It’s been a busy summer over here at the Adventure Worlds Press secret headquarters (on an unassuming suburban street, in small town, big province, Canada). While we were limited in our outdoor activities, we managed to keep working. In case you missed it, we released two new books, each one the conclusion to their respective series.
Adventure on the Horizon
While we here at Adventure Worlds Press eagerly await the release of Where Long Shadows End, the newest Patch Project book from author Brittni Brinn, we’ve started to look to the future. With The Patch Project Series ending and no Synthetic Albatross book to look forward to, we started to wonder what we’re going to do for next year.
We’ve been hotly discussing our options and right now, the front-runner is a new short story collection. We love No Light Tomorrow, but we can be honest. It’s a little last week and having only two authors in an Anthology is thinking small. Continue reading
Christian is a Traitor!
Hello AWP Friends!
Ben again, here to call out
Christian Laforet C.M. Forest for his malevolent treachery. I’m sure you’ve heard by now that C.M. Forest has two new books out on the market. One, a novella, We All Fall Before the Harvest, released by Timber Ghost Press. The other, his first released novel, Infested, courtesy of Eerie River Publishing. Continue reading
Late New Year
Hello AWP Readers!
Your intrepid author/publisher/hindrance, Ben here, to bring you news and updates on your favourite AWP authors.
We try to make at least one post a month on this website, but when there isn’t much news, it’s hard to justify making the same announcements over and over again. That’s why we didn’t have anything in January, but it’s February now, so there must be something to tell you.
And there is!
A brief update on Brittni Brinn and the third book in her post-apocalyptic (and emotional roller-coaster) Patch Project Series.
The new book, titled Where Long Shadows End is into edits and review.
There’s a lot that we can’t share at the moment, but that means we’ll be able to share it later. Isn’t anticipation fun?
Expect more juicy info soon!
Some news on Christian Laforet, or should we say C.M. Forest?
We should, because Christian has been getting short stories swiftly published under his new moniker.
You can see stories by C.M. Forest in the anthologies Dead of Night (out now from Blood Rites Horror) and It Calls from the Veil (It Calls coming soon from Eerie River Publishing).
He also has a novella coming out through Timber Ghost Press called We All Fall Before the Harvest and a novel coming out through Eerie River Publishing tentatively called They Crawl Within.
What a busy boy he’s been.
As for me? Well, if you follow my weekly post on my website, you’re already painfully aware that I’m in the editing and review stage for my latest (and potentially last) novella in the Synthetic Albatross Series, Snow from a Distant Sky.
I guess you could say that I’m also editing the long anticipated Invasion Novel, but I have to admit that I haven’t done any work on it since starting Snow.
Snow from a Distant Sky is scheduled to come out in April 2022.
I think you can expect to see some various cover art in the coming months for all these exciting projects. There will certainly be more updates by then.
So, keep checking back and thanks for continuing to stick around for the ride! 2022 promises to be another interesting year.
It’s that time of year again! Lights, snow, hot chocolate, and books for everyone! We at Adventure Worlds Press want to wish you all a wonderful holiday and a hope-filled new year.
It’s been a kind of weird year for us: few to no book events to go to, uncertainty with what the months ahead will bring. But there was a lot to celebrate too! Christian Laforet started using a pen name, Ben Van Dongen released Break/Interrupt, and Brittni Brinn moved to Nova Scotia, all while working on upcoming projects!
2022 is going to be busy with releases from all of our authors. Keep an eye out for:
Christian’s upcoming releases with Eerie River Publishing and Timber Ghost Press
The release of Snow from a Distant Sky, the fifth book in Ben’s Novella Series
News on the third book in Brittni’s Patch Project series
Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm for our books this year. It means a lot, and we’re looking forward to what the new year will bring!
The Secret to Writing a Novel
Welcome, readers, and especially writers searching for that ever-elusive secret of how to write a novel! It truly is the fountain of youth, the holy grail, the lost car keys for every writer looking to make that leap into the long-form of prose that has foiled so many seekers before! In trying to uncover this enigma, I consulted with the authors here at Adventure Worlds Press. Their advice will shock you! Do you dare read on, and at last reach the secret to writing a novel?
Are you still here? Good. Then let us continue.
I first approached Ben Van Dongen, the triple-threat of the company. Short stories, novellas, novels, he’s done them all! Surely he knows the secret to writing a novel? Let us see what he has to say:
“Writing a short story is easy. A monkey could do it in her sleep. You’re smarter than a monkey, right? Just write the thing.
Novellas require the kind of free algorithms you can download off the dark web. Usually Russian or Chinese in origin, expect to have to do some translating, but it’s not much more work than what the monkey does.
To write a novel on the other hand (a novel worth reading at least) you need to go to your local library. Give the librarian the secret handshake and a crisp hundred-dollar bill. They’ll take you to the hidden section where you can get a book to summon a demon. Make sure to get one with a really long name. The short name ones are bad at spelling.”
Ah, yes, the age-old bribing-a-librarian-to-reach-diabolical-novelistic-heights trick! But is this truly the secret to writing a novel?
I continued my search, next seeking out Christian Laforet. Recently signed on to a two-book deal with Raven’s Tale publishing, he would be the logical person to ask about the holy grail of novel writing. His comments:
“Marry someone with money. Lots of money. That way there’ll be no pesky day job to interfere with the writing of you masterpiece.”
Another solid piece of advice! Those day jobs, sucking the creative spirit from the genius novelist, ah! Best to seek out a wealthy partner and sponge off of them for life!
But again, I was not satisfied in my quest for the secret! As a last resort, I took to the deep, grim forest paths that lead to an abandoned cabin where they say at least three ghosts reside. I gathered my courage, and went inside, where I found C.M. Forest, roasting marshmallows over a space heater.
“Please!” I begged him, “My search has been so long! What, oh what, is the secret to writing a novel?”
C.M. Forest turned to me and said: “Write every day. Even if it’s only 500 words. 500 words a day will give you two novels by the end of the year.”
The horror! I ran from the cabin screaming and have never been the same since. My quest for the secret to writing a novel was all in vain!
Do you know the secret?
Happy Halloween from Adventure Worlds Press
They say that no news is good news. They also say that there’s no such thing as bad press. We’re not sure who THEY are (we’re not even that sure if the those sayings are all that accurate).
What we do know is that the AWP authors are hard at work on their latest projects. Not that we have much to share about them.
We made an update about what we’re working on in our last post and we don’t want to just repeat ourselves. You can check it out for more details.
One thing that we are sure about is that we here at AWP love Halloween. This spooky, scary time is perfect for reading a good horror book like Christian Laforet’s The Space Between Houses, or a dark sci-fi story like those found in No Light Tomorrow.
We would love to try and convince you that all our books are perfect for Halloween, but while we think you’d enjoy them no matter when you read them, Brittni Brinn’s post apocalyptic Patch Project books and Ben Van Dongen’s cyber punk inspired Synthetic Albatross series just aren’t scary enough. Not in the traditional sense.
Either way, we just wanted to say that we hope everyone who takes the time to check out this website (and hopefully our books) has a Happy Halloween.
No doubt Christian will be spending his evening taking his little ones out trick-or-treating. Brittni will probably be handing out candy to the neighbourhood children. And Ben will be in the basement, hiding from the ghost that he accidentally summoned last Halloween.
Keep an eye out for some future updates on what new books will be coming out in 2022, and stay spooky!
Happy New Year from AWP!
Hello fine readers. Happy New Year from us at Adventure Worlds Press!
Together, we managed to get through a tough year and we’ll keep striving forward in 2021! We hope you had some good moments that you can hold tightly. We sure did.
While we weren’t able to attend any events for the majority of 2020, we did manage to put our collective noses to the grind stone and get some down and dirty writing done.
Christian got several short stories published in a number of collections, wrote the first draft of a literary fiction novel, and continued to edit his latest horror book.
Brittni Brinn released her latest sci-fi novella, A Place That Used to Be, and finished the first draft on her new sci-fi novel.
Ben Van Dongen finished the first draft of his own sci-fi novel and is in the middle of editing the latest book in The Synthetic Albatross series, Break/Interrupt.
We plan on having new books to share with you this year. While it may be some time until we can have physical release parties and get out to events across the province, we will continue to work and experiment in the virtual space.
Hang in there and do what we do when things get tough. Read genre fiction (especially the quality books released by Adventure Worlds Press).
Buy Our Books!
I know that title isn’t good manners, but it’s direct and to the point! Seeing as it’s the season of spending money, we thought we would make a pitch for you to spend some of it on our fine books.
They are, as I said, fine books. Not only are the stories fantastic, but the covers are cool and the print quality is—well, it’s right up there. When it comes to print-on-demand, there isn’t a ton that any author or small press can do but hope for the best and send back anything that doesn’t meet their standards.
But that’s beside the point. Look at these awesome books! You know you want them. All that’s left is to let you know where you can get them, which I will now provide.
Adventure Worlds Press Collections
No Light Tomorrow
No Light Tomorrow is a collection of six Science Fiction short stories. Authors Christian Laforet and Ben Van Dongen have each written three stores that explore the idea of subverted expectations, loss, and the limits people will go when they have nothing to lose. Goodreads
1520 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON
Amazon and for special order from your local book store.
ebook available on Amazon, Chapters, Kobo, and the Mirror World store, as well as many other online locations.
What’s Next from AWP?
September / October 2020
Hello all. Ben here. After pushing Christian into doing monthly posts, I find that I failed to get one done for September. I had this post planned, but the proof is in the pudding and there wasn’t any (pudding or proof). I may do another post later in the month to make up for it, but I want to make sure there is something to say and I’m not pulling what I do on my other page and forcing a post when there is really no news. I believe in the advertising philosophy that an ad owes you either information or entertainment in payment for your time. And what are these posts, really, other than advertisements for us? Continue reading