Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday Wonderings (5) and giveaway! Guest post from Canadian bestselling author Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Happy Wednesday, everybody!

Today, the Wednesday Wonderings take you to Canada. I have a visitor - author Cheryl Kaye Tardif who is a Canadian bestselling author of many books: Whale Song: A Novel, Children of the Fog, The River, Remote Control, Divine Interventions, Divine Justice, Lanelot's Lady, Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories. Besides that, Cheryl is also publisher, she owns Imajin Books.

Divine Intervention (Volume 1)Children of the FogThe RiverWhale SongRemote ControlDivine Justice (Volume 2)Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy StoriesLancelot's Lady

Today, we will not talk about her other books or the publishing part, but about Cheryl's book Whale Song. This book is on my to-be-read-list and honestly, I can't wait to start reading it! Whale Song touches a topic which is globally and universal important for many kids - bullying.

I am grateful that Ceryl was willing to write a guest post to Me and Reading. Cheryl was also so nice to offer a giveaway of 5 e-books! You will see the details of the giveaway below the guest post.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to say welcome to Cheryl Kaye Tardif! Give her a warm welcome!

Whale Song Reaches Out to Kids Who Are Bullied

by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

When Inga invited me to be a guest on her blog, I was thrilled. I always love sharing my writing experiences and my books. Especially when the topic is timely, universal and sadly, never-ending.

And that topic is...bullying. I am sure you know someone who has been bullied. Maybe you were, as a child. Maybe your son or daughter was or is being bullied.

Just days ago, a new edition of my international bestseller, WHALE SONG, was released in a special School Edition. This edition contains a detailed discussion guide at the back. It’s something that any school teacher can use or readers can use on their own.

WHALE SONG explores issues of racism and bullying, among others, and it has been used in schools and book clubs around the world. It is one of my biggest dreams to see my “heart book” in even more schools. One teacher from ESC Trillium in Ontario, Canada, has used this book for novel study for a few years now. You can read what some of her students had to say about WHALE SONG on my blog HERE.

So what’s WHALE SONG about?

Thirteen years ago, Sarah Richardson’s life was shattered after the tragic death of her mother. The shocking event left a grief-stricken teen-aged Sarah with partial amnesia.

Some things are easier to forget.

But now a familiar voice from her childhood sends Sarah, a talented mid-twenties ad exec, back to her past. A past that she had thought was long buried.

Some things are meant to be buried.

Torn by nightmares and visions of a yellow-eyed wolf and aided by creatures of the Earth and killer whales that call to her in the night, Sarah must face her fears and recover her memories―even if it destroys her.

Some things are meant to be remembered―at all cost.


New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice has this to say: "Whale Song is deep and true, a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart...a beautiful, haunting novel."

"Moving...sweet and sad." ―Booklist

"I read Whale Song and loved it." ―actress Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)

"Tardif again leaves a lasting mark on her readers...Moving and irresistible." ―Midwest Book Review

The Discussion Guide:

When we were young, many of us were inspired by different books and authors. We learned about the invisible walls built by societies, and it’s my goal to tear apart the walls that separate bullies from victims by challenging readers to dig deep.

Here are some samples from the guide:

• Sarah is bullied by Annie in school. Why do you think Annie picked on Sarah so much? What clues are there in the story that might lead you to conclusions about Annie’s life and her “reasons” for being a bully?

• Sarah’s mom told her to find a way to forgive Annie. Do you think this was good advice?

• Have you ever been bullied? How did that make you feel? Have you ever bullied someone else? Why? What kinds of bullying are there nowadays? How can we as a society (or school) prevent bullying?

I also have strong messages for those who have been bullied:

I was a bullied child. I was the chubby redhead in the back row, who was too shy to speak out and lacked self-confidence. I’ve experienced bullying just like Sarah did. Exactly like Sarah did. I did not fight back physically, though I tried to fight verbally. That rarely works out well. I’ve experienced racism too. I was a white child living in a small town, and the native Indians weren’t too happy about the whites. Like all kids, I had my friendship issues, my first love...and my second, and family problems.

But I survived. It gets better.

If you take nothing away from this guide than those two sentences above, I’ve fulfilled another goal.

If you are bullied or if you know someone who was or is, WHALE SONG is the perfect gift. But this novel is about so much more than that. It’s about family, relationships and boundless love. From my heart to yours, I wish you the very best and I hope you read my “heart book” and experience what others of all ages have told me changed their lives forever.

If you’re a teacher, I recommend you bring WHALE SONG into your classroom. It is perfect for any ages, 11-111.

Tell your friends and family about WHALE SONG. If you know a teacher, tell them. Whale Song could be swimming to a school near you in the future. And one of its greatest messages is this: Life gets better. Now that’s something every bully and victim needs to hear.

Other Important Information:
WHALE SONG is available in ebook edition for only $2.99 at Amazon and Smashwords (more retailers coming soon), and it will be available in trade paperback any day now on Amazon and more.

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Cheryl Kaye Tardif is a bestselling author of numerous titles, including the critically acclaimed WHALE SONG, CHILDREN OF THE FOG and THE RIVER.

Thank you so much, Cheryl, for your guest post and a wonderful book - Whale Song!

Summary from Goodreads:

Based on native legends of killer whales and wolves, this haunting tale of change and choice sensitively explores issues of the right to die, integrating the optimistic spiritualism of native myth and the hard realities of modern-day life. This beautiful story, told in flashback, straddles the genres of mystery and family drama, as the only witness to a tragedy loses her memory and an innocent person may be in prison for the crime, posing the difficult question Which is the higher morality—love or law?

Cheryl is doing giveaway for 5 ebook copies of WHALE SONG: School Edition. What you need to do is easy: leave a comment about WHY you'd like to read Whale Song. Don't forget to add your email!
Giveaway runs from 24-31 August and the winners will be announced 1st of September.


  1. Whale Song has a great message, I would love to read the ebook. I loved the synopsis too...I'm sure the ebook has a lot to offer. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  2. This book explores some very real issues: bullying and racism. I'd be very interested in reading this. Please enter me in the draw!

    Please enter me in the draw!

    My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, Inga. I enjoyed writing the above post. Krystal and Darlene, thanks so much for dropping by. And good luck in the draws!! :-)


    P.S. Please note: the cover at the bottom is from an old out of print edition. There's a new cover at

  4. @Cheryl, you are most welcome and I am very happy that you came by! I also changed the image of Whale Song, so it is the new version!
    Thanks again Cheryl, I really appreciate your post!

    @Krystal, thanks for coming by!
    @Darlene, thank you the comment!

  5. This book sounds really interesting. It explores real problems like bullying and racism. I'd love to read it.


  6. This books looks so touching and emotionally exhausting. I will read it whether I win or not, it looks that good.

    I also am intrigued by a few of her other books!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!