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The Dark Phantom and Pump Up Your Book are pleased to bring you Ann Marie Mershon’s YOU MUST ONLY TO LOVE THEM: LESSONS LEARNED IN TURKEY Book Blast! Please leave her a message below to let her know you stopped by!

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Title: You Must Only To Love Them: Lessons Learned in Turkey
Author: Ann Marie Mershon
Publisher: Maple Hill Publications
Pages: 282
Genre: Memoir/Travel

Living overseas is the best way to understand the world and its varied cultures. Recently divorced, Ann Marie decided to pursue her life dream of living overseas and accepted a position as a prep school English teacher in Istanbul. Ann Marie battled loneliness as she tried to make the most of her ex-pat existence, and her forays into the Muslim culture and the stunning landscape of Turkey brought them both close to her heart. This memoir is part travelogue, part adventure, and part romance. Now is your chance to vicariously experience life overseas, glimpse Islam from the inside, and perhaps explore Turkey on your own.

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Book Excerpt:

At Harem my stomach lurched as I scanned the scene: hundreds of busses –green, blue, long, short. How would I ever find the one to Koç? I approached a man in a chauffer’s cap. “Do you speak English?”

“Hayir, ama giteceğim,” he answered, then disappeared. Did he want me to wait? I gave it an optimistic try. Soon he returned with a bushy-browed man in a plaid shirt. “How can I help you, Lady?”

Ah, hope! “I need to find the bus to the Koç School.”

“The Koç University?” he asked.

“No, the high school. Near Pendik.”

“There is no bus to Pendik here,” he said. “You must take ferry to Eminönü, then take Kadiköy ferry and train.”

My heart sank. The man at Eminönü must have thought I meant Koç University. I didn’t even know there was one! It would take all day to get home if I had to backtrack. And I wouldn’t have enough lira! Frantic tears filled my eyes.

“Maybe I can help. One minute, please.” Once more I waited, heart pounding. My hair was sizzling, my blouse glued to my back. I’d never felt so alone. Libby cowered beside me in the midst of bus-station chaos as I prayed this man would find me a way home. He returned smiling. “I found bus driver who knows Koç Lisesi. He will help you. Come.”

He led me through a sea of busses to a blue mini-bus similar to those I’d used with Jana. I settled behind the driver with my purple backpack on the floor and Libby’s case in my lap. It was tight, but I felt safe. The driver nodded at me knowingly. “Do you speak English?” I asked. He shook his head.

“Koç Lisesi,” he said.

“Yvet,” I answered. Yes.

It took fifteen minutes for the bus to fill, and we were finally off. We drove and we drove and we drove. Body odor permeated the bus as it filled and emptied numerous times, mostly with men. A few smiled at me, while most avoided my gaze. I wasn’t alone, just caught in the isolation of the wrong language. We drove forever. “Don’t worry, Libby,” I whispered. “We’ll get home.” I hoped so, anyway.

An hour later the driver pulled over under a bridge and signaled me to get out. He wasn’t going to abandon me there, was he? He said something to the other passengers, then motioned me to follow him up a stairway to the overpass.

He crossed the bridge, jay-walked through traffic, and led me to a crowded bus stop. When he paused to light a cigarette, I said, “Teşekkur ederim” (Thank you) and handed him five of my remaining lira. He pushed my hand away, indicating that I should wait. I shook my head and pointed to his bus. He looked back at his stranded passengers and nodded, then strode over to some men standing nearby. I heard “Koç Lisesi” and “Tepeören” (a town near the school). He returned and indicated that I should follow these men; he would go back to his bus. I tried again to tip him, but he shook his head resolutely.

A grizzled man with a crocheted scull cap strode over and asked me something in Turkish. “Anlamadım,” I said. I don’t understand. He repeated himself, more loudly this time. “Anlamadım!” I repeated. He tried a third time, even louder. “Anlamadım!!!” I boomed. Was he deaf? He nodded, nonplussed, then stood silently beside me, my aged protector.

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Ann Marie Mershon is a retired English teacher living with her husband near the Boundary Waters of NE Minnesota. She writes every day but also finds time to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, or just sipping a cup of coffee as the sun rises.

She always enjoyed writing but didn’t start writing in earnest until about twenty years ago. She began with an enthusiastic effort at a YA novel, only to realize it was little better than recylable material. She took a series of writing courses and workshops before she began writing a weekly newspaper column then graduated to freelancing, writing articles for newspapers and magazines.

Her first published book was a middle-grade historical novel, Britta’s Journey ~ An Emigration Saga. It was based on a local family’s emigration from Finland to Minnesota. After teaching a few years in Istanbul, she met a woman who guided small tours of the city and talked her into collaborating on a guidebook of her tours, Istanbul’s Bazaar Quarter, Backstreet Walking Tours. This book is in its third printing, soon to be released as an e-book and as a phone app.

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memoriesMad Men. Don Spector didn’t just watch them on television. He was one of them.
Starting in a Madison Avenue ad agency in the ‘60’s, he actually lived the life captured in the TV show. In “Memories of a Mad Man” he shares with us an unforgettable era filled with humor, brilliance, wonderful heroes and big, bad villains.

The funny and fascinating stories he tells uncover the reality of the ad world behind the show.
• What was it like dealing with celebrities of the era?
• How did the advent of computers spoil one of the greatest boondoggles that Mad Men—and Mad Women—enjoyed?
• The Three Martini Lunch. True or false?
• What’s the real truth about truth in advertising?
The book answers these and many more intriguing questions in this unique look into a unique profession.

 

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I don’t know if it was like that before I entered advertising but by the time I did, the days of the fabled three-martini lunch were beginning to fade. And that was just as well because, frankly, I wasn’t very good at handling my liquor. Even one glass of wine at lunch made me sleepy and, besides being unable to write much, I didn’t relish the idea of someone coming into my office at three in the afternoon to see me snoozing at my desk. But I did occasionally make an exception. And once when I did, I learned a valuable lesson.
I went to lunch in a Madison Avenue restaurant with an agency producer I did a lot of work with. I don’t remember what the occasion was but Ed suggested we have a drink and I agreed. I ordered a Bloody Mary while Ed ordered a scotch and soda. I was surprised.
“Ed,” I exclaimed. “When we get back to the office they’ll smell that booze on your breath. That’s why I’m having a vodka drink.”
“Yes,” Ed said, “but you know that we’re not going to stop at just one drink. And when we get back to the office, at least they’ll know I’m drunk. They’ll just think you’re stupid.”
I thought about his wisdom for a moment and called the waiter over. “Make that a scotch and soda.”
And from that day on when I did have a drink at lunch I made sure it wasn’t vodka. I’d rather be thought of as drunk, not stupid.

 

 

ABOUT AUTHOR DON SPECTOR

Starting as a junior copywriter in a Madison Avenue ad agency in the ‘60s, Don Spector qualifies as a genuine Mad Man. Creating advertising for the agency’s high-profile accounts like Smirnoff Vodka and Tareyton cigarettes, he began his ascent up the creative ladder in several New York agencies. His commercials and print ads for advertisers like Xerox, the Yellow Pages and Jaguar ultimately led to an offer of a key position in Los Angeles-based BBDO/West where he was soon named Creative Director.  After moving to a similar position at Foote Cone Belding/Los Angeles, he eventually started his own agency where he served until his retirement.  The advertising he created for dozens of companies like ARCO, Absolut Vodka, Bristol-Myers and S.C. Johnson won numerous awards. But, more importantly, it generated millions of dollars in sales for them.

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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Russel Little’s MURDER FOR ME Cover Reveal! Please stop at the blogs who will be hosting him on May 13!

Murder for Me

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Title: MURDER FOR ME
Author: Russell Little
Publisher: Independent
Genre: Psycho-Thriller

Larry Lamb is a mediocre attorney. His last client committed suicide.

Larry Lamb is a mediocre husband. His wife divorced him because she thinks he’s crazy.

But Larry Lamb’s luck is about to turn around. Oil tycoon Don Stonek needs an attorney good enough to be convincing—but bad enough to lose his case.

Stonek’s wife Ava is the victim of multiple murder attempts, and his lover Marilyn is a suspect. Stonek offers Lamb a six-figure retainer to represent Marilyn, and Lamb accepts, with a secret plan to dump the case and keep the money.

But Marilyn has a certain power of persuasion, and the meeting leaves Larry convinced he must please her every desire. She also tugs at a part of him he prefers to keep locked away deep inside—a part of him that’s desperate for release.

Book Excerpt:

The trees surrounding the clearing looked like jungle to him, and he inhaled the smell of cut grass and heavy tree pollen through his cigarette smoke. This was way better than the stacked old garbage smell in the beaten-down park up the street from Colinas. The trash cans were empty here, and they had black plastic bags on them. Alex never saw that before, park cans with trash bags; these people were treated right.

He flicked his butt at the trash can again as he watched a wuss in blue sweats slowly run into the clearing, look at Alex and the butt as it hit the grass, and speed up as he passed by. Alex laughed at it, the thought of a man giving up sleep to run in a park. “Dumbass,” he thought. He was glad the pussy hurried, and he hoped the guy got far enough away before he popped the bitch.

He had to stay ready. Once he shot her, he’d get some breakfast tacos. There’s a truck a couple of blocks from his room that he bought tacos from late at night. They were good, too, especially the green salsa they made, and he wondered if they were open this early. Of course they were. He hoped that guy was far enough away. He checked the time on his phone again. He’d waited too long for the bitch, and he worried he’d missed her. He might go to Colinas after lunch for a beer to celebrate. He’d have some money coming in so they’d probably give him credit; they’d have to since he’d already spent everything she’d advanced him. If he did this woman well enough, he might get some of Miss Melody, too, and stop having to call her that Miss shit.

A blond woman with headphones ran past him. Who was that? He panicked. Was that her? Blond chick, like in the picture—it had to be. He jumped off the table, jerked his gun out of his pants, and ran after her.

Meet the Author

Russell Little

About the Author

Russell G. Little is a writer and practicing divorce attorney. Murder for Me is a fictionalized compilation of the many people he’s encountered over his lifetime and thirty-two-year career.

He lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife of thirty-two years, Melinda.

Visit Russell Little’s website.

Connect with Russell on Facebook and Twitter.

Jjd daniels holds a Doctor of Arts degree from Drake University with a dissertation of her poetry.  Her award-winning fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in various publications, including: The Broad River Review, The Sylvan Echo, The Elkhorn Review, Doorknobs & Bodypaint: An Anthology, The National PEN Woman’s Online Magazine and riverbabble. “Nancy’s Woodcut” won a prize in a contest sponsored by Emerson College, Cambridge University.

Say Yes, a book of poetry, 2013 topped the local bestseller list in Iowa City. The Old Wolf Lady:  Wawewa Mepemoa, was awarded a publication grant from The Iowa Arts Council and three research grants from the college where she still teaches writing. Minute of Darkness and Eighteen Flash Fiction Stories debuted January, 2015. Through Pelican Eyes, 2014 is the first of the Jessie Murphy Mystery Series.

The Iowa Arts and Poets & Writers Directories invited her inclusion. She is also a co-founder and an editor for Prairie Wolf Press Review, a literary online journal featuring new and emerging writers and visual artists.

jd maintains a blog, is a member of two critique groups, Mystery Writers of America, and South West Florida PEN Women.  She continues to teach writing at the college level. Quick Walk to Murder, the Second Jessie Murphy Mystery, was recently released.  Visit her website to find where you can get her book:  www.live-from-jd.com

Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Quick Walk to Murder. To begin with, can you gives us a brief summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to write it? 

A:  Quick Walk to Murder is a mystery, so of course there’s a sleuth trying to nail a murderer.  In this case, she’s property manager/artist, Jessie Murphy.  The victim is the son of a Matlacha, Florida crab fisherman.

I love my amateur sleuth, Jessie Murphy.  She’s my alter ego and has bits and pieces of my creative mother in her as well.  I get a high when I get into her skin and brain to solve these murders.  As soon as I finished the first book with her as a protagonist, I started writing the second.  Plus, Matlacha, Florida, an island I fell in love with, is the perfect setting for this mystery. It’s funky and colorful.  A pleasure to describe.  So, I guess I would say, both wanting to spend more time with the main character and being surrounded by the sea are big factors in inspiring me to write these mysteries.

QW_lg.jpgQ: What do you think makes a good mystery? Could you narrow it down to the three most important elements? Is it even possible to narrow it down?

A:  Hm, hard to narrow down to only three elements, but let me try:  1. Tight, compelling plot and sub-plot. 2.  Engaging, unique characters set in a colorful environment 3. Red herrings, subtle clues, surprising twists, a dramatic climax and a believable resolution.  Okay, so I cheated.  This is far more than three elements isn’t it?  I could list more, so I guess it’s impossible to narrow down to just three.

Q: How did you go about plotting your story? Or did you discover it as you worked on the book?

A:  In the first draft I let the story unfold on its own.  After this, I do a plot check to see if it follows the classic mystery outline. If it doesn’t I begin to cut and paste.  If a writer goes online they can find a very handy tool called “Plotting the Mystery Novel” as defined by contemporary editors and publishers.  I beginning check my plot against that on the second draft.

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist and how you developed him or her. Did you do any character interviews or sketches prior to the actual writing?

A:  My character is twenty eight, Irish and a fledgling artist.  Her first name is my mother’s middle name.  Her last name was my mother’s maiden name.  While she is no doubt my alter ego, she was also developed from how I envisioned my creative beloved mother to be at this young age.  Thus, each time I write a book with Jessie Murphy in it, I’m also exploring and visiting my mother’s life who passed away several years ago at the age of eight-six. So character interviews and sketches were done over a lifetime of being her daughter.

Q: In the same light, how did you create your antagonist or villain? What steps did you take to make him or her realistic?

A:  My antagonist is a compilation of different people I’ve known over the years. Unfortunately, I’ve had personal experience with more than one sociopath. Without giving away who the killer is, I’ll just say that I had to do research to make sure him or her was portrayed realistically.

Q: How did you keep your narrative exciting throughout the novel? Could you offer some practical, specific tips?

A:  As you see from my bio, I’ve taught writing for several years.  While doing this, I spend much time moving my students away from a passive voice to an active one.  I find that when writing a mystery such as mine this is apt advice.  Use of first person, active verbs, specific nouns, realistic dialogue, strong metaphors that fit the setting and time, plus the use of similes and minimal background information helps keep the reader engaged and turning the pages.  One thing that helps my students understand this concept is to pretend your reader is standing over your shoulder as you create pictures on the page with words, including the five senses in as many scenes as possible.  Make sense?

Q: Setting is also quite important and in many cases it becomes like a character itself. What tools of the trade did you use in your writing to bring the setting to life?

A:  When writing about setting, I use the same “picture-making” tools that are needed to make for an exciting narrative.  By considering the five senses, by thinking of the setting as a character while you are writing the book, helps greatly in making it one.  This means that once you initially describe the setting, each time after that (like your protagonist or other characters) when you use the setting in a chapter, you must show different aspects of it to develop it into a place the reader can actually identify with and see in their mind.  I am happy to tell you that one reader did say I had been successful in doing this in the first book.  I hope I’ve succeeded in Quick Walk to Murder too.

Q: Did you know the theme(s) of your novel from the start or is this something you discovered after completing the first draft? Is this theme(s) recurrent in your other work?

A:  My themes for Quick Walk to Murder became evident as the characters and plot developed.  This is one thing I love about my process—the creative journey—the constant learning and surprises.  At least one of the themes is recurring—action versus apathy—others are unique to the mystery’s situation.

Q: Where does craft end and art begin? Do you think editing can destroy the initial creative thrust of an author?

A:  Hm, another interesting question.  Perhaps this is why I write the first draft before referring to that plot outline—I want my imagination to have freedom before I have to consider my reader. I began as a poet as well as a fiction writer.  In fact, I have a doctorate in poetry from Drake University.  I don’t think you can create your own path until you understand your craft—the elements that make a fine mystery, novel or poem.  I’m a person who free writes in a journal often.  I also encourage this activity for my students.  But freewriting is only a tool to free the imagination, after this the hard work of being a writer begins.

I believe if writers understand that writing is a complex process, that editing is only one important aspect of that process, their initial creative thrust will not be destroyed.  Some fledging writers don’t understand this and they can be adversely effected by editing.  It’s a shame, but happens all too often.

Q: What three things, in your opinion, make a successful novelist?

A:  1. One who receives respect for their work.  2.  One who honors their passion by making a life as a writer.  3.  One who understands the importance of discipline and persistance.

Q: A famous writer once wrote that being an author is like having to do homework for the rest of your life. What do you think about that?

A:  Makes me smile.  As a life-time learner, I couldn’t agree with the famous writer more.  The difference is that you are your best teacher, a fact I stress with my students probably more than they want to hear.

Q: Are there any resources, books, workshops or sites about craft that you’ve found helpful during your writing career? 

A:  There are so many.  I already mentioned the outline for plotting for mystery writers.  With the amazing technology we have today, I’d say just Google what you want and sit back until multi-sites pop up on your screen.  But I also recommend The Art of Fiction by John Gardner, Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maas, Save the Cat by Blake Snyder and Imaginative Writing:  The Elements of Craft by Janet Burroway.  Again, there are so many more to add to your library.

Writers also have to be readers of their genre.  Whatever genre you choose to write, read and study as many books as possible in that area.

Writers Market is always announcing workshops for all sorts of things writers need to know, including insights into the changing publishing world.  She Writes does as well, as does Poet & Writers and Mystery Writers of America.  There is also an amazing number of workshops and writer’s retreats offered world-wide.  Many of these are expensive, but many offer free tuition for those who are accepted as Fellows.

The important thing is to do your research. Take yourself and your decision to become a published author seriously. Read and take workshops that are practical and will help you become the writer you want to be.

It’s an amazing journey.  Enjoy.

Q:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers about the craft of writing?

A:  I guess I’d just like to emphasize that knowing your craft is essential if you want to earn respect in your field.  I recently was chatting with another editor of a respected young adult traditional publishing company.  She said something quite wise: “In the mystery editor’s world, anyone can be a fine wordsmith, but if you don’t know how to plot, you don’t know your craft, it makes no difference.”

 

Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)

Author: Zoe Kalo

Genre: YA mythological fantasy/paranormal

Word count: 93,000 words / 330 pages

Official Launch: May 1, 2016

Amazon purchase link:http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Sun-Cult-Cat-Book-ebook/dp/B01DRDUQW8

Only $.99 until Wednesday May 11th(regular price $4.99)

Get your copy on Kindle today!

Daughter of the Sun, Book 1 – blurb

Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew.

But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities.

Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.

What readers are saying….

“This was an amazing story!” –Hot Off the Shelves

“This book was so super good! Great writing, great characters, great plot. Very immersive reading experience.” –Awesome Book Assessment

“Wow- this book was a stunning, magnificent adventure! Very well written and full of intricate details, I was immediately drawn in and just absolutely did not want to put this one down… The intrigue just leaves you racing through the pages to find out what will happen next! I absolutely, completely enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what happens in the next one!” –The Recipe Fairy

“The way [Zoe Kalo] writes cats into the book is astounding. Every little quirk, mew and lick is incredibly authentic. I love it when a writer is skilled at writing about the animals in the character’s story, it makes it more warm and fuzzy, no pun intended.” –Samantha Writes

“Daughter of the Sun is an intriguing young adult mythology read full of mystery, magic, action, and history… [it] kept me flipping pages like an addict.” –Fishing for Books

“Oh my God. This is definitely a ‘something.’ This concept and the plot is soooo unique and weird and fascinating that I did not want to put this down. I literally breezed through this one…. This book was an overdose of kitty love.” –Grape Fruit Books

“If you are looking for a Young Adult Fantasy book that is different from the norm, then look no further. Daughter of the Sun is full of Egyptian mythology, with layer upon layer of mystery just waiting to be uncovered.” –Archaeolibrarian

About the Author

A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…

A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com /Facebook / Twitter

 

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Girls' Weekend
Title: Girls’ Weekend
Author: Cara Sue Achterberg
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: The Story Plant
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Dani, Meg, and Charlotte have bonded over babies, barbeques, and backyards, but when they escape for a girls’ weekend away, they can’t bring themselves to return to lives that don’t seem to fit anymore.

Harried Dani can’t explain why she feels so discontented until she meets a young gallery owner who inspires her to rediscover the art that once made her happy.

Dependable Meg faces up to a grief that threatens to swallow her whole and confronts a marriage built on expectations.

Flamboyant Charlotte, frustrated with her stagnated life and marriage, pursues a playboy Irish singer and beachside business opportunities.

All three of these women thought they would be different. None of them thought they’d be facing down forty and still wondering when life starts. What they do when they realize where they’re headed is both inspiring and wildly entertaining.

GIRLS’ WEEKEND is a fun, yet poignant romp through the universal search of who we are, why we love, and what makes us happy by an author who is quickly emerging as one of our most incisive storytellers.

 

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Meet the Author:

Cara Sue

 

Cara Sue Achterberg is a writer and blogger who lives in New Freedom, PA with her family and an embarrassing number of animals. Her first novel, I’m Not Her, was a national bestseller. Cara’s nonfiction book, Live Intentionally, is a guide to the organic life filled with ideas, recipes, and inspiration for living a more intentional life. Cara is a prolific blogger, occasional cowgirl, and busy mom whose essays and articles have been published in numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites. Links to her blogs, news about upcoming publications, and pictures of her foster dogs can be found at CaraWrites.com.

 

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Tour Schedule

 Monday, May 2 – Book featured at Harmonious Publicity
Tuesday, May 3 -Interviewed at The Review From Here
Wednesday, May 4 – Book featured at Chosen By You Book Club
Thursday, May 5 – Book featured at What Is That Book About
Friday, May 6 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure
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Monday, May 9 – Book featured at The Dark Phantom
Tuesday, May 10 – Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, May 11 – Excerpt featured at My Bookish Pleasures
Thursday, May 12 – Book featured at A Taste of My Mind
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Monday, May 16 – Interviewed at The Writer’s Life 
Wednesday, May 18 – Book featured at As the Page Turns
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Monday, May 23 – Book reviewed at Books and Needlepoint
Tuesday, May 24 – Book featured at A Title Wave
Wednesday, May 25 – Guest blogging at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Thursday, May 26 – Book featured at The Literary Nook
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Monday, June 6 – Book featured at The Bookworm Lodge
Tuesday, June 7 – Book featured at Celticlady’s Reviews
Wednesday, June 8 – Guest blogging at The Noise Beneath the Apple
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Monday, June 13 – Book reviewed at Booklover Sue
Tuesday, June 14 – Book reviewed at Whispering Stories
Wednesday, June 15 – Book featured at Voodoo Princess
Thursday, June 16 – Guest blogging at Write and Take Flight
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Monday, June 20 – Book reviewed at Natural Bri
Tuesday, June 21 – Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Wednesday, June 22 – Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, June 23 – Book featured at Book Cover Junkie
Friday, June 24 – Book reviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt
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Monday, June 27 – Book reviewed at Cover2Cover
Tuesday, June 28 – Book reviewed at Book Babble
Wednesday, June 29 – Book reviewed at Laura’s Interests
Book reviewed at The Phantom Paragrapher
Thursday, June 30 – Book reviewed at Curling Up By the Fire
Book reviewed at Live Love Books Blog
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The Pitchfork of Destiny

 

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The Pitchfork of Destiny
 
Title: The Pitchfork of Destiny
Author: Jack Heckel
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Mythology
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Life in the Kingdom of Royaume has been happily ever for King William Pickett and his fiancee, Lady Rapunzel. But when Volthraxus, the Great Dragon of the North, returns looking for the love of his life, the Great Wyrm of the South, it becomes clear that some fairy tales never end.

After Volthraxus discovers his love was slain by the newly crowned king, he seeks his revenge by kidnapping Rapunzel. Once again, Will teams up with Edward Charming, the only man in all the kingdom with the skill, ego, and dashing good looks to fight a dragon. Our heroes fates depend on finding a weapon re-forged in dragon blood the Pitchfork of Destiny.

But as the two set off after the dragon, Charming s bride, Lady Elizabeth, falls into the clutches of a mysterious sorcerer known as the Dracomancer, who has his own plans for Royaume.”

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Meet the Author:

Jack Heckel’s life is an open book, actually, the book you are in all hope holding right now (and if you are not holding it, he would like to tell you it can be purchased from any of your finest purveyors of the written word). Beyond that, Jack aspires to be either a witty, urbane, world-traveller who lives on his vintage yacht, The Clever Double Entendre, or a geographically illiterate professor of literature who spends his non-writing time restoring an 18th century lighthouse off a remote part of the Vermont coastline. Whatever you want to believe of him, he is without doubt the author of the premier volume of the Charming novels, Once Upon a Rhyme. So, no matter what rumors you might hear about Jack, particularly those spread by either litigious dwarves or litigious dwarfs, ignore them, because he is currently working on a sequel. Because more than anything, Jack lives for his readers.

Despite whatever Jack may claim, in reality, Jack Heckel is the pen name for John Peck and Harry Heckel.

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