I am so pleased that my blog has reached another milestone … (HEY! For me, this is BIG!!!) This calls for a celebration and a giveaway!
To show my appreciation to all the readers who have taken a moment to subscribe to or follow my blog I am going to hold another draw to give away free copies of my two eBooks, Island in the Clouds and That Last Summer, for whichever reading device you own. If you’ve already read both, you may want to give your prize to a friend, should you win. So there’s an incentive for everyone to enter! (At this time, I can only offer free copies of the eBooks, because mailing copies of the print edition would be difficult as I’m here.)
So, if you are currently a subscriber and you would like to enter this contest, please make a comment below. On Feb. 14th, I will make a random selection from those who enter. You may consider this my Valentine’s Day treat for all my readers out there!
And, if you’re not currently a subscriber, you may want to become one now, because I’ll be holding more similar contests as I reach new milestones.
Thanks to everyone in advance for participating in this contest!
But, more importantly, thanks to all 300 of you who have subscribed to my blog over the years. And thanks for continuing to read!! I couldn’t keep doing this without your support!
(And, yes, Tim Baker, I know I’m well over my exclamation point quota on this post!!!)
Over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day St. Vincent & the Grenadines was hit with an unexpected weather system that brought a great deal of rain to all the islands. Especially hard hit though was the main island of St. Vincent where people were swept away by the flood waters (9 dead; 2 still missing), homes and possessions were damaged and destroyed, and a great deal of the country’s infrastructure was damaged. Much of the island was left without power and there is still no working system to provide homes with safe drinking water. I have just received this letter from the Concerned Citizens of Bequia Outreach that outlines exactly what has been going on here, what donations have already been provided, and how much more needs to be done. If you own a home on Bequia or if vacation here regularly, please consider helping on this local level.
If you do not have any connection with St. Vincent & the Grenadines but would still like to help with a monetary donation, please go to the Action Bequia website and tell them you wish your donation be earmarked specifically for the St. Vincent Flood Relief. Action Bequia accepts credit card payments via PayPal from anyone situated overseas.
If you know me personally and would like to make a donation, I am happy to handle that for you. Please send me an email.
And, as an incentive to get some more donations coming in … I will email you copies of both my eBooks – Island in the Clouds and That Last Summer as a gift for making a minimum donation of $15. (CDN, US or equivalent in £,€) (Sorry, but due to the fact that I’m on Bequia at the moment, mailing print copies of Island in the Clouds would be difficult right now, so I’ll have to limit this offer to eBooks only. I may offer copies of the print edition at a later date.) All you have to do to get your eBooks is send me an email telling me that you’ve made a donation, and which type of eReader you own. I will send you the correct files for both. And if you have already read either or both eBooks, you’re welcome to pass these files on to a friend.
Here’s a video from I-Witness News from St. Vincent showing the situation on Christmas Day.
Thank you in advance for your support!
As the summer slips away, a great way to bring it back! ~ J. Michael Fay
Susan M. Toy captures the magic of the summer of ’65 in this tale of love and loss of innocence. The lake is alive with boys and girls, skiing and romancing. Rachel constantly spars with her younger sister, neither girl realizing the extent of life-changing problems that float below the surface for both a friend’s family and their own. Toy writes with confidence and elegance in That Last Summer and, as Juliet says in a famous scene performed around an August bonfire, “Parting is such sweet sorrow … ”
In the summer of 1965, Rachel Wainstaff is uprooted from her life in Toronto and her boyfriend to spend a reluctant summer with her family at their secluded cottage at Lone Pine Lake. In this story of self-discovery and young love, Rachel’s joys and disappointments are inextricably tied to making new friends and meeting a special boy, all while dealing with the irritation of her younger sister. Still, the true heart of this piece lies in the complicated relationship the teenaged Rachel has with her mother and father. That Last Summer is a poignant love letter to the lazy, sun-soaked days of an Ontario summer at the cottage.
~ Kim McCullough, author of Clearwater
Susan M. Toy spent all the summers of her youth at the family cottage near Minden, ON. During that time, she was a voracious reader and always dreamed of becoming a writer of her own stories. That Last Summer was originally written as an entry for the 3-Day Novel Contest, and it is the third eBook to be published by IslandShorts, an imprint of IslandCatEditions.