Pump Up Your Book Presents Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup Virtual Book Publicity Tour


Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Elisabeth Amaral’s CZAR NICHOLAS, THE TOAD, AND DUCK SOUP: A MEMOIR OF MARRIAGE, MIME AND MOVING ON virtual book tour March 2 – April 30!

Title: Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup

Author: Elisabeth Amaral

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 324

Genre: Memoir

Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

The mid-1960s through the mid-1970s was a heady, turbulent time. There was a lot going on back then, and author Elisabeth Amaral was in the middle of it all: the fights for women’s rights, racial equality, a music revolution, be-ins, love-ins, riots in the streets, the rage against the Vietnam War, and sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was an amazing time to be young.

In Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup, Amaral shares her recollections of those times. She and her husband gave up their jobs in New York City, relocated to Boston with their infant son because of mime, unexpectedly started a children’s boutique, and opened a popular restaurant in Harvard Square. Most of all it is a coming-of-age story about herself and her husband as they embarked on an improbable and moving journey of self-discovery.

With sincerity and humor, Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup offers a personal and revealing account that reaches out to those who find themselves striving to make a relationship work that, by its very nature, may be doomed. But this story is also one of friendship—and of finding the courage to move on.

“A truly wonderful memoir that reads like great fiction.  The characters come alive on the page.”  – Elizabeth Brundage, author of The Doctor’s Wife and A Stranger Like You.

“The story of how Liz Amaral and her husband became successful at the epicenter of counterculture businesses near Harvard Square / Cambridge from 1967-1975 with their boutique and restaurant is told with humor and insight. Swirling around them are all of the entrapments of the era, the drugs and free love and betrayal, as well as the politics that defined the times.

With a fierce dedication to her son and husband, Liz Amaral triumphs in this stunning memoir where she discovers that, while love isn’t always what we think it is, it remains, in all its multi-faceted transformations, the driving force of who we are and how we live our lives.”  – P.B. O’Sullivan, writer and mathematician

“In her intimate and humorous memoir, Liz Amaral reveals the challenges of a young family establishing a home in Cambridge amid the tumult of the late 1960s. You will discover the disconcerting truth about her marriage and the painful path she takes to find herself again. A true adventure of the heart.” – Kathrin Seitz, writer, producer, and coach


For More Information

            Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup is available at Amazon.

            Pick up your paperback copy or Nook Book at Barnes & Noble.

            Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

A native New Yorker, I have lived in the city for much of my life. My first jobs after graduating from NYU were jewelry design and case worker for the Departments of Welfare of New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts. This was followed by co-ownership of a children’s boutique (Czar Nicholas and the Toad) and a restaurant (Duck Soup) in Cambridge near Harvard Square. I then worked as an industrial purchasing agent in New Jersey, and for the last 25 years have been a real estate broker in Manhattan, accumulating stories of the wonder and madness that is this city. I published a book of short stories (When Any Kind of Love Will Do), wrote two children’s books and a memoir (Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup), and am currently working on a novel.


For More Information

            Visit Elisabeth Amaral’s website.

            Connect with Elisabeth on Facebook.

            Find out more about Elisabeth at Goodreads.

            Visit Elisabeth’s blog.

            Contact Elisabeth.

Monday, March 2

First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, March 3

Interview at Examiner

Wednesday, March 4

First Chapter Reveal at As the Page Turns

Thursday, March 5

Interview at The Book Rack

Friday, March 6

Guest Blogging at What Is That Book About

Monday, March 9

Interview at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, March 10

First Chapter Reveal at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, March 11

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, March 12

Book Feature at Maureen’s Musings

Book Feature at Bound 2 Escape

Monday, March 16

Book Feature at Authors & Readers Book Corner

Tuesday, March 17

Book Feature at Undercover Book Reviews

Wednesday, March 18

Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

Thursday, March 19

Book Feature at The Dark Phantom

Monday, March 23

Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Wednesday, March 25

First Chapter Reveal at Literal Exposure

Thursday, March 26

Interview at Beyond the Books

Friday, March 27

Book Review at Books Reviews ETC.

Monday, April 6

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Tuesday, April 7

Book Feature at SheWrites

Wednesday, April 8

Guest Blogging at Queen of All She Reads

Thursday, April 9

Book Review at My Devotional Thoughts

Friday, April 10

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Monday, April 13

Book Feature at The Literary Nook

Tuesday, April 14

Interview at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, April 15

Book Feature at CBY Book Club

Thursday, April 16

Interview at The Book Connection

Book Feature at Fallen Over Book Reviews

Monday, April 20

Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, April 21

First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn

Wednesday, April 22

Book Feature at Booklover Sue

Thursday, April 23

Book Feature & Giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Monday, April 27

Interview at Blogcritics

Tuesday, April 28

Interview at Review From Here

Thursday, April 30

Guest Blogging at My Life Loves and Passion

Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

Most of the graphics and some text on this page are provided courtesy of Dorothy Thompson's Virtual Book Tour page for Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup.