August 2, 2022

BLOG TOUR Celestial Bodies by Patricia Leavy

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I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions for Celestial Bodies by Patricia Leavy. The author will be giving away a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card at the end of the tour - check out the rafflecopter below to enter. Make sure you follow the tour and check out the other tour hosts' posts as well - the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

About the Book

Heart-warming and wonderfully romantic, written with the sharp wit of Candace Bushnell and the sensitivity of Meg Donahue, comes best-selling author Patricia Leavy’s tour de force about learning to balance darkness and light in our lives.

Celestial Bodies is a series of six novels that follow the epic romance of Tess and Jack: Shooting Stars, Twinkle, Constellations, Supernova, North Star, and Stardust. An exploration of the power of love, each novel focuses on love at the intersection of another topic: healing, doubt, intimacy, trust, commitment, and faith. While external threats occur in each book, this is ultimately a story about internal threats—the audio playing in our own heads.

Tess Lee is a world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore people’s innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Despite her extraordinary success, she’s been unable to find happiness in her personal life. Jack Miller is a federal agent who specializes in counterterrorism. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. He’s dedicated everything to his job, leaving nothing for himself. The night Tess and Jack meet, their connection is palpable. She examines the scars on his body and says, “I’ve never seen anyone whose outsides match my insides.” The two embark on a beautiful love story that asks the questions: What happens when people truly see each other? Can unconditional love change the way we see ourselves? Their friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend who calls her Butterfly; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby and Gina, Jack’s younger friends who never fail to lighten the mood. Along the way, others join their journey: the female president of the United States, with whom Tess bakes cookies and talks politics; the Millers, Jack’s childhood family; and many others. Celestial Bodies is about walking through our past traumas, moving from darkness to light, learning to live in color, and the ways in which love—from lovers, friends, or the art we experience—can heal us. Written as unfolding action, this collection moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy. It can be read for pleasure or selected for book clubs.

Excerpt from the Book

Tess removed her coat and shoes as Jack locked the door. He kicked off his shoes and threw his jacket on the countertop. He came up behind Tess, put his hands around her waist, and she turned to face him. Without a word, they started to kiss passionately. He picked her up, carried her to the bedroom, and put her down on the edge of the bed. They both pulled their shirts off. Jack grabbed a pillow and placed it behind Tess. He lay her down, pulled off the rest of her clothes, and took off his own. Starting at her feet, he gently kissed her, and worked his way up her body. Soon, they were making love, screaming in bliss. After, they lay beside each other, kissing. Jack pulled a blanket over them.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “I couldn’t wait another minute.”

“I’m so happy. I’ve never felt anything like this before.”

“Me either.”

“Why don’t you move in with me? I want to wake up each morning with you and fall asleep in your arms each night.”

“Marry me, Tess.”

“Are you serious?”

“I’ve never been more serious in my life. I love you with my whole heart. Marry me.”

“Yes,” she whispered. “I’ll marry you.”

Q&A with the Author

What are four things you can’t live without?

Paper, pen, computer, music.

What is your favorite television show?


If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?

Tess Lee from the novels in Celestial Bodies. Her life isn’t perfect. She had an awful childhood and survived trauma I would not wish on anyone, but she’s an exceptional person. She’s a gifted, highly successful writer, and a generous philanthropist. More importantly, she has an incredible group of friends, deep love, and a beautiful perspective on life. I’ve learned so much from her and admire her enormously.

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

Celestial Bodies: The Tess Lee and Jack Miller Novels is out now, and I’m incredibly proud of this collection of novels. It’s a love story about learning to balance darkness and light in our lives so we can learn to live in full color. Next, my novel, Hollyweird, is coming out April 4, 2023 with She Writes Press.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

There are too many to list. Everything by Carolyn Ellis, Laurel Richardson, Simone de Beauvoir, and Candace Bushnell. 

About the Author

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., is a bestselling author. She was formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Criminology, and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. She has published over thirty-five books, earning commercial and critical success in both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has been translated into many languages. Patricia has received dozens of accolades for her books. Recently, her novel Shooting Stars won the 2021 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite Contemporary Novel, her novel Film won the 2020 American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction, the 2021 NYC Big Book Award for Chick-Lit, and the 2021 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite Chick-Lit, her 3-novel set Candy Floss Collection won the 2020 American Fiction Award for Anthologies and the 2021 NYC Big Book Award for Anthology, and her novel Spark won the 2019 American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction, the 2019 Living Now Book Award for Adventure Fiction, and the 2021 National Indie Excellence Award for New Adult Fiction. She has also received career awards from the New England Sociological Association, the American Creativity Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the National Art Education Association. In 2016 Mogul, a global women’s empowerment network, named her an “Influencer.” In 2018, she was honored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame and SUNY-New Paltz established the “Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice.” She lives in Maine with her husband, daughter (when she’s not away at college), and her dog. Patricia loves writing, reading, watching films, and traveling.

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  1. Thank you for hosting a spot on my tour!

    1. Of course! It was my pleasure, Patricia :) Thank you for taking the time to answer questions for the post!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, Rita! I hope you have a great rest of your day :)

  3. I enjoyed reading the Q&A, the excerpt is great and Celestial Bodies sounds like an excellent book for me to read and enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular day!

    1. I hope you have a spectacular day as well Stormy - thank you for taking the time to visit my blog :)

  4. Thanks for this spotlight! I enjoyed the author interview and the excerpt!

  5. I love the cover art, synopsis and excerpt, Celestial Bodies sounds like a terrific read and I am looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing Q&A and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work

    1. I hope you get a chance to read the book Bea - thank you for taking the time to visit my blog :)

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog :)


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