Today my special guest author is Sarah Gordon Weathersby, who has written a fascinating book:
Thanks so much, Chicki, for the opportunity to guest blog at your place. I’m currently in the midst of a 10-day blog tour to promote my new novel TELL THEM I DIED. Amazon has paperback copies listed for $8.99 and an Amazon Kindle version for $3.99. You can find it also on BN.com in NOOK version for $3.99. I need reviews to help generate word-of-mouth buzz and interest in the book.
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TELL THEM I DIED is a romantic adventure that doesn't conform to the usual romance novel genre in that the protagonists are all over fifty years of age, retired, and with discretionary time and funds to enjoy life, and online friends to share every minute. And unlike other romances, much of the action takes place on the internet on social networking sites. The story was inspired by the many people I came to know and love over many years on social networking sites. People who are not online a lot don't realize how real those long-distance relationships can be. Over all those years, my online friends have married, had children, divorced, and some have died. And then there is the travel element. My husband and I travel a lot, and we share our travel photos with our friends online. Several friends have suggested that I write a book about my travels. I think travelogs can be rather boring, but I decided to weave some of our adventures into the story.
The main characters of TELL THEM I DIED are Laura (Screen name: A1QTEE), owner/operator of Blaq-Kawfee.com, and the men in her life who come in an out of the social networking scene. There is Laura's number one confidante and forum moderator, Angela (Screen name: Angelplaits), and her husband "Bodine." The men in Laura's life, ex-fiance', Jackson (JackDaniels), Lester (TheGuy), Laura's son, Carlton, and her some-time boyfriend Harman all present challenges for Angela as she tries to find out what happened to her dear friend when she gets the news that Laura has died.
I hope you’ll take the time to check out TELL THEM I DIED and write a review at Amazon.com or on your blog. It's a light-hearted page-turner of a story, that my early reviewers have said they hated to end.
My tag line: When it comes to long-distance internet romances, sixty is the new seventeen.
Here is an excerpt:
“Thanks Carlton.” Angela said, but she still didn’t understand what he was up to. Why did he call if he wasn’t going to tell her anything?Now Angela was starting to shake. Like Jackson had said, it wasn’t right. She had never known anyone so evasive.
She called Jackson to give him the contacts from Blaq-Kawfee.
“Bonita and Stacey live in Las Vegas, and want to help. Bonita knows that guy Robbie who tried to sell Rooibos tea on Blaq-Kawfee. He lives somewhere near Laura’s condo. Bonita thinks he might want to help.”
She told him about the conversation with Carlton.
Jackson said, “See. I told you it wasn’t right. I don’t know what to make of it. I don’t want to go accusing that boy of doing something awful, but he sure is covering something up. I’ll look into those Johns and Blackman or whatever names and see if there is a mortuary with a similar name. I kind of doubt it. I’m thinking if I can get to the 911 operators from the day she died, I could get some useful information. They have to record every call.”
Angela was always the worrywart. “I’m not feeling good about your being out there snooping around where nobody knows you. Call those girls and see if they will help...at least have somebody who knows what you might be getting into.”
“OK, I’ll call them.” Jackson said. “And the one with the tea, I don’t know about him. Remember he got nasty when y’all asked about where he bought the tea he was selling. He started the name-calling until Laura had to banish him from the site. She told me he started harassing her with phone calls after that. I’d better tell Bonita and Stacey to back off from him.”
“Were you able to get any rest this afternoon?”
“Nah, Angela. I don’t think I will until I get some answers.”
“I told you, I’m worried about you.”
“I’ll be fine,” Jackson reassured her. “Don’t worry.”
GOODREADS GIVEAWAY - January 2013
I am giving away four (4) autographed copies ofTELL THEM I DIED through a giveaway administered by Goodreads.com. If you're not already a member of Goodreads, it's easy to join.Go here for the giveaway:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Gordon Weathersby is the youngest of seven siblings, and the first to migrate back to the South after living in DC, New Jersey and New York. She is a retired Information Technology professional who lives in Raleigh with her husband, and their imaginary dog, Dusty. Sarah is the author of a memoir, Motherless Child - stories from a life, and publisher of a family saga, The Gordons of Tallahassee, written by her sister LaVerne Gordon Goodridge. Tell Them I Died is her first work of fiction.
You can contact her online atwww.sarahweathersby.com
And Twitter @saraphen
I appreciate your time and consideration, and I hope you’ll enjoy my novel. Thanks so much, Chicki and friends.