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

Contest photo # 2

Good morning everyone.

Here is your second photo.

Remember not to post your answers here on the blog. If you do, everyone will see. Once you have identified the country in which at least four photos were taken, send your responses to me at

People with at least four correct responses will be eligible for a draw for a free copy of Soul of a Nomad.

Contest ends 10 November 2020. Draw will be made at 1700 hrs that day.

Photo # 2

A Contest

Anyone who correctly identifies the countries in which at least four of the following photos were taken will have their name entered into a draw to win a free copy of Soul of a Nomad.

Sorry – book production team – you are ineligible to enter.

Keep in mind that if you announce your responses on this public forum, everyone will see, so once you have at least four photos identified by country location e-mail your answers to

The pictures will come at random intervals over the next couple of weeks.

Happy arm-chair travels.

This is picture number 1

New Book – Soul of a Nomad – coming soon

Living through COVID isn’t easy for anyone but I’ve filled this down time with writing another book. Soul of a Nomad will be out in November. Just in time to curl up with on a cold nearly winter’s eve and enjoy a good read.

Getting the word out is going to be tricky without a launch so I appreciate you sending this along to anyone you know who likes a rollicking good story.

Wedding bells

19 May

Usually you only hear from me when I’m travelling. But this blog is about a journey of a different nature. Tomorrow  I’m off to Quadra Island with my dad, both sons, many of my elder son’s friends, and his lovely bride to be – Paula. And a large assortment of other family members. We are headed to Gowlland Harbour Resort for a wedding because Fly and Paula are tying the knot. It’s been a busy few days doing all manner of last minute preparations. A slide show, a quiz, building, staining and painting signs, organizing and creating many lawn games, picking flowers and arranging bouquets, all the clothes to be measured and fitted, the umbrellas and rubber boots, the kegs of beer and the rings – I sure hope someone has remembered the rings! Dog sitters for all three dogs. A cancelled fire works show due to dry conditions. A broken down vehicle in Merrit – so now the DJ is sort of hitch hiking with all his gear to Vancouver…… A promise of a three ferry wait to get to Quadra tomorrow due to a ball tournament – really? But all is calm – reasonably. Months of planning for a two day event to celebrate a solid relationship. The challenge of dealing with a last minute crisis or two. I can but feel the joy. Fly and Paula make a wonderful couple. As I climb into bed tonight I couldn’t be more content.
20 May

I was up early and out into the garden picking flowers, then arranging, then more picking and arranging. Suddenly it was time to leave for the ferry! The three ferry wait was only one for dad and me and two for Fly, Paula and Kyle. Pretty soon we were settling into the lovely Gowlland Harbour. The lawn games were set up, the beverages began flowing and the games began. We all enjoyed a beautiful afternoon as guests began arriving.Almost everyone invited has made this a two day event! With the marriage ceremony rehearsal completed, more beverages flowed until dinner – we all ordered our own off the fabulous menu. The wine and the conversation flowed. A few guests are staying on their boats now tied up at the resort’s dock. For some the night continued into the wee hours but dad and I both turned in just before mid night.

21 May

Fly and several friends went golfing. Fly is reported to have not had his best game. Seems he was a tad preoccupied! Kyle went for a kayak and got back just in time to change. Lawn games continued, conversation continued, naps were had, anticipation and excitement grew. By three the groom and his entourage were ready to make their first public appearances in dressy clothes – ever – I’m pretty sure. They sure looked very fine.  I was a proud mum walking with fly down to the point where he was about to marry  the lovely Paula. There had been no sign of the bride or her attendants for hours! 

Friends and family gathered. The moment everyone awaits at a wedding happened. Paula and her mum appeared on the slope above and made their way down to the point. Paula was stunning in her dress. The ceremony was beautiful in terms of location and the vows given to each other. A champagne toast on the lawn followed. Then applies up in the lodge. The subsequent evening of celebration – dinner, speaches, the first dances, cake cutting, then the real party – in fact – the entire day was perfect in every way. Here’s a few pictures. As you will see they make a very handsome couple. Fly and Paula put together a weekend of  festivities which is memorable for all the best reasons.

Am I a proud mum and happy to have a daughter in law like Paula — oh yes!

Fly with best man, Kyle and one of his grooms people, Lisa

such a lovely couple

walking Fly to the point