Monday, March 23, 2015

I Have Not Been Selected!

But thanks anyway to everyone who nominated my book in the Kindle Scout program. I still think it's a cool program, but I guess I'm just destined to do a little more legwork.

I should be able to get Charms and Witches self-published in the Kindle store and in hardcopy form on Amazon in a week or two. It basically had to be ready to go for ebook publication in order to be submitted to Kindle Scout, so I just have to format the paperback version.

Since I didn't get selected for Scout publication, I have no way to identify people who nominated me and send them a free copy the way Scout automatically would have. But if you watch this space or follow me on Twitter (@HerbMallette), I'll announce when the book will be on free promotional giveaway status.

Thanks again to everyone who voted for me! I appreciate all the support!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Little Red-Faced

So ... I consistently kept up my new weekly feature for exactly one week!

In my defense ... well, I'll make up a defense later. I'm a procrastinator, in case you couldn't guess.

Anyway, this week's CD (or last week's or maybe it was the week before's) is the soundtrack to the marvelous animated classic, Hoodwinked.

Hoodwinked: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

If you haven't seen this movie, it's probably on Netflix or if not, the DVD is crazy cheap, like four bucks. The concept is a retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story as a police procedural, using the storytelling technique of Akira Kurosawa's Roshomon. I've never seen Roshomon, but Hoodwinked makes me want to.

Aside from being clever and cute and funny as hell, Hoodwinked is notable for having a tremendously fun genre-hopping soundtrack of original pop songs, rock numbers, Henry Mancini-style caper music, and even a couple of songs from that rarest genre of all: rap music that I actually like.

In addition to numbers where stars Anne Hathaway, Jim Belushi and Andy Dick strut their vocal stuff, the soundtrack includes a wistful melodic piece featuring Ben Folds, along with score music by the film's composer and lots of songs written and performed by the movie's co-director, Todd Edwards, who's obviously a multi-talented guy.

One of my favorite tracks is a bluegrassy tune sung by a yodeling billy goat. Trust me, it makes total sense in the movie.

All in all, a dynamite soundtrack and a movie to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Check it out!