Today’s Author Event

A Successful Day Shared

Today’s JUZDIZRTS Author Event went forward with only one hiccup – the lovely poet Joanna Gale was unable to attend at the last minute due to a terrible migraine – we wish her the best and hope she is feeling better now.

With 8 remaining authors we had a full house to read to!  Not including the star line-up we had 30 guests filling the seats at On The Bean coffee shop.

The readings were well paced and could be heard by all as our sound system worked without any glitches this year 😉

The local newspaper Snapped Aurora stopped by during our event to take some photos and talk to the authors.

I would like to thank everyone for their fantastic support and the beautiful gift presented to me, from my wonderful authors, toward the end of our readings.

Thank you all,


Excerpt from Contemporary Writer Donna Thompson

Meander a Moment and Muse About Life

An excerpt from Contemporary Author Donna Thompson’s newest full-length work in progress:

The Concentric Circles
Wireless Fidelity

Donna Thompson's Widget

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow,” said Albert Einstein.
Accept the past, manage the present and work hard towards the future, #inspiration.

Overseas or unemployment, it’s a no brainer. Thursday, I am still indisputably Elena Lambert. 2C or not 2C is the apartment door of it all, upon my return from the Asian continent. I am stationed at my computer wearing the latest style of face, Eleanor Rigbyish, “All the Lonely People,” but with quite a few contemporary upgrades. I have successfully avoided a rhinoplasty for the horn that is my nose. The jar, for the visage, has been replaced by a cloud as I upgrade my portrait pics across the range of social media from the grinning selfies in my photo stream. Yesterday, the Face had been carefully raised, without the use of botox but with a revitalizing facial waxing, a kind of thorough vacuuming of the porous surface that has left a healthy hairless sheen to my skin, despite a sleepless night.

“Elena” feels authentic to me despite the long list of words and identities, Helens, Elainas, Eleanor, Eleva, Els, Aliena, Es, and even a few Alans that cling to it. These names, though beautiful in themselves, constitute the trail of cracked or morphed misnomers of the naming journey that I have experienced from birth. Despite this, my assigned letters E-l-e-n-a are firmly affixed to me like a label on the inside of a stylish new jacket. I give thanks to the data base, a birth certificate, and a perfect stranger for this name. This measure awards stability to an eroding sense of self, mine.

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Be sure to catch Donna reading from her first release The Glitch Factory at On The Bean in Aurora on April 26th, starting at 3pm.

Fiction Author Rick Ferguson

Sports & Fiction Author Rick Ferguson has joined the Spring 2014 JUZDIZRTS Author Event!

Rick Ferguson, 55, is a Bradford resident and has been a Leaf fan for as long as he can remember. The former high-school hockey goalie became intrigued about the team’s inability to capture the Stanley Cup since 1967. It compelled him to consider the possibility the team was “cursed,” and that led him to dream up the idea behind The Ghosts in Maple Leaf Gardens.  Rick is a member of the Bradford Writers Group.

Ghosts in Maple Leaf GardensThe Ghosts in Maple Leaf Gardens

This fictional telling reveals the reason for the team’s long drought, and how Ron Bailey, the Leafs’ young director of player personnel, accidentally uncovers a ‘curse’ that has been placed on the team. Can the curse be lifted? Before he can find the answer to that question, Ron Bailey must investigate how the curse involves a former player – Dale McCaine.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present my work at an event like JUZDIZRTS. This is a great forum for local artists to showcase their talents, and have a fabulous cup of coffee at the same time.”

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Children’s Writer Sherry Loeffler

Mystery Writer, Children’s, & Non-Fiction Novelist Sherry Loeffler has joined the Spring 2014 JUZDIZRSAuthor Event!

Sherry Loeffler is a Canadian writer living in Stouffville, Ontario. She has self published two children’s picture books – BUSY BUZZING BEES and AMBITIOUS ANTSY ANTS. She has published two adult mysteries featuring Tiffany Rose, Jeremy’s mother. Sherry has done children’s programs in her church for many years and has published a Christian children’s book THE GUARDIAN ANGEL: the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of His Guardian angel. Sherry has two children, Tim (wife, Diana) and Hollie, five grandchildren, Kristi, Kyle, Jean-Marc, Victoria and Noah. She also has one great-grandchild, Chloe. She has always wanted to teach children and loves being around them.  She also wants to see more good, moral books on store shelves to  help children develop into moral adults.

List of Works:

THAT DREADED ‘C’ WORD – A non-fiction book about our journey with Cancer.

HOW NOT TO LOSE A LIBRARIAN – An adult mystery, the second in the HOW NOT TO series.

THE CRUISE SHIP THIEF – A Jeremy Rose adventure – a children’s adventure story.

THE GUARDIAN ANGEL – The life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of His Guardian Angel.

GOD LOVES THE CLOWN IN ME – The story of my ministry in clowning and magic to teach children.

The Cruise Ship ThiefThe Cruise Ship Thief – A Jeremy Rose Adventure (ages 7-12)

Jeremy Rose is an adventurous nine year old boy, the son of Tiffany Rose, Chief Librarian on the cruise ship SEAFARER’S MEMORIES. Their Uncle Dexter Conlin is the captain of the ship and he allowed Jeremy to come aboard for the summer to help his mother and to learn from the experience. Their first cruise is to Mexico. A cruise to Alaska follows the next month. Jeremy is excited, but not ready to discover a thief on board. As he says, “Who would believe a nine year old kid?” He learns a lot about Mexico, archaeological digs, treasures as well as a special gift he had which came from God. Enjoy his adventure with him.

I believe the JUZDIZRTS Author Event is a great way to promote authors and let the community know there are authors among them. I was honoured to be a part of one event last year and it encouraged me, as an author, to continue writing. More people should help authors showcase their books and novels. I appreciate Melissa helping authors in this way.”