Friday, March 30, 2012

All she wants is a quiet life: Fiona MacGillivray guests at Killer Characters

Fiona MacGillivray, owner of the Savoy Saloon and Dance Hall in Dawson City, 1898, guests today at the fun blog Killer Characters. Head on over to see what she has to say about her adventures and about being a character in a book.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Goodreads Giveaway of A Winter Kill: A Rapid Reads Book

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Winter Kill by Vicki Delany

A Winter Kill

by Vicki Delany

Giveaway ends April 01, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Friday, March 16, 2012

Goodreads giveaway of Gold Mountain: A Klondike Mystery

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Gold Mountain by Vicki Delany

Gold Mountain

by Vicki Delany

Giveaway ends April 12, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Win a copy of A Winter Kill

I've received my author copies of A Winter Kill, and they are just fabulous.

So, I'd like to give away the ARC (Advance Review Copy). It's got the same beautiful cover, and the same text except for perhaps the odd typo.

I've you'd like to give it a try, please leave a comment here, or send me an email (vicki at vickidelany dot com). Contest closes at the end of the month, March 31st.

Remember: This is a Rapid Reads book. Short and to the point.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Seemingly out of nowhere, all over the world libraries have come under attack.

Libraries? What have they done to offend the powers-that-be? I think the question that must be asked, is who benefits. Who benefits from closing libraries, reducing access to books and information? Who benefits from cutting the poor, the mobility-restricted, the elderly, off from access to their community? Supposedly it's all about saving money.

Really? Seems to me there's always money for the things politicians want whether it be new fighter jets or hockey arenas.

I'm making a presentation tomorrow to my municipal council, which has suggesting closing three of our six libraries. Now, I live in a rural area that has no public transit. Here's the crux of my talk:

As a relative newcomer to the County, I was shocked to read that council is considering closing libraries in the smaller communities. This would be a serious mistake for many reasons. In a spread-out area such as Prince Edward County that does not have the luxury of public transit, libraries are an invaluable resource to those who don’t have access to a car such as parents with young children, teenagers needing help with homework, job seekers who can’t afford a computer or high-speed wireless in their homes, the elderly with mobility issues.
Libraries bind communities: they promote literacy, provide meeting spaces, help children with homework, give young people a safe and productive place to go. They welcome newcomers and provide older residents with a place to get together and keep their minds active.

Closing of the libraries in the villages as has been suggested would be tantamount to tearing the heart out of those communities. And worst of all penalizing the poorer and least fortunate of County residents.

I ask councillors to reconsider this ill-thought out plan.