Robert Lorayne, Making Music

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Some artists make absolutely everything sound easy, and singer-songwriter Robert Lorayne is one of them. Also an accomplished guitarist, Lorayne has recently released his new album, Out of Nowhere. The album’s 10 tracks explore familiar themes—matters of the heart, including love, loss, and change—with forthright wisdom and awareness. Lorayne, who wrote the songs and music and produced the album, has a natural voice and original guitar style. The result is a clean sound that feels effortless and approachable, making this a great album you’ll want to listen to over and over again.

Several songs tackle the heartache of romantic relationships gone astray. In I’m on the Floor, his lyrics tell the story of an abrupt departure: You left me lying there on the floor, a cool breeze and a slamming door.” In contrast, Little Baby dishes up a tender, joyful message, “Oh little baby, you are everything to me. Oh little baby, you are everything I need.” The title song, Out of Nowhere, deals with the loss of one’s familiar surroundings, “I felt somewhere and never felt alone, out of nowhere, I looked around and you were gone.”

One song, Bricks and Mortar, has a compelling message for our current time:

“There’s a hate across the world.
Have we forgotten that we’re just boys and girls?
Everywhere the hate is growing,
fear is growing of just not knowing
how the world will be tomorrow.
It must be more than hate and sorrow.
We must learn to join together,
things are bad, but they’ll get better.
Do it for the sons and daughters—
we’re the bricks and they’re the mortar.”

Every moment of this record bears Lorayne’s stamp. His vocals are simply superb, the arrangements ambitious, and his frank songwriting a perfect match for his elliptical style. We think you’ll enjoy it. You can listen to Robert’s songs at http://www.robertlorayne.com. His album is available for purchase on iTunes.

The son of legendary memory-training expert and author Harry Lorayne, Robert Lorayne grew up in Manhattan (New York City) and counts The Doors, The Who, and Pink Floyd among his early music influences. Currently living in Newburyport, MA, he’s working on yet another new album with Joe Holaday, of The Fools and Beetle-Juice, on lead guitar.

Chandler Vreeland Launches UFO Novel, Invites Golden Ticket Winner to Dinner with the Author

Light Caller Cover 150 Marietta, GA—In his charming novel, Chandler Vreeland transports readers to Barbados to meet a collection of likable characters and mysterious lights in the sky. Vreeland will launch and sign his debut novel, The Light Caller, at the Book Worm Bookstore, 4451 Marietta Street, Powder Springs, on Saturday, June 17 from 1:00‒3:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

As a special bonus, the author has inserted a golden ticket in one his books being sold, which invites the lucky finder and a friend to enjoy dinner and conversation with the author at Muss & Turner’s, Smyrna.

In The Light Caller, John, an 83-year-old self-proclaimed psychic, has an uncanny ability to communicate with UFOs that he encounters on his native island of Barbados and beyond. “I am the ‘Light Man’— at least, that’s what some people call me. I am what others call a ‘UFO caller’.” As the story unfolds, John’s narrative is not only filled with tales of supernatural communication, healing and awe, but also his deep love of family, and a humility for his calling. This gentle novel shimmers with the drama and magic of a cast of characters whose lives are touched, and sometimes transformed, by unexplainable lights in the sky.

The Light Caller was inspired by the author’s real life experience on a trip to Barbados many years ago. One evening on the beach, Vreeland and his father saw a UFO over the sea. “It was an eerie experience, like seeing something from another world. My father suggested that it would make a great story for a book and the idea stuck with me,” he says.

While Vreeland has a general interest in UFOs and related phenomena, he says he leaves it to readers to form their own conclusions about the actual existence, intentions, or origins of mystery lights in the sky. “Whatever view a reader may have, I hope that each one finds my book enjoyable and meaningful.”

L. Chandler Vreeland is a Marietta, Georgia, based trial lawyer. A former Assistant District Attorney, he interned in Washington DC for the United States Senate. He received his undergraduate degree from Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia, and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. He also studied international law at the Exeter University in England. Vreeland looks forward to discussing writing, law, and UFOs with the golden ticket winner.

The Runaway Dandelion

Launch Day

A once idyllic meadow, home to animals, birds, insects, wildflowers and ancient apple trees is clear cut by a bulldozer to make way for new construction. Miraculously, there is one survivor—a lonely little dandelion. When her golden petals turn to white fluff, she takes flight in search of a new home.

We get a bird’s eye view of her journey over many big houses and manicured green lawns. When she spots a lush green meadow, surrounded by wetlands, we follow her down to earth, and cheer as she puts down new roots.

We meet all the inhabitants of this small Family Farm and observe their daily life. What’s special about this farm is that each of their activities contribute to a sustainable lifestyle, and consequently lead to a brighter and more promising future.

The Runaway Dandelion by Jill Regensburg is a contemporary fable that is as informative as it is timely. Young readers, as well as parents and teachers, can explore many earth friendly techniques including organic gardening, solar and wind power, water harvesting, alternative heating, growing medicinal herbs, and cultivating gourmet mushrooms on logs.

There is a Glossary, and suggestions for family friendly cooking-with-dandelion recipes. A comprehensive resource list of follow up links encourages readers to further explore these Permaculture techniques.

On the Radio with Faren Siminoff

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Author-historian Faren Siminoff wonders about what will happen to American society if our current simmering political and economic climate persists. She’s concerned and thinks other people should be too. In her debut novel, The Transformation: GTE 45, she explores themes of liberty, truth, history, and disenfranchisement in an eerily familiar world.

Set 45 years in the future, Siminoff’s disturbing dystopian political novel takes place in a re-branded Corporate States of America after the collapse of the Republican Party as we’ve known it, a transformed new far-right regime rules over complacent citizens in a reality they call “the Great Transformation.”

High-ranking professor Layla Saenz navigates a perilous and twisted love triangle with Paul Gaugin, a classified Wage Earner, and Isaac Freeman, the charismatic and powerful leader of the Church of the Revealed Saints. When Layla is suspected of uploading an unofficial history of the events leading up to the Great Transformation, her status is placed in jeopardy. She makes a dangerous decision and risks revealing her own secrets from the past.

Tune in to listen to a radio interview on The Authors Show on June 7th. The show will be available all day. Note: Scroll down and click on the title in blue.

E J Ouellette’s Supernatural Storytelling—Conjure Man, Conjure Man

Conjure Man New Release

NEWBURYPORT, MA. | The talented enigmatic EJ Ouellette (oo-LEHT) is a man of swirling vision and many hats — Americana, folk, rock, alt Celt and country singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor, and even film director. With his first solo record, Conjure Man, Conjure Man, Ouellette brings together his musical sorcery and storytelling savvy in a collection of original Americana songs.

Beware: Conjure Man, Conjure Man is a charmer. Ouellette’s uncomplicated vocals, seductive songwriting, and roots-driven fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin, with Dave Mattacks (Paul McCartney, Richard Thomas) and Peter Whitehead on drums, conjures up something special. His music tells stories, twangs, rocks, dances, and laments. You will too.

The album’s 13 tracks include nine original songs, one cover, and three instrumentals. In the bluegrass-infused title song, a man asks Conjure Man for a spell “to bring the one I love back home to my bed” and the hoodoo man warns him, “Careful what you wish for.” Supernatural forces are at play in this uptempo song.

Stories about magic, love, and slippery consequences weave through the album, where Ouellette narrates tales of hunger, loss and unexpected discovery. In “Amarantha, Amarantha” a simple country girl is freed by a madman, empowering her to declare independence from her family. “You Lied” describes the painful lament of a husband mourning the too-early death of the love of his life. “Charming the Snake’ illuminates our brutal hunger for success and recognition. In each, Ouellette’s voice has never been more soulful and the songs serve as the medium for his fiddle-driven alter ego.

On “No More Wastin’ Time,” Ouellette adds sax man Steve Baker (Crazy Maggy) to the mix and “It feels like the roads gonna end before you get somewhere, and those turns that you made didn’t get you there.” Ouellette, who credits Steve Earle a key influence, includes a cover of “Don’t Want to Lose You Yet” on the album as a tribute to the musician and love note to his fans.

At the end of the day, Ouellette’s gift is his ability to empathize with others, including the characters in his songs. With Conjure Man, Conjure Man, he offers listeners a special dose of music, magic, and hope that our world, despite its problems, is changing for the better. To download and listen to the title track, Conjure Man, Conjure Man, visit https://www.ejouellette.com/music/.

Released on the Whole Music label, Conjure Man, Conjure Man’s full album is available NOW! Get your copy on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Google Play and many other digital distributors. Prices: CD $20.00, MP3 Download $9.00.

About the Musician
EJ Ouellette has 40+ years of experience as a American rock, alt Celt, folk, and country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, and music entrepreneur. He regularly performs with his band, EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammy.org) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Ouellette offers state-of-the-art recording and production, artist development and instruction at Whole Music, his studio on the Massachusetts North Shore.

But the magic doesn’t stop there.

Through his new project, Hoodoo Man Films, EJ is co-directing and co-producing a pilot series for TV about a mysterious conjure man with supernatural powers; the short film is slated for release in early 2017. And the sound track?

You guessed it!

To learn more about the album and Hoodoo Man Films, visit https://www.ejouellette.com.

The Adventures of Piratess Tilly

Holiday Kindle Free

In the spirit of holiday giving, the author is offering her ebook for free!

In this picture book, written in haiku, an adventurous girl and her crew of orphaned boys sail the high seas and intercept a band of pirates kidnapping tortoises on the Galapagos Islands!

“Tilly—tough, daring and scientifically minded—is a capable heroine with an enviable life at sea.” —Publishers Weekly

The Transformation: GTE 45

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The Sky Is Far Away

The characters of author Brooks Wright’s collection of short stories inspire empathy and pack a punch in his new short story collection, The Sky Is Far Away. Eclectic and compelling, Wright’s stories explore the courage and pathos of his characters in their struggle against an indifferent world.

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