On Mentoring Course was a Hit! A Creative Way to learn On Writing

On Mentoring is a course I designed for a gifted student who lives in our city. Jenna’s family asked me to work with her as she is a very passionate writer and gifted illustrator. At the age of 12, Jenna wrote and illustrated a story entitled, Iris and the Dragon Pearl. She completed the 7-week mentoring course with me. We discussed: how to write a novel from scenes, to paragraphs, to chapter writing; the writing process; style of writing; how to write dialogue; how to write a plot outline and summary; on being a writer; character development; marketing: and how to submit, find an agent, and how to work with editors, and more. At the end of the course, Jenna exclaimed, “You’re amazing! I give you 10 out of 10 on your teaching ability.” You really made my day, Jenna! I wish you all the best in your writing and illustrating career. You will do amazingly well. I give you 10 out of 10 for being an excellent student and for listening. When you submitted your first story, it was great. When you submitted your last story, it was stupendous. You knew exactly when to infuse humour, when to use the five senses, when to insert anxiety and fear, and when to introduce new paragraphs and proper punctuation of dialogue. A++ I was so honoured to mentor you and hope I’ve helped you along your path to publishing someday. Thank you for being a great student. Here is Jenna photographed with artist and children’s book illustrator, Mary Ann Tully. I was so happy to get them together to discuss their craft on illustrating. Thank you so much Mary Ann for joining us! 

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On Mentoring: Sharing Knowledge and Passion for Writing Based Upon the Paige Maddison Series

I’ve had the honour and pleasure of meeting so many wonderful readers and book lovers since 2010 with the publication of my first novel, Wake Me Up Inside,

Thank you for your interest in the Paige Maddison Series. Remember, I cannot always say who bought it as Santa is coming very soon. 🙂

Paige Maddison Series. And I am forever grateful to have coauthored two novels with our son, J.R. Matheson, called Destiny’s Gate and Shine Your Light.

Lee and J.R. are pictured at their first book signing for Shine Your Light at Manticore Books, Orillia, ON. Thank you for having us. It was fantastic. Merry Christmas everyone.

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

Life is interesting, indeed. I have taken a break from writing to tailor-make a course for a young and up-and-coming writer, who is also a gifted illustrator. I am so thrilled to be able to share my experiences, knowledge, and passion for the art of writing. We begin our mentoring course next Tuesday. I am deeply touched that a fine, local family asked me to work with their daughter. I have done many writing workshops over the past few years but not a one-on-one mentoring class. I promise to give it my all.

Looking back over the past 13 years, I realize my life has changed, and definitely our son’s has, too. J.R. told me that from his attendance at many of the book signings, it helped him in his PhD. He presents, often, at seminars. J.R. creates poster presentations which include a poster board with scientific facts and research for his specialty. Interested scientists approach him to ask questions about his research. It’s like book signings, where the author stands and

Paige Maddison Series hits Indigo Bay Bloor. Mom-son writing duo Lee Bice-Matheson with J.R. Matheson.

waits for readers to approach and ask about their novels. J.R. also recently received an ‘Outstanding’ in his scientific writing and writing, in general.  It makes my heart soar to know that our journey together has helped him achieve success in his Pharmacology PhD at the University of Toronto.

The mentoring course runs for seven weeks. It’ll wrap up the day before Halloween. Good thing! Lol. Remember reading expands your mind, expands your life, and your understanding of simple truths written into the novels, between the lines. Thank you so much to all who support this writer. Many, many thanks.

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Summer Reads by Lee Bice-Matheson

As summer approaches, we hear the sound of the birds more distinctly, breathe in fresher air, notice the trees and gardens in full bloom.

We love our lilac tree when in bloom. Notice the gazebo? I wrote most of Destiny’s Gate in there while J.R. Matheson and I dropboxed back and forth for edits and his input scene by scene. We love our sailboat. It  was a sponsored charity event. #OrilliaStreetsAlive

My fav flower when it’s in full bloom and there are many.

Ahhh, it’s now my favourite time of year. To seek inspiration, I’ve learned to unplug, literally, from all of my devices. And it works every time. Don’t be afraid to turn off your cell phone, your laptop, your home computer, and get outside and explore nature. Whether it’s a long hike through a redwood forest in California, or seeking an off-the-path waterfall in Algonquin Park, embrace turning inwards and listen to what your gut is telling you to do.

Nothing like the amazing Iris when they bloom.

Relax, unwind, let your mind wander. You never know where it will lead you.

For me as an author, I’ve had to make a very difficult decision to let go of Paige Maddison and all of her friends and family members. I loved writing about her experiences and writing with our son, J.R. Matheson, my coauthor of the series. J.R. is now in the hardest part of his PhD program at the University of Toronto and he cannot afford the time it takes to write another novel together. As a Mom, I couldn’t be prouder of him. As his writing partner, of course I’m sad. I loved the camaraderie working together and the bouncing of ideas off one another. We worked well together and he’s been quoted in many interviews saying the same thing,  “We always seemed to be on the same ‘Paige’ pardon the pun.” Now it’s time for me to create new characters and I have begun my creative journey doing so.

Turning away from one series to another is very difficult and it takes time to let go of characters already created to conjure up new ones. I have the name of the new character I’m writing about. And that’s how it began with the Paige Maddison Series. I knew the name first, and everything fell into place after that. Well, I am lucky in writing. I’ve created a new name and it all took place at my sister’s, after one of my book signings in our hometown of Sarnia. A very dear friend of mine, and one of our dear nephews, were discussing possible

Thank you to everyone who has invested in the Paige Maddison Series. Here we are at our 48th Book Signing at Indigo North London, May 5th, 2018.

names. And out of the mouth of my friend, she said a name that I knew would be ‘THE ONE.’ That’s how easily it can happen. Now, it is the name of a real person. What do I do next? Do I tell the person I’ve chosen to write a series based on his name? And that he will be  a she? Yes, I will. I never steal other people’s names without telling them, or asking a person if they mind if I borrow one of their personality traits for my next novel? I think it’s only fair to do so. I’ve begun creating the character in my mind. It can take months for this process to be completed before I can actually write it down. It’s the same way I created Paige Maddison. By the time I’m ready to write, the novel is almost done.

Summer reads. You must be looking forward to what’s out there to take away on a holiday or to read on the beach. The easiest way to find out the latest and greatest is by contacting your local library for their bestselling lists, or reading the newspaper … online for most of you … and see what’s recommended. How about trying Twitter or Instagram using hashtags … #YA or #SummerReads or #bestselling #novels? Also, don’t forget about Goodreads. Set up an account and search your favourite genre for what’s recommended. It’s a book lovers paradise and easy to join. What’s on my list to read this summer? Usually I read non-fiction, but this summer I’m going to read a few of my fav authors who’ve created fresh new worlds. It’s my summer to escape reality. Isn’t that what fiction is for?

I cannot wait to dive into the new worlds each one has created. Thanks to Mary Higgins Clark, Dan Brown, and Deepak Chopra, I think I’ve got a good start to summer reading. Enjoy your #SummerReads

I am finishing my writing course through Master Class with Judy Blume. It’s been a very thought-provoking course. She isn’t necessarily teaching us how to write as much as inspiring us on how to gather ideas and plot lines, and develop characters. Judy takes you back to your childhood. Truth be told, I couldn’t remember much of anything before the age of 10. However, the way she created her podcasts, I felt like she was telling my truth. Imagine having anything in common with the famous International Bestselling novelist?! She opened up memories from my early childhood. Some have been shocking, some have been sentimental, and some have been downright scary. It was disturbing to me to remember things from my past that I had deeply buried. I will think on it how I will proceed with these memories. I guess even author’s can surprise themselves. If you are a writer, author, or want to be, I highly encourage you to take a writing course and continue to do so every couple of years to hone your skills. It’s worth the time and effort.

And as summer approaches, I am rapidly losing my eyesight in my right eye. It makes me aware of my other senses. For instance, I burned my hand in the kitchen while cooking and I could smell my skin burning before I could actually see what happened. Luckily, I knew what to do and it healed well. While chopping veggies for Father’s Day I cut myself with a newly sharpened knife, and I couldn’t see that I did it,  but oh boy, did I see the blood oozing out. I ran to the bathroom to wash it and used Polysporin to help heal the wound. All of these experiences help a writer to be compassionate and in touch with life and how others live. I will channel these experiences into my novels, for sure. And my heart goes out to anyone with eye problems. They are most important to me and I know to so many. Not to worry though. I am on the list for eye surgery soon.

This summer I’ve decided to hone my skill at drumming. Years ago, I bought what I thought was a painting on a stretched circular canvas. I moved it the other day and remembered it’s actually a Peace Drum.

Beautiful drum by Mary Ann Tully, 2009.

I bought it from an artist friend, Mary Ann Tully, and at the time, she smiled a huge smile and said, “You’re exactly who should have this one. My friend died of cancer. It was her canvas and I merely finished it for her. Now you can learn to drum in her memory.” And that’s exactly what I’m doing … drumming on June 21st to help bring in a positive, light-filled summer for all.

The Paige Maddison Series is still available online in over 38,000 online bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, FriesenPress, and many more. There are signed copies in store at: The Book Keeper and Coles Lambton Mall in Sarnia; Indigo North London; Indigo Stoney Creek; and Manticore Books, Orillia. They are also available at Matheson Chiropractic Clinic in Orillia.

Enjoy your summer everyone. Thank you so much for being a part of my community. You make me inspired! Thank you kindly for that!

Here we are with J.R. Matheson. He’s doing very well in his life: newly engaged, loving his PhD in Toronto, and currently away in San Diego & San Francisco at a research conference. J.R. recently told us, “I love my life.” That makes us very happy and proud parents. Keep going, J.R.

 

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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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