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Straight Dope by LeRon Barton – Blog Tour Kickoff and Giveaway

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At the Water Cooler welcomes author, LeRon L. Barton who is touring with the newest addition to our network of sites: At the Water Cooler Virtual Book Tours!

LeRon is promoting his hard hitting non-fiction title, Straight Dope: A 360 Degree Look Into American Drug Culture. Along this five day tour you will have the opportunity to learn more about LeRon via interview and have the opportunity to peek within the pages of Straight Dope via excerpts. He will also be available at each tour stop to answer any questions you may wish to post about the making of the book, the interview process or any other questions you may think up.

If that’s not exciting enough–6 lucky participants will have the opportunity to win prizes! LeRon has graciously offered up 5 eCopies of Straight Dope and a $10 Gift Card to either or So let’s get started shall we?

About the Author:

LeRon Barton

My name is LeRon L. Barton and I was born in Kansas City, MO in 1978 (totally dating myself – LOL). Like any Midwestern person, I wanted to come to California. Why? Because of the weather and the beaches, duh! After going to school for IT and moving from San Diego to The Bay Area, which I absolutely love, there was a void in my life. I broke down and admitted to myself, I am an artist! All my life I knew that I wanted to be a writer, well a stuntman, then a race car driver (I still want to!), but finally settled on using the power of the written word. I have written poetry, short stories, essays, and two screen plays, but I have always wanted to write a book. The idea for Straight Dope came because I wanted to create something real and impact–something about which I had knowledge. Where I come from, in my neighborhood, circle of friends, and way of life, drugs have always been around. Instead of taking a judgmental view of the topic, I wanted to have people tell their own story as I listened. I just didn’t want to talk to law enforcement and get this uniform answer on drugs in America, I wanted a well rounded look into drug culture, hence the title, Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American drug culture. This is my first book, but definitely not the last. I hope to continue to release projects that will make people take a step back and listen, learn, and as they say around my way – “Recognize, realize, and analyze.”

About the Book:

Straight DopeTitle: Straight Dope
Author: LeRon L. Barton
Publisher: Main Line Publishing
Release Date: March 6, 2013
Paperback / eBook: 136 Pages
Genre: Non-Fiction/Sociology
Reader Advisory Rating: 18+


Straight Dope is a book that asks the simple question–why are drugs so entrenched in America’s society. Instead of doing the same ol’ rigamarole song and dance and interviewing talking heads and experts, Straight Dope gets to the heart of the matter and talks to the people at ground zero–the drug addicts whose lives revolve around getting high; the criminals who profit off the misery of the addicts; the teachers who deal with the children in drug abused homes; the drug counselors who try to balance breaking the addicts cycle of addiction while dealing with the bureaucracy of government politics; the legal marijuana growers’ battle against tobacco companies and how to thrive in the growing industry; and the parents’ issue of how they will prepare their children to just say no.

Inspired by the late great Studs Terkel’s many works, Straight Dope is comprised of raw and uncut hard hitting interviews about the participants experiences, thoughts, opinions, and outlook on drug abuse, why or why not drugs should be legal, and how the government is handling the war on drugs.

Removing nearly all of the questions, the interviews are more like monologues, allowing the reader to feel as if the subject is just, “talking,” instead of your standard interview.

In addition to the real life accounts, Straight Dope also includes spoken word pieces compiled of biting social commentary, as well as my own personal reflections comprised of my experiences with drugs.

Purchase the Book Online at: Kindle / Paperback

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Terms and Conditions: This giveaway is sponsored by the author, LeRon L. Barton, and it is open to residents of the U.S.A and Canada. It is restricted in states where it is prohibited and entrants must be over 18 to enter. Tour Hosts and their immediate family members are ineligible as entrants. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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  1. Keep on working, great job!
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