By Colleen Isherwood, Editor
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Bruce Gravel, former president and CEO of the Ontario Accommodation Association, has collaborated with seven other local Peterborough authors to produce an anthology book, Every Season has a Story…Summer.
The book takes place in and around the Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront. In fact, a shot of the hotel’s waterfront gazebo restaurant is on the cover.
There are eight characters, each written by one of the eight authors. Their stories interweave over three days (chapters) plus an epilogue. The stories deal with love, lust, angst and stolen art.
“My character is Roy Irwin,” Gravel told CLN in an email. “Roy is short for Royale: she’s an undercover RCMP detective with bronze skin (mixed parentage), diabetes, high-end tastes — and two startling secrets. Our local paper, covering the book’s launch, called Roy ‘the heroine Peterborough needs.’ That was before I asked the reporter to read Roy’s epilogue; she was shocked.
“I departed from my usual humour writing with Roy. Stretching my wings, I wrote her as an action thriller story. This was the first time I’ve collaborated with other authors to produce a book. It was an interesting experience!”
Holiday Inn cooperative
The Holiday Inn was very cooperative, Gravel said. The hotel is one of the sponsors of the book, and all key scenes happen there. Many characters stay there, including Roy. The book launch was held there, in Bernie’s Bar.
The first printing of the book is already sold out. A second printing is on its way.
The book took two years to produce. The eight local authors are: Lloyd Graham (who organized the project), Claire Sullivan, Bruce Gravel, Bo Staude, Larry Tyldsley, David Wright, Carol Lawless and Sylvia Sutherland (former Peterborough mayor).
The 198-page book was published by Lloyd & Claire’s company: Parnassus Publishing.
The Hero Stone
Gravel has written a number of other books, most of them based on his many years in the hospitality industry. He has also just published The Hero Stone, a modern fantasy adventure of superpowers and terror, starring three brave teens, one of whom lives with an intellectual disability, confronting one depraved villain.
It’s not my normal type of novel, but I was riveted by the story. Gravel manages to get right inside the heads of the three teens, and takes them on a quest across Canada where the classic battle between good and evil unfolds with some unexpected turns.
Copies of both books are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org