Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Free on Kindle August 30-Sept 1 Maggie's Way

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment

 Link to Maggies Way on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZSOX4BA

Reminder. It is only free August 30-Sept 1 AND It's a BookBub selection on August 30th. 

That's a big deal. Hop on over and get your copy. I already own it. Happy Reading.

PS I hope you got to my blog through my redesigned website. https://susanbjames.com/ If not, please check it out,

Maggie’s Way is book 1 in Linda’s Montana Bound Series. She wrote this book after being diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago. Writing about Maggie provided solace and spurred (pun intended) Linda to venture west to explore her own Montana Bound adventures with her family. She is cancer free and happily writing at home with her husband and rescue dog.

Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments that make readers connect with her characters.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Free Forgotten Short Story by Frank Sullivan

Posted by Susan B James on 10:20:00 PM with No comments

I want to share with you a short story called the Ugly Mollusk written by Frank Sullivan in 1938. I have loved this story for years and I think we all need some fun about now. Here's the link

The Ugly Mollusk by Frank Sullivan

The Ugly Mollusk

 Any of you who want, to please do download it. It was written for the Saturday Evening Post and published April 1, 1938. My daughter in law typed it up from a treasury of Saturday Evening Post book for a Christmas gift. I uploaded it to Scribed so I could share the fun.

Frank Sullivan was a humorist, a member of the Algonquin Round Table and is a largely forgotten literary figure.

Frank’s fame began in the Roaring Twenties and it is this part of his life that I know will provide some keen biographer with the core of an excellent book. Simultaneously writing for The World and The New Yorker, while contributing to the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines, Frank Sullivan also became an “unofficial” member of the Algonquin Round Table. A daily luncheon gathering at Manhattan’s Algonquin Hotel, the Round Table included newspaper reporters, columnists, and humorists, as well as Broadway playwrights, producers, directors, and actors. Its“official” (charter) members were:  Franklin Pierce Adams, Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, Marc Connelly, Ruth Hale, George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, Brock Pemberton, Harold Ross, Robert E. Sherwood, John Peter Toohey, and Alexander Woollcott. Harold Ross, not coincidentally, was the founder and editor of The New Yorker.

Frank Sullivan had been “invited to the table” as an intellectual compatriot and would become a lifelong friend to many of them. But, before you think of the Round Table’s “unofficial” members being minor players in that scene, consider just some of those who held that rank with Frank:  Noël Coward, Harpo Marx, Tallulah Bankhead, Jane Grant, and Edna Ferber. Ferber, you’ll recall, wrote Saratoga Trunk, later made into the musical Saratoga by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Frank’s period of greatest fame spanned from the 1920s through the 1940s. Beyond the Algonquin Round Table, Frank’s friends also included noted writers, actors, playwrights and producers. For example, there was his dear friend and drinking companion Monty Wooley—Yale professor, Broadway producer and actor, and Hollywood movie star. Also, Frank counted the acclaimed novelist and short story writer John O’Hara as a friend. And there were many more friends from every walk of life. That was the gift he had.

You can read more in the post from which I culled this.post. https://pipingrock.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/saratoga-springs-humorist-frank-sullivan-is-honored/

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

News and Free Things

Posted by Susan B James on 12:14:00 AM with No comments

 I'm sitting under a happy cloud.

It's raining good things. I have so much to be thankful for.
Maybe This Time is free on Amazon August 12-14.
This link will only show as free on August 12-14
And August 12 it will be on BookBub which is amazing.
Those promos are hard to get. This is my first.

Beach Reads
Irish Magic and Maybe This Time are both participating in the Beach Reads Promo.
 There are over fifty books in the promo and I found a few I want to try.
Please check it out.
Susan J Berger website
I have a new website for my children's books designed by the very talented Sarah Kaja. 
There is a tab for free stories. One day I hope to go in and illustrate them and make them into downloadable picture books. First I have to learn to illustrate. Or hire an illustrator.
My picture book Sunday Cat is coming out later this year.
Followed by My Sister Ella in late 2020 or early 2021.

Last week I wrapped on Joel Coen's Macbeth which will hopefully hit actual theatres in 2021. The Tragedy of Macbeth stars Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth and Denzel Washington as Macbeth. Working on it was a magical experience. I loved everyone on the cast and crew and I am so glad that we were able to finish the film with COVID precautions. I can show costumes, But here's my wig before dressing (Note shaved forehead.) Wig dressed and what I look like one the way home with spirit gummed hair and my KN95 mask. Everyone was masked when not performing. It's weird seeing marvellously dressed and wigged performers all wearing kN95 masks in a medieval banquet hall. I wish I had a picture of that.

A movie I did in 2018, Looks That Kill came out in June.
Due to COVID, it released to Amazon Prime and other streaming services. 

Another movie I am in, Kazillionare releases in September. 
Where? I don't know. But I've seen the preview and it's delightful. 

I wish you good books to read and joyful moments in every day. Stay safe and avoid the news. I find I am much saner when I only check the headlines once a day. And when I get outside and walk.