Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Come with Me on my Blog Tour: Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs


Hello!
How are you all doing? Hope you're good.
I'm good. There's not enough hours in the day to do it all. But I won't complain!

Check out what readers have to say about Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs.

I'm doing a blog tour at the moment. The interviews and guest posts are getting me talking like I've never done before. Yes, I talk but I don't often talk about myself. Find out more about my book and meet some fantastic bloggers. My blog tour began on September 8 with my Australian writer friend, the lovely Denise Covey. Jump on the tour bus, any stop, anytime. Feel free to comment and ask questions. I'll be right there with you. Enjoy the ride!


The blog Tour

Denise Covey:                                     Guest Post - September 8

Geosi Reads:                                       Interview (1) - September 16


Atilola's World:                                     Interview - September 22

Madly-in-Verse, Nila Bose:                  Guest Post: September 23

Prism of an Immigrant:                        Review / Interview -  September 30

Kiru Taye:                                           Guest Post - October 6

Geosi Reads:                                      Review -    October 13

JL Campbell:                                       Interview - October 15

Geosi Reads:  
                                   Interview (2) October 20

A big thank you to all the bloggers who kindly gave their blog space and time to make this tour possible. Other dates tbc. I'll put those dates in another post. Come with me. We'll be sipping cocktails!


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs!

Hi Guys,

Hope you're all well and happy.
It's been one long journey but I'm here at last. I trekked hours, days, weeks, months and years. Yes, years. This piece I wrote recently may give you an insight into what it took me to complete the journey. To those who recommended the post on  google - 23 times - I am humbled by your appreciation. Thank you. It means so much. There was a whole lot more that I had to deal with in the psychological and spiritual realm. But I kept my focus even on my darkest days when I was hardly productive. Everything in life is transient...we must remember that.  As I write this, there are still challenges. Challenges are to be 'challenged', battled and won. We learn to fight so we can develop the strategies to win. Strategies make us stronger as we focus on our goals.

This particular journey took me three years. Remember when I wrote this? We learn as we face challenges. And boy, did I learn? I learned plenty.

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1. Not everyone who laughs with you is with you.
2. Actions really do speak louder than words. It's not a cliche.
3. You will know your friends when you need them.

Divas: Abi, Adijat, Betty, Oseyemi, Ronke and Ruky, thank you. Fiona and Freda, 'love you.

I'm finally where I need to be. I hope my journey inspires at least one person out there to take a chance and follow their dreams. We're only here once in this particular consciousness of life. We owe it to ourselves to tick that bucket list of what we need to do before the great exit. I've ticked one MAJOR thing off my bucket list. I'm #happy, #relieved, #cartwheeling pleased.

My book, 'Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs' is available across Amazon on Kindle and Paperback and also at Createspace e-store. It is a collection of 45 poems, divided into three sections: 'Albumen', 'Yolk' and 'Woman.' It is 'life' as seen through the lens of a woman who has traveled a few miles. Support a new author, I'll be grateful for your patronage. Buy, read and tell me what you think.

Thank you for coming with me on my journey. Your words of encouragement keep me going.
#Find something you really love. Do it.

PS: I'm available for blog tours, interviews, guest posts, TV/radio, writer's events, etc. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter. And please 'like' my author page. You can get my book at:

Kindle UKKindle USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain.

~Adura xx

Monday, August 25, 2014

Autism: The Sacrifice of a Mother by Freda McEwen

Regular readers will remember that  I interviewed Freda a few months ago about her local councillor London campaign here.  As you may recall, Freda McEwen is a British Nigerian mother of two. Her teenage son Tony suffers from Autism. She recently wrote a book documenting her experiences as a mother of an autistic child who is now a young man. She offers advice and inspiration to families in similar circumstances. Tony is now eighteen. This interview is an edited excerpt of a press release from the author's publishers, Xlibris. Freda recently launched her book.* It is for sale on Amazon.

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What inspired you to write this book? 

My inspiration came from the time my son was excluded from school and all the hurt and pain I felt then, including non-professionalism and prejudice from trusted professionals.

Summarize your book in one to three sentences

The book is about a journey of a young man diagnosed with Autism as a toddler and his mother. The experiences the mother had in raising him up as a single parent from conception to the age of 18. Her strength and beliefs, which made her extraordinary in her courage and zeal to protect her child. It is a demonstration of selflessness, agape, and ability to sustain ambition and thrive in the midst of impossibilities.

What is the overall theme of your book?

Autism


Where does this book take place?

In the united Kingdom but it started its journey from Baltimore Maryland where Tony was born.

Who are the main characters and why are they important to the story?

The main characters are:

Tony diagnosed with Autism who is the major character
Freda: Tony’s mother, the author writing about her experiences
Tochi: Tony’s sister who is 16 years old and has been part of the whole journey
School: who played a role in inspiring this book through the negative experiences the family had at the time.




Why do you think that this book will appeal to readers?

This book does not just give vivid experiences of a family and their journey with Autism.
It brings to life the pain and hurt and gives a spiritual and practical guidance as how to combat the pain.
The book is quite educational and explains some terms in a very professional manner and takes the reader into exploring various techniques that can be used in assisting the sufferer. It is quite dramatic, very simple and poetic. The Language and technique is soft and captivating and lures the reader into emotional engagement with the whole process.

How is your book relevant in today’s society?

Autism is an ailment that has dumbfounded the whole world. No one knows what it is and how to get rid of it, it is all trial and error.


What makes your book different from other books like it?

It is dramatic, simple, emotional and sincere.


What do you want readers to take away from your writing?

That life is a journey and a stage, we all are scripted to play various roles and you the act should ensure you are in line with the script in order to succeed.





Is there a particular passage from your book you’d like share with readers?

*From the chapter: 'Being Tony’s Mum'

This is a life journey I took with no desire for pessimism. It does get gloomy sometimes and I do get moody just like every human. I had to be optimistic and take every step in affirmation that it would get better. There are times that I had to be woken up by life’s idealism and embittered by (supposedly) Autism parading itself like a miniature god. All in all, I have made life choices to be strong, realising that the world is waiting to unveil Tony’s destiny and I have been given the responsibility to ensure that his destiny is not thwarted by events of life. I have nurtured him in full submission to nature’s expectations. I am glad that autism is not attributed to nurture but nature.

Enjoy reading about our journey and I hope you're inspired!

Available on Amazon

*Photos taken by Adura Ojo at Book Launch - Novotel, Greenwich, London. 1st Agusust 2014.