Friday, February 27, 2015

Damned by Andrew Pyper

The DamnedRelease Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Fiction/Horror
Pages: 304 Pages
Series: None
Format: Arc
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon



Danny Orchard wrote a bestselling memoir about his near-death experience in a fire that claimed the life of his twin sister, Ashleigh, but despite the resulting fame and fortune he’s never been able to enjoy his second chance at life. Ash won’t let him.

In life, Danny’s charming and magnetic twin had been a budding psychopath who privately terrorized her family—and death hasn’t changed her wicked ways. Ash has haunted Danny for twenty years and now, just when he’s met the love of his life and has a chance at real happiness, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive—so she sets her sights on Danny’s new wife and stepson.

Danny knows what Ash really wants is him, and he’s prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the ones he loves. The question is: will he make it back this time?


Well I'll be damned...It's not often that a book spooks me to the point where I actually want to sleep with the lights on. I knew I was creating a recipe for disaster when taking this book to bed with me, but it was just so damn good that I couldn't put it down.

Andrew Pyper made a fan in me when I finished The Demonologist. An equally as terrifying novel. When I had the opportunity to read his newest, I didn't hesitate one instant. Was it horrible of me to have had low expectations? I only had them because I was almost certain he couldn't blow me me away the same way he did with The Demonologist...But I was so very wrong! He blew me away alright, even thought I will now have nightmares until my 30's, it was totally worth it!

The Damned wastes no time painting the dark, vivid world of Danny Orchard, his upbringing and relationship with his twin sister. Pyper has proven himself to be an expert on possession. Ashley, a clear sociopath and lacking a soul is one of the creepiest book characters I have come across. She dies(no spoiler, clear in the synopsis) and from then on, torments Danny throughout his adult life.

Riveting, terrifying and will have you on the very edge of your seat till the very end. The Damned  will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. Not only from reading, but from being to scared to close your eyes...But like I said, totally worth it!

Move over Stephen King, there is a new king of horror emerging!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Reading and Blogging Slumps: How to Overcome!

 
 
As Book Bloggers, we all share a mutual passion: Books! We love to read and we love to talk about what we are reading...But, blogging can come with it's share of frustrations. Such as:
 
  • Keeping things fresh
  • Having something to talk about
  • Making the time to blog
  • Keeping with comments and social media
  • etc. 
Sometimes, blogging can feel like a job or a chore. And that's no fun! Blogging should be fun. When I finish reading a book, or have something I really want to share, I can't wait to turn to my blog and talk with you guys! But, what happens when we don't have something new to say? Or we've been in a reading slump and haven't been reading anything. Kinda makes Book Blogging a little bit stressful!
 
As much as I love reading, there have been times where I've fallen in a reading slump. Either I have a lot on my plate and don't have much time to read, or I just can't keep interested in anything. And I'm sure I am not alone in this regard. I love my book blogging community and have seen many posts regarding reading slumps. So, it got me thinking: How do I dig myself out of a slump? Well, I am here to share a few things that have worked for me in the past, and I'll also throw in how I tackle my blogging slumps as well, because, they go hand in hand.
 
Tackling a Reading Slump
 
Take a break! Sometimes, that is all it takes. Just a little break from reading. I know, it may sound crazy but if you find yourself disinterested or just unmotivated to pick up that book. Then just leave it aside for a bit and take a little break. Usually a couple days/up to a week works for me!
 
Re-read one of your all-time favourites. Whenever I am suffering from a reading slump, sometimes all it takes is a re-read of an old favourite or even just reading a favourite passage from that book.
 
Rearrange your bookshelf. This may make you say "huh?." But, it works for me. When I find that I have no desire to read, I will refresh/reface my bookshelves. Sometimes I forget what great books I have, and how many books I have waiting to be read! Pulling these books out, flipping them open, perusing them...It definitely sparks the reading juices!
 
Visit your local library or even a bookstore. Just being in the presence of all those books is enough to do it. Being in a space with other people that share the same love for reading as you do.
 
Tackling a Blogging Slump
 
Again, take a break. Put a little announcement on your blog just letting your lovely followers that you are stepping away for a little while. I usually like to include an open timeline. Nothing is worse than visiting some of your favourite blogs only to eventually find out they aren't active. A nice little message just keeping them in the loop is a nice, considerate approach.
 
Visit some of your favourite blogs! I love surfing the web for new blogs, and visiting old favourites. And it goes beyond Books! Sometimes all it takes it a great blog post to inspire you, or to get those blogging ideas flowing.
 
Get personal. I always find it's great to learn more about the blogger behind the blog. So, when you've hit a blogging slump and don't know what to talk about. Why not write a post to share a little bit about you?
 
 Talk about it! There have been times when I've been in a blogging slump, and just simply blogging about that slump has been enough to fix it. You are getting it off your chest and letting your fellow readers/bloggers know that they are not alone when it comes to these slumps.
 
...These have been the most helpful things for me when dealing with reading and blogging slumps. Have you suffered a reading and/or blogging slump? What are some of your tips to getting out of it? Comment, share on Facebook, or Tweet me!
 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

How I Became a Reader Again...

When I was a wee child, I LOVED reading. I was like a little Matilda...Or I guess, just like Matilda seeing how she is already little...Anyways...I was like Matilda. Dragging my little plastic wagon behind me while my Mother and I walked to the library once a week. I would fill the tub of the wagon with all sorts of treasures. Even "adult" books(as my mom would put it) on birds, history, etc. If it had an enticing cover, I wanted it. So maybe I couldn't understand what the heck the author was talking about, or what the hell that bird was, I loved looking at the pictures, and loved the feel of it in my hands, and I enjoyed hearing my mom read them to me...Bless her patience! Of course, I loved Children's books as well. The classic Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, to name a few. As I grew out of Children's books, my love for Early Chapter Books began:

    

I would devour book after book. If I wasn't playing outside with friends, I was found under a tree, on my porch or in my room reading. Wherever I went, I had a book in hand. Do you guys remember Scholastic Book Orders? Do they still do those? Every month was like Christmas. I mean come on, a little catalogue full of the latest goodies, fresh for the pickin'? Dangerous! Anyways, a little reader I was and I was damn proud of it!

Then came 8th grade and for some reason that I truly cannot remember, my love for reading faded. I don't know if it's because the "crowd" I hung around with didn't read, or what, but I just gave it up...Just like that! However, my bookshelf always remained in my bedroom. Stocked full of old favourites that were just shouting at me to pay them a visit.

High School came and went(thank god!) and still, not much reading. I read the required reading for school but that did little to re-ignite the passion. Then it came...The big phenomenon. The series that had prepubescent and adult girls and boys flipping their Sh!t! Twilight!

Yes, I said it, Twilight. Twilight is the reason I am reading now. Sure, I may have stumbled upon something else but we'll never know now will we? I read it. I freaking loved it, and I devoured the series. It re-ignited my love. Yes, it may have rekindled my love for reading in a Paranormal way, meaning I didn't want to read anything if it didn't have at least one super hot vampire and/or Werewolf and one Naive, love-blind girl. But I was reading, and that's the moral of the story here.

Now, my love for reading is much more broad. I've re-read the Twilight books and yes, they are flawed. Yes, there are moments that I just want to slap Bella upside the head now. However, if it wasn't for this "little" series, my love for reading may still be lurking, deep down within me, begging to come out. It feels like many New Moon's ago..See what I did there...That this re-ignition happened, and it feels like I never stopped. I still visit old favourites; I just finished Charlie and The Chocolate Factory for the millionth time. And already have a mini library set up to read to my niece's when they are ready. The power of reading is indescribable. Something that can only be understood by experiencing it.

I will always be grateful for those Twilight books. I still proudly display them on my Bookshelves. You should never be ashamed of something you enjoyed or loved. 

Were you always a reader? Is there a certain book that ignited or re-ignited your passion for reading? Do tell by commenting below!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Blu-Ray Review

Gone Girl

Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Broadway Books
Genre: Fiction | Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 422 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: Think Jam
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.” 

I am a little late to the Gone Girl fame. When I used to work at my little bookstore, we couldn't keep this book in; It was flying off the shelves. Here I am, the "Young Adult" reader who doesn't really step out of her book comfort zone too often...However, Gone Girl completely changed that for me! While being absolutely engrossed by the novel, barely putting it down for anything, the book was saying to me: "See Cathy, this is why you need to step out of your zone a bit. To discover books like me." 

Like I said, I couldn't put this book down. It followed me to the gym, on errands, in the Kitchen...You get the point. Anytime I could squeeze in some reading time, I took full advantage. Firstly, I was totally Team Nick! To keep this spoiler free, I won't go into details about some of his character flaws and wrong-doings, but despite of those things, I just loved him! Amy was a fantastic character as well! Gillian Flynn really set the bar when it came to the development of these characters. Sheesh! I don't think I've even become so engrossed by 2 characters in my entire reading life. It is no shocker that this book won 'Best Book' awards and was featured on pretty much every talk show. 

Buckle up, because this book will take you on an epic roller-coaster right until the. Very. Last. Page. Throughout the book you will feel like a detective; Trying to tie together the clues faster and to solve the riddle. Good luck! I was on the right track for most of the book, however, was quickly shut down but the jaw-dropping revelations. 

Gone Girl is mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, dark and provocative. It packs so much punch, you won't know what to do with it all! A wild reading experience that you shouldn't miss!

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Release Date: January 13, 2015
Running Time: 148 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Format: Blu-Ray | Wide Screen
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Ben Affleck, Roseamund Pike, Tyler Perry

I jumped at the opportunity to review this Blu-Ray because the book was such a huge success for me. And when I heard Gillian Flynn was doing the Screenplay, I had full faith in the movie!

The film did a fantastic job at painting the "picture perfect" couple between Amy and Nick. The casting, in my opinion, was bang on, right down to the detectives. How often is it that a cast can almost match the cast you created in your head?! David Fincher, who is pretty legendary. Well known for: Fight Club, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was the Director of this film, and that was an epic win. In my opinion, the book had many 'Finch' characteristics: The ominous tone, the eerie musical scores, the pacing of the film. He delivered this movie in a way, just like the book, that kept you hanging on a thread until the screen goes black and the credits roll.

Go was a favourite character of mine, both in the book and the film. I found the chemistry between Carrie Coon(Go) and Ben Affleck very strong. They are twins and very much alike in personality's. I don't think they could have put together a better pair. There was a specific moment between the two towards the end that made me tear up unexpectedly, where Go states she has always been 'with' him. Even before birth. A very touching moment.

I loved that the Blu-Ray came with an Amazing Amy book! Talk about a nice touch! I can't wait to read it to my niece and see what she thinks about this Amy character.


Overall, Gone Girl, both book and film was one wild adventure. Get the book, read it, then watch the movie!

Have you read or seen the movie? What did you think? Comment below!



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Owl and the Japanese Circus Book Giveaway!

Owl and the Japanese Circus


Fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, and Linda Hamilton will flock to the kick-ass world of Owl, a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world.
Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.
Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.



Thanks to the wonderful Kristi Charish, I have one copy of Owl and The Japanese Circus to giveaway!

Giveaway Rules:
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Open to Canada and U.S. Only
Giveaway ends Wednesday, January 21st at 11:59PM
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Author Spotlight: Kristi Charish, Author of Owl and the Japanese Circus

The Crazy Bookworm is beyond thrilled to welcome Krista Charish. Author of the Owl and the Japanese Circus. Not only is she a great Canadian author, she is super nice and a fellow Yogi! That scores points in my books ;)




Kristi took the time to discuss with us the publishing world in Canada. And as someone who hopes to one day be a part of that world, I couldn't have jumped on this topic any faster! Okay, enough blabbing! Without further adieu, please welcome Krista Charish to The Crazy Bookworm!


 Getting Published in Canada

Like most aspiring writers (Canadian or not), I knew shockingly little of the publishing world when I set out. How did one go from being an aspiring writer to a published author? Worse, everyone seemed to have a different answer.
Publishing is dead, self publishing is the way to go! No, self-publishing is over, go with a publisher!
Don’t get an agent! No, you need an agent!
Everyone, agents, authors, editors, all had a different set of rules and guidelines for divining the pathway to publication, and wading through all the conflicting information is next to impossible because everyone offering it has been successful in their own right.

Now that my very first novel, Owl and the Japanese Circus, is out through Simon and Schuster Canada and my second series, Kincaid Strange, was just picked up by Random House Canada have I gleamed any wisdom on the topic?

I don’t know if I would call it wisdom, but I think I’ve learned something worth offering up over the past two years, and hopefully- if not help- it will give some insight into how published worked for me.

There are no rules, only a handful of patterns
I went into the agent querying process (sending out a letter to agents asking if they want to see your manuscript) fully expecting to be rejected at least 50, maybe accepted by the 100th, and then have my first novel not sell. Harsh expectations but this was the consensus, average publication path most spec fiction authors out there had experienced.

I ended up being the exception.
  1. Finished Owl and the Japanese Circus.
  2. Wrote up a letter, got a list of agents who represented authors I liked, and emailed a batch of them over a month (personal emails folks, no spamming lists, you’ll get booted to the junk mail folder)
  3. Heard back from Carolyn Forde (who represents Ian Hamilton, one of my favorite authors) the next day. A manuscript request and phone call later I had representation.
  4. A few months later Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket US picked up my manuscript and the sequel.
What is the take away? The publishing world has a lot of patterns but next to no rules. Everyone’s path to publication is going to be different. I repeat: Mine was an unusual experience. That my second series sale went almost as smoothly as the first is also not what’s supposed to happen. That isn’t to say my path to publication isn’t valid- it could and does happen to new writers all the time – but it’s not an accurate representation of how getting published is supposed to go (As a result, I’m sure I now have unrealistic expectations).

There are serious advantages to being Canadian
When I first started out I was told in order to be taken seriously as a writer I needed an American agent. New York was where all the big deals were made.

Like most writing/publishing advice out there, there is some truth to the statement. New York is still where the heavy hitters of the publishing world reside. But in my experience, there is a huge advantage to being a Canadian author. First, there are fewer of us, and that’s not marginalizing the Canadian reading population or publishing world. On the contrary, when Canadian writers throw their hats in with the Americans, not only are they competing with each other but, well, the Americans- and every other hopeful writer on the planet.

A lot of bestselling Canadian authors (Ian Hamilton, Yaan Martel, Kelley Armstrong) have Canadian agents. When you get to the point where you are querying, Canadian Literary agencies are more than capable of negotiating with New York and over seas publishers and do so on a regular basis. The best part? They represent Canadian clients. Yes, there are fewer agencies in Canada than in the US, but they’re an option for us that the Americans don’t have and shouldn’t be over looked. I feel I’ve had more opportunities working with a Canadian agent and agency than I would have had otherwise. Second, we have access to the Canadian publishers. All the major publishing houses have branches in Canada and publish under their own imprint. It’s not easier – there’s tough competition from other Canadian authors – but it’s an option our American counterparts don’t have so why not take advantage?

Get the novel done first, then worry about publishing
This one has been around for a while and I found it completely true. The good news is your chances of getting published aren’t nearly so doom and gloom as people make it out to be. Every agent and editor out there is desperate to find his or her next favorite book. But that’s the trick. You need to get to the point where you have a book- A quality, best you can write book, to shop around.

There is only one way to do this. Write. Sit thee ass down at your desk and write. If you can’t work up the enthusiasm or self-discipline to do this, writing might not be the career path for you. Once you have a publishing deal it only gets harder (think promotion, articles, websites, deadlines).

An author who’s advice letter I follow, David Farland, tells a story of a series of workshops he’d run at the genre conventions. The first was on selling million dollar outlines and the second was an actual workshop to help improve writing ...Guess which one was empty? Aspiring writers were trying to figure out how to sell their work before they’d even written it. Writing doesn’t work like that. You need to write the book before you can sell it. And even then, it might not sell. You get into this business for the love, not the money.

And when you get so tired of writing you can’t bring yourself to put another word on the page?
Read.

As Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Same rules need apply here.

While we’re on the topic of writing, what about those workshops and critique groups?
Argh...
I won’t lie; this is a tough one because in my opinion it’s a big grey area. Personally, I didn’t find critique groups all that helpful. In my experience it turns into design by committee. You end up with a story or novel that doesn’t piss anyone off but it also doesn’t blow anyone out of the water either. It’s been so catered to everyone’s individual preferences that the compromise overshadows whatever story you started out with in the first place. But take that with a grain of salt. It’s my personal opinion and lots of people out there seem to love critique groups.

But that doesn’t mean you get out of feedback. It’s possible the first page you ever write is a masterpiece in no need of any fixing whatsoever...but probability wise you’re better off buying a stack of lottery tickets. I have two critique partners I trade work with and two other readers who are not writers. They all like a read the same novels I like and read so we’re well matched. Trading work with a historical fiction writer would be a lot of fun but probably not too relevant to either of our works. Different audiences, another thing you need to take into consideration when picking writers and readers.

And please, please, as in I can’t beg you enough, stick to workshops and critique groups run by reputable authors for FREE or at most a community center/community college level fee, and we’re talking a couple hundred bucks MAX (*See #6: ‘Some things you can’t buy’ below for further comments on this).

Outfits don’t make a bestseller
And in this case I’m not talking about the cover.
There’s a real propensity for critique groups to focus on prose- the way you convey the story rather than the story itself. This may upset one or two critique group workshops out there, but the more I learn about the craft of writing (and the more professional authors I meet), this strikes me as an amateur’s mistake.

It’s like worrying about how a gown for a ballroom dancing competition is going to look without asking yourself whether you know how to dance. The outfit helps you look good but if you can’t dance, no amount of trussing up is going to help. The person wearing the potato sack but knows how to dance is still going to win. The purpose of good prose is to make a good story look better, but people read a story for the story. No amount of fancy writing is going to make a lackluster novel better than a spectacular story, even if the spectacular story decided to show up wearing a burlap potato sack and Birkenstock sandals. And don’t doubt for one second this doesn’t happen every day in publishing. In fact, once in the publishing door there are a slew of editors (content, copyediting, proofreading) whose job it is to fix up the typos, prose, and make sure the logic of the story fits. Yes, the story needs to be as ready to go as possible but wasting hours making it perfect is a poor expenditure of your time- especially when you should be working on the next project.

Some things you just can’t buy
Earlier on this list I mentioned a limit for workshop spending of a couple hundred bucks. Preferably free (I got to do a fantastic workshop with Canadian Sci-Fi great Spider Robinson for FREE through the Vancouver Public Library. As in world class writer, no money left my pocket). If you take no other advice off this list, please, please, for the love of your bank account, please, take this one.
You cannot buy your way into publishing.

Anyone who tells you different (or worse, offers you a way) is screwing you over.
Between writing conferences, critically acclaimed workshops, MFA programs, and conventions there are a multitude of places for you as a budding author to drop a serious amount of coin. AND THOSE ARE JUST THE REPUTABLE ONES. I know a number of aspiring authors who have spent upwards of 5000 dollars on reputable workshops and university track writing programs and have yet to be published.

My total expenditure on workshops and conventions before I was published was less than 500 dollars.
  1. Vancouver Science Fiction Fantasy Convention: Free workshop with published authors included with 40$ weekend convention ticket.
  2. Vancouver Community College 6 week Speculative Fiction Writing Class: 120$
  3. Vancouver Public Library Workshop with writer in residence Spider Robinson: FREE
  4. Shadbolt Community Center 6 week Writing Workshop with Aurora Award winning author Eileen Kernighan: $120
  5. Norwescon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (Seattle): FREE writing workshops included with 60$ weekend membership. Also included publishing, editing and pitch workshops.
  6. Subscribed to David Farland’s Daily Kick, a daily series of writing lessons delivered to your inbox: FREE
Spending money on the more expensive and prestigious workshops will not increase your chances of getting published or getting an agent. Once you’re published and have a bit of money from your work under your belt, great! Try one of the bigger workshops, but there’s no need.
The sorry truth is you can’t buy your way into a book deal. Writing is a solitary event.

Urban fantasy is dead
One of the first responses I received (and from a highly respected agent) when I first starting querying was that they couldn’t sell urban fantasy. The market was flooded. I’ve heard that one since from a lot of authors, editors, and commentaries. To a point it’s true. There are probably hundreds of urban fantasies coming out a month, and that’s just traditional publishing.

But all that means is that writers need to be original. If the book is good enough, interesting enough, and different enough, it doesn’t matter how flooded the market is, someone will be willing to take a chance.

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have.” Coleman Cox, 1922.
I left this one for last because it’s a damn good note to leave on.

No doubt about it, I’ve been incredibly lucky in publishing. I currently have five books under contract to two major publishers before the first one is out and I’ve only been writing 5 years (I started in Feb 2010).

I also have worked harder at writing fiction than anything else I’ve ever attempted in my life. When I started I was getting up at 7am to write for a couple hours before heading to the lab where I did my PhD, then writing on the train home and until I fell asleep on the computer keyboard (my spousal unit has a lot of unflattering and very un-photogenic dirt on me). Once I switched to full time writing the pace didn’t let up- I simply had more time to write. Get up at 7am, write. Break at 9. Then more writing. Gym at 5, then – you guessed it – more writing. And that’s not considering social media, promotion, etc. It’s 4 pm on a Saturday as I’m writing this article. Once I’m done, I’ll read for an hour, finish some more articles, then get some writing done on my novel until maybe 10 or 11 tonight. 14 or 16 hour days are a reality for a full time writer. And I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Phew! Aren't we lucky to get a sneak peak into the Canadian Publishing world?! I found this post so valuable and I hope you did, too!
About Kristi Charish:

Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. The second installment, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Jan 2016. Her second urban fantasy series, KINCAID STRANGE (Random House Canada), about a voodoo practioner living in Seattle, is scheduled for release mid 2016.

Kristi is also a scientist with a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which she draws upon in her writing. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

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