Six days left to show me your DON JUAN!

Traveling anywhere festive before August 31, 2012? Or do you already live in a beautiful part of the world?

Take copy of my humorous backstage opera novel DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA along for fun! You might win big bucks for a few minutes of thinking, arranging, and posing a photograph.

Shoot a digital photo of DON JUAN at your favorite vacation spot this summer. Post it on your Facebook page or as a Twitpic by August 31! Make sure to tag me, Gale Martin, so that I see your photo, or add @Gale_Martin if using Twitter, which I will then post on this page. Or email it to galemartin.writer@gmail.com.

But you better hurry. You only have six days left!

That’s all you have to do to be registered to win a $100 gift card from Amazon.com!

Winner of DON JUAN GETS AROUND! will be announced September 1, 2012!

What should your photo look like? Take a look at some of these fantastic photos submitted by Barbara Bosha (Puerto Rico), Ann Lander (Stafford, England), and Linda Orlomoski (Salem, Massachusetts):

For more photos of DON AROUND TOWN, click here.

All photos submitted for DON JUAN GETS AROUND! will be added to this space after they appear on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account and don’t want one? Feel free to email them to me at galemartin.writer@gmail.com. But make sure you send it by August 31.

Where can I get a print copy, you might ask? From Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com or at many independent booksellers. If you live in the States, I’ll gladly ship one to you. Email me for details.


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where in the world is DON JUAN? he could be in your palm by noon today

DON in St. Bart's c. of Luis Sanchez

My new novel based on the greatest lover in the history of the Western world gets around. Truth tell, he’s a much bigger road warrior than me, but then, you know how those international opera stars trot around the globe.

First DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA went to beautiful, tropical St. Bart’s, mere days after he got fitted for his cover and spine.

Don Juan in Stafford, England c. Ann Lander

Then DON traveled to Staffordshire, England, to be steeped in history and culture.

DON in Salem, Mass. c. of Linda Orlomoski

Then DON jaunted back across the pond to visit New England–historic Salem, Massachusetts to be precise where he encountered one of television’s most beloved witches.

Oh, and the list of his travel adventures grows every day:

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Columbus Circle, New York City
  • Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Shanghai, China
  • Florida’s Gulf Coast

    DON catching the rays on Florida's Gult Coast c. Dawn Leas

Today, April 2, DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA is at the ends of your fingertips or right on the ends of you paws for all you Kindle owners of the two-footed and four-footed variety.

Ruby the pup reading DON on a Kindle c. basso James Harrington

All day today, Monday April 2, DON is a free download. He’s already received 27 reviews on Amazon with a combined 4.9 rating out of 5.0.

Wait until Ruby gets to the parts about the dogs–that will get her tail waggin’.

DON could be resting comfortably in the palm of your hand in a few clicks today.

So be like Ruby and grab him while he’s free.

(That would be today.)


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Online festival next week to launch opera novel

Next, week I am launching my opera novel DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA with an online festival at my author website. Why am I doing this, you may ask? For one thing, this is my debut novel. For another, it’s not every day a piece of fiction is published with classic opera as a backdrop.

David Lomelí

This book is a contemporary retelling loosely based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni. You’ll find some of his characters in the book without too much trouble as we watch a small-town (think dysfunctional) opera company try to mount a production of Don G. to stave off financial morbidity.

The mini-festival will feature new videos created for the occasion by professional opera singers including:

The videos include book testimonials, dramatic readings of book chapters, greetings, other special appearances, and book reviews and will be available to view from Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2.

As a guest to my website during DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA Online Launch Week, you have an “Operatoonity” to win some fabulous prizes. Here’s what you might win just by commenting on one of the videos or signing my guestbook anytime between November 28 and December 2:

Deborah Voigt as Annie Oakley for The Glimmerglass Festival 2011 / photo by. J. Cervantes

1. Two tickets to a 2012 Glimmerglass Festival Production in Cooperstown, NY
Next summer’s festival season offers variety and freshness and includes Aida, The Music Man, Armide and Lost in the Stars. For more information about Glimmerglass’s 2012 season, stop by their website. For more details about Glimmerglass as a summer vacation destination, see my feature on Bachtrack.com.

A signed poster from Jose Llopis

2. A signed Don Giovanni poster from Spanish artist Jose Llopis
Jose designs opera marketing materials for opera houses all over the world. You can see more of his work at his website. You can also learn more about Jose by reading this feature on Operatoonity.com.

3. Two tickets to Verdi’s Oberto presented by the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia
The Academy of Vocal Artsin Philly is a premiere opera training academy for professional opera singers. They produce sparkling opera featuring the opera stars of tomorrow, who go on to perform at the greatest houses in the world–Joyce DiDonato, James Valenti, Stephen Costello, Angela Meade, just to name a few AVA alums.

They are offering a pair of tickets to Verdi’s Oberto in January, 2012. Choose from three performances – Jan. 26 & 27 at the Perelman Theater and Jan 31 at the Haverford School. More information on AVA’s upcoming production is available here.

4. A lined navy tote with the Canadian Opera Company (COC) logo
The Canadian Opera Company headquartered in Toronto is Canada’s largest opera company and the sixth largest opera producer in North America. You can find out more about the Canadian Opera Company and their 2011-12 season by visiting their website.
5. CDs from Nathan Granner, recording artist and star of The American Tenors
Nathan Granner’s CDs include Departure with guitarist Beau Bledsoe and also Selections from Winterreise, also with Beau Bledsoe, offering new directions in classical chamber music for tenor and classical guitar, impassioned yet intimate, rooted in the traditions of classical opera.

6. Signed copies of my novel DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA
Of course you can win signed copies during Online Book Launch Week! What would a book launch week be without signed copies of the book?

Spanish Seduction Bracelet

7. The Spanish Seduction Opera Bracelet
This beautiful creation celebrates arias from Don Giovanni by Mozart. The red beads indicate the passion of Spain, the black beads the dark ending Giovanni is propelling himself towards without remorse. The “True Story” book charm represents the Catalogue Aria in which Leporello reveals the extent of Giovanni’s many romantic liaisons. The ornate champagne bucket is symbolic of the Champagne Aria: Giovanni delights in the upcoming feast and the prospects it will provide for more conquests. The mask charm represents the Masked Trio: 3 characters wronged by Giovanni vow to reveal his true nature.

8. Operatoonity mugs
You might win this handsome mug with the Operatoonity.com banner if you sign my guestbook or comment on one of the videos.

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Hope you can stop by my author website next week.  And thanks for everything you’ve done, dear readers, in sharing your observations and expertise, that helped me be informed and grow my knowledge to write a book with classic opera as a backdrop.


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eye-popping, jaw-dropping blog tour for new novel

A host of talented bloggers with varied gifts–authors, artists, writers and opera experts–are opening up their blogs as part of a thirteen-stop tour to launch my soon-to-be-released opera novel Don Juan in Hankey, PA.

David Karlin's blog at Bachtrack.com

The tour kicks off on November 22 with Bachtrack founder David Karlin’s blog and continues through January 17, 2012. You can expect to read revealing Q&A’s and get a glimpse of the cinematic world of small-town opera that fill the book’s pages.

The blog tour is also an opportunity to meet some of the characters who bring the pages of Don Juan in Hankey, PA to life: the Argentine baritone Leandro Vasquez singing the title role in Don Giovanni–unleashed, as you’ve never seen him before; Maestro Schantzenbach, aka the Teeny Tyrant, the resident conductor of the Hankey Opera Company; and Deanna Lundquist, guild chair–shrewd, Machiavellian–determined to see the Hankey Opera Company succeed.

Stop by one or two of these blogs over the next several weeks or take in every worthy whistlestop!

All the tour dates are also online here with thumbnails of each blog.

Nov. 22 – Scintillating Q&A with Bachtrack founder David Karlin at his blog.

Nov. 23 – Some author to author dishing with Margo Candela at her website.

Nov. 29 – Guest post at author Amye Archer’s blog— where we get up-close-and-personal with fictional barihunk Leandro Vasquez.

Nov. 30 – Poet Kim Loomis Bennett crashes Operatoonity.com right here.

Dec. 2 – Probing Q&A with UK author Gordon Darroch  at “Unreal Domain.”

Dec. 4 – Guest post at UK children’s author Martin King’s blog to discuss writing creatively.

Art Life & Stilettos - Diana Di Mauro's magazine

Dec.  7 – Interview with Diana Di Mauro, doyenne of  the online magazine Art Life and Stilettos.

Dec. 9 – Book review and giveaway at Kathy Sprinkle’s amazing, energizing blog, “Bliss Habits”.

Dec. 12 – Guest post at author and educator Ami Hendrikson’s blog “MuseInks.”

Dec. 13 – Guest post at The Wagnerian where we will meet  Maestro Jan Schantzenbach, resident conductor of the Hankey Opera Company.

The Wagnerian

Dec.15 – Q&A with writer Kirsty Stanley at “KIRSTYES”  who will also talk with Deanna Lundquist, the main character in Don Juan in Hankey, PA.

Jan 15 – Book review and mini Q&A with sparkling opera aficionado Lucy at “Opera Obsession”.

Jan 17 – Guest post at Maine native Sharon C. William’s blog, “The Musings of a New Englander”.


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