Friday, 3 July 2015

BLOG TOUR! Along The Way by Jacqueline Kolosov + GIVEAWAY

About the Book - About the Author - Prizes!!!

  Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as three new titles from Luminis Books--we're calling them the Luminis Triplex Tour-tour the blogosphere in a way that just can't be ignored. And, hey, we've got prizes!   About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Along the Wayby Vallie Lynn Watson, or an autographed copy of its tour mates, The Possibility of Snowby Al Riske, or Entrevoir by Chris Katsaropoulos. Here's what you need to do...
  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  3. Leave a comment on my blog
That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Triplex tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

  About the book: Three friends, thirty-three days, and five hundred miles walking the Camino de Santiago add up to one journey they'll never forget. Piper Rose, Dani Shapiro, and Alexandra ‘Tessa' Louise De Mille Morrow share a history that goes back to their pre-school years in Chicago when their families were still intact. Now Piper lives in Evanston with her divorced dad, her estranged, unstable mother popping in and out of her life at random moments. Meanwhile, Dani's been living in Santa Fe with a psychologist mom pregnant with her fiance's IVF babies. The blueblood Tessa resides on prominent street in Boston and dreams of a romantic and well-heeled love story like that of her great-grandmother who went to France during World War II. 
 Now that it’s the summer before college, these radically different friends decide to celebrate their history and their future by walking the legendary pilgrimage along the "Way of St. James," from the French Pyrenees to the Spanish city of Santiago, not quite expecting their feet to feel like they've been put through a meat tenderizer or that cyclists racing the road will nearly run them over, then claim all the beds (and the hot showers) at the pilgrimage’s auberges.
 But there are plenty of highpoints too, like the beauty of the Pyrenees Mountains, the spree at a posh hotel in Pamplona, and the numerous ways in which each young woman must learn to believe in herself as well as in her friends. And who could forget or explain the miracles—or milagros—that have been happening on the Way of St. James for centuries?
 And yes, there is the promise of falling in love which, like the word for pilgrim in Spanish (peregrino which translates into ‘curious, strange') introduces a dizzying, at times marvelous chaos into each young woman's story, transforming their collective journey, one that takes them across the north of Spain, into the experience of a lifetime.   Get Along the Way through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

  About the author:  Jacqueline Kolosov walked the Way of St. James/Camino of Santiago in the summer of 1999 and had her own share of miracles (including a pony who stepped onto the path) as well as bed bugs and cyclists. Next to giving birth to her daughter, the pilgrimage is hands down the most exhilarating event of her life. Jacqueline has published several novels for teens including THE RED QUEEN'S DAUGHTER and GRACE FROM CHINA. She also writes short stories, essays and poetry. Her third collection of poems is MEMORY OF BLUE, and she has a short story collection, LOVE, THE BITTERSWEET forthcoming. A passionate animal lover, she lives with her family including 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs and a 1/2 Andalusian mare in West Texas. Jacqueline teaches creative writing and literature at Texas Tech university. She loves to run, swim, and practice yoga. And like the friends in Along The Way, she is a bookworm, a clothes horse, and an avid (amateur) artist. Connect with Jacqueline on her website.   Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love:  Meaningful Books That Entertain.  Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field. Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN.  
Learn more about Along the Way's tour mates HERE.


5/5 STARS!

There are moments where you come across a book that leaves you with a sense of peace and serenity. Along the Way is that book.

Along the Way showcases friendship, love and self worth beautifully. I found myself completely sucked into the journeys of each and every character.

While reading this book, you get to explore the lives of three different people. I loved having all three points of views, and getting to know each character separately. Their personalities really showed through as the story went on. You will most definitely relate to these girls, and the things they deal with.

 Dani – the shy bookworm, looking to breakout of her shell.
 Piper – a girl who has so much built anger from not having a stable mother in her life, but tries to find a way to forgive and be happy. 
Tessa – a hopeless romantic, looking to find real love like her grandparents, but also trying to find love within herself.

 One of my favorite things about this story, was the people they all met. All ranging from different races, genders and ages. It was so inspiring to see how these strangers impacted their lives, possibly for the long run.

In 33 days, these girls go through much more than they had planned. It wasn’t smooth sailing, it was hard, and together they concurred something most people can't. They found themselves and each other. I not only admire them, but anyone else who has taken on this incredible walk.

Yes, somethings were left unsaid, but I think that was the point. You learn from the characters that it’s all about living in the present, that in time, things will fall into place.

Overall, this is a story I would want many people to read. You will laugh, swoon and hopefully take something from this, I know I did. Even though I haven’t physically walked the Camino de Santiago, through Jacqueline’s writing, it felt like I was doing it along with them. 

    This quote was my absolute favorite!

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