Monday, December 28, 2015

Quirky Comedy with January Jones



I had the pleasure of doing some Quirky Comedy with January Jones on her successful radio show.  In addition to Blog Talk Radio, January Jones Sharing Success Stories can also be heard on iHeart Radio.  Give it a listen: http://www.iheart.com/show/53-January-Jones-Sharing-Succ/?episode_id=27414045

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Legend of Mistletoe

Have you ever wondered why people kiss under the mistletoe?  First and foremost, people do it because they can! And why not? Who couldn't use a good smack-a-roo to celebrate the season? The Greeks were on to this idea back in the days when they used to celebrate Saturnalia and then later as part of some primitive marriage rites.
The thinking was that mistletoe might have the power to bestow fertility.

In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of peace, underwhich enemies could declare a truce or bickering spouses could kiss and make-up. Either way, these people had more great ideas than just Swedish Fish and Ikea, although they rank right up there.

The English kicked it up a notch in the 18th century, creating a kissing ball made up of mistletoe, evergreens, ribbons and ornaments. This created what I can only imagine was truly a sticky wicket. If a woman dared to stand under the ball, she couldn't refuse to be kissed, no matter what toad might rush in to take advantage of the situation. And if no one took her up on the offer, it was believed that she couldn't expect to marry during the following year. That only stands to reason if you think about it. If no one wants a free kiss during the Christmas season, they're probably not thinking of laying on on at Easter.

The Brits were no dummies, building an escape clause into the whole kissing ball phenomena. In some parts of England, mistletoe was burned on the twelfth night in hopes that certain boys and girls who kissed under it will never marry. The lesson here would be not to kiss in front of your parents!

Things may have changed, but one thing remains true:  now is the best time of year to kiss someone under the mistletoe!  Merry Christmas one and all!


  

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Baby, It's Cold Outside!


Bert Miller's Rescue Kitty joins me in wishing you a warm holiday season!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Q & A with Author Alison Perry


Today I have the pleasure of sharing a little information about Alison Perry, the author of the Hell's Belles series of stories.  I listened to the series as an audiobook and was curious about some of the formatting choices for presenting this material.  I applaud Alison for trying something different.  One of the great things about being an "indie" author is that you have more choice in how to deliver stories to readers and listeners.  I hope you enjoy learning more about Alison Perry and the Hell's Belles series, available for sale on Amazon and Audible.com
http://www.amazon.com/Alison-Perry/e/B00YYK0GC4


Your first three audiobooks average around two hours with an on-going plot. Why did you choose to go this route as opposed to having one longer audiobook?
Honestly, if I could go back I would probably bundle them into one audiobook. I was just hoping to offer my readers another way to hear the story of Hell's Belles. I do like that they're short because I feel like they're perfect for a commute or part of a long drive. But I also get that it's not very economical for readers. So for that reason, I wish I had done it differently. And I probably will end up bundling them once Books 4 and 5 are out.

How do you get listeners/readers to come back for each new book?
Well, I love a cliffhanger. Which is evident with these books! I try to leave the listener hanging a little bit, just like the episodic radio shows I used to listen to as a kid.



Is there a Hell's Belles Four in the making? If so, when is the expected release date?
There is a Hell's Belles Four release coming out! I am publishing it in January so the audiobook should be available sometime in February, depending on my narrator's schedule.

Your books are also available in Kindle and paperback. Which format has been most successful for you?
By far eBook has been more successful for me, but audio is definitely in second! 


Rebecca Schwab does a very nice job of narrating your books. How did you find out about Rebecca?
Rebecca is so awesome. I completely found her by pure luck. I was listening to many narrators on ACX and I stumbled upon her audition for another book and I could just hear my main character's voice when she read. I emailed her praying she would agree to do the project, and she did! I am so lucky to have found her.She has her own home studio and the sound is so impressive. Just as great as any professional studio.



How do you market your projects?
I use promotional sites and I depend a lot on my social media followings to get the word out. I am slowly building a mailing list as well. I have found audiobookblast.com was awesome for getting the word out on my audiobooks. 

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?   
Write every day. Study the market. Read a lot in the genre you're interested in writing in. And never give up.

Monday, November 9, 2015

My Review of Dr. Sleep by Stephen King


Did you ever wonder what happened to little Danny Torrance after he survived a harrowing ordeal at the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's bestselling novel, The Shining? Thankfully, King saw fit to tell us the rest of the story in a book called Doctor Sleep.


The story opens on a sad note, revealing that Torrence is being plagued by a very ordinary demon: alcoholism. After a series of tragic events, Torrence finds himself in a small town in New Hampshire where he eventually gets sober. It's about this time that Torrence notices a cosmic connection with a young girl named Abra Stone.

Torrence and Stone discover each other through some sort of ESP. Torrence discovers that Stone is being hunted by a group called the True Knot which murders children and uses their “essence” as fuel for life. The conflict eventually leads Torrence back to the Overlook Hotel where he narrowly escaped being killed by his father in The Shining.

Dr. Sleep is classic Stephen King. The story features highly developed characters and a plot that sucks the reader in and remains interesting until the very end. I've read or listened to a number of Stephen King novels, and he never disappoints http://stephenking.com

I have awarded Dr. Sleep four out of five stars on my Goodreads Page

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My Review of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer


I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but books by Jon Krakauer are an exception. That's because Krakauer is an expert on making true stories read like a novel. Like many of Krakauer's books, I could hardly put down Into the Wild http://www.amazon.com/Into-Wild-Jon-Krakauer/dp/0385486804

I am not a mountaineer, but I was fascinated by Krakauer's account of Chris McCandless, a well-educated young man who walked into the wilderness near Mt. McKinley and never returned. McCandless viewed himself as a modern day aesthetic, eschewing all worldly possessions as he set out to live off the land http://www.christophermccandless.info

Sadly, McCandless did not survive his ordeal in the harsh Alaska wilderness, likely dying of starvation. Apparently, McCandless was hoping to find himself by loosing himself in nature. Krakauer did a magnificent job of chronicling the McCandless's misadventures. Using writings left behind in the abandoned bus McCandless called home plus interviews from his family, Krakauer weaves a narrative which is exciting and interesting, even knowing the outcome beforehand.

I applaud Krakauer for his work as a writer and would recommend his books to anyone in need of a good, but true story http://www.jonkrakauer.com/books

I have awarded Into the Wild 4 out of 5 stars on my Goodreads Page

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Exciting Workshop with Life Coach Cindy Clemens


November 14 & 15

Dinner, Talk & Fire Ceremony

- Saturday, November 14 from 5-9 pm Mountain Time in Padre Canyon Suite

-What Do You Crave & What’s Holding You Back – Interactive Talk Over Dinner in Our Private Suite (Soup, Caesar Salad, Fresh Bread, Dessert & Coffee)

- Release and Renew Fire Ceremony – Wood fire outdoors under the desert sky

- Cost - $75

Pink Box Playtime

- Sunday, November 15 from 1-5 pm Mountain Time in Padre Canyon Suite

-Tap into your creativity and relax for some good fun. You will be given a blank Pink Box and provided with all varieties of embellishments. As we listen to great music and conversation, we can have a couple of hours to really get the creative juices going.

- As the boxes set, we will go for a 30-minute walk through the lava rock and desert. When we return to our Suite, we will enjoy snacks and beverages as we share our Pink Box creations and take them home to help us savor and protect our joy

- Cost - $75

COME TO BOTH AND SAVE ... $125 for both Saturday and Sunday

Only 15 Spaces for Each Event – Reserve Your Space by calling Cindy at (435) 632-3311 or send an email to cindy@cindyclemens.com
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Special Rates on Rooms at Red Mountain Resort for Friday-Sunday

$150, plus $15 service fee and tax. This includes breakfast in the morning.
Good for single or double. Extra costs for morning hikes, but well worth it.


Call Lindy Overton to Book Your Room @ (435) 652-5744 (Mention the Cindy Clemens Joy Retreat)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Review of Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman



If you're looking to set the tone for Halloween season, Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman is a good place to start http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Jordan-Port-Chatham-Mystery-ebook/dp/B002PXFYO2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443391250&sr=11&keywords=haunting+jordan+by+p.j.+alderman

Haunting Jordan has all the juicy elements for a intriguing Halloween read: a couple of unsolved murder mysteries, a spooky Victorian house, and several ghosts looking for closure. The story is part of the Port Chatham Mystery Series which takes place in the Pacific Northwest

Besides all the spooky elements, Haunting Jordan is a really good “who done it.” The story is about a modern day woman named Jordan Marsh who moves to the town of Port Chatham to escape the pressure of being accused in the murder of her husband. Hoping to distract herself from the case, Jordan tries to focus her attention on restoring an old Victorian house. As luck would have it, Jordan is visited by two ghosts who live in the house, seeking to know the truth about a murder that happened in 1890. I normally can guess who the guilty party is, but not so in this case. I was pleasantly and genuinely surprised by the outcome of this mystery.

Thanks to the intricate plot speckled with humorous dialog, I gave Haunting Jordan four out of five stars on my Goodreads Page:


Alderman has a second novel also set in Port Chatham called Ghost Ship. Once again, Jordan Marsh finds herself with a murder mystery to solve. I couldn't resist ordering this book to continue on with my Halloween reading

Saturday, September 19, 2015

My Review of Some Dead Genius by Lenny Kleinfeld



When my Aunt Monica gave Some Dead Genius by Lenny Kleinfeld as a Christmas gift, I didn't even have to read the back of the book to know I would like it. Monica has spent most of her life working in theatre, film and other artistic endeavors and, as a result, has made it her business to connect with equally creative people. Needless to say, I had a positive bias when it came to this particular novel.

What did I like about Some Dead Genius? For starters, the humor. I read a lot of “who done its,” but most of them are dead serious. Criminals, (including fictitious ones), are notoriously stupid, so I'm confused as to why many authors ignore this folly. Not so with the characters who live in the pages of Some Dead Genius.

Kleinfeld's plot involves desperate artists, loan sharks trying to make money off them, and two delightfully funny detectives trying to unravel a plot with many twists and turns. The action takes place in Chicago which was a plus for me since I've had several opportunities to visit that amazing city.

I normally don't pay much attention to chapter heads, but in the case of Some Dead Genius, it is highly advised. In order to give context to the plot, Kleinfeld goes back in time to help the reader understand why the characters find themselves in such a pickle. The chapter heads alert the reader as to the year in which a particular scene takes place.

NPR named Some Dead Genius as one of the Best Books of 2014. Others have likened his style to Elmore Lenard and Carl Hiaasen. Here's a sample of what you can find in this comical detective story:

To learn more about Kleinfeld's previous work as playwright, screenwriter and columnist for periodicals such as the Chicago Tribune and New York Times, check out his website:

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Bacchae -- A Myth ReTold by Christy Potter


A Note from Adele Park:  Today I have the opportunity to let my blog readers know about a great new book called The Bacchae -- A Myth ReTold by Christy Potter.  This exciting new novel promises adventure and intrigue.  I would encourage everyone to give it a look.


As an influential newspaper publisher in post-World War II New York, Zachary Benton seems infallible. But when his beautiful and icy wife, Hanna, discovers he’s been having an affair with Sarah, his Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, and that the girl is pregnant, Zachary realizes just how much he has to lose. Zachary’s once-charmed life becomes a hellscape as he attempts to keep Sarah safe from the increasingly frightening Hanna, while dealing with his paper’s escalating coverage of the war in Vietnam. Sarah, now visibly pregnant and hiding in a small town in Oklahoma, is unable to stay away from the newspaper business and her instincts for investigative reporting turn up far more than she expected. As their son, Dax, grows to adulthood, he struggles to find his own identity. When he leaves New York to study journalism at the University of Chicago, Dax begins to craft two new lives for himself: one as an outstanding student and intern at the Chicago Tribune, and the other as a playboy, seducing the rich and neglected wives of Chicago. When Dax forms the Wine Enthusiasts Club, his two worlds merge into one, surrounding him with a group of women so fanatically devoted to him that they’re willing to do anything for him – even murder.

The Bacchae is available in paperback or as an e-book from me directly at ChristytheWriter.com or on Amazon. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

AME Radio with Jason Dowd


If art, music and entertainment is your thing, you won't want miss the AME Radio Show with host Jason Dowd.  The show is a wonderful platform for artistic types who are looking for a way to showcase their talents.  I had the privilege of being a guest on the show and found Jason to be a welcoming and interesting interviewer 
http://theamemagazine.com/radio/2015/07/09/adele-park/#comments

In addition to hosting a radio show, Dowd also has a very impressive online magazine that covers everything from modeling to cooking to photography
http://theamemagazine.com/magazine/

As if all that isn't enough, Dowd also hosts an online television show called AME Television
http://theamemagazine.com/tv/

If you have a story idea or want to share your art with others, you can connect with Dowd through his website
http://theamemagazine.com/radio/contact/




Monday, August 31, 2015

A Review of Mind Magic by Marta Hiatt



I had mixed feelings about Mind Magic – Techniques for Transforming Your Life by Marta Hiatt.

I truly appreciated Hiatt's reminders about the important role the subconscious mind plays in our lives. In the simplest of terms, our innermost thoughts are reflected in our conscious daily lives. When we subconsciously think negative thoughts, this is reflected in our “outer” lives.

Hiatt does an excellent job in explaining how the subconscious mind affects they way we feel. The great news is, by changing our subconscious thoughts, we can how we think on a conscious level. To accomplish this, Hiatt outlines a plan for self-hypnosis.

I'm was skeptical about about the whole self-hypnosis thing. Nonetheless, I was willing to give it a try. Hiatt's instructions were simple enough to follow, mostly involving a lot of deep relaxation techniques. I doubt I ever succeeded in attaining self-hypnosis, but I did get some results as a result of trying to contact my sub-conscious while in a highly relaxed state.

Mind Magic also delves into topics like visualization and the Law of Attraction, though I'm not sure Hiatt used that exact term. While all these subjects are of interest to me, I didn't really find anything new or profound in Hiatt's coverage of them.

To learn more about Mind Magic, read a sample of the book on Amazon.com

Friday, August 28, 2015

Let's Make a Movie!


A Note from Adele Park:  Rick Mizuno and Radhaa Nilia have a great story idea they would like to bring to the silver screen.  The name of their screenplay is "Can You Still Love Me."  Here is a synopsis of the story and ways you can help Rick and Radhaa make this film a reality.



Can You Still Love Me a provocative love story. Does the past matter? Two lovers struggle with the ugly truth as secrets of the past threaten to tear them apart.
Genre: Drama/Romance – Synopsis – Geoff and Nicole are in love celebrating their 1st year of dating. Everything is perfect until Nicole’s phone rings, but she won’t answer it. Moments pass, phone rings again and again until Geoff answers the phone. Immediately the caller is irate, demands to talk to Nikki (Nicole). Geoff demands answers but the call abruptly ends. This ignites a firestorm of questions from Geoff. Nicole breaks and reveals the caller was a pimp. Geoff becomes mean and nasty; Nicole reacts in kind until Geoff is forced to leave. Hours later Geoff returns trying to make-up. Nicole wants no part of him. Demands he leave and never come back. In desperation, Geoff reveals his guarded secret once having an ongoing affair a call girl who became pregnant with his baby. He denied the baby insisted she get an abortion and never saw her again… nor knew what became of his baby. Nicole and Geoff are broken and vulnerable desperate to know... Can You Still Love Me?

The subject matter of this compelling story is very real because many of us have something in our past that we never want revealed, yet until such things are confronted we may never be fully free to love and to be loved. This heartfelt story takes a dramatic look at how two people handle shame, regrets, pride and love.

Filmmakers Radhaa Nilia (Director) and Rick Mizuno (Producer & Screenwriter) have launched a 30 day Crowdfunding Campaign to raise $15,000 to turn this engaging story into a short independent film for the film festival circuit. Through the festivals they believe it will lead to the interest and the backing to turn Can You Still Love Me into a feature film.

The script is ready… the crew is ready… and with your support our goals will be achieved.




Sunday, August 16, 2015

Review of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn





If you're in the mood for a thrilling “who done it,” I would highly recommend Dark Places by Gillian Flynn http://gillian-flynn.com/dark-places/

The story is about the murders of the Day Family who were brutally slayed in their Kansas home. Seven year old Libby Day escaped the massacre which her 14 year old brother, Ben, was convicted of doing. The action takes place 25 years later when Libby begins to question whether her testimony against her brother was really true.

In need of money, Libby joins up with a “kill group” interested in the murder. Libby's quest to arrive at the truth while earning some money on the side has her re-visiting some very dislikable characters including her own father. Everyone involved in the story has a secret past, leaving the reader to suspect each one of the murders. This is what makes the story so compelling.

Dark Places is equally as thrilling as with Flynn's best selling novel, Gone Girl http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Girl-Gillian-Flynn/dp/0307588378

Gone Girl was turned into a hit movie starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and just this month Dark Places was released with Charlize Theron heading up a star studded cast http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402101/

Prior to writing these bestselling novels, Flynn worked at Entertainment Weekly, doing reviews for top movies around the globe. To learn more about Flynn, visit her website: http://gillian-flynn.com/

I gave Dark Places 4 out of 5 stars on my Goodreads page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4673038.Adele_Park

Flynn's website says she's busy playing Ms. Pac-Man in her basement lair. One can only hope that while Flynn is down there she spares a few minutes to write another novel!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Readers' Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest


Make a splash this summer by listening to Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book by Adele Park.  Find out what Reviewer Francine Zane has to say about this wacky production in her review for Readers' Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest:
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/gadzooks

Want to try before your buy?  Listen to a sample of Gadzooks! 
http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudiobook

You can also take a peek into Quirky Polygamist Country on our YouTube Channel:
http://tinyurl.com/AdeleYouTube

Monday, August 3, 2015

Cool Cats


Have you always wanted a cat but not the mess that comes with cat hair and litter boxes?  If so, Invizicat has just the right pet for you.  Founded by Utah resident, Tyler Street, Invizicat provides loving pets to those who need it most http://www.invizicat.com/

Each Invizicat comes with its own certificate of authenticity along with a colorful collar and walker which is sure to make a statement.  Where else can you purchase and maintain a loving pet for just $10?  
http://www.invizicat.com/store/c2/Invizicats.html

Bert Miller is a lifetime cat lover who recently had to bid farewell to Muffin, her cat of 16 years.  Bert found herself in need of a pet, but also wanted the freedom to travel.  That's where Invizicat came in handy.   Bert's friends purchased an Invizicat for her which she found to be the perfect solution to her pet dilemma.  

While Bert's Invizicat has found a loving home, there is one more issue:  Bert's pet needs a name!  If you have any suggestions, please e-mail quirkyaudiobooks@infowest.com.  

Cat's Rule -- especially Invizicats! http://www.invizicat.com/




Monday, July 27, 2015

Amie's Book Review Blog


Have you ever wondered if a certain book or audio book is right for you?  Amie's Book Review Blog is here to help https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com/

Amie is a Canadian book reviewer, editor and proof-reader.  I'm not sure where she finds time to listen to or read so many works, but her blog is loaded with reviews.  These reviews are also posted on Goodreads, Audible.com, NetGalley, Amazon and Amazon.ca  http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Yikes-Audiobook/B009G5BELE/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg_s?qid=1438000099&sr=1-1

Amie recently reviewed Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book.  If you'd like to read her take on this kooky project click here:  https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com/2015/06/

Good news for writers:  Amie is currently accepting submissions.  She reads both fiction and non-fiction.  Amie's favorite author is JRR Tolkein, so if anyone is writing in this genre will likely find a friendly home with Amie's Book Review Blog.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Review of Chomp by Carl Hiaasen



Carl Hiaasen is proof that you can be a hysterically funny satirist for adults and smoothly cross over to Young Adult fiction. I've read all of Hiaasen's YA books, and they all rock!

I recently completed reading Chomp, which I must say is a romp!

Chomp is an outlandish yarn about a young boy named Wahoo who helps his father wrangle wild animals for “reality TV.” The story opens by explaining to the reader that Wahoo's father is medically impaired as a result of being hit over the head with a dead iguana. From that point, things just get crazy.

In my humble opinion, Hiaasen is writing the kinds of books that young people should be reading – ones that have a good message while also being entertaining. In Hiaasen's books, the undercurrent involves protecting the environment and the species who inhabit it http://www.carlhiaasen.com/

I read a lot of YA and have noticed that many authors talk down to their readers. No so with Hiaasen. The key to good communication is to relate to people on a level they can understand. Some YA authors are so Pollyanna in their delivery their work becomes hard to swallow. There is nothing saccharine about Hiaasen's style. Perhaps this is due to his long habit of writing edgy satire.

I would highly recommend all of Hiaasen's YA books: http://www.carlhiaasen.com/young-readers.shtml

Hiaasen's works are especially fun during the summer as they take the reader on fantastic adventures in the wilds of Florida. Any kid who needs a fun summer escape should definitely check out the YA books written by Carl Hiaasen.

Follow Carl Hiaasen on Facebook: http://www.carlhiaasen.com/young-readers.shtml

Friday, July 10, 2015

Quirky Christmas in July


While most people spent the July Forth weekend grilling hotdogs and swilling brewskies, Quirky Video Set Designer Tori Park was busy wrapping Christmas presents and sorting through Halloween costumes.  The temperatures were literally "hotter than the 4th of July," but that didn't deter Tori from rummaging through her storage unit in search of the perfect items for our July 10-11 video shoot.



Over the next couple of days the Quirky Video Cast will celebrate all the upcoming holidays including Thanksgiving, Halloween and New Years.


Our Quirky Video Cast has increased to include two polygamist families who will engage in a series of kooky activities to promote the Holiday Season.  Hats off to Michael Park, Executive Producer, for helping coordinate what promises to be a fun but hectic shoot.


In honor of Michael's interest in the Game of Thrones TV program, we decided to do our own version -- Quirky Polygamist Style, of course!  


You're invited to join in the adventures through the Quirky Polygamist Video Channel:  http://tinyurl.com/AdeleYouTube
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Don't forget that you can always buy our Quirky products on Amazon, Audible and Downpour.com


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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Adele Park's Review of The Power to Shape Your Destiny by Tony Robbins



With as many self-empowerment books as I read or listen to as an audiobook, it's a wonder it took so long for me to discover Tony Robbins. Now that I've finally arrived, I'm a huge fan! I recently listened to The Power to Shape Your Destiny narrated by Robbins and released as a Nightengale-Conant Production http://www.amazon.com/Power-Shape-Your-Destiny-Strategies/dp/1442352655/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436013654&sr=1-1&keywords=the+power+to+shape+your+destiny

The Power to Shape Your Destiny is a bit of a re-hash of Robbin's work called Unleash the Power Within http://www.amazon.com/Unleash-Power-Within-Personal-Transform/dp/1442352663/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_y
But it was well worth it for me.

I'm always up for a refresher course – sometimes I need to hear the same thing over and over before it sinks in. What really stood out to me in this latest audiobook was the idea that while trying to achieve a goal, most humans tend to just try one or two things and then give up if it doesn't work out. Robbins points out that anything can be achieved if someone had a compelling reason to make it happen. Once a person decides they must achieve their goal rather than they should do it, success if on the way.

I'm in the process of working on one of those goals which most people think is nuts. Robbins would disagree. He points out that anything is possible if there is a will to make it happen. After listening to The Power to Shape Your Destiny, I decided the next time I get “stuck,” I'll write up a list of all the things I haven't tried and see where that gets me.

One of the things I like most about Robbins is that he is a no-nonsense, straight-shooter. I haven't had the chance to go to one of his conferences, but that's on my “to do” list for sure! https://www.tonyrobbins.com/

Until then, I'll keep listening to Robbin's audiobooks. Up next: MONEY: Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=tony+robbns

Monday, June 15, 2015

Review of The Girl on the Train



I'll start my rating of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins with my GoodReads Points: Five Stars!

I don't mean to gush, but The Girl on the Train was one of the best audiobooks I've had the pleasure of listening to lately http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Train-Paula-Hawkins/dp/1594633665/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434390718&sr=1-1&keywords=the+girl+on+the+train

What was so great about it? For starters, the author, Paula Hawkins, really knows how to spin an intriguing “Who done it” http://paulahawkinsbooks.com/

The Girl on the Train tells the story of Rachel, a woman who has been abandoned by her husband for another woman.  Rachel's life is such a mess that she turns to alcohol for comfort.  Each day as Rachel commutes to London, she imagines the life of a couple she sees from the train.  Later, Rachel discovers the woman she has been watching has been murdered.  The plot thickens as Rachel learns she was on the street the night of the murder, but doesn't remember much because she was blackout drunk at the time.       

The style in which Hawkins presented the plot of The Girl on the Train reminded me of the movie, Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck Rosamund Pike http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2267998/

All of the characters in The Girl on the Train are somewhat despicable, but Hawkins gives them context by showing the sources of the pain which cause the characters to behave so badly. The reader is able to empathize with the characters without condoning their behavior.

I don't give five stars for audiobooks unless the narration is as good as the story. And The Girl on the Train really delivers with Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India Fisher. I'm not just applauding these actresses because I fancy British accents. These narrators pull off a stellar performance, luring the listener into the story with the believability in which they tell their stories.

June is Audio Book month. I recommend The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins for a great way to celebrate! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girl-on-the-train-paula-hawkins/1119671425?ean=9781594633669

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Go From Zero Love to Big Love . . .

Guerilla Film Festival Winner

Several of my actors and camera crew members recently submitted a film called "I Need a Vacation" in the St. George Summer Guerilla Festival.  To no one's surprise, the project took home the Audience Selection honors.  Congratulations to all who participated, especially Kent Harrison Hayes and Garry Morris who wrote the film.  

"I Need a Vacation" was filmed by Ned Cordery, Photographer Extraordinaire.  Ned's wife, Mary, was tapped for one of the choice roles in the video, which will be a good warm up for all the scenes I've scheduled her to appear in for my upcoming shoot.

If you need a vacation, or just a good laugh, check out this Guerilla Festival Winner:

Sunday, June 7, 2015

We're Ready to Roll!

Dorothy Engelman, Adele Park and Ned Cordery


The only thing I like better than editing audio is editing audio and video together. Friends and Facebook companions are familiar with my kooky ads to promote the Quirky Audio Book Series.  The videos may look simple, but there is actually a lot of time and coordination that goes into making them.  

I'm currently in the planning stages for a whole new slew of videos set to launch in July.  I'm very fortunate in that I haven't yet managed to scare off Ned Cordery, my ACE PHOTOGRAPHER.  I surely drive Ned bonkers with my plans that seem to get bigger and more elaborate with every shoot.  

Dorothy Engelman is new to Straight to Audio Productions, stepping in to serve as the Director for our upcoming shoot.  Dorothy is one of those multi-talented sorts who gets along well with everyone.  In the spirit craziness, Dorothy even recruited her husband, Gary, to work in a couple of scenes.  

Top Row:  Jessica, Treyson, Michael and Jim Park
Bottom Row:  Steve Campbell, Becky Williams, Kristin Hunt, Tori Park and Mary Cordery

I gathered the gang together on Saturday to go over the plans for our upcoming shoot.  As you can see from the photo, the cast has increased in size, right along with my wacky ideas.  One of the most magical things about these shoots is watching how much fun the cast members have with each other.  

June is National Audiobook Month so it was only fitting that we celebrated June Birthdays for the cast members during our recent meeting.  Personally, I'm up for any event that involves cake and ice cream!

 Happy Birthday Austin, Treyson, Jim, Cindy and Steve

The shoot is still a month away but that doesn't mean I'll be relaxing by the pool. Well, maybe I'll sneak out for a dip or two, but rest assured, oddball ideas will continue to rattle around in my noggin -- with no brain, there's plenty of space to maneuver!