Book Review and Giveaway I Am Ella. Buy Me.

cover-4-1Title: I am Ella. Buy me.

Author: Joan Ellis

Genre: Humor / Chick lit / Romance

Rating: 8/10

Buy: Amazon

I AM ELLA. BUY ME

‘I am a ginger tom. I am a boy racer. I am a housewife. I am a pain in the arse.’

Ella David is Bridget Jones meets Peggy from Mad Men.

Working in Soho’s mad, bad Adland in the sexist 80s, Ella is a rare beast – a woman in a man’s world, dodging her sleazy boss, Peter.

Based on Joan’s experiences in Soho’s mad, bad Adland, this fast-paced, funny tale is set against a backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain when money trumps morals and lust is a must.

Thankfully, Ella knows love is more powerful but can two unlikely friendships help her go from a girl in the firing line to a woman calling the shots?

Bridget Jones meets Peggy from Mad Men is an accurate drescription for Ella David, the main character of “I am Ella. Buy me.” Ella works as a copywriter in the 80s, a world ruled by men, where sexism is still a daily thing and there’s little a woman can do bout it. Her boss, Peter, would like nothing more than to come to an arrangement with Ella and have her end up in his bed, but Ella isn’t too keen on the idea. Luckily she has two best friends, Adam and Wally, who help her find a way through through this men’s world.

This story is hilarious from start to finish. Ella is an amazing, fun, easy-going character. At the same time, she’s quite complex, which adds an extra layer to the book. The plot is surprising, and it’s filled with a solid dose of humor. A very enjoyable book.

Giveaway

You can win an eBook copy of “I am Ella. Buy me.” by leaving a comment below.

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Release Party Rani in Search of a Rainbow

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We’re celebrating the release day party today for children’s picture book “Rani in Search of a Rainbow”.

About the Book

RISR-cover-hrTitle: Rani in Search of a Rainbow

Author: Shaila Abdullah

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Displaced by the Pakistan floods, Rani’s family has taken refuge at a relief camp where they are doing their part to help other flood victims. Eight-year old Rani wants to assist but doesn’t know how. Heeding the advice of her father to help in a way only children can, Rani embarks on a journey to bring true joy to a dear friend on the occasion of Eid.

Get your copy of the book!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rani-Search-Rainbow-Disaster-Survival/dp/1615992413/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1415820729&sr=1-2-fkmr0

 

 

Author Bio

Shaila_headshot-300x289Shaila Abdullah is an award-winning author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of four books: Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, My Friend Suhana, and A Manual for Marco. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award and Patras Bukhari Award for English Language. Several academic institutions have adopted her books as course study or recommended reading, including the University of California, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Indiana University, Boston University, California State University, and George Washington University. Learn more about the author at www.ShailaAbdullah.com.

Links

http://shailaabdullah.com/rani-in-search-of-rainbow/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shaila-Abdullah-Author/140181920333

https://twitter.com/ShailaAbdullah

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/243939.Shaila_M_Abdullah

Giveaway

There’s a tour-wide giveaway for 5 print copies of the book, and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Go here to participate in the giveaway.

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Promo Post The Leopard King Saga

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About The Book

The Leopard Vanguard

Tome OneTitle: The Leopard Vanguard

Author: T.A. Uner

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Set during the early years of the reign of the Mad Emperor Caligula,this first installment of the Leopard King Saga introduces us to Tullus, a gifted Roman Centurion who resigns his elite position in the Praetorian Guard to join a troupe of circus performers and learn more about his hidden magical talents. Along with his new partner, a magical Leopardess named Celestra, he re-invents himself as The Leopard King, the most famous entertainer in all the Roman Empire. But when Tullus’ friend and Circus Ringmaster, Paullus Gabinius, is killed, Tullus and Celestra find themselves immersed in political intrigue and up against Paullus’ killers. Their struggle to avenge Paullus will also cause them to cross paths with corrupt Roman politicians, who know Paullus’ deadly secret-which has the power to destroy the Roman Empire.

The Leopard Stratagem

Tome TwoTitle: The Leopard Stratagem

Author: T.A. Uner

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Camus Scorpio, the vicious criminal overlord, who for years tormented the good merchants of Rome, is dead. His ruthless army of thugs and bloodthirsty killers wiped out by the avenging force of Tullus the Leopard King, the Leopardess Celestra, and their Troupe.

But the victory is a costly one. Anna, Tullus’ lover, is dead, and her departure serves as an open wound to all her friends in the Troupe. Needing time to collect himself and continue developing his magical abilities, Tullus decides to seek out the wisdom of a reclusive wizard named Hradack, also known as the Leopard Master and a product of the Age of Paladins.

In Rome Eliana becomes involved in political intrigue and finds herself caught up in a conspiracy involving a persecuted race called the Dryads.

Decimus, now a prominent Centurion in the Praetorian Guard, is assigned to a new Roman Legion in Switzerland, where he faces the biggest challenge of his military career.

As Tullus’ power in Elemence grows, he foresees a hideous plot by an unknown enemy called Serpentus, who has kidnapped his Troupe friends and is holding them hostage on the island of Capri.

Unbeknownst to Tullus, Serpentus seeks revenge against the Leopard King and Celestra, and has armed himself with arcane powers. Under the tutelage of a fanatical cleric, Serpentus harbors plans of destroying the Leopard King and Celestra before embarking on a destructive path of conquest.

Author Bio

AuthorPicT.A.UnerT.A. Uner is a former Management Professional who spent over 15 years working for various fortune 50 companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

An accomplished public speaker and event promoter, he is also a graduate of George Mason University, and holds a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication and History.

A finalist in The 2010 Moonlight Mesa short fiction contest, his first short story, “The Banker’s Wife,” was published internationally in an anthology titled, Award Winning Tales. Mr. Uner lives in Virginia. He is the author of the Leopard King Saga and other works.

He looks forward to more readers discovering the life-like characters that inhabit his stories.

Links

http://www.leopardkingsaga.com/

http://www.amazon.com/T.A.-Uner/e/B00EOSNR9K/

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Promo Post The Noise Beneath The Apple

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About The Book

1-TNBTATitle: The Noise Beneath The Apple

Author: Heather Jacks

Genre: Performing Arts & Music

The Noise Beneath the Apple® is a limited-edition, 200-page deluxe collector’s edition art-style book full of high quality photographs and intimate stories from 35 groundbreaking musicians in New York City’s underground music scene. It also comes with a very special eleven track vinyl record, which features the original music of a select number of participants. The audio component was mastered by Academy Award winning  engineer Reuben Cohen.

This book is a BOTYA winner.

Author Bio

Headshot-for-RH-580x537Heather Jacks was raised on an Indian reservation in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen. Jacks was the first ‘experimental exchange student’ to Australia with an organization called YFU, Youth for Understanding, where she spent 10.5 months in 1982. Once she returned, she received her B.A. from USF and followed that with two years of study at UC Davis.  She has worked in the music industry in various capacities, since the eighties; radio, production, A&R, booking and most recently as a music journalist.  She recently won a Book of the Year Award for her multi-media project, The Noise Beneath the Apple®, which was inspired by her love for street music, busking and the people who make it.

Links

indiefab-gold-imprintMy site:  www.TNBTA.com

To order the Book or Music:  eShop   http://alturl.com/kybiz  Amazon

Twitter:    @TNBTA

Facebook: TNBTA

“NEW YORK STATE OF MIND” NOW STREAMING ON ESQUIRE.COM:

http://alturl.com/8nsap

PURCHASE SONG VIA BANDCAMP (100% PROCEEDS TO SWEET RELIEF):

http://ow.ly/BFwHx

“NEW YORK STATE OF MIND” COVER FOR REPOSTING:

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Character Interview Omega in the Shadows Tour

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Today we’re also hosting a character interview for the book tour for gay shifter/paranormal romance “Omega in the Shadows”. Enjoy.

You travel a lot. Where’s your favorite place to visit?

Italy. Wonderful food and excellent fashion. Despite my upbringing, I was made for the finer things in life. I’d buy an apartment on the Amalfi Coast if I ever felt like settling down. Who am I kidding? I’d get bored within a month.

What’s the best memory from your childhood?

Oh, my childhood didn’t have good memories. Swimming the the lake with my little brother was good, if the rest of the pack left us alone.

When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?

Wine. Sex. Rinse. Repeat.

What’s your favorite part about your job?

Killing people who deserve it. And everyone I kill deserves it. Oh, making them suffer first is just an added bonus. Also, I get to travel! It’s a win-win.

You’re an omega. How do you feel about alpha wolves?

I used to say I hated them, then I met Rowan Gregor. He’s the best alpha – even if we got off to a rocky start. I guess a few others aren’t so bad.

About The Book

Lost wolves 1Title: Omega in the Shadows (Lost Wolves Book One)

Author: Zoe Perdita

Genre: Gay Romance / Shifter Romance / Paranormal Romance

Rowan Gregor is a CIA agent who vows never to get close to another wolf after his pack is brutally murdered by hunters. Enter Elijah Kane, an efficient and shadowy omega assassin on the run from the CIA. When Rowan is tasked with hunting down Kane, he ends up at the mercy of a wolf with nothing left to lose – a wolf who is sure Rowan is his mate – even when Rowan is sure he’s not gay.

Elijah Kane is hell bent on proving he’s stronger and smarter than every alpha he meets – including the alpha CIA agent sent to kill him. But Rowan lights a fire of lust that Elijah can’t ignore. They share a rare connection – a mate connection – and he’s not going to give up on Rowan until the man sees it too.

Trapped in a snowy wilderness and besieged by hunters, desire sizzles between Elijah and Rowan. Can they overcome their differences, and their pasts, and forge a bond to save their future?

Contains graphic gay sex scenes.

Author Bio

P1010504Zoe Perdita writes gay shifter romance because the only thing better than one hot shifter dude is two hot shifter dudes making out. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a fluffy orange cat and a lively roommate. When she’s not writing, Zoe likes to travel, read and play video games.

Links

Blog: http://www.zoeperdita.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K0X5GMO

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/omega-in-the-shadows-zoe-perdita/1119366068?ean=9781499245967

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-omegaintheshadowslostwolvesbookone-1490601-143.html

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Author Interview The Age of Amy: Channel ’63

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I’m hosting an interview today for the tour for “The Age of Amy: Cannel ’63”. Enjoy.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I outline everything before I write. I need that guide map to show me where I’m going. Many authors use the straight-ahead approach — to be surprised by the ending just like the reader would experience it. I find that no matter how complete my outline is, there are always plenty of surprises left over to jump out at me.

Where did you get the inspiration for The Age of Amy: Channel ’63?

The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination was recently observed, and American life was examined before and after this tragic event. The Kennedy years were a simpler time. Amy is a character who is not at all pleased with the times she was born into. She looks at the world and all of its problems and asks, “is this the best you can do?” The early 60s would have been a perfect time for her — before hackers, frackers, and terrorists.

Is this a series?

“Channel ‘63” is the third book in this series for young adults, with more to come!

What is your daily page or word count record?

I don’t have a very structured writing schedule. The day to day word count varies. The software I use shows that during the end-of-the-book crunch period, I write about 2000 words a day.

Please tell us a little about your book.

Love blossoms in this story of a lonesome girl and an enchanted TV, that lets you talk to people in 1963. When 16-year-old Amy meets a charming boy in the 60s, her lonely days are behind her. But falling for someone 50 years in the past through a TV set comes with a painful limitation: They can show and tell but never touch.

What is your favorite story of all time?

My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The author’s mix of prejudice, poverty, and ultimately human kindness projects an optimism we should all possess. It’s one of those stories that takes you to another place, then stays with you after you come back to reality.

What are you working on at the moment?

Book #4 in The Age of Amy series is subtitled “Behind The Fun Zone,” and deals with how easily people are manipulated into making bad choices. It’s actually a modern-day retelling of the Pinocchio story. It should be out by Summer, 2015.

About The Book

amy3_coverTitle: The Age of Amy: Channel ‘63

Author: Bruce Edwards

Genre: Young Adult

What if you could tune your TV to the year 1963, and watch—live? A new theme park attraction allows visitors to not only observe, but talk with the people of that turbulent decade. For 16-year-old Amy, it’s the perfect escape from her own time, and the hardships of teenage life in the 21st century.

Things get complicated when Amy falls for a teenage boy in the 60s. Trying to build a relationship across time proves maddening, especially when computers bleep any language that might impact the future. Happily, Amy acquires a “magic clicker” which defeats this annoying restriction. But gaining the ability to speak freely comes with a heavy responsibility: Amy now has the power to alter history!

She struggles to be mindful of her speech, but finds the temptation to reverse the mistakes of the past irresistible. It is November, 1963 on the other side of the TV screen, and President Kennedy is about to be assassinated. Knowing the details of that tragic event, Amy hatches a dangerous plot to save the 35th president, unaware of the deadly consequences facing her long-ago friend, who must carry it out.

Author Bio

amy3_bruce_edwardsAward-winning author Bruce Edwards is a former Hollywood film animator, and brings the whimsy of a character artist to his stories. A music major in college, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. Bruce’s thought-provoking books for young adults are never short on fun, fantasy, and imagination.

 

Links

AUTHOR LINKS

Channel ’63 Music Video
AgeOfAmy.com
Facebook
Twitter

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Powell’s
Publisher’s Store

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Author Interview A Different Kind of Safari

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I’m hosting an interview today with Helen C. Hipp, author of children’s book “A Different Kind of Safari”.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I definetly lean more towards being a panster and enjoy the different ways each creative work unfolds.

Where did you get the inspiration for A Different Kind of Safari?

It all began in Africa when my family spotted a pod of hippos and one was pink. My son Ray fourteen at the time immediately named her “Rosie”.  Curious and wanting to learn more about this hippo my family asked the guide many questions about hippos and hippo behavior. Specifically I wanted to know why she stood so far outside of her pod? The familiarity of the guides answer took me by surprise, he explained that “Rosie” was tolerated but not necessarily accepted by the herd because of her differences. As a parent of a child with special needs I immediately felt inspired to weave this experience into a children’s story that celebrates differences and helps children understand themselves and others.

What is your daily page or word count record? 

I write when I can and where I can and do not worry about the count as keeping the writing process enjoyable is my first priority.

Please tell us a little about A Different Kind of Safari? Is this a series? 

At this time there are no plans to turn this book into a series. A Different Kind of Safari is a unique tale that celebrates differences. This is a children’s adventure book for ages 9 -12 year olds. Engaging and fun the storyline’s universal message brings fun and inspiration to both the reading and listening audience. Full of teachable moments that help children by allowing them to make personal connections with the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns that they experience.

A Different Kind of Safari opens doors for discussions

with students and children regarding:

Self-awareness

Self-acceptance -What about me, what do I see?

Encouraging one’s potential

Problem Solving – Learning to respond with an open-mind creating a common or workable solution
 

What is your favorite story of all time?

It is difficult to pick one story as a favorite but I think I can narrow it down to two, my book  “A Different Kind of Safari” and “Black Beauty” written by Anna Sewell.

A Different Kind of Safari

bookcover_smallTitle: A Different Kind of Safari

Author: Helen Hipp

Genre: Children’s Books

Has a book ever changed your life? Not just inspired you but helped you to see you’re life differently? In a tale that celebrates differences “A Different Kind of Safari”  addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Engaging and fun young children begin to figure out how they are the same and different from other people, and how they feel about the differences. Full of fun and enjoyable teachable moments that move children and allow them to make personal connections with the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns that they experience.

Author Bio

Hip9860_7x5final150dpiHelen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book ” A Different Kind of Safari” puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.

Links

For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to www.adifferentkindofsafari.com

Award Winning Book trailer: http://youtu.be/5vd_sH64kt0

Buy the Book:

A Different Kind Of Safari | Hardcover

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-different-kind-of-safari-helen-c-hipp/1115058594?ean=9780989013406

A Different Kind Of Safari | Hardcover

http://www.amazon.com/Different-Kind-Safari-Helen-Hipp/dp/0989013405/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403620957&sr=8-1&keywords=a+different+kind+of+safari

A Different Kind Of Safari | Audio Book

http://www.audible.com/pd/Kids/A-Different-Kind-of-Safari-Audiobook/B00FWXPS2U

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