Echo from Mount Royal wins two prizes

Echo from Mount Royal wins two prizes in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Contest:Echo from Mount Royal wins two prizes

  • Winner in the General Fiction/Novel category
  • Second Place Grand Prize Winner for all fiction books

See the list of Winners here

What is the Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers.
2016 Indie Book 2nd Grand Prize 2016 Indie Book Fiction Winner

 

In its ninth year of operation, the Awards were established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books for the year.

 

 

The Awards are presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in cooperation with the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.

Watch the book trailer for Echo from Mount Royal, a novel about a strange romance in the Montreal of 1951.
Read the first three chapters of the novel
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10 Great Novels about Montreal

Montreal has a rich history of novels in the world of fiction. Here is a selection of 10 great novels about Montreal that will help you travel to this fascinating city without leaving your armchair.<

1. Perhaps one of the best known novels is The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler. The book was made into a movie in 1973 starring Richard Dreyfuss and Randy Quaid. A great example of Richler’s satirical view of life, it is also a sympathetic story of a young man, a third-generation Jewish immigrant, who wants to succeed in the eyes of his father and grandfather.

2. Earth and High Heaven is a 1944 novel by Gwethalyn Graham. It reached number one on The New York Times bestseller list – a first for a Canadian novel – and stayed on the list for 37 weeks. A young woman from a wealthy Protestant family in Westmount falls in love with a Jewish lawyer from Ontario. They are forced to overcome the anti-Semitism of their society. The book won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 1944.

3. Nikolski, by Nicolas Dickner, won many awards including the Governor General’s Award for French fiction in 2005. The novel brings together three semi-nomadic 20-somethings living in the Plateau. Set in Montreal, the novel radiates deep, yet entertaining, musings on the meaning of home.

4. The House on Black Lake is a modern day gothic suspense/romance novel by an American novelist, Anastasia Blackwell. The book is a mesmerizing trip through the Montreal underworld, where Gypsies, fortune tellers and mystics create their own rules. The book tells the story of a woman’s obsession for a man leading her into secrets, betrayal and shocking fate.

5. Echo from Mount Royal takes place in 1951 Montreal, vividly re-created by the author Dave Riese. The novel tells the story of Rebecca Wiseman, an eighteen-year-old from a working class, Catholic-Jewish family in Outremont. A chance meeting with Sol Gottesman, the Jewish orthodox son of a wealthy Westmount businessman, begins an affair fulfilling her romantic dreams. When class, sexual inexperience and family secrets test their love, Rebecca struggles to control events with humor and compassion. But a late night phone call and its shocking revelation changes her life forever. Continue reading

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Get ready, get set, market the book!

I can hardly believe that after 2 ½ years of work, Echo from Mount Royal is published and now it’s ‘all hands on deck’ to market the book.

Books arrived 2The UPS driver delivered the first 60 books on Thursday, January 8. Couldn’t wait to take a picture. But now the real work begins to market the book! Getting the word out. Keeping three balls in the air at once.
WEEK ONE:
1. Modified my website to focus more on the book and upcoming events at which I will appear. Purchased another domain name: EchoFromMountRoyal.com. This new domain brings the user to the same site as daveriese.com
2. Added URLs on my website to direct visitors to the ebook and paperback editions on Amazon.
3. Designed and ordered business cards, postcards, and rack cards.
4. Purchased business card holders and plastic stand-up sign holders for display; padded mailers and labels for shipping books.
5. Sent a letter to the organizer of the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival to ask if there is a way I can take part in the festival this April.
6. Joined the Author Central on Amazon where I can track sales and rankings of my book. Filled out my author page on Amazon.com.
7. Joined Goodreads as an author. Waiting to hear that I am approved.

 

 

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Writers Critique Group

Currently, I am ‘workshopping’ the last two chapters of my novel in the Merrimack Publishing Writers Critique Group. The suggestions and concerns voiced by other writers are invaluable, often pointing out connections and possibilities that I haven’t thought of. More importantly, they identify passages where the characters act unbelievably or where a section is too long.

Sometimes the criticism is hard to take, but every comment has at least a grain of truth which must be considered. When I first submitted the last two chapters in June, I faced a chorus of negative feedback; one reader said, “You must have the two main characters meet one last time.” I rewrote the two chapters and they are stronger and more satisfying. I will hear what they think on August 26.

Read the first 25 pages of Echo from Mount Royal here.

The title of the novel was recently changed. The former title Will I Ever Know? was a temporary working title. The new title refers to Rebecca’s three visits to the mountain in the center of Montreal. (Plus I can use the teaser “What does she see from Mount Royal?” in my marketing campaign.)

The novel is currently in the hands of the copyeditor; his suggestions will be ready by the end of August. I will spend September making the changes and undertaking a final read-through. The next step will be proofreading. In the meantime I am thinking about a book cover and the wording for the front and back covers.

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Story behind the Novel

It has been said that the writer doesn’t choose his story; instead the story chooses him. For many years on weekday mornings, I bought a cup of coffee and read a book in the café downstairs from my office. This quiet half hour provided a welcome transition between the aggravation of commuting and the pressure of IT work.

Book Front CoverOver time I recognized other patrons who remained in the café rather than grabbing a coffee and rushing back to work. One day I met Riva Weiss. I laugh because I ‘heard’ Riva before I met her. She has an irrepressible laugh and a voice that fills an auditorium. One day, she stopped at my table and asked what book I was reading. Over time, we discovered we shared a similar taste in literature (novels by English and Irish writers). Before long, we recommended and exchanged books with each other.

In March 2012, I told the coffee group I was retiring at the end of April. “What do you plan to do?” Riva asked.

“I’m going to get back to writing. Short stories, maybe a novel.”

Riva noted that I favored literature with ‘dark’ themes. When I agreed, she said, “Well then, I’ve got a story for you.” Over the next half hour she Rebecca Phototalked about her engagement when she was 18 years old in Montreal. She graciously offered me the chance to ‘write up the story.’ Instantly, I knew that this was more than a short story. Riva was surprised when I brought in chapter after chapter for her to read. “I thought this was going to be.” Like the apprentice’s broomsticks, the chapters kept coming. “But you haven’t even got to the proposal yet!” Even I wasn’t prepared for the final length: 90,000 words. “We’ve got a novel,” Riva said.

Echo from Mount Royal

Read the first three chapters of the novel
To purchase the Kindle version on Amazon, click here
All ebook formats are available from Smashwords, click here
Also available on Nook and Kobo

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