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.

mapmaker's war

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 if you’d like a copy. First come, first served.

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

Meet Lisa Genova in Ottawa
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Costco Kanata
770 Silver Seven Rd

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

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


The dark side of celebrity

The image of Britney Spears with a shaved head, violently swinging an umbrella at a paparazzi’s car is not something that will soon be forgotten. The world watched while a sweet, innocent young girl’s life was scrutinized and eventually fell apart before our very eyes. This is unfortunately a very real scenario that happens all too often in today’s world of super stardom.  Just look at Lindsay Lohan, Demi Lovato, Amy Winehouse and countless others. Even today, at age 30, Britney Spears is controlled by her father and fiance via co-conservatorship.
In the latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Emma 
McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, comes a novel about family ties and mega 
stardom – and the secret, dark sides of each.
Emma and Nicola always seems to have their fingers on the pulse of 
current themes, and are able to satirize them to much success. In The 
Nanny Diaries, they depicted the excesses of new wealth in the millennium,
while in Nanny Returns, Emma and Nicola explored the implications of the 
Wall Street financial bust on the Park Avenue set. In Between You and 
Me, they go behind the scenes into the secret world of a megafamous 
pop star — the one that everyone thinks they know (after all, her face is
 plastered across every magazine, tabloid, and celebrity blog) — but 
whose entire existence is a carefully crafted facade.
Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New 
York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she 
gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer 
she can’t refuse. Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey since they were separated as
kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has become one of Fortune 
Magazine’s most powerful celebrities and carrion for the paparazzi.  But 
the joy at their reunion is overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between 
Kelsey and her controlling parents. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a 
“real” life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing 
she has never known—happiness. As Kelsey unravels in a horribly public way Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between 
saving her cousin and saving herself.
Listen to an audiobook excerpt
Between You and Me is in stores June 12.

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 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.

Mysterious Middle Grade Reads

This May, we’re bringing you a bunch of mysterious reads for middle grade readers that are sure to pull you in and you keep you on edge.


Ten-year-old Keeper is searching for her mother. Keeper was born in the water and believes that her mother was a mermaid who swam away when Keeper was just three. As the myth goes, a blue moon calls mermaids to gather at the sandbar at night, so that’s exactly where Keeper’s headed. With her trusty dog by her side and a seagull as captain of the ship, Keeper heads out. However, with a storm approaching, the tides pull her farther from the shore and into more unsettling waters, as Keeper begins to fear the worst.

Read an excerpt from the book. You can also hear author Kathi Appelt’s advice for writers:

Brother from a Box

Matt Rambeau is finally a big brother—to a robot. Matt’s dad is a computer genius who’s always receiving cool stuff in the mail. One day, a package arrives from France. Turns out, it’s a humoid robot who, once assembled, begins calling Matt frère (brother in French). Although Norman, the robot, is a bit of a show off and ladies’ man, Matt still loves having a little brother. One day, Norman goes berserk after a technical malfunction, and suddenly strange men are showing in unexpected places. It seems like someone might be after Norman. Have a look inside the book.

The Great Cat Conspiracy

The New Cat likes to bring home dead things as gifts for Tom. One day, when the cat brings home the Vicar’s expensive koi carp, the Vicar demands that Tom’s mom replace the fish. Tom’s dad is so angry that he banishes the cat from the house. However, by the time Tom manages to convince his dad to let the cat back in, the cat has disappeared, and Tom is convinced someone has kidnapped his cat.

Neil Flambé and the Crusader’s Curse

Thirteen-year-old Neil Flambé is a world-class chef who serves nothing but the most scrumptious dishes, receiving only praise in return. Helping him concoct these dishes is his super-sensitive nose, which also allows him to help the local police solve aromatic mysteries. One day, things go horribly wrong. Neil’s plates are returned uneaten and critics are leaving unhappy. Worst of all, his restaurant is shut down by the Department of Health. Has the curse that plagued the Flambé chefs for decades returned?

Find out from author and illustrator Kevin Sylvester how to draw Neil Flambé yourself: