SEEN This Week 1/27/14


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

Julian Gallo was recently spotlighted in Angie’s Diary online magazine.

The Life of Iroc the Topless Dancer author Shelly Ramm’s long-awaited new book, One Twistedly Funny and Shockingly True Story: Book 2 was released January 21. The latest edition features photos and the wildest true life story you will ever read, but not suitable content for anyone under age 18. You can order a copy at this link.

Ready for more intriguing background to M.S. Spencer’s latest romantic suspense mystery The Mason’s Mark: Love and Death in the Tower? The Tower is not only part of a national center for freemasonry, but a memorial to our first President. Both aspects figure prominently in the story of adventure and romance. Plus you get a sweet excerpt—isn’t the best part of romance that first meeting? Read it at Linda McLaughlin’s site.

Young Adult and Teen Readers presented Gina Marinello-Sweeney with the 2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue for her novel I Thirst.

Mark Woods’ debut novella, Time of Tides, was recently released on Amazon.

The Houston Author Bash is coming up on February 22, 2014! Houston Author Bash is presented by Wines & Labels Productions and hosted at the Harmony Science Academy of West Houston in Katy TX. The Author Bash begins at 9:00 AM and runs through 6:00 PM. for additional information.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Author and Reader Con events, which take place August 14-17 in New Orleans and in Phoenix October 16-19. Find more details on how to be part of either or both conventions at

Some tickets still remain for the 2014 Louisville Authors Event scheduled for April 5 in Louisville, KY. Anyone wishing to attend can purchase tickets at this link.

The Love N. Vegas signing will take place at Planet Hollywood October 25, 2014. Go here for additional details and purchase tickets.

My Latest News

Be sure to visit Night Owl Reviews next Monday, February 3 beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern. I’ll be participating in their weekly Chat With the Authors, discussing the upcoming release of my first nonfiction book, Life Subject To Change. You can view the full schedule of upcoming author chats here.

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

Book of the Week 1/27/14

Getting a Grip

Tennis star Monica Seles’ life changed after but a bizarre stabbing in 1993 in Hamburg, Germany forced her to leave the game for two years. In the interim, she faced a bigger challenge battling Binge Eating Disorder (BED) for nine years, which she details in Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self (Avery, reprint 2009).

Seles gained about 20 pounds during her two-year break from tennis and additional weight following her father’s death from stomach cancer. Like others suffering from BED, Seles viewed food as “her best friend” and found comfort in it to relieve feelings of depression and anxiety.

Seles tells how she eventually gained control of her binges by making small changes and lost 37 pounds. She cast aside the “diet” mentality, allowed herself to eat every food group, and permitted herself to eat other foods such as cookies and pasta.

This memoir is written with sincerity and and honesty, traits shared among those in recovery from Binge Eating Disorder. It’s an inspiring, frank, moving, spiritual, and optimistic account of someone who experienced BED firsthand and employed tools to bring it under control  to reclaim her life.

Getting a Grip  is perhaps one of the best books I’ve read on eating disorders, particularly BED, a disorder not commonly addressed or covered before Binge Eating Disorder became  recognized  as a proper diagnosis as of the current edition of  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V).

SEEN This Week 1/20/14


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

Alana Lorens’book, Second Chances, the second story in the Pittsburgh Lady Lawyers series, was featured on Shirley Connolly’s blog January 11.

Check out Randy Attwood’s latest interview on The Troubled Oyster.

Truth and fiction intertwine in M. S. Spencer’s The Mason’s Mark. Read more about the book partly inspired by a true story at this link.

Rosanna Leo’s new book, Predator’s Refuge, was released January 13. Go here for additional details on getting your copy.

A new interview with Kill Daddy author Gerald Freeman was featured on Blogcritics January 13.

Shelby Loves Candy by RyAnn Hall is sweet little book that teaches children how it’s important to brush their teeth and fruit is just as sweet as candy.

Sci-fi and fantasy lovers will enjoy these original offerings from Grimbold Books. What better way to fill your Kindle with new downtime reading?

Six graduates of the NUI Maynooth Creative Writing Certificate and the Two Roads program in NUI Kilkenny Campus had their short stories adapted for a full professional production funded by the BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) to be broadcast on KCLR FM in 2014. Click here to read the full story.

The Wall Street Journal featured an article on the departure of Barnes and Noble executive Jamie Iannone, 41, who joined Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to head operations for the Sam’s Club warehouse unit. Read additional details here

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

Book of the Week 1/20/14

WCW the Ultimate Guide

Between recent cold temperatures in my area, taking occasional breaks from working on my own current book projects and feeling a bit nostalgic, I decided to delve into what some could term some old-time reading.

Bob Ryder’s WCW World Championship Wrestling: The Ultimate Guide (Dorling Kindersley, 2000) may be an outdated book on a now-defunct wrestling promotion, but nevertheless is a book which combines rarely seen images with profiling behind-the-scenes happenings, types of training wrestlers took, how each show came together, wrestler profiles, title histories, statistics, and other features that could be beneficial to readers who either want to rehash WCW memories or just want to catch up on history of wrestling promotions of the past.

WCW World Championship Wrestling: The Ultimate Guide is action-packed, well-detailed, compelling, relives some of WCW’s most of exciting moments, and is indeed an ‘ultimate guide.’ The book outlines almost every aspect of fans’ favorite stars and matches while bringing back memories.

WCW World Championship Wrestling: The Ultimate Guideis a must-have book for both wrestling aficionados and wrestling literature collectors alike. There aren’t many high-quality books on past promotions that are written with such fine quality and detail, and this is one deemed for a spot on The Book Shelf.

SEEN This Week 1/13/14


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

Aspiring romance writers and romance readers located in the North Carolina area: Tickets are still on sale for the Tasty Authors Weekend scheduled for February 28 through March 2. Join the Readers’ Luncheon on Friday or attend the entire event and pitch your work to industry professionals.

Mel Comley would like to thank everyone for their help for her Justice box set rise up the charts, which hit #37 on Amazon and #4 on Barnes and Noble last week. Great job!

Florida-based independent publisher Palm Tree Books has opened their web site and accepting both unagented and agented manuscripts for publication. Click here to view their submission guidelines. Palm Tree Books can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

New York Times bestselling author Sarah Castille’s sexy MMA romance, Against the Ropes, is available for a limited time on Amazon.

Brian Francis Heffron is seeking references who are familiar with his work as a poet, writer, and educational TV producer and director. He believes such references would make others feel more comfortable conversing with him or perhaps and reading his new novel Colorado Mandala. The novel has received forty-six five-star reviews and was Goodreads’ first ever elected Book of the Month in June 2013. Your positive reviews would be appreciated; a few sentences would be plenty. Click here to support Brian with your recommendation.

Early Bird Price: Be sure to grab your author/sponsor table and awards tickets by the end of February for the Turning the Pages Book of the Year Awards and Signing. Price for a table is $200 and award ceremony tickets are $100. Sales are brisk, so take advantage soon as possible before everything is sold out!

Did you know Amazon Kindle offers a service that accommodates updated versions of eBooks when updates and corrections are made? Click here to learn more.

It can take any length of time to write a book. The same can be said for the editing process, but what’s the standard editing time? What is the average wait for authors to have editing completed? Find out here.

My Latest News

While I was nearing completion of The Marilyn Diaries, I began writing my first non-fiction book Life Subject to Change and planning the second non-fiction project. Life Subject to Change is now in the editing stage, but no official release date has yet been announced.

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

Book of the Week 1/13/14

15 Home Workouts

Getting in shape is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but many gym memberships are expensive and some lock members into long-term contracts. In addition, there are people who either feel uncomfortable working out in public or their local gyms don’t have programs/equipment to accommodate specific needs.

There is a solution; all it costs are the price of a book and several minutes of our time at home. 15 Home Workouts for a Toned Body by Adam Easton (Amazon Digital Services, 2014) offers easy-to-follow and simple routines for getting a toned body in the comfort of our homes. Learn what diet is best for you, common mistakes and how to avoid them, basic fitness rules that apply to both men and women, and how to get the best overall results – all for 99 cents!

15 Home Workouts is easy to follow, with simple and concise instructions for each workout while answering certain fitness questions in a conversational yet non-lecturing manner. This book can be accessed on your PC, smartphone, Kindle, or tablet, which makes working out anywhere in your home – or on the go – even easier. What other fitness book can give such wide arrays of options?

Try the exercises in 15 Home Workouts and discover why this book is a Top 5 Amazon bestseller in training, exercise and fitness; one can stick to their resolution of getting in shape without slimming down their bank accounts!

Book of the Week 1/6/14


Is one of your New Year’s resolutions finding a new companion? Have you tried online dating and encountered several disappointments or disasters?

You are not alone.

Comedian and writer Brian Donovan has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness, the main topic in his book Not A Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters (Thought Catalog, 2013).

This book is a witty, well-written account easily read in a day. While not all dating disasters are humorous, Brian Donovan puts a hilarious twist on some of his own experiences of finding love online. Many readers will identify with the awkwardness of Internet dating, but rather than post long-winded rants, the author shows the humorous side of blind dates.

Not A Match is honest yet lighthearted; my sole criticism of the book is that it isn’t longer (only 68 pages). On the other hand, who needs long, droning dating disappointment stories when short and funny ones will do nicely?

Happy 2014 everyone!