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Monday, April 26, 2021

Oh Good Now This by Susan Merson - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Susan Merson and her new book, “Oh Good Now This”!  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 $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Susan and to increase your chances of winning!

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

Oh Good Now This

by Susan Merson

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GENRE: Women's Literary Fiction

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BLURB:

Starting over is hard enough but when ghosts decide to hitch a ride into the future—things can get complicated.

Widowed Vivi leaves California for a new start back east landing in a college town near her old friend Vikram, now the local ‘spiritual’ leader and disappointing lover. But the two have old business which leads them to uncovering the ghosts they conjured long before and the ones that are haunting them now.  Vivi reclaims her life, -- with the help of a couple different dimensions-- saying hi to the ghosts who choose to hang around, and growing a new garden and a new life.

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EXCERPT TWO:

They have settled into their chairs and Tara is tossing some cards, shuffling them and getting a feel. She flips over three cards.

“Oh, my dear. Some bleak times, past, yes?”

Vivi is startled by this pronouncement. “Well, it’s been a time of change, I’d say.”

“Change?” says Tara. “You betcha. This Tower card is about the whole thing coming crashing down. But it’s in the past position. See here? This is the present,” she shows Vivi the 7 of cups. It’s a picture of a man taking a look at a whole gallery of possibilities. “Look at him”, Tara says. “He’s got lots of things to choose from.”

“Well, that sounds good,” says Vivi tentatively.

“Not bad. Don’t get over infatuated with the possibilities. And the last one… here. The Hermit. Yep.”

“What’s that mean?”

“Oh it’s fine. Just a time to go inside and let things percolate. Inner wisdom and all that. Not a bad sentence!” Tara laughs again. “Now. Anything specific on your mind?” Tara continues to flip cards. “So,” she says. “Who is this guy? This King keeps showing up. King of Cups? He fell out of the deck twice while I was shuffling. “Who is this guy who won’t leave you alone?”

Vivi is mystified. “How did you…?’

“Oh, it’s not magic. The cards just know, that’s all. They pick up what you bring. Who is this guy?”

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GUEST POST:

My Favorite Memories Spent at the Local Library:

“Books are keys to wisdom's treasure.

Books are gates to lands of pleasure.

Books are paths that upward lead,

Books are friends: come let us read."

~ Emilie Poulsson

I grew up in Detroit Michigan in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

This was before the city was drained of hope by the collapse of the auto industry. It was at a time when the great city buildings, built by the wealth of the auto makers reflected the old fashioned idea that art and the humanities could build a better society for everyone no matter your wealth, color or religion.

The Art Institute of Detroit was built in that era and featured prominent murals by Diego Rivera depicting the power of the American worker and extolling the virtues of American ingenuity. Yes, he was a communist and there was that ‘socialista’ slant as well, but no one talked about that til much later. Across the street, was the grand Detroit Public Library. There were impressive stairs leading up to big glass doors. Marble floors shone and led me up the great carved staircases to the quiet, high ceilinged reading rooms. I planted myself in the Theatre collection.

I wanted desperately to be an actress. It was the world that made the most sense to me since I was very small. I understood the scope of large stories, the drape of velvet curtains, the sweep of grand entrances and the magical language of Shakespeare or the silly howling of Kaufman and Hart comedies. My mother was horrified! Terrified!  How would her little girl with the romantic visions make her way in life?

She sent me to the library. Whenever I talked about the theatre she would drop me off at that grand building and told me to start reading. Just keep reading. And I did. I read every play, every history book, every picture book that mentioned the theatre. This was the era of language in theatre—Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Kaufman and Hart, Clifford Odets, Maxwell Anderson-- these were the language geniuses writing in the theatre. I drank in their wisdom and rhythms and concept of story like the thirsty little fish I was. Language was not taboo in the theatre. Poetry was happy to perch on the stage in the service of grand events. Plays were novels on their feet. They spoke through great stories but also through poetry and rhythm.

That kind of writing is out of fashion in the theatre now, but it is how I came to understand storytelling. Richness, hope and yes, elitist, European-centric, male dominated storytelling. But starting there, I soon learned the wisdom of the next generation of writers and readers A sharp backdrop of the best minds of the last centuries remained flagging my consciousness. My initial reading pushed me to understand more expansive and inclusive visions; art, great longing and the way in which we dream. All of us.

Books are secret worlds safe from the world. A day at the library let me dream, and no one could interfere with any dream I dreamed hard enough to make come true. And I’ve lived quite a few of them.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Susan Merson began her career as an actress on and off Broadway, in television and film. Co-founding the LA Writers Bloc in 1985 with award winning writer Jane Anderson, she has mentored writers through the Bloc and through her private and university classes in Playwriting, Life Stories, Writing as a Spiritual Practice, Tarot for Writers and the popular VOICING Series. Her short fiction has been featured in The Jew in America, Nice Jewish Girls (Penguin), The Worcester Review, the Chicken Soup series and several other online platforms.  As a playwright, her award-winning plays have been performed internationally, including her 8 solo plays featured and used as example in YOUR NAME HERE: An Actor Writers Guide to Solo Performance. (Amazon). Long form fiction available on Amazon is her award-winning blog, WHEN THEY GO AND YOU DO NOT and her first novel DREAMING IN DAYLIGHT.  OH GOOD NOW THIS, her newest novel launches 12/1/21. She is a tarot reader and counselor, a maker of quilts, clothing and whimsy.  Susan is a humble mother and a proud resident of New York City.

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CONNECT WITH SUSAN:

Website:

https://www.susanmerson.com

Blog:

https://www.susanmersonauthor.net/blog-1

Email:

susan@susanmerson.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/susanmersonauthor

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/oh-good-now-this-by-susan-merson

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/844186.Susan_Merson

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56476231-oh-good-now-this

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/3dRJDCJ

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SUSAN'S VIDEOS:

The author has also done a series of FIVE videos regarding the use of Tarot for writers (for more information, visit her website):

1.) Author/ teacher Susan Merson (OH GOOD NOW THIS/ Amazon) explores Tarot to jump start your writing.

TAROT FOR WRITERS #1:  INTRODUCTION

An introduction to using your own intuitive powers to tap into the resonance of Tarot images, packed with archetypes and symbols, to jumpstart inspiration for your artistic projects.

**CORRECTION: The Raziel Tarot Deck is designed by artist Robert Place with commentary by Rachel Pollack**

https://youtu.be/LGONsfOayJg

2.) Author/teacher Susan Merson (OH GOOD NOW THIS/Amazon), explores TAROT cards to jumpstart your writing.

TAROT FOR WRITERS #2: LANDSCAPE

Explore the landscape of story. Entering the world of the card offers visceral clues to the landscape of your writing.

https://youtu.be/Mwq9x-I9oQE

3.) Author/ teacher Susan Merson (OH GOOD NOW THIS/ Amazon) explores TAROT cards to jump start your writing.

TAROT FOR WRITERS #3: CHARACTER

A brief exploration of character and how to find their first basic journey. Look deeply at the character clues in the cards and throw three cards to begin their adventure.

https://youtu.be/CuovTNQ5ztk

4.) Author/teacher Susan Merson (OH GOOD NOW THIS/AMAZON) explores TAROT cards to jump start your writing.

TAROT FOR WRITERS #4:  WHAT STORY SHOULD I WRITE TODAY

On pulling cards to intuitively discover the story, the genre, the themes and the major turning points of a new story.

https://youtu.be/eHm0mVSNaPo

5.) Author/teacher Susan Merson (OH GOOD NOW THIS/AMAZON) explores TAROT to jumpstart your writing.

TAROT FOR WRITERS/ #5 TIMELINES AND DEEPER DIVE INTO RELATIONSHIPS

Timelines and going deeper into relationships with pro and antagonists. The more cards you draw the more information you can gather.

https://youtu.be/EClPq0e-H70

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3tT57F2

Amazon Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3nmDJwB

Apple Books eBook:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1546617489

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oh-good-now-this-susan-merson/1138532579?ean=2940165296864

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oh-good-now-this-susan-merson/1138532579?ean=9780578787589

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Oh-Good-Now-This-Susan-Merson/9780578787589

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Oh-Good-Now-This/Susan-Merson/9780578787589

Kobo eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/oh-good-now-this

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Susan will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here**

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.

7 comments:

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

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  2. This sounds like a book that many people would enjoy.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. Susan Merson is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.

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  4. Great excerpt, I enjoyed reading it!

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  5. This sounds like a very good book.

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