This website is dedicated to Maria Channell and her first book titled Ellis House. Read an excerpt from the book and bookmark (CTRL + D) this site. Please come back to find updated information on book signings!

You can now purchase Ellis House for $12.95 USD (plus shipping when ordered from the website) and the eBook for $3, $15.95 USD when making a local purchase direct from author, $19.95 CDN when making a local purchase direct from author and $21.95 CDN when purchased from Canadian Bookstores.

Book Signing and Salus Fund Raiser

The book signing in Ottawa turned out to be a great success, here are two news articles that can be viewed online.

Book Signing and Salus Fund Raiser

Dealing with emotionally disturbed children has inspired locally born author, Maria Zoubek Channell, to write a suspense novel, “Ellis House”, that not only entertains readers, but also takes them on an exploration deep into the human psyche. How does one continue to function in a professional fashion when their home life is in tatters? How can a mother be strong for her children when she doesn’t know how to help herself? [Read more…] from SNAP Ottawa Downtown

Maria, Family and Ellis House

Clinical psychologist returns home to promote Ellis House

Dr. Maria Channell is a practicing clinical psychologist who was raised in Ottawa and spent the majority of her childhood exploring the Glebe. She currently resides in New England, but returns home frequently to visit her family and friends. She recently published Ellis House, her first mystery novel. [Read more…] Page 30, Glebe Report February 13, 2009 (8.90MB Adobe file)

Leominster Champion Interview

Erik Radvon from Leominster Champion News Interviews Maria Channel

Leominster Champion News Interviews Maria“Local psychologist publishes first novel, looks to showcase Leominster in future works.

Who in our society better understands our quirks, foibles, and fears than a psychologist? Who better, then, to craft a psychologically thrilling novel?

Dr. Maria Channell is a psychologist who calls Leominster home. A native of Toronto, Canada, Channell has crisscrossed the States during the course of her education and professional career, settling in Leominster with her husband and two children three years ago.”

Read entire article titled: Something thrilling this way comes

Book Signing Ottawa Ontario

Book Signing Ottawa Ontario - Collected Works Bookstore ImageMaria Channell born in Toronto and raised in Ottawa will read and sign copies of Ellis House in Ottawa Ontario at various locations in February. Dates and directions listed below.

February 14th from 10am – 2pm – Book signing at Brittons Glebe. It’s located on 846 Bank Street. Bring your friends, relax and enjoy some coffee.

February 15th at 2pm – Reading at Collected Works Bookstore, book signing to follow. Enjoy the wine and cheese! Located at 1242 Wellington Street West.

February 20th from 4 – 7pmFrancesco’s Coffee Company in Glebe is having a book signing for Maria. It’s located at 857A Bank Street. Free coffee will be offered to anyone who purchases a copy of Ellis House.

10% of the author’s proceeds will go toward supporting Salus to anyone who identifies themselves as a friend of the organization. This applies to all of the above locations.

Book Fair in Manhattan

21st Annual Independent and Small Press Book FairI wanted to thank everyone for their comments.  I will be at the 21st Annual Independent and Small Press Book Fair in Manhattan this weekend promoting Ellis House.  Please stop by if you are in the area.  The event is free to the public and is located at The New York Center for Independent Publishing in the General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen Building, 20 West 44th St between 5th and 6th Avenue. See you there! -Maria

Ellis House Excerpt

Chapter 1:

Image of girl in group home windowI’m on my hands and knees in darkness, desperate to find my way in silence. There is no power, no dial tone, and I can hear footsteps above me – pacing, stopping, pacing, stopping. There are two people arguing. I recognize the voice of my husband. The voices crescendo to shouting. Screams. Shattering of glass. No more voices. Only silence.

My chest is so tight it aches. My heart pounds like a violent caged animal against my ribs. I feel the dampness of sweat pooling under my arms and hugging the curve of my spine. It collects on my brow. I wipe it away making my palms slick. I try not to panic. I tell myself to regulate my breathing – slow, deep, and even. I tell myself not to hyperventilate. I need to stay in control. Stay in control. No matter what – stay in control.
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Website launch

This website/ blog is being developed for Maria Channell, author of Ellis House so she can interact directly with her readers. Her first book is soon to be published in January. If you would like to contact Maria or post a comment to this blog, feel free!