Pump Up Your Book Presents The IRA on Film and Television Virtual Book Publicity Tour + Kindle Fire HD Giveaway

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Join Mark Connelly, author of the history/film criticism book, The IRA on Film and Television, as he tours the blogosphere September 4 – November 30 2012 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book! The IRA on Film and Television Virtual Book Publicity Tour is part of huge Kindle Fire HD giveaway. See details further down on how you can win one for your own as well as cash prizes!


Born in Philadelphia, Mark Connelly completed a masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received a Ph.D in English.  His books include The Diminished Self: Orwell and the Loss of Freedom, Orwell and Gissing, Deadly Closets:  The Fiction of Charles Jackson, and several college textbooks.  He currently teaches literature and film in Milwaukee, where he is the Vice-President of the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center of Wisconsin.

His latest book is The IRA on Film and Television.

You can visit his website at www.theiraonfilmandtelevision.com.

To get your paperback copy of THE IRA ON FILM AND TELEVISION by Mark Connelly, visit Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/The-IRA-Film-Television-History/dp/0786447362/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340018217&sr=8-1&keywords=the+ira+on+film+and+television.

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The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has for decades pursued the goal of unifying its homeland into a single sovereign nation, ending British rule in Northern Ireland. On film, the IRA has appeared in mainstream motion pictures such as The Quiet Man, action films like Blown Away, political dramas, dark comedies, and even a spaghetti Western, A Fistful of Dynamite. The IRA has been explored by major directors from three countries, including John Ford (The Informer), John Frankenheimer (Ronin), Carol Reed (Odd Man Out), David Lean (Ryan’s Daughter), Neil Jordan (Michael Collins), and Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father).  IRA characters have been portrayed by international stars, such as Victor McLaglen, James Cagney, Anthony Hopkins, James Mason, Richard Gere, and Brad Pitt.  Films about the Irish Republican Army range from realistic docudramas like Paul Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday, shot with handheld cameras and natural lighting to create the sensation of watching 1972 newsreel footage, to Joseph Merhi’s action farce Riot in which a British superhero battles IRA bikers in the streets of Los Angeles during a race riot.

Whether portrayed as a heroic patriot, ruthless terrorist, or troubled anti-hero, the Irish rebel has emerged as a universally recognized cinematic archetype.   Over eighty motion pictures include IRA references, and IRA characters have appeared in iconic American television series such as Hawaii Five-O, Columbo, and Law and Order.

This illustrated history analyzes film depictions of the IRA from the 1916 Easter Rising to the peace process of the 1990s. Topics include America’s role in creating both the IRA and its cinematic image, the organization’s brief association with the Nazis, the changing depiction of women in IRA films, and critical reception of IRA films in Ireland, Britain, and the United States.

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Pump Up Your Book and Mark Connelly are teaming up to give you a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD!

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Here’s how it works:

Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour. If your blog isn’t set up to accept the form, we offer another way for you to participate by having people comment on your blog then directing them to where they can fill out the form to gain more entries.

This Kindle Fire HD promotion will run from September 4 – November 30. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on December 1, 2012.

Each blogger who participates in The IRA on Film and Television virtual book tour is eligible to enter and win.

Visit each blog stop below to gain more entries as the Rafflecopter widget will be placed on each blog for the duration of the tour.

If you would like to participate, email Dorothy at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com. Last day to sign up is October 25. What a great way to not only win this fabulous prize, but to gain followers and comments too! Good luck everyone!


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One lucky person who comments on Mark Connelly’s blog stops will receive a $50 gift certificate. The blog host who receives the most comments through the tour will also receive a $50 gift certificate! Woot!

If you would like to be a host, email Dorothy at thewriterslife (at) gmail.com.


The IRA on Film and Television Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Tuesday, September 4

Book Featured at Examiner

Wednesday, September 5

Interview at Literarily Speaking

Friday, September 7

Book Featured at Hardcover Feedback

Tuesday, September 11

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Busy Moms Daily

Wednesday, September 12

Guest Blogging at Hollywood Daze

Friday, September 14

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Monday, September 17

Book Review at Carol’s Notebook

Tuesday, September 18

Guest Blogging at The Road to Here

Friday, September 21

Guest Blogging at Literal Exposure

Monday, September 24

Book Feature at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Monday, October 1

Interview at The Book Connection

Thursday, October 4

Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, October 5

Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Monday, October 8

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Wednesday, October 10

Guest Blogging at Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

Thursday, October 11

Book Spotlight at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem

Friday, October 12

Book Review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Tuesday, October 16

Guest Blogging at Books Books the Magical Fruit

Wednesday, October 17

Guest Blogging at The Book Faery Reviews

Thursday, October 18

Interview at Beyond the Books

Friday, October 19

Guest Blogging at Beyond the Books

Monday, October 22

Interview at Paperback Writer

Tuesday, October 23

Guest Blogging at I Am a Reader Not a Writer

Tuesday, November 6

Interview at Between the Covers

Wednesday, November 7

Book Review at Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest

Friday, November 9

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, November 13

Interview at Examiner

Monday, November 19

Interview at The Bunny’s Review

Tuesday, November 20

Interview at Review From Here

Wednesday, November 21

Book Feature at Book Marketing Buzz

Thursday, November 22


Friday, November 23

Interview at As the Pages Turn

Tuesday, November 27

Book Trailer Spotlight at If Books Could Talk

Thursday, November 29

Book Feature at Plug Your Book

Friday, November 30

Interview at American Chronicle

Mark Connelly’s THE IRA ON FILM AND TELEVISION VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on September 4 and end on November 30 2012. Please contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing his book. Thank you!


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