July 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners

 

ACTORNovel Reading: S.A.M. by C.A. Jarest

ACTORNovel Reading: WOES OF HUMANITY by Bhekuzulu Khumalo

ACTORNovel Reading: THE SANGUINARIAN ID by L.M. Labat

ACTORNovel Reading: LEAVING PANAMAS PARADISE by Julie Bawden-Davis

ACTORNovel Reading: WHAT IF I GO by Polly White

ACTORShort Story Reading: THE WYCLIFFE SIX by James Stack

 

 

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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

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Novel Transcript Reading of The Sanguinarian Id by L.M. Labat

 

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Narrator: Kate Fenton

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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

Novel Transcript Reading of Leaving Panama’s Paradise by Julie Bawden-Davis

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Narrator: Kate Fenton

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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

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Novel Transcript Reading of WHAT IF I GO? by Polly White

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Narrator: Kate Fenton

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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

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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

Novel Transcript Reading: MOST WANTED, by Linda Palmer

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Performed by Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Kate Lawless, nineteen, is all alone in the world and struggling at the moment to make ends meet. Although answering a World Security League all-call for psychics is dangerous in these phobic times, she is tempted by the promise of reimbursement for just showing up. Screenings take place in a hotel conference room. When hers goes very well—a shocker—she is checked in so that she can undergo further testing. Staying at the ritzy hotel is quite a treat for Kate. The Christmas decorations are beyond beautiful. The festive background music reminds her of past holidays, most of them celebrated with a foster family or with other kids living in the youth ranch or orphanages that have been her life since the age of two. Her holiday plans this year? Enjoy this surprise vacation to the max, take the money, and pay her past-due rent.

Nikolai Nycov, a Russian member of the WSL team, is assigned to her. While he claims that he’s only interested on a professional level, he won’t stop meddling in her personal life. He comes off as deliberately distant one minute; too helpful, the next. Although annoying, this actually intrigues Kate, as does the fact that her clairvoyance gets a psychic boost whenever Nikolai is physically close.

Distracted by her growing feelings for him, she finds it harder and harder to lock onto Mbali Tinibu, the ruthless Sierra Leone civil war criminal she is helping the WSL locate. Kate finally asks to work alone and is given permission in spite of Nikolai’s objections. Only then does she realize how unpredictable and dangerous her psychic gifts can be. And having an annoying Russian around? Well, sometimes that’s not so bad.

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

Young/New adult paranormal romance

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

independent heroine

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

Divergent

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

There are five songs on my list of all-time favorites. At the very top is “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas.

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

Yikes. Another hard question. It would have to be Jane Eyre. It introduced me to Gothic romance, mystery, and courageous, timeless heroines. (I own every movie, series, and miniseries of it that has ever been made.)

7. What motivated you to write this story?

My favorite books, movies, or TV shows are usually ones with a spunky heroine, an inappropriate hero, and an element of danger. That’s what I read and watch with the most pleasure. That’s what I tend to write (with the most pleasure).

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

Richelle Mead, author of the amazing Vampire Academy series, which I have read and re-read so many times. I have a lot of questions for her and a lot of compliments to pay.

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

Reading, music, and movies.

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

I wanted to hear it someplace besides inside my head.

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

The most important thing you can do is to grab a pen, a pencil, a recorder, or a keyboard and BEGIN. Writers write.

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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: Until Someone Get’s Hurt, by Sherrie Lueder

http://www.sherrielueder.com/

Featured in an episode of “Forbidden” on the ID Discovery channel. Kaushal Niroula arrives in San Francisco portraying himself as a Prince. Although penniless, he loses no time in gaining access into inner circles. He concocts stories of his royal family in Nepal and how his fortune—is temporarily inaccessible. He craves the American dream and will stop at nothing to get it. He rallies together an unlikely crew and they carry out one scam after the other. Their insatiable greed leads to the unthinkable… cold… calculated…bloody…murder. The “Dark Prince” still wanting more continues the charade…unaware the authorities are closing in.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox