Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wanna live forever? Get RE-VAMP in your life!

Fat Vampire
is definitely not your average vampire book. When the protagonist is accidentally made into one of the undead, he thinks his life will become infinitely more awesome. Instead, he's stuck as a geeky, chubby loser who is forced to wear a poncho when he goes outside during sunny days.

Check out the unique trailers for the book including this recreation of the Slap Chop infomercial:

Also, simple tips you can follow to tell if someone you know is a vampire:

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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Truth About Delilah Blue

Check out the brand new animated trailer for Tish Cohen's brand new novel The Truth About Delilah Blue.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Neko Ramen

I've got to confess my love for this bizarre manga about a grouchy cat who owns his own ramen noodle shop and his one loyal customer. If you've never read a manga before, you honestly can't go wrong with Neko Ramen. Check out these strips below (remember, manga is read from right to left) or start reading the book here.

There's a ton of stuff on the web devoted to Neko Ramen. The official site and Facebook page (where you can read daily strips from the book or check out photos of ramen prepared by devoted fans) are pretty awesome, but the hilarious animated adaptations are absolutely brilliant.

But if that wasn't great enough, check out the trailer below for the Japanese live action film that's a cross between the Muppets and Iron Chef.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Supernatural Tour Wrap-up

Here's our photo wrap up of The Supernatural Tour where our trio of fantasy authors Lesley Livingston, Kim Harrison and Aprilynne Pike visited three stores to chat about their books, their writing, and meet some of their biggest fans!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Giveaway - Summer Smackdown 2010

Love summer reading? Then click here for your chance to win a fantastic prize pack of some of the season's best books.

The pack includes 12 amazing fiction titles including UNBOUND featured picture book Instructions by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess!

If that wasn't enough, click here to find out how your blogging skills can help you win some of the biggest upcoming fall books!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Coach House Restaurant

Three co-workers embark on a quest to eat lunch at every restaurant in their office's surrounding vicinity, documenting their reactions and reviewing the food. This is OUT TO LUNCH.

"I want to get married here." - Lisa Bettencourt on Coach House Restaurant

Lisa: One of the greatest hidden gems of the city. A classic diner owned by the same couple for over 40 years - with a menu and décor to boot -and refreshingly absent of hipsters in such a downtown location. What I love the most – processed cheese slices on my western omelet sandwich. Home fries that made you happy to be alive - tender, greasy and seasoned just right.  Friendly service. Everything here is just perfect if you like a cheap, authentic diner. Not to be missed!

Melissa: Loved it. We stumbled upon this tiny restaurant by accident... but what a treasure. Walking in to Coach House is like walking into something classic.
The food was quick, delicious, and generously portioned. I had an Omelets and toast, which was excellent, but all the while wishing I had ordered Paul's over-the-top meal of waffles, over easy eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries... (there was probably more that I can't remember now!) This is a "must return" restaurant for me.

Paul: I am in love and her name is Coach House Restaurant.

A rejuvinating oasis quietly tucked away among the onslaught of noise and commotion at the corner of Yonge and Wellesley, the discovery of Coach House itself was a magical event. Entering the cozy restaurant time-travels you back to the 1940's with it's dark wood paneled bar, cozy bench seats and incredibly delicious and amazingly cheap plate specials. The staff is so friendly and the atmosphere is so homey the entire dining experience is like something out of a movie. I almost expected Jimmy Stewart to walk in and order.

If you know me, you know that if a menu features an all-day-breakfast special, it's going to be next to impossible to persuade me to not order it. And let me say that Coach Houses's all-day-breakfast special is without a doubt the best all-day-breakfast special I have ever had. Eggs, sausage, bacon and ham with an enormous freshly baked golden waffle so deliciously crispy and sugary, it shines as the crown jewel of this royal banquet. Needless to say, I've returned to Coach House since and urge everyone to visit this incredible Toronto gem.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Supernatural Giveaway & Tour Next Week!

The Supernatural Tour kicks off next Tuesday with fan favourite authors Kim Harrison, Aprilynne Pike and Lesley Livingston visiting three bookstores together! Come out and meet these fantastic fantasy writers, get your book signed and grab some free giveaways!

Speaking of which, click here to enter the Supernatural Giveaway and you could win not only 6 books by these authors, but a Cusinart Ice Cream maker as well!