Friday, January 24, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Jay Got Married by James Robinson Jr

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Jay Got Married by James Robinson Jr. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a great guest post regarding crazy things and love! There's also the tour wide giveaway for your chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the book tour for more excerpts, guest posts, reviews, interviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Jay Got Married
Author: James Robinson Jr
Publication Date: September 6th 2019
Print Length: 142 pages
Genres: Non-Fiction, Humor
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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.

**Jay Got Married is on sale for $0.99 or for free in Kindle Unlimited!**

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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 parents—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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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

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GUEST POST:
- What’s the Craziest Thing You’ve Done for Love?
When I first started going out with my wife—I was 22 and out of college and she was 17 and a senior in high school—she was my first real love. We had known each other having grown up in church (my father was the minister; my mother kept asking, when is she going to be 17?). She has always brought up the fact she just remembers me sitting “up under” my mother in our pew when I was young—yeah, whatever.

Anyway, before she knew what a nut I was, the true scope of my craziness, I had made a date with her one Halloween night and I came to the door wearing a Halloween mask. She took one look at me looked through the glass, gasped, and ran to get her mother. Her mother also gasped and must have thought, “oh, my, she really picked a goofy one.” Neither my wife to be nor my mother in law in waiting could believe that a little boy who used to sit “up under” his mother would pull such a prank.

Read, Jay Got Married; you’ll see how far I've  come (or sunk depending on how you look at it).
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GIVEAWAY:
James Robinson Jr. will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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46 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing a book description and giveaway also. Sounds great!

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  2. It sounds like a wonderful read! Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  3. Would you ever like to see your book turned into a movie?

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  4. thanks sounds like a great book

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  5. Sounds wonderful, saw this on a few blogs now.

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  6. Cute book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  7. I love the cover. The color and artwork is amazing.

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  8. I could use a bit of humor right now and with this cover I believe I can read this book and have a few chuckles.....

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  9. I love that its essay style! I am so excited to read this book!

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  10. When you were a child, what authors, book series and genres did you enjoy reading?

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  11. What authors do you enjoy reading?

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  12. Which character changed the most from your first to final draft?

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  13. Another new-to-me author. Thanks for the giveaway

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  14. Thanks for sharing. Your book looks like alot of fun.

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  15. Looks like the author has a sense of humor about it

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  16. Happy, happy Monday!

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  17. I am looking forward to reading this...my granddaughter was remarried a few years back on the beach on Key West...she and the wonderful grandson in law rode away on a scooter...their only mode of transportation on Key West!

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  18. Sounds like a book I would enjoy. Best wishes on the new release.

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  19. Enjoy your Tuesday!

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  20. Happy wonderful Wednesday!

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  21. This sounds like a great read.

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  22. This sounds great! I've already added it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing! ❤

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  23. sounds like a fun one

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  24. What was your favourite book as a kid?

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  25. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  26. This sounds like such a awesome book!

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  27. Happy Thursday!

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  28. I gave your cover another look and decided I really want to read that essay. Thanks for the excerpt.

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  29. Here's to a wonderful weekend!

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  30. What author do you most like to read?

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