Thanks to all: Launch, World Vision and Alice Munro

SAM_1851bI’d like to thank everyone who attended the launch of my new novel “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw” (Tightrope Books) and to all the organizers of the FogLit Book Festival.  It was so nice to look out during my reading and see all the familiar faces: fellow writers, retreat attendees, neighbors, friend’s from St. David’s United church, readers and books lovers who enjoy long lunches discussing what’s currently on the shelf.

Part of the proceeds from each book sold is going towards World Vision’s Trauma Recovery Centers for victims of child trafficking. The strength behind WV is that they are already on the ground and have established trust on SAM_1860a grass roots level in many communities. The shelters offer counselling, education and training in new skills.  They advocate for children’s rights and the implementation of child protection laws.  Thanks for your support! I will let everyone know what the tally is when I send in my first donation at year’s end.

I have a number of book signings coming up and if you are around, drop by and say hello:

1-3, Saturday October 12- Coles McAllister mall

SAM_185512-2pm, Saturday October 19 – Indigo Saint John

12-2, Friday October 25 – Westminster Books Fredericton

12-2pm, Saturday October 26 – Chapters Fredericton

12-2pm, Saturday November 2 – Chapters Moncton

SAM_187612-2, Friday Nov 8 – Coles Brunswick Square, Saint John

 You can enter a draw to win a gift certificate at Element 5 day spa. The draw will be November 15th.

Finally, wonderful news regarding one of my favorite Canadian authors: the legendary Alice Munro. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature!  In an industry where the novel dominates, she has remained one of the greatest living short story artists with the prizes and awards to prove it. She’s inspired many to tackle that SAM_1866 form, including me.  I never would have tackled “Roads Unravelling” without her inspirational prose to convey the powerful stories of ordinary people. I heard that she has said, being in her 80s, it’s time to set her writing aside. I hope that isn’t true. Congratulations to Alice Munro!  So very, very well deserved.

“Leveille has set her story in a bygone place and time so vividly evoked the reader is transported…” -Trudy Morgan-Cole, Author of  That Forgetful Shore

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Standing in the Whale’s Jaw

Whales Jaw - 5.5x8.5 COVER.inddI love the cover of my new novel “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw.”  It’s finally ready and will be available in a few weeks, but you can preorder it on Amazon or Indigo.  I have had a great time working with Tightrope Books (Toronto) to bring it all together.  They are a hard working bunch. It is always amazing to me that one tiny flash of inspiration can grow into a full-fledged book by putting pen to paper day after day. In the beginning the vision is fleeting and trying to nail it to the page is like trying to catch a wisp of floating pollen.  I have to remember that if I just show up, sooner or later it’s bound to land on me.  It’s astonishing to hold a finished book in your hand. My ego is always tempted to take all the credit, but the truth is, something much bigger collaborates with my efforts to turn the scribbles into a shining story; or tries to–depiste the fact that I keep getting in the way. I’m grateful for the mystery.

STANDING IN THE WHALE’S JAW: Fifteen-year-old  Elsa Byrd is on the verge of becoming a woman in the summer of 1935. In a world run by men, it could be more of a curse  than a blessing. Elsa’s father enters the TB sanitarium and she’s forced to live on her grandparents’ farm. She stumbles upon a stranger hiding in the barn and decides not to tell a soul. When a dead girl is discovered floating in a dory, it quickly shifts from the kind of secret Elsa wants to hug close, to the kind she doesn’t dare let out. Her mentor,  Lavinia Twigg, teams up with Inspector Gerard of the Saint John Police and Elsa is left teetering between risk and danger, silence and disclosure, trust and fear.

Stay tuned for details on the launch, signings and all the fun stuff.

Happy reading,

Kathy-Diane

“Standing in the Whale’s Jaw is a swirling, twisting tale of intrigue. Two bright and daring young women weave through a cast of characters… to solve one great mystery and open their minds to a greater one. A thoroughly enjoyable read, it’s a rollicking ride with many surprises along the way.” -Linda Little Author of Scotch River

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True E-Book Confessions

Let the Shadows Fall Behind You and Roads Unravelling are now available on Kobo and Kindle. Very exciting! And yet….

I must confess I still don’t have an E-reader.  It’s true. I remain enthralled with the feel of the printed book in my hand: the unique smell, the shifting weight, the color.  It’s as if my imagination can only truly expand unfettered when my nose is buried between a book cover.  I feel as if I’d be disloyal leaving my paper books behind somehow; closing the door on one of my deepest friendships. My oldest son showed me an e-book he was reading on his i-Phone.  I was impressed and fascinated by how easy and convenient it was to browse.  He lives in a big city, so it makes sense that it would be ideal to have that at his fingertips on a morning commute or lunch break.   

I live in a rural area on the east coast. The pace of living is hectic for the average snail.   For some reason in my mind, it’s an atmosphere that goes hand in glove with the delicious anticipation of holding a traditional book….as if all the writer’s hopes for the narrative, the words put to page, the promise and fullfillment, have come full circle to be unleashed in these quiet surroundings.

Since something inside me would shrivel and die if I couldn’t read, I know it’s inevitable that I’ll eventually buy an e-reader in some form or another.  I’m already intrigued by the potential to read a few pages anywhere, anytime in places where a traditional book just wouldn’t be practical. Take travelling for instance.  It would be wonderful not to have my suitcase bursting at the seams with so many books. I’m always afraid the one I absolutely need will be forgotten at home. 

There’s a place for both types of books, I think.  I’m comforted knowing that, despite the package a book comes in, the imagination is still all that matters. It ignites from the words, however they arrive, in the same way it always has… and the worlds it creates in each reader can never be manufactured or replicated or downloaded at the click of a button.  Happy reading!

    

“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

Award for excellence in the Arts!

A big THANK YOU  to Arts NB for awarding me a creation grant for ‘work of outstanding artistic merit.’  I’d submitted the beginning of my new novel “How to Be a Psychic.” It’s humbling to get this recognition from my peers, and also be handed the freedom to finish the book this fall/winter. Here’s the opening:

Tim Ward began to pack the carpenter tools away as he always did every afternoon when the shadows grew long and slanted across the wooden floor. He moved toward the window to close it from the fog that would soon be rolling in and was filled with a sudden queer irrefutable restlessness as the salty breeze fluttered the old cotton curtains his mother had sewn years ago. He fell against the dusty panes, the warmth of the glass pressing as firm as a woman’s cheek against his own, weakened momentarily by an overpowering yearning for once, just once,  life to surprise him.  For a moment, Tim reeled at the weight of  the longing. It hit like a vicious roller determined to knock him flat and fling him out to sea.  Then, just as quickly, the wrenching passed.

Nice to have something new to scribble away on as we start gearing for the upcoming release of “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw” with Tightrope Books.

Happy Readin! Kathy-Diane

“Roads Unravelling is a winding highway of quiet, still surfaces and yawning depths. Patrolling the flow are gape-jawed monsters and small glimmering pearls of real beauty.”  –The New   Brunswick Reader

Coming in 2013!

I’m thrilled to announce that my new novel “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw” will be published by Tightrope Books in the spring of 2013. Set in 1935, it takes place in Atlantic Canada on the east coast:

Fifteen-year-old Elsa Bird discovers an injured man hiding in the barn on her grandparent’s farm, the same day a dead girl appears floating in a dory on Lost Creek. Elsa’s life turned upside down when her father entered the TB sanatorium and she and her mother were forced to leave Saint John. The stranger’s arrival is a welcome diversion from worry. After concluding he’s harmless, Elsa agrees to hide the vagrant and experiences the heady power of owning a secret. When her mentor, Lavinia Twigg, teams up with the police to uncover the identity of the dead girl, Elsa discovers that keeping secrets, while deliciously potent, is complicated, dangerous and can quickly escalate out of control.

More to come!

“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

Thanks to Susan’s Book Club!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Susan’s Book Club in Maganetawan, Ontario for reading my novel LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU.    Susan informs me they had a sparked discussion over coffee regarding the three time lines.   The novel takes place in the  1970s.  After Brannagh’s lover, wildlife preservationist, Nikki Mirsky, disappears on a bird count in Northern Ontario she reluctantly returns to the east coast for a reunion of an all-girl childhood club.   The ‘present’ is interspersed with flashbacks of growing up in the 1950s, along with flashbacks of the previous summer during the bird count as the romance  developed between Nikki and Brannagh before he disappeared.   Some readers enjoy delving more deeply into the characters, while others  (usually those who want to find answers to plot questions’) don’t want to keep popping back into the past.   It’s so interesting to hear what one reader prefers and another doesn’t.   Being a fan of the TV series LOST, I do sometimes love the layers.  

Congratulations to Betty Soth who is the winner of the doorprize, a $25.00 gift certificate from Indigo/Coles/Chapters.  Thanks to all you readers for chosing my novel for your book club!  Have a great summer.  May it be filled with many wonderful, rivetting beach reads…

Kathy-Diane

“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

Congrats $100.00 Book Buying Spree Winner!

Congratulations to Mary McAuley who won the $100.00 book buying spree at Indigo/Chapters/Coles.  Everyone who subscribes to my newsletter was entered into the draw, along with people who dropped by my book signings over the spring.  Mary is a dedicated reader but, like me, always seems to spend far more than anticipated when she heads into the bookstore. In fact, she’d already busted her budget when she stopped by to chat, but couldn’t resist picking up a copy of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU.  

When I called Mary with the good news, she told me she loved my novel and was reading far more than she usually does at night because she can’t put it down. Thank you, Mary. I always love to hear what readers think of my book.   Mary, enjoy shopping ‘guilt free’ on your next visit to the book store.

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“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 not be her last! ….a fine debut.”  -Grady Harp, Top 10 Amazon Reviewer

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