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Friday, March 7, 2014

Interview with Author Ramona Flightner & A Giveaway

Today I have an interview with Ramona Flightner, author of the historical fiction novel, "Banished Love". There's also a giveaway at the end so grab a drink and start reading. Enjoy!

Ramona Flightner is a native of Missoula, Montana. After graduating from Tufts University with a B.A. in Spanish, she earned a Masters degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Montana. Her Master’s thesis, Chilean Testimonial Literature: the collective suffering of a people, highlighted her continued interest in the stories of those who were at risk of being forgotten or silenced.

She studied nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Master’s in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked for ten years as a family nurse practitioner providing care to the poor and under insured at two community health centers, first in Wilmington, Delaware and now in Boston, Massachusetts.

An avid reader, she began writing three years ago. She enjoys the demands of research and relishes the small discoveries that give historical detail to her books.

Ramona is an avid flyfisher and hiker who enjoys nothing better than spending a day on a remote Montana river, far from a city. She enjoys research, travel, storytelling, learning about new cultures and discovering new ways of looking at the world. Though she resides in Boston, Massachusetts (*waves* Hi neighbor! ~ Bea), Ramona remains a Montanan at heart.

Her dreams are to see the plains of East Africa, marvel at the wonder of Petra in Jordan, soak in the seas of the South Pacific, and to continue to spend as much time as possible with her family.

Banished Love is her first novel and is the first in the forthcoming Banished Saga.

Find Ramona Online:


What is the first curse word that comes to mind?  How often and why do you use it? 
Scheisse” is my swear word of choice. I say it quite frequently. I work with people who are bilingual in both Spanish and English, so I try not to swear too much in either language, especially at work. But, when things go bad and I am frustrated, “scheisse” always pops out. Generally, my workmates know I am upset, but they don’t know that I’ve just sworn or what I’ve said.
How would you spend ten thousand bucks? 
I’d try to save some of it and go on a trip with the rest. I’m not sure where I’d go, there are so many places I’d love to travel to.

What are 5 things within touching distance?
A cup of tea, my latest manuscript that I am editing, my computer, a letter I am writing to a friend, and my cat.

Do you have a crush on anyone? 
 Sadly, no.

 What is your least favorite word? 
Impossible. I feel like when I or someone else says that word, it shuts down the creative process.



Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family’s wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston’s West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.


As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?


When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa’s love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves.

Will she succeed? Or will she yield to expectations?

BANISHED LOVE follows Clarissa Sullivan on her journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live without.
Publisher: Grizzly Damsel Publishing
Format: paperback, Kindle book
Release Date: January 9, 2014
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The author will give one randomly chosen commenter a $50 Amazon/ gift card. Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:

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  1. LOL, my mother is German so scheisse is quite common in our household as the swear word of choice; not too many folks know what we're saying so no offense is taken.

    1. Isn't it great to have a word that sums up what you ate feeling but you aren't offending anyone? :-) thanks for following the tour!

    2. Sorry should say "are feeling"- having a little trouble with auto correct!

  2. It's a word that was used in my childhood home. Haven't heard it in ages.

  3. I really liked the interview, I love learning more about writers :) Thanks for the post & giveaway!

  4. I enjoyed the interview very much. It give a look into the author and what can be expected of the book.I also think the book sounds great too.


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