Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Release Day Blitz for THE YEAR OF THE BEAR by Douglas J. Lanzo

I am so excited to share the news about THE YEAR OF THE BEAR by Douglas J. Lanzo & Ambassador International is available now!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of the book courtesy of Ambassador International & Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.

                                                                        About The Book:

Author: Douglas J. Lanzo
Pub. Date: November 1, 2022
Publisher: Ambassador International
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 316

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

A remarkable story of a bear and the coming-of-age journey of a teenage boy.

Thirteen-year-old Jason is on the cusp of manhood, striving to fi nd his place at school and at home—especially after his mother has abandoned them and his father is left to deal with his own anger. When Jason and his father encounter a bear while out hunting, they shoot and kill it, not realizing that they have left a cub without its mother. When Sasquot of the Penobscot Tribe, a part of the Bear Family, discovers what they have done, he decides that Jason needs a lesson in caring for God’s creatures. Thus begins a year that Jason will never forget as he begins to care and train the cub in order for it to survive. As Jason forms a bond with the bear, he, in turn, learns valuable lessons for life. 

“Fans of classic, enthralling adventure (and I’m one) are in for a rare treat.”-Josh Lieb New York Times best-selling and Emmy Award-winning author of I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President


                                    Excerpt from THE YEAR OF THE BEAR

The bright sunlight of a late August morning filtered through the windows and slanted into Jason’s eyes, disturbing a deep sleep that had passed into an agitated one. Jason’s dream had mirrored the reality of the previous night, except that he had found himself transformed from the hunter into the hunted. In his dream, Jason had stood alone in the center of a slowly but steadily constricting circle of bears stalking their prey, not for hunger but for revenge. He had killed one of their own, and Jason could discern from the intense fire that burned in their eyes that they had sentenced him to death. Jason shuddered for an instant in the nether world between sleep and consciousness and then gratefully found himself in the waking world.

Jason’s first thought was for the welfare of his loyal dog, who had nearly sacrificed his own life in defense of his threatened master. Max lay fast asleep, wrapped in his blanket with a half-eaten bowl of dog food beside him. Jason took this as an auspicious sign, recognizing that, beyond the sustenance it brought, feeding evidenced a psychological will to live. For Sasquot had ingrained in Jason an appreciation of the power of a being’s spirit to overcome adversity and even death, telling Jason from childhood, “Spirit inside is the fire of man. So long as the fire burns, death will have no power to steal the body away.”

Jason smiled with appreciation as he prepared a breakfast of cereal covered with slices of freshly picked apples. Max had weathered four Maine winters, a scrap with a Great Dane, and two raccoon bites. Max had not cowered from the bear in fear, but rather had pounced on it to protect his young master.

What a spirit! Jason beamed with admiration. If only I could act so bravely in the heat of such danger.

Engrossed in thought, Jason made his way from the main house to the sheep pasture where Sasquot would be grazing the sheep, absent one unfortunate lamb. Jason’s reflections centered on his family stock and whether he could ever measure up to their bravery.



About Douglas J. Lanzo:

An award-winning and featured inspirational author published in Vita Brevis Press’ bestselling 2021 poetry anthology and CafĂ© Haiku’s upcoming 2021 Fifth Poetry Anthology and featured in WestWard Quarterly’s Winter 2021 issue, since 2020 Douglas’ poetry has found homes in thirty-eight literary publications across the U.S., Canada, England, Wales, Austria, Mauritius, India, Australia, and The Caribbean. A graduate of Harvard College and Law School, where Douglas enjoyed writing editorials for The Harvard Crimson and articles for various other Harvard publications, he has published professional legal articles throughout his career. A General Counsel by day and writer by night, Douglas resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife and twelve-year old identical twin boys, fellow published poets, enjoying nature, traveling, biking, tennis, and chess. 

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Giveaway Details:

1 Winner will receive a finished copy of THE YEAR OF THE BEAR, US Only.

Ends November 8th, midnight EST.

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  1. Oh, my goodness. I really need to get a copy of this book. Thanks so much for telling me about it.

  2. So glad you enjoyed this book so much. It sounds like a fantastic story.

  3. How lovely to have a bear cub as a pet! I remember seeing photographs of a couple in Scotland who had raised a bear and envying them so much! Sounds a great story, thanks so much for sharing! Sadly not eligible to enter the competition though.