Good friend and fellow author, Mysti Parker, has a series of new books based on her time as a desk clerk at at nearby hotel. Part fiction and part demented mind, I have no doubt they will be worth your time. I’ll let Mysti tell you about her new series. Take it away, Mysti!

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The Roche Hotel

Season One

A serial romantic comedy by Mysti Parker

After her husband ditches her for a blonde actress wannabe, Jane Seymour needs a job that pays the rent. The struggling Roche Hotel needs a miracle. With the former owner’s wife butting her nose into the renovations and new owners who are in way over their heads, Jane may be the answer to their prayers. Sure, she can handle The Roche Hotel’s quirky staff. But, can this skittish divorcee keep it all together when handsome Henry the Donut Guy makes his first delivery? This collection of serial fiction stories is a Tudorific romantic comedy that will leave you laughing out loud and hungry for more.

 

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The Story Behind the Stories

THEY say a lot of things, don’t they? Like don’t wear white after Labor Day or don’t fry bacon with your shirt off (that’s probably good advice, come to think of it). Most of what THEY say goes right in one ear and out the other. But, in terms of writing, when THEY say “write what you know”, it makes a lot of sense. So, that’s where The Roche Hotel got its start—from my own experience working in a hotel way back in the ‘90s.

Many of these first 10 episodes are based on some very real incidents that happened during my days as a front desk clerk in a little mid-priced hotel. Sure, a lot of stuff’s made up purely from my crazy imagination, but there were 5:00 AM donuts—delicious being fresh from the bakery. Henry the Donut Guy—not real, but I wouldn’t have argued one bit if he had been! Among the many other true-to-life items that appear at the Roche Hotel are a popcorn machine, a Muzak (think elevator music) that never played at the right volume, at least one “lady of the night”, and a dead body.

To discover all those things for yourself, from now until release day on October 15, you can pre-order your copy of The Roche Hotel, Season One for just $0.99 on Amazon Kindle! After that, the price goes up to $1.99, so make your reservation now and save a buck!

Click HERE to Pre-Order The Roche Hotel, Season One

The Roche Hotel Promo

Because I like parties, I’m also inviting all of you to the release day party on Facebook, October 15 from 6-9 PM EST.

You’ll get a chance to win a hotel-themed gift basket which includes:

  • Robe
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Tiny soap bars (so cute!)
  • Ghirardelli chocolates
  • Signed postcards

We’ll also have some fun and games, so I hope you’ll join me. And please bring a friend!

Click HERE to Join the Facebook Release Day Party!

Thanks so much for your support! Happy reading! ~Mysti Parker

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Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a wife, mom, author, and shameless chocoholic. She is the author of the Tallenmere standalone fantasy romance series. Her other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, Christmas Lites II, The Darwin Murders, Tasteful Murders and EveryDayFiction.

Other writing pursuits include serving as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s seven week online course, F2K. She finished her first historical romance this spring and has one children’s book (Quentin’s Problem) soon to be published, with one more waiting for illustrations, and many more stewing in her head.

Another Archon is in the books and I had a blast. Jay Reyes and I sold a ton of books and thanks to everyone who bought one or took a card to buy the ebooks. If you have not yet bought Jay’s Dragonfly Warrior novel or the sequel, Shadow Warrior, what are you waiting for? They are steampunk genius. High marks to the Archon staff as for taking good care of us this weekend. However, if you see several of them standing together, don’t call them a Staff Infection. Just don’t. I am already looking forward to next year. The people in St. Louis love their cons and when a guest there tells you they will come back and buy your book, they come back and buy your books.

 

And what would a post about Archon be with out cos player photos.

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How about a before and after?

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Today at our Archon table, Jay Reyes and I were joined by his lovely wife, Janet. Better known as the “Booth Babe”. When she was at the table, Jay’s sales took off. When she was gone, they slacked. Janet is a blast to have around and she keeps her husband in line.

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Quite a few people who promised yesterday to come back and buy books, did so today. We thank you! We made many new friends. From Alicia and Nathan to Ashlee and Samantha, and who could forget Luther? Not a chance. Thanks to all who stopped by our table and we look froward to finishing off the con tomorrow. And for course, more pictures for your viewing pleasure. If you are one of the people in the picture, make sure to drop me a line and let me know in the comments so I can tag the pictures properly.

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And here is a before and after!

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The great thing about attending a con for the second time, is you know the ropes. This weekend find me near St. Louis, Missouri for Archon, the largest scifi convention in the area. This time I avoided standing in the registration line and went to the vendor line. This time I knew where to park to load up and where to find my table. I felt like an old pro.

I am spending the table with Jay Reyes, the talented author of the Dragonfly Warrior steampunk series. (I highly recommend you pick it up.)

I got to meet Glen Cook, author of the Black Company series, one of my favorites. Tomorrow I’m picking up some signed copies from Mr. Cook.

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And of course, there are the Cos Players. Enjoy!

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Here is the cover to the next Victor McCain novel, The Speaker. We are shooting for the end of November for a release date, but wanted to share the cover now. My thanks to the incredibly talented Karri Klawiter for yet another kick ass cover. At Imaginarium this past weekend, person after person remarked how our covers didn’t look like small press covers. Most of the covers at the table were Karri’s. If you are an author looking for a great cover, contact her. But be willing to wait in line. She is booked into the new year. Drop me a line in the comments section and let me know what you think about the new cover.

 

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The inaugural Imaginarium is in the books and I had a blast. Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, Imagianrium brought together writers from all genres and disciplines. Things started out a little slow on Friday, but picked up like a downhill roller coaster. The event is the brain child of Stephen Zimmer of Seventh Star Press and he and all the volunteers did a fabulous job.

I spent the weekend at the Hydra Publications table with  Dave Creek, Rachael Rawlings,Stuart Thaman and Tom Wallace. I also participated in panels until my voice gave out. Literally gave out. If you did not attend, I highly recommend you do so next year. I learned quite a bit from all the other talented authors, publishers, screenwriters, filmmakers and songwriters who were on hand. Not to mention getting to hang out with great folk like Jay Noel (who was our house guest for the weekend), AJ Scudiere, James O. Barnes, Frank Hall,  Chris Brown, Violet Patterson, Jerry Benns, Jill Campbell, Marianne Allen and T. Lee Harris.

Random things I will remember? Studly dancing at Howlers, Jay’s picture with old Elvis, the fire alarm to start the event, Dancing Cat, the joy that is Rebekah McAuliffe, seeing Andrew Cooper get a tapeworm, Fireball Whiskey from a friend, among many others.

Here are a few photos from the weekend:

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And the video of Dancing Cat:

 

 

I have a novel to finish. Which means I can’t spend time surfing websites. Normally, this isn’t an issue as I can exert enough self control to keep the word count going. But recently, I’ve found myself addicted to one site in particular: IMDB.com. For those of you aren’t familiar with the name, IMDB stands for Internet Movie Database. The have a listing for every TV show and movie ever made. And any and all actors and actresses who appeared in each show or movie.

That would be bad enough, as I like to look up different actors and see what other movies the were featured. But now I’ve found another part of the site. Trivia. near the bottom of the listing for each movie or show, they have a trivia section. Now I can learn the inside scoop on all my favorite movies and shows. And I have a lot of them. So I’ve cut myself off. Well. Until tonight. I thought I would share some of what I’ve learned so my feverish visiting of the site would produce at least a blog post.

Tonight’s post is about “Who Almost Got The Part”. I will share the actors who were almost cast in some very iconic rolls.

 

!. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Most people now know Tom Selleck was first offered the roll of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but had to turn it down do to conflicts with Magnum P.I. Jeff Bridges turned down the roll. Steve Martin chose to do Pennies from Heaven instead of Raiders. Bill Murray dropped out due to conflicts with Saturday Night Live. Chevy Chase, Sam Neil, Nick Nolte and Jack Nicholson were also considered. To think, Indiana Jones could have been a “wild and crazy guy!”.

2. Star Wars A New Hope

Seems Harrison Ford has been the beneficiary of several iconic rolls turned down by someone else. Han Solo, one of the most iconic rolls in cinematic history, was not supposed to go to Harrison Ford. Christopher Walken, James Caan, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Burt Reynolds all turned down the roll. Can you just picture Solo kicking in a door and shouting, “Here’s Hansie?” Or looking at Darth Vader and asking, “Are you talking to me?”

3. The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is the highest rated movie on IMDB’s top 250 movies and stars Tim Robbins as Andy and Morgan Freeman as Red. Neither were the first choices for their parts. Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen all turned down the roll. .Hanks to film Forest Gump, Costner to film Water World. One of them chose wisely. One did not. Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman and Robert Redford were all considered to play Red. Charlie Sheen and Clint Eastwood? Would the movie be the same?

4. Other Notables

Leonardo DiCaprio was offered the roll of Spider-man, which went to Tobey Maguire. Charleton Heston instead of Roy Scheider in Jaws. And for the roll of Batman which eventually went to Michael Keaton? How about this list: Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, Matthew Broderick, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Michael J. Fox, Harrison Ford, Robert Downey Jr, Kevin Spacey, Arnold Schwarzenegger (yes, really), Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Pierce Brosnan and Tom Selleck. Oh and Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks, Kevin Kline and Bruce Willis. “Yippie-ki-yay Mother-Joker”