Showing posts from January, 2014

Still Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions?

If the answer to this question is “no,” then I have good news to share with you. A life coach recently reminded me that it takes super human strength to make a lifestyle change immediately following the holidays. After all, many of us have just come off several weeks of eating too much, not getting enough sleep and overspending. Trying to reverse all that on the first of January is exhausting. Instead, why not aim for the Chinese New Year? This time around, the Chinese New Year falls on January 31 st , so there's plenty of time to brush off the dust from the January First resolutions, or form some new ones. One of the ways the Chinese celebrate that I find especially interesting is by giving the house a thorough scrub down, sweeping away any ill-fortune to make way for better luck. After all the hustle of the holidays, most houses could use a good scouring anyway, so it's kind of a win-win scenario. Red is the color most often associated w

Adele Park's Review of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Writer Neil Gaiman seems to be everywhere these days. Or maybe it's just that I've started to tune into his signal. Gaiman is certainly coming in loud and clear with the folks at ACX/ . Curious as to why Gaiman is so highly acclaimed, I Googled his name. Much to my surprise, I discovered that I was already a fan of Gaiman's work and just didn't know it. Among other things, Gaiman wrote the books which later turned into the movies Coraline and Stardust . I recently listened to The Ocean at the End of the Lane on compact disc. To say I was enthralled would be an understatement. Not only is Gaiman a prolific writer, he's an awesome narrator! I'm not sure if Ocean is directed at adults or kids. Gaiman's work seems to speak to audiences of all ages . Ocean is about a friendless, seven-year old bookwor

Now Recording: Steve Campbell

There's something very special about Steve Campbell. Perhaps it's his stunningly handsome looks that seems to attract directors from all forms of media. Or maybe it's Steve's boyish smile that reels in the audiences. But I think it's the twinkle. Steve Campbell really does have one of those, not just in his blue eyes, but in his personality as well. Steve has appeared in two videos to promote my projects at Straight to Audio Productions and is scheduled to work on a third. He also served as narrator in Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book . This week, Steve returns to the studio to record the voice of Old Doc Pinkerton in Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book. Steve brings a wealth of experience to Straight to Audio Productions. In the 60's and 70's, Steve performed in numerous plays, radio and television shows and motion pictures. Check out what a stud Steve is playing the lead role in the movie Su

A Review of Dan Brown's Audio Book, Inferno, by Adele Park

Dan Brown's third novel, Inferno, will no doubt be made into a movie. I didn't want to wait to see Tom Hanks' interpretation of Robert Langdon's latest adventures in Europe. Going with the audiobook version rather than a physical copy of Inferno was a good choice for me . One of the most delicious things Author Dan Brown does is give his fans a vicarious tour of some of the most romantic places on earth. Much of this would have been lost on me if I had tried to tackle the pronunciations on my own as a reader. Inferno is similar to some of Brown's previous novels, Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code in that it features the highly educated protagonist, Robert Langdon, getting chased all over Europe while attempting to unravel a modern day mystery with symbolic ties to the past. But Inferno stands out among Brown's books for the nature of the conflict: a frank discussion on population control. I thought Brown