Thursday, December 13, 2012

Orangeberry Book Tours – Lost Samba by Richard Klein

‘Lost Samba’ is an account of Rio’s bitter-sweet ‘golden days’ in the sixties and the subsequent roller-coaster ride from the military sponsored Brazilian “Economic Miracle” to the depths of the 1980s Brazilian economic catastrophe, all seen through the eyes of the author, a European who grew up as a citizen of Brazil’s legendary Copacabana and Ipanema.
Klein was born to an ex-pat British mother and a holocaust-survivor father in the iconic year (1962) which also gave birth to the Beatles as a recording band, the ‘Girl from Ipanema’ and Brazil’s second World Cup victory. His book describes the Brazilian 1970 World Cup triumph, seen through the eyes of an eight year old boy living in Rio, in the era of Pele, and the subsequent football fever that engulfed the country. As a musician, Klein also gives a personal insight into the evolution of Brazilian music from the Bossa Nova of the sixties to the rock scene in the eighties.
The author says: “With the world’s eyes turning once more to Brazil – hosting the soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 – Lost Samba peers through the clich├ęs to give a true, first person guide to the country’s recent history and its colourful and vibrant lifestyle.
“Lost Samba describes my personal contact with a wide range of Rio de Janeiro society, from the elite in the American School to Favela drug dealers. It takes the reader on an eventful hitch-hiking journey in the heat of the Brazilian summer, through the hippy-style culture and intense carnivals of Brazil’s north-eastern region, and describes my interaction with the heads of the quiet revolution that overthrew the military dictatorship and with the people who would tackle the hyperinflation that devastated the country until only 20 years ago.”
Klein’s Jewish background and humour, as well as his closeness to Britain, where he now lives, make Lost Samba an accessible and catchy read for people who want to understand and get closer to this emerging country that will be so prominent on the world’s stage over the next four years.
Buy now @ Amazon
Genre – Memoir / Adventure
Rating – PG13
Connect with Richard Klein on Facebook

Author Interview – Richard Klein

Buy now @ Amazon
Genre – Memoir / Adventure
Rating – PG13
More details about the book
Connect with Richard Klein on Facebook
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? I would go back to the past, to the 1960′s. My parents had me late in life so, in a way, I belong to that lucky generation and I would like to experience how it was.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? My guitar, a bicycle and an airplane to come and go.
If you were a superhero what would your name be? The Intergalactic Justiceiro.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Acai
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? Vinicius de Moraes, a Brazilian poet, my intelectual and spiritual mentor.
Night owl, or early bird? Night owl, since a very early age.
One food you would never eat? Eel
Pet Peeves? Bragging.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. A special guide to a special country.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I am starting to work on the continuation of Lost Samba, the original project was to do three books but now I am reflecting about how to get the entire story out there in a different format. Four years down the line of writing and dealing with the publishing world I am starting to see that there are many interesting alternatives available. My goal now is to find a way to unite writing, music, video, images and blogging into one media and offer a new sort of experience to the public out there.
What inspired you to want to become a writer? I have always wanted to be in the position of content provider. What ignited the writing process was when I rented a flat from an author and had the vision that “if this guy can make a living out of it I can do it too”.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. A reader that put his facebook profile with my book.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be? Capitaes de Areia (Captains of the Sands) of Jorge Amado
What is your dream cast for your book? Brad Pitt playing me :-) .
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? Robinson Crusoe
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? Roda Viva, Chico Buarque for Brazilians, Mother Nature’s Son, the Beatles, for non-Brazilians.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Don’t dive in straight away, start by blogging your work. Read the The Elements of Style, by William Strunk.
If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why? Rio de Janeiro in the early 1970′s, I actually was a boy back then, but the place was a paradise for grown ups, the economy was good, the country was booming, people were experimenting with the novelties although there was still innocence and the nature was still there to be seen.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Ilha de Marajo, the delta where the Amazon river meets the Atlantic ocean. Still unspilt.
What is your favorite Quote? If not now, when?
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? A film director.
How did you know you should become an author? As a child I had delusions of being someone who has something to say, I guess it came from there.
Who are your favorite authors of all time? Miguel de Cervantes, Dostoyevski, Amos Oz and Jorge Amado
How do you react to a bad review? Makes me want to improve.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be? Ayahuasca
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? My freedom form the “treadmill”.
Which authors have influence you most how? Stephen King, I read his book on how to write books and Amos Oz, who taught me that common people can make great stories.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with? Napoleon

Sunday, December 2, 2012

First Time Blog Tour + Giveaway

Tour Schedule

Tens List

Top 10 Music to Listen to While Writing

10. The Man From Snowy River by Bruce Rowland
9. Field of Dreams by James Horner
8. Any instrumental work by The Glenn Miller Orchestra (I can't write and listen to lyrics at the same time)
7. Brave by Julie Fowlis & Patrick Doyle
6. Dances with Wolves by John Barry
5. Waiting for Spring by David Benoit
4. Water Music by Handel
3. The Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore
2. Indiana Jones by John Williams
1. Star Wars by John Williams

First Time: The Legend of Garison Fitch

"What if history didn't happen that way ... the first time?"

Garison Fitch was one of the most revered scientists in the Soviet Americas until he left fame behind to work on a secret project in his log cabin in the mountains of Marx.

But something went wrong. Instead of traveling interdimentionally, Garison has traveled through time ... twice.

Now, he's in something called "The United States of America" and a woman he's never met before is calling herself his wife. It it a hoax? Or, has he somehow changed history?

If so, can he return the world to what he believes is "normal", or must he live in this strange world he created?



"Sam continues to weave his magic as a storyteller. I always find myself anxious to find out what will happen next and what kind of twist will befall the adventurers. It helps to be familiar with the places that the heroines go, which adds to the story."
~Labdaddy, Texas

"I've had a few very unproductive but enjoyable days thanks to Samuel Ben White. If you haven't read Sam's books you have been missing a treat. These were funny, suspenseful, spiritual and kept you turning the pages."
~Karen S.

"Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your books. I have a Kindle and I have purchased all of the Garison Fitch novels. I am in Saudi Arabia and your books have really helped take me away from here."
~Scott, Saudi Arabia

Also Part of the Series:

Saving Time

Two years ago Garison Fitch traveled through time and rewrote history. An accident in the eighteenth century created a whole new world, and even gave Garison a wife he had never met before. Now, he’s got a daughter and he’s coming to enjoy this world he created. Until he’s attacked by men masquerading as Indians, and a funeral procession from out of the past enlists his help, and a tree grows from sappling to full-grown in a matter of minutes, threatening his daughter’s very life. Time itself is unraveling and Garison’s trips through time seem to be the cause. Garison must go back in time once again and keep himself from making the original trip that started the problem. But he can’t use his time machine to go back. How does one sew up a rip in time?

Lost Time

Jason Kerrigan and Brownwyn Dalmouth are pilots with the Republic of Texas Army Air Corps. A world war is going on and bombs have just brought an end to Crockett Air Field in south Texas. Jason and Bronwyn, though, are called away from the battle to be test pilots for a new aircraft that-they're told- will bring the war to an end. The experimental craft lives up to expectations in early tests, but then it lands them somewhere it never should have sent them. Another place? Another time? Another dimension? Somehow, they've taken a trip to the future and changed the past. Or did they? The answer to their change of reality may be known to a Justice of the Peace in Colorado named Garison Fitch. To figure it out, though, Garison may have to team up with his least favorite person: Bat Garrett.


Author Samuel Ben White

Samuel Ben White (“Sam” to his friends) is the author of the national newspaper comic strip “Tuttle’s” (found at and the on-line comic book “Burt & the I.L.S.” (found at He is married and has two sons. He serves his community as both a minister at a small church and a chaplain with hospice. In addition to his time travel stories, Sam has also written and published detective novels, a western, three fantasy novels and four works of Christian fiction.</ div>


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Poseidon and the Sea of Fury Book Blast

Poseidon and the Sea of Fury 

A young Poseidon must triumph over aquatic terrors in this Heroes in Training adventure. The merciless Cronus and his Titan buddies are in hot pursuit of Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon, who plan to travel across the treacherous boiling sea in order to save a fellow Olympian. They have a boat, but they also have a problem: Poseidon can’t swim and is terrified of the water (well, really of the creatures that lurk in its depths). The group faces danger after danger as they battle singing sirens, a fishy and ferocious Titan named Oceanus, and people-eating monsters sent by Cronus himself. Can Poseidon overcome his fears and help his fellow heroes escape Cronus and his cronies?


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Authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams deliver fun, adventures, and a few surprises as ten-year- old Olympians go on a journey of a lifetime to discover their true identities and defeat their Titan enemies.

Praise for Heroes in Training
"Readers will gobble this down and look for more, make no mythtake."
~ Kirkus

“This is a fun read, casting Zeus in the role of relatable kid, and there is a nice balance between his primary goal of survival and his sense of destiny and adventure. . . Share this title, and likely more to come, with those still too young for Percy Jackson’s adventures.”
~ School Library Journal

The Series

#1 Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom
#2 Poseidon and the Sea of Fury
#3 Hades and the Helm of Darkness
#4 Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire

Aladdin Paperbacks (ages 6-9) Heroes-in-training

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Book 1)

After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new series! The terrible Titans--merciless giants who enjoy snacking on humans--have dominated the earth and put the world into chaos. But their rule is about to be put to the test as a group of young Olympians discover their powers and prepare to righteously rule the universe....
     Ten-year-old Zeus is mystified (and super-annoyed) by the fact that he keeps getting hit by lightening. Every. Single. Year. He also longs for adventure, as he has never been far from the cave where he grew up.

     Zeus gets his wish--and a lot more than he bargained for--when he is kidnapped by dangerous, giant Titans! In self-defense, he grabs the first thing he sees--an actual thunderbolt he pulls from a stone that is covered in mysterious markings. Zeus is the only one who can decipher the markings, and sets off on a quest to rescue his youthful fellow Olympians from the evil Cronus. Armed with his trusty thunderbolt (named Bolt, of course), Zeus is on an adventure of a lifetime--and a journey to fulfill his destiny as King of the Gods.

Hades and the Helm of Darkness (Book 3 coming April 2013)

The Heroes in Training are entering the Underworld—if Hades can conquer his canine fears, that is.

The Underworld usually isn’t really meant to be a fun place—but tell that to Hades! He loves the dark and the stinky smell of sulfur. However, there is one thing that Hades is not a fan of: dogs. And when Zeus and his fellow Olympians encounter Cerberus—a snarling, three-headed dog—Hades must conquer his fears and tame the hound so everyone can continue into the Underworld and deposit their Titan prisoner, Oceanus, back where he belongs!

But with magical water that causes forgetfulness, hot beds of lava, and another epic battle with two more Titans standing in their way, will Zeus and his heroes make it out of the Underworld with everyone intact?

Author Suzanne Williams

Suzanne Williams is the award-winning author of nearly 40 books for children, from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and middle grade fiction series. A former elementary school librarian, she lives near Seattle. Her picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg) won the New Mexico children's choice award in 2000 and was on several other state award lists. She is co-author (with Joan Holub) of the popular Goddess Girls series(for ages 8 - 12) and Heroes in Training (ages 6 - 11). Other series include Fairy Blossoms and Princess Power.

Author Joan Holub

I graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree, and then freelanced as an art director at a graphic design firm for eight years. I dreamed of working in children's books, so I moved to New York City and became associate art director in Scholastic trade books, where I designed books for children and worked with editors and illustrators. It was a great job.

I illustrated my first published children's book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990s. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts -- Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap). Yippee!

Now I write full time and have written and/or illustrated over 130 children's books. Creating books that entertain, inform, and interest children (and me) is a fabulous job that I truly love.

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