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Dastardly Deed

by Fran L Porter

Dastardly Deed is a romantic-suspense novel about Helena, a woman victimized by a scam artist, who adopts Rowan, a young boy victimized by a foster guardian, and brings him to live with her at her dilapidated fishing resort in the Canadian Rockies. They form a bond—but one frayed by the boy’s obsession, as he grows into a strikingly handsome man, with gaining revenge against the scam artist, and also gaining money and power while building the resort into a world-class vacation spot. So angry does Helena become at Rowan’s changing values that she wills the resort not to him, but to Holly, a long-lost niece. It is Holly who ultimately teaches Rowan about life, love, and the aspects of humanity that are truly important.

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Born in Middlesex England and raised in Hamilton Ontario Canada, Fran L. Porter (B.Ed., M.A.) moved to Alberta with her geologist husband in 1974. She has spent the majority of her working life as a high-school teacher with the Foothills School Division, just south of the city of Calgary. Today, she and husband Andy still live in suburban Calgary on the edge of beautiful Fish Creek Provincial Park, where they enjoy a retirement featuring travel, peace, and “the three ‘f’s”: friends, family, and fulfillment. Her last book was The Wrong Brother, (Crossfield Publishing, 2019).

Emotions Don’t Think

by Bruce Hutchison, Ph.D.

“Dr. Bruce Hutchison brilliantly defines how to recognize our emotions, how to inoculate ourselves, and how to deal with them, from a cognitive point of view. This highly readable book is very timely, and a wonderful resource for all of us who are struggling to understand and deal with the turmoil and stress of today’s society.”


Dr. David Nozick, C.Psych., author of Life’s Lessons: Illegitimi Non Carborundum: Don’t Let the Bastards Wear You Down

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We live in a time when America and the world are facing an invisible enemy. The pandemic surges, and social relations are fraught with turmoil. Emotions are on edge and people fear for their lives. We face turmoil, but turmoil does not come without emotions. Little has been written about the power of emotions and emotional contagion in this time of global turmoil until now.


Dr. Bruce Hutchison describes emotional contagion as one of the most powerful forces at play in society and in politics in the last few decades, building to the 2020-21 crescendo.  We need to learn about how to handle it to help us adapt to today’s stress. Dr. Hutchison’s book helps us learn how to do that.


Emotions are contagious and infectious and often spread from one person to another, so you can get infected by emotions when you are around people. This affects people during troubled times. Emotions don’t think and yet so many people base their decisions on emotions, including their votes.


Dangerous, infectious emotions spread like a virus and infect others. Pessimism, cynicism, depression, fear, hate, panic, anxiety, disgust and suspicion are all contagious. So are violence and conspiracies. These emotions spread and put people into turmoil. People use these emotions to think, but emotions can only feel. EMOTIONS DON’T THINK.

Algonquin Legacy

by Rick Revelle

This book is the fourth and last in the Algonquin Quest series that was published by Dundurn. It is the conclusion of the story.


Algonquin Legacy starts out about 15 years after the Battle of Crow Wing River where the combined allies of the Anishinaabe had fought the powerful nation of the Lakota in the Lakota home lands. The battle ended abruptly when there was a solar eclipse of the sun. This was an actual event that took place on July 16th 1330 from 1:03 to 3:10 PM in the area where they were fighting. The warriors on both sides thought it was an omen and both parties retreated.

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When the Anishinaabe returned to their village the decision was made to go towards the western sun to settle. This decision came at great cost to the surviving family unit of the late Omàmiwinini (Algonquin) leader Mahingan. His son and daughter and the great Mi´kmaq warrior, Crazy Crow went to the west with the Anishinaabe and Mahingan’s wife and nephews along with their wives, friends and his brother Mitigomij the greatest warrior of them all who was also a shape shifter travelled back to their homelands along the Kitcisìpi Kitchi (Ottawa River). This split up a very strong family.


Algonquin Legacy now finds the Anishinaabe people and their allies, who had come with them from the Eastern Lands of Turtle Island, now living in what is now Manitoba. They have made quick allies with their old trading partners the Omashkiigoo the Cree. Their languages, plus people have become inter webbed in marriage, hunting and warfare against the Ayaaj-inini (Blackfoot).


The opening chapter finds Anokì the son of Mahingan hunting with his two children Wâpikwan (wah-pi-kwan – Flower) and Môso (moo-so – Moose). Their mother is a Cree woman whose name is Osk-îskwêw (Young Woman). In this chapter the three of them have to survive an early winter blizzard with ingenuity and good luck.


Upon their return they have found that their good friend Eli’tuat Ga´qaquis (ga-ah –gooch el- e-do-what: Crazy Crow) has been captured by the Blackfoot.


The story continues from here with Crazy Crow’s rescue, plus an unexpected reunion.


Crazy Crow makes a new friend, a Cheyenne Dog Soldier, Ókȯhkevó’omaestse (Oak-key-whoa-a-mast) known as White Crow and a new fierce enemy Ííksspitaawa Kiááyo (iik-sspitaa-wa ke-i-o: He is Very Tall Bear) the leader of a group of Blackfoot people.


The story takes the reader into a Blackfoot village as they try to survive a fierce winter and then go on a buffalo hunt in the spring.


The Blackfoot and Anishinaabe survive a tornado with one group suffering more than the other.


This novel continues on in the tradition of the previous three with Native languages in the vernacular, teachings about the culture of that era, hunting practices and how they lived day to day. Live before the Europeans, before the Four Horsemen of the Native Apocalypse came into their lives; Disease, Alcohol, Guns and Religion.

Maud and Me

by Marianne Jones

In Maud and Me, Marianne Jones explores the inner isolation of Nicole, a woman resigned to her role as a pastor’s wife in a small northern community. Nicole finds an ally in Lucy Maud Montgomery who appears in her garden and stays for a cup of tea. Kindred spirits, Nicole and Maud are separated by decades and death, but find companionship through their similar circumstances – as minister’s wives, as artists, as feminists constrained by propriety and expectation. Maud and Me reflects on the power of story to connect writers and readers and explores religiosity, art, mental wellness, parental abandonment and forgiveness for both the living and the dead. Marianne has drawn on her deep connection to Northwestern Ontario to render the setting for this sensitive and thoughtful story. Jean E. Pendziwol

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Marianne Jones was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she lives with her husband Reg. Her work has appeared in Room, Wascana Review, Canadian Living and Reader’s Digest, and won awards from the Canadian Authors Association, Writer’s Digest, and others. Her as-told-to memoir, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die, won the 2015 Word Alive Press publishing contest. Much of her writing celebrates the unique beauty of Northwestern Ontario. She and her husband love music, live theatre and ballroom dancing. Together they have two daughters and two granddaughters. Marianne is currently at work on a mystery set in Thunder Bay.

The Ancestors Are Happy

by David Pelly

The Ancestors Are Happy is a masterfully woven tapestry portraying a landscape of stories, which also offers a compilation of personal tales from Inuit informants whose lives collectively span the 20th century, a period of remarkable transition for the North. It draws on the author’s experiences and encounters over forty years of living, travelling, and learning in Nunavut. David Pelly’s lucid text is rooted in oral-history collected from Inuit elders, for which work he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and in his meticulous research of historical sources. You will be carried on a journey across Canada’s Arctic, into the land itself, and into the lives of a memorable array of northern characters. At the core is an exploration of Inuit cultural tradition, the hallmark of David Pelly’s celebrated writing career, which includes nine previous books and countless magazine articles. The ancestors are happy, say Inuit elders, when the stories from the land are told, and retold, and preserved.

The Days That are No More – Tales from Kent County New Brunswick

by Loney Hudson

The Days That Are No More chronicles people from Kent County, New Brunswick during the 1920s through the 1980s in communities of Targettville, Main River, Bass River, Smith Corner, Emerson, Harcourt, Clairville, Beersville, Fordsmills, Brown’s Yard, West Branch, South Branch, Mundleville, and Rexton. They tell of a time when most of the people of Kent County had large families, and children left home at a very young age to find work wherever it could be found. Life was often hard. They lived through war and poverty, and experienced hardships and modernization. This immersive collection of lives tells of a time that no longer exists, except in the heart and minds of booklovers.

ISBN: 978-1-7751496-4-4
softcover, 320 pages, B&W images, fully indexed

Reflections in Glass and Stone

by Peter Allan Rice

Combine Lawren Harris, Muskoka rock, copper and dynamic, colourful glass to create immaculate sculpture and you have the amazing work of well-respected artist, Peter Allan Rice.


Peter and his glass work have grown and evolved together. Initially capturing light on a two-dimensional plane, Peter’s physical, emotional, and spiritual journeys have allowed his glass to leap to new dimensions.


Peter’s three-dimensional technique is at the cutting edge of glass work and has taken the art to another level.


His glass artisanship captures the lonesome beauty of a windswept sky, the rugged gentleness of rocks and trees, and the innocent interplay of plant and animal life. It weaves the fabrics of our experiences into a three dimensional medium which envelopes our soul.


Peter was named “Top Sculptor” at the McMichael Canadian Collection Autumn Art Sale in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and was “Best in Show” in 2019.

From Thistles to Cowpies

by Jill Martin Bouteillier

A unique blend of biography and memoir, From Thistles to Cowpies is both timely and significant. Whether permanent residents or refugees, immigrants desirous to make Canada their home will be drawn to this touching narrative about Canada’s early immigrants so boldly stitched into the Canadian mosaic. With increased interest in DNA tests, the general population is fascinated both with their own as well as the country’s past. Canada’s 150 celebrations encouraged Canadians to look back in time. What better way to understand that past, than through the experiences of those early immigrants? Leaving the world of instant connection behind, modern readers enter the portals of the past through the eyes of those who, like my parents, lived it.

ISBN: 9781999177942

Old Broad Road

by Phyllis L Humby

Sylvia Kramer flees two thousand miles from home and switches out her Jimmy Choos for rubber boots. She stubbornly adapts to the unique culture and dialect of Newfoundland embracing diverse friends and east coast delicacies. In a psychological roller coaster of events, she finally reconciles with her estranged family when a brutal assault shatters her spirit and plunges her back into depression. Unorthodox coping mechanisms aid her recovery, but it will take more than out-of-body experiences and superstitious tattoos to heal the damage.

ISBN: 9781999177935

Hazards of the Trade: A boutique owner’s intimate reveal of the 80s and 90s lingerie boom

by Phyllis L Humby

Hazards of the Trade is an intimate exposé of the retail fashion industry during the 80s and 90s when lingerie was most popular. The era began with retailers in impossibly high heels and designer suits attending the Ontario Fashion Exhibitors market at the prestigious King Edward Hotel and ended with buyers in rubber-soled shoes and stretch pants at the Airport Centre. While high-end fashion shows and buying trips might seem glamorous, evading a stalker and trying to evict a rabid squirrel from the shop, might not. But it was all part of being in the Trade. That, and so much more. Hazards of the Trade is a personal disclosure of nearly twenty years of humorous and sad reflections from the naïve start-up of a small-town lingerie boutique to the ultimate farewell.

ISBN: 9781999177928

The Wrong Brother

by Fran L. Porter

Fran L. Porter’s second book has taken a very different direction from her first. Proceeds from When the Ship has no Stabilizers (Crossfield, 2014), her account of daughter Colleen’s struggle with a mental illness that culminated in suicide, helped open a treatment clinic and led to Fran and husband Andy’s being named Calgary’s 2017 ‘Philanthropic Family of the Year’. “That was a humbling silver lining to a tale with a tragic end,” says Fran. “In real life, of course, a story’s end is beyond our control. But in fiction, the end can be as emotionally fulfilling as both reader and author desire. And who doesn’t desire an emotionally-fulfilling ending?” Her new romantic suspense novel, The Wrong Brother, takes us on a roller-coaster ride that leaves us dizzy by the time it glides to a breathless stop. Gripping danger and all-consuming love combine in its pages to produce an eminently satisfying conclusion.

Cover art by Lawrence Stilwell

ISBN: 978-1-7751496-5-1

‘Elect Her’ – still struggling to be recognized as equals

by Fred Groves

In 1917, Canadian women were granted the right to vote.


Over 100 years later, and despite the fact that this country has 52 percent women and 48 percent men, the fight to get equal representation in all levels of government continues.


So what is it that prevents women from putting their name on the ballot and demanding an equal voice?

‘Elect Her’, -Still struggling to be recognized as equals, takes an in depth look at those women who have overcome the barriers and have not only been elected but go on to have long and rewarding careers as politicians.


This grassroots book highlights the careers of those who have been Federal Opposition Leaders and Cabinet Ministers to municipal councillors who are just learning what it’s like to enter the political arena dominated by men.


‘Elect Her’ also explores women and their numerous organizations who continue to advocate for those who want a seat at the decision-making table.

ISBN 9781999177911

There and Gone: the Fascinating Story of
a Sports Broadcaster

by Bruce Buchanan

Bruce Buchanan was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1959 and grew up in Brandon, Manitoba. A huge sports fan, Buchanan realized his childhood dream and became a broadcaster. Buchanan enjoyed a thirty-year career in radio and television, the highlight being the TV voice of the Edmonton Oilers during their Stanley Cup run in the 1980’s, a feat no one can ever take away from him. Buchanan has boundless stories from his hockey past and decided to share some of his experiences. Buchanan had the pleasure of working with and meeting some incredible people during his broadcasting career, it was a great ride for him, enjoy!

ISBN: 978-1-7551496-3-7

Released August 2019

My Visual Self Revealed: Original Paintings and Stories from Newfoundland

by Elijah Lloyd Pretty

This book is compilation of original artworks and stories that reveal the artist, the era, and the place where he discovered his own distinctive artist’s style as a youngster, and then honed his talents into a mature portrayer of daily life in Newfoundland, Canada. His oil paintings are widely sought after, and can be seen in many galleries and private homes across Canada. This book commemorates both the art and the artist in stunning reality and lyrical revelations of past times.

List Price: $29.95
8 x 10 inches landscape
Quality Soft Cover
Colour, 112 pages
Crossfield Publishing released June 2018
Cover art by Lawrence Stilwell

ISBN 978-1- 7751496-2- 0

The Granby Liar

by Maurice J.O. Crossfield

It’s July 1975 and Dave Rogers has just landed his first reporting job at the Granby Leader Mail. Having grown up in Montreal, it’s not a part of Quebec’s Eastern Townships he knows very well, despite having been born there. Amidst the stories of little old ladies turning 100, petty thefts and small town politics, Dave soon finds himself covering real news. But before long he’s raised the ire of the local crime boss, the mother of a cattle thief, and an English rights vigilante group. Not to mention the mysterious characters who seem to be watching his every move, or the father he barely remembers who haunts his dreams. There are longstanding scores to be settled, but extracting truth from the lies pushes Dave to the limits of what he can, and can’t, live with.

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 202 pages
Crossfield Publishing November 2017
Cover art by Lawrence Stilwell

Print ISBN 13: 978-1-7751496-0-6
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-7751496-1-3
BISAC: Fiction / mystery

A MOTH TO THE FLAME: The story of Amy’s struggle with borderline personality disorder

by Debbie Sands, Illustrated by Lawrence Stilwell, Preface by Fran L Porter, Designed by Harald G Kunze

This is the true story of a family’s journey through the mental illness of one of their members, the beautiful but troubled Amy.

Her chosen lifestyle of drugs and gangs eventually leads her to a tragic end, and her family is left reeling. The book chronicles her short life, touching on her diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and her dealings with the criminal court system.

List Price: $30.00
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 274 pages
Crossfield Publishing May 2016

ISBN-13: 978-0968664650
ISBN-10: 0968664652
BISAC: Psychology / Mental Illness

WHEN THE SHIP HAS NO STABILIZERS: our daughter’s tempestuous voyage through borderline personality disorder

by Fran L Porter, Illustrated by L. Stilwell, Designed by H. Kunze, Edited by E. Tina Crossfield

Indeed, Colleen had that effect on most people she encountered, including her own parents and sister. Bright, articulate, and utterly charming at times, she could also be bewilderingly sinister, manipulative, and downright vindictive.

Comprehending the medical realities that made Colleen who she was is the subject of this book as well as the road that may ultimately lead us to a cure. If increasing this comprehension sparks a drive toward that end, then Colleen’s all-too-short life will not have been lived in vain.

List Price: $30.00
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 274 pages
Crossfield Publishing February 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0968664650
ISBN-10: 0968664652
BISAC: Psychology / Mental Illness

Remembering Marika: Marianne Gosztonyi Ainley, 1937-2008

by Ernestine Crossfield, Designed by Harald Kunze, Edited by Susan Hoecker Drysdale, Edited by Mary E Baldwin, Edited by Anne-Marie Weidler Kubanek, Edited by Vicky Ainley, Edited by Mark Ainley

This book project is a tribute to Marika – it is not meant to be a formal biography but rather a celebration of her life and works. The format contains a collection of stories and remembrances submitted by her family and friends, gifts of artwork, a selection of her paintings, photographs taken of her throughout the years, a timeline, and the blog that was written during her final illness and passing. There are more than twenty contributors, and a comprehensive listing of her publications.

List Price: $18.00
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper: 166 pages
Crossfield Publishing Oct. 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0968664643
ISBN-10: 0968664644
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Educators

Time Train

by Beverley Jane Westwood, Edited by Ernestine Crossfield, Illustrated by Larry Stilwell, Designed by Harald Kunze

In 2085, Jake is hurtled through time on a mission to the future. A quantum, antimatter craft called the Time Train has been built by scientists at the mysterious Site R and concealed on the Moon. Jake’s father, a time engineer, is keeping secrets, but what does he have to hide? After a catastrophic crash on a seemingly deserted Earth, Jake and his friends must search for answers to survive.

Time Train is an action packed adventure. Aliens, fractals, the Wow! signal, quantum computers and artificial intelligence abound in a tale of friendship and hope.

Classified as youth dystopian literature, this book will appeal to readers ages 10 – 15, although adults may also enjoy it.

List Price: $12.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 290 pages
Crossfield Publishing May 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0968664629
ISBN-10: 0968664628
BISAC: Fiction / Science Fiction / Adventure

Nothing Less Than An Adventure: Ellen Gleditsch and Her Life in Science

by Anne-Marie Weidler Kubanek, Managing editor E. Tina Crossfield, Cover design or artwork by Harald G. Kunze

This biography makes use of material not available in English and draws on original interviews by the author with relatives and students of Gleditsch, one of whom herself spent a year at the Curie laboratory. In the interview, she vividly describes her encounters with the famous scientist, giving new insights into Curie as a mentor and role model.

In closing, the author looks at the choices that women scientists of Gleditsch’s and her students’ generations were faced with, and makes a comparison with the experiences of women scientists of today.

List Price: $19.00
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 196 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1452842134 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1452842132
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Scientists / General

Dandelion Day: Petals from our Poetic Side

Edited by Gail Crossfield and Jeanne Denton-Cosman, 2001

The students whose work is contained in this collection are in grade seven, attending the Eleanor W. Graham Middle school in Richibucto, New Brunswick.  They range in age from eleven to thirteen years old. Not all of the students learned English as their first language, and many speak French or Mi’kmaq. The youth who attend this school are from rural farms and coastal cottages, quaint towns and picturesque villages. It is a historic region, having gained its wealth during the age of sail, when shipbuilding was at its peak. Families who live here today still have strong ties to the fishing, farming, and lumber trades.  

Our poetry project was based on a unit in poetry that was refined by grade seven language arts teachers over a number of years. This collection honours the creative talents of our true unsung heroes, some who had no idea that within themselves lay the petals of a poetic side.

ISBN: 096866461X
Limited quantities

Quin Kola: Tom Payne’s Search for Gold

by Alice Payne, Illustrated by Lawrence Stilwell, Designed by Harald G. Kunze.

Tom Payne (1891-1966) grows up in the soft springs of Edwardian England. The son of a prominent physician, his family has a penchant for wild flings at the tables and wild rides along the beaches with fast horses and fast women. His own restlessness results in self-exile to western Canada in 1912.

Here we see him learning the farming trade on wheat farms in Saskatchewan, and standing up for his rights in Alberta when there were few jobs for English immigrants. In the 1920s, we find him in northern Manitoba, and freighting winter supplies for the mines at Flin Flon.

Eventually, Tom’s prospecting activities coalesce at Yellowknife, NWT, where he discovers a rich gold mine among the quartz veins. It is a tale of patience, intrigue and danger in the face of a near fatal illness that threatens to claim his life. He forms Quin Kola Mines Limited, and makes one of the greatest mining deals in Canadian history with Cominco.

Tom Payne was one of the last independent prospectors. He hated big companies, but grudgingly admired Cominco for bringing the Con-Rycon mine into production. Above all he was a friend of the people, and supported those who sought an honest living in Canada’s vast and rugged territories.

List Price: $20.00
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper: 214 pages
Crossfield Publishing August 2000

ISBN: 0-9686646-0-1
BISAC: 1. Canadian mining history 2. geology 3. prospecting 4. Alberta 5. petroleum history 6. Biography
B&W photos, indexed