LaPuerta Releases "The Misadventures of Rollo Hemphill"

December 23, 2014 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
December 23, 2014 - LaPuerta Books and Media announces a special ebook edition of Gerald Everett Jones's popular humorous novels about a young hacker who fails continuously upward. The collected series is titled The Misadventures of Rollo Hemphill and combines the full texts of previously published novels My Inflatable Friend, Rubber Babes, and Farnsworth's Revenge. The collection is available exclusively in Amazon Kindle format. The suggested list is $6.99, but the price is reduced through the holidays to just 99 cents. (All three novels are also published separately in both trade paperback and Kindle formats.)

As the author explains, "This new ebook edition is my holiday gift to fans of Rollo. So if you have a Kindle and are taking a trip, load it up. If you get a new Kindle, let this one be your first download. It's what I call boychik lit - a story about a young man with more chutzpah than brains. Young men identify, mature men sympathize, and woman of any age just love to see this guy go splat."

Youthful hacker-turned-slacker Rollo Hemphill can't help failing ever upward. In My Inflatable Friend, he devises a screwball scheme with a life-sized rubber doll to make his girlfriend jealous and stumbles into a gig on shock-jock radio. Then in Rubber Babes, when he thinks he's landed a cushy job heading up a Hollywood charity, he ends up running from the Feds. Finally, Farnsworth's Revenge finds him on the lam in Europe, where he gets recruited for a secret government operation that will either solve the energy crisis or destroy the worldwide banking system.

The painful consequences of Rollo's comic misadventures show us all too vividly the perils of pretending to be someone you're not - and the hazards of stroking every male's most vulnerable part - his swelling ego.

Praise for Rollo's misadventures has included:
  • Fast, funny, and sufficiently out there to be banned in Pasadena. Check with your doctor before reading. - Peter Lefcourt, author of The Woody and The Manhattan Beach Project
  • A very funny book by a skilled and confident author. - Morrie Ruvinsky, author of Meeting God or Something Like It
  • Woody Allen meets Nick Hornby in this hilarious beach read. Every bit as clever as Larry David. NBC are you paying attention? - Paula Berinstein, host of The Writing Show
  • Provocative and funny! Still, I'd warn them off Rollo! - Marilyn Anderson, author of Never Kiss a Frog: A Girl's Guide to the Dating Swamp

  • Gerald Everett Jones is a freelance writer who lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife, actress-comedienne Georja Umano, and two Jack Russell Terrorists, Roxie and Romeo. His first book under the LaPuerta imprint was How to Lie with Charts. He expounds on his notions of male-centered humor in his collection of short stories, Boychik Lit, which includes an essay on the genre. His father-son relationship comedy Mr. Ballpoint, written for general audiences, tells how an outrageous huckster brought on the "Pen Wars" of 1945. His most recent novel is Christmas Karma, about the travails of a dysfunctional family during the holidays, as told by an angel with a weird sense of humor.

    Jones is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, and Film Independent (FIND), as well as a past director of the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC). He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the College of Letters, Wesleyan University, where he studied under novelists Peter Boynton (Stone Island), F.D. Reeve (The Red Machines), and Jerzy Kozinski (The Painted Bird, Being There). He is a regular book reviewer on KRLA 870AM radio in Los Angeles, a top reviewer on, and he blogs about his humorous fiction at

    The LaPuerta imprint and its logo - an open door - symbolize unlimited access to knowledge, opportunity, innovation, fascination, and delight.

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