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Monday, August 31, 2009

ALTERNATE WORLD REVIEWS DRACULA THE UN-DEAD

August 30, 2009


Dracula: The Un-Dead-Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt



Filed under: Author: S, Horror, Title: D

Dracula: The Un-Dead
Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
Dutton,Oct 2009, $26.95
ISBN 9780525951292

Twenty-five years has passed since the horrific events of 1897 ended with Dracula turning into dust; none involved have moved on as each remains haunted by the encounter with the Count. Mina and Jonathon married, but neither obtained closure when the vampire was killed; stressed and estrnaged, they conceal from their son Quincey what happened. Seward survives with heroin while Holmwood became a hermit. Their mentor Van Helsing obsessively lives for the return of Dracula as the vampire’s death was his life’s goal so he has nothing else. Scotland Yard believes Van Helsing was involved in the unsolved Ripper murders.

In 1912, Stoker is frustrated as he struggles to convert his horror thriller Dracula to the London stage. However, although the author knows the full truth, he and the others except perhaps the ever vigilant Van Helsing are unprepared for a gruesome serial killer horrifying London. Scotland yard once again believes a fanatic Van Helsing is deeply connected to the killings, but too old to perform them. Those involved with what happened back then find themsleves and their loved ones under siege as if Van Helsing’s belief the Count will return from the dust has occurred. The survivors of the previous encounter regroup to battle evil again although they are unsure who stalks them.

This is a super vampire thriller that brings forward the stars of Dracula into the Edwardian Era with a where are they now tale. The clever story line is fast-paced while introducing the audience to the survivors of the previous horrific encounter to include Bram Stoker. Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt explore the essence of evil and good through a cast of humans who have used psychological defense mechanisms to barely survive and a vampire who may or may not be Dracula, but has the same attitude re the food chain as well as a thirst for the blood of vengeance. Filled with terrific twists fans of Dracula and those who appreciate a strong historical urban fantasy will relish the THE UN-DEAD.

Harriet Klausner

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

THRILLIONAIRE NIK HALIK COMMENTS COMMENTS ON DISTRICT 9


DISTRICT 9: Hailed as a Film We Can All Learn From

Jeff Rivera
This weekend District 9 blew critics away. This film works on all levels: action, adventure, sci-fi, horror, documentary and drama. It offers something for everyone, but more importantly, penetrates the hearts and minds of the viewer and aims to promote tolerance in a world of hatred.

Set in South Africa, the film tells the story of aliens landing on Earth by accident; their ship ran out of fuel and there is nowhere else for them to go. Rather than helping the aliens to leave the planet, humans keep them to learn their secrets, all the while keeping them in a squalid corner of Johannesburg called District 9. It quickly becomes a ghetto slum, littered with waste, crime and filth.

Forcing the view to question discrimination, this film speaks of larger social issues that it seems at first glance. Author and world traveler Nik Halik urges that everyone see this film. "I believe it will open a lot of eyes to larger issues facing the world," states Nik. Having traveled to South Africa and following a nomadic tribe across the African continent, Nik is no stranger to tolerance and acceptance. Nik uses his experience to promote the same ideas as District 9.

Nik halik is a motivational speaker and author of The Thrillionare. For more information:

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Friday, August 28, 2009

SAVE THE DATE - RING SHUI WORKSHOP

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Save the Date

The Diamond Center

in partnership with

Cloud Nine Paperie and Fiori, Inc.

cordially invite you to experience

Ring ShuiTM

Sunday, September 13
2-4 p.m.

The Diamond Center
147 Yale Avenue
Claremont, CA.

Ring in the new you . . .
Move your rings, CHANGE your lifeTM

It is truly amazing how we can conduct our lives and never really notice that some seemingly insignificant habit or behavior we have has such a significant influence on the course of what happens “to us”. I found that to be so true for me with Ring ShuiTM.

  • If you are wearing rings on your middle finger, thumb, pinkie, or no rings at all, and you are frustrated with relationships and issues, this workshop is for you!
  • If you are wearing rings on your “ring finger(s)” and you want to jazz up your life and get more support, you’ll go home feeling EMPOWERED after this workshop.

Men and women--don’t go on another date until you attend this workshop!

Bring your girlfriends and those you love. They’ll be glad you did.

While this workshop is focused on women, men will gain insights in what to look for in someone to love.



The book will be for sale for $14.95 plus tax. You’ll want to get one for yourself and your friends, too.

Be the first on your block to bring Ring ShuiTM into your life and the lives of others!

Can't wait to see you there!

Kindly RSVP BY September 5 to Ray Lantz 909.399.9133 or to ray@lantzdiamondcenter.com

Warmly,

Barb

Thursday, August 27, 2009

RICHARD RAPPAPORT SPREADS FAME OF ‘LOUISIANA WAY’ IN MIAMI APPEARANCE

THE MUSIC OF RICHARD WARREN RAPPAPORT




Miami, August 24, 2009 - Richard Warren Rappaport will be appearing live on WRPB Internet Television at www.WRPBiTV.com on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at 8 PM, and will perform music from his latest CD, “American Pop: The Music of Richard Warren Rappaport.”

Richard’s performance on Internet television follows recent special appearances with Bruce Turkel and the Blackstar Band at Books & Books in Coral Gables on August 15th in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, and Crystal Hartigan’s “Songwriter's Showcase” on August 18th, at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale.

Richard Warren Rappaport

Richard Warren Rappaport brings a unique sound to adult contemporary pop, combining an outstanding vocal performance and introspective lyrics with a superb production, as reflected in “Sail Into The Sun.”

An FMQB Top 20 Adult Contemporary hit, “Sail Into The Sun” presents a melodic and dramatic composition in a tropical style that speaks of endless time and enduring love. The song was originally engineered by Mark Greenhouse, then re-engineered and mixed by the legendary Tom Dowd and mastered by Mike Fuller at Fuller Sound. It was co-produced by Richard Warren Rappaport and Howard J. Wiener and is on ATNYL / A Top New York Label. Richard Warren Rappaport is a BMI artist.

Richard Warren Rappaport has dedicated "Sail Into The Sun" to the internationally acclaimed HOPE Public Interest Resource Center at the University of Miami School of Law. The HOPE program provides education and direct service opportunities to law students so they may engage in pro bono legal outreach within the community for those who are in need, including those in the arts.

“Sail Into The Sun” is heard on iStudioi.com and is available wherever digital music is found. Richard Warren Rappaport’s other releases include "Great Rock ‘N’ Roll" and “Louisiana Way,” also on iStudioi.

“Great Rock ‘N’ Roll” is a musical fantasy about the world of pop, tracing its roots to traditional rock and R&B, and delivered in a fascinating contemporary style. Making its debut in Philadelphia, and distributed by Universal, Philadelphia, "Great Rock ‘N’ Roll" received airplay in that city and throughout the Northeast. First engineered by Mark Greenhouse, then re-engineered and mixed by Tom Dowd and mastered at Fuller Sound, "Great Rock ‘N’ Roll" is the theme song for Rene’ Katz’s "Hello Hollywood" television show, which premiered on WHDT-TV in West Palm Beach, and is now seen exclusively on iStudioi Television. “Great Rock ‘N’ Roll” was produced by Richard Warren Rappaport and is on ATNYL / A Top New York Label.

"Louisiana Way" begins softly as a classic ballad and builds into a driving delta blues beat, and was picked by film producers Ken Atchity and Orley Adelson to be in the music soundtrack of the CBS Television Movie of the Week, “The Madam’s Family: The Truth About The Canal Street Brothel.” The song was then placed in consideration for an Emmy nomination for soundtrack music with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “Louisiana Way” was originally engineered and mixed by Tom Dowd, and also engineered by Will Edwards at Sprockets Music and mastered at Fuller Sound. It was produced by Richard Warren Rappaport and is on ATNYL / A Top New York Label.

A member of the Los Angeles Chapter of The Recording Academy, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Richard Warren Rappaport has been featured as a performer at many special events and benefit concerts, including the prestigious Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, and the Steinway/BMI Music & Arts Showcase series in Miami.

In other news, Richard Warren Rappaport was a guest speaker at the recent Miami Science Museum panel, “The Business of Music,” held at the museum. The panel was sponsored by the Miami Science Museum and the Creative Industries Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Richard Warren Rappaport’s newest CD, “American Pop: The Music of Richard Warren Rappaport,” is due for release in September 2009.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

UPCOMING THRILLIONAIRES’ LAUNCH MAY FEATURE DINING IN THE SKY – LAS VEGAS



Suspended over 160-180 feet in the air! Thrillioniare guests sit comfortably at our 22 person Sky Table and enjoy spectacular views of the Las Vegas skyline while dining on fine food prepared by our professional team of Sky Chefs. http://www.dinnerintheskylv.com/




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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

NIK HALIK EXPLAINS THRILLIONAIRES NETWORK






All over the world, millions of people are beginning to ask much

deeper questions about the directions of their lives. People around

the globe are asking, how can I realize my dreams? All which led me

to the decision to pay it forward and invite you, my friend, to join

me in this quest to lead an exciting life.


Jim, the current buzz and excitement is unprecedented here in the

United States. Over the next month, I will be personally interviewed

and featured on FOX NEWS, CNN (Larry King Show) just to name a few,

to launch my NEW global awareness online community called

THRILLIONAIRES...


The Thrillionaires online community re-connects you with your true

passions and awakens your genius from within.


Watch the video NOW. Click on the link. thethrillionaires.com


One step in the right direction is worth 100 years of thinking about

it Jim. At The Thrillionaires online community we want to help

individuals across the globe to find their voice of power by

"excavating" their life purpose. We give YOU the tools to achieve it all: Mind

empowerment wisdom, financial strategies and friendship. It's all

about YOU. It's all about FUN!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition OPENS [via Linda Radke]

Scriptapalooza TV has seen major success in their 10 years. Two writers won Emmys, numerous writers have gotten agents, managers and meetings.

The four categories include:
Existing one-hour shows like "True Blood" and "Merlin"
Existing half-hour sitcoms like "The Office" and "Two and a Half Men"
Original pilots and reality shows (for reality shows, Scriptapalooza would like a one- to five-page synopses only)

Supported by the Writers Guild of America west and the Writers Guild of Canada.

http://www.scriptapaloozaTV.com

Office: 323/654-5809
info@scriptapalooza.com

FINAL DEADLINE: October 15th, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Our Drac authors were rock stars at Vampire Con!

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On August 16, Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt came into Los Angeles to support the first annual Vampire Con and promote their forth-coming novel DRACULA: THE UN-DEAD. Attendence was excellent for the panel they did with other experts on the continuing fascination the public has with vampires. Afterwards, they were interviewed by a Portugeuse television show, and many people visited their booth to find out more about their book. From teenaged Goth girls to college professors, it swiftly became apparent that Dacre and Ian were in their element with a crowd of other hardcore Dracula fanatics.





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Saturday, August 22, 2009

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF GREATER SANTA BARBARA AND NSAW, SANTA BARBARA


Presents: Lunch and Learn Wednesdays


“Adam Was Trapped Eve Was Framed:

Five Steps to Relationship Freedom”

Lita Rawdin Singer, Ph.D.


A TWO PART SERIES:


Wed Sept 2 12:15-1:15 Life is in Session --- Are you present?

Follow Adam and Eve in their therapy as they move from a domination/submission relationship to a partnership. We will review practical steps for helping women and men address their problems by getting at the root causes of male insecurity and the subordination of women. Practitioners with simple tools will help clients to learn that it is not what happens in your life, but how you deal with it that matters.


Wed Oct 7 12:15-1:15: From Framed and Trapped to Freedom!

Having reviewed major premises of the book, this session will be devoted to experiential examples, presenting cases and going over the basic premises of the approach in depth. This session will be more interactive with demonstrations and discussion.

Lita Rawdin Singer, Ph.D. Winner of the Distinguished Professor Award in 1990 and 2000 is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and a professor, and has led professional study tours all over the world for three decades. Her practice is dedicated to helping individuals and couples understand what is missing and providing skills for becoming physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy with a focus on equal partnership, as opposed to one based on dominance and submission. Originally from New York, she now lives and practices in Santa Barbara.


LUNCH AND LEARN provides a forum for social workers, psychologists, MFTs and, other helping professionals to discuss topics of interest and obtain ONE continuing education credit (CEU) in the process.

Friday, August 21, 2009

DRACULA: THE UN-DEAD KIRKUS REVIEW

Stoker, Dacre & Ian Holt DRACULA: The Un-Dead Bram’s great-grandnephew teams up with Dracula buff Holt to reclaim vampire lit from the unholy, unlettered legions churning out today’s fang-and-cloak stuff. This big, blood-filled kitchen sink of a debut boasts a vast cast of characters: Bram Stoker himself, as well as his nefarious Count, Jack the Ripper, Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, Oscar Wilde, “blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, a mysterious Eastern European actor and a whole bunch of extremely hot (but also extremely cold, being dead and all) vampire chicks of uncertain gender preference. Bathory is definitely the heavy of the story, and it seems she’s spoiling to outdo the number of grisly murders she is said to have committed in life, aided by a coterie of spidery bloodsucking assistants. As befits a multigenerational saga that springs from a book that had few survivors, some familiar characters are on the other side of the live/dead line, and some—well, some are indeed in the undead camp. There’s lots of good old-fashioned polymorphously perverse degenerate romping (“Every orifice in her body became his plaything”). Stoker and Holt are careful not to go too far afield from the conventions of the original; Van Helsing, for instance, comes armed with “crosses, wafers, holy water, a wooden stake, a Bowie knife, and a crossbow armed and ready to fire,” rather than some postmodern substitute for all that good wood and metal. Yet this competently (but no more than competently) written sequel—endorsed by the Stoker family, the publisher assures—has plenty of contemporary twists, including a weird Darth Vaderish turn at the end that some Bram-faithful readers may find magnificently silly. Flies and spiders, master! Big, messy, lots of fun—and not Stephenie Meyer.

Dracula: The Un-Dead Publishers Weekly Rave Review!

Undead PW Review

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Darby Roach’s Your Three Second Window has been sold to MorganJames Publishing.


Your Three Second Window

Changing Everyday Moments into Extraordinary Opportunities for Success.







Roach has developed successful, high-profile marketing campaigns for Apple Computer, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Nike and Westin Hotels and Resorts, to name just a few.


He is the author of three novels and and currently lives and works in Seattle.

http://web.me.com/darbyroach/Darby_Roach/Home_Page.html

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

AEI CLIENT DR. LITA SINGER AT SEPTEMBER 24 SHOWCASE LUNCHEON

Eminent Psychologist Slated to Speak at BNC Luncheon


Life is in Session…Are you ready? Start Your Journey Now!


If you think the need for women’s liberation and assertiveness training became obsolete along with LPs and tape players think again. It’s alive and well, and these days Dr. Lita Rawdin Singer thinks there’s an increased need for men and women to make themselves heard. “I still hear women asking their husband’s permission to go on retreats,” lamented Dr. Singer, Brandeis National Committee’s guest speaker for its September 24 Showcase luncheon starting at 11 a.m. at Via Brasil Steakhouse, 1225 S. Ft. Apache Road. The cost for the luncheon is $38 per person.


Singer knows of what she speaks because she draws her theories from years of counseling woman as a licensed clinical psychologist as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist and hypnotherapist and a professor at Graduate School. In a phone interview from her home in Santa Barbara, Calif., Singer affirmed there is still a battle of the sexes, and women are losing. Freeing women will free men so both can move from a domination-submission relationship to partnership! “It’s all about personal freedom,” said Singer. “It’s all about change, now. Your change. It’s not what happens in your life, but how you deal with it that matters.”



“Adam Was Trapped, Eve was Framed – Five Steps to Relationship Freedom” is the newly published book by this multifaceted professor and psychologist who started her own career as a stock broker but who quickly found that her real bent was helping other women to succeed in their relationships. “Finding love and inner peace is an inside job and starts with the journey within,” she said.


In addition to relationship therapy, Singer is a world-traveled master photographer, whose black and white images have been exhibited, published and collected by art lovers all over the world. Both her book and her photographs will be available for purchase at the luncheon. A book signing follows immediately after the luncheon. Proceeds support the BNC Students for Science scholarship.


Brandeis National Committee is a fundraising organization that supports the Brandeis University library as well as generating funds for Brandeis University medical research and scholarships. Brandeis University is a nonsectarian liberal arts and research university founded by the American Jewish community. For more information or to attend the Showcase luncheon, go to the BNC Web site at bnclv.org. The luncheon is open to all; BNC membership is not required to attend.



Thursday, August 13, 2009

COLORADO WRITER'S RETREAT WITH LINDA SIVERTSEN

Want to write a best-selling book and make great money while you entertain & uplift the world? Don't write the book first; write the book proposal and then get paid to write the book! Here's how...

NYT best-selling & award-winning author Linda Sivertsen--who has released two bestsellers with top publishers in the past year (and, who celeb authors call their "secret weapon") is teaching a writing/book proposal retreat in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado AUGUST 17-21st.

Linda is also offering a retreat in stunning Carmel-by-the-Sea, California NOVEMBER 2nd-6th.


For more detailed photos and information, go to: http://www.winningbookproposals.com/retreats/

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

THRILLIONAIRE NIK HALIK FEATURED IN MULTIPLE STREAMS OF INSPIRATION















The anticipated ‘Multiple Streams of Inspiration’ book is now available. A collection from some of the sharpest minds of our time! Get ready to be inspired as you experience these life embracing Streams of Inspiration.

Enlightening, Empowering, Encouraging & Inspiring.

Featuring Johnny Wimbrey, Matt Morris, Ellie Drake, Nik Halik, Becky Lennox and many more.

Ltd signed copies available!










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Monday, August 10, 2009

WHAT IS TWITTER AND WHY TWEET?

This is the most useful and illuminating article I’ve read on the new communications phenomenon:

How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live

Evan Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter

Evan Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter
Robyn Twomey for TIME


http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1902604,00.html

Saturday, August 8, 2009

KIDS BOOK AUTHOR OF THE WEEK 06/29/09

By Jim Whiting

The best in children's literature, selected by Jim Whiting.

Royce Buckingham

Royce Buckingham grew up in Richland, Washington dreaming of writing fantasy stories. He obtained an English degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and received his law degree from the University of Oregon. His longtime goal of becoming published became a reality after 13 years of writing in his spare time while working as a prosecuting attorney.

In 2005, he hit a home run, selling his first story, Demonkeeper, to both Putnam and 20th Century Fox within a month. Fox has recently announced it has hired a director who's produced several animated films, including an adaptation of an award-winning book. Demonkeeper is now available in paperback and on Kindle. It is also a best seller in Germany under the title Damliche Damonen (Penhaligon), and a sequel will be released in Germany this November.

Royce lives in Bellingham, WA with his wife and two boys. He is represented by the Atchity Entertainment International management and production company in Los Angeles (www.aeionline.com). For more information or to contact Royce, visit www.demonkeeper.com.

Goblins! An Underearth Adventure

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover, 240 pp.

Putnam Juvenile (September 18, 2008)

$16.99

Available in hardcover and on Kindle

The sleepy town of Sumas near the Canadian border sits atop a rambunctious world full of Goblins in Royce Buckingham's second humorous fantasy novel for kids, GOBLINS!

When PJ and Sam-a cop's kid and a juvenile delinquent-sneak into the Sumas woods in dad's police cruiser, they accidentally run down what looks like a mutant gorilla with a bad attitude. But it's no ape-it's a goblin, and thousands more live under the earth. Sam discovers a tunnel into the goblin world and quickly winds up in their clutches. It'll take all of PJ's strength and ingenuity to outsmart the goblins, save Sam, keep the creatures from finding their way to the surface, and get back to the station before his dad finds out.

To view the official trailer, go to Penguin Publisher's YouTube page at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=xoiCbyrQUJ4.

GOBLINS! has also been purchased by Random House-Germany under the Penhaligon imprint.

Grandchildren who enjoy fantasy with humor will gobble up Royce's books.

"...a riotously good adventure." - Kirkus Reviews

http://www.myshelf.com/kids/fiction/08/goblins!.htm

"Royce Buckingham is a new voice in youth literature...His sophomore offering, Goblins! An UnderEarth Adventure, is equally funny as Demonkeeper and has so much action, you need to put the book down to take a breath! Young readers will love the grossness of the bugs, the swamp creatures, and the slobbering, slightly-stupid goblins. They also will discover bravery and honor from some very unexpected sources. - Janie Franz, MyShelf.com

http://reikiflow.net/bookblog/?p0&paged=2