Friday, October 8, 2021

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: The Majewski Curse by Lisa Dianne McInnes

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for The Majewski Curse by Lisa Dianne McInnes. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt for you. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 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: The Majewski Curse
Author: Lisa Dianne McInnes
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: July 14th 2021
Print Length: 138 pages
Genre: Memoir
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In her debut novel, Lisa Dianne McInnes urges us to explore the meaning of loss, the evil side of human nature, and the infinite power of love and rising above it all.

Between the years 2012 and 2017, like a pile of dominos, Lisa Dianne McInnes watched her life collapse as one traumatic tragedy after another took away her loved ones, leaving her to learn just how quickly life can fall apart.

An extraordinary memoir full of depth, compassion, and unimaginable strength, The Majewski Curse is the harrowing true story of the separate yet intertwined tragedies of Brandon, Devon, and Derek Majewski's deaths and the multiple conspiracies surrounding their family's search for truth.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
When Derek and I contacted Melanie after the accident, it became increasingly apparent that something was amiss. Sharlene’s husband, Jules, did not attend to the boys despite being there before Melanie arrived. Melanie reported that Jules asked her for their location to call 911 but did not identify himself as a police officer or a first responder. Instead, he stood stoically beside Sharlene’s car.

Neither Melanie nor all three affected families knew that a police officer’s wife had hit Brandon for quite some time. It’s hard to believe that a first responder would leave three teenagers lying on the ground at the scene of an accident. I ran over this scenario many times in my head. Jules may have been distraught, but his training should have enabled him to handle the situation. The fact that he did not instinctively run to their aid and instead tended to his uninjured wife spoke volumes. As far as we know, he was never reprimanded or suspended for his actions.

Melanie also reported that Sharlene never got out of the vehicle on her own accord that night, nor was she asked to do so by the South Simcoe police when they arrived on the scene. She was also never required to take a breathalyzer or drug test, despite driving back from a sports bar.

Sharlene’s car computer would have recorded her speed at the time of the accident, but it was never taken in for analysis. Moreover, her cell phone was never confiscated, or the records checked.

Initially, the police erroneously reported that Sharlene was doing 90 km per hour in an 80 zone; however, she was never issued a speeding ticket. Down the line, we learned that Sharlene’s statement read she had been adjusting her seat warmer at the time of impact and that she had initially thought she had hit an animal. Her heartless comparison cut through us like a knife.

Melanie later told us in confidence that she struggled to understand what had happened that night. She couldn’t fathom why she and her husband were required to stay until the early morning hours to corroborate the evidence, while Sharlene and Jules were permitted to promptly leave without so much as a statement. We would later find out that he was permitted to fax his statement weeks after the accident.

I would replay the story over and over again in my head, trying to imagine what had taken place; it was a recurring nightmare that went on for months like a stuck record.

We’d continue to feel unsettled by the events of that night until some months afterward, when all the facts began to surface. We soon discovered that the same officer who came to speak to us at the hospital had been at the scene of the crime.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa Dianne McInnes has always been fascinated with spirituality and the human experience. She prides herself on always being committed to the truth, even when it hurts, and believes in being reliable, trustworthy, honest, and loyal to those she loves.

However, in 2012, when tragedy struck and shattered her family, Lisa's beliefs were tested and she was forced to undergo a profound inner transformation. In doing so, she had to acknowledge the trauma of her past but chose only to remember the love her family shared. Her solid understanding and belief in the theory of mindfulness and living in the moment helped her rise from the ashes and move on with her life. She believes the past can be like a black hole: if you stand too close it will pull you in.

Today, small things like sunsets, staring out at the water, and kisses for no reason are the reasons she smiles. She believes it is the simple memories that define us, and the ones we hold close to our hearts. For Lisa, writing allows her to share her struggles and experiences with others, and by doing so she learns and grows both mentally and spiritually through the process. Therefore, with her work, she hopes to inspire her readers to join her on the journey to find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives.

Lisa completed her debut novel, The Majewski Curse, and is currently preparing to start writing her second non-fiction work. She currently resides in Northern Ontario with her spouse and their puppy Cooper.

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GIVEAWAY:
Lisa Dianne McInnes will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions is responsible for everything related to this giveaway.)

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74 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very good book.

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    1. Hi Rita,
      My story is about many things, love, family, loss, grief, a cover up {crime} and also healing and strength :}

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  3. Thanks for hosting my book, I’m happy to answer any questions 😊

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  4. wonderful cover, congrats on the release

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

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  6. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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    1. Thank you Thomas! I truly hope you enjoy my story, its a little bit of a lot of things.... true story, a cover up in a small town, love, family, loss, grief, healing and survival :}

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    1. No I have not yet, that would be very exciting for sure!!!
      I have been #1 in the grief and bereavement category a few times though :}

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    1. Thank you Zelda, I really hope you enjoy my Journey, it certainly is full of many twists and turns, but ultimately my goal is to make people realize that nothing should be taken for granted in this life, not family and certainly not love :}

      If I have learned one thing in this journey called "Life", it is that things can change in an instant and there is no going back!

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  9. Really neat theme to your book, good to know about this.

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

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  11. The book sounds very interesting.

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    1. Thanks Deb, The story is 100 percent true story, it has many different aspects, family, love, loss, pain, a cover up in a small town, but of course strength being the take away :}

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  12. I agree with you - there are many small things that can make us smile!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. So true Nancy, it’s all about how we choose to see the world, trauma can really pull us in if we let it, life is just far too beautiful 💐

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  13. This sounds really interesting. I would love to read and see how Lisa deals with all the loss, love, and the strength I bet she didnt even know she had.

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  14. Do you work on more than one book at a time?

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  15. It sounds as if your book was a true challenge to write.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. It certainly was Nancy, it took me 3 attempts to get it right, I wanted to turn a very dark story into a readable one, and on my 3rd attempt I realized I wanted to share some healing, inspiration and help with others ♥️

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  16. I love books that are based on true stories.

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    1. This one is 💯 true Debirah, I truly hope you enjoy the journey of the story 🌺

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  17. Thank you Bridget, I look forward to one day hearing your review 🥂♥️

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  18. I think that the cover of your book is both interesting and eerie at the same time.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  19. Was there a lot of research that you had to do in order to write this book?

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  20. What are your plans for Halloween?

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    1. Handing out candy to the neighbourhood children, fully dressed up myself of course :}

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  21. I so admire your ability as an excellent writer!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Thank you Barbara, I'm so glad that you enjoyed my writing, I love hearing that!

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  22. This sounds like a book that would really touch your heart and mind.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Hi Nancy, I am biased as it is my story, but that is what I have been hearing from other readers, but I'm also very happy to hear that when people are done reading that they feel inspired and stronger :}

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  23. Not available at my library but I'm going to try inner library loan.

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  24. This book was my own true story ♥️

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  25. Do you dress up for Halloween?

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  26. What was your inspiration for writing this book?
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  27. I think the author is very brave to write about traumatic events concerning her family.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  29. Do you have a nickname? How'd you get it?

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  30. I would love to read this one this fall season.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  31. There is an ambulance on the cover of your book. I have not yet ridden in an ambulance.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  32. looks like a fun one

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  33. I am really looking forward to this read..

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  34. How many books do you read in a year?

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  35. I went to nursing school with a girl whose last name was Majewski. That caught my initial attention,

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  36. Love to read it great cover and its sounds like a book i would really enjoy

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  37. The cover of the book is really dark and somber to match the story.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  38. What's your favourite Halloween candy?

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  39. I love books that are based on true stories. Thanks for sharing!

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