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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

They Called Me 33 by Karen Chaboyer - Book Tour - Book Trailer - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Karen Chaboyer and her new book, “They Called Me 33”!  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 $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Karen and to increase your chances of winning!

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

They Called Me 33
by Karen Chaboyer


GENRE: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional



Karen longed for acceptance, validation and love, but had no ability to form healthy, meaningful relationships. Born into a large family already suffering the effects of two generations of residential school, and surviving her own nine years at St. Margaret Indian Residential School, Karen (like everyone she knew) had been systematically stripped of her dignity, identity, language, culture, family and community support systems.

Not wanting to be alone as an adult, Karen tolerated unhealthy relationships with family and partners. Still, she was coping. But after suffering further trauma, Karen turned to alcohol and other addictions to numb her pain.

Eventually, Karen found the strength to reach out for help. She learned to grieve through layers of shame and was finally able to embrace her identity. Karen also discovered what has long been known in her culture – the healing power of sharing your story. Karen would now like to share this book, her story, with you.



My identity as a Native person was destroyed, and I became ashamed of who I was. I grew up feeling defective and wondered what was so wrong with me. I tried my best to be a good person, yet I was never accepted: never validated. I did not realize that it was my Nativeness that made me “defective” in the eyes of non-Natives. I also struggled with being accepted by peers. As a Native person, we are connected with the land. I did not have a reserve I could call home because I did not live on one. I felt I did not fit in the Native world and I definitely did not fit in the White world. I had no identity.

Finally, when I was fifteen, I graduated from residential school. I had completed my mandatory nine years. I was thrilled not to have to go back. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I did my time. I was free! My parents were so proud that I graduated; they presented me with a gold wristwatch as a graduation gift. I felt that this was my greatest achievement. It was a great celebration, as I now was free.





Karen Chaboyer is an Ojibwa mother and grandmother from Rainy River First Nations, a community in northwestern Ontario. She is proudly admired by her children, who have witnessed her transformation as she worked through layers of shame and learned to embrace her identity. A second-generation survivor of residential school, Karen now shares her experiences with audiences throughout the Toronto area, where she now resides. Karen's goal is to educate people on the extent to which the tragedies of the residential school system have impacted individuals, families, communities and entire cultures to this day.










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Karen will be awarding a $20 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. Karen ~ 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! :)

    P.S. ~ I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story and I am so sorry for all those awful things you had to endure!! I appreciate you opening up about it, educating and helping others!! You are a survivor ❤

  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, this sounds great