Words With Beers Inaugural Reading at Bedford Hill

As a writer, there are two things that I unquestionably love: alcohol and writing. Thankfully, Brooklyn coffeehouse Bedford Hill has decided to combine the two for their new reading series Words With Beers.

According to Brokelyn, Words With Beers “raises its glass to writers established, up-and-coming, but simply good, if only slightly hammered. Under the dim lamps of a subterranean cafe, readers share their works and everyone shares drinks. More party than parlor, expect non-pretentious chin-scratching, zero microphones, and wildcard excerpts from a literary grab bag.” Fucking awes.

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Kisses for Tati by Jay Fingers

Though I’ve posted sneak peeks here and there, Be Cool Books is finally, officially, releasing the cover and synopsis for Kisses for Tati, my forthcoming novelette. The book, which will be published on August 21 has a confirmed page count of 100 pages. The synopsis is as follows:

Tati Corona lives a simple life. She has no friends, works a thankless job as a cashier at her local grocery, and dwells in the shadow of her beautiful, successful, older sister Jacqueline. Nothing will ever change for Tati, it seems, until she meets Roy Marble.

 

Charming and handsome, Roy regularly visits Tati’s job during his lunch breaks. When Roy finally asks Tati out on a date, their minor flirtations begin to blossom into a full-fledged romance. This does not sit well with the overbearing Jacqueline, who demands to know more about Roy. But this begs the question: does Jacqueline have ulterior motives of her own?

 

Will Tati finally find happiness? Will she escape from her sister’s controlling, domineering rule? Or is she forever doomed to a life of loneliness and misery? The latest work of fiction from author Jay Fingers, KISSES FOR TATI is a riveting story of a young woman trapped in a living hell and desperately seeking a way out.

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Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes, Other Classics Get Fifty Shades Treatment

Damn you, E.L. James.

That’s right — we can blame the Fifty Shades of Grey author for this one. A handful of classics are getting sexed up worse than Anastasia Steele. According to The Hollywood Reporter, publisher Clandestine Classics is making all the sex hinted at in such classics as Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, and, yes, Sherlock Holmes explicit.

The publisher says, “The old-fashioned pleasantries and timidity have all been stripped away, quite literally. You didn’t really think that these much-loved characters only held hands and pecked cheeks, did you? Come with us as we embark on a breathtaking experience — behind the closed bedroom doors of our favorite, most-beloved British characters. Learn what Sherlock really thought of Watson, what Mr. Darcy really wanted to do to Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and unveil the sexy escapades of Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre. We’ll show you the scenes that you always wanted to see but were never allowed.”

Claire Siemaszkiewicz, founder of Clandestine’s parent company Total-E-Bound Publishing, stated in an interview that they are “keeping the original prose and the author’s voice [but] want to enhance the novels by adding the ‘missing’ scenes for readers to enjoy.”

Sexed up versions of five classic novels will be released as ebooks on July 30: Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, Northanger Abbey and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Wait, what?

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Last night — or, rather, early this morning — I worked on the mechanical for my forthcoming novelette Kisses for Tati. It only took a couple hours as evidenced by the simplicity of its design, which you can see above. I thought of using a photograph of angels embraced in a passionate kiss, but since that didn’t really fit with the whole idea of the story, I nixed that idea.

People have been hearing me talk about this project for some time but I’ve given precious little details about it. To sum it up, Kisses for Tati tells the story of a young woman (named Tati, naturally) who lives under the thumb of her older, overbearing sister Jacqueline. When Tati meets a charming brother named Roy, she sees a chance for happiness. But will Jacqueline allow that to happen?

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Right now, I’m sitting at the Jury Duty Fun Time House (as it’s called on Foursquare) awaiting the chance to perform my civic duty as a juror. Believe me, I’m not happy about this. Alas, it is a necessary inconvenience if I want to vote and enjoy the freedoms this great country affords us, no?

Luckily, the Jury Duty Fun Time House come equipped with vending machines and free wi-fi—how else do you think I’m publishing this blog post? (Okay, I could be using an app but I’m not, I’m on le MacBook Air.) I’ve spent a good portion of the morning putting the finishing touches on my novelette Kisses for Tati, which is slated for release next month. One of the things I’m including in this release is a sneak preview of my second novel, entitled Orange Mound.

Yes, you read that right. My second novel is named after my old Memphis neighborhood. Yeen mad, is it?

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To appropriate a quote from the movie Sideways, “Anytime you open a bottle of champagne, it is a special occasion.” Read more →

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After the taxing week I had, there was nothing I wanted more than a nice, cold pint of Blue Point. Cheers!
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On the train

Starting sometime next week, I’m going to give random strangers on the train a copy of my novel GUESTLIST.

My plan of attack will be simple: I’ll approach people with books and eReaders, those who look like they like to read. I’ll ask if they’d like to read my book. If they say yes, it’s theirs. If not, I’ll tell them that I’m not asking them to buy it, I’m asking if they would be interested in reading it. If they still decline, then it’s on to the next one.

We’re not running a big operation over here, so I’ll probably only do this once a week, but hey. Whatever it takes to get the word out.

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FOREVER ALONE

In his most excellent memoir On Writing, the venerable Stephen King wrote, “Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot if difference. They don’t have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”

In this section he talks about how, during the early days of writing his breakthrough novel Carrie, he’d gotten frustrated with the character and threw the manuscript pages in the circular file. His wife Tabitha found these pages while cleaning up and rescued them from the trash.

Both Stephen and Tabitha were writers, English teachers, and, most importantly, kindred souls. They understood one another as well as one another’s needs. Throughout On Writing, King dotes on his wife and it’s apparent that he loves her very much.

I would love to have something like that. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening in the near future.

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Save 50% on Criterion Collection at Barnes and Noble

From now until the end of the month (July 30), Barnes & Noble is offering 50% off all Criterion Collection titles, whether online or in store, Blu-ray or DVD. That’s just fucking awesome.

This sale also includes their new releases, like The Gold Rush, Being John Malkovich, Harold and Maude, The 39 Steps, and the cult collection Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr. (which features the hilarious and subversive classic Putney Swope).

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