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Harlandsville, Quebec—look up the definition of small town in a dictionary, and you’ll find its picture.
A one-stoplight village, Harlandsville doesn’t have a lot to offer, or so it seems. Old homes, an abandoned mill, a gas station, one Chinese takeout joint, and a former pub turned into a coffee shop. For the latter, one learns never to judge a book by its cover.
One step through the doors of Le Cafe, and you enter a world where the coffee is brewed one pot at a time through a strange machine, the pastries are homemade, and the music is a roadmap of Canada’s history.
Presided over by Luc, the son of one of Harlandsville’s most loved residents and his partner Emily, the cafe is home to natives and visitors alike. Where the coffee is strong, the spirit of friendship stronger, and occasional strange (and famous?) characters show up to hang out, and play music.
Small-town life, love, change, prejudice, pasts and futures are examined and experienced. The heartbeat of Harlandsville is right here. You never know who’ll show up, or what will happen next, Live from the Cafe...
Genre: Historical, Cultural Heritage, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Dystopian, Gay & Lesbian
Sixteen-year-old Rei Murata appears to have everything: good looks, brains, artistic skill and admiring friends. But Rei is a survivor—of loss, neglect and of self-isolation. Locked away from a world where she felt unwanted, Rei was one of the millions known as the hikikomori.
A chance meeting leads Rei to discover the online world of the Dwellers. Astonished to find her former classmate Sho among their number, Rei is determined to rescue him. Rei learns she must come to terms with her past before she can face her future. For her peers, the barriers of class and society must fall, so they too can move forward.
No one is ever lost, Rei believes. She hopes to lead Sho, and the rest to their moment in the sun.
Genre: Children's eBooks, Geography & Cultures, Explore the World, Fiction, Asia
Aidan Connor is a globetrotting American photojournalist. Burned out from a disastrous assignment, he turns up on the Tokyo doorstep of his old college friend, Mima. He soon learns that Mima's past (and his own) have become present. A talented artist, Mima is struggling to make it on her own. Two of her oldest friends, Sora and Eko are also battling a peculiar form of social injustice: they are branded "Parasite Singles" because both still live at home despite being in their early thirties. Aidan knows everyone has a story: a brilliant painter, Sora suffers from mental illness. Eko, who appears to be the poster child for the term also has a dark past. As he remakes himself, Aidan is reminded of what kept him close to Mima all these years. He also sees what keeps Mima, Sora, Eko and Mima's old love so close as well...one thing never dies.
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction
About The Author: A broadcaster for more than thirty years, Tory Gates has seen and done just about everything in the radio business. He's been a deejay, talk show host, traffic reporter, producer and a journalist. Currently, Tory is the Morning Desk Anchor for the Radio Pennsylvania Network, located in Harrisburg.
Tory’s third book, Live from the Cafe is available on Sunbury Press Books. His 2016 Sunbury release, A Moment in the Sun was a finalist for the Dante Rossetti Award for Young Adult Fiction by Chanticleer Reviews. His self-published debut, Parasite Girls is available through Amazon.com and Smashwords.
Tory's works are of young adult/crossover fiction, with exotic settings, but deal with real-life issues and social problems. His future releases include Sweet Dreams: Searching for Roy Buchanan.
A native of Vermont, Tory lives in Harrisburg with his five cats. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter (@ToryGates), as a feature writer for BroadwayWorld.com and also online as DJ`Riff, hosting "The Music Club" on the London-based Radio-Airwaves Station, and in the nearest place that serves good coffee!
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