Lowell (now University of Massachusetts, Lowell). It was there that I
learned to love jazz. I have been performing jazz and other kinds of
music for over 20 years, throughout the New England area. I live in
North Reading, Massachusetts with my husband Richard, and my son
6 Besties at BK Walker Books
1. Best writing wardrobe. I don’t know about you, but I like to be comfortable when I write. I think my best writing wardrobe is in my Pajamas but sometimes I will wear jeans too. It depends on when I need to write too. For instance, when I need to promote the faires, I need to just write a promotional PR piece for the events coming up. Sometimes, I will wear my hat that I wear at faire just to get in the “Mood”.
2. Best Inspiration for writing. My best inspiration for writing is reading other writers books. Sometimes I will listen to jazz or whatever music I have at the time to get writing. Sometimes it’s what you see around you that’s the best inspiration. For me, I’m writing more about the Blues, so I need to get more blues albums and listen to what they are singing in order for me to get unstuck from my writers block.
3. Best writing place. Seeing as I don’t have a large place to sit and write, the best place for me is at my living room table. However, sometimes I do have a notebook with me and I’ll go to a forest or someplace quiet to write. Sometimes, I have really great luck writing with my brother on a piece of paper and then I come home to write it out.
4. Best Pick-Me-Up book. A picture book always picks me up. I’m not just saying that because I wrote a picture book, but I think it’s true. Any picture book can pick you up. It’s the magic of the art, the story and the usually happy endings in Picture Books.
5. Best secret talent. I’m not all that secretive. I usually tell everyone what it is that I do. So, my not so secret talent is that I’m a jazz flutist, a pretty good one (well, back in the day). I also knit pretty well (working on my first sweater as I write this post). Maybe my secret talent is that I’m somehow able to manage posting 3 blogs, manage 5 fan pages, promote 2 faires and keep writing while working full time, be a full time mom and just have time to relax – which is hardly ever. I think I need to figure out how to chunk out my schedule so I can manage to find time to relax.
6. Best experience or writing idea. So many ideas pop into my head. I think though that once I come down to one or two really GREAT ideas is when it really works and people enjoy them. I think that the challenge of writing “Journey to Jazzland”for the class at Bunker Hill College back in 1999 was the crux of my writing “career”.
I had always played jazz flute, and when the class came around the project was to write and draw a picture book for kids. My idea was “Journey to Jazzland” in which a Flute named Windy was a little bored in Orchestra one day and wanted to learn more about jazz.
My latest idea is to write a picture book called “Boogie in Bluestown” , I’ve already been asking feedback on my idea, and so far, the response has been positive.
I have too many great experiences in my lifetime to say which one was the best one, but I have to say that getting published was definitely one of the TOP experiences of my lifetime. I never in a million years thought that this book was ever going to be published. It was just a class project where the art was done in crayon and pen was done. Now, I’ve become a published author of a picture book and have learned SO much about marketing, promoting and just writing more books.
legendary place where music is joyous, creative and free.
Caldric Blackwell realized he loved reading when he read about a bunch of people (with single-syllable names) and their pets (also with single-syllable names) in kindergarten.
Exposure to a host of great authors while studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara inspired him to begin writing fiction. Although he began writing short stories for adults, he eventually migrated to writing children’s books. His debut work is an early chapter book titled The Enchanted River Race. His second release is a picture book titled The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf.
Outside of writing, Caldric enjoys hiking and playing the mandolin, banjo, and guitar. Caldric currently resides in California.
Publisher: Icasm Press.
Release Date: November 20, 2014.
Six-year-old Byron Woodward is a werewolf who can’t howl. Determined not to embarrass himself after being chosen to lead a full-moon ceremony, he embarks on a mission to learn how to howl. He learns a lot about howling during his journey, but more importantly, he learns a valuable lesson about believing in himself.
December 14 – 20
December 14 – Tour Kickoff at VBT Café Blog
December 15 – Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
December 16 -Spotlight at Tea and A Book
December 17 – Reviewed at Platypire Reviews
December 18 – Reviewed at Debbie Jean Blog
December 19 – Spotlight at Readsalot
Deceimber 19 – Spotlight at Mythical Books
December 20 – Spotlight at 3 Partners In Shopping – Nana, Mommy & Sissy Too!
December 20 – Reviewed at My Twins Hid My Books…Again
December 20 – Reviewed at I Feel The Need…The Need To Read
Title: Ignition: An Educator’s Journey
Author Name: Michelle Arrose
6 Besties with author, Michelle Arrose
- Best Writing Wardrobe- Sweat pants and a T shirt.
- Best Inspiration for writing- my experiences turned into realistic fiction, a good TV show with good writing makes me think of the ingenious behind the script, an act of kindness or humanity
- Best Writing Place- my bedroom
- .Best Pick-Me –Up book- Harry Potter series used to cheer me up.
- Best Secret Talent- Acting/singing show tunes
- Best Experience or Writing Idea- Many people tuned into different blogs which I wrote such as-
- 50 Shades Of Shame (Inspired by 50 shades of Grey)
- A Treacherous Storm (Inspired by losing home in Hurricane Sandy)
- It’s A Wonderful Strife!
- Mastocytosis (Inspired by my friend diagnosed with this disease who was fighting for her life)
- RIP Robin Williams
Author Bio: My name is Michelle Arrose. I am currently a teacher. I enjoy writing and completed a short-novel titled, “IGNITION” Throughout my entire life I have always felt inspired to write. I also am a strong believer in being a teacher advocate. If my novella could help educate people as to the hardships educators face today, then I would be extremely elated. This is my first novella and hope you enjoy it. I also set up a blog which is: marrose215.blogspot.com. Feel free to follow me as I continue to write many more literary works.
Book Genre: Fiction
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“IGNITION” is about a first year teacher. Karen Woolsworth who was given (in her mind) an excellent opportunity to work in a school and educate the young minds of today. However, little did she know that teaching led to her nightmare rather than her paradise. One troubled student, Kevin Connelly, becomes part of her obsession that she cannot focus on anything else. A teen that has a disturbing past. Kevin is a representation of the typical student that educators face every day around the world. Karen is left feeling alone in the world and fearing for her life with no support from administrators. Ms. Crowe, the Assistant Principal, is a woman who follows Karen’s every move like a bird. Instead of a dove she becomes a vulture who eats away at the mental psyche and emotional stamina of Karen’s well-being. The only salvation in this pool of chaos is Billy, her husband. However, he has difficulty relating and understanding the educational dilemmas which Karen faces. The constant struggles that Karen encounters to balance her life as a teacher and wife weigh her down daily. This book is a rollercoaster filled with emotional ups and downs until the ride ends. This novella is unique for its alternate endings and you get to choose exactly how Karen’s ride ends.
A New Journey
August 24, was a magical day for me. Not magical in the sense of wizards and sorcerers, but rather in the sense that I, Karen Woolsworth, landed my first teaching position.
I was so excited. I could not wait to go home and tell Billy, my husband, that all that hard work paid off. Two long years of rigorous graduate school, finally over. Taking all those teaching exams and suffering for hours with a proctor staring at you, sizing you up while tapping her pencil, and distracting your every thought when you needed to be in control at that time.
The day started out dreary. I woke up to rain. I spilled coffee on one of my suits and had to go to the interview in my navy blue suit and white blouse. It was not my favorite, but it had to do. I hoped that spilling coffee on my suit did not mean bad luck.
That morning, my curly dark hair stood as frizzy as can be. I felt like a cat that just had gone through a car wash. Imagine how he would look. Well, the spilled coffee delayed me a bit, but I raced for my interview as fast as a jaguar runs and I made it right on time. I was lucky that I did not get a speeding ticket. Billy would have been quite upset if I had. I also would have missed the job interview. Oh, what a shame that would have been!
When I arrived at West Street and Ninth Avenue, my nightmare began. There stood a lonely building called, The Charles Dickens School. This was a five-story building with fifteen-hundred students. The school consists of sixth through eighth graders. I was able to see that this was an old, musty building with no elevator. As I walked into the horrific huge school, I felt so small, but there was an aroma of endearing books, which made me feel quite elated. I was in awe. I grew up in the suburbs. I had never been inside an urban school. This was quite an adventure for me. I was so excited and nervous. As I walked up the three small steps, I was greeted by security, a man in a blue uniform. I gave him my driver’s license as proof of ID and signed in. He told me to turn right at the first door and on the left was the main office. I would then have to meet with the principal. I thanked him and went on my way. As I walked down the long narrow corridor, I remember my heart was beating very fast and my palms felt sweaty. It reminded me of a first date, but much worse. The principal, Mr. Scott, a tall man with a mustache, asked me many questions. He started the interview in a friendly manner by shaking my hand and asking me if I found the school okay. At this point, I remember that his smile turned into more of a serious face, as if to say, “Let’s begin.”
He asked me, “What made you want to go into teaching?” I do not even remember what I answered him, but he must have been pleased with my response. During the interview, there was another person in the room as well. This person happened to be an assistant principal. She was on the large side with curly short blond hair. Her glasses hugged her ears tightly. She was the one who asked some tough questions. She had a poker face on the entire time and did not crack a smile once. Her name, I will never forget was Ms. Crowe. She reminded me of a spectacle-wearing shark staring at a guppy. I guess that you can guess who I was in that scenario: the guppy. I remember Ms. Crowe’s last question was one of the toughest.
“How would you prepare your students for the statewide exam?”
I must have looked at them dumbfounded. I could not believe this question. I had just graduated from my master’s program. I had never taught before. I did not know what to say.
At that moment, a magical thing happened. The principal’s secretary came in and interrupted us, saying that he had an urgent call from his wife. He told me that I have the job. Naturally, I accepted the job with alacrity. He then excused himself. If I had had time to answer the question, I believe that I would not have gotten that job. He informed me that I would have to teach a self-contained eighth-grade class which meant that I would have to teach the same children throughout the day. My only hope at this point was that my students would be great and not horrific.
I thanked him and walked out of his tight, stuffy office, leaving him and the shark behind. As I walked out the door, I felt relieved that it was over and my teaching career would begin. The following week I would start and I could not wait. I was overjoyed that I felt like skipping down the block. However, in case the principal should glance out the window, I knew I had to maintain self-control and save that giddy emotion for when I got home.
November 23 – December 15
November 23 – Introduction at VBT Café Blog
November 24 – Spotlight at 4 Covert 2 Overt: A Place In The Spotlight
November 26 – Spotlight at 3 Partners In Shopping – Nana, Mommy & Sissy Too!
November 27 – Guest blogging at Mythical Books
November 28 – Author Interview at Deal Sharing Aunt
December 1 – Spotlight at Freshly Baked Books
December 3 – Guest Blogging at The Avid Reader
December 5 – 5 Things I Know For Sure at CAT Magazine
December 8 – Interviewed at Bikers for Children’s Books
December 10 – 6 Besties at BK Walker Books
December 12 – Review & Guest Blogging at SimpliRead
December 15 – Review & Guest Blogging at Fiction Zeal
6 Besties With Donata Joseph
1. Best writing wardrobe. Nightgown
2. Best Inspiration for writing. Prayer
3. Best writing place. In Bed, lights off, eyes closed and let it flow.
4. Best Pick-Me-Up book. I Declare by Joel Osteen
5. Best secret talent. No secret talents..
6. Best experience or writing idea. Being able to write a book in 11 days and not know what I was writing during the process until the end when I printed it out to read.
Author Bio: Short Bio:
Donata Joseph is a motivational speaker who is passionate about encouraging, empowering and elevating individuals in all walks of life. Whether it’s through her non-profit organization Adding Doses of HOPE Daily Foundation or through her all natural skincare line DONATA, she endeavors to make and impact on the lives of others.
Donata Joseph believes in making her mark and changing lives.
In 2011, Ms. Joseph founded Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation to empower families of children with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She wanted to share her experiences, challenges and tips for raising two children diagnosed with ADHD.
In 2012, she decided to break the silence and address the escalating issue of Domestic Violence. Her blog, Behind Closed Doors, chronicled a seven-year abusive relationship. The post elicited responses from people all over the world. The Foundation sponsors events and programs that bridge the gap between mental health and healthy relationships. Through motivational speaking, youth mentoring and parenting education, she encourages, empowers and elevates individuals in all walks of life to reflect on their overall mental wellness. Prior to founding Adding Doses of Hope Daily foundation, Ms. Joseph volunteered in a variety of community settings, including nonprofit organizations, youth centers and churches.
In 2013, Ms. Joseph created DONATA, a natural skin care line that also offers skincare, nutrition and health seminars. She uses this platform to empower teens and adults to see the connection between their minds, bodies and spirits. The proceeds from DONATA help fund programs for Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation.
Ms. Joseph obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida International University with an emphasis in Behavioral Analysis. She was a research assistant in the University’s Center for Children and Families, where she focused on research and treatment of evidence-based approaches in child and adolescent mental health.
She lives in Miami, Florida with her three children.
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Joseph reveals why she stayed in a seven-year abusive relationship
and the incident that motivated her to leave.
remarks elicited from family and friends who did not understand the
emotional, familial and financial complexity of her situation or why
she did not recognize herself as a victim.
Joseph discusses the impact her abusive relationship had on her two
teen daughters and young son and the ensuing parent-child
conversations that changed all of their lives.
abusive relationship, consider recommending this book. Ms. Joseph
wraps up her knowledge, wisdom and advice in a non-threatening
package delivered with compassion and understanding.
Why I Wrote ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch
To the GIRLS of the world <3,
I wrote ITGIRL4LIFE because I want you to create the best life you can for yourself. I want you to go for your dreams and give it all you’ve got. I want you to be bold, speak up, speak out and be fearless. I want you to be HAPPY. I want you to know how strong you are and that you can get through anything. I want you to pick yourself up when you fall down. I want you to be YOU to the highest power, authentic and real. I want you to SHINE. I want you to believe in yourself, step up responsibility, honor your life, have faith and push through. I want you to stand in your GREATNESS as a young woman.
When I first got the idea to write this book, I thought of my own insecurities when I was a teenager and what helped me to overcome them. I thought about what I learned from my mistakes, life lessons, experiences, personal study and my life’s exploration. I thought about the ‘not smart enough, pretty enough, tall enough, thin enough’ epidemic in our society, the media’s influence on how girl’s feel about themselves, other people’s opinions and judgements and the pressure on girls and women to look, act and be a certain way.
I wanted to contribute something to the self-esteem conversation. I’m a student of personal development. I study the thought leaders in this area. I read books that uplift. I surround myself with people that are about IT. I am committed to improving, expanding my thinking, being of service and keeping myself inspired. EVERYBODY has doubts, fears, challenges, tough times. I certainly do. Life can be hard. It’s not easy to show up for yourself and stay positive ALL the time. I wrote ITGIRL4LIFE to help.
To build a house you have to begin with a strong foundation. You have to lay the ground work before you start adding on and designing the rest. Same thing with you and me. Having a foundation of powerful ideas and principles helps to create an INNER support, giving you the tools to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. The stronger and more solid your foundation is, the better because your foundation is what keeps you standing. You learn to tap into your power as an individual and that’s the key to making it.
There is a reality that hits you as you get older and that is that your life is up to YOU. What you believe about yourself is EVERYTHING. When you believe that you are a person of value, extraordinary, beautiful, capable, smart, talented and important, you walk into the room differently, you ACT differently and you make decisions from a secure and confident place. There it is. I wrote it because I want you to always remember the simple, yet profound things that will help you create the best life you can for yourself.
“YOU have IT. IT is the GREATNESS you were born with.” - from the book
Writer, Artist and Speaker, Tamara Branch serves up 40 bite-sized chapters on how to build unshakable self-confidence, honor your life, and shine bright in the world, in ITGIRL4LIFE:How to bring out your special something and so much more. Get ready to fall in love with your own wisdom, beauty, and strength.
Hashtag Us – #ItGirl4Life #vbtcafetours
Tamara Branch is a writer, artist, and speaker, on a mission to help girls unlock their brilliant potential. She’s from New York, born and raised in the Bronx, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Tamara Branch is from New York, born and raised in the Bronx. She is thrilled to share her first book release, ITGIRL4LIFE: How to bring out your special something and so much more. The book kicks off the ITGIRL4LIFE self-esteem movement to help empower girls to stand up, stand out and shine bright in the world.
Tamara has worked as a professional model and actor for almost two decades. She strutted down the runway for designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Christian Dior, acted in a few independent films, co-hosted PBS New York’s education series, “What’s up in Technology” and appeared T.V. commercials and print ads for Levi’s, Old Navy, Hershey’s, Colgate, Kellogg’s Special K, Revlon, Hanes, Nike and many others. A Penn State alumnus and lifelong student of personal development, Tamara is deeply passionate about uplifting the human spirit.
After graduating from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying under Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and some of the top health and wellness experts in the world, she was inspired to raise the bar on her own ‘self care’ and support others in living more vibrantly. She is an abstract artist and teaches a dynamic dance class, where she gets to fuse her varied background, having trained in everything from jazz, ballet and modern to Afro-Caribbean and Salsa.
Tamara was recently asked to become a Female Visionary Author guest blogger for The Brave Heart Women Global Community. She’s a SAG/AFTRA member since 1998, a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.
Tamara currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband of seven years and offers ITGIRL4LIFE workshops to assist girls on their self empowerment journey. Her second book is due out next Spring. Stay tuned!
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Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than two decades. His screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, NBC, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.
He has written four funny novels to be released in 2014: McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication, McCall & Company: Swollen Identity, Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, and Let There Be Linda.
He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a commercial real estate agent, an indie film director, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, were grist for the mill. He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three college kids.
Rich loves to hear from readers and writers. Please don’t be shy.
You can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can visit him at www.laughriotpress.com/richleder
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Book Genre: FUNNY MYSTERY // FUNNY FICTION
Publisher: LAUGH RIOT PRESS
Release Date: AUGUST 2014
Buy Link(s): Amazon
MCCALL & COMPANY: WORKMAN’S COMPLICATION
WAY-OFF BROADWAY ACTRESS. MURDERED PI FATHER. NEW DAY JOB.
Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigation business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.
A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding and can never work—or dance—again, and then sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.
Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.
But not as much trouble as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.
Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade? She might, but it’s going to be a whole lot of hilarious.
From the moment I picked this book up, I couldn’t put it down. When I had to, I couldn’t wait to get back to it, it IS that good. Leder does a fantastic job of drawing the reader in, not to mention keeping you entertained through the entire thing. It felt like an old time movie, you know? The good one’s they don’t make any more? I could see in my mind a young Katherine Hepburn playing the role of Kate, and Cary Grant playing as Detective Herriman. You may see someone else, but you will definitely get the feeling it should be a movie!
You will find yourself laughing out loud, and anxiously turning the pages to see what Kate and her quirky crew are up to next. I can’t say enough about how great this book was, and if you’ve never heard of Rich Leder, you don’t even have to worry about trusting your purchases of his books, because he’s that GREAT of a writer.
I can easily see his books landing on the NY Times Bestseller lists and if you haven’t tried them yet, I strongly suggest you do. I place him right up there with Dean Koontz, James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks! He’s fantastic!
The characters are easy to connect with, the suspense is at the right pace to keep you wanting more, and the humor is brilliant! I easily give it 5 Wolf Moons and Rich Leder is easily placed as one of my most favorite authors! Don’t wait, get right over to Amazon and grab your copy this minute! You won’t regret it.
MCCALL & COMPANY: SWOLLEN IDENTITY
BEAUTIFUL BILLIONAIRE SOCIALITE. COLD-BLOODED CORPORATE ASSASSIN. MCCALL & COMPANY BACK IN BUSINESS.
Way-off Broadway actress and NYC PI Kate McCall had promised the police and the Assistant DA—her son—that she was all done investigating any damn thing in New York…
Meaning beautiful billionaire socialite Brooke Barrington says someone has stolen her identity and the corporate assassin who murdered Kate’s father has shot the eyes out of the CEO of Superior Press…
Meaning McCall & Company is back in business…
Meaning Kate enlists the help of the eccentric tenants of her brownstone—the House of Emotional Tics—and her melodramatic acting troupe, the Schmidt and Parker Players…
Meaning things spiral hilariously and dangerously out of control…
Meaning she is confronted by Brooke’s demonic identical twin, Bailey, accosted by international counterfeiters, and arrested for impersonating a hooker.
Will Kate stop Bailey from murdering Brooke? Or will she stop Brooke from murdering Bailey? Or will she figure out how to tell one from the other in time to survive the wrath of the Bulgarian mob men hired to protect the counterfeit cash?
And will she finally find her father’s killer?
She might, but it’s going to be a fast, funny, furious ride.
JUGGLER, PORN STAR, MONKEY WRENCH
My name is Mark Manilow. I am a Hollywood screenwriter. Here’s my recipe for a cocktail called “Romantic Hollywood Sex Comedy.”
Start with my estranged wife, who left me two years ago to become a juggler.
Pour in the ensuing emotional tailspin conjoined with a brutal case of writer’s block.
Mix with my last-gasp writing job, a ridiculous porn flick called Broken Boner.
Add in the Broken Boner porn star, who seduces me into an ill-fated relationship.
Blend with the gun-toting producer and eccentric Montecito billionaire, who hire me to adapt the phonebook into a movie.
Toss in the return of my headaches and a trip to an ancient Chinese healer, where I meet the healer’s beguiling granddaughter—my monkey wrench.
Serve with wonderment as to whether or not I’ll find a way to settle things with the juggler, break it off with the porn star, and fall in love with the monkey wrench…or if anyone will stop laughing long enough to notice.
JUGGLER, PORN STAR, MONKEY WRENCH
My parents stood by the front of the stage, staring at the glowing songwriter with wonder and awe. They weren’t as used to seeing famous people as we all were.
Once you’ve seen George Hamilton buy apples at Gelson’s, looking tan and fit for someone one-hundred-sixteen-years-old, the thrill dissipates to some degree. But this wasn’t just some run-of-the-mill famous person. It wasn’t Heather Locklear or David Spade. It was a glowing global legend. My mother was grasping my father’s arm with a superhuman adrenaline rush of strength normally reserved for women whose small children are trapped beneath parked cars. I thought to intercede on their behalf and escort them over to meet the man in the flesh, but as thin as Barry was, I was afraid my mother might break him in half.
Ally Kramer’s interest appeared to peak now that Barry was here. I imagined calculators clicking furiously in her head. If Barry Manilow was doing the music, she could raise the budget by twenty million. Think of the soundtrack album! Think of the international appeal! Talk about reaching the cabaret demographic! Why make a movie for one hundred seventy-five million when you can make one for two hundred million? I saw her nodding with approval and whispering into Cathy’s ear.
Behind me, Royal T and Boogie had sprung into action. Boogie had created a mellow blue hue around Barry’s table, dimming the lights elsewhere in the church while throwing three azure pin spots on Barry himself. It was a remarkable effect and I thought if Boogie is this good on the fly, the staged reading should really be something special. To complement the lighting, Royal T had cross-faded Ry Cooder’s Buena Vista Social Club with Barry’s Trying to Get the Feeling, and the whole room had a sunset on the beach kind of vibe that was warm and electric at the same time.
And then the door opened again and Dr. Alvin Yee, wearing a purple tuxedo and tails, a purple top hat, and purple Puma Clydes stepped into the church with Caroline on his arm, and everything stopped.
My sister saw him first and froze. Phil followed her starstruck gaze and his jaw dropped open. Then my parents saw him. Then Eddie and Gloria and Cletis. Then the porn people. Then Barry and his entourage. Finally, everyone in the Colonel’s studio was staring at Dr. Yee and his granddaughter.
Yee’s long white beard was done in three separate French braids, as was his hair, which spilled out of the top hat and reached all the way down his back. Caroline was a vision of loveliness in a beautiful blue evening gown, her skin perfectly porcelain, her hair a glossy shimmering black.
For all the money and time and blood and sweat spent trying to catch lightning in a bottle, the truth is not much magic is found here in Hollywood. It’s a town of smoke and mirrors and gummed up gears. So when genuine magic walks through the door—say, dressed in purple from head to toe—legends and losers and icons and idiots alike stop and stare, not exactly recognizing it as magic per se, but sensing an unusual wave in the groomed LA sand.
Boogie dimmed the blue lights on Barry and wrapped a soft white curtain around Dr. Yee and his granddaughter. Royal T, who no doubt had some magic in his Watusi history, cross-faded to Hendrix’ Are you Experienced? but kept the volume low. Everyone looked at the wizard as if waiting for a signal that all was well with the world.
Dr. Yee stood there for a long moment, letting the vibe wash over him, then held up the peace sign. An audible sigh of relief, or possibly a gasp of wonderment, echoed through the space, Boogie brought up the blue light, Royal T came back with Barry’s Even Now, and Yee and Caroline walked into the room. I met them at a table just beside the Colonel’s raised La-Z-Boy platform.
“You look beautiful,” I said to Caroline, who smiled and hugged me hello. “Tell your grandfather I’m glad he came.”
Caroline translated, and Yee said something in Chinese.
“He says he never misses a coming-out party,” Caroline said.
“Tell him I don’t understand what he means,” I said.
She did, and he smiled, singing his answer.
Caroline translated. “Lucky you. It’s a surprise party.”
Before I could press him on this surprise coming-out-party business, Colonel Bill Curry strode onto the stage with all the confidence of a madman who has found a way to bend reality to his will instead of vice versa.
“Ladies and gentlemen. You are humbly invited to take your seats,” he said.
September 7 – Introduction at VBT Café Blog
September 8 – Spotlight at Debbie Jeans
September 10 – Spotlight at Words, Words, Words
September 12 – Guest Blogging at PubSlush
September 15 – Interviewed at A. Literary Mafia
September 17 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
September 19 – Interviewed at Bikers With Books
September 22 – Review & Guest Blog at Lilac Reviews
September 24 – Reviewed at KimberkyandCompany
September 26 – 5 Things I Know For Sure at CAT Magazine
September 29 – Interviewed at BK Walker Books Etc.
October 1 – Review & Interview at My Life, Love, & Passions
October 3 – Guest Blogging at The Avid Reader
October 6 – Interviewed at YAH Did Radio 6:30pm EST
October 8 – Spotlight at Black Coffee, Brown Cow
October 10 – Spotlight at A Cup Of Tea & A Big Book
October 13 – Author 2 Author Marketing at BookIt BK
October 15 – Interviewed at Ghost Rider Book Promotions
October 17 – Review & Interview at AG Lang Writes
October 20 – Spotlight at Dalene’s Book Reviews
October 22 – 6 Besties at BK Walker Books
October 24 – Reviewed at BK Walker Books