Wednesday, 30 July 2014

LibraryThing 4-star review for Mik Murdoch: The Power Within

ISBN 9781927400678 $21.99
eISBN 9781927400685 $4.99
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A LibraryThing reviewer gives 4-stars to Michell Plested's second installment in the Mik Murdoch series of YA fantasy novels.

This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Even though I did not read the first one, I enjoyed this one and was not lost. The story was well written with good character development. I especially liked the relationship between the members of his family. I feel like the parents did a good job in raising him. I would recommend this story to young readers.  )
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Interview with Susan Bohnet, author of My Life as a Troll

Susan Bohnet talks about her debut YA novel, My Life as a Troll.

Join Bohnet at When Words Collide, August 8-10, 2014, at When Words Collide in Calgary, Alberta.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Interview with Michell Plested, author of Mik Murdoch: The Power Within

Michell Plested talks about his newest release Mik Murdoch: The Power Within. 

If you're attending When Words Collide in Calgary this year, join Michell Plested for the launch.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Tattooed Seer now available for pre-order

ISBN 9781927400692 $27.99
eISBN 9781927400708 $9.99

The second novel The Tattooed Seer, in Susan MacGregor's dynamite historical fantasy series, The Tattooed Witch, is now available for pre-order in both print and digital formats.

The story takes up with Miriam Medina as she flees across Esbaña for a port to the New World. Miriam finds being the matriarch of her people, the magical Diaphani, almost as difficult as being hunted by the Inquisition. Her deepening relationship with Joachín, patriarch and thief, is marred by the sudden return of Alonso, her ghostly lover, whom she thought lost forever.

In this alternate historical epic, Miriam’s world expands to the larger realms of Esbaña, the Papacy, and Inglais, where one spy in particular seeks tattoo magic to set a new queen upon the throne. Grand Inquisitor Tomás and other old rivals seek their vengeance against Miriam, while new ones fight to usurp her place. As she broadens her understanding of magical power, Miriam learns what it is to lead, to love, to forgive, and to change, for change she must, if she and her Tribe are to reach the New World.

Susan MacGregor

Susan MacGregor has been an editor with On Spec magazine for over twenty years. She edited the anthologies Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales (Edge Books) and Divine Realms (Ravenstone Press). Her short fiction has appeared in a number of periodicals and anthologies. Her first book in this trilogy, The Tattooed Witch, has been short-listed for an Aurora Award through the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.

She is currently working on the third book in the series, The Tattooed Rose, which sets Miriam and her people on the Great Ocean Sea (the Atlantic) and in the Caribbean.

Susan’s blog, Suzenyms, also nominated for an Aurora award and which deals with writing and editing topics, can be found at

The cover is by Five Rivers' Art Director, Jeff Minkevics, designed to reflect Miriam's growing power.

The Tattooed Seer will also be available for pre-order through online booksellers, and officially releases August 1, 2014.

Susan MacGregor will be appearing at When Words Collide for the official launch.


Friday, 11 July 2014

LibraryThing praise for Shakespeare for Slackers: Romeo & Juliet

LibraryThing reviewers seem to love Shakespeare for Slackers: Romeo and Juliet.

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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is a review of the ebook version of Shakespeare for Slackers: Romeo and Juliet by Aaron Kite

This is really 3 books in one bind up:
* The 'slackers' version
* The original Shakespeare version
* The slackers and original version combined.

The slackers version uses today's slang words and speech. It is an interpretation of the original text that allowed me to follow along to the original story, but I wasn't bogged down by the original text's way of speaking and side tangents. It is still set at the same time period and place. They do all the same things, but it's written in an easier to digest, funny format.

The combined version is basically the original and slackers version spliced together and compared line by line. The original Shakespeare in italics to differentiate between the two books. It was like I had my own personal translator with a wicked sense of humor, which I really loved!

This book is perfect for people like myself who really want to read classics but are intimidated by the prospect. I will be keeping my eye out for more books in this format in the future!  )
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Readers rave about A Touch of Poison

It would appear Amazon's readers love Aaron Kite's YA fantasy, A Touch of Poison. Take a gander at what they're saying.

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5.0 out of 5 stars BeautifulMay 31, 2014
This review is from: A Touch of Poison (Paperback)
I first read this book on and fell in love with it. It was one of the first books I actually finished reading on the website and it's been one of my favorite since. A great story with great plot and great twists!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Read!June 27, 2014
This review is from: A Touch of Poison (Paperback)
I first read this book on, early 2013. With out a doubt it was a fabulous read. The characters and the story's plot is so well written and completely unique. I had read A Touch of Poison multiple times online, so when I heard it was published I was extremely excited. I fully intend on buying the hard copy and adding this beautiful book to my bookshelf. I would definitly recomend this book to my teenaged peers as it truly does capture your attention to the very end! I give my congradulations to Aaron Kite for an excellent novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing BookJune 26, 2014
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This book... was absolutely fantastic. It had everything I look for in a book - it wasn't overly long, never reaching that point where one begins to get bored, but it wasn't short either, right in that sweet spot. The writing was great, and the different story elements were wonderful as well - the depth of thought that must have gone into creating this imaginative world surprised me.

All in all, great book. If this isn't a five-star nothing is.
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Monday, 7 July 2014

Sally McBride to read at ChiSeries Toronto

Sally McBride

Sally McBride, author of Indigo Time, is one of four authors featured at the weekly ChiSeries Toronto readings on July 16, 2014, 8:00 PM ET, located at Round Venue, 152A Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario.

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SALLY MCBRIDE is the author of several short stories, which have appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, Tesseracts, Northern Frights, F & SF Magazine, and many more. She won an Aurora for The Fragrance of Orchids (Asimov’s).

Sally’s novels include Indigo Time (Five Rivers Publishing), Water, Circle, Moon (Masque Books) and Remnants of Fear (Wild Rose Press). 

Sally grew up in Toronto, spent time in Edmonton and Victoria, and is currently living in Idaho with her husband and cat, where she’s busy working on novels and stories.

Other authors at the July 16 event include:

CHARLENE CHALLENGER is a writer and graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. Her first novel, the young adult fantasy The Voices In Between, is published by Tightrope Books. Her work is also featured in Stone Skin Press's A 21st Century Bestiary and Exile Editions’ Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. She is currently working on the sequel to Voices. She lives in Toronto.

Three-time International Horror Guild Award Winner GLEN HIRSHBERG’s novels include The Snowman’s Children, The Book of Bunk, and Motherless Child, which has just been republished in a new, revised edition by Tor. He is also the author of three widely praised story collections: The Two Sams (a Publishers’ Weekly Best Book of 2003), American Morons, and The Janus Tree. In 2008, he won the Shirley Jackson Award for the novelette, The Janus Tree. He is a five-time World Fantasy Award finalist. With Peter Atkins and Dennis Etchison, he co-founded the Rolling Darkness Revue, an annual reading/live music/performance event that tours the west coast of the United States every fall and has also made international appearances. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, son, daughter, and cats.

IAN ROGERS is a writer, artist, and photographer. His debut collection, Every House Is Haunted, was the winner of the 2013 ReLit Award in the Short Fiction category, while his novelette, The House on Ashley Avenue, was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award. His short fiction has appeared in several markets and has been selected for The Best Horror of the Year and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Ian is also the author of SuperNOIRtural Tales, a collection of stories featuring supernatural detective Felix Renn. Ian lives with his wife in Peterborough, Ontario. For more information, visit

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