Hello Old Friends, New Friends, & Soon-To-Be-Friends:
I would like to invite you to become a part of my newsletter. I'd like to make this mailing an interactive place where information regarding books, books that make you think, make you really use your brain -- whether fiction or nonfiction -- can be shared between us all.
My newest book is "Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism." Come with me, please, on the publishing journey!
Blessings, all -- Linda
Newsletter Dated: 6/3/2008 11:29:27 AM
Subject: On The Road to Nebraska: Onward & Upward!
Hello Friends & Family
My new book, "Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism" is now on the market & appears to be doing well. I'm kicking off a series of mini-press tours with a trip to Robert Taylor's home state of Nebraska. I wanted to get an edition of my newsletter out before I hit the road, in case any of you live there, or know anyone who does. I’d appreciate any in-person support you can drum up – so if you are a local, or know any locals, PLEASE come and visit with me at any of the following book signing locations:
Friday, June 6, 2008:
1 PM - 2:30 PM: University of Nebraska Bookstore; Lincoln, NE Phone: 402-472-7300 or 800-735-6835
5 PM - 7 PM: Gage County Museum, 101 North 2nd Street, Beatrice NE 68310;
Saturday, June 7, 2008:
1 PM - 3 PM: Filley 125th Celebration, Filley, NE Community Center – contact Filley Bank: 402-662-3555
Sunday, June 8, 2008:
1 PM - 2 PM: The Bookworm, Countryside Village Shopping Center, 87th & Pacific Streets, 8702 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE 68114
I like to keep up-to-date with what’s going on with you guys, & let everyone else know what’s good in your lives. If you have news you’d like to share, please forward it & I’ll try to include it in the next newsletter. I also sometimes find out about great stuff & like to pass that on, too.
Doug Alan Wilcox: Doug’s a talented Maryland musician. I met him through other circumstances & learned of his artistic side in the process. I’ve since purchased his new self-titled CD, & encourage everyone to check out his MySpace page:
He has a folksy, resonant voice, smooth & melodic . . . with songs like, “Buddha Drives a Minivan,” how can you NOT want to give him a listen?! One fan said he’s “funky folk.”
Natalie Brown: I’ve mentioned my friend, Natalie Brown, before but I just purchased her CD, “Let The Candle Burn.” Check Natalie out at:
She’s preparing for a new release the end of this month, using an amazing new concept – fans choose which of her songs they want on their CD, select from a group of photos for the cover, & sign up for the final package, which is sent as they designed it! Get on the Nat bandwagon . . . it’s moving onward & upward – FAST!
Debra Shiveley Welch:
Debra is one of the most talented storyweavers I’ve ever had the good fortune to know & call friend. Her new book, "Son of My Soul, The Adoption of Christopher," is a beautiful story of love, family, and survival. Her son, Christopher, is also a writer. Check out their work at: www.debrashiveleywelch.net .
This lady has been my friend, my mentor, & even my editor. Bette has written professionally since the late 1980s, & recently published a new book, "Farragut Square," with Wild Rose Press. Here’s the link to the e-book version – print goes on sale in July!
REVIEWS COMING IN ABOUT Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism:
“Who’d’a thunk it?!” a reader, in reference to the vast amount of new information related in the book about Robert Taylor and the industry.
"'Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, and Communism' is a well-documented, must-read book about a real-life man in a make-believe world. . . ."
Kathy Hartwell, MA
"A thoroughly researched story that revisits Hollywood in its heyday, when movie making was not only hard work, but a full time commitment. This is a book that any biography reader, film history buff, or nonfiction reader will enjoy all the way through, one you won't forget any time soon. It will make you look for other books by this very able author."
Anne K. Edwards: http://www.mysteryfiction.net
“ . . . touching, as if the author knew Robert Taylor. . . . I had heard of him, of course, but found out so much more.” Cara Pesek, Lincoln Journal Star
Jason Kuiper, Omaha World-Herald, “Taylor . . . answered questions about communism and the industry, believing his testimony would be private, but his was the only appearance pre-announced to the press, which caused a media circus. . . . I learned a lot about Robert Taylor, and the movie industry.”
See the article online:
If that doesn't take you directly to the article by Jason Kuiper, put "Robert Taylor" in the search box.
More press coming in this week and next, in connection with my Nebraska tour. If you’ve read the book, comments are not only welcomed but respectfully requested. For those of you who know your Robert Taylor dates, I profusely apologize for the keystroke error on his death date listed at the end of the book. This was missed by all proofreaders (& obviously the author), & will be corrected with the next printing.
THE “SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?” CORNER:
I’ve updated my Authors Den site, http://www.authorsden.com/lindajalexander , with a bunch of interviews I did in the past. Rather than just let them sit & be lonely in my files, I put them on the site so they can be read – again. Added:
Michael Cole: remember “The Mod Squad”?
Harry Groener: “Dear John” TV show with Judd Hirsch
Jay Hammer: ex-Fletcher Reade of CBS’ “Guiding Light”
Carey Cromelin: Wanda on “Guiding Light”
Michael Swan: ex-Duncan McKechnie from “As The World Turns”
Adult Video Awards Show of 1990
. . . & a “what-if” scenario about the 1st meeting between Bob Taylor & Barbara Stanwyck
These join others already posted. I have over 20 years experience in interviewing soap stars, oldies performers, night-time TV, & film actors, & only recently began to really populate my Authors Den archive with “classic clips.” Hope you’ll check back often – I’ll upload more soon.
Website Updated!!!! Please visit my improved website at http://www.lindajalexander.net .
It’s recently been updated by the amazing web designer behind The Romance Studio: http://www.theromancestudio.com . My thanks and gratitude to Tina.
IN THE “LAST BUT NEVER LEAST CORNER: I’m spearheading a campaign to get Robert Taylor properly recognized by Hollywood. Despite over 30 years as a leading man in film & TV, the closest he ever came to an Academy Award was for “The Fighting Lady,” a war film he narrated which won the 1945 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Considering the body of work he left, his dedication to his craft and the entertainment community, and his contribution to the ongoing economy of the entertainment industry – many believe a Lifetime Achievement Award, otherwise known as the Academy Honorary Award, is long overdue him.
Please visit the site I am developing for Taylor: http://www.roberttaylormoviestar.com . A petition has just been started in the “Forums” section. Please consider adding your name & thoughts. If enough interest is generated, the site will be brought to the attention of the Academy.
This concept is not new. The effort began directly after Taylor’s death, brought about by a newspaper columnist named Hy Gardner, who wrote an eloquent piece about why Taylor deserved such an award (read it in full at the back of my book. . . .
It’s time now.