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The Power of Positivity?

I’ve heard this phrase a lot lately: Like attracts like. Meaning, you get what you give out. If you are a positive, outgoing person, those sorts of outcomes seem to fall into your lap. Whereas, if you have a dark cloud over your head, it seems to follow you wherever you go. You put out positive energy, positive energy finds you. You put out negative, negative energy latches on. Which, I notice to be true in my own life. I have friends who are just bursting with sunshine and rainbows despite what’s thrown at them and others who never seem to catch a break no matter how hard they try. Why is that? Could it really a simple mindset that is blessing or cursing us?

I mean, it seems too easy to think that it’s merely our own energy that shapes our destiny? Or maybe it’s really that hard.

Case in point. The other day, I went to see my folks for a belated Christmas due to a blizzard on the actual holiday. My mom put me and my kiddos up in a local hotel so we could spend extra time together. The hotel room was spacious and the kids love sleeping over. All was good and right with the world. Then the muffled talking from the room next door happened as we settled into bed. Followed by loud music, odd and random tapping noises and finally, dogs winning. At midnight, it was hard to find the positivity in the situation. But I tried, nonetheless, and believe it or not, the noise stopped. The children fell asleep, as did I. Coincidence? Probably. So I tried again.

The next day we drove home with a carload of gifts in the car in sub-zero temps. We were all eager to get home and nap, unpack and chill for a bit. It had been a LONG few days for me and I was really craving my couch. Alas, a rest was not in the cards. During the night away, my pipes had frozen. Deep breaths were taken. Exhausted from a night of no sleep, I called my landlord’s son since my landlord was away for a few days, naturally, and he came over to help.

Though it took four hours and two propane heaters under my house to do the trick, eventually the sound of running water filled the air. Huzzah! Did my positive energy do the trick there? Not likely, as I was a grumpy Gus most of the time, but maybe my son’s energy helped? He gave me no less than three hugs in that time because he thought I needed them. I sure did, buddy. I sure did. He could FEEL that the energy in the house was different. He told me as much and he hated that feeling. With his hugs, he was trying to bring balance back. I, for one, think it helped.

So does positive thinking help? Maybe? Maybe not. Therefore, this realist and snarky, self-deprecating soul is going to give it a whirl. I’m going to try…no… Do or do not. There is no try (Thanks, Yoda.) Starting in January, I’m going to work REALLY hard at changing my mindset to favor the scale of positivity, vs keeping the light and dark in balance as is my Libra way.

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Over the next year, I’ll keep you updated now and again on my progress, which I anticipate will be bogged down by my own cynicism, but I’ll work to get out of my own way. Heck, I may even start a facebook group if people wanna join in the experiment.

Having said that, are there books or words of wisdom you can share as I begin this journey of positivity? I’ve ordered a couple to get me going but could use some more. If you found a good one for yourself drop the suggestions in the comments. I have a feeling I may need some help along the way!

 

Danielle Bannister, author and attitude changer

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Send. More. Coffee.

Anyone else having an insanely busy November? (Drinks all the coffee.)

Mine kicked off with a 5 day trip to Denver for work, and while it was fun and educational, I was more than happy to leave behind the bloody noses and altitude sickness. Now, I’m gearing up for another big work project this weekend that will surely leave me drained and in need of several days of sleep to catch up, but there will be no time for that! There are lines I need to learn for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a book I need to finish editing and, oh yea, Thanksgiving food to prep. (Shut up. I can cook..like two things.) Mercifully, filming has taken a bit of a hiatus but that is still ongoing as well.

So while I know I haven’t posted here on da blog in awhile, it’s not because I have dropped off of the face of the planet, but rather up to my eyeballs in deadlines. I’m in the final round of my personal edits of my next book which I’m going to reveal a cover for sometime in December or January with a February anticipated release date (unless the editor finds fatal flaws that is.) What I can tell you about the book is that this is another ‘Later in Life’ romance that takes place in the same fictional town of Bucksville, NH which is where Doppelganger is set.  There will be a few tiny crossover characters for those that read them all. Little Easter eggs planted here and there.  So far, there are four planned for this series, the notes for all, live in this handy, dandy notebook.

On top of that, I’m still working with Amy Miles on the sequel to Netherworld as well. We have the cover and outline done and are hammering out chapters as quickly as we can. We don’t like to wait for sequels any more than readers do!

As a final note, before I dive into my edits for the day, I wanted to point out that Facebook is cracking down on ‘business-like’ posts on your personal pages, so if you want to be up to date on all things books from me, be sure to follow my business page:  https://www.facebook.com/BannisterBooks/

Okay, signing off to red-line all the words!

 

Danielle Bannister, author and reviser of all the words

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Countdown Time!

Fall is always a busy time of year for me. School/work/kids sports…but this year I have three uber fun things to count down for!  Here they are in order of occurrence:

1. Penned Con

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This is my 4th year attending this event and it is, by far, my favorite signing to go to. It’s hosted by one of my besties and her husband Amy and Rick Miles, and all of the profits from the event go to a local St. Louis Charity: Action for Autism. Their son has autism and they wanted to find a way to give back. What better way than to get the book community together!

Check out that author line up! It’s a huge two-day event that is likely to bring in over 1,000 readers! Plus, it’s not just a signing…oh no. It’s a conference too. They have kick-ass Keynote speakers, panels for authors and readers alike, a PJ party, a casino night, a DJ dance party, awards, and three-course meals! Not to mention it’s a weekend that I get to see so many of my online friends, meet fans and make new connections. I have so much fun with it that I’m actually flying out early so I can help set up. Wanna learn more, you can do so here: https://pennedcon.com/ 

2. Netherworld Releases

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This release has been literal years in the making. It was set to come out in 2014, but, well…that’s a long story. A story some of you know if you’ve followed the blog. Suffice it to say, this baby has been through hell and back. After many re-writes and character tweaking, we are ready to release it into the book world. If you follow me on Facebook Amy and I are releasing new information about the book every Thursday leading up to its release. If you aren’t following me and would like to, you can do so here: Facebook Author Page

Wanna pre-order your copy? You can do that here:

3. Books in Vacationland

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October 14 from 10:00-3:00 in Portland, Maine

I’m really excited for this signing. There are so few that happen in my own home state and this is only a few hours away! This is an opportunity for me to touch base with some of my favorite local authors and to meet some out of state ones traveling to our beautiful state to do so. If you’re local and wanna come say ‘hi’ you can find out more about the event and tickets here:

If you’re driving down and wanna pre-order a book to make sure I’ll have what you want on hand, you can do so here.

Phew! So much coming up! I think I need a nap. Hehe

 

Danielle Bannister, author and busy-bee

 

Brackish Waters Filming

Lights, camera, and puns! (Brackish Waters Film Post #5)

Sunday’s call sheet was small. Two actors, the director, and the producer/cinematographer, et al, who took off his acting role to be behind the camera. 

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Can I just say I LOVE that my costume requires me to wear sneakers?

We had one scripted scene to shoot with me and the other actor and few short shots of just me. One was to be ad-libbed. Even though improved stuff terrifies me, I’ve started to feel comfortable with the cast and the overall process so it makes it a bit less daunting.

One thing I have learned, however, is that with this cast, my pun game has to be on point from the moment I walk in. My scene-partner, Tim, is a pun master…I’m talking groan inducing puns, so it’s a mental challenge to try and keep up. I feel bad for the poor director who takes it all in stride but secretly would probably like to pelt us with olives. (10 points if you know what movie I vaguely referenced.)

 

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Tim the pun master

 

After the scripted dialogue, we moved to my character’s bedroom to shoot a few scenes of me tossing my horrid hat, and talking to myself in the mirror. As one does. Mercifully, we only had to do this take twice because this thinking on the spot thing is for the birds!

 

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Artsy shot!

 

Because it was a small group called for the shoot and there was only one page of dialogue we were able to wrap by 6:30 even though we started at 4:00. Not too shabby. I was home by 7:30. My wine barely had time to miss me.

Until next time…

Danielle Bannister, author, and ad-libber

 

Brackish Waters Filming

Lights, camera, and missing pants (Brackish Waters Film Post #4)

Filming happened on Sunday out at the home of the director of Brackish Waters (Shelly Curtain). I had been invited along, not to act today, but to come as a writer. She wanted me to meet the other actors of the film, and to blog about the process in a day of filming. I opted to give a little blow by blow of the day so that those of you who have never worked in film get a sense of how a film project might be. 🙂

2:10 PM Despite my best intentions to be on time for filming on Sunday, I was early. By a full 20 minutes.  Oh well, I’d rather be 20 minutes early than 5 minutes late.

The cast began showing, in makeup, around 2:40. They had been off site at Linda Gibbons-Bets salon getting their hair and makeup done. As soon as they arrived they began to feast upon the proffered cookies and coffee (actors do love to eat.) While I sat in the kitchen, the six actors in the day’s shoot proceeded to get into costume. With only one bathroom and a schedule to keep, the cast did what casts do. They drop trou and get into costume wherever they stand. Modesty isn’t something afforded when you’re an actor. It only takes one 30 second full costume change backstage to get over that shyness.

Once the cast was assembled under one roof it was time to hurry up and wait. Costumes needed tweaking, lights needed adjusting and lines needed to be rehearsed.

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Tony Rolfe, Hoyt Hutchins, Nolan Ellsworth, Dena Sozio, and Cora Hutchins

3:02 The coffee pot is done, making a few of the younger cast members happy. The crew is still futzing around, while the actors are still in the kitchen downing food (in costume…gasp!) That had my theatre training up in arms, but this is not the theatre. And I am not the costume mistress. I will bite my tongue.

3:20  A quick line run through before going onto the set. While the actors ran their lines, the extras were excused to grab some lunch. Guess the cookies and donuts weren’t enough.

While they run lines, the photographer (Dena Sozio) goes through the shots she took of the actors in costume.

3:40 The actors came back with their chicken making the entire set smell like a KFC. (Now I want mashed potato and gravy. Mmmm)

3:43  A full hour past call time and we are about ready to rock. I tucked myself into a corner of the room where we’d be filming along with the sound operator and photographer.

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Asha Kirkland ran the sound today so Cora Hutchins (the normal sound op) could play an extra, Nolan Ellsworth ran the clapboard so Hoyt Hutchins could perform his role and here’s Dena with her trusty camera.

3:55 pm Actors are in place. Lights are up. Camera in position. Sound/clapboard ready to rock…Wait, hold the phone. There is a second table in the shot. That means it needs to be set.

4:04 First take of the day. (2 pages in this scene to film)

4:08  Take two

4:13 Take 3

4:17  Starting to get a rumbly tumbly of my very own…Hope it doesn’t pick up on the boom mic a few feet away from me.

4:22 Take 5

4:28 Take 6 That’s a wrap…For that angle. Now they need to set up to do the same shot but from a different position so that when it’s edited together by Tim Pugliese (who also plays Darius and is the film’s co-producer) the action is broken up by multiple angles.

The extras are being sent home as they won’t be in this shot.

While we were breaking I went to sneak one of the cookies to calm the hunger monster but alas, they had all been eaten. Sad panda.

4:39 Take One (Same scene new angle) Boom. Nailed it in one take. Ta da!

4:44 Prepping for the next scene. Lights rearranged, camera reset. New actors coming in.

More food that isn’t mine is being consumed by those around me. Hungry Panda.

Ah poo. Our daylight fell. Not the sun in the sky. That’s still where it’s supposed to be. But the filter that was attached to the window to dull the intenseness of said sun, slipped and fell to the floor. Luckily, it fell after a take but it does mean a few minutes to retape it back up.

I opt to go out in the kitchen to stretch my legs…I look out side and see one of the actors is getting a haircut. But of course. His hair had grown since the last time they shot. Consistency is key in film. Thank goodness Seamstress Shari John was on site with her trusty scissors!

4:58 I FOUND 2 COOKIES!!!!! All is well with the world again.

5:00 Ready to rock again.

5:02 Well, almost ready to rock…resetting

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Director/producer Shelly Curtain giving Tony Rolfe, Tim Pugliese and Cora Hutchins some notes before filming

5:07 Take 1

5:09 Boom. That take was in the bag. Resetting to Winter! We’re cruising now! Or we will be once we turn the summer set into a winter one. A few set pieces get moved around, lights adjusted… and then, while things are being set up, the entire cast/crew (not me-cause I don’t sing) breaks out into A Whole New World from Dinsey’s Aladdin. Naturally. Theatre (and apparently film) peeps are cool.

5:14 The room gets oddly quiet as we hear from the kitchen: “Shelly where are my pants?”

5:19 Pants have been located by the actor (and put on in the middle of the kitchen) as we do a quick line through before filming begins. There are four pages to this scene.

5:26 Take one

5:28 Take two. While it sounded/looked good from my viewpoint the actor was not in shot.

5:30: Regluing one of the actor’s mustaches. (It keeps coming off because Tim enjoys delivering really BAD puns. A few are so bad you can’t help but chuckle. One side effect is that it also loosens Spirit Gum…(the glue used to hold on fake mustaches)

5:37 Take four (I’m not sure where take 3 went. I missed it!)

5:45 Take 6 (Take 5 was full of off camera sneezes) The mic they are using is good. It picks up EVERYTHING though. Even that sneeze from the assumed safety of being outside.

aaaaaand we just discovered that the 6 takes we just filmed have to be scrapped. There was a light tree in the way. This one:

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Naughty light!

5:46 Take one-again.

It’s an emotional scene with lots of lines. It must be hard to stay focused with so many people watching you. Toss in the fact that you have to also make sure you’re in the shot and don’t hit any of the things around you…I’m glad I wasn’t filming today. Lots of pressure. The actors did well to stay on task.

5:55 Take 9 winner, winner chicken dinner. That one was a good one!

We now need a close up on the actor delivering his emotional monologue but before we do that…

6:01 We pause for a few posed photos before the photographer needs to leave for the night.

6:12 Take one of the close-up.

6:15 Take 2 (stash fell off)

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Stay on stash! He needs to get ready for his close-up!

6:16 Take 3

6:21 The last shot of the day needs to be done before we call it a wrap. My hunger has mercifully wained itself into submission. The director blocks out the scene, which has to be done in a small space so they run it a few times to get the feel of it.

6:30 Take one-The cast is getting a little punchy. It’s been a long afternoon.

6:33 Take 2- Good except the end of the scene the actors got out of the shot. Movement is soooo limited in film. You can only move as far as the stationary camera goes. (We don’t have one of those mounted camera do-hickeys)

6:35 Take 3-Action tweaking. A few acting notes.

6:38 Take 4- almost there…

And one of the actor’s suspender’s snapped. Whoops.

6:43 Take 5- And that did it.

And that’s a wrap! For that day anyway!

With the announcement that we were free to go, my hunger came back a new, so I gathered my things and walked out through the kitchen to get to my car, passing a few of the actors in a mid-costume change in their underwear.

 

Until next time…

 

Danielle Bannister, Author, and behind-the-scenes-secret-spiller

 

 

 

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Author Interview: Amy Miles & Danielle Bannister open up about Netherworld

While Amy Miles and I wait for our beta readers to finish with their first look at Netherworld, we thought it might be fun to share a short interview we did with each other about what co-writing a book together was really like. We tried to think of questions people might want to know.

First things first…how did the two of you meet? You’re not even in the same state!

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Danielle: It was back in 2011. I had just released my first book, Pulled and I was looking for bloggers/readers to read and review it. I came across Amy’s blog. At that time, many moons ago, she used to do reviews in addition to write. She liked the book and we friended each other on Facebook. We started chatting about writing, and it turned into daily conversations.

Amy: Man that was a LONG time ago. I can’t believe we’ve been friends since 2011. Time sure flies by! Now we can’t go a day without gabbing to each other.

Amy writes primarily fantasy books. Danielle writes primarily real world, romance driven novels. What made you think to combine the two genres?

Amy: Most fantasy books contain romantic elements. I’ve read and enjoyed all of Danielle’s books in the past and knew that she’d be a huge asset when it came to creating that romantic thread that I sometimes overlook because I’m too amped up to jump into a suspenseful battle. Netherworld is a great blend of both of our skills.

Danielle: Even though we write in different genres, we’re in a lot of the same circles just because of being indie authors. I’ve always wanted to try fantasy, but I really didn’t have the courage to try it. Sooooo much world building and coming up with ridiculously massive back stories. That was a skill Amy had with her books and I wanted to yolk some of her skill that way. I’m not sure which one of us suggested that we should try working on a book together, using each other’s strong suits, but we decided to give it a whirl. I don’t think either of us thought it would take us as long as it did to happen, but that’s another question haha.

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This is just a FEW of Amy’s titles!

What has the co-writing process been like since you live so far apart?

Danielle: Amy and I both have very different ways in which we go about writing, as all writers do. We find what works for us and go with it. So trying to figure her process and blending it together with mine took some getting used to. Add into the fact that we weren’t often in the same room together at the same time when writing. Often we’d be writing at different times from the other, on different chapters within the same document so our outline became a HUGE piece of what we used. I had never outlined prior to this book but when you have two different authors, you HAVE to know where the story is going.

Amy: We spend a LOT of time on Facebook Messenger hashing out ideas. A lot of times I would come up with some brilliant plan that would leave Danielle banging her head on the desk because I was creating ripples that flowed over into her chapters, but it worked…eventually. I MAY be part of the reason why Netherworld went through seven rewrites haha.

Danielle: So many ripples…She’d get this crazy idea that totally worked, but it meant going back and changing five other chapters! This book took a very unique way of coming to the finish line.

What has been the best and worst thing about writing Netherworld?

Amy:  For me, the best has definitely been seeing first hand what it’s like to compromise and work through varying ideas on a book. I’m so used to just being a panster when I write my own books that plotting in advance and making not only two different POV’s but also two different worlds blend has been amazing to watch. The worst part is definitely going through so many rewrites. Even though I’m thrilled with the end result and all of the added layers of depth that we have added, it becomes difficult to remember which details remained to the final cut. Danielle and I will message each other saying “didn’t we write this already?” only to remember that was three re-writes ago. Book 2 and 3 will definitely be a smoother ride for us now that we’ve got this process down pat.

Danielle: I agree with Amy on the ‘worst’ element. Having to stick to an outline made the desire to follow a road that I normally would follow something I couldn’t do. It forced me to be disciplined. The other negative was the multiple revisions…We had a version of the book done in 2014, but then it got picked up by an agent…the agent wanted revisions…then we parted ways with the agent…let it sit dormant and said, you know. We have this book done and waiting. Why don’t we publish it? When we re-read it, however, we saw ways we could improve upon the original 2014 version (we had both grown as writers) and so that meant yet another round of revisions! Hahaha The best thing has been being collaborative with Amy. I think we’ve both learned so much about each other’s writing style and method and learning how to incorporate those styles into one project has been eye opening.  

Who is your favorite character from Netherworld and why?

Danielle: I get to write the humans for this book so I tried to make each of them different from the other in honest ways. I love to write characters that are broken, if only in their own eyes. Some people think of characters that start a book as such are weak. What’s fun for me, as a writer, is to help these characters find their strength throughout the course of a novel. I want to go on their journey of self-discovery. This book focuses mostly on Devlin’s journey after some tough news in his life. Other humans will get their turn as the trilogy continues. Having said that, the most fun one to write so far has been Seamus. He’s Devlin’s side kick. He’s a bit of some comic relief but also has a troubled past so he’s fun to write.
Amy: That is a really hard question to answer since I have the pleasure of writing both Taryn, our heroine and Aed, our cocky prince of the Netherworld. Both have strong personalities, are fiercely loyal and are totally badass. Those are the three things I love most in fantasy based characters. But I’d have to say that I really love Taryn. She’s going to go through a pretty major character growth process over the span of this trilogy and it’s going to be fun watching her realize that letting herself love doesn’t make her weak. It actually makes her stronger.

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Netherworld will be releasing in October. You can pre-order at ibooks here.

Other platforms coming soon.

You can check out all of Amy’s work on her website at: https://amymilesbooks.com/

 

Got a question we didn’t answer? Let us know in the comments!

 

Danielle Bannister, author and interviewer

Brackish Waters Filming

Lights, camera, boats! (Brackish Waters Film Post 3)

On Sunday I had my second day of shooting for a local indie film called Brackish Waters (You can read about casting and the first day of shooting here and here)

My first day of filming had me soaking wet from a rainstorm, on Sunday, I got to be dressed in a long skirt and shirt on a hot and buggy day. Good times.

The morning started with hair and makeup on location. (How fancy!) We were shooting one of a few external shots of the film. This particular scene takes place outside the Inn where most of the action of the movie happens. The director’s parents have a  camp and since the Inn is supposed to be by the water, it turned out to be a pretty groovy spot.

We sat up some wooden chairs and placed that water view behind us.

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Now, for those who know me well, you’ll know that nature and I don’t always get along. And trust, me, there were a lot of creepy crawlies. *shivers. Like ants crawling on the prop paper I’m reading before a take or a bee thinking the fake flower in my hat was real or simply just the gazillion other flying bugs looking at me as a good option for a landing strip. Even with all that nature, however, I walked out of there without a single bug bite! Nature 245,340/Danielle 1

The movie is set, primarily, in the early 1900’s, but does involve some time travel. Can you tell which one of us is stuck in the wrong era?

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One of these things is not like the other…one of these things just doesn’t belong…everyone sing!

The character I play, Terri, is the unfortunate traveler. That works out GREAT for me because I get to wear sneakers (it’s in the script!) and get to feel uncomfortable in the awkward clothes. Dude. I can do that. I loathe dresses and most girly things so I’m not having to act there.

The scenes we shot that afternoon consisted of a series of my character reading some news articles out of the newspaper. She’s trying to acclimate herself to her time via the news. It’s probably a grand total of five minutes of actual scene time. However, the shooting time was about three hours, thanks mostly due to boats. Lots of them, enjoying the water on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Jet skis in the 1900s aren’t exactly an ideal thing you want passing through your shot. We had to shoot fast in between boat passes. And chop saws. I kid you not. The neighboring camp decided to use that block of our filming time to cut wood. Haha! That meant that when there was a second of quiet we had to shoot and shoot it fast. Talk about pressure to perform!

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Waiting for the boats to pass. Again.

Once we wrapped those scenes we had one last shot where I was walking down a road. No lines! Woot woot! But it also meant I wasn’t near the breeze of the water, so it was hot, hot, hot! Mercifully, they only had me do the shot twice before they wrapped for the day.

All in all, it was a good day. Then again, any day I can escape nature unscathed is a good day.

Stay tuned for more.

Danielle Bannister, author and nature-avoider

 

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Exciting News!!!

I’ve got a secret to share! One I’ve been holding onto for about a year now. Today I get to spill the beans. I have a new book to do a cover reveal for! One that people who know me thought was long dead and buried. Confused? Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

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Back in 2013, my writing friend, Amy Miles and I were ready to release a book into the world that we co-authored. We had spent about a year or so, working on making this book work. Not easy to do when you live several states away. We were determined to do it though. We had an idea. She wrote fantasy then and I wrote romance. Could the two worlds collide? Could a human fall in love with a fantasy character? Why not? The story was born.

About a year later, we had everything set to release. Some of you probably remember reading about said book way back then. It was during a Facebook release party when we were approached by an agent. They wanted to represent our book, but only if we pulled it from release. Apparently, publishing houses don’t want to release a book that is already out. Go figure! So with three days before our release, Amy and I had some tough choices to make.

In the end, we opted to pull our release and give the agent a try. After all, we wanted to dream a little. Fast forward several years and even more re-writes, (7th times a charm?) we thought the book was dead in the water. We both left the agency and so the title reverted back to us.

Then, last year, we thought maybe we should give it one last go. I mean, we had a finished novel. It seemed silly to just let it sit there unpunished.

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Hard at work? Or hardly working?

Remember when Amy came to Maine for a week to ‘visit me’ in February? We were working on Netherworld, though we didn’t want to reveal it just then. (This was before that ugly couch and coffee table were carried away screaming into the night.) That magical piece of paper Amy is holding was our outline. The sanity that kept two very different minds on track.)

Today, we are thrilled to show you the cover reveal of the new and improved: NETHERWORLD: The Hallowed Realms Book 1.

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Blurb

Taryn

Flatline. The moment when one life ends and the next begins. That’s my cue. And I hate it. Being a banshee is a right pain in the arse. When I’m not ferrying manky old blokes or mental cat ladies through the veil between Earth and Netherworld, I’m training in secret for a war our King denies is coming. But I know better. An army of Lorcan monsters stands ready to breach the walls. If they succeed, the destruction they seek will not be contained to just our world, but to the human world beyond. My only hope is to rely on the aid of a cocky prince with his own agenda. But after a human man captures my interest, will I be able to accept the terms of the prince’s aid?

Devlin

Our paths were never meant to cross. I’m meant to live my human life, unaware of the world that exists beyond the veil. I know about death, sure. My own sister’s life hangs in the balance, holding my own happiness with it. But when Taryn and I collide, my world flips upside down. Nothing makes sense anymore. There are things I shouldn’t be able to see but now can’t escape from. Logic tells me to run as far as I can from Taryn and the horrors of her world but my heart screams at me to follow her to the literal ends of the earth. Even if it means my own damnation.

Links

(As of this posting, the only live pre-order link is on ibooks, but have patience. More platforms are on the way!)

Netherworld is releasing in October!

iBooks- http://bit.ly/NetherworldPreOrder

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Amy and I are busting but to have these to the printer for our signing at Penned Con. If there are some left, I’ll bring some to Books in Vacationland. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until October to read our labor of love.

Once Netherworld is live, Amy and I will be hard at work writing Book 2. The last two books have already been outlined. Now we just need to write them. That’s the easy part! Haha

If you wanna find out more about Amy and what she writes, you can find out more about her here.

You can follow me on the blog or find me on social media to discover teasers and other fun things leading up to the release in October.

Until then, I’m Danielle Bannister, author, and cover reveal surpriser

Brackish Waters Filming

Lights, Camera, Action (Brackish Waters filming Post 2)

This past Sunday was day one of filming for my scenes in the movie Brackish Waters. I went in not really knowing what to expect, other than we were slated to do two and a half pages of dialogue. It may not seem like a lot but those short pages took about three hours to shoot.

A large part of the film happens in an inn, which the director has converted her own actually living room into a dining area and a living room area (or were they called parlors back then?) Anywho, it’s a smallish room to begin with, but then you add a bar area, tables, and chairs, and then the camera stand, the light towers, microphone, and extension cords galore…well, it restricts the space physical space in which you have to act. As a theatre actor, I’m used to taking up space. This did not afford me that luxury. In fact, the acting space was so tight that my butt hit the camera in one scene, ruining the take. Thank’s a lot butt.

In film, things aren’t always shot in sequence, which confuses my pea brain. You often do the same shot twice too. Once from over one actor’s shoulder then  from the other. Each time you change angles…you have to change the lights, the microphone, the camera and all of the props you’ve touched (or haven’t touched yet) back to their starting point.

For instance, the scene we shot on Sunday required a lot of prop use, which meant when ‘whiskey’ was inadvertently spilled on the white tablecloth, we had to stop everything, move all the dishes on the table and get a new tablecloth put down. Then, we had to place each of those twelve or so dishes back on the table in the same spot it was before the spill. A tedious task to be sure.

The first shot of the day was me coming into the inn. Soaking wet from a rainstorm. I’m told there is video of me as the director gleefully doused me with water. If I get access to it, I’ll share. 🙂

For the rest of the shoot, I was continually ‘freshened up’ to keep the look of drowned rat up to par.

This scene we shot happened at night, in the 1900s (where my character time travels back too) so the room had to be dark and look lit by candles. How do you do that when you’re filming during the day? Black trash bags in all the windows, naturally!

Three hours with a constant state of wetness was beginning to prune my hands and made me feel rather soggy. So you can imagine my joy when they decided they needed to get one more angle. 

After we wrapped for the day, I may have done a little jig before changing into the dry clothes I had brought with me.

I don’t have a call sheet for when my next scene will be, but I’ll keep you posted. If you want to read post one of the process, (casting) you can read that here:

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Brackish Waters Filming (Post 1)

A few weeks ago, I was cast in a movie that’s being filmed locally here in Maine. I thought I’d do a blog about the experience and take you along for the ride.

The casting of this movie actually stems back a few years when I was in a ten-minute play festival that the writer, Shelly Curtain, had entered for submission to the festival. I was cast as a woman named Terri. A woman who traveled back in time. Just like Claire in Outlander!!! Ahhhh! (The writer had never heard of Outlander before I mentioned it…she will by the end of this shoot! Fair warning Shelly!) Anywho, the play ended, we all went our separate ways. In the years that followed, Shelly turned the ten-minute play into a full-length play, and then into a screenplay. She cast all her parts and had even begun filming, but there was one role that had to be recast. The role of Terri. The very same part I played in the theatre version.

Fast forward to this year and the local middle school’s speech competition where I was one of the judges. Guess who I was paired up with as a judge? Tim Pugliese. The lead actor of Shelly’s movie. Tim and I spent much of the day together exchanging bad puns and past role experiences. Shelly was there too and she and I worked as judges later that day and after then, some time after the competition, we got to chatting and she asked if I would be willing to audition for the role. Small world.

This is Tim as Darius Reed

To make a long story short, too late (10 points if you know what that movie that’s from) I was sent a monologue and a scene to read with Tim. Get this: the fictional town where this story takes place…it’s the same fictional town I made up for Doppelganger! Bucksville. Her town was in Maine, mine in New Hampshire. But still, how freaky is that?

Anywho, I arrived at her house where most of the shooting will take place and was surprised to see that she had literally transformed her house into the set of a 1900’s inn as the script dictates. It was wild. Like walking onto a stage set in someone’s living room.

See?

We talked a bit about what the movie was about, where they were in the filming process and what sort of time commitment was going to be needed etc., then it was down to business. Acting time. The monologue was a tough one. The emotional tone bounced around a lot, as a good monologue should. Anger, sadness, laughter. My audition wasn’t as polished I had practiced at home but it did the trick. I was offered the role on the spot.

The first day of filming for me will be on Sunday. I have about six lines in this first scene (mercifully) and I’ve got them down. In theory. It will be interesting to see how long shooting six lines will take. I’m guessing a wee bit longer than it would take to rehearse six lines in theatre haha.

Stay tuned. I’ll let you know how my first day of shooting goes.

 

Danielle Bannister, author and movie actress. hehe