Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Book Blast and Giveaway: Silhouette by Paul G. Swingle

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Silhouette by Paul G. Swingle. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an 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 book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Silhouette
Author: Paul G. Swingle
Publication Date: August 5th 2021
Print Length: 144 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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On the night of a blue moon, while walking his dog, middle-aged widower Jim sees Gladys on the roof of a neighboring apartment building and is inspired to speak with her. There’s just one problem: she can’t hear him.

Indeed, Jim isn’t even sure that Gladys truly exists—that she isn’t just a rooftop patio umbrella silhouetted against the moon. Hampered by debilitating social anxiety, he cannot work up the courage to even wave.

Yet Jim returns to the same spot night after night, and Gladys—who is indeed real—sees him and becomes equally interested. She even contributes to their “conversation,” though he cannot hear her either. And while Gladys struggles with her own demons—self-loathing and depression—she is lifted by Jim’s attention, even as she describes how difficult her life has been.

Two characters, driven by sadness and a longing to connect. Will they?

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EXCERPT:
Tonight, I saw a rooftop patio umbrella move. Or was it a woman? It’s May 31, the night of the blue moon. I was taking my dog Gus for his nightly walk. On the rooftop of a building across the street from my apartment, against the light of the huge moon, I saw the silhouette of a patio umbrella. I’d been seeing that umbrella on that roof for weeks—months, maybe. Every time I walked the dog or snuck a puff on my cigar, it was there. Immobile and static. Always in the same place, always visible against either the daytime sky or the city-lit night. I had thought nothing of it, other than wondering if anyone ever used that patio. But tonight, I saw the umbrella silhouette move. “Son of a b*tch,” I said. “What the hell is that? Was it the wind?” Startled, I tried to shake off an eerie feeling. Had the umbrella really moved? I don’t care for rooftop patios myself. I’ve been to 4 a few. You have to drag yourself up the stairs, hoping no one else is there when you arrive, so you can have a bit of solace. I always forget something downstairs.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Paul G. Swingle can be considered one of the founding fathers of Clinical Psychoneurophysiology, one of a select few, directly responsible for bringing Neurotherapy out of university labs and clinics to the general populace in the 1980’s.

His academic positions include, Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa from 1972 to 1997, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1991 to 1998, Associate Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital (Boston), Head of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service McLean Hospital (Boston). Professor Swingle was also Clinical Supervisor at the University of Ottawa from 1987 to 1997 and Chairman of the Faculty of Child Psychology from 1972 to 1977. Dr. Swingle is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia and is Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurotherapy. He is actively involved in research and practice. His numerous publications include nine books and numerous peer reviewed journal publications.

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GIVEAWAY:
Paul Swingle 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. thanks this sounds like an interesting book to read

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

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  4. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  5. The excerpt was inviting. Cover is well done. Congrats on your tour.

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  6. This sounds like such a good book.

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  7. I enjoyed reading this well done excerpt!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  8. you are a new author for me- after reading the excerpt I would really like this book-thanks

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  9. The book sounds very interesting. Great cover!

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  10. Have you started another book yet?

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  11. This is an interesting premise. The blurb makes me want to know more about Gladys.

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  12. I liked the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. looks like a fun one

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

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  15. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  16. The details sound like a great read!

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  17. thanks for the giveaway and best wishes with your book

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

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  19. I so enjoyed reading the excerpt- well done!

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  20. The excerpt is awesome, thank you

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