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Help spread the word about the Kickstarter campaign for Beyond Barbarossa and win prizes The fundraising campaign to support the start-up costs for the upcoming podcast is now live on Kickstarter, and I’m asking for your help to spread the word. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform, where interested people can contribute money to pay for […]

I’m launching a podcast on June 22, 2022. And I invite you to join me. Beyond Barbarossa will explore the largest side of the Second World War in Europe, the clash between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It’s a subject that I learned a lot about researching The Eastern Front Trilogy (Army […]

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The end is near

I wrote that I will never again say “things can’t get worse.” Because they did, and continue to. COVID-19 cases are increasing again in China, Japan, the U.K. and elsewhere.  And the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine grinds on.  I find this particularly affecting, as I am married to a Ukrainian-Canadian, and I wrote […]

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Last month, I wrote that things couldn’t get much worse after I developed shingles and my father passed away from COVID-19. They did. February brought savage weather and the crybaby convoy that shut down my city for three weeks.  Then things got even worse, again. As the last of the detritus of the crybaby convoy […]

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Thank you for all the messages, comments and emails of condolence and sympathy. I didn’t expect this response. I shared the story of my father’s passing as a warning, an object lesson about the real dangers of the pandemic and of the wilful ignorance of those who argue against getting vaccinated, and thereby endanger others. […]

Word watch: “Freedom”

Protesters against vaccines in Ottawa are walking on Parliament Hill, screaming “freedom” in a pathetic imitation of Mel Gibson’s overdone portrayal of William Wallace. What does “freedom” mean? It means responsibility. You can do the things you want to do, go where you want, say what you want. It also means you have to take […]

Cold outside, hot inside

Giveaway for Romance Month With Valentine’s Day smack in the middle of the month, February is typically “romance month” for a lot of writers and publishers.  I’m joining that train again with a promotion for my hot-n-steamy romantic parody, One Shade of Red. I’m giving away two free e-copies AND a signed paperback, too. Just […]