#SmartCookiePR: Press Release- FOMO is real even on Mars.

Press Release

For Immediate Release 

July 17, 2019

Contact: Chelsea DeVries,Publicist 

smartcookiepr26@gmail.com

 

A Chef Stuck On Mars is Not the Funniest Thing You’ll Find in Loved Mars, Hated The Food by Willie Handler

Kyanite Publishing Author is available for interviews and events as well as blog tours. Willie Handler is back with his second novel, his irreverent and hilarious science fiction debut about a thirty-two year old chef Dix Jenner who is selected for a mission to Mars by NASA. The book is abound with subtle satire that provides the story with depth. The novel will be released on August 13 and is already available for pre-order via Kyanite’s site.Loved Mars, Hated The Food already has many five star reviews as well as an endorsement from fellow Canadian author and two-time Leacock Award winner, Terry Fallis . Handler is holding a book launch event in his hometown of Torono at the Monarch Tavern on August 14 at 5:30 p.m.

About Loved Mars, Hated The Food:

Dix Jenner, a self-proclaimed slacker, is the first chef to live—and maybe die—on Mars. After an explosion kills his colony companions and leaves him with nothing but his spacesuit, his time on the faraway planet is about to expire… until he’s rescued by friendly Martians Bleeker and Seepa, who smuggle him into their vast underground civilization. 

Despite an unfamiliar world of telepathy, strange class dynamics, and really bad food, Dix sets out to make his mark. After opening a cafe—who knew Martians loved espresso?—he starts to notice that responsibility can feel good. Not only that, but he’s got a new romance, and for the first time he actually cares.

Unfortunately, his success attracts the attention of the corrupt and narcissistic Martian Grand Leader. Forced to run to avoid being imprisoned, Dix gets lucky: a NASA rescue mission lands on Mars. But seeing it brings back the dark secret he’s been keeping from himself about the colony’s explosion, and now Dix must choose between returning to Earth or spending the rest of his life in a cell on the dusty red planet where he belongs.

About The Author: 

Author Willie Handler was a satirist well before he became a novelist. Hailing from Canada, where self-deprecating humor is part of the national character, he finds targets for his humor everywhere. His targets include friends, family, co-workers, politicians, farmers, subway passengers, bureaucrats, telemarketers, Martians, and his barber, Vince. In 2016, he released his first novel THE ROAD AHEAD. With his most recent work, he has crossed over to the world of speculative fiction.

    To schedule an interview with the author or to schedule him for a public appearance, please contact his publicist Chelsea DeVries at smartcookiepr26@gmail.com

To pre-order Loved Mars, Hated The Food, visit this link.

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#SmartCookiePR: Interview with Author Oscar Redden, IV

Today, we are bringing you an exclusive author interview with debut children’s book author, Oscar Redden IV.

The Smart Cookie : What made you want to become a writer?

Oscar: Writing poetry was a way to express my thoughts and feelings in a constructive manner. At the time I was extremely shy. I was not the “social butterfly” in high school or college. I needed an outlet. Additionally, writing helped me understand and discover my voice. It was the only time I did not care about breaking a few grammar rules—delivering the unvarnished truth about life.

The Smart Cookie: How have your life experiences contributed to the creation of a character such as Albert The Albatross?

 Oscar:  I believe the exceptional home-training my parents instilled in my childhood was crucial in the creation of the character of Albert the Albatross. Lessons such as “treat others fairly, standing for a purpose, leading with integrity, sharing, being a team player and etc” all fueled the character. Many of the challenges that arose I had experienced or watched others endure. Throughout my life experiences, I was able to apply these teaching moments to become wiser, all while managing my emotions and projecting an effective attitude.

 The Smart Cookie: What made you want to transition from writer to author?

Oscar: I consider myself to be an entrepreneur; I like to “dip and dabble” in different areas. I was not privy to authorship prior to my initial picture book. I looked at the transition as a short-term goal for 2019. Again, I do not have formal training or background in writing.

I took a chance on a message that I think resonates in society and will ultimately define everyone: how did we treat others, and did we live a life of pride that we would be comfortable telling our parents about?

The Smart Cookie:  If you could chat with one person living or dead, who would it be and why?

Oscar: I would love to chat with my beloved grandfather, Oscar Redden JR, who recently passed away suddenly. He was my role model and gave me my very first job. Working alongside him, I witnessed his ambition, service to his community and love for family which left an everlasting impression on my life. I dedicated my book to him in memory of his life.

 The Smart Cookie: In the book, Albert travels around and meets many people. Name a place you traveled to that changed you for the better. Talk about the experience.

 Oscar: Approximately 4 years ago, I traveled to Costa Rica on a mission trip. The country was beautiful and solely driven by agricultural. Costa Rica contains over 100 volcanoes, positioned throughout the land. Uniquely, when the volcanoes erupt, the molten lava rolls down from the highest peak and saturates the land with minerals- spurring vegetation growth. Because the minerals in the lava are so rich, there is no need for farmers to do crop rotation, making farming easier and prosperous. When crops are harvested, they are sold as exports into America helping Costa Rica’s economy.

During my mission trip to Costa Rica I had the honor of serving at a non-for-profit recreation center for the youth. There I assisted with the sanding and painting of walls and helped with the mentoring of kids. This center was located right outside the capital, San Jose, in a small village called La Carpio (or the Village of Hope). I learned this village’s population is mostly children. Most of the kids attend school for half the day while the reminder work jobs to help support their families.  Because children start working at an early age, education becomes less of a priority. I learned that the kids in this village do not have the opportunities to attend college. This was an “eye opener” for me as often we take access to education for granted in the United States.

Also, I visited another town called La Fortuna located right outside the capital. There I volunteered at an adoption shelter doing yard work- digging, planting and removing weeds from the garden. Also, I played board games with kids and colored with them. The kids seemed to really enjoy our company. However, it was heartbreaking to see them start to cry once we started to leave; their smiles faded. There were children asking us to adopt them. They sensed that no one was coming to pick them up. Unfortunately, our departure meant that they would have to deal with this harsh reality.

 

 The Smart Cookie: What is the most important thing you have learned about attitude?

 Oscar: A positive attitude can be contagious. Once you spread it, everyone gets a piece. That’s why I believe positivity is the catalyst to achieving altitude in attitude!

 

 The Smart Cookie: Did you always want to write for children? Why or why not?

 

Oscar: To be honest, my intention was never to write for children. However, I saw an opportunity and took on the assignment. There are millions of kids across the world growing up without hope and aspirations. I wanted to create a picture book that had some substance and taught valuable life lessons to impressionable, young readers.

The Smart Cookie: When not writing, what do you like to do in your free time?

Oscar: I like to exercise. Also, I enjoy listening to old school R&B and hip-hop. I enjoy attending sporting events such as basketball games. Most of all, I enjoy spending quality time at home with my fiancé tending to our flower garden.

To order Oscar’s book, please visit here.

 

#SmartCookiePR: Willie Handler’s Interview On The Author Show

June 24, 2019 —– Canadian author of political satire The Road Ahead and forthcoming science fiction Loved Mars, Hated The Food (Kyanite Publishing, August 13, 2019) Willie Handler did an interview with Linda Thompson of The Author Show Podcast.

The interview primarily covers Handler’s first novel The Road Ahead and will only be up on the site and various other media platforms for 24 hours today only.

To listen to the inteview, please click the image below.

Hear Willie Handler on The Authors Show!

 

#PressRelease: Author of The Road Ahead Recently Interviewed Via Two Online Podcasts

Author of The Road Ahead Recently Interviewed Via Two Online Podcasts

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April 6, 2019

Handler recently appeared on two internet podcasts The WFOD Show with Mike Moore

(https://wfod.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/393-willie-handler-and-the-remix-to-the-remix-to-ignition/) on March 12 and on April 4, he was interviewed by Rick Nunske for My Future Business Show (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq_GMDaTouc). He is currently looking for interview opportunities, event scheduling, as well as blog tours.

Independent author Willie Handler’s book The Road Ahead is funny enough to make you forget you are reading about politics.

About The Road Ahead:

Rick Tompkins, a suburban Toronto insurance broker, never considered a career in politics until a good friend, who happens to be the leader of the Conservative party, asks him to run for office. He accepts the offer, with the understanding that he would probably not win, but can use the opportunity to gain some visibility for himself and his business. Jerry Switzer, a veteran party worker, is sent in to guide Rick through a campaign in a riding that hasn’t elected a Conservative in years. Rick fumbles his way through the election campaign and manages a surprise win but at the expense of saddling his party with an impossible commitment. What makes matters worse, Rick is anything but politically correct. He offends everyone in his path and stumbles from one political scandal to another. Still, Rick has one saving asset: a political party machine that is able to spin scandals to its advantage.

 

About the author:

WILLIE HANDLER grew up in Toronto and did his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto. He also has graduate degrees from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He spent over thirty years in various positions in the Ontario public service. before leaving in 2011. Much of his time in government was spent on auto insurance regulatory policy. He also operates a consulting practice. He currently lives in Thornhill with his wife and blogs at www.williehandler.com.
To schedule an interview with the author or to schedule him for a public appearance, please contact his publicist Chelsea DeVries at smartcookiepr26@gmail.com

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