Monday, 16 April 2012

Interview & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: “One Last Class” and “Twyla’s Last Trip”


Original Title: One Last Class
Author: Karen Mueller Bryson
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Publishing Date: February 17th 2012
Genre: Romantic Comedy


In the romantic comedy, One Last Class, thirty-two year old, Zak Spencer, is a washed-up teen idol, who decides to rebuild his life by returning to college in Arizona. Trouble ensues when Zak falls in love with the young professor, Amy Campbell, who teaches the one class he needs to complete his degree.


Lucinda peered intently into her microscope until Bunny's voice blared from the intercom—again. “I'm sorry to bother you, Lucinda, but Mr. Yates is on the phone. He says he won't hang up until he speaks with you personally.”

Lucinda took a deep breath, stood and exited the lab. She marched over to the reception desk and ripped the phone from Bunny's grasp.

“Lucinda Starr,” she growled into the phone. “How may I help you?”

Thirty-year old T.J. Yates, the epitome of all things country, spoke to Lucinda from his cell phone. “Miss Starr,” he said. “I know we've never met but I've been your mom's attorney now for nearly a decade.”

“Will you please get to the point?” Lucinda interrupted. “I'm in the middle of an extremely important experiment.”

“I hate to be the bearer of bad news but your mom has passed away.”

Lucinda flinched slightly but then it was back to business. “And what does this have to do with me?” she asked.

“Well, Miss Starr, you are the sole beneficiary of your mom's estate.”

“Estate?” Lucinda snorted. “My mother was a cat lady, who lived in a trailer.”

“Miss Starr,” T.J. continued. “I don't think you understand.”

Before T.J. could finish, Lucinda slammed the phone into the receiver and hurried away.

T.J. looked at his cell phone dumbfounded. People never hung up on him, especially women.

Dakota, his two-year old bloodhound, glanced up from her doggie pillow and gave her head a tilt.

“I think this requires a little trip up to Chicago,” T.J. said.

Dakota just yawned and plopped her head back down on her bed.


Original Title: Twyla's Last Trip
Author: Karen Mueller Bryson
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Publishing Date: March 17th 2012
Genre: Romantic Comedy


In the romantic comedy, Twyla’s Last Trip, twenty eight-year old, Lucinda Starr is an uptight research psychologist, whose deadline to complete her doctoral dissertation is completely derailed by her estranged mother, Twyla Starr's sudden death. Lucinda must take her mother's ashes on a road trip on Route 66, in order to fulfill the requirements of her will and inherit her fortune. To make matters worse, Lucinda finds herself forced to travel across the country with her mother's easygoing country lawyer, T.J. Yates, who drives her crazy, and his drooling bloodhound, Dakota, who Lucinda finds revolting.


Thirty-two year old, Zak Spencer was sound asleep in his tousled bed, naked, except for the thin white sheet that covered the lower half of his body. Zak had been aged by recent disappointments but remnants of his boyish good looks were still visible. Elvis, Zak’s two-year old basset hound, snored on the floor next him.

Mindy, a 40-something cougar, slowly rose from the bed trying not to wake Zak. She carefully removed her clothes from the floor then snuck over to a corner chair and grabbed her purse for a quick escape.

But when Mindy tripped over Elvis and he let out a yelp, she crashed to the floor.

Zak awakened and noticed Mindy was no longer next to him. He scanned the room but didn’t see her anywhere. “Mindy?” he called.

“I'm down here.”

Zak peeked over the end of the bed and saw Mindy on the floor clutching her clothes and purse.

“What are you doing down there?” he asked.

“I tripped over your dog.”

Elvis wagged his tail.

As Zak rubbed the sleep from his eyes, he said, “You're leaving already?”

Mindy pushed herself up from the ground and tried to cover her nearly naked body.

“But it’s so early,” Zak continued.

“I've got a lot to do today,” Mindy lied. “I'll call you. I promise,” she blurted as she hurried out of the bedroom.

Zak jumped out of bed and pulled the sheet as a covering as he tried to catch Mindy. But she was quick. She had already made her way through the apartment and grabbed a jacket from a hanger next to the door before Zak caught up to her.  Zak was now tangled in the sheet as he tripped up to Mindy and said, “You don't have my number.”

As Zak scrambled for something to write with, Mindy admitted, “I'm not really going to call you.”

Zak was genuinely hurt. “Why?” he managed to get out.

“This was fun and everything but I really don't want to date a former Malibu Boy.  It's so last decade.”

“But…” Zak searched for something more to say.

“I've got to go,” Mindy shouted as she bolted out the door.


Karen Mueller Bryson is an award-winning screenwriter, produced playwright and published novelist. She has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books! Karen is the creator of Short on Time Books, a series of fast-paced and fun novels for readers on the go. When she’s not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

Author Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog

Is there an inspiration behind why you chose writing?
I’ve always loved books and it seemed only natural to want to write them.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
A writer, of course!

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is....
I wish I would have (could have!) written Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. Lisbeth Salander, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is an absolutely captivating character.

What are your current literary works?  Any sneak peaks? 
My next book to be released is a Short on Time Books for Teens called Retro Geeks. It is about two 80s obsessed teens, who want finally prove to their classmates that they are not complete losers by getting super-hot dates for senior prom.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
My tween time-travel novel, The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell, is about siblings, who travel back in time. I wrote it because I would love to do it!

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Maybe Athena because she is the goddess of wisdom.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
My Short on Time Books are fast-paced and fun reads that can be completed in one sitting.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I love getting emails from people, who enjoy my work. It is such an honor to have someone take the time to provide me with praise for my work.

What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read as much and as often as you can!

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
I would love to jump into my book, The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell, when the kids go back in time and visit the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

What is your favorite scene in the book and why do you love it?
My favorite scene in One Last Class is when former teen idol, Zak Spencer, finally learns to play the guitar. He was part of a “fake” boy band that catapulted him to stardom but he could never actually sing or play a musical instrument.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?
I have a subscription to People magazine and read it every week!

What is one book everyone should read?
Besides my books??? Just kidding! I cannot think of any one book that would appeal to every person on earth.

One food you would never eat?
I’m a vegetarian. I would not eat anything with eyes.


Favorite place?
My home.

Best Christmas present?
This year, my husband and I got a bloodhound puppy for Christmas.

Favorite book?
My all-time favorite book is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Favorite author?
L. Frank Baum

Favorite smell?

Favorite series?
My favorite book series is the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series.

My husband calls me Sweetie.

Favorite writing spot?
My library.

Favorite movie?
The Wizard of Oz.

Favorite dish?
Stir fry

Favorite color?

Favorite quote?
"We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will." Chuck Palahniuk

Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Your best trait?

Your worst trait?


Karen will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and to the host whose post has the most comments.

Giveaway open INTERNATIONALLY!  Ends April 27th.

So, all you have to do is comment!

Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting!

This post is a part of the blog tour for Goddess Fish Promotions.


  1. The book sounds interesting. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    L_Hogg at comcast dot net

  2. It would be very cool to be Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom. A burden too though I guess. I enjoyed the interview thank you.


  3. Whoa that sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  4. Props to you, Karen for sticking with your dreams of pursuing a career in writing! I am intrigued with both books, but especially Twyla’s Last Trip.

    Thank you for the giveaway and I hope I win! I've got my fingers crossed.

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  5. Keep on posting these types of articles. I like your blog design as well. Cheers!!!

  6. I saw this book on GR. Sounds interesting.

  7. This does sound like a a great read
    would love to read it

  8. These both sound fun! Always looking for something new to read, I will check them out!

  9. I liked interview a lot!
    She seems so nice :)

    Disincentive @ (read, watch, listen) - reviews

  10. Thank you so much for hosting me today! I greatly appreciate it!

  11. I have loved following your tour. The stories sound great.

  12. Both of these sound so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Both of these books sound so real to life. I love when they are both tripping in the bedroom and her admitting she is not really going to call him is so true:)Your best and worst trait being tenacity is funny and honest. You sound very self aware! Thanks for the great interview and giveaway. I had fun:)

  14. Yeah for Stephanie Plum!! Never fails to make me laugh, even when I reread the books. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. I love the Stephanie Plum books too! Thanks for the giveaway.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

  16. SO...You have a bloodhound...and you love puppy smell. I guess that's why you have a 2 year old hound--Dakota and Elvis--in each book!? Cool.

    I also like that the Library is your favorite place the write. I am suspicious, though, that you don't have a favorite flavor of ice cream!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  17. I think I'll have to add these books to my stack! They sound really good. Donna

    mylife (.) onestoryatatime at

  18. This looks like a really good book! Thanks for the interview. I have to say I dont understand liking the smell of puppy though lol

    megnate at telus dot net

  19. This book sounds great! To be added to my TBR pile. Thanks for introducing it to us.


  20. Id love to read Twylas last trip!

  21. this sound like it is a good book! jaynep140 @

  22. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share this interview with us. These books definitely sound like hot cocoa and cozy chair reads to me. I love your puppy and wish you all the joy sharing this new addition to your household and I will try real hard not to be jealous LOL Wishing you the best on the tour!

  23. The books look good. Thanks so much.

  24. Oh my goodness! I would never get anything done with a bloodhound puppy looking like that. It would just have to look my way and I would melt.

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  25. The books sounds great! I like how Zak was in a "fake" boy band, sounds pretty funny! Thanks so much for the great interview and the awesome giveaway!!

  26. Forgot to add my email! Thanks again!!
    kmritchie02 at gmail dot com

  27. Wow these books sound great! And that puppy is just adorable!! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!


  28. Nice excerpts. The books both sound good.


  29. Thanks for having this! (:

  30. Thanks for the international giveaway!!


  31. Twyla's Last Trip appeals to me a lot:) Hopefully Dakota is as cute as the one on the photo:)
    Thank you for a giveaway!
    oloore at gmail dot com

  32. Love the Stephanie Plum books too! Both books seem like good reads. Thanks for the giveaway. buffisan at

  33. Thanks for the giveaway and great interview.

  34. this sounds interesting! Thanks for a super giveaway!

    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  35. Puppy smell? Really? I can understand baby smell, but PUPPY? LOL!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  36. I live very close to Route 66, I'd love to "travel" along with the book. Thanks!

    kpuleski at gmail dot com

  37. Sounds like a wonderfully funny read! Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  38. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse21 April 2012 at 13:24

    Brilliant competition! I'm @snowted on Twitter and Tink Rhonda Lee Mse on Facebook.

  39. yet another enticing book! great giveaway

  40. that book sound really great!
    thanks for making this international!

  41. Thanks for a chance to win!

    Sharon3960 @ yahoo[dot]com

  42. I look forward to reading this! Thanks x

  43. tihs book sounds awesome! thanx for the giveaway!
    r.m.haigh at hotmail dot co dot uk

  44. The books sound deliciously funny! I have to agree with the puppy smell, they bring that extra zest!

    Thanks for the giveaway, would love to grab hold of these books.

  45. Yeah for Stephanie Plum!! Never fails to make me laugh, even when I reread the books. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  46. Hum... falling in love with the teacher, huh? Sounds fun. :) Super cute doggie!

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  47. I'd not tried this author before, but these exerpts make me think I must. These are really well-written, funny books.

  48. Looks like an interesting Author

  49. Thanks for the giveaway and for introducing us to the author. The book sounds really great.


  50. Sound like an interesting read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. Thanks for doing this blog tour!

  52. Enjoyable extracts and a generous giveaway

  53. I hope i win! This is an awesome giveaway!

  54. I can see the dog theme! particularly liked the interview - thanks

  55. Read in one setting?! Sounds good.

  56. the book cover is quite interesting and the book blurb sure caught my interest furthermore!! thanks for this amazing giveaway and opportunity to read this book!!
    best of luck to the author :D
    email: passantelashram[at]yahoo[dot]com
    thanks again!!!

  57. Thanks so much for the opportunity! The book sounds very interesting!

  58. Thanks so much for letting us know about this book.

    jlkalman26@ gmail dot com

  59. There is nothing better than sitting with a good book and a hot mug of coffee however if the book is that good I usually end up forgetting I have a coffee and leave it to go cold.

  60. It sound like a really good book to read. Would love to read this.


  61. This book sounds great! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

  62. another book whihc looks like a fab read!

  63. Sounds good :) Thank you for this awesome giveaway!


  64. Sounds great!! I would love to read this!! :)

  65. Great sounding reads. Was trying to imagine a world without books, nah even in the age of ebooks a real book still wins - well in my opinion any rate. x

  66. Books are here to stay - this book sounds intriguing.

  67. The book sounds really interesting.

  68. Samantha Wesley27 April 2012 at 06:21

    What a lovely sounding book, it's defintely going on my *must read* list!

  69. Great giveaway. Nut the books sound really good, I intend to check them out! :)


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