Happy Book Birthday, The First Law of Love by Abbie Williams

9781771681100August 1 marks the release of our final title for Spring/Summer 2017, The First Law of Love by romance-writer-extraordinaire, Abbie Williams.

It is the sixth book in the Shore Leave Cafe series, a saga of a family of women who reside by the shores of a northern Minnesota lake.

This story centres on Tish Gordon, the middle daughter who moved away to Chicago to finish her law degree. While there, she’s asked to take a summer job for her new boss in Montana.

While Tish isn’t a stranger to small towns, she is by no means interested in moving back to one. She’s designed her life after her father’s, a high powered job at a big law firm in a flashy city. Spending the summer in the middle of nowhere isn’t exactly what she has in mind.

What she also doesn’t have in mind is reconnecting with a man who once told her she was the love of his life, Case Spicer, a sexy cowboy who plays a mean fiddle. But once she sees him again, she can’t stop thinking about him. The summer heats up and has a lot more in store for Tish as she grapples with trying to figure out what it is she truly wants for her life.

I’m personally in love with the stories in the Shore Leave Cafe series. They’re extremely well written, with engaging characters and locales that I kind of wished I lived in — despite the summer mosquitoes and winter blizzards. Of course, the romance is super hot, and these books are the perfect summer reads. (I’m actually currently reading Until Tomorrow and The Way Back, and Return to Yesterday; the next books in the series that will be released next Winter).

This book is currently up on NetGalley, but will be coming down soon, so head over there to request it, or pick it up at Amazon or your favorite indie bookstore!

Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

There’s good reason that librarians are respected individuals: after all, they are curators of written stories. Leave it to one to write a great review of a book that I personally loved as well. Thank you, Patricia!

It's All About the Book

goblinHow could I resist a book inspired by one of my all-time favorite pieces of writing, Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market? Molly Ringle’s reimagined Market takes place in the forests of present day Washington State, where we are introduced to Kit Sylvain, a young man bound by a family curse to take care of a tribe of goblins. By “take care of” I mean provide them with gold or whatever else they want to prevent them from messing around with the nearby humans. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, since goblins are wily, deceitful creatures.

While Kit is tending to the goblins, sisters Skye and Livy Darwen have grown up in the small town of Bellwater, and spend hours exploring the forest, where they imagine “teeny-tinies” call to them. One day, Skye follows a path that wasn’t there before, drawn by the call of the “teeny-tinies,” which turn out to…

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Amazing Deals for Amazon Prime Day!

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I don’t have too much time to write, mainly because I want to spend a little more time over at Amazon checking out all the deals for Prime Day.

I did want to mention that we have 4 books that were selected for Lightning Deals, and those books are going to be at least half price!

Last night, I Wrote This For You and Only You was on for half price (and it’s still pretty cheap!) Right now, I see that From Ant to Eagle is on for an amazing price of $4.14, and there’s a few hours left. Next up, is I Wrote This For You: Just the Words and The Recipient, so head over there and gobble up these, and any other great deals you might find.

Happy Shopping!

Welcome to Central Avenue, Trista Mateer!

TristaMateerI am so pleased and proud to announce that Trista Mateer has decided to publish with Central Avenue.

Trista Mateer is a poet from outside of Baltimore, who could be living anywhere by the time you read this. Known for her eponymous blog, she is also the author of four full length collections of poetry, and won the Goodreads Choice Award in 2015 with The Dogs I Have Kissed.

She is currently working as a freelance editor but still manages to spend most of her time Googling cheap air fare and writing poetry about things that don’t matter anymore.

We will be publishing a second edition of Trista’s book, Honeybee, in Spring 2018, which was originally self-published in 2014. While technically the book is a collection of poetry, it weaves its words around a thread of a plot of a woman living through the beauty – and pain – of love, and leaves the reader with the experience of having completed a heart-wrenching novella. With endorsements coming in from some of today’s most popular poets and a history of putting out amazingly-crafted prose, I couldn’t be happier to be publishing Trista’s work.

We’ll be posting more about it soon, including its beautifully-illustrated cover by Marissa Johnson. If you’d like to catch up with Trista, check her out on Twitter and her website.

 

Welcome to Central Avenue, Jennifer Haupt!

JenHaupt2It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jennifer Haupt, one absolutely fantastic writer and woman, has joined the Central Avenue family.

Jennifer went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006, a decade after the genocide that wiped out over a million people, to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief.

She spent a month travelling in the 10,000 hills with a guide, interviewing genocide survivors and humanitarian aid workers, and came home to Seattle with something unexpected: the bones of a novel.

Haupt has travelled to Africa five times, as well as to Haiti, Lebanon, and other locations for business and pleasure. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, The Seattle Times, Spirituality & Health, The Sun, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications.

Central Avenue is honoured to be publishing her first novel: In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills in April 2018. Set in post-genocide Rwanda, it’s a beautifully-crafted story of three women searching for amahoro in their own lives. It’s already getting some significant attention, with endorsements from Wally Lamb (I Know This Much is True) and Caroline Leavitt (Pictures of You) and several other talented and award-winning authors.

We’ll be posting more about it in the weeks to come, including its beautiful cover art, so stay tuned and in the meantime, feel free to send Jennifer a note of welcome over on Facebook.

Happy Book Birthday-Winter at the White Oaks Lodge!

9781771681087Ah, summer (or almost)…

A time for shorts and tank tops, for spreading out a blanket on some soft grass under the shade of a tree and reading. So why not pick up a book that takes place in the frigid winters of northern Minnesota?

We know, June seems like a weird time to release a book where the characters are bundled up in parkas, but Winter at the White Oaks Lodge by Abbie Williams is the fourth book in our Shore Leave Cafe series and most of the volumes take place in the summer – except this one.

July and August will see the release of Wild Flower and The First Law of Love (both set in the heat of summer) and we have to read this one before we get to those!

All the Shore Leave Cafe books are available in print, digital and audio formats and we hope you’ll enjoy continuing the story of this family of women and the men who love them.

If you’re interested, the first book (Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe) is up on NetGalley right now, so head over to there to start this awesome series for free – or just give it some cover-love.

The Shore Leave Cafe Series by award-winning romance writer, Abbie Williams.

50% Off – Spring Sale from Central Avenue

zcXeR8jbiIs your bookshelf looking bare?

Do you need an injection of fresh reading materials?

Want some good books for cheap?

If you’ve answered yes to any or all of these questions, then head over to the IPG bookstore where a whole bunch of our backlist titles are on sale!

We’ve priced all the 2016 titles shown below at 50% off. Take us up on the offer – it won’t be around long…