Friday, May 20, 2022

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: In One Lifetime by Graham Forlonge

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for In One Lifetime by Graham Forlonge. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book. 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!
Title: In One Lifetime
Author: Graham Forlonge
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: January 27th 2020
Print Length: 543 pages
Genre: Memoir/Autobiography
This book is an autobiography of a man who had over 50 mostly major PTSD events in his life. It recounts the trials, struggles, and lessons learned over a life span of 67 years. It recalls his childhood, time as lifesaver, police diver, police driving instructor, member of SWOS, professional NRL footballer, running Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC), Security Manager of the world renowned Porgera Gold Mine in PNG and world record holder of going around Australia in under 10 days on a motorcycle. The events accounted whilst a police diver as well as a Highway Patrol Officer includes plane crashes, train accidents, body recoveries and numerous fatal road accidents, some of which are major historic events in Australian history. It also includes native raids, murders, abuse and many more traumatic events while working in PNG. Some of the accounts are captivating and others highly emotional. His life and determination to succeed was mostly driven as a result of having been sexually abused over many years at the hand of his tutor as a child. It is a true Australian story and displays considerable endurance and survival skills.

The most spectacular diving job I was involved with was the opening of the Sydney Opera House by Queen Elizabeth II on the 20th October 1973. There had been a bomb threat the evening before and we were called out very early to search underneath the floating walkway in front of the Opera House. There are numerous large concrete poles under there and we had to search each one for anything that shouldn’t be there. There were 750,000 people and a huge flotilla of boats around the Opera House and here we were underneath it searching for a bomb. We searched all morning and realized that the call was a hoax as nothing was found. However, we had to keep searching to ensure all remained safe while the Queen was in the Opera House. While we could surface safely under the Opera House, we were given strict instructions not to surface in the harbour as the sight of two heads bobbing up in front of the Opera House while the Queen was performing the opening ceremony might have caused pandemonium and perhaps certain death by a bullet from Police snipers!

By the way, the overflow of the Sydney Sewage system flowed out right near where we were diving and it was neither a pleasant sight nor smell under there. We did become best friends with a couple of seals that came to keep us company under the Opera House.
Graham Forlonge is a father, footballer, policeman, diver, security officer and the author of IN ONE LIFETIME.

In the 5-Star Review from IndieReader C.S. Holmes writes, "In the memoir In One Lifetime by Graham Forlonge, the author experiences murder, plane crashes, mine explosions, and more...on his way to healing from PTSD...Graham Forlonge’s memoir In One Lifetime is an expansively honest and brutally detailed submersion into aspects of trauma that left the author with a lifelong case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is most touching when detailing his healing process."

It took 10+ years to write his memoir. Now, Graham works as a part time counselor for the underprivileged.

Graham Forlonge 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 assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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  1. Looks like a interesting book.

  2. thanks this sounds like a great book

  3. Interested in reading this memoir for sure. Sounds like an emotional read with all the tragedies he has encountered.

  4. This sounds like a book that would be an inspiring read.

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  5. Sounds like an interesting book!

  6. Happy Friday! I hope that you have enjoyed your book tour and I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors. I have enjoyed reading about you and your work throughout this tour and I am looking forward to reading your memoir. Have a great weekend!

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

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  8. Looking forward to reading this book!

  9. This sounds like a book detailing a man with a full life and a person who overcame adversity to lead that life.

  10. Sounds like a great book!