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During the 1940’s the name Errol Flynn became synonymous with silver screen swashbuckling and romantic heroism.

Please give a warm welcome to guest blogger and Cool Gus Author Colin Falconer

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The truth was a touch less glamorous; when Flynn tried to enlist in the army in 1942, he failed the physical exam due to cardiac problems (at 33 he had already had at least one heart attack), degenerative disc disease in his spine, chronic tuberculosis and numerous venereal diseases.

He was a physical wreck; as far from an action hero as you could imagine.

But there was an actual romantic action hero in the Flynn family; his name was Sean Flynn.

Sean was Errol’s only son with his first wife, French actress, Lili Damita.

He first appeared on television when he was 15, in an episode of his father’s television show.


Four years later he filmed a scene in his friend George Hamilton’s movie, Where the Boys Are and then, in 1961, he signed a contract to appear in The Son of Captain Blood, a sequel to his father’s most famous movie.

He also recorded two songs for Hi-Fidelity R.V. Records in 1961: “Stay in My Heart” and “Secret Love” before making a handful of films in Europe including two spaghetti westerns.

But he soon got bored with it – his father’s life was not for him.

He wanted real action.

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So he went to Africa and worked for a while as a safari guide and then as a game warden in Kenya.

But that was still too tame. So in January 1966 he went to Vietnam to try his hand as a freelance photojournalist, first for the French magazine Paris Match, then for Time Life and UPI.

It was soon clear that the same swashbuckling daring that his father had portrayed on screen was what Sean was actually good at in real life.

He soon made a name for himself, along with a group of other high-risk photojournalists, such as Dana Stone, Tim Page and John Steinbeck IV, men who would do anything to get a great picture, risking their lives daily on the front lines.


Soon Sean’s photographs were published right around the world.

In March 1966, he was wounded in the knee while filming a combat operation, but it did not deter him. After he recovered he made a parachute jump with the 101st Airborne.

The following year he went to Israel to cover the Arab-Israeli conflict but returned to Vietnam the following year. In 1970 he went to Cambodia when news broke of North Vietnamese advances there.

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On April 6, Flynn and Dana Stone attended a press conference in Saigon. They decided to return to Pnom Penh on motorcycles, disdaining the limousines the majority of the press corps used.

After the conference Flynn and Stone heard a rumour that there was a checkpoint on Highway I manned by the Viet Cong, so they rode off to see if there was a story in it.

Before they left, another correspondent, Steven Bell, snapped a photograph of them.

It was the last time the son of Captain Blood was ever seen alive. His body, and that of Dana Stone, has never been found.

Over the next decade Flynn’s mother spent a small fortune searching for her son, but with no success.

In 1984 she realized her son’s fate would never be known and had him declared legally dead.


When Old Becomes New…by Jennifer Probst

Please Welcome Jennifer Probst to the blog today!


Ah, so many adages and cliché’s regarding old and new. Out with the old, in with the new. Can’t teach an old dog new tricks. You can jump in here with your favorite…

When it comes to books, in this digital age, our work is out there forever. This new world has no shelf life, just unlimited space and time and lots of hope. What I find so exciting about publishing indie is the ability to update stories.

I remember back in the day my first book was published about a CEO in the finance industry with no cell phone. Yep, I’m that old. When it was published and out for a while – only selling about 50 copies a year at that time – we hit a technology explosion. Suddenly, there was no way a businessman wouldn’t have a cell phone, or a dozen other digital devices.

Uh, oh.

My book was completely dated. Now, if it was published twenty years ago, I could understand, but only a few years? That could be a problem.

Lucky for me the publisher went bankrupt and I got my rights back. I was able to re-write the book, updating and tweaking, adding new scenes, and re-issued the book all shiny and new.

Good stuff.

When I first began my romance writing career, I was published in erotic fiction. After The Marriage Bargain went viral, my brand became more defined. My books were targeted and written as sexy, humorous contemporary romance. I loved writing in this field and dove in with enthusiasm, writing over a dozen books and adding to my backlist.

A few months ago, I realized I would be getting my rights back to three novellas. They were BDSM, erotic, and much more graphic than my usual books. But I was quite proud of those stories, and had displayed the books in my website, under the tab for Erotic Romance. I flipped back through the stories and was quite surprised at the quality. Not a lot of re-writing was needed, but I craved to deepen the stories and increase the length. I also thought a brand new novella in the series could make the entire re-release fresh.

And that’s when something old became new again.

I got new covers courtesy of Jen Talty, and added another solid 5K to each novella. I lowered the price. Decided to release them one week apart leading up to the brand new story.

I now have an opportunity to reach new readers who enjoy my voice and like a more erotic romance. I also feel like it’s strongly branded, and interwove a theme within each of the novellas to connect them.

I was advised a few times to stay in the box. Stick with what made me successful –sexy contemporary romance. I was told it’d be a huge mistake to expect readers to take the leap, and I’d lose more than I’d gain.

I disagree.

As writers, we need to know how to make things fresh. Twist the old. Take dares. Try new things. At this point in my career, I’ve written erotic romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, nonfiction, a dog book, and a children’s book. And yes, there’s more to come, because if the story is exciting and interesting, then I want to explore. The key is to know who you are and make new things work for you.

I hope everyone will enjoy my newest foray into erotic romance and pick up Catch Me!

CatchMe(webl)Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Google | Kobo

Happy Release Day Jennifer Probst! Summers Sins Now Available!

Please Welcome Jennifer Probst to Write on the River!


Writers are always looking for various ways to find new readers. At the same time we want to increase our readership, and occasionally may need to stretch our writing muscles a bit. Do something in a new genre. Write shorter, longer, or dive into essays. We need to keep the writing gene fresh, but try to stay in the game where we don’t have to sacrifice our current readership to rebuild a whole new one. Time is also an important factor. Between those long, emotional single title books I write, I enjoy switching to a shorter length and playing a bit.

One of my favorite ways to do this is writing a trilogy with two other authors.

The first time I ventured into this type of project was with the Sex on the Beach series. The concept was three best friends who go to Key West on Spring break and find love. Each of us took one of the girls and wrote her story. The novellas shared one to two common scenes,  but each one was a complete standalone. They were more fun read together but it wasn’t necessary. We combined networking and released all three books together.

I had a blast. And the books sold well.

It was so much fun, and I was writing in first person POV, new adult, so it was stretching my writing muscles. We wrote a continuation of the series the very next year.

summer sins by Jennifer Probst 300dpiI’m thrilled to write this blog on my release day of a brand new series called Hot in the Hamptons. Again, it’s three novellas, new adult, about three best friends who spend the summer in the Hamptons, revolving around a wedding. My book is Summer Sins, and Storme, the heroine is the one who will need to decide whether she’s going to go through with her wedding. All of the stories work together, but can read alone.

Besides being a great beach read, the Hamptons becomes a character in itself, with the lofty mansions, beach, popular nightspots, and the play-hard crowd that spills in for those perfect eight weeks of the year.

Here’s a teaser, blurb and links if you want to check it out. And next time you’re looking to do something different in your writing world, think about joining in with some other authors to create your own series!

Love burns hotter in the Hamptons. Come play.

The Hot in the Hamptons Series:

Summer Dreaming by Liz Matis | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo
Summer Temptation by Wendy S. Marcus | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo
Summer Sins by Jennifer Probst | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Three separate novellas. Three different authors. One summer to remember.
Read them all, or just read one. It’s up to you! But when read together, you’ll find extra story scenes to enhance your reading pleasure. No matter which route you choose, these standalone novellas will make you burn.

Summer Sins by Jennifer Probst Pre-Order Price only .99!

Please welcome NY Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Probst to Write on the River!


I love summer vacation.

Honestly, I live for summer. The beach, the sun, the sand, the endless lazy mornings and the excitement of going away somewhere. As a NY girl born and bred, I visited Long Island several times to visit family and hit the beach. Maybe a concert at Jones Beach. Wine tastings. Great shopping. But I’ve always been intrigued by the mystery and coolness of the Hamptons.

The Hamptons is THE summer place to go for the rich and famous. Or the bored and wealthy. Expensive shops and mansions and long stretches of beach. Bars and restaurants to party all night.

When I decided to join two author friends to create a series of three best friends spending the summer together revolving around a big wedding, immediately the Hamptons became the perfect setting. Each new adult novella features one of the girls, leading up to the wedding that may or may not occur. They are all standalone – but are more fun to read together, especially for some extra bonuses.

For a limited time until release day – August 4th – all three books are priced at .99.


Here’s a quick blurb of Summer Sins to wet your appetite.


Summer fun before my wedding…
I have one goal this summer. Hang with my besties for some much needed sun, sand, and relaxation while I put the final touches on my idyllic wedding. I didn’t count on meeting a smart-mouthed, bad boy biker whose gaze burns hotter than a beach bonfire. I never planned to lose myself, body and soul, and question my entire future. Now, I have to make a choice that’s tearing me apart, and could shatter the lives of the two men I love…

Turns into summer sins…
I have one goal this summer. CHILL. Do nothing. Nada. I need simple before I have to head into Manhattan to take on a high powered position on Wall Street. I didn’t count on a dark haired, inky- eyed spitfire who’d spin my world upside down, or make me burn for things I never thought I wanted. I vowed to make her my summer fling, but had no idea she was claimed by another. And now that she possessed not only my body but my soul, the stakes are too high for me to lose her…

Love burns hotter in the Hamptons. Come play.

The Hot in the Hamptons Series:

Summer Dreaming by Liz Matis | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo
Summer Temptation by Wendy S. Marcus | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo
Summer Sins by Jennifer Probst | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Three separate novellas. Three different authors. One summer to remember.
Read them all, or just read one. It’s up to you! But when read together, you’ll find extra story scenes to enhance your reading pleasure. No matter which route you choose, these standalone novellas will make you burn.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!


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