Monthly Archives: November 2013

Spotlight On: Susan M. Toy

Susan Toy is not only a friend of mine, but she is a proud member of Team Ike and a regular listener of Friday Night Writes – the weekly radio show I host with Armand Rosamilia.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Susan M. Toy

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

“Island in the Clouds” is what I refer to as “tropical fiction” – it’s a mystery set in the, well, tropical location of Bequia, a small island in the Caribbean

 

Quick description of it.

The dead body in the pool is putting a serious dent in Geoff’s morning. An ex-pat property manager on the Caribbeanisland of Bequia, Geoff doesn’t want a spotlight shone on the secret past he left behind in Canada, but now he’s the suspect in a brutal murder. With no help from the inept local police force, he’s drawn into investigating the murder himself, to clear his name. As Geoff finds out more about the circumstances surrounding the killing, and he and his loved ones find themselves in danger, he begins to see a very dark underbelly of the place some…

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New Study: Movies Can Save Your Relationship (not really, but here’s a fun survey)

Many of the articles I write begin as stray thoughts that occur to me while driving. I don’t know why, but for some reason driving puts me into a semi-meditative state and I think about things that I ordinarily wouldn’t consider.

Today’s installment is just such an example.

It began with the question…“If I were stranded on an island, which ten movies would I want to have with me?”

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I know what you’re thinking…”If you were stranded on an island, wouldn’t you be more concerned with getting off the island than watching movies?”

Perhaps, but for the purposes of this article, this is an island with electricity, plenty of food, a high-def TV and DVD Player.

Anyway – coming up with my ten movies was a piece of cake, but then I had another thought…

“What if I was stranded on this island with a member of the opposite sex?”

Putting aside the obvious implications…what movies would they bring along?

How would the two lists compare?

Would the “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” thing come into play? Surely our movie selections would lead to conflicts.

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Did either of us think to bring popcorn?

I know – deep stuff.

Anyway – I decided to conduct a very un-scientific poll to get a general idea of how bad it might be.

So I polled six men and six women and asked them to list their “Top 10 Desert Island Movies”.

My test subjects were chosen at random and none were told of the other’s choices. They were each sent an email with the exact same question – “As quickly as you can list ten movies that you would want to have with you if you were stranded on an island (obviously this island has electricity)”

I was very curious about the results – would I get one set of lists containing “shoot ’em up” movies and another set containing “chick flicks”?

Would everybody be able to list 10 movies? (two of my subjects couldn’t.)

How drastic would the differences be?

Would there be any duplication?

How many different genres would be represented?

This information has absolutely no sociological value. Come to think of it, it has no value of any kind, except that it occupies my thoughts while I drive – and it gives me something to write about.

Relax – I have no intention of listing 100+ movies for you to read through…I’d just like to point out some of the interesting findings the survey yielded.

There were 105 different titles named – covering 14 genres.

Men listed 58 different movies while women picked 50.

Only two movies were chosen by both men and women – Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Green Mile.

The most commonly named genre was comedy with 25 selections.

Most common by men was comedy (18 times) and the most common by women was drama (10 times). I gather from this that men would prefer to laugh while the women want to get, well, dramatic.

Surprisingly, at least to me anyway, was the fact that only five movies were picked by more than one person.

raiders jaws2Raiders of the Lost Ark was picked by three people (two men, one woman).

The Green Mile was named twice, once by a man and once by a woman.

Jaws and Saving Private Ryan were each listed by two men and Castaway was listed by two women.

Here’s an interesting observation;

There were three movies chosen that were about people being stranded on an island; Castaway, Six Days and Seven Nights and The Swiss Family Robinson.

Perhaps these people (all women, by the way) thought they could use those movies to gather ideas to help survive.

When it came to which types of movies were selected by the different genders there wasn’t anything extremely surprising.

Men chose war movies four times – women none. Same with sports movies, men four – women zero.

The romantic comedy (aka “chick flick”) was chosen seven times by women and once by men. I have to admit this surprised me. I thought the women would have selected these films much more often. Does that make me a sexist?

Action movies were split almost equally, men eight – women seven.

Sci/Fi was a even split with six each.

Most of the rest were split fairly evenly as well.

In the end, my great “desert island movie” survey showed me something very interesting…when it comes to watching movies with a member of the opposite sex there’s really no huge conflict.

Sure, a man may have to sit through Failure to Launch before he can watch Jaws and a woman will have to force herself to sit through This is Spinal Tap before she can watch The Proposal – but is that really such a bad thing?

After all – you never know how long you’ll be on the island, so a couple of hours is really just a drop in the bucket.

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I guess when you look at it, watching movies on an island is a lot like being in a relationship…if you’re willing to compromise on the things you’re farthest apart on, the rest will be that much easier and being on that island won’t be that bad after all.

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Spotlight On: Tim Baker

Ordinarily I wouldn’t reblog a blog about myself…but since this one is to promote a book I co-wrote with Armand Rosamilia I guess it’s okay.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Tim Baker

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Dying Days: Siege 2

Zombie/Horror

 

Quick description of it.

Siege 2 is the sequel to “Dying Days: The Siege of European Village”. It follows a small band of survivors in their efforts to find a safe haven from the never ending zombie hordes.

 

Something unique about it.

Siege 2 was co-written by Armand Rosamilia and me. The story focuses on 4 main characters. Two from Armand’s Dying Days series (Darlene Bobich & John Murphy) and two from my own series of thrillers (Ike & Brewski). In so doing, Armand and I combined the respective worlds of our existing books into one.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Kindle

Paperback

 

Your promo links.

Website: www.blindoggbooks.com

Blog: https://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlindoggBooks

Twitter: @blindoggbooks

 

Your short Bio.

Tim Baker was born and raised in Rhode…

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Armand Rosamilia

There’s a new blog on the block…check it out and share it with the world!!!

Reading Recommendations

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?Keyport Cthulhu. Horror.

Quick description: “The painting forced him to move back with such suddenness, he nearly fell over the side of the old wooden railing. It depicted a grizzly scene, as if your worst nightmare had been splattered on canvas. Despite his mind screaming to look away, he could not avert his eyes” – Ancient

Keyport Cthulhu

Five stories with a Lovecraftian feel to them… set in the New Jersey fishing village of Keyport, where the Esoteric Order of Dagon has been planning for the awakening of the Deep One all these years…

ANCIENT
BARREN
CABAL
DAGON
EVIL

Includes two bonus stories, the steampunk tale Rats In The Cellars and Cthulhunicorn co-written with Katelynn Rosamilia

Keyport Cthulhu

Brief biography:
Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not watching…

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The Five W’s of Social Media For Writers

Most Independent Authors have learned that social media is an invaluable tool for branding and marketing.
This blog post gives a nice summary of how to get a good start with it and how to avoid wasting time with it.

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“Dying Days: Siege 2” Hits the Shelves (or: Will the Dying Ever End?)

Remember when the world was going to end last December?

Thankfully it didn’t…because on that very night Armand Rosamilia and I held a book release party at Farley’s Irish Pub for our collaborative effort Dying Days: The Siege of European Village. (not coincidentally – Farley’s happens to be in European Village)

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It was a great party…probably the best party ever thrown (if you missed it, you have no way of knowing if that’s true or not!) and we sold 50 books in about 2 hours.

Talk about “Writer’s Problems” – I sold out of books at my signing so I had to take people’s names and email addresses so I could let them know when I would have more.

Yeah – nice problem to have!

This year, the world isn’t scheduled to end (at least not that we know of), but Armand and I will be having another release party – this time for the sequel to Siege.

We haven’t planned the party yet, but the book is available.

We went round and round about a title…Armand was really pushing for Dying Days: The Siege of European Village II – Electric Bugaloo  while I was pushing for Dying Days & Wild Summer Nights: The Siege Continues – but we decided to go with something completely unique and trend setting…

Dying Days: Siege 2.

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In case you missed my blog post about the sequel you can jump over and read it now by clicking here…go ahead, we’ll wait.

Much like the first one, we had a blast writing it (read about the first one here) and much like the first one we used the names of several of our friends here in Flagler County as victims…I mean characters.

If you didn’t read the first one you can find the kindle version here  (it’s on sale for $.99!!!) and the print version here.

The kindle version of Siege 2 is available here – Dying Days: Siege 2

The print version is available here.

This is my second zombie novella – and I must say, it was fun.

My regular readers will be pleased to know that Ike and Brewski are just as good at kicking undead ass as they are that of living scumbags!

So maybe it’s snowing where you are, or there’s nothing good on TV tonight…download these two books, grab a beverage, kick back and take a trip to European Village…just be careful not to trip on the corpses.

As always – thank you for reading

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