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Remembrances: R.I.P. Omar Sharif

Remembrances: R.I.P. Omar Sharif

R.I.P Omar Sharif 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015 Omar Sharif was an Egyptian actor. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both British and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968). A […]

Prudery is a Plague!

Prudery is a Plague!

  Lesleypowers.tumblr.com In the third month of my ninth grade year, I shocked my CCD Teacher and classmates by disputing two ideas. First the contention that French Kissing was a mortal sin and cause for eternal damnation. Second that girls who dressed in a revealing manner were sinners others should shun. The classroom dispute promptly […]

An Adventure In Literature: What I Learned Over 20 Years Of Traveling The Path Of Indie Lit

An Adventure In Literature: What I Learned Over 20 Years Of Traveling The Path Of Indie Lit

It’s been nearly 20 years since the release of my first official book – a poetry chapbook called Standing On Lorimer Street Awaiting Crucifixion (Alpha Beat Press). That was 1996. Was a very different world then. There was no such thing as social media: no Facebook, no Twitter, no YouTube, Instagram, or any of the […]

Film Review: “State and Main”

Film Review: “State and Main”

“That’s a lie, it’s a gift for fiction.” David Mamet directed “State and Main,” a comedy about a film company that arrives in Waterford, Vt., escaping New Hampshire for a variety of reasons, the cover story being the town was lacking an old mill for location shots, but the more accurate reason for the sudden […]

Allergies Suck, and the Intergalactic Wood Chip Antenna Array

Allergies Suck, and the Intergalactic Wood Chip Antenna Array

  I had just had it! Sneezing, itchy eyes, and feeling worn out. The yearly sinus infection was making my head feel like it wanted to explode! I had to figure this thing out, I needed to know what was causing my allergic reaction every spring. So there I was face down on the examination […]

Creative

LA Punk Rocker

LA Punk Rocker

LA Punk Rocker Fifteen stories of the punk era set in Los Angeles, written by LA Punk Queen Brenda Perlin and friends who lived every moment of an electric era in the City of Angels. That unique and precious time when punk rock was more than just a rebellion. This is what Billy Idol had […]

“A person without…

“A person without…

A PERSON WITHOUT A person without dreams Belongs to nothing Carrying light is heavy Darkness is no stranger Enter this world carefully Fallen doorways broken forever Great is the ruin left behind Hatred brought it down Identity matters too much Jaded those lacking understanding Killing has become too easy Love is slipping away Melting into […]

Author Beth von Staats In A Nutshell

Author Beth von Staats In A Nutshell

Welcome Beth von Staats to ExPats Post! Here’s a little insight into this erudite author. Beth is a history writer of both fiction and non-fiction short works. A life-long history enthusiast, Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She is the owner and administrator of […]

E.L. James and The Twitter Lynch Mob That Descended Upon Her

E.L. James and The Twitter Lynch Mob That Descended Upon Her

Not so long ago, a literary phenomenon took place. Perhaps it was one that many writers and would be writers couldn’t understand but it was a phenomenon nevertheless. A woman wrote some “Fan Fiction”, presumably for her own amusement, and published it on her blog. It was so popular that someone — or perhaps many […]

An Adventure In Literature: What I Learned Over 20 Years Of Traveling The Path Of Indie Lit

An Adventure In Literature: What I Learned Over 20 Years Of Traveling The Path Of Indie Lit

It’s been nearly 20 years since the release of my first official book – a poetry chapbook called Standing On Lorimer Street Awaiting Crucifixion (Alpha Beat Press). That was 1996. Was a very different world then. There was no such thing as social media: no Facebook, no Twitter, no YouTube, Instagram, or any of the […]

Politics

California’s North Coast Wine Industry: How “Sustainable” Is It?

California’s North Coast Wine Industry: How “Sustainable” Is It?

(Sonoma County, California) Sonoma County Winegrowers bought an expensive, full-page, color ad, using tax dollars, in the July 12 daily Santa Rosa Press Democratand in various weeklies, such as the North Bay Bohemian and Sonoma West. The ad ignited a firestorm of protest with angry letters to editors and online comments from the community storming […]

Dr. Mimi Poinsett Schools Surgeon General on Mental Health Crisis

Dr. Mimi Poinsett Schools Surgeon General on Mental Health Crisis

Expats Post friend and follower, Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett, received a tweet this morning from the U.S. Surgeon General on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in “extending preventative #MentalHealth services, making progress”. However, Dr. Mimi was having none of it. Instead, with a flutter of responding tweets, she schooled the U.S. Surgeon General on the state […]

Secrets of the Tudor Age Seers

Secrets of the Tudor Age Seers

Today, it is my pleasure to welcome Nancy Bilyeau to my Fear and Loathing in Tudor England blog. If you love all things Tudor, you will love these posts. Have a look around to see what else Nancy has contributed to the blogs. You’ll also find articles by Alison Weir, Susan Bordo, Adrienne Dillard, The […]

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Northern California’s Sonoma County has been known historically as part of the natural Redwood Empire. Wine industry lobbyists re-branded it as the commercial “Wine Country.” Its economy has been so colonized by outside investors, who extract water and resources from the environment and export them, that re-branding would be appropriate. A more accurate description would […]

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors At Apple Blossom School Meeting

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors At Apple Blossom School Meeting

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors at Apple Blossom School Meeting By Shepherd Bliss (1500 words) Apple Blossom School has a nice ring to it, as does the Orchard View School at its side. The nearby Tree House Hollow pre-school, with children as young as two and three years old, continues this […]

Entertainment

Film View: “Keep the Change”

Film View: “Keep the Change”

Tricky but human. Trying to be “normal.” How is normal defined? It isn’t something I am familiar with. All of us are different. Just like snowflakes. In the short film “Keep the Change,” the story opens at what appears to be a collective of people participating in a Group Therapy or Interaction type of mode. […]

LA Punk Rocker

LA Punk Rocker

LA Punk Rocker Fifteen stories of the punk era set in Los Angeles, written by LA Punk Queen Brenda Perlin and friends who lived every moment of an electric era in the City of Angels. That unique and precious time when punk rock was more than just a rebellion. This is what Billy Idol had […]

Remembrances: R.I.P. Omar Sharif

Remembrances: R.I.P. Omar Sharif

R.I.P Omar Sharif 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015 Omar Sharif was an Egyptian actor. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both British and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968). A […]

Film Review: “Amy”

Film Review: “Amy”

Amy Winehouse Where Was Every One? “A shattering documentary about a silenced voice.” Where was every one? Where did everybody go? Why was she alone on July 23rd 2011, the date she died? [Amy died in the early hours of my birthday. That is why I remember the date so well. Plus, I was SHOCKED […]

Mr. Midnight Movie Interviews Scott Eyman, Author of John Wayne: The Life And Legend

Mr. Midnight Movie Interviews Scott Eyman, Author of John Wayne: The Life And Legend

Fans of “The Duke,” John Wayne will find some great information here on this podcast!  John Wayne, who died in 1979, remains one of the ultimate Hollywood film stars.  Author Scott Eyman has turned his life-long interest in the actor into perhaps the best book ever written about this cultural icon.  Mr. Midnight Movie interviews […]

Columns

Mr. Midnight Movie Interviews Scott Eyman, Author of John Wayne: The Life And Legend

Mr. Midnight Movie Interviews Scott Eyman, Author of John Wayne: The Life And Legend

Fans of “The Duke,” John Wayne will find some great information here on this podcast!  John Wayne, who died in 1979, remains one of the ultimate Hollywood film stars.  Author Scott Eyman has turned his life-long interest in the actor into perhaps the best book ever written about this cultural icon.  Mr. Midnight Movie interviews […]

Prudery is a Plague!

Prudery is a Plague!

  Lesleypowers.tumblr.com In the third month of my ninth grade year, I shocked my CCD Teacher and classmates by disputing two ideas. First the contention that French Kissing was a mortal sin and cause for eternal damnation. Second that girls who dressed in a revealing manner were sinners others should shun. The classroom dispute promptly […]

E.L. James and The Twitter Lynch Mob That Descended Upon Her

E.L. James and The Twitter Lynch Mob That Descended Upon Her

Not so long ago, a literary phenomenon took place. Perhaps it was one that many writers and would be writers couldn’t understand but it was a phenomenon nevertheless. A woman wrote some “Fan Fiction”, presumably for her own amusement, and published it on her blog. It was so popular that someone — or perhaps many […]

An Adventure In Literature: What I Learned Over 20 Years Of Traveling The Path Of Indie Lit

An Adventure In Literature: What I Learned Over 20 Years Of Traveling The Path Of Indie Lit

It’s been nearly 20 years since the release of my first official book – a poetry chapbook called Standing On Lorimer Street Awaiting Crucifixion (Alpha Beat Press). That was 1996. Was a very different world then. There was no such thing as social media: no Facebook, no Twitter, no YouTube, Instagram, or any of the […]

Allergies Suck, and the Intergalactic Wood Chip Antenna Array

Allergies Suck, and the Intergalactic Wood Chip Antenna Array

  I had just had it! Sneezing, itchy eyes, and feeling worn out. The yearly sinus infection was making my head feel like it wanted to explode! I had to figure this thing out, I needed to know what was causing my allergic reaction every spring. So there I was face down on the examination […]

Short Stories

Author Beth von Staats In A Nutshell

Author Beth von Staats In A Nutshell

Welcome Beth von Staats to ExPats Post! Here’s a little insight into this erudite author. Beth is a history writer of both fiction and non-fiction short works. A life-long history enthusiast, Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She is the owner and administrator of […]

THE CONFESSION BOX by @ElodieParkes

THE CONFESSION BOX by @ElodieParkes

The Confession Box   Gorgeous Rupert Vass is a bartender at Club Coven. He’s seen some things since he started work there, but Rupert isn’t easily shocked, after all he’s a little supernatural himself. Rupert thinks he’s immune to love and as a lead member of Deep Dream a rock band that often plays at […]

#FREE 2-22-15 FORTUNE BRAWLING

#FREE 2-22-15 FORTUNE BRAWLING

Who wants a free read? Get the fun novelette, FORTUNE BRAWLING via Amazon February 22nd for free . “A 5 shot, LOL read.”   AMAZON LINK: myBook.to/Fortune2 Two guitars. Two wild women. One crazy honky tonking night in Georgia. The Ace is high and the Joker is always wild. When Texas meets Tennessee, the end result spells T.R.O.U.B.L.E. […]

FORTUNE BRAWLING Guitars, Honky Tonk, Etc.

FORTUNE BRAWLING Guitars, Honky Tonk, Etc.

Today, I am super>uber excited to feature the order link for the novellette, FORTUNE BRAWLING. This is story 2 in The Fortune Series, the life and loves of country musician Dallas Fortune. This story is co-written by best selling authors Hunter S. Jones and Jennifer Theriot. When Texas meets Tennessee, the end result spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Fortune […]

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Dancing With Death #FREE Vampire Love Magic and Seduction

Dancing With Death #FREE Vampire Love Magic and Seduction

  Blurb: Violetta is an executioner… of vampires. Famed for her fiery beauty and mesmerising personality, she has never failed an assignment. Monsieur Martinet is no ordinary vampire, though. He is a master at his craft and can control humans with the merest flick of his eyelids. The vampire huntress with the porcelain skin and […]

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Film View: ‘Left to Your Own Devices’

Film View: ‘Left to Your Own Devices’

Imagine someone breaking into your home. Now imagine what they might find. Is there anything you would rather they not see? What kind of privacy to you prefer and enjoy? Well, the short film you are about to see opens the doorway to some vital questions you might ask. How do I feel about personal […]

There is Nothing Wrong With Falling in Love

There is Nothing Wrong With Falling in Love

There is nothing wrong with falling in love. Especially if you have failed before. I can tell you this with experience. I have failed and failed yet came back. I have seen my house flooded and ruined. Have seen the boards warp and rot. I have seen the doors fall off, And I can tell […]

Film Review: ‘Nightcrawler’

Film Review: ‘Nightcrawler’

NIGHTCRAWLER is one almost continuous chase scene. An action thriller taking place in the present day for night of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, at first perceived as a self-educated young man seeking work of any kind. He studies his world as he calculates what is in it for him to exploit just […]

Film Review: “The Theory of Everything”

Film Review: “The Theory of Everything”

This was to be the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. It fell far short of achieving that goal. Where was the brilliant mind of Stephen Hawking in this film. I saw one slim moment when, alas, I thought, the film is going to begin delving […]

Announcement via the Society of Authors and Hunter S. Jones

Announcement via the Society of Authors and Hunter S. Jones

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT For Immediate Release June 12, 2015 Atlanta, GA – Hunter S. Jones announced today that the prestigious Society of Authors based in London, England, has elected her into membership, effective immediately. Her membership is based on the recent success of her historical literary work, Phoenix Rising: A novel of Anne Boleyn, published by […]

Chief of Thieves by Steven W. Kohlhagen

Chief of Thieves by Steven W. Kohlhagen

Chief of Thieves by award-winning author Steven W. Kohlhagen is historical fiction, based on a factual group of 1862 con artists who successfully stole millions of today’s dollars, became cattle ranchers in Oregon and Wyoming, and ultimately met their respective fates at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Where They Bury You, Sunstone Press, was released in September 2013.  Chief of Thieves, […]

Watch the Lady #SummerMustRead

Watch the Lady #SummerMustRead

UPDATE: Elizabeth Fremantle will be hosting a Facebook Q&A next week, on 6/16/2015 from 7-9pm UK time (2-4pm EST). For easy reference, you can find her Facebook page here:  Elizabeth Fremantle Author From “a brilliant new player in the court of royal fiction” (People), comes the mesmerizing story of Lady Penelope Devereux—the daring young beauty […]

Film Interview: Peter Sellers [RARE]

Film Interview: Peter Sellers [RARE]

Peter Sellers died when he was 54 years old, the day after my birthday on July 24th 1980. That was a terrible year. It was the same year Steve McQueen and John Lennon died, too. “Being There” (1979) was one of the best films Peter Sellers ever did. It should have been his swan song. […]

“Fall Into Focus”

“Fall Into Focus”

FALL INTO FOCUS Fall outward Expand dimensions Control surrenders Float in the chaos Circle the center Release what was A new act begins An unfamiliar story Needs to be written Release the fear Restrictions wall fails Go beyond the limits of Time And then go further © jk 2015 Copyright protected by DigiproveAll Rights ReservedOriginal content here is […]

Peace, Love & Romance Boxset: Women Who Have Loved, Lost, and Triumphed.

Peace, Love & Romance Boxset: Women Who Have Loved, Lost, and Triumphed.

For a limited time, ten of today’s hottest and bestselling authors bring you PEACE, LOVE & ROMANCE – a collection of full-length novels (some sweet, some sizzling!) all celebrating women who have loved, lost, and triumphed. 99 Cents for TEN FULL LENGTH Best selling romance novels.That’s less than the price of a grande coffee of […]

Film Review: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Film Review: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson), two young Americans spend the summer in Spain. Their first adventure is meeting the passionate artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem). He has romance overflowing in his blood. He approaches them while they are enjoying a conversation surrounded by the warm ambiance of a Barcelona restaurant. Vicky makes the […]

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

THE GAMBLERS Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings. He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. […]

Why? Why? Why? The Marriage of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, 30 May 1536

Why? Why? Why? The Marriage of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, 30 May 1536

by Hunter Jones When I started this blog, it was to research the symbols and motifs that surrounded Henry VIII and Jane Seymour on her presentation at his court as Queen on 4 June, the Whitsunday which followed their official marriage on 30 May 1536. I was going to begin at 29 May and build […]

Film View: “The OceanMaker”

Film View: “The OceanMaker”

After the seas have disappeared, a courageous pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the clouds. The Earth is dry. The Oceans are strewn with decaying ships, long ago falling to the bottom of the empty seas. What caused the Earth to dry up is unknown. I […]

Mysticism and Medicine in #Tudor England by Hunter Jones

Mysticism and Medicine in #Tudor England by Hunter Jones

 When we think of Tudor England, various images flash through our mind. Kings, many queens, dashing courtiers, spies, and ruthless intrigues enter the mix. Add a dash of Renaissance fashion and religious upheaval and you have a heady, or often headless, concoction of brutality and inspiration. All at the same time. Tudor England was the […]

Things to Write About Tomorrow

Things to Write About Tomorrow

I was a child and All I wanted was to get away with staying up Late watching movies and not Worrying about tomorrow I am an adult and I can get away with staying up Late watching movies but I Worry all the time about tomorrow Muscles tense and thoughts focused on Detensing those muscles […]

Proximity – Wanderlust II by Amber Lea Easton #SummerMustRead

Proximity – Wanderlust II by Amber Lea Easton #SummerMustRead

Book Two of the Wanderlust Series–Did you love Anonymity? Most people did and they demanded the love story for the popular secondary characters, Savannah and Bill. Here it is… Now available worldwide from the best-selling romance author, Amber Lea Easton Proximity.   Blurb Love sometimes hides in plain sight. Savannah is one of the boys—fun […]

Now and Then Poems

Now and Then Poems

14th of May Musicwall (2011) Fat round notes used to Bounce off your Shiny shell, and everything You held within Festered and came out sideways In sharp pinpricks of Denied anger A shuddering of those Thick black walls Resonating with the melody Let those Fractured parts of you Swell up and spill over Like a […]

Film Review: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Film Review: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a surprise from beginning to end. When choosing to rent the film “Bully” other films were suggested. I had heard of “Perks…” but did not know many details, so when I saw it amongst the choices, I looked into it. My partner told me Emma Watson played a […]

PHOENIX RISING #Excerpt by .@huntersjones101 #AnneBoleyn

PHOENIX RISING #Excerpt by .@huntersjones101 #AnneBoleyn

  We walk down the steps from the Queen’s Apartments. Sir Kingston walks with me and the ladies walk behind us. The morning sun kisses my face. The daffodils are in bloom and the birds sing like any other radiant spring morning. Surely even Nature would know if the hour of death was approaching for […]

Film View: “Bear”

Film View: “Bear”

The morning at Jack’s house starts out with a misunderstanding and a rushing out the door by his girlfriend Emelie. She hops on her bike and heads out, ending up riding in rough terrain. Meanwhile, Jack’s reaction to Emelie’s upset turns him frantic. He runs around the house getting dressed. It’s obvious he is in […]

Big Wine Blasted at North Coast California Gathering

Big Wine Blasted at North Coast California Gathering

In the heart of what corporate wine industry lobbyists have re-branded “Wine Country,” activists from four North Coast California counties gathered in early May for their third monthly meeting. They created a regional network of groups from Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties. Participants came to the attractive resort town of Calistoga in Napa to […]

Film Review: “12 Years a Slave”

Film Review: “12 Years a Slave”

At the beginning of the film “12 Years a Slave” [based on a true story] we meet Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as a free man. He has a wife and children. It is the mid-1800s. They live in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is a respected man in his community, predominantly white, and a talented […]

Mystery, Secrets and Magic of PHOENIX RISING by Hunter S. Jones

Mystery, Secrets and Magic of PHOENIX RISING by Hunter S. Jones

An artist stands at the edge of chaos. We create something from nothing. Whether it is music, art, dance, or words we all connect with that which is hidden within the ethers of the universe. Everything begins with a thought. From there, dreams and our imagination form a new reality. The idea of writing about […]

Why the World Needed a Tudor Society

Why the World Needed a Tudor Society

Tim Ridgway from the Tudor Society discusses the modern day fascination with Tudor history and why history is still interesting today… For as long as I have known, people have had a fascination with all things Tudor. There’s just something about Henry VIII and his six wives that captivates people across the globe. For me, […]

Big Wine Fails to Dry Farm During California’s Relentless Drought

Big Wine Fails to Dry Farm During California’s Relentless Drought

(Sonoma County, in the heart of California’s Redwood Empire) California Governor Jerry Brown spent this year’s Earth Day at the elite Iron Horse Winery in the Sebastopol countryside. It was a great photo opportunity and promotion for the winery. Iron Horse is known for donations to President Bill Clinton and other politicians, with whom it […]

#Tudor Tales in Castles, Customs, and Kings

#Tudor Tales in Castles, Customs, and Kings

by Debra Brown Lovers of the Tudor times often know the leading lords and ladies well. But what of some of the others? What of the last daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, Bridget of York, whose father died in her early years leaving the family to seek sanctuary in Westminster? Bridget also lost […]

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