Welcome to our 22nd Anniversary / 2021 Catalogue. All titles are available for immediate order and include many great fiction and non-fiction new and recent releases, stories for Children-Young Adults and more – all at low prices and good discounts.
Featured titles include:
Creating Your Career – Mastering the Changing Nature of Work – Your Key to a More Successful Life by expert author Denise O'Brien: Superb advice on starting, advancing and nurturing your career at any stage in life.
Beneath the Asylum … A security guard investigates sounds of a young girl crying in a tunnel beneath an abandoned section of an old mental hospital… but this is no ordinary girl. “A terrifying, gripping tale full of unexpected twists and turns from Jordan Grupe, a master story-teller with first-hand experience working at a psychiatric hospital and exploring its known-to-be-haunted decaying old mansion”- Michael B. Davie, author, Hammertown
Break Up, Make Up or Shake Up – Redefining Relationships in Retirement, Isolation & Crisis ... Are you in a difficult, unfulfilling relationship and you don’t know where to go from here? If so, you have three basic choices, all outlined in good detail in expert-author Cathalynn Labonté-Smith’s helpful, insightful new book.
First Person Singular Vol. 2 – by Ross Ulysses Munroe – more thought-provoking and intriguing short stories.
Snowman – by R. J. Keeler – “The poems in Snowman are full of intelligence, humor, and craft. I found myself… moved one minute and laughing out loud the next. A book like no other, brimful of uniqueness and surprise.” - Yvonne Higgins Leach, poet-author of Another Autumn
The Mystery of Hedgehog Hill – a terrific Young Adult novel by Ron Dennis, serialized via prestigious, national Newspapers in Education program encouraging reading among young people – and bolstered by this charming tale!
Spoonfed – My Life with the Spoons – compelling life story of Gord Deppe, teen band Spoons’ creative, force, with mega hits such as Nova Heart, Romantic Traffic, Tell No Lies and Old Emotions, performing with The Police, Talking Heads, Culture Club and more, transforming the Spoons into one of the most influential bands of the 1980s and beyond.
Little Sister – breakthrough novel by Vince Fernandez explores death by remote control... “…puts a new spin on an old question: How far will you go to get what you want?”- from the Foreword by Norb Vonnegut, author of thrillers Top Producer, Gods of Greenwich Village, and The Trust, and WSJ columnist (and novelist Kurt Vonnegut’s brother).
Mid-Rift – breakthrough novel by psychotherapist-author Rebecca Rosenblat, weaves insightful commentary on personalities and insecurities into a funny, endearing storyline. Fans of Sex in the City will love this book!
Nearly all of our featured titles are available in both softcover and hardcover formats. Many librarians love our hardcovers – all in case laminate – as the cover image is imprinted onto the hardboard itself – no dust jackets to fiddle with and tape in plastic etc. – our covers are good to go. No fuss, no muss.
Mastering the Changing Nature of Work
Your Key to a More Successful Life!
Creating Your Career is an easy-to-read summary of the best advice you’ll ever receive about work. Since we spend almost 1/3 of our adult life at work, learning how to navigate it more easily and with greater levels of satisfaction is time well-spent. This book is packed with stories and advice that the author has gathered over many years and from thousands of conversations with others, at different stages in their work-life journey. Regardless of where you are in your work-life journey, this insightful book has something to offer you.
Title: Creating Your Career / Denise O’Brien
“Creating Your Career will open your eyes to the opportunities and horizons that lie before you.” - Erin Davis, Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Best-selling Author, Professional MC, Writer, Broadcaster, Blogger
“... essential reading for professionals in these turbulent times. Dr. O’Brien shows you how to turbocharge your career by asking... the questions that will make the most difference wherever you are in your own world of work.” - Marilee Adams, Ph.D. bestselling author of Change Your Questions, Change Your Life
“I loved the book! ...personal stories, real life stats... a realistic and practical view of careers and life... a must-read for everyone, regardless of where they are on their work-life journey.” Carmel Perry, Coach Denise O’Brien, PhD, has completed post graduate studies in Adult Education, M.A. (Ed), and Industrial- Organizational Psychology, PhD. She holds the designation of Qualified Mediator (Q.Med), is an Adler Trained Coach (ACC) and was among the first to attain a Queen’s University Masters Certificate in Organization Effectiveness. With a career that has spanned more than 30 years, O’Brien has investigated, assessed, diagnosed, designed and facilitated workplace interventions generating win-win results.
This asylum is full of secrets. Some worse than others...
A security guard in an infamous old mental hospital finds something unusual during his routine patrol of the basement tunnels: The sounds of a small girl crying.
The crying sounds are coming from behind a padlocked door in an abandoned section of the hospital, and he moves in to investigate. Unfortunately for him, this is no ordinary girl. What ensues is a story of mystery, intrigue, and suspense. At times horrifying and hilarious, this is a tale of one man’s journey to discover the truth in an asylum where not everything is as it seems, and not everyone is who they say they are...
Inspired by the author's own intriguing experiences as a security guard at a psychiatric hospital, the novel Beneath the Asylum follows a guard’s journey of horrific discoveries on probing a hidden maze of tunnels beneath a decaying old mansion on the site of a mental hospital.
Title: Beneath the Asylum / Jordan Grupe
“Some of the best horror I’ve read since Stephen King’s “Shining”... will have you checking under your bed. Just in case.”
- Lucas Whorley, r/nosleep author of After Alice
“Hey there folks it's me Mrcreepypasta. The best part of any good horror story for me is the mystery... delivers on that amazingly well. Every chapter adds more and more to the growing tension and results in a terrifying and incredible read.”
- Mrcreepypasta, host of Youtube show with 1.5 million followers
“A terrifying, gripping tale full of unexpected twists and turns from Jordan Grupe, a master story-teller with first-hand experience working at a psychiatric hospital and exploring its known-to-be-haunted decaying old mansion”
- Michael B. Davie, author, The Late Man
Jordan Grupe is a Hamilton, Ontario-based author and artist, whose writings are often shared with a vast audience in the hundreds of thousands via the websites Reddit.com (under profile Jgrupe) and YouTube as well as author website: JordanGrupe.com. The author and his works are also featured on an array of other websites, including amazon.com; various books retailers and publisher website, manor-house-publishing.com.
Beneath the Asylum is his first novel. Although it’s a work of fiction, it draws its inspiration from the author’s own experience as a security guard at a psychiatric hospital with a dilapidated, and reportedly haunted, old mansion on its grounds.
Redefining Relationships in Retirement, Isolation & Crisis
Are you in a difficult, unfulfilling relationship and you don’t know where to go from here? If so, you have three basic choices, outlined in detail in Cathalynn Labonté-Smith’s helpful, insightful new book Break Up, Make Up or Shake Up.
If your best choice is to break up, this book contains a wealth of information on all of the legalities, options and approaches available – in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand – along with planning advice, examination of needed documents and insightful case histories, tips on dealing with violence, and much more.
Or, are you ready to reconcile and make up? If so, you’ll also find some great advice on how to best go about making up and restoring your relationship, including better communication and the steps needed for successful results.
Perhaps, what you really need is a good shake up - a redefining of your relationship under new terms and conditions that are a departure from the past – terms that are fair and considerate to you both via mutual agreement.
Title: Break Up, Make Up or Shake Up
“You’ll find terrific advice, illustrative true-life stories, key information, clear-cut approaches – and a good deal more - including tips on coping with all of this during a pandemic! It’s timely advice at any time and it’s all here in the pages of this well-written, remarkably informative book. This is your road map to whichever journey you choose – a highly recommended, informative must-read!” - Michael B. Davie, author, Great Advice
Cathalynn Labonté-Smith grew up in Alberta and moved to Vancouver, BC, to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After graduation, she worked as a freelance journalist until present. She then became a technical writer in wireless communication and other high-tech industries. She went to UBC to complete a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and taught English, Journalism, and other subjects at Vancouver high. As well, she has a Level I National Coach Certificate in Dragon Boating and Life Coach training. She currently lives in Gibsons and North Vancouver, BC. Blogs: www.wrtecup.wordpress.com and www.breakupmakeupshakeup.wordpress.com, both feature links to resources and other bonus companion materials.
85 Very Short Stories of Wit & Wisdom
Ross Ulysses Munroe
When I was 18, I went to my friend Jocko’s Century cottage on an island in the Kawartha Lakes for a weekend getaway with buddies.
The majesty of Nature abounded, and I had an epiphany sitting on the dock with the lake all around. The wind had riffled the water with a thousand dancing maidens, glistening in the waning sun.
Looking closer, a scene began to develop in every wavelet, each individually telling its own story and together, forming a grand tapestry of a unified whole. Such is the manner in which my life has played out since. And this experience has set the tone for the pages that follow, both the sublime and the mundane.
- Ross Ulysses Munroe
Title: First Person Singular Vol. 2
Available for purchase-order
Available from Ingram (and other distributors)
|Great short stories! Ross is one of the best around!’
‘I love the stories, Ross, and they’re beautifully written!’
‘Delightful, masterful storytelling!’
‘Very visual writing...’
‘I love this... Thanks for the journey, Ross!’
-Kenneth John McGregor
Ross Ulysses Munroe is an award-winning creative talent, having served as Executive Editor and writer of a number of periodicals with his wife Virginia, a children's book, various screenplays and short stories and more. He also produces and directs story-driven jazz videos and has received special recognition at the acclaimed NXNE Film Festival.
Ross is known for his humour and incisive perspective on the human condition. Ross' latest work is showcased in Volume 2 of his series, First Person Singular — a collection of short stories, essays and insights certain to provoke and entertain. From the sordid to the sublime, Ross' writing is primarily drawn from his personal experience, in a delightful and unconventional mix of irony and pathos.
R. J. Keeler
The poems in Snowman are full of intelligence, humor, and craft. I found myself through Keeler’s love of language and ability to capture broad experiences – from the scientific to the political to the personal – moved one minute and laughing out loud the next. A book like no other, brimful of uniqueness and surprise. - Yvonne Higgins Leach, poet-author of Another Autumn
Snowman presents a remarkable collection of intriguing and thought-provoking poetry from R. J. Keeler
-Michael B. Davie, author, Hammertown
R. J. Keeler began writing in 1970 under the direction of Guy Owen.
Keeler’s second book of poetry Snowman, contains poems from over thirty years of writing. His style ranges from traditional forms (sonnets, villanelles, sestinas) to less formal arrangements, and in content from science to silliness, to love and death.
His writing tends to be distinct from many academic writers, for whom he has a mild distain.
Keeler has been published in over seventy literary journals and has won (or been named a finalist in) several contests and awards.
He is currently completing the set of poems for his third book of poetry.
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