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Walking by Faith | A.M. Leibowitz | Blog Tour

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Aloha dear reader, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite writer buddies, A.M. Leibowitz. I’m the next to the last stop on her blog tour promoting her new book, Walking By Faith. I’m incredibly excited and honored to be involved and have the chance to tell you more about this intriguing book that I’ve been hearing bits and pieces of it over the course of the year.

If you’ve been on #writestuff chats, then you may have met her. Let me tell you a little about her, before I introduce you to her book.  A.M. is a queer spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. They keep warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing about life, relationships, hope, and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, they blog coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, books, and their family.

 

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Synopsis for Walking by Faith:

Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Length: 261 pages

For Becket “Cat” Rowland, falling in love has never been easy. The summer he meets Micah Forbes, the intensity of his feelings brings back all the memories of eight years earlier.

Following a brutal attack that left him nearly dead, Cat is a mess inside and out. To cope with the trauma and with his view of himself that he’s nothing but an empty shell, he’s taken three vows: simplicity, chastity, and silence. His once colorful, trendy, and often feminine wardrobe has been replaced with jeans and t-shirts, and he’s sworn off men. He locks himself away from the world, using the memorized prayers of his childhood as his only speech.

Cat is lost to himself and everyone around him until another hospitalization introduces him to nurse David Simms. David takes Cat’s silence in stride, caring for him without pushing and slowly building Cat’s trust.

Outside the hospital, Cat discovers he has more in common with David than he knew, and they begin to build a friendship. As it slowly grows into love, David reveals his own need for someone to take him as he is. Cat begins to let go of his vows one by one, only holding onto the silence.

Despite how far he’s come, Cat’s increasingly severe panic attacks threaten to undo everything David has helped him build. Cat’s only hope is to break the final vow and tell the truth about the night of his attack. When David fails to keep a promise he made to be there for him, Cat has to stand on his own and prove to himself he’s strong enough to survive.

Prequel to Passing on Faith.

Here, come closer…I want to give you a little sneak peak into confusion that Cat is going through.

Excerpt:

“Cat? You need to answer the question,” Dad urged. “Is there anything you can tell the police?”

Yes, Cat thought then, No. For a long time he sat there, staring into Officer Kerwin’s face. He might have been mistaken, but he was sure he read judgment there: Cat shouldn’t have been at that club; what did he expect would happen? He didn’t want to tell anyone anything. In fact, he didn’t ever want to talk to anyone again. He pressed back against the pillows and shook his head.

The officer’s expression relaxed, and he lowered his voice. “It’s all right, son. No one is going to hurt you here. I can’t help find the person who did this to you unless you tell me anything you know.”

Cat cringed again at “son.” He’d never liked it anyway, but now it made him feel wrong and vulnerable. He looked to Dad, who nodded, and Mom, whose eyes were red-rimmed. He wasn’t going to talk in front of them, that was for sure, but even without them he had no desire to tell anyone a single thing that would give them power over him. Slowly, he shook his head again and put a hand to his throat.

The officer sighed and turned to Cat’s parents. “Does he even know what happened?”

“I’m not sure,” Mom replied. “He’s been in and out of consciousness the whole time. He might not remember how long he’s been here or why. Um…” She paused, then continued with a quavering voice, “I don’t even know if he can talk. He hasn’t said a word to us or the hospital staff.”

Officer Kerwin nodded. “There’s not much I can do without his statement. It’s still potentially a hate crime, and it’s certainly battery, but it’ll be hard to find the guy unless Becket cooperates. We’ll look for him, but I sure would appreciate something more to go on than…well, nothing.” He gave Cat a pitying look, which only served to make Cat more determined not to tell him anything.

They moved the discussion out of the room, Cat’s parents holding hands as they exited. Cat breathed a sigh of relief. No one would ever get a word out of him for any of it. In fact, if he made it out of the hospital—which he suspected was still up in the air, given how he was feeling—he would make a promise. No, several promises. Nothing like that was ever going to happen to him again.

Lying there, listening to the steady beep and watching the IV fluid drip, he made his first vow: silence. No more talking, ever.

Sound good? What to read more?

Then definitely look into purchasing your copy here:

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Whew…intense, right? Don’t you wonder more about what inspired this story and some fun facts about A.M.? Here’s the interview just for you, to tell you more about our author.

Interview

What inspired you to write this story?

People kept telling me how much they loved Cat in Passing on Faith, so I wanted to tell his story. But I didn’t want to simply re-tread his romance with Micah from his perspective. This was sparked by a quote in PoF where Cat’s sister says he’s in “shut-down mode” and won’t talk to her. I wondered why not.

Is there a character you feel especially connected to? Why?

To Cat, of course, although he is really only one aspect of my inner self. His questions and mental dialog about his gender mirror my own. But I also feel linked to Cat’s mom, as a parent myself.

What was the hardest part of writing this?

Getting the emotions just right. It is really hard to show the kind of gender dysphoria both Cat and I experience, and I also sometimes find it hard to pour feelings out on the page—as though I’m revealing too much of myself in them.

Tell us a little about any upcoming projects.

I’m working on several things: The next part of my Notes from Boston series; a young adult coming of age novel; and the last part of Cat and Micah’s story, Keeping the Faith. I’m always busy working on something.

What subjects would you never write about? I will not ever, ever, ever write incest of any kind. I also won’t write anything non-consensual played for eroticism or an adult-child “romance.” Those topics are entirely off-limits for me personally. I won’t say never, but I’m unlikely to write BDSM because I don’t know enough, and it doesn’t feel like the kind of thing I could research and get right. That seems disrespectful to me, so I wouldn’t do it. I won’t write about exclusively characters of another race or culture than mine (for example, an urban black couple) because I feel it’s more valuable for me to lift up the voices of people from those cultures writing their own stories.

Are there topics or issues you wish were more common in books? I wish there were more books about disabilities that didn’t rely on tropes or feel pitying. It would be great to see books about characters with learning disabilities or neurodiversity (autism, ADHD, etc.) which centered on other aspects of the character besides their differences.

What is one subject you would really like to tackle in a story? The aforementioned disabilities, for one. I’m trying to write on a variety of subjects, so it’s hard to pick just one thing. I’ve already written about many of the topics I wanted to touch on, such as disability, religious trauma, HIV, polyamory (other than ménage), gender identity, and intimate partner violence. I’m currently writing one with a character who has a trauma-induced eating disorder, and one about a teenager discovering their intersecting identities.

Word Sprints!

  1. What’s on your to-be-read shelf? More books than I’ll get to in this lifetime, probably
  2. What’s on your playlist? Mainly stuff I’m playing with my orchestra
  3. What’s in your fridge? Leftovers

Thank you so much A.M. for sharing with us today and thank you so much dear reader for taking the time to check all of this out. If you’d like to know more, please find her at the social media sites below:

Social Media:

Blog | Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page | Tumblr | Google | Pinterest

And the other stops on tour, if you’d like to visit them:

Charley Descoteaux – November 1

Caraway Carter – November 2

Shan Jeniah’s Lovely Chaos – November 3

Fallon Brown Writes – November 4

Nephy’s World – November 4

De-blog – November 7

Louise Lyons author – November 7

Dawn Sister – November 8

Governing Ana – November 9

PenPaperPad – November 10

Mann’s Ramblings – November 11

Aloha y’all!

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THE FALLING OF HOPE by Marisa Oldham
The third and final book in the Falling series. How does it end? You’ll be able to find out here.

But if you haven’t read the first book in the series yet, you’re in luck. Book One, The Falling of Love is FREE!

Here is its description:

You will never forget your first date, your first kiss, or your first love. You’ll also never forget how it felt when it was torn apart.

Seventeen-year old Grace Hathaway does not give much thought to falling in love, until the day that Ian Taylor, rebel and misfit walks into her math class. From their first conversation, Grace is mesmerized by Ian’s charisma and rock star façade.

Ian Taylor, a seventeen-year old kid from the wrong side of the tracks tries to ignore the feelings he has for Grace, but is captured by her caring, non-judgmental personality from the moment they meet. Grace becomes Ian’s everything and there is nothing he will not do for her. Hurting her was never part of his plan.

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Q&A with Ella Col | Indie Author Spotlight

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Today, we’re shining the Indie Spotlight on contemporary adult author Ella Col. Stay tuned until the end for an exciting giveaway!

Ella Col is an indie author who is known for her premiere novel, SAVE. Ella’s other projects include Broken, and SAVE ME (all a part of the SAVE ME series). Locked and Reckless are a part of the Reckless series. Ella recently released her first Adult Contemporary novel, Escape on March 2, 2015.

Ella is a writer, tattooed mom with a passion for reading. She loves red wine and a cheesy romance story.

She currently lives in the Pineland area of New Jersey.  She has two boys, a husband, and a bear/pig dog named Nugget.

Author Ella Col a romance and contemporary adult indie author

Tell us your origin story—how did you come to be an Indie Author?

At night, to calm my mind, I write stories. Some people watch television, I like to write. My first novel, Save, is a novel I had been working on here and there. When I decided to upload it to Amazon, I didn’t have any expectations. I just thought…hey…I’d like to share this story. If one person reads it…it’s a win. Something beautiful happened. Within 24 hours, I had a full inbox of emails.  Readers began to review it. Then, my world as an Indie Author opened up. So, I attended a few signings. I have been writing ever since.

Why do you write romance? What about romance appeals to you so much?

Truth be told, I am a romantic at heart. I love the complications of relationships. I think all women have a need to be desired, protected, and loved. In romance novels, even though the hero is usually strong, I think there are feminine characteristics that women miss in their every day relationship. Romance is an escape from real, working relationships. I call it the “Prince Charming” complex. For me, writing about romance gives me an escape from dirty laundry, kids between us in bed, wondering what to cook for dinner, bills, and every day life. I certainly don’t expect my husband to be exactly like the men in my books…so for me…it is a healthy way to dream…I suppose.

I read on your blog that you prefer poor guys with chains to rich guys in suits-do your male leads reflect that?

Mostly. I wouldn’t say that my male protagonists are poor. I would say most make money in unconventional ways. For example, Josh and Eric are band promoters. Caydon is a tattoo artist. Nash is a boxer. Ty is a small town sheriff. White-collar guys just don’t do it for me. I see the lure of a billionaire in a suit and tie. However, a man in a suit and tie just doesn’t do it for me.

What is a piece of advice you would give to people, who are just starting their writing journey?

Just write. Write for yourself. Not every book you put out will be a best seller. Don’t try to keep up with everyone in this industry. You’ll exhaust yourself. There are days when you will feel like giving up. Don’t. If you write because you love it…then you can’t fail.

What is one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you?

Hmm…that’s a tough one. I have a creepy doll collection. I can’t stop collecting them….

Where do you find your inspiration for your books/stories?

Some of my stories are based on life experiences.  Other stories are just daydreams that I have.  My future release, Piney, is about the area where I live.

Sometimes writers have a hard time accepting the label of “writer.” Did you struggle with that?

I don’t. The reason I don’t struggle with labels is because the only person I have to answer to…is myself. I made that decision a long time ago. I write for a creative release. I enjoy it. No one can take that from me.

How do you stay motivated on your writing journey?

Thankfully, I love to write so motivation is not a problem. However, there are times when I need a break. After a release, I usually take about a week off to gather my thoughts and do other activities that I enjoy before I go back to the writing cave.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your Indie Author path?

I think I’m still learning. The worst part, I think, is taking criticism. I know that I respect negative reviews because it makes me a better writer. However, it’s hard to swallow sometimes.

Where can my readers find you on these interwebs?

Click here:

Facebook
Twitter
TSU
http://ellacol.vpweb.com/
Amazon Author Page

Now let’s learn about her latest release!
Escape Cover-Ella

 

GABBY

A promise is a promise. Deathbed promises are just as binding as regular promises, I suppose. This nagging little thought haunts me as I prepare to marry Phinn. That’s when I decide to run.

I run as far away as the road takes me. Unbeknownst to me, I am about to run into my destiny.

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From the moment I see Gabby Roman, I know that we are destined to be together. Something inside of me tells me that she is about to turn my world upside down and inside out. All of the sudden, everything I thought I wanted is irrelevant, including becoming sheriff.

Gabby is the talk of the town. My town has a ‘No outsiders allowed’ mentality. They don’t want anyone trying to rock the boat and change up the control they have in this town. They run the show.

I’m an insider by default. They will always accept me. However, they will not accept Gabby. Do I give up my life, livelihood, and family for the girl of my dreams?

GABBY

I’m living a nightmare. I’ve come to the unfortunate realization that if you weren’t born and raised here you will never fit in. Trust me, I’ve tried. You are prejudged, even though you’ve never been given the time of day.

I’m struggling to find where I fit in. The only thing that does seem to fit is Ty. If only I were strong enough to take it. If only he could see that this town is ripping me and ‘us’ apart.

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The giveaway! Three lucky winners will receive a free copy of Ella’s exciting new release “Escape!”  Share this with your friends and support indie authors!

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