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Welcome to the “WORLD UNKNOWN” Blog Tour! @Jinlobify #4WillsPub #RRBC #RWISA

Welcome to the Vagaries of Life Blog Tour Day 4. Today we have the wonderful Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko with us to talk about her newly-released book THE VAGARIES OF LIFE AND GIRLS TALK!

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joy-photo-for-rwisaThis is the fourth day of my ten days tour.

There was a time I was terrified of writing. Especially, when deciding which of our spoken languages to write in. Writers from my culture before me have also faced this type of fear. Some have written just as they spoke, and it was not always grammatically correct, but they told their stories.

One of my favorite authors, Cyprian Ekwensi wrote in pidgin. Pidgin is a corrupt form of the English language spoken in Nigeria. It is our lingua franca as everyone both the educated but especially the illiterate speaks it. Other English speaking African countries have their own form of pidgin.

It was trilling for me, the first time, to read Ekwensi’s story in Pidgin. I will never forget the effect this book titled Jaguar Nana had on me. It was the story of a Saucy and abrasive young girl. Market women read this story. Those who couldn’t read had it read to them. I had mauled the idea of writing in Pidgin.

The Rules:

I will choose only three winners from the correct matches. The winner with nine correct matches will be gifted with a $15 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of your choice from any of my books. The second with eight correct matches will be gifted with a $10 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of your choice from my books. The third winner with seven correct matches will be with gifted a $5. Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of your choice from my books.

Now the catch! If you follow the tour and read the snippets, I would hope that you would buy and read the complete stories and leave a review of the book after the tour.

This tour is supported by another of my books; Pregnant Future. If you want to read that one too, that will be great. However, the focus will be on Vagaries of Life: And Girls’ Talk. Good reading!

Snippet 4:

The first time it struck me that society dictated how I lived was when a highly regarded jazz artist came to Lagos. He visited Nigeria while being hosted by the American Cultural Institute in Lagos. All notable artists in Lagos converged to spend the night with this jazz musician and to listen to him play.

I walked into the venue, to find the place packed full of a mixed audience of both males and females, but I stuck out because I had walked in alone. All eyes shifted to me. I’m not a shy person, but with all those eyes on me that evening, my knees buckled.

I looked around, searching for a seat. Someone stood up and offered me the stool he was sitting on. I thanked him, took the stool and went and sat facing the grand piano. The piano top was open, and it shielded me from the player. That was the whole idea. I wanted to be near the piano, but not able to be seen by the player.

A few minutes after I had taken my position, the jazz musician arrived, flanked by two officers of the Cultural Centre. Behind them walked a popular couple known in Lagos for their jazz spot, Femi and Janice. The two walked hand-in-hand, smiling and waving at everyone…

About the Author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Joy has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly                journals, magazines, and newspapers. 

Her first short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/Summer, 2007, pg. 18. Since then, she has published numerous others in RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2.

Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She has also two books published in the Italian language. The First titled: Io Odio, Tu Odi, & Cinema E Africa Nera, are both by Edizione, Tindalo.

The Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, is a journey into the   mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria was published in 2014.

In Pregnant Future: No One Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring, Justina is the story of every young woman who found herself alone in the world to fend for herself. It is the story of the pitfalls that await such a woman. It is the story of survival.

Her latest book, A collection of Short Stories, titled: Vagaries of Life: And Girls’ Talk was published in December, 2018.

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Pregnant Future – Blurb

 Justina was a fighter. And, although it seemed the world was against her and her future was destined for failure …she persevered in the face of it all.

The future that was being thrown in her face, was not the one she had dreams of …and if she wanted to get her feet on the right path, she was going to have to show the world her strength. But, does she?

Will she have the will to make it to the end, unscarred?

What would you do if you knew what the future had in store for you?

Would you run towards it with open arms, or would you run away and never look back?

Justina must make a choice …before life chooses for her.

Links to Joy’s Social Network:

 My Web Site

 FaceBook

 Goodreads

 Twitter

LinkedIn

Thanks for supporting Joy and her work today! To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  

Lastly, Joy is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB {#RRBC}! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, JOIN US! We’d love to have you!

 

 

My #review of WHOBEDA’S GUIDE TO BASIC #ASTROLOGY by #RRBC #RWISA author Marcha Fox @startrailsIV

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What a fun read! Whobeda’s Guide is a great reference book and one that can be referred to again and again. I read this on a kindle but I’m going to buy one in paperback for referencing. Marcha Fox does a great job of keeping the reader entertained while jogging us through the solar system! This book would also make a great gift if you know someone who likes astrology and would like to analyze their own birth chart or others as well. Check out Marcha’s wonderful daily horoscope on Whobeda’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Whobeda/

marcha-fox[1420]Marcha says:   This is the book I wanted to find when I was first learning astrology. If you want to play “hyperlink bingo” you can find this information on my website at ValkyrieAstrology.com but I compiled it into book form at the request of various other astrologers who were using it as a textbook in their beginning astrology classes. Some of it is tongue-in-cheek, some possibly offensive since I’m a Capricorn with a dry sense of humor. Let’s just say that my 10 year old grandson read it and started analyzing his mom and his sisters. In other words, it’s not technical or boring, so I think you’ll like it and learn a lot.

If you want to learn more about astrology but currently know nothing more than your Sun Sign, then this is the book for you! This entertaining and easy to comprehend guide provides all the information you need to understand astrology’s basic principles and terminology. In addition, you’ll discover how this ancient cosmic art allows you to understand yourself and those around you at a deeper level, plus aid in career selection, parenting, getting along with others (both at home or in the workplace), as well as selecting the best time for any endeavor. If you already consult with an astrologer, the information within will help you speak astrologese and thus get even more out of your professional readings.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marcha Fox is a prolific writer who has addressed a wide variety of subjects, but her favorite is science fiction. It began as a love of astronomy, which eventually led to a bachelor of science degree in physics from Utah State University. This was followed by a 21 year career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where she held a variety of positions including technical writer, engineer, and eventually manager. Her NASA experiences included trips to Cape Canaveral in Florida, visiting other NASA centers in Mississippi, Alabama and Maryland, as well as trips to the European Space Agency in The Netherlands, but the most memorable was the sad task of helping to recover space shuttle debris in East Texas following the tragic Columbia accident in 2003.

Get to know more about Marcha’s hard scifi adventure series Star Trails Tetralogy here.