Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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SCORNFUL SCONES by Mildred Abbott, Cozy Mystery, 300 pp., $8.99 (paperback) $.99 (kindle)



Title: SCORNFUL SCONES
Author: Mildred Abbott
Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications, LLC
Pages: 300
Genre: Cozy Mystery

With summer approaching, Estes Park is abuzz with flowers, baking, tourists, and… murder.
Tourist season is about to begin, and the lovely weather has Winifred Page and her corgi sidekick, Watson, leaving the comfort of the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery to reluctantly attend a celebration at the Black Bear Roaster coffee shop. But a chill of uncertainty settles over Fred when a choking death doesn’t seem so accidental—despite the dry, hazardous scones.

As Fred and Police Sergeant Branson Wexler rekindle a possible romance, Fred shares her suspicions. But is she seeing murder at every turn? Learning to trust her gut feelings, Fred risks the ire of the coffee shop owner to investigate not one, but two, deaths.

As suspects and motives abound, old resentments are uncovered, and Fred and Watson build new friendships even as they follow the crumbs to find clues to a killer.

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A piercing scream shattered the peaceful ambience of the bookshop. We’d closed the store ten minutes before, and I’d stolen a moment to curl up and read on the Victorian divan. At the sound, I let out a yelp and flung the book from me. Luckily it landed a few feet from the fireplace.
A clatter of claws came from the other room.
I looked over to find Watson scrambling to a standing position as quickly as his little corgi legs would allow. He glared at me as if I was the one who’d disrupted his nap in the sunshine.
Before I could make sense of a scream coming from the bookshop—it had to have come from there, as loud and clear as it had been—there was a pounding above my head followed by a squeal.
Katie?
Must be. Though I’d never heard my best friend and business partner make such a sound before.
Leaving the book on the floor of the mystery room, I hurried to the main portion of the bookshop and rushed up the stairs to the bakery two at a time, having to hike my pea-green broomstick skirt slightly to keep from tripping.
Nails still clicking on the hardwood floor, despite his slow start, Watson passed me on the staircase and entered the Cozy Corgi bakery a few strides ahead of me.
I found Katie instantly, standing behind the marble-topped bakery counter, and the mystery of the pounding was solved as she clenched her fists over her chest, performed a little jig, and let out another squeal.
Okay, apparently she wasn’t in danger of dying. Although, perhaps she was possessed.
Katie caught me watching, and though a blush rose to her round cheeks, she didn’t seem able to stop from giving another excited jig. With her brown curly hair bouncing around her face, she was like a little kid walking in on a surprise birthday party.
I cast a quick glance around the bakery. Atypically, the randomly arranged antique tables, rustic chairs, and overstuffed couches were unoccupied in front of the wall of windows overlooking the downtown of Estes Park. Oh, right, not that atypical, I had to remind myself; we’d closed the shop in the middle of the day.
“I’d accuse you of trying to scare away the customers, if we had any. I know we’ve been slammed and it’s nice to have a break, but I’m pretty sure people probably heard you on the street.”
“Good!” Katie squealed a third time. She literally seemed like she might be on the verge of a seizure. “I want them all to hear. And after this, we’ll have a whole new definition to the word slammed. We’re going to be so packed they’ll be lining up all the way down the block.” Another squeal.
“Katie.” I crossed the bakery and took her hand over the counter. “You screamed like you just discovered zombies were real, and now you’ve squealed four times.” I cocked an eyebrow at her but wasn’t quite able to hold back the grin. “Who are you and what have you done to my best friend?”
She whipped her hand free, grasped the laptop, and spun it in my direction. “Check this out!”








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Reading the Cozy Corgi series is pretty much all you need to know about Mildred. In real life, she’s obsessed with everything she writes about: Corgis, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods.  She’s not obsessed with murder, however. At least not at her own hands (nor paid for… no contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played a formative role in her personality.  Having Fred and Watson stroll into her mind was a touch of kismet.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Love is a Wildfire by Kate Kisset





Playboy-vintner Michael Santino’s world is about to go up in flames. The largest wildfire in California history is racing straight for his precious vineyards.
But the fire isn’t what’s making him hot and bothered— it’s Shae.
The beautiful firefighter he’s never forgotten is on the scene, re-igniting sparks and making it impossible for him to think straight. Now he can’t remember why he broke up with her.
Firefighter extraordinaire Shae Hayes is determined to evacuate Santino Winery.
Strong and proud, and from a long line of heroes, she’s not taking no for answer—even if it is from Napa Valley’s own Mr. Charming. The devastatingly handsome sweet- talker is the only man who turns her insides to jelly.
When the wind changes and Engine 6 is stationed at Santino Winery, Shae and Michael begin to melt in close quarters, and their chemistry ignites.
Is it the firestorm outside or the flames smoldering in their hearts that has them clinging to each other?

They’ll soon have to decide if 
LOVE IS A WILDFIRE. 
Coming August 7th!
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Former San Francisco radio disc jockey Kate Kisset is passionate about telling great stories.

After playing thousands of Pop, Country, Rock and Oldies tunes, for her primarily female fan base, she changed her tune and became an author. 

Just a Kiss is the first book in her Wine Country Romance romance series, 

She lives in Northern California and Santa Barbara with her family and rescue pup “editor” Luciana Parmigiana, where she hikes, reads, listens to music, and drinks wine. 

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Thursday, June 28
Lynn's Romance Enthusiasm
Comfy Chair Books
Socrates Book Reviews
Aurora's Book Butterflies
Write and Take Flight
Southern Vixens Book Club

Friday, June 29
My Life One Story at a Time
My Devotional Thoughts
What is That Book About
Book Bloggin Princess
The Literary Nook

Saturday, June 30
What's Your Story Reviews
My Book Addiction and More
The Dark Phantom
My Bookish Pleasures
Review From Here

Sunday, July 1
The Writer's Life
Straight From the Authors Mouth
I'm Shelf-ish
Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic
Literal Exposure

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Interview with Shane Stanley, author of What You Don't Learn in Film School




Multi-Emmy Award winning filmmaker Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set starting with hit shows like “Entertainment Tonight” and “Seinfeld.”

Along with his father, Stanley produced “The Desperate Passage Series,” which was nominated for 33 individual Emmy Awards and won 13 statues. In this series, five of the seven specials went No.1 in Nielson Ratings, which included “A Time for Life” and “Gridiron Gang.”

Stanley has produced films starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei and Martin Sheen. He co-wrote two of the films and has worked closely with top Hollywood executives.

Stanley has taught workshops at many film schools and universities. He is the founder of Visual Arts Entertainment, a production company based in Los Angeles. He is still active in teaching, working with several schools, film students, and recent grads as a mentor and guide.

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Title: WHAT YOU DON’T LEARN IN FILM SCHOOL: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING
Author: Shane Stanley
Publisher: Industry Insider, LLC.
Pages: 199
Genre: Nonfiction/Film

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Multi Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Shane Stanley, a lifelong entertainment industry insider, has worked in every aspect of the film industry, covering a multitude of movies, television shows, and other projects. In his valuable new book, WHAT YOU DON’T LEARN IN FILM SCHOOL: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING, Stanley takes a candid look at the film business and offers ambitious young filmmakers important information on how to navigate every aspect of making movies, from initial pitch to distributing a finished product. The book “is written for anyone who hopes to have a career in the industry at any position, but (is) geared for (the) total filmmaker,” Stanley says.

Producer Neal H. Moritz (“Fast & Furious,”S.W.A.T.,” “21 and 22 Jump Street”), says that WHAT YOU DON’T LEARN IN FILM SCHOOLpulls no punches. It's one of the most insightful and accurate books ever written on the subject, a master class bridging the gap between school and real-life experience that will save you years of heartache. A must-read for anyone interested in pursuing a career in film.”

Jane Seymour, two-time Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, actress, producer and founder of the Open Hearts Foundation, declares that Stanley’s “step-by-step guide is a must-read for anyone hoping to break into the world of independent cinema, along with many useful tips for those who desire to work within a studio or network system.”

Jeff Sagansky, former president of Sony Entertainment and CBS Entertainment, notes that “Shane Stanley takes you to a film school that only years of practical experience can teach. He covers both the business of independent filmmaking as well as the hard-earned secrets of a successful production. A must-read for anyone who wants to produce.”

A lifelong veteran of the film world, Stanley has directed and produced hundreds of film and television projects, including the 2006 No. 1 Box Office hit “Gridiron Gang,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His clearly-written guide to navigating the shoals of independent filmmaking comes from his hands-on experience, covering such topics as choosing what material to produce, raising independent capital, hiring a production crew and selecting the right cast.

WHAT YOU DON’T LEARN IN FILM SCHOOL is an essential book written by someone who clearly understands the independent film business from the inside.

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

When I was eleven, Rocky III came out and I thought it would be fun to remake it. My father had just got a home video camera, which was very rare at the time, so I jumped on a typewriter and rewrote a shorter version of Stallone’s hit film. It was the start of a screenwriting career that now, many years later, has translated into penning books as well.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was 18, I took a stab at writing my first screenplay. It was a short about twelve pages long. The plan was to film it as a way to prove to my father I was capable of coming to work for his production company full-time after graduating high school. A series of great jobs surfaced and I never got to film it. Oddly, 15 years later I was looking to direct my first project and I found the script, blew the dust off and it ultimately became A Sight for Sore Eyes which starred Academy Award nominee Gary Busey and was one of my most critically acclaimed projects to date.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

I’ll admit I am often inspired by the works of others but don’t take notes when I read or watch a film in fear I’ll fall into the habit of relying on other people’s influence in order to create something fresh. I have seen so much plagiary in screenwriting, I’m scared to death someone might read my work and say, ‘he ripped it off’, which is something I often say when I read other people’s screenplays.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

I am passionate about having written. Writing for me can be quite grueling but when the job is done, the rewards far outweigh any agony I face during the process.  Maybe I’m just a masochist, as I keep going back to it knowing the pain it will evoke.

Do you have a day job? What do you do?

I am a full-time filmmaker who spends his free time volunteering at various film schools and workshops. Frankly, I would like to reverse this and become a full-time adjunct professor of the arts and make a film every couple of years or so and continue writing guidebooks for the entertainment industry.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors? 

Write. And then write some more. After you’ve done that, write again!

What hours do you write best?

I do my best writing from 11pm-6am when the rest of the world is asleep and I can be left alone to work without any interruptions. I have a very short attention span and am easily distracted, so in order for me to hunker down and get my work done, its got to be when there’s nothing else going on that can take me out of the moment.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

All the time. I’m that guy who hears a plane flying overhead when he’s supposed to be working, stops and wonders what airline it could be, where it’s going, and if I might know anyone who could be on the plane. I try to justify that behavior as what drives my creativity but between you and me, I have lousy discipline when it comes to staying focused on my work unless I am filming a movie.

How often do you write?

I find a week doesn’t go by where I am not either working on a screenplay or a new book idea. I try to exercise the demon every day but with my responsibilities as a filmmaker, writing is just a small part of what I do for my job and I don’t get nearly enough time for it.

Are you an avid reader?

I have either a book or a script in my hand more often than I care to admit. I love to soak up literature and have found the older I get, the more I enjoy the knowledge I receive and the quiet time that comes with reading.

What are you reading now?

I’m just finishing Music to My Years by Artie Kane. It’s a great read about one of the most accomplished composer/conductors in cinema history whose talents helped to define the transformative era. As soon as that’s finished, next up is A Sense of Direction by William Ball. I’m embarrassed to admit this book has been in my possession for over 25 years and I’ve never cracked it. Now is the time, as I want to continue to broaden my knowledge and grow as both a filmmaker and a writer of instructional books for the arts.

What are you currently working on?

I am working on a couple of things right now, as my A.D.D. will never allow me to focus on one project at a time. My next book Why Good Actors Don’t Work is a wake up call for actors, shedding light on several reasons they’re not working, regardless of how well they might know their craft. The other project is a screenplay I am gladly taking the backseat to with a writer whose work has inspired me for quite some time and I’m truly honored to collaborate with. We’ll see where it leads but I have some high hopes with this one. It’s been a nice boot camp for me as a fiction writer as his approach to the craft is much different than mine and I like how he does things.

Guest Post from V.W. Raynes, author of Twisted Venom








Title: Twisted Venom
Author: V. W. Raynes
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Format: Ebook

When young internist Claudia Ranelli attends a medical conference in San Francisco, she has a sexual encounter so bizarre and frightful it nearly kills her. But that isn't the end of her terror. Claudia and her cousin Dru Salinas must discover the identity of the person terrorizing them both, a quest that leads from pit vipers to modern genetics. Claudia tells a gripping story with sensitivity, a humanly scientific perspective, eroticism and a wry sense of humor.



New Blue Genes

What happens when genes change (mutate)? Sometimes not good things, obviously.
That is the premise of TWISTED VENOM. The story is written and reviewed as a medical thriller,
but where does the fiction end, and where do the facts begin?
As I mention at the end of the book, the gene mutation in the story is real, discovered and studied
extensively since the late 1970's, about when my character Dr. Kral becomes enthralled with it. If you've had cancer or know someone who does, the TP53 mutation may well have been tested for. The TP53 gene is responsible for making the p53 protein; the protein, which has sometimes been called the "guardian of the genome," helps to prevent cells with damaged DNA from growing and becoming cancerous or to repair damaged cellular DNA. A mutation in the TP53 gene may lead to the formation of a protein that cannot function properly, allowing damaged cells to proliferate and form tumors. If you're not impressed with the "Man of the Year" awards, look up Science Magazine's "Molecule of the Year Awards," (now known as "Breakthrough of the Year"), an award won by the p53 protein in 1993. Of course, there are now numerous web sites and conferences devoted to TP53. For example, check out Genetics Home Reference
@ghr.nlm.nih.gov, and look up TP53.
DNA damage can result from some of the usual culprits... tobacco, UV light, radiation exposure,
to name some. In TWISTED VENOM, I've used a somewhat novel mechanism for DNA damage in order to enhance the story; on the other hand, more mechanisms than we currently know about will surely be discovered....

Research on finding compounds that will restore a non-functional p53 protein to a functional
protein are ongoing and fascinating, including recent work at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. [1]
Unfortunately, reality is a little slower than fiction.

1. Yu X, Vazquez A, Levine A J, Carpizo D R: Allele-Specific p53 Mutant Reactivation. Cancer Cell 21
(5): 614-625, 2012.


V. W. Raynes is the pen name of a physician practiciing in Texas

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Book Blast: The Failed Experiment by Mart Grams





Title: The Failed Experiment
Author: Mart Grams
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Social Science/Ethnic Studies
Format: Ebook


When the American government was founded, the Founders and Framers assumed a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” That government is dying. It is under the authority of not “we, the people” but rather a small elite that is trying to snuff out the great experiment of man ruling himself, the common man, the man that within the right system of government can attain his purpose to achieve happiness. Were the Framers wrong? Were the ideas of Alexander Hamilton right? Is man incapable of self-rule? Does he need to be taken care of, watched, manipulated? No! It is not a failed experiment! It is time to retake that government.


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Married, two sons, had to endure sons to get granddaughters, 30 years of teaching in northern Wisconsin. Written three previous books: The Great Experiment, Economics for the Remnant, Words My Grandfather Gave Me, a fanatic of the American Dream, lives in small town with his wife Linda and their two cats, Miss Bailey and Stumpy.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Interview with I.M. Free, author of I Don't Have Time








Title: I Don't Have Time
Author: I.M. Free
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook

When she was in her early thirties, the author realized something was guiding her. Suddenly, a whole new world opened up.

She had never considered herself an atheist, but she had always questioned the stories in the Bible as she thought it was impossible for anyone or anything to have so much power.

But through her own experiences, she learned something really does have that much power. She became one of the few people throughout time who began communicating directly with God.
Sometimes when the author awakens, she knows something she didn’t know before she fell asleep. She feels things she wasn’t aware of before. This is how God protects her and prepares her for life.

I Don’t Have Time is the story of how God found the author and how she realized that while some people live as though they won’t face consequences for their actions, they could not be more wrong. Even if they don’t pay the price in this lifetime, they will in the next.




THE INTERVIEW

What was the hardest part about writing your book?
The hardest part of my writing was putting the events of my life into the proper chronological order.
Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book?  If so, can you share it?
My favorite excerpt was when the voice said to me, “I am the Father, you are the Son, and the Holy Spirit is the part of you that is reborn until you reach perfection.”
What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?
I hope my book will help people understand life has a purpose and perhaps they will choose to become a better person.
Who or what is the inspiration for the book?
While greeting family members at my daughter’s funeral, the voice I often hear, said to me, “You are going to write about this.”
Have you had a mentor?  If so, can you talk about them a little.
I do not have a mentor.  I am flying blind.
I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well.  Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?
No, I am not a person who reads a lot.  At one time I did read every book Danielle Steele wrote, but that was many years ago.

I.M. Free nearly gave up on life as a teen living with an alcoholic parent, but at just the right time, a voice saved her life. That voice led her to a close relationship with God,who she now thinks of as her friend and confidant. She wrote this book so that others will find Him.


Monday, June 25
Interviewed at Confessions at an Eccentric Bookaholic

Tuesday, June 26
Guest blogging at Voodoo Princess

Thursday, June 28
Interviewed at Harmonious Publicity

Friday, June 29
Guest blogging at The Literary Nook

Monday, July 2
Interviewed at I'm Shelf-ish

Tuesday, July 3
Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Wednesday, July 4
Guest blogging at Lover of Literature

Friday, July 6
Book reviewed at C'est La T

Monday, July 9
Interviewed at Straight From the Authors Mouth

Tuesday, July 10
Guest blogging at Fiction to Fruition

Wednesday, July 11
Interviewed at Write and Take Flight

Friday, July 13
Interviewe at The Book Czar

Monday, July 16
Guest blogging at My Bookish Pleasure

Tuesday, July 17
Book reviewed at A Book Lover

Wednesday, July 18
Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Friday, July 20
Interviewed at Carpe Librum

Wednesday, July 25
Interviewed at Review From Here

Thursday, July 26
Guest blogging at She Writes

Monday, July 30
Guest blogging at Medium

Tuesday, July 31
Interviewed at From Paperback to Leatherbound

Thursday, August 2
Book reviewed at My Bookish Pleasures

Friday, August 3
Guest blogging at The Revolving Bookshelf

Monday, August 6
Interviewed at A Title Wave

Tuesday, August 7
Interviewed at The Book Refuge

Thursday, August 9
Interviewed at Read Between the Ink

Friday, August 10
Guest blogging at A Taste of My Mind

Tuesday, August 14
Book reviewed at The Hype and the Hoopla

Wednesday, August 15
Interviewed at The Writer's Life

Thursday, August 16
Guest blogging at All Inclusive Retort

Friday, August 17
Book reviewed at Read Between the Ink