Member News: Diane McGyver featured at D. G. Kaye, Writer website

Diane McGyverLong-time member of the East Hants Writers’ group, Diane McGyver, is featured today at D. G. Kaye, Writer’s website. In the interview, she talks about her latest release, Northern Survival, a book about survival and adventure laced with romance.

To read the guest post at D. G. Kaye, click here: Q & A With D.G. Kaye – Featuring Diane McGyver – Northern Survival.

Diane McGyver has been a member of the East Hants Writers group for many years. Learn more about here on her membership page.

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Call for Submissions: Moonlight & Misadventure

Superior Shores Press has issued a call for submissions. From their website:

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing plans for Moonlight & Misadventure: 20-22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, the third multi-author anthology to be published by Superior Shores Press.

Superior Shores Press is pleased to announce plans for its third multi-author anthology, Moonlight & Misadventure: 20-22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense. The premise (target theme of Moonlight & Misadventure) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental. In other words, there must be moonlight, and there must be some form of misadventure.

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Quarter Castle Publishing Issues a Call for Submissions

From Quarter Castle Publishing’s website:

Quarter Castle Publishing is making a Call for Submissions for a short story collection to honour those who lived and died by the sea.

The goal is to tell the stories of life by the sea. It’s a unique existence, one in which the tides and winds set the pace. There are many joys, hardships and tragedies from living by the constantly changing waters gracing our shores in Atlantic Canada.

The collection is entitled The Sea, Our Home – Honouring the resilient men and women who forged a living along the rugged coastline of Atlantic Canada throughout the centuries.

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Lynn Lapthorne Releases First Book

Lynn Lapthorne Never AgainLynn Lapthorne, the muscle behind East Hants Writers and the woman who started it all, celebrates the release of her first book, “Never Again”.

Her accomplishment has made The Laker.

Lapthorne penned ‘Never Again’ a poem she wrote because of the need for all of us to stay away from everyone we hold dear during COVID19. It was published by Once Upon Tyne Publishing in Milford.

To read the full article, visit COVID19-inspired book released by Lantz author. Learn more about Lynn from her member’s page.

eBook Sale: Floating in Saltwater by Barbara Carter

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Sale: Friday September 18th to Tuesday September 22nd.


  • Ms. Carter’s book establishes an intimacy with reader seldom possible in fiction. She crafts the memoir with attention to conflict, realistic dialogue, and character gestures. Characters leap from the pages to life.
  • I loved this book. It reminded me of so many little things I had forgotten about growing up in rural Canada. The author paints candid pictures of harsh realities in a way that makes you feel like an insider to her pain and confusion.

Barbara Carter has been a member of the East Hants Writers group for many years. Learn more about here on her membership page.


Introducing Diane McGyver, author of nine books and one short story collection. Her main genre of interest is traditional fantasy, but she’s also written a few romance novels.

  1. You write short stories and full-length novels. Which form do you love most?

Diane McGyverWhile short stories are quick to write and deliver immediate satisfaction, I prefer the long story, one that rambles on for more than 100,000 words. An intimate relationship with characters has a chance to develop and by the end of the novel, I feel as if I’ve known them all my life.

  1. Of all the books you’ve written, which satisfied you the most?

Book 4 in the Castle Keepers series, Healing Stones. I can’t fully explain why. I believe when I started this series, the events that occurred in this book were the ones that were driving me forward. I needed to see how these events unfolded. I wasn’t disappointed.

  1. With nine books published, if a reader could read only one, which would it be? Why?

Northern SurvivalThis is a hard one. While I’d love to say one of my fantasy novels, it would only lead them to know only part of the full story. So I’m going to say Northern Survival. It’s a face-paced adventure that brings two characters together who would have otherwise never met or tolerated each other. I also love the hiking in the vast wilderness part of it, and the reminiscing of TV shows I loved in the 70s and 80s.

  1. What is the title of your most recently published book? What is it about?

Northern Survival. It was released this week. The book is about Olive, who is vacationing in Summer Beaver, Ontario, to do research for her next book and to get a little hiking in on wild, unfamiliar trails. When she is called home unexpectedly, she boards a chartered plane that crashes soon after takeoff. She and the man who chartered the plane are the only survivors. Together, they battle the elements, the terrain, hunger and each other’s wit and sarcasm in an attempt to escape the wilderness before it consumes them.

  1. What’s the title of the book you’re currently writing? What is it about, and when will it be available?

Healing Stones epic fantasyI’m writing Gathered Stones, book 5 in the Castle Keepers series. This particular book in the series focusses on Bronwyn Darrow’s sister and Tam Mulryan’s mate, Rhiannon. So far in the series, she’s been a character in the background. Not anymore. The release date is early 2021.

  1. Rumour has it you create your own covers. How do you do it?

I use a program called InkScape. I’m relatively new to it, but I love organising all the pieces to a cover and seeing what develops. Many of the images I use are from Pixabay, a website that offers amazing images for free and/or a donation.

  1. Where can readers find you on the Internet?

Book Links

Thank you, Diane, for the wonderful interview.

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.


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 (March 7th) 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.