Thursday, September 30, 2021

Character Q&A: Detective Katherine "Katie" Scott of Jennifer Chase's PRETTY BROKEN DOLLS

 



It's Character Interview Day! 

Today's guest is Detective Katherine "Katie" Scott from inside the pages of PRETTY BROKEN DOLLS by Jennifer Chase.  It is a pleasure to have her with us at The Literary Nook!




What is your name?

Detective Katherine "Katie" Scott and my latest cold case is Pretty Broken Dolls.

 


What do you look like?

I'm five foot seven, brown hair, brown eyes, and have an athletic build. I wish that I was curvier.

 

Where are you today and what are you doing?

I'm following up on leads at a military K9 training facility regarding the homicides in Pretty Broken Dolls.

 

Describe the outside of your home.

It's a yellow farmhouse with white trim that my dad built. There's even a porch with a swing that I often find myself in when I've had a bad day.

 

You come face to face with your worse enemy. How do you react?

Being a police detective and former military K9 handler, I've come face to face with too many enemies in my short lifetime. I'm ready for anything—no matter what.

 

You keep a photo album of memories from your lifetime. If you could only keep one photo, which one would that be?

It would be a photo of me and my parents when I was twelve years old. It was happy times before they were brutally taken from me in an auto accident.

 

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Both. But I prefer to be a night owl.

 

A police officer stops you for a minor violation. What violation is that and how do you react?

It would be speeding. I would find it amusing because no doubt I would know the officer. We would have a good laugh. He would caution me to slow down and I would be on my way.

 

What is your favorite piece of clothing?

A well-worn pair of jeans.

 

Do you have any phobias? What are they and how intense are they? How have they impacted your life?

I wouldn't say phobia, but I suffer from PTSD. I suffer every day, some days better than others, but I manage.

 

How do you feel about mortality?

It's something I don't think about. But I know in the back of my mind that doing my job could cause my death.

 

What scares you?

Not being able to find the killer and they claim another victim.

 

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?

I spend some quiet time and thank the Lord for everything I have and the people in my life.

 

Who is your best friend?

My K9 Cisco.

 

Are you married or in a relationship?

I'm engaged to be married to my childhood friend.

 

You just woke up to find that war has been declared. What’s the first thing you would do?

Gather my wits. And then gather everything I need to protect my community and get to work.

 

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a police officer. As luck would have it, I got my wish.

 
About the Book   


Title: PRETTY BROKEN DOLLS: DETECTIVE KATIE SCOTT SERIES #6
Author: Jennifer Chase
Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 302
Genre: Crime Thriller

BOOK BLURB:

In the thin light of the moon, the woman’s limp body hangs from the iron fence amongst the redwoods. Looped over the railings is the little gold locket her mother gave her when she turned sixteen. The picture of the girl inside smiles out at a future she’ll never see…

As day breaks over the fairground, Detective Katie Scott forces herself to take in another disturbing scene in front of her. A woman, the same age as her, found slumped in the carriage of the Ferris wheel, red lipstick dragged across her lips, her throat cut.

Katie doesn’t want to believe that the serial killer picking off women across the state has found their way to the small town of Pine Valley, California, but when her team finds a gold engagement ring hanging nearby, it’s a terrifying, but undeniable fact.

With a twisted killer on her doorstep, Katie knows if she doesn’t act fast, she’ll find more women left out in the cold like broken dolls. Her team hit dead end after dead end, but only she can see the vital link between the victims: a connection with Katie herself.

Katie has spent years pushing traumatic memories of her years in the military far out of reach, but she must confront them now or more innocent women will die. But as the killer circles closer and closer to Katie, what if the only answer is to give him what he wants? There must be another way…

Warning – This absolutely unputdownable thriller will keep you up all night! Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh better hold on tight for a nail-biting rollercoaster ride!

PRAISE

5 Stars! “This is the first book in the series I have read – and I want more! Suspense up to the end, characters I enjoyed, and K9 units. Loved it!” – NetGalley

5 Stars! “As always this Jennifer Chase thriller just cries out to be read in one sitting. Here we see Katie get tangled up with a serial killer although it takes time before anyone takes her seriously. Great characters and a great story, I loved this book.” – NetGalley

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About the Author 

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and USA Today BestSelling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers

You can visit her website at www.authorjenniferchase.com or connect with her on TwitterGoodreads and Facebook.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Q&A: Cheryl Carpinello, Author of ANCIENT TALES AND LEGENDS Series #Q&A #Interview


Cheryl Carpinello
 taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.

“In 2008, my husband and I spent three weeks traveling around Egypt via train and visiting all those magnificent archeological sites. Since we returned home, Egypt has never been far from my thoughts. I truly believe that I left part of my soul in that ancient land. To satisfy my longing to return, I wrote Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.” Visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks for this interview, Cheryl.  Congratulations on your new book! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

Sons of the Sphinx, being my fourth book, wasn’t difficult to publish, although it did give me a few fits with the writing. Until I wrote the companion book, Tutankhamen Speaks, I just couldn’t find my beginning. Once that book was finished, Sons almost wrote itself.

If you were to pen your own autobiography, what might the title be?

For my writing: A Lover of Tales and Legends. For me: Devoted to Family.

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

I love spending time with my family, reading, and traveling.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

Sons of the Sphinx takes readers on a unique adventure back to ancient Egypt with the ghost of the Pharaoh Tut and Rosa, a 15-year old girl with a gift/curse that keeps her outside of her peers circle. Rosa thinks nothing is worse than when the other students see her talking to no one until she finds herself in 1330 BC Egypt where danger and death are around every corner.

Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?  

Chapter 1

I don’t see dead people. I hear them. I talk to them. Boy, you should try that. Talk about people looking at you like you’ve got two heads. That will do it. I used to look in the mirror after talking to them to see what others saw. All I saw was me, Rosa, an ordinary fifteen-year-old girl. Well, not so ordinary. I do have my father’s emerald eyes, but no glowing auras, no ghosts on my shoulders, only my sun-streaked blond hair usually in need of a trim.

It would be one thing if I talked to famous dead people. You know, like that Elvis Presley guy my mother still drools over? I mean, really? The guy would be, like, ancient today! Anyway, if I talked to him, I could give my mom a personal message like, “Sorry we never got to hook up.” That would be worth a few extra bucks for allowance, don’t you think?

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

Most likely the Halloween section seeing as how Rosa travels with a ghost.

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

Sons of the Sphinx has now become the prequel to my new series Feathers of the Phoenix. Rosa, joined by her cousin Jerome, is tasked with finding the 5 feathers of the Phoenix bird cast away when Poseidon sank the island of Atlantis. The Atlantean Horse, book 1, is finished and should be out early in 2022. I’ve just completed two weeks of research in Iceland, the setting for book 2, The Norse Star.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

No. I enjoyed writing, but teaching was my passion. Through 24 years in the classroom, I’m able to create realistic characters for my readers that embody the fears, joys, and concerns including the drama that accompanies those ages.

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?

You know. I talked with a few publishers, but was told that it would be at least two years before my first book, Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend, would be published. Too long for me, so I went the Indie route and have never looked back.

What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?

The only book I assisted in publishing was my 9-year-old grandson’s book, Cameron’s Book of Insects. My other grandson will be nine next year and is already planning what his book will be about.

What’s next for you?

Finishing up my Feathers of the Phoenix series. There are five books. Also, I’m getting ready to publish Book 3 of my Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales: Vampires in the Backyard and A Fish Tale.

 

 





Title
: Tutankhamen Speaks
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator
Pages: 81
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

From over 3000 years ago comes the voice of the Boy King.

Scrolls found buried in the basement of the Egyptian Museum. Transcribed in an ancient hand. Record the words of King Tut for all to read.

Tutankhamen answers all of the lingering questions, including the big one.

Discover the real story behind this famous pharaoh. Transport yourself back to an Ancient Egypt filled with mystery, magic, and danger!

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Title
: Sons of the Sphinx
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator
Pages: 189
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

A grandmother’s gift usually bring happiness. Rosa’s gift: a very different story. Hearing the dead alienated her from classmates. Not good for a 15-year-old.

Many times very insistent, the dead cared little for her surroundings. They even bothered her in class. Dates? Forget that.

Then one day, he shows up in her room. An old dead guy. A really old famous dead guy. In living human form!

Thrilling story of battling good and evil in an ancient world.

 

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Character Q&A: Letitia Devere of Arabella Sheraton's THE LADY'S REVENGE

 



It's Character Interview Day! 

Today's guest is Letitia Devere from inside the pages of THE LADY'S REVENGE by Arabella Sheraton.  It is a pleasure to have her with us at The Literary Nook!




What is your name?

Letitia DeVere and I am the antagonist (so they say) in the Regency romance novel The Lady’s Revenge.

What do you look like?

I am ravishingly beautiful of course. I have a marvelous figure and look very fetching in any outfit.

Where are you today and what are you doing?

I’m in my parents’ house in London and I’m planning how to get my ex-fiancĂ©, Lord Blackwood, to return to me and give up that silly milksop he thinks he is in love with.

You come face to face with your worse enemy. How do you react?

What can I say? I am a woman of substance, so I naturally look them straight in the eye, steady my nerves, and stare them down. How dare they confront me.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Definitely a night owl, although if getting my own way and what I want in life means rising early, I will do it.

What is your favorite piece of clothing?

That’s hard to choose. I look wonderful in all my outfits. I rely on my admirers to tell me what I look best wearing.

Do you have any phobias? What are they and how intense are they? How have they impacted your life?

I fear nothing and I do not understand people who are scared of mice, snakes, thunderstorms and the like.

Open your wallet, purse, or briefcase. What do you find?

This is the nineteenth century so I would open my reticule to find a handkerchief, a powder compact, smelling salts and a small purse with money should I need to hail a hackney.

How do you feel about mortality?

I don’t think about it much. We all have to die sometime. Why worry?

What scares you?

Nothing.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?

Stare at my reflection in the mirror why applying face cream and tell myself that he will return to me….

Who is your best friend?

I don’t trust anyone enough to have a best friend.

You just woke up to find that war has been declared. What’s the first thing you would do?

I would definitely not panic. I live in a country with the finest navy, and we won the Battle of Waterloo. I am sure we’ll win again should there be another battle.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Rich.

If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would that be?

Why on earth would I change anything about myself? I am perfect just as I am.

 
About the Book   


Title: THE LADY’S REVENGE (Book 2)
Author: Arabella Sheraton
Publisher: Bublish
Pages: 186
Genre: Regency Romance

BOOK BLURB:

This engaging traditional Regency romance is the sequel to Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball. Miss Letitia DeVere decides that revenge is a dish best eaten cold when she returns to London after a two-year absence to find her former admirer Lord Charles Blackwood on the verge of proposing to Miss Patience Cherwell. Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball proved to be the turning point in his fledgling romance with Patience. Letitia is not the kind of woman who gives up easily, as Patience and Charles soon find out. She stops at nothing to achieve her aims. However, Letitia has a dark past, with secrets that threaten to return and destroy her newfound social success. When Charles proves less malleable than in the past, Letitia resorts to subterfuge, seduction, blackmail, and even violence to force him to propose. Will he see through her tricks and remain true to Patience, or will Letitia’s seductive wiles lure him back?

PRAISE

“The timing is one of the most wonderful things in this read, especially because of the various means of subterfuge and blackmail which are at play. Author Arabella Sheraton has a knack for timing her comedy and her suspense in just the right balance to keep that rompy pace going, just like authentic Regency novels should do. I can’t recommend this two-partner enough, or indeed the author herself and her other super-fun works. Readers with a modern mindset or a lack of historical knowledge might not fully ‘get’ the style, but if you’re someone that does, then you’re going to truly fall in love and want to keep stepping back into this world time and again, so give them a try!” – Amazon Reviewer 5 stars

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About the Author 


Arabella Sheraton
 grew up reading her mom’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels, the queen of modern-day Regency romance, and of course, Jane Austen’s iconic Regency novels. Although Arabella’s literary background was in publishing and editing, she had never written a fiction book. Her first novel started out in response to her mom’s complaint that she had nothing new to read. That first Regency novel was The Dangerous Duke! Since then, Arabella has penned six more authentic Regency novels and a romance self-help guide to finding the right partner, with useful quotes by none other than Jane Austen. Arabella has branched out with a mash-up of genre in her latest work in progress. A murder-mystery, time travel, Regency romance coming soon!

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

MY FEATS IN THESE SHOES BOOK TRAILER TEASER FEATURE

 We're happy to host Ronda Beaman's MY FEATS IN THESE SHOES Book Teaser Trailer today!



About the Book:


Title: MY FEATS IN THESE SHOES: A SOLELY ORIGINAL MEMOIR
Author: Ronda Beaman
Publisher: Adelaide Books, NYC
Pages: 190
Genre: Memoir / Inspiration

BOOK BLURB:

If memoirs, done right, tap the right sort of personal journey to ignite fresh insight and inspiration into the human journey, then what better way to humorously and poignantly illuminate the sequential steps and stages of life than with shoes?

“My Feats in These Shoes” is an exuberantly spunky woman’s spirited and irrepressible romp—slips, missteps, leaps, scuffs, and twirls—toward becoming something bigger, something better, something more.

Far from serving up trauma porn (or emotional bunions), this memoir is an upbeat, humorous, affectionate and affecting coming of age memoir that ends each chapter with a ‘Put Yourself in My Shoes’ section for readers to consider their own strides in pursuing an out of the shoe box life.

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About the Author

Dr. Ronda Beaman has been Chief Creative Officer for the global research and solution firm PEAK Learning, Inc., since 1990. As a national award-winning educator, Dr. Beaman is Clinical Professor of Leadership at The Orfalea School of Business, California Polytechnic University. She is Founder and Executive Director of Dream Makers SLO, a non-profit foundation granting final wishes to financially- challenged, terminally-ill adults, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Pay It Forward Foundation. She was recently named a Stanford Fellow at the Distinguished Career Institute.

Her national award-winning book, You’re Only Young Twice, has been printed in five languages. Her memoir, Little Miss Merit Badge, was an Amazon bestseller and was featured at The Golden Globe Awards. Her children’s book, Seal With a Kiss, is designed to improve skills for beginning readers and is offered at Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers internationally. My Feats in These Shoes will be released in Spring 2021.

Dr. Beaman is an internationally recognized expert on leadership, resilience, fitness, education, and life coaching. She has conducted research in a host of areas, written many academic articles and books, and won numerous awards. She was selected by the Singapore Ministry of the Family as their honored Speaker of the Year and named the first recipient of the National Education Association’s “Excellence in the Academy: Art of Teaching” award. She has been selected as a faculty resource for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) university in Argentina, Kyoto and India, where she received the highest speaker ratings among 36 elite faculty. She has been featured on major media including CBS and Fox Television, USA Today, and is a national thought leader for American Health Network.

Dr. Beaman earned her doctorate in Leadership at Arizona State University. She is also a certified executive coach and personal trainer with multiple credentials from the Aerobic Research Center. Her family was named “America’s Most Creative Family” by USA Today and she won the SCW National Fitness Idol competition.

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Q&A: Martti Nelson, Author of LYSSA STRATA #Q&A #Interview


Martti Nelson is the author of comedy novels Lyssa Strata and Attack of the Rom-Com, which is due out later in 2021, as well as some love letters to Totino’s in honor of their fine Party Pizzas. She’s been featured on such luminous sites as Weekly Humorist, The Belladonna, Robot Butt, Daily Drunk Magazine, and Slackjaw. In addition to writing brilliant stuff that is often referred to as “stop mentioning menstruation so much,” Martti enjoys yard work with power tools that make her feel important. Martti creates funny books because she believes that humor can inspire joy, bring people together, and save the world, even in times of darkness. This bio has gotten a tad deep, so she will end on another joke.

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Thanks for this interview, Martti.  Congratulations on your new book! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

Writing Lyssa Strata was super fun. It felt like gathering all the girlfriends in my head to have one big, slightly naughty, Martti party. But for some reason, comedies about women behaving badly are a tough sell to the literati. How can that be?! I had a ton of interest, but nobody pulled the trigger until I met Marty and Andy from Humorist Books. It’s funny—I was actually pitching another book to them (Attack of the Rom-Com, releasing early 2022!) when I brought up Lyssa Strata. I sent it to Andy so he would know I’m able to, ya know, actually finish a book…and then he ended up wanting to publish that one, too! Got two for the price of one, and I couldn’t be more delighted.

If you were to pen your own autobiography, what might the title be?

Probably long and with at least one pun you’d roll your eyes at. But I haven’t lived it all yet, so I daren’t commit.

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

I have an amazing husband I adore being with…he might call it “annoying him,” but  tomato/tomahto. Besides following him and our cat, Otis, around, I love to do yard work and gardening. Hedge trimmers, leaf vacuums, lawn mowers, giant pointy cutty things—I’m Freddy Kruger in the back yard—weeds and stray bamboo, beware! Sweating in the beautiful California sun brings peace to my heart, I love it so much. If only my back loved it, too. When I’m too sore to tangle with vines, I love to read and sew. At 5’ tall, I have a lot of pants to hem.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

One of the authors who agreed to read my book and give me a blurb, Jenny Trout, said, “If you’ve ever wondered what it would have been like if Terry Pratchett wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, this is the book for you.” Margaret Atwood meets Sir Terry is a pretty unique way to be, for better or worse. I just love writing comedies for women that reflect what it’s really like to be us. To live in the world as a modern woman. My ultimate goal is to make every lady, no matter her creed, color, age, origin, gender, sexuality, or anything else, feel like a superheroine by the time she closes the book. I’ve been pretty damn low in my life, and my girlfriends lifted me out of the mire into the light. I want to pass on the love.

Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside? 

Chapter One: § 4-1 Immoral Female Items

Lyssa Strata pushed up her glasses and prepared to say the words “birth control” to the entirely male Athena, Massachusetts Town Council, the average age of which was 80. It would’ve been higher if not for her stepfather, Councilman Daniel Park, who, at 42, brought the average from “nursing home” up to “Viagraville.” The last time most of these men needed birth control, it had come in the form of a chastity belt.

“People—er, gentlemen—of the Town Council,” Lyssa began. “We’ve heard you promise for decades that you’ll eliminate Athena’s centuries-old, degrading laws pertaining to women, yet nothing changes. The statute outlawing birth cont—”

“Young woman!” wheezed Councilman Thomas Pickle, aged 89.

She waited for more.

Pickle coughed up something so alarming, Lyssa feared he’d be the second Council member to die on the bench this year. But he merely sucked on his dentures and glared at her wateringly. At least she’d grabbed his mummified attention. Most of the time, glances swept right past her to settle on something flashier, like an empty sidewalk.

“As I was saying…” Lyssa swallowed a sigh. “Statute 4-1 from 1829 outlaws birth control, marital aids, and red panti—er, underthings—”

“Except for pirates!” This from Councilman Thomas Mayweather, aged 91.

Lyssa forced a smile. “Yes. Pirates are allowed to wear red knickers, but I am not. You’re probably afraid my flat butt will become too powerful if clad in scarlet.” She snorted a laugh.

Crickets.

Ohhh-kay. Nothing like referencing one’s own backside on the official record. She should have given some pirate facts instead. Taken as a whole, they possessed more rights than she did in Athena.

“We can’t see your posterior in that dress,” said Mayweather. “But I enjoy its modesty.”

Lyssa spread the skirt of her reproduction Puritan dress circa 1657. She figured she’d get more attention in the getup after many failed pleadings before the Council regarding birth control laws, witch laws, and laws against dancing; maybe she should’ve dressed as a character from Footloose

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

Maybe Halloween, because my sex-striking ladies are declared a coven by the angry town fathers based on the very antiquated town laws the women are protesting. They even get thrown in the stocks as witches! Rude. But after a little arson from some delightful old ladies, the women of Athena dance around the flaming remainders of the stocks, doesn’t that sound like fun? Who wouldn’t want to be a witch sometimes?

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

Lyssa is a standalone right now, but you never know when a sex strike will be necessary, so be warned.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

No. I never considered writing novels until I started getting a lot of admiration on a website known for its hilarious commentariat. I hadn’t really considered myself funny per se before that, but as time went on, I thought…why not? So I wrote a story. Then, a book. And people laughed! They called me funny! I’d rather be called funny than just about anything else.

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAA! Does anyone say “no” to this question?! I get a lot of “this is hilarious, I couldn’t put it down, but I don’t know how to sell it.” Just call me Martti Nelson, Professional Weirdo.

What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?

I have teamed up to write a book! Years ago with my best friend—we sent it back and forth over email. It was an amazing experience, and maybe someday it’ll see the light of day. I’d adore that. And I’d welcome another collaboration for sure. Just like working with editors, I imagine working with another author would be a fantastic learning experience.

What’s next for you?

My next book is called Attack of the Rom-Com, and it will be released by Humorist Books in early 2022. It’s a about the least frou-frou-ey, rom-com-ey lady in the world being kidnapped in, your guessed it, a rom-com. Here’s the blurb:

Proud misanthrope Sophie Sweet is trapped in a magical rom-com of the teenage hi-jinks variety. And the pretty princess kind. Wait—Jane Austen old tymey shit, too? None of these calamities would have happened if Sophie hadn’t mocked Tiffani the Psychic, but how else to convince a heroine made of barbed wire that true love really is for everyone?

 




Title: LYSSA STRATA: A COMEDY FOR THE FRUSTRATED
Author: Martti Nelson
Publisher: Humorist Books
Pages: 205
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Commercial Fiction / Humorous Fiction

BOOK BLURB:

She’s mad as hell, and she’s not gonna give it up anymore.

Librarian Lyssa Strata has long begged the Town Council of Athena, Massachusetts, to repeal its disgusting old misogynist and racist laws. But the Council, an all-male entity for 400 years, has blown her off as a redheaded spinster—who, according to a 1673 law, should legally be run out of town at the end of a musket upon a poor fiscal year. So Lyssa seeks to invade the male bastion as the first woman ever on the Council. The men in charge treat her candidacy as a hilarious joke, which does not impress the female townsfolk.

The women are damn tired of being second-class citizens. For example, it’s illegal for them to use a toaster, as the manipulation of buttons is thought to impede brainwaves and cause menstruation. They decide to wield the only power left to them: Lyssa leads them on a sex strike as a revolt against inequality. The fellas are enthusiastic supporters! LOL no, they protest and issue death threats. Yet, when the national news shows up to cover the contentious election, everyone finally starts to listen to the ladies.

In retaliation against the motley crew of sex-strikers, the Council enacts the antique laws they assured Lyssa were merely charming historical trivia. She is accused of witchcraft and thrown in the stocks! Now this bookish dork, once content to hide in the stacks and distribute quiet feminism via checkout, is burning down her torture device and sending the evils of the past to the dustbin. When you want something done, do it yourself.

Or don’t do it—they’re on a sex strike, after all.

PRAISE

“If you’ve ever wondered what it would have been like if Terry Pratchett wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, this is the book for you.” —Jenny Trout, USA Today and Internationally Bestselling Author

“Funny and rage-inducing is a tough balance but Martti Nelson has written a book that is equal parts laugh riot and just plain riot. I want be Lyssa Strata’s best friend!” —Jen Mann, New York Times Bestselling Author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat

“There’s a lot to be frustrated about: the pink tax, politics, old white guys. Nelson deftly satirizes local politics and the patriarchy in Lyssa Strata. The ladies of Athena, Massachusetts may cherish a secret, but I don’t—read this book.” —Brooke Knisley, Your Local Redheaded Succubus. Oh, and Also Writer.

“Nelson’s deliciously laugh-out-loud spin on an ancient Greek tale shreds modern-day sexism with OG feminism.” —Marta Acosta, award-winning author of the Casa Dracula series

“Fans of Parks and Recreation, rejoice—there’s a new Leslie Knope to be found in Martti Nelson’s Lyssa Strata. Packed with callbacks to the Greek myth on which it’s based, this book will make for a satisfying read for any woman who’s mad at hell at the patriarchy and isn’t going to take it anymore, but also wants a laugh a minute along the way.” —Lana Schwartz, author of Build Your Own Romantic Comedy: Pick Your Plot, Meet Your Man, and Direct Your Happily Ever After

“A wickedly clever, sly take on the Greek classic that will have you rolling in the aisles of your own home as hard as the ancient Greeks rolled in the …aisles? Of their…. Ancient theaters??? Whatever, I didn’t read the original Aristophanes and neither did you. Save yourself the trouble and read this hilarious reimagination of it instead.” —Emily Flake, Saint Nell’s Proprietrix & Cartoonist, New Yorker

“Martti Nelson has created a character in Lyssa the librarian who anyone could love, admire and relate to—one who has had enough of the BS and does something about it. This novel will make you feel alive, or at least awake.”

—Jessica Delfino, author of Amazon #1 bestseller Dumb Jokes For Smart Folks

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