Friday, November 22, 2013

AUDIO BOOK RELEASE - WISHBONE...Be Careful What You WISH For



From Cherry Hill Publishing...

The Unabridged Audio Book Adaptation of 

WISHBONE 
(Book I)

...Be Careful What You WISH For

by Brooklyn Hudson


Just in Time for THANKSGIVING!


Featuring the captivating narrative of voice and screen actor

Jean Brassard 
(The Fault in Our Stars, The Sopranos, 30 Rock)


Click Cover for an audio sample on the Cherry Hill website!




WISHBONE...


A Manhattan power couple survive a tragedy and attempt a fresh start only to be plagued by unexplained and disastrous occurrences...be careful what you wish for.

*          *          *

At the age of nine, growing up in the French countryside, Julien Grenier witnessed the brutal murder of his grandfather. Now, at forty-five, he continues to be plagued by horrific nightmares and reenactments of that tragic event.

Living a successful though austere lifestyle on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Julien has recreated himself, building emotional walls that even his young wife cannot penetrate. 

Though somewhat moody, Julien is a good man with a heart of gold, and a great sense of loyalty and responsibility; enabling his wife, Rachael, to turn a blind eye to his tightly-kept secrets.

Rachael is thirty-two years old; an art dealer and playful free spirit, but after a home invasion assault leaves her emotionally unstable and destroys their care-free and content world, they relocate to a safer environment with the hope of a fresh start.

Kings Hollow is a quaint town, nestled in the serene Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. At first, their new home appears to be the miracle they prayed for, until a traditional children's game begins to destroy their bliss; Rachael is no longer herself and Julien is experiencing a string of bad luck and unfortunate accidents.

At the center of it all is seventeen-year-old Sarah, a part-time caretaker on the property. 

Can Julien and Rachael escape the nightmare of Kings Hollow...or is this just Wishful thinking?

WISHBONE is a multi-layered thriller incorporating several sub-plots; in the vein of THE SIXTH SENSE, SHUTTER ISLAND and THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. Mind-bending, mature Horror at its best, Brooklyn Hudson takes you on a suspenseful roller coaster ride of emotional turmoil and shocking events.~JJ Kohler

Buy it Here
...Before you break that WISHBONE!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Christo-fur (1996 - 2013) Why you should consider adopting a senior dog

CHRISTO-FUR
(1996 - 2013)


Last night (October 14th, 2013) Chrissy-fur left me. His little heart grew too big and it was time to let him rest. I have always made it a point to keep blogging and Facebook fun and light and not post sad stories or share photos of animals in desperate need (those of us who care, already know their plight and those who don’t care, will not change their mind over a sad photo – social networks should be fun, not depressing). So in honor of  Chrissy-fur, I want to tell his story and hopefully inspire someone to consider adopting an older, senior dog.




6 years ago, I lost my fur-soul mate, Duncan, suddenly, to cancer. I was in the middle of relocating and had no plan to bring another dog into my life right away. A client asked me to temperament test a dog at the city shelter. Reluctantly, I agreed (I hate the pound and can’t go there, but I did). The dog turned out to not be a good fit for my client and her family, but while I was there, I noticed a little male dog with a gash on his head in a run with a group of females. I asked why he was on the girl’s side of the aisle and the volunteer told me he was getting beat up by the big males over food. She also said, That’s Christopher…he’s red tagged to be euthanized on Monday morning.
Ugh. 







Then she insisted he needed a playtime and asked if I would come with her to the yard. I was seriously against interacting with this little old dog; she told me he was 12-years-old and had been back and forth to the shelter SEVEN TIMES throughout his life, both picked up repeatedly from the streets and turned in by past adopters (he was micro chipped so they knew exactly who he was each time). She said he had been in nearly every Los Angeles shelter at least once throughout his then, 12 years of life.






Outside in the play yard, Christopher mostly ignored me. He peed on anything he could lift his leg to and occasionally ran by me, wagging his tail and darting off again, before I could reach for him. His eyes had a slight blue haze from age, but he was a trooper, stomping around and kicking up dirt. When his playtime was over, she asked if I would be interested in taking him home. I told her I had just lost my dog and was relocating my home and business…it wasn’t a good time and no. I watched her put him back in his cage and his demeanor changed again, back to a forlorn, demure sulking. She re-clipped his name card with the big red euthanasia dot back on the cage and I left the shelter. It was Saturday afternoon.

Ugh. 



A rescue cat and temporary foster friend

Monday morning, I woke much earlier than usual. It was 6:30am in a new, empty house and I couldn’t stop thinking about that little dog who would be taking his last breath in just 90 minutes or so. Having worked in rescue and rehab for years, I had the back line phone number for the shelter. Everything in me said DON’T DO IT!  This isn’t the time to take on a new dog. Regardless, I picked up the phone and called that back line. 





You have a dog named Christopher scheduled for euthanasia this morning. STOP!  I’ll be there by 8 to take him. The man on the phone was so happy and I remember thinking it strange that a shelter employee who dealt with euthanasia on a daily basis would be so happy for this little old dog, far past his prime, who had lived his life in and out of shelters, endlessly. 
Having just moved, I was pretty far away from the shelter, so the ride gave plenty of time for me to tell myself I was an idiot and going to be sorry, but I forged ahead and arrived just as the doors were opened. They had bathed Christopher and had him ready and waiting for me.


Oh please let that peanut butter drip!


On the car ride home, completely ill prepared, Christopher, now Christo-fur, or Chrissy-fur (whichever you prefer) rode loose in the car. I chose to take Sepulveda Blvd back over the hill and for those who don’t know, there is a great length of the boulevard that snakes down a steep mountain, curving and spiraling dangerously. Christo-fur decided this was fun and bounced around the car like a ricocheting bullet eventually landing between my back and the seat with me navigating the curves and pinned by my seat belt  I thought we would never make it home and wondered if this dog was really as old as they claimed!




At home, there was no instant gratification. Christo-fur didn’t love me immediately and he ignored every command I gave him. He chased the cat, chased the squirrels, refused to come when called and wouldn’t eat dog food to save his life, but over the next few months he began to feel permanence and security and somehow he came to understand he would never see a shelter again…he had finally found his forever home where someone cared that the gates were latched and doors closed tight, and gaps in the fences, sealed.




Christopher never barked. He never chewed furniture or shoes, or pens. He was never sick; never cost me a dime in veterinary care. He raised more than a dozen foster children, some toddlers, annoying and rough, yet he never once showed his teeth, snapped, or growled. He gave me 6 years and said thank you every single day in countless ways. He was the poster child and proof that adopting a senior dog is the most selfless and gratifying thing you can do. He didn’t know tricks and never fetched a ball, but he was the easiest, most loyal little guy to ever share my home and life.




So, in honor of Christo-fur, please consider adopting a senior dog from your local shelter. Everyone wants puppies and these older dogs, with their cloudy eyes and missing teeth, have such a small chance of living out their lives at the foot of someone’s bed or ever knowing love and security again. Most senior dogs enter a shelter and never come out alive. Most are quiet and already trained. They sleep most of the day and don’t need long runs or intense play. They say thank you in the simplicity of their upkeep and often have several years left to give. Yes, you get attached and they die. But it’s no easier when you’ve had a dog for 12 or 15 years than it is with a few less, SELFLESS years. Also, when you adopt a senior dog and their time comes to say goodbye, knowing that you gave them the gift of a natural lifespan is the most gratifying sadness you will ever experience. There is an inner peace in letting them go that you do not experience with a dog you’ve raised from puppy-hood. 




Thank you Christo-fur for never trying to take Duncan’s place, but for filling a bit of the void I felt without him. Thank you for being so damn easy and funny and even a little naughty from time to time. Thank you for making the end easy, clear and quick, and thank you for allowing me to know that I made a difference and gave you the permanence no one else was willing to give you.




Please consider adopting a senior dog. If you cannot, please make a donation in Christo-fur’s name to (donation button at bottom of link page): 

Find them on Facebook HERE---> https://www.facebook.com/Sr.Dogs



Christo-fur Dominic Vincenzo Hudson
1996 - 2013
You were finally VERY wanted and loved.
You brought so much joy to my life
and will NEVER be forgotten!

And PLEASE SHARE this post. 
Many have no clue what joy these senior pets bring.
Please share Chrissy-fur's story and inspire others to adopt in his name. 
Help allow his story to make a difference.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

10 Facts About Best Selling Thriller WISHBONE

Guest post by Justin Needham



What self-published novel is so intriguing, it has been stolen by a predatory "publisher" and had it's contents replaced with porn on Amazon .com?


WISHBONE 

by Brooklyn Hudson


A Manhattan power couple survive a tragedy and attempt a fresh start only to be plagued by unexplained and disastrous occurrences...be careful what you wish for.




1) WISHBONE was originally released as a self-published print and ebook on Amazon, February 21st, 2012. 

Two weeks later, publishing rights to the book were falsely claimed by a predatory "publisher" professing to own the rights to Wishbone. 


"These predators know there is little protection for self-published authors and they realize most do not have the funding nor wherewithal to battle in a federal court room. Most attorney's wanted nothing to do with my case and wouldn't even consider taking it on. This guy had committed the same crime against a dozen other female authors, some of which STILL do not have their books back. I learned quickly that self-publishing is a pitch black sea filled with sharks and that Amazon wants to make money selling our work, but the authors are not important to them. If your book is stolen, there are ten million other wannabe authors uploading books to replace yours in their listings." ~Brooklyn

Brooklyn hired an attorney to go after the envious assailant who, feeling cornered, proceeded to upload porn content to the book and alter it's Federal copyright information, attempting to destroy Brooklyn's public credibility. 

YES, PORN! 
Pictures and all!

Amazon took the novel, which had quickly found its place in the top ten ebook thrillers, 
down from its site, immediately. Not wanting to get in the middle of this, Amazon offered no support, protection, or even guidance to Brooklyn. It took over three months to fight for what was legally hers. 

(Note to authors, copyright proves you wrote it, it does not prove you own it.

After thousands of dollars in legal fees, hundreds of hours of phone calls and written pleas, the involvement of the FBI and Attorney General, and months of lost sales and brand momentum, Brooklyn proved her rightful ownership of the book, WISHBONE, and the novel returned to the Amazon website on June 1st, 2012.


"Wishbone being stolen was one of the darkest periods in my life. I've written thirteen full length novels but, until WISHBONE, I had never had such a personal connection with my work. Don't get me wrong, I would have been pissed regardless, but WISHBONE is very special to me and I had just retired from the music industry, putting everything into the potential success of this book and franchise. To have the book stolen from me was devastating and the lack of support from Kindle Direct Publishing was equally gut wrenching. Now, looking back and knowing WISHBONE is safe, there is a level of flattery in this event. There are a lot of books out there to steal, but he chose WISHBONE because he realized its potential." ~Brooklyn


2) WISHBONE has been the Amazon #1 Best Selling Thriller in both the United States and United Kingdom.


"I'm very lucky to have come this far with my success as a self-published author. Regardless of our hopes and dreams, there is simply no possible way to reach our full potential audience on our own. WISHBONE has done amazing (for a self-published novel), but there are millions...billions, of readers out there who have no clue the book exists. Without traditional publishing, I have little hope of reaching those folks. I'm realistic and have no delusions. I have a true respect for the traditional publishing world. I'm not one of these authors who hide their insecurities behind trad pub bashing. Traditional publishing is REAL PUBLISHING. It provides a filter for readers...a stamp of approval or quality guarantee. Vanity publishing (self-publishing) is the equivalent of me waking up one day and deciding I'm a brain surgeon. Today I'm a brain surgeon! There are many very talented self-published authors out there, but there's an awful lotta crap too! There's no filter in self-pub." ~Brooklyn


3) WISHBONE was written off the cuff, orally, in an effort to keep a friend entertained and in bed after a near fatal motorcycle accident. 

Brooklyn vowed to incorporate her friend's wish to cut his surgically attached apparatus, which held his shattered bones together, off with a wire cutter, into the story. She created a scene where, Julien Grenier, removes the barbaric External Fixation Device from his own leg, in order to reach his wife, in CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE. 

She held off the scene until the end, forcing her friend to wait impatiently for weeks to hear it (buying time for his recuperation). 

Eight years later, he asked Brooklyn to write the story on paper for him to keep. She did, and now we all get to own a copy.


"I was reluctant to take the time to write the story. I knew it had loopholes and some missing elements that would standout on paper. I was still working in music and had just written a stage production about the history of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and was in the process of casting that project and nailing a showroom in Las Vegas for the show. My "Julien" was very convincing. He was sick at the time, with a chronic condition caused by the motorcycle accident eight years earlier, and once again bedridden and now far away in New York City (I was in Los Angeles and traveling back and forth to Las Vegas). I guess it brought back memories for him and how could I say no. I started writing that night and completed the first draft in three weeks, while continuing to work on the Springsteen stage production. I'm really glad I gave in to his request and took the time." ~Brooklyn


4) (UPDATED) WISHBONE switched aim from the big screen to a cable TV series.

"Finding funding for a film is tough in any climate. The way things are right now, it seems to me that Hollywood is looking for guarantees, more than ever. It's safest to put out re-boots/remakes of films with a proven history and big budget superhero films. WISHBONE is neither. I came within an inch of signing the dotted line on a film deal multiple times, but each time it fell apart at the final hour. Over the last year, I had three well-known producers ask me if I would be willing to consider TV. I said no --the first two times. I'm not sure why. I LOVE TV! From The Sopranos to Breaking Bad, Dexter, Six Feet Under, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, and American Horror Story...I watch them ALL. I finally woke up and realized this series is far better suited to a TV series than films. Anyone who has read the book will tell you, there's no way to fit all those twists and turns into 90 or 100 minutes...and they're right! It wasn't easy and many scenes were cut out in the process of writing the screenplay. The more I cut, the more it lost. So, I said yes and began breaking the screenplay into one-hour episodes. For the first time in a long while, something felt right! Right now we are developing the packaging and seeking a network."

I asked Brooklyn who she would like to cast in the role of Julien Grenier.

"Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful, SWAT, Blood and Chocolate). The role was written for him and I couldn't imagine any other actor bringing Julien to life."


5) It is never stated in the book whether the over-grown golden retriever puppy is male or female. 

"You'll eventually find out why." ~Brooklyn


6) WISHBONE is a four part series, plus a companion book. All five books will be made available over time. It is rumored that Brooklyn's favorite (aside from part one) is BOOK THREE.


"Of course, Book I is very special to me, but the story takes a turn in Book III, revealing many details and a twist that makes my own heart race. Everything you think you know is turned on its head. I love it! It was as much a surprise for me as it will be for the readers. Book IV is a prequel...readers will finally get their answers about Sarah and how she came to be." ~Brooklyn


7) Brooklyn has taken WISHBONE off the table twice. 

WISHBONE has consistent interest from studios and producers, but Brooklyn has never forgotten a quote from Anne Rice stating how unhappy she was with the casting and final cut of INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE. She would rather have no movie than lose creative control. 

"Well, now that our aim is to find a cable network and bring WB to life on television, things are different. TV is a kinder schoolyard for creators. As a showrunner and executive producer, I can not only stick to the story more authentically, but I can add more and take well developed characters to even greater heights."  ~Brooklyn

8) The setting of KINGS HOLLOW is inspired by the town of Stamford, NY, located upstate in the Catskill Mountains. For a few years, Brooklyn owned a property, barn and dog kennel there. 

Yes, she did have chickens!

"Our chickens were pets. We did eat the eggs though. I would sooner cut my own hand off than slaughter a chicken...or any animal. I'm not much of a meat eater and I've honestly not eaten one bite of chicken since writing the original book in 2010." ~Brooklyn


She changed the name to Kings Hollow in homage to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (a story she loved as a child) and author, Stephen King, who she considers her uninformed mentor and credits for her love of character driven thrillers and writing. She includes the name KING in all of her writing. You just have to find it.

"I lost my parents very young and Stephen King, through his writing, became a consistent, respected, adult male figure in my life. Someone to look up to. Something to aim for. Most important, he taught me about timing your plot and story build-up, and how to create characters that bleed." ~Brooklyn

"I have no interest in meeting Stephen King. I've had several opportunities to meet him, while working in music, when his rock band played various venues. I avoid him like the plague. I would make an absolute ass of myself and probably sob like a baby. The gifts he gave me/us mean that much to me. He's a humble man; I would only embarrass him. However, if I could have 1/16th of his prolific talent, I could go to my grave knowing I had done this craft (of storytelling) proud." ~Brooklyn


9) Who's the Muse?
  • Julien Grenier - Olivier Martinez
  • Arlette Vandermark - Francis Conroy
  • Jerome - Moussa Maaskrit
  • Rachael - maybe Ginnifer Goodman?
  • Dr. Lind - Jeff Bridges
"Both Sarah and Matt should be unknown actors. These are characters that could easily be spoiled by familiar faces and past performances. I need them to be Sarah and Matt first, for the audience, and nothing but." ~Brooklyn


10) WISHBONE has an active private fan group on Facebook, which Brooklyn calls, THE SPOILER ROOM, and consists of behind-the-scenes chat, photos, and TV Series news. The group has occasional visits from the real life, JULIEN GRENIER - Brooklyn's motorcycle riding, chain smoking, French friend, for whom the story was written. Both Brooklyn and "Julien" enjoy interacting with readers, answering questions and joining in the WISHBONE banter. 


"I am so blessed to have such an interested, active and supportive readership. Truly blessed." ~Brooklyn

You can join them ---->Here!


Who is Brooklyn?

Originally from New York City, Brooklyn sent out her first publishing query (and received her first decline) at age eleven. Refusing to give up, she studied the masters and gradually honed her fiction skills, determinedly indulging her passion for character development and storytelling. The reigning Queen of Replica-Rock, she wrote, directed, and produced music themed theatrical stage shows for Las Vegas showrooms and touring companies. Throughout the decades, she penned thirteen novels and nine screenplays. She currently lives in Los Angeles with Willow, a tenacious fox squirrel, stealing hearts with his very own Facebook Fan Group, "What Did Willow Do?" Brooklyn now writes full-time.


What is WISHBONE about?

At the age of nine, growing up in the French countryside, Julien Grenier witnessed the brutal murder of his grandfather. Now, at forty-five, he continues to be plagued by horrific nightmares and reenactments of that tragic event.
Living a successful though austere lifestyle on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Julien has recreated himself, building emotional walls that even his young wife cannot penetrate.
Though somewhat moody, Julien is a good man with a heart of gold, and a great sense of loyalty and responsibility; enabling his wife, Rachael, to turn a blind eye to his tightly-kept secrets.
Rachael is thirty-two years old; an art dealer and playful free spirit, but after a home invasion assault leaves her emotionally unstable and destroys their care-free and content world, they relocate to a safer environment with the hope of a fresh start.
Kings Hollow is a quaint town, nestled in the serene Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. At first, their new home appears to be the miracle they prayed for, until a traditional children's game begins to destroy their bliss; Rachael is no longer herself and Julien is experiencing a string of bad luck and unfortunate accidents.
At the center of it all is seventeen-year-old Sarah, a part-time caretaker on the property.
Can Julien and Rachael escape the nightmare of Kings Hollow...or is this just Wishful thinking?


Why do readers love WISHBONE so much?

WISHBONE is a multi-layered thriller incorporating several sub-plots; in the vein of THE SIXTH SENSE, SHUTTER ISLAND and THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. Mind-bending Horror at its best, Brooklyn Hudson takes you on a suspenseful roller coaster ride of emotional turmoil and shocking events.~JJ Kohler


Brooklyn and WISHBONE have been through it all, but if ever a self-published book would beat the odds, WISHBONE is doing that now. Self-publishing has never been a hotter trend than it is today and the battle between traditional publishing paths and vanity press continue to wage. 


Brooklyn is negotiating a traditional publishing deal for the follow up installments in the WISHBONE series.

While interviewing Brooklyn, it didn't take long to realize there is something unique here. There are talented authors and there are talented personalities. Brooklyn is a definite personality and her storytelling is every bit as captivating as she is.

READ Chapter One of WISHBONE---> Here.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

HAUNTING MELISSA






THE RING is one of those great horror films that stand out above the majority. Iconic, along with a peppering of elite and enduring chillers spanning the decades like THE EXORCIST, JAWS, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, and even, SAW.

These films stand out because they brought something new to the genre...never-to-be-forgotten.


Neal Edelstein



Well, Neal Edelstein produced THE RING and now he's bringing us something new again...









HAUNTING MELISSA




HAUNTING MELISSA is a terrifying ghost story about the mysterious disappearance of Melissa Strogue. 
Created by Neal Edelstein and Hooked Digital Media; reinventing how movies are consumed and stories are told.





A groundbreaking movie viewing experience, this eerie gem is delivered in segments as a live action application. The segments, which may change over repeat viewings, have cliffhanger endings, leaving you biting your nails and watching for an alert, prompting you to tune in for subsequent chapters. 


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY calls 
HAUNTING MELISSA 
"The App of the summer".




If you are a fan of Horror, Ghost Stories, or even Dark Mysteries, HAUNTING MELISSA is a MUST SEE!


Visit the HAUNTING MELISSA Facebook Page where fans discuss clues and find photos, clips and behind-the-scenes extras.

DOWNLOAD THE APP AND LEARN MORE ABOUT HAUNTING MELISSA HERE!

Neal Edelstein on IMDB

Neal Edelstein on Twitter

HAUNTING MELISSA on Twitter



I can't let this entire post go by without mentioning that I've known Neal for twenty-years. One of my three longest friendships; he's like a big brother to me. I'm proud as hell of the guy and his innovative brilliance.  


Did you love THE RING?
Have you seen HAUNTING MELISSA?
Please share your thoughts below!


Friday, May 24, 2013

DON'T MOVE (My Favorite Short Horror Film of All Time)


I stumbled upon this 11-minute horror Short
DON'T MOVE 
...and was so impressed by the film, I felt compelled to feature the movie and its masterful makers, 
BLOODY CUTS FILMS 
...on my blog.

As a side note, I rarely enjoy slasher or gore horror these days. I've matured into more of a mind-bending horror buff. So, for me to be this impressed, you know it's got to be special.





I found the film to have a classic 70's horror throwback feel, yet it is thoroughly modern, and with a highly original concept.

The actors are fantastic. From their fear responses to the action sequences, these are skilled performers, believable to the end.

The FX are incredible. The "monster" immediately struck me as something you might see in a Guillermo del Toro film (Pan's Labyrinth came to mind) and after a little research, I believe I am correct in saying, the mastermind behind this creature has, in fact, worked with del Toro - Brilliant!

So, shut the lights, get your headphones on, and settle in for, what is now, my favorite horror short of all time. 


...and whatever you do...

DON'T MOVE!





WARNING: CONTAINS SCENES UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.


Set on one fateful night, six friends gather for their monthly 'games night'... and accidentally unleash a demonic force that might tear them - and their friendships - to pieces. 

***NOTE: "Don't Move" is a horror film, so is best viewed with minimal lighting, and of course with speakers/headphones for the full experience***






Don't Move is the 8th slice in Bloody Cuts' anthology of short horror films, made by a young team of UK film-makers on low budgets. Directed by Anthony Melton and written by David Scullion it stars Rachel Bright and Jake Hendriks alongside Kate Braithwaite, Beth Cooper, Ian Whyte, Calvin Dean and Martin Skipper.


Watch all of their great horror shorts Here!



Find out more about their acclaimed UK horror films Here! 


Follow them on Twitter at @BloodyCutsFilms  

Join the BLOODY CUTS Facebook page Here!

Subscribe to BLODDY CUTS on Youtube Here!





Thursday, May 9, 2013

Order Signed Copies of WISHBONE, by Brooklyn Hudson



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WISHBONE
(The Screen Adaptation Edition)

by Brooklyn Hudson




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WISHBONE


A Manhattan power couple survive a tragedy and attempt a fresh start only to be plagued by unexplained and disastrous occurrences


...Be Careful What You WISH For



Brooklyn Hudson







Originally from New York City, Brooklyn sent out her first publishing query (and received her first decline) at age eleven. Refusing to give up, she studied the masters and gradually honed her fiction skills, determinedly indulging her passion for character development and storytelling. The reigning Queen of Replica-Rock, she wrote, directed, and produced music themed theatrical stage shows for Las Vegas showrooms and touring companies. Throughout the decades, she penned thirteen novels and nine screenplays. She currently lives in Los Angeles with Willow, a tenacious fox squirrel, stealing hearts with his very own Facebook Fan Group, What Did Willow Do? Brooklyn now writes full-time.



THRILLERS - NOVELS - TV - SCREENWRITING





If you haven't read WISHBONE
US Buy it Here!
UK Buy it Here!
Read Chapter One FREE Here!
Available Exclusively at Amazon
WORLDWIDE
Keep Willow in Nuts!



WILLOW


Thursday, March 14, 2013

ON CALL - A SHORT FILM SCRIPT by Brooklyn Hudson




Sometimes Emergency Assistance
 Arrives Too Late...

FILMING 2013


Will is stuck in bumper-to-bumper, rush hour traffic, on a Los Angeles Freeway. With no place to go, and at a complete stand-still, he is about to find out an unimaginable truth via a modern safety device. 









On Call is a short-film screenplay. It has been altered to contain a bit more detail than a proper script to make reading more enjoyable for those who are not familiar with or comfortable reading screenplay format.



For ON CALL at Amazon.UK
CLICK HERE!

OR CLICK THE COVER BELOW
FOR Amazon.com US

Only 99 cents and Just the Right Length for Bedtime







Wednesday, March 6, 2013

HOW TO WRITE A PROPER BOOK REVIEW


The Purpose of a Review: Authors vs. Readers

Reviews can make or break careers and should be taken seriously - after all, it is through word of mouth that a book may become viral. As a reviewer you may not have given thought to the importance, author appreciation, (and sometimes) devastation, born of the time you take to share your thoughts about a book, publicly, for all to see.

The process of writing a proper review is simple and doesn’t have to be time consuming. In fact, it shouldn’t be time consuming.

When the review is positive; it means the world to an author.
When it is negative; (if done properly) it will act as an important learning tool to better our books. Writing is a never ending process of evolution and improvement, for which you can never be done; regardless of how many times you’ve been on the Bestseller’s list

Now, I know your job as a reviewer is technically not about teaching the authors, but a proper review will also allow potential purchasers to make an educated decision as to whether they should spend their money – which is the actual job; and sole purpose, of a review. Just saying you love or hate a book, really tells a potential reader nothing and is an utter waste of your time and theirs. Not to mention, its validity is often deemed suspect.

A Book Review is your opinion as to whether (and why) a book is good or bad...nothing more; nothing less.



Let’s get the DO NOT’s out of the way first…


DO NOT write a book synopsis/summary…

For starters, they take too long to read and buyers want to get in and out of there fast. More importantly, that’s what the book blurb at the top is for. The author’s summary is written to highlight specific plot information without spoilers and should not be revealed out of context without the reader first following the build-up of the story line. Often, novice reviewers think writing a summary of the story is “being thorough”. It’s not. It’s actually ruining the experience for the potential reader and possibly discouraging sales for the author who has put their hard work into developing the plot at a specific pace which cannot be replicated in a summary; however long it may be.


DO NOT mention key plot points…

Say the main premise of a book is an ax murderer who hunts his victims at a camp ground and the hero saves the campers when he finds out the murderer had been abused by councilors of the camp as a child, but the only person who he ever loved was a girl who had been kind to him there, so they contact the girl and she talks the guy into turning himself in. (Pulled that one out of thin air)

You would not want to mention ANY of the specifics above. That is divulging important key plot points, killing the story for readers and taking away the surprise and excitement of the read. 

This is what they mean by spoilers.



Types of reviews…

Now, there are those who prefer to write a short review and those who like to get deeper into it, really detailing their review. Either is fine and can work to convey your opinion. Amazon allows a reviewer to write as few as 25 words to publish their review.

If short is your thing, pick and choose a few of the items from the checklist (below) which left a lasting impression and molded your overall opinion of the book.

If a longer review is your preference, use the following checklist as a guideline to move through the process.



Here is a checklist for those who wish to write a solid professional style review. You can use them all or you can pick and choose from the list and create a review which focuses on what stood out and was important to you.

I will also post examples below each suggestion; note that they answer the questions without giving actual facts and details.



What caught your eye first, the cover or the title? Or, did the book come recommended to you by a friend or a marketing ad?

Example: The cover caught my eye while browsing the author’s blog.

…Or, The book was recommended to me by my Aunt Sally.

(Why is this helpful? Because it allows the reader to get an idea of whether they have similar taste to you or if you just stumbled upon the book.)



Did the opening sentence or paragraph draw you in immediately, or did the book take a while to grab you? (Or did it never really grab you at all?)

Example: The book drew me in from the very first line.

…Or, the book was slow to start, but once it got going, I couldn’t put it down.

…Or, I struggled to get into this book.



Was the overall plot a new twist on an old tale or a truly original idea?

Example: If you enjoyed THE NOTEBOOK, P.S. I LOVE YOU, or THE ENGLISH PATIENT you’ll love this book.

…Or, This book was a new take on OF MICE and MEN.

…Or, I found the plot to be fresh and like nothing I’ve read before.



How was the pace of the story? (Did you feel it was rushed? Slow in parts? Did it flow? Did you find yourself confused by too many or not enough details?)

Example: The author has a tendency to be overly descriptive and wordy, because of this; I had a hard time following this story line.

…Or, the story was well written, fast paced and action packed.

…Or, the story was a little slow at first, but really picked up by the middle.

…Or, there were entirely too many characters for me to keep up with.



Did you enjoy the author’s style?

(You can mention if it was literary or commercial style, if you understand the difference – you shouldn’t guess if you really don’t know.)

Example: The author’s style was conversational and easy.

…Or, the author’s style was a bit heavy for my taste.

…I could easily see this translating to film; it read very much like a movie.



How was the character development? (Did you love the characters? Hate them? Was there too much detail, or not enough? Did they feel real?)

Example: I fell in love with the protagonist.

…Or, the characters felt so believable.

…Or, I found the characters to be very one dimensional and unrealistic.



Did the book contain a twist, a shocker, or did you see it all coming?

Example: This book was full of twists and turns.

…Or, I was disappointed in the end because I had it all figured out by chapter three.



Did you wish the story could go on forever and that it would never end? (Or were you glad it was over? Could you not put the book down?)

Example: I couldn’t put this book down!

…Or, Through the entire last chapter, I only read one paragraph per day because I didn’t want it to end.

…Or, I had a really hard time sticking with this story and getting through to the end.



Are you looking forward to reading more by this author?

Example: I’ll be watching for more books from this author and look forward to reading more of their work.

…Or, I will probably pass on future books by this author.


End with a sum…
Example: I recommend this book.
…Or, I highly recommend this book.
…Or, I do not recommend this book.



Example of both styles of reviewing using examples from above…


Long/Positive:

The cover of this book caught my eye while browsing a recommendation email from Amazon. It took me a few pages to get into the story, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. It had subtle similarities to P.S. I LOVE YOU, but with a unique and original twist. The plot was well written with realistic characters and a shocker that will blow your mind! The author’s style was well paced and not excessively wordy. I enjoyed it so much; I cancelled my weekend plans just to stay home and keep reading. I look forward to reading more of the author’s books and highly recommend this read.


Short/Positive:

I really enjoyed this book. If you like modern day romance in a commercial style, this is the read for you! Kudos to the author for an action packed read you won’t be able to put down. Highly recommended read.


Long/Negative:

I saw someone reading this book on the bus and the title seemed interesting. I found the pacing to be slow and the author had a tendency to dwell on details that had nothing to do with the progression of the story line; making it difficult for me to follow. I found the characters to be a bit one dimensional, but there were a few good twists in the plot. Not the right read for me. If you like good commercial fiction that gets down to the action, I do not recommend this book.


Short/Negative:

This book was not my cup of tea. I found the pace to be too slow and overly descriptive, and the characters lacked realism. Not recommended.


(Note on Negative Reviews: There is nothing vicious here and the reviewer remains professional and is not claiming everyone will agree with their view - proven by their use of terms like “I found that...” or “For me...”. 
The reviewer explains what troubled him without giving away plot points; as in, “overly descriptive for my liking and not enough action” vs. "The main character was an idiot and when he killed the dragon with a pebble, I knew I had wasted my money". 
The examples given above are productive reviews that allow a reader to hear what didn’t work for the reviewer, but decide for themselves. 
It also allows the author of the book to consider if these are issues he/she should work on. 
Reviews are meant to be constructive and objective. Your job is to convey your opinion in a professional manner, not to dismantle the fun of a gradually revealed story line for a potential reader; nor is it to destroy an author's career, nor the author’s passion for writing…that wouldn’t be a review; it would be a personal attack and karma will get you!)


A word about spelling, continuity and grammatical errors:

I have heard both sides to this argument and I want to point out that, these days, I find a peppering of errors in even traditionally published novels, by bestselling authors. It happens. I feel a fair rule of thumb is to ask yourself, do the errors in this book negatively impact your ability to enjoy and get lost in the story? Now, for some people, even the most subtle errors, jerk them out of fantasy-land and disrupt their reading experience. For others, it takes a lot of errors to ruin a great plot. Writing a review should not be about trying to make one’s self appear of superior intelligence to the author. If you feel the errors must be addressed, address them professionally and always keep in mind, when reading Indy books, these authors usually cannot afford a professional edit which can run thousands of dollars. Bestsellers and Traditionally published authors have the luxury of an IN-HOUSE EDITOR through their publisher. 

Someone in publishing once told me (don't know if it's true) James Patterson writes his books so quickly (and with a staff of authors to flesh out his ideas) that his manuscripts lack virtually any proper punctuation - just because they're bestselling authors, doesn't mean they know where those commas go! Great authors are great story tellers, not necessarily English professors. 

For me, noting simple errors in a review is silly. I care far more about a good story than an occasional TO when they meant TOO. If the errors make reading near impossible, well... maybe it's something to mention, but it often comes across very holier-than-thou and causes the reader to disconnect from your review and move on.

For the authors, don’t rush to get your books out there. Take your time editing. Choose five random people to beta-read your book and look for errors. It’s difficult to find our own mistakes because our minds know what we’re meaning to say and make wrongful adjustments as we re-read our own work. Beware of peers who call themselves editors and charge a fee for editing your book. Ask them to edit three to five pages of your book as a sample and have it checked over by someone you trust has a decent grasp of the language, because it will never cease to amaze me, how many people THINK they know how to edit and $450 later, you have a book that is in (possibly) WORSE shape than it was when you handed it over in the first place. Set your WORD program to also check grammar errors as well as spelling, and use it as a guide for fragmented sentences and misplaced commas. We’re all anxious to see our work in print, but glaring errors will cause you negative reviews. Take your time and make sure your book is ready for the masses.