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Screenplay hits quarter finals in screenwriting contest

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My screenplay “ARIZONA MOON” was named a quarter finalist in the 4th Annual Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest.

While defending a Mexican woman accused of murdering her white abusive husband, a wealthy alcoholic attorney falls in love with the Latina interpreter in a sleepy Arizona town in 1959. When the trial begins, he must find strength to help his client and himself.

From the script I wrote the novel “VERDICT IN THE DESERT” that was published by Arte Público Press is the largest US publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by US Hispanic authors, part of the University of Houston.

https://www.stage32.com/happy-writers/contests/4th-Annual-Stage-32-Feature-Screenwriting-Contest

Detective Felicity Carrol is on the case in a new book

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Amidst the heraldry of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, a string of brutal murders rocks Britain’s upper crust―and could threaten the realm itself―in the spellbinding debut of Patricia Marcantonio’s Felicity Carrol mysteries.

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Felicity Carrol is interested in everything―except being a proper young matron of Victorian society. Brilliant and resourceful, Felicity took refuge in science and education after her mother died and her father abandoned her to servants. Now, all he wants is for her to marry into a family of status and money.

Felicity has other ambitions―but her plans shudder to a halt when her mentor is murdered at the British Museum and his priceless manuscript of King Arthur lore is stolen. Tapping into her photographic memory and the latest in the burgeoning field of forensic detection, Felicity launches an investigation. Handsome Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies is also on the case, and finds Felicity as meddlesome as she is intelligent. But when more nobles are murdered and their King Arthur relics stolen, Felicity must journey on her own into the dark underworld of antiquity theft, where she uncovers a motive far more nefarious than simple profit.

As the killer sets his sights on a new victim―a charismatic duke who has captured Felicity’s imagination―the stakes rise to impossible heights. It’s a case that could shake the kingdom in Patricia Marcantonio’s series debut, Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Felicity-Carrol-Perilous-Pursuit-Mystery/dp/168331896X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544115690&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=felicity+carol+and+the+perilous+pursuit

Thank you, Stan Lee

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As a kid, I loved Spider-Man comics. He was a cool web slinger who not only took on and cleverly defeated “normal” criminals, but also those crazed ones like the Green Goblin, Venom,  and Doctor Octopus.

But one of the big reasons I loved the comics was because of Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego or vice versa. Peter was a nerdy teenager who looked after his elderly Aunt May. He was smart and always broke and didn’t live in a mansion. To make extra bucks he even sold photographs of himself as Spider-Man to Daily Bugle publisher,  J. Jonah Jameson. Peter was just an everyday kid, but when he put on that suit–POW. He became slick, fast and funny. A bringer of justice. He became the Amazing Spider-Man.

With the news of Stan Lee’s death on Nov. 12, I began remembering those days when I read Spider-Man comics in my bedroom and regularly escaped into the world of the web slinger.

Spidey was the creation of writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. The hero was first seen on the pages of the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy  in 1962. So popular, Spider-Man got his own comics.

By the time I got around to reading them in elementary school, I was buying the comics second hand.  I bought new issues when I could afford them which wasn’t often but still managed to collect lots of them to read and reread. Not being wealthy and kind of nerdy myself, Peter was someone to whom I could relate. I felt myself an outsider then and was drawn to them in comics. Not only Peter, but Superman—the ultimate outsider, and Bruce Wayne. I guess I loved how the nerdy and outsiders could do the extraordinary.

From Lee’s imagination and in partnership with other comic book innovators arose a diverse and wonderful range of heroes from Thor to X-Men, Iron Man to Daredevil, Dr. Strange to Black Panther. Enough to fill the Marvel universe. The characters were often flawed but very human in their fight against evil.

When the Marvel movies started, it was a kick to see the heroes on the huge screen. Needless to say, I was a big fan of the Spider-Man films. Even though he swung around the city thanks to CGI, the heart of the stories were about Peter, his relationships and dealing with being a hero.

Over the past few days, I’ve been reading about Lee’s successes, troubles, and setbacks in the comic book industry and over his long career. According to some articles, Steve Ditko and comic book writer and artist Jack Kirby claimed the lion’s share of credit for the creation of Spider-Man, saying Lee’s part was minimal. Even with that, Lee’s accomplishments are still pretty awesome.

But I still go back to my memories of being a kid, sitting on my bed reading comics. Back then I didn’t think about who wrote them or illustrated them, I just thought about the characters, the story and the action.

I just thought about how much I loved them. And I’d like to believe Stan Lee wouldn’t have asked for more than that.

 

‘Arizona Moon’ wins screenplay award

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So happy to announce that my screenplay, ARIZONA MOON won first place in the
Willamette Writers Kay Snow award for Grades Screenplay.

The script was inspired by my novel VERDICT IN THE DESERT, published by Arte Público Press, in Houston, Texas,  the largest US publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by US Hispanic authors, and part of the University of Houston.

The story:

While defending a Mexican woman accused of murdering her white abusive husband, a rich alcoholic attorney falls in love with the Latina interpreter in a sleepy Arizona town in 1959. When the trial begins, he must find strength to help his client and himself.

 

Victorian-era mystery book sold to Crooked Lanes

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I’m so happy to announce that Crooked Lanes Books has bought my mystery, “FELICITY CARROL AND THE LADY OF THE LAKE.”

The novel is about a brilliant and eccentric Victorian-era heiress investigating the murder of a friend. Felicity uses the latest in forensics, all the while challenged by a neglectful father who only wants her married, a stubborn but handsome Scotland Yard Inspector, and a case that could shake the kingdom.

Will keep you posted about the book.

Thanks so much to my great agent Elizabeth K. Kracht at Kimberey Cameron & Associates Literary Agency for making this possible.