Wednesday, October 14, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ THE BRUISER BY JIM TULLEY!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ THE BRUISER BY JIM TULLEY!

I’M POSTING THIS WEEK’S INSTALLMENT OF FORGOTTEN BOOKS EARLY AS I’VE A COUPLE OF VERY BUSY DAYS AHEAD AND DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH TIME I’M GOING TO HAVE TO SIT AT THE COMPUTER. SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU . . .

Author Jim Tully is a character right out of Hemingway or Damon Runyon. Born in 1894, his father put him in an orphanage at six years old after the death of his mother. Tully lasted there until he was eleven when he fled the adverse conditions in favor of a life on the road. He worked on farms, with the circus, and eventually as a prizefighter – leaving ring career behind after being knocked unconscious for 24 hours during a fight in San Francisco.

H.L. Mecken discovered Tully’s writings through Tully’s reporting in two Akron newspapers. Mecken began publishing Tully’s work in the magazine Smart Set. This led to two autobiographical novels, Emmet Lawler and Beggars of Life, both of which received praise for their unstinting view of life on the road in the ‘20s and ‘30s.

Tully eventually turned from writing to become a highly successful Hollywood publicity agent, with a mansion in Tuluca Lake and an 89 acre ranch in the back country. Not bad for a guy with his humble beginnings.

Like Tully’s other novels, The Bruiser, is unflinching in its realism and brutality. It’s also a fascinating character study of a man facing his greatest fear by exposing himself to it over and over again.

Shane Rory was a tough, good-hearted road kid who drifted into fighting through the help of a friendly priest. Encouraged by his easy successes in his first matches, which proved to him and his friends that he had the makings of a champion, Shane began the long and grueling apprenticeship that finally won him the heavyweight title. He had first, however, to overcome the grimmest of obstacles: the fear of being driven mad by the relentless pounding he faced every time he climbed through the ropes.

Jim Tully’s vivid and colorful novel about a great fighter is drawn from his own early experiences in the ring and from the stories of the many men he has known – including, presumably, the man to whom The Bruiser is dedicated: “My fellow road-kid, Jack Dempsey.”

I have a dozen or so of these 1930s – 1950s boxing novels in my collection and enjoy their retro feel and storytelling. The Bruiser, is a cut above most.

AL MARTINO ~ R.I.P.

AL MARTINO ~ R.I.P.

Al Martino, who died on October 13 aged 82, was a great postwar Italian-American crooner who rose to even further fame with his role as the singer Johnny Fontane in The Godfather, the 1972 blockbuster movie starring Marlon Brando; he also sang the UK's first number one record.

The character of Fontane – a busted flush who seeks the intervention of the Mafia to revive his career – is often said to have been based on Frank Sinatra, who had long been known to have mob connections; but equally there were parallels with Martino's own life story.

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STEVE TYRELL @ CATALINA JAZZ CLUB!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ SIR ROGER MOORE!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ SIR ROGER MOORE!

MY FAVORITE SAINT, BUT LEAST FAVORITE BOND, AND ALL AROUND NICE GUY TURNS 82 TODAY!

PAUL ANKA ROCKS!

PAUL ANKA ROCKS!

PER CINEMA RETRO . . .


When legendary songwriter and singer Paul Anka heard Michael Jackson's final song, This Is It, he immediately recognized it as a tune he co-wrote with the late pop singer 26 years ago. The Jackson family has now acknowledged as much and the result will be a windfall for Anka, who stands to not only get co-writing credit but also 50% of the royalties.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

LOVEJOY ~ DVD!

LOVEJOY ~ DVD!

I ALWAYS ENJOYED THIS LIGHTWEIGHT SHOW EVEN MORE THAN THE BOOKS UPON WHICH IT WAS BASED. ONE OF IAN MCSHANES BEST ROLES . . .

Ian McShane is back as the crime-solving antiques dealer with an eye for beauty ... and trouble in Lovejoy.

Danger, betrayal, and revenge still fly fast and furious as Lovejoy grapples with dud checks, intriguing riddles, and charges of aggravated burglary. But many close calls hit ever more close to home when Tinker (Dudley Sutton) goes missing, Charlotte (Caroline Langshrie) gets kidnapped, and a man claiming to be Charlie Gimbert's (Malcolm Tierney) father appears.

The Lovejoy: Season Six DVD set of 3 discs contain the 10 episodes of the 6th and final season that originally aired on BBC from October through December 1994.

SINATRA ~ FROM THE TOP (1942/49)!

SINATRA ~ FROM THE TOP (1942/49)!

KELLY'S LOUNGE SOUNDZ STRIKES AGAIN WITH ANOTHER COOL HARD TO FIND DOWNLOAD . . .

Been sitting here in my computer room debating with myself whether or not to post these two Sinatra CDs. Seemed a good idea last night so did the upload. But this morning I'm not so sure. My two Sinatra biographies list a big number of compilations similar to these two featuring random cuts from live shows and radio broadcasts the crooner did during the 1940s. My problem is that there are so many better recordings available from this period of his career. Really serious Sinatra fans will probably have some of these better reissues in their libraries. Apart from my V Disc wartime album I had almost nothing he recorded between leaving Tommy Dorsey in 1942 and the stuff he did for Columbia. When I came across these two CDs for 50c each I bought them to bridge the gap. Quality-wise "From The Top" is quite good, but "Good Man" mostly comprises transfers from original, untreated tapes. Anyhow here they are for what they're worth. If your situation is similar to mine, these albums may close the gap for you too. This music is redolent of my teenage years, so I spin the discs when I'm hit with the need for nostalgia.

FROM THE TOP

TRACKS:

01) That's My Affair
02) I Don't Believe In Rumors
03) I've Had This Feeling Before
04) The Trolly Song
05) With A Song In My Heart
06) The Surry With The Fringe On Top
07) It's Been A Long Long Time
08) That's For Me
09) Candy
10) It's Magic
11) Every Day I Love You
12) Maybe It's Because
13) Lullaby Of Broadway
A GOOD MAN

TRACKS:

01) Suddenly It's Spring
02) Lillie Bolero
03) I Wish I Didn't Love You So
04) You're The Top [with Ethel Merman]
05) Lilly Belle
06) Wing And A Prayer
07) It's All Up To You
08) Some Other Time
09) You've Got A Hold On Me
10) A Good Man Is Hard To Find [with Shelly Winters]
11) Right Kind Of Love

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!

THE EXPENDABLES!

THE EXPENDABLES!

THEY CAN'T ACT, BUT THE ONE LINERS FLY FAST AND FURIOUS AND THE EXPLOSIONS LOOK COOL! STATHAM AND STALLONE IN THE SAME FILM ~ I'M THERE.

CAN YOU SAY A-TEAM ON STEROIDS? I KNEW YOU COULD!


MARTINI IN THE MORNING OCTOBER NEWSLETTER!

MARTINI IN THE MORNING OCTOBER NEWSLETTER!

Here we go - 4th quarter of 2009, just into our 4th year on the Internet, and it's time to freshen things up a bit, and reintroduce you to some of the things that we hope keep you coming back to
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Also in this newsletter, we ask a favor - that if you haven't been listening lately, you give us another shot. I know we've had some technical issues from time to time. It's not easy being on the bleeding edge of today's radio technology. We've switched streaming vendors, upgraded our systems and between Al the Engineer and Jeff the IT Guru, we're doing everything we can to offer the most consistent, reliable, trouble-free, fun listening experience possible.

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WEDNESDAY PARTY @ LUCYS 51

Join us Wednesday, October 14th where the neon sign just inside the front door says it all. We broadcast live from Lucy's 51 in Toluca Lake, CA for...COCKTAILS! Well, actually for our 2 Martini Lunch (Noon-3 pm) and Happy Hour from 5-7 pm. Print this newsletter and bring it with you for a chance to win GREAT MartiniInTheMorning.com prizes!

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CD RELEASES

Great new CD releases featuring MartiniInTheMorning.com artists;

Jonny Blu - Taboo
Michael Buble - Crazy Love
Harry Connick Jr - Your Songs
Barbra Streisand - Love is the Answer
Carol Welsman - I Like Men: Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee

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THANK YOU!

We remain committed to the cause of The Greatest Songs Ever Written, and the audience that loves this great music. Our goal will always be to bring you these great songs in an entertaining package, never boring or stuffy; always fun!

We've been completely listener supported to date, but the fact is, we have to make this a business able to support itself. That means we will be running some commercials. We promise never to abuse the privilege. Commercial broadcast stations are airing 15 to 20 minutes of commercials each hour. Our goal is to limit commercial time to less than 5 minutes, and to attract advertisers with products, services, events and destinations of interest to our listeners.

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ESPIONAGE ~ GAYLE LYNDS NEWSLETTER!

ESPIONAGE ~ GAYLE LYNDS NEWSLETTER!

MOVIE NEWS


The book business is like the army - hurry up and wait. Weeks pass with nothing particularly exciting, and then all of sudden the phone rings, and wonderful news arrives. And here's the latest - THE LAST SPYMASTER has been optioned by Vigorous Pictures, a young film development and production company formed by producers Jon Furay and James LaVigne, based in New York City. Break a leg, boys.

THE BOOK OF SPIES

I'm delighted to report THE BOOK OF SPIES is receiving wonderful early praise. For instance, James Patterson sent this note in: "Gayle Lynds is one of the best suspense writers in the world. THE BOOK OF SPIES is a completely unique work, but for the purpose of inciting all of you to read it, let me say Da Vinci Code meets Bourne Identity - which happens to be completely accurate."

RESEARCHING THE BOOK OF SPIES

I'm often asked how I research my novels. It's one of those topics that are difficult to explain, because so much of research is intuitive. But for you, my wonderful readers, here's a short trip into this addictive, mysterious realm of the unknown.

The common wisdom is that only about one percent of research ends up in a novel. That's a very small fraction, but my experience is it's actually far less - closer to a tenth of a percent, even when the research involves a plot line. For instance my new novel, THE BOOK OF SPIES (due out March 30), has a critical historical element - the lost library of Ivan the Terrible - that required intense research.

I first read about this fabulous collection of illuminated manuscripts twenty years ago in The Los Angeles Times and was instantly intrigued. After all, Ivan's remarkable library had allegedly been the heart of the Byzantine Empire's grand imperial collection and contained priceless works dating back millennia to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Embedded with precious jewels, the books were bound in glittering gold. As I read that, I gave the collection a name - the Library of Gold. Tragically it vanished at Ivan's death, in 1584.

My problem was I couldn't see a way to use any of this in a contemporary spy story. But at the same time I was so interested I began collecting clippings that were even tangentially related, when I came across them in other research.

Then finally, after nearly two decades, the constant drumbeat of this intriguing subject meshed with an idea I had for a modern tale. I had a way to use the Library of Gold.

Excited, I began serious research. There is no actual name for the library, so I Googled "Ivan the Terrible," "lost library," "lost books," "hidden library." You get the idea. I waded through thousands of mentions, most of them irrelevant. Still, there were perhaps twenty pieces I printed out, read, and filed. I also needed to understand the environment in which the library had been assembled in Constantinople, how and why it had ended up in primitive Old Moscow, what it had looked like, where it had been located there , and why it had disappeared at Ivan's death. More Googling.

Meanwhile I was buying books on such subjects as Ivan the Terrible, burned books, lost libraries, and the art of collecting books. In my reading I discovered gems - Albert Einstein once wrote he found book collecting an addiction second only to nicotine. That's quite an admission from the world's most famous shrink.

Of course I investigated the calligraphy, inks, paints, and book binding of illuminated manuscripts through the ages, too.

As you can imagine one question led to another, and then to a third, and then to a fortieth. I was cutting out articles from newspapers and magazines on almost a daily basis.

Are you getting tired? I wasn't. The secret to research is to be fascinated by your subject, and I was truly fascinated. And if the writer is fascinated, chances are good he or she will be able to pass that compelling feeling on to readers.

I've always looked upon research as an opportunity to satisfy my curiosity. But the other side of the coin is one must not be so caught up in it that one never gets the book written. What happens to me is I finally feel immersed - and overwhelmed. That's when I began writing THE BOOK OF SPIES, never particularly certain what I would need. But because I had kept my files orderly and my research books stacked close to me, on the floor around my desk, I was able to work well. And yes, I still had to stop now and then to do more research, but nothing on the scale as before, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DRAWING WINNERS

The magic of the drawing has happened again. Congratulations to Darla Zimmer (New York), Cristina Shirley (Virginia), Anita Slate (Washington), Hanno Oldenburg (Oregon), Jane Nieberg (New York), Terri Nesrsta (Texas) and Marlene Thurman (Colorado) who've won hardcover copies of my books. Remember, all you have to do is be signed up for my newsletter to be entered to win books and all other prizes.

A TERRIFIC NEW SERIAL NOVEL FROM ITW

I had a great time working with seventeen of today's top thriller authors in creating THE COPPER BRACELET, a serial audio novel. It's the sequel to THE CHOPIN MANUSCRIPT, which won the coveted Audiobook of the Year award. We're hoping for great things for COPPER BRACELET, too, but you can judge for yourself.

The audiobook will be available October 13th, but you can download the first chapter for free right now. Click
www.audible.com/copper/ Registration is required, but no credit card is necessary.

The story begins when a peaceful picnic in the French countryside explodes in violence. A mysterious assassin makes a deadly threat, setting events in motion that could propel India and Pakistan into a nuclear confrontation. Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his Volunteers return in this sequel to face a secretive conspiracy that not only threatens their lives, but the stability of the world. Their race against time takes them from London to the U.S., Russia, and beyond. And at the heart of it all is one question: what is the secret of the Copper Bracelet?

My coauthors are Linda Barnes, Brett Battles, David Corbett, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, David Hewson, Jon Land, David Liss, P.J. Parrish, James Phelan, M.J. Rose, Lisa Scottoline, and Jenny Siler. Jeff Deaver created the original concept and wrote the first and last chapters, I wrote chapter two, and Jim Fusilli was concert director, keeping all of us organized and on task. He has a terrific sense of humor, thank goodness.

HAPPY READING

Thanks for enjoying my books. I'll continue to keep you posted on the progress of THE BOOK OF SPIES as it nears its March publication date, with news of course and good stuff you can win. I really appreciate your interest and support. Please forward my newsletter to anyone you think might also enjoy my work.

Monday, October 12, 2009

READING HABITS!

READING HABITS!

JAMES REASONER BROUGHT THIS MEME TO MY ATTENTION. I ENJOYED READING HIS RESPONSES AND THOSE OF OTHERS, SO I THOUGHT I’D JUMP IN.

DO YOU SNACK WHILE YOU READ? IF SO, FAVORITE READING SNACK:

I run every day, so I can indulge in oatmeal cookies while I read.

DO YOU TEND TO MARK YOUR BOOKS AS YOU READ, OR DOES THE IDEA OF WRITING IN BOOKS HORRIFY YOU?


The only time I’ll write in a fiction novel is when somebody asks me to autograph a copy of one of my own titles. I’ll highlight non-fiction, scriptures, manuals, as it helps me absorb the information.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR PLACE WHILE READING A BOOK? BOOKMARK? DOG-EARS? LAYING THE BOOK FLAT OPEN?

Bookmarks. Always. Period. I once arrested somebody who had one of my novels laying flat open on his nightstand – I asked the district attorney to file additional vandalism charges.

FICTION, NONFICTION, OR BOTH?

80+% fiction. The other percentage is filled with magazine-type non-fiction.

ARE YOU A PERSON WHO TENDS TO READ TO THE END OF A CHAPTER, OR CAN YOU STOP ANYWHERE?

Almost always the end of the chapter, except if I can’t beat the sandman.

IF YOU COME ACROSS AN UNFAMILIAR WORD, DO YOU STOP AND LOOK IT UP RIGHT AWAY?

Rarely happens, so when it does I go look it up.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Point of Honour by Madeline E. Robins – a hardboiled/regency highbred.

WHAT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT?

The Professional by Robert Parker

ARE YOU THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT READS ONE BOOK AT A TIME, OR CAN YOU READ MORE THAN ONE?

I always have at least three books on the go – each from a different genre for whatever mood I’m in.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TIME/PLACE TO READ?

Anywhere. Any time.

DO YOU PREFER SERIES BOOKS OR STAND ALONES?

While I like mystery series, I tend to put off starting new fantasy trilogies. Y/A reading tends to be stand alones.

IS THERE A SPECIFIC BOOK OR AUTHOR YOU FIND YOURSELF RECOMMENDING OVER AND OVER?

For many years it was Dick Francis. Now, it’s David Gemmell.

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKS?(BY GENRE, TITLE, AUTHOR’S LAST NAME, ETC.)

Book organization is eclectic – only I know where each and every book is on the shelves. It’s a my brain system and would confuse anybody else.

BRIAN SETZER ~ LONELY AVENUE CD!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ SUSAN ANTON!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ SUSAN ANTON!

NOT ONLY DID SHE STAR IN ONE OF MY FAVORITE LATE ‘70S FILMS, GOLDEN GIRL, BUT SHE ALSO SINGS AND SWINGS . . .

ONE NIGHT


One Night [CD] is exactly what its title promises, and then some – a document of one night of music, namely the night of November 4, 2000, when Susan Anton and her band played Los Angeles’ intimate Cinegrill club inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. “It’s as live as it gets” Anton says of the recording.

TRACKLIST:

1. Already Home
2. What It Takes
3. Twenty Nine Ways
4. Things We've Handed Down
5. Since I Fell for You
6. True Love
7. All The Time In The World
8. When Something is Wrong with My Baby
9. In My Life
10. The Color of Roses
11. For My Wedding
12. Highgate Shuffle
13. Forever Young

THANKS TO BILL CRIDER FOR THE REMINDER

Y/A CORNER ~ THE DEMON KING!

Y/A CORNER ~ THE DEMON KING!

CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA ~ A SEVEN REALMS NOVEL

I REALLY ENJOYED CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA’S WARRIOR HEIR TRILOGY AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO DIPPING INTO THIS NEW NOVEL.


Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can't sell. For as long as Han can remember, he's worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They're clearly magicked-as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off.

While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against them. Han soon learns that the amulet has an evil history-it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana'Helena, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She's just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father's family at Demonai camp - riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.

Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea-the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her--plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.

The Seven Realms will tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide in this stunning new page-turner from bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima.

MAX ALLAN COLLINS / QUARRY!

MAX ALLAN COLLINS / QUARRY!

FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY THE EVER GROWING, YET ALWAYS RIVETTING WORKS OF MAX ALLAN COLLINS, ESPECIALLY HIS HITMAN CHARACTER QUARRY, HIS WEB PRESENCE IS GROWING IN ANTICIPATION OF THE RELEASE OF HIS LATEST QUARY NOVEL, QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE, FROM HARD CASE CRIME.

TO CHECK OUT THE REVAMPED FRIENDS OF MAX ALLAN COLLINS WEBSITE CLICK HERE

TO READ ED GORMAN’S INTERVIEW WITH COLLINS CLICK HERE

TO READ BILL CRIDER’S REVIEW OF QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE CLICK HERE

Sunday, October 11, 2009

POPGUN PULP!

POPGUN PULP!

BILL CUNNINGHAM, THE MAD PULPSTER AT PULP 2.0, HAS A COOL INTERVIEW WITH THE CATS FROM POPGUN PULP STUDIOS ABOUT THEIR NEW COMIC JOHNNY RECON!

I recently took a few moments (er, emails) and conducted another "Almost 20Q" interview with other pulpsters out there who are living the dream. This time I visited PopGun Pulp Studios and we talked about what it took for them to get their debut comic JOHNNY RECON off the ground and flying through the galaxy....

TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

WISEGUYS @ BAMBOO LOUNGE!

CAROL WELSMAN CD RELEASE @ VIBRATO!

CAROL WELSMAN CD RELEASE @ VIBRATO!

CAROL IS AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT, AND WE’RE DELIGHTED ABOUT HER NEW CD AND IT’S DEBUT PARTY AT OUR FAVORITE LA JAZZ SPOT ~ VIBRATO!

CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF CAROL WELSMAN'S LATEST CD ~ I LIKE MEN: REFLECTIONS OF MISS PEGGY LEE


VIBRATO
TUESDAY OCTOBER 13, 2009
$20.00 COVER
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Internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. The Los Angeles Times says "Welsman...balances the poetry of the words with the flow of the melody in a fashion rarely heard in jazz singing."

TRACKLIST:

I LIKE MEN: REFLECTIONS OF MISS PEGGY LEE


I Like Men
Do I Love You
Lover
I Love Being Here With You
The Folks Who Live On The Hill
Why Don’t You Do Right?
Just One Of Those Things
Johnny Guitar
I’m Gonna Go Fishin’
Dance On Your Own
Remind Me
Fever
When You’re Smiling
Angels On Your Pillow

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

DAUNT & DERVISH!

DAUNT & DERVISH!

My ears have been delighted lately listening to the adventures of Daunt & Dervish via my BBC downloader (talked about in earlier posts). Set in post-WWII England, Josephine Daunt and Susan Dervish are two former OSE spies – the younger Dervish parachuted in to France to work with the resistance (her mother was French), while Daunt was a crack mission organizer and field agent supporter stationed in Whitehall in London.

Crossing paths in London after the war, the pair are drawn into a case of threatening letters, forgery, and wartime betrayal, which almost gets the pair killed. Along for the ride is a former private detective and WWI veteran, Bill Mackie, whose son, a compatriot of Daunt and Dervish’s, was killed in France as the result of the betrayal.

Though very different people - Daunt, Cambridge educated, meticulous and inquisitive, and Dervish, practical, energetic and instinctive - they work well together. So, with their first case behind them, and little prospects for the future, the duo decide to open their own detective agency – with help from Mackie, who plays their behind the scenes mentor, and Josephine Daunt’s love interest.

The lively series is written by radio playwright Guy Meredith based on an idea by Anna Massey and Imelda Staunton, the actresses who portray the namesake characters.

You are missing out if you’re not making the effort to track these broadcasts down. Daunt & Dervish could easily make the transition to British television, and I’d be there for each episode.

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!

AISAN NOIR!

Y/A CORNER ~ THE RISE OF RENEGADE X!

Y/A CORNER ~ THE RISE OF RENEGADE X!

CHELSEA M. CAMPBELL


Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she’s been hiding all these years, that the one night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His father’s too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family. Damien gets shipped off to stay with them in their suburban hellhole, and he only has six weeks to prove he’s not a hero in any way, or else he’s stuck living with them for the rest of his life, or until he turns eighteen, whichever comes first.

To get out of this mess, Damien has to survive his dad’s “flying lessons” that involve throwing him off the tallest building in the city—despite his nearly debilitating fear of heights—thwart the eccentric teen scientist who insists she’s his sidekick, and keep his supervillain girlfriend from finding out the truth. But when Damien uncovers a dastardly plot to turn all the superheroes into mindless zombie slaves, a plan hatched by his own mom, he discovers he cares about his new family more than he thought. Now he has to choose: go back to his life of villainy and let his family become zombies,
or stand up to his mom and become a real hero.

BEAT TO A PULP #45!

BEAT TO A PULP #45!

THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON
STEPHEN D. ROGERS


PER BTAP EDITOR DAVID CRANMER:


Last time I was home, digging through some boxes, I came across an old issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine with the following poem:

"On My Mark"

By Stephen D. Rogers

If there’s any downside to a con

It’s the marks over which I must fawn

It’s the bores with whom I must deal

It’s the honest who jump at a steal

It’s the fools who think that they know

Like this Belgian I’ve picked named Poirot

(Sept/Oct 1999)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Over five hundred of Stephen's stories and poems have been published in more than two hundred publications.

His website,
www.stephendrogers.com, includes a list of new and upcoming titles as well as other timely information.

Stephen D. continues to entertain with the thrilling tale
YEAR OF THE DRAGON at BEAT to a PULP.

COCKTAIL NATION #92 ~ COCKTAIL FOR TWO!

COCKTAIL NATION #92 ~ COCKTAIL FOR TWO!

It’s the Cocktail Nation with a big thanks to station sponsor Tiki Shark.

Coming up, your host Koop Kooper talks to Tony Marsico from the Martini Kings about their brand new album...He’ll take a look at the world of swank, and get into his new segment on the art of living fabulously called "Ask Koop". There are also be some cool new YouTube vids up for you in the penthouase, plus a cool website to get some furniture for your pad.

PLAYLIST:

Waitiki7 ~ Left Arm Of Budda
Skip Heller ~ Watch Us Burn
Martini Kings ~ Swingin Shepard Blues
Art Mooney ~ Bwana
Xavier Cugat ~ Manhattan
Vikki Carr ~ Goodbye Charlie
Martini Heaven ~ Coquette
Acca Daiquiris ~ White Wedding
Buddy Bergman ~ Derek's Blues
Ruby Braff ~ I Just Couldn't Take It, Baby
Tiki Joes Ocean ~ La Lina Negra
Patti Page ~ The Thrill Is Gone
Billy May ~ On A Little Street In Singapore
Dave Pell Octet ~ Crescendo Date
Tikiyaki Orchesta ~ Tango Tahiti
The SG Sound ~ Sirens Of Venus

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