A Stellar Night At The Wordstorm Reading Series in Nanaimo, BC

I had a wonderful time last night as a featured reader at The Vault Cafe, Wordstorm Reading Series in Nanaimo. It was a long drive up the island and back (1 1/2 hours each way), but I was filled with anticipation on the ride up and buzzing with excitement on the way back home! I also revelled being in an empty car, on a quiet highway with my music cranked up! Thank you to the Wordstorm organizers for inviting me and to my fellow featured reader, and all those who shared their poetry and music at the open mike. I sold 3 copies of my novel Turnstiles, and had the treat of swapping books with the other featured reader. 🙂 A stellar night — great conversations and wonderful words shared from the heart. I hope to go back again soon. Cheers, Andrea xo


Pitching Turnstiles to Literary Agents

I have submitted a query package for my self-published novel, Turnstiles, to a number of literary agencies, and the responses are beginning to trickle in. I’ve received two rejections so far, but I am told that rejections are not always a bad thing. So, I am staying positive and viewing this as a hopeful journey to success. Wish me luck! Thank you also to everyone who has read, reviewed and recommended my debut novel.


Happy reading,

Andrea xo

Book Reading Event for Turnstiles at Wordstorm Reading Series

I will be a featured reader at the Wordstorm Reading Series on Tuesday, February 24th in Nanaimo, BC, sharing excerpts from my novel Turnstiles. The event will begin with an open mic. 6:30pm at The Vault Cafe, 499 Wallace St. If you are in the area, or willing to make a short trip, I hope to see you there for a wonderful evening of poetry and prose!


A Glowing 5-star Review for Turnstiles!

Such remarkable work!, January 25, 2015 By Dr. Glen Hepker “Dr. Glen Hepker” (Mason City, Iowa USA) – See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Turnstiles (Paperback) … It is truly an honor to write a review for this impeccable work by Andrea McKenzie Raine. I believe that this is in no way an exaggeration – Andrea truly is an artist/writer of the highest caliber, and Turnstiles is splendidly consistent with this level of artistry. Please know I do not say this lightly – with this book, she has offered us a work which is impeccably written, quintessentially resplendent, and with a powerful, deeply moving message…so much so that I (humbly and respectfully) believe it is important to say that she has truly made the world a better place through her splendid effort. Through the troubled characters in her book, Andrea weaves a so quite spellbinding study into the dynamics of life…and does so in a fashion congruent with succinct depth, prompting a deep and abiding insight into her characters. Once one begins reading, it really truly IS difficult to put down. – Dr. Glen Hepker (author of “A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health)