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The mountains around our home are ablaze with the change in seasons, and the kids are gearing up for Halloween with all sorts of clever costume ideas. I’m trying to figure out how to dress the whole family like the cast of BREAKING BAD. I think I’ll be Walter White. What do you think? LOL
Meanwhile, Mike and I are hard at work on the film version of my first novel, THE DIRTY GIRLS SOCIAL CLUB, and should have some very exciting news to announce later this month. Like, so exciting it deserves to be on the news. Seriously. Squee!
I always love the transition from summer to fall, and this year it all feels especially wonderful, given the positive developments on all fronts in my life — including the growth and success of Valdes Entertainment Enterprises (VEE), my multi-platform entertainment production company (books, film, scripted TV, reality TV, music), which now has — are you ready? — two co-CEOs, a COO, a Chief Creative Officer, a stellar advisory board, and representation with Loeb & Loeb, the top entertainment legal firm in Los Angeles!
As I write this, my company is at the table with a major celebrity investor who is interested in financing and executive producing our first film — a feat we could never have accomplished without the generous support of all who donated to us via Kickstarter and Fundly for the travel funds necessary to have all the meetings leading up to this point. So, thank you! You guys are making this happen! We are hoping to get everything together in time to start shooting in the spring or summer, in Boston. We were considering shooting in New Mexico, but Massachusetts now has better film incentives than my home state, and it is awfully difficult to make NM look like Boston…so there you go. Looks like the family and I will be spending six weeks in my old hometown next year, and I get butterflies just thinking about it! I love Boston so much!
In other news, VEE is proudly launching our first online magazine, called RICA, next month – on Nov. 15. RICA is the first English-language publication in the United States to target an upscale Latina audience. It is all about luxury, beauty, fun, elegance and GREAT writing. Think Town & Country, or Uptown, for a sophisticated Latina audience. We are getting an amazingly positive response from our focus groups and advertisers, and I am BEYOND thrilled to let you guys know that Adweek, the advertising industry’s major trade magazine, is profiling RICA in their Oct. 14 issue. Please look for the story! If you are interested in writing for RICA, or in having your business, service or self profiled in our pages, or if you’d like to advertise with us, please contact us here.
Que mas? I’m off to San Francisco Oct. 10 to host a fashion show at the downtown Macy’s, in honor of Mexican superstar Thalia, for Hispanic Heritage Month. What an honor! I hope to see some of you there. Isn’t Thalia just the BEST? So beautiful and multitalented! I can’t wait. On Oct. 12, I am keynoting the MANA del Norte gala in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a high honor as well. I look forward to seeing old and new friends there.
On the book front, I continue to push my latest novel, THE TEMPTATION OF DEMETRIO VIGIL, a suspenseful supernatural love story set along the Turquoise Trail in my beloved New Mexico. In honor of the book’s release as the first book officially published by my company, VEE Books, we were giving away the e-book for free until the end of September. I’ve asked the company to continue to give the book away for free until Christmas, as my gift to you, my readers, for supporting me in this journey. Please click here to get your copy now! The only thing I ask for in return is that, if you like it, you put up a nice review on Amazon and/or GoodReads, and tell all your friends about it!
In TV news, I’m still busy helping Authentic Entertainment to cast a new reality show based upon my first novel, called THE REAL DIRTY GIRLS SOCIAL CLUB. If you think you have what it takes to be a reality TV star, and if you relate to the women in that book, I’d love to hear from you. Please send me a note on my contact page. I am also continuing to put the finishing touches on my forthcoming cooking/talk show for a cable network with 37 million subscribers. I hope to finally be able to tell you which network it is, later this month. We are still hammering out deal points and these things can sometimes be agonizingly slow — but, hey, that’s life in the fast lane for ya!
Thanks again for stopping by, and for your continued support of my crazy little writing habit.