Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: On Loving by Lili Naghdi

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for On Loving by Lili Naghdi. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as an interview with the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for more excerpts, interviews, guest posts, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: On Loving
Author: Lili Naghdi
Publication Date: February 15th 2019
Genre: Romance
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In 1972, Dr. Rose Hemmings has just finished her general surgery residency when a haunted stranger is shot in front of her in a New York City bar, and their lives become forever intertwined. And when, having been given the blessing of her adoptive father on his deathbed, Rose travels to prerevolutionary Iran to discover the past her American family kept secret from her, she finds a true Pandora's box. It is a world both foreign and familiar, in which her primary place is as the heiress to a great tribe. In Iran, Rose will find family she never dreamed of, her own people, and a man who loves her as passionately as he does the rare black roses of his garden. She will return to the United States carrying a new secret and torn between two men: the one she loves helplessly, and the one who loves her unconditionally.

Woven throughout with Persian poetry ancient and modern, On Loving is the story of one woman's lifetime of love and loss, of societal change in a nomadic people, and of overcoming personal challenges, including mental and physical health, to find true contentment. Above all, it is a story of love: its physiology, psychology and philosophy; the many forms it takes; its myths and truths; its challenges, its joys and its gifts.

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BOOK TRAILER:
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EXCERPT:
“It was almost nine when I got back. Kim had fed Layla and put her to sleep. I sent Kim home for the night, kissed Layla’s face good night and went to my room to change for bed.

Siyavash’s letter was still on the floor. I bent down and picked it up.

Inhaling the scent of the dried black rose, I wandered to the window and stared at the thin, even white carpet of snow on the street. Where do I want to be? I asked myself. Somewhere beautiful, calming. Somewhere full of life, with a boundless, vaulted sky above my head, perhaps!

I then closed my eyes and let myself being taken to Siyavash’s majestic rose garden in Isfahan. I could feel the breeze in my hair, could feel the warmth of the sun on my face. I remembered how Siyavash had looked at me with love and admiration there. I was blind not to see it then. I couldn’t recall Dean looking at me like that…

I opened my eyes and read Siyavash’s letter again, raking my fingers through my hair. Then, nervously rubbing my neck, I went to the phone next to my bed.

“Good evening,” I said when the other end of the line picked up.

“Rose! Is that … Is that you?” It was Siyavash.

“Yes, it’s me!” I paused and swallowed the lump that had risen in my throat. “Come back home! Just come back to me!”

I quickly hung up and rushed to the window, as if for air. Snowflakes were still dancing their way down to the ground.

My chest felt so constricted that I could hardly breathe.

Am I questioning Dean’s love for me? I wondered. Am I comparing it to Siyavash’s? But that was impossible! I shook my head. I’m just giving Siyavash a chance to redeem himself, a proper second chance. But the reminder to myself was pointless: the truth was something else, and I knew it!

I was at fault here. I was the guilty — guilty of blocking not only my ears but also my soul from hearing Siyavash’s voice, so ignorant indeed that my heart was finally reproaching me for my bigotry and cruelty.

I folded the letter and tucked it away in the drawer next to my bed.

I’ll know soon how I need to deal with him, I told myself. Or I’ll just have to find a way around it!”
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BOOK LAUNCH:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lili Naghdi is an Iranian Canadian physician who was born and raised in Tehran. She continued her education and research after moving to Canada with her husband and daughter in 1996. Today she practices family medicine in Vaughan, Ontario, with particular interests in women’s and mental health. Being a family physician gives her the privilege of connecting with patients and participating in their care with a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional and social adversities they face. Interacting with people of many different backgrounds has also provided Dr. Naghdi with the opportunity to grow as a person, a physician and an author.

Growing up in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran, Lili became fascinated by the magical realm of literature, poetry and history. She began collecting prized quotations at the young age of eight. Dr. Naghdi has written poetry and short stories in both Farsi and English, but she eventually followed William Wordsworth’s advice to “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart,” and turned to fiction.

On Loving is her first novel. Inspired by both the ordinary people she has the honor to support and by the great literature of Persia and the world — from Hafez to Forugh Farrokhzad and from John Steinbeck to Margaret Mitchell — Dr. Naghdi passionately agrees with Boris Pasternak, whose Yuri Zhivago is a physician and patriotic poet, when he writes: “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.”

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
- What is something you’ve lied about?
Once, I totally forgot about a very important meeting which was scheduled at 7:30 am, since I overslept after a busy night shift. Everyone was waiting for me for a long time to show up. When I finally arrived, I had to lie since there was no way out of it. I said I was locked in a traffic jam due to a motor vehicle accident. I felt so ashamed since I’m sure no one believed me looking at my puffy eyes and messy hair!

- Who is the last person you hugged?
My daughter.

- What are you reading now?
I just finished reading “This Scorched Earth” by William Gear.

- How do you come up with the titles to your books?
I love, and respect works from Forugh Farrokhzad, the late controversial Persian poet. So, to honor her in my works, I choose titles related to her poems that I love the most.

- Share your dream cast for your book.
For Dr. Rose Hemmings, my main character, I’ll choose Golshifteh Farahani. For Dean Taylor, one of my main male characters, I’ll choose Henry Cavill and for “Borna”, I will choose Shohreh Aghdashloo. For Dr. William Hemming’s, Rose’s dad, I’ll choose George Clooney.
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GIVEAWAY:
Lili Naghdi will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. Leave a comment at a different stop participating on the blog tour each day to increase your chance of winning. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

80 comments:

  1. Dear Friends,

    I am so excited to join you on another stop of my virtual tour, and I'd like to thank our host and Goddess Fish Promotions for giving me this opportunity.
    As you may find out from the blurb, "On Loving" is not only a love story but more importantly, it is a story about love itself, its physiology and philosophy, the many forms it takes, its myths and truths, its challenges, its joys, and its gifts.
    I would like to ask everyone this question, and I'd appreciate everyone's participation:
    How do you define "LOVE" in your own words and based on your own experiences?
    "On Loving" is the story of one woman's lifetime of love and loss, and the true meaning of love, and this "true meaning" could be different for different people.

    Thank you for your participation and good luck in the giveaway!

    Best,
    Lili Naghdi

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  2. Thanks for sharing your book with us. I think we all enjoy hearing about new books we previously didn't know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks for following the tour. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  4. Great excerpt & interview, thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hello Lili, what do you most enjoy about writing?

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    1. Hi Caryl. Thanks for joining us today. I'd say the excitement of being part of the plot and being able to feel the emotions of my characters have been the most enjoyable experiences I've had during the time I was writing On Loving. I cried with my characters, I laughed with them and I became part of their adventures during the process. I think that was the most beautiful experience I've had as a writer. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  6. Thanks for following the tour. Good luck in the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks Judy. Hope you like it. Good luck in the draw!

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  8. This book sounds like a great and very intriguing read.

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    1. Thanks for your kind attention. Good luck in the draw!

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  9. Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity 💕

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  10. I'd like to thank you all for your participation. Also, I'd like to thank our host and Goddess Fish Promotions for this opportunity. Good luck to all of you!

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  11. Love the trailer and the excerpt - look forward to this one

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  12. What a lovely cover.. you are a new author to me and I hope to learn more about this book.. Putting it on my TBR list.. Thank you and best of luck....

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    1. Dear Michele,
      Thank you for joining us and the kind words. Hope you like Rose's story if you find time to read it. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  13. Gorgeous cover!! This is going to be a fantastic book!!

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  14. I love the premise of the book. Can't wait to read it

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  15. What's your favourite vacation memories?

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  16. I enjoy reading books set in other countries and times to learn how other people live(d).

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  17. I really like the cover, thanks for the chance!

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  18. I copied the incorrect this in the "Add book to Good Reads widget", it's supposed to be Julie Waldron.

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  19. I really enjoyed learning of this book & author!

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  20. Nice cover and sounds like a great read.

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  21. Hi. Is this a fiction or non-fiction book?

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  22. I really enjoyed the book trailer!

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  23. This sounds like a wonderful Romance story.

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  24. Sounds like a good read

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  25. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  26. When did you start writing?

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  27. Do you write more in bad weather or sunshine?

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  28. Really enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for hosting.

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  29. What author do you most like to read?

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  30. How many books do you read in a year?

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  31. Sounds like a good read

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  32. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  33. That trailer was perfection!! I can't wait to get the book!

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  34. What author do you most admire?

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  35. sounds like a good reads thanks for hosting this

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  36. Went to an Indigo Girls concert last night. Do you go to live music concerts?

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  37. Have you ever been to Santa Fe?

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  38. We had a big thunderstorm today. Did you?

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  39. Do you like the heat? Hit 100 here today.

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  40. Finally cooled off a bit here. Did it there?

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  41. Are you doing anything this 3 day weekend?

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  42. I like the cover. It adds some mystery to the book. Looks like it will be an interesting read.

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  43. Do you get hurricanes? We sometimes get blizzards.

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  44. What season brings you more inspiration to write, if any?

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  45. I swim for exercise. What do you do?

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  46. sounds like a fun one

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  47. What has publishing a book meant to you?

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  48. Last day.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  49. Added to my TBR! Very anxious to read this!

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