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Zeffy Hits the Tour Circuit

With just a little over two weeks to go to the launch of Zig Zag Zeffy, written by Barbara Ann Miller and illustrated by EM Gales, we're spooling up for the virtual book tour. Lots of folks have already hopped on the band wagon (and some have posted) but it's not too late if you want to join the tour. Just email or message me and let me know. Here is where the tour has been and where it will be heading: June 12 - Mary Lanni Reads - on YouTube and Goodreads July 1 - CanLit for Little Canadians - summer watch list July 31 - Maeve, on behalf of Atlantic Book Reviews - enthusiastic reading! August 1-7 - Dartmouth Book Exchange Author Spotlight August 4 - Lisa Haselton's Reviews & Interviews August 5 -  Miramichi Reader August 8 - Terri Protelli's  Bookly Matters August 10 - AJ Korman's Blog - Children's Books and Literature - Bringing Stories to Life August 15 (launch day) - interview on The Author Journey , presented by OC Publishing August 16 - interivew
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Lifetime Child and Youth Advocate Launches First Children’s Book

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The Rogue Scorpion is on Tour!

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Canadian author, Lynda Faye Schmidt, launches her next women’s literary fiction, The Rogue Scorpion , on April 23rd in partnership with OC Publishing. This will be the third novel we've published together. The Healing was published in 2021, and The Holding - Prequel to The Healing, came out in 2022. As with her previous books, Schmidt’s latest novel takes the main character, Isabella, on a journey to find inner strength along the path to true love. Will Isabella discover the spiritual fulfillment she is searching for? Or, will a series of challenging events cause her to stop trusting forever?        “ The Rogue Scorpion had me captivated from the first page to the last page,” said Karen Dean, bestselling author of We Are Unbreakable . “Lynda Faye Schmidt weaves so much emotion and adventure in her storytelling that you can’t help but wonder what will happen next.”       The Rogue Scorpion is the story of Isabella Ricci, an artist with an adventurous spirit and a deep desire to

Nurse! A Memoir Getting Rave Reviews

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As we approach launch day for Shanti Fights for Her Rights by Marcia E Barss, on February 21st, interest is growing in learning more about the ongoing illegal practice of child marriage in rural India. The story is told from the perspective of fourteen-year-old Shanti, who lives in a village in Eastern India where her parents work in a rice field. She attends school 40 km away. When Shanti's mother gives birth to another daughter, her father says she will stay home to help care for her sister and prepare to marry soon.  The author spent her childhood in India and recently returned to visit people she knew and places she had lived. She stayed with friends at Bridge of Hope that works with girls determined to get an education, despite the immense challenges. This inspired the book, which tells a fact-based, fictionalized story from personal experience, interviews, and in-depth research.  Learn more about the author at and order your copy of Shanti Fights for Her Rig

Teen Novel Highlights Issue of Child Marriage in India

  The latest novel from Halifax-based author, Marcia E. Barss, Shanti Fights for Her Rights , is a fictionalized story based on the reality of the ongoing illegal practice of child marriage in India. It releases on February 21, partner published by OC Publishing. “Girls in rural India face many challenges because parents are not interested in investing in the education of their daughters,” said Dr. Mamatha Raghuveer Achanta, Founder of Tharuni, a non-profit in India working towards the empowerment of adolescent girls. “I have stopped many child marriages, but sometimes we don’t know the difficulties girls go through with their families. I am sure those who read this beautiful story will realise the ill effects of child marriages and try to support girls.”  The story follows fourteen-year-old Shanti who lives in a village in eastern India, where her parents work in the rice fields. She attends school in a town forty kilometres away and hopes to become a teacher. But while she is home