Thursday, November 5, 2020

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway - Life with Ollie: The Story of an Only Child of a Single Narcissistic Parent by Donna G. Bourgeois

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Life with Ollie by Donna G. Bourgeois. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: Life with Ollie: The Story of an Only Child of a Single Narcissistic Parent
Author: Donna G. Bourgeois
Publisher: Tellwell Publishing
Publication Date: June 28th 2019
Print Length: 104 pages
Genre: Memoir
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If you are of dating age or married, I wrote this book for you.

This is not a self-help or a how-to book. This is the story of the metamorphosis of a timid, fear filled child who finally blossomed into a warrior. I have many scars that no one can see, but they are healed now. Through these battles to become a warrior, I have helped the wounded souls that have come to me and seen them overcome their demons to stand tall and proud of who they are. It has brought me great joy.

Through the years, I have heard along the way that the ancient Chinese would fix their broken china cups or figurines with gold to make them whole again, and more valuable. I believe that humans can be repaired with love and a sense of self-worth. Each and every one of us are here for a purpose and we are given gifts to help fulfill our purpose.

I would love for you to come on this journey with me.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
The depression had carried inside, unseen to others, was getting more intense. I was still living under the weight of all the things my mother had instilled in me: you are not enough, you will never amount to anything, you are a mess. You are too emotional. You take everything to heart. I felt so inept and alone. One night, after several nasty phone calls from my mother, Don and I had an argument. I went quietly upstairs to the bathroom and slit both my wrists.

When Don found me, he called for an ambulance. They took me to the hospital in Barrie, where a doctor stitched me up and sent me to the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre, where I was admitted for seventy-two hours. I had two interviews with psychiatrists. I was like a zombie, never speaking unless spoken to, and just sat and thought of nothing, like being in a deep fog. One of the psychiatrists told me I had become manic, and my body and mind just shut down. I needed rest and quiet and to see a psychologist on an outpatient basis, which I did for about six weeks. My doctor told my supervisor I would not be back at work for at least six weeks.

In one group session, the psychologist told me to look deep inside myself and tell him what I saw. I told him I was afraid to do that. He asked why, and I said what if what I see is a pit of snakes. He said to try to do it anyway. So, I sat in stillness and went inside. There were no snakes, nothing horrible. What there was was a wounded little girl, curled up in a ball. She looked so fragile. In my mind I picked her up and hugged and told her I loved her. When I opened my eyes, I told him what I saw and he told me to nurture that little girl, love her and always put her first. I didn’t really understand what all that meant, but I did feel a stirring of hope.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Donna G. Bourgeois enjoys writing and painting, both excellent activities to soothe the soul. She went to university at 65-years-old and earned an associate degree in theology, just to keep the grey matter healthy. She considers her greatest quality to be the ability to love greatly and be kind to those who life have put on her path. Life with Ollie is her first book, although she has many more story ideas waiting in the wings. She believes if you listen to your inner voice, you will find your bliss.

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

  1. sounds so good!

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

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  3. What was your writing process like?

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  4. thanks this sounds really intersting

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  5. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for sharing it.

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  6. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

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

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  8. Donna is a new author for me. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. This sounds like a unique and interesting book.

    Nancy
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  10. Sounds like a fascinating and heartfelt journey, thanks for sharing with me!

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  11. Sounds kind of sad. I have seen these narcissistic parents and all they are worried about are themselves. I know it is a sickness and if they realize it and get help it makes all the difference but part of the sickness is they are to vain to recognize anyone around them exists when they are not around to see them.
    I feel for their children I really do. I want to read but I am going in cautious because I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to kids.

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  12. "This is the story of the metamorphosis of a timid, fear filled child who finally blossomed into a warrior."

    That sounds like a great premise. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. The book sounds very interesting, thank you.

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  14. It's been great getting to discover your book and share with the readers in my family. Thank you and thanks for the giveaway. 

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  15. It sounds like an inspirational story. Thank you for sharing the excerpt.

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  16. "Through these battles to become a warrior, I have helped the wounded souls that have come to me and seen them overcome their demons to stand tall and proud of who they are."

    It's nice to "give back."

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  17. Nice cover. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. What is your favorite thing about writing?

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  19. I enjoyed reading the excerpt!

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  20. This book sounds like it is a compelling read and it would touch the reader's heart.

    Nancy
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  21. Is it difficult to come with with themes for new books?

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  22. Wow! What I have read has intrigued me, to say the least. I would love to read more.

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  23. This cover is so sweet. Thank for the chance to win.

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  24. sounds like a fun one

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  25. What is your favorite part of the book writing process?

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  26. How did you come up with the premise of the story?

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  27. I thoroughly enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  28. I like the cover. It has nice artwork.

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

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  30. How do you get the idea for the cover?

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