Art reveal! Neil Flambé and the Tokyo Treasure

We’re just a few days away from the release of the fourth book in Kevin Sylvester’s Neil Flambé series, Neil Flambé and the Tokyo Treasure and have we got a treat for you!  Over the next few days, we’ll be releasing the first 9 pages of the book that just happen to be filled with the coolest and most action-packed manga spread ever. Check out the ninja star on the cover!                                                                          

We’ll be releasing the spread a couple of pages at a time, kicking things off here today at simonreads.ca, then on beniceorleavethanks.com on Friday October 12th, 32pages.ca on Monday October 15th and finishing with a bang on the Indigo Kids Blog on Tuesday October 16th.

For more information about the Neil Flambé series, be sure visit to www.neilflambe.com. It is chock-full of videos, activity sheets, and everything you’ll ever need to know about our favourite kid chef.

So what’s Book #4 all about? In Neil Flambé and the Tokyo Treasure, something smells fishy—and it’s not the sushi. Neil isn’t thrilled when his cousin Larry moves to Japan to work on an online manga comic book. Now who’ll help him in the kitchen? But he finds a replacement in Gary the bike courier, and life, and the restaurant, moves on without Larry. That is, until the news that life may have really left Larry behind—he’s been lost at sea. Neil is devastated. But then he checks Larry’s online manga. There’s a subtle change in the plot, something Neil and Larry had discussed—something only Neil would notice. Is this a cryptic message from beyond the grave—or is Larry still alive? Determined to find out, Neil heads to Japan to solve his next mystery.

So without further ado, we present to you pages 1 and 2 of Larry’s online manga!

Dying to know what happens next? So are we! Be sure to visit beniceorleavethanks.com tomorrow for the next 2 pages.

Meet Lisa Genova!

We are extremely lucky to have author Lisa Genova in Canada for not one, not two, but THREE events. Lisa is the bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected. She is touring Canada to promote her new novel Love Anthony. See below for event details and info.

Meet Lisa Genova in Toronto
Friday, October 5, 2012
Indigo Manulife Centre
55 Bloor Street West
6:30pm

Meet Lisa Genova in Ottawa
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Costco Kanata
770 Silver Seven Rd
11am-12pm

Meet Lisa Genova in Vancouver
Saturday, October 13
Chapters Robson
788 Robson Street
2pm

Love Anthony explores the healing power of friendship between two women, each cast adrift by loss, as one woman begins in her fledgling writing, to give voice and meaning to the other’s autistic son.

Lisa talks about her new novel Love Anthony

Read an excerpt

Visit www.lisagenova.com

Andrew McCarthy- The Longest Way Home

With an irrepressible taste for adventure, candor, and a vivid sense of place, award-winning travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy takes us on a deeply personal journey played out amid some of the world’s most evocative locales.

Unable to commit to his fiancée of nearly four years—and with no clear understanding of what’s holding him back—Andrew McCarthy finds himself at a crossroads, plagued by doubts that have clung to him for a lifetime. Something in his character has kept him always at a distance, preventing him from giving himself wholeheartedly to the woman he loves and from becoming the father that he knows his children deserve. So before he loses everything he cares about, Andrew sets out to look for answers.

Hobbling up the treacherous slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, dodging gregarious passengers aboard an Amazonian riverboat, and trudging through dense Costa Rican rain forests—Andrew takes us on exotic trips to some of the world’s most beautiful places, but his real journey is one of the spirit.

On his soul-searching voyages, Andrew traces the path from his New Jersey roots, where acting saved his life—and early fame almost took it away—to his transformation into a leading travel writer. He faces the real costs of his early success and lays bare the evolving nature of his relationships with women. He explores a strained bond with his father, and how this complex dynamic shapes his own identity as a parent. Andrew charts his journey from ambivalence to confidence, from infidelity and recklessness to acceptance and a deeper understanding of the internal conflicts of his life.

Read the first chapter.

Watch the trailer:

Chat with Andrew live online this Friday, Sept 14th, 2012. RSVP here.

Win a copy of THE LONGEST WAY HOME. Answer our trivia questions over at @SimonSchusterCA this week!

Do you love Philippa Gregory?

WE DO!

And right now, in celebration of the release of her newest novel The Kingmaker’s Daughter, we are hosting a Royal Reads sweepstakes. This is your chance to win a personalized copy of Philippa’s new novel, an entire library of her books, a tea basket complete with biscuits and china and other royal themed treats!

Click on the image below to enter

Visit www.philippagregory.ca for an extended excerpt, author videos and more.

The Book of Burger

Now that the weather is nicer, there is nothing more enjoyable than heading outside to fire up the grill. But there are so many more options than just plain old burgers. This June, Rachael Ray authors a new cook book that ensures we never eat a boring hamburger ever again!

Whether you’re cooking for one or for one hundred in your own backyard burger bash, The Book of Burger has you covered for bringing family and friends together for the love of burgers! Please ’em all—big and small—with everything from burgers to sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, sliders, and sloppies, and so much more.

Start with Rach’s “Big Spicy Mac,” tempting you from the cover, or go with the heavenly French Onion Burgers. And if beef isn’t your thing, there are plenty of chicken, pork, salmon, veggie, and lamb patties. Want a mind-blowing sandwich? Whip up the BEST one Rachael has ever made: the 7-Hour Smoked Brisket Sandwich with Smoky BBQ Sauce. Rachael even shares her legendary pickle recipe and her own homemade burger blend. Want a fun, cute, tasty bite-size treat to pass around? Rachael is slider obsessed and you will be, too: try the Mexican Pulled Pork Sliders.

With more than 200 recipes to choose from, you could make a different recipe every night of the week!

The book isn’t in stores until June 5th, but you can try out a few recipes for yourself right now! If you make one of the recipes below, please email us at audrey@simonandschuster.ca or comment on this post and let us know how it went!

Sage-scented burgers with fontina and roasted squash

Messy Giuseppe

Indian-spiced patties with yogurt sauce

Bourbon BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches and green apple slaw

You can follow Rachael on Twitter, find her on Facebook or visit her website.