Coming Soon: A New Lendle!

The good people behind Lendle is hard at work on their next version!

Lendle believes no one on the Web comes close to matching the design and features they initially launched, and they have no intention of sitting still while others play catch up.

Lendle has created a new look, adding some new features, and all of this will add up to an even better, more social experience. They will be doing some testing on the new Kindle Fire and launch not long after it ships – sometime before the end of November.

Stay tuned – the Lendle gang is eager to show you their newest project!

SEEN This Week 10/31/11

Happy Halloween! Hope everyone has a safe and spook-tacular holiday of few tricks and lots of treats! In the meanwhile, here are some author and book world treats for the week:

Birthday wishes go to Slush Pile Reader, which celebrated the big day on October 26.

Kelle Groom (I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl) will have a reading and book signing November 5 at Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno’s amazing Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts in Philadelphia. Their new web site is now open with photos from Musehouse’s grand opening.

One of the greatest adventures involving a young girl ever told can be found in Pierre van Rooyen’s The Girl Who Tweaked Two Lions’ Tails.

Live chats with Kristal McKerrington on Justin.tv are temporarily suspended, due to the injury of her jaw. There are many procedures that need done to repair the damage, and she will start the road of healing November 21.

Matthew Munson updated a blog he wrote in November 2010 about being on the autistic spectrum, having dyspraxia and learning BSL with its very visual and emotive language.

Kate Rigby featured Bill Booker’s Trippers on her blog Trippers is a semi-autobiographical account of Bill’s trip on the road in 1971.

The Island of Whispers by Brendan Gisby was featured October 23 on the Indie Books Blog.

Naomi Bulger celebrated her six month book-iversary by giving away books, a box of famous Australian chocolates, an antique postcard from Paris, Venetian lace, some hand-made ceramics and more.

A silent auction was held October 12 to benefit the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame The event drew to a close with the top-selling items being a vacation in California going for $2,250 and a Floridian vacation for $600. A new class of inductees will be introduced November 15.

Check out the newest Giles Paley-Phillips interview on Book Chatter Cath’s blog.

Jennifer Thomson had a piece on 9 Ways to Keep Us Watching The Walking Dead on Shadowlocked.com.

Jim Beck (Black Rooster Creations) has a new interview posted on Self Publishing Review.

Do you have news you’d like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email lori@authorsonshow.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Book of the Week 10/31/11

Long after I’d created a recommended reading list October 12 for World Arthritis Day, I discovered yet another reading gem in Christine Schwab’s Take Me Home from the Oscars: Arthritis, Television, Fashion, and Me (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011)

A brilliant account of her secret battle with rheumatoid arthritis, Christine Schwab appeared as a fashion and beauty journalist for 20 years on some of the top programs in the United States: Oprah, Entertainment Tonight, and Live with Regis and Kelly, among others. During most of her fast-paced career, she’d hidden her diagnosis from the public.

In Take Me Home from the Oscars, readers have glimpses of Christine reflecting on her past and understanding how she was able to manage to pull off such deception. Her turning point came after an evening at the Academy Awards being cut short due to unpredictable and intense pain from her RA.

However, readers don’t have to have RA or any other type of arthritis to appreciate the inspirational message of Take Me Home from the Oscars, but if you do, this is a book to add to your reading list. Many can identify from reactions to medications as Christine did, finding answers to controlling (or even curing) her condition, with courage, optimism, determination, all the while never slowing down in her career.

Take Me Home from the Oscars contains no fluff, just an honest look behind the public exterior of the Christine we’d seen for many years, not knowing her true suffering until now. This book not only inspires and motivates, but also the reader can’t help but root for Christine in her journey, including her current project of being a spokesperson for the National Arthritis Foundation.

A great story with “never give up” themes, Take Me Home from the Oscars is five-star reading for everyone.

Author Profile: Kelle Groom

Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to read an intense memoir by Kelle Groom as part of a book review project for Free Press. Prior to I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl, I wasn’t familiar with her work, but after reading her current book, I couldn’t help but not only delve into her previous publications, but also share a profile with others. Click here for a complete list of her books.

Official Bio:

Kelle Groom’s memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2011), is a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for Fall 2011, a Barnes & Noble “Best Book of the Month,” for June 2011, an Oprah.com O Magazine selection, and an Oxford American “Editor’s Pick” for Fall 2011.

Her poetry collections are Five Kingdoms (Anhinga Press 2010), Luckily (Anhinga 2006), and Underwater City (University Press of Florida 2004).

Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2010, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry, among others, and has received special mention in the Pushcart Prize 2010 and Best American Non-Required Reading 2007 anthologies.

She is the recipient of both a 2010 and a 2006 Florida Book Award, a State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant, and fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, American Antiquarian Society, Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada -Las Vegas in partnership with the Library of Congress, and Ucross Foundation.

She teaches creative nonfiction in the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe. Former poetry editor of The Florida Review, she is now a contributing editor.

ON THE WEB:

Contact: kellegroom@hotmail.com

Web Site: www.kellegroom.com

Twitter: @KelleGroom

Facebook: Kelle Groom – I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl

Profile: Maniac Exchange

Covering the pulses of Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh and other metropolitan cities, Maniac Exchange is an online publication formed as part of Maniac Magazine offering articles via their web sites and social media outlets.

What does Maniac Exchange do? They promote, encourage, cultivate, inform, showcase, stimulate and share its wild side, while living fashionable, adventurous, ambitious, full and fabulous lives.

In addition to online magazine features, be sure to check out Maniac TV, the blog, and even do some Maniac shopping! There’s always fresh news and fashion on Maniac Exchange for all the Maniacs in us.

ON THE WEB:

Web Site: www.maniacexchange.com

Facebook: Maniac Magazine

Twitter: @ManiacMagazine

Authors: Promote Your Books via KindlePost

KindlePost sends special news, treats and surprises to their newsletter subscribers, and their goal is to help you have more fun with your Kindle.

If you’re an author with a Kindle version of your book(s) and a KindlePost newsletter subscriber, you can receive free publicity on the KindlePost site. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, submitting your book is easy – and free!

1. Subscribe to KindlePost’s newsletter. You will receive an email asking to confirm your address.

2. Submit your book. After you subscribe, you will receive a welcome message on how to submit your book for FREE exposure. Your book will be posted on KindlePost site and also promoted to their various book reader lists – 3000+ followers. Only subscribers will be featured.

Your book will then be posted on the site within seven to ten days. In addition, you will be kept posted on additional resources to help get you more free publicity for your books.

In the meantime, don’t forget to spread the word about KindlePost!

Tell other authors about KindlePost and follow them on Twitter @kindlepost. and be sure to “like” KindlePost’s partner site on Facebook.

Book of the Week 10/24/11

Need something new and intriguing reading for your Kindle this week? Don’t miss Belfast Girls author Gerry McCullough’s latest release,Danger Danger (Precious Oil Publications, 2011).

Twin sisters Jo-Anne “Annie” and Katie never met after being separated at birth, despite living in the same city. In Danger Danger both travel similar yet dangerous roads, with Kate and her boyfriend Dec are receiving threats from those Dec cheated through his gambling. Annie – through lover Steven – is the target of far more frightening people. A final collision sends each sister to the edge of disaster.

With an attention-grabbing plot, strong writing, and vivid characterization, Danger Danger is so fast-paced and highly addictive, I was able to finish this book in less than a day. Kindle version or not, this is one thriller that’s difficult to tear away from once the reader gets started.

For those who were eagerly awaiting a follow-up to Belfast Girls will be delighted to discover that McCullough hadn’t lost her literary touch, and worth the wait. Let’s hope the next book from such a brilliant author won’t take as long.

SEEN This Week 10/24/11

Coming toward the end of October, fall releases as well as plans for upcoming books are in full swing. Read on for the latest in literary projects.

Actress Jenny McCarthy signed a deal with Hyperion to publish her next book, Sinner: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic. Read the full story.

Former WWE superstar Bob “Hardcore” Holly has also inked a deal for his upcoming book, The Hardcore Truth. More about the project can be read here.

Have you heard about the latest Night Reading projects? Stop by the new Night at the Movies to read 20-second pitches on popular Night Publishing books.

Gerry McCullough’s newest book, Danger Danger, is now available on both Amazon and Amazon.uk.

E-bookmuncher is delighted to feature The Bookie’s Runner by Brendan Gisby as its e-book of the month for September 2011.

Be sure to check out the latest A Different Life books by Kristal McKerrington on theAll Things Books blog.

Amazon now has excerpts from Robert Craven’s acclaimed book Get Lenin.

Teresa Geering is doing a talk on being a published author December 1 at the main public library where she lives.

Candlemark and Gleam is seeking submissions for a new anthology of alternate-world spy stories.

Do you have news you’d like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email lori@authorsonshow.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Would You Pay a Higher Tax to Keep Libraries Open?

If handed an opportunity to pay higher taxes in order to sustain your city’s library system, would you do it?

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh may be free, but rising operating costs could result in closing several branches of one of the city’s most cultural, resourceful, and long-standing institutions.

While donations and grants have kept the library operating for many years, CLP is facing an option that some city residents may be reluctant to do – vote yes on a property tax hike in order to support libraries.

The proposed issue will be added to the November 8 ballot, and is estimated at a cost of approximately $2.09 per month – which basically will round out to about $25 per year. However, a recent unofficial poll showed that 53 percent would vote yes and 34 percent no, while 13 percent were undecided on the issue.

If this option was presented to me, I would definitely vote yes. In addition to libraries offering books on a wide array of topics as well as reference materials, they’ve presented excellent programs for children and adults. Such programs have included special appearances/readings by authors, guest speakers on everything from personal finance to literacy topics, after-school programs to encourage reading, and a place to access the Internet free of charge for those who do not have computer access at home.

If libraries are kept open, they could also play a role in reducing crime by giving neighborhood youngsters a place for positive reinforcement, be encouraged to both read and do better in school. Some libraries are now offering e-books, making them even more available to a wider reading audience, an added benefit to both authors and book lovers.

With all the aforementioned in mind, would you consider spending $2.09 a month to help your local libraries if your city gave you the option to vote on such a proposal? Two dollars doesn’t stretch very far in today’s economy, but if it keeps the doors open to something as important as our libraries, that small change in the sofa is worth spending.

Read more about about City of Pittsburgh residents’ opportunity to vote November 8 at this link: Our city, our libraries: Vote Yes to sustain the Carnegie system.