“Jack’s World” Joins Frugal Fiction’s Offerings!

jd-cover-right-side.jpgOut of the eight books Leo has written, it is the first one, “The Saga of Jack Durant” that after 12 years is still her best seller.  Her bio of Jack Durant, a well-known restaurateur in Phoenix, AZ, tells the story of how a young boy hopped the train and left his home in Tennessee with the dream of being a professional baseball player.  Instead he became the most trusted friend of infamous gangster, Bugsy Siegel. The book became the basis of an award-winning play, “In My Humble Opinion.” The sequel “Jack’s World,” shares rare insights on the man – his wives, his life, his dog. Get to know Jack and we’re sure you’ll want to know the full story. Check her website,  www.booksbyleo.com to purchase “The Saga of Jack Durant,” and find out more about her new book which delves deeper into Durant’s criminal activities.

Frugal Fiction Announces “Because We Are Friends”

mabel0021.jpgAsk Mabel Leo her favorite childhood memories and she’ll say the few years living with her grandmother. They lived in a tiny town where everyone knew each other; where children ran free without fear, minds full of only having fun. That was when she began dreaming up little stories, some of which are in this book, “Because We Are Friends.”

A small town girl from the big city, her writing career began writing weekly columns for a Florida newspaper. She moved to Arizona, hoping to do the same in Phoenix, when she stumbled onto a fascinating story she had to tell, that of famed Phoenix restauranteur Jack Durant. Now she has 8 published books; non-fiction, children’s and adult fiction, memoirs, and short stories. Curl up with a cup of java and join her in “Because We Are Friends,” now available for only $3.99 at http://www.frugalfiction.com

Going Around 3rd Base in Life and Headed Home

front-cover.jpgIn the mood for an uplifting story about one man’s journey from  the barrio to the International  Softball Hall of Fame? “Going Around 3rd Base in Life and Headed Home” is the story of a youth with a great desire to leave the barrio and his outhouse behind. He succeeded by swinging a broomstick at bottle caps and becoming one of the most feared hitters in softball, a talent that led to his induction into the International Softball Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Arizona Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Frank Trejo’s unique sense of humor unfolds the story of his life as he shares softball history, memoirs, and social and political commentary in a journey that is both fascinating and educational. You’ll enjoy the trip. Available now for only $3.99 at www.frugalfiction.com.

“In My Humble Opinion” playing November 19th

Mabel LeoOf the eight books Mabel Leo has written, it is the first one, “The Saga of Jack Durant” that after 12 years is still her best seller.  This bio of Jack Durant, a well-known restaurateur in Phoenix, AZ, tells the story of how a young boy hopped the train and left his home in Tennessee with the dream of being a professional baseball player.  Instead, he became the most trusted friend of infamous gangster, Bugsy Siegel.

The book became the basis of an award-winning play, “In My Humble Opinion,” which is scheduled for one performance, November 19, at the Phoenix Theater. Tickets are $30.00 for the performance, or $50.00 including a reception and special seating, with proceeds benefiting Terry Earp, who was seriously injured by a red-light runner. For more information contact Mabel Leo at mibbles1274@msn.com.

PT HARRIS at ASU’s Career Day

dcp_1208_edited.jpg PT Harris spent time this week with a group of our future leaders, some scrambling to figure out a career path, others with a clear vision of where they were going. Since no one in their right mind (or is it left) truly thinks an Author is a career path, you might wonder why she was included. The College labeled her an Entrepreneur, and honestly, can you think of a more entrepreurial endeavor? Authors produce the product (the work), scramble to find an agent (so it will sell), and then handle all the brand building (name recognition) and promotion (book signings, reader group talks, interviews.) Each is only as successful as their effort, which has little to do with what they created. Thousands write novels annually. The only difference between published and in a drawer is the effort you put into selling yourself, as well as your work. A Frugal Fiction posting can help you in that endeavor by providing Independent Authors an edge in the crazy, convoluted world of publishing. 

So, what did she share with these young minds? The most important piece of advice  she could – marry your skills with your psyche and you’ll find a career path that fulfills you as well as your monthly nut. Granted, some choices mean you better have a teeny, tiny monthly nut. Like being an author.