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Book three of the Waterton Series.
Book one, Edge of Wild
Book two, The Dark Divide

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FALL OF NIGHT

a novel by D.K. Stone

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Rich Evans is desperate to say goodbye to his past in New York and embrace a future in Waterton with fiancee Louise Newman, a small-town mechanic with an uncanny gift of foresight. But even Lou's warnings are not enough to avoid the new troubles threatening the isolated border town. Rich returns to Waterton to discover the body of his estranged ex-girlfriend has been found in a remote mountain lake.

Constable Sadie Black Plume uncovers grisly details linking Gabrielle's murder to a web of organized crime with connections to all layers of Waterton's close-knit community. With Rich as the main suspect, Rich and Lou are forced to prove his innocence in a small town where the term 'outsider' can be applied to anyone who wasn't born there.

D.K. Stone/Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Stone now writes novels for both teens: Switchback (Macmillan, 2019), Internet Famous (Macmillan, 2017) and All the Feels (Macmillan, 2016); and adults The Dark Divide (Stonehouse, 2018) and Edge Of Wild (Stonehouse, 2016).

When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Ms. Stone is represented by Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary Agency

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ALL THE NIGHT GONE

a novel by Sabrina Uswak

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A tragic accident, and two brothers are left to cope. Ben reads, obsesses. Charlie struggles between silence and anger. Unable to talk about what happened, a tension begins to build, pushing them apart.

Then Dill arrives. Carrying only a baseball bat and small duffel bag with a broken zipper, she glides into their lives imperceptibly, raising more questions than answers.

They start to become a kind of family. Almost.

When she suddenly disappears, what else can Ben and Charlie do but get into their dusty truck and go search for her?

Sabrina Uswak holds an MSc with distinction in creative writing from the University of Edinburgh and MA with distinction in digital publishing from Oxford Brookes University. She was prose editor for FreeFall and filling Station magazines before joining Loft on EIGHTH press. Her recent flash fiction can be found through the Calgary Central Library’s short story dispenser. Currently, she lives and works in Calgary, where she was born and raised.


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HUMANE

a novel by Anna Marie Sewell

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Who steals a dog from a shelter after receiving a dream message from their grandmother? Hazel Lesage never expected it to be her. Then again, she didn’t plan on becoming an unlicensed PI, helping the 'throwaway people.' However much has changed in Amiskwaciy, the problem of poor Indigenous women and girls being expendable hasn't. Nobody else is going to help the Augusts find out who killed their daughter Nell; so Hazel takes the case. And then she takes the dog. 

What follows will force Hazel and her family to confront the question of what it means to be Human, and what it matters to be Humane.

Anna Marie Sewell Anna Marie Sewell is an award-winning multi-genre writer/performer, whose career has centred around collaborative multidisciplinary work, including Ancestors & Elders, Reconciling Edmonton (which featured the first ever Round Dance at Edmonton's City Hall), Braidings, Honour Songs and Heart of the Flower. As Edmonton's 4th Poet Laureate, Anna Marie created and curated The PoemCatcher public art installation. She founded and ran Big Sky Theatre, a three year training and performance project producing original Aboriginal (it was the 90s) theatre with urban youth. She is also a founding member of the Stroll of Poets, which has provided an entrée into Edmonton's public poetry community since 1991.

Anna Marie authored two critically-acclaimed (and much-shortlisted) poetry collections, Fifth World Drum (Frontenac House, 2009), and 2018's For the Changing Moon: Poems & Songs (Thistledown Press). Her essays and articles appear in Eighteen Bridges, Alberta Views, New Trail, Write Magazine, Legacy and various scholarly publications. She's even had a recipe published in a cookbook.

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CENSORETTES

a novel by Elizabeth Bales Frank

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For a young woman of exceptional intelligence and courage, being sequestered from the dangers of WW2 on the idyllic island of Bermuda is maddening. She is determined to get into the fight—then the fight is brought to her.

Lucy Barrett is a Censorette, part of a branch of British Intelligence stationed on the island to inspect mail between North America and European nations at war. Determined to contribute in a more substantial way, Lucy uses her Cambridge education and love of Shakespeare to detect a Nazi spy ring operating out of Brooklyn. Just as she is promoted to a dangerous job overseas, her good friend is murdered. Should she embrace her new assignment, or seek justice for her friend?

Elizabeth Bales Frank is the author of the novel Cooder Cutlas, published by Harper & Row. Her essays have appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Sun, Barrelhouse, Post Road, Epiphany, The Writing Disorder and other literary publications. She was awarded a residency at Ragdale, where part of this novel was written. She earned a BFA in film from New York University, and an MLIS from the Pratt Institute. She lives in New York City.


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ROUGH

a novel by Robin Van Eck

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It is 2013 and Calgary’s Bow river is beginning to rise. Two homeless men stand by the bank and contemplate the death of another friend–an accident? 

Taking cover downtown that night, Shermeto intervenes in the attack on a bar patron, and finds himself laid up in the hospital. Outside, as the city reels from an unthinkable disaster, Shermeto finds himself away from the swelling river and face-to-face with a part of the past he is trying to hide from: his daughter Kendra.

Robin Van Eck loves words. She writes mostly contemporary fiction but has also begun to re-explore her love of horror, the weird and fantastic. A review of one of her stories compared her to the likes of Edgar Allan Poe. She is both locally and internationally published with stories and creative nonfiction appearing in various magazines and anthologies. Her work has been short-listed for contests and she was the finalist for the AMPA Award for Fiction in 2010. In her day job she is the Executive Director for the Alexandra Writers Centre Society in Calgary where she also teaches creative writing and mentors other writers. ‘Rough’ is her first novel.

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THE WORK

a novel by Maria Meindl

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When aspiring stage-manager Rebecca Weir falls for the married director of SenseInSound theatre company, she initiates a love triangle and working collaboration which go on for two decades. Set in Toronto at the start of the 1980s, the novel explores the genesis of what its disciples call ‘The Work’. The director, Marlin, has the status of a Guru in SenseInSound, but is he pushing people’s limits or abusing his power? Is the ‘The Work’ a cutting-edge artistic practice, a road to personal healing, or a cult? 

Maria Meindl is the author of Outside the Box: the Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould, the Grandmother I Thought I Knew from McGill-Queen’s University Press, winner of the Alison Prentice Award for Women’s History. Her essays, fiction and poetry have appeared in many publications including The New Quarterly, The Temz Review, The Literary Review of Canada, Descant and Musicworks, as well as in the anthologies, At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die and The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood. She has made two radio series, Parent Care, and Remembering Polio for CBC Ideas. In 2005, Maria founded the Draft Reading series, which offers a forum for unpublished work by emerging and established writers. She teaches movement in Toronto.


Book two of the Collision Course series. Book one, Course Correction

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COLLISION COURSE

a novel by Doug Morrison

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Back in Canada after a harrowing vacation gone wrong, Michael Barrett tries to put all thought of Ukraine and his mysterious captor turned friend, Dmitri, from his mind. This would be a little easier to do if a million dollars had not just popped into his bank account. A mistake, a message? Would he ever put this adventure behind him, and did a part of him miss the only interesting, yet terrifying, thing that had ever happened to him?

Doug Morrison has made many trips to Ukraine, doing volunteer work with both young people and adults.  His experiences and impressions of his adopted country were the basis of his first book, Course Correction.  His love of the tropics and all places warm, along with his experience as a flight instructor and charter pilot, served to inspire this sequel, which is his second novel.  When not reading, writing, or dreaming of flying, he finds time for the odd cruise in his vintage muscle car.  He currently lives and works in Red Deer, Alberta, but dreams of the day he can move to Barbados.

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THE WHEATON

a novel by Joanne Jackson

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A year after the early death of his wife, John Davies comes hesitantly out of retirement to take a job at The Wheaton, a senior’s residence. Having resisted ‘getting involved’ for his entire life, John is immediately out of his comfort zone. The Wheaton is a boundary-free environment, and he is immersed in the kinds of sticky matters he usually does his best to avoid. Surrounded by mortality and the ghosts of regret haunting many of the residents, John begins to do the unthinkable: relate to his fellow creatures and reconsider his past. After a life of being a selfish husband and a distracted absentee father, is it too late to try to make amends?

‘The Wheaton’ is Joanne Jackson’s debut novel. She lives in Saskatoon with her husband and a border collie named Mick. She has two married children and two wonderful grand-daughters. Joanne loves reading, writing, and walking her dog for at least two hours every day, even when it’s thirty below in the prairies.


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LADY FRANKLIN OF RUSSELL SQUARE

a novel by Erika Behrisch Elce

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BOOK PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA AWARD FINALIST, Trade Fiction, 2019.

“Gripping... the reader is one with this devoted wife” Alison Alexander, author and historian.

My dearest love, Where are you now?
Spring, 1847, and Lady Franklin is back in London expecting to greet her hero husband, polar explorer Sir John Franklin, upon his triumphant return from the Northwest Passage. As weeks turn to months, she develops an unconventional friendship with Russell Square's gardener even as she reluctantly grows into her public role as Franklin's steadfast wife, the "Penelope of England.” In this novel that imagines a rich interior life of one of Victorian England's most intriguing women, the boundaries of friendship, propriety, and love are sure to collide.

Erika Behrisch Elce teaches Victorian Literature and Culture at the Royal Military College of Canada. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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ADVICE FOR AMATEUR TAXIDERMISTS & BEEKEEPERS

a novel by Erin Emily Ann Vance

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The sudden death of Margot Morris and her two young daughters in a house fire sends shock-waves through a small rural community. The Morrises are a close-knit family, long associated with the mysterious arts of taxidermy and bee-keeping. Margot’s three surviving siblings, Teddy, Agatha and Sylvia are left to wonder if Margot's death was an accident or murder, while the town is enveloped by speculation about this eccentric family whose close bonds are now being tested by tragedy.

Erin Emily Ann Vance is an alumna of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. She holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and studies Irish Folklore and Ethnology at University College Dublin. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, most recently The Sorceress Who Left too Soon: Poems After Remedios Varo from Coven Editions. Erin was a recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Prize in 2017, nominated by Aritha van Herk, and was a finalist for the 2018 Alberta Magazine Showcase Awards for fiction for her short story, All the Pretty Bones, which appeared in filling station magazine. Her writing has appeared in the Literary Review of Canada, ARC Poetry Magazine, Grain Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, EVENT Magazine, and more.


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THE POOR CLARE

a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell

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“–Pleasantly creepy in a cozy, midwinter way–“ Sadie Stein, the Paris Review.

Gaskell’s gothic masterpiece weaves the tale of a lonely old woman whose curse upon the murderer of her cherished dog unleashes unintended consequences. The impulse of revenge is turned to contrition after the discovery of an unexpected connection between her and the accursed. Through Ireland to Yorkshire and finally London, a young lawyer discovers a beautiful young woman mysteriously followed by her own demonic doppelganger, and sets out to learn if the curse can be broken.

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1810-1865, produced no less than 46 written works during her lifetime, including novels, short stories, and non-fiction. Some of her more famous works are North and South and Cranford.

Book two of the Waterton Series.
Book one, Edge of Wild
Book three, Fall of Night

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THE DARK DIVIDE

a novel by D.K. Stone

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"A page-turner that also captures the gritty yet lyrical beauty of a small town in Alberta, Canada....Highly recommended for all readers who enjoy mysteries, thrillers–“
Victoria Gilbert, Author, Blue Ridge Library Mystery

Waterton is a town with dark secrets, and after a summer of murder and mayhem, American ex-pat, Rich Evans, knows exactly how far people will go to hide them. Jobless after the fiery destruction of the hotel he once managed, Rich is charged with arson. Only one person, local mechanic Louise “Lou” Newman, believes in his innocence. The lonely border town has a new danger: a murderer willing to do anything to protect a web of secrets that links them to the arson.

A self-declared bibliophile, D. K. Stone discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her master's thesis. She writes novels for both adults and teens (All the Feels, Internet Famous, and Icarus). She lives in a windy corner of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.


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MARY BARTON

a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell

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"A book that most profoundly affected & impressed me–" Charles Dickens


Set in Manchester England in the mid-nineteenth century, Mary Barton was revolutionary in the way it tackled the relationship between poor mill workers and the wealthier manufacturers. This first book by Elizabeth Gaskell delves into the desperate lives of the working poor in Northern England, much in the way Dickens shone light on London’s lowest classes. In Gaskell’s eyes, prostitutes are selfless, murderers are penitent, and the poor are heroes.

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1810-1865, produced no less than 46 written works during her lifetime, including novels, short stories, and non-fiction. Some of her more famous works are North and South and Cranford.

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JESUS ON THE DASHBOARD

a novel by Lisa Murphy-Lamb

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“This novel will make readers hungry for more.” Aritha van Herk


Teenage years can be complicated, even when you haven’t been abandoned by your mother at age ten. It is the 1980s and teenage Gemma lives with her well-meaning father, Nathaniel, and tries to come to terms with growing up motherless. Then comes the strange, almost unthinkable news: Angie is back, attending church in a nearby town, and she has adopted a Korean infant.  Gemma finds herself facing the prospect of maybe, just maybe, seeing a mother she is pretty sure she hates.

Lisa Murphy-Lamb is a writer, educator, and the Director of Loft 112, a creative space for writers inCalgary’s East Village.


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FEW AND FAR

a novel by Allison Kydd

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“Beautifully researched, –touching and romantic.” Sue Sorensen, author “A Large Harmonium”


Jilted by her near-beau in England, Florence Southam travels to the exotic new world of the Saskatchewan Prairies to attend the wedding of her cousin and to recover from her recent disappointment. Despite Victorian-esque outward appearances, Florence discovers that in the Cannington Manor settlement, social niceties quickly give way to the practicalities of survival and her own unquestioned beliefs are suddenly thrown into doubt by new possibilities of selfhood and the potential of finding love outside the conventional social norms of her upbringing.

After spending most of her adult life in cities, Allison Kydd returned to country living in in Indian Head, Saskatchewan in 2008. Her first book, ‘Emily via the Greyhound Bus’, was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award.

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ENCOUNTERING RIEL

a novel by David D. Orr

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HIGH PLAINS BOOK AWARD FINALIST 2017

“Writing with intelligence and compassion…Orr brings to life a chapter in our history whose consequences still haunt Canada’s relationship with the Métis and other first nations’ people.” Daphne Bramham, Columnist, Vancouver Sun


Willie Lorimer is a young poetry student who forgot to resign his commission in the Canadian militia. When he is called up to join the fight against the Métis rebel leader, Louis Riel, Willie is scared, but bolstered by his own na?veté. The journey to the heart of the rebellion is long and full of anguish. When the militia reach the West, things go tragically wrong, and their once-heroic cause is marred by the cynical realities of politics, and the harsh realities of war.

David D. Orr was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1946. He worked in that province as a lawyer and Provincial Court judge. He now lives in Sherwood Park, (Edmonton) Alberta.


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SOMETHING UNREMEMBERED

a novel by Della Dennis

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“...exotic and familiar at once–a fine bottle of wine we don’t want it to end.” Todd Babiak, Author

One would hardly think a prairie town would be the place a 15th century woman would choose to reveal her story, but when Janine discovers the story of Madeleine of Beauvais in her beloved art history books, an enigmatic presence begins to form. Mystified by references to Madeleine which appear then disappear, Janine becomes preoccupied with uncovering Madeleine's mysterious fate.

A music historian, Della Dennis grew up in Africa in the shadow of a protestant ethic where fiction ranked lowly. Returning to Edmonton, her birthplace, she fell from grace and began to write.

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EVELINA

a novel by Frances Burney

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"Our first (foremost) woman novelist [Frances Burney]." Jane Austen

The first novel by the prolific 18th century writer, Evelina is a lighthearted epistolary novel chronicling a young lady's rise in Regency England society. Evelina, having been raised in the country and sheltered from the evils of London, is suddenly thrust into the height of upper class society and introduced to her ridiculous and self-important grandmother. What follows is an entertaining tale of love, friendship, and growing up, told with the wit and charm that inspired, and was admired by, Jane Austen.

Frances Burney became a literary sensation soon after she released her first book, Evelina, in 1778. Her novels were known and admired by Jane Austen, Napoleon and Edmund Burke. She was born in Norfolk, England, and lived from 1752-1840.


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COURSE CORRECTION

a novel by Doug Morrison

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 “..edge-of-your-seat race through the back roads and small villages–[of Ukraine]”— Janice MacDonald, author


After his plane to Greece is hijacked, Canadian Michael Barrett finds himself in Ukraine on the run from the Mafia, in the company of his mysterious Ukrainian seat-mate, Dmitri. As Michael and Dmitri try to stay ahead of the pursuing Mafia, Michael struggles to figure out who to trust. In a country where bribery is rampant, and authorities are suspect, his only resource is the morose Dmitri, who is hiding his share of secrets. As the two fugitives race through the Ukrainian countryside in a desperate attempt to reach the border, catastrophe strikes, testing the tentative bond between them, and jeopardizing their hope of survival.

Doug Morrison has made many trips to Ukraine, doing volunteer work. His love of the tropics and his experience as a flight instructor and charter pilot inspired this sequel. Doug currently lives and works in Lacombe, Alberta, but dreams of the day he can move to Barbados.

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LEAGUE OF THE STAR

a novel by N.R. Cruse

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“A swashbuckling love story of innocents abroad written in prose so period perfect you'll swear it's a rediscovered classic.” Elizabeth Bales Frank, Author
It is the dawn of the French revolution and masses of hungry peasants burn wealthy chateaus throughout France.  After the death of his estranged family, eighteen year-old nobleman Marcel de la Croix is forced to raise the royalist banner, despite his own revolutionary leanings. Marcel escapes to England, hoping to put the past behind him.  In England he encounters several French emigres: the large, brutish former soldier, M. Tolouse, the haughty Mlle. de Courteline, and the sheltered Mlle. Vallon.  As these traveling exiles are forced together, a young servant begins to intrigue them with a mysterious tale. Does it hold the key to Marcel’s fate?

N. R. Cruse is a harmless sort of person, obsessed with history and old books. She lives in Edmonton, where she tries to reconcile herself to the realities of modern life.


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KALYNA

a novel by Pam Clark
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WINNER OF THE 2016 EXPORTING ALBERTA AWARD FOR FICTION.

“...a plot that grabs and holds the reader’s attention.”— Bernice Morgan, author, ‘Random Passage’

Swept up in a whirlwind courtship, Katja and Wasyl begin life anew in a Ukrainian settlement of Western Canada. The dusty Canadian prairies promise hope and independence, but when war breaks out between the old world and the new, their newfound stability is shattered. Rumours of the internment of Ukrainian-Canadians haunt the new settlers. Would the country they love betray them like this? After Wasyl is taken into custody, the closely-knit family hopes to be reunited before all hope is lost.

Pam Clark grew up in Edmonton, Alberta close to Edna-Star. Kalyna is her first novel and is a tribute to her Ukrainian-Canadian heritage. She now lives in Calgary with her family.

Book one of the Waterton Series.
Book two, The Dark Divide
Book three, Fall of Night

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EDGE OF WILD

a novel by D.K. Stone
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“[Stone] takes a complicated stew of murder, mystery, and mayhem and boils it down to its essence with lyrical writing and perfectly timed revelations.” Monti Shalosky

Transplanted from New York City to the tiny mountain town of Waterton, Alberta, with the task of saving a floundering new hotel, Rich Evans is desperate to return to civilization as soon as he can. The locals seem unusually hostile, and was that a cougar on his door-step last night? As Rich begins to wonder whether his predecessor disappeared of his own accord, he finds himself drawn to Louise Newman, the garage mechanic who is fixing his suddenly unreliable BMW.  A series of gruesome unsolved murders begin to tear the town apart, and Rich can’t help but wonder: will he be the next victim?

A self-declared bibliophile, D. K. Stone discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her master's thesis. She writes novels for both adults and teens (All the Feels, Internet Famous, and Icarus). She lives in a windy corner ofLethbridge, Alberta, Canada.


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MARY GREEN

a novel by Melanie Kerr
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“–Mary Green, delightfully combines Anne Shirley's naivety with Emma Woodhouse's strength of mind in a debut historical novel filled with the magic and romance of Cinderella.” Publishers Weekly


Obscure orphan and ward of the wealthy Hargreaves family, Mary Green has always accepted her inferior position with humility and gratitude. When her confidence is betrayed by the unfeeling youngest daughter of the family and her very deprivation becomes an object of the mockery and scorn, she determines to cast them off and make her own way in the world. Will she grow strong and happy in her independence, or will her character be lost amidst her newfound ambition? Unable to trust the whims of her own heart, Mary is forced to confront the question that has forever plagued her: Who is she and where does she come from?

Melanie Kerr lives in Edmonton where she raises her children, organizes costume events, blogs on things old and English, endeavours to take over the world, and occasionally practices law.