Interview with Carla McCloskey

Carla McCloskey writes an inspirational and insightful book based on the wisdom she got from her grandmother."

Carla McCloskey grew up in Lodi, Wisconsin. She studied in Spain and graduated from the University of Wisconsin before moving to Los Angeles, California. Carla was a teacher, theatre director, actor, and musician before she was selected to become an assistant director by the Producers Association. She was one of the first women in this position. She met her husband, Leigh J. McCloskey, her first day in “the business” on the television series, Executive Suite, in which Leigh was starring. Carla went on to be the assistant director on many films including The Goodbye Girl, California Suite, Death Becomes Her, Point of No Return, Point Break, The ‘Burbs, The Color of Night, Hook and Jurassic Park. She worked with directors such as Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Rush, John Badham, Herbert Ross and Cher. She also worked on the television series Amazing Stories, Babylon 5, Ally McBeal, Gilmore Girls and The Closer. She began directing on Gilmore Girls. Carla also worked as a Production Executive for Sony in Spain.

Carla McCloskey writes with the wisdom and simplicity that she learned during her early life in Lodi, Wisconsin,a picture-perfect small midwestern town.

Interview with Robin Hutton

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RobinHuttonRobin Hutton's book, "SGT Reckless" has all the makings of a great movie and her biography is now on the NY Times Best Seller's list. A heartwarming true story of an amazing horse!

Robin, your book "Sgt. Reckless, America's War Horse" is simply amazing! It's wonderful that you are telling the story of her remarkable life, what inspired you to write this biography?"
OMG Thank you so much, Dev! This little mare has taken me on a wonderful adventure, that’s for sure! I first discovered her story in a book called “Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover’s Soul.” There was a short story in there about the birth of her first colt, Fearless. I read three paragraphs of her heroics during the Korean War and I thought, “Who is this horse, and why have I never heard about her?” because I thought it was the greatest horse story I had ever read. I googled her name and only four items came up on the internet! She had vanished from the pages of history! I felt that was a travesty and so I started researching her story. The more I learned about her and the Marines that served with her, the more I decided to make it my mission that she, and they, will never vanish from history again.

Interview with Cali Gilbert

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CaliGilbertCali Gilbert has a her own publishing company for aspiring authors with a message to share. She's truly an inspirational author who shares her story in her latest book, "It's Simply Serendipity.

Cali what inspired you to write your first book and tell us a little bit about it?
My first book, It's Simply Sausalito: An Inspirational Journey came about because of the year 2011. I experienced so much loss in that year (miscarried a child, lost a relationship, funds ran out, car died and I lost my home). I needed an outlet for my grieving, and the best way I express myself is through my photographs and the written word. The book became a collaboration of photographs I had taken of my hometown, Sausalito, California and inspirational phrases, lessons I had learned throughout that year.

Interview with Victoria Rowell

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Victoria RowellVictoria Rowell is a powerhouse with many talents. Find out what she's doing now.

Victoria, you and I share similar childhoods in that we both were raised in foster homes and I love that you started a foundation for foster kids that gives them scholarships in the arts.
Yes back in 1990 I founded, “Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan” which gives emotional support and financial aid to foster children, especially those who aspire to become actors and dancers.

During your daytime career playing Drucilla Winters on Y&R, you also were a series regular on the primetime show, “Diagnosis Murder" opposite, the great Dick Van Dyke. How did you manage to do both of those shows at the same time?
When Bill Bell wanted me for the role of Drucilla, it was understood by him that I had already been guest spotting on prime time and that was my goal. I came from NYC and was always auditioning, plus my character was only scheduled to work a couple days a week, so when I booked “Diagnosis Murder” there wasn’t an issue with him, especially since it was a CBS show. I was completely able to do both.

MY MOTHER,MY FATHER and HIS WIFE HORTENSE

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In this fierce and poignant book, the author, drawing on sources that include her grandmother’s richly erotic diaries, unveils intimate details of the Acton dynasty in Florence, the illicit love affair of Arthur and Elsie, and the controversial legal aftermath that continues to this day. A true family saga played out against the backdrop of Florence’s celebrated Villa La Pietra. The struggle over the billion dollar estate of one of the 20th century’s most notable aesthetes, Harold Acton, pitted New York University, against first Liana Beacci, Acton’s illegitimate half-sister, and since her death in 2000 her daughter, Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, who lives in Honolulu.

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Dialta AlliataMy Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense" is the true story of Princess Dialta's grandparent's love story and an ongoing battle with the Italian courts for a vast fortune in artwork that was given to NYU. It is told brilliantly through her grandmother's sometimes erotic diaries that are over 100 years old. It's an exciting page turner that you can't put down.

Dialta your book, “My Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense” is the true erotic love story of your grandparents. I found the book hard to put down and loved how you weaved your grandmother’s diaries into your own quest to prove your parental heritage. How are you feeling about this ongoing quest now?
Dear Devin, I feel always stronger and stronger about it, because truth always prevails.

Reading the erotic details of your grandmother’s love life is like “Fifty Shades of Gray.” Did you get to know your grandmother? Mine died when I was two years old.
I did not compare my book to 50 Shades, it was Edwina Sandys Churchill in her review that who defined it:”50 Shades BUT with class”! I personally don’t think my book has nothing in common except it is a fun thing to have been said. I was 1 year old when Elsie my grandmother died, so no I have never met her.

Your half brother Harold left part of your grandfather’s legacy in a vast number of priceless art to NYU and you are still in litigation with them after a number of years. Are you making progress with this now?
Harold Acton is my mother Liana’s half brother, and the lawsuit is still in the Italian courts since 18 years now.

You are a Princess with two sets of twins and a wonderful marriage. I understand there was a lot of backlash and gossip about the book, how has that been for your family?
Actually I did not perceive any gossip or backlashes, it was received very warmly in NY, Honolulu and Los Angeles and had many excellent reviews and people really opened their arms to me.

Do you think your mother Liana would be pleased with the outcome of the book?
Of course, she would be very proud. 

I understand there are plans to turn the book into a movie?
I am very superstitious so I never speak before things actually have happened.

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Italian Princess' Book Is Hot Stuff... An Amazing Romance!
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When I received an invitation from Selim Zilkha and Mary Hayley to a book party at their sumptuous Bel Air home, I immediately went to Amazon and ordered a copy of the book. innocuously entitled, My Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense, by Dialta Alliata (Amazon, $24.95). I quickly learned that Dialta Alliata di Montereale was actually a real-life Italian princess, having married in 1989 a charming fellow named Prince Vittorio di Montereale, whose celebrated Venetian family dated back to the 15th century and the Holy Roman Empire. They met in Rome at the home of Egan von Furstenberg, soon married and had five children in the course of three years.
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Interview with Viki Winterton from Expert Insights

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Viki WintertonExpert Insights is built on the solid foundation of over 25 years of expertise in promotion, publishing, product development, networking, and success. Fortune 100 companies and individuals across the globe KNOW US for fostering powerful and loyal relationships and supporting our community in wildly creative, unique, and wonderful ways!

Viki you have had so many careers in your life, tell us how you evolved into publishing?
I have been an entrepreneur since I started a neighborhood newspaper when I was eight years old. I came by it naturally. My father was a barnstormer, and then a glider pilot in the Air Force. His sense of adventure was one of the many things I adored about him and soon emulated.

I developed a national ad agency when I was in my mid-20’s, and was acquired three years later. My clients, many Fortune 100 companies, requested my services in the area of change management and process reengineering with their teams. This became a great career that took me all over the globe for over 25 years.

My Prison Without Bars

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Sometimes the strongest manacles in this life are the bonds forged from painful memories of a past so horrific, that they shackle and incarcerate the very essence of one’s soul…inevitably, the constraint is a life sentence.It’s storming outside–I’m talkin’ the kind of storm that produces the little red stripe at the bottom of the TV, flashing warnings of impending doom and destruction on a scale of Armageddon. Yet, aside from the frequent bomb blasts of thunder and techno-flashes of lightning, my hotel room is eerily quiet–almost deafeningly so.

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Taylor Fulks' powerful book, "My Prison Without Bars" tackles her own story of sexual child abuse. I recommend everyone to read it and educate yourselves on the horrors of this vast problem in our society today

Taylor your book, "My Prison Without Bars" is a powerful book. It's also very personal; can you tell us what inspired you to write it?
My book is very dark, disturbing, and quite graphic. It didn’t start out that way I can assure you. I sat down to write Mystery/Romance. My children are almost grown and will soon be off to live their own lives. I needed something to occupy my mind in their absence. I’m a voracious reader (over 700 books since 2007) and I thought, “I can write a book. How hard can it be?”  I found myself unable to write what I wanted. I think all of us sit down and write what we know, at least the first time we put pen to paper.

I kept hearing a little voice in the back of my head (I’m tight, I assure you! I don’t have conversations in my head) this niggling…“Tell your story.”  So I did. It started out pretty much like the other stories out there about child sexual abuse; innocuous, letting the reader make their own inferences and images, not too much, but just enough detail that you could get the gist of what had happened. Then Penn State, Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky and the whole Child Sexual Abuse scandal hit the national news. I was one third of the way into my story when all hell broke loose.

I was enthralled; thrilled not only with the stance taken by the University and the NCAA against Penn State’s Athletic Department and Joe Paterno, but also the ruling by the Justice System against the now convicted, Jerry Sandusky. I watched everything I could concerning the case, hoping that this high profile situation would bring to light the millions afflicted by this pandemic.

I watched interviews being grossly edited, then riots and vigils being staged by students and faculty on campus.

Then my life changed forever.

I watched in horror as a large group of students, faculty, and some University administrators were being interviewed on the campus after the statue of Joe Paterno was unceremoniously taken down. They were outraged and very vocal.

I watched an older gentleman look into the camera and cry foul, saying, “The punishment is too harsh for the crime!”

I was beyond RAGE… A door in my head swung open and something inside of me snapped! I actually felt possessed. I went to the beginning of my novel, read through the first eight chapters that described the abuse (leaving much to the reader’s imagination) then I tore it to shreds! I started OVER…

The words poured out of me like a faucet with a busted valve. I wrote with rage and fury, letting the words and experiences flow from the depths of my soul. I didn’t care who would know my secret. I didn’t care what people would think of me. I had to show anyone that would listen what children endure at the hands of someone bigger, stronger, and determined to steal innocence. I wrote until my hand cramped and my fingers were numb…then I cried. I cried for myself and then for all the innocent children that are lost and have no voice. I cried in solitude, for the little girl inside of me…

Your book is a brave account of the painful horrific memories you faced from sexual abuse and it's getting great reviews. Has it been a healing source for you?
I am still in shock at the response my book has received. My novel to date has done very well. On Amazon it has over 140~ 5 star reviews out of 165 and has been ranked in the Top 25 in two categories for twenty-eight weeks. On Goodreads, my book maintains a 4.5 rating and has over 90 ratings/reviews.

winnerIndie Reader Discovery AwardsJune 1st 2013, my little “taboo novel” won 1st Place in the prestigious IRDA, 2013 INDIE READER DISCOVERY AWARDS  sponsored by Createspace and presented at the BEA, BOOK EXPO OF AMERICA  (the largest trade show for publishers and authors in the world) in NYC. I went to New York to accept this award.

I was recently notified that my book is a Gold Medal Winner in my category Reality/Fiction in the 2013 READERS FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS . The award ceremony will be held in Miami, Florida in mid-November. I plan to attend that ceremony as well. I am truly humbled by the honors.

gold-shiny-webSo many people ask me if this has been a cathartic or healing endeavor. I won’t be bold enough to speak on behalf of all survivors (I hate that word. I prefer warriors) but, I don’t believe you can be healed.

You can drive nails into a piece of furniture; strip the varnish and the stain. You can sand it, add wood filler, sand it, stain it, and varnish again, but the damage is still there. It’s still a beautiful piece of furniture; sturdy, functional, and serves a purpose in the décor. But it is never the same. The damage is forever.

I wrote my story in first person, as a novel or fictional memoir from the mind, body, and heart of a child. I didn't want to shock or be grotesque...I wanted people to truly know the permanent damage that is inflicted, to know the depths of fear and self-loathing, and to really feel through the experiences of an abused child.

It wasn’t until I sat down to edit, that I truly realized the magnitude of what I had written. Don’t get me wrong, I never forgot, blacked out or had repressed memories…No, I remember everything that happened to me, down to the smells and noises around me. But it wasn’t until I read what I had committed to paper, saw from the perspective of the child I had been, that I really got the significance of what I was about to do.

So, for good or bad, I laid myself naked and exposed to the world (or at least to the few friends that would actually read my book). I bared myself before everyone to be judged, criticized and condemned. I left nothing to the imagination. I take the reader far beyond what is comfortable and far beyond what most would consider appropriate. And in the telling, I have been set free.

I spent thirteen months reliving my childhood nightmare with the goal of exorcising my demons, gaining some sense of self-esteem, healing myself, and finally telling my dirty little secret with full disclosure, while giving the reader full access to my heart. Oddly, I didn't find the outcomes I expected...self-absolution, understanding, and self-forgiveness. But I did find something I didn't expect... Acceptance .

My life is what it is. My experiences happened in the past. I don't live there anymore. I can choose to be angry and ashamed for the rest of my life, or I can accept my life for what it's been, what it is now, and move toward the light...

I was also sexually abused at a young age and had issues surrounding sex for years, but I also had 5 years of therapy. Have you had therapy for your abuse?
My sweet friend, you are yet another “sister of my soul.” We know that dark place all too well. Though no one’s hell is worse than another’s…while we are there, we endure it alone.

Yes I have had therapy, both as a child and as an adult. I think therapy is a wonderful tool to help survivors gain perspective and work through issues they may not be able to conquer on their own. However, I didn’t find it helpful in my case.

For whatever reason, I believe God granted me unusual insight concerning my abuse. Even at a young age, I knew down deep, I didn’t cause the abuse (even though my mother blamed me) and I didn’t deserve to have it happen to me. But it did. I found the therapy a useless rehashing of painful memories, nightmares and events. This pertains to me only…I am a strong proponent of seeking professional help with any traumatic experience.

Since your inner child was so deeply hurt, what things have you done to heal yourself and what do you recommend for those who have suffered similar circumstances?
There is freedom with the “telling.” Writing my story has purged the memories and nightmares. Reading and re-reading what I experienced has given me perspective. It has allowed me to step outside myself and look at my life objectively.

My mother knew what was going on, yet did nothing to stop the abuse. For years, my anger and rage has been a constant slow boil, like a pressure cooker inside of me, never allowed to spill over or let off steam. I never allowed myself to feel the appropriate feelings of anger towards my mother, after all, you’re supposed to love your mother; God and society demand it.

Penning my life on paper has allowed me to evaluate my feelings toward her, as well as my abuser. I’m still working on that aspect of my life. I have two daughters I love more than my own life…That being said, I’ve come to the realization that my own mother didn’t love me in that way, and was incapable of doing so. I’m still trying to come to terms with that and accept it.

As for recommendations to abuse victims, there are no pat answers, no generalized therapy modalities that are a cure-all for the damage inflicted. When I wrote My Prison Without Bars, I purposely wrote it as a fictional novel, not a true memoir, because I feared readers might look to me for answers. Unfortunately, I have none. What works for one person may not work for another, but there is no chance of freedom unless you tell. You must claw your way out of the darkness; there you will find help in the light. Seek therapy, or counseling. Find a friend or close relative you trust…the most important thing is to tell.

What were some of the issues you faced from this abuse that damaged you as an adult?
Yeesh! I hate to admit it, but there are many.

I knew I would always fear someone lurking under my bed, waiting for me to IMG 0082fall asleep so they could pounce. I was thirty-eight before I could sleep without having objects stored under my bed; no chance of anyone being under there.

I knew I would always have issues with being confined during sex, or have aversions to certain sexual positions. I was tied to my bed and gagged by my abuser.

I knew I would always have trust issues where men were concerned. You can’t live with a monster night after night for nine years of your childhood, enduring the most heinous abuses without some permanent damage. No one came to my rescue.

I seemed to have a homing device, a vulnerability about me that attracted the wrong men. I kept my dirty secret and tried to please. I was always so desperate for love that I took what morsels were offered.

So, I lived most of my life in shame and secrecy. It took the small voice of a child…the child inside of me, to break the silence. I finally listened and gave her a voice.

What is the best advice you can give to others who have suffered from sexual abuse?
You are not alone. Sexual abuse happens to one in four girls and one in six boys between the ages of six and seventeen, and those are only the reported cases in the US. Don’t let what happened define who and what you are. You lived it! You survived it! You’re a warrior!

Write about your experience; not to publish or share with anyone, but for yourself. Write in detail, everything you can remember, from the smells and sounds, to the way you felt before, during, and after. Then read it over and over and over. Words have the power to change how you view things, especially your own words. Words can yield clarity and perspective in a world of chaos.

You can get help by contacting these and many other advocacy organizations. You don’t have to suffer in shame and silence…TELL.

NATIONAL CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE HOTLINE 

RAPE ABUSE INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK

I want to thank you Devin for the invitation to be your guest. Because of the content and nature of my book, I don’t get many invitations. I applaud your courage. It takes far more courage to speak out and make people aware…to go against the current, than it does to go with the tide to a place everyone has been. You honor me, my story, and my life. I am truly humbled.

I hope what I’ve had to say, merits the honor…

~Taylor~

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Swingin' in the Rain

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The 4th book in the Soap Opera Mystery Series. Alexis Peterson once again turns amateur detective when murder strikes close to home. Alexis Peterson finds herself not only drawn into another murder mystery but also into the dark and twisted world of couples that "swing."

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 1. Eileen I've been a fan of yours since my mother watched you play Ashley Abbott on "The Young And The Restless" when I was just a teen and now I'm a fan of your writing. I read your first book, "Death In Daytime" and laughed my ass off at how you so cleverly used your daytime experience to weave these characters into such entertaining tongue and cheek novels. How long have you been writing?
Thank you so much! I started writing in High School actually just a little here and there. Always have been an avid reader!EileenDavidson02

2. Okay your book "Diva Las Vegas" is based on a murder at the Playboy mansion, do you use people you know in real life as a basis for some of your characters?
YES!!!! For most characters. Maybe all of them are loosely based on read people or a combination of people.

3. You are truly a dynamic diverse woman with many talents. I've seen you play a character with multiple personalities. Is there a character you want to play or write about that you haven't done yet?
I've been so blessed to play many different characters. I would like to do a period piece. Maybe the Renaissance or a Western?

4. How do you balance being a wife and mother with having multiple careers?
On a case by case basis. Kids come first as far as one on one time consistently. And Date nights are a must. Date weekends even better.

5. Any advice for budding writers or actors out there?
There are so many avenues for writing with self publishing now. Just do it! Take a class, read a book on it and write! Same thing for acting. Take a class and begin!

6. What are you writing about now? This gets back to the balancing question. Not writing at the moment.
My hands are too full with work and family.

EileenDavidson017. What book are you most proud of and why?
Books are like children. Hard to choose. I think my writing was better by the last one though.

8. How do you stay in such great shape? Any tips to share with us?
I do cardio just about every day for 30 minutes and also TRX which is a core work out using your own body weight. I try to do TRX twice week schedule permitting! The Navy Seals use it!

9. What are you future goals and when and where can we see you next?
I'm currently working my fanny off playing psychopath Kristen Dimera on Days of our Lives.

10. You played opposite my husband Ronn on "The Bold and The Beautiful" any chance we can get you to do a Ronn's Garage and cook with me?
Absolutely! I am an avid home cook and I would LOVE that!

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SCORE: How to Win the Girl of Your Dreams

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SCORE: Don’t just play the game. Win the Girl. KIRA REED knows what a woman wants. She is a smart, savvy, successful woman who has seen it all and tried most of it as a reporter for Playboy TV’s Sexcetera and the writer and supervising producer of 69 Sexy Things 2 Do Before You Die. If you are more interested in happily ever after than just a happy ending, then this book is for you. SCORE will help you meet that special someone, get her to like you, go out with you, and keep her coming back for more in the bedroom. SCORE is not the same old “trick a chick” into liking the player you. This entertaining and easy to read book, written from a woman’s point of view, will guide you to getting that amazing girl to be attracted to the real you. Seriously, do you want to just play the game... or actually win the girl? 

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Playing the Field: Sex, Stardom, Love, and Life in Hollywood

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This Special Collector's Edition of Mamie Van Doren’s autobiography, Playing the Field, is a no-holds-barred story by an iconic beauty and a true survivor of the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood. Mamie Van Doren, along with Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, dominated the Hollywood landscape in the 1950s and 1960s as the three blonde bombshells of movies. Their love lives and careers became the stuff of legend.

In this utterly frank and candid memoir, Mamie reveals the infighting in the highly competitive world of the Hollywood studio system. She tells what it was like to balance the demands of being a sex symbol on the screen and a caring mother and wife at home.

Mamie writes movingly about her experiences entertaining troops in Vietnam. Her solo tour with only a musical conductor and small band reached some of the most remote and dangerous fire stations in Vietnam--from the MeKong Delta in the south, to the demilitarized zone in the north--places where small arms and artillery fire competed with her singing. 

Often irreverent, and by turns funny and sad--but always entertaining--this Special Collector’s Edition of Playing the Field, published under Mamie’s own imprint, contains all new pictures and a stunning new cover--endorsed by Hugh Hefner himself.

Playing the Field: Sex, Stardom, Love, and Life in Hollywood is available in paperback.
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