Monday, May 20, 2013

Leave of Absence Book Blast Blog Tour Kick-Off!

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Happy Monday everyone ^_^ I'm VERY excited to be doing my very first blog tour for Leave of Absence, by Tanya J. Peterson! Although I've done a few cover reveals, this will be the first blog tour that I host in which I get to do a book blast, guest post, trailer, review, and author interview! I'm really excited about this! Let's kick this off! :party 

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So today is the first day. I want to get all you lovely readers as excited about this book as I am! So today you get to see the trailer, and read about the book and see the cover! Then, next week Tanya will be hijacking my blog for one whole day while she does a fab guest post and I can tell you all about her with an Author Spotlight. Pretty cool, huh? Wait, there's more! 
On June 3 my review of Leave of Absence will be complete, so you guys will know once and for all if I loved it, hated it, or something in between..then on June 10 I will be interviewing Tanya! It'll be my very FIRST INTERVIEW! 8| 

So that is the schedule of happenings for my very first deluxe blog tour hosting! Sounds exciting, no? I hope you stick around! I'm also doing Armchair BEA too so there will be plenty of giveaways and fun stuff for you my lovelies!
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 In Leave of Absence, an insightful and evocative new novel, Tanya J. Peterson draws upon her counseling background, life experience, and education to delve deeply into the world of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Peterson has unique expertise on both sides of "the couch", having experienced firsthand PTSD after a terrible car accident, being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, spending time in a behavior center, while also having earned her Master of Science in counseling, working as both teacher and counselor in a variety of school settings, and becoming a Nationally Certified Counselor who has volunteered her services throughout the community.
When Oliver Graham's suicide attempt fails, he is admitted to Airhaven Behavioral Health Center. Unable to cope with the traumatic loss of his beloved wife and son, he finds a single thread of attachment to life in Penelope, a fellow patient wrestling with schizophrenia and its devastating impact on her once happy and successful life. They both struggle to discover a reason to live while Penelope's fiancĂ© William strives to convince her that she is worth loving. As Oliver and Penelope try to achieve emotional stability, face others who have been part of their lives, and function in the "real world," they discover that human connection may be reason enough to go on.    
Written with extraordinary perception into the thought processes of those grappling with mental illness, Leave of Absence is perfect for readers seeking an empathic depiction of grief, loss, and schizophrenia, as well as anyone who has ever experienced human suffering and healing.

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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.