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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

An interview with Sharon Rogers!

                                      Sharon Rogers, Hugh Hefner, and John Gilmore

This interveiw is one of the best I've read! I enjoyed it very much. I now feel like I “know” Sharon Rogers more intimately. The questions are well thought out and Sharon answers them with confidence, style and dignity, allowing her wonderful persona to be revealed. Sharon Rogers is as beautiful on the inside as she is outwardly. Excellent interview, if you haven’t yet read this post, do yourself a favor and mosey on over and check it out! You will be glad you did, I know I am. Just click on the link below :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tina Hall: The young woman running the show - TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology

A while back I had the pleasure of meeting, a cyberspace coupling if you will, a young lady named Tina Hall. Let me begin by telling you how utterly impressed I was with Tina, right from the get go she had my attention. Tina struck me as a very serious, dedicated, passionate and professional young woman. So, the task before me is to introduce you to Tina and her passion - TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology.

 Tina Hall runs The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology ( she does occasional interviews for, Guitar Digest( and for Haunted Digital Magazine(

The “TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology” is an impressive, professional and extremely creative endeavor. 

Click on the links below to visit TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology.

This is fascinating to me and I hope to have more to tell you about TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology in the future.
Sincerely, Quinn 

On The Run with Bonnie & Clyde by John Gilmore (Author)

The link below will take you to the amazon page where you can pre-order John Gilmore's On The Run with Bonnie and Clyde

Editorial Reviews


"The most exciting, peeling-away of the human layers of two of the most infamous crime figures in American history . . . For the first time, we are truly taken inside these notorious characters.” - Lawrence Grobel, Biographer

"John Gilmore is one of America's natural-born gifts to literature.” -- Gary Indiana

About the Author

Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as the "quintessential L.A.noir writer,” John Gilmore has been acclaimed internationally for his hard-boiled true crime books, his literary fiction and Hollywood memoirs. As one of today's most controversial American writers, Gilmore's following spans the globe from Hong Kong to his native Hollywood. He has traveled the road to fame in many guises: kid actor, stage and motion picture player, knew James Dean and Marilyn Monroe; was a painter, poet, screenwriter, low-budget director and novelist.

Private Parts: The Early Works of Ian Ayres

Private Parts: The Early Works of Ian Ayres [Special Extended Version] [Paperback]

Ian Ayres 

Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Bringing together the best poems from Ayres's early verse (much of it written in houses of ill fame) to his erotic and darkly imaginative later pieces, this stunning collection also features his previously unpublished experiences with luminary legends such as Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Yoko Ono, Edmund White and Quentin Crisp. More than a book, PRIVATE PARTS is an experience of teen angst, hangovers for breakfast and raw enlightenment tripping over that cliff's edge in the rye. It would not exist if Ayres were not a survivor. Ayres's crusty accounts of a boy's life on the wild side explores the extreme boundaries of human behavior and amorality, offering a journey through his life from his early years in houses of ill repute to his life in Paris today.

Ian Ayres / Photo taken by RoySchatt

Five Star Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Private Parts: The Early Works of Ian Ayres July 5, 2012
When I first started reading this book I was immediately immersed in it in a way I did not expect at all. From the early days in brothels, to the struggle to gain the approval of family, find love, and hopeful discover the path to stardom Ian Ayres writes a book with soul. Brutally honest, and very well written with the retelling of his rough early years mixed with poems that speak volumes this book leaves you wanting to read more about the man behind the words. It is without a doubt one of the most interesting books in print today.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I am a school bus driver!

I was thinking about my job, trying to decide whether or not to go back to running a home daycare/preschool and I think I have made my decision. No, I have made my decision. I thought this might be interesting to those of you that don't already know exactly what being a school bus driver involves. So here it is in a nut shell. I'm sure I've left out something but hopefully covered the basics. This is what a school bus driver’s job entails. I know I had no idea until I became one. First thing is to obtain Class B CDL with passenger, school bus and air brake endorsements.
Train (Hands on technical and driving).
Pass the driver’s test. (Driver’s must be able to parallel park to the left and right, drive the offset alley without mishap and dock the bus, all the while maneuvering between strategically placed cones. Driver must perform a complete circle check, in exact order as required by the state and perform proper air brake test. Driver must learn proper procedures of the road, including but not limited to railroad crossings. Pass an on the road driver’s test.) By the way, I drive a forty foot school bus.
The following is how my day unfolds:
4:00 am I wake up (when I wake up on time).
5:00 – 5:15 am I leave my house.
5:45 am (ball-park time) I arrive at the bus yard.
Start my bus (If not running).
In snowy weather – I clean the snow off my bus.
Then a Circle Check/Pre-trip inspection is done. (This is something every driver has to do every time we drive. We are responsible for finding anything that might be wrong with our bus, from under the hood, under the bus itself, all warning devices, tires, inside gauges, emergency exits, seats, floors, doors, windows, simply put – everything on/in the bus) And this must be done no matter the weather conditions.
I fill out the circle check paperwork.
I start my route at the appropriate time.
During the route I am responsible for 70+ children; keeping them safe by enforcing bus rules, which they frequently break, while driving I’m trying to keep my eyes on road more than on the kids.
This is repeated several times per day. So, for roughly 6 hours per day I am responsible for a large group of children, the bus and safety of all.
I also must tolerate any/all school officials/parents concerns/complaints. If there are any I am required to bring them to the attention of my boss, not to discuss them with parents/school officials.
I must complete each year, the states required in-service training hours.
I am responsible for keeping the bus clean (inside and out) and boy did I learn firsthand what slobs some kids can be. (Picture tooth paste spat on the floor for starters, yuk!)
A breeze, right? But you know what? I love my job. I look forward to going to work every day.  So I plan on driving the kids to school until I’m forced to retire. And I have my writing, which I also love.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Jeff Hollar - Keldane The Cursed Blog Tour!


I am very excited, and admittedly nervous about being a part of the Keldane The Cursed Blog Tour. This is the first time I’ve participated in anything like this (My maiden voyage you might say). Let me say that I most definitely will purchase Keldane The Cursed and keep it safely stored away until my grandson’s and my granddaughter are old enough to read it.
Despite the fact that our interview might very well tell us a lot the same, I’ve included his author biography. So without further ado, I present to you Jeff Hollar, the master mind behind Keldane The Cursed.


Author Bio: Jeffrey Hollar was born in Lima Ohio. Developing a love for reading in his early life, Jeff read anything and everything he could get his hands on.  Graduating from Lima Sr. High in 1980, he joined the army where he found a career in communications. Jeffrey remained in the army for 14 years, traveling the world to places like Germany, Turkey and England.
Jeffrey moved around the United States as well, living in Arizona, Iowa and Missouri before moving back to Lima where he met his wife.   Jeffrey works in the security field during the day and writes by night. He also has a love for cooking and practices his culinary skills on his family.

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Quinn – Please tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Do you have any children? Whatever you’d like to share would be awesome.

Jeff- I was born and raised in Lima, Ohio (nothing like Glee) and left at the age of 18 for the US Army. As a Russian linguist, I travelled all over the world and had a lot of really cool, if classified, experiences. When I left the Army, I kicked around St Louis for a dozen years or so doing anything you can imagine to keep the wolf at bay. In 2007 a series of unfortunate circumstances led me to return to my birthplace where I met my wife, Lisa. I was doing security at the store she worked at and one thing just led to another. I have a 20-year-old son, Aleksandr, from a previous marriage and Lisa came with three daughters, 20, 19 & 10. Caleb was the latest addition to our herd and will, almost assuredly, be the last.