Toronto Travel tips!

Since my books are based in Toronto (or at least mention it at some point), I pulled together some activities depending on what you like to do if you visit the city.

View from a water taxi of the Toronto skyline. CN Tower is the big spike (you can go to a viewing floor and even do a thing where you go outside and sort of hang over the edge, no thanks). Round white building is the Rogers Centre (Blue Jays play baseball here). Red bit is CBC headquarters. They’re the national broadcaster.

View from a water taxi of the Toronto skyline. CN Tower is the big spike (you can go to a viewing floor and even do a thing where you go outside and sort of hang over the edge, no thanks). Round white building is the Rogers Centre (Blue Jays play baseball here). Red bit is CBC headquarters. They’re the national broadcaster.

I’m active

Go hiking, my friend. You can stroll for kilometres/miles along Lake Ontario on the Martin Goodman/Lakeshore/Waterfront Trail, which connects to other paths including the pretty Don Valley (east) and Humber River (west), and will take you to the Scarborough Bluffs escarpment. High Park is good for an urban park stroll and you can go to the Grenadier Café for a bite to eat. Or take the ferry across to Toronto Island, where you can rent kayaks, canoes, bikes or those weird quadracycles.  

I’m arty and cultured

Graffiti Alley is ever changing and always fascinating. Plus, you get Queen Street shopping (go further west for better local boutiques). Skip the Art Gallery of Ontario and walk a bit south to see the wacky art college building that looks like a box on stilts. The Museum of Contemporary Art recently opened and it’s in a cool area of the city, near a walking path that goes along the train tracks. I’m planning a trip to the Bata Shoe museum because I haven’t gone in years. And the Aga Khan is relatively new and has gorgeous gardens as well as exhibits.

I like food

Me too! Toronto has neighbourhoods to tickle any fancy: Greek in the Danforth, Gerrard for Little India, Bloor and Christie for Koreatown and of course, various spots for hipsters. Like almost every North American city at this moment, there are more craft breweries than I can count. I like Burdock (has live music as well) and Henderson, both in the west end. Kensington Brewing is great for the location, right in the Market. There’s a comic book store, organic everything, cheese and wine bars. Kensington Market borders Chinatown on Spadina Avenue. 

One of the many little restaurants/bars in Kensington Market. I used to go here all the time for avocado and brie sandwiches. The scene in Masked Possession, where Caro and Estelle drink mimosas, is inspired by this place. It’s surrounded by organic grocers and vintage shops. Go east and you hit Chinatown. Go south and you get good shopping on Queen Street.

One of the many little restaurants/bars in Kensington Market. I used to go here all the time for avocado and brie sandwiches. The scene in Masked Possession, where Caro and Estelle drink mimosas, is inspired by this place. It’s surrounded by organic grocers and vintage shops. Go east and you hit Chinatown. Go south and you get good shopping on Queen Street.

Who are the Immorti?

This September, I’m releasing the first of the Immortal Protectors series with Immortal Atonement.

The greatest warriors of their times, the Immorti were resurrected, granted immortality and dedicated to a single sacred task—protecting humanity from an ancient evil. Their job is to watch the gates that hold back Kynot, a primeval god of chaos, and ensure that peace continues to prevail. However, as the gates begin to fall, the Immorti find themselves in a struggle to save the world and their hearts.

The Immorti

Cal. An Aztec warrior attempting to atone for the devastation caused in his warring days.

Cassandra, a scholar cursed by Apollo and the only Immorti who is not a trained warrior.

Marcus, the Roman general with a sunny exterior and a yearning for a love he’ll never find.

Nawi, a Dahomey warrior whose tough and logical exterior hides a tougher but illogical heart.

Sunqi. The brilliant Chinese general, artist and scholar.

Miyamoto. The unemotional commander, dedicated to duty, his people, and his goddess.

Radish 101

Golden Embrace launches on Radish on June 23 and, people, all unlocked episodes are free. Not sure about Radish? I’ve pulled together a how-to here.

What is Radish?

It’s a platform for serialized releases—you read on your mobile device. There’s a lot of romance on it, so good to check out! 

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What do I do?

Download the Radish app (available through the app store or Google Play). Register (this is free) and start reading. You can search by author name, story title or themes. You can even check the heat levels.

I suggest starting with Golden Embrace because that’s mine!

How does this serialization thing work?

There are several methods to access stories on Radish, so I’ll use Golden Embrace as an example. New episodes (an episode being the equivalent of a chapter and usually between 1,000 and 2,000 words) unlock every Monday and Friday until the story is complete. You can read all unlocked chapters for free and can set up your notifications to be reminded when a new episode is up.

But I want more! Now!

That’s what I like to hear. If you’d like to read ahead to the locked chapters, you pay in Radish coins. You can buy them and there are free coin events. Radish makes it easy to earn coins, which means more awesome stories for free.

Are all the stories free?

Golden Embrace is what is called “freemium”. Others are premium, which means the first few chapters are free and then you pay to unlock the rest. They aren’t on a timer.

Want more info?

Check out the Radish website.