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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Blog Tour: Banished Love by Ramona Flightner (Giveaway of $50 GC)


Buried Under Romance is featuring Ramona Flightner with an excerpt of her book, Banished Love.  

Prizes for the tour are as follows:
• One lucky winner will win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble giftcard (via Rafflecopter below)



About the book:
Free-Spirited…

Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family’s wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston’s West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.

Radical…

As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?

Determined…

When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa’s love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves.

Will she succeed? Or will she yield to expectations?


BANISHED LOVE follows Clarissa Sullivan on her journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live without.
Buy Link: Amazon
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Excerpt: 
“You’ve known my beliefs for some time,” I croaked out.

“A schoolgirl’s idealism,” she snapped. “Nothing to be acted on.”

Mrs. Chickering cleared her throat, as though to remind Mrs. Smythe she remained present. “I think it takes a tremendous strength of character to have beliefs and then actually act on them,” she said with her own fervor. “I would hate for women to lock away their desires for a better world once they leave school or marry. They, as women, have lives, have hopes and dreams for the future, independent of what a man might want.”

“How dare you come into my house and tell me that what I have is not sufficient?” Mrs. Smythe gasped.

“I am saying no such thing, Mrs. Sullivan,” Mrs. Chickering replied. “I believe you need to understand that your stepdaughter has beliefs and aspirations that are different from yours.”

“Aspirations that include the vote?” Mrs. Smythe scoffed. “Men have voted in the past, they will continue to vote, and I have no desire of it. I feel as my husband does on all things to do with politics, so it would only be giving the same politician two votes rather than one. There’s no purpose to women having the vote.” Her eyes flashed, true enmity in their depths as she glared at Mrs. Chickering. “And didn’t we women of Massachusetts show you suffragettes we didn’t want the vote in’95? No one voted for women to become enfranchised then, and they won’t now.” She sighed loudly, as though trying to calm herself.

“An aspiration for independence?” Mrs. Smythe continued, unable to stop speaking. “Are you telling me that someday it should be lauded, hoped for, that young women become independent and have no need for marriage? No need for children? How could that ever be a hoped-for future? You and your group want too much for women. Women should focus on their home, on creating a moral, upstanding environment in which to raise children. She will want for nothing if she has such a home,” Mrs. Smythe argued.

“So I suppose women should remain tied to the kitchen stove with children at their ankles, and a husband who might, or might not, come home with a paycheck as their only recourse?” Mrs. Chickering countered. “Relying on the benevolence of men to write laws and enforce them without women having any involvement in the legislative process? Sitting at home knitting, hoping that men will ensure that our rights are protected? That is all you envision for women? Nothing more?”

“It has been enough for generations. I do not know why it should need to change now,” Mrs. Smythe snapped, banging down her teacup with such force I thought she might crack it.

“Was that enough for you in your first marriage, Mrs. Sullivan?” Mrs. Chickering asked, pinning her with an intense gaze.
  
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Ramona Flightner is a native of Missoula, Montana. After graduating from Tufts University with a B.A. in Spanish, she earned a Masters degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Montana. Her Master’s thesis, Chilean Testimonial Literature: the collective suffering of a people, highlighted her continued interest in the stories of those who were at risk of being forgotten or silenced.
            
She studied nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Master’s in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked for ten years as a family nurse practitioner providing care to the poor and under insured at two community health centers, first in Wilmington, Delaware and now in Boston, Massachusetts.
            
An avid reader, she began writing three years ago. She enjoys the demands of research and relishes the small discoveries that give historical detail to her books.
            
Ramona is an avid flyfisher and hiker who enjoys nothing better than spending a day on a remote Montana river, far from a city. She enjoys research, travel, storytelling, learning about new cultures and discovering new ways of looking at the world. Though she resides in Boston, Massachusetts, Ramona remains a Montanan at heart.
           
 Her dreams are to see the plains of East Africa, marvel at the wonder of Petra in Jordan, soak in the seas of the South Pacific, and to continue to spend as much time as possible with her family.
            
Banished Love is her first novel and is the first in the forthcoming Banished Saga.

AUTHOR WEB PAGE: http://www.ramonaflightner.com

TWITTER:  http://twitter.com/ramonaflightner

FACEBOOK:  http://www.facebook.com/authorramonaflightner

PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/ramonaauthor

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Prizes for the tour are as follows:
• One lucky winner will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

46 comments:

  1. this author is new to me, I like reading blogs and finding new artists

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    1. Hi Honolulubelle! I hope you enjoy Banished Love. I look forward to hearing from you.

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  2. Ramona Flightner was unknown to me, it's nice to get to know a new one today :)

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    1. Hi Mai Tran! I'm glad you stopped by and "met" me today. :-) I hope you enjoy Banished Love.

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  3. Thank you for hosting! I look forward to answering your questions so please feel free to ask anything you are curious about Banished Love.

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  4. the rafflecopter was great to me; i love them.

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  5. I really liked the excerpt, thank you! :)

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    1. Thanks, Carla! I hope you are able to read Banished Love and I look forward to hearing from you after you read it.

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  6. I liked the author bio. Ramona sounds like an interesting person.

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  7. I like the premise of the book, so different than what's saturating the market now.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elise-Maria. I'd be interested to know what you think when you read Banished Love. As you said, it is a bit different from what is out in the market now. Thanks again!

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  8. I enjoyed the excerpt and meeting a new author

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    1. Hi Robbie! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Hopefully you'll be able to read Banished Love. I'd be interested to know what you think after you read it.

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  9. Congrats Ramona on the new release! I love the premise of this book and I'm definitely adding it to my wishlist :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! I hope you enjoy Banished Love when you are able to read it. :-)

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  10. New author to me; putting this on my TBR list, looks like a good read. thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks for putting Banished Love on your TBR, Barbara!

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  12. I love discovering new authors, Hi Ramona! I really enjoyed the excerpt as well. :-)

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    1. Hi Glenda! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I hope you can read Banished Love- let me know what you think if you do!

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  13. It's always refreshing to meet a new author w/new ideas on their writing....

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  14. The author is new to me but I do like the cover. I look forward to reading it.

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    1. Hi Angeldophin01- thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy Banished Love.

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  15. find new authors and books to enjoy

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  16. New to me. Like finding new authors. Can't wait to read Banished Love.

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  17. I liked the book cover and the giveaway.

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  18. I always like to read about the author, it helps me relate to the story when I know what's behind the author's thoughts. I also like covers because they are one of the first things that draw me to a book.

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  19. What I really liked..hum? well discovering the new-to-me author Ramona and her beautiful book set in the Victorian era, which is a period I love.

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  20. Banished Love by Ramona Flightner sounds intriguing and I wouldn't mind reading her Master’s thesis, Chilean Testimonial Literature: the collective suffering of a people and going fishing with her. My niece is working at a children's hospital in Boston, a small world! Will have to add this novel to my wish list!

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  21. Learning about a new author
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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  22. This looks very interesting, thanks!

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  23. This is a new author, and I thank you for letting me know about her.

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  24. I loved the book excerpt and getting to know a new author.

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  25. I like being introduced to this author!

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  26. I love when the main female character is a rebel!

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  27. I like the premise of the book, so different from the norm.

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