NOTEWORTHY TRIBUTE is out NOW!

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We are pleased to announce Noteworthy Tribute: Running With the Mustangz at Little Island Pier is available for sale on Amazon right NOW! We encourage all readers to have fun with us and link #NoteworthyTribute with a picture of you with your purchased copy online. Also, we would greatly appreciate an Amazon, CreateSpace and/or Good Reads book review after you’ve finished the book.

Lastly, we want to thank God, and all of our friends and family for supporting us and for your continued support as we share and market the released novel!

This is only the beginning, so stay tuned!

Cory Lynn Faber finds himself in Virginia Beach three thousand miles away from home after the death of his best friend and bandmate. While on the path to re-discovery he meets a local aspiring music producer, Evan Spencer. Evan, a young DJ, has his own struggles with his family’s desire for him to pursue college and a “normal” life versus starting a band and traveling. All of this unfolds against the backdrop of family secrets. Noteworthy Tribute is a coming-of-age story where characters young and old learn the importance of relationships and that sacrifice is the bridge to their destiny. – Amazon synopsis.

Best regards,

Mark & Josiah

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Book Review: Without Grace

By Carol Hoenig *Google Images

By Carol Hoenig
*Google Images

Book Review: Without Grace
Author: Carol Hoenig
Length: 231 pages
Media: Paperback
Language: Small amount/limited
In a nutshell: A teenage girl and a small town attempt to stand against the infiltration of big business suffocating their lake-side oasis. There is family struggle; young love; tragedy and plot twists.
Why I read the book: The author self-published. She has been very successful with this book which is her first novel. I wanted to see what Indie quality looked like.
How I found out about the book: I stumbled upon this book while researching self-published authors on the Internet. Apparently, Carol Hoenig was upgraded by IUniverse.
Keepers: There is a major surprise in the story and that plot twist is a jewel. The book actually has a scene which is somewhat frightening – it is well written and pulled-off nicely.
Recycle Bin: Some of the story was dragging just a wee little bit.
Final Thoughts: Wonderfully developed characters. This is what polished looks like.

Yours,

MARK!

Collaboration: Keeping It In the Family

This past summer I have enjoyed creating projects with my immediate and extended family and I’d like to list them from most recent to earliest team up.

Matthew’s Web series – Last night my brother Matthew completed filming on the pilot for his newest web series project following our family. It is inspired by his newest obsession, Parks & Rec haha and follows my family, albeit more exaggerated, in a single-camera set up. Our friend Ryan is producing it with him. I’m really excited to see how this turns out and I’m sure Matthew is too; the whole family is pretty stoked about it and being on camera. This will mark my dad’s first time on camera since by now everyone including our dog has been on YouTube or some short film!

https://www.youtube.com/user/TazCOG

Like and Subscribe to the show @ YouTube.com/TazCOG

Like and Subscribe to the show @ YouTube.com/TazCOG

 

Ethan’s 2nd Day of Bait & Switch – Yesterday afternoon marked my other brother Ethan’s second day onset of Bait & Switch, a web series me and a couple Towson friends have been producing for a year and a half. He gets to put his natural style to good use, playing a dashing law enforcement officer. He’s just naturally sharp and dresses nice for his job so I figured he’d be perfect for this brief stint on the show. I look forward to watching him when his episodes air online later. It was exciting to work with Ethan in a film; the last thing he and I did was a cool street gang inspired photo shoot I did a few years back, but finally he’s acting; last time we acted together was for one of our god mother’s stage plays.

Ethan - the picture of authority.

Ethan – the picture of authority.

Oh, also my best friend Marcus has a couple roles on Bait & Switch also and that was exciting putting him back onscreen as an aspiring actor. Last time he was onscreen was a couple years back for our friend’s film Waging War

https://www.facebook.com/wagingwarfilm

Waging War
Marcus the Thespian – Which segues into more about my best friend, who might as well be family. I am happy so say that he has gotten some new head shots taken with a new friend of ours, a free lance photographer close to other mutual family friends. Its not all about me, but dad says its going well when one project makes room for others to grow. My friendship with Charity has now made a way for Marcus to get things done for his acting career: getting new head shots, starring in a web series, and being an extra on other films including House of Cards. This Friday he’ll be in a cool concert/riot type scene and he even listens to the featured artists and has memorabilia he can bring! I can’t go cause I’m spending time with my grandmother but I wanted to pass it forward so I’m glad he can go and get more experience, do his own thing, and things can only get better for him!
https://www.facebook.com/BaitandSwitchTheWebseries

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Follow on Instgram @baitandswitchseries

Photo Shoot with Charity – Extending to other friends, my new friend Charity is budding free lance photographer and film maker. She recently shot photos of some models for me to serve as promotion for Noteworthy Tribute in the near future! I was scared the shoot wouldn’t work out due to scheduling conflicts, my own inexperience and above all… BAD WEATHER. But thank God it all worked out! My Lammda Kappa Tau ladies were amazingly professional (good reunion with them before school starts), and my family friend Kiana did wonderful make up for them. It was a great day of laughter and team work and dad and I can’t wait to reveal the poster(s) we create from that photo shoot!
https://www.facebook.com/CharityBmedia

Courtesy of CharityBMedia!

Courtesy of CharityBMedia!

Marcus’s Screenplay – The middle of the summer saw me hard at work on a short script for Marcus’s first major production for the near future. The story is an action drama about forgiving one’s self. Honestly its the most brutal thing I have written yet and I welcomed the challenge to condense the story into something we hope will be half an hour or so when shooting begins. right now draft 1 is done and I am awaiting feedback from a few trusted friends on the script, including Marcus and our friend Audie who will play the central character. Its so fun to get buried in a story, a new story and even one that has an end point much shorter than you’re used to. It forces you to be creative in new ways in your writing and get to the point sooner. I can’t wait for Marcus to direct this movie!

Matthew & Ryan’s DREAMERS –  Bringing it back to the Bradleys, all of my brothers save Daniel, filmed a new episode of an older series Matthew and Ryan put out about people with powers over dreams and consciousness a few weeks back. I think Matthew plans to have Ethan and I onscreen for this revamp/reboot of his and Ryan’s story; not sure, but he seems to be planning at least one more episode with us and I am happy to help, if I can only slow down enough haha.

Aunt and Cousin Editing – Dad and I have employed one of my aunt and cousins to do grammar and continuity editing on our current manuscript of Noteworthy Tribute. Its been a long time coming and Aunt Chris has finished all of it and I am hoping to get more insight on what she thought of the story. Aunt Chris has already been cited in someone else’s book as editor so that got all of us pumped to sing her on to work with us on getting our manuscript out!

And that concludes my recap of the summer. As you can see, we in my family like to stay busy, but as my brothers and i get older we have no been inspired to keep a lot of projects in the family or include more of our family. And its been a wonderful experience meeting new friends in the creativity business we can collaborate with. I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition and be completed and to sharing them with you all!

Yours,

JOSIAH

Book Review: SOUL OF THE BAND

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

Soul of the Band Author: K. L. Brady

Length: 250 pages

Media: Kindle

Language: Yes, some language

In a nutshell: The story of a DC teenage girl who finds herself spending her junior year of high school in a small town in Ohio.

Why I read the book: I was intrigued by the story of young people confronted with diversity issues. The backdrop of music was also a heavy draw for me. The author has won several awards.

How I found out about the book: There was a post card with several books by the author posted on a bulletin board at my government office. The cover of a teenage girl dressed as a drum majorette caught my eye.

Keepers: The plot felt good to me and I appreciated the story. The authors pacing was great, I couldn’t put the book down. The struggles seemed so real. Brandy’s diverse musical tastes were refreshing.

Recycle Bin: There were numerous grammar errors and spelling errors – I fought through them. Some of Brandy’s language seemed more mature than she was; then again it’s been awhile since I was in a junior in high school. I wanted more from the characters Jenny and Dorian.

Final Thoughts: This book helped me to read and visual young people and how they interact. I can’t wait for a sequel to the book.

Yours,

MARK!

WWW Wednesday

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W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly event brought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com  To play along, answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you are going to read next?
Here are my answers:

What are you currently reading?
Champion by Marie Lu. Started the first in the trilogy, Legend, maybe at the start of the year I can’t remember (tweeted a lot about it though).

What did you recently finish reading?
The second book in the trilogy, Prodigy, back in March. Over all the whole series is really cool. Still a “YA, dystopian world” story but I’m really enjoying it, plus its not as big (yet) as The Hunger Games is so I like that only I what feels like a few people on Tumblr/Twitter know about it.

What do you think you are going to read next?
You know I think I might try to reread the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I only finished Eragon but never got to read the rest of the series years back. I’d really like to revisit that story and see how it ends but I’d start from Eragon the first book again since its been so long since I read it.

I’ll share this with my dad, I don’t know what he’s read in the past 4 months since I’ve been away and that’ll be interesting.

Yours,

JOSIAH