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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Berkley Street Series Books 1 - 9 Haunted House and Ghost Stories Collection By: Ron Ripley


5*
Ron Ripley has a sick and twisted mind and I loved every second of it during this series. This is a series where the ghosts are in the staring roll for me at least. I have read/ listened to a lot of horror books some good some not so much. This whole series is a winner if you like ghosts and Gore. The ghosts kill and not gently. Each book features a different ghost who gets off on torturing the living. Retired Marine Shane Ryan goes back to his childhood home to find out what really happened to his parents. His home has always been haunted and not by 1 but several spirits. Shane takes on the ghost of the girl in the lake in book 1, in book 2 the ghost in the lighthouse, book 3 the ghost in an abandoned town. Each book features a new ghost that Shane must get rid of. This is a very long series but we'll worth it.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Winter Frost by Lauren Carr



Book Details:



Book Title: Winter Frost (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery Book 2) by Lauren Carr

Category: Adult fiction, 290 pages

Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Cozy

Publisher: Acorn Book Services

Release date: January 28, 2019

Tour dates: May 1 - June 28, 2019

Content Rating: PG (It's a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)



Book Description:



It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife.



Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas.



Nothing is as it seems.



In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him?


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My Review:
Lauren Carr has knocked it out of the park this time. I enjoyed every second of this book, not that I don't enjoy all of her books. This one for some reason was just really great to me. Winter Frost has it all, Spy's, murder, espionage, undercover agents, faked deaths, a touch of romance, and the Geezer Squad. I love that Lauren does not overwhelm us with graphic language and sex scenes. These things do not need to be added to make great books. I love Lauren's writing style, her books are fast paced and not filled with descriptions of people, places, and things that bring nothing to the story.

Chris Matheson buried his wife or at least thought he had 3 years before. Until he runs into her face to face one day. While still in shock over Blair being alive a few days later Chris learns she really has been murdered this time, and in their old back yard. Chris and the Geezer Squad set out to answer a lot of questions. Why he was told she was dead to begin with. What she uncovered to fake her death and to end up murdered for real this time. And why is his family is being targeted by hired killers. As the mystery unravels so does the hurt of Blair leaving them in the first place.

Meet the Author:


 
 

​Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!



Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.



Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.



​Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.



Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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THE STIFF IN THE STUDY by Shéa MacLeod

Author: Shéa MacLeod

Narrator: Yvette Keller

Length: 4 hours 20 minutes

Series: The Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries, Book 2

Publisher: Shéa MacLeod

Release date: May 17, 2017

Genre: Cozy Mystery


Viola Roberts is at it again! The sleepy seaside town of Astoria, Oregon is the last place you'd expect to find a dead body. That is until the director of the local museum turns up dead in the study and Viola's friend, Portia, is accused of the crime. Viola ignores her looming deadline and bout of writer's block and sets out with her best friend, Cheryl, to solve the murder. From starting riots at local dive bars to breaking into crime scenes, Viola will stop at nothing to prove Portia innocent even if it means putting herself in the cross-hairs of the killer.

Viola Roberts cozy mysteries:
  1. The Corpse in the Cabana
  2. The Stiff in the Study
  3. The Poison in the Pudding
  4. The Body in the Bathtub
  5. The Venom in the Valentine
  6. The Remains in the Rectory
  7. The Death in the Drink



Shéa MacLeod writes urban fantasy post-apocalyptic sci-fi paranormal romances with a twist of steampunk. Mostly because she can’t make up her mind which genre she likes best so she decided to write them all.

After six years living in an Edwardian town house in London just a stone’s throw from the local cemetery, Shéa headed back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She plans to live out her days eating mushroom pizza, drinking too many caramel lattes, exploring exotic locales, and avoiding spiders.

Shéa is the author of the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries and the bestselling Lady Rample Mysteries.
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Yvette Keller’s first job as a narrator was reading aloud to keep her little brother out of trouble. Her favorite party trick is reading words upside down. Little kids need to see the pictures. Yvette lives in her beloved home town of Santa Barbara, using a lifetime of vocal stamina in her home studio. She produces technical VO industrials for Mesa Steps Consulting clients in addition to audiobooks. A lifetime of reading and speaking has proven one thing: Yvette loves stories. She is thrilled to be making books accessible and engaging through her narration work.
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Q&A with Yvette Keller, Narrator of The Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries
  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
    • I always wanted to get paid to read books. But how was always the question. Who pays other people to just read books? I “made do” with a career teaching people stuff from books, making technical training videos, and speaking in front of audiences. At some point, enough people said to me, “Hey, why don’t you narrate audiobooks?” that I started believing it might be possible.
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • I’d been asked several times whether I was an actor or a voice over pro and I always said, “No, I’m just a corporate trainer.” But (secretly) I took some classes and researched low-cost options for my self-published author friends. When I read the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries, I contacted Shea immediately: “I feel like you wrote these books FOR ME. Can I (pleasepleaseplease) narrate them?” Narrating satisfies two dreams: Getting paid to read books AND supporting fantastic indie authors!
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Honestly, I started out listening to audiobooks that I suspected I wouldn’t like. By that I mean books that I worried would not hold my interest. I figured that listening to them while I drove, washed dishes, or pulled weeds meant I wasn’t “wasting” my time. I’ve since realized that only certain books work for me as audiobooks: Literary books with rich language and deep themes frustrate me as audiobooks - I want to read the words myself. On the other hand, action adventure novels, mysteries, and autobiographies (read by author is my favorite) are wonderful companions to have pouring in through my ears. Now I’m addicted and convinced that audiobooks make chores go faster.
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • My favorite part is knowing I’m contributing to accessibility: By making the story come to life in an audio format, someone who can’t read the book can listen to it instead. Whether that is someone with a disability or just someone who doesn’t have the time to read, I’m expanding the reach of fun stories. My least favorite part is the “producer” role. Editing, mastering, and to some extent marketing the books all take time away from reading another book and bringing more books to the audience.
  • Is there a particular genre you feel unsuited for? Have you ever declined a project because you didn’t think you were right for it?
    • My primary training is not as an actor, so I’m unsuited for anything that I personally would never read. That means if you have a blood-soaked thriller, or a gory true-crime book, or a horror novel, sorry, but I’m not available.
  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?
    • As close as possible! An an independent producer, I’m really providing a service to the author. I want them to be ecstatic when they hear their book! That means I take advantage of whatever time they offer me to get background on characters, making sure I pronounce things correctly.
  • Do you read reviews for your audiobooks? 
    • Yes! I love interacting with reviewers and fans, especially through Goodreads. This is super-natural to me because I was an instructor and facilitator for so many years. Back then the “learner” or “client” really mattered to me; I wanted to be a great trainer or facilitator so they met their goals. Now, I want to be an amazing narrator so that listeners are entertained. If they provide feedback about what they like (or hate) about my performance, I appreciate that they took the time and effort to share that with me. I’m super grateful!
  • If so, which ones stand out to you most, positive or negative? 
    • All reviews are one data point; one lister’s feedback. What stands out is when a group of reviewers will leave the same feedback. For example, I gather fans really like my pace and the fact that I keep the voices consistent across all the books. Sadly, negative reviews are rarely constructive. “I didn’t like it,” or “I don’t recommend this,” isn’t helpful to me. Negative ones *might* stand out if they included why something hit them wrong way, but without that, the review isn’t actionable - I can’t learn from it, so I move on.
  • Bonus question: Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio?
    • I’ve been told since Kindergarten that I am an “outstanding” reader. By then I was reading Cajun Night Before Christmas in a Creole dialect, and mimicking the Southern accents of my friend’s mom. I was a kid-actor and participated in theater all through school. In college, I was taking an intensive, 6-week class where we only read Moby Dick. One of the best compliments that stuck with me came from the Dean of American Studies, who said one day after class, “You are one of the few truly great readers of Moby Dick.”
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

THE CORPSE IN THE CABANA The Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries by Shéa MacLeod

Author: Shéa MacLeod

Narrator: Yvette Keller

Length: 4 hours 47 minutes

Series: The Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries, Book 1

Publisher: Shéa MacLeod

Release date: Aug. 29, 2016

Genre: Cozy Mystery


Sassy, snarky Viola Roberts quit her boring accountant job to pursue her dream of writing novels, even if it meant eating ramen noodles every day. Now that her career has taken off, she's headed to a writers' conference at an exotic Florida resort complete with white-sand beaches and swaying palm trees, where she plans to lounge in the shade drinking frosty beverages with little umbrellas. And, of course, no sojourn to tropical climes would be complete without her boozy, wise-cracking best friend, Cheryl.

When Viola discovers the diva of the author world dead (as a doornail) of unnatural causes, the police immediately consider Viola their prime suspect. But when the head detective turns a gimlet eye on Viola's best friend, the author has had enough! Along with help from hunky fellow writer Lucas Salvatore, Viola is determined to ascertain who killed the corpse in the cabana before she or Cheryl winds up in jail. Or worse.

Viola Roberts cozy mysteries:
  1. The Corpse in the Cabana
  2. The Stiff in the Study
  3. The Poison in the Pudding
  4. The Body in the Bathtub
  5. The Venom in the Valentine
  6. The Remains in the Rectory
  7. The Death in the Drink




Shéa MacLeod writes urban fantasy post-apocalyptic sci-fi paranormal romances with a twist of steampunk. Mostly because she can’t make up her mind which genre she likes best so she decided to write them all.

After six years living in an Edwardian town house in London just a stone’s throw from the local cemetery, Shéa headed back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She plans to live out her days eating mushroom pizza, drinking too many caramel lattes, exploring exotic locales, and avoiding spiders.

Shéa is the author of the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries and the bestselling Lady Rample Mysteries.
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Yvette Keller’s first job as a narrator was reading aloud to keep her little brother out of trouble. Her favorite party trick is reading words upside down. Little kids need to see the pictures. Yvette lives in her beloved home town of Santa Barbara, using a lifetime of vocal stamina in her home studio. She produces technical VO industrials for Mesa Steps Consulting clients in addition to audiobooks. A lifetime of reading and speaking has proven one thing: Yvette loves stories. She is thrilled to be making books accessible and engaging through her narration work.
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Q&A with Shéa MacLeod, author of The Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • In the case of the Viola Roberts books, Yvette is a long-time friend and historical costuming buddy. Working with her was natural and fun.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
    • We definitely went over pronunciations and character tips, but for the most part, I just let her do her thing. And she knocked it out of the park.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Always, yes. The Corpse in the Cabana was inspired by my own trip to a writer conference in Florida. Only in real life there weren’t any dead bodies.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Take time out to enjoy life. Travel. Experience the world. It not only recharges me, but provides so much inspiration.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • You probably don’t want to know what I think about people who say snide things about what other people love. “Listening” exercises a different part of your brain than “reading” with your eyes, but a story is a story is a story. Either way you still have to activate your imagination. And whatever format you choose to read (or listen) to, that’s fantastic! Not everyone has the time or ability to sit down and read a physical or ebook.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • I just keep writing. Maybe write something different and new. Reading slump? What’s that?
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    • Melissa McCarthy would play Viola Roberts. She’s who I had in my head when I was writing. Any time I was stuck, I would say to myself, “What would Melissa McCarthy do?”
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Yes. Lady Rample came to me in a dream. Which is why that series now exists.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • The same way Viola would: With a glass (or two) of red wine.
  • What’s next for you?
    • This year, I’ll be turning the Lady Rample Mysteries into audiobooks and starting a brand new cozy mystery series set in the 1940s.
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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Ryan Green True Crime Collection: Volume 2 by Ryan Green



I love true crime and I Love Ryan Green. Ryan really gets down tot he nitty gritty of each of his true crime stories. You learn more from Ryan Green about the crimes than with most other Authors. He takes you into the past of the villain and the victims as well.

This collection brings 3 horrific cases.

The first is Ronald Gene Simmons. Ronald killed his whole family of 14 people as well as 2 others for a total of 16 people.

The 2nd is Christopher Worrell's killing spree. Ryan brings us the story through the eyes of James Miller, who was in love with Christopher and was also his accomplice.

The 3rd is Sinclair the case is about 2 teenage girls who were out for a night of fun in Edinburgh. They end up laying in the open the next morning 6 miles apart  beaten, gagged, tied, raped, and strangled.

And last but not least Herb Baumeister, Herb killed at least 11 men.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Instant Pot Recipes Cookbook The Best Instant Pot Recipes for Your Whole Family By: Charlie Mason




Listening to cookbooks is a whole new experience for me. This book is filled with excellent sounding recipes and is a great book. The only problem I had was keeping up while trying to make or gather ingredients. I will be sticking with written cookbooks. Now don't get me wrong this book was great, and I did listen to the recipe than I copied it down so I could make it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Elena: Woman of Courage (A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho #5) by Linda Weaver Clarke




I really enjoyed this book. This is a book featuring a strong Woman Elana Yeates is the new Doctor in Bear Like Idaho during the roaring 20's. This is during the time when people still thought Doctor's was a man's job. Elana shows up and is determined to change this way of thinking. Along the way she also catches the eye of the most eligible bachelor and playboy in town John Roberts. As John tries to prove to Elana they could have a beautiful life together. 

I do wish Elena had less of an attitude. A few times when anyone had an opinion Elana took immediate defense or offense to them. Yes there was a lot of people in the town who deserved her attitude but i do think she could of handled some situations a bit cooler. 

All in all Linda Weaver Clark has done an amazing job with bringing out the Power of women and overcoming obstacles in this book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A Cottonwood Stand by Chuck Redman

Author: Chuck Redman

Narrator: Michael Butler Murray

Length: 6 hours and 12 minutes

Publisher: Chuck Redman

Released: Mar. 5, 2019

Genre: Historical Fiction


Nebraska: not just a place on a map. It has a heart, and it has a voice. It has a then. It has a now.
Several centuries ago, a young Sioux woman called Lark rebels against her people's traditions and crosses the plains to save her adopted sister from a bad marriage proposal and return the girl to the Pawnee village from which she was abducted in childhood. At the end of her journey, Lark finds herself the center of a mysterious Pawnee ritual that undermines her plan as well as her confidence.
In this century, Janet Hinderson runs a small-town newspaper and crusades against a proposed meatpacking plant that will destroy the fabric of the town, along with its landmark stand of cottonwoods. But Janet's hard and soft sides must grapple when the meat company's general counsel comes to town and reveals some cryptic interest in her.
These are not two stories. They are connected, told and wound into one - each exploring social issues and themes that are vital and timeless.





Chuck Redman was born and raised in small-town Nebraska, a place that still gives him chills even though the scenery is less dramatic than the goosebumps on his arm. But he eventually rambled east for undergrad at Michigan and law school at NYU. Then he marched west to practice criminal and immigration law in Los Angeles for 40 years. In his spare time, he wrote a little. He’s retired now, freeing him to enjoy his wife, his kids, his reading, his writing, his worrying about the future of the planet.

His novel A Cottonwood Stand, set in Nebraska, takes a satirical look at the way our nation has chosen to evolve, in terms of values. Mr. Redman’s daughter, a musician and artist, created a beautiful needlepoint of the story’s “legendary” cottonwood, and his son, a musician and community activist, adapted the needlepoint for the book cover.

His short fiction or humor have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Lowestoft Chronicle, Hemlock Journal, Jewish Literary Journal, and The Jewish Magazine.
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Michael Butler Murray is a professional actor, narrator and musician who has voiced over 58 audiobooks. His recorded titles run the spectrum from dramatic to comedic fiction and nonfiction titles varying in topics from the Middle East to understanding your dog's olfactory senses. Born on Long Island, NY, he has been performing his entire life. Over the past few decades, he has performed in slews of musicals, dramas and improv shows across the country, has appeared in several films, and performs regularly with his guitar comedy duo, Schoolcraft & Murray. He loves stretching his legs in the great outdoors, sailing, surfing and, naturally, sitting in a quiet box reading aloud.
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Q&A with Author Chuck Redman
  1. How did you select your narrator?
I listened to auditions of about a dozen narrators, all talented, but as soon as I heard Mike’s I knew that his voice and character were the voice that I’ve been hearing in my head ever since I started writing my first rough draft. Even the inflections and timing were perfect, better than I had even imagined! It made me smile, big time.
  1. How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
Mike is such an amazing actor and narrator, with such sharp instincts and intuitiveness, that he needed no real “direction” from me. There were only a few Nebraska-related words or names that we needed to talk about. I hereby declare that Mike is now an honorary Nebraskan!
  1. Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
My home town in Nebraska and my current town in California both played big roles in shaping the idea for the story (the special magic of small towns and big trees). And some of our memorable friends from my youth in Nebraska may have helped shape a character or two.
  1. What's your favorite:
  • Song: Stranger in Paradise
  • Book: A Tale of Two Cities
  • Television show: All in the Family
  • Movie: (that’s a tough one) Doctor Zhivago
  • Band: My son and daughter are in bands: Cave Babies, SOAR, and Coherence. Check them out!
  1. What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Ah, that’s easy: read good literature, as much as you can get your hands on! Browse the library for forgotten classics.
  1. What’s next for you?
The next story is set in California, not Nebraska. It’s about a retired couple confronted with the loneliness of too much togetherness. They begin to realize that, sometimes, two’s not company, it’s a crowd. She wants to make new friends, but he has grander ideas. So he goes overboard with a certain guilty promise and an obsession to keep that promise. I just have to figure out whether he sinks or swims (so to speak).
  1. Please list a couple books that have been published by other authors that are similar to yours in style and substance (for instance, “if you liked that book, you’ll like my book.”).
Huckleberry Finn, Little Big Man, Forrest Gump (I know this list seems pretentious, but these are the books that definitely inspired me.)
  1. What are some of the criticisms that your book might receive?
It is not an easy read (or listen), because of the narrator’s dialect, and also because details of the plot are not always directly spelled out. The reader or listener has to do some inferring and analyzing along the way. And of course, not everyone appreciates satire.
  1. Anything additional you want to share?
I worry that technology is robbing us of our human nature, our humanity. Some aspects of science and technology are beneficial and beautiful (I’m kind of partial to modern plumbing). But I’m not so sure that cars and television haven’t done way more harm than good. Don’t get me started on those sinister gadgets you put on your kitchen counter and you call them by name and ask them who invented mouthwash or to tell you a joke about St. Patrick’s Day. I wouldn’t want my kids to end up having a best friend that you plug in, instead of one you can play hide and seek with in the park. Sorry to end on a preachy note, but this sort of goes back to the reason I wrote the book in the first place: Trees and nature, GOOD. Big screens and pollution, BAD.

Audiobooks, by and large, are a good thing, though. They represent the positive uses of technology. Blogs, too! Thanks a million for giving me the chance to be interviewed on your blog.

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Author Chuck Redman's Picks for A Cottonwood Stand
Narrator: Michael Butler Murray!

Janet: Diane Lane

Steve: Russell Crowe

Lark: Jennifer Lopez

Red Moon: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Left Hand: Benicio Del Toro

Scout: Rando the Wonder Dog


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Monday, May 6, 2019

Passports and Plum Blossoms by Barbara Oliverio

Author: Barbara Oliverio

Narrator: Faye Wagner

Length: 7 hours and 28 minutes

Publisher: Scolapasta Press

Released: Feb. 6, 2019

Genre: Romantic Comedy


By the readers' favorite award-winning author, Barbara Oliverio. Barbara's "Love on the Lido Deck" was recently made into a Hallmark Channel Movie.

Annalise Fontana is feeling blue with no job, no boyfriend, and packed among her childhood memories in her parents' home. What could be more enticing than the opportunity to serve as a companion to her elderly Auntie Lil on a senior citizens' tour of China (with a side trip to Singapore)? She digs out her passport and packs her bags and assumes that she's in for a tranquil Jane Austenesque journey.

Nothing could be further from the truth as the trip takes a turn before they even leave the country. What follows is a lively journey with a cast of quirky travel companions who are anything but dull. The Fontana girls immediately fit in to the festive group.

While visiting heart-stopping sights, Annalise also has her heart begin pounding faster as she meets a number of charming young men. But who is the mysterious, brooding stranger who seems to pop up on the streets of Singapore, in Beijing's Forbidden City, and stays on her mind at the Great Wall of China?




Readers' Favorite Award™ Winner Barbara Oliverio is the daughter of Italian immigrants and a real coal miner’s daughter. She grew up in West Virginia with a love of reading and a passion for learning. Following a career path that included being a teacher, journalist, and marketer, she has lived as far away from home as Italy where she practiced her family's native tongue and took advantage of living near other European countries to travel extensively.Her life-long joy in writing has culminated in novels that focus on young Catholic women in a positive light. Readers of all backgrounds have fallen in love with her charming characters who come from close-knit Catholic families who live out their faith.She is also a freelance editor, professional book critic, and mentors blossoming writers on their own paths.A rabid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, she lives with her husband, an equally committed New York Giants fan, outside Orlando where off-football-season dinner conversation is calmer and is usually accompanied by a meal she cooks from one of her mother's treasured recipes. Other interests include New York Times crossword puzzles, good movies, and travel.
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After touring the country with Broadway’s “Annie”, Faye studied at the famed Moscow Art Theatre, in winter, for the full Chekov experience. Returning to the sunshine of Los Angeles, she earned her BA in Theatre Arts magna cum laude from Loyola Marymount University. Faye’s stage work includes a Broadwayworld award winning turn in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and “The Grapes of Wrath” directed by MacArthur “Genius” winner David Cromer. TV work includes “Law and Order: True Crime”, “I Love Dick”, “Ray Donovan”, “Lucky Louie”, “’til Death”, and “The War at Home”.




Guest Post
Writing Just Ain’t for Sissies
By Barbara Oliverio
Oh sure, we’ve all seen it in the movies. Someone announces that she is going to write that book she’s always wanted to write. Friends and family are tentative, but loving and supportive. Fast forward while she is sits at a pristine desk or cozily tucks into a corner at the coffee shop with just her laptop and a latte, then, bang, she’s at a book signing standing behind a huge pile of hardbacks, with a line of eager fans stretched outside the (brand name, chain) bookstore waiting for a signed copy. Friends and family are so proud. Minutes later, her agent is talking about the movie rights. That is exactly how it works.

Right.

If Hollywood documented most journeys, they might look a bit more like this:

Our heroine finally decides to write a book. She may have thought about this for her whole life, or it may be a relatively recent dream. In any case, she’s thought quite a bit about taking this plunge. Chances are she is not independently wealthy, so she worries about how to pay for minor things like, oh, food and shelter while writing, and that is what has kept her from starting her project up to this point. When she finally determines a workable plan, she tentatively announces her decision.

Well-meaning people weigh in: “Are you sure?” one asks. “Don’t you realize how hard this will be?” says another. And those are the supportive comments. She assumes a brave-little-toaster smile and nods. Despite this lukewarm support, she soldiers onward.

(Not so) fast forward, she completes the necessary research. Despite the myth of the “muse”, she knows that writing is just as much a skill as an art. She studies nuances, learns the subject matter, and perhaps takes classes or seminars. She wonders just how Jane Austen ever did this in the pre-computer era.

Her desk is an explosion of notebooks, scraps of paper holding random ideas for dialog, pictures ripped from magazines, reference books, good luck charms, chocolate bar wrappers, teacups, and other items that are essential to her process. If she does move her operation to the coffee shop for a few hours, she lugs her computer, scouts out the seat near an electrical outlet so that she can make sure she will be fully charged, and probably has a backpack chock full of notes with her.

Manuscript complete, she edits and re-edits (then re-edits yet again) as she pitches to agents hoping for representation or takes a chance and decides to independently publish. In any case, going from manuscript to actual book takes roughly the amount of time as gestation of an elephant.

She launches her book and works on publicity, including book club visits, signings at small and large bookstores and any other avenue she can manage. She maintains her presence daily on every social media site. Ah. Finally the glamour -- she is a published author! (Never mind the physical therapy bill for dragging cartons of books hither and yon.)

Encountering the same people who were skeptical when she embarked on the project, she is excited and proud to let them know she completed the book. At last! Maybe they’ll acknowledge that her leap of faith paid off.

The response: “Oh. Nice…When will your next one be out?”

Writing just ain’t for sissies.

Barbara Oliverio is an award-winning author of comedic novels featuring young women who sort out their work lives and love lives while staying true to faith and family. She is also a writing mentor and a professional book critic. She just released her fifth novel Peak to Peak: A Romantic Comedy with Altitude www.barbaraoliverio.com.


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