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.

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!  )
  vote   flagpratchettfan | Sep 4, 2014 | 

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!