Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Excerpt Tour: Exiles by L.J. Ambrosio



L.J. Ambrosio


Literary Fiction/Coming of Age


In this final chapter, Ron's story concludes from Reflections on the Boulevard (2023). Michael's wish was for Ron to exile himself in the heart of Paris with its beautiful culture and citizens as they protest and fight for the soul of the city. Ron's journey is met with life-affirming friendships and lessons along the way. The final book in the Reflections of Michael Trilogy, which started with A Reservoir Man (2022).



 “So, then what is your name? American in Paris?” 

“Okay, Louie, my name is Ron. Happy now? I have already seen that movie. Book. Now.”

“There you go again speaking that strange language with no emotions. My name is not pronounced Louie it is Loo-ee like our former kings! That is how you say it!”

Speaking carefully, yet getting more annoyed, Ron asked him for the book back again, to no avail. He tried again now speaking to him in English, “What is the book you took?”

Reluctantly, Louie took it out of his pants, then handed it back to Ron answering in English too. “Thoreau! On Walden Pond.”

Ron, took the book and looked at the young man as he tried to read his intent in stealing it, “So, you like Thoreau that much to steal him or what?”

“I do not know his writings; the only nineteenth century American I am familiar with is Whitman and Leaves of Grass. I did read Civil Disobedience by Thoreau in class. It was great, but I wanted to read another of his works.”

“Louie, you speak English very well."

“I studied the language at the university. I used to believe America led the world. Not anymore.”

“Well, I will not call the police. Tomorrow, I recommend you go back to the bookstore and become a Tumbleweed. “

“A what?” Louie said, with shock.

“A Tumbleweed, like me and you,” Ron said firmly.

Ron instructed Louie in the steps to joining the Tumbleweeds at Shakespeare and Company. “Write a one-page biography, bring it to the store, joining it with the 30,000 other biographies that are housed there. You must work a 2-hour shift at the bookstore taking care of the books, dusting them, and putting them back on their shelves. And you must read one book every day. You can sleep any night at the bookstore with all the other weary travelers. Keep the book, then come back and tell me if you want to be a Tumbleweed.”


Louis J. Ambrosio ran one of the most nurturing bi-coastal talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. He started his career as a theatrical producer, running two major regional theaters for eight seasons. Ambrosio taught at 7 Universities. Ambrosio also distinguished himself as an award-winning film producer and novelist over the course of his impressive career.







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L.J. Ambrosio will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN gift card, a dragonfly necklace, or a second dragonfly necklace to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour


  1. Thank you for featuring this exclusive excerpt today.

  2. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.


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