Announcing the week-long WATER HAZARD give-away extravaganza!

Grand Prize: A family group pass to a National Park in Canada

2nd Prize: 1 of 5 copies of Water Hazard by Helene Boudreau

“Twins André and Lucas love living by Cavendish Beach on Prince Edward Island–especially when they get to help Mr. Arsenault collect seaweed with his horse, Thunder. But when Thunder gets hurt by a mysterious object in the ocean, the boys know they need to turn to another passion of theirs: solving mysteries. With Lucas’s brain and André’s courage, the boys always solve their cases, and now they have their eye on the hostile Mr. Prune…

WATER HAZARD, the second RED DUNE ADVENTURE, is a funny, exciting, and action-packed book for young readers.”

How do you enter! Thought you’d never ask! ;-)

Just click ENTER TO WIN on that big ole orange bar below!

Contest Ends:June 24, 2011 @ 11:59 pm (ADT)

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The reviews are in and they couldn’t be better!

Review in CM Magazine (click to read the full review…)

Keep Out! is truly a compelling story, with hints given throughout the book about who or what is causing the piping plovers’ eggs to be broken. Readers may be particularly interested in learning that the piping plover attempts to distract predators by pretending to have a broken wing. Keep Out! is especially recommended for emergent or reluctant readers, but it can be enjoyed by just about anyone.”

Review in The Chronicle Herald

“An excellent little mystery written in a fun, engaging, straightforward style makes Keep Out! a good choice for newer independent readers.”

This is perfect timing for the US release of KEEP OUT! (October 1st) so to CELEBRATE I am GIVING AWAY a signed copy of KEEP OUT!

Just post a message in the comments about your favourite rare or endangered animal or plant and you’re entered to win!

A bit about the book:

In KEEP OUT! Lucas and Andre try to solve the mystery of who, or what, has destroyed the endangered piping plover’s nest of Prince Edward Island National Park. And Lucas hatches a plan to get Andre to keep his dirty socks on his side of the room!

Read the first chapter: HERE!

View the book trailer: HERE!

Download the Teacher’s Guide: HERE!

Purchase: chapters.indigo.ca indiebound.com amazon.ca amazon.combarnes&noble.com

And guess what else? THE SEQUEL IS COMING! I just heard from my editor and editing will commence soon PLUS the illustrations are AWESOME! Can you tell how excited I am? Here’s more…

COMING: spring 2011

In WATER HAZARD! Lucas and Andre wonder how the best Irish Mossing horse in Prince Edward Island got injured. Was it an accident or sabotage? And will their classmate, Summer, stop reciting poetry long enough for them to figure it out?

SO ENTER NOW!  If you tweet about it or share the link on facebook, let me know in the comments to have even MORE chances to win a signed copy of KEEP OUT! Draw will be held October 1st in time for the U.S. release!

Good luck!

*contest is limited to US and Canada*



They’re HERE!

Date: Friday April 30, 2010
Posted in: Red Dune Adventures

I’ll let the pictures do the talking :-)

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KEEP OUT! The Teachers’ Guide

Date: Saturday April 24, 2010
Posted in: Red Dune Adventures

Introducing the Teachers’ Guide for KEEP OUT!

This junior chapter book is ideal for grades 2-4. The guide is catered for those grade levels with activities, discussions and links to curriculum.  A bit about the book:

André and Lucas are twin brothers who live on PEI with their park warden mother and veterinarian father. Their mother is working to protect piping plovers, and the boys join in, helping to put up gates around nests and making sure no one trespasses in the sensitive area. When one nest is destroyed, the boys have to do some handy detective work to find the culprits.

Written in an accessible, engaging style, and illustrated with line drawings by Diane Lucas, Keep Out! is the perfect choice for emergent or reluctant readers who like a good mystery.

Read the first chapter: HERE!

View the book trailer: HERE!

Buy: chapters.indigo.ca amazon.ca

If you have used the Teachers’ Guide, please drop me a line with your feedback. I’d love to hear how it goes!



KEEP OUT! the Book Trailer & read Chapter 1!

Date: Friday March 19, 2010
Posted in: Red Dune Adventures

COMING: April, 2010!

In KEEP OUT! Lucas and Andre try to solve the mystery of who, or what, has destroyed the endangered piping plover’s nest of Prince Edward Island National Park. And Lucas hatches a plan to get Andre to keep his dirty socks on his side of the room!

Read the first chapter: HERE!

Pre-order: chapters.indigo.ca amazon.ca

Illustrations by Diane Lucas. Visit her online portfolio HERE.



KEEP OUT! The cover!

Date: Tuesday January 19, 2010
Posted in: Red Dune Adventures

I hope I can do this correctly, but here is my cover for my new early chapter book KEEP OUT! (spring 2010), the first volume in the RED DUNE ADVENTURES SERIES. (the cover! Ahh)

In KEEP OUT! Lucas and Andre try to solve the mystery of who, or what, has destroyed the endangered piping plover’s nest. And Lucas hatches a plan to get Andre to keep his dirty socks on his side of the room!

It will be out in Canada in April and (hopefully!) everywhere else this fall.



RED DUNE ADVENTURES: The series!

Date: Tuesday March 31, 2009
Posted in: Good news!,Red Dune Adventures

I am THRILLED to finally announce my upcoming series with Nimbus Publishing.

RED DUNE ADVENTURES is an illustrated chapter book series for new readers (6-9 year olds). The first volume: KEEP OUT! will be released in the spring of 2010 and the second: WATER HAZARD! will follow in spring 2011.

In KEEP OUT! Lucas and Andre try to solve the mystery of who, or what, has destroyed the endangered piping plover’s nest. And Lucas hatches a plan to get Andre to keep his dirty socks on his side of the room!

In WATER HAZARD! the boys wonder how the best Irish Mossing horse in Prince Edward Island got injured. Was it an accident or sabotage?  And will their classmate, Summer, stop reciting poetry long enough for them to figure it out?

I LOVE that this will be a series for new readers and I’m really looking forward to working with the Nimbus team again on this fun, new project!

Yippee!