SHADOWS on “Book Reviews and Author Interviews”

buck6I’m a guest today on AUTHOR INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWS.   Great fun!  Michy Devon asked: How would you describe your new suspense novel LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU.

My answer: Let the Shadows Fall Behind You is Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood meets Harlan Coben. I loved writing it because I was able to combine the ingredients I crave in fiction: a dark hero, a broken and brave heroine, loyal sidekicks; and the shifting, persistent threat of evil that must be conquered. It’s a multi-layered plot, sharpened by elements of romance, suspense, poetry and comedy. I love anything Irish and grew extremely fond of these women–Brannagh, Annie, Tish and Diane— and was sad to write the last page. I especially relate to Brannagh, the protagonist. She is determined to leave dark secrets in her past behind, but the disappearance of Nikki leads her straight back home. So often in life, that is exactly what happens. The very thing we don’t want to deal with keeps knocking at our door until we face it head on. Brannagh learns that nothing can change the past, but the power of friendship can transform the future.

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Kathy-Diane Leveille
Author of
LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU (Kunati Books)
ISBN:978-1601641670
“Let the Shadows Fall Behind You is a haunting story of disappearance and loss and, ultimately, of redemption. Weaving together a world of family loyalties and family lies, of broken bonds and of those that endure, it combines the nuance of poetry with all the suspense of a thriller.” -Nino Ricci (Governor General Award winner “The Origin of Species”)

Diary of an Eccentric calls SHADOWS ‘brilliant at building suspense’

buck2Thank you to Anna Horner who reviewed LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU on her blog “Diary of an Eccentric.”  I appreciate you taking the time to read my new book and flattered that you were soon hooked.  Anna says: 

“Leveille is brilliant when it comes to building suspense. She drops little bombs, then waits several pages to spell it all out, which had me burning through the pages like crazy to find out what happens.”

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Kathy-Diane Leveille

Author of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU (Kunati Books)

ISBN:978-1601641670

Bloody Words Lots of Fun

Verna 2009 617Attending Bloody Words earlier this month in Ottawa was a great time. I was on an author panel with David Cole, Lou Allin, Phyllis Smallman and Jane Peterson Burfield. We had some hilarious discussion about Phyllis’s new book title: SEX IN THE SIDECAR. Apparently as the setting in the series is a local bar, all the books are named after drinks. (By the way I’ll be interviewing Phyllis this fall on my author interview blog, along with Lou, so stay tuned for more.)

I also enjoyed a lovely lunch with some other participants at a local pub during the conference, pictured in the photo. All are also members of Crime Writers of Canada, Quebec and Atlantic chapters. From left to right: Verna Dreisbach (Dreisbach Literary Agency), Louise Penny (The Murder Stone), Pat Flewweling (Mumers the Word T.B.R.), Michael Blair (Depth of Field), Pamela Callow (Damaged T.B.R.) and yours truly, Kathy-Diane Leveille, (Let the Shadows Fall Behind You).

For more on the conference check out LOVE MS JULIE.

Kathy-Diane Leveille

Author of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU (Kunati Books)

ISBN:978-1601641670

“A taut psychological thriller with more than enough mystery and rich characterization to keep us mesmerized….”  -Reader’s Respite
 

 

Guest on LibraryThing Author Chat

celtic1I’m a guest on LibraryThing Author Chat for the next little while.  Pop by and say hello!  Have you read LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU?

I’ve loved books forever.  My best friends are books.  So I love having a place to share my passion for reading…and now writing.

5 Star SHADOWS Review from Amazon Top 10

shadow2Wow! Grady Harp, Amazon Top 10 Reviewer, gave “LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU” 5 stars. I’m so pleased. Thank you Grady for taking the time to read and review my book. Here it is:

A Fine Involving Story Written with Rich Detail and Passion, June 13, 2009
By Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) – See all my reviews

LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU may by Kathy-Diane Leveille’s first novel, but if this book is any indication of her gifts both as a weaver of fascinating stories and a poet of natural expression then it will most assuredly will not be her last! There is at the core of this novel a finely tuned story that mixes contemporary action with reflective passages of each character’s past, a technique that for some can be burdensome in that time frames tend to blur. For the sophisticated reader this technique of blending past histories to support the development of the plot enhances the involvement in the story and allows the reader to take the journey the book explores with a fund of knowledge that resembles carrying a ‘character thesaurus’.

Finding a character readers will want to accompany is a tough start for any writer: Leveille creates such a character in the enigmatic Brannagh Maloney, a cataloguer for an environmentalist Nikolai Mirsky who suddenly disappears, leaving Brannaugh with blossoming emotions she feels compelled to explore. We are given her personal history through a series of flashbacks but more importantly through a ‘reunion’ with her along-the-way friends Annie, Tish and Dianne – each of whom has a significant history that reflects some heinous incidents of the past that have molded Brannagh’s preparedness for becoming a woman. It is a story rich in subplots while never digressing from the primary incident that eventually changes the life of Brannagh.

The story is set in Canada and Leveille has a wondrous way of painting the Canadian landscape so that those of us who do not know the atmosphere there find it palpable in her hands. ‘As the late afternoon sun slanted through the window, her eyes grew heavy, and the book in her hands tumbled to the floor. She awakened with a start to discover that another day had disappeared into the twilight.’ The writing is filled with poetic imagery such as this and serves the story well. This is a fine debut novel! Grady Harp, June 09

Shadows Book Signing: Coles

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I’ll be signing copies of my new suspense novel LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU ( ISBN-13: 978-1601641670) at Coles book store in Lancaster Mall in Saint John, New Brunswick this Saturday June 13 at 12 noon. Drop by and say hello. You can enter to win a draw for a gift certificate at Ambience Day Spa. Half the royalties from each book sold will be donated to Save the Children’s Aboriginal mother/baby bonding program.

Kathy-Diane Leveille
Author of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU (Kunati Books)
ISBN:978-1601641670
“It’s often said, but not usually with such eloquence, that the only one you can’t outrun is you. Kathy-Diane Leveille writes with passion and assurance of a woman who risks sacrificing far too much to try to erase the things she knows are true.” –Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

SHADOWS interview: Allie’s Musings

buck7I’m being interviewed by Allie Boniface today on ALLIE’S MUSINGS. She asked: What do you find the most difficult about writing? What do you find the most rewarding?

My answer: The most difficult thing about writing is returning to the page when the initial excitement over a story idea has worn off and I’m riddled with doubts about my ability to translate the vision to the reader. However, I’ve learned through the years that I must keep going back, that eventually the doubts fade and something sparks and I fall in love with my characters all over again. It is that moment, ironically, that is the most exciting about writing for me, because I always learn something new from my character’s journeys.

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KaKathy-Diane Leveille
Author of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU (Kunati Books)
ISBN:978-1601641670
“It’s often said, but not usually with such eloquence, that the only one you can’t outrun is you. Kathy-Diane Leveille writes with passion and assurance of a woman who risks sacrificing far too much to try to erase the things she knows are true.” -Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

Author of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU (Kunati Books)

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