Friday, July 31, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Sketches of Life by A. Gavazzoni

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Sketches of Life by A. Gavazzoni. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Sketches of Life
Author: A. Gavazzoni
Publication Date: November 11th 2019
Print Length: 372 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
In the middle of WWII, France has surrendered to Germany, and young Lily, half French and half American, has her life turned upside down. A careless girl full of dreams, Lily must leave France and go to her father’s homeland, taking her mother with her. Lily’s mother becomes completely dependent upon her teenage daughter, and Lily is forced to grow up quickly. Trying her best to support them both, balancing work and dreams of continuing her studies, Lily meets her first love and discovers passion and betrayal on her way. Ninon is a survivor. Alone in the world, she works as an exotic dancer in a French cabaret called Le PassionĂ©, where she moves her hips to put food on her plate until a new and dangerous opportunity is presented to her. Although Ninon has lost faith in love and God, life will show her surprises can be found around every corner. France, the United States, Spain, Austria, and Argentina present the backdrops for an epic tale of people trying to adapt to a world in turmoil—one that’s filled with secrets and surprises.

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Having nobody else in the world and nothing to lose is terrifying, but it’s also liberating. No matter what I had to do, I would have the courage. I couldn´t disappoint anybody, nobody would cry over my actions, and I had nobody to please.

Things are as big as your proximity to them, and if you keep your distance, nothing can scare you or threaten you. Everything is just a matter of perspective, and the secret to surviving was to keep my heart safe and never expect anything from anyone. In the end, all feelings, good or bad, are only as powerful as you allow them to be.

I learned to live day by day, planning but not living for my plans, trying to solve just the problems I had in front of me and not worrying about things that hadn´t introduced themselves yet. As life had shown me, and Malena once told me, we had no control over the future, and it was as unpredictable as the ocean—it could drown a person if they thought they could tame it.
A. Gavazzoni is a Brazilian writer, a former professor of law and has been a practicing lawyer for 28 years. Her first series of self-published novels, Hidden Motives: Behind the Door, Lara´s Journal, and The Brilliant Game, won several writing contests, gathered five gold medals, one bronze medal, five honorable mentions and was finalist of many great contests (B.R.A.G medallion (Gold Medal); Book Excellence Awards (Two Gold medals); e-lite awards (Gold medal), Golden Book Award (Gold Medal); IPPY AWARDS (Bronze Medal), Readers Favorite (three honorable mentions); Paris Book Festival (Three honorable mentions); Eric Hoffer Book Award (Finalist); American Fiction Awards (Finalist); Indie Excellence Awards (Finalist); Independent Author Network (Finalist); Indie Excellence (Finalist); The IAN book of the year awards (Finalist); The Kindle-book award (semi-finalist).

Adriana speaks Portuguese (her native language), English, French and Spanish and she loves to travel. Adriana loves to cook for her friends, to dance the tango, to work out, she is a voracious reader and a proud dog's mom of two girls, Juno and Charlotte.

- Where did you draw your inspiration from for your novel Sketches of Life?

My book is about strong women, so all the fearless and strong women I’ve met in my life were an inspiration, starting with my grandmother, born to Italian immigrant parents in 1906. She married at the age of fifteen. Eventually, she became a teacher, even though she needed to travel on horseback more than twelve miles to arrive at the school every day.

The book also talks about resilience and the ability some people have to handle life’s unpredictability and hard times, and the strength that allows them to survive, rather than being destroyed by circumstances. I’ve seen many people crumble because they lose control of events or because they refuse to adapt. I wanted to convey the idea of “adapt or die” in this novel.

Mossad also inspired me to write the espionage scenes, as I love to read about that group of secret agents and their investigations around the world.
A. Gavazzoni will be awarding a $10 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!
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  1. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

  2. I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds great.

  3. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Much appreciated

  4. The book sounds really good and I like the cover.

  5. Wonderful cover and the book sounds good.

  6. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

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  7. The cover is absolutely beautiful.

  8. congrats on the release this sounds good

  9. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.