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Why the IPPY Awards are Important

  This month, my first novel, Reflection of the Gods, was given a bronze IPPY in the category of Canada-East – Best Regional Fiction. The Independent Book Publisher (IPPY) Awards is the largest competition for independent publishing in the world. This year, the IPPYs received in excess of 5,200 entries, and granted a total of 382 awards in 75 fiction & non-fiction categories, 11 regional categories for both fiction and non-fiction, and 10 e-book categories. To be eligible, books must be published independently for the North American market. Entries were received from English-speaking...

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On Teenagers and Babies

  Last year, I had a baby when my older children were 11, 13, and 14 years old. Reactions from friends were mixed. Some were happy for me, but even more happy that it was me and not them. Some were jealous because they missed their babies. A few even wished they could have just one more. This list of pro’s and con’s is largely for the last group. Pro: Teenagers can be helpful. And in this case they want to help because they just love that cute little baby. They will play with her and amuse her so you can eat or take a shower. Con: When it comes to anything outside their friends...

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