April 30, 2010

Review & Giveaway: 360-Degree Life: Ten Ways You Can Live More Richly, Deeply, Fully


Billy Joe's book gives insight to help readers look at life from every angle as a Christian. The Bible written so long ago that it's sometimes hard to incorporate it into everyday life. Billy Joe has taken the time to put together key parts of the Bible that relate to millions of people everyday. The one thing that is always constant is that God loves you and He has plans for you.

This book will be very useful for some people. It is written in a way that will help both new Christians and people who have been a believer for a long period of time. There were some parts of the book that I thought were a little dry but overall it was a decent read.

The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
9780307459329
March 30, 2010
224 pages
$19.90 US

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Review: The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose


To some deja vu is more than just a coincidence. It is pieces from our past lives that play an important part on the here, the now and the future.

Lucian lost the love of his life a long time ago and blames himself for not being able to save her. He works for the FBI and the current case has him tracking down a thief. Under hypnosis, Lucian reveals some information that he didn't even know he had. Demands are made and one wrong move could destroy everything.

This is one of those books that take you to another level that you didn't even know existed. We've all heard about reincarnation by M.J. is so talented that her story seems like the first one to ever. Definitely 5 stars!



Reincarnation Book 3
Mira
9780778326755
5/1/2010
416 pages
$24.95 US

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Review: The Lovely Bones on DVD


This movie wasn't one of my favorites but it wasn't horrible either. I felt like some parts dragged on for way too long. It had a great plot though. This is a movie that I watch once and most likely will never watch again.



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Giveaway: The Pocket Therapist by Therese Borchard


Description*:

Whenever Therese Borchard was weathering a personal storm, and help was nowhere to be found, her one guiding light was the question, "What would a therapist say?" The result was a sort of therapy scrapbook for rough days--a quick reference for anyone who needs a dose of encouragement, support and tried and true ways to cope.

THE POCKET THERAPIST is a compact and accessible guide filled with techniques and advice to help combat everything from addictive behavior to negative thinking.

*Taken from here.

Center Street
9781599952994
4/15/2010
224 pages
$13.99/$16.99

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Read her blog at BeliefNet.com and at the HuffingtonPost.com




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Review: The 9th Judgment by James Patterson


Lindsey is once again faced with a psychopath killer is not only ruthless, he's smart too. His prey of choice? Women and their child. He gets them when they least expect it. His signature is a cryptic message and Lindsey knows right away that this wasn't just some random act of violence.

On the night of the first mother-child murder, a man and his wife's home is broken into, jewelry is stolen from a safe and the wife has dead. Does this case have anything to do with the murders? How many more people have to die before this puzzle is pieced together?

I'm a huge fan of James Patterson and the Woman's Murder Club. I enjoyed reading this book but I felt like it was a little bland, not as intriguing as most of his books.

Little, Brown and Company
9780316036276
4/26/2010
326 pages
$27.99/$34.99

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Review & Giveaway: Tropical Traditions Organic Natural Soap


I am totally loving the Virgin Coconut Oil products from Tropical Traditions. I received the Organic Natural Soap and it feels really different from other soaps. It's foamy, cleans really well and doesn't dry out your skin. My mom doesn't normally like to try new things. She usually sticks to what she knows but she is so impressed with this soap and other products made from 100% Virgin Coconut Oil that she's trying everything that I get from Tropical Traditions.


Tropical Traditions soaps are made with Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil as their base, and the scented varieties use only high-quality organic essential oils. There are very few soaps made from 100% coconut oil, and most soaps on the market today that are made from coconut oil are made from highly refined versions of these oils, and may contain chemical solvents that were used in the refining process. Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil is traditionally made from fresh organic coconuts, and independent laboratory tests show that it has a higher level of antioxidants than other coconut oils. While other coconut oil soaps may exist in the market place containing refined coconut oil, few if any will be made with high quality Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.
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Retail Price: $7.50 for 8 oz. or $25.00 for 32 oz.

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Review & Giveaway: Forbidden Passion by Rita Herron


Devious crimes are present anywhere and everywhere. Dr. Marlena knows this fact better than most because her she lost her family to murder. In an attempt to wrap her mind around the thought patterns of violent people, she tries to understand the reason behind the act.

When a killer decides to drop off his dead victims right on Marlena's doorstep she is once again facing the Sheriff who responsible for saving her life many years ago. Dante, the Sheriff, is far from the savior she thinks he is. Will he be able to protect her as he did before or will the truth come out and destroy them both?

Forbidden Passion is one of those books that reminds me why I love a good romance. The chemistry is there and you can feel it through the pages. This is why Rita is on my favorite authors list.

FIVE FUN FACTS*:

1. One of my favorite memories as a child was camping in the Tennessee mountains. The sharp ridges and isolated forests were beautiful and filled with hidden mysteries. Once a grizzly bear wandered into our camp, and I was terrified he was going to eat me. I also imagined that other creatures, maybe even monsters, lived in those forests. Those experiences inspired the small town of Mystic, Tennessee where I set Forbidden Passion.

In Forbidden Passion, Marlena loved camping in the woods as well. That is, until the day her family was attacked and murdered by monsters in the woods – monsters that were real demons!

2. When I was pondering where Dante would live, I knew his home had to be isolated. He virtually needed a fortress from the demons, so carving his house into the mountain seemed ideal. Then I remembered seeing a solar house built underground in the mountains, and I knew that house was perfect for Dante.

3. Although I set this book in the mountains, I wrote the first half of it while staying in a beach house on the Isle of Palms. The beach is my other favorite getaway! So while I wrote about the spooky mountains, I listened to the ocean waves lapping against the shore and watched the calming sunset flicker off the jetty. It was the best of both worlds!

4. I wanted to add another layer of conflict to the final book of this trilogy and heighten the tension and danger as Dante joined with his brothers to fight their father. During the course of the book, Georgia (my home state) experienced flooding unlike anything we’d ever seen. Stories of Katrina, the tsunami, tornadoes, and earthquakes reminded me how nature poses its own conflict and danger. Those natural disasters inspired me to use the “elements” in the story as demons!

5. I visited the dead for this story. Well, not actually visited, but around Christmas time, a group of writer friends of mine and I took a tour of a local morgue. We called it our Holly Jolly Morgue tour. Although there was nothing jolly about it. In fact, at lunch afterward, everyone admitted that they hadn’t been able to eat before going!

*Taken from here.

Forever
9780446199490
4/1/2010
352 pages
$6.99/$8.99

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April 29, 2010

Review:


Samantha hasn't had an easy life. Actually, that is an understatement. Samantha lost both of her parents at the hands of a murder and she nearly shared their fate. How did she survive while her parents did not? A spirit helped her escape and now the spirit is working through Samantha to help others in similar situations. Everything is going well until she has to help a military team who do not want a beautiful woman distracting their rescue tactics and saving a scientist in Afghanistan. Can Sam keep her eye on her mission or will she succumb to the desires of a lieutenant?

I believe in spirit guides which was the main reason that I wanted to read this book. There have been way too many powerful occurrences in my life and I know that I couldn't have made it out alone. Also, my husband served in Afghanistan (and I know that angels must have been looking over him) so I enjoyed reading a book that struck close to home. Robin was able to grasp a woman's emotion, when loving a soldier, perfectly.

Cerridwen Press
9781419960239
292 pages
Jan. 22, 2010
$14.99 US




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April 28, 2010

Giveaway: The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith


Full Description*

Tom Rob Smith-the author whose debut, Child 44, has been called "brilliant" (Chicago Tribune), "remarkable" (Newsweek) and "sensational" (Entertainment Weekly)-returns with an intense, suspenseful new novel: a story where the sins of the past threaten to destroy the present, where families must overcome unimaginable obstacles to save their loved ones, and where hope for a better tomorrow is found in the most unlikely of circumstances . . .
THE SECRET SPEECH
Soviet Union, 1956. Stalin is dead, and a violent regime is beginning to fracture-leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. A secret speech composed by Stalin's successor Khrushchev is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant. Its promise: The Soviet Union will change.
Facing his own personal turmoil, former state security officer Leo Demidov is also struggling to change. The two young girls he and his wife Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the death of their parents. They are not alone. Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa, and their family are in grave danger from someone consumed by the dark legacy of Leo's past career. Someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengeance.
From the streets of Moscow in the throes of political upheaval, to the Siberian gulags, and to the center of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest, THE SECRET SPEECH is a breathtaking, epic novel that confirms Tom Rob Smith as one of the most exciting new authors writing today.
*Taken from here.






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• Zoya and Elena’s true parents were killed by an officer under Leo’s command. Do you
think Leo was morally required to take care of them?
• When Leo was a member of the state security force, it was his job to arrest many of his
fellow citizens. To what degree should he be held responsible for his past actions, even
though he was doing his duty and following orders?
• How do you think the political atmosphere and the role of women in society affected
Fraera’s transformation from a priest’s wife to a vory leader?
• Raisa seems willing to sacrifice her relationship with Leo to save Zoya. What do you
think of her decision?
• As rioting gulag prisoners prepare to execute Sinyavksy, the camp commander, he pleads
that he should be spared because in addition to the terrible things he has done while
running the gulag, he has also tried help when he could. “Can I not try and put right the
wrongs I have done?” he asks. Should the prisoners have given him a second chance?
• Zoya ends up seeking her revenge on Leo by joining Fraera’s gang, but in doing so she
hurts her little sister, the only family she still has. What do you think of Zoya’s actions?
• Leo was trained to be a devoted, loyal servant of the State, but he forged an unorthodox
path for himself outside of the security services, despite the clear risk. Why do you think
he was able to do this, when so many others couldn’t or wouldn’t?
• At the end of the story we meet a musician who is revered as a genius, but his work was
actually stolen from another composer who died in the gulags. If he were to reveal the
true source of his music, he would be exposed as a fraud and arrested as a thief. Now
riddled with guilt he asks Leo, “What would you have me do?” How would you answer?
• There are many “secrets” in this story—Leo choosing to not tell Raisa what he knows
about Zoya and the knife, Raisa keeping her meeting with Fraera from Leo, and
Khrushchev’s Speech to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party, are only a few—and
the question of what the consequences for keeping those secrets might be plays out in
ways large and small throughout. Do you feel there are situations in the book where
characters were right to keep their secrets? What about the final scene with Leo, Zoya,
and Elena? Should Zoya tell her sister the whole truth?

Grand Central Publishing
9780446402415
5/3/2010
448 pages
$13.99/$16.99

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House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Burned House of Night P.C. & Kristin
Cast


I am a self-declared readaholic.  I enjoy books of any genre but my absolute favorite are the ones that include vampires and such. That's why this book is on my want list.

P.C. and Kristin Cast are a mother-daughter team who are responsible for the House Of Night series.  The New York Times bestselling series is receiving a lot of attention.  It should be since the series has over 3 million copies of printed books and an interactive website.

The seventh book, 'Burned' was released yesterday.  Here is the synopsis:

"Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampire High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left… "

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WANTED: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson




Book Information:
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
9780307269997
May 25, 2010
576 pages
$26.95 US



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Author Guest Post: Robin Leigh Miller


Step into My World

Kick butt women plowing through life, mowing down anyone in their way and taking no prisoner’s, that’s who you’ll read about in my stories. Hi, I’m Robin Leigh Miller and I write fictional paranormal romance, contemporary romance, thriller romance and soon – hopefully – horror romance. I’m an adrenaline junkie. Sounds like I’m standing in front of an addiction group admitting my faults, doesn’t it? Good. If loving to read and write is a fault I’ll live with it and please, no attempts to cure me.

I love to read, understatement of the century. I wasn’t a big reader as a child but if I found a book that caught my interest there was no pulling me away until I read “The End.” Mostly I read mysteries. Trying to figure out who done it was my greatest joy. Life, however, dictated when I read and unfortunately that wasn’t very often. Warp speed to about nine or so years ago and my mother gave me a box of books she’d gathered from her shelves. I looked them over, began reading the first page of romance and next thing I knew, I finished it. Two days tops.

Some books I couldn’t make it through. There were too boring, nothing there to hold my interest. The books I devoured were books with action, danger, paranormal elements and a hot romance that you knew couldn’t exist in real life but man it was fun to read about it. Reading became my way of holding onto my sanity. With three children ranging in age from fifteen to eight, sanity can become an enigma.

I could connect with heroine’s that were strong willed. The kind of women that even though their heart may be breaking they could turn and walk away from a situation with their heads held high. Women that would dive headfirst into what society would deem as a man’s world, take the kicks and forge on. Ah yes, my kind of world.

See, I began dipping my toe in “the man’s world” when I was about thirteen. I joined our local Civil Air Patrol because I knew they did search and rescue, a field I was interested in. After I joined, had my military uniform and signed all the proper papers, I found out I wouldn’t be able to do any of the search and rescue. Why you ask? I’ll tell you, because I was the only girl in the squad. Seems I couldn’t camp out overnight with a bunch of males if there weren’t any other females along.

‘kay, so, go find some. How hard could that be, right? Turns out it was harder than I thought. So, when they’d do a training weekend, I’d hike down off the mountain, someone would pick me up and take me home and then I’d return the next morning. Ugh, I hated that. Everything they did, I had to work extra hard to accomplish because huge road blocks were thrown up in front of me. Still, I wanted to do it so I pushed on.

Little did I know I was preparing myself for my future. (grin) Three years later I slid behind the wheel of a race car. Sixteen and strapped into a seat with a helmet on, the cold night air biting into my muscles and making me shiver. Maybe it was nerves that made me shiver, no. We’ll go with the cold night air. Oh, and the only girl on the track.

No one took me seriously at first. I guess they all figured I’d do my one night thing, find out how “scary” it was and never come back. Hmm, wonder what they were thinking six years later when I was still strapping myself into a seat with a helmet on? Most of the other drivers were pretty cool and treated me with respect, as long as I treated them with respect. Some, no so much. Girls didn’t belong on the track. They belonged in the stands cheering the men on. Not in my world. Needless to say I heard some very nasty comments from people and did my share of dodging deliberate hits on the track. Then I learned to hit back.

I did try running in a powder puff division–all women-at another track in a dune buggy. I got kicked out. It suited me fine. I preferred rubbing metal with the men.

Today, I’m the nervous mother watching my son walk in his mother’s and father’s foot steps. Yes, I married one of my competitors twenty-one years ago. He claims he got tired of chasing me around the track. Now I help my son work on his car. Oh, and me and the hubby, we make a living building race engines. Yep, I work on them too, another step into a man’s world.

So you see, I took that old advice, write what you know about, seriously. Mix in a little paranormal or action, not to mention a man that thinks he can tame the head strong woman, and you’ve got my version of romance.

My name is Robin Leigh Miller and I’m an adrenaline junkie. Care to step into my world?

Robin Leigh Miller knows a little about finding romance in odd places. A retired dirt track racecar driver, she found love and adventure on the track. After three months of dating a fellow driver, he proposed and seven months later, they married. Now she gets her adrenaline rush from creating spunky, determined kick ass women that don’t let anything get in their way. Mix in her passion for the paranormal, action and adventure and you have some unique thrilling stories. Enter a world where anything can happen and hold on tight. It’s a bumpy ride but worth the trip as you watch her characters plow through what life throws at them and come out the other side more powerful and of course in love.  Visit Robin Leigh Miller www.robinleighmiller.com

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Cerridwen Press
9781419960239
292 pages
Jan. 22, 2010
$14.99 US






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April 27, 2010

Interview With Author U.L. Harper: The Flesh Statue

Interview

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ll keep my answer succinct. I was something like twelve and I was writing one page stories. I simply couldn’t write any longer than that. I’ve been writing with a writer’s mind ever since.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

It depends on how old I was. Right now I’m all about Cormac Mccarthy. One reason is because I love how he doesn’t use quotation marks and he’s horribly honest when he writes. People don’t write honest anymore. 

How do you create the characters in your books?  Are they based on people you know?

Yes, I take from real life. It’s how I get cadence in voices and distinction in body language. I don’t take entire people because people, a lot of them, really aren’t that interesting. You have to kind of piece them together. It works out though. The parts that I make up obviously comes from me. When I have to create a certain type of person I simply rely on stereotypes. As much as people like to say that they don’t like them, if a character doesn’t fit certain stereotypes then the reader considers them unbelievable. For instance, someone might say, “He doesn’t seem like a cop.” Or, “A school teacher wouldn’t do that.” It’s stuff like that. So you have to consider the stereotypes.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

1984 

If you weren’t a writer, what be your profession?

I’d probably go into teaching or become one of those people who teaches after-​school program instructors. I don’t really want to do anything but write. Everything else, really, is just crap, to be honest.

If you could trade places with anyone in the world, past or present, real or fiction, who would it be and why?

I don’t know. Some comic book character. They all seem to be overly muscular for no reason and get all the women. Sounds like a good gig. I wouldn’t even have to work.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have 3 things, what would they be?

An electronic book reader so I could keep downloading books, water and a boat. 

What is your favorite movie of all time?

There Will Be Blood

What is the one thing that you want all your fans to know?

562.234.4518. Call me anytime.

If you could invite 5 people to dinner, who would they be and why?

Anyone who read my book before it got published. Because they deserve that much for all their work.

About the Author

U.L. Harper was born in Los Angeles California. However, he was raised in the public school system in Long Beach California. He attended Lincoln and Madison Elementary and moved to San Pedro where he attended Richard Henry Dana Junior High School. For the last few months of junior high he moved back to Long Beach where he attended Franklin Junior High School. He then went to Long Beach Poly where they told him he wouldn't be anything when he grew up and that he wasn't allowed to take a creative writing class. The teachers called him stupid. At least before 1993. U.L. originally went to college for journalism. He got his feet wet at UCLA (University of Cypress Lincoln Avenue). But his writing started as a part time slam poet, moving around different cities cursing at the audience in the name of art and style. His writing continued as writer and Editor in Chief for the Cypress Chronicle. But if one were to examine fully the writing career of U.L. Harper they'd find that he wrote a story in fourth grade about a boy who had to vacuum up somebody else’s urine. This earned U.L. a conference with his teacher and an awkward talk with his mother at home. Later in life U.L. would also write a poem so visceral that he would not be allowed into a friend’s home. The words that got him kicked out went as follows: “Someone needs to put the mother back in f..ker. Someone needs to put the God back in damn.”  ??Eventually he moved into the short story form where he completed a story called The Resurrection of Greenwell. It's a short story about a discussion group that decides it needs to talk about a way to take power away from the local government. This story would find its way into The Flesh Statue.  Seeing that his career as a reporter started him out at a whopping $7.25 an hour he decided to hang it up, or get fired, depending on how one wants to look at things, and become an usher at a movie theater. It was the down time allotted at his new work that fed his inspiration to write The Flesh Statue. U.L. is now an after-​school program director where he attempts to influence students to expand their imagination. He still lives in Long Beach. You can visit him at ulharper.com. The author encourages direct email from his website. 

iUniverse, Incorporated
July 2005
364 pages
$20.95





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BONUS ENTRIES

I've decided to add some bonus entries for my giveaways.  The following offer is good until May 27, 2010

Sign up using the following link and receive 50 extra entries into the giveaway of your choice.

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If you are already a member of MyLikes, I will give you 50 extra entries for following me.

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April 26, 2010

Giveaway: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Description*

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

THE HOST debuted at #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list and remained there for more than a year. Meyer’s first adult novel was not only a huge commercial success with more than 2 million copies sold, it also brought a whole new audience of readers to Stephenie Meyer. Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST, appeals to rabid Twilight Saga fans and readers of classic literary suspense alike.

Movie rights to THE HOST have been optioned by Nick Wechsler and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, the team that produced the film of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Andrew Niccol of Gattaca and The Truman Show will write the script and direct.

*Taken from here.




Back Bay Books
9780316068055
4/13/2010
656 pages
$16.99/$19.99

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Head on over to Stephenie's website.




Hachette wants to give 3 of my readers a copy of this book
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ENTRIES:

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Winners will be chosen May 7th and notified via email. The winners will have 48 hours to send me their mailing info or another winner will be chosen.


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Blog Tour: Forty-Eight X: The Lemuria Project by Barry Pollack





The government is building an army of soldiers that will be unlike anything the world has seen before.  The Lemuria Project is classified above top-secret.  They are in the process of perfecting the ultimate warrior so that war will be a thing of the past. 

Colonel McGraw was stripped of his title when it become clear that he was committing crimes against the people he was in charge of.  He was given a lucky break after serving a year in solitary for heading up The Lemuria Project.  When a couple of people scientists come across this experiment they are forced to make difficult decisions, like whether or not they want to live.

What a thrilling way to spend a few hours!  This is one of my favorite science fiction books I've ever read.   



Medallion Press


978-1934755020


Dec. 1, 2009


338 pages


$24.95 US







About Barry Pollack*


Barry Pollack, who still works in the frontline trenches of medicine as an ER doctor, has a creative life that spans a variety of venues. After a master’s degree in film from Stanford and a fellowship at the American Film Institute, he began as a documentary filmmaker and went on to write and direct two feature films — MGM’s Cool Breeze in 1972 and the Fanfare release This is a Hijack in 1973. In 1980, Pollack graduated from the University of Oklahoma Medical School and began a new career as an emergency physician. However, he never stopped writing. Pollack’s subsequent work includes several prime time television dramas, such as Trapper John, M.D. and Hotel, magazine short stories, several screenplays, and ten years of newspaper columns for the Ventura County STAR in California. Forty-Eight X, his debut novel, was published by Medallion Press in December 2009.

*Taken from here.







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