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postheadericon Pump Up Your Book Announces Erotica Romance/Romantic Comedy Author Susan DiPlacido’s Shuffle Up and Deal Virtual Blog Tour

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Susan DiPlacido’s Shuffle Up and Deal Virtual Book Publicity Tour beginning December 3, 2012 and ending on March 15, 2013. Susan will be on hand during her nationwide tour talking about her book in candid interviews and guest Shuffle Up and Deal long bannerposts! As an added bonus, Susan’s tour is also part of a Kindle Fire HD Giveaway! To find out more details visit her official tour page here.

Susan DiPlacido is the author of 24/7, Trattoria, Mutual Holdings, House Money, Lady Luck, Shuffle Up and Deal, and American Cool. Trattoria was nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Small Press Romance 2005, and her short story, “I, Candy,” won the Spirit Award at the 2005 Moondance International Film Festival. American Cool won the bronze medal in the 2008 IPPY awards and was a finalist in the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Shuffle Up and Deal was nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Small Press Erotic Fiction 2010. Her fiction has appeared in Susie Bright’s Best American Erotica 2007, Maxim Jakubowski’s Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica vol. 6 and 7, Zane’s Caramel Flava, and Rebellion: New Voices of Fiction.

Please visit her online at www.susandiplacido.com or www.susandiplacido.blogspot.com.

Pump Up Your Book handles all the aspects of virtual book touring from pre-buzzing your book before the tour starts to making sure buyers will find your book long after the tour is over. If you are the author of a newly published book, have an upcoming release or just want to give a previously published book new life, a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book is the answer. We welcome traditionally published, electronically published and self-published authors. Our esteem list of clients include Claire Cook, Caridad Pineiro, C.W. Gortner, Barbara Bretton, Cody McFayden, James Hayman, Karen White, Kathleen Willey, Lisa Daily, Lisa Jackson, Mary Burton, Nancy Thayer, Randy Sue Coburn, Ray Comfort, Sandi Kahn Shelton, Sheila Roberts, Therese Fowler, Hope Edelman, Wendy Wax, Jon Meacham, Shobhan Bantwal, Pat Williams, Jane Green, Judge Glenda Hatchett and cook show personality Paula Deen. We also represent Random House, Abingdon Press, Zumaya Publications, WND Books, Sheaf House Publishers, New Hope Publishers, Guardian Angel Publishers, Genesis Press, and Moody Publishing. Contact us to find out what we can do for you and your book!

If you’d like host Susan with an interview, book review or guest post opportunity and be a part of her Kindle Fire HD promotional tour, contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com. Pump Up Your Book is an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book promotion for authors. Visit us at www.pumpupyourbook.com.

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postheadericon Looking for bloggers for Ingrid King’s Purrs of Wisdom Book Blast

We are recruiting bloggers to participate in Ingrid King’s Purrs of Wisdom Book Blast! This event will take place between December 3 – 14, then January 2 – 11.

We need at least 30 bloggers but are aiming at 50 or more. Ingrid will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate (payable by Amazon or Paypal), one autographed paperback and 3 electronic copies of her book, Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style. The top prize winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate and a paperback copy of her book and three more winners will receive electronic copies. All bloggers who sign up are eligible to win!

There will be no interviews, guest posts or reviews with this Book Blast. Just book spotlights in which I will send everything to you ahead of time for you to copy and paste into your blog on the selected day. When requesting a spot on her tour, please let us know which date would work for you.

If interested in participating in this book blast,visit http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/11/08/calling-all-bloggers-to-participate-in-ingrid-kings-purrs-of-wisdom-book-blast/.

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postheadericon 10 Things You May Not Know About Last of the Seals

0367Greg Messel, author of Last of the Seals, is my guest today! Welcome Greg!

10 Things You May Not Know About Last of the Seals

By Greg Messel

  1. I attended baseball games in Seals Stadium as a child
  2. I made contact with former clubhouse and Seals’ batboy Bill Soto Castellanos who reviewed some of my chapters for accuracy. He is truly “the last of the Seals” and even lived in the stadium during the winter of 1956-57.
  3. Stewardesses like the fictional character Amelia Ryan had to pass rigorous tests to get their job. Among the requirements by TWA in 1957 were that the stewardesses be 21-28 years old, not over 125 pounds, single and a member of the white race.
  4. Discrimination against minorities and women was rampant in the 1950s. The Giants’ superstar Willie Mays even had trouble buying a house in San Francisco in 1958. The fear was that a black family moving into your neighborhood would lower property values–even if the black man was one of  the most famous baseball players on earth. This is documented in James Hirsch’s Last of the Sealsgreat book “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend.”
  5. Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were two of the most famous San Francisco residents of the 1950s.
  6. Among the items in the bygone era of the 1950s is when Sam Slater gets Green Stamps when he purchases gas. There were Green Stamps and Blue Chip stamps which you would get with purchases. The stamps could then be pasted in a book and be redeemed for merchandise.
  7. I talked to two men who were part of the invasion force on D-Day at Omaha Beach and Normandy. The experiences they related to me are the basis for Sam Slater’s war stories.
  8. Gasoline was 24 cents per gallon in 1957 and the average income was $4,494  annually.
  9. I had a green 1954 Chevy when I was a teenager in 1968. That was the car my fictional character, Sam Slater, drove in “Last of the Seals”
  10. I have now finished book two in the series of Sam Slater Mysteries. It will be called “Deadly Plunge” and will be published around Christmas 2012. I’m currently writing the third book in the series “San Francisco Secrets.” This may become a series and not simply a trilogy.

Greg Messel 3About the Author:

Greg Messel has written four novels and three unpublished memoirs. He published his premiere novel “Sunbreaks” in 2009, followed by “Expiation” in 2010 and “The Illusion of Certainty” in 2011. “Last of the Seals” is the first in a series of mysteries which are set in 1957 San Francisco. The second book in the series “Deadly Plunge’ will be published around Christmas of 2012. Greg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has had a newspaper career as a columnist, sportswriter and news editor. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist while working for a daily newspaper in Wyoming. Greg also spent many years in the corporate world as a Financial Manager. He now devotes his energies to writing at his home in Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound just north of Seattle, where he lives with his wife, Carol.
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postheadericon Ten Things About Artists &Thieves You May Not Know by Guest Blogger Linda Schroeder

0367Linda Schroeder, author of Artists and Thieives, is my guest today!  Linda is on a virtual book tour and is giving away a Kindle Fire!  Woot!  To enter, click here.

Ten Things About Artists and Thieves You May Not Know

By Linda Schroeder

1.  The peacock which occurs throughout the book is a little time traveler. It links the ancient past to the present. It begins the book and ends the book.

2. Mai drives a Jaguar because a lot of fictional detectives, especially English, drive   Jaguar’s. My favorite is Dirk Gently. His Jaguar barely runs. Mai’s is a zippy convertible.

3.  The town of Locke on the Sacramento River is a real historic Chinese town built in 1915 by Chinese and lived in only by Chinese immigrants who worked the levee farms.

Artists & Thieves4.   Angelo’s studio and Coconut Gallery on Fisherman’s Wharf are fictional places. Fisherman’s Wharf is real. So is the clam chowder and ice cream.

5.  There used to be a diving bell on Fisherman’s wharf which you could go down in. It scared the heck out of my son when we took him down in it. I wrote a scene using the diving bell but had to cut it because it didn’t advance the plot.

6.  Sardines is not a real jazz club in Cannery Row but it should be. It’s great. Cannery Row is a real location. A bit too much John Steinbeck there now.

7.  I lived in Monterey when Cannery Row actually had canneries. When the fishing boats were in, the fishermen hung the nets to dry and the whole town smelled of fish. Mai always smells fish when she’s in Monterey.

8.   Sutro Baths was a real playground–indoor swimming pools–for San Francisco’s wealthy in the early 1900’s and Hollywood stars had their pictures taken there, but it burned down in 1966. The ruins are still there and the climax of Artists & Thieves takes place in the ruins.

9.  The song that Mai sings has these elements from Chinese poetry: red tears are tears which flow through the rouge on a sad woman’s cheeks;  the number 10,000 in Chinese tradition represents a maximum number–ten thousand kisses means the most that could be, ten thousand lonely nights means all the nights there are; moonlight reflects loneliness.

10. One style of Chinese brush painting requires that a painting be completed “in one breath,”  that is, in one sitting. When Mai paints the birds in Chapter 4, she is painting in this style.

About the Author:

Linda SchroederLinda Schroeder divides her time between the bright sun of California and the high mountains of Colorado. She has a Master’s degree in English and one in Communicative Disorders/Audiology. In addition to her novel, Artists & Thieves, she has published a college text.

Her early interest in English expanded to include language disorders and she began a second career as an audiologist and aural rehabilitation therapist working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults.

Currently, she studies and practices Chinese brush painting, celebrating the vitality and energy of nature. She follows art and art theft blogs and writes her own blog about art and sometimes includes reviews of novels. She is working on two more novels, a second Mai Ling novel about the Diamond Sutra, and a Sammy Chan art mystery about the forgery of a Goya painting.

You can visit her website at www.artistsandthieves.com.

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postheadericon Interview with Linda Schroeder, author of Artists and Thieves + win free kindle fire!

Artists and Thieves banner longWe have a wonderful guest with us today.  Linda Schroeder, author of Artists and Thieves, is here!  We interviewed Linda to find out more about her book and also we’re hosting her with a Kindle Fire giveaway!  Woot!  After the interview, enter using the Rafflecopter form.  Instructions are below and good luck!

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Linda. Can you tell us where you are from?

I live near San Diego, California. The Left Coast. A great place.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

It wasn’t easy. I had about ten working titles. The first one was Camera Obscura. I liked it because the art object in the book depicts a camera obscura. But since there is a band with the same name, I tried many other titles. Artists & Thieves seemed the best fit, since the two main characters are both artists who become thieves as they try to save an ancient Chinese bowl from other thieves.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

Jerry Simmons, my publisher, referred me to Jackie Meyer. She is in New York and works for all the big presses in the thick of the publishing world. She designed four covers for me and I picked the one that best represented the story. She put this cover on her web page along with covers she did at the time for James Patterson, Bill Gates, and Rosie O’Donnell. I was thrilled. Please look at her site, www.meyernewyork.com. She is incredible.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

It’s like splashing painting on a canvas. It moves very fast and colors and characters fly at you. It won the SD book awards in the action/suspense
category.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

One message that is that art is personal and connects us to our past.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

Angelo was the easiest character to write. The second chapter introduces him and his studio on Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey. I know that place very well and it was fun to invent his studio and use the wharf to show his flamboyant, creative nature and hint at the trouble he is about to land in. I had a great deal of fun with his arrogance and developing his relationship to the heroine, Mai
Ling.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

I studied literature in college and got a Master’s degree in English. Then I got a second Master’s studying language disorders. In my job I worked with people who had significant language difficulties and I had to write a lot of reports and business related projects. When I retired, I wanted to get back to being creative with language. I enrolled in a How to Write a Mystery Novel class at UCSD. In that class, I started to write a traditional detective mystery but it didn’t allow me to develop characters with unique personalities so I kept to the mystery genre but used art and artists to explore the opposite attitudes of valuing art because of a respect for beauty and valuing art for the money it will bring. In other words, beauty versus greed.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I have a lot of scenes on the cutting room floor, or in the computer sense, in the Trash Bin. It took me a long time with a lot of help to learn to craft a scene.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d like to see the empty spaces of Tibet. California is very crowded. I’d like to explore a nomadic life.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

I do Chinese brush painting. I have to paint in the bright daylight to see what I’m doing but I write more creatively at night.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My grandfather was a journalist and a novelist. Both my grandmother and mother wrote poetry and painted.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Absolutely. I wanted to be a dancer.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

Since the Dalai Lama just visited San Diego, I’d wish that his vision of us treating all life with compassion would become a reality.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

I think we should all look for beauty everyday. And a story.

Linda SchroederABOUT LINDA SCHROEDER

Linda Schroeder divides her time between the bright sun of California and the high mountains of Colorado. She has a Master’s degree in English and one in Communicative Disorders/Audiology. In addition to her novel, Artists & Thieves, she has published a college text.

Her early interest in English expanded to include language disorders and she began a second career as an audiologist and aural rehabilitation therapist working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults.

Currently, she studies and practices Chinese brush painting, celebrating the vitality and energy of nature. She follows art and art theft blogs and writes her own blog about art and sometimes includes reviews of novels. She is working on two more novels, a second Mai Ling novel about the Diamond Sutra, and a Sammy Chan art mystery about the forgery of a Goya painting.

You can visit her website at www.artistsandthieves.com.

Artists & ThievesABOUT ARTISTS AND THIEVES

Winner of the 2011 San Diego Book Awards, Action/Suspense category

Where there is art, there are thieves.

Mai Ling is both. Artist by day, thief by night, she recovers stolen art for Interpol. It’s a business, not a passion, until her beloved grandfather reveals a family secret that is also a destiny. He is duty-bound to return to China an especially precious bowl which belonged to his ancestor. Mai must steal it for him.

But Mai Ling is not the only one after the bowl. Four others plan to extract the bowl from a private California art collection. The rival thieves grasp and then lose the bowl until finally Mai is faced with the ultimate dilemma: save the bowl or save herself. Her duty to her grandfather gives her only one choice.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Monterey Peninsula and peopled with quirky characters, this stylish art caper entertains on every page.
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postheadericon Interview with ‘The Promised Land’ Valerie Stocking + Book Giveaway!

We welcome today  Valerie Stocking, author of the historical fiction novel, The Promised Land.  Valerie is giving away a copy of her book (see details below interview)!

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Valerie Stocking was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, and wrote her first short story when she was five.  When she was eight, she won a short story contest in Jack and Jill Magazine.  She wrote her first play at the age of ten.  In 1966, when she was twelve, she and her mother moved to a small town in Florida where they lived for a year.  During this time, Valerie experienced difficulties with the public school system, tried a Seventh Day Adventist school briefly, and then dropped out altogether.  It was her experiences during this year that inspired The Promised Land. Later, she would finish high school, graduate from college and earn a Master’s degree in Cinema Studies from NYU.

For nearly 30 years, she wrote and edited in various capacities, including copywriting, newspaper articles, and short stories.  She wrote nearly 20 full-length and one act plays over a ten year period, which have been performed throughout the U.S. and Canada.  She edited books for audio, abridging over 100 novels in a 6-year period.  In 2010, she published her first novel, A Touch of Murder, which is the first of what will become the Samantha Kern mystery series.  It was nominated for a Global eBook Award in 2011 for Best Mystery.

Valerie lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her dog and cat, and is working on her next novel.

You can visit her website at www.valeriestocking.com.

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About The Promised Land

The Promised Land

It’s 1966, just two years after President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, and twelve-year-old Joy Bradford’s life is changing dramatically. Born and raised in the white suburbs of Connecticut, Joy is moving to Willets Point, Florida, to live with her mother Jessica because her parents are divorcing. Hoping it really is the Promised Land that her mother describes, she joins in Jessica’s enthusiasm only to find out how horribly wrong that vision is.

Unfortunately for Joy, the move does nothing to change her mother’s emotional and mental instability, resulting in a continuation of the physical and verbal abuse she is all too used to receiving. Her new school is years behind her old one, the kids dress and act differently, and on just the second day, Joy has a run-in with her geography teacher. Things are going from bad to worse until Clay Dooley, a mixed-race boy from that same geography class, offers his friendship. The two become close, sending shockwaves that dovetail with a growing sense of tension and unease in the community as a whole. Clay’s father Clytus, a well-educated black man, attempts to open his own clothing store in the white section of downtown Willets Point. This causes Jessica’s new lawyer cum boyfriend and leader of the local Klan chapter, Bill McKendrick, to join with other white citizens in using great force to block Clytus’ dreams. Tempers flare and emotions run high when Clytus refuses the Klan’s subsequent demand that he and his family move out of the white neighborhood they live in, setting off an explosive confrontation that will change them all forever.

An absorbing and suspenseful coming of age story set against the tumultuous backdrop of racial tensions in mid-1960’s America, Stocking’s blend of historical fact and fiction is as relevant today as it was during the explosive Civil Rights era. Probing the human psyche for the deep-seated fears that fuel the fires of racism and bigotry, she expertly builds characters who feel their very lives are at stake by the changing times. Full of insight and intensity, The Promised Land is a spellbinding journey you won’t want to miss.

Interview with Valerie Stocking

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Valerie!  Can you tell us where you are from?

I was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, then moved to Florida when I was 12. From there, it was back to Connecticut when I was 17, then down to Washington, D.C. to go to school.  I moved to New York in 1977 and was there for 15 years.  I have lived in New Mexico since 1992.

Q: How did you come up with the title?

Actually, I had a hard time coming up with a title. Then I got to thinking about the situation from the main character Joy’s point of view.  I remember when my mother and I moved there (not to Willets Point, but to the town it was based on), she kept telling me we were going to have a “brand new life.” From there, it was kind of an easy leap to think of it as “The Promised Land.”

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover.  Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

I love the cover of this book!  It was designed by a member of the CreateSpace Design Team, but I had a lot of input.  I asked to see an image of a burning cross, and one of a black hand and a white hand joined.  The latter came out much too tame and mellow for this book, which is pretty edgy.  I told them the font I wanted, and the placement of the words on the cover.  They came up with the actual image and color scheme.  I only had to make minor changes to it, and it was ready to go.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

This is the story about a forbidden friendship between a white girl and a biracial boy in the deep South in 1966.  There’s a lot of racial unrest in this town to begin with, but when the relationship blossoms, the situation explodes, with repercussions for all the characters in the book.  Parts of this novel actually happened, and parts didn’t.  I’m calling it a fictional memoir.

If you were alive during the 1960’s, or even if you weren’t, it’s a fascinating time to read about, as it was so unstable and there was such blatant intolerance. In “The Promised Land,” I bring this period to life.  It’s an exciting read, and a good one.  Give it a try!

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

If we didn’t infect kids with bigotry, and taught them to tolerate and respect those who are different, this world would be an amazing place.  Right now there is a lot of talk about bullying in schools.  That happens in this book, as it happened to me and other kids around me.  It’s been going on forever.  But I’m glad it’s come to the forefront of our consciousness.  Maybe something will be done about it now.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

I enjoyed writing the whole thing.  But I guess my favorite would be the  climactic scene.  That’s where everyone and everything comes together in an explosive finale.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Greece, to see the ancient ruins and learn about the culture thousands of years ago.  It has always fascinated me.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

When I was a kid, I’d sometimes stay awake until the sun came up. Sleeping until noon was par for the course.  However, as I’ve gotten older, I have become more of a day person.  I get the most stuff done in the mornings now.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My mother was a writer, and she encouraged me to write.  She bought me my first typewriter when I was 10.  I was already writing; it wasn’t that she was trying to force me to do it.  She just nurtured the desire in me to tell stories.

Q: If you work, are you always thinking of new projects to write?

Yes!  It never seems to end.  I have ideas that have been percolating for years that are still on the back burner because other ideas have supplanted them.  Once in a great while I’ll do a projects list of things I want to write.  As of now, I have ideas for 3 more Samantha Kern mysteries, 2 ghost stories, and the sequel to “The Promised Land.”

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Oh, yes.  I sought escape any way I could.  It started with books.  I had a passion for books when I was a kid, and I read voraciously.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish.  What would that be?

To live long enough and be able-bodied and minded enough, to write all my ideas into books, plays, or whatever other form they want to be in.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

This was a fun interview!  I enjoyed it.  Thanks.

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postheadericon AuthorVid: Suspense Author Alicia Singleton Talks to Literarily Speaking

AuthorVid

We have a treat for you today. Today is our sixth edition of AuthorVids! So what is an Author Vid? An AuthorVid is where we send questions to an author and they answer them in a video they have prepared themselves. Today’s guest author is Alicia Singleton, author of the wonderful suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor. Please check out her website and book information following the video. And don’t forget to follow Alicia on her virtual book tour January 3 – 27. You can visit her official tour page here!

And now I’m happy to bring you Alicia Singleton, author of Dark Side of Valor!

About Alicia Singleton

Alicia Singleton

Born and raised in Philadelphia, the Howard University graduate embraced the written word at an early age. She credits this to her loving, older sister whom, while they were youngsters, made the author eat lotion on a regular basis. Realizing the need to sound-out the ingredients on the lotion label, Alicia stopped the lotion-eating practice, but continued to read the labels of the concoctions her sister brought for her to try. This early necessity to read flowered to a passion; hence, a writer was born.

The award winning author resides in Maryland with her wonderful husband and son. Still an avid reader, label or otherwise, Alicia is hard at work completing her next suspense novel. Her latest book is the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor. Visit Alicia’s website at www.aliciasingleton.com.

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About Dark Side of Valor

Dark Side of Valor

Child advocate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to abandoned squats and crackhouses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When she is summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.

Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune’s specialties. Vengeance is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he’s travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.

Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts or be forever consumed by the DARK SIDE OF VALOR.

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postheadericon Pump Up Your Book Announces Alicia Singleton’s Dark Side of Valor Virtual Book Tour 2012

Dark Side of Valor

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Alicia Singleton’s Dark Side of Valor Virtual Book Tour 2012 beginning February 6 and ending on February 29 2012. Alicia will be on hand during her nationwide tour talking about her book in candid interviews and guest posts! Lots of fun along the way as Alicia stops off at blogs around the world to give her fans a chance to ask her questions and to find out more about this talented author.

About Alicia Singleton

Alicia SingletonBorn and raised in Philadelphia, the Howard University graduate embraced the written word at an early age. She credits this to her loving, older sister whom, while they were youngsters, made the author eat lotion on a regular basis. Realizing the need to sound-out the ingredients on the lotion label, Alicia stopped the lotion-eating practice, but continued to read the labels of the concoctions her sister brought for her to try. This early necessity to read flowered to a passion; hence, a writer was born.

The award winning author resides in Maryland with her wonderful husband and son. Still an avid reader, label or otherwise, Alicia is hard at work completing her next suspense novel. Her latest book is the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor. Visit Alicia’s website at www.aliciasingleton.com.

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About Dark Side of Valor

Dark Side of ValorChild advocate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to abandoned squats and crackhouses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When she is summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.

Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune’s specialties. Vengeance is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he’s travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.

Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts or be forever consumed by the DARK SIDE OF VALOR.

About Pump Up Your Book

Pump Up Your Book handles all the aspects of virtual book touring from pre-buzzing your book before the tour starts to making sure buyers will find your book long after the tour is over. If you are the author of a newly published book, have an upcoming release or just want to give a previously published book new life, a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book is the answer. We welcome traditionally published, electronically published and self-published authors. Our esteem list of clients include Claire Cook, Caridad Pineiro, C.W. Gortner, Barbara Bretton, Cody McFayden, James Hayman, Karen White, Kathleen Willey, Lisa Daily, Lisa Jackson, Mary Burton, Nancy Thayer, Randy Sue Coburn, Ray Comfort, Sandi Kahn Shelton, Sheila Roberts, Therese Fowler, Hope Edelman, Wendy Wax, Jon Meacham, Shobhan Bantwal, Pat Williams, Jane Green, Judge Glenda Hatchett and cook show personality Paula Deen. We also represent Random House, Abingdon Press, Zumaya Publications, WND Books, Sheaf House Publishers, New Hope Publishers, Guardian Angel Publishers, Genesis Press, and Moody Publishing. Contact us to find out what we can do for you and your book!

If you’d like to interview Alicia or review her book, contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com. Pump Up Your Book is an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book promotion for authors. Visit us at www.pumpupyourbook.com.

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postheadericon Pump Up Your Book Announces Richard Tillotson’s Acts of God While on Vacation Virtual Book Tour 2012

Acts of God While on Vacation

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Richard Tillotson’s  Acts of God While on Vacation Virtual Book Tour 2012 beginning February 6  and ending on February 29 2012. Richard will be on hand during his worldwide tour talking about his book in candid interviews and guest posts!  Lots of fun along the way as Richard stops off at blogs around the world to give his fans a chance to ask him questions and to find out more about this talented author.

About Richard Tillotson

Richard Tillotson

Richard Tillotson has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Borneo, a playwright in New York, a copywriter in Hawaii, and is a relative of an English Lord, all of which helped him write Acts of God While on Vacation, a National Semi-Finalist for the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and named “Hawaii’s best fiction book of 2011” by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He works in Honolulu and vacations in Washington DC.

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About Acts of God While on Vacation

Acts of God While on VacationACTS OF GOD WHILE ON VACATION begins with a death threat received by a philandering general manager of a lavish Hawaii resort, jumps to an anthropologist researching headhunters in the jungles of Borneo, then to a demonic, scandal-mongering paparazzo in New York, and on to a gorgeous, party-loving English aristocrat in London. Alternately desperate and hilarious adventures draw them all to Waikiki, where their arrival coincides with an international conference on shamanism and a catastrophic, force-five hurricane. ACTS OF GOD WHILE ON VACATION was a National Semi-Finalist for the AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD.

“A rollicking page-turner … This is Hawaii’s best fiction book of 2011.”

- HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

“A shamanically-skewed romp of brilliant insight and slapstick comedy”

- HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO

“As entertaining as it is enlightening”

- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Laugh-out-loud funny, while also ringing true”

- HONOLULU WEEKLY

“It’s a comic novel with serious edges. Even more remarkable: It’s one of the few fictions set in Hawaii that gets all the details right.”

- HONOLULU MAGAZINE

About Pump Up Your Book

Pump Up Your Book handles all the aspects of virtual book touring from pre-buzzing your book before the tour starts to making sure buyers will find your book long after the tour is over. If you are the author of a newly published book, have an upcoming release or just want to give a previously published book new life, a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book is the answer. We welcome traditionally published, electronically published and self-published authors. Our esteem list of clients include Claire Cook, Caridad Pineiro, C.W. Gortner, Barbara Bretton, Cody McFayden, James Hayman, Karen White, Kathleen Willey, Lisa Daily, Lisa Jackson, Mary Burton, Nancy Thayer, Randy Sue Coburn, Ray Comfort, Sandi Kahn Shelton, Sheila Roberts, Therese Fowler, Hope Edelman, Wendy Wax, Jon Meacham, Shobhan Bantwal, Pat Williams, Jane Green, Judge Glenda Hatchett and cook show personality Paula Deen. We also represent Random House, Abingdon Press, Zumaya Publications, WND Books, Sheaf House Publishers, New Hope Publishers, Guardian Angel Publishers, Genesis Press, and Moody Publishing. Contact us to find out what we can do for you and your book!

If you’d like to interview Richard or review his book, contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com. Pump Up Your Book is an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book promotion for authors. Visit us at www.pumpupyourbook.com.

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postheadericon Chris Shella’s Best Advice Ever for Writing Urban Fiction Legal Thriller Novels

Guest Blogger 2Chris Shella’s Best Advice Ever for Writing Urban Fiction  Legal Thriller Novels

By Chris Shella

Advice, Advice Advice…. What advice could I give new writers on how to write Urban Fiction Legal Thrillers? HMMMM. Well you do know as a lawyer I’m allergic to giving free advice. So instead of charging my usual 500 hour fee rate, I will let you, gentle reader, in on how to do this.

There are three keys to writing this type of book.

Reasonable FacsimileThe first key to writing an urban fiction legal thriller is that you have to know something about the legal system. I cannot tell you how many books, by some of the most famous authors in the world I have thrown down in disgust because they are so wrong on the law and how the criminal justice system works. Legal thrillers work only when they have a basis in reality and how the law operates. Now you don’t have to be a lawyer for this to be in your story. All you have to do is to sit in a courtroom anywhere in the country and watch cases (pleas and trials)for about a month and you will be surprised how much legal jargon and how much of the legal process you will pick up that way. DO NOT,I repeat DO NOT watch movies like “The Firm” or “Legal Eagles”. They are Hollywood’s idea of trial work. If you want Hollywood’s idea of trial work you might as well make the Judge an elf and the prosecutor a demon. It will have just as much of a basis in reality as that stuff does

The second key is to actually put trial work into your novel. I know as a criminal trial lawyer, I’m prejudice against non-trial lawyers but I find that all the people who have read my work love the insights into the justice system that my book gives them. So if you truly want to write a legal thriller, you have to have more than a protagonist who is a lawyer. You have to insert legal work into the book, which should be easy since you have spent a month in a courthouse observing how lawyers work. People are always curious about the lawyers and law and if you put that element in your book you already have quite a few readers hooked.

Lastly, the most important key to writing an Urban Fiction Legal thriller is sitting your butt in a chair and actually writing. You can read all the books in the world about how to be a writer but you will never be one until you are one. Sit at a computer or put pen to paper but you just have to do it. Writing isn’t easy and can be very daunting. But just realize no one is going to shoot you or put you in jail if they don’t like your writing, but no one will ever like your work if you never create it.

Chris ShellaAuthor Chris Shella is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Texas Law School and started his legal career in Long Island, New York at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Shella is also admitted to the federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Middle District of North Carolina, U.S. District of Columbia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of New York.He is also admitted to the Bar Of The United States Supreme Court. He and his cases have been covered on Court TV, CNN, and in the New York Times, and other media outlets across the globe. He has represented everyone from lawyers to major drug traffickers to a serial killer in Baltimore. His two most famous case are the Vegan Baby Case and his defense of the Duke Lacrosse Case accuser for the alleged murder of her boyfriend.

Chris now resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and son.

His latest book is the legal thriller, Reasonable Facsimile.

You can visit his website at www.reasonablefacs.com.

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postheadericon Pump Up Your Book Announces Chris Shella’s Legal Thriller Urban Fiction ‘Reasonable Facsimile Virtual Book Tour 2012′

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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Chris Shella’s Reasonable Facsimile Virtual Book Tour 2012 beginning on January 3  and ending on January 27 2012.  Chris will be on hand during his worldwide tour promoting his book and  giving us candid interviews where we learn more about the author, tips on writing legal thrillers and advice on how to become a published author as well as giving his fans an opportunity to talk to him live via Pump Up Your Book’s chat room on January 27 where he will be giving away a paperback copy of his book, Reasonable Facsimile.  Lots of fun along the way as Chris stops off at blogs around the world to give  his fans a chance to ask him questions and to find out more about this talented legal thriller urban fiction author.

About Chris Shella

Chris ShellaAuthor Chris Shella is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Texas Law School and started his legal career in Long Island, New York at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Shella is also admitted to the federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Middle District of North Carolina, U.S. District of Columbia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of New York.He is also admitted to the Bar Of The United States Supreme Court. He and his cases have been covered on Court TV, CNN, and in the New York Times, and other media outlets across the globe. He has represented everyone from lawyers to major drug traffickers to a serial killer in Baltimore. His two most famous case are the Vegan Baby Case and his defense of the Duke Lacrosse Case accuser for the alleged murder of her boyfriend.

Chris now resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and son.

His latest book is the legal thriller, Reasonable Facsimile.

You can visit his website at www.reasonablefacs.com.

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About Reasonable Facsimile

Reasonable FacsimileCan Jasper Davis pull himself from his life of loose women, liquor, and general debauchery in enough time to win a murder case and possibly save his own hide ? Jasper Davis is a criminal trial lawyer in Baltimore who has slowly but surely become like the drug dealers and lowlifes he represents. He spends more time with hookers than clients and more time drinking Jack Daniels than studying the law books. Simply put. he is a shade of his former self. In Reasonable Facsimile, Jasper is in the middle of a first degree murder trial when he becomes the suspect in the murder of a DEA agent who was set to testify against his client. Jasper is so far gone on women and liquor he sees his trial skills deteriorate right before his eyes. Jasper is confronted by the situation is he gonna continue to be a reasonable facsimile of a human being or is he gonna become the man he once was.

Visit his official tour page at www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/12/22/reasonable-facsimile-virtual-book-publicity-tour-january-2012.  Win copies of his book, learn more about the author and be sure to join him on January 27 2012 in the Pump Up Your Book chat room.

About Pump Up Your Book

Pump Up Your Book handles all the aspects of virtual book touring from pre-buzzing your book before the tour starts to making sure buyers will find your book long after the tour is over.  If you are the author of a newly published book, have an upcoming release or just want to give a previously published book new life, a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book is the answer.  We welcome traditionally published, electronically published and self-published authors.  Our esteem list of clients include Claire Cook, Caridad Pineiro, C.W. Gortner, Barbara Bretton, Cody McFayden, James Hayman, Karen White, Kathleen Willey, Lisa Daily, Lisa Jackson, Mary  Burton, Nancy Thayer, Randy Sue Coburn, Ray Comfort, Sandi Kahn Shelton, Sheila Roberts, Therese Fowler, Hope Edelman, Wendy Wax, Jon Meacham, Shobhan Bantwal, Pat Williams, Jane Green, Judge Glenda Hatchett and cook show personality Paula Deen.  We also represent Random House, Abingdon Press, Zumaya Publications, WND Books, Sheaf House Publishers, New Hope Publishers, Guardian Angel Publishers, Genesis Press, and Moody Publishing.  Contact us to find out what we can do for you and your book!

If you’d like to contact Chris for an interview or review his book, contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife@gmail.com.  Pump Up Your Book is an innovative public  relations agency specializing in online book promotion for authors.  Visit us at www.pumpupyourbook.com.

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postheadericon This is Your Life! with Frank Zaccari, author of ‘Inside the Spaghetti Bowl’

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This is Your Life! is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature.  Here we spotlight different authors to find out who they are behind the book.  Where were they born?  What’s their family life like?  What did they play with as a child?  All these things mold them into the talented authors they are today. Today’s guest is Frank Zaccari, author of the memoir, Inside the Spaghetti Bowl (CreateSpace).  Enjoy!

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Frank ZaccariThank you so much for this interview, Frank.  Can we begin by telling us a little bit about where you were born?

I was born in a little town named Dunkirk, NY. It is about 40 minutes from Buffalo. We lived in a predominately Italian neighborhood surrounded by family. I had twenty-two first cousins that lived within two blocks. Looking back, it was a great way to grow up. I was always around family, which provided a tremendous support group. No matter what activity we joined or where we went to school or where we “hung out,” some family member was always involved. As a kid, I use to think – “I can’t go anywhere or get away with anything with all these relatives so close.” Thankfully in my late teens, I realized how special it was to be surrounded by so many people who love you and truly care about your best interest.

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Did you have sisters and brothers?

My parents had five children in eight years. How they survived that still amazes me. I am the oldest of five children. In birth order my sister Mary Anne, a registered nurse is two years younger. My brother Anthony, the middle child, is a manager for major grocery store chain. My sister Annette is a PhD in family counseling and occupational rehabilitation for head injured patients. My brother Steve is the youngest and by far the most intelligent. There is no doubt in my mind he would have been mayor of Buffalo or a Congressman before a car accident twenty-six years ago left him paralyzed. In spite of his injury he is on the city planning commission and has owned and runs two businesses.

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What was your life like growing up?

It was controlled chaos. Everything and everyone was going a mile a minute. With five young children, everyone had a series of jobs to complete in order for things to get done and everything got done.

I had 22 first cousins who lived within two blocks. So on any given day there could be 10 or more people at our house at meal time and there was always more than enough food for everyone. Most activities revolved around Holy Trinity Church. This was the Catholic Church in the Italian section of town. Many churches talk about being part of the community. Holy Trinity was the community. The five of us all went to Holy Trinity School through eighth grade and Cardinal Mindszenty High School. Despite many difficult financial years living in a city than lived and mostly died with the steel industry, my parents always found the money for us to attend high performance Catholic schools.

Dunkirk is located on Lake Erie so we spent a large amount of our childhood and adolescence at the Lake, swimming, skipping stones, water skiing and just “hanging out.” In the winter Lake Erie would freeze so we spent time climbing the snow dunes. Let me tell you there is nothing in the world as cold as the wind coming off Lake Erie in February.

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Who was your first crush?

I love this question. My first crush was a beautiful young girl named Barbara. She was one grade ahead of me. Like many first crushes, we never went out or even talked on the phone. I am sure she never knew I had this major crush. She dated someone two years ahead of me. Isn’t it funny how you always remember that first crush! I can’t remember what I ate for lunch today, but I still remember Barbara.

What TV shows did you watch as a child?

We were TV junkies. We watched everything. The Beverly Hillbillies, Gillian’s Island, The Lone Ranger, Lassie, The Mickey Mouse Club (I think we all wanted to be Mouseketers), Hogan’s Heroes, The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, The Monkey’s and every cartoon ever made.

What was your favorite thing to do as a child?  Favorite games? Favorite toys?

My earliest dream was to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. Unfortunately my skills weren’t as great as my desire. I spent the majority of my youth playing sports mainly baseball and football at playgrounds, Little League, Babe Ruth, Pop Warner (we called it Midget League football), high school and American Legion.

As a family we played Monopoly a great deal. My sister Mary Anne was ruthless and usually won. As we got into our early teens, my Dad taught us all to play cribbage. Now four generations of Zaccari’s still play cribbage at every family gathering.

Where did you and your family go on vacations?

My family did “stay-cations” long before it was even a word. No one had any money back then and lugging five children and all their things for a week away was simply not an option. From April to October we spend nearly every weekend at Lake Erie or Lake Chautauqua, swimming, water skiing, playing virtually any game that used a ball with our extended family.

How did you celebrate your birthdays as a child?

When you have four brothers and sisters and twenty-two first cousins your birthday was the one day of the year when it was all about you. We had cake large enough to feed an army, which was necessary since several cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandmother(s) often attended the celebration. Birthdays always made me feel special, safe and loved.

Growing up, were you more of a leader or a follower?

I was more a leader. Being the oldest of five, you really have no other choice. I was more a leader in athletics than in school or social events. I always felt comfortable and confident on the baseball or football field.  I was an average student, nothing special. I was never elected to student council and I was painfully shy in social setting and anywhere near girls.

Were there any signs you would be a writer one day?

NONE!!!  If you polled every teacher I ever had growing up, no one would say, I suspected Frank would become a writer. If any of my old teachers are still alive, I think they would die of shock to learn I have written three books…hahaha.

Do you remember your first date?

Wow, this is going back into the time capsule. Yes, I do remember my first date. I went to the Christmas semi-formal dance with a young lady name Susan. Being painfully shy around girls back then, it was the only time we ever went out.  One of my many high school regrets.

What did you do after you left high school?

I left Dunkirk to start college at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy NY. Troy was on the other side of New York State – six hours from Dunkirk. I did very well at Hudson Valley, earned my AA degree and was accepted at Cornell. At age 19, receiving that acceptance letter from Cornell was the high light of my life. A month or two later I won my first and only lottery. My draft lottery number was 10, so Cornell was no longer an option.  I waited for my “Greeting from President Nixon” letter than enlisted in the Air Force as a medic. I came to California in the military. The weather was better so I stayed out west. I finished college at California State University at Sacramento, and then began a very happy and successful 25 year career in the high tech industry.

Did you have any mentors while growing up?

I had several people whom I would consider mentors. First and foremost are my parents. They installed in me living life with integrity, a tremendous work ethic and unconditional love of family. Father Bernardo, our pastor at Holy Trinity church and school taught me that life isn’t fair and to succeed you need a good education, strong faith and the unconditional love and support of your family. The third mentors were Father Dowdell and Sister Dorothy two of my high school teachers at Cardinal Mindszenty who believed in me and never allowed me to settle for “good enough”.

Looking back, what is your fondest memory?

The unconditional love and support from my family that I have received my entire life. The greatest lesson I learned from my parents is to do whatever you have to do to love, support, provide for and protect your children. That is what they always did and it is deeply engrained in their children.

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If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?

This is another great question. I don’t think I would change anything. The good times and more importantly the bad times have made me what I am today. My greatest regret is not being able to protect my children from the great sorrow and hurt they experienced when their mother left our family.

How is your life different now than in the past?

The most important thing in my life is that my children are moving forward with their lives. They are happy, healthy and relatively well adjusted young women (given they had me as a single parent – hahaha).  I firmly believe the best part of our lives is still to come. A very good friend send me this quote:  “There comes a point in your life when you realize who matters, who never did, who won’t anymore and who always will. So don’t worry about people from your past, there’s a reason they didn’t make it to your future.”  Being single and an empty nester in my late 50’s finds me at peace and happy with my life.

Thank you so much for sharing your memories with us, Frank. Would you like to leave us with some final words?

Thank you for the opportunity to share my family’s story Inside the Spaghetti Bowl with you. I hope you and your readers will see your own family in this book and the memories make you smile.

A native of western New York, Frank Zaccari earned a degree in finance from California State University at Sacramento after serving as a military medic in the U.S. Air Force. He spent over 25 years in the high-tech industry holding positions from account representative to CEO, and for nearly 20 years specialized in turn-around management of companies under 100 million dollars. Upon becoming a single, custodial parent after nearly 25 years of marriage, he left an industry that he loved to buy a small business in order to be home to raise his children. Inside the Spaghetti BowlHe is currently the owner of an insurance agency and resides in Sacramento, California. Inside the Spaghetti Bowl is Frank Zaccari’s third book. Previous books are: When the Wife Cheats and From The Ashes: The Rise of the University of Washington Volleyball Program.

You can visit his website at www.frankzaccari.com.

Visit him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001207722973.

About Inside the Spaghetti Bowl

The book is based on the last eight days of our mother’s life. It is a celebration of life, family, culture and tradition. As my relatives came to pay their last respects, we heard so many wonderful stories about the trials and sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents so we could live the American dream.

This is a book about family and unconditional love through the good times and bad. It is about a family who is and always will be there for each other no matter what. We hope you see your family in this book and the memories make you smile.

Read the first chapter here.

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postheadericon Guest Post: Commitment Makes the Difference By Laura McHale Holland

Reversible_Skirt_front-cover-webWriting my memoir, Reversible Skirt, was a push-pull process that took place over many years. I didn’t have a flash of inspiration that motivated me to sit at my desk, begin writing and press on with full confidence that I would produce a story worth reading.

Amid the rafters of my garage I have cardboard boxes of journals going back decades. I expect if I were to pull them down and leaf through their pages, I’d find many memoir beginnings discarded for one reason or another. It seems for a long time, no matter where I began, what point of view I took, how well I crafted a scene or created dialogue, the project always ground to a halt, and quickly.

Many factors led to this repetitive cycle of beginning then abandoning my memoir, not the lease of which was my mother’s suicide, which occurred when I was two years old, an event my family buried so deeply that I first had to overcome decades of enforced denial before I could allow myself to open up and see what I actually felt about the formative events of my childhood.

Another thing that caused me to stumble a fair amount was a feeling that I have nothing worthwhile to say and that books should be written by people far more important and talented than I am. I do know, however, that whenever someone speaks the truth with an authentic voice, the message is a powerful one. And powerful messages conveyed with artful language are the stuff of books that people hold dear to their hearts long after they’ve read the last page.

If it had been up to me alone, the adult Laura, I probably never would have  written Reversible Skirt. There are plenty of things to write about, many forms writing can take: plays, songs, poems, stories, feature articles, essays, business profiles, data sheets, websites, manuals. I’ve learned a good deal from exploring all of those forms. But when my conscious mind was occupied with those things, the little girl inside of me was stewing, and every so often, she’d poke me, reminding me to tell her story.

I don’t know what caused me to realize the child I used to be was never going to stop bugging me until I wrote the story. But one day, at last, I did realize this. So I sat at my desk fully committed for the first time to seeing the project through.

Being inspired is energizing; it’s intoxicating; it’s sublime. I’ve found much inspiration in the words of other writers of memoir and autobiographical fiction, for instance, on the pages of Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “The Woman Warrior” by Maxine Hong Kingston, Connie Mae Fowler’s “Before Women Had Wings,” and “This Boy’s Life” by Tobias Wolf. If I hadn’t read books such as these, it might never have occurred to me to write a memoir.

But it was my commitment that led to Reversible Skirt, a book that vividly portrays the confusing, gut-wrenching decade after my mother’s suicide from my point of view as a young child. It has sorrow, but also song; cruelty, but also compassion; disappointment, but also victory. I hope what I’ve brought to light in this book inspires those who read it, and if you are a writer with a book in mind, I hope you fully commit to turning your idea into a manuscript sooner rather than later.

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Laura McHale Holland’s memoir, Reversible Skirt won a silver medal in the 2011 Readers Favorite book awards. Her stories and articles have appeared in such publications as Every Day Fiction Three, Wisdom Has a Voice, the Vintage Voices anthologies, NorthBay biz magazine, the Noe Valley Voice and the original San Francisco Examiner.

A member of both Redwood Writers and the Storytelling Association of California, Laura has been a featured teller at the Lake Tahoe Storytelling Festival.

To keep up with her, please visit http://lauramchaleholland.com.

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postheadericon Five by Five with R.G. Bullet – Author of the Caldecott Chronicles

5 Things5 Things You Should Know About Writing

1.    You do not need a shed at the bottom of the garden to write—earplugs works well.
2.    The main part of your job is to minimise distractions and write (see my post).
3.    Some of your good friends and family members will never read your work. You will not cry about this.
4.    You may work best with some added pressure. So create a date to finish the first draft.
5.    Listen to your editor. They have your best interest at heart.

5 Things You Should Know About Book Promotion

1. Writing a good story is only part of the deal today—next you have to gather a following, create a platform and get connected.
2. You probably don’t have a similar numbers of followers to authors like Paulo Coelho or Neil Gaiman yet, but join Facebook and Twitter and start anyway.
3. When you’re ready, go on a blog tour.
4. Word-of-mouth is still one of the most powerful ways to sell books.
5. Create a promotion to ignite the fire.

5 Things You Should Know About The 58th Keeper

1. All the places “The 58th Keeper” goes to are real: London, Istanbul, Paris, Rome.
2. If you read it and review you may win a Kindle or Nook.
3. Vincent is the son of one of England’s wealthiest men.
4. Book two will be finished soon.
5. Archy does look like a young Prince Harry.

5 Things You Should Know About R.G. Bullet

1. He was born in England but lives in Miami.
2. He has lived in nine different countries.
3. He has written a Victorian zombie short story series titled: The Caldecott Chronicles (PG13)
4. He’s addicted to Red Bull.
5. He once won a scratchcard lottery.

5 Ways to Connect With R.G. Bullet

1. Check my my website: www.RGBullet.com
2. Follow me: Twitter: @rgbullet58
3. Blog: TheWindsorTimes.com
4. Facebook/rgbullet
5. Or email me rgbullet58 {at} gmail.com

About R.G. Bullet

rg_bullet-photoR. G. Bullet was born in Berkshire, UK. After living in nine different countries he has finally settled in Miami Beach, USA.

He is addicted to tea, reading, writing, motorbikes and shamefully Call of Duty.

His middle grade debut novel: The 58th Keeper has just been released.

To learn more go to www.rgbullet.com

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postheadericon 5 Things You Should Know About The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell by Dr. Karen Mueller Bryson

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History made fun! In this fast-paced and action-packed time travel adventure, the wise-cracking whiz kid, Puggie Liddell’s modified Gameboy activates a time travel portal and he lands in the 1890s with his sibling rival, annoyingly prissy teen sister, Gigi, who thinks history is like-totally-gross.

The kids must learn to work together to find a time travel portal back to the present before the eccentric scientist, Nikola Tesla, or his arch nemesis, inventor Thomas Edison, can steal the Gameboy and use it to complete a death ray machine, an invention powerful enough to disturb the very fabric of space-time and create an instantaneous world disaster.

5 Things You Should Know About The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell

1.  Puggie LiddellSibling rivals Puggie and Gigi Liddell travel back in time and visit the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, which was so spectacular, it inspired both the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz and Disneyworld!

2. Puggie and Gigi also have an opportunity to ride the original Ferris Wheel, which made its debut at the Chicago World’s Fair.

3. Puggie and Gigi became two of the 38 million visitors, who marveled at P.T. Barnum’s magnificent American Museum, which held a wide array of animals, fascinating objects, human oddities, before its demise in 1865.

4. Author Oscar Wilde toured the United States in 1882 but was caught in a time-loop when he met Puggie and Gigi on a train in 1893.

5. Puggie and Gigi learned to work together to save the world from rival inventors, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, who wanted to use Puggie’s Gameboy to complete a death-ray machine, an invention powerful enough to destroy the planet.

Dr. Karen Mueller Bryson is an optioned screenwriter, produced playwright and published novelist.

She is the author of several romantic comedy novels for adults and is the creator of Short on Time books, a series of fast-paced and fun novels readers can finish in one sitting.

The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell is Karen’s first novel for young people.

For additional information about Karen Mueller Bryson, visit her website: http://www.ahorsewithnoname.com

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postheadericon Decking the Halls with YA Science Fiction Author Braxton A. Cosby

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It’s time to deck the halls and what better way to do it is to find out what your favorite authors are up to this joyous and oh-so-busy time of year. Today’s guest is Braxton A. Cosby, author of the young adult science fiction novel, The Star-Crossed Saga: Protostar (Firefly Publishing & Ent,LLC).

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Braxton Cosby 4Thank you for being my guest at Literarily Speaking!  Is Christmas your favorite holiday?

Braxton: Yes. It’s the celebration of a risen savior. Plus, I love giving my kids and my family gifts. I like to see their faces light up when they receive something that I picked out for them that I thought they would like.

How do you prepare for the holidays?  Do you decorate?

Braxton: I’m the one responsible for the heavy lifting. I get the lights out from the attic; place them everywhere in and around the house. I’m also responsible for getting out the tree and the decorations. My wife mainly decorates the house and she, the girls and I decorate the tree together.

What’s your most favorite ornament?

Braxton: I have a green ornament from my grandmother who passed away ten years ago. We keep it and always hang it in a place where people can see it. Strong source of my faith and inspiration.

What’s your favorite outside activity during the holidays?  Or are you a winter hating humbug like me?

Braxton: No, I love the holidays. Believe it or not, I like to be out in the malls during the holidays. I like to see people buying each other gifts and sharing love with one another. People seem to be more cheerful and polite during the holidays.

ProtostarWhat kind of holiday activities do you enjoy doing with family and/or friends?

Braxton: Watching movies and having dinner. We usually get together during Christmas Eve and sit around until the kids fall asleep. That’s when we open at least one gift (adults) at midnight.

What is the best present anyone could ever give to you?

Braxton: I received the best spiritual gift of already; salvation. But if I could get an earthly gift, I’d love a classic silver Corvette with red leather interior.

If you could go anywhere in the world during the holidays, where would that be?

Braxton: Traveling during the holidays, hmm. I’d love to take my wife to Paris one year and take in the New Year at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Solid white lights or multicolored lights?

Braxton: I like classic solid white lights myself.

Favorite holiday song?

Braxton: Jingle bells. The girls sing that one pretty good.

Have you ever had to spend a Christmas away from home?

Braxton: No, I could not stand it if I had to. My girls have to see their gifts under the tree.

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?

Braxton: A fabulous opportunity to extend my vision of young love and the power of choice to millions of readers all over the world.

One last question, isn’t this fun?  What does Christmas mean to you?

Braxton: This has been a wonderful experience. Christmas to me is the chance to express God’s love to one another and take the opportunity to practice considering someone else’s wants for a change. Being able to say thank you to the people you care about and relax in that special kind of love is priceless.

Thanks so much for the interview, Braxton.  Do you have any final words?

Braxton: See the vision, receive it, believe on it and pray to God to give you the courage to walk in it. Follow what is true to you, even if you undergo scrutiny. In the end, at least you followed your own sense of purpose, win or lose.

Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a vision of continuously evolving and maximizing the untapped potential of the human spirit. Braxton received a lot of his inspiration from watching the accomplishments and exploits of his famous uncle, comedic legend Bill Cosby. A physical therapist by background, Braxton received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate from the University of Miami. Braxton’s fascination of science grew into an obsession of Sci-fi and on one unassuming Sunday, this self-proclaimed romantic decided to pursue a “calling” to create a new genre of writing; Sci-Fance- mixing science fiction and romance. Braxton lives in Georgia with his wife and two children. He believes that everyone should pursue joy that surpasses understanding and live each day as if it were the last.

His latest book is the young adult science fiction novel, The Star-Crossed Saga: Protostar.

You can visit his website at www.braxtonacosbygodson.com or connect with him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cosbykid84 or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000215860223.

About The Star-Crossed Saga: Protostar

It Starts With Choice! What would you choose: love or irrefutable duty?

On the brink of Civil War, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his Council, King Gregorio Derry has agreed to send his only son on a mission to restore honor to his family. Bounty Hunter Prince William Derry has crossed thousands of light-years to planet Earth, in order to fulfill this age old prophetic practice. The quiet days of Madisonburg, Tennessee are officially over as Sydney Elaine now knows the full meaning of the phrase Be careful what you wish for when she is confronted by this strange visitor. As an unforeseeable event delays his assassination, William decides to study his target more closely and begins to form a connection with Sydney that challenges his inner being. But this conflict is the least of his problems, as a conspiracy back on his home planet Fabricius threatens the lives of those he loves and his father s royal legacy. Along with that, he must unravel a hidden menace here on Earth that seeks to secure a vested interest that threatens both his and Sydney s safety. Will William be able to complete his mission or will he choose love, sacrificing everything he stands for?

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In celebration of Braxton A. Cosby’s new release, he will be appearing at  Pump Up Your Book’s 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on December 16.  More than 50 books, gifts and cash awards will be given away including an an e-copy of his book, The Star-Crossed Saga: Protostar!  Visit the official party page here!

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Braxton will also be appearing at Pump Up Your Book Live! Chat Room at 8 p.m. eastern on January 4.  Click here for more details!

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postheadericon Farsighted by Emlyn Chand the next bestseller in the YA paranormal genre

FarsightedAlex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.

Book Excerpt

Our hero is about to embark on a journey. Life as he knows it is quiet, boring, and predictable, but it’s also comforting and familiar. That will soon change.

Today is the last day of summer, but I’m not doing anything even remotely close to fun. I’m just lying here in Mom’s garden, running my hands over the spiky blades of grass—back and forth, back and forth until my fingertips go numb. Until everything goes numb. I sigh, but no one’s around to hear.

“Alex,” Dad yells from the kitchen window. “Dinner.”

Already? How long have I been out here? I spring up from the ground and the grass springs up with me, one blade at a time – boing, boink, boint. The sounds wouldbe imperceptible to any normal person, but they roar inside my ears. I picture an army of earthworms raising the blades as spears in their turf wars and smile to myself.

Dad opens the back door and calls out to me again. “C’mon, Alex. What’s taking you so long?”

Grabbing my cane, I shuffle over to the house, brushing past himas I squeeze inside. The kitchen reeks of fast food restaurants and movie theaters—butter and grease.That means it’sbreakfast for dinner. We do this every Sunday night, because Mom goes out to garden club and Dad doesn’t know how to cook anything else. Plus it’s cheap.

Breathing heavily, Dad plunks some food onto both our plates and collapses into his chair. He groans and asks me to pass the butter, or rather the “bud-dah.” He grew up in Boston and every once in a while the accent works itself into his speech.

I slide the tub to dad; he reaches out and stops it before it can glide clear off the table.

“What’s this?” Dad asks.

“Uh, the butter.Obviously.”

Dad’s voice raises an octave. “I know it’s the butter, so don’t get smart. Why’d you give it to me?”

“Uh, because you asked me to.”

“No, I didn’t.” He exhales as if the wind has been knocked out of him by an ill-timed punch to the stomach. “Guess you must’ve read my mind.” He chuckles to himselfand slides the cool metal knife into the butter and scrapes it across his toast.

Dad and I don’t usually talk to each other unless Mom is around, asking about our days, chatting on, working hard to create those warm and fuzzy family moments we don’t seem to create naturally. And even though Mom has reassured me a million times, I know that Dad resents me for being born blind.

I can tell he would have much rather had a son like Brady—the same guy who insists on making my high school experience as difficult as possible.Nothing’s worse than knowing that your own father thinks you’re a loser.

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Watch at YouTube at http://youtu.be/tZjskE5zjzM

Emlyn ChandEmlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit www.emlynchand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

Farsighted is her latest book.

Visit her at Facebook at www.facebook.com/emlynchand and Twitter at www.twitter.com/emlynchand!

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postheadericon Decking the Halls with Contemporary/Literary Fiction Author Terri Giuliano Long

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It’s time to deck the halls and what better way to do it is to find out what your favorite authors are up to this joyous and oh-so-busy time of year.  Today’s guest is Terri Giuliano Long, author of the contemporary/literary fiction  novel, In Leah’s Wake (Createspace/Inspired Quill).

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Terri Giuliano LongThank you for being my guest at Literarily Speaking, Terri! Is Christmas your favorite holiday?

Terri: Thank you so much for having me! It’s an honor to be here!

Christmas is a magical time of year. I love the festivities and I especially love gathering with my family and celebrating the holiday together. I’m Italian, so our big family celebration has traditionally been on Christmas Eve. We make an enormous meal – typically variations of pasta and fish – and we listen to music. I treasure those moments. The holidays can be hectic; the frenzy I enjoy less.

How do you prepare for the holidays?  Do you decorate?

Terri: Our daughter Natalie loves to decorate and she has a wonderfully artistic eye, so I usually leave the decorating to her. A foodie, I do most of the baking. Every year, I bake 6 or 8 different kinds of cookies. But that’s only the start – I usually make at least two desserts, an English trifle or some other cream-based dessert as well as a cheesecake. I buy several kinds of popcorn, chewy candies like spearmint leaves, and boxes of chocolates. I also buy fruits and nuts and other goodies I think my family might enjoy. With me around, no one is ever hungry.

What’s your most favorite ornament?

Terri: When our kids were little, they made thumbprint ornaments at school. They were small wooden circles shaped like a dish with rounded lips. On paper circles, they wrote their name and then they dipped their thumb in ink and pressed a thumbprint onto the paper. They glued the paper with their name and thumbprint inside the wooden dish and glued a small piece of ribbon on the back of the ornament to serve as a hangar. The names and thumbprints have faded over the years, but the memories of their childhood will never fade.

In Leah's WakeWhat’s your favorite outside activity during the holidays?  Or are you a winter hating humbug like me?

Terri: I must admit, I’ve never been fond of the cold. This year, we’ll spend the winter in Stowe, Vermont – a gorgeous place and a favorite spot for the whole family. We plan to ski, which I enjoy, we’ll walk, and we may snowshoe. There’s also a horse drawn sleigh ride in town – so I envision all sorts of outdoor activities this year.

What kind of holiday activities do you enjoy doing with family and/or friends?

Terri: Christmas Eve night, after dinner, when everyone is relaxed, sitting by the fire, talking or listening to music, picking on desserts, enjoying a glass of wine, the little ones listening for Santa – this is my favorite time in the entire holiday season. I love the quiet moments, away from the noise and the rush.

What is the best present anyone could ever give to you?

Terri: A hug. I know that sounds trite, but it’s true. I love gifts people make, a painting, a dish, a pint of jam – those are, of course, hugs – and small gifts people choose especially for me – a unique bookmark, a coffee mug with a thin lip because if the lip of the mug is too thick I dribble. Every year, my husband buys me a special bottle of wine. Those are the gifts I adore.

If you could go anywhere in the world during the holidays, where would that be?

Terri: This year we’ll be in Stowe. I can’t imagine a more magical place to be.

Solid white lights or multicolored lights?

Terri: Tough question! I vacillate. For several years, we had to have white lights. Colored lights felt too garish. Now I love colored lights, the bigger, brighter and kitschier the better.

Favorite holiday song?

Terri: White Christmas. Favorite album – Christmas With the Chipmunks. One year, when our kids were little, my husband bought this album and played it while we decorated the tree. The next year, the kids asked him to play it; now it’s a tree-trimming family tradition. It wouldn’t be Christmas without “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” “All I Want for Christmas,” “Silver Bells” – performed in squeaky little rodent voices.

Have you ever had to spend a Christmas away from home?

Terri: No, thankfully I’ve never had to be away from my family.

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?

Terri: Joy, good health for all my family and friends, and quiet moments with the people I love.

One last question, isn’t this fun?  What does Christmas mean to you?

Terri: Christmas is a time to reflect, a time to be with the people we love, a time to remember and be grateful for all the blessings in our lives. It’s also a time of rebirth and renewal. It’s also a bittersweet time. We don’t always get what we hope for – an ill friend or relative doesn’t heal, the financial stress doesn’t magically disappear – and some of the people we love are no longer with us. As this is the cycle of life, there is beauty in all of this too.

Thanks so much for the interview, Terri.  Do you have any final words?

Terri: Thank you again for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. I love that your questions invited me to think and reflect. I’m grateful for the opportunity to connect with you and your readers. Readers, you have a million other things you might have been doing. Thank you so very much for giving this time to me.

Happy holidays to all! I wish you joy, peace and an abundance of love, now and for many years to come!

Terri Giuliano Long is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel In Leah’s Wake. Books offer her a zest for life’s highs and comfort in its lows. She’s all-too-happy to share this love with others as a novelist and a writing teacher at Boston College.

Her life outside of books is devoted to her family. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, traveling to far-flung places, and meeting interesting people. True to her Italian-American heritage, she’s an enthusiastic cook and she loves fine wine and good food. In an alternate reality, she could have been very happy as an international food writer.

Terri loves meeting and connecting with people who share her passions.

You can visit her website at www.tglong.com or connect with her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/tglong and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tglongwrites.

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Giveaways, Contests & Prizes!

Join Terri Giuliano Long at the Pump Up Your Book Live! November Author Chat / Book Giveaway Party on Friday, November 18 starting at 8 p.m. eastern! Terri  will be on hand to answer your questions and will be giving away a copy of her book! You could win a paperback copy of In Leah’s Wake simply by attending the chat and asking her a question. All there is to it! For chat details, visit the official chat page for the November authors at Pump Up Your Book Live!

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Join Terri at Pump Up Your Book’s 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Chat Party on December 16, 2011 on Facebook!  After the chat, Terri will be giving away a $25 gift certificate at Pump Up Your Book’s Holiday Extravaganza Party Page.  Visit Pump Up Your Book for time and details.

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postheadericon Pump Up Your Book Announces Terri Giuliano Long’s ‘In Leah’s Wake Virtual Book Tour 2011′

In Leah's Wake

Join Terri Giuliano Long, author of the women’s fiction novel, In Leah’s Wake (Createspace/Inspired Quill), as she virtually tours the blogosphere November 14 – January 27 2011 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Terri Giuliano Long

Terri Giuliano LongTerri Giuliano Long is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel In Leah’s Wake. Books offer her a zest for life’s highs and comfort in its lows. She’s all-too-happy to share this love with others as a novelist and a writing teacher at Boston College.

Her life outside of books is devoted to her family. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, traveling to far-flung places, and meeting interesting people. True to her Italian-American heritage, she’s an enthusiastic cook and she loves fine wine and good food. In an alternate reality, she could have been very happy as an international food writer.

Terri loves meeting and connecting with people who share her passions.

You can visit her website at www.tglong.com or connect with her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/tglong and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tglongwrites.

About In Leah’s Wake

In Leah's WakeProtecting their children comes naturally for Zoe and Will Tyler—until their daughter Leah decides to actively destroy her own future.

Leah grew up in a privileged upper-middle class world. Her parents spared no expense for her happiness; she had all-but secured an Ivy League scholarship and a future as a star athlete. Then she met Todd.

Leah’s parents watch helplessly as their daughter falls into a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties. While Will attempts to control his daughter’s every move to prevent her from falling deeper into this dangerous new life, Zoe prefers to give Leah slack in the hope that she may learn from her mistakes. Their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage.

Twelve-year-old Justine observes Leah’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family. She desperately seeks her big sister’s approval and will do whatever it takes to obtain it. Meanwhile she is left to question whether her parents love her and whether God even knows she exists.

What happens when love just isn’t enough? Who will pay the consequences of Leah’s vagrant lifestyle? Can this broken family survive the destruction left in Leah’s wake?

This mesmerizing debut novel tells the tale of a contemporary American family caught in the throes of adolescent rebellion – a heartbreaking, funny, ultimately redemptive quest for love, independence, connection and grace.

In Leah’s Wake is the 2011 BOOK BUNDLZ BOOK CLUB PICK and recipient of the Coffee Time Reviewers Recommend (CTRR) Award. This award, as selected by reviewers, recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres.

Visit her official tour page here to find out how you can find out all about this talented author plus when some cool prizes!

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postheadericon Pump Up Your Book Announces Emlyn Chand’s ‘Farsighted Virtual Book Publicity Tour 2011′

Farsighted

Join Emlyn Chand, author of the YA paranormal novel, Farsighted (Blue Crown Press), as she virtually tours the blogosphere December 5 – 16 2011 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Emlyn Chand

Emlyn ChandEmlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit www.emlynchand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

Farsighted is her latest book.

Visit her at Facebook at www.facebook.com/emlynchand and Twitter at www.twitter.com/emlynchand!

About Farsighted

FarsightedAlex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.

Visit her official Pump Up Your Book tour page here!  Don’t forget to join Emlyn and fifty other authors at the Pump Up Your Book 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on December 16th!  Visit Emlyn’s tour page for more  details!

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