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Pump Up Your Book Proudly Presents February 2010 Authors on Virtual Book Tour

February 2010 Authors on Virtual Book Tour with Pump Up Your Book
(click on link to see trailer at YouTube)

February ‘10 Authors on Virtual Book Tour include:

Maria Andrade, author of the relationship book, Heart Magic: Keeping Love Alive and Well
Carla Buckley, author of the apocalyptic novel, The Things That Keep Us Here
James R. Goldberg, author of the current affairs healthcare book, The American Medical Money Machine
Angela Henry, author of the mystery novel, Schooled in Lies
Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls
Susie Larson, author of the inspiration/motivation/devotion book, Embracing Your Freedom: A Personal Experience of God’s Heart of Justice
Alan Markowitz, author of the gritty memoir, Topless Prophet
Kaylin McFarren, author of the women’s contemporary fiction, Flaherty’s Crossing
Judi Moreo and twenty-five other authors of the motivational book, Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths
Gary Morgenstein, author of the relationship book, How to Find a Woman…or Not
Ogo Ogbata, author of the historical fiction novel, Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman
Victor Pross, author of the art/humor book, Icon & Idols: Pop Goes the Culture
Misa Ramirez, author of the mystery with romantic elements novel, Hasta la Vista, Lola!
Jay Slosar, author of the psychological book, The Culture of Excess: How America Lost Self-Control and Why We Need To Redefine Success
Kay Marshall Strom, author of the nonfiction book, The Second-Half Adventure: Don’t Just Retire – Use Your Time, Skills & Resources to Change the World
Marnie Swedberg, author of the nonfiction book for writers, eBooks: Idea to Amazon in 14 Days
Michele Wahlder, author of the self-help/inspirational book, Alphatudes – The Alphabet of Gratitude
Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance
Chris Wardle, author of the children’s book, The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish
Pamela Samuels Young, author of the legal thriller, Buying Time
Vincent Zandri, author of the thriller novel, Moonlight Falls

Click here to see their official tour pages to find out where you can pick up your copy of their wonderful books!

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Interview with Bill Walker, author of “A Note From an Old Acquaintance”

A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Join Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance (iUniverse, June 2009), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in November and December on his second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

Bill Walker is a graphic designer specializing in book and dust jacket design, and has worked on projects by Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. Between his design work and his writing, he spends his spare time reading voraciously and playing very loud guitar, much to the chagrin of his lovely wife and two sons. Bill makes his home in Los Angeles and can be reached through his web site: http://www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

Q: Thank you for this interview, Bill. Can you tell us what your latest book, A Note from an Old Acquaintance, is all about?

A: I would consider this book to be more of a love story, rather than a category romance, in that I wasn’t saddled with trying to write within a publishing house’s mandated formula. I just wanted to tell a tender story as honestly as possible. The story concerns Brian and Joanna, two people who are really meant to be together, but life’s travails separate them during the most passionate moment of their lives. Each of them is haunted by memories of the other until, years later, Joanna writes Brian an e-mail, a catalyst that sets the entire story in motion. The title of the novel is the subject line of that e-mail, and is intended to be gently ironic.

Q: Is this your first novel? If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?

A: This is actually my third published novel. Writing this one was vastly different because the other books were more plot-driven, whereas this book is quite a bit more character-driven. There is still a plot, as I don’t like reading or writing books where the characters seem to wander aimlessly, but I really wanted to spend the time and effort developing these people more fully.

Q: How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?

A: Mechanically, this book was no more difficult to write than any others. Conceptually, however, was where things departed from the norm. In this book, I wanted the characters to carry the play, so to speak. And, I’d always felt that character development was one area where I needed to stretch. In that vein, I found it more challenging to write the book, because I had to force myself not to rely on the tried and true. The hardest part was making the antagonist a little sympathetic, letting the reader in on why Erik is the way he is without diminishing or blunting his role in the story. As for writer’s block, most of the time that is a minor annoyance. As is the case with every book I write there are times I become temporarily stuck during the writing process. Often, all it takes is some active daydreaming during the course of the day, when I’m occupied with other matters. Sometimes it’s a plot point, other times it concerned where to take a certain character. Did I want that character to do this…or that. Oft-times stepping back and taking stock is a vital part of the process. In any event, thus far, I’ve always found a solution to whatever was blocking me. Hopefully, that will keep happening when I need it ;-)

Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?

A: So far, more readers seem to like the book than not, so that is encouraging.

Q: What is your daily writing routine?

A: I’m an early riser. I like to get up before the sun and the rest of my family, brew up some coffee, and get right to work. My daily goal is three pages, but if I’m into a great scene or inspiration strikes, I’ll write more, sometimes a lot more. That doesn’t let me off the hook for the next day, however. I will still get those three pages done, no matter what.

Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?

A: Just like one of the characters in my book, I play guitar. For me, plugging in, cranking the amp and letting loose is much-needed therapy. It can also be a way to work through a temporary block.

Q: What book changed your life?

A: I would have to say there were two: Time and Again by Jack Finney, which is the prototypical time travel romance, although it is much more than that; and The Stand by Stephen King.

Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?

A: Never Give Up.

Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”

A: …that I’m more than I appear to be.

Thank you for this interview, Bill. I wish you much success on your latest release, A Note from an Old Acquaintance!

Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair.

Everything changes the morning an e-mail arrives from Boston artist Joanna Richman. Her heartfelt note brings back all the poignant memories: the night their eyes met, the fiery passion of their short-lived affair, and the agonizing moment he was forced to leave Joanna forever. Now, fifteen years later, the guilt and anger threaten to overwhelm him. Vowing to make things right, Brian arranges a book-signing tour that will take him back to Boston. He is eager to see Joanna again, but remains unsure where their reunion will lead. One thing is certain: the forces that tore their love asunder will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love.

“Please tell me why you’re doing this, Brian! Please!”
He tried opening his mouth, tried to tell her the truth, but the words
he’d always wielded with such effortless aplomb, failed him, slipping
away like smoke on a windy day. His throat felt as if it were gripped in
a vise, his mind a flat, cracked slab of flyblown desert; and her muted
sobs echoing through the phone’s earpiece made him want to take it all
back. Every word. But how could he do that, now?
“I—I’m sorry, Joanna…for everything….”
THE PHONE JANGLED, RIPPING Brian Weller out of the dream. He sat
up, gasping, sounds and images jumbling in his groggy brain until
none of it made any sense.
The phone rang again, startling him.
He grabbed it, his eyes struggling against the darkness in the
What time was it?
Jesus, it was only 6:00. It felt even earlier due to the late night he’d
spent at the computer.

Read the Reviews:

Brian has been hit with life’s most devastatingly tragic event a parent can encounter. Not only did the horrible accident leave Brian to mourn the loss of his son, it also put his wife in a coma. Brian is left to face this life alone.

But then, one day he receives an unexpected email from someone in his past. This someone is Joanna, a woman he was once in love with. At that time the two were thrust apart by circumstances beyond their control. Fifteen years later the two are given a chance at a second shot at love. Will the past years make a difference and allow them to find happiness together or will Brian have to deal with yet another disaster?

A very touching novel that will make your heart ache.

I can say with all candor I enjoyed the book thoroughly. I’m the novel reader in my family and I usually read an average of two novels per week. My taste runs the gamut. I read NY Times best sellers and books by lesser known authors purely because I’m intrigued by the description on the back dust cover. Mr. Walker’s book is a very entertaining and quick read. Love at first sight is something most of us can relate to, and I dare say that pretty nearly everyone that I know has a Brian or a Joanna in their past. The author’s combination of the torment of love lost with the elation of discovering that love can endure through the most trying of life’s events was very emotional and ultimately very gratifying. That most of us are, or have been, on a quest to find and capture our “soul mate” adds total credibility to the book. If I might be totally cliché, I really did find this book to be both heat-wrenching and heart warming. My husband and I have a fairly sizable library and the Walker book has taken it’s place on the shelf to be enjoyed again in the near future.

Bill Walker’s NOTE FROM AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘09 will officially begin on Nov. 2 and end on Dec. 16. You can visit Bill’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com during the month of November and December to find out more about this great book and talented author.

If you would be interested in hosting Bill, please contact me for more information.

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