Monday, January 10, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: World of Stars by Seyoum Nigussie

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for World of Stars by Seyoum Nigussie. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an interesting guest post from the author. 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 content. Enjoy!
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Title: World of Stars
Author: Seyoum Nigussie
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: June 2nd 2021
Print Length: 142 pages
Genre: Poetry
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World of Stars is a collection of poetry that portrays the beauties of nature and human experiences in the world. The poems enumerate various places, events, personas, notions and conditions that deserve poetic attention. A portion of the poems are made for tributes and gratitude to great personas who make this world as adorable as it is.

The poems are on varied topics and distinct from each other. Abstract and subjective ideas are woven into the poems to highlight the degree of transcendence. All the poems are metrical composition. By illustrating the good side of the world and nature within it, the poems aim to elevate people to a good way of looking at life as beautiful and meaningful.

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EXCERPT:
Stars Every Where

Countless heavenly stars rock in the cosmos

Glamorous stars walk the earth for good cause.

Every where they reach for social worth

Stars every where delight of human growth

Through infinite universe that exists forever

Up in skies brighter and on earth glimmer,

To mark human lives for better and better

Gracious they are, stars appear every where.

As mysterious universe is subtle and endless

There could be time for galaxies to impress.

Leading human world into new progress

Fathoms of spirit generate legends to redress.

As microcosmic creatures inhibit on earth

Star lights come forth to unleash sound health.

Striving and tackling renewal of ethical wealth

Invincible stars would show up for moral rebirth.

As fountain of all lives and blossom of love

Stars reinvigorate themselves further to live.

As images of dreams and homages to believe

Stars every where shine out cures to relieve.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The world and life in general was promising to me until I was 17 years in my native country of Ethiopia. While a high school student in 1974, the world around me came crashing down when communist military Junta took state power and soon started a killing spree, at times committing mass murder. This was very traumatizing and the start of Stalinist ‘Red Terror’ on the ground. It was bad enough to hate being in life. From this, I quickly learnt life in the world is about taking on adventures.

With six of my school friends and one of our teachers, we formed an alliance to take action against the Junta. With 2 years of preparation we had managed to inform the public and get the local police headquarters on our side. Then, in April 1976 we staged a rebellion without violence in Nekempte, provincial capital of Welega. The revolt was short-lived, nothing lost with little gain. Amidst media control of the Junta, the news of rebellion was heard across the country. After that, my friends and I vowed to individually take on challenges for democracy as a life-long mission. We split apart and I went underground. When the security situation became harsh, I left the country for Sudan.

Despite traumatizing news and the realities around me with the ‘Periods of Gloom and Doom’, I took refuge in reading classical poetry which became my long time passion.

After a long journey through ups and downs, I suffered a car accident in Sudan, and left Africa all together - migrating to Canada in 1990. Through my journey in life, I looked around for a drug of relief from grief and nostalgia. Poetry reading had become my choice for entertainment and to delete bad memories and traumas. Soon after I realized that positive poetry is as good as drugs, music and paintings are, I decided to write one and here I begin with World of Stars.

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GUEST POST:
- If you could give any piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be and why?

There is a funny question in that, it is like asking what would you do if you are to be born again, or if given another chance of becoming young again. Both are similar questions but they may have different answers. I squeeze them together, and here is my answer: I would pay a high degree of attention to financial and technical literacy and would choose business over politics - that sucked up my entire life since I was 17 years old.

‘In my past I was young and brave, and I tried politics as if I could change the world. Now I am old and wise to change my self.’ That’s what many of us baby boomers generation say too often. ‘If I had known 30 or 40 years ago what I know now, my life would have been different.’ There are many reasons why I would choose financial and technical literacy. If I had financial literacy, there was a substantial fund from my parents only if I knew how to build wealth. Secondly, technical literacy appeals to me because there is always much work to do in technical field.

As for politics, it is brutal game in the part of the world I grew up in. I dared to go through that adventure and gained nothing. My entry to politics was like jumping off a 30,000 feet high plane without parachute. At my age back then, I was not prepared for the turmoil that boiled around me. Not matured myself, I positioned myself as a cadre and I agitated and recruited anti-communist comrades. It was dangerous journey but very daring. Just about 20 years ago, I read a wise text on Asian Pacific monthly newspaper that says, “If you inject truth in politics, you have no politics,” It rings true in the part of the world I was from. For the wicked politicians, politics is the art of lying and killing. I could not take that sh*t and stood against it.
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GIVEAWAY:
Seyoum Nigussie 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 and the author are responsible for everything related to this giveaway.)

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166 comments:

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

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    1. Thank you Michele for your kind comment.

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  3. Sounds like a lovely book of poetry.

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    1. Thank you Deborah for your generous comment.

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    1. Thank you Rita for your encouraging comment.

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    1. Thank you Debbie for your comment. Appreciated.

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  6. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt and World of Stars sounds like a fascinating read and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fantastic week!

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    1. Thank you Stormy for your generous comment.

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    1. Thank you Sherry for your heat-felt comment. Thank you so much.

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    1. Thank you Deb for your supportive comment.

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  9. Nice cover. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Diana for your kind comment.

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    1. Thank you Zelda for your great encouragement. Very appreciated.

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  11. How long did it take to write this book?

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  12. If you had a choice between oatmeal or grits for breakfast, which one would you pick? I alternate between them.

    Nancy
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  13. How do you like your bacon cooked - regular or extra crispy? I like crispy bacon!

    Nancy

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  14. You have led a very interesting life.

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  15. I like the cover. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I am usually not a poetry reading.
    This one I would like to check out.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  17. I hope your day is going amazing

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  18. Do you have characters living in your head?

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  19. Do you do anything special to treat yourself after finishing a book?

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  20. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too.

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  21. What advice do you have for writers?

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  22. Do you remember to get up and stretch when you're writing?

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  23. I so enjoyed reading the excerpt- well done!

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  24. Is it icy and snowy where you live? We got a big snow today.

    Nancy
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  25. Have you ever been sledding on a cold and snowy day?

    Nancy
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  26. I am adding this book to my to be read soon list!

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  27. What inspires your book plots?

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  28. Have you noticed that the days are getting longer?

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  29. What is the first book that made you cry?

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  30. At present is there snow and ice in your area? We have snowy conditions here.

    Nancy
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  31. What’s the best way to market your books?

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  32. What is your favorite childhood book

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  33. I love the book details sounds like a great read.

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  34. Do you take a daily walk to clear your head?

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  35. This sounds like an interesting book to read. I also like the cover.

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  36. When you were a child, did you ever build a snowman?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  37. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

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  38. sounds like a super neat book!

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  39. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  40. This so sounds like my kind of read and I love the cover too.
    heather
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  41. What's your New Year's Resolution?

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  42. The starry cover on the book World of Stars by author Seyoum Nigussie nicely matches the book theme and title.

    Nancy
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  43. Where I live we now have ice and snow. Have you ever gone ice skating?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  44. What is the best piece of advice you have received?

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  45. The book sounds very interesting. Beautiful cover.

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  46. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  47. Do you have a favorite type of music that you enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  48. Do you think about your next book while writing the current one?

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  49. Do you like to participate in the study of astronomy?

    Nancy
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  50. How do you select the names of your characters?

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  51. Do you have a favorite color? My favorite color is cobalt blue.

    Nancy
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  52. What kind of books do you read?

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  53. This sounds like a great read that I would really enjoy.

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  54. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

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  55. What is your favorite type of music?

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  56. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

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  57. What is your favorite place to do your writing?

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  58. What do you do when you're stuck?

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  59. How do you handle writing slumps?

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  60. What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

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  61. Is this a snowy weekend where you live?

    Nancy
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  62. I think I would have a hard time putting this book down after starting to read it.

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  63. Do you have a special constellation that you enjoy viewing and learning about?

    Nancy
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  64. Do you have a favorite outdoor sport that you enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  65. What's your drink of choice when you're writing?

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  66. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

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  67. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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  68. What did you want to be when you grew up?

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  69. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  70. Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

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  71. How long did it take you write the book?

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  72. Do you have a favorite way to relax?

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  73. My question from yesterday doesn't seem to have posted - what's the furthest you've been from home?

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  74. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  75. Do you enjoy playing or watching sports?

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  76. Where do you get your ideas for writing?

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  77. When you were a child, did you have anyone you looked up to as a role model?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  78. Do you take time off from writing on the weekends?

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  79. Do you enjoy watching the various televised events of the Winter Olympics?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  80. What was your favourite subject in school?

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  81. Do you prefer colder or warmer climates?

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  82. Have you ever made your own Valentine's Day cards?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  83. You have led an interesting life, and the book sounds of poetry sounds fascinating.

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  84. What is your favorite Valentine's Day food item?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  85. Will you be watching the Super Bowl? I'll be reading a book.

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  86. What part of the book was the most fun to write?

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  87. Do you believe in love at first sight?

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  88. Do you celebrate Valentines Day?

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  89. Are you buying any discounted Valentine's Day items today?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  90. Today's best quote: “Find joy in snow,” he said. “because if you don’t find joy in snow, you’ll be less happy and still have the same amount of snow.”

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  91. Have you ever danced in the rain?

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  92. Do you like to give out greeting cards for Valentine's Day?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  93. Do you like to buy Valentine's Day goodies on sale after Feb. 14th? I do!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  94. Have you ever met someone from the internet?

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  95. How did you decide on the cover for this book?

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  96. I hope you are somewhere warm. Current wind chill here is -10.

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  97. What was the best day of your life?

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  98. Do you write an outline before you start your book?

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  99. Do you have a favorite winter activity that you enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot)com

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  100. 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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  101. What was the one thing you did to ensure you got published?

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  102. sounds like a fun one

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  103. Do you have a star that you consider your favorite?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  104. Great cover art. Really enjoyed the excerpt.

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  105. Wow! What a generous giveaway! As a single mom and teacher, I love to read with my family and World of Stars seems like a book we all might enjoy!! (nicole bowers, nicole 2 inspect at yahoo dot com)

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

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  107. Looks like an interesting book.

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