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VBT – SUB-LEBRITY

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Sub-lebrity
by Leon Acord

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GENRE: Memoir

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A droll, oddly inspirational memoir from the actor Breitbart once called “a gay leftist activist,” SUB-LEBRITY by Leon Acord (Old Dogs & New Tricks) is an honest, sometimes bitchy but always sincere story about growing up (very) gay in rural Indiana, achieving acting success outside the closet, and generating headlines with his very-public smackdown with Trump-loving Susan Olsen (Cindy, The Brady Bunch)

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EXCERPT

One of my nemeses from the jock clique, Rick Sisson, was slumming, playing the bit part of an “Old Man” about to be poisoned by two murderous old ladies in Arsenic & Old Lace.

As Mortimer, I was to rush on stage, see the Old Man about to drink a glass of poisoned elderberry wine, grab him by the jacket, and shove him out of my crazy aunts’ house.

That was how we’d been playing it.

For closing night, he and his jock buddies thought of a hilarious prank. Instead of setting his glass of fake wine on the table before I grabbed him, he’d throw the full glass of Hawaiian Punch into my face! It was closing night, why not? Smear the queer!

The sizable high-school auditorium was packed with a rowdy closing-night crowd of parents, faculty and friends, unaware they were about to witness my humiliation.

The moment arrived. I entered, rushed to the Old Man with the glass near his lips, and SPLASH!

I was stunned. Rick rushed through the door and off stage before I could do a thing.

The audience erupted with laughter. Erupted! And didn’t stop!

I’d seen it on sitcoms all my short life. Actors forced to hold for a laugh. I lived for the moments on the Carol Burnett Show when something went wrong or when the actors tried not to laugh. And now, I was experiencing that myself. It felt wonderful!

Rick wanted me to feel like Carrie White. Instead, I felt like Cary Grant.

The two teenaged actresses playing my aunts just watched, trying not to laugh themselves.

I felt myself about to smile. I turned my back to the audience and fumbled through a desk on stage, pretending to blindly look for a handkerchief – a cover until I could wipe the now-gigantic smile off my face. The audience found this hilarious and continued howling.

Back in character, I gave up at the desk and turned to face the audience just as the laugh was softening. I instinctively yanked off my clip-on tie and began dabbing my wet face with it.

The audience screamed with laughter again – this time, the laughter morphed into applause.

The song from the Broadway musical Applause is right – it’s better than pot, it’s better than booze. Waiting out a long laugh break, instinctively finding ways to prolong it, riding it like a surfer on a wave, then crashing against the shore in a loud burst of applause, is the best feeling in the world.

I had flirted with the idea of being an actor, among other creative pursuits, all though childhood.

But in this moment, I knew. I’d spend the rest of my life chasing that feeling.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Leon Acord is an award-winning actor and writer who has appeared in over 35 films you’ve never seen and 30 plays you’ve never heard of. Possible exceptions include the digital TV series Old Dogs & New Tricks on Amazon Prime Video (which he created, wrote & co-produced), and the stage hit Carved in Stone (in which he played Quentin Crisp in both SF and LA productions). His memoir, SUB-LEBRITY: The Queer Life of a Show-Biz Footnote, is now available in paperback & e-book on Amazon. He wrote his one-man show Last Sunday in June (1996) and co-authored the 2014 play Setting the Record Gay. He was a “Take Five” columnist for Back Stage West throughout 2009 and a former contributor to Huffington Post. He has also written for San Francisco Examiner and the journal Human Prospect. He currently lives in West LA with husband Laurence Whiting & their cat Toby. Learn more at www.LeonAcord.com
www.facebook.com/LeonAcordActor
www.instagram.com/leonacord
www.twitter.com/Sub_lebrityLeon
Blog: www.LeonAcord.com/blog
Amazon: www.bit.ly/SUBpaperback
Old Dogs & New Tricks website: www.odnt.tv

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Leon Acord will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Enter to win a $50 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Tell us about you as a person.

My dad is a strong, outspoken man, a former president of his local auto-worker’s union, a political junkie, funny, quick, sharp, ambitious, and not a fan of bullshit. My mom is so nice, she would bend over backwards to keep from hurting someone’s feelings. She’s all about family, love, and home and hearth.

I’m the combination of those two personalities. I will go full balls-to-the-wall in pursuit of something, or in response to a perceived injustice, and then immediately feel guilty for going too far, for not thinking of the other person’s feelings first. I’m getting better at straddling the chasm between those two opposing forces, but it has taken me a while.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?

They say one should never meet one’s idols. And that’s probably true. But I would love to have lunch with Quentin Crisp, whom I’ve played twice. But I doubt either of us would want to spend the whole day with each other!

What’s the story behind your latest book?

I’m an avid fan of celebrity memoirs. Since I was a kid. About two years ago, I noticed how many friends of mine had published books, from children’s book to self-help to memoirs. I joked on Facebook that maybe I should write my memoir. Out of the blue, a small publisher contacted me. I offered to write and send him some sample chapters, but he said not to bother – I could just call their editors, tell them my stories and they’d write it for me. Uh, no, that’s cheating! I decided to do it myself.

But then, I was instantly filled with insecurity. I’m not famous, after almost three decades in show business. I wondered, why would anyone want to read my memoir? That, for me, was the challenge. I needed to make the book entertaining enough, good enough, well-written enough, so people would forget I wasn’t famous while reading it.

What is your writing process?

You know, its different, depending on what I’m writing.

Back when I was writing scripts for my web series Old Dogs & New Tricks [2011-2016, Amazon Prime], I found I could only really write late at night, after the rest of the world went away and there was nothing but quiet, and the voices in my own head!

For SUB-LEBRITY*, it was completely the opposite. I was scribbling notes down constantly, during lunch, while working, not all day every day, but pretty much at any time every day. And then, on weekends, I would spend about eight hours a day typing my scribbles and organizing them into coherent thoughts and tales.

But either way, when I’m on a writing or acting project, I’m thinking about it constantly. So I’m always “working” whether I’m actively writing or not.

Tell us about your main character:

Me, me me!

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.

Please, God, anyone but Andy Dick!

What are you working on next?

I’m going to publish the script to Jeffrey Hartgraves’ play Carved in Stone. That’s where I played Quentin Crisp, in a story set in the afterlife that also features Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote. He bequeathed the rights to me when he passed, and I want the entire world to read his brilliant script.

As for writing, I have some ideas, including a different kind of memoir about the crazy year we are living through, and one or two other possible projects, but nothing really at the “talking-about” stage yet.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?

Oh gosh, I don’t have a clue! It was easier to promote my series. I could brag about the great cast, the incredible crew, even the plots. Promoting a memoir quickly starts to feel like beating a dead horse, because it’s just “me, me, me!” all the time. I’m lucky we found Goddess Fish, who’s helping us spread the word. And I’m good with social media. But this is my first book, I’m still learning. Ask me after the next one!

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?

I’m currently reading two travel journals by my friend Erika Atkinson, Happily Lost and Miles of Memories. She’s a wonderful writer, so easy to get lost in her words. And given our current national situation, travel journals will have to stand in for actual travel for a while!

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?

I would’ve been an excellent stunt driver.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?

May I have Wonder Woman’s golden lasso and a ticket to Washington D.C., please?

List 5 things on your bucket list:

Hmmm. I don’t really have a bucket list. I’m always actively looking for the next challenge, the next thing to get obsessed about, the second I’ve finished the last challenge or obsession!

That said, I would like to try another musical on stage again. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those. I’d still love to play “George” in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? I’d love to play Quentin Crisp again in another production of Carved in Stone. But sadly, I don’t see myself standing on a stage, with 150 people all breathing in my direction, any time soon.

Really, the only things I haven’t done at this point, acting-wise, are opera and porn. I don’t see myself trying either of those at my age.

Any final thoughts?

Just one. Please vote. Even if you gotta walk ten miles through a snowstorm. Its that important! I’m Leon Acord, and I approve this message!

VBT – LIFE FOR SALE

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Life for Sale
by Linda Nightingale

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GENRE: Science Fiction Romance

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Mayfair Electronics has created life.

But four of their Special Editions—sentient androids indistinguishable from human—have escaped. Rebel, Christian Aguillard and his owner, March, are on the run, but they have a bigger problem than his creator’s plan to destroy him. They’ve discovered that one of the renegades has suffered a dangerous malfunction, threatening them with more than just exposure.

Trapped on a cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic, March and Christian must stop the insane robot before someone else dies. All the evidence points to March being the killer’s next victim.

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EXCERPT:

“Why are you here? To spout more nonsense?” Spitting mad, Monica reared up in her enemy’s face.

“Not at all.” March’s hand flashed, almost too rapidly for Monica to see, and came down hard below her nose in a Judo-like attack.

Shocked and in pain, she stumbled back, switching modes as she pushed off the bed. “That’s it, whore. You’re a dead woman.”

“I don’t think so,” her rival gritted out, hands braced on her hips, her expression as cold and hard as her mediocre brown eyes. She shook her head. “Look, Monica, I know you’re aware of your actions. I’m going to give you a chance. You must deactivate until we can safely transport you to Dr. Cross for testing. Surely, you know something is wrong.”

“As they say in the films, you and whose army?” She squared her shoulders, preparing to strike without notice. “I didn’t do anything to that bloody dog. I didn’t do anything to you, fool.”

“You didn’t mention Anne.” The other woman seized Monica’s arm. “What did you do to Anne?”

Claws out, Monica lunged. March darted beneath her guard, stabbing at a spot beneath her left earlobe. Monica shoved her back. “Looking for my off switch, fool? It’s well hidden, like where Ms. Goodie Two Shoes wouldn’t even think about going.”

Her insane human rival stood at the locked door, her stance as much as saying to leave Monica would have to get past her. No prob. She stalked toward her rival, murder in her eyes. March didn’t move. When Monica threw a punch at her eye, she moved by the gods.

The American whore lurched back, crossing her arms across her face, anticipating Monica’s next attack. Forearm struck forearm. A human bone should break, but March stood her ground, her limb intact. She recovered too quickly, dealing Monica a hard blow beneath her cheekbone, barely missing her eye, slamming her back against the wall.

“I don’t know what you are, March Morgan,” she sneered. “But it’s not going to save your butt.”

“No, but I am.” Looking like an avenging angel, Christian—in a Houston t-shirt and khaki shorts, his long hair disheveled—had somehow appeared behind March without either of them hearing.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After 14 years in Texas, Linda returned home to her roots in South Carolina. She has 8 published novels, four of which are available from Audible.com in audio. For many years, she bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses. So, she’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer. Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers’ Magnolia Award for Excellence, the Raven Award in Anthologies, and the SARA Merritt. Sinners’ Opera is a finalist in the 2020 Raven Awards. She loves horses, sports cars, music, reading, writing, and piano—oh, and dressing up and hosting formal dinner parties.

BUY LINKS:
Life for Sale – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08D2Z5XLC
Love For Sale – https://www.amazon.com/Love-Sale-Linda-Nightingale-ebook/dp/B00XCZ6EVY

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Linda Nightingale will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Enter to win a hammered silver and black agate necklace with silver chain – a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Author Interview

Tell us about you as a person.

I’m something of a loner, but I do enjoy family and friends. However, both my sons live far away—one in England; the other in Houston. About me: Once upon a time, my husband (now an ex) and I had a horse farm. We bred Andalusian horses. I trained and showed them. They are the most magnificent and spiritual of the breeds, and the most beautiful. You’ve seen them in the movies, the fairytale horses with the long manes and tails, and arched neck, usually white. Oops, I’ve gone off on a tangent. That’s something about me.

I have a weakness for sports cars. My all-time favorite was a Sterling Gray Z3. I have my second Z3 now, exactly like the first one. It’s a 2002, the last year they made the model. I love Zippy Z. He’s sleek, drives like a dream, and is way too much fun. Top down, wind in your hair, cruising at 80, bugs in your face. Another tangent, sorry.

For most of my career, I was a legal assistant. Exciting, huh? Enough of that.

Finally, I love formal clothes. Man in a tux—I swoon. I love those lovely, long dresses and search for formal affairs where I can wear them. I host formal dinner parties and don’t even mind washing the china and crystal the next day.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?

That’s a hard one. I wish II had a time machine. In chronological order: Charles II (English King—1660) was witty, charming, and known to be a ladies man. He had many children born on the wrong side of the banket, but never a legitimate heir. Oscar Wilde, the Irish-born writer. He, too, was witty, charming, and I love his writing. I’d like to discuss his life. He spent time in Reading Gaol (There’s a poem by the same name) for sodomy. The third and most certainly not the least, is Edward VIII of England. He seceded the English throne to marry “the woman I love”. Like Harry today, who only gave up being a prince, I can’t imagine why a man would resign a position to which he was born.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

In 2015, when I wrote Love for Sale, I don’t think I knew anything about the humanoid robots that were being developed. My imagination, a what if robots looked exactly like humans and had feelings like ours. That goes for the first book as well as Life for Sale, the second book in the series. The idea for Life for Sale was what if one of them suffered a major malfunction. Life for Sale follows March and Christian, the android, in a desperate race to stop a killer…on cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic.

What is your writing process?

I enjoy listening to music that fits the book. With Sinners’ Opera, I listened to piano because the hero is a concert pianist…and a vampire. With Life for Sale and Love for Sale, I couldn’t find anything that suited androids, but I suppose it could have classical. With my my WIP, a contemporary western, I’ve been listening to country. I like scented candles and wine, but I hold off on the latter. 😊

As to my writing process, I don’t write every day. Wish I did. Lately, because of circumstances that annoy me but are beyond my control, I write when I get a chance. I like to be alone in my house—to go off to the world the characters are creating—and interruptions knock me out of the story. I like to write early in the morning when everyone else is asleep.

Tell us about your main character.

Though the narrative alternates between the heroine’s POV and the hero’s, I consider the android Christian the main character. He’s handsome and charming, intelligent and programmed to love the heroine. But no special module was necessary. He loved her at first sight. You couldn’t spot him on the street as a machine. He’s kind and affectionate but with an independent streak his programming shouldn’t allow. March finds that out after she falls in love with him. Christian is tall, longish blond hair, and blue eyes. My fav, and I’m guilty of making several of my heroes fair rather than the popular tall, dark, and handsome.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.

Probably Johnny Depp. In The Libertine, he delivers a monologue at the beginning of the film and at the end. I think it is very dynamic. He brings whatever character he portrays to life from Willie Wonka to the second of Earl of Rochester in The Libertine.. Here’s a link to the Earl’s monologue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfTPS-TFQ_c – Warning: It is rated R.

What are you working on next?

My WIP is a contemporary western. I’ve never written a western, and this is a fun project. I’m currently at 43,000 words, and the end of the tunnel is in sight. I do want to write a chapter about a horse race at the local Fourth of July Celebration. In The Wylder Years, horses star as much as my hero and heroine. Ash Colter was born in a small town in the west but raised in England. After his father’s death, he returns to manage the successful Marathon Ranch. He finds it a challenge but not as much so as a sassy tomboy ranch hand who has her own agenda for the herd of quarter horses. Sparks fly.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?

I wish I knew. I advertise, blog, tweet, and use other social media. I don’t know what works best. With the release of Life for Sale, I now have eight books. I do think a really nice web site helps to spotlight your books.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?

White Cliffs of Dover by Alice Duer Miler. The romance is set against World Wars I and II. It’s actually a saga poem. Both the language and the story are beautiful. I’d recommend it highly. The book is a little hard to find. I found it here.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?

None. I wish I could play piano. If only I’d learned when my mom sent me to lessons, but I wanted a horse, so I learned to play by the finger numbers. My loss.

You are given the choice of one superpower. What superpower would you have and why?

Telepathy or Teleportation. In a way, they’re both traveling and learning new things. In telepathy, you go into another’s thoughts. Teleportation would save driving in traffic, and I could travel the world and fulfill some of the following from my bucket list.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. See my name on a flashing marquee.
  2. Own my perfect beach home facing the ocean
  3. Own one of the beautiful houses on The Battery in Charleston, SC. They face the Atlantic
  4. Visit Norway again.
  5. Visit my friend who has a condo on the ocean in Portugal.

Any final thoughts?

I appreciate my readers and love to hear from them at Nitethyme2003@yahoo.com Thank you for hosting me and my characters of your blog today.

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