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Author Q&A ft @jamesrobinsonj1 | JAY GOT MARRIED Book Tour & $25 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Promotions Presents #NonFiction #Humor

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for JAY GOT MARRIED by James Robinson Jr. The non-fiction humor is availa...



Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for JAY GOT MARRIED by James Robinson Jr. The non-fiction humor is available now. 

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

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning the tour giveaway. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.



Jay Got Married
by James Robinson Jr.


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GENRE:   Non-Fiction Humor


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BLURB:

Jay Got Married consists of 9 humorous and, at times, poignant essays chronicling the ironies of everyday life in word and picture. Take for example the lead essay, aptly titled, "Jay got Married," where I find myself mired in a horrendous dream.

In the fantasy, my aging father--dressed in his favorite Champion t-shirt with stains covering the front--marries my wife and I like he did 42 years ago but, this time around, the my 92-year-old ex-clergy dad forgets his lines causing me to coach him through the event with hints like: "ask for the rings, ask for the rings." All the while, my best man sings Sonny and Cher's, "I Got You Babe."

Finally married, my wife and I end the ceremony with a kiss. But as I turn to exit, my eyes catch a glimpse of the bridesmaid who is no longer my wife's best friend but now Gal Gadot from Dell Comics and Wonder Woman Fame. She is dressed in full Wonder Women regalia and looks totally shocked by the whole affair.

My mother turns to my father (now in the audience) with a quizzical look and says, “Dad, look at that bridesmaid. Isn’t that Superman?” She doesn't get out much.

As we exit the church, and the bubbles fill the air--no one uses rice anymore—my wife ignores the limo and takes off on a sleek motorcycle, leaving me in the lurch—hence the cover.
Sure, it's sounds crazy. But, in truth, isn't the world of marriage crazy these days? In my case, what would one do when faced with the prospect of losing their beloved wife after 42 years? At age 67, would they remarry? Would they even want to remarry? These and other marital tidbits are discussed with humor and as much reverence as I could muster.

P.S. The author pairs up with Wonder Woman again in a final bit of photo wizardry Why? How? How are tricky copyright infringement laws avoided? Read Jay Got Married and find out.


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EXCERPT:


But though they may not have realized it, there was a cultural paradigm in place in the child’s household, an unwritten rule that existed for the young moviegoer and their parent —
a decree that could never be broken. Paying the adult ticket price before you had reached the throes of puberty was a fate worse than death.

This silent pronouncement wasn’t totally about bringing in the cash. Based on the information at hand, ticket prices in 1965—when I was in the 12-13 age bracket—were about $1.25 for adults and 75 cents for children. But back then, 50 cents was a lot of money. We could pay 75 cents to get in and use the other 50 for snacks. Paying that for admission just wasn’t in the cards. And anyway, it was the principle of the thing.

For a big 12-year-old kid like me, who looked like he was 15, this was a nightmare scenario. I was a hulk of a boy, and when I stepped up to the window and announced that I wanted a child ticket, a hush fell over the crowd.

I had never seen this scenario play out before, but the guy who was ahead of me—a boy they used to say was “big for his age” like me—had come prepared. Born ahead of his time, he had found a foolproof way to beat the voucher thugs at their own game. In an unprecedented move for a 12-going-on-13 fusion, he brought his birth certificate along as collateral. What genius!

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AUTHOR Interview:


Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

The cover art goes along with a dream that I have at the beginning of the lead essay which is also entitled, Jay Got Married. In the dream, my father marries my wife and I like he did 43 years ago but, at age 92, flubs the vows. At the end of the ceremony, I gaze at the maid of honor (my wife’s best friend) who has become Gal Godot from Wonder Woman Fame. My mother looks at her and says to my father, “James, isn’t that Superman?” Her mind isn’t what it used to be.

We exit the church cascaded by rice but, much to my chagrin, my new bride eschews the limo and takes off on a sleek motorcycle without me. Here is the bike:
a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: The ground-up redesign for the S1000RR could catapult BMW to the pointy end of the literbike class.
The cover was designed by Natasha Brown. I’ve used her for all my covers.


Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

My wife was not happy with the Jay Got Married essay and, after a couple of pages, refused to read the rest of the essay or finish the book for that matter. Even though I lavished her with praise and stated that I didn’t know what I would do if something would happen to her, all she said was I: “Killed her off.” 


What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?

I’ve seen other books of essays but mine seems to stand out. I don’t if that’s good or bad, but the consensus is that it’s definitely different. I use artwork in the book because I think most people are used to seeing a picture to go along with a joke. Consider Seth Meyers’ skits where pictures are shown after a joke and the Saturday Night Live News updates where a similar approach is used.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

I had to find a picture of buffalo skulls online for one essay. I had to buy a cut-out of Gal Godot on eBay if that counts. I then went to and a photography studio and took a picture with the cutout and a replica of the classic suit that I was married in. Who does that? I was trying to avoid copyright infringement.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I am an absolute watch nut—mostly Invicta brand watches. My passion is fed by a shopping network called Shop HQ which has an almost cult following of individuals who, like me, are watch crazy. Some crazies will call the program and confess to having 200 or more Invicta watches. My collection consists of about 50 that I’ll admit to; i’ve returned at least 30.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
Contact me at: jamesrobinsonjrauthor@hormail.com


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Pass the word. If you enjoy tongue-in-cheek humor mixed in with a little satire and sneaky social commentary you’ll love the book.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


James Robinson, Jr. is an award-wining author who has written 6 books in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. His first book Fighting the Effects of Gravity: A Bittersweet Journey Into Middle Life, was an Indie Award winner for nonfiction. His first foray into fiction, Book of Samuel, was a Readers’ Favorite Award Winner. His latest book—Jay Got Married—is a collection of 9 humorous, sometimes poignant essays.

Mr. Robinson resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife of 43 years. He is the father of three daughters ages 37, 38, and 40 and has six grandchildren.

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/James-Robinson-Jr./e/B0074O0QLI%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share



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GIVEAWAY:

James Robinson Jr. 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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7 comments

  1. It has been great hearing about your book and although I am not the reader myself, my 2 sisters and 2 daughters are. They love hearing about the genre's they like and me helping them get to find books they will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Are you currently hard at work on your next book?

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  3. It sounds like a fun read, and it has a great cover.

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