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Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Wednesday, July 17, 2013


                                     JOIN THE PARTY - BOOK LAUNCH -M CLARKE

                                                              SOMETHING GREAT 


 She didn’t know what she was missing…until he found her.

Maxwell Knight was positively trouble, dangerously good-looking, and seductively charming. He was everything Jeanella didn’t need in her life. Only Maxwell didn’t see it that way. His pursuit was relentless, making her even more determined to push him away.

Fresh out of college, life was simple and plain for Jeanella Mefferd. Every part of her life was smooth sailing; her friends, her job, and even the guy she’d started dating. Then one night, while at dinner, she spotted someone who made her feel things she’d never felt before—dangerous, heart pounding and breathless heat. Thinking she would never see him again, she brushed it off, but when she started to run into him unexpectedly, all she could think of was how he made her feel with his sweet flirtations. Everything about Maxwell Knight screamed trouble, especially when she found out he was her new boss’s son. Now, heading to a New York fashion show, would she be able to focus on her career instead of Maxwell, who had been scheduled to attend with her? As much as she tried to forget their encounters, his good looks, smooth words and determination to win her over gravitated her toward him. The next thing she knew, her mind was utterly consumed by him. Would she be willing to ignore all the dangerous signs and jump into his arms? Or would she miss out on the chance of finding something great?


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013


When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I was six years old, listening to stories from my mother. One story was adventures of Bertram, authored by Paul Gilbert—the ibex, the velocipede, the father on business in Omaha. And the other was a cave man hero named Oogli, with a wife named Oompah, a nod here to Alley Oop. With those stories in your head, who wouldn’t want to be a writer?

What genre do you write and why?
I write mysteries because I have the mouldering manuscripts of five experimental novels gathering dust in my author’s closet.

In a mystery, you have modular scenes—the crime, discovery of the crime, reporting the crime, sleuth onstage, witness interview (Christie runs these in a tantalizing string)—scenes with purpose and time limits—and that helps me keep a tight structure.

Tell us about your latest book.
Murdock Tackles Taos is #6 in the Matt Murdock Mystery Series, a romp through the mountains of Northern New Mexico—Murdock has 4 books in SoCal and one in Seattle—but the big change in Murdock Six is his encounter with ex-cop Helene Steinbeck, who demanded her own POV, which jostled my writing out of the First Person Private Eye Film Noir narrative into a shifting Third Person, Murdock scenes trading off with Helene scenes. The writing is tighter, the action moves faster. Early reviewers are making nice comments—so maybe I did something right.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 
This interview, a blog tour, a book Launch party, begging friends for help, a book-signing here and there—but the internet is crawling with hungry writers littering cyper-space with their spoor—and Facebook-itis has shortened the life-span of each sound-bite online—so we are all equal, Dante’s Inferno is on the same plane as the flimsiest urban fantasy which creates its own little vampire Hell. Strange times for us all.

What formats is the book available in?
Paper and Kindle.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I meditate. On the floor, on my back. Knees up, legs on a bolster, just lie there and be at one with the floor and then do specific core exercises. I listen to Lozanov-inspired French tapes—French read against Baroque music—so I can order beefsteak in Paris and not wind up with a Swiss hotdog, laced with cheese.

Who are your favourite authors?
In college I gorged on Thomas Wolfe—now he overwrites. In graduate school I discovered T.S. Eliot and heard his lines singing. When Prufrock sings that line about the mermaids: “I do not think that they will sing to me,” I bounced off the walls with envy. In prose, Hemingway got close to the singing line in The Sun Also Rises: “Looking back we saw Burguete, white houses nd red roofs and the white road with a truck going along it and the dust rising.” At Beloit College—I taught there for 12 years—I took my classes through Nabokov’s Pale Fire a dozen times—lots of sly laughs in those pages.  My favorite dialogue writer is Tom Stoppard—what an ear.

These days, I am an old man reading other old men like Don DeLillo and James Salter. The opening of Mao II is a stylistic dazzler (Crowd Eye!).

For my writing work—detective fiction—I read the detective writers who help me hone my technique: John Sandford, T. Jefferson Parker, Robert B. Parker for dialogue and jokes. I just finished David McCullough’s book on Paris in the 1830’s, preparing for a trip to the City of Lights. I devour the Paris Review interviews with writers. I’ve been reading Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae for a dozen years—I’ll be dead before it’s done with me: each Paglia sentence is it’s own universe.

Robert Ray

What advice do you have for other writers?
1. Do writing practice with a group. Louisa’s Writers has been going for 20 years. Look it up on Facebook.
2. Forget about publishing and work on your sentences.
3. If you’re writing a novel, buy a used copy of THE WEEKEND NOVELIST, it’s better than the revised version, which was butchered by the editor, and do the exercises. 
4. If you’re rewriting a novel, get my weekend novelist book on rewriting and start with Subplot One.
5. If you don’t know how to find a subplot, watch the movie called Moonstruck—it’s got six and it’s cute.

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
Elmore Leonard: “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”

What's the best thing about being a writer?
Writing with other writers. Reading aloud. Working sentences until they sing.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
I have a cool blog, with my buddy Jack Remick. Here’s the url:

Anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks. You folks ask good questions. I appreciate the chance to answer. 

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Candy O Donnell -Guests on A good story is a good story!

Please join Marsha Casper Cook on July 16 at 8PM CST 9 PMEST 7PM MT 6PST  when she welcomes Candy O' Donnell.Candy who wears many hats. She is an Author, Psychic Medium/ Reiki Practitioner , Angel Intuitive Pastlife Regressionist  and Radio Host.
Candy is very dedicated to helping others learn more about themselves.

She will be doing readings if you would like to call in.
It's going to be a great show and you can listen live or on demand.
(714) 242-5259

Bethany Cross will be there to answer calls and open the chat room.
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Jack Remick does it again! Coming Soon


Catherine Treadgold
Coffeetown Press
PO Box 70515
Seattle, WA 98127

Coffeetown Announces the October Release of Jack Remick’s Novel about Berkeley in the 70s, The Book of Changes

Seattle, WA.— On October 15, 2013, Coffeetown Press will release The Book of Changes ($15.95, 306 pp, 6x9 Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60381-186-6), by Jack Remick, a work of literary fiction that covers a tumultuous year in the life of an idealistic first-year male student enrolled at UC Berkeley in 1971.

The Book of Changes is Book Three of The California Quartet, a series of standalone novels about young men coming of age in California during the 60s and 70s. The final volume, Trio of Lost Souls, will be released by Coffeetown Press in 2014. The series began with The Deification and Valley Boy.

“I’m tempted to say this is Remick’s best work,” says Frank Araujo, Author of The Q Quest, A Perfect Orange, and The Secrets of Don Pedro Miguel of Jack’s novel Valley Boy. “The writing never lets up from the first line to the last. Ricky is the prototype Okie kid who haunted the Wasteland we know as the San Joaquin. The story is witty, tense and true.”

Of The Deification, mystery writer Robert J. Ray writes: “The language, the timing, the humor, the strong verbs, the concrete nouns, the world beneath the world–all wrapped up in one novel ...You gotta read this book!”

Of Remick’s novel, Blood (Camel Press, 2011), Wayne Gunn wrote on “For an author to choose as his explicit models Camus, Genet, and de Sade ... and to earn the right to be mentioned in their company is [a goal] that perhaps Jack Remick has indeed achieved.”

“Beast” is a pure innocent with one simple goal--to become an expert on the Middle Ages. He comes to Berkeley, the Cathedral of Learning, in 1971, a time of political upheaval, hallucinogenic drugs, abundant sex, and down-and-dirty rock and roll. On his quest for meaning he hangs out with a Harley-riding dwarf, a pre-goth artists' model, a sorority girl turned nymphomaniac, and the heir to a family of French aristocrats with a bloody history dating back to before Joan of Arc. Beast soon discovers that he can’t live in the past but has to embrace the present, with its traps and land mines and the horrors of contemporary society—death by motorcycle and bad acid trips. The world is exploding, but students still go to classes, fall in love, get laid, study in libraries, win awards, even graduate. The country is on fire, and Berkeley supplies the fuel.

Says Remick: “When I went to Cal, there was no tuition. Education was free. You paid a $76.50 student fee. You paid for your books, your room and board. Anything that was left you spent on booze and motorcycles. Then Ronald Reagan was elected governor and the good times ended. The Free Speech Movement (FSM) came along and the rebellion that started in Sproul Hall grew into a firestorm of protests and death and destruction. Education took a hit, tuition blasted off, leaving only the rich and well-heeled in the classrooms. After Ronald Reagan, California was never at peace again. This novel, The Book of Changes doesn’t purport to be either a sociological thesis or a history of anything. It is a fictional record of a sort filtered through time and the consciousness of young women and men who were looking for a new definition of America, of California, of the world. We didn’t succeed.”

Jack Remick is a poet, short story writer, and novelist. Blood, A Novel was published by Camel Press in 2011. The Deification, Valley Boy, and Gabriela and the Widow are all available from Coffeetown Press. Coming in 2014: a collection of poems, Sartori. You can find Jack online at

The Book of Changes can currently be preordered on After October 15th, it will be available in eBook and 6x9 trade paperback editions on, the European Amazons and Amazon Japan. Wholesale orders can be placed through or Ingram. Libraries can also purchase books through Follett Library Resources or Midwest Library Service.

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