Author Guest Post
Anyhow, my two kids and two step kids will be the first to tell you that I definitely do "tell it like it is," even if I do sometimes provide a bit more shock value than they may have expected. After all, that is the "value" of shocking someone, isn't it? The unexpected aspect?
With them currently being 12, 15, 18, and 20, they have each experienced various age-appropriate versions of me talking about how careful they should be when considering sharing their bodies, and how should they choose not to accept my advice, they need to know that it will not be me who ends up raising a baby I didn't sign up for. Harsh? Maybe. But my hope is that neither my life nor theirs will be the irrevocably affected by a bad choice made on one steamy summer night.
So when I came up with the idea of Unexpecting, a story in which the main character does end up raising a baby she didn't "sign up for," it involved a lot of soul searching on my part. Despite my tough exterior stance on this, how would I really feel over the course of time? Would my resentment honestly prevent me from warming up to a sweet, innocent baby? Or would I end up feeling just as strongly about him as I did when my own kids were babies? Or maybe I would feel somewhere in between?
Writing Unexpecting really challenged me to examine myself on a deeper level and explore who I am, who I think I might be in the future, and how I might handle crises with my children or husband, should they ever come up. In fact, there were times when the emotional struggles became so difficult, I had to set aside writing for weeks at a time.
In the end? I'm not sure whether in real life I myself would handle things exactly the way the main character in the story did, but it sure was fun exploring it along the way! I very much look forward to hearing what readers think, and whether they think they would handle things the same way, differently, or somewhere in between!
Thank you for hosting me on your blog! I hope everyone enjoyed the above perspective and I look forward to getting to know you and your readers more in their comments!
About The Author
Her public speaking has occurred at many prestigious venues including North Carolina State University, Nassau Community College, and many more.
She has received two awards for her novel, Momnesia, and her nonfiction, Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs, continues to be one of the most highly recommended in its genre since 2005.
Lori is a happy married mom of two, step mom of two more, and has two cats, both rotten. Originally a native New Yorker, she now divides her time between Raleigh, NC, and Lake Gaston, VA.
She is very excited about the release of Unexpecting, and looks forward to her book tour, interviews, launch parties, and other festivities!
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Unexpecting by Lori Verni-Fogarsi
Publisher: Brickstone Publishing
Publication Date: March 14, 2013
Format: Paperback - 272 pages / Kindle - 507 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Their lives are catapulted in a completely different direction when Alexandra, seventeen and pregnant, shows up on their doorstep and announces that she's the daughter they never knew they had! Their life becomes filled with dilemmas as they add not only another child, but also a baby to a household that was just about to become serene.
Shelley feels like she no longer fits in anywhere and to top it off, having two teenaged girls suddenly plunged into being sisters and school mates is not exactly warm and fuzzy. When Alexandra's behavior becomes erratic, the couple is faced with even tougher decisions to make.
Hold on for an emotional yet witty ride as you join this family of characters in a story of love, loyalty, heartbreak, and humor that will stay with you long after you turn the last page!
My Book Review:
Shelley and David Morsony are relishing the day that they will be empty-nesters. With three children in college and one a senior in high school, they're planning the next stage of their married life. But life sometimes has a funny way of unexpectedly throwing curve balls that will ultimately change their plans.
Unexpecting is a poignant story about family, heartbreak, forgiveness and unconditional love. Author Lori Verni-Forgasi weaves a realistic tale written in the third person narrative that documents the changes, challenges, responsibilities and obligations that occur in a blended family when a new and unexpected family member comes into their lives.
Set in Spring Valley, North Carolina, the reader follows along with the trials and tribulations that Shelley and David Morsony along with their children Michael (24), Russell (22), Rose (19) and Grace (17) face when Alexandra Johansen (17) shows up on their doorstep eight months pregnant and claiming to be David's daughter. This emotional tale of family drama, turmoil and emotional baggage is mainly told from the perspective of Shelley, but does include the perspectives of David and Alexandra, which provides the reader with a view into the family's complexities as they face and overcome the troubling issues of teen pregnancy and substance abuse that Alexandra brought into their already blended family. The story has a way of captivating the reader, it takes you on a palpable roller coaster ride where you feel the full gamut of emotions, you can't help but become emotionally invested in the Morsony family's story.
With a realistic cast of characters who are complex and flawed; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a powerful storyline about a family that could be yours or mine; Unexpecting is a compelling story that will tug at your heartstrings and stay with you for a long time.
Unexpecting is an amazing story that captures the gritty, real-life portrayal of a family's emotional journey to overcome life's challenges with unconditional love.
RATING: 5 STARS *****
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