SEEN This Week 3/25/13

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

Read an article from The Huffington Post on what George H.W. Bush wrote about Bill Clinton falling asleep and other unexpected revelations in the latest release of latest release of All The Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings.

Don’t Go the new novel by Lisa Scottoline set for release on April 9, features a male hero, which is a first after twenty years of female leads. Don’t Go still explores the subject of parenthood, which is the most important part of Lisa’s life and features a hunky Army veteran. Is your interest piqued yet? Pre order Don’t Go on Amazon.

Voluted Tales Magazine is seeking promo pieces for their April and May issues. Reviews, interviews, covers, links to outlets. Speculative works only. All interested may click here for additional information.

Read Colleen Kelli’s amazing story as a lesbian and stuntwoman in her book, Fire in the Hole: A Year in the Life of the World’s Sorriest Stuntwoman.

Seeking fresh analogies? Here are some fun ones to make your days brighter.

Marion Stein wrote an article about a service she’d like to see Amazon offer.

Danny Gillian offers a little banter in an interview with IndieView.

Love Letters: Obeying Desire Volume 1 is an erotic romance anthology from Carina Press Click here to pre-order before its April 8 release.

Babs Morton was recently contacted by email from a company that distributes to all National Trust/Heritage properties in the UK. They requested a review copy of her book Wildewood for consideration.

Kristal McKerrington’s latest book, In the Shadows, was released March 19 by No Boundaries Press. Find out more and grab your copy at the No Boundaries Press store and other book sellers.

My News for the Week:

I had the opportunity to participate in a St. Patrick’s Day-themed blog hop, Lucky in Love, which ran March 15-18. While the event is over, all are still invited to read my blog hop post Donovan Finds Love…Or Did It Find Him?.

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

Book of the Week 3/25/13

EasterStoryWith the Easter holiday approaching this coming weekend, many parents wonder how to explain the true meaning of Easter isn’t all eggs, chocolate, and bunnies. Mike Berenstain’s offers a solution to this dilemma with his delightful children’s book The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) (Zonderkidz, 2012).

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story follows the bear cubs through a play about the true meaning of Easter, something children don’t get enough time in church to hear. While the book is a helpful tool for parents in opening a discussion about spring’s most popular holiday without being overly preachy, their children will enjoy the Berenstain characters and easy-to-understand story. Sunday School teachers will also find The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story an essential tool for a special Easter class.

I don’t have children, but if I did, The Berenstain Bears collection of books would be among the first to which I would encourage them to read, especially the heartwarming tale about Easter. May you all have a blessed holiday.

Book of the Week 3/18/13

LeanInAn empower and insightful book, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Knopf, 2013) touches upon many key subjects of women in our society – why women in leadership roles have declines, how women make up at least 50 percent of college graduates, yet men continue to have more career advantages, root causes of such disadvantages, and offers strong, sensible solutions.

Why aren’t women’s voices equally heard as men’s? Why do they usually balance the largest percentage of home and family while building a career? Why is it when men offer strong opinions, it is an admirable trait, yet when women do the same, they are viewed as everything from ‘bossy’ to the term for female dogs? These and other points are explained in thorough yet practical terms in Lean In.

Lean In is not without controversy and criticism. Many messages expressed in this book are not easy to take; at the same time, it is a brutally honest and refreshing perspective on women’s subjects few dared to speak out on so succinctly. In any event, Lean In’s overall message is a great one, and whether someone is a career woman or stay-at-home mom, the advice Sandberg offers can work.

SEEN This Week 3/18/13

AOS101 This week’s book, author, and event news:

Jenn Roseton’s brand new BBW erotic romance is out! A fun, sexy read with a totally hot cover that matches the title. Get yours here.

Edward Taylor dropped by Yezall Strongheart’s site this past week to to talk about his new books and a little Victoria Sponge cake!

Follow MuseItUp authors this month where they discuss publishing and/or writing pet peeves and how they resolve them.

Paul Howard had a very instructive experience recently on his one day free download for his book The Beethoven Incident The last time he went to various promotion sites, he was featured on two of them.

In the Heat of the Night by Lisa Worrall is now available from All Romance EBooks.

Tom Ufert appeared for a book signing March 16 at Barnes and Noble in Hurst, TX.

Just weeks after shutting down The Devil’s Door, McSwain and Beck find themselves trapped in their most perilous adventure yet. Racing against the clock, their unique skills are put to the test against a sinister group bent on destruction. An explosive thrill ride where sparks fly and the lives of thousands are in their hands. Let the fireworks begin by reading Fireworks on the 4th by CR Hiatt.

Click here to read Part Two of Alex Laybourne’s interview with author Joe Clifford.

Ann Pacthett’s book, The Magician’s Assistant, was featured on Daily Cheap Reads on March 11.

With the first day of spring just around the corner, be sure to check out six books and literary events featured in The Los Angeles Times.

My News for the Week:

Check out my latest interview, which appeared March 12 on You Gotta Read, with a bonus look inside the main character of upcoming Klass Act.

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

Book Profile 3/11/13

LifeCode Do any of us have a concept on how real life is supposed to work? How do we deal with the toxic people in our lives? What about the “stinking thinking” some of us tend to have?

While I’m not big on self-help books, Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World by Dr. Phil McGraw (Bird Street Books, 2012) brings new wisdom and tips to toughen ourselves in order to both succeed and overcome obstacles in the current world.

Book Description (via Amazon):

In Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World, six-time New York Times #1 best-selling author Dr. Phil McGraw abandons traditional thinking and tells you the ugly truth about the users, abusers, and overall “bad guys” we all have in our lives. He also reveals the secrets of how they think and how they get to and exploit you and those you love. You’ll gain incredible insight into these negative people, which he refers to as BAITERs (Backstabbers, Abusers, Imposters, Takers, Exploiters, Reckless), and you’ll gain the tools to protect yourself from their assaults. Dr. Phil’s new book gives you the “Evil Eight” identifiers so you can see them coming from a mile away, as well as their “Secret Playbook,” which contains the “Nefarious 15” tactics they use to exploit you and take what is yours mentally, physically, socially and professionally. Life Code then focuses on you and your playbook, which contains the “Sweet 16” tactics for winning in the real world.

Edgy, controversial and sometimes irreverent, Dr. Phil again abandons convention to prepare you to claim what you deserve and claim it now. You take flying lessons to learn to fly, swimming lessons to learn to swim, and singing lessons to learn to sing. So, why not take winning lessons to learn to win?

SEEN This Week 3/11/13

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

Washington Writers Publishing House is thrilled to announce the winners of their 2013 contests: Robert Herschbach’s book, Loose Weather, won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize, and Kathleen Wheaton’s collection, Aliens and Other Stories, won the WWPH fiction prize. Both books will be in print in Fall 2013.

Urban Renewal, the latest release by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy, is now for sale at Amazon.

Goth girl’s piercings connect her to reality; she broadcasts news the world doesn’t want to hear. Read more in Randy Attwood’s 3 Very Quirky Tales.

Karen Dales has been nominated for the HFA’s first annual Horror Author of the Year Award. Check out her award-winning novel Angel of Death on both Amazon for the special price of .99 and Smashwords.

eBook store Cheap Kindle Books brings you the latest Kindle books and help readers find information where to download reasonably priced books for their Kindles.

Nell Dixon was interviewed March 4 by Chloe from Radio Gaga. Click here for more details.

Want to let people know about your new book? Here is a new, low cost opportunity to help you find a wide audience.

Hot jungle love, shapeshifting and an ancient curse are all only tips of the iceberg in Maureen Fisher’s novel The Jaguar Legacy.

Can you imagine working a 2:00AM cab line populated by desperate and drunk high rollers and hookers? Jay Rankin writes an intense story on this subject in his acclaimed novel Under the Neon Sky.

Pat McDermott visited the Children’s and Teens Book Connection on March 1.

Matt Hammond was one of the first interviewees on Catherine Mede’s Kiwiwriters.org web site.

Congratulations to Roxane Gay, Camille Dungy, Victoria Chang and Marian Palaia for Puschart Prize nominations. Read more here.

March is featured authors month at Horny Devil Publishing Congratulations to TL Reeve on the release of her second book in her On the Set Series, Rent Boy. Get to know TL a little better by visiting her web site, stopping by her Facebook page and following her on Twitter.

‘’A fast paced novel with interesting characters, twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. A masterpiece.’’ This is only one example of praise for Robert Craven’s acclaimed book Get Lenin. Click here to get your copy.

My News for the Week:

I had a great time guesting on the March 6 episode of The Lost and Found with Danielle. We discussed many fun subjects and talked about my books.

The Cruiserweight’s Daughter ranked the following on Amazon.uk March 5:

#17 in Kindle Store – Books – Nonfiction – Sports – Individual Sports – Wrestling
#45 in Books – Sports, Hobbies & Games – Combat Sports and Self-Defence – Wrestling
#48 in Kindle Store – Books – Fiction – Sports

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 @lacarrington.

New Book Profile 3/4/13

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Are you excited for Lisa Scottoline’s upcoming release Don’t Go as I am?

The new book will be released April 9 by St. Martin’s Press in hardcover, Kindle, audiobook, and in large print.

Book Description (via Amazon):

Bestselling author Lisa Scottoline has thrilled millions with her emotionally-charged novels that feature strong women exploring the boundaries of family, justice, and love. In Don’t Go, she breaks new ground and delivers the story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero.

When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a warrior, but a healer.

However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparent household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. His medical practice is in jeopardy, and he is a complete stranger to the only family he has left – his precious baby girl. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.

Ultimately, Mike realizes that the most important battle of his life faces him on the home front and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save what’s dearest to him – his family. Gripping, thrilling, and profoundly emotional, Don’t Go is Lisa Scottoline at her finest.