Arts East Review

art1Thanks to Arts East for reviewing my new novel “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw:”

Kathy-Diane Leveille makes rural New Brunswick, 1935, an enticing setting for a murder mystery.

Her second suspense novel, Standing in the Whale’s Jaw, centres around 15-year old Elsa Byrd, a strong girl wise beyond her years. Elsa and her mom have relocated from Saint John to her grandparents’ farm; her father Hal has been admitted to a tuberculosis sanatorium. As mother and daughter attempt to adapt to country life—coloured by what probably is a more palpable case of “women should know their place”—a body of a young girl is discovered, found dead inside a floating dory.


Thanks too to Mind Care for holding their annual “Music is Freedom” event. This year they decided to include a lunch reading with authors. I was so pleased to be asked to take part last Friday.  They do so much to help erase the stigma associated with mental illness. So nice to see such a great turn out!



“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





March E-muse Winner: $50.00 Amazon

herbsCongratulations to Micheal Teal the winner of March E-Muse draw for a $50.00 gift certificate on Amazon.  To be eligible to win, simply subscribe to my monthly E-muse newsletter at to share my ramblings on gardening, writing and Life 101.   Events, updates and lots of Spam-free fun!  Have fun picking out which books to buy, Micheal. So many pages, so little time.

February E-muse winner: Amazon 50.00

teddyCongratulations to Jane McIntosh with winner of the February draw for a 50.00 Amazon gift certificate.  I e-mail a monthly newsletter called E-Muse with updates on SHADOW events, writing tips and author interviews I conduct on another blog.  (E-muse archives are posted on this site if you want to take a peek).  Everyone who subscribes has their name entered into the monthly draw for a 50.00 Amazon gift certificate.  Why?  Because one of my favorite things is getting a windfall that allows me to order new books.   I enjoy sending out that e-mail to the winners; but also encouraging the publishing, reading and buying of books–they’re my best friends.  

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