Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber

In March, Phyllis Schieber will tour cyber space to promote her book – Willing Spirits. In January, she toured to share her spicy novel – Sinner’s Guide to Confession and we enjoyed wonderful reviews and comments from blog owners and readers.

Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber

Phyllis Schieber’s graceful debut novel is the story of two friends leading lives most women will find familiar. As Jane Hoffman and Gwen Baker attempt to understand their roles as daughters, wives, mothers and lovers, they depend on their friendship to cushion their disenchantment and to celebrate their triumphs.

Jane Hoffman, a schoolteacher in her forties, is forced to confront her reasons for remaining in an unhappy marriage when she finds her husband, Arnold, has been unfaithful. His indiscretion hurls Jane into a new life that is alternately terrifying and gratifying. Her love for her daughter Caroline is also tested when an unforeseen event forces Jane to prove that a mother’s love has no boundaries. As Jane negotiates her own murky logic for making the choices she has, she comes to see herself as far more able than she had ever thought.

Gwen Baker, also a teacher and in her forties, survives a rigid Southern upbringing only to marry an egotistical and cruel professor who later abandons her, leaving her to raise their sons, Matt and Ethan, alone. And while she occasionally takes a lover, nothing really satisfies her. It is Jane who ultimately coaxes Gwen out of her isolation. Together they discover that the conflicting and binding roles women assume be endured without other women. Even after Gwen meets Daniel, a colleague’s husband, and finds love, it is Jane who offers the spiritual solace that only another woman can.

Willing Spirits is no ordinary love story. It is a sensual and understanding story about the struggle to heal from failed maternal relationships, the passionate love women feel for their children, the lure of sexual desire and attachment to men who consistently disappoint, and the bond women share that makes it all tolerable. Suffused with humor and tenderness, Willing Spirits is a celebration of love in all its guises—between man and woman, between parent and child, and above all, between women.

About Author Phyllis Schieber:
The first great irony of my life was that I was born in a Catholic hospital. My parents, survivors of the Holocaust, had settled in the South Bronx among other new immigrants. In the mid-fifties, my family moved to Washington Heights. The area offered scenic views of the Hudson River and the Palisades, as well as access to Fort Tryon Park and the mysteries of the Cloisters. I graduated from George Washington High School.
I graduated from high school at sixteen, went on to Bronx Community College, transferred to and graduated from Herbert H. Lehman College with a B.A. in English and a New York State license to teach English. I earned my M.A. in Literature from New York University and later my M.S. as a developmental specialist from Yeshiva University. I have worked as a high school English teacher and as a learning disabilities specialist. My first novel , Strictly Personal, for young adults, was published by Fawcett-Juniper. Willing Spirits was published by William Morrow. My most recent novel, The Sinner’s Guide to Confession, was released by Berkley Putnam. In March 2009, Berkley Putnam will issue the first paperback publication of Willing Spirits.

Phyllis Schieber Tour for Willing Spirits – Schedule

Wednesday March 4

The main character from author Phyllis Schieber’s book Willing Spirits, blogs today on http://fictionalcharactersindepth.blogspot.com/2009/03/meet-gwen-from-willing-spirits-by.html

Thursday March 5

Author Phyllis Schieber introduces another character from her book Willing Spirits, today on http://fictionalcharactersindepth.blogspot.com/2009/03/meet-jane-from-willing-spirits-by.html

Friday March 6

Marta’s Meanderings shares a review of Willing Sprits by Phyllis Schieber – http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com/2009/03/guest-post-by-phyllis-schieber.html

Phyllis Schieber guest posts on Marta’s Meanderings today – http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com/2009/03/guest-post-by-phyllis-schieber.html

Monday March 9

Phyllis Schieber begins a two day visit with Joyce Anthony today – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2009/03/willing-spirits-by-phyllis-schieber.html

Tuesday March 10

Phyllis Schieber moves into day two with Joyce Anthony today – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2009/03/phyllis-scheiber-stops-by-for-visit.html

Wednesday March 11

S. Krishna‘s Books shares a review of Willing Sprits by Phyllis Schieber today – http://www.skrishnasbooks.com/2009/03/willing-spirits-phyllis-schieber.html

Thursday March 12

Phyllis Schieber begins a two day tour with Susan Wingate – http://susanwingatehosts.blogspot.com/2009/03/phyllis-schieber-author-of-willing.html

Friday March 13

See the new review of Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber on My Friend Amy – http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/2009/03/review-willing-spirits-by-phyllis.html

Phyllis Schieber, author of Willing Spirits, guest posts today on My Friend Amy – http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/2009/03/guest-post-phyllis-scheiber-plus-chance.html

Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber is reviewed today on Random Wonder –http://www.randomwonder.com/2009/03/willing-spirits-by-phyllis-schieber.html

Phyllis Schieber is interviewed today on Random Wonder about how she came to write Willing Spirits – http://www.randomwonder.com/2009/03/author-phyllis-schieber-stops-by-to.html

Saturday March 14

Jenn shares her thoughts on Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber today on Jenn’s Bookshelf and will be giving away a free copy of the book. http://jennsbookshelf.blogspot.com/2009/03/review-and-giveaway-willing-spirits-by.html

Sunday March 15

Join Phyllis Scheiber today as she guest posts on Jenn’s Bookshelf http://jennsbookshelf.blogspot.com/2009/03/author-guest-post-phyllis-schieber.html

Monday March 16

Phyllis Schieber is interviewed today on Susan Wingate’s blog http://susanwingatehosts.blogspot.com/2009/03/interview-with-phyllis-schieber-author.html

Wednesday March 18 –

Book Club Queen shares a review of Willing Spirits plus a wonderful interview with the author, Phyllis Schieber today.
Review: http://www.book-club-queen.com/short-book-summary.html
Interview: http://www.book-club-queen.com/book-club-chat.html

Feature box: http://www.book-club-queen.com/book-club-ideas.html

Thursday March 19

Read the new review of Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber on Ramya’s Bookshelf – http://ramyasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2009/03/book-tour-willing-spirits.html

Friday March 20

Join Phyllis Schieber, author of Willing Spirits, as she guest posts today on Ramya’s Bookshelf – http://ramyasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2009/03/guest-post-phyllis-schieber.html

Monday March 23

Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber is reviewed on Diary of an Eccentric – http://diaryofaneccentric.blogspot.com/2009/03/willing-spirits-by-phyllis-schieber.html

Tuesday March 24

Phyllis Schieber is interviewed on Diary of an Eccentric – http://diaryofaneccentric.blogspot.com/2009/03/interview-with-phyllis-schieber-author.html

Wednesday March 25

Confessions of a Real Librarian shares a review of Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber today on http://confessionsofareallibrarian.blogspot.com/2009/03/willing-spirits-promo-101-virtual-blog.html

Thursday March 26

Book Addiction posts a review today of Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber.

Friday March 27

Join Phyllis Schieber, author of Willing Spirits, as she guest posts today on A Bookworm’s World – http://luanne-abookwormsworld.blogspot.com/2009/03/guest-post-phyllis-schieber-willing.html

Peeking Between the Pages shares a review of Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber – http://peekingbetweenthepages.blogspot.com/2009/03/book-review-blog-tour-for-willing.html

Saturday March 28

Willing Spirits author Phyllis Schieber guest posts today on Peeking Between the Pages – http://peekingbetweenthepages.blogspot.com/2009/03/guest-post-with-phyllis-schieber-author.html

Monday March 30

Feminist Review shares thoughts on Willing Spirits, the new novel by Phyllis Schieber – http://feministreview.blogspot.com/2009/03/willing-spirits.html

Thursday April 2

Read the new review of Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber on Passion for the Page http://passionforthepage.blogspot.com/2009/03/willing-spirits-by-phyllis-schieber.html

Friday April 3

Phyllis Schieber wraps up her tour for Willing Spirits with a guest post on Passion for the Page http://passionforthepage.blogspot.com/2009/04/characters-that-come-alive-guest-post.html

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