book announcement


“I love it!” from my youngest – and most adorable – reader, Annabel.

More professional reviewers – but no more important – feel the same:

“A fun read for Calgary Stampede fans. The playfulness of the text is emulated in the artwork of Melissa Bruglemans-LaBelle [who] obviously understands how to capture the colour and liveliness of the Stampede.” — Helen Kubiw, CanLit for LittleCanadians reviewer and blogger

“It was lovely to have [Brenda and Melissa] kick off our Read-A-Thon. Students and staff enjoyed listening to her story, Flip Flop Flapjack, and were very engaged.” — Gwen Devetten, Vice Principal, St. Maria Goretti School


GLOBAL TV journalist Gil Tucker and crew taped my reading of FLIP, FLOP, FLAPJACK! to the Grade 2 class at Calgary Classical Academy. That interview was telecast tonight (May 15) on Global TV’s Calgary News at 6 p.m. While the picture book was the star of the show, I think the students really stole the show with their cowboy hats and bandannas! Congratulations to Miss Walker’s Grade 2 Class! Wildhorse Jack and I think you are awesome.


I’m happy to announce that RED BARN BOOKS is publishing my picture book, FLIP, FLOP, FLAPJACK! It’s the true story of the original Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast, started back in 1923 by WILDHORSE JACK (my grandfather).

FLIP, FLOP, FLAPJACK! will be published in 2023, and will be illustrated by Hugh Rookwood**. See all of the beautiful books by Red Barn Books, at their website – **Illustration will be by Melissa Brugelmans-LaBelle.

MORE details to come, but I couldn’t hold back my excitement to be working with the talented team at Red Barn Books. Yahoo!