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Come and meet Cancer man, aka William B Davis

I got the honour to chat with this actor, director and author about his 70 years in the entertainment business. And of course, his iconic role as Cigarette Smoking Man in the X Files.

William has just released his second autobiography titled, On Acting… And Life.

https://www.onactingandlife.com/

When William talks you listen and can’t help but smile at his positivity.

THE FIRST – Podcast with Dr Sandi Webster

picture of guest, Karina Kantas a d host Sandi Webster. In a gold frame.
Promo graphic

I was a guest on Dr Sandi Webster’s, podcast. Available on video MP4 and MP3.

I talk about my writing, my books and then about Author Assist. What I do for my clients.
I answer the questions, why it works, and why authors are anxious about hiring someone who can help with marketing or promoting, such as VA or PA?
And I talk about my own experience when hiring a ‘professional.’

Sandi then asks my honest opinion about her book cover and I give it to her straight. As I normally would.
I’m very open and honest when I talk about my work, experience and how I can help authors out there.

Watch or listen to this very engaging interview with tips and advice throughout.

iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/…/karina…/id1572493336…

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/3zTjtdwveTXnQug6pzGRG5

Audible https://music.amazon.com/…/the-first-with-dr-sandi…

Are You Ready For The Mayhem?

Indie Mayhem

What do you get when the hosts and contestants are all indie creators, the questions don’t always make sense and the answers are usually wrong? Lots of laughs for everyone and total mayhem!

Indie Mayhem is the new quiz show on YouTube as part of the content on the media platform Go Indie Now, owned and run by author, screenwriter, and director Joe Compton.

The brains behind Indie Mayhem are humorous sci-fi author Ron Lahr and his partner in crime, RJ Burchett.

The first-ever episode aired on the 30th of March 2022.

All the contestants are independent artists, such as authors, musicians, and filmmakers. And it’s an international show, so the guests and viewers are from all over the world. In fact, in the premiere episode, the contestant came from the US, Greece and Ireland.

All the shows are listed on this playlist

Please watch the show, it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Like and subscribe to the channel and make sure you don’t miss any of the great content on the Go Indie Now.

A Rant & A Cry

If you’re a regular listener to my live radio show, Author Assist on the Artist First Radio network, you know how the show works. Okay, sometimes I throw in a few surprises for my guest like making them sing, live on air and getting them to take part in a quiz, they knew nothing about.

Well, on the last show, Friday 8th April, I did two things I’ve never done before in the five years I’ve been on the air. I had a rant, and I cried. I’m not going to tell you what the rant was about or why I cried, you need to listen to the show and find out.
As well as those two monumental occurrences, we have awesome music from Lola Black and her hit single Hot Enough. Live readings from two of my flash fictions from my Collection, Heads & Tales, and my wonderful guest, Teri M Brown, who also does a reading for you.


So plenty of entertainment. You can listen to the archived show here.

Download a copy of Heads & Tales

Meet Teri M Brown. On the podcast Behind The Pen

Ans find out more about Lola Black and her music

Check out Teri M Brown’s debut novel, Sunflowers Beneath The Snow

Day 25 #MarchoftheWriter

What’s your brand?

Good question and I bet many authors can’t answer that. One of the services I provide with Author Assist is branding and design. Many authors don’t see their book as a business but that’s the mindset you need to succeed in this industry. Writing, publishing and selling your book is a business and now it’s time to put that business hat on and take hold of the reigns.

Why brand?
Because you need to stand out in this overly saturated market and having a brand and logo will make you stand out. A unique branding, a unique logo. Everywhere you post, you show your brand and soon people will recognise the logo and know it belongs to you. You get your merch printed with your branding. At cons, your table, banners, bookmarks should all carry your unique brand.

How do I come up with a concept?

Putting my business hat on, I will explain a couple of concepts I have created for my clients. Victoria Saccenti was an award-winning author with a three-book series called Destiny and had a stand-alone book called Noémie’s Journey. What these books had in common was they were set in the 20th century but during a historical time. Now there are thousands of writers that write romance and again historical romance, so how would Victoria stand out? I asked her what plans did she have for her next books, and she surprised me when she said fantasy paranormal series and then something even darker. How was I to tie them all together? I started thinking about what romance represented and it certainly wasn’t all candy floss and chocolates. I thought about the colour of romance and then it clicked smell. The perfume. The Essence of Romance. So we had a branding now to design a logo. I saw a perfume bottle. I played around with the initials, and a signature and then we decided how about the bottle with the scent coming out and making the essence shape into VS.

Here’s how the completed branding looked. I came up with the initial concept, and design but I did not create the logo. but I take no credit for the creation of the banner.

All her following books all fitted so well under the branding of The Essence of Romance.
https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Saccenti/e/B013H2XYPK

As for me, I write in most fiction genres so trying to find a box I fitted in could have been a difficult path to be on and so I jumped off and branded myself as Explosive Writer, as all my books are explosive.

Here’s a testimonial from a client who needed branding and logo.

I only had a vague idea about branding myself as a dystopian author. After a brainstorming session with Karina, she created an identity and brand for me that I wouldn’t have ever considered. Karina is very easy to work with. She is very receptive to an author’s input and thoroughly explains how all the elements of the brand design work together.
Karina is an extremely talented designer she creates beautiful logos and social media banners that are not only original but beautiful as well
I’m very happy with the brand she created for me and I’d highly recommend her services.

James Ayling author

You can read more about what services Author Assist provides and check out the other logos and promo graphics I’ve created over the years.
https://kkauthorassist.wordpress.com/graphics

Wattpad? What?

Here’s what you need to know before I start throwing out numbers. It is a fact now that the writers on Wattpad are not kids and that many of the stories on Wattpad are not suitable for kids. That is why Wattpad has a mature label for adult stories.

Yes, Wattpad started as kids writing fan fiction, and even though there is still fan fiction written, ( Yes, I have partaken in this) that is just a tiny percentage now, compared to before.

I’m an avid, well more like addicted reader on Wattpad and I have a pen name for my fan-fiction and I use my own name for my novel work.

The Wattpad app came out in 2008 – 14 years ago.

90 million readers use Wattpad.

Wattpad stories are available in over 50 languages.

Even though most of the stories on there are free to read, their paid book users have spent half a billion minutes reading the paid books. On average there are 30 million minutes of reading every month from these paid books.

I have read stories on Wattpad that can easily rival a bestseller.

Wattpad authors have gone on to receive publishing contacts and many, more every year, get picked up by TV or film producers.

So, back in 2015 many took part in a Wattpad challenge called A to Z of Wattpad. I have decided in recognition of how frigging AWESOME Wattpad is, I would resurrect this challenge. And if any Wattpad readers or writers happen to see this blog, I challenge you to post your A to Z of Wattpad.

LET’S DO THIS!

SCAM

SCAM! by Stevie Turner

Winner of the 2021 Electric Eclectic Novella Prize

Lauren West and Ben Hughes are saving frantically for their forthcoming marriage and mortgage deposit. When Lauren sees an advert online from a firm of brokers extolling the profits to be gained by buying and selling Bitcoins, she is interested enough to pursue it further.

Lauren clicks on the advert. She is soon contacted by Paul Cash, a knowledgeable stockbroker whom Lauren trusts straight away. He is affable, plausible, and seemed genuinely interested in her welfare. Lauren looks forward to making enough money to be able to surprise Ben and bring the date of their wedding forward, and also to put a deposit down on their ideal house.

 What could possibly go wrong?

An Electric Eclectic book, published by Crimson Cloak Publishing

UK, https://amzn.to/3uRK74W

USA & Internationalhttp://getbook.at/scam

BIO

Stevie Turner is a British author of romantic suspense, humour, paranormal stories, and women’s fiction family dramas.

She is a cancer survivor and lives in the same picturesque Suffolk village she and her husband Sam moved to in 1991 with their two boys. Her boys are now grown, and she and Sam have 5 lovely grandchildren.

Stevie Turner’s debut novel ‘Mind Games’ was self-published in October 2013 and took her 30 years to write.  Stevie now had the writing bug big time!

Her serious suspense/ thriller ‘A House Without Windows, won a New Apple Book Award in 2014, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015.

The screenplay ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won Stevie a silver award in the 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival.

Now SCAM! championed the EE Novella Fiction Prize.

Nikki Flynn, A Lady Who Wears Lots Of Hats.

Nikki Flynn is a writer, author, scriptwriter, director, cast director, audio sound engineer – I’m sure I’ve left something out??

When she got together with a Uni friend and decided to build a fantasy world, they had no idea how big it would get and that they would turn each episode into audio, with voice actors playing the parts of the characters.

With a large and loyal fan base, Nikki and Edwin Dantes keep bringing in the scripts and getting them out to their eager audience.

Anthologies of Ullord is a fantasy series that follows a wide array of characters. The perspectives of mortal travelers, inhabitants of different areas and the gods that govern the events of the realm all frame the larger story of the plane. The books and scripts tie into the audio fiction podcast of the same name.

Nikki is also working on solo projects like her magical pirate series, Chronicles of Fhaerythe and she’s just started working on book two of the Apotheosis, Book one being Grim. She’s got plenty of new ideas staying with the fantasy genre but may be moving away from YA.

I had a great chat with Nikki, but to understand the uniqueness and expanse of the world Edwin and Flynn have created, I would need more than an hour. Here’s the condensed (fiction) life of Nikki Flynn in 30 minutes.

The audio series is amazing to listen to with professional voice actors, music and special effects. So addictive!

Where to find the books and listen to the audio series.

https://www.amazon.com/Anthologies-Ullord-5-Book/dp/B09CGH3T86

https://anchor.fm/anthologies-of-ullord

https://anchor.fm/fhaerythe-audio

https://soundcloud.com/phantasmalbardstudios/tracks

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRLXnDhB1EV3ltDrjkDwMJw?view_as=subscriber

https://www.facebook.com/PhantasmalBardStudios

From Yale Med to Yale Ed.

It all started for Eric Goodman with his love for reading and then writing scripts for film, screenplays and then he started his non-fiction career freelancing for women magazines. Travel articles and blogs came next as he and his wife and their young child travelled through South-East Asia.

Eric published his first two novels in his 20’s – moving on a few years he’s just released his 6th novel, Cuppy and Stew.

This is a heart-wrenching tale of love, loss and a bit of luck.

The first part of the book tells a historical love story about how Susan Morgan, Eric’s (the author actual) wife, fills in missing pieces of her parent’s first meeting. Their love story. That’s what makes the beginning fiction. What makes this first half of the book historical, is the tragedy that followed. Susan and her sister’s parents were on board United flight 629 to Denver, which happened to be the first passenger flight on record that had been bombed. A psycho wanted to kill his mother and claim on her insurance and so stuck a bomb into her suitcase.

Sadly only 12 minutes into the flight the plane exploded killing everyone on board, including Susan and her sister’s parents, known lovingly as Cuppy and Stew. The girls were only 12 and 14 at the time.

What follows the next half is the story is how the two sisters grew through their grief by dealing with it in two different ways. However, both suffered emotional and physical abuse, as told in Susan’s memoirs.

The luck part comes into play, as their parents took out life insurance and instead of someone being the guardian of the money until the children came of age, Stew’s boss and lawyers had the sensible idea of having a bank keep the money until the girls were old enough to receive it. This payment allowed Susan to go to university, where she studied hard and then has had a prospering career. However, her sister took a different path. She never got to study, and sadly passed away earlier than she should.

If that story is not enough to grab your interest wait until you hear about the book he’s nearly finished called Curve Ball.

I enjoyed chatting with Eric and learning more about his incredible talent and the career he’s had so far. Enjoy this episode of Behind The Pen.

Find out more about Eric Goodman and take a look at all his books here.

Can A Book Unite The World?

Yes, it can!

When I started chatting to Athena, I assumed she was just another author and surprisingly a songwriter. But as we continued to chat more and more about her life, dedication, and love came to light.

Please watch this episode and learn about the amazing lady and what she does and plans to do 😉

More about Athena
(Greek Goddess of warfare, wisdom and handicraft.
Athena was regarded as the patron and protectress of various cities.)

Athena Goodman was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was brought to Boston, MA, a couple of weeks after the infamous blizzard of ‘78. By the age of nine, she started developing her passion to write from her innermost feelings and thoughts.

Boston was a quaint new place to her. This prompted her to write more and put everything into writing.  A beginning of a life-long journey to carve her fragile destiny with her mind and a pen as her tools to achieve everything she had ever dreamed of.

As a young girl, she finished reading all the books in her school library before the sixth grade. Goodman’s writing career began as a feature story writer in high school where her first story appeared in the Harvard Gazette.

In Virginia, she wrote for the Sundial Newspaper at a boarding college then named Randolph-Macon Women’s College. Later, she attended Radcliff College where she took graduate writing and editing classes then went to Harvard University, where her love for children’s literature was developed.


Athena Goodman’s Social Handles

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You can also visit my website, athenagoodman.com, to sign up for emails about new releases.

Retail Site of Athena Goodman

http://www.Alekadeals.com