Book of the Week 1/28/13

LoseWeightAtHomeEvery New Year, one of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight. For those who want to bypass complicated fitness routines, intimidated by gyms, or can’t afford the services of a personal trainer, Lose Weight At Home: 20 At Home Workouts To Jump-Start Your Weight Loss  by Erika Alexander (Amazon Digital Services) could be your answer for working toward a better body and healthy lifestyle.

Lose Weight at Home features easy-to-follow fitness routines for both beginners and those whose fitness levels are more advanced. Unlike many programs, these body-weight exercises are fun and can be done almost anywhere.

Not everyone is a marathon runner, weight lifter, or overall athlete, and with busy lifestyles, it’s not always easy to get in quality workouts on a daily basis (though the recommended minimum each week is three days). With Lose Weight at Home, the average time anyone will need is ten minutes – and isn’t that time alone worth getting better health?

I haven’t found a paperback version of this book yet, but the Kindle edition was easy to read and instructions for each exercise clear and concise. For the fitness buff with limited time, I highly recommend Lose Weight at Home to kick start – and keep – your New Year’s resolution.

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SEEN This Week 1/28/13

AOS101This week’s book, author and event news:

Bryan Alvarez and RD Reynolds announced on Figure Four Daily January 15 that they have signed a deal with ECW Press to write a newly-expanded 10-year anniversary edition of the 2005 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Book of the Year, The Death of WCW.

The original manuscript was significantly larger than the final product, largely due to the wrestling book market being significantly smaller at the time. Nearly everything that was cut out will be included in the revised edition, plus it will feature tons of quotes from the major players, a look at the ten years following the death of the company, a section debunking criticisms of the first book (“WCW died because of the AOL/Time Warner merger”), THE WOLFPAC, and more.

The book, which will be released in a limited-edition hardcover version as well, is expected to be released in mid-2014. If you have suggestions of topics to tackle or expand upon in this edition, email them to Bryan@wrestlingobserver.com. They will also appreciate hearing from anyone who lived through that period, wrestlers, office staff, etc. at that same address. Everything will also be forwarded to RD Reynolds.

Rosanna Leo shares her newest paranormal romance release Sunburn, now available on Amazon.

Have you picked up Chances Are by Lee Brazil? Click here for additional details and where you can grab a copy of your own.

Cheryl Carpinello was featured January 21 on Kid Lit Reviews.

Markus Ahonen wrote an excellent blog post about working from home. Be sure to check it out and leave a comment.

Tallulah Rose is hosting a blog hop, which kicked off January 20 and runs through February 9. For details on the hop and who is participating, click here.

Tom Winton’s new novella Within a Man’s Heart was released January 18 on Amazon.

So, you have written a book…now what? The excitement grows, but before you start submitting your manuscript to an agent or publisher, you need to read from the expert herself. Editor and author Debi Staples has released her new book, An Editor’s Pet Peeves; A Pocket Guide for Writers. Go to this link to purchase your copy to keep on hand before your next query.

Click here to read a humorous story from Jeff Gardiner, author of Myopia.

New releases for January from Taylor Street Books thus far:

Rattleman by George Shuman
As I Wake by Sarah DiCello
Spanglish for Impatient People – Do It Yourself! by Mike Church
Before there were Angels by Sarah Mathews

A new interview with Stella Deleuze appears on Pageturners, Chick Lit with a difference.

Lovin’ the Skin You’re In author Andrea Amador has launched her new BlogTalkRadio show. The first program, Stop Weighting for Perfect, was broadcast January 23.

My News for the Week:

Official trailer for upcoming novel Klass Act was released January 23 on YouTube.

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

Authors: Get Listed on AUTHORSdb

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AUTHORSdb is a web site that helps promote authors free of charge. Similar to the Internet Movie Database, AUTHORSdb features photos, videos, list of authors’ books, and other information.

Some of the ways this site benefits its listed authors (from the AUTHORSdb web site):

Organic (non-paid) Google backlinks are critical to any Social Media Marketing. There is no guarantee however authors on AUTHORSdB are enjoying being indexed in Google in less than 24 hours. See for yourself. Google search: site:authorsdb.com and see if your listing comes up.

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Posting a listing on AUTHORSdb is totally free of charge, and makes a great promotional tool whether you’re an established author or just had your first book published. Be sure to visit the site for more details and to view the current author listings.

Book Trailer Released for “Klass Act”

Official trailer for Klass Act, upcoming third book in The Cruiserweight Series, was released earlier today on YouTube.

Klass Act will focus mostly on Donovan Klass, a character introduced in The Cruiserweight’s Daughter, and his family. A juvenile probation officer, Donovan eventually finds himself making some important decisions pertaining to his career and personal lives.

The book is scheduled for release in Kindle form in late winter or early spring of 2013.

‘Cruiserweight’ Series at a Great New Price!

The Cruiserweight - L. Anne Carrington - Speak at Night 'Buy Now!' recommendationFor those who have yet to partake in The Cruiserweight Series’ first two books, The Cruiserweight (Night Publishing, 2010) and The TheCruiserweightsDaughter_cover_smallCruiserweight’s Daughter (That Right Publishing, 2012), here is your chance to purchase both books at their new price of 99 cents each!

This is a limited trial run to see how well the 99 cent price will appeal to potential buyers and readers. While The Cruiserweight is set for purchase only, The Cruiserweight’s Daughter may be borrowed by Amazon Prime members.

Klass Act, the series’ third book, is set for Kindle release in late winter/early spring of 2013. Both a promotional price and free promo are in the planning stages.

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Book Profile 1/21/13

book cover of A Mighty Fortress  (Safehold, book 4)byDavid Weber

Featured on Fantastic Fiction and recommended by another reader, science fiction novelA Mighty Fortress by David Weber (Tor Books, 2010) is Book Four in the Safehold series.

Book Description:

Young Cayleb Ahrmahk has accomplished things few people could even dream of. Not yet even thirty years old, he’s won the most crushing naval victories in human history. He’s smashed a hostile alliance of no less than five princedoms and won the hand of the beautiful young Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm. Cayleb and Sharleyan have created the Charisian Empire, the greatest naval power in the history of Safehold, and they’ve turned Charis into a place of refuge for all who treasure freedom.

Their success may prove short-lived. The Church of God Awaiting, which controls most of Safehold, has decreed their destruction. Mother Church’s entire purpose is to prevent the very things to which Charis is committed. Since the first attempt to crush the heretics failed, the Church has no choice but to adopt some of the hated Charisian innovations for themselves. Soon a mighty fleet will sail against Cayleb, destroying everything in its path.

But there are still matters about which the Church knows nothing, including Cayleb and Sharleyan’s adviser, friend, and guardian – the mystic warrior-monk named Merlin Athrawes. Merlin knows all about battles against impossible odds, because he is in fact the cybernetic avatar of a young woman named Nimue Alban, who died a thousand years before. As Nimue, Merlin saw the entire Terran Federation go down in fire and slaughter at the hands of a foe it could not defeat. He knows that Safehold is the last human planet in existence, and that the stasis the Church was created to enforce will be the human race’s death sentence if it is allowed to stand.

The juggernaut is rumbling down on Charis, but Merlin Athrawes and a handful of extraordinary human beings stand in its path. The Church is about to discover just how potent the power of human freedom truly is.

SEEN This Week 1/21/13

AOS101This week’s book, author, and event news:

Taylor Street Books/That Right Publishing asks that any of its authors who don’t have their books in the format(s) they may need for reviewers should inform the publisher. This will save everyone from waiting for a reply from the house should they receive a yes, on kindle, ebook or nook, PDF, or even the dinosaurs who “only read paperbacks.” Paperbacks will be forwarded to those bloggers.

Two weeks remain for submissions for the Twisted Nightmares anthology. Deadline is January 31. For more information and how you can submit your work, click here.

Don’t know what to call your novel? Learn how to find the right title for your book in this brainstorming workshop.

Stop by and hear Kristal McKerrington’s latest interview in this podcast on sex and wrestling.

Matteo Spinetti shares one of his poems in double languages, and has new links to blogs here and here.

Announcing the brand-new Kids Corner Book of The Week: Cheryl Carpinello’s middle-grade adventure novella Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom, which was selected January 11 on Kindle Nation Daily. She was also a featured author on Stories for Children.

This is a recording session performed at SFContario 3 during the Old Time Radio Hour. Recorded was Tinker’s Damn, written by Stephen B. Pearl, a radio play extrapolated from his novel, Tinker’s Plague Cast members are Richard Baldwin, Cliff Goldstein, Lisa Nayman, Ian Pedoe, Lloyd Penney and Yvonne Penney.

Check out Alex Laybourne’s amazing interview with Maxine Owen, a lady who has been through so much, yet never quit!

Michele Hoefle released a trailer for her first novel, Carpathian Blood, which can be viewed at this link.

Go here to view photos of Elliott Eli Jackson’s January 13 book signing in Michigan.

Dellani Oakes chatted with Tracy Searight and Chris Cris Harrelson about their books on the Dellani’s Tea Time radio show January 14.

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