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Thursday, June 6, 2019

On Loving by Lili Naghdi - Book Tour - Book Sale - Book Trailer - Book Launch Video - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Lili Naghdi and her new book, “On Loving”!  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 a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Lili and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

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

On Loving
by Lili Naghdi


GENRE: Romance



In 1972, Dr. Rose Hemmings has just finished her general surgery residency when a haunted stranger is shot in front of her in a New York City bar, and their lives become forever intertwined. And when, having been given the blessing of her adoptive father on his deathbed, Rose travels to prerevolutionary Iran to discover the past her American family kept secret from her, she finds a true Pandora's box. It is a world both foreign and familiar, in which her primary place is as the heiress to a great tribe. In Iran, Rose will find family she never dreamed of, her own people, and a man who loves her as passionately as he does the rare black roses of his garden. She will return to the United States carrying a new secret and torn between two men: the one she loves helplessly, and the one who loves her unconditionally.

Woven throughout with Persian poetry ancient and modern, On Loving is the story of one woman's lifetime of love and loss, of societal change in a nomadic people, and of overcoming personal challenges, including mental and physical health, to find true contentment. Above all, it is a story of love: its physiology, psychology and philosophy; the many forms it takes; its myths and truths; its challenges, its joys and its gifts.



“It was almost nine when I got back. Kim had fed Layla and put her to sleep. I sent Kim home for the night, kissed Layla’s face good night and went to my room to change for bed.

Siyavash’s letter was still on the floor. I bent down and picked it up.

Inhaling the scent of the dried black rose, I wandered to the window and stared at the thin, even white carpet of snow on the street. Where do I want to be? I asked myself. Somewhere beautiful, calming. Somewhere full of life, with a boundless, vaulted sky above my head, perhaps!

I then closed my eyes and let myself being taken to Siyavash’s majestic rose garden in Isfahan. I could feel the breeze in my hair, could feel the warmth of the sun on my face. I remembered how Siyavash had looked at me with love and admiration there. I was blind not to see it then. I couldn’t recall Dean looking at me like that …

I opened my eyes and read Siyavash’s letter again, raking my fingers through my hair. Then, nervously rubbing my neck, I went to the phone next to my bed.

“Good evening,” I said when the other end of the line picked up.

“Rose! Is that … Is that you?” It was Siyavash.

“Yes, it’s me!” I paused and swallowed the lump that had risen in my throat. “Come back home! Just come back to me!”

I quickly hung up and rushed to the window, as if for air. Snowflakes were still dancing their way down to the ground.

My chest felt so constricted that I could hardly breathe.

Am I questioning Dean’s love for me? I wondered. Am I comparing it to Siyavash’s? But that was impossible! I shook my head. I’m just giving Siyavash a chance to redeem himself, a proper second chance. But the reminder to myself was pointless: the truth was something else, and I knew it!

I was at fault here. I was the guilty — guilty of blocking not only my ears but also my soul from hearing Siyavash’s voice, so ignorant indeed that my heart was finally reproaching me for my bigotry and cruelty.

I folded the letter and tucked it away in the drawer next to my bed.

I’ll know soon how I need to deal with him, I told myself. Or I’ll just have to find a way around it!”





Check out Lili’s exciting and successful book launch in Toronto, CA!!!



Advice for Writers

Be bold, be yourself and explore your emotions, your thoughts and beliefs that arise from within you and share them wholeheartedly with your readers. I'm sure whatever comes purely from within will always sit well with any reader. Trust your readers and that will always work without a doubt. For me, knowing and feeling my characters while writing about them, their dialogues and etc. was such an incredible way of connecting with the whole story in a different level and I believe thinking in a way that you are also a part of your story and experiencing your characters’ reactions may make a huge difference in your perception and approach to writing and creating your story. Let the characters talk to you in their own way so you can reflect the true meaning of what they really mean. When you talk to people or even have a very simple daily encounter, don’t hesitate to evaluate your own feelings toward the topic of discussion or their reactions, their facial expressions, it will certainly help for character development and it may even help you to create a new character that can make your story more relatable for your readers. The great William Faulkner once said, “Read, read, read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.”  Although I respect him deeply and I think he gave us a wonderful advice, but I at the same time I question the part about “reading everything”, since I think if you have a limited time with your busy lives these days you need to spend more time reading the material that worth reading and can inspire you as a writer. Be fair and stay away from any prejudice or any preconceived opinion that is not based on reason. It subconsciously pushes you toward wrong misconceptions and eventually kills your creativity.



Lili Naghdi is an Iranian Canadian physician who was born and raised in Tehran. She continued her education and research after moving to Canada with her husband and daughter in 1996. Today she practices family medicine in Vaughan, Ontario, with particular interests in women’s and mental health. Being a family physician gives her the privilege of connecting with patients and participating in their care with a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional and social adversities they face. Interacting with people of many different backgrounds has also provided Dr. Naghdi with the opportunity to grow as a person, a physician and an author.

Growing up in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran, Lili became fascinated by the magical realm of literature, poetry and history. She began collecting prized quotations at the young age of eight. Dr. Naghdi has written poetry and short stories in both Farsi and English, but she eventually followed William Wordsworth’s advice to “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart,” and turned to fiction.

On Loving is her first novel. Inspired by both the ordinary people she has the honor to support and by the great literature of Persia and the world — from Hafez to Forugh Farrokhzad and from John Steinbeck to Margaret Mitchell — Dr. Naghdi passionately agrees with Boris Pasternak, whose Yuri Zhivago is a physician and patriotic poet, when he writes: “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.”








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Lili will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. Lili ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    1. Thank you dear Ally for hosting me! I'm so excited to be here today. It is a great pleasure and I am looking forward to it! Also, thanks for your kind wishes. :))

  2. Dear Friends,

    Good morning. It is so wonderful to join you here on FAB! I'd like to thank our lovely host Ally and Goddess Fish Promotions for giving me this opportunity today.

    “On Loving”, my debut novel, is not only a love story but in fact, it is a story about love itself, its physiology and philosophy, the many forms it takes, its myths and truths, its challenges, its joys and its gifts. It is the story of one woman’s lifetime of love and loss, and of the true meaning of love, and this “true meaning” could be different for different people.

    I’d like to ask everyone the following question (on each and every stop of the tour), and I’d really appreciate everyone’s participation:

    How do you define “LOVE” in your own words and based on your own experiences?

    So … feel free and let us know what’s in your mind!


    Lili Naghdi

  3. I appreciate you taking the time to give us a great book description and giveaway as well. Thank you so much!

    1. Thanks for following my virtual tour and good luck!

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    1. Hi Victoria. Thanks for following my tour and good luck in the giveaway!

  5. When I read "on Loving" I was wondering how much of the story is based on real events and real people. Can you elaborate on that?

  6. Although "On Loving" is a fiction, but almost 80% of it is based on the real events and not fictionalized. Thanks for joining us today and good luck with the draw!

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  8. I love books based on reality.. I can't wait to read this!!

    1. I hope you like it. Thanks for participating. Good luck in the giveaway!

  9. It was a great pleasure to be here. I'd like to thank our host one more time and also, to thank you all for joining us. Good luck in the giveaway!

  10. Would you ever like to see your book turned into a movie or television show?

  11. Hi Bernie. Sure! It is so exciting to see your characters come to life. Although when I was writing the manuscript I honestly felt I was present in the plot the whole time! Thanks for following me. Good luck with the draw!

  12. The book sounds very intriguing, thank you for the reveal!