Monday, February 1, 2010

SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER Blog Tour: Author Article, Preview, & Giveaway

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SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER

BY JACQUELINE E. LUCKETT

ABOUT THE BOOK:

On the surface, Lena Spencer appears to have it all. She and her wealthy husband Randall have two wonderful children, and they live a life of luxury. In reality, however, Lena finds that happiness is elusive. Randall is emotionally distant, her son has developed a drug habit, and her daughter is disgusted by her mother's "overbearing behavior." When Randall decides that he's had enough of marriage counseling, he offers his wife an ultimatum: "Be grateful for all I've done for you or leave." Lena, realizing that money can't solve her problems and that her husband is no longer the man she married, decides to choose the latter.

About Author

Jacqueline Luckett is a former sales representative for Xerox. After leaving the corporate world, Jacqueline took a creative writing class on a dare (from herself) and began writing short stories and poetry and never looked back. Jacqueline loves living in Oakland, but travels frequently to nurture her passion for photography and learning to cook exotic foods. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jacqueline worked in sales for Xerox for twenty years. During that time she married, raised a family and took creative writing classes where she reignited her love of writing.

In 2004, Jacqueline formed the Finish Party (featured in O Magazine, October 2007) along with seven other women writers-of-color. The group provides strong support for each other's writing, good meals, friendship and fun.

Jacqueline is an avid reader and lover of books, excellent cook, aspiring photographer and world traveler. She lives in Northern California and is currently working on her second novel.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

I was so pleased when Jacqueline agreed to tell me about her writing. Here is what she told me about here reading and writing habits:


I’ve been an avid reader all my life. My reading choices are varied. I don’t like to put myself into a “reading box.” There’ve been times when I read nothing but murder mysteries and detective novels (Valerie Wesley Wilson, John Sandford, Barbara Neely, Patricia Cornwell). Then I might switch to fiction (Bebe Moore Campbell or Dianne McKinney Whetstone), or become obsessed with literary fiction (Toni Morrison, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Diaz, Jeffery Eugenides, Julia Alvarez, ZZ Packer, Lalita Tademy, John Edgar Wideman)—and almost anything in between, including coffee table books on every subject from photography to music to architecture and design. I read what I like, often taking suggestions from friends, book reviews, and end-of-the year “best lists.” Sometimes I’m intrigued by book covers, or jacket copy and first paragraphs.

Before I started writing in earnest, I read solely for pleasure—what happened, where, why and to whom. I appreciated an author’s skill with plot and wording. My reading has shifted. Oh, don’t get me wrong—I still love a good, well-written story. Now, I read for both pleasure and to study the craft of writing. It takes me longer to read a book these days, because of the time devoted to my writing. But also, because I reread paragraphs and sentences to understand how an author successfully presented an idea, a place or a character. My best advice to anyone, young or not-so-young, interested in writing is: read, read, read. Choose an author that you love and break apart her/his sentences and paragraphs to get an idea of what makes the book work.

These days, I alternate between fiction and non-fiction. I just finished Where Did You Sleep Last Night? by Danzy Senna (Caucasia, Symptomatic). Part mystery, part memoir and desire to learn more about her father, Danzy has a way with words and story that is inspirational.


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO MIRIAM AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE
FIVE COPIES OF THIS
WONDERFUL
BOOK TO GIVEAWAY!



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SOME OF THE BLOG TOUR STOPS COMING UP:
February 1
http://my-book-views.blogspot.com
http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/
http://luanne-abookwormsworld.blogspot.com/
http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com/
http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/
http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com
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February 2
http://www.bibliophilicbookblog.com
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http://www.frommipov.blogspot.com
http://jensbooktalk.blogspot.com/
http://www.thedivinemissmommy.com
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http://www.mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com
http://ojoyofmylife.blogspot.com

February 3
http://maryinhb.blogspot.com/
http://brokenteepee.blogspot.com
http://www.crazy-for-books.com
http://www.buuklvr81.blogspot.com
http://dreyslibrary.blogspot.com
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60 comments:

Commchick said...

I find it interesting that since Ms. Luckett became an author it takes her longer to read a book because she will re-read some paragraphs to pick them apart and see how the author got across what they were trying to say.

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Commchick said...

I follow you on blogger.

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rubynreba said...

I found it interesting that she likes all types of books as I do too.
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bermudaonion said...

I really enjoyed this book - it was deeper than I expected it to be. No need to enter me.

Yvonne said...

I'd love to be entered. I follow you on blogger.

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Also, I gave you an award :)

ANovelMenagerie said...

I really wanted to read this book! Miriam said it was really good.

I do follow you on Google Reader.

Please enter me... I'd love to win this book and review it!

justpeachy36 said...

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I found it interesting that while she worked and raised a family she still had time to take creative writing courses.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

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I am a follower.

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Thanks for this giveaway. Fascinating to learn about this author and about her reading habits. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

I like her encouragement of those interested in writing..read, read, read

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holdenj said...

I thought it was interesting how she still reads for pleasure, but also for seeing how the craft is done! She reads very broadly too, which I thought was great. (I read a pretty eclectic grouping myself).
Thanks for the chance to win.
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I am a google friend connect follower.
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scottsgal said...

she tells everyone to read, read read
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g.g. said...

I found it interesting the way she now reads and rereads to break apart paragraphs and such to get ideas on what makes the author's writing good so it help her with her writing

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I follow by email and google friend connect

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Wickdogg said...

I like how she reads all kinds of books and sometimes reads a bunch in one genre

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MiscMayzee said...

I love that she reads in groups...I do the same.

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Aik said...

It's great to hear that she's an excellent cook! I'd love to read her book(s)!

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Aik said...

I'm a follower.

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amweeks said...

I love to see that becoming a writer changed how she reads books. That it's not just for pleasure anymore, but also to study the writing!

amweeks said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/8604624154

justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.

I found it interesting that she reads for both pleasure and to learn the craft of writing.

justpeachy36 said...

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I am a follower.

dsandyboy said...

It's interesting that she likes all different types of books. I do too!

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I am a follower on Google friend.

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FrankSandy said...

While working and raising a family, she took creative writing courses.

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Wanda said...

I found it interesting that Jacqueline is such a good cook. Good food and good books just go so naturally together.
I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
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I am a follower of your blog.
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kalynnick said...

I found interesting that she read all kinds book and not one specific genre of books.

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Sarah Osborne said...

I found it interesting that Ms. Luckett tells aspiring writers to read read read...nothing better than researching those that have already done it :)

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I found that like me,Tina changes her reading genre often. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Linda Henderson said...

I was interested in the fact that she formed Finish Party with 7 other women writers of color.

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Anonymous said...

Hi! I would love to read this book. I thought it was great that the author likes all sorts of books to read and gets inspiration from other authors.

Please enter me.:)
Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Marian said...

I like the fact that Jacqueline is so eclectic in her reading tastes. I try to do the same thing - read nearly everything I come across - because it's all grist for the mill.

Marian

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Darcie K. said...

I like how she talked about reading specific genres at a time. I often find myself going through periods like that
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Misusedinnocence said...

I thought it was interesting that she worked at Xerox. Reminds me that no matter what jobs i'm currently working now, I can still be working toward my goals.

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I follow on Google Friend Connect.

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Wanda said...

I really enjoyed reading about Jacqueline's writing habits.
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Wanda said...

I follow you through Google Friend Connect and via Google Reader.
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Benita said...

Here's what I find interesting: Jacqueline is an avid reader and lover of books, excellent cook, aspiring photographer and world traveler. She lives in Northern California and is currently working on her second novel.

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Benita said...

I follow via GFC.

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Bombtastic Belle said...

I thought it was interesting tha tit takes her longer to read a book than to right one since she likes to reread things.
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CherylS22 said...

I found it interesting that Ms. Luckett's reading tastes are so close to my own. I have very eclectic tastes in what I read & I like the variety available for reading.

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I follow in GFC
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Marilu said...

I think it is neat that she formed the Finish Party with seven other women writers-of-color.
I would love a copy of this. Please enter me! thanks

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sharon54220 said...

She reads all types of genres. While reading she also pulls them apart to see how it's done.

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