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Thursday, April 22, 2021

I Can Still Hear You by Nicole Black πŸ’• Guest Post, Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway πŸ’• (Women's Fiction with Romantic Elemenets)



I Can Still Hear You is a powerful and deeply moving story which grapples with the universal pain of grief and the loss of a loved one. When Scarlett O’Connor loses her father at the age of 30, she’s forced to face the shambles that her life has become. With no money and no savings, the only thing that waits for her is a cryptic map and a mysterious letter. With nothing left to lose, she embarks on a trip to Maui for her father’s final adventure, to begin a treasure hunt which will force her to look deep inside herself and come to terms with her pain and grief.

Accompanied by her less-than-supportive fiancΓ©, a close childhood friend, and an enigmatic man who was her father’s old acquaintance, Scarlett must decode the mystery and find the hidden treasure. But she knows she must face her fears alone, and calling upon the spirit of her father for guidance, she struggles to reconcile her emotions and uncover the treasure before her time in Maui comes to an end.

Perfect for fans of contemporary and women’s fiction, I Can Still Hear You is a gripping tale which will resonate with anybody who has struggled with the death of someone close. This book is a testament to the fact that even though we may have lost them, our loved ones stay with us no matter what challenges we face.

Advice for Writers

If you are anything like me, you may have found yourself at times not listening your own intuition or those pesky gut feelings that seem to show up at the most opportune times. I would like to offer some advice for budding writers. 


  1. If someone offers you advice and you don’t like it, don’t take it. Learn how to tune out everyone and everything around you that doesn’t resonate with what you want. At the end of the day, remember that everyone has an opinion.

  2. Figure out what time of day works best for YOU to write. Don’t worry about the writer who has ten national best sellers and what time works for them. Focus on yourself.   

  3. Write every single day. Even if you take out a piece of paper and write your list of things to get done for the week. Write something. And if possible, write with a lead or mechanical pencil on actual paper. 

  4. Write what you know. When you know the facts about what you are writing about you become a storyteller. The best stories used to be told around campfires and repeated over and over. If you really want to write about something you don’t know about, do research! 

  5. If you don’t like something, delete it. Don’t spend a lot of time thinking about why it doesn’t work. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. You wouldn’t hesitate to throw away expired food. Some ideas are expired. If you really can’t live without those words you spent hours crafting, open a new document and call it fragments. Yes, in case you are wondering I have a few fragment documents on my computer. 


What I would really like to share with writers is to never let anyone else kill your dreams. Be the one percent of the population that is a published author. Start in a compilation book if you have to, just start. Don’t wait. 



from Chapter 2

Just as I was remembering the way my father had let me sleep on this porch swing the night my mother died, something red swooped into the periphery of my vision. I turned and saw a tiny red bird, sitting on the railing, regarding me.


I hadn’t seen many of those birds around here. Or any, actually. Santa Monica was all about seagulls and the occasional pigeon or two. I tilted my head at it and said, “Can I help you?”


It hopped along the railing for a moment, then flew off as a shiny red SUV pulled up at the curb. I straightened up to see it over the railing. It didn’t look familiar, so I was just about to go back to peeling off the remnants of my horrible manicure when the driver’s-side door opened, and a tall man poked his head up and waved. It’d been a while, and though it’d filled out, I’d never forget that face.


Mark Graham.


Warmth and happiness flooded me. I half waved at him as he climbed the steps, then buried my peeling fingernails under my backside as he came close, because, well, I had known Mark as the goofy kid—a bit overweight, with acne and a bad haircut. Only much later in life had he started becoming handsome, so handsome that this new version of him always startled me a little. I had to work a bit to see that goofy kid I once knew.


When he stooped to give me a hug, he was so tall and big that his body engulfed mine. I pulled my hands out from under my thighs and hugged him back.



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Nicole Black is an author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur with a passion for sharing unique stories and helping people grow. For over 20 years, she’s worked in the business world as a corporate trainer in employee productivity and effective growth, where she’s helped some of the biggest brands in hospitality and entertainment grow sustainably through inspiring their employees. She’s been featured on platforms including TEDxWilmington, Jack Canfield Show, Santa Barbara News Press, The George DiGianni show and the Tom Barnard Show.

Through her writing, Nicole hopes to empower her readers and impart valuable lessons about grief, loss, and emotional growth. In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her wonderful daughter in their home of Santa Barbara, California.


    

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65 comments :

  1. I love the cover and the excerpt.

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  2. I really love this cover! I'm intrigued by the description too.

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  3. Life as a treasure hunt! As it should be.

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  4. I am definitely intrigued by this story line. I'm excited to follow along her adventure with the cryptic map.

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  5. I enjoyed the excerpt! The cover is awesome!

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  6. Interesting plot. Life after suffering a loss is a universal challenge.

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  7. when did you decide to be a writer? what other job would you love to do?

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  8. Nicole Black is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.

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  9. who is your favorite author?

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  10. this looks really amazing! great excerpt!

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  11. is there a genre you would like to write that you havent yet?

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  12. `thank you for doing the contest and do you have any bookmarks of the books

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  13. I am so excited to read this book!

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  14. What inspires your main characters?

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  15. I love the cover of this book, I love hiking and being outside in nature this definitely would be a book that I'd love to read. What inspired the author to write this book?
    Have a great day!

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  16. i like to have swag form the book cover

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  17. What inspires your plot ideas?

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  18. How do you come with the book title?

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  19. What is your favorite way to cure a writing slump?

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  20. Great cover and sounds good.

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  21. What is your favorite book from childhood?

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  22. This looks like a compelling read for sure.

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  23. The book sounds very interesting a tale of a treasure hunt my kind of story along with some romance

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  24. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday!

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  25. I am looking forward to reading this book on my upcoming beach trip!

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  26. What are your best writing slump tips?

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  27. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  28. It sounds like a very interesting read.

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  29. Here's to a sensational Saturday!

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  30. Have a super duper Saturday!

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  31. sorry took long to get back but i like book and the cover great

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