Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ONE SHEET


Title: ROADMAPS FOR THE SEXUALLY CHALLENGED
           [All's Not Fair in Love or War]
Author: Marlan Warren
Publisher: Roadmap Girl Publications
Release Date: 2/23/2015
ASIN: B00TYKV5ZG
Genres: Contemporary Women's Fiction 
World War II Japanese American Internment; Divorce; 
Interracial Dating  
Print Length: 332 pages 
Available: Amazon Digital Services - Kindle E-Book Only 



 "The mind cannot process sex."
--Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged

SUMMARY:

Two people meet, both with the "band-aids still on" from broken relationships and carrying the scars of their history. Set in the mid-90s with the O.J. trial in the background and plenty of L.A. vibe, this funny, steamy novel follows a hot romance between a divorcing woman in her late 30s and a 40-year old Japanese American man who bears the scars suffered by his family during World War II. Her women friends cheer from the sidelines, but also struggle with their own hard-won beliefs about love and sex. The story explores two main concepts echoed in the words of her friends: “The mind cannot process sex” and "Don’t go unconscious for love." 

REVIEWS:
A great read, a page turner. Marlan’s narrative skills result in sparkling and effortless prose. However, be not fooled by its ease. Her novel (part memoir), years in the works, is carefully, precisely and cleverly crafted. It’s funny and moving. Carrie with her dilemmas, passion and hopes is so real. A great read. A sequel please!
--Pawel Kuczynski, Delos Films (Deaf Ears Madness Blog


Set in 1990’s L.A. against the backdrop of the 1994 O.J. Simpson trial. What sets this book apart is its key messages as it deals with relationships across different cultures while addressing the realities women face when change is enforced upon them by life-altering events such as divorce. Carrie Walker, the lead character, now alone after many years of marriage, has to go through various stages to reinvent herself and find what and whom she really wants in her life. Her steamy relationship with the Japanese American Shane is part of that cathartic process. From this point of view the book is really more contemporary women’s fiction than erotic romance.
--Celia Conrad, Author of Alicia Allen Investigates Trilogy


Funny, sexy and seems true about life at a time in L.A. Fast paced, it depicts everyone's desire to be loved, to be whole, and its compassionate about our failures while also proud of our occasional successes. Recommended to those with some experience in life, because it's not a fairy tale. Very entertaining.--Howard Mandel, Author of Future Jazz and National Public Radio producer





Marlan Warren is a witty, wild, highly observant writer who has her way with words. ‘Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged’ is crazy, sad, sexy fun. An intimate look at the wild side of cross-cultural relationships and the power of the Tao.
Judith Fein, Author of My Life Is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel

If you've ever traveled a rough road of romance anywhere, and got lost, "Roadmaps" can take you back. Retrace your steps and you will recognize landmarks you might have missed before, in the same places you once took a wrong turn. Wherever you may travel, may you come to a point like "Roadmaps" brings us to, with a dazzling three hundred and sixty degree view.--Honor Bright, Amazon Reviewer






AUTHOR INTERVIEW: KINDLE DIRECT PROGRAM LAUNCHES "ROADMAPS FOR THE SEXUALLY CHALLENGED": "50 Shades of Hot"

Marlan Warren
Amazon Launches “Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged: All’s Not Fair in Love or War” with E-Book KDP Giveaway (3/7-3/8): “Fifty Shades of Hot”

Los Angeles, CA, March 05, 2015 --(PR.com)-- “Marlan Warren is a witty, wild, highly observant writer who has her way with words. ‘Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged’ is crazy, sad, sexy fun. An intimate look at the wild side of cross-cultural relationships and the power of the Tao.”—Judith Fein, Author of “My Life Is a Trip: The Transformational Power of Travel”

On Sat., March 7 and Sun., March 8, Roadmap Girl Publications in collaboration with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) will launch Marlan Warren’s debut novel, “Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged [All’s Not Fair in Love or War]” with a Kindle E-Book Giveaway.

“I can’t believe how fast this process moves,” said Warren. “Amazon announced it as a ‘Hot New Release in Divorce’ a few days after it was published as a Kindle E-Book. Reviews and sales are already popping up."

“Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged” is set in the City of the Lost Angels in the mid-90s with the O.J. trial in the background. It follows the hot romance of a divorcing Jewish American woman with a Japanese American man who bears the scars suffered by his family during World War II. As both are on the rebound, the woman’s girlfriends cheer from the sidelines, but issue warnings.

“One of my favorite lines is from one of Carrie’s friends who says, ‘The mind cannot process sex,’” said Warren. “It sums up the book."

"Roadmaps" has its roots in Warren's 1994 diary entries and now stands as a “fictionalized memoir.” The veteran documentary filmmaker and screenwriter added: “The first draft was finished before there was a ‘Sex and the City.’ But it covers similar topics. The 90s produced stories of women exploring their sexual ‘freedom’ and feeling less than thrilled with the results.”

Warren credited the 70s "Fear of Flying" author Erica Jong with opening the literary door. "Jong boldly wrote about sex and made it sound like a necessary component to learning how to care for one's soul."

For those who may be Kindle-less, Amazon offers a free download app for smartphones. "And I have some excerpts on the book's blog," Warren said. "They give more plot points than the 'peek inside' option."

"The Asian man/Caucasian woman dating aspect in the book is not a small thing," said Warren. "A lot of Americans know nothing about the Asian American experience. It's rare for media to portray Asian American men as romantic leads in fiction. I tried for years with other projects and hit the wall every time in Hollywood."

Just how sexy is it? “Not as graphic as earlier drafts,” Warren said with a laugh. “But it’s still very erotic when it needs to be. I’d say about Fifty Shades of Hot.”

Title: Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged [All’s Not Fair in Love or War]
Author: Marlan Warren
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Kindle E-Book Only: 332 pages
Publisher: Roadmap Girl Publications
Pub. Date: Feb. 23, 2015
ASIN: B00TYKV5ZG
Author Blog: http://roadmapsforthesexuallychallenged.blogspot.com
Author Contact: memoircity at gmail
Facebook: Marlan Warren, Author
Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TYKV5ZG
Contact Information
Roadmap Girl Publications
Marlan Warren
323-347-6762
Contact
http://roadmapsforthesexuallychallenged.blogspot.com




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Friday, May 8, 2015

REVIEW: "If you've ever traveled the rough road of romance and got lost..."


Want to check out ROADMAPS FOR THE SEXUALLY CHALLENGED?
Here's the Amazon link! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TYKV5ZG


NEW AMAZON REVIEW BY HONOR BRIGHT:

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Extra Hankies -- keep plenty of these on hand to wipe away tears of laughter and recognition.

Product Details:
Hardhitting: 332 relentlessly honest pages.
Purchaser: Anyone who's ever had a heart.
Language: Explicit; also, erotic, enraged, empathetic, empowering.

Book Description: If you've been right there and done very nearly that, "Roadmaps" can take you, via clear and easy-to-read lines, right home to the 1990s LA, CA., but it's not a trip for nostalgia junkies alone.

If you've ever lived in any big city you'll recognize the oases of beloved parks and restaurants tucked between the freeways and skyscrapers, and if you've ever had community you'll recognize the friends, neighbours, and teachers offering travel tips and advice on your route.

If you've ever traveled a rough road of romance anywhere, and got lost, "Roadmaps" can take you back. Retrace your steps and you will recognize landmarks you might have missed before, in the same places you once took a wrong turn.

If you've never been down that road, or you're an old traveler on the verge of taking another trip, use "Roadmaps" as a cautionary guide. Like a modern take on the Regency and Victorian tales of romance written to caution young ladies before it might be too late, and their young lives blighted forever, "Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged" could be a challenge to us all. "Don't go unconscious for love."

Wherever you may travel, may you come to a point like "Roadmaps" brings us to, with a dazzling three hundred and sixty degree view.


--Honor Bright (Yep, it's a nom de plume!)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Cathartic" Critique by Author Celia Conrad for "ROADMAPS FOR THE SEXUALLY CHALLENGED"

The incomparable Celia Conrad, author of the Alicia Allen Investigates Trilogy, put her analytic skills to the test and posted this glorious critique of my new novel, "ROADMAPS FOR THE SEXUALLY CHALLENGED: ALL'S NOT FAIR IN LOVE OR WAR" to Amazon today! She is Lucky No. 6 on the Rave Review Scale. Who's next? Thank you so very very much, Ms. Conrad!


Title: "Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged: 
            All's Not Fair in Love or War" 
Author: Marlan Warren
Kindle E-Book
Novel (Contemporary Women's Fiction/Divorce)

Amazon Review by Author Celia Conrad: April 1, 2015

Don’t be misled by the title of this novel into thinking that it is just another erotic romance, written on the back of the successful book and now film Fifty Shades of Grey.

Set in 1990’s L.A. this book was actually conceived and written by the author in 1994 and written against the backdrop of the O.J. Simpson trial. What sets this book apart is that it has key messages for the reader as it deals with relationships across different cultures while addressing the realities women face when change is enforced upon them by life-altering events such as divorce. Carrie Walker, the lead character, now alone after many years of marriage, has to go through various stages to reinvent herself and find what and whom she really wants in her life. Her steamy relationship with the Japanese American Shane is part of that cathartic process. From this point of view the book is really more contemporary women’s fiction.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Book Review Blog: Review by Author Barbara Tira: "For those who have loved passionately..."



Title: Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged [All’s Not Fair in Love or War]
Author: Marlan Warren
Website: http://roadmapsforthesexuallychallenged.blogspot.com
Where to buy (Kindle E-Book Only): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TYKV5ZG
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
ASIN: B00TYKV5ZG
Publisher: Roadmap Girl Publications

From the New Book Review Blog:

NEW "WOW" REVIEW! "For those who love passionately..."

When I found "Roadmaps," I put down the best-seller-turned-movie I was reading at the time, so I could savor Ms. Warren's story until the very end. As a longtime Los Angeleno, I was immediately drawn back into the lifestyle, loves, and struggles in the expansive, diverse, and incomparable Los Angeles of 20 years ago, the likes of which is just a memory today. But whose emotions, challenges, and successes remain Universal.

This novel/memoir is for anyone who has ever known the epitome of joy and the profound depths of despair. For those who have loved passionately, and for those whose hearts have been trampled to shreds. For those who have found, or for those who are still seeking the strength and spirit to rise again.

I eagerly await the sequel!  I want more!!!!!

   -- Barbara Tira, Author of the Upcoming From Catholic School to Imprisonment to Freedom


Thursday, March 12, 2015

New Review by Author Howard Mandel: "Warmhearted Comedy with Hot Spice"


Warmhearted Comedy with Hot Spice

"Roadmaps for the Sexually Challenged is funny, sexy and seems true about life at a time in L.A. Fast paced, it depicts everyone's desire to be loved, to be whole, and its compassionate about our failures while also proud of our occasional successes. Recommended to those with some experience in life, because it's not a fairy tale. Very entertaining."

 --Howard Mandel, Author of "Future Jazz," New York-based writer, editor, author, and producer for National Public Radio.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Win a Free Kindle E-Book: Facebook Contest - When were you sexually challenged?


Thank you, Everyone who downloaded the free e-book of "Roadmaps for the Sexual;ly Challenged: All's Fair in Love or War." Very very grateful. Now let's see those reviews, please. If you're just tuning in, this is a start-up e-book exclusively on Kindle:

Author: Marlan Warren
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Kindle E-Book Only: 332 pages
Publisher: Roadmap Girl Publications
Pub. Date: Feb. 23, 2015
ASIN: B00TYKV5ZG
Author Contact: memoircity at gmail
Facebook: Marlan Warren, Author

FACEBOOK CONTEST:
Got a "sexually challenged" story of your own to tell? Post it on the book's FB page and win a free Kindle e-book for yourself or a friend. This week only!