Spotlight & Excerpt: Ovidius + Giveaway

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Ovidius

by Karin Mabry

Genre: Literary Fiction, Fantasy

 

‘Ovidius’ follows the lives of members of the Ovidius community, a neighborhood surrounding The Ovidius Zoo, home of Worthington the Tiger. The animals of Ovidius communicate with each other using mental telepathy, unbeknownst to humans. Some, like Godiva the Cat and Sam the Bird, tweak the agreed-upon system to fit their agendas, Godiva, to write poetry, Sam, to wreak havoc. Others, like Philodendrum the Bullfrog and Xavier the human, friend of Godiva, are just trying to figure out who they really are. Written in the fix-up style, ‘Ovidius’ is a beautiful reflection on animals, spirituality and being wild and free.

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Philodendrum the Bullfrog
Philodendrum woke in his Ovidius neighborhood and began his day like any other. He kissed on his wife, Philomena, played with his kids and went to work. It was when he sat down to eat his lunch that his world fell down around him, pulling him with it, to the ground, P landing with a thud. Not taking the necessary steps to ensure one’s soul can tolerate one’s lifestyle will lead to the body revolting. P’s heart muscles openly declared they had had enough, that being a sinner’s heart was just too grueling. The heart went on strike, its only sane choice. To that end, everything else in Philodendrum started to say their goodbyes as well. Take care all, his organs shouted to the world, we loved you and this beautiful Earth, but it is time to go!

Hi! Hope you are well and taking good care of yourself and loved ones during these challenging times.

Writing ‘Ovidius’, my first novel, was a game-changer for me. I wrote a series of novellas then combined them into a fix-up novel, becoming utterly enamored of the medium of the short novel in the process. Telling a story with an economy of words means the use of words is precious. I have found my niche and believe that, literally, everyone should write a short novel. It is delightful, with no fear of being crushed by the daunting task of writing hundreds and hundreds of pages. I have mostly read novels in my life, still yearning to understand what Anais and Jack London have to say about it all. I tried, in ‘Ovidius’, to create five distinctly different novellas that could stand alone yet come together, seamlessly, as one story.

My poetry books, ‘Thrive’ and ‘A Hamlet of Shelter’, were delicious to write, that’s all there is to it. I love them and so appreciate my Mother, Maureen, for encouraging me to write what I feel, what I believe. I hope you choose to enjoy what came forth when I gave it a chance. I surely do, each story, each poem, perfectly expressing my belief in presence and imagination. Such a blessing to be human and be able to imagine. All things are possible with God, the God within all of us, Our Father, our collective birthright.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Lost and Found, by Ronald L. Ruiz

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Join us for This Tour:  September 20 to October 8

 

Book Title:  Lost and Found by Ronald L. Ruiz
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 292 pages
Genre:  Literary Fiction
Publisher:  Embajadoras Press
Release date:  June 2021
Content Rating:  R – Includes f-words and profanities throughout, one sex scene
 
 
Book Description:
 
When community leaders began to doubt Abel Mendoza, the law practice he had spent years building began to crumble. It was the 1960s and there was but a handful of Mexican lawyers in California. Abel had worked tirelessly to earn respect in the courts, avoiding any semblance of a personal life to achieve his goals. Now, his personal and professional lives had collided and he found himself being rejected by the community that had previously supported and admired him. His fears of inadequacy kindled, Abel began to question who he really was, what he did, and where he belonged. A desire to avoid these questions and the people who had provoked them sent this small-town lawyer on a trip to escape not only his community but his own self-doubts, and into a relationship that changed his life completely.
 
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Meet the Author:

​Ronald L. Ruiz is the author of a memoir anSpotld six previous novels. His novel Giuseppe Rocco (1998) received the national literary prize, 1998 Premio Aztlán Award, and his novel Life Long (2017) was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017. His work has been compared to Richard Wright’s Native Son (Publisher’s Weekly, featured review) and his writing described as “frighteningly real” (New York Newsday). Ron was born and raised in Fresno, California, and educated at St. Mary’s College, University of California, Berkeley Law, and University of San Francisco School of Law. Ron practiced law for over 30 years in California, as a Deputy District Attorney, criminal defense attorney, and Deputy Public Defender. He was appointed to the California Agriculture Labor Relations Board by Governor Jerry Brown in 1974, and later served as the District Attorney of Santa Cruz County, California. Ron retired from criminal law and continues to write every day.

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Tour Schedule:

Sep 20 –
Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Sep 20 – Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 21 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Sep 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 21 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 22 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 – Sadie’s Spotlight -book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 27 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 28 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 28 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 29 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview
Sep 30 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 1 – Just Another Reader – book review
Oct 5 – wottaread – book spotlight / author interview
Oct 6 – Books for Books – book review
Oct 6 – @twilight_reader – book review
Oct 7 – Review Thick & Thin – book review / author interview
Oct 7 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 8 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway


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Spotlight: Wilderness Spa + Giveaway

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Join Us for This Tour From: August 23 to September 10

 

 
Book Title:  Wilderness Spa: Where Physical Survival Meets Psychological Survival
by Jim Halverson
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 212 pages
Genre Literary
Publisher:  Gail Force Publishing
Release date:  June 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13: Only language (one f-word, some sh*t, d*mn)

Book Description:
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The Wilderness Spa brings people from three quite different sources together to survive catastrophe in the Alaskan wilderness. They amaze themselves in their ability to coalesce and work cohesively in the face of hunger, injury, insecurity, and possible death. With that on their minds, they explore statistics, logic, social justice, and challenges to philosophies and social norms.

After rocky starts when new members enter the group, they learn to find the best in their fellow travelers, how to help, follow, and lead when necessary. Nothing is ever easy. Without attacking each other, they dig deep to reconcile their differences.

Join the group as they make the best of what they have. Struggle along with them and reconcile your own philosophical belief systems with logic and science.

 

Meet the Author: 

J​im Halverson is the author of Trials & Trails (2019) and Ponce, What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth (upcoming, 2021). Jim grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.

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Tour Schedule: 

Aug 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 26 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 27 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 30 – Books for Books – book review
Aug 31 –Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway 
Sep 1 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 1 – 
Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 2 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 3 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 6 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Sep 7 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 7 – 
Splashes of Joy  – book review / author interview/ giveaway
Sep 8 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 9 – Kam’s Place – book review
Sep 10 – Books and Zebras  – book review
Sep 10 – 
Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway 


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