Books

Miz Meliz visits with Santa LIVE @TenMiniTT

Posted on December 15th, 2015 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz

Join me for a fun conversation with Santa Claus!

clutch lisa bAnd here is a gift for you… a chance to win a beautiful designer handbag…

Enter to win a special offer from Lisa Becker, author of Click

and her new book, Clutch: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town with Jeffrey A Barnes @DrDisneyland

Posted on September 27th, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Affiliate Links, Books, See the Video on YouTube, TenMiniTT 2015

On this episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Mr. Jeffrey A. Barnes, the author of the new book, The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons From the Happiest Place on Earth. Jeffrey is a Disney historian and even teaches a college course on the History of Disneyland.

You may know, I love Disneyland and everything to do with Walt Disney. I was happily surprised to get to see Dr. Disneyland himself, Jeffrey A. Barnes, speak at the Entertainment New Media Conference this month in Hollywood, CA. He told his amazing story about how he overcame the odds and was able to write and publish his book. He is a talented story teller. He has a special way of bringing you along on his journey.

11870745_850356798379172_3841608876313040947_nJeff loves Disneyland, and he is also a huge baseball & football fan. He loves to travel, visit baseball stadiums, and play video games. Jeff and his wife have a wonderful family and would seem to have the classic fairy-tale life. But, like the Disney stories we all know and love, it didn’t come easily. When Jeff had the chance to start teaching his most beloved topic, the history of Disneyland which he had been preparing his whole life, he was given the news that he had a brain tumor and needed surgery within days. When he realized the recovery from the surgery, even if it was benign, would jeopardize the class from taking place, perhaps ever – you won’t believe what he did.

Find out about how it all came together and resulted in the publishing of his dream project, The Wisdom of Walt:  Leadership Lessons from The Happiest Place on Earth  in my interview with Jeffrey on  Blab.im and Meerkat.

Please join me and the author of The Wisdom of Walt, and find out how Disneyland can inspire and motivate each of us to live a great story and be the best possible version of ourselves.

Melissa Reyes with Jeffrey and Nicky Barnes with the Book The Wisdom of Walt

Melissa Reyes with Jeffrey and Nicky Barnes, at ENMNCon15, Hollywood

Let me know if you have a question for Jeffrey, and if you would like to buy his book, click here…

Juggling with Author Genie Davis on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town @GenieWrites @TenMiniTT

Posted on September 6th, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Guest Post, See the Video on YouTube, TenMiniTT 2015

My friend and author, Pauline Baird Jones, referred me to Genie Davis when I asked if she knew any other authors who might like to be on the show. I am delighted that Genie agreed and I can’t wait to interview her!

Guest Post Title BarHello there, I’m a juggler. I think that fits me more than saying I’m a novelist, journalist, screenwriter, or blogger, at least right now. A lot of times I wish I could just sit down and work on one book project, or one screenplay – something I have done in the past, but that’s not the way life is going at the moment.

Right now, I’m working on a number of different projects, and keeping them all from crashing to the ground is pretty much what I do. Each has its own sphere of influence in my heart.

At the moment, I’m just getting a fairly major blog off the ground. It’s called DiversionsLA, and while a lot of the events I write about take place in or around Southern California, you don’t have to live in the City of Angels to enjoy it. The sub-title is “Art, Film, Food, Fun and Travel” and that pretty much sums it up. If you like contemporary art, independent film, cool restaurants, or you’re looking for some off-the-beaten path travel that you don’t have to sell your car to afford, then check us out. One of the things I love best about writing the blog is that I can write whatever I want to write, describe things I absolutely adore. So I’m very passionate about that, and about being to present artists and films and destinations that people might not have otherwise heard about. It’s very visual, too, most of the photos in each story are from Jack Burke, whose photography is really pretty amazing. If you don’t believe me, check out his awesome photos in the “Stars Over Moab” story about a glamping vacation.

Another big project right now is a really exciting Young Adult novel I’ve co-written with my writing partner on a number of projects, the very talented Linda Marr. The Cannibal Hunter” is a near-future coming of age story with a strong female protagonist, the first in a series that touches on love, family, government corruption, and yes, a cannibal virus. It’s entered in the Amazon Scout program, and if you click this link to help us nominate it for publication through that program, you can read a short excerpt, and if the book is published through Amazon Scout, you’ll get a free copy. Kind of a win/win.  If you like romantic suspense, we have two releases out now, “Between the Sheets” and “Animal Attraction.” Let us know you’ve purchased one or the other and we’ll send you a fun short as an extra.

Another awesome shared project awaits: I’m writing one of a two novella set with my wonderful friend and brilliant writer Pauline Baird Jones for Holiday release. Very excited indeed about this new collaboration! (Editor’s note, Pauline B. Jones has also appeared on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town.)

IMG_2620I’ve also got several solo projects out there, including a mystery I’m really attached to, which has been nicely compared to Sue Grafton’s style. “Marathon”  is also the first in a series, but I’ll have a new stand alone, “Gun to the Head” out very soon.

And then of course there’s my marketing communications work and magazine writing. I write for both print and e-zines, on subjects from travel to toys, wine and beer, technology, and finance. You name it, I write it. In the mar/comm area I do corporate videos, write brochures, blogs, and social media.

Want to hear more about me juggling, tune in Tuesday! See the interview LIVE on Blab.

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Genie Davis – Author and Blogger

Show Notes

Author Genie DavisGenie loves checking out cool art exhibits; road trips; and reading with her kitty. We have a few things in common. It will be a great show.

Join us on Tuesday, September 8th on the next episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town LIVE on Blab.im

We will talk about Genie’s NEW books -and republished books.

We will also discuss what it is like moving from traditional publishing to indie publishing.

What is on the Horizon?

IMG_2477I will find out about Genie’s new romantic suspense releases.

Since we are both bloggers, of course we will talk blogging and how it was for Genie when she started her art blog, DiversionsLA

Genie and I will definitely get into what she is passionate about including screen and novel writing.

Connect with Genie Davis Here:

  • Twitter: @geniewrites @diversionsla
  • Website: com
  • Facebook: GenieDavis
  • Blog: DiversionsLA.com
Genie Davis with writing partner on several projects, Linda Marr

Genie Davis with writing partner on several projects, Linda Marr

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www.geniedavis.com   Between the Sheets – July 2015 Animal Attraction – April 2015 Marathon – January 2014 available now @Amazon, B&N, iBook, Kobo

Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town Featuring @christofurlopez and The Burning River Authors @wildoatmeal @JaneRLaForge and @chellacouringto

Posted on August 11th, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Affiliate Links, Books, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Live Performances, TenMiniTT 2015

I had the pleasure of meeting the Burning River authors who are about to embark on their West Coast Tour! Please join me and Jay for the interview in the video below on this episode of Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town:

Burning River Authors West Coast Author Tour 2015

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 The Tongue & Groove

Spreading the Word for 11 years!

 A monthly offering produced by Conrad Romo of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music. 

Sunday August 16th
6:00 pm
The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028

The Hotel Cafe is located in the middle of Hollywood on Cahuenga Blvd, between Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd. Cahuenga blvd is 3 blocks west of Vine Street.

Directions: Exit Cahunega Blvd from the 101 Freeway.
Head South for a few blocks (past Hollywood Blvd) unitl you get to 1623.
We’re on the right. DO NOT USE APPLE MAPS. There are many parking options in the neighborhood. Street parking is also available.

Burning River began as a chapbook publisher in 2009 and published nine chapbooks in six years. Our publications were reviewed in various journals, such as the Boston Literary Journal, Gently Read Literature, and The Adirondack Literary Review. Our authors have been nominated for Pushcart prizes, Best of the Net anthologies, and have placed in the O. Henry awards; they have read in a number of venues, from Beyond Baroque in Venice, Calif., to the Mellow Pages Library in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jane Rosenberg LaForge was the first author published by Burning River. I “met” Jane when she reached out to me at MizMeliz.com to help her find a location for the Los Angeles stop on the West Coast Tour. I was happy to suggest a place that I did a poetry reading at a few years ago. When Jane got back to me and told me about the Tongue & Groove show at the Hotel Cafe, I was just thrilled. I can’t wait to meet her and the other authors in the group on Sunday. In preparation and for promotion – of course I couldn’t wait to extend an invitation to the group to be on my show, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town!

Let me know if you can attend the reading at the Tongue & Groove in Hollywood on Sunday, August 16th. Be sure to say “Hi Miz Meliz!” if you see me there!

Show Notes

 Author Showcase (for writers, published authors, book promos)

Our Guest1896762_10102284305250994_1732018790_n (1) Authors:
  • Christopher Bowen
  • Jane Rosenberg LaForge
  • Linda Lenhoff
  • Samuel Snoek-Brown
  • Chella Courington
What We Will Talk About:
  • Reading, writing, cooking, yoga, travel
  • August 16 reading at Tongue and Groove in Hollywood
  • Humanitarianism, food, travel, blogging
  • Author-friendly independent bookstores, great restaurant scene as well, and some local music venues
Where Can We Connect with You?
Blog/Website: http://www.burningriver.info
Twitter: @wildoatmeal
caaronbowen@gmail.com
Chella Courington

Chella Courington

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Flying South. Kind of a Hurricane Press (Barometric Pressures Series), January 2015

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Love Letter to Biology 250, Cincinnati, OH: Porkbelly Press, November 2014

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Girls & Women. Cleveland, OH: Burning River, April 2011

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Paper Covers Rock, Canton, OH: Indigo Ink Press, September 2011

TONIGHT : Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town: Burning River Authors. Tues 6pm PDT on #blab. Subscribe now ➼ https://blab.im/tnymng

Podcast Interview with Pauline B Jones

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Affiliate Links, Books, Everything Miz Meliz, See the Video on YouTube, Subscribe to MizMeliz on iTunes

 

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