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The Porter Brother’s were raised to live and die by Three Rules
One, a Porter stands his ground
Two, a Porter leaves no enemy standing
Sutton Creech was a cheat and a liar. Tate Porter had found that out when he was eighteen, and he had no intention of letting her make a fool out of him again. He didn’t care how much pain he saw in her eyes or how old memories tugged at his unforgiving heart until, the night a hidden secret is revealed and everything Tate had believed about their past is shattered, proving he had let the woman he loved get away.
Between trying to protect his family and running their pot growing business, Tate doesn’t have time to play the “Nice Guy”. He’d just have to remember the most important rule his father had given them: A Porter always keeps what’s his.
“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”
(Venice, Italy) Jonathan Demme won the Academy Award for directing The Silence of the Lambs, which also won Best Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jody Foster) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally).
The next picture Demme directed, Philadelphia, won a Best Actor Oscar for Tom Hanks. Remember Married to the Mob starring Michelle Pfeiffer? Directed by Jonathan Demme. How about Melvin and Howard, that funky movie about Howard Hughes leaving his fortune to a service station owner? Directed by Jonathan Demme. One of my favorite concert movies of all time, Stop Making Sense by the Talking Heads was directed by Jonathan Demme.
Here's a clip of the energetic and prophetic Life During Wartime(This Ain't No Party... This Ain't No Disco... This Ain't No Foolin' Around):
The latest film Jonathan Demme directed was this year's Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep. But my fondest Demme film is his first feature venture for Roger Corman, as co-writer and producer of Angels Hard as They Come -- a bizarre, silly, surreal biker film co-written and directed by Joe Viola, who was a pal of my ex-husband back in Los Angeles. Back then, those boys had some swashbuckling imagination.
For his impressive body of work, Jonathan Demme will receive the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award on September 3rd on the Lido at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
Alberto Barbera, Director of the Venice Film Festival, said: "Jonathan Demme is part of that generation of cinephile auteurs who revolutionized Hollywood in the Seventies. ...Colorful, exuberant, straightforward, passionate and intelligent, his cinema moves easily from studio productions to independent, fiction and documentary films, indulging his personal taste for the unexpected, for a shift in tone or genre within each individual film, which has become the original and recognizable hallmark of his style."
Jonathan Demme is totally cool.
The 2015 Venice International Film Festival runs from September 2 to 12, 2015. Click to go to La Biennale.
Does anything look more serene Than sailboats in a harbor scene? Their stark white jibs and hulls that glide A sense of peace and calm provide. I've only seen them from the shore, Not having been in one before, But I am grateful they're a'sea When near the water I can be. Though other boats with foamy wakes Look lovely, I would wager stakes That none of them with sudsy trails Could soothe like any boat with sails.
Big Dog and Little Dog. Dav Pilkey. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
I definitely enjoyed reading Dav Pilkey's Big Dog and Little Dog. It is newly published in early reader format. (The book was originally published in 1997. The end-of-the-book activities are brand new additions to the 2015 edition.)
In this early reader title, young readers meet Big Dog and Little Dog. The good news is that if little ones LOVE reading about Big Dog and Little Dog, this is the first in a series. There are PLENTY of other books to get them excited--to keep them excited and to keep them READING.
Here is how this one begins, "Big dog and Little Dog are hungry. Big Dog and Little Dog want food."
My favorite part, I must admit: "Big Dog gets in the big bed. Little Dog gets in the little bed. Big Dog is lonely. Little Dog is lonely, too." The illustrations tell the rest of the story!
I love it because it is simple and straightforward. And being simple does not in any way prevent it from being clever and funny and A STORY. The illustrations are bright and bold.
It is a charming book cover to cover.
I also appreciated the end-of-the-book activities. For example, one activity has young readers practice story sequencing and has them retelling the story.
The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature is ... exactly that, "an annual award to authors of literary works, the central theme of which is concerned with mountains" (and worth £3,000).
They've now announced their shortlist for the 2015 prize -- though I am a bit disappointed by the similarity in covers (blue and snow dominate), as well as the fact that a book with the subtitle: "A Life Rocked by Mountains" passed muster .....
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It has been way too long since my issue of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine came out and it will be just a bit longer because the layout artist is still finishing the ebook version, but here's a sneak peek at the cover:
And here's the blurb that goes with it, which you'll shortly find on the ASIM web site:
ASIM 61 Now In Pre-Launch, Still Waiting On Shipment Of Lemon-Soaked Paper Napkins
After much delay, ASIM 61 has arrived on the launch pad, packed with fiction, poetry and nonfic from David Barber, Mark Bondurant, Fred Coppersmith, A J Fitzwater, Kim Gaal, Sinthia J Higgen-Bottom, Kathleen Jennings, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Rich Larson, Sean Monaghan, Charlotte Nash, Patrice Sarath, George S Walker, and Sean Williams. The cover art (which shows a scene from Amanda Fitzwater's novella) is by Shauna O'Meara; other artists featured are SpAE and Lewis Morley. The print version is done; we're just waiting on the e-book editions before we press 'ignition', whereupon any small children still loitering on the launchpad will be instantly reduced to a charred residue.
All the contributors' copies are sent out, but I haven't seen it yet. Still, if our subscribers can be patient - not one complaint so far! - so can I.
You'll notice there are quite a few local contributions on the list, including Sean Williams - welcome back to our pages, Sean! Also Kathleen Jennings, who has usually done art for us, but shows her versatility here. Ambelin Kwaymullina's piece is her Continuum GoH speech. It was wonderful! It has been on the web site for some time, but it will be nice to have a copy in your hand. If you're a fan, her final Tribe novel has just come out,The Foretelling Of Georgie Spider. I am so jealous of that lady's ability to juggle while walking a tightrope and carrying things on her head, ie the fact that she could write all this wonderful stuff and do handcraft while teaching full time. She is an inspiration!
If you want to order ASIM 61 when it's finally advertised in the near future, why not bookmark the website?
कलाम साहब का दिखाया मार्ग हो या उनकी याद में बनाया मार्ग … दोनों मार्गों पर चलना बेहद सुखद है !!!!जब सुना कि एपीजे अब्दुल कलाम साहब के एनडीएमसी एरिया के अंतर्गत आने वाली औरंगजेब रोड की पहचान अब पूर्व राष्ट्रपति स्व. डॉ. अब्दुल कलाम के नाम पर रखा दिया गया।
कलाम साहब के निधन के बाद से ही दिल्ली की एक प्रमुख सड़क का नाम उनके नाम पर रखने की मांग उठती रही है।
एनडीएमसी ने ये फैसला कर लिया। औरंगजेब रोड का नाम बदल कर डॉ. एपीजे अब्दुल कलाम रोड रखे जाने पर दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ने खुशी जताई है। केजरीवाल ने ट्वीट कर एनडीएमसी को बधाई दी है। यह प्रस्ताव बीजेपी सांसद मीनाक्षी लेखी, महेश गिरि और आम आदमी पार्टी के ट्रेड विंग नेता विपन रोहिला की तरफ से लाया गया है। इस बारे में सांसद महेश गिरि पहले भी चिट्ठी लिख चुके हैं।
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इससे पहले दिल्ली से बीजेपी सांसद महेश गिरी ने भी प्रधानमंत्री मोदी से दिल्ली के औरंगजेब रोड का नाम बदल कर पूर्व राष्ट्रपति कलाम के नाम पर रखने का अनुरोध किया था। इस संबंध में उन्होंने प्रधानमंत्री को एक चिट्ठी लिखी थी कि जनता के राष्ट्रपति के रूप में व्यापक रूप से सम्मानित कलाम की स्मृति के लिए यह एक उपयुक्त श्रद्धांजलि होगी।पूर्वी दिल्ली के सांसद ने पत्र में कहा है कि पूरा देश कलाम की मृत्यु से शोक में है। वह एक महान वैज्ञानिक और समाज सुधारक थे, जिन्होंने देश के लाखों लोगों को प्रभावित किया और अपना पूरा जीवन मातृभूमि के लिए समर्पित कर दिया। जनता के राष्ट्रपति को श्रद्धांजलि देने के लिए मैं नई दिल्ली में स्थित औरंगजेब रोड का नाम बदल कर डॉक्टर एपीजे अब्दुल कलाम रोड रखने का प्रस्ताव देता हूं।
So we are SUPER huge fans of THE MAZE RUNNER series. We love the books and the first movie, and we can't WAIT for THE SCORCH TRIALS movie to come out! To celebrate the release (Sept 18), we are fortunate to have an amazing giveaway for one of you! Check it all out below!!
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Would have been 98 today. I think people from my generation in comics will readily admit that Kirby was a major influence in art -as Lee was to comic writers. But Kirby had a mind that must have been exploding with ideas we don't even know about.
I've traveled through a dark tunnel creatively, but I'm standing here now blinking at the bright light at the end of the tunnel. The best part of my life is that I am surrounded by tremendous people. It's insane to me how many wonderful people have blessed me with their friendship. I received a 10 page hand-written letter from an old friend this week (one of the treasures). The first two pages were quotes from letters over the decades. I wrote this many years ago. It reminded me of what I am about.
"I had a perfect mommy moment today. I was reading a book. I had rolled over on my side and had my legs bent. Slowly I realized I wasn't alone. A sweet child had tucked himself and his book in the crook of my legs. He didn't say anything. He just curled up and looked at the pictures in his book. I felt warm and glowing inside. I felt like I was fulfilling my life. I never have to do anything more."
I am a cozy sort of person. I like cups of hot tea with lemon cookies. I love a ramble in the morning. I love watching stars of a frosty night with warm blanket. I love curling up with a book and being transported to other worlds, other times, and other minds. I love to scribble stories. That is enough.
Our friends find us when we can't find ourselves. They keep us when we are lost. They make us remember when we have forgotten. They name us. I am so thankful that I have found friendship is the light at the end of the tunnel. Making moments for others is a deep part of why I write. I hope you light the world with your creative gifts this weeks. Art is truth beyond the words.
I will be back next week with a new series.
Here is a doodle: SHARD.
Here is a quote for your pocket.
"Why did you do all this for me?" he asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you."
"You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that."
Welcome back to our conversation with author Ashley Hope Pérez, author of the forthcoming YA historical novel OUT OF DARKNESS, which is based on real-life events of the March 1937 gas leak which caused a massive explosion and killed almost 300... Read the rest of this post
I haven't really gotten into much Nobel-speculation yet -- even though the announcement-date is only about six weeks off -- but there hasn't been much gossip in the air so far (even though the Swedish Academicians have long narrowed down the list to the final five or so contenders).
(But if you want pre-Nobel activity: there has been pretty active discussion at The Fictional Woods and the World Literature Forum -- and of course you can already place bets at Ladbrokes.)
Not that much media coverage, either, but in The Japan Times Damian Flanagan gets things rolling with his look at Mishima, Murakami and the elusive Nobel Prize.
(Note that I don't think he makes quite enough of the fact that Mishima's Nobel chances were surely mainly dashed by his youth, and then his death at a very early age -- only three authors (Kipling, Sinclair Lewis, and Camus) were 45 (Mishima's age at his death) or younger when they won the prize; the average age of literature laureates in the 1960s was -- despite Camus -- 65, and in the 1970s 69.)
(As to the: "here we are now, with only two Japanese winners in the 114 years since the prize was first awarded", a reminder that there still hasn't been a Dutch winner.
(No Korean one either, etc. etc., but Dutch still ranks as the most glaring omission to date.))
Right, I've had to sit down and look long and hard at what I can do based upon the financial situation and the move into Europe.
Firstly, there are about ten stores who will all stock and sell copies of my books to "gauge the market". This means that I pick a certain number of titles I want to go with, say five, and I order them, send them to the store but get nothing back if they sell, however, the store will then decide if they want to then order and pay (at a discount) more copies -postage, etc., payable by me which means IF they took books I would have to sell a lot to even try to make money.
I was explaining this to the old chap runs a stall in St. Nicholas Market, Bristol -he's been in business since the 1940s! He looked at me, mouth slightly open almost as though stunned: "You have not, have you? You haven't?" I told him "no" but that was the deal on offer. His response: "Well, why not ask them if they want ten copies of each of your books and in a year or two they can decide IF they want to pay you or not?" The look of disgust!
He is quite right, though. Say I want to send one copy of the Collected Phantom Detective -I pay for the book but then getting it to the comic shop I have three postal options:
These are standard rates. I DO NOT decide these -the printer has the contract all sewn up so there is no choice.
If I sent a bunch of books this increases and even if the shops were to split the sale 50-50 (which they are not -they have made it clear THEY will decide on what I get) I am quite literally giving these books away (well, I am giving them away). No way am I ever going to get 3% of what they are costing me back. The shops are in fact demanding the same deal as Amazon and others.
This will not get the readership base I need. "Get someone to sell your books at events -you send them the books and organise the table but they will know the way things work" to which I respond: "Oh, like whom?"
Even if I sent books to a relative so I could pick them up for an event it is still going in cold and with no prior build up and I honestly could not afford to lose more money like in 2015!
However, I have had an idea that will help people purchase Black Tower books at a lower cost than via the store front.
Firstly, remember: the postal costs are out of my hands. If you want to order a book I'll let you know the postage options before placing an order.
What I will be doing is, initially, offering ten titles at a discounted price. If you want to order one or more of those books you email me and I will ask which postal option you want and then tell you the total amount. You will then need to send me the postal address and payment via PayPal which protects me and the buyer. That done I will then place the order for you. It then all goes through automatically.
I think it worth trying and you get a book at a cheaper cover price.
So I will decide which books in the next week and then list them here along with single copy postal options if you only want one book.
Am I going to book that world cruise in advance? Give me a break!
Your eyes are not fooling you. This figurine (doll) by Star Ace for Sideshow Collectibles must have taken some polyjuice potion, because it looks just like 11-year-old Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The Hermione Granger figurine is the latest addition to a collection of dolls based on characters from the Harry Potter films. The series also includes Ron, Voldemort, Sirius Black, Mad-Eye Moody, and Harry.
The dolls are scale models of the actors, complete with accurate costumes and accessories. The Hermione Granger figurine comes with interchangeable hands for holding her wand, schoolbag, Magical Theory book, Hogwarts: A History book, learning broomstick, and writing quill. It also has a bottle of ink and a doll stand. The images below are based on the prototype.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Whittington by Alan Armstrong
Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
Arthur, For The First Time by Patricia MacLachlan
Oh, the thinks you can think by Dr. Seuss
Wacky Wednesday by Theo LeSieg
Would You Rather be a Bullfrog by Theo LeSieg
Hooper Humperdink--? Not him! Theo LeSieg
An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey
The Well by Stephanie Landsem
The Tomb by Stephanie Landsem
The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers
There's A Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss
A Question of Honor by Charles Todd
An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley
The Matchmaker: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen's Emma by Sarah Price
Second Chances: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion by Sarah Price
Vango. Between Sky and Earth. Timothee de Fomb
Great Day for UP by Dr. Seuss
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm translated by Jack Zipes
Wouldn't it Be Deadly an Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mystery by D.E. Ireland
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher
Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire fromThe Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischiefthat encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries
There's a Wocket in my Pocket! Dr. Seuss. 1974. Random House. 30 pages. [Source: Review copy]
First sentence: Did you ever have the feeling there's a wasket in your basket?
Premise/plot: The narrator starts out asking a series of very silly questions. There's no doubt there's more silliness than actual plot to this one. Readers "meet" lots of fanciful creatures in, on, behind, up, and under common household objects in a special sort of house. The narrator warns: some are friendly; some are not.
My thoughts: I like this one. I do. It's one I definitely remember from childhood. And it's one I recommend parents read to their children. It's just a lot of silliness!
Have you read There's a Wocket in My Pocket! Did you like it? love it? hate it? I'd love to know what you thought of it!
If you'd like to join me in reading or rereading Dr. Seuss (chronologically) I'd love to have you join me! The next book I'll be reviewing is Great Day for Up!
In the Hindustan Times Manoj Sharma reports that For Hindi literature, Hans writes a story of grit and revival, profiling हंस (Hans) magazine.
Hey, founded by Premchand and with Mahatma Gandhi as its editorial adviser .... that's not a bad pedigree.
(Okay, there was a long interim between that time and Hans 2.0, but still ......)
In any case, good to hear that this kind of publication can survive -- indeed that its readership is apparently growing:
Interestingly, in this digital age when the circulation of major magazines has going down, that of Hans has gone up in the last two years from 9,500 to 11,000, which makes it the largest-read Hindi literary magazine.
And I kind of like the idea of a 'literary' magazine printed on newsprint.
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In The Oak Tree, written by J. Steven Spires and illustrated by Jonathan Caron, the reader is given the opportunity to revisit the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the Gulf Coast 10 years ago.
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