My lucky day …. Early in 2013, I met Alistair McKenzie – film producer, director, screenwriter, actor, composer and musician. I love creative people, and Alistair is all about creativity. He has produced two audio editions of my books: The Olympian and The Sixth Day: a 17,175-Word Novella About Creation and Prizefighting. Both of his productions elevate the written word, add another dimension and enable you, the listener to hear, and then visualize what I originally put on paper. Because of our collaboration, The Sixth Day has been optioned for film and is now in pre-production with HopLite Entertainment. Alistair and Jasmine Fontes have drafted the screenplay, which HopLite has tentatively titled “Third Man.”
Alistair’s musical talent comes through loud and clear on a CD of 12 original songs titled “Seventh Day.” Like all of his work, it is comforting, relaxing and inspiring. Last year, he composed and performed an original composition for The Sixth Day audio book, “We Pray for Light.” From my perspective, the nature of the song and Alistair’s performance of “We Pray for Light” on the audio book is worth the price of the audio book from Audible.
Jon Smith, the producer of “Third Man” intends to include “We Pray for Light” in the film’s soundtrack. “Third Man” is scheduled for production in 2015. Alistair is working on a new CD of original music that will include “We Pray for Light” and he hopes to release the collection in conjunction with the film’s premiere.
You can get a jump-start on the entire process! In March, we will giveaway two copies of Alistair McKenzie’s “Seventh Day” and two copies of the book The Sixth Day to the top two point-getters in March’s contest.
Get involved with The Sixth Day, “Seventh Day,” and “Third Man.” Enter here to win, and spread the word:
Here’s one for the record … We’ve been running this site for nearly five years. This morning, it dawned on me that we never gave readers the ability to comment on our posts. I’ve corrected the error and welcome comments on our posts.
On another note …. we will initiate March’s giveaway on Friday. Two winners will each receive a copy of Alistair McKenzie’s CD “Seventh Day” and a copy of my story The Sixth Day: A 17,175-Word Novella About Creation and Prizefighting. We’ll post details on Friday.
We have concluded our The Hamsa giveaway contest in conjunction with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and we have a winner!
That man from Tennessee would not be denied! With over 200 entries, Jim Tothacer from Nashville, Tennessee not only wins a copy of The Hamsa, but he accumulated over 100 points during the two-week contest to claim a genuine U.S. Military Issue Hamsa medallion. Congratulations to Mr. Tothacer and thanks to all people who participated in February’s giveaway.
I am the number one fan of that man from Tennessee!
As singer songwriter Dave Loggins crooned in his beautiful ballad “Please Come to Boston,”
“I’m the number one fan of a man in Tennessee.”
As we approach the halfway point in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the halfway point in our Hamsa Giveaway to celebrate the games, a man from Tennessee is forging ahead and clearly set on winning the book and the GI issue Hamsa that comes with it. It is still not too late to catch him, and remember there will be an international winner as well. If you haven’t entered, it’s not to late; if you have, you can accumulate more points by taking additional action every day … just like the man from Tennessee.
By the way, because I consider Loggins’ 1974 ballad one of the most beautiful songs ever written and because tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I decided to include the song with the post. You can listen to it while you enter the contest.
We’ve added a link in the right sidebar to Alistair McKenzie’s CD “Seventh Day.” It is pure coincidence that his 2010 CD is “Seventh Day” and the audio book he and Jasmine Fontes produced for my book is “The Sixth Day.” I’ve been listening non-stop to his music since I discovered it months ago, and I found it particularly comforting as I drove eight hours to LA this week to meet with Alistair and Jasmine. Two finer people, I’ve not met. Their professionalism is only exceeded by the warmth of their inviting and comforting demeanors and personalities. If you are looking for some soothing and satisfying music with a blues twang and the sound of contemporary folk, I invite you to download “Seventh Day” …. you will be glad you did. By the way, don’t be confused by Alistair and Richard…. they are one in the same.
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“On January 27, 1945, Soviet forces liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, discovering the largest Nazi killing center in Europe. Auschwitz has become a symbol of the Holocaust, representing the depths of man’s inhumanity to man…. In November 2005, the United Nations passed a resolution to mark January 27 as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust…. “
In 2010, I wrote The Hamsa, a story of human dignity based on the life of Bronisław Czech, a Polish Olympic skier who was the 349th person incarcerated at Auschwitz. The nature of the subject matter renders The Hamsa is the most complex of all my books, and I hold it very dear to my heart.
I want to do my part to insure that future generations never forget and keep the memory alive. As I remember the Holocaust this year, Amazon.com will make my book The Hamsa available to Kindle users at no charge from Friday January 25, 2013 through Sunday, January 27, 2013, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Please share this event with your family, friends and associates.
You can learn more about The Hamsa by exploring this website.
Kindle users can follow this link to obtain their free copy at Amazon.com over that weekend: