Category Archives: Authors

Blurb! Book of the Week: Angie Zimmerman’s ‘Do It Yourself Wedding Flower Guide’

If you’re planning to get hitched anytime soon, read on. (If you’re not planning to get hitched, call your significant other pronto, say, “Honey, we’ve got to get hitched soon,” then read on.)

Because this week’s Blurb! Book of the week winner, as selected by Blurb! hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent, has got a how-to guide you won’t want to miss.

Angie: Petal perfect.

Angie: Petal perfect.

That would be the Do It Yourself Wedding Flower Guide by Angie Zimmerman.

A one-time corporate drone who left that dreaded life behind in 1991 to open her own flower shop, Heavenly Flowers and Events, Angie now produces floral arrangements for some 50 weddings a year.

But when the economy began souring two years ago, the Sacramento, Calif., resident noticed the wedding industry suffering too.

“Many brides and families were holding back on their budgets, leaving things they wanted out of their weddings because they just couldn’t afford it all,” she says.

“I was also finding that Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Rick Robinson’s ‘Sniper Bid’

Disclosure No. 1: We’re humongous fans of Robert B. Parker, the Boston-based of author so many brilliant Spenser novels—which more than do justice to the memories of noir masters Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

That said, you can imagine how thrilled we were that this week’s Blurb! Book of the Week honors go to Rick Robinson, whose Sniper Bid sounds like it’ll be right up our alley.

CAPTION: Rick: Rocks Fiction Week with nail-biting Beltway tale.

Rick: Rocks Fiction Week with nail-biting Beltway tale.

The 224-page novel, which was a 2009 Indie Book Award Finalist, tells the story of freshman Congressman Richard Thompson, “who is enjoying his new life on Capitol Hill when the death of a colleague thrusts him into the national spotlight on a major issue: performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports.

“As he presses Congress for new standards on the abuse of steroids, someone wants him quieted. The only question is, who?”

An attorney living in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., Rick served a stint on Capitol Hill, as legislative director and chief counsel to then-Congressman Jim Bunning (R) of the Bluegrass State. He also ran for U.S. Congress Continue reading

NY Times Scribes David Pogue and Nick Kristof: Digital Impersonation and Moral Indignation

Two of the Grey Lady’s greatest voices graced BlogTalkRadio yesterday; one with a titter-worthy Twitter tale, the other enraged by enslavement of the fair sex in South Asia.

Interviewed on Zane Safrit, New York Times personal-technology columnist David Pogue recalled his ironic road from social-media critic to social-media convert.

CAPTION: David: Illicit aid accumulating Twitter followers.

David: Underhanded aid in accumulating Twitter followers.

“Interestingly, I didn’t start on Twitter. An imposter did!” he told host Zane Safrit.

“I used to employ an office assistant, whose husband unbeknownst to me, had signed up for a Twitter account using my name— and had been tweeting, with absolutely no knowledge by me, for months!

“When I finally discovered this, somebody said, ‘Hey, I’ve been enjoying following you on Twitter.’ And I was like, ‘But I’m not on Twitter,'” continued David, who also pens the popular “Pogue’s Posts” blog and who authored the new book, The World According to Twitter.

“So the guy wound up Continue reading

Blurb! Books of the Week: Kim Richardson’s ‘The Unbreakable Child’ and Pam Cope’s ‘Jantsen’s Gift’

If, like thousands of literary aficionados coast to coast, you’ve become hooked on Blurb!—and on gobbling up its Book of the Week picks—you’ll be pleased to learn that, this week, we’ve got a double dose of prose for your perusing pleasure

Or maybe not.  Maybe you’ll be peeved at having to consume twice as many pages.

Kim: Led charge against child abuse at Catholic orphanage.

Kim: Led charge against child abuse at Catholic orphanage.

In either case, the credit/blame goes to Blurb! hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent, who report that Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Unbreakable Child, and Pam Cope, author of Jantsen’s Gift, “had terrific blurbs—and they’re supporting amazing causes.”

And so our resident critics have, in their first-ever biography edition of the show, bestowed Book of the Week honors on both Kim and Pam.

The Unbreakable Child is Kim’s “memoir of abuse” at the Saint Thomas-Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum in Anchorage, Ky., where, during the 1960s, she suffered Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski’s ‘The Heart of Marketing’

We think we speak for every consumer on earth when we say we hate the hard sell—that is, some two-bit goon trying to pressure us into parting with our hard-earned moolah by hurling outlandish promises at us so fast that our head is spinning like Michelle Kwan on speed.

So you can imagine how thrilled we are to announce that this week’s Blurb! Book of the Week honors go to Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski, authors of The Heart of Marketing: Love Your Customers and They Will Love You Back.

Judith and Jim: Soft-sell gurus.

Judith and Jim: Soft-sell evangelists.

For this 182-page work preaches the virtues of “soft-sell marketing,” which Judith and Jim define as:

“Authenticity, transparency, respect and partnership—so your customers and clients can clearly see who you are and what you bring to them so they can confidently do business with you.”

Better yet, they say, Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: David Michael Slater’s ‘Selfless’

Upon hearing that a new novel titled Selfless tells the story of Jonathan Schwartz, a 12-year-old boy who, after accidentally telling his bar mitzvah class one of his grandma’s favorite jokes, is propelled into a world of grand theft, espionage, abandonment, suicide and sexual high jinx, you might wonder if this were a posthumous work by Saul Bellow.

And upon hearing that the joke in question goes, “What is a Jew doing looking in an ashtray? Examining his family tree!” you might venture that the more likely scribe is Philip Roth.


David: Daringly funny fiction pick.

But in both cases, you’d be wrong. For the author of this 415-page tale, which Jewish Book World has called “a side-splitting tour-de-force,” is David Michael Slater.

Selfless can also boast being Blurb! Book of the Week winner, as selected by our resident critics Sally Shields and Dr. Kent.

Like his protagonist, David was Continue reading

‘Blurb!’ Returns, with Book of the Week Winner Frankie Picasso

After a well-deserved summer hiatus, Blurb! hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent are back to critique the sales pitches of newbie and veteran writers whose books are hot off the presses.

Today in their new time slot—Fridays at 12:30 p.m. ET—the didactic duo tackles works from the fiction category. And be sure to tune in next week as they take on business  books, followed by biographies the week after that.

Also today, Sally and Dr. Kent will be joined by the most recent Blurb! Book of the Week winner, Frankie Picasso.

Ministering and kickboxing may make strange bedfellows, but in Frankie”s case, that skill set helped mold one helluva woman.

That in turn no doubt prompted the beauty to pack her book, Midlife Mojo, with all the direction necessary to achieve “lasting change and happiness.”

CAPTION: "The only thing between you and happiness right now is your next thought," says Frankie (above).

"The only thing between you and happiness right now is your next thought," says Frankie (above).

The 142-page “spiritual bootcamp” for finding and loving yourself, according to, “will certainly appeal to those who are looking for a way out of their mundane and unsatisfactory lifestyles.”

And judging from Frankie’s own life, she puts her money where her mouth is.

The self-proclaimed Unstoppable Life Coach, who hails from Toronto, is Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Bettina Restrepo’s ‘Moose and Magpie’

We like to think of Bettina Restrepo‘s Moose and Magpie – the latest title to win Blurb! Book of the Week honors – as an Abbott and Costello adventure for the kiddie set.

For here’s how the author pitches her 32-page picture book:

 CAPTION: Bettina: "This is what I look like when I'm not wearing pajamas (and I'm almost always wearing PJ's)," says the kid-lit scribe.

"This is what I look like when I'm not wearing pajamas (and I'm almost always wearing PJ's)," says kid-lit scribe Bettina.

“Young Moose is lucky to find a friend and guide in the wisecracking Magpie. ‘What do the Liberty Bell and Moose have in common?’ the Magpie asks as the seasons begin to change. Then, when fall comes: ‘Why did the moose cross the road?”

To find out the punch lines from those and other gags, you’ll have to Continue reading