Tuesday, April 28, 2015

On the Set of the film "Check Mate"

Hey all,

Just a peek behind the scenes of filming my scene in the forthcoming thriller, "Check Mate" in Warren, OH :)

Here is where I'm "that guy" who posts a photo of what I'm eating. Afterward, I stopped at the Mocha House to chill out for a bit (if you are ever in the Warren, OH area, it is highly recommended). :)


Paperback copies of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and Sacred Atonement:Novelette (The Birthrite Series, # 1.5) available together for the low price of $21.00 at my Official Website

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Restoring the Art of Education

Hey all!

Just a quick note that I will go into more detail on later (on my way out to "Coffee Club" or a group of us who get together every Friday night over our love of coffee).

One thing I love to do is give back to those who either helped me or had a positive impact on me somehow. In my high school years, Gregory the Great Academy came at about the right time in my life. No, I was not a student here (as one click on the link will tell you that it is an all male Catholic boarding school) but I did take part in a production they needed a female actress for (a connection I acquired through my voice teacher at the time).
As I said, I will go into more detail at a later time, but my experience with these guys was extremely positive at a time when I really needed it.

For now, please check out their crowd-sourcing campaign and website and see what they are about. :)

Gregory the Great School: Restoring the Art of Education Indiegogo Page

Gregory the Great Academy Website

SIDE NOTE: In my novel series, The Birthrite Series, the church that the Blakes attend in the story was named after this school. :)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CD REVIEW: Lawrence C. Connolly's "Veins"

I had the pleasure of meeting critically-acclaimed author and Bram Stoker Award Nominee (nominated alongside Stephen King, I'd both men are in good company), Lawrence C Connolly at the Horror Realm Spring Massacre and was fortunate to obtain a copy of his CD, "Veins" for review and to also hear his more musical side.

I will begin by saying that the "Veins" CD was written as a compliment to his novel of the same title. The six tracks are all soundscapes inspired by the story, along with two Bonus tracks.

I will first give a brief summary of Veins without giving too much away (you all need to buy the book...it's worth it).  Veins tells the story of four crooks fleeing from what could be 'the perfect crime' into the Pennsylvania highlands.  As they flee in their black Mustang, they are being pursued by a tattooed madman whose goal is to see that they are dead.  The driver of the car, a boy named Axle, knows the land well and can lead the group to an ideal hideout.  The hideout Axle has in mind is the crater of an abandoned mine.  But as ideal as the hiding place is, it is also a place of fear for Axle as he can recall terrible things that occurred there.  Things he would like to forget.  Then enters Kwertis, a nightflyer and specter from Axle's ancestral past.  Axle, his partners in crime, and their pursuer soon come to discover that their arrival at the mine is far from being an accident...

The first track, "Axle Rising," opens with remnants of Pink Floyd, The Cure, hints of 60s psychedelic, and a large dosing of Love Spirals Downward.  Like the "Veins" novel, the CD takes the listener away to another world, another dimension, another terrain.  Each of the six songs ("Axle Rising," "Something in the Darkness," "Opening the Veins,""68 Fastback," "Downhill Run," and "Spirit Wind") make a smooth transition from one to other, almost as though it were just one, ongoing song.  The music itself can take the listener on a journey of being headed toward a certain impending doom while being unable or unwilling to stop.  Almost as though that impending doom is a peaceful one of sorts (I highly suggest listening to this when out for a long, scenic drive).

Connolly and his band demonstrate superb musicianship and the entire CD is very well-done, to say the least.  The lineup consists of Connolly on rhythm, lead, and Ebow guitars and Duane Davis on bass, drums, and synth percussions.  Lauren Connelly makes a guest appearance adding some (beautiful) vocals to "Axle Rising", with Lee McGinn appearing on drums, and Al Snyder on keyboards for the same track.  All compositions were written by Lawrence C. Connelly with executive producer, W.H. Horner.

The CD also includes two Bonus tracks, "Aberrations" and "Echos", both of which are spoken word over music and/or sound foley art.  And "Echos" definitely scores a couple brownie points with me for making it's debut appearance to the public in Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Magazine in February of 1983.

Needless to say, I not only highly recommend the "Veins" soundtrack, but the book as well!

Check out more of Lawrence C. Connolly at
Lawrence C. Connolly Official Website
Veins the Novel

Buy his books and music:
Lawrence C. Connolly Books
Lawrence C. Connolly Music

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Parting of Veils Webzine

Hey all!

New content is up at my recently launched webzine, The Parting of Veils.

Many who read this blog know that I do like to delve into historical topics as well as the occasional urban legend and folklore. The Parting of Veils is an outlet in which I can delve even further. :)

Now as for this blog, I'm going to be finishing reorganizing and doing a little 'spring cleaning' on it. I also will have photos and video footage from filming my part in the movie "Check Mate" and a couple book reviews this week.

But in the meantime, check out The Parting of Veils. :)


Friday, April 17, 2015

New Book Released!

Hey all,

New book released! It is my part in the One Emma Way short series in which I and four other authors are involved. Mine is the fourth installment and it consists of my stories "Snowflakes" and "Roommates." And check out the first three installments by G. Richard Sterling, Gene A. Ritz, and Carol Martin. Available at Amazon and Smashwords.

If you happen to live in, or visit the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, you won’t find a house at One Emma Way; it doesn’t exist in reality. It does, however in the minds of five independent authors (one being author G. Richard Sterling) that came together to weave their respective, fictional stories about a special, prominent feature of the old house-the grand, bay window that peers down from the hillside at the Pittsburgh skyline. Some of the stories are fictional throughout, others are based on actual places, or true events for the time period, with fictional characters experiencing fictional trials and tribulations. Some are uplifting, some not; some are believable, some, well, you’ll have to use your imagination. All however, are entertaining and interesting. By the time you are finished reading this compilation of short stories about #1 Emma Street, we believe you will be asking yourself—what if houses could speak?
In this Book 4, Tiffany Apan offers two short stories that delve into the supernatural, one titled Snowflakes and the other called Roommates. One is a rather heart-warming story about a little boy who gets his Christmas wish, and the other about a young college co-ed who ends up with a rather unusual roommate situation.

Features an introduction by Gene A. Ritz and prologue by George Oesterling.

Check out Books 1, 2, and 3 of the One Emma Way Series, also available from authors G. Richard Sterling, Gene A. Ritz, and Carol Martin.

Available at Smashwords and Amazon

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cliff Hanger Endings?

A positive response from a reader currently in the middle of Descent, basically stating that she doesn't typically read fiction, but she's finding the story and characters engaging. :)

Now to answer a question I'm getting asked from people who are interested in starting the series but are hoping that they won't be getting "endings that leave the readers hanging."
I will answer that by stating that one of my biggest pet peeves with series IS when an author does that. An example would be as follows:

"Person A has Person B hanging over a cliff. Person B looks down into the ravine that is over one hundred feet below him. As he contemplates the drop while struggling, his fingers start to slip... THE END!! And by the way, you will have to wait until this time NEXT YEAR to find out what happens bitches!!!"

Yes, The Birthrite Series​ is that, a series. However, with every book -whether it's novel length, a novella, novelette, or a short - I try and write them as if they were stand alones. Meaning that there is at least some form of resolve at the end (even if that resolve is just temporary). I do like readers to leave the book knowing that at least for the time being, all will get by. I'm also trying my best to write and release the books as closely together as possible while still assuring a good read.

Hope that helps. :) Now, for a shameless plug: get the first parts of the series at my website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, and - by the end of the month - the series will also be starting to appear in a few independent brick and mortar bookstores. :)


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Steven Till's "Shuffle"

Hey all,

Hope everyone is enjoying lovely spring weather (albeit a little rainy in at least my area).

I met author, Steven Till at the Horror Realm Convention last month and snagged a copy of his book, Shuffle. It is a zombie story, but he takes a really cool and unique approach.

Definitely check it out:

The eleven-year-old girl stood on the summit of Mount Washington, overlooking downtown Pittsburgh. She clutched her blood-soaked teddy bear in her right hand as she chewed. The city was ablaze in napalm fire. Gunshots rang out as soldiers struggled to fend off the growing horde of undead. Sunshine took another bite. Bridges collapsed as the military tried in vain to contain the outbreak. After countless millennia of waiting, her time had finally come. The girl took one last bite from the severed arm that she clutched with her left hand and dropped it atop the dead soldier who lay at her feet. Turning away from the ruined city, she faced her undead brood. Tens of thousands of monsters awaited her command. Her lips pulled back in a bloody grin as she walked into the mouth of Hell itself.
All will be judged. All will be punished. All will be lost…

Available in ebook and paperback at Amazon

Hopefully I will be back with regular blogposts this coming week. I've been trying to meet deadlines for three short stories and am prepping to film a scene for a movie this weekend. But I do miss blogging and I have a lot to say; therefore I hope to resume much sooner than later. :)

Talk to you all soon.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

RIP Robert Z'Dar

Hi everyone,

I found out the news last night about Robert Z'Dar's (of Manic Cop and Tango and Cash) passing. When I interviewed him for The Underworld TV a couple years ago at the International Indie Gathering, he was very sweet and an awesome person to meet. I also got to me in a film with him too.

As a little tribute, here is my interview with him at the 2012 Indie Gathering, where he was also inducted into the Indie Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Paperback copies of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and Sacred Atonement:Novelette (The Birthrite Series, # 1.5) available together for the low price of $12.00 for a limited time at my Official Website

My music projects are available at CDBaby
My filmwork is on IMDb

"The Birthrite Series" and other books at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK
 My books and music are also on Amazon and iTunes
Tiffany on Goodreads
Support great authors and independent bookstores at Smashwords and Indiebound