Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: When We Return by Eliana Tobias

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for When We Return by Eliana Tobias. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stops, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blitz wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: When We Return
Author: Eliana Tobias
Publication Date: May 17th 2022
Print Length: 297 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Who should be held responsible for public wrong?

By 2008, it finally seems that the Peruvian government is ready to make amends to its citizens after the violent guerilla movement of the last three decades.

Otilia and Salvador, a mother and son torn apart during the conflict and separated for twenty years, are eager to have their pain and suffering acknowledged. But they hit a roadblock when the government denies responsibility in their legal case.

Things begin to look up however when Otilia meets Jerry, a kind man and the son of Jewish parents who escaped the Holocaust. Grappling with his own upbringing and the psychological struggled his parents endured, Jerry is just the person to empathize with Otilia's feelings. Together, Otilia, Jerry and Salvador must support one another through the turbulent journey that is healing from historical trauma. And through it, find the courage to rebuild their lives and open themselves to love and companionship.

Artfully weaving together different timelines and countries, this novel examines the nuanced topic of grief a community endures after a collective tragedy. In this exploration of the culture of remembrance following displacement and loss, we discover what happens when out past calls us back to what we must do to achieve justice and reconciliation when we return.

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EXCERPT:
Salvador entered the prison gates, following an orderly line of elderly men carrying multiple plastic bags. When a person in the back started to yell, the advancing lineup came to a stop. Almost immediately a guard raised his baton and struck the unruly man to one side.

At the first security checkpoint, bags were opened for inspection. Since Salvador carried no package, he was told to move on. Next, he spread his legs wide for a pat-down. Up ahead, after showing his identity card, he was given a metal token with a printed number he’d have to return to the guards on his way out to account for his visit. Lastly, while shuffling along, he was asked to contribute a few coins for soft drinks for the guards. He reached into his pockets and found some money for drinks for the guards, which he dropped in a box at the end of the corridor.

In the prison yard, Salvador was keenly aware of the throng of people milling about. These places are jam-packed, he thought as he looked for his uncle in the crowd. Inmates talking to suited lawyers, visitors meeting up with family members, joggers getting exercise, and a group of men shooting hoops. Cooked meals, fruit, drinks, batteries, radios and clothes for sale were set up in stalls against decrepit walls. Long lineups of raucous men waited to use a few public phones that only accepted calling cards. Among the cacophony, supervising guards moved through, keeping an eye on the inmates while yelling into their megaphones.

Salvador noticed Tomas, drawn and frail, walking slowly toward him dragging his feet, his face grim. He seemed shorter than Salvador remembered him. It’d been years since they’d seen each other last, and the man had aged badly.

Tomas let out a deep breath, nodded, and pointed to a bench. Salvador checked out the courtyard, wrinkling his nose at the stench. Before Tomas rolled down his sleeves, Salvador noticed the naked female tattooed on his uncle’s forearm. Tomas pulled two cigarettes out of his stained pants pocket and held out one for Salvador.

“No Thanks, I don’t smoke.”

“So you found me, kid. How about that?” His voice was loud. He lit his cigarette with trembling hands. “How’s life?”

Salvador had no stomach for small talk. It was colder than usual for the end of March, and he wanted to be out of there as soon as he could.

Tomas coughed.”I’m stuck in this place.”

“I’m here for only one reason,” Salvador said, staring him in the eyes.

“Thought you’d be wearing your cop uniform.”

“Cut the crap,” Salvador snapped.

Tomas looked puzzled, his face carved with age.

Salvador removed a pad of paper and pen from the inside pocket of his light jacket.

“What is that for?” Tomas sneered.

“I need facts.”

“Say that again; I’m hard of hearing,” Tomas said leaning in.

“Since when?” Salvador looked at Tomas doubtfully.

“Be nice. Remember that I took you in when you were an orphan - when your mother and father left you alone. You were just a grimy little beggar. Now it’s your turn to take care of me- get me out of this nightmare.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eliana Tobias was born in Santiago, Chile, to immigrant parents who escaped the Holocaust. She graduated from the University of Chile then completed other degrees in early childhood and special education in the United States and Canada. After working in this field in various capacities, including teaching at the National University of Trujillo in Peru, she moved to Vancouver, where she has lived for thirty years and where she discovered her love of writing. Her rich experience of political turmoil, of listening to stories of the Holocaust when Jewish communities in Europe were shattered, of losing family in Chile under military dictatorship, and living in Peru during a time of intense civil conflict, fueled her passion to write about the ways in which people caught in devastation rebuild their lives. Eliana Tobias lives in Vancouver, B.C.

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GIVEAWAY:
Eliana Tobias will be awarding a $25 Amazon 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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74 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting read- looking forward to reading this book!

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful read!

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  3. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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    1. Thank you for commenting. What makes the description interesting for you? What genre do you enjoy?

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  4. Thank you to All the Ups and Downs for featuring my novel today!!

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  5. Historical Fiction - I am not familiar with this genre.
    Would be interesting to give it a try.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. My novel is based on real events that took place. Give it a try!!

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  6. I love historical fictions. Sounds like a great book.

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  7. I want to learn about Perus government. thank you

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  8. It is a beautiful country to visit and they have great cuisine which has become well known these days.

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  9. What's your signature alcholic drink?



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    1. Thanks for your question! Peru and Chile are well known for Pisco - a brandy produced in the winemaking regions. Pisco Sour is a favorite cocktail and best way of consuming pisco. The recipe includes pisco, egg white, lemon or lime juice, syrup or sugar to your taste and ice.

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  10. David HollingsworthJune 8, 2022 at 4:52 PM

    What inspires you to write books?

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  11. Thank you for your question. I lived in South America during times of turmoil and became concerned about social problems. When I started to write I wanted to tell stories that dramatized some of the issues.

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

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  13. The book looks very exciting. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you for your interest. I appreciate your time to comment.

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

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  15. Sounds fascinating. Looking forward to reading the book.

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    1. Thanks Dianne for your comment. I hope you read it and get back to me so we can have a conversation!

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  16. What has been your favorite road trip?

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  17. Thanks for your question Jamie. My favorite road trip was to Machu Picchu, a Peruvian archelogical site from the time of the Inca Empire. It's located at around 8,000 ft. high in the Andes mountains. A very isolated, spiritual site. Cuzco, a Spanish colonial city, at a higher elevation, is the closest metropolitan area and the point of departure to get to Machu Picchu. You can access the ruins either by road or by train and is a favorite trekking trail. When I visited, the guerilla group was active in the region and there weren't many tourists on site, which made for an exciting trip!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate you stopping by.

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  19. David HollingsworthJune 9, 2022 at 9:39 PM

    How long did it take to write this book?

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  20. How do you think we should warn future inhabitants of earth about nuclear waste?

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  21. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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    1. I never did. Do you think it is a good idea? Why?

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  22. Do you have characters living in your head?

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    1. Yes I do. I live with my characters and think a lot about them. I cry and laugh with them and think about how they would behave in certain situations. Thanks for your interesting question. Are you a writer?

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  23. David HollingsworthJune 11, 2022 at 2:12 AM

    The cover is interesting.

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  24. If you could stay one age forever, which one would it be, and why?

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  25. When We Return by author Eliana Tobias sounds like a book that will engage many readers.

    Nancy
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  26. sounds amazing!

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  27. Would you ever be willing to take a cruise? To where?

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  28. When you were a child, what book genres did you enjoy reading?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  29. David HollingsworthJune 13, 2022 at 3:50 AM

    Where do you go for inspiration?

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  30. Books, trips, to sit close to a body of water.

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  31. When do you think you could have used a second chance in life?

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  32. Do you relax on the weekends?

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  33. What city has been your favorite to live in?

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  34. David HollingsworthJune 14, 2022 at 6:31 PM

    What's your favorite poem?

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  35. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  36. This is actually a favorite subject of mine.

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  37. How do you handle very hot weather?

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  38. In the spring and summer I am in Vancouver Canada where it is still very cold. We've had a lot of rainy weather and I wish it was warmer. I really like warm weather and lots of sunshine.

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  39. I just love your cover and I would love to read your book.

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  40. I think that the cover of your book is colorful and attractive.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  41. looks like a fun one

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    1. I hope you can take a closer look. Thanks for your comment.

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  42. The historical fiction books looks like a great book to read. Thanks for the introduction.

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  43. I do hope you will read it and let me know what you think. Thanks for posting.

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

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    1. That is a good suggestion. I don't set an alarm but I should!! I sit for too long.

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  45. Thank you so much for doing this giveaway!

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  46. Good luck with all your endeavors.

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  47. Just got done reading "The Nightengale" by Kristin Hannah for book-club. Loved it. :)

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  48. I like the cover and excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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  50. Have you started another book yet?

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  51. Sounds really good! Who’s your author inspiration?

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