Pennies on the Sill
Claudia Miler is capable of performing astral projection. Cole Duncan is a cat burglar capable of finding treasure. When Claudia’s parents and brothers depart from their family home in the suburban south shore of Montreal, Canada for Europe, Claudia chooses to leave her beloved wilderness and books behind for downtown life. As she adopts the people in her new environment as her new family, she becomes aware that city life is not much different from the gardens of her childhood. It is just wilder. Cole is a product of the countryside, the cosmopolitan life and the consequences of his family’s choices. Together they must accept that their family of friends create a landscape of their own and within landscapes of nature or people, there is always treasure to be found.
- Pages: 2134
- Published: July 9, 2017
- ASIN: B073TZ7C3Q
A family secret is unearthed by an excavator’s shovel. In an effort to find answers, David Montgomery uncovers more questions. They eventually lead him on a journey of discovery that turns his comfortable life into one he could never have imagined.
This is a story of intrigue and deceit that enters one generation and has its outcome in the next. “The sins of the father shall be visited on the son.”
The Challenge: Through a Glass, Darkly
Six members of Brockville’s writers group Writers’ Ink accepted a challenge to write a book together. Writer’s Ink co-founder Anne “Bunty” Loucks wrote a novel titled In a Rosedale Garden over 20 years ago. Although it was released as a newspaper serial, it was never published as a book. The challenge accepted by the authors was to use In a Rosedale Garden as the plot, and each author would re-write their own chapter in their own style. The result is a novel titled Through a Glass, Darkly. Both novels have been combined together and published in one book. The book is titled In a Rosedale Garden but it also contains the author collaborative titled Through a Glass, Darkly.
The authors of Through a Glass, Darkly are: Anne Bunty Loucks, Patricia Cove, Dan Trafford, Dorothy Bush, Betty Cunningham, Marike Harris, R. Patricia Capitain.
- Pages: 204
- Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
- Published: November 23, 2013
- ISBN-10: 1492915149
- ISBN-13: 978-1492915140
I have always allowed macabre literature and art to nurture my creativity. In the bedroom of my adolescence, decorated with cat drawings, tapestry prints, back-painted porcelain skulls, and pewter candle holders with tapered candles, I would snuggle up to my cats and write stories in gothic scenarios and allow my passion for the world around me to inspire my drawings.
Now a freelance writer and artistic painter in Brockville, Ontario, I invite sunshine and beauty to the home I share with my common law husband and two children. Once the children are asleep, I entertain my passion for ominous writing and illustrating.
When first approached to write a chapter in the collaborative novel, I was both intimidated and honoured to be included in such a unique venture so close to Bunty’s heart. After I read the flawless original version, I was enchanted by the chilling scenes and character descriptions. It was so well written that I wanted to learn from her eloquent and playful style and respectfully merge it with my own.
Embarking on such a project with other members of Writers’ Ink was one of the most fun, yet challenging, writing assignments that I have ever taken on. The other authors involved each took one chapter and gave it completely different colours with individual, quirky approaches to the subject matter that I believe did justice to Bunty Loucks, an artist and a writer who is an inspiration to all.