Monday, November 1, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Light Through the Pouring Rain by James Ruvalcaba

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for The Light Through the Pouring Rain by James Ruvalcaba. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a sweet guest post from the author. There's also 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 content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Light Through the Pouring Rain
Author: James Ruvalcaba
Publication Date: December 21st 2020
Print Length: 126 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
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An emotional page turner that gives a first hand look into the lives of a young couple madly in love and eager to start their lives together, only to have it all halted by a cancer diagnosis. With no clear road map on how to navigate their new normal, James and Anabel proceed into uncharted territory, hand-in-hand, with the love of their families and their faith in God to guide them.

**The eBook is on sale for $0.99!**

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BOOK TRAILER:
Watch the book trailer below or click here to watch it on YouTube.
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EXCERPT:
It was April, and a couple months had passed by. At this point, everybody knew. Our friends and family knew and had been brainstorming on our game plan. Her first chemo session was April 2. Unfortunately, her family was not equipped to handle taking care of her. They had no experience with cancer and the pain that was upcoming. Unfortunately, my family and I had experience. Not that we wished we had, but it was an asset for this upcoming challenge. Cancer runs in our family. We’d lost our fair share of members, and the best place Anabel could recover was at our home. I had to talk to my family about the situation, and they agreed. My mom was the best man for the job. I couldn’t be more thankful for her. Mom was ready for the task at hand in a moment’s notice, without hesitation; she was the only one I could truly turn to in these times.

Anabel had gotten situated in our home. She stayed in my room with my brother and me. Which was a challenge in itself, due to him enjoying his senior year of high school, coming in and out of the house, partying it up, and having his friends over. We managed to make the best of it. At times it could be unbearable and make Anabel and me crazy, but the care and love that my brother had for her made it easier for us. He would be a pain in the ass, but had a soft spot for Anabel and would regulate things when Anabel needed some time. This was a challenge for Anabel and me as well. This cancer had rushed a huge step in our relationship: we had finally moved in together. It wasn’t the circumstances that we had imagined or planned for, but we had to make it work.

We had spoken on what location we would like to live in and how Anabel didn’t care much for where and how much, but only if she could decorate for each holiday. That was her only stipulation. “James, I don’t care what you say, I’m gonna go all out every holiday, and you can’t say a damn thing to me.” It was adorable. It would put a smile to my face, because she made a point to say that as if it would be a deal breaker.

We had established our routine. She would wake up early, around eight a.m., have coffee with my grandma and her dog in the backyard, and reminisce about my grandma’s glory days as a caretaker. Then I would wake up around ten a.m. to “Good morning, Meez!” Anabel called me Meez because my little brother would call me Jamies, and if you say the second syllable of Jamies, it sounds like “Meez.” So she ran with it. We would eat breakfast together and follow that up with some episodes of The Office. Then I would go to the gym for a couple of hours then return to her to relax, watch TV or movies with her on her phone, then eat dinner. My Mom would make, and repeat. A very simple routine, but effective due to the fatigue she would be experiencing from chemotherapy.

It may seem like a very bland routine for a normal person, but it was what she wanted. April 2 was fast approaching. After a couple of weeks, it was finally here.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hello, I'm James Ruvalcaba. I am the author of “The Light Through the Pouring Rain.”

I am a family man and hold them near and dear to me. I am a down-to-earth person that loves creating conversations. I believe the more we communicate the more we see the beauty of God's previous workings. In pursuit of my God-given mission, I began writing because of a promise I made to my Fiancee on her last day. I wanted to honor my fiancee's legacy and to be a testimony of God's goodness. I continue to tell stories and hope to achieve telling stories that uplift others, give some perspective on life, and to walk away with a sense of inspiration. If they can take lessons and perspectives given in my words to their own lives then I feel I accomplished what I set out to do.

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GUEST POST:
- If you had a chance to go back to a moment in time and do it over again, which moment would you choose and why?

I'm very thankful that I gave my 100% effort in my relationship with my fiancée Anabel throughout our 5 Year relationship but if I could relive and experience a moment all over again it would be our trip to Chicago. That trip was our last experience before her cancer diagnosis. We got to travel and take a flight together for the first time. I was able to show her that I would overcome my fears of flying and heights to be able to spend any given moment with her. I would express that sentiment to her daily but to show her was next level. When we arrived we got to experience a different lifestyle that Chicago has to offer compared to Los Angeles where we're both from. Chicago is a little bit slower than Los Angeles, but the culture is different and appreciation of its history is evident. We stuffed our faces with delicious food throughout our week stay and enjoyed that experience multiple times a day. I'm pretty sure I gained 20 pounds in my one-week stay. We got to walk around the town and see landmarks such as Lake Michigan, the sears tower, and all the Chicago home areas for all their sporting teams. They were amazing sites. I always imagined going around the world with my Fiancee Anabel, but to be able to be by her side to do so was the greatest experience I've ever had . I wish I had that moment forever.
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GIVEAWAY:
James Ruvalcaba will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one 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 assumes all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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92 comments:

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

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

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  3. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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  4. Sounds like a heartfelt story.

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  5. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  6. Looks good, seen this somewhere else before.

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  7. This book sounds very interesting. I like books that make me feel. Love the cover!

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

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  9. very nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  10. David HollingsworthNovember 2, 2021 at 1:30 AM

    The cover is really good!

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

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  12. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  13. Do you back up your files daily?

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

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  15. I love the title for this book - eye catching and unique!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  16. What's crazy court case you've ever heard of?

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

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  18. David HollingsworthNovember 5, 2021 at 2:59 AM

    How did you come up with the story?

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  19. About how many books do you write in a year?

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  20. Have you ever punched someone straight in the face?

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  21. What will you name your future children?

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  22. David HollingsworthNovember 7, 2021 at 1:09 AM

    Has someone ever paid you a compliment about your book?

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  23. This sounds like a book that will touch many hearts.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  24. How often do you use public transportation?

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  25. Do you usually write in one genre or several?

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  26. What was the best gift you've ever given?

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  27. It sounds super intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. This book would be a helpful addition to a library collection.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  29. The Light Through the Pouring Rain by author James Ruvalcaba has a cover with an unusual design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. David HollingsworthNovember 9, 2021 at 9:11 PM

    I need to add this to my reading list.

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  31. What are your thoughts on ebooks?

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  32. This is a book that will tug at the heartstrings of the readers.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  33. David HollingsworthNovember 10, 2021 at 9:40 PM

    Do you prefer ice cream or yogurt?

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  34. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too. How long did it take to write it?

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  35. Where's your favourite place to be?

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  36. Do you write more or read more?

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  37. I think that the cover of your book has a well thought out design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  38. David HollingsworthNovember 13, 2021 at 2:13 AM

    What's your next book going to be about?

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  39. I think that the cover of your book has a poignant feel in its design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  40. Your cover design was an interesting choice for your book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  41. David HollingsworthNovember 14, 2021 at 6:13 PM

    Does it frustrate you sometimes, being a writer?

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  42. I enjoy reading all of the excerpts.
    It helps me to find books I would enjoy.

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  43. Do you always take time to stop and eat when you're writing?

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  44. This book sounds like it will strike a chord in peoples hearts

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  45. Bless you for writing this book- it will help many cancer victims familys and survivors

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  46. David HollingsworthNovember 15, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    You're going to get a lot of respect with this book!

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  47. Where did you go on your last vacation?

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  48. Do you have a favorite kind of cookie that you especially enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  49. David HollingsworthNovember 16, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    Do you enjoy documentaries?

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  50. Do you have a favorite city where you have lived or visited?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  51. David HollingsworthNovember 17, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Do you like broccoli?

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  52. Will you be traveling for the holidays?

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  53. I will get my tissues ready when I start this one

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  54. Do you have a kind of fruit that you especially enjoy eating as a snack?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  55. David HollingsworthNovember 18, 2021 at 9:14 PM

    Have you've been vaccinated?

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  56. Do you still write when you're on vacation?

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  57. Do you have a favorite sweet or savory treat from the bakery that you enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  58. How do you come up with ideas for your books?

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  59. Do you like your Thanksgiving turkey gravy with or without giblets?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  60. What's your favorite stuffing for the turkey?

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  61. Do you have a favorite dip that you like to eat? I like bean dip with corn chips.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  62. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  63. What song perfectly expresses your feelings?

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  64. For Thanksgiving, do you prefer cornbread stuffing or or bread stuffing?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  65. Will you be spending Thanksgiving with family & friends?

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  66. What's your bright idea for an invention?

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  67. sounds like a fun one

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  68. David HollingsworthNovember 22, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Have a safe and happy holidays!

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  69. Love your message of love, light and hope. I look forward to reading

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  70. Do you keep writing on holidays...or no?

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  71. Do you decorate for Thanksgiving?

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  72. looks good. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  73. For Thanksgiving, do your prefer regular or whole berry cranberry sauce?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  74. What's your plans for Thanksgiving?

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  75. Is the book inspired by people you know?

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  76. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing!

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  77. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and am looking forward to reading your book

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  78. Book details sound like a heart felt tugging book

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  79. David HollingsworthNovember 23, 2021 at 8:15 PM

    What's the most hopeful thing that ever happened to you?

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  80. This sounds like an awesome book!

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