Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spotlight on Amy Gettinger & Her Fun & Quirky Women's Fiction!



Amy Gettinger has 2 grown sons, 2 tyrannical mini-poodles, and a long-suffering husband. She’s pretty good at teaching ESL to adults, and writes jazz chants and poems focusing on pertinent grammar points. Currently, she is writing and producing Reader’s Theater plays with nonagenarians in a local assisted living. She loves to decorate with sunflowers and watch British TV shows.  She also loves the sound of children in the pool next door and the cacophony of crows, parrots, owls, and hummingbirds in and around her garden. She loves playing board games and eating chocolate. Let’s not forget the chocolate. She writes and laughs at Facebook in the shadow of some very noisy hundred-year-old eucalyptus trees in Orange County, CA. 

 A woman as flambouyant as Amy has no secrets, but here is a little about her

1. I lived my first 9 years near Indianapolis, and then over 20 years in Fresno, CA, with a year in Davis, CA and one in Aix-en-Provence, France thrown in.

2. I am so allergic to shellfish that I got quite ill breathing in the air at Benihana for about 10 minutes one time. My dad was so allergic to sesame oil that he got ill breathing in the air at a similar cook-at-the-table restaurant in Japan. He had to go to the hospital. I just took a bunch of Benadryl.

3. I have a Bachelor's Degree in math, but I can't remember calculus.

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What does Amy write?  
Check it out below!

Roll with the Punches
A Story of Roller Derby, Alzheimer's and Plagiarism
by Amy Gettinger

My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: March 23, 2015
Publisher: Raucous Eucalyptus Press
Genre: Humorous Chick Lit
Print Length: 412 pages
Available from: Amazon
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A rollicking, humorous chick lit adventure, full of fun and light romance.
Falling is extra hard on tall people, like Rhonda Hamilton: the bone breakage, the bruises, the ignominy of it all. And Rhonda’s falling, hard. The latest novel from a reclusive national bestselling author is a twin to the manuscript she’s just finished and started marketing to agents. Some wild roller derby girls add a hint of crazy to Rhonda’s hunt for the book thief, but can they find out the truth before her reputation tanks?
Plus, Dad is acting odd, storing milk in the garage and throwing away Rhonda’s clothes. Two drool-worthy guys offer to help, guys Rhonda would gladly fall for, if her life weren’t careening between crazy Dad, crazier roller girls, and crazy-cute hunks, then rocketing through derby bouts, giant mudslides and burlesque fundraisers. If she wants to nail the wily plagiarist and keep Dad safe, Rhonda had better stay up on her skates to avoid a very big fall.
 http://tometender.blogspot.com/2015/04/roll-with-punches-story-of-roller-derby.html

Alice in Monologue Land
by Amy Gettinger

My rating: 4.5 stars

Publication Date: April 8, 2015
Publisher: Raucous Eucalyptus Press
Genre: Women's Fiction | Humor
Print Length: 375 pages
Available from: Amazon
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A fun, light, adventure-filled novel full of real women with curves and stage fright. A balance of humor, mystery, and romance.
When adjunct English instructor Alice Chalmers gets roped into reading a part in an upcoming campus production of The Venus Monologues, her life spirals out of control. The teaching job of her dreams is open, but the staid hiring committee won't appreciate seeing her on stage discussing the “V-word.” Pressured by her dean to perform, Alice is in monologue hell. When she calls the production "The Venomous Mambas" or "The Viral Meningitis," her children howl. But Alice has more pressing problems: some of her female students are disappearing.
At monologue practices, Alice meets the Venus Warriors, a fearless group of college women who cheerfully dish on men, menstruation, and menopause while bonding through skydiving and workshops where ALL things feminine are explored. Add an odd trio of men who long to explore all things feminine with Alice, starting with her lips and moving toward her monologue zone. But seriously: A snake-loving professor in Birkenstocks? A chain-smoking student with a chin mole? Or a too-young Colombian coffee god? The choice makes her head hurt.
Things get rough when someone sabotages the monologues with loose stage wires and poisoned brownies. But when one female student is found dead and another is in peril, the Venus Warriors fly to the rescue, and Alice skydives smack into an alligator's nest of answers.  
http://tometender.blogspot.com/2015/05/alice-in-monologue-land-by-amy-gettinger.html

ho are more than they seem, to pythons giving “hugs,” one must admire the character Alice or pray for her survival. A fun-loving read, perfect to bring sunshine to even the cloudiest day, Ms. Gettinger lets us know it is okay to laugh at ourselves, just in case we can identify with Alice and that reading less than lofty tomes brings a certain sparkle and shine to the literary world. I might suggest you hang on tight, this tale has more spins than a tilt-a-whirl.


Fools Rush In!
An April Fools Day Anthology
by Celia Kennedy, S.E. Babin, Laurie Baxter, Amy Gettinger, Whitney Dineen, Connie Stephany, Engy Albasel Neville, Suzie Jay,

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Celia Kennedy
Genre: Romantic Humor | ChickLit
Print Length: 236 pages
Available FREE from: Amazon
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A collection of chick lit short stories set around April Fools’ Day. On the first day of April, tricksters play their pranks, but what will be the outcome? Some will find love, while others will experience betrayal. Other pranksters will seize adventure and travel to confess or rekindle romance. Some may face rejection, seek forgiveness, or earn a second chance. How love and laughter rule the day.
http://tometender.blogspot.com/2015/03/fools-rush-in-april-fools-day-anthology.html


Cupid on the Loose!
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A collection of ten contemporary chick lit short stories set around Valentine's Day.

Cupid is on the loose and anything could happen, as ten of his targets are about to find out. Will they find love or wave it goodbye? If their man goes down on one knee, will they say yes or no? If an old flame suddenly appears, will it start a fire or fizzle out? Read on and find out...

Stories included:
* All the World's a Page by Jennifer Gilby Roberts
* Miss Understanding in the Ballroom with the Wrench by Geralyn Corcillo
* The Wonder of India by Julie Farrell
* Vodka and Chocolate Hearts by Jean Oram
* Cupid, with a Eucalyptus Tree, in the Teachers’ Workroom by Amy Gettinger
* Sugar, It’s Cold Outside by Celia Kennedy
* Fly, Robin, Fly by Kathryn R. Biel
* Not Just for Valentine’s Day by Karen E. Martin
* Cupid’s Second Chance by Lisa Bambrick
* And The Winner Is… by CeCe Osgood

These short reads are perfect for a bit of me-time. So, pour a glass of wine, open a box of chocolates, put your feet up and indulge.

 
Amy has FIVE $5 Amazon Gift Cards up for grabs!
International where allowed
Ends May 23, 2015

22 comments:

  1. Amy is a delightful author who knows how write feel good tales! Anything new coming soon, Amy?

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    1. Writing a short story for a summer anthology with Jennifer Roberts and a few more of the Chick Lit Chat authors. All the stories will be about fun in the sun and beaches. And they'll all feature a red bikini...

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  2. I always enjoy books that have some humor in them. I look forward to giving Amy Gettinger's writing a try. Thanks!

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  3. I am happy that I found out about you on the Tome Tender blog because it sounds like your books are right up my alley! I especially want to read Alice in Monologue Land. Romantic suspense is my favorite genre and throw in some humor - I'm hooked.

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  4. I cant wait to read this book!!! Looks great

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    1. Wonderful!! Love new readers! You've made my day!

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  5. You look like you have a lot of fun in life! And your book sounds hilarious! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Yep. Gotta laugh when the 90-year-olds put on feather headdresses and read about a schoolmarm and a teenager becoming dancehall girls.

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  6. I am shocked -- SHOCKED -- I tell you! The nerve of flouting the "V" word in cyberspace for innocents (like me!) to see and become corrupted! I'm simply AGHAST! (Sure hope I win!) --Michael ;-)

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    1. Aghast? Shocked? Great! Then our work here is done!

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    2. Hehehe. My poor character, Alice, just can't deal with it either. LOL

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  7. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOKS AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  8. Ha! These sound great!! Humor, suspense!! Thank You for the chance!!

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    1. Thanks! They're so funny, they make me laugh, and I wrote them. LOL

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    2. Sounds wonderful, Amy!! Now added to my Wishlist & TBR!!

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  9. Thanks, everyone for showing up and appreciating the humor. These books took years to create. Hope someone reading enjoys them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Will be starting a third novel as soon as I submit the next short story to our summer anthology with each story involving a red bikini.

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  10. Such fun covers and the stories sounds like it too. I can always use some humor in my day. Do you do the covers yourself?


    sherry @ fundinmental

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  11. Love the elephant statue, where is it located? Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  12. I love Amy's style of writing. Hope to read all of her books

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