Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Beginning for Kaitlynzq’s giving tree


Today I am sharing with you a guest blogger by the name of Kaitlynzq. Her blog is very creative in that it is really a vlog as most of the information is recorded and you listen to. So, for all of you audiobook fans, I think you are really going to love her.

This is What Kaitlynzq Writes




A beginning for Kaitlynzq’s giving tree

I am deeply honored when someone comes into my community, and when I receive the gift of someone’s purchase of what I write and create.

I’ve designed a giving tree to elongate and extend the gift of you to additional elements that I care about. If you would like your own purchases of my books to be included within the giving tree, the following are more of the details:

I give 25% of my revenue for all of my sales during multiple three day time frames each month to charity organizations, and additional philanthropic organizations that support the beautiful work the charity organizations are doing within these focus areas: https://kaitlynzq.com/blog/a-beginning-for-kaitlynzq-s-giving-tree



Friday, October 18, 2019

“Letters to a Dead God” by Alyssa Love


This time around I have a book for you. It is intriguing from the get go! "Letters to a Dead God" by Alyssa Love is a must-read. I hope you enjoy learning about the author and her book.

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The Gods are gone. The lands are dying. Demons run rampant. The future of the earth depends on two men with their own sorted past. Will they survive where all others have failed? The earth was once vibrant and full of magic. That all disappeared seventeen years ago. Demons, who were once kept at bay, are now seizing the opportunity to vanquish life from the planet. Humans, dragons, elves; no one is safe. Kings sent out men and women, soldiers and paladins, but none ever returned. With no answers, and hope running low, saving their realm seems hopeless. That is until rumors of two possible magic users began to surface. A rogue dragon, Kahli and the head Paladin, Fredrick. Two men, torn from one another by mistakes of the past, are brought together once again on a fool's errand to find the Gods. They are the only hope for answers, but can they overcome their own demons to bring the world back into the light? Or will the world be plunged into a never-ending night?



Content Warning: This book contains violence and mentions of sexual violence.


ALYSSA LOVE


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up and still live in Billings, Montana. I live with my cat and my husband who tends to give me some good ideas. I went to private schools growing up and started college early for psychology, though had to leave school and move back home for a while: hard times and all. Besides writing, I enjoy doing various forms of art and music. I enjoy the occasional video game when I have time as well. I tend to enjoy any kind of art or writing varying from horror to romance to sci-fi.

What inspired you to author this book?

Well, my husband came up with this concept for a dungeons and dragons campaign that we never got to play, and I loved the concept so much. I didn’t want it to go to waste. I started envisioning the story while on work out of state, and then got sick for about a month and didn’t have an excuse not to write it. I couldn’t do anything else, and writing kept me sane while I recovered.



Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

That’s a good question, actually. The cover went through quite a few forms before landing on this one. I wanted to subtly show most of what happens in the book without giving it away. My friends and family liked this one, so it stuck.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Oh boy, there’s a lot. I’ll narrow it down to a few. In no particular order: Neil Gaman, Craig Allenson, George R.R. Martin, and Emilie Autumn.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Sickness and mental health. During this point both my anxiety was unmanaged, and I was stuck with the flu that turned into bronchitis. There were times I had no motivation but forced myself to continue, and I’m glad I did.

Tell your readers about your book.

Letters to a Dead God is an LGBTQ dark fantasy about fighting not only very reason demons, but the demons within ourselves. I’ll leave the synopsis below. The Gods are gone. The lands are dying. Demons run rampant. The future of the earth depends on two men with their sorted past. Will they survive where all others have failed? The earth was once vibrant and full of magic. That all disappeared seventeen years ago. Demons, who were once kept at bay, are now seizing the opportunity to vanquish life from the planet. Humans, dragons, elves; no one is safe. Kings sent out men and women, soldiers, and paladins, but none ever returned. With no answers, and hope running low, saving their realm seems hopeless. That is until rumors of two possible magic users began to surface. A rogue dragon, Kahli and the head Paladin, Fredrick. Two men, torn from one another by mistakes of the past, are brought together once again on a fool's errand to find the Gods. They are the only hope for answers, but can they overcome their own demons to bring the world back into the light? Or will the world be plunged into a never-ending night?



Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience in a perfect world would just be anyone who likes the concept, but it’s more aimed at an adult audience who enjoys the darker side of fantasy.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

Honesty, getting the book finished and published along with taking better care of my overall health.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I found I didn’t really see much for LGTBQ fantasy that wasn’t erotica. Which, I’m fine with, but I wanted just two people’s stories told. Not saying that kind of story isn’t out there, but I hadn’t found one. I wanted that kind of representation when I was younger, and so I wrote one.






"The Frights of Fiji" by Sunayna Prasad


Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere. How do you like that statement? It comes from Sunayna Prasad, the author of "The Frights of Fiji." This book holds the potential to become a best-seller and is worth taking a closer look at.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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A world of magic and adventure awaits…

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything.

"Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere."

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.

Originally titled "From Frights to Flaws", this story is the exciting and enchanting first book in the "Magical Missions" series.





Sunayna Prasad


How did you come up with the title? 

People thought that the original title “From Frights to Flaws” was weak and didn’t make sense. I used that same title, plus “2nd Edition” for when I republished the story. But my sales were suffering a bit, so I decided to change certain elements for marketing reasons. I did a poll for the former and current title and most people preferred “The Frights of Fiji”.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

Except for a certain dinner scene, no. None of the characters are based off people I know. That being said, some were developed like people I know. Nothing is really based off my own life experiences. I tend to have a habit of creating characters, storylines, backstories, and setting the places I’ve had little to no experience with or knowledge of. Someone once suggested I write about a character more like me (South-Asian, living on Long Island, NY, etc.), but I would find that boring. My life has been pretty much straightforward.

What books have most influenced your life most? 

Certainly the “Harry Potter” series, which my “Magical Missions” books have been compared to the most. In book 2, “The Unruly Curse”, some of the inspirational influences were movies. Those include “Frozen” and “Paranorman”.

What are your current projects? 

I’m working on the third installment, which has taken 3 ¾ years. I’m hoping it’ll be done by the end of this month.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

Due to some unsatisfying feedback in previous versions, I’ve made significant changes to book 2, including cutting a couple chapters, while keeping the same storyline. But in book 1 and 2, there’s something I stated that isn’t true in real life (because I didn’t do careful research on it before), even though it’s a very minor detail and doesn’t play a role to the plots. However, in book 3, I’m going to correct that error by making my main character discover something about her past she never knew.




Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

Yes. Ten years ago, when I was a month away from my 16th birthday, the idea of my current MC (a blonde girl named Alyssa with magic in her life) popped into my head while I was in the shower. I got excited in the idea as it was based off my childhood imagination.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

Certainly. That is dialogue, character development (after a certain extent), and sometimes, but especially in my early writing days, believability. Creating things you have little to no knowledge or experience with is very difficult to make believable. For instance, my MC is Irish-Catholic, grew up in New Jersey, eventually moves to a Chicago suburb, was orphaned at age 7, lost her aunt at age 9, and lived a few miserable years with her harsh uncle. None of these apply to me. Research can take me as far as possible, though.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? 

Nope. I just do research on my computer.

Who designed the covers?

I hired an illustrator, whose name is a bit hard to remember.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 

A lot. One is how detention works in schools as my MC gets it in “The Unruly Curse.” But I never did.

Halfway to MMXX: The Year 2020: It Begins by Anthony Mays


You are in for a treat as I present to you this next book written by Anthony Mays. Please Enjoy.

Halfway to MMXX: The Year 2020: It Begins




ABOUT THE BOOK

Professor William Lonsdale and climatologist Neil Garret are hot on the trail of a mystery surrounding a monk’s predictions from the year 1010. Old documents, recently discovered at Fleury Abbey in France, point to a potential disaster beginning in 2020. In the meantime, world-wide seismology sensors are picking up unusual tremors in the Arctic’s Pechengsky District. The Russians are telling everyone the quakes are the result of mining operations. However, a young woman in pursuit of her doctorate degree in earth sciences isn’t satisfied with their answer. She meets and seeks help from Neil Garrett and his partner. It isn’t long before they discover that events in the Russian Arctic and the prognostications of the monk are closely linked. Ultimately, five unlikely acquaintances team up and bring their unique understanding of science, history, and religion to combat the forces of nature. Will their efforts prove too late to stop the foretold beginning of the end?


Horror Poetry and Other Scary Stories by Hunter Lynn


Halloween is slowly creeping up on us and I have something special for my readers today. Author Hunter Lynn, and his book "Horror Poetry and Other Scary Stories" is perfect for you as you wait the goblins, Darth Vadars, and no telling what else will show up knocking on your door. I think you will really enjoy it. Now meet the author.


Hunter Lynn

Horror Poetry and Other Scary Stories




Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.


As a young boy, I used to watch horror movies with my older brother in our small New Jersey home. I remember in the early 1970's "Chiller Theatre" and the weekly scary movie on both Friday and Saturday nights. I grew to appreciate the classic monsters from Universal as well as the popular Godzilla movies. As I grew up, I remember going to the theatre to watch Dawn of the Dead, The Exorcist, and Jaws. It was a great time to be a horror fan, as directors were beginning to push their boundaries. It wouldn't be until high school that I started reading horror novels by Stephen King. There were many a long night up with the lights on.

What inspired you to author this book?

Horror Poetry was written over many years. So to say I was inspired by one event wouldn't be accurate. The two main short stories were in part from real-life events. I won't give it away as to what they were, but they happened to me to some degree and made me think this would make a good story. I think having that bit of realism from experience ads to the depth and character of the book. Poetry is not my only game here; I do have several short stories involved that help round this first effort out -- stories I am proud to have written.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

Excellent question! First off, there have been about ten different covers. I could never seem to create the right one. Recently, I sought out an artist to see what they could do. The work was exceptional, but it still didn't feel like it represented the way I wanted people to view my work. I just had to feel it inside, and if I felt it, I think others would too. As for the current iteration, it translates a cold mysterious vibe. I think that sort of sums up how I perceive the book. It has its chilling moments and at the same time is mysterious and thought-provoking. I tried to encapsulate a lot of different ideas, but the main idea was to have fun doing it. I hope that comes through in the text.



Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Personally, I would say my wife. She has been there through some difficult times, and for that, I am forever grateful. She has taught me how to be a better person, a better father, and a better husband. We have three amazing sons, and I couldn't be prouder of them. She has taught me to believe in myself.

This book is proof that she was right.

As a writer, Stephen King has been a huge influence. I can't think of a single Horror author who hasn't been influenced by him in one degree or another. I believe his book "On Writing" is required reading for anyone looking to dip their toes into the literary field -- a field that is deep and dark as the depths of the ocean. His book really breaks it down into simple steps, and his voice is so unique it shines through. If you listen to the audio version, you'd swear he was in the same room talking right at you.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Time. Time is a huge issue for me. My life is frenetic enough and to add writing time is like trying to squeeze 10 lbs of chocolate into a 5 lb bag. I have changed my schedule and dip in and out of my work at every possible opportunity. Sometimes there is no continuity, and that can be a detriment especially when you are in a good train of thought. Staying focused and completing ideas is the key to this, and so far I have been able to keep up with my subconscious.

Tell your readers about your book.

Horror Poetry is not your typical poetry book. It's a book that is two parts; one is poetry -- poetry written about everyday things and how they can be interpreted as evil. Then there are the short stories as I have two great stories to tell you about. It will have you contemplating what you are reading and how easily you can be engulfed in the words. I think they are the two finest stories I have written and hope that people will give them a chance they deserve. I believe that if people give this book a chance they'd be pleasantly surprised.




Who is your target audience, and why?

Anyone who loves horror. Typically, the age bracket is between 16 and 30. I think it's much higher maybe 40 - 50, it's just that the horrors of real-life have desensitized us. The horror genre is legion, as is the fan base which still never ceases to amaze me. I hope this makes sense.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I was lucky to have been published by the Ivory Towers. My wife and I co-wrote a book several years ago (under our real names). I remember getting the bound galley and then the first shipment of books ahead of publishing. To see the covers and the text, it was surreal. So much effort was put into creating this book and I felt it hardly received any publicity. This is a sad fact for any new author out there. Once it's published, chances are your publisher will move on to the next author. I understand now looking back. They figure hey if this book makes money, we're in business. It's like playing the lottery; they have to take chances too.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I think my age and watching how the genre evolved over the past forty years. Not many people will say that. I am not Stephen King and will never be him. Then again, there is only one Stephen King for a reason. I also think as I grow older I look for a unique perspective on my work. Looking at things from all angles helps to conceptualize an idea and provide many different ways to say the same thing without saying the same thing. Also, a different approach never hurts in poetry. Sometimes the greatest ideas are the “What if's....” in life. You can bend and turn the words around like a pretzel, and hopefully, when all is said and done it's unique in both it's approach and concept. I am a big-picture person, but sometimes I like to toil with the minutia. Getting picky has its advantages.

REVIEWS

"A quick but great read for the horror and poetry fan. Hunter Lynn has a real talent for invoking the macabre in a very eloquent manner."   The Graveyard Shift (Podcast)

"This Horror that rhymes will scare you out of your minds!"  Get Horror Poetry!12NightsofHorror.com

This was a beautiful read. I hold high respect for writers that write poems and shorts. Some of the poems and shorts were horrifying while others were emotionally charged!" - Jonathan Tripp (Twitter Review)

"I just finished reading this book. It was great. A lot of well-written poems and stories. My favorite story was Bride of the Lake.  Great work Hunter Lynn!" - Tammy Ross (Twitter Review)

"I really enjoy spooky and scary stories as I am a fan of Horror. I purchased my copy of Horror Poetry after learning of the Author Hunter Lynn on Twitter. Horror Poetry is a very easy read that is full of fun reading and will take no time at all to finish. Nice to read on your break at work. I would tell you fave stories but I’m not into giving spoilers."  - Thomas Otterman (Twitter Review)



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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Talent Agency Guide by Elani Kay and Emmanuel King


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Today is going to be exciting for me because this afternoon I am going to be supervising a film shoot spot for a dear friend of mine, Sophie Marie White. She is an actress and author and her upcoming projects for television include a guest-starring role on Chicago Med on October 30, 2019. Be sure to watch that. She also recently released her new book NEURO CONFINEMENT that I edited and published with Absolute Author Publishing House. Congratulations Sophie.


People ask me a lot what it takes to become an actor. It is more than throwing your name into the hat. It requires honing your craft by taking lessons and getting an agent. I asked Sophie, "How did you get your agent?" Her advice was simple, "Be the best, offer your best, and reach out. Do your research and find the talent agency that best suits your needs."


That is great advice. So, where do you start? 


I have discovered a book, "The Talent Agent Guide," written by Elani Kay and Emmanuel King that is available on Amazon. 

ABOUT THE BOOK


Learn how you can quickly submit to over 100 SAG-AFTRA talent agencies and how you can start acting in commercials, television, and film. 





The Talent Agency Guide was created to educate, assist, and inspire performing artists on how to submit to reputable SAG-AFTRA and ATA talent agencies. You will also find valuable resources, education, and strategy from our coaches. 



Allow their wisdom and experience to help guide you in achieving your own personal goals of signing with an amazing talent agency.  We believe in you.  Now it’s your turn, take the shot!