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Blog Tour Featuring Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Today I welcome Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko and who’s on tour with her newest book, Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies. Take it away Joy!

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Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies

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Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

DAY SEVEN

Two months ago, I succeeded in getting my publishing house to, not only lower the cost of the Kindle edition of my book: Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, but this was possible because I had to re-do the line edit, the copy edit, the proof, and the format all over again. In other words, I had to redo the whole book all over again. What you are seeing in this new edition, is a completely new book. This is why I decided to re-introduce it again to you. You can also see that there is a big improvement on the cover. Here is your new, fully re-mastered, and price friendly:

Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies

Joy's Book CoverExcerpt from Part V

The Ogbanje Drama

The people of Ani Ocha pitied Papa Eziugo for marrying so many wives before he could get a child. Even the birth of Eziugo had cost him the life of yet another wife. Eziugo had been practically snatched away from a dying mother who seemed determined to take her along.

Eziugo grew up to be a beauty, and every young man in town waited for her to come of age to seek her hand in marriage. Each suitor made sure that he was the most eligible in beauty, strength, or wealth. But Eziugo had made up her mind about who she wanted. When she came of age, she declared Ugonnia as her choice.

Eziugo was an Ogbanje, and as an Ogbanje—a minor but powerful god—she expected to get whatever she wanted. If he denied her anything, she could just die and reincarnate wherever she wanted to be born. She could choose how long to live and when to die. Eziugo had chosen to be Ogbanje because it also allowed her to transform into whatever she wanted, anytime and anywhere. She could come and go as she chose.

Ugonnia’s life resembled Eziugo’s. But, though an only child, his father hadn’t had to marry ten wives before he could get a son. He too was an Ogbanje, the type that prevented parents from having other children after their birth, who didn’t share their parents with other siblings.

Ugonnia, like all Ogbanjes, was very handsome. He loved his beautiful Eziugo, but his parents disapproved of his love. They feared that a marriage between an only son and an only child would bring nothing but disaster, so their engagement causeed great sorrow for Ugonnia’s family. Many believed that Ugonnia’s parents invoked the gods to come to their aid and stop the union. Many also believed that the gods punished them for it. Invoking the gods against Eziugo resembled gossiping about Eziugo before her very face.

On the night Gloria arrived, Eziugo was restless and listless, as if in a trance. She floated with feet suspended from the ground, and her spirit moved in and out of her body. Her father watched helplessly, knowing that this night marked the beginning of the end for him and his daughter. Only the gods could intervene.

Papa Eziugo went to the gods as he had done many times in the past to plead for more time for himself and for his daughter. There, he learned that the decision of the gods this time could not be revoked. The agent of the gods was already at Ani Ocha to make sure that he ended his long stay, and that Eziugo moved on.

The gods had taken notice of his ploy and were angry with him. He’d broken all the rules and had to return. He couldn’t even take his plea to the high god, the Living One, because he knew the consequences of his overstay: he would not be allowed to travel again until he had spent double the time he overstayed. He didn’t want to remain in the spirit, with no identity. He’d come to love the life of the humans, for among them, he was god; he ruled.

Ugonnia’s time had come too. Choosing Eziugo, another Ogbanje, as his wife had sealed his fate. He too must go with Eziugo. The gods demanded a great sacrifice.

Papa Eziugo watched out for the agent. The one sent to end his stay on Earth had come. He must undermine that spirit.

Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Author PhotoAbout the Author

Joy Nwosu emigrated to the United States in 1996 where she taught vocal music and directed three choral groups: Concert Choir, Festival Choir, and Gospel Choir, at Irvington High School, New Jersey. She won several trophies and commendations with her beautiful Festival Choir at various choral competitions in the United States. She retired from the Center for Cultural Studies, University of Lagos, as a Senior Research Fellow on November 1, 1997.

This article is based on an interview with Dr. Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko here on March 18, 2006. The interview was part of the authors research in documenting the life and works of eminent Nigerian composers, performers and musicologists. This research was the work of Professor Godwin Sadoh.

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Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies

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Legend of the Walking Dead:Igbo Mythologies

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Link to my Author’s Website

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YouTube Link the Book’s Trailer
https://goo.gl/eiXLMj

My Blog Address

http://goo.gl/L967yq

Links to my FB Pages

https://goo.gl/iADV30

Link to my “Who Is Who On The Shelf”

http://wp.me/p49Fi9-1rh

My Interveiew on UTube (Italian Book)

https://youtu.be/2xpEZXwSshY

Amazon.Con Link to Mirror of Our Lives……

http://goo.gl/y6jv1X

Barnes & Noble Link to Mirror of Our Lives

http://goo.gl/up4B29

Twitter Handle:@Jinlobify

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The Week in Review: August 7th

as-life-goes FINAL cover largeHere’s another review of the week for those interested in what’s appeared on the blog this week and what I’ve been reading.

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The Week Ahead:

Tomorrow, I’ll be interviewed on Beyond the Cover by Beem Weeks – join the Thunderclap and then listen in at Noon CST.

One Monday, I’ll have another post about Scrivener collections covering further uses for this tool. I’ll have a few more bits of news regarding The Bow of Destiny and share more authors from the Brain to Book Blog Tour. I’m also working on a few posts that contain some helpful information. It should be a fun week!

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events (this months volume has already gone out). Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Street Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Anyone who reserves a copy by 8/7 on Barnes & Noble, Kobo or iBooks (via the iTunes app) and emails me the screen-shot of the order will also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag containing a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Wattpad until the final version goes to retailers (remaining free).

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Blog Tour Featuring Jason Zandri & As Life Goes: Elementary

Today I welcome Jason Zandri and who’s on tour with his book, As Life Goes. Take it away Jason!

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A LITTLE Q&A WITH JASON ZANDRI

as-life-goes FINAL cover largeWhat made you decide to write “As Life Goes: Elementary”?

I enjoyed writing “Another Sunset” which was my first work of fiction and I wanted to do another literary piece that was similar in nature. I recently wrote and published “I, Hero: The Beginning” which is a superhero / fantasy story, and while I do plan to work on other books in that series, I wanted to work on another contemporary story too.

What is one of the harder aspects of being an indie writer?

Getting your book noticed by readers, especially in a sea of great, and in some cases, not so great books. I finished “Another Sunset” back in November of 2014 and I have been marketing it pretty steadily ever since. I really focused on it with a lot of time and money, in the hopes of expanding its reach into a larger reading audience. I came to realize that I wasn’t really getting a ton of traction with promotion and advertising versus all the other works that were out there. To date (end of July 2015) I have sold 253 copies. Looking at the glass “half full,” that means that on average, I have sold basically a book a day (since the book has been out 244 days.) I suppose a lot of people would be happy with that and I guess when I really focus on it, I am too. What I am unsettled with is the amount of effort I have been putting into getting to that 253. I really feel like I have been working overtime self-promoting and spending a lot of cash on advertisement and promotion and have “only” reached 253 units moved as sales. When I compare that to the time and effort, I sometimes don’t feel like I am getting an equitable return.

Is there a “lesson learned” from that?

Yes. While you DO need to always be self-promoting, networking, and promoting others, especially in similar genres, with the hopes of cross pollination, you have to come up with an amount of time, money, and effort that you’re content to commit to the overall effort. Too much will make you feel like you’re getting a diminished return. Too little may leave stones unturned, as the saying goes. At the end of the day, most writers want to write so my advice is, do just that. You will have to spend a little bit of time doing promotion, but if you focus on your first passion, writing, you’ll feel better about things overall and some natural progression should occur.

What’s the story behind “As Life Goes: Elementary”?

The story itself, this book of the series, is about a father returning to his hometown to start his life over. He has divorced a wife who it turned out, never really wanted to be a wife and mother. He has his eleven year old son with him. The story introduces you all the characters that will be in the upcoming books of the series.

What motivated you to make the book a series of titles rather than one story?

Technically speaking, it is one long story, if you want to look at it that way. We are looking at the life of Matthew Sanford from the time he is eleven years old until a point in his life when he is in his early forties, even though much of “As Life Goes: Elementary” focuses and sets up on his father, Mark. I decided I wanted to do it in segments because there were so many stories to tell about this group of kids and as they grow and become adults. Thinking to movies I liked, I always wondered how many stories there could have been with the gang from “The Breakfast Club” or from “St. Elmo’s Fire” if more than one story in their lives were told. That is where I see this series of books.

About As Life Goes: Elementary

“Every new beginning starts from nothing. Understanding that you can have everything in the love of one person, isn’t that worth the risk of personal capital? Isn’t that kind of love worth it?” – Diane Wakeford

“Have I ever told you, you’re the nicest boy I’ve ever met?” – Melissa Bancroft

“I will have the friends I want. I don’t care what boy likes me or what boy I like. You’re an awesome friend. I am not giving you up because we’re going to different schools or for any one person either.” – Elizabeth Wellsworth

Mark Sanford returns to his hometown with his son Matthew in tow to rebuild their lives. Recently divorced, and with the mother totally abandoning her parental responsibilities, both father and son are beginning their fresh start together.

Matthew begins to make new friends in the neighborhood and at school while he tries to find his place among people that have been friends with one another for years at elementary school.

Mark takes over the reins of the former family corner store with the help of a young woman looking for work. The ability to love and trust that woman entering his life is difficult for him because of all he has lost. For Matthew, that “first love” is difficult to understand without a motherly influence and with a father that has been deeply hurt.

As Life Goes: Elementary – Links to Excerpts

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt I
https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/as-life-goes-elementary-excerpt-i/

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt II
https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/as-life-goes-elementary-excerpt-ii/

As Life Goes: Elementary – Excerpt III
https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/as-life-goes-elementary-excerpt-iii-author-jason-zandri/

Books and links

Before Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 1)
http://www.amazon.com/Before-Another-Sunset-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00T11GKYE

Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 2)
http://www.amazon.com/Another-Sunset-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00QD2FQU8/

I Hero: The Beginning
http://www.amazon.com/I-Hero-Beginning-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00Y3LA41M/

I Hero: Nathan Returns
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011AOPE64

As Life Goes: Elementary
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Goes-Elementary-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/

As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)
As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)
As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)
As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)

I Hero: Untitled Book 3 (Expected first half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 4 (Expected second half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 5 (Expected first half 2017)

Social Media links

Twitter – @GUNDERSTONE https://twitter.com/gunderstone/
Facebook Author page –
https://www.facebook.com/jzandri
LinkedIn –
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonzandri
Google+ –
https://plus.google.com/+JasonZandri/
Author blog – The GUNDERSTONE Review
https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/

JASON CROPABOUT JASON ZANDRI
Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex).

Kudos to Jason for As Life Goes. Please some time to look at his writing catalog and support this indie author!

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