Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Virtual Book Tour - You're Busting My Nuptials by Ann Everett



Welcome to my stop on Ann Everett's Virtual Book Tour for You're Busting My Nuptials.  Please make sure to leave a comment or question below to let Ann know you stopped by.  Ann will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can follow all of her tour stops here, the more often you comment, the better your odds of winning.
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MY EXPERIENCE IN WRITING: NEWSPAPERS VS. NOVELS By Ann Everett 


In this corner, with six sections wearing black and white print is the Sunday edition of the newspaper. And in this corner, with a hot pink cover and weighing in at sixty-five thousand words is my first novel.



LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!! 


This may be an extreme way to introduce my experience in writing articles vs. novels, because I don't consider them to be in competition with each other. Even though they're approached in different ways, they’re both beneficial. I don't know many authors who sit down to write a novel and have it be the first thing they've ever written. Most of us start out with school assignments or keeping a diary/journal and usually it's in those exercises we discover if we like writing or not.


For me, it was a class assignment in high school English. I liked writing, but didn't get serious about it until much later in life, and when I did, newspaper articles were my first experience.


Many papers hold competitions which focus on holidays. It was one of those that got my attention. I submitted a short essay on my crazy family's Christmas. It was the first time I saw something I'd written in print and I liked the feeling.


After that, each time the paper solicited articles, I was first in line. Mother's Day. Valentine's Day. Father's Day, etc. I found it an easy way to get published, plus build some credentials, because when I queried agents or publishers, it helped to present myself as a published author.


Heck, recently, I've been thinking about listing myself as a NYT best-selling author...that's New York, Texas, population 24. It's just down the road from where I grew up in Brownsboro, which is the setting of my novels and I am a best seller there!!


Not everyone likes writing short pieces. Let’s face it, short exposition is completely different from novels. I don’t have to build scenes. I don’t need to give much back story. I don’t have a lot of characters, and I don’t have to do as much research. Plus, I can write an article in a few hours, where it takes me months to write a novel.


In my opinion, in order to write articles, I must be a good writer. To write novels, I must be a good story teller.


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You're Busting My Nuptials
by Ann Everett

eBook Publisher; Briona Glen Publishing (September 15, 2012)
Print Publisher: Raven's Wing Books (August 23, 2012)

ISBN: 978-1-618070-83-8
ASIN: B009CIJ0U2

Buy Links:

Amazon Print                Kindle

Barnes & Noble             Nook 

Blurb:

After almost five years, widow and single mother, Tizzy Donovan finally met the man of her dreams in Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper. But when he fails to show up for their wedding, she’s determined to find out why.

Enlisting the help of first cousin Jinx Monroe, and best friends, Rayann Tatum and Synola Harper, it’s not long until they’re dealing with clowns, yard gnomes, a missing stripper, and a Baptist deacon.

After a car chase and gun fight, head-strong Tizzy is more committed than ever to claim her happily-ever-after. All she needs is a séance with an old witch and a little help from Positive Jesus.


Excerpt:



Once on the road, with the plan in place, Rayann dug in her purse and pulled out a piece of paper.



“Hey, I thought it would be fun to give ourselves some stripper names. I found this chart online where 

you take letters from your name and match them with suggested performance names,” she said, unable to

hide her excitement. “According to the website, I’ll be Sugar Candy. Tizzy, you’ll be Velvet Blaze and 


Synola, you’re now Cinnamon Dream. Don’t you love ‘em?” 


“You’re kidding,” Tizzy said. 


“No. If we want to work as strippers, we need stripper names,” Rayann said, and looked over her

shoulder. “Right, Jinx?” 

Jinx smiled. “She has a point.”

“See, Tizzy. Jinx likes the plan”.

Tizzy nodded. “Okay, we’ll do it. I’m Velveeta, you’re Sugar, Synola is Cinnamon.”

“VELVET, not Vel-vee-ta.”

“Oh, sorry. I got confused since the two of you are in a food group, I thought I was too.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ann Everett is a Texas girl from her big-bar-hair down to her bare toes. For many years she did stand-up comedy for businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

Creator of the White Trash Facelift, halter tops, and beer bling bracelets, Ann embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are the funniest people on earth.

She’s an award winning author and active member of Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization where she serves as director of their twenty-seventh annual writers’ conference.

When Ann’s not writing, she spends her days listening in on people’s conversations at the local Wal-Mart, beauty shop, Dollar Store, and numerous other gathering spots. She draws from that research to pen her romantic comedies, full of southern sass and Texas twang.


www.anneverett.com

Twitter.com/Talkin’Twang

Ann Everett author page/Facebook

http://amazon.com/author/ann.everett 


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My Review


Every woman has a dream for her wedding; the right groom, the perfect dress and a cake to die for.  It's only in nightmares that the bride finds herself left at the altar by her groom.  In You're Busting My Nuptials by Ann Everett, a lighthearted romance full of hilarious comedy, fun characters and a light touch of the paranormal, that's exactly what happens to bride to be Tizzy Donovan.  With a cup of hot chocolate, a light fleece throw and Ms. Everett's book, I found myself laughing away a cold winter's night.  

Having planned the perfect wedding, bride to be Tizzy Donovan can't believe she's been left standing at the altar.  She knows she's had a run of bad luck;  her first husband died within months of their marriage leaving her to be a single mother, but in her heart she knows Ridge, a Texas Ranger and her fiancee, loves her and her daughter Gracie.  They'd all been counting down the days to the wedding.  Knowing something bad has happened to her fiancee, Tizzy, and her posse, decide to treat his disappearance as the mystery.  They are all determined to help her find her man and make everything right again.    

While Tizzy is the main character of the story, her "investigative" sidekicks - made up of Jinx(male), her cousin, and Rayann and Synola, her two best friends, help keep the laughter and story's pace on a roll.  Full of commentary about life in Texas, where I have always suspected I should have been born, Ms. Everett reminds us that in love and life - it's our family, friends and special sidekicks, who make everything worthwhile.  

Will Tizzy find her man before who ever took him hurts him?  And just how will Tizzy's ability to talk with the dead help them all make everything right?  You'll have to read You're Busting My Nuptials to find out.  I really enjoyed it and I think you will too!

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Stars 




FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.




Please don't forget to leave a comment or question below to let Ann know you stopped by.  Ann will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can follow all of her tour stops here, the more often you comment, the better your odds of winning.

24 comments:

  1. I love the sound of this book! Thanks for the spotlight and review :)

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    1. Hi Nikki!
      Thanks for taking the time to read about my book.
      ~Ann

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  2. I laughed out loud at the image of a newspaper and a book going at it. ;OD Thanks for the interview your book looks great. Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Carin!
      Thanks so much for dropping by today and the kind words.
      ~Ann

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  3. Love this site, Ann. It makes your book look and sound as terrific as it is. It was such a joy to read, kept me laughing and wishing I could meet all the characters. Yes, you are a wonderful story teller. Waiting for your next book...

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    1. Linda,
      Thanks so much for following my tour and the kind words. I appreciate it very much.
      ~Ann

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  4. Gosh! I keep learning new things about you. Hadn't know you cut your writing teeth on newspaper articles.

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    1. Hi Gay!
      Thanks so much for following my tour. I look back at that first article I submitted and still see edits that need to be made!!
      ~Ann

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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    1. Hi Tore! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!!

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  6. You're Busting My Nuptials is a fabulous book, as well as Laid Out and Candle Lit. Ann is a master of southern storytelling! Looking forward to what she comes up with next :) Thanks for hosting and such an in depth review.

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    1. Hi there, Kimmie!!
      Nice to see you here and thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your support of my books. See you soon on Facebook!!
      ~Ann

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  7. Thanks for the review and post.

    bn100candg(at)Hotmail(Dot)com

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    1. bn100,
      Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my book!
      ~Ann

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  8. Big Texas Thank You for featuring my book today! Also thank so much for the review. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and review it. Sorry it took me a while to get here. I had all sorts of trouble getting my comments to post. But, I think I finally have it fixed!!
    ~Ann

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  9. Ann Everett your personality just bursts through the screen. Don't worry, that's a good thing.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read about me and my book/books. Also thanks for your sweet comment.
      ~Ann

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  10. This book sounds like a fast and crazy ride. Count me in.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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    1. Renald,
      Thanks so much for visiting my tour today and good luck in the drawing!
      ~Ann

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  11. Congrats on such a great 4.5 star review on this site. Loved the excerpt with the stripper names. LOL.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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    1. Hi Anonymous/Strive,
      Thank you so much. I never know how a review will go, but naturally I'm always pleased when someone likes one of my books! Thanks for stopping by and good luck.
      ~Ann

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  12. This sounds really fun!

    vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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    1. Hi Anonymous/vitajex,
      Thanks so much for spending time with my tour today and good luck!
      ~Ann

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