Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cup of Coffee with Rhiannon Frater Third Season









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Interview with Captain Frankie: My First Travel Books


Captain Frankie what made and inspired you go into flying and becoming a pilot, flying over these wonders?

I loved flying model airplanes from a young child and fascinated with the world around us. I wanted to show the children of the world what a wonderful world we have around us and the natural creations by man and all the natural creations that were made in a natural way. Our earth is a wonder! Look at all the lovely natural sites like, Victoria Falls, Niagara Falls, The Northern Lights, Grand Canyon, The Great Barrier Reef, The Volcanoes, Mount Everest, The Serengeti – (where all the African wild animals roam freely) and more.

Is that not a wonderful world that we live in!

Now children you can see them and learn about these creations from the comfort of your own homes. As I fly you over these Wonders you can view them from high above and learn so much. One day you might have the opportunity to visit these wonderous inspirational sites yourselves and see them in real life.

One day too you can have your dream come true and become a pilot just like I was inspired to fly the skies, to discover the horizons and visit these amazing sites.



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Friday, May 29, 2015

Cup of Coffee with Rhiannon Frater Seacon Season









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Guest Post by Author Anna Othitis


I loved writing my children’s books which give in site and information of value. The wonders of the earth and world amazed me and coming from Zimbabwe, Africa, I wanted to teach and educate the less fortunate and fortunate what the schools do not teach – the History and Geography about the world and the earth. They are not fortunate enough to travel to experience and to see these wonders. In this way they are able to learn, read and see the actual famous sites from their homes. In the rural areas of Africa the children do not get the opportunities that first world countries do. They yearn and hunger for books to read under the trees. These children travel on foot walking long distances to get to their schools, they sometimes have no school buildings to go into, they learn in their homes and under the trees in the vast plains. I would like my charitable instincts to reach the children worldwide. Parents teach your little children well, read to them and teach them on your laps, they love to learn and are always curious and fascinated. “Reading is Knowledge”
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Starlet's Series Blog Tour









Romancing the Steamy Scene
I love a little romance in the stories I read and in the movies I see. As explicit scenes have become formulaic, they have also lost some of the romantic sweetness I appreciate. When transferred to the big screen, the steamy scene feels uncomfortably absurd.
When I lived in Santa Monica, California my kids played with the kids of celebrities. We all wanted our kids to grow up happy and feel loved. The business of Hollywood knows that it is creating fiction, fantasy, and illusion. There, the violence and sex in entertainment was part of “show business” and shrugged off as an influence on teens. The insiders put the responsibility of the content of the story on the people who watch it: “If a story sells with steamy scenes, that’s what people want to see.”
As I read the Twilight series, I was inspired to write the Starlet Series, taking on the realities of first experiences and challenging Hollywood’s idea of love and beauty. The teen characters in Starlet’s Man and Starlet’s Web are part of the Hollywood culture that creates stories. But they are just as confused about their identities as teens in the suburbs, especially when celebrity parents take them to church or enroll them in religious schools.
What if friends talked about their feelings and then fumbled through their failed first romantic scene? What if the pressure that our entertainment puts on our teens to have their own unrealistic steamy scene makes them not know what to do when it is real for them?




Q. When did the ideas for the series come from?
A. When I lived in Santa Monica, I wondered what life would be like for my kids if they attended Santa Monica High School as teens. The series is an exploration of how teens would deal with the inherent contradictions from family values and Hollywood messages.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing a book series?
A. I had trouble making the scenes real enough for teen readers. Hollywood people talk in scripts and cuss constantly. Being sexy and young is in the forefront of an actor’s or performer’s mind no matter what age. I wanted to bring that reality to the page within the genre constraints. The dialogue can sound odd because it does in real life. Any teen who wants to be a star should understand the mentality that defines Hollywood culture.

Q. Is there a message in your books you hope readers learn?
 A. Readers should take more responsibility for the messages in stories. We should demand diverse characters in skin color, body size, and religion.

Q. Are you working on any new writing projects? Can you tell us a bit?
A. I’m finishing up the final book of the series, Starlet’s End. It has been a long process. I originally set it in the state of Montana but the setting failed. I’ve re-worked the setting to the San Francisco Bay area where I lived before moving to Santa Monica, Ca.

Q. Is there anything you would have changed about the series?
A. I wish I released Starlet’s Man first instead of releasing Liana Marie’s memoirs. Prior to publishing, I worked with an esteemed editor who told me that my half-Latino Catholic Manny would alienate readers. She urged me to make him white protestant. Part of his character is being a stubborn Latino, something I captured perfectly in the series and something that is both a character strength and flaw. I was afraid to show him for whom I thought he’d truly represent in Santa Monica: the underpaid crew who support the entertainment industry, go to church, but hate the industry influence.



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Monday, May 25, 2015

Interview with Author Carla J. Hanna






Q. When did the ideas for the series come from?
A. When I lived in Santa Monica, I wondered what life would be like for my kids if they attended Santa Monica High School as teens. The series is an exploration of how teens would deal with the inherent contradictions from family values and Hollywood messages.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing a book series?
A. I had trouble making the scenes real enough for teen readers. Hollywood people talk in scripts and cuss constantly. Being sexy and young is in the forefront of an actor’s or performer’s mind no matter what age. I wanted to bring that reality to the page within the genre constraints. The dialogue can sound odd because it does in real life. Any teen who wants to be a star should understand the mentality that defines Hollywood culture.

Q. Is there a message in your books you hope readers learn?
 A. Readers should take more responsibility for the messages in stories. We should demand diverse characters in skin color, body size, and religion.

Q. Are you working on any new writing projects? Can you tell us a bit?
A. I’m finishing up the final book of the series, Starlet’s End. It has been a long process. I originally set it in the state of Montana but the setting failed. I’ve re-worked the setting to the San Francisco Bay area where I lived before moving to Santa Monica, Ca.

Q. Is there anything you would have changed about the series?
A. I wish I released Starlet’s Man first instead of releasing Liana Marie’s memoirs. Prior to publishing, I worked with an esteemed editor who told me that my half-Latino Catholic Manny would alienate readers. She urged me to make him white protestant. Part of his character is being a stubborn Latino, something I captured perfectly in the series and something that is both a character strength and flaw. I was afraid to show him for whom I thought he’d truly represent in Santa Monica: the underpaid crew who support the entertainment industry, go to church, but hate the industry influence.



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