After 20 years in PR I decided it was time to...just write. Now, I am a published, award-winning author, developmental book editor, author mentor and partner publisher (www.ocpublishing.ca). I post thoughts on my writer's journey and share my experiences as an author, editor and publisher and highlight the books of authors I am publishing. I welcome guest bloggers and do author interviews. Enjoy my blog and feel free to comment.
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Author Diann Floyd Boehm's Next Children's Book Launches on International Literacy Day
One of my OC Publishing authors, who splits her time between Houston and Dubai (where we met and became friends) is children’s book author, Diann Floyd Boehm. Diann will launch her
fourth children’s picture book, Harry the
Camel, on September 8, 2019, International Literacy Day. The book will
simultaneously launch in both English and Arabic to honour the language of the
main character’s country of origin.
had been wanting to write a story about a camel for some time,” said Boehm. “While
living in Dubai, I had visited local camel farms, experienced the highly
regarded camel beauty contests and have even ridden many over the years. One
day, inspiration just hit for the perfect story.”
overarching theme of all of Diann's children’s stories is to embrace diversity
and for children to accept themselves and others the way they are.
Harry the Camel will
surely pull on the heart strings of readers as he pines for a life he can never
have. Harry lives in the sand dunes of Dubai, and he often watches from a
distance as the beautifully sleek race horses at the track run their laps. He
laments that his back isn’t as smooth as theirs and wonders how much faster he
could run without his bulky old hump. As he dreams of the possibilities, Dover
the bird swoops in and teases him about his hump, making him feel even worse
about how he looks. As he makes his way sadly home he happens upon a little boy
named Omar. Harry learns that Omar is lost. Who better than a camel to lead a
lost boy out of the desert? In the end, Harry discovers there is nothing better
than being yourself and, for the first time, Harry is proud to be a camel.
is also a gentle anti-bullying message in Diann's book. “I want kids to read the story
and understand how words can hurt so they should think before saying something
that they believe is funny but could actually be hurtful.”
her last book, The Little Girl in the
Moon – Moxie & Tycho Town (the third in The Little Girl in the Moon series), Diann partnered with her
daughter, Katherine Louise Boehm, to create the illustrations. For this latest
book, she chose to work with Sri Lankan artist, Yoshita M. Ahmed, who she met
while living in Dubai, adding to the international flavour of her latest book.
believe that different artists for different books help to define the look and
feel of the story,” she said. “Yoshita hails from the beautiful country of
Sri Lanka and has lived in the Middle East for years. Her artistry helps to
bring the simplicity of Harry and the beauty of the Gulf to the story.”
As we approach launch day for Lynda Faye Schmidt's novel, The Healing , a women's fiction/family drama based on the author's life, we're excited to announce the blog tour schedule and introduce you to the bloggers and book reviewers who have joined the tour. The tour begins on launch day, April 23rd. Take a look, follow these bloggers and make sure you visit on the tour dates indicated (check back regularly for updates): Pre-Tour - March 2 - Thrive Global - pre-launch announcement April 16 - Fit for Joy - pre-launch podcast interview with Lynda April 23 - IndieView - author Q&A with Lynda April 24 - Canadian Bookworm - featuring a guest blog by Lynda, "What Inspired Me" April 26 - Dartmouth Book Exchange - author spotlight April 29 - Storybook Reviews - review May 4 - Help Me Sara - podcast interview May 13 - My Question Life - review and author interview June 30 - Reader's Favorite - review Date TBD - Maryse's Book Blog - review Date
On August 26th, we will launch Ailsa Keppie's much awaited memoir, By the Light of the Crescent Moon . On the same day we will launch her virtual book tour, featuring the blogs below joining the tour with reviews, author Q&As and guest posts. Visit and follow these blogs and make sure you follow the tour. As the posts go live we will update the links here to go direct to the tour post. Thanks to the following bloggers & podcasters who have joined the tour: Dartmouth Book Exchange - author spotlight - August 23-26 The IndieView - author Q&A - August 26 Sarah Butland's Imagination Captured - book review - August 26 The Author Journey with OC Publishing - author interview - August 26 Canadian Bookworm - guest post by Ailsa Keppie, Why I Wrote My Memoir - August 27 Just Reviews - book review - August 28 Storeybook Reviews - guest post by Ailsa Keppie, The Voice in My Head - August 29 Lisa Haselton's Reviews & Interviews - author Q&A - August 31 Laura&
We are saddened by the recent passing of the very vivacious, funny, gorgeous, and talented author, Jackie Arnason. Last year, at the age of 87, we published her first Children's book, Hambone-Why Pigs Have Curly Tails . After a brief illness, Jackie passed away in September of this year, while we were well-underway in the publishing process for her second book, Timothy Titus Terrance O'Toole and the Dragon. With the support of her family, we pressed on and will launch her book in December. Jackie Arnason A beloved story-teller to all those who knew and loved her, with the publishing of her first book, and now her second, a lifelong dream has been fulfilled. Her legacy will live on in the lessons and magical stories she shared through the years. A prairie girl, born in a small town in Saskatchewan, Jackie's childhood years in the 'Dirty Thirties' were hard but the local library became her haven where she escaped into worlds she could only dream of growing up in Reg