Fun Ways to Entertain Your Brain
What day is it?
If you’re like me, you’ve been afflicted by “lockdown brain.” It can be hard to keep track of the ever-blending days, but even I was surprised to see that I haven’t blogged in months. Instead, I’ve been working on my films and books. (Oh, and watching lots and lots of Netflix – you’ve got to check out Ratched and Lucifer! Great shows.)
All booked up!
I’ve been busy writing a couple of new books, which I can’t wait to tell you about—but they’re still in the early stages. Book 2 of my Immortal Confessions series was released by Third Street Press a couple of months ago, and I turned in the manuscript for Book 3 (out soon). Book 2 is called Music at Midnight.
Synopsis: The endless lives of a Hollywood vampire couple, Ashara and Liam, are turned upside down when their daughter is kidnapped, and they are forced into a world of danger and deceit, where long-dormant family secrets begin to wake. Their search takes them from London to L.A. and Las Vegas, where they meet mysterious and strange supernatural creatures who may not be what they seem. Music at Midnight has romance, humor, and a bit of bloodshed. I am grateful and relieved that readers are liking it so far!
If you’re interested in reading them, here’s a link to the series on Amazon. Get both books for only $7.98! (Audio versions coming soon!) << get books 1 and 2 here Aside from writing, I’ve been reading more than ever. I’ve read some really fantastic books (which encourages me to step up my game!). Two newly-released fictional thrillers stand out in my mind: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, and The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. Sun Down is a paranormal mystery that follows a young woman in the present-day trying to solve the disappearance of her aunt in the 1980s. It switches and back and forth in time and is super suspenseful. Southern Book Club is kind of an adult version of Fright Night—a comedic horror movie from the 80s in which a new neighbor is suspected of being a vampire. The novel starts off light, then gets pretty dark as a group of book-loving moms goes after an evil entity. I read the whole thing in just a few days.
Keeping it reel.
The last time I checked in with you, The Ventures: Stars on Guitars music documentary was on its way to its first screening of many. But along came a virus, which of course quashed the big film festival run. We did win “Best Documentary” at the one pre-pandemic film festival, but after that I had to resort to Plan B. Although I am sad to have missed out on showing the movie to audiences all over the U.S. and the world, and meeting fans of The Ventures in person, I am happy to report that I found a distributor. That means most of you will be able to see The Ventures: Stars on Guitars streaming (or buy a DVD) in December of this year. Better details coming soon – to that end, I created a website for updates and fun: TheVenturesDocumentary.com I also directed an indie feature called The Second Age of Aquarius, which is now in post-production. It should be released in early-to-mid 2021. It’s a sci-fi comedy with a touch of romance and rock n roll. It’s cowritten with my friend and favorite collaborator Darren Smith, and we made the movie with friends – longtime, and new. Synopsis: Ever wonder what it would be like to bring your favorite dead rock star back to life? Alberta certainly has. Since she was a kid, she's dreamed of a world where ultimate 60s rock icon Russell Aquarius was still alive and writing songs just for her. Now a successful computer programmer, she takes her fandom and wishful thinking a step further and makes a Russell Aquarius avatar. Her loneliness and a freak power outage give her more than she bargains for when sparks fly not just in her computer, but also in reality when Russell's avatar comes to life.
The Second Age of Aquarius is going to be a lot of fun! I look forward to showing you some clips and the first trailer, but for now, check out these groovy new posters created by Aaron Kai. <<The Second Age of Aquarius official Facebook <<Aaron Kai official website