Pictures from Super Megafest Spring 2017

By Jason Harris

Ciara Price

Ciara Price

Laura Vandervoort (Smallville).

Laura Vandervoort (Smallville).

Chris Kirkpatrick (Nsync).

Chris Kirkpatrick (Nsync).

Hannibal Lecter.

Hannibal Lecter.

Stacey Longo.

Stacey Longo.

Cobra Commander.

Cobra Commander.

Steve Burton (General Hospital).

Steve Burton (General Hospital).

Lego Batman.

Lego Batman.

Firewater

Firewater.

Ogimos

Ogimos.

Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch).

Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch).

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps.

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps.

Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati)

Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati).

Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason).

Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason).

Sgt. Slaughter.

Sgt. Slaughter.

Kristy McNichol (Can't Hurry Love).

Kristy McNichol (Can’t Hurry Love).

Rob Watts.

Rob Watts.

Steampunk Batman and the Red Skull.

Upside Down Barb.

Upside Down Barb.

Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie).

Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie).

Sam Jones (Flash Gordon).

Sam Jones (Flash Gordon).

Costas Mandylor (Saw).

Costas Mandylor (Saw).

Mike Grell

Mike Grell.

Tonya Pinkins (Gotham).

Tonya Pinkins (Gotham).

Jay Mooers.

Jay Mooers.

C. Thomas Howell (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Red Dawn).

C. Thomas Howell (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Red Dawn).

Tony Moran (Halloween).

Tony Moran (Halloween).

Claire Sinclaire.

Claire Sinclaire.

Larry Storch (F Troop).

Larry Storch (F Troop).

Kennedy Summers and Khomeini Terae.

Kennedy Summers and Khloe Terae.

Kadrolsha Ona, Queen of the Paranormal.

Kadrolsha Ona, Queen of the Paranormal.

S & L Editing, Two Editors for the Price of One

You may have seen the terms “content editor,” “copyeditor,” and “line editor” out there when looking for someone to polish your manuscript. In today’s day and age, your editor must be capable of doing all three: pointing out plot holes, inconsistent character voices, and continuity errors, and suggesting fixes; smoothing out language, ensuring subject and verb agreement, verb tense consistency, and recommending opportunities to clarify and restructure; and proofreading duties, including fixing typos, grammar, and punctuation, researching historical data (i.e., ensuring the museum Character A visits in Boston really is in Boston, and is spelled correctly), and fixing formatting and typography errors. Paying a content specialist to do one job, then paying a proofreader to do a second, can get costly and confusing. S & L Editing offers the solution to this problem.

Stacey Longo and Rob Smales work as a team, thoroughly vetting your manuscript, providing content, copy, and formatting suggestions. They offer two services: full editing, for writers who need a more comprehensive review their manuscript, and proofreading only, for those who are comfortable with the content of their work, and just need help with grammar, typography, formatting, and spelling. (Rates for these services can be found at http://balzertown.com/slediting/rates/.)

“We’re offering two experienced professionals for the price of one,” Longo said.

They do provide free, no-obligation quotes on any project. S & L Editing’s services are available for any writing project.

“We’ve revised novels, term papers, resumes, PowerPoint presentations, short stories, advertising campaigns . . . you name it, we’ve done it,” Longo said.

They’ve worked with and for publishers large and small, Fortune 500 companies, individual authors, and students. Their past client list includes Pearson Education, MetLife, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wargoat Press, and many self-published authors, and they serve as the exclusive editors for Books & Boos Press and The Storyside Press.

“Given the diversity of our clients, we’re well-versed in several different style guides, including The Chicago Manual of Style, the AP Stylebook, APA, and MLA formatting. We can also advise you on which style guide is best suited for your project,” Longo said.

What to Expect

Once you’ve reached out to S & L Editing, they’ll provide you with a quote for the full project and an estimate of when it will be completed. (“We have a 100% success rate on meeting that target date,” Longo adds.) Either Longo or Smales will take the lead on the project, running through the first edits, with the other following up behind them, reviewing the revised copy and providing a second set of eyes.

“If questions arise as we’re going over the material, we’ll e-mail you,” Smales said. “And if you have questions about our progress, we’re happy to keep you updated.”

When the job is complete, the client receives two files: one showing the tracked changes of every single suggestion and comment made, and one with the proofreading changes accepted to provide a clean manuscript, but with the comments on content still intact.

“We’re also available for follow-up questions after you’ve reviewed the material,” Smales said.

Whether you have a novel, college admissions essay, work presentation, or poetry collection, S & L Editing will polish your manuscript and help you submit the best work possible. Don’t put off this vital step any longer: contact S & L Editing at www.slediting.com today for more information!

Book Sale Ends in Two Days

By Jason Harris

 

Books & Boos Press, a small press located in Connecticut, has a sale on some of their titles including Secret Things by Stacey Longo and Echoes of Darkness by Rob Smales. This sale ends this Friday, Dec. 2. You can find out what titles here.

You can check out the presses sale video on YouTube here.

A Book Suggestion for the New Year

 

It’s December 31, the last day of 2014. What do you plan to do in 2015? If you are a reader, I would suggest the anthology, Insanity Tales. It’s a collection of work by five authors: David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad V., and Ursula Wong. 2014-10-03 12.13.50Insanity Tales includes a foreword by award-winning author Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin) and published by Books & Boos Press. Be prepared to enter a world of madness as you read these nine tales of twisted psyches, peculiar people, and demons of the mind and spirit.

Anthologies are a great way to discover new talent, so order the paperback or e-book today by clicking here.

You can find out about Books & Boos Press here.

 

The Official Pre-Christmas Writer’s Promotion Part 7

 

Looking for a good book this holiday season? Check out SoulServe: A Ray Garret/Lifeline Techno Thriller by Robert Shane Wilson.

Death is but a doorway … when SoulServe holds the key.

One by one, a group of scientists at Brizen Health are being murdered by … something. Doctors, subjects, and even janitors are reporting disturbances in Section 671, the Neuro-Technical Division. Ever since the death of Dr. Carl Broxson, the server room in Section 671 has maintained a negative 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Printers turn themselves on and print out
terrifying cryptic messages. People have been seeing things in and out of the virtual world of the Lifeline. Including the apparition of their beloved colleague Dr. Broxson himself.
When local police realize the case leads directly into the deep digital canyon of the Lifeline, Antivii agent Ray Garret is called to the scene to get to the bottom of things before another brilliant mind can be taken. But when his wife, Rhonda, starts falling at random and begins to have seizures, the ghost in Brizen Health could be Ray’s only hope to save the love of his life.

Check out SoulServe: A Ray Garret/Lifeline Techno Thriller by Robert Shane Wilson on Amazon.

‘Insanity Tales’ is Now Available to Order

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Insanity Tales debuted this week. It’s a collection containing stories and one novella by such illustrious authors as David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad V., and Ursula Wong. Enter a world of madness as you read these nine tales of twisted psyches, peculiar people, and demons of the mind and spirit.

This anthology includes a foreword by award-winning author Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin).

The book’s cover was created by Melinda Phillips.

To purchase the paperback, click here. To purchase the e-book, click here.

Authors, Illustrators, and Artists at the New England Author Expo (Pictures)

 

By Jason Harris

 

The 2014 New England Author Expo happened this past Wednesday night (July 30) in the Harborview Ballroom at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA.

Artist and author Seth McCombs holding his book, Old Salty Dog.

Artist and author Seth McCombs holding his book, Old Salty Dog.

Find out about McCombs and his work here.

Author Gina Fava with her book, The Sculptor,

Author Gina Fava with her book, The Sculptor.

Find about Fava at her website here.

Author Jacqui DeLorenzo with her two books, A Thread of Hope and Straight from My Heart.

Author Jacqui DeLorenzo with her two books, A Thread of Hope and Straight from My Heart.

Find out more about DeLorenzo and here books here.

Dr. Kathleen Marie Rice, author of The Butterfly Legacy.

Dr. Kathleen Marie Rice, author of The Butterfly Legacy.

Find out more about Rice’s book here.

Author M. R. Tighe with her book, Galaxy Rand.

Author M. R. Tighe with her book, Galaxy Rand.

Find out about Tighe’s books on her Amazon page here.

Author Rob Watts with his newest book, Left-Hand Path.

Author Rob Watts with his newest book, Left-Hand Path.

Find out more about Watts on his website here.

Author Katherine Silva with her book, Aequitas.

Author Katherine Silva with her book, Aequitas.

Find out more about Silva and her books on her website here.

Author Guntis Goncarous with his book, Havana's Secret.

Author Guntis Goncarous with his book, Havana’s Secret.

Find out more about Goncarous on his website here.

Author E.J. Fechenda with her book, Clean Slate.

Author E.J. Fechenda with her book, Clean Slate.

Find out more about Fechenda on her Amazon page here.

Author Karen Ann holding her book, Of Blood and Lions.

Author Karen Ann holding her book, Of Blood and Lions.

Find out more about Ann and her book on her website here.

From left to right: Katie, Lisa, and Kyle promoting memoir A Mother's Journey.

From left to right: Katie, Lisa, and Kyle Brodeur promoting their memoir, A Mother’s Journey.

Find out more about the Brodeur family and Lisa’s memoir, A Mother’s Journey, at her website here.

Author Lior Samson.

Author Lior Samson.

Find out more information about Samson here.

Author A.J. Kane with her first novel, Nova.

Author A.J. Kane with her first novel, Nova.

Find out more about Kane on her website here.

Author Norma D'Amico with her book, Norma D'Amico.

Author Norma D’Amico with her book, Now I Can See.

Find out more about D’Amico at her website here.

Authors Michael Evans, Stacey Longo, and Kurt Newton.

Authors Michael Evans, Stacey Longo, and Kurt Newton.

Find out more about Evans here, Longo here, and Newton here.

Author Nicholas Conley with his book, The Cage Legacy.

Author Nicholas Conley with his book, The Cage Legacy.

Find out more about Conley on his website here.

Author Rita Sawyer with her book, Shit Kickers & Stilettos.

Author Rita Sawyer with her book, Shit Kickers & Stilettos.

Find out more about Sawyer on her website here.

Author Rob Smales with his book, Dead of Winter.

Author Rob Smales with his book, Dead of Winter.

Find out more about Smales on his website here.

Author Ursula Wong with her book, Purple Trees.

Author Ursula Wong with her book, Purple Trees.

Find out more about Wong on her website here.


 

There will be one more entry from the 2014 New England Author Expo appearing on this website.

You can follow the Expo on its Facebook page here or on Twitter (@neauthorexpo).

 

Meet Three Authors at the Foxboro Jaycees Fourth Annual Spring Fair this Sunday

 

There will be three authors at the Books & Boos’ tables during the Foxboro Jaycees Fourth Annual Spring Fair happening this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Foxboro, MA.

The three authors people can meet are Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, and Vlad Vaslyn. Fair attendees will be able to purchase these author’s books and get them signed as well. Longo will have her short story collection, Secret Things, Phillips will have his horror thriller, Shadow of the Wendigo, and Vaslyn will have his science fiction thrill, The Button.

Along with the authors, there will be crafters, artists, and vendors at the Spring Fair.

The fair was originally scheduled for Saturday, but the prospect of rainy weather caused the organizers to hold the fair on its rain date. The fair is being held on the Foxboro Common in Foxboro, MA.

Pictures from the 2013 Rhode Island Comic Con

By Jason Harris

The second Rhode Island Comic Con held at the Rhode Island Convention Center was a big success. The attendance for this year was around 33,000, which was close to 11,000 more than last year’s convention. There were some issues with pre-sale tickets and a few celebrities such as Anthony Michael Hall, Jett Lucas, and Nichelle Nichols weren’t able to make it because of the gunman who shot up Terminal 3 at the Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning. Nichols felt so bad about missing the convention that she has already signed on for next year’s convention.

Comic Con had the entire convention center this year so the organizers were able to make more room in the aisles so there was plenty of room to browse the vendor tables and get pictures of the cosplay that were on display around the entire convention. There were people dressed as characters from movies, television, comic books, video games and books.2013-11-01 23.29.47

C. Thomas Howell

C. Thomas Howell

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J. Jonah Jameson

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Julie Newmar

Julie Newmar

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Author Rob Watts with some Visitiors.

Author Rob Watts with some Visitiors.

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 Abby Sciuto of NCIS.

Abby Sciuto of NCIS.

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Burt Ward and Adam West at the Batman panel.

Burt Ward and Adam West on the Batman panel.

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Author Eric Dimbleby

Author Eric Dimbleby

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WWE wrestler and author Kenny Dykstra (Billy's Bully)

WWE wrestler and author Kenny Dykstra (Billy’s Bully)

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The Connecticut Visitiors (www.facebook.com/CTVisitors)

The Connecticut Visitors (www.facebook.com/CTVisitors)

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Jonathan Silverman

Jonathan Silverman

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Authors Erin Thorne, Stacey Longo, and Rob Watts at the Books and Boos booth.

Authors Erin Thorne, Stacey Longo, and Rob Watts at the Books and Boos booth.

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Danny Glover

Danny Glover

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Sarah Douglas

Sarah Douglas

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A member of the Connecticut Visitors

A member of the Connecticut Visitors

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WWE wrestler Kevin Nash.

WWE wrestler Kevin Nash.

The Dome of Sci-fi Saturday Night talking with Nicholas Brendon.

The Dome of Sci-fi Saturday Night talking with Nicholas Brendon.

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James Tolkan from the Back to the Future movies.

James Tolkan from the Back to the Future movies.

Jim Dyer of Fenham Publishing.

Jim Dyer of Fenham Publishing.

SWF wrestler Yukon Jack

SWF wrestler Yukon Jack

Nikki Clyne with some fans

Nikki Clyne with some fans

Survivor's Richard Hatch talking with author Stacey Longo.

Survivor’s Richard Hatch talking with author Stacey Longo.

Barf with author Rob Watts

Barf with author Rob Watts

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Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

WWE wrestler Danny Davis

WWE wrestler Danny Davis

Author Stacey Longo with Sloth.

Author Stacey Longo with Sloth.

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Author Erin Thorne with some Steampunk characters.

Author Erin Thorne with some Steampunk characters.

WWE announcer/referee Howard Finkle

WWE announcer/referee Howard Finkle

Artist Seth McCombs.

Artist Seth McCombs.

Authors Rob Watts and Stacey Longo

Authors Rob Watts and Stacey Longo

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams

Me with Leslie Easterbrook.

Me with Leslie Easterbrook. Photo by Stacey Longo.

I hope everyone enjoyed the pictures.

Please Help Books & Boos, An Independent Bookstore, Grow

 

Books & Boos2013-05-03 12.44.46, an independent bookstore located in Colchester, Connecticut, has started a fundraising campaign in an effort to expand their offerings to the community.

The campaign project page is located at http://igg.me/at/booksandboos. No amount is too small.

Currently, the store primarily carries used books, but also offers shelf space to local authors with new books, and carries a variety of novelty items created by local artists. They host a local writers’ group, which has to juggle its schedule around author events, as there isn’t room in the store for both to go on at the same time.

At its present location, approximately 700 square feet, the store houses about 8,000 books. Their overstock, another 8,000 books, is stored at the owners’ home.

Books & Boos hopes to move to a bigger location with more visibility to bring more books to more readers. A larger space would also mean more room for book clubs, writers’ groups, author events, and hosting community events.

There’s a location available in the center of town (we’re currently in a fairly rural area) with three times the space. Also, there’s storage at the new location, and insulation (something the store doesn’t currently have, which leads to astronomical heating bills in the winter). There have also been issues with the septic leaking into the parking lot and non-potable water at the store’s current location. The new space will cost $25,000 for the year.

That’s why the store is asking for donations. Books & Boos hopes to move to a spot with more shelf space and more visibility to attract more readers and offer more previously-loved books.

If the store doesn’t meet its fundraising goal, all funds raised will go towards improving its current location and advertising.

Books & Boos is offering the following perks for donations:

Donate $25 and receive a coupon for a free romance novel at the store!

Donate $50 and receive a coupon for 20% off all used books in the store!

Donate $75 and receive a coupon for a free romance novel, and a book light!

Donate $100 and receive a coupon for 20% off all used books in the store, and a book light!

Donate $1,000 or more and receive a copy of Bite Club by Hal Bodner, a book light, a hand-crafted wooden etched bookmark, and 20% off all used books in the store!

Donate $5,000 and receive a new (unopened) Nintendo Challenge Set and Super Mario Brothers 3 game cartridge!

Donate $10,000 and receive a genuine Revenge of the Jedi script! This was the title of the movie before George Lucas changed it to Return of the Jedi. This is a RARE COLLECTOR’S ITEM and only one is available, so act now!

All donors will be recognized on the contributor page of the store’s website.

The Impact

You have a chance to help an independent bookstore provide more books, education, and a safe place to hang out in the community. Remember that used bookstore you used to visit as a kid, hanging out for hours, getting lost in the stacks? Books & Boos wants to be that place.

Thank you for your help and support. You’re doing a good thing.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-an-independent-bookstore-grow/x/4375258

Books & Boos is currently located at 514 Westchester Road in Colchester, CT. 06415. The phone number is (860) 861-6214.