Cover Reveal: The Recipient by Dean Mayes

The Recipient will be released on October 25, 2015

The Recipient will be released on October 25, 2015

The next year will see us release quite a few books and the first one I’d like to introduce is The Recipient by Dean Mayes.

Fans of Dean’s won’t be disappointed. His flowing prose and ability to create engaging characters come through again – but this time they’re coupled with a scary, gripping story. It is the story of Casey Schillinge, a heart transplant recipient who undergoes not only a life-saving operation but upon recovery, a life changing transformation.

Three years later, Casey has become a withdrawn shell of her former self: she is estranged from her loved ones, afraid of open spaces and rides the line between legitimate and criminal work. The worst of her troubles come in the form of violent night terrors; so frightening that she resorts to extreme measures to keep herself from sleeping. When she can take no more, she embarks on a desperate search for the source of her dreams. ​In so doing, she makes a shocking discovery surrounding the tragic fate of the donor whose heart now beats inside her chest. As she delves deeper into the mystery of her donor, she realizes her dreams are not a figment of her imagination, but a real life nightmare.

The Recipient is due out on October 25, 2015.

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April is National Poetry Month

Large-Blue-RGB-National-Poetry-Month-LogoYou may or may not be aware that April is National Poetry Month in many countries. There’s a great website called with all sorts of information about how to celebrate this wonderful form of writing, in this month and all year round.

We are quite proud to publish poetry. We have three resident poets, Sara Bond, Geoff Moeller and Iain S. Thomas who writes under the pen name of pleasefindthis. All of them have a unique and free way of writing poetry, capturing the emotion of life succinctly and accurately.

Poetry is important. In a world of instant gratification and micro reading – poetry is as relevant today as it ever has been. It appeals to readers of all ages, genders, nationalities and religions. It is both ancient and modern. It satisfies a need for literature in the shortest time possible and stays with the reader well after the poem has been read.

Let me leave you with a poem that I’m currently grooving on.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

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New Release: I Wrote This For You and Only You

9781771680288On March 1, we will release the latest book based on the I Wrote This For You project. The follow-up to the international #1 bestselling collection of prose and photography, this is the third book in the I Wrote This For You series and gathers together the very best entries in the project from 2011 to 2015.

Started in 2007, I Wrote This For You is an internationally acclaimed exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that’s unique to each person that reads it. The project has become a worldwide sensation. The prose has been quoted countless times by celebrities, large companies and the wonderful, resolute fans of the project. The first book has been translated and published in Asia, is carried in North America’s largest bookstore chain and has hit international bestseller lists over and over again.

It’s available for pre-order now in all online bookstores and will be available alongside the first book at Barnes & Noble in the US by the end of March.

We are truly proud to publish these books and if you haven’t had a chance to read any of the creators’ work, please take a moment to visit their blog, or pick up one of their books.

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117 Most beautiful words in the English language by Yorick Reintjens

Reposting this from a wonderful post by Yorick Reintjens. May you find an occasion to use one or many of them…

Acquiesce Submit or comply silently or without protest.

Ailurophile A cat-lover.

Ameliorate To make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory

Assemblage A gathering.

Becoming Attractive.

Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.

Brood To think alone.

Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.

Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.

Callipygous Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

Cathartic Inducing catharsis; purgative.

Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.

Comely Attractive.

Conflate To blend together.

Crestfallen Dejected; dispirited; discouraged

Cynosure A focal point of admiration.

Dalliance A brief love affair.

Demesne Dominion, territory.

Demure Shy and reserved.

Denouement The resolution of a mystery.

Desuetude Disuse.

Desultory Slow, sluggish.

Diaphanous Filmy.

Dissemble Deceive.

Dulcet Sweet, sugary.

Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.

Effervescent Bubbly.

Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.

Effluence The act or an instance of flowing out.

Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.

Elixir A good potion.

Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.

Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.

Emollient A softener.

Ephemeral Short-lived.

Epiphany A sudden revelation.

Erstwhile At one time, for a time.

Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.

Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.

Evocative Suggestive.

Fetching Pretty.

Felicity Pleasantness.

Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.

Fugacious Fleeting.

Frisson A moment of intense excitement.

Furtive Shifty, sneaky.

Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully.

Glamour Beauty.

Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk.

Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.

Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.

Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.

Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation.

Imbue To infuse, instill.

Incipient Beginning, in an early stage.

Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible.

Ingénue A naïve young woman.

Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.

Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.

Inure To become jaded.

Labyrinthine Twisting and turning.

Lachrymose Given to tears or weeping.

Lagniappe A special kind of gift.

Lagoon A small gulf or inlet.

Languor Listlessness, inactivity.

Lassitude Weariness, listlessness.

Leisure Free time.

Lilt To move musically or lively.

Lissome Slender and graceful.

Lithe Slender and flexible.

Love Deep affection.

Loquacious Talking or tending to talk much or freely.

Mellifluous Sweet sounding.

Moiety One of two equal parts.

Mondegreen A slip of the ear.

Murmurous Murmuring.

Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy.

Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore.

Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.

Opulent Lush, luxuriant.

Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones.

Panacea A solution for all problems.

Panoply A complete set.

Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources.

Penumbra A half-shadow.

Petrichor The smell of earth after rain.

Plethora A large quantity.

Propinquity Proximity; Nearness

Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses.

Quintessential Most essential.

Ratatouille A spicy French stew.

Ravel To knit or unknit.

Redolent Fragrant.

Resplendence Splendid or dazzling in appearance.

Riparian By the bank of a stream.

Ripple A very small wave.

Saccharine Overly or sickishly sweet.

Scintilla A spark or very small thing.

Sempiternal Eternal.

Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.

Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.

Soliloquy The act of talking to oneself

Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny.

Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.

Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.

Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania.

Susurrous Whispering, hissing.

Talisman A good luck charm.

Tintinnabulation Tinkling.

Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.

Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate.

Vespertine Relating to, or occurring in the evening.

Vestigial In trace amounts.

Wafture The act of waving or a wavelike motion.

Wherewithal The means.

Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.

Zephyr A gentle breeze.

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What’s Coming Up in 2015 at Central Avenue Publishing

As the new year is well underway, I can catch my breath and let you know of a few things that are happening around here. We are planning to release 6 new books in the coming 12 months. After realizing how much work that truly is and freaking out a little bit, I figured I ought to formally introduce the first three. 

9781771680288I Wrote This For You and Only You pleasefindthis – Spring 2015

This is the third book of the I Wrote This For You project that started 2007. The first book, released in 2011, continues its popularity all over the world. Replete with the most recent and original entries, this edition continues the exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that’s unique to each person that reads it.

perf5.250x8.000.inddOMG… I Did It Again?! – Talia Aikens-Nunez – Summer 2015

April did it again! All she wanted to do was help save endangered elephants. But, her witch powers got in the way and they are taking over her town! How can she fix this? With the help of her friends Eve and Grace, they find a spell. But, will it work or will April’s witch powers spiral out of control?

HTBH CHow to Be Happy Iain S. Thomas – Summer 2015

Central Avenue Publishing sincerely regrets the repeated issues that have led to the delay of this book. We must point out that while this is not technically a self help book, it does indeed contain some very poignant prose which may or may not lead you to happiness. Mostly, it is the rather unfortunate chronicle of one man’s attempt to try and write the book he’s promised his publisher, no matter the cost to his own self esteem.

Author’s note: Honestly, it’s really just a collection of my short stories, prose and poetry.

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New Release: Heart of a Dove by Abbie Willliams

December 5th marks the release date of a very highly anticipated book, Heart of a Dove by consummate romance writer, Abbie Williams. This gripping, sweeping novel paints a haunting picture of post Civil War America and follows a young girl on her journey from loved Southern daughter to seasoned prostitute in a Missouri whorehouse. Meanwhile, four men are travelling northward trying to forget their horrific time spent as Confederate soldiers. Their lives collide at that same whorehouse and nothing will be the same for any of them.

We’re truly proud of this novel, and it’s getting just fantastic feedback from book reviewers, including Publishers Weekly. Lose yourself in the wonderful characters, history and the romance that Williams has created in this first book in the Dove series.

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Google Play  |  Kobo

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Review! Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone by Darlene Foster

A fantastic review by one of the better reviewers out there: This Kid Reviews Books.

Review! Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone by Darlene Foster.

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