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A Nickel a Bucket
Author: Laura Sturgeon
Release Date: October 27, 2020
Imprint: RCN Shorts
It is the era of the Great Depression and apple picking season is coming to an end. Fifteen-year-old James Lemley and his family works tirelessly from sun-up until dinnertime picking as many apples as they can to earn a small wage, afford food and save up enough money for when it comes time to move on. But where will they end up next? When every year is a different location, a different farm, the Burchett farm is their only constant. Unfortunately, James is seriously injured, disallowing him to contribute to the family income. Is the Lemley family doomed to a life of continued poverty or will their luck soon turn around?
Both Sides Now
Release Date: March 24, 2020
Both Sides Now is a thought-provoking collection of short stories by Vancouver Island writers Derek Hanebury, Vicki Drybrough, and Libbie Morin. Ranging in time from the 1950s to the present, these stories will draw the reader in to the world of a boy and his younger brother who struggle to find the perfect gift for their ailing grandfather, a troubled veteran who tries to escape the past by settling in a small community, and a young girl who goes to the circus alone and encounters more than she imagined. From beginning to end, you will enjoy stories that are crafted with empathy and insight to give the reader a satisfying experience.
Praise for Both Sides Now
"This is a rich varied set of stories. It offers a wide pallet of narrative styles and situations to carry readers more deeply into thoughtful consideration of the world." - Peter Mcguire, Author of The Art of Twelve
"If you are wanting to read a book full of diverse subject matter, incredibly detailed settings and interesting characters, then you will appreciate this compilation as much as I did." - Laura Sturgeon, Author of The Big Ugly Sweater
"A kaleidoscope of human stories, from a little girl alone with a potential predator to a hilarious, disastrous camping trip, from prejudice to compassion, love and friendship to fear and loss." - Shelley Penner, Author of Haven Hold
Author: Shelley Penner
Release Date: August 25, 2020
Daniel’s mutant eyes mark him in a future world where mutants are considered ‘devil’s spawn’, less than human, and fit only for slavery. With enhanced vision and hearing, Daniel has survived, despite a lifetime of rejection and betrayal. Hunted and driven into the northern wilderness, he finds security in a hidden valley where he lives a solitary life. One day, Daniel risks his life to save two holders and is given the chance to find true friendship at last, if only he can bring himself to trust once again.
A Kind of Seeing
Author: Shelley Penner
Release Date: August 25, 2020
Imprint: RCN Shorts
Will Carrick, the son and heir to Laird Carrick, remains depressed and lost after getting blinded in a riding accident a year earlier. His grandmother, Old Anna, is a clairvoyant. When she tells him he must go on a quest to find a vocation, the idea of refusing never even occurs to him, though the prospect fills him with dread. She tells him he may take one companion with him as a guide. Will chooses young Sparrow, an orphaned stableboy new to the castle and essentially a stranger to him. To help Will on the journey, Old Anna has given him a talisman, a pebble she says will give him 'a kind of sight'.
Also Look Out For
Bob and Avery Help Helga the Witch
The Adventures of Bob and Avery: Book 1
Written by Kay J Douglas & Illustrated by Eric Gardiner
Release: October 08, 2019
Two cats, Bob and Avery, spend their Halloween searching for Helga the Witch’s friend Bones the Skeleton. Join them on their spooky adventure around town and say hello to festive friends along the way!
A Letter From the Publisher
RCN Media has been a long time fan of working with authors to bring their books into the world. With a highly skilled team, run by Colton Nelson, working around the clock to make these books happen. 2020 will be RCN Media's publishing biggest year with more than 6 book lined up by more than 6 amazing authors from around the world. Wait for announcements about some of the new authors.
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Colton Nelson is a novelist and script writer, and a music, web show, and short film producer and director. His extensive credits include being the creator, show runner and head script writer for the RCN Media show No Dress Code. In 2015 Colton Nelson wrote his first short story Feelings which he posted onto his online blog and it generated more than 3 million reads and sales. In 2015, Colton launched RCN Media, a publishing, marketing and distribution company for books, music, web shows, blogs, short films, and more. He currently works for RCN Media as the CEO and head of book publishing, where he is heavily involved with his and the company’s projects. Across all media, his content, both personal and for RCN Media, has been consumed more than 17.5 million times. Colton lives in British Columbia, Canada, where he is contemplating getting a duck tattoo.
Shelley Penner: A long time ago in a town far, far away, Shelley came into the world, and neither she nor it have ever been the same since. Shelley has always been a creator in many disciplines -- drawing, painting and photography as well as writing. She says, “I have always had a head full of stories. As a child I would put myself to sleep by living scenes in my imagination until I dozed off. I didn’t just make up stories, I became a part of them, I felt all the emotional nuances of the characters. Eventually, my head became so full of those imaginary people, demanding their chance to be made real in words, that I just had to start writing.”
Early literary influences include the queen of sci-fi, Andre Norton, and Marion Zimmer Bradley, both of whose novels still maintain a permanent place in Shelley’s personal library.
Huei Lin is a writer, musician, and photographer from New York City. His professional work in the film industry paired with formal training as a classical musician has led him to pursue various forms of media including screenwriting, directing, and composing. In 2016, Huei was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity where his collaboration with the Indigenous Leadership Conference and Music as Theatre department produced an acclaimed short film, “Black Earth,” which he shot and directed. From 2017 to 2019, he held a position at Canadian documentary studio EyeSteelFilm as a post-production assistant and editor. Since 2011 he has lived and worked primarily in Montreal, Quebec. His body of writing is composed of short fiction and narrative nonfiction. Recurring themes in his work include impermanence, modern life, and belonging. In 2019, two of his short stories were selected as semifinalists and finalists in the The William Faulkner Literary Contest and the Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award Competition, while other works of short fiction have been published by RCN Media. A screenwriting collaboration with UK and Hong Kong-based film director Luke Casey of Ocean Pine Studios is currently in pre- production. Huei is completing his debut novel.
Kay J Douglas is a Canadian author known for her Adventures of Bob and Avery series. Kay lives on Vancouver Island, where she is probably napping with her family of animals: two cats (Bob and Avery), a dog (Zeus), and her boyfriend. She is also working on an upcoming novel for young adults, coming out in 2020. You can find out more at www.kayjdouglas.com, or follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobandavery.
Derek Hanebury is a Vancouver Island writer of fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. His poems and stories have been published in many magazines and broadcasted on CBC radio; and his first novel, Ginger Goodwin: Beyond the Forbidden Plateau, (Arsenal Pulp) went to a second printing. His first book of poetry Nocturnal Tonglen (Ekstasis)was released in 2006. He has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from UBC and taught writing at North Island College on Vancouver Island until his retirement into full-time writing in 2017.
Vicki Drybrough’s work was first published in her local newspaper when she was fourteen. She didn’t submit another piece until 2008, when Shipwrecked received an honourable mention from the Burnaby Writers’ Society. Between 2010 and 2013 her poems and short stories were published in a variety of anthologies and literary journals. Stuart McLean read her short story Macaroni and Cheese, on CBC Radio in October 2011 and published it in his book, Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange in 2013. In 2014, Mark Forsyth included two of her articles, My Mother’s War and A Boy Soldier’s Diary in his book, From the West Coast to the Western Front. She was a finalist in the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards for her story, Access Road. In 2018, Mr. Wardrop, won second prize in the Victoria Writers’ Society’s short fiction contest and appeared in the winter edition of Island Writer Magazine. Vicki is a founding member of Words on Fire and has read at The Fat Oyster, Wordstorm and 15 Minutes of Infamy. She is currently working on her first novel.
Eric Gardiner is a Zimbabwean born freelance artist and digital illustrator. At the age of nine, his family immigrated to South Africa, establishing a new life. Ten years later, while completing a degree in Digital Arts at The University of the Witwatersrand, he seized the opportunity to illustrate The Adventures of Bob and Avery. He enjoys illustrating architecture, animals and abstract designs. In addition to a passion for art he is also an enthusiastic to work on video game development.
Libbie Morin embarked on her creative writing path while a student at North Island College. She loves to write about her diverse life experiences: growing up in Toronto, living on an isolated island off the northern tip of Vancouver Island, hanging with the artist's community in Tofino and generally ferreting out the poignant and bizarre. She won the E. Bickle Award for Writing at NIC and has had work published in the premier issue of NIC Zeitgiest, the E-zine Pages of Stories. and most recently, in Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast. She continues her spoken-word involvement with Words on Fire.
Gail Morton was born in New Denver, BC, and inspired by childhood adventures in the wilds of England and BC, Gail is passionate about bringing a fresh, fun, wonder-filled approach to writing and illustrating children's books about our relationship and responsibility to the natural world. After a career as a primary teacher, this comes naturally and joyfully. Today inspiration comes from her home, shared with her husband, in Port Alberni, BC on Vancouver Island where Coho struggle upstream through their yard on a yearly mission to spawn. And from the nearby forests, streams, wild flora and fauna which nurture her and which she hopes to help preserve for children young and old. And from the Alberni Aquarium where she volunteers, teaching about marine life through story, song, and crafts. You can find Gail studying about sustainability, researching and drawing an intriguing plant, animal, or insect, discussing veggie and fruit gardening with her hubby, constantly finding fun, creative ways to change old habits toward a more healing lifestyle for the sake of our beautiful world and its inhabitants. Or, kayaking, hiking, riding her e-bike, with sketchpad and pencils as constant companions. Gail can't wait for you to join her on this amazing journey of discovery and transformation through her children's books.
Writing since the age of 12, Laura Sturgeon has published her first short story compilation, In Bloom: A Collection of Short Stories for Women. In 2019 she published her first junior fiction novel, The Big Ugly Sweater. She has written numerous articles for the Canadian Mental Health Society as well as had some published pieces in the Alberni Valley News. She is an active member in the writing community on Vancouver Island, where she lives. She has completed two children's picture book manuscripts, plus has several junior and adult fiction novels in the works. Other than writing, Laura regularly partakes in community volunteerism and events and has worked in long term care homes as a health care aide.