Friday, June 18, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Boy by Anna Hamilton

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Boy by Anna Hamilton. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a lovely guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card or a store coupon for a free eBook or half price print book. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Boy
Author: Anna Hamilton
Publication Date: May 18th 2021
Print Length: 180 pages
Genre: Sweet Romance
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Boy is a story about a few weeks in the lives of Hugh and Betty Roberts, an elderly couple living alone on a family farm in Iowa. They are buried deep in grief over the loss of their only child and struggling to hang on to the only life they have ever known when dementia sneaks in. An unusual visitor brings a welcome distraction and reprieve just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Join this couple and other unforgettable characters as they prepare to share in a memorable and much needed Thanksgiving gathering at the old couple's farm. What transpires is credited to friendship, love and the relentless power of hope. Directly or indirectly we are reminded of what really matters on this brief walk we call Life.

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EXCERPT:
On both sides of the driveway there were fields of corn, now harvested. Even in the wind you could hear the pheasants running through the few stalks that remained. The distant fence lines stood like loyal soldiers waiting for the day they could come home. The air smelled wet and of dirt, the smell one becomes addicted to after having lived off the land.

As they walked the long driveway arm in arm, Hugh got a whiff of his childhood. All around him he smelled the seventy-eight years of his life. He turned to look at his wife who still clung to the small box and wondered whether she too could smell the years in the wind.

The rain looked like it was still miles away, however the wind was always strong and present. In Iowa, the wind is never far away, always sneaking around, reminding you of how pointless it was to comb your hair or wear a cap.

By the time they had reached the mailbox it had started to sprinkle. Hugh let go of Betty's arm long enough to retrieve the mail and shove it inside of his flannel shirt, when a gust of wind swept by them, taking with it the lid from the box. Across the field and into the next it tumbled, until being captured by the loyal soldiers.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anna Hamilton (1958- present) was born in Des Moines, Iowa. She lives in Northern Minnesota along the Canadian border where she owns and operates a small restaurant in the village of Grand Marais. During the slower winter months she writes, preferring fiction over non-fiction. "Fiction" she says, "is much easier to create because you can be on the outside of a story looking in, rather than on the inside, fighting your way out." Hence her first novel 'Boy'.

When she is not working or writing, her time is spent mentoring children in need and advocates on behalf of both children and the elderly. She and her sister Sarah are currently working towards building 'affordable' housing for their community. Part of the proceeds from her first novel 'Boy' will be dedicated to help finance that project.

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GUEST POST:
- What is your most cherished memory?

My most cherished memory...after sixty-two years I hate to admit that there are only a couple, with one being my memories of childhood and going to my cousin’s farm in Emporia, Kansas. They were sharecroppers most of their life and poor, something I didn't even know until I was older. The love they showered me and my siblings with is forever like a warm blanket being wrapped around me. Never had I been as happy as being there with them, in all of its simplicity. The love is and was the strongest I have ever felt and will follow me to my grave.
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GIVEAWAY:
Anna Hamilton will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. In addition to the gift card, the author will offer a prize to a second winner: a store coupon from Between the Lines Publishing/Liminal Press (half price print book or free ebook).
a Rafflecopter giveaway

21 comments:

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

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  2. Thank you for the excerpt really draws me in...

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  3. How long was the writing process?

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  4. I've enjoyed the tour, thanks for all of the great posts along the way!

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  5. I love a good romance with great characters. thank you

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  6. This sounds like a very good book.

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  7. thank you for a chance to win!

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  8. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and the excerpt.

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  9. Beautiful cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. looks like a fun one

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  11. My daughter would enjoy this book

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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. Sweet Romance - I so like this and the great cover.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  14. David HollingsworthJune 18, 2021 at 7:41 PM

    This looks like a really good book!

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  15. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  16. This book looks so good. I am eager to read it!

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