College Life of a Retired Senior

“Blackwood’s appealing attitude and resilience keep readers turning pages, rooting for her success. Ultimately, this is an inspiring story of an older woman’s quest for knowledge. A Reader’s Guide is included to spark discussion.”—Blueink Review.Seven years after she retired from a lengthy career in banking, Yvonne Blackwood surprised her friends and family by returning to school at age sixty-four to pursue an English degree. Her purpose was fueled by four powerful reasons—to add texture to her writing; to ward off dementia; to enhance structure in her life; and to inspire her two young grandsons to continue their education after high school. But as she stepped onto the campus of Canada’s third-largest university, Blackwood had no idea of the hurdles she was about to face.In a retelling of her journey into a new beginning, Blackwood details how, after enrolling in York University, she struggled to maintain her established lifestyle, attend class with hard-to-connect-with millennials, and face a series of challenges that included two strikes at the university, a campus lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a shocking health diagnosis in her final year of studies. While leaning on the university’s motto—the way must be tried—Blackwood tells an inspiring story of how she persevered and learned to rely on her faith as she bravely conquered her fears and vulnerabilities to eventually achieve her goal.College Life of a Retired Senior is a true story of a former bank manager’s experience as she returned to college in the third act of life to earn a degree in English.


Meet Yvonne Blackwood

Yvonne Blackwood is the author of four adult non-fiction books: Into Africa, A Personal Journey, Will That Be Cash or Cuffs? Into Africa: The Return, and College Life of a Retired Senior. She published three children’s picture books: Nosey Charlie Comes to Town, Nosey Charlie Goes to Court, and Nosey Charlie Chokes on a Wiener. She is an award-winning short-story writer and has contributed stories to several anthologies, including Human Kindness, Canadian Voices, and Wordscape. Blackwood published articles in More of Our Canada, Adelaide, InTouch and Green Prints. She has written columns for newspapers, including the Toronto Star. She is a graduate of the University of Technology and graduated from York University with a BA majoring in English. She was a banker for many years and is a Fellow of The Institute of Canadian Bankers and an alumnus of the Humber College School of Writers.

Jane Austen’s Totally Unexpected New York Adventure

In “Jane Austen’s Totally Unexpected NY Adventure,” follow beloved author Jane Austen on a captivating journey through time. When three time travelers offer her a chance to find a cure for her illness in 2061, Jane eagerly accepts. Guided by these enigmatic companions, she explores the marvels of future New York City and even witnesses Halley’s Comet.

During all this, Jane finds herself drawn to Frederick, one of the time travelers, in a brief but impossible romance. Their connection inspires Jane, fueling her with newfound passion and determination to complete her final novel, “Persuasion.”

She draws upon her own experiences and emotions, infusing the pages of “Persuasion” with a depth and authenticity that would make it one of her most enduring works.

However, the constraints of time and destiny threaten to separate Jane and Frederick. They soon realize their love cannot defy the boundaries of time. Yet, the impact of their fleeting romance reverberates through Jane’s words, giving “Persuasion” a profound and heartfelt resonance that echoes through the ages.

In “Jane Austen’s Totally Unexpected NY Adventure,” a tale of time travel, hope, healing, and the power of love unfolds, showcasing the indomitable spirit of Jane Austen. Join her on this strange journey, where love, inspiration, and literary brilliance intertwine, leaving an everlasting mark on her timeless legacy.

Meet Robin Robby

Allo, I’m a writer/filmmaker who loves readers and fellow writers. I’m that RARE author who writes stand-alone novels only, at least for now.

College Life of a Retired Senior (Bargain Book)

Seven years after she retired from a lengthy career in banking, Yvonne Blackwood surprised her friends and family by returning to school at age sixty-four to pursue an English degree. Her purpose was fueled by four powerful reasons—to add texture to her writing; to ward off dementia; to enhance structure in her life; and to inspire her two young grandsons to continue their education after high school. But as she stepped onto the campus of Canada’s third-largest university, Blackwood had no idea of the hurdles she was about to face.

In a retelling of her journey into a new beginning, Blackwood details how, after enrolling in York University, she struggled to maintain her established lifestyle, attend class with hard-to-connect-with millennials, and face a series of challenges that included two strikes at the university, a campus lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a shocking health diagnosis in her final year of studies. While leaning on the university’s motto—the way must be tried—Blackwood tells an inspiring story of how she persevered and learned to rely on her faith as she bravely conquered her fears and vulnerabilities to eventually achieve her goal.

College Life of a Retired Senior is the true story of a former bank manager’s experiences as she returned to college in the third act of life to earn a degree in English.


Meet Yvonne Blackwood

Yvonne Blackwood is the author of four adult non-fiction books, Into Africa: A Personal Journey, Will That Be Cash or Cuffs? Into Africa: the Return, and College Life of a Retired Senior: A Memoir of Perseverance, Faith, and Finding the Way. She has also published three children’s picture books: Nosey Charlie Comes to Town, Nosey Charlie Goes to Court, and Nosey Charlie Chokes on a Wiener. An award-winning short-story writer, Blackwood has contributed stories to several anthologies, including Human Kindness, Canadian Voices, and Wordscape. She has published articles in magazines including More of Our Canada, Adelaide, InTouch, and Green Prints and has written columns for the Toronto Star, Pride Newspaper, and The African Connection. Blackwood retired after a thirty-seven-year banking career.

A WhatsApp Warrior & Other Poems: A compilation of Poems, Sketches & Micro Stories

We are all looking for our streams to flow in in the currents of life. “A WhatsApp Warrior & other poems” is a an expression of thoughts and feelings of the author Maneesh Dutt conveyed through his Poems and Sketches coupled with Micro Stories on the the inspiration behind the poems. Whether you are a student or a working professional or a homemaker, you will be able to easily identify with some of the life situations captured in the poems. And who knows this may well motivate you to start compiling your own chapbook of poems and experiences….

Meet Maneesh Dutt

Maneesh Dutt is a consultant, speaker & trainer on the subjects of Project Management, Visual thinking and Mind Mapping. He is also the author of numerous best-selling books on Amazon on the subject of Mind Mapping. His book on project management featured on abcFOX and FOX34.com under “Best Book by Independent Publishers” and has been procured by leading libraries/management schools across the globe. His publications showcase not only the wide range of application of Visual Thinking but also the vast expertise that he has gained in the subject. He also has a number of publications in international journals.He has over 20 years of experience in managing projects and leading innovation drives in organisations. In 2014 he quit his regular job to pursue his passion for Project Management and Mind Mapping as a freelance consultant & trainer. Since then he has conducted numerous workshops on Mind Mapping & Project Management with outstanding feedback and provided consultancy to a number of organisations across sectors. A Chemical Engineer from IIT-Delhi & an MBA from ENI University Milan, he lives in India with his wife and twin kids. You can know more about his work here www.maneeshdutt.com.

American Rehabilitators

David Wayne is a medical representative living in Chicago and working for a pharma firm. He goes to New York City to market an antidepressant drug. In the City, he meets Ingrid, a flight attendant. This gives David another chance at love and pits him against a Boston gang that has kidnapped Sigrid, Ingrid’s identical twin sister. Ingrid is forced to smuggle stolen diamonds for the safety of Sigrid, who has killer plans for her captors. After David comes back to Chicago, he is entangled in a bizarre robbery. He decides to battle the robbers and gangsters.

Meet DS Kumar

DS Kumar’s novels are available on Amazon Kindle. American Guerrillas (2023) and American Rehabilitators (2023). Twitter: twitter.com/dskbooks123

Chinese Idioms: With Stories & Analyses

“Chinese Idioms: With Stories and Analyses” takes you on a journey to discover the world of Chinese idioms. With each chapter consisting of a story, lesson, and research section, you will dive into the rich history and cultural significance of these linguistic treasures. Uncover the narratives behind the idioms, gain valuable life lessons embedded within their meanings, and explore the psychological research on their relevance and validity. Accompanied by visually stunning pictures and art, this book provides readers with a profound understanding of Chinese idioms, making it a must-have for language enthusiasts and cultural explorers. Citations for further reading ensure a scholarly yet accessible exploration of these cherished expressions. Embark on a captivating linguistic adventure and unlock the hidden depths of Chinese idioms.

Meet Henry Li

Henry Li is currently a professional accountant. In the past, he has studied and done research in cognitive and social psychology. His knowledge in Chinese culture combined with his past experience as a researcher really shows in his writings. In his spare time, he enjoys having intellectual discussions with his friends over a game of chess.

A Fisherman’s Dream (The Aryan Series: Book 1)

Aryan is a young man living in the coastal village of Kornur, India. He dreams of becoming an artist one day, but his dream comes to an abrupt end when his father passes away when he is only sixteen, and since then he has been condemned to live the mundane life of a fisherman. But fate gives him a chance to achieve his dream and he moves to Mumbai in the hope of becoming a successful artist. The story then follows Aryan’s life in Mumbai as a struggling artist, the new things he learns and experiences, and his quest for self-discovery. During his struggle, he strives to master a new style of painting in order to stand out and succeed. He perfects his broken Hindi and explores human nature by observing himself and the people around him. He ponders on the nature of power, the desperate need for lies, the craze and importance of cricket in India, and the cultural differences between a small village and a big city, and he explores the relationship between God and human charity. This is a coming-of-age story about perseverance and survival.

Meet Arthinkal

Arthinkal is a pseudonym for Jordan John Anthony, who was born in Mumbai, India. A Fisherman’s Dream is his debut novel. He also maintains a website on which he posts essays on subjects that interest him. Connect with him on: https://arthinkal.com/ https://www.instagram.com/arthinkal_/