Monday, January 31, 2011

Book Spotlight: 'Lessons from Stanley the Cat' by Dr. Jennifer Freed

Seduction is just the practice of artful stretching.

Never let people know how fast you are.

Appear slow in all things, and less is expected of you.

When someone is on the computer too long, help them by distracting them, or walk lightly on their keyboard.

So advises Stanley, a remarkably astute cat with a keen eye for the important things in life. Perhaps you don’t have time for yoga, can’t afford therapy, or wouldn’t dare cry to mother. If so, let Stanley be your guide. Lessons from Stanley the Cat offers wise and witty maxims from Stanley himself, translated by his doting psychotherapist (human) parent, Jennifer Freed. Whether you’re a cat lover or prefer companions of the canine variety, Stanley’s warmth and insight are sure to brighten even the grayest days.

This is the delightful premise of Dr. Jennifer Freed's self-help humor book, Lessons from Stanley the Cat, just released from Penguin Books.

Here's a short but very sweet excerpt:

When do you really take vacation? When you are no where near a computer device.

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Whoosh I just leaped over the solar eclipse and landed in a country that doesn’t know if all people should have health care…

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Caring about what other people think of you is like taking a bath with a rattle snake….

Watch more of Stanley!

If you'd like to pick up your copy of Lessons From Stanley the Cat by Dr. Jennifer Freed, run (don't walk) over to Amazon! Or, if you'd like to find out more about Stanley and Dr. Freed, visit their website at

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Startup Business Entrepreneur Cynthia Kocialski on 'Startup from the Ground Up Virtual Book Tour 2011'

Join Cynthia Kocialski, as she tours the blogosphere February 1 - March 25 2011 to talk about her new startup business book, Startup from the Ground Up: Practical Insights for Entrepreneurs, (CreateSpace).

Cynthia Kocialski is the founder of three companies – two fabless semiconductor and one software company. In the past 15 years, she has been involved in dozens of start-ups and has served on various advisory boards. These companies have collectively returned billions of dollars to investors. Cynthia has worked with established companies to bring start-up techniques and technologies to corporations desiring to process improvement and efficiency.

Prior to her work in the start-up community, Cynthia has held a wide range of technical, marketing, and management positions at major corporations. At IBM, Cynthia began with financial software to facilitate the tracking of sales and inventory for international operations. She later moved into development and engineering management working of scientific workstations. Finally, Cynthia transitioned into technical marketing and strategic planning role for graphics and digital video components for personal computers. At Matrox, Cynthia was the general manager, overseeing the R&D area of digital video and image processing product lines,

Cynthia graduated of the University of Rochester with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and applied statistics. She also has graduate degrees from the University of Virginia in both electrical engineering and systems engineering.

She also writes the popular Start-up Entrepreneurs’ Blog and has written many articles on emerging technologies.

Her latest book is Start Up from the Ground Up: Practical Insights for Entrepreneurs.

Start Up from the Ground Up

Many entrepreneurs have that sudden spark of inspiration, that moment when an product idea is born, their minds start racing quickly with images of all its potential, jumping from one possibility to the next, and then their thoughts slowly settle and arrive at vision a futuristic company – one with crowds of customers beating at the doors of their new office building, inboxes overflowing with requests from the press wanting to interview the founders, and phone ringing with investors all wanting to get in on the deal. Finally, reality brings the entrepreneur’s thoughts to a screeching halt, “How do I go from this great idea to this great company. Where do I start?”

The idea is born, but you can only go so far with just an idea. Start-ups don’t fail because companies are unable to build a product; they fail because the business factors needed to bring that product into the market are either neglected or ignored. Practical, insightful and actionable, Startup from the Ground Up gets you moving down the right path and thinking in the right direction with tips, strategies, and techniques on how to launch a start up. Readers will discover:

  • Why it’s not enough just to have a great product

  • How to take a product concept and turn it into a full-fledged successful business

  • Why it is so important to start marketing your product as early as possible and how to get started

  • How to build a team and keep them, and why a team is more than founders and employees

  • If you seek outside funding, what investors will be looking for and how to entice them

Cynthia, founder of three companies, has worked with over 25 start-ups, and she knows that having a great product isn’t enough. You have to know how to get your product out in the marketplace. The quickest way to get any fledgling idea to realize its full potential, Startup from the Ground Up provides insight that ensures a proper foundation for success.

You can visit her website at

For more information on her virtual book tour, you can visit Cynthia's official tour page here.

Start Up from the Ground Up

Pump Up Your Book is an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book publicity for authors looking for maximum online promotion to sell their books. Visit our website at to find out how we can take your book to the virtual level!

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book publicist Charlie Barrett gives away FREE KINDLE at Facebook Party TONIGHT

Hollywood, CA - - Award winning national book publicist Charlie Barrett ( will guest in a “Face Book Party” hosted by the leading book promo Internet firm Pump Up Your Book on Thursday, January 27th, 9-11pm EST. A free Kindle ($189 value!) will be given away during the session. Those interested can log on to to participate in this Net event and have a real time chat with Mr. Barrett, who heads The Barrett Company based in the nation’s creative center, Hollywood.

During the two-hour session Thursday evening with Pump Up Your Book, Mr. Barrett will take questions from those participating such as how to get your book marketed in the evolving publishing marketplace, how authors can get booked on top market radio and TV shows and overall tips on creating a best seller book by using creative publicity techniques.

Mr. Barrett was voted Book Publicist of the Year by the Southern California Book Pub Society and is a member of the Publishers Association of Los Angeles. His book publicist credits range from Carla Malden’s upcoming book Afterimage to Ben Berkley’s Before You say I Do Again to many, many others in the non-fiction and fiction genres. The Barrett Company also represents personalities and companies involved in both film and television production. Earlier Mr. Barrett served with NBC as the publicist for Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. His new website may be accessed via

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Medical Thriller Author Frank Edwards on 'Final Mercy Virtual Book Tour' February '11

Join Frank Edwards as he tours the blogosphere February 1-25 2011 to talk about his new medical thriller, Final Mercy (Zumaya Publications).

Frank was born in Rochester New York. In 1968 he entered the US Army and served a tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He received a BA with honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill then attended medical school at the University of Rochester, graduating with an MD in 1979. In 1989 he received an MFA in writing from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. After practicing for a decade in North Carolina, he returned to the Rochester, area in 1990 where he remains in active practice.

He has published a number of poems and short stories in literary magazines including Carolina Quarterly and The Virginia Quarterly Review, along with numerous medical articles. In 1988, Henry Holt published his first non-fiction book, Medical Malpractice: Solving the Crisis. His second non-fiction book, The M & M Files: Morbidity and Mortality Rounds in Emergency Medicine was published by Hanley & Belfus in 2002 and has become a standard text in emergency medicine.

For the past thirteen years he has taught creative writing seminars to medical students at the U of R. In 2004, the University of Rochester Press published his collection of poems and short stories, It’ll Ease the Pain.

Final Mercy is his first novel.

Final Mercy
Final Mercy
centers on Dr. Jack Forester, director of the New Canterbury University Hospital emergency department, who is about to win an ongoing battle to modernize the ED when he’s stymied by the power-hungry dean, Bryson Witner. Then someone tries to murder Jack’s mentor and the former dean, setting it up to look like suicide.

Bit by bit, Jack uncovers facts that suggest several other recent tragic accidents may not have been in the least accidental. The deeper he digs, the closer danger creeps, and the phrase “life or death” begins to take on a new and very personal meaning.

You can visit his website at

Frank's tour schedule:

Tuesday, February 1
Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, February 2
Book reviewed at By the Book

Thursday, February 3
Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz

Friday, February 4
Interviewed at Review From Here

Monday, February 7
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Tuesday, February 8
Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Wednesday, February 9
Guest blogging at Moonlight, Lace & Mayhem

Thursday, February 10
Interviewed at Examiner

Friday, February 11
Book reviewed at Lucky Rosie’s

Monday, February 14
Guest blogging at Simply Stacie

Tuesday, February 15
Book reviewed at Books and Thoughts and Adventures

Wednesday, February 16
Book reviewed at Book Reviews by Molly

Thursday, February 17
Interviewed at The Book Connection

Friday, February 18
Guest blogging at Murder by 4

Monday, February 21
Guest blogging at Pitching Pencils

Tuesday, February 22
Guest blogging at Two Ends of the Pen

Wednesday, February 23
Interviewed at Shine

Thursday, February 24
Book reviewed at Black Diamonds Book Reviews

Friday, February 25
Guest blogging at Southern City Mysteries

For more information on his virtual book tour, you can visit Frank's official tour page here.

Pump Up Your Book is an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book publicity for authors looking for maximum online promotion to sell their books. Visit our website at to find out how we can take your book to the virtual level!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Opportunity for self-published authors at

Valerie Peterson, an Guide, is giving self-published authors a great opportunity to tell readers about their self-publishing experiences.

From her website at

Have you self-published a book? Did you find the process of self-publishing fulfilling or frustrating? Worthwhile or a waste of time? Some self-published authors (like Lisa Genova, whose bestselling book Still Alice is pictured at right) go on to sell many copies of their books and get interest from a traditional publish house. Other authors are very satisfied with the knowledge that they got their books into print or e-book distribution.

What was your self-publishing experience? readers want to know! You can review your self-publishing company in a new feature and your input will benefit all those who are considering self-publishing their books. Plus, you get to link to your book and show us your book jacket.

We look forward to hearing about your self-published book!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Book Publicist Charlie Barrett gives advice to self-published authors

Doesn’t self-publishing always get a bad rap? Talk to successful self-publishers like Joe Konrath and Stephen King and they’ll tell you quite the opposite to what most people think about self-publishing.. Not only can self-publishing be an excellent way to get your book published using the DIY method, but it can be quite profitable, too.

Book publicist Charlie Barrett loves self-published authors. Not only has he represented big time authors, he’s out for the little guy who is trying to get his piece of the pie. So how does it work with self-published authors when they go to publicists to help them get the word out about their book? We talked to Mr. Barrett about his experiences promoting the self-published author.

“We have placed numerous self-published bestseller authors as guests – experts on top TV, radio, newspapers and magazines these many past years at The Barrett Company Communications,” he says. “The growth of self-published authors in the USA is record breaking. It’s estimated that more than 60% of all books now being published are in the USA are coming from self-published authors. This growth is expected to continue, publishing media reports point out. I wonder will there be enough media outlets to “spread the word” on these many, many new books, especially when print media is being hit hard now with change, shrinking ad revenues, etc.? There is a new model coming in cyber space where the media is growing and I believe this area will continue to develop, offering new opportunities for all authors, be they self-published or from traditional publishing houses and small presses. You can always count on change.

“Many, many self-published authors contact us, ones who have written fiction and non-fiction in all areas from general novelists to ones who have penned books on celebrities, politics, business, travel, self-help, health, sports and gardening. We have successfully helped a myriad of self-published authors get attention in every major media outlet from USA Today to TV shows like Larry King on CNN and The Today Show. And we are now working on placing some with Oprah Winfrey’s new TV channel on cable television called OWN with Discovery Networks. A well-written self-published book can get a lot of media attention providing it’s on a select topic and it is well edited with no typos, which is all too often a big problem. This is exactly why many book reviewers in the mainstream media will oftentimes dismiss self-published books. It seems a good number of SP writers have actually ruined their opportunities due to sloppy work and poor distribution. But, for the many professional and diligent SP authors who invest a lot of their time and money in making their works a success, this route can definitely be worthwhile.

“Savvy authors who decide to self publish realize upfront they need the help of a PR pro, but oftentimes wait until it’s too late since their window of opportunity passes with the media. One cannot begin publicity too early. Some self-published authors try to do their own publicity by purchasing DIY programs of some kind, only to find they simply do not have the experience, skills and media contacts to make it a success, and, in the meantime, waste their money and time. When the media is contacted by a publicist they respond, even if they are not interested in a book. It’s simply about relationships and contacts many publicists have with wide-ranging book medias. In one rare case I can think of a self-published author who, while standing there -- actually got his book on terrorism to take off because it was written and came out quite ironically the week of 9-11-2001.

“Getting a book review for a self published author is very doable. However, these authors must be aware that many self-published works can be very, very challenging (but not impossible) with some of the major book review outlets including the top New York newspapers. We have been successful in getting self-published books reviewed in USA TODAY, which has some 4 to 5 million daily readers. To be blunt…many of these top flight book reviewers feel many self-published books are written poorly, have numerous typos and little or no distribution except sales off a web site. One of the services we can offer our SP authors is to find a suitable book distributor if they want one. This was the case with surgeon Dr. Harry J. Saranchak and his “Betrayals of Hippocrates” which we were able to place with Atlas/Book Masters for distribution.
“There are a great many self-published books that are well written. However, even with book distribution, many major media outlets refuse to recognize these self-published works, which is unfortunate for the author and the outlets because they miss out on great opportunities again and again.

“There can be roadblocks to overcome in promoting self-published works. My firm represents authors from a myriad of genres - - from poetry and fiction to celebrity biographies and sports - - and each poses their own specific challenge. For instance, a book with limited, very specific appeal can hamper the PR efforts because the book is only of interest maybe to a select small group. However, a book with national reach has a much stronger chance of getting more media attention since there are a far greater number of media outlets across the board from print to electronic to cyber space that would be interested. In other words, it can simply depend on how many people will be impacted by the book.

“Some self-published authors come to publicizing their book with little or very limited knowledge of how the media will view them and evaluate their work. We work to explain all of this in a free consultation on the phone and if we feel we can help an SP author, we give them a written plan outlining what we can do and a list of prices for our package or ala carte suite of services. We pride ourselves on fair pricing.

“Also almost every book written has a “local news angle” based upon where the author resides. We just assisted SP Mississippi author Andy Anderson, the well-known Rockabilly 1950s artist with Elvis Presley who penned his autobiography “Memoirs of the Original Rolling Stone.” We got him local newspaper, radio and TV appearances before rolling out our national campaign. If you can’t get local media attention for an author in their own home town that signals perhaps a real problem to come. However, I have seen it this work in reverse…since sometimes it takes national media exposure to get the attention of some local media outlets in towns and cities in the USA.

“I once worked with a SP author who was severely handicapped with his speech and mobility (he was in a wheel chair). He was quite wealthy and had his own private jet. His book was about creating world peace and he had come to the USA from the Middle East years before. What resonated so well with the CNN and Fox News interviews we got for him was that he overcame such strong physical obstacles to create his book and to get himself to the media interviewers in-person if he could, shunning any phone interviews.

“Many SP authors when they come to us definitely need media training before doing any interviews. We provide our new author clients with a list of “The 25 Most Likely Questions You will be Asked” (individually tailored to their books) and run them through mock interviews before putting them with the literary press, radio hosts and online bloggers, TV, etc.

“Self-publishing is growing at a fast pace and it is here to stay I believe. Amazon and others have opened up incredible electronic publishing and exposure opportunities for authors like I have never seen before in my years as a book publicist. It is an exciting time to be an SP author and be in control of your literary creation as we are in the dawn of a new era in the field and the possibilities are endless. It is the stuff dreams are made of.”

Are you an author looking for book publicity? Charlie Barrett knows the ins and outs of the book publishing industry with connections that will get your book into the right places. Visit his website at or email him at

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What books were bestsellers on your birthday?

What books were bestsellers on your birthday? BibliOZ, the book search wizard, can tell you!

Click here.

Just put in the day, month and year you were born and it spits out all the books that were bestsellers on the very day you were born. Fun!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Book Spotlight: 'Respect the Jux' by Frank C. Matthews

In Jamaica, “Cat” learned the art of the “jux”: robbing people by studying their everyday movements. By the age of eight, Cat was shoplifting and purse-snatching. By ten, he had his first gun. At fifteen, he committed his first murder.

In New York City . . . he created The Order: a secret society of thieves who played by Cat’s rules. He taught his crew how to pull off the perfect jux. Made them swear on a bible and a bullet. Robbed dealers, pushers, thugs. And raked in millions. Then Cat was betrayed—by one of his own men.

In Miami . . . he set up a new operation. Bigger game, bigger stakes. The targets are prime—athletes, politicians, drug lords, celebrities—and the payoff is huge. But the party scene is as dangerous as the ladies are beautiful. Cat has to watch his back and remember the rules: Never trust a thief. Never get caught. And always . . .RESPECT THE JUX.

This is the exciting premise of Frank C. Matthews' new urban fiction novel, Respect the Jux.

I have to admit, I had no idea what a jux was. I asked Frank in a recent interview (we'll be interviewing him on January 17) just what one was and he said it was basically a robbery. I didn't know that, did you?

Frank's background on his book (his back story) is one of the most interesting stories. Frank had dreams. He wanted to be a big basketball star but because he got into the wrong crowd and discovered the way to riches was through drug dealing, his dreams were dashed when he ended up incarcerated. While waiting out his time, he started writing.

He ended up writing a book on what he saw on the streets and published it himself. Because he sold so many copies, Simon & Schuster heard about his story and gave him a book contract.

I love hearing these stories because it proves to me that if you really believe in your book, nothing but success will follow.

Frank is on a virtual book tour this month and next and what a great opportunity to find out more about this talented author. If you'd like to visit his tour page where you can find out where he'll be appearing online, click here.

Meanwhile, check out this trailer - one of the neatest book trailers I have seen and has a catchy beat at that!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Interview with Sparkle the Cat: 'I was exploited by my human'

Sparkle is an award-winning author, blogger, advice columnist and supermodel. She is also a cat – a ruddy Somali of champion lineage, in fact, whose father, GC Tajhara’s Miles Davis, was twice on the cover of Cat Fancy. Sparkle’s first book, Dear Sparkle: Advice from One Cat to Another, won the Wild Card category at the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival and honorable mentions in several other contests. She also recently came home with the Pettie Award — the pet blogging equivalent of an Oscar — for Best Cat Blog. Sparkle lives in Los Angeles with two humans, two feline roommates (both rescue cats), and (unfortunately) a dog.

Dear Sparkle: Cat-to-Cat Advice from the World’s Foremost Feline Columnist (Adams Media) is her second book.

You can visit Sparkle’s blog at

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Sparkle. Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Dear Sparkle: Cat-to-Cat Advice from the World's Foremost Feline Columnist?

I actually had not intended to write at all. As you might gather, cats are generally more well-equipped to catch bugs and supervise human activity. But I was exploited by my human at an early age — I was just six months old when she bought my domain name,, and had me start blogging. That was in January 2003. Little did she realize that humans were far more interested in what I had to say than in anything she was writing about at the time. Later that year, I added a monthly advice column. It made my blog even more popular, so when I had enough columns to make up a book (about three years’ worth), I put them together in book form on my human’s micro-publishing imprint. It earned a few awards (winning the Wild Card category in the Hollywood Book Festival and Honorable Mentions in several other contests). Three years later, I was planning to put out a second book, again through print-on-demand micro-publishing, but my human’s literary agency said they could get me a book deal with a traditional publisher, so I went for it. Adams Media picked it up, and I had to write a lot more advice, since they wanted twice as much as what I already had prepared! It was quite a bit of work, but totally worth it. (Incidentally, I still had my day job of bug catching and human supervising, so all this kept me quite busy!)

Q: I love your title…can you tell us why you chose it?

I actually did not choose it — my publisher came up with it. That was just one of the many things they did that I liked! The cover and interior layout, which they also designed, is amazing. In fact, the interior layout (which includes several dozen photos of me) was a winner in the National “Best Books 2010” Awards! The book itself also won in the Animals/Pets: Novelty category.

Q: Why did you believe your book should be published?

I guess you’ve never talked to any cats, have you? Cats have lots of problems and complaints (often concerning their humans), and before me, the only cat experts out there were humans themselves. How can anyone expect a problem to be solved by the very species that is causing it to begin with? So I stepped in to fill a void. I think it’s important that cat-to-cat advice be available in book form so it’s all in one place, and cats don't have to go searching all over the internet for it. We have better things to do than Google you know — we’ve got naps to take, bugs to catch and humans to supervise!

Q: We all know that publishers can’t do all of the publicity and that some lies on the author. What has your publisher done so far to publicize the book and what have you done?

I don’t know that they’ve done anything, other than send me a big box of postcards (which was very cool of them) and put the book in stores — but I didn’t expect them to do a lot either. They are a mid-sized publishing house and don’t exactly have a huge budget for that type of thing. I went into this figuring I would have to depend on my human for most of the publicity and marketing chores. But I have to say she is not the go-getter I wish she were. I have to sit on her constantly if I want to see any results at all.

Q: What book on the market can it compare to? How is it different? What makes your book special?

There really aren’t any books that do exactly what mine does: offer advice on a variety of kitty complaints. Sure, there are books by humans who call themselves cat experts (The Cat Behavior Answer Book by Arden Moore or Cat Training in 10 Minutes by Miriam Fields-Babineau, for example), but they are not directed toward cats and lack the perspective that we felines would find helpful. My fellow feline author, Quasi, has written a couple of nice books, The World is Your Litter Box and The World is Still Your Litter Box, which are helpful, but they are only written from Quasi’s point of view, and don’t take the experiences of other cats into account. Then there’s The Devious Book for Cats, which seems to actually make fun of us kitties! I find that both not-helpful and not-funny.

Q: Open to a random page in your book. Can you tell us what is happening?

I am giving advice to a cat who is frustrated because his humans eat gourmet salmon, ahi tuna and chicken, and they don’t share it with him. I offer time-proven suggestions on how to request samples...and what to do if these ploys do not work.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

I don’t exactly have anything “planned,” although I do have some ideas. Adams Media has first right of refusal on any new book I come up with. But right now I’m more focused on getting Dear Sparkle into the hands of as many kitties as possible.

Q: Thank you for your interview, Sparkle. Do you have any final words?

Yes! Buy my book and come visit my website. Especially if you are a cat. If you’re a human, buy the book and visit my site anyway — you might learn something.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Chat With Historical Romance & Historical Paranormal Romance Authors!!!

Join with us tonight to chat with authors Grace Elliot, Grace Burrowes and Alix Rickloff!
Night Owl Romance will also be giving away prizes.

Contest: One lucky chatter will leave with a hand full of awesome print books. Winner will be selected by our door prize system. To be shipped to the winner. USA Shipping Only. To be entered you need to attend the full chat.

Start Time by Time Zone:
5pm PST / 6pm MST / 7pm CST / 8pm EST / ...Next Day 1am GMT
Duration: Most Chats Last Around 1 Hour

Date: 01/03/2011 in the USA

We look forward to seeing you there,

The Night Owl Reviews Team

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Interview with humor columnist Rose A. Valenta, author of SITTING ON COLD PORCELAIN

Rose A. Valenta is a nationally syndicated humor columnist. Her irreverent columns have been published in Senior Wire, Associated Content, Courier Post Online, NPR, Newsday, USA TODAY, the WSJ Online, and many other local news and radio websites.

She is the author of Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog. This is the blog for people who would be knowledgeable about current events and politics if only politicians and news anchors didn’t stretch the truth. “What else is there to do, but share an honest laugh?” Rose said.

Rose regularly attends the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton, is a member of the Robert Benchley Society and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC).

Rose lived in Philadelphia for over 40 years, where she honed her humor writing skills by being married to a Philadelphia Policeman and giving birth to three children. “Times have changed. Now that we have 10 grandchildren, I’m not sure how I feel about children being exposed to the evening news. Humorous things happen, like the time my grandson asked us to come outside to see his version of ‘Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman’ right after Snowmageddon.”

Rose worked for a subsidiary of McGraw-Hill, Datapro Information Services, for 12 years as a technical staff writer, and also wrote freelance articles for other computer industry publications.

She claims that her Italian heritage stunted her growth. She is English on her Father’s side and believes that in a past life, during medieval times, she was probably a trusted member of the Counsel of the Jesters.

Her latest book is Sitting on Cold Porcelain which you can find out more about at her website at

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Rose. Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Sitting on Cold Porcelain?

It’s been a long journey. I’ve been writing professionally since 1984. During most of those years, I was a technical writer. However, I have been a humorist for most of my life. First, getting into trouble as a small child by pulling pranks; then, as an adult, satirizing my boss. My friends and co-workers urged me to write a book. I procrastinated.

As an avid fan of Erma Bombeck, I began attending the bi-annual workshops at the University of Dayton. Then I started writing Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog, got a few of my columns syndicated, joined the Robert Benchley Society and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and finally wrote my book. It will be the first of many.

Q: I love your title…can you tell us why you chose it?

It is the best way to describe Murphy’s Law in a woman’s life. Actually, I elaborate on that in the Introduction to my book.

Q: Why did you believe your book should be published?

I went into the “Humor” section of my local book store and noticed the slim pickings. Not only that, but most people can always use a good laugh.

Q: We all know that publishers can’t do all of the publicity and that some lies on the author. What has your publisher done so far to publicize the book and what have you done?

My publisher sent out press releases and featured my book at the American Library Association Conference in my home State, Pennsylvania. I went several steps further by starting Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog; joining Facebook and Twitter, attracting a following; sending out my own press releases; and signing up with Pump Up Your Book.

Q: What book on the market can it compare to? How is it different? What makes your book special?

I think it is comparable to both Allen Dale’s Cracker Barrel Comments and Erma Bombeck’s If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? It’s different because you get the best of both worlds in Sitting on Cold Porcelain. Although, some of the essays are a bit risqué, something you would never find in a Bombeck book, it is still relatively clean; you know, witty without being offensive. Plus, it satirizes politicians and current events in addition to dysfunctional family satire.

Q: Open to a random page in your book. Can you tell us what is happening?

Yes, Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman has been upstaging all the Christmas light displays in your neighborhood.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

Yes, “Sitting on Cold Porcelain II” is more than half finished and I am brain-storming a funny romance novel.

Q: Thank you for your interview, Rose. Do you have any final words?

Yes, my book is doing fantastic at the Amazon Kindle Store and thanks to all who follow Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog, it is in the number two spot in the “Top 50 Blogs in Philadelphia” on Facebook. You can also follow me on Twitter @rosevalenta.