Monday, September 16, 2013

"The Wooden Chair" by Rayne E. Golay - Blog Tour

The Wooden Chair
by Rayne E. Golay

I am pleased to take part in my first blog tour with Bewitching Book Tours. The Wooden Chair by Rayne E. Golay is the winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award, Florida Writers Association. Please visit each of the tour stops listed below. Don't forget to come back and visit Books Direct on 10 October, when the author stops by for a guest post. I will also be sharing my review. Make sure you enter the giveaway for your chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Set against the background of the Finno-Russian winter war, this story starts I Helsinki in 1943 and spans over fifty years of Leini Bauman’s life.
As a child, Leini stands ready to do anything to win her mother Mira’s love. This effort costs her the sight in one eye and as a result, causes her to endure bullying from kids her own age. As a teenager, with her Grandpa’s help, she undergoes one more surgery to straighten her eye, but the psychological scar of the events of her childhood remain.
Leini struggles to break free of Mira’s tyranny by leaving her native Helsinki to study psychology at Geneva University. A few years later, married, herself to a wonderful man, about to become a mother, she is determined with her own children not to repeat Mira’s behavior. With the help of a psychiatrist, she labors through the pains of past hurts to become a nurturing and loving mother and wife, as well as a successful professional, as she grows from victim to victor over adversity. Can her efforts lead her to the one thing she needs to discover the most - the ability to forgive her mother?

Praise for The Wooden Chair
The Wooden Chair is a beautifully written period piece. When I began reading, I didn’t stop until I turned the last page. Ms. Golay’s descriptions are so powerful, the characters so true to life, they’re unforgettable. Leini’s journey from an emotionally abused child to a self-confident woman should be read by all who’ve suffered any form of abuse and persevered. Quite the most powerful novel I’ve read in years." --Suzanne Barr, Author of Fatal Kiss
The Wooden Chair took hold of me in the first paragraphs and never let go. I kept expecting—and wanting—someone to rescue Leini from her wildly unpredictable mother who told Leini she wasn’t wanted. Leini’s disappointments and longings as she faced serious issues for such a young girl kept me engrossed. I wept at Rayne Golay’s vivid descriptions of Leini coping in an unfair world, and I rejoiced at her remarkable quest to change, at her acceptance as she grew into adulthood. Rayne’s high quality writing in The Wooden Chair makes it an emotionally charged read, a compelling story of one woman’s valiant struggle to grow away from past hurts. A triumphant story! --Elizabeth (Bettie) Wailes, Author and Editor

From the Author
Whenever I pause and think about my past, I realized I've lived three lives in one. Some people are lucky to spend their whole life in the village or town or country where they were born. They're surrounded by relatives and friends they've known since childhood, have deep roots. I believe they are very rich. My life has been made of a different cloth with hues of the rainbow. It's been about change and adaptation.
I was born in Helsinki, Finland. For various reasons I changed schools three times before high school. When I was very small, my mother used to read to me. She helped me put letters together to form words. As she was done reading A Thousand and One Nights my passion was born. From then on, I read everything with the printed word: matchboxes, newspapers, pamphlet and books, of course. I was no more than six years old when my father obtained a library card for me. Believe me, that was one of the happiest days of my childhood. To this day, I read at least three books a week. In school, I always had high grades in composition and wanted to be a journalist, but my parents had other plans. I got a Masters degree in psychology, was certified as addictions counselor in England after studies in the United States.
Skilled in languages, from the age of fifteen I translated dialogues in Hollywood movies from English into Finnish and Swedish. This, my first paying job, came through my father, who was the Nordic managing director of a prominent American film company.
After graduation, I married, had two children in rapid succession. My then husband was transferred to Geneva, Switzerland, so that's where we moved with our two wonderful children.
In Geneva, I worked in a multinational company as an addictions counselor with responsibilities for all of the company's European subsidiaries. During this time, I wrote two nonfiction books: one about alcoholism, another about dysfunction in the workplace. I also wrote the script to "Something of The Danger That Exists", a 50 minute film, used within the company as part of an educational program, which I facilitated. In my function, I was a frequent speaker on dependence at conferences and business groups. As I oversaw company sites throughout Europe and the then East Bloc countries, I'm fortunate to have traveled extensively.
As an avid reader, I've read most American, French, and Russian classics, modern literature and poetry. It may seem that my books are autobiographical, particularly The Wooden Chair, but that's not so. I believe in writing about what I know, so my life has parallels in Leini's story, but I guess you have to read the book to find out more.
My whole life I've longed for the sun and warmth. When opportunity presented itself, I took up residence in Florida. I live here with my partner, my best friend and husband.
The award-winning novel The Wooden Chair is my second book. Life is a Foreign Language is available in paperback and ebook. At present, I'm editing my third story.
Every book is a journey so enjoy the trip.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for your chance to win one of two $10 Amazon gift cards, one of ten ebook copies of The Wooden Chair, or one of ten postcards (US only).
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Blog Tour Schedule
16 September - Interview - The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
17 September - Interview - Pembroke Sinclair
18 September - Guest blog - Rose & Beps Blog
19 September - Interview - The Simple Things in Life
20 September - Spotlight and Review - Faerie Tale Books
23 September - Interview - Reading in Twilight
24 September - Guest blog - Roxanne's Realm
25 September - Spotlight - Lisa's World of Books
26 September - Guest blog - Fang-tastic Books
27 September - Interview - Adrienne Woods Books and Reviews
2 October - Spotlight - Elfie Books
4 October - Guest blog - Bia's Wonderland
7 October - Spotlight and review - Book Bliss
9 October - Guest blog - Books, Books, The Magical Fruit
10 October - Guest blog and Review - Books Direct
11 October - Spotlight - Books & Tales
14 October - Interview - Dalene's Book Reviews