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Friday, October 27, 2017

All Inclusive by Farzana Doctor - Book Tour - Book Trailer - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Farzana Doctor and her new book, “All Inclusive”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win exciting prizes like a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card or ONE of TEN print copies of the featured book!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Farzana and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

All Inclusive
by Farzana Doctor


GENRE: Literary Fiction, LGBT, Magical Realism, Multicultural



A story about an all-inclusive resort, the ghost of an unknown father, and the tragedies we can’t forget.

What’s it like when everyone’s dream vacation is your job? Ameera works at a Mexican all-inclusive resort, where every day is paradise — if “paradise” means endless paperwork, quotas to meet, and entitled tourists. But it’s not all bad: Ameera’s pastime of choice is the swingers scene, and the resort is the perfect place to hook up with like-minded couples without all the hassle of having to see them again.

Despite Ameera’s best efforts to keep her sideline a secret, someone is spreading scandalous rumours about her around the resort, and her job might be at stake. Meanwhile, she’s being plagued by her other secret, the big unknown of her existence: the identity of her father and why he disappeared. Unbeknownst to Ameera, her father, Azeez, is looking for her, and they both must come to terms with the reason why he abandoned her.

A moving new work from award-winning author Farzana Doctor, All Inclusive blurs the lines between the real world and paradise, and life and death, and reminds us that love is neither easily lost nor found.




June 21, 1985, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

I’d been watching her for a full ten minutes. She sat at the table next to mine, reading a textbook
entitled Understanding World Religions. It was the first day of summer and my second last in

She absent-mindedly played with her long auburn hair, her fingers moving like a magician’s, conjuring it into a single braid. She didn’t tie off the end, and her hair eventually resisted the arrangement and pulled itself free. I nibbled my honey cruller, and waited for her to notice me. For another ten minutes, I scripted my words. I was a chatty fellow back then, but it took immense bravery to speak to a woman I didn’t know. I chided myself: what did it matter if I sounded like a fool?

“That looks like interesting reading.”

She glanced up, and her cheeks blushed crimson. I loved when white girls did that. It just
isn’t the same with brown girls; their pigment allows them to mute their embarrassment. The girl
smiled and nodded and returned to her textbook, her lavender highlighter squeaking across the
page. But I could tell she was no longer concentrating on the material.





5 Tips for Finishing Your Novel

In 2001, during a writing course, the instructor told a story about how a writer he knew—someone with a full-time job and kids—managed to write a novel in 4 years by carving out 3 forty-five minute slots each week. I don’t have kids, but at the time I was a very harried manager of two addiction programs at a mental health hospital, and so I followed this example, very literally.

It took me 4 years, but I managed to write my first novel, Stealing Nasreen.

I quit that job, and started a part-time private practice in order to have more time and flexibility to write. It’s taken years, but I’ve settled into a pretty good routine. Here are 5 writing practices that work for me:

1.     Set page count goals
•       Goals must be SMART (specific, measurable, realistic, attainable, time-based). For example, it works for me to set a weekly goal of 10 pages for new writing, or 100 pages when in the revision stage. Your page count goals might be less or more, depending on your schedule.

2.     Schedule writing time
•       This helps me to make writing a priority. I write for an hour each morning, then take my dog for a walk, and then write again for another hour. Then I switch gears and see my psychotherapy clients. When I am really busy (for example, when promoting a new book), sometimes all I get is 15 minutes with my morning coffee. It’s amazing how much can get done in short, intentional writing sprints.

3.     Don’t worry about your writing space
•       I write in a notebook or use my laptop and so I can write in bed, at my kitchen table, in a coffee shop or at my psychotherapy office. I know people who write on the subway. Just find any place that works and don’t let your imperfect environment be a distraction.

4.     Allow for fallow time
•       Writers need lots of quiet time to process, fantasize and imagine. Allow yourself to zone out, to take time off, to meditate. While drifting off to sleep on my acupuncturist’s table last week, I solved a puzzle in my novel that I’d been working on for days. Also, I don’t write on my vacations, because I see writing as my job, and we all need a holiday from work.

5.     Give yourself deadlines
•       Except when near the end of a project, when I’m working with an agent or editor, no one is setting deadlines for me, so I have to set them myself. I mark due dates in my calendar. Sometime I’ll work with external deadlines by applying for a grant or submitting work to a contest to help myself finish on time.

What are your tips for finishing a novel? Leave a comment below!



Farzana Doctor is the author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which was a 2012 Lambda Literary Award and the 2017 One Book One Brampton winner) and the recently released All Inclusive which was a Kobo and National Post Best Book of the Year. Farzana was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now”. She is also a Registered Social Worker with a part-time psychotherapy practice. She curates the Brockton Writers Series.







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Farzana will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner and a print copy of the book to 10 randomly drawn winners (US Only) via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Farzana ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Shared on G+ to help spread the word, good luck with the book tour!

  3. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. Happy Friday! Thanks for sharing the great post, have a great weekend :)

  5. What book would you like to see turned into a movie? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com