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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

On the Eighteenth of May by Jordan R. Samuel - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jordan R. Samuel and her new book, “On the Eighteenth of May”!  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 $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jordan and to increase your chances of winning!

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

On the Eighteenth of May
by Jordan R. Samuel


GENRE: Romance



On the evening of the eighteenth of May, a young woman named Cass walks alone into a small village with the intent to stay for exactly one year. Cass soon meets two precocious children, a caring and generous business owner, and the Chief of Police from the neighboring town. Family and loss are parts of many of their stories, and while these people, as well as others, attempt to know and help her, the history and troubled memories of what led Cass to this place begin to gradually unfold. As the potential for love and the pathway for healing become clearer, the date of departure approaches. Cass and those around her will be forced to decide how forcefully they are willing to hold on: to the past, to the pain, and to the person.

On the Eighteenth of May is the story of the people and events that are interwoven throughout Cass’s journey and her life.  It is a story that examines the true test of strength in the deepest depths of sorrow, as felt by the human heart. It is a story that explores the perceived helplessness of those within the support structure, and the extent to which those we love can hinder or accelerate the healing process.  Finally, it is a story that reminds us of the overwhelming power of comforting influences in all of our lives, as our human souls struggle, against all odds, to survive.



Taking his keys from his pocket and unlocking the back porch door, Lucas returned to the present. He was well aware that this was his mother’s favored napping time, a time she lovingly referred to as her “pre-supper beauty sleep”, so he was careful to open the back door quietly. After entering, he softly stepped through the kitchen and headed straight for his old bedroom.

The bedroom door was closed, which seemed odd. He quickly shrugged it off and proceeded to walk towards it, intending to find the croquet set and leave the home so quietly his mother would never even know he had been there.

As he turned the doorknob, the bedroom door slid slowly open, offering him a small and then ever-increasing slice of vision. As the opening grew wider, Lucas suddenly saw. There was a stranger in his bedroom.

The stranger was looking out his window. Her face was fully turned away. However, he did not need to see her face to realize the stranger was the drifter. The very same drifter he had seen earlier in the day. The same clothes, the same sweat, the same hair.

He thought back to the questions he had considered earlier in regards to her age. Whatever her age, she was old enough. Old enough to know how to break into an older woman’s home and steal her blind.



Five Reasons You Should Read My Book:

Reason #1: It’s summertime!
Yes, we all crave it! That sweet, sad, page-turner of a story that we can take along to the beach or to our lounge chair that is set up in our backyard. That book that we finish in one day or a weekend. That book that makes us remember youth and pain and healing and love. That book that gives us hope, even when we know the whole story might end badly. There’s a special type of book that makes summer days even more special – and this one is it!

Reason #2: Characters you will cheer for!
When was the last time you read a book and loved the story but wasn’t crazy about the characters? On the Eighteenth of May will introduce you to characters who could be your own friends or neighbors. Realistic characters who face struggles and burdens, and make the best decisions they can with what they are given. By the end, you may find it hard to decide which character was your favorite! But I would love to hear just the same!

Reason #3: The Blue Ridge Mountains!
Chimney Rock, North Carolina, is a small village in the Hickory Nut Gorge of the Blue Ridge, and Lake Lure is a small town that is right beside Chimney Rock. Together, this dynamic duo serves as the lovely setting for this novel. Many of the iconic features of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, such as the Broad River, which flows over huge boulders and through the gorge, are featured in the story.

Reason #4: Mystery!
One of the more often-repeated thoughts shared in reviews of the book include phrases such as “I was tempted to just skip to the end – to find out what happened”. Yes, among the beauty of the mountains and the tender love story that unfolds, there is an element of the unknown that will gnaw at the reader’s consciousness. Secrets that need to be known, but may never be revealed. Memories that must be hidden – but will they be shared before the final page?

Reason #5: Healing
I wrote this book in my own time of sadness, and it is a book filled with its own sorrow and heartache. But more than one reader has pointed out that it can be helpful in remembrance of one’s own pain or sorrow, and in the reader’s own journey of strength and healing.

I hope you and your readers will enjoy On the Eighteenth of May! I look forward to your thoughts and feedback!



Jordan R. Samuel is a former public school teacher and administrator who enjoys her current work as an Assistant Professor of Education. She spends her days with her husband and her three children as she teaches, studies and writes. She immensely enjoys travelling, and penned many parts of this particular story while relaxing in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.



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  1. Jordan ~ 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! :)

  2. Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Good morning, Ally. Thank you so much for hosting today! JRS

  4. this sounds really good, thanks for sharing

  5. What part of the book was most difficult to write?

  6. thank you for sharing! Love getting to know new authors