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Friday, August 31, 2012

Story Merchant Client Terry Stanfill's 'Realms of Gold' Offers Unusual Twist on Arthurian Legend

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire -08/20/12)- In her new novel, "Realms of Gold: Ritual to Romance," author Terry Stanfill uses her extensive knowledge of medieval art and history to explore her theory about the origins of King Arthur's Camelot and the Grail.

"Many scholars of Arthurian legend believe that, if there was really a Camelot, it was in England," Stanfill says. "I've found compelling evidence that there was a Camelot -- in France! And I believe the Grail of legend was found nearby, in a grave."

A world traveler intimately familiar with France and Italy, Stanfill employs real-life archaeological discoveries and ancient history in a plot about an unlikely modern romance. The protagonist is Bianca Caldwell, a single young woman who writes for a New York art magazine. Her gift is a powerful imagination and intuition.

On a trip to Venice, Italy, for a wedding, she meets handsome archaeologist Giovanni Di Serlo, who's in no mood for a relationship. The couple nevertheless embark on a journey through time and geography, following the ancient trail of an enormous bronze vessel known as the Krater of Vix.

"In real life, this vessel was found in 1953 in a grave near Mont Lassois, France, where archaeologists unearthed a hilltop fortress in 2007," Stanfill says. "I believe that fortress was Camelot, and that the Krater is the Grail -- krater is a Greek word that evolved into the word 'grail.'

"Add to that, Mont Lassois is near Avallon, another important place name in Arthurian legend."

Arthur Riothamus, King of the Britons, (a real historical figure in the mid-400s A.D.), was known to have spent time in France and died in Avallon following a battle.

Erik T. Haskell, professor of French Studies & Humanities at Scripps College, Claremont University Center, was enchanted with "Realms of Gold."

"The novel is a masterful tapestry of human aspirations and enterprises, of science and intuition, revealing the author's profound understanding of the past and her visionary re-crafting of it that leads to the story's romantic -- and historically surprising -- revelation," he wrote.

About Terry Stanfill

Terry Stanfill is an Overseer of the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif., former international representative for Christie's auction house and former director of Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif. Stanfill is married to Dennis Stanfill, former CEO of 20th Century Fox and MGM Studios.


 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Importance of Twitter to your Social Media Marketing Strategy

  Written by Robin Wilding

Twitter, and its third party app selection offer a way for you to stay in the loop on what people are saying about your company, whether directly or indirectly. Comcast, Dell GM, Kodak, Whole Foods Market and thousands of other companies regularly monitor Twitter content via analytical tools, to find out what people are saying.  Staying on top of your brand, your competitors and vertical specific trends is all a part of Twitter—and should be a part of your online presence management.



Details Here

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Stephen Gyllenhaal To Pen, Direct ‘The Kennedy Detail’




Stephen Gyllenhaal has signed as screenwriter and director of The Kennedy Detail, which focuses on the men of the Secret Service protective detail assigned to President John F. Kennedy. The project is targeted for a November 2013 release, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. “This is the project of a lifetime and I could not be more excited to be part of it,” said Gyllenhaal. “Everyone knows how this story ends, but the true stories told through the eyes of this extraordinary band of brothers, from JFK’s election to that awful day in Dallas, have never been told. It is time to share their perspective with the world”.  Gyllenhaal has begun work on the script with his research including interviews with many of the surviving members of President Kennedy’s protective detail and their family members. The film will be based on the New York Times best-selling book The Kennedy Detail by former agent Gerald Blaine and award-winning journalist Lisa McCubbin, with a foreword by former agent Clint Hill. Hill has signed as a special advisor to the project, and McCubbin and Hill will be associate producers. The Kennedy Detail is being produced by Atchity Entertainment International (AEI) of Los Angeles, Atchity and Chi-Li Wong producers, and Ramos & Sparks Group of Tallahassee, Florida, with Richard Ramos and Rober

Friday, August 24, 2012

Story Merchant Client Terry Stanfill's Realms Of Gold Kirkus Review

Kirkus Reviews


REALMS OF GOLD (reviewed on September 15, 2012)
Stanfill’s (The Blood Remembers, 2001) novel follows an unlikely pair of lovers as they piece together an ancient puzzle that will shed light on an age-old mystery.

In 1953, an archaeological team working in Vix, a small town in the Burgundy region of France, found the 2,500-year-old tomb of a woman some claim to have been a Celtic princess. The burial site, surprisingly well preserved, housed both the woman’s body and a treasure of immeasurable value that included a perfectly intact krater (a ritual wine vessel) likely cast in Southern Italy. While the groundbreaking find revealed much, it left many questions unanswered: Who was this mysterious woman? Why was she entombed with such treasure? And what was the origin of the foreign urn? These questions—which still vex experts today—drive Stanfill’s scintillating tale of intellectual discovery and budding romance. 

In contemporary Venice, Bianca Evans Caldwell—an American author—crosses paths with archaeologist Giovanni de Serlo at a wedding and immediately falls for the suave, confident Italian. But neither suspect that this chance meeting would send them both on a continent-spanning adventure that will help solve the mysteries of the Vix krater and the sleeping princess, all the while delivering surprising new insights into the mythology of England and France. Stanfill’s narrative initially feels ornate, but it morphs into a lively, precise plot. The author pours her estimable learning into this, her fourth novel, and she’s equally comfortable writing about the nuances of ancient art, the links between myth and history, and the nooks and crannies of modern-day Italy. And though her book seems by turns a travel guide or an archaeology textbook, its details only add verisimilitude to a satisfyingly complex story of love, learning and intrigue in Europe.

An erudite thriller that recalls Brown’s Robert Langdon series—only smarter.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

AEI Client Royce Buckingham Interview On A Thousand Wrongs!



DEMONEATER (THE DEMONKEEPER SERIES)
Royce Buckingham
Story Merchant Books
172 pp.
middle grade e-book

Seattle’s demons are scared and wreaking havoc in the rainy city. They’ve burned their way through the Seattle underground, threatened to topple the Space Needle, and sent a twenty foot statue rampaging downtown.

It’s up to Nathaniel Grimlock, the teenage Demonkeeper, to control them, but when he discovers what’s stirring them up—a legendary monster known as the Demoneater—he finds that he’s in over his head yet again!




This cute series is perfect for kids of all ages. Author Royce Buckingham visits with us today to share a little about how it came to be. Be sure to enter the giveaway for the first book in the series below!
 
1. Tell us about the Demonkeeper series in one sentence.

A teenage boy in Seattle manages a houseful of wacky and dangerous demons to make sure they don't escape and wreak havoc on the world.

2. What inspired you to write these stories?

Demon Keeper began as a short story I wrote inspired by a kid I prosecuted regularly in juvenile court.  He had a green Mohawk, and I’d see him downtown begging change.  He was thirteen.  Then one day he disappeared.  I don’t know what happened to him, but he was living on the streets, so nobody seemed to care.  I imagined the chaos of those streets as a monster that simply rose and ate him up, as it does with so many kids.  Demon Keeper is more lighthearted than that short story I wrote years ago, but its message remains the same.  Kids need stability, family, and a home where they can learn to swim through the chaos of this crazy world before they are thrown into it.

3. What books did you read when you were young and how have they influenced your writing?

I was fascinated by fantastic tales such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Phantom Tollbooth and The Mouse and the Motorcycle. As I grew older, I moved on to The Hobbit, Conan the Barbarian and anything Stephen King.  I collected comic books too.  Movies were a big event in my small town. I saw Jaws at the theater the day it opened in 1975. I was nine years old. I stood in the sold-out line again in 1977 for Star Wars when I was eleven, and again for Alien when I was thirteen. Around twelve, I discovered the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons and began to create my own fantasy worlds.

4. Share a little about your road to publication.
When I started working at the Prosecuting Attorney’s office in Bellingham, WA in 1993, I sat down and wrote a novel.  It took a year, and I couldn’t sell it.  I was discouraged, but I put it in the drawer and kept writing. During this time I handled everything from gum theft to murder at the Prosecutor’s office.
Then Demonkeeper happened.

Demonkeeper was a screenplay I wrote about juvenile delinquents getting eaten by monsters.  It began to win competitions, and, by 1999, I was writing books and scripts and sending my work to L.A..  For the next five years, I wrote hard and tried to sell something.

But as excited as I got about my amateur success, I couldn’t quite break in.  In the meantime, I had two boys and my wife was working full-time.  I had to write at night, typically until two a.m., unless I was preparing for jury trials.

This…was a problem.

As good as the signs were for my writing, the fact was: I wasn’t breaking through, I wasn’t making any money at it, and I’d been doing it over ten years.  It was tough to justify the commitment.
In 2004, with all of my other obligations weighing on me, I resolved to quit writing seriously.  That same week, Microsoft e-mailed me.  They wanted to hire a screenwriter to create an original story for an Xbox video game.  I was floored.  This was not what I had planned, but it was an opportunity to write a fantasy story for a real audience for real money.  My amazing wife took one look at my secure, well-paying government job and told me…“go for it.”  Completely contrary to everything I’d ever been taught, I quit my attorney job and “went for it.”  A few months later, Microsoft cancelled the project, and I came crawling back to the prosecutor’s office to beg for my day job back.

This time I felt I was truly done with writing.  I shut off the computer and returned to my stabbings and shootings.  At least, I thought, I’d given my dream of being a writer a shot.  On my deathbed, I could say that I tried.

Then one day a Hollywood producer called me.  He’d read my Demonkeeper script.  He loved it.  I mentioned that I had also written it into a novel.  The response was surprise and delight.  In late 2005, they took Demonkeeper to Penguin Publishers, and they bought it.

Shortly thereafter, 20th Century Fox called.  They wanted to read the novel.  They made a mid-six-figure offer the next day.

I spent a week pinching myself each morning to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.  After thirteen years of writing, I had suddenly sold a novel and a screenplay almost simultaneously.  And that hasn’t been the end of it.  Demonkeeper is now in ten countries and a bestseller in Germany.  I am currently writing my eighth book. 

5. What is your writing schedule like?

I work 32 hours a week as a lawyer and have two boys, 11 and 8. My wife also works. Thus, I write in the morning for one half hour, at lunch for an hour, at night for an hour, a full day Friday, and as much as possible on weekends.

6. What can we expect from you in the future?

A lot! THE DEAD BOYS is out right now alongside the DEMONKEEPER series. It is a Junior Library Guild selection and on several reading lists.

I have two books coming with Saint Martin’s Press. One is a YA about terminally ill teens that are recruited for dangerous spy missions so that they can die jumping out of planes and fighting bad guys instead of lying in hospital beds—very cool story called THE TERMINALS (2013).

I also have a two book deal with Random House in Germany. I just completed MAPPER 1 for them, which is a 500 page medieval fantasy about a boy who, when he draws on an ancient map, makes new lands appear. MAPPER 1 will be offered to U.S. publishers soon, and I’m writing MAPPER 2 for R.H. now. It’s a very exciting time.

Monday, August 20, 2012

How Amazon Saved My Life - Indie Reader [via Terry Stanfill]


by Jessica Park

....

Amazon is the true powerhouse right now. Say what you want about this company, but it’s because of them that I can continue writing. It’s unclear to me how a big publisher thinks that I could live on their typical payouts, and why they think I should drop to my knees in gratitude for their deigning to even publish my book in the first place when I’ll do all the work myself. I’m not going to be grateful for that nonsense, but I am going to be grateful as hell to Amazon.

Bestselling trad-to-indie-author Barry Eisler, famous for turning down a six figure deal from St. Martins Press to go out on his own, took a lot of heat for having compared an author’s relationship with a big publisher to Stockholm syndrome. The truth is that it’s not a bad comparison at all. Snarky, funny, and exaggerated, perhaps, but there is more than one grain of truth there, and I just know that authors across the country were nodding so violently that we had collective whiplash. When writing for a publisher, you learn to be overly thankful for every pathetic little grain of positivity that comes your way. A disgustingly awful cover? Smile broadly and say how gorgeous it is. Contracts arrive months after arranged? Whip out your pen and sign with no complaints. You’re eating Ramen noodles while they are taking all of December and January off and while they essentially shutdown during the summer to vacation on the Cape? Slurp your soup and be happy.

Because of Amazon and other sites, I’m making enough money that I can continue writing. I’m averaging sales of 3,500 books a month, not including the month that Amazon featured Flat-Out Love in a list of books for $3.99 and under. That month I sold 45,000 Kindle copies, and sold over 10,000 the next month. Those numbers are insane to me. Absolutely insane. The fact that I continue to sell well a year after the book’s release is humbling. Yes, I wrote a book that has earned me excellent reviews, so I take credit for that, and I worked myself to death finding bloggers to review my book (God bless my loyal bloggers who took a chance on me!), but I have to credit Amazon with giving me such a strong platform with such overwhelming visibility. I can be a writer. I am a writer.

And it’s not just me. Self-published authors, many of whom are writing about college-age characters, are finding viable careers. Abbi Glines, Tammara Webber, Jamie McGuire, Tina Reber, AK Alexander, Angie Stanton, Stephanie Campbell, Colleen Hoover, Liz Reinhardt, and plenty more. I’m seeing more and more traditionally published authors walking away from the headaches and turning to self-publishing. It can be tricky to leave because very often an author needs the advance money in order to survive, and then gets stuck contracted for books that quite likely won’t earn out that advance or won’t ever provide much in terms of royalty checks.
When authors break the cycle, get the hell out, and flourish on their own, it’s a wonderful thing. Read Entire Article Here

Friday, August 17, 2012

Essence of Life Chronicles Reviews The Messiah Matrix!





Kenneth John Atchity, Ph.D. is brilliant. His new novel, The Messiah Matrix, is a compelling story that may challenge readers to view religion differently. Ken Atchity, a Classical scholar, accomplished author and Hollywood producer, does not disappoint his readers. The Messiah Matrix is a creative, thought-provoking, action-packed, historically laced, and masterfully detailed page-turner. (Watch out for paper cuts!--You'll be turning the pages quickly. It's that good!)

Searching for truth and the origin of Christianity, The Messiah Matrix draws the reader into a world of corruption, murder, romance, and rich history, set in beautiful Italy. Relying on extensive research, this story explores a controversial idea: The story of Jesus Christ may be different from the original story explained by the Bible and other sources.

Within the first two pages, I was hooked. The murder of the monsignor, the confession of one stranger, the diving expedition that uncovered a hidden and valuable artifact--every event spun part of the mystery into a web that wasn't easy to unravel and exercised my brain muscles; it’s a cerebral experience, not just great entertainment. The writing transports the reader into a fictional drama with international flavor, and artfully educates.

Father Ryan, a young Jesuit priest, is obsessed with finding out why the monsignor was murdered and battles personal doubts about his own religious faith, questioning the troubling inconsistencies in Catholic doctrine. Fate brings him together with Emily, a beautiful and vivacious archaeologist who is also linked to the deceased monsignor. She too is searching for the truth behind the story of Jesus and wants to present her findings when the time is right.

The sexual energy grows between the characters of Ryan and Emily and while fighting his attraction for Emily, the reader senses Father Ryan's torment and confusion. All the while, the reader is immersed in Roman history and the ancient story of Augustus, sometimes told in a flash back style, through Emily's character sharing stories told to her by the late Monsignor.

The two travel together and slowly connect the unconnected to explain the origin of Jesus. Their revelations are not welcomed by the Catholic Church in Rome and put them in great danger. After a daring escape from the caves of Cumae, they are able to reveal the truth about the true “Christian Savior” and the reader may be surprised by the story's ending.

The author includes a table at the back of the book that gives a clear comparison between his researched facts and the events of Jesus’ life highlighted in the Bible. Atchity does not preach or push his views on the reader. He factually establishes documented and historically reliable information that gives the reader freedom to decide for himself what he believes to be true.

Only Ken Atchity, who has expert knowledge of Christian history and classical training, can pull off scholarly work that reads like a fascinating, dramatic adventure, meant for the silver screen. People may also make comparisons between The Messiah Matrix and The Da Vinci Code, but I believe The Messiah Matrix is a far better read and in my opinion, the issues dealt with in Atchity's book have greater significance.

It is a controversial subject and some Catholics may be startled or surprised by what the author’s research revealed. I know I was. Brought up by strict Catholic parents and taught by the Jesuits at Boston College, I am a traditional believer; Yet during the reading of The Messiah Matrix, I had moments of doubt: "Could it be that  what I had learned as a child wasn't true?" Atchity's fact-finding is that compelling!

At times, the book made me scratch my head in confusion and at other parts, curiosity kept me turning the pages. The Messiah Matrix is for anyone who loves thrillers, romance, and intrigue, and this writer highly recommends it.


Luanne Stevenson

Monday, August 13, 2012

Blog Critic Reviews The Messiah Matrix





Kenneth John Atchity, Ph.D. is brilliant. His new novel, The Messiah Matrix, is a compelling story that may challenge readers to view religion differently. Ken Atchity, a Classical scholar, accomplished author and Hollywood producer, does not disappoint his readers. The Messiah Matrix is a creative, thought-provoking, action-packed, historically laced, and masterfully detailed page-turner. (Watch out for paper cuts!--You'll be turning the pages quickly. It's that good!)

Searching for truth and the origin of Christianity, The Messiah Matrix draws the reader into a world of corruption, murder, romance, and rich history, set in beautiful Italy. Relying on extensive research, this story explores a controversial idea: The story of Jesus Christ may be different from the original story explained by the Bible and other sources.

Within the first two pages, I was hooked. The murder of the monsignor, the confession of one stranger, the diving expedition that uncovered a hidden and valuable artifact--every event spun part of the mystery into a web that wasn't easy to unravel and exercised my brain muscles; it’s a cerebral experience, not just great entertainment. The writing transports the reader into a fictional drama with international flavor, and artfully educates.

Father Ryan, a young Jesuit priest, is obsessed with finding out why the monsignor was murdered and battles personal doubts about his own religious faith, questioning the troubling inconsistencies in Catholic doctrine. Fate brings him together with Emily, a beautiful and vivacious archaeologist who is also linked to the deceased monsignor. She too is searching for the truth behind the story of Jesus and wants to present her findings when the time is right.

The sexual energy grows between the characters of Ryan and Emily and while fighting his attraction for Emily, the reader senses Father Ryan's torment and confusion. All the while, the reader is immersed in Roman history and the ancient story of Augustus, sometimes told in a flash back style, through Emily's character sharing stories told to her by the late Monsignor.

The two travel together and slowly connect the unconnected to explain the origin of Jesus. Their revelations are not welcomed by the Catholic Church in Rome and put them in great danger. After a daring escape from the caves of Cumae, they are able to reveal the truth about the true “Christian Savior” and the reader may be surprised by the story's ending.

The author includes a table at the back of the book that gives a clear comparison between his researched facts and the events of Jesus’ life highlighted in the Bible. Atchity does not preach or push his views on the reader. He factually establishes documented and historically reliable information that gives the reader freedom to decide for himself what he believes to be true.

Only Ken Atchity, who has expert knowledge of Christian history and classical training, can pull off scholarly work that reads like a fascinating, dramatic adventure, meant for the silver screen. People may also make comparisons between The Messiah Matrix and The Da Vinci Code, but I believe The Messiah Matrix is a far better read and in my opinion, the issues dealt with in Atchity's book have greater significance.

It is a controversial subject and some Catholics may be startled or surprised by what the author’s research revealed. I know I was. Brought up by strict Catholic parents and taught by the Jesuits at Boston College, I am a traditional believer; Yet during the reading of The Messiah Matrix, I had moments of doubt: "Could it be that  what I had learned as a child wasn't true?" Atchity's fact-finding is that compelling!

At times, the book made me scratch my head in confusion and at other parts, curiosity kept me turning the pages. The Messiah Matrix is for anyone who loves thrillers, romance, and intrigue, and this writer highly recommends it.


Luanne Stevenson

TESTIMONIAL FROM STORY MERCHANT BOOK AUTHOR MILT LYLES Whose The Cruelest Lie and The Candle Seller just appeared as ebooks!


I just finished reading every word, every line, every chapter of THE CANDLE SELLER as an ebook. I am eternally grateful to the two of you. 

It, the presentation, organization, and imagination, of CANDLE SELLER as you two put it together is a thing of beauty. The success or failure of such an enterprise artistically or monitarily is tenuious at best, but no critic. sales list, or lack of success by the most modicum of standards can diminish the pride and total joyI experienced as I read CANDLE SELLER. 

Writing as you have so often said, Ken, is not about money or fame. Those two villains masquerade as admirable benefits, They are good for the ego and check book, but holding a book, in this case an ebook, in your hands and knowing it is as good and true as you can write and is being presented in a format that fully expresses those qualities is the essence of writing. It is the why, the wonder, and the wherefore. As I said, I am in debt to the talents and faith of the two of you. 


Milt Lyles




The Candle Seller, by Milton E. Lyles The Candle Seller
by Milton E. Lyles
purchase on Amazon.com

The Cruelest Lie, by Milton E. Lyles The Cruelest Lie
by Milton E. Lyles
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Story Merchant Client Elaine Edelson's Aries Fire Amazon Kindle #1 Best Seller Historical Fiction



"'Aries Fire' is filled with twists and turns and develops into a love story with an unexpected ending. Edelson creates a main character that the reader learns to love. I certainly will be looking forward to reading Edelson's next creation."

--Brittany Murphy BookNookClub.blogspot.com

Amazon Best Seller Rank:
#1 Historical Fiction
#24 Overall Free in Kindle Store



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Messiah Matrix: A Conversation


Freethought Nation

presented by Acharya S and TruthBeKnown.com, online since 1995

Here's an interesting document sent to me by the author, Dr. Kenneth Atchity, who is a former professor and current TV/film producer. He emailed me with the doc, asking me to post it on my website, so here it is. We had no previous communication, so whatever he's done here is entirely his own creation. The document gives the impression that I'm writing a book called Mythicism - a great idea that FTL and I have discussed but that is not in the works.

Atchity is promoting his own fiction book on the subject, The Messiah Matrix, and it sounds like he's got a good grasp of the subject matter, although I have not investigated the argument that Caesar Augustus was "largely responsible" for creating Christianity. Certainly, some of what was said about Augustus was used in the creation of the Christ character, but the Roman emperor (63 BCE-14 AD/CE) is obviously too early to have any other role in Christianity's creation than, perhaps, pushing for a religion that would unify the faiths of the Roman Empire, including merging Judaism with all the Pagan religions and mythologies.

Here is what the email I received says about the Augustus issue - the book that inspired this theme sounds interesting:

Quote:
Dr. Atchity was largely inspired by a book first published in 1899 titled The Worship of Augustus Caesar by Alexander Del Mar (1836–1926), a rigorous historian, an American political economist, a numismatist, an author, as well as the first director of the Bureau of Statistics at the U.S. Treasury Department from 1866–69. His non-fiction work contains a rich history of mythological gods and points a blatant finger at Augustus Caesar as being the preeminent 'Christian savior.' One particular aspect that Dr. Atchity found fascinating concerns the Pontifical College and their tampering with the calendar in the Middle Ages to artificially push back the date of Augustus’ apotheosis by 15 years. In other words, if this calendar change had not been instituted the date for Augustus’ apotheosis would have been 1 A.D.--the most widely accepted date of Jesus' birth. Today, the ‘accepted’ date of Augustus' apotheosis is 15 B.C.E. This is one of many historical elements that Del Mar presents that are imbedded in The Messiah Matrix.

Note that the bulk of the attributes in the lists from my book that Atchity includes here can be verified through ancient texts and artifacts - something I've been doing on this forum and in my blogs, articles and books since Christ Con was first published in 1999 (and before). I will be providing the documentation in depth in my revision of Christ Con, which hopefully will be out in 2013. Some of these attributes need to be tweaked for accuracy, such as: "His disciples purportedly bestowed upon him the title 'Jezeus,' or 'Jeseus,' meaning 'pure essence.'" In my revision, I have changed this saying to "Jai Shri Krishna," which is the closest I could find to a shout that resembles "Jesus Christ," discussing the subject in a footnote. A few other attributes may need to be removed altogether. Suffice it to say that the lists are accurate enough to make the point.

Also, the notes in brackets in the quoted text below are Atchity's. I don't subscribe to such dates for Zoroaster as 6000 BCE, for example. The ideas circulating in the name of this mythical Persian composite may have been in existence that far back, but the Persian language itself did not exist at that time, so there was no "historical" personage by that name at that time. Again, the rest of the dates are likewise not mine, and I don't concur with the bulk of them. Horus/Osiris seems about right, but Krishna and Buddha are too early, and Mithra is too late, and so on. And, again, these are not real people so these dates would not constitute their "birthdays" or any other such milestone. Putting these dates aside, it is sufficient to assert that these ideas are pre-Christian.

Having said all that, I certainly appreciate Dr. Atchity's effort and his close attention to my work.

For the record because some people continue to approach me as if it is a novel idea, I've been wanting to make a "Christ Conspiracy" film since I began doing this work in the early 1990s, long before my CC book was actually written and so called.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Buzz in Italian press about Clint's 50th anniversary visit to Ravello

IL LIBRO

Io e Jackie Kennedy
in vacanza in Costiera

In un volume la testimonianza di Clint Hill, capo della sicurezza della famiglia del presidente americano

di ALESSANDRO VACCARO
Insuperata icona di stile alla Casa Bianca e nel mondo. Ma anche protagonista indiscussa di un’estate in Costiera amalfitana. Era il 1962 quando Jacqueline Kennedy decise di trascorrere le vacanze a Ravello. Scene di gossip e mondanità, fiumi di inchiostro sulle pagine dei giornali, ricordi di un mito che verranno riportati alla luce proprio nella città della musica, grazie a una mostra di fotografie inedite e alla proiezione di un video dell’epoca. L’evento, a cura di Franco Nuschese, è in programma martedì dalle 20.45 sulla terrazza dell’hotel Villa Fraulo, in via San Giovanni del Toro (info 089 858 283).
Insueprata icona di stile alla Casa Bianca e nel mondo. Protagonista di un'estate in Costiera. Era il 1962 quando Jackeline Kennedy decise di trascorrere le vacanze a Ravello. Gossip e mondanità. Giornali scatenati, ricordi di un mito che ora verranno riportati alla luce con una mostra di foto inedite e con la proiezione di un video. Tutto in programma marted' alle 20,45 all'hotel Villa Fraulo.

Alla serata parteciperà come ospite d’eccezione Clint Hill, all’epoca agente dei servizi segreti incaricato della protezione dell’ex first lady, per presentare il libro "Mrs. Kennedy and Me" (edizioni Gallery - Simon and Schuster).

Le immagini in esposizione raccontano quelle tre settimane di cinquant’anni fa, dall’8 al 31 agosto, che videro una presenza travolgente in costiera, tanto da sconvolgere la quiete di turisti e residenti. Jackie

soggiornò nell’antico Palazzo Episcopio a Ravello con i figlioletti John John e Caroline, la sorella, il cognato e un seguito composto da bambinaia, segretaria e due poliziotti, tra cui Hill. Di giorno si recava al mare a Conca dei Marini, ospite della famiglia D’Urso che era legata a Gianni Agnelli da un’amicizia di lunga data. Fu in quella circostanza che avvenne il primo di una serie di incontri tra l’Avvocato e la moglie del presidente degli Stati Uniti.

La notizia fece subito il giro del mondo. La stampa americana ci ricamò sopra una love story da film, ma la conferma ufficiale del flirt sarebbe arrivata solo nel 2011 con la pubblicazione di una vecchia intervista rilasciata da Jackie e rimasta inedita fino a quel momento.
 
Ad arricchire il sapore della dolce vita della Kennedy sono anche gli scatti che la ritraggono seduta al tavolo del bar San Domingo a Ravello o a bordo del mitico "Veliero blu", ormeggiato alle banchine del porto di Amalfi. E poi, il giro in barca fino a Punta Campanella e Sorrento, il bagno a Li Galli di Positano, il ballo a piedi nudi nel club "L’Africana" di Praiano e i mini-tour su una Fiat 600 decappottabile. "Abbiamo ritrovato quell’auto e anche l’autista dell’epoca, che saranno protagonisti della serata di martedì", annuncia Nuschese, proprietario del famoso "Café Milano" a Washington.

"La mia vita è sempre stata intrecciata alla storia dei Kennedy. Sono nato a Minori, ma avevo solo un anno quando Jacqueline trascorse le sue vacanze in costiera. Nel 1977 ho lasciato l’Italia per lavorare prima a Londra, poi a Las Vegas. Infine a Washington, nel ’92, ho aperto il mio locale, frequentato da vari personaggi politici. Così ho conosciuto John John e altri componenti della sua famiglia".
 
Risale a pochi mesi fa l’incontro di Nuschese con l’ottantenne Clint Hill, l’agente che provò a salvare la vita di Kennedy nell’attentato di Dallas. "Quando ha saputo le mie origini – prosegue il curatore della mostra – mi ha rivelato che, di tutti i posti visitati assieme alla first lady, Ravello e la costiera amalfitana hanno lasciato in lui i ricordi più preziosi". Quegli aneddoti sono raccolti nel libro che Hill presenterà con la co-autrice Lisa McCubbin. Tra le varie curiosità spiccano quelle sul rapporto della signora Kennedy con i paparazzi, lo shopping assieme alla principessa Irene Galitzine, la controversa lezione di sci nautico alla piccola Caroline. Quando lasciò Ravello, Jackie disse a tutti che sarebbe tornata con il marito. Non poté mai mantenere quella promessa: l’anno dopo il presidente fu ucciso.



Friday, August 3, 2012

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH - DR JIN ROBERTSON ON MY ADDICTION

  



MAJOR DREAM: FROM IMMIGRANT TO HOUSEMAID TO HARVARD PHD.


For many, Dr Jin Kyu (Suh) Robertson is proof that people have the power to have more fulfilled and satisfying life once they choose to become the sailor of their own ship. We are therefore immensely grateful to be able to have the opportunity to do an interview with Dr. Jin Robertson.

 Dr. Thanks so much for the opportunity. As a start please introduce yourself to our readers. What events have brought you up to this point where you have now written a novel and flourished into an author?

I am a lucky woman who is living the life of my dream. I immigrated to America alone at the age of 22 as a housemaid with little English and $100 to my name. At 28, a mother of eight months old baby girl, I joined the U.S. Army as a private to escape from the domestic violence. Twenty years later, I retired as a major, received MA (at 43) and Ph.D. (at 57) both from Harvard.

In 1999, when Korea was going through an economic disaster, Major Korean TVs made documentaries of my story of American Dream to help those Koreans who were suffering from the national emergency. The documentaries inspired, motivated, and empowered millions of Koreans, literally having saved hundreds and thousands who were at the verge of suicide.

Those successes in media led me to become Korea’s most popular inspirational/motivational speaker (over 1,300 keynotes) and a bestselling author (over a half million copies sold), continuously inspiring and empowering millions in Korea, Japan, America, and other parts of the world.
Volume 1 of Major Dream is available. Please tell our readers what they can expect within the novel.

This volume begins with the scenes of my graduation from Harvard with a PhD, my childhood dream. The remainder traces back to my roots and the survival from the life full of obstacles in Korea, ending with the escape from the hopeless situation in Korea to begin a new life of an immigrant in America, the land of opportunities. I was 22 years old, alone, with little English, $100 to my name, and one way ticket.


Where can readers stay in contact with you?

They can reach me through my website, www.drjinrobertson.com, and/or e-mails to jo@drjinrobertson.com (my consultant, Joanne Palmer in the U.S.) and/or jin@drjinrobertson.com.

If they can read Korean, they can also contact me through my Korean web, www.cafe.daum.net/ilovecon and suhinchon@paran.com (my manager, Inchon Kim in Korea).

What can readers expect within the following novels?

Before I publish the second and third volume of my memoir of long version, we will publish a short version of my overall life story-- Limitless Sky: A Memoir of Shattered Glass Ceilings, to show readers how to live a life of success and happiness. I then will publish a book on how I, as a single mother, raised my daughter to be selected as a Presidential Scholar (an honour given to 141 of 2.5 million high school graduating seniors each year), graduate from Harvard (BA) and Princeton (MA), and become a U.S. Army officer. This book will show readers to successfully raise their own children, practically with opposite methods and strategies from Amy Chua’s Tiger Mom. Yes, raising a super star child doesn’t have to be so hellish and painful as my daughter and I are the proof.

You were born and raised in Korea. What made you decided to move on from what you had known your whole life?

Korean society when I was growing up was under strong influence of Confucianism which discriminated against women, especially those from poor and powerless family. I disagreed with such system and so longed to become a justice fighter to change it. I wanted to become somebody very successful to prove them wrong and help those defenceless sufferers. Yet, I ended up one of those defenceless sufferers myself, working as a factory girl in a wig factory, a waitress, and a housemaid. In such hopeless and depressing situation, my dream began to leave me as well. And that’s when I encountered a newspaper ad looking for a housemaid to work for an American family in the U.S.A., the country we, the poor Koreans, believed it to be a paradise.

My move to this land of opportunity was a major turning point of my dream life, and I am utterly grateful to myself for taking up that challenges filled with fear and difficulties.

Where do you currently reside the most? Do you feel as if your life has gone full circle and that you have accomplished everything you had set out to do?

I currently reside in Korea, making a major difference in the Korean society through my inspiring books and speeches. At the same time, I am preparing to publish the sequels of my autobiographies in English to quantum leap in impacting the world along with my inspiring/motivating speeches. Yes, I do feel as if my life has gone full circle and that I have accomplished everything I had set out to do and more.

From general research I have noticed that you are mentioned as Korea’s most popular motivational/ inspirational speaker. Do you feel that you have lived up to such a title or that you have merely lived your life and that people aspire generally to stories that carry success?
 
I feel that I have lived up to such a title. I also feel that I simply lived my life and that people aspire to such stories that carry success, especially with fantastic dramas and happy ending.

Where do you see yourself going from here? I mean from what I have read you have literally lived a couple of lives?

I plan to live as many lives as possible by continue to dreaming to make this world a better place than I first found. I will continue to enjoy my lives as well while inspiring and empowering as many people in the world as possible through bestselling books and top keynote speeches.

How has your struggles impacted on the way you raised your own child?


The TV producer of KBS (Korean Broadcasting System, top media in Korea), who made the first documentary of my life story, asked my daughter what her childhood dream was. Without any hesitation, my daughter, who was a junior of Harvard University then, replied that she wanted to become her mother’s clone! I inspired her to dream, motivated her to catch the stars, and empowered her to live and enjoy her successful life while leading her by example.


Do you have any inspirational words for fellow writers and readers out there?

We have no choice at our birth. We have no choice from death; we all will die one day. We have no choice but to live only one life. Yet, we do have a choice how to live that one life given to us.

Dear fellow writers and readers.

Take what life has given to you and make it the best one as you want it to be. Be the amazing writer you want to be and be the star of your dreams. Have the time of your life! It’s the only and final one given to our mercy—the wonderful opportunity of our lifetime.

Dr, Thanks so much for this opportunity.     

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Crime Fiction Lover 4 Star Review of Rudy Yuly's Sparkle

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Sparkle

Written by Rudy Yuly – In a luxurious house in the hills above Seattle, Assistant DA Silver, his wife and their six-year-old daughter Lucy are found brutally beaten to death. Detective George Louis and his partner Pinky Bjorgesen are assigned the case. Once the forensic team have done what they have to do, the house is turned over to the professional cleaners. Sparkle is a team of two brothers, Joe and Eddie Jones, who specialise in cleaning up the aftermath of violent death scenes. Joe is a misanthropic, chain-smoking baseball addict who runs the business, but it is Eddie who actually does the cleaning work. Eddie is deeply autistic and locked into his own strange world by childhood trauma. Joe is also a prisoner, but of a different kind. While he profits from Eddie’s uncanny ability to convert an abattoir of a murder scene back into a normal house, he is literally his brother’s keeper. No-one else can manage the repetitive rituals and piano-wire tensions of Eddie’s life.

While the hunt goes on for the killer of the Silver family, the brothers are called in again to clean up a seemingly unrelated multiple shooting in an illegal Chinese gambling house. In the Silver house, while Eddie went through his exhaustive and surreal cleaning ritual he was led to something tangible which may hold a clue to the killer’s identity. Once again, in the bloody aftermath of the Chinese shooting, he is shown something that the police have missed.

Rudy Yuly is a screenwriter and there is a clear sense of the visual in his clear and direct writing. We know within a sentence or two exactly what people look like and how they move and talk. Eddie sees things with almost microscopic clarity. His vision gives us a vivid picture, in particular of Jolie Walker, the beautiful zoo attendant who takes him for a weekly walk around the pens and enclosures. This book does not do comfort, and I physically wriggled with embarrassment at the poignant exchanges between tongue-tied Joe and his wary girlfriend LaVonne.

The author does a brilliant job of letting us see, hear and smell Eddie’s world through his own senses. Sparkle is disturbing and edgy, and there is a great deal of compassion extended to those who have to deal with Eddie’s shortcomings and strange gifts. We are taken on a high-risk course. It is one thing to introduce a supernatural element into a story through the perceptions of one person as this can be explained away by mood, confusion or the power of suggestion. It is another thing altogether to have a piece of physical evidence pass from the spirit world, via the live intermediary, into the hands of those who are conducting a murder investigation.

This is such a difficult book to categorise. Yes, there is criminality and yes, there is detection. But the bedrock here is a description of misunderstanding, loss, and inadequacy. Perfectly decent people blunder about trying to make sense of the incomprehensible. Bit by bit what really damaged the lives of these brothers is revealed. The original killer is finally unmasked, but the story is less about that than it is about the terrifying and bewildering world of autism. My only caveat about the story is the supernatural element. Readers who find it troublesome will find the book less satisfying than someone who simple accepts it and lets themselves be carried along with the narrative.