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Monday, 24 March 2014

Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition App Tour with guest post & 2 giveaways

Welcome to the Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition App Tour!

Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia has been a cult hit bestseller since 2011. A homeless guy counting the smiles of a kind train commuter spiraled into a novel that was nominated by the Rockstars of Romance as one of the most romantic stories ever and won 2nd place!   

It was a story that deserved getting a jumbo-sized enhancement. Extra scenes out the ying yang was, of course, a huge part of the fun. Getting to spend some of those previously undiscovered first moments with Blake and Livia or the moment he proposed was worth exploring. In Debra’s wildest dreams she imagined Poughkeepsie with it's own soundtrack, anchored by her favorite musicians. When blockbuster talent Ron Pope signed on with fourteen songs and then Rustic Overtones agreed as well, she knew things were going to get crazy cool.

After almost two full years of development, the Enhanced Poughkeepsie is ready.  Debra lost count of the hours spent, as did the developer poured into this. It was beast, and more amazing than she could have ever imagined. This app became the most exceptional reading experience Debra could devise for her readers.

Check out what’s in store for you:

This app will be available for all kinds of devices!
It is available now as Enhanced Poughkeepsie for iPad

Website for Droid, iPhones, and Computers is coming soon! 

Visit Debra's BlogTwitter and Facebook Page for more information. 
The website app (which is the same content as the iPad app) will be available this week.

For this tour, there is one HUGE giveaway that you totally should treat yourself to entering.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And MakeMyDayBookclub is giving away an eCopy set 
of Poughkeepsie and Return to Poughkeepsie to celebrate! 
**But hurry as competition ends March 26!!**

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Immerse yourself in the world of Debra Anastasia’s Poughkeepsie.
Experience this bestselling novel for the first time…again as you break all the rules about books with Omnific Publishing and Debra Anastasia. In this enhanced version of the novel, you’ll enjoy insights from the author, music by Ron Pope and other artists to set the mood, and images and video that bring the scenes to life as you read. You’ll delve deeper into the world of Poughkeepsie through nearly 50,000 words of added scenes (more love, more drama, more romance!) and informative insights into how this marvelous story and its characters came to be.

Self-contained in this app (no wifi needed after downloading):
•complete novel Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
•author/director’s pop-up commentary
•music by Ron Pope, Rustic Overtones, Monoxide G, Violet Winter, Bo Heart, and Jeff Epstein and the City Line Singers
•more than 100 images to enhance the story
•videos of your favorite characters in action
•special animation
•sound effects
•interviews with the characters, author, and more
•interactive games
•trailers for the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series
•how-to knitting instructions
•how-to instructions for making a paper rose
•recipe for the dinner Livia makes for Blake

Andrea's Thoughts

I have to be honest and say I haven't seen everything that is to offer in this absolutely amazing and stunning app because there is just too much to take in all at once, you need at least three attempts to read it and even then you'll have barely scratched the surface!!
Just look at this amazing animated cover, that alone is enough to get me excited. Isn't it amazing and gorgeous? I could stare at it all day!! I totally love this app, it's got to be the best app ever!

Once I got over staring at the cover I delved into the first page where Debra is there in video form to take you on a brief tour of the book/app. 

The story, Poughkeepsie, has lots of links and images throughout, for example there are links to songs mentioned in certain places so you can listen as you read, an image of a train station so you can imagine Liv standing there when she first notices Blake, links to sound effects like the rustle of leaves under foot. 

Click on any of the red script to be taken to another page where Debra will explain that part of the chapter, why she chose a certain place for events to take place or why that particular scene is special to her. Once your done, just one swipe of the hand takes you back to where you left off.
That is just a teeny tiny bit of what you can expect in this awesome app. I haven't even got as far as the interviews, trailers, games, recipes and knitting instructions. I'm gonna have to take a fortnight off from work just to get halfway through it!

Never before have I seen anything like this interactive book. It's like Aladdin's cave, full of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered, and I bloody well love it and bloody well love you, Debra and your team, for creating it !!! 

Fall in love with Poughkeepsie all over again with this stunning and amazing creation

Andrea rates this app HUGE 5 plus stars!!


Debra on Carol Oates

Writing a book for me is not a solitary experience. Maybe because I had my start in fanfiction,  I was used to so many different opinions and input into my story. I always love having a book be a team effort. Obviously, have to write the words is solitary but beyond that, writing a book also includes promotion, images, graphics, and  things like that. Of course, I have Omnific Publishing who are friends that put their all into every book that comes out. But they were also very willing to let me incorporate people that helped me bring Poughkeepsie to life to the process. One of those people is Carol Oates and she's also an author with Omnific. She's incredibly talented and her stories like, The Shades Series and The Ember Series are incredible. She's also a wickedly talented at trailers. See below:

As you can see she does wonderful work and for some reason she's willing to work with my crazy ass. Our routine is that I send her a draft images, a beautiful song and she puts it in this giant amazing video mixer machine with her brain and comes back with things like you see above this paragraph. I love when you meet someone that you connect with. Carol and I go back-and-forth with barely a word and are able to communicate these gorgeous trailers to each other. One of the most fun part is that she's actually in Ireland and I'm here in United States. We've developed this friendship over time that I cherish. Without the Internet and electronics we could never have that connection to each other so I'm so thankful for it.

The Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition has a lot of Carol's touches. She enhanced quite a few videos for me inside that really are just spectacular. Also, her talent can be found on the moving gifs and many photo shopped images. I'm always so grateful when she's willing to be involved. I highly recommend checking her out on her
website following her on Twitter and Facebook

Carol is just one of the many, many artists, artisans, authors, friends, and musicians that I have involved in this incredible enhanced version of Poughkeepsie. It's like an incredible Cinderella makeover for a book. It’s everything I could possibly imagine and dream of to jam into an experience for my reader.

About the Author 

Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There's dinner, the dogs, the two kids, the two kids, and her ongoing battle with...ahem... digestive issues, which combined with her adolescent boy sense of humor makes for colorful and sometimes cringe-worthy social media updates. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the weirdest mom on the block.
Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when--along with the animals and humans in her house--the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra's ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots that wouldn't give up, wouldn't let go. Now they stalk her everywhere. Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and--fingers full of peanut butter--she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.
She's eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor.
Debra lives in Maryland with her family. You can find her at and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.

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