It’s Launch Day for Owen Swain’s #tourdesketch Windsor!

I know I just talked about this earlier this week, but today is the big day, and it warrants an announcement! As of today, December 1st, 2016, you can now order Owen Swain’s adult colouring book #tourdesketch Windsor from the major retailer of your choice, OR you can visit any number of local book and gift shops in Windsor and pick one up there! List of local shops currently carrying #tourdesketch:

Juniper Books (on Ottawa St.)
From the Heart (Ottawa St)
Story Tellers Books (Ottawa St)
City Cyclery (Lincoln St)
Levigator Press (Wyandotte Ave)
PB Books (Tecumseh Rd)
Artspeak Gallery (limited time for their Mistletoe and Snow Show, Wyandotte Ave.)


Of course, you can always order it from our online store and get free delivery with the promo code: WEDELIVER. Only, if you do that, please be aware that due to an overwhelming number of pre-orders and requests, we are currently out of stock and awaiting a large shipment, so any orders place through our website now will be delivered after the official launch party on December 15th.


Speaking of the official launch party… if you’re local, you should join us! More information can be found here and you can RSVP here.

And, in case you missed it, #tourdesketch Windsor and Owen Swain were featured on CTV News just a few days ago, and you can catch that feature here: http://windsor.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1004939


I don’t have too much more to add right now, but I’ll leave you with this teaser: We’re almost done selecting our 2017 line up. We’ve got one more selection to make (and some contracts to send out) and we’ll be making some exciting announcements soon!  So subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already to be kept up to date!


‘Find’ our Books in Windsor

A while back I stumbled across a video on Facebook depicting a woman in Belgium hiding books and starting a book-themed version of Pokemon Go. I immediately wished something like that existed here and even briefly thought about putting it together myself. But, with one thing and another, I got busy and the idea faded. Weeks pass and then, lo and behold, someone in Windsor has taken the initiative and made this idea a reality and it is none other than our friends over at Adventure Worlds Press, along with fellow local author, Jessica Gouin. 

So today in Windsor, Ontario, you can go outside and literally hunt for books. Clues and photos hinting at the book’s location are posted to the Facebook Group: Book Hunters Windsor which can help point the way, but it’s also possible that you just might stumble on a book ‘out in the wild’. If you do, don’t worry, the book comes with instructions on how to play and the rules are simple enough, just go to the Facebook Group and comment ‘found’ on the photo of the book you picked up. Then read it, and when you’re done, huntconsidering re-hiding it and leaving a clue for someone else to hunt it down.


I absolutely love this concept and if you’re in Windsor or the surrounding area, I hope you take advantage of the fact that this is happening in your neighborhood. If you’re not local, then maybe you should jump on this and create something similar in your town before someone else does.

Speaking of finding our books in Windsor, if you don’t want to hunt, you can always head to your local bookstore like Juniper Books, Storytellers on Ottawa St, or the University of Windsor Bookstore. And, local or not, you can head into your nearest major retailer like Chapters and have them order our books for you.

If you just can’t wait, then come and see us on October 30th at the Caboto Club in Windsor for Retrorama. We’ll be there with Adventure Worlds Press and our ever-growing collection of really cool books to take you to a whole host of other worlds.  

Would you like a free sample?

Over the weekend we were in Toronto at the Word on the Street Festival and I discovered just how refreshing it was to know that nearly every person who stopped by our booth was already a self-professed reader. Typically at craft shows, conventions, or even our own events, it’s a mix of different types of people, some who enjoy reading and some who don’t. From a marketing standpoint, the conversation is very different when you already know that the person in front of you likes what you have to offer. The conversation essentially begins at a different point. Instead of, ‘Do you like to read?’ it’s ‘What kinds of books are your favorite?’ or ‘Are you looking for anything particular today?’

At the festival, we also got the chance to try out something new: Free Samples. I’ve created three different ‘Samplers’ and I’m giving them away to anyone who wants one. They’re ebooks that contain the first chapter of each of our books in a given age category. There’s one for kids, one for young adults, and one for our adult collection. So now, you can sample what we have to offer which might help you decide which book to read first, or if our membership program is for you.

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Black Lightning by K.S. Jones
The Legend of Ghost Dog Island by Rita Monette
The Curse at Pirate’s Cove by Rita Monette
The Secret in Mossy Swamp by Rita Monette
The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis by Sharon Ledwith
The Last Timekeepers and the Dark Secret by Sharon Ledwith
Legend of the Timekeepers by Sharon Ledwith

And a bonus short story not found anywhere else:
The Hunting Dog by Rita Monette

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The Young Adult one contains:

She Dreamed of Dragons by Elizabeth J. M. Walker
Neo Central by Justine Alley Dowsett
Crimson Winter by Justine Alley Dowsett
The Watcher by Joshua Pantalleresco
Stormdancer by Joshua Pantalleresco
Disenchanted by Leigh Goff
This Night Sucks by Elizabeth J. M. Walker

And a bonus short story:
The Search for the Golden Feather by Elizabeth J. M. Walker
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Sol of the Coliseum by Adam Gaylord
The Time Traveller’s Resort and Museum by David McLain
Mirror’s Hope by Justine Alley Dowsett and Murandy Damodred
Mirror’s Heart by Justine Alley Dowsett and Murandy Damodred
Unintended by Justine Alley Dowsett and Murandy Damodred
Uncharted by Justine Alley Dowsett and Murandy Damodred
Forbidden by Matthew Freake

And a bonus short story:
The Queen’s Intent by Justine Alley Dowsett

These ebooks are available FOR FREE in our online store! Just follow the links to check them out or head over to our online store for the whole collection.

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In other news, our Worlds Collide Gala is in two days and if you’re local to Windsor, Ontario we hope you can make it out to see us. With several authors, prizes and the birth of our imprint, Adventure Worlds Press, it will be a night to remember! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1186485788080361/

Thanks for reading!

Recipe for a good book

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1 fully realized setting (if making from scratch, see world building recipe on pg 42)

A unique narrative voice

1-2 well-developed main characters, add side characters as necessary6croyblzi


An engaging opening

A satisfying conclusion

A dash of theme

Romance, optional


Prepare your work surface and clear your mind. Mix together the setting, voice, and at least one character to create your engaging opening.  Add atmosphere as needed. Introduce your conflict and any remaining characters. Stir until well developed. Throw in a dash of theme and romance, if you’re using it and write for 3-6 months until everything comes together. Finish off with a satisfying conclusion and let the whole thing sit for as long as you can stand before editing.

Once edited, bake with a publisher until done, and repeat.

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Okay, this was just for fun. But for real, we’re opening our submissions this time next month. October 24th to be exact! Here’s what we’ll be looking for:

*imaginative settings, creative world building, other places, worlds, times, or versions of reality.

*believable and consistent characters who develop and change over the course of the story.

*mixed genres, genre bending, sci-fi/romance, historical/fantasy, adventure/mystery, speculative/poetry, books that don’t *fit* anywhere else.

*engaging writing with a strong opening that pulls the reader in and keeps them wanting more.

*any age group from children’s picture books to adult fiction. This is one area we’re not picky about.

*full length novels or novellas. For short stories, please take a look at our imprint Adventure Worlds Press.

For more detailed submissions information and requirements, please see our submissions page on our website. Thanks for reading and I look forward to receiving your submissions!

And now for something completely different.

Here at Mirror World Publishing, we pride ourselves on outside the box thinking. As a small independent start-up in 2014, no one, least of all us, could have predicted that in less than three years we would grow from three authors with a handful of books to twelve authors with over twenty books between us and a new imprint coming under our banner. Well, you’ll be happy to know we’re not stopping there.

For the past year, I have been actively searching for an event/retail space. I wanted somewhere our books and authors could belong. Somewhere we could hold book launch events, workshops and signings so that our local readers would know where to find us. I knew that on top of everything else I was already doing keeping the gears turning here at Mirror World, I could not do it on my own, so I thought I was stuck.

sho-logoThat’s when I found Sho: Art, Spirit and Performance. I was familiar with Sho through their regular event ‘From the Page to the Stage’ which combines theatre and literature by having actors read short stories by local writers to a captive audience. What I didn’t know until I looked into the organization further is that their mission is specifically to partner with other artists and creative organizations to innovate, collaborate, produce and present art across all creative borders.

Sho is a theatre and a workshop space, but more than that, it’s a collection of like-minded artists who live to collaborate and bring art in all its forms to Windsor. From life drawing classes, to theatre performances, to literary reading nights, they do it all. And what would be more perfect than to have that kind of creative energy and spirit of showmanship helping to bolster our efforts here? I knew I couldn’t do it all myself, but with the help of such a strongly established creative presence in Windsor, I thought I just might have a chance.

And so I joined Sho as an associate member. And wouldn’t you know it, the collaboration began at once. Not only will our next event, Worlds Collide Gala, take place at Sho’s main space 628 Monmouth Rd, Windsor on September 30th, 2016 at 7pm, but I also met with and started working with some fabulously talented people, including artist/entrepreneur Owen Swain.

toudesketchAnd so, I would like to announce our next project. In partnership with Sho: Art, Spirit, and Performance and the amazingly talented Owen Swain of #tourdesketch, we will be producing an adult colouring book titled #Tourdesketch Windsor. Filled with sketches of the sights of our hometown, #tourdesketch Windsor is our way of thinking outside the box and bringing you a glimpse into the world we live in.

It was my intention to tell you all about Owen Swain and the work he’s done with his innovative cycling and sketching events, but I’ve gone on long enough for today. Stay tuned for part two of this announcement by subscribing to this blog or checking back again soon. Next post, I’ll introduce you all to our newest addition to the Mirror World family, Owen Swain, and his upcoming book,  #Tourdesketch Windsor

Thanks for reading!

Let us pick your next read

Business_CardLibraryfron copyAs always, we’re keeping busy and we’ve got lots of new developments coming your way. My goal is to develop a community around the idea that if you like one of our books, you’ll like them all. To that end, we’ve developed the membership program. For only $19.95 a year, you get unlimited access to our entire ebook collection, a discount on paperbacks and automatic inclusion into our facebook group where authors and fans meet to chat about their favorite books and their experiences with the writing and publishing process. Not to mention the fact that you get first dibs on all of our new releases, which includes getting them delivered to you well before the release date. It doesn’t get much better than that.

WatcherFront copyAnd in case you’re not ready to dive in and become a member, you can always pick up an e-copy of our monthly featured book for just $0.99. This month that’s Joshua Pantalleresco’s The Watcher and the promo code is: DRAGON So go ahead and try that one out by clicking here.

Now for something a little different. This past week I’ve been working hard to put together a series of quizzes to help you pick your next favorite read! There are three versions of the quiz, one for kids, another for young adults, and the last for adults. And here they are:


Kids: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mirrorworldpub/which-mirror-world-book-should-you-be-reading-kid-2h3t4
Young Adults: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mirrorworldpub/which-mirror-world-book-should-you-be-reading-now-2h3t4
Adults: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mirrorworldpub/which-of-these-mirror-world-book-should-you-be-rea-2h3t4

I also rearranged our bookstore to make it easier to navigate by these age categories and included a new release section! Also, if you want to see our upcoming novels for this year, please check out our 2016 Catalogue. You can also subscribe to this blog to keep up with all the updates, changes, events, and new releases!

Thanks for reading!


May’s Feature is… you guessed it, Black Lightning!

I know, I know, we’re a little late announcing the feature for this month, but here it is! Black Lightning by K.S. Jones launched on the 17th of May and it is now available worldwide, wherever books are sold, in ebook and paperback form. And to celebrate this fact, we’re making the ebook only $0.99 in our store for the rest of the month with the promo code: LIGHTNING. You can head over to the store now to check it out and pick up a copy for yourself or any middle grade readers you know.

In other news, we launched our Mirror World Library Card program last month and with it we ran a giveaway for a Mirror World Prize Pack. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read all about the program and find out how to get access to unlimited downloads of Mirror World Books by visiting our website. Congratulations to our winner of the Prize Pack; Nikki and Michael Kratzer! You should be receiving your signed books and swag in the mail shortly. For everyone else, don’t worry there’s still a chance to win! Current members and any sign-ups between now and June 30th will be automatically entered into a giveaway of a paperback copy of our new release; Black Lightning by K.S. Jones!

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A quick update; we’re still working on getting the audiobook of Black Lightning available for purchase and we’ll make sure to do an announcement when that goes live, hopefully soon. In the meantime, you can check out Black Lightning here.

Our next release is coming up fast; This Night Sucks by Elizabeth J. M. Walker will be going live for pre-orders in the nest couple of days. (Which means Library Card holders can get reading as early as this week!) And the official release will be on June 17th. If you’d like to find out more about This Night Sucks in the meantime, you can check out our coming soon page!

Are you excited for these new releases? Do you have any questions about becoming a member? Put your thoughts in the comments below!

Runners gotta Run

We’re hitting the ground running this month. We’ve got a number of things on the go and some big announcements right around the corner. Before I get into that, though, I want to tell you about a podcast that’s currently airing from our friends over at Dice and Stuff.

As you may or may not remember, Robert Dowsett and I did some voice acting a while back for Dice and Stuff’s Cowl Cops podcast. Well, we’re back at it. This time, the podcast series is called Runner’s Run and it’s a post-apocalyptic survival adventure set in a world created by Shades of Vengeance for a kickstarter they are currently running. In it, I play Phoenix, a hardened Runner and crack shot who’s seen it all and has decided she’s had enough of the hard life. Robert plays Miles, or “Mr. Money”, a fast-talking con man with something to prove and a friend of ours, Sabrina, plays the smart-mouthed medically-inclined Babs.Runners-Run-001-210x210Runners-Run-002-210x210

The podcast will be airing over the next couple of weeks, but the first two episodes are available now on the Dice and Stuff website, http://www.diceandstuff.com/category/runners-run/
You can also check out the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shadesofvengeance/era-survival

Speaking of voice actors, we’ve got two of them working hard for us right now. I’m pleased to be able to confirm that we are in production for two audio books. The first, Black Lightning by K.S. Jones will be voiced by Robert Dowsett and the second, This Night Sucks by Elizabeth J. M. Walker, will be voiced by Sarah Jane. The intention is to launch the audiobook versions of these two books at the same time as the print and e-versions launch. So keep an eye out for Black Lightning on May 17th and This Night Sucks on June 17th.

And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about this month’s feature. You may have seen some hints already on our website or social media pages, but we’ve got something big in the works for this month and the announcement will go out on Monday! All I will say for now is that this April we will be running the biggest and best giveaway we’ve ever done, giving you the chance to win a super awesome prize pack! So if you haven’t already, please make sure to subscribe to this blog or check back on Monday for updates!

We hit our goal!

Now let’s pass it.


#85K Challenge. 85,000 words in 90 Days.  On January 1st 2016 Murandy and I started writing our next novel,  #Uncharted. Using the challenge as motivation to write faster, better, and as often as possible we started strong with nearly half the challenge done at the end if the first month. The second month we kept a good pace, but coming up on the end of February I went in for surgery and spent the next few weeks recovering.

Whether it was the two weeks off course or the fact that we didn’t feel the pressure anymore after having gotten so far ahead of ourselves, we certainly slowed down in month three, though we kept up with writing a few thousand words every couple of days and still managed to complete the challenge with two weeks left until the deadline.

But we’re not satisfied with that anymore. Now that we’ve reached Chapter 30 of a possible 35, we want to finish the first draft as soon as we can manage it. Optimally by the end of March, the original last day of the challenge.

Think we can do it?

One month into the #85K Challenge – What We’ve Learned

As you may or may not know, Murandy and I decided to participate in the #85K Writing Challenge with our newest novel in progress, Uncharted. The challenge, which began January 1st, 2016 is to write 85,0000 words in 90 days. Now that we’ve completed month one of the challenge and are going into month two, I thought I would give you all an update of our progress and a few thoughts on our experience with the challenge so far.

USSConstellationVsInsurgenteFirst, a little bit about our project. Uncharted is a romantic comedy/adventure set in the same world as our last novel, Unintended, though it is not a sequel. The story follows Meredith, an Acolyte of the Temple of Saegard, who decides the eve before her swearing in as a full priestess, that the life she’s prepared for isn’t for her. She flees the temple only to later discover that she has been blamed for the theft of a very valuable artifact used to foretell the future which went missing on the same night she disappeared. Meredith seeks refuge on The Clover, a ship belonging to Captain Reginald Lawrence and the enigmatic private businessman Grey Rhodes. Despite the three of them getting off on the wrong foot when Meredith is caught hiding as a stowaway, Grey and Reginald later vow to help Meredith hide from the various groups looking for her while they work to clear her name and discover the true culprit behind the theft of the legendary Celestial Bowl.

With the exception of some planning and early set-up, Murandy and I Woo_hoo!_posterstarted Uncharted on January 1st and we’re proud to be able to say that in the first 30 days of the challenge we wrote 47,000 words!

Now, I’m not sure how this compares to our usual writing speed. It certainly feels like we’re writing very quickly, but in the past we’ve always kept count of our progress using page numbers or how many chapters we’ve completed. I remember that while writing Mirror’s Hope, for example, we had a goal of 100 pages per month in word, but that doesn’t really give us an accurate word count. What I do know is that the first draft of Mirror’s Hope took us about three months to complete and was somewhere around 115,000 words, which is approx 38,000 a month.

So here’s what we’ve learned so far:

  1. It’s super beneficial to write as often as possible

We knew this already, but it’s nice to get confirmation. It’s not always possible to write every day and there’s no use trying to keep ourselves to impossible standards, but writing as often as possible helps to keep the words flowing and was a big help in writing so much in one month!

  1. It’s motivating to ‘keep score’

Murandy bought a calendar with ships on it to reflect the imagesnaval themes in Uncharted. I love it. Every time we stop writing for the night, I use a red marker to note how many words we wrote that day and what our current total is. On top of that we get to announce our word counts to the #85K facebook group for added celebration of our small successes.

  1. We will have to go back and flesh some scenes out

When writing quickly, it’s easier to focus on dialogue and action to keep the story moving forward, so looking back, we’ve already noticed that we will have to go back and work on the wordbuilding details and the descriptions of the setting and characters. But that’s ok, that’s what the second draft is for!

  1. Plans change

Murandy and I are not planners. We do however, come up with a basic outline and jot down ideas for scenes as they come. We also keep note of facts that are important to tie in again further in the story. Writing this quickly has really shown us how easily our best laid plans can go awry. The story has taken on a mind of its own thanks to willful characters, but we’ll make course corrections as needed and get the story to where it needs to be by the end!

  1. Life gets in the way, but that’s ok!

Early in the month, Murandy had an unexpected trip to take which caused us to miss about five days of writing. We compensated for this by writing as much beforehand as possible and then by resuming as soon as we were able. At the time, five days missed seems like a disaster, but in the grand scheme, it didn’t really hurt us at all.

Have you participated in a writing challenge before? What did you learn from the experience?