COMING SOON! Different is Good

I have known Daisy-Mae Hamelinck since grade four. We have floated in and out of each other’s lives since then. In 2015 we reconnected again. I started freelancing, and Daisy was one of my first clients. She has also been an enthusiastic cheerleader for Twin Horseshoes from the very early days of its conception. Now, I have the extreme honour of publishing Daisy’s second book, Different is Good.

Daisy is already an accomplished author of post-secondary educational materials such as Interpersonal and Group Dynamics, 3rd Edition, and she continues to create new courses for educational institutions, develop supplementary resources for publishers, and review new textbooks prior to publication. Daisy’s first book, however, was actually Different is Good which she authored for a school project during her social service worker program. It’s been 20 years, but Different is Good is coming soon!

Daisy and I were fortunate to find a talented illustrator with a unique style for this project, Leland Harris! We each bring our own differences to the team and identify with various elements of the story, a story which is based on Daisy’s real-life experiences. This project has been a true collaboration in every sense of the word. What I enjoy about Daisy’s work and is that it has the power to start conversations. Daisy doesn’t shy away from challenging topics but approaches them with honesty, curiosity, and empathy. This book is a gift that allows children to appreciate and embrace their own differences and those of others. Congratulations, Daisy and Leland!

About the Book

Daisy-Mae is different. She doesn’t look the same as her friends and she doesn’t have the same things as her friends. She doesn’t even act like her friends do. Even her family tells her how to look and act. It takes a trip to another country to change her mind about herself. Everyone is different on the inside and outside. And being different is good!

“Different is Good” is based on real events in the author’s own life story.

About the Author

Daisy-Mae Hamelinck completed her Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Wilfrid Laurier University), Bachelor of Education-Primary/Junior (University of Toronto), and a Social Service Worker Diploma (Fanshawe). Daisy’s first co-authored book, “Interpersonal and Group Dynamics: A Practical Guide to Building an Effective Team” (3rd Edition) was published in 2018 and is currently used in colleges across Canada. Daisy has taught for 20+ years in post-secondary settings and is currently teaching at Fanshawe College and Western University.

As a two-time cancer survivor, Daisy has presented regularly with the Terry Fox Foundation and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. She has appeared on local TV stations to discuss her health journey. In 2020, she was diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome. It is through these experiences that she often raises awareness and speaks about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). She is also a primary caregiver for two aging parents with various mental and physical health issues. Daisy keeps herself balanced by spending time with loved ones, practicing yoga and meditation, attending church regularly, and travelling nationally/internationally.

Daisy strives to live her best life and enables others to do the same through workshops and one-on-one sessions at her success coaching business, Your New Leaf, helping participants develop life skills, set and achieve goals, and engage in creative problem solving using the 8 dimensions of wellness.

About the Illustrator

Leland Harris has been drawing for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he would go to the library and check out as many “how to draw” books as he could carry. Nowadays, he’s busy completing his Bachelor’s of Music and starting his Bachelor’s of Education, with the dream of teaching music or art. In his spare time, he likes to write music, crochet, and of course, draw.

As a transgender person, he is very excited to share the message that “Different is Good”, especially to every kid who feels different from everyone else. He has found joy in his different-ness, and hopes that everyone reading will as well.

Knock, knock…who’s there?

I think there are many people getting to know themselves again now that the world has opened back up post-pandemic. I’m not sure I enjoy all the same things I used to enjoy. For example, I feel much more sensitive to noise and crowds after the COVID-induced hibernation. But lately, I am also realizing that my rediscovery reaches much further than just the after effects of the pandemic. There’s the version of myself pre-COVID, but there are also versions of myself before my head injury, before post-partum depression, before children, and before infertility.

COMING SOON! I’m Not in Sales…I’m a Lawyer!

Many people like to think of their career in terms of what they were educated and trained to do: doctor, teacher, accountant, lawyer. But every role has an element of sales, whether we want to admit it or not. We might say someone has great “people skills” or “natural charisma.” The simple truth is that anyone can benefit professionally from selling skills regardless of your actual profession.

This is Vince Burruano’s third nonfiction publication but this time he’s coauthored with Bob Greene. They bring their unique approach in business development to the legal field. Congratulations, Vince and Bob!

About the Book

This book is for attorneys who are now responsible for revenue generation even though the word “sales” is not in their job title. If you are responsible for helping to grow and maintain your firm’s practice, guess what? You are in sales. And, despite your belief to the contrary, you will now need a business development mindset to be successful.

Our intention is for this book to provide you with a functional overview of what it looks like to have a business development mindset. It will help you to understand what skills are necessary to become effective at creating new client relationships, retaining current clients, and increasing revenue from your existing clientele. It is not intended to make you a “salesperson.” Rather, it is designed to help you develop a positive mindset about promoting yourself in a respectable, professional, and compelling manner.

R.C. “Bob” Greene & Vincent D. Burruano

COMING SOON! When Maddie Feels Jealous

I’m pleased to announce another children’s book author, Laura McJannet-Brogan! I’ve known Laura for many years–we worked together in educational publishing and became fast friends–but I didn’t know until recently that she’s a writer. Laura has used her experiences with her own children as her inspiration for her first book, When Maddie Feels Jealous!

There’s so much more information and attention given to managing emotions now than when I was growing up. I often feel inadequately prepared to help my children with their emotions when I’m still learning about my own. Laura has created a book that helps children identify their feelings and understand them. Maddie describes what the emotion feels like in her body, and then she models for readers how to effectively use positive emotions to overcome negative ones.

I know I would have felt more comfortable talking to my parents about my emotions if I had this book as a child, and I hope my children feel the same. Congratulations, Laura!

And a big thank you to Cory Cole for the beautiful illustrations for this project, her third children’s book!

About the Book

Whenever Maddie sees other kids, she always wants what they have: presents, toys, ice cream, candy! This big FEELING comes over her and she doesn’t like it. It makes her say things like, “I want that!” What is that feeling and why does it make her feel so yucky? It’s JEALOUSY and it can only be conquered with GRATITUDE and KINDNESS. Learn with Maddie as she identifies and deals with her big emotions.

Follow Laura

Follow Cory

cursive handwriting

Dear Body:

Where do I start? I haven’t always been good to you and for that, I’m sorry. I have even taken you for granted at times. I have put crap in you and still expected you to function. I have pushed you beyond your limits and cursed you when you fail me. I have neglected the signs of damage. We’re not in bad shape, don’t get me wrong. It could be much worse. And we’re still here.

COMING SOON! Frank the Fish Finds a Friend

Meet Phoebe! In this second book about a plucky betta fish, Frank meets Phoebe, a shy but curious mystery snail. Frank and Phoebe take the time to learn about each other and, in the process, discover the importance of acceptance and the true meaning of friendship.

One of the things I love about this book is the beautiful imagery created with different angles and viewpoints inside and outside of Frank’s tank. I also love the many faces of Frank in this book. His personality shows more and more through his facial expressions and body language. Another thing I love is that like the first book, Frank the Fish Finds a Friend is based on a true story and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to a non-profit organization supporting friendship.

But most of all, I love the message. This book is a wonderful tribute to friendship, acceptance, trust, sharing, and humility. I try to teach my own children about friendship and while there are many books, shows, and movies about friendship, once again, Frank’s unique perspective gives the reader insight into both the complexity and simplicity of friendship.

The second book in a series is infinitely more challenging than the first. It’s important to maintain consistency in the characters and the world that’s been created. I am grateful to Sarah Burnett-Murray and Cory Cole for pouring their blood, sweat, and tears (of joy) into this project! Congratulations on this second publication!

set of coloring pencils forming heart

Love is all you need.

I have been struggling with anger for some time now. I get frustrated easily and sometimes overreact to small-ish things. I thought part of it was post-concussion syndrome, and perhaps that is still a factor. I also have anxiety and sometimes my anxiety comes out as anger. I have been trying to figure this out, not for myself, but because I don’t want to set that example for my daughters. I am trying to teach them to manage their emotions, but in truth I’m still learning to manage my own.

a field of round hay bales at sunset

Thank You to Paramedics Everywhere

One of my favourite scenes in the summer is the hay fields, with their bails (round or square, it doesn’t matter) all spread out in neat rows. It’s picturesque and beautiful and reminds me of my country upbringing. I have had seasonal allergies, or “hay fever”, since I was young and have taken some form of medication nearly every year from about May to October. The exception to that was when I was vegan–I didn’t seem to suffer from pollen enough during that time to warrant medication, which is interesting. Growing up, I had many friends with farms. I used to help with haying and would sneeze, itch, and get hives, but it didn’t really stop me from doing much. It was manageable.

COMING SOON! A Brush With Reality

I am pleased to announce a second fiction title for Twin Horseshoes, A Brush With Reality by Roger Sheehy! Roger is a self-proclaimed Renaissance man and I can attest to this claim. He brews his own beer, does woodworking, writes, travels, cooks, barbeques, and is in the process of learning Portuguese. Roger has a vivid imagination and a great sense of humour.

A Brush With Reality is his first published novel, but he has others in development. He also has a collection of writing on his website: Roger’s Rhapsody – The Journey of a Renaissance Man (

It is difficult to describe this book without giving too much away. I was intrigued by the idea from the first time Roger and I spoke. We’ve spent a significant amount of time with beta reviewers and fine tuning the story. There’s even some material that has been excluded from the book, but may appear in a spin off! What I will say is that this book has full and interesting characters, an detailed plot, and includes evidence of Roger’s wide body of knowledge from his life experience. All of this combined creates a page turner with a unique flavour. This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys a little bit of mystery and a great deal of creativity. Congratulations, Roger!

About the Book

An ancient curse or a family legacy? A scourge or a gift? What is that old saying…be careful what you wish for?

Things are rarely what they seem. Sean didn’t care. He just wanted a simple life, a normal life. He wanted his family back. Somewhere off the coast of Somalia, he made his decision. It was time to stop running, go home, and set things right. And when survival is on the line, a curse becomes a gift. But some things do not like to be ignored and a price must be paid.

There is a fine line between self-defense and excessive force, between justice and revenge. When you realize the power you have, do you choose to use it…or not?

Praise for A Brush With Reality

“Sean is running away from a secret. Roger Sheehy masterfully develops Sean, a relatable and interesting character, over this page-turner of a book. At the beginning, the author seems to be telling a simple but engaging story. We follow Sean’s adventures around the world, through New England and the Southeast, to the beaches of Mexico, and the Red Sea off the Somali coast. Along the way, Sean meets interesting and caring characters and develops lasting friendships and memories during his journey.

Eventually, Sean decides to return back to his family and to face his guilt and reveal his dark secret. But Sean’s secret has a twist. For the next several chapters, we find ourselves suspended between belief and disbelief. At this point, it was extremely hard to put the book down. The author continues to grab our attention until the last page. A Brush with Reality’s plot is really gripping. A joy to read, highly recommended. Five-star rating!”

– Mohamad Hindawi

“Sean has a tale to tell. One that, in Roger Sheehy’s debut, takes the reader along a path of discovery and disbelief, tragedy and humor, and with exquisite attention to detail that puts the reader in the moment. I had to laugh at Sean’s remedy to boarding Somalian pirates, but I also felt as I was there. At its base, the story is a classic tale of reward/payment due, and Sheehy even makes light of the manner in his work, but it is the character development that drives the reader to turn each page well past the time of normal sleep. Jumping in immediately with a grab-you hook, Sheehy then jumps to introducing the protagonist Sean in a classic yet ‘horrifying’ familial manner while hinting that Sean has a secret. A secret that even Sean doesn’t know in its entirety. And one that takes its pound of flesh when used. But power corrupts.

A page turner that is easy to read, the author obviously knowledgeable in his details, with an interesting protagonist and dark secret, I found Roger Sheehy’s A Brush with Reality to be a quality read and an author that I will definitely add to my list of must follow authors.”

– R. Robison

“Just finished A Brush With Reality from Roger Sheehy. This book is an easy-flowing page turner, perfect for a lazy Sunday by the beach, or curled up by a fire. Roger strings the past and present narratives together without overcomplication, and weaves them together into an imaginative story that subtly pulls you into its premise and locks you in. Balancing between playful and sobering moments, with characters to match, this tale will hold your attention from beginning to end. A Brush With Reality is a refreshing respite from the actual reality of our day-to-day world, and I highly recommend it for the reader in search of something ‘a little different’ for their collection.”

– Carl Scarborough, Blogger, Speaker, Cranky Old Man 

“Roger Sheehy’s novel, A Brush with Reality, is an intriguing story about a young man named Sean who is running from the secrets of his past.

The story is filled with rich detail that brings the reader into Sean’s world from the very first page. A wonderful first novel, and I look forward to many more titles from this author!”

– Angelica Shaw

room with 7 white doors to choose from

What’s the Difference?

One of the things that I always tell the authors I work with is that print on demand has changed the self-publishing landscape. Previously, self-published authors had to source a printer, negotiate a contract, purchase hundreds (if not thousands) of books, and store and ship the books themselves. Instead, print on demand is when book copies are printed only as they are ordered, in the specified quantity, and shipped directly to the customer from the printer. For a relatively small piece of the royalty pie, self-publishing companies handle the orders, printing, and shipping and you get representation on their website. But, there is no huge up-front fee to buy thousands of books and no warehouse necessary.