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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Release Day - Intent to Kill

Today is Intent to Kill's release day, a book birthday! Leading up to this day, there were long hours in my basement office and on the deck deep in the revisions that would finally make this happen. Fortunately, my characters cooperated and Intent to Kill was done before fall made that final leap into winter. Then, of course, it was the publishers turn and I waited and wrote other things. I moved indoors for that writing as temperatures plummeted. Now, the deck is under a foot of snow and I've wimped out - I'm not even in my basement office - too cold. 

I don't want to add to the rumours about that all-Canadian habit of speaking about the weather, but I must. It's treacherously cold -30 Celsius and even in Fahrenheit, that's cold. I'll admit despite hockey, plain old skating and tobogganing, and all those glorious winter sports, I'm a winter wimp. And, yes, we have central heat there's still something about negative double digits that makes everything seem cold no matter how much heat you throw at it. 

I'm currently huddled at the kitchen table, in the dark, with a blanket over my knees. There is no picture, I have my limits, for my hair is still wet from the shower and I've yet to look in a mirror. That's for another story, maybe part of the plight of another character. Right now, it's safer to talk about my coffee. Hot and in hand as I type, the room dark and broken only by the light of the monitor. 

A mundane start to the day that doesn't at all reflect the life of my characters. They are living a very different life. For one, they've been travelling. Travelling, imagine that. And, there are no pandemics in their world, not yet. Why? Well, I have yet to write one in. In Intent to Kill, they're in Cambodia where the threat is of a different kind - men that emerge from a bloody past and threaten the lives of anyone who stands in their way.

Simon is on a mission to stop them when Claire crosses his path. Soon she has more than his attention. And as passion builds, the danger mounts and it's a question of who will come out alive?

On Intent to Kill's release day, I'm celebrating with copy in hand - yes it's in paperback too! Happy dance! 

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Amazon.com; Amazon.ca; Barnes & Noble; Chapters Indigo

                                 

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Friday, December 31, 2021

Count Down - Legacy of Fear!

 Legacy of Fear - New Release - January 3, 2022!



Andra Vandersan is an expert code breaker, as fiercely independent and beautiful as she is brilliant. Working in Hong Kong at the highest levels of deciphering. When her next-door neighbor is brutally murdered in a way that suggests the work of the Chinese triads, two things become clear: Andra was the intended target of the hit, and the assassin is going to return.Max True is a world-class linguist, a colleague of Andra's who once helped her break a code that would destroy a terrorist cell. When he shows up at Andra's door with a mysterious message, they realize they may have stumbled on a long-lost women's language that holds the secret to incredible power—and one that the most vicious men in Hong Kong will stop at nothing to get their hands on.As Andra and Max work to solve the puzzle of the language, they find themselves in a desperate race against time to escape the mysterious forces who all want the secret of the message—even as they surrender to the forces of an undeniable passion that brings them inexorably and irrevocably together.

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Til next time - take care and if, like me, you're in the frozen north - stay warm!

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Remembrance Day - Lest We Forget


Some days you just have to take a breath and take a break.  Today is one of those days.  A day to recharge and focus on things that have nothing to do with stories or characters.  But as you can see, I couldn't steer completely clear - I haven't banned the blog.  But during prime writing time I am not writing and that's a good thing.  Stepping away gives me a different perspective. 

Poppy - the national reminder

Tomorrow I have no doubt that I will be more determined than ever to push forward.  Already there is a new plan in place that will take me to the same goal that I had before the road block, just in a different way.

While my initial thoughts were on what I would and would not do today, I was reminded of something much bigger.  Of the constant conflicts of mankind that are complex, seemingly unending and that sometimes put us all in jeopardy.  And that fact alone is sobering but more importantly today as the eleventh hour comes and goes,  I think of the sacrifices so many have made to protect the freedoms we all cherish and I send a silent thank you. 

Today is Remembrance Day a day to remember why we have the freedom to forge our life path in almost any way we choose.   It's a day to remember something bigger than each of our individual lives and challenges. 

Sometimes it's all about perspective.

Lest we forget.

Ryshia

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Monday, October 11, 2021

A Canadian Thanksgiving

It's that time of year in Canada - Thanksgiving weekend and today, officially thanksgiving. I celebrated thanksgiving yesterday. It was a small gathering as dictated by the times, but I'm thankful that we're all healthy and well and there to enjoy the day. 

There were a few twists in the traditional meal:
                                                                One: turkey this year became  a roast chicken and ham. 
Two: My mother played one of her cooking games - which do you like better - carrot pie masquerading as pumpkin or the real thing? Truly, her carrot pie sounds terrible but passes as an acceptable pumpkin pie.

It was great to catch up. And, with Thanksgiving celebrations over for this year - there's still lots to be thankful for. The weather has been great - no sign of snow, which isn't implausible this time of year. Instead there's flowers still blooming in some gardens. 

Weather and celebrations aside, there is alot more happening or, at least poised to happen. New releases are crowding the horizon for early in the new year. The first up is Legacy of Fear. This story had one of the coolest inspirations for any of my books. I stumbled on Nushu, the only language created by and for women. It was written only and used to message between women in southern China. There's a whole lot more to it than that but that was enough to inspire Legacy of Fear. 

Legacy of Fear is scheduled for release January 3, 2022. It was fun putting a book trailer together and while I've had book trailers before, this was one of the few I made myself.




  

Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend or just enjoy the day!

Til next time.

Ryshia

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Legacy of Fear - The Countdown Begins!

Legacy of Fear, Countdown to Release


 
January 3, 2022 sounds rather futuristic. Futuristic or not, it's definitely going to be a good day! 
Why?
I know, you didn't ask, but I'm going to tell you anyway. Why? Because I'm excited and I hope that everyone else is excited too.
So, here it is, January 3, 2022 is the day that Legacy of Fear will be released. What's more exciting even than the release is that it will be published not just in e-book but in print as well. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the print copy. Yes, I read e-books and listen to audio books but there's something permanent about print. You can't put an e-book on your bookshelf. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Legacy of Fear was inspired by Nushu, which is the only known language written by and for women. How cool is that - Nushu I mean, not the book - not yet.
About Legacy of Fear:
Andra Vandersan is an expert code breaker, as fiercely independent and beautiful as she is brilliant. Working in Hong Kong at the highest levels of deciphering. When her next-door neighbor is brutally murdered in a way that suggests the work of the Chinese triads, two things become clear: Andra was the intended target of the hit, and the assassin is going to return. Max True is a world-class linguist, a colleague of Andra's who once helped her break a code that would destroy a terrorist cell. When he shows up at Andra's door with a mysterious message, they realize they may have stumbled on a long-lost women's language that holds the secret to incredible power—and one that the most vicious men in Hong Kong will stop at nothing to get their hands on. As Andra and Max work to solve the puzzle of the language, they find themselves in a desperate race against time to escape the mysterious forces who all want the secret of the message—even as they surrender to the forces of an undeniable passion that brings them inexorably and irrevocably together.

......and in another world and on another note, my pal Sophie was no help in the blogging department. But she was determined that none of it would spoil her breakfast.