Oct 032011
 

I’m pleased to announce the release of my second book and first novel She, as well as three other ebooks.

She is the classic tale of betrayal and friendship – with an evil entity thrown into the mix. Akaesman is that evil entity. And a young Toronto songwriter is his latest prey. Akaesman violently invades her and tries to make her into his image forever. Her career dies. Her name is gone. And then as her friends and fiancé turn their backs on her as she fights to resist Akaesman, she realizes the worst kind of evil: betrayal. That’s when her real battle for life begins.

“Put simply this is the best urban fantasy story that I have ever read period….you feel exactly how the main character feels. “She” is written with a pace that makes you feel every single word combined with hauntingly beautiful descriptions to forge a story that is anything but forgettable. That is the mark of a truly talented writer, someone who tells a story that you feel as opposed to reading words on a cold piece of paper.

One of the greatest attributes of “She” (One of many I might add) is how mysterious everything is within its pages. Considering that this story is done in the real world that is quite an accomplishment.” From the five-star review by Shane Porteous on Goodreads.com.

I have created a page for my new novel on my website, complete with a YouTube playlist of the music mentioned in the book. I invite you to visit it today.

She is available in trade paperback at the low price of US$14.99 and all ebook formats at a ridiculously low US$2.99.

The paperback is listed in all Amazon stores, Barnes & Noble, BetterWorldBooks, The Book Depository, Paddyfield, adlibris, and directly through my Amazon CreateSpace eStore. Unfortunately, Chapters has slotted it under Used and Rare, with a highly inflated price. I am working on changing this. Fortunately, Amazon.ca is competitive with Chapters in shipping and service, and I recommend Amazon.ca or my CreateSpace eStore to Canadians. Since the trade paperback is distributed by Ingram, any bookstore should be able to order it in upon request.

The ebook is available in ePub format for kobo, iPad, iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, and mobile devices; in mobi and Amazon format for Amazon Kindle; and in PDF and other formats. All ebook formats are listed at Smashwords; ePub format at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Diesel eBook Store, kobo in the next few weeks or months, and many other etailers; and Kindle format at all Amazon stores.

I am also thrilled to announce the release of three new ebooks, available everywhere in all formats:

A Nibble of Chocolate, about the nutritional qualities of chocolate and with a cookie recipe to boot. Only US99¢.

The Job Sessions: Why Do The Innocent Suffer?, a guide to the Book of Job in the Bible. At a low US99¢.

Eleven Shorts +1, a collection of short stories I wrote before my brain injury plus a bonus romantic short story written by my grandmother in 1919, regularly US$2.99.

But for a limited time only Eleven Shorts +1 is FREE on Smashwords. It’s a risk-free way to check out my fiction writing. All I ask is to please leave a review on it on Smashwords or if you prefer, a review of Lifeliner or She or one of my other books on Amazon or on the store website where you purchased it. Reviews are invaluable. They tell readers who don’t know me that others have not only read one of my books, they think it’s worth buying too. Reviews encourage readers to buy and try one of my books.

I hope you enjoy my newest work!

Jun 012010
 

I wanted to share the good news with you that Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story is now available in multi-format eBook for reading on a computer, smartphone, Palm, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Kobo, Nook, Apple iPad, etc. at Smashwords.com (listings on retail sites like iBookstore and Barnes & Noble coming in 1 to 8 weeks). As you know, my book tells the story of how vibrant Torontonian Judy Taylor fell ill and faced slow starvation until a young doctor offered her life with a catch — she can never eat again. Here’s the link to the book page where you can sample, watch video trailers, or purchase Lifeliner:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/15191

A compelling story…Reading it will make you laugh, smile, cringe, cry and most importantly, think. If you want inspiration, Lifeliner has no shortage packed into its pages.” Diana Rohini LaVigne, Online Editor Indian Life & Style Magazine and India-West, from four-star review

Please help me spread the word. Won’t you take a moment to forward this message to everyone you know and ask them to do the same? And if you have a moment and have enjoyed Lifeliner, please leave a review too! A free sample is available here too:

http://sony-ebook-samples.com/sample/15191/lifeliner-the-judy-taylor-story

Thank you!

Apr 242010
 

The Office of Letters and Light has for many years now put on for free two annual international writing challenges: one in November called “National Novel Writing Month” in which participants write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days; and one in April called “Script Frenzy” in which participants rise to the challenge of writing a 100-page screenplay. This donation-funded nonprofit based in the USA began these events in order to build a more engaged and inspiring world, to foster creativity in the young and the old wherever they may live.

Script Frenzy and the Script Frenzy Young Writers Program cost over $150,000 to put on in 2010. These free grassroots events wouldn’t exist without donations from participants and sponsors.

When I decided to join the 20,999 other scriptwriters participating in Script Frenzy, I also set my hand to fundraise for it. While I adapt my book Lifeliner into a screenplay, I’m also asking friends, family, and my Tri Delta sisters to sponsor my script by making a donation to The Office of Letters and Light. Every dollar I raise will help Script Frenzy’s parent nonprofit, The Office of Letters and Light, continue to put on free creative writing programs for children and adults in classrooms, communities, and libraries around the world. For children in the Young Writers Program, Script Frenzy builds fluency, confidence, creativity, and time management. Every dollar I raise will keep these programs going, keep encouraging children and adults to set their imaginations free and learn that when they put their minds to it, they can accomplish much.

I’m close to the end of Script Frenzy, two pages away from 100. But I’m only 45 percent of the way towards my fundraising goal. Please help me reach my total goal of raising $2,500 for The Office of Letters and Light by making a donation now through my convenient and secure sponsorship page by clicking the link below. There are only 5 fundraising days left!

http://www.gifttool.com/athon/MyFundraisingPage?ID=1891&AID=1023&PID=119027

To see how I’m doing with my screenplay and fundraising any time of the day or week, please check out my Script Frenzy page, my Twitter page, or my website.

Nov 092009
 

We are sorry to report that the husband of long-time, loyal member Helen Ward passed away last Friday.

There will be a visitation on Tuesday, November 10th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road, Scarborough (just east of where St Clair joins Kingston Road), phone 416-267-4656.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday November 11th.

Feb 062009
 

Psi Psi Psi awards $1,000 scholarships to collegiate members of Delta Delta Delta who are entering their third year.

The deadline for applications for the Tri Psi Scholarship is March 5, 2009. Please note that there can only be one applicant per chapter, and each application must be accompanied by a letter from the Alum Adviser. The international Delta Delta Delta website has the application form and further information on the Tri Psi scholarship. We hope that Toronto third-year collegians will seriously consider this useful scholarship, and I look forward to hearing from one of you.

Tri Psi Love
Olive Jeejeebhoy
Chair, Psi Psi Psi Scholarship Committee

Nov 152008
 

In mid November, I attended a conference of The International Women’s Alliance, a global women’s networking association. I was very excited because the guest presenter at our gala dinner on the night of November 10th, was distinguished Canadian Tri Delta alumna Maureen Kempston Darkes.

Maureen is a graduate of Victoria College and U of T Law School, and of course, a member of Canada Alpha. Today she is global leader, currently serving as Group Vice President and President, General Motors, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

When the dinner began, I made my way through the crowd of almost 200 women to reach the head table. To be honest, I was a bit nervous. The head table hosts looked at me intently as I approached Maureen. Extending my hand I didn’t know what to say except, “My name is Beth Parker — and we’re Tri Delta sisters!” My impression of Maureen is that she is a calm, reserved women; but as soon as I blurted out my message, she leaped to her feet and immediately threw her arms around me. Our conversation exploded into topics like, “What’s new at the house? Is that boys’ frat still next door? What are the girls like now? How did rush go? And of course, did I remember Dorothy Cody?”

It was a wonderful moment for me, and believe me, I sure impressed the rest of the head table! Maureen spoke so fondly of her days in Tri Delta and asked that I pass her greetings on to all of you — and especially mentioned friends from her year — Heather, Nancy, and Sherry.

I met many women that evening and during the course of the conference, but I will always remember my short visit with Maureen Kempston Darkes.

Note: Apart from her responsibilities at GM, Maureen also serves on the Board of CN and the U of T President’s International Alumni Council; and is a recipient of numerous honourary degrees and awards, including the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.

by Beth (Brewer) Parker,
Canada Alpha 1977

Nov 152008
 

If you would like to nominate one of the Toronto Tri Delta alum for the Dorothy Cody Award this year, please send in your nominations to Michelle Mercer or Eleanor MacLean. Please include, along with the person’s name, details of what they have done for Tri Delta and for their community. The deadline is November 19th. The winner, if one is found, will be announced on Founders’ Day.