Thursday, April 8, 2021

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

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Place Beyond Her Dreams by Oby Aligwekwe. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 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 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:
They placed the casket in the ground at midday. I stood next to my grandmother and my parents at the graveside. My parents had been in Ntebe since the day before. For the first time that day, I saw a physical reaction from my grandmother. Wailing from deep within her lungs, she threatened to throw herself into the six-foot grave if my grandfather didn’t return to her. As the gravediggers worked desperately to cover the hole with a mound of red dirt, a group of men tried to prevent her from jumping in.

“Stop her!” I heard several people screaming.

Since I had always known her to be dramatic, I doubted she was going to carry out her threat. And I was right. As gunshots to commemorate the occasion tore through the air, my grandmother abandoned her display and ran for cover.
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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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GUEST POST:
- Where do your ideas come from?

I get inspiration from everything, everywhere, and everyone. And it comes so frequently, I couldn’t possibly explore every single idea that comes to me. A lot of my ideas come from my travels and from hearing others act and speak—in real life or movies. The shower is a great source, too. The moment I step in, I’m tempted to run out to jot something down before it flies off my head. I considered installing a voice recorder in my shower so I don’t have to leave when very good ideas crop up in my head, but I decided against it.

Dreams are one of my sources of inspiration. My latest novel, The Place Beyond Her Dreams, was inspired by a dream I had in late 2018. At the time, I had just released Hazel House and my debut novel, Nfudu-Skirts, Ties & Taboos, was a year old. I planned to write a sequel for Hazel House but that plan was put on hold so I could explore the idea that was revealed to me in the dream. Inspired by the dream, I had a strong urge to write something that would speak to our youth about the transformation required to discover and occupy their purpose. I believe God used it to show me the state of young minds and provide me the wisdom required to make sense of it. The title of the book was initially “The Quest” and then “Ona’s Quest” before we finally settled on The Place Beyond Her Dreams.
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GIVEAWAY:
Oby Aligwekwe will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one randomly chosen 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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50 comments:

  1. How long was the writing process?

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    1. Thanks for asking. 3 months to put the story down and 2 years to polish.

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  2. Sounds like a great book, I would love to read it

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  3. thanks and congrats on the release this sounds amazing

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  4. looks like a fun one

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  5. David HollingsworthApril 8, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    What inspired you to write this book?

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  7. I like the title subject and cover for this great read!
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  8. The spiritual aspect intrigues me- are we talking about another dimension in sync with Earth's?

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  9. I love this post. Thank you for hosting.

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  10. I find your book very interesting to read. I am interested in the spiritual dimension.

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

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  12. Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

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  13. Love a good fantasy. Thank you

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

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  15. This has a great cover. The story sounds like an excellent fantasy read

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  16. Sounds like a great book. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  17. Loved hearing where you get your ideas. I get lots of ideas in the shower too LOL.

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

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  19. This sounds like a good story. I love finding new Canadian authors to read.

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  20. Congrats on your writing success!

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  21. Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing.

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  22. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  23. I like the cover and would enjoy reading this story too.

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  24. Most courageous at our weakest...I love that.

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  25. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  26. I like the cover it looks so compelling.

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