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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Gardenia Duty Book Blast and Giveaway

We have here a women's historical fiction book with a giveaway for a $75 Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 8/13 to enter. Good luck.

Gardenia Duty
by Kathleen Varn
Genre: Women's Historical Fiction 

In 1957 jobs are scarce in rural Ashland, Alabama. Bobby Higgins is facing life decisions; his family’s farm struggles and threat of the draft hangs over 18-year-old males as the Cold War rumbles in the distance. Bobby heads off to boot camp, vowing to provide for his family from his pay. Between shore and sea duty, Bobby leaves broken hearts in every port. When his own heart is stolen by Rose, he’s shocked to learn that she comes with four daughters, a package deal he’s unsure he wants. But when Rose disappears, Bobby finds her and persuades her to marry him. Somehow they navigate their way through the trials of marriage and parenting as he fulfills his patriotic career and his promise to raise four willful daughters. In the spring of 2004, his daughters are brought together by grief. They forge new bonds, sharing their joys, losses, regrets, and ultimately family secrets that will seal all their fates…if they can summon the courage to report for duty.

Kat Varn’s love affair with words manifested when she turned four and taught herself to read. As she grew older, books and reading were an escape from responsibility.  As the oldest daughter in a transient Navy family, words fed her imagination to embrace adventure and magical worlds. Kat was drawn to the strength of little girls in The Little Princess and The Secret Garden.
Eventually, Kat dove into journaling between the pages of beautiful leather notebooks, recording her children’s infant landmarks. Journaling also helped her find solace in the grief of a toxic relationship. Throughout her journey to extract her family from oppression, she explored the idea of freedom through allegorical short stories. In the midst of angst and soul searching, she retained a sense of humor that gave her the resilience to pursue the search for her true self.
Kat hopes her readers enjoy Ameera’s journey to pursue the forbidden zone of dance while becoming part of a larger experience—embraced and bonded to eight glittery belly dancers. Each of them aware they may have never met without the common denominator of a six-week belly dance class under the tutelage of their troupe director.
Kat is now very happily married to her soulmate. She resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where she worked for an adoption attorney for twenty-three years. With her two children settled in adulthood, she is exploring a beautiful world, from scuba diving in Fiji or photographing from Alaska’s frozen tundra.




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30 comments:

  1. The cover is beautiful. Love the blurb.

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  2. I'm interested in reading about the lives of the girls, and good cover art.

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  3. Sounds like a book I would love to read!

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  4. I love the brown and white photos in books and covers:) It does remind me of "the olden days." :)

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  5. The cover is bewitching!! I can't stop staring at it!

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  6. Great cover and I love books that are from the late 50's.. They bring back my own memories and make the book so easy to relate to.. Best of luck and thank you....

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  7. Lovely cover, gives me a nostalgic feel.

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  8. I think the cover is moving and powerful.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  9. I think the cover is beautiful.

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  10. Sounds like a good read. Great cover!

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  11. I love dramatic books that cover multiple generations. Gardenia Duty sounds really good!

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  12. This sounds like a fantastic read.

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  13. I'm anxious to read the book as it seems like a nostalgic time in history and the cover fits the story line perfectly!

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  14. Period piece books are my favorite to read and this was certainly an interesting time in America.

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  15. Totally adding this to my TBR list. The cover is beautiful!

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  16. Sounds like a good book, I like historical fiction. The cover was pretty

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  17. This sounds like a wonderful story! The cover is riveting!

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  18. I love the old photograph of the family.

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  19. The cover is different & intersting.

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  20. I like this cover of all the little girls together. It reminds me of the scenes in the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou, when all the little girls/sisters are all lined up holding onto a rope, walking behind their mother. I also like the sepia tone photos :)

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  21. What do you think of the book or the cover?
    its an amazing choice of cover,the use of old timey photo is really cool
    THX

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  22. The cover is interesting. Sounds like a great read

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  23. Without giving much away, I am curious how you chose the title.

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  24. The cover is great & very interesting

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  25. Great cover and very interesting

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