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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Against the Wind: Hope Sees the Invisible by Tony F. Powell - Book Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Tony F. Powell and his new book, “Against the Wind: Hope Sees the Invisible,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on his 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 Tony and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Against the Wind: Hope Sees the Invisible

by Tony F. Powell

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GENRE: Biography/Autobiography

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BLURB:

Tony Powell was born on March 16, 1955 in Charlottetown, Labrador, NL, on the Northeast Coast of Canada, son of the late Benjamin and Effie Powell. Together they had nine children - seven boys and two girls. Six boys become bush pilots. Tony is married to Ida Powell, and they have one child, Ramsey, who is a medical doctor.

Tony will take you on his life's journey. His stories are captivating, inspiring, and heart-wrenching. He never faltered in achieving his dreams and aspirations.

Tony has a great love for family and history. His greatest qualities are his positive attitude and calm nature, never allowing negative thinking to weaken his strengths and defeat his goals.

Tony's early years took him to the rich fishing ground off the shores of Labrador. At the tender age of seven he would accompany his dad and the crew to haul the cod traps in an ol' 10-metre motorboat. At age fourteen he was fishing as a share-man on his dad's longliner in the furry seas of Northern Labrador.

At age seventeen Tony was guiding sports fishermen from all over the world, fishing for trout and Atlantic salmon in our rich Labrador rivers and streams. Their excitement became his enjoyment.

Tony begin his career as a commercial pilot at the age of twenty. His love of flight included seven years with Labrador Airways, coupled with three years flying the mission plane out of North West River, Labrador.

Tony's dream was to have his own flying service. Pursuing his dream, he became owner/Chief Pilot of Labrador Travel Air, an aircraft charter company. With the newly constructed Trans Labrador Highway along our shores, Labrador Travel Air became history.

He has 45 years of flying experience and 27,000 hours of flight time on over 30 different types of single-and multi-engine aircraft on wheels, skis and floats, including a commercial helicopter licence, often logging 1500 hours in a single year. In Tony's years of flight thus far he is very proud to have a proven record of never having any injuries to his passengers or himself.

Tony continues to fly seasonally on a legendary Beaver seaplane for Portland Creek Aviation, and has his own PA-18 Super Cub C-GTFP.

I invite you to come experience first hand Captain Tony Powell behind the controls of the legendary de Havilland pistonpowered Beaver during the seventies without heaters in -50°C temperatures. Watch him perform many lifesaving mercy flights while battling some of nature's most severe weather conditions anywhere on the planet. His described flights will surely capture the attention of the most avid flyer as we witness him survive engine failures and even a crash landing amongst the huge trees in Labrador.

Come live out in real time his heroic shipwreck. Sit on his modified Mach Z Ski-Doo and feel the adrenaline flow through your veins as you race for dear life up the big mountain in the Race on the Rock at Marble Mountain, NL.

At age forty-eight, Tony was diagnosed with fourth and final stage cancer. Learn of his prognosis, and his courageous determination to survive. Experience his fight to beat the odds.

Throughout Tony's recollections you will travel by air, water and land, experiencing historic events and fatal airplane crash scenes in Labrador, including the story of his Grandfather Powell sailing onboard the Dorothy Duff while delivering a load of salt cod fish to the Mediterranean Sea during WWI. It will surely chill you to your core.

Tony will welcome you to his childhood family home where you will find pure love overcoming many of life's obstacles. Find out the true meaning of perseverance, courage and strength.

Tony has shown us what life's struggles are all about and how he survived them.

This book is a true reflection of living our lives one day at a time. Each day we all journey Against the Wind and survive the storms of life.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

My Worst Aircraft Accident

It was September 27th, 1984—a great day for flying! Every day was a great day to me whenever I sat in the left seat, behind the controls of an airplane, taking off up into the openness and freedom of the beautiful skies. The weather was clear with twenty-five knots of wind out of the northwest. I left Charlottetown, Labrador, at about 12:30 p.m. local time with brother Benny sitting in the right seat of my Cessna 185 floatplane, C-GBOB, with full tanks of fuel.

As we flew north the winds increased and we were experiencing moderate turbulence. I said to Benny, “I think we should climb up to sixty-five hundred feet for a more comfortable ride.” However, at the higher altitude the winds increased to fifty knots directly on our nose, bringing our ground speed back under seventy knots. At that rate it would be dark by the time we reached our destination, so I descended to twenty-five hundred feet for a greater ground speed. Shortly after levelling off and getting further to the north we encountered light snow showers with light ice embedded in the snow, causing ice buildup on the leading edge of the wings and windscreen.

Crossing the Eagle River with a ground speed of less than eighty knots, I knew it was going to be a longer flight than normal to Goose Bay. I was mighty pleased I had taken on the extra fuel before leaving home; under normal conditions with full tanks I could fly to Goose Bay and return home without refuelling.

We were sixteen miles southeast of Goose Bay, cruising along at twenty-five hundred feet, when the engine suddenly quit. After going through all the emergency procedures, the engine cut in again, but just for a few seconds before it would quit again. I tried everything I knew but not another gig. There was nothing but tall black spruce trees in all directions except one small pond downwind from us and it too was surrounded by tall trees. Benny pointed to the pond but I had already seen it. Any attempt to land there with the strong wind on the tail, just five hundred feet above these big trees, would be game over. I told Benny to ensure his seat and shoulder straps were fastened. I continued straight ahead and transmitted a mayday on 119.1: “C-GBOB engine failure, sixteen miles southeast of the Goose - VOR going down into the trees.” Goose Tower acknowledged. Time to glide beyond the trees below us had rapidly run out. I quickly told Benny to unlatch the door and braced himself: “We’re going down into the trees. Don’t panic, we’ll be okay!” I had never encountered a situation like this before, but always practiced in my mind what I would do to survive in a crash landing. I was about to put it to the test.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Tony Powell was born and raised at Charlottetown, Labrador, Newfoundland Labrador, a proud member of NunatuKavut, Southern Inuit of Labrador. He is mixed blood Inuit and European decent, the son of the late Author Benjamin W. Powell of Charlottetown, Labrador, NL. His mom was the late Effie Mary Campbell Powell, born at George's Cove, ten miles south of Square Islands on the southeast coast of Labrador. Married to Ida Powell of Conche, on the great Northern Peninsula of NL, they have a son, Ramsey Powell, who is a medical Doctor.

When Tony was a boy the main mode of transportation along the Labrador Coast was by a Team of husky dogs or snowshoes.

A travelling doctor and nurse visited our community once during the winter by dog team, and once during the summer by boat. The first scheduled Aircraft passenger service was Labrador Airways by single engine Otter in 1970 winter time only.

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CONNECT WITH TONY:

Website:

http://tonyfpowell.com

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20996805.Tony_F_Powell

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56503147-against-the-wind

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

http://amzn.to/3hdZmhG

Amazon US Paperback:

http://amzn.to/3o83NMA

Amazon US Hardcover:

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Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0228836832

Amazon CA Hardcover:

https://www.amazon.ca/Against-Wind-Hope-Sees-Invisible/dp/0228836840

Apple Books eBook:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/against-the-wind-hope-sees-the-invisible/id1544817905

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/against-the-wind-tony-f-powell/1138466935?ean=2940164758295

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/against-the-wind-tony-f-powell/1138466935?ean=9780228836834

Barnes and Noble Hardcover:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/against-the-wind-tony-f-powell/1138466935?ean=9780228836841

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Against-the-Wind-Tony-F-Powell/9780228836834

The Book Depository Hardcover:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Against-Wind-Tony-F-Powell/9780228836841

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

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BAM! Books-A-Million Hardcover:

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The Bookshop Paperback:

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The Bookshop Hardcover:

https://bookshop.org/books/against-the-wind-hope-sees-the-invisible-9780228836841/9780228836841

Indigo Chapters CA eBook:

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/against-the-wind-hope-sees/9780228836858-item.html

Indigo Chapters CA Paperback:

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/against-the-wind-hope-sees/9780228836834-item.html

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/against-the-wind-50

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/against-the-wind-50

Smashwords eBook:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1058587

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Tony will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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6 comments:

  1. Tony ~ 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! :)

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  2. I think the cover of your book is colorful!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. Thank you for hosting Tony on your blog today!

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