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Alison Bruce

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Alison Bruce has an honors degree in history and philosophy, which has nothing to do with any regular job she's held since. A liberal arts education did prepare her to be a writer, however. She penned her first novel during lectures while pretending to take notes.

Yes there is another author named Alison Bruce who lives in Cambridge, UK.

This Alison Bruce lives near Cambridge, Ontario in Guelph, Canada. She writes mysteries, romantic suspense and historical western romance. Her protagonists are marked by their strength of character, the ability to adapt (sooner or later) to new situations and to learn from adversity.

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Alison Bruce Ask yourself, why are you aspiring to be a writer. If it's because you love to write, learn your craft and keep working at it. Don't give up. Learn…moreAsk yourself, why are you aspiring to be a writer. If it's because you love to write, learn your craft and keep working at it. Don't give up. Learn from your critics, but don't be driven by them.(less)
Alison Bruce My most recent book, MEN IN UNIFORM, is at the galley stage. You'll have to stay tuned for the release date.

A few years ago I was longing for…more
My most recent book, MEN IN UNIFORM, is at the galley stage. You'll have to stay tuned for the release date.

A few years ago I was longing for hardwood flooring to replace our horrible poop brown carpet. The co-op was upgrading the flooring, but I was low on the list. I thought about ways to get myself bumped up. It came to me, dead body in the living room. I'd come home to discover it and get a living room makeover when the case was solved. That lead to the opening scene of MEN IN UNIFORM.

You'll be relieved to know that I did get my new flooring and no one had to die.(less)
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A Bodyguard to Remember (Book 1 Men in Uniform Series) by Alison Bruce

Nothing like a great opening line to set the hook: “It started with a dead body on my living room floor.” And from there A Body Guard to Remember is a catch worth reading with a lively mix of colourful characters, murder, indeed on a living room floor, cops, protectors in various good looking postures, a plot with a neat climax twist and budding romance…right here in Canada’s capital.

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Deadly Legacy
A Carmedy & Garrett Mystery (1 book)
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Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett
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“[Comedies], in the ancient world, were regarded as of a higher rank than tragedy, of a deeper truth, of a more difficult realization, of a sounder structure, and of a revelation more complete. The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man.... Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachments to the forms; comedy, the wild and careless, inexhaustible joy of life invincible.”
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The Artful Goddaughter by Melodie Campbell
The Artful Goddaughter (Gina Gallo, #3)
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I've been following the Goddaughter's adventures from the beginning and each one makes me long for the next. This isn't the kind of series that requires the reader to start from the beginning, however. The Goddaughter books are more like chips. You w ...more
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Give Me Shelter by Alexis D. Craig
Give Me Shelter
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Zane Grey
“Recipe For Greatness - To bear up under loss; To fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief; To be victor over anger; To smile when tears are close; To resist disease and evil men and base instincts; To hate hate and to love love; To go on when it would seen good to die; To look up with unquenchable faith in something ever more about to be. That is what any man can do, and be great.”
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“So that's troublin' you? I reckon it needn't. You see it was this way. I come round the house an' seen that fat party an' heard him talkin' loud. Then he seen me, an' very impolite goes straight for his gun. He oughtn't have tried to throw a gun on me - whatever his reason was. For that's meetin' me on my own grounds. I've seen runnin' molasses that was quicker'n him. Now I didn't know who he was, visitor or friend or relation of yours, though I seen he was a Mormon all over, an' I couldn't get serious about shootin'. So I winged him - put a bullet through his arm as he was pullin' at his gun. An' he droppped the gun there, an' a little blood. I told him he'd introduced himself sufficient, an' to please move out of my vicinity. An' went" - Lassiter”
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“The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast,
and you miss all you are traveling for.”
Louis L'Amour

Louis L'Amour
“One day I was speeding along at the typewriter, and my daughter - who was a child at the time - asked me, "Daddy, why are you writing so fast?" And I replied, "Because I want to see how the story turns out!”
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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
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Alison Bruce Beth wrote: "Hi Alison,
Thanks for sending a Goodreads friend request to this fellow crime writer!"

You are most welcome. Who says there's no honour among thieves... or at least people who write about them.

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Beth Hi Alison,
Thanks for sending a Goodreads friend request to this fellow crime writer!

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