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A Woman Like Her (short story) (1/6 ) by Leanne Dyck

 This part one of a heartwarming, life-changing six-part short story inspired by events that unfolded around…

Guest Post: How To Maintain Writing Productivity Through Tough Times by Savannah Cordova

“Savannah Cordova is a writer with Reedsy, a marketplace that connects self-publishing authors with the world’s…

Neighbourly (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Sometimes your childhood neighbours can influence–for your entire lifetime.  photo by ldyck Neighbourly Leanne Dyck My…

Book Review: Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys

A boy’s friendship with a World War II veteran raises suspension but lasts a lifetime.  The…

Dog Hair (poem) by Leanne Dyck

 April is Poetry Month. To celebrate, I’ll share this poem I wrote for children–and the young…

Five Dollars (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Readers come in all shapes and sizes. What unites us is our love of books. The…

Book Review: The Barren Grounds by David A Robertson (MG)

 The Barren Grounds is set in early November in Winnipeg and is about two Cree foster…

Catch It (short story) by Leanne Dyck

  photo by ldyck My brother has a new toy. It’s made of wood and shaped…

Book Review: Dirty Birds (adventure, humour) by Morgan Murray

 If your taste in literature is twisted like mine, do yourself a favour and read Dirty…

Who’s Bigger? (short story) by Leanne Dyck

 What I learnt by watching children play… photo by ldyck Two children square off in the…

Book Review: The Parkour Club by Pam Withers and Arooj Hayat (YA)

 Building bridges of understanding with fast-paced prose. Published in Canada by Pam Withers and Arooj Hayat…

The First Crush (poem) by Leanne Dyck

 Do you remember giggling? Do you remember your heart soaring? Do you remember your first crush?…

Book Review: How It All Blew Up (YA) by Arvin Ahmadi

 How It All Blew Up was based on author Arvin Ahamdi’s 2018 trip to Rome and…

Book Review: Red Fox Road (MG) (wilderness adventure) by Frances Greenslade

 Red Fox Road asks the question what do you do when someone you love leaves? Buy…

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…