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Toronto's former reggae dancehall princess, Delia Chinn, is drawn back into a seductive party lifestyle when she meets Jessica & Victor, members of the "Groovy Massive" soca dance group. Although Delia's self-esteem is on the rise, it's at the expense of her relationship with Ryan and their five year marriage...a marriage that may not survive her first carnival season.

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Abigail, a twenty-seven year old photographer, is in a never ending rut. She spends her time tolerating a job at the mall, enduring pressure from her parents to establish a traditional career, and relying on her older brother Leighton and her best friend Kiziah to help keep her sane. When Abigail meets Toronto’s top nightclub promoter, Karl “Karisma” Marshall, she quickly falls for his charm and is soon introduced to the introspective DJ Rewind and an entirely new world of drama, music, and social unrest.  Thrown into an unexpected love triangle, Abigail sees a new side of Toronto, and has the opportunity to raise community awareness and her personal profile through her photos.

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Ryan Wright, a humble 29-year-old Scarborough high school teacher finally has an opportunity to connect with Toronto’s dancehall princess--his long-time crush, the beautiful Delia Chinn--after a Carnival Sunday party. Despite the doubts of their friends and families, the unlikely couple are determined to make their new relationship work, and reconcile their differences in upbringing, values, and lifestyles. Ryan was raised by academic Jamaican parents; Delia has raised herself as a result of a broken home, and the loss of her grandmother. As they attempt to establish a stable relationship, they learn about themselves, their needs, their flaws, and what it takes to truly support one another.

 

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Symone hasn’t been in a relationship since high school, and now that she’s finishing up college, she realizes that she has a fear of commitment that is difficult to overcome. Rather than settling down with one man, Symone decides to openly divide her affection between soft-spoken Jeremy, one of her oldest friends, Richard the suburban athlete, and Darnell the west-end thug. While the arrangement works well for Symone, her man friends soon begin to question her choices, jealousy surfaces, and her fear of being alone starts to cause a strain on her career development as an actress. Symone is forced to make difficult choices before she sabotages everything--and everyone--she loves.

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Thirty-one year old Renee, a graphic designer and dedicated athlete, takes a week long vacation to Cancun with her wild cousin Vanessa, to sort out her thoughts about her new relationship. While Vanessa takes the opportunity to meet new women and enjoy the sun, Renee spends her time reflecting about the past and trying to make sense of the role she has played with her former boyfriends. Although Sheldon is a kind-hearted and supportive man, Renee doesn’t know how to move on from her past hurt and mistrust, and accept the goodness that is right in front of her. Insecurity and doubt cause Renee to jeopardize her vacation, and put her future with Sheldon at risk.

 

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Eleven short stories explore the lives and challenges of high school students across the Greater Toronto Area in the late 90’s: “Babymoms” (dawn gets pregnant at seventeen),  “Bad Man” (Lucas fights to save his reputation), “Drink With Me” (Mina experiments with drugs), “Girlfriend” (Latisha’s new man tests her character), “I Got It Like That” (Trish ends her promiscuity), “No Regret” (Sara tests her loyalty to Marcus), “Rahim” (Bria fears her boyfriend’s new associates), “Run Away” (Perrine’s first relationship), “The Ex” (Malene’s possessive ex causes an annoyance), “Tie The Knot,” (Shanita cheats on her boyfriend), and “Tru Playa” (Garfield entices an older woman).

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They look. They like. They meet. They hook up. Four short stories explore new relationships for couples in their early twenties. In “I Met Her At A Basement Party,” Khabili spends a long summer working, playing dominoes, and listening to his boy school him on how to find and manipulate women. In “Electric Backslide,” newlyweds Rodney and Desiree deal with their social and spiritual differences. Rayne takes a road trip to Toronto from Hamilton to distract herself from a recent breakup in “Show Time,” and in “The Path” Lisa dates a charming single father, Trevor, and attempts to tolerate the many disruptions from his son’s mother.

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Bi-racial triplets Afia, Naki, and Kwame Osei unexpectedly have to move from their hometown of Windsor, Ontario, to the city of Toronto just as they are about to enter junior high. Watching their older brother Kofi establish his independence and leave home at the age of eighteen, they realize that adulthood is soon approaching, and are prepared to enjoy their adolescent experiences with friendship, dating, love, and education. Coming of age in the 90’s, they share their first-person accounts of the people they meet, the things they do, and the emotions they experience individually, and as siblings, as they journey from twelve to eighteen, with high hopes for their futures.

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High school sweethearts, Michelle and Austin, leave Toronto to begin university at a popular party school in Windsor. Being away from home for the first time proves to be a challenge, and they must learn to balance their educational goals and relationship issues, as well as establish their independence from their families. While Austin is a natural student and quickly adjusts to his new life and routine in Windsor, Michelle has a hard time keeping up with her classes and getting used to Austin’s changing attitude and new habits. When tragedy strikes, they are both forced to take some time to make sense of the lessons encountered and their next steps into adulthood.

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Founded in 2007 by Stacey Marie Robinson, Kya Publishing is committed to the promotion and celebration of urban Canadian books, culture, and literacy.

 

 

 

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