Blog Tour: Guest Post – Elida May

Welcome to the Following Evan blog tour!

About the book

Published: 16th June 2016 (Self-published)Following Evan

Three years on from the sudden death of her husband Matt and a subsequent miscarriage,interior designer Laura is still lost in grief, hiding out in the smart London townhouse that was going to be her family home. On the encouragement of her best friend Carla, she signs up to a dating website and receives a message from a mysterious stranger, imploring her to visit him in New York because he has seen her face in his dreams.

Meanwhile, Laura visits an art gallery and is captivated by a painting of a beautiful woman in a flowing dress. It seems to be speaking directly to her, beckoning her to take a leap of faith.
These seemingly disparate events lead Laura on an epic journey to the bustling streets of the Big Apple and the desert landscape of Wyoming, where the clues to her future happiness are waiting to be discovered…

Five favourite things about the main protagonist, Laura.

1. She’s beautiful and intelligent

Laura is the type of woman we’d all like to be: petite and delicate, yet professionally successful and very sexy.

2. She’s strong

Once a loving daughter and wife, at the beginning of Following Evan it becomes clear that Laura’s life has been brutally destroyed. Death has robbed her of her husband, her unborn child and her parents. She is lost in despair and depression, but through the course of the book she finds the courage to free herself from the prison of her mind, where she has been locked for three, long years.

3. She trusts her instincts

Despite all that has happened to her, something deep inside of Laura tells her that fate has something in store for her. So, when she receives a series of mysterious emails from a complete stranger she takes the brave decision to go to America – even if this may appear to others as a somewhat risky choice. She is confident in her decision and doesn’t back off, even when her best friend, Carla, her main source of support, questions her actions.

4. She is calm, sensitive and people warm to her

Laura’s soft nature means that she continually has a positive impact on others. She creates a very special relationship with John, another character in the book. She misses the love of her late father, and he offers her that. Meanwhile, she supports him through a dark period in his own life. During a plane journey she provides motherly love to the girl she is seated next to, and to a young marine with PTSD.

5. She has the courage to rediscover her sexual self

At the beginning of the novel, Laura’s sexual side is non-existent, and it’s been that way since the death of her husband. As the story develops, she finds herself again and begins to feel a glimmer of optimism about her future. Her reconnection with her sexual self plays a huge part in this.

About the author

Elida May was born in Albania in 1972. Growing up in a Communist country, where access to books was severely restricted, helped to nurture her love of the written word, and she avidly read whatever genre she could get hold of, including a lot of European literature. Today Elida lives in London with her son Elidon. Following Evan is her first novel, and she is currently working on her second, Diary of Michael Vica.

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