NO WAY BACK TODAY
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the NO WAY BACK TODAY by Eric Shoars Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
Title: NO WAY BACK TODAY
Authors: Eric Shoars
Pub. Date: November 22, 2019
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Field of Dreams + This Is Spinal Tap = No Way Back Today. Midlife demands some reckoning and Eric realizes he can wait no longer. As Eric hurtles headlong toward the big 5-0, he realizes there is unfinished business and is determined to find his childhood friends, convince them to form their own rock and roll band, and to go on tour! He searches out Todd, Laurel, and Lorelei so he can fulfill that dream. The story of four Midwestern grown-ups and their childhood desires to create No Way Back Today in the face of improbable odds and middle age will have you both laughing and cheering as you recognize your own unfulfilled dreams. No Way Back Today is the incredible story of the improbable journey of a reunion tour for a band that never was!
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
No Way Back Today by Eric Shoars is a hilarious, bittersweet tale of childhooddreams and middle-age. It isn’t just a novel, it’s about not letting go of yourdreams, of taking second chances when you get them and of never lettingyourself down. The friendships between the four main characters were amazinglydeveloped, an inspiration to us all, and real people that we can all relate toin some way. This story will make you laugh and it will give you hope as itsteadily marches towards the end; you will be cheering them on, you will beholding your breath but, most of all, you will be compelled to read to the veryend and you will find yourself thinking back on your own dreams, especially theones that you never realized. Anything is possible if you just put your mind to it. A fun read!
Reviewed By Sherri Fulmer Moorer forReaders’ Favorite
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a compelling novel not only about secondchances and pursuing your dreams but about friendship and self-worth as youmove through different stages of life. I’m a bit younger than the protagonistsbut so much of what they felt resonated with me as I found myself wondering ifthere are any dreams from my youth that might be worth pursuing as I entermid-life myself. The evolution of the relationships with Eric, Todd, Laurel, andLorelei was amazing and inspiring and shows that friendship can remain nomatter how much life changes. It also seemed to me that they “bonded”and their relationships matured as they shared their experiences and as newopportunities arose for each of them as a result of pursuing this dream. No WayBack Today is an excellent novel of inspiring redemption and shows thatmid-life doesn’t have to be a crisis at all – in fact, it can rock! Great work,Eric Shoars! I loved this novel!
- What is on your nightstand?
I currently have Sheila E’s “The Beat of My Own Drum” and Ready Player One on my nightstand. Definitely in an 80s vibe right now.
- What author would you totally fan?
My reading tastes are all over the place. I would say authors I consistently gravitate to are Peter O’Donnell’s “Modesty Blaise” series and Richard Marcinko’s “Rogue Warrior” series. I like the spy and military intrigue as preferred fiction reading.
- What makes you cringe?
I have what has been diagnosed with what has been described at “Second Hand Embarrassment“ syndrome. When I’m watching a show or movie on television and there’s a character going through an embarrassing situation that borders on publicly awkward/humiliating, I have to leave the room. I can’t take it. I feel so bad for the character it makes me inwardly and outwardly uncomfortable. Where some people like to watch the train wreck, I just can’t do it. My family laughs at me.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I let the characters lead me. I have an idea about what the plot is as I begin but give the characters the latitude to surprise me whether that’s in their actions or in their conversation. The one thing I do that is unique is that I have to write the end of the book first. My dad always read fiction that way. If he didn’t like the way the book ended, he wouldn’t waste his time with the rest of it. For me, I need to know where the journey ends before it begins. Now, when I say I write the end first I don’t mean the entire chapter. I write the final paragraph. I had major writer’s block with No Way Back Today at about Chapter Three until I remembered what my dad did. I wrote the last paragraph, got unstuck, and then let the characters go where they may on the path to that last paragraph.
- Is there a word you love to use?
Oh, that’s like asking what my favorite pizza or ice cream flavor is. I LOVE words. I would have to say pulchritudinous, which means beautiful. That’s fun to pull out because it is so obscure and sounds nothing like what it means. Then when I share it’s meaning it puts a smile on faces. I like that.
Eric Shoars is a serial storyteller who considers the English language his playground and who never met a pun he didn’t like. Eric is a modern day Walter Mitty with a serious twist. His writing style is best described as “fly on the wall” putting the reader in the shoes of the lead character experiencing what he does as he does. His heart’s desire is to have a personal narrator for his daily life. It works in comic books so why not in the real world?
No Way Back Today is Shoars’ first foray into fiction. His non-fiction works include Women Under Glass: The Secret Nature of Glass Ceilings and The Steps to Overcome Them and Evil Does Not Have The Last Word.
3 winners will receive a personalized, signed finished copy of NO WAY BACK TODAY, US Only.
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