In the News & More
Amid Dire Predictions Newspapers Show Relative
Stability -- A day after an influential investor
suggested it's a dying medium, the newspaper industry
unveiled results of a semi-annual tracking study
showing relatively stable circulation trends. The largest
U.S. newspapers recorded modest gains, while
circulation for the overall industry was essentially flat
over the past six months, according to figures released
Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
Simmons Hispanic Study: Spanish-Speakers Prefer
TV Ads In - What Else - Spanish -- Marketers
keen to lure viewers not yet jaded by television
advertising should set their sights on the Spanish-
language audience--who are not only more receptive to
TV commercials than the rest of the population, but
also have a more positive overall impression of
Orlando Bloom got a nasty scare as he was
spirited off the set of his latest film set in Morocco
following an explosion. Fears that terrorists had
detonated a bomb on the set of "Kingdom of Heaven,"
were quickly dispelled when it was discovered that the
blast happened when some flammable liquid in some
bottles ignited in a storage area.
What the hell-evator's going on? Ashley (don't
you dare call her "Olsen Twin") Olsen got trapped in a
lift while visiting a pal's West Hollywood pad after
unwittingly pushing the "EMERGENCY STOP" button!
Then, instead of hitting "ALARM," Ashley panicked and
cell-phoned her bodyguard, who was waiting on the
street. Mr. Muscle rushed in and was dialing 911 when
the building's maintenance guy ambled by and fixed
everything. Shaken Ashley kissed him on the cheek and
called him, "My hero!"
Michael got a taste of bad phone while
chatting with sis Janet as she took a potty break just
before hosting "Saturday Night Live." She was talking to
him on her cell phone when it slipped from her hand into
the toilet -- which automatically flushed, sending Big
Bro into the New York City sewer system. "Oh my God,"
Janet screamed, "I just flushed Michael down the
toilet!" And that's where she left him as she rushed
onstage for her live gig.
Things got hairy for Halle Berry, who had a
nasty reaction to hair extensions glued to her scalp for
the flick "Nappily Ever After." Unable to bear severe
itching, she had hairdressers remove the troublesome
tresses for new ones. But just days later, the
replacement locks started slippin' and slidin' -- so she
begged producers to let her slide with her natural-born
hair. The unsympathetic moguls told Halle: SUCK IT UP!
Fountain Press New Release: The Most Recent
Study on the Second Part of the Book of Isaiah is Now
Our Incomparable God. A Commentary on Isaiah 40-55
by Barry L. Ross
This book is the latest and most up to date
commentary on the second part of the book of Isaiah
known as the Babylonian Isaiah or Deutero Isaiah. A
scholarly but lucid exposition of the sixteen chapters
which, Ross calls the Gospel of Isaiah. A very useful
study tool for students of the Bible as well as a wealth
of preaching material for pastors and teachers as Ross
relates each passage to our times. In this book the
prophet Isaiah becomes our contemporary!
When you buy a copy you are making two affordable to
poorer Christians in the third world!
Echelon Press is pleased to announce that due
to an overwhelming number of requests, the voting for
the 2004 Perfect Hero has commenced...early!
The photos are up, the buttons are live, and the men
are ready to win your hearts! So click on over to
and cast your votes!
All new photographs have been added to Ed Scott's website. Make sure to check it
Medicine Bow Gallery - Finally, RomTom's
Comporting Roadwise - ISBN 0-9753341-0-7 is
for sale on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Stop by
and check out this wonderful autobiography that takes
you into the past of political upheaval.
Godsend - 2 out of 5 points
In the tradition of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Others,"
this taut and gripping thriller tells the story of devoted
parents who are willing to do anything to resurrect their
beloved son who was tragically killed in a freak
accident. "Godsend" stars Academy Award winner
Robert De Niro, Academy-Award nominee Greg Kinnear,
and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
The experiment is successful and under Richard's
watchful eye, Adam grows into a healthy and happy
young boy, until his 8th birthday.
What starts off as an interesting premise with a good
cast quickly becomes stale, as the narrative
of "Godsend" is so bad that people were laughing at
scenes that were supposed to be tense and gripping.
The resolution to the story never arrives and the
explanations are so ham-fisted that they will have you
rolling your eyes in disbelief.
Mean Girls - 4 out of 5 points
Raised in African bush country by her zoologist parents,
Cady Heron (Lohan) thinks she knows about "survival of
the fittest." But the law of the jungle takes on a whole
new meaning when the home-schooled 15-year-old
enters public high school for the first time and falls
prety to the psychological warfare and unwritten social
rules that teenage girls face today.
The romance is more of a background motivator than
hot and steamy, but it is a sweet one. Surprisingly, the
movie gives the audience credit for having a brain and
does make the best teen comedy in years, and
certainly the best SNL movie since Tommy Boy. Faint
praise? Like, totally.
Laws of Attraction - 1 out of 5 points
In this modern take on the classic screwball comedy,
Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore star as divorce
attorneys who suffer from one of those old Hollywood
You can't really blame Moore and Brosnan for the
comedic mediocrity that is Laws of Attraction, when
they're working under a director whose only way of
jump-starting the plot is to get his characters drunk so
they'll loosen up--which, if you read AA literature,
might make them official alcoholics. Comedy? More like
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As authors, we often we receive letters, some detailing
how much they liked our book, others, how much they
hated it. But it's often that one email that stands out
to put a smile on your face.
Here's one I'd like to share with you:
We talked about your book at our last monthly meeting
with Department of Social Services caseworkers in SC.
One of the members had a copy of your book and
encouraged all of us to buy one and read it.
Debra M. (Debbi) Fetner, EdD - Associate Director,
Center for Student Learning
It goes on to say that she purchased a copy, without a
doubt this one not only put a smile on my
face but sent me up to cloud nine ^_^
|Mother's Day Trivia|
The youngest mother whose history is authenticated is
Lina Medina, who delivered a 6½-pound boy by
cesarean section in Lima, Peru in 1939, at an age of 5
years and 7 months. The child was raised as her
brother and only discovered that Lina was his mother
when he was 10.
On April 9, 2003, Satyabhama Mahapatra, a 65-year-
old retired schoolteacher in India, became the world's
oldest mother when she gave birth to a baby boy.
Satyabhama and her husband had been married 50
years, but this is their first child. The baby was
conceived through artificial insemination using eggs
from the woman's 26-year-old niece, , and the sperm of
the niece's husband.
Bobbie McCaughey is the mother who holds the record
for the most surviving children from a single birth. She
gave birth to the first set of surviving septuplets - four
boys and three girls -on November 19, 1997, at the
University Hospital, Iowa. Conceived by in vitro
fertilization, the babies were delivered after 31 weeks
by caesarean in the space of 16 minutes.
Jayne Bleackley is the mother who holds the record for
the shortest interval between two children born in
separate confinements. She gave birth to Joseph
Robert on September 3, 1999, and Annie Jessica Joyce
on March 30, 2000. The babies were born 208 days
Elizabeth Ann Buttle is the mother who holds the record
for the longest interval between the birth of two
children. She gave birth to Belinda on May 19,1956 and
Joseph on November 20, 1997. The babies were born 41
years 185 days apart. The mother was 60 years old
when her son Joseph was born.
The highest officially recorded number of children born
to one mother is 69, to the first wife of Feodor
Vassilyev (1707-1782) of Shuya, Russia. Between 1725
and 1765, in a total of 27 confinements, she gave birth
to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four
sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy.
The modern world record for giving birth is held by
Leontina Albina from San Antonio, Chile. Leontina claims
to be the mother of 64 children, of which only 55 of
them are documented. She is listed in the 1999
Guinness World Records but dropped from later editions.
And you thought your two kids at home were a
Title: Hidden Legacy
Author: Margaret Hodapp
Publisher: PublishAmerica; (November 2003)
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: Highly Recommended
May 2, 2004
From Ireland to Virginia, rags to riches, riddles and
Tessa is married to Sean O'Donnell, an abusive man by
nature, who one night becomes stinking drunk and is
killed by thieves leaving Tessa to make a new life for
Sean's brother had given him a one-way ticket to
America prior to his death. Tessa takes her chance and
the ticket then boards the ship. Here she meets and
befriends Melissa Duncan, a wealthy woman who
suffers from TB. Melissa readily shares her stately room
with Tessa, as well as other information regarding her
Having worsened, upon their arrival to the Americas,
Melissa dies. Tessa then assumes Melissa's identity and
heads for Uncle George's estate. But Tessa soon
discovers Melissa's uncle has passed away just prior to
their arrival, as well as the neighbor, Sarah, who had
been caring for Uncle George.
Tessa having moved into the estate in need of
groceries and money goes to work for the town grocer.
Meanwhile Sarah's husband who had been scheming
and plotting in order to obtain rights to the estate, sets
out to prove Tessa is a fake and hopefully gain control
of the property.
Amazingly enough, Sarah suddenly reappears giving
Tessa a series of clues to claim her inheritance. Will
Tessa find what she needs before the estate is
Hidden Legacy is well written, and contains humor,
suspense, drama, and romance all wrapped into one
dramatic story. The book is a rags to riches tale with a
smooth flow, not dragging the heart of the book. Nice
twists and believable characters help keep the story
interesting. Hidden Legacy is an enjoyable and easy to
read novel that is great for readers sixteen and up.
Reviewed by Sherry Kruegel
You can read the interview with Margaret Hodapp
Title: Necklace of Warm Snow
Author: Brenda Hall
Publisher: Publish America; (November 2003)
Paperback: 177 pp
May 6, 2004
During the 1942 Paris round-up of Jews, Lena is
separated from her family and forced into hiding. It's
there in the rural French countryside that she meets
and falls in love with Alistair, a British secret agent. At
the conclusion of his mission Alistair leaves Lena behind
thinking she will be safe. Years after the war, Alistair,
trapped in a loveless marriage returns to France
searching for his lost love. Instead he finds more
intrigue and is murdered.
Alistair's daughter, Hillary, is determined to find out the
truth behind her father's murder. As a result of her
parent's battleground of a marriage, Hillary lived with
the feeling of loneliness throughout her childhood. It
was only before Alistair's trip to France that she began
to feel her father's love. Solving Alistair's murder, Hillary
finally discovers what she was missing in her life.
Two stories weaved into one, Necklace of Warm Snow
has it all...love, espionage and murder. Ms. Hall's duel
storyline takes the reader through the looking glass of
time and history with well written and heart warming
Reviewed by: Susan Weekley
Title: Pillar's Fall
Author: Ben Eden
Publisher: Publish America; (July 2003)
Rating: Highly Recommended
May 6, 2004
One brief moment was all it took to change Detective
Thomas Pillar's life forever. Faced with a decision
between the death of many versus the death of one, a
child, Pillar chooses the death of one.
Months after that fateful day Pillar is attempting to
make sense of his life and what is happening around
him. Confronted with a series of brutal murders he
realizes he is now facing a demonic prophecy that
leaves him with the burden of saving the life of a
Pillar's story is one that will keep the reader turning
pages and sleeping with the light on! Ben Eden has
taken the classic plot of good and evil and delivered a
truly unique tale. Can't wait for the next installment of
this thrilling series!
Reviewed by: Susan Weekley
Here are a few interviews recently posted, please visit
to learn more about these intrigiuing authors:
The Dark Princess:
Donna J. Schmidt
Seriously Dark and Disturbed:
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|For Aspiring writers|
TRIGGERING THE SHADOW
Usually our opposite qualities flare up because they're
triggered by something. We can trigger or "hook"
someone's shadow by reminding them of something
embarrassing, shameful, or destructive from their past.
As a result, that person might lash out with anger or
become depressed. Sometimes our shadows pop out
because we're in a relationship with our opposite. His or
her dominant traits help bring out our less-developed
and hidden side.
In most cases, someone's shadow gets hooked by
actions or traits that are dramatically opposed to his or
her value system. Suppose that your father is a devout
Catholic. He sits i the front pew every Sunday. He's the
local priest's best friend. He insisted you go to Catholic
school. If you convert to a different religion, you can
be sure that your action will hook his shadow.
The shadow's response can manifest itself in any
number of ways - anger, cattiness, rejection. It can
cause one to be disinherited or kept at the fringes of
the family or the fringes of society. Sometimes this
response can be volatile, unexepected, and dramatic.
These responses make good drama, because they raise
the pitch of your story.
You undoubtedly have some shadow experiences in
your background. We all do. However, you may find
that writing about such an experience is too personal
and difficult. If so, write it out, tear it up, write it out
again, and tear it up again until you can achieve some
level of acceptance of the experience.
Everything is related in a screenplay, so it becomes
essential to introduce your story components from the
beginning. You've got ten pages to grab or hook your
reader, so you've got to setup your story immediately.
That means page one, word one. The reader must know
what's going on immediately. Tricks or gimmicks don't
work. You've got to setup the story information in a
visual way. The reader must know who the main
character is, what the dramatic premise is, that is,
what it's about, and the dramatic situation - the
circumstances surrounding the action.
There is no better illustration of this than Robert
Towne's screenplay of Chinatown. Read it, study
it then use these simple techniques.
- The upcoming Nashville Screenwriting
Conference - Producer Karen Murphy (A Mighty
Wind, Best In Show) and screenwriter Les Bohem (The
Alamo) discuss one of the most unique screenwriting
events outside of Hollywood.
1) Kyskeya Films
I am looking for a completed provocative drama script;
lead role MUST be a young adult male (age 16-20, he
cannot be older than 21).
Budget range will not exceed 1 mil. WG and non-WG
both welcome to submit.
My credits can be found on IMDB.com
Please email a logline followed by a synopsis (no email
attachments will be read) to:
Benjamin Louis at Ben@Kyskeya.com
For book/interview submissions:
Nature Friend is a monthly magazine covering nature.
Their topics include how-to stories about nature and
scientific experiments, photo features, articles about
interesting and unusual animals. The contact is Marvin
Wengerd, the editor, at the magazine, 2673 TR 421,
Sugarcreek, OH 44681, (330) 852-1900; Fax: (330)
Gourmet Magazine plans to devote more space to
subjects that are food related, but are not solely tied
to restaurants, recipes and places to travel. They will
be doing more stories in the future about the design of
kitchens, and the social aspects of the production of
food. They are interested in newsy information, and
wants the information by mail or E-mail. Suggestions
can go to Jocelyn Zuckerman, senior features editor,
Gourmet Magazine, 4 Times Sq., New York, NY 10036,
(212) 286-4568; Fax: (212) 286-2672; E-mail:
The Magazine for Couples is a new publication which
concentrates on the lifestyles of couples. They have
features on celebrity couples, films, food, sports, oddity
(strange laws about sex around the world), parenting,
sex, news, food and drink. The publication just made its
debut this Spring, and plans to publish four times a
year: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. The editorial
contact is Neil Morton, who is the editor-in-chief, at
2:The Magazine for Couples, 145 Front St., E., Ste.
207, Toronto, ON MSA 1E3, (416) 469-1429; Fax: (416)
469-9616. You can E-mail them at:
email@example.com. Check out their Web Site:
Regine is a quarterly magazine for the affluent,
ambitious, and philanthropic people who make up the
minority communities in New York, New Jersey and
Connecticut. Edited by Regine Lopez-Piere, the
publication is a lifestyle magazine celebrating the
achievements and charitable work of the affluent
African-Americans and Hispanics in the tri-state area.
The publication seeks to entertain and engage its
readers on the issues of race, gender, class, and the
good, bad and ugly in life. Suggestions for the magazine
can go to Lopez-Pierre, or to DuEwa M. Frazier, book
editor; Tinnycua Williams, their restaurant editor.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre is the publisher/CEO.
They are reached at PO Box 1930, New York, NY
10025, (212) 961-9371. E-mail them at
RegineMagazine@aol.com. Their Web Site:
www.RegineMagazine.com, is being constructed.
Paying Magazines - get paid for your article!
ACCENT on Living
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Betty Garee
Critiques rejected manuscripts: Occasionally
Rights: Buys one-time rights unless otherwise specified.
Looking for: Non-Fiction:
Length requirements: Short, tightly written. 250 to
1,000 words, typed double-spaced. May be submitted
on hard copy or via 3.5" floppy disk using DOS text,
WordPerfect or QuarkXpress formats.
African American Review
Email Address: email@example.com
Editor: Joe Weixlmann
Critiques rejected manuscripts: Occasionally
Rights: One-time publication rights
Looking for: Fiction and Poetry. Open.
Please keep in mind we are an academic journal
Length requirements: Poets: no more than six poems at
a time; provide return postage or unused work will not
be returned Fiction writers: 2,500-5,000 words
preferred; provide return postage or unused work will
not be returned
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editors: Calvin Burrell, editor; Sherri Langton, associate
Critiques rejected manuscripts: Occasionally
Rights: first, reprint, one-time, simultaneous
Looking for:Poetry and Nonfiction.
Length requirements: 1500-1800 words
Email Address: email@example.com
Editor: Matthew Forbes
Critiques rejected manuscripts: Occasionally
Rights: one-time rights
Looking for:Fiction, Poetry, Plays, Screenplays and
Nonfiction: GALAXY is looking for writing that describes
the moment when things come together. GALAXY
accepts submissions in the form of fiction, non-fiction,
travel writing, poetry, reviews, etc. The writing must
evoke an image in the readers mind, and an "ah yes, I
Length requirements: 1200 word maximum 4 to 5 poems
|Book of the Month|
BLP proudly announces its selection for BOOK OF
the Shoulders of Vengeance: The Journey to
Armageddon by James McCann
I recommend that you pick up a copy and take your
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indeed a work of art, inside and out!
Purchase a copy today!