My Dad passed away September 13th. He was a gentle, soft-spoken and intelligent man. I will miss him very much. He is survived by his wife, a son, Andrew, a step-son, Derek, and a granddaughter, as well as nieces, Tracey and Sarah, and their families. My husband, family on my side, as well as on Derek's side and friends will miss him as well.
Tom was a snare drummer with Grantham in St. Catharines and later the Commanders in Toronto. He was an electrical engineer and managed Whitby Hydro for many years. In his later years he also became a lawyer with his own practice in Whitby. He played a lot of tennis when I was a little girl. He seemed to appreciate my writing skills and always thought I got that talent from his side of the family. Most importantly, he was a big fan of Tolkien, particularly The Lord of the Rings.
Here's a memorial post on the Optimists Alumni (drum corps) website, of which my Dad was a member: www.optimists-alumni.org/index.htm
More lovely pictures of Spartacus (the ginormous Red-eared Slider), celebrity turtle extraordinaire, whom we shared a booth with at the Canadian Pet Expo ... as well as some pictures of turtles available for adoption!
I also picked up this bandana from Little RES Q for Raxl, so she can support rescue turtles, too!
Here's another review of Tamara as well. It was posted back in July:
“Tamara Turtle is adopted as a cute pet when she's a baby, but eventually grows so big she's turned loose into a dangerous world to fend for herself. By writing this book Regan W. H. Macaulay has made it possible for kids to understand and sympathize with the many turtles who are in similar situations. This book has a happy ending, and I hope it will help kids understand that it's not a good idea to have turtles as pets, and maybe inspire some of them to check out the agencies listed at the back that help turtle rehabilitation. The illustrations by Javier Duarte are excellent.”
— Janet Ann Collins, teacher and author of Slime and All
We had a wonderful time at the Canadian Pet Expo with Little RES Q this past weekend!
Thank you so much to Little RES Q for letting us share your booth. Thank you to the Canadian Pet Expo for giving us a chance to perform a reading of the book on a fantastic stage (and thank you Safari Jeff for the use of and help with your equipment). And thank you Gillian and Kevin for helping me sell the books - all proceeds from the launch went to Little RES Q. An extra thank you to Kevin for running back and forth between the kids, showing the pictures as I read the book on Saturday!
Next stop ... Toronto's Word on the Street Fest at Harbourfront Sunday September 24th! Copies of all my books, including Tamara, will be available at special discount prices - don't miss it!
I'll be doing a reading of "Tamara Turtle's Life So Far" at the Canadian Pet Expo this Saturday at 11:45am in Hall 2! https://canadianpetexpo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-Fall-CPE-Schedule.pdf
The Horror at Terror Creek Book Launch Party
Collectively created by Simone Cordice, Kim Croscup, R.J. Downes, Jason Reilly, Kevin Risk and Regan W. H. Macaulay
Author: Good evening everyone, and welcome to the book launch party for Horror at Terror Creek, the third book in the “Trilogy of Horrifically Half-Baked Ham.” I am the author and host for this evening’s 90-minute event. Allow me to introduce our special guests. Please welcome Fanny Punn!
Author: Fanny is a grad student from a university that doesn’t exist. Her thesis centres around a town called Terror Creek, which you can tell by the name is a totally wholesome place. Fanny is into ghost towns, macabre things, pink and her husband-to-be, Vincent. So, allow me to introduce Vincent!
Author: Vincent is also a grad student, but he’s more focused on getting ready for his wedding to his most beloved Fanny. Vincent’s interests are Fanny, Fanny and Fanny. Vincent is represented by a picture of an imp…
TO READ THE REST OF THE SCRIPT, VISIT MY HORROR AUTHOR PAGE...
OR TRIPLE TAKE PRODUCTIONS' WEBSITE.
"Tamara Turtle's Life So Far written by Regan W. H. Macaulay is a great story. I loved this book. It's a great first book to anyone interested in getting a turtle as a pet. Parents and children need to read this. A lot of turtle's suffer from impulse buying due to parents and children not having an idea of what is actually required to raise one properly. This story will help turtle's and hopefully stop the cycle of neglect and suffering. This book should be in every elementary school across the globe in areas where turtle's are sold."
— Dave Law, Alberta Turtle and Tortoise Society
“Such a cleverly written book that helps explain the perilous flight of the Red eared slider turtle that has overwhelmed so many rescues, lakes and ponds. Through no fault of their own they find themselves where they don't belong and sometimes a person with a kind heart comes along and gives them a wonderful forever home. This book got five stars from myself and my 7 y/o grandson who thinks we should donate one to his school library.”
— Julie Maguire, Turtle Rescue of Long Island
“It's about time our early educators had a learning friendly tool available to help children understand the delicate balance of our ecosystems, and how some animals being kept as pets can jeopardize it all; a situation that often leaves that pet to suffer. I hope more educators consider adding this special early learning book to their library, and help spread the word about the red ear slider and the challenges that face them today in the pet industry. A must read for every parent considering purchasing or adopting a red ear slider for their family.”
— Abigail DeSesa
Executive Board Chair
California Turtle & Tortoise Club
“Tamara Turtle's Life So Far is a very good book for small children. It takes them on a journey and teaches them not only about turtles but how you should take care of a turtle if you choose to have one for a pet. I think it's a book that parents should read to their children before considering buying or adopting a turtle.”
— Jaime Fitzwater, Triple J Reptiles
In the summer of 1914, Jane Fairchild, a young English musician, is kidnapped by magic and sent to Spellhaven, an island city ruled by magicians. Here, peace and prosperity are maintained with the assistance of Unseen Spirits bound to the service of the Lords Magician. The Spirits must be kept in good humour by the performance of all kinds of shows, dance, drama and music. Jane is one of many people kidnapped from the outside world and forced to contribute to these entertainments for a set period of service.
Only Jane is having none of it. She will not perform for her kidnapper, Lucian Palafox, but agrees to undertake an apprenticeship with another magician impresario, provided she is taught magic in return. Jane’s forays into magic lead her deeper within the mysteries of Spellhaven, her rivalry with Lucian escalates and the quarrels between them grow strong enough to shake the city to its foundations.
Learn more about Spellhaven at Mirror World Publishing!
REDHEADED ED by Faye Allison Gilbert
Ed's adored by all the girls who love his hair of bright red curls
but once they've grown, they leave the town.
(Not one decides to stick around.)
Ed soon meets a girl with flair who tells him she admires his hair.
Does she really like the red he grows upon his hairy head?
FREEDOM RUN, by Faye Ellen Hartzell
For so many years the pain of the past was like an invisible chain; the links of that chain being reminders of childhood trauma. Those links, bound so tightly together, would allow her to be an active participant of daily life, but kept her tethered to a wall of shame.
She tried to find the key to freeing herself from that wall; but each time, she'd feel the familiar tug and realize she wasn't going anywhere.
Who knew a pair of sneakers would be the beginning of deliverance?
This memoir is about so much more than running a race.
ALLIGATOR AFTERNOON, by Nikki Lund
Peter absolutely hates going shopping with his mother; it is so boring. But go he must, and that is when this adventure begins. He discovers a two-dimensional world, one with no shopping, and in which he becomes a hero. He meets Tyler, a flat boy in distress. Tyler’s pet alligator, Al, is in dire need of rescuing from the river. Can they possibly succeed in time?
Regan is an art-fart and an animal-enthusiast who loves New Zealand, Winnie-the-Pooh, horror movies and a few select individuals. Writing is her passion, but she's also into producing and directing theatre, film, and television. When she's not writing or spending time with her husband (writer Kevin Risk), she spends quality time with her pets (a Chihuahua, a Siamese cat and various amphibians). Regan is also a Certified Canine (and feline) Massage Therapist.