2017 in Review

Well, I did one of these Year in Review things for the past two years, so here we go again.

Cornelia and Timothy - Making zines

Illustration by Nicholas Beckett

In April my short story “The Winter of the River” was published in the Spring issue of Stinkwaves Magazine. Then I decided to go through all my old short stories from my zine-ing years. I picked seven short stories that I thought went well together and are suitable for children and spruced them up a bit. Many of these stories were written when I was a teenager or in my early twenties and were published in my litzine, 398. I submitted this newly polished collection of stories to Handersen Publishing, since they’re the publishers behind Stinkwaves Magazine. They agreed to publish the book in 2018 and then Nicholas Beckett agreed to be the illustrator. Nicholas has been hard at work creating some beautiful pictures and soon I’ll be hard at work doing editing on the stories with Tevin and Nichole. The book should be out in 2018.

My manuscript Slip Jig Summer was also accepted in 2017 by Orca Book Publishers for SlipJigSummerCOVERtheir Orca Limelights series. I’ve done all my final edits, and now I’m just waiting for the book to come out on March 27, 2018. I will be having a book release event/signing at Juniper Books in April.

I also wrote a script about the valkyrie Brunhilde for Windsor Dance eXperience. The production team is currently at work finalizing the script and soundtrack. The show will be performed at the Capitol Theatre from June 1st – 3rd. If you’re in Windsor and like to dance and perform, auditions take place on Saturday, January 13.

25594142_200872697138897_6225434062392498860_nI really don’t like writing about myself, but I do miss writing about local events in Windsor. Recently I started a blog called Windsor Arts & Crafts where I will write and post pictures of fun artsy things happening in Windsor. I hope to continue to grow the blog throughout 2018.

I finished writing two other manuscripts for young readers, but I haven’t found a home for either. Maybe I will have more news about them when I write my 2018 Year in Review post. I’ve been working on other manuscripts too, including a novel version of my short story The Winter of the River.

I think that’s everything! Hope everyone has a good 2018. Now here’s a picture of my dog Daisy hanging out with Callie and a picture of old lady Lucy:

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Announcing Slip Jig Summer!

In the new book news department, my book Slip Jig Summer now has a cover and is listed on the Orca website! Slip Jig Summer is a high-interest novel for teen readers about ballet-obsessed Natalie having to spend the summer with her Irish-dancing cousins. The book will be part of Orca Limelights, which is a really cool series of books featuring different performing arts – from dance, to singing, to circus acts! It’s the kind of book series I would have been obsessed with as a young reader and I am very excited to be a part of! As a young reader I was always upset by the lack of dance books about Irish dancing – so now I wrote one! Yay! The release date for Slip Jig Summer is March 27, 2018.


Learn more about Orca Limelights with this fun video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqk8_GtoIPE

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Stinkwaves: Spring 2017

My story “The Winter of the River” is in the new issue of Stinkwaves (Spring 2017) along with some other fantastic short stories, poems, and artwork.

For more information about Stinkwaves and how you can support this small press magazine for young readers, check out their latest blog.



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2016 in Review

I feel like I need to do a “2016 in Review” post – mostly because I posted one last year and I think I should carry on the tradition. The biggest news was that Mirror World published my second book. This Night Sucks, a young adult vampire comedy novella, came out in June 2016. In September I attended the Worlds Collide Gala. I even remembered to post a picture of it on my blog. It was a good time, but it would have been better if we weren’t worried about our basement re-flooding the entire time.

In other writing news, I had my short story Cornelia & Timothy and the Wonderful World of Zines published in the Spring issue of Stinkwaves Magazine. This story originally appeared in my litzine 398#8 many moons ago.

I’ve been working on other stuff and things. But I really don’t like writing about what I’m working on, so I’m not going to.

The only other thing I can think to post about is that Alex and I adopted a new writing partner. Her name is Daisy, she’s cute and brown-ish and likes to nap in my office while I work. She also likes to sit on Alex’s lap while he works. She’s been getting along great with our cats, Lucy and Callie. Here she is napping in my office with Callie:


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Worlds Collide Gala Photo

Here’s a photo of the authors at the Worlds Collide Gala, which was held on September 30, 2016.


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Mirror World Young Adult Sampler



The Mirror World Young Adult sampler is now available! Readers can sample the first chapter from all of these books:

She Dreamed of Dragons by Elizabeth J. M. Walker
Neo Central by Justine Alley Dowsett
Crimson Winter by Justine Alley Dowsett
The Watcher by Joshua Pantalleresco
Stormdancer by Joshua Pantalleresco
Disenchanted by Leigh Goff
This Night Sucks by Elizabeth J. M. Walker

Plus the short story prequel to She Dreamed of Dragons: The Search for the Golden Feather.

It’s FREE! Just go here to get it.

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Worlds Collide Gala


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Hardcover Radio: Sometimes Books Just Happen

I talked to Brittni and Peter on Hardcover Radio about my newest book, This Night Sucks. You can listen on-line here.

And I apologize in advance for all my awkward laughing and second guessing myself. Yep.

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Release Day for This Night Sucks!

It’s release day for This Night Sucks! Yay!

There’s already a review up on Hardcover’s website and one on Goodreads too! Thanks!

There will be the Facebook party later today, plus here’s a bunch of links for the Blog Tour that will be happening today and next week:

Tour Schedule:

June 17:

Mirror World Publishing – Spotlight

Sapphyria’s Book Promotions – Spotlight


Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Spotlight


Tiffany Shand Blog – Guest Post


VampyreLady – Exclusive Excerpt


June 20:

Fang Freakin’ Tastic Reviews – Review

fuonlyknew – Spotlight

Literary Escapism – Guest Post


Sharon Ledwith: I came. I saw. I wrote. – Guest Post

June 21:

The Red Pen of Doom Literary Blog – Exclusive Excerpt


Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Spotlight


T’s Stuff – Exclusive Excerpt


June 22:

Bookworm for Kids – Exclusive Excerpt


Jojo Debrazza – Spotlight

Leigh Goff – Exclusive Excerpt

Skye Writing – Guest Post

June 23:

Fang-tastic Books – Exclusive Excerpt


The MissPhyre Library – Review


Sapphyria’s Book Promotions – Spotlight


June 24:

Book Babble


Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Spotlight


Vanessa Kings’ Books



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This Friday is Release Day for This Night Sucks!

This Friday, June 17th, is the release day for my newest book – This Night Sucks! We’re going to be celebrating with an on-line Facebook party with lots of prizes and special guests:

6:30 pm – Justine Alley Dowsett
7:00 pm – Sharon Ledwith
7:30 pm – Rita Monette
8:00 pm – K.S. Jones

Some of the prizes include Mirror World Publishing ebooks and a signed paperback copy of This Night Sucks!

What is the book about? Well, here you go:

Lana is a high school senior enrolled in Vampire Education – a class to teach students about the very real presence of vampires. She scores a date with her crush-of-her lifetime, Pete, but the date goes sour when Pete’s ex girlfriend, Katy, shows up all bloody and pissed off. Lana quickly realizes that Katy is not just her ordinary bitchy self – she has been turned into a vampire which, in turn, takes Lana and Pete’s date from a hot and steamy make-out session to an unexpected vampire-hunting expedition.

This Night Sucks is also the featured Mirror World book for the month of June. You can get the ebook for only $0.99! Or you can become a Mirror World member and get This Night Sucks and all other Mirror World ebooks for free!

***Just a heads up – This Nights Sucks is for older teen audiences (and adults too!) and is very different from the lighthearted fantasy world of She Dreamed of Dragons. There’s swearing and sex and vampires doing vampire-like things, like drinking blood and killing people.***


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