"It is thoughtfully written and charming in its characters and each of their different, challenging lives. This tale is a cup of hot chocolate after a quiet walk through a snowy forest, a gentle ancestral hug from the sisterhood of women who welcome you home with open arms.
"Through much of the story you'll be nodding your head, thinking to yourself, "Yes, women endure so much; we're stronger than we realize." ~Julie
"While the book’s cover suggests whimsical and light chick-lit, the novel is, in fact, a startling complex work of pure Canadiana. Yes, there are moments of whimsy, and its narrative certainly focuses on women’s issues, but it is with a depth of complexity and breadth of scope that pushes the novel far beyond a “light read”, allowing Brunelle to follow in the tradition of Canada’s best and most respected literary authors."
Read more at The Page Turners.
My actual first novel was written after several in-the-drawer attempts at the long novel form. For Claire Never-Ending, I gave up on the typical book-length approach and decide to play to my strengths, which is writing novella length stories while creating essential ties between the narratives... so I feel like I kinda cheated, but in a good way. What happened from there is my first novel. I also blog compulsively, which is where all many of my spare bits of creativity find their home.
Maybe I don't write much romance because I live it so deeply each day? On a beach in Nice, France, maybe 2 days after I met him, I had already realized that this was a man I could marry. Zsolt is my travelling buddy, my best friend, my confident, my pretty much everything except tea-drinking partner (since he can't stand the habit of spending money for something you could do at home). I love him. He is the centre of my story and my heart.
December 2013: Made 2013 "Personal Choice" section for big-deal local blog, Apartment 613.
It has been an honour to be featured in the blog, Apartment 613. Not only did they do a story on the Kickstarter event, but now I'm on their Holiday Reads list! Yeehaw!
Met, chatted and talked crowdfunding with Tina Crouse, President of Ottawa's Women in Leadership network.
This was a lovely chat at HUB Ottawa with the WIL. Tina is really an inspiring women. She is the President of the WIL here in Ottawa, and a real champion for women's success. It was her idea that I devote more time to my Facebook page.
Nine minutes, one conversation, and a really great expereince (along with exposure).
It was fantastic to be approached for an interview with Alan Neal after my friend Sylvie (and my Dad, Tony) had contacted the show with the story of Claire Never-Ending. This was a fantastic opportunity to share the novel, read an excerpt, and discuss why it is was important for me to grab the bulls by the horning in the publication of my book.
Believe me, I'm far too lazy to be cluttering up your inbox. Newsletters will be a rare and happy occurrence.