Monday, September 2, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Alice, a Memoir by Alice Gilmore

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Alice, a Memoir by Alice Gilmore. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as an author interview. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, interviews, guest posts, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Alice, A Memoir
Author: Alice Gilmore
Publisher: Amolibros
Publication Date: June 12th 2019
Genres: Non-Fiction, Memoir
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Few, if anyone, could have had a life like Alice Gilmore. It was almost unbelievable yet carried on under the cover of a respectable middle-class existence.

You might strongly disapprove of what she did, but Alice was determined. She overcame insurmountable obstacles to keep the love she longed for.

Her single-minded fight to live out her love makes a gripping, riveting story that one eminent literary person called ‘staggeringly readable’. It is shocking. Her methods will upset some, but are you with her or against her? Your decision.

This is no misery memoir. It’s a story told with joy, wit and fervour – the astonishing story of the overwhelming love Alice Gilmour was determined to live out.

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EXCERPT:
And then one day he was gone.

A whey-faced professor and his wife, both good friends, knocked on my door and practically pushed me back into the house out of sight of anyone (not that anyone could see our front door from the road) to tell me that David had been shot dead while giving a lecture at the university. A student had come into the room waving a gun and looking for some girl he loved who had dumped him in favour of a female and then come out about her lesbianism. The gunman, already clearly unbalanced, had got a lot of ribbing about his inadequacy in causing her to change sides, so he was after both of them. They were in David’s lecture. He wanted to shoot them in front of the whole class, lesbian seducer first, former girlfriend to watch it before getting hers. All this came out later when it emerged that he had told his roommate what he was going to do and the wretched roommate had simply not taken this wimp seriously. He didn’t even own a gun but that was quickly remedied with some dollars and a driver’s licence.

David knew the gunman well and as people dived for cover suggested he sit down if he had come for the lecture. He was reported as saying, ‘Howie, why don’t you give that to me, sit down and pay attention? You could use some of what we’re dealing with here.’ When this failed he stood between the gunman and the students and continued to try to talk him down. He was, apparently, having some success when a female voice shouted in fear, ‘Why don’t you f*ck off, you inadequate creep?’
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
If you want to know about my life and background read this book. I can scarcely add to what I have written about myself in there. I earnestly hope that the rest of my life is too uneventful to even consider writing anything else, I am no novelist. The life I have described was full enough and rich enough for me. God knows what I would come out with if I had to invent. If you find you need a good chef I shall consider anything not too energetic – which rules out most jobs in the kitchen.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
- What group did you hang out with in high school?
Apart from those who liked the same games that I did, hockey, netball, anything really, I was the cat that walked alone. That was from choice not because I was shunned.

- What are you passionate about these days?
My grown-up children – and perhaps one other person. I am holding that down for now. We shall see. Injustice and wanton cruelty, which is everywhere, make me angry. As for global warming and climate change, I think it’s all too late. We’ve buggered up this beautiful planet that we live on, and my generation are just about the last one to experience it before it starts to fail so visibly that everyone will become aware of it. Too late, my successors. We blew it for you all.

- If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?
Nothing really. A friend in publishing introduced me to the person who is now my agent, quite a famous one, and she flipped. She loved it and was sure we would have eager publishers. As they fell away with various excuses, but really the content, we had at last to publish as an E-book because it is cheaper. But the enthusiasm of that one knowledgeable person gave me the faith to believe in it myself. We shall see.

- Ebook or print? And why?
I think I have answered that above.

- What is your favorite scene in this book?
Ah. Let me think. The scene that starts on page one and finishes on page one hundred and thirty-three. I’m sorry to be so glib, but you see it is my life and I cannot say that I have loved one part of it more than another. I just cannot. Falling in love? My first child? My second and third children? And so on. I cannot have any favourites.
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GIVEAWAY:
One randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the tour, and leave a comment at a different stop each day to increase your chance of winning. Good luck!
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38 comments:

  1. I love the shot for the cover, very nice!

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  2. Love the cover & Thanks for this amazing chance.

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  3. I love the sounds of this book.

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  4. I love memoirs. I am excited to read this book.

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  5. Thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway!

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  6. Extremely confusing interview...not your average one for sure.

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  7. The book sounds like a great read.

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway. This book is definitely on my to be bought asap list!

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  9. Nothing grabs my attention more than a memoir.. this is on my TBR list

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  10. Sounds like a good book, thanks for the chance.

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  11. Did you change names and places to protect people or did you went all out?

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  12. Thanks for sharing. I like the excerpt and think the book would be interesting.

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  13. Good luck with the release!

    --Trix

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  14. what actor would you like to see star in one of your books?

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  15. sounds like a fun one

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

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  17. who would you like to collab with writing,

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  18. I'd love to read this, thanks for sharing!

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  19. Last day.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  20. I am new to Alice Gilmore, but I loved this post and all her words.

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  21. Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

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  22. I’m always interested in other people and the choices they make....sounds like a good read

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