Apr 25, 2014

120 Marketing Tactics for New Blogs_ Get Your Blog Noticed. #fabreads

I'm forever looking out for information about the promotion of blogs because quite frankly this is how I make my living and I want to be on the cutting edge of not just my service but the conduit to getting to my clients.
Imagine my surprise when I can across this detailed and comprehensive infographics dealing with  just that.
No less than 120 ways digitalphilippines.net has given us....I'm sure with just a few of these you can make a remarkable difference to your blog.



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Apr 24, 2014

#Guestpost _How to Make Your Characters Believable by Carmen Desousa: @Author_Carmen

I recently hosted a promotional post for this author and now I am following it up with this guestpost. Guys and gals please help me welcome, Carmen Desousa, author of the newly release prequel to her series: Creatus (They Exist): The Prequel (Creatus Series)
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I bet Carmen does not even remember that she wrote this post for me considerng how busy and excitable we all were during the March Book Hop with eNovel Authors at Work.
Meantime it this post has constantly been on my mind insisting on getting some airtime. Well here it is. 

Enjoy


We authors are an eclectic bunch; we have to be. How else could we design the multitude of characters needed to create a work of fiction?

In every story there must be a protagonist, most know this. But without an archenemy, be it a person, a character flaw, or a psychosis, where would the conflict stem?

If we as writers cannot imagine—get into the heads of—different emotional aspects of characters, how could ALL the characters be believable? It’s easy to design a protagonist after yourself or even someone you know. But how do you create a character whose mind you never really want to be a part of in the first place?

Research is one way, tons of it. But you also have to possess the ability to identify with the psyche of someone you’d rather not understand. You have to put yourself in their shoes, recognize they are people. They may be the 'bad guys', but they typically have families, go to work, and play just like the rest of us.

A truly believable character must have some normal human characteristics, or they won’t be believable.

Every time I jump into the mind of my so-called ‘bad guys’, my publisher cheers. She loves them. Why? Because the characters are realistic. Yes, they may be the ‘bad guys’, but they still live, work, and socialize in the real world.

Want to see how I blend the good and the bad with all my characters, as they all have a little of both?  Click one of the links below for a little more about what I write. My stories are available in print and eBook formats at your favorite retailer. You can download my mini-mysteries with a paranormal edge or start with my romantic-suspense bestseller, She Belongs to Me, absolutely FREE. From there, all my stories are priced 'less than a latte', so READ UP and enjoy!

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Apr 23, 2014

Reclaim My Heart by Donna Fasano is on #SALE, do not miss this one!!! @DonnaFaz

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Sample From Chapter Two


    "Please, Lucas."
   He couldn't dismiss the tone of those two small words, nor could he ignore the magnitude of emotion clouding her expression. He had no choice but to relent.
    "Sit down," he murmured. He closed the door of his office and then returned to perch himself on the corner of his desk. He steeled himself before asking, "What's on your mind?"
    She seemed to shrink a little as a thousand thoughts ran though her head. Seconds passed, and still she didn't speak.
    Lucas witnessed the phenomenon almost on a daily basis. The people who wound up in his office often felt as if they were carrying the world on their shoulders. He knew her anxiety would eventually discharge, and from the looks of it, he wouldn't have to wait long.
Finally, she pressed her hand to her chest. "I can't breathe."
    "Relax. Do you want some water?"
She shook her head, a lock of her long, platinum hair falling over her forearm. "No. I need to get this out. I promised you I'd hurry."
He couldn't keep his brows from arching a fraction. She hadn't kept her promises in the past. Why would he expect her to now?
    Tyne ran her tongue along her full bottom lip, hesitated another moment, then blurted, "I need a lawyer."
    Lucas closed his eyes and stifled a sigh. He could have guessed as much, of course. He'd worked hard to get himself into the privileged position of being able to pick and choose his clients. The last person he wanted to represent was Tyne Whitlock.
    "A good lawyer, Lucas."
    Common sense told him Tyne wasn't attempting to flatter him. She was speaking purely out of desperation.
    "Look, Tyne—" Something made him stop. He sighed, and then he stood, taking his time rounding his desk and sitting down. The leather-upholstered arms of the chair were cool and smooth under his fingertips.
    "I know some of the best attorneys in the city." He plucked a pen from the cup on his desktop. "And many of them owe me a favor or two." He reached into his inside jacket pocket, pulled out one of the business cards he always kept handy, and turned it over, poised to write. "Let me give you some names and numbers—"
    "I don't want just any attorney." Her chin lifted. "I want you. Why else would I have come here?"
    His gaze lowered to the small white card in his hand. With much deliberation, he set down the pen and the card, and then he looked her directly in the eyes.
Every muscle in her body appeared board-stiff.
    "Listen to me—" he kept his tone calm "—when people find themselves in trouble with the law, or victimized, or wrongfully sued, or unjustly accused, they tend to get lost in a strange, I don't know, franticness. A recklessness that they almost always regret. Believe me when I tell you that no situation is hopeless, and circumstances are rarely as desperate as they might be perceived. Whatever trouble you're in, don't let panic and fear haze your thinking."
    "You don't understand."
    "I think I do," he rushed to assure her. "I see it every day. Honest, hardworking people finding themselves in dire straits. And this unfamiliar territory throws them. They grasp at help from the first source that comes to mind."
    "But—"
    "Just like that old adage warning that only a fool acts as his own lawyer, it's also foolish to choose an attorney in haste. You and I have a past, Tyne, and even though all of that took place years and years ago, the fact remains that we have a history. I don't believe I would be the best person to represent you in a court of law. You need someone who'll be totally unbiased. Let me give you some names. I'll make some calls for you myself—"
    "Stop!" She lifted her hands and scooted to the edge of the seat. "You don't understand. And I can't make you understand if you won't shut up for a minute."
    His eyebrows arched and the frustration in her statement had him leaning back a bit.
    She frowned. "I'm sorry. Really, I am. I had to stew all day yesterday." She fisted her hands in her lap. "I didn't expect to reach anyone on a Sunday, but do you know that your firm doesn't offer an emergency number on the answering machine?" She exhaled with force. "I'm a nervous wreck just being here. Seeing you. But all that aside, I shouldn't have snapped at you. Please accept my apology."
    He didn't react, didn't move. He just waited for her to continue.
    "The thing is… what you need to know…"
    Once again, she grew terribly cautious, and Lucas found that extremely curious. What the hell was it she found so hard to tell him? What kind of trouble was she in?
    She blanched, but then her spine straightened. "I'm not the one who needs a lawyer. I want to hire you, yes. But I'm not the one needing representation. It's my son who's in trouble." A nerve at the corner of her eye ticked, but her gaze never veered from his as she added, "Our son, Lucas."

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Chatting with Stephen Schochet: @htales

Help me welcome Stephen Schochet everyone.
This is a very interesting personality and I love his interview so I hope you will enjoy it too.
 Stephen Schochet (Pronounced Show-het)


Author Stephen Schochet is a professional tour guide in Hollywood who years ago began collecting little-known, humorous anecdotes to tell to his customers. His new book Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies! The book contains a timeless treasure trove of colorful vignettes featuring an amazing all-star cast of icons including John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Errol Flynn, and many others both past and contemporary. Tim Sika, host of the radio show Celluloid Dreams on KSJS in San Jose has called Stephen, “The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard."



Tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in Hollywood.

                I'm a tour guide in Hollywood and years ago I started collecting little stories to tell the customers and had the idea that the tales could be told anywhere.  I had always been interested in the movies and history so it was kind of a natural fit for me.  When I first started I had a study buddy named Ivan.  During our breaks we would research information about old Hollywood and share it with each other.  I remember one time we met on Hollywood Boulevard and said to me in a low, conspiratorial tone," Steve, man, you what I found out today? That Thomas Edison owned the rights to the movie camera and the early moguls like Mayer, Warner, and Zukor they had to pay him tributes.  They why they left the East Coast and came west -- they were outlaws, baby!"  The more information we found out, the more fun it was to give the tour.  And I've got a good memory for stories so having different material kept it fresh, I think for the customers as well.  Anyway, eventually I had the idea that these very short anecdotes could be told anywhere and that's what led, after a few other projects, to the idea for the book.
Have you met any of the famous people that you talk about in your book?
           Jimmy Stewart, George Burns, and Lucille Ball were always friendly and waved. Fred Hayman's boutique on Rodeo Drive was a great store (now defunct) where I used to be able get my customers cappuccinos spiked with Kailua and brandy -- I'll tell you the more people drank the more they enjoyed the tour.  A bunch of stars came in there, like Cybil Shepard, Suzanne Pleshette, Vanna White, the one who I really enjoyed meeting was Zsa Zsa Gabor who took pictures with all my customers.  The bartender was a beautiful girl named Laura, she looked like Cindy Crawford.  Zsa Zsa walked to the bar, complimented Laura and asked how she kept her skin so nice.  Before Laura could answer Zsa Zsa suggested that Laura stay away from booze -- then asked her to put some extra brandy in the cappuccino.  Then she laughed so she had a good sense of humor
Tell us about Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando being next-door neighbors and working together.
                They were next-door neighbors and sometimes Jack would be puttering around in his garden and he would hear this disembodied voice coming over the fence and they would conversations like Tim Allen and his neighbor in Home Improvement.  Previously they worked together in the movie The Missouri Breaks.  Jack had been looking forward to it, I think at that time Brando and Lawrence Olivier were the two actors everybody wanted to work with, but Marlon by that time was really lazy and never bothered to learn his lines.  He'd always be reading cue cards and wouldn't Jack in the eye in their scenes together.  Finally Jack got frustrated and asked Marlon to stop doing it so Brando then placed an assistant in his trailer with a radio transmitter who would read the script, which Brando would hear through an earpiece.  Unfortunately, the radio transmitter inadvertently picked up police broadcasts.  One day Marlon was doing a scene, suddenly looked startled, came out of character and said," Oh my God!  There's been a robbery at Woolworths!
What famous star scared tourists at Universal Studios?
             It's the first story in my book: The Universal Maniac
 In 1999, an Australian gentleman told me about an interesting experience he and his family had at Universal Studios. They were on the backlot tour passing one of the theme park’s main attractions, the Bates Motel used in the 1960 horror classic Psycho, about a murderous young man named Norman Bates who loved his mother a little too much. As the guide gave out information about how director Alfred Hitchcock shot the picture, a tall man, dressed in drag and carrying a large knife, emerged from behind the old set and charged toward the tram. The narrator seemed to know nothing about the Norman Bates look-alike and clammed up completely. The make-believe killer wore such a convincing maniacal expression that some of the paying customers were frightened and screamed when he raised his weapon. Then the “fiend” pulled off his wig and he turned out to be comic Jim Carrey; the thirty-seven-year-old star was clowning around during a work break. After his laughing “victims” calmed down, Jim was happy to pose for pictures and sign autographs.
Why did a close family member ask Walt Disney for his autograph?
         I have a whole chapter about Walt, he was such a fascinating character:
 Walt Disney’s Daughters
Walt Disney’s two daughters, Sharon and Diane, grew up sheltered from the limelight. The children had no images of Mickey Mouse around their home. Their father didn’t go to many parties, preferring to stay in after a long day of work. Sometimes he would playfully chase the youngsters upstairs, cackling like the evil peddler woman in Snow White. When they behaved badly, Walt would admonish them with a raised eyebrow; his stern demeanor inspired the character of the wise old owl, in the 1942 animated feature Bambi. As toddlers, the brainy Diane and beautiful Sharon stayed blissfully unaware that their parents worried about them being kidnapped and allowed no pictures of the sisters to be publicly circulated. Once in 1939, a curious classmate questioned six-year-old Diane about her family. She went home and said, “Daddy, you never told me you were that Walt Disney,” and asked him for an autograph.
What did a former LA police chief have to do with Star Trek?
                 That was Chief William Parker who took over the force in 1950.  If people saw the movie Changeling with Angelina Jolie, they know that the LAPD had a corrupt reputation and Parker instituted a lot of reforms, which earned the public's respect.  Parker was hard to get know; his personality, was considered to be both logical and taciturn.  Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was a former police Sergeant who served under Chief Parker, he wrote speeches for him, really respected him and largely modeled the character of Mr. Spock after him.
Why did Steven Spielberg think Jaws would ruin his career and when did he know it was a winner?
               Jaws was a really fun movie to write about it!  It really changed Hollywood; it brought in the blockbuster mentality to the studios.  Executives now refer to them as tent pole movies, a film that is a big event and pays for everything else they do.  But the mechanical shark didn't work in the water off Martha's Vineyard and every time a Universal executive would fly out to check Spielberg's progress, he assumed, because it was his idea to film the picture in the middle of the ocean he would be fired.  But Steven soldiered on, finished the film, and then there was the preview in Dallas.  By that time, Steven was so tired of watching and hearing the same material over and over he had no idea if the film was good. Eighteen minutes into the screening, the shark killed a boy in a bloody attack. Suddenly, a man in the front row got up from his seat and ran past Spielberg into the lobby. The startled director followed him and watched in amazement as the invited patron threw up on the carpet, went to the bathroom, cleaned himself up and then returned to his seat. For the first time in months, Spielberg relaxed, figuring correctly that if the movie made people sick and they still wanted to watch, it would be a hit.
How did James Cameron try to end the working relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger before The Terminator?
            In the book that story is called "Let's Do Lunch":
A
lunch with Arnold Schwarzenegger caused James Cameron to change his opinion about casting for the 1984 sci-fi thriller, The Terminator. The thirty-year –old director disagreed with his bosses that Arnold was the right man to play the film’s hero, who goes up against a homicidal robot. Cameron planned to insult the Austrian bodybuilder and end the work relationship before it started. But the thirty-seven-year-old Schwarzenegger was charming, suggested some great ideas for the movie and had muscles rippling beneath his shirt; might as well be nice or the famed weight lifter could break him like a twig. It was bad enough that James had no money on him and Arnold had to pick up the tab. Maybe Schwarzenegger could play the Terminator; it made more sense than the producers’ other suggestion. The filmmaker wondered how anyone in their right mind could see former football star O.J. Simpson as a killer.
Tell us about the Peter O'Toole funeral story.
               One Late Night in Ireland
One very late night in Ireland, Peter O’Toole and Peter Finch shocked a pub owner who wanted to close up. The two inebriated actors offered to buy his establishment for twice as much as it was worth, as long as the alcohol kept coming. A contract was written and signed on a napkin. The next afternoon, the hung-over stars woke up and after some blurry discussions, they recalled what they did the night before. Fearing their business managers would kill them, they raced back to the saloonkeeper and begged for mercy. The man gave them a stern look, then smiled and tore up the agreement. They were so grateful they drank there over the next twenty years, whenever their schedules allowed, till
the pub owner died. After downing a few pints, the devastated twosome headed off to the memorial service. Finch and O’Toole delivered long moving eulogies, which drove the mourners to tears, until they realized they were at the wrong funeral.
Why didn't Marilyn Monroe want to leave her handprints and footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater?
             She was a bit mischievous:
            Marilyn Monroe was thrilled to be immortalized alongside Jane Russell in front of a large crowd at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in 1953. As a little girl, raised in Los Angeles’ foster homes, Marilyn had visited the famed cinema often and dreamed of becoming a movie star. And now at the Hollywood premiere of Gentleman Prefer Blondes, it was coming true. Like other
movie legends, Monroe’s hands and feet would be enshrined in wet cement. Hey, wait a minute — she had a great idea. The proceedings were held up as the blonde conferred with one of the Twentieth Century Fox executives. What if the two women left imprints of the body parts that people associated them
with? How about if Jane leaned over the wet cement and Marilyn sat in it? Her suggestion was rejected, much to the disappointment of some photographers in attendance.
Do you have any new stories that aren't in the book?
          I'm always looking for new stories.  When I was writing Hollywood Stories I had to pick a stop date, Oct. 31, 2009 otherwise I never would have finished it!  Recently I was listening to an interview with Adam West and he told a story I really enjoyed.  On the old Batman TV show Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) would slide down the bat poles about 15 feet and land on mattresses. Later they would be filmed coming down into the Batcave in their full costumes and the two shots were put together. One time West yelled," To the bat poles" and did his famous slide only to be startled when he landed on a sleeping wino.
Are you working on another book, if so tell us about it?
        I have some ideas but nothing concrete yet.  Before I wrote Hollywood Stories, I wrote and narrated two audiobooks, which are now available on iTunes, Tales of Hollywood and Fascinating Walt Disney.  For me creativity almost seems out of my control, the projects come out when they are ready to. 
Where can people go to get more information about you and your book?
   


 Contact The Author
                                http://www.hollywoodstories.com



My Goodreads Bookshelf: I've Read:

Song of Solomon
American Gods
Anansi Boys
Temptation
The Pursuit Of Happiness
Fearless Fourteen
To Love, Honour and Betray
Covet
Career Girls
The Graveyard Book
French Quarter Nocturne
Lightning Bird: The Story of One Man's Journey Into Africa's Past
The Clan of the Cave Bear & The Valley of Horses
Dreams of a Dark Warrior
Blood Reaction
Coraline
A Love Rekindled
Sushi for Beginners
A Spy at Home
Priide and Prejudice


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