Thursday, September 3, 2009

Double Out and Back by Lisa Lipkind Leibow

Not every woman who rides the fertility treatment roller coaster winds up like Octomom!

Who will find friends, family, and fertility?

Three women’s lives are intricately intertwined, as Amelia Schwartz and Summer Curtis struggle with the complex dynamics of intrafamily embryo adoption, and Chandy Markum strives to make her patients’ dreams a reality.

After more than a decade, of mourning her parents’ deaths, anal-retentive Amelia Schwartz decides to take control of her life, pursuing single motherhood via embryo adoption. While her fertility doctor, Chandy, is preoccupied with the destruction of the cosmopolitan Cape Town of her youth and her first love in apartheid-torn South Africa, believing all is lost, her niece, a young, married, overachieving attorney Summer Curtis, juggles zealous career ambitions, demanding bosses, and friction with her husband over family and fertility issues. They must confront the painful reality that, no matter what technology humans devise to manipulate reproduction, prolong life, and construct family units, they have not yet mastered control over their beginnings and endings.

Thrown all into this is one story that can make or break. Are you up to it?

You can view a video trailer for Double Out and Back at YouTube.

Born and raised in Leominster, Massachusetts, Lisa had a flare for drama. As a child, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she answered on any given day anything from airplane pilot to zookeeper. She left her home town in 1984 to attend George Washington University in Washington, DC. She studied radio-television communications where she loved writing, directing, and performing, as well as public policy and regulation of mass media and telecommunications. After college she sought a "practical" career by going to law school.

Prior to pursuing the literary dream of novel writing, Lisa practiced law for over a decade, drafting legal briefs and memoranda much like the young attorney in her debut novel. This professional environment was the inspiration for the characters and settings in Double Out and Back.

After being stuck at her office on 9/11, a month-long siege on metro Washington, DC by a sniper, and discovering that the other parents at her twins’ preschool thought her au pair was her sons’ mom, Lisa could hear these words echoing in her ears. "If I knew this was what it was going to be like to have it all, I would have settled for less." (Lily Tomlin: The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe)

Lisa didn't really settle for less. She settled for different, and traded the billable hour lifestyle for fiction writing. Making up stories is much more fun than negotiating contracts, attending hearings, and deciphering statutes and regulations for clients. More than that, it has given her an excuse to pretend to be anyone from airplane pilot to zookeeper!

Lisa's work can be seen in the Pisgah Review. Double Out and Back is her debut novel released by Red Rose Publishing (mainstream fiction).

Lisa lives and writes in Northern Virginia with her husband, three children, a couch potato of a dog, and two red-eared slider turtles.

You can visit Lisa Lipkind Leibow at and

Pick up your copy of Double Out and Back at Red Rose


DOUBLE OUT AND BACK VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR '09 will officially begin on September 1 and ends on September 25th. You can visit Lisa's blog stops at in September to find out more about this great book and talented author!

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Storyheart said...

Very interesting book and author, thank you for sharing. I have Lisa as a guest on my show shortly and reading all this about her and her book has been a great help let alone fascinating.

Amber Leigh Williams said...

Congrats again, Lisa ;)


Lisa L. Leibow said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit me at Book tours and More, Amber and Storyheart. I'm looking forward to chatting more as the my tour continues!

lmdrews said...

Lisa - I love your book cover. Definitely catches my attention! Did you do the design yourself or hire someone? For my book - Run at Destruction: A True Fatal Love Triangle, my publisher contracted out three designs that I could pick from and then tweak.
Enjoy your continued tour!
Lynda Drews

Lisa L. Leibow said...

Hi, Lynda,
My cover artist is part of the Red Rose Publishing Art Dept. Emmy did a phenomenal job. She had quite a few creative ideas. She really listened to my input, too. I was surprised to be involved in that process. I have heard authors with "the big publishing houses" talk about having no say at all in their cover -- even hating it. I guess this is one of the personal touches a smaller press can provide.

Lisa L. Leibow said...

It's hard to believe it's already time for me to hang up my fuzzy slippers from the Double Out and Back Virtual Tour '09. Than you so much, Book Tours and More for letting me be a part of your blog, this month.

Thanks, too, to all those who commented, visited, and read along with me.

Take care,
Lisa Lipkind Leibow
Author of Smart Women's Fiction