Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday's Film Adaption: Mr. Winkle Goes to War by Theodore Pratt

There are many books about the war, but none like Mr. Winkle Goes to War. Out of great tragedy mankind distills great humor, and here Theodore Pratt makes a bid for this distinction with a story that is full of wise charm, deep understanding, and chuckling entertainment.

Wilbert Winkle, at 44, runs up against the Army when men of that age were still being drafted. He had believed himself a member in good standing of the lost generation between rounds of the world war, too young for the first session and too old for the second. To his considerable surprise and perturbation, Mr. Winkle, a mild, timid little man, myopic, of no great muscularity, and afraid to death of guns or violence of any sort, finds himself a soldier sent overseas to fight.

The year is 1942: Mr. Winkle Edward G. Robinson, a mild-mannered bank clerk, decides to quit his job and open a fix-it shop in his garage. Winkle's wife Amy Ruth Warrick disapproves of this, and orders her husband to move into his little shop. Tired of being browbeaten, Winkle is delighted when his draft notice shows up. Fitted for a uniform, Winkle has the wind taken out of his sails in basic training, but soon finds that army life agrees with him; when given a chance to go home when the draft age is lowered to 38, he refuses to do so. Transferred to the South Pacific, Winkle instinctively performs a conspicuous act of bravery. He returns home a much-decorated hero, but he's too shy to partake in the ceremonies in his honor, opting instead to return to his shop, and to his now-loving wife Amy. A tailor-made Edward G. Robinson vehicle, Mr. Winkle Goes to War was adapted by Waldo Salt, George Corey and Louis Solomon from a novel by Theodore Pratt. Watch for Robert Mitchum, Hugh Beaumont and Miss Jeff Donnell in unbilled bits.

Release dates: July 19, 1944
Running time: 80 minutes

Edward G. Robinson as Wilbert G. Winkle
Ruth Warrick as Amy Winkle
Ted Donaldson as Barry
Robert Armstrong as Joe Tinker
Richard Lane as Sergeant "Alphabet" Czeidrowski
Bob Haymes as Jack Pettigrew, another, younger bank employee also drafted
Richard Gaines as Ralph Westcott
Art Smith as Mr. McDavid
Robert Mitchum and Hugh Beaumont have uncredited roles.

This is very classic comedy from beginning to end.  However, it's so much more.  It's the tale of a man who is able to do what he never thought he could in the face of wartime.  About doing the right thing.  The acting, the writing, and the story is one you shouldn't miss.


Author Bio:
Theodore Pratt (1901 - 1969) was an American writer who is best known for his novels set in Florida. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1901 to Thomas A. and Emma Pratt. The family later moved to New Rochelle, New York, where Theodore attended high school. After completing high school, he attended Colgate University for two years, and then Columbia University for another two years, but did not graduate. He worked in New York City as a play reader, a staff reader for a movie company, and a columnist for the New York Sun. He also free-lanced articles for The New Yorker and other national magazines.

Theodore Pratt published more than thirty novels, including four mysteries under the pseudonym of "Timothy Brace", two collections of short stories, two plays (adapted from his novels), a few non-fiction books and pamphlets, and numerous short stories and articles in periodicals such as Esquire, Blue Book, Escapade, The Gent, Manhunt, Guilty Detective Story Magazine, Coronet, Fantastic Universe, Space Science Fiction, and The Saturday Evening Post. Some of his novels had strong sexual content by the standards of the time. The Tormented (1950), a study of nymphomania, was turned down by thirty-four publishers. It eventually sold more than a million copies. Five of his works were made into feature motion pictures.


Sales Blitz: Angelic Hosts Series: Camael's Gift & Camael's Battle by Michele E Gwynn

Titles: Camael's Gift & Camael's Battle
Author: Michele Gwynn
Series: Angelic Hosts #1 & 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Dates: Gift: April 11, 2015
Battle: March 13, 2015
When an angel falls in love, his heart forever belongs to that one soul. For Camael, loving Hannah Adams has been the blessing of his very long life. The only thing more amazing is the fact that he is going to be a father. However, his joy may be short-lived as the forces of darkness plot to release Lucifer from the pit of a thousand years unleashing hell on Earth, and they plan to use Hannah and her child as the key! With the goddess, Astarte, orchestrating her fallen lover’s release from hellish incarceration, secrets long buried are revealed causing chaos and throwing obstacles in Camael’s path to rescuing his true love. Even with help from the rebellious Gabriel, and reluctant Michael, he might not make it in time. Can Camael save Hannah and their unborn child or will Lucifer rise to lead an army of darkness into battle for dominion over the heavens and the Earth? Welcome to the Angelic Hosts, the New Adult series of short stories by Michele E. Gwynn. (Heat level: Sweet, romantic & spiritual action and adventure)


Camael's Gift #1

Camael's Battle #2
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My First Travel Books by Anna Othitis

Series: My First Travel Book
Author: Anna Othitis
Genre: Children
Are you ready to take to the skies? Then welcome to Angelic Airlines! Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to some of the most popular, entertaining, and educational places in the world. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Book.

Author Bio:
Anna Othitis lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home. She left all of her life long memories, endless charity work and good people behind vowing that she will continue supporting the needy children in her land Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond. After traveling long and short distances from the East coast to the West coast twice she and her family eventually found their sense of belonging and final settling destination in New Jersey, USA.

Her husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged her to write her first children's book titled "My First Travel Book", inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie), who is graduating from his Masters degree in Aeronautical Science and beginning his career as a professional pilot. Anna's favorite saying is "Be Bold Be Brave".

She was inspired to write her children's books with a vision to link up the children Africa and of the world on Angelic Airlines to so many beautiful places of interest and popularity on our wonderful planet Earth with all its beautiful some natural and some man made creations and resources. One of the beautiful natural wonders featured in her books is in her birth land of Zimbabwe "The Mighty Victoria Falls" All of her books educate our children and widen their scope of interest in the amazing surroundings, creations and nature to appreciate and look after our environment for many generations still to come.


My First Travel Book

The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth

The Seven Wonders of the World
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Re-Release Day Blitz: Demon Bound by Eve Newton

Title: Demon Bound
Author: Eve Newton
Series: Bound #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2015
After being found back on earth and sentenced to eternity in a fiery prison down in hell, the demon, Axelle, suddenly finds herself pulled out of her misery by the Devil himself. He gives her a body, a crappy job and an even crappier apartment, but she doesn’t really know why. All she knows is that she was taken out of one prison and put in another. One that makes her fire cell all the more appealing.

Her duller than dull job is made that much worse by hours of boredom--sheer torture for a hell-raiser such as herself--not to mention the colleagues she has to deal with, but then as the Devil, Luc, starts to take an unusual interest in her she starts to see the pluses of her existence.

Luc puts Axelle through a series of tests to see if she is worthy of an honor he has searched centuries for. No one has even come close to giving him what he wants, but when Axelle starts to defy the odds that are stacked so vehemently against her, his feelings towards her become more than just about the end result. It catches him off guard and his self-induced celibacy towards her makes his struggle even worse for a creature of no restraint.

When Axelle is finally told why she has endured these trials and what is yet to come, her loyalty to her creator waivers and while he struggles to keep his hold on her, she has other ideas that don’t include Luc and his plans. Will she manage to escape the pits of hell for an unheard of third time? Or will she be stuck in the Devil’s idea of happily-ever-after?

Book One of three of the Bound Series.

The Bound Series:
Bound (The Bound Series Prequel) shows Axelle before she was sent back to hell. Available FREE now.

Demon Bound (Bound Series, Book One) - available now

Demon Freed (Bound Series, Book Two) - Coming late 2015

Demon Returned (Bound Series, Book Three) - 2016

Bound #.5
Prequel to the Bound Series, coming July 2014! He knew her body was just the host, he knew she was possessed by a demon, but he didn't care. Slade loved her, but she betrayed him so he kidnapped her to punish her. He didn't count on ending up with someone he didn't bargain for. She tricked him and he fell for it and her, only to have her taken away from him and the woman he originally wanted returned to him. Only he doesn't want his demon Mistress any more. He wants the woman he lost. Can Slade bring her back and get rid of the others, or will she be lost to him forever?
***A Paranormal Erotic short story with a dark twist. 18yrs+***

Author Bio:
Eve is a UK novelist with a passion for anything paranormal & erotic. She loves Louboutins, good wine, and of course, a good book!

Eve has always loved to read, anything Paranormal catches her interest, and writing has always been a passion of hers, so she decided to take the plunge and combine the two into a series of Paranormal Erotica novels. Eve has loads more ideas churning around in her head and can't wait to get them down on paper (or screen!).

There are currently twelve books in the Forever series published, including a short spin-off. Eve plans to keep writing the series to Book 15, with one more spin-off novella.

Eve has also released two volumes of The Early Years Series, the first book out of three in a new Paranormal series - Demon Bound (Bound Series, Book One), Erotic Romance novel's Lives Entwined and The Art of Deception and a short Bound Series Prequel.

She hopes you will enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoys writing them!


Demon Bound #1
(Currently $2.99 On Amazon and free with Kindle Unlimited)

Bound #.5
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Stolen Art by Ruth Silver

Title: Stolen Art
Author: Ruth Silver
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Sixteen-year-old Madeline has been living on the streets, refusing to be part of the foster system. Biding her time until she's eighteen, with little to no money, she takes on a heist in hopes of making ends meet. What could possibly go wrong?


Getting caught is just the beginning of Madeline's adventure as she meets Weston and discovers the secret of where she came from. A dark and sinister past begins to emerge, and forces Madeline to come face to face with the unexpected.

Is it possible that she isn't who she thought she was? What happens when she is has to accept the reality of what is actually real?

Author Bio:
Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of the Aberrant trilogy. With a passion for writing and a love of story-telling, Ruth is actively writing two series under her name: Royal Reaper and Orenda.

She is also writing steamier adult novels under Ravyn Rayne, including the Federal Agent Chronicles.

Her interests also include traveling, reading, and photography. Her favorite vacation destination is Australia.

Ruth currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and her book blog Write Away Bliss.

Ruth Silver

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