I made it home safe and sound after a grand driving adventure across most of Canada. Wow! What a trip, in more ways than one.
There were some real challenges, to be sure.
Like the sub-freezing weather making some of my artifacts (wands and crystals and sculptures and such) more fragile than ever – with a few tragic consequences. When I do book-signings, I display these intriguing items on my table. Kids are particularly fascinated with Celine’s magical wand!
And then there was my car – the Dragonmobile – being too darn small (wonderful though it is) to hold everything I wanted to bring along.
Next, there was the army of snow storms that assaulted me along the way. Nothing the Dragonmobile and I couldn’t handle, but wow!
Then there was all the salt the highway safety people scattered on the province roads and highways. Sure, it’s a huge help in navigating the icy surfaces, but awfully hard on a vehicle, no matter how tough or magical. Did they really need to use so much?? It wouldn’t be quite so bad if the salty stuff would fill in some of the gazillion potholes out there. (Arizona has the Grand Canyon, but Canada isn’t far behind with some of those monsters!)
Even navigation was no easy feat. A GPS is great, but when it doesn’t include all the new road changes, a person can get waaaay off-track, let me tell you!
Overall, though, it was a fabulous trip and a great adventure.
I must share a major milestone achieved on this trip: selling the 1000th copy of The Dragons of Nibiru!
That’s right. I sold the big number 1000 at the Coles bookstore in Kildonan Place Mall, in beautiful (but so snowy!) Winnipeg. I was thrilled to share the momentous moment with Jordan, the store’s manager.
That achievement alone made the trip worthwhile – but even better is knowing that I’ve reached – and hopefully entertained and inspired – a thousand people. And that doesn’t even count the people they’ll share their copies with!
So Many Friends, New and Old
I was only home four days before I was back at it with new book-signings. One was in Salmon Arm at Bookingham Palace. While there, I ran into Darlene Webb – an old friend from elementary school who I hadn’t seen in 45 years! It was great to visit with her, and once again become fast friends.
The next signing was at the Chapters store in Kelowna. It was there I met Bob Beaton and his wonderful family. It turned out Bob is a second cousin – one I’d never met before and didn’t even know I had. It was soooooo great meeting him, and his family too. I’m looking forward to many more visits with them. And oh – thanks for treating me to that great Chinese buffet, Bob and Tracy!!
There’s one more new friend I should mention: Endrea, who’s working on obtaining her master’s degree in journalism at the Saskatchewan’s University of Regina. Endrea interviewed me about becoming a self-published author, and my book-signing adventures across Canada. You can read the article she wrote right here.
Mind you, I’ve met so many wonderful people at these signings – I wish could find the time and space to mention them all. What really amazes me is how many fine, fine people there are to meet and befriend, no matter how crazy the world gets! Animals, too – like Kiki the rescue dog from Cuba, now living at the Ambassador Motel in Sault St. Marie. I swear she’s more human than dog!
I look forward to meeting up with many of my new friends again, on my next journey across our great country.
Thanks too, to everyone who has reached out to email me, and those who’ve blessed my days with their kind words, smiling faces, encouragement and support. I could never have sold that 1000th book in such a brief time without you. Thanks so much every one of you. Love you all.
Now it’s time to get back to reaching for my next target: becoming the Canadian J.K. Rowling!!!
All the best,
The holiday season is here, so my book-signing events have wound down for the year. I’ve still been busier than ever, though, putting final touches on my cross-Canada tour that starts on January 4. It’s amazing the logistics you have to put in place to do something like this!
On the lighter side, I’ve already got my ice skates set out near the front door, so I don’t forget them. When I get to Ottawa, I’m planning to skate on their Rideau Canal Skateway. I am sooooo excited!!! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do – but I never imagined I actually would. I’ll definitely post some photos of me enjoying this big bucket-list event. 😊 If any of you live in the area and want to join in, please let me know!
My last four book-signing events have been successful. One was at Chapters in Kelowna, on November 11; then there was Books & Company in Prince George on the following Saturday, and the final event for the year, in Nelson. All the events were fun, and I met many nice people.
Two schools in Nelson purchased my book: L.V. Rogers Secondary and Trafalgar Middle School. Both asked me to come back in March. They want me to do readings for them, and also for schools in some nearby towns. My book is going to be used to bring the librarians and students closer together; I’m very proud of that.
I really look forward to readings in schools. Truly, the best part of this entire book-publishing process is seeing how my book inspires young people. One nine-year old, Katrin – who happens to be the youngest of my readers, as far as I know – was so inspired by Celine and her friends’ adventures that she created two lovely sculptures and a some nice drawings. You can see them below.
Thanks so much, Katrin, for sending photos of your beautiful artwork. It put a huge smile on my face! I love the colorful dragons; they even inspired me to put more colour into my stories.
I encourage other readers to share any inspirations reading The Dragons of Nibiru has given them. Also, I will be inviting students to do some of the artwork for a future book in the series. It’s not too early to start submitting pictures for possible publication! 😊
I hear Katrin is eager to read the series’ second book: The Dragons of Earth. In fact, a number of fans have asked me to please hurry and get it out to them. It’s in the works! You all should see it early in the new year.
I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.
The other day, a friend mentioned that one thing he admired about The Dragons of Nibiru was all the research I’d done in order to write it. He thought others might be interested to hear about that – so here’s the story!
As some of you know, I didn’t start out to write a story about dragons. I was just minding my own business, writing a spaceships-and-aliens sci-fi tale. Dragon-free. But somehow, a dragon managed to force her way onto a page. I tried to continue with my story, but Fianna, last princess of a dying race of noble dragons, had other ideas.
In the end, Fianna won the battle. Obviously – just look at the book’s title! Now there’s no going back: dragons play integral roles in the story and series, with Book Two at the editor and Book Three in progress. There are many, many things Fianna wants us humans to know about her race, particularly the dragon-folk of her home world, Nibiru.
At first, Fianna’s victory in that battle caused me quite a bit of anxiety. It meant I’d have to re-write huge chunks of the original story. And hells, at that point I didn’t even know where the tale was heading anymore! Most of my worry stemmed from the fact that I knew so little about dragons, though. Now one of the creatures had railroaded my writing, and I was not a happy camper! But once I got to know Fianna and her clan, I was more than happy to tell their story, and with gusto. I dug into some dragon research, and although I'm still a neophyte when it comes to dragonology, I learned a lot. I’m eager to learn even more about these fascinating creatures, too.
Now that they were such a crucial element in the story, I had to research not just dragons, but their planet, too – Planet X, also commonly known as Nibiru, among Earthlings who are into such things. That lead to learning more about the rest of the planets in our system, too. Things like their orbital cycles, weather patterns (if any!) and so on.
Since a large part of the story takes place on Earth, I also had to do some study about our own planet, too. Was I ever surprised at some of our home world’s strange and wonderful features (natural and otherwise). Things I’d never heard of, like the underground tunnels between Turkey and Scotland, and the ancient cities along their routes. Underground cities, that is! Most are located beneath the country we now call Turkey. One of them is eighteen stories deep, and had more than 20,000 inhabitants at one time, living in a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers. That’s just a sampling of what you can discover in the fascinating articles at the library and on the web, many with photo documentation.
Another unfamiliar area was spacecraft, so I spent a fair bit of time studying both hard knowledge and informed speculation on the subject. That included people’s ideas about alien ships they believe to have visited our planet – and the beings who piloted them. There are many who say that several major races of aliens have visited Earth, including those known (here on Earth, at least) as Greys, Reptilians and Arcturians. I’ve tried to do the ideas and beliefs about these races justice in my stories.
The same goes for witchcraft and magic. I researched spells, magical chants and other aspects of magic, to lend authenticity to the chants, poems and other magical elements of the book. I was very pleased and proud to have a practicing witch tell me that those parts of the story sound as if they were written by a witch! Well, perhaps – like Celine – I am a secret witch.
There were quite a few other subjects I dug into during the writing process. For example, I learned about human (Earthling!) blood types and the “Rh factor,” including some of their history. Did you know that there was a time when all Earth humans had Type O blood? Today we can also have Type A, Type B or Type AB. Interesting indeed. What happened there? I wove my speculations about how that might have occurred into the story. The Rh factor fascinated me, too. According to some researchers, all humans had “Rh positive” blood until about 15,000 years ago. What? That sounds odd and mysterious, doesn’t it? So that’s something else for me to learn more about, and perhaps work into the story as it evolves. Stay tuned…!
Well, it’s late and I’m getting a bit tired, so I’ll end off for now. If you’re interested in hearing more, though, let me know! Send me an email, or better yet, tell me in the comments, below. If you like what you’ve read here, I’ll be happy to share more about my research adventures. Oh, and feel free to ask about anything else you’d like to hear about, research-wise or otherwise!
It's been a while since my last entry, so I have a fair bit of news.
First, the most recent book signing was in Kelowna at Mosiac Books, on Saturday, October 28. It was a sunny day in the streets, and sunny inside the Mosaic store, too! The staff were incredibly friendly, and so were the clientele. So friendly that I didn't want to leave.
Many people stopped by to chat about The Dragons of Nibiru. Some were even familiar with the planet Nibiru, which made for some lively conversations.
Graham, an astronomer, was a particularly interesting fellow to talk with. We chatted for quite some time about a variety of topics, like planets, the universe, and what might be out there in the cosmos. We got so into it, his wife finally had to politely drag him away! Graham is looking forward to reading about Celine and her friends (and foes, too); he promised to get back to me about some of the topics in the book. I can't wait.
I’m busy scheduling even more book signings. There are already quite a few set up in Alberta for early in the new year, including a couple each in Edmonton and Calgary. I have my winter tires on already, so I’m set to brave the snowy Alberta highways. There’s snow here in Kamloops already, and I drove over the Coquihalla the other day in a snow storm, so I think I’ll be able to handle whatever northern Alberta throws my way. I also have several signings scheduled in the Lower Mainland, including several Chapters / Indigo locations.
This past week, several bookstores in the Seattle and Portland areas agreed to put The Dragons of Nibiru on their shelves, so I’m very happy to be breaking into the US market. The books have already arrived at most of their locations, and several more stores will be receiving them shortly. Also, more BC and Alberta stores have agreed to take the book. Once their copies are all delivered, that will make a total of 49 stores that sell The Dragons of Nibiru. WOOT! WOOT!
I hope you’re enjoying some nice fall weather, and that those with snow already are up for all that winter brings.
On a different note, translation of The Dragons of Nibiru into French is underway, so I’m hoping those who want a French copy can purchase it sometime in late 2018. The German translation has been put on hold at this point in time.
Bye for now!
This has been a quieter week, as I don't have any book signings lined up until Saturday, Oct. 28 at Mosaic Books in Kelowna. I’ve still been busy, though.
Over the past couple of days, I’ve put together donation baskets for two upcoming silent auction fundraisers. That was a lot of fun. The second basket looked much better than the first. The first one is for the Salmon Arm Rotary Club’s auction, as I mentioned in a previous post. James Smith was kind enough to pick up the basket.
The second basket is for a fundraiser in Ft. St. John, being put on by E3 Studio to help a cancer patient in their community, Jim Peever. I’m not familiar with E3 Studio and don’t know Jim, but I believe we’re all responsible for helping each other whenever we can – so I’m glad to contribute. I hope the auctions raise lots of money, and that the Dragon Basket winners enjoy them!
That's all for today. 😊
I’m losing track of what day of the week it is – let alone where we've gotten to in the month. It's now Saturday, October 21, but let me see…where did l leave off with my last entry? Hmmm...
Oh, yeah! So, it's now Saturday. And on Wednesday morning, I was on a Kamloops radio station – 98.3 CIFM – with the delightful Stan and Henry. What charming, fun guys. I was even invited back, so I must have behaved myself. The next day I did the Shuswap Women-in-Business Trade Show; that was a lot of fun. Then, on Friday, I appeared on the local TV station, CFJC – on their midday show with the dazzling Susan Edgell. She conducts a great interview. You can check it out here:
That same evening, I joined Magge Davidson from Spirit Quest Books at her booth at the Interior Wellness Festival, where we enjoyed a fine evening.
Today (Saturday) I spent a couple hours at the local Chapters/Indigo bookstore doing another book signing. I'll include a photo of my display, down below. I had to bring in a fresh load of books from the car when the store sold out all their copies! What a great feeling! While signing books, I had a chance to chat with people. That was a treat in itself, and to make it even better, I received quite a few nice compliments on my radio and TV interviews.
My next scheduled book signing is at the lovely Mosaic Books in Kelowna, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 28. I’ve got two more signings scheduled after that: Saturday, November 11, at the Chapters/Indigo store in Kelowna, and on Saturday, November 18 at Books & Company in Prince George. I’m sure there will be even more, but that’s the lineup at the moment. These things just keep coming. A whirlwind, just like I said!
The Salmon Arm Rotary Club has a big annual fundraiser coming up on November 4th, 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Prestige Inn (yes, in Salmon Arm). I've donated a basket of my books and some dinosaur/dragon goodies for their popular silent auction. If you’re in the area, go on down and have fun at the auction. (And bid on my basket, of course!) They’ve got some other fabulous items on the auction block, too. Like a waterway houseboat vacation package, a golf package, some intriguing ethnic dinners and even some guided outdoor getaways. All bid donations benefit an array of very worthy charities, so it will be a big win-win for everyone.
I am thoroughly enjoying the whirlwind of activity Celine and her friends continue to conjure up for me. I’m so glad you’re following along – and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support!
Bye for now,
Hi again, everyone!
Such a busy week – and there's more to come!
Yesterday I had a great time tending my table at the Shuswap Women in Business Trade Show in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, in the very pleasant company of quite a few enthusiastic women.
I didn't get a chance to visit many of the other displays, but those I did see surely impressed me with their professionalism and product quality. A good-sized crowd came to see what the local women have to offer the community; it was so good to see such support. I hope all the entrepreneurs present enjoyed a successful evening.
Back at my own display, I had lots of fun talking with visitors about Celine and her friends, and their adventures in The Dragons of Nibiru. Everyone who stopped by was interested to learn about the series; it was invigorating to receive so much support from people I’d never even met! Many bought signed copies, too.
I also gave away free copies of my book of poetry, The Real Vancouver: View from a Cheap Hotel. A dear friend told me I needed to dig out my stored copies and start promoting it; so I did! For some reason, she likes it.
I’d put together a basket of organic foods and put it up on display at the booth, inviting people to leave their names for a give-away drawing. I haven’t done the drawing yet, but I’ll do that soon and post the winner.
Today at 12:45 I'm to appear on the local TV station, CFJC. My first-ever TV appearance. I think I’m more nervous about how my hair will look than about the interview itself. I’m well known for my ability to gab! Nevertheless, I’m nervous. The show will be over by the time you read this, but I’ll post about it soon.
This evening there's another book signing, this time at the Interior Wellness Festival in the local Sahali Mall concourse. I’ll be alongside Maggy Davidson, owner of Spirit Quest Books. Tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00 is a book signing back home in Kamloops, at the Chapters/Indigo store.
So, it’s been a busy week indeed. Hard to believe my first signing was only a week ago, with Jamie and Sydni at the Books & Company in Quesnel. And so many more to come – amazing.
That's all for the moment.
Have a great day, everyone!
A few days ago, I booked a truck rental for an exciting little project: taking delivery of 2000 newly printed copies of The Dragons of Nibiru. The pick-up trip was scheduled for Tuesday. Then, on Monday, I heard some travel advisory warnings telling people not to use the highways on Tuesday. Great! Well, the truck was booked, so I just decided the weather man didn’t know what he was talking about.
I was wrong. He did know.
I hit the road Tuesday, right on schedule, and soon ran right into the strongest winds I’ve ever experienced. Torrential rains, too. All while driving a big moving truck. It was an experience and a half! But, now that it’s over and all 2000 books are neatly stored in my hallway at home, I’m proud that I made the five-hour drive unscathed. The truck made it safely through, too!
After picking up the books – hot off the presses at Kettle Valley Graphics in Kelowna – I dropped some off at the Kelowna Chapters/Indigo bookstore for my November 11 book signing there. Wow! What a nice store.
I've also got to drop off more books at the Chapters store here in Kamloops. They asked me to be sure to bring them some more, so there'll be plenty on hand when I do a book signing there this coming Saturday. Cool!
Next on the schedule (it will have happened by the time you read this) is an 8:45 am visit to Henry and Stan at radio station CIFM, to chat about what inspired me to write The Dragons of Nibiru. Then, on Thursday, I’ll be tending my table at the Shuswap Business Women’s Trade Show in Salmon Arm. I’m really looking forward to that, as there are a bunch of great people in that community.
To round off this great week, I’ll be visiting CFJC TV in Kamloops their Noon News program on Friday. Then it’s on to that Saturday book signing at the local Chapters/Indigo. Busy, busy!
Today was a great day for book signing at the Quesnel Books & Company location. Jamie and Sydni, were wonderful and helped to make the day a great success. I met an aspiring young writer, Riley Wyssen, and a great artist, Shaylin. I am looking forward to seeing their work in the future. Riley has a good story she is working on and Shaylin has a portfolio of some great drawings that would look fabulous in a book of fairies. It was fun to see how many people wanted to just hang around me to chat or to show me what they have written or drawn, and asked me to help them with their writing. I was even given several hugs by people who bought my book as they enjoyed meeting me so much!
I am thoroughly looking forward to my next book signing in this great little cafe and book store. They have many wonderful books and other things that would make excellent Christmas gifts!
One of my memorable moments from the day was when I was fueling up for gas before the book signing, a man approached me. He asked about the magnet on my car and I told him I was doing a book signing and suggested for him to come over to the store. He did, and we started talking. I found out that he is a plumber but he said he's too old to do it anymore. It turns out that he does a little carving, so I mentioned to him that I needed a wooden wand and asked if he could make me one. He brightened up at the idea!
The second book signing went very well. My name was recognized in the paper by someone I haven't seen since 1972 and she came out to meet me. It was great seeing her again and reconnecting. I can hardly wait to visit her more. We went for coffee after the signing to catch-up. Even not seeing her since she was a child, I knew who it was once I saw her. Kind of cool.
The thing that stood out to me today was that after the book signing, I stopped into Timmy's to get a steeped tea and the girl at the counter thought she knew me. When I told her I was in town to do the book signing, she said that she recognized me from all the posters and newspaper articles about me. Starting to know how celebrities feel.
Has it ever been a whirlwind since I picked up the first printed copy of The Dragons of Nibiru on July 13!
The next day I headed out on a four-week road trip down to the US to promote my book, visit old friends and meet new ones. Now it’s October and my book is already in several stores in BC, and will be in others in the next couple of weeks. I will be making some more road trips to the US soon, to get the books into stores there, too.
More news: I have several book signings and readings lined up for October in Canada. It is so exciting! I have been having such a blast!
My book is well received wherever I go. Once, a person even approached me while I was fueling up my car, asking about the magnetic sign on my car. I’d had a magnetised sign made to promote the book, so I’m promoting every time I go out! (I'll include a photo down below.)
That sort of thing is happening to me regularly. The other day, I visited the table a local theatre group had set up in a mall; I walked away with one of their pamphlets, and the lady behind the table went home with a copy of my book.
My first reading/signing date is October 14, at 1:00 pm at Spirit Quest Books in Salmon Arm, BC. Then, on Wednesday, October 18, I’ll be on radio station 98.3, CIFM (here in Kamloops, BC) to talk about what inspired a person of my age to write a book. The following day, back in Salmon Arm, I’ll have a table at the Shuswap Business Women’s Trade Show. Then, on October 20, I’ll be on Kamloops TV station CFJC for their mid-day show, talking once again about what inspired me to write the book.
Thennnnnnnnn, on Saturday, October 21, I’ll be doing a book signing at the Kamloops Chapters/Indigo bookstore. The Saturday after that (October 28), it’s another book signing, this time at the lovely Mosaic Book Store in Kelowna, BC. Whew! I’m tired just writing this, let alone doing all that driving around.
I’ve also been doing a good bit of driving to deliver books to stores around the province who’ve requested them.
I meant to do a blog about my July trip to the US. That didn’t work out at the time, but I guess it’s still not too late. I’ll post that shortly, so come back and check it out!
October 14, 2017: News Update!
Below is an updated list of places where I will do book signings and readings across British Columbia, Canada. Come out and meet me during one of these upcoming appearances, or tune in during an interview! I would love to meet you to talk about my first book and the rest of the series.
October 13th – Quesnel, B.C.
Book signing at Books & Company
12:30 am - 3:00 pm
October 14th – Salmon Arm, B.C.
Book reading and signing at Spirit Quest Books
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 18th – Kamloops, B.C.
Interview at the CIFM-FM 98.3 Radio Station
October 19th – Salmon Arm, B.C.
Book signing at the Shuswap Business Women Trade Show,
Prestige Harbourfront Resort
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
October 20th – Kamloops, B.C.
Interview at CFJC Today, Noon News TV station
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
October 21st – Kamloops, B.C.
Book signing at Chapters / Indigo
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 28th – Kelowna, B.C.
Book signing at Mosaic Books
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
November 11th – Kelowna, B.C.
Book signing at Chapters / Indigo
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
November 18th – Pr. George, B.C.
Book signing at Books & Company
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Lorna J. Carleton
Hello! I'm Lorna. I thought I'd let you know a bit about me, as the author of a tale I hope you'll love.