Mini Musings is the creative endeavor of the writing team of Evans & Rhodes, the authors of the Grandmothers, Incorporated book series. Written tongue in cheek in the voices of the book's characters, Mini Musings addresses the issues of today from a mature perspective. In other words, OLD BROADS ARE HAVING THEIR SAY!
Busy is the only word that can be used for all that has happened during the month of June. Evans and Rhodes have been busy getting ready for a major Book Festival held on June 16th. Both authors were asked not only to sell our novels, but to speak at the event. L. Barnett Evans ended the Book Festival with the reading of Excerpts from her recently produced play, Take My Hand. C.V. Rhodes served as the keynote speaker at the Festival. The title of the speech was "Follow Your Dreams, but Take Care of Your Business". Since Evans and Rhodes are both authors and playwrights, in that speech important suggestions were made for those who aspire to become writers. If you choose to follow these suggestions, no matter what type of creative artists one might, remember that your work is valuable. Know your worth. Live your dreams, but take care of your business.
SUGGESTIONS FOR CREATIVE ARTISTS
·Copyright your work (own your work in case of future disputes) Go
on line to the U.S. Copyright Office Official site and register your
work. It cost $35 to $85.
·Have an attorney review contracts ask questions regarding what you
don’t understand on those contracts (Legal Shield membership will provide such
·Playwrights, you own your work and when a producer wants to put
your play up all you are doing is giving permission for that producer to do
your work for a limited time. You should receive rights and royalty
monies. Every time that play hits the stage you should receive royalty
money. Never give permission for a producer to do your work without a
·Authors when you get a book contract, even if you have an agent,
you should understand every right that you’re giving up, especially your
digital rights (ebooks, audio books, streaming of any kind anything to projects
your rights for the future ). Giving up too much for too long can cost
·If you’re an author with a publishing contract, (whether you have
an author or not) learn how to read a Royalty Statement (question anything that
looks suspicious, be willing to challenge the publisher regarding it)
and Authors know how much you’re willing to give away to get produced or
L. Barnett Evans' One Act play,Take My Hand,
enjoyed a successful run at the Indy Fringe Onyx Festival. Who knows
where it will go from there. Meanwhile, Evans and Rhodes are scouting
locations for other exciting adventures for the characters in our
Grandmothers, Incorporated book series.
we had the pleasure of visiting Mackinac Island in Michigan, a
picturesque island that can only be accessed by ferry or boats and on
which the only motor vehicles allowed are for emergencies. The major
transportation on the island is by horse drawn carriages, bicycles or
foot. It's quite a charming place and a perfect setting for our ladies
from. Grandmothers, Incorporated to relax and get into mischief.
The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
Grand Hotel is a stately place for excitement to happen on the island.
Every year the hotel recruits employees from around the world to work
for this impressive hotel during the summer season. What an exciting
place this would make for cozy mystery mayhem.
doing our research regarding using this island as a possible backdrop
for our next Grandmothers, Incorporated adventure, we took a horse and
carriage tour of the island and the tour guide mentioned that there were
places on Mackinac that were haunted. Bingo! That stoked the
imaginations of Evans and Rhodes! Of course we went to the island
library to find out more about the spots that might be haunted on the island
and the librarians informed us that the whole darn island was haunted.
One of the librarians had even lived in one of the old haunted apartment
more is there to be said? The ladies of Grandmothers, Incorporated more
than likely will end up invading Mackinac Island in the near future.
We just don't know when!
Most of the readers of our Grandmothers, Incorporated book series may not know it, but L. Barnett Evans and C.V. Rhodes aren't only authors of one of the funniest cozy mystery series around, but both of us are playwrights. If you check our website out at www.grandmothersinc.com you will see that we've written two plays together. The first one, Grandmothers, Incorporated, is a Two Act comedy based on the characters from our book of the same name, and it enjoyed a successful run Off Broadway. The second play we co-wrote was Stakeout, a One Act Comedy. It was one of the Top Ten Grossing plays in the 2014 Indy Fringe Play Festival. Evans and Rhodes not only write the book series and write plays together, but we also write plays and novels separately. Last year, both of our individual plays, The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin and Take My Hand, were selected to be read at the prestigious National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During the month of April, L. Barnett Evans' One Act play,Take My Hand, enjoyed a successful run at the Indy Fringe Onyx Festival. It was a hit! Here is L. Barnett Evans below addressing an overflow audience! So, the writing continues for both of us. Look for the next Evans and Rhodes writing adventure. Who knows what it will be!!
We're excited about the 9th Annual Read an Ebook Week Sale! Starting March 4 - March 10, 2018 each of the books in the Grandmothers, Incorporated cozy book series will be on sale at Smashwords.
Grandmother's Incorporated, Saving Sin City, There's Something Wrong with Miss Zelda and From the Page to the Stage will each be on sale for only .99 cents! Our latest novel Whose Knife is it Anyway will cost only $1.50. Simply go to Smashwords.com, and apply the coupon provided at checkout so that you can purchase your favorite titles. Better yet, read the entire series!
You'd better hurry, because the sale only last a week! Until next time...
Yes! we're on top of this. It's February and we remembered to post this month. Just for an update Whose Knife is it Anyway is still rolling along. The authors have a Book Club presentation in March and the discussion will center around Whose Knife is it Anyway? We're looking forward to that.
The first draft of our mystery trilogy is finished, and it's a good story, even if we have to say so ourselves. If we keep on schedule the first book in the trilogy is on point to be released later this year. We hope to give readers of this blog a sneak preview of the heart pounding excitement soon. The play L. Barnett Evans wrote and is producing titled Take My Hand: A Blue's Man's Path to Gospel will open in March 2018. As stated in last month's blog, Take My Hand... is the riveting story of gospel legend, Thomas Dorsey. Take My Hand: A Blue's Man's Path to Gospel enjoyed a reading at the prestigious National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in August 2017 and received rave reviews. C.V. Rhodes is still busy trying to get her latest play, The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin, produced by theatres, however, she should be releasing Someone Like You, the second book in her Stillwaters Book Series, in 2018. In addition, she should be releasing the third edition of her romantic suspense novel, Sinful Intentions this year. February is turning out to be a good month. Until next time...
We're trying to keep our commitment to post every month in 2018 and although we barely made this month, we're here! Whose Knife is it Anyway is doing well. It's available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. However things have been crazy for both of the Grandmothers, Incorporated creators !
L. Barnett Evans and C.V. Rhodes have finished the first draft of the first book in the trilogy of new mysteries we're working on. This trilogy will not be a cozy mystery series, or connected with the Grandmothers, Incorporated series. It's heart pounding excitement this time, but we'll be posting more on that later.
L. Barnett Evans is producing a play she wrote titled Take My Hand: A Blue's Man's path to Gospel. It's the riveting story of gospel legion, Thomas Dorsey. C.V. Rhodes is busy trying to get her latest play, The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin produced by theatres and that's an ongoing process. Finding time for all of this is a miracle, but we manage. Until next time...