Today I am pleased to bring you a guest post by Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss, co-authors of a great read, B. S., Incorporated, see my review here. In addition to their great guest post, Jennifer and Michael are giving away a copy of B. S., Incorporated physical copy (US shipping only) or Kindle copy, so enter via Rafflecopter below.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was the first book to spark Michael’s desire to write. S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders was another story that captured his imagination early on. Jennifer’s mother was an elementary school teacher who constantly read to her daughter, sparking her imagination at a very early age with Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Jennifer started writing her own stories in grade school.
What two authors do you think need to collaborate?
Nicholas Sparks and Stephen King should collaborate on a story about two, beautiful, young, lovelorn protagonists who die in spectacular fashion (while kissing, in the rain) at the hands of a deranged clown.
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Book review blogs absolutely help authors. They not only provide visibility to new and expanded audiences, the reviews are helpful in showing authors where they can improve. We learned early in the publishing process the importance of surrounding ourselves with smart people who understand what good writing looks and sounds like. Book review bloggers fall into that same category.
B. S. Incorporated, by authors Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss, was released in May 2016, published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing.
Funny, insightful, and heartfelt, B.S. Incorporated is sure to speak to fans of such hits as The Office, The Devil Wears Prada, and Office Space.
Although it is a work of fiction, B.S. Incorporated draws from the authors’ real-life corporate experiences. It is a feel-good story about people finding themselves and coming into their own while simultaneously skewering every aspect of life in corporate America.
“After yet another mind-numbing, daylong meeting about a project, we fled to a bar patio in the shadow of our company’s office building”, says Jennifer on the origin of the novel. “There, we drank to excess and swapped hilarious and heartbreaking tales about life in corporate America. At that point we realized we had a story—actually, many stories—worth telling, and we pinky swore that after sobering up, we’d write a book about our experiences.”
Business Solutions, Inc. is in a state of chaos. While the employees spend their time rendezvousing in the stairwells, the CEOs are running their business into the ground through the use of shady consultants. Will Evans, warehouse-worker-turned-white-collar-employee, is put in charge of implementing the consultants’ plans. Here he finds himself thrust into a muddle of absurdity and responsibility that he never expected.
When the plans push BSI to the brink of bankruptcy, Will teams up with Anna Reed, a corporate mercenary with heels as high as her ambition. He needs her cunning and courage to pull off his covert plan to save the company. Can Anna, the consummate job jumper, find a reason to go all-in on BSI? Or is she better off bailing and letting the company go down in flames?
“B.S., Incorporated exposes the crazy, funny underbelly of an institution and skewers the heck of out it. Be ready to laugh and want more!” – Jayne J. Jones, Author, Capitol Hell, 2013 USA Best Book of the Year
“Funny as hell, with sharp observations and cunning insights. It reads like the best happy-hour story you’ve ever heard.” – Matt Kramer, CEO, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
“I enjoyed the hell out of this book. It harpoons the bloated, mindlessly self-destructive tendencies of American corporations. But it’s also a human story. Which is why–despite the absurdity and arrogance and plain ol’ stupidity on display at BSI–I’d kind of like to work there. Are they hiring?” – Bill Anderson, President, One Voice Creative Media
“B.S. Incorporated is a book that anyone with any experience in the business world will get a huge kick out of. Authors Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss have written an incredibly engaging read that will have their readers laughing uproariously and turning the pages just as quickly as they can in order to find out what happens next. The authors clearly have vast experience in the business world, because so many of the scenarios they impart are things that many of us have encountered in our day to day careers.” – 5 Stars, Readers’ Favorite
About the Authors
Jennifer and Michael have a shared passion for storytelling that goes back – way back – to when Jennifer published haikus in her first-grade newsletter, and Mike entertained other kids on the school bus with his creative fiction.
Not surprisingly, their jones for crafting a tale fueled their individual career paths, where each held roles in journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing and corporate communications. Jennifer and Michael had the good fortune to work for and with companies that spanned industries and impact – from privately held start-ups to Fortune 50 powerhouses to, now, their own communications agency.
Both authors live near Minneapolis where they work as speakers and consultants. They share their best stories during happy hour. B.S., Incorporated is their debut novel. For more information, visit http://www.rockandvossbooks.com/.