Wednesday, March 19, 2014


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 beast, and more amazing than she could have ever imagined. This app became the most exceptional reading experience Debra could devise for her readers. 

It is available now as Enhanced Poughkeepsie for iPad
Website for Droid, iPhones, and Computers is coming soon! 
Visit for updates

A note from Debra Anastasia:

Omnific Publishing approached me about creating Poughkeepsie's enhanced collectors edition app I was totally excited. I opened the manuscript and it was sort of a painter’s canvas, a way to add to a picture that was already there. I wanted to frame it with music, decorate it with pictures and even include videos that were all handcrafted just for this specific story.

When all was said and done almost 2 years later, I had a product that I’m very proud of.  One of  most the interesting things that I had to do was enhance some romantic scenes. Enhancing things for readers is tricky process because readers are so incredibly imaginative. You have to honor the picture they've already painted in their mind --you don't want to mess with that. 

Everyone has the perfect movie for the book that they love in their head already. They picture the characters in a certain way. It's a way of making the story yours. I think the Poughkeepsie is already enhanced greatly by the readers that come to it with these fantastic open minds. I love a challenge and I love the idea of being able to give my readers the gift of reading Poughkeepsie again. 

So I jammed it full of extra scenes, new scenes, exciting scenes, sweet scenes, and…a few sexy ones. There are some super important romantic scenes towards the end of the book. I knew I wanted to kick them up a notch. The first decision get music. We were able to get Ron Pope to sign on and provide the soundtrack for Poughkeepsie. It's ironic because years ago when I wrote Poughkeepsie, his songs were playing. It was an organic and perfect fit. For me --being able to be on the Internet while promoting and interacting with readers --images play a huge part in our way of communicating our love for books. 

My next step was looking for images that were beautiful, sexy and arousing. Some days as an author are quite exciting. Looking for those pictures was one of those days. Then I had to consider what I was legally allowed to use with this product being available as an app.  I felt seeing images that were sexy and pretty was righ up my readers’ alleys. I knew the content would get us an 18 and over rating. It provided me with an umbrella to include the scenes that I felt readers needed to see. I hope when you pick up the Poughkeepsie Enhanced Edition app that the romantic scenes are even more titillating now.

A huge thanks to The Blushing Reader for allowing me to play on here today! 


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


(I would give this 1,000 stars!)

I am not really sure how to review an app of a book that I previously voted one of the Best Books of 2013, but I am going to try my best!  

Ok, I will admit when I saw the price tag of $12.99 for this Enhanced App I was skeptical that it would have enough content to justify the price.  I was WRONG!!  I would pay up to double this price to get my hands on this AMAZING creation.  I was seriously blown away by how cool this was!  

I loved the Poughkeepsie series so I went into this app knowing the story and was prepared to just click on the new stuff and be done with it.  Um... Again, I was an idiot.  This experience was unlike anything I have ever been through with a book or story!  I sat down and spent hours reading and immersing myself back into the world that is Poughkeepsie.  It was truly like getting to read your favorite book again, but for the first time.  I am in awe of how Debra Anastasia pulled this off!  

What makes it so cool?  Everything!!  Seriously, you are getting to hear, see, feel and surround your senses in this story.  There are tons of pictures, videos, games, music and extra scenes that just took this app and this book to a whole new level for readers.  I am VERY excited about this app and can't wait to see if she does more with this platform!

If you are a fan of Poughkeepsie and Debra Anastasia then this is the perfect fan collectible to own!  You get so much more than the e-book version and you will find yourself going back to this app time and time again just to hear or see one thing again.  It is an amazing app that any fan should have!  Haven't read Poughkeepsie series?  Well, this app would be like getting your cake and eating it too!  Imagine getting to experience this story with all your senses for the first time.  It will rock your socks!

I am not super technical and I had no issues downloading, using and enjoying this app.  I would give this the ultimate amount of stars not only for its amazing content but for the innovative platform that Debra Anastasia and Omnific Publishing just launched.  I give the Poughkeepsie Enchanced App a standing ovation and now worry that no "regular" book will ever come close to being this awesome.

Go get this app!  You won't be disappointed!


It is available now as Enhanced Poughkeepsie for iPad

*Website for Droid, iPhones, and Computers is coming soon!


What kind of snack/drink is a must for you when writing? 
I love to have a fully caffeinated glass of coke. I also keep lollipops near my desk. 

What made you start writing? I always had a dream that I could do it. The Twilight Saga inspired me to write fanfiction. So maybe Ms. Meyer?

What is your biggest inspiration source (where do you get your ideas) I love listening to music. That really can set a mood for a story for me. I always have music on.

Describe your perfect writing space? And where do you actually write? My perfect writing space is my house with a candle lit and all the beds made. I do actually write there, so lucky me! Unless I have a deadline approaching then the beds are unmade and I never take my pajamas off. 

Is writing your full time job? If not, what else do you do? I do write full time now. And I’d love to look into consulting on Enhanced eBooks. 

What is one surprising face about you, that not too many people know? That I can be in public. Like I can be presentable enough for human consumption. 

What are you writing now? Saving Poughkeepsie, the third book in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series.

What is the first Romance book you remember reading? What is the last book you read? I don’t remember the name, it was a romance novel my mom had lying around. I read anything and everything. The last book I read was an ARC of Pretty Little Things by Teresa Mummert. It blew my balls off.  Loved it. 
Who is your current book boyfriend/crush? It’s a tie between Colin in PLT and a character in Tara Sue Me’s new book series

What was the last book that gave you a “book hangover?” 
The two book mentioned above gave me the worst hangovers. I loved them both so much! 

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Want to win the set of e-books from the Poughkeepsie series?  To win Poughkeepsie and Return to Poughkeepsie you need to send a special tweet to Debra Anastasia

TWEET: Happy Birthday @Debra_Anastasia! The @blushingreader sent me to give you your virtual birthday spankings today! Enjoy your special day!

One random Tweet will be chosen to win on March 20th at 10pm EST!

Now for the HUGE Giveaway:

Stay Tuned!! Tonight at 7pm EST watch out for the Enhanced App FLASH MOB on TWITTER!