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VBT – ZOEY’S PLACE

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Zoey’s Place

by E.M. Bannock

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GENRE: Modern Adult Romance w/Erotic elements

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BLURB:

Zoey DeLucca is a successful Michigan divorce attorney. Growing up the center of a bitter custody battle between her neglectful mother and her caring father convinced her to become a Family Law attorney and champion the father’s that seldom won in court.
Her handsome husband, Mickey, works for an oil development company. The money is great but as he climbs the corporate ladder, he must spend more time traveling and away from home.
It was love at first sight when they met in college. Their storybook marriage is the envy of all of their friends. They keep the spark in their marriage glowing red hot with wild, uninhibited behaviors in the bedroom. So why does the feeling of impending doom occupy Zoey’s thoughts?
Zoey’s Place is a modern erotic romance about bonding friendships and life’s lessons. See how Zoey handles the challenges that come her way. Experience her joys, fears, and unusual solutions.
This book contains explicit sex scenes and very mature subject matter. It is intended for adult pleasures only. So, turn on the fan, because it’s going to get hot!

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EXCERPT

It was early evening. A scarlet sunset had faded into muted grey tones. The shimmering reflection of the moon danced on the surface of the lake as the lovers emerged naked, hand in hand.

The subject of love was not brought up nor was the word uttered by either. But it was love that was made that night. It was passionate and personal. They were two unwittingly becoming one.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links

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E.M. Bannock grew up in the Detroit suburbs. She is the second child of seven and eldest daughter of a working class family. Her parents had traditional, old style, European ideals which clashed with her modern, adventurous personality. The daughters were not encouraged to attend college. Instead they were expected to get married, have children, and be homemakers.

Her father was a great storyteller and sparked her love for writing. In high school she enjoyed writing short stories and poetry. A small inheritance from her father gave her the funds needed to begin her career as a published author. She has published two books, Totally Devoted, which is also available in audio, and Zoey’s Place. 


Born with the wanderlust, she found herself in Los Angeles. LA was an exciting place to be in the early 70’s and she experienced all that it had to offer. She met her husband there.

Marie and her small family have lived in California, Oregon, Alaska, Florida, and Wyoming, where she now lives with her small family which includes a spoiled dog and cat, two horses, also spoiled, and a brood of chickens that live like queens in the chicken-coupe-de-ville.

She has made her living as an office manager, computer programmer/analysts, project manager, clothing sales person, substitute teacher, and buffalo meat packer. Throughout it all, she never lost her love for writing.

E.M. Bannock is a Goodreads Author, a BookHub Author, a member of the Romance Writers of America, and a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer. Her book, “Totally Devoted” is a finalist for a 2019 NERFA (National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award) in two categories.

Web site: www.embannock.com

Facebook: E.M. Bannock – Author https://www.facebook.com/EMBannock/

Twitter: @EMBannock

Instagram: e_m_bannock

Buy links: https://www.amazon.com/Zoeys-Place-M-Bannock-ebook/dp/B07SCPT611/

The book will be $0.99 during the tour.

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Thanks for being my guest here today. Tell us about you as a person.

I like to think of myself as a good person. I’m not a perfect person by any stretch or even close. I’m spiritual but not religious. I’ve got lots of weird habits and superstitions. For example, I lift my feet when I go over train tracks. I read somewhere that it’s bad luck if you don’t. I throw spilled salt over my left shoulder and make a wish on the first star I see every night.

I believe in past lives and I think habits from the past carry forward. I have a very strong, horrific, personal experience whenever I see anything having to do with WWII and especially the Holocaust. I may have died in a concentration camp in my last life. Most people are disgusted, ashamed, and/or horrified by this part of history, but for me, it feels very personal. It’s a feeling I can remember as one of my earliest emotions when confronted with pictures of the war as a child.

I also think that I’ve had some very wonderful past lives, maybe as a Native American, or even royalty back in the days of ancient Egypt. I believe it is the cumulation of these experiences that make me who I am. I hope and feel that I’ve learned the lessons I was meant to learn in every lifetime to help me on my path to enlightenment.

Most people don’t know that about me. Now you do.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?

Paramahansa Yogananda has always been a person I truly admire. He is the spiritual founder of the Self Realization Fellowship. He passed away in the 1950’s but I’ve read his autobiography and find him to be truly enlightened soul and fascinating person. He traveled extensively. I would love to spend the day with him talking spirituality and universal truths. I have visited the SRF Lake Shrine in LA and it sends shivers up my spine walking the same paths that he walked. It would be very special to speak with him.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

Zoey’s Place kind of naturally evolved from a writing challenge I took on a Facebook page I belonged to at the time. It had to be a short blurb about summer love. I like to keep fit and I do Zumba with a group of friends at our local Rec Center. One of the songs we danced to was Apple Bottom Jeans (Low), by Flo Rida. That short blurb became part of the first draft of chapter one for Zoey’s Place. In it, Zoey is described as having “her apple-bottomed ass protruding below her way-too-short cut-off jeans.”

From there the story just grew as I wrote it. I knew I wanted her to be independent and strong. I had to think of a situation that would seem insurmountable. One that she could overcome using her intelligence and a solution that exemplified her feminine uniqueness.

Many of the situations in the book were therapy for me. It helped me release pent up emotions and resolve situations in my life as I directed Zoey through her trials and tribulations. There’s always tidbits of real life in my books. I think an author needs to do that to make the characters believable and likeable or unlikable as the case may be.

When I started Zoey’s Place, I didn’t know how I was going to get from Point A to Point B. But I knew what the points were, and like Zoey, I never gave up until she got there.

What is your writing process?

There’s a lot of mental work that goes into my stories before I even write the first word. Usually the first thing I do is think about the time and place of my story and the name of the main character. Then I think of what the storyline will be. I try to write tales that are believable but different, not your run-of-the-mill love story. I want them to be something that nobody else would ever think possible. Luckily, I have a wild imagination.

I always write at my office desk using my desk-top computer. I start with a timeline and a character list. I have no set times, special music, or customs for my writing process, except when it comes to the love scenes.

They are quite personal and, believe it or not, I’m rather shy. I will only write those scenes at night, after my husband has gone to bed and I’m sure I will not be disturbed.

After a few chapters, I send them off to my sister for review. There are usually a few changes and a few calls to her telling her not to read the last chapter I sent because I just rewrote it.

I don’t have a complicated process. It just happens.

Tell us about your main character.

Zoey DeLucca is a Michigan family law attorney in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. She only defends men. This is because of the struggle her father went through to get custody of her after her parents split up. She is very good at her job. She’s intelligent, independent and strong-minded. Zoey knows the meaning of life and is appreciative of all that she has.

She grew up an only child and her friends, Joanne and Carol, are the closest things to sisters she has. They are always there for her and she treasures the close sister-like relationship she has with them. She knows that you don’t have to be blood to be family.

When she met her husband, Mickey, it was love at first sight. They bring out the best in each other and have very similar tastes including a voracious appetite for sex. They love each other truly and deeply.

Zoey and Mickey worked hard to be able to live in an upper class neighborhood and they enjoy all that life has to offer. But lately, Zoey has been getting feelings of impending doom and she doesn’t know why. She has to use logic to overcome what life obstacles are thrown in her path. The comfort and support of her friends and her resourcefulness are her key to true happiness.

I like Zoey because she’s a realist when it comes to life. She doesn’t sugarcoat things for herself or her clients. She understands love and friendship and places those attributes above all else. Mostly, I love Zoey because she never gives up.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.

I would love to see Natalie Portman play Zoey. She’s got a trusting, strong, yet not unapproachable look to her. Her age is perfect for the character. She has a look of mature, leadership authority that make her stand out in a crowd from the hundreds of other actresses in the field. Her acting talents are proven and I think she could convey the emotion needed for the role beautifully.

What are you working on next?

I’ve not decided yet but, at the urging of some of my gal pals, I’m toying with a period piece that takes place in the small western town that I live in back in the late 1880’s or early 1900’s. All of my books have strong-willed, intelligent, independent, stubborn women in them so that would open up a treasure trove of interesting situations for that time period. There is also a lot of relative historical facts regarding the military, Native American’s, and western outlaws from the area that I could draw upon for adventure.

Writing has always been a kind of therapy for me and living in a small town, such as the one I live in, there are many different and opposing points of view to every issue. I tend to be a little more feminist and liberal that the common ‘man’ in these parts and this book would be a way to work out my ‘feelings’ toward these individuals and their ideas.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?

I’m still trying to get this right myself. So, I’ll just say what I’ve been told. You need to get yourself out there. Go to book fairs and other crafty gatherings. Advertise. Go on Virtual Book Tours. It’s expensive but a necessary evil. Get on all the social media you can. Talk to other authors. I’ve found authors to be a friendly group and everyone is willing to give freely of their knowledge. Network in any way you can. It’s hard. I don’t do it well myself. It’s a constant struggle. I’d rather be sitting at my desk writing my next novel. But it won’t happen unless YOU make it happen.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?

Didn’t have to think twice about this one. It’s the Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon. It’s the greatest, sexiest, love story I’ve ever read. Next to my own, of course.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?

I am a rather good cook, if I do say so myself. I don’t eat meat so I’ve had to delve into that alternative end of cooking. I do eat fish which makes it a little easier. I enjoy cooking and exploring with different tastes. The only problem with that is sometimes I create something delicious but I couldn’t recreate it because I’m not quite sure of what and how much of what I put into it.

I’ve been experimenting with the Keto diet lately, an extremely difficult task for someone who doesn’t eat meat. Don’t know how long I’ll stay on the diet but I’m enjoying all the different tastes and dishes.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?

This may sound selfish but I would like the superpower to acquire large amounts of money. Besides making my life so much easier, it would add years onto my hard-working husband’s life. There are so many worthy causes out there that need financial help. I would build a new Rec Center here in my town. I’d build animal shelters around the country that spay and neuter animals for free and house them if they are not adopted. I’d give to medical research and provide medical services at no charge. I’d build and provide free pre-schools in needy communities. There is so much good that could be done if only there was enough financial aid.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. Go to Scotland and visit the Outlander sites
  2. Live long enough to see my great-grandchildren
  3. Become a New York Times Best Selling Author
  4. Lose 10 more pounds
  5. See my husband clean the bathroom.

Any final thoughts?

I’d like to thank CA Milson for hosting this Zoey’s Place Virtual Tour Stop and getting me to tell some things about myself that I’ve never said publicly before.

I hope the readers have enjoyed my interview answers and I hope I’ve whetted your appetite for Zoey Place. I welcome all readers.

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VBT – THE ROAD TO REALITY

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The Road to Reality

by Dianne Burnett

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GENRE: Non-fiction

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Get ready to laugh. Get ready to cry. Get ready for a whirlwind of an adventure. Settle in for a powerful, poignant story of inner strength and courage-and get a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the making of Survivor, the world’s most popular reality show.

Spinning their mutual love of exotic adventure into gold, Dianne Burnett and her former husband, TV producer Mark Burnett, co-created Eco-Challenge, an expedition-length racing event televised on Discovery Channel that catapulted them into the arena of reality TV and set the stage for Survivor-a modern-day Robinson Crusoe with a million-dollar prize. But Dianne and Mark’s fairytale marriage did not survive their Hollywood success . . . she found herself left behind, her contributions unrecognized. She lost her partner in life and began to lose her identity. In that experience, she found an opportunity to grow.

A fascinating, fast-paced, heart-warming “page-turner,” The Road to Reality takes readers on a roller-coaster ride-complete with a zesty romance, as well as the ups and downs of going for your dreams-while it imparts the lessons learned as Dianne discovers what really matters in life is something beyond fortune and fame.

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EXCERPT

Dianne Burnett: What I learned writing The Road to Reality

I couldn’t be quiet anymore. That would have been the polite thing to do; zipping it was the societally-preferred course of action. Just smile and take it. For years I did just that.

We do, after all, have two wonderful sons. I didn’t want them to feel torn in what was happening between me and my husband, Mark Burnett. I smiled at dinner parties, showing up with guy friends, explaining my husband was “on location” with Survivor or attending another awards dinner in New York. I explained to the boys that Daddy had a new clubhouse where they could play and where he could work.

The impact of an absent husband no longer living at home, however, sent my world into new orbit. I went from “Does not compute” to the realization I had to find my own path again. The one I’d been on before I met Mark—who, like me, came from a modest background, but who took me gallivanting around the world–the handsome Brit with whom I had a synergy and shared a belief that we were unstoppable. And we were.

We had no background in doing what we were doing, no fancy degrees, no connections. We had nothing but sheer will, and the willingness to research, put together proposals and run through our pitches again and again. But we did it—first with Eco-Challenge, the world’s premiere endurance-adventure race. And then with the idea for a TV show, that was a modern-day Robin Crusoe story. I gave the name to the program that would catapult reality TV into new directions. “Survivor.” And my handsome hubby finessed the concept, developed it, and pitched it.

Nobody bit. Ever single network gave it a red light. But Mark kept honing his pitches and I kept coaching him and encouraging him—“Honey, I know it will fly!”

And it did.

But winning at the lottery machine of life destroyed our marriage. Nobody preps you for success, for the way your credit cards suddenly don’t have limits, and you cause a sensation walking into a room. We went from “aspiring” to “golden” in six months time. And after another year, the union that had defined me for over a decade was seriously unraveling.

The truth is I didn’t know my marriage was effectively over until radio host Howard Stern announced it to the 18-34 male listening demographic. As calls came flooding in from friends asking if Mark and I were divorcing I took it calmly, still believing we’d get back together, that our trial separation wasn’t permanent. But then, as another year, then another went by, with Mark and I both dating other people, I understood that I had to get back on my own road. I didn’t want to be defined by my relationships any more. I wanted to have my own life again.

It wasn’t easy. At first, I felt like Chevy Chase in Vacation, caught on the roundabout, trying to forge my own way, trying to find my road again. I could see where I wanted to be but I wasn’t yet there. Writing this book proved to be the ideal exit.

I began writing it when I realized that I couldn’t get to where I was going until I understood where I’d been. So I went back and traveled my past, back to Commack, Long Island and the talent shows we put on at the swimming pools, back when I dreamed of entering showbiz. I relived my life discovering a tale of making one own way, with a love story at the heart, and a lot of adventure in between.

I understood finally that it wasn’t the destination that mattered, it’s the journey. And as I wrote the last words of The Road to Reality on a balmy, palm-breezy evening in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, I turned off the computer, walked into the night and felt like at last I’d found my road again.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links

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Dianne Burnett is an author, producer, and actor of stage and screen. She is also a philanthropist and entrepreneur. Dianne and her ex-husband, Mark Burnett, joined their creative forces to invent Eco-Challenge, the impetus for Survivor, which kickstarted America’s reality-television show craze and went on to become the longest-running and most lucrative reality TV series of all time.

Following the success of Survivor, Dianne produced and acted in the stage play Beyond Therapy at the Santa Monica Playhouse, served as Executive Producer of the indie film Jam (which won Best Narrative Feature at the Santa Fe Film Festival), and acted in Everybody Loves Raymond. In memory of her mother, Joan, who lost her battle with esophageal cancer in 2010, Dianne formed Joan Valentine—A Foundation for Natural Cures, a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for those seeking alternatives to traditional medicine.

She also recently launched a multimedia platform and social network: called theotherside.com, it explores alternative views on everything from relationships to health. Formerly of New York, Dianne now lives in Malibu, California, with her family.

LINKS

https://www.facebook.com/TheRoadToReality/

https://dianneburnett.com/

Buy Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Road-Reality-Journey-Real-Life-Survivor/dp/1401941001

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Book Blast – EXTINCTION OF ALL CHILDREN

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. L.J. Epps will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The futuristic world of Craigluy has been divided into three territories and three economic classes. A large wall separates the territories, so the poor cannot mingle with the rich.

Since President Esther, the ruler over all of Craigluy, believes the poor do not have adequate means to take care of children, they are no longer allowed to procreate. Pregnant mothers are imprisoned until their babies are born, then the infants are taken away.

Emma Whisperer is the last child to survive. She is the last child born in lower-class Territory L before the law was instituted in the year 2080. She is the last eighteen-year-old.

Emma struggles to understand why she was spared while others weren’t. She doesn’t like the laws and believes they should be repealed. Her family doesn’t agree with her; they discourage her rebellious streak. Yet, she helps them to cover up their own family rebellion. She helps them to hide a big secret, a secret that could be both disastrous and deadly for members of their family.

As she meets new people along the way, Emma learns who she can and cannot trust. And, in the end, she makes a gut-wrenching decision that may be disastrous for everyone.

She finds herself in danger for doing what she feels is right.

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“I see your side is still bothering you.” He looks me up and down. “That’s why I came by in regular clothes. I knew you wouldn’t feel much like training. You should rest your side for a few days, like the doctor said.”

“How do you know what the doctor said?”

“Samuel told me. He said we should put off training, for a while.”

“Until I recuperate.” I groan again, pushing the pack more into my skin. “I don’t want to lose my newfound skills. Pretty soon, I will be good enough to beat you.”

“Now wait a minute.” He holds up his hands. “Slow it down, a little. You’re doing well, but don’t get ahead of yourself. I think the nickname Whisper has caused you to lose all sense of reality.”

“No, I’m still in my right mind,” I say. I grin like baby Abigail when you tickle her stomach.

“Seriously, though.” His eyes find mine. “Is your side all right?”

“It’s fine, or it will be.” My fingers sting, holding the pack.

“What about your hand?”

“They gave me some ointment to use.”

“Why did you let Samuel take you?” His chest rises and falls like the words were hard to say. “I mean, I asked to take you to the hospital and you refused. Why would you let Samuel take you, instead of me?”

About the Author: L.J. Epps is a lover of all things related to books: fiction and nonfiction novels, as well as biographies and autobiographies. She has also been known to sit and read comic books from cover to cover, several times over.

Over the last few years, L.J. has written several manuscripts; her mission is to publish all of them. She enjoys writing fiction in several genres, including contemporary romance and women’s fiction, as well as young adult dystopian, science fiction and fantasy. She loves to write because it immerses her into another world that is not her own.

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VBT – ALL BOY

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Mia Kerick will award a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Seventeen-year-old Callie Canter knows all about screwing up—and being screwed over. After her so-called boyfriend publicly humiliated her senior year, taking a fifth year of high school at Beaufort Hills Academy is her second chance to leave behind a painful past. But her need for social acceptance follows, and going along with the in-crowd is the difference between survival and becoming a target. Staying off the radar is top priority. So, falling for an outsider is the last thing on Callie’s “to-do” list. Too bad her heart didn’t get the memo.

With his strict, religious upbringing and former identity far away in Florida, Jayden Morrissey can finally be true to himself at Beaufort Hills Academy. But life as a trans man means keeping secrets, and keeping secrets means not getting too close to anyone. If he can just get through his fifth year unnoticed, maybe a future living as the person he was born to be is possible. Yet love is love, and when you fall hard enough, intentions crumble, plans detour, and secrets are revealed.

From multi-award-winning author Mia Kerick, comes a powerful, timely, and life-changing novel, which follows two teenagers nursing broken hearts and seeking acceptance, and who together realize running away isn’t always the answer.

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Jayden

“You said that your old boyfriend didn’t treat you well. I’m curious about what happened with him.”

Callie’s lips tighten. Even on guard, she’s the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen. Her face is what I’d call exotic—her eyes are wide, her cheekbones high, and her lips full. And the shade of her skin is even fairer than mine. I wonder about her ethnicity, but don’t ask. If I ask too many questions, it will open the door for her to ask questions of me. She leans back on her hands so she can better size me up. Her reply is cautious. “In the second half of senior year, things with us went downhill, but, to be real, they’d never been perfect.”

“How long did you go out with him?”

“Three years—well, just over.”

“What happened to screw things up?”

“Don’t you think the past should stay where it belongs?” She measures each word.

“Yeah… unless the event scars you. Because that stuff doesn’t just go away.”

She sighs. “Ryan did not appreciate that I was a plus-size girl. It was a huge deal that I wasn’t skinny.”

I swallow hard, having seen this issue from both sides.

“My body was always a problem for him… You could call it my fatal flaw.”

“Did he actually tell you that he didn’t like the way you looked?”

“Hell, yeah… like, ten times a day.” Callie smiles, but it isn’t out of happiness. It’s a bitter smile. “The size of my backside was almost a deal-breaker for him. He told me that he liked ‘the waif look.’”

“The waif look? What’s that?”

“Kind of skinny and underdeveloped—like many runway models. The emaciated opposite of gargantuan me.”

“That’s just wrong, Callie.”

“But he said my pretty face made up for my wide ass.” She flops back on the bed. “You must be wondering how desperate I was for attention to stick around for three-plus years, just to get that kind of treatment. I used to wonder about it, too.”

“And then?”

“Then I figured out the reason I stayed put: I believed what Ryan was saying. That a fat girl really has no options.” She covers her face with her hands and adds, “For some reason, his acceptance of me mattered so frigging much.”

“You dumped him, I hope.”

“I did, sort of.”

“Ryan didn’t deserve a girl like you, someone so smart and pretty and sweet.”

Callie laughs. “No one ever calls me sweet.”

“Well, I just did.”

About the Author:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one a recent graduate of law school, another a professional dancer, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and the baby finally off to college. (Yes, the nest is empty.) She publishes LGBTQ fiction and romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-five years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of young people who are challenged by the circumstances of their lives and relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature, and as a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. Now she publishes her work—it’s an alternate way to stash her stories.

Her books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine. They have won a 2019 IPPY GOLD award for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction, Rainbow Awards for Best Transgender Contemporary Romance and Best YA Lesbian Fiction, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, a First Place Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, a First Place Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Award for YA Fiction, and a category finalist for the Eric Hoffer award, a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction and more.

Mia Kerick is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology. Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com or visit at http://www.miakerickya.com to see what is going on in Mia’s world.

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VBT – ON LOVING

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On Loving

by Lili Naghdi

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GENRE: Romance

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In 1972, Dr. Rose Hemmings has just finished her general surgery residency when a haunted stranger is shot in front of her in a New York City bar, and their lives become forever intertwined. And when, having been given the blessing of her adoptive father on his deathbed, Rose travels to prerevolutionary Iran to discover the past her American family kept secret from her, she finds a true Pandora’s box. It is a world both foreign and familiar, in which her primary place is as the heiress to a great tribe. In Iran, Rose will find family she never dreamed of, her own people, and a man who loves her as passionately as he does the rare black roses of his garden. She will return to the United States carrying a new secret and torn between two men: the one she loves helplessly, and the one who loves her unconditionally.

Woven throughout with Persian poetry ancient and modern, On Loving is the story of one woman’s lifetime of love and loss, of societal change in a nomadic people, and of overcoming personal challenges, including mental and physical health, to find true contentment. Above all, it is a story of love: its physiology, psychology and philosophy; the many forms it takes; its myths and truths; its challenges, its joys and its gifts.

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EXCERPT

It was a beautiful late spring afternoon in Paris, and I decided to stroll down the streets of this lovely city as much as I could, to calm my nerves after that emotional talk.

Walking at a slow pace, through the charming cobbled passages and tree-lined avenues of the mesmerizing City of Love, I easily found my way to the Café de la Rotonde, my favorite café to spend time in whenever I’m in Paris. I love being in bustling Montparnasse, where Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso and many others took their coffee breaks many years ago. Sitting there, I always feel that I can hear their voices or even smell in the air the tobacco they smoked. Being a huge fan of literature and art since childhood, being in that environment for even a few minutes often led me to think how it might feel to create a masterwork or to write something as captivating as they once did.

I was about to sip my coffee when a young woman sitting at the table close to mine suddenly left in a rush, forgetting her newspaper and cellphone.

Excusez-moi, madame?” I took the newspaper and phone and followed her, hoping to catch up before she completely disappeared in the crowd, but it was too late.

Back at my seat and handed the phone to the waiter while glancing at the newspaper’s front page:

Des millions de la Reine Soraya Esfandiari-Bakhtiari iront à la charité

Queen Soraya Esfandiari-Bakhtiari’s millions go to charity”

I quickly asked the waiter to let me keep the paper.

I sat on my chair, staring at the title again. I felt as if I had stumbled on a familiar face, as if I knew her intimately. I touched her photo: her beautiful eyes, her lovely smile. Everything about her was unique, even thirteen years after her death in Paris in 2001.

Then, shaking inside, I read the report.

Princess Soraya Esfandiari-Bakhtiari, born in the city of Isfahan in 1932 to an Iranian father from the well-known Bakhtiari family and his German wife, had died childless back in 2001. But now a court in Germany had ruled that because her brother, who lived there, had died before settlement was finished, her entire $6 million estate should be divided among the three charities she’d chosen — the Red Cross, a group that worked for animal protection and a disabled rights group. The article talked about her time as queen, her beauty, her stunning emerald eyes and how she’d be known as the “Princess with the sad eyes” after the last king of Iran, Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi, divorced her in 1958 for not producing an heir. Yet much of her wealth had come from jewellery he had gifted her; he loved her deeply.

Wait a second!

I quickly wiped the tears that ran down my face, trying to stay calm. But it wasn’t the deceased former queen I was mourning. It was my own past, surging up from beneath the dust that had covered it for years, that made me so emotional. The former queen’s distinctive name and her story reminded me painfully of the love I had shared in my heart for many years, the love that had changed my destiny in so many ways.

Drenched in cold sweat, I rested my forehead on the newspaper, feeling the hard table beneath it.

Life is so mystifying. After all these years … The gracious Queen Soraya … my distant relative! We shared genes, ancestors … I know … I know well the very place she was born in, I’ve been there — Isfahan, the ancient city of Isfahan, City of Roses … city of my own beautiful black roses!

I felt like I was choking and struggled to breathe. I needed fresh air. I put money on the table and rushed out of the café.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lili Naghdi is an Iranian Canadian physician who was born and raised in Tehran. She continued her education and research after moving to Canada with her husband and daughter in 1996. Today she practices family medicine in Vaughan, Ontario, with particular interests in women’s and mental health. Being a family physician gives her the privilege of connecting with patients and participating in their care with a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional and social adversities they face. Interacting with people of many different backgrounds has also provided Dr. Naghdi with the opportunity to grow as a person, a physician and an author.

Growing up in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran, Lili became fascinated by the magical realm of literature, poetry and history. She began collecting prized quotations at the young age of eight. Dr. Naghdi has written poetry and short stories in both Farsi and English, but she eventually followed William Wordsworth’s advice to “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart,” and turned to fiction.

On Loving is her first novel. Inspired by both the ordinary people she has the honor to support and by the great literature of Persia and the world — from Hafez to Forugh Farrokhzad and from John Steinbeck to Margaret Mitchell — Dr. Naghdi passionately agrees with Boris Pasternak, whose Yuri Zhivago is a physician and patriotic poet, when he writes: “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.”

Website: www.lilinaghdi.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44310723-on-loving?from_search=true

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Amazon author page URL:

https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile

Barnes and Noble Author URL:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/books/1130591456?ean=9781999497002

Videos of her book launch:

https://youtu.be/iqMoLoKBRPI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYtdrHiWffk

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/on-loving-lili-naghdi/1130591456

https://www.amazon.com/Loving-Lili-Naghdi-ebook/dp/B07NSJLJLZ

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Lili Naghdi will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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