Cover Reveal: Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle

Persephone's OrchardWe have a few projects in the pipeline, and one of them is Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle. It’s a new telling of an old myth and we’re happy to release the cover here. Check it out when it releases in June 2013.

The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she’s pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her very first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate. And soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times–of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she’s tainted with the Underworld’s magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.

ISBN Trade Paperback: 978-1-926760-98-8
ISBN ebook: 978-1-926760-99-5
FICTION | Mythology
Pages: 300
List Price: $15.95 | $4.99
Coming: June 21, 2013

New Release – Sapphire Sun by Suzi Davis

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We are very happy to introduce Sapphire Sun by Suzi Davis. This is the third book in the Lost Magic series and is highly anticipated by fans all over the world—just like the two before them. Gracelynn Stevenson is haunted by the spirits of her predecessors and is starting to remember memories she tried to erase. But the past has a way of showing up in the present and while Gracelynn wants to know more, Sebastian is doing everything he can to leave his past in the shadows. But, it’s not working and when others who possess the Lost Magic show up at her home in Victoria BC, Grace fears he’ll be lost forever.

Sapphire Sun is Suzi’s best book yet and readers won’t be disappointed as Grace and Sebastian try to fight an evil that hovers close to them – too close. We’ve had such a great response to our query to reviewers, and they feel the same way about it.

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Suzi Davis is a British-born Canadian writer and artist and has been writing stories andpoetry for as long as she can remember. Her current focus is on writing young adult novels whose genre allows her to explore the relationships between families, friends and young lovers. Interested in the paranormal, there is always an added element of magical fantasy to whatever tale she spins. Suzi lives on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island with her husband and young sons.

Find her books in both print and digital editions.

On Being a Small Press Author – NM Facile

Running a small press is just like running a business with a group of employees – well almost. I don’t actually get to see them every day and we can’t gather around the water cooler to chat. Since we all see each other only virtually, I thought it might be nice to ‘introduce’ our authors to both each other and their readers via a series of short interviews. These interviews will run twice a week until December – it’s a neat way of finding out how similar authors can be, and yet so different.
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Today, I’m chatting with NM Facile, the author of the very successful Across The Hall. NM is a wonderful story teller, writing stories and characters that connect with her readers so well. When her book first came in, I loved sitting down to read/edit it, it was a book that brought me back to my college days and the uncertainty of romance and love that exists when you’re still young. This book has been one of our bestsellers, it continues to sell well two years after its publication and with sales on par with books released by big New York publishers. I’m so proud and pleased for NM, she’s a wonderful gal who more than deserves her success. Her new book, Cure For Pain will be out December 1, 2012, (but digital editions are available now!).

1. The first book I can remember reading is: This is a hard question. I’ve had books around my entire life.  I have clear memories of reading 100 Dresses by Eleanor Estes late at night when I was very young.  I was scared of the dark and had to have the hall light on right next to my door.  I read and reread many books by the light of the hall.  Thanks to back lighting I still read in bed late at night.

2. The first book I ever wrote was: Across the Hall.

3. An average day in my life goes like this: I’m fortunate to have a husband who deals with the morning routines of getting the kids breakfast and off to school.  This allows me to sleep in because I have a tendency to work best late at night. I wake up and read awhile then check email and the news.  I take care of things around the house or sometimes do things with my mom in the afternoons.  Twice a week I spend half days in the classrooms for my two elementary school children.  After school I catch up on how the kids’ days went and sometimes act as a taxi for running between activities.  We have supper as a family then it’s time for homework and bed.  After the little ones are asleep I either spend the rest of the night writing or I watch TV with my husband or teenage son.  I usually spend an hour or more reading before I go to sleep.

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from:  I found Central Avenue Publishing on a search for small independent publishers to submit Across the Hall.  I decided to submit my book because I liked the fact that they were a small but growing company who dealt primarily with digital books.  I’ve been reading digital books for years and see that as the future of the industry.  Central Avenue Publishing submission guidelines were clear and unintimidating, Michelle has excellent credentials in the publishing industry, and the royalties and marketing were fair.  I like knowing that at Central Avenue I am more than a number or just an indy author under their wing, Michelle makes me feel like I’m part of the group.

5. The last book I read was: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: A dark room with music on, sometimes a glass of wine helps, too.

7. My ‘day job’ is: Fortunately right now writing is my ‘day job’ and I hope that it can stay that way.

8. I carve out time to write by: Reading less.  If I wasn’t writing I would spend that time reading.

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice:  I don’t feel as if I sacrifice anything to find time to write.  In fact I often have a nagging little voice in my head when I’m doing other things, telling me that I could be using that time to write.

10. I am currently working on: An unnamed story set in the 1950’s.  I’m also working with my nine year old daughter on a children’s story.  She came up with the plot and I’m fleshing it out.

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from my mom. Growing up she always told me “don’t put yourself in a bottle.”  Meaning that I should never confine myself in thoughts or actions to the limitations that people or circumstance may try to put upon me.

12. The best piece of advice I would give is: Whether good or bad, things change, it’s how you look at it and deal with it that makes the difference on the outcome.

New Release: Why I Love My Gay Boyfriend by Sabrina Zollo

Today, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Sabrina Zollo, the first new author we’ve brought into the Central Avenue fold in a long, long time. We were captured by Sabrina’s great story when she submitted it – well, after we found it. It seems as though cyberspace claimed a few of our submissions late last year and we didn’t find this out till months later. I’m sure happy we found it – it’s one of the most fun stories I’ve read in a while.

It’s the story of Veronica Lopez, a young, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed MBA grad who’s looking to save the world. Faced with a lack of job prospects, she accepts a marketing position at Gisele, a global cosmetics empire. When she’s faced with female co-workers who instantly hate her, she finds solace in the only person who is nice to her, a gay man named Stevie. Stevie becomes her fashion consultant, and guide to all things corporate. When Veronica starts to get herself into trouble by performing a few career limiting moves and alienating her best girl friends, Stevie sticks by her.

It’s a fantastic tale, told with the wit of someone who is just a great story-teller. Sabrina has created characters full of flaws and redeeming qualities, as all good characters should be. Why I Love My Gay Boyfriend is a guaranteed fun read.

Sabrina Zollo is a marketer and author who lives in Toronto, Canada. She has been compulsively writing stories since childhood. She graduated with an MBA from York University and has worked in brand management for almost ten years. Sabrina is a consummate lover of Pinot Grigio, dark chocolate, shoes and spin class.

Why I Love My Gay Boyfriend is available in both print and digital editions.

On Being a Small Press Author – LM DeWalt

Running a small press is just like running a business with a group of employees – well almost. I don’t actually get to see them every day and we can’t gather around the water cooler to chat. Since we all see each other only virtually, I thought it might be nice to ‘introduce’ our authors to both each other and their readers via a series of short interviews. These interviews will run every couple of days for the next month or so – it’s a neat way of finding out how similar authors can be, and yet so different.
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Today, I’m happy to present LM DeWalt, the author of two successful books, Lily & Datura – both of which are available in English and Spanish. I met LM through some authors who were published with us, but moved on to other pastures. Fortunately for us, LM stuck with us and we’re happy she did. She’s a kind, compassionate person and a very busy one, she’s a student, an ESL teacher, a mother and a writer. I’m not sure how she does it – to tell you the truth. But she does it with grace and beauty, and a remembrance of youth that many of us lose.

1. The first book I can remember reading is: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or at the time, Alicia en el País de las Maravillas

2. The first book I ever wrote was:  Lily: Book One in the Quest for Reason series

3. An average day in my life goes like this: After I get a cup of coffee, I play some games on Facebook (to wake me up), then I do my schoolwork, and then I start getting ready for work. When I get home from work, I start writing.  On my days off, I get to spend time with my husband and sons.

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from: Another writer who had a book published by Central Avenue Publishing. I decided to submit my book because: After my twenty-some rejections from an agent, I decided to go a different route. It took me a little while but I realized the rejection letters were actually form letters and had nothing at all to do with me. I decided to skip the middleman and go right to the publisher, which was the best move I ever made.

5. The last book I read was: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: I have to make sure my schoolwork is done first, then I turn the music on and type away until my carpel tunnel says it’s time to stop.

7. My ‘day job’ is: I am an out of work teacher so I started bartending recently. It is a lot of fun and it’s inspiring some interesting characters.

8. I carve out time to write by: Taking advantage of TiVo. I record everything so that I have no television commitments and no excuses.

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice:  Time with my family, but they are extremely supportive of what I do so they don’t complain (much).

10. I am currently working on: Book three of The Quest for Reason series. I am terrible at titles so it does not have one yet.

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from: My grandmother and it was: “Always be who you want to be, not who you think you should be.”

12. The best piece of advice I would give is: Never give up on your dreams, no matter how silly you may think them to be.

On Being a Small Press Author – Anita Rodgers

Running a small press is just like running a business with a group of employees – well almost. I don’t actually get to see them every day and we can’t gather around the water cooler to chat. Since we all see each other only virtually, I thought it might be nice to ‘introduce’ our authors to both each other and their readers via a series of short interviews. These interviews will run every couple of days for the next month or so – it’s a neat way of finding out how similar authors can be, and yet so different.

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Today, I’m pleased to present Anita Rodgers, one of Central Avenue’s veterans. I met her over 3 years ago, when she took a chance on a small, new publisher to submit her book – False Witness – a great mystery novel. Her book continues to sell three years after its publication and I’m so glad she stuck around. Anita’s an avid social media gal (like me) and I enjoy reading her musings on her well-read blog – in fact, that and her twitter feed were the things that drew me to her.

1. The first book I can remember reading is: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

2. The first book I ever wrote was: “The Addict” I think I was about 10 years old and wrote a 30 page, handwritten novel about a woman addicted to drugs who had a tragic life. Luckily my dad was the only one who ever read it.

3. An average day in my life goes like this: Up early, feed the pets, brew some coffee, inspect my gardens, drink coffee and read until I wake up. Work (usually writing). Exercise. Social Media. More writing. Reading, television, more reading. Sleep.

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from: I honestly don’t remember, but it was probably through one of the hundreds of writer’s newsletters I subscribe to. Funds for Writers, perhaps? I decided to submit my book because: I had nothing to lose and really wanted to publish the book. Actually, I submitted the book during a pretty low period in my life, when everything just seemed to be going wrong. And in fact, I had no expectations at all that the book would be accepted. When it was accepted, it was the beginning of things turning around in my life. Funny, I never realized that until now. Thank you, Michelle.

5. The last book I read was: I’m currently reading Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly. I am utterly addicted to his Harry Bosch series – maybe because Harry reminds me of my dad, a bit grumpy and grumbly but with his heart in the right place.  Nine Dragons is quite the page turner too. Love it.

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: That depends on what I am writing and whatever else is happening tht day. When I am doing copy writing or web writing there is always a certain amount of force that has to be applied to get me to the computer. Luckily, I am a fast writer so even if I procrastinate I can still come in under deadline. When it comes to fiction, the story has to be flowing for me to be anxious to sit down at the computer, when the story is in a difficult place it’s harder for me to face the blank page. Ideally, I like writing when there is no one around and my pets are sleeping. The silence is good for my creative process.

7. My ‘day job’ is: A freelance writer other ‘day job’ type contract work.

8. I carve out time to write by:  I don’t really have to carve out time, if I want to write, I write. There isn’t a force on Earth that could prevent me from writing if I want to. Even when I worked a full time job, I would jot down notes during breaks or send myself emails if an idea struck me suddenly.

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice: To some degree I deny myself a social life by being a writer. I pass on invites to activities and events sometimes. I also need a lot of time alone just to think and consider things and if I can’t get this time, it’s hard to write the way I want to. Being a writer has also been hard on my love life, because most men seem to prefer traditional women (for lack of a better term) who do not want to leap out of bed at 2 am to jot down a poem or start a story or who might be perfectly happy sitting at a computer for 16 hours a day.

10. I am currently working on: A mystery whose main character is a blind graphic novelist. Other characters include: a former detective who knew the heroine when she was a child, a stalker in cowboy boots and a tabloid journalist.

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from:  My dad and it was: Never give up on your dreams, they are the only thing worth living for.

12. The best piece of advice I would give is: Believe in yourself. Always. It is utterly amazing what you can accomplish in life if you just believe in yourself.

On Being a Small Press Author – Abbie Williams

Running a small press is just like running a business with a group of employees – well almost. I don’t actually get to see them every day and we can’t gather around the water cooler to chat. Since we all see each other only virtually, I thought it might be nice to ‘introduce’ our authors to both each other and their readers via a series of short interviews. These interviews will run every couple of days for the next month or so – it’s a neat way of finding out how similar authors can be, and yet so different.

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Today, I am proud to present Abbie Williams, our newest author and one of our authors published under our Everheart Books imprint. She has worked extensively with Meghan Tobin-O’Drowsky, the Editor for the imprint. Her recently released book, Forbidden, is doing very well and has been well received by reviewers and bloggers. While I don’t know Abbie all that well, I was sure happy to learn more about her from her interview. We found out about her via another one of our writers, proof that good things come from good people!

1. The first book I can remember reading is:  The Little House on the Prairie series was my favorite as a little kid, and my mom read all of the books to me.  The first books I remember reading on my own were the Betsy, Tacy and Tib series by Maud Hart Lovelace.  Then I got a little older and started sneaking my mom’s romance novels from under her bed…and my writing career was born!

2. The first book I ever wrote was: called The Great West, and featured a girl my age at the time (12) whose family was journeying along the Oregon Trail.  I wanted to live in that time period so badly that the only way I could really “be” there was to write about it and live it that way.  It started as an adventure story but then morphed into a romance.  I couldn’t help it.

3. An average day in my life goes like this: up at 6 to get ready for my day job, which includes caring for my family and teaching English lit at a local high school.  I fly to get everyone where they need to be before appearing in my classroom by 7:20 for 1st hour, coffee in hand.  I teach four sections of English and one of Speech, and am done by 3:30.  After that I make the rounds again, get homework going for my kids while making supper, supervising bedtime routines and then meeting up with my laptop like an elicit lover and maybe getting an hour or two of typing in before bed!

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from:  a wonderful friend whose sister-in-law is published with Central Avenue.  I decided to submit my book because:  I thought I would take a chance!

5. The last book I read was: called Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve, and it was exquisitely lovely.

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: my kids to be occupied, whether with friends, television, or sleep!

7. My ‘day job’ is: teaching high school and serving as CEO of my household.

8. I carve out time to write by:  hiding in the laundry room and ignoring the guilt that suggests I should be lesson planning, or doing laundry, or sorting socks, or baking banana bread…or…

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice: sleep!  But I wouldn’t have it any other way!!

10. I am currently working on: a story about a woman who returns to her hometown with her daughters after seventeen years away.

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from:  Gus McCrae, Texas Ranger, from Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, and it was to the effect that you should appreciate the little things in your life, the details, because life is in those details.  He used a glass of buttermilk as a metaphor; it’s always stuck with me.  I would marry Gus McCrae.

12. The best piece of advice I would give is: make yourself happy first, because only then will you be able to make others around you happy.

Thanks, Michelle, for the questions!  It is my pleasure to be associated with Central Avenue Publishing and a fine group of fellow writers.