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Book Feature: Raising Wild Ginger by Tara Woolpy - Guest Post

Hey guys! Welcome to my blog! Today, I'll be featuring an author, Tara Woolpy on my blog. Today, she will be sharing with you her new release, Raising Wild Ginger.

Raising Wild Ginger was published on the 1st of July this year by Bats in the Boathouse Press. It is about 217 pages long and is currently only available in paperback, but will be available in ebook soon! So yes, without further ado, let's begin! Tara will be on hand today to answer your questions and reply your comments so don't miss this opportunity to speak with her personally!

Raising Wild Ginger by Tara Woolpy

Parenting is hard. That's what Edward Rosenberg has always assumed, although his only experience with children has been as the drunken uncle. Now the love of his life, Sam DaCosta, is yearning for fatherhood. Edward's been sober for years. He and Sam are in a good place. Why rock the boat? On the other hand, how can he deny Sam his dream of a family?

Then they meet Ginger. At twelve she's been through more than either Edward or Sam can imagine. She's seductive, secretive and dishonest. But somewhere between stealing his cash and alienating Sam, Ginger manages to wind herself into Edward's heart. Can the three of them create a family? Or will Ginger blow them all apart?

"Raising Wild Ginger is a captivating tale of a newly created family - a family that is not your usual mother-father-child family, but one that still matters to all involved and is at the very heart of the word a family. Of course, this family is not without it's ups and downs, and there are many instances that are heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It is an emotional, tender story, and it reminds us just how powerful the love of a family can be. "
~Kristin Thorvaldsen, Always with a Book

"Woolpy has penned a sensational sequel to her outstanding debut novel Releasing Gillian’s WolvesRaising Wild Ginger brings 12 year old foster child Ginger into Edward and Sam’s lives after she has endured countless acts of horrendous trauma for much of her young life. She arrives broken and alone, it is her last chance for a normal life with a family. Edward and Sam vow to not make the same mistakes their parents did and accept and love Ginger for who she is and what she can become, leaving the past behind to create a loving family all three of them desperately need.
This story will tug hard on your heartstrings and not let them go.  An Absolute Must Read!!*****5 Stars"
~Lori Caswell, Dorcas's Thoughts

Buy it from Amazon!

Tara Woolpy

Tara Woolpy is the author of Releasing Gilllian's Wolves. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Whitworth College after which she spent a year at the Women Writers Center in Cazenovia, New York. Her work has appeared in Focus, Corymb, Kalliope, Alligator Juniper and the anthology The Things that Divide Us from Seal Press. Raising Wild Ginger is the next installment in a series of loosely linked novels set in the fictional town of Lacland.

And now, let's welcome Tara to the blog to talk with us a little about family.

Photo by Tiffany Terry

Families can bring great joy or incredible
pain. This week I've been blessed to be surrounded by a crowd of loving relatives enjoying 4th of July festivities here in Wisconsin. Not all families are this loving and even the best families have their hard moments.

My new book, Raising Wild Ginger, explores family relationships, both those we're born into and those we choose. The narrator, Edward Rosenberg, struggled for years to overcome the damage done to his psyche by his hyper-critical, controlling mother. His partner of four years, Sam DeCosta remembers a happy childhood which ended abruptly when his father disowned him for
being gay. Now Sam wants them to adopt a child and create a real family together. But Edward is afraid of the lessons in parenting he learned in his own childhood. And Ginger, the girl they take in for a summer? She's experienced family 
trauma on a nightmarish scale.

One of the interesting things to me about having written this book is that it seems to inspire long discussions with readers about the damage and joy that families produce and the healing journey we all embark on after childhood. No one's life
has been perfect and yet few of us grew up in unmitigated horror.

Edward says at one point that nothing is more cruel than families. But when he takes a photo of a large, loving family he declares that it looks like the American dream. What do you think? I'd love to hear your stories of families that worked and those that didn't and how growing up in your particular family influenced the rest of you life.

Raising Wild Ginger is available in paper now. The ebook is coming soon.

Buy Raising Wild Ginger on Amazon .

If you'd like to know more about me or about the book, come visit or my author page on Goodreads

I love to hear from readers. You can find me on Twitter (@TaraWoolpy)
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So yep, that's about it for today! Hope you enjoyed the post, and do respond to Tara's questions in her guest post! Thanks for visiting:)


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