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The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution by Lisa de Nikolits - Book Tour + Giveaway

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The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution
by Lisa de Nikolits
Genre: Humorous Thriller 

Publisher: Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series
Publication Date: September 30, 2019

The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution is about a couple experiencing a crisis. The husband, Lyndon, loses his job as editor of a financial magazine. Neither are happy with aging. Lyndon has gotten by with charm and frozen emotions. The wife, Margaux, has no idea how angry she is with him for his detachment. It is her idea to sell the house and just travel. But he is not coping well with retirement, so he simply walks off a ferry in Australia and leaves her. He steals a cat (well, he steals an expensive SUV that happens to have a cat onboard) and he flees Sydney, ending up in Apollo Bay, a few hours south-west of Melbourne, where he falls in with a group of anarchists and punk rockers in a tattoo parlour, planning revolution. 

Meanwhile, Margaux sits tight in Sydney with no idea of where her husband might be or what happened. She moves into the red-light Kings Cross area, befriending the owner of the hostel, a seventy-year-old ex-cop drag queen from Saint John, New Brunswick, and waits to hear from her husband. 

When she learns that her husband is fine, she is consumed by wrath and she invokes the angry spirit of an evil nurse, a key player in the terrible Chelmsworth sleep therapy in which many patients died (historical fact). While Lyndon gets in touch with his original career ambition to become an artist and wrestles with anarchism versus capitalism, Margaux learns to deal with her rage. 

A serio-comedic thriller about a couple who embark on an unintentionally life-changing around-the-world adventure, The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution is about the meaning of life, healing from old wounds, romantic love at all ages, and how love and passion can make a difference, at any age. 

What is something unique/quirky about you?
In book terms, a really quirky and fun experience was being part of a CBC GEM mini-documentary last year, The Mesdames of Mayhem, Meet The Women Who Love Murder. The CBC is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, so it was a pretty big deal!

A CBC documenarian, Cat Mills, saw the group I am a part of, the Mesdames of Mayhem, at a library event in November 2018, and she wanted to do a mini-doc on us. We were working on a new anthology for 2019, In The Key of Thirteen, and so it was perfect timing and she worked with us as we prepared the new anthology, doing several interviews with each of us.

Readers can check out the documentary on YouTube here:

A quirky thing on a personal note is that I can’t cook! Cooking is such wonderful artistry. When I tell people I can’t cook (with the implication that I don’t really want to, either!) they kindly shower me with recipes, but I’m not good at following rules of any kind and by the second line, I start winging it. Bad idea! Last Christmas, I decided to make Melk Tert, a traditional South African custard pie and I succeeded in making the filling but only because my husband supervised me and he wouldn’t let me derail by even the slightest ounce! He’s a marvellous cook whereas my go-to cooking comes down to two things: baking and boiling. I bake a potato pretty much every night, boil some cauliflower or broccoli, arrange it artistically on a plate alongside a colourful designer paper napkin (choosing my napkin is an end-of-day-ritual treat!), then I throw on a bunch of Frank’s Hot Sauce, add a dollop of canned soup (currently Cream of Celery) and I’m good to go.

And if it sounds like I’m a health nut, that’s far from the truth! Regular top ups of chocolate and hazelnut coffee get me through the day and if I had my druthers, I’d have birthday cake for breakfast every morning, corner slice please, with lots of icing!

With regard to my inability to follow rules, a lot of readers assume that authors are just like their protagonists but the only one who bears any resemblance to me is Amelia in The Nearly Girl, my fifth book. Amelia nearly gets things right, but she gets them very wrong at the same time. However, whereas the worst consequences in my life are that I mess up a recipe or end up getting lost in Toronto (which happens more times than I can tell you!), Amelia stumbled across a crazed psychiatrist and nearly ended up losing her life.

But back to the question, I wish I could cook, and I often wish I wasn’t so ‘nearly girl’ when it comes to cooking, catching buses, following instructions and seeing the obvious. I often miss things that are right before my eyes and it’s a little awkward when people point out what I’ve missed!

Lisa de Nikolits is the international award-winning author of nine novels (all Inanna Publications). No Fury Like That was published in Italian in 2019 by Edizione Le Assassine as Una furia dell’altro mondo. Her short fiction and poetry have also been published in various anthologies and journals internationally. She is a member of the Mesdames of Mayhem, the Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, The Australian Crime Writers, The Short Fiction Mystery Association and the International Thriller Writers. Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits came to Canada in 2000. She lives and writes in Toronto. 

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  1. Thank you very much for having me as a guest today! I really hope your readers will enjoy the post and the book!

  2. PS Facebook won't let me post your link, saying it doesn't meet community standards... just to let you know! FB is SO annoying! Have a great day and if your readers have any questions at all, feel free to ask!

    1. That's ok. Facebook is dumb sometimes. You have a great day as well! Thank you!


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