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Let’s Stalk Rex Jupiter!
by Allison A. Spector


GENRE: Humor, literary fiction, with elements of magical realism



Trouble’s brewing in the Evergreen Jungle. When controversial author Rex Jupiter plans a visit to a Bellingham bookstore, news of his arrival attracts the attention of the mysterious Paladin, who plans on leading a mob of rioting housewives against him. But the Paladin has competition. Sleuth-extraordinaire Marian Krause has her own bone to pick with Jupiter as she scrambles to solve the death of a woman who has stolen her identity. Rex may think he has the situation under control, but when the wrath of the local Druids is incurred, pitchforks and torches may be the least of his concerns.

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Book Excerpt:

The Paladin knew just where to go. The Shipment had arrived an hour beforehand if his Intelligence was to be trusted. It could be. His Sources never failed him. He was sure the payload would be kept in the stockroom before it was added into the inventory. And he was correct.

The Paladin grabbed a box cutter from the pocket of his cape. It was hard to see in the dark and the eyeholes of his Guy Fawkes mask were too small, but these were mere trifles. Soon, dozens of the Heretic’s novels of Shameful Smarm would be loaded into his bag and artfully recycled in a socially responsible manner. No longer would readers be burned by the white-hot radioactivity of the inflammatory passages he knew lurked within those covers.

Passages housed within chapter titles like “How to Fan a Flame War,” “White Privilege Rocks!,” and “I Objectified Your Mama (and She Loved it).”

Whether the appropriations of the tools of troll-dom were ironic or non-ironic, it mattered little to the Paladin. The only thing that mattered was that he would soon be the agent through which a great Cultural Transformation would take place. And a glorious new age would dawn…

Or something like that.

But for now, he would start small. Yes, for now, he would have to be satisfied that the five hideous cardboard cut-outs of the arrogant, smirking Rex Jupiter would be hacked to—no, wait! Only four would be shredded. On the fifth, he would draw devil horns and a twirly moustache with, dare he imagine it, Permanent Marker.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Allison Spector was born and raised in the hedonistic playground of the Jersey Shore, but finds herself oddly allergic to spray tan. She is a proud graduate of Goucher College, and started her environmentally-focused career in Washington DC in 2005. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2008, and fell in love with its beauty and people. Allison is currently on a Midwestern Adventure and is determined to live as much life as possible—to accomplish her dreams one at a time—and to nurture her loving family, and blaze a trail of wit, whimsy, and eccentricity wherever she goes.

Books available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Stalk-Rex-Jupiter-1888-ebook/dp/B0188MUKWE/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27402777-let-s-stalk-rex-jupiter

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Author Interview

Allison. Thanks for being my guest here today. Tell our followers about you
I’m a New Jersey native who moved to the Pacific Northwest back in 2008 and fell in love with the whimsical spirit of the people and abundant natural beauty.  Much of my writing has been heavily influenced by my East Coast roots and West Coast wings.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I’m driven by an overwhelming drive to build, create, influence, and achieve.  I want to make my mark on the world, to do good—to spark imagination and make life more beautiful.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I would want to meet the Dalai Lama and spend time with such a gentle human being who has dedicated their lives to compassion and enlightenment.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Let’s Stalk Rex Jupiter was written over the course of three months as part of the JukePop and 1888/Black Hill Press Summer Writing Project.  My story was posted one chapter at a time on that forum and was selected alongside two other amazing novellas- Beneath Blair Mountain by Shannon Barnsely and A Stalled Ox by Dean Moses.

Tell us your writing process
I try to write something every day, even if it’s just a few hundred words.  On average I write between 500 and 1000 words every evening.  I find a quiet, cozy spot where I can stretch my legs.  I sip tea, browse the internet, write.  Sing a song, act out a scene, play with my kids, write.  But no matter what else I might do during my evenings, I am definitely writing!

Do you have any promo tips you can share with aspiring & upcoming authors?
To be honest, I’m pretty new to the promo world.  But so far, social media seems to be the way to go.  I’ve promo’ed on Good Reads, Twitter, and through Goddess Fish.  I’m very pleased with the results to date.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Always and always.  Writing is just an inherent part of who I am.  I write my first poem at around 11, and I’ve hit the ground running ever since.

Tell us about your main character:
Marian Krause is an aspiring film noir detective who immerses herself in a delightful, pro-active delusion of gumshoe grandeur.  She is in a supportive relationship with her hipster husband, Dave who is head over heels in love with this strange, trench coat wearing savant.  They live in a cute little purple house with a majestic sequoia in the front yard that may or may not be a supernatural portal for the Old Gods.

What are you working on next?
I have an ongoing serial novel on JukePop.com called The Fringers.  It’s a dystopian tale that pits big brother and big business against each other as they fight for the souls of New Jersey’s most obnoxious reality stars.  I also have several short stories in the hopper, including one that will publish with 1888 and Black Hill Press in 2016 as part of their Cost of Paper anthology.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m an excellent facilitator with training in mediation and conflict resolution.  I’m very adept at helping different parties work across the table to achieve amazing results they would have never been able to accomplish individually.

Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors include George Orwell, Lois Lowry, Neil Gaiman, Francesca Lia Block, and George McDonald Fraser.  I’m also a fan of my fellow Summer Writing Project authors, Dean Moses- author of A Stalled Ox, and Shannon Barnsley, author of Beneath Blair Mountain.

What do you like to do with your free time?
In my free time, I write—because writing is as natural as eating or drinking or breathing.  But when I have the chance, I also escape into nature and play in the dirt, climb trees, and scramble over rocks!

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I have a few ideas.  There’s a story I had worked on but never went anywhere that involved a subterranean land and a clockwork bird.  I might salvage parts of it for a tale or two.  I’m also thinking about a Rex Jupiter sequel (maybe), and a genderqueer middle grade with a working title of Sonny Moondog Kisses Boys, but I haven’t decided yet.  So many options!


Any final thoughts?
I just want to thank you for taking the time to interview me today and for all the thoughtful questions.  I really appreciate being included on your lovely website!


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Author: Lori Moore
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Pages: 134
Genre: Travel/Humor

Oh Ship! Tales of a Cruising Chick and Ohter Travel Adventures

Reading Lori A. Moore’s true tales of things that happen on the high seas will have you saying, “Oh Ship!”

From stories of passengers pepper-spraying other passengers to grown men fighting over glass figurines of penguins, you’ll laugh until your ribs hurt.

For More Information
• Oh Ship! Tales of a Cruising Chick and Other Travel Adventures is available at Amazon.
• Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
• Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
• Watch the book trailer at YouTube.

Book Excerpt:
As security was escorting the middle-aged woman from the second floor of the formal dining room, my friends overheard the woman saying, “But I only maced her once!” Curious, they followed behind and sat nearby to eavesdrop on the conversation while security questioned the woman whom they had just sat down in an empty lounge area.
Of all the things you could imagine one woman macing another woman for, what do you think this incident was over? A man, perhaps? Not even close. It was over a cup of hot chocolate! Yes, apparently this woman’s tablemate had drank her hot chocolate at dinner, so she pulled out her pepper spray and maced her with it.
Why it didn’t occur to the woman to just order another hot chocolate is beyond me. What further boggles my mind is why she thought just macing someone once was so much better than having maced her multiple times.

About the Author

Lori A. Moore

Lori A. Moore is an award-winning author and professor who doesn’t take herself too seriously and believes her greatest gift to be silliness. A public speaker and consultant, Lori has four graduate degrees in business. Lori, her husband, and their four-legged child live in Louisville, KY. An avid traveler, she has explored much of the globe, finding and bringing silliness to all places.
For More Information
• Visit Lori Moore’s website.
• Connect with Lori on Facebook and Twitter.
• Find out more about Lori at Goodreads.


Lori, Tell us about you
Hi, I’m Lori A. Moore and I live in Louisville, KY with my husband and our sweet little cat, Grady, who we adopted from the Humane Society.  A recovering workaholic, I worked 25+ years in corporate America without realizing I had a creative side.  Now I’ve realized that I can write and take some pretty good photographs of non-living things.  I believe that I have the gift of silliness, which keeps this almost-51 year old acting more like she’s 12.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that my husband and cat are there for me.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Kid Rock.  You didn’t see that coming, did you?  I’d like to know how he handles the fame and criticism and that he does to relax when he’s not performing.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
I love to travel.  So far I’ve been to all 50 states in the USA plus somewhere between 55-58 other countries.  Fun, silly, and unbelievable things happen when you travel and this book is a compilation of some of those stories.

Tell us your writing process
A process?  You don’t know me, do you?  J  I just wing it.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I still haven’t realized that.  My first book was a result of my journaling to deal with my grief after my former husband died unexpectedly.  Then I realized I had a lot to say about a lot of things.  Am I a writer?  I’m not sure.

Tell us about your main character:
In my latest book, “Oh Ship!,” there are many main characters, including myself.  It’s stories of little snippets of drama that I either observed or participated in during my travels.

What are you working on next?
My next book will be coming out in the summer of 2016 and is my first attempt at suspense fiction.  Are you ready for the title?  “My Cold Kentucky Home.”

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
None.  Absolutely none.  My brother is older than me and he stole all of the talent before I was born.

Who are your favorite authors?
From wildly different genres, Liz Curtis Higgs and Ted Dekker.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Play on social media and travel.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
After “My Cold Kentucky Home” comes out, I don’t know what I’ll write next.  I really enjoyed writing suspense, so perhaps another one of those.

Where can people find you on the web?
Twitter @LoriAMooreKY
Pinterest:  lorimoorebooks
Instagram @authorloriamoore

Any final thoughts?
Thank you so much for this opportunity to share my weirdness with your readers.

Cover Reveal ~ Jump Cut by Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Jump Cut

by Libby Fischer Hellmann


GENRE: Mystery



Hired to produce a candyfloss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant, Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander, the architect of a new anti-drone system for Delcroft, trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he’s killed by a subway train.In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now dead man.

Ellie has the drive’s contents decrypted, but before long she discovers she’s under surveillance and thrown into the middle of a situation filled with drones, hacking, and Chinese spies that put her life and those she loves in mortal danger.



Book Excerpt:

Chapter Two


Before my gangstah-rap neighbor emptied his AK-47 into his buddy, the most exciting thing to happen in our village was the opening of a new grocery store. The store hired a pianist who played Beatles tunes, no doubt to persuade shoppers to part with their money more easily. My neighbor, rapper King Bling, was helping his fans part with their money too, but the shooting ended all that. Once he made bail, he moved and hasn’t been heard from since.

And so it goes in my little corner of the North Shore, about twenty miles from downtown Chicago. There are benefits. The King, as he’s known to his disciples, gave our cops something to do besides ticket speeders. And the new grocery store gave me the chance to buy prepared dinners so I could dispense with cooking.

Both of which come in handy when I’m producing a video, as was the case now. We didn’t finish the shoot until seven. I raced up the expressway toward home, dropped into the store, and was eyeballing a turkey pot roast—the only one left—when my cell trilled. I fished it out of my bag.

“Mom, where did you get the shoes?” I heard chatter and giggles in the background.

“What shoes, Rachel?”

“The ones you gave Jackie.” My daughter, Rachel, had successfully, if unbelievably, graduated from college and lived in an apartment in Wrigleyville. Jackie was her roommate. “Everybody thinks they’re awesome.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Twelve novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. *

With the addition of Jump Cut in 2016, her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 4-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and three stand-alone historical thrillers that Libby calls her “Revolution Trilogy.” Her latest release, The Incidental Spy, is a historical novella set during the early years of the Manhattan Project at the U of Chicago. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection.

More at http://libbyhellmann.com.

* She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony, twice for Foreword Magazines Book of the Year, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne and has won the Lovey multiple times.


Author of Compulsively Readable Thrillers

The Incidental Spy, Sept. 2015: http://www.amazon.com/Incidental-Spy-Libby-Fischer-Hellmann/dp/1938733843/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1439437050&sr=1-1&keywords=the+incidental+spy+hellmann

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/libbyhellmann

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