Tour and Giveaway for The Refrain from Within my Liz Tolsma

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About the Book

Book: The Refrain Within

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre: WWII Fiction

Release Date: September 29, 2020

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To save a life, would you betray everyone you love?

Hungary in 1944 is a dark place. The Nazis have invaded and turned the country upside down, their evil making its way into every life.

Clarinetist Eva Bognar is engaged to conductor and composer Patrik Kedves, happily planning her wedding. At first she doesn’t think the war will affect her directly; everyone around her can be trusted to do the right thing. Then her Jewish best friend and sister-in-law Zofia goes missing–and instead of the Gestapo being to blame, a friend says it was Patrik who led Zofia away. Has he betrayed Eva and everything the family stands for?

When the rest of the family’s lives are directly threatened, Patrik’s secrets must come to light. The Bognars flee for the border in hopes of getting out of the country to the safety of Palestine. Eva must put her life and the lives of everyone she loves in the hands of the very man who betrayed her–and they may not all make it out of the war alive . . .

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About the Author

Liz Tolsma

Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She’s married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.

More from Liz

This is the third book in a series all set around music. The first heroine, Anna in The Melody of the Soul, was a violinist. The second heroine, Natia in When the Heart Sings, sang beautifully. So what did I choose for this heroine?

When I was in fifth grade, the band teacher from the middle school came to our class and encouraged us to join. She brought instruments with her for us to try. I really wanted to play the flute. I thought it was very feminine. But all the girls wanted to play that, and I would have to be really good to get a good chair. So I decided on the clarinet. I played all through middle school and high school, making first chair a couple of times. I participated in marching band and in solo and ensemble contests, earning a couple of first places in state competitions. Even after my “career” ended, I continued to play from time to time. I still play in church. I love the rich, full sound of the instrument. When played well, the clarinet is beautiful. It can be playful and happy or dark and sad. It can skip and it can cry. I’m very glad now that I chose the clarinet instead of the flute.

That’s why the heroine of The Refrain Within plays the clarinet. In fact, she comes from a family of clarinet makers, and her family stamp on the barrel of a clarinet means a great deal to her. As God would have it, my editor, Janyre Tromp, is also a clarinet player. Between the two of us, we worked hard bring out the unique aspects of playing clarinet, like the callous that forms on the inside of your bottom lip.

Eva is a special character to me because we share this passion for the clarinet. There have been many times throughout my life that my clarinet has skipped with me and plenty of times when it has cried with me. Music is God’s beautiful gift to us, and I thank Him for the opportunity to share some of that with you in The Refrain Within.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Refrain Within is a WWII novel, set in a very dark place in 1944 Hungry after the Nazis have invaded. We see a lot if things happening during this book but the main thing that stuck with me was love. Because of the war, people were forced to do whatever it took to save their loved ones. There were many sad and lonely times. But there were better times.

I love how the author uses Eva and her clarinet playing to give some pleasure and happiness to the people. I play the piano and playing any instrument has a way of calming people, it settles your nerves. I was intrigued at learning more about a clarinet. And to learn that Ms. Tolsma wrote a bit about her clarinet playing into the character of Eva!

About the characters, they were very well chosen, so realistic during this story. I enjoyed Eva the most. Maybe because we share a love of music, or maybe the determination to save her family she loves? I just like her! If you enjoy WWII stories, you need to read this one. It will not disappoint!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 3

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Pause for Tales, November 4

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Amanda Tero, author, November 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 5

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, November 5


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Tour and Giveaway for The Boy Between by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley

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I encourage you to SCROLL down to the Author Guest Post and the Question and Answer session with Amanda and Josiah to get to know them better!

Join us for this tour from Nov 2 to Nov 27, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Boy Between – A Mother and Son’s Journey from a World Gone Grey by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18+), 286 pages
Genre Author Memoir, Family
Publisher Little A
Release dateNovember 2020
Content Rating:  R: 1. Infrequent use of F word in context (estimated 10 times in book),  2. Mildly questions religious faith during a testing time, 3.  References to thoughts about suicide (not graphic)

“A candid, moving and inspirational book, I am blown away.” 
Jonny Benjamin MBE, award-winning mental health campaigner and author
of The Stranger on the Bridge
 
Book Description:
 
Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times. Josiah’s situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life. In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child. For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message—you are not alone, and there is hope.
 


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Q&A Session with Amanda Prowse & Josiah Hartley – “The Boy Between”

  1. I’d like to know what you think about the connection between reading and writing. Do you think it’s possible to be a great writer if you are not a big reader?

    Amanda – I have met plenty of avid readers who do not have a desire to write, but I’ve never met a writer who is not also an avid reader. I think the love of books, of words and of storytelling is a common thread and can’t imagine a writer not reading at all. That said, I think it’s very different for fiction and non-fiction and when you are immersed in research or are writing academically. I would say that the key to get children and the younger generation interested in writing, indeed interested in the world! Is to immerse them in great books.

  1. Many people want to write a book what’s the best piece of advice you can give them?

Amanda – Do it! Begin! Start anywhere – just pick up that notebook or laptop and get going. Don’t listen to that inner voice of self-sabotage that gives you a million reasons as to why you should not write. And remember you don’t have to start at the beginning; you might start with an image, a scene, a conversation, a smell, a feeling… get it down and let it grow in every direction. And before you know it you will have words on the page and you have begun. Write as often as you can. Practice your craft. Learn from feedback and find your authentic author voice, don’t worry about being the next… whoever – be the first YOU! (I think this is actually 7 pieces of advice, but that’s okay, right?) 

  1. What book would you take to a desert island? 

Amanda – Only One? I’d better read slowly… That would have to be Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of The D’Urbervilles.” I read and re- read this book and I love it more each time. Someone once asked me, ‘Don’t you find it boring reading a book over and over?’ I explained that it’s no different to travelling to a familiar place, you might end up in the same spot every time, but there’s always something different to see en route! 

  1. Was it painful or cathartic to recount some of the darkest moments of Josiah’s depression in your book The Boy Between?

Josiah – Both. There were certain aspects of my depression and descent in mental illness to the point where I planned and prepared to take my own life that I had not thought about in the longest time. It was painful to go back to those places, but actually looking back with the benefit of time, helped me see them from a new perspective and with greater understanding. And I am grateful for that. Writing the book felt a lot like therapy and I certainly felt lighter at the end of it.

  1. What is your hope for this book?

    Josiah – my hope is that it might help just one person suffering with depression to know that they are not alone. One of its sneakiest tricks is that it can make you feel that no one else has ever suffered this way, but that’s simply not true. The sad reality is that multiple people in your street or your building will be going through the exact same thing. I hope that by reaching out, others might do the same and I hope that by speaking out, I can help move the narrative on depression forward and help smash the stigma.

  1. What is next for Josh? Another collaboration?

Josiah – I’ve certainly got the writing bug. I am currently working on my next non-fiction book, continuing my mental health journey and am also writing fiction, which is really exciting. I’m not sure about another collaboration with my mum – spending 8-10 hours a day with her was hard work

I really don’t read many memoir’s, but I did want to read this one. In The Boy Between, mother Amanda Prowse and her son Josiah Hartley share their story. And what a story it is. Josh’s battle with depression took him down a deep dark path, with him almost taking his own life. But praise God he has a family who love and support him. A family who was there for him from the time he was found until now. As I was back and forth reading Mandy then Josh’s story, my heart was breaking for them both. I have been suffering with depression for years but never at this level. I admire this mother and son for being willing to tell their story to the world through this book. Josh will never know the impact The Boy Between will have on those dealing with depression. And I want to thank him for being so brave that he wanted to write this book and what he faced during the darkest time of his life. I can only imagine the pain it was for them to bring back all of these horrific memories to write the book, it was all behind him when the book was written. And I know there will be many who will benefit from reading this. I will keep Amanda and Josh in my prayers, as well as those who read this book and go for help.

This book has made me more aware of the depression I face. And I plan to be more open with it. If you are going through depression or know someone who deals with this, I encourage you to to pick up a copy of The Boy Between, read Josh’s story, and be brave enough to get help. You have to know there are people who love you and want to help you. Josh found this love from family and friends and so can you!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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A GUEST POST FOR

‘The Boy Between’ by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley

A Mother’s Eye View of a Universal Problem

‘The Boy Between’ is the book I am proudest of, my first work of non-fiction, but also the book I hoped I would never have to write. I wish my son Josiah, did not, like so many young men, suffer with a debilitating depression that lead to him to try and take his own life while a student at university.

Even writing those words feels alien and jarring. That said, I know it’s the book I wanted to reach for when I struggled not only to find ways to help him, but also to understand what had turned my outgoing son with the whole world at his feet into a sleeping shell of himself. I didn’t know how to help him. I didn’t know what to say to him or where to find help. And even if I had known where to find help, I wouldn’t have known what to say: “My son is unraveling in front of me, help us! I fear I might lose him, help us!” And as Josh says, he might be a British boy, but sadly young male depression and suicide is a universal problem and for each young man like him suffering, there is a family like ours trying to make sense of it all. My heart goes out to each and every one of them.

We hope this book brings comfort to the millions of people all over the world suffering from depression and those who care for them. Ours has been a tough, lonely and devastating journey, but we can finally, finally see small glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel. And for that, I am eternally grateful.



 

Meet the Author:
 
Amanda Prowse is an award winning international bestselling author best known for her contemporary fiction novels. A radio broadcaster and TV presenter renowned for her empathetic and emotional books, she is known in the UK as the ‘Queen of family drama’. Her books have sold over 8 million copies in dozens of languages around the world.

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Meet the Author:
 
Josiah  (Josh) Hartley is the son of Amanda Prowse who has co-authored with his mother to tell the story of his journey through life so far. Born in the England, Josh was fortunate enough to attend one of the country’s elite public schools from an early age and was awarded a place at one of the UK’s top Universities where he planned to work towards a medical doctorate. But just at the moment when he should have been having the time of his life, he started feeling nagging tugs of self-doubt which spiralled into a depression during which time he planned his suicide. Luckily, his family intervened and after a roller coaster couple of years, he is alive and well and sharing his story to help other families who find themselves in the same position navigate their way through those difficult times.
 
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Tour and Giveaway for Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion by Nina Singh

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Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion By Nina Singh Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages November 1, 2020 by Harlequin Romance

Can a mistletoe kiss…

…heal the past?

When Zayn walks back into Izzy’s life, years after he was forced to walk out of it, she’s faced with the undeniable attraction that’s never faded. Finding themselves co-owners of the vineyard that means so much to Izzy makes tensions run high! But then she’s seduced into a kiss under the Parisian Christmas lights… Can Izzy find it in her heart to forgive the man who once broke it?

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I love romance stories like this. Where the two main characters have a past, and things are touchy when they are thrown together, usually because of work. And this just just what happens here with Zayn and Izzy. How will life treat these two, who are obviously still very much attracted to each other?

Izzy and Zayn has no choice but to work together since they both own the vineyard. And what a fun time I had reading this one! I love how the author gives such beautiful and vivid details of California where the setting of this book is. And I appreciate that she was not afraid to tackle several real life issues that are difficult to handle. Sometimes this is not so easy. But the healing and forgiveness was unfolded in these lives so well by this author.
This is a sweet story that is wonderful to read during the Christmas season! Oh and that kiss under the lights, that’s a Wow! You just have to read it!

I’m looking forward to the next book by this author. And I am hoping to have time to read this one again during December! I encourage you to check out this sweet Christmas romance. It doesn’t take long to read so this is a wonderful one for those who don’t have the time for a full book!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.



About the Author


Nina Singh lives outside of Boston with her husband, children, and a very rambunctious Yorkie. When not at her keyboard, she likes to spend time on the tennis court or immersed in a good read.

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Where We Begin (The Berkshires #1) By Janey King New Adult Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 250 Pages November 1, 2020

Fate never gives you everything you want. But sometimes, when you least expect it, you get exactly what (or who) you need…

Hannah’s life has suddenly become a lot less. Jobless, homeless, and boyfriend-less, that is. Now, all she wants is a fresh start—and her sister’s charming small town is the perfect setting for it. Finding a new romance is nowhere on her agenda. Too bad her heart (the stupid organ that beats a little faster every time her new boss is near) didn’t get the memo.

Collin hasn’t been lucky when it comes to romance, either. But knowing he’s not cut out for love doesn’t stop him from wanting his beautiful new employee with an intensity that terrifies him. He barely survived losing his fiancée. Losing Hannah…well, he’s afraid there wouldn’t be any coming back from that.

Can Hannah and Collin overcome the pain of their pasts—and the secrets they’re both still carrying—to take a shot at happily ever after? Or are they destined to remain star crossed forever?

Where We Begin, Book 1 in The Berkshires series, is a lightly angsty, sweet, new adult contemporary romance featuring a down-but-not-out heroine and the beaten-but-not-broken hero of her dreams. Get ready to fall in love with your next favorite book boyfriend.

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Excerpt

I bring my truck to a stop in the street and see that girl named Hannah that Layla just hired. She’s hunched over what appears to be a snapping turtle in the middle of the road. She turns toward me and then looks up at the sky and shakes her head.

I press the pedal down and apply the brakes, shut the engine off, and get out of my truck. She brings her gaze back to me while I make my way up to her and the turtle. When I get close, she purses her lips together, like she’s annoyed that I’m here.

I laugh to myself. This girl just seems to get herself into all kinds of trouble. Who crouches in the middle of the road with a turtle? She could get taken out in seconds.

When I first saw her spilling that coffee everywhere, I thought, wow, she’s startlingly beautiful. Now, being up close to her, it just further strengthens my case. I drink in all of her for a moment. Her features are glamorous, the olive skin and high cheekbones. The blue and green in her eyes are just something else. She seems sweet and has a charming way about her that’s incredibly alluring.

If I’d met her under different circumstances, I’d already have her number and our first date set up.

About the Author

Janey King is a sweet New Adult romance author. Where We Begin is her debut novel.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband and young son in a historic house that was built in 1887. When she’s not writing, she can be found fixing or redoing something in her house, tending to her gardens and planter boxes, riding her bike all over town, and sitting on the beach during the warm summer months. She must have lived a past life in the UK because her search for teahouses, plates of tiny sandwiches, and scones has become an obsession everywhere she goes.

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