6 Besties With Author Gia Volterra de Saulnier – #JourneyToJazzlandTour

About The Author:
Born and raised in Fairhaven, Massachusetts and attended University of
Lowell (now University of Massachusetts, Lowell). It was there that I
learned to love jazz. I have been performing jazz and other kinds of
music for over 20 years, throughout the New England area. I live in
North Reading, Massachusetts with my husband Richard, and my son
Charlie.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

6 Besties at BK Walker Books

 

 

1. Best writing wardrobe. I don’t know about you, but I like to be comfortable when I write. I think my best writing wardrobe is in my Pajamas but sometimes I will wear jeans too. It depends on when I need to write too. For instance, when I need to promote the faires, I need to just write a promotional PR piece for the events coming up. Sometimes, I will wear my hat that I wear at faire just to get in the “Mood”.

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2. Best Inspiration for writing. My best inspiration for writing is reading other writers books. Sometimes I will listen to jazz or whatever music I have at the time to get writing. Sometimes it’s what you see around you that’s the best inspiration. For me, I’m writing more about the Blues, so I need to get more blues albums and listen to what they are singing in order for me to get unstuck from my writers block.

 

3. Best writing place. Seeing as I don’t have a large place to sit and write, the best place for me is at my living room table. However, sometimes I do have a notebook with me and I’ll go to a forest or someplace quiet to write. Sometimes, I have really great luck writing with my brother on a piece of paper and then I come home to write it out.

 

4. Best Pick-Me-Up book. A picture book always picks me up. I’m not just saying that because I wrote a picture book, but I think it’s true. Any picture book can pick you up. It’s the magic of the art, the story and the usually happy endings in Picture Books.

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5. Best secret talent. I’m not all that secretive. I usually tell everyone what it is that I do. So, my not so secret talent is that I’m a jazz flutist, a pretty good one (well, back in the day). I also knit pretty well (working on my first sweater as I write this post). Maybe my secret talent is that I’m somehow able to manage posting 3 blogs, manage 5 fan pages, promote 2 faires and keep writing while working full time, be a full time mom and just have time to relax – which is hardly ever. I think I need to figure out how to chunk out my schedule so I can manage to find time to relax.

 

6. Best experience or writing idea. So many ideas pop into my head. I think though that once I come down to one or two really GREAT ideas is when it really works and people enjoy them. I think that the challenge of writing “Journey to Jazzland”for the class at Bunker Hill College back in 1999 was the crux of my writing “career”.

 

I had always played jazz flute, and when the class came around the project was to write and draw a picture book for kids. My idea was “Journey to Jazzland” in which a Flute named Windy was a little bored in Orchestra one day and wanted to learn more about jazz.

 

My latest idea is to write a picture book called “Boogie in Bluestown” , I’ve already been asking feedback on my idea, and so far, the response has been positive.

 

I have too many great experiences in my lifetime to say which one was the best one, but I have to say that getting published was definitely one of the TOP experiences of my lifetime. I never in a million years thought that this book was ever going to be published. It was just a class project where the art was done in crayon and pen was done. Now, I’ve become a published author of a picture book and have learned SO much about marketing, promoting and just writing more books.  


 
 
 
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Flying Turtle Publishing
Release Date: July 1, 2013
Book Description:
Join Windy Flute, Spitz Trumpet and their friends as they travel to a
legendary place where music is joyous, creative and free.
Excerpt:
One day during an orchestra rehearsal, Windy Flute was playing a piece of music and her mind started to wander. Over and over, she had practiced this piece and played this piece. Feeling bored, she felt that she wanted to be a little different.
Then something special happened. She began to hear notes that weren’t on the page of sheet music on her stand! When she started playing what she heard, Windy realized these new notes made her feel better. The harmonies and the melodies were the same, but the music moved differently. Before she could figure things out, she was interrupted by a stern voice.
Excuse me, Ms. Flute, do you mind playing with the rest of us? Where do you think you are — Jazzland?” said Mr. Conductor, scowling down at her.
After the rehearsal, Mr. Conductor gave Windy a severe look and stomped off the stage.
Windy turned to her friends in the woodwind section. “What’s Jazzland?” she asked. She was still thinking about the good feelings she got from playing different notes.
It’s a myth,” said Mr. Bassoon.
That’s right,” said Mr. Oboe, “It’s a legend. It doesn’t really exist.”
            “I think it exists,” said Spitz Trumpet.
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Dobyns Chronicles by Shirley McLain Book Tour & Giveaway

Title: Dobyns Chronicles

Author Name: Shirley McLain

 
 

Author Bio:

 

I was born in the bay area of California but my family moved my sister and I back to Oklahoma, where they were both from. I’ve lived many different places but I always come back home.

 

I started the sixth grade in the Oklahoma school system and graduated in 1967. I started to college for a nursing degree but decided that “my man” was much more important. I became an RN with an Associate degree in 1971. Then many years later I went back to school with my sister who was also an RN and we obtained our Bachelor’s degree in nursing.

 

I am married to a man who spoils me rotten, and I love it. I have two grown children, six grandchildren and twin Great-grandsons. My family has grown by leaps and bounds. My husband and I now have a fur family at home. We have five dogs and three cats and they are all spoiled rotten. It’s like living in a house full of three year olds. When one is not into something another one is.

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Twitter: @shirleymclain93
Book Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Xlibris
Release Date: May 2014
Buy Link(s):
Amazon Print Purchase Link:
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Amazon Kindle Purchase Link:
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Other Purchase Links:
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Book Description:

 

Dobyns Chronicles is about a young boy whose father was a cowboy and whose mother was Cherokee Indian. His parents worked very hard on their ranch to raise their children and survive, but tragedy ends Charlie’s way of life. He finds that it is up to him to raise his siblings, David and Viola. His passion for dignity and life is what helps him to survive.

 

This book allows you to follow his life and live the adventures, ups and downs that shaped him into the man that he became and that of his family for generations. It’s a book of twists and turns, and a rollercoaster of emotions that will make it hard for you to put the book down.

Excerpt:

Ma was Cherokee Indian. She had some different ways about her, but she was a Christian. I think Pa said she was Church of Christ, so I think that made us Church of Christ also.

 

Ma was strict on us boys. I can’t tell you the number of times she warmed our backside with Pa’s belt or washed our mouths out with soap for saying a curse word. Pa could get away with it, but my brother and me sure couldn’t.

 

Since Viola was too small to be of help to Ma. Until Viola was old enough, David and me helped with house chores. We also helped Pa out in the field. Most of the time, I was the one in the field and David took care of the chores around the house. He may have been small, but he sure was strong. I guess we were all strong, from cutting wood, pulling water from the well and general hard work.

 

It seemed like Ma was always making clothes, and cooking even though I knew she did other chores. She taught Viola how to make butter at an early age. Ma let her move the dasher up and down in the churn for as long as she could. I think Ma was helping Viola develop muscles like us boys. Sometimes Ma would have Viola go out to the woodshed and pick up small pieces of wood for kindling. That sturdy old wood cook stove used lots of wood. That stove would use a couple ricks of wood a year.

 

In the summertime, Ma got up early and got the rest of us up, and built a fire outside to cook, so we wouldn’t have such a hot house. She’d usually cook enough at one time to keep us fed all-day I can still taste those biscuits made in the Dutch oven. We always had fresh honey or molasses to eat with our biscuits. Times were good then. It’s strange what kids think they know, but really don’t.

 

 

The summer I turned six, was a dry and hot one with plenty of lightning storms, but no rain. We had a large crop of corn standing in the field ready to harvest for livestock feed. I’d ate my fill of fresh corn, so now the stalks and ears were continuing to dry. Pa took some of the ears and had it ground for ma, so she could make her crackling corn bread and mush during the winter. We loved that sweet corn meal mush for breakfast. Sometimes she would put it in a bread pan and let it get cold, slice it and then pan fry it for lunch. I remember the temperature being so hot outside; I could feel my skin burn through my shirt.

 

 
 
Schedule

December 14 – January 30
 


December 14 – Introduction at VBT Café Blog

December 16 – Spotlight at ReadsAlot

December 16 – Spotlight at Indy Book Fairy

December 18 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

December 22 – Spotlight at My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews

December 24 – Author Interview at The Avid Reader

December 29 – Guest Blogging at Things The Muse Likes
 
January 1 – Reviewed at Mythical Books

January 5 – Interviewed at Bikers With Books

January 7 – Spotlight at Black Coffee, Brown Cow
 
January 9 – Review & Interviewed at SimpliRead

January 12 – Review & Guest Blogging at My Life, Loves and Passions

January 14 – Review & Guest Blogging at Fiction Zeal

January 16 – Guest Blogging at Books, Books, The Magical Fruit

January 19 – Author 2 Author Marketing at BookIt BK

January 21 – Review & Guest Blogging at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus

January 23 – 5 Things I Know For Sure at CAT Mag

January 24 – Spotlight at K.R. Morrison, Author

January 28 – Reviewed atDebbie Jean’s Blog

January 30 – Spotlight at Ghost Rider Book Promotions
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The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf by Caldric Blackwell

Author Bio:

 

Caldric Blackwell realized he loved reading when he read about a bunch of people (with single-syllable names) and their pets (also with single-syllable names) in kindergarten.

Exposure to a host of great authors while studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara inspired him to begin writing fiction. Although he began writing short stories for adults, he eventually migrated to writing children’s books. His debut work is an early chapter book titled The Enchanted River Race. His second release is a picture book titled The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf.

Outside of writing, Caldric enjoys hiking and playing the mandolin, banjo, and guitar. Caldric currently resides in California.

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Publisher: Icasm Press.

Release Date: November 20, 2014.

Buy Link(s):

 

Book Description:

 

Six-year-old Byron Woodward is a werewolf who can’t howl. Determined not to embarrass himself after being chosen to lead a full-moon ceremony, he embarks on a mission to learn how to howl. He learns a lot about howling during his journey, but more importantly, he learns a valuable lesson about believing in himself.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

December 14 – 20

December 14 – Tour Kickoff at VBT Café Blog
December 15 – Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
December 16 -Spotlight at Tea and A Book
December 17 – Reviewed at Platypire Reviews
December 18 – Reviewed at Debbie Jean Blog
December 19 – Spotlight at Readsalot
Deceimber 19 – Spotlight at Mythical Books
December 20 – Spotlight at 3 Partners In Shopping – Nana, Mommy & Sissy Too!
December 20 – Reviewed at My Twins Hid My Books…Again

December 20 – Reviewed at I Feel The Need…The Need To Read

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What Casts The Shadows by Seth Mullins #vbtcafetours & #giveaway

 

Title: What Casts the Shadow (The Edge of the Known, Volume I)

Author Name: Seth Mullins

 

6 Besties with Seth Mullins

1. Best writing wardrobe.

Pajamas, when I can get away with it. But I also like to write outside whenever possible (I can only do this with handwritten first drafts), so then it would depend upon weather and season.

2. Best Inspiration for writing.

As corny as it might sound, for me it’s love of the human race and its potential. When I’m really in touch with that feeling then the words flow with power and resonance, because the desire to connect and inspire, to uphold the best in our nature, is so strong.

3. Best writing place.

I live very close to an expanse of hiking trails with picnic tables strategically placed throughout the park. This is ideal for my “writing on the move” ethic. But like I said, I can only make full use of this backdrop while I’m writing first drafts (which I therefore try to time for spring and summer). I’m not comfortable bringing my laptop into the woods with me.

4. Best Pick-Me-Up book.

Any of the volumes of “The Seth Material” by Jane Roberts. It’s probably no exaggeration to say that these books saved my life.

5. Best secret talent.

Speaking of The Seth Material, I recently read about teaching personalities whom he refers to as The Speakers. Among other things, such people instinctively know how to use symbolism to lead people to inner epiphanies, “ah hah!” moments where they experience a deeper sense of themselves and their greater identity: their magic, if you will. I’ve discovered that I have this particular gift. One response that I’ve received from several readers now is that they’d had no idea, at the onset, how deep (or how far, depending on one’s preferred metaphor) I was going to take them. That’s an intuitive trait in me, to write to that effect, not something I would have known how to consciously cultivate.

6. Best experience or writing idea.

My greatest writing experience was, hands down, producing this particular trilogy (which I have just completed). There were times when the creative churning was so intense that it felt like the story was coming out my pores. I would be pacing around my apartment sweating in the dead of Vermont winter. I sometimes wonder (even worry) whether I’ll reach such a state of peak inspiration again, when lighting from out of nowhere strikes me between the eyes and everything is illuminated.

 

 

 

Author Bio:Seth Mullins writes visionary fiction, stories that seek for a marriage between the invisible inner landscape from whence our dreams and deepest inspirations come and the waking world, the world that we call ‘the real’, which sorely needs those life-giving forces. The result is fiction that seethes with surface drama and conflict while at the same time revealing aspects of the deeper mysteries of reality and of our own souls. The Edge of the Known series, his most recent project, is also inspired by years spent as a songwriter and performing musician. Seth has spent part of his life in Connecticut, New Mexico and Oregon, and currently lives in Vermont.

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Website (Humanity’s Way Forward)
http://www.humanityswayforward.com
Twitter @SethMullins1

Book Genre: Visionary Fiction

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: January 4, 2014

Buy Link(s): What Casts the Shadow? (The Edge of the Known, Volume I) http://amzn.to/1rkhffS

 Trust in the Unseen (The Edge of the Known, Volume II) http://amzn.to/UBw3bw

 

Book Description: When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins What Casts the Shadow front Follow Me on Pinterest to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine-man, and a far-reaching journey of healing – one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the Abyss – begins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt One:

All right,” Saul said with a wry smile. “I’m going to ask you for a memory. Go back as far as you can, to when you were a little kid. Tell me one phrase that you just hated, something that people would say that really provoked you.”

The answer came to me immediately: “Earth to Brandon.”

Why? Why did that piss you off so much?”

Because people act like they’re saying that to get your attention, but really it’s meant to put you in line. ‘Get with the program’ expresses the same thing. Think like us. Get on board with our agenda. Set your own imaginative life aside and accept what we say is real!”

All right,” he said. “And now, who did you hear this from?”

Teachers, mostly. Sometimes my parents.”

Saul stared off into space for a while, his chin resting on both his fists. When he finally spoke, he enunciated slowly, as if he was relaying a message that had come from a ways off.

So we’ve isolated quite a few things right there – some beliefs that have probably benefitted you a great deal and some others that have no doubt been detrimental. And they’re all woven together so that it’s hard to distinguish one from another.”

I gaped in incomprehension, shook my head. “What beliefs?”

Well, first off, you trusted yourself at a young age,” Saul said. “You knew that you were unique, as every person is. You thought of your individuality as something precious that you wanted to preserve and protect. And you believed that it needed protection from the world. That’s where we get into the territory of more harmful ideas that were clumped in with the beneficial ones. So tell me this: Why wouldn’t you want to get on board with whatever their program was?”

Oh, let’s see, Saul. They’re trashing the planet; they might blow it up with one of their bombs any day now. They lie to justify starting wars. They persecute people because of their skin color. Huh, I wonder. Why wouldn’t I want to jump on that chain-gang? Beats the hell out of me! Maybe I didn’t get the program because they hadn’t managed to implant one of their computer chips into my fucking brain!”

Saul took this all quite calmly. “O.k.: That’s plenty to work with for now. So you see what we’re up against, right? You start out with this strong sense of yourself, this belief in your own insights, and yet there you were about to enter into a world that you didn’t trust at all. You have been seeing and expecting the worst in humanity; and that put you in a real conundrum, because you’re just as much a human being as anyone else. Your own distrust is destined to rebound and bite you. And probably, underneath that, you fear that you’ll become like ‘them’ no matter what you do, that it’s inevitable.” He screwed his face into an expression of mock brutality. “But you’ll resist. You won’t give an inch of ground willingly. It’s no wonder you’re a fighter.”

I glared back. “So are you trying to tell me that people don’t do these things?”

I’m pointing out that your idea, that people are nothing but short-sighted, greedy and violent cretins, has not served you well. The human race commits all kinds of harm through its own lack of consciousness. I’m not denying that. But it has also been responsible for a great many wondrous things – things that you don’t focus on nearly so much as you do the negative aspects. You could just as easily admire people for a whole set of different reasons.”

I raised a dubious eyebrow.

Well, you look up to me, don’t you?” Saul challenged.

I shrugged. “Yeah. I guess so.”

Saul leaned forward as far as he could. His voice dropped to an almost conspiratorial whisper.

Maybe they were scared. Maybe they said ‘Earth to Brandon’ because they didn’t know where you were going to and they weren’t sure whether or not it was a safe place. Maybe they wanted you to get on board, to join in the circle, so that they could feel safer. The point is that we’re run by any of a million possible motives. You could give people the benefit of the doubt, instead of assuming that every time you get a directive it’s coming from somebody who wants nothing more than to blow up the world or turn you into a mental slave.”

Saul offered me a bottle of water out of his little cooler. He must have known that I needed a minute to absorb all of this. Fooling around with black magic and dipping into psychology books is nothing alongside the challenge inherent in really looking at yourself. I would soon be finding that out.

 


 

 

Schedule

December 7 – Introduction at VBT Café Blog
December 8 – Guest Blogging at Mythical Books
December 10 – Spotlight at BK Walker Books
December 10 – Spotlight at Indy Book Fairy
December 12 – Spotlight at IndieWriterReviews
December 15 – Author 2 Author Marketing at BookIt BK Walker
December 17 – Interviewed at Bikers With Books
December 19 – Spotlight at Black Lilac Kitty
December 22 – Interviewed at Ghost Rider Book Promotions
December 24 – Interviewed at BK Walker Books Etc.
December  26 – 5 Things I Know For Sure at CAT Magazine
December 29 – Spotlight at My Life, Loves and Passions
December 31 – Guest Blog at Lori’s Reading Corner
January 1 – Reviewed at Tea and Book
January 5 -Guest Blogging at Debbie Jean Blog
January 7 – Review & Guest Blogging at Platypire Reviews
January 9 -Spotlight at Black Lilac Kitty
January 13 – Reviewed at Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
January 13 – Spotlight at 4 Covert 2 Overt A Place In The Spotlight
January 13 – Spotlight at Books & Tales
January 19 – Reviewed at BK Walker Books

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6 Besties With Author, Michelle Arrose – Ignition: An Educator’s Journey #vbtcafetours

Title: Ignition: An Educator’s Journey

Author Name: Michelle Arrose

6 Besties with author, Michelle Arrose

 

  1. Best Writing Wardrobe- Sweat pants and a T shirt.

 

  1. Best Inspiration for writing- my experiences turned into realistic fiction, a good TV show with good writing makes me think of the ingenious behind the script, an act of kindness or humanity

 

  1. Best Writing Place- my bedroom 

 

  1. .Best Pick-Me –Up book- Harry Potter series used to cheer me up.

 

  1. Best Secret Talent- Acting/singing show tunes

 

  1. Best Experience or Writing Idea- Many people tuned into different blogs which I wrote such as-

 

  1. 50 Shades Of Shame (Inspired by 50 shades of Grey)
  2. A Treacherous Storm (Inspired by losing home in Hurricane Sandy)
  3. It’s A Wonderful Strife!
  4. Mastocytosis (Inspired by my friend diagnosed with this disease who was fighting for her life)
  5. RIP Robin Williams

 

Author Bio: My name is Michelle Arrose. I am currently a teacher. I enjoy writing and completed a short-novel titled, “IGNITION” Throughout my entire life I have always felt inspired to write. I also am a strong believer in being a teacher advocate. If my novella could help educate people as to the hardships educators face today, then I would be extremely elated. This is my first novella and hope you enjoy it. I also set up a blog which is: marrose215.blogspot.com. Feel free to follow me as I continue to write many more literary works. 

 

Book Description:

“IGNITION” is about a first year teacher. Karen Woolsworth who was given (in her mind) an excellent opportunity to work in a school and educate the young minds of today. However, little did she know that teaching led to her nightmare rather than her paradise. One troubled student, Kevin Connelly, becomes part of her obsession that she cannot focus on anything else. A teen that has a disturbing past. Kevin is a representation of the typical student that educators face every day around the world. Karen is left feeling alone in the world and fearing for her life with no support from administrators. Ms. Crowe, the Assistant Principal, is a woman who follows Karen’s every move like a bird. Instead of a dove she becomes a vulture who eats away at the mental psyche and emotional stamina of Karen’s well-being. The only salvation in this pool of chaos is Billy, her husband. However, he has difficulty relating and understanding the educational dilemmas which Karen faces. The constant struggles that Karen encounters to balance her life as a teacher and wife weigh her down daily. This book is a rollercoaster filled with emotional ups and downs until the ride ends. This novella is unique for its alternate endings and you get to choose exactly how Karen’s ride ends.

 
 
 
 
 

Chapter 1

 

New Journey

 

August 24, was a magical day for me. Not magical in the sense of wizards and sorcerers, but rather in the sense that I, Karen Woolsworth, landed my first teaching position.

 

I was so excited. I could not wait to go home and tell Billy, my husband, that all that hard work paid off. Two long years of rigorous graduate school, finally over. Taking all those teaching exams and suffering for hours with a proctor staring at you, sizing you up while tapping her pencil, and distracting your every thought when you needed to be in control at that time.

 

The day started out dreary. I woke up to rain. I spilled coffee on one of my suits and had to go to the interview in my navy blue suit and white blouse. It was not my favorite, but it had to do. I hoped that spilling coffee on my suit did not mean bad luck.

 

That morning, my curly dark hair stood as frizzy as can be. I felt like a cat that just had gone through a car wash. Imagine how he would look. Well, the spilled coffee delayed me a bit, but I raced for my interview as fast as a jaguar runs and I made it right on time. I was lucky that I did not get a speeding ticket. Billy would have been quite upset if I had. I also would have missed the job interview. Oh, what a shame that would have been!

 

When I arrived at West Street and Ninth Avenue, my nightmare began. There stood a lonely building called, The Charles Dickens School. This was a five-story building with fifteen-hundred students. The school consists of sixth through eighth graders. I was able to see that this was an old, musty building with no elevator. As I walked into the horrific huge school, I felt so small, but there was an aroma of endearing books, which made me feel quite elated. I was in awe. I grew up in the suburbs. I had never been inside an urban school. This was quite an adventure for me. I was so excited and nervous. As I walked up the three small steps, I was greeted by security, a man in a blue uniform. I gave him my driver’s license as proof of ID and signed in. He told me to turn right at the first door and on the left was the main office. I would then have to meet with the principal. I thanked him and went on my way. As I walked down the long narrow corridor, I remember my heart was beating very fast and my palms felt sweaty. It reminded me of a first date, but much worse. The principal, Mr. Scott, a tall man with a mustache, asked me many questions. He started the interview in a friendly manner by shaking my hand and asking me if I found the school okay. At this point, I remember that his smile turned into more of a serious face, as if to say, “Let’s begin.”

 

He asked me, “What made you want to go into teaching?” I do not even remember what I answered him, but he must have been pleased with my response. During the interview, there was another person in the room as well. This person happened to be an assistant principal. She was on the large side with curly short blond hair. Her glasses hugged her ears tightly. She was the one who asked some tough questions. She had a poker face on the entire time and did not crack a smile once. Her name, I will never forget was Ms. Crowe. She reminded me of a spectacle-wearing shark staring at a guppy. I guess that you can guess who I was in that scenario: the guppy. I remember Ms. Crowe’s last question was one of the toughest.

 

How would you prepare your students for the statewide exam?”

 

I must have looked at them dumbfounded. I could not believe this question. I had just graduated from my master’s program. I had never taught before. I did not know what to say.

 

At that moment, a magical thing happened. The principal’s secretary came in and interrupted us, saying that he had an urgent call from his wife. He told me that I have the job. Naturally, I accepted the job with alacrity. He then excused himself. If I had had time to answer the question, I believe that I would not have gotten that job. He informed me that I would have to teach a self-contained eighth-grade class which meant that I would have to teach the same children throughout the day. My only hope at this point was that my students would be great and not horrific.

 

I thanked him and walked out of his tight, stuffy office, leaving him and the shark behind. As I walked out the door, I felt relieved that it was over and my teaching career would begin. The following week I would start and I could not wait. I was overjoyed that I felt like skipping down the block. However, in case the principal should glance out the window, I knew I had to maintain self-control and save that giddy emotion for when I got home.

 
 
Schedule

November 23 – December 15

November 23 – Introduction at VBT Café Blog

November 24 – Spotlight at 4 Covert 2 Overt: A Place In The Spotlight

November 26 – Spotlight at 3 Partners In Shopping – Nana, Mommy & Sissy Too!

November 27 – Guest blogging at Mythical Books

November 28 – Author Interview at Deal Sharing Aunt

December 1 – Spotlight at Freshly Baked Books

December 3 – Guest Blogging at The Avid Reader

December 5 – 5 Things I Know For Sure at CAT Magazine

December 8 – Interviewed at Bikers for Children’s Books

December 10 – 6 Besties at BK Walker Books

December 12 – Review & Guest Blogging at SimpliRead

December 15 – Review & Guest Blogging at Fiction Zeal
 
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DONATA: In The Mind of a Victim by Donata Joseph 6 Besties & Giveaway #ITMOAV

 

Title: DONATA – In the Mind of a Victim
Author Name: Donata Joseph

6 Besties With Donata Joseph

 

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1. Best writing wardrobe. Nightgown

 

2. Best Inspiration for writing. Prayer

 

3. Best writing place. In Bed, lights off, eyes closed and let it flow.

 

4.  Best Pick-Me-Up book. I Declare by Joel Osteen

 

5. Best secret talent. No secret talents..

 

6. Best experience or writing idea. Being able to write a book in 11 days and not know what I was writing during the process until the end when I printed it out to read.

Author Bio: Short Bio:

Donata Joseph is a motivational speaker who is passionate about encouraging, empowering and elevating individuals in all walks of life. Whether it’s through her non-profit organization Adding Doses of HOPE Daily Foundation or through her all natural skincare line DONATA, she endeavors to make and impact on the lives of others.

 

“Use the darkness of your past to propel you to a brighter future.” – Donata Joseph

 

Long Bio:

Donata Joseph believes in making her mark and changing lives.

In 2011, Ms. Joseph founded Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation to empower families of children with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She wanted to share her experiences, challenges and tips for raising two children diagnosed with ADHD.

In 2012, she decided to break the silence and address the escalating issue of Domestic Violence. Her blog, Behind Closed Doors, chronicled a seven-year abusive relationship. The post elicited responses from people all over the world. The Foundation sponsors events and programs that bridge the gap between mental health and healthy relationships. Through motivational speaking, youth mentoring and parenting education, she encourages, empowers and elevates individuals in all walks of life to reflect on their overall mental wellness. Prior to founding Adding Doses of Hope Daily foundation, Ms. Joseph volunteered in a variety of community settings, including nonprofit organizations, youth centers and churches.

In 2013, Ms. Joseph created DONATA, a natural skin care line that also offers skincare, nutrition and health seminars. She uses this platform to empower teens and adults to see the connection between their minds, bodies and spirits. The proceeds from DONATA help fund programs for Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation.

Ms. Joseph obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida International University with an emphasis in Behavioral Analysis. She was a research assistant in the University’s Center for Children and Families, where she focused on research and treatment of evidence-based approaches in child and adolescent mental health.

She lives in Miami, Florida with her three children.

 

 

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Book Genre: Self-Help|Inspirational
Publisher: Adding Doses of HOPE Daily
Release Date: December 7, 2014
Buy Link(s): Amazon
Book Description:
In this soul-bearing book, Donata
Joseph reveals why she stayed in a seven-year abusive relationship
and the incident that motivated her to leave.
She talks honestly about the judgmental
remarks elicited from family and friends who did not understand the
emotional, familial and financial complexity of her situation or why
she did not recognize herself as a victim.
In a heart-wrenching chapter, Ms.
Joseph discusses the impact her abusive relationship had on her two
teen daughters and young son and the ensuing parent-child
conversations that changed all of their lives.

 

If you or someone you know is in an
abusive relationship, consider recommending this book. Ms. Joseph
wraps up her knowledge, wisdom and advice in a non-threatening
package delivered with compassion and understanding.
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Tamara Branch (@ItGirl4Life) Gets Personal To The Girls Of The World – Book Tour & Giveaway

 

 

Why I Wrote ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch

 

To the GIRLS of the world <3,

 

I wrote ITGIRL4LIFE because I want you to create the best life you can for yourself. I want you to go for your dreams and give it all you’ve got. I want you to be bold, speak up, speak out and be fearless. I want you to be HAPPY. I want you to know how strong you are and that you can get through anything. I want you to pick yourself up when you fall down. I want you to be YOU to the highest power, authentic and real. I want you to SHINE. I want you to believe in yourself, step up responsibility, honor your life, have faith and push through. I want you to stand in your GREATNESS as a young woman.

 

When I first got the idea to write this book, I thought of my own insecurities when I was a teenager and what helped me to overcome them. I thought about what I learned from my mistakes, life lessons, experiences, personal study and my life’s exploration. I thought about the ‘not smart enough, pretty enough, tall enough, thin enough’ epidemic in our society, the media’s influence on how girl’s feel about themselves, other people’s opinions and judgements and the pressure on girls and women to look, act and be a certain way.

I wanted to contribute something to the self-esteem conversation. I’m a student of personal development. I study the thought leaders in this area. I read books that uplift. I surround myself with people that are about IT. I am committed to improving, expanding my thinking, being of service and keeping myself inspired. EVERYBODY has doubts, fears, challenges, tough times. I certainly do. Life can be hard. It’s not easy to show up for yourself and stay positive ALL the time. I wrote ITGIRL4LIFE to help.

 

To build a house you have to begin with a strong foundation. You have to lay the ground work before you start adding on and designing the rest. Same thing with you and me. Having a foundation of powerful ideas and principles helps to create an INNER support, giving you the tools to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. The stronger and more solid your foundation is, the better because your foundation is what keeps you standing. You learn to tap into your power as an individual and that’s the key to making it.

 

There is a reality that hits you as you get older and that is that your life is up to YOU. What you believe about yourself is EVERYTHING. When you believe that you are a person of value, extraordinary, beautiful, capable, smart, talented and important, you walk into the room differently, you ACT differently and you make decisions from a secure and confident place. There it is. I wrote it because I want you to always remember the simple, yet profound things that will help you create the best life you can for yourself.

 

xoxo,

Tamara

 

 

Publisher: Heart Project Publishing

Release Date: June 2014
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“YOU have IT. IT is the GREATNESS you were born with.” - from the book


Writer, Artist and Speaker, Tamara Branch serves up 40 bite-sized chapters on how to build unshakable self-confidence, honor your life, and shine bright in the world, in ITGIRL4LIFE:How to bring out your special something and so much more. Get ready to fall in love with your own wisdom, beauty, and strength.



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Tamara Branch is a writer, artist, and speaker, on a mission to help girls unlock their brilliant potential. She’s from New York, born and raised in the Bronx, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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Tamara Branch is from New York, born and raised in the Bronx. She is thrilled to share her first book release, ITGIRL4LIFE: How to bring out your special something and so much more. The book kicks off the ITGIRL4LIFE self-esteem movement to help empower girls to stand up, stand out and shine bright in the world.

Tamara has worked as a professional model and actor for almost two decades. She strutted down the runway for designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Christian Dior, acted in a few independent films, co-hosted PBS New York’s education series, “What’s up in Technology” and appeared T.V. commercials and print ads for Levi’s, Old Navy, Hershey’s, Colgate, Kellogg’s Special K, Revlon, Hanes, Nike and many others. A Penn State alumnus and lifelong student of personal development, Tamara is deeply passionate about uplifting the human spirit.

After graduating from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying under Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and some of the top health and wellness experts in the world, she was inspired to raise the bar on her own ‘self care’ and support others in living more vibrantly. She is an abstract artist and teaches a dynamic dance class, where she gets to fuse her varied background, having trained in everything from jazz, ballet and modern to Afro-Caribbean and Salsa.

Tamara was recently asked to become a Female Visionary Author guest blogger for The Brave Heart Women Global Community. She’s a SAG/AFTRA member since 1998, a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.
Tamara currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband of seven years and offers ITGIRL4LIFE workshops to assist girls on their self empowerment journey. Her second book is due out next Spring. Stay tuned!

 

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November 9 – 29

 

November 10 – Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt

 

November 10 – Guest Blogging at Coffee, Books, Art

 

November 12 – Spotlight at ReadsAlot

 

November 14 – Review at Debbie Jeans Blog

 

November 17 – Author 2 Author Marketing at BookIt BK

 

November 20 – Guest Blogging at BK Walker Books

 

November 21 – Reviewed at Arya The Fangirl

 

November 21 – Review & Guest Blog at Tea & Book

 

November 24 – Interviewed at The Avid Reader

 

November 26 – Review & Guest Blogging at SimpliSpeaking

 

November 28 – Review & Guest Blog at PubSlush

 

November 29 – Reviewed at My Life, Loves and Passions
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Happy Halloween #BookReview & Giveaway – The Girl Who Came Back To Life by Craig Staufenberg

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Meet Craig Staufenberg:

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Contact: craig.staufenberg@gmail.com

Website: craigstaufenberg.com

 

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The Book:

 

 Book Genre: Middle Grade

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: April 16th, 2014

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After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father’s spirits back home with her.

 

Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother—by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans—Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons—what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.

 

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The Girl Who Came Back To Life is a book that will stick with you for a long while after you read it. I hated putting it down when I had to, but I was able to really savor every minute I had my nose in it. Craig Staufenberg is a phenomenal writer, and the way it played out in my head while reading the pages is really no surprise to me as the author is a filmmaker…

 

 

So if by chance you’re a fan of Jack or Sally, then you’re going to LOVE this book. The entire time I was reading it played out in my mind like The Nightmare Before Christmas, which I LOVED myself! I can easily see this being made into an animation just like that movie.

Sophie is the main character and she is easy to fall in love with while  you’re reading. Just because her parents died is enough for you to feel something for her, but as you read Staufenberg’s writing style, you will soon find yourself engrossed with emotions and understanding for this main character.

Another thing I loved were the short chapters. It really helped move the book along without that feeling you get with some of those books that you wonder when the chapter WILL end. It was really brilliant and makes this perfect for kids as it won’t interfere with their attention span.

My assistant made a statement on her review that I really agree with – if  you’re looking for a way to open dialogue between yourself and your kids, well, this book will do that as well as encourage your kids to read more. So much more that they’ll be checking his other books out and anxiously awaiting for more.

This is the BEST book I’ve read in Middle Grade reads, and may just be my pick of the year – time will tell, but I am not so sure it will be beat out. Kudos Craig!

 

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Excerpt:

CHAPTER 8

HER HEART

Sophie had no notion how to craft a loaf of bread and didn’t earn any money during her first morning at the bakery. She returned the next day, then the next and the next, all without producing a single loaf.

Rather than quit, she kept returning, pressing forward and placing herself under the baker’s patient instruction.

The baker showed Sophie how to handle the earthen oven and moved her around the back of the shop with a calm, confident sense of care. When Sophie made a mistake the woman responded with a firm, though surprisingly intimate, correction, and Sophie did her best to listen and follow the woman’s commands. Yet, despite closely following these instructions, Sophie’s bread wouldn’t respond to her touch, and refused to rise, and no matter how precisely she placed her dough within the oven, her loaves left its fires cold and undercooked.

The baker saw this and explained how baking was more than a technical exercise. She explained how love lay at the heart of good bread, how she had to pull the warmth from deep in her heart and let it flow it into her hands until her fingertips tingled and the dough abandoned its toughness and responded to even the lightest touch. The baker explained how the heat of the oven gave the dough a hard crust to protect the bread, to make sure the love pressed into the loaf only showed itself to the world when shared freely at the table.

These words of love fell on deaf ears. Sophie had grown up burying any stirrings of emotion she may have felt within her chest, doing her best to remain calm, to maintain the steadiness her parents silently demanded. Though she quickly mastered the technical skills of baking, during her first mornings in the baker’s kitchen, Sophie couldn’t locate any sort of warmth within her heart.

With every morning that Sophie approached the floured marble table without producing a remotely respectable loaf, the more she worried she would never master this seemingly simple art well enough to receive even a single day’s wages, let alone enough money to travel north with her grandmother.

Every morning she searched her heart more deeply, but love hid itself from Sophie. Instead, a different feeling rose in her chest. Desperation.

Every morning, as Sophie walked to the bakery, the sun rose a little earlier and the winter wind bit a little more softly than the last, and as spring began to wake the world, Sophie approached the bakery’s back door with greater panic.

Without any other feeling to work with, Sophie dove into this fear, day after day, until, to her surprise, her dough began to rise a little, and her loaves began to leave the oven cooked a bit more than they had the day before.

Encouraged by these small victories, Sophie dove deeper and deeper into the dry heat of the bakery’s early hours. No matter how frighteningly deep she sunk into her heart, Sophie found herself feeling safe within the baker’s welcome and protected care. Soon, she cracked through deep enough to find other feelings within her heart, lining the corners of her fear. These feelings began to excite her. They brought a tingling to her chest, and then to her neck, and finally to her cheeks.

Slowly, during those days kneading the dough on the floured marble table standing beside the bakery’s earthen oven, the measured ice around Sophie’s heart began to melt. The warmth within her heart started to spread throughout her whole body, until the tingling filled even her hands and, without an ounce of effort on her part, shot through her fingers into the dough.

Sophie’s once dormant dough began to rise, and then to bake golden, until it tasted nearly as earthy and grounded and rich as the baker’s own. Soon enough, Sophie began to walk home with wages in her hand at the end of each of those mornings when the frost gave way to dew.

 

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6 Besties with Author, Jim Reilly – Seaville #BookTour & #Giveaway

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6 Besties with Author, Jim Reilly

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  1. Best writing wardrobe.

 

I’d have to say my best writing apparel is my pajamas. Or in my case, a pair of shorts and a tank top. You see, most of my writing is done early in the morning or late at night. It’s then that I like to feel comfortable and relaxed. When you’re at ease, I believe, you can just relax and let the creativity flow. The photo for the back cover of my next book, however, will show me fully dressed at my computer with filled bookshelves behind me.

 

2. Best Inspiration for writing.

 

I would say I get much of my inspiration from watching people. If you look closely, you will find many interesting quirks and idiosyncrasies you can use to help build your characters. With so many different and unique people walking on this planet, there is an endless supply of inspiration. The more I take the time to observe people, the better I am at developing my characters.

 

3. Best writing place.

 

My best writing is done at the dining room table. Since I do most of my writing early in the morning or late at night, the house is quiet and I’m focused at what I want to accomplish. I can’t tell you why I like it. Maybe I’m just a creature of habit and just go there without giving it much thought. Or maybe that’s the one place in the universe my imagination travels from my mind to my fingertips onto the computer keys then into my written story. Or maybe it’s just comfy to sit there. Either way, that’s where I write.

 

4. Best Pick-Me-Up book.

 

I usually read science fiction books. Some have good endings and some like to surprise you in the end. Then there’s some that holdout a possible future where there is hope. One of my favorite books is The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. In it he touches upon subjects that were taboo when it was written. They included such topics as the negative aspects of colonialism, the possibility of nuclear annihilation, and the scourge that is racism. Even when we nearly bring ourselves to the brink of obliteration, Bradbury shows the reader that there is always hope for the future, and future generations have the advantage of learning from our mistakes.

 

5. Best secret talent.

 

My best secret talent is my writing. In my past, I had no interest in writing anything. My interests were sports or getting my career as a salesman on track. It wasn’t until I went back to school to continue my education that I learned to improve my writing. It improved so much; I had compliments from some of my professors about my writing. After encouragement from my wife, I went ahead and wrote my first novel, Evolution.

 

Once my friends and family found out, they were shocked. They couldn’t believe I would even take on such an endeavor. Moreover, it wasn’t just my writing that shocked them, it was the extent of my imagination written on the paper. They were so shock; they kept asking if I did it all on my own. Of course, I did.

 

6. Best experience or writing idea.

 

For my new novel, Seaville I used the town I live in as the inspiration for my fictitious town of Seaville. As a matter of fact, I used many people from the town for inspiration for many of the characters in the story. The characters of the town policeman, the old priest, the town vagabond, and many of the neighbors were all representations of real people. As a writer of the story, it made it easier to visualize my characters and gave me ideas to make the story more interesting and real.

 

A funny thing happened one day after the story was finished, the real town policemen I used for my character pulled me over. On one hand, I was disappointed I might get a ticket but, on the other hand, I thought it was cool to get pulled over by one of my book’s characters. Luckily, he didn’t give me a ticket.

 

Meet Jim Reilly:

 

img_0740a3 Follow Me on Pinterest Jim Reilly is a new science fiction / fantasy novelist. He is a married father of four, born and raised in Long Island. After going back to college and finishing with an MBA, some of his professors gave accolades to his writing prowess. With that and encouragement from his wife, he wrote his first novel, Evolution.

The success of Evolution has inspired Jim to continue his writing efforts and finish his next science fiction / fantasy novel, Seaville.

From an early age, Jim always had a fascination with science, science fiction, and fantasy to a point that it became a passion of his. Now he enjoys putting that passion to paper. He has already penned his next book and is working on another.

 

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Book Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy

Publisher: Sayville Books

Release Date: September 30th

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When new neighbors, Mike and Ann Wells along with their children CJ and Patricia, move into the southern part of town along the Great South Bay of Long Island, they discover the true identity of their neighbors. 

Each of their new neighbors hosts a being from an alien race hiding from the cruelty of enslavement. This mysterious race needs the Wells family to help them navigate the complicated human experience while being concealed from a nosy but well-meaning old priest. But most of all, they must help them from being captured by a corrupt individual looking to make a profit off a race hoping to peacefully secure fuel to stay one step ahead of their former masters. 

As the town of Seaville erupts into chaos, Mike and Ann try to keep their new friends concealed and safe. However, time is running out as their former masters search the universe for their lost property and inch closer to Earth.

 Excerpt:

 

Chapter 1

Toward the end then back to the beginning.

As I sprinted out of my home heading to my neighbor’s house across the street to look for my daughter, I glanced toward town down the row of beautiful old Victorian homes on my block. On the church roof visible to most of the area, there was a man standing with his arms raised toward the south side of town. As I focused in a little, it looked like old Father McNeal, the priest who of late seemed to be out of touch in his waning years. He was wearing his Sunday Mass vestments and was standing on the highest point of the church. Still, as out of the ordinary as that was, it was the least odd sight I would see that early summer evening as dusk approached.

When I reached my neighbor’s house, I ran around to the back just as town Police Officer Rothman sped through the neighborhood flashing his lights and sounding his siren as he headed in the direction of the Great South Bay. As relieved as I was that he went by without stopping, I was apprehensive and nervous about what was about to happen.

Behind my neighbor’s house were old metal cellar doors, and after I opened them, I quickly went down into his basement where I found a large cabinet moved away from the cement wall showing an entrance to a tunnel burrowed deep into the ground. When I made my way through the passageway to the lower levels, I noticed that the sediment holding the underground water from pouring into the tunnels and cavities under this end of the town started slowly to disintegrate as planned and that meant time was running out.

I ran through the extensive tunnels I had been through many times this past year, barely noticing the smell of rotting seafood that was so prevalent my first time in the tunnels. The maze was quite enormous, but I had an idea where to find my daughter. She was supposedly not too far away beneath Henry’s parent’s house. To get there, I needed to pass by the staging area where the craft was preparing to leave. Just as I reached the ship, I saw my neighbors, Ray Bannister and Earl Watson, run up to close the cargo hatch on the right side of the craft and lock it shut. It was then that we heard the banging and yelling coming from inside the ship.

A voice behind the door was saying, “Ray, we negotiated! I came here in good faith and you lock us in a room? I will not stand for this! You better let me out, or I will crush you! You can’t do this to me! I demand you let me out at once! You’re making a big mistake!”

 

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Book Review, Tour, & Giveaway: Funny Books by Rich Leder

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Rich Leder

Screenwriter—Novelist—Publisher

 

Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than two decades. His screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, NBC, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.

 

He has written four funny novels to be released in 2014: McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication, McCall & Company: Swollen Identity, Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, and Let There Be Linda.

 

He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a commercial real estate agent, an indie film director, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, were grist for the mill. He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three college kids.

 

Rich loves to hear from readers and writers. Please don’t be shy.

 

You can write him directly at rich@laughriotpress.com

 

Or you can visit him at www.laughriotpress.com/richleder

 

 

 

Book Genre: FUNNY MYSTERY // FUNNY FICTION

Publisher: LAUGH RIOT PRESS

Release Date: AUGUST 2014

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MCCALL & COMPANY: WORKMAN’S COMPLICATION

 

WAY-OFF BROADWAY ACTRESS. MURDERED PI FATHER. NEW DAY JOB.

 

Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigation business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.

 

A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding and can never work—or dance—again, and then sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.

 

Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.

 

But not as much trouble as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.

 

Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade? She might, but it’s going to be a whole lot of hilarious.

 

 

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From the moment I picked this book up, I couldn’t put it down. When I had to, I couldn’t wait to get back to it, it IS that good. Leder does a fantastic job of drawing the reader in, not to mention keeping you entertained through the entire thing. It felt like an old time movie, you know? The good one’s they don’t make any more? I could see in my mind a young Katherine Hepburn playing the role of Kate, and Cary Grant playing as Detective Herriman. You may see someone else, but you will definitely get the feeling it should be a movie!

 

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You will find yourself laughing out loud, and anxiously turning the pages to see what Kate and her quirky crew are up to next. I can’t say enough about how great this book was, and if you’ve never heard of Rich Leder, you don’t even have to worry about trusting your purchases of his books, because he’s that GREAT of a writer.

I can easily see his books landing on the NY Times Bestseller lists and if you haven’t tried them yet, I strongly suggest you do. I place him right up there with Dean Koontz, James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks! He’s fantastic!

The characters are easy to connect with, the suspense is at the right pace to keep you wanting more, and the humor is brilliant! I easily give it 5 Wolf Moons and Rich Leder is easily placed as one of my most favorite authors! Don’t wait, get right over to Amazon and grab your copy this minute! You won’t regret it.

 

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MCCALL & COMPANY: SWOLLEN IDENTITY

 

BEAUTIFUL BILLIONAIRE SOCIALITE. COLD-BLOODED CORPORATE ASSASSIN. MCCALL & COMPANY BACK IN BUSINESS.

 

Way-off Broadway actress and NYC PI Kate McCall had promised the police and the Assistant DA—her son—that she was all done investigating any damn thing in New York…

 

Meaning beautiful billionaire socialite Brooke Barrington says someone has stolen her identity and the corporate assassin who murdered Kate’s father has shot the eyes out of the CEO of Superior Press…

 

Meaning McCall & Company is back in business…

 

Meaning Kate enlists the help of the eccentric tenants of her brownstone—the House of Emotional Tics—and her melodramatic acting troupe, the Schmidt and Parker Players…

 

Meaning things spiral hilariously and dangerously out of control…

 

 

Meaning she is confronted by Brooke’s demonic identical twin, Bailey, accosted by international counterfeiters, and arrested for impersonating a hooker.

 

Will Kate stop Bailey from murdering Brooke? Or will she stop Brooke from murdering Bailey? Or will she figure out how to tell one from the other in time to survive the wrath of the Bulgarian mob men hired to protect the counterfeit cash?

 

And will she finally find her father’s killer?

 

She might, but it’s going to be a fast, funny, furious ride.

 

JUGGLER, PORN STAR, MONKEY WRENCH

 

My name is Mark Manilow. I am a Hollywood screenwriter. Here’s my recipe for a cocktail called “Romantic Hollywood Sex Comedy.”

 

Start with my estranged wife, who left me two years ago to become a juggler.

 

Pour in the ensuing emotional tailspin conjoined with a brutal case of writer’s block.

 

Mix with my last-gasp writing job, a ridiculous porn flick called Broken Boner.

 

Add in the Broken Boner porn star, who seduces me into an ill-fated relationship.

 

Blend with the gun-toting producer and eccentric Montecito billionaire, who hire me to adapt the phonebook into a movie.

 

Toss in the return of my headaches and a trip to an ancient Chinese healer, where I meet the healer’s beguiling granddaughter—my monkey wrench.

 

Serve with wonderment as to whether or not I’ll find a way to settle things with the juggler, break it off with the porn star, and fall in love with the monkey wrench…or if anyone will stop laughing long enough to notice.

 

Excerpt:

JUGGLER, PORN STAR, MONKEY WRENCH

 

My parents stood by the front of the stage, staring at the glowing songwriter with wonder and awe. They weren’t as used to seeing famous people as we all were.

Once you’ve seen George Hamilton buy apples at Gelson’s, looking tan and fit for someone one-hundred-sixteen-years-old, the thrill dissipates to some degree. But this wasn’t just some run-of-the-mill famous person. It wasn’t Heather Locklear or David Spade. It was a glowing global legend. My mother was grasping my father’s arm with a superhuman adrenaline rush of strength normally reserved for women whose small children are trapped beneath parked cars. I thought to intercede on their behalf and escort them over to meet the man in the flesh, but as thin as Barry was, I was afraid my mother might break him in half.

Ally Kramer’s interest appeared to peak now that Barry was here. I imagined calculators clicking furiously in her head. If Barry Manilow was doing the music, she could raise the budget by twenty million. Think of the soundtrack album! Think of the international appeal! Talk about reaching the cabaret demographic! Why make a movie for one hundred seventy-five million when you can make one for two hundred million? I saw her nodding with approval and whispering into Cathy’s ear.

Behind me, Royal T and Boogie had sprung into action. Boogie had created a mellow blue hue around Barry’s table, dimming the lights elsewhere in the church while throwing three azure pin spots on Barry himself. It was a remarkable effect and I thought if Boogie is this good on the fly, the staged reading should really be something special. To complement the lighting, Royal T had cross-faded Ry Cooder’s Buena Vista Social Club with Barry’s Trying to Get the Feeling, and the whole room had a sunset on the beach kind of vibe that was warm and electric at the same time.

And then the door opened again and Dr. Alvin Yee, wearing a purple tuxedo and tails, a purple top hat, and purple Puma Clydes stepped into the church with Caroline on his arm, and everything stopped.

My sister saw him first and froze. Phil followed her starstruck gaze and his jaw dropped open. Then my parents saw him. Then Eddie and Gloria and Cletis. Then the porn people. Then Barry and his entourage. Finally, everyone in the Colonel’s studio was staring at Dr. Yee and his granddaughter.

Yee’s long white beard was done in three separate French braids, as was his hair, which spilled out of the top hat and reached all the way down his back. Caroline was a vision of loveliness in a beautiful blue evening gown, her skin perfectly porcelain, her hair a glossy shimmering black.

For all the money and time and blood and sweat spent trying to catch lightning in a bottle, the truth is not much magic is found here in Hollywood. It’s a town of smoke and mirrors and gummed up gears. So when genuine magic walks through the door—say, dressed in purple from head to toe—legends and losers and icons and idiots alike stop and stare, not exactly recognizing it as magic per se, but sensing an unusual wave in the groomed LA sand.

Boogie dimmed the blue lights on Barry and wrapped a soft white curtain around Dr. Yee and his granddaughter. Royal T, who no doubt had some magic in his Watusi history, cross-faded to Hendrix’ Are you Experienced? but kept the volume low. Everyone looked at the wizard as if waiting for a signal that all was well with the world.

Dr. Yee stood there for a long moment, letting the vibe wash over him, then held up the peace sign. An audible sigh of relief, or possibly a gasp of wonderment, echoed through the space, Boogie brought up the blue light, Royal T came back with Barry’s Even Now, and Yee and Caroline walked into the room. I met them at a table just beside the Colonel’s raised La-Z-Boy platform.

“You look beautiful,” I said to Caroline, who smiled and hugged me hello. “Tell your grandfather I’m glad he came.”

Caroline translated, and Yee said something in Chinese.

“He says he never misses a coming-out party,” Caroline said.

“Tell him I don’t understand what he means,” I said.

She did, and he smiled, singing his answer.

Caroline translated. “Lucky you. It’s a surprise party.”

Before I could press him on this surprise coming-out-party business, Colonel Bill Curry strode onto the stage with all the confidence of a madman who has found a way to bend reality to his will instead of vice versa.

“Ladies and gentlemen. You are humbly invited to take your seats,” he said.

 

Schedule

 

September 7 – Introduction at VBT Café Blog

September 8 – Spotlight at Debbie Jeans

 

September 10 – Spotlight at Words, Words, Words

 

September 12 – Guest Blogging at PubSlush

 

September 15 – Interviewed at A. Literary Mafia

 

September 17 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

 

September 19 – Interviewed at Bikers With Books

 

September 22 – Review & Guest Blog at Lilac Reviews

 

September 24 – Reviewed at KimberkyandCompany

 

September 26 – 5 Things I Know For Sure at CAT Magazine

 

September 29 – Interviewed at BK Walker Books Etc.

 

October 1 – Review & Interview at My Life, Love, & Passions

 

October 3 – Guest Blogging at The Avid Reader

 

October 6 – Interviewed at YAH Did Radio 6:30pm EST

 

October 8 – Spotlight at Black Coffee, Brown Cow

 

October 10 – Spotlight at A Cup Of Tea & A Big Book

 

October 13 – Author 2 Author Marketing at BookIt BK

 

October 15 – Interviewed at Ghost Rider Book Promotions

 

October 17 – Review & Interview at AG Lang Writes

 

October 20 – Spotlight at Dalene’s Book Reviews

 

October 22 – 6 Besties at BK Walker Books

 

October 24 – Reviewed at BK Walker Books

 

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