THE FIRST SIGNING OF 2013

HERE  COMES  SANTA  CLAUS

emmy-awards-2013I’ve just returned home from my first signing for this season’s new mega international Christmas tale:

The Santa Claus Killer

It was the last weekend in August, and there I was at ComiCon at the Tampa Convention Center, just one isle over from Hugh Howey.

We were there to sign our newest books, him, the latest in his WOOL series and I, The Santa Claus Killer.

I hadn’t met Hugh yet, we merely chatted on Facebook a few times, and I was a follower of his extraordinary accomplishments connecting with fans via the internet. Now, of course, he’s a phenomenon and case study in how to make it in this modern day era of selling books.

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RJs Signing Booth

As  for me, this was supposed to be stop number one on a ten city tour that would skyrocket Santa to the rainbow of bestseller status.  It would have been a busy year, but the bike accident I wrote about in June has caused me to cancel planned events.

But, the time has come – September 1st 2013, the book will release to the global market supported by an national advertising campaign in November.

It doesn’t take much to get my attention, especially when quality people surface to broaden my appeal and market-share of the reading consumer. 

One thing I learned, people are placed in your path for a reason, nothing happens by chance, and when opportunity knocks, you better answer that door, because as Eminem will tell you, OPPORTUNITY NEVER KNOCKS TWICE.

It barely knocks once.

So let me review: It’s been more than a year since I wrote “The End” on page 400 of The Santa Claus Killer, and I never imagined that 12-months later I’d still be awaiting theID_no_14591 release. What I did learn…. things take time in the publishing industry — just like Hollywood Studios or Production Companies, its all about who you know and who holds the keys. My time had finally come and I was on my way to the top of the list.

So, here I am at ComiCon  – selling books, meeting new fans and old, just getting out the word that the book is almost ready for release.

The distributor informed me we’re set, the advertising is ready, art work done. it’s  90-days until the ads begin to appear and the orders commence.

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RJ Signing Books

But I can’t make appearances because of my injury, too much pain. Making connections is key — this is a team effort, a community of fans, publicity, image and hard work.

It also has to do with having a commercial product that appeals to everyone. The Number ONE commercial appeal?

SANTA CLAUS and Christmas

Nice fat bulls-eye on that one!

So now… with the help of Christmas, My agent Joyce Keating and a big chunk of advertising, it’s all up to the book buying community since I wont be doing events.

I can honestly look at my reflection in the mirror and say, I went all out, gave it1242040_10201966910793337_1398779164_n everything I had, and didn’t turn a blind eye to detail.

For now… I rely on the fat man and his naughty list to carry the day.

Him, and all those five star reviews on Barnes & Noble should bring the film deal — and damn, isn’t that why I do this?

NEXT UP – SPOOKY EMPIRES in Orlando, outside the gates of Universal Studios. How fitting! Come on out and say hello! (UPDATE: this was cancelled due to my injures)

RJ SMITH’s CATACLYSM – Coming May 2014

COMING NEXT SUMMER, author RJ Smith, an investigative journalist, screenwriter and author of horror, suspense and action will release his new mega-thriller based on science. In October 2000, the BBC transmitted “Mega-tsunami; Wave of Destruction”, suggesting a future failure of the western flank of Cumbre Vieja would cause a mega-tsunami. Its hypothesized that during an eruption the western half of the Cumbre Vieja will catastrophically fail in a massive gravitational landslide and collapse into the Atlantic Ocean, generating a mega-tsunami.

602232_10201012473533002_1344184472_nComputer modeling indicates the initial wave will attain HEIGHTS in excess of 2,000 FEET and peak to 1-MILE traveling at 620 mph — approximately the speed of a jet aircraft. This will inundate the African coast in an hour, the southern coast of England in 3.5 hours, and the eastern seaboard of North America in 6 hours.

The initial wave will subside into a succession of smaller waves, each about 100-200 feet high.

This is the author’s fictional account of what might happen should that cataclysmic day occur.

In his second uber-commercial, INTERNATIONAL thriller, RJ Smith takes his audience on a whirlwind ride of seat gripping terror during what might be the end of life for many.

Rooted in reality, the story follows SAMUEL MAY as he strikes an alliance with the international community to try and save as many people as possible.

The Santa Claus Killer – YouTube

Releasing November 15th 2013 to the world.

 

WORKING ON A CATACLYSM

RJ at the Griffith Observatory in LA

It is January 2013, and this month has been busy. It started out with a trip to Arizona where I met with some of the best UFO researchers the world over.

Then, on to Los Angeles where I met my friend, Carol, a film producer and writer.

We had drinks in Marina Del Rey. It was there, sometime during my third margarita, where were spoke of future movie projects.

RJ & the Walk Of Fame Hollywood

The next day, I stalked the  Hollywood Walk of Fame,  where the pulse of the crowd sent electricity through the air.

If you’ve never been to L.A., I highly recommend you  add the experience to your personal bucket-list.

It is there, along the storied sidewalks, where I found myself at home.

I love Hollywood Boulevard. There’s something magical about it.

RJ in Hollywood

That sense which courses through the veins that whisper anything might happen.

Up in the hills, surrounding the Walk of Fame, that’s where the stars reside, and I could imagine them peering down the ridge where we ordinary folks get caught up in the celebrity of it all.

Hollywood, its a place where dreams are envisioned and then sometimes find themselves shattered along the path you traveled.  Thousands come here to find stardom, but unfortunately, most return to their hometowns with their tail between their legs and failure in the heart.

Making it big in HOLLYWOOD has nothing to do with talent. But rather, attaining success in the land of broken promises must come by making the right connections.

Capitol Records, LA

It’s all about who you know, and then, you must have a bit of talent.

You  must have a strong will within your soul to succeed,  a desire to never to give up.

YOU HAVE TO WANT IT!

 

RJ in LA

The doors to the kingdom are locked tight, but there are keys to the locks… hidden throughout the valley – in the deep pockets of power-people who seek out new special projects.

Big shots are looking, seeking the next big thing. Yet, what that next thing is… well, nobody knows what lingers in the minds of those with the power to expand the dream.

RJ @ Randy’s Donuts – LA

As a writer of screenplays and novels, I stalk the shadows. I lurk back behind the curtain where plots are birthed. I pen the tales, and then savor  twisting the knife deep in the muscle of my story. I give life to my characters and set them free to roam the streets in search of their destiny.

That is what placed me aboard a Boeing-757 for the six hour plane ride across the country to New York City. I had come here to sign an OPTION CONTRACT for my 2012 screenplay, DESTINY/HARD KNOCKS.  It was the first piece of literature I ever wrote.

RJs Screenplay

The script follows my life growing up on the streets of Manhattan and explains how I found redemption and success in writing.

RJ outside The Late Show – NYC

My manager, Julie Stern, was the first person who  discovered my talent and prodded me to continue along this path.

It’s a path littered with broken dreams…..

So, there I was last week, two days after my visit to L.A., walking down Broadway in the heart of Times Square, ready to sign the deal which may one day become a motion picture.

Feelings of excitement filled my soul. I was home, I’d come full circle in a life torn by demons and monsters of every imaginable form.

I had vanquished the things which sought to slaughter me. I had made it, there was purpose in life, a reason to place one foot before the other and walk on… my head held high, a bounce to my step.

Ah, before me lay New York City in March.  Behind me, Los Angeles, and my prospects seem great,

RJ & his NYC Agent, Joyce

And then, at 3:30 p.m., I hailed a taxi (and grabbed by balls in fear of certain death) as the cab swerved and honked its horn. My body shook with the knowledge that at any moment the cabbie would crash into something.

RJ & Joyce – Paddy’s

But the disaster never came and I found myself at Paddy Riley’s for a meeting with my  Literary Agent,  Joyce.

I was a bundle of nerves, she had just read my new book, THE SANTA CLAUS KILLER, and we were scheduled to discuss the agency’s plan going forward to find a publisher.

We talked for hours, caught in the grasp of the story. And I found something out that day, I had a fan in addition to an agent.

And damn, what else could a guy ask for?

 

 

 

HANGING OUT WITH ALIENS

It is early March 2013, and I have just returned home from the 22nd Annual Convention & Film Festival at the International UFO Congress.  It was held February 27th through March 3rd within the Fort McDowell Resort and Casino in Fountain Hills, Arizona.  http://ufocongress.com.  There, nestled among the rolling, jagged mountainous terrain I discovered the best of the best the world has to offer in reference to UFOLOGY. I discussed the Ancient Astronaut theory, watched video evidence and read multiple texts – these,  they were the tireless men and women who research the topic seeking disclosure.

RJ & Stanton

It was a privilege to spend time with Mr. Stanton T. Friedman, a nuclear physicist and world-renowned UFO expert. He explained to me how close we are to achieving interstellar travel.  We talked of the Betty and Barney Hill abduction and his belief that this case was one of the most telling of all MISSING TIME accounts backed up by evidence. The couple’s story, called the Hill Abduction, and, occasionally, the Zeta Reticuli Incident, was that they had been kidnapped for a short time by a UFO. Theirs was the first widely-publicized claim of alien abduction, adapted into the best-selling 1966 book The Interrupted Journey and the 1975 television movie The UFO Incident.

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Nick & RJ

Then, I met with longtime Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope who used to run the British Government’s UFO project at the Ministry of Defense.  Initially skeptical,  his research and investigation into the UFO phenomenon and access to classified government files on the subject soon convinced him that the phenomenon raised important defense and national security issues, especially when the witnesses were military pilots, or where UFOs were tracked on radar.

While working on the MoD’s UFO project Nick Pope also looked into alien abductions, crop circles, animal mutilations, remote viewing and ghosts. He is now recognized as a leading authority on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories. He does extensive media work, lectures all around the world and has acted as presenter, consultant or contributor on numerous TV and radio shows.

Nick is an amazing person to speak with, listen to and from whom to soak up information. His words are like daggers which slice into the meat and bones of the matter leaving no doubt of his beliefs.

I left Nick with a sense that I had not seen the last of him, and my friend, Philip Mantle, thought as much as well. All these guys can be seen on the History Channel’s ANCIENT ALIENS program.

After Nick, I wandered into the hall to track down my favorite of all active UFO HUNTERS and all things mystical. Many of you know him as the REAL LIFE INDIANA JONES, Mr. David Hatcher Childress.  He is personable and telling, he has a way of getting under the skin… of pulling the attention from the core and stabbing his love of discovery into the soul.

RJ & David

David is an American author on topics on alternative history and historical revisionism. His works cover such subjects as pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact, Atlantis, Lemuria, Ancient Astronauts, UFOs, Nikola Tesla, the Knights Templarlost cities and vimana aircraft.

 Childress claims no academic credentials as a professional archaeologist nor in any other scientific field of study, having left the University of Montana after one year to travel and research subjects about which he would later write.

He was amazing and offered to work together in the future on a possible movie script and I came away feeling renewed in my belief in the subject.

 

Then, it was over to Author and historian Richard Dolan who has firmly established himself as a leading contemporary UFO scholar.

Richard & RJ

In 2000, Dolan published UFOs and the National Security State: An Unclassified History, Volume 1: 1941-1973, a book that Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell called, “a thorough and monumental undertaking.”  Dolan followed up in 2009 with a second installment titled, UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991.

In 2010, Dolan co-authored the book A.D. After Disclosure: The People’s Guide to Life After Contact with Hollywood producer and screenwriter Bryce Zabel.

You can find out more about Richard at Keyholepublishing.com

Overall, the conference was incredible, yet believable in its subject matter. I enjoyed the exhibition halls, the crystal skulls, the films and speakers.

I will be back again, when I am ready to write INTERVENTION, to gain the knowledge I need to create a telling tale of ALIENS.

 

 

 

 

 

THE VOICES IN THE DARKNESS

It is late January, 2013 as I write this. The time is 4:55 A.M., darkness surrounds me and the voices of the dead linger in the tunnels of my mind. I have just come off a ten-month writing frenzy – knocking off my 110,000 word 400+ page murder/mystery debut novel, which I am hoping to publish in fall.

Those voices I wrote about, they are sinister at times, whispering from the echoing hallways of hell. In that world, where the utterances spring from, there are demons and fiends of every imaginable shape and type. But there are hero’s and romantics there as well, they trounce through my mind, whisper their demands and move through my fingers and onto the screen before me. Alive, breathing, grasping for the life they so desperately wish me to give into them.

And so, I gave one of them what they desired. A voice of eternity, I complied with the role I was assigned. I told his tale, I stoked the flames of indecency and let the killer spring forth upon the blank page. For those sins of creativity and entertainment, The Santa Claus Killer became real. His blood was as thick and red as that which flows through my own veins – gushing through the heart of wisdom as a force to be reckoned with.

Richard Blake tramped through the city which never sleeps, he took his gifts of life and left a wreck of bodies in his path. Bloody, retched trails… they littered the Manhattan alleyways he stalked, a bone yard of bodies were piled along the avenues of Brooklyn. And in the end, well, in the end… he found something of himself in Times Square.

Now: He lives forever in the pages of that massive tale, forever holding his place as the King of Christmas.

And so I wait: The silence is deafening…

But there is a whisper, a boy named Michael is mumbling, the corners of my mind can sense his pleading. There is a ship, The Valencia: caught on the Atlantic Ocean and a tsunami is headed its way. On board is the pope, the ashes of an erupting volcano have caused birds to take flight and fly into the engine of his helicopter, Shepard One….  Now, it is headed for a crash-landing on the biggest cruise ship in the world.

And now, they are doomed in the path of a killer wave.

Perhaps I will save them, maybe I will heed the call and rush in with verbs and nouns to save the day. But perhaps, possibly… I’ll need a bunch of help from characters who have yet to make themselves known.

And yet, as I sit here considering the possibilities… I feel their presences surrounding me, waiting for me to type these simple words on the page: CHAPTER ONE.

And so I must go... into that dark night of a terrorizing CATACLYSM, to give my all to save the voices. For without me, they are sure to perish on the ocean floor. Their hopes and dreams will not be vanquished to a whisper, because I will listen and tell their tale.

I WILL SAVE THEM.

RJ Smith – February 05, 2013. 6:00 A.M.

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RJ and SANTA CLAUS

This was taken recenlty ….. LOL…. probably going to put him on the cover.
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WINDING DOWN THE YEAR

I just got back from Mexico where I had the pleasure to chill.

I was in Santa Monica the night this picture to the right was taken, moments before I slipped a dollar into the machine.

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“YOU ARE SCREWED! Put in more money!”

Actually, I’m telling a tale, the ticket in fact offered a bit more hope… about life, success and different paths. I’m still trying to figure out the last part, but coming from a plastic make believe seer enclosed by glass, I suppose I can shrug off the advice.

Then…  off I went off to Ensenada , Mexico… where I acquired a new sculpture to add to the  growing collection of AZTEC and MAYAN art in my study.

 

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I walked along the streets here, watched as the extremely poor make their children beg for pennies from US cruise ship passengers whom waltz  past with upraised noses.

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I handed out quarters like a water faucet – until my pockets were empty.

When I left the country behind, I could’t help but realize how grateful and fortunate I am to live in a land called America.

A place where a poor Irish kid from the ghetto of 1970’s  Times Square could grow up and become a skilled storyteller.

A Country that no matter our differences, our worst off are still living better  than those suffering the same fate in a country like Mexico.

AND SO… as I sit here tonight and ponder the path described by the Santa Monica fortune teller, I chuckle and nod… and then I realize… maybe I don’t know shit from Shinola! OR maybe I know too much.    10/09/2012