Please Support Your Local Stores

Book stores are struggling to survive, the same as restaurants and other small businesses in our area. Please shop local when you can, and help your neighbors to keep their businesses running during these trying times.

River Bookshop in Amherstburg, Story Tellers, Juniper, and Biblioasis are all local stores who can use your support. All my books are currently for sale at River Bookshop and Story Tellers. They are both currently open for curbside pickup.

Who needs the Internet?

Fact: Everyone who is reading this is on or has been on the Internet. But those of us wearing reading glasses on to see this should remember a few decades ago, when it never existed. Those were the days of typewriters and carbon paper, cursive writing, and real signatures on things we called letters. For me, I can’t even recall the last time I wrote a letter by hand and mailed it to someone.

The Internet has made our world smaller by connecting people and countries near and far, allowing us to obtain just about anything we need with the simple click of a a mouse. I think it’s one of man’s greatest inventions, but like so many of the drugs we’ve marketed to the masses, have we become addicted to the technology?

Try imagining one day in your life without the Internet. I don’t have to, our router crashed last week while we were streaming a television show. You know, the thing we do now instead of watching programs that have been broadcast over airwaves and sent through cables connected to our homes. For the next couple days it was if someone had cut off my hands and I couldn’t accomplish anything.

The experience made me appreciate my mother-in-law’s predicament, she has no idea how to use a computer and has difficulty using her mobile phone. And because of that she is constantly challenged by our technologically advanced world. She has to physically attend her bank, stare hopelessly at the GPS on her car’s dashboard, and fight with people on the phone who want her to go online to speak with them.

In my case, I couldn’t research my router problem because I couldn’t get online. We had to use Cathryn’s phone data (Internet) to find the phone number for the electronics store because there are no more phone books. And because of our current pandemic, there is nobody available at the store to talk to you. So, after driving to Chatham to get a router that was available here in Windsor, the simple instructions that came with it required me to connect via the Internet.

That time off line made me feel like I was sitting in the dark after a power outage. I couldn’t watch TV, check my mail, social media sites, or do any research for my writing projects. We couldn’t even talk to Alexa. And if Cathryn needed a recipe she had to dig through old magazines and cook books that are buried in the basement. So, are we addicted to the internet or just dependent upon it?

I know the answer, but you won’t be able to respond to my question unless…

News of the World – the Movie

For movie buffs like Cathryn and I, the year 2020 was painful. And because of of the worldwide pandemic with Covid 19, 2021 isn’t shaping up to be much better. Old movies in our DVD collection and streaming companies like Netflix and Crave have been our only saving grace. Even the producers of television shows had to take a hiatus in the name of safety.

After exhausting the list of decent movies to stream, and for a change from binge-watching our favorite TV shows, we’ve taken to searching for decent movies that have to be rented. Major motion picture studios seem to have caught on to our dilemma, and since they can’t release their new movies in theaters, they are making them available to rent.

Last night we rented the latest movie by Tom Hanks, News of the World. We were shocked that we had to pay $25 to watch the new release, but took into consideration that it would have cost us more to see it in a theater. And since we’re not allowed out of our house, what choice did we have. We were able to rent and download the movie through Apple TV.

News of the World is a western with a completely different story line that’s never been done before. It takes place after the American Civil war, when the country is trying to heal, and the south has suffered the most. Tom Hanks’ character travels from town to town, reading from the latest newspaper articles, apprising folk of what’s happening in their part of the world.

I found the movie a bit slow at times, typical of some westerns, but there was enough action and a great story line that kept me interested. We both loved the movie, with Cathryn giving it a big 10. I can’t say there was anything wrong with the flick but I’m giving it a conservative 8, just because I can.

Please Share

One of the lessons that I remember my mother reminding me of often, was about sharing. Being one of six siblings, and even though I was the biggest and oldest, I was taught to share my food and clothes and even my toys with my brothers and sisters. In our now disposable world, hand-me-downs are something that newer generations know nothing about.

Since becoming a published author, I love sharing my thoughts and stories with anyone who is willing to read them. And I am truly grateful that so many people have come to like my books and have shared their hard-earned money with me, in buying them.

By using social media, I have not only learned how to share my writing, but everyday news, interesting tidbits, and even jokes that I think others will find amusing. Some of those things have been shared by my online friends and I am happy to pass them on.

And now I humbly ask you to share this post and pass it on to your friends and contacts. In appreciating my fans and friends, I try not to spam everyone all the time. I receive plenty of ‘likes’ that let me know how many are interested in what I have to say, and for that I thank you. Perhaps by sharing this post you can help me reach out to new friends and readers who might be interested in my words.

If you haven’t already, check out my 3-part story by MediaWorks Studios on YouTube:

Part 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKaaHwMLxCk&t=8s

Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4B4pFQ_II4

Part 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr2c8RK1heA&t=2s

Again, I want to thank all who support my writing endeavors and wish everyone a wonderful new year.

My website: www.edmondgagnon.com

Five Guys Friday

As many of you know, living with my wife, Cathryn, is like living with a personal chef. There’s good and bad that goes along with that. Obviously the good part is that she cooks and serves me gourmet meals almost every night of the week.

The bad part of having a live-in chef is that we don’t go out to restaurants as often as we did when we were dating and sampling food and wine across the county. Add to that our dietary constraints and we rarely get to visit fast food restaurants or eat junk food.

Once a month, I treat myself to a cheat day and basically eat whatever the hell I want. I had been craving a fresh grilled hamburger for quite a while, so yesterday I treated my chef and took her out to Five Guys Burgers and Fries. We now have one in Windsor, just south of the Devonshire Mall.

What a treat! Because of Covid rules we had to eat in the car, but I brought along cloth napkins and plastic lap trays for a touch of parking lot class. We brought our own drinks too so I was a bit surprised by the $26 bill for two cheeseburgers and one order of fries. Granted the burgers were double-deckers and there were enough fries for three people.

Its’ nice to custom order whatever toppings you like, including fried caramelized onions, the bun is steamed soft and the cheese is nice and gooey. The meat is freshly grilled and goes nowhere near a microwave oven. If you haven’t tried a burger from these Five Guys, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Four Reasons to buy my book ‘Four’

I’ve always had an open mind when it comes to things like ancient healing techniques, Deja-vu, mystery sounding structures like the Pyramids, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

The television series, X-Files, also piqued my interest. Thinking about strange phenomenon depicted on that show, along with my personal experiences at ancient ruin sites, I was inspired to write my own paranormal thriller.

In my book, Four, I blend fact with fiction to give readers pause, and let them wonder if we really are alone in the universe. Here are four reasons I think you should buy my book, ‘Four’:

Four Men The story is about four men from different parts of the world who all experience something unexplainable during their lives, and are then drawn to the Khufu Pyramid in Egypt on the same date. Later, at a reunion of sorts, they try to explain it all to one of their sons, who comes to have his own beliefs.

Interesting Phenomenon Throughout the book, I refer to factual unexplained events that have happened in the past, and continue to occur to this day. There are so many things on our planet that we cannot explain and know nothing about. You just have to look for them.

Extraterrestrial Life Whether you believe it or not, there have been thousands of accounts of UFO sightings around the world for years, and artifacts that have been found on our planet that may prove their existence.

A Christmas Gift What better gift than something that lets an imagination run wild in wonderment, while discovering things in and out of this world that are fun to think about and contemplate.

Check out Four on my website, along with all my other books. They can be ordered online, but if you’re local and would like a copy of one delivered before Christmas, message me here or on one of my social media sites.

www.edmondgagnon.com

Reading Material, Anyone?

Merry Christmas from Author Edmond Gagnon

With our new lockdown in the Windsor/Essex area, and Christmas less than two weeks away, now might be a good time to stock up on reading material for yourself of one of your loved ones. Stores are closing because of the pandemic and online sales are bogging down for the holidays.

If you’re looking for something to read or trying to buy for someone else, I’m making all of my books available for delivery in the Windsor area. I’ve had some requests already and have started a list. My genres include Travel, Crime Fiction, and Paranormal.

All of my books can be seen on my website at: www.edmondgagnon.com

Click on the Amazon links to read sample chapters of titles or the Video Introduction links under each book.

If you wish to purchase any of my books private message me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or email me directly at: edmondgagnon@gmail.com to set up a personal delivery. Free delivery in the Windsor area. I can mail outside the area but it will cost a bit extra and there is no guaranteed delivery date.

*Multi-book discounts available*

Five Reasons to Buy A Casual Traveler

At a retirement seminar I attended, before packing in my thirty-one years and four months of police work, we were told to have a plan, a hobby or something to do for the rest of our lives. Even before that, I knew that travelling the world was how I wanted to spend a large part of my senior years.

I travelled abroad and around the continent for the first two years of my retirement, and sent family and friends email about my adventures and misadventures. Coaxed on by their remarks, I wrote my first book.

Here are five reasons to buy A Casual Traveler:

Forty-two Travel Tales. Stories like the kind in Readers Digest, that take you to exotic places near and far that in some cases you can only dream about. Share my experiences on motorcycle trips across the continent or in countries like Peru, Argentina, Chile, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico and Belize.

Travel From Home. In these unsure times of the Corona Virus and restricted travel, stay safe at home and read a good book. You only have to go as far as the book store or your computer to order a copy online.

Cheap Entertainment. Since we can’t go to the movie theaters and there seems to be nothing left to watch on Netflix or Crave, visualize all the places you can’t visit by seeing the world through my stories.

Support a Local Author. The ten most popular authors in the world control eighty percent of book sales. Help me supplement my retirement and build my travel fund.

It’s Christmas. What do you buy someone who has everything but likes to read? A book. A Casual Traveler’s convenient size makes it ideal for wrapping, mailing or stuffing it into a Christmas stocking.

A Casual Traveler and all my other books can be purchased locally in Windsor at PB Books or Storytellers Books, and in Amherstburg at River Bookstore, or online through my website: www.edmondgagnon.com

Brittni Brinn – Looking to Our Future

When Brittni Brinn‘s not wandering an empty beach looking for rocks kicked up by the ocean or burried in a book from one of her friends, she writes about the future fate of our world. Using skills she acquired while obtaining her M.A. in Creative Writing, Language and Literature, she writes mostly apocalyptic fiction.

Her two books thus far are The Patch Project and A Place That Used To Be. Brittni has also recently hooked up with Christian Laforet and Ben Van Dongen at Adventure Worlds Press to help promote her work.

If you’re interested in meeting Brittni Brinn and purchasing one of her books be sure to visit the Essex County Authors Book Show at The City Market on Saturday, December 12th, between 10am and 3pm.

Beautiful Words – Creative Bookmarks

When Deanna Fougere contacted my about about setting up a booth to showcase her Beautiful Words Bookmarks at the upcoming Essex County Author Show, I thought, why not? What compliments books better than bookmarks?

Looking to get more from the books that Deanna and the four other women in her book club read, and the ensuing conversation, they came up with the idea to create inspirational bookmarks that questioned and facilitated meaningful reflection and conversations about books.

Their goal: “Spark your thinking and ignite conversation using these thought-provoking questions. Beautiful Words’ mission is to help people read, reflect, and connect with the stories they read and the people around them.” 

If you’d like to see the creative bookmarks of Beautiful Words come visit Deanna Fougere at the Essex County Author Show at The City Market on Saturday, December 12th, between 10am and 3pm.