Monday, June 13, 2011

Gail Bowen's and Martha Cheves's Reviews for Broken But Not Dead

Remember what I said about blowing your own horn? Today's blog is a subtle example. I haven't held my new book, but already I've received two reviews that I'd love to share. Actually, I am going to share them. The joys of having your own blog.




Gail Bowden, author of the Joanne Kilbourn series said:

“Joylene Butler’s protagonist, Professor Brendell Meshango, is a complex and uniquely Canadian character. She is a strong woman, but neither her Aboriginal childhood, her adult success as an academic, nor her fierce loyalty to her own child prepare her, or us, for the terror that strikes when she becomes the victim of a, seemingly random home invasion. The action in “Broken But Not Dead” is gripping; the characters are rich and the climax riveting."
                                                                                -- Gail Bowen
Broken But Not Dead – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘I lifted my head and squinted. My eyes finally adjusted to the semi-darkness. Was that the woodstove next to me? I squinted harder. It was less than five feet away. How-? On my right, the chesterfield and chair, so close I could have reached out to touch them. A chunk of moonlight outlined the veranda doors less than six feet from the foot of my bed. I sucked in air. Not possible. I slumped back. I was in my bead in the middle of the living room, lying where my coffee table should be. “Confused?” a voice whispered.’

Brendell Meshango had just resigned her position with The University of Northern British Columbia where she taught English. For the first time in her 50 years of life she was finally free to do whatever she pleased. And today it pleased her to go to her cabin, build a fire, sit on the veranda and listen to the loons. Apparently someone else had other plans for Brendell which proved true when she woke up in the middle of her living room instead of her bedroom.

Brendell was one of twelve kids born to abusive, alcoholic parents. Her Indian mother loved to beat her children because she hated them, all of them. Her father beat them because he didn’t want them to end up like him. The kids were beaten for no apparent reasons but mother Agnostine enjoyed telling Brendell her beatings were due to her being a “stupid frog-squaw”, in other words – a half-breed. Brendell was determined not to allow them to break their spirits. Her defiance allowed her to prove to her mother, as well as herself, that she was a good person was to teach the one language her mother hated – English. Her determination paid off when it took her straight to the top by becoming the head of the English department.

So, who has captured Brendell, who is holding her captive, who is torturing her and threatening her daughter Zoe if she tells anyone? Even after she’s released and allowed to go home, her intruder shows up there with more threats. When Zoe’s best friend ends up being beaten, the police suspect her husband but when the details came out as to how she was beaten, Brendell recognizes his method and style. Her only choice for protecting Zoe is to get her out of town to safety and find this person before he strikes again.

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.
                                                                      -- Martha Cheves

19 comments :

  1. Wonderful!
    Hopefully these are the first of many positive reviews that you are going to receive Joylene.
    Have a great week.

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  2. Thank you, Paul. And thanks for indulging me. While this is very exciting, it still takes me out of my comfort zone. I wonder if blowing your own horn ever gets easier.

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  3. Joylene, this are fabulous reviews! I'm beyond happy for you. Yes, yes, share the reviews! When I read the review, I reached for my pencil and the TBR list - we're going on holiday and, girl, you're a must read!

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  4. Oops, sorry - I'm going to put your book's cover on my sidebar...hope that's okay.

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  5. Kittie, you are a dear girl. Thank you. Hmm, let me think... should I let you place my cover on your sidebar???

    OH HECK YES.

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  6. Congratulations on such great reviews, I'm happy for you and intend to read the book.

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  7. Thank you, Anthony. That's music to my ears. Have a wonderful week.

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  8. That's not blowing your own horn... someone else chose to blow it for you, and I'm sure the praise is well deserved! It sounds like a great story so the word is bound to get around. :)

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  9. Thanks, Carol. Ah, I just thought of something and will email you right now.

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  10. Congrats, Joylene! You must be thrilled! So excited for you. :)

    I don't consider this blowing your own horn, you are merely sharing good news!

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  11. That's sweet, Karen. Thanks. I know I've got to get over this issue. I'm sure my mum would be encouraging me if she were alive.

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  12. Don't be afraid, Joy. Think like a ballerina. Say "Merde" enter the stage on a grande jete and dance your butt off. And if you stumble or you fall, so what? Everybody does. It's not that you go down, it's how you get back up and keep going that matters. The applause will still be there at the end.

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  13. Thanks, Vicki. Your encouragement means tons! Hope your day is excellent. See you in blogland.

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  14. Congrats on the great reviews! The book sounds like one I'd enjoy.

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  15. Thank you, Laurel. Hope you're having a nice day. It's freezing here. Well, not freezing exactly, but cold, windy with rain threatening.

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  16. Many congrats on your early reviews, Joylene! A sign of good things to come, I'm sure!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog and for "friending" me on FB!

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  17. Thank you, Lauren. Thanks for the FB invite. I enjoy your blog very much.

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  18. Hi Joylene .. this is good news - and will really set you on your way for your tour .. enjoy - Hilary

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  19. Thanks, Hilary. You're right. It's astonishing how encouraging good reviews are. I sort of understand why some authors don't read them. Bad ones have an even stronger reaction. I don't think I'm at the stage where I cannot not read them though.

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