Monday, July 20, 2020

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - Tide's End: a Just Living novel by Meredith Egan

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Tide's End by Meredith Egan. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop I have an excerpt for you as well as a great guest post. There is also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Tide's End: a Just Living novel
Author: Meredith Egan
Publisher: Amity
Publication Date: January 4th 2020
Print Length: 464 pages
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
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Taylor Smythe dreams of having a loving family. But first, he has to rescue his little sister Jenny from the gritty underbelly of the child cyberporn industry. Taylor journeys from homelessness in the inner city to a community in the dripping forests of the Pacific Northwest to confront the relentless pounding of his fiercest pain. Can he become the big brother Jenny needs right now, and for the rest of their lives? 

Tide’s End explores the many faces of sexual assault and human trafficking, and how life can shatter for those most affected – the victims. Because #MeToo is more common than we can imagine. As is #ChildrenToo and even #BoysToo. It tears apart our families and neighbourhoods. And wherever there is suffering, there are guardians and helpers who still the relentless pounding to encourage Tide’s End.

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EXCERPT:
“Welcome, everyone. I’m Rosie, and I’m honoured to be here today,” she said, and she waved the long stick she was holding, getting us to stand. It had a carving of a big, black bird on the top and was painted bright colours. There was a large crystal in it, and some feathers fluttered from a ribbon. I liked it, I decided.

“Let’s start this evening in a good way, with a prayer,” she said. A prayer? Weird.

“Thank you, Creator, for bringing us together tonight. Thank you for the journeys that brought us here, especially the good bits.” She asked for kindness on our “healing journey,” and open hearts and minds and other stuff. Then she said something I won’t forget.

“Creator, we ask you to remind us to believe each other as much as we want to be believed. And to show us new ways to make sense of what happened to us. Help us find a way to go back into the world with less hurting.” Less hurting. An idea I could get behind.

“Let’s be open to new things, and not be too judgemental.” She just stood there for a bit, and when she finally sat, so did everybody else. People were smiling, even me.

“Tide’s End. I don’t know if you know why this place is named that, so I’ll try to explain.

“Mission – the train bridge, actually – is the place where the folks who regulate fishing have decided the tides end. The water is brackish until here, up the river delta, but First Nations People have been fishing here since time…forever. At least 10,000 years. We fished the salmon, and the sturgeon, and other fish. And we know about tides, and how they pound and beat on a place. Without ending.

“So, we called this place Tide’s End because we hope to help with the relentless pounding.” She adjusted her skirt and looked at us again.

“We’ll talk about Taylor’s participating later, but for now, know that sometimes we are going to push you. Ask you to work hard. But you can always say no, if you need to. We just don’t want you to be disruptive…stopping someone else from getting what they need in the circle.” She smiled and handed the talking stick to Kate.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Meredith Egan is an author of critically acclaimed novels, Just Living: a novel and Tide’s End: A Just Living novel. The stories are shaped from her work with crime victims and violent prisoners over more than thirty years. Meredith is trained in mediation and peacemaking circles., and has been honoured to learn from many First Nations peoples. Meredith coaches writers and other creative folks and offers workshops and training through her Daring Imagination work.

Meredith is the principal at Wild Goat Executive Coaching where her clients include leaders in the automotive, technology, government and small business fields. She lives at the Groundswell Ecovillage in beautiful Yarrow, BC. with her dog Mollie, and rambunctious feline sisters Firefly and Filigree. For fun she dabbles in cooking soup for her neighbours, and soaking in her hot tub with her four adult children when they visit.

You can find Meredith through her website, and on Facebook and Twitter for information about her novels, and her coaching work. Meredith welcomes opportunities to speak with groups about justice, and writing. Her books are available through Amazon and local bookstores.

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GUEST POST:
- What is one cause that is very dear to your heart?

There is only one…that everyone be treated with the compassion and nurturing that all people deserve.

There’s a saying in Quaker circles that says there is “that of God in all living things.” Finding that spark is sometimes hard (especially as the world is exploding with rage as a result of the inequality of our current social structures), but it’s always been worth the effort to me. I’ve met the most amazing people in many places in the world, including homeless shelters and prisons, working with Indigenous peoples in Guatemala, or helping build a principle of peacemaking in a high school in Jamaica…looking for and finding the sacred in life.

How does this relate to my writing? After thirty years of volunteering and facilitating courses in prisons in Canada, I came to learn about how the legal and correctional systems privilege educated, rich and white Canadians…and how hungry for change people enmeshed in those systems were.

I’m unfortunately not surprised by the rage that is hitting our streets in North America.

But I feel more hopeful than ever!

There are many wise and compassionate people – workers, academics, those who work with faith-based and human-rights-based not-for-profits, families, crime victims, and restorative justice workers who understand what’s broken in the system and how to create a safer, and more just world. There are many examples of what helps…and my books create a world where that’s possible. It’s still complicated by hurt, and challenges of addictions, and racism, and misogyny. Yes, there will still be human trafficking and child pornography and exploitation…but how we address those concerns are difficult but possible!

The most hopeful part of writing (for me) is the conversations that arise because of the ideas and truths in the stories that I write. I love to hear from readers, to speak with book clubs or faith communities (yes! I even do this via Zoom during these times!)

My hope is that people who are worried about change during these times read books that explore change and talk about them with their friends.

Enjoy!
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GIVEAWAY:
Meredith Egan will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

72 comments:

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    1. Yes! Thank you so so much for hosting!
      You have a lively blog, and I appreciate being included...

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  2. Hello! Thanks so much for sharing your book with us. Always fun reading about another book to enjoy.

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  3. Do you have any ideas for your next book?

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    1. Hi Bernie,
      Yes, the next book is already underway. It's about a family reconnecting after 20 years because the oldest brother (named Butch currently - but who knows? That might change...) is dying in prison and is sent to a half-way house hospice that has been built on the grounds of Just Living and Tide's End.

      Of course, many of the characters from the previous 2 books reappear...

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    1. Thank you Rita!
      It may not be for every reader, but I'm glad to have released it to the world at this time for those who are interested in #MeToo and justice.

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  5. Sounds like a terrific read, Thanks for your generosity.

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  6. I like the cover. It has a nice photo.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. The photo was taken by Sammie @iriephotographs (you can follow her on instagram). She's amazing, and I love working with her.
      I have to figure out a theme for the next book so we can take some more photos together...

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  7. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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    1. Thank you Susan1215! I will let my publisher know when I talk to her on Wednesday because we did debate the cover quite a bit!

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    1. You are so welcome Victoria! I am enjoying connecting with readers (and other authors also).

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  9. thanks sounds like an interesting book

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    1. Thank you Wendy!
      Who is your favourite author?

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  10. This certainly sounds like a book that is a compelling read!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thank you Nancy. Please reach out via email if you want to connect!
      meredith@justlivingnovel.ca

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    1. Thank you Victoria! I hope you enjoy it - please let me know with a review.

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  12. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thank you Deb! I will let my publisher know on Wednesday when we talk because we debated the cover quite a bit (and this was my choice...)

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  13. Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

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    1. Thank you DaneWeimMama! I love finding new readers as well...

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  14. Nice cover. I liked the blurb and excerpt. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You are so welcome, Diana.
      It was a privilege to share!

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  15. this looks like a great read!

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    1. Thank you molli! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed crafting it...

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  16. I like the subject title and cover of this book.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  17. What a sad topic. Looking forward to reading.

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  18. Thank you for sharing the excerpt. It sounds interesting.

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    1. Thank you clc408. I hope it holds your interest!

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  19. Peacemaking circles and passing the Stick with carved bird and feathers reminds me of the openness of Native American Indians and the power of listening. The book looks like it has grit and ideas for moving beyond terrible circumstances with guidance and support.

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    1. Thank you Sunnymay. I have been so privileged to be in many circles with First Nations Peoples in Canada...they have taught me so much including why to feel hopeful.

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  20. Thanks for the opportunity to win! And thanks so much for sharing your book. It sounds like an awesome book

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  21. The cover is intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you Jeanna. Sammie Farrell at Irie Photography took the photo of a stuffed kitty a friend crocheted for me. When I received it, Russet became a character in the book!

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  22. So welcome Jeanna! I hope you keep following my tour!

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  23. I think that the cover of your book is highly detailed and colorful in design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thank you! My publisher and I went back and forth on it...glad you like it!

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    1. You are so welcome Kim! I hope you enjoy the novel.
      Meredith

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  26. I can not wait to read this book.

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    1. I hope it lives up to your expectations Jodi! Let me know what you think... meredith@justlivingnovel.ca

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  27. Crimes and justice books tend to be always good

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  28. The topic of the book is very important.

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  29. The cover looks ominous. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I don't know if I'm familiar with "Contemporary Fiction". Does that mean the setting is modern day (today)? Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. What was your favourite book as a kid?

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  32. What is your five year plan for writing?

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  33. What have you felt discouraged writing?

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  34. What was your best writing moment?

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  35. What was your favourite book as a kid?

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  36. What was your biggest writing mistake?

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  37. sounds like a fun one

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  38. sounds like a fun one

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  39. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  40. Holy Wow.. This sounds SO super good!! 😍

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