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Friday, September 28, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway with Carol Tibaldi, author of Willow Pond

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in Carol Tibaldi's Willow Pond Virtual Blog Tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book.

About Carol:

Carol Tibaldi was born and raised in Bayside, New York and attended Queens College of the City University of New York. She loves to travel and has lived in London and Los Angeles. For twenty five years she worked as a newspaper reporter and covered the crime beat. She is a history buff and loves to research different time periods having a special affinity of the prohibition era and the Civil War. Willow Pond is her first novel and she is hard at work on the sequel.


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Carol!

Carol has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her.

What Inspired Me To Write "Willow Pond"
By Carol Tibaldi

My road to becoming a published author was a long one. I couldn't have been more than nine years old when I wrote my first short story. Actually it was a collection of several stories each one probably no more than a page or so long. I made a little booklet and presented it to my father. He was very proud and made a big fuss and that made me happy. I don't remember what the stories were about, but I loved the look on his face when he read them.

It would be years before I even came close to achieving my goal. My teenage years were rough; my father died just before I turned thirteen and I became rebellious. My love of writing faded into the background. After graduating from high school I went to London with a friend. We lived there and made a feeble attempt to co-author a novel about a rock band. It was a disaster and we never discussed it again.

Back home I found myself floundering. I wanted to do something with my life, but what? One day I came across those stories I had written so many years ago. To my surprise my mother had saved them. My love of writing was renewed.

In college I decided I wanted to be a journalist and travel around the world investigating the biggest news stories. My main interest was investigating crimes especially when a child was involved. Those broke my heart.

For the subject of my freshman English research paper I chose the Lindbergh kidnapping. The case fascinated me and I sensed that the whole thing had been bungled from the beginning. I wanted to write a book about it, but it just never all came together.

I don't remember when the idea for Willow Pond began to form in my mind. One day it was just there. It was a difficult journey and the book went through many different versions and had many different titles none of which sounded right to me. Finally the title just came to me and it felt right.

I don't believe in ever giving up on your dreams. No matter how long it takes just keep pursuing it because I think if you believe in yourself your dreams can come true. Just keep working hard and never pay any attention to the naysayers who doubt you.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Carol!

One lucky winner will win a paperback copy of Carol's historical fiction debut, Willow Pond.

The Roaring Twenties crumble into the Great Depression, but Virginia Kingsley, New York's toughest and most successful speakeasy owner, is doing just fine. Now that the world is falling apart, bootlegging is a flourishing business, and she's queen of that castle.

Then her infant nephew is kidnapped. Her niece, Laura, and Laura's philandering movie star husband, are devastated. The police have few leads, and speculation and rumors abound in the media circus that follows the celebrity abduction.

Only one reporter, Erich Muller, seems to care enough about the child's welfare and the parents' feelings to report the case responsibly. Over the course of the investigation, Erich Muller and Laura fall in love, but their relationship is doomed to failure since he suspects her beloved aunt Virginia is behind the kidnapping. Laura, jaded when it comes to men, sides with Virginia.

But Virginia has figured out the truth, and she can't tell anyone for fear of losing her niece's affections and having the police ransack her life. So she pursues her own investigation, shaking down, threatening, and killing one petty crook after another during her search.

Little Todd's absence shapes everyone's lives. When he is finally found, the discovery will bring disaster for some and revelation for others.
 To enter the giveaway, please fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below.

This giveaway is open to Canada/US addresses only until 12:01 AM EST on October 5, 2012.

Tour Participants

Monday, Sept. 3rd

Thursday, Sept. 6th
Review & Guest Post ~ Garden of Books

Friday, Sept. 7th
Spotlight & Giveaway ~ Book Lovin’ Busy Mom’s Daily

Monday, Sept. 10th
Review & Giveaway ~ So Little Time

Tuesday, Sept. 11th
Interview ~ Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, Sept. 12th

Friday, Sept. 14th
Review & Giveaway ~ Brunette Librarian

Monday, Sept. 17th
Review & Giveaway ~ A Bookish Libraria

Tuesday, Sept. 18th

Wednesday, Sept. 19th

Thursday, Sept. 20th

Friday, Sept. 21st
Interview, Guest Post & Giveaway ~ A Soul Unsung

Monday, Sept. 24th

Tuesday, Sept. 25th
Interview ~ The Book Rack

Wednesday, Sept. 26th
Review ~ Hollywood Daze

Thursday, Sept. 27th
Review, Interview & Giveaway ~ Reading Reality

Friday, Sept. 28th
Guest Post & Giveaway ~ Darlene’s Book Nook

Saturday, Sept. 29th
Review, Guest Post & Giveaway ~ Turning The Pages

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