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Friday, July 15, 2022

The Origins by J. A. Boulet - Book Tour - Book Trailer - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host J. A. Boulet and her new book, “The Origins,” 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 J. A. and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

The Origins

The Olason Chronicles

Book Four

by J. A. Boulet

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GENRE:   Historical Romance

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BLURB:

A young mother, Mt Askja and an unbreakable love

In the harsh landscapes of Iceland in 1850, a young girl loses her mother and struggles to grow into a woman alone with only her father’s help. Throughout the breathtaking 20-hour daylight summers and the bleak darkness of winters, Margret falls in love and dreams of a large family but the path to her future is rougher than she expected. The Origins will take you back in time delighting you with endearing Icelandic heritage, visual feasts for the mind and gripping you with the struggle to stay alive on a volatile island.

THE ORIGINS

Experience the rich journey of a 19th century woman who proves that even the weakest people can become stronger than anything you can imagine.

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BOOK TRAILER:

Check out J. A.’s new Book Trailer for “The Origins,” below!!

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EXCERPT TWO:

Margret stirred the soup slowly on the iron stove, worrying about her mother. She had always had a wheezy breath, and sometimes in the fields, she would start coughing hoarsely. In the middle of a harvest, she would take many breaks to catch her breath.

When influenza came into their home, Momma had nursed both her and her Pappa better with soups, hot drinks, blankets and loving care.

Now Momma was sick.

Some people had died from this nasty influenza. A few adults succumbed, and many babies died. Margret wrapped her momma’s red shawl around her shoulders and shivered. She couldn’t imagine a life without her momma. It was unfathomable. Momma would just simply have to survive. She must be here with them.

Margret would have to think positively. Such thoughts were like the devil trying to enter her brain. She had heard the pastor at the church say such things. That must be what it is, she thought.

She gazed through the kitchen window across the bleak frozen landscape. Iceland had some bad winters, but mostly it was bearable. Drift ice along the shores in the north brought cold weather along the eastern side of the island, and this past year was colder than usual. They lived on a sheep ranch near Horn. It was an expansive hilly countryside with beautiful views of the ocean to the east, and the mountainous regions rose to the west.

It was quite sunny today, and the weather was pleasant enough to lift her hopes. It was the start of spring and a new beginning. They had harvested all the weak animals before the last harsh winter, the neighbourhood community chipping in to help. Even Margret had been out in the fields tending to the vegetable crops and helping to build shelters for the remaining animals. The winter was typical, cool but pleasant with the ocean air, until January when the winter struck hard, with freezing temperatures and blowing winds. Sometimes the door would stick, the wooden frame swelling in the humidity, imprisoning them all in their home.

Margret sometimes wished she could fly away on a bird’s wings to a different country, somewhere more pleasant, somewhere easier. Her eyes glazed over as the sun shone brightly into the kitchen, warming her hands.

She was only a child, but she had her share of life’s tribulations. Her younger brother had died at birth, and her mother could not conceive again. The doctor said the blood in her uterus was no longer any good. Margret wondered if such talk was true or just a simple explanation for a complex problem.

The soup began to boil, and she grabbed the oven mittens. Margret lifted the pot to the side table, placing it on a large ceramic cooling pad. She ladled hot soup into three bowls. Hopefully, Momma would eat. She sat down and waited patiently for the bowls to cool enough to take one to Momma. Margret laid her chin in her hands and daydreamed across the bleak landscape. One day, she would grow up, fall in love with a handsome man and have many children of her own. She looked forward to that day. Margret always wanted a big family.

The longcase clock chimed at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The sound awakened her out of the daydreaming.

She tested the soup with a small spoon and blew on it. It was cooled enough. She would feed her mother, and Momma would get better.

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GUEST POST:

Making It Believable: Writing Romantic and Intimate Scenes

I have many romantic scenes woven throughout The Origins. Whether it is public displays of affection or direct lovemaking scenes, I always strive to keep it real.

In real life, lovemaking is clumsy, hurried and sometimes not the right choice. Intimacy doesn’t always happen at the best time and can often be a surprise to both parties.

I include a lot of mental and physical attraction in The Origins. I believe it is a vital first step in the beginning of any romance. It sometimes takes days, weeks, even months before the attraction is full bloom and the idea of intimacy becomes a point of discussion in your brain. To me, that is the suspense building to the actual romantic scenes. You need this to be fully immersed in the story and start living the process of falling in love again.

Although, my romance scenes are very steamy and sometimes clumsy, I feel it’s important to make it real life sex, not fantasy sex. It’s sudden, messy and all consuming, like somehow your rational brain stopped working properly. The scenes of marriage sex also follow along the real lines too, it is quick while the children are asleep but still very loving.

Romance scenes are all part of the journey, bringing my readers into the minds and lives of my characters. You will feel for them, you’ll fall in love with them and most of all, you’ll be there with them on the journey of life.

Thanks to everyone for following along on my book tour. This is the last stop and I appreciate every single reader. Click on the links below to order The Origins and don’t forget to leave a review.

Love ya all!

~ JA

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AUTHOR BIO:

J. A. Boulet is the passionate author of The Olason Chronicles, a historical saga of war, courage, love and strength. Her newest novel The Origins Book 4, the final book in the series, is being released on June 8, 2022. J. A. Boulet was born and raised in Western Canada as a first generation Canadian from European descent. Her father enlisted with the Hungarian military and fought bravely during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, changing sides to stand up for what he believed in. He was granted asylum in Canada and built his family here.

J. A. Boulet was born many years later, raised with strong morals and values, which she stands behind to this day. She started writing poetry at the age of five and progressed to short stories and novels. She has a keen interest in ancestry, healing, family bonds and military history. J. A. Boulet writes with a spine-tingling realism like none other, grabbing your emotions and refusing to let go. The Olason Chronicles is the series you’ve been waiting for. Watch for the next book 1956: Love and Revolution (Dec 2022), a standalone historical romance novel that takes place during the courageous Hungarian Revolution.

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CONNECT WITH J. A.:

Website:

https://jaboulet.ca

Blog:

https://jaboulet.ca/entries

Email:

admin@jaboulet.ca

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/love_walk_life

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/jabouletauthor

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHyJHrncBj09F5119oxt6Vw

Reddit:

https://www.reddit.com/user/NormalFemale

BookBub Author Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-a-boulet

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-origins-the-olason-chronicles-by-j-a-boulet

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20412245.J_A_Boulet

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61111541-the-origins

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/32CvSRO

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3uDU4BU

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3IC14VS

Amazon US Hardcover:

https://amzn.to/3nVChm8

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Origins-Olason-Chronicles-J-Boulet-ebook/dp/B0B19Q7BWS

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Origins-J-Boulet/dp/1778199917

Amazon CA Hardcover:

https://www.amazon.ca/Origins-J-Boulet/dp/1778199925

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-origins-7

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-origins-7

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

J. A. 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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11 comments:

  1. Hey, J. A. ~ Good morning!! Welcome back to FAB!! It is so great to have you here again!! Congrats on your new book & good luck on the book tour!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Love your blog and thrilled to be back again! πŸ’•

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  2. Nice trailer...water looks so calm. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. Thank you! That book trailer took a lot of multiple skills to make over two full days. Glad you liked it!

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  3. Good Luck with your book! Congrats!

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  4. Great excerpt, thank you for sharing.

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  5. Congratulations on your release of The Origins, J.A., Great, trailer, guest post and excerpt, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book which sounds like my kind of book! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fabulous TGIF!

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  6. Happy Friday! I like the cover art, synopsis and excerpt, The Origins sounds like an excellent read and I will be checking out the previous titles from this series. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work

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  7. I like the excerpt and this sounds like a really great story.

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