Saturday, 11 October 2014

Deadly Tasting : Review & Giveaway

My Thoughts



While reading the previous instalment of the Winemaker detective series, I couldn't help wondering if all this wine tasting and drinking wine at all available moments have any effect on Benjamin Cooker's health. Maybe he is one of those, whatever they eat or drink has no adverse effect on their body. Maybe not so. In this instalment, Winemaker Detective can drink as much as he wants, all day, whenever he wants the special cabbage soup Mrs.Cooker concocted to make our Detective a few pounds lighter. Imagine having not to eat anything but cabbage soup for seven days and being called to taste wines. Wonder what he could taste but hunger. If cabbage soup diet in combination with tasting wines can make one queasy add to it the crime scene- all blood and gore, with butchered bodies.

Winemaker detective is called to taste the glasses of wine the killer has left as a calling card in the crime scenes, of victims in their late eighties and early nineties. Who would leave a full glass of wine as a calling card? Why is somebody killing off old men who would die sooner or later anyway? What is the connection between these men and the wine? Can our Winemaker Detective crack the case?

The novel is really short that could be read in a couple of hours but with a heavy dose of history of Bordeaux and its involvement during World War Two. What was the stand of the people of Bordeaux during World War Two? What happened to wine production during these tumultuous years? As usual the mystery gets solved on its own. But that does not take away the pleasure of meeting the Winemaker detective with a sparkling wit again.

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Deadly Tasting

[cozy mystery]



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Release date: October 17, 2014

at Le French Book

144 pages

ISBN: 978-1939474216

Website | Goodreads

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SYNOPSIS

A serial killer is on the loose in Bordeaux. A local chief detective calls wine expert Benjamin Cooker to the crime scene of a brutal murder. The killer has left a strange calling card: twelve wine glasses lined up in a semi-circle with the first one filled with wine. Cooker is charged with the task of identifying the fabulous grand cru and is astonished by what he learns. A second victim is found, with two glasses filled. Is the killer intentionally leaving clues about his victims and his motives? Memories are jogged about the complicated history of Bordeaux during Nazi occupation. It was a dark time: weinfuhrers ruled the wine trade, while collaborationists and paramilitary organizations spread terror throughout the region. In present-day wine country, time is running out. Will Cooker and his young assistant Virgile solve the mystery before all twelve glasses are full? [provided by the publisher]


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An episode in a long successful French mysteries series that is a hit television series now in its fourth season and attracting an audience of over 4 million. The series is a huge success in France, Belgium and Switzerland.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS


©David Nakache


Jean-Pierre Alaux is a magazine, radio and television journalist when he is not writing novels in southwestern France. He is a genuine wine and food lover and recently won the Antonin Carême prize.
He is the grandson of a winemaker and exhibits a real passion for wine and winemaking. For him, there is no greater common denominator than wine. He gets a sparkle in his eye when he talks about the Winemaker Detective series, which he writes with Noël Balen. It is a 22-strong series that is a hit on French television and is now being translated into English by Le French Book.


ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Translator Sally Pane studied French at State University of New York Oswego and the Sorbonne before receiving her Masters Degree in French Literature from the University of Colorado where she wrote Camus and the Americas: A Thematic Analysis of Three Works Based on His Journaux de Voyage. Her career includes more than twenty years of translating and teaching French and Italian at Berlitz and at Colorado University Boulder. She has worked in scientific, legal and literary translation; her literary translations include Operatic Arias; Singers Edition, and Reality and the Untheorizable by Clément Rosset. She also served as the interpreter for the government cabinet of Rwanda and translated for Dian Fossey’s Digit Fund. In addition to her passion for French, she has studied Italian at Colorado University, in Rome and in Siena. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband.

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Crossing the Line by Frédérique Molay: Review & Giveaway

My Review
Sometimes the dead leave messages from beyond. Sometimes a written message hidden in a book or someplace that is not very obvious but will eventually be found. A desperate man sure of his impending murder has to leave a message that will definitely be found but will not endanger his family members, where will he hide the message? In a locker with a hidden code? Can the message be hidden in a tooth? That is what the man in this book does. Hide a message "I was murdered" in his tooth and donate his body to Medical Research with the hope of a man "throwing a bottle out to the sea", that somebody would find it. Somebody does find it. Now Chief Nico Sirsky of Criminal Investigation Division of Paris has to solve the case of the tooth with the hidden message. 

The story has a macabre but interesting opening in the University with a senior professor teaching students dentists how to perform wisdom tooth surgery where the tooth with the hidden message is found. With this discovery I was completely drawn into the story and the series of events unfold quickly with more puzzles for Nico Sirsky and us. One mystery leading to another and finally the solution.
Ever wondered what happens to the body donated to Medical Research, about how the whole process works. This police pocedural gives detailed information from filling out the form to finally how it is used in advancement of Medical science. Marcel the body processor at the University is an interesting charcter with his macabre sense of humour. Though this is the second book in the Paris Homicide mystery series, it works as a standalone. It is a fast read. I finished it in a couple of sittings. Interesting Police procedural. Looking forward to other Nico Sirsky books.


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Crossing The Line

[police procedural / thriller]
(translated by Anne TRAGER)
Release date: September 23, 2014
at Le French Book

224 pages


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SYNOPSIS
It’s Christmas in Paris and Chief of Police Nico Sirsky has an uneasy feeling that something is very wrong with the case he’s investigating. He and his team of crack homicide detectives follow the clues from an apparent suicide, to an apparent accident, to an all-out murder as an intricate machination starts breaking down. Just how far can despair push a man? How clear is the line between good and evil? [provided by the publisher]
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Called, “the French Michael Connelly,” Frédérique Molay graduated from France’s prestigious Science Po and began her career in politics and the French administration.
She worked as chief of staff for the deputy mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and then was elected to the local government in Saône-et-Loire.
Meanwhile, she spent her nights pursing a passion for writing she had nourished since she wrote her first novel at the age of eleven.
The first in the Paris Homicide series, The 7th Woman,
won France’s most prestigious crime fiction award and went on to become an international bestseller,
allowing Molay to dedicate her life to writing and raising her three children.
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ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR
Anne Trager loves France so much she has lived there for 27 years and just can’t seem to leave. What keeps her there is a uniquely French mix of pleasure seeking and creativity. Well, that and the wine. In 2011, she woke up one morning and said, “I just can’t stand it anymore. There are way too many good books being written in France not reaching a broader audience.” That’s when she founded Le French Book to translate some of those books into English. The company’s motto is “If we love it, we translate it,” and Anne loves crime fiction, mysteries and detective novels.
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

No wind of blame by Georgette Heyer


Considering that it is July, and I have plenty of reading challenges to finish. I had been looking for a book with all wierd combinations. Like 'wind' in the title, preferably written by a women writer, I am doing the women author reading challenge and I haven't even finished half the required number of books for it. Preferably a mystery or crime novel. And I found this book in openlibrary. I read three books by Heyer before : Venetia, Behold, here's poison and Why shoot the butler. I liked the humour and characters in her books. But I did think the 'wicked baron' act thing is becoming repetitive and was quite happy that this book didn't feature a wicked baron,  a man so immoral that we all love to hate and hate to love, or some such thing. 

We have the rich and Vulgar Ermyntrude, ex-actress who is married to the philandering Wally Carter, whose cousin Mary looks like the only sensible person in the household especially when compared to the over the top dramatic Vicky, Ermyntrude's daughter from her first marriage. And dethroned exiled Prince, with an unpronounceable name, of Georgia, their house guest, and Prince their dog, and Robert Steel a man who is silent and passionate about Aunt Ermy, as Mary calls her. Hugh Derring a possible suitor for Mary and finally the disreputable Whites. 

It had all the elements of a country house murder, the stage is set. Wally's philandering and Aunt Ermy's drama should lead to something, right? Into a quarter of the book I realised that nobody is dead yet. I had been expecting Aunt Ermy to die at any moment, she is the rich one, isn't it? But then a vague suspicion dawned on me, that this is probably not one of Heyer's mystery, that this is probably a romance. Heyer had written plenty of romance, and the first book I read by her Venetia is a romance, which I loved by the way, but I do hate romances. There are some benefits in reading an ebook in Ipad and one is being immediately able to google to find out about the book. Then with a sigh of relief I learnt that it is a mystery alright. And Wally is going to be murdered. But why Wally? Oh yes. He is causing lots of pain to Aunt Ermy with his philandering ways. And Aunt Ermy has lots of admirers and sympathisers, still why Wally? If somebody is going to be murdered it should be Aunt Ermy, after all she is the one with money. 

Then I plunged into the book again. Nobody has an alibi and almost everybody a motive. So who killed Wally and why? Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard makes an appearance to the end of the book when local inspector fails to make much headway into the investigation. Vicky pulls of a nice little stunt. Whatever would our lives be without creatures like Vicky. Did I guess who killed Wally? No! I more or less decided who the culprit was and the story was definitely pointing that way. But a nice little surprise that I should have seen it coming with all those clues around.  Interesting puzzle with colourful characters.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Girl in the Empty Dress by Lise McClendon



Review
The Bennett sisters go on a walking trip to rural France. Like the legendary Bennet sisters (Pride and Prejudice) they are five in number and love walking, unlike the original sisters they are not that young or looking for eligible single men, they are Lawyer Girls ranging from early thirties to middle fifties. Their walking trip takes an interesting turn with their unwanted sixth spoke in the wheel, Gillian, the girl in the empty dress, finds an injured dog and takes it along with them in the Truffle country inviting unwanted attention and misadventure.

This is the second book in the Bennett sisters series. I didn't read the first one Blackbird Fly. I didn't feel lost or anything. It works as a standalone. Only couldn't help wondering why Merle's last year burning flame Pascal keeps calling her Blackbird. An explanation would have been nice. While there are five sisters and you get one line description of each one's character and disposition, the story is mostly about Merle, the middle sister, the tent pole and you get to know a little bit about Francine the Fourth one. All the other sisters are just names. Maybe the future stories or the previous one feature them in more depth.

Part of the story is told in blog entries by one of the sisters. The writer is not revealed in the beginning providing a little bit of intrigue, you wonder who the writer is. I found the blog entries an interesting touch. Overall it is a light cozy read.

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[Romantic Suspense]
Release date: May 2, 2014
at Thalia Press
257 pages
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SYNOPSIS

It is the sequel to Blackbird Fly, but can be read as a stand-alone.

Merle Bennett and her sisters go on a walking tour on the backroads of the Dordogne. When they come across an injured dog their idyllic summer tour takes a dark turn. Who is this dog that everyone wants so badly? And who is this friend one sister brought along, the one without a history? Truffles, romance, wine, and intrigue in the French countryside. [provided by the author]

PRAISE FOR BLACKBIRD FLY

In her first stand-alone suspense novel, Lise McClendon reaches deep into the past to find a France untouched by the outside world of tourism and fashion. Writing in a “lyrical, often humorous style,” she brings both the pain and rewards of rebirth and the rich French countryside to life.


The descriptions of the French village and house make them a character. Blackbird Fly has love and intrigue, and proof that family bonds are strong enough to reach beyond the grave. —LuxuryReading.com“This book brought me back to wanting to keep reading until the very end. Pour yourself a nice Merlot and keep turning the pages.” [on the author's website]

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Lise McClendon is the author of ten novels written as Lise McClendon and thrillers as Rory Tate.
Her suspense novel Blackbird Fly was released in 2009 and was an Amazon bestseller.
She lives in Montana when not walking the back-roads of France.

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson: Review & Giveaway




Review
When any new land is discovered, there is always a scramble for who gets control over the place. The rare metals, oil and gas underneath dazzle us with their brilliance so do the chance for a viable human settlement, it could be on Moon or even Greenland. Greenland is not a new land, but with the climate change it could be the answer to all humanities problem. In 'The Greenland Breach' by Bernard Besson, as a young Independent nation Greenland has to deal with the American, Canadian, French, Norwegian, Danish and Chinese companies and governments that wants access to its rare earths and secrets. Its not just with these scavengers they have to deal with, but also with Global Warming, which is no longer a thing of distant future but a very happening present, that is melting away their Great Island.

The book starts with a huge tidal wave that starts in Greenland with the breaking away of a great mass of land that is moving towards the coast of United States. Fermatown, a French Security company run by an ex-agent, John Spencer Lariviere, his wife Victoire, along with Luc, a hacker with killer edge technology in their hands, is contacted to provide security to the heiress of North Land, a scientific and excavating company with stakes in Greenland. The Trio get involved in events that impact the world. Terre Noire, a rival for North Land in Greenland, is holding immense secretive knowledge about Earth core that could change the very course of our life on Earth. Somebody is out to kill John. Who wants to kill John? Is it connected with what is happening in Greenland? Why would such big stakeholders in such a 'climate' be interested in a minuscule agency like Frematown?

There is intrigue, conspiracy, assassins, killer blondes, catastrophe, a world-wide disaster, the kind of things that you find in a Michael Crichton book, that would hook me to a book. The kind of things that would hold my attention from beginning to end, the kind of things that would make me read a book in a sitting or two. Unfortunately, I found myself drifting away every few pages in the first two thirds of the book. I couldn't help wondering if something is lost in translation.There were things that held my interest like the Captain of Bouc-Bel-Air who seems to be inspired by Jules Verne's Captain Nemo, to history of Greenland and incorporating Inuit mythology into the story. It was the last one third that did really hold my attention with John's visit to Great Wound of the Wild Dog and Luc's visit to the Terre Noire, with all the twists and turns, and surprises that made the book worth reading.

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SYNOPSIS

A stylish, fast-paced spy thriller about the intrigue, economic warfare and struggles for natural resources promised by global warming. The Arctic ice caps are breaking up. Europe and the East Coast of the Unites States brace for a tidal wave. Meanwhile, former French intelligence officer John Spencer Larivière, his karate-trained, steamy Eurasian partner, Victoire, and their bisexual computer-genius sidekick, Luc, pick up an ordinary freelance assignment that quickly leads them into the glacial silence of the great north, where a merciless war is being waged for control of discoveries that will change the future of humanity.
A plausible vision of climate catastrophe combines with French freelance spies and Bond-like action forming a gripping page-turner of a thriller.[provided by the publisher]
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E-Release date: October 30, 2013
Print release: April 30, 2014
from Le French Book
113,000 words/285 pages
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AUTHOR AND TRANSLATOR

Award-winning thriller writer Bernard Besson, who was born in Lyon, France, in 1949, is a former top-level chief of staff of the French intelligence services, an eminent specialist in economic intelligence and Honorary General Controller of the French National Police. He was involved in dismantling Soviet spy rings in France and Western Europe when the USSR fell and has real inside knowledge from his work auditing intelligence services and the police. He has also written a number of prize-winning thrillers and several works of nonfiction. He currently lives in the fourteenth arrondissement of Paris, right down the street from his heroes.

Julie Rose is a prize-winning, world-renowned translator of major French thinkers, known for, among other works, her acclaimed translation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, which was published by Random House in 2008. She has translated twenty-eight books, including many French classics, and writes on the side. She lives in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, with her husband, dog and two cats.

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Nightmare in Burgundy: Review and Giveaway

Every place has its own share of myths and mysteries associated with it. Some when investigated provide a reasonable explanation, others cannot be explained logically and will remain a mystery until an explanation reasonable or otherwise is found. Like myths and mysteries, each places has its own traditions. Some very mundane that has no appeal to us. Some so quirky that we go 'what?'. Do you know that Wines are Exorcised? No, not in some distant past but even in the present. I understand that after having a little too much to drink a person may need some exorcising of the inner demons that are let loose, but exorcising Wine, never heard of. But then, what do I know about wines!

This is the third book in the Winemaker Detective Series set in the winemaking rural regions of France. Another very short cozy mystery that can be read in a hour or two. Benjamin Cooker visits Burgundy region where he is celebrated with the Chevalier award. Cooker takes us to wine tasting session and gives us a lesson on how to go about one if we were ever inclined to do one. He tells us the difference not only between the wines of the Loire valley and those of the Burgundy region, but also of the nature and 'terroir' of both. He is as usual accompanied by his handsome and heartbreaking assistant Virgile. In all this leisurely tour of Burgundy, Cooker gets interested in a mystery, and does some Sleuthing but again the mystery gets solved on its own by coincidences.

Cooker is baffled by the mystery of the writing on the wall in various places in Burgundy. What is mysterious about the writing on the wall? Writing on the wall is just graffiti. But who goes about writing graffiti in Latin, in Verses, about vengeance all over the walls in Burgundy. Graffiti is just the beginning, there are other mysterious happening that follow. Is there a logical explanation to all the mysterious happenings, or is the devil really let loose in Burgundy? Escape into Burgundy!

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SYNOPSIS

The Winemaker Detective leaves his native Bordeaux to go to Burgundy for a dream wine-tasting trip to France’s other key wine-making region. Between Beaune, Dijon and Nuits-Saint-Georges, it turns into a troubling nightmare when he stumbles upon a mystery revolving around messages from another era. What do they mean? What dark secrets from the deep past are haunting the Clos de Vougeot? Does blood need to spill to sharpen people’s memory? [provided by the publisher]
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

©David Nakache 
Jean-Pierre Alaux is a magazine, radio and television journalist when he is not writing novels in southwestern France. He is a genuine wine and food lover and recently won the Antonin Carême prize for his cookbook La Truffe sur le Soufflé, which he wrote with the chef Alexis Pélissou. He is the grandson of a winemaker and exhibits a real passion for wine and winemaking. For him, there is no greater common denominator than wine. He gets a sparkle in his eye when he talks about the Winemaker Detective series, which he coauthors with Noël Balen. Noël lives in Paris, where he shares his time between writing, making records, and lecturing on music. He plays bass, is a music critic and has authored a number of books about musicians in addition to his novel and short-story writing.

 ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Translator Sally Pane studied French at State University of New York Oswego and the Sorbonne before receiving her Masters Degree in French Literature from the University of Colorado where she wrote Camus and the Americas: A Thematic Analysis of Three Works Based on His Journaux de Voyage.  Her career includes more than twenty years of translating and teaching French and Italian at Berlitz and at Colorado University Boulder.  She has worked in scientific, legal and literary translation; her literary translations include Operatic Arias; Singers Edition, and Reality and the Untheorizable by Clément Rosset.  She also served as the interpreter for the government cabinet of Rwanda and translated for Dian Fossey’s Digit Fund. In addition to her passion for French, she has studied Italian at Colorado University, in Rome and in Siena.  She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband.
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Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Collector of Dying Breaths by M J Rose




Jellyfish has cheated death. Man is still in constant search to live forever. We do hear news that the person to live forever is already born. Sometimes the thought that one could live forever could be frightening, and what are we going to do with these long lives.

If soul were the essence of the body, and the soul can live forever taking different lives and by capturing this essence in one's last breath, can we relive the glorious moments of our various lives? If that were possible, it would be better than immortality, right? Instead of living one long boring life, one could have various lives in various times and remember them all. It is the rich and mighty who want to live forever or enjoy the moments of various lives, the poor are content with living for the moment. It happened in the faraway past and it still happens now. In the Sixteenth century France, Queen Mother Catherine de Medici's perfumer Rene Bianco had been collecting dying breaths and researching a method to reanimate the soul in another. In the present, Melinoe Cypros has all the wealth in the world to enjoy immortality and persuades recently bereaved Jac to continue the work of her dead brother Robbie to find the essence to reanimate the soul with the help of Bianco's notes. Will she find it? Is it worth the effort?

The story moves between past and present, about why Bianco had to create the Elixir to reanimate souls and Jac's efforts to recreate the Elixir. Interesting twist in creating Elixir for Jac is how is she going to find the ingredients the Elixir calls for in its true state. Remember pollution and natural changes in things over centuries, so how will she recreate it? We get a glimpse of the political intrigue in Catherine de Medici's palace and the role of a perfumer in the Queen's Entourage. More than a mystery, this is essentially a love story, about a love and passion a man has for a woman centuries ago, and love another woman keeps running from in the present. Of love that could destroy and the obsession to live forever. A gripping story of immortal love and love for immortality!

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SYNOPSIS
From one of America’s most imaginative storytellers comes a passionate tale of love and treachery, spanning the days of Catherine de Medici’s court to the twenty-first century and starring a woman drawn back, time and again, to the past.

In 1533, an Italian orphan with an uncanny knack for creating fragrance is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s perfumer. To repay his debt, over the years René le Florentine is occasionally called upon to put his vast knowledge to a darker purpose: the creation of deadly poisons used to dispatch the Queen’s rivals.

But it’s René’s other passion—a desire to reanimate a human breath, to bring back the lives of the two people whose deaths have devastated him—that incites a dangerous treasure hunt five centuries later. That’s when Jac L’Etoile—suffering from a heartache of her own—becomes obsessed with the possibility of unlocking Rene’s secret to immortality.

Soon Jac’s search reconnects her with Griffin North, a man she’s loved her entire life. Together they confront an eccentric heiress whose art collection rivals many museums and who is determined to keep her treasures close at hand, not just in this life but in her next.

Set in the forest of Fontainebleau, crisscrossing the lines between the past and the present, M.J. Rose has written a mesmerizing tale of passion and obsession. This is a gothic tale perfect for fans of Anne Rice, Deborah Harkness, and Diana Galbadon. [from the publisher]

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Author Bio

M.J. Rose, is the international bestselling author of 13 novels;Lip Service, In Fidelity,Flesh Tones, Sheet Music, Lying in Bed, The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex, The Venus Fix,The Reincarnationist, The Memorist, The Hypnotist, The Book of Lost Fragrances, and Seduction.
Rose is also the co-author with Angela Adair Hoy of How to Publish and Promote Online and with Randy Susan Meyers of What to Do Before Your Book Lauch.

She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. She runs the popular blog; Buzz, Balls & Hype.

Getting published has been an adventure for Rose who self-published Lip Service late in 1998 after several traditional publishers turned it down. Editors had loved it, but didn’t know how to position it or market it since it didn’t fit into any one genre.

Frustrated, but curious and convinced that there was a readership for her work, she set up a web site where readers could download her book for $9.95 and began to seriously market the novel on the Internet.

After selling over 2500 copies (in both electronic and trade paper format) Lip Servicebecame the first e-book and the first self-published novel chosen by the LiteraryGuild/Doubleday Book Club as well as being the first e-book to go on to be published by a mainstream New York publishing house.

Rose has been profiled in Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, Business 2.0, Working Woman, Newsweek and New York Magazine.

Rose has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, and features on her have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including USAToday, Stern, L’Official, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

Rose graduated from Syracuse University and spent the ’80s in advertising. She was the Creative Director of Rosenfeld Sirowitz and Lawson and she has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

She lives in Connecticut with Doug Scofield, a composer, and their very spoiled dog, Winka. [from her website]

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