Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Debut Novel

Since my sewing machine is in for repair and there will be no sewing at my house for a while, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to show another project I have been waiting to share -- something I am very proud of.  My debut novel The Town That Drowned will be released on October 7, 2011.  It's been a very busy and exciting time for me lately working with the publisher to start to put promo in place for the fall.  And now that the book can be preordered, it is as good a time as any to show it here.  Yay! 
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So, about the book (from the publisher) ...
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Living with a weird little brother in a small town can be tough enough. Having a spectacular fall through the ice at a skating party and nearly drowning are grounds for embarrassment. But having a vision and narrating it to the assembled crowd solidifies your status as an outcast.


What Ruby Carson saw during that fateful day was her entire town — buildings and people — floating underwater. Then an orange-tipped surveyor stake turns up in a farmer's field. Another is found in the cemetery. A man with surveying equipment is spotted eating lunch near Pokiok Falls. The residents of Haventon soon discover that a massive dam is being constructed and that most of their homes will be swallowed by the rising water. Suspicions mount, tempers flare, and secrets are revealed. As the town prepares for its own demise, 14-year-old Ruby Carson sees it all from a front-row seat.

Set in the 1960s, The Town That Drowned evokes the awkwardness of childhood, the thrill of first love, and the importance of having a place to call home. Deftly written in a deceptively unassuming style, Nason's keen insights into human nature and the depth of human attachment to place make this novel ripple in an amber tension of light and shadow.


Riel Nason writes about antiques and collectibles for the daily Telegraph-Journal. Her short stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, Grain, and The Dalhousie Review. The Town That Drowned is her sensational debut novel.
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It can be preordered at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Chapters Indigo, and Barnes & Noble.  It will be in independent bookstores on October 7.  I'll have to post a little more about it as the release date moves closer.  I'm going to be going on a book tour and to some literary festivals, so eventually I will need some suggestions of quilt stores to stop in along the way.
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Thanks for stopping by! 
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Posted by Riel Nason on The Q and the U

38 comments:

Lesly said...

Wow, look at you, an author as well as a quilter! Your book looks great - I was raised in east Tennessee, amid many stories from the old folks of how land was flooded during the building of the Tennessee Valley Authority dams. I will be reading!

Victoria Paige @ Boutique Uniquely said...

Congratulations! What a great accomplishment.


It sounds very interesting. Will it be available for kindle?

Jodi said...

How exciting, Riel! I have a Nook and will be downloading your book, for sure, as soon as it's available!!!

Linda said...

How exciting!!! If you come to the San Antonio, Texas area, let me know. I know of a lot of good quilt shops as well as other must sees.
Hopefully your book will be available on the Kindle?

DeVona said...

Riel, your book sounds wonderful! I will be ordering one but wanted to know if there's a way to get an autographed copy? How do you manage to write, quilt, mother and do all the other things that life requires?

Needled Mom said...

It sounds fabulous. I am going to go and preorder it now.

Kristie said...

This is so very exciting!! Wow, Riel! Congratulations! I love the synopsis, it sounds really cool. I will definitely be ordering it! Like DeVona says, it would be extra-cool to have an autographed copy....

Cathy said...

awesome! Just in time to buy for Christmas gifts!!!!

Vesuviusmama said...

Very cool! My question for you is, in which way does our book order benefit you most as the author? I remember Bonnie Hunter telling me that she gets next to nothing from Amazon orders, so I bought her books directly from her. I can't imagine that you'll be traveling around selling your own books, but does it make a difference if I order the book through my local privately owned bookstore or through Barnes and Noble or through Amazon? Or does it even matter?

beth said...

Sooooo Excited for you!

diane said...

Congratulations! You ARE a very talented lady. You must be beaming with pride. It's so great to see a plan come together!

Lindsay Conner said...

Congrats Riel! Something to be VERY proud of. :)

Canadian Kristin said...

This is so exciting!!! Love the cover, I would totally grab that off the shelf for a cover-read and the publisher's note is very intriguing! It sounds like a good one, Riel! I hope you are busting at the seams with joy at seeing your book published and off to market!!!! Can't wait to read it and brag about "my quilt-blogger-friend's new book"!

LittleBook said...

Congratulations! This is very exciting, I can't wait to read it.

LynCC said...

Exciting times!! I'd love to see your tour/festival spots - would be fun to pop in if there's one anywhere near me or one of my college kiddos!

Selvage Quilter said...

Your book sounds wonderful. I can't wait to read it. And I'll blog about it too, of course. Congrats to you!!

Mama Spark said...

Congratulations!! You must be very proud and excited as you should be!!

~Michelle~ said...

Awesome!!! Will there be an e-reader version??

Suzanne said...

This is so very exciting! I wish you great success.

Terri said...

How exciting! I hope you are a best seller! Is the story true? autobiographical? How did you get started writing it? How did you get a publisher? Inquiring minds want to know!
Congrats again!

mainer said...

WOW, it sounds wonderful!

Linda said...

Congrats Riel! Hope your tour brings you to Halifax!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Wow, Riel, it looks great. I'm a big reader, will definitely want to get my hands on this!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

you go girl!!! wonderful for you

Jenny said...

Congratulations - and what a whole lot of hard work to get this far! Hope you are planning one of those "book launch parties"

Barb said...

Awesome!!
Is it a YA book? some of my favorite books have been.
I love your cover photography -
congrats and good luck!

Hands Sew Full said...

HEY! What awesome news! That is so exciting for you I hope you have a great book tour. Will you be posting where you are travelling to?

Lynne said...

Wow! Fantastic! Congratulations!

I'm so excited for you, and for me for knowing you through your blog! Can't wait to hear what you get up to as the promo progresses.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

OH my gosh!!! Wow! How exciting! I am going to put this on my Amazon wishlist right now!

Lee said...

Congratulations! What an accomplishment! It sounds like a fascinating book.

Riel Nason said...

Thanks SO SO much everyone!!! I have (or will) reply to everyone by email. But I thought I'd answer a couple of questions here in case anyone else is wondering.

1. I'm not sure on the electronic version of the book. I am checking and will pass along the info when I know for sure.

2. I am pretty sure I will be going around with the book in Canada only. So far, I know I will be in Halifax for Word on the Street on Sept. 25 and in Toronto for the International Festival of Authors in October (not sure of exact dates yet).

3. I am very excited about the book coming out and your comments and support mean so much! :-)

Riel

Rachel said...

SOOOOO EXCITING!

I am very much looking forward to the release. Congratulations again, Riel! You are my hero!

madaboutpatchwork said...

That is awesome! I can hardly wait to read it.

liniecat said...

Many congrats and fingers crossed its a best seller!

Shannon said...

How cool!! YOU'RE A WRITER! I can't wait to read your book. I love the discription. I hope it goes Best Seller for you!

HollyM said...

How exciting to write a book. I always dreamed of that but since starting my blog, I've discovered how hard writing is, and that , I'm not all that good at it.
I'll be looking for it also; perhaps for my Kindle.

Julie H. said...

Riel, I just found your quilting blog today and have been having fun looking at your projects. I am originally from Douglas, NB (just downriver from the Mactaquac dam) and now live north of Toronto. I am thrilled to see that you have written a book based around the time of the building of the dam. It's always made me sad thinking of all of the old homes and farms that were flooded because of our need/greed for power. Can't wait to read your book. I'm going to look for it at Chapters today...

Julie

Riel Nason said...

Julie, What a coinicdence that your surfed in for the quilting, but then have a connection to the book. I hope you enjoy it! :-) !!! It has only been out a couple of weeks now. My husband grew up in Naskwaaksis. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Riel