IndieWritersReview’s Spotlight! A Light in the Darkness by Lisa A. Sniderman(Review)


Hey guys! I’m excited that IndieWritersReview is hosting A Light in the Darkness by awarding winning musician, playwright, author Lisa A. Sniderman (Aoede). I give my thoughts below on her new release!

 

When the music changesso does the dance”  African proverb

A Light in the Darkness

by Lisa A. Sniderman

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In 2008, singer-songwriter Lisa Sniderman was living the dream in California. As Aoede, the Muse of Song, her star as a gifted recording artist was rising fast. Lisa’s quirky folk-pop performance style electrified audiences up and down the West Coast, and the albums just kept flowing. But just when her career was rocketing skyward, a health crisis brought all of her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating immune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams, new songs, and new opportunities. Lisa’s story is for you if you seek strength, new inspiration, hope, joy, healing, and if you or someone you love struggle with a chronic illness, disability, or unexpected life events. Her insights and reflections on her journey inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you.

PRAISE FOR A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

“Chronic illness challenges us in so many ways, but need not define who we are and what we have to offer. Sniderman is an inspiration. Her memoir provides an honest window into the power of the human spirit through real life examples and wisdom to reimagine what is possible.”
— Keith W. L. Rafal, MD, MPH, Founder of Our Heart Speaks, http://www.ourheartspeaks.org

“Caring for a son with Juvenile dermatomyositis, I was overcome with the truth and rawness (and tears) of Sniderman’s moving story. Her words are uplifting, compelling, engaging, and illuminating for anyone living with chronic illness and for those who love them.”
— Shannon Malloy, Cure JM Foundation

“Sniderman shares valuable wisdom in her open and honest account about overcoming the adversity of living with a chronic illness. A truly inspirational story of the healing power of music and creativity and finding your true purpose.”
— Tom Willner, cancer survivor and author of Having A Ball At Thirty

“A personal and poignant meditation on healing and hope. Sniderman’s brilliant account will surely enlarge empathy, so that more can understand what it means to live with and triumph over struggles.”
— Kabir Sehgal, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and Grammy Award winner

“As a former psychological counselor, poet, and mother of a child with Juvenile Myositis, I am thrilled by Lisa’s book. Her story of both living with a chronic illness and finding ways to harness and express her talents to encourage and inspire others is a gift. I know many kids and adults will not only resonate with her story but will be uplifted by it and will find ways to let ‘their lights shine’ too. This is an important and necessary story, not just for people with Dermatomyositis, but for anyone who struggles with, or loves someone with a chronic illness.”
— Suzanne Edison, MA, MFA, Cure JM Board of Directors

“Sniderman’s ability to overcome impossible obstacles is nothing short of miraculous. Her positive outlook on life and remarkable passion for the arts has truly helped in her recovery. I highly recommend reading A Light in the Darkness. You will find it to be a transformative experience.”
— Tim Battersby, Grammy nominee and novelist

“Lisa Sniderman’s inspiring life lessons portray the story of struggle, relentless determination and perseverance, leading to her success lifting herself up. Her artistic life is an inspiration to others and an encouraging testament to never giving up in this beautiful universe to make the best out of this life despite challenges.”
— Rupam Sarmah Music Director, composer, filmmaker

 

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A Light in the Darkness by the awarding winning musician, playwright, author Lisa A. Sniderman, (Aoede) inspired warring emotions within me as I read. I alternated between joy and tears! Ms. Sniderman gives her personal journey on living with the effects of Dermatomyositis, a muscle disease, and inflammation response to cell damage. She starts with her personal philosophy of setting goals, visions and creating opportunities to realize her dreams, and giving it all she has in the pursuit of those dreams. So when diagnosed with DM she explains how she had to adapt to a “new normal” of doctor’s visits, drug therapies and increasing fear and doubt of whether she will be able to continue being all that she could in her daily life and career. But she persevered and with the support of family, friends and those in her network, Ms. Sniderman continued to set and achieve her dreams.

I believe that everyone comes to a point where he/she may hit a wall. Going after dreams takes courage and when those achievements aren’t happening the way one might envision, it’s easy to want to give up. But when reading A Light in the Darkness, and reading the story of someone who refused to give up on being who she always meant to be, no matter the limitations in body or the doubts in her mind. It inspires the reader to take that next step and keep moving. It inspires the reader not to give up. It inspires the reader to be brave in the pursuit of the life they desire and the pursuit of who they want to be. I am grateful to Ms. Sniderman for sharing her journey and being an inspiration to those who may be dealing with the same challenge physically, as well as being an inspiration to all readers who may need encouragement not to give up on their dreams.

I fully recommend A Light in the Darkness as a must to be read and to share with those who could use a little inspiration and hope!

IndieWritersReview’s Spotlight! Kadupul Cover and Trailer Reveal!


Hello guys! Well here’s something a little different at IndieWritersReview. Today’s spotlight is on a short independent film called Kadupul produced by 4CWMedia Production, BRJproductions and cinematography by Luz Pictura Productions which releases on July 24th 2018! Take a peek at the poster and trailer below! Stay connected and leave a like for updates on events, releases and giveaways at 4CWMedia Productions on Face Book

What’s it about?

Summary: Short term memory loss and an inability to look at herself in mirrors or old pictures; this is College Sophomore Klarissa Bloom’s life after surviving a physical assault in her freshman year. However, she’s now determined to prove to her parents that she can handle her return to school.

But recovery is not a straight path, it’s one with dips and twists. A journey, not a final destination.  With the help of her friends,Ravyen, Xander and Julian, Klarissa finds strength to identify with her passion for dance, not the assault…

But will she be able to pick up the picture and see who she was before, while trying to build a life that’s new?

KADUPUL

Let Your Passion Define You

Release date July 24th!

Produced by 4CWMedia Productions and BRJProductions

Cinematography by Luz Pictura Productions

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IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday Spotlight!


Happy Monday Guys! Got a new music spotlight for you! Today’s feature is  Atella – The Monster from EskimoRecordings@Atellatweets

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Out now. Buy here: https://itunes.apple.com/be/album/the… Vinyl: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/atella… Early support from Tensnake, The Aston Shuffle, Satin Jackets, NTEIBINT, Eelke Kleijn & more. We fell in love with Norwegian Atella after hearing just a few notes. With her enchanting voice, Kristiane lures you into a dreamlike state and lets you experience the seductive sound of Atella’s electronic pop music. ‘The Monster’ is their impressive first output and leaves us hungry for more. London based electronic soul music duo Stubborn Heart, signed to One Little Indian, seemed perfect to add breaks and bass to ‘The Monster’.

We are big fans of their debut album (which was crowned Album Of The Year at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2013), imagine how excited we were about their contribution. Xinobi, who runs the Discotexas label with Moullinex, recently did remarkable remixes for Agnes Obel and John Grant. His taste in music is rather eclectic, as are his productions. He strips Atella’s original to its core, leaving only the vocals behind. His rework is built around an uplifting piano lick and a ridiculously funky bassline. From Portugal with love.

The Monster is taken from ‘The Blue Collection’, the second installment in a new compilation series on Eskimo based around colours. It’s the follow-up to last year’s lauded ‘The Pink Collection’.

 

TRACKLIST 1. Atella – The Monster 2. Atella – The Monster (Stubborn Heart Remix) 3. Atella – The Monster (Xinobi Remix) Video credits: Director – Chris Ullens Black and White illustratior – Bill Porter Black and White illustration assistant – Dace Brakmane Colour illustratiors – Chris Ullens & Bill Porter Final compositing – Bill Porter http://www.facebook.com/atellamusic http://soundcloud.com/atella http://www.facebook.com/eskimorecordings http://www.eskimorecordings.be http://www.newsrecords.be/ http://www.facebook.com/NEWSrecords

IndieWritersReview’s Spotlight! Paradise Dreams by J Hale Turner!


Happy Wednesday All! Today IndieWriterseview is hosting Paradise Dreams by the very talented Inspirational Romance Author J Hale Turner!

Paradise Dreams

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Book Summary: Melanie Harris returns to the United States after recuperating from a tumultuous marriage, to care for her aging parents and maintain her writing career. During a visit to New York she is robbed, and before her attacker can pursue his other interest in her, Melanie is rescued by a handsome stranger. In the ensuring chaos, they are separated, leaving her to wonder if she will ever see him again.

Kendall Myers, handsome bachelor and owner of the fabulous White Sands Villas in Ocho Rios, spends life focusing on his work, his precocious eleven-year-old daughter, and his doting Aunt Beth. While in New York on business, he rescues a beautiful woman from a robbery, but before he can learn her name, she runs away, puzzling both Kendall and the police.

Paradise Dreams offers readers an inside view of two people who learn that it takes endurance, patience and forgiveness to regain faith in opening one’s heart to love.

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

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J Hale Turner, Fiction Writer for Family Enjoyment, has published seven books with new releases in the works for 2018.

She reissued romance novel, PARADISE DREAMS, under her label, JHT Books. It will also serve as forerunner for her new releases. She thanks her readers for their patience “and hope the wait will be worth it.”

Ms. Turner’s works include books for children and adult reading. BRIANNA’S DOLPHINS, is planned to be released this summer for young readers.  That being said, her stories are considered to be wholesome and clean, with lots of drama/suspense.

She continues to encourage family time for reading. Her belief is that family reading prompts questions and answers “and draws family closer through patience and motivational interactions.”

Updates will be announced on her website, http://www.jhaleturner.com, her YouTube vblogs, Facebook and Goodreads.

 

EXCERPT:

Melanie’s stomach rumbled as a reminder that she had missed breakfast and lunch.   Perhaps a bag of nabs would carry her over.  She released a sigh of relief when she spotted an ATM machine outside a nearby bank.

She entered the building’s side alcove, swiped her card, and awaited the cash.  In an instant, her face was rammed against the cold stone wall and the breath knocked out of her.

 

Her hands pulled behind her, rendered her helpless.  Melanie’s dulled senses finally started to clear, and she screamed.

“Shut up or I’ll cut your throat,” he threatened with a raspy voice, then rammed her against the machine.  He pried her money from her clutched hands.  She didn’t care.

Her attacker wanted more.  She felt him groping at her body.

Sudden desire for survival took over and she fought back.   Melanie forced another scream in the struggle, then instantly she felt his muscled frame move away.

In the midst of the madness, Melanie heard another man’s voice and a strange grunt that followed.  Her legs gave way as she slowly slid down, braced by a pair of strong arms.

Disoriented, Melanie struggled to gather her bearings.  Renewed, she screamed and fought harder against her attacker.

“It’s alright, it’s alright. He can’t hurt you anymore, Miss.  I’m here to help you.”  The deep mellow voice poured over her like warm brandy.  Her eyes closed as tears streamed down her face.  Her body trembled as she allowed the kind stranger to straighten her should bag and return her scattered money to her trembling hands.

He removed his leather gloves and gently lifted her chin to examine her face.

“You need to have that looked at.  That’s a nasty scrape.”

The moment their eyes linked, Melanie felt another collapse coming from the intensity of his chocolate brown eyes laced with coal black lashes women vied for.

He protectively held her in one arm while he flipped out his cell and dialed the police with his free hand.  She felt safe.

The clean scent of his aftershave sent her thoughts reeling.   She did not want him to let go.

He held on to her until her trembling subsided, seemingly unaware of the effect he had on her.  His body felt strong beneath his camel hair coat.

She regretted his release.  Gaining her balance, she recognized her would-be attacker, slumped over and semi-conscious.  She gasped.

“He’s okay, jut resting until the police get here,” he said as if it was nothing, giving her a mischievous grin that made her heart skip a beat.

“And I’ll be happy to press charges.”

As he was escorting her out of the alcove, they saw blue uniforms approaching.  Of all things, so were the media, huddling around a loudmouth advocate against the bank’s haphazard location for the ATMs endangering the college community and surrounding businesses.

Her eyes darted around her.  The curious crowd of onlookers increased as did her fear of being questioned and recognized.  She relished her anonymity in the Big Apple.  This is not the time for media exposure—not again.  Did she not escape public humiliation to recover from her horrendous marriage, to heal and start life anew?

As the police approached, her handsome rescuer asked her to stay put as he walked toward the police, but she saw it as her chance to escape.

She slithered through curious glances until she was down the block.  At a safe distance, Melanie turned around hoping for the last look at her gallant black knight.

He stood tall and confident among the gathering crowd of spectators while the officers stood over the dazed assailant.  Just a glance at the tall figure stirred emotions she had willed dormant and forgotten.

Melanie watched his puzzled face search the onlookers and the street.  She ducked.  Her heart raced and tugged interchangeably.  She dreaded her cowardly flight, but could not risk being discovered.

Quickly, she headed around the corner and hailed a cab.

“Just my stupid luck,” she muttered.  Welcome to the Big Apple, kiddo.  Your first day back to your hometown and you get mugged, meet your prince charming and lose him all in a few minutes.

Nerves frayed, she searched in her bag for her cell.  Her attorney was in court, but her attorney’s assistant, Lill, immediately accepted her call.  Melanie rambled incoherently about her attack and gave the bank’s name and location.  She was assured immediate action would follow and advised not to worry and to see medical attention.

Lill’s compassionate voice helped ease a bit of Melanie’s angst before she disconnected.  She leaned back against the leather seat in the back of the cab and took deep breaths.  Her head pounded, and her body ached even more.  This wasn’t how her visit was supposed to end—to be driven into the sunset, leaving the man of her dreams behind.

 

 

Happy Reading Guys!

 

IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday Spotlight! Destiny · Lucy Monciel · Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi


Happy Monday All! Welcome to another Music Monday! Today the spotlight is on Singer/Songwriter Lucy Monciel and  award winning Musician/Media Producer Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi and their newest release Destiny!

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 Lucy Monciellucy

 Lucy wants to live in a world filled with classical and exotic instruments brought together by a perpetual ocean breeze. She believes in old values and the freedom to make the world a happy and palpitating place for everyone.

Lucy Monciel is a new singer songwriter from Romania that loves to mix pop genre with music influences from around the glob. She doesn’t commit to a single country, as Lucy believes in the universality of the music, in its power to educate, touch and change hearts. That is also the direction of her music.

Lucy began her music career in Romania at 9 years old where she performed on several occasions covers for school events in Italian, German, English and Romanian. Her taste in music was largely influenced by her exposure to Italian, French, British And Romanian classical and pop culture as well as Asian instrumental music. Later on she moved to America for advanced studies in Business. Here she had the opportunity to perform live with several bands popular songs of pop-rock genre in various local pubs of LA. While looking for her style and trademark, Lucy developed a passion for songwriting. In order to pursue her music dreams, she pursued music studies at MI and is working on her new EP “360 Shades of Blue”.

She released her first “Tahitian Blue” in October 2015 to celebrate the analogy between extreme surfing and love. Her inspiration was the most dangerous wave in world Teohihuapu located in Tahiti and the island culture.

 

Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi

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2017 World Beat Artist of the Year by The Akademia Music Awards winner.

The Iranian award winning Musician/Media Producer Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi – born in Tehran in 1986 – discovered his passion of music at very early ages. He was eight years old when he started learning music and playing Santoor (Iranian Traditional Instrument) and immediately showed a specific fondness and talents for music composition, audio recording and being creative as he recorded five patents and several prizes of invention and innovation related festivals up to age of 18.

At the age of 18 he started his higher education in four different fields. Information Technology as his academic major, Music Composition, Sound Engineering and Video Production. He graduated from Southern Cross University of Australia in Computer Engineering and completed two master degrees in Information Systems and Visual Arts at Eastern Mediterranean University. He also had successful activities in Media, Music and Sound Engineering with famous orchestras like Hoora Guitar Orchestra and Violet Symphonic Orchestra in Iran.

In 2008 he established Elec-Arts Center in Iran and started to teach computer music production beside providing the audio studio equipment and studio setting up.

In 2010 he immigrated to Cyprus to continue his education. During his master course he improved immensely and became one of the university’s media producers beside the university’s Press and TV. By studying in a multicultural academic environment at Cyprus and observing different people with different cultures and skills, he planed to create a media program in an artistic form with participation of people from different nationalities to share the arts and skills. The result was establishing Inter-Continental Concerts Organization and the 1st Inter-Continental Concert on May 2012.

Up till now (2016), he produced several concerts as well as publishing two music albums (The Journey and Cyprus Lives) with award winning music tracks which were successful from the generous participation of a large number of international people from East-Asia to Mediterranean Rim and Africa who cooperated in writing, creating, playing and producing the pieces.

Currently he is the Music Composer and Producer of Inter-Continental Concerts which is a multicultural multimedia production organization in United States. You can follow his activities on the other pages of this website either IntercontinentalConcerts.org .

 

IndieWritersReview’s Friday in Film: Amazon Studio’s Announcement


Okay soooo on Fridays  I’m looking to share some awesome Independent films and/or Independent Film News! Well as of last Friday April 13th 2018, Amazon Studio announced their decision to no longer accept script submissions!

In an email announcement, the company did announce alternative resources to screenwriters to get their films shown and still make connections! So don’t lose heart, keep going for that dream to get your story to screen!:)

Make sure to check out   Withoutabox.com and IMDbPro (Both owned by Amazon)

Until next time, have a great day…because you deserve it!:)

 

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Amazon Studios
As we have grown and evolved over the last several years, we are making changes to our website and closing our open call for script and concept submissions. As of April 13, 2018, we are no longer accepting submissions. Submissions received will continue to be reviewed and evaluated by Amazon Studios and will be available on our website until June 30, 2018. Thank you all for your contributions.
Amazon Studios Team
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the open call for submissions ending?
At Amazon we are always reinventing ourselves and looking for ways to become even more efficient and while we will no longer accept new submissions, there are other options.
I have a script, mini-bible, or video that I was not able to submit, what are my next steps?
While we will no longer accept new submissions, there are other options.
What happens to the scripts, mini-bibles, or videos I have submitted?
We will evaluate and respond to all submissions. All submissions on your profile will be available for viewing, rating, or downloading until June 30, 2018.
What happens after June 30, 2018?
Submissions will no longer be available for viewing, rating, or downloading after June 30, 2018.
What will happen to Storybuilder?
Storybuilder is still available for customers.
What will happen to Storywriter?
Storywriter is still available to customers in web browser, but will no longer accept script submissions.

IndieWritersReview Spotlights Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western (The Adventures of Bodacious Creed Book 1)


Hello guys check out this awesome read, Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western from SteamPunk Author Jonathan Fesmire! Also make sure to head over and support Jonathan’s Kickstarter program which all support would help Bodacious Creed and the Frisco Syndicate (Bk#2) come to print!

 

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U.S. Marshal James Creed has known loss, starting from the untimely death of his wife and daughter in a sudden fire. His work, chasing down and arresting outlaws across the Wild West, is all he has left to live for. Then one day, in 1876, the infamous killer Corwin Blake catches Creed by surprise and guns him down.

Creed awakes after a mysterious young woman resurrects him in a basement laboratory beneath a brothel. Half alive, Creed feels torn between his need for justice and his desire to fall back into the peace of death. Creed’s instincts drive him to protect the city of Santa Cruz, California, from the outlaws it harbors while searching for Blake.

He uncovers a secret criminal organization, likely protecting Blake, determined to use resurrection technology for its own ends. The former marshal, now faster, stronger, and a more deadly shot than ever before, must work with a brothel madam, a bounty hunter, and the remaining marshals to uncover the criminal syndicate before they can misuse the machines of rebirth and create more mindless zombies. Meanwhile, he must also stop Blake, before the outlaw kills the only people he cares about.

His own death can wait.

 

ABOUT Jonathan

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Jonathan Fesmire lives in sunny Southern California with his son. His writes “The Wild Steampunk Blog,” located on his website, https://www.jonathanfesmire.com/. It covers steampunk, writing, art, and related topics, and also has many interviews with people prominent in the steampunk community.

Contact: Website