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Live Full Throttle – Life Lessons From Friends Who Faced Cancer

February 13, 2012

If I were independently wealthy this is what I’d do. Work with a terrific writer like Tamela Rich photographing books about fascinating and compelling subjects like Live Full Throttle: Life Lessons From Friends With Cancer. I’m honored to be the photographer of this beautifully written and produced book.

The heart of this story is a ad hoc group of mostly middle age and beyond women – conga riding around the country in blinged out bikes and pink bra’s strapped on every-which-way. They were independently and boisterously raising money for cancer. Writer Tamela Rich joined up with them two years ago and collected such inspiring stories and life lessons that a book had to be done. The riders culminate the summer of conga fundraising in the tiny town of Shell, Wyoming which embodies the western ideals of both stubborn individualism and close knit comminity.  This principles resonate and parallel with the spirit of bikers as well as the wisdom to be learned from cancer survivors.

Go to Tamela Rich’s website  directly to learn more and buy an signed copy. Or get it at Amazon.com

Live Full Throttle: Life Lessons From Friends Who Faced Cancer

author Tamela Rich
Photographer Christina Shook
112 full color pages
8×8″
$24.95
 

Suburban book club takes on Chicks on Bikes

October 29, 2009
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Wine, dessert and Chicks On Bikes

Those who know about book clubs know that too often the book doesn’t get entirely read. So I really thought Chicks on Bikes would be a perfect book. Heck, you can just look at the pictures like kids read National Geographic. Then you turn up drink some wine, nibble a little dessert and a have a gab with the girl friends.

Chicks on Bikes is an accessable book for anyone to jump into and enjoy, but its not just fluff with photos. It got a powerful message of what it means to follow your passion, how women jump into a man’s world and make it their own, how people assess risk… and lots of juicy topics for any book club.

The Moraga Moms book club is here in an affluent suburb of San Francisco – they do not ride motorcycles. They are not interested in ever riding motorcycles. But I’m terribly pleased to report that they loved reading Chicks on Bikes.

In their own words, here’s what they said:

“I just picked up the book to look flip through the pictures and I got caught up and read it straight through.”

“I would probably never have gone out and read this book because I have no interest in motorcycles. But I found that the women were more like me than they were different. I know at one point I cried.”

“I was astounded by the power of the women.”

“Maybe its a great book for us because we’re hitting middle age and harbour some fantasy of doing something wild!”

” I keep looking at the pictures and I see something new every time.”

Well that’s it for me tooting my horn with a blush. But I’m psyched to get my book into the hands of more book club and share the inspiration and spirit of Chicks on Bikes.

So I’m going to offer a Book Club Special:

  • I’ll send a box of 6 books or more with 20% discount and free shipping to your book club. ($20/book) or add $3 each to ship direct to each person.
  • I’ll sign each book.
  • I’ll call in during your meeting for an personal chat with your group.

And when you’re done reading it, how fun is it to put a book on your coffee table with a big vaginally suggestive image on it. Use it a rorschach test of visual literacy!

email me directly: Christina@cshook.com
And check out the website: www.ChicksOnBikes.US

Not Any Given Sunday – its my big hometown book party/ride for Chicks on Bikes

September 26, 2009

For those of you who’ve harbored a dream for years and years to publish your book and haven’t actually finished it – listen up. Its kind of scary. Now there it bound on paper for all to see. Or worse, not to see. My own mom didn’t even bother to look through my website. Ouch.

I waver between thinking I have the best thing between 2 covers that transcends all genre and is a brilliant statement on the gender roles of women in the world of male dominated fun and the photographic successor to great documentary photography such as Doreathea Lange’s images of dust bowl refugees; or that I’ve fallen sadly short and … and… well hell I’m not going to write my own bad review but you can imagine what insecurities lie there.

Actually its gone pretty well, and its had very kindly reviewers. One of my fav’s is a fun magazine I’ve just discovered RumBum.com . I love the grass roots satisfaction of review from bloggers like these:
www.yourbikelife.com
www.couragecommunity.com
www.demenshea.com
My favorite blogger is Rippen Kitten and here’s what she has to say: www.rippinkitten.com
You can read a whole except from the book here:
www.bikerchicknews.com

So here I am with a garage of books and some heartfelt good words from friends and the motorcycle community. I have grand visions of success and accolades and a second edition after they all sell out during the holiday sales rush.

Yet I’m perversely reluctant to give it over to mainstream distributors. Shouldn’t my goal be to have this in every suburban strip mall Barnes and Noble in America? Nope, I want to sign and add little notes on a postcard to each person who buys a book. So I’m going to get a bigger mechanism, one might way a web, a WWW to find those people.

A happy daunting moment when my garage fills with books.

A happy daunting moment when my garage fills with books.

Oh yes, that’s what I wanted to tell you book dreamers in the beginning of this blog entry – getting it published is just the first breath of life for your book. If its to have a life of its own, you need to keep up the mouth to mouth breathing.

I’m hoping to whack the chest of Chicks On Bikes and keep breathing until it gets up on its own sexy biker chick legs and walks right into the living rooms of those who love my photographs, are fascinated by the imagery from a rich culture and understand the universal stories of women who have found their own way and lived with passion.

I have finished a long standing project that has haunted me while I have nurtured loved and nearly but never quite abandoned in the 10 years it took. It is deeply gratifying.

My 9 year old daughter Ella is entirely impressed with me. Now that’s a bonus. I want to be the kind of mom whose grown and successful kids name me as a role model and inspiration. What higher aspiration could a mom have? Infact I feel like some emotional after-school-special just saying it. I don’t think they have after-school-specials anymore. Fine.

I’m just saying I’m proud to have a book of my own creation (and Jeffrey’s) and finished it, and jumped through the many spinning hoops to get it published, promoted, packaged and sold. That promote/sell part is my current overwhelming task.

Sunday is the hometown parade. I’m calling San Francisco my hometown because that’s where my heart is. I get to ride down the street with dozens, maybe 100, women bikers. This is going to be so damn fun. We should do this every year. We should do it in every city in America. Chicks on Bikes are so much FUN, and you will feel the POWER.

So here’s the details if there’s any single reader who hasn’t got them here at the 9th hour:

My book Chicks on Bikes is finally out! Its a lifestyle coffee table book of real women bikers. See http://www.ChicksOnBikes.US

Come celebrate women riders. San Francisco must the the epicenter of women bikers, so lets show what we’ve got!

The ride is at 12:30 and the book party is at 3pm. Dudes on bikes are welcome to come support us.Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for more cool biker chick news:
http://www.chicksonbikes.us

The party after at Benders is sure to be a rocking scene, so even you non bikers, come on down.

Chicks On Bikes – 100 Women Ride
San Francisco
Sunday Sept. 27
12:30- Be at Ocean Beach on the Great Highway where Fulton ends ? ready to ride.
Map of the ride route.

3:00 Chicks on Bikes Book Party
Benders Bar
806 South Van Ness @19th
Free BBQ, Liz Fabuliz on the turn table, 2 pool tables, and me smiling and signing your book. 21+

Rocky Mountain High – day one AMA International Women and Motorcycling Conference

August 19, 2009

I got those bubbles of joy in my stomach when I swung my leg high up over the seat of an Orange KTM 950 adventure this morning. I’ll admit I was signing John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High. So what? Colorado Rockies will do that to you.

The ride here was the sunny day riding feel good time when my little brain gave itself up to the curve of the road and the majesty of the mountains. I’m so tweaky tired now after a jam packed evening at the Conference full of inspiring women to meet and a booth to set up. I’ll just post a few photos now.

Me at the Continental Divide - police came moments later to tell me to get on the road.

Me at the Continental Divide - police came moments later to tell me to get on the road.

Here’s my table. with my BIG banner. Makes me feel official now.
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Kermitts Bar in Idaho Springs is entirely wall papered in dollar bills, and they serve a tasty home made green chilli. We did some opportunistic promotion of Chicks on Bikes, and the owner says he’ll sell the books there.
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Lots of clubs were there sporting their colors.
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International Women and Motorcycling Conference – book launch

August 14, 2009

In my effort to write captivating blog posts, I forgot to mention the imminent World Priemier of Chicks on Bikes at the International Women and Motorcycling Conference in Keystone Colorado August 19-22.
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Books shipped, banner printed, table rented, plane tix, hotel rooms – I’m ready to hit the book promo trail. I’m psyched to meet the leaders of the motorcycle media and industry – Particularly moto journalist personality Genevieve Schmitt, and Harley’s marketing guru Leslie Prevish. Really this is my favorite thing about the book – meeting all the great biker peeps.

If you’re going, shoot me an email and be sure to come by my table I’m sharing with Carla King author of Motorcycling Misadventures.

A couple other book will be there too – Lois on the Loose, and A Photographic History of Early Women Motorcyclists.

Great Art Director, bike seats, vaginas and Oprah

July 29, 2009

This is a kudos to my absolutly superlative book designer extraordinair- Jeffrey Hicken. Infact book designer is really a silly understatement – its like calling Bob Dylan a guitar player, or a towering Fudgeanna Split from Fentons calling it icecream. No, Jeffrey is a whole concept guy. He gets it. He wouldn’t even work on it if he didn’t get it. He was the one who came up with coolest thing about my book – the cover.
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How do you, dear reader, like the cover? I find a good third of the people just see a ripped bike seat. Please comment below. Us 70% who get it, lets congratulate ourselves for grasping the the symbology of female anatomy. Whoo hoo!

Vagina vagina vagina, don’t you just like to say the word? Still I was taken aback when Jeffrey suggested I put a vagina thing on the cover of my book. Would Oprah put a book with that cover on her show? I slept on it, wrapped my small mind around it, and then agreed wholeheartedly that the cover said it all. Just recently Jeffrey told me that he wouldn’t have worked with me if I hadn’t embraced the cover. How right he was.

I’m kind of a solo person, I work for myself, I sometime hire assistents and other pro’s to help me, but I’ve never really been a team player. Jeffrey has been my team these past several month. I would wear a Team Jeffrey tshirt. Its really fun this collaboration thing even though we look over seperate oceans.

Whenever he sent me a new file I’d be giddy with pleasure; amazed at how sometimes my images had taken on an entirely new meaning and look. Sometimes I’d object and we’d tussle a bit over it and I’d come out better for it. The way a great designer can make text into a beautiful thing, he does that. But they’re not just pretty words, it’s that “gets it” thing. Beyond design, he’s got idea for marketing, product, publicity… did you know he did the website for Chicks On Bikes too?

I’ve sent hundreds emails to Jeffrey in which I try to find new ways to express my gratitude -with formality, with gushing, in xoxo’s, in multiple languages But I keep coming back to simply – Thank you, Jeffrey.