Emily is the main character of The Foreigner's Confession by Lya Badgley. She is a lawyer who experienced a horrific car accident that nearly cost her life. It did take the life of her husband, her unborn daughter, and left her without a portion of her leg. After months of depression, she decides to use her skills to help others in Cambodia - and that is where the story takes a very unusual twist - the appearance of another woman, Milijana, who is long-dead!
The Foreigner's Confession is a dual timeline, dual point of view historical fiction mystery. I love seeing how other authors handle differing timelines and POVs, and Lya did so masterfully. This book also gave me some insights into the Vietnam war and the aftereffects in Cambodia, neither of which I understand well.
Of course, what I love most are the characters. I immediately connected with Emily and her desire to help others who were less fortunate. However, I also understood her boss's resentment of Amercians coming in to fix problems "in order to make themselves feel better." It really made me think about how, why, and where I do service. Who is it for? And am I truly being helpful or just allaying my conscious?
I'm really excited to interview Lya for Online for Authors this week, and I'll be sure to post the link to the podcast when it airs. Until then, I highly recommend The Foreigner's Confession, especially if you are looking for a historical fiction that explores a time and place often left untouched by authors!
I am SO frustrated with Amazon. They have elected to list An Enemy Like me as "temporarily out of stock" despite it being a print on demand book that is always in stock. This has completely stopped my print sales on Amazon.
My publisher has reached out to no avail. Ingram, who prints the book, has reached out to no avail. I have reached out to no avail. Sigh.
Here is what I'm told:
"We can advise that interest includes searches for your title, clicks on the title and orders placed within the Amazon sites. It is worth knowing that Amazon’s systems also pick up views when consumers click onto a specific item detail page, or read reviews, which again may encourage Amazon to anticipate orders, and subsequently update the availability."
So, here is my favor. It is free and should take about a minute.
I need you to go to www.amazon.com. Once there, do the following:
#1 Search for "An Enemy Like Me"
#2 Click through to the page for the PAPERBACK book
#3 You'll see some awards and may see a "read more" button. If so, click on it (It will look like the graphic below)
#4 At the bottom of the read more, you will see information about the book. Click on the arrow on the right to see more (like the graphic below)
#5 Scroll down to the reviews and keep scrolling until you get to the bottom of the reviews that show. Click on the "see more reviews" arrow. (once again, like the graphic below)
That's it. If you haven't yet added a review of An Enemy Like Me, that might also help! Thank you so much. I hate being at the mercy of big corporations that make decisions that hurt new authors - but am grateful for a group of friends that I know will be willing to help!
If you are feeling super helpful, you can put An Enemy Like Me in "Saved for Later." Here's how. Click on An Enemy Like Me paperback to go into your shopping cart. Now, go to your cart. Click on "save for later." The book will now be in a "save for later" file. It will no longer be in your cart and you will not be charged for it! Thanks!
I love going down rabbit holes! As I was writing my newsletter, I looked up "wet your appetite vs whet your appetite." I thought it was whet, but I wasn't positive. Turns out that there is a word for this kind of confusion! Eggcorn.
Teri M Brown, author of An Enemy Like Me and Sunflowers Beneath the Snow connects readers with characters they'd love to invite to lunch.
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