Five shillings and sixpence by ‘Nathan Burgoine

Our countdown to the winter solstice concludes today. Thank you for following it this month!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them has written a short piece or created something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was The Magic Man, by Jamieson Wolf.

Today’s entry is called Five Shilling and Sixpence by ‘Nathan Burgoine.

Make sure to come back next year, this was so much fun we’ll definitely do it again!

The Spirit of Holidays by Jennifer Carole Lewis

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was A Family by Choice Christmas, by Nathan Caro Fréchette.

Today’s entry is called The Spirit of Holidays, by Jennifer Carole Lewis.

Make sure to come back on Christmas Eve to see the next installment in the series, by Jamieson Wolf!

Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is Madam President of Dynamic Canvas Inc., an Ottawa-based consulting business that provides information and web development services. She specializes in WordPress websites with integrated online shops, and is a professional editor. Dynamic Canvas is now looking to the author and publishing community, seeking opportunities to create websites that are pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate. Cait is also accepting new clients who need an editor to help them prepare manuscripts for publication or submissions. You can reach her on Twitter @DcanDiva or through the contact information on the Dcan website.



Cait’s projects:

Cait generously offers her expertise as our webmaster, e-store diva, and general provider of laughs and good times. She started with Renaissance as the author of Life in the ‘Cosm.




John Haas

John Haas was born and raised in Montreal before moving to Calgary where he lived for twelve wonderful years. Now he is in the nation’s capital but still misses seeing those Rockies in the distance.

John has been writing for most of his life but only became serious about being published in the last six years or so. In that time he has had twelve short stories published in various excellent publications, written one children’s book for a friend, and has one story being produced as a podcast later this year. His goal is to become a full time writer (rich and famous would be nice too but not necessary).

He lives with his supportive wife who gives him lots of time to write and his two wonderful sons who give him lots of motivation.

For more information, please see his website at:

Or follow his rambling thoughts on Twitter: @johnhaas11


Author Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul has three great loves in life; writing, drawing, and dragons.  She is also a gigantic geek and grew up on a healthy diet of Star Trek: Voyager, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dragonlance.  As such, she has developed a fascination with awesome stories, quippy characters, and things that go bump in the night.

Kaitlin was born in Toronto and proceeded to live in various places across southern Ontario during her youth.  She chose to move up to Ottawa after graduating from the University of Guelph with a degree in Psychology.  Her degree has helped a great deal in developing her understanding of the human psyche and just what gets under a person’s skin, but has not found much use in her chosen profession; cooking.  Her artistic side delights in the freedom of the culinary arts though, and she spends much of her time at work inflicting new recipes on her poor co-workers.

Now Kaitlin lives and works in Gatineau, where she splits her free time between assisting her fellow NaNoWriMo MLs with plans of how to drive themselves insane come November, and delving the depths of her characters’ minds.  She has published several short stories in various venues, and is the author of Life After Redby; a merry romp through the mind of someone who survived the zombie apocalypse by dying a lot.

Any other free time she might have is devoted to her two very demanding feline roommates, Isis and Bailey.

Follow her on Twitter: @MystiCaul


Life After Redby – Forthcoming!

Sue Taylor-Davidson

Sue Taylor-Davidson lives in Ottawa.  Her life has been full and happy, with a wonderful husband and 3 great step-children, a large extended family, commitment to Aboriginal issues, research jobs, library work, babies, animals (specifically cats), editing, NGOs dedicated to education and library development, lots of gardening, knitting, Shakespeare research, reading, art and writing.  She loves people and sings in a community choir.  Her education is diverse, ranging from health studies, theology, Native studies, library science and early childhood education.

Follow her on Facebook, or visit her website.

Books: To Pluck a Crow (Coming 2017!)

S. M. Carrière

Born in 1983 and raised in various countries around the globe, S.M. Carrière has always felt drawn to epic tales of heroes and villains.  An avid reader herself and despite always writing, she did not think of becoming an author until her final year of university, when she found herself compelled to the craft (when she ought to have been studying).  She self-published her first title, The Dying God and Other Stories, in 2011 at the urging of a friend, and has not stopped since, publishing one book each consecutive year.

Falling in love with speculative fiction was easy for S.M. Carrière, and she has since become very involved in the speculative fiction community in her current city of residence. Ottawa.  She founded Silver Stag Entertainment to share her love of genre books and films and can be frequently seen on that channel discussing them.

Not content with merely writing, and ‘youtubing,’ S.M. Carrière has also indulged her love of fine art, picking a paint brush up for the first time in many years in 2014.  Her portfolio of drawings and paintings grows steadily.

S.M. Carrière is also an avid martial artist, studying Northern Mantis Kung Fu and Chinese Kickboxing with Wutan Canada, and taking up western equestrian martial arts when she has the time.

And, after all of that, if she has a moment or two, she can be found curled up with a hot cup of tea, a meaty red wine or a smooth whiskey and enjoying a good book… or playing the Xbox.

Find her on Facebook, and on Twitter.


Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson has been writing since a young age when he realized he could be writing instead of paying attention in school. Since then, he has created many worlds in which to live his fantasies and live out his dreams.

He is a Number One Best Selling Author (he likes to tell people that a lot) and writes in many different genres. Jamieson is also an accomplished artist. He works in mixed media, charcoal and pastels. He is also something of an amateur photographer, a poet and graphic designer.

He currently lives in Ottawa Ontario Canada with his cat, Tula, who is fearless.

Find him on Facebook and Twitter. Visit his website and his blog.


Bonhomme Sept-Heures

Bonhomme sept-heures new 2by Evan May

Paranormal mystery

The darkness with a smile in it

Something is killing the children of Lac de Thé, a tiny Quebec town.  No-one sees it.  It leaves no evidence.  The only suspect is a character from a centuries-old folk tale, and the only safety appears to depend on following the story’s ancient rule: all children must be indoors at home by seven o’clock.

Now, a mysterious government agent has summoned Adam Godwinson, former priest and book dealer, to help bring an end to the deaths, but the consequences of his last brush with the unthinkable lie heavily on him, and it may be Adam who needs rescuing most of all if anything is going to be done about Bonhomme Sept-Heures.

Available now!

Life in the ‘Cosm

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by Cait Gordon

Science-fiction / Comedy

What happens when boy meets girl but girl doesn’t notice boy because she shares a body with another boy?

When he’s not gorging on desserts, calming his hypochondriacal mum, or getting bone-crunching hugs from his warrior dads, Virj Ofreesin spends his time writing a fantasy novel about Frayda, the elegant half of the two-headed Dwa. Life is adequately mediocre until he learns the Dwa are gravely ill, and a mystical cure grows on a planet between two infamously warring worlds. Ignoring all warnings of danger, Virj embarks on the journey to be Frayda’s real-life hero, armed only with his stylus, and a boingy-haired nuisance who decides to tag along.

Buy now! Paperback Ebook

Jen Desmarais


A consummate student, Jennifer has three degrees and just graduated from her fourth. These include a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Chemistry, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. Following her passion for travel, she just completed her diploma in Tourism and Travel at Algonquin College.

She works for Orleans Travel and Cruise Centre in Ottawa, and loves helping clients design trips with a geeky/nerdy theme.

She co-founded JenEric Designs, where she creates unique geeky crocheted items and writes bi-weekly articles on sexuality and bi-weekly articles on Fandom Travel. She is also one of the co-organizers and founders of CON (Creative Ottawa Nerds craft fair).

She lives in Ottawa with her husband, daughter, and their library of over 2700 books.


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A Study in Aether

study ebook coverBy Éric Desmarais

Young Adult Paranormal Mystery

Elizabeth Coderre has always known that there was something strange about her home town, Baker Ontario, but it isn’t until her English teacher disappears that she starts to find out how strange. Getting through classes, killer kitten swarms, and bullies are going to be the easy parts of surviving at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle High. Elizabeth and her best friends, Jackie and Angela, are up to the challenge… they hope.

Buy now! Paperback Ebook


Éric Desmarais


Éric has had an eclectic career which ranges from casino dealer to canal boat captain to radio station DJ. Since 2009, he’s worked as a layout artist and desktop publisher for the federal government. During his off time he works as a freelance layout artist for various Canadian-based authors and publishers, roasts gourmet flavoured coffee, runs several pen-and-paper role-playing games, writes, and helps run (Home of the

He lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife and daughter. Visit him at




Cait Gordon

Cait G writingCait (pronounced like “cat”) Gordon is originally from Verdun, Québec, and has been living in the suburbs of Ottawa since 1998. She worked for over two decades as a technical writer, publishing user guides about everything from software applications to airplane simulators. Her joys include cosplaying as a fashionista dalek, watching sci-fi or fantasy series that are character-driven, reading books from authors she’s met, and baking . . . so much baking. In the ’90s she doodled a comic about a green snouty man named Virj Ofreesin, his houseplant Sonny, and his pet Splot. She felt it was time to share these characters with the universe. Life in the ‘Cosm is her first novel. You can find Cait on her Website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.