Thursday, December 9, 2021

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: If a Butterfly Series by Michael Sirois

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour for the If a Butterfly series by Michael Sirois. This blog tour was organized by Lone Star Book Blog Tours. On my stop, I am spotlighting the book, and I also have a playlist for the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win both books in the series. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Nine Characters + One Butterfly = Chaos Theory.

The series, If a Butterfly, is a bit like Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon (if Kevin just happened to be a butterfly). A Monarch butterfly, during its epic migration from Canada to Mexico, intersects the paths of a few people, and their lives and the lives of others are altered forever.
Title: Chrysalis
Series: If a Butterfly #1
Author: Michael Sirois
Publisher: Flio Widdix Publishing
Publication Date: December 11th 2021
Genre: Literary Fiction
In Chrysalis, the first book in the series, nine different characters embark on a variety of journeys, some of distance, and others while staying right where they are. What do a scientist, a married couple on a vacation, a woman who hears voices no one else hears, a grad student, a quilter, a radio deejay, a teacher, and an astronaut all have in common? A butterfly, of course. All of these characters want what most people want, “to earn a decent living, be respected for the work we do, have a good time, and get along with everybody.” Sometimes that happens, sometimes it doesn’t.

Title: Emergence
Series: If a Butterfly #2
Author: Michael Sirois
Publisher: Flio Widdix Publishing
Publication Date: December 11th 2021
Genre: Literary Fiction
In the second book, Emergence, the journeys continue, with a different focus for some of the characters because of what happened in Chrysalis; but the continuation of their stories show how each of our lives can touch another life, and what effect a chance encounter can have on everyone around us.

Songs and Artists on the If a Butterfly Spotify Playlist


1. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes — Crosby, Stills & Nash
2. China Girl — David Bowie
3. Kiko and the Lavender Moon — Los Lobos
4. Let ‘Er Rip — The Chicks
5. Mississippi — Train
6. Ashokan Farewell — Fiddle Fever
7. Mother Nature’s Son — The Beatles
8. Bend Down Low — Bob Marley & The Wailers
9. How to Disappear Completely — Radiohead
10. Boogie Street — Leonard Cohen
11. Greek Song — Rufus Wainwright
12. Walk on Water — David Byrne
13. Mondo Bongo — Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
14. Seven Bridges Road — Eagles
15. Defying Gravity — Jesse Winchester
16. Bridge Over Troubled Water — Simon & Garfunkel
17. Jump Into the Fire — Harry Nilsson
18. Feelin’ Love — Paula Cole
19. Criminal — Fiona Apple
20. Born to Run — Bruce Springsteen
21. Stay up Late — Talking Heads
22. You Can’t Always Get What You Want — The Rolling Stones
23. Get Up, Stand Up — The Wailers
24. 49 Bye-Byes — Crosby, Stills & Nash
25. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ — The Righteous Brothers
Michael Sirois, after graduating from the University of Houston with degrees in drama and English, taught writing, drama, and technology in a Texas middle school for two decades. He still wrote, though, placing well in competitions like the Writer's Digest Short Story contest and the HBO Project Greenlight series. He has published two books prior to this series. A novel, The Jagged Man, is temporarily out of print; but Aggravated, a non-fiction book about unjust incarceration, is still available.

An excerpt from If a Butterfly was chosen for publication in the Rice University’s Continuing Studies Writer’s Gallery in 2006, and a different excerpt from it won second place in the Gutsy Great Novelist’s Page One Prize in 2020.

Michael does know his characters. He has either done the jobs of his main characters (teacher, actor, radio deejay, tech geek); had direct connections to others (quilter, scientist, grad student); or wished he could have been one (astronaut). He has, however, never experienced some of the things that at least two of the characters had to go through in this novel. He won’t name names, but he’s very happy about not having to do any of that personally.

One Winner: autographed copies of both books in the If a Butterfly series by Michael Sirois
Two Winners: autographed copy of Chrysalis by Michael Sirois
(US only.)

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prizes. Michael Sirois assumes all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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