Thursday, July 13, 2023

Blog Tour: 1956 LOVE AND REVOLUTION by J.A. Boulet


1956 Love & Revolution

by J. A. Boulet




: Historical Fiction






1956 Love & Revolution


What would you do for your country?


In 1955, a group of uncommon people meet by chance. During the final year of Rákosi’s iron fist rule, Imre Nagy’s reforms are repealed, plunging Hungary back into economic ruin.

A university student, a cleaner, a Hungarian soldier and several others find themselves drawn toward each other as their love for their country is tested. In the fall of 1956, political strife deepens as the students begin demanding reform.

How far will they go to save Hungary?


Well-researched, politically charged and fast-paced, 1956 Love & Revolution will lure you into the lives of everyday Hungarians who risked everything for their country. 





Excerpt One:




It was August 1955, and Elona was tired. She grabbed her bucket and wrung out the mop one last time. She had been cleaning at the theatre all night, and it was now early dawn. Something about the purple-lightening skies always enchanted her. Budapest was a quiet city at 4:30 am, almost peaceful. But Hungary was nothing close to peaceful lately. So many things were happening in her country that it made her stomach churn. Politics wasn’t something she was keen on, but lately, it seemed every Hungarian held hope that their country would reinstate a more economically-sound government.


They lived through so many years of repression, paying exorbitant taxes for Hungary's industrialization and war reparations to Russia, among so many other fees, that every single Hungarian paid almost two-thirds of their income out to the government. This left so little for food, cigarettes or anything else. It was a tough life of constantly working with little chance of enjoyment.


Elona was only twenty-one years old, but she felt like she was eighty.


She stepped outside onto the dark street and turned back to lock the theatre doors. Her pail and mop were already beside the door when she noticed she had left the dirty water in the bucket. She sighed and cursed softly. Elona was not going to open up the heavy double doors again and return all the way to the other side of the washrooms to dump her bucket.


She pushed the keys deep inside her pants pocket and picked up the pail gently, sneaking to the alleyway. Elona tiredly tipped her bucket in the alleyway, dumping it upside down to empty it completely so she could return home with a much less heavy pail. She didn’t drive, and her bicycle broke, so she didn’t even have that luxury anymore. A headache started at her temples, and she massaged her face gently. Maybe, one day things will get better.


She looked up as male voices echoed down the street. She wondered who would be in the streets at this hour. There wasn’t much crime because of the state police, so she usually had nothing to fear.


Then a chill ran down her spine.




What do you hope readers get from this story?

I hope readers are engulfed in the historical events of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 and can’t put this book down. But when they do put down the book and The End appears on the final page, I am certain they will feel an immense gratitude for ordinary people who have fought for freedom and reform. It is not an easy task and although the events at the time started peacefully, it did end horribly, which the citizens did not envision at the time. Hungarians were simply pushed to their breaking point and could not see any other path to recovery but to fight for reform.

1956 Love & Revolution is a poignant reminder of what our ancestors did in the name of freedom for future generations. Readers will find they have a renewed sense of gratitude to our parents and grandparents. Readers may even start researching the events of the ’56 Hungarian Revolution lol. I always leave a Final Note to Reader at the end of my books to inform my readers which characters are non-fiction and which ones are not, separating reality from fiction. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by on my book tour! I hope you enjoy 1956 Love & Revolution.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:



J. A. Boulet is the passionate author of five historical fiction novels. Her newest novel, 1956 Love & Revolution, is a chilling standalone book about the 1956 Hungarian uprising. A highly anticipated release scheduled for June 5, 2023, this is a book that the author holds close to her heart.


J. A. Boulet was raised in the aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. Her father was a Hungarian soldier who fought bravely during the 1956 uprising. He escaped and was granted asylum in Canada. Ms. Boulet’s mother also fled from the revolution shortly after. The couple met, fell in love and built a family in Saskatchewan.


J. A. Boulet was born decades later. Raised in a refugee family with strong morals has provided J. A. with the foundation to which she has stood behind all her life. Ms. Boulet began writing poetry at a very young age and progressed to short stories and novels easily. She quickly became a history geek and became fascinated with ancestry and the rough path of immigration. J. A. published her first book in 2020 and has since published one to two books annually. She writes with an unsettling realism, grabbing your emotions and refusing to let go. 1956: Love and Revolution is a book you won’t be able to put down.


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  1. Who influenced you to be a writer and good luck on your book!!!!

    1. I suppose my mother did. She took me to Shakespeare plays and enrolled me in a Hungarian cultural event where I wrote my first poem. 🥰

  2. Thank you so much for hosting my book today! I hope everyone enjoys 1956 Love & Revolution 💕💕

  3. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  4. The book sounds fantastic. My dad fought and fled to Switzerland in '56. It was a terrible time.

    1. So many brave citizens fought! More books should be written about this period in history ❤️

  5. This sounds like a great read.