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Buy It, Borrow It or Bag It: Penny Chic by Shauna Miller

Penny chic book     Sometimes I think I will read anything that I can get my hands on because anyone who knows me understands that I am not the most fashion forward person on the planet. So when I saw this book by blogger Shauna Miller, I really had no reason to pick it up, but I did…and I loved it. In plain and simple terms, this young woman offered a lot of practical tips that I have to admit, I am putting into practice in my own wardrobe. Who knew?

In this amazing volume, which is reasonably priced at $16.99, you will learn about some of the basic style tribes that you can adhere to and some of the traditional pieces that can help your clothing go from drab to fab!

I get the feeling that this book was written with the teenager in mind, but I really got a lot of useful tips out of it. Maybe because I am not what anyone could consider a fashionista, but it also offers tips for how to get clothes on the cheap, where to look for outfits and where you want to really spend your money wisely in order to buy a great piece that will last for years to come.

I highly recommend this book for the new teenager in your life or any girl who needs a fashion transfusion. This book was written by someone not talking down to them, the looks are very appropriate and fun and I think everyone can get something out of this! Buy It!



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Buy It, Borrow It or Bag It: Purity by Jackson Pearce

Purity       Ahhh…purity balls. For those of you who may not know what I am talking about, they are weird, highly religious father-daughter dances in which girls wear white and pledge to be a virgin until they are married, let daddy pick their groom and lay flowers at a cross before performing some strange dance for Jesus. Look, I am all in favor of abstinence, but something about this ritual rubs me the wrong way. I am all about the father-daughter relationship. I had a GREAT one with my dad, but I can’t imagine pointing every potential suitor in his direction in order for them to be vetted prior to my dating them.
In Purity, the heroine (whose name I forget even thought I read it last week) made several promises to her mother on her death bed and now finds herself trying to determine if she can live up to those ideals. As she plans a purity ball with her father, she finds a loophole in the process and decides to have sex before pledging her virtue to dear old dad. Her best friends are supportive, but one of them can’t help wondering if it’s really a good idea to give something away so callously.
This story falls apart quickly. As the main character creates a short list of potential lovers and plots to seduce them, the friends add little to the plot line, except for the boy, who you know she probably likes and who likes her in return even though there is no satisfying end between those two. The father –daughter relationship is sweet but one gets the feeling that these two don’t talk often enough and that they are doing what they think they “have” to do in memory of the mom rather than what they want to do. I hoped for something more, but Pearce didn’t deliver. Bag It.

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Author Spotlight- Debbie Manber Kupfer author of P.A.W.S.

Debbie Manber Kupfer is today’s author spotlight and I am really happy to introduce her to my friend, readers and fans! Her latest book P.A.W.S. is burning up the Amazon charts and getting some amazing reviews! I am thrilled to give Debbie a chance to share a little about herself with us and hope that everyone has a chance to check her out soon!

PAWS      P.A.W.S. (Rocking Horse Publishing ISBN-10: 0989568504, ISBN-13: 978-0989568500)

1. Tell our audience a little about yourself: I grew up in London, and lived in Israel and New York, before finally moving to St. Louis. I have a husband, two kids, and a very opinionated feline. I get through my days by drinking a lot of tea (hot, strong and with milk) and the occasional piece of dark chocolate.

 2. Tell us a little about your latest release: P.A.W.S. is the story of Miri, a young girl who receives a silver cat charm from her grandmother on the day before she dies. The charm holds the family secret that Miri will only discover three years later after she is bullied by a bunch of mean girls at a posh private boarding school near St. Louis. After this Miri’s life becomes a lot more interesting! In addition to P.A.W.S. I recently had a story published in an anthology Fauxpocalypse. My Fauxpocalypse story “Vodka and Watermelons” is based on some of my true life experiences when I was living in Jerusalem.

3. What was the inspiration behind the story? The story of P.A.W.S. came to me in a flash in October 2012. I clearly saw Miri receiving her charm from her omama and knew instantly what it meant. I told my story to my daughter (a writer herself), and she encouraged me to write it.

4. How long did it take you to write it? I wrote the first draft of P.A.W.S. during National Novel Writing Month in November 2012. I then spent months editing and rewriting P.A.W.S.

Debbie      5. How long did it take you to find your publisher/agent? I have been writing my whole life, but had never shown any of my work to anyone before, so it was with a huge amount of trepidation that I took the prologue of P.A.W.S. to the writer’s group at All On The Same Page. It was the best thing I ever could have done, because there I met Robin Tidwell of Rocking Horse Publishing, and the rest as we like to say is history.

6. How are you marketing the book? I like to connect with my readers on Facebook, Twitter and on my blog. I’ve also done a few local appearances and plan more in the future.

 7. Did you always know you wanted to write? I’ve always written ever since I was a kid. It’s how I best express myself.

8. Do you have a traditional “day job” or are you a full time writer? When I’m not writing fiction, I write word and logic puzzles for magazines and my puzzle blog – Paws4Puzzles.

9. Who are some of your favorite authors? Absolutely favorite is Douglas Adams, closely followed by J.K. Rowling and Terry Pratchett.

10. What’s next for you? I’m at the editing stage of Argentum, the next in the P.A.W.S. series. In addition I have stories accepted to three anthologies that are due to come out in 2014.

11. How can our readers get in contact with you?

Blogs:  http://debbiemanberkupfer.wordpress.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebbieManberKupferAuthor?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CiciCat42

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Manber-Kupfer/e/B00DHPNJ5I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7142164.Debbie_Manber_Kupfer


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Behind the Scenes of Fifteen Minutes of Fame Pt. 4

   People are always surprised to hear that I can’t write to music. I guess they figure that as a musician, it would only be natural for me to surround myself with tunes but in actuality-its distracting. I get too into what I am listening to and the next thing you know I am up singing and dancing and then I can’t get anything done. ha ha. Occasionally I can listen to classical or instrumental because that is more of a “soundscape” but that’s about it. 

     However, when I was writing FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME, there were a number of songs that inspired the plot line, set the rhythm and tempo as I wrote certain scenes or that were going through my head as I wrote MonAmi’s lyrics. I’ve never told anyone what some of these songs were, but I thought it might be fun for readers to learn the lyrical backstory of FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME. this is hardly an inclusive list…but it will give you all a little more insight into what was going on in my head at the time: 

cher     “Perfection” by Cher: It seems that I heard this song about the same time that the idea for FMoF came into my head. I liked the desperation that this song evokes and that no matter what you do, no matter how big you get, it will never be enough. Favorite lyric: “Worked so hard…made a name…but the loneliness inside stays the same…”


nickelback_point     “Rockstar” by Nickelback: I originally wanted a snipped of the lyrics inside FMoF and I still need to do some research on the legalities of that, but the refrain of this song pretty much sums up how Megan feels about becoming an entertainer and just how far she would go to get there. Favorite lyric: “I’m gonna change this life for fortune and fame, I’d even cut my hair and change my name…” 

Ozzy-Osbourne-ozzy-osbourne-1204855_1024_768     “Shot in the Dark” by Ozzy Osbourne: This choice probably makes no sense to anyone who isn’t me, but the pacing of this tune was the driving force of a certain scene and I literally found myself listening to it in order to mark out certain actions. Favorite lyric: “But just like the wounded, and when it’s too late…they’ll remember, they’ll surrender…Never a care for the people who hate, underestimate me now…”


Meat loaf     “Not a Dry Eye in the House” Meat Loaf: Meat’s songs provide the perfect fodder for writing material because they all sound like musical numbers. Unlike a traditional ballad, most of his tunes always seem like they are trying to propel a story along. While I am sure there were several of his that helped me out along the way. This one stands out. Favorite lyric: “It was almost like a movie, those nights we touched the stars, time stood still for you now it’s sad enough to make you cry.” 

Celine     “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion: Ah, the mighty Jim Steinman! I can spot one of his opuses at 40 paces because they are longer than long and seem to repeat choruses more than necessary. Meat Loaf eventually covered this one as well, but I like Celine’s version better. However I must confess, both videos inspired a scene in the book. Favorite lyric: “When you see me like this…when I see you like that…we see just what we want to see…it’s all coming back to me…”

“I Drove All Night” by Celine Dion. OK, for the record, it’s not her voice that gets Celine Dion a double shot on this list…it is truly the lyrics, which in this case were written by Cyndi Lauper. This is an awesome road song and something to get the inspiration going when you need to get through a scene. Favorite Lyric: “I think about you when the night is cold and dark….nobody moves me the way that you do…nothing erases this feeling between me and you…”

Rocky 4      “There’s No Easy Way Out” by Survivor: I watched a lot of montage scenes to create Megan’s transformation into MonAmi because they are always backed up by a clever little song that somehow encapsulates the feelings and emotions of the main character. Rocky montages are some of the best in terms of pacing. Favorite lyric: “Some things are worth fighting for…some feelings never die…I’m not asking for another chance…I just want to know why?” 

 GOLDENEARING12     “Radar Love” by Golden Earring: This is my stamina song. If I need a burst of energy, this is the song I turn to in order to get me through. It’s long enough to help you think and has a driving beat that makes you want to keep going. It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite lyric on this one, but if I had to…I would have to say, “When she gets lonely and the longing is to much…she sends a cable coming in from above…we don’t need a phone at all.” 

Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer 1     “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi: It’s no secret that JBJ somewhat inspired the character of MonAmi. I wanted to base her on someone I admire rather than a train wreck, but I also wanted her to go through the hell of the music industry and somehow come through it even when there were people who wondered if she could/would. Bon Jovi as a band had similar problems in their career. When you get to be so big, your career can be like a machine that gets on top of you and nearly crushes you. Favorite lyric: “We gotta hold on, ready or not…you live for the fight when that’s all that you’ve got.” 




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Behind the Scenes: Fifteen Minutes of Fame Pt. 3

Eyes   When I wrote FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME, I knew that I wanted to create a project that would marry my two passions: music and prose. There was no way I would ever allow FMOF to be “merely” a book. It had to be more and that is what I have been working on in the past few weeks, creating a multi-media vehicle for the story that would bring FMOF to life in different ways and help other young artists realize their dreams!

DIARY-pink415     Starting in January 2014 readers will be able to check out MonAmi’s Tour Diary. This diary is the companion blog to FMOF and contains a number of deleted scenes, insights and a “peek into MonAmi’s brain” on a variety of subjects. This is the spot to connect DIRECTLY with the character. Ask MonAmi a question and chances are, she’ll answer it.

I am also accepting demo CDs, MP3 files (sent through Yousendit.com), t-shirts, guitar picks, and other swag from bands who want to get their name out to a wider audience and get their music into some new hands. These will be used as giveaways at book signings and on my blog tour in exchange for your helping to promote FMOF! You don’t have to send a ton of stuff, but whatever you can afford to part with would be awesome! I will do my best to promote it and pass it along so that we can all enjoy our “fifteen minutes of fame” a little longer.  E-mail me at Julie@Julieyoungfreelance.com for more information.

rocstar final seriously    In addition, I will be announcing some upcoming song writing contests as my 4/1/14 publication date draws near. This will be your opportunity to WRITE one of MonAmi’s songs and have it promoted on YouTube, on the Fifteen Minutes of Fame Web site, blog….you name it! Who knows? If it’s good enough, MonAmi herself may actually record your version of it for download! (and cut you in for part of the profits!)

There will be more to come, but this will give you the idea of how far we’re taking FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME. So the question is…

Are you ready to rock?


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