Before we get started gushing about this game changer, we want to wish Debra a very happy 40th birthday!! We know how very hard she has been working with Omnific on this passion project and that the official debut of the app could not be a better birthday present. Enjoy your day, Debra. You’ve earned it. Mwah! -Lisa & Kitt
Note From Debra
So of course everyone wants their book to be turned into a movie. I’m no exception. I can’t imagine popcorn tasting any better than when some day I’m watching Poughkeepsie on the big screen. I think it will always be a dream of mine. (A/N: Ours too!!)
When Omnific Publishing approached me about doing the Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition app, I didn’t hesitate to agree. It didn’t matter that there was no template for this thing. I was going in.
I sat and made a list of must haves. It was too long, the stuff of a crazy person. Every single thing I put on that first list is in this project. In my professional career, nothing has been harder than this was. And now, nothing is more rewarding. It’s as close as Poughkeepsie will get to a movie without a film crew.
There are over 200 pictures in the app, over 20 custom made videos and a SOUNDTRACK! It plays while you read. I had a talented foley artist compose sounds to make the action more visible. There are interactive games, interviews, how to videos and two movie shorts.
That’s right, two movie shorts. John Quinlan portrayed Beckett Taylor for me in a digital film that is included. He had real guns and alcohol. The attention to detail makes me so proud. And Tiffany Hartsfield dances as Kyle. The routine is stunning, she is so, so talented.
So it’s not a full Fic to Flick, but it is super close, and I’m so very glad to have this blog on my tour. I love interacting with Fics2Flicks because it feels like a positive step towards that ultimate dream of a Poughkeepsie movie. (A/N: Aaaaaand now you went and made us cry. We heart you sfm, woman!)
Note From Debra’s Team
Welcome to the Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition App Tour!
Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia has been a cult hit bestseller since 2011. A homeless guy counting the smiles of a kind train commuter spiraled into a novel that was nominated by The Rockstars of Romance as one of the most romantic stories ever and won 2nd place! It was a story that deserved getting a jumbo-sized enhancement. Extra scenes out the ying yang was, of course, a huge part of the fun. Getting to spend some of those previously undiscovered first moments with Blake and Livia or the moment he proposed was worth exploring. In Debra’s wildest dreams she imagined Poughkeepsie with its own soundtrack, anchored by her favorite musicians. When blockbuster talent Ron Pope signed on with fourteen songs and then Rustic Overtones agreed as well, she knew things were going to get crazy cool.
After almost two full years of development, the Enhanced Poughkeepsie is ready. Debra lost count of the hours spent, as did the developer poured into this. It was a beast and more amazing than she could have ever imagined. This app became the most exceptional reading experience Debra could devise for her readers.
Check out what’s in store for you:
- This app will be available for all kinds of devices!
- It is available now as Enhanced Poughkeepsie for iPad
- Website for Droid, iPhones, and Computers is coming soon!
Oh. My. God. This is an interactive reading experience like nothing we’ve ever seen before. If you thought Debra’s characters came to life on the written page, just wait until you get your hands on the app! We don’t even know where to begin!! There is a video from Debra personally walking you through how to use the app, which made us smile. There are stops along the way in each chapter (appropriate for our train station heroes btw) that give you glimpses into Debra’s thoughts, favorite lines, music that inspired her, sounds that capture a moment, videos to enhance the story/experience, and 47,000+ new words that give us the chance to revisit Blake and Livia’s world. Let us repeat… Oh. My. God.
We hope you’ll get the app and experience it for yourself. It’s amazing, as is the author who helped create it. And what drove Debra to spend literally years working on this project? Giving back to the fans she loves (old, new, and yet to be discovered). Today may be Debra’s birthday, but we are the ones who have received a gift. Thanks to Debra and the team who helped make this happen and for sharing it with us!
Thanks to Debra and Omnific, we have an eSet to giveaway. Just click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter. Entries must be received by 3/24/14 12:00am EST to qualify.
As you can see, Debra is giving away a TON of stuff!! Visit her website here or click on the Rafflecopter link below for complete details. Wowza!
Join Us For a Social Media Flash Mob Tonight!
The fun starts at 7pm EST, and you will see this to kick things off…
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Debra’s Social Media
Be sure and follow Debra’s social media accounts if you’re not already. She’s an absolute riot. You can also find synopses and ordering info for all of her books on her website.