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It’s my pleasure to celebrate with my publisher Wendy Dingwall of Canterbury House Publishing. I can’t believe I’ve been with CHP since 2011 with three of my e-books, Interviews with Dirty Harry and Other Hollywood Icons, 1106 Grand Boulevard and The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley. Time does, indeed, fly.
Since Wendy has contributed and been featured in Dames of Dialogue many times, our readers are familiar with her and we all look forward to hearing from her.
Wendy Dingwall is the most honest, caring and hard-working publisher I’ve ever had and I’m proud to be part of the great Canterbury House. It’s exhilarating to share her feelings about her business on its Fifth Birthday. Enjoy…and learn…
From the desk of Publisher Wendy Dingwall
Whew! Where did the time go? It has certainly been a learning curve and then some. Especially given all the changes in the industry over the last five years.We are currently experiencing growing pains again due to our recent change of working directly with the wholesalers instead of using a distributor. The workload has increased and for the moment the process of new books has slowed as we adjust to new duties.
I am proud to say that we have published over thirty well-received books during our first five years. This includes our e-books.
I’d like to personally thank our super authors for their hard work in writing and rewriting, working with editors and last but not least in helping to market their books.
I couldn’t have done it without our wonderful editors: Sandra Horton, Greg Kilgore and Donna Akers and our fabulous graphic designers: Ann Nemcosky, Aaron Burleson and most especially Tracy Arendt.
I’d also like to thank off-set printers: United Graphics and McNaughton & Gunn, and POD printer: Lightning Source, for turning out quality books each and every time.
We were pleased to celebrate our readers on our Fifth Anniversary by offering a 25% discount on all print book orders placed through the end of July, 2014. Now that the sale is over, we hope you will still purchase our esteemed authors’ works by ordering their books through Amazon, Smashwords, BN.com and other online bookstores.
Have you ever gone somewhere – park, coffee shop, subway – and just people watched? Picking people and coming up with a back story for them that most likely, unless you’re psychic, will not even be close to who that person really is. Ever think that’s what happens with the people you actually “know” too? In books, movies and television you get to know the characters gradually. You enjoy learning more about them as the work goes on. Sometimes you know the characters’ secrets. Sometimes you don’t. They’re the ones they won’t tell anyone else, not unless it moves the story forward. In real life secrets have nothing to do good story telling and everything to do with someone only revealing things about themselves that they want people to know. Over time some secrets aren’t needed anymore. Like it’s no secret now that I had a crush on Craig Richardson in high school. But he might not know that still. 🙂 Would I be devastated if he found out? No. I couldn’t care less. But some secrets are kept to the grave.
I’ve read news stories where a wife finds out her husband hired underage hookers and didn’t find out until the police came to arrest him. On his computer they found all sorts of pictures that he really shouldn’t have. She thought she knew her husband. I bet if asked she would have said her husband would never do anything like that. But how do you really know? After all people only let you see a glimpse of themselves. A piece of them they want the world to see. We hide all those other pieces of ourselves. Maybe we think our loved ones won’t love us anymore if they find out who we really are.
I had a boyfriend when I was in my twenties who I knew was hiding something from me. Of course I didn’t know right away. But as I got to know him, got to know his behaviour, his mannerisms, I knew when something changed. And it all started with him getting a pager. This was in the early 90s. No one had a pager back then unless they were a doctor or a drug dealer. Most couples fight about money or infidelity (or possible infidelity). We fought about him having a pager. No matter what time of day or night he would return the page then we would have to go to a parking lot somewhere to meet someone. Usually his sister’s boyfriend (who also had a pager). After months of asking him what it was for I finally said if he didn’t tell me I would leave him. He confessed that if he told me I would leave him for sure. As a writer of suspense fiction I pictured dead bodies hidden all over the city. Or shady drug deals. It turns out he was selling credit card numbers. Not as bad as I’d feared but still criminal. Back then I was still unsure of myself in a lot of ways so I stayed with him rationalizing that at least he wasn’t selling drugs or killing people.
You know your family and your friends probably better than anyone else you know. But how well do you really know them?
Reflections: When a cursed inn replaces her friends with evil reflections a woman fights to get the genuine articles back before the doubles kill her.
A road trip goes wrong for a group of friends trying to help one of them get over a break up. They find an inn where the mirrors are cursed. They realize they don’t know each other as well as they thought they did.
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Have you ever been to a museum that requires scuba gear?
We have Mount Vesuvius to thank for many things, including the Phlegraean Fields – the real-life inspiration for Dante’s Inferno. But if you’re looking for adventure off the beaten path and an outdoor piece of history that is a little bit more pleasant than the gateway to the underworld, I recommend the Underwater Archeological Park of Baiae.
The ancient Roman ruins of Southern Italy were submerged in the mid-1500s following a series of bradyseism events triggered by the never-quite-dormant volcano. Whether it is more tragic that they fell into the sea, or more interesting that we can visit them today accompanied by schools of fish, is left to the judgment of the visitor.
The Nymphaeum dates to the first century AD. It contains several statues including the one shown here. The statue is Antonia Minor, daughter of Mark Anthony with his wife Octavia, and great-grandmother of Emperor Nero.
Imagine swimming across the floor in a mansion.
Villa Protiro was a large colonnaded villa featuring multiple marble and mosaic floors. Several of them are still remarkably intact, and today’s visitor to the Underwater Archeologic Park scoots along above them, brushing sand away to reveal the intricate designs.
A beta reader of mine called B.S. when I described in my novel an underwater lead pipe with the name of the plumbing’s owner inscribed. “Who engraves their name on their plumbing?” She asked.
Lucius Piso, that’s who.
The fact that the Romans had piped plumbing two thousand years ago is remarkable enough in itself. The fact that they evidently personalized said plumbing is just plain crazy. The Pisonian Villa was identified as a summer residence of Lucius Piso by a length of lead pipe displaying his name. Of course, the main residence of Lucius Piso was the Herculaneum residence known today as the Villa dei Papiri.
Piso was the father-in-law of Julius Caesar.
Portus Julius was a massive port covering more than 10 hectares. It was this port that was first discovered from the air during World War II, an observation that led to the ultimate discovery of the entire ancient ruin of Baiae.
The activity of Mount Vesuvius is perhaps most prominent in the Smoky Reef, a deep reef surrounded by several meters of tall pillars. The active fumaroles bubbling from beneath the sea’s bed lend a smoky appearance to the pillars, and the combination of tall pillars surrounding deep sea bubbling with sulfurous gases creates an entire unique ecosystem between the pillars. Swim into this one-of-a-kind environment with an underwater camera, and return from your Italian vacation with a one-of-a-kind story to tell.
The Underwater Archeological Park of Baiae is just one of the unusual attractions available to visitors of the Phlegraean Fields area. For more information or to book a diving tour, please contact the Naples Diving Center. Snorkeling tours are also available.
This blog post explores a non-fictional theme or locale that is incorporated in The Vesuvius Isotope, a novel by Kristen Elise. The Vesuvius Isotope is available in both print (www.kristenelisephd.com and www.amazon.com) and e-book formats (www.amazon.com for Kindle, www.barnesandnoble.com for Nook, www.kobo.com for Kobo reader.)
The stats are in! A big thank you from the Dames to all who participated!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 61,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.