Friday, 17 October 2014

Susan Bohnet appearing at Claresholm Library

Susan Bohnet
(photo courtesy BN Harker Photography)
Susan Bohnet, author of the popular YA fantasy, My Life as a Troll, will be appearing at the Claresholm Public Library Thursday, October 23, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. She will be reading and signing copies of her novel.

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Claresholm Public Library is situated 211 49 Avenue West, Claresholm, Alberta.

Monday, 13 October 2014

LibraryThing reviewers praise My Life as a Troll

It has been Five Rivers policy to offer digital review copies of our new releases through LibraryThing in order to allow the people who matter, readers, an opportunity to experience books they might not otherwise.

It would seem the following three reviewers are greatly enamoured of Susan Bohnet's debut YA fantasy, My Life as a Troll.

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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I have to be honest, I am guilty of judging a book by it's cover/ cover art and while I did request this book when the time came to read it I was not overly enthusiastic to start. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the main character and I share a first name. (I'm not sure why, but I love when this happens!) I rather quickly became engrossed in this book. The main Character Jared is your typical Jr high boy. His family is a bit dysfunctional and he escapes into the world of Lavascape (an online multi-player game) where as the title hints at, he is a troll. The book chronicles his growing addiction with the game and the consequences this has on his everyday life. I think this book would be a good read for younger readers (5-8th grade). There are a couple of mature themes that may raise questions for younger kids. I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely recommend it often.  )
  vote   flagmadhatr | Oct 6, 2014 | 
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This was a good read. I look forward to a sequel. If you’re looking for a book that has a good moral background of standing up for what is right along with a little bit of action then this is the book for you. Through in a dash of comedy, a pinch of teen romance, a computer game and good ol’ family drama and you have ‘My Life as a Troll’. Don't be fooled, this book will get you hooked within the first couple of chapters.

Jared faces what many kids will go through in School. Having to deal with a bully, choosing between right and wrong and crushes add to that a troubled home life and you have the recipe for normal teen angst. Jared has the choice between living in a fantasy world of a game or accepting and dealing with real life. The game Lavascape gives him an escape from real life but in the game he acquires a resilience and toughness that he lacks outside the game, until events that happen in the game start blending over into the real world. He develops a stronger sense of self and ultimately figures out that living in the real world is so much better than being in Lavascape even with all its problems. )
  vote   flagandbmay | Oct 6, 2014 | 
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Jared is an outsider at school and unhappy at home, his parents fight all the time and his sister only has time for her boyfriend. So when he gets a copy of Lavascape, a fully immersive MMORPG with helmet, gloves and other tracking devices, he jumps at the chance to play a Troll. At first he is content with hanging out in the village, playing games all the time, but when he starts to have visions of a beautiful princess in distress, he starts to change his mind and prepare for an adventure. While he is spending more and more time in Lavascape and thus neglecting both his friends and his homework, he starts to notice strange changes with himself. Some injuries he incurred while playing suddenly appear in real life, and where are all those muscles coming from?

Susan Bohnet manages to take a coming of age story with a strong focus on computer games and takes it to the next level. My Life as a Troll is a very captivating read that I could not turn down, and even though I foresaw some plot points, there were turns I didn't see coming at all. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever played a computer game and a must read for everyone who plays MMORPGs!  )
  vote   flagpratchettfan | Sep 4, 2014 | 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Two Susans at Alberta Author's Day

Susan Bohnet (My Life as a Troll) and Susan Forest (Immunity to Strange Tales) will be appearing at Alberta Author's Day, Saturday, October 18, 2014, held at Pandora's Boox, 5009 51St., St. Olds, Alberta.

The event features a host of Albertan authors who will be signing and discussing their books.

Pandora's Boox's and Tea is owned and operated by Jason Moody and Lesley Winfield.

Jason and Lesley are both avid readers and passionate about both tea and books! There's no better place to be on a Saturday afternoon than a bookstore like this!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Congratulations, Robert Runte!

Congratulations to Five Rivers' Senior Editor, Dr. Robert Runte, for receiving the Prix Aurora Award for Best Fan-related Work, for “Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading”, Scholar Keynote Address at ACCSFF ’13, Toronto.

Robert Runte, front, fourth from left
mugging it with other Prix Aurora winners at V-Con 2014

Well done, Robert! We are so proud of you.

Robert Runte (right) holding his Prix Aurora, with William Gibson author of the seminal SF novel, Neuromancer  (left)

The Prix Aurora Awards were presented this year at V-Con, Vancouver BC's premier science fiction, fantasy and games convention, since 1971, held this year October 3-5, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel.

Congratulations to all of this year's Prix Aurora winners:

Best English Novel: A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda, DAW Books
Best English YA Novel: The Rising by Kelley Armstrong, Doubleday Canada
Best English Short Fiction: “Ghost in the Machine” by Ryan McFadden, The Puzzle Box, EDGE
Best English Poem/Song: “Night Journey: West Coast” by Eileen Kernaghan , Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast, EDGE
Best English Graphic Novel: Rock, Paper, Cynic by Peter Chiykowski, webcomic
Best English Related Work: On Spec published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
Best Artist: Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications
Best Fan Music: Chris Hadfield for his performance of Space Oddity
Best Fan Organizational: Randy McCharles, Chair and Programming, When Words Collide, Calgary
Best Fan Related Work: Robert Runté, “Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading”, Scholar Keynote Address at ACCSFF ’13, Toronto

Friday, 26 September 2014

Michell Plested signs books for eager young readers

Michell Plested appeared at the Ponoka Jubilee Library September 13 to read from the first two novels in the Mik Murdoch YA fantasy series. Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye from the Ponoka News interviewed him. We're pleased to present that interview here.

Author of young adult books, Michell Plested, autographs his newest book to fans at the Ponoka Jubilee Library Sept. 13.

Anyone looking for a good young adult book series may find themselves enjoying the story of Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero.

Author Michell Plested has a growing following in his Mik Murdoch book series. The second of six books was recently printed and he took some time Sept. 13 to read some excerpts from the book, The Power Within, at the Ponoka Jubilee Library .

The young adult series, published through Five Rivers Books, is receiving positive reviews online and Plested says his publishers are eager to see the third book.

“That’s a good problem to have,” said Plested.

The story of Mik Murdoch is told in Plested’s first book Boy Superhero, published August 2012, where Murdoch develops powerful abilities. Plested says this new installment finds Murdoch a few months later after the first book ended. Murdoch is facing his powers.

“It’s all about dealing with thing’s he’s never had to face before,” said Plested.

Writing the first and second books has an interesting back-story; Plested says he had already written them some years ago but as his writing improved, re-writing the books was easier than fixing errors in the story.

He says his writing abilities keep improving and important tools such as plot and character development continue to help him write better stories. Plested recommends aspiring writers are better off writing rather than looking for the perfect story.

“If you’re trying to write a perfect sentence…You’re going to keep writing it over and over,” he stated.

He suggests it is better to write the first chapter and return and adjust it later. If faced with writer’s block, Plested says he writes ideas in point form to keep the creative juices flowing.

Big things are planned for the Mik Murdoch series. Plested says a new character introduced in The Power Within will become more important later on in the series. And there are some spin-offs planned for the future as well.

The two books in the series can be purchased from most book retailers including For more information on Plested and progress in his third book check

Monday, 22 September 2014

Writing After Retirement

Five River Publishing's Senior Editor, Robert Runté, has a chapter in the newly released Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers [edited by Christine Redman-Waldeyer and Carole Smallwood. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press (Imprint of UK's Rowman & Littlefield)]. His Chapter is "Estate Planning for Authors" which hopefully will help authors plan how they want their literary legacy handled after they're gone....

The other 26 chapters in the collection are filled with tips on how to write by successful authors from across a variety of genres and communities. Together, they provide a pretty realistic portrayal of the challenges / obstacles aspiring writers face. This collection is aimed at writers starting after retirement, but most of the advice would be applicable to everyone.

A Five Rivers' title which might also be of interest to aspiring writers is Nate Hendley's Motivate to Create: A Guide for Writers. Nate is a veteran freelance writer and explains how to start up or step-up your writing career. Straight-forward advice and commentary on the largely unexplored topic of motivation. Motivation is the mysterious life force that propels people to achieve and do things, be it write a book, run a marathon, or earn a million dollars in the oil patch. Motivation involves many elements, including inspiration (the sudden flood of ideas or images), goal setting and self-discipline.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Mark Lefebvre gives four stars to Mik Murdoch: The Power Within

Mark Lefebvre, Director of Kobo Writing Life and Author Relations, writes, "...good follow-up to the first book...."

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's review 
Sep 12, 14

Read from August 19 to September 08, 2014 — I own a copy

This was a good follow-up to the first book about Mik Murdoch. It was fun to return to his world and see what sort of super power the special berry he retrieved in book one would bring him.

The power Mik discovers is a truly unique one and Plested does a great job not only of slowly unveiling it throughout the book, but using it at some very crucial moments of the novel.

The moral dilemma that Mik faces is profound and important and demonstrates an incredible yet difficult build of character for the young man in one of the most poignant moments of the novel.

Certainly looking forward to the next Mik Murdoch novel.