Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Construction Tales- First Television Appearance!

Hello everyone!

I wanted to give an update about two new events happening soon!  I have been invited by author, Vincent T. Dacquino, to attend a taped interview for my book.  The show will be taped on December 17, 2013 and should be aired 2-3 weeks afterwards.  It will also be available for viewing on YouTube.com  Of course, when it becomes available, I will be providing the link and information.  I have also been invited, by Mr. Dacquino, to attend the multi-author event taking place at the Mahopac Library in Mahopac, New York.  I will be displaying my book with 30 other authors on December 07, 2013 from 1-4pm.  Feel free to stop by if you live in the area!

Here is a link to Mr. Dacquino's website:


Here is the link to the Let's Talk Writing Television series:


There are some other irons in the fire.  I look forward to exploring other avenues that present themselves!  Stay tuned! Thanks for reading to my U.S. readers and those viewing my blog from Europe!

Leslie M. Jasper

Available worldwide on Amazon (paperback/Kindle), Barnes&Noble (paperback/Nook), and iTunes!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 30, 2013 Book Signing- Gardiner Library

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! I wrapped up my virtual book tour.  Different blogs were gracious and hosted my book.  My next book signing will be at the:

Gardiner Library
133 Farmer's Turnpike
Gardiner, NY 12525
(845) 255-1255

I look forward to signing and speaking to readers about my book!  I wish everyone a great holiday coming up (for those who celebrate)!! I will keep you posted on other book signings and events!
I would like to say hello to people reading my blog in different parts of Europe!  Please share my book info with your friends and family! You should be able to purchase Construction Tales worldwide on Amazon and Barnes&Noble.  I was trying to work on worldwide distribution for iTunes as well.  Thanks and have a great day!

Leslie M. Jasper

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Last Day of Virtual Book Tour- Blog Spots for my Book!!

Hello All!

As promised, here is my book stops today on the virtual book tour hosted by www.virtualbooktourcafe.com! Thanks for reading! Cheers! Leslie M. Jasper

Only God Can Make a Tree Write Up:


Deal Sharing Aunt post:


Interview with 4Covert2Overt:


Black Coffee, Brown Cow spotlight:


BK Walker Books Spotlight:


Construction Tales Book Review from

Hello everyone!

Today is the last day of my virtual book tour hosted by www.virtualbooktourcafe.com

My book was read and reviewed on the Bikers With Books blog at:


Review of Construction Tales: Volume I
by Burt Morgret

"From working in the construction industry for over 20 years, I know first hand how difficult it is for a women in this industry. Men in this field don't make it easy for women, and many don't recognize women as an equal in this line of work.

As a business owner, I've hired women and know the difficulties Jasper faced proving herself. I was touched by her strength and endurance, not only in her work life, but personal as well.

Jasper did a great job of pulling the reader in with such great detail that you could literally visualize how each situation was playing out. You can't help but to be sucked into the story, and she envokes emotion which I loved...it was like I was there with her.

I really enjoyed this book and if you love true stories, if you're in the construction industry, or if you just like reading, you're going to enjoy it too. Highly recommended."

Thanks for reading! The book is available on Amazon (Kindle/paperback), Barnes & Noble (Nook/paperback), and iTunes as an iBook!  Have a great night!
Leslie M. Jasper

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Virtual Book Tour Continues!!

Hello everyone!

Here are a few locations that are spotlighting my book Construction Tales: Volume I: A Woman's Journey to Become an Electrician.  The first stop is at:

3 Partners in Shopping Blog:


The Daily Mayo:


The Avid Reader:


Writing Innovations:


BK Walker Books Interview:


There is one more day of interviews and reviews! Stay tuned and I will post them tomorrow! Thanks to readers from the U.S. and Europe for checking out my blog.  I am very grateful.  The book is available in Kindle/paperback on Amazon, Nook/paperback for Barnes & Noble, and an iBook on iTunes! Thanks and have a great day!

Leslie M. Jasper

Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Reviews/Interviews During my Virtual Book Tour!!

Hi everyone!

Shout out to blog readers from the United States and Europe! I am excited to see alot of blog readers from the Ukraine and Germany!!  France also has a strong presence as well! I thank you so much and please share the news of my book that is available worldwide on Amazon and Barnes&Noble.

My interview with Mass Musings:


Into the Land of Books Review:


A review from Lori's Reading Corner:


Bikers With Books Review:


Review with Brooke Blogs:


There will be more reviews tomorrow on the book. Thanks for checking out my blog and have a great day/evening!


Leslie M. Jasper

Virtual Book Tour Cafe Book Tour- Going on Now! (November 17-20th)

Register for my online chat and virtual book tour! Enter to WIN as well!!


I did an online interview with BK Walker Books and with MCV Egan.  Check it out! I am looking forward to hearing from readers! I signed a matchbook deal with Amazon.  I believe that a paperback purchase will get you the Kindle version for $2.99.  Check it out on www.Amazon.com  The book can be shipped all over the world.  It is available on Nook and Kindle worldwide!  It is available on Amazon Europe, India, China, and other parts of the globe.  If you can't get it, reach out to me and I will make it happen.  Shout out to the different countries in Europe; especially Germany!! :)  I thank you for reading my blog!  Have a good start to the work week!

Leslie M. Jasper

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Blog Posts for Virtual Book Tour November 17-20th

Hello everyone,
I am gearing up for my first online virtual book tour experience with www.virtualbooktourcafe.com this weekend from November 17-20th.  Here are the 3 blogs I have prepared in order to chat with potential readers.  Register on the Virtual Tour Cafe website for a chance to win and to chat with me about the book. I welcome questions and curiosity.  I work as a female electrician for the past 18 years in New York, US.  I have lots of funny jobsite stories and a unique perspective on work and life in general.  I hope to hear from readers online soon! Have a good day!

Leslie M. Jasper

10 Things Reader's Would Be Surprised To Know About You

1.       I grew up on the southern Oregon coast in a town called Coos Bay, Oregon.  I joined and entered the military two weeks after I graduated from high school.

2.       There is a plaque that is still up on the wall in the gym announcing that I still hold the record for bench pressing the most as a female.  Apparently, no high school student has broken that record yet. 

3.       Due to being 17 years old, my dad had to give consent for me to join the U.S. Navy.  I learned that I was mechanically inclined from taking the ASFAB exam.  My two choices at the military processing center was to either become a construction electrician in the Seabees or an airplane mechanic on an aircraft carrier.

4.       I won the ironwoman challenge title in U.S. Navy bootcamp out of 87 other women in my company.  I was on the rifle team as well.

5.       I played the trumpet from 5th grade up to 11th grade.  I changed high schools my senior year so I decided to not play my last year. I had consumed myself with practicing and taking it very seriously in middle and high school.

6.       Despite being a construction worker, I am a very laid back and easy going person.  I don’t like to get worked up about things or stress on them too hard.

7.       I am a single woman and rather old fashioned when it comes to dating.  I like to date one guy at a time and prefer for him to make the moves and pursue me.  I have no interest in dating fellow construction workers.  I prefer to date men in a totally different field.

8.       I married a man from the U.S. Marines while we were stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  We married and relocated to New York.  He died in a motorcycle accident 3 days before my birthday and I buried him on my 21st birthday.

9.       I can actually say I worked while pregnant in a trench spinning rigid pipe.  I did not tell anyone I was pregnant until I was almost 6 months along.  I worked outside in January until I was 31 weeks along back in 2005.  My coworkers thought I was crazy and had a lot of respect for me due to my strength and determination to not quit.

10.   I have owned a house since I was 20 years old.  I have demolished almost every wall in the house.  I do my own framing, sheetrock, electrical, and painting.  I do not like to mess with cement or taping.  Everything else is fair game.

How Do You Keep Your Writing Different

My writing is different because my experiences in life are unique from most people.  I work as a female electrician in a trade that is dominated by men.  I am accustomed and think, at times, like men more so than women.  The men that I work with are straight forward and say what is on their mind.  That way of thinking is transferred into my writing as well.  Due to the daily exposure to men and their different personalities, I have a great understanding of what makes men function.  My book tells the reader about how difficult it was to first enter the construction field.  I was not welcomed with open arms.  I pushed on and did what I needed to do despite that and never gave up.  I have had to work through a lot of negative energy and pressure to perform my job over the years. 

This has helped to shape how I work and think as well.  By most standards, I am workaholic and tie in one’s character to their work ethic.  In my book, I speak about my analysis of how different type of people are treated in a construction work environment.  This can be the slacker, go-getters, minorities, and women.  I also talk about the mentality of the average construction worker in my book.  Most people I work with push the envelope and do as they wish. 

I have a difficult time sugar coating anything I say since I am used to being able to be honest and direct at work.  My honest and direct approach seeps into my writing as well.  Due to my years of working around men, I refuse to complain about anything and maintain a positive attitude.  They would be expecting me to complain about conditions.  I know this to be true so I refuse to discuss jobsite issues at work.  I’d rather hear my co-workers complain about issues amongst themselves.  I did speak about my challenges I encountered during my apprenticeship in the book.  The point of writing about that was to let the reader know what I was faced with during that time period.  I view my writing as uplifting and a success story that emerged from difficult times.  My writing reflects my motivation and drive to succeed no matter how difficult the situation may be.  I also refuse to allow obstacles stand in my way. 

 Why Book Covers are So Important

I believe book covers are very important since they are supposed to catch the reader’s attention.  Within seconds, the reader should be able to get an idea of what the book is going to be about.  Since my book is about working in the electrical industry, the lightning bolts seemed very appropriate.  I also wanted to represent the power of my choice to enter this field and earn my journeywoman’s card.  This was despite to the many challenges and hurdles I had faced along the way in order to finish my apprenticeship.  I was hoping that they would be eye catching as well.  Since I am a female working in a man’s field, the hard hat on the cover needed to be pink.  I would not actually wear a pink hard hat at work.  I would be made fun of by my coworkers.  Therefore, I would find that choice undesirable.

The phallic symbol was also placed on the pink hard hat in order to re-enforce that point that the book is about a female’s construction work experience.  I used the hard hat, pliers, and screwdriver and shaped them into the female phallic symbol.  I didn’t want to put the actual symbol on the hard hat.  However, I was talked into placing it on the hard hat after a few discussions.  Despite it being obvious to me, not everyone would get it that the hard hat and tools were positioned to form the female phallic symbol.

The title should also catch the potential reader’s attention.  Based on the title, the reader should know that the book will be about a bunch of construction jobsite stories.  These stories are told by a woman who entered the industry and became an electrician.  The reader should also know that there are going to be more stories released on the horizon in additional volumes.  My intent of the book cover was to provide a million words in the matter of seconds to the eye.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Virtual Book Tour- Enter to Win!!!

Hello everyone!

My virtual book tour is coming up from November 17-20th.  Enter to win here and register for the online chat!!

Construction Tales: Volume I: A Woman's Journey to Become an Electrician by
Leslie M. Jasper


I hope to speak to you soon online!!

 Leslie M. Jasper


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kent Library in Carmel, New York Book Signing November 13th at 630pm!!

Hello everyone!

The book is available worldwide on iTunes as an iBook, Amazon in paperback/Kindle, and for Barnes&Noble in paperback/Nook!!  My in person book signing is coming up at the Kent Library in Carmel, New York on November 13th at 630pm.  They would like people to register ahead of time.  The Kent Library has been promoting my book signing in their newsletter:


The Putnam Press Times also has a mention of my book signing on page 8:


I am also going to be online for November 17-20th at www.virtualbooktourcafe.com Go online and enter to win a free Construction Tales giveaway!!

I will post new book signings as they come up! Have a great Sunday!!

Leslie M. Jasper