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Author Interview: ‘N9NE: It Gets Easier’ by Crystal Porter-Bazemore and Bryana Holcomb

About the Book:

What you will read is an experiment. It’s our daily commitment to put onto pages our conversations with God and include one another. We became accountability partners in our evidential journals. Evidence that we live authentically, even if only behind closed doors some days. And evidence of our truths on the pages, in the tongue, that is normally reserved for God. Some days, shaking, we followed His will. We were accountable to one another to write and read daily, judgment free. The journey to N9NE started when Bry interviewed Crystal for a magazine she was working for at the time. Crystal is an Actress, Writer & Producer. Bry is a Life Coach, Writer, and Artist. One can only imagine how three hours later, the interview evolved into a conversation and that conversation was the start of a friendship. They were two women who had moved cross-country to expand their careers and their lives. They moved to Los Angeles with dreams, gifts, hope, and faith. They share many commonalities but the one that kept emerging was their courage to leap!

 

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What people are saying:

Courageous

“Each day being new, a feeling of excitement leaps before you. Oh, they are so courageous!”

– Loretta Divine, Actress

Peaceful

“This book centered me and gave me peace…it challenged me to find my own inner-peace.”

– Rashante Lee-Seaborn, Wardrobe Specialist

Beautiful Reminder

“Beautiful reminder to be open to what God and the universe has for you.”

– Melissa Potter, Patient Engagement and Outreach

4 STARS

“Another 4 star review! I recommend this great read and look forward to more stories by this author.”

-Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews

 

Youtube: Crys and Bry Present N9NE the book

Author Interview with Crystal:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I am from the south with very strong southern roots. I grew up in Atlanta, GA with family in both Charleston, SC and Miami, FL. My family is a family of educators so naturally after graduating from Hampton University with a BA in English Arts, they thought I would go to law school and maybe one day write a book. They had no idea, I would go into acting and write for a living.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I don’t. I write when I am inspired. A story or characters will pop into my head and speak to me.   It’s at that point I have to put them on page and begin constructing their world. I have written one television pilot this way. A television series with my husband, Tawan Bazemore came in the same creative fashion. As did the feature script that I just completed the ninth draft of. The idea for the book N9NE: It Gets Easier was introduced to me by an inspired thought, I just had to find a co-author to go on the journey with me. I was lucky Bryana Holcomb said “Yes.” It is how the idea for my next book too is coming into fruition.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Simply, God.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I let it carry me as I go along. That’s creativity flowing. That is God flowing through me. N9NE: It Gets Easier is unique in that it stared as an experiment. I wanted to see if I had the courage to put on page my conversations with God and include another person. So I invited Bry to join me. It was to be a 40 day experiment that turned into a 90 day journey. We found that in our authenticity we became accountability partners. Supporting each other on our life journey and living out loud. We became unapologetic in our truth. Accepting that our lives were not finished, not perfect, not famous but beautifully our own. We opened a door to a freedom that changed the course of our living for an amazing good.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Our book is inspiration. There is a theme of God that runs through N9NE. I am a Christian so God will always be a major part of my writings. But our book is meant to inspire everyone. Some have categorized N9NE as a self-help book. And I am fine with that too. Although we are not teaching just sharing. So if sharing our lives helps another, then we have done good.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

That’s a great question. I am an Actress so I would see myself playing Me and Bry playing herself. I think our dream cast would be Us.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I love to read. Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors. I wrote my graduating thesis on her works. She writes with the heart and spirit of language that moves and motivates. Her voices are distinct and unapologetic. I love that! I also find that truth in Charles Bukowski. He’s a “sweet little motherfucker.” From his poem “Like a Cherry Seed In the Throat.”

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am on my seventh journey of Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way.” I am also in rehearsal for a show at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood opening in September. My husband and I are in post-production on the short film, Sound and pilot Unofficially: Home. And we are looking to get my feature script made.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favorite book is our book N9NE. Not because it’s the best piece of literature written or because it will change lives. It’s my favorite book because Bry and I took a leap of faith and surprised ourselves. It’s a beautiful day when you can push beyond your own limits and surprise yourself.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Figure out why you want to write and then start writing. I say figure out why because there will be days when others question you and you may even question yourself. If you can answer for your own self, the why. It will sustain you and push you beyond doubt, fear, no’s and nay -sayers.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

We are on all social media sites! And we love to hear from you!

N9NE:

Website: www.bryandcrys.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/bryandcrys

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bryandcrys

Twitter: @bryandcrys

Crystal Porter- Bazemore

Website: www.cryspbazemore.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cryspbazemore

Facebook: www.facebook.com/crystalporterbazemore

Twitter: @cryspbazemore

Bryana Holcomb

Instagram: www.instagram.com/brydelicia

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BryanaHolcomb

Twitter: @ArtofDefinition

Extracts:

PREFACE 

by Bryana Holcomb

The journey to N9NE started when I interviewed Crystal for a magazine I was working for at the time. Crystal is an Actress, Writer & Producer. I am a Life Coach. You can imagine how three hours later, the interview evolved into a conversation and that conversation was the start of a friendship. We were two women who had moved cross-country to expand our careers and our lives.  We moved to Los Angeles with dreams, gifts, hope and faith. We shared many commonalities but the one that kept emerging was our courage to leap!

If you understand the leap of faith, then you recognize the bond that grows from a conversation into a friendship. Four years later, a friendship into a sisterhood. And if you stay on that road of faith, you find out the distance of measure that life will take you when you move for God’s will as opposed to your own. It is vast. It is unknown at times. It is worth everything!  Because when you move for God’s will, that is when the net appears. That is where our journey to N9NE begins.

Biblically, the number nine symbolizes divine completeness. Nine also represent the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit: faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, joy, kindness, long suffering, love, peace, and self-control. It’s not by coincidence that this number came into our lives. Whenever we were greeted by the number nine it showed us itself in its entirety. We needed nine without knowing we needed it. The beauty is we’ve always had nine and never knew we had it.

This is our journey of inspiring one another while aligning with God’s vision for our lives. We were told our birthright is the planet. We weren’t simply born into communities, cities, states, or countries. We were born onto the planet, where there are no boundaries.

This book touches a lot of subjects. We hope that after reading this, it is our truth that stretches you beyond yourself. That you too will discover the transformative possibilities writing can bring. The responsibility that comes with every “yes”. The brave heart it takes to accept someone else’s truth when it is not your own. The awareness that every day we breathe is evidence that we live, making our lives necessary to the evolution of humanity. And if you’re open, allowing God’s plan to become greater than your own. That is the ultimate N9NE.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

by Crystal Porter Bazemore

What you will read is an experiment. It’s our daily commitment to put onto pages our conversations with God and include one another. We became accountability partners in our evidential journals. Evidence that we live authentically, even if only behind closed doors some days. And evidence of our truths on the pages, in the tongue, that is normally reserved for God. Some days, shaking, we followed His will.  We were accountable to one another to write and read daily, judgment free.

The experiment was to last forty days; however pretty or not.  Day forty came and went and we kept writing. There was more to the story to tell and read. It wasn’t time. So, we kept writing. A metamorphosis was taking place. We were awakening into clarity of self-sacrifice and self-love. There was a freedom that was happening. Releasing the old to the new, we were expanding. We were shedding and supporting one another. Sometimes even verbally through written replies, as shown in the text below our entries. It was beautiful. Unknowingly we were on our journey of N9NE with God at the helm. It wasn’t until we chose a date to complete our writing that we decided to meet.

It was over dinner at a café in Studio City that Bry & I changed the course of our lives. We decided that our eighty-one days would become the manuscript that you are reading today. Nothing changed. The names, the situations, the celebrations, the disappointments, the fears, the discoveries, the loves and losses, the life and death, the rebirth…all real. All as originally written.

That is brave.

We are both very private and imperfect women. As you will read, the trust grew slowly. And the walls came down, some days heavy and with little grace.  But when those walls disappeared, change happened almost immediately. This was another leap of faith. But this time, we took it together.

I’m sure by now you realize how we got to N9NE. It was easy; we listened to God. We don’t believe in coincidences. So, it was divine to reread our pages and find that every ninth day something special was happening. A renewal of sorts. Whether minute or grand, the eight days that lead up to every ninth day was like a cocoon to our butterfly moments. Yes, you get more than one of those. We were coming into our own, anew. Coming into our next phase, together. Furthermore, it was no coincidence that we extended our forty days of writing to eighty-one. After all, eight plus one equals nine.

When living by God’s divine will, our plans pale. Aren’t we the fortunate ones? When we realize, the numbers adding to nine signify “climbing the Holy mountain for humanity, leader, giving and receiving, responsibility, Universal Love, Brotherhood, unfolding, completion, humanitarianism, benevolent, intuitive, selflessness” that made clear our journey in completeness.  Our journey to living authentically out loud!  Our journey to discovering the life we were meant to live and living it unapologetically. Not unfinished, not perfect, not famous but beautifully our own. See, our names are probably not familiar to you. Our face would not be recognized in a crowd. We are two friends whose lives were redirected by an experiment with each other and God.

We welcome you to our journey to N9NE. For purpose of individuality and clarity, Bry has chosen the color sunbeam yellow to represent her soul in writing. I have chosen apple green.

 

About the Authors:

CRYSTAL Porter BAZEMORE, Actress, Writer, Author.

Bazemore is from Atlanta, GA. She is a graduate of Hampton University with BA in English Arts. Her credits include studio and indie award-winning films; TV credits; regional and national voice campaigns; and regional and touring theatre companies. View full resume at www.imdb.me/cryspbazemore.

Bazemore recently wrapped filming on Tawan Bazemore’s short film Sound. She is also a co-producer on the project. Look for Bazemore in the feature films Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes and At the End of The Tunnel. Both films are currently in film festivals. She is writing a screenplay for a feature film and co-producing a pilot and with her husband, Tawan Bazemore for CinemaOptics. Bazemore is a self-published, first time Author of N9NE: It Gets Easier. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Life Definition Specialist and Writer

Bryana Holcomb is a life coach and author dedicated to empowering women. Through coaching and motivational speaking, she is able to offer clarity and happiness to her clients. She is the extra set of ears you need when you just want to talk it out, connect to the certified coach you need to WORK it out. With her coaching degree and certifications coming from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, she’s basically your bestie on steroids. Bryana’s aim is to inspire YOU to be the best version of yourself! With her life coaching business, The Art of Definition, Bryana promotes the idea that life is a canvas allowing the artist to create it how they envision. Her work encourages you to take charge of your canvas and tools and explore The Art of Definition.

Bryana Holcomb also holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign concentrating in gender and women’s studies, as well as an MBA in management strategy. She uses her business and gender studies background to help support her clients as well as maintain a dynamic business.

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Release Blitz: ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ by Ellie Masters

Down The Rabbit Hole

a second chance romance

by Ellie Masters

Publisher: JEM Publishing, LLC

Releasing

August 23rd: iBooks, Nook, Google Play

August 30th: Amazon

 

 

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What Reviewers are Saying:

“Ellie Masters has written a powerful story of one woman’s journey into submission and slavery and given us two dynamic, rich, multilayered characters in the process.” ~ Melanie, Goodreads reviewer

“Angie’s journey to self-rediscovery is incredible. “~ Lori, Goodreads reviewer

 

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Are second chances a myth? After twenty-five years, I expect champagne and flowers. What I get instead is heartbreak and a divorce. With my life a shambles, I hit the road and begin a voyage of self discovery and growth. When my keyboard reveals a world of sensual fantasy and dark desires, I don’t know whether to leap into the unknown or play things safe. What I do know is that I’m worth a second chance. I may be forty-five, but I’m not ready to give up on love.

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ELLIE MASTERS is the bestselling author of Heart’s Insanity: an Angel Fire Rock Romance. She writes multiple genres, creating the stories she loves to read. These are dark erotic tales. Or maybe sweet contemporary stories. How about a romantic thriller to whet your appetite? Ellie writes it all. Want to read passionate poems and sensual secrets? She does that too. Dip into the eclectic mind of Ellie Masters, spend time exploring the sensual realm where she breathes life into her characters and brings them from her mind to the page and into the heart of her readers every day.

When not writing, Ellie can be found outside, where her passion for all things outdoor reigns supreme: off­ roading, ATV-ing, scuba diving, hiking, and breathing fresh air, are just a few of her favorite pursuits.

She has lived all over the United States, east, west, north, south and central, but grew up under the Hawaiian sun. Now, Ellie is proud to call herself a Southern transplant, learning to say y’all and ‘bless her heart’ with the best of them. She lives with her beloved husband, two children who refuse to flee the nest, and four fur-­babies; three cats who rule the household, and a dog who wants nothing other than for the cats to be his friends. The cats have a different opinion regarding this matter.

Ellie’s favorite way to spend an evening is curled up on a couch, laptop in place, watching a fire, drinking a good wine, and bringing forth all the characters from her mind to the page and hopefully into the hearts of her readers.

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Release Blitz: ‘Meet Me in Savannah: A Collection’

Meet Me in Savannah: A Collection
Authors: Various
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 30, 2018
Blurb

The summer heat isn’t the only thing steamy in Savannah.

Seven authors bring you seven scorching stand-alones about love, lust, suspense and second chances set amongst the historic cobblestones and plantation homes of this southern city where the only thing hotter than the weather is the men that call Savannah home.

 

Behind every great hatred there may be a love story, but behind the face of an angel and his sweet words was nothing but pretty little lies.

My hatred for Noah Hill really did start as love – hard as it is to believe.

A love that was the earth-shattering, forever type that not everyone is fortunate enough to experience in their lifetime… or so I thought.

Take a picture, it’ll last longer.

That’s what he said to me.

That was the biggest lie of them all.

Because the broken heart remained long after the pictures burned.

 

 

 

COMING SOON
L.A. Taylor

 

L.A. Taylor lives Down Under. Makeup Artist, Shoe whore, Taylor Swift enthusiast, beach bum, coffee drinker, nap taker, bad driver, snake charmer and dreamer. Often can be found having dance parties in her lounge, watching Top Gun or at the beach or at Kmart and Target buying things she doesn’t need.


 

 

Once college sweethearts, Poppy and Keir were the all American couple.

Until the big time came calling.

Misunderstandings and miscommunications lead to broken hearts and broken trust.

But fate throws them a second chance when their paths cross again.

Now they have to decide if they are ready to take another try at forever, or if the past is better left behind them.

Kier knows this is his final down. His last opportunity to make it right, but Poppy’s going to need a little more convincing.

Throwing out a Hail Mary, he gives it all he’s got.

With a little luck, this time he may just be able to Score.

 

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Emma Louise

 

A long time lover of all things romance, Emma Louise is a book blogger turned debut writer. She’s a die hard bibliophile, addicted to tea (Real British tea) and speaks fluent sarcasm.

She lives with her husband, three children and overgrown puppy in South Wales, UK.

Having been an avid reader for as long as she can remember, she’s recently decided to try her hand at writing a love story of her own.

 

 

 

The roller coaster called life can take you on many different journeys.

Some you crave and long for, others you regret and wish you could forget, but some claw their way inside of you and refuse to let go.

Amelia’s journey has included flips, twists, turns and scares, but when she is finally brave enough to take the reins for herself, her path leads back to her past. Back to Grayson Aldrich.

He’s the man who embodied all three types of journeys. Longing, regret, and a love so deep it would be forever embedded in her heart.

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Emma Nichole

After years of living vicariously through so many characters and stories created by others, Emma Nichole has taken the plunge herself.

A southern girl born, raised, and still residing in Tennessee, she holds the quirks of this area of the world close to her heart, and showcases it in her writing.

She’s a wife, a mother of two, an avid college football fan (Go Vols), a best friend, a sister, a lover of all music, movies, and above all else… a lover of books.

 

 

 

She was the one that got away.

Destined for culinary greatness, Bethany left behind the only life she’d ever known. And the man who broke her heart.

He was the one she could never forget.

Three years could change a man. Gideon was proof of that.

Pride and selflessness forced him to make choices that altered his life forever. But his biggest regret would always be letting her go.

What happens when true love is set to simmer?

For Bethany and Gideon, it may be a second chance to set fate right.

Meet them in Savannah and fall in love all over again.

 

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C.G. Burnette

 

I’m a self-proclaimed book addict. It’s sad but true. I want ALL THE WORDS! My love of words led me to blogging and blogging led me to this newest and most awesome adventure as an author. What a ride this will be!

I’m a mommy to two really cute little guys who run me happily ragged on most days and a wife to a wonderful man who has had my heart since the day he said hello. I have a vast collection of Godzilla toys, dinosaurs, LEGO pieces and blocks in all shapes and colors. Romance novels have been my thing since my aunt snuck me a Harlequin when I was ten. And let’s not forget the binge watching of all things anime, Vikings and old B movies.

Let the fun begin!

 

 

 

You know how fairy tales start?

Once upon a time…blah, blah, blah.

Girl meets handsome prince…blah, blah, blah.

They kiss…blah, blah, blah.

Throw in an apple and she almost dies, he swoops in and saves her life. Then they live happily ever after?

My story is just like that, but with a few minor changes.

Goes like this: Girl sees family being murdered; girl runs for her life, then finds out she isn’t exactly who she thought she was because she’s been lied to. Oh yeah, as it turns out, she’s also in quite a bit of danger, with a lovely bounty over her head.

With one man ordered to “watch me,” and another one who promised to protect me, who exactly am I supposed to trust, when I’m just finding out who I really am?

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Scarlett.

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Jenna Cole

 

Jenna is a book hoarding, book boyfriend stealing author from Florida. She’s the wife of an Army veteran (Hooah) and the mother of a teen daughter (send wine). She works in the corporate world, where she’s been busted several times for breaking out her kindle to finish a book. When she’s not spending time with her family, you can find her reading, hitting up the beach, and blogging and chatting about books with friends.


 

Protecting her is easy.

Falling for her is dangerous.

Loving her could destroy them both.

Melanie Quinn has given up on finding a man until she meets her sexy new bodyguard with an irresistible smile. She trusts him with her protection but refuses to hand over her heart.

Chase Taylor, ex-marine, has given up on life until he lands a job as a bodyguard for a beautiful, fiery red-head. His emotional wounds run deep, but when danger lurks, he’s always willing to go to war. Protecting his Princess could prove to be deadly.

Fate brought them together. Scars from their past could tear them apart.

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JM Kelley

 

JM Kelley loves to write sexy hot Romance as much as she loves to read it. She grew up and still resides in Long Island New York with her husband of twenty-nine years and her three sons. She is a lover of baseball and has been a Yankee fan since the day she was born. If you can’t find her reading or writing she’s probably in Disney World since that’s her favorite place in earth.

 

Cover Design: Kari Nappi, Kovers by Kari

 

Deception and betrayal caused us to swerve off our path of forever.

 

Camryn James –

One night. One decision forced me to walk away from my future. Tragedy brings me home after twelve years, forcing me to face my past and the truths I refused to hear. Surviving Trystan once almost broke me completely. A second time would be impossible.

 

Trystan Harrison –

One mistake. One disaster of epic proportion left the only woman I have ever loved, broken and devastated. After twelve years, Camryn is back home and will be forced to realize that everything is not always as it seems. Second chances are not always promised and I refuse to waste mine.

 

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited

 

Kristi Lynn

 

Kristi Lynn is a certified book whore who has been getting lost in the words of others for years. After going through a tough time a few years back, she decided to put pen to paper as a means to heal. Stories started coming out of nowhere and the decision was made to self-publish. Kristi lives in Connecticut with her rescue pup Jazmine. Coffee is her elixir of choice, followed closely by good sangria, or captain and coke. Music is playing 24/7 around her and she is often singing along (watch those ears, she never claimed to be a good singer). Fall and football season are her preferred time of year (Go Pats! And Julian Edelman is her husband. She has the shirt to prove it.) She lives in flip flops year round (except when mother nature showers her in that blasted white stuff New England is known for in the winter). She swears like a sailor, and has and addiction to finding the perfect quotes for any occasion. She loves to connect with new people, so don’t be shy.


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Book Blitz and Author Interview: ‘Jagdlied: a Chamber Novel’ by Dolly Gray Landon

Title: Jagdlied: a Chamber Novel

For Narrator, Musicians, Pantomimists, Dancers & Culinary Artists

Text by: Dolly Gray Landon

Music by: Gary Lloyd Noland

Graphic by: Lon Gaylord Dylan

Publisher: Gary L Noland

Genre: Literary fiction / Erotica / Thriller / Humorous

 

About the Book:

This musically and graphically enriched chamber novel is an over-the-top black and blue comic extravaganza about the conspiratorial undoing of a teenage entitlement princess. The story throbs throughout with an undercurrent of apocalyptic motifs related to the extinction of art, fall of empire, and coming of the Antichrist. It is an epic farce that reads like an erotically supercharged psychological suspense thriller. The narrative takes the reader/audient on a veritable boomerang roller-coaster ride (with multiple inversions) through a reputational strip-and-whiptease of the novel’s malignantly artful (albeit ingenuously doe-eyed) protagonist: a wealthy young heiress and socialite who boasts an exclusive claim to her progenitors’ munificent estate. Her inheritance comprises an immense fortune amassed through shareholder investments in the world’s largest employment recruiter: the multi-national temp agency behemoth known as the Pleasant Peasant Corporation.

The character-driven narrative of Jagdlied explores themes of jilted love, misinterpreted motives, paranoid ideations, bombastic egos, ghoulish envy, smoldering jealousy, unconscionable revenge ploys, extravagant public humiliations, ruthless power games, insatiable greed, pernicious corruption, feigned moral outrage from all sides, and even (Heaven forfend!) coldblooded murder—all the type of stuff pre-calculated to magnetize your run-of-the-thrill-seeking bookworms and bibliophiles.

A rich repository of tongue-in-cheek nonce words, malapropisms, neologisms, archaisms, spoonerisms, slanguage, and whole swaths of unintelligible nonsense, the text of Jagdlied is also replete with irreverently lurid, salacious, and scatologic elements, which serve to set it in motion as a formidable contender for the distinctive cachet of being regarded (by cultivated aesthetes of omnifarious persuasions) as a momentously serious dirty book. It is targeted towards percipient readers and audients in possession of a well-seasoned sick and—dare it be said—cruel batch of funny bones inflected with a gallows-cum-smoking-room bent.

Whilst the plot of this story (grotesquely absurd as it will undoubtedly be esteemed) embraces reflexively cringeworthy sadomasochistic motifs, its author would hesitate to instyle it as porn, yet he would not be wholly disinclined to characterize it as a farcical parody thereof. And whilst at the same time its author is admittedly predisposed to eschew ascribing labels of any kind to this opus (especially seeing as what he has concocted is so rarefied in its formal structure that it cannot be facilely pigeonholed), it may not be altogether off the mark to view it as a form of literary neurotica (if, indeed, there is such a genre) as opposed to the more boilerplate literotica—or what in sex nazi circles is dysphemistically adverted to (in no uncertain squirms) as “filth.”

Whilst the text of Jagdlied may be read in silence as a novel in the traditional sense, it is ultimately written for the purpose of being recited by a skilled elocutionist to the accompaniment of extemporized music by ad hoc variable ensembles in relatively brief, self-contained or—depending on how one looks at it—semi self-contained episodes with the aid of a do-it-yourself improvisation kit provided in its appendix. This “kit” is likenable to a Baroque-style table of ornaments, albeit comprehending specific sets of chance operations for each and every participant involved in renditions of individual fascicles of this work. Aside from entailing a professional narrator and musical extemporizers, the score discretionarily calls for pantomime actors, dancers (hence choreographers), set designers, culinary artists, and even members of the audience itself.

 

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Five star review from Literary Titan

www.literarytitan.com/2018/07/30/jagdlied-a-chamber-novel-for-narrator-musicians-pantomimists-dancers-culinary-artists

 

Purchase Links:

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Author Interview:

 

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

As a composer, I have been interested for many years in writing texts that can be narrated to extemporized music.  I especially enjoy performing the texts at the piano with other musicians. What got me started writing (you ask)…? That would probably best be discussed in a private room with a disorders analyst. J

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I function best early in the day but often continue well into the night. I am either at my screen or at the piano, depending on what creative activities I am involved in.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The ideas, if there are any, emerge out of the creative process itself. I usually have to improvise at the piano or write something down in order to generate new material. My experience as a composer has had a profound impact upon my prose writing. Ideas are a dime a dozen. It is the skill, motivation, and stick-to-itiveness to develop them into polished, refined, and finished works of art that separates the sheep from the goats. I’ve encountered a lot of highly intelligent people with excellent ideas who are too effete and unmotivated to bring them to fruition, as if they imagined, somehow, that their ideas, in and of themselves, are tantamount to the end products. I once had a brief conversation with a well-known music theorist who said, “I could bang out a fugue everyday if I wanted to, but what would be the point?” Perhaps it was true, and if so, he was depriving the world of hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of fugues (whether they’d be good or not is anybody’s guess). Of course, there’s a difference between boasting one can do something and actually doing it. I can’t imagine this particular theorist will be eulogized for the thousands of fugues he “could” have written. I suppose I’m articulating the old one-percent-genius-99-percent-perspiration adage, so please excuse me if I’m beating a dead horse.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

To give an example: I began work on my chamber novel Jagdlied in 1991 with no intention other than to sketch out a salacious five- or six-page short story as a brief diversion from other more ambitious musical projects. It grew into a twenty-page story, at which point I decided to set it aside as a “completed” work, even going so far as to affix an opus number to it in my otherwise (mostly) musical oeuvre. I moved on to other projects. When I returned to the story about eleven years later, I was dissatisfied with what I had written. I felt the characterizations were flat and the use of language too bland and conventional to suit my tastes, so I performed some deeper edits and revisions on it until the piece transmogrified into a much more vivid novella of approximately 60 pages. A literary agent contacted me who was interested in promoting it but I didn’t take him up on it, as I didn’t feel it was ready to be released into the world. Only semi-satisfied with what I had written, I set the text aside for another eight-or-so years and, upon returning to it, assumed it might need some minor edits. Little did I realize then that I would be embarking upon the creation of a 230,000-word magnum opus containing 290 graphic scores, an elaborate system by which musicians could extemporize against the text while it’s being narrated, and over 100 YouTube links to performances of my compositions to lend further musical weight to the novel proper. To answer your question: I almost never know in advance exactly how a piece (whether literary or musical) will turn out. It happens, as you suggest, organically while it is being created. I learn more and more about the characters of a novel as the situations and dialogues are interpolated into its structure. My own life experiences inform the transmutation of a work’s gestalt. There are, as you know, many creative people who meticulously plan their works in advance of committing them to paper. That has never been my modus operandi.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I would like to believe that I have invented my own genre—the “chamber novel,” namely: a literary text that is the focal point, or thread, of a piece that holds all the other noise encompassing it (i.e., the music, choreography, pantomimicry, audience participation, etc.) together into a cohesive whole, wherewithout there would be naught but chaos and confusion. To answer your question more specifically, my writings may be classifiable as literary fiction. Whilst the texts are, indeed, influenced by many fiction genres, it is impossible to pigeonhole them into any single specific genre. I would like, however, to view these texts as a form of musical expression.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I have been out of touch with films and television for many years. However, a more apropos question might be what dream cast of performing musicians I would envision for the realization of my chamber novel. In a perfect world I would enlist piano improvisers on a par with Robert Levin, Gabriela Montero McElroy, Frederic Rzewski, Uri Caine, or Marc-André Hamelin (among others) to perform musical commentaries to the text in real time while it’s being narrated. Will Self, Steven Pinker, John Oliver, or Seth MacFarlane would make, I believe, excellent elocutionists. Of course, any well-trained actor who knows and understands the text and can recite it with fluency and depth would be more than welcome to perform it. I’m not certain that this would be the right sort of book for a Hollywood film, as it doesn’t fit the mold. I could, however, imagine a serious director like Lars von Trier or Terry Zwigoff producing a film based on my text. I would entrust them to choose the actors.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I have loved reading since I was young but was never formally trained in English Literature. My academic training is in Music. The writers I most admire are not necessarily the ones whose books I most enjoy reading. I feel great admiration for Will Self, who can be difficult at times. I think Alexander Theroux is, arguably, one of the best living American writers, notwithstanding that, for unfathomable reasons, his works have failed to find a place into the literary canon. David Hirson is a brilliant playwright, but has only written two plays I know of. Of course, one would be hard-pressed not to admire David Foster Wallace, whose career trajectory skyrocketed after his suicide. I could jabber on and on about writers who have moved and influenced me in various ways…

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

My reading habits are less organized than when I was younger. I dip into dozens of books at a time, with the intention of eventually reading everything (unless they are intolerably turgid, dull, or badly written). At the moment I am reading “Cult X” by Fuminori Nakamura, “My Favorite Thing is Monsters” by Emil Ferris, “Walking to Hollywood” by Will Self, “King Leopold’s Ghost” by Adam Hochschild, “The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell, “The Plot Against America” by Phillip Roth (to name a few).

9: What is your favourite book and why?

That’s a difficult question. It’s a relatively rare book that knocks my socks off, although it has happened on occasion. Many of the following works may seem like obvious clichés, as one would necessarily assume they are universally acknowledged: Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Orwell’s 1984 (and a lot of his lesser known fiction & essays), John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Dunces (which I read over thirty years ago and which, upon re-reading it years later, disappointed me somewhat, as the writing itself was not quite as sharp and incisive as I had remembered it, which is not to disparage the writer’s talent in any way), virtually everything by Kafka, some works by Kobo Abe, Kazuo Ishiguro, Stanislaw Lem, and many others. One novel that bowled me over and convinced me, upon reading it, that it was one of the greatest novels in the English language, was Alexander Theroux’s Darconville’s Cat (an opinion shared by Anthony Burgess). Theroux’s more recent (2007) novel Laura Warholic (a 700+ page tome) is also intoxicatingly subversive but not as well known as Darconville’s Cat, probably on account of its being sloppily edited in a few places, which doesn’t diminish the fact that there is quotable material in virtually every paragraph of the text. I love David Hirson’s play La Bête, which was panned by the critics on its initial release in 1991 but later received loud critical acclaim when it was revived internationally some twenty years later. As a composer, I am partial to Christopher Miller’s Sudden Noises from Inanimate Objects. His other books aren’t bad either.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I am not one to offer advice but to solicit it.  “Blind leading the blind,” etc.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

You can go to my Twitter account, where I occasionally post performances of my music and text pieces (in particular, fascicles from my chamber novel Jagdlied): @species7th

Also, you can visit the Dolly Gray Landon Page I set up in Facebook, which is brand new: www.facebook.com/chambernovel.Jagdlied

I will be posting things there as well. Of course, my regular Facebook page is open to the public (as far as I am aware). I post my Youtube videos there on occasion: www.facebook.com/gnoland1

 

For information on the availability for purchase of the six released CDs of my musical compositions, go to: www.northpacificmusic.com

 

If you’d like to listen to one of my pieces (Grande Rag Brillante for piano) on the spot, check it out here:

About the Author:

I suppose I should make it known, to dispel any confusion that might arise, that I have chosen to employ as pen names two anagrams of my real name. I go by my actual name—Gary Lloyd Noland—as the composer, Lon Gaylord Dylan as the illustrator of graphic scores, and Dolly Gray Landon as the author of the text of Jagdlied. I do this in part because American culture has a peculiar incapacity to accept a creative artist wearing more than one hat.

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Cover Reveal: ‘Linear Tactical Series’ by Janie Crouch

Title: Cyclone
Series: Linear Tactical Series #1
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Design
Release Date: September 25, 2018

 

Blurb

 

He’d protect her from any threat…
But what if the biggest threat is him?

Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone.

Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.

Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.

Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him?

Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—his mistakes—that put that look there in the first place.

But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons…

 

 

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Title: Eagle
Series: Linear Tactical Series #2
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Design
Release Date: October 30, 2018

 

Blurb

 

He’s fighting for what’s right…

She’s fighting just to survive…

When former Special Forces soldier Finn Bollinger is asked to help with a deadly government mission, he’s up for the task. His job teaching survival skills to civilians at Linear Tactical keeps him sharp, and he can still handle himself in the field.

But the Army damn well didn’t teach Finn how to handle Charlotte Devereux. She’s back and she’s all sorts of bad news.

Charlotte can’t change the past. Can’t change the choices she made or the fact that they cost her everything. All she can do is endure the fallout. Even if that means putting her future in the hands of Finn, the man who has every right to want to destroy her.

And can in so many more ways than he thinks.

When the undercover mission goes impossibly wrong, they’ll all have to depend on Charlotte’s strength in order to survive.

But everyone has a breaking point…

 

 

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Title: Shamrock
Series: Linear Tactical Series #3
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Design
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Blurb

Every mission has a price.

He never meant for her to pay it.

Aiden Teague had never left a fallen comrade behind, not during his years in the Special Forces nor afterwards as part of Linear Tactical. But he’s forced to do so in an undercover mission gone wrong, leaving a woman trapped in a human trafficking ring.

Violet Collingwood learned in the most brutal way possible that no one is promised a happy ending. She knows Aiden blames himself, at least in part, for what happened to her at the hands of the traffickers, but she refuses to let her abduction define the rest of her life.

She won’t be a victim again.  And she’s going after what she wants: Aiden.

Watching Violet transform herself into a fierce warrior is the sexiest thing Aiden has ever seen. The honorable plan would be to stay away from her—let her heal and grow without the shadow of his mistakes clouding her progress—even though every instinct tells him to claim her for his own.

But when they discover the danger they thought they’d left behind is closer than ever, they’ll have to confront their fears and fight side-by-side in order to survive.


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USA TODAY bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the Romance Writers of America.

Janie recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp) traveling, and movies of all kinds.

 

 

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