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Kindle Fire Giveaway!

[ 64 ] March 14, 2012
The Barrett Company Hollywood Book Publicity Tour + Win FREE Kindle Fire!

About The Barrett Company:

Media expert & advisor Charles Barrett formed The Barrett Company in 1991 as a full service media relations and media marketing/communications agency. The Los Angeles headquartered firm offers 21st century integrated media outreach and media marketing expertise with an emphasis on the entertainment and leisure time industries serving authors/publishers, Hollywood celebrities, motion pictures, and television.

Since inception, TBC has served such companies as Simon & Schuster, Globe Pequot Press, Norton Publishers, Warner Brothers Studios, American Movie Classics cable channel, ABC TV, CBS TV, Fox Television, self-published author publishers such as Xlibris, Author House, I-Universe and numerous celebrities from Johnny Carson to Ed McMahon to Kevin Costner to Oprah Winfrey (Oprah’s Big Give television series on ABC).

Barbara Wall, a specialist in media marketing and media research, serves as Vice President of TBC. She has accomplished extensive assignments, ranging from technology to entertainment to printing/publishing. A key professional on The Barrett Company team is Vice President John Michaeli, who offers international and domestic public relations/communications expertise with a proven track record of developing, implementing and directing strategic marketing campaigns. Representing TBC in New York is publicist and author Ward Morehouse III, who served as media contact at NBC for NBC Nightly News and was also was a Vice President at Jack Raymond & Associates, a top New York public relations firm. TBC is proud of its association with renowned film marketing professional Jerry Pam. Mr. Pam’s accomplished film marketing career ranges from his days with The Beatles on their hit films, A Hard Day’s Night and Help, to films like Chocolat, Cinema Paridiso, Cider House Rules, the Oscar ® winner Shakespeare in Love and Good Will Hunting, among many, many other pictures.

~ ~ ~ GIVEAWAY ~ ~ ~

Pump Up Your Book and The Barrett Company are teaming up to give you a chance to win a Kindle Fire!

This giveaway is part of the Barrett Company Hollywood Publicity Tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book. There are a lot of great blogs participating in this Kindle Fire giveaway. After you enter, check out the other stops on the Barrett Company Hollywood Publicity Tour and enter there too!

Here’s how it works:

Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form below.

The Kindle Fire promotion will run March 5 – 23, 2012. Winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on March 24, 2012.

To find out who else is participating and for more chances to win, click here.

Contest is only open to U.S. and Canada residents.

Good luck everyone!


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Guest Post & Giveaway: Bryan Cohen

[ 33 ] March 7, 2012

Bryan Cohen here, guest poster and author, promoting my new book The Post-College Guide to Happiness for The Happiness Blog Tour.

I’m giving away free digital review copies of the book and doing a giveaway for paperback copies, audio copies and even a Kindle Fire! Read on and check out the info below the post.

“The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.”

– Joseph Addison

Party Hearty

When I left college, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I’d had a limited amount of freedom at college and I’d used it to party hearty when I had the chance, but now I was in a whole new world with a job, an apartment and a future. Being part of the theater community meant that I had no shortage of people who wanted to go out to get a shot or a few beers and even though I wasn’t a big drinker, I certainly wanted to make and keep my new friends. It was fun and it was crazy and I certainly had a good time while I was out with these people, but I felt sort of strange when I got home. Empty.

Many of the people I went out with were in the same boat as me, in that they had recently moved to town as well. Others…well, they’d been doing the same thing for the last five to ten years. Taking a few comedy classes here and acting in a play there. They weren’t really moving. I started to worry that if I continued to enjoy myself solely in the now, I might end up never moving forward.

I’m not going to say that you should never go out and have a good time with friends. You need that social aspect of your life or you’ll get lonely. But if you make these wild party times the focus of your life, you might end up not making a whole lot of progress . The key is to sit down and think about what could add to your long-term happiness as well as your short-term happiness. Usually, what you’ll think of are in the form of long-term projects or goals that require a little bit of work every day. If you find that partying takes up too much of your free time, you may need to sacrifice some of your short-term enjoyment for your long-term happiness.

It’s a tough trade-off and not everybody will understand. They’ll wonder why you’d need to stay in if you don’t have to get up early the next day. You need to be firm with this though. If you need to set aside a few hours to work on a book or a business or anything, it needs to be done and if you keep putting it off it’ll never happen.

If you love partying but you have that empty feeling I’ve described, try this on for size. Take some time off cold-turkey and work like crazy on a long-term goal. Once you accomplish it, have a celebration of epic proportions. Repeat the same strategy over and over and you’ll be set with both short and long term joy.

Giveaway

Bryan Cohen is giving away 61 paperback and audio copies of The Post-College Guide to Happiness and a Kindle Fire between now and May 7th, 2012 on The Happiness Blog Tour.

All entrants receive a free digital review copy of The Post-College Guide to Happiness.

Bryan hopes to give away at least 1,000 copies during the blog tour. To enter, post a comment with your e-mail address or send an e-mail to postcollegehappiness (at) gmail.com. Bryan will draw the names at the end of the tour. Entries will be counted through Sunday, May 6th.

Bryan Cohen is a writer, actor and comedian from Dresher, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art and a minor in Creative Writing. He has written nine books including 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More, 500 Writing Prompts for Kids: First Grade through Fifth Grade, Writer on the Side: How to Write Your Book Around Your 9 to 5 Job and his new book, 1,000 Character Writing Prompts: Villains, Heroes and Hams for Scripts, Stories and More. His website Build Creative Writing Ideas helps over 25,000 visitors a month to push past writer’s block and stay motivated.

Feel free to follow along with the tour at The Happiness Blog Tour Hub Page.

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Giveaway: The Courtesan’s Lover by Gabrielle Kimm

[ 38 ] March 6, 2012

I have a copy of The Courtesan’s Lover by Gabrielle Kimm to give away!

About the book

Francesca Felizzi, former mistress of the Duke of Ferrara, revels in the art of entertaining wealthy men. Astonishingly beautiful, lasciviously talented, and stunningly tempting, she adores the power she wields over her patrons. Francesca knows she must succeed as a courtesan—she has two young daughters to support. But an unexpected encounter threatens to change everything, making it clear that her sumptuous life is a gaudy façade. Francesca suddenly finds herself and her daughters abruptly plunged into the sort of danger she has dreaded ever since she began to work the streets all those years ago.

In the tradition of Sarah Dunant and Marina Fiorato, The Courtesan’s Lover is a compelling and vibrant tale from an up-and-coming fresh voice that readers will want to savor.

Also by Gabrielle Kimm: His Last Duchess


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Guest Post & Giveaway: Sarah Pinneo, author of Julia’s Child

[ 34 ] February 27, 2012

Please welcome author Sarah Pinneo who’s here to share her recipe for delicious Almond Cookies!

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Sarah’s book, Julia’s Child, below.

by Sarah Pinneo

Does every woman go through life feeling like an absolute imposter? Please tell me the answer is yes. When I was developing my cookbook—my first book in print—I cooked constantly. I tested recipes, and then I tested them again.

Working on fiction is different—it’s many more hours at the computer. You don’t have quite so much time to stand around in your kitchen. In fact, you have very little.

But once there’s a glossy book in the store with your name on it, people expect you to cook like a Michelin-rated chef all the time. Suddenly, the word “pot luck” when attached to some event on the school calendar strikes fear into your heart. And you can’t show up with store bought. You have a reputation to uphold.

I often fall back on these almond cookies. There are exactly five ingredients, and they can be mixed together in just a few minutes. The reason that the recipe is so simple is that nut butters work hard in a recipe, acting as both a starch and a fat. (If you substitute peanut butter, you will get a delightful peanut butter cookie instead.)

So this is a working-writer-mom-busy-person recipe. Enjoy them in good health!

Five Ingredient Almond Cookies

1 cup almond butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons flour (white or whole wheat)

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In one large bowl, stir all the ingredients together. Busy mom’s tip: if you don’t enjoy measuring almond butter in a measuring cup, you can instead place your mixing bowl on a kitchen scale. A cup of almond butter weighs about 8 ounces.

Roll heaping teaspoonfuls of the dough into balls, and place them on baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. With the tines of a fork, flatten the balls gently in two directions, creating a criss-cross pattern.

Bake until the cookies are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool for two minutes on the baking sheets and then on a wire rack.

While the cookies are baking, check out our review of Julia’s Child as well as Sarah’s website


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Giveaway: The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher

[ 89 ] January 9, 2012

I have a copy of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s latest book, The Keeper, to give away!

About the book

Julia Lapp has planned on marrying Paul Fisher since she was a girl. Now twenty-one, she looks forward to their wedding with giddy anticipation. When Paul tells her he wants to postpone the wedding–again–she knows who is to blame. Perpetual bachelor and spreader of cold feet, Roman Troyer, the Bee Man.

Roamin’ Roman travels through the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania with his hives full of bees, renting them out to farmers in need of pollinators. He relishes his nomadic life, which keeps him from thinking about all he has lost. He especially enjoys bringing his bees to Stoney Ridge each year. But with Julia on a mission to punish him for inspiring Paul’s cold feet, the Lapp farm is looking decidedly less pleasant.

Can Julia secure the future she’s always dreamed of? Or does God have something else in mind?

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– What do you find most appealing about the Amish lifestyle? or What is one piece of technology you absolutely could NOT give up?

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This giveaway is open to US residents only. Deadline to enter is midnight on January 23, 2012.

Giveaway copy was provided free of any obligation by Revell. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Guest Post & Giveaway: Susan Fraser King, author of Queen Hereafter

[ 52 ] January 9, 2012

Please welcome Susan Fraser King, author of Queen Hereafter – now available in paperback!

Researching Margaret, by Susan Fraser King

Queen Hereafter tells the story of Margaret of Scotland, queen of Scots in the 11th century—a Saxon princess, Hungarian-born, she was descended from Alfred the Great and became a refugee from the Norman Conquest. Shipwrecked with her escaping family along the Scottish coast, she married her protector, King Malcolm Canmore, who had defeated Macbeth for the throne of Scotland. Margaret succeeded Lady Macbeth as queen of Scots, and so she seemed a perfect subject for a sequel to my novel about Lady Macbeth—and Margaret was an intriguing woman in her own right.

A good deal is known about Margaret, which is unusual in an early medieval queen and made the research and the writing easier in some ways than my novel about Lady Macbeth—and in some ways more complicated, as so much was known that some, inevitably, had to be cut from the novel. The contrasts in Margaret’s life and character were fascinating—piety and worldly power, gentleness and temper, obedience and mischief, saintliness and temptation: all those angles were part of her. She emerges from history as a real young woman thanks to a rare medieval biography written by her friend and confessor, Bishop Turgot—who seemed a pretty dry character in history until I discovered that Turgot, or Thorgaut, was a Viking name, and that this priest and monk had previously escaped from a Norman prison and had been shipwrecked and rescued by monks, so that he joined their order after his recovery. Tor, as he’s called in the novel, idealized his friend Queen Margaret, but in his biography of her, he left tantalizing hints of a vital, fascinating young woman.

Her biographer seems to have fallen under Margaret’s spell—which says something about her personality. Reading between the lines of Turgot’s biography, Margaret comes across as a very real and fascinating character. And there is a lovely fairytale element to her true story that has such naturally romantic elements that a story was easy to develop: a beautiful, exiled young princess, a shipwreck, love at first sight (so says Turgot!), a brawny royal husband who adored her, eight healthy children, and enough charm and determination in this foreign queen to win the affection of the resistant Scots and then change them, bringing them from the Dark Ages, basically, into the Middle Ages. Margaret’s influence in that transition was quite significant, as medieval historians note about her. Yet some inner torment kept Margaret from being truly happy despite all she had – her story was hard for a historical novelist to resist.

Margaret is a crucial part of Scottish history at a critical moment, the period of the Norman Conquest of England, which threatened Scotland’s well-being too. She had a cosmopolitan upbringing in Hungary and then the English court; Edward the Confessor was her uncle, and after his death, when the Normans invaded England, she and her mother and siblings fled. Their ship wrecked on the Scottish coast and they came under the protection of Malcolm Canmore – and Margaret’s contribution to Scottish history, and to the history of women in power, began.

Turgot created an amazing document in his Vita S. Margaretae, written for Margaret’s daughter—it’s full of wonderful anecdotes about her, insights into her character, and verifiable facts. Other sources mention Margaret and her family, such as in annals and charters. The rest of the picture is provided by historical events and the actions of her husband, Malcolm Canmore, her brother, Edgar the Aetheling, and others.

Despite the amount of information available about the real Margaret, writing a novel about her required filling lots of historical gaps, extrapolating and leaping in order to bring history to life. I wanted Margaret to emerge in the novel as a real, vulnerable, sympathetic character. Part of the challenge was that she was represented as perfect and virtuous in her lifetime, a woman who later was named a saint. But along with the perfection were hints of flaws and quirks, such as her temper, her sharp intelligence, her impatience, her tendency to be very hard on herself and others, all revealed by her biographer along with her more idealized qualities. I was looking for the real Margaret, a young woman in a strange land, who was not always so sure of herself—a young woman who fell in love with a man who was very nearly her complete opposite—a love match that even the earliest historical sources attest—and a woman who loved deeply, passionately, not only her husband and children, but her loyalties, her causes and charities, and her adopted country of Scotland. I discovered that Margaret of Scotland was a complex woman who seemed very real to me—and I hope she seems that way to readers of Queen Hereafter too.

Read our review of Queen Hereafter here

Giveaway
I have 2 copies of Queen Hereafter to give away!

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This giveaway is open to US residents only. Deadline to enter is midnight on January 23,2012.

Giveaway copy was provided free of any obligation by Crown Publishing Group. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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