It is my pleasure to shine a light on Joylene Nowell Butler’s latest release, Mâtowak Woman Who Cries.
You’ll even be given a chance to enter the giveaway and grab your copy November 1st!
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Author Joylene Nowell Butler is on tour this month with her new novel, Mâtowak Woman Who Cries, being released Nov. 1 by Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C.
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As part of the tour, Joylene is sharing excerpts from her new murder mystery and answering some questions.
First A Brief Synopsis…
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…
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eBook, Print, and Merchandise Locations
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Here’s an excerpt from Mâtowak Woman Who Cries for your reading pleasure.
Blood. So much blood. Pooling on the slate tiles around his head.
I always assumed he’d outlive me. Mean people are lucky that way. But maybe that is what’s wrong. He used to be mean. After our sons died, he changed.
With my palm firmly pressed to my chest, I still these erratic thoughts. Giddiness overwhelms me. I drop my purse and grip the edge of the countertop. Tears blur my vision. An uncomfortable heat descends upon me; similar to those hot flashes I suffered for ten years. Ohmigosh, now I’m blubbering like a fool.
Leland gone? I don’t believe it.
I slip off my ankle boots. Bare feet on cold tiles ground me. The kitchen phone is on the wall next to the breakfast table clear across the room. I can’t make it that far. My fingers grope across the marble counter and connect with Leland’s cell phone. I detach it from the charger and gawk at its keypad.
A second passes before I’m sure I hear Leland say: 911. Dial 911, you stupid woman.
Morning light, struggles to force its way through a ceiling of black clouds, makes the space around me grainy like salted air. I suck back sobs and, despite the rancid taste of death, take two deep breaths.
“911 Emergency Services. Fire, police or ambulance?” a male voice asks.
I stare at Leland’s body. “Ambulance…and police.”
My call is redirected. Suddenly, a woman speaks to me; the ringing in my ears prevents me from hearing what she says. “Pardon?”
“What is the nature of your emergency?”
“My husband is dead. There is a hole—”
“Your name, ma’am?”
“Are you in your residence, Sally? Your ID is blocked. What’s your address?”
My address? I think for a moment and then tell her. The smell of blood burns my nose and throat. My stomach contents rise. I can’t take my eyes off his blood pooling on the floor.
“The police and ambulance are on their way, Sally. Are you okay? Do you know what happened?”
“Happened? No. I was upstairs. I heard nothing. I was getting ready for an appointment downtown. Leland was fine. He was sitting at the breakfast table reading the newspaper. I went up to shower thirty minutes ago—not that I spent the entire thirty minutes in the shower. I had to find the right suit to wear because I’ve lost a great deal of weight, and well, all my clothes feel so weird because they’re stiff and new and—ohmigosh.” I take a deep breath, ashamed of my babblings. A gust of cold wind sweeps over me. “The door’s open. Where’s Digger?” Leland’s dead on our kitchen floor and I’m thinking about my dog?
I finished Mâtowak Woman Who Cries several days ago and I’m still haunted by Mrs. Warner.
Joylene Nowell Butler is a master at getting inside the mind of her characters. The unexpected twists held my attention from beginning to end.
It was good to meet the Meshango character again and learn how she was dealing with life after the horror she experienced in Broken But Not Dead.
If you enjoy psychological thrillers, add Mâtowak Woman Who Cries to your reading list.
Meet the Author
Joylene joins us to answer some of my burning questions. Welcome, Joylene!
What inspires you to write psychological thrillers?
I’ve always been interested in human nature. Why people do what they do. What drives them to think the way they think. Thrillers push my banging heart to the limit. I love it when ordinary people are forced to make radical decisions. They have to fight to keep their way of life, to get back their security, to save a loved one, to stop someone from destroying everything that’s important to them. I love those situations where someone is pushed (reluctantly) into becoming a hero. I always wonder if I’d measure up in those situations.
Will you continue the Meshango series?
Good question. As of late, none of the characters are bugging me. While I was finishing up the prequel to Mâtowak, Sally Warner appeared and wouldn’t go away. That’s not happening this time. But who knows…
Where are you most inspired to write? Your home in Cluculz Lake BC, Canada or Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico? Why?
Generally, when I write everything around me disappears. But since I no longer experience winters, it is really difficult to focus when summer calls through open windows. I’m probably more inspired to write when there’s 8 feet of snow on the ground. Which means I need to discipline myself and write early in the mornings whether I’m in Canada or Mexico. Because both are heavenly.
What is your ideal writing environment?
At my age it’s all about comfortable. The ideal environment consists of a good clear monitor that doesn’t bother my eyes and a comfy chair that caresses my back. And a cook who will yell at me to come and eat.
How do you stay motivated to write and edit?
I try to be kind to myself. If I’m not inspired to write, I don’t get in a huff. I just do something else. If I have a deadline, I’m generally early so there’s no sense of panic. I love editing. I love improving on what I’ve already written. Editing has always been more interesting and more fun than coming up with that first rough draft.
What software do you use to write and edit your manuscripts?
Good question. I use Word for Mac. I have for 8 years. Before that I used Word for PC. I’ve been doing this for such a long time that it’s difficult for me to try any of the new apps. I’m sure they’re marvellous, but if it ain’t broken…
Thanks, Joylene. It’s an honor to have you visit my blog and a pleasure to know you as a friend and writing coach. Thank you for visiting.
About Joylene Nowell Butler
When Joylene’s father died in 1983, she wrote her first full–length manuscript to channel her grief. The seven-year process left her hooked [singlepic id=404 w=250 h=375 float=left]and she began Dead Witness within a few weeks of finishing Always Father’s Child.
Today Joylene is the author of three suspense novels: Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and the steam-punk collaboration Break Time.
While she’ll admit being published didn’t fix all the wrongs in her life, she wishes her parents had lived to see her success. Dead Witness was a finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards. Broken But Not Dead won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal, and its sequel Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is due for release November 1, 2016.
Joylene lives with her husband and their two cats Marbles and Shasta on beautiful Cluculz Lake in central British Columbia. They spend their winters in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico.
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This giveaway is for three (3) print copies that are available to those living in the U.S. only and one (1) eBook copy available international. The giveaway ends Nov. 22nd.
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