The gourmet capital of North America, where you don’t have to pay big bucks for the best eats.
The city of beautiful women and men, where you can buy eco-conscious fashion by local designers, if not for a song, then sometimes for a shockingly good price.
The endless fun of festivals, clubs, dancing on a mountain, or chilling out to yoga.
And oh yes, ze French. Beauty and joie de vivre in a gorgeous package.
So come discover Montréal, where the prices are low and the fun factor soars.
All Octavia “V” Ling wants for the holidays? Inner peace and a piece of the sizzling spy named Dario.
Since gingerbread men will dance the cha cha before Dario swears his undying devotion, V jets off to Goa, India, ready to rock the handstands with a yogini named Raven.
Only Raven disappears.
So V befriends an elephant and his mahout. They vanish in the middle of V's first yoga class.
Just in time for Dario to materialize on the ashram doorstep.
Did the Yoga Love School transform into the Yoga Leaving School? Or will Octavia and Dario uncover far more dastardly machinations, deep in the incense-burning, paan-spitting, curry-scented recesses of Mother India?
Spies! Lies! Yoga! Elephants! And the two people who might save them all: V, the lovesick Canadian civil servant, and Dario, the man of mystery.
The Goa Yoga School of Slayers. The hilarious, pulse-pounding sequel to The Italian School for Assassins.
It sounds like the easiest mission ever:
- Go to Earth (you know, the blue planet in the middle of nowhere).
- Sell hot dogs.
- Record interactions with human beings using the loop recorder in his brain.
Unfortunately, humans refuse to buy Charlie’s hot dogs at the corner of Bay and College Street in downtown Toronto, Canada, North America, Earth.
They prefer Earl’s Dogs, the cart across the street.
Charlie can’t understand it. The Leader has provided him with a superior human form, a tall, tan male modelled after that guy on Baywatch, once Earth’s most popular show.
Charlie’s hot dogs are a quarter cheaper. Capitalism in action.
Charlie offers chilis and barbecue sauce, which Earl does not.
And so the war of the hot dogs begins.
Charlie did not land on this planet in order to fail.
Humans ’n’ Hot Dogs: a light, funny finalist for the Roswell Award for Short Science Fiction 2016
'Cause sometimes you need to laugh. Even if it's at the aliens.
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When my father--the smart, strong, mostly silent type--got diagnosed with a brain tumor a few months after his 56th birthday, I figured we'd ended up with the worst Christmas present ever. Instead, he and my infant son taught me the most important Christmas lesson of all.
An inspirational tale originally published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book.More info →
One belly dancing class.
Every Monday, on penalty of death or cheesecake.
Kate Zhao, the corporate lawyer, worries mostly about her billable hours and Asian no-ass syndrome...until she gets bushwhacked by a friend request on Facebook. Her best friend/first lover dumped her at age 17, but now that he's all grown up, he wants to make it up to her.
Hailey St. Laurent, the über-mother of an infant girl, barely makes time for their belly dancing class, until she figures out that she loves it more than her husband.
Gavriella Schumacher, the sassy Jewish engineer, picks up a guy who turns down the fornication. Is he crazy, or does she smell that bad?
Dancing Through the Chaos.
Sex. City. And a little bit of rhythm.
Max's To-Do List
1. Get born. Check.
2. Discover a magic hat. Check.
3. Defeat bullies who snatch the magic hat. Uh-oh...
A heart-warming picture book about a boy who takes on the bullies--and wins!
Winner of the Best Children's Literature award, sponsored by the Cornwall Public Library and the Cornwall and Region Writer’s Society.More info →