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February 2016

by writers for writers

Dwayne Clayden catherine saykaly-stevens teresa van bryce john d robinson


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www.wordsaremybusiness.ca


www.TheNetworkingWeb.com


Fiction Authors: 9 Blogging Tips

12 Social Media Strategies

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DWAYNE CLAYDEN THE STUFF TV AND MOVIES GET WRONG in Police Procedurals

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publisher’s message

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

The February issue is a showcase all of my previous feature authors – a kind of little thank you for the past year. I have some big plans for 2016, some of which include changing the name of Opal Point of View (POV) ezine –

watch for a contest coming soon! I want you – the authors and readers – to help me choose a new name for our magazine.

It is just in the planning stage right now, but Opal Publishing will be publishing the ezine in print form for distribution and subscription. I will be donating copies to the small book stores.

The frequency of publication will be reduced to 4 issues a year: February, May, August, and November.

There will still be an online copy, but I believe that the shelf life of a magazine will be greatly increased – which is an awesome bonus for all of you who want to promote your books and your writing.

Another nice fresh change you will notice immediately is the email distribution of POV is with MailChimp now.

I will be using MailChimp email management to ensure that your subscription to the magazine is professionally managed.

And the good news doesn’t stop there; I have chosen an intern to work with me. You will be meeting Emilie

Tatlock in the coming issues. Emilie comes to Opal as a Journalism student at SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) and she will be assisting me as the new Opal Publishing editor, graphic artist, and more.

Dwayne Clayden has another article, What TV and the Movies Get Wrong in Police Procedurals; and Catherine Saykaly-Stevens is back with more social media etiquette. Thank you for being a dedicated reader and subscriber! Cindy DeJager

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The Stuff TV in

Police

and

and

Movies Get Wrong

Medical Procedurals Dwayne Clayden

Last month I wrote about being accurate in your writing—getting the facts right. I need to make a distinction since you are, after all, writing fiction! You need to be accurate where you can. For example, a Smith and Wesson .38 calibre revolver has six shots, not five or seven. That’s a fact. Forensics tests can take months before results come back. But can your character pull some strings to get it sooner? A bottle of Scotch? Hard to get Broadway tickets? That’s believable. There’s also a difference between being factual and realistic. One February night in Calgary we were working from 9 pm to 7 am. It was minus 25 Celsius. Snow and ice everywhere. The only vehicles on the streets were taxis, tow trucks and police cruisers. We’d key the microphone on the radio every thirty

a Smith and Wesson .38 calibre revolver has six shots, not five or seven.

minutes or so just to make sure it was still working. In ten hours we were not dispatched to a single call and few of the twenty plus police cruisers were either. As a chapter in a book it would be as boring as our shift. But, it is factual—that’s the way it happened— it’s the reality of police work in February in Calgary. As a writer I’d better find a way—create some fiction—to enhance that chapter or delete it! Be as accurate as you can and when you can’t be accurate, find some plausible reason you aren’t. But a S&W .38 revolver can only

have six shots. That’s the facts ma’am! TV has created a number of shows with specialized teams. These teams have five to seven members, each with a unique specialty so they can handle any situation. In reality, few if any of these teams exist as shown. There may be teams of the same

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or similar name, but having them composed of team members, each with a unique specialty is a TV creation. TV and Movies has to keep the costs and cast numbers low, thus the specialization. In reality, detectives would enlist the help of specialists in other departments for extra help. Michael Connelly does this especially well with his Harry Bosch series. The exception, though, is a tactical team, known in the United States as SWAT, and in Canada by many names, but most use the term ’tactical’. Each team is composed of six to ten members with at least two members of the team specializing in the following

On TV, backup is seldom called. In real life, backup is almost always called.

areas: bomb tech, sniper; less lethal and breaching to name a few. The longer a member is on the tactical unit, the more specialized skills they will have. Back to the specialized teams. On TV, the specialized team flies into another city and has black Suburban’s at their disposal. As the drama comes to a close, they locate the suspect, jump into their Suburban’s and race across the unfamiliar city hoping, that despite the 15 or 20 minute drive, they will be in time to save everyone. Hello! Every major city in North America, heck, every major city and most small towns have a police department that prides itself in a 5 minute (or less) response time—no matter how busy they are. An armed suspect holding hostages who has already killed several times is a high priority! Officers about to write a traffic ticket will toss the driver’s license back into the car, sprint to their cruiser and respond. Cops on break will respond. Locker rooms will empty and that house and neighborhood will be surrounded in minutes. On TV, backup is seldom called. In real life, backup is almost always called. Back to the Suburban’s. Responding lights and siren right up to the house is unrealistic. February 2016

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Good drama, but hardly real. A cop knows the value of a quiet response. Sirens would seldom be used, and never within a mile or more of the target house. Flashing lights would only be used as necessary and they would be shut off many, many blocks away. Finally, cops would never park in the driveway. First, you have given away the element of surprise. Second, you have put yourself within a deadly tunnel where you are exposed. Third, you have limited your escape route. The closest vehicles would park a block away, with other units blocking intersections in a fan out from the target house. When everyone was on location, and the plan was communicated, then they would approach the house. So, next time you see a police vehicle racing down the street without lights and siren, it may be for something very serious where being quiet is an advantage. Or, it could be a two for one donut sale! Thought I’d say that before you did! While all cops and paramedics carry flashlights, it’s not so they can search a house. Dramatic effect of TV no doubt—the beam of a flashlight swinging around the room. The tension builds because you know the suspect is waiting to jump out. The flashlight is also a very good defensive weapon, but I’ll save that for another time. The benefit of 2016, or 1979, or 1950 is that every house has lights! And cops know that. Why take a chance searching a dark house—light it up! The suspect already knows you are there. The goal is to find the suspect quick—not play hide and seek! Back to the tactical teams. A primary role of a tactical team is to enter and search dangerous areas—like a house with an armed suspect. They wear ballistic helmets, ballistic vests, have superior guns (MP5/MP10, AR15/M16, C8 Carbine) and most of all, they train for this every day. So, when the tactical team is called to the scene, they’ll clear the house, then the detectives and other police officers will enter.

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However on TV, it seems most of the time the tactical team is only there to knock down the door clearing the way for the unprotected detectives to walk into the line of fire. The tactical team does look cool in all their gear, so it does make the scene look more dramatic for our TV heroes’. A few last TV/Movie annoyances that probably don’t have anything to do with your writing but I’ll throw them in just for fun because they don’t happen in real life and they annoy me. • Tires squealing on gravel or dirt roads. • Lights and sirens while driving down a rural road or up a long farm driveway. • Police vehicles or ambulances using sirens into an established scene that is hours old. • And finally, the ambulance with the corpse leaving the scene using lights and siren. Till next month…

Author, former police officer and tactical paramedic, international speaker. Teaching authors proper medical, paramedic and police procedures and tactics. Calgary, Alberta, Canada Twitter: @dwayneclayden

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Books Sandi Whipple

If you’d like to read more about me, you need only go to my web site, www.sandikwhipple.com.

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Books Visit Axel online at www.axelhow.com

Moss Cole is a private detective, the kind you

thought only existed in old movies and afternoon reruns.

He’s smart, talented, sometimes even charming. You’d think he could find a better gig than carrying on his grandfather’s legacy as a ‘Private Dick’. Cole is out of money, out of ideas, and out of his league. That’s why he’s stuck looking for a stolen Sinatra record… a record that may be just a figment of an old man’s imagination. Of course, if that were true, Moss wouldn’t have so many people busting down his door.

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FICTION AUTHORS - 9 BLOGGING TIPS by Emiley Jones

While the internet holds a slew of advice and tips for writers, most of the advice about blogging is geared towards non-fiction writers. Some of the tips can be carried across genres, but fiction authors definitely have a harder task set before them when it comes to blogging. While it’s hard to blog consistently about fiction books, it isn’t impossible!

Try out these 9 tips for blogging as a fiction writer...

1. Review other books Choose books that are either from the same genre as yours or related to your book in a particular way such as the setting, time period, themes, etc. If applicable, contact the author to share your review post by reblogging, giving a shout-out, sharing on Facebook, etc.

2. Blog as one of your characters Write blog posts using the voice of your protagonist. Have your protagonist share his or her perspective. Have a supporting character share a story not found in your book. Be sure to set up the context of your book so viewers who haven’t read the book understand who the characters are.

3. Ask your readers to promote your book When you ask your fans to post pictures, statuses, or blog posts of their own (related to your book), you then have the opportunity to repost and quote them. The incentive of being featured on an author’s blog is often enough to get people posting. Some ideas: Ask them to post a picture of your book cover in different places. Ask them to write about a part of the book that they felt they could relate to-with their permission, turn it into a feature story for your own blog.

4. Discuss trends happening in the genre

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Talk about what’s going on in your genre. What has changed or what is changing? How does your book fit in or stand out?

5. Answer questions What do your readers care about? Offer to answer questions about characters or places. Share aspects of your writing process. Include snippets that didn’t make it into the final publication.

6. Explore your next novel If you have something else in the works, share certain things with your fans, and let people weigh-in with their own ideas or opinions.

7. Feature other blogs Find and follow the blogs of other authors and review sites. Ask them to review your book on their sites in return for your review of theirs.

8. Start a contest or award Run a contest asking readers to write an alternate ending, write a scene from a different character’s perspective, take photos related to the book, etc.

9. Write more fiction Whether you prefer short stories, novels, poems, personal essays, or something else, one of the best ways to get your current work read is to write more. Try to get published in literary journals (link to article) or simply publish it on your own blog. Either way, share your successes along the way with your blog subscribers and readers! Emiley Jones works in the marketing & writing departments for Certa Publishing, your Publishing Partner, known for unmatched personal customer service, professionalism and reliability. We provide exclusive attention to detail in all components of turning your manuscript into a professional, well-written and marketable book. -- Don’t settle for being just another author. If you are looking for a more exclusive and personalized way of publishing, contact us today! -- http://www.certapublishing.com/ What to Blog About As a Fiction Author - 9 Ideas

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Diaries Can Be

Forbe’s

a Wonderful Resource for Authors Diaries are a wonderful resource when writing your novel. Sometimes the smallest fact can add that spark of life to your story. In my aunt’s diaries I loved reading about how she was always gardening, cooking and baking; and I have been able to add that bit of authenticity to my story, as well in my main character’s love of gardening and her kitchen. Cindy DeJager is writing Letters In the Attic, a generational family story set in Calgary, AB.

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Jayashree Thatte Bhat, PhD Facebook: www.facebook.com/ jayashreethattebhat

Journey Through Breast Cancer Five women, Anita, Ritu, Maya, Virani, and Shaina, coming from five different regions of India, five different walks of life and five different familial backgrounds are diagnosed with breast cancer. They meet in the metropolis of Mumbai and decide to create a support group with the help of their doctor, Dr. Vimal, a cancer specialist, a Meeraben, a psychotherapist, in combating the disease. Their journey starts when they are newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Each one’s disease is slightly different from the others’. Although, all five of them have breast cancer, their own reactions and their family responses to the disease differ significantly. How each one copes with her fear and anxiety is also remarkably different from the other four. However, with the help of their doctor, they gain enough information and knowledge about the disease and treatment. And with the help and assistance of the psychotherapist, each one manages to develop a positive attitude. With accurate information, awareness and positive attitude, they gain enough courage to five a fight to the disease. I have called these the major milestones on the journey when all these attributes are inculcated in these women.

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Social Media Strategies for Authors and Writers

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Types of Social Media Gratitude Posts to Engage Others Online

When you can’t think of anything to post, consider sharing your gratitude with your friends, followers, and connections. As a rule, always tag or mention the people you discuss so that they’ll know and can choose to redistribute if they want.

1. Post about a recent excellent customer service experience. Good customer service is so rare these days. Praise a person or a company who is doing it right. 2. Thank a Mentor(s). It doesn’t matter if it was someone who guided you last week or last decade. If they made an impact, let them know. 3. Post a follower’s unique question, comment, or perspective. It’s perfectly alright to repost great content. Thank them while reposting what they said. 4. Give gratitude to someone who offered great advice in their online post. Sometimes it feels like you’re yelling messages into a deep chasm and hearing nothing back but your own echo. If you’ve found someone’s post useful or profound and it resonated with you, let them know. 5. Thank someone who provided a little humour to break the workday's tension. If that comic made you laugh out loud, let them know. They may post more. 6. Thank a hard working EMS, or someone who works non-profit, or a charity. There are many people who give more than others. They deserve your

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recognition. 7. Thank the organizer of an event you attended. Don’t forget to mention their sponsor(s). Events would never run without dedicated coordinators and other people behind the scenes who make it happen. 8. Thank a volunteer. Volunteers make the world a better place. 9. Encourage others to be grateful. Gratitude can be contagious. 10. Consider Fridays as the online gratitude day. Use Hashtags (i.e. #FollowFriday and #FF) to help others you think deserve new friends, follower, and help connect them. (Especially on Twitter). Don’t forget to explain why others should follow them. 11. Thank a family member or a good friend. Publically! Here, you don’t have to explain why. Words of Warning: Only express gratitude if it’s genuine. Do not post to gain attention for yourself. While the sentiment comes from you, the spotlight is meant for someone else. Last words: It doesn’t take much to build engaging relationships online. Often, it begins with a simple thank you. Did I miss a category? Let me know at catherine@thenetworkingweb.com See you online, Catherine

Got a burning question? Want to suggest a tip? Write Catherine@TheNetworkingWeb.com

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Her lukewarm love life, job as an insurance adjuster and grownup children are more frustrating than exciting. However, she gets more than she asked for when her once best friend, Callie, is murdered while jogging to Paula’s inner-city Calgary home. The police suggest Callie was coming to Paula for help, which is news to Paula since they hadn’t seen each other in ages. Soon, Paula’s suspicions zero in on Callie’s new husband, Sam.

Books

Paula Savard’s life has stalled.

An ill-considered investigation turns personal for Paula when she begins to get close to Sam, but is Sam’s interest a front to trick Paula? Lies begin accumulating. Suddenly, Paula’s not sure who she should protect and who she should fear. As the truth reveals itself, Paula hatches a plan to draw the killer out. The plan’s success would not only allow her to solve the murder, but also give her life a fresh start.

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It’s Nature, Keep an Open Mind By Teresa van Bryce It’s snowing this morning. If it’s snowing where you are, you might be saying, “Yuck!” If you’re somewhere else where it isn’t snowing it might be, “Sucks being you.” My question is, “Why does snow suck?” It’s bright, it’s clean, so not really “yucky” at all. Okay, it comes with colder weather but why is that so bad? I have sweaters, many of them, and nice ones. If it didn’t get cold I wouldn’t have a chance to wear them. First snow on the farm

Last spring my mother was returning home to northern British Columbia after spending part of the winter in the Okanagan Valley where spring arrives a little earlier. The scenery transformed from green leaves to pre-leaf fuzzies to what she called black skeleton branches. In her words, “even the skeletons are beautiful if you keep an open mind.” She inspired what will be a recurring theme in this blog, that beauty is relative; it depends on your perspective, your personality and your attitude.

Granted, there are places and people and things that are generally labelled as beautiful and others that aren’t. I live in one of those “aren’t” places. The big flat of the Canadian prairie – a boring landscape with a harsh climate, or so many people think. I know, because I used to be one of them. That was before I took a closer look and listen and smell. Is the land flat? Yes, generally. Boring? Not a bit. Is the climate harsh? It certainly can be, but with a fierce kind of beauty that you have to admire.

Black skeleton branches at Charlie Lake

There’s magic in discovering the beauty of where you are, the kind of magic won’t find on a tropical vacation. There’s magic in discovering the beauty of where you are, the kind of magic won’t find on a tropical vacation.


House of the Blue Sea Release date February 20, 2016 After suffering a devastating loss, artist Sandra Lyall runs south to Mexico seeking solace from her grief. She finds refuge in a small Baja hotel on the edge of the sea to which she returns each winter to continue the healing of her heart. But this year’s stay would be different. When a scruffy Englishman with a posh accent offers to buy the painting she’s working on, everything changes, and Sandra finds herself torn between her hardwon serenity and her draw to a compelling but risky alternative. With the magical waters of the Sea of Cortez as its backdrop, House of the Blue Sea tells a tale of surviving loss, seeing the extraordinary, and finding happiness in unexpected places. About Teresa Teresa van Bryce lives on twenty acres of prairie near Calgary, Alberta with her husband, two dogs, three horses, and three cats. She has been published in a number of equine magazines and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. House of the Blue Sea is her first novel. Visit her website at www.teresavanbryce. com

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Cover art by local artist Mary Ann Hews (Tarini).

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Books available on Amazon, Kobo and iBooks, Indigo, and can be ordered from any bookstore. Twitter @ AdamDreece Blog: AdamDreece. com.

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Books Someone is on the hunt for the steam engine plans, and believes that master inventor, Nikolas Klaus, has them. Thought dead by most, and forgotten by many, the quiet grandfather has been living for years in the sleepy mountain town of Minette, keeping his inventions mostly to himself and watching his granddaughter grow up. Twelve-year-old Tee, and her two best friends, Elly and Richy, come together as the heroic Yellow Hoods in the face of life threatening danger. Whose side are the Cochon brothers on, and will they tip the balance? Will Nikolas’ ties to one of the secret societies cost him Tee’s life?

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F i c t i o n Flash Micro Vignette

Every month we will feature flash, micro or vignette fiction. Send us your best writing and you’ll see it here in one of our Point of View publications. info@opalpublishing.ca

Short Fiction Styles Flash Fiction • Max 1000 words. • This is a short short story. A complete story with plot, narrative, characters, conflict, and resolution. Micro Fiction Max 300 words. Contains the story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles, resolution, that even though unwritten may be implied. Vignette Max 100 words. A short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or gives a trenchant impression about a character, idea, setting, or object.

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An Opportunity by John D Robinson “Hello my beauty, it’s been a long time and now I’m going to give you a damn good thrashing” Art said to the drum kit. He settled in and began a series of warm-up exercises that he could recall. Before he was halfway through his neighbours began banging and knocking on walls and ceilings. Art grinned to himself, “They can suffer another five minutes” he said and then launched into a pounding rhythm. He played non-stop for five minutes or more and then he sat breathless with shaky limbs and a ringing in his ears. Then he heard the door bell chime for the first time, it was a strange high pitched shrill, very loud. “What do you think you’re doing making that kind of noise here? You can hear it streets away, are you mad? What’s wrong with you? You make that racket again and I’ll be calling the police, do you understand me?” said the serious looking lady standing before Art; she looked a little younger than his sixty three years. “I’m very sorry, said Art smiling, I’m a little deaf and I was hoping that my neighbours were also deaf, a strange kind of hope to have I know” Art smiled again. The widow did not return the smile but instead said “Just don’t do it again. I expect the warden will be along to see you soon”. “Like I said, Ms, Mrs?” “Winestone, the lady said with a thin smile, Ms.” “I’m very sorry Ms. Winestone, it definitely won’t happen again, at least February 2016

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not for another thirty years anyway. My name is Arthur. Arthur Zofsky pleased to meet you”. He outstretched a hand and felt her small hand clasp his and they shook hands. “Not a good first impression, please forgive me. It was foolish, but it’s been over twenty years since I last played and I just couldn’t resist the opportunity. They have been in boxes for a quarter of a century; my wife, God rest her soul, would not allow me, not even for a hint of a moment, to get them out of the boxes. They belonged in the boxes hidden away in the loft. Today, this morning, was the first time I had seen them for all that time, and I couldn’t stop myself, but it won’t happen again. I’ll pack them back in the boxes. That’s where they belong. I really do apologise Ms. Winestone. Please do forgive me”. “Okay Arthur, Ms. Winestone said with a warming smile, please, call me Rosemary.” “Thank you Rosemary” “Goodbye” said Ms. Winestone. “Goodbye “said Arthur. Art closed the door and gazed over at the drum kit. “Back in the boxes for you! But hey, thanks, that was beautiful”. He packed the kit away and then began unpacking the numerous boxes that were before him. Boxes of his life, of times gone by, small material reminders of what was once his life. A little later the house warden paid Art a visit. “My name is Mr. Morgan Milland and I am the house warden. Now Mr Zofsky, that disturbance was out of order, completely unacceptable. There are some fragile people in this building, do have some respect, please.” he said sternly. “I do apologise warden. I’ve packed the kit away already, I’m very sorry” said Art humbly. “It was a moment of madness” “Never again.” said the warden. “Never again” repeated Art, and then he was alone again, feeling foolish. He felt lonely, he felt all alone; something he had never known before. Ruthie had always been there, by his side. Now, no one stood by his side. He continued unpacking and felt a warm glow lift in his heart when he unpacked the record player and some discs. He selected a disc and placed it in the machine, ensuring that volume was at an acceptable level. A few moments later there came again a knock at the door. Art opened up and saw Ms. Winestone standing before him smiling. “Is it too loud?” asked Art with a concerned gaze. “No. Not at all; Miles Davis was always a favourite of mine” said Ms. Winestone, continuing with the smile. “Haven’t heard his music for a very long time, it’s good to hear it again. Brings back a lot of fond memories” Art relaxed and returned the smile. “Please, come in. I’ll find the kettle and coffee.”

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“No, please allow me. I’ll nip next door. Are you hungry Arthur?” asked Ms. Winestone. Art looked downwards and felt awkward; “Well” he muttered. “I’ll make us some sandwiches and a mug of hot milky coffee.” said Ms. Winestone. “I’ll help you unpack if you wish and we can listen to Miles Davis” “I’d really like that, Rosemary” Art said. Ms. Winestone left and Art walked over to a window. He looked out onto the well trimmed lawns and thought of Ruthie, his wife who passed just six months ago. His wife of forty five years who would not tolerate him playing the drums and she didn’t like listening to jazz either. He laughed quietly to himself. Art found several framed photographs of Ruthie and placed them about the small lounge. He was beginning to feel like he was making a home for himself. Art had never lived alone before. A smile trembled across his lips as he gazed at the photographs. Perhaps he would never truly be alone, Ruthie was here and she always would be. Several minutes later Ms. Winestone returned with a tray of fresh sandwiches and hot steamy drinks. “Come in.” said Art “Come in and make yourself at home.” “Thank you.” said Ms. Winestone stepping into the apartment. The two sat on a sofa quietly eating sandwiches and sipping at the sweet coffee, exchanging small smiles and listening to Miles Davis; both of them feeling warm and comfortable and knowing that the feeling of a friendship was beginning to unfold between them.

John D Robinson was born in the UK in 1963. He began working aged 15 and continues to do so. He began writing poetry aged 16 and published first poem a year later, many of his poems have appeared in the small press, most recently in Bareback Lit, Red Fez, Dead Snakes, The Kitchen Poet, The Commonline Journal, Pulsar, Poet & Geek, The Chicago Record, The Clockwise Cat and upcoming poems appearing in Poetic Diversity, Your One Phone Call, and Message In A Bottle. His short fiction has appeared in Jotters United and upcoming short story appearing in a future publication of Horror, Sleaze and Trash. He is married with one daughter, two grandchildren, four cats, one dog and he likes to drink wine and daydream.

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Books

Calgary Police Constable Brad Coulter

is happy as a street cop, until armed bank robbers kill his partner and wound him. Then, he wants only one thing, to improve out-of-date police tactics and keep other officers safe. It’s 1976 and the police old boys’ network doesn’t share his vision. Coulter struggles with his partner’s death and his failure to apprehend the robbers, especially when he encounters them at a second robbery. Having paramedic student Maggie Gray in his life helps. So does the acerbic, often confrontational guidance of a veteran officer, Jerry Briscoe. Coulter wins a coveted position on the city’s newly formed Tactical Support Unit.


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Charlene Vasseur The Forgotten Song

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Cori-Lynn Arnold Cozy Mystery

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Angry over being kicked off a

case, Detective Louis Baker makes a rash decision to fly to Alaska

when her partner, Detective Bert

Hicks, calls from North Pole. Not

only is his mother missing, but he needs Louis to bail him out of jail.

When the police find his mother’s charred body down a desolate

road, her secret life begins to unfold, and the harsh Alaskan

wilderness becomes as formidable as finding the killer.

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Writer -John D Robinson

When we awoke that first morning, our first morning waking together as lovers, as friends, the curtains hanging loose, the early morning light peeking through into the sparse room and I can recall even now, 3 decades later, that sunlight your scent and your nakedness, the feeling of your breath sailing across my chest, the sounds of cars sweeping by outside, the hum of electricity and I knew then as I do now, when I awoke this morning, that something is very special.

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A RENTED ROOM; A BEGINING


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February 2016 Opal Magazine (Point of View)  

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February 2016 Opal Magazine (Point of View)  

Opal Point of View is all about Canadian Authors and Writers!

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