Monday, October 5, 2009

BREAKING THE BANK: PREVIEW, INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
BREAKING THE BANK

BY YONA MCDONOUGH

ABOUT THE BOOK:


M
ia Saul is down on her luck. Dumped by her husband, jettisoned from her job and estranged from her adored older brother, she and her young daughter Eden have had had to make a downscale move to a crummy apartment where their neighbors include a tough young drug dealer and a widower who lets his dogs use the hallways as their own personal litter box. Juggling a series of temporary jobs, wrangling with her ex-husband over child support and trying to keep pace with Eden’s increasingly erratic behavior have left Mia weary and worn out.

Then one evening a routine stop at her local bank’s ATM yields a surprise. The machine begins producing bills—quite a lot of them in fact—that are neither recorded nor debited from her account. At first Mia attributes the excess cash to a stroke of much needed luck. But when the machine continues to give her unaccounted for money and actually begins communicating with her, her life gets turned around in ways she never thought possible. An up-to-the minute urban story that has just a whiff of magic, Breaking The Bank is a wholly original, engaging work of contemporary fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of the novels THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS and IN DAHLIA'S WAKE. She is also the editor of the essay collections THE BARBIE CHRONICLES: A LIVING DOLL TURNS FORTY and ALL THE AVAILABLE LIGHT: A MARILYN MONROE READER. Her short fiction, articles, and essays have been published in anthologies as well as in numerous national magazines, and newspapers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Yona McDonough was kind enough to grant me an interview. I asked Yona if she had any personal information she would like to share with us and this is what she told me.

I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband and our two children. My website is
www.yonazeldismcdonough.com; please visit!

What is the current or next book you are working on?

I am working on a new novel about a former ballet dancer who is content with her solitary, circumscribed life until she is called upon to step in when her younger sister dies suddenly, leaving three small children.

What have you just finished reading?

I recently read THE BIRD CATCHER by Laura Jacobs and REPEAT AFTER ME by Rachel DeWoskin; I loved both of these books and recommend them highly.

What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out?

Perhaps the books I read—and re-read, multiple times—in childhood: A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, A LITTLE PRINCESS.

What gets you started on a new book? A character or story idea or….?

For me, it’s always a voice, speaking urgently into my ear, telling me something important. When the writing is going well, I feel less like I am creating something of my own, and more like I am transcribing the words of the character who is talking to me.

What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don’t know?

I collect dolls and have more dolls than any adult should admit to!

What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?

Read! Read like your life depended it; in fact, your life as a writer does depend on it.

What is something you would like to share with us about writing your favorite genre in general?

I write novels but I am perhaps more attached to short stories, their ability to pierce and invade the soul. I like the compression of them, and were there a better market for stories, I would probably still be writing them.

Many thanks to Yona for her interview. She is an amazing woman and was king to do this. I hope you all will read her book and check out the website. Thank you, Yona!


THE GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO SARAH AT SIMON & SCHUSTER,
I HAVE TWO BRAND NEW COPIES OF
THIS WONDROUS BOOK TO GIVE AWAY.

SO HERE ARE THE RULES:

--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--PLEASE INCLUDE AN EMAIL
ADDRESS IN YOUR ENTRY
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE
TO COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE


+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT MY INTERVIEW WITH YONA MCDONOUGH

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT IF YOU ARE A GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT FOLLOWER OVER ON MY LEFT HAND COLUMN. IF NOT, JOIN AND EARN THE EXTRA ENTRY. (TRYING TO GET TO 500, SORRY OTHER FOLLOWERS)

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT IF YOU ARE ANY KIND OF FOLLOWER AND WHAT KIND (I KNOW FOR GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT THIS IS LIKE A BONUS BUT IT IS STILL A SEPARATE COMMENT)

+1 MORE ENTRY: GO TO YONA'S WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE AND HAVE FUN LOOKING AROUND. COME BACK AND TELL ME THE NAME OF ANY OTHER BOOK SHE HAS WRITTEN

+1 BONUS ENTRY: HONESTLY, IF YOU HAVE READ ANOTHER BOOK OF YONA'S, TELL ME WHICH ONE IT IS ( I WILL KNOW IF YOU AREN'T TELLIN' THE TRUTH AS I HAVE MY FIERCE GUARD DOG/BOOK BUDDY WATCHING)
THAT'S IT!
ALL ENTRIES DUE BY
6 PM, EST, OCTOBER 21

GOOD LUCK!

72 comments:

Commchick said...

I think it's cool that she admits she collect dolls.

Sharon
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Commchick said...

I follow you on blogger.

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Commchick said...

The Four Temperaments is another novel she has written.

Sharon
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tawnda said...

sounds like a dream! lol
I love books that seem to flow on their own... There is much to be said for the transcription method of writing... that is... if the 'dictator' is well spoken... ;-)

tawnda said...

GFC follower...

holdenj said...

I think it's interesting that Yona collects dolls. I wonder what kind?
Looks like a great story.
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holdenj said...

+1 I am already a Google Friend Connect follower.

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+1 bonus? I follow through Google Friend Connect.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I liked reading about McDonough's favorite childhood books.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I am a Google Friend Connect follower :)


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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I also follow you through Google Reader.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I visited Yona's website and thought The Four Temperaments also looked interesting!

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rubynreba said...

She collects dolls.
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I am a follower on google.
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rhapsodyinbooks said...

Kind of interesting that she hears a voice in her ear!

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I am a Google Friend Connect follower.

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I follow on Google Reader.

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Pesky Cat Designs said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway. This book sounds quite interesting! I am curious what the ATM has to say. Would love to win a copy. :)

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Linna said...

I'd like to read this book. please enter me.

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Linna said...

i'm a google follower.

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bermudaonion said...

I found it interesting that Yona collects dolls. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

holdenj said...

Another novel Yona has written is
The Four Temperaments.

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bekki1820cb said...

I am really interested in the next book that she is writing about the ballet dancer called upon to take care of her sisters children. I often wonder who I would leave my son with if I suddenly passed away...and my fiancee and I have both come to the conclusion that my sister would take him. And both my sister and I used to be ballet dancers. So this really hits home! I hope to be one of the two winners! Thanks, bekki1820cb@gmail.com

bekki1820cb said...

I am a google friend connect follower! bekki1820cb@gmail.com Good luck getting to 500!!! You ate at 465 right now...your are so close!

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I follow via google reader and via email
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bekki1820cb said...

The Four Temperaments is fiction book she wrote! bekki1820cb@gmail.com

traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. Interesting to learn about the authgor's favorite books that she read in her childhood. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

etirv said...

It's interesting that Yona writes novels but really loves writing short stories. Some authors claim writing short stories is actually more difficult!

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etirv said...

Google friend follower! Love Bingo's blog!

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etirv said...

Yona also wrote The Four Temperaments!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Well, everyone seems to have noticed the line about collecting doll! I found it interesting because I make art dolls - I'd make more if I got hit with a windfall big enough that I could quit my day job! thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book - it sounds terrific!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

. . . and, I'm a Follower!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Well, of course, I'm going to tell you that Yona also wrote THE DOLL SHOP DOWNSTAIRS.

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Google Friend Connect. (Are you getting the idea that I would really like to win a copy of this book? LOL)

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Linda K said...

She said if there was a better market for it she would write more short stories. I have always liked the conciseness of short stories.

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Linda K said...

I follow on google friend connect

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Linda K said...

She also wrote In Dahlia's Wake

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Tea said...

I enjoyed the interview. I like the way Sarah gets an idea. A character, she says, whispers urgently in her ear. I think that's fascinating.

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Tea said...

I am a Google follower.

Tea said...

I'm sorry, earlier I called Yona Sarah. I am soooo sorry. I love the title "Four Temperaments." The father and son fall in love with the same woman, interesting. Hmmmmm.

Beth (BBRB) said...

Her new book sounds rather like Raising Helen.

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a Google Friend Connect/Blogger follower.

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My Eclectic Reads said...

I like (aka found interesting) that Yona is a fan of Anne of Green Gables. Such a great book!

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My Eclectic Reads said...

I'm a Google Connect follower

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My Eclectic Reads said...

I also subscribe via Google Reader


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My Eclectic Reads said...

Visited Yona's website:

The Barbie Chronicles is another book she's written (non-fiction)


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DarcyO said...

I enjoyed the interview. It's neat that she collects dolls. I wonder what kind she has?

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DarcyO said...

I follow with Google Friend Connect.

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Glenn said...

I found her comment about how she gets started writing on books interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Rebecca N. said...

She admits that she collects dolls! I am a doll lover myself!

This book sounds so good! Thanks!

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Rebecca N. said...

I follow your blog via google friend connect!

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Rebecca N. said...

I also follow you on blogger and twitter

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Rebecca N. said...

IN DAHLIA'S WAKE sounds like a great read as well.

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Jaime said...

She's a doll collector, I just started collecting dolls
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Jaime said...

I am a google friend follower
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2 I am a google friend follower
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FrankSandy said...

I think it is interesting that she collects dolls. walkerd@primus.ca

Jolynn said...

+1 I'm a follower
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Jolynn said...

+1 another book she wrote is The 4
Temperaments
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Jolynn said...

I'm a google connect follower too.
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CherylS22 said...

I found it interesting that the books that made an impression on Yona are A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, A LITTLE PRINCESS.

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

CherylS22 said...

I follow in GFC
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CherylS22 said...

Yona also writes children books one of which is THE DOLL SHOP DOWNSTAIRS
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CherylS22 said...

I follow in Google Reader
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Cindy said...

From reading your interview and also the website of the author, I learned that she includes her real life interests in her books, such as ballet and dolls. I think that is neat!

Cindy
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Cindy said...

I went to the author's website. It has some interesting info about her and her books.

She also has written some children's books such as The Dollhouse Downstairs and Louisa, The Life of Louisa May Alcott.

Cindy
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Cindy said...

I am a follower of your blog on Google.

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Cindy said...

I also follow you on Twitter. My username is Soccermom213

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Cindy said...

I have not read any of this author's books...yet! So, I hope I win this giveaway so I can start reading her books!

Cindy
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Nancye said...

I think it is interesting that she collects dolls. I used to collect them too!

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Nancye said...

I am a follower via Google Friend connect

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Nancye said...

She also wrote "IN DAHLIA'S WAKE"

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