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.

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Power Within contest winner!

It would seem Sean Hitchings of Churchill, New York, has some pretty great mapping skills. He's successfully plotted the coordinates Mik Murdoch radios in Michell Plested's newest novel, Mik Murdoch: The Power Within. 

Sean has won a free digital copy of D.G. Laderoute's Out of Time. 

The co-ordinates? Well, read The Power Within, map the co-ordinates, email Mik Murdoch the location of the co-ordinates with your name and email address, and you also can win a free digital copy of Out of Time. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

4-star review for Susan Bohnet's My Life as a Troll

Five Rivers regularly participates in LibaryThing's Early Reviewers Giveaways, a way for readers to obtain review copies of new releases from publishers.

The following is one reader's review of Susan Bohnet's debut YA fantasy, My Life as a Troll.
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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!  )
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Five Rivers at VCON

VCON is Vancouver, British Columbia's premier science fiction, fantasy and games convention, since 1971. This year VCON is being held October 3-5 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel. Our own Senior Editor, Robert Runté , will be in attendance and involved in various functions.


11:30 – 12:00 Robert Runté Reading

1:00pm – 2:00pm Five Rivers Publishing: Pitch Session with Robert Runté

4:00pm-6pm: Aurora Awards Ceremony

6:00- 7:00 pm: Live Action Slush with hosts: Randy McCharles (M), Robert Runté, Mark Teppo, Patrick Swenson, Samantha Beiko, Ian Alexander Martin


2:00pm-3:00pm Five Rivers Publishing Pitch Session with Robert Runté 

Monday, 8 September 2014

New intern at Five Rivers

This fall Five Rivers is pleased to welcome our new Social Media and Promotions Intern, Jill Cabrera.

Jill Cabrera

Born in the Philippines and currently studying at MacEwan University (Edmonton, Alberta) Cabrera has been part-time Administrator and Retail for the Students' Association of MacEwan University, as well as Communications Support at MacEwan's Students' Association, and a Customer Advisor at Healthy Options Education.

She says of herself, "I am writer by passion and an editor by discipline. I am currently a student of MacEwan in pursuit of a dream in publishing."

Cabrera's internship is part of MacEwan University's work-study program. She will be with us until December. Welcome aboard the good ship Five Rivers, Jill!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Nate Hendley speaking at Walter Stewart Public Library

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Five Rivers' crime-writer Nate Hendley will be speaking at the Walter Stewart branch of the Toronto Public Library, as part of the East End Writers' Group meeting.

Nate Hendley

He will be reading from his works, discuss the true-crime genre, and answer questions about his writing process.

Nate Hendley is the author of Al Capone: Chicago's King of Crime, Dutch Schultz: Brazen Beer Baron of New York, Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice, John Lennon: Music, Myth and Madness, and Crystal Death: North America's Most Dangerous Drug. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Plested speaking at Jubilee Public Library

Michell Plested, author of the hit YA fantasy series, Mik Murdoch, will be at the Jubilee Public Library in Ponoka Saturday, September 13, 2014, starting from 1:00 p.m.

He will be reading from the second novel in the series, The Power Within. and will have copies available for signing and purchase.