Roy Dimond – update on a new novel

Roy Dimond has be featured previously on Reading Recommendations here and here. He’s back now to tell us about a new novel.

I, Bully
by Roy Dimond
Published by Motivational Press

I, Bully addresses the serious issue of cyber bullying. What makes this story unique is that it is told from the perspective of both the bully and the victim.
 The two main characters, the victim, Hannah, and the bully, Eric, learn from each other in ways they could never have imagined.
 Hannah is a typical young girl in grade 8. She’s completely focused on friends and feels her family doesn’t understand. Hannah also feels invisible and her perception is that her older sister gets all the attention. It’s a good, middle-class family, but struggling. 
Eric is also in grade 8, but his family is dysfunctional. Dad drinks and mom is barely keeping it together. Eric is filled with rage and takes it out on everyone.
 Eventually, spirit quests and restorative justice help build relationships that lead to enlightenment and reconciliation.
 Roy Dimond’s exciting new novel I, Bully will empower and touch all who read it.

Where to purchase Roy’s book:
Amazon Canada
Amazon US
Motivational Press

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David A. Poulsen – a new teen/adult novel … and an unusual launch

I’ve known David Poulsen for more years than either of us would care to admit! I was his sales rep when he published his humorous adult novel, Don’t Fence Me In, with Red Deer College Press during the Dennis Johnson days … We both miraculously survived that time – life in the book biz was always sketchy for both authors and sales reps whenever DJ was involved … and David has since gone on to successfully write and publish many more books, both for adults and teens, as well as continue his career as a Professional Rodeo Announcer. He has been a guest on Reading Recommendations several times and is back now to tell us about his new novel and a special event organized to launch it.

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And Then The Sky Exploded
by David A. Poulsen
Published by Dundurn Press
Genre: Teen/Adult novel

When Christian learns his great-grandfather helped build the A-bombs dropped on Japan, he wants to make amends … somehow.

While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

On a school trip to Japan, Chris meets eighty-one-year-old Yuko, who was eleven when the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, horribly injuring her. Christian is determined to do something to make up for what his great-grandfather did. But after all this time, what can one teenager really do? His friends tell him it’s a stupid idea, that there’s nothing he can do. And maybe they’re right.

But maybe, just maybe … they’re wrong.

Where to Purchase:
Dundurn Press

From David:
Anybody can have a book launch in Toronto or Calgary but it’s not every day that Ponteix, Saskatchewan hosts a national book launch. I’m so excited that that is exactly what is happening in this cool town of 700 people. We’ll be launching my newest teen/young adult novel tomorrow evening (the 24th) in the high school gymnasium with a beef on a bun dinner at 5:30 pm and the reading/signing to follow.at 6:30 The community had gotten behind School Principal Chad Striker who has taken the lead in putting this together and even folks from neighbouring communities are planning to come–which is the way they do things in Saskatchewan (you may have heard of the Saskatchewan Roughriders)…so if even a tiny bit of that kind of community spirit is in play tomorrow night, it will be a wonderful evening. So if any of my Saskatchewan friends are near enough to pop by or even if you’ve never met me but would like to experience a book launch, rural Saskatchewan-style, stop by the Ponteix School tomorrow. Should be a very cool evening.

And … here’s what happened!

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Natalie Hyde

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Stay Strong: A Musician’s Journey from Congo is non-fiction.

Quick description: Growing up, Gentil Misigaro only knew the world as a place of loss, fear, and death. For fifteen years he and his family moved from country to country to escape the violence, but it followed them from their village in Congo to Rwanda and then Uganda. Through it all Gentil found strength and hope in music. When his family got the news that they had finally found a new home in Canada, Gentil saw his music as a powerful force that could bring positive change to his new homeland and to the world.

Natalie has provided a few links to Gentil’s music videos: With Status4 founder Kevin Gibson; Beautiful People Video; and the ExileZ Facebook page offers more music!

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Brief biography:
Natalie Hyde is the author of over fifty fiction and non-fiction books for kids. She lives in Southern Ontario with her family, a little leopard gecko, and a cat that desperately wants to eat him.

Links to buy Natalie’s book:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Natalie’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the second book in the Arrivals series. This book will feature a young woman who fled Colombia to find a new life in Canada. I am also working on a new middle grade novel as well as a new middle grade non-fiction book.

Natalie’s reading recommendation:
I just had the pleasure of reading Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson. Great story!

David A. Poulsen – update on the re-release of a novel

David A. Poulsen has been featured on Reading Recommendations several times now: first in Feb. 2014 with a new novel; second in Oct. 2014 with an update on a new novel; third in Oct. 2015 when he recommended a new book by Ted Barris in Authors Recommending Authors. Now David is back to tell us the great news that one of his earlier-written novels that had gone out of print is being re-released by Dundurn Press. But we’ve also just received the terrific news that David was named Douglas Lake Cowboy of the Year! Congratulations, David!

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Numbers
by David A. Poulsen
Published by: Dundurn Press
Genre: YA Fiction

Just when Andy starts to feel like he finally belongs, can he stand up to the person he trusted the most?

Fifteen-year-old Andy Crockett wouldn’t call himself the luckiest kid on Earth. His brother got all the looks and all the smarts. And at school, he doesn’t fit with any of the groups — the goths, the athletes, or the brains. Even those misfits, The Six, aren’t exactly welcoming him.

But with a new school year starting, Andy thinks his luck may be changing. Parkerville isn’t the coolest school, but at least Mr. Retzlaff, his tenth-grade social studies teacher, is cool. His class is actually good from day one. Covering World War II, Hitler, and the Holocaust, Mr. R. urges students to question everything they see and hear. It’s the one class Andy wants to ace, if only to make Mr. R. proud. But before long, he starts to realize that Mr. R.’s version of history doesn’t quite match everyone else’s, and that succeeding in this class may cost more than he’s willing to pay.

David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, and actor who spends eighty to one hundred days each year as a visiting author in schools across Canada. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Old Man, which was short-listed for the Forest of Reading White Pine award, and Numbers which won the Sakura Medal in Japan. He lives in the foothills west of Claresholm, Alberta.

Dundurn Press lists where Numbers is available to be purchased in both print and eBook.
David also reports: It’s available at Barnes and Noble throughout the US and, of course, good bookstores across Canada–Chapters, McNally-Robinson and your independent booksellers. It’s available in book and ebook formats and can be found online–Chapters, Amazon etc.

 

Karen Bass

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My latest release is Uncertain Soldier, a YA historical novel that, as I like to say, is “suitable for adults.”

Quick description: Seventeen-year-old Erich is a German prisoner of war working at a northern Alberta logging camp. Twelve-year-old Max, the son of German immigrants, goes to school, reluctantly, in the nearby town. The two would be unlikely friends, except that neither has anyone else to turn to. At the height of World War II, nobody wants to befriend a German.

When a series of accidents shake the logging camp, the other loggers pressure Erich to question the Canadians and find the saboteur—even if his questions get him into trouble. Caught between angry prisoners and suspicious captors, Erich is afraid to take any action at all. It is only when Max’s schoolyard tormentors cross a dangerous line that Erich realizes his real loyalties lie not with a regime or a country, but with his friend.

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Brief biography:
Karen Bass grew up in northern Alberta and never intended to be a writer. Then she went to work at her local library near Grande Prairie, Alberta. After four years of reading an ever-growing number of books, the idea took root that she could write as well as some of the authors whose books she was shelving. As soon as she gave writing a try, she was hooked, thus proving that libraries are dangerous places.

After writing down a half million or so words that are now stored in her “practice” drawer, a publisher took on her first YA novel. Her last novel, Graffiti Knight, won some provincial and national awards, has made several “best of” lists, including being named a 2015 “Outstanding International Book” by USBBY. This spring, her fifth YA novel, Uncertain Soldier, was released.

Along the way she went from being rather shy in public gatherings, to discovering she likes talking about writing with anyone, from elementary students to adults, and yes, even (or especially!) junior high students.

Links to buy Karen’s book:
McNally Robinson
Chapters/Indigo
Amazon Canada
Amazon US

Karen’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Goodreads

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a story that might best be called contemporary fantasy. It involves two teens in a remote area of Alberta, and the spirit world they accidentally enter. It doesn’t have a final title yet but Pajama Press has scheduled it for release in the spring of 2016.

Karen’s reading recommendation:
After hearing he had died, I picked up Tamar by Mal Peet, and found it engrossing, especially the WWII scenes. It was my first Peet novel, but I enjoyed it so much that next up on my pile is his last book, The Murdstone Trilogy.

Tricia Drammeh – an update on a new novel

Tricia Drammeh has previously been featured on Reading Recommendations. I have also listed Tricia as one of my All-Star Authors and I highly recommend her writing. Tricia is back now to tell us of a new release!

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Sweet Sorrow
by Tricia Drammeh
Young Adult Romance

Rowan achieves her greatest desire when she earns the part of Juliet in the school play, but it’s impossible to concentrate on her lines when her secret crush is cast as Romeo. Eddie is a fallen football hero and the subject of widespread gossip. Not only has he lost the respect of his peers, he’s also earned the open animosity of Rowan’s father, the high school’s football coach. Eddie isn’t the only one with a tarnished past—Rowan has secrets of her own. When the truth is revealed, will Rowan replace Eddie as the most hated student in school, or will Rowan and Eddie share the stage together?

Available to purchase from Amazon
*Sweet Sorrow is available for free download beginning today and through the weekend and will be available in a paperback edition soon.

Lorna Schultz Nicholson

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Fragile Bones – YA Contemporary

Quick description: Two teens: Two voices. Harrison is a 15-year-old boy with high functioning autism/Asperger’s and Anna is an overachiever in her senior year of high school. They are paired together in the Best Buddies club at their high school. Harrison and Anna meet for ice cream and at the Science Center and develop a friendship that goes through many emotions. Written in alternating voices, Fragile Bones is the story of an unlikely but beautiful friendship.

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Brief biography:
Lorna has published over thirty books, including picture books, middle grade fiction and YA fiction and non-fiction. They have been nominated for the Golden Eagle Award, Diamond Willow Award, and Red Cedar. She loves writing series. Fragile Bones is the first book in her One-2-One series. Oh, and she divides her time between Edmonton and Penticton and lives with her hubby, and two dogs: a whiny Bichon Shih Tzu and a naughty Mexican rescue dog.

Links to buy Lorna’s book:
Amazon
Chapters/Indigo

Lorna’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

What are you working on now?
The second book in the One-2-One series. There is no title as of yet but it will be about Erika, (a 15-year old born with Down syndrome), and Gianni, her Best Buddy. It will be released in March 2016 with Clockwise Press.

Lorna’s reading recommendation:
Since I’m a voracious reader and always have a book on the go I will tell you what I just finished. 1) The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m a bit of a crime fiction junkie and this was an entertaining read. 2) Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius. This is a very interesting and deeply emotional memoir about a young boy locked in his body. Since Canada has so many wonderful children’s writers I also recommend Teresa Toten and the Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. And Crush, Candy, Corpse by Sylvia McNicoll. My mother has Alzheimer’s so this book resonated with me. Also, Janet Gurtler, Beverley Brenna, Natalie Hyde, (loved Hockey Girl), Susin Nielsen, Deborah Ellis (my hero) and there are so many more. Oh, and I can’t forget Ann-Marie MacDonald and Jane Urquhart. I could go on and on with this question so I’ll stop.

E. Graziani

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? War In My Town – a memoir and true story of my mother, Bruna’s experiences in her Nazi-occupied village in Tuscany, Italy during WWII.

Quick description: This is a touching and at times, harrowing account of teenaged Bruna’s idyllic life turned upside down when her small Italian village becomes the centre of fighting in the last months of the Second World War.

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Brief biography:
E. Graziani is a teacher and self-proclaimed life-long learner who believes in constantly setting new goals for herself and working hard to achieve them. Her love of history, word artistry, and storytelling help to fuel these goals as do her students who particularly enjoy her classroom read alouds. She has worked with the Alzheimer Society of Canada to raise awareness and educate people regarding this disease and also enjoys speaking to high school English classes about her writing and inspirations. She resides in Stoney Creek, Ontario, with her husband and four daughters. Other books by E. Graziani – Alice of the Rocks, Jess Under Pressure.

Links to buy E. Graziani’s book:
From publisher, Second Story Press
From Amazon

E. Graziani’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

What are you working on now?
I am working on the sequel to Alice of the Rocks – a young adult fiction which is currently #1 on the Goodreads YA Time Travel Romance List.

E. Graziani’s reading recommendation:
I am absolutely loving A Brief History Of The Universe by J.P. McEvoy – He writes about the story of astronomy but from a totally humanistic perspective – more about the people who contributed to scientific advances rather than the advances themselves.

Katrina Jack

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Dawn Horizon, YA urban fantasy

Quick description: This is the third and final book in The Silver Flute Trilogy. The series centres on mute musician, Jeremiah Tully, and his quest to find his true identity.

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Brief biography:
I was born, and still live in the great city of Liverpool. I started out writing short stories and articles, but after an unexpected windfall, invested in taking an MA in creative writing at John Moore’s University in Liverpool. From there, I graduated to writing novels, and finally settled on the YA urban fantasy genre.

Links to buy Katrina’s book:
AMAZON UK
AMAZON US

Katrina’s promo links:
Facebook Land of Midnight Days Page
Facebook Author Page
Twitter
Blog

What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the first book in a new trilogy, a follow up to the first, called The Songstress Trilogy; book one is called: Elawyn’s Song.

Katrina’s reading recommendation:
The epic fantasy written by Sophie E Tallis, called, The Darkling Chronicles, White Mountain.

Kelli Sue Landon

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Stranded In Time (Time travel/mystery)

Quick description: College student and art major Samantha Harper has been tracing her family tree for quite some time. Her mother, Rebecca, died when Sam was sixteen and she never talked much about her past. Samantha is thrilled to hear that she will be allowed to research her mother’s past for a school assignment. Upon arriving in Rebecca’s old neighborhood, Sam arranges to have a tour of her mother’s grade school. She finds an area inside the school that had been damaged and at first, thinking a ghost has been inhabiting the gymnasium, she accidentally crosses over into the year 1975; the year when her mother is in kindergarten. Fascinated and scared at the same time, Sam gets to witness her mother’s childhood up front as she inadvertently gets involved in an old case of a young girl’s accidental death. Little Josie Baker, a classmate of Sam’s mother, died that year inside the school gymnasium. But, was it an accident? After uncovering the dark secret surrounding Josie’s death, Samantha wonders if she’ll ever find her way back home where her father and best friend, Josh, have been waiting for her return. Will she return to the present or will she have to live the rest of her life in the past?

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Brief biography:
Kelli Sue Landon is a mystery novelist and short story author. Her published novels include Sudden Moves, Nightmare At Camp Forrestwood, and Summer Shack (A Killer Vacation). She is from Peoria, Illinois and works for the U.S. Postal Service.

Links to buy Kelli’s book:
Amazon – eBook, audio, paperback, hardcover

Kelli’s promo links:
Website
Twitter
Facebook

What are you working on now?
A prequel to Summer Shack entitled, The Lighthouse Killer which tells about the killer’s senior year in high school, leading him up to the murders.

Kelli’s reading recommendation:
Linwood Barclay is an author that keeps me on the edge of my seat. No Time For Goodbye and Too Close To Home are novels that really kept me guessing.