An Important Notice

Posted on 16 July, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments

Hi Guys!

I am hereby apologising for the lack of posts this weekend, our internet went down Saturday morning and didn’t come back up until Sunday night at which point I was already practically snoring in bed. Today i’m going on a long drive but hopefully the the posts should be up tonight!

This is the start of my graduation week (I am graduating tomorrow!) and is therefore extremely busy! Luckily for you guys? I still have a few things planned so keep an eye on the blog for that :)

Apologies again and see you all soon! :D

Faye

Posted on 16 July, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments


Harry Potter Special (13th July–15th July)

Posted on 13 July, 2012 by Faye - 8 Comments

Hey Guys!
So if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I have a large love for the wonderful Harry Potter. This time last year, we were a day away from watching the very last film; an end of an era. So, this year I have decided to keep the magic alive by spending this weekend posting all about the brilliant story.
(I will also be having a marathon weekend of the films – yay!)

Now that you know more about what theme my blog will be taking in the next few days, here’s a little run down of what will be happening;

  • Friday 13th July; What Harry Potter has taught me and how it has changed my life
  • Saturday 14th July; Diving into the past – a look at some Harry Potter moments – including some of my own writing.
  • Sunday 15th July; Questionnaire results summarized + Giveaway of awesome prizes!!

Nice and simple, yes?

The reason for the spectacular giveaway is due to my ten month blogoversary happening on Sunday and my birthday on Saturday. (Oh yes, it is all happening this weekend.) More details of the giveaway will be released on Sunday, but for now just remember to sit on the edge of your seats and look forward to an awesome treat!

With all the ‘official’ things out of the way, it’s time to focus more specifically on Friday’s topic; What HP has taught me and how it changed my life.


Harry Potter; Influential Storytelling.

For as long as I can remember I have always loved to read. When I was extremely young my favourite book was the one that kept we repeating “we can’t go under it, we can’t go over it, we can’t go around it, we have to go through it.” (Because I was beyond spectacular, no?)

As I grew up, I started reading Roald Dahl and simply couldn’t get enough of his fabulous tales – to this day Matilda is still my favourite of his books. Then there was Jaqueline Wilson and Phillip Pullman and Kevin Brooks and even eventually Anne Rice. But while all of these authors made my life better, and brought me to life, none of them affected me quite the way that J. K. Rowling did.

At eleven years of age I saw the trilogy in the monthly book catalogue that we recieved at school and while I can’t remember why I wanted them, I told my mum that she had to buy them for me and so she did. And I devoured all three books in no time at all. I loved them so much, in fact, that I refused to let my mum off the hook and made sure that she read them too. She did and she loved them all too. My sisters, unfortunately, are a different matter altogether.

J. K. Rowling inspired me with her writing. I had dreams about the trio, I imagined adventures I would have with the trio and within the castle on my own and I simply wanted to be a witch. At the age of thirteen when I finally had my hands on Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (which I got on the release date in hardback because it was a MUST have), I thought that maybe there was a way to open up this world to me but I just continued to read the stories instead. I waited with baited breath for the next book. Often re-reading the stories again just to re-fresh my memory. Of course, by this point we also had the first two films which I had loved.

Then at fourteen, with another year to wait before Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released, I was wasting time on Neopets when I saw a forum board called ‘Roleplaying’. Naturally I was supicious but when I found out what it actually was, I started watching some of the HP ones. Finding it to be quite fascinating until eventually I struck up the courage to join in. J. K. Rowling’s story could suddenly become my own while I interacted with fellow fans of the story. Eventually I was invited to a proboards forum. It was small, there was maybe ten of us who RPed on there but we loved it. It was great. Then I found a forum that will forever hold a special place in my heart; New Hogwarts.

It was one of my favourite RP forums. I created a gazillion characters, came up with a gazillion more plots and ideas and I made friends with so many great people. One of whom is our resident blogger friend, Brodie. In fact, I got on with her so well that the two of us tried starting our own RP forum. Unfortunately while it was active and good for a while, it never really kicked off and then we both got busy and it ended up becoming surrounded in dust. Nonetheless, New Hogwarts was still a regular haunt for me during this time. But why is this such a great deal for me? How has this affected so much of my life?

New Hogwarts was the first place that I truly felt I belonged. Everyone was so friendly, we all had similar interests and we were all writers. It was also the very place that I honed my writing skills and because I was a member from the age of fourteen until the age of seventeen, it had a large impact on my life. Those were the years I had friendship troubles at school, the years I was bullied and the years that I left my high school and moved on to college and throughout it all, I had a consistency in a forum where people cared about me. I would not be the person I am today if it wasn’t for that site and the people who I met there (many of whom I still talk to today) and there is really only one person I have to thank for that; J. K. Rowling.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all fun and games. There was drama as well, until eventually it all ended – words were said, ties were broken and my safety bubble was shattered. It took me a good year before I found another site that managed to rival New Hogwarts for my affections. PI is a RP forum that I still roleplay on. I found it when I was seventeen but I wasn’t fully active on it for a long while, I was from eighteen until now. Bumpy ride here and there with uni but it’s always been there, ready to welcome me back with open arms. And lets face it, the people there are just amazing. (Oh hello, Kathe)

Harry Potter has, as you can see, very much influenced me. It made me want  to write. As I was writing daily characters and plots on a roleplaying site, I soon found my imagination opening up and I quickly started writing my own stories and I have now written two completed novels (that just need some major edits) and I am not so sure my love of writing would have flourished quite as much without the wonderful world of Harry Potter.


Harry Potter; Teaching a Nation.

In all honesty, this is the hardest part of this post for me because when I think of Harry Potter, I find it hard to think of the things it has taught me because for me, the story has simply been my life. It has taught me how to be myself, it has shown me that in the face of our fears, we must stand tall and fight. It has shown me that there are great friendships out there, but that they aren’t always easy. It taught me that love is powerful and overwhelming and can fight even the evilest of evils. But mostly it has taught me that when the going gets tough, when things don’t exactly go the way they’re planned that things will get better eventually.

Some quotes that really mean something;

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on a light.”
It’s not about the journey to happiness, it’s about finding happiness in your life even when things aren’t the way they should be.

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Because someone who stands up in a fight even though they know they can’t win will earn more respect then the bully who will knock him down.

“According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scarring than almost anything else…”
Everyone forgets about the emotional scarring that appears from words. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we all more fragile than we appear.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
Why indeed? A quote that every writer and reader will love.

Harry Potter may only be a story. It may only be entertainment. But for me, and so many others before me, it is so much more than that. It is our life. The thing that we grew up with. The inspiration we always needed. It has taught and shown us things that we will forever keep in our hearts.

“After all this time?”
“Always.”

Posted on 13 July, 2012 by Faye - 8 Comments


Behind The Blog #10 – Superstitious Minds

Posted on 12 July, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Behind the Blog is a meme to help bloggers connect their life and interests to the content showcased on their blog. The co-hosts, Faye, Kathe, and Melissa will provide a different topic, idea, or question every week that bloggers can relate to themselves and the books, films, or other media they find interesting!

As today is Friday 13th, this week we are focussing on it as a topic. Friday the 13th is considered to be an unlucky day in many cultures, with several superstitions surrounding it. Do you believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day? What are some of the superstitions (if any,) you associate with Friday the 13th. In relation to books: What are some books you’ve read that deal with superstitions or Friday the 13th?


Right, I’m starting off this post by apologising for its short length. I haven’t had the best muse for the blog at the moment which I believe is due to the fact that I’m getting 2-4 hours of sleep a night due to working two jobs this week. But hopefully I’ll be getting back into things shortly. But yes, I didn’t have much time or inspiration for this post so I apologise for length and quality. Hope you enjoy anyway!


In my household, Friday 13th has always been a day full of jokes because my mother was actually born on the day so we usually tease her saying that it was just such an unlucky day. Therefore, growing up, the superstitions surrounding the day were never taken seriously in my house and this is just something that has continued to stick with me as I grew up. Generally Friday the 13th is just another day of the week that is full of whatever mundane tasks I have to fulfil that day.

As far as I am aware, I have no specific memories of bad things happening on any Friday the 13th, possible the odd things that go wrong but no more than any other day. To me, I just find it hard to be superstitious. I grew up with a black cat, but I don’t think that makes me a witch. I’ve walked over many bridges while the train passes and I never had a tragic accident. For me superstitions are just anxieties that have been passed on over the generations and have grown into nation-wide panics.

The only suspicion I can’t stand is walking under a ladder, but that’s due to my own anxiety of said ladder falling on me, and not because something bad will happen in my life.

So while we joke about Friday the 13th being unlucky, I find it difficult to believe it to be true simply because I’ve never noticed anything out of the ordinary. If unlucky things were to occur on this day, it’d probably just be coincidence rather than the superstitious holiday date. But maybe you disagree with me? If you do, what are your arguments for the superstition? I’d love to hear all your thoughts!


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Posted on 12 July, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments


Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond & Giveaway

Posted on 10 July, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I am participating in the book tour for Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond.
This post is a review of the book and at the bottom is your chance to win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of the book!

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Author: Lane Diamond
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
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Format: Ebook
Source: Provided by Novel Publicity for tour
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Summary: (from Goodreads)

Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster’s release. Seventeen years after Mitchell Norton, “the devil,” terrorized Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison.
Tony longs to charge across the street to destroy Norton—no remorse—as if stepping on a cockroach. Only sheer force of will prevents his doing so.
“The devil” walks the world again. What shall Tony do about it? Aye, what indeed.
After all, this is what Tony does. It’s who he is. “The devil” himself long ago made Tony into this hunter of monsters. What a sweet twist of fate this is, that he may still, finally, administer justice.
Will FBI Special Agent Linda Monroe stop him? She owes him her life, so how can she possibly put an end to his?
Tony Hooper and Mitchell Norton battle for supremacy, with law enforcement always a step away, in this story of justice and vengeance, evil and redemption, fear and courage, love and loss.

five stars
five out of five hearts

[WARNING: This book contains explicit and violent scenes that are not for the young or squeamish.]

criminal acts
This book was simply outstanding. I haven’t read a crime novel that really grabbed my attention in a long time and so when I got hooked on this book from the very first page, I knew I was starting the journey of something very special. I loved the way the story was portrayed and the story itself. I was continuously enthralled throughout and found it incredibly difficult to put the book down and continue on with my life because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It is a book that I would pass along in a heart beat but one that I would be unwilling to provide my own copy for.

always a list of suspects
Can I just say that I loved every single character in this story? I know I shouldn’t. I know that there is always supposed to be characters that I can’t stand or don’t want to read more of but that just wasn’t the case with this novel. There were times when Diana would get on my nerves but I still loved her and I know that she had a lot to deal with so it was all understandable. And that, I think, is why the characters in this story were all brilliant. They were all so realistic. Everything they felt and everything they did was so believable and it was obvious that Lane not only understands human emotions extremely well, he also did some extreme research alongside this work. I can only give him props.

I adored Tony. I loved his strength, his protection, his love and his kindness. I loved his stubborn will and his sense of justice. He was an all around character because even though you loved him and admired him, he was also a bad character. He was being unjust and there was a moral struggle within. How could it be okay to like somebody like that? I so loved Frank. He was such a great figure in the story and I really wanted to know more about him and felt so much of his emotions and pain throughout the book that I didn’t know what to do with myself a lot of the time. He was wise, stunning and amazing and I loved him.

the mystery unravels
The unique style of this novel really caught my attention and I have to admit that it helped to make the book more enjoyable. It jumped from the “then” to the “now”, from character to character and while this could have made it choppy and hard to follow, it really just didn’t happen like that. Everything was clearly labelled and fell into such a specific pattern with particular plot points unravelling at the right moments that it just worked. Oftentimes I found myself urging some parts to move on faster so I could go back to where the story had left off previously but then I would end up sucked into that part of the story and almost forget where I was. It was just such a brilliant writing style and it really worked for this novel.

I loved that this novel didn’t skim over the horrid details. I’m not personally into gore when it’s in films or on television but can deal with it in books, for some reason, and it really packed a punch in this novel. No details were left out or made “lighter” for the reader and that helped to make it feel more realistic and believable. I also really enjoyed that Lane let you see things from all the different POVs. It was so enlightening and interesting and just made the story that much more appealing for me. It’s definitely not something that happens often because it’s so hard to pull off. Needless to say, I believe that Lane pulled it off brilliantly.

The cliff-hangers in this novel were really what kept me going, however. Lane really had a knack for cutting you off from the “then” or the “now” just after he hits you with a piece of information that you did not see coming. So while your mouth is still gaping you have to pull yourself to a different time period and start all over again and I really felt this brought the novel to life. There was never a dull moment and you can just see how everything is so important. Every detail was there for a specific reason, even if it didn’t feel like it at the time. This style really helped to make the end of the novel especially epic. I was so stunned and I just felt so… foolish. I should have known but Lane does such a great diverting tactic that you’re just left feeling amazed at the brilliance of this novel. (Or perhaps that’s just me?)

all loose ends tie together
In summary, this book was an emotional, tense, powerful, brilliant roller-coaster that I will happily go on again, and again, and again. It was simply inspiring and clever and just really succeeded in being a great piece of entertainment. This however is not YA. It is Adult Fiction and should not be picked up lightly. I would recommend this book to crime fiction lovers in a heartbeat or to anyone who wants to read a book that really packs a punch, and leaves you thinking about human psychology and emotion. A truly amazing read that I am incredibly glad I had the opportunity to read.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review *

Faye

Novel Publicity Blog Tour Notes:

Wanna win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of Forgive Me, Alex? Well, there are two ways to enter…

  1. Leave a comment on my blog. One random commenter during this tour will win a $50 gift card. For the full list of participating blogs, visit the official Forgive Me, Alex tour page.
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Lane DiamondAbout the author: I write fiction, long and short. My writings cross over many genres and focus on diverse subjects, ranging from the mysteries of the human mind, with its fragile psychological and emotional states, to the everyday joy and anguish of life on Earth. Ultimately, characters move me – as both a reader and an author. It’s all about the people. When not writing, I’m Publisher and Executive Editor at Evolved Publishing. Connect with me on my website, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, or via Evolved Publishing.

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Posted on 10 July, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments


Autism Fundraiser

Posted on 6 July, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
So a while back I had the lovely Frank Nappi on the blog here for an interview about his books The Mickey Tussler series which focus on a boy with autism on a baseball team. Today I am here to tell you about some donating that Frank will be doing to a charity trust for everyone who buys his books in the next two weeks.


Frank Nappi, the author of “The Legend of Mickey Tussler” and “Sophomore Campaign,” is donating part of the proceeds from the books to Best Buddies International.

In a blog, Nappi said, “In an effort to support greater autism advocacy and awareness, I am pleased to announce that with the sale of each paperback copy of The Legend of Mickey Tussler or Sophomore Campaign between Friday, July 6 and Friday, July 27 on Amazon.com, I will donate a portion of the proceeds to Best Buddies International – a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

The Mickey Tussler series chronicles the coming of age of young pitching phenom with autism who plays for a minor league baseball team during the 1940s.

You can read more about Nappi’s efforts by going to: http://bestbuddiesblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/best-buddies-truly-rewarding-on-so-many-levels/.


So what are you waiting for? Go get buying those books and help to support a brilliant and worthy cause.

Faye

Posted on 6 July, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Behind the Blog #9 – Stormy Times Ahead

Posted on 5 July, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments

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Behind the Blog is a meme to help bloggers connect their life and interests to the content showcased on their blog. The co-hosts, Faye, Kathe, and Melissa will provide a different topic, idea, or question every week that bloggers can relate to themselves and the books, films, or other media they find interesting!

This week, because we want you to have a little freedom with this, we’re having a FREE CHOICE week. This means that you may write about whichever topic you want to! Want to talk about a topic you missed? Go ahead! Want to discuss a topic you’ve been waiting to appear? Get on it!. Be free with it.
Also, if this works well, we will have more free choice weeks in the future and would love your feedback, so please e-mail us any thoughts or questions you have.


In all honesty, it took me a while to think of a topic to write about today. I know what topics will be coming up in the next few weeks so I wanted to write something different but didn’t want to ruin any future topics that haven’t been decided yet either. Fortunately I finally decided on something that I hope will not change any future things. This week I have decided to talk to you all about rain.

Growing up in England, it is fair to say that I have seen my fair share of rain. Every year we have rainfall at some point and often it seems that it will never stop. Even on sunny days we sometimes have a burst of rain for absolutely no reason other than the weather just decided that was how it wanted to behave. That being said, I certainly haven’t seen the last of rain, and I’m particularly happy about this too.

Why?

Because I love rain. Not just a light drizzle either, I love torrential downpours and storms and hail and days when you get stuck inside warming up in front of the fire. Of course, english storms aren’t always that dangerous – especially not the ones I’ve encountered – so there’s a large chance that this is the reason behind my love of rain. But yes, I really, really, love it. Sometimes I moan and groan – “not rain again” but mostly I just can’t get enough of the stuff.

I hate umbrellas. Okay, well, maybe not hate but I have a large and unexplainable fear of the item. Whenever I’m near one I always fear that I will get poked in the eye – and it has almost happened on too many occasions – or I will fear that I will get struck by lightening. So when it’s raining I’m usually the one that is walking without an umbrella with my hood down. This definitely happened more when I was younger and I didn’t care so much about my hair and looking “pretty” but as I’ve grown older I am now putting my coat hood up a bit more – especially if I’ve just straightened my hair!

But yes. I have always loved the water erupting from the sky. I can’t quite explain why except that I’ve always loved anything to do with water so assume that has to have some reason for it. I also like the mystery and danger that storms bring and I love sitting in a warm house with hot chocolate (and a good book) to escape the terrible weather outside. Where could you go wrong in that scenario?

What about you? Are you rain lover? Hater? Do you use an umbrella?


Books that reference storms well or have something to do with rain that I have read and really enjoyed;
  • Kissing The Rain by Kevin Brooks; if you don’t know yet, Kevin is one of my favourite authors and this book of his is simply amazing.
  • Storm by Brigid Kemmerer; couldn’t not mention this book, it is inspiring!
  • Struck by Jennifer Bosworth; while the story had on-and-off qualities, the idea that the girl loves lightening was pretty awesome to read!
  • The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore; I loved this story so much and the storms in it were really interesting to read about.

Films that have some great scenes in rain or storms;
  • 27 Dresses; the argument scene in the car was hilarious and just made better as the rain crashed down against the windscreen
  • Twister; I have always, and probably always will, loved this film.
  • Harry Potter; the storm outside the small hut before Harry finds out he’s a wizard is just so perfect, no?
  • Shutter Island; the storm sequence in this film was marvellous and just fit so well with the story.

I am sure there are sooo many more books and films but I am tired and my brain isn’t letting me think properly tonight so I’m leaving it at that! If you think of any good’uns though, feel free to comment!

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Posted on 5 July, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments


All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them – Interview!

Posted on 5 July, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I am introducing you to the lovely Anne M. Strick, author of All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them. I will be asking her some questions for you all to read over and enjoy!
Hope it helps you get a better insight into her and her novel!

Hello Anne, and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Starting off easy, tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
My family background and early history are a touch theatrical.  One of my uncles was a theater  and film director and his wife, my aunt Gale Sondergaard, received the Academy’s created-just- for-her Best  Supporting Actress Award for her work in the movie ANTHONY ADVERSE . I myself, at the age of thirteen, won a scholarship to a children’s acting school and studied for three years.  My husband, Joseph Strick, was a film producer and director, for whom I intermittently worked.  So it’s not surprising that I ended up, for rather a long time, in the movie business.  And wrote two books about it:  ALL THE DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD AND HOW TO  OPEN THEM, and the steamy rival to  SHADES OF GRAY, THE REBEL PRINCESS.

Definitely an interesting background! So, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I never particularly wanted to be a writer – just found myself having done it, in one form or another, a good part of my life (starting in high  school).

Fair enough! When you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
I read, mostly, and see movies, and play with friends.

So now we know more about you, what about your book? What is it all about?
My book, ALL THE DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD AND HOW TO OPEN THEM, is a first-ever career guide to largely unknown, high-paying jobs in film and television. The book comprises a series of interviews with those behind-the-screen wizards who make movie magic actually happen.  They tell what they do (what is a grip? A gaffer? A scenic artist?)  how they do it,  how they got their first jobs, and some adventures they’ve had.  The book includes a chart of all the Hollywood guilds and locals,  with phone numbers, e-mail addressers and websites, for follow-up job information.  It’s a uniquely practical careers handbook.

What inspired you to write such a book?
What inspired me to write the book? My growing realization that, if you dream of joining the Hollywood world – or simply need a job –you don’t have to live in Los Angeles.  You don’t have to be young.  You don’t have to be beautiful or handsome. You  don’t  have to  sing or dance or know how to act. You don’t have to write a brilliant screenplay.  You just have to embrace the ordinary, daily skills that most of us already possess -– sewing, driving, gardening, painting,  writing,  reading, carpentry, scavenger-hunting, drawing, and so many more – and knock on Hollywood’s doors (as the people in this book have done.

     I wanted to make Hollywood dreams, and the rich, fascinating behind-the-screen Hollywood world, known by, and accessible to, all of us.

As someone who has worked in the film industry for over twenty years, do you have a great (or inspiring) story to tell us quickly?
I think my most significant (if not precisely inspiring’) moment

was when I got hired, on my third job interview, for the first time by someone other than my husband.  I immediately became a Unit Publicist on the movie THE BORDER, with Jack Nicholson,  to be filmed in El Paso, Texas.  I was both terrified and thrilled.  But it began not only a whole new career, but a great new field of things to write  about.

For you personally, what role within the film industry do you like the most?
If I dad my druthers, I‘d like to be the studio honcho who greenlights really interesting films.

Do you have a favourite director?
I don’t have a favorite director –there are a lot of good ones.

Do you have a favourite screenwriter?
I loved Dalton Trumbo (ROMAN HOLLIDDAY) a number of years ago.  And I like Robin Swicotd (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA)  today.

What quick advice can you give to aspiring film makers or those who just want to get into the world of film?
If you want to get into the film business – large screen or small – forgive me for tooting my own horn, but ALL THE DOORS really is a terrific and unique  guide to many, many exciting and  largely unknown behind-the –screen  careers. The people interviewed in my book love their work – the travel,  the endless variety, the intriguing people they get to know, the creativity and fun and adventure  -as well as first-rate financial rewards -of the job. And they tell you how they did it.

and a quick fire round;

ebooks or hard copies?
I enjoy both ebooks and hard  ccopies.

day or night?
I  like day for  work and exercise, and night for reading and play.

reading or writing?
I like writing for work and reading  for relaxation.  Gotta have both!

watching or filming?
I love both watching and filming – particularly the getting-paid part of filming.

paper or computer?
I can’t manage without my computer, but I print out endlessly.

tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning, and tea in the afternoon.

favourite book of the moment?
Many memorable books.  Among them, THE LAST OF THE JUST (don’t recall the author) many years ago, and THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS, by Isabel Wilkerson. A great book! Favorite book of the moment is Edith Wharton’s THE HOUSE OF MIRTH.

favourite film of the moment?
I keep enjoying THE PATRIOT and BRAVEHEART .   On the other hand, CONAN THE BARBARIAN , on which I worked, remains a hoot. And I was enchanted by Woody Allen’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.

Thank you for talking with me today Anne, it’s been a pleasure to learn more about you and your book!

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Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others.

She has been a Congressional speech writer, published articles, theater reviews, short stories, two non-fiction books (one an international best-seller), two novels, and the highly praised (“remarkable”) critique of our adversary legal system, Injustice For All. Born in Philadelphia, educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.

Posted on 5 July, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Review Copy Cleanup August!

Posted on 5 July, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments


(if you click the image, it’ll take you to Books, Biscuits & Tea’s post)

So, I have way too many review books to go through thanks to how busy I got during (and after) university and I constantly feel guilty that I haven’t reviewed enough books so I am definitely going to be participating in this! I also think that July may be the month when I catch up on all my reviews! (fingers crossed for me?)

Not sure which books I’ll review yet but I think I plan to read ONLY review books this month! We can totally do it!

Participation, guidelines:

✦ The challenge runs from 1 to 31 August, 2012
✦ Sign-ups are open until 15 August 2012. After that the linky list will be closed and participation in the challenges and giveaways won’t be possible for anyone who hasn’t previously signed up.
✦ To sign up, just fill in the linky form below. Link to your sign up post directly, please! The linky is the same for both our blogs, so you only have to sign up once.
✦ When you post your sign up post on your blog, either include the challenge button with your post or link it back to this article so that people know where to sign up. Thank you!
✦ Every book you received for review counts towards the challenge, both ebooks and hardback/paperback copies, including all genres and lengths.
✦ You don’t need to follow the two hosts in order to be able to sign up for the event (although it’s appreciated)
✦ Feel free to use the #RCCleanup hashtag on Twitter for your RCC related tweets or join in the Twitter party at http://tweetchat.com/room/RCCleanup and meet lots of lovely bloggers

So, will you be joining us?

Posted on 5 July, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments


HARRY POTTER FANS; You Need To Click This

Posted on 4 July, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments

Hiii.
So you LOVE Harry Potter do you? Well good because you are needed!

For something that I have planned for this blog very soon, I am asking all of you wonderful Harry Potter fans if you could please fill out this questionnaire for me!

Only ONE question is mandatory and that is simply name & e-mail.
Why?
Because if you fill out this questionnaire you will be automatically entered into a surprise giveaway that I am planning. And trust me when I say that you want to be involved!
(well, okay, this might be a slight exaggeration but I’d really appreciate it?)

All of your answers will be extremely helpful and they will all remain anonymous (except to me but I promise not to judge!) so feel free to indulge with anything!

The form will be open until July 12th 2012. So get your answers in quickly!

And if you spread the word to fellow HP-Lovers, I’ll be extremely grateful and may give you an EXTRA entry into the giveaway! (if you provide me with a link either through twitter or e-mail – buttons above)

So what are you still waiting for?

GET FILLING IN.

Posted on 4 July, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments


Blogger Spotlight – Melissa’s Midnight Musings!

Posted on 3 July, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

Melissa Spotlight1blogger spotlight!

MELISSA! (Melissa’s Midnight Musings)

Every month I choose a new Blogger to spotlight on my blog. This blogger is usually someone who I have come to know through blogging, someone who I admire and who’s blog should be getting a lot more traffic! Being a part of this means that the blogger gets their website stickied to the top of my blog *points to left-hand corner*, they get an interview and a few other things here and there throughout the month! It’s a way for me to share my love of them to you, and for you to find a new and amazing blog!

Got that? Good.

So, this month’s Blogger Spotlight is Melissa from Melissa’s Midnight Musings!

Why is Melissa Chosen?
Mel is one of the nicest people I have had the chance to meet. She’s one of my first and most dedicated followers and I have always been ever so grateful. She’s rapidly become a friend to me and someone I know I could turn to for advice and vice versa. She’s so amazing and brilliant and there was no way that I couldn’t get her blog spotlighted on here at some point!

Her blog is also really great! I shame myself for not commenting on it enough but I hope she realises that I still visit it all the time! Her reviews are really well thought out and written well, she’s really friendly and you can just get her overall personality from her blog. It’s lovely and she totally deserves to get more followers – so what are you waiting for?

Melissa is also my co-host for our new meme ‘Behind the Blog’. Alongside last month’s blogger spotlight, Kathe, we work behind the scenes to make this meme work well. It’s been such a great experience working with her and I really hope that we continue to work together for a long time because it has just been great. If you don’t yet know about this meme, go ahead and click on the page link up there *points* and find out more about it!

So yes, Mel is great and amazing and helpful and friendly and y’all should stop reading this and go follow her now! Comprende?

Posted on 3 July, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments