Monday, February 28, 2011

The House of Balestrom teaser # 3

The mouth of the beast is open…you pass through the gates and make your way up to the main house where the Balestrom family live.  Though the house appears to be modern, you can feel its old energy surround you, like cold hands.  You feel a chill move up and down your spine and then you realize that you feel out of place and the urge to go back echoes in your mind.  Your journey to the house was a long one and its history is whispered through its halls by the wind.  The door to the house beckons you to enter and without any control over your body, you force open the old wooden door and enter.
The door creaks open and you walk through, but as you walk in it closes as if it was by an invisible hand, which startles you.  You run back to the door and try to open it to get out, but it doesn’t budge.  You are trapped and now without choice you have to continue. 
On the walls in the great lobby area of the house hang pictures of the family members.  The walls were built around pillars, inspired by the Greek coliseums.  A single vine stretches across the walls moving upward toward the dome glass ceiling.  The vine symbolizes the stability and growth of the Balestrom family. There are three double doors on either side of you and one in front of you.  The door on your left opens and you feel compelled to walk through.
Inside the room is a study.  Above the fireplace in the room hangs a huge painting of Cyrus Balestrom the 1st.

The man who purchased the island and brought his family to live there.  He started construction on the main house in 1907, while the family lived in a shack.  Cyrus Balestrom the 1st never saw the main house completed. He died tragically during the construction of the final touches on the house. Some say that’s when the curse on the family had begun, but others believe the curse was with the family long before that.

On the table lays a book.  It is opened and you walk over to see what it is.  It’s a photo album and out of curiosity you pick it up and start to look at the photos.  Photographs of the island when Cyrus Balestrom the 1st was coming to the island were the first photos you see…

The great precipice on the north side of the island.  The precipice is seen by many fishermen as they leave and return home from the sea.  On late nights they claim to see a woman waving to them from its edge.  She wears all white and seems to call to them.  A ghost that haunts the edge of the island. The ghost of Emma Balestrom…Who threw herself off the precipice one tragic evening after her husband Byron Balestrom murdered her brother.  Legend says that if you see the ghost of Emma Balestrom the boat has been cursed and that they would not catch any fish that day or sometimes the events would be worse and the boat would sink taking the men under with it.

The back of the main house as it looks out into its courtyard.  Many deaths have happened as people and family members have fallen off the balcony.

Part of the main house itself.  As you look upon it you see that you are in the precense of royalty.

As you can see, the life of being a Balestrom isn’t easy.  It comes with a price, the price being death…but even with that knowledge, you are seduced and manipulated to join them.  And you give in so easily with the idea to become a part of the family… 
And as they reach out to you with their hands and they welcome you like a brother or a sister.  Your fate has been decided and there is no turning back.
Good luck! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011



a man who knows he is being stalked and in a twisted way allows it to happen...because he is also stalking his stalker. In a strange way it a fantasy for the man...he wants to be stalked--or wanted. He wants to have someone control him and love him in his own twisted way.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Enter the gates of The House of Balestrom (teaser pic #2)

The gate to the entrance of The House of Balestrom stood tall and strong like a fort.  It's dark iron rods daring anyone to enter, because the possibility of never leaving was there. A dare for sure...a dare that could ultimately change you forever or keep you trapped within its walls.  A large  black old style "B" pressed itself against the iron gate as if it was hugged by it--protected. But protection was sometimes a sign for fear or even something worse...

Do you have what it takes to enter the gate?  Place your hands on its cold black iron and push it open.  The sound of it creaking to life as it moves away from you, giving you the choice to keep going or turn back.  The path lays before you--paved out in blood...your blood or the blood of someone else.  Who knows other than the family that live here. They aren't telling any of their secrets...but their secrets become your secrets--the main difference is that they know how to use them against you.

Is your heart racing a little? I hope so.  Because beyond this point there is no return to who you once were.  You will have to learn how to survive or you will surely die! Pick your path wisely and choose your allies because you're going to need them.  Just one warning for you before you continue down this path...the path that brings you to the main house of the Balestrom Estate. When they hold out their arms to you to hug you and kiss your cheeks they will say:

"Welcome to the family..."

Just know, my dear, they are lying...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The House of Balestrom teaser pic

Not much I know but it's getting closer to the cover reveal!!! I thought I would drop another sneak peak...
I will add that writing this new book has been amazing...the words are flowing out of me like Mozart tapping at the piano.
My heart over flows with the new great thrills and suspense I have planned for you in this awesome new book.
Believe me when I say that The House of Balestrom is a completely different story from BANG and possibly from any other book you have ever read.
I've allowed a few people to actually read the first chapter of my new novel and I sensed excited anticipation for the rest as they expressed their feelings about what they read...the fun guessing games of what they think will happen next!
Thank you for everything and while you wait patiently for The House of Balestrom
feel free to get a copy of BANG, because(well) BANG is an that you shouldn't pass up!

Perfect Match teaser trailer

Perfect Match Pledge LET'S MAKE THIS FILM GREAT!!!

ABOUT THIS PROJECT: The link to view more about this project is above and below this blog....thank you.

The Story

PerfectMatch is the story of Maggie and Stephen, two love lorn twenty-somethings who find each other on the internet. Does it matter that Stephen works for the online dating service that brought the two of them together? As you can guess, the relationship gets complicated, but like good leading characters, they try to figure it out. 
Why a Kickstarter fund drive?

We had a great shoot and finished principal photography in the summer of 2010. We filmed in the beautiful town of Marietta, Ohio and came away with great performances captured in a beautiful, quirky style. We immediately set to editing the film and loved the way it was coming together - exactly as we had imagined. But we realized there were a few pieces missing - pieces that if we could capture them, would make the film better than we had imagined. We have the opportunity to make a good film great.

Now we need to raise the funds to finish that film. To do so we need to shoot exactly 11 short, but very important scenes (that’s about 7% of the entire film and four days of work), we need to complete the edit, mix the audio (voice and music) and submit the film to festivals and prepare it for distribution. When we’re done we’ll have a great romantic comedy that we can’t wait to share with you so you can find out if Maggie and Stephen are meant to be.

Just the facts, ma’am.

We plan to shoot the needed scenes in Houston, TX in March. Why Houston? Simply, we need to shoot somewhere warm and that matches our original visual palette from Marietta, Ohio. The outskirts of Houston fit the bill perfectly. The director, Chad Eddy and the film’s four principal actors will all be heading down to Houston at the beginning of March, along with most of our original crew, including the film’s Director of Photography, Daniel Stephens. Our goal is to have this film ready for festivals by early May. Our investors have already done so much for us and we feel that reaching out to you, our future audience and fans, is the best way to finish this beautiful film.

These funds will not only pay for the four days of filming in Houston, but also the film's sound mix, final edit and festival submission fees. It’s the minimum amount of money necessary to get the job done right, and anything more will only make the film that much better.

Please watch the trailer, share it with your friends and get excited about watching the completed film when it’s finished this May.

Project location: Houston, TX

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The House of Balestrom----segment: The Beginning

This is the first paragraph from my new novel The House of Balestrom.  I hope you enjoy it!!!!

"The House of Balestrom stood intimidating above the tree lines.  Its beautiful red roof and Victorian arches reached up to the sky like hands.  The day was clear and bright as the lake that separated land and island quietly moved around the ferry that crossed it.  Sara leaned on the banister as she watched the island get slowly closer.  She sighed because the ride was almost over and she wanted to continue to take in the sight of the house.  David nudged her with his shoulder and pointed in the direction of the island as more of the house came into view.  Both of them were excited to be there, though the circumstances of their journey to The House of Balestrom was a sad one."