The Light Amongst the Grey by Shauna MacKeigan
Boularderie Island Press
This debut novel follows four central characters whose lives become intertwined over the span of three generations. Past and present eerily collide as the story plays out in two small coastal communities of Cape Breton.
The story begins in 1923 with Jack Pattingale, whose seafaring way of life has brought both triumphs and tragedies. A fishing mishap threatens Jack’s life, but a young fisherman, Nate Beaton, is led to his rescue by a mysterious light on the ocean.
Now, in 2021, Sarah, granddaughter of Jack, struggles to avoid hitting rock bottom after a series of failed relationships. She unexpectedly meets and falls in love with Thane, who also struggles with loneliness after the breakdown of his 25-year marriage.
As Sarah and Thane’s relationship grows, they discover they not only share a tangible connection, but a cosmic one as well that harkens back to that strange night over fifty years ago when Nate saved Jack from the clutches of the sea.
Based on true events, this beautifully crafted story introduces us to a cast of characters who are faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Their story is revealed to us as we journey with them in their quest to find The Light Amongst the Grey.
Shauna MacKeigan spent the past 30 years working as an accounting clerk, but always felt like a writer. In 2012, on her 50th birthday, she began writing her first novel, The Light Amongst the Grey.
She lives close to her childhood home by the sea with her husband Frank, and one very bossy black Lab named Dakota. When she isn’t working, she loves to read paranormal fiction, grow veggies, and cruise the island in her black Mustang.
Dead and Not Dead by Larry Gibbons
Boularderie Island Press
Calvin’s life is at a crossroads. He needs to figure out why he exists, or if he exists at all. He begins a relationship with Susie, who lives in Pi’tawk, a [fictional] First Nation’s reserve in Cape Breton. Susie is a bright, tell-it-like-it-is Mi’kmaw woman who teaches Calvin, often against his will, the strange and often mystifying ways of her people. To Calvin’s annoyance, Susie’s friends freely parade in and out of her trailer on Dream Road. One of them is Brucie who always wears sunglasses to protect him from the thick, red mist that descended on the reserve when Calvin arrived. Other strange things happen on the Reserve—including a phantom truck driven by a dead man and the spirit of the Woman in the Red Hat who follows Calvin around to keep him safe. It eventually becomes too much for Calvin and he heads back home to Ontario. At the Crossroads he stops, knowing he must decide whether to keep going back to his old life, or to return to the seductive ways of Pi’tawk and the woman he loves.
A graduate of Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, Larry’s interests and work life have always been somewhat eclectic. He has been a library clerk, a photo technologist and a veterinarian technologist at various times. An enthusiastic hiker, cyclist, hockey player and cross-country skier, Larry’s short fiction has been published in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the US. Breton Books published his collection of short fiction, White Eyes, in 2011. Larry resides together with his wife Sue in Middle River, Cape Breton. Dead and Not Dead is his first novel.
Queen Anne’s Treasure by Robert MacKinnon
Boularderie Island Press
Queen Anne’s Treasure is a true story that originates in England during the colonial period and ends with the tragic wrecking of the frigate HMS Feversham on the rocky shore of Scatarie Island, Cape Breton, in 1711. Three of Her Majesty’s transport ships also went down that night with the Feversham, with a total loss of 107 lives. This convoy was transporting military supplies, plus gold and silver coins to Quebec to support and finance the infamous Walker Expedition.
This story tells of Britain’s military overreach in its failed attempt to drive the citizens out of New France, and recounts the great loss of life and ships that occurred as a result of the ill-fated Walker Expedition against Fortress Quebec.
It is also the compelling story of the most valuable treasure ever lost in this region—the HMS Feversham carried the rarest silver and gold coins ever to be found in North American waters.
World-renowned treasure hunter, Robert MacKinnon, takes us on a fascinating underwater journey revealing the secrets, successes and personal disappointments after his re-discovery of this famous maritime loss.
Brought up on tales of pirates and rich shipwrecks lost in local waters, Robert MacKinnon born at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, felt the strong draw of the sea very early in life. Learning to scuba dive at age sixteen, he went on – over the next half century – to become world renowned for his discoveries of shipwreck treasure, but not before serving a short stint in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He left police work to become a serious and successful treasure hunter while also working as a commercial fisherman for over forty years. His discoveries are displayed at Halifax’s Maritime Museum of the Atlantic along with many other such institutions the world over. The author is credited with finding some of the rarest gold and silver coins to be minted in the early Americas during the colonial period. T