Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Laurel Osterkamp


Today is the Kick off of the November Surprise Tour! 

Chick Lit / Womens Fiction
Date Published: 8/2012

For Lucy Jones, the distinction between love and politics is hazy at best. Both can be all-consuming, and either can lead to a heart-breaking loss or an exhilarating win. Whatever the case, if you’re seen as a loser, you probably are one. Lucy first learns this lesson in 1988, when she’s a shy girl, battling a high school bully and rooting for Dukakis. Through the years Lucy will experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as she makes the choices that define her. Meanwhile, she also struggles to define her relationship with Monty, who comes in and out of her life like the changes in public opinion. Is Monty simply a one-night stand, a kindred spirit, or the love of her life? And by 2008, can he offer her a change to believe in?

Over the course of twenty years and six presidential elections, Lucy grows and adjusts with the times. Filled with snarky political and pop-culture references, November Surprise is about the journey we take to believe in a candidate, in love, and in ourselves.

November Surprise is a companion piece to Campaign Promises, which is free on Amazon. They can be read in either order. Both have a liberal slant.


Reading Addiction Blog Tours

Laurel Osterkamp was a comedy writer in Minneapolis before she began writing novels.
Her first novel, Following My Toes, has been a Kindle best seller and won the 2008
Indie Excellence Award for Chick Lit. Starring in the Movie of My Life received honors
in the 2011 Indie Excellence Awards for Chick Lit, and in the 2011 International Book
Awards for Women's Fiction and Young Adult Lit. Both books are indie approved at She currently teaches high school, and is working on her next book,
which is inspired by her recent jury duty.

Reading Addiction Blog Tours MEET and GREET

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

I’d love to make enough money that it could be my “career.” But I have a family, and we rely on my job for health insurance. So right now my number one career is teaching, and writing is what I do when I’m not working and my children are napping.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

I suppose starting a project and finding its direction is the hardest part. Once I have a first draft it’s much easier to develop my themes and characters.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

I have a writing group with two other members besides myself. Their feedback is invaluable to me.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I’m working on a blog written in Lucy’s (the main character from November Surprise and Campaign Promises) voice –  It’s about this year’s election, and what happens to her marriage when Monty goes to Africa for several weeks. After that I want to write a novel that’s inspired by my jury duty from last spring.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

I just finished Me and You by Niccolo Ammaniti. Next up are Stitch by Samantha Durante and Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?


#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

As if there’s any question. Chocolate!

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
Definitely French Fries.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

I love both. I can’t decide.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?

Honestly, neither is my cup of tea. But I did read a couple of Danielle Steel novels when I was a teenager.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?

Reality for the most part. But I love Harry Potter.

#7 – Call or Text?

Text, I suppose. It takes less time.

#8 – Public School or Home School?

Since I’m a teacher, I have to go with public school.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate

I like mochas – the perfect combo between the two.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

I don’t think it’s either/or situation. I have a kindle, but I still read paperbacks from the library or the used book store. Kindles have been great for the indie author, but they’ll never replace books entirely.


$30 Amazon gift card

2 ways to enter! 

Comment on any of the Blog Tour Posts to gain one entry.

Forward her the reciept for your purchase of November Surprise to to get ten entries

The contest is posted on her blog -

Follow along with this tour:

September 15 - Andi's Book Review- Review/Giveaway/Excerpt/Interview
September 16 -  Wonderland Reviews - Review/Interview
September 17 -  Taking it One Page at a Time - Review/Guest Post/Giveaway
September 18 -  My Reading Addiction - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt/PROMO
September 19 -  My Seryniti - Review/Interview/GuestPost/ExcerptGiveaway
September 20 -  Beth Art From the Heart - Review/Excerpt
September 21 -  Good Family Reads - Review/Excerpt
September 22 -  Sweeping the USA - Review/Excerpt/Giveaway
September 23 -  Whoopeeyoo - Review/Guest Post/Giveaway/Excerpt
September 24 -  Solitary Bookworm - Review/Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway
September 25 -  Books and NeedlePoint - Guest Post/Excerpt/Giveaway/PROMO
September 26 -    My Devotional Thoughts - Review/Guest Post/Excerpt/Giveaway
September 27-  Bookish Things + More - Excerpt/PROMO
September 28 -  A Dream Within a Dream - Excerpt/Giveaway/PROMO
September 29 -  The Book Faery Reviews - Excerpt/PROMO
September 30 -  Literature Lovers' Labyrinth - Review/Interview/Excerpt
October 1 - A Chick Who Reads - Review/Guest Post/Excerpt/Giveaway
October 2 - Turning The Pages - PROMO
October 3 - Words I Write Crazy - Review/Excerpt
October 4 - My Cozie Corner - Review/Giveaway
October 5 - Book Reviews and More - Guest Post/Excerpt/Giveaway/PROMO
October 6 - New Age Mama - Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway/PROMO
October 7 - The Book Maven - Review/GuestPost
October 8 - Forget the Housework, I'm Reading - Review/Giveaway
October 9 - Conceptual Reception - Review
October 10 - My Escape - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt

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