Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gregory Hines - writer and director of MOD-X, a short sci-film set in a post-apocalyptic Earth.


Can you tell us about you and your film?
My name is Gregory Hines and I am the writer and director of MOD-X, a short sci-film set in a post-apocalyptic Earth.

A bounty hunter is sent in to stop a rebel leader from hacking into the interstellar ship’s mainframe computers.

I was intending to write a post-apocalyptic film with a friend but unfortunately our schedules couldn’t line up. However, using our our idea of a bounty hunter tracking down a criminal as a platform I wrote MOD-X. I had this notion that the elite class of Earth had temporarily escaped the toxic and dying planet in an interstellar ship where they plan to escape to a new found planet called MOD-X. Meanwhile, the rest of man is left to toil in slave labor to help fuel and build their ship. I liked the notion of an extreme divide between classes which helped spur the idea of a rebellion.

What inspirations and techniques did you draw from in the filming of MOD-X?
To create the imagery for MOD-X I looked to films such as The Book of Eli, Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan to Mad Max (original). I also pulled inspiration from the filmmaking methods of Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, The Wachowski and Cohen Brothers to M. Knight Shyamalan. I was careful in developing my cinematography techniques as over 90% of the film was shot handheld and I wanted smooth shots yet movement that produced tension. The other aspect was planning the Visual Effects (VFX) shots. Seeing a completed shot (mentally) when there is nothing in front of you is very difficult. Additionally, the technique of framing the shot and directing the actors as if they were in a world not yet created requires a lot of pre-design and prep.

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
During the writing process, I try to put in at least an hour a day of research and writing. However, I find that I devote about 4+ hours a day given that I have the time. Currently, I am in the process of developing my first feature script with my friend and colleague Jeff Woodruff. We make it a point to come together once a week for 1-2 hours meetings where we talk about our ideas, research and anything that we have written in the past week. This ensures that progress is always moving forward and we stay on track.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I have done both, however, the current process of writing our new film we are plotting out an outline. I really enjoy this method as we don’t get so committed to ideas that we spent hours writing about. In an outline we move faster, freely juggle ideas around and find that overall it is a more pleasing way to write.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
Regardless of what genre you write in, I always say write what you love. In the end you will be happier, and end up with a better product.

One of your favorite quotes –
“Carpe Diem” …“Seize the Day”
Horace (23 BC)

Thanks again and to keep up-to-date with everything MOD-X please join us at

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hawk Mikado Speaker, Best Selling Author, & CEO of InVert

Hawk Mikado Speaker, Best Selling Author, & CEO of InVert

Hawk Mikado is the leading expert in online to offline marketing and sales systems. He is the creator of The Ultimate Marketing and Sales System, a powerful 9 step process to attract, convert and deliver value to your customers so you build trust while increasing sales. He will help you craft values-based messaging that inspires and engages your customers to buy every step of the way. Hawk Mikado has co-founded 7 profitable businesses and sold all but this marketing company which he has been nurturing over the last 14 years to be the success it is today.

Hawk Mikado is an entrepreneur, an adventurer, and a family man. He has fun every day and truly love everything business. It’s his passion and life purpose to help companies succeed. He is the expert in marketing and sales strategies. Hawk Mikado traveled the world 12 times over, and knew at a young age that he wanted to help and serve in a HUGE way.

He set out to learn everything about business and gives back by sharing his knowledge with others. He continues to have fun traveling the world, spending time with the love of his life, Caitlin and going to the zoo, and disneyland with his friends and family. He has a very giving heart, dedicating his time to helping companies increase revenues and their employees become focused on their passion, and confident about their path.

Hawk Mikado’s Personal Story

·         Past - Struggle:
o    Call: Growing up I traveled the world, visiting 13 countries and nearly 1/2 of the US. I saw people all around the world who felt misunderstood, and have a message to share with the world.

o    Pit: By the time I was 18, I had built 6 companies and ran 3 family businesses, trying to find my way, my voice, my purpose in life. I had everything, I knew everything... Or at least I thought so for a while. I found my passion and purpose in growing businesses, but I began to feel misunderstood myself. To escape from ridicule of my peers, and some of my teachers I began drinking, and doing drugs. Eventually I lost sight of my passion and purpose. I lost all of my so called friends, my girlfriend at the time. I spiraled down, I wanted to die because I felt more misunderstood than ever. I drank OJ and Vodka for days and I didn’t eat anything else; on christmas I was admitted into the hospital.... That night my heart stopped 3 times, I died 3 times, and luckily I revived 3 times.

  Present - Realization:
o    Turning Point: When I came to the Dr. walked in and said to me “You need to change your life, or you will die”... I made a decision to commit my life to supporting people to live their passions. I started to work on my 1 on 1 practice. I found I needed leaders to share their wisdom to support me in growing and being able to communicate in a way that everyone understood me. Since then I have been mentored by leading experts and received the training I needed to be able to support companies to share their message in a compelling, inspiring, and value driven way and create an environment that is conducive of great success.

·         Future - Where are you going:
o    Breakthrough: I live my life with a purpose of enjoying everything I do. My true passion is growing businesses with unique strategies and systems that consistently get results. I personally have had many failures, challenges and learnings that I’m able to bring to the table and support companies grow. Over the last 3 years, I have had greater and greater success. I was able to bring in $45,000 in revenue within 1 hour after a 2 days event for, Success Academy, a speaking company, as a consultant. I helped another consulting company, Here & Now Network, build and launch a campaign that resulted in a 93% conversion on the front and 30% on the back, generating an additional $5,400 in revenue. That company has seen over a 500% ROI from working with us.

·         Call to action:
o    Give me a call at 832.800.4295 when you’re interested in having your business see a great ROI from having the right strategy to Engage, Convert, and Inspire your market.

Hawk Mikado is a businessman and entrepreneur from San Diego, California (USA). Today we are discussing his latest eBook The 3 Major Challenges That Can Kill Your Business...

And How to Easily Avoid Them.
These are essential strategies needed to grow a successful business.
So Hawk, business and entrepreneurship has been your passion for many years. How did it all start?

My passion for business started when I was in second grade. My dad and I were at the grocery store and he said, “You can buy anything you want.” I was excited and I searched through the store until I found something that I simply couldn’t resist. Going around trying different samples, until I came upon natural dried mango! Oh my it was delicious! I made a bag of it for myself and brought it to my dad. As we were walking out of the store, I was eating it... I ate it ALL! And I asked my dad for more, he was shocked that I had eaten the entire bag and told me “If you want more you’re going to have to figure out how to get it yourself.” I was determined to buy more... but how could I make money, I had no allowance, no way to earn money. While at school, I learned how to create paper balloons. I got an idea... I could sell them. And that is how it all started. The rest is history.

Can you tell us about the main strategies you used in building your own businesses?

Pre-selling has been the number one way to grow my business. This is one of the strategies that we teach to our clients and in our programs. The principle is to sell your products or program to enough people that you get paid to develop a new product or program. I go more in depth with this in our Linked With Clients Online training, and in my other book The CMO Handbook. What I’ve found though, is most businesses need to address the first 3 challenges they face, before they can pre-sell.

What are some of the mistakes you’ve learned from along the way?

The first was thinking that I could grow off of referrals alone. I didn’t have enough qualified leads to grow my business and follow up on. So I went out and found leads, and things began improving.

Once I had leads, I assumed that everyone would want to buy my program, and I had people who could buy, but I didn’t understand how to sell to them. I had to learn how to sell to them. Which led to me selling small ticket programs for $100 - $200. Those caused me more problems than I could have ever imagined. I soon figured out that selling a $200 program was just as much effort as selling, the exact same program for $2,000, but the people buying it were much more satisfied.

The last was thinking that I could do it all on my own, because it was my baby and I was the only one who could do it right... Boy was I wrong! The moment I brought team members on it made things better. I had to fire my entire team because of performance issues; I learned the value of having the right team around me. Our company now has 3 partners, a core support team, and over 70 people who help us deliver, as we need them.

What are three strategies you recommend for moving a business to the next level of success?

Spend the time to learn how to get more qualified leads, increase big-ticket sales, and bring the right people onto your team. You can learn about all 3 in our book Available at   

Who can benefit from learning The 3 Major Challenges That Can Kill Your Business... And How to Avoid Them?

Business owners and executives who are struggling to get their business to the next level. They may be working on their first $10,000 in revenues or on their next million, but can’t breakthrough. These principles can also be taught to team members, and management to improve productivity and increase profits in their entire company.

Can implementing what I learn in your book be used to increase sales?

The simple answer is YES! The long answer is, on average we see an increase of up to 300% in engagement and 199% increase in sales conversions. In the last quarter we have experienced over a 1,500% increase in our sales, leveraging these principles.

These days, there are so many opportunities for companies to have a good presence online. What are some of the tools businesses can use to achieve a greater brand exposure on the Internet?

One of my favorite tools is LinkedIn. It’s the #1 way for a B2B company to gain massive exposure to the people who are interested in buying what they have to offer. We have an entire list of tools that we use and recommend, which are included at the back of the book. You can download the book at

There are 3 Major challenges that every business will face at some point. The challenge becomes how to overcome them if you're in the middle of them AND how to avoid them if you haven't experienced them yet.

In our eBook The 3 Major Challenges That Can Kill Your Business... And How to Avoid Them we discuss the simple yet important keys to developing a business that will grow with you through the million and multi million dollar marks in your growth.

The best part about this is that these 3 “laws” of business are seen by businesses that are making multiple Billion’s to those just starting out.

The first challenge is all about your relationships. Building relationships with the leads you have, with new leads, and most importantly with your centers of influence who will bring you more leads.

You’re not going to get the QUALIFIED leads your business needs to grow if you can’t get leads to come to your door in the first place. In our ebook we share very cool techniques on how to develop these relationships.

The second challenge is related to making sales. This means you have to convert the leads you get into PAYING customers. Yet not just any type of paying customer, you’re going to need some BIG-TICKET products & services that you can offer and sell.

The amount of energy you spend to land a $500 client is about the same as a $5,000 or event $50,000 client. So why are you focusing on the $500’s when you have $1,000’s laying at your door! We share with you some strategies and tactics to make the transition in the book.

The last is around your team. Most companies hire fast and fire slow... we believe that you should be hiring fast and fire faster.... ONLY if they’re not a good fit. The right team can make all of the difference, and having the tools that get you the results you want to begin with is even better.

Another part of your team are your center’s of influence. They are the JV’s, Affiliates, & promotional partners that give you the ability to leverage everything you’re doing.

If you’re interested in learning all of these things you can download our book and watch the free training video inside as well.

Text InVert to 96000 or visit http://NVRT.ME/3Killers

Book Description:

This ebook will help you understand how to solve the 3 major challenges that cause 90% of businesses to fail.

STOP The Lack of Leads

Most businesses don't know where they can find qualified and targeted leads, let alone where they can have their team find them consistently. We show you how to overcome the lack of leads in business.
OR just add a ton more if you're already swimming in leads.

STOP The Lack of Sales
After we solve the leads challenge you've got to be able to convert people into paying clients, and doing it online is key to leveraging your success. Discover the best way to message your marketing that inspires people to buy from you.
The more you make now the more important this becomes.

STOP The Lack of The Right Team
Having Any team will grow your company fast, and having The Right Team will keep your company growing steadily. The key to growing your team with the right people is shared on this webinar.

Each of your departments can have this challenge and kill your business if you don't resolve it ahead of time.

Need to Contact Hawk? 

Email Phone Number is 855.350.4295. FREE DOWNLOAD: ‘The 3 Major Challenges That Can Kill Your Business… And How to Avoid Them’ Go to or Text InVert to 96-000.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Second Coming, by Thomas Puttrich

Was the Mayan calendar wrong? What happened to the prophecies of Nostradamus and the future events foretold by many seers from the Hopi Indians to the Chinese?

There is only one man who knows the answer for his discovery in the Yucat'n, which begins his worldwide journey to prove what he has known for a year: the second coming of Christ has happened!

Father Jonathan DeShays' quest begins when his discovery of a rare trinity symbol on the steps of a Mayan temple matches the blood pattern on a torn piece of Christ's burial shroud. He meets three others who felt their own destinies are tied to his discovery.
Together, the four men trek through Europe searching for more answers and find that the unique trinity symbol is now more prevalent than ever.

Amazon - HERE

Author interview

What is your preferred genre? – Supernatural, Historical fiction

How many books have you written? If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy? 3 , the latest is book 1 of a triolgy.

Tell us a little about your book.  A historical thriller involving prophecies about the Second Coming of Christ

Do you have plans for a new book?  Yes, The sequel

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? Dan Brown

Was there an Author that inspired your writing? Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? Both…Mainly by seat of pants

Did you have an editor edit your books? The publisher edits

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? Hardcover

Where do you prefer to buy your books? Amazon

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author? Yes

What books would you like to read again? The Time Machine

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version? Davinci Code

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?  Not reading when Im writing

Who designed the cover of your book? My brother is a graphic artist

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it? yes

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out? Write every day even if its only 30 minutes…create a time for it and don’t skip a day…

Do you write under a pen name? no

Do you ever write in your PJ’s? no

What are your pet peeves? No organization…..a dirty kitchen

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with? Albert Einstein

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes? Wine

Cats or dogs? Cats

Tell us about someone or something that just made your day – When I signed with Little Studios, it was the best day if my life.

What is your favorite food and beverage?   Pizza, diet coke

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing? 5

What are 3 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)? Pen and paper

Sleep in or get up early? Early

Laptop or desktop for writing?  both

Your favorite gadget?   Iphone for music

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing? Early mornings in my dining room where there is a lot of light

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad – its necessary., I learn from the bad

Do you have a bucket list? Small one

One of your favorite quotes – He who laughs last laughs best

List 3 of your favorite movies?  Godfather….Shawshank redemption…..wizard of oz

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed? Breaking Bad

Where can your readers stalk you? Facebook

Is your book in Print, ebook or both? both

Amazon - HERE

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world. I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Let Your Heart Drive by Karli Rush

I live in the shelter of darkness. 

This darkness holds a secret over me… one that I have come to protect and in return it controls and holds me back. 

It’s time to start fighting against it and break free. To become the unrestricted woman I yearn to be. For this to happen it will take a sixteen hundred mile road trip to let go of all that I fear and hopefully discover that the darkness doesn't lurk everywhere. I stand on the edge overlooking a horizon of possibilities for the first time. Will I let my heart drive… to where it needs to be? 

A unique romantic tale of one girl, one road, and a chance meeting with someone that will change everything in every way.


Karli Rush was born in the heart of Cherokee Nation and lives in its capital. Her Native American heritage holds sway over her writing in many ways. 

She has the patience of a brain surgeon operating under fire in a war zone. You can chalk that up to her being the mother of an autistic kiddo. 

With the passion of a starving artist, she writes. The obsession to tell her tales have led her to write novels in the worlds of Dark Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian, and Vampires. 

She walks in two worlds, one grounds her and the other frees her imagination. 


Harry Watt, Bounty Hunter new release by Rob Guy

Book Description - Sci-fi Adventure

Doing what he's told has never been an option for Harry Watt, Earth’s famous bounty hunter. Whilst travelling to Venus Station and Mars to bring back two AWOL hydrologists, Harry is framed for murder, and so ensues a comedy of events. 

With help from his dead partner, an erstwhile assistant and a host of lady friends, Harry soon discovers all is not what it seems with the case. 

And so follows a riveting interplanetary race against time that sees Harry endeavoring to safeguard the lives of those he loves whilst trying to prevent a Martian civil war. 

Buy the book now on Amazon - HERE



Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Experiencers - Val Tobin. An alien abductee escape her fate.

Book Description from Amazon: The Experiencers

A black ops assassin atones for his brutal past by trying to help an alien abductee escape her fate.

Agency black ops assassin, Michael Valiant, deals death without question. He knows it’s all in the name of duty and the fight against terror, particularly at a time when the earth is as close as it’s ever been to self-destructing. But when his orders include silencing members of a UFO group who look less like terrorists and more like housewives and UFO buffs, he decides to do some digging.

His curiosity arouses the ire of Jim Cornell, his boss, and Gerry Muniz, his partner, who warn Michael that his actions are putting him in danger. When Michael’s wife dies in what appears to be a traffic accident, Michael, with Gerry’s help and support, pushes aside his doubts and immerses himself in the jobs he needs to complete.

Psychic medium, Carolyn Fairchild, is happy and contented, living in a nice home in Newmarket, Ontario, with her husband and daughter. All Carolyn wants is to live in peaceful obscurity. Unbeknownst to her, the UFO group she belongs to has made it onto the Agency’s hit list. When, one by one, the members in their group die or disappear, Carolyn grows desperate.

Ordered to kidnap Carolyn and turn her over to the Agency, Michael confronts Carolyn in her home, ready to complete his assignment. But when Carolyn connects to Michael's dead wife and reveals to him the truth behind her death, Carolyn forces him to choose between saving himself and doing what's right.

Unaware that they are repeating a pattern enacted over many lifetimes, Michael and Carolyn must find a way to break the cycle, or continue playing it out in lifetimes to come.

What inspired you to start writing, and when?
I’ve wanted to write fiction for as long as I can remember. I have written stories, but not shared them. In 2012, I finally decided to get serious with my fiction. Before that, I’d focused on non-fiction. Reading has always inspired me to write.

What is your preferred genre?
I have an affinity for fantasy, new age science fiction (a blend of Science Fiction and paranormal), horror, and romance.

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy?
I’m working on my fourth novel. The Experiencers is book one of a two-part series. The sequel, A Ring of Truth, completes Michael and Carolyn’s story. I also have a short horror story, Storm Lake, available on Smashwords and Amazon. Injury, a romance, was recently released on Amazon.

Tell us a little about your book.
The Experiencers is new age science fiction with elements of suspense, but is really a love story in disguise. Michael and Carolyn have been together across multiple lifetimes, but are unaware of it at the start of the novel.

Michael, in this lifetime, is a cold-blooded killer. Carolyn is a pacifist, and her moral standards clash with everything Michael stands for. Their evolution through the two novels will either continue or break the pattern established in previous lifetimes. They’re not just fighting for their lives, but for their future lives.

Do you have plans for a new book?
I’ve just completed Injury, a romance novel, about a young actress at the height of her career who has her personal life turned upside down when a horrifying family secret makes front-page news. My fourth novel, Gillian’s Island, is another romance: A headstrong divorcee forced to sell her island home clashes with the handsome and arrogant new owner.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Mark Twain.

Was there an Author who inspired your writing?
Stephen King.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I use a combination. The Experiencers was pantsed, but A Ring of Truth had some planning, and Injury had both as well.

Did you have an editor edit your books?
I had a developmental editor and a copy editor.

Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks or hardcover?
I prefer paperbacks.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?
I buy traditionally published books at the book store, but go to Smashwords or Amazon for e-books.

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author?

What books would you like to read again?
The Lord of the Rings.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
The Bourne movies were better than the books.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
Michael Connelly’s Lost Light. Also Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story in paperback and Michael Crichton’s The Terminal Man in paperback. And Alan Annand’s Antenna Syndrome in e-book.

I have books stashed everywhere and read every chance I get.

Who designed the cover of your book?
Patti Roberts of Paradox did the new cover for The Experiencers and the covers for A Ring of Truth and Injury. Bruce Greenaway of Splinter Media Group did the original cover for The Experiencers.

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it? 
The cover will grab my attention, but the summary and the first few pages will sell me. The cover alone will not do it for me, but it’s what draws me to look closer at the book.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
Make sure you have a competent editor and a professional cover design. Get trusted beta readers.

Do you write under a pen name?
Not at the moment.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
Jesus. He can turn water into wine, he walks on water, so we wouldn’t exactly be stranded, and the conversation would be stimulating.

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes?

Cats or dogs?

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
Six to ten.

Sleep in or get up early?
Get up early.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
At my desk in my home office.

List 3 of your favorite movies?
Gone with the Wind
The Lord of the Rings movies
The Bourne Identity

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
The Fall on Netflix with Gillian Anderson

Where can your readers stalk you?

Is your book in Print, e-book or both?

Do you give free e-books away in exchange for honest reviews?

Book links:

Amazon Author Page - HERE

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The time has come - book 5 in the Paradox Series

Due out this NOVEMBER


Two mysterious strangers arrive just in time to help Grace Connors as she struggles to cope with the death of her father. But are the intentions of these strangers as innocent as they first seem, or is something far more sinister on their agenda?
Meanwhile, in a faraway realm, a race of fallen Angels clash with a ruling house of Angels. Their battle changes events in the Ancient World and the New World forever. A realm where a year can last centuries and an ancient, magical people still rule... A realm where even the immortals face danger.


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