Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Lost and Found Book Spotlight & Guest Post

This morning, I have a literary novel to share! Take a few moments to learn about Lost and Found and author Ronald L. Ruiz--read his thoughts in the guest post and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title:  Lost and Found by Ronald L. Ruiz
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 292 pages
Genre:  Literary
Publisher:  Embajadoras Press
Release date:  June 2021
Content Rating:  R - Includes f-words and profanities throughout, one sex scene

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About the Book
When community leaders began to doubt Abel Mendoza, the law practice he had spent years building began to crumble. It was the 1960s and there was but a handful of Mexican lawyers in California. Abel had worked tirelessly to earn respect in the courts, avoiding any semblance of a personal life to achieve his goals. Now, his personal and professional lives had collided and he found himself being rejected by the community that had previously supported and admired him. His fears of inadequacy kindled, Abel began to question who he really was, what he did, and where he belonged. A desire to avoid these questions and the people who had provoked them sent this small-town lawyer on a trip to escape not only his community but his own self-doubts, and into a relationship that changed his life completely.
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My First Book Store Tour

In early 1995, my publisher sent me to Washington DC to publicize my first published novel, Happy Birthday Jesus. I was from central California and not familiar with the snow. My first book reading had been set up for me at Borders Books, a few blocks from the hotel where I was staying. It had snowed earlier that morning and I had spent a good part of the morning in my room preparing for my reading. When I started out that afternoon for the book store wearing the only shoes I had brought, a pair of Birkenstocks, I froze. But I couldn't see any place closer to the bookstore to buy a pair of shoes. In the store, I looked for its heater but had to be satisfied with its warmth.

I had never seen a book of mine on a bookstore shelf, and I looked until I found it, alone on a top shelf. It made me proud and happy. Now I was a real writer. A store clerk told me I had a half hour wait. I was nervous and I took my book down from the shelf and sat down at a table and pretended to be reading . After a while, the clerk came and told me it was time. I followed him to a part of the store that had been sectioned off for readings. It was a small space and I took a quick nervous glance. It had a dozen or more chairs that seemed half full. The clerk left and there was complete silence. I opened my book and put my notes in order. It was going to be a long presentation about the poor in California. Ready, I looked up. There were eight men, old men, seated before me. Four were asleep, two were looking down and away, and two were staring at me with a puzzled look. I was completely embarrassed, mortified and I didn't know what to do. So I began reading from my book. But stopped in the middle of the first paragraph and closed my book, put my notes in my satchel and left. This time I didn't notice the cold even though it took me a good while to get back to my room. 

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Meet the Author

​Ronald L. Ruiz is the author of a memoir and six previous novels. His novel Giuseppe Rocco (1998) received the national literary prize, 1998 Premio Aztl├ín Award, and his novel Life Long (2017) was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017. His work has been compared to Richard Wright’s Native Son (Publisher’s Weekly, featured review) and his writing described as “frighteningly real” (New York Newsday). Ron was born and raised in Fresno, California, and educated at St. Mary’s College, University of California, Berkeley Law, and University of San Francisco School of Law. Ron practiced law for over 30 years in California, as a Deputy District Attorney, criminal defense attorney, and Deputy Public Defender. He was appointed to the California Agriculture Labor Relations Board by Governor Jerry Brown in 1974, and later served as the District Attorney of Santa Cruz County, California. Ron retired from criminal law and continues to write every day.

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