About Ev Bishop

Ev Bishop lives and writes in a remote small town in wildly beautiful British Columbia, Canada—a place that inspires the setting for her cozy sweet romance series, RIVER’S SIGH B & B. In addition to writing novels—her favorite form of storytelling!—Ev was a long-time columnist with the Terrace Standard and is a prolific scribbler of articles, essays, short stories and poems. To see her ever growing body of work, please visit her website. When Ev’s nose isn’t in a book or her fingers aren’t on her keyboard, you’ll find her hanging out with her family and dogs, or playing outside with friends, usually at the lake or in some garden somewhere.

Cracked Open

Oceanside, CA. I miss you! Photo © Ev Bishop

I’ve just returned from a very restful, inspiring, sun-drenched, sand-filled, saltwater-soaked vacation in Newport Beach, California.

I loved playing in the white sand that was hot under my feet. I adored wearing flip-flops as I tripped along the boardwalk, knowing friends and co-workers back home were in their winter gear, suffering fresh snow and below freezing temperatures. (Sorry guys!) And it was very special to spend do-nothing-but-have-fun family time with my husband, nieces, sister, stepmom, and daughter. The biggest impact of the trip, however, came from the ocean.

I was amazed by her. Awed.

Obviously, living where I do, I’m already familiar with the Pacific—but let me tell you: her waters are very different up in northern British Columbia than they are in southern California.

I spent a lot of time playing in the surf, being knocked down and getting up again, being dragged back into deeper water as the ocean readied to send another wave, and, most fun of all, swimming out over my head, beyond the crash line, where even the hugest waves were just starting as rolling swells. Above me, the sky was so blue and just . . . huge. And all around me, as far as my eye could see, was water. Since it’s California’s “winter” too, there weren’t a lot of locals in the water. Sometimes, for hours, I was the only one.

And maybe it was the salt pulling things out of me, the same way soaking in Epsom salts releases toxins. Or maybe it was because it was the first time in far, far too long where I didn’t have anywhere to go specifically or anyone I had to see, and my mind was deliciously free and uncluttered. Or perhaps it was the sounds of the ocean working to bring the tide in or out, the sea birds calling and swooping about, blotting out any noise in my head . . . But whatever the reason or combination of reasons, something deep inside me cracked open, and I had one of those strange epiphanies, where you can see so clearly where you’ve come from, where you are, and where you want to go next.

Sometimes it’s easy to lie to ourselves, to make excuses for why we’re standing still instead of moving forward, to justify our reasons for sticking with things that are no longer a good fit.

I found that out there, salt-crusted, saturated and awed by the unmitigated power, depth and magnitude of the ocean, it was impossible to be false with myself. I might as well have tried to keep the surf from crashing, or the sand from pulling away beneath my feet in the after effects of the waves. But it wasn’t a negative or self-condemning sort of feeling. I didn’t beat myself up for work not done or goals not accomplished. And it wasn’t merely a giddy, momentary flash of newfound enthusiasm (though I did feel those lovely bursts too). The feeling was a deep sense of readiness, of quiet resolution and surety. A sense that change is coming, and instead of fighting it or being afraid of it, I was going to welcome it and move with it.

I kept waking up my first couple of nights home because I missed the sound of the surf—and I’d only been away eight days. I’ve carried the decision I arrived at in the waves with me, however, and while my suntan’s receding, my resolve hasn’t waned.

I’ll be making some exciting announcements the next two months or so. In the meantime, if you can somehow sneak away to a beach—ocean, river or lakeside—to do some thinking and dreaming, I highly recommend it.

So good for what, if anything, ails you. Photo © Ev Bishop

Author’s Note: I have NOT just returned from a sunny beach vacation, but a photo from the 2015 trip I shared about above just popped up as a FaceBook Memory, plus showed on my website as a “past post you might enjoy.” I can take a hint! I do need to have some ocean time again soon, but for now, this was a good reminder and refresher. . . ahhhh!

And the bit about “having exciting announcements to make in the next few months” is absolutely current too! Stay tuned for a big reveal on April 1st—no fooling!)

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New release by Ev Bishop: catch THE CATCH today!

Hello and happy February, fellow book lovers! 

It’s been a while (too long!) since I posted here on the Authors’ Billboard. Life, as I’m sure you all relate to, can get crazy sometimes and the days (months!) just get away from you. Anyway, going forward watch for me the first of every month. I’d be honored to share a cup of coffee and some of your Internet browsing time.

Those of you familiar with River’s Sigh B & B and looking forward to the final book in the series know I’ve been talking about THE CATCH, Book 8 (Aisha’s story!) for some time now.

My best laid plans for it kept getting interrupted and late this fall, I was talking (or whining, LOL) to my daughter about some of the production hiccups and told her that instead of calling Aisha’s story The Catch, I should’ve titled it WORTH THE WAIT. And hopefully that’s exactly how you’ll all feel about it now that . . . wait for it . . . drum roll, please . . . IT IS HERE!

It’s funny how life works. I was incredibly sad and stressed (and quite frankly, embarrassed)  about the various delays, but when January 9, 2020 became THE DAY, it just felt . . . meant to be, like that should’ve been my plan all along. 

January 9th was my mom’s birthday and she would’ve been 66. Having the last “official” River’s Sigh B & B novel come out on her birthday feels like a lovely tribute. It’s almost impossible for me to believe that she’s been gone 24 years. I know everyone grieves differently, but what has always shocked me is that I don’t miss her less over the years; I miss her more. Maybe because the older I get, the more I understand her (and wish I could make some apologies), see how strong she was, and feel in my bones how young, young, young 42 is to leave the world. Almost every single day something happens in my life that I want to share with her—or ask her advice about. Heck, I just want to pop over for coffee so we can indulge our addiction together or I can laugh my head off at some wry, darkly hilarious thing she said.

I think she would’ve liked my stories and related to some of the struggles in them—and hopefully to the joy, too. She might even be surprised that I’ve written not just one book, but a whole series of them. I didn’t quit on my dreams, Mom. I write fiction full-time. (Another crazy thing! 😀)

If you haven’t read THE CATCH yet, I’d be honored if you do! It’s available everywhere and happy sighs are guaranteed:

AMAZON ~ KOBO ~ iBOOKS ~ NOOK ~ GOOGLE PLAY


If you’re new to River’s Sigh B & B, don’t worry. THE CATCH is a great standalone. That said, there’s an amazing deal on the first four books of the series if you want to check it out here – just .99 for set.

And well . . . that’s it for me today.

Have a lovely weekend – and very happy reading!

A Merry Gift for you!

Ah, December . . . such a fun and busy month. I have noticed, however, that I enjoy the Christmas season most—and have more energy to help everyone I love to have a wonderful holiday—when I remember to take a little time for myself, to rest, refuel, read. . . .

And that brings me to a little treat for you to help you do the same! I’ve teamed up with three romance writing friends to offer a super fun giveaway. Follow this link to download these four heartwarming holiday gems, then curl up on the couch and enjoy!

4 free holiday romances from Tess Thompson, Ev Bishop, Judith Keim, and Tammy L. Grace.

Wishing you and yours a very merry month and super happy reading!
😊 Ev

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Fall in love! #mgtab

Ahhhh, as much as I adore summer and can never get enough of the lovely warm months in my cold hemisphere, there is something about falling into autumn that is lovely too.

The crisp air is invigorating, and the excitement of the kids going to back to school is contagious. I always feel ready to make plans and be extra industrious come September/October, though maybe that’s just the drop in temperature, making staying inside more palatable!

Whatever the root cause, the freshly kindled inspiration and motivation to work is extra handy because THE CATCH—Aisha’s long awaited story!—Book 8 in my River’s Sigh B & B series, hits shelves everywhere in November, and I have tons to do before then.

Aisha is near and dear to me, and I love her stubborn streak and fierce independence. Despite doing great on her own (like a lot of us) and having a deeply sceptical nature (inherited from her birth mom, no doubt, not her sappy romance writing father!), she craves connection, true partnership, romantic love.

I’ll give you a full blurb and a teaser next month, and I can’t wait to share the full story with you in November!

In the meantime, you can prepare by making sure you haven’t accidentally missed any previous books in the series (though, don’t worry, like all the River’s Sigh B & B novels, THE CATCH is a solid standalone).