Pump Up Your Book Presents Friend of the Devil Virtual Book Publicity Tour

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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Mark Spivak’s FRIEND OF THE DEVIL virtual book tour September1 5 – December 15!

Friend of the Devil

Inside the Book

Title: Friend of the Devil
Author: Mark Spivak
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Pages: 325
Genre: Culinary Thriller

In 1990 some critics believe that America’s most celebrated chef, Joseph Soderini di Avenzano, sold his soul to the Devil to achieve culinary greatness. Whether he is actually Bocuse or Beelzebub, Avenzano is approaching the 25th anniversary of his glittering Palm Beach restaurant, Chateau de la Mer, patterned after the Michelin-starred palaces of Europe.

Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a story on the restaurant’s silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved with Chateau de la Mer’s hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a romantic rival of Avenzano. The chef invites Fox to winter in Florida and write his authorized biography. David gradually becomes sucked into the restaurant’s vortex: shipments of cocaine coming up from the Caribbean; the Mafia connections and unexplained murder of the chef’s original partner; the chef’s ravenous ex-wives, swirling in the background like a hidden coven. As his lover plots the demise of the chef, Fox tries to sort out hallucination and reality while Avenzano treats him like a feline’s catnip-stuffed toy.

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Meet the Author

Mark Spivak

Mark Spivak is an award-winning author, specializing in wine, spirits, food, restaurants, and culinary travel. He was the wine writer for the Palm Beach Post from 1994-1999, and was honored by the Academy of Wine Communications for excellence in wine coverage “in a graceful and approachable style.” Since 2001 he has been the Wine and Spirits Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group, as well as the Food Editor for Palm Beach Illustrated; his running commentary on the world of food, wine and spirits is available at the Global Gourmet blog on www.palmbeachillustrated.com. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, Men’s Journal, Art & Antiques, the Continental and Ritz-Carlton magazines, Arizona Highways and Newsmax. From 1999-2011 Spivak hosted Uncorked! Radio, a highly successful wine talk show on the Palm Beach affiliate of National Public Radio.

Spivak is the author of two non-fiction books:  Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History (Lyons Press, 2012) and Moonshine Nation: The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle (Lyons Press, 2014). Friend of the Devil is his first novel. He is currently working on a political thriller set during the invasion of Iraq.

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Tour Schedule

Thursday, September 15 – First Chapter Reveal & Tour Kick Off at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, September 16 – Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Monday, September 19 – Book Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Tuesday, September 20 – Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC.

Wednesday, September 21 – Book Featured at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, September 22 – Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape

Friday, September 23 – Interview at Beyond the Books (The First Page Feature)

Monday, September 26 – Book Feature at As the Page Turns

Tuesday, September 27 – Interview at My Bookish Pleasures

Wednesday, September 28 – Guest Blogging at The Silver Dagger Scriptorian

Wednesday, September 28 – Book Featured at The Bookworm Lodge

Wednesday, September 28 – Book Featured at Authors & Readers Book Corner

Friday, September 30 – First Chapter Reveal at Literarily Speaking

Monday, October 3 – Book Featured at The Literary Nook

Tuesday, October 4 – Book Featured at Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!

Wednesday, October 5 – Interview at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Thursday, October 6 – Book Featured at Write and Take Flight

Monday, October 10 – Guest Blogging at Book Cover Junkie

Tuesday, October 11 – Guest Blogging at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, October 13 – Guest Blogging at Fallen Over Book Reviews

Monday, October 17 – First Chapter Reveal at The Book Rack

Tuesday, October 18 – Guest Blogging at Whispering Stories

Wednesday, October 19 – Book Featured at Book Marketing Buzz

Thursday, October 20 – Book Feature at Ali-The Dragon Slayer

Wednesday, October 26 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Friday, October 28 – First Chapter Reveal at Literal Exposure

Tuesday, November 1 – First Chapter Reveal at The Review From Here

Wednesday, November 2 – Guest Blogging at StoreyBook Reviews

Thursday, November 3 – Interview at Infinite House of Books

Monday, November 7 – Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, November 9 – Book Featured at BlogHer

Thursday, November 17 – Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

Monday, November 21 – Book Featured at A Title Wave

Wednesday, November 23 – Book Review at Carol’s Notebook

Monday, November 28 – Book Featured at Hooked From Page One

Wednesday, November 30 – Interview at Book Publishing Secrets

Monday, December 5 – Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

Tuesday, December 6 – First Chapter Reveal at The Dark Phantom

Wednesday, December 7 – Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, December 8 – First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter

Friday, December 9 – Guest Blogging at Mythical Books

Tuesday, December 13 – Book Featured at SheWrites

Thursday, December 15 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Friday, December 16 – Book Review at fuonlyknew