Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bigger-Than-A-Shopping-Mall GIVEAWAY

Today, I invite you to celebrate with me!! The fabulous Sheri Larsen signed with Literary Agent Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary! And because our literary community is so freaking fabulous and generous, she's having a Bigger-Than-A-Shopping-Mall GIVEAWAY!! The giveaway consists of:
  • two separate Rafflecopters with multiple giveaways
  • and one grand prize Rafflecopter giveaway - to enter for the grand prize, you must enter either giveaway #1, #2, or both.
There's only one mandatory entry. Everything else is up to you!! I know Rafflecopters can be a pain, but it was the only way to organize such a huge giveaway. The giveaway is open until September 27th. WINNERS will be announced on September 28th. (Entrants may win more than one prize!)
Thank you so much for entering, spreading the word, and celebrating with me!!

Links to Rafflecopters:
What are you waiting for?! DIVE IN FOR ALL THE FUN!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Hook In The Sky

Guest posts are officially live today! I'm excited to share with you the blogging world and all the amazing people that have stepped into my office (aka my inbox office) and decided to make a pit stop to Unedited. It's my honor to share their thoughts and works with you!

Let's dive in!

A HOOK IN THE SKY is a BB novel - for Baby Boomers as YA novels are for Young Adults. It explores with irony and compassion the issues facing « coming-of-old-age » - an echo across the years of those haunting Young Adults , including questions of identity after a lifetime of work, how to start a second life in a different career and threats to long-standing marriages that have sunk into boredom. 

Robert, a dashing Frenchman who’s just retired, attempts a second life as an artist. His old-fashioned figural paintings appall his much younger, artsy American wife. They fight over art - he’s square, she’s cool - but what is at stake is their relationship. Until he’d retired, neither had been aware of the differences. The marriage quickly unravels, but that’s only the beginning of Robert’s problems… After a period of separation marked by sexual adventures and disenchantment, Robert attempts to remodel himself as a contemporary artist to win back his wife. He dreams up a weird installation called a "Hook in the Sky" that could change their lives forever but wreaks havoc around them...

The novel is based on the author’s personal experience after retirement. It draws on her memories of coming up against Contemporary Art, a whole new world after her 25 years of work in FAO, a United Nations agency where she had ended her career as Director for Europe. Thus the novel goes beyond post-retirement issues and also seeks to answer questions like what is the meaning of Art and what is the real place of Contemporary Art in our lives.

Where the novel differs from the author’s life is that she is still happily married to her Sicilian husband after 35 years.

Claude Nougat is the author of several  books, both fiction and non-fiction. She is also a published author in Italy and in Italian.  She maintains a blog and is a figurative painter, often designing her own book covers - the case with this one which depicts the contemporary art installation invented by Robert to impress his wife: a pile of ladders reaching up to a hook set just far enough from the topmost ladder so that it can't be grabbed, a fitting symbol of the human condition and our perennial desire for transcendence.

Link to purchase: Amazon - Presently at a special low launch price of $2.99 (until end September – hurry to take advantage)

For more information about the book: Click here! The info is complete with pictures of Robert’s paintings (actually the author’s!) including of a beautiful naked woman - this is young, mixed-up Nour who will play an important if unexpected role in Robert's life.

And some photos of the Umbria Robert loves and that he runs back to whenever his problems overwhelm him (which is quite often) can be found HERE.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Open for Interviews and Guest Blogs

With the recent blog break I've come to realize that rather than ignoring all the fabulous people I've met over the years I'd open up shop and allow you to share something dear to your heart!
1. Have a new release you'd like to share?
2. Never had an interview and would love to answer some quirky questions?
3. Have a cause you'd like to get the word out on?
4. Are you an agent, publishing house, or writer that just wants to share more about themselves?
5. Read an awesome book that you'd like to review?
6. Are you frustrated with your work and need advice?
7. Want to share a recent piece of work?
8. Are you a blog designer and want to share your work?
That's right, Unedited is a place where people should feel free to come and share their thoughts, frustrations, questions, and fun. This is open for more than just writing. If you're a photographer, crafter, jewelry goddess, heavy thinker, latte drinker, and want to stop by PLEASE email me! I'd love to have you share with us!
So... how easy am I making this? SUPER EASY! All you need to do is write 'OPEN FOR BUSINESS' in the subject line and email ME: jenniferdaiker(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll start the process! I'd love to meet some wonderful new people and help those I already consider my family! So stop in today!

Please pass on! Consider this Paying it Forward to all those wonderful people out there who helped me when I was down or wanted to share my exciting news! It meant the world.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's been awhile.

Almost a month.

Though the break is allowing my personal life to breathe I still feel like I'm missing something. That being said the leave will continue due to health issues but I'll still post when I can.

Or when I'm lonely.

What have I been up to?

1. Visits to the doctor.
2. Watch trash television.
3. Writing my sitcom episodes... five to be exact.
4. Reading books.
5. Reviewing book.

What about you? Tell me. The couch is open and I'm all curled up with my blankie ready for a good story!