Saturday, January 18, 2014

Pranksgiving by Elle Druskin


Kidnapped! Or is that birdnapped? Someone in Liberty Heights snatched Jerome, star of the Ledbetter Turkey commercials. Who? Why? Holding Jerome for ransom? Cutting Thanksgiving dinner costs? Join the hunt for Jerome and celebrate Thanksgiving—Liberty Heights style!


Since Pranksgiving is a short-story, Ms. Druskin did not bring any new residents to Liberty Heights, unless you count Jerome, the celebrity turkey.  And he lives about twenty miles out of town, so I’m not sure he counts, even though his owner, Elmer Ledbetter is a client of Haley Marx’s public relations firm. And who kidnapped him isn’t exactly a mystery, either, since we’re treated to a hysterical account of the crime.  The fun is in chasing down the bird when he escapes from his captors.  Half the town is after him for various reasons.

Haley wants to catch Jerome to appease her client, so she goes in one direction while Jake, her husband, goes in another, and she enlists their best friends, Dana and voice-over genius Hank Axelrod as well.  The birdnappers want him back for the same reason they stole him in the first place:  Mr. Ledbetter announced Jerome was doing his last commercial for the turkey farm, and they feared Jerome would be the Ledbetter’s Thanksgiving entrĂ©e this year.  Not only are they trying to retrieve him, but they post news of his imminent demise and a grass-roots “Save Jerome” organization shows up to protest.  Ledbetter posts a reward, and other people start hunting Jerome in hopes of earning the money.  Thanksgiving is nigh and Liberty Heights is in chaos, as usual.  Could romance be in the air as well?  Maybe.  All things are possible in Liberty Heights.

I’m running out of good things to say about this series.  These people, while slightly screwy and wacky have become good friends.  Actually, they’re pretty normal compared to most of my real-life friends.  And they live in a town that’s almost as magical as Hogwarts considering the fact that when you enter the town limits, something warm and wonderful happens to you and you suddenly find it normal to have a huge deaf dog hanging around the Chinese restaurant, or a French-speaking parrot quoting Victor Hugo, the local doctor riding around town in full cowboy togs, or the candle-shop owner consulting with her psychic beagle, or a group of ladies taking over the local fire house for pole-dance classes.  I always feel a little sad when I finish a book or short story in the Liberty Heights series.  The vacation is over and I have to go home.  Back to the real world where not all of the books I review and edit are as funny and warm or well-written.  Oh, did I forget to say it?  Even though Thanksgiving is over, buy Pranksgiving.  You can always use a good laugh session!

Length:  95 Pages
Price:  $2.00

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.83.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file I created on my computer that’s sorted by my publisher, friends, and books “to review,” and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

Thanks for visiting. RIW

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