CJ Butler

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The Japson Club

How had she gone so astray?  Six months ago she had been a slightly lonely but perfectly respectable young woman; now, mired in scandal, illicitly involved with a married man, she was three sheets to the wind at the wheel of her car, driving away from a criminal with whom she had spent the night drinking... 

When successful high flyer Anna joins the exclusive equestrian club of Rosemount, simple fun is all she craves; away from her stressful London career and any memory of her stifling ex. But space to breathe is soon overtaken by crowding chaos; blindsided by infatuation, intrigue and a terrifying underworld of crime, Anna’s safe respectability is in tatters and she fears for her life.

And who can she trust?  Secretive Andrew Japson, whose mysterious way of life seems to be catching up with him?  Enigmatic Damien, who is wickedly disarming one moment and boorishly indifferent the next? 

Despite the reassurance of Mateus, old friend turned curate, who appears with uncanny timing to administer clear-eyed advice and spiritual wisdom, in the face of murder all Anna’s comfortable certainties crumble to dust.  Can this possibly be real, and how has she got herself in so deep?

 

Long gone is the good girl who was so in control.

A note from the author:  Welcome to The Japson Club! –  My debut novel - For sale through all online retailers and a few select bricks and mortar stores.

It's a story which delves into so many aspects of life, and I am frequently asked about the topics and genre of the book.  While it's marketed as a women's fiction, it's a story of suspense, which can't be pigeon-holed...

It’s not just for women – it’s predominantly from a woman’s point of view

It’s not all about horses – it’s about adrenalin and a community of people, and after all…what drama there is to be found in the horsey fraternity!

It’s not a romance – it’s about real life, and even the most cloistered of us get involved from time to time, sometimes making questionable decisions…

It’s not about career – it’s about a driven young woman keen to make her mark, in the competitive, male-dominated construction world

It’s not about Christianity – it’s about someone seeking answers

It’s not a crime thriller – it’s stumbling across shocking crime in an otherwise perfectly ordinary existence

Oh, and it’s funny too, from time to time…

 
 

PRAISE FOR THE JAPSON CLUB

'CJ Butler's first novel is a compulsively good read. The plot gallops along with plenty of verve, spiced with nifty dialogue, splendid set pieces, evocatively described surroundings and a cast of well-rounded disparate characters. Anna's romantic entanglements are deftly handled, with wit and irony, and the tension racks up as she is drawn inexorably into intrigue and danger. 

 

The author is particularly skilled at crafting the killer last line. Virtually every scene ends on a note that is satisfyingly conclusive yet tantalising, leaving the reader gasping to find out what happens next. 

 

Bring on the sequel!'

'I couldn't put it down!  It's the kind of page turner I love!'

Kate,

London, ON, Canada                    

CJ Butler's first novel grabs you from the very first page and sucks you in so much that you won't want to put it down. It's a gallop of a novel from start to finish with an exciting story and loveable characters. You honestly don't want to miss it....

Julia, Bath, UK

Bridget,

Manchester, UK                    

PRAISE FOR THE JAPSON CLUB

'CJ Butler's first novel is a compulsively good read. The plot gallops along with plenty of verve, spiced with nifty dialogue, splendid set pieces, evocatively described surroundings and a cast of well-rounded disparate characters. Anna's romantic entanglements are deftly handled, with wit and irony, and the tension racks up as she is drawn inexorably into intrigue and danger. 

 

The author is particularly skilled at crafting the killer last line. Virtually every scene ends on a note that is satisfyingly conclusive yet tantalising, leaving the reader gasping to find out what happens next. 

 

Bring on the sequel!'

'I couldn't put CJ Butler's debut novel down.  It's 'brilliant' as they say in the UK.  The character dynamics and humour is edgy and the action is enthralling. I was gutted when I finished it, and absolutely sold on a visit to England.  The scenery and settings are so well described...and I could almost taste the beer in the George & Dragon!'

Kate,

London, ON, Canada                    

Bridget,

Manchester, UK                    

CJ Butler's first novel grabs you from the very first page and sucks you in so much you won't want to put it down. I like her strong writing style immensely.  It's a gallop of a novel from start to finish with an exciting story and lovable characters. You honestly don't want to miss it....

Julia, Bath, UK

Voted Best Local Author in the Kemptville Readers Choice 2019

BOOKS

In the dizzying social scene of Rosemount Anna is happy, perhaps even a little in love... But annoying Andrew has sinister secrets, dangerous ones, which soon have Anna ensnared...

Locked into The Japson Club and running for her life.

 

How had she gone so astray?  Six months ago she had been a slightly lonely but perfectly respectable young woman; now, mired in scandal, illicitly involved with a married man, she was three sheets to the wind at the wheel of her car, driving away from a criminal with whom she had spent the night drinking... 

When successful high flyer Anna joins the exclusive equestrian club of Rosemount, simple fun is all she craves; away from her stressful London career and any memory of her stifling ex. But space to breathe is soon overtaken by crowding chaos; blindsided by infatuation, intrigue and a terrifying underworld of crime, Anna’s safe respectability is in tatters and she fears for her life.

And who can she trust?  Secretive Andrew Japson, whose mysterious way of life seems to be catching up with him?  Enigmatic Damien, who is wickedly disarming one moment and boorishly indifferent the next? 

Despite the reassurance of Mateus, old friend turned curate, who appears with uncanny timing to administer clear-eyed advice and spiritual wisdom, in the face of murder all Anna’s comfortable certainties crumble to dust.  Can this possibly be real, and how has she got herself in so deep?

 

Long gone is the good girl who was so in control.

A note from the author:  Welcome to The Japson Club! –  My debut novel - For sale through all online retailers and a few select bricks and mortastores.  The sequel is underway, and coming soon!

BIO

Photo by John Wilberforce                  

Catherine has been an avid writer since she can remember. From a young age, she loved books, story-writing and poetry, always playing with words, seeking to create a visceral feel with her work.  

 

She wrote her first novel with her younger brother when she was twelve years old, which gained positive feedback from the UK publishers.  Now Catherine writes a bit of everything; aside from novels, she is the go-to for letters, reports, briefing documents, or a good professional 'nasty-gram' at her day-job (where she is a project manager on construction projects), to production of marketing material for local businesses, or even just simple satirical accounts of her day.  

Catherine lives in Canada, in Kemptville Ontario, with her daughter and quirky quarter horse.  She emigrated from England in 2009, where she lived in Kent and worked in London as a project manager.  She grew up in the beautiful county of Sussex, which inspired the setting for Catherine’s first published novel, The Japson Club.

The novel was started while her daughter, just a baby at the time,

took naps.  Catherine, still missing the rolling comfort of the Sussex Downs and their endless bridleways and footpaths, and the cosy country pubs, poured her memories of them onto the pages.

 

Nowadays Catherine, possibly slightly grisled from her years in the construction industry, works in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, and she knows the corporate game, as well as the hard face of being on site in the midst of the dust and rubble. 

 

In her downtime she can either be found hanging out with her daughter, writing late into the night, practicing yoga, reading, or of course, riding her horse. 

The inspiration for the lead character’s horse in The Japson Club is drawn from an enigmatic equine belonging to a dear friend.  He was a characterful, kind, and sometimes volatile thoroughbred, and did not exclude Catherine from unceremon-ious unloading on the odd occasion!

Catherine has begun work on her next novel, the sequel, following the characters as they get to their feet after the shocks and dramas at the climax of The Japson Club, and life is changing again, but is the danger over? 

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NEWS & EVENTS

26 September 2020 - Author Interview with Anne Walsh, Green Gables Winery, Oxford Station, ON

 

29 May 2020 - 1-4pm EST Local Author Event, North Grenville Library, Kemptville

 

11 MAY 2019 - 2-4pm GMT Carafe Coffee Roasters, Lewes, East Sussex, England

 

12 NOVEMBER 2018 - 7-9pm  NG Writers Circle, North Grenville Library, Kemptville

02 JULY 2018 - North Grenville Times Article, CJ Butler's Debut Novel

28 JUNE 2018 - CJ Butler speaking event; The Youngsters of Yore, North Grenville Library, Kemptville

MAY 2018 - Radio Interview with Jonny Parks on Juice Fm

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