Tuesday, May 4, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: I Can Still Hear You by Nicole Black

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for I Can Still Hear You by Nicole Black. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a helpful 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 visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: I Can Still Hear You
Author: Nicole Black
Publisher: Whole Beauty Press
Publication Date: February 22nd 2021
Print Length: 226 pages
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
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I Can Still Hear You is a powerful and deeply moving story which grapples with the universal pain of grief and the loss of a loved one. When Scarlett O’Connor loses her father at the age of 30, she’s forced to face the shambles that her life has become. With no money and no savings, the only thing that waits for her is a cryptic map and a mysterious letter. With nothing left to lose, she embarks on a trip to Maui for her father’s final adventure, to begin a treasure hunt which will force her to look deep inside herself and come to terms with her pain and grief.

Accompanied by her less-than-supportive fiancĂ©, a close childhood friend, and an enigmatic man who was her father’s old acquaintance, Scarlett must decode the mystery and find the hidden treasure. But she knows she must face her fears alone, and calling upon the spirit of her father for guidance, she struggles to reconcile her emotions and uncover the treasure before her time in Maui comes to an end.

Perfect for fans of contemporary and women’s fiction, I Can Still Hear You is a gripping tale which will resonate with anybody who has struggled with the death of someone close. This book is a testament to the fact that even though we may have lost them, our loved ones stay with us no matter what challenges we face.

**The eBook is on sale for only $0.99 during the tour!**

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EXCERPT:
I gazed up at the ceiling in quiet disbelief, as if I’d see my father looking down on me. Carefully, I removed the map from the box. It was yellowing and old, and the paper was as thin as tissue, so I took care in opening it. The map had some faint lines on it, some solid, some dotted, but no place names, no markings at all to tell what exactly it belonged to.

“Great, Dad,” I muttered aloud. “This is super helpful.”

But the second I said it, as had happened a dozen times in my life when I’d been presented with a puzzle, my father’s voice said, I’m not going to give you all the answers. Where’s the fun in that?

“This is one big party,” I muttered again. I had no idea where to even start. The only thing that made sense was to contact my dad’s friend living in Hawaii.

Hawaii.

He couldn’t possibly mean that he wanted me to go to . . .

No. That was impossible.

I read the letter, again and again. The more I did, the more it seemed as if, yes . . . that’s exactly what my father wanted.

Peering in the box again, I hoped that wad of cash would present itself. Or at least the stopwatch. But neither did. The box was empty.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Black is an author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur with a passion for sharing unique stories and helping people grow. For over 20 years, she’s worked in the business world as a corporate trainer in employee productivity and effective growth, where she’s helped some of the biggest brands in hospitality and entertainment grow sustainably through inspiring their employees. She’s been featured on platforms including TEDxWilmington, Jack Canfield Show, Santa Barbara News Press, The George DiGianni show and the Tom Barnard Show.

Through her writing, Nicole hopes to empower her readers and impart valuable lessons about grief, loss, and emotional growth. In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her wonderful daughter in their home of Santa Barbara, California.

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GUEST POST:
How to Handle Negative Criticism
by Nicole Black


It happened. You wrote an article, or the first chapter of your book and you think it’s brilliant, right up there with Hemingway. A friend who isn’t a writer reads it and doesn’t like it. You are crushed, feeling like somehow maybe a knife in your chest might actually hurt less. One thing I can promise you is that in the writing world there is not only a lot of negative criticism, but also a lot of rejection.

When this happens, and it will likely happen, remember that your response is the most important thing. Ask yourself the following questions: Does the criticism have any merit? Does it come from a reputable source? If you can look at your story, after your hurt feelings have subsided, and see where the source of criticism might have a valid point, then take some time to think about what was said.

One of the things that can be very hard to deal with is knowing whether or not the criticism has merit or validity. At the end of the day, you have to be secure enough in yourself to brush off everything that is said to you about your book. Good, bad, indifferent, it doesn’t matter, what does matter is that you believe in yourself and your story. And remember, the criticism or rejection isn’t personal. It might end up being the best gift for you.

When I first wrote this book, I Can Still Hear You, I had some beta readers named Liz and Joe. They both read my book and gave me lots and I mean lots of constructive criticism. Joe even went so far as to tell me when he was reading, he started to hate one of my characters. It gave me an incredible opportunity to look at that character and make my own decision to change him to make him more likeable. When I was done with the umpteenth re-write of the book, I thought about Liz and Joe. It became important to me to see what they would think of this new, very polished version of the book. When they emailed me back it was filled with compliments about how much better the book had become. So remember, sometimes the criticism is warranted and can actually help make you a better writer.
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GIVEAWAY:
Nicole Black will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!
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60 comments:

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

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  2. Just by reading the short synopsis I can relate and feel the emotions stirring up.

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  3. I think that the cover of your book is very interesting.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  4. How long was the writing process?

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  5. thanks and congrats on the release

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  6. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover and the excerpt.

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  7. This sounds like a very good book.

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  8. David HollingsworthMay 4, 2021 at 6:57 PM

    The cover is mysterious and intriguing.

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  9. It's great to see your book tour.

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  10. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  11. Looks like a good book.. you are a new author to me so I am thankful for this tour!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  13. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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

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  15. The book sounds like something I would like to read. Great cover.

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  16. About how long did it take you to write this?

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  17. I would like to read this book.

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  18. Where is your favorite place to read?

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  19. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  20. This books sounds like a book that would be thought provoking and entertaining.

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  21. Where is your favorite place to write at?

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  22. Was picking the title hard or easy? I love it!

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  23. going to add this book to my wish list. thanks

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  24. As a motivational speaker, what advice do you have for others trying to reach their goals?

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  25. This sounds great! Adding it to my TBR now!

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  26. This is definately on my list of books to read

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  27. Love the cover and the excerpt sounds amazing.

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  28. Would you please repost what you said a couple of days ago about how often we can do blogs comments?

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    1. Hi Barbara,
      Another person complained to Goddess Fish about comments being repetitive and not having anything to do with the books and author. This person was very upset because she wasn't winning the giveaways which is why she complained. Anyway, Goddess Fish Promotions wanted me to let people know that comments need to pertain to the actual book and/or author.

      Hope that helps. =)

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  29. Sounds like a great book, maybe a little sad, but still sounds really good!

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  30. Do you ever use your own experiences to write a book?

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  31. How many years have you been writing books?

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  32. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  33. David HollingsworthJuly 30, 2021 at 2:39 AM

    How did you become an author?

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  34. Looks like a very touching summer read. Good work,

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  35. Do you ever get writer's block?
    If so how do you get through it?

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  36. Do you usually stick with one genre when writing?

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  37. Do you write any of your own characteristics or experiences into your characters?

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  38. I think the that cover of your book is colorful and interesting. I wonder where those stairs will lead the character?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  39. Where do you get inspiration from to write your books?

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  40. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  41. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  42. looks like a fun one

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  43. Nicole has had some fascinating career experiences that are sure to enrich her writing.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  44. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

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  45. What author do you most like to read?

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  46. This book sounds like a great summer read. I am looking forward to reading it.

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  47. This sounds like an interesting book dealing with a difficult subject.

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  48. The cover is really compelling, can’t wait to read this book.

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