Category Archives: Books

This week’s giveaway: Calagarmii Cliffs by Moncton’s Maika E. Branch

Calagarmii Cliffs - The Hidden World by Maika E. Branch

This week’s giveaway is copy of Calagarmii Cliffs by 11-year-old Moncton resident Maika E. Branch. The book was officially launched in late April and was inspired by a class trip to Hopewell Rocks.

Book description: “A school field trip is a time for fun, learning, and relaxation, but when Mr. Murfty’s class takes an overnight field trip to the Calagarmii Cliffs, two young girls get more of an adventure then they had ever imagined. The legendary Calagarmii Cliffs is the perfect place for these young girls to explore, full of plants and animals not seen anywhere else in the world. The cliffs are truly a unique place. Emma and Kaila, two average, school-aged girls, sneak off to explore on their own, and soon find themselves lost in a new world. Trapped in the newly discovered strange world with no way back to their classmates, Emma and Kaila must learn to work together and believe in themselves. With the help of a resident of the new world, Stefia, who is on her own mission, and a courageous creature, Squirt, the girls find themselves bargaining with cunning spirits and battling dangerous foes in order to find a way back. Friendship binds them, hope guides them, and by working together, the three girls prove that by trusting in each other they can defeat even the greatest odds.”

To enter your name in the contest, follow the instructions in this week’s newsletter. To subscribe, please fill out the form in the right-hand column of my website. The deadline for entries is Sunday, May 11, at noon. The winner will be chosen by random draw.

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Ana Watts, who won a signed copy of Passion to Paper by Sherree A. Felstead.

UPDATE: The winner of Calagarmii Cliffs is Trudy Kelly Forsythe! Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk - Jab Jab

This week’s giveaway is a copy of Gary Vaynerchuk’s new book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World.

Description on Amazon: “New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. A mash-up of the best elements of Crush It! and The Thank You Economy with a fresh spin, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really works.” I just started reading this book and am looking forward to learning more from one of the best!

Details on how to enter the contest are in my newsletter. If you’re not already a subscriber, fill out the form on my website. (See column on right.) Deadline for entries is Sunday, March 2, at 6 p.m. The winner is determined by random draw.

UPDATE – March 3, 2014: Congratulations to this week’s winner — Philippe Robichaud!

This week’s newsletter giveaway: Sanctuary by Deborah Carr


New Brunswickers were saddened last week to hear of the passing of respected and beloved naturalist Mary Majka. In her honour, I’m giving away a copy of Sanctuary – the Story of Naturalist Mary Majka, a book on her life written by my Professional Writers Association of Canada (Moncton chapter) colleague Deborah Carr. Deborah was interviewed on CBC Radio New Brunswick’s show Shift after Mary’s passing. Listen: Remembering Mary Majka.

Only subscribers to my newsletter may enter the contest. If you’re already a subscriber, details on how to enter can be found in this week’s edition. You can subscribe via my website (see right-hand column of website). Please remember to confirm your subscription by clicking on the link in the email you’ll receive after you subscribe.

Deadline for entries is Sunday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. The winner will be chosen by random draw. As well, the winner will have the choice between a paperback copy or Kindle ebook version. Good luck!

Click here for Mary Majka’s obituary.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Janice Groundwater! She wins the copy of Sanctuary! Thanks to all those who entered their names in the contest.

Deborah Carr and Mary Majka
Deborah Carr and Mary Majka (Image courtesy of Facebook)