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The Degrees of Barley Lick by Susan Flanagan

Synopsis: Life has been hard for sixteen-year-old Barley Lick: he split with his girlfriend, his father died, and now his mother has a new boyfriend, a cop named Fred Newton. Not even Barley’s new Great Dane, Stanley, can make things right.
When Newton wants Barley to use his geocaching skills to help him solve a mystery, it would mean losing a huge geocaching competition to his ex-girlfriend and arch-enemy Phyllis. But Barley soon realizes that a young boy’s life may be in danger, and time to rescue him is running out.
Publisher: Running the Goat Books and Broadsides
Available: Via Running the Goat Books and Broadsides


North Atlantic Crossroads: The Royal Air Force Ferry Command Gander Unit, 1940-1946 by Darrell Hillier

Synopsis: Released in July 2021, North Atlantic Crossroads chronicles the activities of the Royal Air Force Ferry Command Gander unit from 1940 to its closure in 1946. During the Second World War, Gander was a bustling hub of aviation as thousands of bombers passed through on their way to Britain. In North Atlantic Crossroads, the challenges and hazards of transatlantic ferrying come alive. Tales of search and rescue, aircraft salvage, medevac missions, and VIP visits highlight the activities of the Ferry Command Gander unit, notably the work of its aircraft maintenance department, headed by the incomparable John Joseph “Joe” Gilmore, and supported by his talented civilian staff of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Postwar, the boom in commercial air travel transformed Gander, setting the airport on its way to becoming the crossroads of the North Atlantic. Includes a detailed bibliography, index, endnotes, and fifty photographs.
Publisher: Self-published
Available: In St. John’s at Coles (Village Mall) and Elaine’s Books (Duckworth Street), in Gander at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum and the Town Square Book Stop, Amazon, and from the author.


Tombstories by Kelley Power

Synopsis: “At each stop you will see torment or death.” TOMBSTORIES plunges Kinna Chaytor and her friends into a virtual reality horror experience like no other. From one girl’s obsession with an ancient evil, to the hellish punishment of a young criminal for his sins, the stories of Cramon Cemetery’s dead play out in the minds of the four teens, to their delight…and terror.  But when the lines between the real and the virtual begin to blur, will these friends be able to escape the cemetery, or will they end up with their own tombstories?
Publisher: Engen Books
Available from: Engen Books, Amazon.ca, or Amazon.com


Sick in Bed, Across two Chairs, with my Feet out through the Window by Grandpa Pike

Synopsis: Grandpa Pike may not have seen it all (or perhaps he has), but he has a lifetime of encounters — both serious and humorous — from his life in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario that make for snappy reading.
Whether it’s relating the magic of making firewood, the joy of owning a century-old parlour organ, the frugal way of life within rural communities of his childhood, or the ups and downs of travelling sales, Grandpa Pike provides a unique perspective on family, school, and work.
Mostly biographical, this collection of observations, short anecdotes, and rants provide quick glimpses into a different time, told as only Grandpa Pike can.
Publisher: Boulder Books
Available at: Instore at Coles/ Chapters/Indigo in the Atlantic Provinces, numerous other fine booksellers, OR online at Indigo, Amazon, and from the publisher.


Newfoundland Stories from Handy Harbour Island by Lillian Bouzane

Synopsis: Newfoundland Stories from Handy Harbour Island is a book of linked short stories. The stories are written from the point of view of the writer – as an adult. A number of stories are written by the writer’s grandmother, who is the outport nurse and comes from outside. There are three main characters: the writer, her rather odd friend, Suky Vey, and her grandmother.
In the first half of the book the writer tells the story of growing up on a remote island off the north-east coast of Newfoundland, although she is not aware of the isolation while she is living there. Her friend, Suky Vey has “the power” and uses it. The writer, like her father, believes in ghosts and sees them.
In the second part of the book the writer and her grandmother tell the stories. The writer, at this time is an adult and an occasional  visitor to Handy Harbour Island. From her grandmother’s stories she is given a view of life nearer the bone.
Publisher: Self-published
Available:
Via Amazon


Before the Heart Went Down: Selected Poems by Robert Billings by Sharon Berg

Synopsis: Sharon Berg collects twelve new poems with a selection from Robert’s six books, and ends with touching memoirs by Cathy Ford and Sharon Berg. Bruce Meyer says, “…this book is long overdue… Billings was one of the leading young lights of Canadian poetry in the Eighties.” James Deahl claims, “…readers have had a long, too long, wait for a selected poems of this remarkable writer.” Michael Clarkson, Robert’s high school friend, asserts, “Somewhere, along a stream or in a forest alive to the senses, my friend is smiling.”
Publisher: Cyberwit
Available: via Amazon, from the Publisher, or from the Author.


Stars in the Junkyard by Sharon Berg

Synopsis: This is a large poetry collection that begins in the 1980s and stretches through to the 2020s in its poems. As Maureen Hynes says in her back cover quote, it is “a book of perceptive truth-telling. With clarity, purpose and skill, Sharon Berg examines losses, traumas, betrayals – both personal and political… extend[ing] widely across continents.” In his blurb, Russell Thornton claims “no matter how painful the truth, whether of her own searing individual history or the wider world’s, she refuses to pretend her way out of it… [T]his is a transforming, triumphant book…”
Publisher: Cyberwit
Available: Via Amazon, from the Publisher, or from the Author.


Futures & After by Gary Evans

Synopsis: Six surrealist encounters with the ancient world!
Publisher: Black Lamb Press 
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Impulse: Scarlet Desire Trilogy Book 2 by Tina Traverse

Synopsis: Secrets, betrayal, and a world of supernatural intrigue hidden in a Newfoundland fishing community – the sequel to Covet: Desire. Fresh off the death of their mother, Declynn isn’t ready for her twin

brother, Sebastian, and her best friend Scarlett to start fighting. When the predatory Trish Murray starts angling for Sebastian, Scarlett intends to teach her a lesson – but terrifies her beloved instead. The arrival of a new teenage vampire, Petra, soon occupies Declynn’s energy.

Between trying to handle her irascible twin’s new interests in two mysterious organizations, a chain of murders in their small town, and her family falling apart, Declynn finds herself at the centre of everything. But when Scarlett’s sinister ex-lover Elijah resurfaces, even tough-as-nails Declynn may not be able to keep them apart. What is Elijah up to? Can Sebastian and Scarlett patch things up? And will Declynn be able to control her own vices – or fall prey to generational struggles, and self-destruct?
Publisher: self-published
Available: via Draft 2 Digital

My Father’s Son by Tom Moore

Synopsis: Felix Ryan is a school teacher in a serious mid-life crisis. But a phone call from Tammy, an ex-girlfriend, calls him back home to fight his father’s battle. A big US oil company has begun fracking in his home town. Led by a jovial Texan and represented by a crack young lawyer, the company is buying up land. The town is split in two over fracking and its new prosperity.
Sparks of attraction fly between Felix and Tammy even though he jilted her years before. Tammy reveals that she was pregnant when they split and the young lawyer, Joel, is their son. He believes that Felix abandoned him and his mother.
Felix’s father is leading the fight against the oil company and is killed in a suspicious auto accident. This draws Felix further into the fight against the company and against his own son. Felix has a new direction in his life, a woman who loves him, a son who hates him, and a battle worth fighting.
Publisher: Flanker Press
Available: via Flanker Press


Edokko by Loren Greene

Synopsis: Sixteen and on top of the world, Lily is beyond excited to be setting off for a whole year as an exchange student in Tokyo. Fashion and fun are foremost on her mind as she arrives to meet her homestay family and embark on a grand adventure, live-streaming all the way.
What she isn’t expecting, however, is for her urban host family to cancel at the last moment and leave her hanging with nowhere to live. She’s shipped off to the small town of Ajimu (sorry, where!?), a billion miles from anywhere cool and exciting, with a neurotic host sister, no chances for romance, straight-up-vile classmates and a microscopic community watching her every move.
Too bad for the people of this small town—nothing’s going to hold Lily back when she wants something!
Publisher: HachiPress
Available: Chapters, Amazon, Kindle, or directly from the author. A full list of retailers can be found here.


The Mists of Morne by Justin B. Hodder

Synopsis: What would you do to ensure your legacy?
For Emily Owens, merely earning her archaeology degree was never going to be enough. She yearned for adventure, for a challenge—anything that could bring stimulation into her lackluster life. So, when a chance introduction and promiscuous encounter grant the opportunity, she soon finds herself bending her treasure hunting ethics to get one step ahead of her cohorts.
But while her journey leads her to the heights of Peru in search of a long-lost relic, she is thrust into the midst of a much more complex agenda already at play. Caught between her desire to find a mystical artifact that will undoubtedly make her career, and the rising threat of a rogue religious terrorist organization that will stop at nothing to harness its power, Emily must quickly decide if she will stop and retreat—or proceed and fight.
Along with the help of an explosive redhead, an old university flame, and a brother-in-law who holds more of the Owens family secrets than she does, Emily seeks to foil the opposition- while trying to preserve the sanctity and the historical significance of the artifact in the process.
The world doesn’t know her name yet … but it will.
Publisher: self-published
Available: Chapters, Coles, and many retail stores where books are sold. Mists of Morne is also available on Amazon or by contacting the author via email.


Bizzie Tizzie Is Gonna Be Everything From A to Z by Yvonne Bryant

Synopsis: Come along with Bizzie Tizzie as she takes children to the moon and back and all the exciting possibilities in between!  This little character has a wild and fun imagination and boundless energy! So hold onto your cowboy hat and enjoy the ride, Bizzie Tizzie style!
This is more than and an ABC book, the rhyming verses are supported by rich, bold, and colorful illustrations that make every page a delight. More than 1000 children are already enjoying Bizzie Tizzie!
Bizzie Tizzie Is Gonna Be Everything From A to Z is illustrated by Kevin & Jessica Tobin.
Publisher: self-published.
Available: Chapters, Coles, and most retail stores where books are sold. Also available on Amazon & Etsy,  by contacting the author directly by email.

Of Sea and Sand: The Kerrigan Chronicles, Book II by Annie Daylon

Synopsis: Spectral matriarch of the Kerrigan clan, Kathleen resumes the gripping story of the lives of her family: feisty daughter Clara, brave granddaughter Kate, and troubled son Kevin. Through the tribulations of the Great Depression, they love and build and hide their secrets, but when war comes to their Newfoundland home, those secrets demand to be revealed. Their fishing and farming community of Argentia is doomed, razed to make way for a strategic United States Naval Base, and the Kerrigans find their destiny and fate caught up in the Second World War. For Kevin, the theatre of the European war is the stage for his quest for redemption.
In Of Sea and Sand, the riveting family saga of the Kerrigans continues with tragedy and hope on their ever-shifting horizons.
Publisher: McRAC Books
Available: Via Amazon


Wayward Paths by Gary Evans

Synopsis: Haunted ships, mysterious islands, strange sightings and more! 8 strange tales of surrealist horror!
Publisher: Black Lamb Press
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A Turn for the Worse by Gary Evans

Synopsis: 50 poems laughing at dark times
Publisher: Black Lamb Press

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The Advance by Gary Evans

Synopsis: Crewman first class Edmunds is fed up being subordinate to starship officers who use the missions as an excuse for adventure tourism. Light years from Earth, what happens when an astronaut quits?
Publisher: Black Lamb Press
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The Name Unspoken: Wandering Spirit Survival School by Sharon Berg

Synopsis: A cross-genre history, this book starts with Berg’s M.Ed thesis on this school, adding poetry to a text braiding academic research, interview transcripts, and portraits of a unique research model developed by the author and Cree Elder and founder of the school, Pauline Shirt.
Founded in 1976 in Pauline’s Toronto living room and adopted by the Toronto Board of Education in 1977, the school serves as a model and lifeline for those seeking their traditional roots and culture. Expanding in 2017, the school now offers high school classes.
This book won a 2020 Ippy Award for Regional Nonfiction.
Publisher: Big Pond Rumours Press
Available: From the author.


Naming the Shadows by Sharon Berg

Synopsis: This is a collection of nine short stories and two novelettes, all dealing with ‘shadows’ while celebrating examples of light.
Berg turns her inquisitive eye to examining the many layers of memory in relationships between generations as her protagonists focus on setting goals to become better people.
In the passage from innocence to experience, they find themselves in situations that transform how they see and define themselves, other people, and the world around them.
The process of metamorphosis is examined as children move into adulthood, ultimately finding strength and agency in their transformations.
Publisher: Porcupine’s Quill
Available: From Porcupine’s Quill, Amazon or from the author.


This Is How It Is by Sharon King-Campbell

Synopsis: Illuminating, poised, and wholly original, the poems of Sharon King-Campbell’s This Is How It Is range across the planet from New Zealand to Thailand to Newfoundland, gathering along the way voices both historical and mythological in a compelling display of dramatic empathy and poetic imagination.  Subverting history and fable while always returning to vividly depicted images of our landscapes within the specter of environmental crisis, King-Campbell spans the far corners of the earth and the previously silent voices of our collective pasts to arrive here at our contemporary moment with poems of formal dexterity as prescient as they are captivating.
Publisher: Breakwater Books Ltd.
Available: Via Breakwater Books Ltd.


Kimmy & Mike by Dave Paddon

Synopsis: Recitations are a centuries-old oral storytelling tradition in Newfoundland and Labrador – tall tales and unknown histories connecting community and place, past and present.
In Kimmy & Mike, author, storyteller, and former pilot Dave Paddon (Ralph, Flying Hound) takes this tradition and spins a yarn of international proportions. The titular sister and brother hit the sea to fetch dinner for their family, but with their catch slim along local shores they cast a wider net, sailing across oceans and through hurricanes to try their luck in the waters of France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, the Galapagos, and beyond.
Along the way, they run into pirates, a giant squid, a depressed merman, and a talking iguana – not to mention their very cross mother who was left with no choice but to order fast-food chicken for their poor father.
Although the siblings aren’t successful in catching anything for the pot, their hijinks on the high seas will have readers wondering what oddness the next destination will bring. The text is accompanied by charming and colourful folk- art style illustrations by Lily Snowden-Fine (Why Do Cats Meow?), from the adorable sea creatures to the handy detailed map.
Kimmy & Mike is written in rhyme; a few spots of rhythm feel off, but that could be due to the oral style of a recitation or to it being written (rightfully) with a maritime ear. It’s a little distracting but doesn’t take away from the imaginative tale. Non-Maritimers may also wonder about the local slang and fishing terminology; fortunately, Paddon includes a glossary at the back. He also includes an afterword with a brief history of recitation, its origins in isolated fishing villages, and its current resurgence.
Kimmy & Mike is a fun introduction to a long-standing tradition, written by one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s foremost storytellers. (Quill & Quire)
Publisher: Running the Goat Books & Broadsides
Available: Via Running the Goat Books & Broadsides


Instructor by Beth Follett

Synopsis: When Ydessa Bloom’s husband dies in a Cessna crash in a mid-Ontario lake, she rents a cottage at that lake, without really comprehending why, and stays for three months. There she meets three people who will influence her life dramatically—her landlady, a yoga teacher, and a precocious eight-year-old boy named Henry Rattle.
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Available: Via Breakwater and All Lit Up

 

 

 


Meet You By Hachiko by Loren Greene

Synopsis: What would you do if your best friend lived half a world away—and suddenly vanished?
Loner Grace Ryan feels completely invisible. Awkward and shy, she can’t seem to get ahead in her studies, social circle, or new relationship with her childhood best friend. But discovering Tokyo street fashion ignites her creativity and leads her into an unlikely online friendship with Kana, a Japanese high schooler.
Just when things are finally going right, Grace’s best friend abandons her, her relationship falls apart, and Kana disappears without saying goodbye. Fearing for her friend’s safety, Grace boards a flight to Japan… only to realize that she is completely unprepared for the bright lights and confusing streets of the real Tokyo.
Finding one lost girl among twelve million is much more than she bargained for.
Publisher: HachiPress
Available: both the paperback and eReader versions are available for purchase from a number of sources, including Amazon, Kobo and Barnes & Noble, and a comprehensive list of where to purchase is available on the book’s landing page, http://hachiko.lorengreene.com.


Our Random Acts of Kindness by Phil Riggs

Synopsis: “Our Random Acts of Kindness” may be in our DNA makeup, just waiting for the right occasion to be acted upon. Sometimes we may need someone to record them so that people can see what a wonderful moment it was for the kind and thoughtful person. This is what this book is about. There are stories of different kinds of Santa Clauses who perform such random acts out of the goodness of their hearts. Others perform these kindly deeds and don’t even realize they are doing them. It just needs the right person to put them on paper Teachers and students do them without giving them much thought. Plumbers and businessperson, alike, do them and don’t look for recognition, be they large or small overtures. It’s not only people that do these random acts to other men and women. Kindness is also extended to our pets and animals. I have compiled a group of stories about such deeds that I have either witnessed or have been told to me since I started writing this book. The final chapter is about the COVID-19 virus and how we were able to adapt and show the true kindness that is engrained in us when we have to struggle with an almost insurmountable task. I’m sure there will be enjoyment for each reader as they peruse all of the gems I have composed.
Publisher: self-published
Available: at Cole’s or directly from the author


Supermarket Baby by Susan Flanagan

Synopsis: Henry Puddester is a freshly retired civil servant whose life goes off the rails after an innocent trip to the supermarket, where he inadvertently switches his shopping cart with that of a young mother. When Henry ends up with an infant alongside his four dozen eggs, his life goes into free fall, and he wishes himself back at work, safe from misplaced babies, aggressive lawyers, and the eccentric nutbar driving a 1983 Ford Ltd covered with 4,000 trinkets.
Join this cast of loons, including Frank who’s building a time machine in his shed and Dash, the Spadoodle-screaming Fortnite addict, as Henry tries to survive two weeks in an unforgiving Newfoundland spring.

Publisher: Flanker Press
Available: Through Flanker Press and wherever local books are sold.


REVIVAL: A Bella James Mystery by Alexis Koetting

Synopsis: Cold cases, buried secrets, and a race against time to bring the truth to light—one that reveals just how far people will go to get what they want and protect what they have.
When the body of a young woman discovered in a dumpster has surprising connections to a number of dead and missing women, Detective Sergeant Andre Jeffers enlists celebrated actress, Bella James to work undercover to expose a black-market network before it can add to its list of victims. As they close in on the truth, Bella and Jeffers’ worlds are rocked by shocking discoveries and devastating revelations.
Revival is the third book of the Bella James series.
Publisher: IngramSpark
Available: at all major online retailers in Paperback and E-Book formats, can also be ordered by your local bookstore

 

 


Surprised by Joy – Poems in the Time of COVID by Lillian Bouzane

Synopsis: Surprised by Joy is a book of poems about Covid-19.
The poems were composed during the first months of the pandemic by our extended family: mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, spouses, grandchildren and grandparents. They run the gamut of emotions: anguish, fear, boredom, uncertainty, contentment, bravado, joy.
They knit the family together – from far flung Alaska, USA to Anchor Point, Newfoundland.
Publisher: LBouzane Publishing
Available: through Amazon

 


The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel by Marin Darmonkow

Synopsis: The Epic of Gabriel and Jibreel is a cautionary tale of the ultimate friendship. It is a heartbreaking story of two boys, a refugee, and a child from a wealthy suburb. Gabriel lives with his father in a large house surrounded by other large houses. One day, while exploring the beach, Gabriel meets Jibreel. Jibreel lives with his father in the upside-down boat that brought them across the sea. With similar stories of devastating loss, yet joyful dreams, and a love for flying, the boys form an incredible and indestructible friendship. This is an excruciating story – a children’s picture book with a powerful message that is worth hearing.
Publisher: Fontreal
Available:  Hardcover – $29.99:  Coles, Chapters,  https://fontreal.com
Ebook – $2.99: Amazon, Kobo, Google Plus, Barnes and Noble, https://fontreal.com


Still the Thunder – Book 4 – Stormy Encounters Series by Tanya Benoit

Synopsis: Ten years ago, Fiona O’Shea vowed to overcome and forget the cruelty that was inflicted on her by a stranger. Only Morgan, the love of her life, knew the details of that fateful night. Even though he wasn’t to blame, his presence was a constant reminder of the nightmare she endured and the secret they kept. Regardless of the feelings in her heart, her shattered soul sent him away, praying he would never return, and praying she would never remember.
Morgan Murtagh swore he would never love again and has stayed true to that promise for the last ten years. Yearning for a new life, he is ready to leave Ireland forever. But first, honour dictates that he return to the town he resentfully left. Morgan discovers that the past has darkened Fiona’s doorstep once again, threatening her livelihood, her home, and her very existence.
Would he dare open old wounds to help her?
Can Fiona relive the past in order to save her future?
Will their hearts survive?
Publisher: Independent
Available: Through Amazon.ca


The Gaff Topsail Encounters: Facing the Wind by Floyd Spracklin

Synopsis: Fourteen years in the making, this writing project takes a detailed look at former railway workers, present-day cabin owners, and some of the world-wide travellers passing through The Gaff. Their stories of what life is and was like and their challenging engagement with nature may very well prompt adventure lovers from around the world to start thinking about their own personal motivations for challenging the many available trails.
The Gaff Topsail Encounters is chock-a-block full of all kinds of stories and information about The Gaff. Its  231 pages, 81 photographs, a cover photo of one of Floyd’s paintings of the Gaff area, and a Foreword by Mike Shuifelt, contributing photographer and writer to Mont Lingard’s Next Stop Series combine to make this book a Gaff go-to for anyone contemplating any Trailway travels. And a definite keepsake for anyone directly or remotely connected to The Gaff.
Here you will find out how The Topsails got their name.  For anyone interested in following along the NL Trailway and visiting The Gaff, this book illuminates the area in story and history together with floral and fauna tidbits not altogether well-known.
Also featured here are stories of travellers from Holland, France, Bavaria, Switzerland, the United States and all across Canada. These are complemented by stories from many of the modern-day cabin owners. Read about the phenomenal first-hand accounts of early railway years at The Gaff. Learn what life was like for a young Frontier College Labourer-Teacher in his isolated workplace, how a young man from Greece found his way there and ended up making Newfoundland his home, how a New Brunswick ATV entrepreneur fell in love with The Gaff, what titillated two Swiss bikers to stop by on a miserable day, why a North Carolina adventurer and his stubborn mule, Polly, were a big hit. Find out why two young men from Western Canada were so excited to have a place to stay the night as they neared the completion of their cross-Canada walk, why Kevin Blackmore and his buddies are walking the Newfoundland trails and what Buddy Wasisname says about The Gaff. And get to meet world-renowned and award-winning documentarian, Dianne Whelan, early in her walk across Canada on The Great Trail. Read about hurricanes, fires, going astray on a Gaff winter snowmobile trip, and much, much more.
Discover exciting details about the recent appearance of coyotes, wolves, wolf-coyote hybrids and about other Topsail animal inhabitants, and some rarely seen orchids and other flowers.
Learn the true value of stewardship and take time to think about doing your part in promoting and protecting one of Newfoundland’s sensitive locations.
Floyd is excited about the avenues that this, his second book, will open for the NL tourism potential.
Publisher: DRC Publishing
Available: Online at www.drcpublishing.ca, www.shopdownhome.com, www.amazon.ca, as a Kobo e-book at www.kobo.com, at Coles, Chapters, Downhome Stores, and the Auk Island Winery in Twillingate, Island Treasures, Mr. Wilson’s Convenience Store, Newfoundland Emporium, Barnes Sporting Goods, and City Pharmacy in Corner Brook, at Gros Morne Coffee Roasters in Deer Lake, George’s Ski World in Steady Brook, at The Jackladder on the Viking Trail, The Howley Shopping Centre, at Howley RV and Trapper’s Lounge in Howley, By the Sea Inn and Cafe in King’s Point, and at The Corner Stop in Port Blandford.


Paddy Scott’s War by Paul Conway

Synopsis: Drawn by patriotism and a desire for adventure Paddy Scott joined the Newfoundland Regiment. He embraced the role of a soldier forging close friendships with other courageous young men. However on July 1st, 1916, Paddy and eight hundred other Regiment soldiers came face to face with the brutal reality of war.
The young man who sailed into St. John’s harbour at the end of August 1916 was a changed person from the one who, just a year earlier, stood at the ship’s railing together with his fellow soldiers, laughing and waving to family and friends. Can Paddy accept the changes to his life and strive to build a new future for himself?
Paddy Scott’s War is Paul’s debut novel and was inspired by his visit to Beaumont Hamel.
Publisher: Embark Books
Available at: Downhome and on Amazon

 


Keep On Walking by Sheldon Crocker

Synopsis: In this book, I take you on the journey of coming unshackled from life’s conditioning, early childhood trauma and becoming what everyone told me to be. My book’s purpose is to show you what’s possible when we choose to heal when we step out of the box we’re put in by society. The hard part is to find a way to heal, to trust, to love, to be ourselves in a world continually tells us to be someone or something else. Keep on Walking is a journey of rectification. Hearing and answering the battle cry concerning working to end the stigma and prejudice surrounds mental illness AS WELL AS disabilities. My story isn’t one-dimensional. It moves, as my journey unfolded, from past to present and back to past; to older and more rooted to more recent wounds. It’s a story of an unbinding of sorts.
Publisher: Kindle
Available at: Amazon


Human Development by Patrick Whelan

Synopsis: In Human Development, Patrick Whelan creates a framework to help you understand what it means to develop yourself and attain freedom, love and happiness, including painfully honest stories of his own transformation. This framework contains elements of the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, Abraham Maslow, Amartya Sen, Anthony Giddens, as well as Confucius, and outlines an approach for you to gain understanding of yourself and your actions, so you can simplify your life and take control of it, setting yourself free.
Publisher: self-published
Available: Amazon


“VIRAL” by Andrew Peacock

Synopsis: A young Newfoundlander named John is working in Ottawa when a deadly viral disease breaks out. The island of Newfoundland completely closes its borders, and John attempts a perilous journey home. During the chaos of the pandemic, a populist politician wreaks havoc on the island with his self-centered solutions.
VIRAL is an adventure story, a commentary on contemporary politics and a retelling of the Odyssey. The book looks at the responsibilities of individuals and societies in difficult times. Pertinent questions about how much isolation is required to keep an island disease free and the right of individuals to return home run through the story.
Publisher: Engen Books
Available: Chapters, Coles, The Travel Bug, Studio Boutique in Carbonear and from Amazon or Indigo online.


“The Old Man is Me” by Bruce Stagg

Synopsis: The Old Man is Me is a book of literary short stories set primarily in rural Newfoundland during the 1950s and 1960s.
Themes are universal in nature, but each emphasize particular aspects of rural living that have helped carve Newfoundlanders as a people.
All characters are based on real Newfoundland people who are selected for his/her strength or weakness, or for his/her colorfulness. Stories are narrated in both first and third persons with a strong autobiographical element.
Each story is crafted to present a rich culture heavily steeped in English and Irish influences but is not intended to romanticize or patronize.  Nor are they condescending. Stories present a truth and literal worth that will have broad appeal. Older readers will relate to many of the details and situations, while younger readers will learn something about an earlier time. Regardless of age, all will experience the past, see the truth, appreciate the narrations, and most of all, enjoy the read.
Publisher:  Boulder Books
Available: Boulder Books or where local interest books are sold.


“Ananias” by James Case

Synopsis: When Ananias Case boards a ship in Fowey, England in 1826 bound for Carbonear, Newfoundland, he’s not looking for adventure; he’s a man on the run. The strictures of class division are left in the wake, while a fractured society in the throes of rapid evolution awaits beyond the sea.
A historical novel based on real events, Ananias is the story of a man seeking a new life while struggling with the ghosts of his past. This sweeping adventure of discovery, connection and heartache is also a moving tribute to a rugged island place and its people.
Publisher: Nevermore Press
Available: Nevermore Press, more TBA

 


“Counterfeit Viscountess” by Barbara Burke

Synopsis: Practical Caroline Saxon must travel to London for the season, when all she really wants is to stay in Ireland and breed horses. But a carriage accident leaves her unchaperoned at a posting inn.
Dashing Christopher Hawking just wants a bed for the night.  He didn’t expect to find it occupied by a beautiful woman, or to be caught by another guest sneaking out of her room.
To protect Caroline’s reputation, they must pretend to be married, and convince the London ton they’ve made a love match. With society watching their every move, keeping up appearances has never been harder, especially when attraction flares between them in spite of themselves. With family, friends and interested onlookers all contributing to the confusion, when will this charming Regency couple realize a fake marriage just isn’t good enough?
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Available: Chapters, Amazon.ca


“Our Heroes of COVID-19” by Phil Riggs

Synopsis: Written by retired educator Phil Riggs and illustrated by artist Corey Majeau, Our Heroes of COVID-19 is an educational book to help children explore their experiences with the current pandemic.
The story follows Joel and his grandfather as they walk around their community and discuss the everyday heroes who have helped people during this difficult time.
This book also includes activities pages for children to express their personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of proceeds from sales of this book shall be donated to Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries.
Publisher: Boulder Books
Available: Boulder Books, wherever local books are sold


“Phreak” by JE Solo

Synopsis: In an alternate, near-future world where corrupt government and corporate interests rule the smallest details of Island life, an unusually sensitive child is born. Navigating a landscape of ecological devastation and botched genetic modification experiments, the child’s survival depends upon their heightened senses and the skills they learn at the knee of their life-hacking father. Will it be enough? As they cross the threshold of adulthood the collapse of Island society draws close and they must act in order to protect what they love.
Told in a series of vignettes, with a haunting filmic quality and powerful imagery, Phreak is a richly detailed and compelling first novel. Solo deftly layers satire and social commentary to create a powerful story of resilience and survival.
Publisher: House of Zolo
Available: http://www.houseofzolo.com/, http://www.jesolo.ca


“Mina’s Child” by Paul Butler

Synopsis: Mina’s Child  imagines a second generation springing from the “heroes”‘ in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In 1921, Mina and Jonathan Harker’s daughter, Abree, a student at King’s College, London, starts to question the extraordinary adventures her parents claim to have experienced in England and the Carpathians. Middle-aged Jonathan Harker is haunted by nightmares that Abree assumes to be about her brother, Quincey, killed in the Great War. As the Harkers follow the thread of their unease back to its source, they are haunted by memories of Lucy Westenra, fiancée to Arthur Holmwood, and the manner of Lucy’s death. Having lost her brother, Quincey, in the Great War, Abree refuses to believe in a clear dividing line between good and evil. Abree suspects her parents’ tales of glory hide a profound sense of guilt, particularly about the unexplained death of their friend, Lucy Westenra.
Publisher: Inanna Publications
Available: Inanna Publications, The Indigo-Chapters chain, Amazon, independent bookstores


“Pea Soup for the Newfoundland Soul” by Grandpa Pike

Synopsis: Grandpa Pike’s ‘Pea Soup for the Newfoundland Soul’ is NOT a cookbook. These are short stories—suitable for reading while waiting for your flight—or when you finally have the bathroom to yourself—or in a 2 mile line-up for the Nova Scotia ferry during a 3 day windstorm.  Hitchhike with Grandpa in the 1960’s when he got a ride from a lady Preacher, a trucker, and a guy in a red corvette on his way to Mexico. He’ll relive his encounter with ‘The Man from Glad,’ his failed attempt at a leveraged buyout of the Bank of Nova Scotia, and the youngsters looking out at the stormy night, waiting for that very last boat to come in through the narrows—their dad’s. Laugh or cry but you won’t be bored as he rollicks his way through topics as diverse as Pets, Religion, The Good Old Days, Hockey, Graduation, Lawyers, Doctors, and the Three Scariest Words to an old-fashioned man—scarier even than ‘hold my purse.’
Publisher: Flanker Press
Available: online through Indigo.ca, Flankerpress.com, and Amazon. Available in-store @ Costco, Chapters, Coles, Irving stores, Orange stores, and other booksellers.


“Teacher, Hunter, Fisher, Musician – a 101 Years in the life of Clarence Riggs” by Phil Riggs

Synopsis: Looking for a book that promises history, adventure, joy, sorrow and heartbreak? Teacher, Hunter, Fisher, Musician – a 101 Years in the life of Clarence Riggs has it all. Follow his life’s story: growing up without a father since he was 3 years old when he was lost on the ship Mina Swim and never heard of again. Read about his childhood days. Follow his teaching career as he taught in most parts of NL. He experienced being a houseparent for the Genfell Mission dormitories in Cartwright and North West River. His retirement travels included as far north as Nunavut, as far west as Hawaii and south to most southern states in the US. But most of all relive his passions for the great outdoors where he was happiest in his pursuits of fish and game. His two great loves: Neatha and nature were complimentary to him.  Finally, read how he was a born entertainer, just waiting for an audience to suggest he might play for it.
Publisher: Self-published
Available: Elaine’s Books on Duckworth Street, Bookworm in Gander, and in various stores in the Glovertown area. Books are also available by contacting the author at philriggs.camino (at) gmail.com.


“Mr. Grumbles” by William Pryse-Phillips

Synopsis: At the end of the day when the kids are tired but still active, a bedtime story is often the way to get them to settle down for the night. The most effective stories contain a little whimsy, some adventure, a touch of humour, some familiarity allowing the child to identify with the protagonists, and (importantly) the leaven of peacefulness.
Mr. Grumbles is a collection of 14 such stories, based in St. John’s and about the child, Sandy; the family Labrador dog; the park-keeper and the father. The stories are written as interactive conversations between him and his child.
Publisher: FriesenPress
Available: Chapters and Coles stores in St. John’s, the Newfoundland Weavery, Elaine’s books, Legend Tours, and Belbins. The book is also available as an e-book with Google books, FriesenPress bookstore, and Amazon where hard copies can also be obtained.


“The Waddens: A Family History” by Nix Wadden

Synopsis: A second print run of the booklet The Waddens: A Family History has just been delivered, following a sell out of the first edition. Complete with family trees and colour and black and white photos, it covers Wadden families from origins in Ireland and Newfoundland to descendants throughout North America. The self-published, the 84-page hardbound booklet was co-written by brothers Brian and Nix Wadden.
Publisher: Self-published
Available: by contacting nix.wadden@sympatico.ca


“‘Twas The Night” by Marin Darmonkow

Synopsis: Indeed, a picture is worth a thousand words. This illustrations-only children’s book “tells” a powerful story about a boy who is confined to a wheelchair. His compassion is inspiring; his longing for friendship and capacity to give are heart-warming. The author gently invites you to re-imagine the Christmas wonder.
Publisher: Fontreal
Available: https://fontreal.com


“Operation Vanished” by Helen C. Escott

Synopsis: In the 1950s, three young women in rural Newfoundland were sexually assaulted, beaten and murdered. Their killers were never caught. During the same time period an eight-year-old girl disappeared. Her body was never found. These shocking historical cases have haunted the province for decades.
RCMP Corporal Gail McNaughton is new to the elite Major Crime Unit. She is assigned a stack of historical cases of missing and murder women and children. Each file has its challenges: witnesses have died, memories fade, DNA didn’t exist.
She begins to unravel the murders with the help of Larry Morgan, the archivist for the province and the son of one of the murdered women. Together they come up with a list of suspects who have flown under the radar. People who were beyond reproach.
Operation Vanished is a mind-bending sophisticated psychological crime thriller that will keep you guessing who the real killer is. Helen C. Escott weaves Newfoundland and Labrador’s mythology and history into a novel that is anything but predictable. When you least expect it, a ghost from the past returns.
The bestselling author of Operation Wormwood takes you on another thrill ride. You didn’t see this coming!
Publisher: Flanker Press
Available: Costco, Coles, Chapters, various stores across the island including all Irvings. It is available in soft cover and ebook online at indigo.com and amazon.com.



“Seashell’s Lament”
by Geraldine Ryan-Lush

Synopsis: On the cusp of the cod moratorium and amidst hostilities and stigma surrounding foreign fishing fleets visiting Newfoundland waters, comes a tragic love story between a foreign shrimper and a lonely local teacher.
Publisher: Mulberry Books
Available: Amazon.com, Chapters/Indigo, online outlets

 

 

 


“Haunted Towns: Ghost Stories Of Newfoundland and Labrador” by Geraldine Ryan-Lush

Synopsis: A collection of true ghost stories from across Newfoundland and Labrador, blending the oral tradition and scholarly perspective, as well as a healthy dose of the macabre and mysterious. A must have for the folklore enthusiast with an appetite for the true fantastical in the old and modern Newfoundland.
Publisher: Mulberry Books
Available: Amazon.com, Chapters/Indigo, online outlets

 

 

 


“Goodbye Wart!” by Geraldine Ryan-Lush

Synopsis: A Dickensian rhyming tale employing ancient Newfoundland rituals to help a boy banish a huge and ugly wart!
Publisher: Mulberry Books
Available: Amazon.com, Chapters/Indigo, online outlets

 

 

 

 


“We All Will Be Received” by Leslie Vryenhoek

Synopsis: In 1977, young woman flees her bad-news boyfriend, taking a bag of cash and hitching a ride to the world’s edge. She intends to disappear forever, to redefine herself on her own terms as Dawn Taylor.
But years later, stars and satellites align — and the past catches up with Dawn.
In a roadside motel on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, the paths of four diverse characters converge. Cheryl is desperate to resuscitate a reputation blown apart on social media. Ethan just wants to escape a tired narrative of childhood trauma. And Spencer, an ex-con, is chasing a faint hope he’s glimpsed on a website.
When a ferocious storm traps them together, there’s nothing to keep them from disclosing who they really are — and what they’re really after.
Eloquent and propulsive, We All Will Be Received asks whether anyone can find redemption when the tightening web of an interconnected world has made the past inescapable.
READ AN EXCERPT.
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Available: Breakwater Books, Amazon, Chapters, or Coles in St. John’s, McNally Robinson in Winnipeg, your local library.


“This is Agatha Falling” by Heather Nolan

Synopsis: In her debut novella, THIS IS AGATHA FALLING, St. John’s singer-songwriter and photographer Heather Nolan’s characters stomp through smoky downtown bars dragging longing, trauma, illness, confusion, and addiction with them. Fragmented memory is her unreliable narrator, demonstrating how the past continually interrupts the present, asking, “How is one to determine which is memory, and which the dream?” Sharon Bala, Journey Prize-winning author of The Boat People, calls it “a confident and lyrical debut penned by an author of uncommon talent.”
Publisher: Pedlar Press
Available: Local Bookstores, Alllitup.ca, Chapters, Amazon


DIG” by Terry Doyle

Synopsis: In twelve dialed-in and exceptionally honed short stories, Terry Doyle presents an enduring assortment of characters channelled through the chain reactions of misfortune and redemption.
A construction worker’s future is bound to a feckless and suspicious workmate. A young woman’s burgeoning social activism is constrained by hardship and the desperation of selling puppies online. A wedding guest recognizes a panhandler attending the reception. And a man crafts a concealed weapon with which to carry out his nightly circuit of paltry retribution.
Through keen-eyed observation, and with an impressive economy of statement, Doyle conveys these characters over a backdrop of private absurdities and confusions—countering the overbearance of a post-tragic age with grit, irony, and infinitesimal signs of hope.
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Available: Breakwater, Amazon, Chapters


“Flying Ace” by Sheilah Lukins

Synopsis: Errol the adventurous little mouse takes to the sky when he meets a young girl, Natasha, playing with a toy airplane. Later, when Errol is left alone, he decides to fly Natasha’s toy plane and begins a magical journey that takes him back in time to one night in 1940. He meets up with Dan, a radio operator on a full-sized Hudson bomber, and gets to accompany the crew on their late night, top-secret flight across the Atlantic. When an enemy plane appears over Ireland and threatens the safety of crew and craft, only Errol can save them from disaster.
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Available: Breakwater Books, Amazon


“Inquiries” by Michelle Porter

Synopsis: In poems that risk the comingling of anger and elegy, poetry and documentation, humour and the dark spectre of poverty, Michelle Porter’s Inquiries oscillates at its edges, and amplifies the presence of human strength as it keeps company with our enigmatic and ever-present nemeses. This is a startling debut where the line between reality and reality television blurs, where a simple trip to the grocery store unifies mother and daughter in struggle, and where an economics of iniquity proves the existence of love as equality. With wit, poise, raw emotion, and versatility, Inquiries announces the emergence of an impressive new talent.
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Available: Breakwater, Amazon, Chapters


“Land Beyond the Sea” by Kevin Major

Synopsis: In the small hours of October 14, 1942, a German U-boat sank the passenger ferry SS Caribou in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Of the 237 people on board, 136 perished, including 49 civilians. In Land Beyond the Sea, bestselling author Kevin Major reimagines the events of that fateful night from the perspectives of both those aboard the doomed vessel and the German U-boat commander who gave the order. With his characteristically sharp, evocative prose style, Major delivers an epic work of historical fiction, detailing a life-and-death conflict in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Land Beyond the Sea is a powerful and empathetic testament to the acts of destruction and the acts of heroism carried out in the name of home.
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Available: Breakwater Books, Amazon, Chapters


“Island Vegan” by Marian Frances White

Synopsis: In Island Vegan, Newfoundland’s original trailblazing vegan chef, Marian Frances White, returns with over 100 beautiful and utterly mouthwatering plant-based recipes. Using readily available ingredients with a blend of local and international flavours, Marian provides everything you need, whether you’re a committed vegan or just starting out. Here you’ll find soups, salads, sauces, smoothies, pastries, pancakes, main dishes, delectable desserts, and much more. And there are full-colour photographs to help you create the perfect setting.
The culmination of over forty years of exquisite, tried-and-tested vegan cooking, every recipe in Island Vegan is health conscious, environmentally sound, and absolutely delicious!
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Available: Breakwater Books, Amazon, Chapters


“A Roll of the Bones” by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole

Synopsis: In 1610, John Guy established a small colony in Cupids, Newfoundland, on the very edge of a world unknown to Europeans. Two years later, he brought a shipment of supplies to his all-male settlement: 70 goats, 10 heifers, 2 bulls, and 16 women. A Roll of the Bones tells the story of some of these nameless women by tracing the journeys of three young people—Ned Perry, Nancy Ellis, and Kathryn Gale—who leave Bristol, England, for a life in the struggling community. Ned dreams of altering his fate with the promise of a New World. Kathryn only wishes to follow her husband—little dreaming she might find romance outside her marriage. And Nancy, the servant girl, has no desire to leave Bristol, but her fealty will ultimately test her ability to survive.
A vivid reimagining of settler life in the early seventeenth century, A Roll of the Bones is the first in a trilogy of novels wrestling with the realities of colonization. Here, Trudy J. Morgan-Cole presents an array of unforgettable characters inhabiting the space where two worlds will collide, where the limits of love and loyalty will be tried in a harsh and unforgiving landscape.
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Available: Breakwater, Amazon, Chapters


“Even Weirder Than Before” by Susie Taylor

Synopsis: THE EARLY 1990s: there’s no internet, phones have cords, VHS is still a thing, and Daisy Radcliffe’s family is disintegrating.
As the stability of Daisy’s old life disappears, she is set adrift into the odd territory between adolescence and adulthood. Susie Taylor’s sharp, quick-witted prose carries Daisy through a maze of awkward parties, drugs, and rec rooms — new friends, social adversaries, and sexual awakenings.
A strikingly perceptive and honest debut, EVEN WEIRDER THAN BEFORE is a coming-of-age story exploring the weirdness of growing up Gen X, and the freedom found outside the norm.
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Available: Breakwater Books, Amazon, Chapters


“What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home” by Sonja Boon

Synopsis: Sonja Boon’s heritage is complicated. Although she has lived in Canada for more than thirty years, she was born in the UK to a Surinamese mother and a Dutch father. Boon’s family history spans five continents: Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, and North America. Despite her complex and multi-layered background, she has often omitted her full heritage. An invitation to join a family tree project inspired a journey to the heart of the histories that have shaped her identity.
Deeply informed by archival research, but written as a reflective and intimate memoir, What the Oceans Remember addresses current issues in migration, identity, belonging, and history through an interrogation of race, ethnicity, gender, archives and memory. More importantly, it addresses the relevance of our past to understanding our present. It shows the multiplicity of identities and origins that can shape the way we understand our histories and our own selves.
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press (September 2019)
Available: Broken Books, Chapters-Indigo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more.


“A Salmon’s Sky View” by Carol McDougall

Synopsis: The ink and watercolour illustrations in this book reflect the life cycle of a salmon from the salmon’s point of view looking up from underwater.  Silhouette images provide a clue to the seasons and to the predators the salmon encounters throughout its life.  The story reminds us how the salmon demonstrates great determination and strength in its long journey from the stream where life begins, to the ocean, and back to its natal stream. This 10th anniversary edition, from CSWA Science in Society award-winning author/illustrator Carol McDougall invites readers to become artists too.  Carol ends the story with a step-by-step instructional guide to create your own ink and watercolour image.
Publisher:  Strong Nations Publishing
Available: at select bookstores and Strong Nations


“Unsettling Mixture – An Activist’s Writings” by Helen Forsey

Synopsis: “Unsettling Mixture – An Activist’s Writings” is a non-fiction collection, offering a thought-provoking and often touching combination of analysis and reflection. Its articles, letters, political rants, poems and vignettes span more than four decades, covering a wide range of subjects and approaches – from farming and fishing to fund-raising, from the climate to the constitution, from revolution to reconciliation, from patriarchy to peace. Author Helen Forsey’s Newfoundland roots and her love for our province are evident in a number of the selections.
The writings in this “unsettling mixture” have been chosen for their originality and continuing relevance in today’s challenging times. Blending the personal and the political, they will appeal to those who relish a good conversation, care about what’s happening in the world, and appreciate someone telling it like it is.
Publisher: Burnstown Publishing House
Available: Burnstown


“Stepping Stones” by Michelle Myrick

Synopsis: In her debut memoir “Stepping Stones”, Myrick takes readers on a relatable and inspirational journey of discovery. She is a singer/songwriter who uses her original songs as a framework to tell her story. Creative arts (music, writing, and painting) and the way they have helped her uncover the hidden gifts within her past, play a starring role. She describes the lessons learned from living through loss, self-doubt, and self-sabotage; and points out how our worst experiences can be the best tools for creating a life full of love, acceptance, and belonging. Through example, she proves that a fulfilled life doesn’t come in spite of the past, but because of it.
“Stepping Stones” helps the reader identify and change limiting and self-sabotaging beliefs; find deeper purpose and meaning within personal experiences; and develop greater confidence in abilities. Myrick has also released an album of original songs as an accompaniment to her memoir: www.ammoartworks.com
Publisher: AMMO Artworks (independently published August 2019)
Available:  www.ammoartworks.com


“The Sign on my Father’s House” by Tom Moore

Synopsis: This story is set in NL at the end of the Smallwood era. There was an exodus from outport NL to the new Memorial university in St. John’s. That experience of university, city life, the Thompson Student Center, Doyle House, Payton College dining hall, changed us. We shared a new life with other young NLers, and it gave us friendships that last to this day.
It’s about finding love, then heartbreak, then finding yourself. We were suddenly Canadians, but what did that mean? The book is about a search for identity by the young narrator and by a people. A sign on your house shows who you are and what you believe. Just like the medal on you neck, the tattoo on your arm, the words on your cap, the flag over your door. “Who are you?”
Signs are important symbols throughout the novel, e.g. Smallwood High, White’s Store, Dirty Dick’s bar, Peace Angels, Last Stop Diner. There are 15 physical signs in the novel and each is a statement by someone telling who they are, their personal identity. A sign also tells how we see ourselves. Our self-identity is even more important than our message to the world. The hand print painted on the caves of Lascaux 45,000 years ago is a statement of identity. A fierce “I am!” to a silent universe.
Publisher: Flanker Press
Available: though Flanker Press, in all bookstores and Amazon