NOVEL MOVIE: Passing Loop, by Chynna Laird

Voice Over: Val Cole

Visual Design and Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Synopsis – Book Blurb

Seventeen-year-old Chrissella Cantenelli thought she had it made in the big city. She was in her last year of high school, she had a job in the barista shop down the street from her apartment building and her art. Who could want more? Then a phone call from her grandmother’s doctor changed her entire world.

Lily Gran was no shrinking violet. She was a tough, stubborn, independent Scottish woman who always took care of everything until she’d broken her hip. Enya, Chrissella’s mother, decided they would move to the small town of Melville, Saskatchewan to help Lily Gran with chores until she was back on her feet. Needless to say, Chrissella was less than impressed and wasn’t going to make it easy on anyone. Then tragedy hit.

Not even a month into their move, Enya fell ill. Chrissella and the grandmother she’d never known, had to pull forces together for Enya’s sake. If moving to a small town wasn’t overwhelming enough, Chrissella was slowly learning about the past her mother left behind, including the father who’d abandoned them both…or so she was told.

Can three generations of women so different, yet so much alike learn to get along in the new life they have together? Or will the pain of the past keep them from moving forward?

NOVEL Transcript Reading of In Bad Company, by Ke Sol

Genre: Drama

Inside the male dominated world of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club, families do exist.

Performed by Brian Carleton

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

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 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

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

BUY on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/FULL-MOOD-Priestess-Tale-ebook/dp/B011JDNV7U

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