New Year’s in September!

The summer always flies by (too fast for my liking), however September rocks! Is it just me, or does September feel like New Year’s? Its a time I love to set goals, get re-focused, and catch up with friends.

When I reflect on my summer, I’m hit by a wave of fatigue. It was the perfect storm of deadlines… one deadline after another. I may have escaped a bit with my family, but my to-do-lists followed me. (Think: theme song to Jaws!)

I finally finished a big review of the copy edit for book three in my fantasy series, called The 8th Island Trilogy. The novel is called Inside the Sun and its the culmination of a wild adventure for the Wellsley family, specifically teenager Ella, her mom Tessa, and her grandpa Archie. Inside the Sun comes out April 2020, BUT BEFORE THEN: book two, called Below the Moon, officially releases this October 15!

Book one in the trilogy is called Above the Star! Click here to learn more and read the book!

Next on my goal list:

  1. Paint the illustrations for Inside the Sun – and guess what?? I’m going to do a video series sharing my working process and how the artwork comes together! Fun stuff! Subscribe to my YouTube channel (click here) to get notifications. Yay!
  2. Add to my painting series called “Joy + Passion” (see the series by clicking here). These new paintings will be exhibited at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel the months of December 2019 and January 2020. Currently, the “Joy + Passion” series is white, silver, gold, black, and red. I’m going to keep the black and white and metallic colors but swap out the red-tones for BLUE! It’s a new evolution of the series, like I feel a new evolution of my work as an artist. Always changing and growing!!

Here are some other pieces of news, awards, and calls for submissions:

Alexis Marie Chute

Behind-the-Scenes at the book trailer filming for Below the Moon

Art Party this Friday!

Come see this inspiring Sculpture Exhibition!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Party at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel

7:00 – 9:00 PM – Free! Bring a friend! Everyone welcome!

Call for Photography Submissions

Deadline approaching! Enter now!



  1. Build your photography CV & get known as an up-and-coming Canadian photographer in the NATIONAL exhibition
  2. Exhibit your work at the Renaissance Edmonton International Airport Hotel with its international exposure to thousands of travelers.
  3. Be in the running for awesome awards, including the People’s Choice Award with cash prizes.
  4. Become a part of the notable InFocus Alumni, who have gone on to be exhibited and published around the world.
  5. Have your work seen by distinguished Canadian curator, Alexis Marie Chute.
  6. Network with other professionals. (It’s all about who you know!)
  7. Volunteer and get experience mounting an exhibition.
  8. Attend the opening reception with live music, awards ceremony, & curator talk about YOUR work.
  9. Participate in the portfolio reviews with leaders in the photographic field.
  10. Sell your work!

Film Awards!

Expecting Sunshine Documentary by Alexis Marie Chute

FAVA FEST Wins for Expecting Sunshine Documentary:

  • Outstanding Screenplay
  • Outstanding Long Form Documentary

FAVA = Film and Video Arts Society Alberta

I’m so grateful to accept these honors and to do so with some of my crew and dear friends.

Learn more about Expecting Sunshine Documentary by clicking here.

Order a copy of the film for yourself or a group screening by clicking here. 

Find upcoming screenings on the Event Page by clicking here. (Salt Lake City screening at the end of October. More details coming soon!)

Please Pre-Order Below the Moon!

Pre-Orders = Prizes!!

Join in the pre-order fun and win goodies like The 8th Island Trilogy Journal, book-lover book box, jewelry, greeting cards, digital poster, and more!

Everyone is a winner when you pre-order Below the Moon! You’re guaranteed a prize, but which one? You’ll have to play to see!


– Amazon
– Barns & Noble
– Indiebound
– Book Depository
– Target

Email questions to

Small acts make a huge difference for indie authors like myself.

I could really use your help!

Can you please read book one in my fantasy trilogy – Above the Star and leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads? Honest reviews help books get discovered.

Also, pre-ordering Below the Moon now will help me launch the book with a bang! The first few weeks of a new novel make all the difference. With pre-orders comes public awareness.

Thank you so much for all your support! It means the world to me!

Who Controls Your Joy?

New YouTube Video!

Want to know a little more about me? Well, here you will get the super inside scoop on my joy journey dating back decades! Yes, I’m that old.

I started this blog post writing about all the deadlines that piled up on me over the summer. There were moments where I felt like crying, BUT I choose to remember that I CONTROL MY JOY! It’s an inside job. While I am feeling the effects of stress and burn out, more than that I am feeling immensely grateful! I MEGA LOVE WHAT I DO, and that makes the work worth it. Every time.

Thanks for reading this blog. Please let me know what you think. If you have ideas to help me promote my fantasy trilogy – or continue to get the word out there for Expecting Sunshine book and film – let me know.

I am thankful to have you in my creative community. 

Sending your way BEST WISHES for a truly wonderful September!!

Big gratitude,

   –   Alexis Marie Chute