Wednesday, 20 August 2014

D.G. Laderoute at When Words Collide

D.G. Laderoute, author of the spell-binding YA fantasy, Out of Time, sat on several panels at this year's When Words Collide convention of readers, writers and those involved in the publishing industry.

One of the panels was Live Action Slush -- YA Edition. The concept is writers put forward their work anonymously for the panel to read, and then the audience and panel comment, blind. Fabulous concept.

If ever you have an opportunity to hear Laderoute read, or speak, it's an event worth attending.

D.G. Laderoute, second from left,
reading at When Words Collide 2014

Monday, 18 August 2014

Five Rivers on Pinterest

Senior Editor, Robert Runte, apparently loves phaffing about on Pinterest. He apparently has created a whole series of boards on a uniquely Five Rivers Publishing site. Some great categories and information there. Might want to check it out. Official site is at: 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Mik Murdoch: The Power Within receiving rave reader reviews

Reader reviews are now coming in on Goodreads for Michell Plested's newest installment in the Mik Murdoch series: Mik Murdoch: The Power Within. 
available in print and eBook
from Five Rivers
online booksellers worldwide
and select bookstores

It would seem Mik, and Mike, are pleasing fans.

Jeffrey Hite
The in interest of full disclosure Michell Plested is a good friend of mine and a co-edit on a couple of projects we have worked on together, and I was given my Advanced Readers Copy in return for a fair and honest review. Though I would have gladly paid full price for the book having read the first one.

Warning there are mild spoilers of both book one and book two but nothing you can get over.
In this second book in the series Mik Murdoch Boy Super Hero continues in his efforts to protect his fair town of Cranberry Flats, but with his Super Hero Librarian Friend moved to the city and him left with only the hope of a super power to come, what is a boy to do? Well he could eat the berry given to him by the guardian, but who knows what will come of that. When troubles at school, his friends leaving town, and something weird going on with his health, his parents decide that a summer at the lake might just be the right thing for them all. When he bumps into his idol and gets a chance of a life time, the summer just gets more and more complicated.

If you read the first, book or even if you didn't you will enjoy this book. While I loved the first book, this one is head and shoulders above it, Michell Plested has really grown as a writer and a story teller. Even though he is a year older now, Mik still relies on his parents and turns to them in times of trouble, far from the norm of most absent or brainless parents found in most YA novels.

While his super powers and what he discovers at the lake are a bit out there Mik himself is truly down to Earth. He has every day concerns, his Dog Krypto, his dad who has to keep going back into town for work, and his mom who is a bit lonely out at the lake, not to mention some pesky creatures who keep messing with them, and girl near his own age in the cabin down the beach.

This book is a quick read, but just long enough to make it truly enjoyable, and just short enough to leave you wanting more.

I am still reading it to my kids (one chapter a night) and they are always asking for more.(less)
Jade Brooke
Mik's back, and better than ever! Him and his best friend, Krypto, go on another adventure! This time, we find the two at the lake. They meet some new friends, and help solve a mystery. Mik does learn a hard lesson at the end, but he takes it in stride! I really love the character Mik, as he genuinely cares for those around him. He's always eager to his his family, he's polite to others, and he's got an endless supply of energy I wish I had! I will admit to sneaking in a few pages while at work, as I really needed to know what happened! I must say I love the super power that the berry gave Mik!

If you like adventure and mystery, this book is the one for you! (less)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

More Photos from When Words Collide 2014

Five Rivers book launch at When Words Collide, Calgary, Aug 2014. Five of the six authors from the Spring / Summer lineup were available at the conference to do 'teaser' readings and sign their latest releases. From L-R: Susan Bohnet, Aaron Kite, Mike Plested, Ann Marston and Susan MacGregor.

Part of the attentive audience at the launch readings.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Susan MacGregor at When Words Collide

Susan MacGregor's second novel in the Tattooed Witch Trilogy, The Tattooed Seer, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Prix Aurora.

This past weekend she and Chadwick Ginther, also shortlisted for his novel Tombstone Blues, mugged it for the cameras in an all-out pseudo fracas. Susan says her image is so blurry because she was so lightning fast.

Susan MacGregor (left), Chadwick Ginther (right)

Monday, 11 August 2014

WWC 2014

Another fantastic event held by the organizers of When Words Collide.

Five Rivers senior editor, Robert Runte and many Five Rivers authors attended, taking part in panels, pitch sessions, signings and general networking.

In the coming days more news and photos will be available, for now we thought we'd share these three. Apologies for the quality; Robert's phone revolted on his way out the door and so he used a spare, and thus the quality of the images is not that great.

Mike Plested (centre), author of the Mik Murdoch series
at his book signing

Aaron Kite (left) on a panel
author of Shakespeare for Slackers, and A Touch of Poison

Susan MacGregor (left), author of The Tattooed Witch Trilogy
at her book signing

Friday, 8 August 2014

Five Rivers Spring/Summer launch at When Words Collide

An updated poster for our Five Rivers Publishing's Book Session on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. We will be launching seven books (our complete Spring/Summer line) with five minute 'teaser' readings. All seven books will be available for sale at the WWC special rate of $15 each, except for Dave Duncan's book, which sells for $10. Hope to see you there.