Thursday, November 20, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness + Big Giveaway #20

Welcome to November and Unwritten's next BIG event, 30 Days of Thankfulness, featuring a tremendous giveaway that will be PERFECT for a reader on your Christmas list...or a gift for yourself!!! We are giving away a...

Yep, you heard me right, but that's not all. All authors participating in this month's event have also generously donated a Kindle copy of one of their books so you'll already have some great stories to read when you curl up with your new Kindle!! To enter, just complete all the easy entries on the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this page. Today let's hear from author Ian S. Bott and what he's thankful for :

A touch of the wild
I grew up on a small island, 25 square miles (yes, that's square miles, not miles square) population 60,000+. Unless you looked straight out to sea, every view was dominated by roads and buildings, with little patches of green in between. The most wildlife I ever saw was seagulls and the occasional rabbit.

Even trips to mainland England brought little in the way of wilderness. Most of the country is manicured farmland, with picturesque villages every few miles. Even in the relative wilds of Derbyshire or the Lake District, you would be hard pressed to find yourself much more than spitting distance from an English country pub. A blessing in many ways, but also a commentary on a land tamed by many hundreds of years of civilization.

Since moving to Canada, I repeatedly give thanks for the open spaces around me.

From my own deck at home, I have seen raccoons, deer, and eagles soaring overhead, as well as the (to me) exotic woodpeckers and hummingbirds. Further afield, I've seen whales, bears, otters and seals. Ten minutes' drive from my home takes me to a choice of parks with miles of woodland trails where signs of humanity are few and far between. An hour's drive would take me into true wilderness. And this is life in a provincial capital city.
These are riches I never dreamed of in my old and overcrowded life. I hope I never come to take them for granted.

Ian Bott is a science fiction writer who successfully evaded the writing bug until it bit him, late in life, by means of a sneak stealth attack. As a software developer he rebelled against mind-deadening software specifications and resolved to write technical documents fit for ordinary human consumption. From there, it was a small step to speculative fiction.
He lives in beautiful British Columbia with his wife, two children, and a steadily expanding menagerie of pets.

Ghosts of Innocence
Master assassin Shayla Carver has killed many times. That's what assassins do, nothing to lose sleep over, but this mission is different.

She's never killed a whole planet before.

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  1. Moving to Canada was probably almost culture shock for you!

  2. Canada's a great place isn't it? So much unspoiled land yet available.

  3. Canada is a beautiful country and I regret not having spent more time there.


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