Pump Up Your Book 5 Year Anniversary Giveaway – Amazon Gift Card

Pump Up Your Book is celebrating its 5th Year Anniversary by giving YOU prizes throughout the month of April. This event allows us the opportunity to say thank you to our authors, bloggers, reviewers and readers for their patronage.
Pump Up Your Book opened its virtual doors the first week of April 2007 with one customer. Today our client list has grown to an average of 30 – 50 authors a month. What started as an experiment, escalated into one of the largest virtual book tour companies on the Internet. We have represented authors from all walks of life and platforms: from self-published authors to celebrities such as Judge Glenda Hatchett and cook show personality Paula Deen, and from those authors with little or no publicity, to NY Times bestselling authors such as Caridad Pineiro and Lisa Jackson. It has been a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to many more years to come.

Welcome to Dorothy Thompson CEO & Founder of Pump Up Your Book.
First of all I’d like to thank Kathy for having me here today on I Am a Reader, Not a Writer as part of Pump Up Your Book’s 5th Anniversary Hoedown!  We’re visiting different blogs throughout the month of April and giving away great prizes.  Do check out http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/04/01/pump-up-your-book-5th-year-anniversary-celebration/and enter all the contests!
Today I’ll be giving away a Pump Up Your Book Mouse Pad, Pump Up Your Book Magnet & a $10 Amazon Gift Card!  Woot!

But first Kathy wants me to answer some off the wall questions (which were rather fun!).  Thanks, Kathy and good luck to all!

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’m a live by the seat of your pants in the present kind of girl so this is a hard choice.  I don’t believe in knowing what your future brings so maybe it might be more fun going back into my past and reliving my wonderful childhood days in Burbank, California, where I hobnobbed with a few celebrities such as Jon Provost, June Lockhart and Eddie Fontaine to name a few (my mother was a celebrity friend junkee). 

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Easy peasy.  Laptop (even though I probably couldn’t pick up anything, I could still write!), cell phone (where calling home probably wouldn’t help at that point with no signal but I could dream), and my Maltese, Cody (aka Cooter Doodle).

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Oh man to be able to do anything at twice the speed of sound, that’s the one for me.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Now don’t cry but I would love to see my mother again to find out what was her secret ingredient to making her unforgettable spaghetti sauce (I know it was mushrooms which I detest).  But more so, I would love to finally be able to get her to answer unsolved mysteries that have plagued me forever.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I want to say something politically correct but I don’t want to lie either so it’s ramen noodles.  Every single morning of life and sweet iced tea. 

Night owl, or early bird?
If you had asked me about five years ago, it would have been night owl.  Now it’s in bed by 12 and up by to do my walking the dogs around the block thing.  I love mornings!

One food you would never eat?
Ha, just one?  Escargot.  Or maybe eels. 

Pet Peeves?
I hate it when someone won’t leave me alone enough to do my work.  Just because I work at home, it doesn’t mean I’m not officially working!  I’m also a dog lover so any kind of cruelty to animals sends me into postal mode.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Well isn’t that nice of you to ask.  I do have a few books out but the one that’s dear to my heart is Romancing the Soul, a collection of true soul mate stories I put together about 4 years ago.  Why should you read it?  To understand why certain people come into your life and how to interpret that reason in regards to finding your higher self (aka being the best you can be).

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Actually I’m quite excited because I do have a few coming out this year and into next year.  I’m going the self-publishing route to see what it’s all about (didn’t have the Kindle store back then and can’t wait to get these ebooks out there).  Future projects include bringing back the platinum package for Pump Up Your Book but including lots of need things to go along with it.  Stay tuned!

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I’ve always loved to write.  It goes back to maybe 3 or 4 years old?  I think you’re born with the trait.  I just can’t stand a piece of paper with no words on it so when I was younger, you couldn’t give me a better present than a notebook or notepad.  Now of course it’s the computer, so much easier.  And more fun.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Wow, so many.  I think when the editor of OK! Magazine called me to get a quote on the Jennifer Aniston and what’s-his-face-she-was-dating-at-the-time relationship.  My quote ended up on supermarket shelves! 

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Wow, you know this is a good question.  I would absolutely love to live in the old west.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Absolutely the Nancy Drew series.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
My one absolutely best piece of advice to give to aspiring authors is to start promoting yourself yesterday.  Start building a fan base so that when you do have a book come out, the work will be less hectic.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
You know, I could live anywhere I want to live and I choose to live on a little island called Chincoteague.  Chincoteague is maybe 10 miles across and is separated by a causeway – so that’s the only thing between us and civilization.  It was named #1 top family beach town by AOL I believe, made all the papers.  We’re famous.  But..if I had to choose another destination, it would have to have tropical climates.  I don’t like hurricanes but I’m a hot weather babe.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Believe this or not, I wanted to be a singer and I can’t sing a tune out of a paper bag.  My mother wanted me to be an actress (her dream not mine) but I remember climbing to the top of this little tree out in the front yard and belting it out pretending I was a broadway star or something.  I also wanted to be a spy.  Fun times growing up!

How did you know you should become an author?
Isn’t it everyone’s dream to have their name on the cover of a book and make millions? *grin*

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
The most recent was how to make thousands off your ebooks.  I can’t wait to give it a try whether it works or not.

Hidden talent?
I used to like to paint but haven’t had time lately what with running Pump Up Your Book and trying to get my own books published but it’s something I used to love to do.  And play the guitar although that’s kinda iffy on how much talent is there, lol.

How do you react to a bad review?
Like any author, I scream rant and spit bullets.  But publicly, you accept it as someone’s opinion and learn from it.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I would probably give most away being as that’s what I seem to be doing a lot lately but I’d probably buy some kind of indoor track and put it on this island to give us islanders something to do in the winter time when it’s freezing!

What do you do in your free time?
What’s that?

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Life, Less Interrupted.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
It would take a book to tell you everything that happens from the moment I get up to the moment I lie down so I’ll keep it brief.  I start out the morning by doing my daily walk with the pooches, feeding them and turning on the computer.  As much as it kills me, I stay out of email and check on the stops that day.  It is still early and some of the bloggers are on different time zones so if I don’t see something up at that point, I email the blogger just in case.  With each stop I’m checking, I am also promoting and this usually runs from 9 in the morning until about 2 and sometimes runs to 5 depending on how many authors and what special promotions we have going on.  After that is done, I check on the next day’s stops and make sure everyone has everything and then if there’s any time left, I work on upcoming tours.  I usually work on them in spurts during the week but the weekend is totally devoted to them.  This leaves out answering email from incoming authors, authors on tour, book bloggers, reading my favorite newsletters on book news, so forth, doing research for promoting books and studying blogs to see if they’d be a good fit for my authors and vice versa.  I do take about a 15 minute break at noon to watch Chopped with my daughter as we eat lunch, then I’m back at it.  This is an every day schedule, it only changes if I have to go out of the house to run errands and then I’m back at it.

Favorite places to travel?
My most favorite place of lately has been the Outer Banks of North Carolina but I so miss the Smokies.  Travel is my passion.  Besides books of course! ;o)

Be sure to stop off at each blog on the tour for a chance to win great prizes.  Leave a comment on the tour posts because one lucky commenter will receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate. 

Now for the Giveaway!

Giveaway Details:
1 commenter on this blog will receive a Pump Up Your Book Mouse Pad, a Pump Up Your Book Magnet & a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

To enter just leave a comment on this blog post. Make sure there is a way to contact you if you win.

WINNER – Ollie AKA DarkBloodyVamp
*This also enters you for the grand prize $50 Amazon giveaway mentioned above!

Last day to enter is April 29th.