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, apart from her friend Rebecca, she may actually be the only kid in the school who’s never been to a parent-free party.

Underneath that Gold exterior, Vikki has an artsy streak of Blue; more than anything else, she wants to be an actor. But when she goes to Toronto to audition in front of an audience of agents, all they see is Gold, and she’s advised to go back home and learn to loosen up.

So, with no small amount of trepidation, when she hears about Amy Abbot’s party, she decides to grab some of the life experience that her peers — and the agents — think she so desperately needs.

The night of the party, Vikki tries to step into the role of Cool Girl, but she quickly learns that the costume doesn’t quite fit. Plus, she looks better in gold.

“One of the most inspiring events I have ever attended was a Girls’ Rock Camp Toronto showcase,” says VanSickle. “I was floored by how confident, unique, and supportive the young musicians where. This is exactly the kind of programming we need to foster strong women and strong artists. My story is about learning to be comfortable with who you are, and Girls Rock Camp Toronto gives young women a safe space that allows them to figure that out.”

Amy Abbot is Having a Party is a lighthearted look at what it’s like to try and become the person everyone else thinks you should be. Twenty percent of proceeds will go to  Girls Rock Camp Toronto, VanSickle’s charity of choice.

Amy Abbot is Having a Party by Vikki VanSickle

What is it about?Trying to be someone you’re not, and realizing that you’re happy with who you already are.Who will read it?

Young adults and adults who remember what it was like to be a teen.

When is it releasing?

March 12, 2015

About the Author

Vikki VanSickle is the author of the acclaimed Clarissa books, including WORDS THAT START WITH B (CBA Libris Awards Children’s Book of the Year Finalist), LOVE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD (Indigo Best Kids’ Books of 2011) and DAYS THAT END IN Y (Best Books for Kids and Teens selection). Frequently referred to as ‘Canada’s Judy Blume,’ Vikki’s most recent novel SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS has been called ‘Summer reading at its best’ and is a finalist for the 2015 Red Maple award. After obtaining an MA in Children’s Literature from UBC, Vikki’s career began in book selling at Toronto’s beloved Flying Dragon Bookshop, which earned her the 2011 CBA Young Bookseller of the Year award. Currently she balances writing with her duties as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for the Young Readers’ program at Penguin Canada.
Find her here: or on Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads.


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 nonfiction pieces released under their charitable Fierce Shorts imprint.

“We’ve experienced significant growth over the last two and a half years, and this new distribution deal is the next logical step for us,” says Sarah Sawler, marketing and communications executive at Fierce Ink Press. “We’re truly excited to work with Nimbus Publishing, and we look forward to a long and productive partnership.”

Ordering information

Booksellers across Canada are now able to order any of the current Fierce Ink Press titles by contacting Nimbus Publishing. To order, call 1-800-646-2879, fax 1-888-253-3133 or email

Fierce Ink Press prefixes include 9780988106 and 9781927746.


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 as long as he can remember. When his twin brother is mysteriously lost at sea, disappearing from a boat without so much as a ripple, it is up to Alex to find him. His best hope just might come from the same place as the song he has heard since childhood — the alluring and dangerous girl he finds amidst the frothing ocean waves.

“Working with Fierce Ink Press is a real thrill for me,” says Labonté. “As you breathe life into new characters and places, it’s rewarding to find a publisher who is as passionate about your work as you are. I am so excited to move forward on this journey with such a great team.”

Fierce Ink Press will publish Call of the Sea in November of 2015.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to publish Amanda Labonté’s debut novel,” says Sarah Sawler, marketing and communications executive at Fierce Ink Press. “With its vivid Newfoundland imagery and fast-paced plot, Call of the Sea is a masterful novel that will appeal to fans of both contemporary fiction and fantasy.”

About the Author

Amanda Labonté lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she gets much of the inspiration for the characters and places she writes. Though she wanted to be a writer since the eighth grade, it was many years before she 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.

Social Media Links:


Twitter: @amlabonte

Instagram: @amlabonte

Media Contacts:

To arrange author interviews or for other requests, please contact Fierce Ink Press publicist Sarah Sawler at, or Amanda Labonté’s publicist, Heather Labonté, at or 416-700-6763.


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Tomorrow’s a big day for Toronto-based Portia Adams fans–it’s the Thrice Burned book launch! From 2-4 pm, they’ll be celebrating with Angela Misri at Ben McNally Books as she reads from and signs her newest Portia Adams Adventure, Thrice Burned. (Psst… we heard she’s serving tea).

For those who can’t make it, here’s a Thrice Burned read-through, just for you.



“Young mystery fans should climb aboard the Portia Adams train; every seat is a first-class ticket.”~Evan Munday, author of the Dead Kid Detective Agency

“Portia is an engaging character, solving three intriguing mysteries (cases) while working on the biggest puzzle of all – herself.”~Barbara Haworth-Attard, author of Haunted

The second book in Toronto author Angela Misri’s Portia Adams Adventure series, Thrice Burned, publishes March 24 in Canada with Fierce Ink Press. In the second instalment of this young adult series, the young sleuth tackles another three cases, including a brazen theft committed by a cocky perpetrator and the mysterious disappearance of some local women. But this time, she finds some unexpected help–from a resourceful reporter named Annie.

In celebration of the release, a Thrice Burned launch party will take place March 28 at Ben McNally Books in Toronto from 2 to 4 p.m. Misri will read from her novel and signed copies will be available for purchase.









Thrice Burned is currently available for purchase in Canada on:

About the Author

Angela Misri is a Toronto journalist, writer and mom who has spent most of her working life making CBC Radio extraterrestrial through podcasts, live streams and websites. These days she’s focusing on her writing but taking on freelance and digital projects along the side.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @karmicangel
Facebook: A Portia Adams Adventure


Toronto Author and Actor Darren Hynes Shares Touching Teenage Tale

March 10, 2015

Just before writer and actor Darren Hynes left home for the first time, his father chopped off the tip of his big toe with a lawnmower. But the confusion Hynes felt when he came home to find the house empty and the lawnmower running was nothing compared to what he would struggle with for the […]

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Blog on Fire: Thrice Burned Blog Tour

March 6, 2015

Guess what? It’s almost blog tour time for Angela Misri’s next Portia Adams Adventure, Thrice Burned. From March 9th until March 24th, you’ll be treated to a whole bunch of gumshoe goodness, care of some of the best book bloggers in Canada. Follow along every day for advanced reviews of Thrice Burned, and guest posts and Q&A’s […]

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Fierce Ink Press Acquires Rights for Natalie Corbett Sampson’s Dystopian Romance Novel

February 26, 2015

Fierce Ink Press is pleased to announce that they’ve obtained the rights for Natalie Corbett Sampson’s next novel, Aptitude. This new work, which will be published on September 22, 2015, tells the story of a young teacher named Hessa and her struggle to choose between two young men–the one that society chose for her, and the […]

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Wattpad Loves Kat Kruger

February 23, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, popular writing community platform Wattpad announced the winners of the 2014 Wattys, a people’s choice award for digital books and stories. Categories include “The Best of Beginners’ Luck”,”The Best of the Talk of the Town”, and “The Best of HQ Love”–an award for the books that were most read at Wattpad […]

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Getting to Know Constable Brian Dawes

February 18, 2015

Ever wonder about Brian Dawes, constable at Scotland Yard and Portia’s case-cracking companion? Well, Portia Adams fans, it’s time to have some fun, courtesy of Portia’s creator, Angela Misri. Check out the video, and when you’re done, head on over to our Storenvy store to preorder the book AND grab some cool swag. 7 Things […]

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