Friday, June 24, 2011

Ebook news

New Orleans playwright Rosary O’Neill has just published an ebook titled “Tropical Depression” (Smashwords). The romantic woman’s novel tells the story of a wealthy student and housewife who runs off with a college professor only to be caught by a hurricane in a Louisiana swamp. The book cost $2.99 and can be downloaded at

In celebration of his novel “John Raven Beau,” New Orleans author O’Neil De Noux is offering a free short story titled “21 Steps” through his Web site. Visit
“The Flying Lady Diner” short story by Debra Gray De Noux and O'Neil De Noux of New Orleans,
with cover art by David Miller, is available as an Amazon Kindle for 99 cents.
The story concerns a private eye on a wandering son case who learns the value of brown eyes. 
Also, “Price Tag Attached” by Kent Westmoreland and O'Neil De Noux
is available and deals with murder and art theft from a New Orleans cemetery.

Daily Advertiser columnist Jan Risher has assisted in the writing of an immensely fascinating autobiography of Allyson Schram of Arnaudville titled “The Medium and the Mortician: She is Beautiful,” a book coming out in electronic serial form that’s as humorous as it’s fascinating.
Schram is a medium, or intuitive as she once told me who owns a delightful personality including a good sense of humor. People who have passed on send her messages, much like John Edwards on TV. What’s funny about Schram’s life is that she’s married to a mortician. The book is filled anecdotes and will be released in pieces for the Nook and Kindle at $2.99 a pop; the authors say a general Internet search will pull up where to purchase them. The second release will be June 21. 
            “They are not traditional full-length books, more of the novella length, but the stories don't make a novel,” Risher explained to me by email. “They are real and straight from Allyson’s life.
“I would describe the stories as Whoopi Goldberg’s character in ‘Ghost’ meets — and I’m struggling here — I want to say ‘I Love Lucy.’ Allyson is funny in person and in the stories of her life. While she has an amazing gift, she’s careful not to take herself so seriously. She understands that a lot of people don’t get what she does, but she knows the value of what she does and has come to a point in her life that she’s comfortable with her gift.
“Her path to acceptance started after her Baptist deacon, church-going father died and came to visit her afterwards,” Risher continued. “ ‘If this is OK with my sweet daddy, then it’s OK with me,’ Allyson said of the experience.’”