Finishing up the Book Tour with a Sweet Treat!

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It has been such a  joy touring with this book. Special thanks to Melissa Flicks for her excellent organizing and promotion!

Stop by today’s post by C. Streetlights on her blog here.

Join us tonight for the party on Facebook, if you can!

Peace,

Denise

 

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Friday Friends: Cee Streetlights & Black Sheep Rising

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img_5495After writing and illustrating her first bestseller in second grade, “The Lovely Unicorn”, C. Streetlights took twenty years to decide if she wanted to continue writing. In the time known as growing up she became a teacher, a wife, and mother. Retired from teaching, C. Streetlights now lives with her family in the mountains along with their dog that eats Kleenex. Her memoir, Tea and Madness, won honorable mention for memoir in the Los Angeles Book Fair (2016) and is available for purchase on Amazon.

C. Streetlights is represented by Lisa Hagan Books and published by Shadow Teams NYC. For all press interviews and other inquiries, please contact Ms. Hagan directly.

You can connect with C. Streetlights on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Author Central, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.

 

 

 

Friday Friends: C. Streetlights “Tea & Madness”

Happy Friday, Friends!  It is my pleasure to  feature authors and bloggers on Fridays. Today I am delighted to announce that Tea and Madness by C. Streetlights is rereleased!  This gorgeous book really touched my heart.

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Tea & Madness, a memoir written in prose and poetry, is separated into the four seasons inspired by C. Streetlights’ experiences: grieving a lost baby, coping with depression, anger, betrayal, surviving rape, and the accepting that there are some things she cannot forgive. Balanced somehow within this darkness is the wonder in motherhood and empathetic relationships. As her seasons change, she continues trying to find the balance of existing between normalcy and a certain kind of madness.

“Pears” from Tea and Madness
by C. Streetlights

My grandma had already been divorced when she met my grandpa. She was the older woman; eleven years older than him when they were married. He grew a mustache to hide his true age—19-years-old. They settled into a somewhat quiet life in Compton, California. I can appreciate the bravery my grandparents had to have had in order to pursue their love better now that I am an adult than I could as a child. As a child they were just old people. As an adult, I recognize the social dynamics that should have prevented their joy.
By the time I was eight years old it became clear my grandmother had what people called Old Timer’s Disease—Alzheimer’s. And this is how I remember her best; an old tired woman fighting a losing battle against her own mind, not as the vibrant woman I know she must have been.
I had to spend a weekend with my grandparents during a time when Grandma was beginning to deteriorate in her dementia. It was an unmemorable visit except for two things: First, I learned to eat mashed potatoes by melting cheese on it, and second, my grandmother called me a tart after accusing me of stealing her lipstick.
I can laugh about this now.
My grandmother had a vanity table with an oval mirror in her bathroom—very Gibson-girlish. It displayed the cosmetics she no longer wore. I would sometimes run my fingers over their gilded cases and hold up one of her make-up mirrors. Cosmetic cases today are created for disposable or utilitarian purposes rather than display, but my grandmother’s compacts had intricate filigree designs woven around the edges. Lipstick tubes had images of birds or flowers. And what little girl could resist the powder puff?
I came home from school and overheard her being consoled by my grandfather. Curious, I went into their room and bathroom to investigate—neither room had ever been “forbidden” to the grandchildren. I stood there at the bathroom doorway watching the small drama when Grandma turned on me without warning. Her finger in my face, she asked where I put the lipstick, but her eyes weren’t accusatory. Her eyes were afraid. I was confused and told her I didn’t know what she was talking about. My grandfather put his hands on her shoulders and tried to tell her I was her granddaughter. It dawned on me at that moment that my grandma didn’t know who I was, and it broke my heart even though I couldn’t fully comprehend it. All I heard was, “There is no way this tart is my granddaughter. She stole my lipstick!”
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After writing and illustrating her first bestseller in second grade, “The Lovely Unicorn”, C. Streetlights took twenty years to decide if she wanted to continue writing. In the time known as growing up she became a teacher, a wife, and mother. Retired from teaching, C. Streetlights now lives with her family in the mountains along with their dog that eats Kleenex. Her memoir, Tea and Madness won honorable mention for memoir in the Los Angeles Book Fair (2016) and is available for purchase on Amazon.

You can connect with C. Streetlights on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Author Central, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.
http://www.cstreetlights.com

 

 

 

Friday Friends: Kelly Wilson & Caskets from Costco

Happy Friday, Friends!  Today I am delighted to feature Kelly Wilson, author of Caskets from Costco.  Kelly is an amazing unique talent: writing with humour even as she writes of trauma and grief. Her ability and commitment to telling it like it is, is inspiring.  Thank you for stopping by today, Kelly!

1. What made you decide to publish?

There was no way for me to process what I had been through than to publish Caskets From Costco, my funny book about grief. I had this visceral sense that it needed to be published, if for no other reason than to hopefully help somebody else going through grief and trauma. Maybe my story could shine a little light in the darkness.
2. How important is writing for your well-being? I write literally every day. I have a small notebook I carry in my purse – I take notes in this as well as on my phone. I’m a comedian, so I’m always writing and refining jokes, which for me just come up in the course of life. My work for money is freelance writing, and I have a blog and am working on one or more writing projects at any given time. When I need to think about something deep or work out something complicated or want to remember something funny, I write it down automatically…partly because my memory leaked out of my uterus with the birth of my two children. I do not know what I would do without writing.

3. What is in store for you in 2016?

My first class of the year is Musical Improv, during which I will learn how to use my comedic improv skills through music and a little bit of choreography. I am working with Stand Up for Mental Health this year to help others write about their experiences through writing and performing jokes. I am also working on my next book, a funny parenting book called, Poop Before You Get on the Boat.

 
4. Who are your favorite funny people?

There are so many funny people worth looking up to right now in pop culture, like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, Will Ferrell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., and Steve Carell, just to name a few of my favorites. My all-time favorite funny person is Erma Bombeck. A couple of readers compared me to her and I was over-the-moon honored.

 
5. What is one last-minute dinner “recipe” you can share with us?

I’m a terrible cook. Hot dogs all the way.
fam-photo-xmas-resizedKelly Wilson is an author and comedian who entertains and inspires with stories of humor, healing, and hope. She is the author of Live Cheap & Free, Don’t Punch People in the Junk, and Caskets From Costco, along with numerous articles and short stories for children and adults.

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Kelly writes and speaks about finding hope in the process of recovery. Through both stand-up and improv comedy, she brings laughter to audiences of all ages using a wide range of subject matter, including silly songs, parenting stories, and jokes and anecdotes revolving around mental health issues.

Kelly Wilson currently writes for a living and lives with her Magically Delicious husband, junk-punching children, dog, cat, and stereotypical minivan in Portland, Oregon. Read more about her at http://www.wilsonwrites.com.

You can follow Kelly Wilson here:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WilsonWrites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KW_Writes
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KellyWilsonWrites
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6548683.Kelly_Wilson
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/wilsonwrites/
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Wilson/e/B0030ZX24S
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kellywilsonwrites/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelly-wilson-i

 

Be be sure to check out her book on Amazon!  I am reading it RIGHT NOW!

Caskets From Costco  http://www.amazon.com/Caskets-Costco-Kelly-Wilson/dp/1513703919/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Book Tour: Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage

For Friday Friends this week, I am featuring Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage.  When you read it, you will feel as if you have made a new friend. I loved it and bought it for my bestie.

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I’m so excited to bring you Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage.

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Christmas Confessions & Cocktails
By Author Vicki Lesage

Blurb:

American-turned-Parisian Vicki tells it like it is, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest to her even crazier holidays in her new home in France. Bizarre gifts, stomach-turning food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of the tales you’ll chuckle at in this installment of the Paris Confessions series.

This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for tasty cocktails and hearty laughs this holiday season!

Buy the Book:

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Giveaway

Who doesn’t love a Giveaway?
Vicki is giving away her book ‘Confessions of a Paris Party Girl’ below:

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Confessions of a Paris Party Girl

Blurb:

#1 Amazon Best Selling Author

When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more difficile than she’d imagined. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, this cheeky storyteller recounts the highs and lows of her life in the City of Light. Sassy and shamefully honest, Vicki makes you feel as if you’re right there in Paris stumbling along the cobblestones with her.

Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?

A funny memoir about coming of age and embarking on a new life in Paris. Part travel memoir, part love story, this collection of funny essays shows the humorous side of life, love, and drinking in Paris.

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About the Author:

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Vicki Lesage

Bio:

Amazon bestselling author Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising two French kids isn’t as easy as the hype lets on. In her three minutes of spare time per week, she writes, sips bubbly, and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She lives in Paris with her French husband, rambunctious son, and charming daughter, all of whom mercifully don’t laugh when she says “au revoir.”

She penned the Paris Confessions series in between diaper changes and wine refills. She writes about the ups and downs of life in the City of Light at VickiLesage.com.

Find her here:

Twitter
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Amazon
Vickilesage.com

Check out all the Tour Stops:

12.07.15

Review @ Corinne’s Garden
Review @ Hello…Chick Lit
Spotlight Post @ Lozza’s Book Corner
Guest Post by Vicki @ This Chick Reads

12.08.15

Review/Spotlight Post @ ChocolatePages
Spotlight Post @ Literary Chanteuse
Inteview with Vicki @ Judging More than just the Cover

12.09.15

Review @ Ali – The Dragon Slayer
Excerpt @ T&L Book Reviews
Interview with Vicki @ The Avid Readers Blog

12.10.15

Review/Excerpt @ Live, Laugh & Love Books
Review @ Writing Pearls
Spotlight @ One Book at a Time
Spotlight Post @ Chick Lit Central

12.11.15

Spotlight Post @ Key of Dee
Review @ Serve Me Reviews
Guest Post @ It’s not all Gravy
Excerpt @ Art, Books & Coffee
Spotlight Post @ Around the World Books
Excerpt @ Book Groupies

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Friday Friends: Cee Streetlights

Happy Friday!  Today I am happy to feature the delightful Cee Streetlights, author of Tea and Madness. Cee was so kind to help me out on my own book launch virtual party, and I am more than happy to offer her the spotlight here today.  Without further adieu, here’s Cee!

How did you decide to write your story?  

Tea and Madness came about because I had no faith in myself, to be honest. I was determined to not set expectations whatsoever so that I could safely put off any thoughts that might dangerously become goals. I knew I wanted to have a collection of poetry and prose, all selected from this time period when experienced enormous pain and struggle because it’s important to me that I show the reader that life is authentically messy. This chaotic time period was also extraordinarily formative for me, important to me, and I wanted to share that with readers, to share with them this truth I learned for myself – that we are all incredibly messy individuals and there is no reason for us to try to cover it up and pretend anymore. We already spend so much of our day inundated my “perfection programming” in the media, messaging that is just as toxic as any other abusive language. I felt it was important for readers to see “a year in the life” of an average woman who has lived through some wreckage and is still standing.

Was the final version somehow different than you had expected?  

Yes and no. I visualized my book to be divided up into seasons, symbolic of a year in a woman’s life. Because I first thought I would be self-publishing, I had planned on including artwork unique to each season but unfortunately this wasn’t able to happen in the end. My first title was a terrible and generic title; I don’t even remember it anymore. I was never committed to it and I think I somehow hoped I’d come up with a better one. The biggest difference would have to be the title and the inclusion of tea etiquette and information in the appendix. I was stuck in traffic one afternoon and all I wanted to do was get home to have a cup of tea. I had just been talking with a friend of mine about how making tea is a calm and ritualistic process for me. And it is. Bringing the water to a boil only to let it cool enough so the tealeaves can be steeped in the perfect temperature is so symbolic to me – we go through so much trial at times that we don’t know why we’re experiencing the difficulty. It’s only after the trial has passed that we are able to have the perspective to really flourish.

Including the tea etiquette and information felt right to me somehow. I liked having the dichotomy of my madness juxtaposed with the orderliness of tea.

Describe your first perfect cup of tea. 

I couldn’t stand tea when I was a little girl. We only had chamomile tea and I thought it tasted like old ladies. I avoided it whenever I could. When I reached my 30s, the health craze caught on to green tea as a means of losing weight. I did not care for green tea and still don’t. I didn’t try tea again until about a year after my first cup of green tea and went to an afternoon tea at a high-end hotel with my husband. I can’t remember the exact tea I ordered but I do remember it was a white tea with a delicate flavor. Drinking it immediately soothed me and filled me with a warmth that was more than the drink. The scent was lovely, the taste complemented the sandwiches and cakes perfectly, and I have been hooked ever since.

Do you have any crazy writing habits? 

I tend to be a binge writer. I will go days and days without writing anything until finally all the words have to fall out of me. I’ll write for hours and accomplish so much that I’ve yet to come up with a reason to not do this other than it doesn’t fit deadlines very well. I’m also a word hoarder. I’ll create fantastic phrases or sentences and then I won’t want to use them. I hold on to them like fancy wrapping paper or cute fat quarters that I think I’ll sew something from.

What music inspires you?

The music questions always stump me because I’m not a very auditory person. I generally don’t listen to music at all when I write nor do I ever really listen to it and will it spark some creativity. I am more visual, really. I will see photographs are drawings (I keep track of them on Pinterest, for example) that will make me wander around in my mind. People also fascinate me and different types of people will generally begin a thread of conversation in my imagination.

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After writing and illustrating her first bestseller in second grade, “The Lovely Unicorn”, C. Streetlights took twenty years to decide if she wanted to continue writing. In the time known as growing up she became a teacher, a wife, and mother. Retired from teaching, C. Streetlights now lives with her family in the mountains along with their dog that eats Kleenex. Her new memoir, Tea and Madness is now available.

 

You can follow C. Streetlights on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.