MAD JUNE ” PRETTY FACE “

I wanted to take today, to show case MAD JUNE’s new song PRETTY FACE. I’m good friends with these girls and so proud of keep things rolling in their carrerrs. Enjoy, and follow them on Twitter @Madjune and their official website http://madjune.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock on, friends

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Three New Blogs To Check Out

This hasn’t been done in a long ass time, but it’s here! 😀 I’m linking with three new blogs I think you need to check out .

 

http://zoe-harrington.blogspot.com/

I ran into this young artist on twitter and found her blog to be a treat. She does some amazing Q& A with fellow artist, picking their brains, getting to know them one and one. It really puts a smile on my face to see my youth out there working hard to stand behind the name INDIE. Sending this girl some one love and all the best wishes as she continues down the road.

I really hope Zoe continues her blog for years to come, because what starts off small eventually expands to the world.

 

 

http://renthewriter.com 

Ren is define in the JESSE MADE DICTIONARY AS: bad ass, wicked, carebears in honey, cool, NUFF SAID!! 😀 This is another must see site. It’s filled with pages of reviews, news and personal insight into one artist mind. If you don’t visit this site, it pretty much means you like to eat baby kittens and feed off their souls. CHECK IT OUT NOW!

 

http://belchdini.wordpress.com/

If you want to get your horror freak on, this is the site for you. It’s got old trailers from the films and reviews from one man’s insight. And, I can proudly say, I’ll checking out a few films that were up for review. Don’t past on this, save it, read it, enjoy it!

 

Take the time and check out all these blogs, don’t miss out. Be cool, don’t be a tool!

 

~JESSE ABUNDIS

The Documentary of Longboarding

Today I wanted to give a round of applause to one kick ass teen, her name is Franki, she did this amazing short Documentary of Longboarding, I’m just fucking proud, and you know I like something when I start cursing lol. Anyway, here it is, share it with your friends, I know in my heart this kid will be going places in the near future without a doubt. Congrats Franki.

INDIE MUSIC FRIDAY

Today I wanted to give a shout out to my favorite Indie Bands out there today. Because just like all indie artist, these bands are trying to be a voice of a new generation

 First up is my twisted sisters from the North, MAD JUNE , the first time I heard this band, I was just blown away, they are the answer to what Alternative Rock has been missing these past years. They got a bit of   the Bloc Party/ Yeah Yeah Yeah’s  hope you become a fan as I have 😀

http://twitter.com/Madjune

http://madjune.com

This next song I saw them perform on Strictly Global and what made me a huge fan of theirs 🙂

 

 

 

This next band is called Smile Smile, they have a nice soft tone, with lyrics that captivate  from the word go. A lot like other bands Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah.

http://www.twitter.com/smilesmileband

http://www.smilesmilemusic.com

 

 

 

This last band are called  THE NEW ROOT, I featured them in the past . I think they’re out of this world, they really remind me of a bit of the Cranberries, with lead singer  Trish Boothy flashing greatness of Patti Smith toughness,  😀 I wanted to feature them again, because they’ve release their first debut album Talk Is Ending, which you can purchase only for $6.99 they also have four free samples to download on their site 🙂

http://twitter.com/thenewroot

http://thenewroot.com

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Indie Artist ” The New Root ”

 

Trish Boothby " Lead Singer " of The New Root

 http://www.thenewroot.com

I can honestly say I did not who the The New Root where and what kind of music they played. But once I saw them on twitter I had to take a look and see  what kind of sound this Indie band was pumping out.

Their song American Tale from the album ” Talk Is Ending ”  is just hypnotic, it’s breath of fresh air, the song American Tale speaks to every sense of our busy lives, tragic crashes and new beginnings. Trish Boothby has a mix of Patti Smith in her and we can only wonder how this young artist allows herself to grow down the road. The entire band itself has a bit of the Cranberries in them but with a modern-day spin to them.

I’ve spoken about the change we need in music and how it needs a new voice, well The New Root seem like that voice that can take music where it’s been waiting to go. If they continue to write what they want and not sell what the market is looking for, they should have a career that goes on for ages. Because I truly think we are at the early stages of what this band can do, we can only accept great things as they reach out of their comfort zone and explore new territory.

Check this band out who hail from Bristol, UK. If they ever make a trip to Los Angeles and hit the house of blues you can bet I’ll be there waiting to see them live and talk to them if they haven’t gone all superstar 😉 just kidding. Check them out, download their songs and buy their album.

Indie Arist Q&A with Jenny Hilborne

Q: Jenny, it’s a blast having you here. I’m thrilled to be one of your Blog Tour stops and I know the readers are just thrilled to death to have you here as well. Ok, first question, give us your background story, how did Jenny Hilborne become an author?

 JENNY: Thanks for having me, pleasure to be here. When I was at college, my English professor put a bug in my ear about getting my work published. I sat on it for over 2 years, thought ‘I’d love it, but I’m not good enough.’ Well, you never know until you try, so I tried….and got rejected, many times. Then I met my publisher, Echelon Press, at the Southern California Writers Conference in 2009. She liked what I wrote, but not enough to publish it. YET. I got some valuable feedback, worked on my first manuscript some more, sent it back to my publisher, and she welcomed me in.

Q:  You have a new book out April 15th  called No Alibi , being released by ECHELON PRESS. Tell us a little about the book?

JENNY: No Alibi is a suspense set in San Francisco, featuring homicide cop, John Doucette. When Doucette finds himself in the middle of a tangled homicide investigation a name crops up he doesn’t want to hear, and he is forced to confront skeletons from his own past or risk letting a killer go free.

Q:  You also wrote a past novel called Madness And Murder, which did well. Do you feel as though No Alibi has to top this novel, like it has to raise the stakes  and just blow the minds off the readers?

JENNY: Good question. The first novel out is the benchmark, I guess, although I don’t compare them. They are both set in San Francisco, but the similarity stops there. I put as much effort and enthusiasm into No Alibi as I did my first novel, and didn’t quit until I felt it was the best it could be. I got great feedback for Madness and Murder, for which I’m sincerely grateful, and I want my readers to enjoy No Alibi just as much.

Q: What comes next after No Alibi, do you see yourself taking on any new genres?

JENNY: I’ve just finished my 3rd suspense, called Hide and Seek, and embarked on my 4th mystery: Fatal Fury. I’m sticking with the suspense/thriller genre for now, however I broke the mold for Fatal Fury and set it in Oxford, England instead of San Francisco.

Q: Let’s change gears just for a second, because I think the readers want to know and care what you think about this changing market we are seeing today.  A lot of people have said, an open market to all authors, is the death of literature as we know it and also lowers the standards of quality. What do you think about that?

JENNY: Another good question and difficult to answer. To put in bluntly, I think of self published v published in terms of licensed v unlicensed. This is not, by any means, to imply either is better than the other. I certainly can’t agree it is the death of literature as we know it. Some of the recent books I’ve read have amazed me to the point I’m still raving about them, many self published. These fabulously talented authors might never have had their work read if they’d gone the traditional published route, which I would consider a loss. Same with music – so many talented people who never get a break because it’s hard to make noise over the sheer volume of other talented individuals trying to be plucked from obscurity. The “open” market breaks down barriers and gives these authors the chance they deserve. With many eBooks priced so low, it doesn’t cost much to take a chance on an unknown author, and maybe uncover a gem.

On the flip side, self publishing opens the flood gates. There are so many more books on the market. The noise from all these new authors splashing in this now massive ocean is so loud it’s deafening. The competition is brutal and more authors (both published and self published) will struggle to make a decent living, in my opinion. I also think it’s overwhelming for the reader, bombarded with all these new authors clamoring for their attention. There is also no guarantee of any kind of quality with a self published book – the “unlicensed” craftsman. In the past, I have read poorly written self published books, which is why I now buy mostly from referral. I think it’s too soon to comment on whether the open market actually lowers the standards. I think the risk for it is there, but I also think the opportunity is greater than ever to discover more fantastic books we might never have found.

Q:  What’s your view on Self-Published authors, do you think they’re good for the market or just pure poison? Not that you said that, let me make that clear to my readers, it’s just that I’ve heard many editors call self-Publishers this and that’s when they were being nice.

JENNY: Hopefully my long post above answers this. Many self published authors are equally as good or better than published authors, and didn’t get a publishing contract due to a multitude of reasons other than the quality of their work. We all know this is a subjective business. Then there are self published authors who publish work not yet ready or good enough for public consumption. I wish self published authors well. I understand their arguments for doing what they do. For me, I still prefer the traditional published route.

Q: I’m not sure if you heard the news of Borders closing down their stores around the U.S after they filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, do you think this change is because how readers get their content, are books becoming things of the past, do you think we’ll see Ebooks become the preferred format?

JENNY: I think Borders were slow in recognizing the trends in the market and they paid the price. Amazon and B&N paid attention. I think eBooks are here to stay and growing in popularity. I also believe tangible books will never be a thing of the past, but libraries and independent bookstores might. We now have the choice of how we prefer to read, although this progress might limit the types of outlets from which we purchase.

Q: In ten years, where do you want to see writing and the industry step into?

JENNY: I would like to see more readers in ten years – more children who think texting is reading or spend all day playing internet games turn to books, both tangible and e-format. I’m not sure the writing industry is where our concerns should be as much as what’s happening to young readers. Hopefully e-readers will help address this and encourage them to read more. I would also like to see Amazon not have the monopoly on the sale of eBooks.

Q: Jilly, Can I call you Jilly? LOL j/k , what advise would you give any up and starting young author?

JENNY: You can call me Jilly, but my name’s Jenny :). I’m no expert to dole out advice, so all I can say is 1) you must want to do it with all your heart to endure the solitude and the set backs. 2) If you do want to do it with all your heart, then never give up. 3) Network.

Q: Share to the readers, your biggest setbacks as you started down your path to get published, if there is one?

JENNY: I’ve been incredibly fortunate. I have no dusty old manuscripts sitting in a drawer. I can’t say I’ve had big setbacks. It is hard to deal with rejection, so use it to your advantage, learn from it, ask questions, and push on.

Q:  Is there any up and coming authors that you know of ( not including me, because we all know I’m freaking amazing 😉  ) that people should check out?

JENNY: Oh, yes. Here are three of the books (and authors) I’ve recently read can’t stop raving about: Mike McIntyre, author of The Scavengers Daughter; Cindy Sample, author of Dying For A Date, Vincent Zandri, author of The Innocent. These books and authors stole my breath.

Q: Jenny, not Jilly 😉 , it’s been a blast having you here. You’re welcome to stop by, do a guest blog post or do another Blog tour anytime. Is there any last words you want to leave the readers with?

JENNY: My pleasure to be here. Thank you so much for the opportunity. You asked me some tough questions, my friend and I had to think. It felt good. For all the readers out there, this is as much an exciting and boisterous time for you as it is for us authors. You have way more product from which to choose, and way more attention being demanded of you. Thanks for your patience and your support. Never stop reading, no matter how loud it gets.

( For More, Please Check Out )

Jenny Hilborne

Author

MADNESS AND MURDER

NO ALIBI

http://JFHilborne.com

http://jfhilborne.wordpress.com

Indie Artist Q&A with Clarie Kinton

Q: Thanks for doing the Q&A with us Claire, you’ve written a book called “DEAD GAME “can you tell us a bit about the novel, what is it about, what does it mean to you?

 CLARIE: My debut novel Dead Game is a young adult fantasy written in memory of my cousin Charles who served in Iraq 2003.  Dead Game was shortlisted for the Brit Writers Awards 2010 and came 8th in the Multi Media Shorty Awards on Twitter, three places behind JK Rowling. 

The story follows Lance Corporal Archie Fletcher as his plane plummets into the Persian Gulf during the Second Gulf War, his St Christopher talisman stripped from his neck as well as his clothes from his body, but even his wild imagination could never have primed him for the adventure he must now undertake. Waking to find he is lost in a feral land called Transit locked somewhere between Heaven and Earth and unable to believe he is dead Archie’s existence is transformed with new allies, new enemies and an inconceivable motivation to survive his ordeal and succeed in his new mission to cross the bridge to the other side of life.  With guardian angels, a cursed centaur and mythical saints, Archie battles his way through Transit, discovering an underwater world of ancient secrets, brawling with wild lions, enraged charioteers and venomous plants. The Moon’s trickery endangering his sanity and a three headed dragon that never sleeps blocking his path, Dead Game is no easy feat. The fantasy will whisk you away to a parallel world confirming the knowing deep within us all that the adventure of life must go on.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about the Charity that this book goes out to help?

CLARIE : Dead Game supports our troops through Help for Heroes and SSAFA Forces Help.  There are so many amazing forces charities that I’d love to support but Help for Heroes seemed to umbrella most of them.  SSAFA Forces Help and the Army Benevolent Fund were a massive aid to my family in our time of anguish and I know they would still be there now for us if we ever needed them.  I may not condone or understand war but I sure as hell will support every single one of our troops who fights for us.

SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) has now been around for 125 years and they have made an unfailing commitment to the men and women of Britain´s Armed Forces, continually adapting to meet the changing needs of those who serve – those who used to serve and the families of both. You need only serve for one day to receive SSAFA’s support. SSAFA are there for our servicemen and women because they believe that their bravery, dedication and commitment, deserves a lifetime of support.

Just seeing on the news the amount of casualties, and coffins returning from Afghanistan was enough for me to want to support Help for Heroes. I have one friend who lost a leg in Bosnia and another friend who lost her husband in Afghanistan. I know doctors and nurses who have been detached to Afghanistan and seen things that no man or woman should ever see. I wear my wrist band and poppy with such pride not only in memory of those who have died serving but in support of those who live with their injuries. Help for Heroes care for our living heroes.

Q: What got you into writing?

CLARIE : I’ve been writing since I was a child and seem to have turned to it, as a comfort, throughout my life during times of trouble.  It’s how I express myself best. 

My inspiration to write Dead Game, as I’ve just said ignited following the tragic death of my cousin, who served in Iraq 2003 with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.  Stricken with grief and pregnant with my first child, I found writing my way of coping with my bereavement.  I also found comfort spending six years attending a spiritualist church where I developed as a medium and I now believe Charles is as much the author of Dead Game as I am. Three children later and after six years of living by an RAF camp with my husband Gareth, I forged close friendships with families whose young men risk – and all too often lose – their lives serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Witnessing at first hand the heartbreak of loss that conjures a multitude of emotions, particularly in children and young adults, spurred me on to complete Dead Game. For some young minds it is not enough to say ‘He’s gone to Heaven’, they need to know why, what happens next, how long will they be gone? Dead Game is my way of answering these poignant questions.  Uplifting all those who have ever loved and lost, Dead Game strives to put forward one answer to death and at the same time teaches us; we are what we think; love never dies and that the human soul continues eternally

 I don’t know about all writers but for myself writing Dead Game felt a bit like opening a vein.  I tore this story from my heart, with every word, every sub-plot and every twist.  My part in writing Dead Game and its concept was not easy; most things are easy to say, it’s what we’re unable to say that’s hard.  Writing Dead Game was an emotional and grueling fight at times but I was compelled and driven to write it.  I think Dead Game opens that door in our minds where an infinite amount of possibilities become viable as long as the reader has the imagination to improvise.

On the flipside the greatest thing about writing is the process of discovery.  It’s a tonic.  It’s almost like a time machine.  Writing some chapters of Dead Game felt like going back to a place where innocence reigned – it was bliss.  I got to the stage where I couldn’t wait for the children to go to sleep so I could find out what would happen next.  It was also a way for me to put straight so many different thoughts and ideas I had.  Seeing them in black and white really clarified certain things for me.

On a physical level, it’s one thing to get the story down onto paper as a rough draft; it’s another having to go through it with a fine comb and edit and polish it until it’s perfect.  To be truthful writing and even the polishing I would construe as relatively painless – I love writing, that’s what I do.  The hardest part is getting published, marketing and getting the story out there to readers, which is why it’s so wonderful when I get invited to do blog interviews as it’s another way to tell people I’m here.

Q:  Who was your favorite Author?

 CLAIRE: Gosh I don’t know if I have one – I read so many different genres, fact and fiction mainstream and independent, I just couldn’t say.

Q:  Now the hard questions are upon us, so to speak, with the internet era upon us. Do you feel, like such Publishers have been very open about, that the internet/self-published writers ruin the market or hurt the art?

CLAIRE: Hmmm…. You’re not wrong!  The hard questions are coming out ;0)

There is a saying that ‘everyone has a book in them’ and I genuinely believe this to be true.  When it comes to publishing that book… well if your story is good enough and in this day and age if you manage to find an agent and find a mainstream publisher you are certainly one of the lucky ones.  Less than 1% of submissions get picked up, so per publisher that’s one or two books a year out of thousands upon thousands.  With celebrities and established authors swamping the bookshelves debut authors barely stand a chance.  And yet there are SO many manuscripts, stories and concepts out there worth publishing and reading, I think the publishers are simply swamped in submissions and through no fault of their own they can’t keep up with the modern twist in publishing.  So many great books are slipping through their systems and I think the authors are taking stock of this and choosing to pursue their aspirations by publishing independently.  I chose to do exactly this after I was shortlisted by the Brit Writers Awards.

I don’t think the internet or self-published writers ruin the market or hurt the art at all, we’ve just given readers another option and made the book-market more diverse and interesting.  Some independent books disappear to nothing just as some mainstream books do – whereas some other independent books take off and become incredibly popular just as they do with mainstream.

Q:  I for one, feel as though writers today are more insecure in going with their gut, and I know you’ve read my tweets. I’m open about that. What’s your take on the modern writer?

CLARIE: I’ve always gone with my gut!  It’s such a different world nowadays and I really think that if the author believes in their work, it will win through, whether you go mainstream, if that’s the way you want to go, some chose not to, or if you self publish. Another great saying ‘there are many roads to Rome’!  How many twists and turns that road has, who knows?  I don’t think anyone’s journey to publication, no matter how successful/famous, has been a simple motorway ride.  We all have a different story to tell.  I wholeheartedly and indubitably believe in Dead Game.  My journey started way before I was taken on by the Brit Writers as one of the fifteen participants in their first ever publishing programme.  I’ve come thus far now, beyond the point of return and what with the Brit Writers beside me and their philosophy towards creative writing being a mirror image of my own, I shall continue on down my path, endeavouring to inspire and encourage all those in it. 

The publishing process is an entirely different state of affairs from what it was, there’s just so much competition and it can, at times, be very disheartening.  I wanted to throw the towel in a fair few time.  I want to ‘write’ not ‘battle’ my way to publication.  As an author who wants to publish mainstream I’d say you have to be determined, thick skinned and proactive. Researching each agent/publisher you decide to approach tailoring your proposals to suit their requirements. It’s simply a waste of time and money sending out your work to those who don’t work with your genre.

For me, self-publishing, was an amazing experience. Just to see my novel take shape, having full bespoke input; choosing the font to the front-cover design. But once again, out in the commercial world, once all is said and done, you have to hope and pray the public like what you’ve created and that it will catch their eye, out of all the other millions of books on the shelves. Marketing a novel is the biggest challenge; you have to almost be your own brand, be dynamic, unwavering, and persistent… never give up.

 Q: People say down with Publishers, that they shouldn’t be around; I know this is stepping in dangerous waters, but do you think having them crash and head into bankruptcy is the key for a better stream of creative writing?

CLAIRE: No I don’t think ‘down with publishers’ at all.  I think their role is imperative in the publishing world.  But I do think the publishing world is changing and it’s a case of waiting and seeing what will happen.  Publishers need to move with the times and I think they will… they will have to in order to keep their heads above water.

Q:  You are nominated for a Shorty, and I was the first to NOMINATE YOU! IN YOUR FACE FANS OF CLARIE 😉  Do you think we need smaller indie award shows like this to give the Indie artist exposure?

CLAIRE: Thank you Jesse *smiles* you were indeed the first person to nominate me in the Shorty Awards.  You started something I never dreamed possible, you gave me new lease of faith in my tale – I took the huge leap into cyber space and I think it paid off.  The Shorty Awards were fantastic for Dead Game – great exposure – during the competition my followers doubled and I sold two dozen books via twitter.  Yes I definitely think more, smaller indie award shows like this would be fantastic for Indie artists.

 Q: Is there any new projects you’d like to talk about?

CLAIRE: I’m aiming to get Waiting Game, Dead Game’s sequel out early summer 2011.  I’ll keep you posted nearer the time.

Q: What advice would you give the readers out there?

CLAIRE: Please support independent authors as well as mainstream and if you have chance take the time to check DEAD GAME out by visiting my website www.clairekinton.com or my blog www.claire-kinton.blogspot.com I’d love to hear from you and if you decided to buy a copy of the mystical DEAD GAME you’d also be supporting your heroes.

DEAD GAME not only puts forward one answer to death in a fantastical way, uplifting all who have ever loved and lost but really strives to motivate young adults to have pride in themselves and opens their eyes to believing they can achieve something if they say they can.  Obstacles are those fearsome hurdles you see when you take your eyes off your target, so stay focused.

Q:  Claire, it was a blast having you here, any last words you want to leave the readers with?

CLAIRE: Throughout my life I will continue to strive for my own goals, with a readiness to help others along the way, sharing my experiences of writing and persisting to inspire our children to pick up a pen and write creatively.  Writing can help in so many ways, whether the writing is simply a letter or a journal, comic strip, or song.  It’s a socially acceptable way to express how you feel and can heal so many wounds and clarify so many problems.   For anyone who is reading Jesse’s blog and who is thinking about writing themselves, the best advice I can give you is to stop thinking about it and just start writing.  You never know where your pen is going to take you.  We need to motivate our youth to trust that little voice in their heads saying, ‘wouldn’t it be interesting if…’ It is imperative.

I really hope I’ve inspired some of you to read DEAD GAME, or maybe continue on with your own publishing journey and not lose hope or even if I’ve simply encouraged you to pick up a pen or sway one of your children to write, whatever it is I wish you all happy reading and writing.

Tons of love to you all and thank you so much Jesse for having me

Dead Game follows Lance Corporal Archie Fletcher as his plane plummets into the Persian Gulf during the Second Gulf War, but even his wild imagination could never have primed him for the adventure he must now undertake. With guardian angels, a cursed centaur and mythical saints, Archie must now take on a new mission and battle his way through a feral land called ‘Transit’, locked somewhere between Heaven and Earth. This fast paced fantasy will sweep you away to a parallel world where you will follow Archie’s fateful story full of courageous imagination – confirming that knowing deep within us all that the adventure of life must go on. Dead Game is an extraordinary story.

For some young minds it is not enough to say ‘He’s gone to Heaven’, they need to know why, what happens next, how long will they be gone? Dead Game is Claire’s way of answering these poignant questions. Uplifting all those who have ever loved and lost, Dead Game strives to put forward one answer to death and at the same time teaches us; we are what we think; love never dies and that the human soul continues eternally. Claire is part way through completing her second novel, Dead Game’s sequel ‘WAITINGGAME’