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“So much more than just an original, engaging, and consistently entertaining story, it can be viewed by the reader as a kind of guide or blueprint to live life in a way that would enable an appreciation of the journey and not just the destination. An expertly crafted work from beginning to end, “To Hold The Sun” is enthusiastically recommended reading.” — Midwest Book Review
Join us for this inspirational fiction book tour from July 21 to August 1! If you're interested in this tour leave a comment or contact us.
Book Title: To Hold The Sun by Chas Watkins
Category: Adult fiction. 172 pages
Genre: self-help / inspirational fiction
Published: April 22, 2013
Available in: Print and e-book formats
Will send books to: US and Canada
Tour dates: July 21 to August 1, 2014
Content Rating: G
This delightful and engaging story outlines the experiences of a young, poor, and disillusioned reporter who is enticed to do a series of articles about Paul, an unconventional philosopher and motivational speaker. In lieu of payment, he gets to travel to and dive on Roatan, arguably one of the most beautiful, pristine islands in the Caribbean. Through a series of meetings, the reporter gets to know Paul's innermost philosophies. He learns an alternate way of living from a man who strives to perfect handstands on a dock and practices the art of happiness.
The author developed the book as a guide to help his children live their lives in a way that would allow them to enjoy the journey. Drawing on wildly diverse disciplines including stoicism, neuroscience, skepticism, behavioral economics, and spirituality; the reader is taken on a journey that exposes the author's philosophy of life. He demonstrates that happiness is indeed a choice.
All places detailed on Roatan exist and are more beautiful than described. Color Photos (if supported) are by kind permission of Shawn Jackson.
Meet the Author:
Chas Watkins was born and raised in England and is a naturalized Australian. His children are all American, which he finds very confusing. He moved to Roatan nine years ago. He has an unused degree in electronics from Hull University in England and has somehow managed to work for many fine and good companies without being fired.
After the raging madness of the dotcom world in California, he moved to Roatan to settle with his family. Chas currently pretends to work as a Realtor and Radio DJ. He reads an awful lot, watches the sunrise and sunset every day and consumes way too much coffee. He runs on the beach in the mornings, practices handstands, and lives happily on Roatan with his cat Gary and the children who have not yet deserted him. Even on his best day he is nothing like his character Paul, but strives to be so.
Occasionally he "likes to dance as if no one is watching" which is ironic as his dancing makes people stare. If you are really unlucky, you may meet him, and whatever you do, don't offer him a drink as he is a very rude and uninteresting person.
Connect with Chas here: http://www.toholdthesun.com
Book Tour Schedule
This tour is fully booked
July 21 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
July 21 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review
July 22 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / interview
July 22 - ACReads - review
July 23 - Katie's Clean Book Collection - book spotlight
July 23 - Tales of the Marvelous - review / giveaway
July 24 - Brooke Blogs - review / giveaway
July 25 - Heart of a Philanthropist - interview
July 25 - Being Tilly's Mummy - book spotlight
July 28 - Pinky's Favorite Reads - book spotlight / giveaway
July 28 - Savings in Seconds - review
July 29 - Being Tilly's Mummy - review / giveaway
July 29 - Back Porchervations - review
July 30 - Rockin' Book Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
July 31- Posting for Now - review
July 31 - One Frugal Girl - review
Aug 1 - I'd Rather Be at the Beach - review / giveaway
Sept 8 - Like a Bump on a Blog - review
I'm excited to announce that Laura Morelli will be accepting the Silver IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction Ebook at BEA this year! But this is not be the only award this talented art historian will be accepting. Here are a few others:
Eric Hoffer Award Category Finalist
Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize
Finalist for the Indie Excellence Award
Way to go for Indie publishing! As a mater of fact, Publishers Weekly decided to interview Laura Morelli about her experience as a self-published author. Morelli who has also published three nonfiction books, Made In Italy, Made In France, and Made In the Southwest for Universe, an imprint of Rizzoli Publications, decided to self-publish her first novel The Gondola Maker which received a starred review from PW Select.
The Gondola Maker is currently on tour with iRead. You can follow the tour here and read what book bloggers are saying about this atmospheric novel rich in art history.
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