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Schemes for power will bring together three extraordinary young warriors

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
The
Black Trillium
by
Simon McNeil
Genre:
Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
 
Confederation
rules in Trana—so says the king.

 

 

But
Fredericton is a long way from the shores of Lake Ontario, and
schemes for power will bring together three extraordinary young
warriors.

 

 

Savannah

 

A
desert girl who came to Trana looking for refuge but has never found
a home

 

 

Kieran

 

A
privileged city boy dreaming of rebellion and hardened by
cruelty

 

 

Kyle

 

The
disgraced heir to the throne desperate to win back his place in his
father’s heart

 

 

Sworn
enemies or reluctant allies, they all have one thing in common: an
incomplete half of the legendary fighting skill known as the
Triumvirate sword art. They fight for glory, for power, for the
monsters lurking beneath the streets, and for the mysterious society
moving in the shadows of Trana—the Black Trillium.

 

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Do your characters hijack your book? Is there anything you would change about the book?

 

When I write a novel the only constant throughout the process is characterization. The entire plot may shift, settings change, timelines fluctuate, but the thread of character remains the lodestar of the story. 

 

Kieran was always callow and passionate.

 

Savannah was always withdrawn but compassionate, more cynical than Kieran but still hopeful for a gentler world.

 

Kyle was always a selfish prick with daddy issues and far too much entitlement. How these characters bounced off each other and their secondaries was always what shaped the book. 

 

So yes, they hijacked the story, but I couldn’t have written it any other way. But there is a weakness in this, and that’s one thing I would have changed if I had to do it over. 

 

When I was finished the book I wasn’t entirely satisfied with Sophie’s characterization. There’s an interesting character there but the characters who served as my POV couldn’t see her. 

 

Kyle was too fixed on the image of Sophie he had in his head and never bothered to really learn who she was within herself. Savannah only saw a monster to fight, and never tried to get to know her and Kieran had very little to do with her. I felt the absence of her internality was ultimately a flaw in the story, and I think, if I could ever do it over again, I’d make her a POV character in her own right.

 

 
Simon McNeil is the
author of The Black Trillium, a story of revolution and martial arts
set in the ruins of Toronto. This novel is published by Brain
Lag Publishing
.
He is an online
marketing communications specialist with a major educational
institution when not wandering the world looking for trouble. He is a
life-long martial artist, has published several articles in Kung Fu
Magazine and he’s probably a little bit too fond of kung fu movies.
He lives in Toronto,
Canada with his wife who has happily laid out rules to prevent the
sword-through-glass-lampshade incident from ever happening again. The
Black Trillium is his first novel.
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Dark forces were at work to separate the triad once again

Monday, September 10th, 2018
Omega’s
Choice
The
Black Ridge Wolf Pack Book 1
by
Lilli Carlisle
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
 
In
a realm of elves, ogres and white witches, where danger is
ever-present, Princess Helena Lichtenberg lost her parents at a young
age. Raised by her uncle and aunt, Helena values family above all
else. Now, as decreed by tradition, it is time to select a mate.

 

 

HER
ALPHA

 

 

Enormous,
scarred and scary, Black Ridge Wolf Pack leader Aldric Forst has
never drawn the eye of any Omega. Why would he? But, on this, the
night of what he swears is his last selection celebration, everything
is different. One of those most beautiful, magical and powerful
women, the niece of the king and queen themselves, wants him. And
Aldric has never wanted anything more in return. No force—no matter
how dark, no matter how powerful—will take Helena from him.

 

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Ceva’s
Chance
The
Black Ridge Wolf Pack Book 2
 
SHROUDED
IN DARKNESS…

 

 

If
it hadn’t been for King Leonidas, white witch Ceva would have roamed
the earth alone and ostracized. She was a biological accident, and
her heritage was a curse she’d carry around for all her days. Now she
fights for her king and kingdom, a fierce warrior on a mission to
prove she is worthy of the trust and friendship the king has
afforded. When she meets Lothar, captain of the Black Ridge Wolf Pack
guard, she glimpses a future she never thought possible. But once he
knows her truths, he will surely reject her.

 

 

ONLY
HE CAN SET HER FREE

 

 

Lothar
had never met anyone like Ceva. Beautiful, fierce, protective and
loyal, she would make the perfect mate for any man. Lothar wants to
be that man, but Ceva remains elusive. Sure, she flirts, and they
dance around each other, but Lothar wants more. When his team joins
hers on a dangerous mission, he learns her secrets, which makes her
more extraordinary, not the pariah she believes she is. But her past
is about to catch up with her, and only his love can save them from
certain death.

 

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Karli’s
Resolve
The
Black Ridge Wolf Pack Book 3
 
THIS
BOOK CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE NOVEL

 

 

The
Power of Unity

 

 

Twenty-five
years ago Karli’s parents ripped her away from her home and the men
she loved. An omega with gifts worthy of only the most special man,
her parents refused to allow her to mate with anyone less than a
powerful, wealthy alpha. But at a young age Karli had found her
forever in Joseph and Rowl’s arms, and she knew she could never love
anyone else. After a vicious ogre attack decimated the village where
her parent’s had hidden her, warriors came to save the wounded pack
members. Warriors led by Joseph and Rowl.

 

 

Although
she had seemed to disappear into thin air, Joseph and Rowl never
stopped searching for the woman they loved. When Karli was discovered
among the ruins of a small village, the fierce warrior captains
couldn’t believe their eyes. And once they had found her, they were
never going to let her go. But dark forces were at work to separate
the triad once again, and this time all their lives were on the line.

 

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Laura’s
Legacy
The
Black Ridge Wolf Pack Book 4
 
A
GIFT BOUND BY LOVE

 

 

While
Laura was attending the annual omega celebration, a ruthless ogre
attack destroyed her village and wiped out her family. Heartbroken,
lonely, and adrift, she was forced to rely on the kindness of the
Black Ridge wolf pack alpha for a home. And so were many others,
including members of the small Newton pack, and their handsome,
strong alpha, Dedric. One brief interlude was all it took for Laura
to know she would choose him as her mate.

 

 

Alpha
Dedric Newton couldn’t believe his good fortune. Beautiful and
powerful, Laura was the omega of his dreams. Worried he had so little
to offer, he insists she spend time with his small pack as they
rebuild their village and homes. Laura and Dedric’s time in Newton
strengthens their bond while evil works to undo all of Laura’s
gifts, especially her legacy. After finding the greatest love an
alpha could dream of, Dedric will do anything and everything to keep
Laura safe from harm.

 

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Lilli
Carlisle is a paralegal and author who lives in Ontario, Canada. she
is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter;
the Toronto Romance Writers. More than just an author, Lilli is a
dedicated people watcher, lover of romance novels and 80’s rock,
who grew up with a love of reading. Lilli is a firm believer in happy
endings and that love is meant to be celebrated and shared.
These
paranormal romance novels will raise your heart rate and make you
believe in love. Enter this fantasy utopia and let yourself
experience the anticipation of new love and endless thrills. After
all, everybody needs a little romance, excitement, intrigue and
passion in their lives.
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After Ciara saves Brenn’s life twice, he begins to realize that he is not as invincible as he once thought

Monday, June 4th, 2018
In
Search of Pride
Crimson
Realm Chronicles Book 1
by
Taryn Jameson & Gabriella Bradley
Genre:
SciFi Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
 
The
gods smile upon a weary warrior…

 

 


Brenn,
a warrior returning home from battle, rests by a tempting magical
pool and meets a siren who changes his life forever.

 

 

Bound
by a curse, he must find a way to save his pride.

 

 

He
returns from a war far from his home to find that his village is
destroyed and his pride missing. With the help of his guardian
dragon, Ciara, he sets out to find his missing family and
pride.

 

 

After
Ciara saves Brenn’s life twice, he begins to realize that he is not
as invincible as he once thought. He must accept his limitations and
the help of his lifemate to keep him safe.

 

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The
Dragon’s Lion
Crimson
Realm Chronicles Book 2
 
The
rescue of Brenn’s pride sets off an angry tirade from Cewrick that
results in curses that almost cripple the Crimson Realm and all of
Ierilia.

 

 


With
the help of Ciara, Brenn leads his crew through the bowels of the
planet and the forbidden forest to unlock the secret of defeating
Cewrick. But will his defeat end the reign of terror on their world?

 

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Sword
of Betrayal
Crimson
Realm Chronicles Book 3
 
When
Erica is granted a commission in the king’s army and gifted a
magical sword for her bravery, she begins to look forward to a future
for both herself and her crew. But not everyone is happy with their
circumstances.

 

 


Erica
joins Brenn’s team in the fight to save his planet from the angry
god, Zohmes, and she finds herself charmed by more than just the
planet. The sexy lion shifter, Laro, claims she is his lifemate,
setting her passions ablaze. Stung by the sharp tongues and
dissension of some of her crew, Erica pushes him away to focus on the
lives of her crew members.

 

 

Can
Erica accept a future with Laro, or will she let hate and betrayal
decide her fate?

 

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Sword
of Judgement
Crimson
Realm Chronicles Book 4
 
Betrayed
by several members of her crew, Erica now finds herself in a race to
beat the clock. A rare poison injected into the king’s blood from
the blade of her sword, threatens his life.

 

 


Erica
joins her lifemate, Laro, and the rest of the team, on a mission rife
with danger to search for the antidote to save the king. With an
angry god bent on destroying the royal line by any means possible,
the team doesn’t know who to trust or what Zohmes will do
next.

 

 

Can
Erica find a way to prove the innocence of her crewmembers before the
blade of judgement falls?

 

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Testing
the Crown
Crimson
Realm Chronicles Book 5
 
A
throne in peril. The crown challenged…
 

 

Born
of love and hate, King Biryn must fight between the two. The demons
within surface when the woman he loves is abducted by his
great-grandfather, the fallen god, Zohmes.


Zohmes wants the
throne. His abduction of Cylena ensures that Biryn cannot beget an
heir. Imprisoning her in Yanata, the underground world of Ierilia and
his to rule, he thinks he is one step further toward the throne and
the surface.
Biryn must now face the biggest quest of his
life, to defend his throne and crown. He has to travel to Yanata to
rescue Cylena. With his team, his family, and the help of the god
Izarus, he descends to the heinous bowels of Ierilia.
Will
they be able to save his future queen? Can they defeat Zohmes once
and for all and bind him forever to Yanata?

 

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Taryn
Jameson

is a mother, artist, and avid reader who lives in an enchanted forest
that sparks her imagination to create. Her latest outlet is the
written word. She is the alter ego of cover artist Angela
Waters.

 

 

 

She loved
designing the covers for this series and thought it was a lot of fun
bringing the Crimson Realm to life both with words and visually with
the covers.

 

 

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Bradley
lives in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, amidst
rugged mountains. She more than often has a grizzly in her backyard
searching for food. Other critters that visit on a regular basis are
cougars, coyotes, squirrels, raccoons.
She
has been a writer all of her life. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, swimming,
sewing, embroidery. Favorite movies are old timers like 
Gone
with the Wind
Spartacus etc.
Favorite music is Abba.
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Kelton is the heirarch of the Masquerada, beings able to change their face—their entire persona—on a whim

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
MASKED DESIRE
The
Masked Arcana #2
by
Alana Delacroix
Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

A Perfect Disguise
As security chief of the supernaturals’
ruling council, Michaela Chui has seen more than her fair share of
disaster. For centuries, she’s survived through caution and
strategy. But when the only human councilor is viciously murdered,
Michaela knows the coincidences that keep blocking her investigation
are a sure sign of bad things to come. She needs answers fast. And
her only ally is Cormac Redoak: wild, unpredictable, unreliable—and
worse, distractingly attractive.
 
A Hidden Truth
An
exile from the court of the Fairy Queen, Cormac has all the
experience with careful strategy and veiled intentions he can stand.
But he also has the fey talent for getting his way, and he’s sure
his way lies with Michaela’s. No matter that she can change her
lovely face at will; there’s a clarity to her being that he’d
know anywhere. Working with her will be temptation and frustration
bound together. Somehow, though, he must convince her to trust
him—without revealing the secrets he dares never share . . .
 
 
MASKED
POSSESSION
The
Masked Arcana #1
 
A Man
Who Can Wear Any Face
Caro Yeats
doesn’t run from much. As a former investigative reporter now
working PR for Toronto’s supernaturals, what she hasn’t seen
mostly isn’t worth seeing. But the assignment to “rebrand” Eric
Kelton’s out-of-control alter egos has her on edge from the start.
Kelton is the heirarch of the Masquerada, beings able to change their
face—their entire persona—on a whim. Eric’s charisma muddles
her instincts. How can she trust a man who can become anybody?
 
A
Woman Without A Past
Eric has
never met anyone like Caro, with her lightning wit and uncanny
insight. But desirable as she is, he’d be a fool to let her near.
Struggling to hide the sudden loss of his powers, Eric can’t risk
becoming entangled with a woman who scorns her supernatural side and
claims not to play politics. The enemies on her trail are strong,
clever, and vicious. And when they force Eric and Caro together, the
fallout could shatter far more than two hearts . . .
 
 
 
 
Alana
Delacroix lives in a little house filled with books in Toronto,
Canada. She loves exploring the city, on the hunt for both the
perfect coffeeshop as well as ideal locations to set her paranormal
romances. A member of RWA, Alana worked as an archaeologist before
forging a slightly more stable career in corporate communications.
 
 
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He is forced to pick a side – the empire, or the innocent

Monday, March 19th, 2018
Oath
Breaker
Legend
of the Gods Book 1
by
Aaron Hodges
Genre:
Epic Fantasy
 
A
century since the departure of the Gods, the Three Nations are now
united beneath the Tsar. Magic has been outlawed, its power too
dangerous to remain unchecked. All Magickers must surrender
themselves to the crown, or face imprisonment and death.

 

 

Alana’s
mundane life has just been torn apart by the emergence of her
brother’s magic. Now they must leave behind everything they’ve ever
known and flee – before the Tsar’s Stalkers pick up their trail.
Tasked with hunting down renegade Magickers, the merciless hunters
will stop at nothing to bring them before the Tsar’s judgement.

 

 

As
the noose closes around Alana and her brother, disgraced hero Devon
finds himself at odds with the law when he picks a fight with the
wrong man. The former warrior has set aside his weapons, but now,
caught between the renegades and the Stalkers, he is forced to pick a
side – the empire, or the innocent.

 

 

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this all new epic fantasy novel by NYTimes Bestselling Author Aaron
Hodges.

 

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Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand.
He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a
Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of
Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental
consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to
quit his job and see the world. Two years later, his travels have
taken him through South East Asia, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Central
America, and South America. 

 

Today,
his adventures continue…

 

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What if one day, ghosts suddenly weren’t invisible anymore?

Sunday, March 4th, 2018
A
Hundred Billion Ghosts
by
DM Sinclair
Genre:
Humorous Paranormal Mystery
319
pages
 
What
if one day, ghosts suddenly weren’t invisible anymore? The paranormal
becomes normal in this fast and funny, wild and twisty ride through a
world teeming with the ghosts of every dead person ever.

 

 

Ryan
is a planner. Always two steps ahead, living in tomorrow. But
sometimes, things just happen. Like the ghosts of every human who
ever died suddenly materializing and making the whole world haunted.
That was a bit of a surprise.

 

 

Ryan’s
new plan: to get a fresh start on life by joining the dead. One
sketchy experimental procedure later, he has left his body behind and
become a ghost. And that’s when things start to go wrong.

 

 

Realizing
he made a terrible mistake, Ryan wants to be alive again. But his
body has mysteriously vanished. And whoever took it will do anything
to make sure he never finds it. Now Ryan has just ten days to race
across the ghost-infested world and get back into his body, or be
obliterated forever. Also, he missed breakfast.

 

 

A
wild ride perfect for fans of Christopher Moore and Neil Gaiman, A
Hundred Billion Ghosts is a “hilarious and compelling”
paranormal mystery thriller with “just the right balance of
humor, poignancy, and twists”.

 

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If
you’ve ever turned on a TV and are not picky, you’ve probably seen
something written by DM Sinclair. He’s done more than a hundred hours
of that stuff, and will happily take the blame even for shows he
didn’t write.

 

 

Later
he thought it might be nice to write books for a change. It isn’t,
though.

 

 

Nevertheless,
he intends to keep writing as long as he is alive. After that he
plans to visit Australia.

 

 

Like
many Canadians, he lives in Canada.

 

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A huge panther, as black as night, pursues her relentlessly through her dreams

Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Moondance
by
Linda K. Hopkins
Genre:
Clean Paranormal Romance
356
pages
 

Unlike
any shapeshifter romance you’ve ever read!

Handsome,
alluring, and a little dangerous, Melissa Hewitt’s boss can barely
manage to acknowledge her. But there is something about Leander
Garrett that makes him impossible to ignore. He is not the only thing
plaguing Melissa’s thoughts, however; a huge panther, as black as
night, pursues her relentlessly through her dreams.
As
winter turns into spring, Leander’s chilly demeanor begins to thaw,
but danger prowls through the mountains, and Lee has a secret that
lurks beneath his elegant clothes and rippling physique. Something
that compels him to reject what he desires the most.
Can
he learn to see the good in himself and finally allow his heart to
love, and be loved in return?

˃˃˃
An engrossing and captivating tale of romance, Moondance will keep
you enthralled to the very last page.

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K. Hopkins lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary,
Canada, with her husband, two kids and one dog. Originally from South
Africa, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the
Univerity of South Africa.
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A tale of two little fairies of different ethnicities

Monday, December 18th, 2017
Fairy
Wishes 1-2-3
by
Michele Barrow-Belisle
Genre:
Children’s Fantasy Picture Book 
 
A
tale of two little fairies of different ethnicities, backgrounds and
environments, who are envious of the things the other gets to do…from
catching shooting stars to playing the guitar. 

 

 

They
decide to trade places, but soon realize that being someone else
isn’t as much fun as they thought. The girls quickly discover the
importance of just being themselves.

 

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A
dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one
foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own
imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about and
sculpt the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and
loves so well. As a fan of everything romantic, her young adult
novels are populated with witches and vampires and faeries. Michele
resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her
passions for writing, reading, lattes, and most of all
chocolate. 

 

 

She
also loves shoes.

 

 

Did
we mention the chocolate?

 

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This is a thought-provoking, profoundly moving call-to-arms fantasy story

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Racine
The
Sisterhood Book 2
by
Alison Clarke
Genre:
YA Fantasy
 
 
In
a world divided by fear, hate, and prejudice, Racine embarks on a
journey to discover who she really is. After a life time of
alienation and rejection because of the colour of her skin and her
Black heritage, she discovers the ultimate truth of good

 

is
wrapped up in the magic of the Story. Stories have the power to
change the world, but first, the stories need unlocking.

 

In
this thought-provoking, profoundly moving call-to-arms fantasy story,
Alison Clarke tells the story of Racine’s self-discovery and coming
of age through her exploration of the ‘Story’ throughout time and
ages. As Racine travels from the Library of Congress through time and
space to lands both magical and real, she unlocks the mysteries of
her own heritage and comes to understand that there are more things
that join us than divide us. 

 

 

Winner
of Canada’s Diversity Magazine Award ‘Writer Of The Year Award 2017’
Alison Clarke writes inspirational, magical stories with a powerful
message about being the change in the world we would like to see. For
readers of all ages.

 

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The
Sisterhood
The
Sisterhood Book 1
 
Authored
by Award Winning Author Alison Clarke ‘Writer of The Year 2017’
(Diversity Magazine. Canada.)

 

A
story full of magic, positivity, and a call to arms for women of all
ages and from all backgrounds, to be the change we want to see in the
world. 

 

When
Oppie and Aurie are faced with a terrible battle between good and
evil, they discover that friendship and sisterhood are the most
precious things in the world. 

 

 

In
a realm where magic and legend still exist, it’s easy to think that
when you’re just an ordinary girl, you’ll never get the chance to be
written into the history books. But when Oppie, and her dragon friend
Aurie, find themselves on a mission to defeat the evil, oppressive
forces of darkness, in the form of the dragon, Royzendeus, they
discover that history is never made alone. As they travel, their army
of light grows, and Aurie discovers that as a girl, she is blessed
with an entire sisterhood she never realised existed.

 

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Alison
Clarke is a writer who delves into different fields. She is a
children’s author, but is now joining the world of young adult
literature. Her latest book, The Sisterhood, chronicles her latest
journey in this odyssey. A tale filled with Celtic, Greek, and
Ghanaian mythology, The Sisterhood will delight all audiences. Kids,
ten and up, as well as adults will be entranced with the story of
Oppie and Aurie. Oppie is the daughter of a sorceress, and Aurie, her
best friend, is a dragon. In the first book of this trilogy, they go
on a journey to save the universe. Alison Clarke’s passion for the
Arthurian tales, as well as medieval literature like Chaucer, also
fuels her writing. Her first degree is in Sociology with a double
minor in French and English. She is now working on a Master’s degree
in Children’s literature. Storytelling is her calling, and whether
she is writing, painting, or drawing, story is key. Reading is
another passion, and many different genres interest her, including
biography, fantasy, poetry, art books, and so on. Alison believes
that the word is a powerful thing, and this is evident in many
different literary forms. She also believes that art, whether it’s
literary or visual can change the world, can make the world a better
place.
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Step into a reality that is not as it seems

Saturday, July 1st, 2017
Harmless
by
Katherine Dell
Genre:
Paranormal Thriller
 
Be
careful what you wish for.
After
moving from Vancouver to isolated

Hazelton,
BC, high school senior Rachel Barnes hopes she’ll finally find
closure and a sense of direction after tragedy has torn her family
apart. When she and her friends discover the old spirit box her
grandmother gave her, they see it as a chance to wish their troubles
away. But the Great Spirits—deer, crow, bear, and the mythical
wendigo—give away nothing for free. 
So
instead of worrying about fitting in
and
finding a boyfriend,
Rachel
finds herself in a race to control the malevolent spirit who’s
taken up residence in Mason Allen, who she fears and
craves
in
equal measure. What began as a harmless game forces Rachel to
confront her past—and offers her a future she never imagined.
Step
into a reality that is not as it seems in Book 1 of the Harmless
series.
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Katherine
Dell is a young adult fiction author fascinated by the supernatural
and the stories that surround them. She began her writing endeavours
in 2011 when she wanted to reinvent herself from her previous career
as an event planner. When she’s not writing, she can be found in
cold hockey arenas sipping coffee, working on her tan at little
league games, or trying to keep her dog out of her many gardens. She
lives with her husband, two boys, and fur babies, in Calgary,
Alberta, Canada.
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Waki’tani, mythical lords of the wind

Friday, June 16th, 2017
Y’keta
The
Sky Road Trilogy Book 1
by
Sandra Hurst
Genre:
Epic Fantasy
 
Banished.
Cast out. Powerless. Y’keta is exiled to the small village of
Esquialt as his father’s punishment for his rebellious spirit.
Village tradition gives him one Cycle, from spring to spring, to earn
the right to stay. 
The
villagers have a legend about mighty beings called the Waki’tani,
mythical lords of the wind and lightning who can shapeshift into
human form. Y’keta knows the truth behind these stories. Could there
be more to them than just tales shared around the campfire? 
If
Y’keta reveals what he knows to the villagers, it will tear their
history and traditions apart…but sharing his secrets may be their
only hope for survival when Esquialt is threatened by the brutal,
ferociously destructive Utlaak.

 

Loosely
based on the Thunderbird of North American legend, Y’keta is an epic
fantasy set in an ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road
offers a way to the stars.

 

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Hi,
my name is Sandra Hurst, the author of the Sky Road fantasy
series.

 

As a child growing up in England stories and legends
surrounded me, I learned how important imagination was. When I was 8,
we moved to northern Canada and the legends changed. Stories of the
Fae and the little people were replaced by legends of the Thunderbird
and stories of the woodlands. I never stood a chance. What could I be
but a writer?


Growing
up in Northern Alberta gave me a great love and respect for the wild
lands and indigenous cultures which made its way into the worlds I
create.
A
mythmaker at heart, I started writing poetry in middle school and
graduated to epic fantasy.
Myths
give us a way to interpret the world past our normal experience. To
ask questions and explore answers in a larger-than-life game of ‘what
if.’ We need to make room for myths and mythmakers in our fact
driven world. To give space for worlds that are brighter and clearer
than our own. For it is in doing so, that we have room to become more
fully human.
My
first book,
Y’keta,
is loosely
based on the
Thunderbird of North American legend, Y’keta is a Young Adult, high
fantasy set in an ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road
offers a way to the stars.
I
now live in Calgary, Alberta with my husband and son, both of whom I
love dearly, and have put for sale on e-bay when their behaviour
demanded it. My day to day life is a balance between my outside life
as a paralegal counsellor and my inner life as an author/poet. In
between, I work on courses to improve my writing, learning the Cree
Language, book reviews and blogging on my website, and studying
mythologies from around the world.
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The Missing Mah Jongg Player

Monday, May 8th, 2017
The
Missing Mah Jongg Player
A
Steve Wade Mystery Book 1
by
Iris Wynne
Genre:
Crime Mystery, Thriller
 
Steve
Wade is an ex-cop with an ex-wife and girlfriends he could never
commit to. Now he’s a private investigator known for his knack in
solving crimes.
This
handsome private eye never has a problem finding customers. His
newest case involves five frantic Mah Jongg players who are in search
of one of their players who disappeared after meeting a man on an
Internet dating site.
Wade
is reluctant to take the case, believing it to be just another woman
not wanting to be found. But the Mah Jongg players are insistent that
Marilou did not vanish on her own. In the meantime, they organize a
Valentine’s speed-dating gig inviting all the suspects who dated
Marilou in an attempt to find her.
As
he watches the dinner play out he begins to realize she may not have
gone willingly when all the suspects are before him. He even hires
his sometime drop-dead gorgeous girlfriend for the event to lure the
culprit out into the open. Steve just hopes no one goes home with a
potential killer.
Wade
has to work fast as the case begins to unravel when lies and betrayal
become evident and the truth of what happened to Marilou becomes
clear. Will he be able to find the suspect before they choose another
victim? This may be his biggest challenge yet.
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A
Steve Wade Mystery Book 2
 
Steve
Wade is an ex-cop and now private investigator. His reputation for
solving crimes is growing.
His
newest client is a man charged with a murder he says he did not
commit. The convict’s sister has evidence that the person he
supposedly murdered is alive and living somewhere in Shanghai after
an old classmate of hers sees a double of the murdered victim while
touring parts of Asia.
Is
the murder victim, a woman, really alive and the man charged with her
murder innocent?
Steve
does not know what to think. Should he believe a convicted killer who
was once a drug addict living on the streets? Steve however does not
want an innocent man to spend the rest of his life in jail.
It’s
a dilemma he must think through and to try to prove the convicted
murderer’s innocence.
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Wynne is a book lover, a day dreamer and a hopeless romantic. She is
a writer of cozy mysteries with an element of romance. She is a
mother of two girls and in her spare time she dog walks, plays golf
in the summer and of course grabs a game of Mah Jongg whenever she
can.
Iris
lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband. Her children live on their
own and her parents are relieved to receive a text message from them
now and then.
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One teen, one cranky old man and the open road

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Just
Shut Up and Drive
by
Chynna Laird
Genre:
Coming of Age, Contemporary
 
One
teen, one cranky old man and the open road. What could go wrong?
Eighteen-year
old Wil Carter can think of more than a fistful of things he’d
rather do than go on a road trip with his ninety-five year old
grandfather. But when Gramps Wilf barks an order, you listen or get
an earful of grief.
Wil
lost his parents in a horrible car accident when he was five. Gramps
has been the only parent he has ever known. Now that he’s ready to
go off to college, the old man says he has things Wil needs to learn
to be the man he’s supposed to be. But the trip turns out to be
more than he bargains for.
Along
their week-long road trip across the Canadian Prairies, Wil not only
learns tidbits about his own life, but realizes the grandfather he
thought he knew has mysteries of his own. With each stop they make, a
new layer of emotional truth is revealed…for each of them.
Will
Gramps teach Wil what he needs to know before the journey ends? And
is Wil strong enough to hear it?

 

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CHYNNA
LAIRD – is a psychology/criminology major, freelance writer and
author living in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, Ryan, three
daughters [Jaimie (fourteen), Jordhan (twelve), and Sophie (eight)]
and baby boy, Xander (ten). Her passion is helping children and
families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, mental and
emotional disorders and other special needs.
You’ll
find her work in many online and in-print parenting, inspirational,
Christian and writing publications in Canada, United States,
Australia, and Britain. In addition, she’s authored an
award-winning children’s book (I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD), two
memoirs (the multi award-winning, Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s
Sensational Journey With SPD and White Elephants), a Young Adult
novella (Blackbird Flies), an adult Suspense/Thriller (Out Of Sync),
a Young Adult Suspense/Paranormal (Dark Water) and a contemporary New
Adult novel (Just Shut Up and Drive,). She is presently working on a
sequel to Not Just Spirited as well as the next book in the Dark
Water series. Stayed tuned as Chynna has several Works-In-Progress on
the go.

 

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Book Tour for Hohenstein by Didi Lawson

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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The awesome trailer:

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More about Hohenstein an Historical Romance: 

Anything but a typical aristocrat, young Baroness Marie-Louise is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get to work, especially when it comes to saving her ancestral estate. Determined to shake loose the shackles of propriety and gain the warm family life her upbringing denied her, she has vowed to marry a man of lower rank. Blue-bloods need not apply. (more…)

Julie Coulter Bellon author of “All Fall Down” an interview

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Julie, how long have you been writing?

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I have been writing as long as I can remember. I once placed in an essay contest in second grade and knew from that moment on I wanted to be a writer. And a veterinarian. And a ballet dancer. And a doctor. But I finally narrowed it down to just being a writer.

Nicely done. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Canada and came to the United States to attend university. (more…)

Kaylen’s Rising author, Yves Robichaud, is visiting today

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Yves, is so good to have you with us. I think this is the first time I interview a Canadian Author. So welcome to my blog. Well lets get to know you and your book…

1) Yves, tell us where you were born:
I was born at the Moncton hospital in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. I have lived most of my life in this area and I still do.

2) New Brunswick, a very inspiring name. I could come up with a story with the name alone. 🙂  Who or What inspired you to write this book?
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Angela Ackerman co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Hi Anna, thanks so much for inviting me here.

Is great to have you, Angela. A book for authors that is so awesome. Well lets get started…

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

Let’s see…I was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in Canada and about sixteen years ago, moved one province over. Now I live in Calgary, Alberta, nice and close to the Rocky Mountains.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Once Becca and I decided to turn our blog tool, The Emotion Thesaurus, into a book, we spent a long time planning it out, and thinking about how to create something that would really help writers. (more…)