A Goddess Among Men Spotlight

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A GODDESS AMONG MEN by Daniel Davidsohn

Book Details:

Book Title:  A Goddess Among Men by Daniel Davidsohn
Category:  Adult Fiction 18 yrs +,  400 pages
Genre:  Family Saga Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Daniel Davidsohn
Release date:   June, 2020
Format available for review:  print, mobi (for Kindle), epub, pdf
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: Jun 1 to Jun 12, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13. Sex abuse description and a few situations of violence.

“Readers who enjoy literary-style writing, but with all the turns and twists of a full drama plot are certain to devour this lavish and exciting work by author Daniel Davidsohn. One of the most impressive elements for me was the character development of Christel herself, who could so easily have followed the tropes of a typical beautiful lead female, but has several layers of depth and emotional heartache that she works through as the novel unfolds. The plot is revealed at a great pace to maintain intrigue for the sins of the past, but it also has plenty of surprises and revealing interactions along the way that astute fans will pick up on. Overall, A Goddess Among Men is a very enjoyable work and is not to be missed by fans of high-quality writing and accomplished drama.” –  K.C. Finn, Author of The Mind’s Eye

A Goddess Among Men is a fascinating tale of derring-do in the untamed wilds of the Amazon rain forest. Daniel Davidsohn has a writing style that is smooth, fluid and compelling. I found this story impossible to put down and completed it in just one sitting. The author’s descriptive prose of especially the rainforest, its flora, and fauna, as well as its native peoples, transported me there. I was beside the two men as they fought against horrifying deprivation and local political corruption to establish themselves in an industry where a few made a fortune and the rest either perished or were paupers, struggling along trying to survive each day. I particularly enjoyed the strong female leads in the story, especially the women that would steal Julian’s heart. All the characters were flawed and yet the author was able to arouse the reader’s sympathy and empathy even for the thoroughly crooked and, at times, despicable Alan Reid. If you like stories of generational power and wealth, this one will be right up your alley. I thoroughly enjoyed A Goddess Among Men and can highly recommend it to a wide audience.”  – Grant Leishman, Author of Just A Drop in the Ocean

Book Description:

From the primitive ruggedness of the Amazon rainforest to the privileged society of New York, three generations experience triumph and tragedy in this saga of loyalty, corruption, greed . . . but one woman has the power to change it all.
In 1907, Julian Welch and Alan Reid meet by chance in the jungles of the Amazon attracted by the riches of the rubber boom. Pioneers in an era of uncertainty, they form an unlikely alliance and establish the foundation for a successful empire, Reid & Welch. However, with Julian’s death, the empire is left to Alan, as is the responsibility for Julian’s newborn daughter, Christel.
Yet for Christel, there’s no growing up as a privileged heiress. Instead, Alan subjects her to a life few endure, much less overcome. Through her will to survive and being as uncompromising as she is beautiful, Christel puts the horrors of her past behind her and begins to build a seemingly bright future. But when the success built on corruption starts to crumble, Christel will be forced to address the past or pay for the sins of the fathers.

AUTHOR DANIEL DAVIDSOHN’S INTERVIEW

1. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

It’s a story about many things, but mainly about what one reader defined as the strength of human spirit. It has to do with a person’s choice. In this case, a woman, her inner struggles when faced with a dilemma—to forgive and move on, or to become a bitter, vengeful person. I believe there’s something about human nature that impels us to follow the better path no matter how many demons we have whispering in the back of our ear telling us otherwise. In an ideal world we’d always make the right choices, but there’s no such thing as a perfect life, and that’s what I hope readers find reflected in my book.

2. How do you come up with the titles to your books?

It’s something I do on the spur of the moment. Like everything else you do when creating a book, you hope your chosen title is aligned with your cover and your story, so I usually test the title. Sometimes, it’s the alternative that wins and I have no problem in changing the title if it’s more interesting or if it brings more clarity to the project. For A Goddess Among Men, it grew from the idea that the protagonist, Christel, thrived after so much pain, which, in my mind, made her someone with almost god-like qualities. And since most of what she’s been through was caused by a male dominated environment, I thought that A Goddess Among Men would made her justice.

3. What were the key challenges you faced when writing A Goddess Among Men?

First of all, it’s a three-part family saga. The protagonist, Christel Welch, only shows up on the second part of the book which, for readers in a rush to meet the protagonist, may be a little unorthodox. Second, I wanted to focus on how Christel thrived, instead of spending a lot of time showing her suffering. This story was written in a way I could show the psychological and emotional impacts of her early years reflected on her behavior and decision-making process. Then, there’s the historical aspect of the saga, which needed to be accurate. This has been one of my most challenging books.

4. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

If readers look at the protagonist, Christel Welch, and wonder if such a character could have existed, they would be surprised to find out that women like her do exist. They are out there, telling their stories and not necessarily being heard, and their stories are much more dramatic and shocking than the Christel of the book.

5. Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

I usually ask myself why isn’t anybody talking about this or that. And I don’t know why, maybe people prefer to talk about trendier things, or are not inclined to be bothered by subjects that may cause some discomfort when their purpose might be a little escapism. I like to think that the ideas behind my books have some relevancy, something I can also learn in the process, and perhaps make people ask questions. I don’t look for inspiration, I think many authors have plenty of material to develop. When I find something that interests me, I’ll do my best not to follow formulas or repeat myself.

6. Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring fiction writers?

This “draining and stressful pursuit” makes for a great deal of what they call the author’s journey. You got to be ready to accept more downs than ups. And you really need to enjoy writing, whatever your definition of enjoyment is, because nobody knows what a successful book is. That’s something you only find out after the book is released. Before that, you can only hope you’ve done your best. So, if a writer manages to control expectations, and understands that the journey is in fact all there is, who knows, luck may play a part and you end up finding readers that will like what you write.

7. What is the last great book you’ve read?

An old Sidney Sheldon book called Bloodline. It’s a brilliant thriller, it felt like I was reading a modern commercial fiction. The guy was a master storyteller.

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Meet the Author:

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Born in 1969, Brazil, Daniel Davidsohn’s novels have been called exciting, gripping, and engrossing, garnering him praise and rave reviews. He is passionately attracted to unfamiliar things and enjoys taking readers off the beaten path. His books include From The Nile to The Euphrates (2009), Mare Crisium (2015), A Higher Power (2016), The Karma Code (2017), Leave Her Out, a 2018 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist, and A Goddess Among Men (2020).

Connect with the author: Website ~  Twitter ~  Facebook ~  Instagram ~ Pinterest

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lauren Carr
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 13:47:53

    Thank you so much for sharing this fascinating novel.

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