Saturday, June 11, 2011

Seventeen Days to Countdown

It's official, I'll be holding my next suspense thriller, Broken But Not Dead, in my hands June 28th. Yes, the excitement is beginning to sink in. Partial because I've been on the phone all week setting up events for my book tour. I'm not an excitable person, but this extensive planning has me anticipating a good book launch. The actual party will take place in Prince George in July, but the first seven days will take me to the Okanagan in British Columbia.

Beautiful Penticon, BC


 and the city of Kelowna...

BTW, the Okanagan is a popular tourist destination, famous for its wine.

Below is what I'm leaving behind, which is anybody's guess:


or hot summer days at Cluculz Lake?

I did manage to get some weeding done. But notice how little blooms I have? The joy of living in the beautiful north. Hopefully, they'll be there by the time I get home.

All week, I've been working with Theytus, calling bookstores, setting up dates to do book signings, and readings at the Kelowna and Penticton libraries. None of this puts me in my comfort zone, but at the same time, I'm not going to the dentist, so it's time to lighten up. I like people, and I really appreciate my readers, so putting that into prospective means a book tour can and should be a lot of fun.

Already I'm receiving great response over my protagonist, professor Brendell Kisêpîsim Meshango. I have to confess, she wasn't working for me until I clipped a photo of who I believe would make a perfect Brendell in the "movie".  I took one look at actor Tina Keeper's face and knew I had my Brendell.

I remember when Max Barry sold the rights to his novel Syrup in 2006 and said on our writer's list that he couldn't wait for the movie to come out. At this moment, Syrup is in production starring Amber Heard.

And because I believe in positive thinking, I must say, "Tina, you're going to make a great Brendell!"

--happy touring.


  1. Good luck with your tour Joylene.
    Okanagan looks fantastic judging from your photographs and it's nice to see Cluculz finally ice free!
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Thank you, Paul. Yes, no more ice! Have a great weekend.

  3. What exciting times. And yes, dare to dream of the film. Since I can't make your tour stops, I'll send my excitement for your launch up north to add to yours. Have a blast!

  4. Cluculz Lake looks as good as the Okanagan to me. Don't worry about the flowers---almost all our wildflowers came out together the season was so late. Almost like the mountaintops in July across the Halfway River from Pink Mountain on the last heliportable survey job I did. Carpets of almost every flower you could think of.

    Now fix those flowers in your mind and they become the faces of your listeners at the book readings. The books aren't delivered? I bought my copy from Theytus yesterday and nowhere did it mention it was an advance sale.

    No matter, I'll get it in July when you're doing the readings.

  5. Goodness, what a beautiful part of the world you live in.

    I think for me, visiting the dentist would be far less stressful than a book tour. Saying that, what an exciting time for you!

    You've done the hard work. Enjoy the ride, Joylene. And congratulations :)

  6. Thanks, Keith. Wish you could attend. But I understand. Texas is a long long way from BC. LOL. One day, my buddy.

  7. Chris, great idea. I'll look upon them all as buds blooming. LOL. I like that. Thanks for ordering a book. Looks like you may get the first copy. Nice.

  8. Hi Wendy. I have a close friend living in Australia and she said it reminded her of BC. We have such a diverse climate: coastal, mountainous, desert. You should come for a visit!

  9. Joylene, I am so excited for you. Best wishes on a highly successful book tour. Sign lots of books!
    : )

  10. Thank you, Susanne! Hope your weekend's great.

  11. How wonderful to have it official! The excitement is going to be something else when you're finally holding a copy in your hands!

    The photos are great. It's easy to take BC's scenery for granted when you live here, but there are so many beautiful places... Cluculz and the Okanagan included. I hope your tour is rewarding and you sell out. I'm looking forward to seeing you in Kelowna on the 27th although I suppose you may not have books available then. I'm so looking forward to reading BBND!

  12. Yes, we'll get together on the 27th. I never thought of having a book for you. I'll try to see what I can come up with. Must put on my thinking cap.

  13. Pretty country up there. You'll do great on your tour, hope you knock 'em dead - figuratively speaking of course.

  14. Good point, Dave. I'll take my boxing gloves. Hope you have fun in Miami. Bet it's hotter than hot there.

  15. That's wonderful news, and I know you will have a very successful time. Very very pleased for you. Hugs and enjoy your well deserved and wonderful time. Hugs...

  16. Congratulations...and enjoy your tour. You have a lovely setting to enjoy. A truly blissful writer's paradise!

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  18. Lindsay BrumwellJune 12, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Best of luck on your tour Joylene! Soak it up and enjoy every minute of it! I'd love to hear all about it once you've completed it! A film version? Why not! Dream big! Take care!

  19. Thank you, Laurel. I will savour every moment. Thanks.

  20. Thank you, Lindsay. I will dream big, that's for sure.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  21. This is so cool! Enjoy your tour, and wishes for many, many sales!
    Can't wait to read this one!

  22. Thanks, Carol! I wish I could add to that, but I'm too excited to think of anything. Have a wonderful week.

  23. Best of luck with your book tour and I love the pictures of where you're going and those of home. I live in the hot, dry Panhandle of Texas - no rain here for almost 9 months. I used to live in the northwest where it is always green. Sure miss it. Have a great time and congratulations! Holding your book in your hands is better than opening presents at Christmas.


  24. I agree, Dianne. It's a reward for all those hard hard years of trying desperately to turn the book into something near-perfection. LOL. Luckily, I get to attempt it again with the next book.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  25. Hi Joylene .. yes .. you'll be living on your return! Silly how 'fear' influences us .. go enjoy - I'm sure you will.

    Tina - certainly seems to reflect the person I expect to read about in the novel .. bringing her to actual life as in thoughts is a great idea ..

    You're working so hard - and I got my geography hat on and had a look around .. enjoy those northern readings and the peoples ..

    Good luck and enjoy - cheers Hilary

  26. Thank you so much, Hilary. I'm going to take your advice and really enjoy myself. Then I'll probably blog about my adventure when I return home. Have a wonderful day and weekend, Hilary, and thanks for your support.

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