I hope everybody had a nice holiday weekend! They are way too short aren’t they? They start and then, boom, over. Personally I could have used another week or two off. Anyway moving on here, to get back in the swing of things, I have tried to get a good mix of novels and digital short stories rolling here. Later on today I drop in an Author’s Spotlight on Joann Lewis/Amy Faircloth, the co-authors of “Wicked Good”. Later on in the week, Thursday, I will be featuring author Cody Toye. I also have some neat guests on The G-ZONE , my blogtalk radio show: today –Big Daddy Abel , Weds.-Robert Vendetti, Thurs. –Barbara Briggs Ward, and then Fri.- Robert Elrod. Good stuff, great guests, plenty of surprises, and some really nice reads to be had; so listen in and check out the blog for all of it. Alright, I am going to start the week by grinding an axe. Yes that’s right, I am going to be a bit pointed in this post, but I feel with good reason. Trust me; I am not taking this lightly! To that end this is what actionable steps I have taken: I have emailed the author; I have offered space on my blog to counterpoint and I have offered him the opportunity to be a guest on The G-ZONE to respond to my issues. Here is what is between the covers on this novel:
“Stone Barrington's latest client is no stranger. Arrington Calder isn't just a former lover, this one-time heartthrob is the mother of Stone's son. Arrington, it seems, has been recently widowed by her actor husband, leaving her as the custodian of a fortune in Hollywood studio stock. Intent on cashing in, his pretty ex asks Stone to handle the dull paperwork involved in the deal. There is nothing dull, however, about what Barrington encounters when he arrives on the Bel-Air scene.”
I have given this three stars till I hear back, if I do, from the author. Perhaps I am misunderstood in the way I have read the novel. Maybe the characters have not turned into buffoons; maybe they are just written that way for some reason. I personally don’t lament the death of certain soap operas that are being replaced by reality shows in the daytime, nor will I lose any sleep over not reading a character I have followed for 20 novels. It’s tough, but I don’t feel I am getting return on my reading time, only frustration. When I first read this character, Stone Barrington, he was not written as outlandishly as he is now. Dino was not a simple side note and relegated to being just a marginal part of the novels, he is now but a caricature of himself, very sad. The bad guys are just too cartoonish and really wouldn’t even fit in a bad graphic novel. I am going to stop here, anything else I could write would just be like sacking the quarterback and the entire defense just piling on. Let me then ask you this: do you agree with any of my thoughts and feelings on this once great character and series? Anybody? Or do you stand on the other side and think I am just tossing rocks at glass houses? Feel free to comment and email me if you are up to it.
Things have changed around here. I am now the published author by Trestle Press of “I Have Chrome Balls, Don’t You?” an “In Between The Collaborations”, “Down Low- Dead” with Vincent Zandri, “The Jersey Shore Has Eyes” with Big Daddy Abel”, “G.S.I Gelati’s Scoop Investigations Psychotic Detectives” with Thomas White, “Who Whacked The Blogger” with Benjamin Sobieck,“Thad and The G-Man’s Most Awesome Adventure” with Thad Brown and the soon to be released “Hotel Beaumont” with B.R. Stateham. All the stories are available @ Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and Smashwords. I am also the host of the wildly popular The G-ZONE blogtalk radio show. Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com