Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Support the Arts in Washington County


Art Piece Created by Rob Wilson 

My name is Rob Wilson and I am a professor of Art at Dixie State University and a volunteer board member of five non profit arts organizations including the Utah Mural Art Foundation of which I am the director.  When I am not involved in the arts I am spending my time out hiking, jogging, playing outdoor sports, enjoying the beautiful weather and park amenities we have in Washington county.  While arts and recreation are my life, I want to speak to someone who may be less involved and might not fully understand what this city currently has and will be offering in the future in terms of Recreation Arts and Parks.  

Washington county is a major destination for tourism and recreation.  Cultural arts are very strong and are continuing to grow as a major economic vehicle in this area.  The RAP tax or proposition 3 is a public opinion vote that is going on the ballot which you may vote for or against on November 4th.  This tax is a proposed sales tax on nonessential retail items and is one tenth of one percent or one penny for every ten dollars spent.  One out of three pennies collected is spent by an out of town visitor.  This voluntary tax voted for by the people, for the people, and for the future would generate approximately 2.5 Million dollars that is specifically earmarked for recreation, arts, and parks.  

Being on the board of many organizations I am well aware at how much these grassroots organizations can do with just one penny, let alone 2.5 million dollars.  Voting on the RAP tax is voting for improvements to non-essentials.  It is true, we do not need cultural arts or recreation opportunities.  But people live here because of those opportunities, and people move here for them.  This tax is a voluntary vote to improve quality of life in Washington county. 

Art Piece Created by Rob Wilson 

Looking at the short amount of time our neighbors to the north in Cedar City have had the RAP tax, can give us a good indicator of where we could head as a city.  Cedar city is building a new state of the art building for the Utah Shakespearean Festival and another state of the art building to house the new Southern Utah Museum of Art.  They have increased public art and improved parks and trails, expanding a walking trail that runs through parks and scenic areas and connects the entire city.

Due to population and tourism we would have even more funds to improve quality of life for ourselves, our children, and our future.  

Please vote on the 4th and for more information you may go to www.washcorap.info

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Win Gadzooks! on CelebrityCafe.com


There may not be such a thing as a free lunch, but you can win a free copy of Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book on CelebrityCafe.com http://thecelebritycafe.com/contests/audio-book-giveaway-gadzooks-comically-quirky-audio-book

Celebrity Cafe has lots of contests that are open to the public.  Enter to win all kinds of cool stuff from books to bath products.  I've been amazed at how easy and fun this site is.  

Check out some of the other interesting things CelebrityCafe.com has to offer including news about the stars and other interesting, timely topics http://thecelebritycafe.com/

Thanks, CelebrityCafe.com for sponsoring the contest to give away Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book http://thecelebritycafe.com/contests/audio-book-giveaway-gadzooks-comically-quirky-audio-book

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amazon Reviews of Gadzooks!



The first reviews of Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book are up on Amazon

The review program offered by Amazon is great not only for consumers trying to make decisions about which products to buy, but also for the sellers who need honest feed back.

I've been very impressed with how easy it is to use Amazon Advantage to sell my products
If I had to try and sell my audio books on an international level, it would take a lifetime to find potential stores to carry them, not to mention all the headaches that would arise from trying to keep track of payments. With Amazon Advantage, I don't have to worry about a thing. Once my products are up on their site, Amazon does the rest.

I'm so grateful for today's technology. It truly does unite us as consumers, allowing us to purchase an astonishing amount of products which are quickly delivered right to our door steps. Thanks, Amazon, for your great service!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gadzooks! Now Available on Amazon.com




WHEN ASSISTED SUICIDE AND COSMETICS COLLIDE . . . Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book by Adele Park

In the eyes of Nadine, a polygamist and serial bride, nudging her husbands into heaven is a testament to love. Even Nancy Neptune, a notorious shock jock, is gobsmacked by Nadine's so-called “Celestial Send-Offs.” Things go to hell in a hurry when Nadine offs the wrong guy and is charged with assisted suicide.

Meanwhile, Blue McKenna has problems of her own. A power outage has leveled Blue's medical marijuana dispensary. Scottie Sphincter, lead singer of a band called The Rectal Surgeons, is fingered as a suspect. Blue makes an unusual discovery as she works to unmask the inscrutable Sphincter.

Using witty narratives, a cast of nine actors transport listeners to Navel, Utah, a place where voyages to the afterlife are done with God Speed. Cosmic mirth and hilarity abound in Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book. You'll die laughing!

Get your copy of Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book on Amazon

While you're surfing the web, check out the new website for the Quirky Audio Book Series


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review of Lies in the Shadows by P.S. Winn


I'm honored to have P.S. Winn as a guest blogger today.  Ms. Winn lives in Cedar City, Utah, where she keeps busy with her 17 children and 18 grandchildren.  Winn says she's always wanted to be a writer, but didn't really begin her career in this field until 2012.  Amazingly, Winn has penned 18 books (composed in long hand) since that time.  Winn's 16th book is called "Lies in Shadows."  Read on about what Winn has to say about this intriguing work.


The book "Lies in Shadows" is a supernatural paranormal thriller.  I wanted to write a ghost story but not one that was just plain horror or like the TV series where people stand around looking afraid and doing nothing about it. In "Lies in Shadows" you meet Lucretia. She was protected as a child and even though in her thirties she lives with her mother. When Lucretia's mother dies Lucretia is conflicted. She misses her but at the same time she also feels a sense of freedom. When after her mama is buried and Lucretia sees her spirit things definitely change. Lucretia thinks mama may be mad at her, even though she didn't mean to help her mama find a quick way to the bottom of the basement stairs. Lucretia has one other problem, she has a memory block and can't remember a good portion of her childhood. I won't say any more about that as I don't want to spoil the story. "Lies in Shadows" is the story of a woman's struggle to not only find what lies in her past but hopefully what may lie in her future.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review of Mystery of the Witches' Bridge



I came across Mystery of the Witches' Bridge by accident. I had been searching for other books written by May Nickerson Wallace, author of The Ghost of Dibble Hollow. Anyone who uses Amazon is familiar with their “You might also like . . .” feature. In this case, I mistakenly thought Mystery of the Witches' Bridge had been penned by May Nickerson Wallace. As it turns out, the actual writer is Barbee Oliver Carleton http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Witches-Bridge-Barbee-Carleton/dp/0590413988/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412080124&sr=1-1&keywords=mystery+of+the+witches+bridge

I can see why Amazon linked these two books. Both are about young boys who go to an unfamiliar place for the summer only to encounter a mystery involving family rivalries from long ago. I'm a sucker for these types of novels. I love the idea of solving a mystery over a summer and the search for lost treasure which which exonerates those who have been wrongly accused of misdeeds.

In the case of Mystery of the Witches' Bridge, the protagonist, Dan Pride, is not only faced with clearing the family name, but also with resolving the superstitions involving Prides Point, the family property. The townsfolk in this story have long been haunted by a phantom fiddler who plays an eerie tune when the fog rolls in near Witches' Bridge.

As a fan of YA, especially in the mystery genre, I was happy to discover the work of Barbee Oliver Carleton https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/694807.Barbee_Oliver_Carleton. I gave Mystery of the Witches' Bridge 3 stars on my Goodreads Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4673038.Adele_Park

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Freaks and Geeks



I'll be the first to admit I'm often late in coming to the party as far as social trends are concerned. In the case of the TV show, Freaks and Geeks, I'm about 14 years behind schedule. Thanks to my recent decision to get Netflix on my TV, I finally discovered the comedy gem others have been gushing about for more than a decade http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0193676/

Freaks and Geeks isn't just another funny show about teenage angst. There are some important life lessons imparted here, especially as it relates to bullying and social pressure. As a writer, I'm impressed with how these issues are handled within the contexts of a sitcom.

Besides the brilliant plots, Freaks and Geeks has a laundry list of fabulous actors: James Franko, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel just to name a few. Linda Cardellini, the star of the show, really shows off her acting chops in this show. Cardellini has such a wonderful way of expressing her befuddlement at the situations her character is placed in http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004802/

I'm puzzled as to why Freaks and Geeks had such a short run. My understanding is that there is only a total of 18 episodes – NBC evidently cancelled the program after airing only 12 of them. Later, a fan-led campaign prompted NBC to air three more shows, but it wasn't until Fox Family Channel put it into syndication that all of them were available to the public.

I've been a sporadic TV watcher at best. There have been times in my life when I didn't even own a TV, and other times when I had one but never turned it on. Historically, there are very few shows I have made a point to be available to watch. DVRs changed that for me, besides the added advantage of being able to skip all the commercials. Now, with Netflix, I have the joy of discovering programs that I have heard about, but never had the chance to see. I count Freaks and Geeks as one of the many joys I expect to receive as a customer of Netflix www.netflix.com