Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: A Reservoir Man by L.J. Ambrosio

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for A Reservoir Man by L.J. Ambrosio. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as who or what was the author's inspiration for writing the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed hardcover. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: A Reservoir Man
Author: L.J. Ambrosio
Publisher: Film Valor
Publication Date: July 6th 2022
Print Length: 238 pages
Genre: LGBTQ+ Coming of Age Fiction
A Reservoir Man, critics have hailed this explosive and timely work as “a must-read coming-of-age story of 2022.”
Twists and turns further pull the reader in to Michael’s action-packed tale, with powerful themes, from betrayal and family to secrets and identity.
“Be sure not to blink because you just might miss a pivotal moment in Michael’s rousing, larger-than-life story.” -- R.C. Gibson, Indiestoday.com. 
“This book is a dream, a gamble, a utopia, even.” -- Kalyan Panja, Bookmarkks.

Michael had now become, after these last six months, a little more world weary and worse for the wear. Sitting on his bench, entering his last year at college. Michael still had not found his soul or his truth. His emphasis on sex was unfulfilling and empty. He wandered in the shadowy corners, the lightless streets, leading to a dead end and the darkness of an empty truck. Loneliness had become a fixture of Michael’s being. He longed for a few hours to be with Carol, Claire, or Raphael.

One day, while sitting on the bench, Michael heard in the distance Otis Reading’s “The Dock of The Bay” playing on a portable radio. The music came closer and closer and then quickly turned to the Four Tops' “Reach Out (I’ll be There).”

Picking up his head, Michael saw this extremely attractive ethnic guy standing right above him. Michael said ‘hello,’ and the young man answered.

“My name is Nick. Do you dance?”

Michael said, “Sort of, but I do not have much of a chance to go dancing.”

“You want to go tonight?” Nick asked with a smile, and he started to sing “Baby I Need Your Loving” by the Four Tops.

Michael became a little concerned about the message of the song, so he suggested that they might talk over coffee before they venture out dancing. Michael decided to cut his next two classes and have coffee.

They spent hours talking about their lives. Nick was older than Michael by nine years. Nick said he had to prepare for graduation as did Michael. He was in the school for Education and would be graduating that year.

He was first generation Greek from Cyprus and spoke fluent Greek. His family lived in Harlem on 137th Street off Broadway. He had siblings, a brother and sister. Michael was taken by him. He made him laugh and feel amazingly comfortable.

Nick invited Michael to dinner Saturday night. His mother would make Doimadakia, Humus, Tzataki and Moussaka. Michael agreed to go.

Nick’s parents were great. His mother was shy, his father a little less. They spoke with a broken accent, which Michael loved. They had a great dinner and talked a lot. Michael learned a lot about Cyprus.

Nick said after dinner, "Dancing, right?”
Louis J. Ambrosio ran one of the most nurturing bi-coastal talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. He started his career as a theatrical producer, running two major regional theaters for eight seasons. Ambrosio also distinguished himself as an award-winning film producer and novelist over the course of his impressive career. He taught at 7 universities in the United States.

- Who or what was your inspiration in writing this book?
There were a few things.
My life. Sitting on benches talking to people hearing their story. Hooking up with someone going to their place talking for hours until they would fall asleep and I’d go home more knowledgeable.
My interest in politics and very slowly realizing they all need to take a journey to find their truth.
Religion and my search for God. I am still searching. I love and admire the Hindu religion as well as Jewish and the catholic pre-Nicaean (4th century). I will always believe Christ was a truly great man.
Those are just a few of my inspirations.
L.J. Ambrosio will be awarding a signed hardcover copy of A Reservoir Man to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. (US only.) 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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  1. the design is wonderful l--love the use of orange and the birds on top ---who ever chose the excerpt on her and Literary post yesterday good choice lja

  2. Looks like an interesting book.

  3. What did you make for breakfast this morning?

  4. Where do you want to go on vacation if you could go ANYWHERE in the world?

  5. Have you ever been out of the country?

  6. I read this one too. Even though it was outside my favorite genres, I really enjoyed it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. What color would you dye your hair?