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The Tweedles Go Electric

No Relation by Terry Fallis

Will Ferguson, author of 419, says “Terry Fallis writes with a light touch and a fine sense of inherent humanity of humour, while still addressing one of the bigger questions we all have to face: Who are you? Who are you really?”
I couldn’t agree more. Terry Fallis, well-known for his previous novels such as Up And Down, The High Road, and the political satire The Best Laid Plans, (now a television series), brings us a brand new book that is bound to win our hearts again.
No Relation is a book filled with humour and intelligence, plus a character that remains close to my heart -- especially since we share the same professional affinity: copywriting and writing.
Imagine if you were named Earnest Hemmingway! Even with the extra “a” and “m” you won’t be able to distance yourself from one of the greatest writers of our time. But what if, you had that name and also wanted to become a writer?
Chuckles may ensue; subtle winks behind your back. Not to mention, you may even be haunted by the succ…

Then and Always by Dani Atkins

Rachel Wiltshire’s life is right on track. She has a handsome, rich boyfriend, a close group of friends, and has just been accepted into a journalism program of her choice. (Yes, her dream has always been to be a journalist.)
Then a tragic accident changes her life forever.
Sounds like a classic story you’ve heard before.
But then, because Dani Atkins knows how to reel you in: hook, line and sinker, you continue reading -- and, you are glad you did because this is, unarguably, unlike any story you’ve read before.
Five years after the tragedy, Rachel returns home for the first time since the accident. She’s back for her best friend’s wedding, but she isn’t prepared for the memories that taking that journey may elicit; memories that she had schooled herself to bury deep and not allow to surface.
Rachel has already declined to be the maid of honour, much to her best friend’s dismay. But even attending the lead up events to the ceremony puts her in a pill-popping mood. She doesn’t really t…

The Venetian Bargain by Marina Fiorato

The canals. The piazzas. The art. It's not easy to pinpoint what makes Venice the world's most beautiful city. It sets the stage for romantic story telling. Drenched in history the stories of love set on the grand arches of the Doge’s Palace are further exemplified by our imagination of smoothly moving boats in the lagoon at night. It’s the ultimate seduction.
But there is also a different Venice. One that once upon a time was drenched by The Black Death. And in The Venetian Bargain, Marina Fiorato explores this Venice set in 1576. Five years after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto, a ship steals unnoticed into Venice bearing a deadly cargo.
A man, more dead than alive, disembarks and staggers into Piazza San Marco. He brings a gift to Venice from Constantinople. Within days the city is infected with bubonic plague—and the Turkish Sultan has his revenge.
But the story centers around a young stowaway trained as a harem doctor fleeing a future as the Sulta…