Well, 2014 has been a pretty legendary year here at Fierce Ink Press. We kicked it off with a Fierce Short by Canadian playwright Nils Ling (I Think We’ve All Learned Something Here), and an amazing Fierce Shorts author event at Mount Saint University — and we haven’t looked back.

So much has happened since then. We’ve added three new books by Canadian authors to the Young Adult landscape, including the first book in Angela Misri’s wildly popular Portia Adams series, Jewel of the Thames; the final book in Kat Kruger’s Magdeburg Trilogy, The Night is Found; and Kissing Frogs, the still-brand-new debut by Alisha Sevigny. We also published Becoming Fierce, a brave collection of creative non-fiction short stories by a whole bunch of talented Canadian authors. And we added to our Fierce Shorts roster, releasing shorts by authors Lee D. Thompson, Joel Kelly, Katie Ingram, Sarah Sawler, Trevor Adams, and Andy Flanagan.

Over the course of the year, we’ve been thrilled by the amount of support we’ve received from the Canadian book industry. In addition to some blush-inducing nods by authors like Tim Wynne-Jones (when he regaled Jewel of the Thames with “Classy and clever. Portia Adams is equal parts toughness and charm.”) and Charles de Lint (in this amazing review of Kat Kruger’s Magdeburg Trilogy), we’ve received plenty of glowing reviews from book bloggers and industry magazines alike. To be honest, I think we all did a little happy dance when the Quill and Quire recognized Becoming Fierce as one of 2014 Kidlit Books of the Year.

Finally, we’ve had some pretty exciting changes over the last month or so. One of our founders, Colleen McKie, decided to move on to pursue new endeavours, but the change allowed us to expand our team by adding our new editorial director, Allister Thompson, and marketing & communications executive Sarah Sawler. The new additions bring a highly experienced editorial professional in-house and a communications expert who can focus 100% on promoting our authors and brand. They  also allow founder Kimberly Walsh to shift into a more focused role as print and EPUB specialist.

All in all, it’s been a pretty great year. To the authors, freelancers, book bloggers, and magazine contributors we’ve worked with this year — thank you all for your support through this period of growth. We can’t wait to find out what 2015 has in store!

~Kimberly, Allister and Sarah

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JeweloftheThames finalcover 200x300 The Big Deal: Jewel of the Thames by Angela MisriMiss the sale on Natalie Corbett Sampson’s Game Plan last week? If so, fear not–we’ve got another Big Deal happening on December 15th and 16th. This time, we’re selling Angela Misri’s wildly popular Jewel of the Thames for just $4.99 on Kobo and iTunes. In related news: Angela Misri just updated her blog with a handy dandy teacher’s guide for Jewel of the Thames last week.

Don’t forget

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game plan cover only 200x300 The Big Deal: Game Plan by Natalie Corbett Sampson

What’s The Big Deal? We’re so glad you asked. For the next three weeks, we’ll be amping up the holiday spirit here at Fierce Ink Press by offering sale prices on at least one title
per week. Check back every Monday until Christmas to find out what’s on offer.

Big Deal #1

On December 8th and 9th, get Game Plan for just $4.99 on Kobo and iTunes. Written by Natalie Corbett Sampson, this is a contemporary fiction novel that Tish Cohen called “an achingly real look at how two families cope when life doesn’t go as planned.”

Don’t Forget

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Surprise update:

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up your Fierce Shorts for $1.99 on Kobo yet, you’re in luck. Not only do you have until the end of the day (December 5th) to grab any of them for the sale price, we’re also extended the Kobo sale on our two most recent Fierce Shorts until the end of the weekend!

The Summer It All Went Wrong by Trevor Adams

How I Laerned to Read by Andy Flanagan

Celebrating Cyber Week

We understand that a full e-reader is a must-have for those cold winter days or those evenings when you just don’t have the energy for another holiday party. That’s why we’re offering amazing deals all week — you just need to add the cozy blanket and roaring fire.

Cyber Monday Deals

Jewel of the Thames: A Portia Adams Adventure by Angela Misri: Get 35% off this fan favourite about the girl who inherited 221 Baker Street (Kobo only). Just use the CYBERMONDAY35 promo code to seal the deal.

Membrane by Carol Moreira: On December 1st and 2nd, get this universe-hopping adventure for only $4.99 (Kobo and iTunes only)

Fierce Shorts Bundle, Vol. 1 (Love You Like Suicide by Jo Treggiari and Before I Was Me by Chad Pelley): Just $0.99 on Cyber Monday and $1.99 on December 2nd. (Kindle only)

Cyber Week Deals

From December 1-5th our Fierce Shorts will be on sale for just $1.99. (Kobo only)

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Short story writer Andy Flanagan wasn’t always good with words. Growing up, he could barely read, and he compensated by memorizing words and reciting assignments that were in his head, not on paper. Andy failed several grades in junior high and began seriously contemplating leaving school to go to war in Vietnam, before his school and parents finally realized he was dyslexic. After being sent off to summer school at Bishop’s, Andy slowly gained confidence in himself and learned to read through a series of unconventional teaching methods.

“How I ‘Laerned’ To Read was written to encourage anyone with dyslexia to persevere,” says Flanagan. “Watching some of my grandchildren struggling with the same reading problem that I had has encouraged me to tell my story, hoping that they too will take heart, learn to cope and figure out how to read.”

Twenty per cent of proceeds from the sale of How I Laerned to Read will support the IWK Foundation.

How I Laerned 200x300 New Brunswick Writer Talks about Growing Up Dyslexic in How I “Laerned” to Read

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available now from Storenvy, iTunes, Kobo and Kindle.

At-A-Glance

What is it about?

Living with dyslexia and learning in new ways.

Who will read it?

Anyone who has struggled with learning, especially reading, or anyone who has learned a new skill in an unexpected way.

When is it releasing?

November 25, 2014

About the Author:

Andy Flanagan was born in the small rural New Brunswick community of Belledune. He grew up in a maritime setting, next to the sea. As a child, the beach and the bay were his playground. The salt in his past is obvious in many of his current writings.

After graduating from high school, he studied business and completed an apprenticeship program in finance. He returned to his seaside hometown and became self-employed. He has written a lifetime of short stories and a number of manuscripts. He has had numerous stories published in local and national newsprint and on the CBC website. How I “Laerned to Read” is his first venture into e-publishing.

Andy is a member and director of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick. He is an active member in a number of national and provincial bodies and is an executive member of a local environmental association.

 

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Fierce Ink Press Announces New Executives Amid Departure of Co-Founder

November 20, 2014

Fierce Ink Press Co-Op Ltd. will expand operations by adding two new partners: Allister Thompson, editorial director, and Sarah Sawler, marketing & communications executive. “It’s an exciting time at Fierce Ink Press and I’m ecstatic about adding such talent to the team,” says co-founder Kimberly Walsh, who will contribute her skills to the new role […]

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Alisha Sevigny’s Kissing Frogs Introduces Readers to a Funny and Smart Retelling of The Frog Prince

November 18, 2014

“Sevigny has written a charming debut. With a keen eye for setting and character, I found myself laughing and hoping right along with Jessica.” — Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Spin and Spun Alisha Sevigny’s debut novel, Kissing Frogs, publishes November 18 in Canada with Fierce Ink Press. Kissing Frogs is a smart and funny […]

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5 Ways to Tell if He’s a Toad

November 10, 2014

Curious about whether he’s a keeper or if you should kick him to the curb? Kissing Frogs author Alisha Sevigny dishes the dirt on how to tell if your guy’s a toad. Kissing Frogs is available for pre-order.

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Kissing Frogs blog tour

October 31, 2014

We’re getting ready to share Kissing Frogs with all of Canada on November 18 and are we ever excited! To celebrate the upcoming launch of author Alisha Sevigny’s debut novel, we’re hosting a cross-Canada blog tour from November 4 to November 19. Nov 4 YA Book Shelf (review) Nov 5 Cozy Up With a Good […]

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Kissing Frogs excerpt

October 30, 2014

We’re so excited that Kissing Frogs will soon be available for all you lovely readers to enjoy! To get a taste of its awesomeness, check out author Alisha Sevigny reading a scene. And if you prefer the written word to the spoken one, you can read the excerpt on Scribd. You can also pre-order Kissing […]

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