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         The author poses the question, "Do we truly know who Shakespeare was? Could the plays and sonnets have been written by more than one person?"
          This historical mystery revolves around two possible candidates, Mary Sidney Herbert and her famous brother, Sir Philip Sidney, poet and courtier, in the court of Elizabeth I. Born in the same era as William Shakespeare, their lives were as real as his, and the three may even have met.
           Their story interweaves with the modern tale of Sarah and Janek, as they explore modern day London and the British countryside, searching for clues to prove Mary and Philip Sidney’s contributions to the works of Shakespeare, a thesis one of them very much believes in.
            They are not alone. Two unidentified “watchers” are following them, hoping to discourage their search or to steal whatever information they find. After many dangerous adventures, their quest leads them to Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, where another mystery awaits them.

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Bobbi's cousin, Gwen Florio, grew up in a 250-year-old brick farmhouse on a wildlife refuge in Delaware and now lives in Montana. Currently the city editor for the Missoulian, Gwen has reported on the Columbine High School shooting and from conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia. In 2013, Montana, her first novel in the Lola Wicks detective series, won the High Plains Book Award and the Pinckley Prize for debut crime fiction. Her latest novel, Silent Hearts, is set in Kabul,  Afghanistan, in 2001.

An American aid worker and her local interpreter form an unexpected friendship despite their utterly different life experiences and the ever-increasing violence that surrounds them, as people fling off years of repressive Taliban rule. This hopeful chaos brings together American aid worker Liv Stoellner and Farida Basra, an educated Pakistani woman still adjusting to her arranged marriage to Gul, the son of an Afghan strongman whose family spent years of exile in Pakistan before returning to Kabul.

Scroll down to find other books by Gwen, and go to her website for further titles and descriptions.

The Year of the Introvert is a seasonal daybook that takes introverts on a true adventure in introspection and self-care, 365 days of the year.

You’ll get daily morsels of wisdom to strengthen your relationships, develop confidence, and truly blossom in your own introverted way.

The book also has monthly gratitude moments, challenges, and “Fortune Cookies” to keep you motivated.

We featured Michaela's first book, The Irresistible Introvert, when it was published two years ago. Her website contains confidence-building tools and inspirational quotes. Go to

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        This book contains striking images and insightful text that portray the beauties, history and culture of one of the most interesting, but lesser known and least exploited of the Greek islands. It includes some of the more than 350 ecclesiastic buildings on this island of less than 6,000 people, a tribute to the place of religion in its people’s lives.
        The reader is introduced to Skopelos’s culture and history with its numerous architectural and archaeological treasures, footprints left behind by Minoans, Mycenaeans, Romans, Venetians and Turks, who have all been there.
        Jesse Sisken is the author of The Minoan Gold Trilogy, novels set in Crete, Santorini and other Aegean islands from the 17th century B. C. to modern times.  His many photos of Greece are for sale from his website.     


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      Thirty years ago a disparate group of Ottawa writers decided it was time to get together. The initiators of Ottawa Independent Writers represented the complete range of literature: novelists (in many genres), poets, speechwriters, historians, journalists, essayists and more.
      By 1990 OIW had hundreds of members, had organized a successful conference, and had published many newsletters and several anthologies.
      From the beginning, the OIW membership has always had this wide base, and this 30th anniversary anthology is evidence of the same spectrum. There continues to be a great deal of talent in OIW; some writers are beginners, others have years of writing experience, and some are starting to write after long experience in other fields.
      Every story, essay and poem in this anthology demonstrates the members’ craft and skill. We can heartily recommend them to you, and we know you are sure to find a few—or many—that speak to you.

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Coming in June:  Ottawa One Five O: in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary. SEE IT NOW on the Quick Reads page.

Pottersfield Press

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          Dynamic and lyrical, Year of the Horse shares the setbacks and triumphs of a 55-year-old horsewoman determined to put the pain of the past behind her, and to create the sunniest of futures with new, extraordinary horses in it.
          After a severe horseback riding accident in 2011, writer Marjorie Simmins finds herself unable to walk, or even turn over in bed. Two years later, partially healed, she surprises herself by making a bold decision: she will ride again, in a riding discipline that is new for her, and she will even compete in a show – her first in 42 years.
          Mentored by two riding coaches, Simmins' initially modest goals take fire. She is also welcomed by a whole new horse community across Nova Scotia. Their encouragement carries her back in memory to the vibrant horse community of Southlands, in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she first started riding.
          The Year of the Horse is about horses, healing and improbable dreams. It's for every person who's been really hurt – and has come back from that, different, and in some ways stronger. It's about daring to believe in the power of your own story.
           An award-winning essayist and journalist, Marjorie Simmins divides her time between Nova Scotia and British Columbia. Author of the popular memoir Coastal Lives, she teaches memoir writing across Canada. She shares her life with her husband, writer and filmmaker Silver Donald Cameron – and dreams of learning how to drive miniature horses. She plans to ride forever.

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from Trode Publications.

One reviewers said "Benoit Chartier’s Red Nexus is as entertaining as some of the best action movies, and at the same time compels us to reflect on values we set on family, and raises disturbing questions about what could become of corporate allegiances, should we allow them to take control of us."

Another reviewer describes the book: 
       "Once part of the Tokyo elite, Wen Harkwell lost his status when his mother died, and now he's forced to labor in the depths of the city, far from the easy life of the Heights, struggling to support his thirteen-year-old brother Sammy. By day he toils in a factory and by night he digs for scrap in the infamous Heap under the city. One night Wen is drawn to an old book he finds and risks taking it home - a quick decision with devastating consequences.
        "Soon after, Sammy is kidnapped, and when Wen turns to a friend and coworker for help, the two find themselves embroiled in a secret high-tech operation that will stop at nothing to maintain their ciphered code. When Wen realizes that the same corporation connected to his mother's disappearance is behind the attack, he knows he must do whatever it takes to save his brother - even if it means working for the enemy."

Finalist in the Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award

This story of one Australian family from 1808 to 1998 is based on real people and some fiction to “fill in the gaps.” Many names were changed and other events deleted to respect  living family members. A history of Australia as it affected the family through the generations, it commemorates the supreme sacrifices they made during war and hardship. Called “A Stunning, Generation-Spanning Epic” one reviewer  says “Smith has managed to bring the microcosm of a fascinating and complicated family in line with the macrocosm of global history over the course of more than a century.”

In 1935, Ruth was in born to an unmarried Jewish mother in Germany. Fearing the Nazi persecution, Ruth was sent to England on the "kinder transport“ to be raised by a Church of England priest. He raised her both as a Christian and a Jew. Her faith  enabled her to build bridges between different groups, even at an early age. She grew up to become an engineer, became a giant in the largest construction company in the world, where she developed and implemented the unique social interaction system that would unite people from different backgrounds and beliefs.

Based on a special unit to create movies and newspaper articles designed to reassure the Australian public that their coastal cities were safe from invasion, this work blends fact and fiction in a tale showing the development of the unit, along with the romances and intrigues that developed. A loved one goes missing in action, folllowed by surprising events that include developments in Hollywood, Canberra North Queensland and war-torn south-east Asia.


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   Michaela Chung's website

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From the review in Publishers' Weekly:
      Michaela Chung is a Life Coach who educates her fellow introverts on how to effectively use their innate strengths while making slight behavioral adjustments to achieve self-esteem and earn respect from others.
      On a mission to combat a perceived social “bias toward extroversion” where gregariousness is rewarded and the more withdrawn are unappreciated or ostracized, Chung celebrates the introvert’s natural magnetism, loyalty, intuition, and empathy.
      She covers coping skills for introverts to cultivate, such as creating time and space to retreat and recharge, and tips to “extend our social batteries” to get the most out of social activities without becoming overstimulated. For those struggling with emotional roadblocks, she suggests creative expression and clever mental tricks of personification.
      She also discusses some introversion-specific problems surrounding intimacy and how to overcome them. Exercises show readers how to “perform an energy audit,” identify their own goals and desires apart from societal norms, and project when speaking.
      With public interest in introversion currently on the upswing, this is a useful all-purpose guide, particularly for younger readers who have not had the life experience to develop these skills on their own.

        Although Laurie Gough was an intrepid traveller who had explored wild, far-off reaches of the globe, the journey she and her family took in their own home in their small Quebec village proved to be far more frightening, strange, and foreign than any land she had ever visited.
         It began when Gough’s son, shattered by his grandfather’s death, transformed from a bright, soccer-ball kicking ten-year-old into a near-stranger, falling into trances where his parents couldn’t reach him and performing ever-changing rituals of magical thinking designed to bring his grandpa back to life.
         Stolen Child examines a horrifying time in one family’s life, the lengths the parents went to to help their son, and how they won the battle against his all-consuming disorder.

Praise for this book has been extensive, including a feature article in The Ottawa Citizen, in the Sunday Times in the U.K., on CTV News, Publishers' Weekly, and Maclean's Magazine.

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Other books by Gwen Florio

When former foreign correspondent Lola Wicks heads to Wyoming for a Yellowstone vacation, she comes across a story that hits close to her past. One Wyoming soldier returning from Afghanistan commits suicide, two others spark a near-fatal brawl, and a woman is terrorized. Lola, accompanied by her young daughter, senses a story about whatever happened on the far side of the world that these troops have so disastrously brought home. But she soon realizes that getting the story must take second place to getting herself—and her little girl—out of Wyoming alive.

A gut-wrenching mystery/thriller that explores prejudice and the incredible stress on soldiers in a seemingly unending war with no clear goals.
          Kirkus Reviews

With the chops of a world-class journalist and an unsurpassed knowledge of the Rocky Mountain West, Gwen Florio weaves a compelling tapestry that combines family saga, social consciousness and human frailty, making Disgraced difficult to put down.
       Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix drama 

The fourth mystery novel in the 
Megan Crespi Mystery Series,

published by Sunstone Press

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        In the space of a little over a week three Edvard Munch paintings, including the iconic Scream, have been stolen from museums in Oslo and Stockholm.      Retired professor of art history Megan Crespi, on vacation in Scandinavia with her little Maltese dog Button and her old friend Lili Holm, is asked to help. In her capacity as a Munch specialist, she visits three possible suspects, all major collectors of Munch, and soon finds her life is in danger. Being kidnapped had not been in her plans.
        Who is responsible? The fanatical Norseliga clan, with its emphasis on Norwegian superiority? The beautiful cosmetics queen, Myrtl Kildahl, who hides her German roots, or the Swedish collector who denies he is the grandson of writer August Strindberg?
         Pursuit of the truth takes Megan from Copenhagen and Oslo, to Bergen and Trondheim, and finally to Stockholm and the myth-laden island of Runmarö. Megan’s dog adds an element that qualifies him as a detective second only to his mistress.

         Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven is used in classrooms around the country. Both books in new editions are now available from Sunstone Press.   Comini's travels, recorded in her memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, extend from Europe to Antarctica.

The Leaders & Legacies series
is published by Fireside.


     Although this book is aimed at the young adult market, Steve Pitt's engaging writing style is always enjoyed by adults as well.

     A teenage Pierre Trudeau learns he’s spending the summer in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, instead of with his friends in Montreal. As if that’s not bad enough, he’s forced to work with a know-it-all Dawson City boy named Pierre Berton who thinks Trudeau is a big city snob.

   But the pair of Pierres call a truce after their fathers’ gold camp is attacked by something vicious -- and maybe supernatural. After meeting a young indigenous girl named Henni, they soon learn about the terrible power of the Wendigo.

     Against the stunning backdrop of the land of the midnight sun, two future Canadian icons must find a way to defeat a blood-thirsty menace from another century.

Tales of Conscience is Neven Humphrey's latest book. He asks:

          What gets your goat?  What makes you angry?  Your sibling, your neighbour, your government?  Wouldn't you like to do something about it, without running the risk of going to jail?

          Neven decided to take on many things that annoy him, taking on, for example:
           narcissism, through a letter from the (obviously) fictitious Perfectly Sane Club;
           skeptics, through a dialogue with a man who does not believe in atoms or evolution;
            bullying, through the story of a nerd who gets back at his classmates at their 20th anniversary reunion. 

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Margaret Barker and Elissa Wolfson, with assistance from Stephen W. Kress and Chris Willett, is a A DIY Guide that helps you build and safely place birdhouses for more than 20 North American bird species. Easy to follow instructions; great for the novice to the most experienced woodworker. Each box includes cut Lists, diagrams, and step-by-step photographs.

Packed with color photography and information about the bird species covered, this is the way to create much better homes than those commercially available.
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Using a decade-by-decade approach from the late 1800s, the authors trace the rise of backyard bird feeding from a casual activity to a multibillion-dollar annual business. One of the book’s many take-home lessons is how America’s love for nature spawned a new industry.

Called "by far the best and most thorough summary of bird feeding as both a pastime and a business," Feeding Wild Birds was published by Texas A&M University Press.

Read a review from the Wildlife Management Institute's newsletter, Outdoor News Bulletin.

This beautifully illustrated book describes a 16,000 km journey 
from Ottawa, Ontario, north to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories 
and west to Alaska. 

Each stage of the trip is prefaced by a map showing the route 
and the distance covered. 

With over 260 colour pictures, 16 maps and detailed descriptions 
of preparations and travel plans, this is a must-have for anyone contemplating a journey to the far reaches of Canada and the
northern United States.

Author Janet Barclay is part of Loose Cannon Press, who has
produced many quality books.

Points North and West is also available from Barnes & Noble.


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Linked by the theme of finding our voices, breaking free of constraints, and transformation, the stories in Voice Lessons look at what it means to move into a new way of being, or to reexamine our beliefs and internal stories.

A woman who can't resolve her relationship with her mother takes solace in the wilderness. A man leaves his corporate job impulsively, finding that the noise of ferry boats tugs open his heart. North Dakota hills call to a woman on a passenger train. A deaf woman wants to learn to sing. A moneyed couple's life falls apart when their acquisitions disappear. These and other stories explore what it means to listen to one's true voice, and act on it.

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Published by Pottersfield Press, available
by order from Nimbus Publishing  

Reviewer Chris Benjamin, Writer in Residence at Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, knows both writers in this bi-coastal love story, and praises this memoir of love found later in life as a deconstruction of their lives.

Marjorie Simmins, a west coast journalist and writing instructor, carried on a long-distance relationship with reknowned author, Silver Donald Cameron, for six month before they finally met. She chronicles the telephone calls, letters, and more than 800 emails that brought them together, despite a 22-year age difference.

The book includes memories of her father, of living in Ottawa as well as Vancouver, and the culture shock of moving to Nova Scotia.


From Burnstown Publishing
(formerly General Store Publishing)

Maggie is a World War I Canadian nurse serving in France, who falls in love with a soldier involved in the underground effort to end the war. 

The choices she makes—about her lover and his radical politics—lead to dramatic consequences both during the war and after, when they return home to the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.

This is a gripping story, with realistic depictions of the "mash units" very close to the battlefields, as well as descriptions of the situation in wartime Britain, where soldiers and nurses enjoyed brief respite and were able to socialize.

Susan Taylor Meehan based this book on the life of her great-aunt, who frames the book. The second half gives the reader insight into life in Winnipeg after the war, when Maggie is swept up in the dramatic General Strike. 

Volume One of the Minoan Gold Trilogy

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I heard people screaming, Father. I had to go to them.

Cavanila's words echoed amidst the ruins of the 17th century B. C. E. earthquake on what is now the Greek island of Santorini (Thera). But what that 20-year old Minoan priestess would soon learn is that far more disastrous events were about to threaten her entire civilization, one of the most powerful and advanced in the ancient world. And what she could not have foreseen was how her commitment to her people's survival would challenge her inner strengths and force her to struggle through a series of increasingly more daring and portentous decisions the outcome of which would put her self-respect and well-being at risk, and change her life forever.

After a career in the biomedical sciences, Jesse Sisken has devoted his energies to the study of ancient Greece and the photography of modern-day Greek islands. This novel, Cavanila's Choices, is the first of a series set in those islands.

More about this book and the author at:

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    We are staring into the abyss: climate change, ecosystem and financial collapse, nuclear breakdown, terrorism and anarchy. Instead of being eaten up by the abyss “Awaken Spiritually” for that transforms everything. Our world has become an unpredictable beast. We fail to work with it intelligently. We must take back control of ourselves and this is a spiritual matter.
    This hero’s journey over four centuriesis like Indiana Jones meets the Buddha with a dash of Celestine Prophecy. It shines light on the darkest elements of the human condition, including the author's. Shamanic healing of childhood sexual abuse, guru training and near death experience in an Indian ashram has the author stumbling through the first part of life, then standing strong in his own sovereignty in the latter part. In India, Arizona, France and Canada’s wilderness, he goes to extraordinary lengths to transform four centuries of his karma.
     The author is a poet, founder of Friends for Peace, Spiritual Warrior for Planetary Care and Social Justice. In this book he navigates past and present life experiences from brutal raids on Indian settlements in 18th century Arizona, insane sea voyages off the Scottish Hebrides in the 20th century to surrender to The Muse in the 21st century.

Bob Barclay's new book is a thriller.

Gunpowder and cocaine make uncomfortable companions.

A love affair over the mortars and Roman candles is disrupted
by the imaginative schemes of a biker gang boss. 

Julia, granddaughter of a commercial pyrotechnician, falls for 
Rocco, sixth generation scion of a competing firework company,
only to discover that her innocent romantic partner has been 
drawn into a network of drug-traffickers through coercion and 

Meanwhile, activists with a strange agenda are attempting to 
disrupt firework shows and are leading the police in frustrating
circles. Sabotage, subterfuge, police raids, mix-ups and theft 
lead through an intricate gunpowder plot to an explosive 
thunderclap of a finale.

The book is available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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Alex Binkley's first venture into science fiction comes after a long career as a journalist.

Having barely avoided self-destruction, an ancient race has expanded to eight other worlds. While the Beings have explored Earth repeatedly with their flying saucers, they didn’t consider the primitive Terrans worth contacting. That changes when their worlds came under attack from a relentless, mysterious foe. The aliens offer to repair Earth’s ravaged environment in exchange for pilots and soldiers to fight their enemy. The First Earth Expeditionary Force battles in space and on the ground while trying to unravel a link between the enemy and the lost civilization of Atlantis. They’re also caught up in understanding the motives of robot-like creatures that serve the aliens and discovering the origin of centuries old ruins on several planets and a seemingly uninhabited community under a protective dome.

This book was published by Loose Cannon Press, a local small company owned by Bob Barclay. Go to:

       An anecdotal journey of self-discovery, William’s Gift tells the story of one woman’s life as a country veterinarian with honesty and humility.
       Through the trials and tribulations of learning on the job, this commited caregiver learns the ropes of caring for animals both great and small. Tale after “tail” of humorous and often heart-wrenching stories illuminate the deeply emotional connection between the ever-stoic animals and the author.
        Running through these stories is the common thread of compassion for the special creatures with whom we share our lives. A foundation of knowledge and lore is built lovingly, brick by brick.
        Dr. Douglas’s career path becomes a winding country road, and negotiating the twists and turns that lead from city clinic to rural farm challenges her both personally and professionally. Framed by her love of Lanark County and horses, these memoirs contain something to delight every animal lover.
        In the end, the journey becomes the greatest teacher, and the realization of where that journey takes her will be as rewarding to the reader as it is to the author.
        It is only then that the true nature of William’s Gift is understood.

Called part mystery, part fiction, and all truth by one reviewer, and a moving portrait of loss by another,
The Box in the Closet chronicles Margaret Singleton's search for her birth parents.

Singleton, an educator, family historian, author and photographer, found a box in a closet after her adoptive mother's death, and used those documents to find her roots.

The book is dedicated to Singleton's daughter, Christine, and includes some photographs.

A full review will be posted here soon.

Meanwhile, the book is available from Trafford


Thirty-five thousand ethnic German anti-fascists did not manage to escape as my parents and I did, to Britain and then to Canada, Skoutajan writes in this powerful new book.

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         The terrible events of the Second World War have written millions of stories on the face of history. Uprooted and Transplanted: A Sudeten Odyssey from Tragedy to Freedom 1938-1958, is one such story, a personal account of displacement, kindness, terror and triumph by Hanns Skoutajan.
         Told through the eyes of young Sudeten boy, Uprooted and Transplanted chronicles the Skoutajan family's tense flight from Europe in 1938 to a new life in Canada. "In 1938, after annexing Austria, Hitler demanded the Sudetenland-that region of Czechoslovakia which had been inhabited for over three centuries by ethnic Germans.
          Some of the Sudetens sided with Hitler and welcomed the German troops. There was, however, a significant number of Sudetens who stood in solidarity with the Czechs against Hitler. They became targeted for retaliation by the Nazis and suffered humiliation and death in Hitler's concentration camps and elsewhere.
           Settling at first in northern Saskatchewan with other Sudeten families, the Skoutajans spent three years hewing a life for themselves out of the prairie bushland. The family then left behind the dilapidated shacks in search of a better life in wartime Canada and settled in Batawa, near Trenton, Ontario. Throughout their travels, the Skoutajans maintain a remarkable ability to adapt to the situations forced upon them and to retain a dignified understanding of the tragic events unfolding in Europe.
           Uprooted and Transplanted rings with the voice of young Hanns who suffered the pain of displacement and alienation with tremendous spirit and good humour. From the initial escape out of the Sudetenland to ordination as a United Church minister, the author's true life story documents one family's dramatic journey in search of home.

Born in Bristol, England, Anthony (Jo) Johansen grew up with the sea. His love of ships and sailing led him to a fascinating life in the British Merchant Navy. This book is filled with his adventures, as he lives through the Blitz, travels the world, encounters some unforgettable characters, and faces dangers, not the least of which is the dreaded “rogue wave.”

Sometimes we fear to try new things, but in Fair Wind and a Following Sea Johansen tells of all sorts of challenges that he sought out and met with courage, enthusiasm and an ironic sense of humour.  Following his adventures is an enjoyable read.

There are many serious moments as well, as one might expect in the life of a Master Mariner who would carry the grave responsibility of a large oceangoing ship.

This was a man who truly “followed his bliss.”

Compiled and edited by his wife, Joy Phillips Johansen. 

Published by General Store Publishing House.

ISBN 978-0-9867879-2-8
Loose Cannon Press
Available from AMAZON

The sudden collapse of a maestro in the middle of a popular classical symphony is a tragic affair. But when it happens again and yet again, with increasing violence, in orchestras around the world, fear spreads throughout the music community. Why are classical music maestros being targeted, and by whom?

Meanwhile, a university research scientist has uncovered strange results when monitoring experimental subjects playing music, and it appears that some sinister mechanism may be responsible for the deaths. An oboist with a small town orchestra, who carries a dark and painful secret, is recruited to assist with the research, and he and his violinist girlfriend become entangled in a mesh of fear and anguish

This musical science fiction love story weaves the daily workings of a symphony orchestra into the intricacies of scientific research, and culminates in a dramatic quest to prevent the deaths at the podium and to expose the truth.

284 pages, colour gloss cover, perfect bound

    Kindle edition available from Amazon.
    Also on Kobo,, and Smith's.

All is Bright: - A Yorkshire Lad's Christmas, is a collection of touching and humorous Christmas stories by award-winning author Dave Preston, who was born and raised in Old Malton, a small village in Yorkshire that provides the perfect setting for these stories.

Derek Bradley’s just like any other daft young lad growing up in the 1960s - unique. Through his brutally honest eyes and ears we recall what it's like to celebrate Christmas past in a small Yorkshire village.

It’s how Christmas used to be – real, fun, and real funny.
In frosty bedrooms, damp village halls, Santa's shabby grotto at the local CO-OP store... all is not calm, but it's certainly bright!

Includes traditional Yorskhire Christmas recipes.


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From a review of The Eyes That Shone,
by Philip Donnelly 
in the RTE Guide, a weekly magazinepublished by Ireland’s radio and television network

Reviewer: Michael Doherty 

At a time when many people are fascinated by Who Do You Think You Are? along comes Philip Donnelly’s entertaining and observant memoir of his personal journey from 1940s rural Ireland to Canada in the late 1950s. It’s a gentle, informative tale that brings to life a pre-electrification Ireland when community (in this case, communities in Cavan and Meath) meant everything. The glue that binds Donnelly’s story together is his relationship with his first wife Nancy (born in Chicago but raised in Dublin), who passed away in 2001.

Well illustrated with some fascinating photographs, The Eyes That Shone is a story that will resonate with many who grew up in an Ireland unacquainted with the Celtic Tiger.

This is a charming account of the life of William Whitehead,  from his childhood in the 30s, through three decades as a documentary film maker, and his 40-year relationship with Timothy Findley. Their partnership was both professional and personal, and Bill was the man at Tiff's side at every public appearance, as well as his travel companion and in many ways his collaborator. During their years at Stone Orchard, the farm they shared with many cats, Tiff wrote in longhand. Bill then transcribed each chapter into the computer and read it aloud to Tiff so they could discuss it. The book is full of delightful  anecdotes about many of their famous friends in the theatre and literary world. It also reveals a great deal about Tiff's personality and shows how crucial Bill was to keeping him stable and sober.  More on Terzo's blog about the connection between Tiff and Simon Teakettle.

Proceeds are being donated to Parkinson Society Ottawa in honour of daughter Diana Rachlis.

Louise Rachlis didn’t want a party for her 65th birthday last February, and so she wrote a book instead.

“I wanted to create a book to help others,” says the writer who spent 25 years at the Ottawa Citizen. “I asked 65 friends to join me in compiling an inspirational log for travelling through life. My three categories were Feeling Good, Making Good and Doing Good.”

Containing 40 inspiring life stories, the 148-page book is available on the CreateSpace e-store at at  and from Amazon.


5000 kilometers, 23 countries, 13 months

          The course of one’s life never unfolds quite as we imagine it would. While traveling to gain perspective on her life, Mony, a Lebanese-Canadian woman, feels called to walk an ancient path known as the Way of the Soul. She wavers, allowing her fears to drown out her heart’s yearning. Until 9/11.
          Fate orchestrates all the necessary preparations, including an unexpected companion named Alberto, an Andalusian mystic whose ideas would challenge every preconceived notion
          Their 13-month, 5000-kilometer odyssey across 13 countries would lead them physically to Jerusalem, but more importantly, to what was perhaps the intended destination all along: their true selves. 
          This remarkable true story reminds us that it’s never too late to listen to our hearts, that omens appear to guide us in our journeys, and that following both will lead us to realize our dreams and fulfill our destinies.

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This charming children's book tells the story of a ladybug who lost her dots.

The story is told in free verse, with rhymes that will appeal to young children. But older ones will also find this book fascinating.

Victor Pavlov includes a full page of different types of 
"Lady Beetles" found in North America, carefully depicted in color with full descriptions, along with interesting facts about these on the back cover.

Who knew a ladbug had so many different names? 

Read an excerpt at, where you will also see Victor's exceptional paintings. He is a Fellow of the Ottawa Watercolour Society, and has been featured in their juried exhibitions.

Polka Dot Troubles is available from the website as well as at bookstores.

Dinner at the Dog Pound, by Sylvia Adams, with illustrationg by Ben Chung, is a charming story for children featuring Wagstaff O’Gogg, a little mongrel dog. Wagstaff tires of eating his owner’s diet food and runs away. Taken to the City Pound, he discovers to his surprise that all stray dogs are treated to a daily banquet. Deciding to stay, he finds a wonderful, surprising new life. Order from the author, or from Trafford.

Sylvia is an award-winning poet and novelist, so check out her other books on her website. 

Colin Morton is another Ottawa award-winner. His newest book is The Hundred Cuts: Sitting Bull and the Major. You'll find links to his poetry, novels, essays and reviews on his website, including a CBC prize-winning series. 

Mary Harrington Bryant's memoir of teaching in the NWT from 1944-48 includes being diagnosed with polio during her time in the north. Four Years and Then Some is available from the author.  E-mail her at:

Paul Mackan's new book is called Dream Girl, Dream. Saralee is full of questions. But when she asks, Why is God invisible? no one can provide an answer. So she issues God a challenge: I will never pray to you again until you tell me why!  This is a charming story for all ages.  Published by Publish America

Neven Humphrey lost his left eye to cancer soon after birth, and a few months later doctors diagnosed myopia in the right eye.  He lost almost all his sight in that eye, but surgery allowed him to gain distance vision, at the price of losing reading vision. Nevertheless, Neven started writing in 1990, but only seriously considered writing a book ten years later. His first novel, To Save a Wolf! was published in 2005, The Honourable Athletes (a book of short stories) in 2008, and More Honourable Athletes in 2010.  A third book in the series, Still More Honourable Athletes is in the works.  Contact him via Ottawa Independent Writers, or at