Thursday, October 20, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Island of Dreams by Harry Duffin

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Island of Dreams by Harry Duffin. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $30 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Island of Dreams
Author: Harry Duffin
Publisher: Cumulus Publishing
Publication Date: December 1st 2022
Genre: Historical Thriller
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In May 1939, when Professor Carl Mueller, his wife, Esther, and their three children flee Nazi Germany, and find refuge on the paradise island of Cuba, they are all full of hopes and dreams for a safe and happy future. But those dreams are shattered when Carl and Esther are confronted by a ghost from their past, and old betrayals return to haunt them.

The turbulent years of political corruption leading to Batista’s dictatorship, forces the older children to take very different paths to pursue their own dangerous dreams.

And - among the chaos and the conflict that finally leads to Castro’s revolution and victory in 1959, an unlikely love begins to grow - a love that threatens the whole family.

Having escaped a war-torn Europe, their Island of Dreams is to tear them apart forever.

(The eBook will be free once published.)
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EXCERPT:
Freddie stopped the car in the path, and watched Anna get out.

Freddie was surprised. ‘Oh, well, goodbye,’ he said.

‘Can you get out, please, Freddie,’ she said quietly.

Very curious, Freddie got out. Anna came and stood in front of him. She looked around, then taking his arm, she led him into the forest. Freddie was very puzzled now. Did she think he might go back and tell the police where the camp was? Surely, she knew he wouldn’t do that? She led him to a clearing, out of sight of the path.

‘You don’t think I’m going to go back and tell the army where the camp is, Anna?’

‘Is that what you think?’

Freddie shrugged. He had given Anna his gun in the car. ‘You’ll need it more than me,’ he’d said. Not that he would use it on her anyway.

Anna came close to him. As he was about to speak again, she put her fingers to his lips. ‘You don’t know, do you?’ she said.

‘Know what?’

She reached up and pushed a lock of his hair back from his forehead. ‘Freddie, I hated you from the moment you picked me up and dragged me off the boat.’

Freddie attempted a smile.

Then her fingers ran softly down his cheek. ‘And loved you just as much.’

Before he could speak her lips met his. It was a long kiss. Twenty years in the making.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Harry Duffin is an award-winning UK screenwriter, who won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best TV serial, while writing for Granada Television’s ‘CORONATION STREET’. Before that, in 1985, he was on the first writing team for the BBC’s ‘EASTENDERS’.

Before beginning his career writing drama for television, Harry spent a dozen years working in British theatre, as stage manager, writer, designer and director, working with actors such as Nigel Hawthorne, Anne Reid and Lesley Manville.

After script-editing the BBC’s HOWARDS’WAY, he freelanced for series like DISTRICT NURSE, THE BILL, BOON, THE BRETTS, EMMERDALE.

In 1994 he became Head of Development at the UK independent company, Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment. As the script executive he was responsible for seven major television series, included ‘SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON’ starring RICHARD ‘JOHN BOY’ THOMAS, and ‘TWIST IN THE TALE’, featuring WILLIAM SHATNER. He also wrote the film, RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND.

In 1998 he was the co-creator of the UK Channel Five teen-cult drama series ‘THE TRIBE’, which ran for five series, numbering 260 episodes. ‘THE TRIBE’ has been sold world-wide, and all series is on YouTube.

His first novel, CHICAGO MAY, is the first book of a two-part series. He has also written JAIL TALES, about his wife’s 20 year career in the prison service, and the novel BIRTH OF THE MALL RATS, the prequel to THE TRIBE.

He has just finished his third novel, ISLAND OF DREAMS, to be published on December 1st 2022.

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GUEST POST:
- Do you believe in the phrase "those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it"? Why or why not?

The short answer is a resounding Yes! Go back through history to the Greeks, the Romans, and beyond, and you will see the same patterns of power and corruption that were in operation then, are still being repeated now throughout the world. That’s because many of the people who want power do learn from history, and want to repeat it for their own ends.

Why don’t the rest of us learn from history? A lot of the media don’t want us to, and because maybe we are just lazy. It’s so easy to say ‘I can’t do anything about it, so why should I bother.’ We should read much more history so we know what is really going on in our world, and then perhaps we can make rational decisions.
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GIVEAWAY:
Harry Duffin will be awarding a $30 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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68 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting read!

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    1. It is published in December. I hope you enjoy it, Leonie. Writers really value comments from their readers, so please contact me with your thoughts.

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  2. This book is moving to the top of my list! Congratulations on your new release, Harry!

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    1. Thank you, Amy. When it is published in December I would really love any comments from readers about the book. I began this book 30 years ago when I first visited Cuba [which is a wonderful island]. But I had to make a living writing for TV, so it got put on the back-burner until lockdown! Glad I was able to finish it at last. I think my novel Chicago May is a good book, but this one is very special to me.

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

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    1. Glad you liked the excerpt, except it does give away the fact that I think of it as a love story, rather than a family saga!

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  4. What an interesting book. Love the excerpt

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    1. Cuba was a fascinating place during that period. It still is a wonderful island. The kiss was 20 years in the making, it took me 30 years to write it!

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  5. very nice cover, congrats on the release

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  6. looks like a fun one

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    1. It's also a bit racy in places. You might be surprised.

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  7. The book sounds wonderful. Love the cover!

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    1. It is published in December. I love the cover too!

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

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    1. Thanks. It was a very interesting time for these characters to exist in.

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  9. woah. so much going on with this story! very curious about this ghost from the past. thanks for posting!

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    1. There is a whole lot going on in this story. Some of which surprised my when I was writing it.

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  10. Have a good Thursday!

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    1. I think it is too, Antoinette! Surprise, surprise! As my writer friend, Jim Hawkins, said - 'What an epic!'

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  12. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Island of Dreams

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you. Pleased you liked the cover. It went through several drafts before we came up with this one.

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  14. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. For me it was perseverance and luck, Jamie. The best book, I think, about writing is Fay Weldon's book WHY WILL NO-ONE PUBLISH MY NOVEL. It tells you all you need to know.

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  15. Historical Thriller - love this genre!
    Makes for an exciting read.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. It was exciting writing it, Barbara. It took me by surprise a few times!

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

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  17. Did you ever get nervous before a stage performance?

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    1. ?? I only give talks about writing, and I have my notes to refer to, so I don't get nervous really.

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  18. Congratulations on your upcoming release of Island of Dreams, Harry! I enjoyed the guest post, the excerpt and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a great book to read and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a splendid day!

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    1. Thank you very much, Stormy! What a great name, by the way! I so glad you enjoyed the tour and I hope you enjoy the book when it comes out in December.

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

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    1. I think the excerpt gives a game away that the story is really a love story. Maybe I should have chosen a different excerpt?

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    1. Yes. I think his range is enormous. I like authors who don't just stick to the genre formula.

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  21. The historical thriller sounds interesting to read. I also really like the book cover color. It is very eye catching.

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    1. Thank you, Jen. Pleased you liked the cover. It took a few drafts before we came up with this one.

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  22. best wished with the book and thanks for the giveaway

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  23. The cover is absolutely amazing ! Great job

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    1. I will tell my friend, Rod Davis, who designed it, Amy.

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

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    1. I hope it's a good book. Some of the story surprised me when I was writing it. I like that about writing, not knowing what your imagination will come up with.

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  25. Have you ever gotten writer's block?

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    1. Robert McKee, who used to give talks about writing said "If you have a writer's block, you just haven't done enough research." I believe that to be true.

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  26. This looks like a great beach read. I like the cover as well. Best of luck with the success of the publication.

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    1. Thanks very much, Christy. It's a long book. Perfect for beach, if you have two weeks! Hope enjoy it on the beach!

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  27. I agree 100% about learning from history.

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    1. It was a very interesting time, Betty. I wanted to tell that through the characters, which I think I have done.

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  28. Thanks for hosting. I am very impressed that there are so many comments. Yours is obviously a favourite site for readers!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for visiting my blog and replying to everyone =) My readers are the best =)

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  29. That 2 million pageviews, is that all the time you have had the blog? It's a lot.

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    1. Yes. =) It's overall page views. I've had my blog since May of 2018, I believe.

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