Miss Chatelaine

I’m thrilled to announce that The Virgin Cure has been chosen as the first pick in Chatelaine Magazine’s inaugural book club! The editors at Chatelaine have regularly shared their favourite books with readers in the past, and their online books discussion forum has been a fabulous part of their web site for years, so it’s truly exciting to see them bring these elements together to establish an official book club (in true Chatelaine style, of course.) To have my novel be their November pick is quite an honour. The November issue of Chatelaine is making it’s way to mailboxes, newsstands

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Coincidence? I think not.

After you’ve finished writing a novel, there comes a moment when you decide to pack up the notebooks, index cards, and sticky notes you’ve scattered through your life for the past few years and bid them a fond farewell. It’s a bittersweet process to be sure, but it’s also a time of excitement, because (if you’re lucky) there’s a new idea sitting in the back of your head waiting to find its way to the page. Before I put it all away, there’s a story I’d like to share, a story about the importance of accepting what comes your way

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YAWP!

Early in the summer I began working with Sarah Smith, an amazing young film maker and alum of the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts Teen Academy on a project inspired by The Virgin Cure. It was an honour to work with her and I have to say, when I viewed the final edit of the two-minute short yesterday, I was blown away. Such talent and heart – and she’s only seventeen! Using a script made from snippets of the Prologue, she guided¬† homeschooler-dancer-Creekling-and now voice talent, Aliah Schwartz in recording the narration for the project. Historical images from 19th

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Save the Date(s)

  Just wanted to let you know about two events that are around the corner, and one that’s coming up in October. This Sunday, September 11th, I’ll be popping by the Chapters in Dartmouth, NS (41 Mic Mac Blvd.), to take part in their fall preview event. If you’re in the Halifax/Dartmouth area and would like to get the inside scoop on new titles coming out this fall, I’d love to see you there! The event starts at 1pm, and I’ll be on at around 2:30pm to talk about The Virgin Cure (and to read a brief excerpt.) The book

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And the winners are…

Thanks so much to those who left comments on last weeks post! Here are the names of the winners from the draw for the signed mass market paperbacks of The Birth House (with prologue and chapter one from The Virgin Cure included in the back.) Blair Renee Meuse Bishara Kim Boswell Please email me at:¬† ami(at)amimckay(dot)com with your mailing address so I can pop your prize in the post! Congratulations to the winners, and if you didn’t win this time, stick around, I’ll have a few other goodies to give away soon.

a TARDIS, a sneak peek, and a giveaway…oh my!

Things have been hoppin’ since my last post and the photo above sums up the past week pretty well. Across the Pond… For readers in the UK who’ve been asking when The Virgin Cure will reach their shores, I’m pleased to announce that the novel now has a home with the wonderful UK publisher, Orion. The following comes via Publisher’s Lunch: Ami McKay’s THE VIRGIN CURE and THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK, a (very) young woman’s journey through the underworld of New York in 1871, to Genevieve Pegg at Orion, for publication in 2012, by Helen Heller at Helen Heller

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