Thursday, July 21, 2016

Welcome to Lincoln Cole, Author of Raven's Peak

Abigail Dressler – A strong woman with a deeply rooted sense of honor and justice. She was rescued by Arthur at a young age and become his protégé and adoptive daughter. She doesn’t remember anything about her childhood before meeting Arthur, and she only has scattered memories of her time with the Ninth Circle before Arthur rescued her.

Haatim Arison – A theology major who isn’t sure what to do with his life, he is just floating by and living with his grief after the death of a close family member. He is an introvert who enjoys spending time thinking and reflecting.

Arthur (The Reverend) – A famed Hunter who served the Council of Chaldea for many years as a Hunter before suffering from a mental breakdown and being locked in a black site prison. Arthur has experienced more than his fair share of grief in his life. His wife and daughter were murdered and he adopted Abigail after rescuing her from The Ninth Circle.

Frieda Gotlieb – A member of the Council and the leader of the Order of Hunters, Frieda is a dignified woman with a long family legacy to live up to. Her bloodline traces back to the founders of the Council, though many Council members feel that legacy should be forgotten in favor of a new world order.

Lincoln Cole


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Monday, February 29, 2016

Welcome to John Fioravanti, Author of The Genesis Saga!

Nonnie Returns To Genesis - Episode 

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(1) $10 Amazon Gift Card
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T&T Blog Tour – Episode 2

Several months ago, renowned interviewer and author, Nonnie Jules, accompanied author, John Fioravanti to planet Genesis seven centuries into the future. Dr. John, as he’s called on Genesis, possesses unusual teleportation powers, which he uses to travel through time and space. He can travel with another person just by laying his hand upon them.

Yesterday, Nonnie and John made a return trip to planet Genesis – to the orbital station, Genesis One, to be precise. After their guided tour of the orbital, Nonnie had the opportunity to interview the CO, ArcGeneral Graham Manchester. When Nonnie reached out and touched John’s arm to get his attention, they suddenly disappeared.

An instant later, they found themselves standing in the corridor of a massive Earther First Rate Navy vessel, the Agamemnon. Nonnie is visibly shaken once more by the teleportation from the orbital to the Earther Embassy docked with it.

Nonnie: (In an angry whisper)“You did that… that thing again, John! I need you to stop… please!!”

John: “I do apologize, Nonnie. You touched me when I was thinking about how much you’d enjoy meeting the Ambassador.”

(At that moment, a very large, uniformed Kodiak bear steps through a hatch into the corridor in front of the pair of humans. She stops in surprise, then recognizing John, she flashes him a grin showing her teeth. Nonnie steps back, startled by the show of rather dangerous-looking teeth. John steps forward to greet the Earther.)

John: “Admiral! So good to see you again! This is my writer friend I told you about.”

Nonnie: (To John, a little annoyed.)

“Is there anyone on this planet you haven’t told about me?

(Steps forward to meet the Earther Ambassador while not taking her eyes off those teeth.)

“My name is Nonnie Jules and I’ve heard a lot about you too!”

Andra: (chuckles, notices Nonnie’s eyes on her teeth and closes her mouth.)

“Well, Mrs. Jules, we can compare notes over drinks. Good to see you too, Dr. John – please follow me into my cabin. I have about an hour before my meeting with Liz and Marco, and I can’t think of a more pleasant way to spend it.”

(Nonnie and John follow Andra into her cabin, where Nonnie gasps as she surveys the gigantic suite.)

Nonnie: “They sure treat Admirals well in your navy! This cabin is huge – beautiful too!”

Andra: “Mrs. Jules… may I call you, Nonnie? (Nonnie nods her assent and Andra continues) “Excellent – I’d like you to call me Andra. Now what can I get you to drink?”

Nonnie: “Just water for me please, Andra. John, what are you having… not alcohol, I hope.”

(John asks for water and Andra directs them to take a seat on the large leather sofa. Within moments, she arrives with a tray of drinks and sets it down on the table. She takes a seat in a giant easy chair that matches the sofa and takes a long drink from her very large glass.)

Andra: “There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a glass of ice-cold water!”

Nonnie: (Looking at her glass in astonishment)

“This is the best tasting water I’ve ever had!”

Andra: “Water is all we Earthers can drink, so we have perfected our water treatment systems over time. Do you drink alcohol like many of my human friends, Nonnie?

Nonnie: “Never touch it, Andra – and I’m trying to get Dr. John here to swear off that nasty stuff.”

Andra: (Chuckles at John who is smiling as he raises his glass of water in a salute.)

“So what have you been told about me, Nonnie?”

Nonnie: “That you are a great naval commander, a no-nonsense gal, and Setter Caine’s ace in the hole. I’d really like to know why you accepted this post among the humans of Genesis. There’s a lot of crazy stuff going on here!”

Andra: “Nonnie, you left out one important thing in your description. Liz Hastings is a very good friend of mine from before the Krogg War, and now her Vice President, Marco Rossini is a good friend too. While I live and breathe in Genesis space, I am their ace in the hole.”

Nonnie: I met Liz briefly last year, but Dr. John and I spent a lot of time with Marco. I just adore that man! Do you think he’s up to this battle with those awful terrorists after almost dying in space?”

Andra: (Pauses a moment to take a drink, and then locks eyes with Nonnie.)

“I spent a few days with Marco on the trip back here and he impressed me a great deal. But to answer your question, I believe he’s just the man Genesis needs right now. Setter Caine has great faith in him… and I’ve never seen Setter misjudge anyone… ever!”

(Andra pauses and Nonnie remains quiet, waiting for more. So Andra continues.)

“We Earthers have instincts similar to our non-Earther ancestors on Earth. We’ve learned to control the violent and predatory side of our inherited nature, but those instincts allow us to sense things in people. Marco has a good heart, a bright mind, and a desire to serve. He’s still learning about leadership, but he’ll get there – and I have his back.”

Nonnie: “If you use the military might of this Earther ship, won’t that make things worse for Liz and Marco in terms of public opinion?”

Andra: “Yes, exactly! I’ll be using this (taps the side of her head) to outfox those Rouge thugs. They have no idea what it means to mess with me!”

John: “Are you two sure you two aren’t twin sisters? I had to blink, Andra. I thought that was Nonnie talking!”

Nonnie: (Giving John one of her withering looks)

“I’ll take that as a compliment, Dr. John.” (Turns back to Andra)

“Did you meet Marco’s lead security agent on the trip back here to Genesis? I’m wondering what you think of him. Do you think he’s the right man to lead Marco’s security team?”

Andra: “Of course, Captain Ted Gallo. I had a couple of meetings with him and some of our security people. He wanted to see what he could learn from our methods so he could do his job more effectively. He’s a good man.”

Nonnie: “Dr. John, I’d like to meet him – he might have more insights into his boss, Marco. Wait! Let’s say goodbye to Andra before we zap out of here, please.”

Andra: (Grins at John) “Still doing that disappearing act, Dr. John? I’d love to learn how to do that!”

Nonnie: “Andra, be careful what you wish for! Thank you for your hospitality. It’s been an honor chatting with you.”

(They said their goodbyes as the Ambassador escorted them back to the hatch leading to the corridor. As she watched them leave, Nonnie took John’s arm and they vanished before Andra’s startled eyes.

Join us tomorrow for a new adventure with Nonnie & John!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Welcome to S.M. Spencer!

Hello, and thanks for stopping by on my blog tour!  I would like to thank today’s host for having me here, and also 4Wills Publishing for organizing this tour for me. To see all the stops on the tour, check out their website:

Author Name: S M Spencer – the Absent Shadows Trilogy

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I think the desire to be a writer started in my teens. I read a lot and would often get caught up in the characters, living their stories long after I’d finished the books. I had a great deal of respect for authors that could do that, and I wanted to be like them.

How long did it take to get your first book published?
I canvassed a number of agents and a couple of e-book publishers and got responses that varied from cold to lukewarm. The main message coming through was that the genre was very crowded, so I figured I was wasting my time trying to get a publisher to put their money into the series. But with encouragement from friends and family I decided to simply bite the bullet and do it myself.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
The Absent Shadows Trilogy: young Californian visits her aunt in Australia and finds herself caught up in a world full of vampires and ghosts.

How long did it take you to write that story?
The Absent Shadows Trilogy took a few years – but it is three books, and I was still working full-time when I started it.

What can we expect from you in the future? 
I’m finishing off a contemporary/rural romance story that is the first of what will be a series, and I’m in the midst of a science fiction/thriller story.  I will most likely write more in the paranormal romance genre as I hope to write the continuation of the Absent Shadows story.

What genre would you place your books into?
The Absent Shadows Trilogy is YA paranormal romance, because it has no graphic sex or violence.

What made you decide to write in that genre?
I was working around the corner from Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Markets, up near the Flagstaff Gardens. Walking around at lunchtime, I started sensing that I was smack dab in the middle of the perfect setting for ghosts and vampires—and the story just developed from there. Of course, the late night ghost tours I’d done in the area, where I’d learned the history of the cemetery under the market’s carpark and about ghost sightings all throughout the area, really helped. And like many, I was caught up in the resurgence in popularity of vampires.

Do you have a favorite character from this story?
I love all my characters, but I think I like Crystal the best. She is caring, and beautiful, and gentle and all things feminine. But at the same time, she is strong and powerful, and not to be messed with. She is Aphrodite and Athena wrapped up in one awesome little package.

How long have you been writing, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing seriously for about the last five years, but I was inspired to write when I was just a teenager. When I finished Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek, I couldn’t get the story and characters out of my head for the longest time. Years later, I went to Cornwall, and found what I thought could have been the setting for the book and relived those pages once again. I had so much respect for this ability to create a story that had such a lasting effect on me as a reader that I wanted to do the same thing.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your story?
Trust your intuition, and follow your heart.

Which format of book do you prefer: eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I prefer to read eBooks and paperbacks. I find most hardbacks too heavy to sit and read, although they do look nice on the shelf.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?
I tend to have a new favourite every time I finish a good one. A recent favourite is The Glade, by a fellow indieBRAG Medallion honoree, Harmony Kent. But I also really loved Harmful Intent, by Robin Cook. My favourties have included such classics as Gone with the Wind, The House at Pooh Corner, Something Wicked This Way Comes and of course, the Lord of the Rings series.

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I think books with good characters, as well as lots of dialogue and action, become great movies. Books that are more cerebral, that are in the head of the key character, are harder to translate to film.

Your favorite Author is?
Do I have to pick just one? I go through various genre moods. I devoured all the Harry Potter books as well as The Chronicles of Narnia (didn’t everyone?) but also enjoy finding an author with a continuing series, like Patricia Cornwell, John Lescroart and Janet Evanovich. I particularly enjoy a good mystery/thriller with a romantic element. And I can’t leave Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Daphne Du Maurier off the list either. Seriously, it goes on and on and on …

Destiny Excerpt:

Sometimes, when something bad happens, time seems to slow to a crawl. 
Like that time I was running to visit my friend who lived down the street. I was only about ten at the time, but it seemed like it was yesterday. I remember exactly how it felt as I ran down that street toward her house. And how, when I was only part way there, I stepped on an acorn and my foot rolled out from under me. As I fell, the pavement got closer and closer to my face—in horrible slow-motion. I hit the ground with my hands stretched out in front of me, scraping the skin off both palms. They barely bled but man they hurt like crazy.
Yes, I could replay that memory like a slow-motion movie in my head even now—years later.
But this … well, this wasn’t like that.
What happened next was like a series of still photos. Tom flew out of the bedroom in a blur, but stopped just long enough for the image of his face to be burnt into my mind. His eyes were no longer soft brown, but were instead a glowing red, and his normally tanned complexion was now pallid grey. But what really stood out was the blood that ran down from the corner of his mouth.
Then I heard Sam’s voice—loud and harsh. ‘Go!’
Tom was gone and I heard the door slam.
I closed my eyes for no more than a long blink—it couldn’t have been more than a second—but when I opened them, Sam was in the bedroom, bending over Claire. Was he doing something to her neck? She was so still.
I ran to the doorway but stopped short of going in. I couldn’t draw a breath to scream or talk. I just stood there, frozen.

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Series Description: 

The Absent Shadows Trilogy is the story of nineteen year-old Lili McIntyre who decides to trade her California summer for a mid-winter visit to Australia in hope of finding inspiration and direction in the country where her father was born.

When she arrives in Melbourne, the first thing Lili finds is the last thing she’s looking for—a brooding man who makes her heart race every time she sees him. Against her better judgement, Lili finds herself drawn into a relationship that tests her very beliefs about life, reality and fantasy.

Follow Lili’s journey across Australia as she searches for her destiny, faces some of the hardest decisions of her life, makes incredible sacrifices, and encounters deception in places where it is least expected.

About the Author:

S M Spencer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

As a young teenager she was introduced to the world of romantic suspense through the works of authors such as Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart. These books stirred in her a passion that would last a lifetime: to become a writer.

Feeling the need to experience life before embarking on a writing career, Ms Spencer completed a business degree. Her career eventually landed her in Melbourne, Australia, where she has lived ever since.

SM Spencer now writes from her home in a semi-rural part of Australia, where she lives with her husband, horses, cats and dogs. 

S M Spencer’s first series is called Absent Shadows Trilogy. To find out more about the series, and obtain free samples of each of the books, visit Amazon:

You can also follow her on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/SMSpencer.writer  for advice about upcoming promotions as well as updates on the books she’s currently working on.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Welcome to Jason Zandri!


This part of the blog tour is technically a split tour. It’s all about the “I, Hero” series and there are two parts to it. The first few days have been about “I, Hero: The Beginning” which is already released, and the end of this week will be about the upcoming release, “I, Hero: Nathan Returns”, which is my current work in progress. As the Twitter speak goes - #AmWriting.

“I, Hero: The Beginning” has been available exclusively on the Kindle via KDP since May 22nd and I have sold 78 units over those 44 days.
If you really want to be liberal about it, when you also consider the 8,431 Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP) Read, (basically 40 units) and then add to it, the KU/KOLL Units read (a total of 33 more units moved), I am very encouraged by the first book in the series and from there the series from an overall perspective. I, Hero seems to have more traction than “Another Sunset”, my first release from December 2014. That title is contemporary fiction, where the “I, Hero” series is of the fantasy / sci-fi / superhero genre.
Given all the numbers, I am moving units, three to one, of “I, Hero: The Beginning” versus “Another Sunset”. Now, if I can still say the average is the same another 150 days from now (about the total length of time that “Another Sunset” has been out to date), I will be very happy.

By that time as well, I will have “I, Hero: Nathan Returns” released and moving, so I would expect the books to feed each other so I am cautiously optimistic regarding the full future of the series.
Not that I am in competition with myself, but I would love to have one book rise above the rest. I was really hoping it might be “Another Sunset” (I really liked that story) but it seems, at least for now, “I, Hero: The Beginning” is selling better / faster.

I am enjoying writing the second portion of Nathan’s story and giving the character the opportunity to grow. One of the chief criticisms I received from more than one reviewer (and they have been good, constructive points) was that a couple of them specifically felt Nathan was too stiff and not dynamic enough. I was going for subdued and “in a level of shock” over what occurred to him, but I might have over played that too much and / or didn’t define it enough.

Have no fear, true believers, Nathan’s entire world catches on fire in “I, Hero: Nathan Returns” and he must respond with all the emotions and feelings he’s been trying to suppress and control. His powers become unstable, he becomes critically injured, and shadow groups in the American government and dark foreign governments begin to jockey to take him down.
All that and I’ve only mapped out to chapter seven.  


About I, Hero: The Beginning  
An everyday man, living less than ordinary life in New York City, simply makes his way about his work life and one at home. A kind heart and an empathetic soul, who tended to think of others before he thought of himself.

With his childhood totally left behind and gone with the final resting of his father, Nathan has come to terms with his past as he forges his life in the present, unaware of what lies ahead.

An unlikely friendship, a random act of violence, a budding romance, all part of a life changed.

“When it’s your time, there’s nothing you can do to change that outcome. The only thing you can do is meet it head on. You have to hope that the life you had with others, while you were here, has made a positive impact.” – Brian Devron

“Where there is darkness, you are light. Where others know fear, you will be brave. When there are setbacks, you will persevere. Where others find weakness, you bring strength. Where there is despair, you are hope. Where cowardice falls, you rise courageously. Where others do not have the ability to believe, you have faith. You will suffer, so that others will endure. You will triumph where others would fall." - Cici Johnson

“This is it; it all changes tonight. Anything I do tonight, at a minimum, is going to at least expose all of this to the world." - Nathan Devron.

I, Hero: The Beginning – Links to Excerpts
“I, Hero – The Beginning” – Excerpt I http://bit.ly/1MKrwsF
“I, Hero – The Beginning” – Excerpt II
“I, Hero – The Beginning” – Excerpt III
“I, Hero – The Beginning” – Excerpt IV

Books and links
Before Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 1)
Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 2)
I Hero: Nathan Returns

As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)
As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)
As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)
As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)

I Hero: Untitled Book 3 (Expected first half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 4 (Expected second half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 5 (Expected first half 2017)

Social Media links
Twitter – @GUNDERSTONE https://twitter.com/gunderstone/
Facebook Author page –
LinkedIn –
Google+ –
Author blog – The GUNDERSTONE Review


Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl - 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex).

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Welcome D.E. Haggerty's blog tour!


The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives Go on Tour
D.E. Haggerty
Jack Gets His Man
Excerpt #3

Jack took a big breathe and forced a smile on his face. “Your man candy has arrived, ladies!”

The group of grandmas immediately began to giggle like they were teenagers and not the senior citizens that they were. “Jackie my boy,” shouted Betty. She patted the seat next to her. “Come sit here.” Jack raised an eyebrow at her. He didn’t trust Betty any more than he could knit a purl stitch, whatever the heck that was.

Although Jack loved this club of gray-haired knitting wonders and would do just about anything for them, he knew what they really were under their perfectly coiffured looks – troublemakers. They fooled most people into believing they were sweet, little old ladies who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Yeah right. 
They were troublemakers with a capital T and wouldn’t hesitate to bring him, Izzy, or Noel into a shit storm of their own creation, laughing the entire way.
Jack sighed and went to sit next to Betty. Betty was the head honcho of the so-called knitting club. If she wanted you to sit next to her, you were going to sit next to her come hell or high water. Unfortunately, that usually meant she was up to no good. Although to be fair when was she ever not up to no good?  

Izzy, wonderful woman that she was, handed him a glass of lemonade and winked. He took a sip and it burned all the way down. “What the hell,” he coughed.

Izzy shrugged. “I didn’t taste test it. Too strong?”

The knitters peered at Izzy with questions in their eyes, but Jack was oblivious. “Just a bit. I’ll be sending you the bill for my esophagus transplant.”
“I don’t even think they do those.” Izzy murmured as she tripped onto Noel’s lap. Noel righted her and he pulled her close.

Betty set down her knitting and looked at Jack. When she crossed her hands in her lap like a prim old lady, Jack knew he was in for it. “Are you seeing anyone at the moment,” she asked.

Jack choked on another sip of lemonade. “What?”

“Are you seeing someone?” Betty asked again slowly as if he hadn’t understood the first time. Uh oh. He was most definitely in trouble.

“He’s not,” Izzy answered for him. “And he needs to get laid.”

Giggles erupted all around him except for Ally who blushed and hid her face. Ally was really a sweet old lady although she had a naughty streak, which sometimes ended with Jack getting his butt pinched. He thought it was cute, but still acted outraged whenever she managed to gather the courage to come near his tight tush.

“Oh good,” Betty clapped her hands. Clapping hands was never good. He raised an eyebrow at Betty and waited. “We have the perfect man for you!”
Jack groaned and hid his face in his hands. This is what his life was reduced to? Getting set up on blind dates by 80-year-old grandmas? He was pretty sure this was the definition of pathetic.

Betty slapped him on the shoulder although between his muscles and her dainty hands it was more like a tap. “Shush you. He is absolutely lovely. Comes to church every Sunday. All alone. Such a lovely young man.”

Martha placed a piece of paper in his hand and he looked down to see a phone number. “Now that’s Tommy’s telephone number,” Betty filled in. “He’s expecting your call. Don’t disappoint us.” Instead of getting guilt-tripped by his mother and grandmother, he had a whole group of grandmas to guilt-trip him.
Jack looked up and smiled at Martha who was still touching his arm after having placed the paper in his hand. “He’s a cutie pie,” she whispered and Jack held back from snorting. Was there any young man that these women didn’t find cute?

“Cutie pie?” Betty grunted. “That man is hot. H-o-t, hot!”

Izzy giggled from her perch on Noel’s lap. Jack gave her his best evil eye but she just stuck her tongue out at him. “You’ve got nothing to lose, Jack. Just go for it!” He raised his eyebrow at her enthusiasm. Before she could push him any further, Noel put his hand over his mouth. She bit him but kept quiet.


Author Bio:
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. I’m leaning towards somewhere I can learn to surf even though the hubby thinks that’s a less than sound way to decide where to live. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my sixth book.

Purchase links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Gets-His-Man-Gray-Haired-ebook/dp/B00YBZITC6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1433146630&sr=8-4&keywords=D.E.+Haggerty
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25552260-jack-gets-his-man

Author links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dehaggerty
Twitter: https://twitter.com/denaehaggerty
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DEHaggerty/posts
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/denahaggerty/

Book blurb:
Jack’s life is awesome. His store is making money hand over fist and his best friend has found love. So what if he’s feeling a bit restless and put out about his upcoming birthday and his ex is being a pain in his fabulous behind? That’s nothing he can’t handle. But then his smoking hot new bookkeeper discovers things at the store aren’t actually as they seem. Someone is playing fast and loose with the finances. Jack’s bestie and his gal pals, the gray-haired knitting detectives, jump at the chance to solve Jack’s problems. When they aren’t re-enacting scenes from spy thrillers, they’re setting Jack up on dates and generally insinuating themselves into his love life. They’re determined to find love for Jack as well as his missing money. Will Jack catch a thief or find love? Either way Jack’s going to get his man.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Welcome to Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko!


Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko


Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women

Joy’s Bio 

Life at  the University of Lagos (Unilag):

When I was hired as Lecturer II by the University of Lagos in April, 1975, I applied to Radio Nigeria for a transfer to Unilag, but was denied a transfer. My then boss vowed that the only way I could leave was to resign. He was shocked that I could get a job at the University with what he believed was an inadequate qualification. Only God knows what else he did underground to stop my getting the job.

However, my first two years at the University were good.  My colleagues were happy to see me join them.  I had already made a name for myself as Joy Nwosu, the Voice. Ayo and I teamed up for his and my concerts.  Then Akin Euba joined us.  He came in already a professor. I believe that was the deal he made for taking him from the University of Ife to the University of Lagos.  I was happy when he joined us, and was planning for the great things we could do together.  I loved all my colleagues because they were all great men in music; Laz Ekwueme, Ayo Bankole and Akin Euba. I was honored to be among them.

The same year Akin joined the University; rumors started filtering in that I may not be qualified to be a lecturer at the University.  These rumors, I learned later were coming from my colleagues at the Radio station. A top professors at the Faculty of Arts started putting pressure on Ayo and Akin to expose me. Laz was considered my mentor, the one instrumental in getting me hired, so he was excluded, but he let me know what was going on.

At the time, we had a wonderful man at the helm of affairs at Unilag, The Vice Chancellor, Professor Ade Ajai, may God bless him.  I went to him to complain about the rumors, and to tell him that I was ready to go to the US for my Ph.D. to stop the rumors.  By this time, Laz had also become a professor.  So Professor Ade Ajai suggested to me that I should do my Ph.D. at Unilag, under the supervision of the two professors of music that we had. Prof. Ekwueme was doubtful about the outcome, but Professor Euba was blunt and did not mince words with me. He told me that he did not believe that I was qualified to do a Bachelor’s degree, how much more a Ph.D.  He followed up this claim by going to the Italian Embassy in Lagos with my Italian credentials translated by him, to get the Italian Ambassador in Lagos to agree with his translations, and to sign it as correct.  He did not speak Italian, nor did he understand the Italian system of rating their credentials.   

I came to know about this because, the Ambassador himself, who knew me quite well because I was a regular performer at the Embassy, sent his driver to Unilag to pick me up and take me to the embassy. There he told me about this man who came to him with a lady, and tried to talk him into signing his translation of my credentials and assessment as correct.

“Of course I refused to sign his papers.” He told me. “I told him that we have a department in Italy that deals with certificate assessments, that he should send his papers there for proper assessment if he really wanted to know the truth about my qualifications.  Now, my advice to you is to leave that place if they do not believe in you.”

I left the embassy in shock and determined to follow the Ambassador’s advice.  Luck was on my side.  It was 1977, and FESTAC was just winding down, when the US embassy in Lagos offered a number of exchange visitor scholarships to some Nigeria artistes, and I was one of them. I took the opportunity of my visit to the US to apply and audition for schools. 

Months after I returned from the US, I received a letter of admission to a doctoral program in music education from the University of Michigan.  I was aesthetic!  I first ran to Professor Ekwueme with my letter.  After he read it he asked whether I have shown it to Professor Euba, I said no but that I was going to do so immediately. By this time Professor Euba treated me like a parrier. He will not return my greeting if I greeted him. I knocked at his door, opened and entered.  I had a broad smile on my face, and he was scowling at me.  

“I want you to see this.” I told him handing him the letter.  While he read it I watched his face for reactions. He put the letter down quietly on his table, stood up and offered me his hand and said, “Congratulations colleague.”  

I took my letter from his desk, folded it and walked out of his office.

I later learned that the witch hunt on me started from my former boss at Radio Nigeria.  They wanted Ayo to be the one to flush me out, but Ayo refused. May his soul rest in peace. 

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