Wednesday, February 24, 2021

MLHolton Poetry in 2021 UK Anthology

Delighted to have three of my older #poems - Shareware, Pond Life & Trading Post -  included in the '2021 Still Together' Anthology of Shorts, Edited by UK-based author, Tracy Hutchinson. 

As the cover reads, "2020 has been a long year. And now we must look with hope to 2021.We hope for a vaccine that can return the world to normal. We hope for an economy that will heal quickly, avoiding the painful recession that has been forecast. We hope for people to continue to develop the sense of togetherness that has appeared this year. We hope that 2021 will be an easier and a better year than 2020 has been.2021 Still Together is an anthology to follow on from 2020 Together. This second anthology reflects the community spirit of 2020, where writers, artists and photographers, who like you, want to continue to help our Covid-19 heroes. 100% of profits from sales of this book will continue to go to NHS Charities Together.Lockdown, Covid-19 and change has happened this year. Learning to stay safe, and helping to keep other people safe has happened this year. ... And we hope that you will enjoy reading these short, family friendly creations, while also providing funds to help our NHS heroes.Together, we can still make a difference." 

ALL proceeds go to support the tireless UK NHS - Help if you can, please.

Here's the Canadian Amazon link for the title. 

Trading Post - Poem by MLHolton

Monday, February 22, 2021

Hamilton Spectator Profile: Jens Hansen, Narrator of TRILLIUM

A fantastic profile of the #audiobook narrator, Jens Hansen - (chosen for my third novel, TRILLIUM) - came out today on the front (and full page!) of The Hamilton Spectator's GO section. 

Written by veteran lifestyle & arts columnist, Jeff Mahoney, Jeff really 'gets' the "debonair" character that Jens brings to the pages of TRILLIUM ... 

The article is a wonderful and in-depth coverage of a versatile actor whose first language is, surprisingly, not English. 

 As I explained to Jeff as background for the profile, I initially chose Jens because of his exotic life-and-lived experience from elsewhere on the globe. His cadences, tone and inflections add a rainbow of audio colour to the telling of the tale. So much so, Jeff gushes about his "great Niagara of Narration". -- Fine words indeed! 

So, if in the mood to listen to a distinctive and beguiling voice for 14.5 hours, tune into Jens' "brilliant" rendition of TRILLIUM.  You will be alternatively amused, delighted, intrigued - and seduced. -- Promise! 

TRILLIUM, written by Margaret Lindsay Holton, available on iTUNES -- or Audible. If you prefer to #read TRILLIUM yourself, download the ebook -- and/or pick up the 350+ paperback -- via Amazon.

Full, front page on the GO Section of The Hamilton Spectator! Woohoo!

Click on image for TRILLIUM links

Woorah! Followed-up by a nice 5-minute interview clip with Jens on 610 AM Radio #Niagara.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Delighted to have this wonderful post all the way from sunny #FLORIDA! Marcia Meara let me share the wonderful #voice of Jens Hansen on her comprehensive book blog. Dive in for a good read about what makes Jens soooo good for the 14.5 hours TRILLIUM #audiobook project. Tune into Audible, or  iTunes to have a wee listen to his stellar effort!


Tuesday, December 8, 2020


Harvest Moon - Photo Zapped by MLHolton
Who knew, mid-March, that we'd still be stuck here? ... ... Well, it's not all been bad ...

In fact, in some instances, it's been a welcome improvement ...

The Gilded Beaver 2nd Edition & TRILLIUM by MLHolton

 Most importantly, the pandemic 

has been a hearty wake-up call to 're-calibrate' ...


See more of what  

 I've been doing about that this past year ...

>>>>   HERE  <<<<<

p.s. TRILLIUM, the #audiobook version, is now on iTUNES !!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Painting in Defiance by MLHolton

When 2020 started, there was an a genuine sense of excitement at the start of not only a New Year, but a whole new decade. Sure, the world wasn't perfect, and MANY social, economic and personal 'injustices' continue, but, overall, in the main, Life is Good. The following was my first painting for the year, entitled 'Spring, From the Mountain, 2020'. The ground is still hard, remnants of winter remain, but the light, the blessed LIGHT, changes. The Earth responds and new growth emerges. Living beside and near Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes of North America, is a blessing. Not only do I get to see the land awake from slumber, but the lake heaves, rolls and shakes off its icy cleansing burden. The whole cycle begins again. This hillside promontory is near the farm. It's a root, a deep root, with a view that I adore ...

Spring, from the Mountain 2020, by MLHolton

And yet, as the year went on, the COVID pandemic swept over the land. It didn't affect the land or the lake, per se, it just devastated human activity. We turned into moles as we burrowed into our homes, locked the doors and barred the windows. In isolation, we did as best we could. Many turned into screen addicts for their lifeline to the 'outside' world. At one point, I made a statement about that with the following painting, 'I am Here'. Living and breathing, movement and eating are the mainstays of our 'existence'. We live because we are alive. A truism perhaps, but how else to say it? I am ALIVE. 

Detail from 'I am Here' by MLHolton (this is a LARGE piece, 7' by 5'.) 

As the months continued, the seasons changed as they always do. We went through spring, summer, fall and now enter winter of this awful year. And yet, within the human tragedy and collapse of commerce, we survive. We are diminished, but we are surviving. Solitary walks in nature became the greatest balm to the frightened. We found comfort in the remarkable 'routine' of Nature. Plants grew, harvest came, snow falls. And here we are. The first serious snow of the season 'dumped' a few days ago and blanketed the dwindling fall landscape. Promises of a vaccine have arrived. We have adjusted, we have adapted, we are changing to the new reality. Our communal spheres have been reshaped by a new-found love of humanity. At the end of the day, let's hold on to that. Love Humanity. We can and will make it through this as well as what's next. My last painting of the year, 'First Snow 2020', is an imaginative work, based on familiar back-country hills. Farming fields lie dormant now, but they will come back ... Hang in there people. We're almost through it. 

I will be sending out my winter newsletter shortly. If you are not on my mailing list, jump back here in about a week and look for it on the side tab under newsletters. Other than that, try to enjoy the descending winter. Get out there as much as you can. Revel in the on-going blessed beauty of it all. Continue to pursue those pandemic-induced resolutions ... Be Better. Be Healthier. Be Kinder.

xox mlh 

'First Snow, 2020' by MLHolton

Friday, November 20, 2020

Launch of TRILLIUM Audiobook, Written by MLHolton, Narrated by Jens Hansen


Woohoo! The AUDIOBOOK version of TRILLIUM is Finally HERE!!! 

Spanning a period of 250 years, from 1750s to 2001, three ambitious young men arrive to the Niagara peninsula. They come from rural New York, dirt poor Sicily and a squalid 19th century Dublin. As time passes, their growing families mix and mingle in the burgeoning wine region known as Niagara  ... 

… Expect very good times. Expect very bad times … 


Award-winning Canadian author and artist, MLHolton, has created a “magnificent” historical fiction that focuses on three distinct families, held together by familial roots, as they become embroiled in national and world events ... Driven by love, lust and loot, dive into the psyche of an evolving nation ...

“Beautifully written!” -“Compelling characters!” - "Epic!" - “Original & Unique”

Narrator, Jens Hansen
The 14.5 hour audiobook is narrated by the uber-talented actor,
Jens Hansen.

AUDIBLE Audiobook link for the USA/Canada – Sign up to receive your FREE copy.

AUDIBLE Audiobook link for the UK – Sign up to receive your FREE copy.


*** Already an AUDIBLE member in CANADA? Here’s the direct link to TRILLIUM!

*** Already an AUDIBLE member in USA? Here’s the direct link to TRILLIUM!


TRILLIUM on Amazon COM - Ebook, Paperback (or Sign Up for Audible Audiobook) - **Listen to SAMPLE **

TRILLIUM, Written by MLHolton,, Narrated by JHansen

And now, on iTunes Audiobook link

More about the Canadian Author & Artist, MLHolton, explore this website, or explore via Wikipedia.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020


For something a bit different this Christmas, why not a #heritage puzzle kit for your favourite puzzler? I've teamed up with Fine Arts America to produce a limited edition of one of my Heritage Panel boards for you. Have a gander. It is meant to be a bit difficult, a bit challenging. 500 pieces of colonial history and activity. Review and order HERE.

Heritage Puzzle by MLHolton

Friday, November 13, 2020

Shareware by MLHolton, Narrated by Mitch Bensel

So wonderful to have Mitch do this narration of an older #poem of mine, Shareware. It was originally published in my first book of poetry 'On Top of Mount Nemo'. Mount Nemo is a familiar landmark within the Golden Horseshoe region of #Burlington, #Hamont, #Milton #Halton #Ancaster, #Dundas and beyond ... Have a listen -

Original format of poem - Shareware by Margaret Lindsay Holton

Monday, November 2, 2020

All Authors BOOK COVER Competiton: TRILLIUM in for NOVEMBER 2020

Super excited to have my third novel, TRILLIUM, in the running for Best Book Cover Design on the All Authors website.There's stiff competition, over 350 titles. My title really does stand out from the pack, primarily because of the yellow background and simple choice of typeface. The image, of a man holding a grape cluster, is a detail from a painting I did some years ago of a Niagara vineyard ... 

Currently ranked at 89th place, please cast your vote to keep me in the Top 100 - for the NEXT WEEKLY ROUND!    

The competition runs for the month of November. 

You can, if you like, vote every week.

It would be grand to make it to the final 25!! And better yet,  to WIN!!  Can I count on you? 


         If you like the cover of my book - 

 PLEASE VOTE!!               

(Scroll down until you see it. 

It does stand out  Then lock it in! )    


UPDATE: Hoorah, made it thru Week 2!  TRILLIUM is now in the top 50!! Please cast your vote again (or once) via link above! Over 15,000 votes have been cast! The competition is FIERCE. :)

Thank you!

UPDATE: Monday, Nov.16th. Well, TRILLIUM did make it to the Top 50, but the front-runners are now running ahead by 100-400 votes!!  I simply can't catch up. So, I am conceding. - THANKS to all who did get TRILLIUM into the 'semi-final' run. It is appreciated!! I am so glad so many of you do like my cover. :) 



Friday, October 16, 2020

When the Main Character Morphs into Something Else ...


Delighted to be included on Assaph Mehr's excellent blog, The Protagonist Speaks. It's a clever idea. Authors are given free rein to expand on the thoughts, feelings and perceptions of their main character, in the first person. 

In this instance, I morphed into Anna Di Angelo, as an 80-year old woman looking back over the incidences in her life. Anna's story is key to the entire evolution of TRILLIUM, even though, in the story, she is not given much of a voice. Deemed 'slow' at birth, she was sheltered by her Italian-Canadian family. She was never taught to read or write as there seemed no need. But, as we learn in the following 'interview', Anna has always had a mind of her own ...

Assaph sets it up beautifully ... Dear readers, tonight with us is a matriarch of a wine-making family from Canada. She is here to tell us about the 250-year history of three families... 


It is also a thrill to be included in my university's on-line 'Coffee House 2020', a 'coffee house' tradition that spans decades at the school. 

Here, I supplied a 'test read' by the narrator of TRILLIUM, Jens Hansen.  Unfortunately, the audiobook that we've worked on so hard over the spring and summer has been 'locked' in 'Quality Assurance' at the distributors since mid August. Apparently, the backlog at ACX,/Audible is unbelievable ... That's totally understandable given the global COVID circumstances, but terribly disappointing that there we still have no tangible audiobook to share with you. 

Thus, at present, there is no opportunity for you to hear the continuation of Jen's brilliant 'start' of TRILLIUM* ... Listen to his little audio teaser on Facebook or Instagram.