catherine-bradyAbout Catherine Brady

Catherine Brady’s second short story collection, Curled in the Bed of Love, was the co-winner of the 2002 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and a finalist for the 2003 Binghamton John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Brady’s first collection of short stories, The End of the Class War, was a finalist for the 2000 Western States Book Award in Fiction. Her short story Written in Stone was selected by Lorrie Moore for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2004. Other stories have appeared in numerous journals, including Missouri Review, Ontario Review, Cimarron Review, Kenyon Review, and Redbook, and in anthologies, including Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Loving a Child with Special Needs (forthcoming), I Know Some Things: Stories about Childhood by Contemporary Writers, and The Next Parish Over: A Collection of Irish American Writing. A past winner of the Redbook Young Writers Award, Brady is the recipient of the 2001 Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Prize and the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize.

Brady is also the author of a biography of a molecular biologist, Elizabeth Blackburn and the Story of Telomeres: Deciphering the Ends of DNA. Her critical essays on the craft of fiction have appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle.

Brady received an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Hollins College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts. She was elected to the board of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in 2005 and served as Vice-President (2006) and President (2007). She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

About The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories

mechanics-of-fallingThis book presents eleven new stories that are set in and around San Francisco by an award-winning author. The stories in this collection explore those moments when the seemingly fixed coordinates of our lives abruptly give way – when mother love fractures, a faithful husband abandons his family, a conscientious middle-class life implodes, or loyalty demands an excruciating sacrifice. The characters share a fundamental predicament, the struggle to name and embrace some faith that can break their fall. In equal measure, they hunger for and resist this elusive possibility and what it demands of them. “The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories” deals with a range of circumstances and relationships, and with characters who must decide what they are willing to risk for the sake of transformation, or for the right to refuse it. The stories trace the effort to traverse the boundaries between one state and another – between conviction and self-doubt, recklessness and despair, resignation and rebellion. And each story propels the reader to imagine what will happen next, to register the unfinished and always precarious quality of every life.

Catherine Brady’s TLC BOOK TOUR Stops:

Wednesday, April 1st: Diary of an Eccentric

Thursday, April 2nd: Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Friday, April 3rd: S. Krishna’s Books

Monday, April 6th: Caribou’s Mom

Wednesday, April 8th: A Simple Walk

Friday, April 10th: Book Club Classics!

Monday, April 13th: …and hijinks ensued.

Wednesday, April 15th: A Blog of Her Own

Thursday, April 16th: Tomorrow is Another Day

Monday, April 20th: The State I Am In

Date TBD: Maw Books Blog

Date TBD: Books on the Brain

Date TBD: Estella’s Revenge

Date TBD: Eleanor’s Trousers

Date TBD: Clever Girl Goes Blog

Breathing Out the Ghost by Kirk Curnutt

img234724751a5bc2f800Monday, January 5th: Diary of an Eccentric includes a giveaway!

Tuesday, January 6th: Ramya’s Bookshelf review and Guest Post by the author

Wednesday, January 7th: The Sleepy Reader

Thursday, January 8th: Crime Ne.ws, formerly Trenchcoat Chronicles

Please stop by our tour stops this week and check out these great books and blogs!

you-lost-him-hello-jess-mccann-paperback-cover-artYou Lost Him At Hello: A Saleswoman’s Secrets to Closing the Deal with Any Guy You Want by Jess McCann

Monday, December 22nd:  It’s like, I’m…mmmagic!

Tuesday, December 23rd:  Cleveland’s a Plum

cover-12The Alchemy of Loss by Abigail Carter

Monday, December 22nd: Single Mom Finding Herself

Please stop by our tour stops this week and check out these great books and blogs!

 

cover-12The Alchemy of Loss by Abigail Carter

Monday, December 15th: Wormbook

Tuesday, December 16th: My Friend Amy

Wednesday, December 17th: Lesley’s Book Nook

Thursday, December 18th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

you-lost-him-hello-jess-mccann-paperback-cover-artYou Lost Him At Hello: A Saleswoman’s Secrets to Closing the Deal with Any Guy You Want by Jess McCann

Monday, December 15th:  Stefanie Says

Tuesday, December 16th:  Adventures of a Wanderlust Gyrl

Wednesday, December 17th:  Savvy Verse and Wit

Thursday, December 18th:  Life in Pink

Friday, December 19th:  Kristabella- Full of Snark Since 1977

 

 

Please stop by our tour stops this week and check out these great books and blogs!

you-lost-him-hello-jess-mccann-paperback-cover-artYou Lost Him At Hello: A Saleswoman’s Secrets to Closing the Deal with Any Guy You Want by Jess McCann

Monday, December 8th: As Life Flutters By

Wednesday, December 10th: The Girl From the Ghetto

Thursday, December 11th: Random Ramblings About My Crazy Life

Friday, December 12th: Starting Over at 24

3724Keeping Kids Out of the Middle: Child-Centered Parenting in the Midst of Conflict, Separation, and Divorce by Dr. Benjamin D. Garber, PhD

Monday, December 8th: The 3R’s: Reading, Riting, and Randomness

Tuesday, December 9th: Their Wicked Stepmother

Thursday, December 11th: No One’s The Bitch

cover-12The Alchemy of Loss by Abigail Carter

Monday, December 8th: Widows Quest

Tuesday, December 9th: A Novel Menagerie

Wednesday, December 10th: Anniegirl1138

Thursday, December 11th: Learning To Live

32031598The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel

Monday, December 8th: Red Lady’s Reading Room

Monday, December 8th: She is Too Fond of Books

Tuesday, December 9th: Savvy Verse and Wit

Wednesday, December 10th: Bookopolis (will also be posted as

a Guest Review at Books on the Brain)

Thursday, December 11th: B & B ex libris

two-brothers

Two Brothers – One North, One South by David H. Jones

Monday, December 8th: Civil War Literature

To keep the momentum going for her fabulous new book, The Memorist, author  MJ Rose is doing another TLC tour early in 2009.

mj-rose-11About M.J. Rose                

M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of 10 novels; Lip ServiceIn Fidelity,Flesh TonesSheet MusicLying in Bed,The Halo EffectThe Delilah ComplexThe Venus Fixand The Reincarnationist. She is also the co-author with Angela Adair Hoy of How to Publish and Promote Online, and with Doug Clegg of Buzz Your Book. Her latest novel, The Memorist, will be released November 1st.

She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. She runs two popular blogs; Buzz, Balls & Hype and Backstory.

Rose has been profiled in Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, Business 2.0, Working Woman, Newsweek and New York Magazine. She has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, and features on her have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including USAToday, Stern, L’Official, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

Rose graduated from Syracuse University and spent the ’80s in advertising. She was the Creative Director of Rosenfeld Sirowitz and Lawson and she has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. She lives in Connecticut with Doug Scofield, a composer, and their very spoiled dog, Winka.

Visit M.J. Rose’s website HERE

About The Memorist:

 

The Dreads are back.

As a child, Meer Logan was haunted by memories of another time and place always accompanied by the faint strains of elusive music. Now the dreads are back. The past has reached out again in the form of a strange letter that sets her on a search to unlock the mystery of who she once was.

“THE MEMORIST is a riveting and suspenseful page-turner that throws open a magical door to the past, revealing how history may influence not just our individual destinies, but the future of us all.”

– NYT Bestselling Author, Steve Berry

The Memorist was released Nov. 1st, 2008. You can read an excerpt of The Memorist HERE

 

MJ Rose’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

 

Monday, January 19th:  The Bluestocking Society

Tuesday, January 20th:  She is Too Fond of Books

Wednesday, January 21st:  Chain Reading

Thursday, January 22nd:  A Striped Armchair

Monday, January 26th:  Savvy Verse and Wit

Tuesday, January 27th:  Paranormality (guest post and giveaway)

Monday, February 2nd:  Dolce Bellezza

Tuesday, February 3rd:  Lit Chick Cafe – The Read Feed

Monday, February 9th:  A Reader’s Respite

ingridAbout Ingrid

Ingrid Cummings is a journalist, essayist, independent scholar, communications expert, and international speaker. A Contributing Editor at Indianapolis Monthly magazine and an award-winning newspaper columnist, she also teaches college courses at Indiana University, produces a radio show called Rubicon Salon, and runs a PR/Media business called Rubicon Communications LLC. She calls upon all 20 years of her teaching and coaching experience to animate the Creative process through a variety of original workshops. Named one of “Eight to Watch in ’08” by The Indianapolis Star, her first book, “The Vigorous Mind,” is due out in Jan. 2009.

33927987-1About The Vigorous Mind: Cross-Train Your Brain to Break Through Mental, Emotional, and Professional Boundaries

The Vigorous Mind proposes that the way to health and happiness is to “cross-train your brain” by intentionally diversifying the portfolio of your activities. Using historical as well as contemporary “Renaissance people” as inspiration, the book argues for a return to a generalist gestalt during the hours of the day when we’re not pursuing ever-narrower career specialties. With a distinctive approach to time management, The Vigorous Mind puts a contemporary spin on what it meant to be “well rounded,” a notion that sounds delightfully quaint today.

The book taps into one of today’s hottest trends: The application of neuroscience to everyday brain health. Scientists are proving that strategically pursuing a broad spectrum of sometimes-counterintuitive activities can actually strengthen your brain and make you better at everything you undertake.

The secret is consistent, incremental “baby steps,” in the spirit of the newly popular Japanese belief system called Kaizen. Kaizen is an ancient Japanese Zen philosophy that advocates taking small, even trivial steps to accomplish large goals. The intention is for the reader to make accelerative progress toward their cross-training goals by committing just 20 minutes of concentrated attention per day (what the author calls “Triumph in Twenty”) applied to any topic of their choice.

Ingrid Cummings makes the case that through knowledge of seemingly unrelated fields and interests, readers can fortify themselves against burn-out, become more fulfilled, better at their jobs, and more creative — in short, develop a truly vigorous mind.

Ingrid Cummings TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, January 20th: A Garden Carried In My Pocket

Wednesday, January 21st: 8Asians

Monday, January 26th: A Novel Menagerie

Tuesday, January 27th: Anniegirl1138

Wednesday, January 28th: She is Too Fond of Books

Friday, January 30th: So Not Zen

Monday, February 2nd: Simply Forties

Tuesday, February 3rd: life@work

Wednesday, February 4th: MidLifeBloggers.com

Thursday, February 12th:  Reading, Writing, and Retirement

Please stop by our tour stops this week and check out these great books and blogs!

31viz4dt1tl_sl500_aa240_ The Alchemy of Loss by Abigail Carter

Monday, December 1st: Crash Course Widow

Wednesday, December 3rd: Solomother

Thursday, December 4th: The Tome Traveller

you-lost-him-hello-jess-mccann-paperback-cover-artYou Lost Him At Hello: A Saleswoman’s Secrets to Closing the Deal with Any Guy You Want by Jess McCann

Monday, December 1st: Average 20 Something includes a giveaway!

Wednesday, December 3rd: A Novel Menagerie

Thursday, December 4th: Tripping Toward Lucidity

32031598 The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel

Tuesday, December 2nd: The Blogging Bookworm

Tuesday, December 2nd: Greenstylemom

Wednesday, December 3rd: Rawdorable includes author interview!

Thursday, December 4th: She is Too Fond of Books  will reschedule

Saturday, December 6th: Presenting Lenore

3724 Keeping Kids Out of the Middle: Child-Centered Parenting in the Midst of Conflict, Separation, and Divorce by Dr. Benjamin D. Garber, PhD

Tuesday, December 2nd: Mommy Vents

Wednesday, December 3rd: A Stepmom’s Say

Thursday, December 4th: Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman


Somebody Else’s Daughter
by Elizabeth Brundage

Monday, December 1st: The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness (this review will also appear as a guest post on Books on the Brain)

Tuesday, December 2nd: Bookroom Reviews

Friday, December 5th: Pieces of Me

bookcover Off the Menu by Christine Son

Monday, December 1st: DISGRASIAN

two-brothers Two Brothers – One North, One South by David H. Jones

Monday, December 1st – wig-wags

Please stop by our tour stops this week and check out these great books and blogs!

 

cover_memorist_sm1The Memorist by MJ Rose

Monday, November 24th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

Friday, November 28th: Frequency of Silence

 

two-brothersTwo Brothers – One North, One South by David H. Jones

Tuesday, November 25th – In the Shadow of Mount TBR

Wednesday, November 26th – TOCWOC – A Civil War Blog

Friday, November 28th – A High and Hidden Place

 

lovebiology_225Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe by Jennie Shortridge

Monday, November 24th:  Minds Alive on the Shelves

Wednesday, November 26th:  Book Addiction

Sunday, November 30th:  B & b ex libris


bookcoverOff the Menu by Christine Son

Monday, November 24th:  The Literate Housewife review and gift card contest!

Tuesday, November 25th:  Feminist Review

Wednesday, November 26th:  Diary of an Eccentric (guest post and giveaway!)

Friday, November 28th:  Disgrasian

 

Somebody Else’s Daughter by Elizabeth Brundagehome_daughter

Tuesday, November 25th: The Friendly Book Nook (Author Interview)

 

 

3724 Keeping Kids Out of the Middle: Child-Centered Parenting in the Midst of Conflict, Separation, and Divorce by Dr. Benjamin Garber

Wednesday, November 26th: Stepmama Metamorphoses

 

 

32031598The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel

Monday, November 24th:  Green Phone Booth and Going Green

Tuesday, November 25th:  The Good Human

Wednesday, November 26th:  OrganicBeautySource.com Includes a giveaway!

Friday, November 28th:  Crunchy Chicken

Please stop by our tour stops this week and check out these great books and blogs!

15200718Red Sea by EA Benedek

Monday, November 17th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty

 

 

32031598The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel

Monday, November 14th: Allie’s Answers (review)

Monday, November 17th: Allie’s Answers (guest post) and giveaway!

Tuesday, November 18th: Life and Times of a “New” New Yorker (giveaway!)

Wednesday, November 19th: Nature Moms Blog (interview and giveaway!)

Thursday, November 20th: Books and Cooks (another giveaway!)

3724Keeping Kids Out of the Middle: Child-Centered Parenting in the Midst of Conflict, Separation, and Divorce by Dr. Benjamin Garber

Monday, November 17th: Single Mom Finding Herself

Wednesday, November 19th: I think I can, I think I can

Thursday, November 20th: The Psycho Ex Wife

home_daughterSomebody Else’s Daughter by Elizabeth Brundage

Monday, November 17th: 1 More Chapter

Wednesday, November 19th: My New Reality

Friday, November 21st: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

bookcoverOff the Menu by Christine Son

Monday, November 17th: Planet Books (interview)

Tuesday, November 18th: B & B ex Libris

Wednesday, November 19th: DISGRASIAN reschedule

Thursday, November 20th: Booking Mama

lovebiology_225Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe by Jennie Shortridge

Sunday, November 16th: Shelf Life (review)

Monday, November 17th: Shelf Life (interview)

Wednesday, November 19th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty (interview)

Friday, November 21st: Bookshipper

two-brothersTwo Brothers – One North, One South by David H. Jones

Monday, November 17th – Military History Blog

Monday, November 17th – Civil War History

Wednesday, November 19th – Bookfoolery and Babble

Friday, November 21st – Literarily

cover_memorist_sm1The Memorist by MJ Rose

Monday, November 17th: Booking Mama (giveaway!)

Tuesday, November 18th: Books I Done Read

Wednesday, November 19th: Diary of an Eccentric (interview and giveaway!)

Thursday, November 20th: MommyPie