Catherine Durkin Robinson – Learning Curves

Title: Learning Curves

Author: Catherine Durkin Robinson

Page count: 240

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Price: $2.99

Author Bio:

Catherine Durkin Robinson is an award-winning humor columnist for The Tampa Tribune and Creative Loafing. Her short stories and essays can be found at Ether Books. She is a busy wife, mom, and motivational speaker. In her spare time, she investigates missing socks.

 

Tell us about your book:

“Carolyn Reardon loved being a full-time mom, but after enrolling her children in preschool, she wanted to do more than just wait for them at home every day. Becoming a high school teacher seemed like the perfect career.

At first, Carolyn found meaning as an educator, helping students who grew to appreciate her enthusiasm and passion for learning. Carolyn’s caring and dedicated co-workers also became her closest friends. But she noticed a disturbing trend. Many teachers turned to drugs in order to deal with the stress of low pay and impossibly high demands. Others lost themselves in illicit affairs, conducted in unused or empty classrooms, and a few risked it all by seducing their own students.

Carolyn tried to ignore the sexually-charged atmosphere and cling to her happy marriage, but when an attractive and flirtatious teacher pursued her, Carolyn got swept up in a scandal of her own.

Learning Curves is a humorous, frightening, and semi-true tale about teaching, temptation, and the sometimes disastrous results – both in and out of the classroom.”

 

How long did it take to write the book?

It took about a year to write the book.

 

What inspired you to write the book?

After I left teaching, many people would ask me about the scandals in my district. This book is my way of explaining how it can happen that students and teachers behave so badly.

 

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

When my boys and husband go to bed, I write for hours.

 

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

“Catherine Durkin Robinson is a great writer!”

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004FGLO0K

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/32490

 

Any other links or info you’d like to share?
www.outinleftfield.com

 

Excerpt from book:

http://rtf-ebooks.com/sample/32490/learning-curves

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Catherine Durkin Robinson – Olivia’s Kiss

Title: Olivia’s Kiss

Author: Catherine Durkin Robinson

Page count: 240

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Price: $3.99

Author Bio:

Catherine Durkin Robinson is an award-winning humor columnist for The Tampa Tribune and Creative Loafing. Her short stories and essays can be found at Ether Books. She is a busy wife, mom, and motivational speaker. In her spare time, she investigates missing socks.

Tell us about your book:

“Olivia Foster is a beautiful, headstrong killing machine, shocked to find herself yearning for something different.

Olivia discovered a talent for killing men while in her teens, after shooting her abusive father in the head and watching him die. Unapologetic and dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence fight back, she built a wildly successful business. Now, a sophisticated young woman, Olivia travels the world pursuing bad men and making them pay.

When an unexpected vacation leads her home, Olivia reconnects with childhood friends and finds herself envying them. Like so many women approaching their thirties, and despite her most-wanted status, Olivia is startled by the unfamiliar urge and intrigued with the idea of settling down.

When Max, her longtime love, proposes marriage, Olivia dares to wonder: Can she really trade guns and glory for gold bands and bath towels?”

How long did it take to write the book?

I wrote Olivia’s Kiss ten years ago, at the beginning of my writing career, and have been improving upon it ever since.

What inspired you to write the book?

Staying home with twin sons, I realized I’d better find something to do while they were napping, rather than watch television. I wrote about Olivia, an assassin, who still finds herself wondering about a normal life with kids and a husband, because it was a way to explore my own thoughts about the subject.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

When my boys and husband go to bed, I write for hours.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

“Catherine Durkin Robinson is a great writer!”

Where can we go to buy your book?

http://www.amazon.com/Olivias-Kiss-ebook/product-reviews/B003YUC7DQ/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

Any other links or info you’d like to share?
100% of the proceeds this month will go to The Spring, a local shelter, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (http://www.outinleftfield.com/2010/10/15/october-is-domestic-violence/)

Excerpt from book:

Read the first chapter here: http://www.oliviaskiss.blogspot.com/

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