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Author Q&A ft. Phillip Cornell + $25 GC #Giveaway | VACATION TO GRACELAND | @GoddessFish & @Phillipthedeal Present #Comedy #Adventure

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized Virtual Book Tour for VACATION TO GRACELAND by Phillip Cornell, a vacation/comedy/adventure available...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized Virtual Book Tour for VACATION TO GRACELAND by Phillip Cornell, a vacation/comedy/adventure available now from Dog Ear Publishing.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below and at the bottom of this blog post.

Vacation to Graceland

by Phillip Cornell


GENRE:  Vacation/Comedy/Adventure



A man, his mother, his sister, his granny, his niece, and his nephew make a trip to Memphis Tennessee for a family reunion. During the course of the trip, the family encounter a series of circumstances that mold the trip into an unforgettable experience. Through the arguing and internal bickering within the group, they come together and strengthen the blood bond they share with each other. Reflecting on each and every situation encountered, the man realizes the trip is an overall social, emotional, and educational journey.



The idea of a family trip started, when my mom devised a plan to take my granny on a weekend trip. This was difficult because my granny was on a weekly dialysis schedule, so my mom had to come up with a way to keep her schedule and transport her from one city to the next without any problems. My grandma had been on dialysis for the past 2 ½ years, and with her increasing age and decreasing health, she needed more attention from care givers and family members.

The living arrangement in my mom’s house was setup like this. My mom, my sister Brandi, and my granny all lived there constantly. My other sister Crissy and her children did not live there, but they would visit often. I myself would visit quite often also. My job was 2 miles from my mom’s house, so it was nothing for me to visit on my lunch break or when I got off work. My granny anticipated me coming over many times. She would cook a meal for me, and place my name on the plate. It was not the perfect living arrangement, but it definitely had a strong family feel tied into it.

My granny kept close tabs on what my mom and sister were always doing, because that is just who she was. She still liked to get out the house ever once in a while. Her favorite pastime was people watching. If there was one thing that she enjoyed, it was talking about other people. This is a trait that has been handed down from generation to generation, and I myself am guilty of doing it also. Discussing people in a humorous light, that downgrades their physical appearance or personality, is second nature to me now. I can easily do it without any effort or stress. The thoughts just come to my head, and I let the mild form of slander flow. I have never been embarrassed of this, and like me, my granny has never been either.



How did you come up with the title of your book?
It really just came to me. I wanted a title with vacation in it, and I visited Graceland. So I pieced it together from there. I always come up with a title either midway or at the end of a writing. I feel like I can never see the right title for a story until it is nearly done. I believe the title has to embody the work and not vice versa.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
It is me of course! I am the most dynamic character, because I tell the story. My second favorite character is my late Granny. I like her because she is unapologetic. She found out at a certain age of being elderly, you can do whatever you want, and no one will shun you. I personally witnessed her ask a manly looking girl if she was a boy. The girl did not get mad, she just said no. Let me would have tried that, I would have gotten told off in the worst way.  

If you could change one thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I would change the price. My independent publisher was helpful in guiding me through the process, but when it came down to fine details. The business side of the transaction was pretty much set in stone. I have learned a tremendous amount about the business, and my next novel will be handled differently. I am still grateful to my publisher though. They provided me with an unforgettable opportunity.  

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book?
I wrote the book as one long chapter. It was supposed to be a short story, but it transformed into a full length novel. I am glad it became a novel, because a short story would have not done it justice. Also the novel was not my first choice to kick off my publishing career. I wanted to publish another novel, but this one was just right for what I was to accomplish.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
Snapchat: Phillipthedeal2
Twitter: Phillipthedeal
Instagram: Phillipthedeal
Facebook: Phillip Cornell (St. Louis, MO)
If you follow or message me, I will respond back. I put information in my bio about the current projects I am working on. Also I post gems of my day to day life, which is quite interesting.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Please! Go on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel, and leave comments and ratings. I appreciate all
comments I receive. I just want to share my talent with everyone. I will accept tweets and Instagram post also. Just use the hashtag #VacationtoGraceland so I can find it and repost it.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I appreciate everyone who has supported me thus far! I use to think support was buying my book, but now I know support is anything positive in reference to me being an author. I also appreciate all the constructive criticism. I am far from perfect, and I take into consideration any advice I get. I will forever by appreciative, and again I thank you all!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Phillip Cornell is a college graduate. He gained his degree in Biological Sciences, and currently works at a local pharmacy.  He is the only son of Harron and Connie Cornell, and the youngest of 3 children. In 2006 his father passed away due to colon cancer, and his mom became an inspiration to him and his family in the way she supported everyone. He has a passion for all types of competitive activity, with sports being the favorite. Overall he lives for different experiences to stimulate the mind, and firmly believes that life is something that has to be lived, read about, and dissected. His biggest weakness is beautiful women, and the thought of being a failure. Firmly believing everyone deserves their moment no matter how long or short it is, Phillip listens to anyone who has something to say. The more he writes. The more he realizes what he creates, is something that needs to be shared with someone other than himself. 

SnapChat:  Phillipthedeal2



Phillip Cornell will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



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November 22: Book Lover Promo
November 23: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
November 23: Long and Short Reviews
November 25: Fabulous and Brunette
November 28: BooksChatter
November 30: Queen of All She Reads
November 30: It's Raining Books
December 1: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
December 5: Lilac Reviews
December 5: A Writer's Life
December 6: Notes From a Romantic's Heart
December 7: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
December 8: Readeropolis
December 9: Dalene's Book Reviews - review


  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and your interview.

  3. What is the best book taht you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  4. Sounds like a great book - thanks for sharing!


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