Hello and happy mid-winter everyone! At least midwinter where I am, in central Ontario, Canada.
I noticed that Goodreads was offering a small discount on their giveaways program right now, so I decided to give Festival some love, and offer a Canada-only giveaway of this book via Goodreads.
(starts on Feb 18 on Goodreads).
Festival is a coming of age novella, set in 1990s London, England, and Toronto, Canada.
It may not surprise anyone to know that I ...err... lived in London for two separate summers in the 1990s, and had two long stints in Toronto, so it is a fairly auto-biographical book.
After submitting it to nearly every publisher in Canada back in the late 90s (the old school way! snail mail, with sample chapters and a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope!), I ended up putting it in my infamous filing cabinet, and sitting on it until deciding to self publish it in 2015 - and it has been on Amazon ever since, but I've not really tried to promote the book.
When I sent Close Your Eyes to the Readers' Favorite company though, I decided to ask for a review of Festival from them at the same time - and wow - their review of Festival really knocked my socks off. It was pretty amazing to know that a book that was so personal to me, and which I'd written such a long time ago, was still able to mean so much to a reader in 2022.
And if you check the Goodreads reviews - all of which are relatively recent - it does indeed seem to have an impact on the modern reader, despite being set in the 1990s.
To be honest, I like that it is set in the 1990s... just prior to the internet era and emailing and texting etc. It actually makes all the "goodbyes" in the book more poignant (the characters not being able to say "do you have Insta? do you have What's App"?). And when Peter says his last words to Anne... it's via a hand-written letter, which he wistfully puts in the mail to her.
Anyway - Festival! If you're in Canada, enter the giveaway!
And if you're not - it's enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, so the ebook is free if you're in that program.
I'm Chris Tomasini.