Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ask Andrew - Recommendations


Dear Andrew

What book do you recommend to other the most and why?

Thanks
Dawn R

Dear Dawn

I get asked for book recommendations all the time and I'm I don't have a standard answer.  I usually ask what they like to read and find a story that I hope they'll like.  Every reader is different just like every story is different  But I do have some fall back type stories.  If the reader likes Historicals I recommend Noble Intentions, for sports The Playmaker.  If they like angstier stories, Turning the Page.

However the one story I think I have recommended more than any other is Love Means... No Shame.  This story really stuck with me over all these years and its embedded itself deep in my heart.  I like to think its that story that I put a lot of myself into.  I know there are a lot of my own experiences in the books in that series.  Thought here is part of me in every book. 

Hugs and Love
Andrew


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Movie Q&A with BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


It’s summer blockbuster movie time when a lot of ‘big’ movie releases happen. So we thought we’d do movie-themed questions today.

1. Favorite movie adapted from a book?
2. Is there any movie you’ve seen that was better than the book it was based on?
3. Are there any particular movies you’re especially looking forward to seeing this summer?
4. Favorite childhood movie?
5. Favorite movie from when you were ‘a youth’?
6. Favorite all time movie?
7. Favorite guilty pleasure movie?
8. Favorite genre?
9. Least favorite genre?
10. Favorite theatre snack?
11. Is there anything that will ruin a movie for you and make you stop watching it?
12. What do you think about ‘remakes’?
13. When you watch a movie at home – do you make popcorn?

B.a.
1. Wizard of Oz
2. Carrie
3. I don't go to the movies. I'll be ready to see the new Alien movie streaming, though.
4. Wizard of Oz, followed closely by The Trouble with Angels.
5. St.Elmo's Fire
6. Wizard of Oz
7. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton
8. Horror
9. Grindhouse
10. Popcorn
11. I am the queen of 'I'm not watching this'. I'll walk out of a movie for 10000 reasons from unrelenting depression to nothing happens to I'm bored.
12. I tend not to watch.
13. I make popcorn way more often than I watch a movie.

Julia
1. Favorite movie adapted from a book?
Uh..Jurassic Park

2. Is there any movie you’ve seen that was better than the book it was based on?
Jurassic Park ;)

3. Are there any particular movies you’re especially looking forward to seeing this summer?
Oh man I have no idea what's coming out

4. Favorite childhood movie?
Star Wars

5. Favorite movie from when you were ‘a youth’?
Hmmm. What's youth exactly? A teen I guess?  I think probably Stand By Me

6. Favorite all time movie?
The Mummy

7. Favorite guilty pleasure movie?
High Spirits

8. Favorite genre?
Horror/Thriller

9. Least favorite genre?
Comedy, though I watch a good many I just can't find some stuff funny like other folks do

10. Favorite theatre snack? popcorn

11. Is there anything that will ruin a movie for you and make you stop watching it?
I stop watching movies all the time. Boring is the cardinal sin

12. What do you think about ‘remakes’?

Depends on the remake. Some things were too good the first time

13. When you watch a movie at home – do you make popcorn?

Usually not, no. Once in a great while

Kiernan
1. Favorite movie adapted from a book?
Wizard of Oz

2. Is there any movie you’ve seen that was better than the book it was based on?
Jaws, Jurassic Park

3. Are there any particular movies you’re especially looking forward to seeing this summer?
Wonder Woman

4. Favorite childhood movie?
Wizard of Oz

5. Favorite movie from when you were ‘a youth’?
Wizard of Oz/any MGM classic musical

6. Favorite all time movie? Wizard of Oz (seeing a pattern here?)

7. Favorite guilty pleasure movie? Megashark vs. Giant Octopus

8. Favorite genre? Bad B monster movies, and classic musicals

9. Least favorite genre?
Film noir

10. Favorite theatre snack?
Popcorn with oodles of fake butter and salt

11. Is there anything that will ruin a movie for you and make you stop watching it?
Stupid gaping plot holes and really bad dialogue

12. What do you think about ‘remakes’?
It depends. Most aren't nearly as good as the original (i.e. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), but some are pretty decent (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Kong: Skull Island).

13. When you watch a movie at home – do you make popcorn? If I'm Skype movie watching with other people (I'm looking at you, B.A. and Julia. Trilogy of Terror awaits!).

Sean
1. Favorite movie adapted from a book?

Lord of the Rings - the whole thing

2. Is there any movie you’ve seen that was better than the book it was based on?

Not that I can think of.

3. Are there any particular movies you’re especially looking forward to seeing this summer?

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Despicable Me 3

4. Favorite childhood movie?

Cinderella - it was the first movie I ever saw in the theatre and I was six and it was my birthday. We had to take two buses to get to it and I can remember it was so cold and snowy and it took forever to get there. My mom took me.

5. Favorite movie from when you were ‘a youth’?

Chariots of Fire

6. Favorite all time movie?

All time favorite? I don't know that I can pick one. In fact I'm pretty damn sure I can't.

7. Favorite guilty pleasure movie?

The Knight's Tale

8. Favorite genre?

I tend to like sci-fi/action/adventure

9. Least favorite genre?

Do documentaries count?

10. Favorite theatre snack?

Gotta be popcorn with extra butter.

11. Is there anything that will ruin a movie for you and make you stop watching it?

Really bad acting and/or writing.

12. What do you think about ‘remakes’?

Some I like, some I hate. I always have to wonder, though, why folks can't write their own movies instead of redoing what's already been done...

13. When you watch a movie at home – do you make popcorn? 

Sometimes.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

99¢ Sale by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend with time to read lots of new books. And if you're looking to add to your to-be-read pile, now's your chance to do it at a discount. More Than Everything is on sale for a couple of days for only 99¢!



Have a great week.

CC
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Using Social Media Filters to Maintain Creativity




Let me paint a picture in your mind. You wake up, ready to start a day of writing. You fix yourself a hot cup of coffee. Sweetened with caramel macchiato creamer of course. You settle down at your computer and log onto Facebook or Twitter to see what the world is up to and BAM!!! 

HORROR! AND OUTRAGE! AND INTRIGUE! AND MURDER! AND ABUSE!

Now log off and go write a book. Have fun! Yeah, no. Not happening.

Me, reading my social media feeds.

I know that I’m not the first creative type to blog about this subject. But it’s important enough that I think it warrants repeat posts to further the subject’s reach until every creative is aware of it. Creative Types – Writers, Painters, Musicians, Dancers, Actors, etc. – it is okay to step away from news of current events in order to protect your creativity. I literally could stop there and I think everyone would understand what I mean. But I’ll get a little more in-depth, otherwise this would be a really short post.

The world we live in has never been perfect. There has always been turmoil, war, discrimination, and a host of other issues. But I think we can all agree that 2016 and continuing on into 2017 have been particularly rough politically. It's amplified by the fact that we have instant and constant updates on every major event. Social media is awesome for keeping us informed on what’s going on in the world. But it can also be emotionally draining. 

Some days, scrolling through my feed there will be status after status or tweet after tweet on the latest scandal/incident/protest/bill passage/firing/death. My anxiety ratchets up super high every time I see the word BREAKING. Reading those statuses and tweets every day can take their toll. You might start to feel helpless, wondering what you can do to get involved. You might feel guilty for “frivolously” creating when there seem to be so many more important things going on. You might feel hopeless and think the world is going to continue being awful, so why even bother? And once you have those thoughts in your head, it can be extremely difficult to disengage from them and continue on with your creative work. And that’s why it’s important to step away from social media.

Listen. Your work is important. It’s important to you of course, because it is your baby. But it’s also important to others. Your book or piece of fan or original art or hilarious video might be the thing that brightens someone’s day. We all need to consume fine arts and other things we enjoy in addition to keeping up with current events. So do what you have to do in order to keep your creativity healthy and active. Filtering your social media to keep certain topics from showing up is a great start. Here are a few ways you can do that:

1) On Twitter, you can mute words, accounts, hashtags & phrases for specified periods. You can only list one at a time, so it’s a little time-consuming, but it’s worth it. Go to your Settings & Privacy and select Muted Words to use this feature.


2) If you use Chrome, there are a few extensions you can use to filter the topics that appear on your feed for both Twitter and Facebook. Social Fixer for Facebook and Vital for Twitter are two examples.


 

3) Get off social media altogether. Believe me, I know how hard this can be. Social media is super addictive. But you can use an add-on like LeechBlock, which will block whatever sites you specify during certain times of the day, days of the week, etc. It’s also great for staying productive when writing in general.


 The above methods can be very helpful in blocking out specific topics so that you can continue to use social media, without feeling overwhelmed by the world. In writing this post, I’m not saying that I don’t want to be informed. I do. I want to keep up to date because I feel it is my responsibility as a citizen and just for my own general awareness. 

I also don’t expect people to stop sharing the things that they are passionate about. But at the same time, I don’t want to wade through a seemingly never-ending sludge of awfulness every time I log on to my favorite social media sites. I want to consume politics and other current events on my terms. So I’ve taken steps to filter my feeds and will check on the news at my convenience.


 

I love creating and I need to be in a positive mind-set in order to do so. If you’re also a creative (or any person who feels overwhelmed by social media) give yourself permission to block/hide/regulate anything that prevents you from doing what you love. You’ll thank yourself for it.

Thanks for reading!

Love,
Christa

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Play List by S.C. Wynne


Hi, all!

When I write I have trouble listening to music with lyrics because I want to sing along and I can't write and sing! I tend to stop writing and just belt out a few verses. lol

If I need to be really productive I'll use BrainFM. I got a lifetime membership for a cheap price a while ago and I like it. It's different in that it just plays music with no words. They have music for focusing and relaxing and sleeping even. I only use the focus music since that's the only reason I'm listening.

I definitely use music to inspire some scenes in my books. I love trolling YouTube for great songs that are filled with angst to help me feel who my characters are going to be. Certain songs just speak to me. Tug at my heart.

While writing a story for Felice Steven's Kindle World launch I've been listening to a lot of songs:

Lost Boy by Ruth B
Unsteady by X Ambassadors
Hurts Like Hell by Fleuire
I Found by Amber Run

I just put them on loop with my headphones and listen to them over and over while writing painful, emotional scenes. It really works. It's like a soundtrack to my book.

S.C.
www.sc-wynne.com



Friday, May 19, 2017

Sale by Felice Stevens


For a limited time, my first book Rescued is on sale for only 99 cents. Or you can read it for FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited. The sale will only be through the weekend, so if you've never read it, now is probably a good time.

myBook.to/RyderandJason

In addition the second book in the Through Hell and Back series, After the Fire comes OFF Kindle Unlimited on May 25th-five days from today. So you might want to grab it while it's there, because I don't plan to put it back in the program.
Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

weird things we learned this week from BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


Sean Michael

Dayquil and Nyquil do not help at all with a wet cough.

Always call the airport to check when security is open before an early morning flight. There is no use being at the airport two hours early for an international flight at say 4am if the security doors don't open until 5.

Squirrels love tulip bulbs, but don't like daffodil bulbs.

Editors like commas waaaaaaaay more than I do.

My characters do not care which ones are supposed to be getting the bulk of my attention based on deadlines - they will always do their own thing.

Sometimes you just have to have a steak. Or at least sometimes I do.

Kiernan Kelly

was at outlantacon, a glbt sci-fi co vention this past weekend. We shared the hotel with a bodybuilding con. No lie - all weekend we joked that there were power lifters to the left, and power bottoms to the right.

Anyway, I learned why weight lifters wear those skimpy little singlets. Turns out, there are articles of clothing you can wear that will help you lift more weight, like compression shorts. You can't hide anything under a singlet.

Also - and here's where weird comes in - if you try to lift more than your body will allow (which is against the rules), you'll poop. You can't wear Depends under a singlet and disguise the mess.

There. Now you can't stop seeing it, too. You're welcome.

BA Tortuga

The first man to pee on the moon was Buzz Aldrin

Julia Talbot

In Georgian London, most goldsmiths were Huguenots, fleeing religious persecution in France.

Can you tell who was researching a book?

XXOO

Julia Talbot

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Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

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