Wednesday, November 23, 2011
New Author Blog Hop & Book Giveaway!
This blog hop is to help support first time authors. It is really tough to get our stories and books out there and anything I can do to help my fellow writers is a pleasure. I am delighted to offer free copies of Mamalita and Hippie Boy too! Please comment on this blog below by 30th November, let me know which book you would like and I will pick two people randomly on 1st December.
Mamalita - An Adoption Memoir by Jessica O'Dwyer
My first author is Jessica O'Dwyer, a fellow member of the Writing Mamas. Mamalita tells the story about Jessica's journey through the hideous Guatemalan bureaucracy on her quest to adopt her daughter. Mamalita is brilliantly written. I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down (and let me tell you, nowadays that is becoming a rare thing, as I have recently stopped reading four books that couldn't hold my interest!). Mamalita is the story of how Jessica had to fight against almost insurmountable odds, alone in a foreign country, with only her love for her prospective new daughter and her iron determination not to give up to sustain her. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
I would also like to include this review by Joyce Maynard (author of Labor Day, At Home in the World, To Die For):
“On one level, Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir is the story of a woman’s fight to bring home her Guatemalan-born daughter, in the face of huge obstacles. But Jessica O’Dwyer has written more than an adoption story. Her book explores the nature of parenthood—the fierce love and loyalty that makes it possible for us to do more than we ever knew we were capable of, inspired by the presence of more love than we knew we had to give. It’s a terrific adventure story with an unlikely heroine who discovers, through her fight for her child, that she is stronger and braver than she ever knew. I was rooting for her all the way through to the book’s gripping and deeply moving ending.”
You can buy it on Amazon and on her website.
Hippie Boy - A Girl's Story By Ingrid Ricks
Scribd. Her first book is also a memoir, but is about going on the run with her father at a young age to escape an abusive Mormon stepfather. I have to admit that I have only had time to read extracts from Ingrid's book, but I cannot wait to read the whole thing. I am delighted, however, to have another fantastic Scribd writer, Laura Novak (author of Finding Clarity), give her review below:
"Hippie Boy is the story of a girl whose life is so brutally unsettled, so depressingly fractured that it's any wonder at all that she survives. But it is also perfection. Not just because it is a book full of hope that offers a narrative arc that soothes and satisfies, but because this book in Ingrid Ricks' hands, is a triumph of spirit and a beautiful work of art.
This memoir is ripe for success because it is readable for men and women who have survived rough upbringings and kids who are suffocating there now. The story flashes forward and back giving just enough background into the Mormon lifestyle that ties down Ingrid's mom into a series of disastrous marriages that are sure to doom her five children.
Ingrid's dad takes to the road, escaping a hellish home life, while creating just enough confusion and uncertainty to keep a relationship exciting and brewing with his favorite, tomboyish daughter. The scenes are drawn with such specificity that you can feel the hot car leather on your legs, the nervous ache in your heart and the pit in the stomach that says nothing is safe or right.
The writing is crisp, clear, and achingly poignant. And Ingrid gives new meaning to the words "plucky heroine." The final sentences in the book left me in tears. Ingrid Ricks begins to soar just at the same time most teens do. The weight of poverty, dysfunction, religious mania and unreliable parenting don't get the best of her. Indeed, her drive and determination to survive and live a wonderful life shine through in this fabulous memoir she has published here.
Brava, brave author. Your survival and your ability to capture your life on paper, is a gift to all of us."
You can buy Hippie Boy - A Girl's Story at Amazon.
It's Okay To Cry By Tatiana Grieve Oliver (age 10)
Well, if you are not moved by that, then you have a heart of stone! Okay, that's it for this fantastic blog hop. Please take a minutes to look at all the other New Author blogs which can be found on Saba's blog Of Thoughts and Words. And don't forget to leave a comment letting me know which book you would like to receive.