celtic101LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU  begins when Brannagh’s boyfriend, Nikki, disappears on a bird count up north.  His vanishing has sinister undertones because she doesn’t know if he left voluntarily, because of something she did or didn’t do, or if there’s been foul play (as there was in her mother’s murder years ago). Nikki’s work as a wildlife preservationist exacerbates that fear. Would big business go to any length, even murder, to keep him from completing his work?  The bird count takes place in 1978 before a large dam is going to be built in Lake of the Woods.   Readers are asking if this is based on a true event.


No. It is completely fictitious.  However, the Canadian Wildlife Service did do bird counts in that area and also in New Brunswick in the 1970’s. I researched those for the novel. I also belong to the Saint John Naturalist’s club and am aware of various bird counts being carried out across Canada. Today, of course, there’s a huge concern with global warming. We’re changing the habitat and migration patterns of wildlife, and the fear is that it’s to the point of no return. Studying wildlife migration patterns, tells us a lot. I’m just an amateur birder, though, not an expert.  However, like many people, I’m very concerned. I created the fictitious story in the 1970’s because I remember the passion for issues that existed back then and the mistrust of government and big corporations. How many imagined in the 1970’s that we actually would let ourselves get into the environmental situation that we are in today?


As promised, I’m posting consecutive scenes from Chapter One of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU as we lead up to the official launch on May 10.  Only 2 weeks to go!  Just click EXCERPT in the menu at the top of the page to read the next installment.  Each scene is separated by a *.


Happy Reading!




ISBN: 978-1601641670

“Picturing ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and recording their impressions with an intense clarity we associate more with black and white photos, Leveille is blessed with a flash of insight that lets the readers see far beyond the surface.”The Chronicle Journal





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