Cover Reveal!

Guess what, everyone? In just one month, you could be holding Aptitude, the next release by Natalie Corbett Sampson, in your hot little hands. And it’s going to be a good one. After all, according to Jo Treggiari, author of Ashes, Ashes:

“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.”

It doesn’t get much better than that.

So to celebrate, we’ve decided to incorporate a contest into Aptitude’s preorder campaign, and we’re kicking it all off by revealing Aptitude’s gorgeous cover, created by Emma Dolan:



The Contest

The cover is amazing, but this contest is pretty cool, too. If you win, you’ll this awesome Aptitude Prize Pack:


Here’s how it works:

1. Preorder Aptitude from Indigo, Amazon, or your local indie bookstore.

2. Take a photo or a screen grab of the receipt.

3. Fill out the form below and upload your image.

Bonus Level: Preorder the book and share this post on Facebook or Twitter, and we’ll give you an extra entry. Simply provide the link to your share in the fillable form.



Asp of Ascension BR MyersFierce Ink Press is pleased to announce the June 21, 2015 publication of BR Myers’ Asp of Ascension. This title marks the beginning of a new mystery series by the popular young adult author.

“We’re thrilled to release Asp of Ascension,” says marketing and communications executive Sarah Sawler. “Nefertari Hughes is a great character–smart and scrappy, with a touch of the teenage insecurity we all remember so well.”

Asp of Ascension tells the story of Nefertari Hughes, a teen starting school in a new town after an accident that leaves her disabled and takes her mother’s life. Sixteen-year-old Terry just wants to keep her head down and survive her new high school. But when she catches the eye of cute basketball star Zach, all hopes of flying under the radar are gone.

She is thrust even further into the spotlight when Fraser, the editor of the school newspaper, learns her father Mr. Hughes is the renowned archaeologist overseeing the new Egyptian display at the museum, which is rumored to include Cleopatra’s coffin. When Fraser stumbles upon the fifty-year-old mystery of a girl who vanished in the museum and Terry’s father falls into a mysterious coma, Terry’s caught up in a whirlwind of events that leads all the way back to ancient times.

Before long, the stakes become too high for Terry to ignore. Tossing aside her rules for survival, she teams up with Fraser and her candy-loving new friend Maude to solve the mystery and save her father — before she loses everything.

“From the first round of extensive edits to the exciting cover reveal, Fierce Ink Press has helped shape this mystery novel into a piece of work I’m proud to share with readers all over the world,” says Myers. “I’m grateful to be represented by a publishing company committed to showcasing Canadian YA writers, helping them further their career. I’ve always been impressed with Fierce’s wide range of novels. Today, it’s a real thrill for me to be included among such talented authors.”


Advance praise for Asp of Ascension

Where the ancient world meets modern day high school, ASP OF ASCENSION is a fast-paced thrill ride through the history we often wonder about and the not-so-distant history we sometimes hope to forget.” — Rebekah Crane, author of Aspen and Playing Nice

Great fun … a twisty-turny mystery that blends old-school Nancy Drew appeal with the humor, romance, and edge of the best contemporary YA. A must for lovers of Egyptology, smart and tenacious heroines, and powerful female friendships that withstand any test.” — J.C. Lillis, author of How to Repair a Mechanical Heart and We Won’t Feel a Thing


Well kids, it’s that time again! Asp of Ascension by BR Myers comes out in just eight days and to celebrate, we’re hosting a blog tour packed with reviews, Q&A’s, and guest posts.

Asp of Ascension BR MyersCheck it out:

July 13: Calgary Kid Critic (review)

July 14: A Portia Adams Adventure (review)

July 15: Writing on Writing (guest post)

July 16: Membrane (Q&A)

July 17: Adventures in YA Romance (guest post)

July 18: Fab Book Reviews (review)

July 19: A Portia Adams Adventure (Q&A)

July 20: Calgary Kid Critic (Q&A)

Thanks to all the amazing bloggers and authors involved. Once you’re done swooning over Asp of Ascension, be sure to spend a little time roaming around their sites.

Don’t forget to preorder your copy! Asp of Ascension is available on Amazon, Chapters, and of course, from your friendly neighbourhood indie bookstore.

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Adult TalkWhen Wanda Taylor, former CBC producer and author of Birchtown and the Black Loyalists, was thirteen years old, she had a few things on her mind. Her flat chest and long feet certainly made the short list, but they were nothing compared to her top concerns: if any of her friends were overhearing the same Sunday night stories she was, and the possibility that witches were living in her neighbourhood.

With her sister by her side, Wanda would listen to adults talking from the hallway outside the kitchen. From Kmart store witch sightings to advice on protective charms, Wanda’s mother and her friends tossed tales and gossip around the kitchen, fuelling their stories with Keith’s beer and Sunday dinner leftovers.

The more Wanda heard, the more she believed. And the more she believed, the more nervous she became about what her friends would think if they knew the kinds of things she heard in the hallway every Sunday night. That is, until the time her mother dropped a fork on the floor and it landed prong side up. That was the day everything changed.
Adult Talk is a fascinating look at a teenage struggle with belief and superstition. Twenty percent of proceeds will go to Taylor’s charity of choice, Our Neighbourhood Living Society.

About the Author

Wanda Taylor is a non-fiction author, professional artist, and former CBC television producer. Her latest book, Birchtown and the Black Loyalists, was released October 2014 and has found its place on several notable lists, including the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s list of best books for kids and teens, and Today’s Parent Magazine’s list of top African Heritage Month books for children. Wanda has won awards for her skills as a professional artist and her work in the industry, including the prestigious Progress Club Women of Excellence Award for Arts and Culture.

Buy the ebook:

Available for Kindle, Kobo, and iTunes.


We’ve been talking here at Fierce Ink, and we decided that it’s not fair to make everyone wait until July 21st to meet Nefertari Hughes. So, in her infinite awesomeness, BR Myers herself put a little introduction together for the more curious among you.

But we have to admit, we’re also using this video to lure you over here so that we can remind you that…

It’s the last day to order your limited edition Asp of Ascension tee (or tank, if that’s what floats your boat)!

Bonus: they’ll be shipped out in time for you to wear your new threads to the Asp of Ascension launch party on July 25th.




B.R. Myers Shares Her Writing Process

June 4, 2015

Ever wonder how your favourite book came together? In this brand new video, B.R. Myers offers a glimpse at how Asp of Ascension came together. Get ready to be inspired! Can’t hardly wait? Preorder the book today. Great news! Our t-shirt campaign for Asp of Ascension has met its minimum number of orders to print! What […]

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Cover Reveal: Asp of Ascension

May 27, 2015

Today’s the day! It’s time to reveal the cover for our next book, B.R. Myers’ Asp of Ascension. And guys, the amazing Emma Dolan has done it again. The cover’s stunning, and reminds us a lot of the old Lois Duncan covers from the 70’s, and well, since Lois Duncan was kind of a YA pioneer, […]

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Bestselling Young Adult Author Vikki VanSickle Publishes Creative Nonfiction Short Story

May 12, 2015

In a new Fierce Short titled Amy Abbot is Having a Party, Vikki VanSickle shares her story of what it’s like to be a “Gold” in high school. In career counselor language, that means she’s traditional, responsible and organized — and totally different from the vivacious Oranges that dominate the school’s social scene. In fact, […]

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Fierce Ink Press Signs Distribution Deal with Nimbus Publishing

May 1, 2015

In order to increase the availability of its titles across Canada, Fierce Ink Press has signed a distribution agreement with Nimbus Publishing. Effective immediately, Nimbus Publishing will handle distribution to bookstores across Canada. Launched in June of 2012, Fierce Ink Press currently has eight full-length novels and one anthology in print, along with bi-monthly creative […]

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Fierce Ink Press Acquires Rights for Call of the Sea by Newfoundland author Amanda Labonté

April 7, 2015

Fierce Ink Press Acquires Rights for Call of the Sea by Newfoundland author Amanda Labonté Fierce Ink Press is pleased to announce that they have obtained international rights for Call of the Sea, the debut novel by Amanda Labonté. The modern fantasy story introduces Alex, a Newfoundland boy who has been haunted by siren song […]

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