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A final word and a thank-you

Well folks, that’s a wrap for the Slave Lake book auction. ūüôā

For the duration of this little adventure I have been amazed and choked up at the¬†generosity¬†of all the authors,¬†publishers, booknerds and other peeps who have donated items, helped me to promote the auction and bid like CRAZY. But at the same time I wasn’t at all surprised: I knew already that Canada’s publishing and writing community was kick-ass. But it wasn’t just Canucks that stepped forward. In fact, the first author to offer up a signed book is from Alaska (big hugs go out to Don Rearden).

While the auction was an unbelievable amount of hard work, it was also a lot of fun. I LOVED watching the bidding wars going on and all the fun comments between bidders, egging each other on (yes Angie, I’m looking at YOU!). I loved that some of the books were hand delivered to the winners. I loved that authors offered up a SECOND copy to auction losers who wanted to pony up the same amount as the winners. I loved that up until the last post I was still getting donations in.

So thank you all so, so much for making this auction a roaring success. Because of you Slave Lake Library now has $4,909 to put towards rebuilding their library.

And that’s just freaking awesome.




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A word about shipping………

So, for those of you not in Canada, we’re having a postal strike. I haven’t mentioned it before, because up until now it’s been a rotating strike, meaning that certain cities closed down postal service for a 48 hour period. But mail was still travelling across the country.

Well, it looks like that’s all changed. According to a news story I just read, Canada post has locked out its workers, basically shutting down postal service.

So, with most of the auction donations coming out of Canada, you can guess what this means. There will be a delay in getting your books to you. It’s hard to say how much of a delay.

But please, PLEASE keep bidding. You will get your books, I promise. It’s just going to take a bit longer.


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Winding things up

So over the next three days I’ll be posting the last auction items for the Slave Lake Book Auction. I am in awe of the¬†generosity¬†of the people that donated items and bid on items (sometimes doing both!).

Page hits have dwindled in the past few days and that could be in part because I ran out of steam and wasn’t promoting the auction as much as I had been. But I REALLY want the auction to go out with a bang and raise as much money as possible.

So my amazingly wonderful friend Kat create a beautiful video for the auction. I’ve been tweeting it up and such but would love it if you all could share it on your Twitter, blogs or Facebook.

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Auction #2 Signed ARC of Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall isn’t out until October, but Mike has generously offered a signed Advanced Reader’s Copy.

Alex Halprin spends his time in Cedar Falls, Iowa playing computer games, arguing with his mom, and practicing taekwondo. A few weeks before his sixteenth birthday, his parents leave him home alone for the weekend while they visit an uncle in Illinois. Three hours after they leave, the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging the U.S. into a cataclysmic natural disaster. Alex is forced to begin a lonely and dangerous trek across northern Iowa and Illinois to try to find his family.

Thanks so  much to Mike for the donation. You can check him out at

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 3nd and is open Internationally.
  • All bids will be in¬†Canadian¬†funds.
  • Bids must increase by at least a dollar.


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Auction #1 – signed copy of The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

I thought it was only¬†fitting¬†to start the auction off with a signed copy of one of my all time fave books, Cathy Marie Buchanan’s The Day the Falls Stood Still.

Steeped in the intriguing history of Niagara Falls, this is an epic love story as rich, spellbinding and majestic as the falls themselves.

1915. The dawn of the hydroelectric power era in Niagara Falls. Seventeen-year-old Bess Heath has led a sheltered existence as the youngest daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company. After graduation day at her boarding school, she is impatient to return to her picturesque family home near the falls. But when she arrives, nothing is as she left it. Her father has lost his job at the power company, her mother is reduced to taking in sewing from the society ladies she once entertained, and Isabel, Bess’s vivacious older sister, is a shadow of her former self. She has shut herself in her bedroom, barely eating and harboring a secret.

The night of her return, Bess meets Tom Cole by chance on a trolley platform, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him against her family’s strong objections. He is not from their world. Rough-hewn and fearless, he lives off what the river provides and has an uncanny ability to predict the whims of the falls. His daring river rescues render him a local hero and cast him as a threat to the power companies that seek to harness the falls for themselves. As the couple’s lives become more fully entwined, Bess is forced to make a painful choice between what she wants and what is best for her family and her future.

Set against the tumultuous backdrop of Niagara Falls, at a time when daredevils shot the river rapids in barrels and great industrial fortunes were made and lost as quickly as lives disappeared, The Day the Falls Stood Still is an intoxicating debut novel.

So let the bidding begin! Please check out our Bidding page to find out all the details on bidding and how it works.

Thanks bunches to Cathy for the donation. You can check her out here:

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 3nd and is open to North America.
  • All bids will be in¬†Canadian¬†funds.
  • Bids must increase by at least a dollar.


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Donations are rolling in!

To say that I am bowled over by the items being donated for auction would be putting it mildly. A little over 24 hours after I came up with this wonderfully crazy idea there are about 30 signed books and other things that will be up for auction. There will be a post tomorrow explaining a bit how the auctions will work, but I wanted to give you guys a bit of a taste for some of the things that you’ll be able to bid on.

Signed copy of The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Signed copy of Spin and Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
Signed copy of Lost on Brier Island by Jo Ann Yhard
2 copies of the First Pretty Little Liars book by Sara Shepard SIGNED BY SOME OF THE TV SHOW CAST!!!!
Signed ARC of Ashfall by Mike Mullin

These are just some of the amazing books that will be up for auction. I’m still looking for donations and am hoping to get some bookish services, including query or chapter critiques for us writer types.

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Slave Lake Book Auction

This idea literally came about five minutes ago. I was sitting at my computer,¬†procrastinating¬†on Twitter when I realized that I had been seeing a lot about online auctions to help those who were¬†devastated¬†by the recent tornadoes in the States. And I realized I didn’t¬†remember¬†seeing anything about¬†Slave¬†Lake. ¬†I poked around online, hit google and nothing.

Now, I could have said “How sad” and left it at that. But I didn’t. I couldn’t. So here I am, organizing an online auction for Slave Lake. I’m hoping to get a variety of books,¬†critiques¬†and bookish things donated.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Slave Lake was basically¬†leveled¬†early Monday morning by wild fires. At least 40% of the town was gone in a matter of hours. 433¬†properties¬†were lost.

I know that The Peace Library System is taking book donations and there are other benefits taking place, but I wanted to do something bookish.

If you’d like to donate something, please email me at colleenmckie (at) eastlink (dot) ca. And please spread the word. The more exposure, the more money raised.

And stay tuned. I’m hoping to have the auction up and running in a few days.¬†And¬†the site should get pretty, too. :0)


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