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100 years after Jules Verne’s death, ATBOSH Media Ltd. publishes obscure novel featuring a Reality TV like competition around the United States for a $60 million prize

100 years after Jules Verne’s death, ATBOSH Media Ltd. publishes obscure novel featuring a Reality TV like competition around the United States for a $60 million prize

Recent release of Jules Verne’s “The Will of an Eccentric” from ATBOSH Media Ltd. offers a “Modern Edition” of a relatively unknown travel adventure novel in which Verne creates a contest that turns the United States into a life-size board game.

Jules Verne, the father of science fiction, was also the king of the travel adventure novel.

The year is 1897 and eccentric millionaire William J. Hypperbone has died! The terms of his will dictate 6 players be randomly chosen to compete for the $60 million inheritance. To win they have to play his favorite board game “The Noble Game of the Goose” but on a much grander scale – a race around the country in “The Noble Game of The United States of America”! Which of these brave adventurers will have the luck of the dice (and circumstance) to win “The Will of an Eccentric”?

Verne is as brilliant as ever here; he takes the Baedecker guidebook for the United States, which had only recently been published, and incorporates it into his narrative. The book alternates between the description of plot & action with the description of places & culture. It is not just a fun adventure, but a look at America (and Americans) through the eyes of a European at the end of the 19th century.

Jules Verne’s epic adventure around the United States was never published in the US during his lifetime and this modernized edition brings this obscure book to a new generation.

This Modern Edition is a scholarly work and not just a straight reproduction of the 19th century British edition. Modern means the reader won’t need a dictionary to search for obscure and obsolete 19th century terms (which most of the time were British choices for French words). When first published, the book contained many logical inconsistencies and continuity errors that have also now been resolved. As with any scholarly edition, all changes have been carefully documented and annotated. These changes, along with the correction of typos & translation errors create a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience that remains true to the Verne original.

The Will of an Eccentric ISBN (978-162613-0647) is available in print via Ingram, Amazon, & Barnes & Noble and as an eBook for Kindle, Nook, and Apple.

ATBOSH Media Ltd (http://www.ATBOSH.com) is a full-service Cleveland-based publisher that publishes emerging and mid-career authors in almost any genre or subject in a wide variety of media, including hardcover, paperback, magazine, comic-book, CD, DVD, eBook, board games, card games, software and apps.

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Former Members of the Cleveland Orchestra Give First-hand Impressions of Conductor George Szell in New Book of Interviews, Stories & Anecdotes Published by ATBOSH Media

Former Members of the Cleveland Orchestra Give First-hand Impressions of Conductor George Szell in New Book of Interviews, Stories & Anecdotes Published by ATBOSH Media
Pratfalls, ego clashes, and psychodramas infuse classical music on the grandest scale in this reminiscence of the Cleveland Orchestra under its legendary leader — Kirkus Reviews.

Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) July 20, 2015

One of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, George Szell, led the Cleveland Orchestra from 1946 until his death in 1970. A meticulous perfectionist, Szell was known to be an autocratic taskmaster who wielded total artistic control. Under his leadership, he transformed the orchestra into a world-class ensemble.

For 15 of his 40-year tenure at the Cleveland Orchestra, Double Bassist Lawrence Angell worked under George Szell – an experience that left him with a story or two about this musical genius and colorful figure. When he met Bernette Jaffe in 1987, she encouraged him to record some of these stories and the two of them set out to track down other members of the Cleveland Orchestra who served under Szell and to record their memories, as well.

“Tales From the Locker Room” gives a rare, honest, humorous and at times brutal look at this musical genius through first hand interviews, stories, and anecdotes by over 50 of these musicians.

“An engrossing, pointillist portrait of the emotional stress and artistic rewards of high-stakes music-making.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Tales from The Locker Room: An Anecdotal Portrait of George Szell and his Cleveland Orchestra” (ISBN 978-1626130463) is available in print via Ingram, Amazon, & Barnes & Noble and as an eBook for Kindle, Nook, and Apple.

About the Authors:

Lawrence Angell retired as Principal Double Bass in 1995 after 40 years working for the Cleveland Orchestra – fifteen of those under George Szell. He was the head of the bass departments of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory for many years and is married to the outstanding pianist, Anita Pontremoli.

Bernette Jaffe has her PhD in education and spent her working career as head of the Ratner Schools.

ATBOSH Media Ltd (http://www.ATBOSH.com) is a full-service Cleveland-based publisher that publishes emerging and mid-career authors in almost any genre or subject in a wide variety of media, including hardcover, paperback, magazine, comic-book, CD, DVD, eBook, board games, card games, software and apps.

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Kirkus Review: Tales from the Locker Room: An Anecdotal Portrait of George Szell and his Cleveland Orchestra

Kirkus Review
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/lawrence-angell/tales-from-the-locker-room/
Pratfalls, ego clashes, and psychodramas infuse classical music on the grandest scale in this reminiscence of the Cleveland Orchestra under its legendary leader.

During his 1946-70 tenure, the Hungarian-born conductor George Szell turned the Cleveland Orchestra from a second-rate ensemble into what many considered the world’s best orchestra and conducted many landmark recordings of the classical repertoire. He accomplished this through relentless rehearsals, dictatorial control over the tiniest details of performances, and domineering mind games aimed at bending musicians to his will. In this loose-limbed retrospective, Angell, a bassist who played 15 years under Szell’s baton, and Jaffe collect stories from Cleveland Orchestra musicians who both loathe and lionize their former boss. They tell of nerve-wracking auditions, lies and manipulations regarding their contracts, and horrible elevator encounters in which trapped musicians struggled to make small talk with him. They also relate his countless onstage insults and belittlements, from the cutting (“We’d be happy to accommodate to your small tone,” he told a violin soloist who wanted the orchestra to play quietly) to the crude (“you play like a pig, a swine,” he informed another), and his ugly feuds with rebellious underlings, especially superstar oboist Marc Lifschey, who “played like a gypsy whore,” Szell proclaimed. They share stories of his sheer, demented hubris; in one tale, for example, Szell insisted that a pianist rehearse on a coffee table and then criticized his mimed “playing”; when the pianist objected, the maestro canceled his concerto. “Son of a bitch,” “bastard,” and “I despised him,” are among the verdicts that Angell and Jaffe elicit—but also common, and quite illuminating, are grudging-to-reverent acknowledgments of Szell’s profound insights into music and the sublime performances he extracted from the orchestra, surpassing what even the musicians themselves thought they could achieve. These rambling interviews, with commentary by Angell and Jaffe, don’t have much structure, and some of the anecdotes will seem obscure to nonmusicians, but readers will find most of the hodgepodge accessible and entertaining. From these vignettes emerges an engrossing, pointillist portrait of the emotional stress and artistic rewards of high-stakes music-making.

A revealing behind-the-scenes look at a great orchestra and the colorful genius who shaped it.

Macabre Historical Mystery Takes Place in Cleveland

Macabre Historical Mystery Takes Place in Cleveland
Award winning Cleveland Heights playwright Tom Hayes debuts YA novel, a historical thriller that takes place in Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland Heights, Ohio (PRWEB) March 25, 2015

Award winning Cleveland Heights playwright Tom Hayes debuts YA novel, an historical thriller that takes place in Northeast Ohio.

Cryptic drawings, maps, strange symbols. This is what twelve-year-old Mike Hilliard discovers as he investigates the long-dead, ruthless millionaire Titus Morley. As these strange symbols and drawings hover in his dreams, Mike rambles through the listless Cleveland Heights summer with Billy Hayworth, a photography intern at the Western Reserve Historical Society, where Mike’s uncle, Robert “Otto” Hilliard is an historian.

After his death in an 1872 refinery explosion, Titus Morley’s treasure trove of rare grimoires and ancient masks disappeared. Could the drawings and maps provide clues? Mike and Billy are determined to find out.

But after rambling through a nearby cemetery at midnight, Mike’s confidence is shaken, Billy is not the same, and a soul-stirring horror has been awakened.

“Hayes’ debut novel offers age-appropriate chills, including death masks, rotted corpses and the walking dead, as well as flashes of mildly queasy terror.” – Kirkus Reviews

Secret of the Warlock’s Crypt is written for middle grade readers (10-15 years of age) but adult readers are strongly encouraged to join in the fun!

Hayes, who dedicates his book to John Bellairs, became fascinated with gothic mystery novels after reading many of the award-winning author’s books while growing up. Now a librarian in Northeast Ohio, Hayes has adapted his love for research, history, and writing fictional stories to create a potentially sinister history for Cleveland and its surroundings.

Hayes’ play Lord of the Burgeoning Lumber was voted Cleveland’s Best New Play by a Local Playwright in 2008.

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Kirkus Review: Secret of the Warlock’s Crypt

Kirkus Review
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/tom-hayes/secret-warlocks-crypt/

A 12-year-old working with his uncle, a historian, unearths clues to an old, macabre unsolved mystery while searching for a deceased millionaire’s missing artifacts in this middle-grade novel.

Mike Hilliard works alongside his uncle Robert “Otto” Hilliard, an employee of the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland. Otto’s research into the life and death of the ruthless Titus Morley attracts the attention of Lawrence Piddle, a professor of religion at Dartmouth College, but Mike begins to suspect Piddle’s interest in the case is more than educational, especially after one of Morley’s journals under the society’s care suddenly goes missing. A priceless collection of masks and books disappeared following Morley’s demise in 1872, when his oil refinery exploded. Cryptic drawings, maps and symbols in Morley’s voluminous journals lead Mike to the location of Morley’s mausoleum. Secretly teaming up with his uncle’s colleague Billy Hayworth, Mike pays a late-night visit to the tomb, where he uncovers a secret room in which literally soul-stirring horror awaits. Dedicated to author John Bellairs, Hayes’ debut novel offers age-appropriate chills, including death masks, rotted corpses and the walking dead, as well as flashes of mildly queasy terror (“A sickening sound filled Jeremiah’s ears: the sound of cracking sticks and crushed hen eggs”). Hayes writes ably about the architecture of the story’s pivotal locations, but his main character is inconsistently drawn. Mike is said to like ghost stories, and he perks up at the thought of an adventure, but his reactions suggest he wouldn’t be especially eager for thrill-chasing. At one point, when his uncle casually mentions body hopping, Mike “choked on his soda and nearly spit it out.” And while a tauter pace and more humor would liven things up, a solid foundation has been laid for a series of further adventures with Mike and Otto;  Otto proclaims, “The Western Reserve Historical Society will get to the bottom of it….Rest assured. We’ll get to the bottom of it all.”

For young readers who, like Mike, are “always up for a good story, especially an historical one.”

Former Clevelander / Local Vermonter – Pens Hilarious Handbook on Innkeeping

Former Clevelander / Local Vermonter – Pens Hilarious Handbook on Innkeeping
Former Innkeeper, Jeff Bendis, has written a funny, sarcastic, and insightful handbook on innkeeping which documents not just his transformation from “guest” to “innkeeper” but is a complete guide on how-to (and how-not-to) find, buy, run, and sell the “inn of your dreams”.

Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) May 01, 2014

“It all began and should have ended”, author and former innkeeper Jeff Bendis writes “when the owner of the inn told us during the first lesson on innkeeping: ‘Don’t confuse the life of the innkeeper with the life of the guest. All you have to do is sleep in the bed. I have to make it. All you have to do is eat the breakfast. I have to cook it.’”

So begins a fascinating tale on innkeeping by former Clevelander (and current Woodstock, Vermont resident), Jeff Bendis and recently published by ATBOSH Media, ltd. Part memoir, part reality check, but mostly a handbook for would-be innkeepers, the book is entitled: “Why on earth would anyone want to be an innkeeper? Pretty much everything you need to know on how to find, buy, run, and sell the inn of your dreams”

As a fledgling innkeeper back in 2000, Jeff thought it would be a good idea to capture the events in his daily life as an owner of a bed & breakfast in Woodstock, Vermont.

“I really didn’t think I’d ever write a book about my experiences, but my activities as an innkeeper and the interaction with my guests, town administrators, neighbors, attorneys, and the like, were just too rich to pass up,” said Jeff, “so every night I went to my computer and dumped in the day’s events.”

Years later (after the passing of his wife Kathleen and the selling of the inn), Jeff thought about his stories, anecdotes, and the path to becoming an innkeeper and decided that these tales were worth telling – including the process of his eventually selling the inn.

“Slowly it all started to become a manuscript with a slant towards how to actually find an inn, how to buy an inn, how to run and inn, and, finally, how to sell an inn – hence the sub-title. But I felt the actual title needed to reflect the humor and sarcasm in the stories,” adds Jeff. “When I was re-reading all of the material, I asked myself, why on earth would anyone want to be an innkeeper? And there it was – the perfect title for the book.”

“The challenges we faced in relocating from the big city corporate life to being an innkeeper in a very small town, were immense and even though we thought we were prepared for the changes – we really weren’t. So, I felt that this had to be a cautionary tale as well as a handbook,” said Jeff.

Jeff’s book description mirrors the humor and sarcasm of the book itself:

After a successful career in the corporate world in his native Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff Bendis and his late wife Kathleen, took advantage of Jeff’s early retirement and headed to Vermont to become the new owners of a bed and breakfast inn. Nothing in their past would have led you to believe that they weren’t of sound mind. Leaving behind hoards of unbelievers and doubters, their innkeeping odyssey began and the first draft of this book followed shortly thereafter.

As the book neared publication, Jeff sought out feedback not from the literary arena but from the innkeeper world itself. What would actual innkeepers think about this look behind the curtain?

“…a well-written, amusing and informative book. If you’re considering becoming an innkeeper, read this book. Then think long and hard if you want to cook creative breakfasts for innumerable guests, make their beds, clean their bathrooms, and be nice to them, even if you have a headache! For the right people, it can be a wonderful and rewarding experience.”

“…wish we would have had access to this great book before we bought our inn! It’s full of wonderful information, lots of humor, great stories, and a real insight in what it’s like to be an innkeeper. If you’ve ever thought about innkeeping as a profession you need to own this book. By far the best book I’ve read on this subject. Enjoy!!”

“If George Carlin had written a book on innkeeping, this would be it. Irreverent, yet insightful. Essential reading for would-be innkeepers and an eye-opener for everyone else.”

“Buying and owning a bed and breakfast are daunting tasks. Jeff has managed to cover ALL the bases, from beginning your search to running your inn. His straightforward approach, with a dose of humor, will get you through to the wonderful world of innkeeping.”

In the end, Jeff has created an always insightful, often sarcastic, often hilarious, guide into the often enjoyable, often challenging, often rewarding trials and tribulations of innkeeping. If you’re an innkeeper, if you’ve ever thought about becoming an innkeeper, if you’ve ever stayed at a bed and breakfast, or if you’ve ever thought about staying at a bed and breakfast you must read this book!

“Why on earth would anyone want to be an innkeeper? Pretty much everything you need to know on how to find, buy, run, and sell the inn of your dreams” (ISBN 9781626130081) is published by ATBOSH Media, ltd. and is available in trade paperback via Ingram, Amazon and B&N and as an ebook in Kindle, Nook, and iBook formats.

Contact: Jared Bendis, ATBOSH Media, Ltd. 216-288-6349, jaredx2@gmail.com

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