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!

Delphine's Babble on Some Good Reads

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

 

Cover Reveal: In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt

It gives me great pleasure to present to you the cover of the first of our Spring 2018 titles, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt.

More details on the book are coming this fall, but in the meantime, I hope you like the cover we made for it. The original photo is of the lush valleys and forests of Rwanda and the overlaid colours were chosen to represent the Rwandan flag. The partially obscured words are meant to reflect on the parts of us that we keep hidden from the world. In addition, they help relate the secrets of the Rwandan hills as they kept a silent watch over one of recent history’s most gruesome events.

While the backdrop of the book is profound, this is more a story of healing, grace and finding one’s place in the world. It’s the kind of book that stays with you and I hope we’ve created a cover that does the story justice.

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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!

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.