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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

☀☄ On Loving - Lili Naghdi

Thank you for joining us on the opening date of the Virtual Book Tour for On Loving, a Romance by (, Tellwell Talent, 483 pages).

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and the Kindle Cloud Reader Preview below.

Author Lili Naghdi will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), interviews (ℚ), reviews (✍) and guest blog posts (✉).

|| Synopsis || Trailer || Teaser: KCR Preview || About the Author || Giveaway & Tour Stops ||


In 1972, Dr. Rose Hemmings has just finished her general surgery residency when a haunted stranger is shot in front of her in a New York City bar, and their lives become forever intertwined. And when, having been given the blessing of her adoptive father on his deathbed, Rose travels to pre-revolutionary Iran to discover the past her American family kept secret from her, she finds a true Pandora's box.

It is a world both foreign and familiar, in which her primary place is as the heiress to a great tribe. In Iran, Rose will find family she never dreamed of, her own people, and a man who loves her as passionately as he does the rare black roses of his garden. She will return to the United States carrying a new secret and torn between two men: the one she loves helplessly, and the one who loves her unconditionally.

Woven throughout with Persian poetry ancient and modern, On Loving is the story of one woman's lifetime of love and loss, of societal change in a nomadic people, and of overcoming personal challenges, including mental and physical health, to find true contentment. Above all, it is a story of love: its physiology, psychology and philosophy; the many forms it takes; its myths and truths; its challenges, its joys and its gifts.
"Rose’s life journey as an accomplished, modern woman, who follows her dreams, beliefs and her heart while trying to evaluate her own emotional changes and growth through the story, leads her to self-awareness and self-scrutiny. 

A journey for her to know herself, her strengths and her weaknesses and appreciates what she can achieve having the privilege of being a woman and be able to be in touch with her inner self and her emotions."
~ Lili Naghdi 

Teaser: KCR Preview

This is the story of love, loss, triumphs and regrets...

On Loving
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About the Author

Lili Naghdi is an Iranian Canadian physician who was born and raised in Tehran. She continued her education and research after moving to Canada with her husband and daughter in 1996. Today she practices family medicine in Vaughan, Ontario, with particular interests in women’s and mental health. Being a family physician gives her the privilege of connecting with patients and participating in their care with a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional and social adversities they face. Interacting with people of many different backgrounds has also provided Dr. Naghdi with the opportunity to grow as a person, a physician and an author.

Growing up in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran, Lili became fascinated by the magical realm of literature, poetry and history. She began collecting prized quotations at the young age of eight. Dr. Naghdi has written poetry and short stories in both Farsi and English, but she eventually followed William Wordsworth’s advice to “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart,” and turned to fiction.

On Loving is her first novel. Inspired by both the ordinary people she has the honor to support and by the great literature of Persia and the world — from Hafez to Forugh Farrokhzad and from John Steinbeck to Margaret Mitchell — Dr. Naghdi passionately agrees with Boris Pasternak, whose Yuri Zhivago is a physician and patriotic poet, when he writes: “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.”

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Giveaway and Tour Stops

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Follow On Loving's tour at:

May 21: BooksChatter
May 23: Christine Young
May 28: Viviana MacKade
May 30: Romance Novel Giveaways
Jun 4: The Reading Addict
Jun 6: Fabulous and Brunette
Jun 11: It's Raining Books
Jun 13: Sharing Links and Wisdom
Jun 18: Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
Jun 20: The Avid Reader
Jun 25: Buttontapper Press
Jun 27: A Chick Who Reads
Jul 9: All the Ups and Downs
Jul 11: Author C.A.Milson
Jul 16: Musings From An Addicted Reader
Jul 18: Our Town Book Reviews
Jul 23: Harlie's Books
Jul 25: T's Stuff
Jul 30: Enchanting Reviews ✍
Aug 1: Readeropolis
Aug 6: Welcome to My World of Dreams
Aug 8: Jazzy Book Reviews
Aug 13: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin'
Aug 15: Independent Authors
Aug 20: Reneewildes1 Weblog
Aug 22: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
Aug 27: Bookish Reviews, Tours and Giveaways
Aug 29: Let Me tell You a Story
Sep 3: Straight From the Library
Sep 5: Long and Short Reviews


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  2. Hello everyone,
    I am so excited to join you today on this blog as the first stop for my virtual tour and I’d like to thank our host for giving me this opportunity.
    As you may find out from the blurb, “On Loving” is not only a love story but more importantly, it is a story about love itself, its physiology and philosophy, the many forms it takes, its myths and truths, its challenges, its joys and its gifts.
    I would like to ask everyone this question and I’d really appreciate everyone’s participation:
    How do you define “LOVE” in your own words and based on your own experiences?
    "On Loving" is the story of one woman’s lifetime of love and loss, and of the true meaning of love, and this “true meaning” could be different for different people.
    So … can’t wait to get your answers!

    Lili Naghdi

  3. I appreciate you taking the time to give us a great book description and giveaway as well. Thank you so much!

    1. My pleasure! And I also appreciate your kind attention and participation. I've always considered literature as a sturdy, reliable bridge connecting people from different generations, backgrounds, and cultures. It is good to be able to use it as a tool for communication, transferring ideas and information and even learning from each other!

  4. How many drafts did the story go through before it was published?

    1. Hi Bernie, thanks for logging in. It took two months to write the first draft and I added some parts during the editing process, since I decided to elaborate more on mental health and medical based issues, mainly adding more descriptions. Hope I could answer your question.

  5. I liked the synopsis, sounds like a good book.

    1. Hi Rita, thanks for joining us and thanks for your comment. Getting in touch with our emotions, feelings and recognize the issues related to them is not easy in this time and age. We break-up over texting each other at times and never realize the depth of the effect our actions have on each other since we don't get to communicate the way we should. How we break someone's heart won't reflect through sending emojis unfortunately. I tried to emphasize on the emotions and their role in people's lives. Hope I could achieve this goal!

  6. Sounds like a wonderful book and I love the cover, thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks dear Victoria for your comment. The picture of the bridge on the cover is taken from "Siosepol Bridge" or "Thirty three bridges", located in Isfahan, Iran. Isfahan is one the ancient cities of Iran and has been visited by millions of people over the years. "On Loving" takes you to pre-revolutionary Iran where you can visit different cities and meet different people as from different parts of the country with their own culture and history. Rose is exploring her past and finding her roots after she's opened the Pandora's box of her unknown past.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt and cover. :)

  9. Thanks and good luck with the draw!

  10. Wow! What a story! I can't wait to read this book this summer.
    Thank you.

    1. Dear Bahar, thanks for participating and the kind comment! Hope you like Rose's story when you find time to read it in Summer. Good luck with the draw!

  11. This book is one of the books I've ever read, because of two reason:
    1- you find love from a different point of view, a lover who travel between reality and memories.
    2- You will be familiar with an old culture, poet and poetry, tradition and modernism together through a love story.
    I advise you to read this book, because you will enjoy and gaining knowledge about other cultures same time
    Thanks Lili Naghdi who gives us all her dreams by this book.

    1. Thank you for your note, dear Lili. Happy to hear you read and liked Rose's story.
      Getting to know another culture is something that many of us are curious about and keen on, particularly the new generation. The more we know about our differences and learn to respect them,the more we grow as a person. Undoubtedly, "Knowledge is power". Good luck with the draw!

  12. This book really sounds great.

  13. Hope you find time to read it some day. Thanks for the comment and your participation. Good luck with the draw!

  14. It was a great pleasure and lovely opportunity today to interact with you avid readers. I'd like to thank our host once more and also, thank all of you for your participation. Have a wonderful night!

  15. Marivic RobinsonSunday, 02 June, 2019

    I highly recommend this book, amazing author. Impressive !!!!

  16. Judging by the excerpt, book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

  17. Great book title and the perfect for my upcoming road trip!

  18. Looking forward to giving a copy to my mom!

  19. Love the cover and excited to read!

  20. How do come up with story lines and characters for your books?

  21. Great giveaway and I plan to get a copy to give my bestie~!

  22. My sister would love to read this book!

  23. Nothing better than a great romance novel and a cup of my favorite hot tea!

  24. I love the lighting on the cover!

  25. What an interesting setting in Iran, I have never been!

  26. I love the idea of poetic nature of this book!

  27. I love to read books on love and loss!

  28. I am excited about the character of Rose!

  29. I love to sit in my favorite bookstore and read this book!

  30. Congrats on your first novel!

  31. I excited about what happens to Rose!

  32. Happy Saturday my fellow readers!

  33. I would love to read this for our monthly book club!