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Monday, December 8, 2008

Sinner's Guide to Confession by Phyllis Schieber

Phyllis Schieber is touring cyber space in January to promote her book Sinner's Guide to Confession. That is a title that definitely piques your interest. Here are some more details -

About Sinner’s Guide to Confession:

Kaye and Barbara are longtime friends, now in their fifties. Ellen, who is several years younger, develops a friendship with the other two women years later, solidifying this close-knit group. The three women are inseparable, yet each nurtures a secret that she keeps from the others.

Barbara, a widowed mother of three grown children, is an accomplished romance writer, who also has a secret persona as a celebrated erotica writer—an existence she feels compelled to keep from everyone. Kaye, a practicing psychotherapist and the mother of two, finds her marriage stable, but joyless. When she becomes involved with another man, she keeps her affair secret from her friends, too conflicted about her duplicity to expose herself. Ellen, a successful interior designer, childless and the seemingly perfect modern woman, harbors the most profound secret of all.

After her beloved husband betrays her, leaving her for a woman half her age who is also pregnant with his child, Ellen must face all her losses anew. First, there is the pain of the children she could never conceive with her husband. More importantly, however, there is the haunting memory of the child she had at sixteen and was forced to relinquish at birth. Estranged from her family, Ellen is reluctantly thrust back into contact after the death of her father, and learns that if she is ever to find her lost daughter—now a grown woman herself—she will have to confront her shame--and share her secret with her two closest friends.

Themes, Topics and Perspective Audience for Sinner’s Guide to Confession

• Female friendship – women, female relationships
• Secrets – betrayal, adultery, secret careers, hidden identity, marriage, affairs
• Family – motherhood, marriage, grown children, bored in relationship
• Middle age and women, middle age women and sex
• Feeling invisible in your family and/or relationships
• Adoption - biological mothers and the impact of being forced to give up a child, adopted children in search of biological mothers, teens forced to give up children for adoption

About Author Phyllis Schieber:

The first great irony of my life was that I was born in a Catholic hospital. My parents, survivors of the Holocaust, had settled in the South Bronx among other new immigrants. .In the mid-fifties, my family moved to Washington Heights. The area offered scenic views of the Hudson River and the Palisades, as well as access to Fort Tryon Park and the mysteries of the Cloisters. I graduated from George Washington High School. I graduated from high school at sixteen, went on to Bronx Community College, transferred to and graduated from Herbert H. Lehman College with a B.A. in English and a New York State license to teach English. I earned my M.A. in Literature from New York University and later my M.S. as a developmental specialist from Yeshiva University. I have worked as a high school English teacher and as a learning disabilties specialist . My first novel , Strictly Personal, for young adults, was published by Fawcett-Juniper. Willing Spirits was published by William Morrow. My most recent novel, The Sinner’s Guide to Confession, was released by Berkley Putnam on July 1, 2008. In March 2008, Berkley Putnam will issue the first paperback publication of Willing Spirits.

Website Address: www.thesinnersguidetoconfession.com

Primary Blog Address: http://phyllisschieber.blogspot.com

Book Trailer and Author Interview - http://www.vidlit.com/na3

Tour Schedule

Monday January 5 – Call-in Number: (347) 215-8201 - 2 pm EST - You can download the recording to listen after the show. Nikki Leigh - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh/2009/01/05/nikki-leigh-talks-with-phyllis-schieber

Tuesday January 6 – Julie Patterson – http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/2009/01/review-sinners-guide-to-confession.html - review

Wednesday January 7 – Billie Williams – http://printedwords.blogspot.com/2009/01/shes-coming-tomorrow-sinners-guide-to.html and http://printedwords.blogspot.com/2009/01/shes-here-come-and-visit-ask-questions.html- interview

Thursday January 8 – Gita Tewari - http://feministreview.blogspot.com/2009/01/sinners-guide-to-confession.html - review

Friday January 9 – Katie Sue McCarthy - http://confessionsofareallibrarian.blogspot.com/2009/01/sinners-guide-to-confession-promo-101.html – review

Monday January 12 – Susan Wingate – http://susanwingate.blogspot.com/2009/01/tomorrows-post-with-phyllis-schieber.html

http://susanwingate.blogspot.com/2009/01/phyllis-schieber-author-interview.html – Interview and Excerpt

Tuesday January 13 – Cheryl Tasses - http://www.randomwonder.com/2009/01/book-commentary-sinners-guide-to.html - Review

Wednesday January 14 – Susan Wingate – http://susanwingate.blogspot.com/2009/01/more-about-author-of-sinners-guide-to.html – Guest Post

Thursday January 15 – Pam T - http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/sinners-guide-to-confession-virtual.html

Friday January 16 – Susan Wingate – http://susanwingate.blogspot.com/2009/01/review-of-sinners-guide-to-confession.html - Review

Monday January 19 – Ramya Govindarajan - http://ramyasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2009/01/review-sinners-guide-to-confession.html – review

Tuesday January 20 – Serena Agusto-Cox - http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2009/01/interview-with-phyllis-schieber-author.html


Wednesday January 21 – Tina Avon - http://bookshipper.blogspot.com/2009/01/review-for-sinners-guide.html – Review and Interview

Thursday January 22 – Charlotte Dixon -http://www.wordstrumpet.com/2009/01/the-sinner-guide-to-confession-blog-stop.html

Friday January 23 – Heather O’Roarke - http://heatherlo.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/guest-post-by-phyllis-schieber/ - guest post

Monday January 26 – Jennifer Conner - http://literatehousewife.com/2009/01/the-sinners-guide-to-confession-blog-tour/


Tuesday January 27 – Joyce Anthony - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/index.blog/1876910/the-sinners-guide-to-confession-an-excerpt/


Wednesday January 28 – Sue Durkin - http://suesunshine.blogspot.com/2009/01/phyllis-schieber-author-of-sinners.html

Thursday January 29 – Joyce Anthony - http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/blog/index.blog/1877160/the-sinners-guide-to-confession-a-review/

Friday January 30 – Anna Horner - http://diaryofaneccentric.blogspot.com/2009/01/sinners-guide-to-confession-by-phyllis.html – review and guest post

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