Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Old Buildings in North Texas by Jen Waldo

OLD BUILDINGS
IN NORTH TEXAS
by
JEN WALDO

  Sub-genre: Literary Fiction / Dramedy
Publisher: Arcadia Books
Date of Publication: April 1, 2018
Number of Pages: 213

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After rehab, Olivia, a 32-year-old cocaine addict, is required to move back in with her mother and pregnant sister. Having left a promising career in journalism in New York, she’s now working as a sales assistant for a family friend in her home town in North Texas. 

Under pressure from her court-mandated counselor – an old high school friend - to take up a hobby, Olivia decides on "urbexing." Soon she’s breaking into derelict homes, ex-prisons, and old drive-ins across North Texas, and it’s not long before she’s looting state property and making money off the possessions, fixtures, and fittings that have been left behind.

Old Buildings in North Texas is about a modern woman’s search for personal equilibrium and wild adventure -- the attempt to find stability in existence without losing sight of what makes life worth living. Jen Waldo’s style modulates effortlessly from domestic nuance to taut adventure, tackling social and moral transgressions with incisive observation and vivid humor.

PRAISE FOR OLD BUILDINGS IN NORTH TEXAS:
A lot of Jen Waldo’s debut novel takes place out on the porch of Olivia’s mother’s house. […] With its casual, confidential tone, Old Buildings in North Texas puts the reader in one of those porch chairs, reclining on a warm evening with a cool drink. -- The Skinny

“Old Buildings in North Texas is an amusingly written and well worked book. -- Trip Fiction

This novel is an absolute blast. There are serious moments of course, but Jen Waldo looks for the comedy in everything to create a memorable scenario that reminded me very much of the style of Six Feet Under. -- Shiny New Books


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Why Stuff Matters
by Jen Waldo
A Companion Novel to Old Buildings in North Texas
Why Stuff Matters, Jen Waldo’s second novel, is a partner book to Old Buildings in North Texas. It’s a partner because it’s located in the same town, has the same appreciation of the absurd, and is told in a similar present tense, first person style.

Why Stuff Matters tells the story of Jess, a widow, who has inherited an antique mall from her mother. The venders at the antique mall provide the background for Jess’s adjustment to a life without her husband and twin daughters. These vendors are eccentric, avaricious, larcenous and, in one case, violent. Jess is conflicted, caring for them one minute and disgusted with their behavior the next.

When Jess’s stepdaughter, Lizzie, enters the picture the story becomes even more fun as the vendors vie for her attention by buying the girl lunch and giving her gifts. Lizzie, every bit as grasping as the elderlies, takes full advantage. The contrasts between old and young, generous and stingy, callous and sensitive, are revealed with impressive flair and sharp wit.


Jen Waldo lived in seven countries over a thirty-year period and has now settled, along with her husband, in Marble Falls, Texas. She first started writing over twenty years ago when, while living in Cairo, she had difficulty locating reading material and realized she’d have to make her own fun. She has since earned an MFA and written a number of novels. Her work has been published in The European and was shortlisted in a competition by Traveler magazine. Old Buildings in North Texas and Why Stuff Matters have been published in the UK by Arcadia Books. Jen’s fiction is set in Northwest Texas and she’s grateful to her hometown of Amarillo for providing colorful characters and a background of relentless whistling wind. 

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1st Prize:
Signed Copy of OBiNT + $10 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Prize:Signed Copy + $5 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Prize: eBook Copy of OBiNT
October 2-11, 2018
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