June 13, 2018 – Novel Festival Testimonial

From Short Story THE POET, by Stephen Karnaghan

Wonderful reading.

I am very happy with this.

Watch the Short Story Reading: 

Performed by Geoff Mays

 

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Novel Reading of Rogue Marauder, by Cherie’ Waggie

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Things didn’t always go as planned for Denovan Freighter Pilot, Sneighd Arkon. Keeping his freighter flying wasn’t always easy. Keeping himself flying was even harder. When offered a lucrative paying job for an illegal fuel run by Sinnetian Syndicate boss Baquar Starka, Sneighd accepted, even though he knew it wasn’t a good idea. Double-crossed by the supplier, Sneighd returns to Baquar empty handed, not knowing that was Baquar’s plan all along, a set-up for a nice little murder of a Galaxy Corporation Official with Sneighd tidily placed to take the blame. But things don’t always go as planned, even for Baquar Starka. Sneighd receives help in escaping Baquar’s henchmen with the help from two unwitting and unwilling rescuers, Tendrite Portmaster Korbot Maka, and Rhadurian pilot, Haunalyn. Sneighd’s freighter permanently disabled he and his new companions escape Sinnet aboard the Rogue Marauder, Haunalyn’s small Rhadurian Hauler, with Baquar Starka and the Galaxy Corporation Police in pursuit. With the help of Haunalyn and Korbot, Sneighd must find the proof that he isn’t the murderer before he ends up as space dust.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Science Fiction, Science Fantasy

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Action Adventure

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Jurassic Park Trilogy, The Mummy Trilogy, Star Wars (the original trilogy), Indiana Jones trilogy, and a lot of old movies (if you mean number of times seen). I like action movies, especially if there is some comic relief in the movie.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Unchained Melody (the Righteous Brothers rendition)

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Brainstorming with a friend is how the premise was created; the characters started growing, so their story needed to be written.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

That is a hard question to answer. Alive, I’d say Jackie Chan. Dead, my brothers. I miss them.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being creative through art, dance, music, and designing gowns, esp. for weddings, caring for Animals

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

My mother is visual impaired. I’d like my books to be on audio so that other visual impaired people can enjoy them. And audio books are great for people who travel or don’t have time to stop to read a book, or can’t read. This is a way for them to enjoy books.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Never give up. Writing can be frustrating: it’s hard work and takes a lot of time and concentration. There are days the words flow and days they just don’t come. The main thing is to just keep writing and never give up.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

May 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners


ACTORSIDEKICKS – NOVEL Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Linda Palmer

ACTORA KIND OF MARRIAGE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Stevie Turner

ACTORTHE SECOND CHANCE GARDENER – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Sharon Gunason Pottinger

ACTORTHE AFTERLIFE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by R.G. Renauld

ACTORWHO’S AT THE DOOR – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Barr

ACTORAVALEIGH’S AMAZING ADVENTURES – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Rita Cragwall

ACTORPOSTMORDERNISTIC LOVE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Matshine

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Reading of SIDEKICKS, by Linda Palmer

Author website: http://www.lindavpalmer.com

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Mia Tagliaro was born with the ability to communicate with the dead, the reason her parents sent her to a weekend camp for kids with similar talents when she was just eight. With the help of seasoned psychics, she learned that she wasn’t a freak at all. There were lots of other people just like her, most especially a boy camper her age named TC, who got vibes from the living and the dead. By the end of their stay, Mia and TC had shared more than just secrets about their “sidekicks,” their nickname for psychic abilities. They shared a first kiss and a vow they’d never lose touch.

That was then. Now eighteen, Mia is quite comfortable in her skin and frequently passes along messages to the living from departed friends and family. She also helps the police with missing persons’ cases, loving the rush she gets when the lost are found. Though she hasn’t heard from her first crush, TC, for nearly a decade, Mia still thinks of him. So it’s quite a shock when they run into each other at a school dance. Tall, handsome, and athletic, TC, who calls himself Cooper now, seems just as amazing as she remembers. Then he tells her that his sidekicks deserted him years ago and actually uses the word “freak” when talking about them. Even worse, he lies when he says they can be friends again. Just when Mia is ready to give up on him, the ghost of Cooper’s dad begs her to try a little harder. But how can she reach a guy who not only thinks she’s weird, but deliberately keeps his distance?

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

YA/NA paranormal romance

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Determined heroine

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

This changes from day to day. At the moment, it’s Divergent. I’m hooked on Tris and Four.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

If Ed Sheeran opens his mouth to sing, that’s my newest favorite song.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Jane Eyre. I do love a good Gothic romance.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A TV series about psychics. I began what iffing immediately.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Author Richelle Mead. Her Vampire Academy series is perfect, and that is very hard to do.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, books, movies, anything paranormal (but not scary).

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I wanted to hear it read with enthusiasm and passion.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

April 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners

ACTORCROWN AND STEEL Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Anna L. Walls
ACTORDESTINY FORTUNE FATE Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Scott Lorenz
ACTORMOST WANTED Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Linda Palmer
ACTORMANDELBROT Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
ACTOR85 DREAMS Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Melissa Mendelson
ACTORYES I CAN Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Marie Bethel
ACTORBECOMING FEARLESS Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Maura O’Leary
ACTORMASSACHUSETTS TALE Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Lionel Walfish

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading of Crown and Steel, by Anna L. Walls

Performed by Val Cole

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

It’s about a young prince who had no worldly experience, because his father was a paranoid recluse. Since you can’t rule a kingdom exclusively from behind a desk, things fell apart. Now he has to put it all back together.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

This is mostly straight fiction with a slight religious tone. I call it Sword and Sorcery, but it’s more paranormal abilities than magic.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Good v Bad

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Ooh that would be a coin toss between Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Avatar.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I don’t listen to a lot of music, but my favorites are Simon and Garfunkel and Loreena McKennitt.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

That would be The Lord of the Rings.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I just wanted to write something and this young prince came to mind. He of course would attain the crown, but it couldn’t be that easy. Hence the rest of the story.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I think I might enjoy talking with Leonard Nimoy. I’d also like to discuss LTR with J. R. R. Tolkien.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family of course comes next, but I also love gardening.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I saw the add over on Crowdfire and thought I’d give it a try. It never hurts to try. If you don’t at least try, the result is always a fail.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Always try. Always try to be better. Always be willing to learn. And always write what you love. They say write what you know, which is good advice, but if you love what you write, for sure someone else will love it too.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading: DESTINY FORTUNE FATE, by Scott Lorenz

 

Performed by Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

  1. What is your novel about?

 

Destiny Fortune and Fate a Triad Romance Thriller

 

  1. What genres would you say this story is in?

 

Romance Thriller

 

 

  1. How would you describe this story in two words?

 

 

Sensation of Suspense

 

 

  1. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

 

Gandhi

 

  1. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

 

Whitney Houston – I will always love you – When you Believe 

 

  1. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

 

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

 

  1. What motivated you to write this story?

 

After living in Mexico for a while and seeing the different traditions

 

  1. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

 

Dalai Lama

 

  1. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

 

Family, Travel, Food and Drink

 

  1. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

 

Scott Lorenz

 

  1. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

 

Never give up on Leaving a Legacy for your Family and Friends

 

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox