Pump Up Your Book Live! July 2011 Authors on Tour Chat/Book Giveaway Party

Featured, Pump Up Your Book Live! Chats — By on July 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm

balloonsWE’RE HAVING A PARTY!!!!

Strike up the band and join the chorus…Pump Up Your Book will be hosting the July 2011 Authors on Tour at a chat/book giveaway party on Friday July 29, 2011 starting at 8 p.m. eastern (7 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain and 5 p.m. Pacific) and ending at 10:30 p.m. (eastern time). Tell your book friends that not only will this give them an opportunity to chat with their favorite authors there will be a huge giveaway at the end of the chat!

* 8 p.m. eastern * 7 p.m. Central * 6 p.m. Mountain * 5 p.m. Pacific *

Here’s how it will work:

The party will kick off at our brand new chat room with an approximate 3 hour chat in which all authors touring with Pump Up Your Book in July 2011 will get a certain time slot to answer questions. All time slots are listed below so you’ll know when your favorite author is going to appear. When the party winds down, it’s time to dish out the goodies! All winners will be announced below after the chat is over so be sure to check this page to see if you’ve won a prize! If you are a winner, you have 48 hours to contact us in order to win your prize. We will be using Random.org to determine winners.


In order to get into the chat room, you will need to click on the link above and put in your real name. Only those with real names are eligible to win prizes. Ignore the part that says password, and hit Login. The chat room will magically appear before your eyes!

The doors will open at 7:45 to allow everyone to get in and the first author will start at 8:15. Because of the amount of authors participating, we have extended our usual end of the month chats to 3 hours. You do not have to stay the full 3 hours to win prizes. All you have to do is ask one of the authors a question to be eligible.

You have to be logged in under your real name as no prizes will be distributed under false names.

Once the chat starts and the first author is announced, all questions will then be directed to that particular author for the 10 minute timed segment. If you ask a question during the time limit and the it’s time for the next author, the author still can answer the question.

Because the authors only have 10 minutes to answer your questions, it would help to get acquainted with them before the chat and start writing down your questions to ask. To help you come up with questions (you must ask a question to be eligible to win prizes), here are the authors participating in the chat and a brief description of each:

Chat with the Pump Up Your Book Live July 2011 Guest Authors

Absolute ObsessionC. Elizabeth lives in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada.  She stumbled upon writing, it found her, she finds writing a peaceful escape and is very excited to have her characters come alive in her readers’ minds. Her contemporary romance novel, Absolute Obsession, is about 42 year old Rose Gerbaldi who by an intervention of fate unites her heart and soul with 30 year old British movie star, Michael Terrance. Please visit and blog with her at www.celizabeth.ca. Connect with her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/search/users/CElizabeth4 and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567713637.

Steve DeWinterSteve DeWinter was born and grew up loving to read.

His goal as a writer is to transport you to fresh and exciting worlds that not only take you on a white-knuckle ride but leave you hungry for more when you finally turn that last page and reluctantly slam shut the back cover of the book.

Steve is the author of the suspense thriller, Inherit the Throne.

To find out more about Steve visit www.stevedw.com

Daren KrupaDaren Krupa’s junior class English assignment was to write a meaning of life essay. All he could think was meaning of life? I’m fifteen years old. I don’t know diddley about life! The one lucid moment of his youth. A native of New York State Krupa grew up in Phoenix and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, waiter and telemarketer. At least a dozen novels have presented themselves throughout his life. Such a Nice Boy is the second he wrote and the first to be published.

Krupa lives in the Sonoran desert. You can visit him at his website www.SuchaNiceBoy.com. If you would like to contact the author, you can email him at darenk@SuchaNiceBoy.com.

Frank ZaccariA native of upstate New York, Frank Zaccari earned a degree in finance from California State University at Sacramento after serving as a military medic in the U.S. Air Force. He spent over 25 years in the high-tech industry holding positions from account representative to CEO, and for nearly 20 years specialized in turn-around management of companies under 100 million dollars. After becoming a single, custodial parent after nearly 25 years of marriage, he left an industry that he loved to buy a small business in order to be home to raise his children. He is currently the owner of an insurance agency and resides in Sacramento, California. Frank Zaccari’s previous book is From The Ashes: The Rise of the University of Washington Volleyball Program. His latest book is When the Wife Cheats. You can visit his website at www.frankzaccari.com. Visit him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001207722973.

You can visit her website at www.whenstarsalign-thebook.com or connect with her at Facebook at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553077163.

Greg Messel 3Greg Messel has spent much of his life in the Pacific Northwest living in Portland, Oregon and in the Seattle area since 2008.  He has been married to his wife, Carol, for 40 years.  Greg and Carol were high school sweethearts just like the couple in “Expiation.”  He has lived in Washington, Oregon, California, Utah and Wyoming.  Greg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from high school there and also attended a year of junior college.  Greg went to Brigham Young University with Carol and then began a newspaper career in rough and tumble Wyoming town of Rock Springs.  Greg and Carol have three married children and nine grandchildren. Greg has always loved writing.   He worked as the news editor and sports editors of the Daily Rocket-Miner newspaper.  He won a Wyoming Press Association award for his column.  He also submitted and had published articles in various sports magazines.  He left the newspaper business in 1981 and began a 27 year career with Pacific Power.  Greg retired in 2008 and moved to Seattle. It was there that he returned to his first love of writing.   He has written two unpublished memoirs and published his first novel with Trafford in September 2009.   His first novel was called “Sunbreaks.”   The second novel “Expiation” was published in the spring of 2010 with Trafford.  A third novel is in the works. Currently, Greg and Carol live on the Puget Sound in Edmonds, Washington, just north of downtown Seattle. They have three adult children who are all married and have nine grandchildren.  He also enjoys running, he has been in several races and half marathons. Visit his website at www.gregmessel.com. Connect with him at Twitter at www.twitter.com/gregmessel and Facebook at www.facebook.com/greg.messel.

Rie Sheridan RoseRie Sheridan Rose has been writing professionally for the last ten years or so — though she has just added the “Rose” on the end. After putting up with her for the last eight years, she figured her husband deserved the recognition. Prior to last year, her work appeared under “Rie Sheridan.” In that decade, she has published 4 novels, 1 short story collection, 2 chapbooks of collected stories, and five poetry collections as well as contributing to several anthologies. Her stories have also been published in The Eternal Night, ShadowKeep and Verge ezines, as well as the EOTU and Planet Relish websites. Her poetry appeared in the print magazines Mythic Circle, Dreams of Decadence, and Abandoned Towers as well as the Electric Wine and Tapestry ezines. The Half-Price Books 1999 “Say Good-Night to Illiteracy” Anthology contained her children’s story “Bedtime for Benny”. Both her short story anthology RieVisions and poetry collection Dancing on the Edge were finalists in the 2003 EPPIE awards. Poetry collection Straying from the Path and Young Adult novel The Right Hand of Velachaz were finalists in the 2004 EPPIE awards. Her most popular stories to date are the Adventures of Bruce and Roxanne, humorous horror shorts several of which have been collected into two print chapbooks by Yard Dog Press. She has also written the lyrics to several songs for Marc Gunn. Their “Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits” CD is due out in August. Her latest book is The Luckless Prince, published by Zumaya Otherworlds. You can visit her website at www.riewriter.com. Connect with Rie at Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/riesheridanrose.

Steven VerrierSteven Verrier has been a teacher for over two decades. From 2007-2010 he taught English at “Webster High School,” an institution in San Antonio, Texas, that seemed to revel in dysfunction. Class Struggle: Journal of a Teacher In Up to His Ears is Steve’s account of his third and final year at “Webster” – which turned out to be even wackier than Steve dared expect. Steve’s previous books include Plan B (fiction, Saga Books), Tough Love, Tender Heart (fiction, Saga Books), several short plays (Brooklyn Publishers), and the prizewinning Raising a Child to be Bilingual and Bicultural (nonfiction, Hira-Tai Books, Japan). For further information, please visit www.stevenverrier.com.

The Lowlands of HeavenF.J. Dagg grew up in Michigan, where for a time he was a musician in a variety of rock and blues bands. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a degree in Philosophy and an additional concentration in Music Theory and History. After moving to California, his focus turned from music to the writing of fiction, which he pursued as various day jobs allowed. Though not a member of any religious denomination, the mainstay of the author’s life is his faith, a fact reflected in his writing. His pastimes include playing the guitar and violin, reading, and surfing.

You can visit F.J. Dagg’s website at http://branch92.com.

Jaime McDougall 2Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors. (So far, a cat named Asimov and a puppy named Brin.) A love of fiction has always coursed through her veins and she told stories as a child even before she knew how to write them. Settling into one genre was never her style and she has plans for novels in women’s fiction, urban fantasy and more – all with a touch of romance. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. She has also enjoyed writing a column called ‘The New Australian’ in local newspapers as well as various articles online. Her fiction work and poetry has been published both online and off in places including The Oddville Press (no longer running) and The Filth zine. So You Want to Write a Guest Post is her first ebook and is available on Kindle and at Smashwords.

These prizes will be given away!

  • C. Elizabeth will be giving away a paperback copy of Absolute Obsession!
  • Steve DeWinter will be giving away an e-copy of Inherit the Throne!
  • Frank Zaccari will be giving away 2 signed paperback copies of When the Wife Cheats!
  • Greg Messel will be giving away a paperback copy of Expiation!
  • Greg Messel will be giving away a paperback copy of The Illusion of Certainty!
  • Greg Messel will be giving away a paperback copy of Sunbreaks
  • Rie Sheridan Rose will be giving away a Firefly Drinking Song CD!
  • Rie Sheridan Rose will be giving away a paperback copy of her short story collection Rie Visions!
  • Steven Verrier will be giving away a paperback copy of Class Struggle: Journal of a Teacher In Up to His Ears!
  • F.J. Dagg will be giving away a paperback copy of The Lowlands of Heaven!
  • Daren Krupa will be giving away a paperback copy of Such a Good Boy!
  • Jaime McDougall will be giving away an e-copy of So You Want to Write a Guest Post!

And the winners are…

J.W. Nicklaus won a copy of Absolute Obession

Everyone won a copy of Inherit the Throne

April Pohren won a copy of When the Wife Cheats

Kathleen Kelly won a copy of Expiation

Vanessa won a copy of Illusion of Certainty

Sharon Chance won a copy of Sunbreaks

Pamela Purcell won a copy of Firefly Drinking Song CD

Kathleen Kelly won a copy of Rie Visions

Pamela Purcell won a copy of Class Struggle

Vanessa won a copy of The Lowlands of Heaven

April Pohren won a copy of Such a Good Boy

J.W. Nicklaus won a copy of So You Want to Write a Guest Post



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