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Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Not So Original (But Hopefully Effective) Promotion Idea

First, I want to start this off by plugging the site for a minute. If you are a writer or a reader, this site is for you. It's a great place to network with fellow writers and bookworms and I must admit I do like it a little better than Shelfari. Sorry, but I do. And for me the greatest part of it is the sense of community that you get to have with other writers. As most of us are in the same boat with trying to promote our work, it's great to have a group of us together that can share tips and experience and just help one another out. Now, on to my not so original brilliant plan:
Book sales this month for me have sucked. I don't know what it is...maybe it has something to do with summer. This is my least favorite season so sure, I'll blame it. hahaha Whatever the problem is, it is making me feel like I'm banging my head against a wall so anything I might be able to do to remedy this problem, I shall do it. I'm just that friggin' dedicated. lol So, if you are interested in reading Castles Made of Sand and giving it a review on amazon (Good or bad, I don't care as long as it's honest), I will give away copies to the first five people who respond to this. You can leave some witty message or just your e-mail long as you leave your e-mail address. If you don't want the world knowing your e-mail, mine is You can send it in a private message. In case you are a new follower and you have no idea what this book of mine is about here is the description:
When Liz Sanders leaves her parents’ home in Ohio with her best friend Julie at her side, she is full of expectations for her future but none of them can compare with what she gets. At first the California scene she has entered intimidates her but from her first day of class at Berkeley, California becomes her home. She tries to carve out her place while also keeping herself together despite the pressure of writing full time for an underground news paper, becoming increasingly involved with the anti-war movement, and hobnobbing with some of the most infamous names of the 1960’s. On the outside Liz’s life looks like an exciting adventure. On the inside those she loves are falling hard into a world of heroin and madness. For a brief moment it appears as if the dreams she has worked toward might come true but the moment does not last and those who helped shaped the culture around her begin to spiral out of control and into the arms of fate.
Castles Made of Sand is a novel about youth, hopes, and dreams; a glimpse into a world where anything is possible but nothing seems real. A chronicle of forty-five years of one life and the coming of age of a generation, it demonstrates the passion that changed the world and the pitfalls that brought the vision of a decade to its knees. It is the ride of a life time so…is everybody in?

And the first 12 chapters are here on the blog if you want to look them over. You get a pretty good feel of the characters in that preview if nothing else. So if it sounds like your cup of tea, feel free to leave your info. Remember, the first five people will get the manuscript. And if you are one of those people, feel free to write me with any questions or comments you may have for yours truly while you are reading. I'm always open to conversation. Thanks so much. :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Human Be-In-Golden Gate Park-January 14th, 1967

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Liz was at the Be-In at Golden Gate Park in 1967 and thanks to this youtube video, you can kind of get a hint of the experience. It includes some music by The Jefferson Airplane who were, in fact, at the event on that delightful day. Here is the video's description as included on youtube: 'The Human Be-In gathering at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in 1967 occurred before Woodstock. Allen Ginsberg & Timothy Leary showed up with thousands of their friends. I was a student at UC, Berkeley at the time, and filmed this on regular 8mm silent film. This is the complete, unedited roll of film, transferred to VHS in the 1980's, and digitized in 2009.'
When Liz went she had no idea what the hell she was going to. I mean, there were bands but it wasn't really a concert. There were people involved in the anti-war movement but it wasn't a protest. She got little in way of a description because there was little to give. It was just a lot of people hanging out at the park, talking, listening to music, and getting blitzed. But, despite the ban on acid that was put in place a few months before and the fact that Owlsey himself was in attendance, the cops didn't bother the kids and the kids didn't bother the cops. It was a good day all around. :)

The Doors-Strange Days (The Begining of Part 2)

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First, I want to tell all of my beloved blogger pals that I almost had a seizure trying to bring you this delightful video. I once enjoyed it but I forgot about the flash in the beginning....this epileptic will not be watching this again for a while. :) lol But I did not seize so it is time to explain this song's place in Castles Made of Sand. Part 2 of the the book starts out with a quote as part one did before it. Of course, the quote is "Strange days have found us..." Part Two also begins with January of 1967 and goes on to January of 1970. For those of you remotely familiar with the '60's, I am sure you can understand why I chose that quote for these tumultuous years. We have the summer of love, Monterey Pop Festival, the '67 march on the pentagon (Yeah, that peaceful one...), the summer of hate, the assasinations of MLK and RFK, the riot in Chicago, Woodstock, Altamont, the Manson murders....Strange days, indeed. It was really a total no-brainer for me when it came time to pick a lyric (any lyric...) that would sum up those times. I didn't even have to play eannie meanie minie mo...and if I spelled that wrong, friggin' sue me. Hahaha Enjoy this delightfully strange song from my delightfully strange Morrison (Yeah, the rest of the band is there too), and if you have an aversion to flashing scenes....turn your head. It worked for me.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Review/Blog Post of Castles Made of Sand

One day I happened upon this blog of this guy that really seemed to tell it like it was, ya know? And as I appreciate that quality in a person, I decided this was someone who was worthy of having me follow his writings. As it turned out, this particular fellow in question decided to check out my blog after I started following his and, as luck would have it, I had also decided to post the preview of Castles. So this guy starts getting deep into the story and he ends up devouring it in just one week. As if that wasn't impressive enough, he had so many insightful comments and questions that I loved every minute of his reading. The name of the guy in question is David and his current blog is The Lair of the Silver Fox. His writing is usually endlessly entertaining and I recommend it to anyone. After David finished Castles he was kind enough to review it on amazon and then, as if that wasn't great enough, he blogged about it giving all of the information on how to get a copy in addition to his opinion of the book. is the link to that post. Included in the post is his amazon review. Feel free to check it out and thanks for your time. :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Beatles-Drive My Car

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I hope that most of you listening to this soundtrack are fans of The Beatles. What can I say? Their music was a big feature in the book. It is Thanksgiving, 1966, and Liz is trying to do the typical "June Cleaver shit" when Jack so kindly offers here some very low grade speed. But Liz has never taken speed so low grade makes her act as if she has just shot up amphetimines. As she is literally speeding around the house, she tosses on Rubber Soul and starts rocking out this tune. I am not a person who takes speed but from the stories I have heard about the stuff, this song might have been just what the doctor ordered for Lizzy that day. :)

Otis Redding-You Don't Miss Your Water

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Liz is feeling like she is on top of the world the day after a protest in 1966 and as she is grooving on these good vibes, she has Otis on the turntable. Now, no specific song was mentioned in this part and Sittin' At the Dock of the Bay will come up later so I chose to post this song because it is one of my favorites by this mind blowing singer and I think it demonstrates the amazing talent he had. So sit back, listen, and enjoy. :)