New novel coming in the Spring of 2009



Every time I stroll through the garden, I see something new. Today the dahlias danced in the wind. As their scarlet and pink heads bobbed in the cat mint, I found my thoughts slipping out of the shadows and into the sun.


Derek Armstrong, the publisher of Kunati Books, contacted me shortly after reading Let the Shadows Fall Behind You to tell me that he and chief editor, James McKinnon, thought it was a fine novel.  Kunati, dubbed “the publisher to watch” by Booklist Magazine, has a rigorous selection process, vetting the manuscript past a panel that includes librarians, book marketers, distributors etc.  Luckily, everyone gave this novel a unanimous thumbs up.


All of the stories in my short story collection Roads Unravelling (Sumach Press) are set on the Kennebecasis River where I live. Let the Shadows Fall Behind You follows that tradition; however, it also takes place on the Lake of the Woods in Northern Ontario.  I hope all the generous readers who took the time to drop me a line and let me know how much they enjoyed Roads Unravelling, love this novel as much. 


Kathy-Diane Leveille

Coming Soon: Let The Shadows Fall Behind You


The truth is people disappear from our lives all the time; the fiction is the belief in our control to bring them back.
 On a grey morning in Northern Ontario in 1978, when the first fat snowflakes drifted down erasing all the familiar landmarks, Nikolai Mirsky headed out the door of the haunted cabin he shared with his lover, Brannagh Maloney.  And disappeared…


Brannagh, a Natural Science Illustrator, struggled to collate the data from their bird count through the long winter. By the time the icicles began to melt, she was filled with a growing certainty that the infamous wilderness preservationist wasn’t returning.

 When Brannagh left New Brunswick, ten years ago, she swore it was for good.  But now her best friend, Annie, won’t stop hounding her to return for a reunion of their childhood all-girls club The Tuatha-de-Dannans.   Brannagh finally relents, but she refuses to go to her childhood home. Instead, she hides out at her Grandmother’s cottage, even though it is far too close to the woods where her mother was murdered fifteen years ago.

As Brannagh struggles to put to rest the questions surrounding Nikki’s disappearance, she finds it impossible to ignore the family secrets circling the most startling disappearance of all. Brannagh learns that nothing magical can change the past, but the fierce love of friends holds the power to transform the future.

 Let the Shadows Fall Behind You (Kunati Books) by Kathy-Diane Leveille: Coming Soon!