Tuesday, February 14, 2017

If You Were Me And Lived On … Mars Book Blog Tour -- Author Q&A Stop + #Giveaway #IfYouWereMeAndLivedIn

Disclosure: This blog post is a partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Carole P. Roman. All views shared are mine and mine alone.




My family has been a fan of Carole P. Roman's for some time. If you follow my blog on a regular basis, then you have probably seen a handful of children's book reviews of her books, along with Author Q&A's and features. I was excited to hear that Carole was coming out with a new book, and reached out to see about sharing more about this book and doing another author interview. Carole took time out of her busy schedule to talk more with me about her new book, "If You Were Me and Lived on...Mars" and what else she is working on.
Before I get to my interview with Carole P. Roman, here is more information about her new book, which is great for homeschooling families, families who love to share educational books with their kids, or kids who enjoy fun books about outer space.
Buy now from Amazon
Ages 4-8 | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2017 | 978-1540869722
Publisher’s Synopsis:
"Join Carole P. Roman when she blasts off to colonize the planet Mars, in the newest book of her informative series.
Learn about how life would be living on the Red Planet. Travel to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system.
Look into the sky and watch Phobos and Deimos, Mars’ two moons. Discover what you would wear, and how the seasons change.
See Mars through the eyes of an adventurous youngster like you and understand what life is like in a trip of a lifetime.
Don’t forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair traveler."
**Be sure to read on beyond the Author Q&A for a chance to win an autographed book or the grand prize up for grabs in the "If You Were Me and Lived on…Mars" Blog Tour Giveaway. :-)
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And, here is my interview with Carole P. Roman...


  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I always wanted to be a writer. I think after I read my very first Nancy Drew book, it became one of my goals. I loved hearing my mom, grandmother, and aunts sit at the table and talk about books they were reading. I wanted to be the one that made them sit up all night, drinking coffee and gabbing about what they liked in the book.
  2. How long does it take you to write a book? My books don’t take long to write. Once I have a story or poem or the fact, they are easy to put together. What takes the time is assembling the illustrations to match the text, the editing, and the fact checking. All together it takes about two months.
  3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? I have a huge library in my home filled with all kinds of books. I do use the Internet to fact check. With the cultural books, I try to find someone from that country- usually in a restaurant with that ethnic food, to recheck my information.
  4. When did you write your first book and how old were you? My very first book was when I was twenty-four. It’s a steamy historical romance that sold one copy. (You won’t find it; it’s under my real name.)
  5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? The rippling effect has been thrilling. Meeting someone who says, “Oh, you’re Carol Roman, my kids love your books!” That is the best feeling in the world.
  6. What do you like to do when you're not writing? I work full time. I love playing with my grandchildren. I read constantly and I love when we all go away together.
  7. What do you think makes a good story? Anything that will keep the reader engaged. I love a book that stays with you, even after you’ve closed it.

--GIVEAWAY--


Enter To Win An Autographed Copy Of If You Were Me And Lived On … Mars, By Award-Winning Author Carole P. Roman, And A Stomp Rocket: Ultra LED To Light Up The Night Sky.
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A copy of If You Were Me and Lived On … Mars, autographed by Carole P. Roman


  • A Stomp Rocket: Ultra LED set
  • A bonus autographed picture book selected from one of the 35+ books written by Carole P. Roman
Four (4) winners receive:
  • A copy of If You Were Me and Lived On … Mars, autographed by Carole P. Roman
  • A bonus autographed picture book selected from one of the 35+ books written by Carole P. Roman
Giveaway begins February 7, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends March 7, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
**Giveaway open to US and Canadian addresses only. Prizes and samples provided by Carole P. Roman and The Children’s Book Review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in… that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.


OFFICIAL LINKS

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

Disclosure: This blog post is a partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Carole P. Roman. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

DISH to Deliver Planet Earth II Live in 4K + Free BBC America Preview Begins Feb. 14th



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DISH to deliver BBC America’s stunning Planet Earth II live in 4K Ultra HD

·         Launches dedicated 4K channel to broadcast the landmark natural history television series every Saturday from Feb. 18 through March 25
·         Offers exclusive free preview of BBC America beginning Feb. 14, giving all DISH customers access to Planet Earth II in 4K and HD at no extra cost


"DISH will deliver live in 4K Ultra HD the highly-anticipated natural history series, Planet Earth II. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the series will simulcast on BBC America, AMC and SundanceTV on Saturday, February 18, with subsequent episodes airing on BBCA every Saturday night. DISH’s 4K broadcast offers an unrivaled level of clarity to Hopper 3 customers who tune in to watch the planet’s most remarkable creatures.

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DISH is also offering an exclusive free preview of America, from February 14 through March 30, giving customers access toPlanet Earth II in both 4K and HD at no extra cost.

“It’s been more than 10 years since the world was first wowed by the original Planet Earth, and the second installment promises to deliver unmatched detail in crystal clear 4K resolution,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH executive vice president and chief technology officer. “We’ve heard our customers ask for more 4K content, so we’re making every effort to deliver this programming to households as its availability grows.”

BBCA President, Sarah Barnett, commented: “The breathtaking visuals in Planet Earth II are nothing short of astounding. We are delighted to partner with DISH in bringing audiences this groundbreaking series in 4K, allowing viewers to get even closer to some of earth’s most incredible creatures and gorgeous landscapes.”

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Planet Earth II, a sequel to the remarkable 2006 original, is an immersive exploration of the islands, mountains, jungles, grasslands, deserts and cities of the world. Captured in stunning Ultra-high definition detail, the documentary also embraces the latest camera stabilization, remote recording and aerial drone technology.

The series will air on consecutive Saturdays from February 18 through March 25 in 4K on DISH channel 540, and in HD on BBCA channel 135. Planet Earth II is available to DISH customers with a Hopper 3 and 4K TV.

Last August, DISH delivered NBC’s coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro in 4K, with coverage made available on one-day delay."


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About DISH
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.643 million pay-TV subscribers, as of September 30, 2016, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

DISH Launches “Tuned In To You” Brand Promise, New “Spokeslistener” Campaign



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DISH confronts historic low satisfaction with pay-TV, kicks off “Tuned In To You” promise with new campaign

·         DISH President: ‘Customers just want to be heard in an industry that has forsaken its ability to listen’
·         DISH promotes customer-first mentality among employees with introduction of immersive training program, ‘Base Camp’
·         New ‘Spokeslistener’ marketing campaign brings to life ‘Tuned In To You’ promise by challenging traditional spokesperson convention; first of new ads drop today

"DISH today shared its vision to confront the low customer satisfaction pervasive throughout the pay-TV industry. To redefine its relationship with customers, DISH is doubling down on a company-wide commitment to listen, in an industry that does not. This sentiment is captured in DISH’s newly launched “Tuned In To YouTM” promise and accompanying “SpokeslistenerTM” campaign.

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“Customers just want to be heard in an industry that has forsaken its ability to listen,” said Erik Carlson, DISH president and chief operating officer. “‘Tuned In To You’ is more than a marketing slogan. It’s a company-wide rallying cry and a long-term business philosophy. DISH has a history of putting our customers first and taking bold steps to make TV better. We are at our best when we listen to and fight for what our customers want.”

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DISH has served as a disruptive force since its 1980 emergence cemented satellite television as viable competition to the cable industry, ultimately driving innovation and lower prices. This tradition continued with DISH as the first pay-TV provider to offer a DVR, and more recently with an abundance of advancements like AutoHopconflict-free TV with Hopper 3Netflix on Hopper DVRsDISH AnywhereHopperGO, as well as the My Tech tool’s reliable 75-minute arrival windows. Further, the company has consistently fought for lower prices and customizable programming options, including its 2-Year Price GuaranteeFlex PackTMskinny bundle and live over-the-top service, Sling TV.



DISH is examining every customer touchpoint, across all departments, to evolve the delivery of customer service throughout its nationwide workforce. These efforts are exemplified by the October launch of “Base Camp,” an immersive training program that taps into the deep understanding that frontline employees have of DISH’s customer base.

Through Base Camp, corporate employees work in the field for one month to gain practical experience supporting new and existing customers. Participants field customer calls from billing inquiries to tech troubleshooting to sales inquiries from prospective customers. They spend full business days accompanying DISH’s professional technicians to observe the in-home services completed daily.


“The notion that management should roll back its sleeves and work with its customer base is almost unheard of in corporate America,” said Carlson. “But we can’t possibly fulfill on our ‘Tuned In To You’ promise without a working knowledge of our customers and the interactions they have with our brand.”

DISH expects to graduate 700 employees – including senior leaders – from Base Camp by year end. All interns and full-time new hires at DISH’s headquarters complete Base Camp within the first two months of their employment, while a plan is in place for all existing corporate team members to enroll in the training.

“Base Camp was one of the most eye-opening and educational experiences I’ve had during my tenure at DISH,” said Warren Schlichting, DISH executive vice president of media sales, marketing and programming. “One by one, Base Camp is instilling into the members of our headquarters team a ‘Tuned In To You’ mentality and a sense of urgency to improve our customer experience."

An immediate change consumers will see is DISH prominently featuring feedback forms across every DISH.com webpage. While the company has always sought feedback, it’s now proactively asking TV lovers to share the ideas they see as capable of improving the customer experience. These real-time insights are distributed to designated leaders throughout the DISH business for review and potential implementation.

DISH and the Spokeslistener
With internal changes underway, DISH’s “Tuned In To You” promise kicked off today with a new multimillion dollar campaign – “The Spokeslistener” – that challenges the traditional spokesperson convention commonly used in television advertisements. DISH, with creative agency Camp + King, launched a series of television, radio and digital advertisements that illustrate the common frustrations experienced by pay-TV customers and the solutions offered by DISH.

“A spokesman talks at you, while a Spokeslistener listens to and communicates with you,” said Jay Roth, DISH senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “It’s a demonstration of our commitment to acknowledge common customer frustrations, and then take the appropriate action to provide meaningful solutions.”

DISH’s first two Spokeslistener spots are rolling out on local network affiliates (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) today in more than 150 markets nationwide. Watch the spots here and here. The company will introduce additional ads in the coming months."

About DISH
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.643 million pay-TV subscribers, as of September 30, 2016, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

Subscribe to DISH email alerts: about.dish.com/alerts
Follow @DISHNews on Twitter: twitter.com/DISHNews

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