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The Teddy Dialogues

BWL Publishing Inc. | The Canine Chronicles


Do you ever look at your dog and wonder what he’s thinking? Well, wonder no more. The Teddy Dialogues takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of what goes in a dog’s mind and how they perceive the odd way their humans behave. Teddy’s dry wit and irascible personality make this a quirky and fun read. You’ll never look at your dog the same after you read The Teddy Dialogues. Prepare to be entertained.

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I could not stop laughing. This book had tears running down my face.  If you've had a bad day and you need a good laugh then I know just what you need - a dose of Teddy.  

 
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Crow

Goose Lane Editions


Winner, IPPY Award for Best First Book - Fiction and Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for FictionRunner-up, Leacock Medal for HumourShortlisted, Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award and Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Literary Fiction

Long-Shortlisted, 2020 Relit Award (Novel Category)

When Stacey Fortune is diagnosed with three highly unpredictable — and inoperable — brain tumours, she abandons the crumbling glamour of her life in Toronto for her mother Effie's scruffy trailer in rural Cape Breton. Back home, she's known as Crow, and everybody suspects that her family is cursed.

With her future all but sealed, Crow decides to go down in a blaze of unforgettable glory by writing a memoir that will raise eyebrows and drop jaws. She'll dig up "the dirt" on her family tree, including the supposed curse, and uncover the truth about her mysterious father, who disappeared a month before she was born.

But first, Crow must contend with an eclectic assortment of characters, including her gossipy Aunt Peggy, hedonistic party-pal Char, homebound best friend Allie, and high-school flame Willy. She'll also have to figure out how to live with her mother and how to muddle through the unsettling visual disturbances that are becoming more and more vivid each day.

Witty, energetic, and crackling with sharp Cape Breton humour, Crow is a story of big twists, big personalities, big drama, and even bigger heart.

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"Spurway's use of language is skilful, making the novel highly readable. Crow is ribald, blunt, accessible, and immediately likeable, tumours and all . . . You know how people say, "You'll laugh, you'll cry"? You will. And you will."

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"Ridiculously good."

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"Crow delighted me and amazed me the further I read, with its freshness, its daring, its refusal to conform (and the projectile vomiting)."

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"Angry, petty, disillusioned, sharp-tongued, battered and bruised by the years, prone to snap decisions and judgments, and yet not a little scared of dying at 40, she's a complex and contradictory figure whose narrating tones relay very human traits — fallibility and indomitability, blindness and insight — via homespun, salty language."

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"How can you resolve the sharpness of tragedy into a fairy-tale ending? Somehow, Spurway manages it. But even if she lays the sentimentality on pretty thick, she also proves even a Crow's laughter can be pretty infectious."

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"Tender, raw, and compassionate, Crow tackles the life-changing events thrown at her and muscles them down to her control, leaving readers breathless in the face of her honesty and hard-earned truths."

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"Amy Spurway comes out swinging with this raw, unflinching, and emotionally urgent debut novel. Be forewarned, Crow is as empowering and comic as it is unsettling and disarming. I love it."

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"I think Crow is great. It depicts a side of Cape Breton populated by characters that are flawed and achingly real. It's poignant and funny."

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"Amy Spurway catches perfectly the engine that is Cape Breton Island. Her cast of divine lunatics, pogey-scammers, gossips, and big-hearted rebels, revealed through Spurway's lively and lucid prose, proves that Cape Breton is still the thought-control centre of Canada."

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"There is dark desperation and there is the lightness of hope."

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"Engaging, relentlessly entertaining and written with enormous passion and great wit. Crow is a notable debut, and Amy Spurway is a writer worth watching."

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"The most hilarious book I’ve ever read, a narrative voice that gets locked in your head, and a story full of twists and turns and surprises."

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Amy Spurway was born and raised on Cape Breton, where, at the age of 11, she landed her first writing and performing gigs with CBC Radio. She has worked as a communications consultant, editor, speech-writer, and performer. Her writing has appeared in Today's Parent, the Toronto Star, Babble, and Elephant Journal. She lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

 
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YOU comma Idiot

Goose Lane Editions


Winner, Quiddity Award for Best Book Trailer

Shortlisted, Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and QWF First Book Prize

"You're the kind of guy who falls in love after one date."

Marginalized and alienated, perennial fuck-up Lee Goodstone is a resounding zero: a low-rent hash-dealer with delusions of inadequacy. He's content to while away the hours of his life drinking, smoking, hanging out, playing the occasional game of hockey, and generally ignoring the world outside his tiny neighbourhood.

But Lee's near-idyllic existence is about to grind into second gear. His friend Henry has been accused of kidnapping and Lee's been cornered by the local media. Another friend has decided to shoehorn his way into Lee's drug business. And he's just made it with his best friend's girlfriend. Clearly, Lee needs a Plan B — not easy for a guy who long ago decided that the correct plan of action is to have no plan at all.

A hip, comedic novel, Doug Harris's YOU comma Idiot is a dark, demented, deeply delightful excursion into youthful alienation and ennui.

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"By the end of the novel, Lee felt like an old friend, someone that I had run into again after a long time and spent the day reminiscing with. ... Harris's book is a surprisingly meaningful work. ... YOU comma Idiot is mostly a really fun and engaging read, and a welcome break from all the other 'eccentric' or 'quirky' novels out there, overbearing in their attempts at literary greatness through offbeat realism."

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"As reader, we are both trapped inside Lee's vision of the world, and watching Harris get it all down with delicious verve and wit. ... I found this a brave book. A hyper-lucid guy plays against the odds, bats out of his league and survives to tell the tale, just."

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"Debuting novelist Doug Harris has crafted a whippet-quick, greasy read in YOU comma Idiot, and it starts with a believable group of characters ... The author also does a splendid job in depicting in minute detail the fading jewel that is Montreal. In fact, he's to Montreal what novelist Russell Smith (How Insensitive, Girl Crazy) is to Toronto ... a clever wordsmith/observer of the under-engaged and slothful."

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"Rapid-fire, authentic and a pleasure to read."

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"More entertaining and relevant than any of the books that won Canadian literary prizes in 2010 ... High velocity purity that doesn't once check itself in the mirror to see if it looks good ... It;s a book full of surprises, some of them uncomfortable, a few uplifting, none plot-driven or arbitrary, and there's absolutely no navel lint clouding the view."

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"Exceptionally realistic — consistently funny. ... A funny slice of life slacker dude style. ... If you were ever a teenaged badass in Montreal, you will know Lee Goodstone. He's the kind of dealer you can befriend with ease; he'll smoke you up for the exchange of his appreciative glances and harness the kind of wit an adolescent girl will swoon for in its cynical wisdom, and later recognize as trite."

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"You comma Idiot ... puts the fun back in books and is sure to be one of the fall's most entertaining reads. You'll bust your guts laughing and you might even crack a rib. More importantly, all humour aside, Harris is great writer. There is a praise-worthy attention to detail here, and that's what makes it the page-turning accomplishment it is."

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"A whippet-quick, greasy read. Harris is to Montreal what novelist Russell Smith is to Toronto ... a clever wordsmith/observer of the under-engaged and slothful."

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"Keen and often humorous ... the fun [Harris] appears to have writing this novel spills over to those of us reading it."

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"[A] blistering social satire, set in Montreal, which frequently had me laughing out loud. ... a tour de force of second-person narration."

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"[A] fun read with a serious dark side."

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"[A] hash-fuelled joyride about some less than beautiful losers ... YOU comma Idiot is a black comedy with some neat twists. Throw in a fresh jacket design and endpaper illustrations by the author and you have a winner."

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In his teens, Doug Harris unloaded watermelon trucks from Florida and disposed of corpses at an animal hospital. Then, in his twenties, he got through film school by working night shifts as a hospital orderly — once again transporting dead bodies. Though it was hard to leave the cadavers behind, at 24 Doug co-wrote and directed the feature film Remembering Mel, a quirky, ambitious comedy that was screened in Canada, Great Britain, and Germany. Today he runs an award-winning video production company.

 
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Bad Day in a Banana Hammock

BWL Publishing Inc. | A Zach and Zora Mystery


Zach wakes up with no memory, no phone, and no clothes except his stripper g-string. And oh yeah! There’s that pesky naked dead guy in bed next to him. Problem is Zach's not gay. Or a murderer. At least, he doesn't think so. Only one person can help him, his sister, Zora. Of course Zora's got problems of her own—she has three kids at home and is eight month's pregnant with the fourth. So she’s a bit cranky. But that’s not going to stop her from helping her brother. With kids in tow, the siblings set how to find the true killer, clear Zach's name, and reassure Zach he's not gay

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"A hilarious murder mystery romp. Ride along with Zach and Zora on this most entertaining of mysteries.”

 
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Death Sentences

University of Ottawa Press | Literary Translation


Death may seem a grim subject matter but, in the capable hands of Suzanne Myre, nothing is beyond humour. Though at times sincere, sorrowful, and even a tad gruesome, Death Sentences is also wry, mordant, and amusingly ironic.

Death Sentences features 13 unique short stories, thematically united by death, sex, and existential angst. Solitary and dejected characters explore Montreal’s parks and alleys, seeking comfort and contending with their own everyday tragedies. A woman contemplates the deadly consequences of an almond croissant; another escapes her worries in a monastery. Precocious children’s fates are intertwined with a Rottweiler’s. Young girls fall in love with the most unlikely partners and a woman seeks salvation in a most unconventional way. The tales in Death Sentences intrigue, surprise, and entertain, from one page to the next.

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Suzanne Myre is a prolific and critically acclaimed Montreal writer, specializing in the short story genre. She was shortlisted for the Grand Prix littéraire France-Québec (2003) and the Prix des libraires (2004). Death Sentences is the first translation of her work.

 
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Eichborn


Die 48-jährige Diane wird von ihrem Mann verlassen. Sie sei ihm zu langweilig geworden. Und er habe übrigens eine neue, natürlich ein paar Jahre jüngere, Freundin ...

Diane macht sich auf die Suche nach ihrem Selbstvertrauen und erlebt Zusammenbrüche in Umkleidekabinen, kleine Rachen an der Geliebten sowie der ewig vorwurfsvollen (Ex-)Schwiegermutter, Weißweinpartys am frühen Nachmittag und Zerstörungsorgien im ehemals trauten Heim.

Ein schreiend komischer und aufs Beste unterhaltender Roman.

 
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Vampir für dich

LYX.digital | Argeneau


125 Jahre ist es her, seit Beth Argenis zum ersten Mal Cullen "Scotty" MacDonald traf.

125 Jahre ist es her, seit er ihr Leben vor einem der Abtrünnigen rettete. 125 Jahre, seit er zum Traum ihrer schlaflosen Nächte wurde. Mittlerweile ist Beth jedoch selbst zur Jägerin geworden und braucht ganz gewiss keinen Schutz mehr - auch wenn Scotty nach wie vor davon überzeugt ist. Beth hingegen würde viel lieber dieses unbändige Feuer, das zwischen ihnen lodert, mit wilden Küssen löschen ...

"Lynsay Sands' Bücher machen einfach Spaß: sexy, unendlich lustig und bis oben hin gefüllt mit Abenteuern!" Library Journal

Band 26 der Argeneau-Reihe von Spiegel-Bestseller-Autorin Lynsay Sands

 
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Turmoilin

BWL Publishing Inc.


Turmoilin is a satire on many levels – it deals with the post-Communist world, Africa, diplomacy, but above all with human relationships. A North American umbrella salesman with Czech roots returns to Prague to teach English at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and finds himself appointed Ambassador of the Czech Republic to an African country called Turmoilin. Accompanying him to his new post is his glib wife Ginny, who helps him out of numerous scrapes. Along the way, our hero must deal with many problems, such as his inability to grasp the fundamentals of the secret code and the strange ways of his mysterious neighbors. Among the characters he meets are the outspoken hard-line conservative black U.S. ambassador to Turmoilin and a senile papal nuncio who keeps mistaking him for a Romanian soil erosion expert. Amongst problems he also must deal with is the separation of his country into The Czech Republic and Slovakia; also with his first secretary who causes a diplomatic incident by copulating in the tall grass of another embassy.

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A tongue in cheek satire by a well travelled author.

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Jan Drabek was born in Prague and spent the war there, with his father, a member of the Czech underground surviving Auschwitz to serve as the chief prosecutor at several trials of Nazi war criminals. In 1948, when he was a teenager, Jan’s family escaped on skis from the newly Communist Czechoslovakia, eventually making their way to the United States where he finished his schooling and served in the U.S. Navy. He has called various countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa his home while working as a taxi driver, refugee resettlement officer, high school teacher, radio broadcaster, an ambassador and chief of diplomatic protocol. Married with two daughters, he is the author of more than 20 books, both in English and Czech. He has conducted seminars on memoir and biography writing and has served on the board of The Writers’ Union of Canada, also three terms as President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. He lives in Vancouver.

 
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beTHRILLED


Im Wald am Timmendorfer Strand werden menschliche Überreste entdeckt - mit einer markanten Verletzung, die eindeutig auf Mord hinweist. Als kurz darauf ein weiteres Skelett in gleichem Zustand entdeckt wird, muss Kommissar Kempff ran. Dieser findet heraus, dass es in dem beschaulichen Ostsee-Ferienort eine jahrzehntelange, erbitterte Familienfehde gab. Bis die beiden "Clanoberhäupter" vor fünfundzwanzig Jahren plötzlich verschwanden ... Doch durch Kempffs Ermittlungen entflammt der Streit erneut und es verschwinden weitere Menschen. Kann der Kommissar den Fall rechtzeitig lösen, bevor die Fehde weitere Opfer fordert?

Nach seinem ersten Fall um einen Haiangriff am Timmendorfer Strand hat "Ostseehasser" Jan Kempff die Lübecker Bucht in sein Herz geschlossen - und steckt schon mittendrin in der nächsten Ermittlung.

eBooks von beThrilled - mörderisch gute Unterhaltung!

 
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Jack Shadow

BWL Publishing Inc. | Shadow Dance


Jack Shadow. Because some days – the last thing you need is a good guy. He’s heard them – every one of them. The jokes. They all start out the same. "See, this guy walks into a bar..." Well, that's not him. That guy who walked into a bar. He’s the guy who walked out. It's not amnesia. Near as anyone knows, he just doesn’t have a past. Near as anyone knows - or admits to. He doesn’t walk round a corner, and some guy from a car shoots at him because of something he did long ago. Sure. Guys shoot at him. Hell, women too. But not for long ago. Mostly for last week. Where 'last week' is any week you choose. No, he just walked out of a bar. Were there piles of dead bodies behind him? A stacked deck he was dealing, or one he was dealt? He doesn’t know. Or care. But they were waiting, and they took him. The Dragon. Took him to make a difference. To wait for the time a beat of a gnat's wing could change tomorrow. And Jack’s the gnat. Jack walked out of a bar. The rest - the rest will be history. Some day. Not that he’ll be in it. Nobody remembers the gnats. Not if they did their job right. And Jack’s the best there is.

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Graeme Smith does a great job, playing with time travel, dragons, Dracula, Jack the Ripper and a Host of other characters. Definitely worth reading for fans of Douglas Adams, Simon R Green, or Piers Anthony.

 
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