Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Place Beyond Her Dreams by Oby Aligwekwe

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Title: The Place Beyond Her Dreams
Author: Oby Aligwekwe
Publisher: Eclat Books
Publication Date: March 16th 2021
Print Length: 288 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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We are most courageous at our weakest; when we believe we have faced what we fear the most and have nothing more to lose.

At the sudden death of her grandfather, Ona’s pain transports her to mystical Luenah—a place of infinite possibilities, free of turf wars and other ills that plague the earthly dimension she lives in. In Luenah, where her grandfather awaits her, Ona learns she is an Eri, one bestowed with unique intuitive and spiritual gifts passed down from generation-to-generation.

On her eighteenth birthday, she returns to Luenah and is handed a box to deposit her ‘exchange’ for love and happiness—her great desires.

Burdened by her quest, Ona crosses paths with danger and heartbreak as the two men that love her dearly are viciously pitted against each other. As evil looms, she learns that dreams carry a hefty price, and no one is who they seem. Now, she must unmask the villain and save the one she loves, even at the risk of losing everything she holds dear.

Set against the backdrop of two warring towns, Oby Aligwekwe’s Young Adult debut—told from the viewpoint of her main character—is inspired by her West African heritage, fables, and spiritual beliefs. Ona’s journey reveals the power of choice, the true source of happiness, and, most importantly, the transformation one must go through to realize and eventually occupy their purpose.

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EXCERPT:
“How did I—I mean when did I become an Eri?” I asked wide-eyed.

“It started several millennia ago when Luenah was restricted to its original inhabitants—a handful of people living in utmost serenity and joy, never growing old or dying from diseases. Everything changed when a wily princess, Ani, found her way in through a portal in an ant hole. When she arrived in Luenah, panting from exertion, our ruler had taken pity and accepted her into our fold. With time, she proved to be loyal and imaginative, wildly so, that she found immense favor in his eyes, but she wanted more.”

“What did she want?” I urged.

“For her people on earth to inhabit Luenah. At the time, the earth was plagued with famine and diseases, and she felt Luenah would provide the respite they needed. As noble as the idea was, it wasn’t feasible.”

“Why not? There’s enough space here for everyone,” I claimed, looking around at the beauty and riches in Luenah.

“There’s enough space,” he agreed. “But there is no room in Luenah for conflict and turmoil. Look at Ide and Ntebe. See what has become of them.”

I nodded once, and he continued.

“A few years passed, and Ani presented her plea again. She threatened to expose the ant hole so her people could enter if our ruler failed to grant even a few ‘chosen ones’ access to live here.”

“Did they fall for it?” I asked, my heart beating in anticipation.

“The negotiation was tough, but they later struck a deal. Ani was permitted to select a handful of good earthly humans to visit Luenah. These humans, called Eris, were bestowed gifts to be passed on to chosen ones in their future generations, and they were assigned missions to help the earth regain its balance.”

“So, Eris are born?”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Oby Aligwekwe is the author of Nfudu and Hazel House. The Place Beyond Her Dreams is her Young Adult debut.

Oby’s first novel, Nfudu, a romance set in 1960’s Paris, received critical acclaim and was featured in publications such as Excellence Magazine and Mosaic Editions. Her second novel, Hazel House, paints a vivid portrait of how the needs of humans collide amidst intense desire and the quest for power. In her Young Adult debut, The Place Beyond Her Dreams, the protagonist Ona goes on a transformative journey to discover her purpose.

A talented writer, Oby is also an inspirational speaker and a chartered accountant. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her family and supports her community through her charity Éclat Beginnings.

When Oby is not working on her day job or whipping up stories, she enjoys traveling to exotic locations and bringing pieces of her travel with her. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her family and supports her community through her charity Éclat Beginnings.

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28 comments:

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

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  2. I'll remember that quote; it's inspiring.

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  3. look and sounds like a great book!

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  4. Congratulations on the release. Sounds like a great book.

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  5. How long was the writing process?

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  6. This looks like a great fantasy. Good work!

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  7. David HollingsworthMarch 17, 2021 at 1:14 PM

    I really love the cover! It's really beautiful and mysterious.

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

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  9. I have a tween grand daughter who would love this book!
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  10. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  11. The cover makes me want to read the book.

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  12. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. The cover is awesome! I'm really excited to read this.

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  14. this looks likea great read!

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  15. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  16. Nice cover and it sounds like a really interesting book to read.

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  17. The cover art matches the book title perfectly! Best of luck with the tour....

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

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  19. This book has a dramatic and interesting cover.

    Nancy
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  20. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. added to my tbr! thanks for sharing

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  22. Enjoyed the excerpt! Congrats on its release!

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