Friday, December 30, 2011

Literary Fiction Author Karen Glick on Questions in the Silence Virtual Book Tour 2012

Questions in the Silence

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Karen Glick's Questions in the Silence Virtual Book Tour 2012 beginning on January 3 and ending on January 27 2012. Karen will be on hand during her worldwide tour promoting her book and giving us candid interviews and guest posts where we learn more about the author, she will have her first Twitterview and AuthorVid, both implemented by Pump Up Your Book, as well as giving her fans an opportunity to talk to her live via Pump Up Your Book's chat room on January 27 where she will be giving away a copy of her book, Questions in the Silence! Lots of fun along the way as Karen stops off at blogs around the world to give her fans a chance to ask her questions and to find out more about this talented literary fiction author.

About Karen Glick


Karen Glick
Karen Glick
lives outside of Philadelphia. She is a clinical psychologist whose other interests include writing, painting, and acting. When not feverishly engaged in these pursuits, she enjoys spending time with her four children, husband, cavalier king charles spaniels and cats.

Karen has just published her first novel, Questions in the Silence.

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About Questions in the Silence


Questions in the Silence

Ari Rothman, born with psychic abilities, has a lifelong fascination with spiritual issues. Childhood visions and intuitions combine to make her a bit of an outsider in her peer group and she turns to religion to create meaning in her life.

Ari’s childhood experiences and her strong desire to help others make her a natural psychotherapist. However, the conflict between her intuitive abilities and a more rational approach to the human psyche intensifies when her first long-term client ends his sessions unexpectedly.

Visit her official tour page at www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/12/17/questions-in-the-silence-virtual-book-publicity-tour-january-2012/. Win copies of her book, learn more about the author and be sure to join her on January 27 2012 in the Pump Up Your Book chat room.

About Pump Up Your Book


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

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


Legal Thriller Urban Fiction Author Chris Shella on 'Reasonable Facsimile Virtual Blog Tour 2012'

Reasonable Facsimile

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

About Chris Shella


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

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About Reasonable Facsimile


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

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

About Pump Up Your Book


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



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


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Interview with K.S. Krueger, Author of 'Traegonia the Ember Rune'


Kim Krueger is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She is a writer, businesswoman, Reiki practitioner and spiritual person. She loves animals, nature and kids. Kim has lived in the Suburbs of Chicago all her life. She is creative and always tries to foster creativity in her own children as well as in others. Although her background has been in business, Kim has always loved to write. She has written poetry and several children’s stories originally for her eldest daughter. Kim enjoys the idea of seeing the world through the eyes of her imagination and finds herself submerged in the worlds she creates. Imagination has never been in short supply ever since she was a child.

About Traegonia the Ember Rune

Traegonia the Ember Rune, the second book in the Traegonia series, continues the adventures of a young boy and a community of, mystical creatures of the forest known as, Traegons. These sixteen inch tall forest dwelling creatures, that resemble a cross between a troll and a wingless dragon, are wise and inquisitive. Although, they may appear scary at first they are actually quite kind and civilized. When Dino is faced with leaving, Karia and Juna, his two young Traegon friends behind when his parents decide to go on vacation, he decides to smuggle them on board a plane to California. His family vacation turns into an adventure of a lifetime when they meet two young girls and a bold and a bit wild young Traegon named Fletch. This Northern California Mountain holds danger, mystery and a path of learning for each of these new friends.  Faced with forces of nature, a rogue cougar and the evolution of their own journeys, the group of unlikely friends must believe in themselves and each other to uncover the meaning of the Ember Rune and get off the mountain safely. New friendships are made, old ones revealed and a new community of Traegons is introduced.  Join Dino, Karia and Juna on this second exciting adventure and decide for yourself…. Do they exist?  

Do you Believe?


Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Kim. Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing professionally and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Traegonia the Ember Rune?

I have always loved to write. I had been working on the first book in this series for about a decade. It isn’t that it took me that long because I couldn’t think of something to write, but because life can determine what becomes priorities and as many of the things I was doing, such as, having children, raising them, building a business with my husband, moving twice and building a house, were and still are wonderful parts of my personal journey, so my dream took a bit longer to see through. The message in this is that no matter how long it takes, don’t ever give up. Show your children that it is important to dream, to try and to dare to be different, they will benefit from it. In 1998 a neighbor created a wonderful sculpture that set me, my husband and Dino to thinking, wondering and creating the idea for this book series. It has taken time to see it to where it is today, but I believe there is a time for everything and everything in time.

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

Well, the title of the series came from the name of the character species, Traegon. When my husband first saw them, the sculptures, he said they resembled the cross between a troll and a dragon, he called them Traegons and it just stuck. I then said that Traegons would of course live in Traegonia and that stuck as well. Now, as each book in the series partially takes place in the world of these creatures, each book is titled Traegonia…the subtitle for Traegonia the Ember Rune comes from an item that finds its way to Karia in the story, this item becomes a part of her learning and her journey as does the discovery of its purpose.

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

When we first kicked around the idea of a book to tell the story of who and what these creatures are, I am not sure we had in mind that it would come as far as it has. I began writing the first book in late 1998, and as life has a tendency to trump personal dreams, it took me until 2009 to finish it. Because it took me so long to complete the first book and we now had several of these wonderful sculptures, we decided to take a leap of faith and self-publish Traegonia the Sunbow Prophecy. As I began to promote, market and sell many of the first book we developed a following, people loved the characters, the positive messages the books have and the idea that they just might be out there. We finally decided that we would continue it as a series and I began writing Traegonia the Ember Rune. The Ember Rune took me about two years to complete from start to publication. People were chomping at the bit and our release in August 2011 was wonderfully received. Although I do not have a huge Publishing company and marketing team working with me to promote the series, the children and adults who are our fans are wonderful and keep me always moving forward. It will just take us a little longer I suspect. I am looking for a literary agent, but that is between writing, marketing, promoting, doing shows, school and library visits, working a part time job and raising three daughters with my husband. Just a little busy, but it keeps me excited for the next moment I can step back into the World of Traegonia and just write.

Q: Can you tell us the story behind your book cover? Did you choose it or did your publisher, Outskirts Press have full control? Were you happy with the decision or did you have something else in mind?

Dino C. Crisanti is the sculptor and illustrator and my partner in the Traegonia project. We are both creative and work really well developing ideas, ok, we have control issues. I knew what I wanted the Sunbow Prophecy cover to look like and I shared this with Dino. He threw in ideas as well and set out to put together the cover himself. We wanted the cover to be a piece of art and to contain elements of the story hidden within the front and back covers of the book, so since we knew we had the option to create it ourselves, without a second thought we chose that option. The book covers are similar but different; they do however all contain elements of the stories that lie within. We are very happy with our decision. It may not be “industry standard” but we are creative beings and tend to think outside the box. Besides we are having a great time and our fans love our covers.
Q: How have you approached marketing your book? Do you have someone doing it for you or have you had to do most of the marketing yourself?
We have done all of the marketing ourselves, which is no small feat. Since the first book was published in June of 2009, my husband and I have done almost 60 art and craft shows and relevant festivals, along with school and library visits, book and author events, social networking, obtaining local newspaper interviews, and some small radio and podcast interviews. This I find to be the most difficult and many times the most rewarding thing about the whole process. It is when a mother tells me that her young son, who doesn’t like to read, wanted to read, or when a grandparent or parent reads together with a child and they both so enjoy the story and when a child loves the books or an adult is inspired to imagine and dream about possibilities, these are the things that feed the soul and make all the struggles worth it. As long as our fans still want more about Traegonia, I will write it.

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

Traegonia has been compared to Bridge to Terabithia, Spiderwick and Indian in the Cupboard. Traegonia rides a fine line between reality and fantasy. It weaves places we are all familiar with and other creatures that are protected and endangered in the areas where I am writing about, into a world that might truly exist just beyond the tree line of the next forest preserve you visit. Blended with similarities of the ways of the American Indian and metaphysical understandings this story brings with it messages of friendship, looking beyond outward appearances, and conservation and inspires every reader to dream and to believe in themselves and what they have power to accomplish. Each book will deal with new and different issues that will show readers that Traegons, although they are different in so many ways, are similar too, just as each of us are positively unique and different.
Q: Open to a random page in your book. Can you tell us what is happening?

I just really love these questions. In the hardcover on page 99, Dino has just lost his backpack over the edge of a cliff, with something irreplaceable inside. Autumn and Jade Linder, who took Dino out on their horses, now have to instruct Dino on how to back his horse up on this narrow cliff-side path so he can find a way to retrieve his back pack. One by one the three of them precariously guide the horses backward in this very dangerous and nail-biting scene.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?
Yes, we have plans for at least three more books in the series. We are currently working on the third book in the series which will take Dino, Karia and Juna to New York City, where they will find a community of Traegons living a much different existence than we have seen so far. When the city built up many, many years ago three small groups of Traegons did not move with the rest to what is now known as the Catskill Mountains. They chose to stay and adapt to the ever changing landscape of the world that stretches far above and below. I look forward to this next book and discovering more about who these new Traegons are.
Q: Thank you for your interview, Kim. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?
Thank you for the opportunity and I do hope everyone will join us at our website at www.worldoftraegonia.com, there you will be able to view many of the character sculptures, as well as, see the book trailer for the first book. Teachers can download and print out a curriculum for both the first and second books if they would like to use them in the classroom. You can keep up to date on the events we will be attending and visit our marketplace for some of the other beautiful items we have available for sale. You can pick up a copy of either Traegonia the Sunbow Prophecy or Traegonia the Ember Rune at our website or from Amazon.com, Barns and Noble.com or ask for it by name at your local bookseller. We also invite you to like us on Facebook at World Of Traegonia to be notified of future updates, new sculptures, contests, raffles and adventures. Thank you again for this opportunity.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Interview with Anneke Campbell, author of 'Slouching Towards Bellingham'

Anneke Campbell has worked as a midwife, nurse, masseuse, prenatal yoga teacher, college teacher of English, and writer in a number of genres. She has won awards for poetry, for one piece of journalism and one television script. She writes and co-produces videos for environmental and social justice organizations, and co-wrote a manual for activists, “Be The Change: How To Get What You Want in Your Community.” In 2010 she edited an anthology on women’s leadership: “Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart.” She is currently a doctoral student at the California Institute for Integral Studies. An earlier version of her novel Slouching Towards Bellingham appeared in print in 2004, under the title Mary of Bellingham.

You can visit her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/annekecampbell and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slouching-Towards-Bellingham/183127415036037.

About Slouching Towards Bellingham

When a pregnant girl named Mary waddles into Bellingham, Indiana, she also wanders right into the hearts of its townspeople. Not to mention their imaginations: Because Mary’s a virgin!

Joe the postman is the first to spot her, struggling bedraggled and dirty down the road into town. He introduces her to Violet, the waitress at his favorite diner, who has her own reasons to be kind. Next thing you know their friend Dr. Bob’s examined her and proclaimed her a virgin.

And then the whole world wants a piece of her.

News stories are written; websites built; roving gangs of paparazzi set in motion. Throughout it all, Mary maintains sacred silence. Juggling a townful of characters, each with his or her own agenda, not a single one selfless or blameless, Campbell makes Bellingham come alive as she shows how each is changed by the apparent miracle.

This good-natured tale about an extraordinary event in an ordinary town pulls off the rare trick of being satirical, funny, and very, very real without ever sinking into the cynical. A great gift for anyone who reads—especially if they’re a mom.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Anneke, Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Slouching Towards Bellingham.

I’ve been writing ever since I worked as a midwife 3 decades ago. As a mother and a midwife I was always inspired by this sense that each birth is its own miracle, each infant holding a promise to make a profound difference in bettering our world. Second, when I was a child, Mary was the friendliest figure in Catholic religion. I loved her for her beauty and being kind and a new mother. She stands for mercy and the feminine part of the divine and I still relate to her in that way.

Q: I love your title! Can you tell us why you chose it?

It refers to the final line in the Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming:” What rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?” I’ve always loved that poem, and that line evokes for me how humans seem compelled to anticipate the end, and we harbor this huge ambivalence towards change.

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

It’s a fun read that will entertain and because at heart it’s about people coming together in spite of themselves to help each other out in their community, and this is something I know we need more of as we face the challenges ahead.

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?

This blog tour is one thing, a Facebook fan page and I’ve created some funny videos that are on the publication website. Honestly, this is not my forte.

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

It’s an imaginary contemporary recreation of the Virgin birth story. I walk a very fine line between being inspirational and funny without ever getting preachy or its opposite—sacrilegious. I wanted to people to be able to laugh at and with my characters and recognize their own fears and aspirations in them.

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

We want to know what will happen, to find out who is this girl, how did she get pregnant, was it n experiment, an alien impregnation, a miracle and what are the towns people going to help her?

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

Yes.

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

This incredibly inexpensive gift will give you a good seasonal cheer and chuckle without cutting down a tree.

Giveaways, Contests & Prizes!

In celebration of Anneke Campbell’s new release, she will be appearing at Pump Up Your Book’s 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on December 16. More than 50 books, gifts and cash awards will be given away including an e-copy of of Slouching Towards Bellingham! Visit the official party page here!

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Interview with Chuck Waldron, author of 'Remington & The Mysterious Fedora'

U.S. born, Canadian novelist Chuck Waldron is currently working on his fourth novel, a thriller about an investigative blogger who uncovers more than he ever imagines…and has no idea what to do with his discovery.

His first novel, Tears in the Dust, is a mystery set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War in 1937. When Alestair Ferguson volunteers to fight in the International Brigade he doesn’t realize the true price he will have to pay. Chuck’s second novel, Remington and the Mysterious Fedora, is a quirky fantasy, a story about what happens when a young man sits at the keyboard of a manual typewriter and puts on an old fedora. When the fedora and its mysterious power begins to whisper a story to him, the young man has a strange adventure indeed. His third novel, Served Cold, spans decades and stretches from the countryside of rural Ontario to a quiet artists’ studio in Tucson, Arizona. With lots of murder and mayhem in between, the story is what happens when a long-standing feud erupts into hot-blooded vengeance.

Chuck wrote over thirty short stories before setting out to write novels that are affordable and entertaining. He has attended writing workshops in Iowa, Florida, Georgia and Ontario, Canada.

“I grew up,” Chuck said, “listening to my grandfather, an Ozark Mountain story teller, spinning tales of the caves on his farm, describing them as hiding places once used by the Jesse & Frank James’ gang. It didn’t matter if the stories were true or not. Those legends set fire to my imagination, creating images that emerged slowly over the years, finally igniting as my short stories and novels.”

Now, thirty-plus short stories and three novels later, ideas keep coming, with more novels under development. Do they share anything in common? Each has its own unique voice and tale to tell, yet, at their heart, his stories tell about the human condition – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Chuck adds, “stored images that echo in my writing include train whistles in the night, Norman Rockwell childhood scenes, U.S. Army memories, blue collar jobs, university, a professonal career, and finally retirement. Many of my images are drawn from this pool of memories: places visited, sights seen, and people met. The rest I filled in with my imagination: dreams of places yet to be visited, sights yet to be seen, and people yet to be met.”

His literary roots were planted in the American Midwest and thrived when transplanted – over thirty-nine years ago – to the rich, cultural soil of Ontario. He and his wife, Suzanne, spend their summers in Kitchener, Ontario and are warmed by a winter sun in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

You can visit Chuck at http://www.writebyme.ca and at www.chuckwaldron.com. Visit him at Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/writebyme and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/wordstir.

About Remington & The Mysterious Fedora

Surprise is in store when, in the back of a strange used goods store, Josh finds an old Remington typewriter and a fedora with some very mysterious powers. As Josh embarks on his first novel writing adventure, he finds that his new hat has its own story to tell – of a time before history began – and is quite demanding of Josh’s attention. As the story consumes him, Josh’s life begins to unravel, and he soon finds he is unable to separate himself from the hat and the story. When the last page is written, Josh is left with more questions than answers…both about the story and his own life.

Read the first chapter here.

Giveaways, Contests & Prizes!

To celebrate the release of Chuck Waldron’s new fantasy novel, Remington & The Mysterious Fedora, he is offering one free paperback copy of his book at Pump Up Your Book’s 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on December 16. More than 50 books, gifts and cash awards will be given away! Click here for details!

Q: Welcome to the Writer's Life, Chuck. Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Remington and the Mysterious Fedora?

I’m told I wrote my first short story when I was 8 years old. My creative writing journey really began twenty-five years ago with a class in writing the short story. In 2004 I decided to turn one of those stories, Tears in the Dust, into a novel. Remington and the Mysterious Fedora came next.

Q: I love your title! Can you tell us why you chose it?

When a young man said he had never seen a typewriter I realized how close we are to consigning typewriters to history’s dustbin. Imagine, something that was once so ubiquitous only lives on through the QWERTY keyboard on computers, tablets and Smartphones. That thought led me to imagine a young man finding a typewriter and putting it back into good repair. Then he found a fedora with the power to whisper a story as he typed. He thought the fedora and story would be the stepping stone to fame as a writer. He was about to discover the price he might have to pay.

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

I want my books to entertain, amuse, challenge and create a diversion for my readers. I write stories for myself first. When I am satisfied I want to share them with readers. Remington and the Mysterious Fedora is a fun read, meant to be enjoyed.

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 am an Indie Author and as my own publisher I have to accept the challenge of publicizing my novels. Book signings, a web site, book fairs, and social media marketing are my ways to reach readers. It’s a long, slow process, but as a writer with precious little financial resources I pick and choose carefully.

I am always ready to speak to any group, book club, or interested organization about my writing.

My motto is “one book at a time.”

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

I’ve searched for a comparison without much luck. One comparable book is Consolation by Michael Redhill. Another is the Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. If a reader is looking for a novel with a contemporary setting in parallel with a story set in a time before history, this will be the special book for them.

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

Blaze, named after her job as fire starter, is being taught the secret of navigating by the stars. Stargazer will soon be dead and is passing the skill on. The problem is that his teaching her the secrets is a dangerous undertaking and goes against the rules.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

I am almost finished writing The Lion’s Head Deception, a dystopian story about a blogger who uncovers a frightening conspiracy that threatens to destroy his city. He has to decide if he has the courage it will take to expose the conspiracy, perhaps at the cost of his own life.

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

To my readers, thank you for your support and kind words. To my future readers, I hope you enjoy reading Remington and the Mysterious Fedora as well as my other novels. To my writing colleagues, keep writing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Interview with Whitney Stewart, author of 'Give Me a Break: No-Fuss Meditation

Whitney Stewart began writing young adult biographies and meditating after she met and interviewed the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the subject of two of her books, and lived with a Tibetan family in India. For her next biographies, she trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in Nepal, interviewed Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in her Rangoon home, and climbed along China’s Great Wall to research the lives of Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong. In 2004, Stewart published a picture book about the Buddha, which contains a foreword and a meditation suggestion from the 14th Dalai Lama. In addition to nonfiction books, Stewart has published three middle-grade novels. In August 2005, Stewart was trapped in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and evacuated by helicopter from a rooftop. She returned home and volunteered as a creative writing teacher in the public schools. She discovered that her students suffered from post-Katrina stress. Using meditation, improvisation, and word play, Stewart taught her students to write about their lives.

Her latest book is Give Me a Break: No-Fuss Meditation.

You can find more about Whitney Stewart at her website at http://www.whitneystewart.com. Follow her at Twitter at www.twitter.com/mindfulneworlns and www.twitter.com/whitneystewart2 and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/New.Orleans.Kids.Author.

About Give Me a Break: No-Fuss Meditation

Whitney Stewart’s straightforward, non-denominational guide makes meditation simple. It covers the basics in a concise thirty-three pages: Why meditation is good for you, how to sit, how to let your mind rest, even what to do if you feel weird or uncomfortable during meditation. Most important, it provides sixteen accessible, useful meditations you can easily learn at home. Age ten to adult.

Stewart’s top reasons to meditate:

*To focus inwardly

*To slow down internally

*To develop awareness

*To understand your mind

*To increase tolerance

*To experience “BIG MIND”

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Whitney. Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Give me a Break: No-Fuss Meditation.

In fourth grade, I collected a set of poems along with a set from my best friend, Suzy, and we “published” them as a book. I think that is the point when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I still have that hand-made book. In tenth-grade I began submitting stories to children’s book publishers (none were accepted), and I studied children’s literature and child language acquisition at Brown University, with a plan to become a children’s book writer. In 1986, my mother and I took a trip around the world, the highlight of which was a trek through Tibet and up into the Everest region of Nepal. During that trip, I became fascinated with Tibetan Buddhist culture and with the story of the 14th Dalai Lama. I went home and read everything I could on this Buddhist leader, and I wrote to people who knew him, including famed Austrian Heinrich Harrer who became the Dalai Lama’s tutor in Tibet after WWII. He told me that if I wanted to understand Tibetan culture I had to go to Dharamsala, India, the current home of the Dalai Lama. I did that and ended up living in the home of a Tibetan family. This led to four interviews of the Dalai Lama, the publication of my two children’s books about him, and my initiation into Buddhism and meditation. I have been practicing meditation for twenty-five years, and I have incorporated meditation in my author programs at schools and libraries around the world. After Hurricane Katrina, I volunteered as a creative writing teacher at a public school in New Orleans. I discovered that my students were so stressed and unable to focus that I decided to try non-denominational meditation techniques to help my students settle their bodies and relax their busy minds. Most of my students loved the techniques, so I decided to put them into a simple meditation guide that anyone, from any background, could use.

Q: I love your title. Can you tell us why you chose it?

Ah yes, my title—that came when one of my students yelled “Give me a break!” at a classmate. I decided to give all the students a break with meditation. And the “No-Fuss” part of the title needs no explanation. With my simple guide, you don’t need to go anywhere or do anything special in order to meditate.

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

After I published a picture book about the life of the Buddha, and I incorporated a simple meditation technique that the Dalai Lama suggested, readers asked me for more meditation ideas. There are many books about meditation, but I wanted to publish a very simple, inexpensive one that gave readers easy tools without detailed commentary.

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 has set up a Facebook book page for me, plugged my ebook online, and connected me with PR people. I have set up a special Twitter account through which to discuss meditation, mindfulness and health. You can find me there at @mindfulneworlns. I also post talk about meditation on my personal Facebook page, my children’s book writer Twitter account (@whitneystewart2), and I use simple meditational techniques, when appropriate, in my public talks.

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

I have not found a non-denominational meditational ebook exactly like mine, one that includes a short explanation of meditation and seating posture and then goes straight to meditational practices. However, I love Susan Piver’s book Quiet Mind that includes six simple practices by leading Buddhist teachers. Two other great titles are Meditation for Dummies by Stephen Bodian, and Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield. My ebook is a short and simple starter book, which could lead a reader to finding more detailed books on meditation or to finding a meditation teacher.

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

On page 12, I discuss the reaction some of my students experienced when they first tried meditation. They told me they felt “weird.” This weird feeling came from a sense of self-consciousness and from the body’s discomfort when seated in an unfamiliar posture. In my book, I explain ways of following your discomfort or self-consciousness as it is expressed in the body, and then breathing into those sensations to allow them to dissipate.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

I am always writing. I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t writing—except, say, right after the birth of my child or when I’ve been sick. I usually don’t write when I travel, but those trips always inspire new books. I just finished revising a middle-grade novel set in New Orleans. I look forward to the publication of that book, and I want to return to a young adult novel I started writing last spring. My next picture book entitled Creating Calm, which is a companion book to Becoming Buddha, will be illustrated by Australian artist Sally Rippin and published by Windy Hollow in Australia in 2013.

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

Thank you for your interest in my meditation ebook: Give Me A Break: No-Fuss Meditation. I wrote it to communicate simple meditation exercises to anyone who wants to reduce stress, improve health, develop inner wisdom, lead a happier life, and experience a natural state of mind.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Red Hot Sky by Gordon Gumpertz Blog Tour Hosts Wanted

Pump Up Your Book is seeking tour hosts for Gordon Gumpertz's Red Hot Sky Virtual Book Publicity Tour to be held in January and February 2012. We are seeking blog hosts who would like to review his book, have him write a guest post for your blog or be interviewed. We would love to have you join our blog host team if your blog qualifies!

CO2 buildup in earth’s atmosphere reaches a tipping point. Global weather destabilizes, turns chaotic. Ice storms, dust storms, floods, blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes pummel the earth nonstop. A secret computer model reveals that the frantic weather will peak out, and transform world climate into an alien environment devastating to human survival.

Scientists Ben Mason, Claudine Manet, and Bertrand Short are developers of the computer model. Ben and Claudine are lovers as well as lab partners. While they work frantically to head off the approaching catastrophe, a disgraced Russian general hacks into their model and sees earth’s bleak future as his opportunity for ultimate world power.

Ben, who had left the CIA to develop the computer model at the national lab, is reactivated by the Agency and sent on a perilous mission to block the rogue general’s plot. Claudine, not realizing that Ben is on a secret mission, misunderstands his absence, putting their relationship on thin ice.

Claudine is placed in charge of a massive NASA project that, if completed on time, could stop the approaching doomsday climate change. But her project is stalled by bureaucracy. Ben is on the run in hostile territory. The climate change calamity steadily approaches.

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

If you would like to review Red Hot Sky, please fill out the convenient form here!

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TWL Chats with Karen Mueller Bryson - Author of The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell



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

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

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

What is your name and where do you call home?

My name is Karen Mueller Bryson and I live in Florence, Arizona, which is outside of Phoenix.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?

The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell integrates historical figures and events in a fun-filled and action-packed time travel adventure for tweens.



Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

This is the first in a series of fast reads for tweens. The main characters, sibling rivals Puggie and Gigi Liddell, go head-to-head with the inventor, Thomas Edison and scientist, Nikola Tesla. The kids will have more time travel adventures. I am in the process of writing a story, in which Puggie and Gigi meet the writer, Edgar Allan Poe as well as a book, in which they travel to Tombstone and get involved with the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?

My mom taught me to read at a young age and I immediately knew I wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first book, with my mom’s help, when I was four! I’m still writing forty years later.

Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?

I love to gift books to readers, who would like to review them.

How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?

The cover was designed and created by the talented illustrator, L.L. Tisdel. She is also working on a graphic novel adaptation of the book.

Which is your favourite cover of all the books you have written?

I’m a bit biased because my husband created the covers for my adult romantic comedy novels, Hey Dorothy You’re Not in Kansas Anymore, Where is Wonderland Anyway and Twyla’s Last Trip. I adore his work!

How did you come up with the title for your book?

Puggie and Gigi Liddell were characters I developed for a teen screenplay, Retro Geeks, which I wrote several years ago. The screenplay featured Gigi and her best friend and was about them trying to get dates for senior prom. Puggie was a minor character in the story but a most people, who read the script, loved Puggie. I wasn’t able to garner must interest in the prom script, so I decided to write a story, which featured Puggie and his sister, when they were younger, traveling through time. I wanted kids to be immediately attracted to the book, so I wanted the title to reflect the fact that the sibling’s adventures were no ordinary adventures; they were incredibly awesome adventures!

Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers?

I created two trailers for the book. I love book trailers and have actually purchased books as a result of seeing the trailers. Book trailers are fun to create, although the process can be time consuming.

Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?

I have so little time to read between my full-time job as a university professor and my writing career. I try to spend all of my commuting time listening to audiobooks. When I do have a chance to read at home, I prefer to read paperbacks.

Are you a self-published / Indie author?

The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell is published by Zeta Comics, which is a small, traditional press. I also independently publish and recently created my own line, Short on Time Books, which are fast-paced and fun novels that readers can finish in one sitting.

Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?

I tend to read non-fiction books more than once, particularly books about religion or spirituality.

Have you ever read a book just based on its cover?

I purchased The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo based on the cover and title, which I found absolutely intriguing. This was before all of the publicity about the film adaptation and I had no idea what the book was about. Of course, I immediately fell in love with book and had to read the remainder of the trilogy!

What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?

I just finished listening to the audiobook version of The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenies, which I loved. I just started listening to the audiobook, Steve Jobs, which I think everyone in the country is reading right now!

Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?

The best advice I was given: to be a writer, you actually have to write! Many people want to be writers or to have written something but they don’t actually ever write. You have to write a lot and keep practicing, in order to be good at writing and produce something of value.

Where can your readers follow you?

Author Website: http://www.ahorsewithnoname.com/
Puggie Website: http://puggie.homestead.com/
Puggie Blog: http://puggieblog.tumblr.com/
Author Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/karenmuellerbryson
Puggie Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thepuggiepage
Author Twitter: http://twitter.com/karenmbryson
Puggie Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThePuggiePage
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Mueller-Bryson/e/B001K8S0U8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/karenmbryson
Short on Time Books: http://www.shortontimebooks.com/

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Farsighted Virtual Book Publicity Tour December 2011

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

About Emlyn Chand

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

Farsighted is her latest book.

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

About Farsighted

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

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

Book Excerpt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What’s this?” Dad asks.

“Uh, the butter.Obviously.”

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

“Uh, because you asked me to.”

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

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

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

Book Trailer

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

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Giveaways, Contests & Prizes!

To celebrate the release of Emlyn Chand’s new YA parnaormal, Farsighted, she is offering one free e-copy of her book at Pump Up Your Book’s 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on December 16. More than 50 books, gifts and cash awards will be given away! Click here for details!

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Farsighted Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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Monday, December 5

Book spotlighted at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, December 6

Book reviewed at Bookworm Lisa

Wednesday, December 7

Book reviewed at Book Nook Club

Thursday, December 8

Book reviewed at Nightly Reads

Monday, December 12

Book reviewed at Bookish Delights

Book reviewed at The Top Shelf

Tuesday, December 13

Interviewed at Coffee and a Keyboard

Wednesday, December 14

Book reviewed at Krazy Book Lady

Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz

Thursday, December 15

Interviewed at Virginia Beach Publishing Examiner

Friday, December 16

Book reviewed at Cafe of Dreams

Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Chat with Emlyn at Pump Up Your Book December Authors on Tour Facebook Party!

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Emlyn Chand’s FARSIGHTED VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on December 5 and end on December 16 ‘11. Please contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing her book. Thank you!

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Noctuary Online Book Tour December 2011

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Join Greg Chapman, author of the horror novella The Noctuary as he virtually tours the blogosphere in December 2011 on his first tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Greg Chapman

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Greg Chapman is an emerging dark fiction author from Australia.

In 2009 he was selected in the Australian Horror Writers Association’s Mentor Program under the tutelage of Melbourne author Brett McBean.

Since then he has had short stories published in The Absent Willow Review, Trembles Magazine and Morpheus Tales and Eclecticism.

Damnation Books published his first novella “Torment” in March 2011 and will release his second, “The Noctuary” in December 2011.

Apart from his writing ability, Chapman is also an accomplished horror artist with publication credits in Midnight Echo Magazine and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. He is currently illustrating a graphic novel for horror authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, to be published by McFarland in early 2012.

You can find him on the web at www.darkscrybe.blogspot.com

About The Noctuary

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Struggling writer Simon Ryan’s life has gone to Hell.

Shadows are pouring into his reality and his words are not his own anymore. He has been chosen to become a scribe for some of the worst creatures of the Underworld – the ones whose sole purpose is to torment human souls – The Dark Muses.

As Simon writes, he falls deeper into the abyss and before long he has no sense of what is real. With the help of another scribe, old and mutilated, Simon comes to discover that his writing can mould people and places –- that he can write things out of existence.

To become a scribe Simon has to pass a test and the Muses offer him a chance to rewrite his horrible past.

All he has to decide is how the story ends….

Read an Excerpt

All of a sudden the darkness parts like a curtain and a tall, robed figure steps out, bathed in a dull light. As my eyes adjust, I glimpse the being before me. The figure is at least eight feet tall. Beneath the scorched lace of its endless robe I can see a bone-thin body wrapped tightly in pale grey skin.

Then I see its face; two orb-like eyes centred in a glistening, hairless head. Strange hieroglyphs are scattered about the face, ancient scars carved into the flesh. As I gape in horror the thing beckons me with outstretched hands.

Its fingers look sharp and menacing. As it glides closer I finally see they are not fingers at all, but rather the pointed ends of ancient quills. Bloody ink spills from each tip onto my lounge room floor.

My God, what are you? I hear myself say.

The thing smiles, revealing a toothless mouth, moist with the same foul ink.

“I am no god, Simon. I am no devil. I am purely an inspiration to lost souls. Only the privileged can bear my countenance.”

I sit rigid in my chair as the creature hovers around me, observing me with its hollow eyes. I dont want to look away from it, but the entrance from whence it came lures my gaze. Beyond the curtain of night I can make out a corridor with walls made of parchment, stained and marked with every written language on Earth and others I could never comprehend. The sound of scratching, multiplied a billion times over, echoes throughout the corridor and out into my home.

Abruptly the creature blocks my view and with a wave of his spindly hand the curtain is drawn. The room plunges back into darkness.

“No, Simon, not for you – not yet.”

I look back to where the creature is standing, but the darkness has blotted him out. All I hear is his voice.

“First you must master your words in this world before you can write them in mine.”

**Read Invocation – A Prelude to The Noctuary FREE!**

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The Noctuary Tour Schedule

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Monday, December 5th
Guest Post at InkyBlots

Tuesday, December 6th
Review at Alchemy of Scrawl

Wednesday, December 7th
Guest Post at Mad Moose Mama

Thursday, December 8th
Review at Mad Moose Mama

Friday, December 9th
Review at Literary Persuits

Monday, December 12th
Guest Post at The Story Behind the Book
Guest Post at The Book Spark

Tuesday, December 13th
Interview at The Examiner

Wednesday, December 14th
Review at Must Read Faster

Thursday, December 15th
Review at Reviews by Molly
Review at The Top Shelf

Friday, December 16th
Guest Post at The Top Shelf

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Greg Chapman’s THE NOCTUARY ONLINE BOOK TOUR DECEMBER 2011 will officially begin December 5th and end December 16th. If you would like to host him on his tour, please contact Jaime at jmfictionscribe(at)yahoo.com.au. Thank you for your support!

Giveaways, Contests & Prizes!

In celebration of Greg Chapman’s new release, he will be appearing at Pump Up Your Book’s 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on December 16. More than 50 books, gifts and cash awards will be given away including signed copies of his first novel Torment and The Noctuary! Visit the official party page here!