Feature Friday 5: Debra Anastasia

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Debra Anastasia

Random Fact 1:

I prefer Coke over Pepsi every damn time.

Random Fact 2:

I own the castle at Disney World. It’s mine. I just lend it to Disney when I’m not there.

Random Fact 3:

I write comedy and love it. It is far easier for me than drama.

Random Fact 4:

I own 3 dogs and 1 cat. All are rescues and I’m passionate about pets in general.

Random Fact 5:

I spent almost two years putting together Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done professionally. I’m super proud of it.

Interactive Poughkeepsie iTunes app

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

Notes: 90% of this app is self-contained and requires no internet connection after you download. However, if you do click a link that takes you out of the app, you will need an internet connection. When returning to the app, just double tap the screen to bring up the menu. Choose the chapter before or after the one you were reading to return. If no menu appears, simply hit your device’s “Home” button and press the Poughkeepsie icon. You will be returned to the app, right where you left off. If at any time your loading screen hangs, swipe left or right and to return to your chapter. It will be fully loaded.

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Debra’s Books

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Poughkeepsie (The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood #1)

He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him—just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she’s surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.

Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iTunes

Return to Poughkeepsie (The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood #2)

Beckett Taylor is a murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and intimidation—whether he wants it that way now or not. He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?

But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake’s frantic voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory, and Livia’s been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new man he’s struggled to become.

“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.”

In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for better or for worse until death does part.


Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Author Bio

Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There’s dinner, the dogs, the two kids, and her violent IBS–which is under control thanks to medication except for occasional multi-tonal farts. 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 DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared…

Author Links

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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