Kevin G. Cox – Pen Meets Brush Spotlight – June 26, 2015

Pen Meets Brush – June 26, 2015

The Inspired Mic is teaming up with Salvo Art in Palm Coast to present “Pen Meets Brush” where 10 presenters will deliver their creative material while artist J.J. Graham paints his interpretation of their work live. The painting will then be auctioned off to help support scholarships for children in the Summer Art Camp Program at Salvo. J.J., nor anyone else, for that matter, will know the content of each presenters’ work beforehand. This event pairs at least three incredible creative mediums in one event. Click this link for tickets: Pen Meets Brush

Kevin Cox 2Kevin G. Cox

Kevin G. Cox was born and grew up in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Less than a week after his twenty-first birthday Kevin was appointed a Police Officer. He would work in the Seven-Nine precinct (Bed-Sty), Midtown Precinct South on the Apple (Times Square) before arriving at the Eight-Three Precinct were he found a home. Kevin stayed there until he was injured and left the Department due to disability.

In his Time on the job he received numerous medals and awards and was made a member of the N.Y.P.D. Honor Legion.

After his retirement he worked for Domestic Relations in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.  He is now retired and living in Florida with his wife Nancy. In his life he has made over a thousand arrests.

So in short he is a cliché. The poor kid from a tough waterfront neighborhood that would grow up to be a cop and marry a nurse. Sort of the type Pat O’Brian would play in a 1930’s movie. When he wasn’t playing a priest of course.

Richard A. Meo – Pen Meets Brush Spotlight – June 26, 2015

Pen Meets Brush – June 26, 2015

The Inspired Mic is teaming up with Salvo Art in Palm Coast to present “Pen Meets Brush” where 10 presenters will deliver their creative material while artist J.J. Graham paints his interpretation of their work live. The painting will then be auctioned off to help support scholarships for children in the Summer Art Camp Program at Salvo. J.J., nor anyone else, for that matter, will know the content of each presenters’ work beforehand. This event pairs at least three incredible creative mediums in one event. Click this link for tickets: Pen Meets Brush

Captain Richard MeoRichard A. Meo

Hello my name is Richard A. Meo, I am a retired Fire Captain from the FDNY.

In 1979 I graduated from Oswego College in NY with a BA in Biology. I was appointed to the FDNY in 1980 and served into 2003. I attended John Jay College for Fire Science until 1984, was promoted to Lt. in 1990 and Captain in 1998. During my years I worked all over Manhattan and the Bronx and went to hundreds of fire and emergencies. The worst two were the 1993 bombing of the World Trade center and the attacks of 9/11.
In 2009 my first book, My Turn On The Firelines, 1980-2003,  was published by Trafford Publishing. It was  updated and revised in 2014 with MRK Publishing.
Just two months ago my second book, Fatal Flaws Book 1, a history of what led to 9/11, was published by Xlibris Publishing. Fatal Flaws Book 2 will come out next year. My Family and I moved to Palm Coast in 2004, and I am the owner of Venetian Painting.

Pen Meets Brush Spotlight – Tim Baker – June 26, 2015

Pen Meets Brush – June 26, 2015

The Inspired Mic is teaming up with Salvo Art in Palm Coast to present “Pen Meets Brush” where 10 presenters will deliver their creative material while artist J.J. Graham paints his interpretation of their work live. The painting will then be auctioned off to help support scholarships for children in the Summer Art Camp Program at Salvo. J.J., nor anyone else, for that matter, will know the content of each presenters’ work beforehand. This event pairs at least three incredible creative mediums in one event. Click this link for tickets: Pen Meets Brush

Tim bio picTim Baker

Tim Baker began writing in 2006. His first novel, Living the Dream, was published in 2009 and since then he has released 7 more novels, 2 novellas and one collection of short stories. Tim was born and raised in Rhode Island where he spent the majority of his adult life working in Architectural Design.

He has also studied and taught martial arts…raised and socialized puppies to be guide dogs for the blind and owned an ice cream shop. Now he lives in Palm Coast writing books and working as a DJ on Flagler Beach’s own radio station – Surf 97.3 FM

Pen Meets Brush Spotlight – Shm’al Ellenberg June 26, 2015

Pen Meets Brush – June 26, 2015

The Inspired Mic is teaming up with Salvo Art in Palm Coast to present “Pen Meets Brush” where 10 presenters will deliver their creative material while artist J.J. Graham paints his interpretation of their work live. The painting will then be auctioned off to help support scholarships for children in the Summer Art Camp Program at Salvo. J.J., nor anyone else, for that matter, will know the content of each presenters’ work beforehand. This event pairs at least three incredible creative mediums in one event. Click this link for tickets: Pen Meets Brush

Shmal EllenbergShm’al Ellenberg

After 75 years of life there’s a long list of bio special incidents.I’ll take you back in time. I left home at 19 after waking my parents and telling the I was getting a ride to Los Angeles. No previous discussion otherwise it would not have happened.

The first night, driving through Columbus, Ohio, the dirver-owner of the car got into a race on the main four lane out of town. The other driver was so angry we were beating him, he caught up with us and intentionally slamed his car into ours knocking us into a telephone pole. No one was hurt, but the driver-owner of the car begged for me to say I was the driver since he had no drivers license.

My immediate thought was if he went to jail I was stuck so since we weren’t to blame I naively told the police i was the driver. They took me to jail. As we drove in the patty wagon my 19 year-old mind wondered if this was a sign. Yes it was. Whatever the complcated inclination in me was to get on with my life I knew nothing had changed in the last 12 hours.

The driver driver-owner was a stand-up dude and bailed me out. Well, after all. He paid for a motel for a few days until the car was repaired and off I went on my magical mystery tour of a blesssed life.

Upcoming Inspired Mic Events!

loglineInspired Mic in June!

The summer is kicking off nicely. Our last event Inspired Mic in May was a colossal hit at Cypress Knoll Country Club. We got excellent video which will soon be available on our new site. As soon as we get the final edits on the videos, we will be letting you know!

Speaking of video, we will be attempting to video our BeachHouse Beanery event on June 16th. We believe we will be able to capture a quality video of the presenters as well as excellent audio. Hey, we’re brave! We’ll give it a shot! As of this writing, there are two presenter spots open for the June 16th event. If you would like to present, please email me right away. Author@MichaelRayKing.com

On June 26th, The Inspired Mic and Salvo Art will be teaming up for the Pen Meets Brush event at Salvo Art’s wonderful facility. At this event, ten presenters will read their material while J.J. Graham will interpret what he hears through paint. The canvas will be huge, the presentations huge, and the audience…HUGE!

One of the many cool aspects of this event will be the auctioning of the end product painting with the proceeds going to help with Summer Art Camp scholarships. We are excited to partner with J.J. and Petra at Salvo Art for what will be an incredible evening of entertainment.

Inspired Mic in July!

Yes, July’s Inspired Mic News is huge as well! The Inspired Mic will be holding a “War of the Words” contest where three judges and the audience vote on who presented the highest quality material. The presenter who receives the most votes will win cash! Yes, moolah!

In order to present at The Inspired Mic from July on, presenters must purchase their ticket to hold their place. There will be two ticket prices. The regular $10 ticket will be available. If a presenter wishes to enter the War of the Words Contest, the ticket price is $15. To sign up to be a July presenter, click on the “Presenters Page” above or follow this link: Inspired Mic Sign-up

We are excited about the audience participation in the voting for this and future events. The July event is already halfway filled with respect to presenters, so if you wish to participate, please reserve your spot today. I expect by the June 16th Inspired Mic, the July 21st event will be fully booked.

We are looking forward to The Inspired Mic on June 16th at The BeachHouse Beanery, the Pen Meets Brush at Salvo Art on June 26th, and The Inspired Mic again at The BeachHouse Beanery with the War of the Words Contest on July 21st! Come on out and enjoy!!!

 

Jim Farrell – The Inspired Mic Spotlight – May 19th

The Inspired Mic is now entering its third year! We began this wonderful trek at The BeachHouse Beanery in May of 2013. We will be at Leroy’s 19th Hole on this date! May the 19th is technically the official two-year mark as we began on the third Tuesday of the month way back when. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you will be reading on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, Flagler Beach Gift Shop, and The BeachHouse Beanery.You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspired Mic

Jim FerrellJim Farrell

Jim Farrell is still promoting his first novel, Brooklyn Boy, and his collection of short stories, Kiss Me, Kate and Other Stories, but he is actively involved in the final stages of preparing his new novel, The Extraordinary Banana Tree (EBT), for publication.

He will be reading one of his short stories from Kiss Me, Kate at the April and May (2) Inspired Mics: Little Max and the Hooters Girl. The story is fiction, but those who know his grandson, Max, will recognize the truth underlying the fiction. Strangely enough, Little Max’s grandmother, Paula Felici, will also be presenting in April. Paula is a well-known and quite accomplished local artist who works out of the Salvo Art Project. Jim’s son married Paula’s daughter. Jim and Paula both live in Palm Coast, and Little Max now lives in Ponte Vedra, just south of Jacksonville. Jim and Paula can often be seen on the sidelines of Max’s lacrosse games cheering him on.

Jim introduced his new novel, EBT, and the heroine, Cheryl Flynn, to the world at the March Inspired Mic at Leroy’s 19th Hole.  Cheryl Flynn was aboard the C5A that left Saigon on April 4, 1975, as an escort for a group of Vietnamese-American orphans being airlifted to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines.  The plane, and this is actual history, crashed thirteen miles southeast of Saigon.  The novel moves back in time to follow the career of Billy Dobson, who was Manager of Flight Operations for Air America on April 4,1975.  The reader does not re-arrive at April 4, 1975, until Chapter Twenty-Eight and, even though Cheryl reappears in Chapter Five and is prominent throughout the novel, the reader does not know if Cheryl survives the crash until we reach Chapter 28.  Don’t ask Jim.  He won’t tell.

Jim Farrell was Manager of Flight Operations for Air America in Saigon, so the story, and it is fiction, is based on many actual experiences he had in South Vietnam and other locales in Southeast Asia.  Although the novel tells the story of the fall of Saigon and of the events leading up to it, it is not a war story.  It is a love story set in a time of war.  I think the reader will love the relationship that develops between Cheryl Flynn and Billy Dobson that starts when they meet on the beach in Nha Trang, a piece of Heaven on Earth, in April, 1973.  And although the story is based on fact, it is a novel. It is fiction.

Jim is currently working with his very attractive niece, Tara Collinson, who will be the model for Cheryl Flynn on the book’s cover. Tara’s fiancé is working to create the proper background for Tara in the cover photo: the blue and silver Air America helicopters, for example.

Jim falls in love with all his heroines:  Cheryl Flynn in the Extraordinary Banana Tree, Anita Sanchez in Brooklyn Boy, Sandy Roberts in the “Mark and Sandy” stories (eight) in Kiss Me, Kate.

Jim is currently also working on a new collection of short stories, tentatively called The Committee and Other Stories which he plans to get published after EBT is out and available.  The title story is about Homeowners Association self-appointed enforcers.  Anyone who has lived with a HOA Agreement has met these busybodies.  Other stories deal with the teenage trauma of moving just before beginning high school (Rebecca), high school problems (Fight on a School Bus), the at times unbelievable self-absorption of the elderly (Where’s My Car?), Internet sex solicitation (Adriana), and three stories about a US Army Captain who takes R&R in Perth, Western Australian, and meets the love of his life. (It All Started One Saturday in Perth; Marcus and the Schoolyard Fight; The Rhode Island Visit.)  The exotic heroine of these final three stories, Sky Winters, is trying to crack the trinity of Cheryl, Anita and Sandy.

Jim’s first two books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, paperback or Kindle/Nook, and at Change Jar Books in Flagler Beach.  Brooklyn Boy is even available in a hard cover edition from Amazon for those who want the very best.

The Extraordinary Banana Tree will also be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and also in the same formats as Brooklyn Boy: hardcover, paperback, Kindle and Nook. And, of course, at Change Jar Books. He promises to let the world know when it is available.

Terry Michael Hagans – The Inspired Mic Spotlight – May 19th

The Inspired Mic is now entering its third year! We began this wonderful trek at The BeachHouse Beanery in May of 2013. May the 19th is technically the official two-year mark as we began on the third Tuesday of the month way back when. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you will be reading on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, Flagler Beach Gift Shop, and The BeachHouse Beanery.You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspired Mic

Terry M. Atlanta(1)Terry Michael Hagans

In the 1980’s I corresponded with an American Jesuit who, as I recall, commented that we do not save ourselves, we are saved through others. In another time John Donne wrote that no man is an island.

When my wife and I moved to Palm Coast four and a half years ago we met Nadine King at her Christmas Come True retail store next to Bahama Mamas in Flagler Beach and later met one of her friends, Tim Baker. He’d been writing and was writing and to this day I remember him telling me that if I had that passion I only had to engage it. He wasn’t telling me something new but it came through as something he had experienced as really true.

One word, one person can set things in motion in another. Tim did that for me in a very subtle way even though our writing forms and styles are as different as night is from day.

One thing led to another. Indirectly, through crooked lines. A genealogy of sorts emerged and I met Michael Ray King. And have been at the Inspired Mic on and off for well over a year. I am thankful, and thankful for meeting another writer, Becky Pourchot. She has told me that she appreciates the writing I have chosen to share. That spurred me on some more.

So, as these and unnamed others have urged me to write, I hope to touch at least one of you with my calling. My interest is descriptive and of the heart. Not action paced or based. Call it poetic if you will. You can judge for yourself come May 19.

Robin H. Soprano – The Inspired Mic Spotlight – May 19th

The Inspired Mic is now entering its third year! We began this wonderful trek at The BeachHouse Beanery in May of 2013. May the 19th is technically the official two-year mark as we began on the third Tuesday of the month way back when. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you will be reading on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, Flagler Beach Gift Shop, and The BeachHouse Beanery.You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspired Mic

Robin PicRobin H. Soprano

 I Completed my second novel Absinthe. This book flowed out of me much easier then the first. This time the story was so much fun to write and not as emotionally driven as the first.  Absinthe, A Magical Mystery with Romance thrown in the mix, along with a 200 year old spirit who is desperately reaching out for help. And it all started with one sip.
My fist novel A Soul Mate’s Promise, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel and Books-a-million websites
and follow me on my Author Face book Page… Robin H. Soprano
come visit my blog at Robin H. Soprano Author

Orjanette Bryant – The Inspired Mic Spotlight – May 19th

The Inspired Mic is now entering its third year! We began this wonderful trek at The BeachHouse Beanery in May of 2013. May the 19th is technically the official two-year mark as we began on the third Tuesday of the month way back when. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you will be reading on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, Flagler Beach Gift Shop, and The BeachHouse Beanery.You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspired Mic

OJ BryantOrjanette Bryant

 Author Orjanette Bryant is motivational speaker, wellness consultant, mentor, business consultant, missionary, and a Registered nurse.   As a guest speaker on the panel at several Natural hair care events she educates women about a chemical free approach to beauty.  This consultant shares her knowledge about natural hair care in her first publication book, Nubia’s Guide to Going Natural.  You will learn some of the importance of avoiding the harmful chemicals and consider alternatives for their hair care.
Mrs. Bryant the CEO/ president of Natural Nubian Inc worked along with Dr. Sirretta Williams, whom appeared on the Oprah Show for her dynamic publication about her former NFL son’s encounter with abuse, on the set of her a pilot to empower women.  And she also hosted an empowerment event with Dr. Williams as her very special guest appearance.  This women’s event transform women in such a powerful, but unique way.
Mrs. Bryant is inspirational at helping others through the love and inspiration she shares for others.

Heidi Tassone – The Inspired Mic Spotlight – May 19th

The Inspired Mic is now entering its third year! We began this wonderful trek at The BeachHouse Beanery in May of 2013. May the 19th is technically the official two-year mark as we began on the third Tuesday of the month way back when. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you will be reading on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, Flagler Beach Gift Shop, and The BeachHouse Beanery.You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspired Mic

Heidi inspired micHeidi Tassone

Heidi Tassone grew up in the Bronx, New York and currently resides in Florida with her husband, Joe and her dog, Brutus. She’s won several writing contests for her short works, including Star of Wonder, Deadly Dating, Our Little Secret and Maxine’s Valentines Surprise, and has five tales published in an Anthology called, Mosaic, A Collection of Short Stories . She is also published in Gems Magazine. Heidi is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature and The Long Ridge Writer’s Group where she successfully completed short fiction and novel writing courses. She enjoys her quiet life in Florida where she can freely write stories and novels that keep readers at the edge of their seat.
            Heidi first aspired to write when having lunch with her now husband, Joe. He mentioned a dream he had which seemed very realistic. Heidi told him she always wanted to write a novel, but never tried. With encouragement from her husband, she took several writing courses online.
            While driving to work, a thought came to her regarding a women living in New York having visions of murders, only the murders weren’t in New York. They were somewhere tropical. In search of the reason behind her visions, she discovers the murders are real, but taking place in Florida. Thus sets off a world wind of turmoil and intrigue for her protagonist, Lisa Martin. From finding out the truth about her family, to romance, to becoming the focal point of the murderer, Lisa Martin is in for a ride of her young life. Hence, “Behind Green Eyes.” becomes a reality.
            Because of an online writing group, Fanstory.com, one of the secondary characters becomes a favorite. So began a second novel, not yet completed, “Deadly Secrets”, staring a New York detective, Peter Sharpe searching for the killer of his former Captain.
            Heidi enjoys writing to keep the reader surprised. She also loves short cliff hangers throughout her stories. Hopefully she will find the time to get “Behind Green Eyes,” published and “Deadly Secrets,” completed.