Discover the world of author Amy Stilgenbauer's Sideshow and don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some amazing prizes from the author at the end of the post. The contest closes on September 14th. The tour is sponsored by Pride Promotions.
Now let's check out Sideshow:
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29557163-sideshow
Abby Amaro wants to sing at La Scala Opera House, but she’s a good girl, and in 1957 good girls get married. Still, when she receives her first marriage proposal, she freezes, knowing the way her suitor makes her feel bodes trouble. When he won’t take no for an answer, she flees, joining up with a traveling carnival.
Thanks to a burlesque trapeze artist and the world’s saddest clown, Abby bides her time and fits in until she can rejoin the world she knows. She doesn’t expect a sideshow strongwoman named Suprema, who captures her imagination. As the carnival makes its way across the Midwest, Abby learns much more than she had ever imagined—about herself, about her identity, and, most importantly, about love.
Pages or Words: 61,000 words
Categories: Fiction, Historical, Lesbian Romance, Romance
Abby couldn’t remember falling asleep. She only remembered the dark night and how, outside the window of Della’s trailer, the rolling slopes of
Ohio slowly flattened into the farmland of the
western side of the state and faded into darkness. She didn’t say much during
the trip, but her mind was spinning, unable to process what she had done.
Once, when she had been a little girl, barely older than Annette was now, her mother had taken her and Natale to visit their aunt in
week. It had been a nice visit. They had embarked on the train with a great
deal of ceremony, and Za Teresa had spoiled the pair rotten, loading them up
with peach-shaped marzipan and pizzelle until they were both sick. She hadn’t
left Chicago for
any extended period of time since. Oh, sure, she’d talked and dreamt about it.
Nonna often wistfully mentioned taking a trip back to her girlhood home one
more time now that the war was over and taking Abby along to look after her,
and then, if her opera career took off as she had once hoped, she would be
visiting all the great cities. In her scrapbook, clippings of Palais Garnier,
La Scala, and The Met were decorated with carefully drawn hearts and hopeful
stars and the scrawled word: someday. Still, she had never imagined that when
she departed the Cleveland
neighborhood again, it would be in a burlesque dancer’s trailer. Coventry
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Meet the author:
Amy Stilgenbauer is a writer and aspiring archivist currently based in southeast
. She is
the author of the novelette series, Season of the Witch, as well as the Young
Adult novel, The Legend of League Park. Her short story, The Fire-Eater’s
Daughter, was included in Summer Love, an LGBTQ Young Adult collection
published by Duet, an imprint of Interlude Press. When she isn’t writing, Amy
enjoys all things bergamot and tries to keep her cats away from her knitting. Michigan
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/amystilgenbauerwrites
GIVEAWAY: $25 Interlude Press gift card for one winner, an e-copy of ‘Sideshow’ for five winners
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