Fierce Ink Books is pleased to announce the November 17, 2015 publication of YA author Amanda Labonté’s debut novel, Call of the Sea.

A paranormal YA novel with a Newfoundland backdrop, Call of the Sea begins when its main character, Alex, returns home after a month away at art camp. He’s just starting to settle in when things start to sound all too familiar. For as long as they can remember, Alex and his twin brother Ben have been hearing a sweet but disturbing song in the salty East Coast air — one that only reaches them.

When Ben and Alex head out on a fishing expedition, ignoring an ominous warning from their grandfather, it’s not long before things get much worse. The brothers get into a fight on the boat, and Ben disappears suddenly without so much as a ripple. Determined to find him, Alex begins the biggest adventure of his life, armed with only his mysterious musical talent and the help of a mysterious girl named Meg.

But Alex’s best hope just might come from the same source as the song he’s been hearing since childhood — a alluring and dangerous girl he meets amid the frothing ocean waves.

Advance praise for Call of the Sea

“A mysterious figure in the ocean, a suspicious loss in the waves, a riveting treasure hunt, and surprise after surprise, how could anyone not want to read this novel? The story unfolds at a rapid pace and you’ll rip through the narrative with Alex as he tries to understand his past. And his future. Open the first page and dive in.” — Alice Kuipers, author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door

Call of the Sea is a vividly imagined novel of folk lore and legends smoothly mixed with realistic, colorful characters of an East Coast village. Amanda Labonté’s paranormal coming of age story effortlessly lifts you along with Alex’s journey to the brink of suspended disbelief as her writing seamlessly combines the angst of growing up in a small community coupled with the shocking family mystery he must unravel in order to save the person he loves the most. With its crisp description and spot on dialogue, Call of the Sea will endear teen readers and keep them captivated until the very last word.” — BR Myers, author of Asp of Ascension and Girl on the Run

About the Author

Amanda Labonté lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she gets much of the inspiration for the characters and places about which she writes. Though she knew she wanted to be a writer since the eighth grade, it was many years before she finally walked into a creative writing class and found a new home. As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations.

 

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Today’s the day we’ve been waiting for since we signed talented Newfoundland author Amanda Labonté over a year ago. It’s cover reveal and preorder launch day for Call of the Sea!

The cover was created by designer Dominic Nader, and she did an amazing job of capturing the plot and imagery of the book. So without further ado…

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And there’s more!

Because we knew you’d love the cover as much as we do, we’ve decided to run a t-shirt/tote bag campaign. Head on over to Ink to the People and order your very own Call of the Sea tee or tote. But here’s the catch–they’re only available to order until November 12th!

But that’s really just the icing on the cake. Because Call of the Sea is officially on preorder! Grab your copy today.

About Call of the Sea

After returning to Newfoundland from a month away at art camp, Alex is just starting to settle in when things start to sound all too familiar. For as long as they can remember, Alex and his twin brother Ben have been hearing a sweet but disturbing song in the salty East Coast air — one that only reaches them.

When Ben and Alex head out on a fishing expedition, ignoring an ominous warning from their grandfather, it’s not long before things get much worse. The brothers get into a fight on the boat, and Ben disappears suddenly without so much as a ripple. Determined to find him, Alex begins the biggest adventure of his life, armed with only his musical talent and the help of a mysterious girl named Meg.

But Alex’s best hope just might come from the same source as the song he’s been hearing since childhood — an alluring and dangerous girl he meets amid the frothing ocean waves.

Advance praise for Call of the Sea

“A mysterious figure in the ocean, a suspicious loss in the waves, a riveting treasure hunt, and surprise after surprise, how could anyone not want to read this novel? The story unfolds at a rapid pace and you’ll rip through the narrative with Alex as he tries to understand his past. And his future. Open the first page and dive in.”

~Alice Kuipers, author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door

“Call of the Sea is a vividly imagined novel of folk lore and legends smoothly mixed with realistic, colourful characters of an East Coast village. Amanda Labonte’s paranormal coming of age story effortlessly lifts you along with Alex’s journey to the brink of suspended disbelief as her writing seamlessly combines the angst of growing up in a small community coupled with the shocking family mystery he must unravel in order to save the person he loves the most. With its crisp description and spot on dialogue, Call of the Sea will endear teen readers and keep them captivated until the very last word.”

~BR Myers, author of Asp of Ascension and Girl on the Run

 

 

 

 

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Fierce Ink Books is pleased to announce that they’ve obtained international rights for Mark Burley’s debut novel, Hit the Ground Running. The young adult novel is a gripping techno-thriller about a boy named Eric Bakker who’s pulled into a dangerous international conspiracy when he receives a mysterious and unsettling video from his missing brother. With the help of some new friends, Eric soon finds himself on a mission to save his family before they’re lost forever.

“I can’t wait to get started with Fierce Ink,” says Burley. “It’s an exciting time to be involved with this company, and I’m looking forward to taking this project to the next level.”

Hit the Ground Running will be published in November of 2016.

“If Hit the Ground Running is a predictor of things to come, Burley is destined to have a long, successful publishing career,” says Fierce Ink Books marketing director Sarah Sawler. “ With the perfect mix of intrigue, action, and technology, this novel will appeal to fans of The 39 Clues and Alex Rider series.”

About the Author

Mark is originally from Truro, Nova Scotia. His parents were teachers, which means he could have grown up around books, and he did, but mostly he marked biology tests for his dad and dissected whatever they had for dinner (true story). He attended Dalhousie University in Halifax to do his science degrees and continued to cultivate the writer seed planted as a kid. He’s always been involved in high-level sport, as an athlete through university and as a coach afterward, and he maintains that sport has given him the chance to succeed in art, something he’s sure he couldn’t have done otherwise. As a result, though, he eats the same breakfast every morning and he always puts his left shoe on first—bad things will happen if he doesn’t.

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Aptitude4-4Fierce Ink Press is pleased to announce the September 15, 2015 publication of Natalie Corbett Sampson’s second novel, Aptitude.

Aptitude tells the story of Hessa Black, a young teacher who is unexpectedly arrested while marking assignments. Naive and confused, she’s swept away by the city’s authorities and imprisoned before she can even figure out what’s happening.

But doesn’t take long for her to piece it together once the Judicians visit her cell. Hessa is left alone with several horrific facts: A man she loves is dead. That man was not her husband. It was her fault. And she’s on trial for the crime.

Set in a dystopian future where everyone has a role to fulfill and no one is given a choice in their life’s path, Aptitude is the story of a young woman’s struggle to decide between two men — one that society chose for her, and one she’s fallen in love with.

“The impulsiveness and wistfulness of young love makes a stark contrast against the backdrop of Hessa’s harsh dystopian reality,” says marketing director Sarah Sawler. “The result is gripping.”

Book Launch

Natalie Corbett Sampson will celebrate the launch of Aptitude at the Halifax Central Library, on September 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Advance praise for Aptitude

“Akin to the haunting subtleties of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Lowry’s The Giver, Natalie Corbett Sampson delivers in Aptitude a richly-imagined dystopian world, which seems scarily all too plausible.

Within a rigid hierarchical society where everyone is tested and classified according to their scores, and where those who are deemed unemployable are cast out, any misstep is punishable by imprisonment, banishment or death. Whether that be stepping outside the confines of one’s mandated life and career path or widening one’s world view by even the tiniest of increments.

Careful and conscientious, biddable and meek, answerable to her husband in all things, Hessa Black has lived her entire life by the rules, until now. She has fallen in love with a man who challenges all her beliefs, freeing and sentencing her at the same time.”

— Jo Treggiari, author of Ashes, Ashes

Can’t wait to grab your copy? Try your local indie bookstore, Indigo, AmazonKobo, or iTunes.

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With the release of Aptitude just five days away, we think it’s time to give you a sneak peek of what’s to come. Find a comfy chair for the next three and a half minutes and check out this audio preview with young adult author Natalie Corbett Sampson. If you like what you hear, preorder today–and don’t forget to enter to win this amazing Aptitude Prize Pack:

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So without further ado… here’s the Aptitude preview you’ve been waiting for!

 

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