Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Emerge Beyond Circles by John Geers - Guest Blog and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. John Geers will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC, a signed copy of the book, and a stuffed tiger (US only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the rest of the stops on the tour.

Five Things You Might Not Know About John Geers

Thing number one. My favorite place in the world is the Lutsen Resort in north Minnesota. It is situated on the rocky shores of Lake Superior. Every night they have fires on the beach. The hiking is fantastic and the local pies are pure heaven. During the evening, I like to sit in the lodge and write.

Thing number two. I am adopted and have met my biological family. It has been an interesting experience to be sure. They are wonderful loving people. The emotional experience has definitely flavored the lives of some of my characters.

Thing number three. I have completed the Wild Cave Tour at Mammoth Caves National Park…twice. It involves lengthy crawls through spaces as low as nine inches tall. Lots of crawling and squirming and wriggling and climbing is required. It is a six hour tour and it is exhausting and wonderful. At one point, I stood in complete darkness when everyone in our group turned out our headlamps. I would suggest to you.

Thing number four. I lost a girlfriend in high school because I tried to impress her by eating a big juicy earth worm. That totally backfired. But I can say I ate a worm.

Thing number five. I am a public school teacher and there is nothing I would rather do. It is not an easy job, but I chose it for noble purposes. I love that it is the legal responsibility of my school to educate every child who comes to us. No matter the challenge a child brings, our doors are open. I love that. It is not unlike writing. My book is my open love letter to the world and no matter what background of the reader…they are welcome inside.

Two couples from Madison, with entwined destinies, both seeking love, are connected by a single element: the ancient Siberian witch, Thuban-Pol. Her magic will either be their savior or their ruin.

Thuban-Pol is the latest in a lineage of Siberian witches. Their eternal aim is to guide humanity to true love. Their guiding tenet, “For love to bloom, these three endure: sacrifice, perseverance and suffering. But the greatest of these is suffering.”

Since the dawn of humanity, they have summoned countless couples, inflicting suffering with the intention to grow true love. They have never succeeded…but now they have their best opportunity in two couples from Wisconsin.

If they succeed, love will finally bloom for all of humanity, if the suffering inflicted on these couples doesn't kill them first.

Read an Excerpt:

The relief of a spilled secret washed through him, nourished by the fresh sting of bourbon on his throat, and a cruel tickle of his soul. A tickle not felt since before his sight was ripped from him in a Siberian gust.

The bottle on the bar, keeper of amber bourbon and his secret, stood silent, solid. To be sure, he chose a reliable friend in which to confide. Old Crow bourbon had been the drink of choice for Ulysses S. Grant, victorious general of the Grand Army of the Republic, for the Yanks of the North, during the Civil War. The secrets the General poured into the golden bottle were severe enough to flip the result of the war. Yet, they remained safe, locked behind the sealed beak of the black crow perched on the label.

Unseen by him, light from neon beer signs bounced off the bottle at peculiar angles, a queer spotlight on the label.

The cigarette smoldered and sagged in the ashtray.

About the Author:
John Geers drew inspiration to begin his debut novel from a dream he experienced.

Hours spent in the caffeinated air of his favorite coffeehouse proved to be the perfect place to complete Emerge Beyond Circles.

John is a middle school literacy educator, where he inspires and is inspired by the writers of tomorrow. He is the founder and facilitator of his school’s Creative Writing Club. He is also a columnist for the online magazine Elephant Journal.

He loves a good story, being on the water, and witty puns. He can be found hiking the wilderness, biking big hills, sipping dark coffee, and looking for a chair in the mall.


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