Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lisa Loving Dalton Tattles about her Top Ten Favorite Stunts

Welcome to Lisa Loving Dalton, author of Falling for the Stars: A Stunt Gal's Tattle Tales!

Lisa Loving Dalton Tattles about her Top Ten Favorite Stunts!

When asking what are my top ten favorites stunts, it brings up many questions.

To begin with, in order to identify my top favorites, I have to ask myself “what makes a stunt a favorite?”
·            Is it the level of danger and challenge that I met face to face?
·            Or is it the one that was so easy it was like cheating and getting paid for it?
·            Does the stunt become a favorite over the years or did I love it right then and there? And if so, why?
·           Is it fair to choose one because of the folks I met on it? 
·            Or the amount of money that I eventually earned from it? 
·            Or because of how famous the movie became?
·            Oh, how about this one: Because of the positive impact the film had and that I was a small part of that?

Yep, I think all of the above may qualify. So here’s the countdown:

10.  House On Carroll Street. I was working with Mandy Patinkin, Jeff Daniels and Kelly McGillis as her double. Director Peter Yates had me act Kelly’s lines for Mandy’s close-ups while Kelly rested. Then he invited me to work on his next film with Cher. The gags (stunt jobs) I did on Carroll Street were fun and different. I dodged a train making it so close the Peter made me promise never to scare him like that again. I loved running on the 26th story ledge over the Grand Central Station lobby, tripping and making it look like I was nearly falling off. I scared a lot of folks doing that.

9. One Life To Live was just pure fun as I was getting to crash a motorcycle on cue. The ride was so cool and the ivory leather and mohair big-shouldered costume was cute and great protection as well. Wish I could have kept those leather pants!

8. Crocodile Dundee earns its spot on the list as the one that was so harmless that it felt like “cheating”. It was one of those freebie events that was so easy, even boring, and so low budget that we thought would never even be released in the US.  Who knew it would be a blockbuster that still delivers residual check$. 

7. Legwork was a television series about a female private detective who drove a Porsche around New York. Actress Margaret Colin didn’t drive a double clutch stick shift so I got the honor. I love racecar driving and I did an excellent job. But I was publicly humiliated and fired by a drugged-out stunt man. That hurt a lot. I love that I was hired back by production immediately and never worked with that guy again.

6. World According to Garp-If laughing a lot helps a stunt qualify then this is the one. It was hysterically funny hanging with John Lithgow and Robin Williams in drag, Tony winner Swoozie Kurtz and Amanda Plumber. We were having just too much fun for a group that was supposed to be in grievous mourning.  George Roy Hill, a top-notch director, was on his knees begging for the wigged Robin and John plus three hundred giggling women to PLEASE STOP LAUGHING.

5. Still of the Night with Streep and Roy Scheider was a terrific experience not just because I literally walked in Meryl’s Shoes but because I got to meet Meryl Streep. The tough part that I am proud of is that I took a stand for myself with the producer who wanted me to do a stunt without paying me properly.  I found out later, that Meryl took a stand for me too. This is a big favorite stunt job because Ms. Streep proves over and over again to be one classy and talented lady who cares..

4. F/X is on the list because it was a funny, bloody mortifying event that I got to actually act in. The costume faux pas is still a Laugh-out-Loud moment when I think about it. I rarely wear dresses that low cut any more.

3. Suspect-Yes, working with Peter Yates again was great. But the bonus is that I got to hang with Cher who also stood up for me when another injustice was being perpetrated on me. Plus, Cher’s the only star who ever sent me an autographed picture of us together. She is beautiful and generous and very funny

2. Last Rites was a Tom Berenger, Daphne Zuniga film where I had to leap from one six-story rooftop across an alley to another rooftop. Yikes! It was the single scariest job I ever did and I felt like Superman afterwards.

1. The Last Dragon is my favorite of over two hundred films, TV shows and commercials. My role as Sho’s Woman #3 allowed me to act like a crazy nasty gang member, employ my stunt and martial art skills and best of all, be in a cult classic. This movie, now in its 31st year was rereleased on Sony Blue Ray last year because of the uplifting and inspiring message that it carries to all ethnicities. Fans from across the US and Canada attended the Thirtieth Anniversary Screening in New York where a standing room only crowd watched the film, singing and speaking every line in the movie with cos-play actors performing along. Many people came to me to thank me for my role and shared how this film gave them belief in themselves. This film helps us believe we can find the inner glow that can power our lives for the better. This is my mission in writing and in the coaching that I do. When our entertainment can uplift, educate and heal, then we know we have done something very important for our world. So, go find your glow! 

Falling for the Stars:
A Stunt Gal's Tattle Tales

Lisa Loving Dalton


This Behind-the-Scenes Tell-All About Doubling for Celebrity Superstars Also Reveals the Compelling Life Story of an Insecure Hollywood Arrival Who Rises to the Top of Her Field, But Pays a Hefty Price.
·         Addiction
·         Chauvinism  
·         Big Egos collide with the surprising kindness of superstars.

Discover the magic and the tragic stories of many great films & TV shows through the eyes of a stuntwoman. Dalton reveals what it took to hang over cliffs, get hit by a moving car, drop from five stories up, dodge an avenue full of speeding cars--and to ignore the Universe's more gentle prompts that it was time to quit and follow her passion into acting full-time or teaching acting.
The resulting career-ending spinal injury has a story of its own, how she researched medical and alternative paths that form the heart of what she shares with the world today. "What stands out in this book is the indomitable spirit the author has, despite the extraordinary price she paid for her stellar career--including misogyny, a miscarriage, and a life-long back injury. And each juicy story she relays in her fascinating chronicle, brings home an important life lesson for the reader--one that she learned the hard way.

·         Stunt Gal Lisa Dalton tattles about humorous and harrowing tales culled from over 200 films, television shows and commercials including
·         Ghostbusters
·         Money Pit
·         Crocodile Dundee
·         Married to the Mob
·         FX
·         Legal Eagles
·         The Last Dragon
·         Saturday Night Live  
·         Splash
·         The Highlander
·         World According To Garp

Working with or doubling such superstars as Meryl Streep, Cher, Madonna, Grace Jones, Robert Redford, Katherine Hepburn, Sean Connery, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, Ed O'Neill, Michelle Pfeiffer and more.

Author's Bio:

From a bullied, dyslexic, messy, freckle-faced, klutzy pixie, Lisa Loving Dalton grew into a statuesque and skillful stuntwoman, actor, director, teacher, author, filmmaker, leadership and life coach, and ceremonial minister. Always seeking and finding the silver lining, she has made the most of whatever life threw at her. She says, “I spill stuff, trip and drip all of the time so I made a career out of it. My advice: Embrace what is as perfect.”
Dalton appeared in more than 200 films, television shows and commercials in New York, Hollywood and Texas, including work in Ghostbusters, Money Pit, Crocodile Dundee, Married to the Mob, FX, Legal Eagles, and Splash on the big screen and ER, HBO’s Carnivale, Dr. Quinn and Melrose Place among her many TV credits.

Connect with the author:  

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

Grand Prize Package: one winner will receive:
1) a paperback copy of Falling For the Stars by Lisa Loving Dalton with autographed Last Dragon Pic
2) a paperback copy of A Balancing Act by Emmanuelle Chaulet
3) an e-copy of Murder of Talent
4) a 30-min video chat with author

2nd and 3rd Prize Packages: 2 winners will each get:
1) a Kindle copy of Falling for the Stars by Lisa Loving Dalton with an autographed Last Dragon pic
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall
Audrey Grey
(Shadow Fall, #1)
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her.
But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.
The question is who?

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My legs wobble as I step into the now lukewarm water. I sink to the bottom. Tiny bubbles escape my nose as I watch all the ugly remnants from the last seven years leave my body.

Lungs burning, I rise and come face-to-face with Pit Boy.

I glare at him. “You really have to work on the knocking thing.”

Despite the fact that I’m indecent, his attention never falls from my face. I almost wish it would, just to give me a break from the intensity of his focus.

“I only get a few more hours to be the ‘one-eyed freak’ from the pit. Might as well take advantage.”

He doesn’t dare crack a smile, so it’s hard to tell if he’s joking or serious.

“Don’t worry. In my heart, that’s exactly who you’ll always be.”

His words remind me that soon we’ll be reconstructed using forbidden nanotech. But it won’t just be our flesh they’ll reengineer. It will be our brains, too.

I don’t foresee my rewiring being too complicated, but Riser needs to upload almost twenty years of false memories. That will be tricky and time-consuming.

And time is the one thing we don’t have.

Riser flicks his gaze to the mirror. He lifts a hand, touches the patch of mottled flesh where his eye should be.

“How did it happen?” I ask.

“Careful, my lady.” His gaze settles on my face. “You’re beginning to sound like you care.”

I roll my eyes. “And I thought I was lacking in conversational skills.”

He focuses his attention on the graffiti sprayed across the mirror.

“It’s written language,” I blurt, even though all I want to do is end the conversation so Pit Boy can leave. His presence unnerves me more than the other Pit Leeches ever could. “It’s how we communicate.”

“I know what it is.” He examines his jagged thumbnail. “I just . . . can’t read it.”

“It’s just stuff about the Chosen. You know, insults.” The populace is finicky. As much as they love watching the Chosen with their petty intrigues and court life, they would be just as happy to see their heads on a pike.


Time to explain what you are, Everly, Nicolai’s voice grates inside my head. Riser’s eyes flutter just enough that I know he’s heard Nicolai’s voice too.

You do it, I think, watching Riser’s reaction. But his face remains emotionless; either he’s a good actor or only Nicolai can hear my response.

“The Royalist astronomers discovered the asteroid twenty-one years ago,” I begin. “It’s actually a slow moving planet called an earth-crosser, meaning its orbit and ours intersect every twenty-thousand years. Usually it’s too far away to affect us, but this time it will pass close enough to wreak havoc and make the earth uninhabitable for years.” I stir the water with my big toe. “Before I was born, the Emperor decided that creating a population of genetically superior humans would be a great idea, you know, just in case the Caskets don’t work or the asteroid does more damage than predicted.”

Riser’s hyper-focused gaze bores through me. “You’re one of them?”

“Yes.” I run my hand through the filthy water. “But my father’s a Bronze, so even though my mother comes from a Gold House, the Emperor only allowed them one Chosen instead of the customary twins. So it’s just me . . . not Max.”

“What makes being Chosen so special?”

“I don’t know . . .” I bite my lip, trying to remember everything my parents told me. “My genes are perfect, I guess.”

For some reason, talking about my body makes me remember that I am naked in a room with a boy.

As if reading my mind, Riser slowly lets his gaze fall, his expression both curious and unapologetic as he takes me all in, his thoughts cryptic.

“What are you staring at?” I blurt, smashing my breasts beneath my hands. Not like there’s much there to cover. “Haven’t you seen a naked girl before?”

A smile twitches his lips. “Not one that’s genetically flawless.

“It doesn’t work that way! You can’t just look at us and tell. We look like everyone else—”

“No.” Riser shakes his head, a dark swath of hair covering his damaged eye. “You don’t. Whatever you are.”

“You must be happy . . . about our reconstruction, I mean,” I mumble, trying desperately to change the subject. “They’ll fix your eye . . . and . . . and all those horrible scars.”

I freeze as he slides off the counter, unable to look away as he hooks one finger beneath his shirt and lifts.

Scars ravage his anemic body in varying shades of red and silver and white. Some deep and pitted like the craters of a far-away planet, others smooth and neat. One particular nasty scar carves down his shoulder, tunneling across his chest and stomach. A fresh red wound nestles just below his throat.
He carefully touches the long ugly one. “I’m not ashamed for surviving.”

Author Bio:
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.


Monday, November 21, 2016

The Surrendered by Case Maynard - Giveaway

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After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.
Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty. Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.
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The Surrendered by Case Maynard Publication Date: September 20, 2016 Publisher: Blaze Publishing


"a story that grabs you by the throat in the first chapter and refuses to let go" - H.E. Edgmon
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"strong heroine, with exceptional supporting characters, add in a non nauseating romance, and this book has it all." - Leah, Leah's Bookish Obsession
With over 20 years’ experience in the legal and medical fields, Case Maynard decided to trade in her briefs and reports to write the stories that have been floating around in her head since childhood. She lives with her two teenagers and husband in South Georgia, while maintaining a long-distance liaison with her oldest daughter and partner in crime in Alaska. When not writing, she enjoys reading as often as possible, binge watching anything good on Netflix, and all things NCAA football (Go Noles!). You can learn more about Case and her stories on her website.
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Seventeen-year-old Rose suffers from terrifying, painful nightmares that leave her bruised, exhausted, and questioning her sanity. Desperate to hold on, she makes a choice: Trust her doctor who claims he can cure her, or listen to another patient who swears the asylum will kill them.
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Asleep by Krystal Wade Publication Date: February 16, 2016 Publisher: Blaze Publishing

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When Sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton discovers she’s pregnant, she also learns the truth of her adoption. Overwhelmed, Andie must choose what’s best for the baby, but after hearing the heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able let go.
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Because I Love You by Tori Rigby Release Date: May 17, 2016 Publisher: Blaze Publishing

Crescenzo never would’ve thought his father’s figurines were modeled after real people, but when his loved ones start vanishing from his life, he must unite their real life counterparts and seek their aid to save his family.
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The Carver by Jacob Devlin Publication Date: July 19, 2016 Publisher: Blaze Publishing
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