Monday, April 26, 2021

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway - Rainbow of Emotions: A Selection of Poems by Djehane Hassouna

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Rainbow of Emotions: A Selection of Poems by Djehane Hassouna. 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: Rainbow of Emotions: A Selection of Poems
Author: Djehane Hassouna
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: December 18th 2020
Print Length: 163 pages
Genre: Poetry
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Rainbow of Emotions is a culmination of Djehane's life experiences. It is a map guiding the reader through the confusing labyrinth of life, unravelling the complicated pattern of her intricate journey through poetry. Djehane writes poems about nature, events, and feelings, about life as a whole. She expresses her hopes and fears, her triumphs and failures, her gratitude and resentment. Every poem is linked to her soul! Every poem is a masterpiece in its own right!

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
Black and White

My origins combine both Turkish and Egyptian lineage.
Thus, I’ve experienced being both black and white.
Black in summer when, on the beach, the scorching sun
Is intent on barbecuing everyone in sight, especially me!
White when winter’s cold weather fades every trace of tan.
Black during the long and leisurely vacation by the sea.
White when sitting in the classroom during the school year.
I accepted myself as I was: either pallid or sunburned.
I resented being labeled according to the seasons,
And to the onlooker’s biases.
Briefly, I was praised while white, and blamed while black.
My family who was supposed to accept me as I was,
Disapproved of my looks; instead, they admired
Blue eyes and blond hair, while I was always shunned,
And spurned; I convinced myself that I simply was not one
Of the beautiful people; I considered myself
A failure since I did not succeed in pleasing others.
“Don’t believe anyone who tells you you’re beautiful!”
I took their advice to the letter, rejecting compliments,
And disregarding any flattering remarks on my looks…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Djehane Hassouna grew up in Egypt where she received her formal education in French. Her fascination with French poetry and fairy tales has always inspired her writing. Djehane also speaks Arabic, Italian, and a little Spanish.

Djehane received her BA in French from the Catholic University of America, her MA in Comparative Literature from Vermont College, and her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout her life, Djehane has continued to express her feelings through poetry in both French and English. As she writes, and as her emotions take shape into verse, Djehane becomes one with her poetry.

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

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

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  2. How long was the writing process?

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    1. Hello... Thanks for the question: These poems were written within a two year timespan. It took four month to select the most interesting ones and put them together in a book format to be ready for publishing.

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  3. Hello. Thank you so much for hosting my book in your blog! and thank you Goddess Fish Promotions for organizing this. I hope your readers enjoy my poetry and I welcome all your comments and suggestions. I am really excited to be here! :-)

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  4. Sounds like an enjoyable book.

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  5. Djehane Hassouna is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.

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  6. This sounds like a very good book.

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  7. love the cover, congrats on the release

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


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  9. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover.

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  10. Rainbow of Emotions - I like that title.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  11. I think that the cover of your book is very attractive.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  12. wow! this looks inspirational. i think i might get it for my teen!

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  13. Great poetry and giveaway! :)

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  14. I love poetry. This looks great!

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  15. Interesting ways of expression. Cheers.

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

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  17. This sounds like a very interesting read.

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  18. Sounds like a great collection of her poetry

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

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  20. Shared this on Facebook -
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    1. Thank you so much for spreading the word. I really appreciate it..

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  21. Cute book cover and the book sounds interesting. :)

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  22. I write poetry so I rarely read it- poems are like having sex: I'd rather not watch others do it.

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  23. I always enjoy hearing about new books.
    Thank you for sharing this review.

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  24. I think that the cover of your book is very attractive.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  25. I tried several times to write.
    Apparently I do not have the needed talent!

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    1. Don't say that. Just keep practicing, keep reading, and you will eventually find your style.

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  26. It looks like a good read.

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  27. It's Saturday and a beautiful sunny day!

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  28. The cover of your book is very colorful.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thank you Nancy.
      We tried to capture the title of the book, visually, on the cover..

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  29. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  30. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  31. I enjoyed reading the review.
    Thank you for a great read!

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  32. Shared this on Twitter -
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    1. You are so welcome!
      I love doing it since I am avid reader.

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    2. You are avid reader!? wow that is so cool... :-)

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  34. Hope you are having a great day!

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  35. Do you garden?
    Getting excited about planting ours!

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  36. sounds like a fun one

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  37. What author do you most admire?

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  38. The book of poetry sounds great. I think the emoji cover is eye catching.

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  39. I don't read enough poetry, so I think this book would be an interesting read.

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  40. How long have you been writing for?

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  41. I love poetry! The book sounds great! Cute cover!

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  42. This sounds like a very good book. I like the excerpt.

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  43. The book sound great and I think the cover is cute

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