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UNTOUCHABLE by Scott O’Connor Wins Discover Great New Writers Barnes & Noble Fiction Prize

We are pleased to announce UNTOUCHABLE (F+W Media/Tyrus, May 2011), the critically acclaimed debut novel by Scott O’Connor, was named the winner of the prestigious Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” Award. UNTOUCHABLE was one of the first titles published by F+W under the Tyrus Books/F+W Crime mystery imprint, which launched in April 2011.

The Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program was established in 1990 to highlight works of exceptional literary quality that might otherwise be overlooked in a crowded book marketplace. Titles chosen for the program are handpicked by a select group of booksellers four times a year, and honors have been given to authors such as David Guterson (Snow Falling on Cedars), and David Sheff (Beautiful Boy).

Chosen by a panel of independent judges made up of Discover alumni and other notable writers, the six finalists for the Discover Great New Writers Award represent the best of what the bookseller selection committee read last year. The fiction prize was presented by judges Chris Abani, Lauren Belfer, and Bo Caldwell.

Bo Caldwell on UNTOUCHABLE: “This book won my heart from the start; as soon as I began reading about this father and son, I felt I knew them and cared deeply about them. David Darby and The Kid and their story, both harrowing and heartbreaking, have stayed with me since I read the last page of this beautiful novel, and I suspect they’ll remain with me for a long time. I’m in awe of the mix of emotion, hope, and realism that this author achieves, and grateful to him for doing so.”

The book follows the story of a father and son struggling to cope with their wife and mother’s unexpected death, as the impending arrival of Y2K casts a shadow of uncertainty around them.

“I knew immediately that UNTOUCHABLE was a special book and one that spoke to the core goals of Tyrus’ publishing philosophy—exploring the human condition from characters who are at once on the fringes, but also a part of the greater humanity we pass by in the grocery store, on the street, anywhere,” says Ben LeRoy, publisher of Tyrus Books and Prologue Books. “I called Scott’s agent after reading two paragraphs of Untouchable and acquired the book before reading another word. I was not disappointed.”

About the Author

Scott O’Connor was born in Syracuse, New York, the son of an air-traffic controller and a preschool teacher. He is a co-founder of GO Studios, a post-production and motion graphics design firm. Among Wolves, his 2004 novella, about a boy who believes his parents have been replaced by imposters, was praised by the Los Angeles Times Book Review for its “crisp, take-no-prisoners style.” He lives with his family in Los Angeles.

More about the Publisher:

Tyrus Books publishes crime and dark literary fiction, offering books from exciting new voices and established, well-loved authors. Centering on deeply provocative and universal human experiences, Tyrus Books is a leader in its genre and the centerpiece of the F+W Crime community.

Recently F+W Media announced the acquisition of more than 250 out-of-print novels, spanning 1940-1970, to be reissued as e-books under the imprint, Prologue Books. These hard-boiled crime novels, written by legends like Peter Rabe and William Campbell Gault, served as inspiration for contemporary crime fiction.

Tyrus Books, named Best Publisher of 2011 by Spinetingler Magazine, has revitalized the careers of veteran authors like Reed Farrel Coleman and Victoria Houston and served as the launching pad for new authors like Angela S. Choi. Their books have been nominated for and/or won most of the major awards in crime fiction including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Anthony, and the Barry. Other accolades include Lambda Award nominations, a Florida Book Award, and a Southern California Independent Booksellers Association nomination.

Parent Company F+W Media, Inc. is a community-focused, content creator and marketer of products and services for enthusiasts. The Company offers a diversified portfolio of books, eBooks, magazines, events, competitions, ecommerce, education, video, and more: www.fwmedia.com.

Related Links: www.TyrusBooks.comwww.fwmedia.comwww.PrologueBooks.comBarnes & Noble Announcement

Praise for UNTOUCHABLE:

“O’Connor tells a wisp of a story, but in a voice so insistently stirring, you want to lean in close to catch every word.”—New York Times Book Review

“O’Connor’s prose is as beautifully terse as his plot … squeezing the reader’s emotions so that when the myth of the ‘perfect’ family begins to dissolve…it feels like the inevitable waking from a halcyon dream.”  —Booklist

“Astonishing…Introducing an amazing new talent to the world of fiction.” —Library Journal (Starred Review)

 

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Princess Recovery

International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a day to take the time out to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. There is no better day to connect with the women who will inspire change in the future: our daughters.

In that same spirit, child and adolescent psychologist and television mental health contributor, Dr. Jennifer Hartstein brings you PRINCESS RECOVERY: A How-to Guide to Raising Strong, Empowered Girls Who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters.

This must-have parenting guide is available as an eBook download for ONLY $0.99 cents this week. To view and download the full eBook, please visit:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/zweesi
Barnes & Noble:
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More about the Book:

70% of girls believe they’re not good enough (Dove Self Esteem Fund). But what causes girls to feel so bad about themselves? Enter the princess syndrome—a double whammy of self-absorption and low self-esteem—that teaches girls to value pretty over smart. Daddy’s little princess now dreams of Prince Charming and demands the latest Bratz doll toy 24/7.

PRINCESS RECOVERY: A How-to Guide to Raising Strong, Empowered Girls Who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters ( F+W Media; December 2011) by Dr. Jennifer Hartstein—a child and adolescent psychologist seen regularly on TV— inspires parents to show their daughters to look within for the strength, intelligence, and spirit they naturally possess.

Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, child and adolescent psychologist, is a regular television mental health contributor. She has also appeared on Anderson, The Early Show, Fox News, The Today Show, and Headline News. Dr. Hartstein uses a variety of treatment approaches that promote strong self-awareness, distress tolerance, and acceptance. She lives in New York, NY. Follow Jennifer on twitter or facebook.

Celebrate Oscar Night with a FREE copy of Hire Me, Hollywood!

Will Hugo, The Artist, or Moneyball sweep the Oscars this year in all major categories? We only have a few more hours to wait until the red carpet is aglow with talent and anticipation.

Next year, you could find yourselves sitting stage side with the A-list actors, directors, and behind the scenes Hollywood professionals next year after reading Hire Me, Hollywood! Your Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Most Exciting – and Unexpected – Jobs in Show Business by Mark Scherzer and Keith Fenimore. This book is now FREE on the Kindle and Nook, just in time for the Oscars, through March 3rd! To view and download the full eBook, please visit:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/xVNsFx
Barnes & Noble:
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Celebrate the #Oscars & Get the Inside Scoop on #Hollywood! FREE copy of HIRE Me, HOLLYWOOD on Kindle& Nook – 3/3: http://bit.ly/Axcdgn

More About the Book:

Want to know the super-secret to Stan Lee‘s writing process? What’s for lunch on the set of The Walking Dead (hint: it’s not brains!)? How to sneak onto the set of Saturday Night Live?

Breaking into the entertainment biz is not all “Lights! Camera! Action!” – and Hire Me, Hollywood!: Your Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Most Exciting – and Unexpected – Jobs in Show Business (Adams Media, a division of F+W Media, August 2011), will give you the inside scoop from craft service to the director’s chair – and every take in between.

What does it take to make it in Hollywood? Entertainment insiders Mark Scherzer and Keith Fenimore provide not just a “how to”, but a “how did”, with a candid look at thirty people from across the entertainment industry at the top of their game as producers, actors, editors and more. Hire Me, Hollywood! is here to give you a crash course in all things Hollywood through thirty sometimes funny, occasionally racy, and always revealing interviews with industry experts.

Mark Scherzer has twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry. A writer and producer, he also worked in comedy development at Universal. Currently, he continues to write and develop projects for television and lives in New York City.

Keith Fenimore has been in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. He’s worked at Reelz Channel and E! Entertainment Television. Today, Fenimore is a producer, writer, and director for Howard Stern, and lives in New York City.

Celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day with Two New “I Hate” Books

Had it with the mere mention of chocolate boxes, roses, and romcoms? Same here. Celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day with us with two new books of the misanthrope variety. These authors are sure to make you laugh while sappy lovers the world over go intolerably mushy over their overpriced dinners.

I HATE YOU, KELLY DONAHUE: DO NOT OPEN! NOTHING TO SEE HERE, JUST BORING STUFF OR EMPTY PAGES springs straight from the disturbed, obsessed imagination of Mark Svartz.

Kelly Donahue, a co-worker at Mark’s new office job, is the unfortunate recipient of this mad man’s attentions. The journal chronicles the eight months, sixteen days, and some-odd hours since Mark first laid eyes on the girl that he’s destined to fall for, date, get dumped by … and fight to the death.

Check out the video of Mark plotting Kelly’s demise by shark. This book is for anyone that’s been crushed in love, or simply likes to laugh at other people’s expense. Follow Mark on twitter @octopony or like the book on facebook for a change to win a FREE copy of the book.

Join Matthew DiBenedetti, author of the NEW I HATE EVERYONE, and popular I HATE EVERYTHING book, in his Anti-Valentine’s “I Hate” campaign. For a chance to win a FREE  book post your own Valentine’s “hates” on facebook and twitter. Stay tuned for more posts from the author’s blog!


Strike Up A Bromance This Super Bowl Sunday with ManWords! Special FREE eBook Offer

Adams Media is the go-to resource for all things manly. Recently we launched the Man Cave Holiday “Pop Up” store, where you could find find the perfect gift for the man in your life.  Now,  just in time for Superbowl Sunday (Go Pats!) we are offering ManWords: Real Words for Real Men as a FREE eBook download, through February 11th.

As you are sitting around watching the game with your bros, you can sound like you read Maxim, not GQ. Use words like “crack-back,” “low rider,” and “mojo.” You NEED ManWords to be the coolest guy in the room on game day. To view and download the full eBook, please visit:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/ziw4yr
Barnes & Noble:
http://bit.ly/yw3g5g

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Strike up a bromance #Superbowl Sunday w/ your use of ManWords! FREE eBook just in time for the big game @adamsmedia http://bit.ly/xf23CL

More about the book:

So your bros are hanging around the grill, shooting the shit while putting back brews from a pony keg. The air’s heavy with barbecue sauce, stale belches, and testosterone. And you want to sound manly, like you watch football, not gymnastics. If you want to be a high roller, a mac daddy, or a player, you need this book.

And if “taupe,” “ruching,” and “brow gel” are words you actually know, get this book now. You can probably still be saved.

Jeremy Greenberg is an internationally headlining stand-up comedian, author, blogger, and joke writer. He has appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show (radio and TV), and has done five overseas tours to perform for our troops. When Jeremy is not performing or writing, he is at home in San Diego demonstrating alpha-male behavior to his two-year-old twin sons–mostly by saying “Whatever” and leaving the room every time his wife says that he incorrectly loaded the dishwasher.

Scott O’Connor’s UNTOUCHABLE (Tyrus) Named Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Award Finalist

UNTOUCHABLE, the May 2011 Tyrus release by Scott O’Connor, has been named a top fiction finalist for the prestigious Barnes & Noble “Discover New Writers” Award. This awards program, first instated in 1990, has been given to authors such as David Guterson (Snow Falling on Cedars),  and David Sheff (Beautiful Boy).

From the B&N Review: Bo Caldwell on Untouchable: “This book won my heart from the start; as soon as I began reading about this father and son, I felt I knew them and cared deeply about them. David Darby and The Kid and their story, both harrowing and heartbreaking, have stayed with me since I read the last page of this beautiful novel, and I suspect they’ll remain with me for a long time. I’m in awe of the mix of emotion, hope, and realism that this author achieves, and grateful to him for doing so.”

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B&N Discover New #Writers #Fiction Finalist: Scott O’Connor’s UNTOUCHABLE from @TyrusBooks @fwmedia http://bit.ly/y2eHtD @BNBuzz

More about the book:

“A voice so insistently stirring, you want to lean in close to catch every word.”–The New York Times Book Review

It is the autumn of 1999. A year has passed since Lucy Darby’s unexpected death, leaving her husband David and son Whitley to mend the gaping hole in their lives. David, a trauma-site cleanup technician, spends his nights expunging the violent remains of strangers, helping their families to move on, though he is unable to do the same. Whitley – an 11 year-old social pariah known simply as The Kid – hasn’t spoken since his mother’s death. Instead, he communicates through a growing collection of notebooks, living in a safer world of his own silent imagining.

As the impending arrival of Y2K casts a shadow of uncertainty around them, their own precarious reality begins to implode. Questions pertaining to the events of Lucy’s death begin to haunt David, while The Kid, who still believes his mother is alive, enlists the help of his small group of misfit friends to bring her back. As David continues to lose his grip on reality and The Kid’s sense of urgency grows, they begin to uncover truths that will force them to confront their deepest fears about each other and the wounded family they are trying desperately to save.

Scott O’Connor was born in Syracuse, New York, the son of an air-traffic controller and a preschool teacher. He is a co-founder of GO Studios, a post-production and motion graphics design firm. Among Wolves, his 2004 novella, about a boy who believes his parents have been replaced by imposters, was praised by the Los Angeles Times Book Review for its “crisp, take-no-prisoners style.” He lives with his family in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

Boost Innovation, Productivity, & Profitability with PLAY TO YOUR TEAM’S STRENGTHS, FREE from F+W Business Now

F+W Media BUSINESS NOW brings you the latest business trends before any other content provider. PLAY TO YOUR TEAM’S STRENGTHS: The Manager’s Guide to Boosting Innovation, Productivity, from the new, Digital-First series, helps managers create a supportive and creative workplace environment, so employees can achieve personal career goals, add value to the company at large, and contribute to the always-hungry bottom line.  We are now offering PLAY TO YOUR TEAM’S STRENGTHS as a FREE eBook download through the vendors listed below, 1/22-1/28.

Perfectly suited for the direct to e-book format, the information found within the F+W Media BUSINESS NOW digital-first series is where business, innovation, and connectivity meet.

To view and download the full eBook, please visit:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/xAsPWg

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/yLOLAQ

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PLAY TO YOUR TEAM’S STRENGTHS, essential #management #HR guide, from the @FWBizNow series, FREE #eBook – 1/28 http://bit.ly/x8FrpV #FWBizNow

More about the book:

Why does employee morale and productivity plunge in the face of new challenges? The answer is simple: employees are less enthusiastic because they are working at jobs that are not based on their individual talents.   In PLAY TO YOUR TEAM’S STRENGTHS: The Manager’s Guide to Boosting Innovation, Productivity, and Profitability

JoAnn Warcholic Ashman, a seasoned management consultant, uses the latest strength-based management principles and techniques to show managers how to organize their workforce by individual strengths, weaknesses, abilities, and styles. Before long managers will tap into the true potential of their staff, and keep employees working at peak efficiency.

 

 

Kids can be POP STARS too with this free KIDZ BOP eBook!

So your kid wants to be a Pop Star, huh? This first-ever guide from KIDZ BOP, KIDZ BOP: Be A Pop Star!, is sure to direct you into the spotlight and give you insight into what it takes to hit the big time. Learn from the best in the biz with this career guide and start a own band, book gigs, and make your kid the next  a rock phenom!

It’s everything kids need to know to make their rock star dreams come true! From writing cool songs and getting a group together and putting on shows and shooting music videos, this is all aspiring rockers need to take the world by storm- just like the KIDZ BOP kids do!

To celebrate KIDZ BOP’s NEW TV spot and rockin’ music video, we are offering the KIDZ BOP: Be A Pop Star! ebook FREE through Saturday, January 28th!

To download the full, FREE copy of the ebook, please visit:

Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/wbH3g9
Barnes & Noble NOOK: http://bit.ly/yg6LZo


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Tweet about it by copying & pasting this: Kids can be pop stars too! FREE @adamsmedia +@KidzBop #eBook “KIDZ BOP: BE A POP STAR!” until 1/28! http://bit.ly/yl9g0P