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For appearances, please contact my agent, Miss
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or at 613-699-8494.
150 years of confederation: Chaudière Falls,
my sesquicentennial novel of dramatized history is based upon
the founding of Canada's National Capital Region, and how Ottawa
became the nation's capital. It's available in two formats: Trade
Paperback and as an ebook. Click on the Purchase tab to see the
options. For Ottawa, Ontario residents, it's also available in
both formats at the Ottawa Public Library: https://ottawa.bibliocommons.com/search?locale=en-CA&t=keyword&q=Chaudiere%20Falls.
If the library in your community isn't carrying it, most libraries
will accept patrons' requests to purchase books.
Appearances and Acknowledgements:
28/17, 6:30 p.m.: Pembroke Public Library, 237 Victoria Street,
Pembroke, Ontario. http://pembrokelibrary.ca/
images depicting some of the story's main characters, I'll be
reading a variety of scenes from Chaudière Falls.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
12/17, 7:00 p.m.:
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, 267 Edmund Street,
Carleton Place, Ontario. http://www.cpbheritagemuseum.com/
Complemented with images depicting some of the story's main characters,
I'll be reading a variety of scenes from Chaudière Falls.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
to meet you and other readers at these events.
My thanks to Lynn
and Mel Blimkie for having me sign copies of my novels
in the library of their store, A Sense of Country, in Renfrew,
And thank you to those who took the time to drop by and purchase
copies. Readers are welcome to leave comments about my novels
under Readers' Reviews and Messages.
Thank you to Pam
Harris, Chief Librarian at the Mississippi Mills Public Library:
for having me as a guest speaker at the library's Almonte Branch.
And thank you to library members who came out to hear me read
scenes from Chaudière Falls. I hope those who purchased
books will enjoy them. Readers are welcome to leave comments about
my novels under Readers' Reviews and Messages.
My thanks to librarians
Caroline Zeeman and Meriah Caswell for having me
as a guest speaker at the Carleton Place Public Library: https://olco.ent.sirsidynix.net/client/en_US/cp
And thank you to those who came out for the evening and purchased
copies of Chaudière Falls. Readers are welcome to
leave comments about my novels under Readers' Reviews and Messages.
editions of my novels are on Smashwords: Chaudière
It's available on additional
ebook sites under the Purchase tab. Please
send the links to people who like to read on ebook readers.
Author Wendy MacIntyre has reviewed Chaudière
dramatized history relates in gripping detail how a lawless lumber
town became the civilized capital of the nation. The author's
superb research brings to life the heartbreaking challenges faced
by the men and women who founded Bytown, including Colonel John
By, the determined engineer who built the Rideau Canal that was
to become the region's military and economic lifeline."
takes us inside the sad plight of the Irish labourers on the Canal
who undertook the backbreaking and dangerous labour of cutting
through two miles of rock, at least sixty feet deep. We enter
into their tragic and brief lives, marred by disease, crippling
and often-fatal accidents, poverty and prejudice."
his fictional protagonist, Jedediah Jansen, who from boyhood onward
seeks emotional refuge on "his" rock overlooking the
Chaudière Falls, Mulholland shows us the physical and emotional
toll the lumber industry took on an individual. Jed's life is
marked by risk, financial uncertainty, violence and the loss.
The long, hard seasons in the bush tax his marriage, resulting
in a tragic train of events and his troubled quest for redemption."
Here's the link to the full review
on my publisher's website: https://burnstownpublishing.com/product/chaudiere-falls-a-novel-of-dramatized-history/
Ms. MacIntyre is a writer in Carleton
Place, Ontario. Her novels include Mairi, The Applecross Spell,
Apart, Lucia's Masks and the forthcoming Hunting Piero.
Here's the link to her website: http://wendymacintyreauthor.ca/
Ottawa Life Magazine's feature writer Joel Redekop
has reviewed the novel. Excerpts:
Falls: A Novel of Dramatized History
. . . is both an orthodox and atypical addition to the genre of
historically-based fiction." "It is epic in scope .
. ." "Ultimately, Chaudière Falls is a
labour of love, a thoughtfully crafted history of a story not
often told. While history is easy to mythologize, the novel's
sober approach shows the author's remarkable eye for detail. For
the history fiends who like fact to work in tandem with fiction,
Chaudière Falls is a can't miss."
Here's the link to
the full review: http://www.ottawalife.com/article/chaudiere-falls-a-novel-of-dramatized-history?c=18
Issue: The book's
title has attracted members of both Free the Falls, who want the
cataract dam removed and the falls and islands administered by
the Algonquins, for whom it is sacred land, and a partner in Windmill,
the company planning to develop the site for residential and commercial
use. Other players include the city of Ottawa, the National Capital
Commission, Hydro Ottawa, and the Algonquins of Ontario.
legal and ethicalare mind boggling. Two sites delineating
the entanglement are: https://freethefalls.ca/
I am not taking a position
on this controversial issue. However, when doing research for
my novel, I discovered that the Algonquins living in the area
in 1800 did not know that a tribe of Mississauga, who lived at
Georgian Bay, had surrendered the land to the Crown. Under my
Excerpts' tab, you can read about Philemon Wright's first
encounter with the Algonquins. Most of the scene unfolds from
the point-of-view of Jedediah Jansen, my main fictional
character, who is ten years old at the time.
It is now de rigueur for companies to promote themselves
through a website, but it's rare for a business to include a page
featuring people such as myself who work at an artistic endeavour.
That, however, is what
Nick Milito does on his website. Nick is the owner of Ideal
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning in Ottawa, Ontario. Assisted
by his friend, Anil Balaram, his monthly newsletter includes
just such a page, and in this year's (2017) February and March
truly is front and centre.
At Anil's request,
I've written a synopsis of Chaudière Falls. You
can read my introduction to the story, a very brief summary of
what takes place in parts one, two and three, and a short biography
by clicking here: https://www.idealcarpetcleaning.ca/chaudiere-falls-part-1/
The concluding summaries of the novel are posted here: https://www.idealcarpetcleaning.ca/chaudiere-falls-part-2/
If you're wondering whether or not this epic would interest
you, reading the synopsis, which takes only a few minutes, should
help you decide.
My thanks to Anil and
Nick for featuring me.
A note to book
clubs: I'm willing to attend discussions of my novels.
It's a way for me to get input from people who don't feel obligated
to be complimentary. If at least five club members purchase books,
signed copies can be had at a saving of $5.25. Chaudière
Falls retails for $35.00 + 5%HST ($36.75); so $31.50, no HST.
McNab and DUEL retail for $19.95 + 5%HST ($20.95);
so $15.75, no HST. I've attended discussions at a few clubs; there
was no kicking and screaming. (I waited until I got home.) If
your club is interested, please contact my agent (contact info
is at the top of the screen), or leave a contact on the Message
Board, and one of us will get back to you.
A note to historical
societies: I've put together a presentation entitled How
Historical Fiction Complements the Historical Record. To support
my hypothesis, I read short excerpts from McNab and DUEL,
as well as draw upon the work of two other authors of historical
fiction. The presentation is approximately 25 minutes in length,
after which I usually spend some time answering questions. I'll
also read excerpts from Chaudière Falls that
demonstrate the breadth of the story. If
your group would be interested in having me as a guest speaker,
please contact my agent (contact info is at the top of the screen),
or leave a contact on the Message Board, and one of us will get
back to you.
for McNab: I've joined the growing number of authors who
have video trailers to promote their books. Chief Archibald
McNab's Piper, Malcolm Kenneth MacGregor, is talking
about my novel, McNab, on You Tube. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp7RBVIyjNQ
A note to my
The trailer was shot and edited by Hugh Chatfield of CyberSpace
Industries 2000 Incorporated. If you're interested in having a
trailer made, I highly recommend Hugh; he was terrific to work
with. Here's the link to his website: http://cyberspace-industries-2000.com/Home.html.
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