Marilyn Peake

Marilyn Peake is the author of both adult and children’s literature. She has also edited and compiled two extraordnary books for writers: "TINSEL WILDERNESS: Lessons in Survival as a Professional Creative Person in Hollywood and Other Extreme Climates" by Hollywood Writer-Producer-Director John Klawitter and "From Hollywood Experts and Published Authors: Words of Wisdom for Starving Artists".

Marilyn’s short stories have appeared in four anthologies published by Double Dragon Publishing: "Illuminated Manuscripts", "Twisted Tails: An Anthology to Surprise and Delight", "Twisted Tails II: Time on our Hands- -Volume 1", and "Twisted Tails II: Out of Time- -Volume 2". "Coyote Crossing" and "Cannon Fodder: Operation Horse Whisperer", Marilyn’s short stories published by Double Dragon Publishing with their own book covers, are listed among the "Fictionwise Recommendations" at Fictionwise.com.

Marilyn’s trilogy of children’s fantasy adventure novels- -"The Fisherman’s Son", "The City of the Golden Sun", and "Return of the Golden Age"- -have received glowing reviews. "The Fisherman’s Son" Audio Book- -produced by a professional audio production company, read by the voice actor, Andrew Dollar- -was named a Finalist in the 2006 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards.

"Twisted Tails: An Anthology to Surprise and Delight" is a Winner of the 2006 Dream Realm Awards. "Twisted Tails: An Anthology to Surprise and Delight" and "Coyote Crossing" were voted TOP TEN Finishers in the 2006 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. Marilyn’s article entitled "Tips for Writers: How Did Twisted Tails Become a Best-seller within Days of Publication?" was voted a TOP TEN Finisher in the "Nonfiction Articles" Category of the 2006 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll.

"From Hollywood Experts and Published Authors: Words of Wisdom for Starving Artists" is based on articles from Marilyn’s free online newsletter, "The Golden Goblet", and includes additional articles written by the same authors. The Midwest Book Review includes this book on its Writer’s Bookshelf and states in their review: "Useful, practical, and an easy read, ’From Hollywood Experts And Published Authors’ is strongly recommended for anyone aspiring to a career as a professional writer regardless of genre or media."

Marilyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology. Before becoming a writer, she worked as both a Social Worker and Staff Psychologist. Her Masters Thesis research was presented at an annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association.

Marilyn Peake’s Website:
http://www.marilynpeake.com
Marilyn’s FREE Newsletter, "The Golden Goblet":
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/marilynpeake/?yguid=145479362
Marilyn’s YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=marilynpeake

Titles Available from Marilyn Peake



Writers are the only true magicians in the world. They create worlds with words, and in the case of fantasy, they bring magic into our lives. Because of writers we can converse with dragons, follow a quest for the sake of good, and find love lost through the centuries.

Writing short stories is not easy. The reason it isn't easy is because they are short. The writer is still charged with producing living characters who have personalities: good, bad, or milksop. Add to that a dynamic narrative that gives you, the reader, an opportunity to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste what the folks who inhabit those little stories do, and the authors have a demanding job on their hands. Short stories are a great deal more than sitting on an old apple crate and hammering away at the QWERTY.    
This book opens with copyright information from Lincoln D. Bandlow, an attorney specializing in intellectual property law in Century City and the out-going President of the Los Angeles Copyright Society. The remaining pages include a treasure trove of information from: a personal manager for Hollywood actors, a Hollywood teacher and movie extra, a “Fictionwise eBook Author of the Year”, an owner/co-owner of two websites listed among the “Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers”, a retired university professor, and other successfully published authors. This book is based on articles published during the first year of “The Golden Goblet” Newsletter edited by Marilyn Peake, and features additional articles by contributing authors written expressly for this book.
Does time exist as a separate dimension? Does it have a unique place with definable limits in space? Does it move independently according to its own purpose? Or does it only move when other things move, completely dependent on prevailing conditions and binding dimensions in its surrounding space-a causal result bound to the whole? Perhaps it’s just a simpleminded construct humans have concocted to explain the inexplicable. Is it vaguely possible that it’s a set of branes slightly out of sync and we may pass from one to the next at will? Maybe it’s a simple kink in dimensions that can be crossed by anyone walking in precisely the right direction. It could be that it’s just a mental state altered simply by a minor amount of imagination applied correctly. Perhaps it is no more than a drug- or mantra-induced change of mental state-something hallucinated-something seen but unseeable. Or is there more to it than we can fathom? In the world of physics, all of this-and much more-is being looked into by serious, conservative scientists as well as those with their mental equipment more loosely adjusted-or even unfastened completely, their brains rolling about like marbles in an empty railroad freight car.
Does time exist as a separate dimension? Does it have a unique place with definable limits in space? Does it move independently according to its own purpose? Or does it only move when other things move, completely dependent on prevailing conditions and binding dimensions in its surrounding space-a causal result bound to the whole? Perhaps it’s just a simpleminded construct humans have concocted to explain the inexplicable. Is it vaguely possible that it’s a set of branes slightly out of sync and we may pass from one to the next at will? Maybe it’s a simple kink in dimensions that can be crossed by anyone walking in precisely the right direction. It could be that it’s just a mental state altered simply by a minor amount of imagination applied correctly. Perhaps it is no more than a drug- or mantra-induced change of mental state-something hallucinated-something seen but unseeable. Or is there more to it than we can fathom? In the world of physics, all of this-and much more-is being looked into by serious, conservative scientists as well as those with their mental equipment more loosely adjusted-or even unfastened completely, their brains rolling about like marbles in an empty railroad freight car.
In this book, Twisted Tails III, we are dredging up fear and wallowing in it as if it were something to be played with, cuddled and fingers lovingly run through its fur like a cherished pet. What we’re doing here is tinkering with terror of the primal kind. You know what I mean, the sort of fright that lies coiled and ready to spring from the dark corners of the mind with no warning. It awaits all, lurking in the deeper shadows of consciousness. No one is immune and, frequently, there is no cure, you just sink into its roiling depths and are no more. If you do manage to escape, life will no longer be what it was before and you will find yourself glancing nervously over your shoulder whenever you hear something strange in the darkness or see a shadow move in the night…or day. Enjoy….
TWISTED TAILS IV: Fantastic Flights of Fantasy is overflowing with some of the strangest fantasies you’re likely to find on-or off this planet. So, watch yourself...there be dragons here. And vampires. And sorcerers bearing all sorts of mischief. Beasts, goblins and ghouls aplenty. And things that poke with sharpened sticks at the unprepared mind. They crouch in the recesses, ready to spring at the slightest provocation or opportunity. The sort of things that hide in deep shadows and lurk in the darkness of night...or cavort in the full light of day, trundle, creep, crawl and dance their way across the stage of your imagination. Some of the works presented here are fearsome, level five heart-stoppers and others are downright funny. All are twisted. Twisted in the manner that only our convoluted cogitators...our warped, wonderful word-workers can provide.

The end of a day disastrous. The end of a cataclysmic century. The end of a fateful era. The falling apart of a fragile relationship. The fall of a fractured empire. The demise of a deal demonic. Plans gone awry. Your final fight for that last breath. "Aaaaaaaagh...." Okay, how poetic can a last gasp be?

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