Daytime TV Royalty Turns The Page To Historical Fiction With ‘Trumpet’

trumpet-300For over forty years BILL and SUSAN SEAFORTH HAYES have captivated daytime audiences as on-again-off-again couple Doug and Julie Williams on the hugely popular drama DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Together, the Emmy Award-winning couple have co-authored a memoir (LIKE SANDS THROUGH THE HOURGLASS) and, most recently, joined forces to pen an epic work of historical fiction titled TRUMPET.
Set in the Regency Era, the book follows the adventurous exploits of Elizabeth Trumpet, a tempestuous young woman determined to become an actress while crossing paths with some of the most illustrious characters in history.
Every bit as charming off-screen as on, the HAYES’ recently sat down with us to talk about the new project and admitted that working together on another book was so much fun they’re thinking of penning a sequel.

TRUMPET is available now in stores, on-line and wherever books are sold

Fans Of Best Selling Author Mitch Albom Counting The Minutes Until Release Of ‘The Time Keeper’

time-keeper-coverSlated for release next week, THE TIME KEEPER is best-selling author MITCH ALBOM’S seventh book and, once again, evokes his signature spare prose in an effort to inspire and provoke thought. A fable for and about our time, the story centers on the origin of Father Time and how he is sentenced to save the lives of two earthly people with no proper appreciation for what is, arguably, God’s greatest gift. We recently sat down with ALBOM to talk about the new book and he described its genesis and story.

THE TIME KEEPER will be released on 9/4



I usually drive around Hancock Park and Koreatown in a caffeinated daze, with 1950s Chet Baker tunes swimming in my head as I envision a Los Angeles littered with fedoras, hopped up jazz, and the smell of blood money.  This week’s debut of Gangster Squad trailer only heightens my fever dream, thanks to Sean Penn’s scenery chewing display as crime lord Mickey Cohen.

My L.A. noir fix has been briefly sated with the release of Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.’s Notorious Mobster, writer Tere Tereba’s absorbing and gritty account of Cohen’s rise from a tough as nails pugilist from East L.A. to a seemingly untouchable gangster (he survived 11 attempts on his life).

“(Cohen) was in the headlines all the time,” says Tereba, who talks about Cohen’s relationship with the media.  “And the stories he gave were the ones he wanted out there.  And they were the stories that covered up the conspiracies, because he was in business with law enforcement.  He was in business with politicians, and the stories they wanted out there needed to be collaborations, so I try to pierce through the conspiracies.  Before anything written about him was just the puff pieces as he wanted them printed.  History remains that way until this book.”

In the following audio clip, Tereba explains why Cohen, who died of stomach cancer complications in 1976, was a “cottage industry” for Los Angeles (Tereba’s dog is heard in the background for a split second):

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NUP_143786_0023.JPG NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer guest stars and season seven winner Tara Costa guest star on Tuesday night’s (NBC, 8 pm et/pt) installment of The Biggest Loser.  The remaining seven contestants are tasked with the past season challenge of pulling a car for a half mile (a feat which might be tougher than last week’s bungee jumping and rock climbing excursions).  Season nine contestant Sam Poueu and season five champ Ali Vincent also help the contestants work out in the gym.

Click on the media bar and listen to trainer Jillian Michaels, author of the book Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life, explain how martial arts was a huge influence during her teenage years.

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Author Wayne Pacelle, the President/CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, sat down with to talk about his new book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them (William Morrow, 423 pages). Covering a wide array of subjects (including Pacelle’s meeting with Michael Vick, the Humane Society’s work during Hurricane Katrina, the NRA’s effect on wildlife), The Bond deals with our complex connection with animals.

“I wrote this book to kind of highlight the contradictory set of attitudes we have in our society,” said Pacelle.  “On the one hand, we have so much goodness and decency to animals.  All this philanthropy, all this pet keeping, all this wildlife watching.  Yet in this very same culture we have factory farming, we have puppy mills, we have dog fighting we have seal clubbing.  What a tangle of different behaviors we exhibit towards animals.  I hope that I can disentangle in The Bond and show people a way forward.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Pacelle discuss his thoughts on Michael Vick, whom he visited in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.

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One chapter in The Bond deals with Pacelle’s time in Louisiana in the harrowing days after Hurricane Katrina.  “This terrible calamity for this part of the country actually had some positive outcomes,” said the author.  “One positive outcome was it showed the American public the depth of the human/animal bond.  So many people would not leave their pets.  They would not leave them behind even though they were at risk.  They wouldn’t accept the rescuers’ invitation to come on to the boat to escape their current crises because the rescuer didn’t have any instructions to allow animals to come on to the boat as well.  So many people said, ‘I’m going to stay behind with my animals because they are my best friends.’  And it was a moving experience and it showed us that you cannot have a proper to a response to a disaster situation without accounting for the human animal bond.”Portraits-365rt.jpg

Click on the media bar and listen to Pacelle talk about the work Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), James Cromwell, Tobey Maguire and Hayden Panettiere (Scream 4) have done with The Humane Society of the United States. 

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The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them is now out in stores.

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Sally Field just 44 years ago

Sally Field just 44 years ago

While Daniel Day-Lewis will play the title role in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Sally Field has agreed to play the 16th First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln.

“I’m excited to be working with Sally for the first time,” Spielberg said. “I’ve admired her films, and she has always been my first choice to portray all the fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln.”

The movie will reportedly focus on Lincoln’s battles with everyone other than the Confederates and is based on the biographical portrait, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The production is scheduled after the Summer and expected to reach theaters near the end of 2012.