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Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul
by Marcus Dino
“Fulfill your destiny Fifi, as you wander through the Wilderness,” Goth her spirit guide tells her….
Marcus Dino’s latest book ‘Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul’, an anthology like it’s smash hit predecessor, ‘Diary of a Mad Gen Yer’, has 21st century actress/heroine Cheryl ‘Fifi’ Larouche coming back as outrageous as ever, introducing new ‘Silly Stories,’ ‘Silly Poems,’ and ‘Silly Blogs’, plus an added new twist using the world of Twitter, Fifi’s ‘Silly Tweets.’
‘Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul’ is third in a series of ‘Fifi’s stories following Marcus Dino’s top ten Amazon Bestseller ‘Diary of a Mad Gen Yer’ in addition to his original Hollywood novel ‘Fifi’.
Many of the major characters from Mr. Dino’s two earlier book are back in ‘Evolved Soul’ including Fifi’s boyfriend Biff, her obstinate father Charles, and her two alien friends from the planet Zatoris, Alocki and Helos. In addition there are some very interesting new characters in ‘Evolved Soul’ including a long dead Englishman who said he knew great literary figures such as Dickens and Keats called ‘The 200 Year Old Great Writer,’ and two entities who say they are ‘Fifi’s Spirit Guides’, Goth and Au.
Both Goth and Au write very inspirational blogs that convey a strong message in the ‘Blogs’ section of ‘Evolved Soul’.
‘Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul’ is both humorous and inspirational and, like it’s two predecessors, will entertain the reader from beginning to end.
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from ‘My Silly Poems’
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EEEEEK HERE’S A DANDY THAT MY RIGHT BRAIN JUST MADE UP….. OF COURSE THERE ARE SOME STUCKUP TYPES WHO WILL SAY….”NO WONDER SHE’S NOT HAD ANY SERIOUS BOYFRIENDS THE PAST 10 YEARS.” YOU HAVE TO RELIEVE STRESS PEOPLE…. YOU HAVE TO RELIEVE STRESS… NOW YOU MUST READ THIS POEM AS FAST AS YOU CAN FOR EFFECT… ENJOY
The gnat that sat on the bat that sat on the hat that sat on the cat that sat on the mat said:
“At first I pouted but my patience paid off as I purposely picked plenty of pickled prickly peanut buttered peppered pear and pecan pies at the produce section and puckered my lips as I later sold these pickled prickly peanut buttered peppered pear and pecan pies to plenty and plenty of people and felt pleasure as I profited from pocketing all these people’s pretty little pennies.”
It is my pleasure to welcome Marcus Dino, author of Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul, to Room With Books!
Hi Marcus and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Would you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a writer of three fiction books that deal with the life of 21st century actress/heroine Cheryl ‘Fifi” Larouche. I’m semi-retired and work part time as a teacher/tutor in Santa Maria, California. I taught mathematics for a number of years in the Los Angeles Public School system. Before that I worked as an engineer in Aerospace, Living in Hollywood for a number of years inspired me to write the ‘Fifi’ books which became the trilogy starting with the Hollywood novel Fifi, followed by the anthology Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, followed by Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul. The last few years I have been a very ardent student of spirituality and that gave me the idea to write the spiritual part for Evolved Soul.
What were you like at school?
My favorite subjects in my early school years were science, math, and history. Still as a kid, I also loved to read and had a great love for science fiction. Especially books written by Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. In high school I started showing a real interest in creative writing. One thing I wasn’t too good at in school was sports, especially anything to do with a ball. I am proud to say that I was the last kid picked for a few sports teams during PE or ‘rode the bench’ and was a guaranteed out when I played T-Ball or Babe Ruth baseball. But I always did well in the Spelling Bee. I guess I was just a lot better at using my ‘frontal lobe’ rather than my ‘cerebellum.’
Were you good at English?
While I enjoyed ‘creative writing’ in high school, I hated grammar and bombed the verbal portion of my SAT thus dashing my dreams of getting into, say a Harvard or MIT, but I did get into UC Santa Barbara and while there barely passed Subject A, or ‘Freshman Bonehead English’.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My Spirit Guide tells me like Fifi, I shouldn’t be so concerned about Ego but deep down inside I am in making ‘Fifi Larouche’ a household name. After writing the ‘Fifi Trilogy’ and over 15,000 tweets in Twitter under the name ‘Fifilarouche’, my next project is a possible ‘Fifi’ screenplay and perhaps a children’s book involving not Fifi as a child, but her two spirit guides from Evolved Soul, Goth and Au.
Which writers inspire you?
Beside Asimov and Bradbury I am also inspired by Hemingway, Puzo, and Steinbeck.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special?
Cheryl ‘Fifi’ Larouche, star of what I call the ‘Fifi trilogy,’ Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, and Fifi, is a happy go luck Hollywood wannabe from Des Moines, Iowa who is determined to get to the top and not take no for an answer as she goes from audition to audition, all the while struggling to make a living as a waitress at a Sherman Oak’s greasy spoon.
What does she do that is so special? First look at her name, Fifi, that makes Fifi special right there. Her college professor father, Charles, named her Fifi as a baby because she was so pugnacious and she had a little curl on her forehead that reminded him of a French poodle. How about her love for old movies like Casablanca and spontaneously just singing the French National Anthem La Marseillaise when she feels like it.
She also has a stubborn streak and hates taking no for an answer. For instance, her father thinks she is wasting her time in La La Land trying to be an actress and he, through his connections, can get her a banking job in her home town of Des Moines. She tells him she will be the greatest actress Hollywood has ever seen and would rather starve working as a waitress in expensive LA than work in a stuffy ‘office job’ all day.
What are you presently working on?
Mainly writing three to four tweets a day for the thousands of Twitter followers of ‘Fifi Larouche’. Again future projects are the possible screenplay and children’s book.
Which actors would you like to see playing the lead characters?
There are just so many talented Gen Y actresses out there I really haven’t decided who would be the perfect ‘Fifi Larouche’.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing?
My Inner Voice tells me to get something going. Maybe it’s a spirit guide like Au? I always procrastinate and just have to force myself to get a project going by blocking other things out of my mind.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I am very spontaneous. There is no special time of day when I write. I could be up writing at 2 am and this is when I have to get up at 6 am and go to work. Keep in mind a number of short stories in Diary and Evolved Soul have come from my dreams and became Fifi’s ‘silly dreams’. Whenever the ideas come to me I write.
Where do your ideas come from?
Anything spontaneous in my life can be a ‘Fifi Story’. For instance, a few years ago I took a singles cruise to Mexico and a lot of things I experienced there inspired a few of the stories for Diary of a Mad Gen Yer. Living in Hollywood and being with working actors gave me ideas for my original novel Fifi. My recent interest in spirituality inspired me to introduce Goth and Au with their ‘spiritual advice’ for Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I prefer to see where an idea takes me.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Writer’s Block. I can sit in front of my laptop for hours due to writer’s block and maybe a day later a ton of ideas come to me while I’m driving and listening to my favorite song. I then pull over and write ‘what I heard.’ Getting ideas for writing anything does not come easy.
Do you read much and who are your favorite authors?
Not as much as I used to. The writers whom I really enjoyed reading were Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. Recently I have read an amazing book by Norman Vincent Peal called The Power of Positive Thinking which has really affected me due to my recent strong interest in spirituality.
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Both. I believe eBooks are great for convenience but I still enjoy having a printed book in my hands. As an author when you write both you can market to two different mediums. You cannot sell eBooks at book fairs and of course convenience and price wise eBooks come in handy as the local and sadly vanishing bookstore may not have your book in stock.
Tell us about the cover and how it came about.
I have always liked Asian anime cartoons. Something just came into my head about Fifi being a super heroine cartoon character type person. Just showing Fifi by herself with the white background I felt would really make the cover stand out and I believe it does.
Who designed your book covers?
A talented local Pasadena illustrator when I lived in Arcadia.
Do you have a trailer made for your book?
Yes I just had one made. What a fantastic job the producer did. Here is the link
Do you think that giving books away free works?
Yes I believe it does. You do the free giveaways you get more reviews and you get more word of mouth. Word of mouth makes these book sell.
How do you relax?
I write of course? I also like to slink in front of the boob tube with friends, family, or by myself and watch an old classic movies. The same with going out and see any new classic movie even though due to poor quality they are hard to find. Finally I love hiking and meditating.
What is your favorite quote?
Genius is 98 percent perspiration and 2 percent inspiration by Thomas Edison, one of the most innovative souls to walk the Earth. As an author trying to build a name for myself I do agree with what he said.
What is your favorite movie?
I like so many but I’ll go with The Godfather.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Amazon and other major online bookstores, www.summertimeproductions.net.
Do you have any final words?
For me good writing means letting the story line flow freely into my mind. Enjoyed the interview.
Marcus Dino has always wanted to be a fiction writer as long as he can remember. Living in Southern California and his being a diehard movie buff has led him to write stories dealing with the struggles and conquests of heroic, up and coming Hollywood actress, Cheryl ‘Fifi’ Larouche.
Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul is an anthology and inspirational book and is Marcus’ third ‘Fifi’ series book. His first book, Hollywood novel Fifi was first published in 2003. His second book in eBook format, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, an anthology and Amazon best seller in its category, was published in 2009.
Marcus has a Master’s degrees in Education and Engineering and is a graduate of Chapman University. He has a distinguished career as an electronics engineer working for several Aerospace companies and also as a mathematics teacher in Los Angeles area schools. He currently resides in Santa Maria, California.
The printed version of ‘Evolved Soul’ has just been published and is currently being placed in numerous bookstores.
Publisher: Sellem Books
Cover Artist: Michael James Canales
It’s the perfect setting for a romantic getaway at sea: Caribbean breezes, clear blue skies, passionate nights, and murder? Not exactly what Detective Charlie McClung and Marian had in mind for their honeymoon. When one of their fellow passengers is murdered on her 35th wedding anniversary, Charlie and Marian get pulled into the investigation. Who would want to kill poor Tammy Ferguson in such a brutal way? As Charlie uncovers more sordid details about Tammy and her husband, Peter, it becomes clear that someone else has found the same skeletons in the Ferguson’s closet and Tammy has paid the price. Is Peter next?
Trapped on the ship with a killer, shadows seem more ominous and even the most innocent faces seem sinister. Has Charlie inadvertently put Marian in harm’s way? How long does Charlie have before the hunter becomes the hunted?
Mary Anne was born in Mercedes, Texas, but has lived in Georgia most of her life. She has had a variety of experiences in her life. Some were great and some, well let’s just say Mary Anne has learned many lessons the hard way.
Mary Anne has been married for nearly 35 years to the most practically perfect man. They have a newly adopted Tuxedo cat named Gertrude. They enjoy traveling and watching mysteries on TV. Mary Anne is active in Sisters in Crime Atlanta Chapter, Mystery Writers of America and sits on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, Inc., a non-profit advocacy group for the developmentally challenged.
Although Mary Anne began writing in high school, she didn’t get serious about it until 1999. She writes traditional mysteries that are influenced by some of her favorite authors: Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Caroline Graham, and Elizabeth Peters.
Her first book in the Detective Charlie McClung mysteries, “Brilliant Disguise” was released on January 21, 2014. The next book in the series, “A Good Girl”, was released on September 23, 2014. Mary Anne is currently working on the third book in the series, “Criminal Kind”; there are seven more to follow .
Cover Artist: Once Upon Covers
You know those fights you have in high school with your sweetheart? The earth shattering variety that changes everything? I instigated one, and it started me on a course that would change the rest of my life.
After seeing Brody with so many girls, I turned to Sebastian –the new kid in town– to help me forget. When he enlisted after graduation, I married him. Then one day a knock on the door changed my world.
I stayed in that little Army town in Alaska for five more years, sleeping in our bed, washing our dishes in the same house that he last walked out of, until my gran called me home.
Imagine my surprise when the first thing I see after stepping out of my minivan, is Brody Denton.
I am a full time mom of four, and stationed overseas with my sexy soldier. My current obsessions are Maroon 5, rum and coke, and reading in no particular order. Despite being terribly awkward with social media, I’m everywhere. Frequently subjecting the public to pictures of my minion’s messes, and everything that is Momdom in my house.
By: Kimberly Kincaid
Rescue Squad #1
Releasing Jan 26th, 2016
Publisher: Zebra, Imprint of Kensington
SOMEONE’S BOUND TO GET BURNED…
Zoe Westin may be a fire captain’s daughter, but feeding the people in her hometown of Fairview is her number one priority. Running a soup kitchen is also the perfect way to prove to her dad that helping people doesn’t always mean risking life and limb. But when she’s saddled with a gorgeous firefighter doing community service after yet another daredevil stunt, the kitchen has never been so hot.
Alex Donovan thrives on adrenaline, and stirring a pot of soup doesn’t exactly qualify. He’s not an expert at following the rules either, not even when they come from the stubborn, sexy daughter of the man who’s not only his boss, but his mentor. Determined to show Zoe that not every risk ends in catastrophe, Alex challenges her both in the kitchen and out. One reckless step leads to another, but will falling for each other be a risk worth taking, or will it just get them burned?
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting crosslegged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber,” she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
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JUST ONE TASTE
Jesse Oliver was a medic in Afghanistan, but back home in Pine Mountain he’s happy to switch gears as the Double Shot bar’s new sous chef. When his apartment floods and his old Army buddy offers the family’s dilapidated lake house as temporary quarters, Jesse thinks a little remodeling on the creaky duplex sounds like a fair return favor. That’s before he sets eyes on the gorgeous woman moving into the other side of the cabin—and discovers she’s his buddy’s kid sister, a.k.a totally off limits.
Kat McMarrin has fought hard for her space, and she’s not too interested in sharing it. Of course, her job as a physical therapist means she won’t see much of Jesse, even if he’s a few thin floorboards away—unless she seeks him out. And with his sculpted body and slow-burn gaze, she might be tempted. Maybe the fixer-upper projects she has planned for the cabin will keep her mind off him. Or maybe her instincts to strip the place down will get out of hand…
A Husband For Danna
The nightmare continues for Ken and Stephanie as the lunatic haunting them remains free. They take a stand and hold onto each other, sticking together for better or worse.
They thought they’d know what ‘worse’ was. But ‘worse’ wears many faces it seems.
Their love and passion will meet its great challenge of all, turning Stephanie’s greatest fear into reality.
Welcome to the final book of the Stoking the Embers Trilogy. Discover how this emotional roller coaster ends.
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Leslie is a California native but recently moved to Arizona after a stint in Arkansas. She enjoys travel and being with friends.
She is an avid reader of many genres, but prefers romances with travel or thriller themes. She loves writing about strong women and strong men because the world needs both!
Irish Winters is an award-winning author who dabbles in poetry, grandchildren, and rarely (as in extremely rarely) the kitchen. More prone to be outdoors than in, she grew up the quintessential tomboy on a farm in rural Wisconsin, spent her teenage years in the Pacific Northwest, but calls the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah home. For now.
The wife of one handsome husband and mother of three perfect sons, Irish divides her time between writing at home, and travelling the country with her man while – writing. (Seriously, what else?)
She believes in making every day count for something, and follows the wise admonition of her mother to, “Look out the window and see something!”
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Stoic ex-Marine, Taylor Armstrong, survived his arrogant father and one too many deployments. Battered and disillusioned, he’s built a wall to keep the world at bay. His rule is simple: a man can’t lose a friend he’s never made. It works—until an arrow rips into his chest and changes everything he knew about his father. His mother. Himself….
Gracie Fox has loved Taylor since the fateful day he was ripped from her life as a four-year old. He has no memory of her or the loving family that was forced to give him up. It seems he’ll never know—until the ancient rite of revenge, the blood hunt, collides with his carefully structured life and drops him into Gracie’s life again. She seizes the chance, determined he will remember….
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Top 10 things I like:
The red, white, and blue waving in a good stiff breeze
The smell of new mown grass
Freshly fallen snow
Husbands and wives with their arms around each other’s waist
A man who knows how to cook for his woman
Washington D.C. any day of the year
Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Pub in Alexandria, Virginia
Character casting for TAYLOR:
I always hesitate to restrict a readers imagination, but if I have to…
Taylor – Taylor Kitsch
Gracie – Jordana Brewster
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Gernot is seeking the whereabouts of Tiberius and his pack after the eruption of Vesuvius. Deceived into sailing with Amara to Egypt, he makes his way back to Rome in search of his pack. He finds himself in Capua, fighting as a gladiator in the arena to help a beautiful woman. Gernot is torn between continuing the search for his pack and the woman he loves. Gernot, the unbeatable champion of the arena, is the only thing standing between Augustus and what he desires most. Augustus’s scheming becomes increasingly dangerous, but he is not the only danger Gernot faces.