Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pump Up Your Book Announces Fantasy Author Stephanie Keys on 'The Star Child Virtual Book Tour 2012'

The Star Child

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Stephanie Keyes' The Star Child Virtual Book Tour 2012 beginning February 6 and ending on February 29 2012. Stephanie will be on hand during this worldwide online book tour talking about her book in candid interviews and guest posts! Lots of fun along the way as Stephanie stops off at blogs around the world to give her fans a chance to ask her questions and to find out more about this talented author.

About Stephanie Keyes


Stephanie Keyes
For the past twelve years, Stephanie Keyes has worked full time as a Corporate Educator and Curriculum Designer. She holds a M.Ed. from Duquesne University and and a B.S. in Management information Systems from Robert Morris University. Stephanie is a clarinetist, saxophonist, and vocalist, and is always making music somewhere at sometime. She credits her loving husband of ten years and her two sons for the completion and publication of The Star Child.

Stephanie is a featured author on www.LoveaHappyEnding.com.

You can visit her website at http://www.stephaniekeyes.com.

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About The Star Child


The Star Child
Kellen St. James is just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, but with a Yale degree, a photographic memory, and an addiction to everything 80s.

But what’s not so average about Kellen is the girl who’s been haunting his dreams for the last eleven years. When the sudden death of his grandmother takes him from the East Coast to the Irish Coast, he finds himself face to face with his own personal ghost and finds out that she’s just as real as he is. Plus she’s come spinning a tale about an ancient prophecy in which Kellen plays a key role.

Together they will travel through an underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of wild dogs, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

About Pump Up Your Book


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

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



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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Announcing Richard Tillotson's Acts of God While on Vacation Virtual Book Tour 2012

Acts of God While on Vacation

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

About Richard Tillotson


Richard Tillotson

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



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About Acts of God While on Vacation


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

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

- HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

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

- HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO

“As entertaining as it is enlightening”

- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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

- HONOLULU WEEKLY

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

- HONOLULU MAGAZINE

About Pump Up Your Book


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



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



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Monday, January 23, 2012

Pump Up Your Book Announces Selwyn Mills' Confessions of a Color-Blind House Painter Virtual Book Tour 2012

Confessions of a Color-Blind House Painter

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Selwyn Mills' Confessions of a Color-Blind House Painter Virtual Book Tour 2012 beginning February 6 and ending on February 29 2012. Selwyn will be on hand during his worldwide tour talking about his book in candid interviews and guest posts! Lots of fun along the way as Selwyn stops off at blogs around the world to give his fans a chance to ask him questions and to find out more about this talented author.

About Selwyn Mills


Selwyn Mills 2
Selwyn Mills
served an apprenticeship in decorative painting before starting his own business in 1956, which lasted until his retirement in 1992. He worked as a craftsman painter, wrote for the National Paint Journal, served as President of the National Painting Contractor Association in Nassau County, New York, and taught faux painting. While painting professionally, Mills earned his doctorate in psychology and operated a successful private psychotherapy practice.

Dr. Mills practiced psychotherapy in Great Neck N.Y. for twenty-five year, specializing in couples therapy, family reconciliation and Men in Transition groups. His psychotherapy practice overlapped his forty year career as a decorative painting contractor. He painted in the mornings and counseled patients in the afternoon and evenings. His research into the left/right brain phenomenon, and its impact of personality development, led to a unique discovery of why opposites attract. Active in live theater, he wrote and produced a musical comedy called, “Love Torment and Lollipops”. An accomplished photographer, his black and white prints are part of the permanent collection of the Bibliotech Nationale in Paris, France. He currently works at the Sugden Theater in Naples, Florida as director of faux painting. Mills married in 1949 at the age of 19 and has four children and four grandchildren.

His latest book is the autobiography, Confessions of a Color-Blind House Painter.

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

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About Confessions of a Color-Blind House Painter


Confessions of a Color-Blind House Painter
“Confessions of a Color-Blind House Painter” (ISBN 1466342013), a collection of autobiographical writings by Selwyn Mills, offers an account of the author’s life as well as his ruminations on painting, psychotherapy, friendship, romantic love, poetry, prison, philosophy, relationships and cats, among other topics.

Mills split his professional life between two concurrent careers – he worked as a decorative painter in the mornings and led psychotherapy sessions in the afternoon. Although these types of work might appear quite different, Mills describes how each profession deals with depression and renewal. He offers an eclectic collection of musings on various topics, each one weaving personal narrative with opinion and insight. “Confessions of a Color-Blind House Painter” reveals a portrait of a life made up of equal portions of intellectual, creative and emotional elements.

"Once the reader learns from the author's examples of overcoming so much, the reader is prepared to take on any challenge. Thank you to the author for taking the time to write this truly unique and inspiring literary work!"

-- D.C. Blackbird, author of Jekyll Says...Good Deeds Cats Do That You Should Too!

"I know Dr. Mills as a devoted friend, artist, writer, photographer and a psychotherapist and philosopher. I also know how difficult some of his challengers have been and how amazed I was at how deftly he overcame them. Dr. Mills "confessions" is good for the Soul."

-- Rev. Dr. Samuel O. Sewell

"A crazy life and if my own were not so bizarre and unusually full I would envy him, but I know him now as a friend and fellow traveler collecting riches for the end so we can smile as we pass to whatever comes after life, knowing we lived well."

-- William T. Greystone

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



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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Book Spotlight: Sea Turtle Summer by Nancy Stewart




Bella and Britt think living by the beach is the coolest thing ever. When they discover a Loggerhead Sea Turtle laying her eggs in broad daylight, the girls go into action to help.

No one, though, seems to care about the nest. The beach is a busy place and is getting busier by the minute on such a beautiful summer day. What can they do? Who will help, and what do they learn about themselves?

As a bonus, Sea Turtle Summer contains kid appealing facts about sea turtles.

Read an excerpt!

Next morning, the girls looked carefully at the nest, making sure not to touch it.

“Our stick’s still here, and everything seems okay,” observed Britt.

Bella sighed. “But there’s no sign of the ranger.”

“And here comes the sand cleaner!” cried Britt. “We have to do something fast.”

“Quick! Hold hands across the nest. Maybe he’ll stop in time!” Bella yelled.

The sand cleaning machine came to a squealing stop right in front of the girls. “What do you two think you’re doing?” bellowed the startled driver. “You could have been hurt!”

“We’re saving sea turtles!” they both shouted over the noisy vehicle.

“Sorry, girls, but volleyball nets are going up right here in a few minutes,” said the driver. “There’s an all city play-off this morning.”

“Oh, no,” Bella sighed. “What about the nest?”



After having been both an elementary school teacher, a university professor of education and a consultant for New Options, Inc. in New York City, Nancy Stewart writes children’s books full time. She, her husband and three sons, lived in London for eight years, where she was a consultant to several universities, including Cambridge.

Her travels take her extensively throughout the world, most particularly Africa. Nancy is US chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya, that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their education.

Nancy is the author of the Bella and Britt picture book series, One Pelican at a Time, Sea Turtle Summer, Bella Saves the Beach and Mystery at Manatee Key. All are published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Pelican was nominated for a Global eBook Award and recently was awarded the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. Both books have been on the Amazon bestsellers list and Sea Turtle Summer appears on their Hot New Release and Most Wished for lists.

She was featured in the PBS Tampa (WEDU) series, Gulfwatch. It concerned the writing of One Pelican at a Time: A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill.

She and her family live in St. Louis and Tampa.

Nancy’s web and blog sites are:
http://www.nancystewartbooks.com

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Interview with Carole Eglash-Kosoff, author of WINDS OF CHANGE

An avid student of history, Carole Eglash-Kosoff is a native of Wisconsin. After graduating from UCLA, she spent her career in the apparel industry and teaching fashion retail, marketing, and sales at the college level. Her first book is The Human Spirit – Apartheid’s Unheralded Heroes, described above. She has also established the …a better way! Scholarship program, which provides money and mentoring for worthy high school students for both their first and second year of college. Carole Eglash-Kosoff lives and writes in Valley Village, California.

You can visit her website at www.whenstarsalign-thebook.com.

You can connect with Carole at Facebook at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553077163.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Carole. Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, When Stars Align?

I’ve been writing on and off for nearly 50 years and I’ve always had a fascination with important, but obtuse, facts of history. One of these was the disputed election of 1876 that end the Civil War’s Reconstruction decade. That decade had seen a breath of equality between the races and progress in government, society, and education that was snuffed out and disappeared from our country for nearly a century.

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

The love of a colored boy and a white girl in the 19th century south is unacceptable yet each time she asks whether they will ever be together, his answer is ‘when our stars align’

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

I believe that too few people understand that for a decade a long time ago there was equality between the races and this year, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, was a good time to revisit the subject.

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?

Author House has not done a great deal. I have done book readings, speaking engagements at UCLA and Service Clubs, and exhibited at the LA Times Festival of Books, the New York Book Expo and local book shops. I am also using social media, whenever possible to promote the book.

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

John Jakes has written extensively about this period of history but the closest books are Howard Fast’s Freedom Road and Richard Wright’s Native Son

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

pg 87 - Henry has awoken from his 1st marital night with his inexperienced wife and notes that ‘she was as ardent as yeast rising’

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

Yes, a sequel (but capable of standing alone), Winds of Change, takes the children from When Stars Align and moves the story forward into the 20th century.

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

If you read this book, and don’t enjoy it send me an email and I will send you either The Human Spirit or Winds of Change at no charge.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Interview with Vincent Tuckwood, author of "Family Rules"


About Vincent Tuckwood

Vincent Tuckwood NewVincent Tuckwood is a story-teller working in fiction, song and verse. At any given point in time, he’s proud to be a father, husband, son, brother, cousin and friend to the people who mean the world to him.
He is the author of the novelsEscalationFamily RulesKaraoke Criminals and Do Sparrows Eat Butterflies? as well as the 2010 poetry collection, Garbled Glittering Glamours. His screenplays are Team Building and the screen adaptation of Family Rules, Inventing Kenny.
Vince regularly connects with his audience at VinceT.net and at his story-teller page on Facebook, often writing poetry in response to their prompts, and encourages everyone to get in touch there.
You can find out more about him and his work at http://vincet.net.
Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Vince.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
A: It’s very nice to be here. I’ve been telling stories all my life and writing fiction since I knew how to write words. I wrote my first novel when I was twenty or so but only moved to publication when I wrote my fourth novel, Do Sparrows Eat Butterflies? I’ve now published four novels, a couple of screenplays and a collection of poetry.
Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?
A: In a nutshell, Family Rules is the fictional memoir of Kenny Walsh, a former child star with a very distorted sense of identity. When we meet him, he’s on the streets of New York, lurching from addiction to addiction, all as a way of avoiding reality. Most recently, he’s taken to stealing cars for the rush. After an argument with his junkie soul mate, Ivvy, he goes to steal another car, only to find a two-year-old child in the back seat. In his panic, and need to run from reality, he decides to play Dad to this little child. He becomes her father for a lost weekend in the city.
Why did I write it? Well, we were living in the city and one night, all the garbage was out for collection, and I just suddenly thought: I wonder what would happen if there was a baby hidden in amongst the garbage sacks? From there, as always, ideas began to collide. It became: what would happen if the absolutely the wrong guy found a baby in amongst some garbage sacks?
So, Family Rules became a redemption story. But it was a few months later that I saw a documentary on child stars, and how many of them end up living tragic lives, with a constant thread of addiction, and I had the first inkling of who Kenny would be.
The final piece of the puzzle was my making my way through becoming a father. Every parent is besieged by messages of: everything could go wrong! So, in some ways, Family Rules was me playing in that space, getting fatherhood lined up in my own soul, revisiting my own upbringing, which was very happy, to make sure I carried that forward to my own kids.
Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?
A: Finding time and focus. When I was writing the first draft of Family Rules, I was still in the corporate machine and splitting time between home and New York City. Life was kind of chaotic and I had to take an episodic approach to both the structure and the writing of the story.
This left me with a LOT of clean-up to do in the redraft – a second marathon to run! My friend, Mark Henning, of Combine The Victorious, suggested I post chapters online as I rewrote them and that proved to be the key to keeping me going. I got about 10,000 page visits over the course of posting the novel online.
Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?
A: Yes, there are press kits and media for all my books at http://vincet.net/press
Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?
A: Yes, I’ve been on local college radio (WCNIradio.org) with the wonderful Dot Nielson who is just the most powerful advocate for my writing and music. I’ve also spent some time with local writers’ circles, encouraging people to keep writing. I love talking with people, either one-to-one or as groups and planning to do much more in the future.
In the meantime, I’ve just added video-blogging at http://VinceT.net in response to questions from my readers.
Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/she is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?
A: I don’t. I’m very fortunate to be in the middle of transformative times for publishing and I’m pleased to operate without an agent or publisher – I get complete creative control from idea to product and luckily have the skill-set to produce my books to high quality in both eBook and hard copy. The same is true in music. I can produce professional-standard recordings in my home studio and release them direct to my audience, so why would I need a recording contract that confines my creativity?
Where it gets harder is in the marketing and publicity, but I’m now discovering that the services are out there if you’re willing to do the legwork yourself.
With all that said, my own experience is my own experience. My stories almost demand a slow-build of awareness rather than mass marketing, that’s in their nature, and I’m not looking for a best-seller. I know there are writers who need, and value, a trusted partner to help them focus and deliver to their audience.
So I don’t have a definite opinion for others to follow, all I know is that I just don’t feel the need for an agent or publisher, and am happy building my audience one reader at a time.
Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?
A: No. My stories are pretty absorbing, and hook people pretty deeply, so benefit more from word-of-mouth connection than from a large-scale blitz. I’ve turned down offers of publicity in mass-market media such as Readers Digest and Publishers Weekly – though, to be honest, I’ve yet to see whether that works for or against me!
Q: Do you plan subsequent books?
A: Ha! I published Family Rules at the start of 2011 and was planning on spending the year building its audience. Only it didn’t quite happen like that. I was surprised in early April by an idea for a new novel and, four months later, Escalation was finished. So I actually published two novels in 2011!
Do I plan another? Of course. In fact, the next couple of ideas are already gestating. One will likely be an original screenplay rather than a book. But I’m pretty sure 2012 will see at least one novel - and maybe more, if 2011 is anything to go by.
Q: Thank you for your interview, Vince.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?
A: You’re welcome! I’m always at http://VinceT.net and encourage people to sign up for the newsletter there. For the ‘Facebookians’ among us, I have a story-teller page: https://www.facebook.com/VincentTuckwoodStoryTeller where I keep folk up to date, and also ask for prompts for poetry.
All my books are for sale in both eBook and hard copy at http://VinceT.net/shop/
Thanks for giving me the chance to share Family Rules with you, it’s been fun.

About Family Rules

Family Rules NewNew York. In this city that never sleeps, anyone could make a brand new start of it. Or so the song goes.
For some people, starting again is no option.
Kenny is adrift in the city, tormented by the scars and memories of his unique upbringing as a child star in the UK, chasing any addiction that can fill the void he carries at his core.
Increasingly unable to paper over the cracks, to numb himself with street corner narcotics, or build an abiding relationship with his junkie soul-mate Ivvy, he turns to stealing cars to provide momentary escape from his increasingly desolate life.
Estranged from his parents, Kenny has no hope or vision of a better future.
Until one night he steals a car from a gas station in New Jersey and is offered an unexpected, final opportunity for redemption; a radically different role to play.
Family Rules is an intense personal account of an invented life, where all the rules of family life are inverted, and of the damage done when the boundary between reality and television is truly no boundary at all.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

YA Science Fiction Author Braxton Cosby to appear at Pump Up Your Book Live! chat room tonight!



Braxton A. Cosby
, author of the YA science fiction novel, Protostar, is stopping off at Pump Up Your Book Live! Chat Room on Day 11 of his virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

Chat with Braxton about his book, his uncle Bill Cosby, writing YA science fiction books and whatever else you'd like to ask at Pump Up Your Book Live! 8 p.m. eastern! Join us at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/11/26/the-cosby-kid-braxton-a-cosby-at-pump-up-your-book-live-chat-room-january-4-2012/!
ABOUT THE BOOK:

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

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

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

Monday, January 02, 2012

Middle Grade Adventure Author Fiona Ingram on Virtual Book Tour January - February 2012

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Fiona Ingram's The Secret of the Sacred Scarab Virtual Book Tour 2012 beginning on January 3 and ending on February 29 2012. Fiona will be on hand during her worldwide tour talking about her book in candid interviews, you’ll be able to read her first ever Twitterview, and she will be giving away copies of her book along the way! Lots of fun as Fiona stops off at blogs around the world to give her fans a chance to ask her questions and to find out more about this beautiful and talented author.

About Fiona Ingram


Fiona Ingram

Although Fiona Ingram has been a journalist for the last fifteen years, writing a children’s bookThe Secret of the Sacred Scarab—was an unexpected step, inspired by a recent trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for her 2 nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied her on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into an award-winning children’s book, the first in the adventure series Chronicles of the Stone. The author has already completed the next book in the series—The Search for the Stone of Excalibur—a huge treat for young King Arthur fans.

Although Fiona Ingram does not have children of her own, she has an adopted teenage foster child, from an underprivileged background who is just discovering the joys of reading for pleasure. Fiona’s experiences in teaching her daughter to read has resulted in her interest in child literacy and in creating ways to get kids more interested in reading, as well as helping parents to instil a love of reading in their children.

Naturally, Fiona is a voracious reader and has been from early childhood. Her interests include literature, art, theatre, collecting antiques, animals, music, and films. She loves travel and has been fortunate to have lived in Europe (while studying) and America (for work). She has travelled widely and fulfilled many of her travel goals.

Fiona’s latest book is the middle grade adventure novel, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab – Book 1 in the Chronicles of the Stone series.

Visit her website at www.fionaingram.com.

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About The Secret of the Sacred Scarab


The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They survive terrifying dangers in a hostile environment (such as a giant cobra, as well as sinking sand), pursued by enemies in their quest to solve the secret of the sacred scarab. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out. They must also learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive … only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!

Young explorers will enjoy an interactive journey through Egypt, following Justin and Adam’s exciting adventure on www.secretofthesacredscarab.com. Readers can also browse the first chapter of the book. Those who survive the journey and manage to translate the Curse of Thoth will be able to read the first chapter in Adam and Justin’s next adventure—The Search for the Stone of Excalibur—as they hunt for the Scroll of the Ancients.

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab has received the following awards:

  • Book Award Nominations & Wins:

  • Finalist Children's Fiction USA Next Generation 2009 Indie Book Awards

  • Finalist Juvenile Fiction USA National Best Books 2009 Awards

  • Winner Pre-Teen USA 2009 Readers' Favorites Awards

  • Number 2 in the USA Children's & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favourite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens & Teens

  • Winner Silver Medal Teen Fiction 2010 Nautilus Book Awards

  • Finalist Children’s Fiction 2010 International Book Awards

  • Winner Bronze Medal Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards

  • Finalist 2011 Rubery Book Awards

  • Winner Gold Award Mystery Pre-Teen 2011 Children’s Literary Classics Awards


You can visit her official tour page at www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/12/12/the-secret-of-the-sacred-scarab-virtual-book-publicity-tour-januaryfebruary-2012/.

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


Sunday, January 01, 2012

Memoirist Alexia Fraser on 'Memories of Mom Virtual Book Tour 2012'

Memories of Mom

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Alexia Fraser's Memories of Mom Virtual Book Tour 2012 beginning on January 3 and ending on January 27 2012. Alexia will be on hand during her worldwide tour talking about her book in candid interviews, you'll be able to watch her first AuthorVid, and do stop off at Pump Up Your Book's live chat room on January 27 where she will be giving away a copy of her book to one lucky attendee! Lots of fun along the way as Alexia stops off at blogs around the world to give her fans a chance to ask her questions and to find out more about this beautiful and talented author.

About Alexia E. Fraser


Alexia E. Fraser

Alexia Elizabeth Smart-Fraser
was born in the beautiful island of Jamaica. After marrying her high school sweetheart Edward, she migrated to the United States. She is the proud and loving mother of two children, son Sean and daughter Paige. Alexia studied acting at H.B. Studio. She worked as an extra on the set of “Cosby Mysteries” with Bill Cosby, “New York Undercover” with Malik Yubo, “Central Park West” with Lauren Hutton, and the series “Prince Street” with Mariska Hargitay. As well, Alexia Fraser has written and produced three original non-fiction one act plays both off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway. “The Ryans,” “Dope the Endeavor” and “Blind Trust.” Her fourth play “Our God is Awesome” is not yet produced, but will be in the near future. Alexia is the original founder and partner of her production company, Paige Unlimited, LLC (www.paigeunlimitedllc) of which she is the Creative Arts VP. Memories of Mom is Alexia Fraser’s first published book. She was driven to share her story after seeing her mom suffered unacceptable nursing home and hospital care. Her second book is already partially scripted. “Write what you know” is what she believes.

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About Memories of Mom


Memories of Mom

Memories of Mom (M.O.M.) is a poignant story about an extraordinary mother, written by a daughter who loved and cared for her during her last lap of life. This story is written from the heart, and will inspire love and affection in millions of daughters and sons who will someday be caring for their elderly parents or loved ones. It is about undying love, unyielding sacrifices and compassionate role reversal. The circle of life.

For more information on Alexia's blog tour, visit her official tour page at www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/12/18/memories-of-mom-virtual-book-publicity-tour-january-2012/.

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