Sunday, August 17, 2014

Five Best Books for Aspiring Screenwriters

Great Gifts For Screenwriters

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Whether entering into you first script idea or polishing your fifth, a scriptwriter's brain should be regularly fed to tweak and sharpen those skills already learned and to remember those important ones when first venturing into this rewarding and challenging industry.

I've written and finished over six screenplays with as many halfway through, so I'm still considered a newbie. The French film Betty Blue started me off thinking about becoming a screenwriter, maybe as a foreign film with subtitles showing the dialogue in written form, motivated me. I don't know, but it wasn't until many years later that I started with one book that was a gift, reading it motivate me to stop putting off something I wanted to do. The enjoyment since then has been a superb journey through learning.

I've listed some books in order of what I think someone new to the screenwriter process should read and I have also included some sources of reading on the internet where you can get scripts to read. Reading scripts to films that have been made is the best way to learn how to write scripts. I have recommended five books, four for the new starter and one for those getting optioned. 
Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need

Save The Cat

They say that this book is the last you will ever need on screenwriting and one of the most famous and popular books on the subject of screenwriting. The book is fun and an easy read and penned with a laid-back style. It covers a lot of questions, offering simple solutions to common and uncommon problems to the screenwriting process. Save the cat moment is a trick where a character in the story gains the audiences favour and becomes more likable because he saves a cat or a dog. Save the cat moment can also be something that shows a compassionate side to the person which is often used with bad or evil characters, giving them depth. Anyone thinking about screenwriting from action, comedy, family to any high concept blockbuster, should have a copy of Save the Cat.

500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader: Writing the Screenplay the Reader Will Recommend

500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader

500 Ways To Beat The Hollywood Script Reader has been around for a long time for a reason. The book gives 500 useful tips on how to write a better screenplay that actually work. This is a fast and great read and a must-have in any screenwriters tool box.

The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

The Screenwriter's Bible

The use of the word bible opens it up to suggest that it can be interpreted in many ways yet the content is clear and the format industry standard, ideal for the newbie writer to grasp with six books in one. This book should be learned and adhered to when format seems ambiguous after reading the latest sold script in Hollywood, as the rules can be flouted when you are established but not recommended. Once you have this book and even though you think you are clear you find yourself reverting back to it, which eventually causes the book to become a helpful and trusted friend.

Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach

The Sequence Approach

The Sequence Approach teaches simple methods and how to break up a script into 8 sections as opposed to the usual three acts. This helps you to focus and stay on track. The book explores how the methods work using the Fellowship of the ring and Toy Story the same methods taught at USC. This book is useful in helping a screenwriter to take control of their screenplay.

Breakfast with Sharks: A Screenwriter's Guide to Getting the Meeting, Nailing the Pitch, Signing the Deal, and Navigating the Murky Waters of Hollywood

Breakfast with Sharks

Breakfast with Sharks is the book that teaches those things that all the others don't cover. Preparing a screenwriter for the next stage and the inner workings of Hollywood. This takes you through meetings with producers that are interested in your script, the protocols, and the steps up to the next stage in the game. This book advisers on the sort of questions that should be asked and what should be brought to a meeting. Meetings should be pitched and other work sort that is in development are also covered along with many other tips. This book is about the business side of the screenwriting process and doesn't teach anything to do with the craft of screenwriting.

Screenwriter's Blogs

Great blogs to follow and see what other screenwriters are doing.
The bitter script reader
Screenwriter's blog
Sex in a submarine
Screenwriter's blog
Script paradigm
Screenwriter's blog

Screenwriters Script download.
A great source for screenwriters to get hold of scripts to read and learn.
The internet movie script batabase
Read Scripts.
Daily Script
Daily Script

Tuesday, August 12, 2014



Dragon's Revenge is the thrilling conclusion to the Hunters of Reloria trilogy.
Magical Reloria is beset by hordes of invading enemy ships carrying giants with ocular laser beams. People and creatures from across the land band together against the invasion, while our group of heroes, the Hunters of Reloria, seek to restore the defensive shield to their borders. A savage attack on the dragons’ town decimates the population and leads the surviving dragon to pledge revenge against the invaders.
Epic battles with dragons and giants ensue, leading to a thrilling climax.

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Sanguinary, by Margo Bond Collins A Night Shift Novel Forthcoming Fall 2014

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Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.

When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city's vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department.

But she didn't know then what she knows now: there's a silent war raging between humans and vampires, and the vampires are winning.

So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race.

But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?

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About the Author
Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She
has published a number of novels, including Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014



How far was Tamara willing to go for the sake of revenge? And who would pay the price? She didn’t know as she tipped the bottle of vampire blood up to her lips but she was about to find out.
Stepping off the ferry in Sitka, Alaska was bittersweet for Tamara Semenov. A decade earlier she had abandoned her mother and high school sweetheart, Peter, to marry a man she hardly knew only to find herself in an abusive relationship. Now ten years later, she had escaped with her life but at what cost. Her mother was dead.
Although the police had ruled her mother’s death an accident, Tamara was convinced her estranged husband was to blame and to make matters worse, she knows she is his next target.
While putting her mother’s affairs in order, Tamara finds the blood of a vampire named Adrik, who as a human was falsely accused of raping a wealthy Russian heiress and excommunicated from the Church. For the sake of revenge, he willing condemned himself to vampirism.
Learning that the blood could tie the living to the undead, Tamara seeks out a connection with the long buried vampire in hopes of striking a deal, his freedom for her revenge. Will he be the edge she needs to out maneuver her estranged husband or will she become entangled in a two century old web of revenge?

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Annalice, a single mother and physician, is ready to immerse herself in the mundane chores of her farm as a diversion from her hectic professional life. But she becomes the victim of a home invasion, the supernatural kind. Vindictive and cruel, Asa, a century old vampire, takes brutal control of her life and home.
Forcing her to strike a bargain in exchange for her daughter's life, Annalice must not only accept his presence but also bow to his depravity. Facing threats to her only child, she relies on her skills as a physician to unravel the clues to the vampire's existence, attempting to beat him at his own game.
Caught in a race against a genetic timeline, Annalice struggles to survive the Blood Reaction.
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Cursed (A Yorkshire Ghost Story) by Karen Perkins

She’s back. This time no one is safe.

A skeleton is dug up at the crossing of the ways on Hanging Moor, striking dread into the heart of Old Ma Ramsgill – the elderly matriarch of the village of Thruscross. And with good reason. The eighteenth-century witch, Jennet, has been woken.
A spate of killings by a vicious black dog gives credence to her warnings and the community – in particular her family – realise they are in terrible danger.
Drastic measures are needed to contain her, but with the imminent flooding of the valley to create a new reservoir, do they have the ability to stop her and break her curse?

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Hunted by the Past by Jami Gray

A reluctant psychic who can relive the past, a man well versed in keeping secrets, and a psychopathic killer enters a deadly game where the past determines the future.


Behind me, the sound of the door being shoved flat against the wall jerked my attention back to the entryway. Cold sweat erupted down my spine.
The man strong-arming my door stood at least six two and he wasn’t selling cookies. A black T-shirt outlined broad shoulders and a heavy chest, explaining why my brilliant plan of knocking him back through the doorway had been destined for failure.
My mind took in the details, trying to put the pieces together. Brown hair, thick and shaggy, framed dark eyes in a startling savage face. Still reeling from using my stupid ability, I couldn’t make the picture stick, but a niggling sense of familiarity pecked at my mind. Besides, now wasn’t the time for polite introductions.
An impressive snarl emerged from inside the neatly trimmed goatee, “Hello, Cyn.” His deep voice raised every hair on my body and sent my pulse into overdrive
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess: Soulless (Volume 2) Book Release

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Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess: Soulless (Volume 2)

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The time is 1890, the place, New Orleans, and Odara is lost to Madame Lilly, her soulless side—and she has not finished what she started. Unleashing two great forces, Theolus and Hearon, with ferocious appetites against her common-law husband, Henry Nicholas, is just the beginning of the end for Lilly—only she doesn’t know it yet. For the spirits she raised took what was left of her humanity and left a piece of themselves within her; a piece that craves chaos. Needing to maintain control over them to do her bidding, Lilly must do what is required even if it means becoming more like them. Tortured, scorned and damned, Lilly has one mission in life: Retribution.
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Book Excerpt

“Henry tasted salty, sweet as sweat dripped down his body from the muggy hot weather Louisiana offered deep in the swamps, especially fierce under the brutal sun. Back here no one cared about a man’s cries. Creatures here only cared about one thing: Survival. There was no one around other than the mosquitoes competing with Hearon, both desiring the splendor of his blood. The bush crickets were too busy singing to their mates to hear Henry’s cries, and the gators were lying in wait to feed on the bodies tossed their way after going missing in the bayou, the reptiles becoming accessories to vicious human crimes. No, there was no mercy back here in the swamps. She did not pulltoo much skin at once, only enough for it to cause incredible pain. The wounds needed to heal so she could do it again, until they grew tired of him or Madame said it was time to end his existence. It didn’t matter where the flesh came from but she noticed the legs and back seemed to hurt the worst, so that was where she lingered while dancing around him and watching his body tremble in fear every time she laid a finger on him”    

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I may be a nurse by profession but I'm an author by heart. I have been writing stories for many years, both in my head and on paper because I’ve always had a love for books ever since spending Saturdays a the library as a young child. Within a book, the mind can travel to worlds of the imagination and the beyond. I finally took the plunge and published my first novel last year, a young adult urban fantasy titled “Connor” and, this year, two adult horror short stories titled “Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess” and “Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess: Soulless.” Each are the just the beginning of many to come as I stay locked up in my office in Colorado spinning more tales.  

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spanish Gazpacho Soup

Waiter this soup is cold!

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This is a delightful chilled soup, for the foot-swelling heat of the searing summer months.

There are hundreds of variations of Gazpacho soup from different regions of mainland Spain. All be it only small differences and usually in the guise of mum's recipe version. Here are some facts and a great recipe from EspaƱa. buen provecho!

Andalusians claim gazpacho soup was invented in their region, where as others, claim it was originally made by the Arabs when they occupied the Iberian peninsular. The problem with that theory is, the last of the Arabs left Spain as the result of the Recoquista the same year as Christopher Columbus and his explorers discovered sweet and hot peppers in the West Indies and the tomato in South America in 1492. These key ingredients were later disseminated to many parts of the Mediterranean area by the 16th century.

Another claim suggests it had probably evolved from Ajoblanco, a cold soup with bread crumbs, chopped garlic, almonds, olive oil and vinegar with the addition of chilled water, usually served with grapes or slices of melon.

Add pepper, tomato and well, you can see the similarities. 

Ingredients Andalusia


2 kg ripe tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
½ a large onion
½ a large green pepper ½ a large red pepper.
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
20 ml of white wine vinegar ½ cucumber
1 cored apple
3 hard boiled eggs
½ pint of cold water 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 ice cubes (optional)


Wash the tomatoes, peeled, de-seed and dice with the other solid ingredients: apple, onion, garlic, cucumber and peppers. If you use a powerful food processor, no need to peel them. Once blended, add gradually the oil, vinegar, salt and water slowly, emulsifying.

The amounts of oil, vinegar and salt are to taste. Be mindful that if you add ice, you should add a little more vinegar and salt to taste.

It is important to note that:

The apple and onion soften the acidity of the tomato
The red pepper gives it a more intense red colour
It is advisable to use a good quality wine vinegar.

You can serve in a separate bowl or garnish with diced tomato, green pepper, red pepper, cucumber, celery, hard boiled eggs and croutons or tortilla chip.
Or simply drink the soup with added Vodka to create a Bloody Carmen. 

Friday, July 25, 2014


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Streaking For Mother Five Star Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars 70's style streaking leads to life changing experiences and to unexpected friends. 17 April 2014
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This is a poignant novel about a grandstanding rugby superstar who loses his dream but finds his soul. The unusual people that he feels driven to help give him a sense of family and purpose. After learning of his estranged mother's death, he refuses to grieve and returns to the the rugby field. He has goals to reach and records to break until an unexpected stunt during the game ends his chance and drives him to a brutish act. Driven to make amends, he find friends, himself, and at long last his mother.

I enjoyed the creativity of the marketeers in their schemes to advertise. I had an emotional attachment to each person in the group and to his or her individual heartbreaking pasts. The connection of all the characters was unveiled slowly and surprisingly. They all needed hope in their lives. Lady G. first provided each one with positive guidance, and later Ashley helped them face reality and find better lives. Ashley was my favorite character, and I wanted the best for him. I don't want to spoil the book by telling too much so I will just say that I couldn't put the book down until I finished it.

Mark Shearman is an outstanding author with an innate ability for writing about intriguing characters and plot lines. He always keeps the readers engaged In the story and makes them commiserate with the characters. He crafts great visual imagery with his words. I will continue to read his books just as soon as he writes them. 
5.0 out of 5 stars Original in a fun way that will keep you engaged throughout the late night hours 3 April 2014
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In many ways I found “Streaking for Mother” to be witty, and at times thrilling.

What can be said about this book other then it is filled with originality in a fun way that will keep you engaged throughout the late night hours. In “Streaking for Mother” you find that a both a beautiful underwear model and a Rugby player colliding in a fantastic storyline that is sure to engulf the senses. The main character Ashley is developed well and at times I caught myself cheering all the way through.

One of the aspects that I think most will find in Mark Shearman’s writing is his ability to move the story along in a dynamic fashion without sacrificing the quality of work. While at times there is humor, action and thrills in this book, there is yet a deeper message hidden inside the overall plot.

That message remains: How far would you go to help the people you love?

I enjoyed this book. It developed well, the characters were easy to get along with and it flowed perfectly.

5 Stars 
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and entertaining 31 Mar 2014
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Different, entertaining, at times funny, and moving with a shocking ending.

Entrepreneur collects the abandoned from her Greenwich pawnbrokers, most prized, four twenty something guerrilla marketeers.

She's gone leaving them the responsibility of the business and recruitment of her estranged son, Ashley, England fly-half, playboy and underwear model. The press go out their way to wind him up and his antics keep them in front page material.

Her agenda eventually bonds them in a collection of cringing publicity stunts. The reality he doesn't know their patron was his mother and they don't know that she has died. A councillor, the father of Ashley's ex-girlfriend has his eyes on their property and is going to do whatever it takes to procure it from them, armed with Knowledge of Ashley's scandalous family past.

They band together and fight using their skills as Streakers and guerrilla marketers. And set up a risky stunt to expose the councillor in more ways than one.

It soon becomes apparent to Ashley the reason he is in the house is to finish were his mother left off and help these people come to terms with her death and also help them move on. He unselfishly gives up everything

Highly recommended.
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The dialogue between Ashley and Nadine is priceless, as good as any Hollywood script. There are moments when my cringes burst into laughter finding myself saying OMG a lot.

The house is reminiscent of a shared house by university students, but ten years older and a touch more manic.

What I liked:

Nadine's character is a sexy feminist, crazy and forgiving. Yanna is the mother hen again sexy and probably the most level headed. Spam Solo is a troubled and secretive black man, as geeky as he could be, and a genius with his hands.

Shaun's denial has kept him in the closet all his life. But when it comes to streaking he is king until Ashley comes along.

All have unresolved issues, that's why Ashley is there to help them get through the death of their Matriarch and they are there to straighten out Ashley from a life of a playboy.

They all have to team up and fight off a local Councillor and art gallery owner Streaker style - I won't elaborate her it's priceless and again cringe.

The ending was full of twists and a shock.

They don’t streak for the sake of exhibitionism they do it to survive and maintain the lifestyle behind the doors of their Pawnbrokers.

5.0 out of 5 stars Streaking for mother, a win for me! 3 April 2014
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I was immediately drawn in by the title and book cover but the story didn't let down either. Streaking for mother is an entertaining story that I couldn't put down. The well planned plot, well developed characters and witty writing all contribute to a great piece of fiction, in my eyes. I won't go into plot here as I don't want to give you any spoilers but believe me and the other reviews when they say that there's a unique twist to the ending. I'll be looking out for more titles by this author. Love it!