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Arabella Dreams

BWL Publishing Inc. | Arabella's Secret


Arabella Angarrick is heartbroken. Exiled from her beloved Cornwall, she must come to terms with life on the Canadian prairies and her arranged marriage to D’Arcy Rowan. She struggles to reconcile herself to life on a remote ranch with a man she barely knows. He knows he’s getting a two for one deal and Bella is thankful he is happy to welcome her unborn child into his home. D’Arcy is a kind man, but try as she might, Bella just can’t bring herself to love him. Her heart still yearns for Vear Du, the father of her baby. Will she ever stop dreaming of him?

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A wonderful continuation of Arabella's story. Can't wait for the next book.

 
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Arizona Sky

BWL Publishing Inc.


The wagon carrying Odessa Clay and her father overturns, killing him. Alone and scared in the middle of the desert, she faces finding her way to Phoenix and her Aunt Susan. Food and water run out, and Odessa is near death when Zach Johnson finds her. Squinting up into his tanned and handsome face, Dessie believes she’s died and gone to heaven. Would-be-outlaw, Zach Johnson finds an unconscious woman alone in the middle of nowhere. Where did she come from? First glance: she appears young, but the curves beneath the dusty gingham say otherwise. He didn’t plan to become someone’s hero, but how can he leave her stranded? He’s on his way to join a gang of bank robbers and he has no time to spare. Will the promise of Odessa’s sweet lips lure Zach from the secret mission that has his gut twisted into a knot? His father’s ranch isn’t the only thing at stake—now it’s his heart.

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Ginger Simpson's latest novel, Odessa,is the story of a brave, young woman who loses her father in a tragic accident while searching for her aunt, but finds true love in the process. Simpson brilliantly uses humor, lovable characters, and detailed description to transport the reader back to the Old West. When Zach, a would be outlaw under duress, meets Odessa in the desert and saves her life, little does he know that he would be in for the adventure of his life. After a short time together, there is nothing he wouldn't do to keep the pretty little spitfire safe. And, keeping Odessa safe, could be quite trying especially when the little spitfire is determined to risk her life to return the favor! With much determination and a spirit only found in the courageous pioneer women of the time, Odessa fulfils her dreams. This story is a delightful read. So, hold on tight to your horse, for you will experience the ride of your life!

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Multi-published author, Ginger Simpson, retired from the University of California, Davis in 2003 after twenty-three years of working with students. She relocated to Tennessee, along with her husband, Kelly, in order to spend time writing and be caretaker to their grandson, Spencer. In her spare time, she blogs, chats, promotes, Facebooks, Tweets, posts on loops, and creates video trailers for her books. She's been published since 2003 and hopes to be around for a long time. With eight new releases coming in 2011, she's looking forward to a busy year. The continuous stream of characters who use the revolving door to her mind keep in works-in-progress folder full. It's a good thing she loves to write.

 
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Dangerous Past

BWL Publishing Inc. | Flankstone


A small Idaho town is shaken by the disappearance of high school student Mady Smith. The official cause of death is deemed suicide… but the body is still missing. It seems as though the community has accepted the explanation, but her boyfriend believes otherwise. Brian's suspicions are validated when he receives a laptop she left him. The laptop uncovers a series of clues that convince him there’s more to the story then suicide. He enlists the help of three friends to decipher the clues and solve the mystery. Throughout the journey of twists and turns, they find themselves in life threatening situations, which lead them to discover Mady’s dangerous and twisted past.

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Reinbold's debut novel is a gripping tale of deceit and betrayal which holds your attention from page one.

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Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where he currently resides with his parents, Cobe Reinbold wrote his first novel when he was fourteen.  He completed his second novel before graduating high school. He has recently been accepted to the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Engineering. Cobe enjoys being with his friends, creating and posting YouTube videos, and spending time at his cabin in British Columbia.

 
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Maryann's Appaloosa

BWL Publishing Inc.


When fifteen-year-old Maryann Madigan’s parents are killed in a plane crash, she’s uprooted from a privileged Boston lifestyle to a Wyoming horse ranch. Living with an aunt she barely knows, the young woman struggles with her grief until a spirited appaloosa stallion captures her heart. There’s just one problem, she’s terrified of horses. Determined to learn how to ride, she enlists the help of Rick Ferguson, a charismatic, dark-haired cowboy who falls hard for the shy but resilient beauty. Clandestine riding lessons conquer her fear of horses and kindle their young love. When a vindictive ranch hand goes too far, Maryann must fight to save her beloved horse, her hero, and the place she now calls home.

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Wonderful coming of age story and great horses besides.

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Obsessed with horses and dogs since childhood, Karen has shown purebred collies for several decades in obedience and conformation.  Over 40 of her articles appeared in national dog magazines and several collie books.  She won three Dog Writer’s Association of America awards, the latest for I Loved Them First, a memoir in poems and photographs about the horses and dogs she’s shared her life with. She lives deep in the woods of Westchester County, New York with two collies, Rufus and Keri, and Rosebud, her cat.

 
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BWL Publishing Inc. | Rodeo Romance


With a dangerous reputation for taking chances and tempting fate, rugged cowboy Lynx Maddox had one goal in life—to win the coveted Silver Buckle rodeo championship. But when he sets eyes on lovely Rachel Scott, he becomes determined to capture her as well. Rachel traveled the circuit with her famous rodeo rider dad until his fatal accident in the arena. Now, she wants nothing to do with that world—or the men who risk their lives for one brief moment of glory. But her attraction to Lynx becomes too powerful to deny. . . and his unexpected gentleness too seductive to resist. . .

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Connie has a wonderful gift for making her characters come alive for her readers. A must read!

 
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Dummy and Me

BWL Publishing Inc.


Fifteen-year-old Deanna Lambert is miserable. She can't find her niche with the popular kids at school and believes she is ugly. Then too, after her mother deserted the family to pursue an acting career in New York City, Deanna's father has grown distant and embittered. Now Deanna is saddled with most all the chores at home—and she and her dad barely communicate. Yet Deanna's one happy escape is her volunteer work at the nearby Children's Hospital. There the activities director convinces her to get back into her ventriloquism, a creative skill Deanna's grandfather had taught her years earlier. Deanna and her puppet, Ramblin' Roy, entertain and delight the young hospital patients, but Deanna is worried. What if the kids at her school discover what she's doing? Will they think she's just "a baby” who still plays with dolls? Deanna takes the risk, but one problem soon leads to another. Can she ever gain true acceptance at school, especially from Jason, the guy whom she has a major crush on? And most of all, can Deanna embrace her gift of ventriloquism, and in so doing, come to terms with her mother's leaving?

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"Dummy and Me" was a heartwarming read, a book I couldn't put down. Deanna Lambert suffers from typical teenage angst, wanting to belong with the "in" crowd at school. Her mother is estranged from the family, and Deanna and her dad have communication problems. One outlet for Deanna is her dummy, Ramblin' Roy, and her skill with ventriloquism. The scene in which she entertains the youngsters at the Children's Hospital is especially poignant and cute. This was truly a delightful read, and as with all of Sydell Voeller's stories, a good pick-me-up.

 
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Daisies Are Forever

BWL Publishing Inc.


April Heatherton, history teacher and volunteer firefighter, is determined to protect the land she holds dear, particularly the grave of an unknown pioneer woman who once trekked the Oregon Trail. Proposed logging operations are encroaching, and April soon finds herself organizing a local task force to try to stop them. Yet when April meets handsome Matt Spencer, son of the owner of Johnson Brothers Logging Company, she much reckon with her escalating attraction to him. Matt, one of a growing breed of displaced loggers, is also determined to fight for his beliefs - the right to make an honest living harvesting the timber. Can April and Matt overcome their differences? Or will their convictions forever keep them apart?

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April and Matt clash over land that she wants to protect, but he wants to log. Both have their reasons and all those reasons are good in their own way. Daisies Are Forever is a fast-paced story with well-developed characters who will win your heart as they struggle to resolve their conflicts and find their way to a loving relationship.

 
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Battle of the Bands

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Jay, Kelvin and Cia are The Lunar Ticks, a dedicated band who are convinced they are on their way up. They hope to win an upcoming battle of the bands where the first prize is a full day in a recording studio. Jay is struggling to write new material but finds he lacks the experience to come up with a truly original song. Going up against Indigo Daze, a band from another school, Jay finds himself falling for Rowan, the leader of the other band. When Rowan's guitar is trashed right before the contest The Lunar Ticks are the prime suspects.

Also available in Spanish.

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"In her first novel, K.L. Denman has created engaging and realistic characters. Recommended."

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"The short chapter and fast-paced, rock-themed action will appeal to reluctant and struggling readers."

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"Filled with humour, first crushes and break-ups...Recommended."

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"It's powerful and attention grabbing, telling a fascinating story of love, life, and music. The characters are wonderful."

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K.L. Denman has written many novels for youth, including the Orca Currents titles Destination Human and Agent Angus. Many of K.L.’s titles have been listed as Best Books of the Year, and Me, Myself and Ike was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary award. She lives in Delta, British Columbia.

 
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Allegra

Orca Book Publishers


Allegra thinks being at a performing-arts high school will change her life and make her a better dancer. But high school is still high school, complete with cliques, competition and cruelty. Allegra's refuge comes in the form of a class she doesn't want to take—music theory, taught by a very young, very attractive male teacher. Soon all Allegra can think about is music composition—and Mr. Rochelli. But has she misunderstood his attention, or is he really her soul mate?

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"Hrdlitschka takes a close look at the atmosphere of a performing arts academy and the pressures faced by students who are ambitious and anxious to excel...Allegra will appeal to young adult female readers who are interested in the performing arts...An interesting and enjoyable read."

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"[An] absorbing exploration of contemporary teen life...Hrdlitschka (Sister Wife) realistically depicts teenage emotional turmoil as Allegra's growing obsession with Mr. Rocchelli combines with despair at her parents' separation and the ups and downs of her new friendships. The main characters' devotion to the arts enriches the drama."

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"Readers will enjoy the exploration of topics such as friendship, dating, divorce, music, anxiety disorders and high school culture. Shelley Hrdlitschka has once again put a very human face on an issue which has made sensational headlines...A powerful novel which addresses the complex issue of controversial teacher-student relationships in a sensitive and thoughtful manner."

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"Hrdlitschka balances well the importance of family and friendship in a difficult situation...There is a lot going on in this story, and it does not end in a way readers might suspect—so much the better."

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"As an examination of mental health troubles, the book is a sophisticated and subtle anomaly in a genre that often places emphasis on the 'issues' first and characters second. Hrdlitschka's prose is clean and clear...Avoiding the one-dimensional depictions often foisted on older generations in YA, Allegra's mother and father are fully realized, flawed, and believable...You can't hear the music, but you can feel it in this fresh, engrossing story."

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"I ADORED the musical connection. I know exactly what that feels like. This is a wonderful book for the serious teenage musician."

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"Hrdlitschka does an excellent job of illustrating the subtle, gradual and easily understandable shift in [the] relationship [between Allegra and her teacher]...Allegra's vulnerability and need to connect with somebody make her a sympathetic character, whom readers will like...A story of transformation."

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"The musical creations...are described with loving detail but a light touch, appealing to both veteran musicians and neophytes, who will relish this opportunity to better appreciate the power of music. Allegra's artistic pursuits—and intense commitment—will resonate particularly with equally passionate teens, while her social anxiety and strained home life might be familiar, albeit painfully so, to a broader audience."

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Shelley Hrdlitschka has written many novels for teens, including Sister Wife, which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where she hikes, snowshoes and hangs out with grizzly bears at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. For more information, visit www.shelleyhrdlitschka.ca.

 
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The New Normal

Orca Book Publishers


Tamar Robinson knows a lot about loss—more than any teenager should. Her younger sisters are dead, her parents are adrift in a sea of grief, and now Tamar is losing her hair. Nevertheless, she navigates her rocky life as best she can, not always with grace, but with her own brand of twisted humor. She joins the chess club with her friend Roy, earns a part in the school production of The Wizard of Oz, buys an awesome wig, lands a crappy job, gets invited to the prom (by three different guys!) and helps her parents re-enter the land of the living. What Tamar lacks in tact (and hair), she makes up for in sheer tenacity.

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"This novel is a joy to read from start to finish. Tamar is complex, never boring and remains a charismatic and appealing character at her best and her worst...The New Normal is a powerful story about accepting yourself and your circumstances...[and] keeps just the right balance between tragedy and comedy. Highly Recommended."

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"This book had a really well-written, realistic plot. The author did a good job describing the things in Tamar's world. I really found myself able to visualize Tamar, her house, and everything else around her. I think it was a heartwarming story and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes reading realistic fiction. "

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"Tamar Robinson's heartfelt story is relayed via first-person narration marked by an endearing balance of sarcasm and self-awareness...She is a lovable everygirl readers will want to be friends with. In addition to creating an endearing, believably conflicted protagonist whom it is impossible not to cheer for, Little deftly doles out levity and hardship at just the right times. The novel is mired neither in endless tragedy nor flippant dark humour; it presents a realistic portrayal of a grieving teenage girl...With equal parts humour and humility, Little's novel reads like an Alberta-set love child of Susan Juby and Sarah Dessen, and that's not a bad thing at all."

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"Readers will find [Tamar's] courageous yet realistic attitude admirable. She shows readers how to cope with whatever life throws your way. The novel will definitely appeal to teenage girls...Little manages to capture the cruelty of high school life, as well as the compassion of teenage existence."

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"Tamar's wisecracking first-person voice adeptly conveys the complexity and grit of her emotional life as she learns to stand up for herself. Readers...will be rewarded by the destination."

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"The writing is clean and conversational; the book reads like a diary, as we listen to Tamar confessing her story in first person...Ultimately, I ask myself whether this book is one I'd pass on to my daughter, and there's no doubt I would. Tamar shows incredible resilience, and that's the one quality I think our kids need today as they enter the sometimes scary and always challenging world of high school."

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"One cannot help but root for [Tamar] to survive the challenges in her life...Readers remain connected to this feisty, capable teen and just want for her to be happy...Through sheer tenacity and a love of life, she saves herself and, in the process, her family. A quick read that delivers a happy ending."

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"Little...prevents Tamar's situation from feeling melodramatic, always keeping her story grounded. Readers will sense that realism from the very first page...Tamar is so relatable and genuine that readers will be invested in her attempts to surmount the challenges that pile up."

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Ashley Little completed a BFA in creative writing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Ashley teaches yoga and writes fiction in Alberta's badlands. The New Normal is her first novel for teens. For more information, visit www.ashleylittle.com.

 
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