On Tour 04/02/23-04/27/23 “Josie and Vic” by Debra Thomas

Release Date: April 11, 2023

About The Book:

When Josie Serafini’s brother Vic loses his wife and children in a tragic accident, Josie leaves her home and beloved horses in upstate New York to join him in Los Angeles. While helping Vic pick up the pieces of his shattered life, Josie confronts broken relationships with her estranged father, who abandoned their family long ago, and rebellious, singer-songwriter daughter, who abruptly left home the previous summer.

Josie and Vic each struggle to find where they belong in their changing worlds. Josie finds comfort in nature and in a budding, long-distance relationship with the empathetic equine veterinarian caring for her horses back home. Vic battles depression as he seeks purpose in his life.

Josie’s three horses and a Siberian husky help open hearts to tenderness and healing—but it’s an unexpected journey to the US-Mexico border that offers this fragmented family a chance to reconnect. A story of love, loss, and forgiveness, Josie and Vic conveys hope—even in the darkest of times.

About The Author:

Debra Thomas is the author of Luz, winner of the 2020 Sarton Award for Contemporary Fiction and the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Multicultural Fiction. Originally from Binghamton, New York, she has lived in Southern California most of her adult life. A writer, teacher, and immigrant rights advocate, Debra taught literature and writing at a Los Angeles public high school and English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults from all over the world. She currently lives with her husband and dog in Simi Valley, California, just minutes away from her two horses. Her second novel, Josie and Vic, will be published by She Writes Press April 11, 2023. http://www.debrathomasauthor.com

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Book Blurbs: 

There is so much hope and forgiveness laced throughout Debra Thomas’s examination of a family that has drifted apart and finally learns how to come back together. The imagery in Josie and Vic is equally powerful—from the intertwining roots of the maple trees in the family’s upstate New York home to the glass sculpture reflecting light, music, and energy in Seattle to the vibrant tradition of Día de los Muertos in Southern California, celebrating love, life and remembrance. These characters stayed with me long after the final page. Bravo!” —Mary Camarillo, author of The Lockhart Women

In this beautifully crafted novel, tragedies test family bonds while revealing the power of love and the strength and resilience of the human spirit.–Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen

“With tenderness and empathy, Debra Thomas weaves together decades of family secrets, betrayals, and tragedies. How do you find your way back home after an unimaginable loss?” —Eileen Harrison Sanchez, author of Freedom Lessons

Debra Thomas is a master at creating complex and believable characters who deal with abandonment issues, tragedy, starting over when all seems lost—and the soul connection between animals and humans.~ Kathleen M. Rodgers, author of The Flying Cutterbucks, a 2021 WILLA Literary Award Finalist in Contemporary Fiction

Josie Serafini—tough yet tender—wins us over from the first page in award-winning 

Debra Thomas’s second novel, Josie and Vic. Dealing with layers of anxiety, grief, and loss, Josie shows us that sometimes the longest road home teaches us the most about ourselves. For fans of Ann Patchett, Joyce Carol Oates, and Barbara Kingsolver. A lovely book.–Ashley E. Sweeney, New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner of Answer Creek Josie and Vic

Josie and Vic is about transcending tragedy, finding the way back, or the way forward, with the help of those you love—or those who care enough to leave “blue flags” along the way. An incredibly touching, heartbreaking story, filled with heart and soul.–Lorraine Devon Wilke, author of the award-winning novel, The Alchemy of Noise

Beautifully crafted and richly detailed, this is a novel with a conscience and something important to say.–Jeannee Sacken, author of Behind the Lens, American Writing Awards Book of the Year 2021, and Double Exposure

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