Thursday, April 11, 2019

Review and Excerpt from American Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison

American Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison
American Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison Publisher:
Baby Bingus Books (Nov 27, 2018)
Category: Literary fiction, humor, family life
Tour dates: Apr/May, 2019
ISBN: 978-1986937863
Available in Print and ebook, 258 pages American Corporate

Description of American Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison

A playful, big-hearted tragicomedy in the Russo/Irving mold, American Corporate chronicles the misadventures of middle-aged Jack Sullivan and his family as they bounce across the country in search of gainful employment, domestic tranquility, and a few people they can trust. It is a story that working parents past, present and future will see as part of their own: the triumphs, the tragedies, the innocent mistakes and the not-so-innocent mistakes, and above all the forgiveness that keeps families together to face another challenge.

Praise Healing of Howard Brown by Jeb Stewart Harrison

If you enjoy beautiful prose, complex themes of family and race, and a refreshingly original narrator, this book is for you. Harrison is among the select few contemporary fiction writers who still write for serious readers.
Jim Heynen, author, best known for The One Room Schoolhouse, The Boys House, You Know What is Right, The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Cap and many more.

This book starts off with a bang and keeps on going. Howard is a character with a specific voice and story. I'm sure you'll be provoked and entertained.
Jessica Barksdale Inclan, author of The Believe Trilogy, The Being Trilogy, and many more.

In The Healing of Howard Brown, author Jeb Stewart Harrison weaves an intriguing contemporary literary. The author provides a wonderful mixture of drama, humor, and seriousness to the story that easily keeps the reader's interest as Howard's journey unfolds. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I really enjoyed the author's rich and vividly descriptive style of writing, especially the wonderful descriptions of the California and Louisiana settings. The Healing of Howard Brown is a thought-provoking contemporary literary tale that will draw you in, touch your soul, and leave a smile on your face.
Kathleen Higgins-Anderson, Jersey Girl Book Reviews

I'm so happy that I read this book. It is beautifully written, wonderful imagery, and has such a heartwarming story as you follow along with Howard healing from the past. This is a wonderful story and one that I strongly recommend.
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Jeb Stewart Harrison's novel, THE HEALING of HOWARD BROWN brought to mind the novels of Roland Merullo, particularly, BREAKFAST WITH BUDDHA. Along the way, to his childhood home, and hopefully his sister, Howard finds more than expected and what he's missing in the most unlikely places. The journey allows Howard to meditate on family relationships, issues such as love, life, death, fear and ultimately finding one's personal peace. We the readers, if open, are able to learn from some of Howard, Mr Booper and even the author, Jeb's experiences.
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About Jeb Stewart Harrison

American Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison

Award-winning author, Jeb Stewart Harrison is a freelance writer, songwriter, musician and painter in San Rafael, California. After many years as an ad agency copywriter, writer/producer, creative director, and director of marketing communications, Jeb now writes fiction and creative non-fiction, along with commercial works for hire. Jeb�s debut novel, Hack, was published by Harper Davis Publishers in August 2012. In 2015 he received his MFA from Pacific Lutheran University at the tender age of 60. His second novel, The Healing of Howard Brown, won the 2017 Independent Press Award for literary fiction. His third novel, American Corporate, was published in November, 2018. He also records and plays electric bass guitar with the popular instrumental combo The Treble Makers, as well as Bay Area favorites Call Me Bwana. Jeb was born and raised in Kentfield, California, and has lived in Boulder, CO; Missoula, MT; Hollywood, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; Indianapolis, IN; Ridgefield, CT and Stinson Beach, CA.

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4 Star review

I received this book with the request for an honest review. I enjoyed reading it and could easily associate with most of the characters. Having worked in the corporate world for approximately 48 years. Many scenarios and settings in the book came alive as if it happened around me. The dealings and conniving were portrayed very, very realistic. The struggles of Jack and Carrie, with growing children, under the cloud of unemployment and desperation is known to my own real-life dramas.However, I was disappointed with some use and reference to Jesus to be blasphemous. Apart from that a good read – I finished the book in one and a half days – just couldn’t put it down.
I rate it at 4/5.

Excerpt 

 Carrie Sullivan sat in front of her laptop, her fingers twitching over the keys, eager to respond to the email from her mystery correspondent, a guy who called himself Sunny. The noon sun through the haze gave the view an out-of-season autumnal flavor, softening the glare on her screen so that she didn’t even have to lower the Roman shades. The house, which she honestly feared might not be her house for long, was quiet; Karen, the housekeeper that Jack continually insisted was no longer affordable, had not yet arrived.
As far as Carrie (who had assumed the alias of “Susie Sunshine”) could tell, Sunny wasn’t much better off than she was. If it was true that his wife had committed suicide after a long struggle with booze and drugs, he was far worse off than she was. But she couldn’t tell if anything he said was true or not, and she didn’t care either way. It was like conversing with a character out of a novel.
After a few stiff, introductory emails back and forth that night and the following day, Carrie decided to try opening up, as if she were back in college and involved in some sort of stream-of-consciousness exercise.

To: SunnyDay@comcast.net
From: Susie Sunshine
Subject: Skunked

Hello again Sunny. I’m gonna try something a little different here…a little ‘stream of consciousness’ writing I think it’s called. Barney, our dog, got skunked the other day….everything stunk…..we were literally the Stinky family circus! I had kickboxing the day before and my butt was sore…so I had a bit of a hard time getting up…shuffled to the kitchen door…opened it…and let Barney in…and it’s like the hound from hell…I start yelling…YES AT 6:30 in the morning…YELLING…GET OUT…neighbors probably burning crosses on my lawn as we speak….I couldn’t think…wasn’t awake…and butt very sore…lit a zillion candles all over the house… kids screaming YUK…20 minutes to shower and get ready, rush the kids to school…bagel crumbs, cream cheese all over the car…ahhhhhh….poor dawg…poor me…poor Stinky Family Circus.

She pushed her chair back from the desk and read what she had written, wondering if her modifications to the skunked dog story were believable. She also wondered if she should tell the truth about possibly having to move in with her in-laws, thinking it might scare him away. She didn’t really care that much, because it was the writing, in and of itself, that she found so enjoyable. Nobody was grading her paper or deciding whether she was the right designer for the job; she could make it up as she went along and the words were flowing.
She considered some of her exaggerations and quirks that Sunny was always so quick to point out. When he had informed her that the proper spelling of “butt” was “B-U-T-T,” and not “but,”and especially not “butte,” she went off on it, not caring if Sunny took her seriously or with a big grain of salt. When he starting fooling around with the “but, butt, butte” nonsense too she felt like she had done something really right. Even it was trivial. Acknowledgement for something besides being pretty, being a great Mom and for doing a mean load of laundry was one of those things she didn’t even know she missed. Now that she had it she wanted more.
Jack up to his usual tricks…went to job interview smelling like skunk…fat chance he’ll get that one…still smoking like a chimney, drinking like a fish, eating like a pig…though he is on Atkins now…might be working…skin looking saggy. I worry…if he has a heart attack and leaves me alone with these kids I’ll…I’ll…I’ll kill him! But…Butt…Butte…seriously…he is so talented. You should see this toy chest he painted for his niece Katie…free, of course…and the songs too…I know there’s a hit in there somewhere.
I gotta go for a waggle…breath deep, like you say…send some of your sun my way Sunny…I could use it. 
Your favorite pal on the personals,
Susie Sunshine

She sat back, reread her note quickly, and without another thought hit the “send” button.
She thought she heard Karen’s diesel Mercedes wagon, a car that only a Marin housekeeper would own, pull into the driveway. But instead of rushing down the stairs to greet her, she stayed in her chair, staring at the note that she had just sent, her elbows on her desk and hands folded prayer-like over her chin, waiting.

 *****


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

At the pleasure of the President by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake


AT THE PLEASURE OF THE PRESIDENT

When a dangerous conspiracy threatens to tear them apart, he’ll have to choose between his country and the woman he loves… Decades ago, ambitious Zack Hayes set his sights on the White House. He’s worked his whole life to become the leader of the free world—attending the right schools, marrying the perfect bride—all to aid his campaign. He didn’t realize someone behind the scenes has been pulling the strings to manipulate Zack and the country he loves into a dangerous position—one he will risk his life to wrench free from. The one thing he can’t risk is Elizabeth Matthews. From the moment she met Zack Hayes, Liz felt the connection. Serving as his campaign manager and then his press secretary, she accepted that her love for him would remain unrequited. Still, she’d thought they were friends, so when he pushed her aside, she felt the stab in her heart. And when she realizes he’s done it to protect her, nothing will stop Liz from standing by his side—not even the men who would use her as a weapon against him. As shocking secrets are revealed, Zack and Liz find succor and passion in each other’s arms. When the ultimate villain shows his face, Zack may have to choose between his country and the woman he loves… 

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Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. For twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages. Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past nine years. Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn't until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humour in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.  

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE by Sherry Jones. Josephine Baker was a force of nature.


Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a book tour for Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones. The tour will run February 25-March 1, 2019. Book your own tour here
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ISBN-10: 1501102443
ISBN-13: 978-1501102448
Genre: Historical

About Sherry Jones
Author and journalist Sherry Jones is best known for her international bestseller The Jewel of Medina. She is also the author of The Sword of Medina, Four Sisters, All Queens, The Sharp Hook of Love, and the novella White Heart.  Sherry lives in Spokane, WA, where, like Josephine Baker, she enjoys dancing, singing, eating, advocating for equality, and drinking champagne.   


 About the Book
From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures.
Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker—actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.
In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page.
With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.

Guest post: Why did you write your book?


Working as a journalist for 30-plus years, I made little money--but I gained something more valuable: a conviction that I was making a difference in my community and in the wider world.

During my decades as a newspaper reporter and then as a correspondent for a national news agency, I discovered the power of the written word to tear down, uplift, and transform.

So it makes perfect sense that, when I turned to fiction, I would write books about women who made their mark on the world.

From the Prophet Muhammad’s favorite wife to four sisters who became European queens in the 13th century, my protagonists are movers and shakers. Josephine Baker may be the most important of them all because of all she did for her “people”--the African-American community.

Born in 1906 and raised in the St. Louis slums, she knew racism first-hand, abused by the white woman in whose home she worked at age 7; traumatized by the East St. Louis Race Riots in 1917, when white workers and their families set fire to black families’ homes and shot and lynched those who tried to escape; confronted by men in white hoods and “whites only” signs in the American South as a girl of 13 touring on the black vaudeville circuit, and much more.

In Paris at age 19, she discovered a different world, one in which black people and white ate together, sat in theaters and on streetcars and buses together, danced onstage together, and even married one another. She must have thought she’d died and gone to heaven.

But hatred wasn’t so easy to escape. It followed her: to Paris, where white Americans confronted her and even had her removed from the hotel where she was lodging; to Germany, where Hitler’s Brownshirts threatened her; and all around the world, as she performed her famous “banana dance” in spite of protesters’ calling her a “black demon”—and worse.

By the time the Nazis invaded Paris in 1940, Josephine Baker was already working as a spy for the nascent Resistance movement, seducing generals and diplomats to confide in her, then carrying the information across borders.

Empowered by these experiences, she embarked on her third U.S. tour in 1951 with another goal in mind: to put an end to racial segregation. She publicly declared that she would perform in no nightclubs or theaters and patronize no businesses that segregated their clientele.

As a result, many venues allowed black people through their doors for the first time—and Ms. Baker became the target of an FBI investigation into her alleged ties with the Communist Party. Her outspokenness resulted in many cancelled gigs and the loss of a movie deal, and ultimately the loss of her castle in southern France.

She never gave up or expressed any regrets about her activism, though. Indeed, she persisted. In 1963, she was invited to Washington, D.C., to speak at the March on Washington with Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.—the only woman to speak.

I wrote JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE to remind the world that the woman in the banana skirt was so much more than that. Josephine Baker was a force of nature and a force for change and gave everything she had in an effort to make a difference for African-Americans.

By telling her story as well as the stories of all my fictional heroines, I hope to make a difference, too. This is why I exist, and why I write.

  


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Friday, February 22, 2019

Book blast tour for My Last Baggage Call Aboard Air Force One by Glenn W. Powell.


Write Now Literary Book Tours is pleased to be organizing a book blast tour for My Last Baggage Call Aboard Air Force One by Glenn W. Powell. This tour will run Feb 22, 2019. Click here to book your own tour. 

Genre of Book: Memoir, Motivational, Military Life and History
ISBN-10: 1986878406
ISBN-13: 978-1986878401
               
           Meet Glenn 
Sergeant First Class Glenn W. Powell (Retired) is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He enlisted into the United States Army in 1982 and retired in 2002. During his military career, he served as a heavy vehicle driver, a squad leader, and non-commissioned officer.
In September 1991, SFC Powell joined the George HW Bush White House as a chauffeur, and in 1992, was promoted to transportation coordinator for the white house Press Corps, serving in the Clinton Administration.
In December 1995, he assumed the duties of transportation supervisor for Air Force One.
In January 2001, during his service under President George W. Bush, SFC Powell was transferred to the White House Military Office, Customer Support and Organizational Development where he served as deputy director.
SFC Powell retired with distinction from the Military in 2002. He received numerous awards and decorations throughout his service, including the Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the United States Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He received U.S. Service Ribbons for both domestic and overseas service.
Glenn and Ronda Holloway Powell have been married for 25 years, and have three sons, Darius, Warren, and Glenn, II. They reside in Virginia. For more information, or to contact Glenn Powell regarding availability for speaking opportunities, please email him at glennwpowell@aol.com.

              About The Book
Sergeant Glenn W. Powell’s MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL is the story of a most unlikely young man who leaves his working-class environment of Toledo, Ohio, to become a soldier. Seeking excitement and a way to “make something of himself,” Glenn Powell’s journey exceeds his wildest dreams—a journey that began in basic training in Fort Hood, Texas ends at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue—the most important address in the world. MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL is about so much more than Glenn Powell’s military journey, but about poignant memories of family, friendships, sacrifices, and love—central to his story is Ronda Holloway, the beautiful young woman he falls in love with in Manheim, Germany, and, who joins him on his life journey as wife, soulmate and mother to their two sons. MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL offers readers a glimpse into Sergeant Glenn Powell’s 30-year transformation from the much-beloved boy who seeks more in life…to the man, who discovers it—in adventure, in friendships, and in service to three American presidents. a service he delivered with pride, unquestioned loyalty, distinction and in the end, great admiration.
Excerpt
A Soldier’s Story 
Shortly after I turned 18, I enlisted in the army. Around that time, I learned that the young woman I’d been dating was pregnant, so going into the army would be an opportunity to provide for my child. The army sent me to Fort Dix in New Jersey for boot camp training on April 22, 1982. It was the perfect enlistment site for me.
Because of the popular television show, Dallas, I had in mind that I wanted to go to Fort Hood, Texas and meet JR Ewing. Not only did I meet Larry Hagman, the actor who played JR, but I also met the entire cast at one of the big Dallas malls. That was in the 80s when the networks spent money to have cast members show up to greet their fans, and when fans could easily get a photo with the stars. Meeting JR had been on my mental bucket list. Later I learned that “Klinger” from Mash and Danny Thomas were both from Toledo, and so I added them to the list.
In 1983, I re-enlisted and chose Hawaii as my next army stint. There for 18 months, I’m convinced that the Hawaii move helped me look long and hard at myself and my future. In Hawaii, I decided I needed to better myself. I enrolled at the Wahiawa Community School for Adults and got my high school diploma. My mother was so disappointed when I didn’t graduate from high school, so I did it as much for her as for myself.
My long transportation management career began in Wahiawa. I was one of a large number of applicants who applied for a temporary mission of driving for the Sergeant Major for the division. He was the senior enlisted man at the post. I beat out the other candidates for that position. Later, I drove for the one-star general at the post. After that, I returned to my unit and worked as the battalion mail clerk until he left in 1985. While there, I met friends and mentors who would help me decide on my career journey. That same year, I was asked to re-enlist, and First Sergeant Herbert Harris became a lifelong mentor and friend. Sergeant Harris recommended that I choose Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia for my re-enlistment. I remained at Fort Eustis from April 1985 until January 1988.
I became a squad leader, and for the next six months, I managed a squad of truck drivers in and around the base. After that, I was set on transportation becoming my speciality, but my career trajectory changed some when I was appointed to head up NCO Training, where I was responsible for the training of 270 soldiers.
Around this time, I met First Sergeant Fletcher Walker. He was sent in to straighten out our company, and he did just that. He would stand up at the top of the stairs with his hat covering his eyes but looking down at us. Sergeant Walker was a ‘soldier among soldiers,’ an airborne paratrooper, a Vietnam Veteran who had been shot three times. There was no one more surprised when he chose me to run the training.
I knew he had high expectations, and I was determined not to disappoint him. He was the kind of leaders for whom soldiers would fight and die. He was a true hero who taught me how to be a soldier and a man. He shared a lot about life with me. I imitated him in many ways so much that everyone would call me “Baby Walker.” I met his family and it was an honor. He retired as a Command Sergeant Major.
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