Monday, June 18, 2018

BLOG TOUR l INTERVIEW: Shane Stanley, Author of What You Don't Learn in Film School @shanestanley


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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About the Book:



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

BOOK BLURB:

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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Can we begin by having you tell us about yourself from a writer’s standpoint?

As a storyteller, my background comes from a visual medium, working primarily in film and television. I have always been attracted to telling stories I can personally relate to, so when the opportunity to write a book about the business of my business came about, it felt like a very natural transition into publishing.   

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

I find each day I am writing one thing or another but if I am able to completely pry myself away from the computer, I like to hike with my wife, snowboard with my family and spend time on the water. Coming from an extreme sports background and now, needing to slow down due to a laundry list of injuries, I find those kind of activities fill that void, relax me and really get my batteries recharged. I’ve also been known to just jump into the car and drive through the desert, as nothing inspires me like a sunrise over the Arizona Mountains.

Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?

I don’t know what it is about this godforsaken industry that makes people so crazy. Actually, maybe I do.

Think about it; if you encounter someone who’s striving to be a mechanical engineer, a biologist, or an architect, chances are they’re pretty grounded and seem to have a realistic, yet solid game plan when it comes to achieving their career goals.

Now, do you ever notice the difference when you speak to an artist with (or without) a career plan? Maybe it’s the passion that comes within creativity or perhaps their attempt to bury deep-seeded doubt with rays of hope. However, if you ask me, I think we’re all nuts…in our own way. It seems this business can bring out the worst or the crazy in some of the most levelheaded people…and I don’t think that diminishes when someone becomes successful…it only gets worse.

Can you think of any other industry in the world where being deemed successful is essentially the equivalent of winning the lottery? You could be working as a dishwasher who is writing a script in your spare time when it falls into the right hands…then suddenly you’re the next Shane Black or Eli Roth.

Maybe you’re crashing on your friend’s couch (technically homeless) then you get that one audition and you’re co-starring alongside Gal Gadot. I guess those odds can make anyone crazy living this way on a day-to-day basis, but it’s not just the artists. As we’ve seen recently the upper echelon of Ho-Ho Wood have their own problems in which how they behave (thanks to the media frenzy of late), and I don’t think I need to elaborate on that too much. However, I do hope this time there is a lasting change in the behavior on set and behind the golden gates. It’s long overdue.

Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

My book came from years of personal experience in the motion picture and television industry, so writing it wasn’t much of a struggle. It came about because I do a lot of teaching and consulting and felt I could save time by starting to write down answers to the most commonly asked questions I got to make it easier for those I was mentoring. I never had any illusions of grandeur as, once it took shape, was originally intended to be a blog that somehow got loose from me and turned into a 200-page book. Most everything I have done in the entertainment industry has been self-produced or pushed from within, so the steps I had to take to get it finished and into a book people could buy and read wasn’t too difficult just a lot of new experiences for me having never put out a book before.

If you had to summarize your book in one sentence, what would that be?

An in-depth, no holds barred look at making movies from ‘concept to delivery’ in today’s ever-evolving climate while breaking down the dos and don’ts of (independent) filmmaking.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

I think the book stands alone because of the hands on experience I share that comes from a lifetime in the industry (over 40 yrs) and a from a perspective that comes from every angle of the business of making movies. At first I wasn’t sure how it would be received but after the endorsements from some of the most respected people in the industry and reviews came in, my confidence in the book and its importance skyrocketed.

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

Christmas/Hanukah. Because there’s no better time to get the help you need in order to launch a great career in an industry your passionate about – especially when people are inspired and ready for great things in a brand new year.
Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done? I most certainly would and am already considering it as the business is ever evolving and continues to teach me something new each day.

What’s next for you?

What You Don’t Learn in Film School Summer Sessions, where I am offering seminars and workshops, at no cost, to film school grads to help them find their voice and navigate a career in the entertainment industry - something the film schools are not teaching them.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Character Interview with Mavis Bracken from Amber Leigh Williams' NAVY SEAL'S MATCH





Our guest character today is Mavis Bracken, a character out of Amber Leigh Williams' NAVY SEAL'S MATCH. Enjoy the interview!
 
Thank you so for this interview, Mavis.  Do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I’m okay with what the writer turned out on the page, actually. She even managed to cull out my particular brand of sarcasm nicely.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Besides the sarcasm? As the Navy SEAL you see on the cover tells me, I’m an old soul. I’ve always had the ability to see people for what they are more than what they project. It comes in handy in everyday life and even when doing my job—paranormal investigation.

Worst trait?

My big brother (a different and much more stubborn Navy SEAL) tells everyone that my faith in people sometimes gets me into trouble. Particularly when the person in question happens to be the man I was talking about before….

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Did I mention the man on the cover? Gavin Savitt, former Navy SEAL. No need to listen to what my brother says. When I see someone in pain, I can’t stay away.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

Well, when your love interest is a drifter and your faith in them is put through the ringer, you’re forced to hold your breath.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

He’s stronger than he thinks he is, but Gavin is tested far more than anyone else in this story, including me. He’s lost his job as a SEAL, he’s lost the better part of his sight and he deals everyday with PTSD. Helping him cope with these things and make a new normal for himself hasn’t been easy, but it’s a great deal harder being in his shoes, I know.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

It’s hard not to give anything away. I’ll say that it turns out just the way it should. I say a lot things I didn’t expect I would, but I’m happy I say them nonetheless.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it? 

Keep up the good sarcasm. Could my brother be a little bit quieter? I also think Gavin and my parents have been through enough trauma so if the next book could have a little less drama where they’re concerned, I’d appreciate it.

Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

A little birdie told me that Book 7 is in the works and since the hero happens to be my ex, I’d say I’ll make a decent cameo. Stay tuned!
About the Author

Amber Leigh Williams is a romance writer who lives on the US Gulf Coast. She lives for beach days, the smell of real books and spending time with her husband and their two young children. When she’s not keeping up with rambunctious little ones (and two large dogs), she can usually be found reading a good book or indulging her inner foodie. Amber is represented by the D4EO Literary Agency.

Amber’s latest book is the contemporary romance, Navy SEAL’S Match.

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He believes he can’t be saved—she’ll prove him wrong!

Former SEAL Gavin Savitt always knew who he was—until his last deployment ended tragically. Now he’s home, his mind hijacked by trauma and the shadow of his once-perfect sight. Yet in this new hazy, unclear world, one person stands out—Mavis Bracken.

There are a million reasons why Gavin shouldn’t be with Mavis, including that she’s his best friend’s little sister. Yet he longs for her touch, her freckles and her special way with wild, skittish beasts like him. He just needs the courage to take his life back. And Mavis won’t let him give up without a fight.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Character Interview with Cookie Wagner from Maureen Brady's GETAWAY




Our guest character today is Cookie Wagner, a character out of Maureen Brady's GETAWAY. Enjoy the interview!

What do you look like, Cookie?

Red-headed, (I should be gray by now but have late-turning hair gene from my father), blue-eyed, slightly impish smile. I’m 5’2” and somewhat athletic—at least I go to the gym twice a week and hope to play some tennis this summer.

Where are you today and what are you doing?

I am sitting in my studio, a little red building across a stream from my house near Woodstock, NY, in the Catskills, working on preparing for my book to come out within another week. It’s a rainy day and the sound of the rain on the roof and the running of the stream are lovely, but this spring is so slow in coming, I yearn for the sun. If it weren’t raining, I would probably be planting peas in my garden.
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Describe the outside of your home.

My home is an old farmstead, originally built in 1869 and then added onto. It’s solid and a lovely old place that has undergone a series of renovations, and one of the outbuildings is my studio, where I can write with no phone interruptions.

You come face to face with your worse enemy. How do you react?

I’m having a hard time thinking of a worst enemy, but if I come face to face with a past friend I had a falling out with, I walk away and try not to let the meet up ruin my day.

What is your favorite piece of clothing?

Right now my favorite piece of clothing is a leather jacket I indulged in buying last summer when I went to Florence, Italy, after great prodding by my partner and an excellent salesman. But now that I have it, I enjoy every moment I have a chance to wear it. It’s an interesting green color and feels soft as butter.

How do you feel about mortality?

I am fairly aware of mortality though I anticipate a long life as I am in excellent health, thanks to exercise, mostly good diet and good luck, so far. I like how Stephen Levine in Who Dies talks about what happens the moment someone gets a life threatening diagnosis. He or she makes two lists: What I will lose, and what I will no longer have to deal with. In other words, I don’t have to make that appointment to get my teeth cleaned once again, I can stop worrying about having enough money to get older on, no more having to do my taxes, etc., etc. But my life is rich and there are many things I would regret having to give up.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?

Read until I am falling asleep and have no idea what I just read.

Are you married or in a relationship?

I am not married but live with a domestic partner of 23 years and a delightful Cairn terrier for the past 10.

You just woke up to find that war has been declared. What’s the first thing you would do?

One of my favorite novels starts out this way. Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave.  Assuming it is war on the homeland, I would huddle with my partner and make some plans. I would be grateful that we grow a garden and usually have plenty of food. I would do whatever I could to work toward peace.

About the Author


Though Maureen Brady wrote the humor column of her junior high school newspaper, she didn't actually comprehend that she was a writer until after she had moved to New York City in her twenties, where she began taking writing workshops at The New School and then fell headlong into the consciousness raising groups of the early 1970's.

She published her first novel, Give Me Your Good Ear, in 1979, and it was published by The Women's Press in England in 1981. Her novel, Folly, was excerpted in Southern Exposure, received wide critical acclaim, was nominated by Adrienne Rich for an ALA Gay Book Award and was reprinted as a classic by The Feminist Press. She published a collection of short stories, The Question She Put to Herself, in 1987, then turned to writing nonfiction in the '90's, publishing Daybreak: Meditations for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Midlife: Meditations for Women. She returned to fiction with the novel, Ginger's Fire, and her most recent novel, Getaway.

Her recent work has appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Bellevue Literary Review; Just Like A Girl; Cabbage and Bones: Irish American Women's Fiction, Mom, In the Family, and Intersections: An Anthology of Banff Writers. Brady's essays and stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and were finalists for the Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize and the Nelsen Algren Short Story contest.

An Adjunct Assistant Professor, she teaches creative writing at New York University and New York Writers Workshop @ the Jewish Community Center, and works as a free-lance editor and tutor, helping writers across the spectrum take their writing to the next stage.
A co-founder of Spinsters Ink, Brady edited such books as The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde and The Woman Who Breathes Fire by Kitty Tsui. She also served as a panelist for The New York State Council on the Arts Literature Program and as a fiction judge for Oregon Literary Arts. She is a founding member of The New York Writers Workshop and has long served as Board President of Money for Women Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.

She has received grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts Writer-in-Residence; New York State Council on the Arts CAPS grant; Holding Our Own; Briarcombe Foundation; and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship to The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland. She was the winner of the Saints and Sinners short story contest for 2015 and is also a Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame winner.

She lives in New York City and Woodstock with her long term partner, Martha, and their joy dog, Bessie.
 Visit Maureen’s website at www.maureenbradyny.com.

About the Book:

Title: GETAWAY
Author: Maureen Brady
Publisher: Bacon Press Books
Pages: 230
Genre: Women’s Fiction

BOOK BLURB:
After stabbing her abusive husband and leaving him dying on the kitchen floor, Cookie Wagner flees to remote Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. For a moment, she seems to have gotten away with murder. But, consigned to a secretive life with a new name and the need to be on constant alert, she faces all she has not gotten away with. She is helped by the recently widowed Mrs. Biddle, who offers her a place to stay, and the lobster fisherman Butch, who gives her a job and later falls in love with her. Walking the cliffs and beaches, taking in the scruffy windblown plants that survive the buffeting wind by growing at an angle, she begins to heal.

Yet, there is no leaving behind the notion that Warren is dead as the result of her action.
Or is he? And if not, will he one day come to find her?

Sexual harassment and abuse are all over the news these days, often involving celebrites and other well-known figures, but Cookie, the protagonist of Getaway, is no celebrity. She’s an ordinary woman married to a working class guy who drinks too much and resorts to violence. Their story reveals how endemic the phenomenon of abuse is, and the quandary Cookie lands in when she fights back.

Praise for Getaway:

“Sensitive, sensual, and stirring. "Getaway" is a true page-turner, but one with heart and with context. I couldn’t put it down until I got to the end, not just to find out what happened, but also to discover who these intriguing and complex characters would develop into. An extremely satisfying read!”

Danielle Ofri, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear, Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review.

Getaway is available at Amazon.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

{Blog Tour} 600 Days in Hiding by Andreas Algava



600 DAYS IN HIDING by Andreas Algava, Memoir/Historical Nonfiction, 424 pp., $14.95 (Paperback)


Title: 600 DAYS IN HIDING
Author: Andreas Algava with Daniel Levine
Publisher: For Passion Publishing Company, LLC
Pages: 424
Genre: Memoir

The Nazis invaded Salonika, Greece in April 1941. Within two years, the city’s Jews were shipped by cattle cars to the Auschwitz death camp. There were just three families who stayed in the city and survived because of the courage and kindness of Greek citizens who risked their lives and hid these Jewish families in their homes. Among the survivors were Andrew “Andreas” Algava, who was three years old at the time, and his family. They were five of 56,000 Jews who had lived in Salonika.

Algava, who moved to the United States at the age of seven, has written a gripping account of his family’s experience of survival titled 600 DAYS IN HIDING (600DaysInHiding.com). His memoir stands beside such classics of Holocaust literature as THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Elie Wiesel’s NIGHT, Primo Levi’s SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ, and Nechama Tec’s DEFIANCE.

Two excerpts from 600 DAYS IN HIDING dramatically illustrate Algava’s intention to “communicate the humanity or inhumanity of how we choose to respond to each other.” The first scene takes place in a graveyard:

“Henri stood at the edge of the massive Jewish cemetery sprawling before him. The crypts and headstones extended for thousands of meters in all directions, a vast city of gravestones marking the remains of Jewish men, women, and children buried here during the past 450 years. At one end of the enormous cemetery a small army of several hundred Greek workers were busy with shovels and pickaxes, tearing up the gravesites, pillaging for treasure. Henri watched with a mix of astonishment and horror as Thessaloniki’s Jewish history was being destroyed before his eyes, forever.”

The second excerpt describes the family’s first perilous night as they go into hiding from the Nazis:

“Marcos looked at Allegra. ‘I think the most danger we will face tonight will be from Andreas.’
 ‘What do you mean?’ Allegra asked, taking a short breath.

‘We agreed he should come with me so if you are caught, he will have his freedom. Is he prepared to play the game we talked about? Being quiet and not paying attention to you?’

‘I think so,’ Allegra replied. ‘He’s old enough.’ Marcos looked at the sleeping child and knew their fate rested with him.

…‘Remember,’ whispered Marcos, as they were about to open the apartment’s door, ‘stay in three separate groups. We’ll gather at the trolley stop on Martiou Street. When you’re out of the ghetto, tear off the stars and put them in your pocket. We’ll get off at Saint Sophie as planned. Whatever happens, just stay calm. We’ll be all right.’ He looked at each of them, and made his face relax with a little smile to reassure them. ‘They look ready,’ he thought.

…A knock on the door and a thin narrow face greeted them quietly. Quickly the six travelers entered. Allegra saw it was a small room in a poor house with a dirt floor. …‘Welcome, welcome,’ said Pachis. ‘It isn’t much, but we can shelter you. Your room is over here,’ and he walked to a room with a curtain as its door. ‘We have some blankets you can use,’ Pachis said, indicating a small pile of old wool blankets. 

…‘Good night,’ said Marcos. ‘You’ll be safe here, for a while at least.’

‘Thank you, Marcos,’ Allegra said. ‘We are grateful.’

‘I’m glad to help.’ Turning to go, he said softly, ‘I’ll return tomorrow with a few of the things you said you wanted. It may take a few trips, but I’ll get them here. Get some sleep,’ and he stepped through the open doorway, drawing the drape across the opening.

Quickly setting up a sleeping area, soon everyone had settled down. Henri took his place beside Allegra and his son, and though he was very tired and drained, he stayed awake, still edgy. Eventually the sounds of slumber lulled him to sleep as the night yielded to the dawn of their first day in hiding.”

600 DAYS in HIDING is well-positioned for adaptation as a film. Such a production would provide a powerful thematic counterpoint to news stories about current political upheaval and the drumbeat of dehumanization in the United States and throughout the world.

Algava also notes that he is writing a sequel to 600 DAYS IN HIDING that will address “how as individuals and as society we came to be.” He adds that writing his inspiring story “absolutely energizes me. It’s the fulfillment of a dream.”

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Marcos looked at Allegra. ‘I think the most danger we will face tonight will be from Andreas.’
 ‘What do you mean?’ Allegra asked, taking a short breath.
‘We agreed he should come with me so if you are caught, he will have his freedom. Is he prepared to play the game we talked about? Being quiet and not paying attention to you?’
‘I think so,’ Allegra replied. ‘He’s old enough.’ Marcos looked at the sleeping child and knew their fate rested with him.
…‘Remember,’ whispered Marcos, as they were about to open the apartment’s door, ‘stay in three separate groups. We’ll gather at the trolley stop on Martiou Street. When you’re out of the ghetto, tear off the stars and put them in your pocket. We’ll get off at Saint Sophie as planned. Whatever happens, just stay calm. We’ll be all right.’ He looked at each of them, and made his face relax with a little smile to reassure them. ‘They look ready,’ he thought.

...A knock on the door and a thin narrow face greeted them quietly. Quickly the six travelers entered. Allegra saw it was a small room in a poor house with a dirt floor. …‘Welcome, welcome,’ said Pachis. ‘It isn’t much, but we can shelter you. Your room is over here,’ and he walked to a room with a curtain as its door. ‘We have some blankets you can use,’ Pachis said, indicating a small pile of old wool blankets.
…‘Good night,’ said Marcos. ‘You’ll be safe here, for a while at least.’
‘Thank you, Marcos,’ Allegra said. ‘We are grateful.’
‘I’m glad to help.’ Turning to go, he said softly, ‘I’ll return tomorrow with a few of the things you said you wanted. It may take a few trips, but I’ll get them here. Get some sleep,’ and he stepped through the open doorway, drawing the drape across the opening.
Quickly setting up a sleeping area, soon everyone had settled down. Henri took his place beside Allegra and his son, and though he was very tired and drained, he stayed awake, still edgy. Eventually the sounds of slumber lulled him to sleep as the night yielded to the dawn of their first day in hiding.




Andreas Algava was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1939, the only son of Henri Algava and Allegra Carasso-Algava. When Andreas was 16 months old, Hitler’s forces invaded the country of his birth. Having to decide whether to believe the Nazi propaganda about a safe haven for Jews in Poland or go into hiding and risk execution, Andreas’s parents chose the latter relying on the courage and character of their Christian friends.

After the war, the Algava family moved to New York City and became U.S. citizens. Andreas became known as Andrew who later attended Cornell University where he earned an engineering degree. This was followed by military service in the U. S. Army including a tour of duty in France. After military service, Andrew worked with his father in the family export business in the United States and Argentina.

He joined IBM and worked on assignment in Germany where he lived with his wife, Priscilla and where his two daughters, Alisa and Carin were born. Andreas now lives in Rhode Island to be close to his daughters, son-in-law Michael and grandchildren Drew and Sabria.

Algava wrote 600 Days in Hiding: A Jewish Family in Nazi-Occupied Thessaloniki Greece to tell the story of his family’s survival during the Greek Holocaust. Andreas regards his book as his declaration for people to live in peace and harmony and a warning to not repeat the horrors of the past.

“Writing my Family’s story energizes me; it’s a fulfillment of a dream.” He plans to write a sequel to 600 Days in Hiding to address “How as individuals and society we are making very bad choices and need to take appropriate actions.”

The author is available for media interviews and speaking engagements in hopes of inspiring others to take action to create a more just world.

The author is committed to his personal mission: “To empower myself and others to manifest generosity, kindness, forgiveness and compassion for myself and for others to relieve the suffering in the world.”

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Book Feature: My Pet Peeve by Renee Rodgers Barstack








Title: My Pet Peeve
Author: Renee Rodgers Barstack
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook

Molly is a lonely little girl who is looking for a friend. She lives on a farm with her mom and dad. Molly has always loved cats and wants to get a cat, but her father sneezes when he gets around cats, so he tells her she cannot have one. Molly asks, and asks, and asks again, but the answer is always “No.” Then one day, Molly finds a little kitten hiding in the barn and wants to keep her, of course. What will she do? Should she hide the kitten from her dad? Will dad see the kitten and think it is so adorable he will change his mind about letting Molly keep the cat? What would you do if you found the cutest kitten ever? How will Molly solve this problem?






Renee Barstack, the author, is an English teacher who has taught 7th grade and is now a professor at a community college where she teaches Children's Literature. Her inspiration for this book was her students and her adorable Scottish Fold Munchkin cat. She already has a sequel in the process called "Pet Peeve Jumps the Wall." The artist, Bonnie Loss, is an art professor at the same community college.

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Book Feature: I Don't Have Time by I.M. Free








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.






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.

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Wednesday, May 23
Book featured at Harmonious Publicity
Book featured at Write and Take Flight

Thursday, May 24
Book featured at Carpe Librum
Book featured at Read Between the Ink

Friday, May 25
Book featured at Fiction to Fruition

Monday, May 28
Book featured at My Bookish Pleasures
Book featured at The Literary Nook

Tuesday, May 29
Book featured at Voodoo Princess
Book featured at The Revolving Bookshelf

Wednesday, May 30
Book featured at The Book Refuge
Book featured at The Book Czar

Thursday, May 31
Book featured at Lover of Literature
Book featured at Zensanity

Friday, June 1
Book featured at Personovelty

Book featured at A Taste of My Mind