Video Pitch: A DANGEROUS LOVE AFFAIR, by Colin Guest (Novel)

Title: A Dangerous Love Affair

Written by: Colin Guest

Logline: A budding author falls in love with a famous and attractive best – selling author, they enjoy sizzling sex, but have no idea of the desperate lengths her ex-lover will go to put an end to their romance.

Genre: Romance

Type: Novel

Novel Video Pitch: Be Silent, by Danie Botha

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Be Silent is about three young teenagers in 1964 Zambia who stumble upon two hidden AK-47s, are kidnapped by the owner of the guns, with a resulting rescue mission, which, over the course of a single night and morning, becomes more violent and out-of-control.

Why should people know this story?

History can be told with great effect through storytelling. This story will give readers a better understanding of the turmoil, due to colonialism and ethnic conflict, that took place in Southern Africa during the second half of the 20th century. It will give readers a small peek into a part of Africa, and in the process, help them understand the world they live in better—but through storytelling.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

AFRICA. ADVENTURE.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

There are three: all seen x 4 times
4.1 The Holiday – Jude Law, Jack Black, Kate Winslet
4.2 A Good Year – Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard
4.3 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Matthew Broderick

How long have you been working on this story?

A little under two years

How many stories have you written?

Stories that I have written: FIVE. Busy with # 6.
Published: TWO (Be Silent, Be Good)
To be published in Summer 2017: # 3

What motivated you to write this story?

I grew up in Zambia and southern Africa. Wanted to let readers experience/taste a small piece of Africa, without having to travel there. And, tell the story by combining the elements of history, with generous helpings of action and adventure.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a physician. An anesthesiologist—with a focus on preoperative optimization.
Reading.
Drawing.
Fitness—lifelong fitness and positive aging. (Cycling, power walking, gym, bodybuilding, cross country skiing)
I’m a husband, father, and grandfather. (Another fulltime job!)
Advocacy—spreading awareness about the impact of abuse, with a focus on workplace abuse, and possible solutions

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

9.1 Giving up is not an option. It is hard work. DO.NOT.GIVE.UP.
9.2 Write regularly—if possible, every day. Discipline is required.
9.3 Read. Read. Read. (Read with focus, with intent. Don’t “steal” their words, but learn from each book you read.) Read wide—outside your genre. Fiction as well as non-fiction.
9.4 Don’t isolate yourself. Network. Online, in person. Writer’s group, etc.
9.5 Attend a workshop(s) and/or writer’s conferences. If possible – once a year.
9.6 You need a website. Learn about marketing. Choose one or two social media forums. Don’t waste time on them. Build your email list.
9.7 Indie-publishing doesn’t mean you’re a failure as a writer. Many traditionally published authors follow hybrid models—do both.
9.8 Reach out—give. (Not talking about money.)
9.9 Never give up!

Novel Video Pitch: Darkness Dreams, by Melissa R. Mendelson

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Darkness Dreams is a mysterious, dark ride, where one awakes in the past and realizes that they are trapped there, but they hear a voice trying to pull them back into the present. The only problem is that something bad happened to them in the present, and pieces of that moment are finding their way back into the past. And it’s a race against time between them escaping the past and fighting the darkness that is closing in.

Why should people know this story?

This past week, I was working with someone, who at every chance was reaching back for their James Patterson book because they were so enthralled with the story that they needed to return to it, and my father, who just bought another David Baldacci book on audio, kept looking for every chance to jump into his car to return to that story. And it is that pull that I am looking for myself to create, wanting my readers to connect to my characters and wonder and worry about what fate awaits them.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

No Assumptions

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I have seen A LOT of movies in my life because if I’m not reading, I’m watching movies, and one of my favorites is the movie, Stay. You think you know what’s going on, but then reality blends into fiction, taking you on a wild ride right until the end. This was the movie, where I knew that Ryan Gosling was going to be a great actor.

How long have you been working on this story?

I have drafted out this novel, and I am just starting the first few chapters.

How many stories have you written?

I have lost count of how many short stories I have written and had published by e-zines like Gadfly Online and Antarctica Journal News, and I have written at least four novellas. Novels are something new for me, and I had just finished writing my first one, Lizardian. Darkness Dreams will be my second novel.

What motivated you to write this story?

I love writing Horror and Science-Fiction, but this story will be different. It will be dark and mysterious, but it will also be dramatic, which is a new genre for me.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

When I’m not writing, I am driving around the countryside, taking photographs. I love taking pictures of the scenery and of old things, and I post a lot of it on Fine Art America.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t limit yourself to one thing. If you’re a writer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be a photographer. If you’re a singer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be a poet. We can be anything and everything that we want to be.

Novel Video Pitch: Hot Chocolate, by Dawn Greenfield Ireland

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

You are going to meet the middle-aged, eccentric Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks.

Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center.

Robert, Lila Mae’s astrologer, warns of impending problems and he’s rarely wrong. Uncle Tito psychically investigates. Joseph uses his cures for protection.

The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie’s nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse. The sisters fear that Bambi has her sights on being the next Mrs. Alcott and the need to separate her from their father is at critical mass.

Arrangements are made for Bernie to be transferred over to Lake Sides Assisted Living Center in the Uptown Galleria area and a severance package is drawn up for Bambi. Out from under the ever-watchful eye of Dorothea, Bernie takes to the Lake Sides social scene like a butterfly to sugar-water. He’s the best dressed senior and chases the nurses relentlessly. He may be 92, but he’s a handful.

Jimmy Ray Chaline, Bambi’s bowling alley husband, is enraged that Bambi was let go. He hires ambulance chaser Mark Slade to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination. Bambi had been more than satisfied with her bonus, letters of recommendation and praise from the Alcott clan. She does not want to sue her former employer and the Alcott chocolate empire.

Jimmy Ray’s eyes dazzle as Mark Slade convinces him that the court will award Bambi millions. The judge dismisses the suit as frivolous and it is thrown out of court further fueling Jimmy Ray’s rage. He’s shocked when the callous attorney demands his bill be paid upon receipt.

When Jimmy Ray fails to return home from the bowling alley that night, a series of events unfold that shocks the entire Alcott family and their extended members.

Who killed Jimmy Ray Chaline? Was it Bambi, his innocent looking wife? Could it have been Tilly, Walter Branson’s half-looped niece who had a mysterious relationship with Jimmy Ray? Or was it Dorothea Divine – the weapon came from her house where Bambi worked for three years.

The Alcott clan is in turmoil and no amount of chocolate will soothe their nerves until they solve the mystery and Dorothea is off the hook.

Why should people know this story?

The unique, eccentric Alcott sisters are not your typical wealthy socialites, and the large extended family are more than a little interesting. Even though someone gets murdered, the story will have you turning the page to find out what happens next, what the zany sisters get into, and how they get out of their situations.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Zany characters.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

No fair! There isn’t just one, as I go on tangents. And there isn’t just one genre either. I love comedy, drama, sci-fi, adventures, westerns, horror, British films. Okay, I’ll name a few: Close Comfort Farm, Close Encounters, the Twilight movies, Back Street (1961).

How long have you been working on this story?

I started writing Hot Chocolate in 2007, and published the novel in 2011 through my publishing company, Artistic Origins. It is a paperback, an eBook, and an audio book (Kelley Hazen, narrator). Hot Chocolate is the first in the Alcott Family Adventures. Bitter Chocolate is book two, and I am almost finished with Spicy Chocolate (book 3).

How many stories have you written?

Five novels and 15 screenplays.

What motivated you to write this story?

The same thing that motivates me to write anything. An idea rolls around in my head. If it catches my attention, I’ll pounce on it, expand the idea, outline and write it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading! When I am not creating something, I’m either reading or watching something on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I’m a voracious reader (2-5 books a WEEK). I don’t spend a lot of time in front of the TV — there’s so many great stories to read! I’m also very passionate about cooking and baking.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Never, ever give up! Invest in yourself to learn your craft. Join or create a critique group. Get some backbone and listen to critiques; don’t fight because someone gives you feedback and you don’t like it. You must always consider what someone else has to say about the piece you are working on because you are way too close to it. Always hire an editor before you launch your story!

Novel Video Pitch: Ryan Gordon’s Special Connection with the Universe

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

“Ryan Gordon’s Special Connection with the Universe” is a 230 page YA novel. It’s a paranormal thriller similar in tone to TV shows “Under the Dome” or “Beyond.”

RYAN GORDON’S SPECIAL CONNECTION WITH THE UNIVERSE is the story of a 14-year-old boy, who after coming in contact with an extraterrestrial being on his computer, learns the hard way, that he and his girlfriend can survive only if they find a long-ago buried treasure to fund their escape from the town before UFO task force agents get them.

Why should people know this story?

Paranormal Thriller.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Childhood’s end.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Godfather (parts 1&2)

What is your favorite song?

Working Class Hero by John Lennon

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Confederacy of Dunces

What motivated you to write this story?

I pictured a better world than what we have now.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive, who would that be?

My mother. She died 16 years ago.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies, long walks, like my job (hospital), reading, taking classes

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Curiosity. Wanted to see if it’d get a good reaction, or not.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Writing should be therapy.