Strangely, Incredibly Good Book Tour!

I’m excited to announce my first book tour for Strangely, Incredibly Good, the ‘funny and touching’ Canadian novel, but first, a little bit of business to attend to: Recently, I’ve received a few reader questions about where to get print copies of Strangely, Incredibly Good. No, it is not yet available on Amazon in print format. So, here’s where you can find it:

Vancouver & Maple Ridge Readers: There are now more copies of Strangely, Incredibly Good on the shelves at Maple Ridge Black Bond Books – Haney Place Mall.

Kingston readers can grab a copy Friday, March 6th, 7-930 p.m. at Novel Idea on Princess St., when I’ll be reading and signing copies. There will be a copy or two on the shelves after the reading.

Ottawa-Kanata area readers: I’ll be at Chapters Kanata Centrum Sunday, March 8, from noon-4 p.m. I am very much looking forward to my homecoming, and hope to see some old friends! Chapters Kanata will stock a few copies after the reading, in case you can’t make it that day.

As always, ebook and print copies can be ordered through the Morning Rain Publishing website, and they’ll ship it directly to you. If you’d like signed copies, you can contact me below, or at my email, writer@hgrace.com.

I’m thrilled and excited to announce that I’ll be doing a two-city book tour on the weekend of Friday, March 6 to Sunday March 8th, which will include speaking at the Ban Righ Centre at Queen’s University, speaking at the Queen’s Media and Journalism conference, signing books at Novel Idea, and signing books at Chapters Kanata. It’s going to be a busy but, let’s hope, incredibly good weekend in Kingston and Kanata, Ontario, and I hope that I’ll get the chance to meet and chat with many of you.

If you think you can make one of the events, please check the event schedule for more information here: Upcoming Events

I’d like to ask you all again to review Strangely, Incredibly Good if you have five minutes. There haven’t been that many funny Canadian novels by women recently, so I’d like to think that this one could have a chance at standing out, if only more people knew about it! So please do share about it, either via word of mouth, or a review, or both! I’d appreciate that more than you’ll ever know.

As always, thanks for reading, and for all the encouragement. You guys brighten these cold and snowy days!

Heather

Here's hoping I'll get to meet new readers and reunite with more dear, old friends on this tour, as I did in BC with Deanna! (who took this selfie !)
Here’s hoping I’ll get to meet new readers and reunite with more dear, old friends on this tour, as I did in BC with Deanna! (who took this selfie !)

The Man With the 132 lb Scrotum? (WIP Excerpt )

“I have to stop thinking about him! This could torment me for life! Okay, tonight I will not think about men. No. More. Man. Thoughts.

I pour myself some wine, sit down on the couch, turn on the TV, and check out the guide. Let’s see. It looks like my choices are:  “Mormon Half Love” or “The Man With the 132 lb Scrotum.”

Seriously? This is my Saturday Night? There is not enough wine in this house for me to even contemplate watching these shows. And yet…this is definitely better than dating.

Oh, look, it gets better. Up later tonight on TLC, we have “The Girl With Half a Face”, “The Man Who Lost His Face,” “The Man with Half a Body,” and “The Man with the 200 lb Tumor.”

~Cat Glamour in Remarkably Great, the (Work-In-Progress ) sequel to Strangely, Incredibly Good

Actually if you’ve read this far, you’re actually really interested, so I’ll tell you the news: the draft manuscript is complete as of today! :) Now comes the grueling process of editing before I submit! I’m hoping this sequel will be out by the end of 2015, but it depends on many factors. Stay tuned!

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Work buddy Sam (15)

Give Yourself a Break!

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How Bad Do You Want It?

If you are a writer, you’ve likely heard these suggestions often:

“Write every day.”

“Writers write.”

I’ve taken the NIKE Ad a little farther, and often say to myself and other writers, “Just Write It.”

Okay, in theory, these are excellent suggestions. If you want to be a writer, you have to actually put in the time and stay disciplined. But what if you’ve got a day job? What if you’re a single parent? What if you share living space with other noisy students, and have no where quiet to write?

Yup, it’s never easy, but if you want to write a book, you have to remove all the obstacles, make a plan that works for your particular situation, and then stick to that plan. If you have a day job, you’ll have to get up an hour earlier every day for a few months to write. Or possibly stay up later, if you’re a night owl. If you’re a single parent, come up with creative games to occupy your children for an hour or two every night. I’m not a single parent, but if I were, I’d raid the Dollar Store nearest me and create a special “Quiet Time Craft Bag.” I’d tell my kids to use the Quiet Time Bag so I can get my book done, and remind them it’s only for a few months, and you’ll make it up to them. I’d also rely a lot on the flickering babysitter and DVD movies. This is not the time to be Parent of the Year! Let that go for a while and allow yourself your dream of writing a book. You could create a special rewards system for when the kids give you a good, peaceful half hour. I suspect my books would take a lot longer to write if I were a single parent, and my solutions may not work well for someone whose kids demand a lot of attention. You know your kids and your situation best. If I had kids under five, I’d beg a family member or good friend to watch the kids a few times a week (and then I’d owe them big time).

Parenting and writing don’t often work well together, but you can always come up with a plan that works well for you for a while, and then modify that plan as you get deeper into your writing sessions. As for finding a quiet space in your shared apartment: libraries and cafés with headphones on (so no one speaks to you!) have worked well for me in the past. It’s not fun lugging your laptop to a library every night, but if the end result is your first novel, you may decide it’s more than worth the extra trouble.

There’s a country song performed by my favorite country singer Tim McGraw that goes, “How bad do you want it?” I sing it often. I think its theme is the key to writing and finishing a book. There are always obstacles to staying disciplined as a writer, but there are always ways to remove those obstacles – if only temporarily, for a few months – if you want the end result badly enough.

So, what are your obstacles? What might be your solutions? Could you implement those for a few weeks, just to give it a try?  Is your finished book worth it?

How bad do you want it?

L-R JM Lavallee, Heather Grace Stewart, Nancy Beattie, Jennifer Bogart - Morning Rain Publishing Authors who sat down and Wrote It!
L-R JM Lavallee, Heather Grace Stewart, Nancy Beattie, Jennifer Bogart – Morning Rain Publishing Authors who sat down and Wrote It!

A Christmas Interview

Here’s my first ever videotaped interview conducted by our nine-year-old daughter, Kayla.

Have a beautiful holiday season!

PS If you comment on this video when it’s posted in my publisher Morning Rain Publishing’s fun holiday party event for readers and authors HERE at 7:30 pm EST Thursday, Dec. 11th (posting time – you can comment any time after that all night long)  then you will be entered in a draw to win MRP books and book related prizes!

Holiday Party & 20 Percent Off Morning Rain Publishing Books!

Hey guys! Hope all is well.

For a limited time, you can get 20 percent off any Morning Rain Publishing Ebook by putting in the code XMAS20 at the Morning Rain Publishing website. 20 percent off Strangely, Incredibly Good and all other MRP ebooks? Great deal!

On Thursday, December 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. Morning Rain Publishing is holding an online Facebook Holiday Party! Readers can interact with authors on this “Superfan group” as they are calling it. Join HERE!

As you know, I recently left Facebook, so I can’t chat on there, but if you really want to ask me a question, why not do so here during that time frame? Now that I realize my daughter’s violin concert isn’t that evening after all (oh the mind clutter at Christmas! ) I’ll be here, and will be happy to chat in the comments section of this post, or the video post. You can also @ me on Twitter and I will respond. I’m @hgracestewart on Twitter.

Video post? YES! I’ll also post a video interview on this blog at 6 p.m. EST which MRP will post in the Facebook Group. You don’t want to miss it – our nine year old daughter Kayla conducts an interview (my first video interview ever!) with me in our home. I think she steals the show, the cutie :)

I think that’s all the news for now. You can check Upcoming Events to learn more about my January 3 book signing in B.C. and my Speaker Series noon hour speech in early March in Kingston, Ontario.

Don’t forget to use that 20 percent off code(good until Dec. 30th) , and if you already have my novel, please help a small independent publisher and buy a Morning Rain Publishing Book for someone you love.

Have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

Heather

Snowy December 10, 2014

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An Interview with Heather Grace Stewart

Heather Grace Stewart:

Writer-Blogger Caroline Clemens offered to have me visit her blog, Gardenlilie.com for a short interview. Fun! Thanks very much Caroline!

Originally posted on gardenlilie:

Canadian Author

This is Heather Grace Stewart! I found this Canadian author on WordPress, and read her poetry book a couple years ago. I even left her my first review that I ever wrote. I had no idea I’d be posting a short interview about her further accomplishments. She is bubbly and vivacious and gets her work out there for others to see and enjoy.

Though she’s trained as a journalist, Heather Grace Stewart has been writing creatively since she was five years old, and says “I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.” She’s had a screenplay, two nonfiction books, a children’s book of poems, and four collections of poetry published. How incredible!

Here’s more about her on her blog. Have a look.

In June 2014, Morning Rain Publishing published her first novel, Strangely, Incredibly Good (a romantic comedy/fantasy). It reached #10 in humorous fiction on Kobo and #28 in Women’s…

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