Welcome to “MOMENTS WE LOVE” Blog Tour! @BalroopShado @4WillsPub #RRBC

Please welcome my esteemed Rave Reviews Book Club colleague as she opens her “Moments We love” blog tour with me at Fiora Books!

About the Book:

Book Cover - Moments We Love - Poetry by Balroop Singh

Moments of fragrant love that stand frozen in time, of dreams that dare not unfold, of passion that fleets by, of erratic joy that we meet at the crossroads of life, butterflies of time that add color to our dark moments to scare the demons away – I have gathered all of them in this book. Some of them whisper softly to create a magical aura while spring of life sings with them, trying to wipe silent tears. Mother Nature steps in with all her grandeur to breath quiet messages of tranquillity.

Each poem would soothe your emotions with élan and add a dash of color to your life. Life – that doesn’t halt for your sad moments; that just floats by. You just need to dive in to soak in myriads of moments to discover how it could ignite positive tones. All the poems in this collection are imaginary but inspired by people around me, some of whom chose to share their frustrations and tremors with me. Sometimes I could read between the lines to pen my thoughts down.

Memories and moments merge here

Today when I return to share

The glow of rainbows

Embers of emotional entreaties

And smouldering debris.

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Excerpt from Moments We Love:

When Love Whispers

We walked those woods

A thousand times

The silence; the symphonies

The shadows; the light

Lingering in the aura of love

Velvety sky watches

Stars shine brighter

With our whispers

Our love deeper than woods

Paces through night

Swaying with the breeze

Stilling my heart, singing lullabies.

© Balroop Singh

Where Should I Begin?

Last night

The angel of forgiveness visited

She woke me up

I was wonderstruck to see

Blue and purple light

In my room

She sat by my bedside,

We had a cozy conversation

Caressing my locks, she counseled

“Forgive them dear,

Forgive them all.

Don’t carry any affliction.”

Abrasively I looked up

The pain in my eyes dwindled

With the promise – “ I will try.”

A strange light spread around me

Immersed me completely

And my Angel smiled.

But I don’t know where to begin.

Should I begin with childhood robbers?

Or devils I encountered

While growing up

Or tyrants

Who tried to snatch my freedom of speech

Or those hypocrites

Who took me for a ride?

Or those who feigned friendship?

The list may be long

But the purple light of forgiveness

Is all around me, encompassing all.

© Balroop Singh

(Excerpt from Sublime Shadows of life)

Author picture of Balroop Singh
Balroop Singh

Author Bio:

Balroop Singh, a former teacher and an educationalist always had a passion for writing.  She is a poet, a creative non-fiction writer, a relaxed blogger and a doting grandma. She writes about people, emotions and relationships. Her poetry highlights the fact that happiness is not a destination but a chasm to bury agony, anguish, grief, distress and move on! No sea of solitude is so deep that it can drown us. Sometimes aspirations are trampled upon, the boulders of exploitation and discrimination may block your path but those who tread on undeterred are always successful.

When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they threaten to shatter your dreams, it is better to break free rather than get sucked by the vortex of emotions.

A self-published author, she is the poet of Sublime Shadows of Life,  Emerging From Shadows and Timeless Echoes – her widely acclaimed poetry books. She has also written When Success EludesEmotional Truths Of Relationships, Allow Yourself to be a Better Person, her latest poetry book Moments We Love has just been released.

Balroop Singh has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with the varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling leaves and the sound of waterfalls. The moonlight streaming through her garden, the flowers, the meadows, the butterflies cast a spell on her. She lives in San Ramon, California.

You can visit her blog at http://balroop2013.wordpress.com

Connecting links: https://twitter.com/BalroopShado

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emotional-Shadows/151387075057971

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340810.Balroop_Singh

https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  

IT’S OCTOBER-WEEN BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY!

Hi and “WELCOME” to Rave Reviews Book Club’s OCTOBER-WEEN BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY at Fiora Books!

Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today!

One $10 Amazon Gift Card

# of Winners For This Stop: ONE

The lucky winner is Jennie Fitzkee!

My name is John Fioravanti and I am a writer – among other things! I am also a proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club and RWISA. To date, my wife, Anne, and I have self-published four of my books through our publishing company that we named Fiora Books. What follows is a showcase of my first offering to the literary world.

Partners in love and in business.

My First Book: A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching

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Back Cover Blurb:

This is a story about decency, family politics, family, fear, and triumph.

Teaching is the canvas but the portrait is so much richer and more colourful. This book will capture and absorb you. Fear of failure is a powerful motivator and as John Fioravanti battles and defeats his demons you will find yourself cheering for him as if he were contesting a sporting event.

Teaching is not a discipline confined to schools, and the lessons in this book about planning, listening, empathizing and sympathizing have applicability to all professions and walks of life − from a police lieutenant training officers to a sales manager teaching sales representatives and everything else in between.

John Fioravanti shaped, elevated, and improved the lives of thousands of young people. After you’ve read this short story, you’ll be fulfilled and uplifted.

John signing a book for his mother at the book launch event.
Signing a book for my Mom. I was so happy to have her there for the launch of my first book!
Background Story:

Near the end of my teaching career, Kenneth Tam, a former student and friend, visited me at St. David Catholic Secondary School at the end of the school day. He and his parents had created their own company to publish his novels and those of his mother. Kenneth asked me to author an inspirational book for them about my career in the classroom. I felt honoured to be asked yet perplexed as to how to approach this project.

After some soul searching, I proposed that I write honestly about my journey in struggling to become the teacher I wanted to be when I decided to enter the profession. Thus, the project became autobiographical in nature as I talked about growing up and identifying the factors that led me to the momentous decision to teach. The story follows the ups and downs I experienced and reveals the demons that drove me on for thirty-five years.

John Fioravanti reading an excerpt from "Journey" at the book launch.
Reading an excerpt the night of the book launch in the library of St. David Catholic Secondary School where I taught

After the book was launched, one of my colleagues shared with me that he thought the book was very personal – in a tone that expressed surprise and perhaps some disapproval. I smiled and pointed out that this was the purpose of the book and that’s why we inserted the word “personal” in the title.

Among my intended audiences were people thinking about entering the profession and those who were in preparatory studies, as well as rookie teachers. I hoped the book would give them the courage to pursue a great vocation. It wasn’t long before one of these people gave me her feedback.

I was walking along a hallway in our school heading for the Staff Room when I was stopped by a young lady who was supply teaching at our school that day. She had a copy of my book on top of the stack of books she carried in her arms in front of her. She thanked me profusely for writing the book and claimed that it was just what she needed to quell the panic she felt every day in the classroom. Then she hurried off to her next class. I felt so humbled by this experience. Even if no one else read this book, I could retire a happy man!

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Amazon.ca / Amazon.com / Indigo Books

Welcome to “THE MEREST LOSS” Blog Tour! @StevenNeil12 @4WillsPub #RRBC

“THE MEREST LOSS” Q & A

The Merest Loss by Steven Neil

A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris.

GIVEAWAY:

Steven is giving away (3) Signed Paperback copies of “THE MEREST LOSS.”  For your chance to win, be sure to leave him a comment below.

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Getting to know Steven Neil, the author.

*What is your novel about?

 The Merest Loss: A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris. It is historical fiction but it is also a romance. Most of the novel is written from the point of view of the omniscient narrator, writing in the present tense, although this is interspersed with four strategic chapters, from the point of view of one of the characters, in the past tense. I like the idea of varying the presentation and I also make use of letters, newspaper articles and reviews to provide additional perspective.

Originally I was planning to write a Dick Francis style thriller and I was researching a jockey called Jem Mason, who won the first Grand National at Liverpool in 1839. I found a line in his description which said something like ‘also famous for his relationship with Harriet Howard, who ran away to live with him in London when she was fifteen and who also became Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer’. I decided she was an even more interesting character and I set about writing a fictional account of her life.

*Who are the main characters?

Harriet Howard is the heroine. She is independent, feisty, stubborn, beautiful and intelligent. Jem Mason is the main love interest. He is taciturn, difficult and moody, but also charismatic, talented and single-minded. Tom Olliver, friend to both Harriet and Jem, is loyal, tough, reliable and a brilliant horseman. Louis Napoleon is arrogant, feckless, self-regarding and a womaniser.

*What is the main plot line?

Having settled on Harriet Howard as the main character, I learned that although she did not come from wealth or position in society she became Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer in his ambition to become Emperor of France and she  died a multi-millionairess in today’s terms. I could find nothing from research to satisfactorily explain where the money came from or how she came into contact with the future emperor. The Merest Loss is my fictional attempt to explain how this might have happened.

*What research did you carry out?

I did a lot of historical research on the internet and at the British Library, trying to make sure the historical timeline was correct and that the language and cultural references were appropriate to the age. I also read a lot of 19th century novels and books on the history of Britain and France in the 19th century. The Merest Loss took three years from conception to publication: two years of research and one year of pure writing.

*What appealed to you about this subject matter?

 I love the Victorian era. I warmed to Harriet Howard as I wrote about her. She was arguably a woman ahead of her time. I also had a strong connection with the character Jem Mason. I have great admiration for the skill and courage of the jump jockey. I share some of his characteristics and was able to empathise with him.

I was also fascinated by the idea of a romance where the two main characters are thwarted by their own temperaments; they are both unromantic, stubborn and uncompromising. How will it ever be possible for them to get together when they seem unable to resolve arguments, even though everyone around them can see they are well suited together?

*What was the most difficult part of writing the novel?

Getting started was probably the most difficult part. Writing doesn’t come easy to me but I am very disciplined and I keep going.

*Why should we want to read The Merest Loss?

Almost all the characters in The Merest Loss are real. Harriet Howard, Jem Mason, Tom Olliver, Louis Napoleon are all real. The timeline is historically accurate but the substance of the storyline is entirely a fiction arising out of my own imagination. You might like to play ‘guess who is the made up character’ when you have finished reading the novel. Oh, and it has lots of five star reviews.

*Do you read your reviews?

I read all my reviews. I know I can’t please all the people all of the time and that no two people read the same book the same way. One of my creative writing tutors advised me to look up my favourite books of all time on Goodreads and see how few of them have an average rating above 4 out of 5. Only one of them did.

*What is your favourite review?

All the five star reviews are my favourites.

*Who would you cast if The Merest Loss was made into a film or TV series?

I think Australian actress Emma Hamilton would make a terrific Harriet Howard. Dominic Cooper for Jem Mason perhaps. Johnny Flynn for Tom Olliver. James Norton as Louis Napoleon.

© Steven Neil

THE MEREST LOSS is available in paperback and eBook in the UK, US, France, Canada and Australia.

Follow Steven Neil on https://twitter.com/stevenneil12 for information on how to purchase the paperback through an independent bookseller in the UK.

Author Bio

Steven has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. He has been a bookmaker’s clerk, bloodstock agent, racehorse breeder and management consultant amongst other professions in his varied career. He is married and lives in rural Northamptonshire, England. The Merest Loss is his debut novel.

Twitter:  @stevenneil12

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