Saturday, August 13, 2011

EYES FOR LIES!

EYES FOR LIES!

THE EYES FOR LIES BLOG ANALYZES TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN . . .

The two interrogators in this show, Mary Stone and Paul Bishop, both have extensive experience in law enforcement and are highly regarded in their field. They are without a doubt good at what they do -- but what they do is different than what I do, and we can compliment each other perfectly. Together, we can nab criminals much faster! Let me demonstrate how.

The premise of the show, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is that two people are given the opportunity to hide a briefcase full of $100,000 in cash in one hour's time. If they succeed, they keep the money. The suspects have to keep the briefcase handcuffed to their wrist until they drop it--wherever they decide. They are informed that their get away vehicle has GPS on it, and their cell phones calls will be shared with investigators. It's that simple. Once the hour is up, they are arrested and taken into custody. Then the interrogation begins. The investigators then compete for the money! Can they catch the liars?

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NOIR NOW: NOIR NATION ~ ISSUE #1!

NOIR NOW: NOIR NATION ~ ISSUE #1!

Noir Nation Issue 1 is complete and has been sent to the layout design team in Prague (Butterflies and Hurricanes). Due out September 1.

WRITERS IN THIS ISSUE:

Tristan Davies (U.S.)
Scott Wolven (U.S.)
Paul D. Brazill (Poland)
Bonnie Barrow (U.S.)
Leah Chamberlain (U.S.)
Les Edgerton (U.S.)
R.F. Farrell (Canada)
Kevin Hardcastle (Canada)
Jean Charbonneau (Canada)
Stephen Gibson (U.S.)
Tim Gibson (U.S.)
Kevin Levites (U.S.)
Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria)
Gerald Heys (England, Czech Republic)
JJ Toner (Ireland)
Bianca Bellova (Czech Republic)
Cortright McMeel (U.S.)
J. Madison Davis (U.S.)
Alan Ward Thomas (U.S. Czech Republic)

NOIR FORUM

Noir Nation invited writers, editors, and consumers of crime fiction to address the following question: Must crime fiction have a moral point? These are their responses.

Melodie Campbell (Canada)
Wendy A. Reynolds (U.S.)
Ann Littlewood (U.S.)
Ann Cleeves (UK)
Linton Robinson (U.S.)
Joe Trigoboff (U.S.)
Christopher Cook (US, Czech Republic)

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PULP NOW: GOT PULP!

PULP NOW: GOT PULP!

PULP WRITER BILL RAETZ NEW WORLD ESPIONAGE BUREAU NOVEL, ARMED AND GEORGEOUS, WILL BE AVAILABLE OCTOBER 1ST . . .

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Friday, August 12, 2011

NOIR NOW: RHYMES WITH ORANGE VERSION!

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN: DINNER TIME!

MYSTERY FANFARE INTERVIEW: GRAHM ISON!

MYSTERY FANFARE INTERVIEW: GRAHM ISON!

RETIRED SCOTLAND YARD SPECIAL BRANCH COPPER TURNED WRITER GRAHM ISON IS A LONG TIME FRIEND. HIS BOOKS ARE ALWAYS ENTERTAINING WITH DEPTH OF CHARACTER AND SOLID PLOTTING. WHILE VERY POPULAR IN ENGLAND A EUROPE, HIS AMERICAN PROFILE HAS BEEN A LITTLE LOWER, SO IT WAS NIVE TO SEE JANET RANDOLPH’S MYSTERY FANFARE BLOOG GIVING GRAHAM SOME WELL DESERVED ATTENTION TODAY . . .

Graham Ison was in the regular army before joining the Metropolitan Police. During his career in Scotland Yard’s Special Branch, he was involved in several famous espionage cases and spent four years at 10 Downing Street as protection officer to the prime minister.

He later guarded crowned heads and US presidents during their visits to Britain, and served as second-in-command of the Diplomatic Protection Group, the unit that guards London’s embassies.

A member of the Society of Authors and an occasional obituarist for The Daily Telegraph, Graham Ison is now a full-time author and speaker. He has published thirty-two novels, scripted for Thames Television's The Bill, and has contributed articles to the national press on policing, and law and order. His latest novel Gunrunner, a Brock and Poole novel, will be out on August 25.

FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

Thursday, August 11, 2011

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BULLET HOLE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BULLET HOLE!

KEITH MILES

I missed last week's Forgotten Books post due to a hectic schedule, but I'm back this week with an old favorite . . .

A good golf mystery doesn’t just have a tenuous connection to the sport, such as a body found in a sand trap with no other connection to the game. A good golf mystery turns the game into an integral part of the plot. And the best golf mysteries tie something from the game into the solution to the puzzle.

Keith Miles’ Alan Saxon novels are among the best golf mysteries. Saxon is a likable character and his creator, Miles, knows the game of golf inside and out. Miles also knows how to tell an engaging story, giving you just enough golf to keep the enthusiast happy, while keeping the details down to a level acceptable to the golf neophyte – a tough trick to pull off.

Aside from pulling off this balancing act, Miles also manages to keep his mystery engaging – making for a mystery hat trick.

BULLET HOLE

In the world of championship golf, the stakes are high and passions run to match. And never more so than at the British Open Championship, particularly when it is played at Saint Andrews, venerable home of the game.

For Alan Saxon, too long ago a champion and once again in top form, this is a crucial tournament, and he must carefully prepare himself. He must shut out thoughts of his failed marriage, detach himself from his bouncy, demanding lover, live quietly in his motor home on a secluded farm. But his ritual is rudely interrupted by the appearance of a young, pretty golf groupie who starts by demanding a lift and ends up naked and dead in his bed.

She is not the only casualty, and it fast becomes clear that someone wants Saxon out of the open. But which one of his competitors or their entourages needs so desperately to win that he will stop at nothing to do so? The list is long and everyone has a motive, while the clues lead everywhere. As the championship builds to its climax, at last Saxon thinks he knows who the killer is – but then he must decide: which hole is the bullet hole?

If you like sports mysteries and you haven’t yet discovered Keith Miles, the first Alan Saxon golf mystery, Bullet Hole, is a great places to start. Miles has written a number of other sports related mysteries, but the Alan Saxon tales are his vanguard.

THE ALAN SAXON GOLF MYSTERIES

BULLET HOLE
DOUBLE EAGLE
FLAGSTICK
BERMUDA GRASS
HONOLULU PLAY-OFF

PULP NOW: ADVENTURE TAKES TO THE SKIES!

PULP NOW: ADVENTURE TAKES TO THE SKIES!

Pulp Aviation Ace, Lance Star takes off for another thrill-packed collection of four brand new action tales. In this third volume, Lance and his Sky Rangers face off against Oklahoma rustlers, Chinese warlords, jungle magic and a saucy British femme fatale who flirts with danger. New Pulp witers, Bobby Nash, Bernadette Johnson, Van Allen Plexico and Sean Taylor spin their yarns of incredible bravery and daring among the clouds that will hold the most jaded reader spellbound.

So, release the chocks, kick the props and pull back on the stick as adventure once again takes to the skies in Airship 27 Productions latest high flying anthology. All the art for this book was provided by talented newcomer, Shannon Hall, to include twelve black and white interior illustrations and a stunning, fully painted cover.

Designed by Rob Davis and edited by Ron Fortier, LANCE STAR – SKY RANGER Vol III is another quality addition to this soaring pulp series you won't want to miss.

ALSO AVAILABLE: LANCE STAR SKY RANGER VOL. 1; LANCE STAR SKY RANGER VOL. 2

ONLY $3.00. ADOBE PDF FORMAT.

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TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN EPISODE 3: SNEAK PREVIEW!

HOW I CAME TO WRITE THIS BOOK!

HOW I CAME TO WRITE THIS BOOK!

PATTI ABBOT KINDLY FEATURES A WORD OR TWO FROM ME TODAY ON HER PATTINASE BLOG ON HOW I CAME TO WRITE CROKER: KILL ME AGAIN . . .

When I first started writing novels, I had a tendency to run my protagonists through major character changing gauntlets. By the end of one of my early novels, the protagonist’s emotional and physical situation had changed completely. This made the writing of sequels very difficult.

As a result, when I created the main character of L.A.P.D. homicide detective Fey Croaker, I established a four book story arc even before the first book was written – let alone sold.

I knew each plot would stand alone, but I wanted to play out Fey’s personal journey across the first three books before forcing her to confront the demons from her past in the fourth novel. To accomplish this, I surrounded Fey with a squad of other detectives, whose lives and conflicts would help to expand the storylines.

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COCKTAIL NATION #184 ~ PARIS TO DIE FOR!

COCKTAIL NATION #184 ~ PARIS TO DIE FOR!

Well, how about this concept . . . Jackie O as a CIA spy? Sounds pretty far out, but Koop will find out more from an author who has constructed a whole story around this concept. Koop will also check out a new movie, set in the sixties, that tackles race relations, and another just released book from Chris Pinto, plus the best classic and neo lounge and exotica from across the globe . . .

PLAYLIST:

Pink Martini ~ And The Your Gone
Mr Ho’s Orchestra ~ Arab Dance
Hugo Montenegro ~ I Spy
Tikiyaki Orchestra ~ Theme For Jetsetters
Sir Julian ~ Dansero
Chaino ~ Sumac
Melody Gardot ~ Your Heart is As Black as Night
Orchestra Superstring ~ Lola On A Bicycle
Martini Kings ~ Fly Me To The Moon
Frank Sinatra ~ The Girl From Ipanema
Tamba Trio ~ Mas Que Nada
Beverly Kenny ~ Tea For Two
Janet Seidel ~ Canadian Sunset

THIS SHOW WILL BE AVAILABLE SATURDAY

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

STEAMPUNK CORNER: LADY OF DEVICES!

STEAMPUNK CORNER: LADY OF DEVICES!

A STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE NOVEL

SHELLEY ADINA

KINDLE EDITION ~ $2.99

If you like steampunk stories by Cherie Priest and Gail Carriger, you’ll love Shelley Adina’s Lady of Devices!

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.

When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .


TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ LIVE TWEET!

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ LIVE TWEET!

JERRY BRUCKHEIMER WILL BE ANSWERING QUESTIONS LIVE VIA TWITTER
DURING EPISODE 3 OF ABC’S “TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN,” AUGUST 16

“TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN” SWEEPSTAKES ALSO OPEN AT ABC.COM

VIA ABC PRESS RELEASE . . .

Jerry Bruckheimer, joined by interrogators Paul Bishop and Mary Hanlon Stone, will be up on Twitter live @BruckheimerJB on TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET and PT, during Episode 3 of “Take the Money And Run,” hosting a live chat on ABC.com to offer commentary on the exciting action taking place, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and exclusive photos.

TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS PRIOR TO THIS LIVE CHAT CLICK HERE

OR TWEET QUESTIONS TO #JerryChat

Also for the series, ABC.com now has a Sweepstakes open, allowing viewers to enter for a chance to win $5,000. No purchase necessary.

FOR OFFICAL RULES AND TO ENTER CLICK HERE

On Tuesday night’s episode, Sisters Jennifer and Rebecca Albano in Miami are given one hour to hide a briefcase worth $100,000. Once that time is up, they’re taken into custody by local police detectives Jorge Montero and Manuel Muñoz and brought to investigative headquarters.

Over the next 48 hours, the detectives will work with professional interrogators – Detective Paul Bishop and Deputy District Attorney Mary Hanlon Stone – to combine efforts and determine the location of the briefcase.

All they’ll have to go on are cell phone calls, any receipts and GPS coordinates from the players’ car. The rest will be learned from two days and nights of grueling interrogations and extensive field work.

If the two detectives can find the briefcase within 48 hours, they’ll keep the money. If not, the two players keep the $100,000. Combining elements of an edge-of-your-seat investigative drama with the excitement of real people attempting to outwit high-level detectives and interrogators, “Take the Money And Run” takes reality television to a whole new level.

Detective/best-selling author Paul Bishop (www.bishsbeat.blogspot.com) is a high ranking detective specializing in Sex Crimes for a major metropolitan police department on the west coast, where he has twice been honored as Detective of the Year. Deputy District Attorney and best-selling author Mary Hanlon Stone (www.maryhanlonstone.com) joined California’s District Attorney’s Office, where she specialized in domestic violence and sexual assault prosecutions.

TTMAR: NATURAL SELECTION EDITION!

TTMAR: NATURAL SELECTION EDITION!

My buddy, writer and gator connoisseur, Bill Crider, featured the above comic strip on his blog today reminding me of an off-screen adventure during the filming of this week’s episode of Take The Money And Run.

The set for this week’s and next week’s episodes was a mostly abandoned penitentiary just outside of Miami. With murky waters on three sides, it was a dark and forbidding place. Still operated by a skeleton crew from the Miami Department of Corrections, the human presence is far outweighed by that of encroaching iguanas and other wildlife.

During a rare filming break, I was walking on the grass outside of the dank prison buildings while talking on my cell phone. As I stopped to stand at the surrounding water’s edge, where there was a sign warning ‘No Swimming’ (hmmmm, I wonder why . . .), I luckily noticed a small rippling in the water about three feet away – and then a long snout and a pair of malicious, reptilian, eyes broke the surface . . .

To say I moved fast would be an understatement. This wasn’t Kansas anymore, Toto, nor was it the friendly waters I’m used to in Southern California. In Florida, the wildlife sees you as lunch . . .

I learned my lesson from then on and stayed inside where I’m the hunter not the hunted . . .

BEHIND THE SCENES: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ EPISODE 2!

BEHIND THE SCENES: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ EPISODE 2!

Jimmy and Zuly Pumariega played a great game in this episode, which was filmed in Miami. They gave us very little with which to work and held up well under interrogation. They are a very nice couple who love each other and their kids, but I’m telling Jimmy he still owes me a steak dinner!

Out of the 80+ hours of filming for each episode, Take The Money And Run’s editors have to cut it down to the forty-eight minutes (with commercials rounding out the hour) that best tells each episode’s ‘story.’ The story for Episode 2: “Bam! Did I scare You?” (so named for Jimmy’s habit of trying to make Mary and I jump while interrogating him) seemed to be the frustration of focusing on the wrong end of the ‘hide’ route while this episode’s detective contestants, Joe Schillaci and Al Vila, searched for the briefcase and its $100,000 contents.

As interrogators, Mary and I were getting very little information from Jimmy and Zuly. Without interrogation’s big hammers of guilt and long term incarceration, we were trying our hardest to determine what they were lying about in order to make some logical (or illogical) assumptions as to the truth.

One of the things that ended up on the cutting room floor was when we found out Zuly had once worked at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach. Jimmy had dropped Zuly off and picked her up there numerous times. The ‘hide’ route went right past the location and, unbeknownst to us, the medical center was only four to six blocks away from the residence where Jimmy and Zuly actually hid the briefcase of cash.

As the interrogations wore on, Mary and I kept getting reactions from Jimmy and Zuly whenever we brought up the medical center. Unfortunately for the detectives in the field, these reactions were only incrementally different to the reactions we were getting when we interrogated Jimmy and Zuly about the end of the route. Still, we did send Joe and Al out to the medical center, where they searched the parking lots, interviewed the security personnel, and determined the briefcase wasn’t hidden there – it wasn’t, but it was close.

In fact, when time ran out, Joe and Al were back on Miami Beach driving the residential area near the Mt. Sinai Medical Center, almost on top of the residence where the briefcase was stashed. However, the case was well hidden, and there was no way it was going to be found in the allotted time, if ever.

This episode in particular posed an additional problem. For whatever reason, Joe and Al had it in their heads that Mary and I weren’t actually real life interrogators, but actors being used to distract them from finding the briefcase. I’m still not sure why this happened, but it led to some frustration on both sides. If all the law enforcement entities in a real world joint investigation aren’t working together, or there is an air of distrust, information either isn’t shared or is looked at with suspicion – wasting precious time and effort.

For Mary and I, working with the detective contestants is a two way street. We need information from them as much as they need information from us – and you might just see this in action real soon . . .

NEXT WEEK: MIAMI PART II

NEXT EPISODE OF TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN: SOUTH BEACH SISTERS!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ NEW PHOTO GALLERY!

WETPAINT’S TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN EXCLUSIVE!

WETPAINT’S TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN EXCLUSIVE!

WETPAINT EXCLUSIVE! TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN'S REAL-LIFE INTERROGATORS SPEAK OUT . . .

Each week on ABC’s hit new competition show Take the Money and Run, veteran police detective Paul Bishop and Deputy District Attorney Mary Hanlon Stone face off against a new pair of ordinary citizens who’ve hidden a briefcase worth $100,000. If the contestants hope to keep the money, they’ve got to withstand 48 hours of interrogation by Bishop and Stone plus two local cops without giving up the goods. With Episode 2 airing at 9:00 EST tonight, Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Bishop and Stone for an exclusive interview.

With no real crime, what’s your motivation to break the “suspects”?

Bishop: For us it’s really professional pride. We have great faith in our ability to do what we do as far as interrogation and cross examination, and having the opportunity to show that off is really awesome. We feel that we’re really up against it because we don’t have guilt of longer incarceration to hold over their heads, so we really have to use our finely tuned interrogation skills.

Stone: The other thing about it is that over the years we can always learn more. Each person we interrogate presents their own psychological profile. Even when it’s not in a criminal setting, interrogating anybody gives us an opportunity to learn more about what makes people tick, which helps us at our jobs.

Bishop: In real life we don’t get an opportunity to say to our suspect now that he’s going to jail for twenty years, “Why did you talk to us?” It’s really interesting to talk to the contestants afterward and say, “What was it that worked? What made you the most uncomfortable, what techniques?” And that’s real valuable to us going back to the job.

FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

SHARKTOPUS!

SHARKTOPUS!

THIS IS SO STUPID IT’S BRILLIANT . . .

It is known as S-11, a diabolical hybrid of shark and octopus created by genetic scientist Nathan Sands (Oscar®-nominee Eric Roberts of The Expendables and The Dark Knight) as the U.S. Navy's next super-weapon. But when its control implants are damaged during a training experiment, the beast escapes to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a taste of sun, sand, bikini babes, jet-skiers, spring breakers and beyond.

Now a hotshot mercenary, an investigative reporter, and Sand's biomechanical engineer daughter must stop a creature like none ever witnessed before: It has superior intelligence. It attacks without warning. And it likes to snack on bungee jumpers.

Kerem Bursin and Sara Malakul Lane co-star with a hilarious cameo by legendary producer Roger Corman in the unforgettable Syfy Original Movie about the 8-tentacled eating machine called Sharktopus!
HAT TIP TO MEL ODOM

YOUR MORNING WAKE UP CALL!

YOUR MORNING WAKE UP CALL!

ABC publicity asked me last week if today, before the premiere of the second episode of Take The Money And Run, I would do a round of telephonic interviews with radio shows across the country. “Sure, No problem,” I told them.

The next day, I get a schedule for the interviews starting at 9 AM. I figure this is great, I’ll go into work late – after the interviews – which means I can sleep past my usual 4:30 AM wake up time, go for a run, eat a leisurely breakfast, take a shower, and be awake and alive on the radio.

So, this morning, I have one eye open at 5:55 AM, just thinking about sliding out of bed when the phone rings at 6 AM on the button. It’s the ABC phone interview guy wanting to know if I’m ready to jump on it and do the interviews – then the penny drops, 9 AM meant 9AM EASTERN TIME, which, of course, was 6AM Pacific time where I live . . .

I have never woken up and been on and outgoing so fast in all my life as the whirlwind of interviews began. I was just thankful there was no video feed, otherwise I would have been seen blabbing away in my jammies, with my hair sticking out, and a night’s worth of morning mouth.

It all must have gone okay because, when it was all over, the ABC publicity guy said, “You were great, so spontaneous and funny. It was perfect. Let’s do it again next week.”

Fine. Pacific or Eastern time?

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN EPISODE 2 TONIGHT!

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN EPISODE 2 TONIGHT!

THE EXCITEMENT CONTINUES AS A HUSBAND AND WIFE IN MIAMI VIE FOR THE $100,000, ON ABC’S “TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN” . . .

BAM! Did I scare you?” In the second episode, Jimmy and Zuly Pumariega in Miami are given one hour to hide the briefcase worth $100,000. Once that time is up, they’re taken into custody by local police detectives Joe Schillaci and Al Vila and brought to investigative headquarters. “Take the Money & Run” airs TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Over the next 48 hours, the detectives will work with professional interrogators – Detective/best-selling author Paul Bishop and Deputy District Attorney/best-selling author Mary Hanlon Stone – to combine efforts and determine the location of the briefcase. All they’ll have to go on are cell phone records, any receipts and the GPS coordinates from the players’ car. The rest will be learned from two days and nights of grueling interrogations and extensive field work. If the two detectives are able to locate the briefcase within the 48 hours, they’ll get to keep the money. If not, the two players will keep the $100,000.

Combining elements of an edge-of-your-seat investigative drama with the excitement of real people in their hometowns attempting to outwit high-level detectives and interrogators, “Take the Money And Run” is an exhilarating competition series that will take reality television to a whole new level.

Monday, August 8, 2011

PAUL BISHOP, VIC FLICK, AND GEORGE LAZENBY ON DAVE WHITE PRESENTS!

PAUL BISHOP, VIC FLICK, AND GEORGE LAZENBY ON DAVE WHITE PRESENTS!

PER DAVE WHITE PRESENTS (DWP) . . .

When we began contacting old friends to join us for the 3rd Anniversary Special for Dave White Presents, we had no idea just how special the show would become!

Back in Aug. 2008, our very first guest was 007 guitarist Vic Flick. Yep, the guy who played the original James Bond theme and performed on hit records for everyone from Peter and Gordon to Petula Clark to the soundtrack of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT. A few months later, DWP’s most popular guest to date talked with Wes Britton about his starring role in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE, James Bond himself, George Lazenby.

On Aug. 16, 2011, Vic Flick and George Lazenby will appear together for the first time anywhere on our anniversary show. It’s quite a ride! In fact, the conversation quickly becomes the Vic Flick interviews George Lazenby” feature with these two gents swapping memories, anecdotes, stories and jokes. No Bond fan should miss this one!

Another guest on our debut broadcast in 2008 was crime novelist Paul Bishop. He returned to DWP on our last show to plug his new co-starring role on the hit ABC series, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN. But we also wanted him for this historic reunion, so he’s coming back again and will talk with Dave White about his latest thrillers. (TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN airs Tuesdays at 9:00 EST, right after DWP!)

Still another DWP alum, Bill Mumy, will be joining us for the third time! Our first conversation covered it all his role as Will Robinson on LOST IN SPACE, his work on BABYLON 5 and STAR TREK, his comedy music with Barnes and Barnes, and his then brand-new CD, CARNIVAL SKY. He later stopped by for one edition of Britton’s Beat to showcase his blues album, GLORIOUS IN DEFEAT. Well, he has new music to talk about once again, and it’s real good stuff.” Find out why . . .

And, what would a DWP outing be without comedy music? Dave White brings back Tom Blackwell, a parody songwriter and co-founder of the FUMP (Funny Music Project). Tom has now recorded 500 parody tunes and currently is the mastermind of Devo Spice. Called “the red-headed stepson of Weird Al Yankovic and Eminem," Tom has been a popular contributor to Dr. Demento.

We had such a good time gathering past guests that we couldn’t fit them all into one show, so expect more hot news later this summer!

For now, put us in your calendar for Tues. Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. EST, then 7:30 Pacific over www.KSAV.org/

If you miss the premiere KSAV broadcast, fear not! On Wed. Aug. 17, the 90 minute blockbuster will be posted for download anytime you like at:—

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp/

In fact, you can access our Past Programs files if you’d like to hear the first conversations we had with Vic, George, Paul, and Tom along with all the many other entertainers and insiders who’ve appeared on Dave White Presents these past 3 years.

We hope you’ll enjoy this very special program and will continue to listen to the features we’ve planned for you as DWP prepares to launch our 4th year.

Hear you then!

NOIR NOW: NOIR CITY!

NOIR NOW: NOIR CITY!

Here's a sneak peek at the cover of the next issue of the Film Noir Foundation's quarterly electronic magazine, NOIR CITY (formerly the NOIR CITY SENTINEL), which contains the finest and most fun writing on film noir in the world.

The issue will be available this month!

If you're not already receiving the e-mag, start by going to the FNF website and adding your name to our mailing list, then making a donation of $20 or more to the FNF . . .

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

BEHIND THE SCENES: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ EPISODE 1!

BEHIND THE SCENES: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ EPISODE 1!

When we filmed Take the money and run there was a camera crew assigned to the ‘hiders’ (civilian contestants), another to the ‘seekers’ (local detectives), and another with the ‘interrogators’ (Mary and me). Obviously, there is some cross over between the crews, but there is still 80+ hours of film with most episodes to edited down to 48 minutes – with commercials added to round out the hour. This means there is a lot of stuff, even very cool stuff, that never makes it into the final cut.

Episode 1, ‘Oh, Brother,’ featuring brothers Raul and Paul Bustamante as the hiders and San Francisco Investigators Dean Taylor and Cliff Cook as the seekers, which premiered the first week, was no exception.

Filmed using the historic San Francisco Mint as a set, I couldn’t have been more impressed with the crew who swarmed over the building making sure we had electricity, lighting, heaters, phones, Internet, running water and toilets. It was amazing how much they accomplished in such a short time.

Then there was the art department, who built our interrogation room, turned the Mint’s bank vaults into cells, created the room used as our headquarters, produced maps on demand, and anticipated our every need.

There were two rules that really worked to help us in our quest to find the briefcase. First, the hiders do not have the right to remain silent – they can lie their butts off (and are expected to do so), but they cannot refuse to talk to the interrogators or spout gibberish.

Second, the briefcase has to be hidden somewhere with public access 24/7. It can be hidden in a business or a private residence, but the owners have to agree to provide 24 hour a day access and to allow the seekers to search the premises if they follow clues to the location. This means, if an ‘accomplice’ (somebody contacted by the hiders during the hour they have to hide the briefcase) refuses to let the seekers search his/her residence/business, the seekers know the briefcase isn’t there and the location can be eliminated.

Mary and I first saw Raul and Paul after they had been ‘arrested’ and ‘booked.’ We started out observing them in their cells via CTTV. Even then we could easily judge their personalities. Raul was doing pushups and exercises, while Paul was curled up on his cot. It was clear to us, right from the start, which one we were going to go after.

Although, in the final cut of the episode, it appears as if Paul rolled over and gave up relatively easily, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Mary and I had grilled him mercilessly for hours. We knew he didn’t like being interrogated, which meant we went after him all the harder.

The hiders have no idea what time it is. They have no cell phones, computers, television, or outside contact during the duration of the 48 hour lockup. Many people think this is no big deal, but when it is you in that dank, tiny, cold cell, with beans and weenies to eat, and only your own thoughts to keep you company, it is a different story. Paul clearly did not thrive in that environment.

During the course of the 48 hours, Paul and Raul were separately hooked to a lie detector machine operated by a professional polygraph expert. Paul threw us a real curve ball on the lie detector test because he basically flat-lined it. If he’d have been a cardiac patient with that kind of chart, he would have been dead. It appeared as if he was able to beat the test!

It didn’t seem possible to us – and it wasn’t. Paul told us later, he’d answered truthfully to all the lie detector questions because he knew if he lied, it would show. If only we had known…

Clearly, while cool, the lie detector sequence did not really advance the episode’s ‘story,’ so it didn’t make the final cut, but pictures of it were featured on the ABC website.`

Prior to the interview where Paul eventually cracks, Mary and I had used another psychological ploy. We knew Paul got very anxious when he knew he was going to be interrogated. Mary and I asked the ‘guard’ to take Paul from his cell, move him to the interrogation room, and sit him in a single chair under the main light, and leave him there.

After ten minutes, we had the guard open the interrogation room door and take Paul back to his cell. We wanted Paul to feel relief after the anxiety of anticipating being interrogated.

However, we only left him there long enough for him to think he was safe. After five minutes, the guard took Paul from his cell again and back to the interrogation room. This time there was no furniture in the interrogation room, giving Paul little choice other to stand as he was told.

When Mary and I entered the interrogation room, it was clear Paul was not in good shape. We could see him trembling slightly – a sign every interrogator recognizes as an emotional dam getting ready to break and pour out the truth.

At that point, Paul belonged to us mentally. There was nothing he could have done to get out of the interrogation room without telling us where the briefcase was hidden.

Frankly, Paul held up very well given the circumstances. He fooled both Mary and I with his performance on the lie detector test. At his core, Paul is a very honest guy. He was clearly not comfortable with lying, which is much to his credit.

After seekers Dean and Cliff found the briefcase, and all was said and done, I also had to have admiration for Raul, who accepted the situation with no rancor toward his brother. They clearly loved one another as siblings and had a tight bond with their mother.

Paul and Raul were good guys who played a good game against us. They had no idea before the game was explained to them the night before the start exactly what they were getting into – and it’s tough, really tough, being in a cell alone and having to face up to the questioning of professional interrogators.

NEXT EPISODE: MIAMI

Sunday, August 7, 2011

FAUX COVERS: ROB KELLY COVER CAVLACADE!

FAUX COVERS: ROB KELLY COVER CAVLACADE!

ILLUSTRATOR ROB KELLY SHOWS OFF HIS STYLE WITH A SERIES OF VERY COOL FAUX COVERS . . .

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A DOZEN DEADLY ROSES

KATHY BENNETT

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Los Angeles Police Officer Jade Donovan is being hunted. There’s the lieutenant who’s out to get her, the psycho who’s stalking her and leaving dead roses at her door, but most frightening of all, she’s been assigned to partner with her son’s father, Mac Stryker. Mac doesn’t know he’s Donnie’s dad, and Jade will stop at nothing to prevent him from finding out and possibly taking away her son. She will protect and defend him at all costs.

Mac Stryker is a cop with something to prove. Five years ago, he’d been forced to resign the police department in disgrace when he was too drunk to take action during a shooting. Now, Mac is sober, back on the force and back working with Jade Donovan, the rookie who’d saved his life. Worse, he finds himself attracted to Jade and her precocious son, Donnie. But Mac is through with love. The violent death of his wife and daughter turned him into an alcoholic, and he won’t put his job or his heart at risk again. He will protect and defend them both at all costs.

But when the deadline looms on Jade’s dozen deadly roses stalker, will the two partners manage to put aside their differences in order to save their son?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kathy Bennett, a retired twenty-nine year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, has penned a gritty and authentic story of crime and romantic suspense in her novel, A Dozen Deadly Roses.


THE BLOG IS RIGHT REVIEW: TTMAR

THE BLOG IS RIGHT REVIEW: TTMAR!

PER THE BLOG IS RIGHT . . . (THE IMPORTANT BIT) . . .

. . . Even though this is a reality show, the interrogators take their job seriously and do an excellent job at strategizing about how to handle and approach each contestant. Their skills definitely showed during the first episode as they were able to seek out the weaker brother of the two and put the spotlight on him to make him spill the beans about the briefcase location . . .

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Y/A CORNER: CINDER!

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In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.


Y/A CORNER: SCARLET!

Y/A CORNER: SCARLET!

A. C. GAUGHEN

FEBUARY 2012

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Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire.

Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past.

Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin — whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.


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An hour after he learns his job has been eliminated, Hub Schneider receives an email from girlfriend, Monica, listing twenty two different reasons why she never, ever wants to see him again. He piles his meager possessions into his Ford Ranger and joins long time friend Val Harwood up in St. Paul. An eternal schemer and scammer, Val is running on financial fumes. He convinces Hub to drive him down to Florida where Val open’s the Moonlight Dance Academy. Things work out rather well for Hub and Val until they run afoul of their Atlanta connection, J. W. Brooks.

Hub falls for sheriff’s assistant Elke Evans, who is being stalked by an ex-lover. Complications arise, but not before Hub stumbles across a surprise that brings psychotic New Jersey mob enforcer ‘Crazy Bobby Falconi’ racing down to Florida. Murder, mayhem and a sprinkling of double-cross become the order of the day.

Once again Faricy’s eccentric characters and screwball situations make for an enjoyable, nonstop read. Hop on for another laugh-out-loud page turner from the Minnesota Master of the Bizarre.