Posts Tagged ‘book’

We’re always overwhelmed with pride and happiness when a graduate of our writing school publishes a book. In this post, we want to share one written by Winghill graduate, Lisa Collicutt. Lisa is the author behind The Gathering Darkness, a story about a young girl named Brooke and her encounter with evil.

When Brooke is forced to leave Boston for a small town named Deadwich, she begins to notice how strange her new friends act. They’re acting beyond strange – they’re acting completely evil.

the gathering darkness

Just when Brooke thinks her life is over, she meets a boy named Marcus Knight. It turns out, they’ve shared the same experiences and have even experienced shared dreams. The rest you’ll have to find out by reading the book! If you love fantasy, dark fiction, and love – this book is just what the doctor ordered.

Lisa Collicutt’s The Gathering Darkness is available on in paperback and Kindle edition. You can read more about it and place your order by clicking here.



April 5, 2013 10:00 am

The Shadow of the Wind Book Review

The Shadow of the Wind, written by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is an addictive modern gothic novel you must read. Read on for a brief review of The Shadow of the Wind. The moment I started reading it, I knew I would not be able to put it down until I finished. The author introduces you to so many different characters, and each character introduces a whole new sub plot to the story. It’s an intricately-woven, gripping read that anyone in search of a great evening read will positively love.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon also wrote two accompanying books called The Angel’s Game and The Prisoner of Heaven. Technically, the three books form a trilogy, but you don’t actually have to read them in order to stay on board with the story. I first learned of the books from British beauty and lifestyle blogger Katie Snooks and have since recommended the trilogy to a dozen of coworkers, friends, and family members.

The trilogy is available at Chapters Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and nearly anywhere books are sold. You can also download at least the first book on your eBook reader. Personally, I read through the first two books in paperback and the third book in hardcover.

Have you read any books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon? Do you have any suggestions as to what book I should read next? Help me out, wonderful readers!




Arguably the world’s favorite eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle, is now available in Canada. launched its online Kindle store in Canada in January 2013. Canadians can now use their accounts to purchase a pre-registered Kindle ereader at $89, or can upgrade to the Kindle Paperwhite for $139 or Kindle Paperwhite 3G for $199.


Of course, Canadians had been finding their own ways of getting their hands on a Kindle in the past – ordering through the US version of Amazon – but now they can shop in their own currency and connect through their local Internet connections to purchase books via WiFi whenever they please.

The Kindle weighs less than 6 ounces (170 grams) and is lighter than the majority of paperback books, so it’s really good for when you’re traveling. The screen is glare-free and isn’t like an LED screen, so it looks like a book’s page and is readable even in direct sunlight. At night, you can turn on your bedside lamp or buy a case with a built-in book light. The options are endless, and so is the battery! Well, pretty much. The battery is said to last up to one-month on a single charge, but that really depends on how much you read and how long you leave the Kindle running each day.

Personally, I ordered one last month from and have already torn through Stephanie Meyer’s The Host as well as Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in preparation for the two movies to release in theaters this summer of 2013. While I considered the Chapters Indigo Kobo, I ultimately decided on the Kindle because of its faster page turning and super light weight.

Do you have a Kindle? Perhaps you have another kind of eBook reader? Let me know in a comment!


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