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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ANOTHER GREAT REVIEW

Another great reader review was recently posted on the Amazon.com page for BROADWAY VAMPIRE (Love the signature!).

"If you are looking for a book that will keep you glued and turning the pages to see what happens next this is the one for you. Do you believe in Vampires? Well you just might after reading this. This book will grip you and stay with you. Take this from someone who knows I highly recommend this book.

Signed


Vampiras
"

BUY YOUR COPY HERE!

Broke? Read it FREE here.

A Skeleton in the Closet

MORE LOUIS FOR HALLOWEEN!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

HALLOWEEN ENTERTAINMENT

Love this tune from Louis Armstrong!



Also, Nicole Kidman in The Others provided a couple of hours of appropriate Halloween entertainment. I thought the director, who also wrote the music, really pulled it off.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Holidays Are Coming

Please take a look at this web site and think about making a donation of either items the troops are requesting or some cash. The holidays are coming, folks, and we'll be enjoying them with family and friends, not ducking bullets.

http://www.give2thetroops.org/items.htm

This is a pretty good outfit. Even 20 bucks sent thru their PayPal link will help.

However you feel about the war, it is not the fault of the troops serving there. When you're serving, the holidays are often the toughest times of the year. Show a little love!

Please pass this along to anyone who can afford to show their appreciation.

Enjoy the turkey and the trimmings next month

Thanks!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

GIG THIS SATURDAY

I will be at the Quadrant Book Mart and Cafe in Easton, PA this Saturday October 23, from Noon to 3 pm. I'll be signing copies of BROADWAY VAMPIRE and from 1 'til 2 JJ Deluxe will join me for an hour of music and some reading from the novel in the art gallery upstairs at the Quadrant.

Monday, October 18, 2010

BRIAN GORMLEY -- closing party

Brian Gormley -- He is the Master of the Mark.


He is the Keeper of the Flame of Abstract Impressionism.


He is the direct artistic heir of Jackson Pollack.

Brian Gormley fancies himself an outsider. Intellectually and artistically, he is the ultimate insider.

His show REVENGE OF THE MAYAN CALENDAR at Mindy Wyatt Gallery closes tomorrow night, Tuesday October 19. There will be a HUGE closing party.

Mindy Wyatt Gallery
814 Broadway (between 11th and 12th Sts)
Manhattan

7pm - 9 pm. Be there or be square!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

READER REVIEWS

Here are some of my favorite quotes from readers who have read Broadway Vampire and then wrote reviews.

From Amazon:

"This book was a pleasant surprise, a mix of Broadway history and an inventive twist on the traditional vampire lore. It was a great read, fast paced like James Patterson, but with enough substance and interesting, colorful characters to keep me reading long past bedtime!! It was also fun to have real-life people mentioned in the book, as well as real places with which I'm familiar. No book since Interview with a Vampire has made me wonder more about their existence!! A great first novel, hopefully there will be more to follow!" 

"I loved the book! A fast read and interesting history of Broadway theater. I am not a vampire person but Gus is my kind of vampire!!!!"


and from Goodreads:

"An intriguing premise, a vampire theatrical producer.
I liked the vampire lore of this book. It was well thought out and intriguing. Make no mistake this is a vampire with a capital V, no sparkly veggie angsty emo guy, but a murderous unapologetic drinker of human blood. ."


One thing I noticed -- the paying customers were much more enthusiastic than the people who got freebies. (I gave away ten copies on Goodreads as part of one of their contests.) I'm thinking "No more freebies! Read it free on the blog or buy it." 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

BROADWAY VAMPIRE -- chapter 5 posted

Chapter 5 of BROADWAY VAMPIRE is now available for your reading pleasure. It's FREE.

One chapter a week for 60 weeks, every Wednesday before Noon. (Hey, I'm a playwright. How precise a schedule do you want from me?).

Here's the link written out: http://broadwayvampire.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!

Friday, October 8, 2010

BROADWAY VAMPIRE -- 1,000,000 Readers!





I want to have 1,000,000 people reading the serialization of my new novel BROADWAY VAMPIRE by Halloween this year. That's a huge number. If there's anything you can do to help me spread the word, it would be much appreciated. Tweet it. Share it on FaceBook -- link on upper left of your screen, write your own blog post. Tell people about it. Hey, it's FREE. Who else is putting an entire serialized novel about a vampire who is a Broadway producer on the internet for FREE?

So, if you can tell people, thank you!

Here's the link written out:


http://broadwayvampire.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Army Corps of Engineers Emerges as Rogue Agency Fronting for Fracking Criminals

Press Statement from Delaware Riverkeeper Network:

Army Corps of Engineers
Emerges as Rogue Agency

 
Philadelphia, PA – The Army Corps of Engineers is the “ex officio” appointee that represents the federal government vote on the Delaware River Basin Commission, one of the five votes on the Commission that make decisions about the water resources of the Delaware River Watershed.  In that role, the federal member is representing the President of the United States.
 
The federal representative is supposed to confer with and reflect the input of other federal partners such as the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its deliberations regarding DRBC policies, projects and voting matters. Unfortunately, as the natural gas industry chafes at the bit, anxious to start drilling here in the Delaware River Watershed where there is a moratorium in place on gas production wells, pressure is building.
 
Recently New Jersey pushed the DRBC to fast track gas regulations before an essential cumulative impact study is done. Then the Army Corps sent a letter to Congressman Maurice Hinchey glorifying “economic development” over scientific study and a measured approach to gas drilling regulation and oversight.  These and other poor policy decisions are beginning to unravel the DRBC’s ability to protect the water supply for 15 million people and the outstanding features and ecosystems of the Delaware River watershed, the very mission that the DRBC is mandated to fulfill.
 
Congressman Hinchey had written the Corps as a federal lawmaker asking that they support the completion of the federally funded cumulative impact study he and other members of the Delaware River Congressional delegation are marshalling through the appropriations process and urging that the study be completed prior to the promulgation of gas regulations by the DRBC.
 
In addition to disregarding the requests of Congressman Hinchey, the Corps also notably ignored the written requests of the National Park Service and Department of the Interior for the completion of the cumulative impact study of the potential impacts of gas development on the “water quality and scientific features” of the River Basin and its Special Protection Waters, and to include all natural gas projects, including all exploratory wells, in their review and regulation, not allowing any to start construction at this time.  In addition, the Corps has ignored the public voice, expressed for months in thousands of submitted letters and by the appearance of hundreds of residents attending DRBC public meetings advocating for “Study first, a full moratorium now during the course of that study, and once study information is available then regulate to prevent pollution”.
 
Says Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, “The Army Corps has emerged as a rogue agency, ignoring input from other federal partners and pushing instead for fast tracking regulations before a cumulative impact assessment is completed.”  
 
The Army Corps approved the water withdrawal for Stone Energy on July 15 (.70 million gallons of water per day from the West Branch Lackawaxen River for fracking their wells) and voted to deny Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s “Request for Hearing” (a legal challenge to the Stone water approval).  They also voted to deny the joint request by Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability for a stay to keep a group of grandfathered “exploratory” wells from moving ahead in Bucks and Wayne Counties, PA.  And they say they are doing it all for “economic development” and to “secure energy reserves”, despite the fact that there is no provision for such considerations by the DRBC; the DRBC exists for water resource and watershed protection according to its Compact.
 
“It is essential that a cumulative impact assessment of the potential impacts of gas development be completed and this study needs to be used as the basis for the new DRBC regulations.  Right now, being pushed by the Army Corps, the DRBC is planning to do it backwards – to allow drilling first, and do the study of the harms of gas drilling later when it is too late to take advantage of its findings in crafting their gas rules,” said van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper.  “Delaware Riverkeeper Network thanks Congressman Hinchey and our other elected officials who are working to assure that this crucial assessment is completed for the Watershed in order to inform the DRBC gas rulemaking so regulations that prevent pollution and degradation can be adopted and that no gas-related projects proceed while the study is underway,” said van Rossum. 
 
Congressman Hinchey replied to the Army Corp’s letter on September 30.  In a strong rebuff of the Corp’s errant actions, Congressman Hinchey cited the underlying regulations that created and guide the DRBC and challenged the Corps with several questions.  The text of his letter follows. 
 
September 30, 2010
 
Brigadier General Peter A. DeLuca
Commander and Division Engineer, North Atlantic Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
302 General Lee Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11252
 
Dear General DeLuca:
 
            Thank you for your prompt response to my recent letter regarding regulations for gas exploration and drilling in the Delaware River Basin.  While I appreciate learning your views on this matter, your letter raises very serious and troubling questions about the role of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) federal representative, how the views of other federal agency partners are represented at the DRBC, and the obligations of the DRBC to protect one of our country’s largest sources of drinking water.
 
            In the recent letter, you note, “The federal family of agencies that I represent on the commission are collectively charged with a requirement to support the economic needs of the region and our nation’s need to secure energy reserves while protecting the environment.” While this charge may be legislatively specified for other federal and state agencies, there is no legislative authorization for the DRBC that supports such an interpretation of the federal representative’s role on that commission.  In fact, this statement contradicts Congressional intent and ignores the specific interests that Congress cited in creating the DRBC and in establishing multiple federal designations and protections along the length of the Delaware River. These designations include the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Middle Delaware National Scenic River, and the Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic River.

            As you know, the DRBC was established by Congress in 1961 and signed into law by President John F. Kennedy to protect and manage the waters of the Delaware River Basin.  The Compact specifies the DRBC’s role in protecting and managing key interests such as water supply, pollution control, flood protection, watershed management, recreation, hydroelectric power, and regulation of withdrawals and diversions.  The Compact between the federal government and four basin states specifically notes:
 
“Each of the signatory parties covenants and agrees to prohibit and control pollution of the waters of the basin according to the requirement of this compact and to cooperate faithfully in the control of future pollution in and abatement of existing pollution from rivers, streams, and water in the basin...[1]
           
            The Compact provides no charge or direction to the DRBC to “secure energy reserves,” other than hydroelectric power, particularly if such activities jeopardize the federally-protected Special Protection Waters of the basin.  This charge is explicitly cited numerous times in the law. Unfortunately, without the benefit of a cumulative impact study of gas exploration and drilling in the Basin, the DRBC cannot accurately assess how the development of up to 30,000 gas drilling wells will impact the Basin’s water resources or fully protect the Basin’s invaluable water and natural resources.
 
            In terms of representing other federal interests, the interpretation cited in your letter also contradicts the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 and the inclusion of large segments of the Delaware River in that federal system.  The Act describes the “Congressional declaration of policy” as follows:
 
“It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.[2]
 
Widespread reports of water contamination and adverse impacts, however, raise serious questions as to whether the use of hydraulic fracturing for gas exploration and drilling in the Delaware River Basin is consistent with this policy.
 
            As I noted in my prior letter, the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have also conveyed to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) their agencies’ concerns about drilling activities in this basin, citing the federal protective designations and other important national interests and supporting a cumulative impact study[3].  However, your letter makes no mention of the concerns publicly expressed by any of the “family of federal agencies” that you indicate the Army Corps represents.
 
            At a time when the wells of private citizens near gas drilling sites in Pennsylvania and many other states are being investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state regulatory bodies for contamination by methane and fracking fluids, we should be doing everything we can to ensure that the Special Protected Waters (SPW) of the Delaware River Basin, which supplies drinking water to millions of people, is home to endangered fish and wildlife, and supports the local recreation and tourism economies for scores of local communities, is protected against the risks of natural gas drilling.
 
            Given the serious nature of this issue and the vagueness of your prior response, I request that you please provide answers to the following questions:
 
·         What are the “federal agencies” you represent at the Delaware River Basin Commission?
·         What is the legal basis, be that statutory or regulatory, on which you based your statement that the “family of federal agencies” you represent are charged with supporting “the economic needs of the region and our nation’s need to secure energy reserves?”
·         What is the legal basis, be that statutory or regulatory, on which you based your statement: “This balancing [environmental protection to proceed together with economic development] was an underlying reason for the creation of the Commission?”
·         How have you complied with your agency’s environmental review requirements and other responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act?
·         Did you, or anyone in your agency, conduct any environmental reviews on the cumulative impact of gas drilling on the Delaware River Basin’s water quality, drinking water supplies, or fish and wildlife?
·         Did your agency conduct any analysis of the potential negative economic consequences of gas drilling to other sectors of the economy, including tourism, recreation, second home construction, and agriculture?
·         How did you incorporate the views of other federal agencies before making a decision to approve a water withdrawal for gas drilling (Stone Energy Docket D-2009-01301, approved 7.14.10) and to support the “grandfather” exceptions to the Supplemental Executive Director Determination for a number of exploratory wells?
·         Did you consult with other federal agencies prior to drafting and sending your response to my letter?
·         Was your response to my letter approved by any superior officers at the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Army, or senior administration officials before it was sent?
·         Can you provide the schedule that shows that “several public hearings as well as a written comment period sometime later in the calendar year” have been arranged to address drilling in the Delaware River Basin?
 
            I look forward to your timely response.
 
                                                            Sincerely,
 
                                                            Maurice D. Hinchey

Monday, October 4, 2010

MORE EIRE

Charlie Connelly, author of Our Man in Hibernia
and The Unknown Playwright, author of Broadway Vampire


So, there had to be more, right? 

Above you see two ukulele strumming authors. I first met Charlie Connelly when he came to NY Uke Fest in 2007. We stayed in touch over the internet. As it happened , his new book Our Man in Hibernia was being launched while I was in Dublin. Which meant that I was likely a pest but we did get together at an evening club event The Irish Sunday Times sponsored  to help launch the book.

Charlie is the author of eight books, BBC radio correspondent, and a collector and player of the ukulele. Our Man in Hibernia is a witty and loving examination of his move from England to Ireland to be with the love of his life and fellow journalist Jude Leavy. It's witty and engaging and has earned a place on my bookshelf right next to Sarah Lyall's The Anglo Files.

Brian Henderson's 60th Birthday 
(l to r., me, a friend, Brian Henderson)

Painter Brian Henderson was a long-time stalwart on the New York art scene for many years before returning to his native Dublin. Seeing him when I walked into Chez Gormley (Dublin edition) for the first time sort of threw me. I'd just finished a long trek that included a first class flight to Heathrow, a layover of a few hours in London, a train from Euston Station across England and Wales for several hours to Holyhead where I boarded the Ulysses, pride of the Irish Ferries line and  the slow boat to Dublin. Then public transport and finally a cab to Pembroke Road, where I walked in to see not only Brian but another face I knew from someplace else.

Anyway, Brian was definitely part of the picture while we were there, and a welcome one I must say. He dropped by on the evening of his 60th birthday. (His studio, btw, is really well-appointed. Most American artists would give their proverbial eye teeth -- whatever the hell they are -- for a place like this. Like my host Brian Gormley, Brian Henderson creates beautiful abstract paintings -- though their styles are quite different. Henderosn also likes to shoot photography of black women in tight, scanty vinyl outfits.

The Dublin Museums and exhibits are outstanding. I was invited to the gala opening of the National Gallery of Ireland exhibit: Gabriel Metsu -- Rediscovered Master of the Dutch Golden Age. Brilliant! I'm surprised that it debuted in Ireland and not the Netherlands. You've likely never heard of Metsu but by all means make a point of looking at his work, especially if you happen to find yourself in Dublin anytime while the show is still up (thru Dec 5)

The Dublin Writers Museum was a treat. I spent a full morning there checking it all out. I found out about writers I'd never heard of but should have, and learned more about writers who have long been favorites of mine. Imagine America having a museum honoring its writers. Hah! Fat chance. That means we as a nation would have to respect ideas and storytelling that goes beyond car chases, old bones, cops and shoot 'em ups.

I also got to see the Sir John  Lavery exhibit "Passion and Politics" at the Hugh Lane Gallery -- really a museum. Arthur Keating and his wife have a very rare piece loaned to this show. It's a painting of a young girl by Hazel Lavery, Sir John's American-born wife who became famous as the beautiful woman on the Irish bank notes (until the Euro came along).  The evening of the same day that I saw this show, Arthur and Vera had a going away dinner for us (mentioned in the other blog).

There's a lot of angst in Dublin these days. Everywyhere you look there are "To Let" signs on offices. The economy is hard hit by the collusion between 3 American presidents (Clinton, Bush 2, and Obama) with the criminals on Wall Street who destroyed the world economy. The Irish will survive though, as we all will. There will always be Guiness.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

HOW TO ORDER “Broadway Vampire” (or read it for FREE)

HOW TO ORDER “Broadway Vampire” (or read it for FREE)

There are several ways to order my new novel BROADWAY VAMPIRE, even though it “officially” comes out October 10. And there’s a way to read it for FREE. Please read on.

The best way for me is if you use this link (I get triple royalties):


Here’s the link to buy it on Amazon.com:


Here’s the link to buy the Kindle version:


If you want to go the old-fashioned route, you can order the book at your local bookstore. You will need this number, though, so you might want to copy it down:

ISBN-13: 978-0965128773

I do hope you will read my book, so much so that there is also a FREE on-line 60 week serialization. Hopefully, you get so hooked in that you find you can’t wait and MUST order the whole book immediately. Anyway, here’s where to read it FREE:


Thank you!