Congratulations to all the winners of the Taste Canada Food Writing Awards! We were honoured to have our very own Bill Jones nominated along side Canada's greatest food writers!

Goodreads reviewer Bob Mcnicoll calls The Fourth Betrayal by Bruce Burrows "Hard boiled Canadian political intrigue."

Don Graves of Canadian Mystery Reviews is a big fan of the new Sherri Travis Mystery: "This is by and far the best book by Phyllis Smallman I've read to date. All of her novels show professional control over the devices ... but Martini Regrets simply took a good story line and rode it to a great ending. This should be a breakout book for her..."

"The fourth Casey Holland Mystery is an enjoyable tale starring a caring, nice (perhaps too nice) heroine who suffers bumps and bruises while working two violent cases. Harder for Casey than the assault on her body is the "attack" on her mind by her ward. Readers will dive into The Deep End even with no water in the pool." —Harriet Klausner on Debra Purdy Kong's newest mystery

"With a room full of suspects and clues hidden in the minutiae of what surrounds them, this is a fantastic piece of work that begins and ends with a throng of life being held in one’s own hand" —Drusbookmusing.com on Cathy Ace's new Cait Morgan Mystery, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair

Amazon.com readers are loving Robert W. Mackay's new military thriller Terror on the Alert.

A big congratulations to the winners of the Victoria Book Prizes, M.A.C. Farrant and Daneil Loxton. We are so honoured to have had one of our own nominated beside you. Michael Layland was in wonderful company.

"Jennifer Bain's latest book goes way beyond being your every day bison cookbook ... It's the balance between the stories and recipes (every recipe includes an interesting introduction) that makes this book worth having." —Amazon review of Buffalo Girl Cooks Bison

TouchWood and the Fairmont Empress teamed up to promote Julie Van Rosendaal's new cookbook, In the Dog Kitchen. Go! Island was there to get the full story.

Did you catch Julie Van Rosendaal on CTV Morning Live in Calgary this morning? Have a gander if you missed it, and keep your eyes open—Julie will be on a four more morning shows in the next few weeks!

"Terror on the Alert is a superb novel written with style and confidence ... I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in a story with a naval setting, and drama on the high seas." —The Dog Watch, official newsletter of the Naval Officers' Association of British Columbia

The recent discovery of one of the lost Sir John Franklin expedition ships is absolutely incredible! This is wonderful news for Canada and Canadians alike. If you're itching for more information about Sir John Franklin and the fate of his doomed expedition, check out John Rae's Arctic Correspondence: 1844–1855, wherein you'll read Rae's orignal report of cannablism in Franklin's men.

TouchWood Editions is thrilled to announce that The Land of Heart's Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island by Michael Layland has been shortlisted for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. The winner will be announced October 15. 

Congratulations to Chef Bill Jones! The Deerholme Mushroom Book has been shortlisted for The Taste Canada Food Writing Awards in the category of Single-subject cookbooks.

British Columbians love Food Artisans of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands by celebrated food journalist and chef Don Genova! The book has been a constant favourite on BC bestseller lists since its release!

Award-winning cookbook author Jennifer Schell calls Okanagan Slow Road by Bernadette McDonald and illustrated by Karolina Born-Tschümperlin a “must-have book for food and wine lovers and for local and visiting Okanagan adventurers" in Food and Wine Trails Magazine.

Chef Bill Jones most recent cookbook, The Deerholme Foraging Book has been hovering at the top of BC Bestseller lists since its April release! Congratulations!

Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet by dee Hobsbawn-Smith won third place at the 2014 Les Dames d' Escoffier International MFK Fisher Awards! Congrats, dee!

El Ojo del Lago sang R.J. McMillen’s praises in their review of her debut mystery Dark Moon Walking:

Part of McMillen’s genius is her ability to write in a way that resonates for both the novice and the aficionado.  You don’t have to be a mystery buff to appreciate this tale, but fans of the whodunit genre will find it more than satisfying.  You don’t have to be a seaman to appreciate it, either, but sailors and fishermen will read in McMillen’s descriptions of life on the water the unmistakable ring of authenticity. This is a book that will make new fans for the mystery genre, and seduce city slickers and landlubbers alike with its call of the wild.”

The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb by Cathy Ace is the perfect read for those who like a classic mystery with twists and turns, enjoyable characters and no gory descriptions.” —Brookeblogs





Spirits of the West

Author: Robert C. Belyk

A dark and noisy shadow in an Alberta B&B, a once successful mariner lingering in a Victoria-area home, a playful ghost in the Hell's Gate Airtram gift shop.

Whether you believe or not—whether you’re open-minded or objective—the stories in Robert C. Belyk's newest Eerie Encounters book will have you looking over your shoulder in the dark, and questioning that noise in the basement.

This is the third paranormal book in the series. Previous books are Ghosts: True Tales of Eerie Encounters and Ghosts: More Eerie Encounters.

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Bruce Burrows

A fisherman, commercial diver, and observer-at-sea, Bruce Burrows' work is inspired by the ocean and it's habitants.

In his novels, The Fourth Betrayal (October 14), and The River Killers, his characters unearth conspiracies that endanger both the habitants and the environment of the BC coastline, and fight to overcome the government agencies that have been corrupted.

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