Thursday, November 4, 2021

Ponce: What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth by Jim Halverson - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Book Details:
Book Title:  Ponce: What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth by Jim Halverson
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 164 pages
Genre: Satire / Historical Fiction
Publisher: Gail Force Publishing
Release Date: November 2021
Content Rating:  G - Mentions of violence, but nothing specific. No language.
Book Description:
Two Florida State geology students found the pages written by Ponce de Leon’s chronicler in a dry limestone cave in the northwest panhandle. The original Spanish papers, five hundred years old, were found in relatively good shape, protected from time and moisture in a heavy triple-walled leather case. They chronicle Ponce de Leon’s second expedition to Florida in search of the fountain of youth.


Guest Post

The Transformation of Juarez

Juarez is a fictional character portrayed in Ponce, invented as a counterpoint to Ponce de Leon. What forces brought Juarez from barefoot poverty on a Spanish seaside fishing community to a warrior in the New World and back to an appreciation and respect for peace and tranquility?

Juarez became aware that he held no equal status to the Noble men, women, and children from the Spanish court. He watched them ride horses and enjoy the comforts of a carriage ride. Their rich clothing intrigued him. Jealousy and greed set him to want more. He left the peaceful seaside village and learned to work with horses. Horses were his first passion. Not only was he able to train them he became an expert rider. During that time, he found it necessary to fight to take what he wanted. A fighter with riding skills proved to be an asset in the New World. He took his abilities to the New World and proved himself.

A minor noblewoman in Hispaniola showed interest in him but refused his advances because he possessed no position or wealth. He thought that fortune fell his way when Ponce de Leon offered him ten percent of the gold they would find on an expedition to Florida. He sought that. He wanted more. All he had to do was command the fighting force, and get the horses trained. His future was assured.

Gold proved difficult to come by in Florida and when his horses escaped and ran free, he became intense about securing the gold. Meanwhile, Ponce de Leon became fixated on finding the Fountain of Youth. Juarez knew better than to cause an insurrection, but he became frustrated. His love life depended on him returning to Hispaniola with gold. He tried to ignore his men walking barefoot on the beach and smelling the flowers. His frustration grew when he saw a Native American woman riding his stallion.

For differing reason, Ponce de Leon and Juarez agreed to make a major foray north. Juarez to find gold, Ponce de Leon to find the Fountain of Youth. At various times, Juarez observed the riding ability of the Native Americans, especially the woman, and he admired it. Ponce de Leon lost his sense of reality in his quest. Juarez made every attempt to bring the governor back to a normal sense of existence.

Juarez could maintain his equilibrium only by immersing himself in the natural beauty surrounding him. He dreamed of his childhood, and even wished he had been able to join his barefoot men on the beach. Juarez befriended the Natives who helped the Spaniards retreat to their ship. At the end of the book, Juarez completes his transformation. 

Meet the Author: 

Jim Halverson grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.

connect with the author:  website ~ goodreads
Tour Schedule:

Nov 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 2 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 4 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 - Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Nov 5 – Kam's Place – book review
Nov 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 - Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 10 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Nov 10 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – The Lost Review Of Odd Books – book review / author interview
Nov 12 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 15 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 15 - Books for Books – book review
Nov 16 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 16 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 17 - Bigreadersite - book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 18 – I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review / guest post
Nov 19 – 30-something Travel – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

PONCE Book Tour Giveaway



1 comment:

  1. My husband would be very interested in this as he reads historical fiction and exploration themed books.


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