Book of the Week 6/24/13

PittsburghFilmHistory

if you’re a movie buff who enjoys a bit of local flavor, ‘Pittsburgh Film History’ is the hottest book in town right now. Pittsburgh Film History: On Set in the Steel City by John Tiech (The History Press, 2012) covers all movies and television shows made in Pittsburgh over the last several years. Read all of the unbelievable stories from behind-the-scenes and discover a side of Pittsburgh you never saw before. The book also contains dozens of rare set photos.

This is perhaps the best book I’ve read on local film history; as an extra in a few films, many memories were recalled in some of the sections of Pittsburgh Film History. Well-researched, sublime writing, thorough descriptions, and excellent details round out this book very well. It’s beyond refreshing to see a book about film not focused on Hollywood or other common cities. John Tiech does an outstanding job in leading readers from the silent picture era to recent films – some which have become everything from cult favorites to classics.

Pittsburgh Film History is a must-read for any film aficionado whose interest in “The Hollywood of the East” is piqued. Many favorite things are found inside it, be it the high-quality photos or material on each movie made here in what was once known as the Smoky City.

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SEEN This Week 6/24/13

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

Spreaker Radio host of The Lost and Found Danielle Zwissler released a new book, The Cowboy’s Bride, now on sale at Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble.

Elodie Parks’ new erotic romance The Winter Girl was just released by Hot Ink Press. You can get a Kindle copy from Amazon or Amazon.uk.

Time management is very important to both your personal and professional success, and especially important to us writers. Check out Randy Mitchell’s blog post at this link.

Karen Martin is seeking anyone would be willing to join in on a promo she is running. She is considering adding a new perk, especially for book lovers: The “10 for 10” deal. This involves offering one e-book each from 10 different authors for $10. In return for you donating e-book copies, she will post your book on the campaign page in the photos and include a write-up and links (plus write about the new perk on her facebook, twitter, blog, etc.). She’ll also choose two of the contributing authors as winners for the “Author’s Only” perk on the campaign – a free full-page promo in both the e-book and paperback when they are published (later this summer). It does not need to be a full book; a novella, short story, or a “preview” of your next book will also be fine Right now the campaign is doing amazingly well, so this could be some good exposure. If you’d like to learn more or donate an e-book, go here.

Peycho Kanev’s poem Oblivion is in Issue #17 of Steel Toe Review. The poem is featured from their archives.

Whether you are at the pre-launch, launch or post-launch stage of your publishing venture Online Book Publicity can help you to build online exposure on engines and on social networks. Check it out today.

Get set for summer with Making Waves by Nell Dixon from Amazon Kindle. and Barnes and Noble for Nook. Try September Song, A Cornish Christmas, Easter Holiday and New Bay Wedding for other New Bay stories. Books are also available in box set and print.

Cheryl Carpinello’s Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend, a 2011 Finalist Global eBook Awards finalist for Pre-Teen Literature is only $2.51 on Amazon. At age 12, Guinevere finds herself having to make the decision of a lifetime: Will she choose wisely?

My News For the Week:

Klass Act was featured June 22 on The Place for Ebooks.

Lusty Ladies and Bad Babes was promoted on the June 19 broadcast of The Lost and Found.

The Cruiserweight’s Daughter ranked the following on Amazon.uk June 17:

#14 in Kindle Store > Books > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#44 in Books > Sports, Hobbies & Games > Combat Sports & Self-Defence > Wrestling
#64 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Sports

Due to the upcoming Fourth of July holiday week, there will be no column or book review for the week of July 1. Both will return on July 8. Have a happy and safe holiday!

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Book of the Week 6/17/13

Drbaderspestcures

Summer season has arrived and you know what’s next – bugs! We know how tough it is to find ways to kill the pesky creatures, but new and more natural ways can be found in Dr. Myles H. Bader’s Natural Solutions to Things That Bug You (Telebrands Corporation, 2012).

This isn’t the average TV- hawked book. As a pet owner, I was always looking for safer ways to kill the occasional bug without worrying about harming the cats. Natural Solutions offers many sure-fire cures to pest control without harmful chemicals found in commercial products – and many items can be found in our own homes, many we use on an everyday basis!

Natural Solutions contains various information on common crawlie things that tend to invade our homes, complete with photos and detailed instructions on how to eliminate (if not at least control) specific bug issues. While I wouldn’t recommend the mosquito repellant (you’re better investing in OFF in that aspect), the other repellant guidelines should be useful, particularly if you’re tired of high-priced, chemical-ridden commercial products or looking for more effective solutions without a trip to the store between exterminator visits.

SEEN This Week 6/17/13

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

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. Starr plans to adapt the song, Octopus’s Garden into a picture book. The Beatles originally recorded that song for their 1969 hit album, Abbey Road.

People have been asking for it! RomCon is excited to announce custom book cover design services. Not only do they make pre-made covers, but also do a custom cover, just for you!

Have you checked out the blurb and excerpt for Project Terminal: Legacy? Head on over to Romancing The Pen Today for a sneak peek into Book 1 of Olivia Starke’s exciting new paranormal erotic romance for Beachwalk Press.

Thanks to Dana Lynn Smith for sharing very good article for people launching books.

Forthcoming from Marick Press: Red Flower, White Flower by Jennifer Tseng. Jean Valentine says: “The poems in Jennifer Tseng’s Red Flower, White Flower have a highly intuitive use of music, serious humor, mystery, grief, and along with grief, unguarded understanding and puzzlement, side by side. It is as if this poetry has been waiting in a room somewhere, or a river, or a forest, and now Jennifer Tseng has led us into it — I sometimes even felt some sense of her own surprise — all carried over with a sort of underwater intelligence, light gravity.”

WebbWeaver Books on Blogtalk Radio launched a few months ago and already has been given ‘featured’ show status! The show is seeking authors for interviews and book readings, along with some aspiring writers and any publicists or publishers. WebbWeaver Books author’s reading room has become unbelievably popular and just crossed over to 11,000 individual downloads of book readings. Please contact via e-mail at ckwebb73@gmail.com or their contacts page at the WebbWeaver Reviews web site.
They have also re-opened their submissions and accepting requests for book reviews.

There’s a big bad world beyond the US and UK. As KDP Select loses its shine, here’s some pointers for the ebook world beyond Amazon. Say hello to Whitcoulls.

Delphina Miyares shares an excerpt from Predator’s Kiss at this link. Stop in and have a read.

Want firsthand insight into the process of self-publishing with Balboa Press? Read one author’s experience here.

Looking for a new, low-cost opportunity to promote your books? January Magazine may be able to help.

Stop by Wendy Jones’ blog for an interview with the highly talented, best selling crime author Chris Longmuir.

My News For the Week:

I will be a guest on  the WebbWeaver Books radio show July 23 at 12 noon Eastern to be interviewed and read from Klass Act.

The Cruiserweight ranked the following on Amazon June 10:

#98 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Check out my June 9 interview on the Blak Rayne Blog.

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.

SEEN This Week 6/10/13

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

Attention fiction writers! Everyone’s novel could use improvement in some way or another, so be sure to take advantage of Writers Digest’s exclusive collection of resources devoted to writing fiction, available through June only.

Ginosko Literary Journal is accepting short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and spiritual insights for Ginosko Literary Journal. Editorial lead time is 1-2 months; accept simultaneous submissions and reprints. Length flexible, accept excerpts. Receives postal submissions and email (prefer email submissions as attachments, .wps, .doc, .rtf). Authors retain copyrights. Read year-round. Publishing as semiannual ezine. Check downloadable issues on web site for tone and style.

Jen Lancaster made a huge splash with her memoir Bitter is the New Black, which launched her into the category of bestselling multiple-memoirists like David Sedaris and Augusten BurroughsThe Tao of Martha, she recounts a year spent living the Martha Stewart way. Read more on the NOOK Blog.

Making Love Book 13 of the Action! Series by G.A. Hauser is now available on the All Romance web site.

The second winner of the Strawberry Moon Book Giveaway is Kristina Gehring! To see her response to this question, “Why I love paranormal romance” click here.

Five people working for the same company, but not really knowing each other. They all start the bank holiday weekend, but how many will finish it and arrive back at work on the right side of the law and still alive? Read more in Ross Lennon’s book The Long Weekend.

Tell everyone about your published titles! Shamelessly self-promote and include links to your site or distributors. Everything is free to promote at Online Book Publicity on Facebook.

Bloody Ham by Brian Kavanagh is now available on Kobo. Download options: Adobe DRM EPUB. The third adventure for Belinda and Hazel continuing the pace and humor that readers have come to acknowledge and appreciate. Excitement and tension begin on the first day of filming a Restoration drama on location at the historic Jacobean mansion, Ham House in Surrey when one of the leading players collapses and dies.

If you haven’t seen this video trailer for Blow Up the Roses, it’s a rather delightful piece of work.

Check out a small section from Jon Zech’s book at this link. Five minutes, spoken word, a very fun time!

Go here to have a listen to Jay Rankin’s latest audio interview on sex, drugs and Las Vegas – a peek at the seamy side of life.

My News For the Week:

Secret Heat: Tales of Forbidden Lust and Lusty Ladies and Bad Babes had more than 200 downloads each the first day of the free promotional weekend, which ran from May 31 to June 2. According to a final note from Rising Temperatures Press, total worldwide free downloads for both books were…hang on to your seats…586 copies! It also appeared that Lusty Ladies was the more popular choice between the two books for some reason; if you received a free copy of either or both books this past weekend, leave some feedback as to which book you liked better and your favorite short stories in either or both. Lusty Ladies also made the top 100 erotica books on Amazon this weekend during the promotion.

Be sure to tune in tonight 8:30PM Eastern at Night Owl Reviews, as I will be participating in its Chat With the Authors.

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.

Book of the Week 6/10/13

NoOneEverHasSex

Product Description (via Amazon):

Childhood sweethearts Matthew and Katy agree they must never see each other again after they end up in bed together following a school re-union. So all is forgotten… until eight months later when a shock meeting at an antenatal class forces them to confront the fact that Matthew could be the father of Katy’s baby. Oblivious to the mayhem unfolding, Matthew’s highly-strung wife frets over giving birth to twins and Katy’s much younger boyfriend refuses to take fatherhood seriously.

Love and life are messy but Katy and Matthew take things to a whole new level as deep emotions begin to resurface and hormones run riot.

How will they navigate their way through this almighty cock-up?

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Can romance be funny at the same time? All things are possible when reading Tracy Bloom’s hilariously romantic book No-One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday: A Very Funny Romantic Novel (Connects Publishing, 2013).

Two people meeting up at a class reunion and then part ways with unfinished business…but you need to read this book to know what happens along the way – and how things eventually end!

No-One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday has it all: love, sex, characters who tend to make life more interesting, snappy and witty dialogue, a twist and turns plot to which most readers will identify, sublime dialogue, making this book one that you may finish in one sitting.

A fun take on some serious issues, No-One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday is an overall delightful read that keeps you wondering what will happen next from the very first page right down to the final sentence. This is highly recommended summer reading, even though those around you at the beach will wonder what is so funny!

SEEN This Week 6/3/13

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

Coming soon: Short Story America, Season Three. New stories return in June! In the meantime, if you don’t have Volumes One and Two of the acclaimed anthology series, you can get them at www.shortstoryamerica.com.

You can pre-order Kristal McKerrington’s first erotica work, which is way overdue! It’s on pre-order at this link, so reserve your copy before they sell out.

Daryl Devore stopped by Bitches Be Writin’ May 29 with a hot excerpt from the latest Capri’s Fate. Have a read, but bring a glass of cold water.

Babs Mountjoy had guest post and excerpt of By Any Other Name May 29 that took a dig at the Abercrombie and Fitch crowd… does money make the man? Find out here.

Is it wrong to tie your book’s promotion to current events? Find out a safe way to boost your book sales.

Uvi Poznansky was featured on Brian M. Hayden’s blog this past week. He is the author of The Road to Transplant (and more books) where he takes readers along to witness the final mile on his incredible journey to a heart transplant.

RomCon 2013 Fans: It’s time to sign up for intimate chats. Already registered Fan Admission only. Want to come? Register today!

The Dead Good Poetry Competition winners have been announced! Go here for the list of winners.

The New York Times printed an article in their Arts Beat section on anthologies that (mostly) stand the test of time, including collections of fiction from the 1940s and 1990s, classics and rediscovered gems.

My News for the Week:

New release from Rising Temperatures Press, Lusty Ladies and Bad Babes, is now on sale at Amazon and Amazon.uk.

Thanks to everyone who downloaded Secret Heat and Lusty Ladies during the free Hot Summer Weekend promotion May 31-June 2.

Lusty Ladies and Bad Babes ranked the following on Amazon June 1:
#83 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Erotica

Lusty Ladies and Bad Babes ranked the following on Amazon. uk June 1:
#60 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Erotica

The Cruiserweight ranked the following May 28 on Amazon.uk:

#31 in Kindle Store > Books > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#87 in Books > Sports, Hobbies & Games > Combat Sports & Self-Defence > Wrestling

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? If 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.