Road Tripping Around Alberta in October

The Young Alberta Book Society (YABS) and their TALEBLAZERS program is a treasure for Alberta schools, public libraries, and artists. Taleblazers sends authors, illustrators, and storytellers across the province during the month of October. They subsidize travelling expenses, ensuring both the booking libraries, as well as the artists benefit.

We are so lucky to have a program like this and I never take my participation for granted.

I’m thankful I landed a few spots during this round of touring and had a wonderful time meeting students, library staff, keen readers and aspiring writers. This month I travelled to Edson, Edmonton (MillWoods / Sherwood Park), Oyen, and Sylvan Lake. Along the way I managed to take a few photos of abandoned structures, visit a ghost town, and get my Halloween / horror writer mind geared up for November and NANO. (If you’re doing NANO this year, find me there: JudithG)

The timing was perfect as I was also celebrating the launch of INFILTRATE, my latest book in the Retribution Series, co-authored by Natasha Deen and Sigmund Brouwer.

Thanks again to YABS and the schools / libraries I visited!


My small press, Leap Books, has a call for submissions going until the end of December. If you love Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN and write short stories – this might be of interest:

“Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity and ruin.”

 ~ Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

 Formal Invitation

Bring On Your Mad Scientists, God Complexes, and Creature Creations…

callforsubs2018 marks the 200th anniversary / bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the perfect literary exploration of science and ethics – what humanity is capable of and the consequences of our achievements. Shelley is often referred to as the mother of science fiction, tackling topics far beyond what was accepted in “women’s literature”.

And so we send out the call. Writers, forward thinkers, brilliant minds – give us your best short story (4-6k words) in any time period, setting, genre mix you can imagine..but it MUST be Frankenstein inspired. In other words, it must feature the kind of science that scares you, contain a moral dilemma, a hint of romance, and enough gothic / horror vibes to satisfy discerning readers…and YOU may be one of the lucky 13 contributors to our 2018 young adult anthology titled, STRANGELY ARE OUR SOULS CONSTRUCTED.

Submissions must be original, polished, double-spaced pieces between 4-6k words, in Word format, and be unpublished elsewhere.

Email submissions only.

Send to:

Subject line must include:  STRANGELY ENTRY

Submission deadline: December 31, 2017