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Misty Mountain Hop, Literary Legends & Elven Realms

Rivendell Writers’ Colony is hidden on the Cumberland Plateau, overlooking the hauntingly beautiful Lost Cove. An ephemeral fog sweeps through the property, inspiring former owners to name it for Tolkien’s elven realm. The century old estate home is simply called The Manor. This magical space is Sewanee, Tennessee located between Chattanooga and Nashville.

Sewanee is a literary haven.

The University of the South is here, home to the Sewanee Review which was founded in 1892. It has published original works by Flannery O’Connor, T.S. Eliot and Wendell Berry. The Tennessee Williams estate funds the Sewanee Writers’ Conference each year and has drawn authors, publishers and literati around the globe to the area.

Literary legends Allen Tate, Andrew Lytle, William Alexander Percy and Walker Percy have all been a part of Sewanee’s legacy. Editors of The Paris Review, NYT best sellers and authors of all ilk’s have been drawn to this elusive space and called it home for a while. The only thing missing was a writers’ colony—a place where writers could escape to fuel their creative spirit and call upon The Muse.

Conversations spawned by the history and comradery of authors past and present which lead Mary Elizabeth Nelson to purchase the Rivendell property in 1990. Renovations began in 2005, and her vision gave us this secretive escape. Here we can join in Sewanee’s rich heritage while contemplating our WIPs. Authors of all genres are welcome, whether they are beginners or seasoned best sellers. My first experience here was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. When asked how I would describe it, only one word works…Magical.

I’m honored to be Writer-In-Residence at this sanctuary, wishing for divine intervention or inspiration—whatever it takes to polish up the March 2018 collaboration entitled Sexuality in History: The British Stripped Bare, and finishing my first draft of Lillie Langtry’s story. The surroundings are quiet to encourage creativity–Wi-Fi is limited and there are no TVs. The Manor is warm, inviting and you are made to feel at home. The first place they show you is the liquor cabinet, because we are writers.

This is my second journey to Rivendell and I look forward to seeing what The Muse brings to me. And, I’m curious to see if the ghost remembers my name.

See y’all at the end of October. xoxo

Learn more here Rivendell Writers Colony 

Photos by the author.

Lillie Langtry: The Original Bombshell

History Rocks

Before Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, and the Kardashians there was Lillie Langtry. She literally set the stage for sex symbols and screen sirens. What she wore became fashion, what she said made headlines, and everything she touched became history.

Lillie was the first international superstar.

Born October 13, 1853 on the Channel Island of Jersey, she married at twenty years of age, and soon convinced her husband to move to London. The charming statuesque, golden haired beauty captivated the London glitterati. She was considered the most beautiful woman of her time. Her confidante Oscar Wilde gave her the nick-name Jersey Lily. Her voluptous figure and porcelain skin combined with a mischievous personality made her the toast of London. The Prince of Wales grew enchanted with her and made Lillie his first recognized mistress.

“I love it when people pretend not to look at me.” 

Poynter, Edward John, 1836-1919; Mrs Langtry (1853-1929) Painting by Edward John Poynter courtesy…

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Red Stiletto Strategy

Now available, something fun I’ve written in my spare time. It’s an uber cool espionage short story, set in World War II. Luckie Stratton is my fave character so far. Who knew writing about a female assassin would be so much fun?

Check it out, free on Kindle Unlimited or download it for 99c. Most of all, enjoy it and thank you so much for your support. RRS large

Born to an alcoholic, single mother in Texas, Luckie Stratton learns from a young age to keep her distance, avoiding getting close to anyone. She moves to LA as a young film actress, becomes enchanted by a swarthy English gentleman and flies to London in 1940 to join his secret British spy elites. The seductive blonde becomes an undercover assassin.

Armed with her charm, a switchblade and a Derringer, this femme fatale never fails her mission. Disguised as an anxious wife waiting for her British ‘husband’ to return from battle proves to be irresistible bait to Nazi covert operatives.

Tonight, she has a date with destiny.

Her newest lover is revealed as a double agent and she is given a Code Red: Order to Execute. But, the unexpected appearance of a handsome RAF pilot makes her lose her focus…her target…and betray her command.

Knowing the consequences of failure will make you either the hunter or the prey.

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RIP Tom Petty

History Rocks

RIP Tom Petty. I’ve only really fallen in love with you over the last year because of your Sirius channel, but you’ve always been there for me. Because of you, I’ll keep runnin’ down a dream. Cheers to a life well lived by a small town Southern boy with a big dream. Thank you for the words and music.

Condolences to all the families and friends in the tragedy in Las Vegas. Our hearts are truly broken.

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New Release/Getting Ready for Halloween

New from Jessica Cale & friends!

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Hey everybody!

IMG_1223 The trick-or-treaters aren’t coming for a month, you say?

Tomorrow is the release day of The Stranger, and I’m celebrating in my own weird way by getting the headquarters ready for Halloween. We have candy (“for the children”), a box set of classic horror movies, and garlands of glitter bats on the walls…okay, I’m not gonna lie, those are up all year ’round. Today I am working on my Halloween costume and it’s fun for me to sew again. I used to make costumes pretty often when I was in high school, but now I don’t get to as often because I’m always working.

This is one of the things I love best about Halloween. “Work” is my default setting, so it’s nice to have a reason to be silly and indulge the desire to create. Yes, I’m lucky enough to get to be creative as a…

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The Business of Entertainment, Georgia Style

PRESS RELEASE FOR SIEGE and for the SIEGE INVESTMENT CONFERENCE

NOTICE: On Friday, October 6, 2017, we will hold our seventh consecutive annual SIEGE INVESTMENT CONFERENCE.

FEES. Costs for the Investment Conference are covered by sponsors.  No charge to judges, presenters or attendees.

WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?  In the session that just ended, the Georgia legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill that changed the law to allow developers of interactive entertainment   to much more easily qualify for tax credits of up to 30% of expenditures.   A similar tax credit for film and television production has propelled Georgia to by some measures first in the world in that industry ahead of  New York, California, Canada and the UK.  Also, virtual reality is starting to become real.  In addition the Film Credit has been expanded to more fully incentivize postproduction activities and new incentives have been added for musicals, other live performances and music recordings.

WHAT IS SIEGE?  SIEGE is the annual 5 day Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo produced by the Georgia Video Game Developers Association for the benefit of the Video Game and related industries.  It is the largest Video Game Developers conference in the southern United States. There are numerous lunches, dinners, seminars, keynote speeches and parties. It is necessary to purchase a pass to attend any SIEGE event other than the investment conference.

WHAT IS THE SIEGE INVESTMENT CONFERENCE?  The SIEGE Investment Conference is a 1 day event that is part of SIEGE at which 8 to 10 teams will each present its business plan and prototype for an interactive media and/or entertainment related business to a panel of 40 to 50 judges consisting of investors, successful entrepreneurs, professors and industry leaders and receive feedback, advice, possible connections  and possibly funding.  This year will mark the 7th consecutive annual SIEGE INVESTMENT CONFERENCE.

HOW DO WE SELECT PRESENTERS?  We consider all forms of entertainment and interactive media and businesses that support either to be related to video games.   So within that broad scope we are  looking for the combination that we believe will most interest our judges/panelists.

WHEN:   Friday, October 6, 2017 FROM: 8:30 AM UNTIL 3:30 PM

WHERE: Atlanta Marriott NW at Galleria (actually in North by Northwest off  Wendy  Hill Road off of I 75 one exit north of 285)

AFTER PRESENTATIONS:  Lunch will be provided to the judges who will select the winner or winners by majority vote.  After lunch, the judges will be divided into small groups that will be rotated among presenting teams.

Find out more here: http://SIEGECON.NET/investment-conference

Rob Hassett, Co-Chair of the SIEGE INVESTMENT CONFERENCE

Direct to Office:  678-506-8828

Cell:  404-788-7903

Email:   rob@businesslawpartners.com

Sexuality in History: The British Stripped Bare #CoverReveal

History Rocks

Look for Sexuality and It’s Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare available March 2018 from Pen & Sword Books. Historical essays from authors and historians Emma Haddon-Wright, Annie Whitehead, Jessica Cale, Judith Arnopp, Gayle Hulme, Dr. Beth Lynne and Hunter S. Jones.

From Anglo-Saxons to crazy Victorians, we’ve gone undercover to discover the secret kinks of the Brits throughout history.

Look for more info very soon! Thanks for stopping by!Cover only SIH 9+20

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Day of Giving

Much love to all my friends in Houston, and the states of TX & LA! xoxo

PROCEEDS FROM THE FORTUNE SERIES WILL GO TO THE RED CROSS #DayOfGiving to raise money for Harvey relief efforts

 The Fortune Series

 

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