Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Ride on the Kettle Valley Rail-Trail, Now Number 11 (Paid) on Amazon.com in Travel/Canada/BC & Alta



A Ride on the Kettle Valley Rail-Trail, Now Number 11 (Paid) on Amazon.com in Travel/Canada/BC & Alta

If you are thinking of a trip to western Canada, maybe you should read “A Ride on the Kettle Valley Rail-Trail”.  It’s number 11 on Amazon.com (the big one) in Travel/Canada/BC&Alta, so it must be good.  :)

Well, a lowly Indie blogger (and publisher) doesn’t get too many chances to boast about his paid sales (the wife's novels make most of the money), so you can’t blame me (I hope).




A Ride on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail: A Biking Journal Kindle Edition 

 by Dale Olausen (Author), Helena Puumala (Editor)

The Kettle Valley Rail Trail is one of the longest and most scenic biking and hiking trails in Canada. It covers a good stretch of the south-central interior of British Columbia, about 600 kilometers of scenic countryside. British Columbia is one of the most beautiful areas of Canada, which is itself a beautiful country, ideal for those who appreciate natural splendour and achievable adventure in the great outdoors.

The trail passes through a great variety of geographical and geological regions, from mountains to valleys, along scenic lakes and rivers, to dry near-desert condition grasslands. It often features towering canyons, spanned by a combination of high trestle bridges and long tunnels, as it passes through wild, unpopulated country. At other times, it remains quite low, in populated valleys, alongside spectacular water features such as beautiful Lake Okanagan, an area that is home to hundreds of vineyards, as well as other civilized comforts.

The trail is a nice test of one’s physical fitness, as well as one’s wits and adaptability, as much of it does travel through true wilderness. The views are spectacular, the wildlife is plentiful and the people are friendly. What more could one ask for?

What follows is a journal of two summers of adventure, biking most of the trail in the late 1990s. It is about 33,000 words in length (2 to 3 hours reading), and contains numerous photographs of the trail. There are also sections containing a brief history of the trail, geology, flora and fauna, and associated information.

After reading this account, you should have a good sense of whether the trail is right for you. If you do decide to ride the trail, it will be an experience you will never forget.


Children’s Fantasy and Adventure Books Free on Amazon, March 24-28, 2017



Children’s Fantasy and Adventure Books Free on Amazon, March 24-28, 2017

Nathan’s Adventures in the Other-Other Land:
Book 1: To Rescue a Princess.
Book 2: To Defeat the Wizard’s Curse
Both books are on free on Kindle weekend (March 24 to March 28, 2017).


Helena Puumala’s children’s fantasy and adventure series, Nathan’s Adventure in the Other-Other Land, follows the adventures of Nathan and his friends, as they travel to the Other-Other Land, through the magic mirror.
There, they encounter mystery, adventure and danger, as they strive to help the peaceful inhabitants of the Other-Other Land to overcome their dangerous enemies, which include dragons and wizards, among others.  But, though young, Nathan and his friends are resourceful and brave, a good match for any dangers that they might meet on their journeys.
Both books are on free on Kindle weekend (March 24 to March 28, 2017).


In Book 1, Nathan helps Prince Roland to rescue his sister, Princess Pepper, from the clutches of the Black Dragon, who is in league with the Terrible Bing – both wish to overthrow the Kingdom of the Other-Other Land.  Nathan and Prince Roland must undergo many tests and perils, in their mission to save the feisty Princess Pepper.
It is available on Amazon, at the following links (note that it includes many illustrations and is available in paper book form as well as ebook):




Book 2 continues the adventures of Nathan and his friends, with much of the focus now on Princess Pepper, as she enlists the help of Nathan and his cousins, to overcome a curse which has been cast on the land.  This spell has resulted in a terrible drought throughout the country, which is slowly starving the land and its people.  The Princess and her companions must also overcome many dangers in their quest to overcome the Wizard’s Curse, including the emotionally jarring prospect of re-uniting with Pepper’s mother, who seemed to have abandoned her children at an early age.
That book is available on Amazon, at the following links:

Friday, 17 March 2017

Two More Scary Stories, free on Amazon



Two More Scary Stories, free on Amazon

This Friday through to next Tuesday (Mar 17 through Mar 21, 2017), will feature a couple of stories that we usually feature on the Halloween weekend, “Take Me Out to the Ballpark” and “A Dark Horse”. But, March is a pretty scary month, too, what with its usual crazy weather, so we figured, why not feature them now?

“Take Me Out to the Ballpark” features human evil, in the form of an apparently harmless person who has a very dark streak of evil, and who preys on the innocent.

“A Dark Horse” features supernatural evil, in the form of a bookie/loan shark with a dual personality, part human and part inhuman, who preys on addicted gamblers
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Take Me Out to the Ballpark

Baseball and serial killers are as American as Apple Pie. So, here's a frightening short story that brings them together, for your Halloween reading.

Note that this is a short story of about 7000 words, or a reading time of 30 to 45 minutes.


A Dark Horse

Just what might a gambler give up, to go on the winning streak of his life? Even he can't know for sure. Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus legend is given a Damon Runyon spin, in this short story.
This is a short story of about 6500 words, or about 35 to 45 minutes reading time, for typical readers.