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Bad Romance - A Revolution

Fairy tales and romantic comedies have led us down a path to seek beautiful romance. But, society tells us this may not be at all what we crave. Lady GaGa's new song is breaking records, as is Twilight. True Blood, Spartacus, Mad Men, and the list goes on. They all show bad romance at its very best. All seek something, but none really finds it.  Because it cannot be had without an interference. There is always the dark side ready to swallow us up - man and woman.

"The House on Black Lake" explores this theme through many different angles and individuals.  At book's end it is still not clear where the answer lies, but there is hope of something different and far more exhilarating. There is something about "Bad Romance" that lures us all and can be explosive if we learn how to harness it. The romantic candlelit table places too much expectation of perfection and beauty without the thorn that gives it its special allure.

Bad Romance - a revolution unfolds!

Bad Romance

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY IN THE HOUSE ON BLACK LAKE

The Victorian house on the island in "The House on Black Lake" shows evidence of paranormal activity. On her first night on the island Alexandra hears footsteps in hallway, sees mussed bedding as though a person was sitting at edge of bed looking out door, a light bulb explodes above her, and a hungry feline appears at the window. She later learns the history of the house and the island itself. Lost souls have lived in the house, and the island is not a land for the living.

My own experience in a house similar to the one described in the book was similar. Pictures taken at the house show a filmy substance in the windows and anyone who sees pics (taken on a happy summer day) look ominous. There was a very heavy energy throughout, especially in a winding stairway leading up to the bedrooms. I later learned the history of the house and the island and, indeed, there was both tragedy and debauchery in the house, and very mysterious circumstances.

We live in a modern society, often in buildings that have been lived in for only a generation or two, and our sick and injured are transported to hospitals for their final stay. But, for those residence where life has been depleted inside and the land is desecrated, then paranormal activity may be inevitable. We cannot see waves of energy that send our voices or image to other lands. Perhaps there is more to be learned about paranormal activity.

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TWILIGHT FANS REJOICE!

For mature fans of the Twilight series, there is reason to rejoice. Though the trilogy of vampire love has a great Romeo and Juliette storyline, with endless foreplay leading up to the bite that will bring death, it is written for teenagers. So, if you are hungry for a love story, and love triangle, and desire to enter a dark world, with magic and madness, then your wish will be fulfilled when you take the journey to Black Lake.

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Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Your Local Book Store All Now Carry "The House on Black Lake".

It's official! "The House on Black Lake" is now available to purchase. It's been a long journey to create book design, trailers, music videos, etc. But the journey has only begun. I look forward to promoting book and meeting friends worldwide to discuss book and promote artistic endeavors.  Please feel free to e-mail me regarding any questions or thoughts regarding the themes and issues of my novel.

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - COUNTDOWN TO NEW TOURING SHOW BY ROBERT LEPAGE

My novel was not only influenced by Cavalia, it was also influenced by Cirque Du Soleil. Few know that the Cirque began as a few vagabond players on street on street corners in Montreal  Such acts fill the scenes of my book, and I look forward to seeing the new show. The integration of every medium of art is truly inspiring. My passion for the flying trapeze began in the little circus that came through my small town as a child, but grew to a passion after seeing the performers in these shows.

You can check out schedules for all shows at  http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/default.asp

Picture take by David Wilson while filming trailer inside Chateau Tivoli in San Francisco

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CAVALIA - THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SHOW IN THE WORLD

I was greatly inspired by my experience watch the show, Cavalia. My experience infused the scenes in my novel where dynamic horses are featured.

A bit about the show: 

 "For the first time on stage, the equestrian arts are infused with unprecedented magic and emotion.  Cavalia is a multimedia extravaganza giving homage to the poignant history and fascination bond between human beings and horses. Cavalia is a poem written in the language of sound, image and extraordinary performance, blending dramatic visual effects, live music, dance and acrobatics with the bold presence of over sixty magnificent horses, Cavalia raises the bar for spectacular events in in the 21st century." (quote from site)

http://www.cavalia.net/index.aspx?lang=EN-CA You MUST experience this show. It is no coincidence that the stunning show originated in the land where my book takes place, Montreal.

What you tame you must care for the rest of your life.

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BOOK LAUNCH PARTY PLANNED FOR "THE HOUSE ON BLACK LAKE"

Plans are in the works for a book launching party - tentative date is May 7th and are in discussion with a great gallery/lounge in San Francisco. More details are to come, but it is certain we will have live band A/V great food and drinks. Also, contemporary gothic jewelry and accessories will be available to purchase. The theme is dark romance and all are encouraged to come dressed in the style and with the attitude. Get ready to celebrate!!!

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GOLDEN GATE PARK - A ROMANTIC BOAT RIDE

The day we shot the scenes in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco was absolutely gorgeous. Normally in April it is cold and windy, but it was hot. I had the honour of being rowed by gorgeous super model Tosh Yanez across the lake. It was the perfect backdrop to film the scene of Andre rowing Alexandra out to revisit the house on the island.

Rowboats can be rented seven days a week, all year.  I recommend it as a romantic interlude. The scenery is stunning. It truly makes you feel like you are in your own romance novel. It's wonderful to fall in love, if only for the day.

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MOUNTED ANIMAL HEAD TROPHIES IN ELEGANT VICTORIAN PARLOR

When Alexandra enters the Sandeley's summer home, the first thing she sees is a lineup of  mounted animal head trophies. I never imaged  would find a house with such specimens in the entryway. So, I was quite shocked when I first entered the elegant Chateau Tivoli B and B in San Francisco and saw the mounted animals heads in the in the entryway. I immediately new that I must shoot the film trailer in this beautifu historicl Victorian hotel.

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SEXY BED - MARK TWAIN ROOM - CHATEAU TIVOLI - SAN FRANCISCO

The sexy bed shown in the video trailers for "The House on Black Lake" is from the Mark Twain Room of the Chateau Tivoli in San Francisco. The Famed B & B is located on Alamo Square and has a colorful history. The room is intimate and warm and the bed is a work of art with gorgeous, shiny dark wood, diaphanous curtains and luxurious bedding. It was the perfect place to shoot the scene set in a cottage in St. Agathe des Monts, Quebec, where Alexandra and Andre share their first interlude.  More about Chateau Tivoli at http://www.chateautivoli.com/

The Mark Twain Room in Chateau Tivoli