eBook Sale: Save $4.00 on “the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes” by Diane McGyver

From Tuesday December 2nd until Sunday December 6th, “the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes” by Nova Scotia author Diane McGyver is on sale for 99 cents (regular $4.99).

Taking place in a fictional town near New Glasgow, Pictou County, the story follows Mary Barnes, who turns 50 and wonders what the rest of her life will hold. With an empty nest, she’s ready for adventure and new experiences. Her husband and friend, Louise, are not.

McGyver classifies this story as women’s fiction, inspirational and mid-life awakening laced with romance. It’s about women redefining themselves after decades of living.

Amazon Review: I was rooting all the way for Mary and wanted to give her husband a kick in the “you know what.” I’m quite certain women, married or unmarried, can relate to this book and, if married, have experienced some of what Mary went through. This is an excellent book. Well-written, with believable characters.


Where to Find the Book: The book is available Exclusively at Amazon, and this sale is only in Canada.

Learn more about this book and others McGyver has written, including “Northern Survival”, on her website or her Amazon Author Page.

Next Week’s Meeting is Cancelled

Today, Lynn and I discussed next week’s writers’ meeting. Given the rising cases of Wuhan Corona Virus (COVID19) in Canada and around the world, we have decided to be proactive instead of reactive. Social distancing and staying home is vital in slowing down this virus.

To help keep everyone safe, March’s writers’ meeting is cancelled. The situation will be assessed before the April meeting.

Meeting Reminder

The January meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the  craft of writing takes place this upcoming Tuesday (January 16th). As usual, we will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We are now at capacity membership. Anyone interested in joining our group will go on a waiting list.


  1. Use the keywords chosen at the November meeting to complete your Story in a Box assignment. Maximum word length: 500

2) Critique a piece of writing submitted by Barbara. Our new critiquing guidelines involves answering these questions:

  • List the strengths of the story.
  • What areas of the story can be improved.
  • Were there any times you were confused? When?
  • Was the dialogue realistic?
  • Does the story work? If not, why?
  • If there are repeated mechanical mistakes, please make note.

Hope to see all members there.

L. P. Suzanne Atkinson Book Reading

L. P. Suzanne Atkinson will be reading from Book III of her Regarding Hayworth Series – Segue House Connection. She will also answer any questions listeners will have, as well as give an overview of her books.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be available and books will be available for sale.

Date: Sunday November 19, 2017

Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Bedford Library, 15 Dartmouth Road, Bedford, Halifax County, Nova Scotia

Segue House Connection: Regarding Hayworth Book III by [Atkinson, L. P. Suzanne]

Book Sale at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, Elmsdale

On the first Saturday of every month, a used-book sale takes place at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, 170 Highway 214, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia.

This month’s sale takes place tomorrow (August 5th) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The book sale is held in the downstairs hall. Walk in the front doors and take the stairs to the basement. Books are sold at amazing prices. Much of their stock is sold at $1.00 or less.

There are thousands of books of all genres. Many are new, but many are also old. Magazines usually go for ten cents.

Stream of Comics

Investigating the interplay between text and images, participants will create comics from stream of consciousness writings and en plein air sketches. Guided by prompts and restraints, and inspired by the lush and coastal Red Clay site, participants will learn and work through the steps of creating comics in a variety of media.
Roher will instruct in the use of line, value and space/pacing to lead the eye and capture expression. No experience in drawing or comic arts necessary, only a willingness to explore new pathways and put marks on a page.

Date: July 14 to 16, 2017

Time: Workshops run 3 days Friday 6:00 pm to Sunday 6:00 pm

Place: Red Clay Arts, Economy, NS

Facilitator: Rebecca Roher

For more information, visit Red Clay Arts workshop page.