Joylene Nowell Butler, Métis Canadian, has been writing for 28 years. A retired emergency responder, she was born in Manitoba, moved to Maple Ridge, B.C. as a child, attended Douglas College and SFU. She and her husband moved to Pr. George in 1979 with their five sons. In 1992 they joined in the construction of their dream home on Cluculz Lake. In her spare time, Joylene teaches Tai Chi and practices Yoga.
Brendell Kisêpîsim Meshango is of Métis heritage and a PhD university professor in Prince George, British Columbia. When Brendell resigns from the university 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 inflicting a sadistic captivity, the intruder mysteriously disappears.
Taught by her mother to fear and 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 keeping quiet 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. Available here.
Valerie McCormick is a wife and mother from small town Canada. While visiting Seattle, she becomes the only witness to the brutal seaside murder of two FBI agents. When she flees to the nearest police station to report the crime, she becomes caught up in a web of international intrigue and danger. Suddenly, she and her family are in the sights of ruthless criminals bent on preventing her from testifying against the murderer. Even with FBI protection, Valerie is not safe. Whisked away from her family and all that is familiar to her, Valerie fights back against the well intentioned FBI to ultimately take control over her life with every ounce of fury a mother can possess.
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When Professor Brendell Meshango is brutally attacked at her isolated cabin by a masked intruder, she believes she is the victim of a random hate crime. Grateful to be alive, convinced it was a one-time incident, Meshango yields to her childhood fear of governmental authority and does not go to the police. It is only when her attacker becomes a terrifying stalker who threatens not only her but her beloved daughter, Zoe, that Meshango must face her greatest antagonist - herself.
-- V.L. Smith, Central PA
Just finished reading Joylene Nowell Butler's new book "Broken but not Dead". Joylene, this is a masterpiece! A psychological thriller filled with suspense, action and drama, about a terrorized metis woman whose emotions vacillate from strength to hopelessness and back again, told in a sympathetically believable way. And it takes place right here in PG. Don't miss this one!!
-- John Bell, 93.1 CFIS-FM Prince George Community Radio
Rave review from the author of the Joanne Kilbourn series.
Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘I lifted my head and squinted. My eyes finally adjusted to the semi-darkness. Was that the woodstove next to me? I squinted harder. It was less than five feet away. How-? On my right, the chesterfield and chair, so close I could have reached out to touch them. A chunk of moonlight outlined the veranda doors less than six feet from the foot of my bed. I sucked in air. Not possible. I slumped back. I was in my bead in the middle of the living room, lying where my coffee table should be. “Confused?” a voice whispered.’
Brendell Meshango had just resigned her position with The University of Northern British Columbia where she taught English. For the first time in her 50 years of life she was finally free to do whatever she pleased. And today it pleased her to go to her cabin, build a fire, sit on the veranda and listen to the loons. Apparently someone else had other plans for Brendell which proved true when she woke up in the middle of her living room instead of her bedroom.
Brendell was one of twelve kids born to abusive, alcoholic parents. Her Indian mother loved to beat her children because she hated them, all of them. Her father beat them because he didn’t want them to end up like him. The kids were beaten for no apparent reasons but mother Agnostine enjoyed telling Brendell her beatings were due to her being a “stupid frog-squaw”, in other words – a half-breed. Brendell was determined not to allow them to break their spirits. Her defiance allowed her to prove to her mother, as well as herself, that she was a good person was to teach the one language her mother hated – English. Her determination paid off when it took her straight to the top by becoming the head of the English department.
So, who has captured Brendell, who is holding her captive, who is torturing her and threatening her daughter Zoe if she tells anyone? Even after she’s released and allowed to go home, her intruder shows up there with more threats. When Zoe’s best friend ends up being beaten, the police suspect her husband but when the details came out as to how she was beaten, Brendell recognizes his method and style. Her only choice for protecting Zoe is to get her out of town to safety and find this person before he strikes again.
Broken But Not Dead is written without the “fluff” that’s found in many books. Joylene Nowell Butler gets straight to the story, taking you from one happening to the next and keeps you turning the page. The characters of Brendell and her determination, Zoe and her stubbornness, the mental instability of the “intruder” is written with such possibility that the book is very believable. Now that I’ve read Broken But Not Dead, I can’t wait to read Dead Witness also written by Joylene Butler.
If you would like an autographed copy of Joylene's suspense thrillers, contact her at cluculzwriter at yahoo dot ca.
The mother of Martha Engber, author of The Wind Thief and Growing Great Characters from the Ground Up, told her daughter, ""... Tell Joylene I enjoyed her book. I really like a thriller, especially when the bad guys get it in the end!"
Dead Witness is a superbly written murder mystery that has everything from greed to murder to deceit and of course love.
-- Martha Cheves, A Book and A Dish.
A great debut book from a fellow Canadian writer. Well worth the read!
⎯ Darlene Oakley, Freelance Editor (Lachesis Publishing)
The writing style is crisp and dynamic and consistent, perfect for a thriller. This novel gets all the stars I'm allowed to give it.
⎯ Keith Pyeatt, author of Struck, due to be released July 2009
Ms. Butler is as talented as those whose names are featured on the bestseller list. Pack up your beach bag, suntan lotion, and a copy of Dead Witness—then lean back in your lounger and enjoy the ride.
⎯ W.R.PARK, author of the highly acclaimed suspense-thriller COMA
Dead Witness is a true suspense novel. Butler is a name to watch in the thriller genre.
⎯ Award-winning writer, Lisa Haselton
Joylene Nowell Butler is an author to put on your watch list. Her books are packed with non-stop suspense and I look forward to reading more.
⎯ J. Kaye Oldner, reviewer for J. Kaye Book Blog, where reading takes priority!
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