Spring at Central Avenue

I know it doesn’t really feel like spring yet, and the groundhog has predicted 6 more weeks of winter, but in the publishing world, we’ve been thinking about spring for several months now.

We have four books releasing in the spring season, which stretches from April to August and I’m excited about them all. If you’re a book blogger and you’d like to review an advance copy, please email us.


From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle (April 2017)

Calvin Sinclair is an average eleven-year-old trying to navigate life before, during and after a cancer diagnosis hits his family.

There’s been some amazing buzz coming in for this book, which we’ll share as it gets published.

Preorder: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, IndieBound

The Shore Leave Cafe Series – Books 4-6 by Abbie Williams (June, July, August 2017)

This series has been so well-received by readers, bookstores and other publishers! Everyone is falling in love with this family of small-town women battling an apparent curse that robs them of the men they love.

The series was just sold to Audible for the audio books and we’re excited readers get to continue the saga of this family this summer. You don’t have to read them in order, but it sure is much better if you do. The first three books are Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe, Second Chances and A Notion of Love

Preorder: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, IndieBound

Our First Audio Books!

audibleI am beyond excited to announce that Central Avenue has just signed an agreement with Audible who has acquired the audio book rights to our Shore Leave Cafe series by Abbie Williams.

Both Abbie and I are very happy about this – it is the first time we’ve sold the audio rights to our books and as a big fan of audio books, this was particularly exciting for me.

Please join me in congratulating Abbie and thanking the wonderful Linda Migalti at Susan Schulman Literary Agency for making it all happen.

Happy New Year – Start Something New

It’s already January 5, and I’m just getting back into the swing of things here at Central Avenue Publishing. Of course, I have a few goals and intentions for the coming year, and I’d like to detail all of those in a coming post, but for now, things are super busy as I try to ready not only our Spring titles for publication, but all submit all of my Fall 2017/Winter 2018 titles to IPG by the end of January. Needless to say, things are a bit crazy right now.

Right now, it’s a time to try something new, and starting tomorrow, Kobo is running an excellent promotion: Start a New Series, and they selected four of our series to be featured. (While we’d love for you to support a fellow Canadian business, they’ll be on sale on all ebook stores.) If you like series, you might be interested in one of ours. We’ve got these four books on sale for $0.99 right now; all are the start of some fantastic storytelling.


I also wanted to take a moment to wish you all a lovely New Year and with it, all the good things that this time of year brings. Personally, I want to reinvigorate my love of trying new things. At this stage of life (middle age, kids, work), things are so busy, and I often forget to push myself and put myself out of my comfort zone. So, I started the year off right: by jumping into the icy cold waters of the Canadian Pacific Ocean on New Years Day. You know, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. My only regret is leaving my flip flops on as I waded out deep enough to fully submerge myself. It slowed down the whole process far too much.

Going forward, I’ll continue to try new things, to stretch myself both in work related things and on the personal side too – while hopefully enjoying the whole process of trying, failing or succeeding, and trying again.

I hope you will too.


A Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Central Avenue!

May you all find some time for friends, family, rest and reflection.
Happiest of Holidays and thank you for all your support this past year…

by Walter de la Mare
Sitting under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on,
Shadows lurking everywhere:
Some one came, and kissed me there.
Tired I was; my head would go
Nodding under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
No footsteps came, no voice, but only,
Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely,
Stooped in the still and shadowy air
Lips unseen—and kissed me there.

The Shore Leave Cafe Series by Abbie Williams

While it seems a little strange to release books with a summer theme in mid-winter, there’s something really nice about it too. When the snow is piling up, what better way to escape than through a romance novel set in the warm, lazy days of summer.

Abbie Williams is a romance-writer extraordinaire: she’s penned award-winning and critically acclaimed historical romance and this series of a family of women who reside on a lake in Minnesota will entice even non-romance readers. There are nine books in this series, and this winter we’re releasing the first three. The books are garnering some significant attention but we hope you like them as much as we do…

Review! Amanda on the Danube by Darlene Foster

While our books get reviewed all the time by bloggers, I’d like to repost this one of Amanda on the Danube by Darlene Foster which is written by a very professional book blogger who also happens to be a young person.

This Kid Reviews Books is run by Erik and it’s not often one finds a book blogger who is so professional and has staying power – his blog has been around for several years!


Source: Review! Amanda on the Danube by Darlene Foster

Release Day: An Elegant Theory & Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe

It’s with great pleasure that we celebrate the official release of two books today.

9781771680998An Elegant Theory is the debut novel by Noah Milligan. It follows Coulter Zahn, an unstable genius who’s on the brink of the most important discovery in theoretical physics the world has known -and- a complete mental breakdown. Noah has been shortlisted for significant awards, and acclaimed for his short stories. Foreword Reviews describes it as “…a literary Rorschach test, a mind-bending ride, in which “real” conclusions are elusive, and discovery always waits just beyond the next page.”9781771681056

Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe is the first book in a romantic saga of a family of women living lakeside in a small Minnesota town. It starts with the breakdown of Joelle Gordon’s marriage and her subsequent desire for a much younger man, despite the dangers inherent in a summer fling. Abbie Williams has made romance accessible, real and endearing while bypassing the glitz and glamour of many romance novels. It’s been a blogger favorite and will be featured in the upcoming Publishers Weekly romance editorial in November.

Please join me in welcoming these two wonderful books to the world.