Rockstar Tours: THE YEAR OF THE BEAR (Douglas J. Lanzo), Guest Post & Giveaway! ~US ONLY

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE YEAR OF THE BEAR by Douglas J. Lanzo & Ambassador International Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my
post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: THE YEAR OF THE BEAR

Author: Douglas J.
Lanzo

Pub. Date: November 1, 2022

Publisher: Ambassador International

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback,
eBook

Pages: 316

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

A remarkable story of a bear and the
coming-of-age journey of a teenage boy.

Thirteen-year-old Jason is on the
cusp of manhood, striving to fi nd his place at school and at home—especially
after his mother has abandoned them and his father is left to deal with his own
anger. When Jason and his father encounter a bear while out hunting, they shoot
and kill it, not realizing that they have left a cub without its mother. When
Sasquot of the Penobscot Tribe, a part of the Bear Family, discovers what they
have done, he decides that Jason needs a lesson in caring for God’s creatures.
Thus begins a year that Jason will never forget as he begins to care and train
the cub in order for it to survive. As Jason forms a bond with the bear, he, in
turn, learns valuable lessons for life.

“Fans of classic, enthralling
adventure (and I’m one) are in for a rare treat.”-
Josh Lieb New York Times best-selling and Emmy Award-winning author of I am a
Genius of Unspeakable Evil
 and I Want to Be Your Class
President

 

Why did I write and publish hundreds of poems during the Pandemic?

At the outset of the Pandemic, I prayed that I would publish poems in literary journals that would glorify God with poems that would uplift and inspire people in our nation and around the world.  Literally with a matter of weeks, my poetry exploded.

Prior to the Pandemic, I had published very modestly perhaps a dozen at most poems in various Church publications and a single poem in a truly professional literary journal.  Two and a half years later, I have published 271 poems in 47 literary journals, including the Asahi Shimbun, among the largest and oldest print newspapers in the world, and 6 poetry anthologies, including many that were bestsellers, on 5 continents.  I found a poetic voice, a gracious and undeserved gift, and simply trusted God to help me find the literary vessels to carry them to readers globally.

As a novelist, poet, high school and collegiate runner and person of strong faith, since my childhood I have been inspired by Eric Liddell, the great Scottish missionary and runner whose principled refusal to run an Olympic 100-meter race on a Sunday was chronicled in Chariots of Fire.  As a boy, I recall playing Vangelis’ Chariots of Fire music many times over on a grand piano in our Church’s music room, inspired by the larger-than-life story behind it.  And as a high school and college Division 1 runner, I recall the music of Chariots of Fire pumping up my Harvard teammates and me for big races.

The Chariots of Fire soundtrack is a tribute to the extraordinary feat that Liddell accomplished and how he accomplished it.  Surpassed in pure 400 meter running talent by a number of his 1924 Olympic competitors, Liddell simply honored God and God honored him back.  And this is exactly what a masseur wrote and presented in a message to Liddell the morning of his historic 400 meter final in Paris, writing: “In the old book it says: “He that honors me I will honor.”  Days after pulling out of the 100-meter heats because they were held on a Sunday, Liddell won the gold-medal in a huge upset over the talented field, shattered the world record and besting his personal record by 2 full seconds.

When asked why he ran, Liddell stated: “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

Liddell he ran for exactly the same reason why I write and love to do so.   The joy that he described in his running resonates with me.  I feel a joy and feeling that I am doing what is pleasing to God when I use my author’s voice to heal, uplift, comfort and inspire readers.  I feel that it is a noble pursuit to share poetic tributes of giants who came before us, great men and women like Eric Liddell, Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II, each of whom blazed a glorious path for us to tread.

I also feel part of my purpose as a writer is to use my poet’s voice is to highlight cases of injustice and to espouse righteous causes.  Some recent examples of this are my poems extolling the virtues of the Ukrainian people in bravely fighting to preserve their sovereignty, freedom and very existence, poems supporting those struggling for freedom in Hong Kong, poems, including my “We Are Mahsa” poem, decrying injustices to women and repression in Iran and Afghanistan, and poems paying tribute to civil rights pioneers.  I feel that freedom of speech is paramount and that writers should have the courage to make their voices heard even where rogue states and actors may potentially exact a high price for it, as recently witnessed in the cowardly, on-stage attack against Salman Rushdie.

 

 

About Douglas J. Lanzo:

An award-winning and featured
inspirational author published in Vita Brevis Press’ bestselling 2021 poetry
anthology and Café Haiku’s upcoming 2021 Fifth Poetry Anthology and featured in
WestWard Quarterly’s Winter 2021 issue, since 2020 Douglas’ poetry has found
homes in thirty-eight literary publications across the U.S., Canada, England,
Wales, Austria, Mauritius, India, Australia, and The Caribbean. A graduate of
Harvard College and Law School, where Douglas enjoyed writing editorials for
The Harvard Crimson and articles for various other Harvard publications, he has
published professional legal articles throughout his career. A General Counsel
by day and writer by night, Douglas resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his
wife and twelve-year old identical twin boys, fellow published poets, enjoying
nature, traveling, biking, tennis, and chess.

Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

Giveaway Details:

1 Winner will receive a finished copy of THE YEAR OF THE BEAR, US Only. 

Ends November 29th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/14/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt/IG Post

11/14/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

11/15/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

11/15/2022

Mythical Books

Guest Post/IG Post

11/16/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt

11/16/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post

11/17/2022

For
the Love of Kidlit

Excerpt

11/17/2022

YA Books Central

Excerpt

11/18/2022

Rajiv’s
Reviews

Review/IG Post

11/18/2022

Kim”s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

11/21/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Review

11/21/2022

Fire
and Ice

Review

11/22/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review/IG Post

11/22/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

11/23/2022

Girls in White Dresses

Review/IG Post

11/23/2022

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic

11/24/2022

Brandi Danielle Davis

IG Review/TikTok Post

11/24/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

11/25/2022

@froggyreadteach

IG Review/Read Aloud

11/25/2022

One More Exclamation

Review/IG Post

 

3 thoughts on “Rockstar Tours: THE YEAR OF THE BEAR (Douglas J. Lanzo), Guest Post & Giveaway! ~US ONLY”

  1. ldittmer says:

    My students would love this book!

  2. Cori says:

    Yes this looks great for winter

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