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Mr. Ballpoint Selling in Hardcover and Kindle

LaPuerta Books and Media announces release of Gerald Everett Jones‘s new novel, Mr. Ballpoint, humorous fiction inspired by the true story of consumer mania for the first ballpoint pen. The book is currently available from booksellers worldwide in hardcover and Kindle.
In 1945, Milton Reynolds introduced the ballpoint to the United States and triggered the biggest single-day shopping riot in history at Gimbels in Manhattan. The Reynolds International Pen Company made $8 million in six weeks during the first non-wartime Christmas season. Thereafter, increasing competition from established companies such as Eversharp triggered several years of the “Pen Wars.”
Pen collector and historian Henry Gostony likens this sensation to the early excitement over the iPhone: “Gerald Everett Jones tells the story in a way that brings back the fascination of the public for the pen that wrote without refilling, upside down, and under water. History more fascinating than fiction!”
An exuberant entrepreneur who had already made and lost several fortunes, Reynolds bragged that he “stole it fair and square.” This novel is told from his mild-mannered son Jim’s point of view, about coping with Milton’s outrageous schemes, then their sudden success.
Although Jones wrote the book for general audiences, teachers and librarians have commented that it’s an appropriate read for young adults – an ideal book-report assignment. In an engaging and funny story about the foibles of fathers and sons, students get a vivid description of the post-World War II era, including the beginnings of mass-market advertising and the often wild schemes of entrepreneurial capitalism.
Deborah Vaden, manager of public libraries in Irving, Texas, agrees: “Forgotten history brought to life. If you ever wanted to know how to play the game of life and have a blast doing it, read Mr. Ballpoint. Perfect for our library and book clubs.”
Magdalena Ball, host of The Compulsive Reader, said: Gerald Everett Jones certainly knows how to tell a story. Engaging, funny, and full of the cross-genre capability that marks all of Jones’s novels, Mr. Ballpoint will surprise and delight readers of all ages.
This is author Gerald Everett Jones’s eighth book for LaPuerta. His first was the tongue-in-cheek business title How to Lie with Charts. He is also the author of the “boychik-lit” series of Rollo Hemphill Misadventures, including My Inflatable Friend, Rubber Babes, and Farnsworth’s Revenge. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the College of Letters, Wesleyan University, where he studied under novelists Peter Boynton (Stone Island), F.D. Reeve (The Red Machines), and Jerzy Kozinski (The Painted Bird, Being There). Claiming he’s inspired by the humor of P.G. Wodehouse and James Thurber, author Jones blogs on the topic of male-centered comic fiction at Boychik Lit (www.boychiklit.com).Mr. Ballpoint by Gerald Everett Jones

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“Christmas Karma” Is a Holiday Gift to Anne Tyler Fans

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(Santa Monica, CA – Oct 14, 2014) Christmas Karma book cover
Thomas Page, author of The Man Who Would Not Die, says: “This homage to Anne Tyler is a Christmas parable for the rest of us – whether faithful, backsliders, slackers, or just I-don’t-knowists.”
Renowned author Anne Tyler’s numerous bestsellers include Accidental Tourist and The Beginner’s Goodbye, as well as the forthcoming A Spool of Blue Thread. Critics claim she presents an “angel’s-eye-view” of her characters and judges none of them harshly, including the stinkers. Jones has said he regards Tyler as his “literary mother,” and Christmas Karma is his holiday gift to her readers.
In Christmas Karma, main character Willa Nawicki is bewildered by a series of curious karmic events that literally ring her doorbell during the frantic season, awakening years-old resentments and stimulating ever-more-intense personal confrontations. These bizarre visitations include a grizzled old man claiming to be her father Sid, who has been missing for some thirty years but now says the title to the family home is in his name – and now he wants the place back.
Jones explains, “The conflict between the family and Sid is the book’s engine of comedy.” As the angel observes, “The surest way to invoke the laughter of the universe is to make plans, particularly devious ones.”
This is author Gerald Everett Jones’s ninth book for LaPuerta. His first was the tongue-in-cheek business title How to Lie with Charts. He is also the author of the “boychik-lit” series of Rollo Hemphill Misadventures, including My Inflatable Friend, Rubber Babes, and Farnsworth’s Revenge. His novel Mr. Ballpoint, released earlier this year, is a comedy treatment of the Pen Wars of 1945. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the College of Letters, Wesleyan University, where he studied under novelists Peter Boynton (Stone Island), F.D. Reeve (The Red Machines), and Jerzy Kozinski (The Painted Bird, Being There). He blogs about male-centered comic fiction at www.boychiklit.com.
Both Mr. Ballpoint and Christmas Karma are intended for general audiences, including young adult. Praise for Mr. Ballpoint has included:
· Deborah Vaden, manager of public libraries in Irving, Texas: “Forgotten history brought to life. If you ever wanted to know how to play the game of life and have a blast doing it, read Mr. Ballpoint. Perfect for our library and book clubs.”
· Magdalena Ball, host of The Compulsive Reader: Gerald Everett Jones certainly knows how to tell a story. Engaging, funny, and full of the cross-genre capability that marks all of Jones’s novels, Mr. Ballpoint will surprise and delight readers of all ages.
All of Mr. Jones’s novels are available from Barnes & Nobel and Amazon, in paper and Kindle formats. Release date for Christmas Karma is November 8, 2014.
With offices in Santa Monica, California, LaPuerta Books and Media is an imprint of La Puerta Productions (www.lapuerta.tv). The LaPuerta imprint and its logo — an open door — symbolize unlimited access to knowledge, opportunity, innovation, fascination, and delight.

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Meet the Author of Farnsworth’s Revenge at Festival of Books

See you at the Festival of Books, Booth 131 (IWOSC)
Gerald Everett Jones is the author of the recently released humorous fiction novel Farnsworth’s Revenge.

Santa Monica, CA, April 8, 2014 – Gerald Everett Jones, boychik-lit author of the recently released Farnsworth’s Revenge, is scheduled for appearances at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (USC campus) on the afternoons of Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13. Jones will be meeting fans and signing books in Booth 131, sponsored by the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC.org). He will be available 1 – 5pm on Saturday and 2-6pm on Sunday.

Farnsworth’s Revenge is the third humorous novel in the Rollo Hemphill Misadventures series. Rollo once feared the Secret Government was out to get him, but now he’s on a mission to help them out. “Paranoia is just a heightened state of awareness,” Rollo quips bravely, as he caroms around the world in search of the kidnapped life-sized replica of a Hollywood goddess. It’s hardly a spoiler to reveal that it’s easier for him to uncover secrets to cold fusion and global money laundering than to find the missing doll. Farnsworth’s Revenge is now available from booksellers in both softcover and Kindle e-book formats, published by LaPuerta Books and Media.

Gerald Everett Jones is a freelance writer who lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife, actress-comedienne Georja Umano. His first book under the LaPuerta imprint was How to Lie with Charts. He expounds on his notions of male-centered humor in his collection of short stories, Boychik Lit, which includes an essay on the genre. His father-son relationship comedy Ballpoint, written for general audiences, tells how an outrageous huckster brought on the “Pen Wars” of 1945.

is scheduled for release by LaPuerta in September.

About the Rollo Hemphill series, book critic Paula Berinstein raved, “Woody Allen meets Nick Hornby in this hilarious beach read. Gerald Everett Jones, who is every bit as clever as Larry David (and has more hair!), has created a witty, literate George Costanza for us to savor. NBC, are you paying attention?”

Claiming he’s inspired by the humor of P.G. Wodehouse and James Thurber, author Jones blogs on the topic of male-centered comic fiction at Boychik Lit (www.boychiklit.com).

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New Boychik Lit Exposes Rubber Dolls and Cold Fusion

Santa Monica, CA (April 1, 2014) Boychik-lit satirist Gerald Everett Jones has produced his third  novel about geeky genius Rollo Hemphill, a recovering computer hacker whose fate is to fail continuously upward. The new title in the series is Farnsworth’s Revenge, released on April 1 in honor of fools everywhere. Rollo once feared the Secret Government was out to get him, now he’s on a mission to help them out. “Paranoia is just a heightened state of awareness,” Rollo quips bravely, as he caroms around the world in search of the kidnapped life-sized replica of a Hollywood goddess. It’s hardly a spoiler to reveal that it’s easier for him to uncover secrets to cold fusion and global money laundering than to find the missing doll. Farnsworth’s Revenge is now available from booksellers in both softcover and Kindle e-book formats, published by LaPuerta Books and Media.
In the first book in the series, My Inflatable Friend, Rollo devises a screwball scheme with the lookalike doll to make his girlfriend jealous and stumbles into a gig on shock-jock radio. In the second book, Rubber Babes, he thinks he’s landed a cushy job heading up a Hollywood charity, but he ends up running from the Feds. Now in Farnsworth’s Revenge, he’s on the lam in Europe, when he gets recruited for a secret mission that has him chasing clues from Paris, to Istanbul, then to Nairobi. The painful consequences of Rollo’s comic misadventures show us all too vividly the perils of pretending to be someone you’re not — and the hazards of stroking every male’s most vulnerable part — his swelling ego.
Gerald Everett Jones is a freelance writer who lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife, actress-comedienne Georja Umano. His first book under the LaPuerta imprint was How to Lie with Charts. He expounds on his notions of male-centered humor in his collection of short stories, Boychik Lit, which includes an essay on the genre. His father-son relationship comedy Ballpoint, written for general audiences, tells how an outrageous huckster brought on the “Pen Wars” of 1945. Ballpoint is scheduled for release by LaPuerta in September.
About the Rollo Hemphill series, book critic Paula Berinstein raved, “Woody Allen meets Nick Hornby in this hilarious beach read. Gerald Everett Jones, who is every bit as clever as Larry David (and has more hair!), has created a witty, literate George Costanza for us to savor. NBC, are you paying attention?”
Claiming he’s inspired by the humor of P.G. Wodehouse and James Thurber, author Jones blogs on the topic of male-centered comic fiction at Boychik Lit (www.boychiklit.com).
The LaPuerta name and its logo — an open door — symbolize unlimited access to knowledge, opportunity, innovation, fascination, and delight (www.lapuerta.tv). For further information, contact LaPuerta’s marketing manager Jason Teahan at jason@lapuerta.tv.

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Farnsworth’s Revenge – Advance Reading Copy Giveaway on Goodreads

Just announced yesterday, almost 100 readers have already joined the contest. Twenty will have prepublication paperbacks to review on Goodreads.com.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Farnsworth's Revenge by Gerald Everett Jones

Farnsworth’s Revenge

by Gerald Everett Jones

Giveaway ends December 17, 2013.

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at Goodreads.

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Author Gerald Everett Jones Remembers F. D. Reeve

Gerald blogs on Boychik Lit –

I’ve dedicated Farnsworth’s Revenge to F. D. Reeve, who was one of my most influential mentors as a writer. I’ve had a great many valuable teachers and counselors, and it’s not like I spent so much time with him. But let me tell you what he taught me, and why I think it has made all the difference. More

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Announcing Our New DVD Seminar Series

For some time, a companion DVD seminar has been available for the book How to Lie with Charts. The book itself is available both as trade paperback and as ebook (Adobe PDF format). We also added a streaming version as part of the Amazon Video On Demand (VOD) service, making it possible to either rent viewing sessions or buy a download.

Now we’re announcing two new DVD seminars, both on topics related to this popular flagship book. Technical Analysis Basics explains how financial analysts interpret stock market charts to predict future trends and prices. Financial Proofreading hones in on how to make presentations come across as professional and even classy – by enforcing clarity and consistency (the absence of which will invite mistrust of your results).

Taken together with the charts book and its supporting material, we’re calling the series Pitfalls of Business Reporting. (Hope you like the idea – of avoiding them, that is.)

Find video previews, courseware details, and purchase links for all of these products, here. (10% discount available on some titles – only through these links. Click through to get the codes.)

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E-Book Suggestions of the Month and the Significance of the Color Tablet

At Boychik Lit, we suggest an e-book for the month, The Battle of $9.99.   Learn about how e-books have revolutionized the book industry and the story behind the current DOJ action against Apple regarding pricing of e-books.  www.boychiklit.com

At BackPack Film School, we ponder why the color tablet platform may be important for Hollywood and wonder at the impact of B&N’s backing out of the tablet wars.  www.backpackfilmschool.com

At How to Lie with Charts, we suggest am e-book (also available as a plain old paperback) for the month, Data Points.  Learn a fresh perspective and insight into data visualization.    www.howtoliewithcharts.com