A Generous Publisher!

I’m very proud to have a novel published by Crwth Press https://www.crwth.ca/crwth-cares/and excited to share their generous fundraising efforts for diverse and worthy causes! Please check out the links and discover a new book for children or young adults, or purchase a beautiful blank journal for your own writing.

https://mailchi.mp/745ecbee49cb/greetings-from-crwth-press-5050837?e=233ebb6598

Funds raised from the sales of Faster Than Truth will go to support Reporters Without Borders. https://rsf.org/en/our-values

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Mirror Image ~ Reissue

Orca Book Publishers is releasing an updated version of Mirror Image in September 2020. The text is formatted for ultimate readability and there’s a fabulous new cover! https://www.orcabook.com/Mirror-Image-P4825.aspx

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Learn to Tell a Good Story

Here’s a link to the author chat hosted by Crwth Press!

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Writers Talk Writing

The first birthday for my book Faster Than Truth is coming up on May 15th, and I get to celebrate with this live event on May 19th, 2020! Please join us.

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And … a book trailer for Coming Back!

For readers age 16 and up.

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New Book Trailer for Faster Than Truth

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Delta Optimist Article

I am delighted with this report on my two most recent books, by Ian Jacques at Delta Optimist. https://www.delta-optimist.com/entertainment/delta-author-tackles-fake-news-and-ptsd-in-pair-of-new-novels-1.24015636

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Coming Back

I’m very pleased to announce my newest book, Coming Back, will be available from Orca Book Publishers (and most everywhere books are sold) on August 27, 2019. https://www.orcabook.com/Coming-Back-P4343.aspx

This short novel is a shift for me from middle grade and YA, to adult fiction. Here’s the description from the publisher: Julie survived a horrific car accident, but she has no memory of the event or the boyfriend who was with her in the car. He disappeared, and she is diagnosed with PTSD. Her doctor recommends a therapy animal, and Julie chooses to get a horse. Julie’s experience with horses is limited, but it’s empowering to finally be involved in life again, and her symptoms abate. However, she has a lot to learn, and when the riding coach gives confusing lessons, Julie is thrown off balance, both emotionally and in the saddle. The improvement she’d begun to experience with PTSD symptoms is lost, and her nightmares return. Can Julie and the horse recover and heal their broken spirits?

Early reviews have been very positive. CM Magazine said: “A must-read novel, challenges its readers to look not only outward without judgement but also inward.” The full review can be found here: https://www.cmreviews.ca/node/817

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Faster Than Truth – Reactions

Some early reactions are showing up for Faster Than Truth and I’m delighted to share them:

Loved Faster Than Truth. A great book for adult as well as younger readers. So pertinent to today’s world with understated humour—had me hooked right from the start. M.L.

Wonderful, quirky characters. Humorous, but with a terrific message about finding the truth in journalism. Denman is skilled at writing compelling, fun stories that also delve deep into social issues. S.H.

In today’s world a story can take on a life of its own faster than anyone expects. I liked the progression of the main character as he realizes things aren’t always black and white, but he can be true to himself and his desire to write the truth. K.A.

I finished Faster Than Truth last night and that story gleams! It’s complex and cerebral while being totally engaging. Congratulations! D.T.

And here’s a link to a generous, thoughtful review from one of my dear writing critique group members: https://www.shelleyhrdlitschka.ca/faster-than-truth/

(A note about critique groups – if you’re writing and don’t have one, try to make it happen. Writing is solitary work and having beta readers and cheerleaders and someone to periodically ask, “Why am I doing this again?” is like creating a healthy wee but mighty ecosystem. So good!)

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Braiding Sweetgrass

“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.” 
― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

I just finished reading the beautiful book, Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall-Kimmerer and feel the need to articulate how it affected me. There are many good reviews out there so I’m not going to attempt more of the same. I simply need to say that it left me with a sense of hope for the possibility of a collective shift in the way we think – away from our current economic models with their doctrine of scarcity and desire for more, toward gratitude for the plenty we already have.

A further joy in the book was the thoughtful look at how immigrants (generations old or more recent) might learn to know and value the ecology of plants that are native to this land. I was a prairie kid transplanted to the coastal rainforest of British Columbia, and while that happened many years ago, for a long time I felt displaced. I think part of this came from not having elders who knew the land; many of the plants, insects, and animals were unfamiliar strangers, “things” kept at a distance, and my later efforts to get acquainted haven’t always been sustained.

Wall-Kimmerer proposes that for those of us who came like plantain (aka White Man’s Footprint) to this continent, and rooted ourselves here, the path to respect for our shared home is to come to know it as intimately as the indigenous people who revered the land as a place that belonged to itself. The wisdom of cultivating this inclusion for all resonates with deep truth.    

This book is a profound invitation to consciously connect with our earth—and I am delighted to accept.  ~ K.L. Denman

https://milkweed.org/book/braiding-sweetgrass

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