SEEN This Week 3/17/14


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re Irish year round or just for today, may your day be safe and happy!

This week’s book, author, and event news:

Lisa Scottoline’s next book, Keep Quiet, will be released April 8 and a new appearance schedule has been announced. Please come out and see Lisa if you live near Philly PA, Exton PA, King of Prussia PA, Willow Grove PA, Dayton OH, Eden Prairie MN, Los Angeles, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Skokie, IL, NYC, Westport, CT, Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Cherry Hill, NJ.

Booked! confirmed on their site March 10 that author and former WWE and TNA wrestler Joe E. Legend will be one of several writers appearing at their November 29 convention in Bristol, UK.

Ever wonder about true reasons why fiction manuscripts get rejected? M.J. Moores reveals some top three reasons given by an agent, editor, and published author in in this Authors Publish post.

Susan Navas has launched her latest book, Agnil and the Wizard’s Orb. The new work is book 2 of her children’s fantasy adventure series Agnil’s Worlds.

Paul Collins interviewed librarian and erotic romance author Rosanna Leo on Angie’s Diary March 9.

Kindred Spirits Book Exchange is one of the fastest growing free book exchanges on Facebook. The ebook group is visited and recommended by some of the best authors out there; new books are posted each day and always free at the time of posting.Ten to twenty new books are added daily, and members are always encouraged to post their free books at any time. Click here to join and participate.

You may have heard about this for a while, but now the Amtrak Residency for Writers is now accepting applications. Learn additional details how you can be part of this exciting project in The Wire’s latest feature.

Hedgehog Publishing of South Africa will be publishing their first novel this month in Cape Town. It will be available in print in South Africa as well as ebook and paperback on Amazon.

Author Event of the Week: The Cleveland Author Event will take place at the House of Blues Cleveland on April 26, 2014. Nearly 40 authors are scheduled to attend and event sponsorships are available. Visit the Cleveland Author Event web site, join their Facebook page, or follow Cleveland Author Event on Twitter.

My Latest News:

Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star was Canada’s #1 Hot New Release in Wrestling on March 14. The book also ranked the following on Amazon:

United States:

#15 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#43 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling


#9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#41 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling

Special thanks to Kristal McKerrington for her appearance on The L. Anne Carrington Show March 12. If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen on demand here and here.

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SEEN This Week 9/2/13


Happy Labor Day to everyone in the US! I hope you are having a safe and enjoyable extended weekend.

This week’s book, author, and event news:

Bonded in Trust, the second book in Suzanne Rock’s Warlock Mating Chronicles series, is now available for pre-order. This is a stand-alone novel.This series was born when Suzanne wanted to come up with a world that combined her love for the paranormal and m/m/f menages. This follows an all male warlock coven and their desire to remain sovereign despite their need to procreate with women in order to maintain their magical powers. The first book, Bonded in Blood, can be ordered at this link.

David Toft has released his new web site into the world. Go here to visit and leave your thoughts and feedback. It’s David’s first attempt at making a site and any suggestions for improvement will be appreciated.

K.M. Scott’s sexy contemporary romance Crash Into Me (Heart of Stone) is now on sale at Amazon.

InD’Tale Magazine is for the indie self and small publishing house authors around the world. InD’Tale was conceived and developed to help all the many gifted, creative people in this industry who struggle to find a voice in a world where “mainstream” isn’t working. They have the talent and the ambition, they just need the platform to succeed. Click here for your free subscription.

Soon to be released: 12 Steps to Freedom -A Revolutionary New Concept in Career and Personal Development by Paul Rega, the author of the #1 bestselling career book, How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs

Jessie B. Tyson is offering voice clips free of charge. Interested authors may send Jessie a message via her Facebook page.

The Clean Author Event for ebooks will take place Friday, September 13. Any authors who would like to be part of the sale, all the books will be 99 cents or free. Help is needed spreading the word to as many people as possible to authors, book reviewers, blogs, Goodreads groups, etc. It’s great way to get a whole new following. Clean books should contain no sex, foul language, or horror. Think PG, or PG-13 violence (for the crime writers). Learn more details at this link.

Sally Bosco’s thesis novel, Cevin’s Deadly Sin, was accepted for publication by Queerteen Press. Publication date is set for February 2014.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 7/22/13

AOS101 This week’s book, author, and event news:

Charity Parkerson and Regina Puckett have signed a three- book deal with Ellora’s CaveShivers line.

Freedom With Writing is the magazine for freelance writers. They send reviews of companies hiring, and articles to build your career. Click here to get a free subscription.

Selah Janel talks about the thoughts behind my recent book release here.

Interested in a book one publisher called “brilliantly disturbing?” Be sure to grab a copy of Blow Up the Roses by Randy Attwood.

Piper Bayard is a recovering attorney, a full-time author, and the managing editor of Social In Worldwide, Inc., a news and events network. Her debut dystopian thriller, Firelands, is available from Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle and in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes for iPad and mobile devices. She is currently working with a “senior mouseketeer” in the intelligence community on a seven-book series of spy thrillers. Her post is titled Hemingway was Right. You can read more about Piper at this link.

Michael Joseph’s mystery thriller A New Dawn Rising is now out on Kindle.

Bobby’s Girl by Bernie Morris is currently a free giveaway from Goodreads until August 3.

If you like reading and magic, be sure to check out A Man Of No Magic by
Radi Radev.

Watch the interview on WCAX TV of J.D Masterson’s discussing The Scorpion’s Sting: A Magdalena LaSige Suspense novel, which received three awards. The interview is 3:36 minutes.

Tom Ufert’s second book, Poor Tom’s Quotes “On the Roll,” is finished and off to the editor and marketing team for some final touches.

Snippet of Reborn To You by Kristal McKerrington, which will be released soon: “One of the hardest lessons I watched people learn is you can’t become your dance character forever. The character will not stop the pain we all ran from, rather it makes it worse. We are addicted to dance because it makes the pain stop and takes away the disappointment. The moment you step into the light, you can think of nothing else for nothing else exists.” You can view the upcoming book’s cover at this link.

Bo Fowler has written a new short story. Read it here.

My News for the Week:

Reminder: I will be appearing live on WebbWeaver Books Tuesday, July 23 at noon EDT.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Book of the Week 10/22/12

The Writer's Diet

Is your writing flabby or fit? The Writer’s Diet (Pearson New Zealand) by Helen Sword will help you energize your writing and strip unnecessary padding from your prose. This is an excellent book for anyone working on writing projects, be they short stories or full-length novels.

Students to teachers to professional writers will benefit from reading The Writers Diet. We all have pet words that we tend to excessively use, all which show our weaknesses and excesses in the use of verbs, nouns, prepositions, adjectives/adverbs, and ‘waste words’ (e.g. it, that, there). Along with a reliable dictionary and thesaurus, this is an excellent book for writers to keep on their desks.

The Writers Diet also offers Writers Diet Test that can be taken online (just enter up to 1,000 words and click “Start the Test”). While this test is not an actual assessment of your writing, it does give a general idea where polishing is needed. I’ve also found it to be one of several good editing tools in my own writing.
Think your writing needs more style and energetic prose, this is one book worth purchasing. It is a bit pricey (considering it’s shipped from New Zealand),  but worth every dollar.

Top BookBuzzr Books – August 2012



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Author Profile: Phyllis Diller

A rare talent, funny lady minus today’s vulgarity, and even a clever writer, an author profile would not be complete without featuring the late and great Phyllis Diller (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012), who lived to the ripe age of 95 and comedy remained timeless.

BIOGRAPHY (courtesy Wikipedia):

Phyllis Diller was an American actress and comedienne. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired, eccentrically dressed housewife who made self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and a husband named “Fang”, while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder. Diller’s signature was her unusual laugh.

Diller was born Phyllis Ada Driver in Lima, Ohio, the daughter of Frances Ada (née Romshe; January 12, 1881 – January 26, 1949) and Perry Marcus Driver (June 13, 1862 – August 12, 1948), an insurance agent.She had German and Irish ancestry (the surname “Driver” had been changed from “Treiber” several generations earlier). Her mother was about twenty years younger than her father. Diller was raised a Methodist. Diller attended Lima’s Central High School, then studied piano for three years at the Sherwood Music Conservatory of Columbia College Chicago before transferring to Bluffton College, where she met fellow “Lima-ite” and classmate Hugh Downs.

Diller was a housewife, mother, and advertising copywriter. During World War II, Diller lived in Ypsilanti, Michigan, while her husband worked at the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant. In the mid-1950s, she made appearances on The Jack Paar Show and was a contestant on Groucho Marx’s quiz show You Bet Your Life.

Although she made her career in comedy, Diller had studied the piano for many years. She decided against a career in music after hearing her teachers and mentors play with much more skill than she thought that she would be able to achieve. She still played in her private life, however, and owned a custom-made harpsichord.

Diller began her career working at KROW radio in Oakland, California, in 1952. In November of that year, she began filming a television show titled Phyllis Dillis, the Homely Friendmaker. The 15-minute series was a Bay Area Radio-Television production, directed for television by ABC’s Jim Baker. In the mid-1950s, while residing in the East Bay city of Alameda, California, Diller was employed at KSFO radio in San Francisco. Bill Anderson wrote and produced a television show at KGO-TV called “Pop Club,” which was hosted by Don Sherwood. “Pop Club” was a live half-hour show that combined playing records with “experts” rating them, and dancing girls encouraging audience participation. The show was an early advertisement for Belfast Root Beer, the show’s main sponsor, known today as Mug Root Beer. Anderson invited her onto his show on April 23, 1955, as a vocalist.

Diller first appeared as a stand-up at The Purple Onion on March 7, 1955, and remained there for 87 straight weeks. She appeared on “Del Courtney’s Showcase” on KPIX television on November 3, 1956. After moving to Webster Groves, in St Louis in 1961, Diller honed her act in St. Louis clubs such as Gaslight Square’s Crystal Palace. By the mid 1960s, St Louis was always home to her. Getting her first start on the Charlotte Peters Show in St Louis, where many got their start. Diller’s fame grew when she co-starred with Bob Hope in 23 television specials and three films in the 1960s: Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!, Eight on the Lam, and The Private Navy of Sgt. O’Farrell. Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! did well at the box office and Diller accompanied Hope to Vietnam in 1966 with his USO troupe during the height of the Vietnam War.

Throughout the 1960s, she appeared regularly as a special guest on many television programs. For example, she appeared as one of the What’s My Line? Mystery Guests. The blindfolded panel on that evening’s broadcast included Sammy Davis, Jr., and they were able to discern Diller’s identity in just three guesses. Also, Diller made regular cameo appearances making her trademark wisecracks on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. Self-deprecating to a fault, a typical Diller joke had her running after a garbage truck pulling away from her curb. “Am I too late for the trash?” she’d yell. The driver’s reply: “No, jump right in!”

Though her main claim to fame was her stand-up comedy act, Diller also appeared in other films including a cameo appearance as Texas Guinan, the wisecracking nightclub hostess in the 1961 film Splendor in the Grass. She appeared in more than a dozen, usually low-budget, movies, including voice work as The Monster’s Mate in the Rankin/Bass animated film Mad Monster Party (1967), co-starring Boris Karloff.

Diller also starred in two short-lived TV series: the half-hour sitcom The Pruitts of Southampton (later retitled The Phyllis Diller Show) on ABC from 1966 to 1967, and the variety show <em.The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show on NBC in 1968. More recent television appearances for Diller included at least three episodes between 1999 and 2003[13] on the long-running family drama 7th Heaven, in one of which she got drunk while cooking dinner for the household, and a 2002 episode of The Drew Carey Show, as Mimi Bobek’s grandmother. She posed for Playboy, but the photos were never run in the magazine. Her voice can be heard in several animated TV shows, including The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972) as herself, Hey Arnold! as Arnold’s grandpa’s sister Mitzi, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002) as Jimmy’s grandmother, and on Family Guy in 2006 as Peter Griffin’s mother, Thelma Griffin.

Beginning December 26, 1969,[15] she had a three-month run on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! (opposite Richard Deacon) as the second to last in a succession of replacements for Carol Channing in the title role, which included Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, and Pearl Bailey. After Diller’s stint, Ethel Merman took over the role until the end of the show’s run in December 1970.

In 1993, she was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

In 1998, Diller provided the vocals for the Queen in Disney/Pixar’s animated movie A Bug’s Life. Among her other car­toon movies were The Nutcracker Prince (1990, as Mouse­queen), Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1990, as Mother Nature) and Casper’s Scare School (2006, as Aunt Spitzy).[20] Diller guested as her­self in “A Good Medium is Rare,” a 1972 episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Other television shows for which she voiced characters include Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Jimmy Neutron, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, Captain Planet, Cow and Chicken, Hey Arnold!, Powerpuff Girls, Animaniacs, The Wild Thornberrys and King of the Hill.
In 2005, Diller was featured as one of many contemporary comics in a documentary film, The Aristocrats. Diller, who avoided blue comedy, did a version of an old, risqué vaudeville routine in which she describes herself passing out when she first heard the joke, forgetting the actual content of the joke.

In 2000, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.

In 2003, after hearing of the donation of Archie Bunker’s chair to the Smithsonian Institution, Diller opened her doors to the National Museum of American History and offered up some of her most iconic costume pieces and her gag file, a steel cabinet with 48 file-drawers containing more than 50,000 jokes and gags typewritten on index cards by Diller during her career. From August 12 to October 28, 2011, the Albert H. Small Documents Gallery at the National Museum of American History displayed Diller’s gag file and some of the objects that became synonymous with her comedic persona—an unkempt wig, wrist-length gloves, cloth-covered ankle boots and a bejeweled cigarette holder.

On January 24, 2007, she appeared on The Tonight Show and performed stand-up, before chatting with Jay Leno.

Diller had a cameo appearance in an episode of ABC’s Boston Legal on April 10, 2007. She appeared as herself, confronting William Shatner’s character Denny Crane, alleging to have had a torrid love affair with him.

Diller was a member of the Society of Singers, which supports singers in need. In June 2001 at the request of fellow Society member and producer Scott Sherman, she appeared at Kansas City and Philadelphia Pride events. The mayor of Philadelphia officially proclaimed June 8, 2001, as “Phyllis Diller Day.” She was presented an official proclamation onstage to a standing ovation. In 2006, Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom proclaimed February 5, 2006, “Phyllis Diller Day in San Francisco”, which she accepted by phone.

She also recorded at least five comedy LP records, one of which was Born To Sing, released as Columbia CS 9523.

Between 1971 and 1981 she appeared as a piano soloist with some 100 symphony orchestras across the country under the stage name Dame Illya Dillya. Her performances were spiced with hilarious humor. However, she took the music seriously. A review of one of her concerts in The San Francisco Examiner called her “a fine concert pianist with a firm touch.”

Although known for decades for smoking from long cigarette holders in her comedy act, Diller was a lifelong nonsmoker, and the cigarette holders were stage props that she had specially constructed.

In 2011, she appeared in an episode of her friend Roseanne Barr’s reality show, Roseanne’s Nuts.

Diller, a longtime resident of the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, California, credited much of her success to Bob Hope, in large part because he included her in many of his films and his Vietnam USO shows. She was an accomplished pianist as well as a painter.

Diller was married and divorced twice. She also dated Earl “Madman” Muntz, a pioneer in oddball TV and radio ads.

She had six children from her marriage to her first husband, Sherwood Anderson Diller. Her first child was Peter (born 1940; died 1998 of cancer). Her second child Sally, born in 1944, has suffered from schizophrenia most of her life.Her third child, a son, born in 1945, lived for only two weeks in an incubator. A daughter, Suzanne, was born in 1946, followed by another daughter Stephanie (born 1948 died 2002 of a stroke) and a son Perry (b. 1950).

Diller’s second husband was actor Warde Donovan (born Warde Tatum), whom she married on 7 October 1965 and divorced the following year; they apparently re-married and divorced for a second time in 1974.

She was the partner of Robert P. Hastings from 1985 until his death in 1996.

Her youngest son Perry, now 62, oversaw her affairs until her death.

Diller was not the mother of actress Susan Lucci, nor TV personality Dorothy Lucey, despite urban legends to that effect, frequently passed through viral emails under trivia headings such as “Did You Know…?”

The husband frequently mentioned in her act, “Fang”, was entirely fictional, and not based on any of her actual husbands.

Diller penned her autobiography in 2005, titled Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse. A direct-to-DVD version of the project, complete with early live clips of Diller, and interviews with her showbiz colleagues including Don Rickles, among others, was released in December 2006. A screenplay about Diller’s early years in stand-up, according to blind items in the trades, is in preproduction with Patricia Clarkson slated to play the comedian. Diller spent much of her final years painting, cooking, and gardening.

Diller suffered medical problems, including a heart attack in 1999. After a hospital stay she was fitted with a pacemaker and released. A bad fall resulted in her being hospitalized for neurological tests and pacemaker replacement in 2005. She subsequently retired from stand-up comedy appearances.

On July 11, 2007, USA Today reported that she had fractured her back and had to cancel a Tonight Show appearance, during which she had planned to celebrate her 90th birthday. On January 4, 2011, she appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° as part of a panel of comedians.