Wednesday, January 13, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Strong Within Us (The Olason Chronicles #2) by J.A. Boulet

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for The Strong Within Us by J.A. Boulet. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Strong Within Us
Series: The Olason Chronicles #2
Author: J.A. Boulet
Publication Date: November 11th 2020
Print Length: 300 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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A struggle. A war. The past. Would you recover?

Nathan Olason picks up the pieces of his life in 1893 and becomes a devoted father and grandfather. Except something from his past is holding him back.

His grandson, Mike grows up in a loving family with Nath almost raising him as his own. Mike develops a passion for hunting and guns, while his family supports him with trepid hearts as WWI looms.

Nath feels helpless to stop this dangerous chain of events, as Mike announces that he is joining the Great War. Armed and deadly, Mike hones his marksmanship skills to a perfection not seen in any other soldier. He is taken on a wild ride of following his passions, courage and gruesome fighting, arriving at Vimy Ridge, France for the fight of his life.

Nath fearing the worst, flees to a place that he thought was his salvation; an old weathered cottage that holds the key to his future.

Follow in the footsteps of heroes.

Be vulnerable.

Would you recover?

**The eBook is only $1.99 on Kobo during this tour!**

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EXCERPT:
She was a stunning woman with beautiful long black hair, shockingly rare blue eyes and tanned skin. She was captivating and absolutely gorgeous. Ivan thought that he didn’t have a chance until he found out that she lived down by the pier with her father. He bought fish from her father regularly, trading vegetables and grains some days. Every time Ivan visited the large fishery at the pier, he was always scanning the crowd for the beautiful blue-eyed fisherman girl. He found out that she was almost the same age as himself; she was 18, and he was 19. How she had managed to remain single was something beyond his stretch of knowledge. Maybe she was too beautiful, he thought. No man was courageous enough to approach her. Until this day, he thought. 

Ivan straightened his tie and proceeded to the fishery. He ran his fingers through his hair, adjusting his cowlick. The pesky tuft of hair at his crown annoyed him greatly. It seemed to have a mind of its own, especially in tense situations; it would stick up like a fork in a haystack. Otherwise, he thought that he was quite a handsome fellow, standing at six feet tall, slim but fit, with dark blonde hair, a young uneven beard and captivating green eyes. Women looked at him often, so he knew that he was attractive, but he still felt unsure of himself some days, especially around stunning women like her. Ivan pulled the door to the fishery open, unconsciously licking his hand and smoothing down the cowlick again as he stepped inside.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J. A. Boulet is the passionate author of The Olason Chronicles, a historical saga of war, courage, love and strength. The Strong Within Us, Book 2, was released on Amazon November 11, 2020. 
 
J. A. Boulet was born and raised in Western Canada as a first generation Canadian from European descent. Her father was enlisted with the Hungarian military and fought bravely during the Hungarian Revolution, changing sides to stand up for what he believed in. He was granted asylum in Canada and built his family here. 

J. A. Boulet was born many years later, raised with strong morals and values, which she stands behind to this day. She started writing poetry at the age of five and progressed to short stories and novels. She has a keen interest in settlers, healing, family bonds and military history. J. A. Boulet writes with a spine-tingling realism like none other, grabbing your emotions and refusing to let go. The Strong Within Us, Book 2, will be the book you’ve been waiting for. She currently lives in Canada with her two teenaged sons and a crested gecko named Mossio. 

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GUEST POST:
- If you could visit any era in history, when would you choose and why?
That’s a super hard question to answer! Normally, I would choose our era presently, because even though we complain about our world, we actually live longer than ever before and our lives are exponentially easier than even 100 years ago.

But my second choice would be the early North American explorer era (1600-1700s)! We didn’t live past 40 but I find that values were just simpler back then. We didn’t have jobs and there was no such thing as money. If we were hungry, we had to go kill a deer. If we were thirsty, we found out ways to gather herbs and flowers to make teas. We lived in huts built with crude logs and straw as insulation. It was a ridiculously hard life but when you fell in love with your spouse it was forever and family meant everything. There was no excess material possessions, only the basics. You made love under the stars on the hay and thanked the heavens for a partner and children that survived. Your evenings were spent cooking with family around a firepit and being grateful that you all survived another day.

A simpler time.

Although, I would still choose today first because I’m a wimp!

Thanks for reading and a big thanks to All the Ups and Downs for hosting me again! Love ya all! I hope you enjoy The Strong Within Us and it helps you to be grateful for what you have.
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GIVEAWAY:
J. A. Boulet will be awarding a $15 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!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

65 comments:

  1. abfantom@Yahoo.comJanuary 13, 2021 at 7:22 AM

    I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you! The cover has its own story! The rifle on the cover is an actual photo of a museum artifact. You can read more about on the inside cover of the book

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  2. Great excerpt, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate that. It's damn hard to write a great book! LOL

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  4. Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity to share my book!

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    1. I apologize for the late reply. It took me approximately a year to write, edit and have the book publication ready! It's not easy lol

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  6. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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

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  8. I love the cover and think the book sounds great.

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    1. Six word story? Umm, okay let me think. Omg, do you know how hard it is to come up with a 200 word synopsis! Let alone six words!

      Okay here it is...

      Struggling to be brave and vulnerable again

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  10. Thank you for taking time to share  this book, and the excerpt. I enjoy discovering books I believe my family will enjoy reading.

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    1. I am so happy that you like it! I hope it takes you on a journey of discovering what's important to you.

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  11. Sounds like an interesting history themed book.

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  12. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. My biggest inspiration is boring actually, ha!

      My parents were landed immigrants and they never gave up no matter what. I've always thought if they could leave everything they had and move to a different country, then I can accomplish anything.

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  14. Interesting summary. Looks like a good read.

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  15. I love historical reads. This has an interesting cover.

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    1. I'm a historical fiction reader as well! Haha. I loved it so much, that I had to start writing them!

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  16. This book has such a dramatic cover.
    Makes me wanting to read it.
    Thank you for sharing the giveaway.

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  17. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  18. What was your most exciting writing moment?

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    1. Hmm, the most exciting writing moment? I would say it is the moment when you realize the full potential of your story. When all the plot points click into place and you have that ah ha moment. That happened for me when I left New York in 2019 and I just knew that the story was two books (and now a series!).
      I started crying tears of joy on the plane back.

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    1. Sorry for my late replies!

      I wish you a wonderful weekend full of hope and smiles!

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  20. I think that the cover of your book is bold and engaging.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  21. This is so fun! Thank you very much for the chance!

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    1. You won't like the answer, lol. I schedule my writing times just like any job. I make sure that I carve out three to four hours of writing time and just sit down and write. Imagination comes fairly easily for me.

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  23. What question would you ask an author if you had to think up a question to ask them every single day for the rest of your life?

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    1. I would simply ask them How's your MC today? 😂

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  24. What's your main character doing today?

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