Novel Transcript Reading: Ode to the Darkest Days, by M. Ryan Hollows

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

A young man named Astinos, his wife stolen and a prophecy on his shoulders, must find his strength in order to fight through not only a host of invaders that hail from darkness, but also the demons that are his doubts. He struggles to make sense of it, the inklings of truth that hide beneath the veneer of this battle of Light vs Darkness.

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

Adventure, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Survival

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

Deep Complexity

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

Rush Hour (I used watch it with my dad a lot)

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

People Live Here By Rise Against

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

No; I’m usually disappointed with the Fantasy books I read (Bad luck maybe…).

7. What motivated you to write this story?

When I was 7 I started imagining a lot, and came up with what is now the story I’m writing. It’s changed a lot, obviously, but that’s just because it has never stopped growing since then. Now it’s grown into a series I’m planning. I don’t think I could ever write another series I’d love more, and so this first book is very special. But as for what actually got me to start typing it up, the short version is that I got a crush on this famous girl, and I was hoping writing it would get me a shot at her, but eventually, like my story, my motivation to keep improving grew. Now I’d say my motivation is wanting to do something positive with writing, both through inspiring people with it, and hopefully helping people through the money I make, if in fact I make any money from this book, and the others that follow it.

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

James Joyce. I think two writers with an overwhelming ‘God Complex” would have some interesting, albeit heated, conversations.

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

I like thinking about what I’d do if my writing took off. I’d like to help new writers, teach them to be freer with their idea of how to write a novel. And as I stated earlier, I would also like to help people.

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

I wanted exposure. I need all I can get, as I’m terrible at advertising myself. So when I saw this, I figured I’d give it a shot.

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

When you write, don’t think of what you are supposed to do, but rather, let your writing flow out in a way that best suits the story you are trying to tell. And also, try not to emulate other authors too much; if there are any authors you particular like, just try to write with the same type of spirit that they do, think of how they approach it, and use that as the foundation to begin your own. Lastly, don’t be afraid to try putting in something that seems strange or out of place in your genre, or novels in general; I think books, and life in general, would be more interesting if more people did ‘strange things,’ as there would be so much more variety to enjoy.

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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

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2017 NOVELS – Read the best of FANTASY Novels from around the world

Scroll through and read the best of FANTASY novel loglines for 2017. 

THE DREAMWORLD, by Yehuwdiyth Yodhhewawhe

BOOK OF JOHNNY, by Robert Bernardo

BEYOND THE EYES, by Rebekah Ford

SUPERHIGHWAY, by James Oldman

JOHNNY’S RIPPLE, by Claude Limberger

DOLOR AND SHADOW, by Angela B. Chrysler

COMPILE QUEST, by Ronel Van Tonder

THE DAZZLING DARKNESS, by Paula Cappa

BROKEN LIGHTNING: THE CURSE OF GODFALL GOLDEN, by Jonathan V. Cann

MOON OF THE GODDESS, by Cathy Hird

BAD ELEMENTS: CRYSTAL DRAGON, by Lynn Mullican

TEN BILLION PEOPLE, by Lorraine Courtney

CRADLE OF ESSANA, by Gregory Napier and Joe Robertson

ANGELIC CONFESSIONS, by Jan Marie

DEATH OF THE BODY, by Rick Chiantaretto

OLIVER AND JUMPY, by Werner Stejskal

PENNILESS HEARTS, by Eve Gaal

THE CRYSTAL KEY, by TL Howard

THE FLOWER EATER, by M. LaRose

CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT, by Kim Montgomery

AGGI, by Linda Scarlett

THE LAST SONG OF WILDERNESS, by Cleber Pacheco

VIDEO PITCH: THE KA, by Mary Deal

MOONWALKERS: GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT, by Rusty Nugent

THE KA, by Mary Deal

CRIMSON, by Jane Bled

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HENRY, by Aubrey Wynne

TO CATCH A RIPPLE, by K. Rosemont

A BEASTLY SCANDAL, by Shereen Vedam

THE GOODGUYS THE BEGINNING, by David Leagenfelder

INNER DEMONS, by Gloria Oliver

THE TURNING, by Xao Thao

THE FIRST BOOK OF CARRIE by D. Antoinette

SANTA 17, by Michael Alan Grapin

THE FOUR REALMS OF ZAKORAH, by Manuel Farrugia

THE SON OF AMAROS, by Jamie Sutliff

Novel Transcript Reading of The Full Mood: A Priestess Tale, by Pen Augustin

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Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your novel about?

The Full Mood ~ A Priestess Tale is about two women from two very different lifetimes. Namu resides in the wilderness of England during the 800s. She struggles to stay true to her priestess ways while living in an era that forbids her to openly do so. Rose lives in modern times along the shore of Lake Michigan in the United States. Her challenge is to find, or one might say, to remember, the gifts she has to offer. They share one vision, for they are of one spirit. Their tragedies, joys and healing journeys are interwoven throughout a tale that reveals ancient truths and brings in the awareness of what heals us.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Fantasy Fiction, Romance

How would you describe this story in two words?

Pastlife connections

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Message in the Bottle. This movie demonstrates how to let go of pain while surrendering to love, even if the time spent together is brief.

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

Stand by me ~ Ben E King, 1961. The title says it all.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It’s the first book I ever read that showed strong women healers who were not constantly victimized.

What motivated you to write this story?

Having had a career in the healing arts all my life, I wanted to write something fast-paced and entertaining, while still bringing forth ancient healing methods.

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

The greatest healer of all time ~ Jesus! Plus, I heard he enjoys a little wine with his meal, as do I. And he knows this neat trick to make the food keep multiplying. We could probably end world hunger right there.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Nature! I love all weather ~ even the wicked.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I always thought this story would make a wonderful movie!

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

Write because it brings you joy. No matter what your age is or how small your social network is ~ just put it out there. It’ll make you feel like you’ve just given birth (in a good way)!

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Best of HORROR & GOTHIC Novels – Part 2

Read the summaries and links to the best of HORROR and GOTHIC books from around the world. 

THE SAGAS OF DXAAN LERE, by Victor Michaels

THE CHOICE, by Tanya R. Simon

SADIE THE SADIST, by Zane Sachs

THE INITIATES, by Kamil Ali

THE DEMON TREE, by Joseph Julian Kremsky

ME AND MR. MEPHISTOPHELES, by DD Cross

MOONWARRIORS, by Rusty Nugent

SEASONS OF EVIL: SPIRITUAL FORCES, by Yvonne Randle

THE PALLADIUM SECRET, by DW Pryke

ROUGAROU, by Judith Ann McDowell

WITHOUT CONSENT, by Bev Irwin

THE GARNET DAGGER, by Andrea R. Cooper

THE CHILDREN OF MANSON, by Catherine Bell

DESIRE IN TARTAN, by Suz Demello

CHEERAGE FEARAGE, by Kimberly Dana

Post-Apocalyptic Novel: THE LAST MUTINEERS: THE BEGINNING, by Patrick M. Bedont Jr.

Title: The Last Mutineers: The Beginning 

Written by: Patrick M. Bedont Jr

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, War, Post-Apocalyptic

Type: NOVEL

Logline: Five friends must come to terms with their destiny of becoming the legendary ‘Chosen’ who must restore the world to its former glory decades after the ‘Great Bio-War’ – a devastating war which nearly drove all of humanity to extinction by means of Nanobiotechnology weaponry. The story takes place in the Wind River Ranges of Wyoming, where a mystical alien amulet has been projecting a force field for a millennia, protecting everything within its barriers from the fallout of the war.

Interested in this logline, please email us at info@wildsound.ca and we’ll forward your email to the writer.

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Chapter 1 Novel Reading: UNMASKED by R. Saint Claire

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

My novel is essentially a family drama about estranged, middle-aged people still trapped in the damaging social dynamic of their family of origin. There is literally no escape.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Definitely horror.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Twisted psychodrama.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Valley of the Dolls.

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

This is somewhat embarrassing, but probably Yes Starship Trooper.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

What motivated you to write this story?

It started as a personal challenge to write a screenplay at a summer camp setting, which I did. From there I developed it into a novel.

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

William Shakespeare, which would be very weird.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m also a filmmaker. I’m passionate about creativity in general.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

It sounded like a unique opportunity.

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

Write characters you really love (or love to hate) because you will be living with them for a long time.

 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Chapter 1 Novel Transcript: No Accountability by Keith Lawton

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

– The novel is about my early childhood, being bought up in council care, through to modern day

What genres would you say this novel is in?

– Memoir

How would you describe this story in two words?

– Helping Others

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

– Great Expectations

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

– Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

– The Grass Arena (John Healy)

What motivated you to write this story?

– Close friend encouraged

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

– My Father

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

– My Dog

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

– Goodreads

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

– Don’t rush – Read through – leave it alone for 2 months, then re-visit & revise – Do the same again for another 8 weeks – Edit, Edit, & Edit – get it proof read & re-visit again

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne