Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Retiring Star

When I read the news about actor Paul Newman deciding to retire, it made me very sad. Okay, I know Newman is 82 years old and not the handsome hunk he once was. But, even now, he exudes more charisma and dramatic talent than many current young stars. Still, if he wants to back away from acting at this point in his life, Newman can rest on some incredible laurels. To me, his bravura work in THE VERDICT ranks as one of the finest performances ever filmed. And who can forget his brilliance in such movies as HUD, COOL HAND LUKE, ROAD TO PERDITION, HOMBRE, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, THE STING and THE COLOR OF MONEY?

Thank you, Paul Newman, for the great pleasure your splendid acting has given me through the years. May your admirable and on-going involvement in the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps continue to help critically ill children.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Appreciating Lea Schizas

Many writers throughout the world are participating in Lea Schizas Appreciation Day today, and it is my pleasure to be one of them. Lea, a published author and award-winning editor, is never too busy to assist established writers or those just beginning their writing careers.

Personally, my husband and I owe her a great deal. Her glowing review of IT HAD TO BE US, the little romantic memoir we wrote under the pseudonyms of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence, helped our E-book earn recognition as well as a prestigious award. And I also treasure the contacts made as a result of being a presenter at the first Muse Online Writers Conference, which Lea founded and coordinated in 2006. Happily, Lea has scheduled the second such conference for October 8-14, 2007.

It would take an entire book to describe the wonderful accomplishments of this remarkable woman. To find out more, please check out her website at

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Talk Radio for Authors

Francine Silverman, who operates an online publicity service for authors and hosted Book Marketing with Fran on Achieve Internet Radio, deserves kudos for her latest book, TALK RADIO FOR AUTHORS: GETTING INTERVIEWS ACROSS THE U.S. AND CANADA. In this extensive guidebook for writers interested in discussing their work on the airwaves, Silverman offers descriptions of current shows grouped according to over 30 topics of interest such as Addiction & Recovery, Art, Cars, Food, Health, Law, Paranormal, Pop Culture, History, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, and Writing. She also presents information concerning shows that welcome guest authors as well as those which actually respond to emails and telephone calls.

One of my favorite sections of the book features host profiles of “The Best and Worst Kind of Guests.” Anyone thinking about doing a radio interview should read what these candid hosts have to say right away! In another revealing section, guests discuss their experiences on various radio shows.

Authors who want to promote their books on radio owe a debt of gratitude to Silverman for this valuable resource. Reading TALK RADIO FOR AUTHORS will point them in the right direction and should help them become ideal guests.

To order a copy of TALK RADIO FOR AUTHORS, published by Infinity Publishing, go to or to

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