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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

The Seven-Day Resurrection by Chevron Ross - Book Tour - Book Sale - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Chevron Ross and his new book, “The Seven-Day Resurrection,” 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 $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Chevron Ross and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

The Seven-Day Resurrection

by Chevron Ross

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GENRE: Christian/Family Fiction

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BLURB:

Len Holder thinks his mother is dead – until she reappears one morning in his living room.

She doesn’t remember being dead. She’s just confused.

And instead of her burial clothes, she’s wearing a Dallas Cowboys warmup suit.

At seventy-eight, Len considers himself a failure. He spent years taking care of Mom while his brother Joey became a famous sportscaster. Now he lives alone, tinkering with a novel he can’t seem to finish.

For a week, Len relives a strained relationship with Mom while other mysteries pile up. He keeps hearing fragments of Joey’s radio show. His sister reports disturbing phone calls. Strangers he meets look like people from his past. Another stranger has taken over his insurance office.

Then Len gets word that his beloved boss Miranda has been gravely injured in a car accident. Eventually, Miranda’s fate and a shocking secret from the past reveal that Sharon Holder’s resurrection is not what it seems to be.

The Seven-Day Resurrection is a must-read for anyone who has been thrust into the role of caregiver.

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EXCERPT THREE:

They dated regularly until May when Loretta began talking about the senior prom. They were sitting on her parents’ porch, watching the sunset. Loretta’s eyes sparkled as she described the dress her mother was making for the occasion.

Len had never considered attending the prom. He was an outsider, he didn’t know how to dance, and he was uneasy in crowds. “Let’s go see Exodus instead,” he suggested.

“We go to movies all the time,” Loretta said. “The prom is special, something you remember your whole life.”

“It’ll just be the same football idiots and snobs we see in school every day. I can’t wait to graduate and get away from them.”

“But Len,” she said anxiously, “my mother’s already spent a week sewing my dress. What’ll I tell her?”

“That’s not my fault. You should have asked me first.”

“It doesn’t work that way. Boys are supposed to do the asking.”

He clammed up, the years of abuse and taunts still boiling within him.

“Please, Len. All the other seniors will be there. Won’t you do it, just for me?” Loretta pleaded until her tears turned to anger. She rushed into the house, leaving him alone on the porch.

At school the next day she refused to speak to him. All her girlfriends roasted him with angry glares.

“Look, I’m sorry,” he said, confronting her in the hallway. “I’ll escort you to the prom if it’s that important.”

“You needn’t bother,” she replied icily. “I’ve already been asked.”

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

This book is enjoyably surprising, refreshingly original, and kept this reader engaged from page to page!!

I honestly wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this book, but I was quite intrigued after reading the book blurb, and as a longtime family caregiver I was curious to see where this story was headed – thankfully it did not disappoint!!

This book strongly focuses on the main character, Len, and his complex relationship with his mother.  Although his mother presumably died seven years ago, Len awakens one morning to her singing and wandering about their home.  This clearly must be a dream?  Or some kind of mistake?  Len is trying to figure out what exactly is happening while repeatedly checking his mom’s pulse to make sure, yep, she really is “alive,” (LOL!!) and tries to determine why she has appeared at their home all of a sudden – and wearing a Dallas Cowboys warmup suit (LOL!!) no less!!  While Len and his mom have mostly had a complicated and strained (err tattered) relationship, it’s no wonder that her return has opened some old wounds and brought back overwhelmingly mixed feelings.  Furthermore, hidden family secrets that were also thought to have once been buried are uncovered, and perhaps will finally give Len the answers about his dad, that he’s always wondered about, but his mom kept tight lipped.  It seems that mom’s and secrets don’t stay buried for long…

Is Sharon really back home and for how long?  What does Sharon’s return mean and why now?  Be sure to check out this book to dive into the complexities of a parent/caregiver relationship, what it’s like to have a second chance with a lost loved one, and the possible dark thoughts of wishing for anything but!!

Anybody who has been pushed into a caregiver role for a loved one will instantly understand, connect, and sympathize with the strenuous mother-son relationship between Len and Sharon.  As a longtime caregiver for my mother as she has weathered two cancer diagnosis’s and more than a dozen surgeries, it was easy to relate.  When a child reverses roles with their parent and becomes the one taking care of them, both sides kick up many raw emotions of anger, stress, resentments, anxieties, and fears that consistently challenge the day-to-day relationship.  In my experience, there is no easy fix or solution, but to endure – this is your loved one, who took care of you when you were little, scared, and needing help, and now your parent or loved one is elderly and/or ill and is in the same scared situation needing help.  It’s easy to forget, especially on the rough days, but stories like this, help remind us that we are not alone, it’s the right thing to do, and one day not so far away, we’ll probably be in their shoes, needing help, and hoping that our loved ones are there to step up and take care of us.

Although I must admit that I enjoyed the dark humor caregiving tidbits that were sprinkled throughout the story.  Many caregivers have certainly been known to have these thoughts if not mumble them under their breath.  With the emotional, physical, and mental toll caregiving can take, it’s these little LOL moments, grim or otherwise, that offer a moment of solace after an already long, demanding day.

I honestly found myself captivated by this story line, hanging on every page, waiting to find out how this story would unfold.  Now, no spoilers here – but as an avid reader I was playing out a few different scenarios and correctly solved the ending early on.  Regardless, that doesn’t take away from the quality of the story, as I still thoroughly enjoyed following along the book’s journey.  I was also pleased that this book neatly ended without any loose ends or unanswered questions.

However, there is one dig I have about this book, and it’s regarding the book Len is writing.  More specifically, it’s the awkwardness of Len’s book’s excerpts being randomly tossed in between the chapters.  After reading this book I understand their importance to the story and how they come full circle at the end.  However, one minute I am completely immersed into the story line about Len and his mom, Sharon, and then the next page I’m reading from Len’s book, “The Farm Tree,” for a few pages, and then it picks back up with Len and Sharon.  These book excerpts felt distracting and do not smoothly transition into the main story.  I honestly started skipping over Len’s book’s excerpts because it was confusing having a plot buildup at the end of the chapter to then be taken away from the story, to essentially read another book, and then try to come back to that anticipation and excitement of the next scene – it just was completely lost by then.

This book is comprised of only eight chapters, each named after a day – Monday through Sunday.  The last chapter, titled “Monday Redux,” provides further insight and recollection of how that day, (chapter one), actually played out.  Each chapter follows Len and his mom over their reconnected week.

Currently this book is not identified to be part of a book series, and therefore, can easily be read as a standalone.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!!  I think all Christian book readers and family fiction readers will like this book too!!  And I would also recommend this book to other caregivers as I truly believe one of the best ways to cope through this overwhelmingly daunting situation – is to hear other’s stories (fiction or non-fiction) because we are not alone and this help us all to understand, connect, and sympathize in a safe, welcoming, and accepting place.  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**

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AUTHOR BIO:

Chevron Ross is a pseudonym for someone unimportant. He is not a writer, but God keeps putting ideas into his head that somehow turn into stories. If you like them, be sure to offer God a prayer of thanks.

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CONNECT WITH CHEVRON ROSS:

Website:

https://chevronross.net

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Chevron-Ross-113312316998139

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/ChevronRoss

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19611434.Chevron_Ross

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59980475-the-seven-day-resurrection

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/3rwMcRv

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/34GZZvN

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/34hRaZR

Amazon US Hardcover:

https://amzn.to/3B1BIg4

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Seven-Day-Resurrection-Chevron-Ross-ebook/dp/B09MSRG4SB

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Seven-Day-Resurrection-Chevron-Ross/dp/B09QP696PY

Amazon CA Hardcover:

https://www.amazon.ca/Seven-Day-Resurrection-Chevron-Ross/dp/1087997372

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-seven-day-resurrection-chevron-ross/1140487641?ean=9781087997360

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-seven-day-resurrection-chevron-ross/1140487641?ean=9781087997285

Barnes and Noble Hardcover:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-seven-day-resurrection-chevron-ross/1140487641?ean=9781087997377

Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Seven-Day-Resurrection-Chevron-Ross/9781087997285

Book Depository Hardcover:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Seven-Day-Resurrection-Chevron-Ross/9781087997377

Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Seven-Day-Resurrection/Chevron-Ross/9781087997285

Books-A-Million Hardcover:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Seven-Day-Resurrection/Chevron-Ross/9781087997377

Bookshop Paperback:

https://bookshop.org/books/the-seven-day-resurrection/9781087997285

Bookshop Hardcover:

https://bookshop.org/books/the-seven-day-resurrection-9781087997377/9781087997377

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-seven-day-resurrection

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-seven-day-resurrection

Powell’s Paperback:

https://www.powells.com/book/the-seven-day-resurrection-9781087997285

Powell’s Hardcover:

https://www.powells.com/book/the-seven-day-resurrection-9781087997377

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Chevron Ross will be awarding a $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner's Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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19 comments:

  1. Thanks to Ally Swanson of Fabulous and Brunette for hosting today, and for her generous review of The Seven-Day Resurrection!

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    1. Chevron Ross ~ 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!! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy!! :)

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    2. Thank you, Ally, for making me feel at home. The Seven-Day Resurrection was a labor of love. I'm delighted to have the privilege of sharing it with you.

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  2. Thank you, Rita! I hope it made your day a little brighter!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of this book, it sounds like an excellent read and I am looking forward to it

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  4. It's nice to hear from you, Bea. Please let me know what you think of it, either at chevronross@gmail.com, or by posting your own book review on Amazon. Have a great day!

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  5. When writing do you ever base your characters on people you know or have met?

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  6. Hi Sherry. That's a hard question to answer because I don't consider myself an author. God just puts these ideas into my head, and when I sit down to the computer they grow into people. Some of them remind me of individuals I've known, but God creates the fictional characters for his own purposes. Watching them take shape is an exhilarating experience.

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  7. Great excerpt and giveaway. :)

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  8. Congratulations on your release of The Seven Day Resurrection, Chevron, I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like a great read! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks Fabulous and Brunette for sharing your body! Have an awesome day!

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  9. Thank you Stormy. (What a great name! Maybe I should use that in a novel sometime.) If you decide to read the book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did working on it.

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  10. I love the Fall colors of the book cover.

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  11. I'm glad you do. That scene has some significance in the story.

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  12. It’s late where I am. Time to say goodnight. Thanks again to Ally Swanson for hosting my blog tour today, and for her beautiful review of The Seven-Day Resurrection. If I miss any comments, I’ll respond to them in the morning.

    If anyone wants to contact me, please email me at chevronross@gmail.com, or through my website, https://chevronross.net/. I’m always happy to hear from readers. You’re the reason I do this.

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  13. The book sounds very intriguing. I love the cover.

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  14. Thank you, pippirose! I hope you like the contents as well.

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