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El Camino Christmas – a review

Just last night, my wife Belinda and I watched the new Netflix movie, EL CAMINO CHRISTMAS.
 
What an oddly enjoyable piece of film work. It felt as if a Hallmark movie had given birth to a lovechild with NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. The movie is dark and sweet and unpredictably good in spots.
 
High points were Tim Allen’s performance as the burnt-out alcoholic veteran who chokes you up by the end of things. I feel the character could have been better written, but Tim Allen has always had some acting skills when he isn’t just falling back on his Home Improvement shtick.
 
I also enjoyed Kurtwood Smith’s performance as the sheriff. You folks might remember Kurtwood as being my favorite part of THE 70’s SHOW as Red Foreman (or Forman, depending on which season you watch). Again, I felt like the character could been better developed and written and I would REALLY like to see the character in a better made movie. Kurtwood has been getting by over the years with an awful lot of cartoon voice-over work, but I always enjoy his acting as well.
 
So all in all I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for an oddball Christmas movie – but it isn’t for younger kids.
Yours in storytelling,
Steve Vernon
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Zakk reviews Bone White by Ronald Malfi

Ronald Malfi – a kickass horror writer, a great editor, and a good guy!

Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness

“Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness, simple reviews from a simple reader…”

Zakk reviews Bone White by Ronald Malfi. 384 pages published by Kensington July 25, 2017.

Synopsis

A landscape of frozen darkness punctuated by grim, gray days.
The feeling like a buzz in your teeth.
The scrape of bone on bone. . .

Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims’ graves, in remote Dread’s Hand, Alaska.

It’s not even a town; more like the bad memory of a town. The same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest.

But the mystery is only beginning. What Paul finds are superstitious locals who talk of the devil stealing souls, and a line of wooden crosses to keep what’s in…

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Just for Fun: How Many Peeps Does it Take to Stop a Bullet?

Something for you mystery writers.

The Writer's Guide to Weapons

Peeps are like inverse zombies. They want you to eat them, not the other way around. This makes them especially insidious. Julie Clopper / Shutterstock.com Peeps are like inverse zombies. They want you to eat them, not the other way around. This makes them especially insidious. Julie Clopper / Shutterstock.com

Marshmallow Peeps are the fruitcakes of Easter. They’re a time-honored tradition obligation, the novelty wears off after exactly six seconds and they refuse to die. Or do they? What would happen if you shot a bunch of Peeps? Would the science that brings these gooey creatures to life also stop a bullet?

Kirsten Joy Weiss, a terrifically talented shooter with a great YouTube channel, decided to find out. The following videos chronicle her heroic attempts to destroy the zombies of food, marshmallow Peeps.

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Can a “Bulletproof Vest” Also Stop a Knife?

The Writer's Guide to Weapons

Knives and Bulletproof Vests At the risk of sounding like a condescending ass, knives aren’t bullets. The only exception is when I butter my toast with ammo in the morning. (Image by imaspy via sxc.hu)

TLDR: Most likely not.

Bulletproof vests on walls of corpses sparked the idea for today’s topic. But before I get into that, a point of clarification.

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How to Win Listeners and Create Great Audiobooks

Audiobook Creation Exchange Blog (ACX)

We’re bringing a renewed focus on education to the ACX blog in 2014, and we kicked things off last week with our seven habits of a highly effective audiobook producer. This week, we’re back to teach authors everything they need to know about having their audiobook produced on ACX.

How To Be  A Great Audiobook Publisher

1. Know Your Medium. Some authors are audiobook listeners, and some aren’t. But when you’re looking to have your work produced in audio, it’s important to be familiar with the basics of the medium. Start by poking around Audible.com and listening to the 5 minute samples for a variety of books. Listen to fiction and nonfiction, to books in your genre and books that are nothing like yours. Note what you like and dislike, in terms of both performance and production values. Take note of listener reviews, too. Audible’s listeners are discerning audiobook consumers…

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How to Promote Your Titles & Get on Audible’s Merchandising Radar – Part 1

Audiobook Creation Exchange Blog (ACX)

Two of the questions we are asked most frequently here at ACX are “How can I best promote my audiobook?” and “How do I get Audible to promote my Audiobook?” Jessica Amato from the Audible merchandising team is here to answer those very questions! There will be a ton of great info featured here today and tomorrow, so make sure to bookmark these posts and check back often as you promote!

Now, heeeeeeeeere’s Jessica!

My name is Jessica, and I’m an Audible Editor.  My job is to get the right audiobooks into the earbuds of the right listeners, and as a result, I’m always looking for the next “you HAVE to listen to this” performance (as are my fellow editors).  Our tight-knit team listens to books 24/7 and reads dozens of customer reviews every day. When a particular book or series starts gaining a following we celebrate with baked goods

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Kindle Scout Final Post… the results are in…

Another Kindle Scout story. Always a win-win situation, even if you DON’T get picked up!

Kathrin Lake's Site

First of all, so sorry it took so long to do this final post. Lots to do in my life. And lots more to still do. When you are an author there is always more you can do.

The long and the short of it, Kindle Scout did not accept my book. BUT… they didn’t accept my book buddy Ben Muse’s book either –I talked about him previously, the author who had his Kindle Scout campaign simultaneous with mine. Ben’s book Matters of the Heart was in the Hot & Trending list almost every day. I thought he was a shoe-in. So, if you think you have a shoe-in, maybe not. We never know what goes on behind closed doors with publishers and we never have.

YET I REMIND YOU THE KS EXPERIENCE IS A WIN-WIN!!

I gained readers and a following and it forced me to market aggressively. And…

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