Book Launch Contest for Soul of a Nomad

What use is a travel blog during a “stay the blazes home” global pandemic? How about another contest to help launch Soul of a Nomad  and to thank independent booksellers for their support.

Contest guidelines:

  • Correctly answer at least ten of the following questions to be eligible for entry into a draw at 1800 hrs (6 PM) Pacific Time on 31 December 2020.
  • Please Do not post responses on this blog. If you do – everyone will see them.
  • Email your final entry prior to noon Pacific Time 31 Dec 2020 to
  • Winner to be announced before midnight Pacific Time 31 Dec 2020.
  • Prize is a Cdn $50.00 gift certificate for use at a Canadian independent bookshop near where the winner lives. 
  • Answers 1 to 10 are in Soul of a Nomad.
  • Answers 11 and 12 are in Pomegranates at 4800 Metres.
  • Please support the author and independent booksellers by purchasing your own copies. 

Where to get the books:

Soul of a Nomad and Pomegranates at 4800 Metres are available at: 

The Laughing Oyster in Courtenay –

Bolen Books in Victoria –

Talisman Books and Gallery on Pender Island –

Red Tuque Books for shipping to your local independent book shop or directly to you if you live in Canada  –

Most independent Canadian bookstore managers will order a copy for you from Red Tuque Books.

Pomegranates at 4800 Metres is also available at: 

Mulberry Bush Books in Qualicum Beach and Parksville –

Hidden Gems in Salmon Arm –

The Book Shop in Penticton –

The Crockett Book Company in Trail –

Otter Books in Nelson –

Huckleberry Books in Cranbrook –

Bacchus Books in Golden –

Grizzly Books in Revelstoke –

The Book Place in Kamloops –

Red Tuque Books –

The Vancouver Island Regional Library.


  1. Name any two of Kim’s imaginary animal friends.
  2. What was the name of the naughty pony Kim rode on adventures with childhood friends?
  3. What mythical Norse creature does Kim use as a segue to her thoughts about COVID?
  4. Under what circumstances did Herr Zunz receive his tattoo? What did the letter signify? 
  5. What did Kim learn to drive in 1981?
  6. What Russian tragedy happened while Kim and her mother were in Moscow?
  7. Name two people Kim’s dad shared his boat-baked birthday cakes with.
  8. Kim did some volunteering in Thailand doing what?
  9. While in Patagonia, Kim explores her surroundings in what three ways? 
  10. Name one city Kim, Pat and Helen visited in each of the four “stans.” 
  11. What is the first and last name of Kim’s Nepali guide?  
  12. In what country does the last chapter of Pomegranates at 4800 Metres take place?

Please help me launch Soul of a Nomad by sharing this blog. Thank you.


The results are in:

The winner of the draw for a free copy of Soul of a Nomad is….

Melanie Davy from Manchester England. Congratulations Melanie.

Runners up – door no prizes but honourable mentions:

Karin Holland and Pat Gould of the Comox Valley.

Many of you may be curious about where the pictures were taken –

# 1 was taken in 1962 on my 8th birthday during a canoe trip in Quetico Provincial Park Ontario – Canada. (Everyone got that one right. The iconic Canadian canoe was the give away.)

# 2 was taken this past October in Khiva, Uzbekistan. (Two people got this one right.)

# 3 was taken in 2004 in Tuscany, Italy. (Three people got this one right.)

# 4. was taken in 2014 Patagonia, Chile. Torres del Cuernos in the background. (Only one person said Chile. One other person said Patagonia. Patagonia is a region encompassing the southern reaches of both Chile and Argentina.)

# 5 was taken in 1964 in Lappland, Finland. (One person got this right – the winner. But another person also remarked that this is a Sami tent and noted the reindeer antlers and hides. They guessed Norway which was a really good answer too because the Sami people spread across northern Scandinavia.)

# 6 was taken in 2010 in Thailand. (Three people got this one right.)

# 7 is four photos – Naming all four was required for one point.

A. was taken in 1959 at Stonehenge in England. (Everyone got this one right.)

B. was taken in 2004 of St Basils in Moscow Russia (Only one person didn’t get this one right.)

C. was taken in 2019 of the Celsus Library in Ephesus Turkey. (Two people got this one right.)

D. was taken in 1959 of the World Fair’s Atomium in Brussels Belgium. (Three people got this one right.)

Thank you to all of you who took part in this contest to help raise awareness of and interest in my new book Soul of a Nomad.

Contest Reminder

A reminder that the photo contest closes at noon Pacific time on Tuesday 10 Nov 2020.
The draw will be at 1700 hrs Pacific time on 10 Nov 2020
You only need to identify the country in which the photos were taken – no further detail required.
Four correct responses will enter your name into the draw.
# 7 is different from the rest – for this last challenge, the countries of all four photos – A, B, C and D need to be identified to be considered one correct response.
Send your answers to

Winner receives a free copy of Soul of a Nomad.

Contest Photos # 7

Here’s the grand finale. Your last challenge is to correctly identify all four of these photos. They are labeled photos A,B,C,D.

NOTE: Getting all four of these answers correct adds one correct response to the required four to be entered into the draw.

Thank you for playing. Remember the deadline to enter is 10 November. Cut off – high noon Pacific time.

Draw for a copy of Soul of a Nomad at 1700 hrs Pacific time 10 November.

Winner and correct responses will be announced here.

Photo A
Photo B
Photo C
Photo D

Contest Photo # 6

Exciting news! I picked up the books yesterday! So if you pre-ordered your copy and are getting it before this contest officially ends on 10 Nov – Please send me your answers before you receive your book.

Here’s your second to last photo. You know the drill – no posting responses on the blog – email them to me at