Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Books make some of the very best gifts ~ Part 2

Sylvia McNicoll is the author of more than a dozen middle grade and young adult novels. This year, she brought out What the Dog Knows, a middle grade novel starring a talking dog. Available here

Also check out Body Swap, a young adult novel published by Dundurn Press and the four books in the Mistake Mystery series for middle grade kids, also from Dundurn.


Hannah Mary McKinnon published her sixth novel this year: Never Coming Home.  “Told with dark wit and a sharply feminist sensibility, Never Coming Home is a terrifying tale of duplicity that will have you side-eyeing your spouse as you dash to the breathtaking end.”

Read more about Never Coming Home here. Available here


Heather Marshall published her debut novel this year with Simon & Schuster: Looking for Jane. "Weaving together the lives of three women, Looking for Jane is an unforgettable novel about the devastating consequences that come from a lack of choice – and the enduring power of a mother's love."

Read more about Looking for Jane here. Available here.


Lena Scholman also published her debut novel this year: Between Silk and Wool: A novel of Holland and the Second World War. What was Christmas like in the Netherlands that first year of Nazi occupation? What was it like for the young daughter of a humble gardener or the wealthy daughter of the village chatelaine? Both young women find that once one thread is unravelled, everything comes undone.  

Read more about Between Silk and Wool here. Available here.


Carolyne Topdjian’s debut novel The Hitman’s Daughter also has a seasonal flavour. In this gothic horror-thriller, the heroine is trapped in a chateau on New Year’s Eve. Much blood is spilt before the new year dawns.

Visit Carolyn’s webpage here. Available here.


Christine Yanke published her memoir of marriage to a Hell’s Angel, and her fight to find herself once he’s sent to prison: Blinded by an Angel! 

Read more here. Available here.


Richard Tattoni self-published his debut novel: The Stoned Theory of My Own Destruction. 

For more details, check out Richard’s website hereAvailable here.


Gail Copeland self-published her debut middle-grade novel: The Price of Loyalty. This historical novel shows the adventures of two Loyalist brothers who make their way from New Jersey to make a new home in what is now Thorold, Ontario. 

Read more here. Available here.


Darlene Foster published another book in here children’s travel series: Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral. Amanda explores the exciting streets of Paris, the fabulous Palace of Versailles and the gardens of the painter Claude Monet, while being drawn into the mystery surrounding the destructive fire of Notre Dame cathedral. 

See all nine Amanda books at Darlene’s blog here. Available here..


Two great sailing adventures:

Sue Williams bestselling tale of her journey of self-discovery while crossing the Atlantic with her husband, Ready to Come About from Dundurn Press.


Jennifer M Smith’s amazing account of her 40,000-mile journey circumnavigating the globe aboard a small sailboat with just her husband, Green Ghost, Blue Ocean, from Nimbus publishing.

Plus a fictional sailing yarn:

Dave Moores has two books out: Windward Legs, a novel for adults, featuring fast and frisky action both on and off the water. Read and excerpt here and it’s available here. And Attitude, a young adult novel, both from Middle Road Publishers.


Kira Vermond doesn’t have a new book this year, but if you’re looking for nonfiction books that are fun and make kids think, Kira’s your woman. She has four books with OwlKids:

Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular 

Half-Truths and Brazen Lies

Why We Live Where We Live 

Growing Up: Inside and Out

And The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash.

Kira also has two books written with the Ontario Science Centre and published with Annick Press: Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice? And  Why Does My Shadow Follow Me?


See “Books make some of the very best gifts
 ~ Part 1” here

See the best Jewish Canadian books for kids and teens here and here 

Check out 77 more gifts for writers here

Gifts to make the world a better place here

And check out some of the very best gifts for writers here. 

Plus, don't forget, try to shop local. Buy your books straight from the publisher or from a book store

See Brian Henry’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.

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