Monday, March 26, 2012

What is the funniest bad review you ever got?

What is the funniest bad review you have ever recieved?

Here is one of mine from an actual amazon customer. I will Bold type the parts that I thought was really funny.

Actual Amazon review:

"The first three books were poorly written. Its like the author did not want to spend much time on them, if the author had i bet the books would have been a lot better. It was very sad to read the first three books because the characters were so interesting but then right after they were introduced the rest of the book went so fast that it was just a big blur and the story line went everywhere. The author never really went into much detail about how the characters progressed from book to book. In my opinion there is really no point in even looking at the last book considering how the first three were so poorly written. I really had high hopes for these books but to be honest it read and sounded like a teenager wrote it(seeing how the "" were all over the place). "

Ok. Is it just me or do you also find this review to be totally funny. I mean the reviewer said several time that she bought 3 out of the 4 books. If you hated book one soooo much why would you buy book 2 and then buy book 3 and then say that you aren't going to buy book 4. We all know she probably bought book 4 too LOL

Share one of your funny reviews with us.

Many Thanks to Kayden McLeod on the awesome covers.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blackbeard's Treasure

Edward Teach, better known as the pirate Blackbeard, was killed November 22, 1718. Two months before, he purposely ran his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, aground at what is now called Beaufort Inlet.

He emptied the ship of all treasures into his other ship, The Tender, and fled to where nobody knows. Two months later, when he reappeared, he was killed in battle, and his body was tossed into the ocean. To this day, nobody knows where the treasure went.

For years, people have searched high and low for his treasure. It has been said that Blackbeard said nobody but he and the devil knew where it was located.
Cassie Andrews returns to Branson Missouri to clean out her grandfather’s house, who recently passed away. While emptying the attic she comes across an old diary belonging to a woman who claims to have been married to Edward Teach. Cassie soon realizes that she holds the key to the famous Blackbeard’s Treasure.

Cassie turns to her friend Levi for help in finding the treasure. "In her zeal to uncover the clues to Blackbeard's Treasure Cassie lands herself in the hospital.

Attraction explodes off the page as Levi nurses Cassie back to health and together they experience the adventure of a lifetime to uncover their true feelings for one another and Blackbeard's Treasure.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

To Chocoate Or Not To Chocolate with

To Chocolate or Not To Chocolate

With Valentine’s recently passing and Easter right around the corner, tis the season for buying the goodies. What’s a woman’s best friend? No, other than diamonds. That’s right, chocolate! But what it does to the waistline maybe isn’t such a friend. But there are always options.

My absolute favorite brand of health junk food is called Skinny Cow. My husband, who’s all about being healthy, found the ice cream truffles. 100 calorie truffles? Had to be nasty. But I gave it a try and it’s actually pretty good. Taste like normal ice cream. In the candy department, they offer their clusters, which are also to die for.We all love dark chocolate and hear about the benefits, mostly heart. But it offers more. Other than being great for the circulatory system, it helps prevent cancer, is a brain stimulator and it’s suggested that it helps fight coughs. Weird,I know. But who needs to argue with statistics like those? One warning: the darker the chocolate the igher the iron content. But 85% really does taste plastic. Just sayin…

Girls love a good snack, and I’ll be the first to admit that eating chocolate does give great pleasure. But keeping in mind never to overdo it and to be conscience of what we do put in our mouths, this season can be very delectable.
Soul by Erika Lindsen:
Blood runs across the floor like a winter’s creek. It always puts a smile on his face. As a Taker – a demon sent to entice humans to commit suicide in order to gain their soul for Lucifer – Drebin is at the top of his game. He has already claimed 421 souls and there is no sign of him slowing down. Much like a fine wine, Drebin gets better with age. Alexia Downer is just a few months into her freshman year of college and still undecided about a career. Ally is more than eager to meet new people and live up to the college stereotypes. But her gentle nature may cause her to put trust in the wrong person.The stage is set, the hound is released, but Drebin begins to have second thoughts about his next victim, Alexia, his 422nd victim. Her beauty is mesmerizing and her spirit is captivating. As much as he tries, Drebin cannot bring himself to destroy her, yet he must. He has a higher, more vicious power to answer to, after all…

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Novel About Hearing Loss by Michal Thal

A novel about hearing loss

Eighteen years ago, when I was 44 years old, I went to sleep with perfect hearing. When I awoke the next morning, I had suffered a severe hearing loss. Six years laterthe virus made my right ear deaf and my left not far behind. That is why I wrote Good-Bye Tchaikovsky. I wanted to explore the idea of losing my hearing as an adolescent.

After my hearing loss I was very angry and began yelling at my daughters. I was becoming a man I didn’t like. So instead of fighting my problem, I embraced it. I learned American Sign Language (ASL) took a lip reading class, and joined a self-help group (HLA-LA).

After my second hearing loss, understanding hearing people became almost impossible, so I resigned my sixth grade teaching assignment at John Muir Elementary School in Glendale, California, the site for my first novel, The Legend of Koolura. To write Good-Bye Tchaikovsky I created David Rothman, a Jewish violin prodigy who at the age of 12 lost his hearing. After many rewrites and revisions, Royal Fireworks Press accepted Good-ByeTchaikovsky for publication.

The novel shows how an adolescent boy, who had his future plotted out like a road map, copes with this silent disability. How will he communicate with his friends? What can he do about school? Where does his future lie? David Rothman’s success in the deaf world will provide inspiration for all teens to draw upon their inner strength. Like David, with the support of family and friends, they will find a place for themselves, and they can accomplish anything.

Children’s book reviewer Alice Berger says, “Finding yourself deaf, literally overnight, is a scary thing, and David’s response to his disability is understandable. It takes courage to accept what he can’t change, and he tries to make the best of a bad situation. Good-Bye Tchaikovsky is a touching portrayal of a boy who just wants to fit in, but finds himself pulled between the hearing and the deaf world. Ultimately, what he really needs to find is himself.”

Psychologist Valerie Stern says, “I very much enjoyed Goodbye Tchaikovsky. I thought the author paid particular attention to identifying all ambient noises that most people take for granted. In this sense, I think this book would be an eye opener for hearing people. I would recommend this book to any young adult or teenagers who are going through hearing loss as it shows there can be life after deaf!”

Like Ms. Berger and Dr. Stern, I hope you too enjoy Good-ByeTchaikovsky.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Guest Blogger: Stephen Jared

STEPHEN JARED on early Hollywood

Los Angeles started as other Southwest American cities. There was nothing unusual about her birth. It was Hollywood that eventually dressed her up in funny clothes, gave her personality. When great barns were erected and cameras began to grind, riches came and depravity followed, the likes of which had perhaps not been seen since the days of ancient Rome (one of the silent era’s favorite settings).

Cecil B. DeMille’s office is still around from this time, exactly as it was. After running away from stage disappointments and creating a career as master of the cinematic spectacle, DeMille worked at an office on Vine, just south of Hollywood Boulevard. It has since been moved to Highland, across from the Hollywood Bowl where it remains today as part of a sad little museum (the nearby blind palm reader gets more foot-traffic).

Walk a block south and there’s a movie theater built ninety years ago to resemble an Egyptian temple. The first premiere at the Egyptian was Robin Hood. Douglas Fairbanks shot his epic swashbuckler only two boulevards south of the theater. His studio is still there and for many years I’ve driven by, always imagining I could see the Robin Hood castle rising into the clouds high above studio walls. Back when Fairbanks was king of Hollywood, his playgrounds were visible from miles away.

Tragically, while Manhattan and the nation’s capital flaunt their history, Los Angeles hides hers. She insists on obsessively transforming herself to appear young and trendy. She disguises herself as a Vanity Fair for giants. But if you travel on foot beneath billboards and wall adverts you might discover a few places where she hides her relics.

While Mann’s Chinese Theater, the Hollywood sign, and various movie studios have been re-contextualized into our modern era, there are many lesser known locations that have maintained the aesthetics of their times; these are the places that intrigue me the most.

When Douglas Fairbanks separated from Mary Pickford, he stayed at the Trianon Apartments. The French Normandy building is still there, looking exactly as it did then. Both Ronald Reagan and James Cagney lived for a time at the Montecito. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at The Roosevelt Hotel in 1929, and while renovations have occurred, the Spanish-style hotel continues to serve as a portal to an earlier Hollywood. The Alto Nido Apartments was home to Fatty Arbuckle for three years, and still stands only a couple doors up from where Nathanael West wrote The Day of the Locust (Personally, I hate West. Judging from his most famous novel where he demeans marginal figures among the Hollywood community, he would’ve hated me. He’s lucky he’s not around today cause I’d punch his lights out.).

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over twenty years, and have been reading about Hollywood’s history most of my life. My new novel, Ten-A-Week Steale, began with a single inspiration: to write a story that accurately resurrected Hollywood during the 1920s. All locations are real. Steale’s apartment still stands (barely). In fact, in my research, I discovered two silent film actresses lived at the Leland Avenue apartment during the 1920s. Classic films and action-oriented pulps influenced me a great deal as to story and characterizations. But the first inspiration was my love of this extraordinary city.

Occasionally, I catch her looking at me. “Do you know who I am?” she asks. “How much do you know about my past?” Truthfully, it’s hard for me to see beyond the beauty she once was.

Ten-A-Week Steale

Returned from the Great War, living in 1920s Hollywood, Walter Steale is hired as muscle by his politician brother while a platinum blond, renowned for playing empty-headed nymphets in the flickers, rekindles his faith in the world. But before long, lies stack up around his work, and Steale finds himself on the front lines of corruption.Once he confronts his brother, Steale’s dirty work is used against him to protect powerful state leaders. Forced into the life of a fugitive, with the secret love of a film star at his side, the former GI fights to expose the state’s true enemies while hiding in the shadows of a thriving new metropolis where everyone is dancing fast, chased by sorrow, drugged by the dream of change.

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