TEASER ~ FINDING JUNIPER by Sadia Ash

How far would you go for truly unconditional love?
Finding Juniper by Sadia Ash releases 18th December!

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From London with love… or indifference?

I have loved Kyle Paxton since I met him a year ago. We’ve gone through a lifetime of love and breakups. I can’t be with him. But I can’t keep away. I need to try to love him the way he is. Imperfect. Broken.

Unconditional love.

In an age of casual hookups, can our love survive?

Finding Juniper picks up where Juniper Smoke left off. Faster paced, with more sparks, more plot, more drama, more intensity: get ready for another fun ride as Juniper and Kyle fall in love over time and place. From Ann Arbor Michigan to San Francisco in the first book, to London and Ireland in Finding Juniper… catch up with Juniper and Kyle on this breathless journey of what unconditional love means.

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MEET SADIA 

Sadia Ash has held jobs in different fields that involved writing (and never math) in some way. She has worked for film and TV publicity with the Prenner Group, did news and TV placement for Aeros (a NASA project), edited scripts for indie films, and fundraised. A lot. A serial volunteer, she has raised funds for many charities that educate and help girls in disenfranchised regions.

Currently working on two novels, a TV show, and a film script, Ash is addicted to British shows, lattes, and sushi, though her fictional characters, thankfully, don’t have such banal tastes and uneventful lives. She holds an MA English degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a Screenwriting Certificate from UCLA and Masters in English Literature from NUML. Hailing from Chicago, she now lives in California with her husband, two teens, and Misha Collins, their cat.

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#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY TWELVE & THIRTEEN OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

🇧🇷 DAY TWELVE & THIRTEEN 🇧🇷

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

starring Jane Harvey-Berrick,

Stu Reardon, Franggy Yanes & GERGO JONAS

with The Gift Box Team,

Roberta and Esther

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HAVE YOU MISSED ANY OF The

#Brazilliant adventure tour?

DAY ONE & TWOTHREEFOURFIVE, SIXSEVEN

  DAY EIGHTnineTEN & ELEVEN

🇧🇷 DAY TWELVE 🇧🇷

 

The final post from our #brazilliant adventures with @thegiftboxbr on my Facebook page and Kindle Friends Forever or in Portuguese at The Gift Box Blog

It’s an early start as authors and volunteers head over to the Gift Day event. Hundreds of readers from all over Brazil are already standing in line, and I just want to start! The adrenaline begins to flow and I can’t wait to meet everyone.

Stu and Gergo are on my table, lucky me, a thorn flanked by two roses.

We’re expecting hugs, and we’re not disappointed. There’s a special Brazilian hug, I think, that’s so tight it’s hard to breathe, but completely heart-felt.

   

Many readers bring chocolate (I must have mentioned my love of chocolate once or twice), and the lovely Leticia brings me a soft toy dog named Pip because I’d said I was missing her. That has me welling up.

Both Stu and Gergo are showered with gifts, and for Gergo especially, it’s a day full of wonderful moments and surprises as he experiences his first Brazilian book signing.

EXPLOSIVO sells out, but that’s because the printer didn’t send enough books. One of the headaches for the Gift Box team. Along the way, they’ve had cancelled venues, cancelled flights, and an Author who had to pull out just days before the event. They even worked until 4am the night before to iron out the final problems.

  

The day is long, with signing from 9am to 8pm with two breaks. It’s a test of stamina for volunteers and readers as well as authors. Our two translators Carol Sales and Carol Dias work tirelessly, and we even learn a few Portuguese words and phrases along the way.

By the end, We’re exhausted, but happy.

And then it’s one final challenge after the event, we sign copies of PARA VOCÊ (For You) for our publisher for another long hour before taking the minibus back to the hotel to pack our cases.

🇧🇷 DAY 13 ~ THE LAST DAY 🇧🇷

Back on the minibus and heading for the airport. We have time to stop for brunch at the beautiful Art Nouveau Confeitaria Colombo. Enormous crystal mirrors and French stained glass windows add to the elegance. Founded in 1894, the cafe is part of the Cultural and Artistic Heritage of Rio de Janeiro. It was a meeting point for artists, politicians and intellectuals – including Olavo Bilac, Rui Barbosa, Villa-Lobos, Chiquinha Gonzaga, among others.

I feel I should order English tea, but I have iced moccachino instead. The cake display is something else sadly not gluten free, so I can only look.

Last stop before the airport is Real Cabinet Portuguese. Founded May 14, 1837, the Office was created with the intention of offering the resident patricians access to the publications of their country. The Royal Portuguese Reading Office has a collection of 350,000 works by Portuguese authors outside Portugal. It smells of old books and history, and I love it.

And then we have to say goodbye to new friends, leaving behind the sunshine and hugs to head home to rainy England.

I’m ready to see my family again, but we’ve all had an amazing experience on our #brazilliant adventures ❤️🇧🇷

Thank you, Gift Box Team!!

Boa leitura! Happy reading!!

 

#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY ELEVEN OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY ELEVEN

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

starring Jane Harvey-Berrick,

Stu Reardon, Franggy Yanes & GERGO JONAS

with The Gift Box Team,

Roberta and Esther

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HAVE YOU MISSED ANY OF The #Brazilliant adventure tour?

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  DAY EIGHTnine & TEN

DAY ELEVEN ~the #brazilliant adventures

 

We’re back in Rio after seeing some amazing places as we travelled around Brazil, but now it’s serious business. Today we have lunch with the volunteer helpers for the Gift Day tomorrow, and spend the afternoon meeting bloggers and answering their questions.

Unpacking my case again, this time in Rio, my roomie, Martinha has traded me in for our friend Solange, but I upgrade with Carol Sales, blogger from Beauty and the Beastly Books and Carol Vitali.

Then it’s back on the minibus and off to the blogger event.

We find a pile of the new anthology to sign, Para Você.

It has three stories, one written by me and Stu, one by the lovely Paula Scott, and one by Sofia Silva, an author from Lisbon.

It’s exciting to see the paperback of EXPLOSIVO, the Portuguese language version of my military romantic TICK TOCK.

    

The Brazilian bloggers are great, and in point, posting within seconds, which is awesome.

It’s hard to believe that the adventure is almost over. Tomorrow (Saturday) we have our Gift Day event, and then Monday, it’s back home to cold and rainy UK.

Look out for one final post from our #brazilliant adventures with @thegiftboxbr on my Facebook page and Kindle Friends Forever or in Portuguese at The Gift Box Blog

#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY TEN OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY TEN

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

starring Jane Harvey-Berrick,

Stu Reardon, Franggy Yanes & GERGO JONAS

with The Gift Box Team,

Roberta and Esther

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🇧🇷 DAY TEN ~the #brazilliant adventures

 

Today has been fascinating. I’ve been doing one of my favourite things – talking to other members of the Gift Box team about their lives, and about their writing and creating.

First I talked to Brazilian Author Paola Benalia, through our translator, Carol.

I learn that her first historical romance was set in London, and that although her family support her in her writing, they don’t read her books. She thinks if her husband read her books, he’d blush. Gotta say, that’s intriguing!

It’s frustrating that I won’t be able to read her books except through Google Translate.

Paola used to be a Psychologist although she’s a full time writer now. I imagine that’s a useful background for a writer.

Then I chatted with Cristina Melo, and she said that her husband not only reads her books but critiques the first draft and always encourages her to improve.

I’m intrigued to learn that she ran a pet shop for 15 years, and dumped her ex-boyfriend because he didn’t want dogs in the house. Smart lady!!

I think her husband shares her love of animals… I certainly hope so!

My interpreter, Carol Dias, is a 23 year old author who also works for Gift Box publishers. She also has an amazing voice and used to sing with her church. She can also dance samba but sadly failed to teach me the moves. She tried, I tried, but this body just won’t move like that. Oh well.

Interviewing Gergo Jonas was also incredibly fascinating. Originally from Hungary in Eastern Europe, he’s lived in the UK for 10 years.

When he first arrived, he didn’t speak much English so worked three jobs as a cleaner to pay the bills, and taught himself English along the way.

He’s a fitness trainer now, but admits to being a chubby child and had years of yo-yo dieting. The last few years has been a journey for him to a balanced lifestyle, his words.

My final interview of the day was with photographer Franggy Yanes.

He says he doesn’t consider himself a model, despite being on the cover of almost 70 books. It’s photography that is his passion. His eyes light up when he talks about ‘learning his craft’, or the photographers who’ve inspired him, particularly those who from the fifties and sixties who caught the emerging street style.

I’ve been trying to think of the words that sum up his style to me. I’d say his images are ‘the beautiful natural’ – capturing unexpected moments of beauty in what he sees around him.

He says Stu is someone who energises him with his positivity, which he needs, and we can all see that they have a true friendship that will stand the test of time.

I’ll publish all the interviews in full after I’m home.

It’s been an incredible adventure, which isn’t quite over, but I’m looking forward to being with my family again soon.

More News tomorrow from our #brazilliant adventures when we hit the road again with @thegiftboxbr on my Facebook page and Kindle Friends Forever  or in Portuguese at The Gift Box Blog and Jane Harvey-Berrick

 

 

#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY EIGHT OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY EIGHT

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

starring Jane Harvey-Berrick,

Stu Reardon, Franggy Yanes & GERGO JONAS

with The Gift Box Team,

Roberta and Esther

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🇧🇷 DAY EIGHT ~the #brazilliant adventures

 

The day started with a short session at the gym – very important with the amount of amazing food on offer. I’ve never seen so much bread, cakes, donuts and pancakes available for breakfast. But as I’m a coeliac, I have to watch. Probably just as well.

Stu is militant about healthy eating, as is Gergo. The difference is that Ger follows a plant-based eating plan and has for over a year now. Luckily the coffee shop here has soy milk because he does love his caffeine in the morning.

Today we travelled into Salvador. This city on the sea was founded by Portuguese sailors in 1549. It’s one of the oldest colonial cities in South America. It was the capital of Brazil for over two centuries. It’s home to 3 million people and our guide said there were 365 churches – one for every day of the year 😊

Fran loved photographing the picturesque cobbled streets of the Pelourinho district, famous for its African culture, music and food.

Stu tried the acarajé, a sort of seafood samosa. I had fresh coconut water, straight from a green coconut. Delicious on a boiling hot and humid day.

I left the group briefly to call my husband but was told to stay close. Being blonde and a tourist makes me a target. Hmm.

I made a pilgrimage to the home of romance author Jorge Amado with Carol Dias and Martinha Fagundes.

Amado is best known for his novel ‘Flor and Her Two Husbands’. He died in 2001.

Then it was time to lounge by the pool with Author Andy Collins (pronounced ‘Angie’) and Stu.

More News tomorrow from our #brazilliant adventure when we hit the road again with @thegiftboxbr on my Facebook page and Kindle Friends Forever  or in Portuguese at The Gift Box Blog

 

 

 

#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY SEVEN OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY SEVEN

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

starring Jane Harvey-Berrick,

Stu Reardon, Franggy Yanes & GERGO JONAS

with The Gift Box Team,

Roberta and Esther

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Today was the day of photoshoots – yep, that’s what counts for work around here. I got to see Fran in action shooting both Gergo and Stu.


It’s fascinating to see Fran so intense and focused when usually he’s laid back and joking around. Also there was quite a difference between the way he works with both guys.

Stu is a very experienced model, but this is only the second time that Gergo has done a model photoshoot. As a fitness trainer, he’s used to having his photograph taken to illustrate the correct way to use the gym’s equipment. He summed it up by saying, “I only know how to be myself.”

But Fran has a way of easing people into being natural, which isn’t as simple as it sounds. If, like me, you don’t like having your picture taken, as soon as someone point a camera at me, the urge to do something funny to compensate is keen.

Stu, on the other hand, can get into character really quickly. That comes from experience and isn’t something he has always known how to do. 

Both guys are body-confident, but that’s different from performing for the camera. I asked Gergo how he felt about doing the shoot, but his answer was ‘fine’ for most of it. He said trying to do a sexy shot lying on a sofá with his shirt off felt unnatural, but otherwise, ‘fine’.

The third photoshoot of the day was for my military charity www.felixund.org.uk They’re promoting a new running t-shirt so sent me out with shirts for the guys and Martinha.

And just to prove that this is a working trip, this was all the authors working hard this afternoon. It looks like a staged shot, but it’s not.

More News tomorrow from our #brazilliant adventure when we hit the road agai with @thegiftboxbr on my Facebook page and Kindle Friends https://kkforever.com or in Portuguese at www.thegiftbox.blog.com

#BRAZILLANT! ~ DAY SIX OF A BOOK TOUR BRAZILIAN STYLE

DAY SIX

The #Brazilliant adventure tour

starring Jane Harvey-Berrick,

Stu Reardon  and Franggy Yanes

with The Gift Box Team,

Roberta and Esther

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My roomie Martinha and I make it to the gym aaaages before the guys. Well, maybe Gergo was there at 6 a.m, but Stu and Fran didn’t arrive until we’d finished our workout. Slackers!

Then we had a meeting where we actually talked about writing, but then it was time to play.

We headed out to the resort town of Buzios and I felt right at home with the sand under my feet and the beachlife on every cobbled street around the harbour.

It’s known as the Brazilian St. Tropez and for good reason. Brigitte Bardot stayed here in the 1960s and fell in love with chilled lifestyle and friendly people. There’s even a statue to her, unexpected and beautiful. Yeah, I had to do the tourist thing LOL!

Fran and Stu were in photographer heaven with so much rich life to take in – football on the beach, volleyball, fishermen as well as all the touristy things to do.

We’re only an hour from Rio, but it already feel completely different.

There’s also a charming bronze statute to Brazil’s best loved president Juscelino Kubitschek. He was President from 1956 to 1961 and founded a new capital city, Brasilia, right in the centre of the country. His presidency also brought a time of economic success and his personal wealth also increased considerably. He died in a car crash that was thought to be suspicious, but here he’s remembered for his playfulness and his habit of taking off his shoes during meetings.

Stu and I did an impromptu photoshoot to publicise my favourite charity www.felixfund.org.uk the UK bomb disposal charity.

Tomorrow we’ll do a photoshoot for real with Stu and Gergo both wearing Felix Fund t-shirts, alongside Brazilian author MS Fayes. Another Brazilian writer is Andy Collins, and she’s chosen Gergo to be her cover model for her next book. Later on this week, I’ll share some behind the scenes shots from that, too.

I think I’m beginning to understand the Brazilian attitude to food. It’s not about fuel, but more a social occasion where dishes are often shared and it’s a time to chat and relax, not just eat. Just because it looks good, it doesn’t mean I have to order it…

And on that note, I think it’s time for dinner

More News tomorrow from our #brazilliant adventure with @thegiftboxbr on my Facebook page and Kindle Friends https://kkforever.com or in Portuguese at www.thegiftboxbr.blog.com