Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Title: Must Love Otters
Genre: Women's Fiction/Humor/Contemporary/Romantic Comedy 
Publisher: West 26th Street Press, NYC (a division of Writers House)
SUMMARY:

Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.


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About the Author:

Eliza Gordon is a husband-and-wife team of controlled chaos who writes romantic comedies and silly stories for hearts that haven't given up on the possibility of a Happily Ever After. 

Twitter: @eliza_gordon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eliza.gordon.52


Additional Website: www.jennifersommersby.com.




Interview from Eliza Gordon


Can you tell us about your book, Must Love Otters, in 15 words or less?


A silly, feel-good story about a girl who goes looking for otters and finds her heart instead.


(Crap, that’s 18 words. I lose.)


Is this a standalone or a series?

We wrote it as a standlone. But we have talked about what happens next with Hollie and Ryan …

What made you want to write adult contemporary romance?

We wanted to write something funny with grown-ups in it so we could let loose a little. Writing Otters was really freeing -- we had no limits about how wacky things could get. And who doesn’t love a good romance?

Did anything specific inspire you to write Must Love Otters?

I’ve spent the last few years working on a very serious YA book with heavy themes and sadness and dark stuff. I needed something light and fluffy that would make people laugh. Mr. Gordon and I spend a lot of time trying to crack each other up, so it was a natural progression to try to make other people giggle too.

That cover is adorable! Who designed it?

Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations. She’s quite talented, as you can see.

What was your favorite scene to write?

That’s tough -- probably the last one. I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

We took out a storyline that had to do with Hollie’s absent mother. That was sort of sad because I wanted to show that side of Hollie’s life, the one that didn’t ooze happiness, but my agent felt it changed the tone of the story too much. He was right. As usual.

Did any music inspire you while writing Must Love Otters?

I’m a movie score junkie. I have specific sets that I listen to depending on what I’m writing. For rom-coms, I listen to film scores from romantic comedies as the music is light and whimsical. Movie score composers are very skilled at marrying music to emotion, and this is of great benefit to me.

If you could cast anyone to play some of the main characters, who would you choose?

For Ryan? Henry Cavill, known around these parts as vitamin Henry. (Poor Mr. Gordon.) Another actor who inspired me greatly during the writing process was Peter Mooney, an adorable Canadian actor who most folks probably know from Camelot (Kay) or Rookie Blue (Nick Collins). I don’t have an actress in mind for Hollie, to be honest, although her behavior and attitude and general messiness were modeled around Kristen Wiig’s character Annie in Bridesmaids.

What are you currently working on?

Our next book, of course! I’m superstitious, though. I won’t talk about a project until the first draft is close to completion. Not great for marketing, but my neuroses overrule me.

What is currently in your TBR pile?

Ohhhhh man, that is a huge pile. I read all over the place, pretty much all genres -- um, I’m reading a Sophie Kinsella (Remember Me?), and I have another three of her books waiting. I tend to read several books at a time -- my mood will dictate that evening’s reading -- so I’m midway through Rage Within, a fantastically dark, post-apocalyptic creepfest and The Book Thief (I have to finish it before seeing the movie). Oh, and the first Game of Thrones book. Slowly, slowly. I’ve got so many books sitting here, we could probably build ourselves a home out of their bindings.

Fun Facts:

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Definitely chocolate. Unless it’s a milkshake. Then vanilla.

Pizza or Tacos?

Tacos, if I could get them from a authentic, grade-A food truck in Los Angeles. That was my biggest shock of moving to western Canada -- virtually NO Mexican food. *sad face*

Cats or Dogs?

Cats x 1000%. Mr. Gordon concurs. We’re those weird, talk-to-the-cat-like-it’s-human people.

Italian or Chinese?

Oooooooh, you’re cruel. Um, probably Chinese?

Favorite TV show?

GAME OF THRONES. Forever.

Favorite movie?

EVER? Probably the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I know, total nerd. But Shakespeare in Love, Gladiator, Kick-Ass, and Welcome to the Punch round out the top five.

Favorite singer/band?

Sia. Or Florence + the Machine. Or Imogen Heap. And Muse. And Mumford & Sons. Or Death Cab for Cutie. Or Regina Spektor. OMG. I don’t even know. Do you want my list of favorite movie score composers? HANS ZIMMER. There. I listed ONE. :) Mr. Gordon would have to say Van Halen. (Don’t giggle at him. He’s sensitive.)

What is the closest item to you that is red?

A Superman keychain. Only it’s not just Superman -- it’s a chunky rendition of what he’d look like as a kid. Sort of adorable.

Favorite Christmas ornament?

A ceramic ornament I painted years ago of my Best Cat Ever, Kovu. (RIP, buddy.)

Biggest Pet Peeve?

Disingenuous people. I cannot abide fakery.

Biggest Quirk?

I obsess about things -- music, books, movies, movie stars. I get it in my head, and I can’t get rid of it until I’ve exhausted myself.

Celebrity Crush

MARK STRONG. And Henry Cavill. (For Mr. Gordon, he wouldn’t kick Salma Hayek outta bed for eating crackers.)

Favorite Celebrity Couple?

Probably Brangelina. (Mr. Gordon is rolling his eyes.) I’ve been a Brad Pitt devotee since forever, and I think Angelina Jolie is a very cool human. People rag about her, but she does a buttload more for charity than 99 percent of the population, so there’s that.

Hermione and Ron or Hermione and Draco?

Hermione and Ron. I’m old-fashioned. Although I think Draco is likely a good guy under all that meanness ...

Last book to make you cry?

I recently edited a book called Nocturnes by Kendall Grey, and that gave me that tight, painful thing in the throat and a few errant tears. Grey weaves a kick-to-the-gut story every time. Before that, it was definitely Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Dude, I ugly-cried.









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READER’S DIGEST UNVEILS REFRESHED, MODERN LOOK AND
COMPELLING READER EXPERIENCE

Recaptures Brand’s Popular Iconic Features with a View to the Future
Including New Mobile Phone App
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NEW YORK, NY (December 16, 2013) – Reader’s Digest, one of the most-read media brands in the world, today unveiled a new look and a greatly enhanced reader experience with the January 2014issue, recapturing several of the magazine’s most iconic features. Reader’s Digest also introduced a new digital experience, which includes a new mobile phone app for readers who enjoy reading the magazine on-the-go, and a refreshed website look for the five million digital users.

To capture the excitement around the redesign, Reader’s Digest is offering consumers a free digital download of the January issue of the magazine: just text readup to 51684 or visit www.rd.com/free.

The redesign embraces and highlights the brand’s unique mission: to create an engaging reading experience through a curated collection of uplifting, entertaining and useful stories that enriches readers’ lives. Along with the new look, Reader’s Digest recalibrated the pace of the magazine to provide a variety of story lengths and styles. And, of course, it wouldn’t be Reader’s Digest if it didn’t share reader anecdotes, family-friendly jokes, witty one-liners and beautiful photographs that each tell stories themselves.

“We are extremely proud and excited to bring the new look of Reader’s Digest and its enhanced reader experience to our millions of dedicated and passionate readers,” said Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer, Reader’s Digest. “They’ve told us what they love the most and we listened. From cover to cover, the new format is a reflection of our commitment to our readers and has been designed with them in mind, encouraging them to ‘Read Up’ at all touch points.

Reader’s Digest has been an important part of our readers’ lives and of the greater American experience for nearly a century, and with our new mobile app, we are able to connect with our next generation of readers in a way that’s meaningful to them no matter where they are,” Vaccariello continued. “Reader’s Digest is already one of the most downloaded monthly publications and its popularity with readers continues to grow.”

The redesign of the flagship publication reflects the long-term strategy of the magazine’s publisher, Reader’s Digest Association, and is consistent with the company’s commitment to invest in its core brands.

“I am incredibly excited to introduce a more compelling and modern Reader’s Digest to our readers,” said Robert E. Guth, Chairman and CEO of Reader’s Digest Association. “This is the biggest showcase to-date of our strategy to strengthen and invest in our core brands to keep them fresh and modern, and make them even more engaging for our customers. It starts with a great product, and we are delighted that our readers continue to respond enthusiastically to our strong brands.”  

Starting with the January issue, readers will see:

·       A new logo that now puts the emphasis on the reader, literally, broadcasting the brand’s commitment to reading and highlighting whom the brand always puts first.
·       A return to the iconic table of contents that graced classic covers of Reader’s Digestfor decades. The cover now highlights the uniqueness of the brand with a collection of uplifting true stories, family-friendly humor, and surprising and useful information. As curators filtering endless amounts of material available, the new cover look reflects this approach in a collectible and timeless way.
·       A special subscriber cover designed with a removable keepsake bookmark so readers can save their places as they read through the pages.
·       New components that blend shorter, humorous columns with longer, serious reads. It also resurrects and refreshes even more classic and beloved columns such as “Points to Ponder,” “That’s Outrageous!,” “You Be The Judge,” and “The RD Interview.”
·       An investment in whiter, thicker paper that is easier to read and makes the pages easier to turn. Reader’s Digest refined the pages’ design, introducing a more streamlined look, simpler graphics, iconic photography, and more modern illustration.  
·         A refreshed website and new mobile phone app. The brand redesign will continue on other platforms, including RD.com and the tablet applications, which will incorporate the clean, streamlined look and feel of the new print edition. The brand new mobile phone app will allow readers to discover all magazine content and more while on-the-go.
·       New advertising. The brand launched national advertising in print, digital and broadcast media, encouraging consumers to “Read Up,” and keeping the distinctive editorial voice of the brand.

Reader’s Digest now provides partners with unique advertising and marketing solutions to connect their brands directly with readers, delivering them a premium and showcase presence. Top advertisers have embraced the new model, which offers limited category exclusivity and sets an editorial / ad ratio that gives readers a more streamlined reader experience – a direct response to readers’ feedback.

“Our valued advertising partners enjoy being among more exclusive company in the pages of Reader’s Digest,” added Mark Josephson, VP, Chief Sales Officer. “As the industry continues to evolve, we are confident that the new Reader’s Digest design is well-positioned to leverage our editorial strengths while offering advertisers innovative partnerships.”


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Bond of Love Book Tour & giveaway Dec. 18- Jan. 26 Enter Here

As a picturesque mother and wife, forty-one year old Avery Richards seems to have it all. Married to a successful veterinarian named Noah and mother to a spunky daughter named Kara, her life is far from awful but she is stuck. With the recent move of their daughter, who has just flown the coop for college, this story examines the deep and often-tumultuous bond between mother and child and the lengths we are willing to go to, as mothers, to sacrifice our own happiness for the ones we love. As we watch Avery walk through her ‘new’ way of daily life, without her ambitious and stubborn child around to mother any longer, we are given a very unique opportunity to tip toe in the front row of their lives, from three very separate views. We will see life as it plays out through her mature and motherly eyes, through Kara’s young and sheltered heart, and then through ‘someone else’s eyes’ that has a vested interest in them both. As Avery’s well-hidden web of lies come crashing down in an unexpected way, her secrets that she’s safeguarded for years will threaten to rip her peaceful world apart, as well as the world of the ones she loves most. As readers, we will watch how ONE single choice can alter everything. Each character will then be forced to examine what the true meaning of love and forgiveness means to them. Every gamut of emotion will be explored: humor, sadness, love, joy, betrayal, hate, and forgiveness. Bond of Love will leave you pondering the age-old question: How well do YOU actually know the ones you love most?
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Meet the Author:

This is Amy’s second published work, the first being a memoir written exclusively for her children. As a former second grade teacher, and long time professional photographer, she has been writing and filling journals since she was young enough to hold a pencil and form words. Although writing brings her to a place of solace and joy, her most ambitious and fulfilling job in life thus far has been being a mother. Married for nearly two decades now, she and her husband share four daughters, who fill their lives with amusement, love, and drama daily. It is her lifelong goal to preserve her family’s history through the written word, pictures, and the human touch of love.

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