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Book Details:

Book TitleCall My Name: A Novel by Jenni Ogden
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  384 pages
GenreLiterary/Women's/Bookclub Fiction
Publisher:  Sea Dragon Press
Release date:   April 2020
Formats Available for Review: print (USA only), ebook (MOBI FILE (FOR KINDLE), EPUB, PDF, NetGalley download), audiobook (Findaway download, NetGalley download)
Tour dates: Aug 18 to Sep 14, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: Has childbirth/abortion/adoption/surrogacy themes, the brief description of a rape in the past by a Japanese guard of a prisoner in a POW camp in Sumatra in WWII (not explicit but of course disturbing and violent). A mention of cannabis smoking when characters are young, mild in-context use of f-word and other expletives.

 Praise from Paula McLainNew York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife & When the Stars Go Dark:

"An emotionally piercing and absorbing account of turbulent female friendship over time, Call My Name is also a keen meditation on the powerful pull of connection and belonging—the places and people that shape and change us, forever calling us home."
“A gripping story that’s hard to put down--draws the reader into complex and deeply human questions as her characters’ lives intertwine over three decades of joy, loss, grief, and below it all, like a sustaining chord, loyalty and kindness. Call My Name reminds us that love calls us to be generous rather than possessive and that we can go on, even when terrible things happen, because we’re profoundly connected. Layered, sometimes shocking, yet shining with goodness and hope, it’s exactly the kind of story we need right now.” — Barbara Linn Probst, Sarton and Nautilus award-winning author of The Sound Between the Notes The Color of Ice

"Jenni Ogden's done it again—given us a beautifully crafted novel filled with the complexities, mysteries and joys of human connection within a family and between sisters, lovers and friends. Filled with authenticity, compassion and grace, Call My Name will find its way deep into your heart and soul, and stay with you long after the last page has been turned." — Sally Cole-Misch, Award-winning author of The Best Part of Us

“Vivid setting, dynamic plot, and likable characters come together beautifully to deliver an emotionally compelling tale of friendship, love, loss, and forgiveness. Call My Name is a fantastic read.” — Jodi Wright, Award-winning author of How to Grow an Addict & Eat and Get Gas.

This is a love story ... of couples, of friends, of families. A page turning saga that is fresh in its story, yet provides the warmth of an old-fashioned classic." — Romalyn Tilghman, Award-winning author of To the Stars with Difficulties, 2018 Kansas Notable Book of the Year

Book Description:

Two women, bound together by opposite personalities, friendship, love and family—until motherhood rips them apart.

From Jenni Ogden, author of bestselling novel A Drop in the Ocean (Gold Nautilus Award for Fiction) comes a compelling family saga set in the Australian Tropics and spanning the 1960s to 1990s. 

Her mother dead from a drug overdose, thirteen-year-old Olivia is rescued by Cathie Tulloch, her mother’s friend throughout the years they were held captive in Japanese prison camps in Sumatra in WWII. Welcomed into the Tulloch’s remote family home in the Australian tropics, introverted Olivia is claimed by dramatic, generous, controlling Cassandra Tulloch as her sister and best friend. Moving to the UK at 18, Olivia finds her independence, and partner Ben. But in 1970, after five years away, she is homesick, and ready to fulfill her long-held dream: to make a family of her own. In Brisbane she and Ben share a hippie lifestyle with Cassandra and husband, Sebastian. But while earth-mother Cassandra effortlessly produces beautiful babies, for Olivia, becoming a mother is hard. Even harder is discovering the truth about her own mother. And when the unimaginable happens, destroying the friendship with Cassandra that has been her bedrock for so long, Olivia tells herself that she doesn’t deserve a family, nor a place to call home.

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Author Interview
Q: Your book is set in Far North Queensland. Have you ever been there?
A: Yes, we spend most winters there!  And Killara is set in a wilderness area we know and love. In real life it is an eco-resort called Thala Beach Nature Reserve, but apart from replacing the luxurious buildings them with a Queenslander homestead, it is exactly as I describe it in the book. And our own new home in New Zealand, on an off-grid island, is very like that Queenslander and is named Killara after the Killara in the book!


Q: Who was the hardest character to write?
A: Olivia was the hardest because I had to put her through so much tragedy. When I sent my ‘first’ draft to the wonderful editior I use, a draft where my characters had far less tragedy and even when bad things happened they came through them pretty quickly, she made a comment that has stuck with me. “It is difficult when one is a kind person and we just want these characters whom we love to be happy. In fact, once you have determined what Olivia wants in life, first you need to stop her getting it (until the end) and then, to make matters worse, you have to throw rocks at her, bigger and bigger ones, right until the end of the story.”  So I had to force myself to stop protecting my characters to make this a tense and thought-provoking story for readers. But it wasn’t easy to put Olivia through all that.


Q: Who was the easiest character to write?
A: Cassandra because she was so much fun!


Q: In your book you make a reference to Motor Neuron Disease. How did you come up with this idea?
A: In my past career as a clinical neuropsychologist I worked with people who suffered from neurological disorders and their families. Although medical and neurological issues aren’t central in my novels, they do seem to creep in somewhere!


Q: What advice would you give budding writers?
A: First: write the best draft you can. Second: invest in the best editor/ms assessor you can afford. Third: consider all her/his suggestions carefully. Fourth: get excited about revising your novel and making it deeper and better. And always read widely, both good novels in your genre and expanding to novels outside your genre. Reading widely and thoughtfully is your best creative writing course, and as a plus you can feel good about reading because it is essential to your work!


Q: What is your favorite travel spot?
A: Like many New Zealanders I have travelled a lot; around much of Australia, and to many Pacific islands, multiple times to UK and Europe, to the US, Canada and Mexico, and to many African countries. Some of these places make an appearance in my novels and others are sure to in the future. My top two travel loves are coral islands, and camping safaris in Africa. The place I most want to return to is Africa; I have had amazing camping safari experiences in South Africa, Botswana and Kenya. I have a followup novel to ‘Call My Name’ semi-planned starring Grace, the youngest of the Killara family, as she follows her dream as a wildlife researcher working in a small safari park in Kenya. Of course it doesn’t all go smoothly! 

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Meet the Author:

Jenni Ogden and her husband live off-grid on spectacular Great Barrier Island, 100 kms off the coast of New Zealand, a perfect place to write and for grandchildren to spend their holidays. Winters are often spent in Far North Tropical Queensland, close to Killara, the fictional home in Call My Name, her third novel.

Her debut novel published in 2016, A Drop in the Ocean, was an Amazon bestseller and won multiple awards including the 2016 Gold Nautilus Award for Fiction, Large Publisher.

Her second novel, The Moon is Missing, was published in 2020 and is set on London, New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and Great Barrier Island, NZ.

Jenni, who holds a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology and was awarded the Distinguished Career Award by the International Neuropsychological Society in 2015, is well-known for her books featuring her patients’ moving stories: Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology, and Trouble In Mind: Stories from a Neuropsychologist’s Casebook.

Connect with the Author:  website  ~ facebook  ~ twitter ~ instagram ~ pinterest ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Aug 18 – Rockin' Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 18 - Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 – Novels Alive – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 - Book Reviews by Linda Moore – book review / giveaway
Aug 19Bookish Trisha - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 23 – Leanne bookstagram – book review
Aug 24 – Authors on iTours: Let's Talk Books – audiobook review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 26 – Stephanie Jane - book review / giveaway
Aug 29 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 30 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Aug 31 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 1 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review / giveaway
Sep 2 – Paws.Read.Repeat – audiobook review / giveway
Sep 6 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / giveaway
Sep 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 8 Celticlady's Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 8 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 9 – Books Are a Blessing - book review / giveaway
Sep 12 – I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 12 Geaux Get Lit - audiobook review / giveaway
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Sep 13 The Garden of Reading - book review 
Sep 14 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
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