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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for OFF SEASON: A Novel of Healing by E.S. Ruete, a fiction book available now. ...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for OFF SEASON: A Novel of Healing by E.S. Ruete, a fiction book available now.

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Off Season: A Novel of Healing
by E.S. Ruete


GENRE: Fiction



Dottie woke up wondering where she was and why she was so cold. The first thing she noticed was that she must be outside – she was lying on cold ground and snow was hitting her in unusual places. That’s when she noticed the second thing. Her skirt was pulled up past her waist and her panties were gone. Damn those bastards. It started to come back to her.

Dottie is now on an odyssey; a journey not of her choosing; a journey of healing, integration, and reconciliation that will involve her partner, her friends, her enemies, her church, her whole community. And her rapists. As she fights her way through social stereotypes about rape and rape victims, she also finds the strength to overcome society’s messages of who she should be and lays claim her true self. But the memories, the loss, the anger – and the fears – never go away. No woman chooses to be raped. I asked Dottie why she chose to tell me a story of rape. She said that millions of women, hundreds every day, have stories of rape that never get told. She told her story because she could. Because she had to. Because maybe people would hear in a work of fiction a Truth that they could not hear in any other way.



“Look to your left. That person has divinity inside them. Look to your right. That person has a divine spark. Now tap the shoulder of the person in in front of you. When they turn around, say, ‘Namasté. I honor the divine spark within you.’

“As you prepare to celebrate Christmas, as we prepare to invite one another to the communion table, think on this: Mary was an unwed mother, but she was not unclean. Joseph was a lecherous old man, but he was not unclean. The shepherds lived in the fields with the sheep, but they were not unclean. The Magi were heathens from a pagan land and probably not circumcised, but they were not unclean. And Jesus was born among the donkey dung and slept on top of a cow’s supper, but He most assuredly was not unclean.

“Let it be so.”

As Pastor Allen spoke, Mandy sat with her arms folded across her chest and her legs pressed together. When others were looking left and right, she didn’t move, and when she was tapped on the shoulder, she didn’t turn around. She just pursed her lips into a tighter line.

But those who sat near her thought they saw the least glimmer of a tear in the corner of her eye. Whether it was for her church, or for the Pastor, or for herself, no one could guess. Even Mandy didn’t know. But part of her, a part she was afraid of, a part she was trying to ignore, thought that maybe, just maybe, it was for Dottie.



What are four things you can’t live without?

Besides air, water, and food? My wife. My Day Planner. My guitar. My Parker fountain pen. And if I’m allowed a fifth, a yellow pad, because the pen isn’t much good without something to write on.

What is your favorite television show?

Jeopardy. The PBS News Hour. I miss Last Man Standing. We used to watch a lot of movies on Turner Classic Movies, but we have trouble staying up late enough to finish them. Lately we tend to get our movies on Netflix so we can spread them out over two nights. I was a fan of Modern Family but it’s on after our bedtime.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?

Isadora Wing, Erica Jong’s alter ego. I know the gender is wrong, but I envy her uninhibited approach to writing and to life. Isadora is Erica taken to the quintessence and without any of the real-world implications or consequences.

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

I have just released a primer on group facilitation call Lead Your Groups to Success. It’s all about the processes that Dan uses in Chapters 16 and 22 of Off Season. I’m working on second novel called #AvocadoOil. In a dystopian future, all the arable land is going to produce luxury products for the 1%, such as skin products rich in avocado oil. The people are starving, but the 1% isn’t even aware of the food riots because they don’t show up in their favorites. #AvocadoOil is used by activists to get their attention.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Someone once said that you have to read an entire library to write one book. I think it’s the hundreds of voices that I have been exposed to that have given me my voice. And I have been writing in my voice for so long that it is the voice I most listen to when I write.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

E.S “Ned” Ruete is an author, speaker, group facilitator, women’s rights activist, LGBTQIPA+ ally, lay preacher, guitar picker, and business analyst. He is the author of Seeking God: Finding God’s both/and in an either/or world and Lead Your Group to Success: A Meeting Leader’s Primer.

Now retired, Ned lives in Niantic, Connecticut with his second wife. He continues to offer pro bono group facilitation and facilitation training to schools, churches, community groups and not-for-profit organizations. He has led strategic planning retreats for United Action Connecticut (UACT), Fiddleheads Food Co-op, and ReNew London. He is actively involved in LGBTQIPA+ advocacy and annually attends and presents sessions at the True Colors Conference. He is a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) formerly served on the Association Coordinating Team (ACT, the IAF Board of Directors). He was associate editor of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal and has contributed articles to Group Facilitation, The Facilitator, and other publications on group facilitation and management consulting.

Off Season is Mr. Ruete’s first fiction work.

See his consulting products at and his books at

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  1. Thank you for hosting _Off Season_ on your blog.

    Readers, I had a little trouble navigating Kindle Promotions. Sometime in the next few days they should let me drop the price to $.99, and soon after that I will run a FREE promotion. Check back!

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Potential Readers of Off Season should know: It's a short read (just under 44k words) but it is not a quick read.

    One reviewer said she was confused by the frequent shifts in point of view. She couldn’t keep track of who was speaking and it got in the way of her enjoyment of the story. I have to take this critique seriously – it’s her experience of the book and she has every right to her experience.

    But I can’t help but feel she read it too quickly. Other parts of the review show that who is speaking was not the only thing she was confused about. She was confused about which sect of Christianity Dottie belonged to. She missed Mandy’s conversion from homophobic to open and affirming. She conflated Sheri, Dottie’s counselor from the Sexual Assault Crisis Center, with the unnamed therapist to which Dottie is referred. Reading too quickly is probably an occupational hazard of someone who blogs about and reviews books.

    A repeating theme in the book, and a repeating theme in my process consulting and session leadership, is Honor the Silence. Take time to live the experience, to develop thoughts, and to process feelings. Alice does this, Dan does this, and readers will find that it helps if they do it.

  4. Thank you for this post :) looks like a good read

  5. Happy Friday, thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  6. Congrats on your book release. The book looks entertaining. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  7. I don't do kindle or e books only print ones. I love to read and always have


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