PRESENTING THE AWARD-WINNING BEST-SELLER BETTY DRAVIS!
WHAT LEGENDARY AUTHOR JOHN LOCKE SAYS ABOUT BETTY AND "SIX-PACK OF BLOOD":
"I know Betty Dravis as a multi-genre writer, but no matter what genre she writes in, make no mistake, Betty's a treasure, far as I'm concerned. This collection is special because it offers you a glimpse into the 'other' mind and character of this author." - John Locke, famous creator of the fictional character Donovan Creed and the first self-published author to sell a million e-books.
WHAT FAMOUS MOVIE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR ARMAND MASTROIANNI SAYS ABOUT "SIX-PACK OF BLOOD" (co-author Barbara Watkins):
"This is a feast expertly cooked up by master chefs venturing into the dark side designed to leave us captivated, enthralled and horrified. The perfect dish to accompany your six-pack...or if you prefer, a fine wine." - Armand Mastroianni, Producer/Director, Silver Screen Pictures, Hollywood
In addition to being author of nine books, Betty Dravis is co-producer and casting director of an upcoming feature film (musical/docudrama) titled "The The Top." And Production Assistant on two other films in this anti-bully trilogy of movies: "Flowers in the Snow" and "Don't Ever Tell." In addition she has one short-film, a classic horror titled "The Snack" (produced by KPF Productions of Florida and one short-story titled "The Legend of Herman's Harem" in pre-production by In Transit Productions of Hollywood.
She is also a retired newspaper publisher and career journalist who hosted a Cable TV talk show. She is a celebrity interviewer and author of nine books, including her latest humorous short story, "The Search for Boby McGee, two e-books, "Six-Pack of Blood" (with Barbara Watkins) and "Star Struck: Interviews with Dirty Harry and Other Hollywood Icons." Three are novels in print and e-book format: "1106 Grand Boulevard," "The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley" and "Millennium Babe: The Prophecy." Two others are nonfiction in print: "Dream Reachers" and "Dream Reachers II," collections of celebrity interviews (with Chase Von).
Dravis also wrote three short stories that were consistent best-sellers in the Amazon Shorts program and had short stories published in the anthologies "Every Child is Entitled to Innocence," "Sweet Sunshine," "Just Our Best Short Stories 2005." She recently finished her first full-length horror/paranormal book "The Hiss of Evil " (currently under deadline with publisher).
She is the devoted mother of six (two are now angels), grandmother of nine, and has five great-grands and one great-great grand. Dravis, a decades-long resident of Silicon Valley, currently resides in the Central Valley of California. She's a Kentucky Colonel, an honorary title bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky, featured in two Who's Who books and former San Jose (CA) Woman of Achievement. She's also a member of American Author Association (AAA) and Dames of Dialogue, a former member of Sigma Delta Chi and San Jose Newspaper Guild and is an Amazon and Midwest Books Reviewer.
Her most recent awards are: "BEST PARANORMAL/HORROR BOOK," presented for "Six-Pack of Blood" by Dimi Nakov, producer/director of ZODIAC ENTERTAINMENT of New Zealand: TOP 20 IN BEST OF WOMEN'S FICTION, presented by Heart Press; and placed 18th in the 4th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SHORTY AWARDS (author division).
Betty is also working to promote Stem Cell Research, along with her daughter Mindy James whose son Seth suffered a spinal cord injury in a motocross practice race. Read Seth's story on the Internet at Bridges to Hope.
Another of Dravis's favorite things is interviewing; among those she has interviewed are the "living legend" actor/director/producer Clint Eastwood, country singer/actress Tanya Tucker, the late actress Jane Russell, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Tanya Tucker, the late San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, actresses/singers Katherin Kovin Pacino and Marissa Autumn, actor/producer/director Tony Tarantino and many more...the list keeps growing. Please see the Celebrity Section of her website.
Of writing, Betty always says, "It's exhilarating--like sliding down a rainbow with a huge smile on my face, filled with love for the whole of God's magnificent creation." She laughs as she adds: "Yeah...and marketing is like trudging through a field of 'chewed' bubblegum on a hot, sticky day." :-)
WHAT AUTHOR MARK LAFLAMME SAYS ABOUT BETTY DRAVIS:
"Betty Dravis is a fantastic mix of Shirley Jackson, Edna Buchanan and Janis Joplin. Don't ask me how I came up with that unlikely comparison––I just feel it, and I haven't been drinking much tonight...." - Mark LaFlamme, author of "Dirt: An American Campaign", Box of Lies and more.
WHAT AUTHOR J.H. SWEET SAYS ABOUT "THE TOONIES INVADE SILICON VALLEY":
"Betty Dravis's ability to present real people, places, and things in the midst of a fantasy story is very close to what I strive for in my own writings. Characters with last names and problems who live in real places, but still have fantastical things happen to them, make for a wonderful story. "The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley" is truly a modern "James and the Giant Peach" or "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" kind of tale." - J. H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles.
Where to find Betty Dravis online
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The Search For Bobby McGee
by Betty Dravis
In this humorous short story, Virgil and Winnie Crenshaw, Silicon Valley retirees, leave a whale-watching tour bus in Salinas to search for the elusive Bobby McGee from Janis Joplin’s hit song Me and Bobby McGee. Winnie romanticizes them, wondering why he “slipped away.” What they discover will surprise you, as will the “out-of-the-box” ending.
Star Struck: Interviews with Dirty Harry and other Hollywood Icons
by Betty Dravis
Betty Dravis shares behind-the-scenes happenings of some of her favorite celebrity interviews. She tells what led up to the interviews and her feelings and impressions during and after the meetings.
Among those interviewed were: Actor/Director Clint Eastwood, Senator Ted Kennedy, 40's Star Jane Russell, Singer/Actress Tanya Tucker, Mayor Joseph Alioto, and Actress Ann Sothern.
The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley
by Betty Dravis
Beware, citizens of Silicon Valley--the bad Toonies are on their way. Led by the evil ape-bird, Dab, the Mischief Makers have escaped from Computer Cartoon Land. They are skulking in the shadows, ready to pounce. Dab will do anything to stay in the real world, so makes plans to take over Orange Computer, then Grape Computer, Banana ... and then the world.
1106 Grand Boulevard
by Betty Dravis
This story takes you through Billie Jean's seven marriages and sixty-four years--1933 to 1997--of happiness and tragedy. Always searching for her first love and her childhood, the enchanting child/woman captivates many men along the way, each wealthier than the one before ... each sending her scurrying back to 1106 Grand Boulevard, a trail of broken hearts in her wake.
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- Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories
on Oct. 14, 2010
A thrill per penny! Can't beat that chill factor!
From the opening story in this shocking collection, "A Grave Error," to the closing, "title" story, "Skeletons in the Closet," author Cheryl Kaye Tardif had me gasping with fright...many times over. These stories are shocking! Frightening! Original!
Don't ask any lover of horror and thriller books why they enjoy being frightened! There's no easy answer; it's just an odd malady with which we're cursed--or are we blessed? I don't know! All I know is that I truly enjoyed being frightened by the creepy characters and nightmarish events in this book.
Being the curious kind of person who likes doing things opposite to the natural order, I started with the title story, even though it's last in Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories.
Tardif dreamed of putting a book of creepy stories together since she was about sixteen. Some of these are current works and some were written more than twenty-five years ago. To pique your curiosity and arouse your interest, these are the works she chose for this special edition, in order of presentation--A Grave Error,The Death of an Old Cow, Maid of Dishonor, Atrophy, Picture Perfect, Sweet Dreams, Separation Anxiety, The Car, Deadly Reunion, Remote Control, Ouija, Caller Unknown and Skeletons in the Closet.
To give you a fair idea of the reading "tricks-or-treats" in store for you, let me share my opinion about a few:
In describing the Gothic, eerie feel of the old house and furnishings in "Skeletons," Tardif sets a scene that gives a creepy feel to the entire story. This is a bizarre story of a young woman whose grandmother asks her to visit the family mansion to check things for her. Her only condition is for the girl to stay out of the closet in her bedroom, so guess where the girl ends up--after squelching her guilt feelings, of course?
What she finds there is a trunk filled with horrors and much more. The girl is frightened and shocked, so is compelled to investigate. She's reading some old letters about her long-absent mother when her grandmother catches her. What happens next will make you cringe--the shockers that horrors are made of!
The girl learns all the secrets the closet contains...and then some. Where had her mother been while supposedly traveling through Europe? What does a sanitarium have to do with things? Why did her grampy drink so much and what happened when he suddenly left Grammy to care for her and her mother alone?
Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories is a fun, little fright all the way through. It left me wondering just how many sweet, little old grandmothers would go this far for a grandchild? Would I? Oooooohhh...spooky thought!
Well, after starting with the end story, I then read the first, "A Grave Error," and what a treat that is! Any woman who has ever had an irritating husband--who's having an ugly midlife crisis--and an interfering mother-in-law will relate to this one, but I hope none of you do what Myrtle does.
When her husband Norman has a midlife crisis and treats her with utter disdain--practically boring her to death--Myrtle gets out the old rat poison. And just what does she do with it? Does she do Norman in? Turn her wrath elsewhere...or...? And how does her ill-natured mother-in-law get involved? What does Myrtle learn from the old woman that prompts her to invite her to stay overnight? Tea for two, anyone?
As the author says about her Myrtle Murphy trilogy of shorts, Myrtle is a woman "you'll hate to love." And I admit, I sort of like the old girl myself. She does have a sense of humor, refers to Norman's crisis as a "Norman crisis," and just wait till you read what she does with a bottle of ketchup. To-ooo funny--completely unexpected in a shocking story like this.
You will have to read for yourself to find the answers to all the questions posed above, but I assure you that Tardif answers them in a style true to the horror genre. Perhaps her life-long idol Stephen King will pass the crown to her one day?
I also got goosebumps from Tardif's supernatural offering "Picture Perfect." It's about sisterly love and envy and is the author's personal favorite. All the stories are well-written, well-paced and "peopled" with interesting characters with whom we can all relate.
Cheryl Kaye Tardif never ceases to surprise me with the versatility of her talent. What an author! What a book! I highly recommend that you pull your comforter up tight and turn the lights up bright before starting to read.
At only $2.99, this little eBook will give you a thrill per penny. Can't beat that chill factor!
END NOTE: I'm a long-time fan of this author, having discovered her when she published her most popular book Whale Song: A Novel, and then I just had to go back to read her first novel, Divine Intervention, and her second, The River. I've followed her career ever since and was honored to interview her for my next book DREAM REACHERS: VOL. 2 (co-author Chase Von). Even at that, it stunned me to find that she has dedicated this eBook to me. What an honor! Thank you, Cheryl.