collecting thoughts

Hello everyone:)

I’m working on a new project right now, and I was hoping you could all give me some input on a question I have been mulling over. When you read a book what do you want in a villain?

Do you want someone who is senselessly and inherently evil, or one that can be almost likable? Does your bad guy need a defined reason to do the things he does or can he just like being bad?

Can you form a connection and hate him or love to hate him if he has virtually no good qualities to redeem him?

I have been tossing around ideas and am really curious to see what you think.

Happy Birthday Helena!

If you are not familiar with Helena helenahannbasquiat.wordpress.com

You should take a moment to visit her site and see all of the fantastic material there. Helena is one of the most engaging and witty people that I have had the pleasure of running across on WordPress. She is also an author, so if you visit her site, be sure to check out what she has written. Or you can check it out here:

http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Dilettante-One-Helena-Hann-Basquiat-ebook/dp/B00J6B3GB4/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1397322389

 

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But this post, is about something else. Today just happens to be Helena’s

 

                                                                            Birthday!

If you find a moment, go tell her happy birthday today. In the mean time, enjoy these videos.

Dial L for Latch-Key by Scott Fivelson (an event you don’t want to miss)

Reprinted with permission from Yahoo Voices
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MICHELE E. GWYNN

Michele Gwynn is a Freelance Photo-Journalist in San Antonio, Texas (The

Herald/MySA.com), a contributing writer for Examiner.com, and has been

featured on Film Industry Network, FashionErotica Magazine, and AlwayzTherro.com. She writes Sci-Fi, and has published both children’s and erotic fiction.

Dial L for Latch-Key Honors Hitchcock

When is the last time you watched a stage play? Better yet, when is the last time you listened to one performed on radio? If you haven’t yet experienced a radio play broadcast, now is your chance as WMNR Fine Arts Radio will air a production of Dial L for Latch-Key as performed by the ‘By the Time I Get to Tucson Players’ Friday, April 11th at 9 p.m. (Link below)

In the tradition of the great Alfred Hitchcock, writer Scott Fivelson (American Reel, Three Holes Two Brads and a Smoking Gun) crafted his stage play, Dial L for Latch-Key, as a satirical ode to Dial M for Murder with his own personal twist. (Published by Hen House Press)

The play has been performed on two London stages; the New End Theater and Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theater as well as the Phoenix Theater in San Francisco. James Torme, son of the legendary Mel Torme starred in the Upstairs at the Gatehouse production. The radio play has aired on stations in London, Tucson, Arizona, and Portland, Maine, and an excerpt of Dial L; the stage play, has been featured on Suspense Magazine’s Suspense Radio.

The one-act-five scene play centers around a murder mystery, of course. The suspect, Raymond, is preparing to leave town. He believes himself to be getting away ‘Scott-free’ since his wife, G, was arrested for the crime. Enter the Inspector and Bob, a perceived dimwitted new boyfriend of G’s. The inspector brings G and Bob back to the mansion where the crime took place under the guise of her showing them exactly what happened and in her own words. A little mayhem ensues, and strange occurrences are noted such as the large steamer trunk Raymond is trying to take with him. Just what is in that trunk? The style is reminiscent of earlier decades of the bygone days of classic Hollywood. Hitchcock himself makes a cameo; something Fivelson points out is expected. “Well, you know, Hitchcock found a way of working a cameo in for himself in just about every film he ever made. In “Dial L,” I couldn’t let Hitch down by not letting him make an appearance.”

So what inspired this homage? “Well, Hitchcock’s movie of ‘Dial M for Murder’ was an adaptation of the Frederick Knott stage play of the same name. So it was a classic drawing-room mystery that Hitchcock was working with… I think it was the part where the kaleidoscope is swirling, or the colors were changing — something like that — behind Grace Kelly when she’s on trial in this wonderful, fantastical sequence — quite unlike the drawing-room scenes — that made me think — “What this needs is a little more Salvador Dali!”

Dial L is quite fun and entertaining. If you enjoy audiobooks, you’ll surely enjoy this new classic.

Dial L for Latch-Key airs April 11th (2014) on WMNR’s Fine Arts Radio Friday Evening Classics at 9 p.m. Click here to link to the live stream.

Credits are as follows:

DIAL L FOR LATCH-KEY: The Radio Play Written and Directed by Scott Fivelson

Performed by the By the Time I Get to Tucson Players

Phil Gordon as the “Inspector” and as “Hitch”

Jesus Limon as “Raymond” and as “The Man Who Knew Too Much About Hitchcock”

Brian Levario as “Bob”

Colleen Zandbergen as “G”

Douglas Grant as the “Narrator”

Engineered by Jim Glinski

Recorded at JTG Studios in Tucson, Arizona

“Dial L for Latch-Key: The Radio Play” is available from Blackstone Audio at Amazon.com, Audible.com, and other sites where audiobooks are sold.

*  Just a quick note to mention that Dial L is also available as an ebook, paperback and audiobook and you can find the separate formats by going to Amazoncom or other major retailers.

Buy here: http://www.amazon.com/Dial-L-Latch-Key-Scott-Fivelson-ebook/dp/B004TNH9XK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397231117&sr=8-1&keywords=Dial+L+for+Latch-Key

Happy Release Day April Emerson!

ioniamartin:

New book alert!

Originally posted on Wyndy Dee:

A new release from TWCSPH :
 
The Righteous and The Wicked
by: April Emerson

Summary:
Small moments can seem insignificant until they change the course of a life forever. The sound of a bulldozer. A chance meeting at a gas station.  A gust of wind through a chime. Benign events become something more when viewed through the lens of fate.
Emma Santori is a prisoner of tragic memories. Locked in a spiral of depression, she leads a desolate and empty life, trapped in her decrepit home. Rooted in routine, she’s numb and vacant. As a lonely Catholic school teacher, her only joy comes from her young students. One Saturday morning her isolation is infiltrated by a mysterious architect building a home beside hers.
That man is Eric Wilder and he’s keeping a secret—a secret that’s destroying his life. Filled with guilt and self-loathing he’s forced to move often. He…

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Spice up your April with Harlequin :) A lovely giveaway

If you live in North America and you are interested in a bit of romance and fun for April, take a moment to check out this post.

Here’s what you gotta do to win:

 

Give me the title and author of your very favourite Harlequin book of all time, then tweet, reblog or share this post to your favourite social media outlet! One random winner will be chosen on Thursday, the 17th of April. Please remember that this giveaway is only for those in NORTH AMERICA :)

April is Billionaires month at Harlequin!

 

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And here is what you can win–I want one too!

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Here are some of the exciting things you can find at Harlequin.com

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And here is a calendar of themes for the coming months.

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The final birthday post (after 24 long hours of joy)

Charles,

 

Happy birthday to my bestie. I hope today was a lot of fun for you and that you think back on it as a happy and memorable day. When I first began blogging, you were one of the very few people I talked to. (I was shy and afraid of this great, big, digital world.) I knew right away that we would be friends, I had never met anyone as short..I mean as goofy as I was and we hit it off from the beginning. What I didn’t plan on, was having someone who lives all the way across the land from me becoming such an important part of my life.

We have shared laughter, we have shared tears. We share our hopes and dreams and the things that frighten us. We edit and laugh, we take life’s lumps and pick each other up when everything seems bleak and cold. You make me smile at random intervals throughout each day. During the worst period of my life you were there for me without fail every single day.

Our daily conversations can consist of the smallest things in life to the biggest and most important. Many of them would make everyone else raise an eyebrow and wonder if we have lost our minds. Can’t lose what you were never blessed with in the first place.

I don’t know what I would do without you. There is something to be said for having friends that you know you can count on when everything is terrible, as well as when everything is good. My wish for you this coming year is that you realise all of your dreams. I hope it is a fantastic time full of good surprises and reasons to smile.

Thank you, for all that you do. Being my best friend is not always the easiest role to fill, and I know that. No one else could do it better. Happy Birthday.

Now enough of this mushy shit. Let’s go get pissed and dance on a cop car. If the cop notices we can blame the birds.

Love you XOXO

Ionia