Wedding Bands, River’s Sigh B&B #1

EvBishop_WeddingsBands_800pxA friend of mine, Ev Bishop, has just released a new novel and so I thought I’d help spread the word for her. 🙂 Of course, I had to read her book first, so I could honestly recommend it, and I’m very happy to say that I very heartily do recommend it! I’m not a huge reader of romance, but I have read some, and her story, Wedding Bands, is one of the best I’ve read. Her characterization is fantastic; I felt like I knew these people. Even more importantly, the story seemed real – something I’ve had a hard time finding in romance. It’s also fun and funny and heartwrenching and warm and well, romantic!

So please, give it a try. You’ll find links and info below.




Wedding Bands, Book 1 in the River’s Sigh B & B series.

Ditched by her high school sweetheart, Callum Archer, on the night they’re supposed to elope, Jo Kendall casts out on her own, brokenhearted.

Over the years, Jo reels in a life she loves, centered on the outdoors, fishing (favoring a lucky wedding band lure), and her fine dining restaurant—a life that crashes away when her husband and business partner cheats her, leaving her bankrupt and alone.

Then her uncle dies, bequeathing Jo and her sister, Samantha, his rural property. Jo returns to Greenridge, determined to build a new business and permanent home—without the help of a man. Unfortunately Samantha wants her inheritance in cold, hard cash and hires a lawyer to get it for her, a lawyer who turns out to be none other than Jo’s long-lost love, Callum.

Jo’s fledgling plans—and her heart—are at risk once more.

If Jo can fight her insecurities, she might end up with a wedding band that doesn’t come with a sharp hook. But should she risk everything she’s worked for, yet again? Before she can decide, she needs to know: can a lost love truly be reclaimed?

You can buy Wedding Bands in eBook here: ~ ~

KOBO ~ For your NOOK at Barnes & Noble ~ Apple/iBooks ~ Page Foundry ~ Scribd

Don’t have an eReader and/or prefer print books? Wedding Bands will be out in paperback at the end of the month, available for order at your favorite brick and mortar bookstore.

A bit about Ev Bishop . . .

She’s a longtime columnist with the Terrace Standard, and her other non-fiction articles and essays have been published across North America. Her true love, however, is fiction, and she writes in a variety of lengths and genres. If you’re a short story lover or read other genres alongside Romance, visit to learn more.

Some short story publications include: “Not All Magic is Nice,” Pulp Literature (forthcoming), “The Picture Book,” Every Day Fiction Magazine, “Riddles,” 100 Stories for Queensland, “On the Wall,” Every Day Fiction Magazine, “My Mom is a Freak,” Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls, “HVS,” “Red Bird,” and “Wishful,” (available through Ether Books).

Women’s Fiction novels include Bigger Things (Winding Path Books 2014), which is available in digital or paperback wherever books are sold, and Mosaic (forthcoming). She also writes romance under the pen name Toni Sheridan (The Present, Pelican Book Group, 2012, and Drummer Boy, Pelican Book Group, 2014).

Ev loves to connect with other readers and writers, so please consider subscribing to her newsletter and/or visiting her on Facebook and Twitter.

You know you’re meant to be a novelist when…

You know you’re meant to be a novelist when:

  1. You haven’t written anything for two days, and you fall into the pit of despair.
  2. Your spouse says they’re leaving you, and all you can think is “I can use this.”
  3. Listening to the bickering couple seated behind you on the bus is completely fascinating.
  4. You get entire story ideas, complete with characters, theme, setting, as you sit in the dentist’s waiting room…
  5. … and said story never makes it onto the page because you didn’t have any paper with you and you got an even better idea while your teeth were being cleaned.
  6. You finally get time to write in the afternoon, and minutes later, when you stop, it’s dark outside.

Do you have some more? I’d love to hear them.

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

Have you heard of the The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest? I hadn’t until a friend (thank you, Stan!) sent me the link to their 2012 contest winners. To give you a flavor of what the contest is about and why the winning entries are definitely worth reading, here is one of the Dishonorable Mentions in the Romance category:

“Chain-smoking as he stood in the amber glow of the street lamp, he gazed up at the brownstone wherein resided Bunny Morgan, and thought how like a bunny Bunny was, though he had read somewhere that rabbits were coprophages, which meant that they ate their own feces, which was really disgusting now that he thought about it, and nothing like Bunny, at least he hoped not, so on second thought Bunny wasn’t like a bunny after all, but she still was pretty hot.” – Emma DeZordi, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec

Check out the winners for more gems here.

Poor Writers Who Struck It Rich

Something I found interesting in the Huffington Post :

“Ever heard the phrase “starving writer”?

Okay—maybe you’re living it?

It may help to know you’re not alone.

Here are tales from authors who suffered through relative destitution before their writing took off.

Can you guess who these authors are?

1. Many people know that this author was a single mother, newly divorced, living off food stamps, unemployed, in a mice-infested flat in Edinburgh when she finished her first book. Life must have appeared to be pretty bleak; allegedly, she wrote in cafes because she couldn’t afford to heat her place. Her first book contract was for a measly 10,000 pounds—not big money in the book biz. But little by little, word about her books got out. A publishing company bought the rights to publish in America for $100,000 (which seems like a steal in hindsight). These days, this author is richer than the Queen of England. You know who she is, right? Yeah—this one’s a freebie.

2. This child of a single, working-class mother started his career as a worker at a Laundromat. He was also a janitor for a while until he found work teaching at a public school. He and his wife struggled financially, living in part on her student loans and his occasional income from writing. He had to borrow money from his wife’s grandmother to buy shoes. His first book deal was for $2,500…not very much at all…until reprint rights sold for $400,000. To celebrate, he bought his wife a hairdryer. Here’s what he has to say about money and writing: “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”3. This author was forced to live with impoverished relatives when his own father was thrown in jail for not paying his debts. He left school in order to work ten-hour days at a warehouse, pasting labels on boot polish. When he did return to school, he found himself thrust into a dog-eat-dog, run-down, factory-style school that churned out students. He found work as a journalist, writing under a pen name (Boz), until he began to publish serialized novels. He went on to become very famous and beloved, in part because his works so aggressively champion the causes of the poor.

4. This author might have wanted to go to college, but since he couldn’t afford it and didn’t get a scholarship, he joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. For a time, he lived in poverty in Paris and London, sometimes homeless, sometimes taking jobs where he could get them, caught in a cycle of receiving charity but being unable to pull himself out of destitution. When the Spanish Civil War started, he volunteered. Eventually he made a living writing book reviews and, later, war propaganda. He was forty-one when his first novel, an anti-communist allegory set in a barnyard, brought him literary success.

5. This author’s parents (a Mexican father and a Chicana mother) originally settled down in one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. With six brothers and working class parents, the purse strings were tight. Her mother was a voracious reader who often took her to the library. Her father’s work meant the family could never settle down, and they moved regularly between Mexico City and Chicago. Eventually, the author’s early experiences became her bread and butter; a distinct voice and perspective made her a stand-out at the University of Iowa and beyond. Do you know who she is?”

I’ll post the answers in a followup comment… and just so you know, I only got four of them. The fifth one was a complete mystery – though now I may have to get some of her books. 🙂