Sunday, May 1, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Dissatisfied by Ksenija Nikolova

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dissatisfied by Ksenija Nikolova. This blog tour was organized by Lola's Blog Tours. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a day in the writing life of the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a paperback of the book. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Dissatisfied
Author: Ksenija Nikolova
Publication Date: Kingsley Publishers
Publication Date: April 29th 2022
Print Length: 192 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Who is to be blamed for a woman's unhappiness?

Margot's unhappiness is contrary to what you might expect, considering that she lives in Paris and is married to a handsome, successful man she loves. However, as time passes, she feels more certain about her emptiness and realizes how little time her husband Arthur has for her. Finally, she decides to leave him, but then something changes. Not only does Margot not know her husband as well as she thought she did, but she also comes to see that she didn't even know herself that deeply.

Margot's life starts changing when she discovers countless new things about her marriage, which also reawakens old traumas.

But have these signs always been there?

Has Margot's journey been waiting for her long before she became aware of it, and can her marriage be saved?

Margot is surprised to discover Arthur knew her much better than she ever thought possible.

You dished spaghetti and salad at the same time, and I found myself staring at your plate. I had expected us to eat the salad first and the spaghetti as the main course. The way you dished up was a small thing, but I let it bother me. "Yes,” I said, trying not to let my irritation show, “you surprised me with the rose this morning."

"The rose I left for you?" You began to eat and said, "It needs a little salt," then reached for the saltshaker.

"You don’t usually eat very salty food," I said.

"I never used to eat very salty food, but recently I’ve started liking it."

It sounded to me like you said that with a sarcastic tone, so I asked, "What is that supposed to mean?"

"It doesn’t mean anything except that I didn’t eat salty food before, and now I do."

"Damn you!" I screamed, getting up from the table.

"Do you think I'm an idiot and I don’t understand anything? You’re implying that I don’t know you anymore, that you’re not the same person you were, and that I don’t even realize it! You’re implying that I’m stuck in the past, right?”

"Margot, don’t do this, please," you continued, trying to diffuse my anger.

"No, Arthur! I didn’t do this, you did it. I knew it would be like this. I knew it. That’s why I don’t bother, that’s why my every hope for us has died. That’s why - because you are incredibly cruel Arthur, because you are evil." I started crying, and in a fit of tears I got up and left the table.
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Ksenija Nikolova is a Macedonian fiction author. She is the author of six books, her work is translated into English, Bulgarian, and Russian. She says people inspire her, and she thinks of art as an ice breaker that pushes boundaries and changes the way they see things. The world has become very judgmental and ignorant, and Ksenija believes that writing stories that smash discrimination and stereotypes can make us better and happier. Ksenija is currently working on a new novel she is very excited about. She is writing it in English and is enjoying every step of the process.

- What does a day in your writing life look like?

I don't have a particular order in which my writing days happen, but I can tell you that time flies when I write, and I tend never to destroy that with rules.

Discipline in art is vital but technically cannot absorb the artistic core because creating something freely would then be lost.

I have nights when I enjoy writing for a couple of hours without stopping. I have days when I can write all day long. It's essential to be consistent, but art is fluid, and I intend on keeping it that way.

I am not a journalist, I am an artist, and everything I do, regardless of how technical it becomes during the process, firstly, has to come from the heart.
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