Blog Tour for The Fairness of Beasts

BookTrib, Where Readers Meet Writers: The Fairness of Beasts Book Launch Giveaway

Book Giveaway is open for submissions until Wednesday, October 25.


Quoth The Book Lover Cover Reveal & Review: 

“I really liked the main character Emmy… If you like strong female characters, you’ll love her!… I was really surprised at the mental health representation as well as the struggles that were portrayed within this novel. The backlash of war as well as the social norms and attitudes towards mental health in the Civil War era was represented really well and was really interesting to read about… I loved the journeys that the characters took, physically and emotionally and the development was great. Although I felt at the beginning it was a little slow, it soon picked up and was a great read. I highly recommend!

Jenn Blogs Books, The Fairness of Beasts excerpt:

Hello bookworms! I am so excited to share an excerpt from the upcoming novel The Fairness of Beasts by Gar LaSalle… I am in love with this cover and the book sounds even better!”

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Major Reviews for The Fairness of Beasts

Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch Fall Fiction Shelf Selection: 

“The Fairness of Beasts” is the third book in the acclaimed Widow Walk saga and once again demonstrates author Gar LaSalle’s mastery of the historical novel format and genuine flair for dramatically engaging his readers from cover to cover. A wonderfully and consistently entertaining read, “The Fairness of Beasts” is unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for both personal reading lists and community library Historical Fiction collection.



Foreword Reviews, excerpt from review included in their November/December 2017 edition: 

Gar LaSalle’s third book in the Widow Walk series, The Fairness of Beasts, moves a sprawling family saga into the drawing rooms and battlegrounds of a people divided….

When the characters’ problematic choices coalesce with the savagery of war, the outcomes are heartbreaking and often horrifying, “without so much as anything that resembles even a bit of the fairness accorded to beasts.”     

Gar LaSalle’s diligent use of historical events and locations serve as a frequent reminder that this fiction is moored in a bloody past that none were able to outrun or escape.    


Tom Skerritt. Actor, Producer, Director, and founder of Heyou Media

“Historical fiction is rarely embraced and executed as well as is Widow Walk, Gar LaSalle’s terrific captivating novel based on mid-19th Century first settlers in the Pacific Northwest who clash violently with the indigenous people of the region. Written with “less is more” incisive brevity that invites the emotional engagement of readers, the story continues with the extraordinary journey of a heroine who endures that traumatic encounter, and through the gift of her internal strength, prevails in her odyssey through the Isthmus of Panama in the second book, and in book three, The Fairness of Beasts, into the battle fields of the early Civil War. One might very easily compare this highly engaging journey to HBO’s, Game of Thrones, but plausible, (without the dragons).”



Past Events


Radio Interview

kser_logo_headerAugust 7th @ 4 pm

KSER 90.7

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Book Signing

May 2nd @ 3:00 – 5:00 pm

National Independent Bookstore Day
Parkplace Books in Kirkland, WA

348 Parkplace Center Kirkland, WA 98033

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Author Reading

March 17th @ 6:30 pm

Newton Library Meeting Room in Surrey, Canada

13795 – 70th Avenue Surrey, BC V3W 0E1 (map)


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Gar presents his captivating presentation of Widow Walk, a novel based on the real events surrounding the revenge murder of Isaac Ebey, a prominent citizen who lived on Whidbey Island in the mid-1800s. Gerard LaSalle combines his love of history with a compelling story of a woman’s determination to find her kidnapped son. See first hand exactly how extensive research and numerous artist renditions result in an award winning cover design. A wonderful chance to get a sneak peek at the publishing processes from an insider’s point of view.

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February 13th @ 7pm

Village Books in Bellingham

1200 11th St, BellinghamWA 98225-7015 (map)
Official Event Page Widow Walk is based on the real events surrounding the revenge murder of Isaac Ebey, a prominent citizen who lived on Whidbey Island in the mid-1800s. Gerard LaSalle combines his love of history with a compelling story of a woman’s determination to find her kidnapped son.

Gerard LaSalle is an award-winning author and critically acclaimed teacher, storyteller and lecturer living in the Pacific Northwest. His captivating novel Widow Walk earned the 2014 eLit Silver Medal for Multicultural Historical Fiction, a 2013 USA Best Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2013 Indie Excellence Book Award. His most recent book, Isthmus, was published December 2014 by Avasta Press.

“Gar lived up to his reputation as a master storyteller, and Jenny, who hosted his event, noted both his affinity for his medium and his obvious love of the subject matter. The was clear to the audience, as well, and I believe they enjoyed him immensely. ”
– Sam Kaas, Events Coordinator at Village Books

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