News & Events
June 3, 2012 Announcement
The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award, nicknamed The Bony Blithe is a new annual Canadian literary award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries, was awarded to Cheat the Hangman, Gloria Ferris' novel that was also short listed for the 2009 Arthur Ellis (aka Unhanged Arthur) Award.
March 28, 2012 Announcement
Bloody Words Light Mystery Award, a new annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries announces this year’s finalists. The award – aka the Bony Blithe – is for a “book that ☻makes us smile,” which includes everything from laugh-out-loud, to gentle humour, to good old fashioned stories with little violence or gore.
The five finalists for the first Bony Blithe are:
Janet Bolin, Dire Threads (Berkley Prime Crime)
Alan Bradley, A Red Herring without Mustard (Doubleday Canada)
Gloria Ferris, Cheat the Hangman (Imajin Books)
Mary Jane Maffini, The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder (Berkley Prime Crime)
Phyllis Smallman, Champagne for Buzzards (McArthur & Company)
Bloody Words, Canada’s oldest and largest convention of mystery readers and authors will be awarding the Bony Blithe at the Bloody Words XII Banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto on June 2, 2012. The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque.
Janet Bolin, Alan Bradley, Gloria Ferris, Mary Jane Maffini, Phyllis Smallman
Readings from titles short-listed for the first ever Bony Blithe Award
Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium
Readings from the Bloody Words Light Mystery Award shortlist: Murder is nothing
to have fun with...or is it? You can decide for yourself when you hear readings from
the five books shortlisted for Canada's newest literary award, the Bloody Words
Light Mystery Award. This award, aka the Bony Blithe, is for "books that make us
smile". Think feel-good mystery. Maybe a cozy or a caper, but not necessarily.
Maybe a guffaw-a-minute book, but not necessarily.
November 23, 2011 (Shoreline Beacon)
Coverage by the Shoreline Beacon of book signing at "Books and Things" store in Port Elgin where Gloria Ferris sold and signed copies of, "Cheat the Hangman."
October 20, 2011 (Guelph Tribune)
The Guelph Tribune featured Gloria Ferris' first novel, Cheat the Hangman and announced the November 5 book launch at Woolwich Arrow pub in Guelph from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
October 15, 2011 (The Record / Guelph Mercury)
The K-W Record and Guelph Mercury published Gloria’s short review of John Moss's Reluctant Dead in their newspapers and online.
April 14, 2012 Guest Author at Port Elgin Library, 2 – 4 pm. Sponsored by Anne Judd and the Friends of the Port Elgin Branch Library.
April 19, 2012 Guest Reader/Author at Shortlist Event for the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards, 7 pm, Indigo Bookstore, Manulife Centre,Toronto. Shortlists announced at 9 pm.
November 12, 2011 (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Gloria Ferris held a book signing of Cheat the Hangman at "Books and Things" store in Port Elgin.
November 5, 2011 (2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
What do a western, fantasy, and mystery have in common?
Imajin Books, Crime Writers of Canada, authors who are practically neighbours.
Join me (Gloria Ferris, author of Cheat the Hangman) and my fellow authors, Alison Bruce, author of Under a Texas Star, and Melodie Campbell, author of Rowina Through the Wall, at the Woolwich Arrow Pub to celebrate our book launchings with munchies, cash bar, readings, book sales and signings.
Woolwich Arrow Pub
176 Woolwich St. (corner of Yarmouth and Woolwich)
Phone: (519) 836-2875
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Cheat the Hangman has been selected as one of Imajin Books' 3 bestselling trade paperbacks this month. CTH is also their current featured book. Check it out for yourself at www.imajinbooks.com.
October 29, 2011 (Starting at noon)
Gloria will be "appeared" at the Guelph West End Community Centre on Saturday, October 29th with her two local author buddies, Alison Bruce and Melodie Campbell. They set up a table in the main foyer with their books, props and costumes.
Sept. 25, 2011 - Trade Paperback Available
August 25, 2011 - eBook Available, Press Release Below
Some Family Reunions Aren't All Fun & Games; Some Are Deadly
My long-anticipated paranormal mystery, Cheat the Hangman, is now available in ebook edition. Currently, it's available at AmazonKindleStore and Smashwords for $3.99. Trade paperback available from Amazon.com and Createspace; and other ebook retailers soon.
Shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award.
"Southern Ontario Gothic at its spine-chilling, provocative, hilarious best."
—John Moss, author of Reluctant Dead
Lyris Pembrooke unearths a terrible family secret in the old mansion she recently inherited. Investigating the tragedy, she delves into the psyche of a damaged WWII soldier, aided by her irrepressible spirit guide and the family psychic.
After inheriting Hammersleigh House from her eccentric great-uncle Patrick, Lyris Pembrooke makes a grisly discovery in the tower room of the Georgian-style mansion―the mummified remains of a child.
To uncover the mystery, Lyris is aided by family psychic Aunt Clematis and Leander, a spirit guide with an attitude, who prefers hanging out with Winston Churchill and John Lennon. While nurturing a new relationship with Blackshore’s Chief of Police, avoiding her controlling ex-husband’s demands, hosting this year’s family reunion and engaging in a psychological battle with the mansion's butler, Lyris is taxed to her limits.
During an oppressive summer heat wave, a tear in the gossamer veil that separates past and present forces Lyris to finally accept her psychic destiny. Driven to find out who murdered little Tommy Pembrooke sixty-eight years ago, she begins a journey back in time.
"A refreshing and chilling paranormal mystery you won't want to miss."
—Jeff Bennington, author of Reunion
"A dazzling blend of the bizarre and the domestic, horror and humour, nostalgia and intrigue."
—John Moss, author of Reluctant Dead
"Satisfying and romantic…an excellent, enjoyable read!"
—Catherine Astolfo, author of the Emily Taylor Mysteries
"Entertaining and well written... No wonder it was shortlisted for Canada’s Unhanged
Arthur Ellis Award."
—N.A.T. Grant, author of Race Without Rules
“A powerful, layered story told with clarity, pizzazz, and humour.”
—Eileen Schuh, author of Schrödinger’s Cat
This story will appeal to readers who enjoy a mystery with a shot of humour, a dash of romance, and a pinch of the paranormal. Please let your friends and other booklovers know about my new release by forwarding this email on to them.
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