Spin the Plate Virtual Book Tour

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 in Book Tours |

Walker Author Tours Presents….

Spin the Plate (Revised Edition)

by Donna Anastasi

Newly revised novel, new tour!

A tattoo artist by day, Jo roams the streets of Boston at night to forget her past and feed her two passions: rescuing mistreated creatures and inflicting bodily harm on their perpetrators. Unassuming and unafraid, Francis, a man harboring a secret of his own, is the one person Jo can’t seem to scare off.

Spin the Plate has been revised, re-edited, and expanded!

One October morning in 2008 as Donna Anastasi was taking the 65 mile daily commute across the width of Southern New Hampshire, she was (as C.S. Lewis once put it) struck by an idea. A childhood flashback, a woman named Jo, Jo’s story, and all those who influenced it came in crashing waves, demanding to be written. The result was a 30-something page story, largely written during every conceivable free minute over the next two weeks’ time; this work was recently self-published as Spin the Plate Short Story and is offered free on iTunes, Sony, Kindle, B&N Book Nooks, and Kobo. 

Donna Anastasi is the author of two non-fiction small animal books both published by Bowtie press: a popular how to care for gerbils book and a chinchilla handbook promoting these exotic and intelligent creatures as companions, not coats. Spin the Plate is Anastasi’s debut novel, written in the 18 months after the initial story was penned.

One way Anastasi expanded the story into novel-length was using what she terms a “mosaic” approach. She’d ask a person who had had experienced or was an expert in an area needed for the book to write down their own story as if they were telling it to someone else. Then Anastasi would insert the book characters, Jo and Francis, into the scene.  Other invaluable resources were Google and her husband, a playwright/Boston University Professor. In addition to keeping the dialog real, he is the inspiration behind the line in the book: “Jo wondered how any person could retain so much useless trivia.”

“Donna Anastasi’s debut fiction novel, Spin the Plate, takes the life of one incest survivor and spins the outcome for her in a beautiful, redemptive way.” –The Character Therapist

Purchase your copy today! 

Donna AnastasiSpin the Plate:  Tour Stops 

February 18: Excerpt at A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book
February 19: Author interview and excerpt on Freda’s Voice
February 20: Andrea Coventry review on Uplifting Reads
February 21: Excerpt on Jess Resides Here
February 22: Review at
Fire & Ice

February 25: Interview at Reviews and Opinions
February 26: Excerpt at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
February 27: Review and Giveaway at The Insane Ramblings of a Crazed Writer
February 28: Review at Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde
March 1: Excerpt at
Dellani’s Choice Book Reviews

March 18: Review at Caught Between the Pages
March 19: Andrea Coventry review on
Uplifting Reads
March 20: Excerpt on
Reviews and Opinions
March 21: Author interview on 
Dellani’s Choice Book Reviews
March 22: Excerpt at 
Fire & Ice

March 25: Review at Reviews and Opinions
March 26: Review at Celticlady’s Reviews

March 27: Interview at Simply Infatuated
March 28: Review on Uplifting Reads
March 29:  Review by Sheila Deeth

“Strong emotions will sweep you through this story!” – P. Marlowe “Voracious Mystery Man” 

Click here to purchase your copy of Spin the Plate!

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NOOR Virtual Book Tour

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 in Book Tours |

Click here to purchase your copy of Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky.

While Seabiscuit is perhaps the best-known Thoroughbred in history, Charles S. Howard owned another remarkable race horse that should never be forgotten. Howard’s Irish-bred Noor dominated the 1950 racing season, setting three world records in victories over Citation and winning the Hollywood Gold Cup by defeating a Triple Crown winner, the Horse of the Year, and the previous year’s Kentucky Derby winner. Sadly, that fame faded as he failed to sire champions, and Noor was buried in an unmarked grave in the infield of a training track in Northern California.

In Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky, veteran turf writer Milt Toby recounts Noor’s colorful career and the inspiring story of racing enthusiast Charlotte Farmer’s personal mission to exhume the horse’s remains for reburial in Central Kentucky.

Milt’s previous book, Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby, was honored with the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for the best book about Thoroughbred racing published in 2012 and an American Horse Publications Award for the Best Equine Book of the Year.

Find Milt Toby, author of Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky, at http://www.miltonctoby.com.

Dates for Noor book tour:

December 3       Excerpt at Dellani Oakes’s blog

December 4       Interview with Kristy Centeno

December 5       Review at Reviews by Mary Beth

December 6       Guest post at Rodney’s Saga

December 7       Review at Horse Book Reviews

December 10     Interview at Texas Straight-Talk Reviews

December 11     Guest post at Equestrian Ink

December 12     Excerpt at Lovely Reads

December 13     Interview at Dellani Oakes’s blog


January 14           Guest post at Lovely Reads

January 15           Interview at Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

January 16           Review at Fire and Ice

January 17           Guest post at Fire and Ice

January 18           Interview at Reviews by Mary Beth

January 21           Review at Texas Straight-talk Reviews

January 22           Interview with Lindsey Russell

January 23           Podcast on A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book

January 24           Excerpt with Kristy Centeno

January 25           Review at Bloodstock in the Bluegrass

Bonus tour stop: Excerpt at Bloodstock in the Bluegrass


“Hopefully, this book will enlighten people as to how great a racehorse Noor really was. His story deserves to be known. If you are a sentimental person you may want to have a Kleenex handy for the second part of the Noor story, in which the author details the battle Charlotte Farmer waged to get Noor exhumed and re-interned at a new home. A very enjoyable read.” –Jayden Robyn

Milt Toby Bio:

Milt Toby is an author, photographer, and attorney with a lifelong involvement in the horse industry.  He has been writing professionally about horses since 1972, first as a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine and since 1984 as a freelancer for a number of publications.  His photographs have appeared on more than 125 covers of The Blood-Horse and in numerous other publications, from Asiaweek and Insight, to Soldier of Fortune. Milt’s equine law blog, Horses and the Law, was a popular staple at www.thehorse.com for three years, and he also contributed a monthly equine law column to the Paint Horse Journal.

He is author of seven books, including Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky, and national award winner Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby.  His earlier books include The Complete Equine Legal and Business Handbook (used as a textbook in several college undergraduate equine law courses) and Ruffian (part of Eclipse Press’s Legends series).

Milt serves as Chair of the Contracts & Conflicts Committee for the American Society of Journalists and Authors, which reviews and interprets publishing contracts for writers, and he is a frequent speaker on contract and copyright issues for authors.  He is on the Board of Directors of American Horse Publications and the Scott County Humane Society and served as Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Equine Law Section.  Milt’s wife, Dr. Roberta Dwyer, is an equine veterinarian at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center.

Milt has visited race tracks on six continents, and has lost money betting almost everywhere.


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