Monday, December 14, 2009

Black Gold

I'm striving to finish the first draft of "Black Gold" by the end of the year. Today I'll be working on Chapter 9, Scene 3; I try to do a scene a day, but that doesn't always work out. My plan is to write a chapter a week and that's about 5000 words. My average chapter is about that many words.
This book is planned for 10 chapter so I should have the draft finished by the end of the year, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Holiday Time

Mary Tweedy's historical novel, which is now titled "Captive Daughter, Enemy Wife" will not be ready for the Christmas market as we had hoped, but it will be out early in the new year.

My novel, Black Gold, is nearly finished but it also should be out early in the new year. It is the story of Peter O'Liam who sees Alberta go from the black gold of coal to the black gold of petroleum in the years between 1925 and 1950.

As editor of Chronicler Publishing we are busy contemplating a number of manuscripts for the new year. As always we are looking for that historical novel that is a cut above the rest.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Busy

As editor at Chronicler Publishing I've been working to get a new book out for the Xmas market. We are working on a historical novel by Mary Tweed, presently titled "Hole in the Night" that is the story of a young Huron girl, White Corn, who is captured by an Iroquois tribe and adopted into it as was the custom in the 16th century.
As well, I'm working on my latest novel, "Black Gold" that is the story of a young Albertan, Peter O'liam who lived in the period from 1925 to 1950, a time of the Great Depression, World War II, and the change from coal to petroleum energy after the war.
I'm hoping to have it ready for the Centennial Home Coming celebration of the hamlet of Evansburg that will take place in August, 2010 as it features that community when it changed from a coal mining town to an agricultural community.
So, I'm very busy between may two jobs--writer and editor.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Christmas

Although Christmas is still a couple months away, it is time to start thinking of gifts for your special people.
I would like to recommend books as an excellent gift for those readers and book lovers that are on you Christmas list.
Of course, the first books that I want to recommend are my own, my historical novels and I have written and have published a few. You can find them on my website: http://www.chucksbook.com
as well as in the Chronicler Publishing bookstore at http://www.chroniclerpublishing.com
My books are not the only ones available. As editor of Chronicler Publishing, I recommend those by our writers.
Rudi Unterthiner's "Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows" is an excellent read though it is not actually a historical novel in the truest sense.
William Hay's "The Originals" is an superb novel based on the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry during World War I.
As well, there are others, so check them out.
Now is the time to order!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Long weekend

It's the beginning of the Thanksgiving long weekend, and I must admit that I haven't progressed very far in the chapter that I'm working on. It's 1945 and Peter is arriving home after being mustered out of the air force.
Anyway, that's where it's at now.
I don't think I'll get much done over the weekend, but who knows!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Black Gold

Presently, I'm working on the 8th book in the Alberta series, tentatively titled Black Gold. It covers the history of the Province of Alberta from 1925 to 1950 through the eyes of Peter O'liam , a young man from Evansburg, a coal mining town in central Alberta.
It covers the period of time when fossil fuel shifted from coal to gas and oil, and as well it takes in World War II.
Peter goes from the small town to the United Kingdom as a member of the Canadian Army and his participation in the Dieppe raid and later as a pilot in the RCAF to a position in the petroleum industry after the war.
The novel is only half written, but I hope to complete it by the end of the year.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What I'm Working On

Since the release of my latest historical novel, The Wanderers, I've been working on my next novel in the series, The Explorers, which is the continuing saga of the family as they are involved in the history of what was to become the Dominion of Canada.
As well, I'm working on a series of short stories about the early pioneers of Western Canada, particularly those of the Prairies of what is now the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Actually they are stories of the cowboys of the 19th and 20th centuries of the western plains.
I expect to publish them in a single volume that is as yet untitled.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Wanderers

My latest book, "The Wanderers" has just been released and launched by Chronicler Publishing. It is available through the publisher, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and many other bookstores. If it's not available at your favourite bookstore, ask them to order it.
"The Wanderers"is the continuing saga of the Marin family in North America in the early eighteenth century, a time when France and England were vying for supremacy.
The three sons of the original settlers, Pierre and Francoise Marin, struggle to survive and extend the family, but are stymied by many circumstances: Pierre roams the wilderness to the west, Jean returns to Port Royal, Acadia, while Charles wanders in a different sort of way in Quebec, New France.
My goal in writing these historical novels is to recreate the situations, circumstances, and history of early Canada.
In fact, the characters are based on the genealogy of my family that came to New France in the late 17th century.
Please check it out at http://www.chroniclerpublishing.com

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Launch of "The Wanderers"

"The Wanderers" had been released but will be launched on September 12, 2009 from the Chronicler Publishing offices at 108 Jones Beach, RR 1, Evansburg, Alberta, Canada from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for a sale price of $10.00 CAD.
As well, all my books will be on sales for $10.00 CAD during this special event.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Release of "The Wanderers"

Charles O. Goulet's latest novel, the sixth in the series, The Marin Family, will soon be released. It is the continuing story of the three sons, Pierre Jr., Charles, and Jean as they continue the struggle to establish themselves in North America.
Pierre chooses to wander in the wilderness of North America, while Jean returns to Port Royal in Acadia and Charles remains in New France where his wandering is of another sort.
The launch is set for September 12, 2009 in the offices of Chronicler Publishing, 108 Jones Beach, RR1 Evansburg, Alberta, Canada.
It will be available through the publisher's Bookstore, and many others online: Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and others.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Summer Doldrums

The summer doldrums are upon us and it's very quiet here at Chronicler Publishing. Although we have a few projects that we are working on, not much will be done until September.
We would like to suggest some of our books for summer reading.
Our latest publication, "Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows" by Dr. Rudi Unterthiner is and excellent read. Although it is a novel, it is based on the true to life experiences of Dr. Rudi who was a cosmetic surgeon working in Hollywood on the 'rich and the famous'.
Another excellent read is William Hay's "The Originals" that is the story of the foundation of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry during World War I. Although it also is a novel it chronicles the battles, the suffering, and the bravery of Canadian soldier during that epic struggle.
Both these books are available from the Chronicler Publishing Bookstore, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and many other bookstores, both on line and otherwise.
If they are not available at your local bookstore, ask them to order it.
Happy holidays and great reading.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Vacation

July has come to an end and so has vacation time although summer is not over yet. During July, from the 5th to the 15th my wife and I toured historic Yukon with a stop in Whitehorse, the capital, and Dawson City, the site of the world famous Klondike gold rush. Both place were exciting for anyone interested in history, particularly that of about 100 years ago.
As well, the scenery was spectacular and the wild life was plentiful. We saw bears (only black bears), caribou, sheep, moose, deer, birds of great variety, and squirrels. The fauna as well was most interesting as the flowers were in full bloom due to the lengthy daylight hours.
Dawson City was of particular interest as it was the site of the main gold explorations and discoveries.
Also it was the home of Robert Service, Jack London, Pierre Berton, and many other notable figures including Diamond Tooth Gertie, a famous dance hall matron who had a diamond implanted in her front teeth.
Many of the old buildings have been restored, in particular the Grand Palace Theater where modern day plays and movies are shown.
All in all, it was a fantastic holiday and rejuvenated the creative juices.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Busy! Busy!

The past three months have been very busy, especially with my job as editor of Chronicler Publishing. We have received a large number of submissions, many that were inappropriate, but some have real promise.
As well we have published to new books: Ellen's Story by Dianne Osborne and A Tangled Web by Deborah Stewart. Both have suffered from problems, unfortunately of our own making so we are still working with these authors.
As a result, I have had little opportunity or time to work on my own writing although I have just sent a novel to the printer. Well, not new but a reprint of and earlier book: The Venturers that is the first book of a series: The Marin Family Chronicles.
Soon it should be available in many book stores and with many book sellers.
Some of Chronicler's other books are selling well, especially "Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows," by Rudi Unterthiner.
Check the Chronicler Publishing website: http://www.chroniclerpublishing.com

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Writers Beware

When you submit manuscripts to a publisher, be sure they are appropriate. Don't send fantasy to a publisher of historical novels. Check the publisher's website and find out what they want. Nothing gets a quicker rejection than an manuscript that is inappropriate. These are the quickest to get a decision, but they are the most annoying because they waste precious time and resources.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hard at work

For the past while I have been hard at work as editor of Chronicler Publishing. We have several new books published: Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows by Dr. Rudi Unterthiner a retired cosmetic surgeon who worked in Hollywood with the famous and celebrated stars, producers, etc. His fictionalized memoir is a fantastic read.
Another interesting book is Anne Marie Martel by Ethel Devlin that is the biography of the woman who founded the Sisters of the Child Jesus in the 18th century in France.
The Originals by William Hay is another intriguing16th book about the foundation of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry that made a name for themselves during World War I. It chronicles the famous battles in which the Canadians were involved.
Another interesting read is Forty Testoon by Alan Fisk which is the story of a priest who comes to Newfoundland in the 16th century to serve the English fishermen who come out every year to fish for cod on the Grand Banks. As he overwinters, he becomes involved in a conspiracy to dethrone the reigning king of England.
Presently, we have two other books about to be published: Ellen's Story by Dianne Osborne which is the story of a young woman growing up on the Canadian prairies during the Great Depression and World War II.
Another book that we are publishing is a book of poetry, A Tangle Web by Deborah Stewart. This is book quite different from our usual historical novel.