Joan Donaldson-Yarmey


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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Crazy Cat Kid
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 59,970. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2018 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Lilly Thornton is a fourteen-year-old girl who lives on an acreage just outside Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. She owns four rescued cats and has helped find homes for many more. Her mother belongs to a dragon boat race team and some of the team members have decided to go camping around the island with their families. Lilly is considered too young to be left at home alone.
Twelve Dates of Christmas
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 54,600. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Stacy Martin, who has been married three times and had many relationships, doesn’t want a man in her life right now but her friends have other ideas. As a forty-ninth birthday present they pay for her to join three dating sites on the Internet. She just has to fill out the forms and pick the men she wants to meet. The only stipulation is that she must find a man by Christmas Eve...
Romancing the Klondike: Canadian Historical Brides
Series: Canadian Historical Brides, Yukon ยท Canadian Historical Brides, Yukon. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 71,680. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2017 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » New adult
To fulfill her dream Pearl is on her to the Yukon River area with her cousin, Emma, to write articles and do illustrations about the woman and men who are looking for gold in the far north.
West to Grande Portage
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 58,250. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2015 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
On his sixteenth birthday Phillipe Chabot is told that his brother-in-law has hired him to be a voyageur. He will be paddling west from Montreal to Grade Portage to trade supplies with the Indians for furs. He is overjoyed and receives all the appropriate clothing from his family as birthday gifts, even a tobacco pouch.
Series: Cry of the Guilty-Silence of the Innocent, Book 2. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 56,680. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Despite a promising start, a penal colony set on a far off planet quickly disintegrates into chaos. When the weather turns stormy and snow falls, hungry and cold prisoners swarm the warehouses looking for food. The spaceship that had remained on the planet to be used for trips for supplies is attacked by the prisoners and lifts off the ground. Unable to land due to fear of being attacked again...
The Criminal Streak
Series: Cry of the Guilty-Silence of the Innocent, Book 1. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 63,360. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015 by BWL Publishing Inc.. 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.
Gold Fever
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 75,850. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2015 by BWL Publishing Inc.. 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: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 59,470. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2015 by BWL Publishing Inc.. 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...

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