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“Questionable Minds,” a New Book: Conversations with Writers about Writing

OTTAWA, Ontario CANADA, 2017-Feb-15 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — The mind of a writer is a mysterious place. In Questionable Minds: conversations with writers, social psychologist dr george pollard gives a guided tour of the creative mental landscape of writers. In this unique collection of conversations, dr pollard explores the making of a fictional story or a stand-up comedy routine.

If you’re curious how your favourite novel or stand-up comedy routine comes into being, Questionable Minds helps you find out. This new book helps answer many questions. Where do the ideas come from? How do authors develop their characters? What is the secret of writing a successful stand-up comedy routine?

In this eclectic view of the workings of the imagination; dr pollard has assembled a remarkable panel of writers, covering a wide of range of literature. The conversations, in this collection, are with writers of thrillers, satire and westerns, as well as stand-up comedy.

Alessandra Torre tells gripping tales she claims are erotica. Peter Mehlman, a pillar of Seinfeld, has an idiosyncratically ironic eye and smooth, easy writing style. Chris Allen trades in thrillers that may contain more than a hint of truth.

Bruce Holbert is the thriftiest of writers, building finely honed sentences. Victoria Patterson artfully skewers the upper class, of Orange County, California. Steve Berry creates intricate mysteries against a backdrop of notional history. J Scott Fuqua tells tales with words and illustrations that resurrect a bygone era.

Ann Lewis Hamilton writes serious stories in a shrewdly droll style. Gabe Abelson is the A-list writer of late-night television talk show monologues. Jay Bonansinga writes The Walking Dead novels.

What inspires these writers? How do they develop stories or comedy? Why must they write?

To a one, they agree writing is sweating blood that shows up as squiggles on a page or pixels on an e-reader. Writing fiction or stand-up comedy is not for the easily distracted, the indolent or faint of heart. Writers must be eager to chase their characters and stories down the rabbit hole.

Questionable Minds is notable because of the depth and clarity of the insights found in the conversations. The book exhibits a unique intimacy; there’s no sense of canned answers to a list of prepared questions. Instead these conversations move effortlessly, following lines of curiosity and interest, while drawing out a wealth of detail.

Every writer dr pollard talks with has a different story to tell. Each has his or her own sources of inspiration. Their routines are personal; sometimes fitting writing around the rest of their lives or, for a few, squeezing in time for family, if they can drag themselves away from writing.

It is notable how willingly, candid and freely the writers talk. They discuss in detail the motivations that drive them to write. For some it’s enthusiasm; others want to explore their own lives and, perhaps, reframe them in a different context; still others want to discover what happens to their characters, as the story unfolds and still others simply enjoy the act of writing. Questionable Minds is an inside view of some highly distinctive minds, which are absorbing places to explore.

Although dr pollard explores similar themes with each writer, the conversations never become repetitive. Each writer is too distinctive a personality; each brings something fresh to the conversations and our understanding of why writers write. If you wonder how writers do what they do, this book will show you that it’s much more complicated and enthralling than you may imagine; it will improve your reading experience, too.

Questionable Minds is available through Amazon, in paperback and eBook editions at Review copies, in MOBI format, are available from the author at For more information on Questionable Minds, visit the web site or e-mail, as you wish, perhaps to arrange an interview with dr pollard.

About the Author
dr george pollard is a sociometrician and social psychologist at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His teaching and research interests include the process, practise and effects of writing as an act of fulfilling the pop culture and entertainment need of society as well as media and truth.

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Los Angeles Pastor Writes Self-Help Book!

Alja Thompson was an accomplished R&B recording artist with the 1980s band, General Caine, and has four albums to his credit with CBS Records. During the height of his career, Alja got involved with drugs, which devastated his life and ultimately led to his incarceration. It was a galvanizing reality. Totally defeated, he began a quest for truth and encountered the Christian-Judeo God along the way. It proved to be an event that completely changed his life.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, young Alja learned to play music at the age of three. “In fact,” he explains, “I don’t remember life without music. Eventually, it became my life.” As a young musician he played the drums, marching in the world renowned Mardi Gras parades of New Orleans and also performed with jazz ensembles on the Mark Twain River Boat while sailing down the Mississippi River. In his late teens Alja’s music career advanced to Los Angeles, California, where he performed with James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, War, Rick James, and The Silvers, and finally became a member of the funk-rock group General Caine. Throughout his music career, Alja felt that something was missing; convinced that his life bore a much greater purpose.

Today, Alja Thompson is the founder and senior pastor of Sanctified Army Ministries, in Los Angeles, California. He holds a degree in Theology and is called by God to break down the strongholds of poverty and human suffering with the love of Christ through his warm, gentle affection for people. As a result, Pastor Thompson has written his first book, entitled Victory Over The Mind. Of the multitude of Christian and secular, self-help books that you’ll ever read, Victory Over the Mind is a truly splendid accomplishment. Follow along as Pastor Thompson delves into scripture to unveil the power that God placed within us. Victory Over the Mind is an awesome adventure, an excellent teaching accessory for the classroom setting and a must-read for anyone struggling with a restless mind.

Find Alja Thompson’s Victory Over The Mind at … Amazon Books Alja Thompson!

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Maryland Author, Rachael Allen, releases new book “Velvet Hellion”

Baltimore, Maryland author, Rachael Allen, has just released her new ebook entitled “Velvet Hellion”. It follows the story of a young woman, Nicole Tyler, who was unknowingly used in an experiment which led to her husband’s murder. Nicole soon becomes the prime suspect. As two friends try to solve one of the mysteries in her secretive past, they become entangled in a web of deception, government agents, and are forced to face their own emotional rivalry.  This light-hearted mystery is not without its suspenseful, dangerous moments. You can read some excerpts from the ebook and purchase it at: 

Rachael Allen is a disabled author now living in Berkshire, England. Proceeds from this book go towards helping her obtain the necessary supplements she needs for her illnesses.

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Nationally Known Playwright Lends Advice to Peers in the “Tyler Perry” Era of Theater

Urban or gospel theater, commonly referred to as “The Chitlin’ Circuit”, is a joke in most professional circles, mainly because its basis is of an inner city experience and its writers have no formal training. But many urban theater playwrights are laughing all the way to the bank! Every weekend throughout the country, from small church houses to large arenas, you can find a rabble rousing gospel or urban play filled with adoring fans. The popularity of this art form has soared in the wake of the Tyler Perry era, an urban playwright who is now a major Hollywood mogul. There is no doubt, urban theater and film is in high demand from major retailers. The critical issue is that the average urban playwright often has a great message,but lacks the information or tools to produce a professional production.

Having experienced this firsthand, Lynn, who in 1995 wrote her first play “Unequally Yoked”, was met with much resistance and little support. A single working mother at the time, she had no one to turn to for assistance to get her play produced professionally. It was not until 2006, after losing a corporate job that she was inspired to revisit her 1995 play and launch into the deep. Her experience and the lack of information available about this little known genre of theater prompted Lynn to start Urban Playwrights United, a nationwide networking group of playwrights that exchange information and ideas, which eventually lead to a national conference that convenes annually. But with many playwrights not able to travel, Lynn decided to put her personal experiences, mishaps and successes in book form so that playwrights would have a practical hands-on guide that deals with the specifics of producing a quality play in the urban theater genre.

Beyond the Chitlin’ Circuit, The Ultimate Urban Playwrights Guide is the first published resource of its kind and covers topics from the creative process of writing a play to DVD production and distribution, including Lynn’s personal journeys and struggles. “While producing my plays in the earlier times, I would say, “I wish someone would have told me…’” With this thought, included in the book are many “what not to do” scenarios that Lynn has gathered through her years of mentoring playwrights.

About the Author: Vanessa Lynn is a nationally published playwright with a distribution deal for her plays Affairs and Unequally Yoked,and upcoming DVD Boss Lady. Lynn was also a contributing writer on the touring stage play, Church Girl, which can now be seen on BET. Lynn recently relocated to Atlanta, GA from her birthplace of Detroit, MI, and is the proud mother of two adult daughters and a young grandson.

Beyond the Chitlin’ Circuit officially released on March 1, 2013 and a book launch and seminar will be held at the Professional Actors Studio (2849 Piedmont N.E.) in Atlanta, GA at 12:30 p.m. on March 2, 2013.

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More Entertainment press releases Announces Second Writing Competition with $1000 in Total Author Prizes announced today its second writing competition in two categories: Fiction and Non-Fiction.

The fiction category is intended as primarily a short story contest, although authors are encouraged to also submit one act plays, or other experimental compositions. The non-fiction category includes personal essays, memoires, sociopolitical opinions, and travel stories, not including reviews. All English language submissions, in any genre, are eligible. However, submissions with pornographic theme, hate speech, or those that may be classified as personal or institutional rants will not be considered.

There are three prizes in each category, $300, $150, and $50, for a total of $1000 in author prizes. The contest is fee to enter. Previously published material and simultaneous submissions are permitted.

Asked about the first contest, Bob Dourandish had this to say: “Our first writing competition was successful beyond our own wildest hopes! We received over 1000 entries from 11 countries, many of which were compelling and extremely well-written pieces. While it is now becoming more common, pixelhose was the first publisher to use social as an integral part of a writing contest. As the result, our authors found new readers, beyond their own base of friends-and-family, which can only enhance their careers.”

“Furthermore,” Dourandish continued, “we are extremely excited to report that we will be publishing a collection of the best entries in our first writing competition in the very near future – so look for it soon!”

All entries must be made via email to No physical submissions are accepted.
Deadline to enter is Thursday, February 28, 2013. For complete details see

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Anecdotes And A Philosphy Of Life From A Family Of Sixteen

Is there an uneasiness that tugs at you from your interior? What is the meaning and purpose of life? Do you want to live in the world without being of the world? How can one achieve true happiness and fulfillment? These are questions addressed in BETTER BY THE DOZEN, PLUS TWO, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen, written by James and Kathleen Littleton, parents in the process of raising fourteen living children.

This unique and inspiring book unmasks many of the fundamental errors of our time, with the authors offering a concrete hierarchy of values or priorities to live by in the midst of what they describe as a seriously disordered modern dominant culture. It is designed to be an appealing and interesting read for anyone and everyone intended to move the reader to serious reflection on the state of his or her life, and to hopefully come away with some helpful resolutions of a spiritual and/or practical nature.

The Littletons offer experience and insights into subjects including faith, family, living by a hierarchy of values, marriage, motherhood, openness to life, miscarriage, formation of children, service, dealing with difficulties of life, and the importance of having a sense of humor

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About the Authors:
James Littleton, Catholic revert, speaker, spiritual guide, radio guest, contributor and; co-author, with his wife Kathleen, of Better by the Dozen, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen andauthor of soon to be published Healed through Cancer and Other Adversities. Jim and his wife, Kathleen are parents of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth, ages twenty-six to six, and five living in heaven. He is available as a speaker or retreat or workshop presenter on a wide range of Healing, Faith and Family topics. His guest appearances on television and radio programs include: EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, November 11, 2009; EWTN’s Bookmark with Doug Keck, May 9, 2010; Light of the East, host Fr Thomas Loya; The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio; Kresta in the Afternoon on Ave Maria Radio; The Doctor Is In with Coleen Mast on Ave Maria Radio; and Speak Now with Susan Konig on Sirius Satellite Radio the Catholic Channel; Radio Maria, Lost and Found, with Traci Matheu. He has been featured in numerous articles including Zenit, Lifesite News, Immaculate Heart Messenger Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and many more.

James can be reached with questions, comments, interview or speaking engagement requests at

1. How We Came to Be a Family
2. How We Came to Live our Faith
3. Hierarchy of Values
4. Marriage
5. Motherhood
6. Openness to Life
7. Miscarriage
8. Formation of Children
9. Called to Service
10. On the Cross
11. Importance of Having a Sense of Humor

Praise for Better by the Dozen, Plus Two:

“Here’s a family you won’t forget. And reading about them will brighten your day and deepen your faith. I was blessed in meeting them because their three oldest girls attended or attend Ave Maria University —and we’re hoping the 11 younger siblings will follow in their footsteps! You’ll find 16 reasons for being joyfully counter-cultural.”
Fr. Joseph D. Fessio, S.J.
Editor, Ignatius Press and Theologian in Residence, Ave Maria University

“In Better by the Dozen, Plus Two James and Kathleen Littleton have written a truly profound book that may change your family forever. Through Scripture, Catechism, family anecdotes, and simple “how to” practical advice, this work will challenge and inspire all families both large and small. Throughout the book one thing is clear; the Littleton family perseveres and thrives because of God’s Sacramental Grace. Read this book and be encouraged. Read this book and be awed. Read this book and learn how you, too, can raise a family firmly rooted in Faith and Love for Christ and His Church.”
Mark and Elizabeth Matthews
Authors of Precious Treasure, the Story of Patrick and A Place for Me

“For those looking to invite God not just to their wedding, but also into their marriage, this is a must read. The Littleton ‘s personal journey in striving to be open to God’s will, and then to live his will, offers the inspiration and tools to accomplish this in our own lives.”
Kris Cortes
Co-founder, Virtue in Action and Our Faith in Action

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Superb! Superb! Superb! March 28, 2011I read this book at least once a year. I am now in my fourth reading since purchasing it. You will fall in love with this large, Irish Catholic family, as I have. Jim and Kathleen Littleton are devout Catholics who have not been afraid to make radical choices when it comes to living a Christ-centered life or raising a family in such a way that goes completely against the grain of the dominant culture. They have been such an inspiration to me. In fact, after my husband read this book, he decided to become a Catholic! The Littletons have 14 living children. In this book, they will share with you what they are convinced are God’s Hierarchy of Values, namely, God, Spouse, Children, Work, and then Service Work/Apostolate. They also discuss Marriage, Motherhood, Openness to Life, Formation of Children, Service, Cross-Carrying, and the necessity of possessing a sense of humor. Whenever I become discouraged as a parent, I know that it’s time to take this book off of the shelf and read it again. It is the only Catholic book on parenting and devotion that I continue to read over and over again. I eagerly await their next book, and hope that one day, there will be one. 5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Superb! Superb! March 28, 2011 By Tara ( Alamogordo, NM)

Jim and Kathleen are a beautiful example of understanding, living, and teaching the Catholic faith. I felt like I wanted to be adopted by them! 5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating, October 12, 2007 By Suzanne Earl St. Joseph, pray for us! ( Illinois )

This book is proof that current cultural wisdom is wrong and that the Catholic teaching on openness to life is right. Who knows better, you or God? The Littletons are an excellent example of the generosity God is asking for. One important lesson pointed out by James and Kathleen Littleton is that the world looks at children as a burden which actually belittles the contribution that children bring. They are not just empty stomachs and brains demanding to be fed and sent to college. They are persons who contribute to the family from the day they are brought into it–and more and more as they mature. This book was like a pleasant stroll through a different world in which values were properly prioritized. I only wish there were more anecdotes about the children’s interaction with each other and the hostile world. I loved the one about two older kids saving 10 seats in a theater during the previews while the younger ones waited in the lobby so they didn’t have to look at all the junk in the previews. A good gift for your teenaged sons and daughters. A mandatory gift for Pre-Cana classes. Good idea for Engaged- and Marriage Encounter Weekend attendees. Five Stars Countercultural May 21, 2012 By Jeffery R. King.

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A Unique Publishing Platform For Writers And Publishers

Possibillion Technologies, today launched a unique online publishing portal, for writers and publishers. The portal allows writers and publishers to independently create their books in the form as Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile platforms. These book apps have the advantage of reaching readers across the world.

There’s a whole new segment of book lovers who want to read books on their mobile phones and tablet devices. And Paginative helps writers to publish their own books for this segment. Additionally, the service is integrated with the social media, which simplifies promotion and proliferation of books.

Simple to use and navigate, the portal offers a host of services to simplify book publishing for mobile readers. Paginative is powered by an innovative blend of mobile and web technologies. To know more about Paginative, visit

About Possibillion Technologies
Possibillion Technologies is an idea development company endeavoring to harness the synergistic power of novelty and technology. The company’s products and their services are tied to the real-world needs thus helping individuals and businesses to realize the wealth-creating potential of ideas.

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Debut Author Comes To The Scenes With Suspense And Action As The Thriller Unfolds

Many book readers love a good suspense novel. Mystery fans have been readers of Agatha Christie, James Patterson, David Baldacci and even John Grisham. Ola Adigun is new to the scene with his first thriller, “Razor Sharp 3.0”.

Adigun story focuses on Zeus, a mathematical genius that never seems to complete what he starts. Losing his father and inheriting a huge debt changed all that. He purposed to channel his energy to developing an intelligent software agent for predicting stock prices. The project was a total failure, or so he thought….

His brainchild takes a life of its own, infiltrating millions of computers worldwide in its quest to gain more processing power. One of the computers in question, belong to a secretive organization with highly sensitive information. And so began the race to find and take out the creator(s) of this elusive worm before they can figure out the power of what they have.

Can Zeus stay ahead of the ruthless people after him? The majority of Razor Sharp takes place in Nigeria; however it opens in San Jose, California.

Razor Sharp 3.0 is a suspense novel that also has spiritual undertones. It is a continuous page turner that keeps the reader wanting more. If you love a story filled with suspense and action, this is the book for you. It will keep you guessing chapter after chapter. Razor Sharp 3.0 can be purchased at

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Maribor – Slovenia: European City of Culture 2012 Greet The Bogside Artists

Maribor, second biggest city in Slovenia and this year’s Cultural Capital is host to Derry’s acclaimed Bogside Artists.

Their mural, which will form the centrepiece of the coming cultural festival will be unveiled by His Holiness The Dalai Lama on 17th May 2012.

The artists are fresh from their recent USA trip where they were feted by the universities of Bonaventure and Boston College.

This is a rare and unique coming together of cultures of Ireland, Slovenia and Tibet, factors that the artists have incorporated into theirmural in progress. For the artists this is an incredibly significant honour and accolade. Said spokesman Tom Kelly. ” We have been fortunate throughout the years to have enjoyed recognition and respect abroad and we are indeed grateful to the city of Maribor and its organizing council for giving us a wonderful centre stage on which to share our creative journey. And that is why we have decided to make a direct visual link between the Annette McGavigan schoolgirl mural from The People’s Gallery in the Bogside, Derry, which has proved to be one of the most popular of our creations and this mural which will highlight to the best of our ability the horrendous plight of the oppressed people of Tibet. We look forward immensely to meeting with their leader the Dalai Lama whose mission of peace, mutual respect and understanding in the world which has been our own foundation and mission for so many years. We see this as also an honour for the people of Derry and especially for all those who have supported us and The People’s Gallery. Like us, they are more than familiar with the abuses of human rights.”

The Bogside Artists created all of the twelve murals of The People’s Gallery. These murals depict the key events of the troubles in N.Ireland and especially those events that impacted the people of Derry and the Bogside whose story the artists felt impelled to tell via the art of mural painting. These huge murals are visited by many thousands of people each year.

The artists began painting their mural for Maribor today 19th April. It will be unveiled by the Dalai Lama on 17th May.

For further information please contact the Art of Reconciliation website. Or visit their own website at

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A New Dynamic Entertainment Duo Has Arrived

On April 11, 2012, the entertainment world gained two new dynamic bloggers in the from of The Barnes Bros. The Barnes Bros. — formed by Denzel and Jalen Barnes — is an exciting hub for all things entertainment. “We’ll cover movies, TV, video games, comic books, everything you name it!” Jalen said.

No stranger to the industry themselves–they are the authors of the upcoming e-book series “Legends”–Denzel and Jalen feel they can bring a fresh and exciting outlook on the industry. “When people read our blogs and watch our videos, I think they’ll see how fun we are and really get involved,” Denzel said.

In the short time since its arrival, The Barnes Bros. brand has already garnered attention. Denzel and Jalen have gained new followers everyday and praise on their additions to entertainment-related discussions around the Web. As buzz continues to build, The Barnes Bros. is gaining notoriety and requests to expand into other platforms.

“We’ve had someone ask us to move into podcasting already. It’s really wild,” Jalen commented.

Bringing their energy and sense of comedic timing to their work, The Barnes Bros. is looking to shake up the way people perceive entertainment. Using social networking in new and creative ways to connect with their audience, Denzel and Jalen Barnes are shaping up to be an enjoyable duo the likes of which hasn’t been seen in some time.

About The Barnes Bros
The Barnes Bros. brings a comedic, but informative perspective on news and issues in the entertainment world using video media ( and the written word ( The Barnes Bros. aims to use hard work and determination to form an exciting community for all entertainment lovers.

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1970s Las Vegas Chronicled in Graphic New Memoir

Local Author Marlayna Glynn Brown grew up in the 1970s Las Vegas mafia casino era. Her first memoir, Overlay, reveals an intriguing narrative of a strong child protagonist born into an ongoing cycle of alcoholism and abandonment amidst fallen adults. Marlayna describes a childhood that enabled her to develop a powerful sense of self-preservation as the people entrusted with her care abdicated their responsibilities. Her story reveals the personalities of the bizarre cast of characters that populated her life as she moved from home to home, parent to parent, family to family and ultimately to homelessness at the age of fourteen. Overlay will appeal to fans of the movie Casino and readers who prefer a strong journalistic storytelling style that does not delve into pity.

“Overlay isn’t just about me and my story,” Marlayna explains. “It provides an opportunity for the reader to examine their choices, decisions and actions and consider how they affect others. We often underestimate our power to transform those around us – at times irrevocably.”

Marlayna’s story is relevant and inspirational for anyone with a family member struggling with alcoholism or addiction. Parents and children will easily relate to Marlayna’s haunting and riveting tales of trying to make childhood sense of adult nonsensical behavior. Her powerful story will captivate readers and remain in their consciousness long after the last page of her story has been turned.

“I’ve been humbled and surprised by the outpouring of emotion from the readers. As a child I felt quite alone in dealing with the dysfunctional insanity in my family. I’ve learned as an adult that I was not as unique or alone as I’d previously believed,” Marlayna states.

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The Fairytale Keeper series: Not Your Average Fairy Tale Retelling

It’s a Grimm situation in the entertainment world these days. Literally. Grimm fairy tale retellings have taken over movie screens, television sets, and books shelves. From steam punk to comedy, and fantasy to science fiction, it seems fairy tales have seeped into every genre available this year.

Upon first glance, one might wonder what makes Andrea Cefalo’s The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen stand out from the crowd. It’s young adult historical fiction, which isn’t exactly original when it comes to fairytale retellings, but Cefalo doesn’t stick to just one of Grimm’s fairy tales in her Fairytale Keeper series. She supposes the most noted of these stories (Snow White, Cinderella, The Elves and the Shoemaker etc.) come from one person, a spitfire cobbler’s apprentice and novice story teller living in thirteenth century Germany. “I want the reader to believe that it’s possible for one person to have come up with all these tales,” say Cefalo.“To do that, I had to develop realistic characters and a historically-accurate setting.”

Fifteen year-old Adelaide, who will one day be immortalized in the story of Snow White, narrates this coming-of-age tale in which she quickly and harshly learns how corrupt her beloved home city of Cologne has become. Adelaide’s deep loyalty to her loved ones reveals itself through her confliction as she chooses between fighting the corruption and avenging her mother or keeping her father, friends, and her first love safe from the enemy.

The Fairytale Keeper series paints medieval Cologne vividly and develops a set of dynamic characters, bringing the famous villains, heroes, and damsels of Grimm’s fairy tales to life. Cinderella happens to be Adelaide’s self-indulgent, yet well-meaning cousin and her drunkard, yet hard-working father is the Shoemaker from the famous Elves and the Shoemaker story. However, not all main characters are cast into a Grimm fairy tale role yet. The role of Adelaide’s love interest, Ivo, is up in the air. Will he be the Prince in the Snow White story or some other character? When asked about Ivo’s role, Cefalo says, “Time will tell. There are going to be four books in the series. It’s funny. Most of the time the story writes itself and it would be wrong of me to assume that Ivo will end up a certain way.”

By the end, historical events and real people from the time period are so artfully woven into the retellings the reader will be left wondering if this is fact or fiction, making The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen a convincing and compelling fairy tale retelling.

The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen is set for release on June 1, 2012. It can be pre-ordered through the author’s website: or purchased in local bookstores and through online book retailers for 11.99 plus shipping and handling. For the latest news on this series, follow the author, Andrea Cefalo, on her website, Facebook fan page (, and on Twitter (!/AndreaCefalo).

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Bonaventure to Boston College: Here come The Bogside Artists!

The Bogside Artists of Derry, Tom Kelly, William Kelly and Kevin Hasson are on their way to St. Bonaventure University Buffalo to give talks and paint a mural for campus. “We look on this as a farewell gesture of sorts,” explained one of the trio Kevin Hasson. “The focus of our creativity from now on will be in Europe as part of the Art of Reconciliation program begun by our friend and agent Desmond Doyle.”

From Buffalo they will travel to Boston College to hold workshops and similarly give talks on their lives and work. Many documentaries have been made about the artists and one or two of these will comprise the visuals of their presentations.

The Bogside Artists are world renowned for the series of twelve murals they created for Derry called The People’s Gallery. These august images that stand like colossal sentries guarding the Bogside – the area that witnessed the worst of the troubles since 1968 – constitute the most visited tourist attraction in the city if not the whole of Ireland.

It has been over a decade since the artists last addressed the students of BC. Now, new students take the place of the old but their eagerness to hear the story of N.Ireland’s three decades of political strife is assured by hosts Profs, John Michalczyk and international peace negotiator Raymond Helmick both friends of the artists. Said spokesman Tom Kelly. “It will be wonderful catching up with old friends at BC. We have very fond memories of the people we met there. Our sincerest thanks to St. Bonaventure for inviting us over in the first place. The murals we created, as everybody knows, have been dumbed down by incumbent politicos who flourish and are kept in power by a Westminster sponsored policy of appeasement. Understandable as that may be, it is entirely reprehensible on many levels, as the murals contribute mightily to the economy of the city. One would think that, at a bare minimum, they would be properly marketed to the world at large but personal resentment towards us and political in-fighting have ensured that the exact opposite has been the consensus policy – to keep them hidden, in a word, an idiot interprise at best and very insulting not just to us but to all those who fought for democratic rights for so long and whose story we have told in the Bogside. Nevertheless, the murals we have created have made their own way in the world and are visited annually by tens of thousands of people despite the shameless attempts of Sinn Fein and Unionists alike to keep them out of sight. As we speak these paintings of ours that have featured in countless documentaries and articles all over the world have fallen into a bad state of disrepair from lack of local funding. We have just recently submitted an application so that we can bring the matter before council. That we are driven to do this is an appalling indictment against those who have purportedly been elected to represent the interests of the people. History, the very thing they have tried to stifle, will be their judge. In America we look forward to receiving the respect we feel we deserve. It will be a breath of fresh air for all of us.”

You can follow the adventures of The Bogside Artists in the United States via their Facebook address. And for more information visit their website;

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Murder! Corruption! Greed! Betrayal! Sex! New Fictional Crime Novel Explodes With Excitement For Readers

Get ready as this suspenseful thriller about a trio of Chicago and Kansas City crimes bosses and an FBI Special Agent takes you on one serious rollercoaster ride. Carmine and Michael Bernazzoli of the Chicago Outfit has consolidated power with Thomas Galluccio of the Kansas City Outfit for many years. Their ability to make money, exercise power, and minimize bloodshed within the multi-billion dollar unions of the Teamsters has always been their clear objectives.

A new threat has arisen. That very threat is FBI Special Agent Wilfredo Feliciano. The Bernazzoli Brothers and Galluccio always believed that everybody had a price, that is, until Feliciano came onto the scene. Feliciano has been christened to investigate the unholy alliance between the Teamsters and powerful organized crime figures. The Chicago and Kansas City Mafia outfits are aware of how their notorious crime families will feel the hot breath of the U. S. Government closing in if Feliciano gathers all of his important data.

Money and power proves how the most precious jewel in their crown is the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters. As a last desperate measure, a band of bloodthirsty contract killers have been sanctioned by the Bernazzoli Brothers and Galluccio to take out Agent Feliciano. Will the three crime lords make their move on Feliciano before it’s too late? Fasten your seatbelts since this supremely fascinating tale of greed, power, corruption, betrayal, and sex goes where the shadows of a violent death lurks deep in the dark inner sanctums.

About The Author
D. B. Reynolds is an author, screenwriter, computer expert, and a chartered member of The Writer’s Place and The Writer’s Lab. In 2002, he was a guest on the former nationally-syndicated daytime talk show, “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show”, to talk about his horrific experience in a particular foster home. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

CreateSpace is premier book publisher for the novel Network of Killers, which is also available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. For more information about author D. B. Reynolds and this novel, please visit his website at

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WINGS OF HOPE – New Novel Publication

Title: Wings of Hope
Author: Hillary E. Peak
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1466312197
Price: $9.99
Page count: 226
Publication date: December 9, 2011

Summary of the book: The letter said he was dying, that’s all Jules Weinstein knows when she leaves her life in San Francisco and moves to New York City to be with her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Little does she know that by getting to know her father, she will find herself. While her father struggles with whether his life was meaningful, Jules discovers that her father’s last gift to her is the ability to reach for her dreams. Her journey teacher her that “the goodbye” is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life. Wings of Hope is a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through conversations with his grown daughter. Hope is the last gift of a father to his daughter–the power to reach for her dreams.

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The Bogside Artists Help Willy The Wizard

The Bogside Artists have announced that they have given important evidence and statements to the estate of Adrian Jacobs who are currently embroiled in a legal suit against J.K. Rowling. Speaking for the group, Tom Kelly said: “We are absolutely staggered by what has been done to these people in order to stifle their lawful case. Rowling’s lawyers Schillings have gagged Britain’s media in an effort to ensure that no newspaper anywhere gives credence or exposure to this case, the fourth largest case of its kind in history. They gagged a couple of newspapers in the South of Ireland too that attempted to cover our side of the affair and one in Derry, the Derry News. Anybody who wants proof of that has only to contact us.”

Meanwhile, Adrian Jacobs’s lawyers await the outcome of their appeal in England’s High Court. J.K. Rowling, one of the richest women in the world, is demanding £2 million from the litigants in costs thanks to exorbitant fees and deliberate shilly-shallying by their legal advisors. She is also demanding private information about who has been funding their case so they can put a stop to any future support they depend on. Rowling herself is in breach of a court order to produce early notebooks proving her claim to original creation. It is not known if they even exist; but no action so far has been brought against her for failure to present them. The Willy the Wizard team, on the other hand, are facing ruination, like many who have gone before.

Tom Kelly said: “Whatever this is, justice it is not. The Bogside Artists have no vested interest in the case other than to see that it gets a fair hearing because we see a great principle at stake here – the principle of an artist’s right to his or her own creative work. This issue we have addressed in our blog; We would sincerely hope anybody who fears for justice and democracy will read it. And we would urge anybody who cares for their rights to rally to the cause of the family of Adrian Jacobs’ struggle against Rowling. The ongoing drive by her and her team to annihilate any, and every, opposition to her in court and out of it is a fact that is common knowledge to us all of us who live in the UK. Rowling’s avowed goal is clearly to make sure that any evidence the Jacobs team have against her never sees the light of day. We, at any rate, know what some of that evidence is and we would say that people everywhere have a right also to know what it is. Her relentless determination to stifle criticism of her bespeaks a level of press tyranny worthy of any dictator. The British journos who have allowed themselves to be gagged in this fashion really should make an effort to recall the dutiful care to tell people the truth that is the basis of their profession.”

The Bogside Artists, creators of The People’s Gallery that is visited by many thousands of people each year from all over the world, had to give up their studio recently in The Bogside. The gallery of famous murals painted over a more than a decade portrays the worst episodes of thirty years of civil conflict in the province. “Governmental arts funding bodies such as the Arts Council of N.Ireland simply refused to help us”, said Tom Kelly.

The artists believe that this lack of response could well be related to their public support of the case against Rowling. It is certain that many in the British establishment who have financial reasons for keeping their literary icon J.K. Rowling intact and inviolable would certainly not be happy to see any such universally respected people like The Bogside Artists giving open support to those who seek to topple her. Neither would her global fan base.

The Bogside Artists travel to America in the New Year to begin a series of murals. Then it is back to Europe to paint yet more murals for the Art of Reconciliation program begun in Austria by Desmond Doyle and his colleague Hannes Missethon. The program is sponsored by Nobel Laureate John Hume, a very good friend and long-time supporter of the artists.

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Ex-‘World’s Youngest Author’ Publishes Second Novel, eBook

In December 1995, Marcus Gibson’s literary thriller ‘D’ was published by HarperCollins Publishers 3 weeks after his 22nd birthday, breaking the standing Guinness World Record for the world’s ‘youngest novelist writing adult-themed work’ by 2 years. The record was held at that time by Jennifer DiMarco, whose book ‘Escape the Wind’ was published two years prior, at age 24.

“I received the Guinness paperwork”, explains Gibson. “But decided not to fill it in. I wanted my work read in the same way as any other adult novelist.”

Now, sixteen years later, Gibson has published his second novel ‘The Dead See’ as an ebook, on the iTunes iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble NOOK books.

“The ‘tree book’ is dead,” adds Gibson. “I’ve been dealing with publishers and agents for seventeen years. With ebooks I have more control over the work, the audience is global, it’s faster to market, more economical for readers, has significant environmental benefits, and it’s a fundamentally more efficient operational model. The old way of doing things is also inherently inequitable for authors, readers, and the planet. And inequitable systems always eventually fail.”

In ‘The Dead See’, the main character seeks to end terrorism by ending religion, after he stumbles on a 5000-year-old secret that connects the religions of 3 billion Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims. The novel is based on discoveries made by the author while attending Baptist seminary, at age 17. The novel ventures deep into the origins of monotheism, and the conflicts that still plague the modern world.

“I completed the manuscript in 2001,” says Gibson. “However, the novel featured acts of terrorism by Osama Bin Laden. Within weeks of circulating the manuscript, Al Qaeda launched coordinated attacks in New York City and the Washington D.C. area. If ebooks had been available in 2001, this novel would have been released on September 10.

“It would have been profoundly insensitive to publish ‘The Dead See’ in the aftermath of such a dreadful loss of life,” adds Gibson. “Now, ten years have passed, and I believe more than ever this is a story that needs to be told.”

Marcus Gibson is now 37 years of age and lives in Melbourne, Australia. His professional career has spanned construction worker, script editor, presenter, corporate spokesperson, producer, software developer, business analyst, knowledge manager, sustainability advisor, and environmental manager in a range of sectors including IT, pharmaceuticals, property and finance, civil engineering, and construction. He is a member of the high IQ society Mensa.

Gibson’s third novel ‘The Peace Bomb’ is scheduled for ebook release in late 2011.

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Demons, Ghosts and Devils, OH MY!

Demonology101, the new book by K.W.Kesler will open your eyes to what the bible, the churches and more importantly even, what the Satanist never told you! It is much, much more than a basic guide to Demonology, but it explores how it began, where and what direction it is headed, plus a list of known demons, that would make the character“Giles” from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” extremely proud of including descriptions of physical appearances and what they do, and who they like to effect. It also provides access to information such as banishment if a reader happens to have attracted a demon; it is available through or on Tuesday, October 11th (Just in time for Halloween). The Author, K.W.Kesler was born in Ohio, has obtained degrees and certificates in Broadcasting, Communications, Parapsychology and Metaphysics, and he has worked for a variety of institutions and museums. He is known for his work in de-bunking a wide assortment of paranormal incidents and claims “common sense always is the best resolution to help in doing so.” He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Central Ohio and passes time by investigating paranormal incidents around the State and Country.

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Labyrinth of Emptiness – A Novel to Enlightenment

Our Journey Begins From Within A Labyrinth is the symbolic name of the journey that leads us to find the center of ourselves.

We encounter many obstacles in life. By reading this enlightening book, you can find a road that may bring greater well-being to your life.

The Labyrinth of Emptiness is a place hidden deep within ourselves that holds nothing. But there is significance in this nothingness. And, you will find how salvation can be found in a place that is empty.

LABYRINTH OF EMPTINESS (ISBN: 978-1-60976-975-8) is available on March 30, 2011, for $22 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:… or at or

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“NERVOUS96” A New Film By Bill Domonkos With Original Music By Jill Tracy And Paul Mercer

Known for his distinctive craft of manipulating archival film footage combined with 2D and 3D animation and special effects, Jill Tracy fans best know filmmaker Bill Domonkos for the multiple award-winning “The Fine Art of Poisoning,” and his collection of acclaimed videos for legendary cult band The Residents.

Domonkos’ complex chiaroscuro style marks a marriage between silent-era special effects master George Méliès and the digital age.

His new short “Nervous96” invokes a woman lonely, desperate, in debt, trying to connect in a desolate world overrun with technology.

An intense juxtapose of disconnect and emotion, there is next to no dialogue. The film is driven by the music. Domonkos was completely inspired by pianist Jill Tracy and violinist Paul Mercer’s “Musical Séance,” a live project that employs the duo’s astonishing channeled improvisations. Domonkos meticulously crafted excerpts from séance recordings to create the emotional voice of the character.

This seamless integration of film and music in “Nervous96” casts quite a powerful spell, embodying the spirit of classic suspense and science fiction.


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