Friday, March 4, 2016

~ Another Great #EggcerptExchange by Linda Sienkiewicz ~ from IN THE CONTEXT OF LOVE ~

Author Linda K. Sienkiewicz writes women’s fiction/ contemporary romance. Her debut novel is In the Context of Love.

What makes us step back to examine the events and people that have shaped our lives? And what happens when what we discover leads to more questions? In the Context of Love revolves around the journey of Angelica Schirrick as she reevaluates her life, and its direction.

Returning with her children from their first visit with her now imprisoned husband, she tries to figure out where it all went so wrong. Can she face the failures and secrets of her past and move forward? Can she find love and purpose again? Her future, which once held so much promise, crumbled like dust after the mysterious disappearance of her first love, and the shattering revelation that derailed her life, and divided her parents. Only when she finally learns to accept the violence of her beginning can she be open to life again, and maybe to a second chance at love.

Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of #1 NY Times Bestseller, DEEP END OF THE OCEAN, says: “With humor and tenderness, but without blinking, Linda K. Sienkiewicz turns her eye on the predator-prey savannah of the young and still somehow hopeful.”

Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Michigan Notable Book MOTHERS TELL YOUR DAUGHTERS, says “Sienkiewicz’s powerful and richly detailed debut novel is at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey. It should be required reading for all wayward daughters, and their mothers, too.”

Eggcerpt ~

I would later learn Gavin cut his teeth on the white lines of the highway—his father was in the service and his family moved every two years when Gavin and his brothers were growing up. I remember long road trips with my parents to Florida, Myrtle Beach, and New York when it seemed as if we drove forever, and half of it was just to get out of flat, boring Ohio. Whenever I would sit up from sleeping on the backseat, thickheaded from motion sickness, cramped and thirsty, the view was the same—barns, corn, and cows through smeared bugs on the front windshield. Mom would be in the front seat, grappling with a crumpled map while Dad hummed. I didn’t get carsick when Gavin drove forty-five miles from Cuyahoga County to Erie on I-90, following the contour of the lake in his black Cadillac Seville. His driving was as sleek as his seduction. He obviously held his liquor well, not necessarily a good sign.

It was after midnight when he parked his car in front of a cluster of – rattrap apartments. “Rock the boat,” he sang as he walked me to the front door with his hands on my back, guiding me forward, “Rock the boat, baby.”

I leaned against him as he unlocked the door, and we both fell inside. His place was sparse—a cheap couch, a card table covered with paperwork, folding chairs, a standing lamp, half-melted candles along the window ledge. A small TV on a two-shelf bookstand. Pull-down shades. No curtains. No pictures on the wall. I didn’t think his lack of décor meant anything more than he was a man of simple needs. His king size bed was unmade, and there was no dresser, but he had more stuff than I’d ever seen before in a man’s bathroom.

We didn’t get to sleep until 3:00 a.m., and when I awakened, Gavin Schirrick was stepping out of his trousers, already back from his job. He crawled over me, pressed his mouth onto mine, and re-intoxicated me before we lapsed into heavy sleep.

I was content. I felt safe. I was not.

Links ~

In the Context of Love can be purchased in paperback or e-reader on Amazon or Barnes and Noble
Here’s an interview with Angelica Schirrick, the narrator of In the Context of Love:

What is your birthdate?

I came screaming into this world on June 30, 1958, delivered by a midwife, Rose Rumble, at my great aunt’s farm in Wisconsin.

Do you have a nickname?

People have called me troublemaker, short stuff, hot stuff, cupcake (by my dad) Angel, hure (by my wicked German grandmother — don’t ask why), but most people call me Angie.

What’s your level of schooling?

I should say the School of Hard Knocks, but I have an associate’s degree.

What is your most important goal?

To see my two children grow up to be happy and well-adjusted, despite having a felon for a father.

Who is your significant other?

That would Jozsef Vadas, the Hungarian heartthrob, the gypsy kind, the boy I fell in love with in high school. He will forever be my one and only.

Author Bio ~

Author Linda K. Sienkiewicz attributes her creative drive to her artistic mother, who taught her to sew, and her father, who let her monkey around with the gadgets in his workshop. Her poetry, short stories and art have been published in more than fifty literary journals. She has a poetry chapbook award from Bottom Dog Press and an MFA from The University of Southern Maine.



  1. Fantastic "eggcerpt," Linda. I'm intrigued! I share Angie's memories of waking, groggy, in the back seat of the car. Back then they were big enough for both me and my sister to spread out. (Of course we were kind of small, too.) Great visuals. Wishing you much success with the book!

    1. And who wore seat belts, right? Thank you, Leah. It's a great book, if I do say so myself! lol!

  2. Linda- this book looks amazing! The details you provided take us right there. Like Leah, I remember those road trips, too. Does anyone remember laying on the floor with your head on the bump? It would get so hot it would almost burn you. Anyway, lovely job here and I wish you much success! Thanks for being my guest!

    1. Thank you for hosting me, MJ. It was fun.

      Nothing was worse than having to sleep on the floor with that bump because your older brother got the coveted seat.

    2. Ha! I guess it depends on your point of view. We all fought over the hump. The heat would sort of lull you, and you could curl up in the well where people's feet should go, if someone equally small had legs that couldn't reach you.

  3. Intriguing premise and compelling excerpt. All the best with this novel.

    1. Thanks, Susan! I hope you'll give it a try. :)

    2. Yes. It looks very moving! I appreciate you stopping by and checking us out, Susan!

  4. Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Diane. Angelica got mixed up with the wrong man here!

    2. Isn't it, though? Makes you wonder how it went from good to bad. We were glad to have you join us today and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  5. Wow I love the excerpt- sounds like a great read.

    1. It IS a great read... of course, you'd expect me to say that!! Thank you, Maureen. I do hope you'll give it a try.

    2. I agree. Very compelling! Have a wonderful day, Maureen!

  6. Wow, intriguing excerpt. What a hook! Congrats and best wishes.

    1. Really makes you curious, doesn't it? Thanks for joining us, Alicia, and offering your professional editor/writer take.