It’s a pleasure to present this entertaining debut novel written by Maya Nessouli Abboushi. Middle South is now on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours. From April 17th through May 5th, you will find the author at a variety of sites across the internet. Please check out the list before and stop in on a few. There are interviews and guest articles, such as the one we are sharing with you today.
The book is sure to be a hit. Enjoy.
Choosing My Novel’s Setting
by Maya Nessouli Abboushi
Middle South takes place in Atlanta and Beirut for several reasons. Layla is very much like me. She’s a Lebanese American raised in the South. Granted, Atlanta is very cosmopolitan, but you don’t have to travel far to feel like you are in the Deep South. I grew up in Atlanta, and it came naturally to me to describe it and the areas around it. When I’m reading, I like to feel like the author is connected to the setting. Atlanta is a cherished place for me, and I hope it comes through in Middle South.
Similarly, I’m very strongly connected to Beirut. My parents were born and raised there, and I lived there when I was a small child. We went back almost every summer well into my adulthood. It is a misunderstood place, often associated with war and religious extremism. I wanted to describe to readers the Beirut I know. It is a vibrant city with great sights, food, and culture. Lebanon is a country of contradictions, and I think it’s important for me to show all its sides. The media has portrayed it in a one-dimensional way, and my responsibility as a Lebanese American is expose its beauty and richness.
When I read a book, half the enjoyment comes from the setting. I love learning about different places in the world or different eras. It makes me feel like I’m still learning new things all the time. I hope readers will learn a little about Lebanon when they read Middle South.
Book Title: Middle South by Maya Nessouli Abboushi
Category: Adult Fiction, 215 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Lanier Press
Release date: March 8, 2017
Tour dates: April 17 to May 5, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13
Layla has recently moved out of her parents’ home in the Atlanta suburbs and into an apartment in the city to assert her independence. Between her job as a feature writer for a small newspaper and her social life, Layla has little time to think about marriage and children, much to the dismay of her Lebanese parents.
On a hilarious journey that takes Layla from the Southeast to the Middle East and back, she finds out a little more about herself and what she is looking for in life and in love.
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Meet the Author:
Maya Nessouli Abboushi is a Lebanese American born and raised in the United States. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.
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BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:
April 17 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
April 17 – Kristin’s Novel Cafe – book spotlight / guest post
April 17 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
April 17 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 18 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 18 – Discovering/Writing Life – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 19 – 411 on Books, Authors and Publishing News – book spotlight / guest post / gw
April 19 – The World As I See It – book spotlight / giveaway
April 19 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight / guest post
April 20 – Puddletown Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 21 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 21 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
April 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
April 24 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
April 25 – Elsie’s Audiobook Digest – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 25 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight
April 26 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 26 – Lukten av Trykksverte – book spotlight / giveaway
April 27 – Zerina Blossom’s Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 1 – Spines in a Line – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 2 – Books for Books – book spotlight
May 3 – Savvy Verse & Wit – book spotlight / giveaway
May 4 – The All Night Library – book spotlight
May 5 – Sharing Stories – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 5 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight / giveaway