Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – At which point do you consider yourself to be successful? by Susan M. Toy


Delighted to share a post from the archives of Susan M. Toy that will be of interest to all of us who write books.

At which point do you consider yourself to be successful? by Susan M. Toy

(This is primarily meant for authors, but could possibly work for any creatives.)

At what time during the life of your book will you declare yourself to have been successful? Not successful according to others, but according to you – yourself. When will that moment come that you declare yourself to be a success as a writer?

– When your book has sold thousands of copies and is listed everywhere as a big bestseller?

– When you’ve made enough money on sales to have covered any out-of-pocket expenses for publication and compensate for the inordinate time you spent writing the book?

– When your book receives the 50 reviews or 100 reviews required by online sales sites to push it into the next level and generate more sales?

– When many bloggers and online reviewers want to promote you and your book on their sites?

– When you hear privately from friends and family, or even complete strangers, that they have purchased and enjoyed reading your book?

– When you receive reviews and promotional blurbs from advance readers who have enjoyed your book and praise it?

– When you type “Final File Ready For Formatting” and send that off to be professionally formatted, published and made available for public consumption?

– When you push back from the computer after finishing up those final edits of your book and know that you have done everything you could to make this the best book possible … you’ve written the story the way only you can tell it, you’ve had the book professionally edited, the cover has been professionally designed, and your editor and any beta readers who have helped you are in agreement that this is a great book. Is this the moment you consider yourself to be successful?

Now flip my list over and read in reverse order.

If, like me, you can say – honestly – that “when you push back from the computer” is the moment you consider yourself to be successful then you’ll be able to look at the rest of these achievements with great satisfaction, if and when you achieve them. Because while they will show to others that you have reached some level of success, none will ever match that initial success you feel in actually writing and finishing the book! There are so many, many people in the world who, every day, say, “I’m going to write a book. How hard can it be?” You know, after having completed writing a book, exactly how hard it is! But … you were successful in having finished writing and that, to me, is something to celebrate – even if you only celebrate with yourself and in your own mind. No one can ever take away that sense of accomplishment and, once you have completed your great book, there is a terrific amount of satisfaction in having done the very best work that you are capable of doing.

All the rest of the “goals” on this list are icing on the cake, or coloured streamers on the bicycle handles, as JP McLean declares! If you are self-satisfied that you’ve written the best book you can then you will find readers for that book. And the other levels of “success” will follow on. Eventually.

In the meantime, give yourself a satisfied pat on the back!

©Susan M. Toy.

Thanks Susan… I hope you have given yourself a pat on the back…’Doing’ the best is all that matters

Susan’s book One Woman’s Island is now in print. I read and reviewed last year and can recommend.

About the book

Running away from Canada, Mariana hopes to forget a failed marriage and the death of her husband by embarking on a whole new life. She moves lock, stock, and two cats to the small Caribbean island of Bequia. But the move brings more than she could have imagined. New friends ask her to help solve a recent murder in the expat community. And then there’s the problem of her neighbours, a young woman and her children. Seemingly abandoned by family and friends, Mariana believes they need her help! By becoming involved, Mariana is carried along from wanting to simply “live with the locals” to being overwhelmed by their culture, one so vastly different to what she had left behind in Canada that she doesn’t know who among her expat friends she can turn to for advice. So she carries on regardless and discovers that Bequia isn’t exactly the tropical paradise it had promised to be.

One Woman’s Island is the second novel in the Bequia Perspectives series that picks up again a few months in time after the first novel, Island in the Clouds.

The most recent review for the book

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to move to an exotic island and begin a whole new life? Author Susan M. Toy has brought that dream to life for the reader. Mariana, the main character in the book, is grieving for so many things. Her life in Canada had been one of loss and longing. She’s looking for a fresh start in the Caribbean island of Bequia. Once she gets there she is met with more than she bargained for. She becomes an unwilling bystander in a local murder mystery.

The expat community that she becomes a part of is not exactly the emotional balm that she hoped it would be with its strange and colorful characters who are living with secrets and emotional turmoil of their own. The local culture of the island is something of a culture shock for a woman finding her way solely on her own in a strange new place. This little island with so much natural beauty reveals itself as a character with a personality all of its own that winds itself hauntingly throughout the story. This book is moving, engrossing, and leaves you wishing for more of Susan M. Toy’s writing.

Read the reviews and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/One-Womans-Island-Bequia-Perspectives/dp/1927950112

And Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Womans-Island-Bequia-Perspectives/dp/1927950112

Also by Susan M. Toy

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Toy/e/B008WXIJ46

Read more reviews and follow Susan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1316805.Susan_M_Toy

Connect to Susan via her website: https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/

I am now looking for assorted Festive posts for December, recollections of Christmas past, family, humour, short stories, poems, recipes etc.. Have a delve through your previous December posts and if you are not planning on re-using.. pop them over to me at sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Phillip T. Stephens, Susan M. Toy, Lyn Horner


As I missed the usual Monday post because of the Bank Holiday and the end of summer party so herewith is the Cafe and Bookstore Update.

First author with a great review recently is Phillip T. Stephens for his book Cigerets, Guns & Beer.

About the book

Dodd breaks up a convenience store robbery when his car breaks down in Sweet Water Falls, Texas. What’s the thanks he gets? The sheriff won’t let him leave, the car lot can’t find the parts and everybody wants him for something—sales pitch, church membership, and even stud pony.

But most of all, it seems a family named Dodd were shot down robbing the bank in 1949 and the half million they stole remains missing. Everyone thinks Dodd returned to dig up the loot and no one intends to let him leave until he finds it—along with (or so the legends go) a long lost flying saucer.

Here is the most recent review.

The cover of Cigerets, Guns & Beer by Phillip T. Stevens catches the eye immediately. Beer and cigarettes are present, necessary for any good breakfast. While a gun is not displayed, bullet holes are, perhaps from the night before. A reader might predict that this will be a “good ol’ boy” novel replete with rednecks. The reader would be correct. This novel will make those who grew up in a small town nostalgic; a place where there might be only one law enforcement officer who also read water and electric meters, sold alcohol in defiance of Sunday “blue laws,” was a source of under-the-table porn, and served as a de facto judge deciding what town residents could and could not get away with.

This was the case with Sweet Water Falls, Texas. Joe Bob Meeker was the law. Brother Ralph Meeker was the mayor and JP (Justice of the Peace). Ralph also owned a general store, a car dealership, an insurance agency, and a hotel. Both men along with banker Mal Rafferty completely controlled the town. All served on the town council and exercised rezoning authority to force businesses to relocate or cease operations. The three would then buy the pieces left of the defunct property and open the businesses again under a new name and ownership.
The three men had gotten greedy, some of their business dealings were fraudulent. Up to now, geographic isolation had blocked an investigation. A series of robberies and shootings had never been thoroughly investigated by anyone other than Sheriff Joe Bob. An impartial investigation would have placed the sheriff in the category of a suspect. Any small business owners left in Sweet Water were under control of one of the three powerful men; they were forced to follow any rules formulated by the trio. There was resentment but no organized opposition had surfaced. That was about to change.

Dodd was just passing through town on the way to his new job as a partner in a law firm. The township that employed him as an intern lawyer didn’t want him to continue after his parole was up. The idea of a lawyer who obtained his education in prison was bad for publicity. Dodd was moving on to join a firm at the invitation of a former colleague. He hadn’t planned the gas leak that necessitated car repair and a stop in Sweet Water. It was just coincidence that more than decades previously Sweet Water was a town with history for a family named Dodd. Three brothers named Dodd had robbed a bank of USD 500 000. Two of the brothers were shot and killed and the third got away to hide the money before being shot and killed days later. Sheriff Joe Bob, possibly with the collusion of Ralph, had shot the first two Dodd brothers. The money was never found.

Dodd entered the town to repair his car. He entered Ralph’s store to buy supplies as he continued his trip. The store was being robbed by a nervous 17-year-old and Dodd, an ex-convict, decided to defuse the situation by recounting to the teenager the joys of prison life while attempting to convince him to surrender. Successful in foiling the robbery, Dodd was now stuck in the town until a statement could be prepared for Sheriff Joe Bob for adjudication by brother Ralph. This would take a few days. Meanwhile, town residents would speculate on the coincidence of a Dodd reappearing in the town. Was he there to find the money? Or was he there to find the UFO?

After the initial set-up for the story, all eyes are on Dodd. Especially female eyes. He either has sex with every female or is invited to but turns them down. It seems there is little else to do in a small town. They seem to be the frontline agents for finding out if he is related to the Dodd robber family, a claim Dodd will deny throughout the book. Dodd (first name) Dodd (last name) middle initial D. will apply home style wisdom combined with prison savvy in an attempt to right wrongs in this thoroughly corrupt community. He might even look for the missing money as he tries to find the UFO.

This book has laugh-out-loud understated humor in its description of small town insular life. There are several surprises to keep the reader from putting the book down. Although there seems to be a lot of sexual activity going on, offensive language is MOSTLY absent. Readers will only have to shield their sensibilities for approximately six pages of the 376-page novel.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cigerets-Guns-Beer-Phillip-Stephens-ebook/dp/B00QLI1Q3K

A selection of books also by Phillip T. Stephens

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Phillip-Stephens/e/B0091XK7HS

Read more reviews and follow Phillip on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/583139.Phillip_T_Stephens

Connect with Phillip via his website: https://ptstephens.com/

The next review is for One Woman’s Island by Susan M. Toy which I read and reviewed last year.

About the book

Running away from Canada, Mariana hopes to forget a failed marriage and the death of her husband by embarking on a whole new life. She moves lock, stock, and two cats to the small Caribbean island of Bequia. But the move brings more than she could have imagined. New friends ask her to help solve a recent murder in the expat community. And then there’s the problem of her neighbours, a young woman and her children. Seemingly abandoned by family and friends, Mariana believes they need her help! By becoming involved, Mariana is carried along from wanting to simply “live with the locals” to being overwhelmed by their culture, one so vastly different to what she had left behind in Canada that she doesn’t know who among her expat friends she can turn to for advice. So she carries on regardless and discovers that Bequia isn’t exactly the tropical paradise it had promised to be.

One Woman’s Island is the second novel in the Bequia Perspectives series that picks up again a few months in time after the first novel, Island in the Clouds.

The most recent review for the book

One Fine Book  on July 19, 2017

Like her Island in the Clouds, Susan Toy’s second Bequia Perspective novel is a complex story. On the surface, it’s a crime novel. Mariana, a Canadian woman in her forties, arrives on the island of Bequia running away from the ghosts of her past. Her new friends – a small community of expatriates—ask her to help them to solve a murder. In the orderly, organised world that Mariana’s coming from, meddling in the police investigation would be impossible, but rules are different on Bequia. The local police, with very little experience with serious crimes, are slow and inefficient. Mariana is more than happy to help. She needs a distraction anyway…

Beneath this first layer there is an intimate story of a lonely and deeply hurt woman, whose seemingly safe and comfortable world collapsed when her husband died, leaving her to deal not only with his unexpected demise, but with his emotional betrayal as well.
Mariana’s choice of her temporary exile is not random: years ago, when she was young and happy, she visited the island with her husband. And now she’s back, to heal her wounds, and even more importantly—to look for the happy woman she once was and reconnect with her.

It won’t go smoothly. The seductive, exotic and unique world of Bequia knows how to throw out a challenge and headstrong and stubborn Mariana, with her North American set of values, will have many clashes with the island’s mentality and customs before she realizes that she should stop trying to fix things that others don’t see as broken.

Yet, in spite of all the up and downs, the Bequia experience will have a profound influence on Mariana. Instead of that young, happy woman who once visited the island, Mariana will find—and accept—herself, firmly grounded in here and now.

And in a subtle way, she’ll will leave her own imprint on Bequia—I’m sure that young Philbain and Ayayla will never forget Mariana and the stories she read to them.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Womans-Island-Bequia-Perspectives-Book-ebook/dp/B01M27PD14

Also by Susan M. Toy

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Toy/e/B008WXIJ46

Read more reviews and follow Susan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1316805.Susan_M_Toy

Susan was a guest at the End of Summer Party and she is offering three lucky winners the chance to read one of her three titles. All you have to do is put a comment in the reblog on Susan’s blog, with a chance to win and Susan will announce the three names on September 1st.  I have read both Bequia novels and reviewed them with five stars so it is well worth heading over.

https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-one-last-fling-with-fantastic-writers-music-and-more-free-books-from-susan-toy

Connect to Susan via her website: https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/

My next author with an update is Lyn Horner, whose latest release Beguiling Delilah: Romancing the Guardians Book Six which was published in July, is receiving great reviews.

About the book

He’s a Navajo sworn to bring her to America;
She’s a sexy genius in a race with him across France

Delilah Moreau, the glamorous French Guardian, possesses a miraculous mathematical talent that provides her a privileged life, but it can’t give her what she truly wants: lasting love. Leon Tseda, a Navajo whose homeland serves as a hidden gathering place for the Guardians, vows to bring Delilah to safety, thwarting thugs sent to capture her and the valuable scroll she guards. Opening in Paris, the story whisks the pair in a life-and-death chase across France to Nice and Monte Carlo on the breathtaking Côte d’Azur.

Both Delilah and Leon have lost loved ones, and they’re no longer youngsters, but they are not too old for a second chance at love. Their journey is fraught with danger, excitement and steamy, mature romance. Will it lead to love – if they live long enough?

The series so far: There are seven Guardians, each possessing a psychic gift and a precious scroll containing a secret prophecy handed down from ancient Irish seers. Not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen, the prophesies are in danger of being seized by vicious “Hellhounds” who want to use them for their own evil ends.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I loved this book for several reasons. The biggest reason was the characters. It was refreshing to read about characters closer to my own age rather than sweet young things in their twenties. Delilah is a mathematical genius and a business woman. Pairing her up with a rugged American Indian couldn’t have been easy. But Lyn pulled it off with flying colors. They weren’t shy about expressing their extreme differences but maturity gave them the advantage of the wisdom of how to overcome those differences and still enjoy a romantic relationship that would last a long time. But have to say, having a Leon was easy to fall for. He’s proud and protective at the same time and he knew a good woman when he saw her.

Another reason I really enjoyed the book is the French location. I’ve visited the settings in this book and it was fun to revisit them through this book as the Hell Hounds (bad guys) chase them through the French countryside to gain access to the secret scrolls Delilah protects. With each of her books in this series, Lyn takes us to a new world location and it keeps this series fresh. I recommend that fellow readers read this entire series for better understanding but I’m certain none will be disappointed. Each book gets us closer to the secrets and the big battle that is sure to happen when the Hell Hounds, descend to steal the secrets along with the power of the knowledge they contain. Can’t wait!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Beguiling-Delilah-Romancing-Guardians-Book-ebook/dp/B073XPVHSP

A selection of other books by Lyn Horner

Read the many reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

Read more reviews and follow Lyn on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4639926.Lyn_Horner

Connect to Lyn via her website: http://lynhorner.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and check out these authors and their books.. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – Two Sisters by author Susan M. Toy


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A very special family photograph and story now of two sisters. Author Susan Toy has many reasons to be thankful for her supportive older sister, not least for home-baked oatmeal cookies.

About Susan M. Toy

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Susan M. Toy has been a bookseller, an award-winning publishing sales representative, a literacy teacher, and is a tireless promoter of fellow authors and their books. She’s also an author and publisher, under the imprints, IslandCatEditions and IslandShorts, and has published eBooks written by other authors, as well as two novels and a novella of her own. Susan shares her time between a verandah on the island of Bequia in the Caribbean and the deck of a trailer near the eastern shore of Lake Huron in Canada.

Two sisters at Barry’s Farm near South Lake at Minden, ON by Susan M. Toy

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This is a photo of me with my older sister, Betty, taken in 1955, so I was 2 at the time and she would have been 14. We were visiting Barry’s farm close to our cottage on South Lake at Minden, ON.

Our parents had bought the cottage the year I was born and I spent every summer there until I was 16 or so. Betty, being that much older, was already entering high school by this time, so I don’t remember much about her from the late 50s. After high school, she went to nursing college then met and married Martin when I was 11. Theirs was the only wedding for which I was ever a bridesmaid. And it was a great wedding, too! We still have all the old home movies Dad shot that day. And movies from summers at the cottage when Betty and Martin would visit.

They led busy lives, as a nurse and policeman, especially working shifts and holidays, so we saw them even less. Until Betty gave birth to the family’s first grandchild/great-grandchild, and then we saw them a lot, especially at family gatherings. I was in Grade 13 by that time, and babysat for them often, but went away to university in September of 1972, so saw my sister less again. She gave me my first cookbook though, which I still have, and a yogurt maker (also still have and used it again just yesterday), and while I was at school she would send me packages of her home-baked oatmeal cookies that I loved. I hoarded those cookies in my residence room, eating slowly and savouring them.

I met Dennis during that time, and moved West after graduation, so we only saw our families when we made the long trek back East or they came to visit us.

Fast forward a few decades and I now see my older sister a great deal more. After our parents died, Betty became the “matriarch,” as we jokingly referred to her, but also was the keeper of family memories, because she had been around longer before I was born, and knew the various connections on both the Canadian and Belgian sides of the family.

She’s also the glue attempting to keep us, including our other two siblings and various long-lost cousins, together. Betty and Martin have both been a big help to Dennis and me these past years in giving advice on purchasing a used car and trailer and helping to make my transition back into Canada every half year much easier. They’ve financially sponsored the print editions of my novels, and have read and enjoyed everything I’ve written.

They recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary, and I still remember that as being the best wedding I ever attended in my life.

But best of all is I know that, 62 years later and just as in this photo, my big sister still has my back! Thanks, Betty!

©SusanMToy 2017

About One Woman’s Island

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By becoming involved, Mariana is carried along from wanting to simply “live with the locals” to being overwhelmed by their culture, one so vastly different to what she had left behind in Canada that she doesn’t know who among her expat friends she can turn to for advice. So she carries on regardless and discovers that Bequia isn’t exactly the tropical paradise it had promised to be.

One Woman’s Island is the second novel in the Bequia Perspectives series that picks up again a few months in time after the first novel, Island in the Clouds.

A recent review for One Woman’s Island

I received “One Woman’s Island,” part of a collection of e-books as a New Year’s gift from a nice lady-friend, who is aware of my Wanderlust and my partiality for cross-over genre novels.

First, the setting captured my attention. I had never heard of the Caribbean island, Bequia. Having traveled extensively in my younger years, I noticed with pleasure that the exotic background of Susan Toy’s tale is not sugar-coated, but deftly rendered with a keen eye for the daily lives of the locals in this “tropical paradise” (which turns out to be no paradise at all) and a fabulous ear for Caribbean dialects. Toy’s style is fluent, yet at the same time delightfully willful. That’s one of the features that makes “One Woman’s Island” stand out against many other thrillers.

There is a taut plot – quickly moving forward – and for sure enough excitement, but the atmospheric aspects of the novel are more important to me, being a lover of literary suspense novels I particularly like the way Toy describes how expats and locals treat each other. The stubborn involvement of the main character, Mariana – who is seeking emotional refuge after a cold marriage and the death of her husband – when she encounters the violence hidden underneath the beauty of the island, is at the same time endearing and frustrating. As well as trying to solve a murder, Mariana takes her neighbors, a child-mother and her children, under her wings, but she is powerless, in spite of all her efforts, to counter the deep-rooted ancient ways of the locals, when things get rough.

The characters are not always what they seem to be, and more than often they surprise the reader. In spite of the fluid readability of the novel, there is much going on under the surface. In my eyes, this is an important feature that separates a good novel from a mediocre one. By the way, I’m a great lover of Caribbean food, and I thought it an original idea of Susan Toy to incorporate local recipes into the novel. First, you frown, then you think, My, that sounds delicious, and then you wonder if you could cook it yourself. Conclusion: a surprising novel that leaves the well-trodden path of so many thrillers….

Also by Susan M. Toy

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Toy/e/B008WXIJ46

Connect to Susan via her blogs: http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/

and: https://readingrecommendations.wordpress.com/

My thanks to Susan for sharing this lovely post about her family and please show your appreciation by sending off around the Internet.. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Christmas Party -Guest Susan M. Toy with Best Books Read 2016


word-cloud-11I am delighted to welcome another guest to the Christmas Party.. Susan M. Toy has been in the publishing business for a very long time and devotes her time to promoting authors of all genres on her blog and on social media. Susan’s Reading Recommendation posts and archive are a treasure trove of great writing, which is why I am even more honoured to have one of my books in such good company.

Susan is looking back at what has been a bumper year for Indie authors with the first part of her review. She will be looking at mainstream authors in part two on her own blog… so keep an eye open.  I will now hand you over to Susan M. Toy.                     

Best Books Read in 2016 – Part 1 by Susan M. Toy

For the past couple of years I posted lists to my blog of The Best Books I Read in 2015 and 2014. During 2016 I read so many great books that I decided to divide the list into two parts: Indie Authors and Traditionally Published Authors. I’m also breaking with tradition by posting the list of Indie Authors as a guest post on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life blog, by invitation. Sally has long been a great support of me and my writing as well as of many other independent authors around the world, including most on this list, so I jumped at the opportunity of spreading the word about Holiday Reads by telling her readers first of these books, the very best Indie books I have read this year. Besides which … one of Sally’s books is on my list!

You may recognize most of the authors here – and not just because they’re great authors! With the exception of two, all have been promoted on my blog, Reading Recommendations. (Those two not promoted were discoveries I made when the authors offered free downloads. Both were a pleasant surprise!) And another two of the authors listed, Michael Fay and Timothy L. Phillips, I have published myself! And I can guarantee I would not have published their books if I hadn’t thought them to be great writers with fine stories to tell!

So, in no particular order, here are the Best Indie-authored books I read in 2016! (Please note I have included links to my blog for those authors who have been promoted on Reading Recommendations.)

No More Mulberries by Mary Smith

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Passion and Draft Dodger by Michael Fay

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A Handful of Pebbles by Sara Alexi

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Full Circle and Blood on the Water by Tim Baker

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My Camino Walk: A Way to Healing by Timothy L. Phillips

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The Gift: Revelation by J.P. McLean

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Just an Odd Job Girl by Sally Cronin

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Surviving Michael by Joseph Birchall

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Fascination by Kevin Brennan

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Naked Alliances by S.K. Nicholls

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Deadly Impasse by Seumas Gallacher

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The Seance by Tricia Drammeh

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Astute readers will notice that several authors listed here have also appeared on my earlier lists. That’s because they are very good writers who consistently publish great books!

About Susan M. Toy.

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Susan M. Toy has been a bookseller and an award-winning publishers’ sales rep. While living on the Caribbean island of Bequia, Susan began writing the first of four Bequia-based novels as well as another novel, three novellas and numerous short stories. “Island in the Clouds, a Bequia Perspectives novel” is the first print publication from Alberta’s newest publishing company, IslandCatEditions, owned and operated in Calgary, Alberta, by Susan Toy.

A self-styled “author impresario,” Toy has promoted fellow Alberta authors to provincial libraries, writers and readers, since 2009 through her original business, Alberta Books Canada. A long-time participant in the publishing business, primarily promoting and selling books, Susan sees this new publishing venture as a means of “introducing theories I have developed on the direction this business is moving and how to effectively reach new readers.” Releasing “Island in the Clouds” first as an eBook in February 2012 and testing interest in a possible print edition was part of Susan’s publication plan.

Susan M. Toy shares her time between a trailer in Canada and a house, with four cats in the yard, on the Caribbean island of Bequia.

Books by Susan M. Toy

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Read the reviews and BUY both books: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Toy/e/B008WXIJ46

Connect to Susan.

Blog: http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanMToy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susan.toy.7/about

Thank you for dropping into the party today and I hope you will explore these recommended books further.  Sally