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The Cure by Patricia Ann Bowen - Book Blitz



The Cure
TWO PEOPLE HARBORING SECRETS...


A stranger from the future comes to Paige’s cabin in rural Georgia with a treatment for her early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He bargains with the skeptical patient to give her The Cure if she’ll conduct a longitudinal study for him, proving his drug’s efficacy to a future world full of clients that need it. Faced with her dire diagnosis, he might be her only hope. She grapples with the side effects of his offer and learns to suppress her own dangerous truth: trust no one.
Seldom lucky in love, Paige finds herself competing with her best friend for his attention, knowing there can be no good end for their stolen moments of passion. Can she stay under the radar of the medical and legal communities to carry out his requests? And how will their complicated pasts bring them together physically, emotionally and professionally in a successful, if unethical, partnership?
Many lives will be changed, but at what cost… and to whom?

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Author Q&A
1. What is the first book that made you cry?

I don’t recall ever crying over sad parts of a book, but when I read David Sedaris I often laugh until I cry.
2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
My first book, The Cure, took two years. The sequel, which I expect to publish in spring 2020, took four months. My compilation of short stories, Unintended Consequences, spanned three years of writing, submitting, publishing, and took a few months to put together and get up on amazon.
3. How do you select the names of your characters?
When I start a story I just pick a name, any name. As I get further into it, I often change some names that seem more appropriate for who they’ve turned out to be… more formal, more common, more unique. Thank goodness for ‘search and replace’ functions.
4. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
A deer. I lived in the woods for twenty-five years, mostly alone, (while commuting all over the world… so I wasn’t exactly a hermit), and I can be quiet, curious, opportunistic, caring, and I have great night vision.
5. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
In no particular order: Casablanca, When Harry Met Sally, Apocalypse Now, Norma Rae, and almost anything directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
6. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Fabulous question. I’d read, explore, try to form relationships with other forms of life if there were any left. I’d reflect on how humanity went wrong and document my thoughts for whatever intelligence later appeared.
7. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Huckleberry Finn
8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write every day you can, as much as you can. Do it because you have to, not for money or fame. Cultivate your awareness of what’s going on around you, what people say, do, imply, suggest, and take good notes. Believe in your own ideas, and recognize good advice.  Read. Read. Read like a writer.
9. What book do you wish you had written?
Huckleberry Finn
10. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :)
In no order
1.       I’ve been to around thirty countries in my past corporate career.
2.       I eat out only for convenience, only when I have to, because my cooking is better than almost anyone else’s. And one of my sons is a professional chef… taught by me and the Culinary Institute of America. (The other CIA.)
3.       I grew up poor, and am still way too frugal in so many ways, but now I have more than enough to have fun with, and sometimes I forget about the cost of little things. And big things. I’m living a life I could not have dreamed possible.
4.       I had a terrible speech stutter, right into adulthood, and now I love getting up to speak in front of small and large crowds… especially readers.
5.       I’ve walked 2-3 miles a day almost every morning for the last forty years. I’ve seen many sunrises. It’s been a very spiritual road… and sometimes very cold, wet, ugh.
6.       I’ve survived three marriages and three divorces.
7.       I’m a certified Master Gardener and a certified Grief Counsellor.
8.       I’ve come to know that every person has a story, so I don’t judge. Ever.
9.       I’ve learned to practice appreciation, even for safely crossing the street in my neighbourhood without sidewalks, and I’m thankful for the stars, the insects, the universe I’m aware that I’m a part of.
10.   I write, therefore I am.


Author Bio – Patricia Bowen writes novels, novellas and short stories, mostly about women with complicated lives. She’s been a copywriter, business owner, coach, marketing manager, and held corporate jobs in international business. She pens gardening articles for her local newspaper, and grants to support her local library. Her recent writing has appeared in the Table for Two anthology, The Sun magazine, and earned honourable mention in several contests. The Cure is her first full published work of fiction.

Social Media Links –website is www.patriciabowen.com, on Twitter @WoodsgalWrites, on Facebook @WoodsgalWrites


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