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Episode 114 – Colleen McCarty – Mounting the Whale / audio

Mounting the Whale

Colleen McCarty (@Colleen_McCarty on twitter) calls in to discuss her novel “Mounting the Whale” with host Craig Price. Writing any kind of book is no easy feat. But writing a novel? That’s a whole other level of commitment and talent! Colleen and Craig talk about plotting out a novel, how sharing character traits on family members can lead to some awkward conversations and that the “Mounting” in the title is not what you think (you dirty minded people!!). 

From the back cover:

The self-made and affluent Pierce family is hurled into a seamy kidnapping plot when they receive a text message from Janine—the most troubled of all the Pierce children.

Cartel got me, tell mom

The siblings, drowning in their own problems, are forced to focus on the task at hand: a half-cocked rescue mission that involves a borrowed yacht, a favor from a notorious drug kingpin, and a shocking reunion none of them expected.

When the family decides to sneak into Mexico, mother Cybil is forced to deal with a rival CEO whom she’s developed feelings for in secret. Her only son, Tom, is willing to risk bodily harm to save Janine while his other sisters, Carlyle and Valerie, suspect that the kidnapping is less than legitimate.

The long sea voyage tests the limits of the family’s already frail bonds. Dark secrets of infertility, drugs, gambling and extreme taxidermy begin to float to the surface. But nothing compares to what they begin to learn about their missing sister. 

If they’re going to make it out alive, they must realize that they are fighting the same battles and facing life’s greatest challenges: love, loneliness, and the struggle to find a place in the world.

Amidst all the chaos, the Pierce family is brought face-to-face with the ugliness of Janine’s addictions, the truth about their mother’s fortune and the most terrifying question of all: Can you really save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?  

“Mounting the Whale” is available at Amazon on Dec 5th and if you want to learn more about Colleen, go to her self-named blog site http://colleen-mccarty.com/

It’s the last podcast of 2013. Thank you to everyone who listens and shares the show! See you in 2014!!

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Episode 93 – Christina Hamlett – Ghostwriting / audio

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Christina Hamlett joins host Craig Price to discuss professional ghostwriting. Christina has written over 30 books, 152 stage plays, 5 optioned featured films, hundreds of articles and interviews in her own name but she is also an accomplished ghostwriter. But you might not know that since ghostwriters live behind the scenes, forgoing credit in order to serve their clients. Christina and Craig talk about when you should seek out a ghostwriter, what to expect when you write a book with another person and how to let go of control of your own story to better serve the writing. She also talks about why you should even write a book and relays stories of petty revenge, delusions of grandeur as well as what makes a good potential client as well as the benefits ghostwriters offer to busy or people with an undeveloped skill for the written word (that’s polite speak for “You suck at writing so don’t do it!!”). They also talk about what a ghostwriter does and doesn’t do (it’s kind of an important distinction), as well as the differences between a ghostwriter, a collaborator and an editor.If you’re thinking of writing your own book or hiring a ghostwriter to do it for you, Christina is worth a listen…preferably before you start your next written masterpiece!

Christina can be found at http://www.authorhamlett.com or on her facebook page.

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Episode 82 – Quinn Barrett – Digital Publishing / audio

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Quinn Barrett (@QuinnBarrett or twitter) opens host Craig Price’s eyes to the world of digital publishing.  Quinn is the host of the All Thing Digital Media podcast and co-founder of Wise Bear Books, a digital media project management company specializing in getting independent authors and content creators out into the marketplace. She and Craig cover a lot of ground including the technical aspects of eBooks, formatting, why Craig’s book “Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide” and all its footnotes are stopping it from being digital and even some marketing goals like “What is your book for? Profit or exposure?”. Quinn also talks about the growing advancements in digital books becoming more interactive with video and links. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

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Episode 14 – Charles Justiz – Specific Impulse / audio

Episode 14 - Charles Justiz - Specific Impule

Charles Justiz, science-fiction writer and corporate aviation safety consultant, joins Craig to talk about his book, “Specific Impulse”. They also discuss writing, flying and some cool NASA insights.

Looking for adventure? Try being a USAF test pilot. Dying for some action? Maybe some astronaut training will do. And that’s the bio of the author! Wait till you read the book!

Specific Impulse can be found at Amazon as well as Charles’ site

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