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THE QUEEN OF HEARTS

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ALIENS ABROAD

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THIS IS NOT THE END Blog Tour

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Mammoth Film Festival - Kevin Alejandro Interview


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Kevin Alejandro was born on April 7, 1976 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as Kevin Michael Alejandro. He is an actor and producer, known for Arrow (2012), Southland (2009) and Bedtime Story (2017). He has been married to Leslie de Jesus Alejandro since February 14, 2004. They have one child.
Source: IMDB

Journalist Joseph Flores with Kevin Alejandro
Kevin Alejandro, Leslie Alejandro.
JBN Team; Joseph, Jean and Americo

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN ALEJANDRO
Journalist: Joseph Flores
Location: Mammoth Film Festival



TRIVIA:
  • Went to college at The University of Texas in Austin.
  • Has 2 sisters, Tanya Hernandez and Kimberly McGraw.
  • Sold everything he owned in order to move to Los Angeles, California to pursue acting.
  • Is of Mexican descent
  • Parents: Dora Alejandro Hernandez and Tomas Hernandez
  • Started the Jerry P. Worsham scholarship fund with best friend, Stephen Monroe Taylor for underprivileged theater students to help them go to college.
  • Originated a character in a lost Tennessee Williams play under the direction of Michael Bloom (1999).
  • Born in San Antonio, Texas. At the age of 8, moved to a small town in west Texas called Snyder where he was raised.
  • Son, Kaden Michael Alejandro, was born on February 22, 2008.
  • Voted #7 in Entertainment Weekly's "15 Smartest, Sexiest Crime-fighters of '09: the Men" on EW.com. Dated August 2009.
  • Half Mexican from his mother's side and half Anglo-American.
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Mammoth Film Festival - Ashley Greene Interview



Ashley Michele Greene was born in Jacksonville, Florida to parents Michele (Tatum), an insurance broker, and Joseph Lacy Greene, US Marine who runs a concrete business. A self-confessed tomboy and "daredevil", Ashley loved to try to keep up with her older brother Joe, taking on activities such as taekwondo and winning several awards. Ashley says she was not allowed to spar the girls in taekwondo class because she "beat the girls up". She even accidentally once gave a boy she liked a bloody nose and lip while sparring. Ashley admits she is a "competitive little sucker".

During her early teen years, Ashley found herself hanging out with older girls, which impacted her self-esteem when she found them to be more mature and, in her mind, prettier than she was. Ashley describes herself as a "hot mess" as a teenager. Ashley's mother put her into modeling classes to improve her confidence, and Ashley began to consider becoming a model as a career. After being told she was too short to be a model, Ashley considered becoming a lawyer and getting a degree in psychology. She actually convinced her parents to let her leave her private school to attend a public one which had a law and psychology program. However, after taking a commercial class, which led to acting class, Ashley knew what she wanted to do - acting.

Luckily for Ashley, her parents were supportive and allowed her to move to LA at seventeen years of age. Due to her excellent grades and extra credits, she was able to graduate high school early to follow her acting dream.

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For three years, Ashley struggled to find acting roles. She picked up small roles here and there in TV shows such as Punk'd (2003) and Crossing Jordan (2001), and some very small film roles in Shrink (2009) and King of California (2007).

Ashley's big break came when she got to audition for the film, Twilight (2008), based on Stephenie Meyer's popular book series. She originally auditioned for "Bella", but, as she says herself, "I was no Bella". She was called back to audition for the role of "Alice Cullen". After a long auditioning process, Ashley was finally told she got the part.

Ashley had previously worked in restaurants but, like the rest of her fellow "Twilight" cast-mates, Ashley found herself suddenly thrust into the limelight. Though she says she doesn't get the same kind of insanity as the boys - especially Robert Pattinson. She says most fans relate to her on a "best friend" level rather than screaming at her hysterically.

JBN Journalist Joseph Flores with Blair Redford and Ashley Greene

Ashley has already begun filming other roles and has high hopes for her career outside of the "Twilight" franchise. She has said she wants to be a superhero, a Bond girl and possibly Wonder Woman in future projects.
All Source: IMDB

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH ASHLEY GREENE
Journalist: Joseph Flores
Location: Mammoth Film Festival Bowling Tournament




TRIVIA: SOURCE IMDB
  • Has one Sibling named Joe who lives in Hollywood, California, and is pursuing acting. Her parents Joey and Michele still live in Jacksonville, Florida, and are happily married.
  • She graduated high school early and moved from Jacksonville Florida to Hollywood at age 17.
  • She adores Audrey Hepburn and, as a result, one of her all-time favorite movies is Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).
  • Is the face of StopStaring.com, a website that sells retro-style dresses.
  • Attended Samuel W. Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute.
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Guest Post with Anne Corlett


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Anne is originally from the north-east, but somehow slid down the map and finished up in the south-west. She now lives near Bath with her partner and three young sons.

Anne returned to writing in 2011 after many years working as a criminal lawyer in London. This was slightly unfortunate timing, given that she was right in the middle of relocating to Somerset with her family who seemed to feel that a little less novel-writing and a little more packing might be warranted. They probably had a point.

Over the next couple of years Anne began to build a career as a freelance writer, fitting this work in around her day job as a solicitor. In 2012 she met her agent, Lisa Eveleigh, at the York Festival of Writing. Since then her work has been published in various magazines and anthologies and her short fiction has won, placed or been shortlisted in various national and international awards.

In 2014 Anne began an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her initial MA novel was put on hold after a trip back up to the Northumberland coast triggered the idea for The Space Between the Stars which was acquired by Pan Macmillan in January 2016. It is currently available as an e-book on all platforms, and will be released in hardback on 1 June in the UK and 13 June in the US.
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DELETED SCENE FROM THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS

This section was part of a deleted chapter following on from the rescue of Mila and Tam. The group traced a distress signal to a prison where they found a young man locked in an isolation cell.

Callan raised his voice, cutting across the frantic ramblings. ‘What’s your name?’

There was a pause.

‘My name?’

‘Yes, your name,’ Callan said. ‘You do have a name, don’t you?’ He glanced along the corridor at the regimented line of locked doors. ‘Or is it just a number these days?’

‘Davey,’ the voice said, stumbling over the tail end of Callan’s question, as though he had to get it out quickly. ‘I’m Davey.’

‘How old are you?’ Callan asked, his tone entirely level, as though the conversation was just something to pass the time while he paid for his groceries or queued at a bar.

‘Twenty-one,’ Davey replied. His voice sounded closer, as though he was pressed tight against the door.

‘Okay, Davey,’ Callan said. ‘Now this is the big question, and I want you to be truthful with me, because if I think you’re lying then I might decide it’s too much of a risk to open this door. No,’ as Davey tried to interrupt. ‘Just listen to the question and then answer me.’ He paused, and glanced at Jamie and Lowry, before turning back to the door. ‘What did you do, Davey?’

‘What?’

Callan drummed his fingers on the metal surface of the door. ‘It’s a simple enough question. What did you do to finish up in a place like this?’

‘I killed someone.’

This chapter was deleted because Davey didn’t make it into the final draft at all. While I rather liked him, I realised fairly early on that he was less of a character and more of a plot device, intended to throw up moral questions and dilemmas. He therefore went into a cabin on the ship at the end of this chapter, and never came out again. I made a note to remove him at the editing stage, and then ploughed on without him.

He was briefly resurrected in two slightly different forms, much later on in the book, but once again, his purpose was too limited to justify his space on the page. As Alec, he loomed in a dark alleyway, causing fright and consternation, followed by moral questions and dilemmas, and as Ciaren, he popped up in a vegetable garden, causing considerably less consternation, but still a few moral questions.

So Davey was abandoned to his twilight-zone existence in a cabin that no longer exists. He wasn’t quite forgotten, however. During the final editing process, I occasionally came across conversations which didn’t quite make sense, because of an unattributed remark, or someone seeming to reply to a non-existent question. When this happened, it was usually the ghost of Davey putting in an appearance in the text.

I still miss him a little bit!


In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe—and in her own heart—when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.

All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit...

Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.

Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be...

Praise for THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS

“With its unique plot and luminous prose, it’s hard to believe that The Space Between the Stars is a debut novel. Anne Corlett understands the complexities and frailties of the human heart and captures it brilliantly on the page. Don’t let the setting fool you—this is a story for any age, combining love, loss, grief, hope, and possibilities all in one delicious book. Definitely one for my keeper shelf.”—Karen WhiteNew York Times bestselling author of The Night the Lights Went Out

“Anne Corlett is a writer with huge potential, and I’m looking forward to her future works.”—Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

“[A] fast-moving and gripping ‘end of the worlds’ tale focused on the efforts of flawed survivors to ensure the end is not the end of humanity.”—Jack CampbellNew York Times bestselling author of Vanguard

“An original thinker and a very, very effective writer.”—Fay Weldon, author of Before the War

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mammoth Film Festival - Peter Facinelli Interview



Peter Facinelli was born in Queens, New York, the youngest child of Bruna (Reich) and Pierino Facinelli, a waiter. His parents are Italian immigrants, originally from Trentino, Northern Italy. He has three sisters. Peter was educated at St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, New York, and went on to attend St. John's University, but left after a year to follow his interest in acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, also in New York. There Facinelli was taught by such distinguished actors as Academy Award nominees William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.

He made his screen debut in 1995, appearing in Rebecca Miller's Angela (1995) and has worked consistently ever since. Notable projects include The Price of Love (1995), An Unfinished Affair (1996) (where he met his future wife, Jennie Garth), Touch Me (1997) and The Scorpion King (2002). Facinelli has also had re-occurring roles in such TV shows such as Fastlane (2002), Six Feet Under (2001), Damages (2007) and Nurse Jackie(2009). In 2008, he won the role of Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the wildly popular Twilight(2008) and its sequels.
Source: IMDB

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH PETER FACINELLI
Journalist: Joseph Flores
Location: Mammoth Film Festival Bowling 
Tournament


TRIVIA
  • Daughter, Luca Bella, with Jennie Garth. [1997]
  • Met Jennie Garth while filming An Unfinished Affair (1996).
  • Grew up in Ozone Park, Queens, New York.
  • Studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, New York City, New York under such teachers as William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Giancarlo Esposito and Camryn Manheim.
  • Italian-American.
  • (December 6, 2002) Birth of his second daughter, Lola Ray (7 lbs. 7 oz., 18 inches) with wife, actress Jennie Garth.
  • Attended St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, New York.
  • Peter and his wife, Jennie Garth, became the parents of their third child, a girl named Fiona Eve Facinelli, on September 30, 2006. Fiona weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz.
  • Was engaged to actress Jaimie Alexander from March 2015 to February 2016.
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Mammoth Film Festival - Blair Redford Interview



Blair Redford was born on July 27, 1983 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as David Blair Redford. He is an actor and producer, known for The Gifted (2017), The Day the Earth Stood Still(2008) and Burlesque (2010).

While living in Georgia he worked at the Georgia Renaissance Festival as a pirate named Rusty Compass. Many girls just went to see and take pictures with him.

Is of Irish, French, German and Native American descent.


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THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH BLAIR REDFORD
Journalist: Joseph Flores
Location: Mammoth Film Festival Bowling Tournament



ABOUT MAMMOTH FILM FESTIVAL
The Mammoth Film Festival is a retreat for those who love, create and enjoy film. An all media festival celebrating varieties of filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, producers and their work. Regal with the wonderful town of Mammoth Lakes, California as it's beautiful backdrop. The film and media showcase has a firm purpose for the exhibition, exploration, celebration and competition of boundless media. A focus on independent creation and absolute risk-taking in the world of multimedia, film and television. So put your snow boots on, bring your skis, grab some free popcorn and enjoy this exciting festival.

The Mammoth Film Festivals central aim is to lead the charge for an ever-changing landscape of film and media. As content continues to be consumed on new and different platforms, the fear exists that independent film will become lost in the wayside. Mammoth Film Festival aims to be an important institution towards fostering independent filmmakers and their stories so that strong and important voices always have a way to continue to be seen and heard. The film and media showcase of the Mammoth Film Festival has a firm purpose for the exhibition, exploration, celebration and competition of boundless media. A celebration of independent creation and absolute risk-taking in the world of multimedia, film and television.

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Mammoth Film Festival - Tanner Beard Interview



Named after his father Ricky Neal Beard, Neal Tanner Beard was born on September 16th 1984 in a Big Spring Hospital just outside his hometown of Snyder, Texas. Is of: Irish, Scottish, English, French, Cherokee and Choctaw descent mostly from his mother Janice's side.

Tanner Beard is a film and television actor as well as CEO of Silver Sail Entertainment. SSE was created during the industry strike of 2008 with a concentration on cultivating professional media content without sacrificing the integrity and artistic vision of the content creators themselves. Tanner has since produced various projects including: a travel show, award winning short films, award winning documentaries, commercials, music videos and multiple seasons of a web-based television series. His feature film producer credits include: critically acclaimed 'Hellion" starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, and 'Legend of Hell's Gate,' which he also wrote, directed and starred in alongside Eric Balfour, Henry Thomas, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Summer Glau, Kevin Alejandro and Lou Taylor Pucci.

In early 2014, Tanner Beard entered into a four film partnership with iconic Oscar Nominated Director Terrance Malick and producer Sarah Green. These films have courted the talent of actors including Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. The only documentary of the partnership, 'Voyage of Time,' was produced alongside Brad Pitt, who also narrates the film. It recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival and had its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

As a producer, Tanner has had films and documentaries screen in competition at some of the top festivals in the world, including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, SXSW and Toronto. Along with the gritty action drama "Riptide" set to film in April of 2017, his upcoming projects include 'Fridgeport,' which he co-created with Paul Khoury and is producing alongside Liam Hemsworth and Ashley Greene. Tanner has just finished writing his latest passion project; a new Christmas Comedy entitled 'Best Worst Christmas Ever' as well as a Trilogy Western series - also a graphic novel called 'In the Name of the Gun.'

Tanner splits his time between his home in Los Angeles and his native land of Texas. He is a frequent collaborator with cousin Russell Cummings and writing partner Jonathan Meyers. He also has a Black Labrador named Charles Bronson The Dog.
MEET THE TEAM

From Left to Right
Tomik, Tanner Beard, Alexandra Chando and Theo Dumont

TANNER - President & Co-Founder
Tanner Beard, Founder and Festival Director of the Mammoth Film Festival, is an award-winning film and television actor, director and producer. His feature film Producer credits include critically acclaimed "HELLION" starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, and "THE LEGEND OF HELL'S GATE" which he wrote and directed.

In early 2014, Tanner Beard partnered with iconic Oscar Nominated Director Terrance Malick and producer Sarah Green on a four-film deal. These films have courted the talent of actors including Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. These titles including "KNIGHT OF CUPS" and "SONG TO SONG". The documentary "VOYAGE OF TIME" was produced alongside Brad Pitt. It recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival and had its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

TOMIK - Co-Founder
Tomik Mansoori has made the “Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Companies” as the VP of his former company, Night Vision Entertainment {NVE}. A well-known event production entrepreneur, Tomik's clients included FOX Home Entertainment, Seth MacFarlane, Adidas, Warner Brothers Interactive and much more. With Tomik as one of the company's leaders, Night Vision was generating over $5MM a year in revenue and an 818% growth over 3 years.

In 2014, Tomik left the events world to pursue his dream of making films. He signed on as VP of Belligerent Seal and now sits poised to take the company even further, and their first Paramount feature, The Stars Are Already Dead, is in post-production as well as a controversial thriller titled "Del Playa" which received a 2017 release. Tomik's next film, currently in development, stars Val Kilmer, Michael Chiklis and Mira Sorvino.

THEO - Co-Founder
Theo Dumont is a film festival founder, event producer and entertainment publicist with two decades of experience in Hollywood.

Dumont, the co-founder and co-director of the HollyShorts Film Festival, an Academy Award qualifying festival and the largest short film festival in Los Angeles. HollyShorts is devoted to advancing the careers of independent filmmakers through networking events and screenings. For the past 12 years, HollyShorts Film Festival has featured participation from the top filmmakers and artists in the world including: David Lynch, Josh Brolin, Jessica Biel, Eli Roth, Demi Moore, Kirsten Dunst, and many more.

Dumont also works with Film2Future the non-profit creative and technical filmmaking program for at-risk, diverse students between the ages of 14 - 18.

ALEX - Festival Attaché
Alexandra Chando is an actress, producer, and director. With over 14 years of experience acting on network television and film, she is no stranger to the production process. Though acting is her first love, Chando became interested in directing while filming Freeform’s “The Lying Game” where she played two roles. The long days on set gave her the opportunity to become well acquainted with the technical aspects of directing. From there, Chando began shadowing directors on network television series (Mistresses, Scorpion, Switched at Birth) which eventually led to her creating and directing her own female driven unscripted pilot which is currently being pitched, as well as her first short film “LPM, Likes Per Minute”. She continues to act but is excited to expand into other realms of the industry and join the Mammoth Film Festival team. 

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH TANNER BEARD
Journalist: Joseph Flores
Location: Mammoth Film Festival



ABOUT MAMMOTH FILM FESTIVAL
The Mammoth Film Festival is a retreat for those who love, create and enjoy film. An all media festival celebrating varieties of filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, producers and their work. Regal with the wonderful town of Mammoth Lakes, California as it's beautiful backdrop. The film and media showcase has a firm purpose for the exhibition, exploration, celebration and competition of boundless media. A focus on independent creation and absolute risk-taking in the world of multimedia, film and television. So put your snow boots on, bring your skis, grab some free popcorn and enjoy this exciting festival.

The Mammoth Film Festivals central aim is to lead the charge for an ever-changing landscape of film and media. As content continues to be consumed on new and different platforms, the fear exists that independent film will become lost in the wayside. Mammoth Film Festival aims to be an important institution towards fostering independent filmmakers and their stories so that strong and important voices always have a way to continue to be seen and heard. The film and media showcase of the Mammoth Film Festival has a firm purpose for the exhibition, exploration, celebration and competition of boundless media. A celebration of independent creation and absolute risk-taking in the world of multimedia, film and television.

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Expiry Date - Mariah Owen and Brittany Johnson Interview




EXPIRY DATE
15 minutesProducer: Mariah Owen
Lead/Co-Writer: Brittany Johnson 
Co-Writer: Juliana Covey
Production Co: GTE Productions
Directed: Jackie English

SYNOPSIS

Expiry Date is a female driven comedy about an actress in her late 20s realizing her expiry dates on career, love and life in a world that is supposed to be the era of "modern feminism". Stars: Brittany Johnson, Grace Lynn Kung, Christy Bruce and Kristopher Bowman. Directed by Jackie English and produced by Mariah Owen.

ABOUT THE CAST 
Photo Content from IMDB
Mariah Owen: Producer
Mariah Owen is an award-winning actress and filmmaker from Toronto who founded GTE Productions when she was just 21 years old. She has produced over 20 episodes for television and digital series, 8 short films, 2 features and most recently produced the SXSW darling film M.F.A. starring Francesca Eastwood which is available on Amazon & iTunes. She is currently in pre-production for the feature film GRACE, which she wrote, and will produce and act in. In addition, she’s joining the team on season 4 of CBC’s, iEmmy nominated show; The Amazing Gayl Pileand is a newly elected board member for the Independent Web Creators of Canada. To connect: @mariahowen.

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Brittany Johnson: LEAD, Co-writer. (Chloe Ryan)
Brittany Johnson is an accomplished actress with several appearances on North American television. Her credits include; CW’s Reign, FX’s Man Seeking Woman, Space Channel's Dark Matter, CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries and Hallmark’s The Good Witch. Her writing debut is Expiry Date, which she co-wrote with her sister and stars in. Johnson began to expand her love of filmmaking and transitioned to behind the camera in 2017, with her directorial debut short film FOMO that won Best Canadian Comedy at the Short Stack Festival. Brittany can soon be seen in Little Italy starring Emma Roberts, which will be hitting theatres later this year. She is currently working on her next web series, Ally's Allies (2019). To connect online: @britlynne


CREDITED CAST
Grace Lynn Kung Madison Von Boheme
Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy, Ms Kung holds two Certificates of Distinction from Trinity College London in Speech and Drama. She plays Lauren in John Madden's film "Miss Sloane" with Jessica Chastain. Named one of the "Top 10 Canadian Actresses to Watch" by Crave, she splits her time between North America and the UK.

Christy Bruce Parker Woods
Christy Bruce is an actor, improviser, and improv teacher. Christy first started improvising at the Loose Moose Theatre, in Calgary, Alberta with Keith Johnstone (author of "Impro" and "Impro for Storytellers" ) and Dennis Cahill (Artistic Director). She is an Alumni of the Second City Toronto Touring Company, and has starred in Rebecca Northan's award winning show "Blind Date" across Canada and on London's West End. Christy has also worked on Broadway with Kim Cattrell and Paul Gross in "Private Lives". She has won a Canadian Comedy Award with the show "Monkey Toast".

Sydney Van Delft Cafe Girl #1
Sydney van Delft is a Canadian actress from Toronto, Ontario. She is a former competitive rhythmic gymnast and dancer, and attended the National Ballet School of Canada. Sydney performed with the National Ballet of Canada in James Kudelka's The Nutcracker, Pastoral, and The Contract before going on to pursue musical theatre and acting.

Sarena Parmar Melissa Feldman
Sarena Parmar is an actress, known for Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001), The Animal Project (2013) and Flashpoint (2008).

Albert Howell Ryan Woods
Albert Howell is a writer and actor, known for This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992), Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) and First World Problems (2011).

Jill Frappier Hazel
Veteran performer, Jill Frappier has appeared in most regional theatres across Canada as well as at the Shaw and Stratford Festivals and at the Royal Alex here in Toronto. Jill is a familiar voice on CBC radio dramas and Ideas. She also provides the voices of a wide range of cartoon characters from Luna in Sailor Moon to Mrs. Prysellius in Pippi Longstocking. She has appeared in several movies including Indian Horse (summer 2017), Strange Brew and Strauss: Master of ¾ Time, Elisa IV and many TV shows: - Night Heat, Street Legal, Traders, Beyond Reality, Anne of Green Gables(3), Spearfield's Daughter, Chasing Rainbows, Samuel et la Mer, (a French mini series), Murdoch Mysteries, Degrassi, Man Seeking Woman, The Strain, Kill Joys and Cradle to Grave.

Jill had her own drama school for young people for 20 years (Dragontrails Drama) and has written 8 plays for children. One of her plays, Operation: Ella!, was performed at Theatre Orangeville. In her spare time (!) Jill loves to play with clay. She sells her creations at the One of a Kind Show.


THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH MARIAH OWEN AND BRITTANY JOHNSON
Journalist: Joseph Flores
Location: Mammoth Film Festival


EXPIRY DATE (2017) follows Chloe Ryan (Brittany Johnson) as she reaches that age when life decisions are at the forefront. Feeling all the stress from making these choices, her views are skewed by the men in her life as she tries to figure out which path to follow. Will it be the career woman? The famous actress? The homemaker or the baby momma? With mixed signals from other women, it only makes her journey that much more difficult as she is pressured with the indirect messages society sends to a young woman. Even at the prime of her young adult life, she feels the ticking of the clock as she’s nearing the expiration dates of certain choices she must make.
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The French Girl by Lexie Elliott


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They were six university students from Oxford--friends and sometimes more than friends--spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway--until they met Severine, the girl next door.

For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group's loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can't forgive, and there are some people you can't forget, like Severine, who was never seen again.

Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine's body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she's worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free.




Praise for THE FRENCH GIRL

One of RealSimple.com’s and Cosmopolitan’s Best Books of the Month

One of PureWow’s 20 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018

“You shouldn’t have any trouble picking up Lexie Elliott’s debut novel, “The French Girl.” It comes with a warning, though, because you will definitely have trouble putting it down.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“The French Girl commands attention. The author provides the perfect dose of character development before unveiling eerie details from her cast’s past, ensuring that we’re properly unnerved when their lives begin to unravel.” —Associated Press

“The shifting dynamics within the group will keep the reader guessing until the end. First novelist Elliott has done a phenomenal job of combining a whodunit with a Big Chill vibe.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“A gripping mystery that delves into the past and the darker side of friendships, this book will have you questioning everything you think you know. The French Girl is a fantastic debut about tangled relationships, shifting perceptions, and the memories—and people—that haunt us. I was completely captivated from beginning to end.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Stranger

“Scottish debut novelist Elliott, who holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford, launches a fiction-writing career with a smart, suspenseful thriller.” —Booklist

“A maelstrom of complicated friendships and shifting alliances. This addictive debut will keep you up late into the night!” —Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

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Author Spotlight
Photo Credit: Nick James Photography

Lexie Elliott has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she began to focus on it more seriously after she lost her banking job in 2009 due to the Global Financial Crisis. After some success in short story competitions, she began planning a novel. With two kids and a (new) job, it took some time for that novel to move from her head to the page, but the result was "The French Girl", which will be published by Berkley in February 2018 - available to pre-order now!

When she's not writing, Lexie can be found running, swimming or cycling whilst thinking about writing. In 2007 she swam the English Channel solo. She won't be doing that again. In 2015 she ran 100km, raising money for Alzheimer Scotland. She won't be doing that again either. But the odd triathlon or marathon isn't out of the question.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

C.C. Hunter Author Interview


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C. C. Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty-five books, including her wildly popular Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series. In addition to winning numerous awards and rave reviews for her novels, C.C. is also a photojournalist, motivational speaker, and writing coach. In February 2018, Wednesday Books will publish her contemporary young adult and hardcover debut, This Heart of Mine. And the first book of her new paranormal young adult series, The Mortician's Daughter: One Foot in the Grave will release on October 31st 2017. C. C. currently resides in Texas with her husband, junkyard dog, Lady, and whatever wild creatures that meander out from woods surrounding home.

C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels. www.christie-craig.com

C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take some time to get back with you, but she will reply. cc@cchunterbooks.com
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What were your inspirations for the character development?
The plot of This Heart of Mine came from the thought of writing a book about a girl getting a transplant. The story was born from personal experience. My husband had recently had a transplant. So I took a lot of the difficulties, the pain, and the emotion that my husband went through and created a girl with enough gumption to deal with all that it entailed. Once I got into her head and figured out her likes and dislikes, her quirks, what made her laugh, what made her cry, she just blossomed.

Was there a particular event or time that you recognized that writing was not just a hobby.
Good question. The first book I wrote, I wrote with nothing but gumption. I really didn’t know how to write a book. I’m dyslexic and lacked the educational background so many authors had. I was someone who never really excelled at anything, and who never really had a passion. I wasn’t good in sports, wasn’t good in school, and had no musical talent. I hadn’t even read a lot because it was so hard. But since I was ten years old, what I had done in lieu of reading was create stories in my head.

When I started writing, I found my passion. I can’t say I was great at it, but I was pretty good. My passion gave me the willpower to start learning and growing. I forced myself to start reading. Studying books. And in 1988, I entered my very first contest. It was the Golden Heart contest, a huge contest for romance. When I finaled, I was validated. I knew this was what I was meant to do. From then on, I wrote with purpose. I wrote believing that eventually, I would make it a career.

What was your unforgettable moment while writing THIS HEART OF MINE?
This Heart of Mine is my 39th published book. I had a set writing schedule, sort of regular hours, but when I started writing this book, it grabbed me by my throat and wouldn’t let me go. One night, only a few days into writing this book, I went to check my email before bed. I read the last paragraph I’d written that day and thought of good line. Then, I couldn’t stop writing. And I couldn’t stop crying because the scene was so close to what my husband and I had endured. I just fell into the story. I think I wrote like thirty five pages that night. I suddenly heard my husband clear his throat. He said, “I’m going to assume you are writing, and the reason you are sobbing is because it’s a sad scene. But it’s four in the morning, and I just wanted to make sure you aren’t having an online affair.” He was joking, but still laugh about it.

What part of Leah did you enjoy writing the most?
I loved watching her learn to live again and fall in love for the very first time. I loved watching her realize she had an opinion and she should let it be known. I’ve written a lot of love stories, but Leah’s and Matt’s story left me breathless at times. They both helped each other survive something so difficult. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes my characters teach me something or reinforce something. Leah and this story reinforced the importance of how precious time is. And how we should cherish every moment we have with those we love.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Matt?
That the human spirit is amazingly strong and love is thing that can give us strength. Matt lost his father and shortly after that, he lost his identical twin brother. At times, all he could feel was grief. But through love, love of his mother, love of Leah, he overcame the darkness of grief, and began to embrace hope and joy.

What's your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
It’s a tossup. I love to read, curl up somewhere really comfortable and lose myself in a story. I also love sitting outside on the porch—if weather permits— sipping a glass of wine and chatting with friends.

What is your happiest childhood memory?
I loved going to my grandmother’s house. She was the kind of grandmother who made chores fun. We would go pick strawberries out the garden, or we’d go for a walk in the woods. Or we’d make fudge. She always made me feel special. And I didn’t get that a lot being the middle child between two brothers who excelled at everything.

If you wrote a journal entry today, what would it say?
Deep breath. Deep breath. Too many books to read, and write, and not enough time. Just stay balanced. You can do it. You can.

Right now I’m contracted for five books, so I stay busy. It’s good thing I love doing this!

TEN FACTS ABOUT THIS HEART OF MINE

Here are ten facts readers and Leah learns in This Heart of Mine.
· While first kisses are awesome, the second ones can be great too.
· We shouldn’t be afraid to take a chance. Win or lose. That’s what life is, a bunch of chances.
· Even an artificial heart can break.
· Getting a second chance at life is a miracle, but knowing someone had to die to give you that life, is hard to swallow.
· Almost losing your life can give you a new perspective of how you want to live.
· Dreams are sometimes more than just the subconscious. Someone might be trying to tell you something.
· Living a day at a time isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. You need to embrace the future and learn from the past.
· You can be dying and still feel the butterflies from a hot guy and the perfect kiss.
· Sometimes you have to follow your heart, even if it wasn’t always yours.
· You need to be whoever you are and not worry about what others might think.



A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

Praise for THIS HEART OF MINE

"I was addicted from page one!" ―New York Times bestselling author PC Cast

"Heartbreaking and heroic. Hunter’s characters will leave you breathless and flipping the pages for more." ―New York Times bestselling author Kristin Cast

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Thank you C.C. HUNTER for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter.

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