Sneak Peek: Roam by C.H. Armstrong

9781771681513We’d like to show off the final book of our Fall 2018 season: Roam by C.H. Armstrong.

Seventeen year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha but, thanks to her mother’s awful mistake, they had to leave what little they had behind for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager—fitting into school, buoyed by dreams of a boyfriend, college and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers.

Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they’re sleeping or where they’ll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family.

As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her friends let her down the same way they did back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help them find a normal life?

We are very proud to release a book that both entertains and educates. We are also honoured by the response we’ve gotten to it more than six months before its release on February 5, 2019. It’s sitting neck-in-neck with Angie Thomas’ new book which comes out on the same date and the response from educators and librarians on NetGalley has been tremendous.

C.H. Armstrong writes issue-driven young adult and women’s fiction, and freelances part CHArmstrongtime as a magazine columnist. An assignment to cover the twenty-year anniversary of a local soup kitchen piqued her interest in the homeless community and inspired Roam.

Please feel free to check it out on Amazon (where we see it’s on for a great price) or to request/wish for it on NetGalley.

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Sneak Peek: The Artisan Heart

9781771681421Today I’d like to introduce you to the fourth book by Dean Mayes, The Artisan Heart. Featuring a strong female lead, this novel captures the essence of small town romance and  beautifully portrays a second chance at love; all snuggled in the valley of a picturesque Australian mountain village.

Hayden Luschcombe is a brilliant paediatrician living in Adelaide with his wife Bernadette, an ambitious event planner. His life consists of soul-wrenching days at the hospital and tedious evenings attending the lavish parties organised by Bernadette.

When an act of betrayal coincides with a traumatic confrontation, Hayden flees Adelaide, his life in ruins. His destination is Walhalla, nestled in Australia’s southern mountains, where he finds his childhood home falling apart. With nothing to return to, he stays, and begins to pick up the pieces of his life by fixing up the house his parents left behind.

A chance encounter with a precocious and deaf young girl introduces Hayden to Isabelle Sampi, a struggling artisan baker. While single-handedly raising her daughter, Genevieve, and trying to resurrect a bakery, Isabelle has no time for matters of the heart. Yet the presence of the handsome doctor challenges her resolve. Likewise, Hayden, protective of his own fractured heart, finds something in Isabelle that awakens dormant feelings of his own.

As their attraction grows, and the past threatens their chance at happiness, both Hayden and Isabelle will have to confront long-buried truths if they are ever to embrace a future.

The Artisan Heart will be released on September 1, 2018. Please join me in celebrating this new novel with some tweet love to Dean.

 

 

The Girl Waits

9781771681339Jennifer Haupt’s debut novel is getting a lot of buzz. From being named by Bustle as a debut novel not to miss in 2018 to a whole lot of love from booksellers, we couldn’t be more proud to release this amazing book.

What follows is the first few chapters of prologue from the novel, originally published over at Flash Fiction Online. You can read the full prologue by heading over there and giving them some visit-love.

 


The Girl Waits

April 14, 1994, Mubaro, Rwanda

The girl waits. There are only the silver threads of a web swooping precariously over the top left corner of a splintered window frame. There are no rays of warm light seeping through mottled glass. There is no slight breeze, no swaying jacaranda branch heavy with purple blossoms her mother sometimes plucked before church and pinned to the brim of her straw hat. These simple luxuries disappeared hours, perhaps days, ago.

She is not sure how long she’s been curled up in the darkness, under the frame of a stepladder tented with a blue tarp. Long enough so that there is only the faintest odor of paint, turpentine, urine, and a piney cleanser. Long enough that her empty stomach no longer gurgles, and the certainty of a machete blade slitting her neck no longer brings up the sour taste of fear. For as long as she can remember, her family has lived with the threat of death—maybe today, maybe tomorrow—as if each day is a gift, so easily snatched away. It occurs to her that fear is what has given the Hutus their power all of these years. The boys who sometimes shove her into the dirt while walking to school and steal her lunch. The men who come to take her father’s crops or burn the fields if he refuses. It is some small comfort that they no longer have power over her.

 

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Happy New Year & Book Birthday to Abbie Williams!

Happy New Year and please join us in welcoming two new books to the world: Grace of a Hawk and Until Tomorrow, both penned by the fantastically talented Abbie Williams.

Grace of a Hawk is the third and final book in the award-winning Dove series of an ex-Civil War prostitute and 3 ex Confederate soldiers looking to make a new life for themselves in the North. It’s historical fiction at it’s best and the first book, Heart of a Dove, won best Romance in the IPPY’s in 2015 and Soul of a Crow was a Foreword Reviews Indies Finalist last year.

Until Tomorrow is the seventh book in the Shore Leave Cafe series of a family of women on a lake in Minnesota. This book follows Tish, a young woman on her way to making it big in corporate law in Chicago, until she meets Case Spicer that is, a small town boy who captures her heart and soul.

Please celebrate the launch of these two great books by shooting a tweet over to @WilliamsAbbie77 to congratulate her!

A Wonderful Book That Will Stay in Your Mind, IN THE SHADOW OF 10,000 HILLS

9781771681339The reviews for one of our spring titles, IN THE SHADOW OF 10,000 HILLS by Jennifer Haupt are starting to roll in. Below is a wonderful review of the book, and pretty much sums up how I felt about it personally.

AN INVINCIBLE LOVE OF READING

IN THE SHADOW OF 1000 HILLS

by

Jennifer Haupt

This is one of the finest books I have read recently. It opens with the picture of a blood spattered child, hiding in a ruined shack, frozen with fear.  What she witnessed,  the horror of people chopped to death with machetes, will never leave her,  the screams of friends and family who did not escape haunting her dreams forever.  She cowers in the filth waiting for the return of a man who has wrapped her in his shirt,  promising to return when it is safe. This is Rwanda during the horrific genocide that occurred there in the 1990s. 

The story moves to the present day in New York where Rachel and her husband are struggling with another miscarriage and the recent death of Rachel’s mother. The trauma has awakened Rachel’s fond memories of her loving father…

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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: 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