Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The MV Frances Barkley

So I'm researching the length of the MV Frances Barkley (for my latest novel) and find this instead :). I love the Internet :) Here's the link if the video won't play.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Valentine Giveaway

To help get over the winter blues I'm giving away a print copy of DANGEROUS WATERS on Goodreads. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dangerous Waters by Toni Anderson

Dangerous Waters

by Toni Anderson

Giveaway ends February 14, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


We finally hit winter in Manitoba. It's funny because before the first 'blizzard' hit about ten days ago everyone I spoke to was feeling a little short-changed because it had been so mild. After two snow dumps, and a few days of -40 windchills, I think everyone will feel they have earned their badge of honor. There's a definite hint of pride and stubbornness in Manitobans when winter kicks in. Perhaps it starts in the teenagers when kids start to defy the snow pants rule even on the worst days. Or maybe Manitobans are just tougher than I am in general--that wouldn't be hard.
The worst thing about extreme cold is not actually the cold itself (bearing in mind, exposed flesh WILL freeze after 10 minutes). The worst this is that everything starts to break down. The automatic garage door opener. Furnaces. Traffic lights. The ground shifts, doors fail to close. Cars stall. I think yesterday CAA had a record number of call-outs to stalled cars (around 700) and the average wait time was 6 hours. I plan my trips factoring how long I want my car to sit outside without being plugged in. Not exactly what I expected to be doing when I 'grew up.' Still, it is an adventure and aside from the nose-bleed temps I enjoy it. 
However, it can stop now. Please :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hitting the lists...

I went to bed last night fully expecting to get up with my Amazon rankings exactly where they were before Dangerous Waters was part of Amazon's Daily Deal. Instead, the book is STILL at Number 60 on the Kindle Bestseller List, right between James Patterson and Nelson Demille. Don't even bother checking--it won't last (I'm probably at a thousand already :)) but it's a thrill for someone who has never been to that place before.

PS. I don't usually obsessively check the rankings, but yesterday was special. Honest :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Amazon Daily Deal

Kindle book on sale for $1.99 at Amazon.com for one day only! Dive into some, Dangerous Waters.

Known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, Barkley Sound is notorious for surging swells with the power to pull helpless victims into its merciless abyss…
Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the coastal community of Bamfield after local divers discover a body with a knife jutting from its chest in the waters of Barkley Sound. As she investigates the crime, Holly soon realizes the sleepy town is rife with secrets. But what unsettles her most is the residents’ insistence that she bears a striking resemblance to the victim of a murder from three decades earlier. She shrugs off the uncanny likeness as a coincidence. But her simmering attraction to Finn Carver, one of the divers who discovered the corpse, isn’t so easy to ignore.
Finn, a former Special Forces soldier, knows it’s best to keep his distance from Holly. Yet it isn’t long before they both give in to the consuming desire they share. And as the danger escalates, Finn and Holly must rely on each other to thwart the plans of a cold-blooded killer who’s intent on keeping the past buried.

Friday, January 11, 2013


On the 30th Dec we left Scotland and crawled down the M6 and M40 to London. We checked into our hotel near the airport and managed to drag ourselves into the Big Smoke on New Year's Eve. I want to tell you it was magical but it really wasn't. It rained, we coughed (with flu), and finding somewhere to eat turned into a nightmare. We did see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the National Portrait Gallery, and then dropped in to the British Museum. I am conflicted about seeing those Egyptian and Greek marble carvings in London. I am not sure it feels quite right. It's always nice to be in London, but this wasn't our best visit.  Anyway, here are some photographs :)
Santa on the Tube

I took a picture of this 'art on the Undergound' because that there is a painting of Cellardyke harbour, where we used to live!
Queen Elizabeth II's Tower
Santa and The Eye.
My artsy attempt at a different angle :)
That Santa!
One of many birds in the Serpentine
We knocked, but no one was in! Buckingham Palace.
Can you see the crown on the lamppost? It is a royal lamppost. Outside St Jame's Palace (I think)
Horse Guards. So lucky to have seen them coming down the Mall.
Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square.

A resident bird of prey to keep the pigeons off the statue
The British Museum--below are some of the amazing artifacts kept here.

Looking up :)

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Slowly getting better

I am about 80% back to normal, the 20% being the ability to actually breathe. I'll try and get some pictures up of our trip soon but here's one I took from Lomond Shores shopping centre when DH desperately needed a new non-drip teapot. That's Ben Lomond in the distance.