Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Carly Brown hopped on a plane after university and spent ten years teaching English as a Second Language and traveling the world between such places as Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Europe. She wrote a children’s play that won 8 awards in the Hong Kong Dramatic Arts Festival, 2008, including ‘Best Script’ and ‘Best Director’. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her family.
‘The Celine Bower Story, Chronicle One’, is her first novel.
Celine Bower woke the morning after her night with John feeling shock and awe, and a growing sense of isolation. She remembered the meticulous plans and instinctively knowing how to cover her tracks. There wasn’t even a spot of blood on her boots when she took them off at the end of the night. Celine knew John couldn’t see what was happening behind him as she methodically prepared to alter his wretched existence forever.
Could it really be Celine looking back into her eyes, or was it someone else that took control of her body and her thoughts?
The Celine Bower Story, Chronicle One, is one woman’s epic journey from a kind and loving veterinarian and assault survivor, to a cunning and dangerous vigilante who will not be satisfied with just taking back the night, she’s taking it all back.
“News broke of Celine Bower’s latest victim just as her plane touched down in Southeast Asia. She was looking to hide and for a new start, but could Celine really run from who she was becoming?
The jungle is darker than Celine thought and far more sinister. But when an unexpected note arrives at her doorstep deep in the jungle, Celine is surprised at her response to the most outrageous request for help she has ever gotten.
Will she continue to hide, or does Celine fulfill her destiny and hunt down a serial killer?”
Carly Brown, Introduction to Chronicle Two
MEDIA CELINE BOWER STORY
INTERVIEW - NIAGARA REVIEW - PAUL SAWCHUK
September 12th, 2022
INTERVIEW - FORT ERIE OBSERVER - CHRISTINE WHELAN
August 18, 2022
INTERVIEW - NIAGARA THIS WEEK - PAUL FORSYTH
March 9th, 2019
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April 19th, 2019
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April 13th, 2019
"The Celine Bower Story was a great read. It's very intriguing. The ending took me by surprise...but it makes sense that a woman doesn't have to be a victim anymore. You really created a true superhero in Celine. It's an incredible work. I'm ready for the next one." ~Jessica Cavezza
This is Josie. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed reading your book. The first page got me and I could not put the book down! The way that you brought Celine Bower's life, the good and the bad, to the reader was amazing. Her spirit and will to survive, and not give up was so well written. I really did not want this story to end. Awesome book! Looking forward to your next one! ~Josie
The Celine Bower Story is definitely a book that you can't put down...she's a powerful individual. Women will regain the strength to defend themselves and never feel like a victim again after reading this story. I'm ready for the next one. ~MaryAnn Sanecki
Very enticing read, right from the start. Celine’s harrowing ordeal is captured authentically and enchantingly. Short chapters that jump from character to character pull you in and keep you on tenterhooks. A must read for a thrilling and emotional rollercoaster! ~Clare Cassidy
This is a great story and one where many victims would identify with her.
Hi Carly, I just finished your book last night and OMG it was so good!!! You are super talented girl!!! I seriously couldn't put it down...great job ~Melissa DiRisio
"I loved it--I was hooked from the first few chapters. I already recommended it to others. There weren't any boring parts, or parts that dragged on. Celine is a powerful character, very likeable and courageous. I was so happy and relieved when she got her revenge --wanted to celebrate with her. Reminded me how strong and capable a woman can be. I especially liked how the ending is left, like anything can happen. Looking forward to the next one!" ~Kathleen Sacco
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! A must read for every woman. Celine Bower is the strong, heroic woman we all wish we could be. Cannot wait for the second installment! It was amazing to have met and spoken with you. (Book has been shared) ~Monique Rak
When we first meet Celine Bower, we learn that she is a kind and respected young woman with an extreme and focused work ethic. She has come back to her home town to begin her career as a vet. With the hopes that every new beginning brings, Celine is looking forward to her new start, for which she has slogged through years of study and commitment to excellence. For the reader, Celine is a welcome reminder of the hopes and aspirations reaped in the benefits of hard work.
The unwanted and rejected advances of a predatory male in her world introduces a dramatic dread – because of her lack of interest in him, he becomes a beast that takes what he wants, and enjoys inflicting on the drugged Celine a debauched and horrifying gang attack and rape.
Carly Brown’s writing brings the reader to that place, beautifully written in its cringe-worthy horror, leaving a numbness and stillness within. At this juncture, Carly Brown touches on a universal and human fear - feelings of helplessness, vulnerability, and powerlessness. Brown’s writing lets us sit in that, and feel as helpless as Celine does, for not being able to remember anything. She has gone away like a wounded animal, somewhere deeply inside herself to heal, suspended within herself. For a long time, Celine’s inner light and beauty have been stalled, and the tension of holding this touches our desperate need for resolution-not only on her behalf, but for ours.
An unexpected event changes this for Celine. Jagged memory bits bring her attack to life, and she feels all of it. Knowledge is now her power, and she enters a portal of change. Telling her mother she is ‘no longer the person she was’ is at once sad and jubilant. What happens as Celine becomes her own phoenix is both spectacular and unnerving. We cheer the meting of justice. She is the vigilante for Everyman.
There is a collective consciousness that holds the tensions of injustices everywhere in the world. There are leaders who put their own needs first, laugh at the vulnerable and encourage thieving and discreditable behaviour. Sexual assault, killings, and disregard for human life have become so normalized it causes a yawn in the news. Social media allows everything from bullying, shaming and encouraging death, and we are unable or unwilling to stop it. This connects to our own helplessness and the need to make sense of what appears to be an ‘alternate reality’. Celine’s decision to fight violence with violence may be open to criticism, but she is someone, doing SOMETHING, to fight back.
For this beautiful story I thank you Carly Brown, for sharing your light, and giving us a reminder to touch into the power of our own.
Celine Bower is a powerful and insightful figure in the world of superheroes. A wonder woman who grapples with her internal battles head-on and in deep detail.
The villain in the “Chronicle Two”, a burgeoning serial killer targeting young women in Celine’s hometown, isn’t her real struggle this time around. Like many of us, what Celine battles with is her internal self. Celine works to overcome her past and what’s horrifically happened to her and, smartly, Carly Brown writes this not as a battle between powers, but a battle of minds. Of social structures at odds with the self and creates a smartly driven narrative that is both parts a superhero origin story and an examination of coming to terms with what it means to be a hero dealing with trauma outside of your Marvel and DC notions of superheroism.
Celine Bower’s unique place may remind you of Harley Quinn, but unlike her, Bower struggles with her superheroic acts. In Celine’s world, justice is complicated. The system isn’t clean, but she finds she does have a place in it to serve justice her way, making some valuable friends along the way.
“Celine Bower: Chronicle Two” veers away from stock superhero stories and into a much more grounded psychological examination of trauma on superherodom, focusing not on epic fights or flashy powers but rather our hero’s psyche. I’m eager to see where Chronicle Three will take her.
~ Paul Sawchuk
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