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The Friday Edition: #bookreview

The Friday Edition

“The Friday Edition” by Betta Ferrendelli is set in Denver, Colorado. Although, the book opens with a young district attorney falling to her death, don’t let it dissuade you from visiting Denver in the future.

Samantha Church is a reporter for a local newspaper. She is the sister of Robin, the district attorney who died in the first chapter. Both sisters had issues with alcoholism. Robin had been sober up until the day of her death.

Samantha hasn’t admitted to herself that she has a problem with alcohol. She has already lost custody of her daughter and fired from a decent job at a different newspaper. You could say that things are not going well for her in any way.

Sam has a feeling that Robin did not commit suicide. The police are ready to close the investigation because they believe that she jumped off her balcony on purpose. Sam wants to follow her instincts and find out whatever she can about Robin’s last few months at work.

After some digging in Robin’s files, she gets in touch with a police officer, Rey, who had been helping Robin on a drug ring investigation. Sam and Rey are positive that Robin found out something that was going to upset the wrong people.

Sam tries to sober up in order to do some investigative reporting. Unfortunately, alcoholism doesn’t care about deadlines. She messes up quite a bit but manages to redeem herself. Sam is the underdog but I kept hoping that she would overcome her challenges.

If you are interested in reporters, cops and mysteries, then you will probably enjoy “The Friday Edition.”

If you are easily triggered by bad cops, then you should hold off reading it for a bit longer.

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Wilderun

Wilderun on Bandcamp

Wilderun released their album, Veil of Imagination, on November 1.

This album will definitely wake up the neighbors. So check your volume before playing and then turn it up a little bit more. My phone has vibrated off of the desk several times while playing this album. It’s a good sign that Wilderun rocks.

 

If you are a fan of progressive metal then you should check out Wilderun. It’s loud and dramatic just like my youngest kid. My favorite songs are “Sleeping Ambassadors of the Sun” and “When the Fire and the Rose are One.”

 

I think Wilderun’s music sounds like a heavy metal opera. You could probably secretly replace half of The Phantom of the Opera songs with Wilderun. No one would notice. Everyone would be pleased with their heavy metal opera experience.

Wilderun’s hometown is Boston, Massachusetts.

WILDERUN is:

Evan Anderson Berry ­ – Vocals, Guitars, Piano

Dan Müller – Bass, Synths, Orchestrations

Jon Teachey -­ Drums

Joe Gettler ­- Lead Guitar

Wayne Ingram – Orchestrations

Links

WILDERUN online:

www.wilderun.com

www.wilderun.bandcamp.com

www.facebook.com/OfficialWilderun

www.youtube.com/user/wilderunband

www.instagram.com/wilderunband

www.twitter.com/wilderunband

Interview with . . . Jon Zazula

Jon Zazula

Jon Zazula is a man after my own heart. He rose from the ashes of Wall Street in the early 80s. In order to make a living, Zazula established a record store, Rock N’ Roll Heaven, and eventually a record label, Megaforce Records. Starting a record label wasn’t part of his original plan but after receiving a demo tape from an unknown band called Metallica, Zazula changed course so that the world could hear their music.

He has recently released a book, Heavy Tales, that is available on his website and Amazon. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to be able to interview Mr. Zazula. Keep reading to find out more.

Who was the first band/artist that you saw in concert?

The first concert I ever saw was a Peter Paul and Mary folk concert. I was very young. They were great.

But my first Rock Concert was a young Stevie Wonder and the Young Rascals on the same stage. I was 12/13 years old and took a train myself from the Bronx to Blayne Ny

What was the last concert that you attended?

The last concert was an The Absence local hometown show in Tampa. I was hoping to see King Diamond Nov 5th but I’ll be out of town . I’m bummed

Is it ever too late to start something new?

For me putting out this book is a new endeavor. If something really blew me away my juices might start flowing again but nothing has has.

What is involved with starting an indie record label?

You gotta be crazy and lucky. I also don’t advise starting a label unless you plan to really get out there and promote your acts.

Are there any unheard of metal bands that you think people should know?

I’m very big on The Absense and ARCANIA from France

Do you have a favorite scary movie?

Yes the EXORCIST but I love Devils Rejects

How is the music scene different than in the 80s?

In the 80’s it was more fresh and exciting. People were getting turned on to it. Now it’s a more acceptable art form and people know what to expect. Metal is also much more abundant and bigger than ever. Just look at how many massive metal festivals there are all over the world. A band can now tour for years.

How is it the same?

The love for it hasn’t changed. The best aggressive music remains

Metal.

Is there anything that you haven’t done yet?

I haven’t personally promoted a stadium show.

I’d like to do that….. NOT

Truth : Walking away from The Disco Biscuits and not staying on to make them one of the Biggest bands in the world really bothers me.

What do you want people to know about you?

That I was a very lucky and blessed man . When you read the book you’ll see just what I mean. Metallica, Anthrax,Ministry,Testament, KingsX,Ace Frehley,Overkill,Warren Haynes,Anvil,Raven , Mercyful Fate and the Disco Biscuits all miracles.

Real Neat Blog Award

This week I was nominated by A Geeky Girl at https://ageekygal.com/2019/10/14/real-neat-blog-award-tags-3/ for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you so much!

The Rules:

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.

Questions:

What is the best advice someone has ever given you? 1. Know Your Worth. 2.You’re never too old to learn.

Which fantasy world would you like to visit the most? I would like to live in the shire of Lord of the Rings. Hogwarts is a close second.

What is the best thing that the internet has ever created? Online bill pay. Also Amazon and Etsy.

What lessons have you learned from video games? It takes a lot of commitment to get to the top level.

What book/movie/video game character do you secretly admire? Zelda from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

What is your actual superpower? I know when my youngest is hiding something.

What weapon would you carry during the Zombie Apocalypse? A spear.

My Questions:

What class would you take if you had the time?

If you could go back in time, would you redo a time in your life or visit a different era?

Where do you want to go on your next vacation?

Who is your favorite author?

Do you have a favorite musical?

If you have a bucket list, what is one thing on it?

My Nominations: Don’t hesitate to visit the following blogs! They are all pretty amazing. Hopefully, they will participate so we can see their answers and nominations.

Book Twins Reviews

Diary of a Reading Addict

If there’s a haunted house in it, I’ll read it

Never Judge a Book By it’s Cover

Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored

A Book. A Thought

Books from Dusk til Dawn

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Alice’s Night Circus

Halloween is coming soon and no one is probably more excited than Alice’s Night Circus. They have released an album, Metamorphose, that is perfect in it’s own spooky- theatrical-Steampunk way.

Alice is a classically trained singer who now sings her own songs instead of covers.
The Metamorphose album sounds like what an “Alice in Wonderland” soundtrack would should sound like. It reminds me of “The Greatest Showman” and Florence & The Machine. My favorite song on the album is “Penny Dreadful.”

Alice’s Night Circus is from Lincoln in Lincolnshire, England. The band is primarily Alice. Alice has been singing for many years while also designing jewelry and fashion. Of course, their band merch is really cool.

I’d like to listen to this record while doing Steampunk things like making hats or gadgets. I’m not really mechanically inclined so I would just listen to this on the way to a Steampunk event in my soon-to-be awesome Steampunk hat.


Links

Alice’s Night Circus

Metamorpose on Spotify

Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse: #Spooktober Book Review

Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista is set in a Viking settlement in England as well as a realm beyond Midgard, where humans live.

Thorfinn, also known as Finn, has had an incident with a witch that cursed his family. After this event, Finn becomes a vardoger or a forerunner. This means that while he sleeps, his ghost or essence roams a different realm. Being a forerunner also means that he knows about upcoming events and secrets that he shouldn’t know. In the other realm, he is taught by Raga who becomes his familiar as a raven in the real world.

Yeru is Finn’s aunt. She is a great storyteller. I think she could be a witch or at least possess some power. Yeru can be a nag, which takes away from her likability. I can relate to her though. She’s just trying to work and raise her daughter but it’s hard sometimes.

I enjoyed all of the Viking stories. It was like having several stories within one book. If you like Vikings,ghosts and witches, then this book will be perfect for you. People who don’t believe in ghosts, Viking mythology or witches might not enjoy this book.

Spooktacular Spooktober Link Up
  • I received the ebook from Free and Fast Reviews in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously

Sleep Deprived Music Review: WIVES

Indie punk rock band, WIVES, will be releasing their debut album, So Removed, on October 4. It will be available in all of the usual places.

It sounds like punk and grunge. If MC5 and Stone Temple Pilots had a musical baby, it would be WIVES. Call me crazy but I like punk rock bands that actually have decent voices and can play their instruments.

So WIVES fits the bill. Their sound is loud, distorted and sometimes like they are singing into a can but it’s all good. Punk rock . . . It was hard to pick a favorite song on the album. The top three favorites are “Hit Me Up,” “The Future is a Drag” and “Waving Past Nirvana.”

 

WIVES are from Queens and Brooklyn. I’d like to listen to this album in New York City or while pretending to get ready for a night out on the town. Maybe if I listen to the album I will actually go somewhere.

Speaking of going somewhere. WIVES will be going to Europe in November. They have a show in New York on October 3. Their last show in the US before heading to Europe is October 5 in Philadelphia.

WIVES is Jay Beach on guitar and vocals, Adam Sachs on drums, Andrew Bailey on guitar, and Alex Crawford on bass.

WIVES website

WIVES on Facebook

WIVES on Spotify

WIVES on iTunes