Susan Saunders: Beach Boogie & the Clam Jams Book Signing in Mountain Lakes, NJ

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Children’s author and illustrator Susan Saunders will be reading from and signing copies of her latest book Beach Boogie & the Clam Jams on November 8th at the Mountain Lakes Public Library in Mountain Lakes, NJ.

Can’t make it to the event? Still want a copy of Beach Boogie?
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Varsity Drag and Carolina’s War stir things up at T.T. the Bears

Varsity Drag, Carolina’s War and Stuyvesant
T.T. The Bears Place- Cambridge, MA.
Oct. 25, 2014
Review and photos by Rob Watts
@bostonauthor

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5:30 PM might be a tad bit on the early side for a start-time in the Boston area for a live rock show, but rest-assured, many local fans didn’t mind at all that it cut into their “dinner hour.”

Kicking things off was Caroline’s War, featuring front woman Caroline Kehoe and Varsity Drag drummer Baylor Carter along with Varsity Drag’s Ben Deily on bass. The second half of the set featured Lisa Deily on the 4s. Kehoe’s clean vocal delivery meshed beautifully with her electric ukulele. A fine performance and a great set to warm the tone for the evening.

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Shortly thereafter, Varsity Drag took the stage, opening with “Skinny Ties” from their debut album For Crying Out Loud. Also from that album, they delivered “Miles of Ocean” in which Ben Deily (guitarist, vocalist and The Lemonheads co-founder) admitted that the song was his attempt at being “Bob Mould-like.” From their second album Night Owls, they played “Animal” and “Long Way Home.” But it was the final songs from the set which really surprised fans, as the band ripped through a one-after-another set of classic-era Lemonheads gems, such as “7 Wonders, Ever and Second Chance”. Lisa Deily and Baylor Carter kept a tight backbone throughout the entire set and are both fun to watch as they deliver their thunderous backdrop.

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Ending the evening was New York’s (or New Jersey depending on who you ask) Stuyvesant. Wonderfully talented guys who performed some hard thumping rock for the dedicated T.T.s crowd. Their new album comes out November 25th.

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Smashing Pumpkins “Adore: Deluxe Reissue” Review

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Smashing Pumpkins
Adore: Deluxe Reissue
October 2014
By Rob Watts

At the tail-end of their lengthy reissue campaign, the Smashing Pumpkins have released their finest reissue yet with ADORE. After 15 years since its initial release, fans will have the chance to peel back the many layers of this musical onion, possibly generating a tear or two as well. What was considered a flop upon its release in 1998, even though it has since sold over 4 million copies worldwide, the album has since become a mythical Anomaly over the years.

After the enormous success that the bands’ 1996 release Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Billy Corgan decided to take a more stripped-down approach to the recording process of their follow-up album (Adore.) After a tumultuous world tour, in which drummer (and Corgan’s closest band mate) Jimmy Chamberlin was fired for drug issues, and the non-existent relationship with band mates D’arcy and James Iha, Corgan retreated to the studio and crafted an almost endless amount of material for their new album.

The Adore Deluxe version contains 6 discs of music and 1 DVD.

Disc one contains the original release of Adore in it’s entirety.

Disc 2 features the album in mono remastered, a version which has previously only been available on the original vinyl release. It should be noted that the track “17” has been omitted from this version.

Disc 3 In a State of Passage, features the somber Sadlands Demos. Many songs here will sound familiar as they are early workings of Adore’s finished tracks. “Blissed and Gone”, “The Tale of Dusty and Pete”, and a gorgeous early version of “Appels and Oranjes” then titled “What If?” “Chewing Gun” shows that the band still had some quirk and irony nestled away in them, but Disc 4 shows much more of their experimental work.

Disc 4 Chalices, Palaces and Deep Pools showcased the band stretching their legs a bit. With “For Martha” features a symphonic background, “To Sheila” features a banjo in its early stages and the 1998 Puffy Combs remix of “Ava Adore” finally sees an official release.

Disc 5 Malice, Callous and Fools finally unveils the long-awaited release of “Let Me Give the World to You”, produced by Rick Rubin and originally recorded during the Adore sessions, but actually intended for release on their follow-up Machina: The Machines of God. “Summer” and “Heaven” are instrumentals and early tracks such as “Jersey Shore” “Shame” and “Behold! The Nightmare” really push the emotions behind the songs, home. A beautiful acoustic demo version of “Perfect” is also part of this 15-track disc.

Disc 6 Kissed Alive Too is a love CD featuring tracks performed during the band’s 1998 tour behind Adore. Mostly tracks from Adore with an encore performance of Joy Division’s “Transmission.”

Disc 7 DVD Live at the Fox Theater. Atlanta, GA, August 4th 1998.
Most of the tracks from Adore, along with “Tonight, Tonight” and “Bullet with Butterfly Wings.” A 25 minute version of “Transmission” is also performed.

Remastered by legendary producer/engineer Bob Ludwid, the deluxe CD version contains 107 tracks. If you’re a Pumpkins fan and have been enjoying their reissues campaign, this could possible be the true gem thus far.

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In Honor of Bullying Prevention Month

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The anti-bully teen thriller CRABAPPLES by Rob Watts is available for $3.99 in the Amazon Kindle store. Limited print editions are still available. Visit OceanViewPress.com for books and more info.

The three of them gently escorted Kathleen down the path. Against everything her sober mind would have indicated, she had placed her complete trust into the three rotten teens. The three teens, along with the other four had very little conscience regarding their actions. Their penchant for drugs had taken precedent over decency. They were old enough to know that what they had done was wrong, not to mention illegal. To ridicule someone because they seemed different from them is bad enough. But to harass and bully? That is intolerable. To force hallucinogens down someone’s throat to make them part of your clique is unforgivable.

The clouds overhead darkened and rain soon began to fall heavily on the teens. Kathleen was stumbling about as Darcy, Kevin and Danny held her up. “We’re not going to get very far with her,” Kevin said as he propped Kathleen up against his side. “We have to do something now!”

“Like what?” asked Darcy.

As they stood there in the rain, trying to think of what to do with Kathleen, a trolley went speeding by them on the tracks. Danny and Kevin looked at each other as if the same thought had entered their minds at the same time.

Darcy could tell from their expressions what they were planning. “No!” Shouted Darcy. “You’re not going to do that to her, you can’t!”

“Shut up, Darcy, unless you want to go with her, you’d better keep your mouth shut and help us!” yelled Danny. “Now grab her arm and help me walk her around the fence.”

The three teens escorted Kathleen through an opening in the fence that separates the path from the trolley tracks. The rain was still falling and it was getting darker. Kathleen was still very much unaware of what was really happening. The pills had a terrible hold on her and sadly she had no control of what she was doing. She never said a word, only stared at the three bullies as if she was saying “please don’t hurt me anymore.” The three of them looked away heartlessly and held onto her tightly while they stood and waited at the end of a tunnel that the high-speed trolleys pass under.

As they watched and waited, a trolley emerged in the distance through the heavy rain and hint of nightfall. The trolley’s lone headlight shone in the distance as it moved rapidly along the tracks in their direction. Kevin, Danny and Darcy looked at one another, nodded and positioned themselves behind Kathleen as she uttered a few words that went unheard. They kept themselves hidden from sight, behind a large column that served to support the tunnel. The trolley approached them, closer and closer, louder and louder, faster and faster….

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Beach Boogie & The Clam Jams: Re-release on Hardcover

Ocean View Press and Waunders Children’s Books is proud to announce that our children’s book Beach Boogie & The Clam Jams will now be available in over 100 independent book stores AND has been re-released in Hardcover. We are excited to move forth with our children’s book imprint and this new deal will keep us moving in the right direction as we continue to bring you quality reading material for years to come. Our new Signed Hardcover Edition is available now at WAUNDERS.COM and OCEANVIEWPRESS.COM

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“The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove” Update & Book Signings

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So, my passion project, The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove (based on the ongoing novella series vol: 1-3) has been completed and will be ready for all the behind the scenes “Machinery” over the next several weeks (i.e.- editing, artwork, advertisement, reviews, etc..) Learn More about the Crooked Roads Project HERE

Although I don’t have a definitive release date as of yet, I can tell you that it will be very early in the new year of 2015. Specific details (release date, cover art, pre-orders) will be announced by the end of this year. Many have asked me why it won’t be released in time for the upcoming Halloween season, seeing as it’s a book in the genre of horror. My response here is that only a fool (or fools) would rush-release something horror related for the sake of a few quick sales to satisfy horror fans. Horror, suspense, thrillers, what have you, is something that is enjoyed year-round by fans of the genre. Therefor, I’m much more interested in having a full year to promote my project as opposed to hawking it throughout the short Halloween season, only to dispose of it shortly thereafter.

Which brings me to my next topic; Book Signings. Although I whole-heartedly enjoy reaching my readership, event after event throughout the year, I’m going to take some much-needed downtime after the remaining dates this fall as I finish promoting Left-Hand Path. The events that I will in-fact do in 2015 will be fewer and more selective. We are currently working on some new and exciting methods of promotion right now, which will allow me to be more productive creatively without the burden of excessive travel. This, of course, is the plan as of right now.

In the meantime, there’s no better time than the present to catch up on Vol. 1 to 3 if you haven’t done so already. Huldufolk (Volume One), CRABAPPLES (Volume Two) and Left-Hand Path (Volume Three) are available now at OceanViewPress.com

More to come very soon!

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Book Signing at Granite State Comic Con

Author Rob Watts signed copies of his thriller LEFT-HAND PATH at Granite State Comic Con this weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire. For your copy of LEFT-HAND PATH and for upcoming book signings, visit RobWattsOnline.com

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Top- Rob Watts at his booth prior to show opening. (Photo by Scott Goudsward)
Middle- Rob Watts and author Dale Philips (Photo by Stacey Longo.)
Bottom- Authors Gordon Bean, Rob Watts, Katherine Silva & Scott Goudsward. (Photo by Dale Philips.)