Letter P on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today I bring you letter P on the A to Z Challenge. Today my book is The Potter’s Daughter by Daniel Arthur Smith. Genre: Life Story Romance

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The Potter’s Daughter is a slice of life story about Abby Bellen and her father Will.

After a promise to her dying mother, Abby Bellen, the estranged daughter of an aging ceramic artist, feels obligated to return to her home on Willow Lake to put her father’s life in order. Years have passed since Abby fled the home of her youth and a past she would rather forget. Now Abby has no choice other than confrontation as the long buried rift that exists between the two surfaces and they must together face the failures of their misspent relationship as she discovers, with the help of new romance Mitch Carlson, what she needs to make herself whole.

E-book

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Potters-Daughter-Literary-Daniel-Arthur-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W/

US http://www.amazon.com/Potters-Daughter-Literary-Daniel-Arthur-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W

AU http://www.amazon.com.au/The-Potters-Daughter-Literary-Series-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W

Print

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Potters-Daughter-Daniel-Arthur-Smith/dp/0988649314/

US http://www.amazon.com/Potters-Daughter-Daniel-Arthur-Smith/dp/0988649314/

US http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-potters-daughter-daniel-arthur-smith/1115323521

Daniel A Smith

Links to your author sites

Author Pages (Amazon)

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daniel-Arthur-Smith/e/B00A7IO4MK/

US http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Arthur-Smith/e/B00A7IO4MK/

Author Twitter

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/authordasmith

Author Website

http://www.danielarthursmith.com

Facebook

http://facebook.com/danielarthursmith

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893816.Daniel_Arthur_Smith

Serial Sites

http://pottersdaughter.com

http://thecatharitreasure.com

Here are some randomly selected links to other bloggers who are taking up the A to Z Challenge, please find the time to visit them.

http://irenewaters19.com/

http://sabrinagarie.com/

http://northofandover.wordpress.com/

During April we are asking people to leave as many comments as they can on blogs, any supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Guest Author Scott Fivelson

Today our guest on the blog is author Scott Fivelson, he writes both plays and books and has taken time out from his busy schedule to tell us more about himself.

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1)  Where is your hometown?

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, USA. City of the Big Shoulders, as the poet Carl Sandburg called it. He must have been an early Chicago Bears fan… The very mention of Chicago or the Bears probably sends an e-mail alert to Jim Belushi.

2) How long have you been writing? Where did your love of writing begin?

Nobody said anything about loving it… But yes, you guessed it, I like writing. I think it started as a kid as a way of being late for dinner. Wait a minute, that doesn’t speak well for my mother’s cooking.  She made outstanding coconut pancakes. (I guess this is the first time I’ve ever written about them…) The truth is, I can’t actually remember why I liked writing, apparently gravitated to it without any sort of conscious decision. Maybe that’s one of the things that makes it interesting to me. Maybe that’s why I sometimes write mysteries – when I’m not writing satires or romantic comedies. Or sometimes my writing combines these elements. Speaking of which…

3)  In October I reviewed your play “Dial L for Latch-Key.” Can you tell the readers a little about the play and where the idea came from?

Dial L for Latch-Key

Here is the link to my review http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2LY

I loved Alfred Hitchcock’s film of the play, “Dial M for Murder.” A few years ago, while watching the movie again, I found myself quite caught up in the notion of a play inspired by just the last act of “Dial M,” where the detective employs all his brilliance and chicanery to bring Ray Milland to justice. It seemed a perfect little arena to revisit all of Hitchcock – or as much as I could fit into this stuffed bird of a play on the Bates Motel wall.

4)  “Dial L for Latch-Key” has been performed in some big cities. Can you tell the readers where it has been seen on stage?

The play has been presented on a number of stages, including the Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre in Highgate Village, London, the New End Theatre in Hampstead, London, and The Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco, produced by Off Broadway West.

Off Broadway West

Off Broadway West

Upstairs at the Gatehouse poster

Upstairs at the Gatehouse poster

5)  If someone downloads/buys your play and wants to put it on stage, do they need a license? Do you get any special royalty payment? Or do you only get the income from the original purchase?

My publisher, Hen House Press in New York, has the print rights, and they publish “Dial L for Latch-Key” as a paperback and as an eBook, available on Amazon, BarnesandNoble, et al. I hold the stage rights, and so I have the final word on where it gets produced. I get contacted by theater companies, or sometimes it’s one proactive actor or director who’s feeling inspired to mount a production. I can be contacted at: infojet@earthlink.net. My publisher Hen House Press will relay offers as well. The payment for a license is ordinarily a per performance royalty fee. If it’s a very small theater troupe or school situation, I’ve been known to make an exception and waive royalties, but usually it’s a per perf fee, yes.

6)  Tell us about some of the other plays you’ve written, what are they about?

Since “Dial L for Latch-Key” is a one-act comedy mystery, when it ran at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse theatre in London, we put it on a double bill with a one-act dramatic thriller I’ve written, called “Leading the Witness.” A young blind woman has been witness to a murder, and the only one who believes her is a blind New York City homicide cop – a detective who’s lost his sight in the line of duty. As I say, that one’s also a one-act, but it plays like a mini-movie. Very cinematic. Ironic, for having two blind characters as the leads.  It’s fairly thrilling, I think. James Torme – an absolutely brilliant actor as well being as one of the best jazz singers on the scene today – his father was the legendary Mel Torme, and the talent shows – James played the “Inspector” in “Dial L for Latch-Key” and he also portrayed the “Det. Lt. John School” in “Leading the Witness.” James told me that he prepared by having a friend lead him around London, eyes closed, or something terrifically Method like that… He lived to tell the tale, and was wonderful in the part.

7)  You’re multi-talented and have written books too, what genres have you written in?

You’re awfully kind. We ought to do these interviews more often… I started out writing a number of satirical pieces and short stories, and many of those appeared in Chicago Magazine, Playboy Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. I’m especially proud of my novel, “Tuxes” (BeachSide Press), a comic take on the classic rich-family, multi-generational saga.  It’s like Edna Ferber’s “Giant,” TV series like “Dallas” and “Dynasty,” then throw in Albert Brooks and even a little Mary Shelley.  Ask.com has compared it to Kurt Vonnegut, so I’ve got to remember to send them flowers or something. As a screenwriter, I’ve worked in other genres. The late, great David Carradine played a singer-songwriter in “American Reel,” opposite the very fine British actor Michael Maloney, whom you may recognize from his work in Kenneth Branagh films like “Henry V” and “Hamlet.” Mariel Hemingway was in it too, which was lovely. I co-wrote the picture with a great friend, Junior Burke.

8)  Your short story , “A Farewell to Legs,” is also available as an audiobook. The reader is Mariel Hemingway. The book has been described as written in a Hemingway style in our time. How coincidental is the reader’s name?

Truth to tell, not too coincidental. The actress Mariel Hemingway (“Manhattan,” “The Contender,” many other films) is the granddaughter of the iconic author Ernest Hemingway. Of course, I knew Mariel from having worked with her on “American Reel.” Still, it was a real coup and an artistic blessing when she agreed to read what is essentially a tribute to and sendup of the classic Hemingway prose style. Standing in the recording booth before Mariel started the audiobook reading, she got off a good one: “Wait a minute… I’m channeling my grandfather.” Maybe she was. Her reading was good and true, as Hemingway himself might have written.

9) What are the biggest differences in writing a play as opposed to writing a novel?

I equally enjoy writing fiction and for the stage. For me, it’s like it’s the difference between living internally and living externally, in a creative sense. With a novel, you stay strictly indoors, but with all the accompanying pleasures of that. With a play, you get to go out of doors, you get to roam more freely. With a screenplay, you’re on Mars – if it’s a Will Smith film. Oh, excuse me, that’s right, it’s just another Earth…

10)  What are you working on now? Have you any near future publication dates for fans?

It’s been an exciting year. I’ve been directing a feature, a very unique Hollywood biopic – “Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story.” The film stars Lenny Von Dohlen (“Twin Peaks,” “Tender Mercies”), Oscar winner Margaret O’Brien, Joaquim de Almeida, Julianna Guill, Rudolf Martin, Kristina Anapau, Lawrence Pressman. And Lenny Von Dohlen is amazing as “Oskar Knight.” He really does the man justice. Watch for the movie later next year. To come full circle, “Dial L for Latch-Key” has just been released as “Dial L for Latch-Key: The Radio Play.” It’s available in both digital and CD formats from Blackstone Audio.  The play is performed by the By The Time I Get To Tucson Players – Phil Gordon, Colleen Zandbergen, Jesus Limon, Brian Levario, and Douglas Grant. It’s quite witty fun. I don’t want to overstate it, but these actors would keep even Ralph Fiennes on his toes. Plus we recorded it at the JTG Studios in Tucson. Let’s see Ralph match that.

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“Dial L for Latch-Key” at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Dial-L-Latch-Key-Scott-Fivelson/dp/098346040X

http://www.downpour.com/dial-l-for-latch-key-145461

“Leading the Witness” at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Leading-Witness-Scott-Fivelson/dp/1937890139/ref=la_B00F8ZL39E_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382724416&sr=1-7

“A Farewell to Legs” audiobook at Hen House Press website:

http://www.loveandpublishing.com/Farewell.htm

“Tuxes” (novel) at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Tuxes-Scott-Fivelson/dp/0978982215/ref=la_B00F8ZL39E_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382724551&sr=1-4

“American Reel” (film) at  Amazon and MVD Visual:

http://www.souldogs.com/AmericanReel/

Magic of Thieves by C Greenwood

Magic of Thieves (Legends of Dimmingwood, #1)Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For me this book hovers between a 3 and 4* rating. It is the story of a young girl with magic in her blood, being orphaned and ending up living with a band of thieves in a large wood. The leader goes by many name “The Hand” and our young girl, Ilan, gets called “The Hound”. It echo’s Robin Hood and his band of merry men with the author’s twist. Ilan and the men hide from the Praetor’s men and rob the rich, the story ends when Ilan finds a magic bow and the reader is led to the second book in the series.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Thieves-Legends-Dimmingwood-ebook/dp/B00AEJG2KY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1371463460&sr=1-1&keywords=magic+of+thieves

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Guest Author Robyn Oyeniyi

Today my guest author is Robyn Oyeniyi, who has an interesting story behind her book. Please join me in welcoming Robyn.

I hope you may consider my book interesting!

1)       Tell me your name   Robyn Oyeniyi

2) Where do you live?    Melbourne, Australia with my wonderful husband and four noisy step-children from Nigeria.

3)When did you start writing?     On and off for years, but this is the first time I have published a book. I’ve written articles for professional and hobby journals in the past and write technical manuals – very dry and boring stuff! Our story is important. Civil Rights is important. Human Rights is important. So I wrote.

4)What type of books do you like writing the most? My published book is a memoir. Now I am writing a science fiction piece. Defining my sci-fi characters is fun, much more fun that writing about government bureaucrats in my memoir.

5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing. 1) Edit until you just can’t face reading it one more time, then get an editor. 2) Network. 3) Believe in your work.

6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it? I haven’t read anything for ages – fighting the government doesn’t leave a lot of time. However I have three books on my side-table that I am going to start every night. One has to read in order to write, but life has been more hectic than I ever bargained for.

7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it. Love versus Goliath http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17342811-love-versus-goliath or information page on my website: http://teamoyeniyi.com/to-buy-love-versus-goliath/

Product Details

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Versus-Goliath-Bureaucracy-ebook/dp/B00BCQNC7E/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1370424444&sr=8-1

Kind regards

 

Robyn

http://teamoyeniyi.com

Sister Issues by Cynthia Harrison

Sister IssuesSister Issues by Cynthia Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cher’s life was simple, she ran “The Sugar Shack” a small coffee shop with a friendly set of regular clientele. She lived above the shop and sewed in her spare time. Then Ariel her flighty sister decided that she wanted an active role in the business, just as Cher had taken on Emma, her school friend, as a partner. Between them Emma and Ariel bubble over with ways to expand the place into a thriving restaurant, whilst Cher hates the changes. We are taken on a rollercoaster ride with their lives, loves and losses. Cynthia has written a great story full of characters who learn to overcome their problems and move forward with their lives.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sister-Issues-ebook/dp/B005Z6BEQS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368172052&sr=8-1&keywords=sister+issues+by+Cynthia+Harrison

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Altdorf by J.K.Swift

Altdorf (The Forest Knights, #1)Altdorf by J.K. Swift

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After a slow start and the introduction of lots of characters I began to enjoy the book. Then at the half way point I started to really enjoy it and was disappointed when it ended. Would definitely consider reading the next in the series. Set in the time of the Medieval crusades, the book follows the tale of a group of soldiers returning to their homes in the Alpine mountains. Mystery, magic, fighting Lords and heroes helping the weak and the poor, all good story making material.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ALTDORF-The-Forest-Knights-ebook/dp/B005TU1GKE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367242026&sr=8-1&keywords=altdorf

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