December 2012

Merry Days…

doveAll of us here at Central Avenue Publishing and Everheart Books want to take this chance to express our thanks for a great year. We have grown leaps and bounds in the past twelve months and it is due to all our writers, our readers and the many bloggers and reviewers we interact with.

Readers have supported our books by the tens of thousands, bringing a new life to deserving authors. Bloggers and book reviewers have been tremendously supportive of this small press, and we know we couldn’t have moved ahead without them. Finally, our writers work tirelessly – not only writing, but helping to promote their own books. The thing that never ceases to amaze me is the support they give their fellow authors. From beta reading to critiquing to proofreading to generous promotion – they never seem to stop working. AND, they all have day jobs too! I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all their support over the years.

So, Merry Days to you all, may your holidays be restful, peaceful and spent with loved ones. May your new year bring hope, love, joy and good fortune.

New Release – Scarborough by Ellen L. Ekstrom

9781926760933 It is with honour that we present our final book to be published in 2012 – Scarborough by Ellen L. Ekstrom. One of our veteran writers, Ellen has presented us with some fantastic historical and romantic fiction over the years.

From her first book, The Legacy, which so well captured life in feudal Italy, she has led us on tales of fantasy, religion, and history. Her most recent foray has been into literature which captures the hearts of those who read it. Scarborough continues the story of Alice and Quinn, a pair of star-crossed lovers, and their lives before and after death. Both stories ask the question, “What if I could do it over again?” and show the consequences of being given the choice of doing it. Ellen’s writing is lovely, ethereal and her strength in historical and literary references rings true as she brings to life some of the most whimsical circumstances.

Ellen L. Ekstrom has been intrigued by all things medieval since EllenEkstromseeing Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” as a five-year old—when it was first run in theaters. Now that she is in her own middle ages, the passion for the Middle Ages hasn’t abated. She is a member of the clergy in the Episcopal Church and serves as the parish deacon in a local church in Berkeley, California. To support her family and frenetic lifestyle, she works as a legal secretary. Once in a while, she sleeps.

New Release – Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe by Abbie Williams

9781926760926In cooperation with Everheart Books, we are very pleased to present Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe by Abbie Williams. It tells the story of Joelle Gordon, heartbroken wife and mother of three, on her journey back to her hometown of Landon, Minnesota. When Joelle discovers her husband cheating, Joelle returns to Shore Leave Cafe–the restaurant her family owns–and the group of women who comprise Joelle’s family. With their help, Joelle begins to pick up the pieces of her life. But when Joelle’s new beau–the gorgeous, loving, but young Blythe Tilson–unexpectedly leaves her life, she finds herself back where she started: heartbroken.

Follow Joelle as she tries to redefine herself and find happiness in her new life with its new challenges. We promise you’ll be begging for the sequel.

Abbie Williams’ first novel, Forbidden, hit shelves in June of 2012.

Abbie Williams has been addicted to love stories ever since first sneaking her mother’s AbbieWilliamscopy of The Flame and the Flower; and since then, she’s been jotting down her own in a notebook. A school teacher who spends her days with her own true love, their three daughters, and a very busy schedule, she is most happy when she gets a few hours to indulge in visiting the characters in her stories. When she’s not writing, teaching or spending time with her family, you’ll find her either camping, making a grand mess in her kitchen at various cooking attempts, or listening to a good bluegrass banjo.