Glenna Jenkins – update on a new novel

Glenna Jenkins was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in September, 2014. Glenna is back now to tell us about the publication of her first novel.


Somewhere I Belong
By Glenna Jenkins
Published by Acorn Press
Young Adult Fiction

Upcoming Book Launch date in Halifax:
Thursday, November 27 at 7:30
Writers Federation of Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road (across from Pier 21)

In Somewhere I Belong, we meet young P.J. Kavanaugh at North Boston Station. His father has died, the Depression is on, and his mother is moving them back home. They settle in, and P.J. makes new friends. But the P.E.I. winter is harsh, the farm chores endless, and his teacher a drunken bully. He soon wants to go home; the problem is how.

A letter arrives from Aunt Mayme announcing a Babe Ruth charity baseball game in the old neighbourhood. But Ma won’t let him go. P.J is devastated. The weeks pass, then there is an accident on the farm. P.J. becomes a hero and Ma changes her mind. He travels to Boston, sees his friends, watches Babe Ruth hit a home run, and renews his attachment to the place. But his eagerness to return to the Island makes him wonder where he really belongs.

Glenna Jenkins is a writer whose Prince Edward Island roots date back to the early 1800s. The characters and events in her stories are gleaned from real-life family events that took place both on the Island and in New England. Her short stories have appeared in Jilted Angels: A Collection of Stories and Riptides: New Island Fiction. Glenna lives in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia with her husband, four children and two dogs.

Somewhere I Belong is her first novel.

Where to purchase Glenna’s book:
Acorn Press
Amazon Canada

Glenna’s promo link:
Facebook Page

Dale Furse

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Justice (Book 3 of the Wexkia Trilogy) Young Adult, Science Fiction/Fanatsy

Quick description: In the final installment of the fast-paced SciFi/Fantasy trilogy, Nell has more mounting questions she wants answered.

Nell thinks she is safe on Earth but she battles to defend her family and her home against an alien attack. She realizes she must learn to use all her wexkian talents to save her father who is dying from a deadly virus. However, she too succumbs to sickness before she can put her training into force.

Nell needs to fight the disease and engage in the bloodiest of battles to save not only her extended family, but an entire alien race. Will she be willing to pay the price for victory?


Brief biography:
Dale Furse lives in North Queensland, Australia. If she isn’t staring through her closest window dreaming of far flung worlds and people, she’s writing tales, be they Science Fiction, Fantasy or a little Horror.

As a university drop out, she decided to follow her passion, endeavouring to learn all she could about the craft of writing. She holds a Diploma of Professional Writing (Children’s Writing and Publishing) and she has completed more writing courses than she can count.

Having written novels, short stories, plays, songs and poems for over thirty years, Dale still works to improve her craft.

Links to buy Dale’s book:
The full trilogy
Amazon – eBook and Paperback
Amazon – eBook

Dale’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
I’m finally getting to the end of the last re-write of another Young Adult novel. The working title for the YA is Beyond the Wall but I don’t like it anymore. 

Here’s a short blurb: God’s bird-brained servants lose the wall responsible for two boy’s hapless excursion to an alien world.

Dale’s reading recommendation:
I don’t write in the Mystery genre but I’ve just finished Three-Ways: A Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery by Mike Markel. I bought it on a promotion and although it isn’t the first book in the series (I didn’t know that at the time), it read like a stand alone book. Detective Karen Seagate is a great lead character and she is a character. I loved the way she talked and the author’s writing had me right in the action. I love stories that take you in like this one did.

Susan Bohnet

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My Life as a Troll is a YA novel

Quick description: Dealing with family friction, the school bully, and the discovery of girls, Jared seeks refuge in Lavascape, the hottest new Internet game around. But, there’s something creepy about how addicting the game is and how troll-like Jared starts to become in real life.

My Life as a Troll is a sometimes funny, always engaging romp into the world of online gaming, through the escapades of Jared, who is doing everything humanly, and sometimes not humanly, possible in his real and fantasy quests.


Brief biography:
Susan Bohnet has an Associate Degree in Arts and Letters with a major in psychology from Ricks College, and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Resource Development from Brigham Young University. She lives in Alberta with her husband, five children, and a cute (but rather naughty) Yorkshire terrier. She has written a newspaper column called Family Frenzi for 18 years and has had two short stories published. My Life as a Troll is her first novel.

Links to buy Susan’s book:
Five Rivers Publishing

Susan’s promo links:
Like My Life as a Troll on Facebook

What are you working on now?
I am working on several young adult novels and a new adult novel. Family humor is also a passion. Plus, an adult novel is on the back burner. I need more burners.

Susan’s reading recommendation:
Lately I have enjoyed Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series, Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz verses the Evil Librarians, and Marie Lu’s Legend.

Michell Plested

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The release is titled Mik Murdoch: The Power Within. It is the second book in the Mik Murdoch series, which is Middle Grade/Young Adult Superhero Adventure.

Quick description: Mik Murdoch: The Power Within follows up a few months after the first book, Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero. Mik has been granted his first superpower and is having a lot of trouble dealing with it. His parents take him away to the lake for the summer to try and help him come to terms with his issues. Along the way he discovers a mystery that needs solving.


Brief biography:
Michell (Mike) Plested is an author, editor, blogger, closet superhero (not to mention sock herder and cat wrangler) and podcaster living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is the host of several podcasts including the writing podcaset, Get Published, (2009, 2011 and 2013 Parsec Finalist).

His debut novel, Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora Award for Best YA Novel and its sequel, Mik Murdoch: The Power Within was launched at When Words Collide 2014. He also has a collaborative Steampunk work, Jack Kane & the Statue of Liberty, coming out this year.

Links to buy Mike’s book:
Five Rivers Publishing

Mike’s promo links:
Readers can connect with me at:

What are you working on now?
I am working on the final edits/revisions of a YA novel I wrote for my Boy Scout troop titled, Boyscouts of the Apocalypse. It is, as you might expect, boyscouts and zombies. I will be self-publishing that one in time for the Scouts World Jamboree next year.

Mike’s reading recommendation:
I was very fortunate to read an ARC (advanced reader copy) of A Touch of Poison by Aaron Kite. So very good. The genre is YA Fantasy and is worth watching for (was published in August of this year).

Mary Fan

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Firedragon (A Flynn Nightsider Tale) – YA dystopia/fantasy

Quick description: Almost a hundred years after supernatural creatures ravaged the earth, the magic-wielding Enchanters rule over the former United States with an iron fist as the totalitarian Triumvirate, keeping the people safe in exchange for their freedom. When fourteen-year-old Aurelia “the Firedragon” Sun is selected to represent the nation in an elite international monster-fighting competition, she hopes to prove to the world that the non-magical, such as herself, are equal to the Enchanters. But she soon realizes that there’s something sinister behind the contest. Before she can uncover the truth, though, she’s pitted against the most dangerous monster known to mankind – a beast no one’s been known to survive.

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Brief biography:
Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. And what stories she has! Currently, she has three series in progress: her well-received Jane Colt sci-fi novels (Red Adept Publishing, released 2013), her upcoming Flynn Nightsider YA dystopian fantasies (Glass House Press, 2015), and her recently contracted YA fairytales, Fated Stars (Glass House Press, 2015). Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well. And though she’s well on her way, she can’t help dreaming of more.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

Links to buy Mary’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook
Barnes & Noble – eBook

Mary’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on my new YA high fantasy series, Fated Stars, which is currently under contract with Glass House Press. It takes place in a fantastical world in which enchanted creatures such as unicorns and mermaids dwell alongside humans. The first book, Windborn, tells the tale of an airnymph trapped by dark magicians seeking to steal her powers over the wind. In her struggle to escape, she discovers that there’s far more at stake than her own life. An ancient evil is stirring, one foretold to engulf the entire world in fire.

Mary’s reading recommendation:
Stone & Silt by Harvey Chute, a young adult/children’s book about a half-native girl living in 1800s British Columbia who must clear her father’s name after he’s implicated in a dastardly murder.

Jeffrey Ricker

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest book is The Unwanted, a YA fantasy published by Bold Strokes Books. I also have an essay in a family by any other name, published by TouchWood Editions.**

Quick description: Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. That’s before he finds out the mother he was always told was dead is actually alive—and she’s an Amazon. Sixteen years after she left him on his father’s doorstep, she’s back . . . and needs Jamie’s help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinction—until prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned. Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god to save a society that rejected him.

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Brief biography:
Jeffrey Ricker is the author of Detours, published in 2011 by Bold Strokes Books, and the YA fantasy The Unwanted, also published by Bold Strokes Books. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction, A Family by Any Other Name, Men of the Mean Streets, and others. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he is completing an MFA at the University of British Columbia and lives in St. Louis with his partner and their contrary dachshund.

Links to buy Jeffrey’s book:
Bold Strokes Books—eBook and print
Indiebound—U.S.—independent book stores
Barnes & Noble—U.S.—eBook and print
Amazon Worldwide—eBook and print

Jeffrey’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
I just finished my graduate thesis for UBC’s creative writing program. It’s a speculative fiction novel about a young farmer in the early 22nd century. Climate change has done a number on her profession by that point, and she’s forced to choose between keeping the family business afloat or throwing her lot in with her estranged brother, who’s leading the first colonization mission to another planet. I have some more edits to do for that, and then it’ll be time to focus on the next project, either a follow-up to The Unwanted or this idea I have for a detective novel set in St. Louis.

Jeffrey’s reading recommendation:
I’ll recommend the book I most recently finished, The Age by Nancy Lee. It’s set in the 1980s and follows a troubled teenager named Gerry as she falls in with a bad crowd planning a protest at a Vancouver peace march. The time period really resonated with me, as I remember being a teenager in the ’80s and thinking the world was going to end any day. That feeling is driven home even more by the book’s parallel storyline, a dystopian post-atomic future that takes place all in Gerry’s head. Gerry is at once pretty unlikable and yet I found myself full of sympathy for her situation.

**Reading Recommendations has previously featured three authors connected with the publication of a family by any other nameBruce Gillespie, Betty Jane Hegrat and ‘Nathan Burgoine.

Kevin McLeod

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Viking’s Apprentice – Adventure story for children aged 8 and over

Quick description: Follows the summer holidays of friends Peter and George. They have an amazing adventure when they arrive at Peter’s Granddad’s house in the mysterious town of Campbell’s Cove.


Brief biography:
I was born and raised in Scotland. To be precise I was born in Hamilton in 1975. (A year my oldest daughter thinks is close to around the time Vikings invaded Britian; that’s how old her dad is.) Then when I was very young we moved to Dunblane where I spent most of my years until I was roughly 20. After some traveling around I have landed back in Hamilton with my wife Kathleen and our two amazing daughters. They do say you always go back to where it all started one day.

I have always loved writing and have written many short stories. One day I will publish these stories (re-written and tidied up of course) for everyone else to read. I knew in my heart that I wanted to write a novel and I had many ideas competing to be first out of the hat. (I have to wear a hat these days, I am bald and it gets cold in Scotland.) I did write a book, as yet untitled, but chose not to release it after I had the idea for The Viking’s Apprentice. This new idea grabbed me and I began writing. I was inspired by my daughters and especially my oldest who loves to read. I wanted to write a story they could read and enjoy sooner rather than later. A story aimed at younger readers, but that could be enjoyed by everyone.

Two years of hard work, re-writes, edits and learning about the industry came to fruition when The Viking’s Apprentice was released on Amazon on March 28th 2013 and has achieved number 1 in it’s genre in America and the UK on Amazon. Book 2, The Master’s Revenge, was released in September 2013 and also reached number 1.

Links to buy Kevin’s book:
This link takes you to my website and lists every site you can buy the books from.

Kevin’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
I’m working on the third book in the series which has a working title of Journey to the Other Side.

Kevin’s reading recommendation:
Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane or The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King. Both very different, but both excellent.

Vashti Quiroz-Vega

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Basement – Robbie’s Rite of Passage
Suspense/Thriller aimed at a Pre-teen / Teen audience

Quick description: The Basement is an unusual coming-of-age story about an 11-year-old boy, Robbie. Robbie is an ordinary boy in a normal world, as we first enter the neighborhood and witness an idyllic scene of prepubescent children at play; but what happens in silence and in the dark will amaze you.

Robbie is barely surviving a grim life with an alcoholic father until the day he must pass a terrible test set for him by the father. He is prepared, in a way, by an accident and subsequent ordeal waiting to be rescued during a scout outing, but his father’s cruel test is to leave the boy overnight in a creepy basement of a tenement house.

Robbie draws strength from his belief in God and eventually wins through, with a courage that helps to transform his father.

Join Robbie as he journeys to explore unknown and forgotten tales of intrigue, fear and blind faith.

The Basement is a tale of angst, teamwork and solutions, of treasure hunts and adventure, and of facing your fears. It is a focus on the small- but everything- world of a pre-teen named Robbie and the very real and wondrous world he braves.

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The Basement Book Cover was my concept brought to life by illustrator Denise Spencer. The cover was a finalist in the Authorsdb 2013 Book Cover Contest.

Brief biography:
From the time I was a young kid, writing has been my passion. I’ve always been a writer I just didn’t know it until much later. For me, it is easier to express my thoughts on paper than with the spoken word. I enjoy making people feel an array of emotions with my writing. I like my audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.

My love of animals and nature are often incorporated in my stories. You’ll read intriguing things about various animals, nature and natural disasters commingled in my character-driven novels.

I love to read almost as much as I love to write. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown.

I’m currently living in sunny Florida, where I work as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Writing is my passion, and I also love photography, drawing, reading, kayaking, traveling and watching basketball and UFC fights on TV.

Links to buy Vashti’s book:
Amazon US, Canada – Kindle & paperback
Barnes & Noble – paperback

There are still a few signed books at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at – 11820 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 (954) 441-0444

Vashti’s promo links:
The Basement Fan Page
Facebook Author Page

What are you working on now?
Lilith is the first installment of my Fantasy Angels Adult Series. The characters in this story are angels depicted in a very unique way. It is a story of many twists, surprises and a bit of controversy. Lilith is currently in the editing process, and I’ve already began writing the second installment, Dracul.

Vashti’s reading recommendation:
I enjoyed reading the book Shadow People by Jo Robinson. It was very entertaining and creative, and I loved the characters. I am currently reading Hidden Light of Mexico City by Carmen Amato and I’m really enjoying it so far.

Nicole Winters

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?
TT: Full Throttle
Genre: Young Adult

Quick description: Scott has one obsession: to fulfill his late father’s dream of racing in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Races, the most dangerous and prestigious motorcycle road race in the world. Far from their home in British Columbia and still reeling from a recent tragedy, Scott and his roommates-turned-pit crew have only five days during Practice Week to qualify with a fast enough lap time or he doesn’t race. But the pressure of working with a rookie crew on the potentially lethal course puts Scott’s safety and his friendships on the line. As race day draws near he and his friends will have to swallow their pride to help Scott achieve his dream.

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Brief biography:
Nicole Winters travelled to the Isle of Man in 2010 and 2011 to research TT Full Throttle, securing a press pass enabling her to speak with privateers, podium champs, marshals, mechanics and pit crew. She attended newcomers’ meetings and even volunteered as a roadside marshal. TT Full Throttle is the first fictional book that centres on the IOMTT Races. She plans on returning to the IOM in 2014 to work on a sequel, Thunder Road.

Links to buy Nicole’s book:
Chapters Indigo – print
Kobo – eBook
Amazon Worldwide – Hardcover, Paperback and eBook – Hardcover & Paperback

Nicole’s promo links:
@scottsaunders1 (character’s Twitter handle)
@ttfullthrottle (book’s Twitter handle)
Read the first chapter free
Watch the book trailer here

What are you working on now?
I am returning to the Isle of Man in May/June ’14 to for another exciting IOMTT Races so I can research and write the sequel, Thunder Road. Vruum! Vruum!

Nicole’s reading recommendation:
Twentieth Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
An amazing collection of short stories that I never get sick of rereading.

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Jacqueline Guest – update on a new publication

Jacqueline Guest was first featured on Reading Recommendations on Dec. 16, 2013, and is here to tell us about a new novel being published by Coteau Books this spring, The Comic Book War.


From my publicist: I just heard from the Library Services Centre that their Kids’ Best Seller Committee chose Comic Book War for the Bestseller catalogue this season.

And here’s a pre-release Kirkus Review:

Author: Jacqueline Guest

Review Issue Date: April 1, 2014
Online Publish Date: March 17, 2014
Publisher:Coteau Books
Pages: 256
Publication Date: May 1, 2014
ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-1-55050-582-5
Category: Fiction

A teenager with three brothers fighting overseas in World War II concocts an elaborate coping mechanism that works to keep his anxieties down and his spirits up—until it doesn’t.

A small meteorite takes on talismanic properties for Robert when he suddenly begins to spot mysterious parallels between the exploits of his three favorite comic-book heroes and incidents reported in the letters he receives from his big brothers, who are off in Europe with the Canadian armed forces. Determined efforts to raise enough money to buy each new issue of each comic put him head to head with hard-bitten classmate Charlene. Their bitter rivalry slowly transforms into friendship and then something closer as they come to understand what is in many of the messages they are delivering to the people in town. Then one such telegram comes to Robert’s parents, and his certainties of the links between fiction and fact are shattered. Guest gives her tale a distinctly Canadian flavor with references to locally produced comics (the better known ones from the U.S. were not imported during the war) and by casting Robert and his family as Métis, a persecuted minority. But her young characters’ emotional challenges are not confined to a particular country or war.

Built around a timely (ever timely, unfortunately) theme, this wartime tale featuring young characters with complementary strengths and vulnerabilities shines in a sharply rendered setting. (historical notes) (Historical fiction. 11-14)

Radio Book Club interview with Jacqueline Guest

For more information and to order, go to Coteau Books