On Tour 02/01/22-02/28/22 “So Happy Together” by Deborah K. Shepherd

Release Date: April 20, 2021

About The Book:

As her stultifying marriage is unravelling, and in the midst of mourning the loss of her creative self, Caro Tanner has a nightmare about Peter, an old love whom she hasn’t seen in twenty years. She takes this as a sign he still needs her. With her three children safely off to summer camp, Caro embarks on a pre-Facebook, pre-cell phone road trip to recapture who she once was and what she thinks she once had.

Set in the rock ‘n roll ‘60s of Tucson, Arizona―when Caro and Peter were kooky, colorful, and inseparable drama students―and in the suburban ‘80s, when Caro’s creative spark has been quenched to serve the needs of her husband and children, So Happy Together explores the conundrum of love and physical attraction, creativity and family responsibilities, and what happens when they are out of sync. It is a story of missed opportunities, the alluring possibility of second chances, and what we leave behind, carry forward, and settle for when we choose. It sits in that complicated, confounding, beautiful place where love resides.

About The Author:

DEBORAH K. SHEPHERD was born in Cambridge, MA and spent much of her early life in the New York area. Her writing has appeared on http://herstryblog.com , http://booksbywomen.org , http://wow-womenonwriting.org  and her Covid-themed essay was a winner in the Center for Interfaith Relations Sacred Essay contest in 2020.Before retiring in 2014, she was a social worker with a primary  focus on the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the provision of services to survivors. During an earlier career as a reporter, she wrote for Show Business in New York City and for the Roe Jan Independent, a weekly newspaper in Columbia County,

New York. She also freelanced as a travel writer. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, and holds a BFA in drama from the University of Arizona and an MSW from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Deborah is the mother of two adult children and grandmother of two. She lives with one husband and two rescue dogs in mid-coast Maine, where she gardens, cooks, swims, reads, entertains her grandsons, volunteers in her community, and tries to speak French. https://deborahshepherdwrites.com/

Social Media: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deborahkshepherdauthor/

Book Blurbs: 

“Shepherd’s novel contains entertaining details of the ’60s and ’80s, deftly capturing the atmosphere of both time periods….the tale explores many weighty topics relating to life’s transitions with insight and grace. From sexual orientation to personal ambition, grief, friendship, and self-esteem, the author dives deep.”―Kirkus Reviews

“So Happy Together exposes disturbance beneath the surface of innocence and desire amid a group of college students during the tumultuous ‘60s. Twenty years later and with grit, humor, and compassion, a spirited Caro unpacks a past shadowed by secrets, unrequited passion, and the consequences of settling. This is a page-turning road trip story of a human heart coming to terms with brokenness and regret, not just once, but finally, and where the map gets drawn as we go.” ―Jodi Paloni, author of They Could Live with Themselves  

“The author could not have painted a more engrossing and intriguing picture of that time period, with authentic, albeit flawed, characters who represent that era. A story of unrequited love, of tolerance, of growth and forgiveness, this is one that will leave an impression.” ―Historical Novels Review

“An engaging, compulsively readable debut about a woman’s journey from what she fantasizes will make her happy to what actually makes her happy. Shepherd weaves skillfully between past and present to show the persistent power of an illusion—and the joy in realizing, as her protagonist does, that what one wants and what one has are the same.” —Barbara Linn Probst, author of award-winning Queen of the Owls

Bloggers On Tour:

Feb. 1st- Jayme Reads https://instagram.com/jayme_reads

Feb. 2nd- Bookish Heidi https://instagram.com/bookish.heidi

Feb. 3rd- Love My Books 2020 https://instagram.com/lovemybooks2020

Feb. 4th- Infinite Readlist https://instagram.com/infinite.readlist

Feb. 4th – Shooks Books https://instagram.com/shook_sbooks

Feb. 5th – Jennas RiversideReads  https://instagram.com/jennas_riversidereads

Feb. 5th- Christina Luvs 2 Read https://instagram.com/christinaluvs2read

Feb. 7th -Bookmarked By Mel https://instagram.com/bookmarkedbymel

Feb. 9th-  CMT Loves Wine and Books https://instagram.com/cmtloveswineandbooks

Feb. 11th – Write On Cindy https://instagram.com/cindyroesel_readsandwrites

Feb.12th – Nissa The Bookworm https://instagram.com/nissa_the.bookworm

Feb. 15th -Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

Feb. 16th – Novels and Latte Book Club –https://www.facebook.com/groups/357651988042629

Feb. 20th- JNS Reads https://instagram.com/jns.reads

Feb. 21st- Subakka Bookstuff https://instagram.com/subakka.bookstuff

Feb 22nd – Books and Coffee MX https://instagram.com/booksandcoffeemx

Feb. 28th -Books Love And Understanding https://instagram.com/booksloveandunderstanding

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