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Giveaway: Sparky and the Dipshit by Rod Russell-Ides

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on February 28, 2013
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Thanks to Lura Dold of The Albee Agency, I am giving away one copy of Sparky and the Dipshit.

Book Description:

That Great Bend summer of 1961, when I was sixteen, the world was a Kansas prairie that went on forever. It was a time and a place when a boy of imagination seeking glory [and I was such a boy] could spin a summer of stolen freedoms into such high jinks, such high adventure that such a boy might be in danger of losing some vital part of himself when he cut the strings and moved on. Over the years, I have revisited that magic summer in stops and starts; shared it with friends, then again with my children, then again with my grandchildren. Shook out a sleeve. Emptied some pocket of its boyhood treasures. Anecdotes. Patches. Now something in me wants to see that ragged coat whole against the sky, like some renegade kite caught in a whip of a Kansas wind.

About Rod Russell-Ides:

Some things haven’t changed that much for Rod Russell-Ides since that 16th summer so vividly described in his new memoir, Sparky And The Dipshit. It’s always been about the girl and the music. After boarding out at the boys-only Choate School in Connecticut, he chose not to follow his brother, “Sparky”, to Princeton, which was all-male back then.  Instead Rod attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas where there were lots of pretty women.

An accomplished musician and songwriter, the Austin Chronicle called his music, “so well written and performed – as talented as anyone picking up a Grammy.” With miles of country songs penned, Rod and his playwright wife, Isabella Russell-Ides,  co-wrote the award winning musical, Nashville Road, produced by Center Stage in Austin, Texas.

A master gardener and designer, Rod founded Signature Gardens more than thirty years ago. His spectacular showcase gardens have been featured in Austin Home and Garden, Best of Dallas in D Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Texas Highways as well as many professional design and build trade magazines.

He and his wife, Isabella, live in Dallas, Texas where they are currently planning the 2013 nationwide book tour for Sparky And The Dipshit.

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Posted by Teddyrose@1 on February 27, 2013
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Thanks to Kaitlyn Kennedy of HarperCollins Publishers, I am giving away one copy of The Secret Of the Nightingale Palace.

Book Description:

Anna, a 35-year-old woman struggling to cope with the recent loss of her husband and desperately trying to get out of an emotional rut, receives an odd call one day from her estranged and feisty 85-year-old grandmother, Goldie Rosenthal. When Goldie invites Anna to accompany her on a trip across the country to return a collection of Japanese artwork to its original owner, a mysterious friend in San Francisco, Anna decides to put their differences aside and join the adventure. Goldie, however, is not upfront with Anna about the reason for the trip or the background of the artwork, and keeps these secrets to herself.

Through flashbacks to Goldie’s young adulthood as a Jewish American in San Francisco during the 1940s, readers are introduced to the Nakamura family. Goldie and Mayumi Nakamura work together at Feld’s, a luxury department store, and quickly become close friends. It’s not long before Goldie meets Mayumi’s sophisticated and outspoken brother, Henry, that the siblings introduce Goldie to a world of art, fashion, and culture that she had never imagined existed. Those joys evaporate, however, when Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The attack puts the Nakamuras on the other side of an unbridgeable chasm of racism and paranoia that leads to their expulsion from San Francisco and subsequent internment in remote camps far from the coast. Just as her granddaughter Anna will have to find a way to leave heartbreak behind sixty years later, Goldie must learn to move on.

Alternating between Goldie’s younger days and Anna’s perspective in the present-day, Sachs creates a beautifully crafted story of a troubled relationship between grandmother and granddaughter which ultimately reveals the enduring power of love, forgiveness, and family.

About Dana Sachs:

A Memphis native and former resident of San Francisco, Dana Sachs is the author of the novel If You Lived Here as well as The House On Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam andThe Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam. With Nguyen Nguyet Cam and Bui Hoai Mai, she compiled the collection Two Cakes Fit for a King: Folktales from Vietnam. Her articles, reviews, and essays have appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic, The International Herald Tribune, and the San Francisco Examiner. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons.

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Giveaway: Deadly Rhythm by Peter Kowey

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on February 26, 2013
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Thanks to Hannah Auerbach of Newman Communications, I am giving away one copy of Deadly Rhythm.

Book Description:

Al Romanzo is a World War II veteran living out his days in a nursing home in the coal- mining region of northeastern Pennsylvania. A nasty fall prompts an admission to a Scranton hospital where, a few days later, he dies after an unexpected cardiac arrest. His two children, who had abandoned him years earlier upon leaving for Southern California, decide to bring a malpractice claim against his doctors. Dr. Paul Wilson, the defendant cardiologist, requests a case review by Dr. Philip Sarkis, a brilliant academic who lost his career, his family, and nearly his sanity in a messy malpractice case years before. Philip now lives on a lake in the Pocono Mountains with attorney Dorothy Deaver and their two Portuguese water dogs. He’s practicing medicine in a humble outpatient clinic, looking for ways to make some money and restore his psyche.

With the help of his lover and attorney Dorothy and her private detective father, Dick, Philip dives into the case and comes to believe that Al’s death may not have been what it seemed. In fact, Philip and Dorothy are horrified to find that dozens of old German and Italian men in the region, including a childhood friend of Philip’s, have died in other hospitals in the region under remarkably similar circumstances. As the three begin to uncover a murder conspiracy, they are intimidated and even attacked until some familiar friends enter the scene.

About Peter Kowey:

Dr. Kowey is an internationally respected expert in heart rhythm
disorders. After college at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, he
attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and trained in
cardiology at Harvard. For the past thirty-one years, he has developed a
large referral practice in the Philadelphia region, caring for thousands
of patients with various cardiac rhythm problems while teaching and
mentoring countless medical students, residents, fellows, and physicians
in practice.

Dr. Kowey’s research has led to the development of dozens of new drugs
and devices for treating a wide range of cardiac diseases. He authored
hundreds of scientific articles and textbook chapters before embarking
on his first work of fiction, the widely praised Lethal Rhythm,
published in 2010.

Dr. Kowey and his wife, Dorothy, have three daughters and six
grandchildren. Their permanent residence is in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania,
but they spend time throughout the year with their Portuguese water dogs
at their lake house in the Pocono Mountains.  For more information,
please see peterkowey.com or follow him on Facebook at

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