Archive for August 17th, 2016

Julianne McLeanJulianne has created & organized targeted national launches, press coverage, television appearances, publicity events and community service affiliations for a varied range of entities including: “Masai Barefoot Technology” – therapeutic footwear company; award-winning cartoonist Mark Lynch’s book – “How Green is My Planet” with forewords from Spike Milligan and David Suzuki; best-selling recipe book, “Barbies for Blokes” with recipes from celebrities such as Peter Brock, Jeff Fenech and Guy Leech and the sequel “More Barbies for Blokes” (These later publications were co-authored by Julianne); John Gill, eight times World Martial Arts Champion and Hornsby Council’s sports complexes that won the national award for “Best Swim School Promotion”. Julianne has just produced directed and written a DVD for Holland America Cruise lines based on their exercise programs and is publishing her new book “Cocktails and Mock Tales”.

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Mark LynchMark Lynch our Australian cartoonist, describes himself as being born “sometime in the middle of the last century.”

After doing a variety of Jobs, Mark became a QANTAS Flight attendant and he quips that “the next nineteen years of his life resembled an exotic beer commercial set in a variety of world- wide locations”.

Mark was editorial cartoonist for the leading publication, “The Australian” newspaper. His work has been enjoyed in more publications than you could count, ranging from Australian dailies, even ‘Le News Switzerland”. Mark’s cartoons appear in a variety of forms and diversity world-wide including video screens in the Berlin and Munich subway system where they are seen by 1.5 million people a day.

Mark is the recipient of 48 international and Australian cartoon awards!

Mark lives in Sydney with his lovely wife, Jenny, and two sons and to learn more about Mark and see further cartoons, visit www.cartoons-a-plenty.com

About the Book:

Cocktails and Mock- Tales is not just about alcoholic beverages. The book is about sensations that tickle your tastebuds and humour that tickles your fancy. It includes non-alcoholic beverages that the whole family can enjoy Cocktails and Mock-Talesand even herbal recipes for the adventurous.

Have one extremely tall high ball glass and a giant cocktail shaker at the ready


Unlimited centilitres of wit and humour

9 cl or 3oz titillating snippets of history and gossip

Add flavours of exotic destinations

A dusting of spice mixed with satire

Several centilitres of high spirits (optional)

Shake with vigour. Garnish with an open mind and your own sense of humour

Now you are ready to truly laugh and savour Cocktails and Mock Tales!

Amaze your friends and family with your knowledge of the origins of international beverages and excite their tastebuds with these exotic sensations.

For More Information

  • Cocktails & Mock-Tales is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Would you call yourself a born writer?

I believe everyone has the gift of self-expression. It just takes a little courage to put inspiration into a form.

What was your inspiration for Cocktails and Mock-Tales?

Cocktails and Mock-Tales teaser 1On a balmy summer’s evening in the historic and pretty German city of Leipzig this book was conceived.

Here I was treated to the most sensational cocktail that I have ever tasted. It was so good, one could say it was “out of this world”. Master Cocktail Creator, Joerg Braun, told me that this cocktail was titled “Amadeus” after musician, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and was one of his award winning cocktails.

I tentatively asked for the recipe and Joerg graciously agreed, penning the ingredients on a paper napkin. A subsequent visit to the Mephisto bar and coffee lounge to sample their mock-tails deepened my resolve. Why not make these delicious recipes available to all? “Cocktails and Mock Tales” was born.

The next step was to find an illustrator. How could I overlook my old friend and colleague, Mark Lynch? Mark’s biting wit and satirical cartoons are surpassed by none. He, too, has won many prestigious awards for his cartoon works. Mark, fortunately for me, agreed to take on his part of the project.

“Cocktails and Mock Tales” is not just about alcoholic beverages. The book is about sensations that tickle your tastebuds and humour that tickles your fancy. It includes non-alcoholic beverages that the whole family can enjoy , herbal recipes for the adventurous, and even vegetable cleansers for the health conscious. A percentage of this book’s royalties will go to organisations promoting the responsible consumption of alcohol.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Humour  and interesting information. You only have to see the cartoons to see how humour inspires me.

How long did it take you to complete the book?

Cocktails and Mock-Tales computerAbout one year, which included research and culling cocktail recipes.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I am disciplined. I set my tasks for the day, but I do get my inspirations and let them free flow when I run or swim, My head is clear when I undertake these activities. My major role in life, at present, is to care for my elderly parents and so I work around these duties

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Choosing and recreating some of the recipes for my beverages, and researching the ones I had chosen

What do you love most about being an author?

Enjoying the inspiration and magic of creation.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

We went traditional and are happy with our publisher. The process took longer than I expected as we were not ready to publish when the publisher was ready

Where can we find you on the web?

My cartoonist:    www.cartoons-a-plenty.com

My publisher: www.asjpublishing.com


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