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The Strong Within Us – Author Guest Post with J. A. Boulet

Welcome to one of the December 30th stops on the blog tour for The Strong Within Us by J. A. Boulet, organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for excerpt spotlights, guest posts and interviews with the author, reviews, and a giveaway!

This stop is a guest post stop, so I’ll let J. A. Boulet take it away right now and then I’ll be back with more information on the book, the author, and that giveaway. Stay tuned!

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The Exhilarating Feeling of First Love

The day when the earth shook underneath your feet and all you wanted in life was to just hold her hand.

They walked along the dock approaching the end and turned around to go back. Ivan brushed his hand against hers, then lightly laced his fingers within hers. She cocked her head to the side but left her hand in his. They walked in silence back to the boat, hand in hand, not speaking another word.

Then suddenly that first kiss rocks your world.

Ivan grasped her hand and kissed her knuckles, slowly, very slowly. He looked up at her; there was a smouldering dark blue glint in her eyes, saying yes. Ivan leaned forward, grasping her chin and gazed into her eyes. Her sapphire eyes burned through his. He felt his heartbeat in his head, his body urging him to kiss her now. Yielding to the chemistry, he moved his lips gently to hers. The touch of their lips was electric; it spread through his veins like a current of desire.

That first kiss, that true love, wouldn’t have happened if we never took the risk of embarrassment and failure. The courage to act upon what our heart tells us is a powerful force beyond reasoning. One of the most challenging times in our lives is when we take a deliberate step out of our comfort zone. The rewards are so much richer than we may have ever experienced before.

Take the risk.

Be vulnerable.

Thanks for reading and thank you so much to Westveil Publishing for hosting! I hope my book breaks you down and then lifts you back up with tears of joy and a renewed hope for the future.   

– J. A. Boulet

Jenna’s Comment

You’re very welcome! I do wish I’d had space on my fall/winter schedule to volunteer for a review slot on this one, but I’ll definitely be putting The Olason Chronicles on my TBR. I was a history student before I decided to do the undergrad dance all over again in the tech field, and the world wars (particularly the Canadian and British perspectives) were my focus.

About the Book

The Strong Within Us
The Olason Chronicles Book Two
by J. A. Boulet

Published 6 November 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 300
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A struggle. A war. The past. Would you recover?

Nathan Olason picks up the pieces of his life in 1893 and becomes a devoted father and grandfather. Except something from his past is holding him back.

His grandson, Mike grows up in a loving family with Nath almost raising him as his own. Mike develops a passion for hunting and guns, while his family supports him with trepid hearts as WWI looms.

Nath feels helpless to stop this dangerous chain of events, as Mike announces that he is joining the Great War. Armed and deadly, Mike hones his marksmanship skills to a perfection not seen in any other soldier. He is taken on a wild ride of following his passions, courage and gruesome fighting, arriving at Vimy Ridge, France for the fight of his life.

Nath fearing the worst, flees to a place that he thought was his salvation; an old weathered cottage that holds the key to his future.

Follow in the footsteps of heroes.

Be vulnerable.

Would you recover?

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Excerpt

She was a stunning woman with beautiful long black hair, shockingly rare blue eyes and tanned skin. She was captivating and absolutely gorgeous. Ivan thought that he didn’t have a chance until he found out that she lived down by the pier with her father. He bought fish from her father regularly, trading vegetables and grains some days. Every time Ivan visited the large fishery at the pier, he was always scanning the crowd for the beautiful blue-eyed fisherman girl. He found out that she was almost the same age as himself; she was 18, and he was 19. How she had managed to remain single was something beyond his stretch of knowledge. Maybe she was too beautiful, he thought. No man was courageous enough to approach her. Until this day, he thought.

Ivan straightened his tie and proceeded to the fishery. He ran his fingers through his hair, adjusting his cowlick. The pesky tuft of hair at his crown annoyed him greatly. It seemed to have a mind of its own, especially in tense situations; it would stick up like a fork in a haystack. Otherwise, he thought that he was quite a handsome fellow, standing at six feet tall, slim but fit, with dark blonde hair, a young uneven beard and captivating green eyes. Women looked at him often, so he knew that he was attractive, but he still felt unsure of himself some days, especially around stunning women like her. Ivan pulled the door to the fishery open, unconsciously licking his hand and smoothing down the cowlick again as he stepped inside.

About the Author

J. A. Boulet is the passionate author of The Olason Chronicles, a historical saga of war, courage, love and strength. The Strong Within Us Book 2 was released on Amazon November 11, 2020. J. A. Boulet was born and raised in Western Canada as a first generation Canadian from European descent. Her father was enlisted with the Hungarian military and fought bravely during the Hungarian Revolution, changing sides to stand up for what he believed in. He was granted asylum in Canada and built his family here.

J. A. Boulet was born many years later, raised with strong morals and values, which she stands behind to this day. She started writing poetry at the age of five and progressed to short stories and novels. She has a keen interest in settlers, healing, family bonds and military history. J. A. Boulet writes with a spine-tingling realism like none other, grabbing your emotions and refusing to let go. The Strong Within Us Book 2 will be the book you’ve been waiting for.

She currently lives in Canada with her two teenaged sons and a crested gecko named Mossio. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Reddit.

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Giveaway Alert!

J. A. Boulet will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Jenna is the artist/illustrator and author behind Westveil Publishing and its sub-banner platforms Jenna Gets Creative and The Westveil Archives. She live in Newfoundland, Canada with her husband, daughter, and feline overlords.

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