Now on NetGalley: The Goblins of Bellwater

9781771681179For all you reviewers who love stories of the fae-type, we’ve got a great novel coming from the most wonderful, Molly Ringle. The Goblins of Bellwater is a New Adult paranormal inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market”. It’s the kind of poem that gives you that creepy, crawly feeling up your arms. Here’s an excerpt, but you can read the full, beautiful poem here.


“Hug me, kiss me, suck my juices

Squeez’d from goblin fruits for you,
Goblin pulp and goblin dew.

Eat me, drink me, love me;”


The book is up on NetGalley right now, and after only a day, we’ve received almost 200 requests and the cover has dozens of thumbs-ups. If you like the look of the book, head over to NetGalley to pick up a copy – or just give it some cover-love.

Sneak Peek: I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017

I’ve been holed up in my office working, hours upon hours upon hours. It feels like I need a new office chair seat cushion. I’ve drank a lot coffee and eaten a lot of chocolate. I might need new glasses.

But it’s all been worth it, because the thing I’m working on is a labour of love. It is the design and placing of literally hundreds of poems and photos in InDesign. It is the reading, verifying and measuring of the shape, size, colour and feel of all those poems and photos. It is soul-wrenching, tear-inducing and gaze-out-the-window-thinking work.

It is I Wrote This For You.

Ten years ago, Iain Thomas and Jon Ellis started a blog where poems and photography were paired and published anonymously. Since then, it’s become something larger than life. I could spout on about how successful and far-reaching their project has become, but none of that really matters. What does matter is the root of the project, a multi-faceted honest expression of humanity. And — while hundreds of thousands of books have been sold, you don’t have to spend any money on it, all the poetry and photos are available for free at iwrotethisforyou.me.

In November, we will celebrate ten years of the project by releasing the most ambitious book the three of us have ever worked on, a beautiful collector’s edition of the celebrated poetry and photography of these two talented individuals.

I’d like to show you a little bit of what we’ve been working on, mainly because I’m really proud of where it’s going and to help celebrate the half-way mark of National Poetry Month.

We hope you’ll like it, because all this is truly done for you.

Happy Book Birthday, From Ant to Eagle!

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“A moving and ultimately hopeful book.” School Library Journal

April 1, 2017 marks the official release of Alex Lyttle’s debut novel, From Ant to Eagle. This middle grade novel is one of the most anticipated books Central Avenue has launched, from glowing blogger reviews, to national bookstore listings to positive trade reviews. All of it is well-deserved, From Ant to Eagle is an extremely touching story of a boy navigating life as an eleven year-old dealing with the ravages of cancer.

 

Cal Sinclair is an average kid, it’s summer, he’s bored and his six-year-old brother, Sammy, drives him crazy. When Cal meets the new girl in town, Aleta Alvarado, summer becomes a little less boring as the two form a deep friendship, despite her introverted demeanour. Cal ditches Sammy by assigning him tasks and awarding levels, each one bringing him closer to his brother’s Eagle status.

When Sammy starts getting sick, and the ultimate diagnosis is cancer, Cal feels horrible about how he’s treated his little brother. As he now figures out life in and out of spending time with his brother in the hospital, Cal must grapple with some very adult issues, like divorce, maintaining friendships and the concept of death.

We warn you, you’ll need tissues, but as you cry with Cal, you’ll grow with him too – and that is the gift that Alex presents in this novel, the ability to live Cal’s life in a true and realistic way: through a child’s eye.

We’re very proud of this book and we hope you’ll give it a shot. It’s on sale at a few bookstores for quite cheap right now, so pick it up and share your thoughts on this story with us.

We’ve also got a great giveaway going on – you can win money, coffee and books: three of my favourite things. While you can tweet and facebook about the book to get entries, you’ll get the most entries by visiting your favourite bookstore and tweeting a selfie holding the book, (you don’t have to buy it, but my guess is that you’ll want to.) Bricks and mortar bookstores are havens of tangible imagination, be they indie or chain – please stop by and visit one.

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.