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I have just bottled the production of last autumn from my vineyard. We had an exceptional extended season with glorious sunshine and equally pleasant temperatures to match. The sugar content of my wine was in a thoroughly acceptable range. For those neophytes of wine making this usually means a darn good product.My entire production arrived care of the hybrid variety I mentioned in a previous blog, the one I am grafting on to all of my remaining vines. In a few years my small vineyard should be a resounding success. I am open to suggestions concerning my bottle label. The ones illustrated came from a friend as I had none ready. The name of my humble enterprise is Mountain Muse Vineyard.

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My writing has also moved closer to producing more fruit. My second E novel Chasing the Dragon’s tail is presently undergoing peer review and hopefully after some constructive amendments, I’ll be able to send it for editing and formatting to fit the E Publishing venue.  It is not a sequel to my first book Pacific Flyways, which continues to sell at a steady rate, but is a historical thriller set in 1914 at the opening of the great war. It features spies, romance and action from the bricked and wooden enclaves of Chinatown , Victoria B.C. to the warm waters of the Mexican Baja.

Watch for it this summer.

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http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/237420

After a lengthy road, with many twists and hills, I have finally reached the milestone of publishing my first book. Pacific Flyways is now available via Amazon.com and Smashwords.com for electronic download. It has been quite the journey with many individuals assisting and influencing along the way. A journey of growth and reinvention, but one well worth the effort. Writing is a joy for me. It enables escape into worlds and adventures otherwise unattainable, while at the same time, sharing the experience with others. I can reveal some of the weird travels my mind flits off to from time to time.

In Pacific Flyways I invite you to join me as I pull back the curtain on the world of rookie RCMP constable Grayden Swift as he confronts terrorist threats, and romantic entanglements, in the rugged beauty of the Broughton Archipelago, on the northern end of Vancouver Island. Sometimes the smallest events can have a ripple effect on the world, far beyond your wildest imagination.

So take a few moments, read some sample chapters, and see if you want to risk $4.99 on a good read. Here are the links:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/237420

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009DQSJDW

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This summer on the West Coast has been a little late in starting. For the rest of you, especially those in drought stricken areas, or zones of extreme heat and forest fire, I know this sounds trite, but summer has finally arrived in my neighbourhood. My location, the southern end of Vancouver Island, has a unique climactic zone. Rain forest in the winter and drought in the summer. It is called the Gary Oak temperate zone. The photo on my header is of the valley where I live. The main feature is a Gary Oak tree, I took the photo in late May.

Usually, the rain stops in April and May, then June is  progressively more pleasant leading up to scorcher in July, August and September. The last few years the pattern’s changed. This year heat and drought didn’t arrive until mid July.  Those smokey the bear warning signs of fire danger ratings stayed low until last week. In view of what is going on elsewhere I shouldn’t complain, but the trend causes me to think about what my grand-daughter might experience by the time she reaches my age.

I have a small vineyard and orchard. Neither is large enough to be of commercial concern but they occupy a fair segment of my time. The apples are just beginning to ripen and with any luck I’ll have a fine cider crop this fall. The grapes have been problematic. My neighbours and I have experienced miserable crop production for the last three years running. Not enough sun at the end of September to bring the sugar content up or too much powdery mildew brought on by early damp days. I have my fingers crossed that I’ll be complaining about too much work to pick and press the fruit this October.

In the meantime. I sent off the final attachments for my first E novel, Pacific Flyways this morning. I hope to be able to provide links for its acquisition in the near future.

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After several years and numerous disappointments I have decided to seize control of my own writing career and self publish. This has been a tough decision. Traditionalists might claim that self publishing is a route of lesser prominence and esteeme. Well each to their own opinion. I’m prepared to test my product in the market place… if readers don’t like my work so be it, at least they’ll have the oportunity to view it.

Electronic media will be my choice. Paper bound production is too expensive for the humble quantity of books I expect to sell.  E Book format provides the means of reasonable return for an affordable product.  Preparation is underway, a cover has been created by talented graphic artist Tania Craan, and the formating will be completed by 52Books.com.

I look forward to announcing the launch of my thriller Pacific Flyways in September.

Watch for it

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