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.

The Shore Leave Cafe Series by Abbie Williams

While it seems a little strange to release books with a summer theme in mid-winter, there’s something really nice about it too. When the snow is piling up, what better way to escape than through a romance novel set in the warm, lazy days of summer.

Abbie Williams is a romance-writer extraordinaire: she’s penned award-winning and critically acclaimed historical romance and this series of a family of women who reside on a lake in Minnesota will entice even non-romance readers. There are nine books in this series, and this winter we’re releasing the first three. The books are garnering some significant attention but we hope you like them as much as we do…

Review! Amanda on the Danube by Darlene Foster

While our books get reviewed all the time by bloggers, I’d like to repost this one of Amanda on the Danube by Darlene Foster which is written by a very professional book blogger who also happens to be a young person.

This Kid Reviews Books is run by Erik and it’s not often one finds a book blogger who is so professional and has staying power – his blog has been around for several years!

 

Source: Review! Amanda on the Danube by Darlene Foster

Release Day: An Elegant Theory & Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe

It’s with great pleasure that we celebrate the official release of two books today.

9781771680998An Elegant Theory is the debut novel by Noah Milligan. It follows Coulter Zahn, an unstable genius who’s on the brink of the most important discovery in theoretical physics the world has known -and- a complete mental breakdown. Noah has been shortlisted for significant awards, and acclaimed for his short stories. Foreword Reviews describes it as “…a literary Rorschach test, a mind-bending ride, in which “real” conclusions are elusive, and discovery always waits just beyond the next page.”9781771681056

Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe is the first book in a romantic saga of a family of women living lakeside in a small Minnesota town. It starts with the breakdown of Joelle Gordon’s marriage and her subsequent desire for a much younger man, despite the dangers inherent in a summer fling. Abbie Williams has made romance accessible, real and endearing while bypassing the glitz and glamour of many romance novels. It’s been a blogger favorite and will be featured in the upcoming Publishers Weekly romance editorial in November.

Please join me in welcoming these two wonderful books to the world.

Central Avenue Signs with Susan Schulman for Translation & Audio Rights

xmain.jpg.pagespeed.ic.6_dd0rTVdN.jpgI’m very proud to announce that we have signed a deal with Susan Schulman Literary Agency in the selling of translation and audio rights for all our active titles.

Susan Schulman Literary Agency specializes in representing foreign rights, motion picture, television and allied rights, live stage including commercial theater, opera and dance adaptations, and other subsidiary rights on behalf of North American publishers and literary agents.

The agency’s areas of focus include: commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction, specifically narrative memoir, politics, economics, social issues, history, urban planning, finance, law, health, psychology, body/mind/sprit, and creativity and writing.

I’m so pleased to be working with their great team, they’re already working on three deals for us and will be instrumental in opening up opportunities both at home and around the world for our titles.

 

New Release: Amanda on the Danube

9781771681025We are very proud to officially release Amanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music by Vancouver author, Darlene Foster.

This is the fifth book in the Amanda Travels series about an intrepid 12-year-old girl who travels the world, embarking on journeys that always have an element of mystery and intrigue about them.

They’re a fun series of books which have been well-received by readers. Amanda on the Danube is available nationwide in Chapters & Indigo stores and we just found out we’re about to be featured in the  December issue of Quill & Quire.

Darlene is a world-traveller herself, and splits her time  between BC and Spain. Please join me in congratulating Darlene on another wonderful book. There will be a release event at Albany Books in Delta BC on Saturday November 19, 1-3pm. In addition, Darlene will be appearing at local BC and Alberta schools in November and December.

DarleneFosterFor a little more about Darlene and this new book, read on:

Q: Darlene, I see from your website that your books are inspired by your travels, have you been to all the places Amanda has visited?

A: Yes, I have. It was an amazing trip to the United Arab Emirates to visit a friend that inspired me to write the first novel, Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask. The places I travel to and the people I meet inspire my writing. The world is an amazing place full of unique characters. Where ever I go I think, I must include this in a story. My first trip on an airplane was when I flew to England to marry my British husband, thirty-nine years ago. We have returned a number of times and I enjoy exploring that country and consider it my second home. My in-laws have since retired to Spain and we have visited them a few times there, each time discovering a different part of that remarkable country. As for Alberta, well I was born and raised there. I had the pleasure of experiencing a Danube river cruise which inspired the latest Amanda adventure, Amanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music. Amanda doesn’t get to travel anywhere I haven’t been to yet.

Q: How do you decide on the situation or adventure for Amanda? Is it something you saw on your trips and decided to use or just something you made up?

A: It is usually something I actually saw on a trip. For instance, I own the perfume flask from Amanda in Arabia. I bought it at a crowded little shop full of interesting things. I felt it called out to me and that I had to buy it, having no idea it would be part of a book I would write one day. I saw the painting by Velazquez when I was in Madrid and felt the little girl was watching me. I have always loved vintage books and I came across a number of them during my visits to England. I decided Amanda would have the same love of books I have always had. As a child growing up in the Alberta prairies, I collected fossils and interesting stones in the badlands on our ranch. Historical sites such as I saw on the cruise down the Danube, made me think about the stories those ancient walls and statues harbour. All of these things have developed into adventures for Amanda.

Q: How important do you think it is to ensure correct names of places, words, and phrases? Is it necessary?

A: I do quite a bit of research and try to get the details as correct as possible. I don’t think it has to be dead on, these aren’t text books, but I want children to learn about another part of the world when they read these books. So I don’t want to misinform them.

Q: Did you intend for this to be a series?

A: I did not intend it to be a series initially, but once I completed the first book I decided Amanda should travel some more. Children have often asked me, “Where is Amanda going to next?” So I felt compelled to do a series and I’m so glad I did! The more I travel, the more ideas I get for Amanda’s adventures.

A New Look for Amanda Travels

On October 1, we’ll release the fifth book in the Amanda Travels series by Vancouver author, Darlene Foster: Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music. In this fun travel adventure series, 12-year-old Canadian girl, Amanda Ross and her best friend, Leah, find themselves in different countries always in the middle of a mysterious adventure.

They’re a perfect read for kids 8-12 as they learn about new cultures and countries, all while having some fun.

Previously the book covers had a kind of collage look to them, but we’ve redesigned all of them to make them a little more current.

To remind you, here are the old covers:

 

Hopefully you like the new look. Throughout October, we’ll have lots of giveaways and other events happening. Stay tuned!