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A Fish Story … Filmmaker and Author Roger Seiler’s “Master of Alaska”

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Blog Tour Stop Number Five:   THE DM ZONE

Interview on The DM Zone shares the tale of his family and growing up in Alaska,             the beautiful 49th State 

My website, not linked to this blog, is where I post videos of  The DM Zone.  On the Internet TV show, I get to interview creative and talented folks from all different genres and walks-of-life. I have interviewed politicians, musicians, artists, actors and yes … authors. Today as part of Roger’s Seiler Blog Tour for MASTER OF ALASKA, I visited with him at his home in Nyack, New York for the story of how he came to grow up in Alaska.

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Watch the video interview. It is an informative, interesting and funny tale of Roger’s youth, his family, flying float planes, and fishing.  (Roger Seiler, Above)

Now the author has written a historical novel about Alexander Baranov, the first governor of Alaska who was sent from the Catherine the Great, Czarina of Russia at the time of George Washington. Rather than being a dry history lesson, Seiler has formed an exciting and page-turning tale of the early days of what is now the state of Alaska.

This is the true saga of Alaska’s first and greatest governor, sent to be chief manager for 5 years, but stuck there for 28.  He built a northwest Russian empire that stretched to California and Hawaii.  And were it not for Baranov, today Alaska would be Canadian instead of America’s 49th state.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE SIGNED COPY OF MASTER OF ALASKA

Critics rave about Historical Novel by Author Roger Seiler based on historical documents

“In this gripping tale of historical fiction, a man faces a brutal landscape and forms alliances with the native tribes… An informative, exciting read that stays true to its real-life inspiration.”

– Kirkus Reviews

Author Roger Seiler is giving a signed printed copy of MASTER OF ALASKA. Also during the blog tour, the eBook is only 99 cents. The direct links are below.

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CLICK HERE TO GET ‘MASTER OF ALASKA’ eBOOK FOR ONLY 99 CENTS

About Roger Seiler, Author & Filmmaker

Award-winning filmmaker and author Roger Seiler grew up in Alaska from age three.  His love of adventure comes from both his parents. His father Edwin was a civil engineer eventually becoming an Alaskan bush pilot. His mother Josefina was born in Puerto Rico and was a writer and Alaskan sport-fishing lodge manager with the hobby of Flamenco dancing.  In his late teens, Roger was a king salmon sport fishing guide on Alaska’s Naknek River, and a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay.

He attended Deep Springs College and graduated With Honors from UCLA with a BA in Theater Arts – Film. His first film work was for UCLA’s Automotive Collision Research project, including a film for TV, “Safety on the Road,” which he wrote, produced and directed. While attending UCLA, Roger also worked with actor Karl Malden and famed director Francis Ford Coppola.

Roger currently lives in South Nyack, NY with his wife Sally. Roger is a devoted reader and supporter of libraries. In 1977 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Nyack Library (Carnegie funded in 1879) and has continued to serve for 40 years, 16 as Board President. Master of Alaska, a Historical Novel, is his second book and whose publisher North Face Publishing is subsidiary of Motivational Press Publishing.

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Blog Tours For Book Promotions … Still a Great Tool for PR

Blog Tours are not new for book promotions. I firmly believe that they are a very useful tool for authors to kick-start any book launch. How do they work? Grab a group of bloggers willing to exchange blog posts with you, the author promoting your book, and away you go.

… Well, it’s more work than that, but that’s the basic premise. I feature a “Double Blog, Blog Tour” where the author featured interviews the blogger of the day for a double hit each day. It is a lot of work for the bloggers and the author, but it is very effective promotion with a potential for a good deal of web-talk about the book you are launching. It also creates reviews for your Amazon and that is crucial for increasing your book sales.

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I am including the press release for the book blog tour currently in action for Roger Seiler’s latest book: MASTER OF ALASKA. The book is a historical novel based on the first governor of Alaska … sent by Russia. Very timely of a topic considering what is in the political news of today.

Feel free to visit any of the ‘blog stops’ along the tour to see how it works. Thanks!

Master of Alaska … Blog Tour Timed with SesquiCentennial of Alaska Statehood

Critics rave about Historical Novel by Author Roger Seiler based on historical documents –

“In this gripping tale of historical fiction, a man faces a brutal landscape and forms alliances with the native tribes… An informative, exciting read that stays true to its real-life inspiration.”

– Kirkus Reviews

(June 11, 2017 – New York, NY) -Nationally known bloggers, authors and reviewers join author Roger Seiler on the rip roaring adventure and love story.  Told as a historical novel, the Tsar’s first Governor of Alaska, Aleksandr Baranov, makes up his mind: he will not be defeated by the Alaskan wilderness. Kirkus gives the book a four-star review.

This is the true saga of Alaska’s first and greatest governor, sent to be chief manager for 5 years, but stuck there for 28.  He built a northwest Russian empire that stretched to California and Hawaii.  And were it not for Baranov, today Alaska would be Canadian instead of America’s 49th state.

About Roger Seiler, Author & Filmmaker

Award-winning filmmaker and author Roger Seiler grew up in Alaska from age three.  His love of adventure comes from both his parents. His father Edwin was a civil engineer eventually becoming an Alaskan bush pilot. His mother Josefina was born in Puerto Rico and was a writer and Alaskan sport-fishing lodge manager with the hobby of Flamenco dancing.  In his late teens, Roger was a king salmon sport fishing guide on Alaska’s Naknek River, and a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay.

He attended Deep Springs College and graduated With Honors from UCLA with a BA in Theater Arts – Film. His first film work was for UCLA’s Automotive Collision Research project, including a film for TV, “Safety on the Road,” which he wrote, produced and directed. While attending UCLA, Roger also worked with actor Karl Malden and famed director Francis Ford Coppola.

Roger currently lives in South Nyack, NY with his wife Sally. Roger is a devoted reader and supporter of libraries. In 1977 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Nyack Library (Carnegie funded in 1879) and has continued to serve for 40 years, 16 as Board President. Master of Alaska, a Historical Novel, is his second book and whose publisher North Face Publishing is subsidiary of Motivational Press Publishing.

 

Participating Blogs in order of the blog schedule:

 

Monday, June 12                              Celtic Lady’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, June 13                              Lisa Queen of Random

Wednesday, June 14                       Hogwash

Thursday, June 15                            The Book Adventures of Emily   

Friday, June 16                                  The DM Zone

Monday, June 19                              Lily Iona MacKenzie’s Writer’s Blog

Tuesday, June 20                              The Author’s Show

Wednesday, June 21                       Reading to Distraction

Thursday, June 22                            Mythical Books

Friday, June 23                                  Mara Purl

Saturday, June 24                             What Cathy Read Next

Sunday, June 25                                Reecaspieces

Monday, June 26                              Kerry Adrienne

Tuesday, June 27                              Rosepoint Publishing

Wednesday, June 28                       Buddy Hollywood

Thursday, June 29                            Tired of Talking About Myself

Friday, June30                                   Hope C Tarr

 

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Watch The DM Zone Interviews

I have been conducting interviews with “Fun, Interesting and Talented Folks” for more than 15 years. For the past five years, the interviews have been available online on my Internet T.V. program “The DM Zone.”  Now more and more of these video interviews are being watched. This development is due to the new method of delivering the videos to audiences.

  • First my team has linked my videos with a ‘blog’ about the video.
  • Next these are uploaded to my new website The DM Zone
  • Finally, they are shared on Social Media – my Twitter and Facebook

With the help of my video team and I have been able to record my interviews with musicians, actors, artists, and authors. But through the years, I have also met influential business and political leaders.

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Dianemarie Collins & Randy Jackson NAB 2014

I am fortunate that I love what I do. I am especially pleased that my program has been syndicated and pick-up by more than one internet site and network.  Makes me proud!

So, here is one of my most favorite interviews. This one is about how Master Artist Ed Copley, whose great-great-great grandfather is John Singleton Copley created the portrait of yours truly. Just click on the link! Enjoy.

A Masterpiece with Master Artist Ed Copley

Dianemarie (DM) Collins, the host of The DM Zone, shares her experience with commissioning a custom portrait from Ed Copley, the direct descendant of American master portrait artist John Singleton Copley.

Ed Copley, considered a Master artist whose work is collected around the globe, is now recognized as a Living Master, a very elite award from The Art Renewal Center. But the genes of artistic genius that make Ed Copley one of world’s finest painters are more than just heredity.

Known as a modern-day old master, Copley paints with an ‘old master’ technique – mixing his own paints, adding glazes, stretching his own canvas and even carving a frame for that special masterpiece. As for Ed Copley’s artistic genes, John Singleton Copley  was the greatest American painter of the 18th century. His great, great, great grandson Ed Copley exquisitely follows in those footsteps in the 21st century.

Ed Copley Gallery at the Art Renewal Center is due to his extensive body of work. Kara Lysandra Ross, Director of Operations for the Art Renewal Center.said about accepting Ed Copley int the Art Renewal Center,

“I am very pleased that our esteemed judges saw fit to give Ed the title of ARC Associate Living Master™ and welcome him to the elite group of living artists shown in the ARC Museum. The process for acceptance into the ARC Living Artist and Master’s Gallery ™ is a rigorous one, where an artist’s work must be reviewed by a panel of at least four Judges who consist of well published art scholars and master instructors whose presage is undeniable.”

Ross continues, “His work now appears on our website as does the work of his Grandfather, John Singleton Copley. Although their work is clearly from two different time periods, it is always a pleasure to see that the artistic quality in the family remained fully intact. Ed is a wonderful addition to the ARC family and we are looking forward to his newest works and exhibitions.”

With a classical attention to composition, meticulous attention to his use of light and devotion to the Old World application and mixing of his own pigments, Copley paintings are masterpieces. He also uses a glazing technique which develops richness in detail and color without the use of heavy applications of paint. But because it is such a slow process, few artists choose to use it at the present time.

 

 

 

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Saylor Storm’s Thriller BASKING IN THE LIGHT

A Review: Four and a Half out of Five Stars! Plus Giveaways … including Cultured Pearl Jewelry!

Author Saylor Storm

Author Saylor Storm

The most intriguing thing about Basking in the Light by Saylor Storm was the factoids that she started each chapter on Serial Killers … all relate to their relationship with their mother! Whoa! It’s scary to think of the responsibility mothers have in raising their sons. You can agree or not, but some of the facts do speak for themselves.

BaskingSmallThe breezy style of Storm’s writing allows the reader to jump into the story and get to know the characters within a few chapters The heroine Ellen, is frustrated with her life – too much work, and not enough time to have a relationship … or even look for a mate! So she turns to an online dating service.

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As I read the story, I was drawn into it and found myself asking why Ellen was so naïve. But, there are a lot of women who would follow the same pattern. Another Scary Thought!

Storm’s descriptions of the events and the evil happening to Ellen were realistic and believable. Sometimes the story skipped a beat to move it along quickly, like when Ellen suddenly took to snooping into her date’s home which ended badly for her. But, you forgive it when the story starts heating up.

Ellen’s best friend Jaclyn was the most loyal character to continue hunting for Ellen as was her newspaper editor and boss Candace. Together they kept pushing officials to find Ellen. I loved Ellen’s mom with her quirky and fun style and how she was dealing with her daughter’s missing status. Arnie, the FBI agent, was true to his tenacious nature, but then sometimes I wasn’t sure if he was more concerned about Ellen’s whereabouts or flirting with her mom. Perhaps that was intentional by author Storm. It certainly kept me turning the pages to find out which!

Overall I really liked the book and agree with national reviewer Gary S Roen :

“Storm is a master storyteller and her books are all page turners.”

I wanted the story to continue and that’s a good thing! The mystery of what the evil doer carried inside the blue and white cooler also keep me intrigued. And, the play on words of “Basking in the Light” finally made sense at the end of the story.

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Giveaways: Win beautiful Cultured Pearl Jewelry Set – Necklace and Bracelet

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Watch the video for the author to share her views on Basking in the Light.

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Two-4-One BONUS – During the blog tour – Purchase Basking in the Light, and receive the novella Reclamation FREE … After purchase send Saylor an email at Saylor@SaylorStorm.com And Saylor will respond with your bonus book.

Ellen and Arnie’s story continues …reclamation

In Basking in the Light, aspiring reporter, Ellen Singer, survives being captured and held hostage by serial killers for months. Reclamation takes us where Basking in the Light left off; where Ellen is left with the arduous task of rebuilding her life both physically and mentally. With devoted FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, by her side she is able to overcome her many obstacles and in the end he proclaims his deep love for the woman he has grown to admire and revere. Does Ellen reciprocate his feelings, or has her ordeal left her emotionally incapable of returning Arnie’s love?

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Live from MIM – Roberta Gambarini – Jazz Vocalist Extraordinaire!

Jazz has been called America’s greatest original art form, America’s classical music, and the soundtrack of America. In fact, jazz is global music, heard and performed in all corners of the world.

In December 2014 I was fortunate to visit with one of today’s finest interpreters of the American songbook, which includes memorable tunes by the greats such as Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, the Gershwins and others. Roberta Gambarini, a fabulous jazz singer, appeared at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix.

Roberta Gambarini and Dianemarie Collins

Roberta Gambarini and Dianemarie Collins

We visited on The DM Zone before her MIM performance, chatting about how she, a native of Turin, Italy has become a leading jazz vocalist, proclaimed by the late jazz pianist Hank Jones as “The Best since Ella Fitzgerald.”

Before the interview ended, Roberta graced me with an acapella verse of “Sunny Side of the Street.” I was spellbound to stand side-by-side with her and hear that incredible voice as she so casually tossed out perfection. She scatted the ending! Watch the video and you will hear what I mean.

Later, we took our seats in the intimate hall at the MIM. Roberta began the concert walking out on stage, following her trio of incredible musicians: George Cables (piano), Jimmy Cobb (drums), and Ameen Saleem (bass). Standing center, she then sang acapella, “So In Love” from the musical “Kiss Me Kate.” I was mesmerized listening to her wonderfully clear instrument, so flawlessly displayed.

I have to add, that in my book, Roberta Gambarini is not only one of the finest Jazz vocalist, but one of the finest singers. Period.

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[Book Review and Giveaway!!!] Sue’s Seduction

Author Saylor Storm had book one, SUE’S SEDUCTION reviewed by Holly Lauren who said she can’t wait to read book two, SUE’S RAPTURE.

A Lick Of Romance

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A Virtual Book Tour – Author’s Point-of-View

Virtual Book Tours (VBT) are not a new PR tool for launching a book, but I believe that they are an effect way for authors to reach a lot of new readers in a short period of time. My client, author Saylor Storm is launching her fifth book, but on her first VBT. So I asked her to share her thoughts on the process. This is Day Nine of Saylor’s VBT launching book 2 of the Sue Kent’s series, Sue’s Rapture. Part of the success for a VBT should involve offering a special for the bloggers that participate and for their readers. So the end of this post, you’ll find a GIVEAWAY raffleticket_-_IMAGE

and a special price for book 1, Sue’s Seduction and Sue’s Rapture. The novels follow heroine Sue Kent through a journey where a daily pill takes her from a 50-something to a 20 year old. What happens next, will surprise and definitely entertain. Enjoy!

Author Saylor Storm

Author Saylor Storm

Saylor Storm tells her side of the story:

Here we are in the middle of my first virtual book tour and I just wanted to share with you what my experience has been like so far. If you are anything like I was before the VBT began, then you had absolutely no idea what a virtual book tour involved.

My publicist, Dianemarie (DM) Collins, patiently set up interviews with different bloggers for each day of the tour. Some of the writers were simply reviewing my book, Sue’s Seduction, while others sent me interview questions and several of the authors were interviewed back by me.

In spite of being warned by DM, I was quite surprised to learn how much work was involved in putting this all together. My website was utterly unprepared for this tour which involved a raffle. Scrambling at the last minute, with the help of a very web savvy friend, the site was ready, raffle and all, at the eleventh hour.

Answering the bloggers dozens of questions has been thought provoking to say the least. Questions like, “What would you like your headstone to read?” will really make you think!

Once the quirks are worked out and all the authors are participating on schedule, the process becomes quite enjoyable and not so overwhelming. My lack of computer skills has been a definite hindrance to my speed in this process.

Now that I know what is involved and what to expect, the next blog tour will proceed much more smoothly, quickly and with less stress! (Wishful thinking!)

Be sure to register to win the giveaway for a copy of Sue’s Seduction and Sue’s Rapture.     http://jbronderbookreviews.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/dc524-sue27s2brapture.jpgPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00017]

You can also purchase both books during the blog tour for only 99c each at Amazon or  Barnes & Noble.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next installment of the blog tour at Reader’s Review.

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