An Elegant Theory – Foreword Review INDIES Finalist!

9781771680998This week we found out that Noah Milligan’s An Elegant Theory was named as a finalist in the Foreword Revies INDIES in General Fiction.

I’ve long been a big fan of Foreword Reviews. Their focus on independent publishing and lesser-heard voices as well as their attention to detail and their commitment to building a superior magazine is impressive.

So, it was with great pride and pleasure that I discovered that one of our books made the first cut. I’ve submitted great books to them before for these awards and never made it this far, so I know that they get a lot of entries and spend a lot of time deciding which make it and which don’t.

Noah Milligan is a truly fantastic writer. When I first read his novel, I was hooked from the first page. An Elegant Theory is about a young man on the brink of an important mathematical discovery and… a mental breakdown. The book takes you through the process of his unravelling and what happens when one impulsive move collides with sheer luck.

From Foreword Reviews: “An Elegant Theory is a literary Rorschach test, a mind-bending ride, in which “real” conclusions are elusive, and discovery always waits just beyond the next page.”

I hope this post will pique your interest enough to pick it up. We’ve made sure the ebook editions are attractively priced!

Amazon   Barnes & Noble   The Book Depository   IndieBound

Sneak Peek – The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

We have some great books releasing in the next twelve months and we’d like to start showing you what’s coming up.

Today, we’re featuring The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle. It’ll be out in time for Halloween, an apt time to release a creepy book about goblins that live in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

Inspired by Christina Rossetti’s spooky, sensual poem “Goblin Market”…

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Then Kit starts dating Livy, and Skye draws Kit’s cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods. Skye and Grady are doomed to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever, unless Livy, the only one untainted by enchantment, can unravel the spell by walking a dangerous magical path of her own.

And without further ado… Here’s the cover! We hope you like it and if you’d like an ARC, just let us know, and we’ll send you one as soon as we can.


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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.


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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…

Mistletoe
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…