Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Bringing Up Mother by Beverly Johnson

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Bringing Up Mother by Beverly Johnson. 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 exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: Bringing Up Mother
Author: Beverly Johnson
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: April 14th 2022
Print Length: 176 pages
Genre: Religious Memoir
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Beverley learns about God in Kindergarten and invites Him to come to Jamaica and give her her own Bible story. She goes home each day and waits at her gate for Him to show up. Will He show up, and will she be ready for her story if and when He does?



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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
My near-death experience didn’t change my focus one bit. I didn’t know what to make of it. Yet I did not run to church or draw closer to God. Instead, I continued to hang out at These Eyes, a nightclub I assumed was named after the popular song, “These Eyes” by The Guess Who. These Eyes, on Pape at Cosburn, not far from the Pape subway, was a social hub for many Black and Caribbean youth in the Greater Toronto Area. Its slogan was “These Eyes, the place to socialize.” And, boy, did we ever socialize.

I also spent Friday and Saturday nights at Mama G’s, Stayin’ Alive with the Bee Gees—and other young people from every racial, cultural, religious, and socio-economic background. Mama G’s was in the heart of Toronto, in the Yonge and Dundas area. Here, Catholics, Jews, and Protestants danced, chatted, ate, drank, and laughed together without a care in the world. That was the life I wanted, not a care in the world.

One night at Mama G’s, I heard a clear voice above the loud music say, “Bev, you don’t belong here. This is not what I brought you to Canada for.” I felt guilty, out of place, and lonely, but I wanted so desperately to fit in with the party crowd and have fun. Try as I did, I just couldn’t rid myself of the voice. But I didn’t leave. I just sat silently with my friends, with my arms folded across my chest.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Beverley Johnson was born and raised in the rural parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, where she attended the Content United Brethren Church and its Basic (Kindergarten) school, better known as Sister Betty's school. Growing up, she attended York Town Primary and Denbigh Junior Secondary school, now Denbigh High School. She migrated to Toronto, Canada, as a young adult. A graduate of the University of Toronto and OISE, she is an Elementary teacher by profession, and also a Sunday school teacher. She enjoys reading, writing, travelling and working with children.

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GIVEAWAY:
Beverly Johnson 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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31 comments:

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

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  2. Bringing Up Mother sounds like a very interesting religious memoir.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

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  4. Beautiful girl on the cover. I hope HE shows up for her onw story

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  5. thanks this sounds like a great book

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  6. This book sounds very cute. I always enjoy something that is heartwarming.

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  7. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

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  8. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  10. This sounds like a wonderful book to read

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  11. What inspired the idea for your book?

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  12. I like everything about this book - genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  13. Seyma Bennett ShabbirAugust 10, 2022 at 3:39 PM

    Sounds like a great book! I hope she finds God!

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  14. looks like a fun one

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  15. What characters in your book are most similar to you or to people you know?

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  16. It is wonderful that you combine helping children along with your joy in writing. I have this book on my bucket list, thanks

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  17. The book sounds like a wonderful read. Love the cover.

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  18. Which author do you most admire?

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  19. What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?

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  20. Bringing Up Mother sounds like a very unique memoir.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  21. thanks for the giveaway and best wishes on your book tour

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  22. Sounds like a good book!

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