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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

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 BookPleasures.com, “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

Blurb! Book of the Week: Daria DiGiovanni’s ‘Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal’

Now that summer is upon us in all its glory, you’ve no doubt been hunting frantically for two things: (1) a bikini that makes you look 15 20 pounds slimmer and (2) the perfect beach read.

While we can’t help you with the former (particularly if you’re a guy), you are in luck on the literary front.

Because our resident critics, Sally Shields and Dr. Kent, have selected as Blurb! Book of the Week Daria Anne DiGiovanni‘s Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal.

Daria:

Daria: Adept at the ever-popular romance genre.

This 435-page novel tells the story of Madeline Rose, a sheltered woman of 25 whose father is a prominent Philadelphia surgeon. After a bitter breakup with her first real beau, Madeline meets hunky yet penniless Ken Lockheart, who’s fresh out of the Navy.

Neither Madeline nor Ken is prepared for the ensuing odyssey of Continue reading

Blurb! Books of the Week: Kelly Rouba’s ‘Juvenile Arthritis’ and Alan Smith’s ‘UnBreak Your Health’

Well, our Blurb! hosts have gone and done it again. So impressed were Sally Shields and Dr. Kent with last week’s batch of blurbs that they selected not one but two titles as Blurb! Book of the Week.

Kelly: Admirable achievements by any standards.

Kelly: Admirable achievements by any standards.

First up (via alphabetical order) is Kelly Rouba, author of Juvenile Arthritis: The Ultimate Teen Guide.

Though diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age two, Kelly never sat around in a self-pitying funk.

Rather, she forged a career for herself as journalist, public-relations pro, motivational speaker and Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Will Limkemann’s ‘The Successful Home Business Guide’

Are you cut out to be a business owner?  If so, what sort of business might you conduct from the comfort of your living room – clad only in, say, tube socks and a thong? And while we’re at it, how much should customers pony up for your services?

If such questions have ever scurried through your mind, you won’t want to miss tonight’s edition of Blurb!

CAPTION: Where there's a Will (above) to work from home, there's a way (below).

Where there's a Will (above) to work from home, there's a way (below).

Because, as their Blurb! Book of the Week, hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent have picked Will Limkemann‘s The Successful Home Business Guide.

This 224-page work “offers complete and practical advice, along with step-by-step instructions” on getting started on the road to domestic entrepreneurship.

And that’s a subject its author should know. In addition to serving as an adviser to scores of home-business owners throughout his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Will runs Continue reading