Bonhomme Sept-Heures

Bonhomme sept-heures new 2by Evan May

Paranormal mystery

The darkness with a smile in it

Something is killing the children of Lac de Thé, a tiny Quebec town.  No-one sees it.  It leaves no evidence.  The only suspect is a character from a centuries-old folk tale, and the only safety appears to depend on following the story’s ancient rule: all children must be indoors at home by seven o’clock.

Now, a mysterious government agent has summoned Adam Godwinson, former priest and book dealer, to help bring an end to the deaths, but the consequences of his last brush with the unthinkable lie heavily on him, and it may be Adam who needs rescuing most of all if anything is going to be done about Bonhomme Sept-Heures.

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Life in the ‘Cosm

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by Cait Gordon

Science-fiction / Comedy

What happens when boy meets girl but girl doesn’t notice boy because she shares a body with another boy?

When he’s not gorging on desserts, calming his hypochondriacal mum, or getting bone-crunching hugs from his warrior dads, Virj Ofreesin spends his time writing a fantasy novel about Frayda, the elegant half of the two-headed Dwa. Life is adequately mediocre until he learns the Dwa are gravely ill, and a mystical cure grows on a planet between two infamously warring worlds. Ignoring all warnings of danger, Virj embarks on the journey to be Frayda’s real-life hero, armed only with his stylus, and a boingy-haired nuisance who decides to tag along.

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A Study in Aether

study ebook coverBy Éric Desmarais

Young Adult Paranormal Mystery

Elizabeth Coderre has always known that there was something strange about her home town, Baker Ontario, but it isn’t until her English teacher disappears that she starts to find out how strange. Getting through classes, killer kitten swarms, and bullies are going to be the easy parts of surviving at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle High. Elizabeth and her best friends, Jackie and Angela, are up to the challenge… they hope.

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Blush’s Kickstarter campaign begins today!!

We just launched the Kickstarter campaign for our newest game, Blush. Check it out!

The traditional “talk,” when parents talk to their kids about sex, can be intimidating, awkward, and is all too often avoided. Kids often dread asking the questions they have, and parents often feel they lack the tools and knowledge to address these questions when they are asked, or rely on the schools to address them.

However, kids who are shy about asking the people they love and trust the most the questions they have about sex are not any more likely to feel comfortable in a classroom full of their peers. The fear of being judged, or even just perceived as weird, can be paralyzing, and often the only way people feel safe discussing these issues is if the subject is brought up by someone or something else.

With 200 questions (and their answers!) this trivia game is the perfect tool to initiate important discussions about all aspects of sexuality. With subjects like reproduction, general health, gender identity, and sexual orientation, Blush aims to help parents and teachers approach the topic of sexual health with their teens and pre-teens, and to give kids the opportunity to ask the questions they have in an atmosphere of fun and comfort.

Learn more by watching our video:

Check out the campaign!

GAME CONTENTS

Family version: For 3-10 players

200 questions on 100 cards, 40 voting cards (4 per player), instructions

Classroom version: For 2-30 students and one facilitator

200 questions on 100 cards, 120 large voting cards, instructions

The rewards!

On top of the actual game, we offer a button with every physical reward!

We also offer two educational posters, one which discusses consent, and one which approaches the topic of how to know whether you’re ready to have sex, with some rewards (you will have the ability to choose which poster you want if your reward includes only one!)

Stretch goals

We have a few other ideas should our project fund beyond its initial goal!!

At 5000$ : we will add 50 new questions to the game, for a total of 250!

At 7500$: we will add two educational posters to the existing ones, plus a series of cards illustrating the existing sexual orientations and gender identities!

At 10,000$ we will add another 50 questions, for a total of 300!

 

More information 

To find out more about the project: http://www.jeneric-designs.ca/tag/blush/

To ask an anonymous question you would like to see included in the game: http://www.jeneric-designs.ca/blush-a-card-game-2/blush-a-card-game/


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: [email protected]


Unblocked: the sure-fire way to beat writer’s block for good!

unblocked kindle coverby Caroline Frechette

Non-fiction / How to Write

Have you ever stared 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!

Caroline Frechette has more than a decade’s experience as a creative fiction teacher and writing coach.

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Blood Matters

blood mattersby Caroline Frechette

Supernatural Suspense

Book 4 in the Family by Choice series

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.

 

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Making a Living

making a livingBy Caroline Frechette

Young Adult / Science-fiction

Extreme paranoia, withdrawal, and sheer, unadulterated power run through Nathan’s veins. It was all he’d ever known.

Then he meets Annie, an undead ghoul. She sees, in him, the potential to finally succeed in her quest to bring herself back to life. In exchange for his help, she offers to show him that there is so much more to life beyond dumpster diving, living in abandoned buildings, and eating out of discarded cans.

When Nathan accepts the offer, he undergoes an incredibly dangerous journey to bring back the dead, confront his own past, and make his heart vulnerable to Annie, who may have a deeper connection to him than he suspected.

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Journey of a Thousand Steps

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by Madona Skaff-Koren

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.

 

Buy now! Paperback Ebook

The King In Darkness

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by Evan May

Supernatural suspense

Adam Godwinson, former 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.

Buy now! Paperback Ebook


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: [email protected]


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: [email protected]


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!

cancon

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!

geekmarket

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!


Kindred Spirits

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by Caroline Frechette

I have to, Jimmy. You don’t understand. It’s about the fate of the world. It’s pretty important. 

It’s been over a year since the events of Brothers In Arms. Alex and his super-powered friends knew that GenEx wasn’t really gone, but they’ve been living peacefully since escaping them, and haven’t given it much thought. Now, not only is GenEx back, but Alex and his friends receive a message from the future telling them that much more may be at stake than their own lives. Are super-powers really enough for someone to save the world? 

Kindred Spirits is book 3 in the Family by Choice series.

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Thrills on Ice

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by Aurelia Osborne

I don’t have time to think about that right now; it’s time to go back to the ice. 

Three times world champion and Olympic silver medalist Susanna Miles suffers a season-ending injury. With the excuse of meeting a sports injury specialist, she returns to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she meets hockey star Lucas Crawford. With the help of some new friends, she must come to term with her relationship with her difficult mother manager and take a leap of faith into something she never thought she wanted: romance.

 

 

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Watch the author reading an excerpt:

 


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!