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
By Gina Troisi
Genre: Non-fiction/ Memoir
Release Date: 6 April 2021
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?
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,
“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?”
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.
About 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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This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for Aofie’s Quest by Angela J. Ford. Aofie’s Quest is a New Adult Fantasy Adventure book with Celtic mythology, strong heroines, magical weapons, mythical beasts, gods & goddesses and a slow burn romance.
Don’t miss the tour wide giveaway! One lucky winner will win digital copies of Angela J. Ford’s Night of the Dark Fae series. You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.
Aofie’s Quest (Gods & Goddesses of Labraid #1)
By Angela J. Ford
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: March 26, 2021
A warrior princess with a dire future embarks on a perilous quest to regain her fallen kingdom.
Eighteen-year-old Aofie’s Mor is an outcast princess, hiding in the sacred forest of the centaurs. She’s spent her life training for one purpose: to take back her kingdom from the angel of death.
When she comes of age, the centaurs prepare her to reunite with the humans. However, on the morning of her departure, she learns a horrific truth that leaves her questioning her true identity.
Frustrated, but taught not to question the will of the gods, Aofie travels deep into perilous lands in search of her birth mother. Along the way she accidentally frees a dangerous goddess, befriends a mysterious iceman, and meets a magic-wielding nymph.
But threads of betrayal and corruption run deeper than Aofie imagined. As she faces trials and tribulations, she begins to question everything she’s assumed to be true. Caught in the ultimate war between good and evil, Aofie must make a choice about her future.
Will she have the strength and courage to take back her kingdom? Or will she turn her back on fate and choose her own destiny?
Welcome to the land of Labraid, a war-torn world where demons rise and the gods and goddesses toy with the desires of humans.
Aofie’s Quest is a dark and exciting fantasy adventure. If you like fierce heroines, treacherous royals, mischievous immortals, wild plot twists and Celtic Mythology, buy Aofie’s Quest today.
About the Author:
Angela J. Ford is a bestselling author who writes epic fantasy and steamy fantasy romance with vivid worlds, gray characters and endings you just can’t guess. She has published 14 novels, 6 short stories, and sold over 32,000 copies.
Angela is also a Co-Founder of Booksniffer. A new app for book lovers, plus an effective way for authors to market their books to new readers.
She enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing World of Warcraft with her husband. First and foremost, Angela is a reader and can often be found with her nose in a book.
Aside from writing, she enjoys the challenge of working with marketing technology and builds websites for authors.
Angela is passionate about helping indie authors succeed and co-hosts a podcast called Indie Author Lifestyle.
If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll most likely find her enjoying a white chocolate mocha and daydreaming about her next book.
There’s a tour-wide giveaway. One winner will win digital copies of the Night of the Dark Fae series by Angela J. Ford.