One of our very own GGW members, Joylene Nowell Butler of central British Columbia, has sent the happy news that her new thriller, Broken But Not Dead has just been published.
The book is available for $18.95 CAD ($17.95 USD) through the publisher, Theytus Books and independent bookstores across Canada.
For those of you who don't know, she's also the author of Dead Witness.
Brendell Kisêpîsim Meshango is of Métis heritage and a PhD university professor in Prince George, British Columbia. When Brendell resigns from the university and retreats to her isolated cabin to repair her psyche, she is confronted by a masked intruder. His racial comments lead her to believe she is the solitary victim of a hate crime. However, is all as it appears? After two bizarre days inflicting a sadistic captivity, the intruder mysteriously disappears.
Taught by her mother to fear and distrust the mainstream-based power structures, and with her stalker possibly linked to a high level of government, Brendell conceals the incident from the police. But will keeping quiet keep her safe?
Then her beloved daughter, Zoë, is threatened — and Brendell takes matters into her own hands. To save Zoë, Brendell searches for the stalker and confronts not just this a depraved madman but her own fears and prejudices.
A First Review
Martha A. Cheves, author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat, writes:
Broken But Not Dead is written without the “fluff” that’s found in many books. Joylene Nowell Butler gets straight to the story, taking you from one happening to the next and keeps you turning the page. The characters of Brendell and her determination, Zoe and her stubbornness, the mental instability of the “intruder” is written with such possibility that the book is very believable. Now that I’ve read Broken But Not Dead, I can’t wait to read Dead Witness also written by Joylene Butler.
We writers know that when we get our work published, yes it's very nice to receive congratulations.But what we really want is for people to buy our books. When they do, publishers are impressed and while we authors may make a little money, we more importantly establish a track record and so increase our chances of getting published again.
Not only is Joylene a great writer, but she's a great person who thoroughly supports other writers, so if you've got birthday presents to buy or simply want to reward yourself and the readers in your life, consider purchasing a copy of Joylene's book, or two, or a whole stack. Then don't forget to write those ever-important book reviews that encourage others to buy the book, too.
And if anyone else has such good news to share, please do.