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upcoming Author's Addiction Memoir Makes Waves Amongst readers and America's Recovery Community.

Recently, Shannon Egan joined Good Morning Utah to talk about her new book, No Tourists Allowed: Seeking Inner Peace and Sobriety in War-Torn Sudan.  The book covers her journey seeking inner peace and sobriety in Utah, where Egan grew up in a Mormon community, and war-torn Sudan, where she worked for two years as a freelance journalist for the United Nations. 

“I was an alcoholic for nearly fifteen years," Egan told Brian Carlson, newscaster for Good Morning Utah. "I have three DUIs, and at my lowest point I worked around town as a stripper. Eventually, I ended up in the Salt Lake County jail with a felony DUI.

 "I had so much shame about my past, which is why I'm passionate about this book. I hope it will help others find purpose and meaning in their struggle, and know for themselves that no matter what their story is, they have a place in our world, and healing and redemption are possible."

Vivid. Gripping. Thought-provoking.

 No Tourists Allowed is the ultimate solo travel adventure. Talented author, Shannon Egan, weaves through tough issues of addiction, ambition, spirituality, altruism, culture shock, and trauma with grace and honesty. Individuals who have never struggled with addiction will find her story completely relatable. It is a story of coming into oneself in a big, complex world.

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Readers have given No Tourists Allowed rave reviews , and the book was recently featured as a 'recovery resource' by Faces and Voices of Recovery, our nation's Recovery Community Organization based in Washington D.C.  Check it out for yourself: Read the first two chapters online for free. 

About the Author: Shannon Egan

Shannon Egan is an author, international freelance journalist, and advocate for addiction recovery. Egan currently works as the Development Director for USARA, Utah’s statewide Recovery Community Organization, and as a Recovery Advocate for the National Recovery Movement in order to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction as well as barriers to sustaining long-term recovery.  Previously, she wrote for the United Nations in Africa New York City.  

Despite training as a writer on humanitarian issues for the UN, Shannon prefers sharing her personal stories of addiction and recovery to infuse hope in those still struggling and spread the message that recovery is possible. Egan is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and book-signings.

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No Tourists Allowed Goodreads Giveaway: Win one of twenty-five paperback copies!

I'm  excited to be apart of the Goodreads community. My travel narrative and  addiction memoir, No Tourists Allowed: Seeking Inner Peace and Sobriety in War-Torn Sudan has already received a handful of 5 star reviews on the site and been added to the 'must read' section of hundreds of Goodreads readers. 

To show my appreciation for this warm welcoming, I'll be running  a series of giveaways on Goodreads over the next couple of months. This will allow readers from around the world the chance to win one of twenty-five free paperback copies of No Tourists Allowed.

Each giveaway will run for 7-14 days and there will be six giveaways in all. This promotion will end December 2015 so be sure to sign up to win your free copy.  Entering a giveaway only takes one click! 

In order to find out when a giveaway is running simply log onto Goodreads and search by title or click on the link below: 

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No Tourists Allowed by Shannon Egan

No Tourists Allowed

by Shannon Egan

Giveaway ends October 10, 2015.

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About No Tourists Allowed:  

For Shannon Egan, what began as a desperate bid to break from her strict religious upbringing and recover her sobriety—via a one-way ticket to Sudan, a country in the midst of genocide and civil war, and, due to Islamic law, seemingly alcohol-free—would evolve into a headlong plunge into the surreal politics of faith: the world of freelance journalism and nonprofit aid in a war zone, where big hearts and big talent compete to tell all the gory details, where children bring guns for class show-and-tell, AIDS-affected proudly proclaim their status, and a black market for hooch is hidden in plain sight.

No Tourists Allowed is a story of self-discovery leading outward. From her fight with alcoholism to the global media system that often puts in jeopardy the lives it wants to protect, Shannon sings of despair and celebration, relapse and recovery, and learning, finally, to love the unlovely.

 

EX-MORMON SPEAKS OUT ABOUT UTAH'S ADDICTION AND RELIGIOUS CHALLENGES IN NEW BOOK

International journalist, author, and addiction recovery advocate, Shannon Egan of Salt Lake City, debuts her first memoir: NO TOURISTS ALLOWED: Seeking Inner Peace and Sobriety in War-Torn Sudan. Her story is set in Khartoum, Sudan where Egan worked as a freelance journalist for IRIN News of the United Nations from 2004-2006. Following this, Egan wrote for the United Nations Population Fund in New York City and reported on issues that affect women and young people during humanitarian crises, such as sexual and reproductive health, and gender-based violence. 

Despite her success, Egan struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for nearly fifteen years. Her book is dedicated to the person still struggling with addiction. She hopes that by sharing her story readers will find purpose and meaning in their own struggles and know for themselves that recovery is possible. 

"Today, I have nearly five years in recovery, and I'm not just sober, but I'm happy, healthy, and thriving both professionally and personally.  I've come a long way considering that in 2011 I woke up in a jail cell for the third time in my life with a horrific hangover, still slightly intoxicated, and refusing to believe that I had an addiction problem," Egan says. 

Egan currently works as the Development and Communications Director for USARA, Utah’s statewide Recovery Community Organization, and as a Recovery Advocate for the National Recovery Movement in order to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction as well as barriers to sustaining long-term recovery. 

She says she left for Africa at the age of twenty-five in order to escape Utah's unique religious culture where oppression and persecution against non-Mormons is still very prevalent; Utah is the only state with a Mormon majority and a majority population belonging to a single church. In Salt Lake County alone there are over 500,000 members, four temples, six missions, 174 stakes, the Tabernacle Choir, the Mormon Prophet, and most of his twelve apostles--all packed into 740 square miles. 

Egan grew up in a Mormon household and says as a young person her desire to  seek God differently than the predominant religion caused great heartache. "At times, fear-based messaging, manipulation, and control were used to promote religious dogma in attempt to get me to conform. After years of being bullied and ostracized 'in the name of God' I turned to drugs and alcohol in order to cope. 

"This is not just my story but the story of many. Through my work for Utah’s recovery community I come across many individuals who are suffering from similar wounds. Our addiction recovery rooms are  filled with Mormons and ex-Mormons hiding in shame and secrecy because they've been broken by religious persecution and are afraid to speak out."

As of 2014, Utah ranks fifth out of all fifty states in the number of opiate-related overdose deaths. This number is higher here than the national average and increasing exponentially: in Utah, more people are dying from drug-related deaths than car accidents and firearms.

"By sharing my story, I hope to facilitate a positive conversation around addiction and religion throughout the world, and specifically in Utah, where a substance use epidemic is wiping out my family, friends, and community members at an alarming rate. It’s time for our community to address these issues lovingly, compassionately, and in support of our spiritual differences." 

No Tourists Allowed is a story of self-discovery leading outward. From her fight with alcoholism to the global media system that often puts in jeopardy the lives it wants to protect, Shannon sings of despair and celebration, relapse and recovery, and learning, finally, to love the unlovely. 

Egan is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact author@shannonegan.com