Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Frenzy in the valley comes to a boiling point as the fight of a lifetime nears between the most popular heavyweight boxing champion in a century and a notoriously vicious challenger who has already killed once in the ring. Visitors and locals alike are buzzing about the fight: media and movie stars, hucksters and hookers, pickpockets and paparazzi.
As the financial, emotional, and moral stakes rise for a cast of bizarre and grotesque characters, including a young journalist on the make, a rich man's daughter with a very dirty secret, a nightlife kingpin, and a clown who wants waffles, those characters find themselves asking and answering fundamental questions about the nature of Las Vegas and its unique people.
About P. Moss:
P. Moss is a longtime Las Vegan whose short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, including The Perpetual Engine of Hope and Dead Neon: Tales of Near-Future Las Vegas. He is a musician and songwriter whose band Bloodcocks UK recently concluded two sold out tours in Japan. A prominent name in the nightlife world, he owns the popular Double Down Saloons in Las Vegas and New York City, and Frankie's Tiki Room in Las Vegas. Moss is a collector of rare film noir and an avid booster of the Scunthorpe United Football Club. His first book, Blue Vegas, was released in 2010. For more information about Moss, visit his website at pMoss.com.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A veteran of 38 years on the air as a radio and TV personality, Ira Fistell is also a writer, teacher and lecturer with a wide range of interests. He holds advanced degrees in law and American history, writes a monthly Personal Journal called "Topics" which reaches subscribers from coast to coast, speaks frequently before Civil War Round Tables, and has been a guest lecturer on the Mississippi River steamboats. He has been fascinated by the works and life of Mark Twain for more than forty years and offers new insights into both.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Cusp of Everything is a novel with a full soundtrack, a time-travel back to the suburbs of New York City on the eve of America’s Bicentennial. More than 200 songs run through the text, setting the tone for the era and the action. From “classic rock” before it was classic and “Old School” when it was still new, to Top 40 and the early days of disco, with a special helping of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Cusp’s music runs the gamut of what was in the air at the time. Listen along at the companion website: cuspofeverything.com.
Cusp is about being on the threshold of adulthood, hoping for “real life” to start, fervently anticipating growing up and moving on. The term also refers to the massive societal shifts of the 1970s, when taboos were lifted on premarital sex, birth control, abortion, divorce, homosexuality and interracial relationships.
Karen Walsh dreams that moving to the big city and finding love will solve all her problems. After a failed summer romance, commuting to classes feels like a lonely extension of high school, but without the familiar faces. Only her deepening friendship with Mark Cassone provides a bright spot. Together they plan their escape from the suburbs, aching for a new and rewarding life in Manhattan.