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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Life's Journey by Patricia S. Gibbons - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Patricia S. Gibbons and her new book, “Life’s Journey,” here on FAB!!  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 $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Patricia and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Life's Journey

by Patricia S. Gibbons

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GENRE:  Fiction / Biographical

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BLURB:

Penelope, aged 9, and her family emigrate from the UK to Australia. This book covers her journey onboard the ship and her family's friendship with a Greek family. This friendship continues in Australia throughout their life's journey.

The book includes the life effects of being interfered with as a child, and the ups and downs of adopting children. Along the way there is mystery, murder, love and disappointment.

Patricia Gibbons keeps you intrigued and in wonder of what is to come.

An exciting read!

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EXCERPT ONE:

September 19th, 1951, was my ninth birthday. The P&O Liner Ranchi pulled away from Tilbury Docks in the United Kingdom, bound for an unknown future in Australia, its engines roaring through the water, drowning out the singing from our friends and family gathered at the dock to bid us farewell. I could hear them singing and attempting to harmonise their favourite Vera Lynn war tune, ‘We’ll meet again’ as well as ‘Good night, Irene.’ The sights and sounds will stay in my memory forever.

My name is Penelope (the family calls me Penny), and the immigration of the family to Australia was a sad day for me, but a day of excitement and wonder for my mother Ada and my two sisters, Shirley, who was sixteen, Kate, fourteen, and my elder brother John, who was eighteen.

Dad had made the journey to Australia two years before, and mum longed to see him again on our arrival in Melbourne, Victoria. It was not long before this when Dad returned to the United Kingdom from the war. The family had been evacuated from our house in London when the Germans bombed it. We had so many unpleasant memories of the bombings in London, the air raid shelters, the Germans bombing our school, and finally having to evacuate to the country. After the war, when Dad arrived home, he decided there was a better life for us all in Australia.

Being in the Royal Air Force, it was not a difficult thing for Dad to ask for a transfer to The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and make the trip to Australia to set up house for us all in this new land. Dad had met several Australians while fighting in the war, and he grew to like their sense of fun and their outlook on life. They painted a picture of Australia in Dad’s mind as a land of opportunity, a great place to start a new life. As a number of his mates were stationed at the Point Cook Air Force base in Melbourne, he applied to be posted there, and it was granted. So on September 19th, 1951, we were on our way.

The trip to Australia took six weeks. We travelled through the Suez Canal, and it was an adventure for all the family. The giant liner was a huge playground for us. There were immigrants from the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, and other countries on board, and one of the Greek families – The Papadopoulos family – became good friends with us all. They had three sons and a daughter. The boys were Sebastian, ten, who became my first boyfriend; Alex, who was just the right age at eighteen to be a friend for John; Theo, a good looking dark haired typical Greek boy of seventeen years, who was to become Shirley’s onboard romance, and last but not least, was a fifteen-year-old girl called Mia who was the right age as a friend for Kate who was very outspoken, Mia was quite shy and Kate bossed her around. It seemed to work out fine between them, and they became inseparable.

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GUEST POST:

Writing This Book Has Taught Me…

I decided to write this book when meandering in my mind through memories of days gone by.  Good days, great days, days to always put a smile on my face, but also bad or sad and fearful days, which are edged amongst the others.

During one of these thoughtful times when reminiscing over my past life, I imagined putting my life down on paper, not only for my children and grandchildren, but for others to enjoy also.

Hence, “Life’s Journey” came about and I enjoyed every minute of writing it.

When it was published I was proud to receive encouraging comments from my friends and family.  Receiving 5 stars from the Readers Favorite book reviews and award contest, was the icing on the cake for me.

Whilst writing the book I came to understand the importance of my life’s journey adding to my strength and character, and it has taught me to embellish my life and enjoy learning and improving on mistakes made, and looking to the future for more learning experiences.

I have started my second book on my life’s journey which will incorporate the lessons learnt from writing my first book, and hopefully will be as entertaining as my first.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Patricia writes under the fictitious name of Patricia Gibbons. She has lived a busy life and some of her adventures are in her new novel, Life’s Journey, but not all:

In her teenage years singing and dancing were also one of Patricia’s loves and she appeared in a number of stage performances.

Patricia successfully bred Rottweilers for 42 years, and wrote her first book The Rottweiler In Australia about the first 20 years. She published this book back in the mid-1980’s. After becoming an All Breeds Dog Judge, Patricia judged Championship Dog Shows all over Australia, and she travelled overseas to judge in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Malaya, the Philippines and China.

Patricia has a Diploma in Classical Homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies.

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CONNECT WITH PATRICIA:

Website:

https://patriciagibbonsauthor.com

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21970680.Patricia_S_Gibbons

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59516112-life-s-journey

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3HLBwnH

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/34GY8HI

Amazon US Hardcover:

https://amzn.to/35YZvBU

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Lifes-Journey-Patricia-S-Gibbons-ebook/dp/B09KHDWK24

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Lifes-Journey-Patricia-S-Gibbons/dp/0228863643

Amazon CA Hardcover:

https://www.amazon.ca/Lifes-Journey-Patricia-S-Gibbons/dp/0228863651

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lifes-journey-patricia-s-gibbons/1140432238?ean=2940165066023

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lifes-journey-patricia-s-gibbons/1140432238?ean=9780228863649

Barnes and Noble Hardcover:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lifes-journey-patricia-s-gibbons/1140432238?ean=9780228863656

Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Lifes-Journey-Patricia-S-Gibbons/9780228863649

Book Depository Hardcover:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Lifes-Journey-Patricia-S-Gibbons/9780228863656

Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lifes-Journey/Patricia-S-Gibbons/9780228863649

Books-A-Million Hardcover:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lifes-Journey/Patricia-S-Gibbons/9780228863656

Booktopia AU Paperback:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/life-s-journey-patricia-s-gibbons/book/9780228863649.html

Booktopia AU Hardcover:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/life-s-journey-patricia-s-gibbons/book/9780228863656.html

Indigo Chapters CA eBook:

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/lifes-journey/9780228863663-item.html

Indigo Chapters CA Paperback:

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/lifes-journey/9780228863649-item.html

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/life-s-journey-12

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/life-s-journey-12

Smashwords eBook:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1112042

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Patricia will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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6 comments:

  1. Patricia ~ 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. Sounds like a book I'd enjoy reading.

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  3. The book sounds very interesting. Thanks!

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