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Monday, August 22, 2022

Blog Tour- FAVORITE DAUGHTERS by @laurellit1 With A Guest Post & #Giuveaway! @brwpublisher, & @RockstarBkTours

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FAVORITE DAUGHTERS by Laurel Osterkamp Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:


Author: Laurel Osterkamp

Pub. Date: August 25, 2022

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 314

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

Elyse Gibbons is out of her depth when, as an undergrad at Columbia, she's befriended by campus superstars Aubrey Adam-Drake and Marina Hunt. While Aubrey's grandfather is a former U.S. president and Marina's dad is a notorious mob lawyer, Elyse was raised in Pennsylvania by a single mother/language professor who made Elyse learn Chinese for allowance money. As her high-profile life evolves, Elyse must use the strength and perseverance she gained from her humble roots, even while joining ranks with the powerful and elite. Then, handsome and enigmatic Finn joins the three friends to form a tightly knit group of four, and life becomes even more complicated.

Years go by, Elyse is further drawn into Aubrey and Marina's world of influence and intrigue, and she will risk everything for her friends and for Finn-the love of her life. When Elyse becomes embroiled in her own political career, it's clear that one misstep can lead to earth-shattering consequences, one lie can cause devastating ruin, and to survive unscathed, betrayal is the only option.


2022 Maxy Awards Finalist
Firebird Book Award Winner (Women's Fiction)
Indies Today Finalist (Contemporary Fiction)

"...a riveting, moving novel, but also a rally cry for readers to find their power." -Jackie Jacobi, author of The Ravens


Guest Post:

My original inspiration for Favorite Daughters came from the surprising friendship between Chelsea Clinton & Ivanka Trump. But to write an entire novel, I had to find a balance between fiction and reality. Here’s a rundown of my major characters and their real-life inspirations.

Aubrey Adam Drake/Chelsea Clinton

I'm a Chelsea Clinton fan, so I wanted to make the character inspired by her, Aubrey Adam Drake, sympathetic and compelling.

While Chelsea is the daughter of an ex-President and a former Senator/Secretary of State, Aubrey's background is a bit different. Her grandfather was once President, and he's created a political dynasty, with Aubrey's mother and uncle both vying for Congress and eventually, the Presidency. Meanwhile, Aubrey's father is royalty from Liechtenstein. Aubrey faces a lot of pressure to enter politics herself, and her biggest challenge is finding a way to say no to her grandfather.

Key Quote: "What if, with all my privilege and opportunity, I was born with this obligation to do good? And if fixing the world isn't my job, then whose job is it?"

Marina Hunt/Ivanka Trump

I won't lie; I don't like Ivanka Trump. And yet, since she inspired a character in Favorite Daughters, Marina Hunt, I needed to make her three-dimensional. It was important that she came off as flawed, but also occasionally sympathetic. Like Ivanka, Marina's relationship with her father is complicated and a major factor in her life. She is used to living in the public eye, and she's good at creating an image and seeming like she has it all together. But Marina has a secret, and she's vulnerable in ways you would not expect.

Key Quote: "Did I break some unspoken sisterhood code by hooking up with him? I'm asking honestly because I don't always understand the rules that everyone else just seems to get automatically."

Finneas Beck/Jared Kushner

When I began writing Favorite Daughters, Jared Kushner was a complete enigma. He was first known as the son of a Democrat, albeit one who went to jail in connection to illegal campaign contributions. He was the handsome yet soft-looking man by Ivanka's side, whose picture was omnipresent, but who never seemed to speak in public. And he was given a ton of responsibility by Donald Trump.

Now, he's slightly less mysterious, although not by much. Finn, his alter-ego in Favorite Daughters, is also written as a mystery. He's actually the love interest of my protagonist/narrator, Elyse Gibbons, and it takes her pretty much the entire novel to figure him out.

Key Quote: "I'm no better, Elyse. I let them use me too, and I enjoyed the benefits. But you're wrong if you think Marina understands me. She's not capable of understanding anyone, not even herself. But you, you've always seen me for exactly who I am."

Elyse Gibbons/Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

The connection here is very lose. Originally, Elyse was entirely made up. It wasn't until my fourth or fifth revision that I gave her some of AOC's qualities. Mainly, I liked the idea of her magnetism, that she could project such strength and poise, and rise so quickly in the world of politics, even though she was an outsider.

Key Quote: "If you're aware of my existence, chances are you either love me or hate me. But I am here to tell you this: I am not important. I don't think politics is about individual leadership, but it should be about finding the wisdom and moral courage to do what's right."


Link to original post: https://laurellit.com/favorite-daughters-major-characters-their-real-life-inspirations/


About Laurel Osterkamp:

Laurel Osterkamp is the author of roughly a dozen novels, but she's sort of losing track. Her new novel, Favorite Daughters, will be released by Black Rose Writing in August 2022. Currently, she is on leave from teaching high English and Creative Writing. That's because she is completing her MFA in writing from Lindenwood University, polishing up one novel and finishing a second. Please visit her website/blog, https://laurellit.com/ for book recommendations, writing tips, and info about her writing. She'd also love for you to follow her on Bookbub  and/or on Facebook

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of FAVORITE DAUGHTERS, US Only.

Ends September 20th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post



IG Spotlight



Guest Post/IG Post



IG Spotlight


Epic Book Society

Excerpt/IG Post


Writer of Wrongs


Week Two:


Brandi Danielle Davis

IG Spotlight


Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post



Review/IG Post



IG Spotlight


#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog



A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post


Lisa-Queen of Random

Guest Post/IG Post

Week Three:


Fire and Ice

Review/IG Post


More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post


Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post



IG Review


The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post

Week Four:



IG Review



Review/IG Post


Fire and Ice

Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post



IG Review

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