Buzz September 2013


At the upcoming November AGM, our Association must choose the president (1 year); vice president (two years); treasurer (1 year) and secretary (2years); Industry Relations (2 years) to continue along a steady course. These five positions can be rewarding opportunities for ready and willing members. Some may be readily filled. Yet the interim positions of president and treasurer create an unusually challenging year regarding Board vacancies. Please consider volunteering for a Board position! Contact for further info.

Members Buzz

Ruth Kozak’s big news is that her novel “Shadow of the Lion” has been accepted for publication by Media Arias –CDM Publishers, UK. They plan to make it into two books to avoid cutting too much of the story. Aiming for August 2014 for the first book.  Ruth has been writing articles about her summer vacation and has had two published so far in EuropeUpClose  “Alexandra’s Palace, The People’s Palace”, London and “Cardiff Castle” with one more coming up about Kensington Palace.  Ruth’s writing classes resumed in September. Besides the weekly WAVES Writers in New Westminster, she will be hosting an in-home writing/coaching sessions on Wednesdays, starting Sept 11,  Write from the Heart at Champlain Heights CC 8 weeks from Sept 17 and at Brock House Sept 18;  VSB classes: Novel Writing at Gladstone 8 wks starting Sept 24; Creative Writing, Gladstone, Sept 26 and a 5 week courses in Survival Skills for Writer at the VSB Education Centre Sept 27.  It’s been a productive and busy summer with lots more travel articles to come.

Julie H. Ferguson’s husband whisked her away by via sea plane for her birthday to an unknown destination in August — turned out to be Galiano Inn and Spa at Sturdies Bay—for five days of sheer heaven. She thrived on the views, the local produce, the people, and the pampering. For more about her visit, please see her travelog at http:/  Julie is off to Ottawa to visit family, the Canadian War Museum, and the Department of National Defence for research for the re-release of her first book, Through a Canadian Periscope to celebrate the Canadian Submarine Service’s centenary in 2014. She also hopes to enjoy a two-day cruise on the Rideau Canal’s more countryside reaches. She also very proud to announce that two participants in her Port Moody Writers’ Group are finalists in Literary Writes (Federation of BC Writers contest).
Featured image: Sturdies Bay © Photos by Pharos 2013

Irene Butler had only to mention another visit to Canada’s Dead Sea for her husband Rick to acquiesce. Check out them bobbing like corks See how the lava churns and how they sizzle in Seattle. Do you love Grizzlies and Geysers…check this out! . Irene and Rick are presently hoisting a single malt in Scotland, and will then go onto Wales and Ireland for the whole month of September.  It will be their first time to this trio of countries.

Darlene Foster will be signing all three of her travel/adventure books at Black Bond Books in Ladner, September 15 from 1 – 3 pm.  Stop in and say Hello. Here is what one 5 star review wrote about her latest book: Amanda in England: The Missing Novel is a delightful romp through modern-day London. I highly recommend it for readers in late elementary school or for anyone who loves solving playful mysteries that do not reveal their secrets easily. To read more of the review:

Joei Carlton Hossack’s busy summer is almost at an end.  She has converted all of her books – except Everyone’s Dream, Everyone’s Nightmare, to e-books and to date all are available on Amazon for the Kindle and within the next week or so all will be available for all the other formats. Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare will be rewritten and updated and will be available as an e-book sometime in 2014.

September will be busy as well but (hopefully) a lot more fun.  She will be the speaker at a camping rally in Hope, British Columbia from the 9th to the 11th of September and on September 13th she leaves on her first cruise – to Alaska.

Press Trip Opportunity

From Director of Marketing and Travel Randi Winter –

Please share the details for this press trip I arranged to have open to our writers who are members who can provide some kind of coverage via social media, online or print.

You Are Invited!

Please join us for a 4-day press trip to the award-winning Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac, Wash. Find out what makes this business and leisure hotel a top-rated destination, enjoy exquisite farm-to-table cuisine from Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar, be among the first to find out about property’s expansion plans, and participate in some of the best activities and attractions Seattle has to offer.

Cedarbrook Lodge, one of the Pacific Northwest’s best-kept travel secrets, invites you to experience everything that makes this hotel a destination to be enjoyed.

From its location—less than five minutes from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport—to the pristine 18-acre property, Cedarbrook Lodge is a Northwest gem.

This 4-day press trip includes accommodations, all meals and select experiences at popular Seattle attractions, both in and around the Emerald City.

What: All-inclusive* press trip to the award-winning Cedarbrook Lodge and Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar
Who: You, plus a guest
Dates: Arrival: Sunday, October 6, 2013Departure: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Cost: Complimentary (excluding personal travel costs to/from)Space for this opportunity is limited and will be prioritized to journalists on assignment. Itineraries will be provided upon confirmation of participation.To secure your spot, please respond before Wednesday, September 25th to:Kalyn Kinomoto or Jason HamiltonRichmond Public Relations or


If you contact them, also cc Randi Winter at

*This trip includes all lodging, meals and entrance fees to scheduled activities; it excludes personal travel costs to/from Cedarbrook as well as any personal expenses or incidentals incurred during the trip.


From the Inbox

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Karoline and Darlene
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