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Look for Gracie at Eco-Freak store in the heart of the Creek

I’m pleased to say that the Eco-Freako store in the heart of Roberts Creek on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast is carrying Gracie’s Got a Secret. I feel honoured to be part of their eco-minded business, especially since they have chosen to carry only a handful of authors.

Like Andrea, whose Creek Chic business previously occupied Eco-Freako’s current storefront, Eco-Freak is a strong supporter of local artists and creative entrepreneurs. Hurray for such forward-thinking business people. Remember to shop local.

Author signings Dec. 5 on Sunshine Coast

I’ll be selling and signing Gracie’s Got a Secret books in Gibsons, BC on Saturday, Dec. 5. Look for me outside the Windows on the Water Gallery in Sunnycrest Mall on the Sunshine Coast Highway.

I’m almost sold out out of the finger puppets that accompany Gracie’s Got a Secret. Just two sets left. Colourful and washable, they’re fun, fair-trade items made in Peru. They’ve been a popular sale item in previous years.

Hope to see you there.

Gracie books and finger puppets available Nov. 28 in Roberts Creek

I’ll be at the Christmas Craft Fair Nov. 28 at the Roberts Creek Legion on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, with Gracie books and finger puppets available. I’ll be available to sign books from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a fun family event with a visit from Santa, live music, delicious food by Dylan, and many artsy vendors. Come on out and support local artists and craftspeople.



Reading and book signing March 22 in Gibsons

During March break, I’ll be reading Gracie’s Got a Secret, with puppets, at 1:30 p.m. at Windows on the Water Gallery in Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons. I’ll have books on hand before and afterwards for sale and signing.

I’ll also be selling sets of fair-trade fingers puppets — a fish, alligator, and elephant — that were a popular sellout over the holidays last December. Starting at 12:30, I’ll have my other books available too: Vancouver’s Glory Years, Emails from India, and Raincoast Chronicles.

The mall is hosting Antiques Roadshow that day, so it should be a busy time. Come on by.

Sold out of finger puppets at Christmas craft fairs

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Seven-year-old Sarah Noel (a perfect name for Christmas!) had fun with my Gracie puppet in Pender Harbour in December 2013.




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It was fun to introduce my new fair-trade finger puppets to Christmas shoppers at the craft fair in Pender Harbour in December 2013. That month, I sold out my sets of three puppets (a fish, elephant, and alligator) and will soon have more available. (You can purchase the puppets separately at Gaia Fair Trade in Gibsons, BC.)

Local author Michael Maser and I, both with books published by MW Book Publishing, sold and signed copies of our books. I also sold two new anthologies that include my writing: Harbour Publishing’s Raincoast Chronicles 22 and Seraphim Editions’ Emails from India: Women Write Home.

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Some local girls, with a table across from ours,
sold ceramic snowmen and other items
they had made in an after-school arts program.


Gracie and new products available Nov. 16 and 17

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A close-up of the acrylic finger puppets made in Peru
under fair-trade conditions.
The stickers show Gracie and read
“Let go and go with the flow.”


I’ll be staffing the MW Book Publishing table at Sunnycrest Mall  in Gibsons, BC on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17. They’re the publishers of Gracie’s Got a Secret.

Come out and see the new “Let go and go with the flow” Gracie stickers, and sets of fair-trade finger puppets (a fish, elephant, and alligator) available for sale. I’ll be available for signing copies of the book.

As part of the Sunshine Coast Artisan Craft Fair, I’ll be at the mall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Lots of artists and craftspeople will be sharing their creations. Come out and see what’s new. Support local authors.

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Gracie and I at the book table
in Sunnycrest Mall in November 2013


Gracie featured on Spiritual Teachers website

You’ll find Gracie in great company on the Spiritual Teachers website. The book Gracie’s Got a Secret
appears alongside popular thought-provoking favourites like Zen Shorts and Zen Ties by Jon Muth, and Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee MacLean.

The books on this site seem to lean towards eastern spirituality, which is where I find my inspiration. But these books can help children in any family look at their life differently and “be” in it more effectively. As the site says: “just trying to teach a few life lessons and perhaps help the kiddos retain a bit of the openness they were born with.”

Gracie’s a hit with some British fans

A little girl in England recently wrote an adorable letter praising Gracie’s Got a Secret. She said: “Thank you for the story of Greasy’s had a seacret [sic.] That is the best book.” I particularly love the “Greasy” reference.

A U.K. family also wrote a nice review on

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect bedtime read, 10 Oct 2012
Our whole family has fallen in love with this story and is now using the catchphrase “gotta go, gotta go” whenever we need to get out of the house! A really fun read with lovely illustrations, a perfect bedtime story for our 3 year old.
I am so delighted to get this kind of feedback. It’s an author’s dream.

“A cute storybook,” says website KidzWorld

The children’s website KidzWorld posted a review of Gracie’s Got a Secret, complete with a cool moving sequence of some inside pages, and a summary of the book. Here’s an excerpt:

“Gracie’s Got a Secret by Heather Conn is a cute storybook for young readers. Kids who enjoyed Finding Nemo will love Gracie. The story shows that all you need is willpower and determination in order to achieve the impossible.”

Click here to read the review and see the KidzWorld web page.

The KidzWorld site is aimed at young teens. I’ve found that teenage girls love Gracie and the illustrations.

Gracie a hit at Word on the Street


— Ellie Ewert photo

Gracie and I had fun at Vancouver’s Word on the Street event on a beautiful, sunny Sunday. Colin Thomas of The Georgia Straight introduced me, then I did a brief reading from the book. Many thanks to Vancouver’s KidsBooks for sponsoring me as an author. Although I’ve attended the festival for many years, this was the first time that I presented as a writer.

The festival’s many volunteers and participating publishers always make this annual event a succeess. Even in today’s digital age, the printed word still thrives.