Exiles Book Blast & Giveaway!

 

 

In this final book in the Reflections of Michael Trilogy, Michael's wish was for Ron to exile himself in the heart of Paris with its beautiful culture and citizens as they protest and fight for the soul of the city. Ron's journey is met with life-affirming friendships and lessons along the way...

Title: Exiles

Author: LJ Ambrosio

Publication Date: May 21, 2024

Pages: 195

Genre: Coming of Age/Fiction

In this final book in the Reflections of Michael Trilogy, Michael's wish was for Ron to exile himself in the heart of Paris with its beautiful culture and citizens as they protest and fight for the soul of the city. Ron's journey is met with life-affirming friendships and lessons along the way.

A story that began with A Reservoir Man, and continued in Reflections on the Boulevard, concludes with this final book, Exiles.

You can pick up your copy at Amazon.

Book Excerpt:



CHAPTER ONE

A cool autumn breeze, in the twilight, wrapped around our exile who sat on a bench in front of a bookstore that resembled a place we might find in a Tolkien novel. On this street, rue de la Buccheri, was the bookstore Shakespeare and Company. The store itself was famous for housing the books of many great literary artists on their shelves. They also supported any young or old artistic vagabonds by allowing them to sleep in the aisles of the bookstore on makeshift beds when finding themselves homeless.

Ron, who managed the store, sat on this bench every evening thinking of Michael. Ron thought of things he remembered and how much he learnt from Michael. He felt the emptiness in his soul, yearning to have that connection just one more time. He had lived in Paris for six years now, a brief time for an exile, yet he was free from a society drowning in untruths; his refuge was the bookstore.

Just like every night, as Ron prepared to close the store, he occasionally checked the front of the store, looking for his friend. Then, he noticed another young man still looking at books on the outside shelves.

Ron moved outside to get a closer look at the late customer under the guise of moving the outdoor book bins back inside. He suddenly noticed that the young man was putting a book down his pants.

Ron raised his voice and shouted for the thief to put the book back on the shelf. The young man, caught in the act, ran away.

The young man sprinted and tripped while running past the cafƩ. In this stumble, he decided to turn the corner and make his way rapidly toward la Seine.

Ron, weak in the legs from forgetting the spirit of his youth, had been managing bookstores more than living life. His legs pumped forward. but with the awkwardness of an old man who had forgotten how to walk. In a few seconds he was up to speed and ran faster to catch the thief.

Near the corner, Ron had missed his opportunity to slow and check for other people walking, so he slammed into a group of women. He especially blasted into an old lady whose groceries flew into the sky, and a yogurt splattered against a wall and the faces of the other women. She turned to condemn her assailant, but he was already on the next block in pursuit of the thief.

He spotted the thief at the Notre Dame Hotel, out of breath, leaning against a pillar. Surprised at the thief’s choice to stop here, he slowed down and let his feet pound the street into a halt.

Ron grabbed at him but still missed his shoulder.

“Give me the book back!” he said, very loudly.

The thief just shrugged his shoulder, a mocking smile. His smile made the act of chasing him through the streets feel silly, as if this were a game that had been played and he took it too seriously.

The thief looked at Ron and asked, sarcastically, “What language are you speaking?”

“What do mean? I am speaking French!”

Our thief laughed, turned to a random man who walked down the street, and said, "This young man thinks he is speaking French Go ahead say something to this stranger; he will tell you are speaking some other language other than French!”

“I will call the police,” Ron said firmly.

 



About the Author
 

Louis J. Ambrosio ran one of the most nurturing bi-coastal talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. He started his career as a theatrical producer, running two major regional theaters for eight seasons. Ambrosio taught at 7 Universities. Ambrosio also distinguished himself as an award-winning film producer and novelist over the course of his impressive career.

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LJ Ambrosio giving away one autographed copy of his book, a dragonfly necklace, $20 Amazon Gift Card to anyone who enters & $20 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky tour host!

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šŸŽ¤Interview with J.A. Cox Author Mastering Your Scenes #AuthorInterview

 

J.A. Cox is a husband, father and disabled veteran. He is passionate about Jesus Christ and has a desire to allow God to use his writing to bring glory to his name and reach others for him. His other passions lie in: 1) Empowering people by teaching about things that he is knowledgeable in in a simple and fun as well as interesting manner. 2)Inspiring others that they may realize how the true potential to overcome their perceived dilemma lies right between their ears and how they allow it to manipulate what their eyes behold. 3) Helping people to realize that being healthy truly begins with realizing how important it is for them to be intimately acquainted with their own body in order for others to help them resolve its maladies that beset it. Along with those, he enjoys entertaining with fiction based on the concept that fact is stranger than fiction and then stretching it just a tad to create some memorable page turning moments that you will likely recall for some time to come.

Author Links  

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Can you tell us what your book is about? 

Mastering your Scenes is about helping writers accomplish just that, the ability to master scene writing.  I honestly feel that the concept of what a scene is and what goes into, regardless of genre is not something understood very well amongst writers.  I am persuaded that this is also the greatest reason why writers block is such a problem amongst writers as well.


Why did you write your book?

It may sound like a joke but I wrote this book so that I could finish my science fiction work in progress. I suppose the punch line is that I ended up self-publishing it before I completed my work in progress due to the excitement of how much it helped me.  I use a lot of scene examples from Fulfilling a Vow in Mastering Your Scenes and in a way it is a teaser for its future publication.

Who influenced you to write your book?

My own struggles to make progress in my work in progress, Fulfilling a Vow, is what influenced me to write Mastering Your Scenes.  I concluded that understanding what went into every scene and being able to reproduce it repeatedly is what was keeping me from being able to realize my full potential.

Which author(s) do you admire?

You can say my unrequited mentors for scene writing were Rayne Hall, R.A. Salvatore and J.B Olson and Randy Ingermanson and K. M. Weiland.  They gave me much inspiration about crafting scenes.  Rayne Hall is an excellent teacher of how to embellish various scenes and has inspired me much through some of her writing craft books. R. A. Salvatore for anyone familiar with him knows that he is the master of intricate, fight scenes that literally slam you  into the midst of the action and leave you with your head spinning.  I have gleaned much from J.B. Olson and Randy Ingermanson on their teachings of the snowflake method and adapted it into my own writing style.  K.M. Weiland’s vast knowledge of writing lore has proven to be helpful as I was getting comfortable in my own writing voice.  I would highly recommend all of them to any budding and seasoned writer.

What kind of advice would you give other nonfiction authors?

The advice that I would give other nonfiction authors is never, ever give up. It really does take seeing things from a different perspective such as looking at things from upside down so that you can see the answer that has been right in your face all along.

Character Guest Post: Nathan Adler of Evy Journey's THE GOLDEN MANUSCRIPTS: A NOVEL #characterday

 



Today is character guest post day! We have Nathan Adler from Evy Journey's new women's fiction/historical fiction/mystery, THE GOLDEN MANUSCRIPTS: A NOVEL. Enjoy!


My name is Nathan Adler, the other seeker of truth about stolen illuminated manuscripts. I grew up a spoiled brat, the only son of two doctors who specialized in fields that have paid them well. And, of course, they expected me to follow in their footsteps.

I played along. It was easier to do so than to argue that I preferred to explore and discover where my passion lies. Yes, I played along, but I waged a quiet rebellion by taking classes outside the required coursework for medicine. It is in these classes that a fascination for art emerged. Not as an art practitioner, but one interested in its history, and what it is about art that draws people to the extent that they’re willing to spend fortunes to acquire certain artworks. 

I heeded an itch to write about art. Reworking a couple of papers I had written for art classes, I submitted them to an online art journal, and was surprised to have them accepted. And the journal paid me for them. I was, by then, supposed to apply for residency in my chosen specialty, but I balked—I told my parents I didn’t want to be a doctor. That I was more interested in art.

Not much of an argument followed. They told me in no uncertain terms that I could do as I pleased, but they weren’t going to support me in my choice. Then, they cut off any financial support. I managed somehow and finally became a man in control of my destiny, at least as much as this intractable world would allow us.

Anyway, I did eventually finish my medical degree and I now work part-time as a doctor. The rest of the time I devote to my interests in art and I write about it. I’m not the only doctor I know who lives a kind of split life. I met someone who’s been doing this longer than I have. He’s a part-time psychiatrist and an actor in stage plays. He’s having the time of his life.





Title: The Golden Manuscripts: A Novel
Author: Evy Journey
Publisher: Evy Journey
Pages: 360
Genre: Women's Fiction/Historical Fiction/Mystery

A young woman of Asian/American parentage has lived in seven different countries and is anxious to find a place she could call home. An unusual sale of rare medieval manuscripts sends her and Nathan—an art journalist who moonlights as a doctor—on a quest into the dark world of stolen art.  For Clarissa, these ancient manuscripts elicit cherished memories of children’s picture books her mother read to her, nourishing a passion for art.  When their earnest search for clues whisper of old thieves and lead to the unexpected, they raise more questions about an esoteric sometimes unscrupulous art world that defy easy answers.   Will this quest reward Clarissa with the sense of home she longs for? This cross-genre literary tale of self-discovery, art mystery, travel, and love is based on the actual theft by an American soldier of illuminated manuscripts during World War II.
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Evy Journey writes. Stories and blog posts. Novels that tend to cross genres. She’s also a wannabe artist, and a flĆ¢neuse. Evy studied psychology (M.A., University of Hawaii; Ph.D. University of Illinois). So her fiction spins tales about nuanced characters dealing with contemporary life issues and problems. She believes in love and its many faces. Her one ungranted wish: To live in Paris where art is everywhere and people have honed aimless roaming to an art form. She has visited and stayed a few months at a time.

Author Links  

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Giveaway:

Evy Journey will giving away nine $25 Amazon Gift Cards & nine boxed sets of the last 3 books in the series, Between Two Worlds! This is the way it works. Evy is touring for 6 months. At the end of each 2 month period she will be giving away 3 $25 Amazon Gift Cards and 3 boxed sets of the last 3 books in the series, Between Two Worlds. You will have a chance to win 3 times during her tour!

Terms & Conditions:

  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.

  • Nine winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a boxed set of the last 3 books in the series, Between Two Worlds.

  • This giveaway starts February 5 and ends July 30.

  • Winners will be contacted via email on March 28, May 31 and July 30.

  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!


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