Margaret Atwood devotees, meet your new favorite author

Ronlyn Domingue is the critically and commercially acclaimed author of The Mercy of Thin Air.

She returns in March 2013 with The Mapmaker’s War which is already receiving some fantastic advance praise.

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Here’s a little bit about the book…

In an ancient time, in a far-away land, a young woman named Aoife is allowed a rare apprenticeship to become her kingdom’s mapmaker, tasked with charting the entire domain. Traveling beyond its borders, she finds a secretive people who live in peace, among great wealth. They claim to protect a mythic treasure, one connected to the creation of the world. When Aoife reports their existence to her kingdom, the community is targeted as a threat. Attempting to warn them of imminent danger. Aoife is exiled for treason and finds refuge among the very people who had been declared her enemy. With them, she begins a new life surrounded by kindness, equality, and cooperation. But within herself, Aoife has no peace. She cannot share the grief she feels for the home and children she left behind. She cannot bear the warrior scars of the man she comes to love. And when she gives birth to their gifted daughter, Aoife cannot avoid what the child forces her to confront about her past and its truth.

This is a mesmerizing and utterly original adventure about love and loss–and the redemptive power of the human spirit.

Take a look at some the wonderful advance praise below.

“Journey to the heart of a fairy-tale land with doomed queens, epic quests, and enemy kingdoms in The Mapmaker’s War. Ronlyn Domingue’s jewel of a book has a big canvas, memorable characters, and intimate storytelling. You will be swept away by this otherworldly tale that charts the all-too-human territory between heartbreak and hope.”-Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night

The Mapmakers War is an extraordinary tale of a woman’s courage in an ancient Utopian world. Domingue has taken on the herculean task of inventing a new legend, and the result is a remarkable novel at once absorbing and heart wrenching, but above all mesmerizing!”
M.J. Rose, internationally bestselling author of Seduction

“A map can make sense out of the seen world. But it can also evoke greed. And what of a map of the heart? Legend, allegory, fantasy—this second novel by Domingue entwines genres to cast a spell upon its reader…. A curious, thought-provoking story about how the heart’s terrain bears charting, too.”
Kirkus Reviews

“What a stunning, original book this is—restrained and sensual, cerebral and lush, always blazingly intelligent, epic and expansive, yet filled with the most precisely and lovingly observed details. This is one of the best books I’ve read in years. Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s best work and yet wholly its own, The Mapmaker’s War evokes one of its heroine’s fantastic, world-defining maps: giving lines to human landscapes as old as myth, seemingly for the first time. You won’t be able to put this book down, and it will take you somewhere you’ve never been, leaving you transformed.”
Carolyn Turgeon, author of Mermaid and The Fairest of Them All

The Mapmaker’s War evokes not mere fantasy, but the real magic I found as a child, reading by flashlight under a blanket. As then, the story takes me by the hand to exotic lands and noble people. As it proceeds, I’m reminded of myself as a teen-age girl, chafing under the restrictions of an established order. Further on, I’m lead into adulthood. The story keeps me under its spell, but it fills with adult contradictions, with experiences of betrayal and regret, with sex and self-knowledge, with the reality of evil, and all the while, yes, the same old magic. But the magic has matured, now, redeemed by love and wisdom.”
Ava Leavell Haymon, author of Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread: Poems, Winner of the MIAL 2011 Prize for Poetry

“With an original voice, Ronlyn Domingue takes us into a land of strange truths and raw beauty. Writing against contemporary norms, she dares to forge into new territory even as she takes us into an ancient world. To the place of a red dragon and warm desire. A world full of love, and hate, and recompense. Domingue has a rare eye for the honest word and a heart willing to travel where the story leads. The Mapmaker’s War offers us the chance to reflect on both our sins and saving graces and to believe in the possibility of a future that holds kindness and understanding as key. This novel is a celebration of brave women and men, of expansive vision, and ultimately, of a humanity not easily denied.”
River Jordan, nationally bestselling author of Praying for Strangers and The Miracle of Mercy Land

I have a few ARCs available. Send me an email at anneliese.grosfeld@simonandschuster.ca if you’d like a copy. First come, first served.

365 days of Rachael Ray

You’ve watched her for years on television, but have you ever wondered what Rachael Ray cooks when the cameras aren’t rolling? In her new cookbook, My Year in Meals, Rachael gives you an inside look into her kitchen for one full year. My Year in Meals offers intimate access to tasty dishes that will take you from breakfast to dinner. From the meals she whips up at a moment’s notice to family feasts, and dishes inspired by her travels around the world, you can now enjoy twelve incredible months of Rachael’s homemade favorites.

Need something to get you out of bed in the morning? Try the Almond Custard Brioche Toast or Eastern Egg Sandwiches with Bacon. Looking to fire up that backyard barbecue? Try the Baby Back Ribs with Bourbon BBQ sauce. For something simple that will knock your guests’ socks off, try Rachael’s Egg Tagliatelle with Truffle Butter and Butternut Squash Risotto. Rachael even shares her husband John Cusimano’s amazing cocktail recipes, guaranteeing that you’ll never reach for store-bought Margarita mix again. To top it off, Rachael includes personal stories behind many of the dishes and her own never-before-seen photos of these culinary creations. In no time at all, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into her home for a change!

A year of delicious food is only enhanced by a selection of equally tasty cocktails, and Rachael’s husband, John Cusimano, is no stranger to the cocktail shaker. Now he’s sharing his secrets with you. Whether shaken or stirred, straight up or on the rocks, with a cherry or a twist, John’s creations—like his Strawberry Velvet featuring honey liqueur, strawberries, and lime—are always fresh, fun, and certain to make any gathering more memorable. With plenty of options for every occasion and season, such as the Pomegranate Margarita, the Halloween Fizz, and the Nod to Nog, these fabulous concoctions are the perfect complement to Rachael’s year of great eating.

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No hockey? No problem!

As the hockey lockout drags on and the potential of losing an entire season of games altogether is looking like more and more of a reality, hockey fans all over North America are in despair.

But never fear! We have a solution to the hockey drought: Triple Overtime!

Triple Overtime is THE must-have book for every hockey fan. It explores all the best stories, stats, the highlights and the lowlights, from every team in the NHL.

  • Who are the all-time top scorers over 40 years old?
  • Is Alexander Ovechkin no longer great?
  • Which NHL star married an actress from Baywatch?

Packed with lots of photos and every popular and professional fact you can imagine about the fastest game on ice, Triple Overtime has enough punch for even the most dedicated fan.

Experience hockey history and hijinks like you never have before and get your much-needed hockey fix at the same time!

Check out www.tripleovertimebook.ca for classic hockey moments, a graphic excerpt and more! Triple Overtime is available wherever books are sold October 30, 2012.

Stephen Cole is a hockey fan and the author of Double Overtime, Xtreme Hockey, The Canadian Hockey Atlas, The Last Hurrah: A Celebration of Hockey’s Greatest Season ’66-’67, and the hockey humour anthology Slapshots. He writes regularly for The Globe and Mail and the CBC. Stephen Cole lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife and two sons.

Kate Morton is back! And you could win!!!

Have you ever read one of those novels that stays with long after you finish the last page? If you’re familiar with Australian author Kate Morton, then you’ve definitely experienced this feeling.

The first Kate Morton novel I read was The Distant Hours. I was lucky enough to attend a lunch with Kate Morton when she was in town and I was able to ask her all the burning questions I had about why she ended the story the way she did, how she came up with the characters etc.

Also, isn’t she just lovely?

It’s been two years since we’ve had a new novel from Kate and I am SO excited that she is back this fall with The Secret Keeper. I’m about a 1/3 of the way through it and trust me, it does not disappoint. The opening sequence alone was enough to suck me in for all 496 pages!

Kate once again writes in her signature style spanning multiple time periods telling the story from more than one point of view. The story moves from the 1960’s to the 1940’s and then to present day. Here’s a quick synopsis for you:

After witnessing a shocking crime in her youth that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Laurel, fifty years later, must come to terms with the secret history of her family. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

And just because we love our readers SO much we are giving you the opportunity to win a Kate Morton library of books!! Visit www.thesecretkeeper.ca to enter, read an excerpt, download Secret Keeper wallpaper and more! And don’t forget to check out Kate’s Canadian tour dates! She will be in Canada October 18-20. All details can be found at www.thesecretkeeper.ca.

 

Visit www.katemorton.com for more info about the author and her other novels.

Lisa Genova does it again

Lisa Genova’s third book Love Anthony came out last week and it is already a hit!

Check out the praise Lisa and the book have been receiving:

“I adored this book. Highly recommended. I can’t wait to see what Lisa has in store for us next.”—Daisy’s Book Journal

“Genova caught me from the opening chapters and held me rapt until I turned the last page. This is one that will be on my staff picks for a quite a while. (until I replace it with the fourth book Genova is working on.)”—A Bookworm’s World

“Finished in one evening, absolutely stupendous! !”—Serendipitous Readings

“Love Anthony boasts the same poignancy and depth as Genova’s previous works, and is an essential read, whether you live with autism in your daily life or not.”—Divine.ca

“I highly recommend this novel to everyone, regardless of whether or not you have an interest in disabilities, but in the process you will gain an interesting glimpse into the lives of people touched by Autism.”—Goodreads winner Josie

“Genova never ceases to amaze me with the complexities she explores in her novels – both with the human brain and human emotion. She writes with authority, but in an easy to read way, so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the scientific jargon.”—Goodreads winner Krissy

“All people should read this story and open their eyes to the realities of children with Autism.”—Goodreads winner Patricia

“Lisa Genova brought up so many valid points, and did it in a way that wasn’t confrontational or negative.  Once again this is a book that will stay with the reader long after they turn the last page.  It is a wonderful book.  I recommend it to anyone who has been touched by autism in any way.” –Raising Positive Kids blog

“A tale of a mother’s loss and the journey to find herself, the latest offering from bestselling American novelist Lisa Genova is a gentle, meandering story punctuated by moments of stunning emotional brilliance.”– The Winnipeg Free Press

“I give a major tribute to the author who has brilliant writing and used her thorough research skills and drew upon her personal connection to autism to develop a superb novel. Lisa’s story gives an excellent portrayal of an autism parent’s experience and shows just how autism tends to shape and influence a person’s life experience.”—Wanda, YMC Bookalicious

And also take a look at the fabulous Q&A Lisa did for the Indigo.ca blog.
Lisa guest blogs on Autismspeaks.org. Read about the inspiration behind Love Anthony.

 And don’t forget, Lisa is coming to Canada for three events this month:

Toronto, Oct 5, 6:30pm Indigo Manulife Centre

Ottawa, Oct 6, 11am-12pm Costco Kanata

Vancouver, Oct 13, 2pm, Chapters Robson