#BookTour “Sassy Saguaros” by Steve Ryan

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Humor, Arizona, Plants/Trees, Photography

Date Published: August 26, 2020

Publisher: Mindstir Media

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Steve Ryan spent months hiking and biking the beautiful Southwest Sonoran Desert, suffering more flat tires than he can count in his search for Saguaros that had something to “say”. Sassy Saguaros features the photographs he took of the most interesting subjects–based on their looks and personalities–and the hilarious captions he added (Steve is also a part-time comedian).

These desert dwellers–which often weigh several tons and can live up to 200 years–are brought to life in the wonderful, wacky world of Sassy Saguaros. Get ready to laugh out loud and see how “human” this giant cactus can be!

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One of the ironies of this majestic desert plant is that the majority of a Saguaro is made up of water. Its root system, only inches under the ground, absorbs as much water as any rain will produce. For this reason, an adult Saguaro can weigh several tons. The Saguaro provides a home for many birds, including hawks and owls which are able to excavate nesting areas in the Saguaro’s pulpy flesh. Even deer and rabbits will eat the outside flesh when other water sources are scarce. It’s comforting to know that the Saguaro is not in any way an endangered plant species but thrives in abundance in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. But enough seriousness! Start turning the pages and watch these Saguaros come to life and turn a little bit “crazy” just like all of us.

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About The Author

 Steve Ryan, explorer and photographer, has lived in the Sonoran Desert for over 40 years. Steve is now retired and devoted to sharing the beauty-and “sass”-of the famous Saguaro cactus.

Steve Ryan spent years hiking and biking the beautiful Southwest Sonoran Desert, suffering more flat tires than he can count in his search for Saguaros that had something to say. Sassy Saguaros features the photographs he took of the most interesting subjects-based on their looks and personalities-and the hilarious captions he added. These desert dwellers-which often weigh several tons and can live up to 200 years-are brought to life in the wonderful, wacky world

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#FREE “RV There Yet?: The True Story of a Motoring Nightmare” by Travis Casey

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It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. —Mark Twain

After selling their Minnesota home, Travis and Wendy plan an elaborate departure from the United States before repatriating themselves to the UK. Buying a second-hand RV, visiting states unknown, and selling the campervan after reaching Florida seems like the perfect exit. So they pack their lives and blind Shih Tzu into a once-luxurious thirty-one-foot RV and hit the open road.

As they roll through the Midwest, heading for the Deep South, they soon discover “RV” doesn’t mean “Reliable Vehicle.” Historical sites give way to repair shops and the excitement of the once-in-a-lifetime trip quickly turns into apprehension of what’s around the next corner. With the wheels literally coming off the wagon, bogus repairs, temperatures rising inside the RV and under the hood, sleeping in junkyards, and being laughed at by the Mississippi police, the once-happy couple just want the nightmare to end so they can return to England. But the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles has the final say as to when they can leave.

Of course it’s a true story. You couldn’t make it up.

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#BookBlitz “Sassy Saguaros” by Steve Ryan

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Humor, Arizona, Plants/Trees, Photography

Date Published: August 26, 2020

Publisher: Mindstir Media

NO ALTERATIONS! NO DISGUISES! NO PHOTOSHOP!

Steve Ryan spent months hiking and biking the beautiful Southwest Sonoran Desert, suffering more flat tires than he can count in his search for Saguaros that had something to “say”. Sassy Saguaros features the photographs he took of the most interesting subjects–based on their looks and personalities–and the hilarious captions he added (Steve is also a part-time comedian).

These desert dwellers–which often weigh several tons and can live up to 200 years–are brought to life in the wonderful, wacky world of Sassy Saguaros. Get ready to laugh out loud and see how “human” this giant cactus can be!

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About The Author

 Steve Ryan, explorer and photographer, has lived in the Sonoran Desert for over 40 years. Steve is now retired and devoted to sharing the beauty-and “sass”-of the famous Saguaro cactus.

Steve Ryan spent years hiking and biking the beautiful Southwest Sonoran Desert, suffering more flat tires than he can count in his search for Saguaros that had something to say. Sassy Saguaros features the photographs he took of the most interesting subjects-based on their looks and personalities-and the hilarious captions he added. These desert dwellers-which often weigh several tons and can live up to 200 years-are brought to life in the wonderful, wacky world of Sassy Saguaros. Get ready to laugh out loud and see how “human” this giant cactus can be!

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#BookSale “Midnight Run: One comedian, eight sled dogs.” by Joel Paul Reisig

“Authentic and funny. Joel nails a rookie’s blunders and achievements on the trail with sled dogs”
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In the hilarious new travelogue by Joel Paul Reisig, the author has a heart attack and is dumped by the women he loves. He decides to move to Michigan’s frozen Upper Peninsula where he lives with an old musher, a moron, and forty-seven sled dogs, races in the Midnight Run, and falls for a girl who conveniently has the same name as the girl he lost!

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#BookReview “What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream?” by Brad Graber

Author: Brad Graber

Narrator: Derek Neumann

Length: 3 hours 35 minutes

Publisher: Dark Victory Press

Released: May 26, 2020

Genre: Humor

Why is a fly circling the deli? What can you learn from your dog about aging? Is Mahjong the real game of champions?If you’re a fan of David Sedaris, Erma Bombeck, or Andy Rooney, you’ll love Brad Graber’s new release What’s that Growing in My Sour Cream? – a compilation of over 70 humorous essays on the joys, challenges, and absurdities of life in America. Drawn from Graber’s blog “There, I Said It!” Graber introduces listeners to his sharp observations on everyday subjects such as Facebook friends, the odd messages stuffed into fortune cookies, and awkward man hugs. A bold new voice, Graber’s humor and wit are on full display in What’s that Growing in My Sour Cream?.

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Brad Graber writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one listened to him – so he made up stories about them. He’s the award-winning author of The Intersect and After the Fall, and writes a humor blog: There, I Said It! He currently resides in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff.

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Derek Neumann is actor and voice professional in the recording arts and sciences who has studied at both the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the British Academy’s Midsummer at Oxford’s Shakespeare program.

The musings and observations of Brad Graber’s What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream are not only humorous and entertaining but also relatable. From germs on planes to germs in the home (I think Brad’s a germaphobe! HA!), to food on cruises and holiday meals, to family dynamics and aging gracefully (or not), I found topics and situations I’ve often pondered and was encouraged to find I’m not the only person lamenting the extinction of authentic customer service.

Compiled of posts from Graber’s personal blog, this audiobook is perfect for a relaxing evening or drive. Derek Neumann’s smooth, unhurried narration felt as though I was listening to the observations of a good friend, and just as I was ready for more, the book ended.

Graber’s insight and wit remind us not only that it’s never too late, but also that we’re never truly alone.

Enjoy!

I volunteered to review this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Brad Graber. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Brad Graber’s top ten reasons you will love listening to What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream?
  1. You see humor in everyday happenings
  2. You enjoy Seinfeld, David Sedaris, Erma Bombeck, and the Chicken Soup Series
  3. You think Mahjong is the true game of champions
  4. You’re curious about what your dog can teach you about aging
  5. You’re perplexed by the odd messages in fortune cookies
  6. You keep walking into your spouse
  7. You laugh at awkward man hugs
  8. You’ve gone to the theatre and experienced the big head show
  9. You’ve noticed that the medicine cabinet is now in the kitchen
  10. You enjoy pedicures
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#AudioTour “The Tribulations of August Barton” by Jennifer LeBlanc

Author: Jennifer LeBlanc

Narrator: James Oliva

Length: 4 hours 28 minutes

Series: August Barton, Book 1

Publisher: Jennifer LeBlanc

Released: Apr. 20, 2018

Genre: Humor

August Barton could never have mentally prepared himself for his freshman year of college: not only has his anxiety increased, but his parents are divorcing, his new roommate thinks Augie is the biggest nerd in existence, and his grandma, a retired prostitute named Gertie, has taken to running away from her nursing home. Augie just wants to hole up in his dorm room with his Star Wars collectables and textbooks, but Gertie is not about to let that happen. What ensues is a crazy ride including naked trespassing, befriending a local biker gang, and maybe-just maybe-with Augie defeating his anxiety and actually getting the girl.

Jennifer LeBlanc is a Multi-Award Winning, Bestselling Indie Author and Poet. Born and raised in South Dakota, she has always had a wild imagination and a knack for story-telling. When not slaying zombies in the gaming world or writing, she can be found getting lost in a good book, doing something crafty, indulging in photography, or watching movies with her husband, two cats, and long-haired chihuahua. Jennifer loves animals, poetry, music, art, and all things creative. She currently works in merchant banking and credit services while writing her next project.

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James Oliva is the creator/writer/director of the audio drama podcast What’s The Frequency? He’s also the voice of Michael Tate on audio podcast drama Greater Boston, Willard on Oak Podcast. James has also had guest appearances on ars Paradoxica, The Strange Case of Starship Iris, Seminar, Big Data, Jim Robbie and the Wanderers, The Haven Chronicles, and Radiation World. He was a finalist for a 2016 and 2017 Audio Verse Award in the acting category.

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Q&A with Author Jennifer LeBlanc
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • It really depends on the writing style. Having it read out loud and brought to life is an amazing thing. Your characters become more real and the reader gets to become more immersed in your story. With that said, if the writing isn’t something that sounds good when read aloud it might not translate as well into audiobook format. This is why choosing the right narrator is so important because translating what’s in your mind and your story the way you see it in your head is difficult. Details and certain things like character quirks and the tone need to match what you are trying to convey to the reader in your story. If the writing is flat and has no life or is too bland, it will be bland and flat when read aloud. I have listened to several audiobooks with the same old monotone narrators that try to make the story interesting, but don’t, because the writing isn’t interesting or the story isn’t written in an interesting way. On the flip side of that though I have also heard ones where the narrator works wonders for even the most boring and flat writing so it goes both ways.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Yes, I definitely anticipated getting my book made into an audiobook early on in the process. Because of this, I wrote the story the way I would want to hear it. It was like I was watching a movie in my head and when writing, I wrote how I would want the movie to play out. I thought about what reactions people would have if a character said or did something more interesting. This helped give my characters more individuality and spunk. They weren’t just people put together as a means to an end in the book. They became so much more and it’s definitely something you can hear in the audiobook.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • This part was scary because I knew what I wanted for the characters and how I wanted them to sound, but to find someone who could do them, and the story justice seemed really daunting. I did a search on the audiobook production platform and came across James Oliva’s profile. He conveniently had samples of his previous work available to listen to. I listened to each one several times and I just couldn’t believe the range he had as a voice actor. I was hooked and just knew he was the one. From there I sent an offer and he gladly accepted. I feel like it was just meant to be because I found who I believed was the perfect narrator on the first try. That never seems to happen and I feel so blessed to have worked with and to continue working with him.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • For some of the lines yes, but for Augie he just had it. He sounded young and skittish and weird and that’s exactly what I wanted. It was the same with Gertie and for the most part all the others aside from a few things here and there that were easy to fix.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Yes, I have always been socially awkward and at times never really felt like I was confident or even comfortable in my own skin. This is a characteristic that I gave to my main character Augie because it stems from me and how I was at that age. I have also always had a special relationship with my grandmother and she’s been one of the most influential people in my life. I wanted to write a story that portrayed that relationship even though my grandmother is the complete opposite of Augie’s in many ways.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • I work a regular full-time job and write on the side when I have time. Most of the time my day job is so brain draining that I don’t have the mental energy to write afterwords. To remedy this, I try to wake up as early as I can and write before work. Before my brain is completely fried for the day. This isn’t always achievable, sometimes I don’t write very much, but a little at a time goes a long way. I also try to take advantage of long weekends and any time I have away from work. I like to walk my dog when it’s nice out to clear my head and get back into the right headspace for writing. I also try to write when I am feeling the most inspired, because I am one hundred percent in the moment with that thought or idea. I feel like this is when I do my best writing because I am completely consumed by the story playing out in my mind. Most of the time I get inspired by music and can sit for hours and hours and listen to song after song as I am writing. I write as much as I can as often as I can and while it may be sporadic or unscheduled it works for me.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • All of it, in my opinion the whole experience of listening to it brought so much more emotion out and so much more appeal for the characters. They become more real and relatable and I can’t thank James enough for the work he put into making my audiobook so great.
  • What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I really loved audio books as a kid because they essentially taught to me how to read better and how to pronounce words that I didn’t know how to. They helped me understand the tone and get into the story better. I would always get the cassette tapes from the library and then follow along with the physical book. I still listen to them here and there on occasion without the physical books. Some of them are great and others don’t grab my attention as well. It really depends on the narrator. I don’t listen to audiobooks very much anymore, but I do like them.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Talk to other authors if you can and connect with the writing community, whether it be local or reaching out online. Having the support of other people in the same boat helped me immensely through this process. The knowledge and advice of other readers, writers, and authors is invaluable whether it’s good or bad. Everything helps. Learn as much as you can. Do research on self-publishing and traditional publishing and most importantly READ! To become a good writer, you must first become a good reader.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Be diligent in selecting your narrator and make sure they will be a good fit for your book. Also be patient with your narrator, once you have chosen one, because they have a lot more work they have to do behind the scenes than we see or know about. There’s a lot that goes into recording and editing the content in your book. It’s a process and it takes time. It’s not an easy feat by any means and is more than worth it in the end.
  • What’s next for you?
    • Publishing book two in the August Barton Novella Series titled, The Revelations of August Barton. Once the paperback and ebook are out, James has graciously accepted the task of narrating the audiobook for this one as well. I can’t wait to dig in and get it out there for all the readers and listeners. Once Revelations is released, I plan on doing more author events around where I live and doing some more marketing.
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#GuestPost “Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime?” by Guy Rolands

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Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime?

coverI wanted to create something different. During an enforced period of immobility following an accident, I started writing about the adventures of a female agent. I decided my heroine would be clean-cut, athletic, skilled in martial arts, possess advanced driving skills and would be a crack shot.

It occurred to me these skills are not exactly easy to acquire. How does one go about becoming someone with such an unusual range of talents? What turns an ordinary young woman into someone extraordinary? This was the starting point for my first novel Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime?

Having lived in Yorkshire during the dreadful events leading up to the capture of the Yorkshire Ripper, I well remember the awful atmosphere of fear hanging over the entire community. As a man, it is almost impossible to conceive how appalling the effects of rape would be on a woman. However, I could well imagine, in the aftermath, apart from the physical trauma, a victim would be mentally affected.

This was my starting point. My heroine, Sam Smith, is gradually recovering from a savage attack, and as the police are impotent in bringing the rapist to justice, she is motivated to take the law into her own hands and exact savage retribution.

It was most difficult for me to get the opening of the book right. After various attempts, I was forced to abandon the chapters describing the rape and the subsequent ongoing effects. It’s not that kind of book. Even though the plot is motivated by Sam’s awful experience, it’s largely a light-hearted adventure romp. Starting with such a gruesome opening gave it completely the wrong feel.

I decided to follow the lead of PG Wodehouse: the great man often based his plots around Lord Emsworth’s prize pig. Following in the footsteps of the master, I came up with Reggie, the most valuable pig in the world. Below is a brief extract.

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Consequently, she was again out in the middle of the night, crawling on her hands and knees through the foul field to where Reggie’s pen was located.

On reaching the pen, she removed the exterior plastic label, 1052, and swapped it with the label from the adjacent pen. Now for the tricky bit. She crawled into Reggie’s pen. Her hand descended into something warm and smelly. Yuk. The stench made her want to gag. He grunted softly as if happy to see her. Slowly, so as not to startle the great beast, Sam approached, and on Wilf’s advice, began gently rubbing the pig’s neck with one hand to keep him calm. In her other hand, she held a small pair of wire cutters, and carefully snipped the plastic tag to remove the numbered label from his ear, before repeating the action in the recently renumbered adjacent pen. This contained the special pig that she’d requested from Wilf. Despite, to her eyes, looking identical to Reggie, this poor pig had no breeding value whatever, and sadly, was expendable: her sacrificial pig. The animal looked at her sadly. Sadly? She could have sworn it was as if he knew.

‘Sorry mate,’ Sam apologized.

From her backpack, she removed a small tool and tagged this pig’s ear with Reggie’s label. She then returned to Reggie’s pen and gave him his neighbour’s ear tag. The trap was set. If the villains believed they had taken the wrong semen, they would have to make another attempt. With the high-security measures now in place, they could never get their hands on the right semen. Their only alternative was to steal the Super-Pig itself; hence, the lookalike had been created: the sacrificial pig.

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Recovering from a brutal attack where she was savagely raped, university student Sam Smith attempts to rebuild her life and overcome the ongoing effects of her ordeal. Her ultimate goal is to bring her assailant to justice, but before she can do so her life and loves take a series of intriguing turns as she continues her sometimes unconventional education.

Eventually she is able to identify her attacker and decides to exact retribution in her own particular style, but during her preparations Sam becomes aware that her every move is being tracked by a mysterious organisation. To avoid detection by the police and also her hidden watchers, Sam Smith attempts to commit the perfect crime. However, in the aftermath of her vigilante action events change rapidly to bring about a most unexpected outcome.

Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime? is the first book in the Sam Smith Adventure Series and can be read as a standalone.

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Author BioGuy Rolands

Guy Caplin worked in television broadcasting for over 40 years and is one of the few people to have achieved success in both the technical and artistic branches of the medium.  He has worked with many celebrities including, the Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope and Maria Callas.

He moved to ITV’s Yorkshire Television in 1969 as a Producer and Director of Sport, Outside Broadcasts and special events.  Among the many programmes he devised was the quiz programme Winner Takes All fronted by Jimmy Tarbuck and Geoffrey Wheeler, which under his tenure was regularly amongst the Top Ten TV programmes and twice reached the coveted Number One Spot.

When the final series of the hit American programme Dallas ran into technical problems in Hollywood in 1989, Guy left YTV and joined a UK broadcast engineering company to try to come up with a solution.  The solution proposed resulted in the creation of the DEFT process, which although too late to be used on Dallas, was used initially on The Simpsons and subsequently on Friends, Frasier, Superman, and many others America series.  DEFT was awarded an Emmy for outstanding technical achievement.

Back in the UK Guy owned and ran a company creating video productions for both broadcast and industry, was a freelance trainer at the BBC and a visiting tutor at the National School of Film and Television

For the past thirteen years Guy has also been regular lecturer for P&O cruises and Cunard and has effectively travelled twice around the world.

Now, having closed his video company, he spends his time writing under the name of Guy Rolands and has now completed four novels in the Sam Smith Adventure series. Having worked all over the world and encountered hundreds of remarkable characters, his experiences provide colour and intrigue to his work.

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