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M E D I A     R E L E A S E

For Immediate Release
Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Double Freebie To Start the New Year

Husband/Wife Team Up
for Kindle Select Promotion

Los Angeles/Pasadena/--Multi award-winning poet, novelist, and author of the famed HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers Carolyn Howard-Johnson and award-winning playwright and actor Lance Johnson have been married for far longer than the average couple worldwide and are still doing things together—in this case joining with Amazon’s Kindle Select program to give away e-copies of their books.
Ta Da! Two books for your Kindle (or your computer if you don’t have a Kindle—see the link for doing that below) with only a couple clicks.
All you do is go to on Jan 13, 14, 15, 16, or 17th and click and then to and click. Both e-books will come directly to your computer or your Kindle.

Anyone can also send the books fr~~ to anyone they'd like to have a thoughtful—and fast—gift. Send Lance’s to a foreign student you know, an emigrant, or about anyone who cut more high school civics (or English!) classes than they should have. Send Carolyn’s book to any author you know. Every nonfiction author and even most fiction writers can use it for it is becoming common for publishers to ask for proposals from writers of genre fiction. It’s thoughtfulness with the click of a mouse.

Lance Johnson is an actor with national commercials, plays, and movies to his credit. He has also visited more than 90 countries and taught English and American culture abroad. His book has been endorsed by ambassadors to the US and ambassadors from the US to other countries.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's HowToDoItFrugally series for writers has won multiple awards. She has studied writing at universities in the Czech Republic, Russia and UK, UCLA, and USC. And she has been an instructor for the world renowned UCLA Extension Writers' Program for nearly a decade.

For more information on these books or the authors visit: for Lance’s work and for Carolyn’s.

PS: Free Kindle books are available for about any format or reader you prefer. PC, iPhone, Android, Mac, etc. Just download the appropriate free app. The one for PCs is at

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WOYDW: What's on your BOAT, Wednesday? Lara Nance Rocks the Boat!


 What's on your desk, Lara Nance?

First of all, I live on a boat, so space is very tight. This is not a desk, it's the table normal people would use to eat on. But since it's always covered with my writing tools, it's become my desk.
There's my computer - necessary for writing of course, My external hard drive containing files from the past four computers I've owned that crashed. My I-Pad, good for lot's of things like playing games when I take a break from writing. Book Two of the steampunk trilogy, Rescue from the Baron - important because I can't remember my own character's names and other important happenings and have to look them up while I'm writing the third book. #lame or #Alzheimer's. Wine glass - no need to explain. Dog treats - for our doggie overlord, Rio. Christmas flowers and card from my hubby - necessary love to keep the writing engine going. Above the flowers is my marketing and publishing calendar for 2013 taped to the mast. Last but not least is my noise cancelling headphones and I-Pod to use when my hubby is watching television, which is pretty much anytime he's home.

Read my review of Lara's book THE MAD SCIENTIST here.

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DVD : Walt Disney Animation Studios Press Release


New Release ('Wreck-It Ralph')
USA & Canada

WRECK- IT RALPH  -  Walt Disney Animation Studios announces the debut of the hit arcade-game-hopping adventure "Wreck-It Ralph" marking a Disney first with the early release of the HD Digital and HD Digital 3D on February 12, 2013, followed by the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, SD Digital and On-Demand release on March 5, 2013

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Wreck-It Ralph" takes viewers on a hilarious journey.  For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. As he explores exciting new worlds, he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman).    The film is directed by Emmy®-winner Rich Moore.
Featuring an all-star voice cast including Jack McBrayer as the voice of Fix It Felix, Jr. and Jane Lynch as the voice of Sgt. Calhoun, plus breakthrough bonus features that take viewers even deeper into the world of video games, Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" has something for every player. Over an hour of all-new bonus material is featured on the Digital and Blu-ray Combo Pack, including deleted and alternate scenes, the theatrical short "Paperman," plus much more. 

The home entertainment debut of "Wreck-It Ralph" will be available in multiple ways, containing exciting all-new bonus features that extend the fun-filled movie experience.
Bonus Materials Overview for These Products:
HD Digital
SD Digital
4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray +DVD + Digital Copy)
2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack  (Blu-ray +DVD)

* Bit by Bit: Creating the Worlds of "Wreck-It Ralph" – Fans of the film will get a look at five new worlds created for "Wreck-It Ralph." The short takes viewers into Game Central Station with the artists who brought Sugar Rush, Hero's Duty and Fix It Felix Jr. to life.
* Alternate & Deleted Scenes – Four separate scenes are highlighted with an introduction and optional audio commentary from director Rich Moore.
* Video Game Commercials – Viewers can check out the commercials created for the video games featured in the film - Fix It Felix Jr., Sugar Rush, Hero's Duty and Fix It Felix Hammer.
* "Paperman" – This animated short film played in theaters before "Wreck It Ralph." It tells the story of a young man in an office who sees the girl of his dreams in a skyscraper window across the street. But how can he get her attention?
Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Materials
* Disney Intermission: The Gamer's Guide to "Wreck-It-Ralph" – When the film is paused, host Chris Hardwick appears on screen to guide viewers through a series of 10 video segments offering an inside look at the many video game references, Disney references and other hidden surprises featured in the film.

Suggested Retail Prices:                                                               
4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray +DVD + Digital Copy)
$49.99 US and $56.99 Canada                                                     
2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = (Blu-ray +DVD)
$39.99 US and $46.99 Canada
DVD = $29.99 US and $35.99 Canada
Digital and On-Demand = Consumers should check with their television provider or preferred digital retailer for pricing and additional information

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REVIEW: Revenge of the Mad Scientist | Lara Nance | Steampunk


Revenge of the Mad Scientist
by Lara Nance

Buy on Kindle UK | USA

A Full Steam Ahead Steampunk Story!
Optimist Lady Arabella (Belle) Trunkett is a punky, sassy female with a an adventurous streak whose father, Sir John, Lord High Minister of Urbannia is on the verge of signing a peace treaty for lasting peace between the East and West countries, Urbannia and Gandiss. Then when Conrad Bellows, her father's assistant is stabbed by a Gandiss dagger and her father is kidnapped by ruthless ruffians, it soon becomes clear that someone has become threatened by this alliance, but can they really blame the Gandiss out of hand and cause more political upheaval?

Taking the situation into her own hands, Belle decides to charter an airship to take her, her steadfast butler Jasper, and her young stuttering friend Benji, and fly them to a dangerous area in Carabarras where she believes her father has be taken to. Along the way the airship she hired crashes and she is forced to transfer to the only other airship willing to go to such dangerous lands. Trouble is the dashing captain of the ship is non-other than her ex-fiancé Rett, and he is the last person on earth she trusts since he jilted her at the altar eight years ago. Yet, much to her annoyance, trust him she must, as it's the only way she can rescue her father, not that Rett is that happy about having her as a passenger on his ship when things are so awkward between them.

The Mad Scientist is a cleverly thought out Steampunk adventure, pumped with plenty of action and political rebellion and set in a fantasy world (not unlike Jay Lake's "Mainspring: Clockwork Earth series"), which takes us away from the usual Victorian British Empire or American Wild West themes and flies us into a whole new world filled with fancy contraptions made from brass, cogs and polished wood and powered by steam technology.  As the mystery surrounding her father's kidnapping is slowly revealed, I watched my favourite characters, Belle and Benji learn more about themselves and grow. I also enjoyed the way knowledgeable Benji became “Kef Benjamin", and spectacularly used it to their advantage.The book ends with a gripping tease, which continues just like a series in the next book, and whilst the story came to a satisfying end, you just know there is more to come!

From a secret group of deadly assassins - the Sarcs of Carabarras, to the Mandagols and sky pirates, Belle must face them all, but her hardest task by far (and one which was highly entertaining), was fighting her feelings for that scoundrel Rett who once broke her heart yet ultimately feels the same way and will do whatever he can to to protect Belle and save her father if it means he can regain her trust.

Lara Nance captures the textures of life in a "Steampunk" world well, and creates larger-than-life characters, combining different empires, political and cultural tensions with a touch of romance for a "full steam ahead" tale.  A fun read, which I powered through.

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REVIEW: Therian Promise | Therian Heat Bk 2 | Cyndi Friberg | Ellora's Cave


Title: Therian Promise | Therian Heat Bk 2
Author: Cyndi Friberg
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Romantica/Erotica/Paranormal
4 of 5 stars
Reviewer: WitchGiggles

  In Therian Promise, Kyle has to prove to himself as much as every one else that he is worthy of his seat on the Prime Council, mostly because of his youth. You see, he's the youngest feline shifter ever to hold a position on it and feels he has to do so. Now the wolves have discovered a "latent" female with incredibly powerful potential and this might be just the thing to prove himself: bring her in before the wolves make her one of them and turn her into an enemy- one of unknown dimension.

Ava trusts no one and when a vision sends her into flight mode once more, she finds herself stepping right into the hands of a man whose touch turns her blood to fire instead of fear. Now she must decide whether to give her fragile trust to a shifter whose soul calls to hers or take flight and possibly deny herself the future she's wanted forever.

I liked this one because the journey to life was both emotionally and physically trying. The main characters had to examine feelings they'd never encountered which made me chuckle at times, even though it probably wasn't intentional, while on the run from people out to use and abuse Ava. The action was good, the sex hot and the depth of the characters satisfying-the only disappointment- I didn't like the ending. Though I'm hoping the beginning of the next one satisfies my curiosity.

*NEW* Release Decadent Deceptions (Romantic Suspense)


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About Decadent Deceptions
Desperate to win Morgan’s love, Olivia Breedlove embarks on a reckless folly of cat and mouse. Morgan stays one step ahead of the woman he's loved for years, more so when he discovers the road Olivia travels is strewn with duplicity and murder.

A decade ago, Morgan was a heartbeat away from taking Olivia’s virginity. Her father, Thaddeus, intervened and threatened to meet him over pistols if he ever looked at his daughter again.

Thaddeus is dead now, and Morgan will not ignore the ravenous hunger he’s harbored for the woman. One way or the other, he will quench this burning desire and make Olivia his forever.

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