Natalie Cousineau

Natalie has a long list of passions, but two of her favourites are writing and editing. She believes that stories inspire us, teach us, and make us better people—more than we could ever realize. A Professional Writing graduate and a published author, Natalie strives to make the world a better place…one story at a time.


Massive 5th anniversary party,

It’s been five years already since Renaissance was founded by a group of friends, and it hasn’t just grown in that time – it’s exploded. In that period of time, we  signed a total of 19 Canadian authorsbuilt a team of 13 editors, designers, and artists; published twenty novels and three games; and are planning ten more releases, including one game and one anthology, by the end of 2019.

 

We’re having a party to celebrate our accomplishments, and most of all, our amazing people. We’d love for you all to join us at the Red Lion (47 Clarence St., Ottawa) on Sunday May 27th, 5-7 PM. Entrance is FREE, and you’ll be able to buy our books and get them signed by our authors!

Since we’ve always been very silly, geeky people, we invite you to attend cosplaying as your favorite literary character. This is entirely optional, but we will be giving out a prize to the best/cleverest costume!

Don’t worry if you don’t feel like dressing up – as always, we’ll also be giving out excellent door prizes as well!

Last, but not least, Frankenstein lovers, you’re in luck! As part of their fifth birthday celebration, Renaissance is also launching an anthology to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the release of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is currently on Kickstarter, funded in just under a week! — and all backers of the Kickstarter project will enjoy an additional 10% off any Renaissance purchase they make at the launch!

As part of our celebration, we will be launching four new titles, all by Ottawa authors, some of whom you already know and love, and some brand-new names you’ll quickly add to your favorites:

Life After Redby by Kaitlin Caul (Horror)
Die. Become a zombie. Get needled. Do it all over again. Caught in the endless cycle of death, zombification, and resurrection, Cass became scarred inside and out. Now, her skills are needed again. ISBN: 978-1-987963-29-8

Life and Lemonade by Jamieson Wolf (LGBTQIAPP2+)
All’s fair in love and war . . . but sometimes life gets in the way. ISBN: 978-1-987963-36-6 – Available now!

The Sign of Faust (Baker City Mysteries, Elizabeth book 2) by Éric Desmarais (YA Supernatural suspense)
Can Elizabeth find out who’s trying to kill her — and discover the source of everyone’s luck — while navigating dating, concerts, school, and competing in the science Olympics? ISBN: 978-1-987963-33-5 – Available now! 

To Pluck a Crow by Sue Taylor-Davidson (Historical mystery)
Could Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets have been written by more than one person? As Janek and Sarah investigate, they get tangled up in another mystery. ISBN: 978-1-987963-30-4 – Available now! 

 

ACCESSIBILITY

This location has a street-facing accessible entrance, and a city parking lot directly across the street from it.

We will have a specialized menu for the event which will include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

The location unfortunately could not offer gender-neutral restrooms at this time, but we will have designated and clearly identified bathroom buddies to accompany you to the bathroom for any reason, no questions asked.

MENU

The location has provided us with a specialized menu just for the event. Please note that burgers have optional gluten-free buns!

Nachos $17 : Corn Chips/ Pico de Gallo/ shredded cheese/ Jalapeños/ sour cream/ salsa/ guacamole.

Spicy Thai Chicken Bites $15 : Breaded chicken/ cucumbers/ sweet & spicy Thai sauce

Chicken Wings $15 : Breaded Wings/ Fries

Classic Poutine $15 : French Fries/ Cheese Curds/ Gravy

Kung-Pao Calamari $15 : Spicy Breaded Calamari/ Cucumbers/ Red Onions

Caesar Salad $15 : Romain Mix/ Parmesan/ Bacon Bits/ Croutons/ Creamy Caesar Dressing

Chicken Avocado Salad $17 : Heritage mix/ Red Peppers/ Red Onions/ Balsamic dressing/ Avocados/ Cheese

Fish &; Chips $16 : Haddock/ Beer Batter/ Fries/ Tartar Sauce

Garlic & Herb Chicken Sandwich $17 : Garlic Chicken/ Bacon/ Cheddar cheese/ Southwestern ranch/ Pico De Gallo/ Lettuce/ Avocado/ Kaiser bun

The Loaded Stack Burger $17 : Double Beef Patty/ Sautéed Mushroom & Onions/ Southwestern Ranch/ Bacon/ Cheddar & Swiss Cheese/ Lettuce/ Tomatoes/ Pickles/ Kaiser

Shepherds Pie $15 : Ground Beef/ Corn/ Mash/ Cheese/ Gravy

Bangers & Mash $15 : Banger sausages/ Mash/ Onions/ Bacon/ Gravy

Chicken Curry $17: Chicken Curry/ Rice/ Naan

Sundried Tomato Pesto Penne $15 (available Gluten Free) : Broccoli/ Sundried Tomatoes/ Mushrooms/ Pesto/ Cream/ Penne


Shadows of Winter by Una Verdandi

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was The Year Christmas Got Cancelled by JF Garrard. 

Today’s entry is called Shadows of Winter by Una Verdandi.

Make sure to come back on Friday to see the next installment in the series, by Jen Desmarais!


Chanukkah poem: From Darkness to Light

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was Their First Noel by Aurelia Osborne. 

Today’s entry is a Chanukkah poem by Talia Johnson called From Darkness to Light.

Make sure to come back on Friday to see the next installment in the series, by JF Garrard!


Their first Noel by Aurelia Osborne

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was It Can Start by Astrya Fairchild.

Today’s story is Their First Noel by Aurelia Osborne. 

Make sure to come back on Monday to see the next installment in the series, by Talia Johnson!


It Can Start – Astrya Fairchild

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was Happy Queer Holidays by Salem Leonard Goosby.

Today’s story is It Can Start by Astrya Fairchild.

Make sure to come back on Monday to see the next installment in the series, by Aurelia Osborne!


Happy Queer Holidays by Salem Leonard Goosby

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was Éric Desmarais’s story “Night of the Sisters”. 

Today’s story is Happy Queer Holidays by Salem Leonard Goosby.

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Astrya Fairchild!


Du coeur au ventre – Mel Lévesque

(This installment is in French! Please stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment tomorrow.)

Notre calendrier de l’avent d’histoires se poursuit avec une histoire francophone!

Suivez notre caldendrier de l’avent d’histoires ici!

Notre dernière histoire venait d’Amy M. Young, “Let it Snow!”

Aujourd’hui, nous vous partageons l’histoire de Mel Lévesque, “Du coeur au ventre”. 

Soyez des nôtres demain pour lire Éric Desmarais (anglais)! 


Holiday blog tour – calling all authors!

Calling all authors!!

Let me preface this cool (really I swear it is very cool) post by apologizing for posting about the winter holidays before Halloween is properly done and over, but this is something cool!

Would you like to be part of a sort of month-long holiday celebratory “blog tour”, to feature both your blog and your writing on our site and a lot of other authors’ blogs?

Here’s how this would work:

We all write a piece of holiday / winter themed fiction, poetry, or graphic short. On each day leading up to New Year’s, someone different posts their story on their blog. That way, we get to have tons of stories to read, and lots of new blogs to discover!

To participate:

– You let us know your intent to participate, and we assign you a date.
– You write one piece of fiction / poetry / graphic short, about /related to / set during the winter holiday of your choice, and make sure it’s ready before the date you’re assigned.
– During the month, you let your followers know when your date is coming, and let them know about all the other cool stories being shared around!

Dos and Don’ts:

DO:
– finish your story in time or give warning if you don’t think you can make it;
– think about positive inclusion in your stories;
– feel free to explore multiple religious and non-religious avenues;
– look into winter/holiday myths and legends and make them your own.

DO NOT:
– write stories which discriminate against or put down marginalized identities;
– write stories which promote r*pe culture.

Please manifest your interest by writing to info (at) renaissancebookpress (dot) com.

We’re looking forward to reading you!


S. Evelyn Cimesa

S. Evelyn Cimesa is a passionate journalist, substantive editor, and social media strategist. She’s bold, ambitious, and lives to engage her audience through multimedia. When she’s not helping the team at Presses Renaissance Press, she’s writing the Homes & Condos section for the Ottawa Citizen.
Facebook: Evie Cimesa
Evie is one of the key members in Renaissance. She is part of the acquisitions committee, one of our main editors, and our main marketing strategist. She was one of our first fans, and one of our first volunteers, and her passion keeps us going in more ways than one!

Evie was an editor on:

Lust and Lemonade

Sue Taylor-Davidson

Sue Taylor-Davidson lives in Ottawa.  Her life has been full and happy, with a wonderful husband and 3 great step-children, a large extended family, commitment to Aboriginal issues, research jobs, library work, babies, animals (specifically cats), editing, NGOs dedicated to education and library development, lots of gardening, knitting, Shakespeare research, reading, art and writing.  She loves people and sings in a community choir.  Her education is diverse, ranging from health studies, theology, Native studies, library science and early childhood education.

Follow her on Facebook, or visit her website.

Books: To Pluck a Crow (Coming 2017!)


Blush now available for pre-sale!

blush promo

Our newest game Blush is going to print as soon as we’re done the French – and that means it’s available for pre-sale! You can expect the game to ship the first week of September. Plus, to thank you for getting the physical game during the pre-sale (this offer is available only for pre-sale, but Kickstarter backers will have it included!) we are offering you TWO buttons with  your game!

Get the standard family print-and-play version (available now!)

Get the standard family printed physical version

Get the classroom print-and-play version (available now!)

Get the classroom printed physical version

VERSION FRANÇAISE

Notre tout nouveau jeu Blush sera prêt pour l’imprimeur dès que la version française sera terminée – ce qui veut dire qu’il est maintenant disponible pour la pré-vente! Vous pouvez vous attendre à le recevoir dès la première semaine de septembre. De plus, pour vous remercier de vous procurer le jeu imprimé durant la pré-vente, nous aimerions vous offrir un petit cadeau (qui sera aussi offert aux gens qui nous ont soutenus durant la campagne Kickstarter) de DEUX macarons gratuits avec votre jeu!

Procurez-vous la version de base (pour les familles)

Procurez-vous la version de base (pour les familles) en fichier PDF à imprimer

Procurez-vous la version pour les salles de classe

Procurez-vous la version pour les salles de classe en fichier PDF à imprimer


IMPORTANT NOTICE – Possible service disruption

Hi everyone!

As you may or may not be aware, Canada Post is set to strike very soon if a resolution is not reached. Please be aware that this will affect our ability to mail out our physical products for the duration of the strike. Our electronic products, such as ebooks, audio books, and print-and-play games will not be affected by this.

Here is what will happen if the strike goes on. If you wish to purchase a physical product from us (such as a card game, book, or book on CD) please contact us directly at [email protected] to arrange postage via a courrier service such as DHL or UPS. If you do not wish to use a courrier service, you can still make your order using the regular post cost, and your order will be queued until the postal service is operational again.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information or if you have any questions or concerns!