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Special Guest Feature: Bell and Banjos by Gary Morgenstein

Bell and Banjos by Gary Morgenstein

Author of the relationship book,

How to Find a Woman…Or Not

Gary Morgenstein’s novels include Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman, about a divorced man who falls in love with a beautiful woman rabbi; Jesse’s Girl, a powerful story about a father’s search for his adopted teenage son, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame, a political baseball thriller, all available on Amazon, as well as the baseball Rocky The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees. His prophetic play Ponzi Man played to sell-out crowds at the New York Fringe Festival. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by lots of books and rock and roll CDs.

I remember schlepping down on Amtrak to meet a woman in Princeton, New Jersey. Date number two. Date number one had been for coffee at the Warwick Hotel on Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue. This was a Jdate date. She actually looked like her picture, an attorney, now into running her own web-based food service. Mid-40s, nice, smart, far as I know, no prison record.

So for dinner on a Saturday night I take the subway from Brooklyn into Manhattan, to Penn Station (on a good day about a 50 minute ride). Then Amtrak to Princeton. 90 minutes one way. My iPod was powered up with Aerosmith. I call my best friend Sid and he asks, What are you doing making a four-hour round trip, plus you know you will get stuck with the dinner bill?

Because I feel 19 again when I do this. Because I am in my 50s now and a lot more is behind than in front. Because when I date, there is that magical possibility beyond why do I have a zit on my cheek, did I wear too much cologne, where did I get all the nose hairs, do I have my Viagra/condom combo in the wallet in case.

Because maybe she will hold my hand. You appreciate that a lot more at 50 than 20. Three hour dinner, bill of $140 and I get an email the next day, You are charming and cute and intelligent and good fun, but I think we live too far apart for this to work.

And um, when you told me to come down for a four friggin” hour round trip, you didn’t know that?

It is madness dating at any age, I know.

That said, I want to find a woman to share my life with again. One failure does not a life make. I want bells and banjos, walks on the beach, Netflix nights, Thai take-out, apple picking, Jersey shore, hand holding and all that intimate stuff. I figured women want the same thing. I figured that with all the single women in New York, deduct the gay guys, the faithful married guys, the semi-faithful married guys, it was really me competing against a lot of hot firefighters and they worked nights mostly.

Where to go for the honeymoon might be the biggest challenge.

2, 345,905 dates later, oh boy was I wrong.

That’s what my book is about. For guys, whether you’re 25 or 55, who want to find a woman. For women, because if we don’t have a dialogue into what we really think and want, we will never reach each other. To share my crazy and funny and painful experiences and to give you dos and don’ts and why nots. Guiding and shaping your romantic pursuits aided by “spinning” techniques I developed through my years as a public relations executive.

From online dating to public transportation, the myth of metrosexuality, the mystery of younger women, grooming/clothes/smelling right, good and bad convos, what did they actually mean when they said that and why talking on the phone after a first date is a bad idea, hitting on girls walking their dogs, airport lounges, yoga class, alienating helpful friends, risking job security over a pair of pretty brown eyes, I will help you find someone to share a movie and take away on a Saturday night.

Or your life.

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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 Thriller Author Gary Morgenstein

Gary MorgensteinNovelist/playwright Gary Morgenstein is the author of four novels. In addition to Jesse’s Girl, a thriller about a widowed father’s search for his adopted teenage son who has run away from a drug treatment program to find his biological sister, his books include the romantic triangle Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman, the political thriller Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and the baseball Rocky The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees. His prophetic play Ponzi Man performed to sell-out crowds at a recent New York Fringe Festival. His other full-length work, You Can’t Grow Tomatoes in the Bronx, is in development. He can be reached at www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Morgenstein/1011217889.

Thank you for this interview, Gary. Can you tell us what your latest book, Jesse’s Girl, is all about?

How much should a parent sacrifice for a troubled child? In my new thriller, Jesse’s Girl, the answer is – anything. Anchored around a floundering father-son relationship, finding roots and re-uniting vanished bonds, the novel about teen addiction and adoption follows a desperate father’s search for his son, who has run away from a drug program to find his biological sister in Kentucky.

Jesse’s Girl opens as a jarring phone wakes lifelong Brooklynite Teddy Mentor well after midnight. It’s the Montana wilderness program saying that his 16-year-old adopted son has vanished – and they haven’t a clue where he’s gone. Only two weeks ago, Jesse had been taken to the program by escorts to deal with substance abuse problems.

Jeopardizing his flagging PR job in New York, Mentor rushes across the country to find Jesse, who is off on his own quest: to find Theresa, the sister he’s never known. When Teddy finally discovers Jesse at a bus stop in Illinois, he is torn between sending him back or joining his son on a journey to find this girl in Kentucky. He decides to go. They become embroiled in a grisly crime when Theresa’s abusive husband Beau attacks her – Jesse stabs the big beast of a man, leaving him for dead.

Given Jesse’s misdemeanor criminal record, Teddy can’t go to the authorities without risking his son’s arrest. However, Beau is not dead, merely wounded, and he hunts them down, thirsty for revenge. Teddy, Jesse and Theresa flee across the Bluegrass State with Beau in hot pursuit. Seeking safety but finding trouble, their story leads them to an ultimately shattering question: is Theresa really Jesse’s sister or has he been scammed?

Jesse's Girl 2Is this your first novel?  If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?

This is my fourth novel.  But this is the first time I’ve ever written about being a father.  There is the old saying that when you get married, it is until death do you part. I’ve been married so I know that isn’t so, lol. But when you’re a parent, that is until death do you part. The bonds of parenting, the love and commitment and frustration and yes, the anger, can at times be overwhelming. I wanted to explore fatherhood, which isn’t often done in novels, through this troubled relationship between Teddy and Jesse. I think it will appeal to anyone who has ever been a parent or anyone who has ever been a child.

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

Every book is like crawling through withering enemy fire pinned down on a beach. But I enjoyed Jesse’s Girl the most because I think I grew the most as a writer. I can’t wait to apply these new lessons I’ve learned to my next novel!  I don’t really believe in writer’s block. To me, that’s an excuse for laziness. To write you must write and while everyone has a period of low creativity and the need to re-charge, you create art by working at it.

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

The outpouring has been really heartening to me. What I love about the creative process is the way you connect with perfect strangers. People who you’ve touched with your words. When they respond, it is so moving, so beautiful. Makes writing worthwhile. Course, people always want to know what is real and what you made up. Someone asked if I’d ever fired a gun, for example. Yo, I live in Brooklyn, what do I need a gun for? The fun part of writing (because sooo much isn’t) is taking what is real and dramatizing it. That’s the real challenge. Otherwise you’re a memoirist and frankly, that can be boring to write as well as self-indulgent to read.

What is your daily writing routine?

I write in the morning, at lunch primarily, then review at night. I also work a lot on the weekends. And have a full-time job handling PR for Syfy Channel. Plus when you’re working on a novel it is 24/7, you never stop thinking about it. Jeez, I’m getting tired just reading this.

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

I love rock and roll, practicing yoga, lifting weights, reading history and science fiction, movies. I’m a huge movie buff. Love horror flicks. And if you’re up in a tree in Prospect Park with binoculars peering into the fifth floor of my apartment building, you can catch me dancing to The Rolling Stones in my living room.

What book changed your life?

Joshua Then and Now by the late Canadian writer Mordecai Richler. He had such a wonderfully strong style, which blew me away. I thought, hey, I need to develop my own personalized style. I need to put more of me, however fictionalized, into my writing. I can’t be detached; I’d been trained as a journalist so I had to get over that perspective. Richler’s novel was really eye-opening. Few times in your life will you have a genuine epiphany but this was one of them.

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

Never Give Up — No Matter How Much It Hurts

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

That I am very sensitive and take things to heart way more than I let on.

Thank you for this interview, Gary.  I wish you much success on your latest release, Jesse’s Girl!

Jesse's Girl

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