Giveaway for OMG… Am I a Witch?!

NunezOctober is here and things will start getting Halloween-y soon! To celebrate the upcoming event, we’re offering a giveaway of our newest kids’ book PLUS some swag (a book of magic and a cute dog stuffy) – OMG… Am I a Witch?! by Talia Aikens-Nunez.

A very cute early chapter book for kids aged 7-10, this fun book follows April Appleton as she mistakenly turns her older brother into a fluffy little dog! With her friends, April will try her hardest to figure out how to change him back to his annoying human self – before her parents find out! And most importantly, is she really a witch?

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New Release: OMG… Am I a Witch?!

perf5.250x8.000.inddWe’d like to officially welcome Talia Aikens-Nunez to the Central Avenue Publishing family. Her book OMG… Am I a Witch?! is a wonderful addition to our too small children’s offering and we are very proud that she found us. This title was originally published by Pinwheel Books and has already won a silver Benjamin Franklin and kudos from some great authors and editors.

This early chapter book follows April Appleton as she inadvertently changes her big brother into a small dog. April never realized she had these magical powers, but now that her brother is a pooch, what will she do? A fun read, it’s perfect for the 7 to 12 year old in your life.

TaliaNunezTalia Aikens-Nunez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. It was raising her bilingual children that inspired Talia to write multicultural children’s books. Her family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water, so now they live on a river in Connecticut.

 

ISBN Trade Paperback: 978-1-77168-025-7
ISBN ebook: 978-1-77168-026-4
JUVENILE | Fantasy & Magic
150 pages
List Price: $8.95 | $3.99
Published: August 7, 2014

On Being a Small Press Author – Sabrina Zollo

Running a small press is just like running a business with a group of employees – well almost. I don’t actually get to see them every day and we can’t gather around the water cooler to chat. Since we all see each other only virtually, I thought it might be nice to ‘introduce’ our authors to both each other and their readers via a series of short interviews. These interviews will run every couple of days for the next month or so – it’s a neat way of finding out how similar authors can be, and yet so different.

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Today I’m happy to present Sabrina Zollo, the newest author in our publishing house. Her book, WHY I LOVE MY GAY BOYFRIEND, was just released on Friday and it’s a fun story of a young woman’s new life as she enters the corporate world. I met Sabrina through a former mutual colleague who encouraged her to submit to our house, and I’m sure glad she did. She’s a fun, very professional gal who also happens to be Canadian! Please join me in welcoming her aboard.

1. The first book I can remember reading is: I was a reading monster growing up. I loved books. A WRINKLE IN TIME really stands out from my childhood. Before you’re impressed, note that I also owned the whole Sweet Valley High series.

2. The first book I ever wrote was: Actually, it’s the one that Central Avenue Publishing is publishing right now. I wrote a lot growing up but WHY I LOVE MY GAY BOYFRIEND is the first book I ever finished writing. A pretty good incentive for me to follow through on all my endeavours!

3. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing through my day job. I was presenting to a retailer and my colleague thought it would be fun to mention that I wrote a book. With a title like WHY I LOVE MY GAY BOYFRIEND, it was a little embarrassing to talk about in a corporate meeting with a customer, but it turned out the buyer knew Michelle and recommended that I submit my novel. I decided to submit my book to increase my odds.

I had gotten about twenty rejections before Michelle reached out to me. I read her email while I was away on business late at night and broke out in a celebration dance alone in my hotel room, contemplating whether I should contact my co-workers to go down to the hotel bar and celebrate. The next morning they were upset that I hadn’t!

4. The last book I read was the Steve Jobs biography. A fascinating book. What a true genius to have revolutionized everything he touched, despite possibly being the meanest person in the world.

5. In order for me to sit down and write, I need to feel so strongly about something and so connected to it that it just comes pouring out of me. I read in WRITING DOWN THE BONES that you need to let life experiences marinate within you before you realize what impact it had on you. WHY I LOVE MY GAY BOYFRIEND was inspired by a life event but it took me more than five years to realize what I wanted to say about it. And then as I wrote, I learned some more.

6. My ‘day job’ is:  I’m a brand manager at a health company. After marketing beauty, food and drug products, it’s so weird to be marketing myself!

7. I carve out time to write by forcing myself to write every Sunday afternoon no matter what. It’s amazing how efficient and productive you become when you restrict yourself to small windows.

8. I am currently working on marketing my first book – it’s my night/weekend job right now but I’m loving it. My second book is still marinating but I feel like it may be ready soon.

9. The best piece of advice I ever got regarding my writing was from my good friend Alysia. I was disappointed after a year of rejection for my book and she made me promise to keep submitting and not stop until I got a hundred rejections. Who knew that setting massive rejection as a goal would end up as the opposite?

10. The best piece of advice I would give is: Ask yourself what gives you joy and happiness and what you are truly passionate about in life. If you’re not doing it then ask yourself what the hell you’re waiting for.  Asking myself this question is what inspired me to actually write my book.

New Release: Why I Love My Gay Boyfriend by Sabrina Zollo

Today, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Sabrina Zollo, the first new author we’ve brought into the Central Avenue fold in a long, long time. We were captured by Sabrina’s great story when she submitted it – well, after we found it. It seems as though cyberspace claimed a few of our submissions late last year and we didn’t find this out till months later. I’m sure happy we found it – it’s one of the most fun stories I’ve read in a while.

It’s the story of Veronica Lopez, a young, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed MBA grad who’s looking to save the world. Faced with a lack of job prospects, she accepts a marketing position at Gisele, a global cosmetics empire. When she’s faced with female co-workers who instantly hate her, she finds solace in the only person who is nice to her, a gay man named Stevie. Stevie becomes her fashion consultant, and guide to all things corporate. When Veronica starts to get herself into trouble by performing a few career limiting moves and alienating her best girl friends, Stevie sticks by her.

It’s a fantastic tale, told with the wit of someone who is just a great story-teller. Sabrina has created characters full of flaws and redeeming qualities, as all good characters should be. Why I Love My Gay Boyfriend is a guaranteed fun read.

Sabrina Zollo is a marketer and author who lives in Toronto, Canada. She has been compulsively writing stories since childhood. She graduated with an MBA from York University and has worked in brand management for almost ten years. Sabrina is a consummate lover of Pinot Grigio, dark chocolate, shoes and spin class.

Why I Love My Gay Boyfriend is available in both print and digital editions.

On Being a Small Press Author – Dan Schwartz

Running a small press is just like running a business with a group of employees – well almost. I don’t actually get to see them every day and we can’t gather around the water cooler to chat. Since we all see each other only virtually, I thought it might be nice to ‘introduce’ our authors to both each other and their readers via a series of short interviews. These interviews will run every couple of days for the next month or so – it’s a neat way of finding out how similar authors can be, and yet so different.
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Today, I’m very pleased to introduce you to Dan Schwartz, he is one of our very first authors and the creator of some of the most interesting work we have: The Many Mini Adventures of Abner the Gopher, No Cure For Nature and Ramblings of a Love Sick Masochist. I first read Dan’s fun fantasy adventures and then read his heart rending Love Sick Masochist and devoured it as quickly as I could one Saturday afternoon many years ago. And I think that Dan and I must share the same type of sense of humor, because his author picture truly cracks me up.

1. The first book I can remember reading is:   The Adventures of Johnny Chuck by Thornton W. Burgess (and it is still one of my favorites, and seeing how many of my books are based around animals I would say that this book was quite influential on me)

2. The first book I ever wrote was:   No Cure for Nature (although I had parts of Ramblings of a Love Sick Masochist already written before starting No Cure for Nature)

3. An average day in my life goes like this:  Wake up, follow my morning hygeine routine, play with my dogs, eat breakfast and write a little, go to work, work, write during lunch, back to work, go home, eat dinner and watch TV with the wife, play with dogs, write before
bed, bedtime.

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing (ireadiwrite) from:  It is hard to recall exactly when, but after I had written my first book I did a great deal of research on how I wanted to release my work, and I stumbled upon ireadiwrite, tried my luck and the rest is history. Also, most (if not all) of the other ePublishers seemed too automated and lacked that personal touch, if that makes sense; they seemed so cold so I avoided them. I decided to submit my book because: It had pizazz

5. The last book I read was:  Double Dexter by Jeffry Lindsay

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need:   Time (and something to write with or on).  As long as I am not busy with something else, I am writing.

7. My ‘day job’ is:  Environmental Engineer

8. I carve out time to write by:  Pretty much just carrying around something to write with and having a story fresh in my mind.  Many of my short stories are written while I wait for an oil change or something like that.

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice:  I honestly do not feel as if I am sacrificing anything.  I enjoy writing and that is my entertainment and relaxation.  I would rather write than play video games or watch a movie, but at the same time I put my job and my family first, so finding time to write is still a challenge, but never a burden.

10. I am currently working on:  A story about military squirrels

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from:  Do what you enjoy for a living otherwise it is not a living and it was:  Not really sure, there have been many iterations of this saying passed around, but they truly are words to live by.

12. The best piece of advice I would give is:  Do what you enjoy, no one else can truly make you happy except you.