Please join me, and some very special guests – including Tom Phillips!, at Memorial Park Library in Calgary, June 21st – also my birthday! – to help launch the print publication of my novel Island in the Clouds! We’ll be serving birthday cake and wine, tea and coffee, and books will be available to purchase, thanks to Pages Books on Kensington.
Place: Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd. St. S.W., Calgary
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
No registration required
Thanks to Pages on Kensington in Calgary – my novel, Island in the Clouds – an eBook! – has opened at #1 on their weekly bestseller list!! I believe this may be the first time ever that an eBook has made it to an indie bookstore’s list…
Pages On Kensington’s Bestseller List (February 12, 2012)
Original Edition Fiction and Poetry
1) The Island in the Clouds – Susan M. Toy
2) Half-Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan
3) The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
4) The Winter Palace – Eva Stachniak
5) Dominant Traits – Eric Freeze
6) The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
7) The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje
8) The Impossible Dead – Ian Rankin
9) The Last Nude – Ellis Avery
10) The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
For those who wish to purchase this eBook from an independent bookstore, I have made special arrangements with Pages Books on Kensington in Calgary. Please email me, susanmtoy (at) gmail.com, or the store, pages1 (at) telusplanet.net, for details.
(I will be making arrangements with several other bookstores in Alberta to provide the same service. Please note that the retail price for this eBook, CDN$9.99, remains the same, no matter from which vendor you choose to purchase.)
If you wish to read this as a print book, these will be available later in the spring. Please let me know if you would like to wait and purchase print.
From the “back cover”:
The dead body in the pool is putting a serious dent in Geoff’s morning. An ex-pat property manager on the Caribbean island of Bequia, Geoff doesn’t want a spotlight shone on the secret past he left behind in Canada, but now he’s the suspect in a brutal murder. With no help from the inept local police force, he’s drawn into investigating the murder himself, to clear his name. As Geoff finds out more about the circumstances surrounding the killing, and he and his loved ones find themselves in danger, he begins to see a very dark underbelly of the place some people call paradise…
Part travelogue, part mystery, Island in the Clouds takes a long, hard look at the reality of living in a place that seems perfect — from the outside, anyway.
So here we have a dead body in a swimming pool, a fantastic locale, and a cracking good yarn. Ever dreamed of running away to a Caribbean island? Author Susan Toy entertains while providing the inside scoop on what that might be like. And not to worry. You’ll exit this mystery with your dreams intact.
~ Ken McGoogan, author, How the Scots Invented Canada, Fatal Passage
Island in the Clouds is a wondrous mystery, set on the lush island of Bequia in the Caribbean. A Canadian with a secret past becomes both suspect and investigator for two murders on the island. Along the way, he shares sharp insights into the history and life of this gleaming gem of a place. Susan M. Toy is a keen stylist who never fails to drive her story forward with a sure hand. As in all well-crafted mysteries, the solution to the crimes is both thoroughly surprising and perfectly logical. Toy shows us the sights and lets us hear the rhythms of the islanders and, cunningly, allows us to peek into the lives of a sexy set of expats.
~ Michael Fay was the founder of the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society