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.
Robin 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.
Cali 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.
Victoria 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.
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.
"MY MOTHER,MY FATHER and HIS WIFE HORTENSE" is available in print and as a e-book.
My 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?
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.
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?
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?
Do you think your mother Liana would be pleased with the outcome of the book?
I understand there are plans to turn the book into a movie?
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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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.
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.
My Prison Without Bars" is available in print and as a e-book.
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?
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.
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?
So 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.
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.
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?
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?
What were some of the issues you faced from this abuse that damaged you as an adult?
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.
TAYLOR EVAN FULKS
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."
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!
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?
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?
4. How do you balance being a wife and mother with having multiple careers?
5. Any advice for budding writers or actors out there?
6. What are you writing about now? This gets back to the balancing question. Not writing at the moment.
7. What book are you most proud of and why?
8. How do you stay in such great shape? Any tips to share with us?
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?
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.