Giving Thanks for Canadian Romance
Happy Thanksgiving from Canada!
Thanksgiving Day—or Canadian Thanksgiving as it’s called outside of Canada—is celebrated today. Our annual holiday celebrates the harvest and blessings of the past year on the second Monday of October. There are a few little-known facts of which you must be aware:
1) Canadians had the first European celebration of Thanksgiving in 1578, credited to Sir Martin Frosbisher and his crew. That is 43 years earlier than the American Pilgrims.
2) It is not all turkey and pumpkin pie. We serve delicious butter tarts filled with a luscious caramelized filling.
3) It is not a national holiday across Canada. Football and Beerfests may get more attraction. We feast over the entire weekend.
As I said above, today (October 12, 2020) is our Thanksgiving Day, and what better way to celebrate all things Canadian than by sharing Canadian romance authors—and one surprise—with Book+Main readers? I asked them to impart where they were born, where they reside, and one thing non-Canucks ‘get wrong’, and have included one of their romance stories set in the Great White North to fill your TBR.
Let’s get started with…
Born: The Netherlands but a Canadian at heart
One thing non-Canadians get wrong: That moose or bear live in our backyards. That Canadians must know all other Canadians. That our average temperature hovers around freezing regardless of the season.
Set in Gravenhurst, Ontario
What impact would it have when everything suddenly faded to black?
For Mia, a crowded subway ride changes her entire life. Retreating to the wilderness helps her cope with a world that is suddenly too loud, too turbulent.
Her existence safely contained to the small cottage on the lake, she is unprepared for the neighbor that moves across the bay
A career-ending injury has Jared permanently benched. His reputation as The Enforcer won’t survive the unanticipated responsibilities awaiting him.
Away from the public eye, he adjusts to his new reality, under the quiet observation of the intriguing hermit on the other side of the water.
Resides: British Columbia
One thing non-Canadians get wrong: Canadians have the reputation for being very nice and apologizing all the time. Actually, we’re all evil geniuses, sneaky like undercover agents, and are currently in the process of silently taking over the entire world. Sorry about that. 😉
Set in Black Diamond, Alberta
Return to Heart Falls—a place for family, friends, and falling in love.
The first standalone novel in a new trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend.
Lisa Coleman committed to stay in Heart Falls until her sister’s baby arrives, but after that, she’s moving on. She’s not sure exactly what is on the agenda, so it’s good to still have a few months to figure out her dreams. While she’s waiting, there’s no reason she can’t enjoy herself with the very sexy local veterinarian. A naughty interlude with a man who knows all the right moves would be the perfect distraction from Coleman chaos: newborn baby! New dog! New found family?!
Josiah Ryder is beginning to feel women only want him for one thing. Playing fast and loose was fun in the past, but it’s time for a change. He’s ready to prove he’s in it for the long haul, but the one woman he truly wants insists she’s in town for six months and not a moment longer. He’ll have to pull out all the stops to make Lisa realize nothing out there can compete with finding forever right under her nose.
One thing non-Canadians get wrong: That it’s always freezing!
Set all across Canada, as a rock band tours
We all have that voice inside our heads.
The one that speaks to us incessantly. That voice we trust to make the right decisions, to keep us on a positive path, even when others try to bring us down.
But what happens when that voice changes?
When it’s no longer a voice of reason, a voice of comfort giving us a pep talk when we need them?
What happens when that inner voice turns into a bully?
Don’t you dare eat that.
You’ll never be as pretty as her.
You’ll never be as good as them.
You’re lazy. You’re stupid.
You are disgusting.
You. Are. Nothing.
What happens when that inner voice makes your body take its side?
Binge. Purge. Binge. Purge.
And what happens when the bully starts to win?
If your name is Alina Cassidy, then you fight like hell.
Warning: May contain subject matter that some readers may find sensitive. But I promise a traditional HEA.
Born: Prince George
Resides: Prince George
One thing non-Canadians get wrong: For someone that lives in Northern British Columbia, I think a big assumption non-Canadians make about Canadians is one that many urban Canadians also make—that we are all plaid-wearing, beer drinking lumberjacks! If I do drink a beer, it’s a Corona and lime, and while I own some plaid it certainly isn’t the only pattern in my wardrobe! As for being a lumberjack, I’m not allowed to use sharp objects like axes because I’m too accident prone.
Besides, I’d much rather read a book than cut down a tree.
Set in Prince George
July 21st, 1941
The journey starts here. I don’t know if I’ll be able to record everything about it but I’ll try. My mother made me promise that I write in this journal as often as possible.
The moment Leeza Boychuk reads these words, painstakingly penned in a battered, time-stained diary by a young Canadian soldier, she knows her life will change. With a failing business, a philandering ex-husband and an ocean between her and her son, she has her own battles. Yet the infantryman’s innocent yet brutal story haunts her.
Determined to return the journal to the soldier’s family, she enlists the help of Gavin Fletcher, an enigmatic widower. His calm steadfastness is soothing to Leeza’s tattered soul—until an unexpected kiss ignites a longing she isn’t ready to explore.
But Leeza can’t abandon her quest…even if it means confronting her feelings for this increasingly intriguing man.
Andrea Joy/A.J. Daniels
Born: South Africa
Resides: British Columbia
One thing non-Canadians get wrong: The one I’ve been asked the most is if it’s always cold in Canada.
Set in Toronto, Ontario
Everyone always says love will find you when you’re not looking. Well, they’re not wrong. Except, the man my heart stupidly fell for was more interested in playing his own twisted game of catch and release. Claiming me for himself, then pushing me away when I got too close, but there was an aura of darkness clouded around him.
A darkness that beckoned to me.
A darkness I was grateful for when those he thought he could trust ripped me away in the middle of the night to be a pawn in their own sick, twisted game.
She was supposed to be an itch I needed to scratch. That red dress and those pale blue eyes called to me like a siren. In my line of work falling in love is dangerous.
“I believe there’s good in you, Brax,” she had said.
“Baby, I’m the thing monsters are afraid of,” I warned her.
I pushed her away, thinking she would be safe from this fucked up life I lead.
I couldn’t’ve been more wrong.
My enemies smelled fresh blood. They knew if they wanted to take me down, they had to get to her. But it wasn’t my enemies I had to worry about. No, the threat was a lot closer than I thought. It shouldn’t have surprised me. After all, the devil was once an angel.
Klara was my light out of this hell, and now she was in danger of being snuffed out. But not if I could help it.
They should’ve thought twice before taking what belongs to me. Now, I’m out for blood, and I’m not stopping until my concrete floor runs red.
Resides: New Zealand, but still a Canadian at heart!
One thing non-Canadians get wrong: The answer to this question is that non-Canadians assume all North Americans are the same. I get it all the time when, as a Canadian, I am lumped into being American because, “Oh, it’s all the same”. But that’s so not true. I understand that, on the surface, the culture is similar and if an overseas tourist travels across the border from the USA into Canada or vice versa, it looks the same. But as a people, we are different. I believe it has to do with the type of people who immigrated to Canada in the 1700s and influenced laws and social mores to this day. Having said that though, as the product of a Quebecois/Ontario marriage, I can also tell you that French-Canadians and English-Canadians are also quite different!
Set in Canada and elsewhere
Tish Louise, World War Two GI Bride. And Megan, Lucie and the mysterious missing Annie.
Four different women from different corners of the world and in different periods in time who fall in love with a foreigner and follow him home.
First comes romance, then comes reality.
Who doesn’t like the idea of meeting a handsome stranger from a far-away land and flying off into the sunset?
This is the story of what happens when you get there.
And then some…
One thing non-Canadians get wrong: We say “eh” all the time. No, we don’t. Only when we are telling you a story and there is more to tell. Also makes sure to engage and the person is listening. Not that I would say you aren’t listening to me because pointing that out would be rude. So I am sorry that I would think you are rude. You aren’t rude. I’m sorry I thought that. Please forgive my oversight on calling you rude. Oh—and supposedly we apologize a lot.
Set in Toronto, Canada
A woman drowning in sorrow. Invisible.
A man that notices it all. Sees her.
The only thing that gets Charlotte Prescott through the day is the haunting eyes and magnetic voice uplifting her in the subway station every evening.
All Montgomery Logan wants to do is ease the pain of the woman he feels a strange, protective pull to. He serenades her from afar, knowing their worlds will never intersect.
Until the day they do.
And everything changes.
Will their differences make them stronger or tear them apart?
About Melanie Moreland
New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.
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