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Author Interview featuring debut author Lili Naghdi, On Loving w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #author interview #romance #debut author #99cents

On Loving

by Lili Naghdi 

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GENRE: Romance

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BLURB:

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 Two:

“It was almost nine when I got back. Kim had fed Layla and put her to sleep. I sent Kim home for the night, kissed Layla’s face good night and went to my room to change for bed.

Siyavash’s letter was still on the floor. I bent down and picked it up.

Inhaling the scent of the dried black rose, I wandered to the window and stared at the thin, even white carpet of snow on the street. Where do I want to be? I asked myself. Somewhere beautiful, calming. Somewhere full of life, with a boundless, vaulted sky above my head, perhaps!

I then closed my eyes and let myself being taken to Siyavash’s majestic rose garden in Isfahan. I could feel the breeze in my hair, could feel the warmth of the sun on my face. I remembered how Siyavash had looked at me with love and admiration there. I was blind not to see it then. I couldn’t recall Dean looking at me like that …

I opened my eyes and read Siyavash’s letter again, raking my fingers through my hair. Then, nervously rubbing my neck, I went to the phone next to my bed.

“Good evening,” I said when the other end of the line picked up.

“Rose! Is that … Is that you?” It was Siyavash.

“Yes, it’s me!” I paused and swallowed the lump that had risen in my throat. “Come back home! Just come back to me!”

I quickly hung up and rushed to the window, as if for air. Snowflakes were still dancing their way down to the ground.

My chest felt so constricted that I could hardly breathe.

Am I questioning Dean’s love for me? I wondered. Am I comparing it to Siyavash’s? But that was impossible! I shook my head. I’m just giving Siyavash a chance to redeem himself, a proper second chance. But the reminder to myself was pointless: the truth was something else, and I knew it!

I was at fault here. I was the guilty — guilty of blocking not only my ears but also my soul from hearing Siyavash’s voice, so ignorant indeed that my heart was finally reproaching me for my bigotry and cruelty.

I folded the letter and tucked it away in the drawer next to my bed.

I’ll know soon how I need to deal with him, I told myself. Or I’ll just have to find a way around it!”

Can you describe your dream home?

An average home with lots of light, tall windows, a view to the ocean or the forest with a huge office with walls covered by full bookcases. Of course, no dream house can be a dream home for me without my loving family and my dog being around me.

 

If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?

I will make you Barberry rice with pistachio and almonds served with saffron chicken, a traditional Persian dish.

 

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

A gentleman who wrote how he found my story impressing in a way that he was encouraged to start reading about Iran’s ancient history and Forugh Farrokzad’s poetry in English. Also, he wrote tha he was trying to know himself better and talk to a counsellor to be able to solve issues from his past. He really made my day!

 

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

France.

 

Who designed the book cover for the book you are touring?

The idea was mine but JD and J book designs in Florida made the design based on my idea.

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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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Instagram:           https://www.instagram.com/naghdil/

 

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

 

Buy Links:  On Loving is on sale during the tour for $0.99

 

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

 

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

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

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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Interview with C.B. Samet, author of The Avant Champion: Rising w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Fantasy #Free Book

The Avant Champion: Rising

by C.B. Samet

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:

An EVVY award-winning epic fantasy adventure. When Marrington Castle is overtaken by a dark and ancient evil, Abigail Cross finds herself in the precarious situation of protecting Queen Rebekah. Charged with a quest to summon the Avant Champion, can she save the kingdom or doom everyone to everlasting devastation?

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Excerpt Two:

I could hear the confused murmurs of the drivers. Then, the dismissive humphs presumably accompanied by dismissive shrugs.

The carriage began to move forward again, encroaching on some dreadful fate. Even as the lanterns around us illuminated once again, I felt engulfed in numbing darkness.

Paul?

The Queen gazed impassively forward, then with a faint disinterested yawn, spoke. “I think we’ll take a walk for the remaining distance. I’ve not stretched my legs all night.”

One of the guards snapped his fingers, and the carriage halted.

Walk? Out there? With those things?

Despite my quivering knees, I followed the Queen out of the carriage. I had been conditioned over the last several months to follow orders, so it was less of a struggle than it might have been.

When the guards began to follow us, she stopped them with a faint flick of her wrist. “We’re on the castle grounds. We’ll be safe here.”

I wanted to contradict her but my throat seemed to have convulsed shut, the way vocal cords spasm when liquid threatens to erroneously enter the windpipe. It was all I could do just to breathe.

They bowed and climbed back into the carriage.

Floating in a world of confusion, I walked beside her stiff figure. How could we possibly be safe? I started to turn, wanting to look back and see Paul safely sitting in his carriage, though I knew he wasn’t there.

“Don’t,” she snapped in a hushed tone. “Your brother is dead now, and you will be as well if you let on that you saw anything.”

I stiffened, focusing on putting one foot in front of the other while the starry night spun dizzyingly around me. “I don’t understand, mum,” I managed to whisper.

She pursed her lips disapprovingly. “It’s obvious we’re under attack. They are already on the grounds.”

Welcome! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

I’m a writer and a mother. I love action and adventure be it fantasy, thrillers, or romance. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one’ (–Robin Reed). My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.

Is a single title, or part of a series?
Here is the complete series:

Book 1: The Avant Champion ~Rising~

Prequel: Malakai ~an Avant Champion Story of Malos novelette~ (best read after book 1)

Book 2: The Avant Champion ~Honor~

Book 3: The Avant Champion ~Ashes~

Book 3.5: Brothers’ Bond, a novelette

Book 4: The Avant Champion ~Conquest~ (available for pre-order)

Book 5: coming 2020


Please share your setting for The Avant Champion – Rising.

The Avant Champion series takes place in a fictional fantasy world of ten continents. Our heroine lives on Crithos and gazes on a sky of one sun and two moons. The world is as diverse in climates as it is in species—humans, giants, brownies, and more.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

I read many genres, but I’ll specifically list fantasy/paranormal here. My favorite series is Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. I love his mix of action and humor. I also enjoyed one of Robin Hobb’s trilogies last year. I’m currently reading Miranda Honfleur.  

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Nora Roberts. She writes such an array from romance to thriller (JD Robb) to romantic suspense (Shelters in Place, Come Sundown) to paranormal romance (Year One). Last I read, she’s published over 200 books!

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

I have two boisterous boys I play tennis and board games with. I also have a full-time non-writing job (at least, fictional writing isn’t a component of it) so my “special things” are the fictional books I make time to create.

 

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?


Write every day and read every day. Both will improve your skills and get you to a gratifying “THE END”.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Christina is a writer, mother, and pet lover.

 

“I write seeking to create riveting action and intrigue with female heroines. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one.’ My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.”

 

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Buy Links: The Book is FREE during the tour

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Avant-Champion-Rising-C-B-Samet-ebook/dp/B01J2XKK3M

 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-avant-champion-rising

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

C.B. Samet will be awarding an Avant Champion tote bag, world map (11×17), prequel novelette, and bookmark (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Interviews, Spotlight

Author Interview of Jerome Mark Antil featuring Mamma’s Moon w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #literaryfiction

Mamma’s Moon

by Jerome Mark Antil

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GENRE:   Literary Fiction

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BLURB:

A bond that can only happen on a dance floor happened in a cafe off Frenchman Street among four unlikely characters: a man who was about to die; his friend, an illiterate Cajun French yardman; and two of the most successful women in New Orleans.

Aging Captain Gabriel Jordan, retired, was given two months to live, three months before he met “Peck”–Boudreau Clemont Finch–a groundskeeper on the back lawn of his hospice on Bayou Carencro, Louisiana. It was at the hospice that Gabe told Peck his dream of seeing the Newport Jazz Festival before he died. They became friends, and Peck offered to help grant his wish by taking him there.

And they began their journey.

It quickly became a journey with complications and setbacks. They saved each other many times, but they were in turn saved by two extraordinary women: Sasha (Michelle Lissette), a real estate agent in New Orleans’s posh Garden District, and her best friend, Lily Cup (Lily Cup Lorelei Tarleton), a criminal attorney.

Less than a year before the events in Mamma’s Moon, Gabe and Peck wandered into Charlie’s Blue Note, a small jazz bar in a side alley just off Frenchman Street, where the music was live and mellow and the dancing warm and sensual.

Here they encountered Sasha and Lily Cup, and amid the music, the dancing, the food, the flirting, and the cigar smoke, the four formed an unusual and lasting friendship that would see them each through a series of crises, disappointments, life-threatening situations, and moments of great joy and satisfaction.

Welcome! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.


My name is Jerome Mark Antil, a seventh child of a seventh son of a seventh son. I was born before the Pearl Harbor attack and weened in my youth on Mark Twain, The Hardy Boys or Sherlock Holmes. My biggest influencers have been John Steinbeck, Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway.  Hemingway the most for writing disciplines.

 

Is Mamma’s Moon a single title, or part of a series?

 

Mamma’s Moon is a standalone ‘sequel’ to my novel One More Last Dance. There may be a third.
What were your inspirations for the story?

Please share your setting. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?


The setting for Mamma’s Moon is New Orleans, Acadiana (Southern Louisiana). I’ve visited there often for pleasure – for research. I studied their Criminal Court system.  I interviewed their oldest ‘leading’ citizens. I researched it all quite well. I write of the swamps, the bayous and the Cajun French culture. I like the people most. They are genuine, loving.


When did the writing bug first bite?


My mother saw that I was the only of her seven babies who was awake during the day and slept through the night. She said I was alert and aware in the crib and would be a writer.  She named me Jerome for the librarian St. Jerome and Mark after Mark Twain. The bug bit me when Mrs. Doxtator, in the 8th grade wrote on a composition of mine – “This is the loveliest autumn I’ve ever read about”.

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Hemingway, Truman Capote, John Steinbeck, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?


My hobby is researching my subjects, the times, the places…and fine dining with my muse, my wife.


What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I drove over a dead body when I was 17. A lonely dark road in a rainstorm.


What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?


Write what you know. If you don’t know something, study and learn it.

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Excerpt Two:

She rolled her eyes and turned to the other chair.

“The only reason they haven’t busted down your door and you’re not behind bars is you’re a decorated veteran, and I’m your attorney, and I promised you’ll show up in the morning. Sasha warned me about you. I should have listened. You’re an ornery, stubborn old coot when you have a mind to.”

She sat down.

“I’m never ornery,” Gabe said. “But that’s enough.”

He leaned and poured coffee.

“You’re lucky we have Magistrate Judge Fontenot tomorrow. I heard her dad was killed in Vietnam. She’s been pretty fair to me in the past. A new school gal, tough on the letter of the law, but she’ll listen to reason if it solves a case. She hates red tape with a passion, and seldom lets the DA or the defense use the system for delays. She doesn’t get hung up on tradition.”

“Have you heard?” Gabe said. “Our Sasha has asked me to give her away. How about them apples?”

“Gabe, like she’s been my best friend since kindergarten, she tells me everything,” Lily Cup said. “It’s sweet.”

“I’m thinking Peck and I might throw a party,” Gabe said. “Something she’ll remember—commemorate their engagement Mardi Gras style. Lots of pictures; close friends.”

“Will you print invitations, like a formal do?” Lily Cup asked.

“But of course,” Gabe said. “Maybe costumes?”

“It’s party time! She would flip over a costume party, all our friends would,” Lily Cup said. “You and Peck celebrating her engagement will mean a lot to her.”

“Should we do it here or over at Charlie’s Blue Note with the live jazz?”

“Gabe, you’ve got one picture on the mantle, two chairs, and a cardboard box in the living room. This isn’t exactly what I’d call a Commander’s Palace party room.”

“I was thinking a streetcar day pass in the invite if we do it here at the house,” Gabe said.

“That’s a nice idea—parking sucks on this street. When are you going to buy some furniture?”

“I’m too old to impose furniture on Peck. Peck would only feel obligated to keep it after I’m gone. I’ll let him and Millie pick out the furniture doodads, curtains, and the dishes when they play house. There’s time.”

“How’s your stomach with what happened today? Were you hurt?” Lily Cup said.

“What stomach? They removed it.”

“I meant how’ve you been since the operation?”

“I’m a hospice survivor with some time left in me, hopefully. At least enough time to plan a party.”

“You might be partying in Angola if the DA pushes this to a grand jury,” Lily Cup said.

Gabe stood, got the coffee urn again and brought it into the living room.

“Warm your coffee?”

“Do you two at least have beds?” Lily Cup asked.

“Of course we have beds,” Gabe said. “Peck thinks he’s a prince— a mattress with sheets after sleeping on a canvas cot most of his life.”

“This must be a new world for him,” Lily Cup said.

“For fifteen years he slept in an unheated shed at a wood mill,” Gabe said. “Saw blades hanging over him like Macy’s parade balloons. It took him weeks getting used to sleeping on a bed. I’d find him curled on the floor with his window wide open.”

“Peck and Millie,” Lily Cup said. “They do seem like a good fit, don’t they?”

“She’s loved the boy with a passion since the day he made the Greyhound bus stop so he could jump off just to give her the baby doll she left on her seat,” Gabe said.

“Her baby doll, Charlie. Sasha told me about the doll. Hell, I had my Teddy bear all through Harvard. I still have it,” Lily Cup said.

“Millie does love her Charlie,” Gabe said.

“Does she like the house?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

JEROME MARK ANTIL writes in several genres. He has been called a “greatest generation’s Mark Twain,” a “write what you know Ernest Hemingway,” and “a sensitive Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.” It’s been said his work reads like a Norman Rockwell painting. Among his writing accomplishments, several titles in his The Pompey Hollow Book Club historical fiction series about growing up in the shadows of WWII have been honored. An ‘Authors and Writers’ Book of the Year Award and ‘Writer of the Year’ at Syracuse University for The Pompey Hollow Book Club novel; Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me, won SILVER in the UK as second-best novel.

 

Foreword’s Book of the Year Finalist for The Book of Charlie – historical fiction and The Long Stem is in the Lobby – nonfiction humor. Library Journal selected Hemingway, Three Angels and Me for best reads during Black History Month.

 

Before picking up the pen, Antil spent his professional career writing and marketing for the business world. In this role, he lectured at universities – Cornell, St. Edward’s, and Southern Methodist. His inspirations have been John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, and Ernest Hemingway.

Website: http://jeromemarkantil.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012149166797

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jerome-Mark-Antil/e/B0046C4AOK

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

 

Jerome Mark Antil will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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