{Virtual Tour} DOS ANGELES by Michael O'Hara

 

DOS ANGELES
by Michael O'Hara
Genre: Mystery

 

 

 

 

Dos Angeles, the first in a franchise of mysteries featuring Paco Moran, puts the multicultural thirty-something ex-LAPD homicide detective turned reluctant private eye on the trail of a beautiful young Latina on the run with ten million dollars in cash. Half Anglo and half Mexican, Moran is a transitional character equally at home working in Beverly Hills or blue collar Boyle Heights, the tough East Los Angeles neighborhood where he was raised by a single mom. In his debut case Paco quickly learns he will be the fall guy if he doesn't track down the young immigrant who allegedly stole a small fortune from a sleazy Hollywood producer secretly laundering money for a notorious drug cartel. Paco's frantic search takes him on a roller-coaster ride through a shadowy place he calls Dos Angeles a city within the city and a virtual country unto itself.

 

 

 

 

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Dante Pirelli thought the timing could not have been better to get out of town and spend a week in Maui at the oceanfront condo he owned on Kaanapali Beach. For days all the local media could talk about was the potentially record-breaking heat about to hit Southern California. Temperatures in downtown Los Angeles were expected to soar above a hundred, and out on the western edge of the San Fernando Valley where Pirelli lived it would probably be ten to fifteen degrees hotter.

An added benefit was that Vyna, his beautiful young trophy wife, was excited about getting away, too. That meant there could be lots of sex on the holiday agenda. Vyna had been suffering with a bad case of the blues lately, but when she was in a good mood she could be a real tiger in bed.

Just as the stretch limousine arrived that would take him and his family to the airport, Pirelli gave a final briefing to Maria Rojas, the young woman he was leaving behind in charge of his sprawling, Tuscan-style estate.

“Remember, always keep ice in the dog’s bowl. And make sure you’re here for the gardeners and pool man. Any problems with anything you got the numbers to call.”

“Yes, sir,” Maria nodded with a nervous smile. Although confident, she could handle everything expected of her she was anxious about being left alone in such a big, fancy house. Still, she was going to be paid double her normal salary and Mr. Pirelli had said she could use any of the home’s resort-like amenities, including an amazing circular pool with a cascading waterfall and thirty-foot water slide.

Six days into her stay Maria’s only real challenge had been coping with the boredom. Outside of taking care of Mrs. Pirelli’s needy French Pug and dealing with the regularly scheduled service people, there had been very little to do. As predicted, the scorching weather the Spanish press was calling Los Días de Infierno had arrived with a vengeance. It was so hot during the day she rarely went outside, and she soon got tired of watching non-stop telenovelas. All the idle time made her realize how much she missed her regular routine at Mr. Pirelli’s film company. She liked how busy it always was and how the hours just seemed to fly by. Work—like prayer—kept her from worrying about her recent troubles.

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Emmy nominee Michael O’Hara-- who has written and produced some of the highest-rated television movies and miniseries in recent memory – is adding author to his resume with the August, 2015 the publication of his first novel,  Dos Angeles.

The book, featuring a bilingual and bicultural private eye named Paco Moran, centers around Moran’s desperate search for a beautiful young Latina immigrant who stole ten million dollars from the mob. In a pre-publication review American Book Award winner Peter Quinn said: Paco Moran’s debut in Michael O'Hara's Dos Angeles is fast-paced, finely crafted, and full of surprises. It's noir fiction for the 21st century, a helluva ride from the first page to last. Here's hoping O'Hara brings Paco back very soon. I can't wait!

A former award-winning journalist and NBC Vice President of Media Relations, O’Hara made an auspicious debut as a writer/producer with “Those She Left Behind,” a critically acclaimed family drama that continues to be the highest-rated TV movie (25.1/38 share) on any network in over twenty years. It starred Gary Cole and Colleen Dewhurst (who won an Emmy Award for her performance). That success was followed by the widely praised NBC movie “She Said No” which won an American Women in Radio & Television Award for Best Television Dramatic Special.

O’Hara next wrote and executive produced “Switched at Birth,” the blockbuster NBC miniseries that earned an Emmy nomination as Best Dramatic Special and remains the highest rated (22 rating/33 share) miniseries on network television since its initial telecast over two decades ago. He was also the writer and executive producer of “Murder in the Heartland,” a celebrated ABC miniseries which garnered a Casting Society of America Award and two Emmy nominations. Right after that he created and executive produced the first of 22 “Moment of Truth” movies for NBC, establishing one of the most successful film franchises in TV history.

O’Hara also wrote “She Woke Up Pregnant,” the pilot for ABC’s ‘Crimes of Passion’ franchise. It scored an impressive 13.4 rating and 21 share, making it the highest-rated ABC movie of the year. He went on to write “One Hot Summer Night,” another ‘Crimes of Passion’ thriller that was ABC’s highest-rated Thursday night movie of the season. Other producing credits include two CBS projects: “Twilight Zone – Rod Serling’s Lost Classics” and “A Child’s Wish,” which was filmed in the Oval Office and featured a cameo appearance by then President Bill Clinton. In addition he wrote and executive produced NBC’s “In His Life: The John Lennon Story” and “1st to Die,” a two-part NBC miniseries based on the best-selling novel by James Patterson. 

Overall O’Hara has produced four miniseries and 33 Movies of the Week. Besides his Emmy nomination, other honors include: a Christopher Award (“A Child’s Wish”); a Prism Award (“The Accident”); a Humanitas Award nomination (“Heart of a Child”); a National Easter Seal Society Award (“To Walk Again”); an International Health & Medical Film Award (“Heart of a Child”); and the Media Award from The National Council on Problem Gambling (“Playing to Win.”)

 

 

 

 

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{Virtual Tour} A Fistful of Clones by Seaton Kay-Smith

 

A Fistful of Clones
by Seaton Kay-Smith

 

 

Henry Madison is an apathetic young man with little to no ambition. When he loses his job and his girlfriend in one day, he is destitute and signs up for paid medical testing. The doctor creates clones of Henry and when these clones escape and start causing havoc in Henry's life, he is hired in secret by the strange doctor and trained to hunt the clones down one by one and kill them. Henry soon finds out, however, that personality isn't genetic but made of the experiences you have, and as time progresses, his clones become less carbon copied than he was lead to believe, growing their own identities and challenging Henry's perception of what it means to be Henry Madison and of what it is right and what is wrong.

 

 

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The midday sun sat high in the sky, that glowing orange orb of light and warmth. It cooked the streets and sent steam rising from the tarmac, warping the landscape beyond the crest of the road.

Henry walked along the main street dressed in his job seeker’s best: a pair of black jeans and a collared shirt rolled up at the sleeves to accommodate the weather. The main street of Duelham was quiet, only a few people wandering around: couples and families mostly, some kids eating ice-cream and other kids pointing at the ice-cream-eating kids, shouting, pleading to their parents or guardians for the day, “But they get to eat ice cream!”

Henry spied a Help Wanted sign lying in the window of the local bookshop, and entered. The bookshop, dealing in second-hand books primarily, was dusty and smelt of mould, like a damp loaf of bread. It was a comforting smell to the poor and out-of-work Henry. He was not above eating damp bread loaves.

The manager, a man of about forty-five, balding and thin, with braces holding up his pants, watched Henry walk up the “Self-help” aisle and towards the counter. “Can I help you with anything?” he asked, pushing his thin-framed glasses back up to the top of his nose as Henry arrived at the register.

“Yes, I was looking for a job.”

The manager’s tone perked up. He was looking for help, that’s why he’d made the sign. “Okay, great, do you have any qualifications?”

Henry thought about his illustrious career as a human being and what he had achieved. “I’m a Bronze Coach in swimming,” he began, before finishing with, “but that doesn’t really—”

“Apply,” the store manager said. He looked at Henry and changed tack, giving him an opportunity, a chance to impress. “Why is it that you want to work here?”

Henry’s stomach grumbled. “To earn some money?” The slight inflection Henry gave to his statement made it seem like he was unsure, but the point was made.

The manager’s expression changed to one of confusion, then his mouth twisted into a bemused smile. “Okay, tell you what, bring in your résumé and we’ll keep you in mind.”

Henry nodded, defeated. What else could he do? “Thanks, I will.”

Leaving the bookshop, Henry cursed the manager whom he was now sure was a villain. He didn’t have a résumé, he’d have to write one up. He needed money now; he was hungry now. Hungry enough to eat a horse but, short of a horse, he’d accept an apple. Ideally an apple the size of a horse, but he wasn’t going to hold his breath.

Entering a fruit shop in search of that apple, he fiddled in his pockets and counted his change: thirty-five cents. He looked at the apples and weighed them one by one until he found an apple that he could afford. It definitely wasn’t comparable to a horse. Perhaps a seahorse.

He paid for the apple and left the store, ready to sate that feverish hunger growing inside of him. He took a bite and, rather than filling him with satisfaction, it filled him with anger. Henry had purchased a floury apple. The worst of the apple textures, a consistency akin to having wet sand poured into your open mouth. He could feel a rage building up inside of him. So many dreams and hopes piled into the white flesh of the apple in his hands, the crisp green skin giving way to utter despair. His blood vessels pumped at double speed, beads of sweat began to express themselves from his forehead, his muscles tensed and ached, his vision became blurry, and a wall of dizzying white was all he could see. He threw the remaining apple into a wall, exploding it in a sticky, juicy mess. “Fuck!” he screamed.

Still he felt no sadness for the end of his relationship or his current poverty-driven indictment, just mountains of rage and sorrow for the poorly composed piece of fruit he’d wasted his last thirty-five cents on. Hell hath no fury like a person who’s just eaten an apple that was no better than a shit onion.

Regaining his composure, Henry walked away, feeling nothing but slight concern for his sudden and unnecessary outburst. He didn’t know why he got angry sometimes. He would have to beat that emotion into submission too. There was no need for anger. It achieved nothing.

On his way home once more, Henry’s eyes happened upon the poster he’d seen the previous night: Paid Medical Subjects—No Questions Asked. There was no street light shining on it now and yet still it seemed to glow somehow. He ripped it from the wooden pole on which it was taped and followed its directions to become a Paid Medical Subject.

 

 

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Seaton has written for The Roast on ABC2, Lost Pilots on FBi Radio, and is a regular performer of stand up comedy. Currently he is Head Writer at Paper Moose, a film and design collective based in Sydney. 

 

 

  

 

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{Book Review & Author Interview} The Vaga (The Kuthun, #2) by S.A. Carter

 

The Vaga (The Kuthun, #2)
by S.A. Carter
Published September 18th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

 

 

 

 

DARKNESS IS COMING

The last time they met was in a fight for survival, but four years later Julian has returned, and his 
presence can only mean one thing… the enemy is near.

Elena discovers that her world is again being threatened but this time her enemy has a 
new name.

The Vaga—an ancient force ruled by an Immortal known only as Erebus. For eons he has lived in darkness and shadow and will stop at nothing to prevent the New Coming.

 

 

 

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Today I’m very fortunate to be interviewing S.A. Carter the author of The Vaga. Let's get started!

 

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

 

Okay, well my initial ambition starting out was just to write a book that was good enough for people to read and enjoy. I feel I have accomplished that. Now my ambition is to keep doing that over and over again, but to do it better each time. For me that’s really it. I love writing and I want to be able to keep doing it forever.

 

Which writers inspire you?

 

This is difficult because there are so many I love and so many I have yet to discover. But a few of my faves that inspire me (in no particular order or enjoyment level) would be J. R. R. Tolkien, Deborah Harkness, Ken Follett, Sue Monk Kidd, and Sarah J. Maas.

 

What are you working on at the minute?

 

I have just finished cramming study for university so I am now writing the third book in The Kuthun series, The New Coming. I’m very excited to see what happens between Elena and Julian, and what adventures take place in the underworld.

 

When did you decide to become a writer?

 

I love those writers that tell you they started writing when they were six. Of course you did…at school! But really, my dream of writing something, anything, came from my love of reading. I have always loved the world of books and a day doesn’t go by that I’m not reading something. In terms of writing an actual novel, it was a dream I had for a very long time, but it only took form about two years ago when I finally decided to stop dreaming about it and start writing. The end result was The Kuthun, my first novel and first attempt at writing anything that resembled a story.

 

Why do you write?

 

I write because it is the most fantastic way to escape reality and experience another world. Words can lift you up, take you to magical places, and introduce you to characters you aspire to be or just really dislike. Writing is the world within our world, and I love it.

 

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?


 

I had a few ideas for stories and one day I started talking about them out loud. My idea of a young witch who came from a long bloodline was the idea that sparked The Kuthun. Everything after that came when I decided to actually sit down and start writing. I am so glad I finally made my dream a reality.

 

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

 

Definitely a computer. I am not sure I could have written a novel longhand…haha.

 

Where do your ideas come from?

 

I find that my ideas stem from actually writing. When I start to write images form in my mind and play out like a movie. The trick is then transferring what I see onto paper. Not easy, but definitely exciting. Unlike a lot of other writers I don’t have a plan with my stories. They evolve as I write so it’s always a journey for me too. I never know what is going to happen.

 

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

 

Writing The Kuthun taught me so much. Everything from the actual writing process, editing, formatting, designing book covers, and marketing is something I have had to learn how to do myself. This was a tedious and sometimes mind-numbing journey, but I learnt so much and this then gave me the tools to make the process of writing The Vaga a lot simpler. For me, it isn’t just about the writing. So much goes into a finished novel and even more so if you want to produce a good one. So learning those things was beneficial in not only showing me how to do something properly, but also how not to do it.

As for the creativity surrounding the stories, that is an evolution in itself. I have no idea how imagination works, but then that is the beauty of it. I believe creativity is drawn from our own experiences, feelings, likes and dislikes, so when writing I like to let the images and feelings flow as much as possible and get out of the way so I can write authentically. I found that this happened more fluidly with The Vaga and it made the writing process all the more enjoyable. I also believe we continue to evolve so I look forward to seeing where I am with writing in ten years’ time.

 

What is the hardest thing about writing?

 

The hardest thing for me isn’t the writing, that’s the fun part, it’s finding the balance between work, study, family and writing. My life is crazy and finding the time to write is always a challenge, but I write whenever I can and it eventually starts to take shape. I don’t think it will ever become easy so for me it comes down to passion and dedication at the end of the day.

 

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

 

I love paperbacks—the smell of the paper, hearing the flick of the pages as I turn. Receiving books in the mail is one of my favourite things in the world and I do a happy dance every time I see the postman’s van turn up at my house. So as a reader paperbacks are my favourite, although I have started to read eBooks in the last six months as my four bookcases are full, and I can’t fit all the books I want to read into my house.

 

What book/s are you reading at present?

 

I am reading Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. Soooo good! I am loving her writing style.

 

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.

 

After creating The Kuthun cover I had a very specific idea about what I wanted The Vaga to look like. I picture the covers a certain way, like a snapshot in my mind, and then I send all the info to my patient and creative cover designer, Paramita, and ask her to put it all together for me. I am in Australia and she is in the US so it is a lot of emails and changes until I am happy with the finished product (I’m sure she is enjoying her break from me for a while). For the Vaga I knew it had to have Magi and Erebus on it, reflecting the battle between good and evil, and it came out perfectly. I love this cover!

 

Who designed your book cover/s?

Creative Paramita     www.creativeparamita.com

 

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

 

Yes, I do. Our society is laden with judgement on appearance so having a good cover is part of the publishing game now. Unfortunately buyers can bypass great books based on covers alone and I think this is a shame also. I know I have read books based on great covers that weren’t very good. So for me I try and not judge the cover too much, although I do think if you want to be seen as professional in this industry you need to have your covers at a level consistent with your genre.

 

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

 

All reviews are someone’s opinion, and I think both good and bad reviews can be helpful to authors and other readers. Although I do wonder at the level of nastiness that some reviewers feel they can dish out to authors and their books. I personally don’t think it’s necessary to be nasty for the sake of it, or to create unnecessary drama. If you don’t like it say why and move on. In regards to good reviews….I love them!

 

How do you relax?

 

I don’t relax much to be honest as I always have to be doing something, but when I do I like to read, travel with family, see a movie, and anything else that doesn’t involve me having to do a lot of work.

 

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

 

Can I pick two? Meryl Streep—so interesting and talented. I would love to hear her stories. Audrey Hepburn—a beautiful humanitarian who accomplished so much and never lost her grace or integrity. I would love to hear her advice for women.

 

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?


Oh this is a tough one. I would have to say Lord of The Rings. This story blew me away and was so far out of the box for its time that it cemented itself as a story for the ages. It was a monumental effort for Tolkien and it has everything you could want in a great story, and it all came from one man’s imagination. I love that! Not sure I would love taking twelve-seventeen years to write it though.

S.A., thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

 

 

 

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I loved this book and wish I could give it more than a five star rating.

This story picks up four years after Elena has learned she is a witch and a descendant of the Goddess Isis. Characters from the first book have returned along side a few new ones to include a shapeshifter.

The author's writing style, creativity and world building have grown beyond all of my expectations and this book is even better than the first one. This read is full of adventure, great fight sequences, paranormal, supernatural, mystical beings and creatures and an ubber sweet romantic element. This not a standalone book so The Kuthun must be read first so you don't get confused when reading The Vaga. I cannot wait for the third book to be released!!

I give this book

 

 

 

 

S. A. Carter is the author of The Kuthun series. Her spellbinding novels are based on her loves in life - family, magic, humour, and adventure. 

In a typical author bio this is where there would normally be a range of credentials, followed by a long list of accolades, and a multitude of adventures around the world. But S. A. Carter is a little different. She doesn't have all those credentials, she hasn't travelled the entire world in search of the Lost City of Atlantis- although she'd love to find it, and she hasn't received an award for anything since primary school where she was chosen as best speller for a day. And as nice as some of those things would be, especially the accolades part, S. A. Carter writes because she loves it, and she wants to share her passion for storytelling with the world.

S. A. Carter was born and raised in Australia and still lives there today with her wonderful, dynamic, crazy family.

 

 

  

 

 

 

{Book Review} Anger's Children by K.D. Rose

 

Anger’s Children by K.D. Rose 
Publication date: May 22nd 2015 
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

 

 

 

 

Strap on your seatbelt for this whirlwind of short stories that take you out of this world—literally!

-A goddess on a mission or a young adult growing up? In the paranormal world, who’s to know?

-Covert Action is supposed to mean “secret” but in a world of regulation, just what is everyone going so far out of their way to hide? Sex is a dangerous game. More than anyone could have bet.

-What if life was as simple as a game of dice or poker? What if human’s lived their lives unaware that they were pawns, played on a board by those who were just a little more than human? Would fate intervene? Would love mean anything? If you were a God among humans, wouldn’t you be just maybe, slightly, bored?

Life ending games? Or are they just the beginning? Dangerous. Risqué. A catch. There’s always a catch. Three tales that will blow your mind.

 

 

 

 

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Please note this is not suitable for young readers.

This dark and erotic read consumed me right from the beginning and I read it in one sitting. This is a well written and intensive read with three imaginative and thought provoking short stories. It is truly a must read and I give this book:

 

 

 

 

 

K.D. Rose is an author and poet and currently has "Heavy Bags of Soul", "Inside Sorrow" I AM” and “Erasing: Shadows”,"Anger's Children", "A Taste for Mystery", and her new release “The Brevity of Twit" available at Amazon and other retailers.

Her poetry has been published in Candlelit Journal, the Voices Project, and showcased in the Tophat Raven Art and Literary Magazine. K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow won the Readers Favorite 2013 international Silver Medal for Poetry.

K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art of all kinds, writing of all kinds, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who. 

KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms that encourage us to expand and explore past the artificial limits we often set for ourselves in order to see the everyday connections that exist among all things.