Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Favorites - Meet Author Stacy Juba

Meet Stacy Juba and her favorite things.

Hi, I'm Stacy Juba and these are a few of my favorite things.
ON MY iPOD: soundtrack to Rock of Ages
CURRENTLY READING: No Justice by Darcia Helle
CITY: Paris
ACTIVITY:  Playing Just Dance on Wii
BOOK: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
BOOK ON WRITING: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
TV SHOW: Once Upon a Time
MOVIE: Return of the Jedi
SONG: Faithfully by Journey
SINGER: Katy Perry
BAND: Bon Jovi
ACTOR: Brad Pitt
ACTRESS: Sandra Bullock
PET PEEVE: parents not supervising their children on the Internet
MOST LIKE TO MEET: the writing friends I've connected with on various groups online

Twitter: @stacyjuba
Novel: - list of retail links
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Favorites - Author Tony Acree

Meet Tony Acree and his favorite things. 

Hi, I'm Tony Acree and these are a few of my favorite things.

ON MY iPOD: My current playlist includes Michael Buble, Blake Shelton and Wild Cherry. Yes.Really. 
CURRENTLY READING: I'm dipping my toe into the Steampunk world and am reading The Exile's Violin by R.S. Hunter. I'm six chapters in and hooked. 
CITY:  My favorite city is Sydney, Australia. Beautiful, contemporary and clean. Add in they seem to truly love Americans and start drinking beer at seven in the morning, all I can say is, "No worries."
DREAM VACATION: My dream vacation would be a golfing tour of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. My twin girls are just learning to play and we would have a blast. Then hitting a pub at night (root beer for the twins) and taking in all the history would be fantastic. 
ACTIVITY: I'm going to leave off reading and writing (large Duh) which leads me to poker. I love the challenge, the skill level needed to be successful and the payoff when you rake the last chip into your stack. Shuffle up and deal.  
BOOK: This would be tough for me on so many levels, but the first book which always comes to mind is The Collected Works of Robert Frost. After reading Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, I knew I wanted to be a writer. The man could paint the world so well with so few words, it's pure magic. 
BOOK ON WRITING: On Writing by Stephen King, hands down. Part humor, part biography and all knowledge. Pick this up and learn what every writer should have in their "toolbox". 
PLACE TO READ: Any place on the Ohio River. When I was a teenager, I would drive from my home in La Grange, Kentucky to the river, about a twenty-five minute drive, just to read under one particular tree right on the river's edge. Now I live close enough to walk to the river to read. 
TV SHOW: My current favorite TV show is Game of Thrones, which to me is hands down the best drama on TV.  Second would be Castle. Of all time? Toss up between West Wing and Law and Order. 
MOVIE: My top five, in no particular order: Big Trouble in Little China, Arsenic and Old Lace, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Field of Dreams and The Princess Bride. I just can't pick one.  

SONG: At Last by Etta James. I was a huge fan of the song for years, but following the birth of my twin girls, after such a long and difficult road to bring them into the sunshine of life, the song took on a whole new meaning. It makes my heart soar just humming the lyrics in my head. 

SINGER: My birthday is January 8th. My mom and dad were huge Elvis Presley fans from their teen years and they passed the bug down to their children. No one even comes close, though Nat King Cole may have the smoothest voice I've ever heard. Still, The King of Rock 'n' Roll is my choice. You know what I mean? I think you do, thank you very much. 
BAND: My band likes to Take it to the Limit, kind of Taking it Easy during One of These Nights hangin' with a Witchy Woman. The Eagles, no one has harmonized as well before or since. 

ACTOR: If I could come back as anyone I choose, I'd be Carry Grant. Smooth, handsome and could act in anything at anytime. Arsenic and Old Lace, North by Northwest and Charade are favorites. 
ACTRESS: My wife and I have an agreement: If Sandra Bullock says she's looking for an ex-mailman turned novelist, she has to give me an uncontested divorce. I became a fan when I saw her smile in Demolition Man. Although, truth be told, Stana Katic of Castle is closing the gap. 

PET PEEVE: Littering. I will go out of my way to ruin your day if I see you throw garbage out your window. Just don't do it. I'm telling you, I'll hunt you down. 

MOST LIKE TO MEET: The person who wrote the very first sentence in English. Mainly so I can ask him or her what the *%#! were you thinking when you decided to spell things the way you did! As for a person with a name, dead or alive, it would be Mark Twain. Just alive, then Sandra Bullock. Hey, if you're going give me an option, then I'm going for it. (apologies to my wife)

    Twitter: @Tonyacree

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Favorites - Meet Author Ava Miles

Hi, I'm _____Ava Miles__ and these are a few of my favorite things.
ON MY iPOD: Fun Some Nights
CURRENTLY READING: Linda Lael Miller The Man from Stone Creek
CITY: Alexandria
DREAM VACATION: Safari and wine tasting in South Africa
ACTIVITY: Sky Diving
BOOK: A Return to Love
BOOK ON WRITING: Writing the Blockbuster Novel 
PLACE TO READ: Porch Swing
TV SHOW: Justified
MOVIE: A Good Year
SONG: On Moonlight Bay
SINGER: Nat King Cole
ACTOR: Leonardo diCaprio
ACTRESS: Meryl Streep
PET PEEVE: Drivers driving too close

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Watch Out World: Home Inventors and 3D Printers Will Change Everything (guest post by Abbey Peschel)

 See 3D printer in action here!
The world has become more and more personalized, as we all know too well. Though radio is still around, many prefer to listen to custom playlists on their iPods. TV is still here, too, but we can use our TiVo or streaming video service to choose what, when, and where to watch. The entertainment industry no longer gets to tell us what's available for entertainment. This is just the beginning. Get ready for the next huge wave of personalized products, stuff that you design yourself. The 3D printer will likely be in many, many homes by the end of the decade, and marketers, lawyers, and manufacturers are already preparing themselves. Companies like Nokia are trying to ride the early waves of the trend, by creating personal phone cases for people who buy their phones, and Converse is allowing customers who visit their flagship stores to create custom sneaker designs to wear. Once these printers hit homes, however, the game will change. The world's switch to digital media has been an intellectual property portent, and businesses who have CAD designs all ready to cash in on the next big trend are looking for ways to market, profit, and avoid having their hard work turn into pirated freeware. There is much good news, however, about the future of home printing, and that is that we will no longer be limited by the imagination of manufacturers. This is especially true for quirky, one-of-a-kind items that would never be worth the profit margin in mass production. And artists will have a whole new way to recreate the world. Switzerland and Tokyo have seen scaled-down models of one such creation, an alien cathedral that has to be seen to be believed. Artists Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer have created something that is one part complex math (the algorithm for the division of the artistic works of Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger), one part creepy sci-fi experience, and two parts eerily beautiful. The future is beginning, and like the mobile phone and computer ages, will most likely make the next decade look like a place we could never imagine living. And yet, when we get there, we'll most likely wonder how we ever lived without it.
Abbey Peschel, Boston-area printing and marketing specialist. Twitter: @Abbey_Peschel

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Favorites - Meet Author Caren Crane

Meet Author Caren Crane

Hi, I'm Caren Crane and these are a few of my favorite things.
ON MY iPOD: The Civil Wars debut album
CURRENTLY READING: The Bride Wore Pearls by Liz Carlyle
CITY: Vienna, Austria
DREAM VACATION: hiking Hadrian's Wall in northern England
ACTIVITY: reading
BOOK: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
BOOK ON WRITING: Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott
PLACE TO READ: Big purple chair in my library
TV SHOW: Battlestar Galactica
MOVIE: Moonstruck
SONG: Supermassive Black Hole by Muse
SINGER: Amanda Palmer
BAND: Guster
ACTOR: Matt Damon
ACTRESS: Anna Kendrick
PET PEEVE: aggressive drivers
MOST LIKE TO MEET: the Dalai Lama
Twitter handle: @carencrane1

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Favorites - USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen

Meet USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Queen.

Hi, I'm Stephanie Queen and these are a few of my favorite things.
ON MY iPOD: What iPod?
CURRENTLY READING: Roget's Thesaurus mostly every day, and The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
CITY:   Boston, especially the crusty Beacon Hill area that reeks of history and secrets seeping up from the cobblestone streets
DREAM VACATION:  I don't even dream about vacations anymore. I live them, then write about them.
ACTIVITY:  Sitting on a balcony overlooking the ocean with a group of friends sloshing down margaritas, munching chips & guacamole  and talking about books, writing and the publishing business. (Okay, so this may not qualify--strictly speaking--as an activity, but I'm not that crazy about downhill skiing and I'm not crazy enough to reveal any hot secret activities)
BOOK:  The Hunger Games (my latest favorite in a long line of favorite books)
BOOK ON WRITING:  "On Writing" a 1970's vintage publication of assorted interviews with writing icons from Papa Hemingway to Rod Serling
PLACE TO READ: Bed--where else?
TV SHOW:  NCIS (if I lived inside the TV, that's the cast I'd hang out with)
MOVIE: 1980's version of The Scarlet Pimpernel (quirky choice, I know)
SONG: Yesterday by the Beatles
SINGER: Roy Orbison wasn't bad, but then neither is Neil Diamond or James Taylor
BAND:  The Beatles (see favorite song)
ACTOR:  Cary Grant (I know--I'm old school, but he has no modern peer.)
ACTRESS:  Audrey Hepburn, classic grace, glamour and a genuine person too.
PET PEEVE: None (Favorite motto: don't sweat the small stuff)
MOST LIKE TO MEET: I don't know what it says about me that I have so many people on this list who are dead, but as for live people, I wouldn't mind meeting Nelson DeMille, author extraordinaire, or Bobby Orr, hockey player extraordinaire.