2017 RRBC SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!


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WELCOME TO MY SECOND TOUR! 

My Location is still: Los Angeles, CA

My giveaway for today are as follows:

One ($10.00) Amazon gift card

One ($10.00) Starbuck gift card

Two e-books copies of my book

Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women

Total giveaway gifts: 4

Show your presence, and win the prizes!

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Why Memoirs?

My first introduction to memoirs came from reading true stories and true romances. Funny eh?!

Later, I became exposed to the great classics, the required books in my literature classes. With this exposure, I became an avid reader of the Bronte Sisters and Jane Austen. Understandably, these writers captivated me the most.

My memoirs, the first published in 2011, entitled Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women, and the second, entitled Pregnant Future are different in outlook. But the two books have helped in releasing my soul of all the anger, sadness, and disappointments that life had thrown at me, which all got bottled up inside me. Though memoirs, I employed two different approaches in writing them. This is because I wrote them to depict the different stages of where I was in life at the different times of the books. The story in Mirror… was all about after my return from Italy, while the story in Pregnant Future was before and during my stay in Italy. These were two different times in my life.

In Mirror of Our Lives …,  I detached myself from the women I wrote about to allow them to express their anger and fight their battles their way. I became, simply, the onlooker recording their lives. The book portrayed a lot of events, which I did not live personally, but which people I know lived, some of them family members, and some of them friends.

For me, writing in the third person is very difficult. I tend to tell a lot, and not show when writing in the third person. I tried the same trick in Pregnant Future. It was first written in the third person. I was still trying to detach myself from that story like I did with Mirror … But then I found a very able Beta-Reader who suggested I change everything into the first person. I did. The problem of telling, disappeared, and the story flowed.

If you have not yet read and reviewed this book, please do so soon. Pick up a copy now, or request a reviewer’s copy. I will love to read your comments.

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MIRROR OF OUR LIVES:

Voices of Four Igbo Women

You can also view the trailer here:  https://youtu.be/UhSyMaUz0Uk

BOOK BLURB:

In Mirror of Our Lives, four Nigerian women share the compelling tales of their troubled lives and failed marriages, revealing how each managed not only to survive, but also triumph under difficult and repressive circumstances. Njide, Nneka, Miss Nelly, and Oby relive their stories of passion, deceit, heartache, and strength as they push through life—each on a unique journey to attain happiness, self-respect, and inner peace. But none of the women’s journeys comes without misjudgments and missteps. Njide falls in love at first sight, marries Tunji too quickly, and grows dismayed when Tunji shows his true colors. Nneka once thought that she and Oji made the perfect couple—until Oji traveled to the United States. Miss Nelly, a

Njide, Nneka, Miss Nelly, and Oby relive their stories of passion, deceit, heartache, and strength as they push through life—each on a unique journey to attain happiness, self-respect, and inner peace. But none of the women’s journeys comes without misjudgments and missteps. Njide falls in love at first sight, marries Tunji too quickly, and grows dismayed when Tunji shows his true colors. Nneka once thought that she and Oji made the perfect couple—until Oji traveled to the United States. Miss Nelly, a

Njide falls in love at first sight, marries Tunji too quickly, and grows dismayed when Tunji shows his true colors. Nneka once thought that she and Oji made the perfect couple—until Oji traveled to the United States. Miss Nelly, a kind, and good-natured woman, allows everyone to take advantage of her—even her husband, whom she married only for his name.

But everyone wonders why Oby and Mat even married at all, for their marriage became a battle from the very beginning. The tales in Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women will inspire females around the world never to give up, to discover a sense of worth, and most of all, to learn to love themselves above everyone else.

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Blog:                http://jinlobify.com

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79 thoughts on “2017 RRBC SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

    1. Hi Micki, I have no idea why this is happening. It is not coming from me, or my own doing. I was just complaining to Nonnie about something similar happening to my tweets.

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      1. Micki & Joy, the fact that we are all following or programing our comments to notify us may require going in and changing notifications.

        Micki you may need to look at your notifications and make some adjustments there.

        It does seem like we are getting a lot of inbox messages, especially from the RRBC site because we are following that site.

        Hope this helps.

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          1. I haven’t done anything but click on the date and leave a comment. I don’t even Fwd them and would have no idea how to stop or change this. At least Now I know it’s not my computer but it is odd that all are from you, Joy.

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  1. I read and reviewed Mirror of our lives and am looking forward to reading your latest book, Joy.
    I really enjoyed books from The Bronte sisters and Jane Austen when I was younger too. They inspired my love of reading at school. Wishing you a fabulous party today!

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    1. Yay, another lover of the Bronte Sisters and Jane Austen!… 😀 I love movies of their books too. Thank you, Lizzie, for your support and for stopping by. 🙂

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  2. Good evening, Miss Joy. I’m looking forward to reading “Pregnant Future” during my upcoming down time to see how you wrote your memoir as fiction. I might be able to learn from you a way to tell my story in an easier way!

    Thank you for the #RRBC Springtime Book & Blog Block Party Post!

    Patricia Green

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    1. Thank you, Patricia, for stopping by. I will be looking forward to reading your thoughts on Pregnant Future. 🙂 Sure we learn everyday. I am still learning how not to tell too much. 😀

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  3. Hello, Joy! I was captured by and reviewed ‘Mirrors of Our Lives’ it touched me deeply. I look forward to reading ‘Pregnant Future’ Have a marvelous rest of your day/night. The time difference here in Australia makes it already Thursday afternoon.😊

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    1. Wow, Soooz, we are just ending our Wednesday here in California. God is so great! Only He can create a world that never completely sleeps. 😀 That you for your beautiful review of Mirror… Very appreciated! And, thank you, for your support, and for stopping by. 🙂

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    1. I agree with you, Yvette. Honest beta readers are priceless! Mine was so experienced, and did a great job for me. Thank you, for stopping by. 🙂 I look forward to reading your thoughts.

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  4. Wonderful post, Joy! Mirror of our Lives is such a powerful, poignant read. I highly recommend it to others. You’re a gifted writer, Joy, and I really look forward to reading Pregnant Future very soon. Thanks for sharing this with us today. 🙂

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    1. Oh, you are so kind, Natalie. Thank you for your wonderful review of Mirror… I look forward to reading your thoughts on Pregnant Future. Thank you, for stopping by. 🙂

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  5. I enjoyed learning about how you write memoirs. I have a hard time writing about myself, but I did write a short story that was about something that happened to me when I was pre-school. It was written in first person. The first book I wrote or started (I don’t think I finished it) was a memoir that I wrote in third person about another portion of my life when I was a teen. I changed it some and detached myself as you said you did. I can take something that happened to someone and make it part of a book or the base of the book and fictionalize the events and decisions around it. I have another story like that. It was going to be a short story but my editor said I should go into more detail which means it will be at least a novella. It’s already a very long short story. All that to say, I prefer to write fiction. I like to escape the real world. I do have great admiration for those who can write about themselves. 😀

    I read one of your books and Mirror of Our Lives is on my TBR. I look forward to it. Much luck with your new release. Congrats!

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    1. I hear you, Kim. I too prefer writing fiction. The problem with Pregnant Future was that it was so close to home that I could not detach myself from it. I tried but failed. I did not feel comfortable re-living the experiences of that book, but I can now enjoy the exhilaration of releasing myself of all my pent-up emotions and fears. It is very liberating! Thank you, for stopping by, for your support, and for commenting. 🙂

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  6. I enjoyed and learned so much from both your books. You are a talented writer and I look forward to more great reads from you. A wonderful blog.

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  7. Joy, I prefer reading books written in first person. I will be picking up a copy of Pregnant Future. Have a great day at the party!

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    1. Hi Michelle, I have always written in the third person. Pregnant Future was my first in the first person, and it felt very invasive. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, and for the support. 😀

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  8. Hi Joy. I enjoyed my visit to your site. You mention telling rather than showing in the 3rd person. You are correct, showing requires a lot more effort than telling, but once you get used to doing it, you will wonder why you thought it was difficult. Your books look fascinating. Looking forward to checking them out.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jhawker, for stopping by and commenting. I am still learning to show, and getting a hang on it. 🙂 It can be daunting for new writer. It was for me. That’s why we need beta readers and editor.

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  9. Hi again, Joy. Liked your post last time and lovin’ it this time. Having a blast getting to know my fellow #RRBC members a little better. Good luck with sales. Party on!

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  10. Wonderful post. I always try new things, and writing in first person was life changing for me. That’s when I went back and studied deep point of view. It made so much more sense than telling vs showing.

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  11. Congratulations on your books! I love this blog post because you share how important beta readers are. I’m glad they were able to help you with the POV issues. I wish the best for you in your writing and future endeavors.

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  12. Good post, Joy – helpful explanations about your books. I’ll be getting at Mirror and Pregnant Future very soon!

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  13. Great post, Joy. And, I loved how you explained the development from third person to first person. I very much enjoyed Pregnant Future and look forward to reading Mirror of our Lives. Enjoy the tour today! 🙂

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  14. Joy, it sounds like you had a very astute beta reader, although I’m sure it was time consuming going back and changing your book from third person to first. In the end, it sounds like the book was much stronger. Both of them sound compelling and I will add them to my tottering TBR!

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    1. Thank you, Mae, for your very insightful comments. I was lucky with my beta reader. She was indeed astute for seeing the difficulty and helping me to solve it. I owe her! 😀 Thank you, for your support. 🙂

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  15. Great post. I am curious now, to see the difference between your two books–one written in first person and the other in third person. I look forward to reading them.

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  16. Joy, I keep on saying this, but I adore the book cover for Pregnant Future! And I love what you have to say on memoirs. You are such an inspiring lady. Have a great day, and I hope you get all the traffic you deserve on your blog! Blessings and hugs, Harmony 🙂

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    1. Blessings and hugs to you too Harmony. You are the best! 😀 Thank you, for stopping by. The cover for Pregnant Future is compliments of the 4WillsPublishing. They do great work!

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  17. Not sure if I’ve said this before but your Pregnant Future book cover is beautiful.
    I have Mirror Of Our Lives and look forward to reading it soon.
    Hope you have a terrific day with lots of traffic on your blog. 😊

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