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James D. Bell - PhotoJames D. Bell is an award-winning author and retired Judge who received the highest bar association approval ratings ever given to a Mississippi Circuit or County Judge. He is listed in Preeminent Lawyers, Outstanding Lawyers of America and Top 100 Attorneys of North America.  He is the author of two novels, Vampire Defense and Maximilian’s Treasure.  His short story, The Adventures of Sherlock Hound, was published in Dog Stories for the Soul, alongside stories from Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Willie Morris and others.  The son of a Choctaw mother and a Mississippi businessman, Judge Bell is devoted to his wife, Joanne.  They live in Brandon, Mississippi and have four children.  Judge Bell practices law in Jackson, Mississippi, but is frequently called back to the bench by the Mississippi Supreme Court for short term assignments. Visit the author’s website at www.judgebell.com.

About Maximilian’s Treasure:

Maximilian’s Treasure is inspired by an encounter I had 40 years ago with an elderly Choctaw gentleman who believed Civil War gold was buried on his farm.  In the novel, rumors of treasure incite a legal battle over possession of a Choctaw family farm.  Two young lawyers, John Brooks and Jackson Bradley, agree to help the family keep their farm.  Early legal success prompts the drive-by murder of the patriarch of the family.  The grandson chases the suspects whose bodies are found on the farm, scalped.  At the same time, clues to a vast treasure are found on the farm.  Jackson, pursued by fortune seekers, adventurers, an exotic beauty and a homicidal maniac, follows the clues to a Caribbean reef and the Chiapas jungle.  John stays behind to defend the grandson and continue the fight for the farm.  His efforts are complicated by arson, murder, race riots, and the realization that he lost his one true love.  The adventures of John and Jackson rush toward an intertwined triple climax that could shake the world and will leave you breathless.

INTERVIEW:

When did you decide you wanted to become an author?

I fell in love with law practice the first time I stepped into a courtroom.  The life changing drama unveiling before my eyes gripped my imagination.  Almost immediately I wanted to write about my experiences.  I wanted to share my passion for the law with others.  My friend Jack and I were young lawyers defending citizens charged with crimes.  We attracted more than our share of attention because we kept winning cases.  Jack was a loyal friend, intrepid investigator and skilled researcher.  We were an unbeatable team.  Jack died twenty years ago.  I miss him, so I brought him back to life in my novels.  It has taken me way too long to write these stories.

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How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline?

I know the beginning and the end of the story.  I use an outline to sketch the route I plan to take to get to the end.  The outline keeps me focused, but sometimes the story starts telling itself and I just run with it.

Did your book require a lot of research?

I read books on Maximilian and on Cortez, and articles on Quantrill’s Raiders, Jesse and Frank James and the legend of their connection to Maximilian and a vast treasure.  That led me to research Aztec mythology and hummingbirds of all things.  You’ll see why when you read the book.  I even explored the places described in the book.  The research was enough to make me think my old friend may have been right!

What type of writer are you—the one who experiences before writing, like Hemingway, or the one who mostly daydreams and fantasizes?

A vivid imagination is vital, but I use actual experiences to give depth and realism to my writing.  I cross-examined witnesses like those in the book.  I’ve been to the swamp and the jungle.  I’ve climbed the cliff, hung by my fingertips over the precipice, entered the cave behind the waterfall, dodged bullets, investigated my own cases, elicited confessions on the witness stand, and won impossible cases.

From the moment you conceived the idea for the story, to the published book, how long did it take?

I am embarrassed to say that it took 35 years from conception to completion and 7 years to write.  I started Maximilian’s Treasure right after finishing my first novel in 2012.  I have the same problem most writers have; I have two full-time jobs and I’m a full-time husband.  That leaves little time to write.  I usually write when I travel on business.

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? What seems to work for unleashing your creativity?

Absolutely.  I wrestle with a hundred excuses to delay writing.  Then, I finally get to work, and nothing:  Writer’s block.  I got over it by passing it to one of my characters.  In Maximilian’s Treasure, Jackson wants to get away to write about his recent spectacular case, but the blank computer screen stares at him and he gets writer’s block.  He doesn’t notice that he’s being followed by a crowd of fortune seekers and a homicidal maniac.  While he can’t think of anything to write, he’s living a fast paced, high risk adventure.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t let the blank computer screen intimidate you.  Just write, even if you don’t feel like it.  After a couple of pages, the story will start telling itself.  When you’re done for the day, you can delete the first two pages.  Find a reason bigger than yourself to write.  Make that your purpose.  I want to enrich the reader with truths that can change his or her life for the better.

 

 

David Schaub is a writer and Academy Award ® nominated Animation Supervisor working in the film industry for more than 25 years. In 2019 he produced and directed the audio adaptation of SPIRITS OF THE WESTERN WILD.  He also developed STORY COMPASS® smartphone app for screenwriters (www.moviemethods.com) in 2017.

Schaub received Oscar nomination for animation in Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Disney), along with nominations for BAFTA Award, Saturn Award and Critic’s Choice Award, and won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects for his team’s work on the film.

HEAD ANIMATION on Sony Picture’s SURFS UP – recognized with two Annie Awards among its ten nominations including Academy Award nomination and four Visual Effects Society (VES) award nominations.

ANIMATION DIRECTOR on AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 (2014), CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (Disney), I AM LEGEND (Warner Bros.) and LEAD ANIMATOR on STUART LITTLE 1 & 2, EVOLUTION, CAST AWAY, GODZILLA, PATCH ADAMS and more.

ANIMATION DIRECTOR – Universal’s award-winning JURASSIC WORLD EXPEDITION (2019) VR EXPERIENCE. Exploring cinematic potential of virtual reality.

Website → https://www.dschaub2.com/

https://www.dschaub2.com/other-projects

Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/dschaub2writer

Goodreads → https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19662596.David_Schaub

Roger Vizard is a writer and self-taught artist. He was accepted into the animation program at Sheridan College in1987, then worked at Sullivan Bluth Studios in Ireland, then as an animation apprentice on “WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT” at Richard Williams’ studio in London.  He later became Williams’ assistant animator on “THIEF AND THE COBBLER.”

After several years working in Europe at studios like Gerhard Hahn in Germany and A-films in Denmark, he moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to work as a story board artist on the first season of Sonic the Hedgehog, then rolled back into animation again after that.  He successfully made the transition to from 2D to CGI on “STUART LITTLE 2” in 2001, and since that time have worked non-stop at animation/VFX studios in Los Angeles.

Website → https://www.rvizard.com/

 

Inside the Audiobook


Title: Spirits of the Western Wild
Authors: David Schaub & Roger Vizard
Publisher: Independent
Genre: Adventure / Mystery / Comedy

This mystical adventure follows a young adventure-seeker named Luther McCleron on a westward journey to learn more about his Grandfather. A series of fateful missteps take Luther far from his destination to a disheveled little town under the tyranny of a crooked sheriff named Big Willie. It’s here that Luther comes face-to-face with the legendary ghost of Monty: a curmudgeonly ghost who refuses to believe he’s dead. Luther just wants to get back to his quest, but Monty thwarts his plans by using Luther to take out his vengeance on Big Willie.

Through a catastrophic string of events, Luther and Monty find themselves hopelessly entangled in a combative partnership that escalates to the breaking point. Only by reconciling their differences are they able to uncover the profound connections that weave their fates together.

A mysterious book of premonitions, an ominous crow, and ancient Indian drive the mystical tone of this world; conjuring spiritual forces to help steer Luther on his journey through this western “twilight zone.”

All the loose ends resolve in a satisfying story of redemption, loyalty and ascension while exploring the mysterious nature of fate and destiny. Was all of this a coincidence? Or are we guided by ancient “spirits on the wind” that nudge and steer us along our path to assure that we arrive safely at our intended destination in the end?

5 out of 5 stars

 A fantastic and Immersive adventure for everyone. 

What a wonderful audio book and what a pleasure it was to be on this journey. Not only the adventure was captivating but also everything around it. The sounds effect and voices really bring it all together, you almost feel like you are right there witnessing all this first hand. The production quality is something I have never heard before. Very well done and I highly recommend it.

Amazon → https://amzn.to/2qsxtKC

Audible → https://adbl.co/2OjjleM

Would you call yourself a born writer?

Since I am not writing every day, I think the answer would have to be no.  With so many different projects underway, writing is just one part of the equation that plays into the larger picture from one day to the next.

For me, writing is more of a means to an end.  It’s a vital creative step toward manifesting some end result… whether it’s a fully executed screenplay, game narrative or just a troublesome scene where the dialogue needs to be rewritten.

I’ve been working as an animation supervisor in production for over two decades now, so I really came in the back door on this writing thing.  I spent years working with writers, directors and producers – fully immersed in that world.  And when you are around those forces for long enough, it has a tendency to rub off.

I’ve broken down hundreds of screenplays (for cost estimates and bidding purposes), and through that process became fascinated with the mechanics of story.  I was exposed to some really great material, and some not-so great…  and developed my own instincts for what works and what doesn’t work in a story.

A few years ago I was convinced that it was all about story structure, and developed a smartphone app called STORY COMPASS ® (www.moviemethods.com) for screenwriters to keep at my fingertips as I write.  I also did a white-board animation that makes a case for story structure without being formulaic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=EyCeOfw4N-w&feature=emb_logo

Given the nature of how SPIRITS OF THE WESTERN WILD evolved, we really only used the app during the rewrite-phase.  With all of the broad strokes and creative elements in place, the app actually helped us fit together the larger puzzle in a way that ebbs and flows with a natural story rhythm.  We were able to dial in those structural nuances in the end, rather that fixating on the up front where it can block the creative flow.

What was your inspiration for SPIRITS OF THE WESTERN WILD?

It was Roger [Vizard], my story partner who pitched me the idea for a buddy film with a young cowboy and a crotchety old ghost who refused to believe he was dead.   It was mostly a character premise with some great drawings and situational gags.  We kicked ideas around between ourselves about where the story could go, and ultimately decided to join forces to see if we could shape it into a fully executed screenplay that would sustain itself as an animated feature.  It was the characters that inspired us, and that’s what drove everything down the story path.

How long did it take you to complete the screenplay?

I’ll confess to about five years.  Crazy… right?  But keep in mind that this project evolved during our downtime between larger productions that we were both involved in.  Another obstacle was that our schedules and production commitments didn’t always align.  But for us, this was a “passion-project” that helped us maintain some level of sanity while working on some grueling visual effects shows.  The fact that we were just chipping away over time was enough to keep both of us sane.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

No, I am not very disciplined.  Neither is Roger.  Writing is hard, and I require a heavy dose of inspiration before I’m compelled to sit down and execute.  I’ve also discovered that if writing comes easy, then it means I’m not digging down deep enough.  So with that in mind, I’ve got to be good and ready for some level of pain and suffering ahead!

The good news is that when inspiration strikes, I am unstoppable.  Obsessively compulsive might be a better description.  I can remain focused for HUGE stretches of time, and those stretches can go for weeks, or months at a time.  There’s usually very little sleep involved, and it’s not a very healthy routine.  But it’s all in the interest of capturing lightning in a bottle during those times of intense focus.

Sometimes the marathon sessions pay off… other times the result is just a heaping pile of crumpled paper.  Same as any writer, I suppose.  I’m often overwhelmed at the endless possibilities and self-imposed forks in the road.  Of course, I feel like I need to go down all those dead ends to see if there’s anything lurking in the dark before turning back empty handed.   I hate that nagging feeling that I might have missed an undiscovered treasure down that darkened alley — especially if I feel I might have missed it because I was just too lazy to go look.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

As I mentioned, we started with some fun characters, but no sense of a real beginning, middle, or end from a story perspective. Definitely not the best starting point for the goal of a tightly woven screenplay!

I have to say that starting from that premise, the process of dredging up a meaningful story out of nothing was a grueling, soul-searching process.  I lost count of the rewrites. But those rewrites were absolutely necessary for us to find the story that was buried down much deeper.

Through that process, the characters became real to us.  So much dialogue had been written that we really began to understand their personalities and motivations.  From there, the characters just kind of spoke to us.  Then our job was to chase them on this adventure, getting them into deeper-and-deeper trouble as they went.

Ultimately, of course, we had to reel in that adventure and focus on structure, theme, and all that… But that came much later, where STORY COMPASS ® helped us fine-tune the beats.

Usually the process is done completely in reverse — first the story, then find suitable characters to people the story.  But finding the story with only characters as a premise was probably the most ridiculous challenge.  But the upside is that it resulted in a story that we would never have conceived of had we gone the traditional outlining route.

What do you love most about being an author?

Turning over that final page… fade to black… the end.

There’s nothing like the joy that comes from completion.

It’s from here that we have the potential to convert it from a stack of paper into a real thing.

Hopefully, a real thing worth producing!

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

We went in the back door on the publishing side as well.

This project was crafted as a screenplay, with no intention of publishing as a book.

When Roger moved onto another animation gig, I decided to keep chipping away at the next steps toward production.  I had the crazy idea of producing it as an audiobook to make it super-easy for studio execs to absorb on their commute.  No reading required — just straight-up entertainment for the listener.

Self-funding the film wasn’t an option, but since I was looking for something to direct, I figured I could certainly produce an audio drama!  It was also a great opportunity to demonstrate my directing chops with actors, bringing it to life in a way that the written page alone could never achieve.

Once the audio was completed, I was informed by Amazon that a print (or Kindle) version had to be released before the audio version could be approved.  So that put me into another tailspin…

Unfortunately, Kindle doesn’t offer a solution to display screenplays in their native format, which is a strict standard by industry definition.  But I came up with a formatting solution that seems to work pretty well.

Now that the Kindle version is out there, I’m happy that it is.  Not only can you follow along with the audio version, but you also get a first-hand account of how the audio adaptation evolved from the written screenplay.  It’s also a convenient way to share some of the artwork that Roger and I have collaborated on along the way.

We are going to keep kicking this project down the road, with the goal of eventually making this film.

I started an Instagram feed for anyone interested in following that journey:

https://www.instagram.com/moviemethods/

I thought it would be entertaining to post the twists, turns and writing inspiration as we go. I’m sure there will be lots of discoveries, insights and takeaways on the bumpy road ahead.   Please FOLLOW – and enjoy the ride!

 

 

Katie focuses her mind, trying to keep another anxiety attack at bay. The victim’s long brown hair is slick and wet, her body rigid in the grass. She looks more like a mannequin than the woman Katie had spoken with only yesterday, the woman she had promised to protect… 

When a cold, naked body is discovered by a couple on a jog through the lush woodlands of Pine Valley, California, new recruit Detective Katie Scott is stunned to discover the victim is Amanda Payton – a much-loved local nurse and the woman at the heart of an unsolved case she’s been investigating whilst getting a grip on her crippling PTSD.

Weeks earlier, Amanda had run, battered and bruised, out into the headlights of a passing patrol car. She claimed to have just escaped a kidnapping, but with no strong evidence, the case went cold. The Pine Valley police made a fatal mistake… 

Katie is certain the marks on Amanda’s wrists complete a pattern of women being taken, held captive and then showing up dead in remote locations around Pine Valley – and she won’t let someone die on her watch again.

But then a beautiful office worker with a link to the hospital where Amanda worked goes missing. With only days before the next body is due to show up, can Katie make amends for her past by saving this innocent life?

Totally gripping crime fiction for fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh. Nothing will prepare you for this nail-biting roller-coaster ride…

Readers adore Jennifer Chase!

THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS PUTTING THIS BOOK DOWN!!!!!… I was literally holding my breathI HAD TO KNOW!!!!! As for the explosive ending WOW definitely not what or who I was expecting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I was really wowed by itI couldn’t put the book down and was trying to read as fast as I could so I could find out who the killer was. The ending took me by surpriseI was literally gasping for air… I would definitely recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow what an absolutely amazing fantastic read. I was hooked almost as soon as I started this book. I am still trying to pick my chin off the floor. I loved it from page one and couldn’t read the pages quick enough. I did not see the end coming…Awesome.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

If you read one police thriller this year make sure that it is this one… it will grip you from the start and will drag you into the story trying desperately to work out who the killer is but I promise you that you will not be able to figure it out.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A great way to start a new series! It’s a wonderfully written roller-coaster ride. A must read!Book Obsessed Introverts, 5 stars

Wow!The hairs on my head stood up with this one!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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Book Excerpt

A heavy evening mist clung to the windshield of the police car, obscuring the view of the forgotten neighborhood. In the few occupied houses curtains were drawn tightly leaving only thin cracks of light seeping around the edges. Some homes even had bars across the windows. This small rural community had been ignored by the rest of the lively, growing town around it for too long. It was in desperate need of attention and restoration.
Deputy Stan Miller flipped on the wipers to clear his view, only to smear streaks of dirt across the windshield. He let out an annoyed sigh and turned the wipers to a higher speed—making it worse—and then off again.
“Now you’ve done it,” said Deputy Karl Windham beside him, and Miller laughed in spite of himself after a long and uneventful night shift.
“You’re going to criticize me?” Miller joked. “Me? The guy who has your back?” He sat up straighter, sucking in his waist and adjusting his seatbelt; it was no use pretending he hadn’t put on a few extra pounds recently.
“It’s the kiss of death out here tonight,” complained Windham watching out the side window as the mist turned to light rain.
“I bet it was Sheriff Scott’s idea to double us up, with all those recent ambushes on cops around the state.”
“It probably has something to do with the mayor’s office. Who knows? You know how they don’t tell us anything, even though we’re the ones putting our asses on the line every shift.” Still gazing out of the window, he watched a dark figure dart around a garbage can and disappear into the darkness, then he turned his attention to a skinny cat scurrying along the sidewalk, nose close to the ground tracking something.
The rain got heavier as they drove deeper into the Basin Woods Development. There were no other vehicles on the road. No lights in the distance. Only darkness.
“You hungry?” asked Miller.
“I wouldn’t turn down a cup of coffee,” replied Windham.
“Me neither.”
Deputy Miller took his eyes off the road for a moment to check the time and looked back just in time to see a slender woman stagger into the road ahead of them. She stopped still in the headlights. Her long hair, wet from the rain, was plastered against her head and around her face. She wore only a pair of panties and a tattered tank top. She looked terrified, dark eyes pleading in the glare of the lights, her mouth forming words they could not hear.
“Hey!” yelled Windham to his partner. “Stop!”
Miller jammed on the brakes, making the patrol car bounce to a stop inches before hitting the young woman. Weak and unbalanced, she fell to her knees. In the glare of the headlights, both men could clearly see the dirt embedded on her face and neck, the blood seeping from wounds on her hands, elbows, legs, and feet.
Deputy Miller turned to his partner with wide eyes. “What the…?” Jamming the vehicle into park he picked up the radio. “Dispatch, this is 3741, we have a possible 10-16 at Lincoln and Travis. Will keep you updated. Copy.”
“Copy that,” replied Dispatch.
He nodded to Windham who swung open the car door and ran to kneel beside the woman. “Miss…” he spoke gently. “Are you alright?”
She shook uncontrollably. Her head and shoulders drooped as her mouth tried to form around a word.
“Can you tell us what happened?” Windham said.
He gently touched her shoulder and she flinched away from him. “It’s okay. You’re okay now,” he reassured.
“Truth… truth… the truth… you don’t understand… otherwise…” she finally managed between gasps for breath. “I told the truth…” she muttered.
“What truth?” asked Deputy Miller who had retrieved a blanket from the trunk and now stood a few feet away.
She stopped speaking and slowly looked up at the deputy, her eyes filled with fear. Then she whispered, “I told the truth… I told the truth… told… the truth.”
Both deputies carefully helped the woman up and gently wrapped the blanket around her.
“What’s your name?” asked Windham.
“A… Aman… Amanda,” she said slowly.
“Okay, Amanda. We want to help you. Can you tell us what happened?”
“I tried…” she whispered. “It was…” Her voice trailed off.
Deputy Miller opened the back door to the patrol car as his partner gently guided her to sit down in the backseat. Miller handed her a small bottle of water and, after a few moments, her eyes focused on the officers and her breath began to steady.
Deputy Windham kneeled down to her eye level and asked, “Amanda, can you tell us what happened to you? Do you remember what happened? Anything?”
She shook her head as more tears welled up in her eyes.
“It’s okay.”
“A blue door with white trim,” she said quietly. “A big box…”
“What else, Amanda? Can you remember anything else?”
“There was a fantasy tree…”
Confused by the description, the deputy tried to make sense of it, pushing gently to pry out any more details from her. “Can you tell us what happened?”
Taking a couple of deep breaths, she finally spoke: “I was k-kidnapped.”

About The Author

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.

Website → https://authorjenniferchase.com/

Twitter → https://twitter.com/JChaseNovelist

Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferChase/

Title: PANICLES
Author: Richard Robbins
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Pages: 281
Genre: Literary Fiction

BOOK BLURB:

Is it better to take the risk and pursue the glory of fame and fortune, or to live a simpler, more grounded life?

“Richard Robbins has presented a cast of interesting characters, and each one is fully explored. The plot engages the reader from the first page to the last. The writing style is fast-paced and flows smoothly. Author Richard Robbins has penned a captivating novel in Panicles. A fascinating read!” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Deborah Lloyd (5 STARS)

Follow the fates of two families, one wealthy and powerful, the other blue collar, from a chance meeting at a Florida poolside, to the highest levels of politics and power. This sweeping saga of love, war, money, and power leaves each family weighing their duty to their family versus service to their country.

It all leads to a fateful choice—a sacrifice—which could change the course of history.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a contemporary literary exploration of two very different families, with their ties to politics, power and influence, and to each other. [DRM-Free]

Panicles will make you think, make you cry, make you laugh and smile and keep you reading until the very end.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Trudi LoPreto (5 STARS)

Panicles is a novel that invites reflection with its subtle and significant meaning… Connections, effects, and a great storyline make Panicles a remarkable novel from many points of view.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Astrid Iustulin (5 STARS)

Books by Richard Robbins:

  • Love, Loss, and Lagniappe
  • Panicles
  • The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy (Coming 2020)

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Amazon → https://amzn.to/37wyWjR

 Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/2qGgPax

Book Excerpt:

“I agree, Mr. Murnane. Both of your sons are exceptional, but Robert never struck me as someone who’d want to serve in elected office. He seems happy practicing law, and he has a strong commitment to his family. Elizabeth is an equal partner in their marriage, and they’ve just had a daughter, Emily, to which he seems quite devoted. Do you think he’d want that sort of life? The spotlight, the scrutiny, the hours, the travel?”

“He will. Even if he’s not certain, I’ll make sure of it. Sometimes a father knows his son better than the son knows himself. With his gifts, it’s his responsibility to serve. He’ll come around. It may not be now, it may not be soon, but one day he’ll decide to run for office. Oh, he’ll go along with his life, practicing law, spending time with his family, going to soccer practices and PTA meetings like that’s all there is to life. But one day, it’ll hit him, and he’ll decide to fulfill his destiny. Either he’ll come to me and let me know, or I’ll come to him and tell him that it’s time. But before too long, you’ll see a Murnane in the Senate, if not higher.”

Mike leaned forward and placed his hands on the dining tray table. “And what of your granddaughter? Being in a political family can be quite difficult for a child. It can affect them for the rest of their lives. Are you ready to put her in that position, without her choosing?”

Emerson placed his hands at his sides, and pushed himself up in the hospital bed. “That’s this family’s destiny. There are great benefits to serving at a high level. She’ll thank me for it one day.”

About the Author

Richard’s first novel, the award winning Love, Loss, and Lagniappe was inspired by actual events in his life, and utilizes his Medical and Business School background to explore the journey of self-discovery after heartbreaking loss, while revealing the scientific basis for the meaning of life (You’ll have to read it to find out!)

Panicles, explores the price of fame and fortune through the eyes of two families, one wealthy and powerful, the other blue collar, from a chance meeting at a Florida poolside, to the highest levels of politics and power. This sweeping saga of love, war, money, and power leaves each family weighing their duty to their family versus service to their country.It all leads to a fateful choice—a sacrifice—which could change the course of history.

Richard lives in New York City and New Orleans with his love and inspiration, Lisa, my wife of thirty years (and counting), near their beloved grown children.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS

Website → www.Robbinsbooks.com

Facebook →  https://www.facebook.com/richard.robbins.7737

 

 

 

Title: A Whisper of Thoughts: about Love, Life and Self-Awareness
Author: Annelies George
Publisher: BI Publishing
On Tour: November 11 – January 31
Annelies George is the author of the Jessie Golden Earth Series. In this fiction saga she aims to pass a strong message among other topics about the current situation in the world and the connection with the increasing climate changes. When writing the second book in the series, Darkness and Light, she started to reflect on something that she wrote. This led to the Loveable Light initiative. On her Facebook Page she started to post videos and thoughts about things that matter to her (www.facebook.com/anneliesgeorgeauthor). On a July Sunday morning she got the idea to bundle those in a small booklet and to add other thoughts that she has not yet posted illustrated with pictures that are partly a result of the photo shoots she does on a regular basis to support her activities with Vincent Kos, a Dutch photographer. The remainder is a random collection of pictures she made herself.
She believes that our personality is the result of our education, our free will and our own choices, as well as the love we discover in our own heart.  Therefore, she dedicated this booklet to her parents, who always loved and supported her, even if her lifestyle wasn’t exactly what they had in mind.

PURCHASE HERE

Annelies George was born on 4 August, 1964 in Bussum, After the gymnasium, she followed a one-year course as an international secretary in Amsterdam. Immediately afterward she started to work for a law firm, studying finance, management and law during the evening hours with the goal of becoming a lawyer herself. A move to a different town brought her into the fast IT world, where she was employed by GE Capital, marking the start of a successful career in the international IT Finance world. Due to the intensity of the job and long working hours, she abandoned her plans for a law degree. At the age of 30, she was appointed to Benelux managing director of a US based lease company, a rare phenomenon at the time, since few women were holding similar positions in the specific branch in the Netherlands. Thereafter she accepted a variety of EMEA and regional management and sales roles with Cisco, Microsoft, and Hewlett Packard. Annelies still lives in Bussum and is taking care of her 83-year-old mother. She loves, among other activities, to paint and design necklaces when she is not writing. On occasion she likes to travel to discover new places and understand the different ways of living around the globe.

You can visit her at: https://www.anneliesgeorge.com 

 

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The spirit of Simon Dillon took human form in 1975, in accordance with The Prophecy. He kept a low profile during his formative years, living the first twenty or so of them in Oxford, before attending University in Southampton, and shortly afterwards hiding undercover in a television job. In the intervening years, he honed his writing skills and has now been unleashed on the world, deploying various short stories and novels to deliberately and ruthlessly entertain his readers. He presently lives in the South-West of England with his wife and two children, busily brainwashing the latter with the books he loved growing up.

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About the Book

Small-time actress Mia Yardley, recently widowed wife of renowned actor Steven Yardley, discovers her late husband’s secret acting diary. The diary details appointments made with a psychic medium, who advised Steven on which roles to take. It also raises questions about his mysterious and inexplicable suicide. Seeking answers, Mia speaks to the medium, but in doing so is drawn into an ever- deepening mystery about what happened to her husband during the final days of his life. Eventually, she is forced to ask the terrible question: was Steven Yardley murdered by a vengeful evil from beyond the grave?

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Interview:

Would you call yourself a born writer?

Let’s put it this way: I can’t remember when I first started inventing stories or putting them on paper, but I’ve always done it. In the end, I decided to try and do it professionally, and now here we are. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without the voices in my head that won’t shut up, but these days I’m getting better at forcing them to form an orderly queue and speak to me one at a time.

What was your inspiration for Phantom Audition?

There were two main sources of inspiration for Phantom Audition. Firstly, the idea of an actor taking advice on roles from a medium comes from the late, great Peter Sellers, who did exactly that in real life. In the novel, protagonist Mia Yardley’s late husband Steven, a famous actor, took a film role playing famous abstract artist Edward Bingley, who like Steven committed suicide in mysterious circumstances. When Mia discovers Steven took this role on the advice of a medium, she comes to suspect her husband may have buried himself in the role a little too much, to the point where supernatural forces were involved.

The second source of inspiration for Phantom Audition is A Fantastic Woman. This Chilean film, which won Best Foreign Film at the 2018 Oscars, might at first appear an odd choice as an influence on Phantom Audition. Nonetheless, it actually provided the initial spark that launched the idea for the novel. The story concerns a transgender woman dealing with the death of her partner, finding herself isolated and ostracised by his family. The film has a dreamlike, magical realist quality to it, and even at times becomes a bit like a thriller (there’s a mysterious key which her partner left, for example). Moreover, there is something of a descent into the underworld/death and rebirth metaphor in the film, a story arc which is very much echoed in my novel. One image particularly leapt out at me – that of a ghostly vision of the dead partner staring out at her from a crowded nightclub dance floor amid strobe lights. It’s an image I actually nicked, sorry, “paid homage” to.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

In terms of the actual writing, this is the fastest novel I’ve ever written. It took two (very intensive) months to write the first draft. Add another month or so on top of that for the outlines, character profiles, and other research.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Yes, I am very disciplined. Whilst writing a novel or short story I try to write at least 1,000 words per day on Mondays to Fridays, and 2,000 words per day at weekends. This is whilst juggling a full-time job (lunch hours are fiercely ring-fenced for writing), family commitments, reading, and cinema-going. As a result, I’m not very sociable, but sacrifices always have to be made, if you’re serious about writing.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The greatest challenge is always my own self-doubt. Somewhere during the writing process, George McFly Syndrome hits (“What if people think I’m no good? I just can’t take that kind of rejection!”). Learning to battle past that is key. I had a major George McFly moment on Phantom Audition regarding the ending, which originally had been the thing that made me want to write the novel. I outlined six alternatives, before finally settling on what I had envisaged all along. Judging by the way readers are responding, I’m glad I had the nerve to go with my original instinct.

What do you love most about being an author?

I find writing comforting, challenging, and cathartic. There is also no better feeling in the world than knowing you’ve delivered a gripping, thrilling, scary, surprising, satisfying, moving, and transcendent narrative to a reader.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I went with a small traditional publisher, Dragon Soul Press, for this novel. I came to the attention of Dragon Soul Press last year, and they rapidly published three of my gothic mysteries – Spectre of Springwell Forest, The Irresistible Summons, and most recently Phantom Audition. It’s been great to have a proper editor, as well as someone with an eye on publicity opportunities (such as this one), and the covers they’ve designed have been amazing. If you’ll forgive my use of an obscenity, it really is a “team” effort. I’ve also been very pleased with the reviews I’ve had for all three of the afore-mentioned novels.

 

Title: Streetcar Sandwiches
Author: Curtis Orloff
Publisher: Authorhouse
Genre: Performing Arts/Screenplay
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Hardcover

 

 

Streetcar Sandwiches is a screenplay showing the efforts the owner of a sandwich shop in Uptown New Orleans undertakes to keep her business running. Not only does she have to deal with a menagerie of all types of employees, she has to comply with onerous and often conflicting regulations from several government bureaus. How she handles what turns into an ordeal threatens to change her naturally optimistic and pleasant personality. It leads directly to an outcome that could only have occurred in the Big Easy.

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