Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The House of Balestrom Coming Soon Trailer!!!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

The House of Balestrom Book Cover


It is here finally!!! The Cover to my next novel: The House of Balestrom
stay tuned for the book trailer!!

But while you wait for The House of Balestrom to be released feel free to check out any of my other great ebooks and my first novel BANG at these places

Barnes and Nobles.com for both the Nook and paperback, Smashwords.com, ibooks, sony ereader, and kindle

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bang's Second Book Review!! They are coming in


If you haven't read BANG, you're missing out!! Go get your copy today.
BANG is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle, Barnes and Noble.com and The Nook, iBooks, Sony Ereader, Smashwords.com for all other ereaders.

Thank you for reading!!



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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Twisted TaleMarch 13, 2011
This review is from: Bang (Paperback)
"Bang" caught my eye on Twitter, with its catchy title and
attention-getting synopsis. This novel for grown-ups hurls the
reader into a small world of a few lamentable characters caught
up in a complex dilemma that intensifies all the way to the dramatic
end. The non-fatal shooting of a man begins the collision course of
events that expose common social disasters affecting marital,
parent/child, and adult relationships as well as the desire for
revenge. The story moves fast, and as the chapters flow, the
curiosity grows despite the flawed characters. I recommend
this novel highly to adults looking for a well-written, twisted,
entertaining story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you hanging till the very endMarch 7, 2011
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This review is from: Bang (Paperback)
Bang by William Butler is fantastic thriller, suspense, noir
fiction novel that plays great homage to classic hardboiled
crime fiction. The books starts off when the wife of Tim Jones,
who are in the middle of a separation, finds her husband shot in
the face. At first considered a suicide, clues begin to add that
Tim may have been shot by someone. The suspects are Frank,
Tim's best friend who had an affair with his wife,Tim's wife herself,
Shelley, and even Tim's promiscuous, alcoholic, aging mother, Dina,
who hates Tim to the core. William Butler characters all to seem to
have their own motives to want Tim dead and he keeps you
guessing by giving hints that keep changing who you have as
your main suspect. Bang has been described as "a dirty version
of Clue" and it really lives up to that description. Hints are
placed throughout the book to who may be involved in the
attempted murder of Tim Jones but the true person behind
will keep you guessing till the very end. I recommend this
book written by an author who I think we will be hearing very
much of soon. Pick up Bang.

P.S. You will not be able to stop reading by the end of
Chapter Nine!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

BANG's First Book Review on Amazon!!



(5 stars) Leaves you hanging till the very endMarch 7, 2011
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Bang (Paperback)
Bang by William Butler is fantastic thriller, suspense, noir fiction novel that plays great homage to classic hardboiled crime fiction. The books starts off when the wife of Tim Jones, who are in the middle of a separation, finds her husband shot in the face. At first considered a suicide, clues begin to add that Tim may have been shot by someone. The suspects are Frank, Tim's best friend who had an affair with his wife, Tim's wife herself, Shelley, and even Tim's promiscuous, alcoholic, aging mother, Dina, who hates Tim to the core. William Butler characters all to seem to have their own motives to want Tim dead and he keeps you guessing by giving hints that keep changing who you have as your main suspect. Bang has been described as "a dirty version of Clue" and it really lives up to that description. Hints are placed throughout the book to who may be involved in the attempted murder of Tim Jones but the true person behind will keep you guessing till the very end. I recommend this book written by an author who I think we will be hearing very much of soon. Pick up Bang.

P.S. You will not be able to stop reading by the end of Chapter Nine!


Go get yourself a copy today available in paperback as well as ebook on multiple ebook devices (Kindle, Nook, ibooks, Sony ereader...)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Blood on His Hands by Mark P. Sadler a book review



A crime of passion set to the background of dust and revenge.  Mark Sadler weaves his story of betrayal with a pace of desperate anticipation.  Michael the husband works hard for the money as he takes care of his wife, Bonnie, and two boys, Seth and Caleb.  The money pays well and he does his best to take care of his family.  Mike would do anything for Bonnie and the boys—even go to counseling with Bonnie so he could keep the flames of his marriage alive. Mike leaves for a weeklong job, which angers Bonnie, but she seems to take it well for when he’s gone she gets with her sister and plans a night out with the girls.

Enter Ian…the private dick…new love interest for Bonnie, who doesn’t waste any time at all leading Ian into her clutches.  Their relationship moves fast and the two begin to move in together. As they have sex for what seems like the first time…Mike comes home.  Mike’s back early due to a damaged machine at his job.  When he pulls up to the trailer, he doesn’t see Bonnie’s car, but someone else’s (Ian’s) and proceeds to believe he is being robbed.  Mike grabs his gun and enters the house through a hatch he made that came up into the bedroom from under the trailer.  You can guess what happens from here, which has Mike on the run from the law.  But the law is the least of Mike’s worries, as there is someone who wants him to pay for what he had done and is going to stop at nothing to make sure payback is served.

The story has its moments and is well paced, though there are moments to where the character’s are detached and you wish to know more of their inner motivations.   The sex scene was detached as well.  I felt as though they were not really into each other—I didn’t feel their passion.  But that’s me. Overall, I think the character’s were just existing and not experiencing their surroundings.  The tensions between the characters were none existent as well.  Tension is conflict…I didn’t feel it.

But please don’t get me wrong…Blood on His Hands is a great story and is a good read.  It is worth being on anyone’s bookshelf.  And for a debut novel, it’s definitely a good start.  I’m going to be looking for more from this author.

You can get this book on Amazon in paperback as well for the kindle.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Untitled Steve Balderson & Frankie Krainz Project -- IndieGoGo

I wanted to share this with all of you...This project is worth making it come true! Steve Balderson is an amazing Director and Frankie Krainz is a great writer...please help make this happen!!




Untitled Steve Balderson & Frankie Krainz Project -- IndieGoGo





About the film:

Four American hipsters caught in an international crime ring- an action-packed thrill ride full of intrigue, humour & tweets #CultureShockFilm




Who we are:

Screenwriter Frankie Krainz with Karen Black

(Frankie with actress Karen Black, photo by Maryann Bates)

I’m Frankie Krainz. I was born in Pittsburg, Kansas and raised on a small farm with cows, chickens, pigeons etc. You know—the usual small town life. I was very young when I realized that I had “voices” speaking to me, inside my mind. I began to draw and write at a very early age and I lived in a very enclosed world. Growing up different in small-town Kansas, my imagination was my only salvation. It was a way to escape the alcoholism; abuse and bullying that surrounded me. I created stories—taking in everything around me, witnessing others and how they related to the world, and then writing it all down. That was my life growing up.

I became an actor, I did stand up, and I toured the country with a comedy troupe. I wanted to understand why we create fictions for ourselves. And during it all, I experienced depression, the mania, and the “voices” weren’t far behind. They were chasing me, creeping closer by the day. Turns out, I had been struggling with brain illness for many years though no one believed me or knew what to do. But I pushed through. It wasn’t until after watching the events of 9/11 on the TV for 14 straight hours, that I walked into the bathroom, shaved my head and promptly had a nervous breakdown

The breakdown changed things. I was thrust into a world of hospitals and doctors and “diagnoses” followed by pills, pills, and more pills. And nothing worked. Well, nothing except my work. Always writing, always drawing.

I had been on disability and the psychological treadmill for six years when I met Steve Balderson. Immediately we connected. His enthusiasm for his work inspired me. I wanted to be a part of that drive. He wanted to make a Women in Prison movie. I wanted to write it. I went home and wrote all day long, every day for two weeks. The act of writing became my key to mental health. That’s how our first film together (“Stuck!”) was born.

I began to understand that work could bring me back. That despite the doctors and the pills and the naysayers who told me I could never make anything of myself—that I was “all the way broken”—I realized that it was up to me. I realized that a person with brain illness could participate fully in life and be a success. Steve was always there as a cheerleader, showing me the importance of collaboration of building a village for oneself. Our second project, called “The Casserole Club” is coming out later this year. We just finished it.

In addition to finding comfort and health in my screenwriting, I collaborated on a musical called “Goodbye, Kansas.” I wrote a dance called Disability Romp about my experiences on disability. I saw how many people related to my experiences. There are so many people out there caught in their own struggles, so many people who have stopped believing. I saw that I had a responsibility to others like me. I have to show them that WE CAN DO IT!

It is a life of small steps. Where art has saved me in a way. My medication is my work and the connections with Steve, with the actors in our films, the producers—anyone charged and excited by the process of filmmaking.

Of course, the “voices” are still with me. I struggle with this disease every day. But I have my imagination. And I have Steve’s voice and energy in my ear—always pushing me, like the very best coach, toward the finish line. Calling out, “Imagination is health! You can do it!"


(Steve Balderson, photo by Alan Mercer)

I’m Steve Balderson. I’m from a small town in Kansas called Wamego. Filmmaking is the only place I’ve ever felt at home. When I craft a story visually, and create a movie, everything seems to click in the right way. I’ve always known that it is my destiny to be a filmmaker. I went to college to study Live Action Film at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts).

My parents were always very supportive of my dream to be a filmmaker. After I left CalArts, my dad taught me how important it is to make a business plan. Making a movie is a big artistic enterprise but it IS a business. There’s a documentary that was made about our process. It’s called “Wamego: Making Movies Anywhere.” We proved that it’s possible for anyone anywhere to make a movie, and to do it well. You can watch the whole doc at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EouCltpsVo

DIY Filmmaking isn’t without its fair share of roadblocks. Sometimes it’s really hard to get people to think outside of the box. In film school we don’t have the resources to make big budget movies. We have to be creative and find ways to achieve the same effect with the resources we have. As an artist, it is inspiring to figure out HOW to create within the confines of a limited budget.

To keep costs as low as possible, we decided to use our resources to enhance what goes into the image in each scene of a movie. When a person is watching a movie they can’t see what kinds of snacks are on the craft service table, or if any of the actors had personal make-up trailers. So why waste money on frivolous stuff that doesn’t enhance the image?

All that preparation really paid off. Film Threat reviewed one of my films, saying, “(Balderson) makes movies that are so gorgeous that it's not unreasonable to say that, cinematographically at least; he's the equal of an Argento or Kubrick in their prime. Some people have perfect vocal pitch, Steve has perfect visual composition.”

What a comment! I can’t take all the credit, though, because half of filmmaking is about the script. And I was incredibly lucky to have met screenwriter Frankie Krainz in Kansas City. We hit it off instantly. His writing reminds me of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, only more to the point. He’s an absolute genius.

Frankie and I have made two films together. One is a B&W women in prison noir called “Stuck!” starring Karen Black, Mink Stole (John Waters’ regular), and Jane Wiedlin (from the Go-Go’s), which just came out on DVD. Our second collaboration is called “The Casserole Club” which we just finished. It’s coming out later this year and stars Susan Traylor (A River Runs Through It), Kevin Scott Richardson (former Backstreet Boy) and Daniela Sea (The L Word).

I was amazed that we were able to get such incredible actors and musicians to work on our DIY-style guerrilla projects. But they love working with Frankie and me and are ready to work on another one!

This is where you come in.

Frankie and I need your help so that we can develop and make our next film. We have a long list of actors who want to be in it (people we’ve already worked with and also other famous faces we haven’t yet). Now we just need to finish the development, plan it, and shoot it!

Being a part of one of our films is a one of a kind experience. No long hours. Good food. Making art. Plus… it’s incredibly fun. It is a family!

The new era of independent filmmaking is here. It just might be a filmmaking experience unlike any you will ever have so long as you live.

Thank you for helping make our dreams a reality!

Come join us!


Funding will be used in the following ways:

All funds will be used for direct film-making expenses, such as:

Developing the new screenplay

Organization materials for shooting schedule

Securing filming locations

Economy travel for cast and crew

Feeding, housing the cast and crew

Misc Equipment rentals

Hard drives for footage storing

Post-production sound design and mixing

HD/Digibeta/DVCam Masters

Film festivals submission fees


Other Ways You Can Help

Do you know someone who likes our work? Please, tell them about this new one!! Encourage everyone you know to pitch in!!

Thank you for helping spread the word! We can't do it without you.



http://www.indiegogo.com/Untitled-Balderson-Krainz-Project