On Tour 07/01/22-08/29/22 “Behind The Lens” by Jeannee Sacken

Release Date: March 16, 2021 

About The Book:

Eight years ago, seasoned photojournalist Annie Hawkins Green barely survived a Taliban ambush that left her military escort dead and a young Afghan girl dying in her arms. Since then, she has managed to suppress her memories of that brutal day-until she returns to Afghanistan to teach a photography workshop at the secondary school for girls run by her expat best friend Darya Faludi. As the Taliban gain prominence in the once peaceful region, Annie’s nightmares from her last time in-country come roaring back with a vengeance. But are they just dreams? The unshakeable feeling of a grim, watchful presence makes Annie think otherwise. 

As Annie struggles with her nightmares, more trouble brews with the suspicion that Darya’s teenage daughter is sneaking away at night to meet her shadowy boyfriend. Meanwhile, Annie’s own daughter wages war with her father and stepmother back home, feeding Annie’s all-consuming mom-guilt. Her only comfort, a poetry-writing U.S. Naval officer who saved her life all those years ago, is now at the other end of a satellite phone 7,000 miles away. How can he possibly keep her safe?

How can anyone?

About The Author:

A former English professor, Jeannée Sacken is a Milwaukee-based photojournalist who documents the lives of women and children in Africa, Asia, and South America. Behind the Lens is her debut novel and a timely read. With the pull-out of U.S. troops, dark forces threaten Afghan women and girls’ most basic human rights. A portion of the proceeds is being used to fund their education. https://www.jeanneesacken.com/home/

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeannee.sacken

Instagram: https://instagram.com/authorjeanneesacken

Book Blurbs: 

A gripping Afghan tale starring a strong hero wielding a camera.” -Kirkus Reviews

“A powerful, heartbreaking story of an American woman seeking redemption . . . this vivid novel is an absorbing read.” -Shauna Singh Baldwin, author of What the Body Remembers, The Tiger Claw, and The Selector of Souls

“. . . Behind the Lens will top your list of unputdownables.” -Jennifer Trethewey, author of the Highlanders of Balforss series

“I dare you to read the first chapter of Behind the Lens and put it down. It can’t be done.” -Judy Bridges, author of Shut Up & Write!

“Jeannée Sacken reminds us of the steep human cost of war and the deep human connections that can be forged there. This book will stay with you long after you finish the final page.” -Kim Suhr, Director of Red Oak Writing and author of Nothing to Lose

” . . . Intricately entwined with the culture of the country, it’s a story you’ll savor from beginning to end.” -Roi Solberg, author of The Caretaker and Spirit of Archetypes

“. . . a poignant and riveting work of art . . .” -Heba Elkobaitry, Muslim Cultural Advisement Consultant

“Anyone interested in examining other cultures will appreciate the accuracy with which Sacken presents many of the complexities of a country with a mix of cultural traditions.” -Myles Hopper, author of My Father’s Shadow

“. . . Sacken takes us into Annie’s world and keeps us rooting for her from beginning to end.” -Carol Wobig, author of The Collected Stories

“Not only does this story take readers on an adventure Behind the Lens and into Annie’s life, it transports them to the heart of Afghanistan and into a battle for equality, freedom, and justice.” -Rochelle Melander, writing coach and author of Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing

Bloggers On Tour:

July 1st- She Just Loves Books https://instagram.com/shejustlovesbooks

July 2nd- Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews

July 6th-Books Love And Understanding https://instagram.com/booksloveandunderstanding

July 7th- Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

July 8th- Bookworm Struggles  https://instagram.com/bookworm.struggles

July 13th- David L Morgan https://instagram.com/david_l_morgan

July 20th- Christina Luvs 2 Read https://instagram.com/christinaluvs2read

July 27th- ML Book Love https://instagram.com/mlbooklove

Aug. 2nd- Sho Biz Reads https://instagram.com/shobizreads

Aug. 5th- Geaux Get Lit https://instagram.com/geauxgetlit

Aug. 7th-Novels and Latte Book Club –https://www.facebook.com/groups/357651988042629

Aug. 12th-Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

Aug. 12th- Reading With Mere-https://instagram.com/readingwithmere

Aug 16th- Amys Book Nook https://www.instagram.com/amysbooknook8/

Aug. 20th- Plains Reading https://instagram.com/plains_reading

Aug. 22nd- Bookish Heidi https://instagram.com/bookish.heidi

Aug. 24th- CMT Loves Wine and Books https://instagram.com/cmtloveswineandbooks

Aug. 26th – Subakka Bookstuff https://instagram.com/subakka.bookstuff

Aug. 29th- Books and Coffee MX https://instagram.com/booksandcoffeemx

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