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Observations of the LA Times Festival of Books 2009

I've returned from Day One of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. I am representing an Hawaiian publisher of SAT Preparation books at this year's show. I'm sharing space in Booth 143, the Book Publicists of Southern California booth. It was an interesting first day. Here are some of my observations.

First, the Day One crowd in 2009 appears to be at least as big as the 2008 crowd. That's remarkable considering people's perception of the economy. It really shouldn't… Continue

Added by Bill Frank on April 25, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Arab pop star Haifa Wehbe gets married

Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe, the biggest sex symbol in the Arabic pop scene, was set to celebrate her wedding at a star-studded bash on Friday, a day after a hush-hush private ceremony.

Added by Mark David on April 25, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Of Birth and Books

From my eighteen to my twenty-second birthday, I feverishly produced a novel once a year. I was a creative writing major, and I was on a mission. Unfortunately, I could never convince any of the major publishing houses to accept my work.

Those days have changed. Publishers have been run out of a very difficult business. Writers have replaced them. I am one of a new generation of self-promoters who do everything ourselves, and answer to no one.

Most of my high school… Continue

Added by Mark Teller on April 25, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

New novel just hit 7,000 on Amazon ranking

When the Buddha Met Bubba my first novel after writing 18 non-fiction books is available for pre-order now. I'm so excited--more so than anything I've ever written. When The Buddha Met Bubba is a whimsical, fantasy that deals with the integrity and surrender that comes when a likeable redneck (Bubba) meets his magical mentor, Pu Tai (one of the many names for The Buddha), as they set off on an unusual journey. It has at its center a love story between a man and a woman and the devotion of a… Continue

Added by John Herald Lee on April 25, 2009 at 12:11pm — No Comments

"Bader Field" by Carl David gets nice mention in Philadelphia Daily News today April 25, 2009 in article titled, "AC's Forgotten Airport" You can read it online at

A.C.'s forgotten airport

Bader plans abandoned as gambling town struggles


Philadelphia Daily News 856-779-3231

ON A CLEAR night, the gleaming towers of Atlantic City casinos never looked as vibrant and alive as they did from 1,000 feet up, inside the cockpit of a plane approaching Bader Field.

Bader, a small airport that operated on a 142-acre parcel in Atlantic City's back bay for almost a century before… Continue

Added by Carl David on April 25, 2009 at 10:03am — No Comments

Craig Forgrave DEVIL JAZZ by Craig Forgrave

Authors - get your own page-turning book-previewing book widget at and share your book-extract on over 60 networks such as Facebook, Digg… Continue

Added by Vikram Narayan on April 25, 2009 at 5:12am — No Comments

Michael Antman CHERRY WHIP by Michael Antman

Authors - get your own page-turning book-previewing book widget at and share your book-extract on over 60 networks such as Facebook, Digg… Continue

Added by Vikram Narayan on April 25, 2009 at 5:10am — No Comments

Justin Bryant SEASON OF ASH by Justin Bryant

Authors - get your own page-turning book-previewing book widget at and share your book-extract on over 60 networks such as Facebook, Digg… Continue

Added by Vikram Narayan on April 25, 2009 at 5:07am — No Comments

Fran Lewis review of " The Missing Extra"

The Amazing Adventures of Starr : The Missing Extra

Book One

Author: Jacky Rom

Reviewer: Fran Lewis

Move over Nancy Drew and make way for the newest sleuth on the block, 11-year-old Starr Fox. Starr is an aspiring actress with a mother who organizes, coordinates and schedules her auditions and daily activities. Starr’s mother, or the Drill Sergeant, as she so aptly calls her, is involved in every aspect of her life including what she wears, how she walks and what… Continue

Added by Jacky Rom on April 25, 2009 at 1:13am — No Comments

John Kremer in Sacramento on Saturday, April 25th. Hope to meet some of you there.

I'll be speaking at the Northern California Book Publishers association meeting at the Red Lion Inn on Arden Way in Sacramento, California on Saturday, April 25th. Time: 8.45 a.m.

I do hope some members of this network will be there. I'd love to meet you there. Let me know if you are on this network. Thanks.

Added by John Kremer on April 24, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Heavenly Hawai'i article

My article Heavenly Hawaii spotlighting the islands of Oahu and Molokai appeared in the December issue of Morning Calm, a glossy in-flight magazine. It will not be online so if you would like a copy let me know. I will be happy to send you a pdf file.


Added by Linda Ballou on April 24, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

A poem from my new love poetry book "Romantic Confessions" has won 1st prize!

So excited my poem "Lost Touch" has won 1st place in StormSage Central's contest.

Here is the poem that won:

Added by Robert Ropars on April 24, 2009 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Congratulations "Bo" on your new home!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Today is the day that Portuguese Water Dog, "Bo", makes his official debut at the White House and becomes the First Family's dog. This six month old puppy, who was returned to his breeder, has now found a permanent home with a family that will love him. We hope he enjoys his new home.

The Portuguese Water Dog is a wonderful, playful, sporting breed that makes an excellent family pet. Their curly… Continue

Added by Peggy Gaffney on April 24, 2009 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Fill Your Senses This Weekend

This weekend you can fill many of your senses by following Storyheart from Across the Pond

Saturday help both the hearing and your chuckle bone by listening to my blog talk radio program with J.W. Nicklaus at 11am (est) at It will be interesting and fun

Sunday check out my Sunday UK blog as I explain all about St George and why he is the patron saint of England and… Continue

Added by Storyheart on April 24, 2009 at 4:27pm — No Comments

*Calling ALL grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts…all who have precious young children*

What is the best gift you can give?

Whenever I was talking with children and asked them this question, there was always an assortment of answers. When the child was finished sharing and asked for my answer, I’d faithfully respond: *Time*

There’s nothing better than spending time with children. Having them jump on my lap and sink into my chest, to excitingly anticipate a story told by grandpa.

Wondering… Continue

Added by Jo-Anne Vandermeulen on April 24, 2009 at 1:38pm — No Comments

French first lady's new foundation to fund projects

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is setting up a new foundation to raise funds for groups that help the homeless, prison inmates, the handicapped and fight illiteracy in France.

Added by Mark David on April 24, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

2009 Call for Entries into the Third Annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Straight off the website:

"This exciting new book awards program is accepting entries until August 22nd, 2009 for books with 2008 or 2009 copyrights or that were released in 2008 or 2009, and is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or… Continue

Added by Aidana WillowRaven on April 24, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Up the Amazon Without a Paddle

New blog post at:

Added by Mitzi Szereto on April 24, 2009 at 8:19am — 2 Comments

POD, Self Publishing & Independent Publishing Reviews Part 1 - 'Your Name's Not On The List'

I have noticed a particular rise over the past few months from readers of POD, Self Publishing & Independent Publishing asking me to review specific author service companies which they have not yet seen on the site. The array of author service companies is vast and I am slowly working my way through the ones I wish to include—meaning—there are already quite a number I have looked at but have decided not to review. There are many reasons why I… Continue

Added by Mick Rooney on April 24, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

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