Painting in Banff

     Recently, my wife Lisa and I were able to spend a week in Banff, Alberta. Lisa had been offered a chance to stay at the Banff Boutique Inn as an artist in residence. It was a lovely little hotel and for most of the week we were the only guests. Due to COVID, the town was quieter than I have ever seen before but we were able to thoroughly enjoy ourselves.
     Lisa did a great deal of plein air painting. This is sitting outside while painting a copy of the scene before you. She did a wonderful job and I contributed by acting as porter and support person when not hiking, writing or reading. In the evenings, we did more of the same or walked together down quiet boulevards or wooded trails. It was a wonderful, restful and truly blessed time.
     As Lisa was acting as an artist in residence, our room was complimentary. In return, the owner of the Inn selected one of Lisa’s painting studies. She made a larger copy after we returned home and this will now be displayed at the hotel. If you are ever staying at the Banff Boutique Inn, you may see it hanging on the wall. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hope to get back again in the future.
     Here’s a couple photos of Lisa at work and her five studies.

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My novel “Scars” at the Library

I’m a big fan of libraries.

I use our local library a lot. So much, in fact, that a lot of the staff know me on sight and start pulling out the books I have requested before I can even take out my library card. When my novel first came out, they responded to requests from some patrons and made sure there was a copy in the stacks.

Over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed keeping track of when the copies were out from both the Moose Jaw and Willow Bunch branches. I thought it would be neat to actually see my book on their shelves, but it was out each time I had a book to pick up. Finally, it worked out that it was in at the right time and I decided to get a photo.

I had forgotten about the COVID restrictions.

But then one of the staff came to the rescue. She took my cell phone and went behind the barriers to take some shots for me. She did a lot more than her duties required and I really appreciated it. Here are the photos.

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The Word Guild Awards

I am thrilled to pass on the news that my novel “Scars” was announced on June 13th as a winner at The Word Guild of Canada online awards gala. It won in the category Christian Fiction Books – Suspense/Speculative. It was an honor to be nominated and an amazing blessing to be declared the winner. I wish to congratulate all the other winners and nominees, and especially the other nominees in the Suspense/Speculative category, Sara Davison for “Vigilant” and Janet Sketchley for “Hidden Secrets.”

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TWG Awards Short List

My novel “Scars” has made the short list for The Word Guild of Canada Awards. It was nominated in the Suspense & Speculative Fiction category. Congratulations also to Sara Davison for “Vigilant” and Janet Sketchley for “Hidden Secrets” who were also nominated in the same category.

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My interview with Janice Dick

Check out the interview I did with Janice Dick on her website/blog. You can find it at The Tansy & Thistle Press at

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Book review of “SCARS”

Janice Dick (author of The Storm series and In Search of Freedom series) will be posting a review on my novel “Scars” on her website/blog on April 14th. Check it out at

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Internet Radio interview

Tune into HopeStreamRadio on the internet and check out my interview with Ron Hughes regarding my novel “Scars”. It’s listed under Author Interviews.

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Saskatoon Book signings

I’ll be having two book signings up in Saskatoon on February the 8th. I will be at Kennedy’s Parable from 11 AM to 1 PM, and then at McNally-Robinson from 2 to 4 PM. All are invited to one or both of these events. Blessings. – Kevin

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Official Book Launch for “Scars”

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My novel is now available to purchase!

My novel is now available to order from Word Alive Press, or from Indigo/Chapters. I also know that Kennedy’s Parable in Saskatoon has some on order. The book can be purchased on line at , at ; or at

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