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Monday, June 26, 2017

Welcome author Joylene Butler!

Award-winning author Joylene Nowell Butler is showcasing not one, but two of her intriguing books in two different formats and you could win a copy of one of them.

Joylene won the IPPY Silver Medal with Broken But Not Dead. Once only available in print, the book has received a fresh new cover and title for readers to enjoy and is now available in eBook format. Maski: Broken But Not Dead is the prequel to Joylene’s 2016 release, Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries, which is now available in audio format.

Maski: Broken But Not Dead
◊ By Joylene Nowell Butler
◊ Psychological Thriller
◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC
◊ eBook ISBN 9781939844385

To the Breaking Point...

When Brendell Meshango resigns from her university professor position 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, the intruder mysteriously disappears but continues to play mind games with her. Taught by her mother to 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 her silence 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 a depraved madman but her own fears and prejudices.

Maski: Broken But Not Dead is available on Amazon.

Chapter 1
I waited at the intersection of Yellowhead Highway and Domano Boulevard, soothed by the gentle vibration of my truck’s engine. This weekend I vowed to do more than worry about my bourgeois existence. I would think about who I really was and what I might do with the rest of my life. Wasn’t that the goal of all women of the millennium? To define our true selves?
April’s sun slanted through the trees, making me squint. I retrieved my sunglasses off the dash, inhaled brisk air laced with the pulp mill’s fumes and closed my driver’s window. Today, I took the first step to salvage the rest of my life. This morning I resigned my tenured position with The University of Northern British Columbia English Department, a surreal experience. I was about to put my life on the right track, if I could figure out what that meant. I’d become an English teacher because my mother refused to speak the language. I’d wasted valuable years annoying her, twenty of them after she was dead. Today seemed a good time to stop.
Feeling both frightened and exhilarated, I wondered: If not an English professor, and other than being a divorced Métis with an innate distrust of white people, who was Brendell Kisêpîsim Meshango?

Anyone I bloody well wanted to be. Was I twenty-five years too late?

Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries
◊ By Joylene Nowell Butler
◊ Psychological Thriller
◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC

A murder enveloped in pain and mystery...

When Canada's retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife's unsolved murder. The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.
Danny finds himself with a difficult choice-indict his prime suspect, the dead minister's horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife's murder and the guilt that haunts him…

The audio version of Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries is available through Audible and Amazon. Click on the links to hear an audio sample of the book.

Joylene, Métis, is the author of Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and Break Time. She and her husband and their two cats reside in Canada for the summers and Nayarit, Mexico, for the winters. They believe life should be an adventure. 

For more on Joylene and her writing, visit her website and blog, as well as connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon.

Comments on Maski: Broken But Not Dead:

“A psychological thriller filled with suspense, action and drama...” - John Bell, 93.1CFIS-FM: Prince George, BC

“Riveting and beautifully written. You won't be able to set it down.” Judith S. Avila, author

This tour-wide giveaway is for two (2) eBook copies of Maski: Broken But Not Dead and two (2) audio copies of Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries. The giveaway ends July 6.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Does it bother you to read books out of order even if they are standalones and can be read that way?

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  1. Big congratulations to Joylene! Two big releases at once.

  2. Thank you for hosting Joylene on her tour.

  3. Thank you so much, Bish, for hosting me today. Much appreciated. Thanks, Alex. And Diane.

  4. Congratulations Joylene for adding the eBook version of Maski: Broken But Not Dead to your growing library. Thank you, Bish Denham for hosting Joylene virtual tour. BTW Bish, I like your Website. Excuse me while I poke around. LOL

  5. So great to see Joylene's book here today!

  6. Bish, thanks for sharing Joylene's books and for being a part of her tour.

    MC Book Tours

  7. Hi Bish and Joylene - it's good to have books in all formats ... congratulations on both of them - cheers Hilary

  8. Woot woot Joylene! Fun excerpt. ^_^

  9. Sounds like two great books. Congrats to Joylene!


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