Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org

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Five Rivers Publishing is an independent micro-publisher of fiction and non-fiction, giving voice to new and established Canadian authors. Five Rivers is committed to bringing publishing back to uncompromising personal editors where it belongs, rather than focus-group marketing. We publish real books by real authors for real readers.

We employ print-on-demand technologies as part of responsible management of environmental and financial resources: by printing only the books required, rather than warehousing thousands, we save trees, energy and capital expenditures, while reducing pollution. We also produce eBooks as part of that mandate.

Five Rivers is committed to producing quality books that have benefited from the scrutiny of a good editor, with attention to layout and cover design. We work closely with our authors throughout the process. And we are very aggressive in our marketing, ensuring both our authors and our titles receive the best possible exposure in the global marketplace.

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King of Shadows
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Series: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 5. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 100,590. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
For generations, the Somber Riders have ruled the Calae lands. But this spring brings more than green buds, crying lambs, and sparkling burns. It brings new promise.
My Life as a Troll
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,660. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
Dealing with family friction, the school bully, and the discovery of girls, Jared seeks refuge in Lavascape, the hottest new Internet game around.
A Touch of Poison
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,820. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Gwenwyn is the most miserable princess ever, and for good reason.
The Runner and the Kelpie
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Series: Ivor the Runner, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,790. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When the wyrd-woman warned Ivor he was going to meet a monster, he didn’t believe her.
The Tattooed Seer
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Series: The Tattooed Witch, Book 2. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 103,370. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
As she flees across Esbaña for a port to the New World, Miriam finds being the matriarch of her people, the magical Diaphani, almost as difficult as being hunted by the Inquisition.
Mik Murdoch: The Power Within
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Series: Mik Murdoch Adventures, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,640. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Mik Murdoch has swallowed the magical berry from the guardian of the Cave of Wonders and with it he’s realized his dream to acquire superpowers.
Shakespeare for Slackers: Romeo and Juliet
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Series: Shakespeare for Slackers, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,800. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Plays » Shakespeare
You know, back in the day, Shakespeare wasn't considered elite. Oh sure, his plays were performed for royalty, but they were actually written for tradesmen, shopkeepers, average Joes, anybody who could pay a penny for a ticket. Mostly he wrote plays for the common man, using the language of the times.
The Runner and the Saint
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Series: Ivor the Runner, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,860. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Earl Malcolm has reason to fear the ferocious Northmen raiders of the Western Isles are going to attack the land of Alba, so he sends Ivor on a desperate mission with a chest of silver to buy them off.
Cloudbearer's Shadow
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Series: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 4. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 106,540. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Gareth is the youngest and the last of the unfortunate lords of Skai. Called home from a lonely exile, he finds his father fallen into shadow. And worse.
The Legend of Sarah
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,290. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
At fourteen, Sarah is an accomplished pickpocket and knows all the backstreets and boltholes of Monn. She steers clear of Brother Parker and his Church of True Faith, knows better than to enter the Inn of The Honest Keeper, and avoids the attentions of Butch, the Miller's son, as best she can.
Old Growth
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Series: Sid Rafferty Thrillers, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,560. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Once more Sid Rafferty finds himself unwittingly caught in the cross-purposes of employers and events, environmentalist with interests not always as benevolent as they might appear, and some of them on the grey side of the law.
Broken Blade
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Series: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 3. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 106,820. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A kidnapped Princess and a clanless man share a terrible secret--the dark powers of Maedun are preparing a new assault on the shinning Isle of Celi.
Out of Time
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,620. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Two boys meet across time and impossibilities, brought together to face an ancient evil from Anishnabe folklore, and in doing so forge a friendship that defies time.
A Quiet Place
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Series: Great Canadian Short Spec, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,060. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A Quiet Place, marks a distinct development in Schnarr's very aggressive style, yet demonstrates a growing subtlety into the psychological over the physical.
Wasps at the Speed of Sound
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Series: Great Canadian Short Spec, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,210. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Derryl Murphy's first collection is back: There are eleven stories in this collection, ten of them gathered together for the first time and one making its debut in these pages.
The Runner and the Wizard
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Series: Ivor the Runner, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,670. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Young Ivor dreams of being a swordsman like his nine older brothers, but until he can grow a beard he's limited to being a runner, carrying messages for their lord, Thane Carrak.
Black Wine
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,370. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, Crawford Award, and Prix Aurora Award. An old woman hangs in a cage; a young woman slaves on a rich lord's estate. How does a woman discover and assert her identity in a primeval, barbaric world? From slave dens to merchant cities to isolated mountains, Candas Jane Dorsey's novel is a powerful exploration of gender, identity, and freedom.
Indigo Time
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,670. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Marrula Tamara, once Empress of Worlds, has been exiled for treachery to a planet called Strand. She has one great treasure: the engineered horse Raj’azul. In his blood lies the secret of her immortality…and the seed of her downfall.
The Tattooed Witch
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Series: The Tattooed Witch, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,960. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
When Miriam Medina and her father are accused by the Inquisition of murdering a high priest, Miriam knows justice is impossible. Their accuser, the Grand Inquisitor, is in fact, the real murderer. Miriam's only hope is to resort to her long dead mother's magical legacy: the resurrection of the dead through a magical tattoo.
Western King: Book 2, The Rune Blades of Celi
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Series: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 2. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 120,450. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The wanderer Red Kian has ruled Skai as Regent, but now it is time for him to step down. War clouds are gathering. Maedun sorcerers have taken the continent, and Saesnesi raiders are pillaging the islands.
88
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 119,800. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
88, a brilliant autistic girl, has been genetically engineered and raised from birth to serve one purpose: become a human computer. Plagued by memories of a mother she never knew and a desire for freedom she barely understands, she sets herself against those who would be her masters. Unfortunately for 88, the Cuntrera-Caruana Mafia clan have other plans for her.
Type
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 86,270. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
North American society becomes structured around the tenets of Typology, with governments replaced by The Association of Psychologists. With social order seemingly regained, what could go possibly wrong?
A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 67,650. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The quintessential guide for aspiring ne'er-do-wells everywhere. A collection of 24 papers presented by evil luminaries, destined to become a legendary yet practical handbook.
Shakespeare for Reader's Theatre, Volume 1: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream
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Series: Shakespeare for Readers' Theatre, Book 1. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 63,350. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Plays » Shakespeare
Shakespeare for Readers’ Theatre is a Readers’ Theatre collection of three of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays in abridged form.
Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,270. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
Imagine being a 14 year-old boy who takes a classmate on a bike ride one spring evening. In the days to follow, the classmate is found dead and you stand accused of rape and murder.
John Lennon: Music, Myth and Madness
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,990. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
Arguably the most famous musician of all time, John Lennon was enormously successful when it came to selling records and filling concert halls, but a failure in certain aspects of his private life.
Things Falling Apart
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Series: Great Canadian Short Spec, Book 4. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 109,540. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 24, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
In this collection of 21 short stories, J.W. Schnarr writes very much in the tradition of classic greats such as Edgar Allan Poe and Guy de Maupassant, but with a completely modern, fresh voice.
Kingmaker's Sword
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Series: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 1. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 113,360. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 23, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
An updated re-print of Ann Marston's Book 1 of the much beloved Rune Blades of Celi series.
Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero
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Series: Mik Murdoch Adventures, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,070. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 23, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A delightful and truly Canadian tale of a 12 year old boy's quest to protect his prairie town of Cranberry Flats, and in his search to acquire super-powers finds the most awesome power of all lies within his own inherent integrity.
Downshift
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Series: Sid Rafferty Thrillers, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,780. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 23, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Sid Rafferty is between writing jobs, a rock and a hard place, and the poles of his luck.
Immunity to Strange Tales
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Series: Great Canadian Short Spec, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,350. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 23, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of 12 short stories by one of Canada's rising stars of speculative fiction.
Growing Up Bronx
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 42,020. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This is definitely a must-have collection of short stories to complete the canon of H.A. Hargreaves' work.
North by 2000+
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Series: Great Canadian Short Spec, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,930. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2011 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The complete collection of H.A. Hargreaves short speculative fiction.
Memories, Mother and a Christmas Addiction
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2011 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Family
Author Lorina Stephens offers up three tender Christmas stories about Barbara Brown, from ages four through fifteen, set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, WWII, and the indigence of a fatherless home.
Dutch Schultz
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Series: Gangsters, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,300. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
One of crime’s most colourful and idiosyncratic leaders is examined in crime writer Nate Hendley’s fast-paced book. A treat for fans of true-crime and bizarre mob stories. Nate Hendley brings to the lexicon of gangster profiles a meticulously researched, very human examination of this legendary figure.
Stonehouse Cooks
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,240. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
Timeless recipes for the 21st century. Lorina Stephens examines the real food revolution from both a modern and historical perspective.
The Organic Home Garden
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 86,050. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
In the Organic Home Garden, Patrick and John, take readers step-by-step through the engaging process of growing the best possible food - from spring's first spinach, asparagus and salad greens, through the summer abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and all, right into fall's harvest of squash, leeks, carrots and potatoes.
Crystal Death: North America's Most Dangerous Drug
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,240. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2011 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery
A hard-hitting look at the most dangerous illegal drug in North America. A fact-based account featuring up to the minute interviews and life stories from users, dealers and doctors, with a Canadian perspective on the problem and its potential solutions. An important book for teachers, parents and anyone interested in, or living close to, this devastating drug.
A Subtle Thing
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,530. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2010 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Raw, honest and relentless, Alicia’s debut novel is a heartbreaking and uplifting journey into one woman’s battle with clinical depression. Drawing on her experience as a clinical psychologist, Alicia has created a compelling portrait of what life looks like through the eyes of someone whose actions may otherwise appear inexplicable.
Al Capone: Chicago's King of Crime
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Series: Gangsters, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,860. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2010 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
Crime writer Nate Hendley examines the life and crimes of Al Capone, the world’s most famous gangster, during his brief reign over corrupt, Prohibition-era Chicago. A fresh, personal look at this iconic figure.
Motivate to Create: a guide for writers
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,410. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2010 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Publishing business
Veteran freelance writer Nate Hendley explains how to start up or step-up your writing career. Straight-forward advice and commentary on a largely unexplored topic.
Elephant's Breath & London Smoke: Historical Colour Names, Definitions & Uses
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 180,460. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2009 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Dictionaries
This book will tell you about colour in history, the names of colours, when they were used, how they were used, what they looked like, and where they came from. There are dye recipes, paint ingredients, poetic language and general commentary all in the words of period writers.
From Mountains of Ice
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,380. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2009 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Sylvio spent the past decade banished from Simare’s court, stripped of land, ancestral home and title. And now, after a decade, he is called back to the capitol, summoned by his Prince whom he suspects is a patricide and insane. His very life is in danger and with it the country he has served through all his days.
And the Angels Sang
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Series: Great Canadian Short Spec, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,730. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2009 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In this her fifth book, Lorina Stephens presents a provocative collection of speculative short fiction, from dystopia to utopia, written over the past twenty-five years. Some stories have appeared previously in publications such as On Spec and Sword & Sorceress X, while some make their debut.
Shadow Song
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,030. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2009 by Five Rivers Publishing info@5rivers.org. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Based upon a true tragedy, Shadow Song is set amid the economic ruin that occurred to so many émigrés and British pensioned officers of the 1830s. It is full of psychological and cultural contrasts of two cultures at odds with one another, and an intimate familiarity with pioneer and Ojibwa culture.


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