Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Loves of Our Lives by AC Chenier (Spotlight, excerpt, review and GIVEAWAY) GFT




by A.C. Chenier

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GENRE: Romance

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BLURB:

A rich and compelling novel exploring romances past and present, Loves of Our Lives centers on Katie Benjamin, a happily married woman whose interest in the theory of past lives changes her understanding of herself and the world around her forever.

Along with her best friend, Maria, whose terminal cancer has given her an entirely new perspective on life, she embarks on past-life regression therapy. Here, Katie learns of the lives of Elinor Davenport and Catherine Buchanan and the people they both loved.  In the process of finding these two women who once shared her soul she discovers a sense of completeness she never thought possible.

“The same souls come back to us many times and interact with us. This is the way we can understand our souls go on for eternity. These bodies may fail, but our souls do continue on to reunite with our loved ones many times.”

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EXCERPT



“I want you to think about some things over the next few days and weeks. I want you to clearly look inside yourself and ask what it is you want, not what anyone else wants or expects from you. Meditate on it. Pray on it, if that works for you. But make sure that any action you do or do not take is based on what is right and good for you. Not Katie. But the real and true you. You’re starting to see her in your life on a daily basis. Talk to her. Find out what she wants you to do. Then follow through on your heart and soul decision. Only then can you know that what you are doing is right for you, the true you. Not Catherine, not Elinor, not Katie, or any other human body you have inhabited. Do what is right for the authentic and real you.”




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


AC Chenier is the author of the Past Lives series of books. The novels explore the fascinating spiritual world and the concept that we are all souls who have lived before, and that we reunite with our loved ones through time. The novels allow her to couple her long standing interest in the romance and fantasy genres with a passion for writing.  When she’s not busy typing away at her computer, you can find her with her horses or golf clubs.

Her books are available in paperback and ebook.

LINKS


Website
Facebook
Twitter

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GIVEAWAY

a Rafflecopter giveaway



The tour dates can be found here


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My review:

 
3.5 stars

Loves of Our Lives by A.C. Chenier is the first story in the 'Past Lives' series and is a book that combines historical and contemporary romance. Centering around Katie Benjamin’s exploration in the field of past life regression as influenced by the writings of Dr. Brian Weiss, the story explores the lives of several people in the past on two different continents and their connection to and influence upon Katie in her modern existence in Calgary, Alberta.  Katie’s relationships with her husband, a stranger met on the train, and a dying friend are all influenced by her growing familiarity with Elinor, an English woman living during the mid 1700s and Catherine, a woman living in Philadelphia during the late 1800s.

This intriguing story has a slow and somewhat somber onset that gradually shifts to a descriptive experience of two very different lifestyles that are nonetheless connected.  There is a richness of subject matter that touches upon women’s rights, prejudice, class distinctions, and societal upheavals even as the heroine gradually has her own epiphany about the life she lives.  I liked the growth that she experiences even though I found the awkwardness of skipping from life to life and the multiplicity of points of view a little frustrating.  I think that the struggle to integrate so many secondary characters resulted in most of them being fairly superficially described but the overall concept of the story is thought-provoking and imaginative.  This story will probably appeal to those who are curious about the idea of reincarnation and fate as well as those who enjoy the concept of time travel.

A copy of this title was provided to me for review


 

54 comments:

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    1. My apologies for taking so long to greet you. Thank you for allowing me to read your story and good luck on the tour! I appreciate you taking the time to visit and interact with some of my visitors!

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  2. Congrats on the tour and I enjoyed reading the excerpt :)

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  3. Thank you for your open and honest review! I find the premise of the story very intriguing... :)

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    1. You are quite welcome, clojo, I hope you get a chance to read the story! Thank you for visiting.

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  4. Thanks so much for the excerpt and giveaway both appreciated

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    1. Good to see you, James Robert. Thanks for popping by!

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    1. Hi, Becky. Thanks for taking the time to visit and ask a question. I hope the author has a chance to come back and answer you.

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  6. This sounds like a really great book, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Very happy to see you, Victoria. Thanks for coming by!

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  7. Not my type of book but thanks for the excerpt and review.

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    1. I appreciate you coming by and reading the post, Mary. Great to see you (and I have been enjoying seeing all of the great things you share on your fun blog!).

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  8. I liked the blurb. Sounds like a good read.

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    1. Good to hear, Rita. Thanks for popping in!

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

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    1. Glad you like it, Cali. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. I appreciate the compliment, Mary. Thanks for dropping by!

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  11. The book sounds very intriguing, thank you for the reveal!

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    1. You are welcome, Nikolina. Thank you for taking the time to come by!

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  12. Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Good luck in the giveaway. Special thanks to the Reading Addict for reading and reviewing Loves of our Lives. And look for the upcoming Love by Knight, the 2nd book in the Past Lives series.

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  13. What is your favorite season of the year and why?

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    1. Hi, Mai! Great to see you. I hope the author has a chance to come back and answer...for me, it's spring. I love the mild weather and the sight of all of the plants sticking their heads up and starting to flourish.

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    2. Hi, Mai! It suddenly occurred to me that I hadn't seen you around for a while, so I thought I'd try to reach out to you this way and say that I hoped you were well (0;

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  14. A bright good morning to you! I really appreciate you offering us this giveaway. Thanks and have an awesome day!

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    1. Hi, James! I LOVE contests (and spend way too much time wandering around and entering them, lol). Hope you have been having a lovely week. See you around!

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  15. Hello! Stopping by and thanking you for the giveaway. Have yourself one terrific day!

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  16. Shared on G+, have a great day!

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  17. For some reason reply is not working for me today, so I will respond to Mai and Becky here. For Becky, I do get writers block. I'm suffering right now actually. I would like to get my 3rd novel in the series written, but not finding the inspiration to get it done.

    For Mai, my favourite season is fall, early fall when the days are still warm, the nights are cool and the colours are turning. Just a beautiful time of year.

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  18. Good Morning! Have a great weekend and thanks once again for a great giveaway

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  20. Good luck with the book tour, AC!

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  21. Good Sunday Morning to you and thanking you once again for the opportunity you've given us to win.

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  22. Hope you had an awesome weekend. Let's keep it positive as we start the week by saying it's gonna be a great one for all.. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Thanks for the chance at winning, you're awesome! Enjoy your day and have fun!

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  24. Good morning and thank you for brimging us this great giveaway

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  25. I'm back and hoping you're not getting tired of hearing from me. I DO appreciate the opportunity to win this giveaway, Thank You!

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  26. It's Friday! We made it through another week and looking forward to the weekend. Have a great day and thanks for the giveaway

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  27. Wishing everyone a great weekend with lots of fun. Thanks for the giveaway as well.

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  28. Everyone have a terrific Sunday and thank you for this giveaway

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  29. Hey! Hope you have a good Monday and thank you for the chance at winning.

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  31. Happy Hump Day! Time is flying by but wanting to say thank you for the giveaway

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  32. Good Morning! I am back to say thank you once again for the chance to win.

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  33. It's that day so many of us look forward to...Friday! Have a good one and thank you for the chance at winning

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  34. I will be working all weekend but wishing you all a terrific one. Thanks once again for the great giveaway

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  35. Happy Monday and thank you once again for a terrific giveaway.

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  36. Rainy morning here in Michigan. Hope your day is bright and sunny! Thanks again for a great giveaway

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  37. Happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for the terrific giveaway and all the work put into bringing it to us. Not sure if you all are appreciated as you should be because from what I read, it is very time consuming and a lot of work put into doing this for us. Thank you so much!

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