Wednesday, June 10, 2015

SUPERHEROES in TODAY's SOCIETY


On the eve of the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con let's talk about superheroes. Alot of directors, actors, and so forth have been complaining lately that all we see now are superhero movies. I have a few responses to that. First and foremost if they would stop remaking classics and come up with original content there would be more diverse movies. At least the superhero movies are based on previously published content but original in their depiction. Also, what is so bad about having superheros so strongly in the public eye?
I'm not sure when it started, I think it dates back to the original X-Men movie as the turning point. Comics have been around for years but it has only been a recent resurgence of them in today's contemporary society that makes me smile.
Why?

Now more than ever we need heroes. We need something to look towards that makes us feel empowered. Superheroes do that. Watching their adventures unfold on the big or little screens allows us to live vicariously through them. And more than that we walk away feeling as though we can do the impossible ourselves, even if that impossible is just getting up in the morning.
It is especially rewarding to see the little kids get behind their favorite characters which is why I applaud the actors like Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, etc. who go out (costumes or not) to meet and greet with the youngsters who adore them. Imagine being a sick little kid and your hero comes to say hi. That magic moment gives you the power to fight on.
In a world ravaged by terrorism, sensationalist media, riots, and ridiculous stories that shouldn't even be broadcast as news, it is the superhero that stands above. They get people to rally and play and enjoy themselves. It's something that you can share whether you're 8 or 80, boy or girl, rich or poor. Superheroes transcend it all. I hope they stay around for a long while.
And as a writer I've been inspired to create something of my own superhero character...stay tuned for more!
So, who is your favorite superhero?



Friday, May 29, 2015

Suzanne Somers Sizzles!


“SUZANNE Sizzles” Now Performing Through May 2016
CLICK TO TWEET: (http://ctt.ec/b9b4m) Don't miss @SuzanneSomers' #sizzling residency @Westgate_LV! Tickets start @ $79 & can be purchased at www.westgatevegas.com #SuzanneVegas



I had the opportunity to see a great icon of television perform. Suzanne Somers new show at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is one not to be missed. I remember when Suzanne used to headline here back in the 80's and it is a welcome sight to see her return in a splendid new show that revives all the class and charm that Vegas used to be known for. 

During her years in Las Vegas in the 1980s, Somers was recognized as one of the best female entertainers by media and fans alike for her show, which she starred in at the Westgate Las Vegas when it was known as the Las Vegas Hilton. With “SUZANNE Sizzles,” Somers is creating a cool, sexy return to the heyday of the Rat Pack and the Great American Songbook. Accompanied by her band, and singing the songs that made you fall in love, the setting is elegant and the environment intimate, with cocktail seating. The show transports audiences back to the days of lush sound, glamour, and luxury.

I remember Suzanne fondly as Chrissy Snow on the popular TV Show Three's Company. It was a joy to watch her perform up close and personal in the intimate showroom at Westgate!

Have a closer look at how Suzanne went from being fired from her hit TV show to building her own empire. CLICK HERE

And visit her official website at www.SuzanneSomers.com






From the Official Press Release: 

“SUZANNE Sizzles,” a 70-minute show, is performed at 7 p.m. five days a week, dark Sundays and Mondays. On sale now, general admission tickets are priced at $79 (taxes and fees included); VIP and meet-and-greet tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office at (800) 222-5361 or online at www.westgatevegas.com. For more information or to book accommodations, call (800) 732-7117.

In addition, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino opened the Suzanne Somers Spa, featuring all of Somers’ SUZANNE Organics Cosmetics, organic skin care, and organic hair care products, and the Suzanne Somers Organic Spa CafĂ©, serving food based on recipes from Somers’ series of bestselling cookbooks.

Each show night, Somers will prepare in the dressing room she designed, using materials that are hypoallergenic and green. A pioneering health and wellness advocate, Somers, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, has written a new book, TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick, an exposĂ© on the immediate and long-term dangers of living in a world that has become increasingly toxic to our health. TOX-SICK debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list earlier this month. Suzanne recently appeared on ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” 10th anniversary season.

For photos and video from “SUZANNE Sizzles” please visit http://bit.ly/SuzanneSizzles.

ABOUT SUZANNE SOMERSSuzanne Somers left Las Vegas in 1990 to write 14 New York Times bestsellers, star on ABC-TV’s “Step By Step” for seven years, develop a highly successful and extensive branded product line, and lecture on “A New Way To Age” in the U.S., Western Europe, and Canada. A trusted health advocate, successful entrepreneur, and star of two hit TV series, Somers has written 25 books, including five #1 New York Timesbestsellers. Her new book, TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list this month. There are currently more than 25 million copies of Suzanne’s books in print. She received an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Host for “The SUZANNE Show,” her weekly series of one-hour health specials on Lifetime. She has twice been honored as Favorite Female Performer by the People’s Choice Awards. She is a founder of www.SuzanneSomers.com and ForeverHealth.com, an online resource to connect patients with doctors specializing in natural longevity medicine, and is a partner and ambassador for Livewave.com. For more information, visit SuzanneSomers.com.
 

Friday, May 8, 2015

FREE Books and A Movie Role

There's been alot of talk in Hollywood lately about inequality for women. From Patricia Arquette's rousing speech at the Academy Awards, to the hooplah in the superhero universe about the female characters not getting enough recognition. As a woman and a fan of film I tend to agree. As a writer I include strong females throughout my work. One of my earliest novels was The Crescent, it explores the uncovered truth about female gladiators in an adventurous way. This novel is now being created for film, with not one but TWO strong female leads. But we need your help! We've started a Kickstarter campaign with some great prizes for each level of donation...including a role in the movie itself! I'd like to invite you to go to the Kickstarter page and find out more: http://kck.st/1btit1t


Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1btit1t

Today here is the opportunity to get two of my novels absolutely FREE!

Sins and Virtues 
Fantasy novelist Ben Haskins has taken a remote cabin in the wilderness to revive his shaky marriage and failing career. Within the peaceful surroundings he runs into real trouble when convicted murderer Sam Mitchell breaks into the cabin after she escapes from prison. Marked by a dark past of abuse Sam is volatile and ready to snap. It is up to Ben to use his writer's gift of words to diffuse the situation before time runs out for them both.
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Demon Hunter: The Chosen One
Do you know what horrors lie beyond these pages? Costa Calabrese has just uncovered the truth about his past. Some truths should never be revealed. When you learn you’re the son of the worlds foremost and feared hunter of demons, life’s rules inevitably change. Now Costa has been chosen to walk in his famed father's footsteps and take up the role his bloodline demands of him...whether he wants to or not. He is a killer of killers, laying waste to the scourge of evil that threatens the existence of mankind. He is the chosen one. He is the Demon Hunter. Enter Code: CR95A at checkout for savings!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Business of Writing

Each of us who sits down at a computer, pad of paper, or even...a typewriter, all have the same dreams. To write books that inspire, entertain, or both. I'll stop right here and say that if you're in it for the money you're better off becoming a lawyer or something else along those lines. You don't write because you want to make a million dollars and a movie franchise, sure that would be icing on the cake but that's really the last thing you should be thinking about.

I've been a writer for as long as I can remember with the same dream to see my books in print being recognized by readers and reviews. I've made some headway and began to build a brand. But I often wondered what is taking so long. Why am I not the overnight success that you see some of these authors spring up as. (Which by the way are usually total fabrications. Most of those "debut" novels are probably about the 5th or 6th novel that author has written. It just happens to be the one that sold)
What I've come to learn recently I really wanted to share because it seems so obvious but if you are writing and not seeing results I ask you: Are you working hard enough?

Really, be honest with yourself? Are you putting the time in to actually write or are you all over Facebook and Pinterest?

What I mean is you might actually think you're putting the proper amount of time in to your actual writing but a few simple hours here or there doesn't cut it, especially not in today's digital world where everyone and anyone can publish online.

To stand out from the pack you need to be willing to do what others do not. Hard work builds empires. What does that mean for writers? Well look at it like a business. If you put 8-10 hours a day into a job that you may not even like you should be willing to do that much and more for your chosen career. I was reading an older book by Dean Koontz on Writing Popular Fiction and something he said stood out to me and inspired this blog post. According to Mr. Koontz you should be writing upwards of about 6 novels per year. Up until now I usually only turn out 1 per year if that. To be perfectly honest I haven't completed anything new since the release of LUCKY SEVENS and that was well over 2 years ago. I keep allowing myself to get distracted and that is not the way to go if you are to build your business as a writer.

The other interesting thing I happened upon was this post over at Brain Pickings on how John Steinbeck used a journal to document how he was feeling each day that he wrote. This worked much the same way a training journal works for fitness. You jot down what worked, what didn't, your mood, the time it took, whatever will help you in the future to go back and see what helped you in order to do things that much faster and more efficient the next time.
So you see there is so much more to writing than churning out a little bit here and there and then blasting Twitter and Facebook with promos. If you love your art, and I hope you do, then you will put into it everything it deserves and more. What that boils down to is PASSION!

Do you have any tips or questions? Contact Me or leave a comment below!