Joan Donaldson-Yarmey

Biography

I began my writing career with a short story, progressed to travel and historical articles, and then on to travel books. I called these books my Backroads series and in the seven of them I described what there is to see and do along the back roads of British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, and Alaska. I have now switched to fiction writing and am proud to be one of Books We Love Ltd published authors. Through BWL, I have had three mystery novels, Illegally Dead, The Only Shadow In The House, and Whistler's Murder published in a boxed set in what I call the Travelling Detective Series. In my fourth novel, Gold Fever I combine mystery with a little romance.
I was born in New Westminster, B.C. and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. I married soon after graduation and moved to a farm where I had two children. Over the years I worked as a bartender, hotel maid, cashier, bank teller, bookkeeper, printing press operator, meat wrapper, gold prospector, warehouse shipper, house renovator and nursing attendant. During that time I raised my two children and helped raise my three step-children.
I love change so I have moved over thirty times in my life, living on acreages and farms and in small towns and cities throughout Alberta and B.C. I now live on an acreage in the Port Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island with my husband, four female cats, and one stray male cat.
I belong to Crime Writers of Canada, Federation of B.C. Writers, the Port Alberni Arts Council and the Port Alberni Portal Players. My short story, A Capital Offense received Ascent Aspirations Magazine's first prize for flash fiction in 2010. I have since turned that story into a stage play and presented it at the Fringe Festival in Port Alberni in 2014.

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Books

The Criminal Streak
Series: Cry of the Guilty-Silence of the Innocent, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,600. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015 by Books We Love Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
After two pieces of an asteroid hit their planet and knocked it off its axis, the surviving beings of the planet spent centuries rebuilding their society on the edge of disaster. The Leaders made Great Changes and Purges, constructing twenty huge cities, called megalopolises, to house their population, cultivating huge farms, and purging most of the technology so everyone had a job.
The Travelling Detective Series
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 254,360. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2015 by Books We Love Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Murder and mystery seem to follow Elizabeth Oliver, as she journeys around Canada writing travel articles. Her faithful side kick is a dog called Chevy, a cockapoodle. I have never been to Canada but would love to go now after reading the vivid descriptions of the countryside and quaint little towns that Elizabeth passes through.
Gold Fever
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,800. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2015 by Books We Love Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Boni Baldwin is taken out of the city and thrust into an environment she dislikes-- camping. Her mother, Elsie Wiggins, is on a quest to find information on her father who disappeared fifty-five years ago in the mountains of southern British Columbia and Boni is the only one of her children who is able, but reluctant, to accompany her.
West to the Bay
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,460. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2015 by Books We Love Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
In 1750, Thomas Gunn, along with three friends, join the Hudson's Bay Company and sail from Stromness on the Orkney Islands of northern Scotland to York Factory fort on Hudson's Bay. They believe they are starting a new and exciting life in what is called Rupert's Land, but tragedy follows them, striking for the first time on the ship. At the fort Thomas finds his older brother, Edward...
Whistler's Murder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,160. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2011 by Books We Love Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Elizabeth Oliver has tagged along with her best friend Sally Matthews to Whistler where Sally is attending a science fiction/fantasy writing retreat. Elizabeth plans on spending the first week working on an article about Whistler for a travel magazine and then relaxing and enjoying being in the famous resort town for the second week. However, her well laid plan immediately begins to fall apart...

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