Win I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017 & Signed Numbered Art Cards

To celebrate the release of I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017 by Iain S. Thomas and Jon Ellis, there are lots of giveaways and fun things going on right now.

We had a limited run of absolutely gorgeous art cards printed. They’re designed by Lavanya Naidoo and signed and numbered by Iain. You can win a copy of the book and an art card by entering at these giveaways:

Shelf Awareness (US only – 10 prizes available Nov 3-19)

Central Avenue (US and Canada only – 3 prizes available – Nov 1-Dec 15)

Goodreads (US and Canada only – 2 books available, Oct 30-Nov 30)

Good luck!

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Happy Book Birthday, I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017

9781771681230October 24, 2017 is the official publishing date for I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017, a new book celebrating the tenth anniversary of the remarkable I Wrote This For You project. Started over 10 years ago by Iain Thomas and Jon Ellis, this first blog then series of books has become a leader in the contemporary poetry phenomenon and has brought joy and comfort to countless fans around the world. Their work has been translated, shared and sold around the world to an extent that most authors would be very proud.

This day brings a moment of reflection around Central Avenue as well. We published this book before the current poetry craze, simply because it was lovely and meaningful and represented the dedicated work of two tremendously talented individuals. We are immensely proud of what they’ve accomplished.

You can find the original project here, where all the entries that they’ve ever produced reside. Sure, you can buy the first book, the second or the third, but if you just want to experience their work, please don’t feel like you have to spend any money and just head over to the original website.

However, if you’re a fan and want to celebrate the last ten years by having a copy to hug and display, then this new edition is for you. It combines the best of the last decade along with new work in a beautifully crafted hardcover collector’s edition. We’re very proud of it and hope that you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed producing it. You can find it in store at Target, Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters, Indigo and a multitude of online and indie stores.

We’re also running a few giveaways, there’s one starting soon over at goodreads, as well as one we’re putting on. We’re giving away a copy of the book in addition to a set of signed, numbered art cards designed by the most talented Lavanya Naidoo.  Enter here:

We hope you’ll help us celebrate by sending a tweet to @iwrotethisforu and helping us welcome this lovely new book to the world.

 

 

 

Happy Book Birthday, Amanda in New Mexico!

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“fans … will enjoy themselves as they explore a piece of the Southwestern United States.” – School Library Journal

The month of October is a very busy one for Central Avenue – we have three titles releasing! The second book celebrating its launch into the world is Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind by Darlene Foster. This is the sixth book in the Amanda Travels series and we’re very proud to welcome this new volume.

 

Intrepid traveller and 12 year-old sleuth, Amanda Ross is on a class trip to Taos, New Mexico. She spends most of her time with two of her classmates: the funny Caleb and the more quiet and nervous Cleo who insists she sees ghosts. Although Amanda is determined to prove there is no such thing, she can’t seem to shake the feeling that something or someone is watching her.

Together, the friends visit an ancient and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past.

Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps The Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s travels.

Just in time for Halloween, this book is an entertaining and slightly spooky tale of friends, history and ghosts.

We’re also offering a giveaway with a copy of the book, and some fun activities for kids (and adults too!). Enter here:

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Happy Book Birthday, The Goblins of Bellwater!

goblinOn October 1st, I can officially and proudly welcome The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle into the world. This cross-category novel, based on Christina Rossetti’s sensual poem, Goblin Market, is set in the majestic Pacific Northwest about four young adults who have the misfortune of encountering a local tribe of goblins has been one of the most anticipated releases we’ve had to date. There’s been so many wins:

We are truly honoured and pleased about these initial successes. Of course, not everyone has loved the book; in fact, we’d gotten so many bad early reviews of the book, that not all that long ago, we were starting to doubt what we had created. It seems that some early reviewers didn’t care for the romance, or the fact that the protagonists were older adults but could appeal to a slightly younger audience, or that there wasn’t enough fantasy; or that readers felt cat-fished by what they described as a beautiful cover. Honestly there were so many complaints. Early on, we did listen to a few of these issues, and changed small things based on the helpful suggestions from these reviewers.  In the end, we released a book that we felt good about while staying true to the original story. This whole pre-release has felt like riding a roller coaster, full of ups and downs from minute to minute. Throughout this process, we kept our sanity by deciding that this meme accurately summed up how we felt:

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So, like it or love it, The Goblins of Bellwater is finally here, (but we truly do hope you GoblinsGrandPrizelove it though). To celebrate the release, we are giving away some really fun prizes, enter to win here!

I Wrote This For You: The Photography

9781771681230Our most popular books are penned by a poet who was there at the beginning of the contemporary poetry craze: Iain S. Thomas. Multiple thousands, if not millions, of people have read his work; it’s shared, loved and read by people all over the world.

But there’s another part to the project that has brought so much to so many, and an important part: the photography. Without it, #iwtfy just wouldn’t be the same.

The photographer has always been a bit of an enigma — much like the poet — well until now. Jon Ellis is writing about some of the images you’ll find in Iain and Jon’s new book, I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017, which captures hundreds and hundreds of the entries on the blog.

I have personally enjoyed these photos for many years now and would find myself staring at one for several minutes, taking it all in. And now, I (and fans) get to read the story behind the photos: how they came to be, what they were taken with, and how Jon felt about them. I personally love these little peeks into the soul of the artist, they’re like secret treasures that have been dug up and revealed.

Please follow along with me as I discover even more about the photography behind I Wrote This For You. Read the posts at Jon’s blog.

Many stores are already carrying the new book despite the pub date being Oct 24. Find it at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book DepositoryChapters/Indigo, IndieBound, TargetUrban Outfitters

Guest Post: Molly Ringle, Author of ‘The Goblins of Bellwater

We’ve had the honour of having Molly Ringle and The Goblins of Bellwater featured on many bloggers’ sites and it’s my pleasure to share this one with you.

Happy Friday!

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Molly Ringle, Photo Credit: Central Avenue Publishing

Dear fellow Babblers,

As several of you well know by now I am a Young Adult Fantasy Fangirl (wow, talk about a mouthful, huh!?). I recently had the opportunity to read and review an ARC copy of The Goblins of Bellwater (full review here). With a rating of a 4.5 stars I was left wanting more from this author. I was curious how Ringle fused fantasy with realism so fluidly in her novel. What amazed me about this read was not the plot and dialogue, both of which were wonderful in there own right, but not what I’m getting at. The dramatically vivid illustration of the fantasy world where goblins lurk and control the human conscious, and conversely, the human world where everyday young adults fall in love and siblings look after one another, is really what caught me reading this book…

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Happy Book Birthday: OMG… Is He Also a Witch?!

9781771681148September 1 marks the first day of the fall publishing season for us and we’re very happy to show off OMG… Is He Also a Witch?! — the third book in the OMG… series for early middle grade readers by Talia Aikens-Nunez.

Fifth-grade witch April Appleton can’t believe her eyes: a boy just made a large tree branch fall on her dad’s car in the middle of the night! When she gets to school, the mayhem continues, the heat is cranked way up, birds are flying through the hallways and there’s a boy standing in the corner quietly observing all of it.

While her friends, Grace and Eve, try to help, April realizes that she must figure out this craziness on her own. Is this boy the cause of all the trouble? Or is the new math teacher somehow involved? But with ghosts appearing and time stopping, April must take a deep breath and trust in the magical powers of herself and others to make things normal again.

TaliaAikensNunezThe first book, OMG…Am I a Witch?! is an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award Winner. Talia writes wonderful stories using diverse characters and both the first and second books have been used in various literacy programs. We’ve also been getting some great reviews for this book on NetGalley. If you’d like to read a copy, please head over there, we’ll leave it up for requests, but only for the next few days, so grab it while you can!

If you’d like to support Talia and her books, please visit one of your favourite booksellers, a few of which might be listed here:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound