Win a $20 GC - Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick by N.R. Leigh

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. N.R. Leigh will be awarding $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Writer's View

Since beginning my journey as a writer, the view outside my window, from inside my writing space has been of nature. I’ve lived in three separate homes since 2009 when I originally wrote the screenplay (then titled ZuZu’s), which I adapted into my debut novel Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick in 2013. Interestingly, I wrote while looking out the rear sliding glass door of all three homes, each overlooking a wooded area or field. I believe the serene expanse of nature calmed my mind and allowed me to enter the characters’ world without distraction.

Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick is largely set outdoors, as the three Hippie Chicks journey across the country in the mid 1990s in search of themselves and a better future. Their paths ultimately cross as their adventures take them from the East Coast, Michigan, and Florida into the wilderness of New Mexico, Arizona, Costa Rica, California and into many U.S. cities like San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York while searching for love, fortune, and escaping the weight of their past. I believe, subconsciously I needed to overlook a natural setting in order to visualize the environment where the Hippie Chicks adventures took place.

Each Hippie Chick shares her stories through a series of journal entries, that one of their daughters discovers hidden inside an abandoned Volkswagen van on her family’s property. Before writing PL&DHC, I revisited boxes of journals that I, myself, had kept from my teens and early twenties as I traveled across the U.S alone. As an avid journaler, I imagined what would someday happen if those very boxes were someday discovered. This in part was my inspiration to write the story in an epistolary format. People I met on my travels inspire some of the colorful cast of characters, others are completely fictional. I’ve left it to the reader to decide for themselves which are real and which are not…

The photos I’ve included are outside the home I rented where I wrote the entire first draft of the novel. Thank you for having me here today, and I hope you enjoy the book!

MediaKit_BookCover_PeaceLoveAndADeadHippieChickPeace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick follows the intertwining journeys of three young women in the mid-1990s who go on the road and off the grid, and leave their worlds behind. Each woman falls into a dangerous subculture of sex, drugs, and rock and roll in an attempt to attain her own sense of peace, love, and freedom.

KARA, a middle-class Midwestern girl, flees her painful past after a tragic accident claims a loved one, only to learn—after a violent attack—that there’s no safety among friends or strangers. Survival rests in her hands alone as she escapes into the wilderness of New Mexico.

NATASHA, born into privilege, rebels against her family’s expectations as she follows the Grateful Dead concert tour circuit, selling contraband and exploring her sexual freedom.

AMY, an impoverished Southern belle, becomes love-struck when an exotic drifter passes through town, deciding to leave home and follow him.

This intricately interwoven coming-of-age tale delves into the connection between strangers and the premise that the grand orchestration of life goes well beyond chance.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Friday, April 13, 2012
Eighteen Years Later

I’ve heard it said that Volkswagen buses choose their owners and not the other way around. Some believe they’re engineered and built with a secret mojo that allows this to be true. Ask anyone who’s ever owned one, and they’ll tell you it’s so. I wonder whom this one chose. During my entire life, it’s been sitting like a convict on death row, imprisoned in the rear corner of our jungle property next to our dog Parker’s grave—over eighteen years now, grass growing over its wheel wells and tropical foliage climbing onto the windshield, awaiting execution by vegetation. I hadn’t paid much attention to it until this morning. My parents had never spoken of it.


Daylight broke through the fronds of the areca palms as I stepped onto the sod—the lawn was wet with morning dew—and began to dribble my soccer ball along the length of it. I drilled the ball, sending it sailing across the yard and directly onto the van’s back door, popping it open. Cursing my crooked instep kick, I pushed through the tangled waist--‐‑deep flora in an attempt to close the hatch but climbed inside out of curiosity. The license plate reads New Mexico, Land of Enchantment. Although born in Arizona, I’ve never technically set foot in the United States. We moved here when I was an infant.

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_PeaceLoveAndADeadHippieChickAbout the Author: N.R. Leigh began her writing career in 2007 as a featured columnist for the guerrilla newspaper The Uncommon Sense. She since has written books as an expert on personal health and wellness under the pseudonym Nicci Leigh.

She was inspired to write her debut novel, Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick, by a conversation with a friend, who described a newspaper article regarding the events that surrounded a group of hippies' visit to her small town and the havoc they caused. This crazy, fascinating account, coupled with N.R.’s experiences traveling the United States in her early 20s, gave birth to her story.

N.R. has a background in education and teaches aesthetics, yoga, Reiki, and related holistic modalities. Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, she currently lives in a rural coastal community in southwest Florida with her family and their Australian Kelpie, Sydney, who believes she’s a Tasmainian Devil.

N.R is inspired by funny people and those who create positive change and peace. Her friends and family describe her as driven, strong, silly, and independent. Something most people don’t know about her is that, at age eighteen, she aided police in the capture of a team of bank robbers.

N.R. is working on her first fiction series, Imagine Yasmin.

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N.R. Leigh said…
Hello and Happy President's Day! Thanks for stopping by the post. I'm happy to answer any reader questions :)
Awesome giveaway!
Rita said…
I have enjoyed the tour and learning about your book.
Eva Millien said…
Great excerpt and post, sounds like a fantastic book and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about it, thanks for sharing and good luck!
N.R. Leigh said…
Thanks Eva, Rita, and Becky for joining me on the tour! Warmest wishes to all the blog hosts and readers :)
OMG, beautiful pictures!! I've really enjoyed following the tour for Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick. The excerpts and interviews were lots of fun to read and I'm looking forward to reading it :D
Ree Dee said…
I enjoyed the entire post and have enjoyed following the tour. Thank you for sharing!
Betty Woodrum said…
Awesome post! Thanks for sharing!! This has been a fun tour! Good luck!
amy bowens said…
Your book sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing
Karla S said…
Sounds so great,thanks for the chance!!