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Author Q&A + $10 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | MAMMA'S MOON by Jerome Mark Antil | @GoddessFish Promotions Presents #LiteraryFiction

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for MAMMA'S MOON by Jerome Mark Antil. The literary fiction will be ava...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for MAMMA'S MOON by Jerome Mark Antil. The literary fiction will be available May 7 from Little York Books. 

Jerome Mark Antil will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.



Mamma's Moon
by Jerome Mark Antil


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GENRE:   Literary Fiction


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BLURB:


A bond that can only happen on a dance floor happened in a cafe off Frenchman Street among four unlikely characters: a man who was about to die; his friend, an illiterate Cajun French yardman; and two of the most successful women in New Orleans.

Aging Captain Gabriel Jordan, retired, was given two months to live, three months before he met "Peck"--Boudreau Clemont Finch--a groundskeeper on the back lawn of his hospice on Bayou Carencro, Louisiana. It was at the hospice that Gabe told Peck his dream of seeing the Newport Jazz Festival before he died. They became friends, and Peck offered to help grant his wish by taking him there.

And they began their journey.

It quickly became a journey with complications and setbacks. They saved each other many times, but they were in turn saved by two extraordinary women: Sasha (Michelle Lissette), a real estate agent in New Orleans's posh Garden District, and her best friend, Lily Cup (Lily Cup Lorelei Tarleton), a criminal attorney.

Less than a year before the events in Mamma's Moon, Gabe and Peck wandered into Charlie's Blue Note, a small jazz bar in a side alley just off Frenchman Street, where the music was live and mellow and the dancing warm and sensual.

Here they encountered Sasha and Lily Cup, and amid the music, the dancing, the food, the flirting, and the cigar smoke, the four formed an unusual and lasting friendship that would see them each through a series of crises, disappointments, life-threatening situations, and moments of great joy and satisfaction.


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EXCERPT:


“That girl loves New Orleans. It’s a completely different world for her from the strict Baptist home life in Tennessee and Baylor University. But hell, the girl would love Milwaukee if Peck were there. Her mom and dad love Peck. I’m not certain Millie’s had a good look at the house the few times she’s come on her school breaks. She hits the door, pauses just long enough to hug ole Gabe here a genuine hello and a kiss on the cheek, then she’ll grab Peck’s arm like it’s an empty egg basket handle, close his bedroom door behind them and climb his bones until he comes out peaked, steps on the porch for some air and goes back in for another round.”

“Whoa, now that takes me back,” Lily Cup said. “I can remember those wild younger days of reckless abandon.”

She sipped her coffee, smiling.  



“Innocent times,” Gabe said.

“They weren’t so innocent,” Lily Cup said.

“Oh?”

“I remember after school sometimes; Sasha and I’d be feeling randy and we’d corner us a couple of momma’s boys we thought showed promise. We’d sneak into one of those back storage rooms on Magazine Street and wear them out.”

“Lord help ’em,” Gabe said. “Impetuous youth.”

“We had perfect lures. Sasha was the first in our grade to wear a D cup bra,” Lily Cup said.

“Her girls,” Gabe said.

“They were magnets for high school bad boys dying for a peek,” Lily Cup said. “The bigger her girls, the ‘badder’ the boys.”

“Youth,” Gabe said.

“We developed our fancies,” Lily Cup said. “Hers was arousing a dude and putting his condom on him. She’d ride it like a sailor on a rowboat—the boy gawking up at her girls in her Victoria Secret bra she saved her allowance for. She’d never take it off. She’d say a boy appreciates a cleavage—why spoil the fantasy?”

“And you?”

“Let’s just say I developed a liking for the feel of a firm cigar.”

“Ha!” Gabe guffawed. “Is that why you smoke those short Panatelas?”

“Over the years I’ve learned to keep my expectations low.”

“Youth is uncouth,” Gabe said. “At least you’re sophisticated and couth now, little lady.”

“Too couth. I like to get mussed up on occasion.”

“You’re an attractive woman. It’ll happen.”

“She’s talking about the wedding reception maybe being at Charlie’s Blue Note,” Lily Cup said.

“If that’s true, I’m surprised James hasn’t put up a scuff,” Gabe said. “A jazz joint in an alley off Frenchmen Street isn’t what I’d call his cup of tea.”

“I think the house would be best for the engagement party, fixed up a little. I’ll help,” Lily Cup said.

“It would be more personal here,” Gabe said.

“I think so,” Lily Cup said. “This is like home to her.”

“I’ll have Peck paint the porch ceiling,” Gabe said.

Lily Cup stood, coffee cup in hand. She walked to the door looking out at the porch’s ceiling.

“Why?” she asked.

“I’m changing the sky–blue to another color, maybe a white.”

“It looks freshly painted.”

“It’s a tradition thing,” Gabe said.

“What tradition?”

“A lady at the library told me a sky–blue ceiling on a front porch signals an available woman–of–age living in the house.”

“That’s phooey,” Lily Cup said. “I heard that one and three others like it. Like sky–blue wards off spiders and attracts bees away from people sitting on porch swings. I wouldn’t bother painting it.”

“I’m a Chicago boy—what would I know from superstitions?”


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AUTHOR Interview:


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
The Big Easy fans, John Grisham fans.  The novel is a solid set of stories intertwined by two unlikely best friends and accurate of today’s New Orleans’ culture and times.  It is lusty, fun, dark and touching. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll enjoy the sex. You’ll buy a ticket to New Orleans.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
I wanted a Cajun French Huckleberry Finn.  Peckerwood Finch is it. (peckerwood is a disparaging ‘N’ word for a poor white in the south.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?
Artist Dennis Graham designed it.  It’s a reflection of the heart of the story – but it’s also a haunting capture of a dark Lake Pontchartrain, where a passenger jet still sits (since the early 1960s) on the bottom with bodies in it.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I think Millie. She’s still in college, Baylor University – a strict Baptist upbringing – but she’s a strong woman of her own nature.  She devours adventure, daring, New Orleans and Peck.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Gator man. It’d be a spoiler if I told you – but he’s not a nice person.

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I would add a chapter or two to the ending. Tighten up a few questions.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
I learned that New Orleans wasn’t totally segregated all throughout the Civil War.  The Creole assimilated into the general population. Not until 1902 when the Jim Crow laws were introduced...was life of color segregated from schools, restaurants and the streetcars.

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
I was told A Time to Kill by Grisham, I was told Confederacy of Dunces, I was told A Streetcar Named Desire. Court scene drama, NOLA humor and backdrop, and healthy lust.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
The Eastern Airlines crash that still has passengers in it at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain. That New Orleans’s non-Catholic school children cheered when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I feed and count the different bird species that come in the summer. I like to cook. I have a passion for child literacy and sponsor writing contests at schools – give prizes.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
jahoomus@yahoo.com

What can we expect from you in the future?
My boyhood home is now a county park. Delphi Falls.  I am writing a series – Tall Jerry Legends of the Delphi Falls Trilogy.  First novel coming out on Thanksgiving Day 2019.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Please take the time to write reviews as often as they have opportunity.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
If you read and like a writer’s voice, tell a book store. If you are good at marketing, publish yourself.  I was working with a publisher, but it would have been three years for my first book to be in stores. I set up an INDIE publishing house – and now have ten books in stores in less than 7 years.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Thank you for this great opportunity to visit with your readers.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


JEROME MARK ANTIL writes in several genres. He has been called a “greatest generation’s Mark Twain,” a “write what you know Ernest Hemingway,” and “a sensitive Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.” It’s been said his work reads like a Norman Rockwell painting. Among his writing accomplishments, several titles in his The Pompey Hollow Book Club historical fiction series about growing up in the shadows of WWII have been honored. An ‘Authors and Writers’ Book of the Year Award and ‘Writer of the Year’ at Syracuse University for The Pompey Hollow Book Club novel; Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me, won SILVER in the UK as second-best novel.

Foreword’s Book of the Year Finalist for The Book of Charlie – historical fiction and The Long Stem is in the Lobby – nonfiction humor. Library Journal selected Hemingway, Three Angels and Me for best reads during Black History Month.

Before picking up the pen, Antil spent his professional career writing and marketing for the business world. In this role, he lectured at universities - Cornell, St. Edward’s, and Southern Methodist. His inspirations have been John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, and Ernest Hemingway.

Website: http://jeromemarkantil.com/blog/



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GIVEAWAY:

Jerome Mark Antil will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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6 comments

  1. It sounds very interesting, I love the excerpt and the cover.

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  2. The book sounds great and I appreciate getting to hear about it. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. How long did it take you to write your book?

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  4. What authors do you enjoy reading?

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