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Two books by Genevieve Graham published in 2012

We have an author in our midst!

Genevieve Graham, a Nova Scotia representative for The Laurel, Clan Graham Society’s Canadian newsletter, has two new books out in bookstores in 2012.

Eighteen months ago, publishing giant Penguin US offered Genevieve a contract for her first Scottish historical-themed novel, “Under the Same Sky,” which was published January 3. The contract requested a companion novel as well. As a result, “Sound of the Heart” will be in bookstores as of May 1. Genevieve is the only Nova Scotian to be published by Penguin US and one of only seven Canadians.

Despite the romantic appearance of the beautiful cover, Genevieve calls the books “historic adventure” rather than “romance” and encourages men to read it as well as women! The hero in “Under the Same Sky” is a Scottish Highlander who survives Culloden in 1746. The heroine is a poor girl living in South Carolina who happens to have “the Sight.” The two have dreamed of each other since childhood, sharing energy and strength through the dreams, helping each other survive. After the devastation of Culloden, Andrew journeys to the colonies to find her. The book is receiving mostly five star ratings from book reviewers!

Genevieve graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (playing oboe). While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift lineup and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. Four years ago they moved again, settling in a small town on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia with their two daughters. She confesses she chose Nova Scotia because it was “as close to Scotland as we could get!”

It wasn’t until she turned 40 that Genevieve decided to try her hand at writing, and now she says she “can’t stop!” In addition to contributing a few articles to The Laurel, she has also had a couple published in Celtic Life magazine.

With more than a decade of working in advertising/marketing/promotions, she now runs her own editing business, Writing Wildly (http://www.writingwildly.com/), editing novels for authors worldwide. In addition, she teaches piano to children and takes care of her own family. Genevieve also has a black belt in Chito Ryu karate, though she readily admits it’s dusty from neglect.

Though proud of her Scottish heritage, Genevieve says she had very little interest in history until she began writing. Now she says she is “consumed” by it and can’t get enough.

Her father was Dr. John Edward (Ted) Graham, ophthalmologist and doctor for the 48th Highlanders. His father, Arnold Kingsley Graham, was the Canadian Ambassador to Sweden. Both have passed on, taking any stories with them.

“Hoping to learn more, I volunteered for both the Calgary and the Halifax Highland Games, working with media and representing Clan Graham. I loved working with a community that was so passionate about our ancestors. Their dedication fed my need to learn more. It’s more than just a feeling of pride in my clan and Scottish heritage as a whole. It’s a desire to learn more, write more, be as much a part of it as I can be. When I first saw my clan’s name on the cover of my book, it was a real thrill,” she said.

And what does this up-and-coming author read in her spare time? Mostly historical fiction, but she’s open to suggestions.

“I love to read just about anything, as long as it’s written with passion,” she said.

Check out Genevieve’s website at http://www.GenevieveGraham.com/ (also links to her Facebook page). Her book, “Under the Same Sky,” is sold at all major bookstores as well as online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Chapters, Indiebound and Powells. Her other book, “Sound of the Heart,” may be pre-ordered online as well.

Clan Graham Society congratulates Genevieve on her literary accomplishments!

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phinella henderson

GENEVIEVE GRAHAM
AUTHOR

(PHOTO BY JANICE BRAY)

 


Under the Same Sky

The year is 1746. A young woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond their understanding. They’ve known each other their entire lives. They live a half-world apart.

And they have never met… Maggie Johnson has been gifted with “the Sight” ever since she was a child. Her dreams bring her visions of the future and of a presence she knows is not a figment of her imagination. She calls him Wolf, having watched him grow from a careless young boy into a fearsome warrior, and she trusts him with her life and her heart.

Andrew MacDonnell is fascinated by the woman who has visited him in his dreams for as long as he can remember, entranced by her beauty, knowing deep in his soul that she is as real as he. Although he doesn’t know who she is, Andrew believes that destiny will bring them together. When tragedy and war strike their homelands, both Maggie and Andrew suffer indescribable losses. Separated across an ocean, the bond they share nevertheless grows as they sense each other’s pain, lend each other strength and embark on a journey of the spirit to find and love one another at long last…

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Sound of the Heart

Dougal MacDonnell, a fierce warrior from the Highlands of Scotland, is able to hear the thoughts of other men and dream how the future will unfold.

Devastated by the loss of his family during the Battle of Culloden in 1746, he fosters a deep hatred for the English. But when Glenna, the love of his life and a Scottish outlaw, is captured and shipped overseas, Dougal is forced to join an English army made of vanquished Scots. Now fighting on the side of his sworn enemies, he embarks on a journey that will take him across the seas to the colonies.

There he will risk everything for the chance to find his true love.

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