Friday, February 27, 2015

Apology From Hollywood

                    Apology  from   Hollywood

To my Friends, Fans and Followers, I send my apologies for my not posting a review for the month of February 2015.

I have gone through a transition after living the last five months in a place that I wouldn't wish on anyone. I lived in a volatile situation where my thoughts were not considered but demeaned.

Where I lived, the other person thought he KNEW EVERYTHING. According to him, the rest of us humans are useless. His words in private. I was to be his Robin.

He lives in a vulgar, disorganized, and cluttered world of negativity. He shows the world a different face, smiling and laughing with people he ridicules in private.

Being the positive minded person that I am, I thought things would change for the better once I got a job, which he said he would help me find. He had friends he said who would help – a US Congressman and a prominent lawyer.

That help never came. I was stuck literally in a world of smoke unemployed with limited funds. He smoked in his car and his house, which watered my eyes and burned my skin. Also I coughed constantly. 

Happy days are here now. I am free from my prisoner. He thought he was my benefactor. He was a benefactor with a price – do it my way or the highway.

I took the highway back to Hollywood, Florida, where I am smoke free and writing this in my studio where fresh air abounds.  My next book review will be a week from Sunday or sooner – Cindy Blackburn’s   DOUBLE SHOT.

Thank You for your time. See you online.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Interview with Gabriele Napierata

Interview of Gabriele Napierata: a writer, poet, painter, artist and illustrator.

Interviewed by Author Roy Murry

Her current novel is called: Des hare pepper or Elisha's looking for the big chicken. Here is the link to my website:

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I was born in the time of the winter storms, before the great flood in 1962 in Hamburg Germany / Kiel, in the sign of Aquarius. Since the age of four draw, and paint I still in school writing and poetry came about. It has always been my desire to speak in photos and paint with words. I wanted the people while looking at my pictures, feel emotions and that what is seen long remain in their memory, they may also sustain busy - food for thought.
Live creativity is a fundamental pillar of my life - no matter in what form, whether it is the images out of my head that are placed on paper or other support materials or thoughts are that form into words and as a poem, or even, as obtain novel shape.

Do you remember the first painting you have done?

I painted my first picture as a child. That does not count, but it was the beginning of my vocation. The image which sprang from my own imagination, painted with oil paint on a support material, was a clown with a violin in his hand. I sold it because the paint was not yet dry.

Have you been inspired by someone or something?

My grandmother had a print by Albrecht Dürer, the "Dürrerhasen". The fine art by this artist attracted me. But I was actually inspired by my parents. We had small notepads with graph paper, on the paper I was allowed to paint. If my mother painted a poodle (it was the 60s (our dog, Susi was a relic of the 50s, which itself into the next decade was able to save and served as a template) or a woman's head - even the possessed curls, my father, garages or houses drew, I was happy.

What do you think about it, if they make a painting?

Ideas come to me in many different ways.
Either shoots me a creative idea through my head that I want to capture either as an image or as a poem, novel, on paper, that happens when I let my thoughts drift or dreaming. I mostly paper and pen lying next to my bed or there is already written excitation, and then this will be implemented pictorially. Or have I done written stories or poems that need to be illustrated.

Can say something about my art?

I have developed my own style, but feel obliged figurative art, experimenting with the techniques, try my own style to continuously improve. Motion and color are important to me, or when black-and-white drawings, the shades, but in all cases, everything should appear vivid as if taken from the midst of movement and immersed in my fantasy world.

What art corresponds to your style?

I do not know. I'm trying to own statement to convey through my paintings: Paul Klee, ink drawings Gustave Doré perhaps. I also like the old outline drawings from the Struwwelpeter. Important work means to me are the pastels, pencil and ink.

What are you working at the moment?

Indeed, it is now just been working on a new project. In autumn a new work by me appears. It is the first volume of two novels by me. The work will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 in Frankfurt and has the name "dragon crystal and primrose, Volume 1, subtitled" "mist in the wind". Volume 2 has received the subtitle "Wind in the Mist". The plant is in the range of imagination. More poems and illustrations will be published on Facebook and can be found on my website.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Review of Bedeviled Eggs

Bedeviled Eggs
A Cackleberry Club Mystery

Written by Laura Childs

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

I found this interesting covered book in the library, that I frequent. “Bedeviled Eggs” just struck me to be a strange name of a mystery novel. So I read the first chapter, took it home, and kept on reading.

Laura Childs makes it seem easy to write a story.  The prose just moves along smoothly. I, being an author, know it’s not an easy job to put together an intriguing novel this way. This book pleased me.

Suzanne, the protagonist, and her friends, Toni and Petra, run the Crackleberry Club breakfast and lunch restaurant in the small town of Kindred. Their place is the place to be, but not if your murdered going out the back door.

After this event, Suzanne takes it upon herself to help the Sheriff solve that, and additional crimes. In her snooping, as her boyfriend calls it, she becomes a valuable part of the crime solving. She comes close to paying the price for her involvement. She calls what she is doing investigating.

You call it pota-to, I call it pota’to. Whatever you call it. Suzanne in her own pleasant way has things happen to her. These happenstances make this novel an enjoyable read with little cruelty other than murder, which is a criminal act, as we all know.

Look into Laura Childs’ books if you like a good mystery:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Movie Les Misrables

Les Miserables (2012 film)
Directed by tom Hooper
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg

For stealing a piece of bread, a man (Jean Valjean) is imprisoned and then hunted down by Javert, a policeman for years. This version won eight Academy Awards. The awards worldwide are too many to mention.

I, as the Academy, agree that the acting and singing is super. It took me two years to get around to seeing it – I don’t like going to the movies – on TV.

The movie portrays the history of France before and leading up to their 1860s Revolution. Victor Hugo’s book comes alive through music.

Jean and Javert’s journey comes to an end. But you’ll have to see it you enjoy it.

The cast is huge, but the most important are: Hugh Jackman as Jean, who won best actor; Russell Crow as Javert; Anne Hathaway as Fantine, who won best supporting actor; Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Fantine's daughter; and many other excellent actors.

This story is about good overcoming evil, leading to a new beginning for France.
It’s just too long.

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Review of Beyond the Great River

Beyond the Great River
People of the Longhouse, Book 1

Written by Zoe Saadia

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Trusting someone is difficult when there is a language, religious, or cultural bearer. This still seems to be one of the major problems in our world today.

In Ms. Saadia’s Beyond the Great River series, she gets down to the basics of this problem, using a 14th century Mohican Indian village being attacked by foreigners - the Iroquois. Each side thinks that the others are pagans, not really knowing anything about each other.

The link between the two warring tribes comes from an unlikely source – a woman. And in those days women had no say what-so-ever. This young woman by the name of Kentika is not passive like all the others of her tribe - she speaks her mind upsetting many. She is tolerated, because of her father's position.

Her strong tomboy personality, faith in humans, and her acquired language gift, allowed her to become the link to the world Beyond the Great River. She pays a high price for who she is, during the adventure in meeting Okwaho of the attacking tribe on a romp through the woods.

Their story is at times strange, funny, and tragic. Where it ends, leaves the reader wondering what comes next. This is what makes this first book in a series a good one to read – it should leave you thinking. This is an excellent example. 

I have read a few of Ms. Saadia’s books and I recommend them highly. She gets to the core of her characters’ personalities and brings them alive in a no nonsense writing style.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review Bangkok Rules

Bangkok Rules
Written By Harlan Wolff

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

I have been reviewing detective/whodunit books for about 40 years now. They are my favorite genre. Bangkok Rules has all the ingredients: A cleaver private detective, villains, and an outstanding background written professionally.

Wolff’s PI Carl Engel is put in a position of doom, where he has no control over the events in his adopted country Thailand – he adopted it. He has learned the Thai way of life with its underlining currents of corruption since his teens.

He is given a case by an unlikely source. This client brings about his own future, which leads to the unfolding of an evil person who enjoys his life style. His corruption is so vile, that the fowl stench upsets Carl into action.

Carl’s action is confusing to the people around him, who are aiding him to the point that most feel he should leave the country. He is up against a truly destructive powerful group of individuals.

He finds his way to everyone’s surprise including one of his targets. He overcomes his adversities.

Wolff’s fast paced novel kept me intrigued. I have been to Thailand, Vietnam, and other counties in Asia. If you haven’t, this is a good read to get you in touch. If you have, the novel will please you with its content.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Review of My Boyfriend Merlin

My Boyfriend Merlin
My Merlin Series –Book 1

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

If you know what Gargoyles, Wizards, and Regulars are, you will have the background to read this novel. If you don’t, then you will enjoy the education.

In either case, Ms. Priya Ardis has put together an interesting modern twist on a medieval story.

This Book 1, in a series, sets that background for event s to come. There is training, a battle, and a love story as a backdrop to the potential end of the world.

Merlin has become Matt coming from the past to help avoid past events. His trainee is a modern Regular girl by the name of Ryan. His estranged brother Vane has another Wizard trainee.

They are training to compete against the Gargoyles to control the destiny of the world. The conflicts are many and somewhat amusing to me – not my cup of tea.

However, I enjoyed the portrayal Ms. Ardis purports and feel she did a fine job presenting the plausibility of her story. She did her research and converted the past into present day vehicular for young adults to follow with ease.

I recommend the read. 

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