Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Frank Ladner offers free video short on YouTube

Indie filmmaker Frank Ladner

Poplarville, Mississippi offers many interesting characters and surprising amenities. One of the most delightful has proven to be indie filmmaker Frank Ladner. His first full length movie, a Southern mockumentary entitled "Hickory Never Bleeds," won several awards at area film festivals following its premiere in 2012. It's available on DVD.

"Max Peril," his second mockumentary, released in 2015 and is still making the rounds of film festivals, garnering multiple awards. It should be available for purchase in early 2016.

Both films have video trailers on YouTube for your pleasure. Don't miss the blooper reels, as well. 

While you're waiting for Max to collect his trophies, you can enjoy a free short video on YouTube. Unlike the movies, "Almost Mine - Post-Apocalyptic Romantic Comedy Short Film" offers a scripted story with two charming stars as survivors of an apocalypse, struggling to scrape out a living.

You can check out my article on the video here.

Let me know what you think of "Almost Mine."

Book Review: "High Society Down" by C. R. Moore

When a well-to-do couple retires to a small town in Mississippi, they connect with others who have the same concerns: society is crumbling and those who are wise must prepare for the fall of everything. Using this premise as a starting point, author C.R. Moore has written ‘High Society Down,’ a debut novel filled with parties and preparations. Consider the theme as “Surviving with a Flair.”

Read the review in its entirety here.

Sharing an insightful post by Elizabeth Hunter

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 From time to time, I come across an article or blog post of interest to those in the writing world. When I can, I share the information. Today I opened my email to a regular message from "The Passive Voice," a newsletter I love. As always, there were a number of intriguing subjects covered. (If you don't already get this free newsletter, you can sign up at

The newsletter highlighted a post about the business of writing by Elizabeth Hunter.  "Ten Things I Learned about Publishing in 2015" provides a great overview of many of the issues we face on the business side of writing. Take a few minutes to read her thoughts and let me know if you agree or disagree with her perspectives. I look forward to your feedback.

And here's wishing you a great 2016, gang.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Writers need reviewers and here are ways to find them

Every author needs reviews of her work to help future readers make the decision to read her book. The big question becomes, where can an author find reviewers to write those reviews? Here are some ideas of where to track down reviewers.

Even before the book is published, check review sites online. An internet search for “book reviews of [genre]” will provide a strong starting point. Sites already publishing those types of reviews will be likely resources to find reviewers. Some sites, such as RT Book Reviews, specialize in providing reviews in a genre. Approach the review writers listed there and ask if they are available and interested in reviewing your book. Read the fine print on the site; some sites charge to review your book.

Are you member of a writing group or book club? Ask fellow members to read and review your book for you. People you know will be more likely to follow through for you than strangers.

Donate a copy of your book to the local library and ask the staff to review the book for you. How about your local independent bookseller?

Have you met fellow writers at a writing conference? Contact them as potential reviewers.

Check your social media connections for people who will be likely candidates. A blanket post requesting reviewers may get names of interested readers, but evaluate them as to appropriateness before handing over your manuscript. Just because a reader is willing doesn’t mean he’s a good match. Is the book in his area of interest or expertise? Have you seen other reviews he has written?

Look for bloggers in your genre. The blogger may be interested in reviewing your book for the blog. Read the content for several posts to make sure the blogger’s tastes and views parallel your own. If the two of you have dramatic differences of perspective, your book may not get a fair consideration.
Don’t overlook print media. Your local newspaper may provide a venue for book reviews. Regional magazines, newsletters in related industries and organizational magazines can all provide potential reviewers. Choose outlets with an interest in your genre for best results.

Does your publisher have a place for reviews on the company website? Check there for names of potential reviewers. Ask your editor or publicist for names. They have a stake in getting reviews for your book and should be able to provide at least a few names.

Is your book on online sites? Make sure your author information there lets readers know you appreciate their reviews. Tell them how important their reviews are to you and ASK for the review.
Check with other authors in your genre. A mention from someone in the field can carry a lot of weight. Who do you respect in your genre? Who do you read? Contact those writers and ask if they would be interested in reviewing your book. If they say yes, great. If not, thank them nicely and ask if they can suggest someone.

If you sell the book in person, be sure to ask each purchaser to leave a review at his site of choice. Explain how precious his opinion is to you.

People willing to give you a review may not know where to put it. Remind them of the bookseller sites and various book-oriented sites such as GoodReads and Shelfari. If they aren’t willing to post on those sites, offer to post it on your own website or social media page, with their permission. 

Always ask for the review. In every interview you give, article you write and presentation you give, remind people how important reviews are to writers.

Above all, make sure to acknowledge the people who provide you with a review. A comment on an online review or a thank you note or email will let the reviewer know you saw the review and appreciated the time invested there.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

To Be His Soulmate by Lyn Gibson delivers erotic paranormal romance

Author Lyn Gibson leads off her Adrian Trilogy with a sexy, sassy paranormal introduction. To Be His Soulmate takes real estate broker Adrian Verrette on a dangerous journey into a world filled with vampires and intrigue.

Adrian possesses the gift of “sight,” a foreshadowing of events. The focus of her most recent visions just turned up near a company event and her world will never look quite the same again. His name is Christian and he claims to know her from a long time past. She is torn between the impossibility of his story by her world’s logic and the truth her heart speaks.

Learn more about this book here.

Travel topics abound in Lowestoft Chronicle anthology Other Places

Armchair travelers, rejoice! Editor Nicholas Litchfield has released Lowestoft Chronicle's anthology for summer 2015, Other Places. Filled with fiction, nonfiction and poetry about travel and destinations, the ebook brings the far corners of the world to the reader’s armchair.

Check out the titles of a few entries: “Curious is Corsica: A Tale of Two Couples”; “Somewhere in the Heart of Rome”; “Segway with the Bulls”; “Bangkok of the Mind” and “Rescue in the Mystical Mountains.” These represent a small portion of the global destinations offered. Other articles deal with the process of travel, such as “To The Passenger in Seat C” and “Enter the Travellers.”

Click here to read more.

Jeff Goins shares what he's learned in The Art of Work

Author Jeff Goins takes the lessons he has learned along the path to publication and shares them with people in all walks of life in The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do. For Goins, work isn’t so much about a job as a calling; less about a paycheck than fulfillment.

Image courtesy Jeff Goins

Citing anecdotes of others who have made the kinds of life-changing choices he faced, Goins brings readers through the journey of moving into the realm of contented living. He identifies seven characteristics of the process: awareness, apprenticeship, practice, discovery, profession, mastery and legacy.

Read the rest of my review here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Second chances and romance found on the bayou in Tina DeSalvo's 'Jewell'

     Dr. Jewell Duet came to the Bayou Country town of Cane, Louisiana for two reasons. Her business reason involves valuing and selling some antiques for local residents Elli and Ben Bienvenu at their home, Sugar Mill Plantation. Her expertise in the field powers her struggling business, All Things Antique. She must battle suspicion, both as an outsider and as someone under a legal cloud as she awaits trial on criminal charges back in New Orleans.

     The second reason stems from claims made by her grandmother, Mignon Duet. The elderly woman speaks of someone she calls Twinnie and identifies the Bienvenus’ home as her own. Jewell knows her grandmother suffers from Alzheimer's. Does Twinnie exist or is she a delusion of Mignon’s disease? Jewell fights to discover the truth before her beloved Mimi slips away from her forever.

Cover art courtesy Tina DeSalvo

     In Jewell, a Second Chance Novel, author Tina DeSalvo explores the ties of devotion between family members, the difficulties of dealing with a dementia patient and the power of love. 

Read the rest of my review here.