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…


“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

Thank you Jan’s Book Club!

I had a wonderful time this week dropping by Jan’s Book Club in Riverview to meet the lovely ladies who make up its reading members.  They chose my novel LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU as their selection this month and I thoroughly enjoyed sitting and chatting with them about the writing process, inspiration, plot, setting and characters.  They are a lively, curious, insightful bunch.  Best of all, I was treated to a piece of blueberry cheesecake, the recipe for which will be featured in the summer edition of my newsletter.

Jan’s Book Club is supporting Canadian authors by reading their books.  Thank you!  They offered some interesting reflections on the writings they’ve sampled so far; particularly that we can sometimes be a somber bunch.  It’s true.  I wonder if it has something to do with the harsh and wild, ever changing landscape we live in.   Art feeds life and life feeds art. 

I was also interested to learn that the lovely quilt draped over the back of  the couch had been sewn by Jan.  Very talented!  It is really a stunning piece of work;  a lovely piece of art.  Writing is much like quilting, piecing together bits of this and that with a vision of the whole in mind; but not knowing for certain how it will all turn out.  It is always extremely rewarding to talk to readers who receive the work and add their own perspective to it.

Congratulations to Eleanor who won the doorprize I brought, a $25.00 gift certificate for Chapters/Indigo/Coles and a bag of chocolates. Thanks for having me and happy reading.

“Leveille’s settings and characters—their hopes and fears, verbal and behavioural ticks, even their smells—are keenly observed and full of sensual presence.” – The Globe and Mail

Tess Gerritsen’s thoughts on Canada

I really enjoyed meeting international best-selling author, Tess Gerritsen, at the Cantebury Tales Literary Festival last week.  It isn’t often you meet authors with the caliber of talent and fame on par with the likes of Stephen King who are so approachable and down to earth.  We were all rivetted in her workshops and readings.  I was interested to read Tess’s take on us on the Murderati blog recently and her thoughts on the Canadian Publishing Industry.  God bless her for giving me a nice plug at the end:

“One of the best parts about attending literary festivals is the chance to meet other authors, and in St. John, I was very happy indeed to hear readings by some truly gifted authors, including Kathy-Diane Leveille (LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU) and Robert Rayner, whose searing YA novel SCAB had the audience on the edges of their seats.  These authors deserve a far wider audience.  In Canada, where there seems to be far deeper support for such authors, they at least have the chance of being heard.”

In Canada we do have support for literary mainstream writers.  Personally, I dislike slotting writing and the snobbery that sometimes comes with those divisions.  As a writer, my job is to tell a good story, whatever form I chose to shape it in: genre, mainstream, literary.   I read ALL of those types of fiction and so, at various times, have written stories in those forms.  Believe me, all start with the blank page and take the same amount of hard work, perseverance and skill to accomplish.  I actually just finished writing a genre suspense which is different from my mainstream literary suspense in that it is plot driven not character driven with less poetry and layers. I loved the challenge! 

You can read Tess Gerritsen’s entire blog entry on Muderarit which is fittingly titled OH CANADA.

 “Leveille’s writing sings of heartbreak and redemption…and all the dizzy dancing moments in-between.” -Carol Bruneau

Cantebury Tales Literary Festival

I’ll be reading at the Cantebury Literary Festival this Friday at 2:00.   There’s a wonderful roster of authors taking part: Beth Powning, Robert S. Dinning, Herb Curtis and more.  Tess Gerritsen will be doing a workshop “The seat-of-your-pants technique of novel writing.”   It’s taking place May 13, 14 and 15.  Drop by the Saint John Alehouse on Friday night for the “Closing Ceilidh” our literary kitchen part. Cheers!

“This book is kind of a “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” for grownups. Four friends who bond together in childhood, each coming from a troubled past, they create a group for themselves–only does one of the women go above and beyond to take care of the others–even murder? …this book kept me coming back for more.” -Night Owl Romance

Mother’s Day Book Signing

Happy Mother’s Day!   I’m signing books today at Coles from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Brunswick Square Shopping Mall, 39 King Street in Saint John, New Brunswick.  Every mom gets a free chocolate and can enter a draw to win a $100.00 book buying spree.  Hurray for moms!  Drop by to say hello and tell me what books helped you survive the rugrat trials. 

“Leveille knows character…” The Globe and Mail

Book Signing today at Coles

I’ll be signing copies of my novel  LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU today at Coles May 1 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. at McAllister Place Shopping Mall, 519 Westmoreland Drive in Saint John, New Brunswick.  Drop by to say hello and share a Mother’s Day chocolate and enter a draw to win a spring book buying spree with Indigo/Chapters/Coles.  I love to talk writing and books anytime!

Leveille is blessed with a flash of insight that lets readers see far beyond the surface.” The Chronicle Journal

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