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A Confession (short story) by Leanne Dyck

If you live with your spouse long enough you learn everything about them–right? …until one stormy…

West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Berry Burglars written by Liam O’Donnell illustrated by Aurelie Grand (mystery)

 Someone has been stealing strawberry plants, but don’t worry the West Meadows Detectives–Myron and Hajrah–are on…

Writing Stories (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Do you remember the first time you wrote a story? How did you find your pen? …

Guest Post: Karen McBride (writer/illustrator)

 Of all the books I reviewed in 2020, Crow Winter by Karen McBride earned the most…

2020: My List of Accomplishments by Leanne Dyck

So much about 2020 sucked but still, as I look back on the year, I’m smiling.…

Ice Angel (short story) by Leanne Dyck

A short story about meeting a magical child on a dark night.        …

Book Review: The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (MG) by Julia Nobel

 Emmeline “Emmy” Willick is happy kicking balls and scoring goals on the soccer field in Connecticut…

The End (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Many things can go wrong with a manuscript. It’s a miracle really when you reach the…

Book review: MASH by Richard Hooker (historical fiction)

 Augustus Bedford “Duke” Forrest and Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce spend eighteen life-changing months serving in the…

Book Review: All We Left Behind by Danielle R. Graham (romance)

 Set on Mayne Island, from 1941 to 1945, All We Left Behind is a sweet romance…

Is She Me? (short story) by Leanne Dyck

This short story is intended as an anthem for women of a certain age. photo by…

A Bedtime Story (short story) by Leanne Dyck

photo by ldyck To celebrate the end of daylight saving time, I share a short story…

Book Review: The Guardians by Andrew Pyper (horror)

Would you like to learn how to create suspense and build on it? Andrew Pyper teaches…

Book Review: People Like Frank and other stories from the edge of normal by Jenn Ashton

People Like Frank, Jenn Ashton’s newly released short story collection is peopled with diverse characters from…

Leanne Dyck, Blogger (3-minute memoir)

To celebrate this blog’s tenth anniversary, allow me to take you back–way back to the beginning……

Larry (short story) by Leanne Dyck

In this short story, Colleen desperately wants someone to help her find justice.  Inspired by this…

Book Review: Hurry Home (thriller) by Roz Nay

‘”Some people are wired wrong… And sometimes they end up in your family.”‘ (p. 153)   Can…

Author reading on the radio (short story) by Leanne Dyck

One day I took a ferry from Mayne Island to a radio station on Salt Spring…

Lessons in Icelandic (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Celebrating!! At 10:59 am on Sunday, September 13, 2020, this blog just received its 500,000-page view. …

Book Review: Runaway (short story collection) by Alice Munro

The ends of each of these eight stories fall like heavyweights in this deeply emotional collection. …

Jaron Cardew, author (short story) by Leanne Dyck

How does society view the artist? What do they expect from us? photo by ldyck Jaron…

Guest Reviewer: Year One by Nora Roberts reviewed by Benni Chisholm

Buy this book BOOK REVIEW YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts Published October 2018 St Martin’s Press…

Visiting Iceland (travel adventure short story) by Leanne Dyck

photo by ldyck Visiting Iceland It’s hard for me to tell you about my time in…

Book Review: The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

Happy World Book Lover Day! I love to think of us all–one big family of readers…

Maybe Me (short story) (romance–maybe) by Leanne Dyck

photo by ldyck Maybe Me Do you remember how we met? I was on stage in…