Monday, 15 October 2012

Orangeberry Pick of the Week #7 RT @RachelintheOC @Kcamp300


Monday, 15th October 2012 

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Adrift in the Sound by Kate Campbell
Genre - Literary / Historical Fiction
Rating - PG13
4.5 (2 reviews)

Seattle street artist Lizette Karlson tries to pull herself together in 1973 and turns to the Franklin Street Dogs for help. This low-life softball team is a horrifying choice for a fragile spirit like Lizette, who’s only trying to stay warm and make through another rainy night. The Dogs don’t realize that while she’s beautiful, talented, and a bit off-kilter—she’s also cunning and very dangerous.

Lizette wants to hook up with top-Dog Rocket. But, he’s fixed on next-door neighbor Sandy Shore, a snake dancer who strips for soldiers coming home at the end of the Vietnam War. Everybody sleeps with everybody—whatever gets you through the night. It’s a sexual free-for-all until Sandy turns up pregnant and the scene goes haywire.

After witnessing a murder and getting kicked out by the Dogs, Lizette is on the run again, crisscrossing Puget Sound. She hides on Orcas Island and paints in a secluded cabin owned by her childhood friend Marian, a gifted midwife, who recently inherited her family’s ranch. On the island, Lizette works with Lummi tribal leaders Poland and Abaya, who stick to their cultural values, guard their family secrets and offer her unconditional love. Along the way, Lizette sorts out crippling secrets in her own past, unwittingly makes a splash in the New York art world—and finds the only thing that really matters.

If you’ve lived through the free-love 60s, if you’ve ever wondered what happened the day after the music died, ADRIFT IN THE SOUND picks up the beat and offers unforgettable insights into a turbulent time in American history. It’s a story about fighting the tides, surviving the storm, and swimming for shore.

Top finalist for the 2011 Mercer Street Books Literary Prize, readers are calling ADRIFT IN THE SOUND an important exploration of the human spirit in a radically changing world. In both lyrical prose and gritty street language, Kate Campbell rocks our understanding of contemporary history and challenges our fiercely held beliefs. She reshapes old myths and creates new folktales to intrigue and delight.

About the author 
A novelist, a journalist, an adventurer, Kate Campbell grew up in San Francisco and has lived and worked throughout California and the West. Like every good Westerner, she can swim, ride and shoot. Her novel "Adrift in the Sound," was a finalist for New York's 2011 Mercer Street Books Literary Prize. 

Her new book for writers: "Between the Sheets: An Intimate Exchange on Writing, Editing, and Publishing," chronicles the final editing of "Adrift in the Sound" through a spirited exchange with her editor and co-author Thomas T. Thomas. An award-winning journalist and photographer, Campbell's environmental and political writing appears regularly in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. She lives in Sacramento and, in addition to writing fiction and poetry, publishes the Word Garden blog at kate-campbell.blogspot.com

*****

A Walk in the Snark by Rachel Thompson
Genre - Family Relationships / Humour
Rating - PG13
4.1 (97 reviews)

  • Thank YOU for making A Walk In The Snark a #1 Bestseller on multiple charts including Motherhood, Parenting & Family, Family Relationships, Advice/How-To, Women's Studies and more! AND a Top 100 Overall Paid bestseller (#400)!
  • Be forewarned -- the material in this collection has been called controversial in nature. It is a relationship book based on the author's popular blog. There are recurrent themes regarding men and women, love and loss, romance and parenting.
  • It's not ALL humor, but it IS all honest. Can you handle the snark? 
Sometimes I think I'm too jaded. Then I think no, it's just the lighting.
Praise for A Walk In The Snark -- now a #1 Bestseller!
5 of 5 stars!
--The commonalities we all share is what makes this book spark to life.
Tony Eldridge, Author, The Samson Effect
--Thank you for making the lives of women and men more intelligible, Rachel, and for making us laugh at ourselves! 
Berit Ellingsen, Author, The Empty City
  • Rachel believes "Men are from Seinfeld, Women are from Friends," and so do her legions of fans. She dares to ask "Why do men want to change the world, but can't change a roll of toilet paper?" 
  • Drawing on her decades (#deargod has it been that long?) of marriage, friendships, and past relationships, Rachel's specialty is observing male behavior and dissecting it with humor (Shopping is NOT a Verb). Think of her as the Scientist of Snark...without the ugly white lab coat #asif
Husband: Mumble, mumble, mumble.
Daughter: What?
Me: It's okay. I speak husband.

See why everyone is buying this book! Mancode, Chickspeak, and much, much more! 
See why critics love it! 

More praise: 
5/5 Stars: 
Crisp, cutting, and caffeinated. A gem of a read.
~Rebecca Tsaros Dickson, Author, I Could Tell You Stories; Editor-In-Chief, Indie Ink

The author's wicked sense of humor sprinkles every day stories of relationship angst with spicy hot pepper with keeping it real adventure.
~Bonnie Jean Adams, Chicago Culture And Events Examiner 
  • If you want to laugh, cry, and risk blowing coffee out of your nose at Rachel's unique take on motherhood, parenting, and relationships (Manesia, anyone), you've GOT to buy this book today! 
About the author 
I'm a chick who writes stuff that makes you laugh. My first book A Walk In The Snark hit #1 on the Kindle Motherhood list September, 2011 (do you think they know I talk about sex? Shhh.) & it's still on that list today! It's a chart mainstay now! I've been nominated for Funniest Blog, Best Humor Writer & Redhead Who Makes A Killer Dirty Martini (okay, I made the last one up, but it's true. Honest.), and mentioned in Forbes three times!

I released The Mancode: Exposed right after Thanksgiving 2011. It became a #1 bestseller and within one month of release, made the Top 100 overall Paid list & #1 on three or four other lists where sex & cursing probably aren't tolerated.

Two books of snarky goodness, baby.

NOTE: I write satire. A sense of humor is required. If you don't have one, don't buy my books. Simple.
I've been told I write in the style of that Dickens guy. Kidding.

I'm a mom, wife, and a recovering pharmaceuticals rep. It's been a long process but I'm doing okay, thanks.
Always fascinated by relationships, I write about how men (The Mancode) and women (Chickspeak) approach most things differently. I've also thrown in a few tidbits about marriage, kids, work life, being a mom, living in the OC (ya know-being a pale redhead living in a sea of blondes), coffee, and vodka. Not necessarily in that order, depending on the day.

I DON'T GIVE ADVICE. Don't read my books to find advice about how to be sweet or nice. I'm pretty much allergic to both of those words. Actually don't read my books for advice on anything. (My lawyer made me put that in just in case you know, you thought I could save your marriage or something - not).
Or, if you are looking for some light, heartfelt humor on everyday life, well, I'm really not your girl, either. Nothin' homespun about the Queen of Snark, baby. Mostly I just laugh at stuff and make up words (See "Refrigeratoritis and Manesia.") Yet somehow it all seems to work.

And don't call me cute. (Hint: Babies and puppies are cute. Grown women are soooo not.)
Special note to men: I write frequently about "The Mancode"--like how you guys do goofy stuff and we women try, and often fail, to understand. (Um, change the toilet paper roll much? Yeah, that's what I thought.) If that offends your sensibilities, this may not be the book for you. Yeah, I'm crushed.

Like everyone, I've also had some rough times. I share those with you, too. Life can't always be martinis and beaches. Wait, this is the OC (Orange County, CA, for those of you from Canada, or people on the East Coast who don't know California beyond LA). Naw, not even here.

Now go read an essay or two and find something to laugh at, would ya?

I have to go help my husband find the butter. Again.

**I'm almost done with book number three titled Broken Pieces -- a searingly honest look at the experiences that shape us -- due November, 2012.

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Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
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3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

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Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife

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My Soul Slippers

Blog-A-Licous - Textbook Mommy

Blog-A-Licious - Blue Frogs Legs

Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

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tbaoo

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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

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Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

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Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun

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Blog-A-Licious - Busy Wife

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Raising Amelie

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