David Shapiro – Terra Tempo 3: The Academy of Planetary Evolution

Terra Tempo 3 The Academy of Planetary Evolution cover

Author David Shapiro, Artist Christopher Herndon, Colorist Erica Melville

Author David Shapiro, Artist Christopher Herndon, Colorist Erica Melville

David Shapiro will be at Klindt’s Booksellers Saturday, November 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. To listen to our interview, recorded Wednesday, November 26, click on the grey podcast bar below.

The third volume in the Terra Tempo graphic novel series, Terra Tempo: The Academy of Planetary Evolution starts off with a big bang as the series’ intrepid heroes, Jenna, Caleb, and Ari race from the Cenozoic era to the modern age, making their way through the evolution of mammals, to finally earn their degrees from the Academy of Planetary Evolution and be considered full-fledged Time Explorers. But when the Bone Wars of the late 1800s threaten to break over to the modern age, and Ari has been taken in for questioning, the kids find themselves in a fight alongside some of history’s most notable natural historians, including Herman Melville, Annie Montague Alexander, and Andrew Carnegie, as they race to ensure the safety of the world’s history, and it’s future.

Review: the Terra Tempo series involves three creators working at the top of their form: writer David Shapiro, artist Christopher Herndon and colorist Erica Melville. The books are also beautifully printed on glossy stock with full color on every single page. It’s a delight for the eyes and a feast for the mind, as readers learn along with the explorers about plate tectonics, the evolution of mammals, and the history of the Bone Wars of the 18th Century, among other fascinating subjects.

Interview – Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer

Join New York Times best-selling author NEIL GAIMAN and his wife (and rock star, crowd funding pioneer, social media maven and TED speaker) AMANDA PALMER as they discuss their careers, recent works and the joy of audio books

The Art of Asking Amanda Palmer 300Neil Gaiman 300Thanksgiving is the biggest travel holiday of the year with millions of Americans anticipating hours of unavoidable traffic, gridlock, and delays. Audio books are the perfect way to transform time that would otherwise be wasted into the most entertaining part of your trip!  Nearly all of today’s biggest books are available in audio. Read by polished actors, passionate authors, and even celebrities, these CD’s and digital downloads are the perfect way to sit back, relax, and make the time fly by on what would otherwise be an agonizingly wasteful commute. 

Authors Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer are no strangers to audio books. The majority of Neil’s books are available in audio including his latest THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.  Amanda narrated her most recent book, THE ART OF ASKING, which has unique special features like an original exclusive performance of Amanda’s “Bigger on the Inside,” as well as music from The Dresden Dolls, Ben Folds, Walt Ribeiro, and Sxip Shirey.

To listen to our interview with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, just click on the grey podcast bar below:

 

 

Mary Higgins Clark & Alifair Burke – The Cinderella Murder

The Cindarella MurderMary_Higgins_Clark_from WikipediaTHE CINDERELLA MURDER:  When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?

BIO:  MARY HIGGINS CLARK, #1 New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-four suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; and a memoir,Kitchen Privileges. She is the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five suspense novels: Dashing through the Snow, Deck the Halls, He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, The Christmas Thief, and Santa Cruise. Her books are worldwide bestsellers, with over 100 million sold in the United States alone. She lives with her husband, John Conheeney, in Saddle River, New Jersey.

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David Baldacci – The Escape

The Escape by David BaldacciDavid Baldacci 300 x 400Following The Forgotten and Zero Day, #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring military investigator John Puller, THE ESCAPE. Called a “master craftsman” by the Associated Pressand “one of the greatest thriller writers of the last decade” by Strand Magazine, Baldacci is once again at the top of his game in THE ESCAPE, spinning an elaborate tale that demonstrates his breadth and depth as one of the most celebrated writers today.

ABOUT THE ESCAPE:

In THE ESCAPE there’s a prison unlike any other.  Military discipline rules.  Its security systems are unmatched.  None of its prisoners dream of escaping.  They know it’s impossible. Until now.

John Puller’s older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes.  His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country.  Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice.

But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.  Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy, fraught partnership with another agent, who may have an agenda of her own.

They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear, but that there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction….and that someone is out there who doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light. As the nation-wide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strength as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother—or himself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

BIO: David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print; several have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org.

REVIEW:

David Baldacci has returned for a record-breaking sixth interview with Cover to Cover. You can listen to that interview by clicking on the grey podcast bar below. In it you’ll hear why there’s an echo of Sherlock Holmes in the story of John Puller and his brother and why this book ramps up the action and intenseity of the series. This is superb stuff from an author at the top of his form and a plot that pulls the reader breathlessly from page to page.

Greg Levin: The Exit Man

COVER_The Exit Man - FINALGreg Levin, author of The Exit ManAbout the Book

Suicide should come with a warning label: “Do not try this alone.”

If you truly need out and want the job done right, you should consider using an outside expert.

Like Eli.

Eli Edelmann never intended on making a living through mercy killing. After reluctantly taking over his family’s party supply store following his father’s death, he is approached by a terminally ill family friend who’s had enough. The friend, a retired policeman, has an intricate plan involving something Eli has ready access to – helium. Eli is initially shocked and repulsed by the proposal, but soon begins to soften his stance and, after much deliberation, eventually agrees to lend a hand.

It was supposed to be a one-time thing. How could Eli have known euthanasia was his true calling? And how long can he keep his daring underground “exit” operation going before the police or his volatile new girlfriend get wise?

About the Author

Having spent much of his life weaving intricate tales to get out of things like gym class and jury duty, Greg Levin is no stranger to fiction. Greg’s debut novel, Notes on an Orange Burial was published in November 2011 by Elixirist (now 48fourteen) and has sold over 11 copies to his immediate family. Greg’s second book, The Exit Man, is already being hailed as one of the top two novels he has ever written.

When not busy writing, Greg enjoys thinking about writing, and spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys cooking, traveling and exercising, as well as freestyle rapping for his friends even when they don’t do anything to deserve such mistreatment.

Greg was born in Huntington, New York in 1969, and then moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his family when he was six. He attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated summa cum laude in 1991 with a BA in Communication and a special concentration in Creative Writing.

Greg currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he is one of just 17 people who don’t play a musical instrument or write songs. He is currently wanted by Austin authorities for refusing to eat pork ribs or do the two-step.

The Review

If you can put together an intriguing concept and populate it with complex characters who have a deep understanding of the ironies of life and death and don’t mind laughing at themselves, you’ll have something approaching the joys of The Exit Man. Filled with great insight, the story rolls right along, not afraid to throw the reader a major league curve ball now and then, to stimulate their empathy, and to make them laugh. This is the kind of book you put down at the end with a sigh of satisfaction and immediately start thirsting for the next by the author.

Greg Levin’s website: http://www.greglevin.com/

Greg LEvin’s Blog http://www.greglevin.com/scrawl-space-blog

To hear our interview with Greg Levin, click on the grey podcast bar below:

Steve Hickner – Animation Rules!

Animation RulesSteve Hickner

Below is the background information sent from the publishers in setting up the interview with Steve Hickner. We’ll add to that by saying that the vast majority of the rules here are useful in many business situations, going well beyond animation.

If you listen to our interview by clicking on the grey podcast bar below, you’ll find Steve to be a friendly, genuine and genuinely funny person, who happens to be a talented animation professional.

He’s currently working at Dreamworks, which allowed me to drop into every conversation that week the fact that I had an important interview with “an insider at Dreamworks.” Even better, we had to postpone our first interview time because Steve had a meeting with the “S” in “SKG Dreamworks,” Steven Spielberg. Seriously cool, as is our interview below:

Steve Hickner’s Animation Rules! lays out 52 rules for everyone who works in animation and other creative pursuits.

The rules offer succinct career advice for anyone working in a creative field. Some rules are counter-intuitive: “Open strong. Close stronger” (Rule 17) recommends putting the second-best piece of work first in a portfolio, and the best piece last. Others give insights that only a longtime professional would know: “Every studio is two flops from disaster” (Rule 38).

Hickner has illustrated each rule with a drawing featuring Rulio, the fictitious animator who does not follow the rules. “Immerse yourself in inspiration” (Rule 29), shows a colleague whose work is inspired by great movies, while Rulio dreams about cupcakes.

At DreamWorks Animation, Hickner directed the films The Prince of Egypt and Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie. At Stephen Spielberg’s Amblimation studio, Hickner produced the films An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and Balto. He has also worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios and has been a storyboard artist for Peabody and Sherman, Shrek Forever After, Over the Hedge, Madagascar, Shark Tale, and Antz. He frequently lectures at universities. His first book, Animating Your Career, was published in 2013.

 

 

John Rekart, Jr. – Rollin’ on the River and Rollin’ on the Wild River

John Rekart Jr with books

John Rekart, Jr. is one of the ten authors appearing at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles for the Fourth Annual Northwest Writer Fest on Saturday, October 18 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Rollin’ on the River is the definitive story of the creation of the Columbia River Pilots and how they move ocean-going vessels from Astoria as far upriver as Portland and Vancouver.  Most of the pilots gained their experience on the middle and upper Columbia River moving tugs and barges filled with various commodities.  The movement of these products is detailed from their source until they finally move along the Columbia towards the ports of Portland, Vancouver, Kalama, Longview and Rainier.  This is a never-before-told history and daily operational function of a vital group of women and men and how they worked their way into the job.  All of the inner workings are explained and the coordination detailed between various agencies designed to protect the consumers in America and around the world.

Rollin’ on the Wild River is the story of the Sagebrush Sailors of rural Oregon who formerly were ranch hands, cowboys, oil-truck drivers and shoe salesmen trained to be fearless tug operators on the Columbia River before most of the dams were built.  They had to learn quickly how to run the rapids on the wildest river in the world.  Each of the rapids is explained and how they were to be run.  All of these rapids are underwater now but they are still remembered by the men who operated the tugs through often-forbidding conditions. The stories of their underpowered tugs are also told.  The author relied on personal interviews to paint a never-before-told history of men succeeding against the elements.

To hear our extended 20–minute interview with John Rekart, Jr. click on the grey podcast bar below: