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| New book by New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Enss
showcases women’s role in railroad history.
When the last spike was hammered into the steel track of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Point, Utah, Western Union lines sounded the glorious news of the railroad’s completion from New York to San Francisco. For more than five years an estimated four thousand men mostly Irish working west from Omaha and Chinese working east from Sacramento, moved like a vast assembly line toward the end of the track. Editorials in newspapers and magazines praised the accomplishment and some boasted that the work that “was begun, carried on, and completed solely by men.” The August edition of Godey’s Lady’s Book even reported “No woman had laid a rail and no woman had made a survey.” Although the physical task of building the railroad had been achieved by men, women made significant and lasting contributions to the historic operation. However, the female connection with railroading dates as far back as 1838 when women were hired as registered nurses/stewardesses in passenger cars. Those ladies attended to the medical needs of travelers and also acted as hostesses of sorts helping passengers have a comfortable journey. Beyond nursing and service roles, however, women played a larger part in the actual creation of the rail lines than they have been given credit for. Miss E. F. Sawyer became the first female telegraph operator when she was hired by the Burlington Railroad in Montgomery, Illinois, in 1872. Eliza Murfey focused on the mechanics of the railroad, creating devices for improving the way bearings on a rail wheel attached to train cars responded to the axles. Murfey held sixteen patents for her 1870 invention. In 1879, another woman inventor named Mary Elizabeth Walton developed a system that deflected emissions from the smokestacks on railroad locomotives. She was awarded two patents for her pollution reducing device. Their stories and many more are included in this illustrated volume celebrating women and the railroad. Iron Women: The Ladies Who Helped Build the Railroad by Chris Enss is now available everywhere.
«Chris Enss’ latest book on characters of the Old West is published by TwoDot Press»
«Chris Enss’ & Howard Kazanjian’s latest book, MOCHI’S WAR, is published by TwoDot Press and now available.»
TwoDot Books, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield, announces the release of MOCHI’S WAR: THE TRAGEDY OF SAND CREEK by Chris Enss and Howard Kazanjian.
After the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, one woman survived physically unarmed, but emotionally devastated by the destruction of her tribe and determined to avenge her dead relatives. Her story has rarely been told, and MOCHI’S WAR is the first book to tell it in full.
On November 28, 1964, Colonel John Chivington and his militia attacked a Cheyenne Indian village in southeastern Colorado. Between 150 and 200 Cheyenne Indians were estimated killed, nearly all elderly men, women and children. The events at Sand Creek motivated Mochi to embark on a decade long reign of terror. With each raid she remembered the horror of the massacre, and it goaded her on to terrible violence against those encroaching on Indian soil. The war between the Indians and the government lasted ten years and ended with Mochi’s arrest an imprisonment in 1874 — the only woman ever to be incarcerated by the United States as a prisoner of war.
«R.G. (Dick) Belsky’s latest novel, BELOW THE FOLD, is now available»
When the battered body of a homeless woman named Dora Gayle is found on the streets of New York City, her murder barely gets a mention in the media. But Clare―a TV news director who still has a reporter’s instincts―decides to dig deeper into the seemingly meaningless death. She uncovers mysterious links between Gayle and a number of wealthy and influential figures. There is a prominent female defense attorney; a scandal-ridden ex-congressman; a decorated NYPD detective; and―most shocking of all―a wealthy media mogul who owns the TV station where Clare works. Soon there are more murders, more victims, more questions. As the bodies pile up, Clare realizes that her job, her career, and maybe even her life are at stake as she chases after her biggest story ever.
Latest book from Howard Kazanian & Chris Enss tells the tale of early picture-making in Hollywood at Republic Pictures
Take one well-oiled effective killing machine, add a familiar hero on the ground, in the air, and/or on horseback; stir in a ghastly end that’s surely impossible to escape, add action, add passion, made on a shoestring budget at breakneck speed, and you’ve got the recipe for Republic Pictures.
Exploding onto the movie scene in 1935, Republic Pictures brought the pop culture of the 30s and 40s to neighborhood movie houses. Republic Pictures was the little studio in the San Fernando Valley where movies were made family style. A core of technicians, directors, and actors worked hard at their craft as Republic released a staggering total of more than a thousand films through the late 1950s. It was home to John Wayne for thirty-three films. Always inventing, Republic brought a song to the West. It featured the West’s first singing cowboy. Republic brought a variety of action, adventure, and escape to neighborhood movie houses across America.
Prolific R.G. Belsky has another thriller, YESTERDAYS NEWS, published
“A classic cold case reopened—along with Pandora’s box”
When eleven-year-old Lucy Devlin disappeared on her way to school more than a decade ago, it became one of the most famous missing child cases in history. The story turned reporter Clare Carlson into a media superstar overnight. She had unprecedented access to the Devlin family as she wrote about the heartbreaking search for their young daughter. She later won a Pulitzer Prize for her extraordinary coverage of the case which was never solved.
With new evidence, new victims, and new suspects, Clare jumps back into this sensational case once again. Everyone from members of a motorcycle gang to a prominent politician running for a US Senate seat seem to have secrets they’re hiding about what really might have happened to Lucy Devlin. But Clare has her own secrets, and in order to untangle the truth about Lucy Devlin, she must finally confront her own torturous past.
Latest thriller by Dallas Barnes, A MAN IN HEAT, is out to rave reviews
Jake Prescott is a respected LA cop, until the day he empties his Glock at his wife’s killer in a detective squad room. A trial board quickly turns him into an ex-cop. An ex-cop with nowhere to hide.
Las Vegas-the City of Chance, Babylon in the desert, a place with no clocks, first names only, glimmering day and night-offers him refuge. That is until fate curses him a second time as the shadow of another murder hangs over him. April Winters, a hauntingly attractive Las Vegas homicide detective, draws a thin line between fact and fantasy, as she pieces together a bloody multi-murder with Jake as a prime suspect.
Hidden behind the glitter of Las Vegas, Jake Prescott struggles not only for innocence, but identity, fighting an unforgiving Blue Fraternity haunting him with a past he wants to forget…and a future filled with a deadly mix of both passion and fear.
Rob Tobin’s latest movie, GET MARRIED OR DIE, is just released
A new thriller, PLAYING DEAD, by R.G. Belsky is out now
It’s been eleven years since David Galvin terrorized New York City with a series of gruesome murders. He picked his victim at random and stalked her silently, taking pleasure in a game of pretend until he captured his prey, played out his sick fantasies, and reached his ultimate passion watching her die. Then it was time to choose his next pretty woman.Now Galvin is dying in prison and he’s chosen newspaperman Joe Dougherty to hear the shocking story he never revealed. Galvin’s deadly game of make-believe was not his alone, but the brainchild of a group of wealthy college friends — thrill seekers who killed for fun, kept their sickening secret, and went on to live successful, prominent lives. Galvin got caught. But among the rich and powerful, silence still prevails…and someone is still playing the game!
THE TRIALS OF ANNIE OAKLEY another book by Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss
Born August 13, 1860 as Phoebe Anne Oakley Moses, had won the right to the title of “America’s Sweetheart.” Having grown up learning to shoot game to help support her family, Annie won first prize and met her future husband at a shooting match when she was fifteen years old. He convinced her to change her name to Annie Oakley and became her husband, manager, and number-one fan for the next fifty years.
Annie quickly gained worldwide fame as an incredible crack shot, and could amaze audiences at her uncanny accuracy with nearly any rifle or pistol, whether aiming at stationary objects or shooting fast-flying targets from the cockpit of a moving airplane. Despite struggles with her health and even a long, drawn-out legal battle with media magnate William Randolph Hearst, Annie Oakley poured her energy into advocating for the U.S. military, encouraging women to engage in sport shooting, and supporting orphans.
THE PINKS latest book about Lady Pinkerton Detectives by Chris Enss
Most students of the Old West and American law enforcement history know the story of the notorious and ruthless Pinkerton Detective Agency and the legends behind their role in establishing the Secret Service and tangling with Old West Outlaws. But the true story of Kate Warne, an operative of the Pinkerton Agency and the first woman detective in America—and the stories of the other women who served their country as part of the storied crew of crime fighters—are not well known. For the first time, the stories of these intrepid women are collected here and richly illustrated throughout with numerous historical photographs. From Kate Warne’s probable affair with Allan Pinkerton, and her part in saving the life of Abraham Lincoln in 1861 to the lives and careers of the other women who broke out of the Cult of True Womanhood in pursuit of justice.
Chris Enss’s book, ENTERTAINING WOMEN, is a Western Spur Award Finalist
Entertaining Women: Actresses, Dancers, and Singers in the Old West by best selling author Chris Enss is among more than two dozen books recognized by Western Writers of America as a finalist for the 2017 Spur Award. Entertaining Women is a finalist in the category of Juvenile Nonfiction. Spur Awards are literary prizes awarded annually by the Western Writers of America. The purpose of the Spur Awards is to honor writers for distinguished writing about the American West. Enss’s book Entertaining Women: Actresses, Dancers, and Singers in the Old West tells the stories of the most popular female entertainers of the mid- and late 1800s who performed in boom towns across the frontier. visit:www.chrisenss.com
Another NY Times Bestseller book by Chris Enss
Chris Enss’ non-fiction book, THE DOCTOR WORE PETTICOATS: WOMEN PHYSICIANS OF THE OLD WEST, has already reached the NY Times Bestseller list. “No Women Need Apply.” These four discouraging words of admonition often greeted female physicians looking for jobs in the frontier-era West. Despite the dire need for medical help, it seemed most trappers, miners and emigrants would rather suffer and die than be treated by a female doctor. Nevertheless dozens of highly trained women headed West. This latest book by Chris has been published by Rowan & Littlefied Publishing Group and is available on Amazon at:
A new thriller in the Gil Malloy Series of books, BLONDE ICE, by Dick Belsky
Blonde Ice, the fourth novel in the bestselling Gil Malloy Series of books written by Dick Belsky, starting with the highly-acclaimed The Kennedy Connection, has just been released by Atria Press to rave reviews:
“Insightful and genuinely interesting characters, gritty atmospherics, and a wry sense of humor power the plot, which is filled with enough bombshell twists to keep readers guessing until the very last page.” —Publishers Weekly
“There’s tension, turmoil, and drama on every page. Belsky has a masterful talent for wordplay, one that holds you tight until all is revealed. Blonde Ice is an intelligent and delectable treat for the mind.” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author)
Dubbed “Blonde Ice” by the media, a sexy blonde picks up seemingly random men at bars and clubs, has sex with them, and then brutally murders them afterwards. As the body count and political stakes continue to rise, Malloy soon realizes he’s covering what could be the biggest story of his career. All he has to do is live through it.
Blonde Ice is available at your local bookstore and on Amazon at:
MA BARKER, a new book by Howard Kazanjian & Chris Enss
Best-selling authors, Howard Kazanjian & Chris Enss have written another engrossing book about “the family that slays together, stays together.” Ma Barker: America’s Most Wanted Mother tells the story of the Gangster Era criminals whose mother literally let them get away with murder. Ma Barker is unique in criminal history. Although she was involved in numerous illegal activities for more than twenty years she was never arrested, fingerprinted, or photographed perpetrating a crime. Yet Ma controlled two dozen gang members who did exactly as she told them.
The book is available on Amazon.
ROB GILMER writes and produces, WEDDING BELLS, for Hallmark
In June, love and weddings abound. Rob Gilmer has written and produced a delightful romantic comedy about two people with commitments issues who are asked to be best man and maid of honor at their friends’ wedding. With nothing much in common, they didn’t expect to find the romance of a life time. The movie premiers on June 4th.
Chris Enss’ latest book is now available
Soldier, Sister, Spy, Scout: Women Soldiers and Patriots on the Western Frontier, a new book by New York Times Bestselling author Chris Enss, is now available at your local bookstore and on Amazon. It tells the story of twelve brave women-Buffalo Soldiers, scouts, interpreters, nurses, and others-who served their country on the early frontier. These heroic women displayed a depth of courage and physical bravery not found in many men of the time. Their remarkable commitment and willingness to throw off the constraints of nineteenth-century conventions helped build the west for generations to come.
STOREFRONT by Rob Tobin goes before the cameras
Independent feature film, STOREFRONT, written by client Rob Tobin starts principal photography on Monday, January 25th. STOREFRONT is a suspenseful drama about a gunman who enters a one-person travel agency and tells the owner to convince the next female client to agree to marry him or else the gunman will kill them both. Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner, Sally Kirkland, stars with Jason London (DAZED AND CONFUSED, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS) and Emily O’Brien (PERNICIOUS and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS). Michael S. Feinstein who wrote, directed and produced PASSPORT TO HOLLYWOOD is directing and producing. Rob Tobin has had another feature film produced, DAM 999, in India, and won many screenwriting competitions including the Telluride Indiefest, Wildsound and multiples with the Action on Film Festival.
John Kelley’s original screenplay, TEAR US APART starts production
Client, John Kelley, wrote TEAR US APART, an original feature film screenplay, which has begun production in Gravenhurst, Canada. The film is about a young couple who is taken to a cottage in the woods for extreme counseling following the death of their daughter where they struggle to identify what’s real and what is a figment of their mental recovery. The director, Devin Clarke, has previously worked on the shows Camelot and Degrassi. The film stars Elma Begovic, who recently starred in Bite.
NY Time’s Best Selling Author, Chris Enss, has a new book out this month
A new book by client and NY Times Bestselling author, Chris Enss, Entertaining Women: Actresses, Dancers, and Singers in the Old West shines a spotlight on the women performers who traveled across the wild frontier. Many of the most popular women entertainers of the mid-and-late 1800s performed in the boomtowns that dotted the West, drawn by the same desire for riches that took miners and merchants there, and bringing a variety of talents and programs. Though they were sometimes literally showered with gold, their personal lives were often marked by tragedy and unhappiness.
The stories contained in Entertaining Women: Actresses, Dancers, and Singers in the Old West reveal the entertaining side, but also some of the hardships of the American West.
SHOOTING FOR THE STARS, R.G. Belsky’s third book in Gil Malloy series
SHOOTING FOR THE STARS, published by Atria Press (a division of Simon & Schuster) is a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed THE KENNEDY CONNECTION, the first book in the Gil Malloy suspense thriller series. Publishers Weekly called SHOOTING FOR THE STARS a “smart, juicy sequel…Belsky keeps this highly satisfying mystery zipping along right up to the final twist.”
Three decades ago, legendary movie star, Laura Marlowe was shot to death by a crazed fan who then killed himself. The police ruled it a murder-suicide. But now newspaper reporter Gil Malloy has uncovered shocking, long-buried secrets about her murder and a series of other celebrity deaths. And, more people are dying! Before he can solve the current crimes, Gil must find out what really happened to Laura Marlowe all those years ago.
The book is available on Amazon at:
Liz Spear gets her second feature film writing assignment
Client Liz Spear has been hired to do revisions on THE SPIRITUALIST, a horror feature film script to be directed by producer/director Carl Medland and Discovery Films (UK). This is the second feature film project Carl has brought Liz to work on with him, the first being the true-crime thriller, ROSE.
Elizabeth Revill (aka Liz Spear) has her latest book, THUNDER IN THE SUN, published
Client Liz Spear (aka Elizabeth Revill) has her twelfth book published. THUNDER IN THE SUN is the fourth book she has written in the continuing Lewellyn family saga commissioned by Belvedere Publishing (England).
Heroine Carrie is in her new role of District Nurse and finds that she has far more to deal with than patients recovering from minor ailments. She takes charge of organizing a troop of evacuated children escaping the Blitz in London and finding them safe houses in which to stay. Some are lucky but some are not so fortunate and Carrie is in a race against time. She is also torn between two lovers, one of which returns to the warfront, and suffers heartache at the tragedies that have befallen her family and best friend Megan. Will Carrie’s indomitable spirit triumph once again?
Her book is available on Amazon at:
NY Times best-selling author, Chris Enss’s latest book is out
Client Chris Enss’ newest book, WICKED WOMEN: NOTORIOUS, MISCHIEVOUS AND WAYWARD LADIES FROM THE OLD WEST has been published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishing.
Meet some of the frontier’s most egregiously badly behaved females. WICKED WOMEN offers a glimpse into Western women’s experience that’s less sunbonnets and more six-shooters. During the late nineteenth century, while men were settling the new frontier and rushing off to the latest boom towns, women of easy virtue found wicked lives west of the Mississippi when they followed fortune hunters seeking gold and land in an unsettled territory.
Client R.G. Belsky’s latest thriller novel, THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, is a sequel
“An engrossing journalistic thriller” (Kirkus-starred review)
High profile murder, corrupt city politicians, serial killers, the press, the police … all play a part in the follow-up book to the critically acclaimed THE KENNEDY CONNECTION, authored by R.G. Belsky and published by Atria (a division of Simon & Schuster). Still plagued from the fallout of the “Houston” prostitute scandal, New York Daily News reporter Gil Malloy finds an opportunity to land a big story and salvage his reputation when a star reporter at the paper is found dead in an abandoned building. Even with all hands on deck to cover the high-progile case, no one at the paper can make sense of her death. But Gil’s investigative instinct takes over. Following up on a scoop the dead reporter had inexpicably kept secret, he is led to a peculiar event from decades ago: the Gallagher fmaily murders.
This page-turner of a novel is available at:
PETER, PETER by Janice S. Smith gets optionted to Front Street Productions
Client Jan Smith has had her original romantic comedy, PETER, PETER (aka BETTER HEARTS AND GARDENS) optioned by Front Street Productions, a prominent Canadian production company with numerous TV and feature film credits. Linda Kent and Jack Grossbart are set to Executive Produce this delightful story about a high-powered, female tech executive who finds herself attracted to a man obsessed with growing pumpkins. Of course, nothing is as it seems, and with the help of a pixie-ish, adorable little girl, this disparate couple finds that they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Rob Tobin and Liz Spear have their original scripts optioned this month
Client Rob Tobin has had his original dramatic screenplay, FREEDOM CAFE, optioned by Pierre LaPointe of Papyrus Pictures with production planned to commence on May 4th of this year. FREEDOM CAFE is a powerful story of a career soldier ravaged by war who with the help of a military psychiatrist must face his personal demons and tragic past in order to lead a normal life. Pierre LaPointe, an established documentary producer, is set to produce and direct.
Client Liz Spear has optioned her original, female-driven thriller, WEB OF FEAR, to producer Greg Huge of Huge Pictures. WEB OF FEAR taps into the dangers of internet communications when a young woman reaches out on the internet to whom she thought was a former mentor of hers only to find she has been communicating with the wrong person and that a killer is now on her tail.
Liz Spear (aka Elizabeth Revill) has her eleventh novel, WOULD I LIE TO YOU, published
Client Liz Spear continues to deliver gripping and complex murder mysteries to her publisher, Belvedere Publishing in the U.K. Her latest book is a sequel to her DCI Allison detective series of books. Someone wants DCI Allison dead. The Chameleon is the hit man hired for the job and he is on the move. DCI Allison and Sergeant Stringer are frustrated when they arrest the wrong man. The Chameleon is a master of disguise with numerous identities at his disposal. Only two people are able to identify him, Chrissy Stephens and Police Psychic, Holly. Chrissy is enrolled in a witness protection program but will that save her? Holly has to take her chances.
WOULD I LIE TO YOU is available on Amazon.com at:
THE DEATH ROW ALL STARS book by Howard Kazanjian & Chris Enss is just out!
The latest book by clients, Howard Kazanjian & Chris Enss, THE DEATH ROW ALL STARS, has been published by Two Dot Press, and is now available at your local Barnes & Noble. It is the true story of the grievous practice in the early 1900’s of promising death row prison inmates a reprieve as long as they won baseball games.
It was the golden age of baseball and all over the country teams gathered on town fields in front of throngs of fans to compete for local glory. In Rawlins, Wyoming, residents lined up for tickets to see slugger Joseph Seng and the rest of the Wyoming Penitentiary Death Row All Stars as they took on all comers in baseball games with considerably more at stake…they were playing for their lives.
Howard Kazanjian is an award-winning film producer and author of several published books, and Chris Enss is a NY Times Best Seller author with two dozen published books to her credit.
THE KENNEDY CONNECTION, a new thriller by client, R.G. Belsky
Dick Belsky’s newest novel, THE KENNEDY CONNECTION, has been published to great reviews by Atria (a division of Simon & Schuster). It’s a bold and entertaining thriller about a discredited newspaper reporter, Gil Malloy, who breaks the story of the link between seemingly unconnected murders–a Kennedy half-dollar found at each of current crime scenes in Manhattan. At the same time, a man emerges who claims to be the secret son of Lee Harvey Oswald and says he has proof that Oswald was innocent of the JFK killing. These two tales of suspense fuse into an edge-of-your seat thriller as Malloy races to stop the killer and resurrect his career in the process.
Dick Belsky, managing editor of news for NBC.com and formerly managing editor for the New York Daily News, has a commitment to write two sequels to THE KENNEDY CONNECTION. He is also the author of LOVERBOY, PLAYING DEAD and the JENNY McKAY MYSTERY series of books.
His book and reviews can be found on Amazon.com at :
It’s Christmas in July on the Hallmark Channel
HATS OFF TO CHRISTMAS, a delightful family comedy written by my clients, Debbie Majinska and Deanna Talcott, airs on the Hallmark Channel this month with the following air dates:
Saturday, July 5th at 10:00pm/9:00 c
Sunday, July 6th at 4:00pm
Thursday, July 10th, at 6:00pm
During these hot summer days, you need to think cool thoughts and watch a cool movie. Enjoy!
Liz Spear (aka Elizabeth Revill) has her tenth novel, THE FORSAKEN AND THE DAMNED, published
This is a poignant, heart-rending tale demonstrating that the power and passion of true love can conquer extreme adversity. A harrowing birth to a peasant woman working in the fields of repressive 1920’s China sees her discarded female child, Mai Lee, incarcerated in a brutal orphanage until, as a young adolescent, she is transported to work in the brothels of Singapore. There she is befriended and loved by Yuan and a rich benefactor who plan to help her escape to a better life. However, the city lies in subjugation to the detested Japanese who single out beautiful Maie Lee to become their sex slave. Can Mai Lee’s indomitable spirit help her fight to retain her purity and gain freedom from a world of wickedness and misery?
This novel is published by Belvedere Publishing in England and is now available on Amazon.com.
CHRIS ENSS’ latest book just made the NY TIMES Best Sellers’ List
The Doctor Wore Petticoats has made the New York Times Best Sellers List (#13)
TwoDot, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, is proud to announce that the book The Doctor Wore Petticoats: Women Physicians of the Old West has made the New York Times Best Sellers List.
The Doctor Wore Petticoats: Women Physicians of the Old West is about the highly trained doctors who headed west and solidified a place for women in the medical field.
Enss has written more than two dozen books on the subject of women of the Old West, many of them for Two Dot/Globe Pequot Press.
Some of the books Chris Enss has written are She Wore A Yellow Ribbon: Women Soldiers and Patriots of the Old West, Pistol Packin Madam: True Stories of Notorious Women of the Old West, and Gilded Girls: Women Entertainers of the Old West. Her latest title is Love Lessons from the Old West: Wisdom from Wild Women. You can visit the author online at: www.chrisenss.com.
JUDY CHAPMAN (aka J.S. CHAPMAN) has three new novels published
Client Judy Chapman adds three new published books to her resume. This prolific writer of novels and screenplays is a skilled story-teller and provides an entertaining read each and every time. Her most recent books include:
THE GREEN-EYED DICK is a comedy mystery about a female, Chicago beat reporter who gets an exclusive to investigate a politico’s murder in a house of prostitution. Armed with brains, brazenness and beauty, she soon is confronted by gun-toting wise guys, uncovers multiple murders, is erroneously arrested for prostitution, finds herself in multiple romantic clinches, survives several car chases and attempts on her life, and in the end is triumphant. It’s a fun, wacky ride!
SWORD OF JUSTICE is an action-adventure mystery with romance that takes place in Richard the Lionheart ‘s times when he is about to embark on the Crusade. to the Holy Land. Richard knights two young brothers, Drake and Stephen, to join him. Before he’s had a chance to test his manhood, Drake is branded a murderer and outlaw. He must prove his innocence and become the man he wants to be instead of the boy he’s been up to now.
TRICK OF THE MIND is a mystery within a mystery that is interwoven with madness, retribution and eroticism. Through a series of events on the day she turns 30, Kendra feels she is losing her mind just as her mother did before her. Her worst nightmare comes true when she is committed to a psychiatric ward, but she soon discovers that some things are worse than madness.
These three, along with her previous book, MIDNIGHT WEDDING (see January 2012 below), are available on Amazon.com.
Also, you can check out Judy’s website below:
HATS OFF TO CHRISTMAS airs on the HALLMARK CHANNEL
Clients, Debbie Majinska and Deanna Talcott, have written the delightful, family Christmas comedy, HATS OFF TO CHRISTMAS, which premieres on the Hallmark Channel Saturday, December 14th at 8:00pm EST/PST and 7:00pm C.
Mia ( Hilary Duff) is the loyal and hard-working manager of her small town’s Christmas hat shop who is blindsided by her boss when he asks her to train his son, Nick (Antonio Cupo), for the job promotion Mia coveted. Although Nick is a handsome, successful New York business consultant, Mia finds training Nick to be frustrating until Nick takes an interest in her wheel-chair-bound son, Scotty, and helps him with a pumpkin carving contest. However, Nick disappoints Mia and Scotty by not showing up at the contest. To protect her son from further disappointment, Mia tries to keep Nick out of her and Scotty’s fragile life, and Nick must decide if staying in the small town of Wilsonville and eventually taking over his father’s business is worth giving up the lifestyle he once had in New York. As Mia tries to get Scotty to return to physical therapy so he can walk again, she realizes that Nick may be the Christmas miracle she has been waiting for.
If you miss the premiere of this movie, check your local listings or the Hallmark Channel’s website for repeat broadcasts.
ROB TOBIN wins screenwirting competition
Client, Rob Tobin, won the best screenwriting award from the International Action on Films Screenwriting competition and was nominated for the Best Screenwriter of the Year Award for his script SPRING TRAINING. Rob has one theatrical screenwriting credit on the movie, DAM 999, which was a big budget production project shot in India and currently has a TV series in pre-production. See his credits on the IMDB.
DEBBIE MAJINSKA & DEANNA TALCOTT’S original script just sold
Clients, Debbie Majinska & Deanna Talcott, have written an original TV movie, HATS OFF TO CHRISTMAS, which has been ordered to production by the Hallmark Channel. Daniel Paulson is the Executive Producer, and the project is currently in pre-production with an August 12th start date for production in Vancouver. This fun, family comedy will air this season, so stay tuned for the premiere and air dates. It’s Christmas in July!!!
Also, Deanna Talcott is a very successful romance novelist and most of her Harlequin Romance books are available on Amazon.com through the following link:
Or, through fictiondb.com on-line at:
Elizabeth Revill’s latest novel, SANJUKTA AND THE BOX OF SOULS, is now available
Client, Liz Spear (aka as novelist Elizabeth Revill), has just had her ninth novel, Sanjukta and the Box of Souls, released. This supernatural fantasy book is published by Belvedere Publishing (UK) and is now available on Amazon and Kindle.
The moment Sanjukta is born during a terrible storm, which also sees the death of her mother, Sanjukta’s destiny is sealed. Half Native American Indian, she is given the gifts necessary to fight the demon, Utkena.
Her life becomes a battlefield. Both in the courthouse, where she fights for the rights of her people becoming a lawyer of renown, and in the spirit plane. Here, in this truly dangerous place, she must find the strength to survive heartbreak and evil. With cunning, bravery and the knowledge that true love must find a way to survive in a dark world, she faces her demons…
Liz Spear (aka Elizabeth Revill) completes feature film writing assignment on ROSE
Client, Liz Spear (aka as novelist Elizabeth Revill), just completed her first feature film writing assignment on ROSE for Discovery Films (UK). ROSE is a true crime thriller about the infamous serial killer, Rose West, who murdered ten people, one of which was her daughter, and buried them in her own backyard in Gloucester, England. Production is scheduled for late July in the UK.
BOULEVARD starring Robin Williams Begins Shooting
Longtime writer client, Douglas Soesbe, has had a number of his longform scripts produced for cable and television, and his first theatrical film, BOULEVARD, begins shooting May 23rd in Nashville starring Robin Williams in the lead. In this beautifully-executed drama about marriage and lies, Williams plays Nolan Mack, a devoted husband in a marriage of convenience until a run-in with a guarded young man forces Nolan to come to terms with his own secrets.
PROFILE FOR MURDER premieres on Lifetime Channel
Clients, Madeline Di Maggio and Marla Young, have written an edge-of-your-seat film, a female-driven thriller entitled PROFILE FOR MURDER, which premieres on the Lifetime Channel on Saturday, April 5th at 9:00 pm. This exciting and compelling story deals with a fromer police profiler who is terrorized by an escaped convict she sent to prison and who wants to kill her and her family. Her only hope is her ability to read into the killer’s mind.
RAINBOWS IN THE CLOUDS – latest published novel by Elizabeth Revill
The latest book by client, Elizabeth Revill (aka Liz Spear), has just been released by Mirador Publishing in England. Rainbows in the Clouds is the third book in a trilogy which continues the Llewellyn family saga through the testing and explosive times of WWII. Heroine Carrie has her life turned upside down when the London Chest Hospital is bombed in the Blitz and her flowering love with Michael is threatened. The previous books in this trilogy were Whispers in the Wind and Shadows of the Moon. All the books in this trilogy are currently available on www.amazon.com and Amazon Kindle.
BRING COOPER HOME, Candy Fox’s latest screenplay, is a finalist in the 2013 International Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Client, Candy Fox, has written a compelling and moving, dramatic screenplay, BRING COOPER HOME, which has become a finalist in the 2013 International Family Film Festival. Candy, who lives in Vermont, has been invtied to attend the IFFF award ceremony in May at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. BRING COOPER HOME is the story of a successful orthopedic surgeon who loses her husband in the war in Afghanistan, and when she attempts to get on with her life, she is thwarted by her kids’ efforts to find their dad’s injured canine partner, a black lab named Cooper, and bring him home in time for Christmas. Previously, Candy wrote the produced documentary, WISDOM OF THE 80’s AND BEYOND, and was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival with another original screenplay entitled QUIVER.
ROBIN WILLIAMS to star in BOULEVARD written by Douglas Soesbe
Robin Williams will star in BOULEVARD written by my client, Douglas Soesbe. Pre-production on this dramatic feature film has commenced and will shoot this May with director Dito Montiel (EMPIRE STATE and A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS) at the helm. Robin Williams will play a man devoted to his wife in a marriage of convenience who has a run-in with a guarded young man who causes him to come to terms with his own secrets. Douglas Soesbe also wrote the recent cable film, LOOK AGAIN, starring Morena Baccarin, and has a number of long-form credits in television, but this will be his first theatrical film.
THE ELECTRA CONSPIRACY – latest published novel by Elizabeth Revill
Client, Elizabeth Revill (aka Liz Spear), has a startling new novel, The Electra Conspiracy, published by Mirador Publishing of London which is currently available on www.amazon.com and at select book stores in England. The death of Princess Diana is the source of inspiration for Elizabeth’s new work of fiction . The “Electra” of the title is pop music’s answer to Princess Diana. Like Princess Diana, Electra dies in a harrowing crash in a Paris Tunnel. Elizabeth explores what might or might not have surrounded the tragic death of such a British icon, and she creates incidents leading up to and after the event of the crash through the eyes of two young film makers who just want to make a story about the truth. The book is full of intrigue and the story twists and turns through the worlds of powerful men with competing political agendas.
This most recent book is Elizabeth’s seventh published novel.
BATTLE OF THE BULBS premieres in Europe
For all my European readers and viewers, the BBC Europe has launched multiple viewings of the Christmas comedy movie, BATTLE OF THE BULBS, which I produced and which stars Daniel Stern and Matt Frewer. This is a light and entertaining film that the whole family can watch. Please check your schedules and enjoy.
BATTLE OF THE BULBS returns to Hallmark Channel for the Holidays
BATTLE OF THE BULBS, the Hallmark Christmas movie that I produced and which was written by my client, Paul Thompson, is returning for its third year during the holidays. This funny and entertaining movie can be enjoyed by the whole family on the Hallmark Channel on the following dates:
Sunday, November 18th
Tuesday, December 4th
Thursday, December 20th
Launch of the biography of Professor/Consul General, Dr. George Lucas Adamson
I am traveling to Manila in the Philippines for the launch of a museum and a book in honor of Professor and Consul General to the Philippines from Greece, Dr. George Lucas Adamson. The 360 page biography, Prof. Dr. George Lucas Adamson, Founder and First President of Adamson University, Manila, Philippines, was written by Theresa June Di Martile Adamson, published by Adamson University Press and will be available as of November 15th. I am proud to have made a small contribution to this book as its editor. Dr. George Lucas Adamson introduced industry and manufacturing to the Philippines in the early 1930s but more importantly founded Adamson University in Manila which is now celebrating its 80th year with its 16,000 students.
PROFILE FOR MURDER started Principal Photogrpahy on 10/15/12
Clients, Madeline DiMaggio and Marla Young, wrote an original, thriller screenplay, PROFILE FOR MURDER, which was sold to Brightlight Pictures and commenced production in Vancouver, B.C., with Dan Paulson as Executive Producer. There have been a number of produced movies with the same title, so it is likely that the title to this production will change. I will keep you posted.
This riveting story is about a former police profiler who is terrorized by an escaped convict she sent to prison and who wants to kill her and her family. Her only hope is to outsmart him and read his mind.
OBJECT MATRIMONY is Chris Enss’ latest book due out this month
Desperate to strike it rich or eager for free land, men went into the frontier West alone and sacrificed many creature comforts. Only after they arrived at their destinations did some of them realize how much they missed female companionship. Complete with historic photographs and actual advertisements from both women seeking husbands and men seeking brides, Object Matrimony includes stories of courageous mail order brides and their exploits as well as stories of the marriage brokers, the mercenary matchmakers looking to profit off of the miners and settlers. Some of these stories end happily ever after; others reveal desperate situations that robbed the brides of their youth and sometimes their lives.
Object Matrimony: The Risky Business of Mail-Order Matchmaking on the Western Frontier was written by Chris Enss. Enss is the author of more than two dozen books published by Globe Pequot Press. The national launch of the book will be held on Saturday, October 6 at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Nevada City, California from noon until 3 p.m.. The book is now available in bookstores everywhere.
“LOOK AGAIN” premieres on Lifetime Movie Channel (9/21/2012)
Client, Douglas Soesbe, has written an exciting psychological thriller, LOOK AGAIN, which premieres on: Lifetime Movie Channel
Friday, September 21st, 8pm E/9pm PST
Morena Baccarin stars in this riveting tale of a young woman who, traumatized by a home invasion robbery and the murder of her fiance, is endangered when she tries to keep her best friend from marrying the murderer who would stop at nothing to keep his ugly secret.
AGAINST THE TIDE by Elizabeth Revill (aka Liz Spear)
Client, Elizabeth Revill (also known as Liz Spear), has another novel that has been released by Mirador Publishing entitled Against the Tide. This book is now available on www.amazon.com.
After witnessing the brutal death of his father, at the tender age of seven, by a band of smugglers, Nathaniel Brookes swears to find his father’s killers. As a man he initially follows a medical career, but he turns his back on his comfortable life to fulfil his vow. Little did Nathaniel expect, when riding through the dramatic Welsh coastline, that he would meet and fall in love with local beauty, Jenny Banwen, horrifically scarred by a sadistic young member of the gentry. But Nathaniel is betrothed to his first cousin, Hannah. A betrothal of duty. With his loyalties torn, Nathaniel knows his search for the brutes who savagely took his father’s life, his sad engagement and his family obligations will be tested. They reveal that Nathaniel has a double duty, to his oath and to his heart’s future. That is if he can stay alive long enough to have a future.
WHISPERS ON THE WIND by Elizabeth Revill
Client, Elizabeth Revill’s new novel, Whispers on the Wind, published by Mirador Publishing is currently available on Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle.
This heart wrenching “coming of age” story depicts one young woman’s spiritual and emotional journey as she struggles against all odds to find her rightful place and to make a life for herself in rural Wales. She is beset by tragedy and plotting, heinous men, but grows into womanhood ever stronger as a result.
Elizabeth, also known as an established playwright, has written three other published novels: Killing Me Softly, Prayer for the Dying and God Only Knows. A sequel to Whispers on the Wind has already been commissioned and will be due out shortly.
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BOOK AUTHOR/SCREENWRITER/ & EDUCATOR, STEVE COTLER
Screenwriter Steve Cotler (HEARTWOOD starring Hillary Swank and Jason Robards), has turned to writing novels that are not only highly entertaining but appeal to kids and the “kid” in all of us. He recently visited with us here in Las Vegas as a guest of several elementary schools to discuss his fun, adventure book, Cheesie Mack is Not A Genius or Anything, published by Random House. Random House has ordered two sequels to this highly popular book as it not only entertains but promotes creative and analytical thinking. The first sequel to the book comes out on June 26th.
Check out Steve’s website: www.stevecotler.com
And Cheesie’s: www.cheesiemack.com
And this delightful book can be found on Amazon at :
SHADOWS OF THE MOON is second novel in trilogy by Elizabeth Revill
Mirador Publishing in England has just released the latest book by client Liz Spear (aka Elizabeth Revill) entitled Shadows of the Moon. This is a sequel to her earlier book, Whispers in theWind which was the first installment in a trilogy covering the saga of the Welsh Llewellyn family. In this book, German armies march across Europe and one small Welsh village is changed forever. Heroine Carrie has escaped the suffocating, unhealthy love of her brother and strikes out on her own for a new life in midwifery. But, the shadows of war rise, and she is sent first to Birmingham and then to London where she is caught in the Blitz.
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NEW ADDRESS FOR “WRITE 2 WOW”
Please note that WRITE 2 WOW has a new mailing address as of April lst, 2012, as follows:
WRITE 2 WOW
3635 South Fort Apache
Las Vegas, Nevada 89147
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MIDNIGHT WEDDING novel by Jude Chapman available on Amazon
Screenwriting client, Jude Chapman, has written an absolutely fun and most compelling read in her novel, Midnight Wedding, which is now available on www.amazon.com. The characters are truly comical and iresistable and will resonate with you long after you read the final chapter.
Cross a prim and proper widow with a footloose and fancy free cabdriver, and you get Midnight Wedding—a special love story wrapped up in a multi-generational, multicultural romantic comedy that will have you teary-eyed and belly laughing … sometimes both at once!
“Good Reads” has awarded the novel 5 stars, and I highly recommend it to all.
“LOOK AGAIN” AIRS IN CANADA ON DECEMBER 8, 2011
A truly compelling, female-driven thriller, LOOK AGAIN, written by my cient, Douglas Soesbe, airs in Canada on December 8, 2011 on the TMN channel. The Incendo Productions film stars Morena Baccarin of “V” and HOMELAND fame.
BATTLE OF THE BULBS Returns
The Hallmark Movie that I produced last year and which aired to great numbers is returning this holiday season. BATTLE OF THE BULBS, starring Daniel Stern and Matt Frewer, is a delightful comedy which the whole family can enjoy. It will be rebroadcast on the Hallmark Channel on the following dates (and times):
Tuesday, November 15
Wednesday, November 16
Monday, November 21
Tuesday, November 22
Friday, December 2
Saturday, December 3
Wednesday, December 7
Friday, December 16
Sunday, December 18
|Another Hallmark Channel Movie, PERFECTLY PRUDENCE
One of my management clients, Rob Gilmer, wrote and produced the Hallmark Channel Movie entitled PERFECTLY PRUDENCE starring Jane Seymour and James Keach which will air early in 2011. Check back here for theactual air date.
THEATRICAL FEATURE FILM, “DAM 999” WRAPPED PRODUCTION
DAM 999, co-written by my client, Rob Tobin, recently wrapped principal photography in India and is currently in post-production. Sohan Roy is the creator/writer, producer and director of this big-budget movie.
Release date is to be announced.
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SEE YOU AT THE PITCH SUMMIT-9/26/2010
I will be a guest panelist hearing pitches from writers under the auspices of InkTip at the Universal Hilton
Hotel in Universal City, California, on Sunday, September 26, 2010. Hope to see you there.
For more information: www.inktippitchsummit.com
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