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March 18, 2014

Old Movies: Across The Pacific - 1941

ACROSS THE PACIFIC stars Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet. It was directed by John Huston and Vincent Sherman.

I had never seen this movie before even though I grew up with a mother who watched movies on TV every afternoon. Growing up I was not a Bogie (Bogart's nick name) fan. I found something else to do with my time if one of his movies was on the TV. However, over the years I have come to enjoy his work.
One night last week I saw Across The Pacific for the first time. Bogie never smiled so much than in this movie. I was surprised at how good he looked when he smiled naturally.
His name was Rick, like in Casablanca (made after this movie in 1942,) but he was not playing his usual tough guy, though his character was that too. In this role Bogie shows his wide range of talents.

Mary Astor is also much changed in Across The Pacific. Like-wise, Mary's role brings fun and shows more of her talent than I had seen in her movies. She and Bogie have a playful rapport in this World War II romantic comedy-drama about spies, the war to come, and ironical since this plot was written before the US war with Japan. The only problem I saw, though not a show stopper in the movie, was when Mary Astor's character happily runs into the hero's arm at the end when her beloved father has just been killed.
On a side note, the original story was written shortly before the attack on Pearl Harper where the plot line was to take place and the movie was to be filmed. They quickly moved the story line and shooting to Panama. The title remained the same even though they were not in the Pacific at all. I loved this movie!       

February 21, 2014

Work in Process painting for Short Stories and other Imaginings for The Reading Spot

This is the painting I'm working on to go along with a short story I wrote called, Dangers of The Wilderness, New York, 1755.

In the foreground will be trees that the characters are looking through to the river ahead of them.

Some of the other works for this book can be seen at: http://bookgardennook.blogspot.com/p/janoose-fall-feather-fair-and-short.html

January 21, 2014

Aaron Shepard’s The 40% Error, What you need to know about working and PRINTING BOOKS with Ingram Spark

When I start to think about getting a book into print, Aaron Shepard is one, if not the top one! who's opinion I look at.
This month, Aaron Shepard's blog is about the changes in discount for authors/publishers that print or are thinking of printing with Ingram Spark and the difference between Spark and Lightning Source. If you publish your own books, meaning - working with the printer yourself - this article is for you.

Read Aaron Shepard's blog at:

January 12, 2014

This is a picture for my short story~ Where The Heart Is

This is the painting to go with  my short story, Where The Heart Is.

Another story for my next book: 
Short Stories and other Imaginings for the Reading Spot. 
It will be in black & White.

November 18, 2013

Triple Shot by Sandra Balzo: A Great Read: In A Nut Shell!

Sandra Balzo
In Triple Shot, Maggie Thorsen and her BBF, Sarah Kingston have a nonstop time of it in the coffeeshop, Uncommon Grounds. They discover that the coffee shop was once a hangout for the mob with a connection to her friend Tien grandfather​ killed in a shot out between the mob and FBI, a 'secret room' the old mob use to use, a hint of unfound money they might have left behind, bodies still piling up and Sarah is  a murder suspect. (Sort of like Geraldo Rivera's mystery of Al Capone's vault, but with a much, much better plot.) Add to this mix, Maggie has to deal with out of towners showing up in Brookhills running about stirring it all about and not to forget about another woman who tries to horn in and finger that buttery leather jacket Maggie so loves. Speaking of Pavlik, he mood is so warm and loving in the book!
In Triple Shot, Maggie's fun sense of humor, a hallmark of Sandra Balzo's character, keeps you entertained and the story moving with scenes. Maggie doesn't share all her thoughts with her fellow characters... just with me, (Okay, and you.) In this one, Maggie imagines Pavlik thinking of their relationship: 'How the hell did I get myself involved with this broad? It's like I'm Lassie, she's Timmy, and every day is a new well!'
This is my favorite Maggie Thorsen mystery written skillfully by Sandra Balzo. Maggie is one of the strongest characters I know. Well... as well as a reader can know a fictional character, that is. Triple Shot has everything I love in a good book.
Sandra Balzo's site: http://www.sandrabalzo.com/

That's TRIPLE SHOT, In A Nut Shell! 

October 10, 2013

A Review of When Fates Collide...Arm Candy by Yvonne Mason and Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, IN A NUTSHELL!

 When Fates Collide...Arm Candy by Yvonne Mason and Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc IN A NUTSHELL!

When Fates Collide...Arm Candy gives you a look, with a comical view, inside the bounty hunting business. Although they might seem an unlikely duo, these two women, Alex and Hope, like each other which is just what they need in order to work in the world they find themselves in. Their partnership make their job look easy. It's far from all business adding to the laughs as Alex and Hope join forces with others from all walks for life as they travel from New Orleans, where Alex swears the best coffee on the planet is, to St. Maarten to get their jumpers, the two criminals who jumped their bail. Their adventure keeps the story moving just the way I like it. So, while it's cold outside this winter, my advice is to go with Alex and Hope as they take you with them to the warm and sunny island of St. Maarten for a bit of fun!

When Fates Collide...Arm Candy is the third in this series following When Fates Collide and When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound.


Yvonne Mason's site: 

Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc's site: http://advanscoyoc.blogspot.com/

That's When Fates Collide...Arm Candy: In A NutShell!
Enjoy!                                          ~JD Holiday

Hear An Interview with Yvonne Mason on THE AUTHORS' WORDS at Blog Talk Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bgr/2013/09/20/the-authors-words-author-yvonne-mason

September 23, 2013

Benefits of Reading: Getting Smart, Thin, Healthy, Happy~ article by Lauren Gelman and Jessica Cassity

by Lauren Gelman and Jessica Cassity       

A love of reading can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease, slash stress levels, encourage positive thinking, and fortify friendships. Here's how your brain and body benefit when you crack open a book.

Reading gives muscle to your memory.

Reading gives your brain a different kind of workout than watching TV or listening to the radio. Whether you’re absorbed in a page-turner or simply scanning an instruction manual for your coffee maker, “parts of the brain that have evolved for other functions—such as vision, language, and associative learning—connect in a specific neural circuit for reading, which is very challenging," Ken Pugh, PhD, president and director of research of Haskins Laboratories, told Oprah magazine. The habit spurs your brain to think and concentrate.

September 19, 2013

Cherished Dreams by J.D. Holiday

This is a Picture that goes with a poem in my book: Short Stories and other Imaginings for the Reading Spot. The poem is called, Cherished Dreams.

~JD Holiday