Author Copies Have Arrived! Book of Dreams One Step Closer to Being…

Yesterday, my author copies arrived from my publisher!

My novel hits bookstores in exactly 3 weeks from today, on Tuesday, September 13th. And they’re all printed and boxed and ready to go!

BOOK OF DREAMS (Duet Books/Chicago Review Press, SEPTEMBER 13th, 2022) NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!

Gaige’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers a bookstore on an abandoned street where no bookstore should be. He steps inside and is immediately enthralled by its antiquarian sights and smells. But one book in particular calls to him. It isn’t long before he gets a bad feeling about it, but it’s already too late. The store’s aged bookseller gives him no alternative: once he touches the book, it’s his—whether he wants it or not. It’s bought and paid for and there are no returns. The book leads Gaige on a horrific descent into the unknown. As he falls into the depths of its pages, he loses blocks of time, and his friends become trapped inside ancient cellars with seemingly no means of escape. Gaige soon learns that the ancient bookseller is a notorious serial killer from a previous century, and fears that he has fallen into a predicament from which he may not escape. When all seems lost, he finds the one person he can turn to for help—Mael, a sweet teen also trapped inside the book who didn’t fall for the bookseller’s tricks. Together, they race against time to protect Gaige from joining a long string of boys who vanished without a trace inside the Book of Dreams.

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD! Also, put Book of Dreams on your Goodreads shelf!

Amazon USA | Amazon Canada | Chicago Review Press Print | Chicago Review Press Ebook | Barnes & Noble | Interlude Press | Kobo USA | Kobo Canada | IndieBound | Blackwell’s | Booktopia | Book Depository | APPLE Books | Goodreads

Always a delight to get a package from your publisher in the days leading up to a new book release!

I’m still sitting on some amazing news regarding this novel. I can’t wait to share it! And the very second I’m able to share it, I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops. Stay tuned for the announcement!

A box of books!

If you’re local to the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), you can get a signed copy of BOOK OF DREAMS at the Chapters-Indigo in the Oshawa Centre. I’ll be there Saturday October 1st, 2022 at 1:00pm. Hope to see you there!

 

ARC Arrival! Book of Dreams is One Step Closer to its Release!

I received the ARC of Book of Dreams yesterday! For those who are not familiar with the acronym, an ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy. They print these prior to the final (final) (final) edits and before the finished novel goes to print…to send out copies for advance reviews/praise. Those reading the ARCs for this purpose realize that what they are holding is only a near finished copy. Usually they are told not to quote passages, as there is a possibility the words in the passage could change prior to the printing of the final version of the book.

The ARC is one of the next to last steps in the evolution of the Idea-to-Manuscript-to-Novel journey. It’s very exciting for the author to get to hold one in their hand…a realization of the kernel of idea brought to fruition. The ARC comes after a long arduous journey. By the time I get the ARC in my hands, I’ve probably read my manuscript 50, 60, 70 times. That might be a slight exaggeration(?) but it does not feel like one.

At any rate, it is HERE!

The ARC! Book of Dreams is on its way!

This book has had a long and sometimes treacherous journey! It began as nothing more than a TITLE at the onset of the 2014 Muskoka Novel Marathon(click here to learn more about the marathon). This weekend novel writing marathon, where Book of Dreams was born, was a full 8 years ago! During the 72 hour marathon, I wrote about 30,000 words of Book of Dreams. One attempts to finish an entire first draft at this marathon (and I have done so on occasion), but as I was writing in a new-to-me genre I was taking it slow and easy.

My manuscript received an Honorable Mention in that year’s marathon. I was well on my way! Then I shelved the book for several years while I worked on more pressing ideas. But the kids in this novel kept coming back to me. I had left them in a perilous situation and after a while I thought maybe they deserved to be written out of that corner they were in. So I dove back in. Books have so many different paths. Sometimes they come all at once and your fingers struggle to keep up with the flow of the book that takes place in your mind. And sometimes they die a slow death or ask to be left alone a while as they percolate.

Last year, I knew it was time to pick up Book of Dreams again. Its characters called to me continuously. So I listened. I finished their story.

And here we are. 8 years have passed since I wrote the title at the top of a blank page one. In just over a month the book I started with the ambiguous first sentence, “I’m trapped in my bedroom again, waiting impatiently for the screaming to end.” will be in bookstores and available for all to read. It’s a scary concept! Putting a book into the world, is putting a piece of yourself into the world. And once it’s out there, it is also no longer yours and there’s nothing you can do about it.

2 books, 2 years apart!

On October 6th, 2020, my first book with Duet Books landed into the world. The Camino Club went on to become the Silver Winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award! It really has been a bit of the little engine that could. It had a nice momentum behind it and I loved seeing it pop up in the world. At the time of The Camino Club‘s release, Duet was the YA imprint of Interlude Press. Interlude has since sold to Chicago Review Press. Both Interlude and Duet are now LGBTQ imprints of CRP. Duet is YA and Interlude is ADULT. Book of Dreams is in extremely good hands! Almost two years apart, my second Duet Books will be out on September 13th, 2022! This date is ALSO my birthday, and I couldn’t think of a nicer birthday gift!

With my ARC in hand, and the final version of the novel already off to the printers, we are all set for the launch!

You can pre-order Book of Dreams wherever books are sold. I’ll leave a few links at the bottom of this post for easy clicking, but you can also order directly from your favourite independent bookstore.

BOOK OF DREAMS (Duet Books/Chicago Review Press, SEPTEMBER 13th, 2022) EBOOK NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!

Gaige’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers a bookstore on an abandoned street where no bookstore should be. He steps inside and is immediately enthralled by its antiquarian sights and smells. But one book in particular calls to him. It isn’t long before he gets a bad feeling about it, but it’s already too late. The store’s aged bookseller gives him no alternative: once he touches the book, it’s his—whether he wants it or not. It’s bought and paid for and there are no returns. The book leads Gaige on a horrific descent into the unknown. As he falls into the depths of its pages, he loses blocks of time, and his friends become trapped inside ancient cellars with seemingly no means of escape. Gaige soon learns that the ancient bookseller is a notorious serial killer from a previous century, and fears that he has fallen into a predicament from which he may not escape. When all seems lost, he finds the one person he can turn to for help—Mael, a sweet teen also trapped inside the book who didn’t fall for the bookseller’s tricks. Together, they race against time to protect Gaige from joining a long string of boys who vanished without a trace inside the Book of Dreams.

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD! Also, put Book of Dreams on your Goodreads shelf!

Amazon USA | Amazon Canada | Chicago Review Press Print | Chicago Review Press Ebook | Barnes & Noble | Interlude Press | Kobo USA | Kobo Canada | IndieBound | Blackwell’s | Booktopia | Book Depository | APPLE Books | Goodreads

Pride Reads – My Novel PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE is on SALE!

For the rest of PRIDE, my young adult novel PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE is on sale at AMAZON! Get the Kindle at AMAZON USA for only $2.99 for the rest of June!

The first draft of this novel was written at the 2015 Muskoka Novel Marathon, after a long (hands-free) phone call with Lorraine Segato during my 2-hour drive to Huntsville, Ontario. Lorraine, who is the lead singer of PARACHUTE CLUB, called in response to my request to use both her and her song, RISE UP, in the novel that I had yet to write.

I had this big plan to use Lorraine as a walk-on character in the same way I used Gordon Lightfoot as a walk-on character in my novel SEBASTIAN’S POET. Gordon had jumped on right away and given his consent. With him, though, the pages were already written…it was just a matter of him reading them and giving me his blessings. With Lorraine, the book was not yet written.

I barrelled down the highway towards Muskoka, explaining my very loose plan for the novel to Lorraine. In the end, she gave me a lot of advise, and her blessings on using the song…but felt that the ‘scenes’ in which she was to be included wouldn’t actually be something she would do in real life. I did NOT want to put false words into the mouth of an idol from my teen years. So I thanked her profusely for her time and the gift of the song. And I wrote my novel!

Pick it up this month on Amazon!

Synopsis:

Ezra Caine is gay. He’s sort of out at school but not at home, where he fears the wrath of his father’s bigotry. When Ezra’s flamboyantly out friend Alex Mills takes one too many beatings from homophobic bully Will Carter, Ezra finally snaps. Fed up with the situation at school, he decides to do something about it. With the help of his BFF, Nettie, and some unlikely allies, Ezra rallies to create their small-town school’s first gay-straight alliance. The Rainbow Alliance Club is formed. But the changes don’t come without hiccups, one of which being a messy scandal involving Alex and a gay hook-up app. As Ezra and his friends attempt to sway their school into an alliance of tolerance and acceptance, Ezra experiences a few surprises of his own on the home-front. He also learns the hard way that friendships out of convenience aren’t always a good idea, just as some enemies might not be as bad as he originally imagined them to be.

BUY PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE ON SALE FOR $2.99 AT AMAZON USA!

I will leave you with RISE UP, the song I borrowed from Parachute Club as the theme song throughout PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE! Thank you, Lorraine!

Kobo Pride Month Sale – The Camino Club for 99 Cents for the Month of June!

This just in! Rakuten kobo is having a PRIDE MONTH sale! And THE CAMINO CLUB is part of that sale!

For the entire month of June, pick up the eBook of THE CAMINO CLUB at Kobo for only $0.99!!

This sale is open to both USA & CANADA readers! Only 99 cents!

Synopsis

After getting in trouble with the law, a group of wayward teens are given an ultimatum: serve time in juvenile detention for their crimes or walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Spain over the summer holidays with a pair of court-appointed counselors. Although they come from diverse backgrounds, the unlikely friends try to make the best of their situation. The pilgrims grow closer on their journey, but they may not make it to their destination—the Cathedral in Santiago. If they do, will they each find what they’re looking for, and will their newfound friendships endure?

Pick up your copy of THE CAMINO CLUB at KOBO this PRIDE MONTH! Read the rainbow!

LINKS TO 99 CENT SALE:

THE CAMINO CLUB AT KOBO CANADA

THE CAMINO CLUB AT KOBO USA

Stay tuned for updates on my upcoming novel, BOOK OF DREAMS (Chicago Review Press/Duet Books, September, 2022!)

Hey Canada! THE CAMINO CLUB sale alert! 99 CENTS!

Okay, I have news…not the news I’m dying to share with you about BOOK OF DREAMS, but news all the same!

THE CAMINO CLUB is on sale at Amazon CANADA!

Now would be the time to pick up your copy if you haven’t done so already! Before the sale goes away.

AMAZON CANADA – THE CAMINO CLUB

Act fast! Like, run don’t walk to Amazon and get your copy now! Make THE CAMINO CLUB your PRIDE READ for PRIDE MONTH!

SYNOPSIS: After getting in trouble with the law, a group of wayward teens are given an ultimatum: serve time in juvenile detention for their crimes or walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Spain over the summer holidays with a pair of court-appointed counselors. Although they come from diverse backgrounds, the unlikely friends try to make the best of their situation. The pilgrims grow closer on their journey, but they may not make it to their destination—the Cathedral in Santiago. If they do, will they each find what they’re looking for, and will their newfound friendships endure?

If you have already read The Camino Club, please consider telling your friends! I’d love to see this story of my heart reaching more readers!

First Author Blurb for Book of Dreams is in!

I’m so thrilled to share the first author blurb for my upcoming novel BOOK OF DREAMS!! And it’s from an amazing author. Danika Stone!

Here’s what Danika had to say:

“Kevin Craig’s Book of Dreams takes readers on a supernatural thrill ride where nightmares and reality merge. With a fast-paced plot full of unexpected twists and turns, this pulse-pounding novel about a close-knit group of teens will keep you reading late into the night, even if you have to keep the lights on to do it! Fans of Stranger Things, Coraline, and Wilder Girls, will find much to enjoy here. I loved this dark and twisted supernatural tale!” —Danika Stone, author of Switchback and All the Feels 

The Book.

Does it get any better than that?!!

You really should check out Danika Stone and her amazing books! I adore her writing. Particularly fell hard for Switchback and Sip Sip Bang Bang!

Book of Dreams releases SEPTEMBER 13th (which is also my birthday!) You can pre-order it now and that would be an AWESOME thing for you to do! Just click a buy link below or order it directly from your favourite bookstore:

Amazon USA | Amazon Canada | Chicago Review Press Print | Chicago Review Press Ebook | Barnes & Noble | Interlude Press | Kobo USA | Kobo Canada | IndieBound | Blackwell’s | Booktopia | Book Depository | APPLE Books |

Also, here’s the Goodreads Link in case you’d like to add it to your shelf!

The synopsis:

Gaige’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers a bookstore on an abandoned street where no bookstore should be.

He steps inside and is immediately enthralled by its antiquarian sights and smells. But one book in particular calls to him. It isn’t long before he gets a bad feeling about it, but it’s already too late. The store’s aged bookseller gives him no alternative: once he touches the book, it’s his—whether he wants it or not. It’s bought and paid for and there are no returns.

The book leads Gaige on a horrific descent into the unknown. As he falls into the depths of its pages, he loses blocks of time, and his friends become trapped inside ancient cellars with seemingly no means of escape. Gaige soon learns that the ancient bookseller is a notorious serial killer from previous century, and fears that he has fallen into a predicament from which he may not escape.

When all seems lost, he finds the one person he can turn to for help—Mael, a sweet teen also trapped inside the book who didn’t fall for the bookseller’s tricks.

Together, they race against time to protect Gaige from joining a long string of boys who vanished without a trace inside the Book of Dreams.

We’re BACK! And Exciting Book News Coming Soon!

We just returned from Cuba where we spent an amazing week at an LGBTQ resort! Such an incredible time. If you’re looking for LGBTQ friendly resorts, check out Gran Muthu Rainbow. Amazing staff, rooms, entertainment, food…the whole thing was just what we needed.

Some pics, just because…

While down in Cuba, I received a lot of info and news about my upcoming release, BOOK OF DREAMS. I’m both excited and overwhelmed!

The big news will come once I have all the details… so, NOT YET. But it was something on my bucketlist for a while now!

For now, a little reminder… You can PRE-ORDER Book of Dreams now almost literally wherever books are sold! Pre-orders can REALLY help authors a lot.

The Author.
The Book.

Here are some links to purchase Book of Dreams:

Amazon USA | Amazon Canada | Chicago Review Press Print | Chicago Review Press Ebook | Barnes & Noble | Interlude Press | Kobo USA | Kobo Canada | IndieBound | Blackwell’s | Booktopia | Book Depository | APPLE Books |

You can also order it directly from your own favorite independent bookstore!

I received my very first review from an Edelweiss reader this past week. You can read it HERE.

Once I have the full details, I’ll be announcing the exciting news I’m sort of sitting on! (-;

Book of Dreams Now on Edelweiss…

I know you’re humming that song now. Don’t lie.

Ev’ry morning you greet me
Small and White
Clean and bright
You look happy to meet me…

Well, if you weren’t already… you probably are now. That’s where my brain goes, anyway.

But, to the point! My upcoming novel, BOOK OF DREAMS, is now on Edelweiss!

This title releases SEPTEMBER 13th, 2022…from Duet Books, the LGBTQ Young Adult imprint of Chicago Review Press!

I’m not quite sure what the difference between Edelweiss and NetGalley is, but I believe that Edelweiss (“Edelweiss is the book industry’s platform to market, sell, discover, and order new titles.”) is more directed at book buyers and librarians, etc… whereas NetGalley (“We help readers of influence discover and recommend new books to their audiences. If you are a librarian, bookseller, educator, reviewer, blogger or in the media, get started right now by signing in or joining for free.”) is more for reviewers. I think one is more publishing industry geared and the other is more reader geared. Either way, they’re both great first responders for the publishing industry! And my new novel is available to request at Edelweiss.

A moment to be real—

I have never been more nervous about a book’s reception as I am about the reception of this upcoming book. I love the genres present in Book of Dreams. But I’m also highly aware of its inability to be categorized as being only in one genre. It’s a little horror, a little fantasy, a lot contemporary. It’s a mish-mash I was happy to write, but a little nervous to show to the world. The jury is soon to be out, so I am now waiting with bated breath… hoping my intent with this story lands the way I intended for it to land. Don’t get me wrong, I love it! I just hope others enjoy it. It’s kind of like dressing your baby for the first day in a new school, and hoping like hell they don’t get pushed around and kicked around once they leave your protective embrace.

My baby has taken its first step into the great beyond.

Gaige’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers a bookstore on an abandoned street where no bookstore should be. He steps inside and is immediately enthralled by its antiquarian sights and smells. But one book in particular calls to him. It isn’t long before he gets a bad feeling about it, but it’s already too late. The store’s aged bookseller gives him no alternative: once he touches the book, it’s his—whether he wants it or not. It’s bought and paid for and there are no returns. The book leads Gaige on a horrific descent into the unknown. As he falls into the depths of its pages, he loses blocks of time, and his friends become trapped inside ancient cellars with seemingly no means of escape. Gaige soon learns that the ancient bookseller is a notorious serial killer from previous century, and fears that he has fallen into a predicament from which he may not escape. When all seems lost, he finds the one person he can turn to for help—Mael, a sweet teen also trapped inside the book who didn’t fall for the bookseller’s tricks. Together, they race against time to protect Gaige from joining a long string of boys who vanished without a trace inside the Book of Dreams.

So, if you’re on Edelweiss…now’s the time to request Book of Dreams!

YOU CAN ALSO PREORDER BOOK OF DREAMS WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD!

I’ll leave you with a certain song, just in case it hasn’t become an ear-worm for you yet…why should I be the only one?!

I do hope you’re happy to meet my book!

Book of Dreams Preorder Discount at Barnes & Noble

Another PREORDER sale at Barnes & Noble! And just in time to pick up a copy of BOOK OF DREAMS!

Not only did my publisher recently lower the price of their new releases, BUT now you can get a double discount!

My publisher recently dropped BOOK OF DREAMS print edition to $12.99!

And now, TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY APRIL 22nd, you can PREORDER Book of Dreams from Barnes & Noble for a further 25% discount!

So that means you pay only $9.75 for my latest horror YA!

Run, don’t walk, over to B&N while the sale lasts!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT BOOK OF DREAMS AT BARNES AND NOBLE. USE THE DISCOUNT CODE PREORDER25 AT CHECKOUT TO GET YOUR SAVINGS!

Gaige’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers a bookstore on an abandoned street where no bookstore should be.

He steps inside and is immediately enthralled by its antiquarian sights and smells. But one book in particular calls to him. It isn’t long before he gets a bad feeling about it, but it’s already too late. The store’s aged bookseller gives him no alternative: once he touches the book, it’s his—whether he wants it or not. It’s bought and paid for and there are no returns.

The book leads Gaige on a horrific descent into the unknown. As he falls into the depths of its pages, he loses blocks of time, and his friends become trapped inside ancient cellars with seemingly no means of escape. Gaige soon learns that the ancient bookseller is a notorious serial killer from previous century, and fears that he has fallen into a predicament from which he may not escape.

When all seems lost, he finds the one person he can turn to for help—Mael, a sweet kid also trapped inside the book who didn’t fall for the bookseller’s tricks.

Together, they race against time to protect Gaige from joining a long string of boys who vanished without a trace inside the Book of Dreams.

The Geography of Book of Dreams

My upcoming novel BOOK OF DREAMS is set in my hometown. Toronto, Ontario. I didn’t think I’d ever write that sentence. At first I even did this surreptitiously, adding little details about Toronto that probably only residents would know. I have always felt the need to mask the Canadianism of my fiction, create small town anywhere locations that wouldn’t alienate American readers.

What I didn’t expect was for my editors to suggest feeding more details of Toronto into my manuscript at a recent editing stage. I can’t tell you how much this delighted me. Also, I guess I wasn’t exactly as surreptitious as I thought I was being. Looks like they knew it was Toronto, but not Toronto enough.

So I was free to sprinkle a few little details about. I still went sparingly, always conscious of the potential of losing the interest of American readers because of the setting. This may sound implausible, but I do believe this is something us Canadians struggle with when feeding into the American market.

We follow by example. How many times have we seen our city streets transformed into Chicago, or New York, or various other major American cities for the sake of filming? To see a police car with New York plates and colours is not unusual here. To see an American postal box on the street is not unheard of in Toronto. These things just mean you’ve walked too close to a movie set. It happens in downtown Toronto all the time.

So I used Toronto street names in my book, but purposefully did not set my story in an actual city. I suppose I did this out of fear of being told to change the setting.

With my requested sprinkled additions, it is now definitely Toronto set…and I couldn’t be happier!

I mention Kensington Market, my favourite Toronto neighbourhood. My characters attend Heydon Park Secondary. The bookstore is on Elm Street, just off of Yonge. I even mention the King of Kensington, Al Waxman…and bring up his statue in Bellevue Square Park.

Canadian actor, best known around these parts for his role as the lovable Larry King, AKA King of Kensington.

I also mention Carbonic Coffee (Here is their Instagram account), the gorgeously sleek coffee shop on Baldwin Street…as the last place the main character Gaige kisses his boyfriend Logan before all the madness of the story happens.

Carbonic Coffee, Baldwin Street, Toronto (Google Streetview)

It’s all there. Except Dundas. I erased that name, just as Toronto City Council is about to do. Only, they haven’t done it yet…so I didn’t have the new name to change the street to. I chose DARIUS…a little homage to another YA book (Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram). It’s a bit of an Easter Egg. I wasn’t going to use Dundas and I really admire Khorram’s book(#1 of a 2 book series).

So if you’re reading Book of Dreams, for geographical reference, in the book’s universe the Eaton Centre is at Yonge-Darius Square. (-:

This post is just to say…WOW! It really makes a difference when you can set a story in the place where you live. So many Canadians shy away from doing so! We do this either out of a false taboo we ourselves created against doing so, or after being specifically told not to do it. It’s weird. These days, I think it’s more self-policing than publishers actually having an issue with it. We remember a time when it was frowned upon, and we keep that mindset.

Or maybe the movie sets around town tell us Toronto is good enough for the movies, but not good enough to BE Toronto in the movies. The New York or Chicago you’re watching on your television screen is quite often Toronto in disguise. 😉

BOOK OF DREAMS is now available for PREORDER! preorder a copy now wherever books are sold!

My publisher actually DROPPED THE PRICE on new releases. You can get the paperback of Book of Dreams for only $12.99! RELEASE DAY is SEPTEMBER 13th!

AMAZON LINK FOR BOOK OF DREAMS