Happy birthday, Renaissance!

Three years ago today, we were launching our very first title, along with this company. Today, we have 12 books and 3 games released, three more upcoming projects with contracts signed, and many more interesting projects under review. To all our fantastic authors, to all our amazing, dedicated editors, illustrators, and designers, to the executive committee who works relentlessly to make everything possible, thank you. csaudhqweaizdwp 13775381_1037065476330051_6383729555195249414_n1
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And a huge thank you to all of the people who have bought our books, left reviews, shared our posts, attended our events, and generally kept us in good spirits.
It’s been a fantastic journey so far, and we’re going further and further all the time.
Happy birthday to everyone who makes Renaissance possible!
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Mega-author Launch Party on October 29!


Monster Launch on Saturday October 29, 2016!

What? Eight authors/creators launching things at the same time? WHAT? Door prizes? Readings? Games?? Is this the event of the season or what??? You have to come!


Featuring the following books and games from Renaissance Press!

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Making A Living, by Caroline Fréchette

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A Study in Aether, by Éric Desmarais

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Blush, by Jen Desmarais

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Bonhomme Sept-Heures, by Evan May

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Life in the ‘Cosm, by Cait Gordon

Come and see our authors at Can-Con!

Can-Con, or the Conference for Canadian Content in Speculative Art and Fiction, is one of our favourite events of the year. This year, our authors are going to be very present, on tons of panels, and even doing a special reading event!!

We will be taking pitches (our preferred way of meeting new authors) on Saturday from 12-1 PM. Please register at the front desk, I do believe we have 2-3 spots left!! 

Please see below for opportunities to come and see (and meet!) your favourite Renaissance authors:

Signing sessions at the table:

Each author has a special spot this weekend where they will definitely be at the table. This doesn’t mean that they won’t be there at any other time, but if you come during these scheduled spots, you can be sure not to miss them!

Eric Desmarais: Saturday, 12-1 PM

Caroline Frechette: Saturday, 1-2 PM

Cait Gordon: Saturday, 4-5 PM

Evan May: Sunday, 1-2 PM

Aurelia Osborne: Saturday, 2-3 PM

Madona Skaff-Koren: Saturday, 3-4 PM

Reading by Renaissance authors:

Four of our authors will be reading from their books on Saturday, from 2 to 3 PM. Come and listen to the new works of Eric Desmarais, Caroline Frechette, Cait Gordon and Madona Skaff-Koren! 

Authors on panels:

A few of our authors will be speaking on panels this year! Here is their schedule:

Caroline Frechette

FRIDAY: 7 PM, Ursula K. Le Guin, contributions and legacy; 8 PM, Challenging creative marriages: comic book writers and artists working together

SATURDAY: 10 AM, Different ways to pitch a novel to a Publisher or Agent; 5 PM, Beyond the Coming Out Story: New queer narratives in speculative fiction

SUNDAY: 10 AM, 40 creative choices that drive away audiences; 1 PM, The Diversification of the Comics industry

Evan May

SATURDAY: 11 AM, Why doesn’t epic fantasy get critical respect?; 7 PM, Ye Olde Medievalisms in Fantasy

SUNDAY: 11 AM, Want to be on Programming Next Year?

Madona Skaff-Koren

SATURDAY: 10 AM, Weird and Different Sensory Perception in Animals

SUNDAY: 11 AM, Bodies of Difference: Disability in Spec Fic

Four authors. Five books. Two games. One mega launch party.

Join us at the Royal Oak (161 Laurier St., Ottawa) on Sunday October 25th, 2015, at 1:00 PM, for a celebration.

There will be readings by the authors, prizes to win, special prices and of course, the opportunity to get your books signed.

We will be celebrating the release of five novels: 

humanHuman by S.M. Carriere: Supernatural suspense. Things spiral quickly out of control as Aleksandar, Prince of House Svetoslav, is drawn into a cat and mouse game with a deranged kidnapper targeting those closest to him. Betrayal draws Aleksandar and Detective Brody together in a frantic battle to save Alexandar’s human lover and the city from a true monster.

ISBN 978-0993850912 – AVAILABLE OCTOBER 25TH.

The King in Darkness by Evan May: SET IN OTTAWA! Supernatural suspense. Adam Godwinson, cover with outline rgbformer priest, isn’t sure what he believes in anymore. These days he deals in used books at a small store in Ottawa. But an old text, written in an unfamiliar language, is about to change that forever. Adam now finds himself the target of a powerful conspiracy. These shadowy figures, wielding abilities he can’t understand, want to cleanse society of its sins – even if that means destroying it. Adam will have to figure out what he believes in to have a chance to save himself and the rest of the world.
ISBN 978-0-9936575-9-7 – AVAILABLE OCTOBER 25TH.

blood mattersBlood Matters by Caroline Frechette: Supernatural suspense. It’s been five years. Five years since GenEx. Five years since the world was completely changed. And now Alex feels responsible for integrating extrahumans with the “normals.” He must also take care of the gravely-ill Mister Lupino. When his son, Nicholas, suddenly reappears in his life under tragic circumstances, Alex doesn’t know if he can take it. Maybe that’s why he starts seeing people that aren’t there, and hearing sobs in the night. Maybe it’s all of the stress. Or, maybe, it’s something else.
ISBN 978-1-987963-07-6 – AVAILABLE OCTOBER 25TH.

skaff cover printJourney of a Thousand Steps by Madona Skaff-Koren: SET IN OTTAWA! Mystery. Naya had the perfect life. Co-owner of a fast growing security software company, she ran marathons in her spare time. Suddenly everything changed when she developed multiple sclerosis, and now she can barely climb a flight of stairs. Hiding at home, her computer the only contact with the outside world, she reconnects with her childhood best friend.
But when her friend disappears and the police dismiss her concerns, Naya leaves the safety of her home to find her. She ignores her physical limitations to follow a convoluted trail from high tech suspects to drug dealers, all while becoming an irritant to the police.
ISBN 978-1-987963-02-1 – AVAILABLE OCTOBER 25TH.

unblocked kindle coverUnblocked by Caroline Frechette: NONFICTION. Have you ever at a blank page in fear? Or abandoned a story because you got stuck? Did you really have to write those other new ideas instead? And, the dreaded question: is my prose good enough?
If you’ve ever felt like you couldn’t write for any reason, this book is for you.
By listing the common causes of writer’s block, it will help you figure out what’s stopping your progress… and then provide practical, actionable solutions to get unblocked!
ISBN 978-1-987963-04-5 – AVAILABLE OCTOBER 25TH.

And two games: 

boxA Match Made in Austen: A Match Made In Austen is a game of storytelling, strategy and serendipity, inspired by the timeless works of Jane Austen. Tell your story, roll the dice, and see if your matches are made in heaven or in hell… or in Austen.
ISBN 978-1-987963-01-4 – AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 10TH.


extrahumansExtrahumans: Mafia, Monsters and Supers is a cooperative adventure card game based on the Family by Choice series by Caroline Frechette. While it is absolutely not necessary to have read the books before playing the game, it certainly adds to the enjoyment. Pick one of the series’ most prominent characters, and team up to get through events alive… but be careful! Resources are limited, and if one of you dies, you all lose the game!
ISBN 978-1-987963-10-6 – AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 10TH.


For more information, please contact Renaissance Press: info@renaissancebookpress.com

Fall events

We’ve got a bunch of events lined up this Fall!

First off, we’ll be at Creative Ottawa Nerds craft fair – fall edition! This is happening on September 12th 2015. Make sure not to miss it, this will be the first time we have our games available for sale at an event!

After that, our next stop is the Ottawa Geek Market, which, this year only, is combined with the Capital Gaming Expo (formerly Game Summit). This is going to be a HUGE event if you are into games and/or geeky stuff: you won’t want to miss it! We’ll have our games as well as all our upcoming releases available for sale there, at special event prices!

And on Halloween weekend, we’re gearing up for a big event… more news on that as soon as it’s confirmed!

A Match Made In Austen – funding successful!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped make this project a reality both by backing the project and sharing our posts. Just a few minutes ago, A Match Made In Austen was officially successfully funded. We owe a lot of this victory to all of you, and we’re really excited to finish producing the game and sending it to all of you!! Thank you so much!


Prose in the Park!

We just want to remind everyone that we will be participating in Prose in the Park! All of our books are going to be available at the special event pricing, and it’s FREE to attend!! We’re expecting to see lots and lots of people on June 6th, and we hope to see you too!! You can find the details below.

On June 6, Canada’s newest literary festival and book fair will take place in the Parkdale Park in Ottawa from 11 am to 6 pm. There is an amazing line-up of 79 moderators, panelists, special event authors and authors reading at the open-mic stage. Over 100 authors and publishers will be selling directly to the public hundreds of fine works of fiction and non-fiction.

Prose in the Park is free and everyone is welcome. This is an event not to be missed! Click here for the full program.

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You can now follow Prose in the Park on Twitter at @proseinthepark1 and use their hashtag ‪#‎proseinthepark‬ to help get the word out there.

Our Kickstarter is getting lots of attention!

cardsIt’s been a week since we started our Kickstarter campaign for our game A Match Made In Austen: a storytelling card gameand it’s getting lots of attention! We’re already at one third of our goal,

Today, Apartment 613 just featured it on their blog. In the last week, GamerXP and Casual Game Revolution featured it on their respective blogs, and GamerXP even did a full interview with us about it!

We also had a wonderful time with our playtest at CanGames yesterday.

We’re so grateful to everyone who’s helped fund our project, and who’s passed on the information about it. Thank you for all your support!! We really hope to make this game a reality!!

Come play with us!


You have probably heard by now about our up and coming storytelling card game A Match Made In Austenfor which we are currently running a Kickstarter campaign. Well, we will be hosting a test play at CanGames 2015, on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM. We have a four-hour slot, so we will be running several play-throughs (the game takes about 45 minutes to an hour to play, depending on the number of players), so you will definitely have a chance to play! Come and try the game!stickers

Join us for the launch of Kindred Spirits

Please join us for the launch of Kindred Spirits, the third novel in the Family by Choice series, by Caroline Frechette!

kscoverSaturday October 25th 2014, 3:00-5:00 PM at the Comic Book Shoppe 2 (228 Bank St, Ottawa)

There will be readings from the author as well as free Halloween treats.

COSTUME CONTEST! Come dressed as your favorite superpowered character, and there will be a prize for the best costume! *Please note that this contest is entirely optional*. 

Get a special discount on the book, meet the author, and get your copy signed!

For more information, contact us at: info@renaissancebookpress.com

Join us for the launch of Thrills on Ice!

Please join us for the launch of Aurelia Osborne‘s newest title, Thrills on Icethrillslaunch

Saturday October 18th 2014, 2:00-4:00 PM at the Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (377 Rideau St, Ottawa)

There will be readings from the author as well as free coffee and donuts.

Get your picture taken with the male model, and get a chance to win a poster with your picture as the female lead on the cover!

Get a special discount on the book, meet the author, and get your copy signed!

For more information, contact us at: info@renaissancebookpress.com

Gearing up for a busy weekend!

Hello everyone! We may have been silent for a little while here at Renaissance Press, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been extremely busy!

All summer long, we have been hard at work on our two upcoming releases: Thrills on Ice, by Aurelia Osborne, and Kindred Spirits, the third volume of the Family by Choice series, by Caroline Frechette, both of which will be formally launched in October.

We’ve also been working hard on getting ready for two major events in which we will be participating on the first weekend of October, so you’ll have the choice of which you want to attend if you want to come and see us, and get your hands on those hot new releases, which will be available at both events!


We will be present at Can-Con 2014, the Conference for Canadian Content in Speculative Art and Fiction. It will be held from October 3rd to October 5th, at the Ottawa Sheraton. Are you an aspiring writer? Have you written something you’d like to publish? This is the place you’ll want to be! Our very own Caroline Frechette will be sitting on a few panels, where you can learn about the craft of writing and how to submit your work, but Renaissance Press will also be hearing pitches by appointment. This is a great opportunity!


We will also be at the Ottawa Geek Market, which will be held on October 4th and 5th, at the Nepean Sportsplex, on the Curling Rink. Are you a fan of everything geeky? Then this is definitely the event you will want to attend. The Geek Market is like a giant flea market dedicated only to geeky things – jewelry, collectibles, games, and yes – books like ours! There will be a scavenger hunt where Renaissance’s table will be one of the stops, and again, Caroline Frechette is going to give an excellent workshop on world building for both writers and game masters.


Whichever event you decide to attend, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Brothers In Arms book launch!

releasedaybia Tomorrow (March 8th) is the official launch party of our latest release, Brothers In Arms!

It will be a double event, as there will be an actual physical launch if you’re in the area, and an online launch as well!

The online launch will be happening on FacebookTwitter, and on all of these blogs. You’ll be able to buy the book right here! Blood Relations, the first novel in the series, will also be available on Kindle for FREE for a limited time!!

If you’re in the area tomorrow, come on to the actual launch! It’s happening at the Kobold’s Corner, 430 Hazeldean Rd., Ottawa, between 3 and 5 PM. You can get your book signed, and there will be snacks and readings by the author.

We hope to see you there!