Spotlight & Excerpt: The Angle of Flickering Light + Giveaway

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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Angle of Flickering Light by Gina Troisi. The Angle of Flickering Light is Gina Troisi’s debut memoir novel published by Vine Leaves Press.

This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 6 till 19 April. See the tour schedule here.

The Angle of Flickering Light

The Angle of Flickering Light
By Gina Troisi
Genre: Non-fiction/ Memoir
Release Date: 6 April 2021

Blurb:
Gina Troisi’s father moved out when she was five years old, but before he left, he insisted on telling her about his various affairs—with prostitutes, with her mother’s friends, and finally, with his secretary, Brenda, whom he had decided to marry.

By the time she reached adolescence, on a search for respite from her father’s verbal abuse and Brenda’s psychological torment, Gina spent hours doing Jane Fonda’s workouts, smoked cigarettes instead of eating food, became obsessed with her thinness, and with the notion of fading away. She began to find solace in restlessness—drinking hallucinogenic mushroom tea and inhaling crushed pills and powders—perching herself on the periphery of danger again and again.

As an adult, when she finally glimpsed a better life for herself, her grandfather, who had been a surrogate father to her, became terminally ill, and she fell in love with John, a stranger who was utterly familiar, but who was addicted to heroin. She moved from New Hampshire to California, crossing the country in an attempt to alleviate her selfdestructive tendencies, but found herself pulled back to New Hampshire, to John, a man with whom, despite his struggle, she could not deny the sense of home she felt. But what would it cost for a girl to run wildly and recklessly into womanhood, making instant, temporary homes? And would she ever find home within herself?

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Excerpt:

Left Behind

At five years old, I sat “Indian style” on the foot
of my father’s bed, alone in his new condo. I’d
gathered his ballpoint pens from the desk in the
corner, and began assessing the pictures of women
adorning the pens; they wore spiked high heels
and bright-colored leotards and bikinis, and blue,
sequined triangular tops that reminded me of my
older sisters’ dance recital costumes. Their miniature
figures pronounced behind sparkles and strings,
their bodies splayed into decorative shapes. I tipped
them upside down, and their sparse garments fell
off—they were proportioned women, with hardened
pink nipples and clumps of dark hair between their
legs. I clothed and unclothed them with the flick of
my wrist, turned them upside down, then right side
up again. They were grown up, like my mother, whom
my father had just left. I was mesmerized by these
ladies, by their full, buoyant breasts, by the inner
curves of thighs that made a hollowed out space for
their private parts to breathe. I lay down, watching
their clothes fall piece by piece, nestling myself into
the cushion of the king-sized bed.

The ladies made me think not only of my mother,
but also of the faceless women my father rambled
on about while out to eat at our favorite Italian
restaurant. My sisters and I sat silent, letting him
reiterate that Brenda, his secretary who’d quickly
become his girlfriend, had nothing to do with my
parents’ impending divorce, that he’d been cheating
on my mother for years, with all kinds of women,
including prostitutes.

“Your mother just didn’t want to admit it. She kept
her head in the sand. Remember her friend, Marla?”
Marla had lived with us for a while when she needed
a place to stay in between moves. “I slept with her,
too—we had an affair for two years while your mother
and I were together. Ask her.”

When we arrived home from dinner crying, we
gathered in my oldest sister’s room. My mother came
in to find us sitting on the bed. “What happened?”
she asked.

Krista was twelve, so she did most of the talking.
“He said he’s been cheating on you for years, that you
knew. That every time he went on a business trip, it
was never for business.”

While my mother listened, I kneeled behind Krista,
and began to pop the cysts on her back. I worked
around the straps of her tank top, performing a job I
always volunteered for, since she couldn’t reach. My
sisters talked fast, repeated my father’s words, the
gestures he’d made, how he acted as if we must have
known about his mistresses all along. I concentrated
on squeezing, on trying to find the pointed heads
on the bumps of her skin. “Harder,” she usually
said. “Until all the pus comes out. Until they start
bleeding.” But today, she didn’t tell me what to do,
just waited for my mother’s response.

 

Gina TroisiAbout the Author:
Gina Troisi’s work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Fourth Genre, The Gettysburg Review, Fugue, Under the Sun, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, and elsewhere. Her stories and essays have been recognized as finalists in several national contests, including the 2020 Iron Horse Literary Review Trifecta Award in Fiction, the 2018 New Letters Publication Award in Fiction, American Literary Review’s Creative Nonfiction Contest, 2018, and others. She has taught numerous classes and workshops in both traditional and nontraditional settings, including writing workshops for female adult survivors of sexual assault. She lives in coastal Maine.

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Cover Reveal: Things My Mama Never Told Me, by Nancy Johnson

Things Mama Never Told Me

Things My Mama Never Told Me

A Funny and Sometimes Serious Guide for Teen Girls and the People Who Love Them
by Nancy Mae Johnson

Nonfiction; Self-Help for Teens; Parents of Teens; Teen & YA Social Issues.

Date Published: May 13, 2021

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

An insightful glimpse into what it is to be a teenager today . . . making mistakes, surviving them, and rocking your beautiful, powerful self.

In Things My Mama Never Told Me, Nancy “Pants” Johnson, mentor, leader, educator, and teen advocate shares the stories of brave, resilient, powerful young women who, despite their sometimes overwhelming and scary circumstances, overcome their fears and hold onto their dreams with unwavering strength.

Here are some of the questions she asked herself and her teen authors:

· Do you have questions, concerns, fears about being a teenager?

· Do you sometimes feel like your stress is going to burst out of your eyeballs?

· Do you sometimes get fed up with friends, family, or social media?

· Have you ever ignored your intuition and ended up in an unsafe situation?

Learn how to embrace your beautiful body, your abilities, and your worth; to monitor your own use of social media, cell phones, and computers, becoming aware of how they make you feel; to recognize your power as a woman in all aspects of your life, no matter your sexual orientation; to own your choices about what you want to do with your life and with whom you want to spend it; to deal with your stress in more positive and creative ways; to listen to your intuition and form personal safety boundaries; to love yourself first when making decisions about relationships, intimacy, your body, sex, and birth control; to be alert to red flag warnings and signs of abuse; to recognize the signs of alcoholism and addiction in yourself and others; to bring your secrets into the light; to forgive yourself; to prioritize your own health and well-being.

Being a teenager is hard and sometimes totally frustrating. You will survive. I’ve got you. You are just the person for the job.

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About the Author


Nancy Pants Johnson is an author, mentor, educator, and advocate with more than 20 years experience listening, learning, and guiding teens through their life stories. After surviving her own tumultuous high school life and teen marriage, Johnson entered college at age 32 and dedicated the rest of her adult life to being a teen advocate.

Johnson graduated summa cum laude from SDSU with a B.S. in English Literature and an MA in Secondary Education. She taught English within a Visual & Performing Arts Academy until her retirement in 2014. Today, she advocates for teens in her role as Director of Teen Programming for the San Diego Writers Festival. She mentors teens in local high schools as they write their stories for KidsWrite San Diego, and shares weekly with Al-Ateens in recovery.

Pants lives in La Mesa, California, and finds joy in her husband, children, grandchildren, her garden, and her dog, Phoebe. Visit Nancy at nancypantsjohnson.com to read her blog, follow her school visits with teens, and be an advocate yourself by donating one book to one teen in the inner city. You can also find her on Facebook @ nancyjohnson3766 or Instagram @ #nancypantsjohnson.

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Spotlight: It’s Me + Giveaway

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Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak
Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12),  57 pages
Genre:  Children’s/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices
Publisher:  EduMatch Publishing
Release date:   November 14, 2020
Content Rating:  PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.

Book Description:

It’s Meis dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let’s ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.

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Meet the Author:  Jeff loves children’s literature , “One Drop of Kindness” is Jeff’s first published children’s book. It’s Me reads like a fun graphic novel, but it is entirely non fiction. Every character in the book is a real student, or educator. It is so important for us to give access, equity, inclusion, and compassion to all those we meet. “Seeing” each other and embracing our differences are jewels to life! Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has seven years of administrative experience. He’s always looked at education from a different lens: from someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, noticed, celebrated, challenged and safe. Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of “Industrialized Education” and fight compliance. There is not a day that goes by that he is not looking ahead to improve teacher pedagogy, student engagement and digital access for all. Being a former world class swimmer and coach and looks at education from perspectives that others don’t. Jeff knows what it takes to fail, struggle, win and go through the daily challenges that we all face. Jeff is based in California and can be found at jeffkubiak.com, Twitter at @jeffreykubiak and https://jeffkubiak.blogspot.com/.

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Tour Schedule:
Jan 25 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 29 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2 – ’cause I said so & other advent in Parenting –review / guest post / give
Feb 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 Pick a Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 8 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Feb 8  – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 9 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / auth interview / give
Feb 10 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Feb 11 I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Feb 12 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Feb 12 – KC Beanie Boos Collection – book review

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