November, 2011

“The Cinderella Chronicles” Story Contribution by Guest Author Alexandria Altman

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Altman Speaks out on Her new Novel Trilogy and the already amazing success she is having,…”I am overwhelmed” the author says when she is asked about it, not that it is flying off the shelves or off the internet, but so few really know about it as of yet , It has only been out in Hardback less than 30days and out on Kindle about 45 days….and for the time it has been out, it is selling, on it’s own it seems to have it’s own special angels wings……

Just in the last two weeks their has been Hollywood Press all over it. being compared to Twilight,

“It is crazy when I think about the merchandise in the works fro the Cinderella Chronicles Trilogy,…some of the major players in this field whom are making the dolls that Look so much like me, it seems so surreal yet so odd, and normal at same time, we have over 50 pieces that are in the works, from sport drinks to energy drinks to clothing toys etc…”

“As I speak with Joseph, and was interviewed here in his magazine in September, things have come along way…,” (more…)

“Friends for Life” by Guest Author Arthur Davis

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Guest Author Arthur Davis

You had to be there. Lorraine Cassidy was. At five foot-two and a hundred and six pounds, the brown-eyed Cincinnati nurse with a penchant for Bakelite bracelets watched Hector Ramarez gun down his brother in the alleyway that lead to the courtyard separating their buildings.

She wasn’t the only one who heard the muffled pistol shot, just the only one who responded by vomiting up her dinner. It was not that she was more sensitive or curious than most. She had already passed her quota of violence at precisely three-nineteen in the afternoon when a woman was carried into the emergency room screaming and cursing and, oblivious to the handle of a nine-inch hunting knife protruding from her right side. This was a neighborhood where screams and arguments and threats built up after dusk and reached a crescendo by midnight, and were unrelenting on weekends. There was no point in clocking the hellish environment where the Ramarez brothers tried to eke out a living off of stolen cars and sometimes a little grander enterprise.

Lorraine Cassidy witnessed more than a murder that night. She would be witness to the end of her own life. Of course, she could not know that at the time. The horror of working in the emergency room at Oakdale Hospital for three years and in a trauma ward in her previous job had inured her to the most horrific possibilities life could conjure. After a point, as one of her friends said after joining the trauma team, “you just stop thinking and feeling and set your brain on automatic. You switch off when you get there and switch back on when you leave.’” (more…)

“Norseman on the Threshold” by Guest Author Glenn James

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Author Glenn James

Guest Author Glenn James

An attempted burglary at the ancient Worcester Cathedral results in two very curious and disturbing discoveries: One of the intruders is found in a fathomless coma before the great East Doors, and a curious and disturbing book is discovered close to the tomb of the notorious Plantagenet Monarch, wicked King John…. Unfortunately this is just the start of a series of shocking and unprecedented haunting’s, whose cause go back a very long way indeed…..

Part Two: Books and Bindings

By Glenn James © Copyright Glenn James 2011

When Tracey Trancey was found in an unconscious state, below the great East doors of Worcester Cathedral early in the morning by a shocked Verger, he made an uncannily intuitive leap in the dark that something must be amiss.  He had just found the scattered crowbars, torch, and levers down by King John’s Tomb, and quickly putting two and two together he made a quick search of the perimeter of the building.  He didn’t expect to find the perpetrator lying in such a mangled state right under the great East window, and was on his mobile to the old bill before he thought to check her pulse.  When he rather shamefacedly thought to do so, he found she was dead to the world, and anxiously informing the constabulary about the situation he half ran, half walked back to the Verger’s Office, where his news bulletin caused considerable consternation and much dropping of digestives into hot tea.

The rather sinister little book, with it’s deeply embossed skin covering, was not immediately noticed amongst the scattered tools, and went unregarded for some time. It bided it’s time quietly. (more…)

“Season of Drake” by Guest Author David Rhodes – Part 2

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Guest Author David Rhodes

Guest Author David Rhodes

Had there not been a screen on his mother’s bedroom window, Thad would have been even more startled than he had been at what he saw there. In fact, for a little while he had been downright frightened, his heart flip-flopping as he walked into that room and flicked on the light. The blinds were raised, the window slid open, and on the other side of the window was a face staring into the room. It was void of any facial hair, and one of the first things Thad noticed was how pale it looked. The man’s eyes (for it was obviously a man) were wide and moist, unblinking, and the mouth was slightly open, revealing slender teeth.

Thad barely had time to react before the face was swallowed up by the night, and although the window was open, the face was gone without a single minute sound. No footsteps, or rustling through the grass on the side of the house. He did not even see which way it had gone.

Thad jumped back into the hall, out of sight of the window. Heart pumping double-time, breathing as if he had just ran a long distance race – he managed a peek around the doorway, and saw nothing in the window. The intruder had not returned. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Actress Emma Zerner

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Headshot by Michael Maples

TAEM- Our magazine is currently running an exciting new comedy Web Series titled ‘Pink Slip’, produced by Muriel Campbell. Muriel is the wife of famed producer Robert F. Campbell, who produced many of the ‘Law & Order: SVU’ programs that we have watched on television. We have also interviewed Robert in one of our past issues.

We would like to present a multi-talented actress who stars in the web series and can be seen regularly in the Web Series section of our magazine. Emma Zerner is not only a budding actress, but is also a well known model. Emma, when did you first begin your modeling career?

EZ- I first started my modeling career in 2009! I had always wanted to do fashion shows, and had dreams of walking the catwalk, showcasing designers’ creations, but I just didn’t know how to get started. A few years before that, I had done some smaller shoots from LA based beauty schools, modeling the students hair and makeup creations. It wasn’t until 2009, I did my first fashion show, which was for Bright Lights LA, and I got the chance to model brands Finn Apparel and Dawning of Our Lives Denim. I was so excited, it was like a dream come true! From there,  I got my first fashion show shots, and started to get numerous fashion shows back to back. I ended up doing Official LA Fashion Week in 2010 for the Millinery Guild (couture hats), both in March and October. (more…)

“The Plains of Lhee” by Guest Poet John Taylor

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Guest Poet John Taylor; Photo credit Chris Daw

For many years I traveled far upon a ship of sleep,

My body ageless, kept alive,

While I in conscious dreams survived,

My destination distant stars,

I rode upon a wave of hope and left a dying Earth.

 

Aeons passed as if in days as I in perfect slumber lay

Yet finally my vessel stayed,

Orbiting a yellow globe,

The seventh round a seventh star,

A soulless, barren, deathless world –

For what place can there be for Death

Where there is naught to die? (more…)

A Collection of Short Poems from Guest Poet Jackie Summers

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
The Bouquet

She was petal soft,
and slender stem of green,
Rooted in the earth
beside a flowing stream,
Blushing Bride and Queens Lace, all
blowing in the breeze..
A Willow softly weeping,
A soldiers call to arms,
All joined in the courtship
to the girl who picked them all.
Her basket overflowing
made posies for the masses,
and along the banks of Kingdoms,
a trampled field of grasses.Cat
7-3-11

 

The Locket
I snipped a tress of golden hair
And framed it near a picture dear,
Engraved upon the case the date,
And strung a chain around it’s fate..This tarnished love – a prison makes..
The case now worn,
The date misplaced,
A faded image,
A golden lock,The missing link.Cat
7-25-11

Guest Poet Jackie Summers

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“Sinister Justice” by Guest Author Andrew Owens

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Guest Author Andrew Owens

Opening my eyes I saw what appeared to be a collage of newspaper clippings stuck to the ceiling. The words seemed all but a blur as my eyes strained to focus in the dim light about the room. Perhaps it was because my mind also felt in a haze and perhaps that is why it took me more than a minute to register my surroundings and the restraints binding me.

I tried to sit up and quickly discovered that I was unable. My outstretched arms were bound with handcuffs to the wooden board beneath me and the best I could manage with my legs was to bend my knees as I realised that my ankles had been tightly secured together with leather straps.

Where am I? Why am I here? Oh no, please!

“Help! Help! Somebody! Anybody! Help!” I yelled wriggling upon the makeshift table constraining me.

“No one can hear you, Mr. Wilson. No one at all, apart from me that is,” a soft voice stated from the shadows shrouding the thin figure sat in the corner of the room in the direction of my feet. The indistinguishable stranger stood up and slowly walked towards me. I could not make out her appearance but I knew that my captor was female. (more…)

“Finding El Salvador” by Guest Author Jesse Langley

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Guest Author Jesse Langley

I woke up late with the sun streaming through my bedroom window and setting off an internal panic alarm somewhere in the vicinity of last night’s pancakes.  I was halfway into a pair of chinos and shrugging into a wrinkled blazer while stuffing my feet into penny loafers when I realized it was Saturday.  I wasn’t late to class after all, but I was up entirely too early for a Saturday morning.  I looked over at my alarm clock.  8:15. I glanced past the alarm clock briefly and considered my rumpled memory foam mattress longingly.  But the panic of thinking I was late for class had already jumpstarted a three-coffee equivalent of adrenaline in my system.  Going back to bed would be useless.  I grabbed a scarf out of the hall closet and went into the kitchen to inspect the coffee situation.  There was still half a pot of yesterday’s French roast sitting cold on the counter so I poured a full mug and gulped it down before heading out into a nearly empty campus. (more…)

“Dimensions, Light and Whimsy” by Guest Poet Candice James

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

DIMENSIONS,  LIGHT AND WHIMSY

Candice James

Copyright 2010

 

I’m sitting outside on a cool balmy night

And pondering the science and laws of light

The glow on the horizon is a sizzling twinkle

And I’m wond’ring about a space time wrinkle (more…)

Bonzai, the Dragon Slayer by Guest Author Paul DeThroe

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Guest Author Paul DeThroe

Bonzai was a twelve year old boy with an active, some would say, wild imagination.  Where others saw only the typical, he saw the fantastic.  He had no friends to speak of, no siblings and he was a latchkey kid, meaning his parents were always at work when he got home from school.  Even worse for him, his parents usually worked late, so Bonzai was alone most of the time.  He lived in a house that was remotely hidden in the woods.  It was a beautiful house that sat at the end of a long driveway, far away from neighbors and hence, any other children.  He spent most of his time playing games by himself in his imaginary world.

His father, who was a businessman, would often tell Bonzai that he should put his imagination to good use by being artistic; creating music or writing.  Bonzai would just laugh at his dad and go back into his own little world.  His only ambition had always been to become a dragon slayer.  The problem with that was that dragons had been extinct for many centuries.  But he wouldn’t let that stop him; he would just create his own dragons.

He felt most at home amongst the trees that surrounded his house and his world.  Pine trees were castles to Bonzai, especially the ones that had huge limbs that drooped all the way to the ground and could easily hide him from his enemies and his parents.  Willow trees were his fortresses, for the same reason.  Oak trees would play the role of evil dragons.  They were the biggest, strongest trees in his yard and therefore presented the biggest challenge for him.  Fallen limbs from the “dragon” oak trees would serve as his swords.  They were strong enough to handle the constant abuse that he put upon them by bashing them into the dragon trees without splintering like the easily broken pine limbs or the too limber willow branches.  (more…)

Travel Time with Roger Tweed: Las Vegas and Yosemite – Part I

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Travel Time with Roger Tweed

Subject: Las Vegas and Yosemite – Part I

In mid-September  I flew to Las Vegas on the first leg of a trip that would take me to Yosemite National Park for the first time. The group that had hiked through Glacier National Park last September (my friends Roch and Bob would join me) were going to meet at the Sacramento airport and drive to the home of Half Dome, Big Red, El Capitan, and the Grizzly Giant.  But first I had some free nights at the Orleans Hotel-Casino to use before they expired.  This is Part I of a two-part series covering the trip.  Part I deals with the time I spent in Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Kanab, UT, Sacramento and the drive to Yosemite.  Part II will chronicle our stay at Yosemite and the trip back to Sacramento.

I flew Air Tran out of Reagan National Airport and the flights (changed planes in Milwaukee) were uneventful. I had spent 5 hours waiting out a flight delay in Milwaukee’s Air Tran concourse in mid-July, and the number of flights coming and going then was so much greater than the flight volume in mid-September. My three hour layover this day was interrupted by very few flight announcements. On the flight from Milwaukee there was one gentleman wearing a sleeveless “Wisconsin Badgers” muscle shirt. He had arms like Popeye! I would be seeing many more such individuals in Las Vegas.

I arrived at McCarran Airport about 8 pm and took the shuttle to the rental car facility. Budget had accepted my Priceline bid for an economy car at $26 per day. I probably should have made a lower bid, but this was well below the pricing I could find on line. The counter person made a big deal out of trying to find me an economy car even though they were “out of them” (this happens frequently in Las Vegas) but after 15 minutes he gave me the keys to a Ford Fusion (two classes above Economy) and I was off to Orleans.  (more…)

TAEM Interview with Filmmaker Nik Vikkers

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is proud to present actor and filmmaker Nik Vikkers to all of our readers. Originally born Nikolay Velikanov in Russia, Nik traveled to the United States to realize his dream of filmmaking. Nik, please tell our readers about your youth, and your decision to come to America.

NV-   From as long as I can remember I dreamed of becoming an actor. When I was a kid my dreams, hopes and wishes were different from the other kids. One of my teachers told me that I should be an actor when I grow up. However, my parents wanted me to attend the Russian New University in Moscow, and major in Socio-cultural Services and Tourism. During five years of my studies there, I still thought about what it was I really wanted which was acting and making films. Upon completing my studies, I decided to pursue my real dream. Because the American film industry is so powerful, I made my decision to come to America to pursue my dream.

TAEM- What inspired you to take of filmmaking as a career?

NV- While growing up, I watched American movies and was fascinated by Hollywood. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Depp, Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey were my heroes.

I wanted to make films that are entertaining, educational and ultimately change people’s way of thinking. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Actress Sarah Nicklin

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has a strong background in the horror genre theme of movies and an extreme interest in that segment of the motion picture industry. One of the more active players in that area is actress Sarah Nicklin. In the first five years of her career she has starred in more than seventy projects based out of New England. Now living in Los Angeles, she is pursuing her career with earnest.

Sarah, tell us about your childhood start in theater and how it set in motion your desire to pursue this professionally.

SN- I’ve always had a very active imagination. Even when I was younger one of my favorite things to do was to play “make believe” games with my sister in the woods behind our house. I guess theater and acting was just the next logical step. All though, I was terribly shy when I was little, so I really had to work at getting over that in order to pursue this, even though I think it still shows at times. The main reason I stuck with it when I was little even though I was terrified was that I was that I was completely in love with the child star Jonathan Taylor Thomas and was convinced that if I could become a big actress that we would meet and immediately fall in love and all that stuff. Of course my motives have changed a bit since then, but that’s really what pushed me into it. (more…)

‘Date and Time Agreed (Part 3)’ by Guest Author Alex Knight

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Guest Author Alex Knight

Guest Author Alex Knight

Marilyn phoned her friend, former employer and mentor, Richard. “Daniel’s been having affairs with women all over the country; I have the proof. We’re finished.”

“You can’t do this yourself. Get back to the office and make sure someone is with you for the next eight hours at least. Hold an emergency sales strategy meeting; order dinner in for the whole gang. Just stay with people, the more the merrier until you hear from me again. I’ll handle it personally.”

“Richard, I don’t want him killed, just gone. Just talk to him for me. Tell him I never want to see him or speak with him again and that he’ll hear from my lawyer. ‘My lawyer’, I don’t have a lawyer. Do you know a lawyer who can handle this for me?”

“Relax, I’ll talk to him and arrange a lawyer to handle everything.” With that he hung up on his young protégé. His reassuring words comforted Marilyn as they were meant to, but Richard knew there was only on solution to this problem. It would be worth it to come out of retirement for this special contract, he had always known that Daniel was wrong for Marilyn. Perhaps now it was time for him to tell her how he felt. Marilyn had given up on the idea of children long ago and he was no longer her employer. She deserved to be loved and cherished and if she would have him, he would spend the rest of his life making her happy.  (more…)

TAEM News Flash!!! Our friends at The Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce-LA announce the 10th Anniversary Awards and Gala Night!!!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Honoring Top Businesses, Business Entrepreneurs and Leaders in the Community at The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce LA 10th Anniversary Awards and Gala Night

Sherman Oaks, CA — On Tuesday, November 22, 2011 The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles (FACC-LA), announced that they will be Honoring Top Businesses, Business Entrepreneurs and Leaders in the Community at the 10th Anniversary Awards and Gala Night to be held on Sunday, November 27, 2011, at The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn located at 4222 Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood, CA 91602. The event will feature The Classic Harmony and Ang Lahi Philippine Cultural Dance Group.

The Top Business Entrepreneurs and Community Leaders awards will be presented to: Farmers Insurance Group for Large Business Enterprise, Diana Zuniga of Western Union for her Business Leadership and Service Award (Remittance Industry), Pedro Ramirez of St. Vincent Medical Center for his  Community Leadership and Service Award (Healthcare Industry), Tony Vasquez of Beverly Garland Holiday Inn for Business Leadership Award (Hotel Management, Events and Lodging Industry), Susan Maranan of D’ New Aristocrat Restaurant  for her  Business Excellence Award (Restauranteur), Roman P. Mosqueda, Attorney at Law for his Service Leadership Award,  and John Mina for Community Leadership and Service Award (Non-Profit Service Organization).  (more…)

TAEM News Flash- Hollywood, Ca.

Friday, November 18th, 2011

From our Web Partner Diversity News-On Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Diversity News Publications, publisher of Diversity News Magazine, announced that Executive Editor-In-Chief Steven Escobar has been approved for the 2nd year in a row to cover the 2011 American Music Awards on Sunday, November 20, 2011, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Steven Escobar will represent Kevin James designs at the event.

“I am so honored and thrilled to be covering, for the second time, such an amazing and prestigious event, where big celebrities will shine; at the same time, I am very proud to showcase Kevin James designs which are inspired by Michael Jackson- The King of Pop,” said Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News Magazine.

Steven Escobar will keep his fans up-to-date on Twitter and FB, uploading photos on Diversity News Twitter and Facebook fan page on the day of the event. (more…)

‘A Cold Day in Hell (The Night Jack Frost Died)’ by Guest Author Paul Dethroe

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Guest Author Paul DeThroe

It was a cold day in Hell the day that Jack Frost died.  The everlasting fires slowly started burning out, the brimstone stopped falling and instead of gnawing of flesh and gnashing of teeth, cold shivers overtook the masses of eternally damned sinners and demons.  Not that this was unexpected, Jack Frost was a notorious sinner and it was well known that if he ever died he would become one of the chieftains of Hell.  He had murdered thousands, if not millions of humans, countless animals, laid waste to entire armies and had been a global nuisance for thousands of years.  But becoming a mere chieftain was far below his boundless ambitions.

Those that were being tortured as they waited in purgatory to be turned into full-fledged demons were pleased for the short reprieve from the eternal flames that licked their flesh with excruciating pain.  Of course, their torturers, the demons of Hell, were none too happy.  Their jobs and very livelihoods were in grave jeopardy because of the dramatic drop in temperatures; they could no longer torture newly dead souls with the former prodigious heat from the lake of fire.  So, the demons formed a lobbying committee and took their complaints to the King of Hell himself, Satan Lucifer. (more…)

“A Shock to the System” by Guest Author Glenn James

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Author Glenn James

Guest Author Glenn James

It’s Alive!

Incredibly, Universal’s “Frankenstein” is nearly 80 years old.  Like Lugosi’s “Dracula”, with which it shares it’s venerable birthday year, the film has become a horror icon of the 20th Century, and made a legendary star of its principal performer, the beloved Boris Karloff, and the monster which he, Colin Clive, Jack. P. Pearce, James Whale,  and Junior Lemmlie unleashed on the unsuspecting world in 1931.

Gothic Fantasy Writer Glenn James has a deep seated love for their film, and took huge early inspiration as a writer from finding out that Whale came from the same part of the Midlands as himself in England.  Whilst passing Dudley Castle on his route to college as a student, he discovered that it is widely thought to have inspired Whales watchtower in “Frankenstein,” and penned the story “A Shock to the System” during his journeys.  This is a love-letter to Karloff, and Whale’s Universal films, and in celebrating the movies 80th anniversary, delves into where Dr. Frankenstein might have got his information concerning the reanimation of dead tissue….. (more…)

TAEM NEWS FLASH – I AM NEDA

Monday, November 14th, 2011

  The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is reporting that a famous short film is making it’s way to the Oscars. Writer-Director Nicole Kian Sadighi has set in motion the process leading to this prestigious event with her critically acclaimed film, ‘I AM NEDA’.

The film is based on the plight of a young Iranian girl, Neda Agha Soltan, whose tragic death at the hands of the brutal Iranian regime has touched off countrywide protests, as well as world-wide political condemnation, against the government in Iran. The present Iranian government has suppressed it’s people’s right to basic freedom and has become an antagonist to world peace.

Nicole also portrays the part of Neda in the film and is accompanied by the famous Iranian actress Mary Apick, who plays the part of Neda’s mother. The film is not just about Neda’s death, but about why she felt so strongly about standing up for her basic rights. The Arts and Entertainment Magazine believes this film will surely win the coveted award for  Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, hands down. (more…)