Monday, August 15, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The One Woman by Laura May

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The One Woman by Laura May. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the author's inspiration behind the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The One Woman
Author: Laura May
Publication Date: August 16th 2022
Print Length: 310 pages
Genre: LGBTQ+ Romance
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Right Person. Wrong timing.

Julie manipulates what the eye can't see as a graphic designer but no matter what lens she uses, her life and her relationship with her boyfriend Mark remain mundane. Until she meets Ann. Ann is successful, beautiful, and charismatic. Julie can't deny the spark during their chance meeting. When their present entwines once again in Barcelona the spark is impossible to extinguish. When tragedy strikes, Julie must decide between her devotion to Mark and her love for Ann. Can true love survive when the timing is all wrong?

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EXCERPT:
We took our seats towards the back. I was so nervous I was going to faint. Good, at least I would not need to endure this hell for long. I stared forward at the seat in front of me, paralyzed. I am going to die here, played on a loop in my head.

Something warm touched my hand, I looked down and through the fog I saw Julie's hand squeezing mine.

"Breathe," she told me. She was calm. "You are brave—"

And it started. Momentarily, I was pressed deep into the seat. Julie screamed but didn't let go of my hand. A great force made it hard to even take a breath.

As we rushed up, I glanced down. It was so high my poor hammering heart skipped a beat. Now we were on the top, and the wind was freezing here. In the next second, we were falling.

Now, I screamed. Everyone screamed. It made it easier. Julie was not holding me anymore; she clutched me. And we were down. My heart had never beaten so fast in my life.

I turned to Julie, feeling like we were running on pure adrenaline. Time stopped as I drowned in her pools of caramel. She was breathing hard, and I felt her grazing my hand up and down with her thumb. I looked down, but she quickly removed her hand.

"You did it," she said breathlessly.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura May is a pseudonym of a Ukrainian-American author. Laura lived in Kyiv till her mid-twenties. Now she can be found traveling around the world. The One Woman is her debut novel published by Creative James Media.

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GUEST POST:
- Who or what was your inspiration behind this book?

According to The One Woman dedication: To all the books that came before, the books that I read were my inspiration.

Since I was a young child, I have always made friends in books. Later, the stories were able to arouse such a range of emotions that I was left speechless and dreamed of one day penning something even nearly as moving as the book I was holding at the moment.

So instead of looking out when the pandemic struck and we were all trapped in our homes with no way to travel, I began looking in.

The One Woman started in my imagination as a woman walks into a bar…

Also, a great moving point for me was reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. I started doing the morning pages she describes there. It’s three pages of a handwritten thought train done first thing in the morning.

I recommend this type of morning journaling to anyone, artist or not, to dream, to plan, even to start a book!

The One Woman was written by hand in two and half notebooks. Later it took me about a month to type it, so after that the morning pages are staying in notebooks, and books have moved to the laptop. Thankfully, two of my next books were written on my laptop and will be out in 2024 with Creative James Media.
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GIVEAWAY:
Laura May will be awarding a $10 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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66 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting The One Woman!

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    1. You're very welcome. =) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  2. Beautiful cover. Timing is key when it comes to love. Intrigued and looking forward to reading what she decides.

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    1. I hope you’ll enjoy it 😊

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  3. this sounds like a wonderful book

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  4. Sounds like a good story! Thanks for hosting!

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

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  6. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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    1. Yes, I’m in love with the cover too πŸ’•

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  7. sounds like a very lovely book. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

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  8. I love the sound of this story.

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

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  10. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  11. 'Right Person. Wrong timing'

    .....Isn't that the way it often seems to be in life in many situations!

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    1. Thank you! I do hope you’ll enjoy the book.

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  13. What were some of your favorite books as a child?

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    1. I think it was Harry Potter series πŸͺ„

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

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  15. this sounds like an amazing story

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed writing it so much ☺️

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  16. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Do you write more or read more?

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    1. It depends on the time. But usually I read more, even though I am a slow reader.

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  18. What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

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    1. Write every day and figure out a schedule that works for you.

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  19. is there a certain time of day you write

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  20. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Believe in yourself and in what you do.

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  21. Did you have any say in designing the cover?

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  22. Thanks for all the book reviews and giveaways!

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  23. was it hard deciding on the cover

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  24. looks like a fun one

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  25. It's so nice to have options for LGBTQ and be able to see ourselves in books!

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  26. Tell me about your favorite birthday.

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  27. Thanks for the great excerpt. The book sounds very interesting. Great cover!

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  28. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  29. Happy Friday, hope you have a great weekend!

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  30. enjoy your Friday and thanks for the giveaway

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