Just When You Think…

Just when you think you have things all worked out, life takes a couple of turns in the road. I had planned to spend the fall solely focused on bookselling at craft fairs and writing, however, plans have changed slightly. It’s partly due to time-consuming medical tests I hadn’t anticipated when I committed to the craft fairs. Although I feel healthy, the doctors want to take a closer look at my lungs. The tests were arranged long before I contracted Covid, and honestly, I’m glad the doctors are watching out for me.

Secondly, this weekend we placed an offer on a house only two blocks away from my grandkids, which was accepted. We’re working on arranging financing, etc, before the final documents are signed, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Right now, it’s nearly an hour’s drive to reach my daughter and son-in-law’s home and the older I get the less I want to drive. Downsizing will be tough. We’ve lived in this house for over 35 years. We were married in the backyard and raised our kids here, but I really believe this is the right time for change. Needless to say, I won’t be publishing a book in 2023, and writing and marketing will likely slow down.

This is why I’m making a final push before this year is over. I’m taking part in two or three BookFunnel promotions and first up is a $.99 sale on Casey Holland mystery #5, Knock Knock, and #6, The Blade Man. This is part of BookFunnel’s ‘Black Friday Deals’ promotion, featuring a large roster of authors who have free and discounted books to choose from. You can find it HERE!

A short blurb for Knock Knock:

When a home invasion kills senior Elsie Englehart, security officer Casey Holland is devastated. Part of her latest assignment is to watch over elderly bus riders in an area frequently targeted by a group of thugs. Determined to keep others safe, Casey escorts an elderly man right to his home, only to come under attack by an armed intruder. Hospitalized and angry, Casey struggles to regain control of her life, despite interference from family and colleagues, and the postponement of her wedding. Yet another home invasion compels Casey to take action, but at what cost to her health and her relationships?

And The Blade Man:

Who is the Blade Man and why has he been attacking Mainland Public Transport bus drivers? And who is trying to burn MPT down? The company’s president orders security officer Casey Holland to launch an internal investigation or face termination. Convinced she’s being set up to fail and with her wedding only weeks away, Casey desperately needs answers. Forced to take deeper risks, how far can Casey go before someone dies?

I’ll be doing another for A Gold Satin murder beginning Dec. 1st, but more about that next week.

Meanwhile, after Christmas, I’ll prepare a lengthy to-do list of sorting and recycling. Christmas and New Year’s will be downtime with the family, and I can’t wait!


Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at dpurdykong@gmail.com

20 thoughts on “Just When You Think…”

      1. We still need to carve out a time to chat about Celtic Shamanism. I’m at a big craft fair both days this weekend, but after that I’m hoping to sink into writing for the winter. Maybe we can steal a moment over the winter? I know what it’s like to make a huge move AND be a grandmother AND write AND do self-care. But a little shamanic experience might be exactly what you need;) Cheers, my friend.


  1. Wow, you are going to have a busy couple of months, though a sensible move. I found Craigslist helpful in offloading bigger items and it’s best to start asap so that when you move, you only take what you really want to keep. As well, a garage sale is helpful.

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  2. Goodness gracious, Debra, you really do have a lot on your plate! Congrats on the new home, so near your family. I’m jealous! It’ll be a lot of stress, a lot of work, and Avery busy few weeks, but it will be so wonderful when you’re all settled in. Creating your next phase of life, and so close to your little granddaughters. Your writing and publishing will be waiting for you. And you’ll have new experiences to incorporate in your writing! 😏😊
    P.S. I hope the health concerns are resolved soon.

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    1. Thanks, Julie, I remember that you were about my age when you moved and that you wanted to get it done before too much longer. I can see why! It’ll be bittersweet to spend our last Christmas at this house.


  3. Congrats on the new home Debra. That is going to save so much car time for you!!! A big process to move after so many years, but the area is beautiful and closeness to family always worth it. Sending you as much good juju as possible for the medical testing and beginnings of pitching and packing!

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