local composer stopped to chat about art and what it’s like to write as a Mom-Son team; one young man attending Carleton University specifically came to talk to us about the craft of writing and what it’s like to be authors. He said, “I know of the Paige Maddison Series.” We wish him all the best with his writing career. It really made our day knowing this student came all the way to Indigo Yorkdale to meet J.R. and I. Thank you so much for your time and trouble. We’d like to thank Sarah, Geoffrey, and Sharon for hosting us on Saturday. We appreciated the opportunity to share Paige Maddison with the world; it’s priceless to us. Thank you kindly. And thank you Sharon for the invite to come back again. We shall return. Thank you so much!

We're excited to be at Indigo Yorkdale today thanks to Sarah, Geoffrey, and Sharon.

We’re excited to be at Indigo Yorkdale today thanks to Sarah, Geoffrey, and Sharon.

We were happy to meet author Nana Abraham of ‘For Black Girls’ fame and her team. They are all very talented people. They held a raffle and read from her new release.

Author of For Black Girls at Indigo Yorkdale photographed with her team.

Nana Abraham, author of For Black Girls at Indigo Yorkdale photographed with her team.

It was very entertaining. Congratulations on your success Nana!

 

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As Seen On Live TV – Paige Maddison Series Hits Indigo Yorkdale for the First Time, February 25th

Thank Frank Matys for our interview. Orillia Today. December 17, 2016.

Thank Frank Matys for our interview. Orillia Today. Dec 17, 2016.

J.R. Matheson and I are thrilled to be hosted by Indigo Yorkdale  Saturday, February 25th, beginning at 1 pm.

Thankfully I taped Daytime Simcoe and here is our introduction.

Thankfully I taped Daytime Simcoe and here is our introduction.

We are bringing the Paige Maddison Series, and our new bestseller, Shine Your LightAs Seen On Live TV! We cannot wait to meet the book lovers and talk about all things supernatural, spiritual, and ghosts. Thank you for having us.

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