Monday, June 11, 2018

THE FORLORNED-THE NIGHTMARE IS REAL

Hello Everyone,

I am so excited to have a re-release of my novel, The Forlorned--a project that is very close to my heart. The manuscript was first published very early on in my career, many years ago. 

After a rights revision last year, I spent all winter huddled by the fire drinking Barry's Irish tea and totally rewrote the entire novel and it was re-released this past April. 

It was hard to keep my focus on writing because I had so many things going on in my life--not all of it good. For example, the movie based roughly on my novel had been released which was wonderful to see. But, at the same time my business partner had passed away in July. Because of his death, I had to deal with a convicted pedophile alone. A felon that was suing The Forlorned, LLC for phony claims to the book and movie title. Yes, you read that right--This ex-convict was suing me over my own book title claiming he created it and owned the trademark. How crazy is this when The Forlorned, LLC owns both the federal and state trademark because of our goods and services, the movie, the book and everything attached. After a long, miserable battle, the U.S. Supreme Court quickly put a stop to his nonsense-but not after he wasted hard earned tax dollars (he sues for free or in forma pauperis claiming he cannot afford filing fees.) 

It is completely insane how this ex-convict thinks that a book was made into a movie because of a snazzy title? Seriously? In fact, It’s laughable! Many talented and very famous authors have unique book titles. But that doesn't mean they will get a movie deal because of it. To think this way is a clear indication that someone might need a serious mental evaluation. In my opinion--it’s a narcissistic trait of someone with a possible anti-social personality disorder. It’s like saying. “Gee, I created a title so wonderful that a movie company is spending millions to make a movie. How glorious I am!” 

Want to know the real truth?

The truth is that it takes damn hard work and sheer dedication to write a book and make a motion picture. I poured blood, sweat and tears into this project.  We did not have outside investors like this felon loves to spew all over the internet.... We did however, have a great cast and crew and the best attorney in the entertainment industry (The former vice president of Paramount Pictures) who sold our movie to our distributor. We did it with our own resources and the help of a great cast and crew.

And as for the title—we could have called it dog vomit and it still would have been made into a movie because it took courage. It took courage to pour all our own resources into an idea. It took courage to ignore all the hate that was posted online and the courage to stand up against his frivolous lawsuits.

The Forlorned turned out to really be a true horror story. Not only was it filled with rats, a spooky lighthouse island, antiquated ghosts, and escalating horrors—but it was also haunted by a convicted felon who filed a lawsuit against us for daring to use our own trademarked title--which was as scary and chilling as his mullet sporting mugshot.

So please support the Forlorned by leaving reviews if you can and grab your copy while it is still on sale. Hope you enjoy it! 







Friday, June 8, 2018

Angela Townsend Speaks Out Against Bullies

My name is Angela Townsend. Today I am speaking out about being stalked, sued, harassed and bullied as an author, artist and a filmmaker.  I am by nature a very strong willed person. I come from strong people. And this is a good thing because being bullied isn't  easy to endure. It's like being the last standing tree in a burning forest. It is a frightening and lonely place to be. Everything around you is destroyed right down to your roots--and yet you are excepted to remain standing while someone takes an ax to your soul. For those of you who do not know me, I am a traditionally published, best-selling and award-winning author. I am represented by some of the greatest people in the book and film industry. And I am also a member of the prestigious Authors Guild of America, and have been a member of the Bram Stoker Horror Association and many others. I was recognized by the governor of my state for my published novels. I have books, audiobooks, interactive games in the works and even a motion picture based on my novel, The Forlorned®. But my biggest achievement is donating books to the Ronald McDonald Houses of America for sick children and to other children in impoverished areas around the globe--as well as donating books to those serving our military overseas.  

As wonderful as this all sounds--there is nothing glamorous about my life because as I said before--I am the subject of ongoing and unrelenting bullying, stalking, cyberstalking and character assassination through social media and other means with the intent to cause emotional, physical, financial and grievous harm. 

The bullies in my life come from very different walks of life--from civil servants to the lowest dregs of our prison system-- but  what they all have in common is a belief they can take advantage of my intellectual abilities by making false claims of ownership over my novel and or my motion picture, The Forlorned®. 

Thankfully every single court of law--including the U.S. Supreme Court--has sided in my favor. 


Every. Single. Time.  

The Forlorned® really is a horror story in every aspect. I first wrote the novel in the late 1990's--before any of my bullies existed in my life. The book was published three times and then finally I had the rights back into my hands. I totally re-wrote the novel and then re-published on April 2, 2018.  I was thrilled to have the novel back into my sole possession where I could change the characters and add themes that had not been there before.  I absolutely love the new version--vicious rats and all. I am currently working the sequel which will be released very soon.

I am speaking out today to help other artists create their work without fear. I walk in a positive light and I create with courage. I hope that other artists who are the victims of harassment will do the same. Being an artist is hard. We give our gifts, our precious time and talent to the world, and we are not always supported or rewarded.  Reviews and art critiques can be brutal. Please try to remember--your art is important. Without artists there is no extension of nature, there are no other worlds for readers to escape, there is less joy in a world without song.

When someone is constantly speaking negatively about you, blogging about you, and making wild accusations---they are only harming themselves. Good people can see right through their lies. Keep on creating with courage.  Take pity on those that bully you  instead of hating them. Anyone who practices hate only causes harm to themselves. 

There is an old saying I live by and it goes something like this:



"You don't make your light shine any brighter by snuffing someone else's out."

In my most recent case of bullying--I have often felt like Matilda fighting off the ponderous Miss. Trunchbull.  For those of you not familiar with the film, Matilda--Miss. Trunchbull is the tyrannical head of a rundown middle school. She is a large, overbearing woman filled with jealousy, greed and hate for Matilda. It seems no matter what Matilda does, Trunchbull only hates her all the more.  Fortunately, the Trunchbull who has inserted herself in my life will never win, because as I said before--at my very core, I am a fighter.  


Credit ---TriStar Pictures / Via avengetheangels.tumblr.com

So my word of advice to Trunchbull is this: go write your own novel. Try producing your own film. You have no right to mine. Support other women instead of tearing them down. Take a break from hate and practice love and kindness in a productive way.  See the beauty in the world instead of looking for darkness. 

So my final advice to others who are in my situation--live a happy life. It is the best revenge. Be kind to everyone you can. Shut out gossip and hate. Compassion, kindness, and love are the biggest weapons we have against those who seek to destroy us. Also keep in mind that bullies are like a pathogenic disease. If they do not have a host to inhabit they will wither on the vine. 

And most important of all--do not ever let anyone take credit for your work. You are the creator. It is yours and yours alone. Keep it close to your heart. Fight with everything you have. You have a right to interpret the world as you see it and to reflect the society in which we live in through your artwork, your words, music or whatever art-form you do without being haraassed. 

Create with courage.  
Love Angie. 


--The Forlorned is on sale now for just .99Cents! Grab a copy while it's still on sale. Read the book and then watch the movie. https://amzn.to/2Hyb6Gf

Friday, March 11, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Fallout series by Becky Doughty

Today I am featuring The Fallout series by Becky Doughty!

SERIES TITLE: The Fallout Series
Book One: All the Way to Heaven (FREE)
Book Two: A Light in the Dark
Book Three: A Long Way Home

TITLE: A Light in the Dark: Book Two of The Fallout Series
BLURB:
On stage, Tish Ransome sings about heartache and passion, betrayal, and about love gone wrong… but she knows very little about any of it in real life. The rock-star princess who swears like a pirate—literally—is loved and adored by family, friends, and fans alike, and her world is filled with good things, her future bright.
Behind the scenes, however, trouble is brewing. When Tom, her best friend and co-founder of the Marauders, tells her he’s leaving the band after graduation, Tish must find a new wingman to step into Tom’s hard-to-fill shoes. The moment she hears Sebastian Jeffries play, she knows he’s the one.
Yet with Sebastian comes a taste of the things Tish only writes about, and she can’t resist the lure of the tortured artist. Sebastian, likewise, is drawn to Tish’s brilliance, but like a moth that hovers too close to the flames, is he killing himself just to be near her? Can Tish save Sebastian before it’s too late, or will he pull her down into the darkness with him?
BUY LINKS (The Amazon one is my affiliate link, so feel free to change it to your own!):
A Light in the Dark (Book 2): Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble  ~ Apple
All the Way to Heaven (Book 1) - FREE:  Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble  ~  Apple
BOOK TRAILER LINK: https://youtu.be/QiJ0kbMwK2g
AUTHOR BIO (Or see the attached "Fun Facts about Becky"):
Becky Doughty is the author of the best-selling Elderberry Croft Series, The Fallout Series, The Gustafson Girls Series, Waters Fall, and more. She's also the voice behind BraveHeart Audiobooks. She writes Women's Fiction with strong elements of romance, as well as Young Adult and Coming of Age Fiction. Becky is married to her champion of more than 25 years. They have three children, two of whom are grown and starting families of their own, and they all live within a few miles of each other in Southern California. They share their lives with too many animals, a large vegetable garden, and a strange underground concrete room they're certain was built for dark and sinister purposes....
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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Exciting new release by Lila Felix!

While I'm working on final edits for the second book in the Forlorned series, I've decided to feature some of my favorite authors. Today, I am featuring Lila Felix and her novel, Lightning Kissed!
 
 

Colby Evans can leap from one country to the next in a heartbeat. She can see every sunset in every time zone in the same day. She can travel across the world in a flash. She defies gravity and physics with every breath she takes. She's tested her abilities and found them limitless. 
She is the lightning. She is Lucent. And nothing can stop her. 
Except him. 
Theodore Ramsey isn't supposed to be able to flash like Colby. The power of travel is passed on from mother to daughter in their people. Except once in every hundred generations. 
Theo is the one. 
He can flash like Colby. And it makes him a target to their enemies and to himself. His abilities change everything he knows about life and throws his future into an uncertain tangent. In fact, the only thing certain in his life is the love he feels for Colby. 
Their love defies time and space and has been the only constant thing in their lives since childhood. But even their infallible love will be stretched to its limits. 
She will risk her life to protect him. But he will risk everything to protect them all.
Interview with Lila Felix
 
What would you be doing right now if you were not an author?
 
If I were not an author, I would still be editing books for indie authors and loving every second of it.
5 years ago: what were you doing?
Five years ago, I was working nights at Wal-Mart in their cash office, counting tons of money every night.
Do you have a certain writing ritual?
My writing ritual is to listen to some inspiring music for about a half hour or read some before starting. After that, I try to write whenever I can, sneaking in the time gaps in our schedules.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
My toughest criticism has been that my endings aren’t always what the reader expected. I see this as a criticism and a compliment. I don’t really want to write what everyone expects.
Ever fangirled over another author? Who was it?
Absolutely! I’ve totally fan-girled over so many authors. I’m first and foremost a reader after all! It was actually Shelly Crane. I flew to Florida to see her and wigged out hard.
Is there an author you'd like to meet?
I would love to meet Jay Asher. 13 Reasons Why is a book that continues to impact my life every day. It makes me think about who I am and how I treat others in every situation. He’s a brilliant author. I’d probably faint.
Biggest writing pet peeve?
My biggest writing peeve is that horrible little word count box at the bottom of the page. Once I learned to make that sucker go away, I was in heaven.
Do you read other's reviews of your books?
I read other’s reviews of my books in the first month of their release. After that, I check them every 6 months or so. It can be painful and humbling to see what others think of our books.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Reaching Your Film Making Goals

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
~Walt Disney~

As a young child, I  always looked forward to Sunday nights when The Wonderful World of Disney came on television. I especially loved Mr. Walt Disney with his warm and charismatic ways. Mr. Disney wore several hats, was a self starter and brilliant businessman.  As anyone in the motion picture industry knows, filmmakers often wear several hats in order to obtain their goals. It takes hard work and dedication to get things done. It takes more doing and less talking, just as Walt Disney said. Making a motion picture was a huge undertaking. Thank Goodness for all the people that helped me in the process. Now back to Mr. Disney. Walt Disney was a voice actor and cartoonist and as I said earlier, a superb businessman--not to mention a cultural icon. He and his brother, Roy, founded The Walt Disney Company.

My favorite ride at Disneyland is The Haunted Mansion. I really love the spooky atmosphere, like the haunted paintings, ghosts and "Doom Buggies." This creepy ride comes with state of the art theatrical effects plus vintage ones as well. Maybe this is why I chose to write a screenplay that included a spooky, haunted mansion.  My motion picture, The Forlorned, was shot in a historical mansion in Somers, Montana. The filming took place in the dead of winter--in below zero temperatures. Although this was very hard on the actors and crew, it created the perfect "chilling" atmosphere for the movie. Filming in the dead of winter came with a lot of worries, thank goodness the production company charged ahead and did it anyhow.  

Remember, if you want something done--you have to just do it (even if its in the dead of winter with no heat or running water).

Sometimes it's hard to get started. Why not take the first few steps. Start with getting a solid script together. Go through the script and figure out your budget. Don't forget to include insurance, props, actor fees, food, lodging, etc. There are many helpful guides online for budgeting for filmmakers. Get it all roughed out on paper and plan the next few months out in small goals.

The journey isn't easy but you have to start taking steps down the path in order to reach the end. Give yourself plenty of time to make the movie and to find distribution. Any questions, please contact me. I'm always glad to give helpful tips or advice when I can. Have a Wonderful Weekend!

 
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