Browsing Tag

New York


Nicholas Tanek

September 26, 2016
The Coolest Way To Kill Yourself

Nicholas Tanek came of age in the early ’90s, a skater kid from New Jersey who listened to East Coast punk bands like The Dead Milkmen, The Dead Kennedys and Sonic Youth. Tanek’s musical tastes eventually expanded to include groups such as My Bloody Valentine, The Stone Roses, The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Smiths, and when he was 16, he went to his first illegal rave in New York City. It would prove to be a pivotal moment in his life.

Tanek, a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English, found himself staying in his parents’ basement in the days after Hurricane Sandy ravaged coastal New Jersey in October of 2012. With a generator powering his laptop, he reflected upon his life, analyzing the relationships that had shaped him. And these experiences, set against the backdrop of the rave scene, were the inspiration behind Tanek’s first book, The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself, a tale of love, hedonism and heartbreak that was published in 2013. READ MORE


Karen Dezelle

August 24, 2016
Karen Dezelle

On her first two albums, 2013’s Lost and Found and 2014’s Bloom, Unfold, Wither, singer-songwriter Karen Dezelle took listeners on a mesmerizing journey through her thoughts and emotions, bringing them to life by way of introspective lyrics layered atop beautiful melodic flourishes. In support of those albums, Dezelle performed her unique brand of acoustic folk at famed venues across the United States and the UK including the House of Blues, The Hotel Cafe, Hotel Utah, The Bitter End and at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Dezelle, who recently returned to Los Angeles after living in New York for several months, will soon be releasing her third album, Room for Two. On the first single, “Alchemy,” Dezelle sings of change and reflection, her voice softly dancing along a hypnotic beat and cascading instrumentals. READ MORE


Skylar Nightingale

July 6, 2016
Skylar Nightingale

As an imaginative third grader growing up in upstate New York, Skylar Nightingale penned her first story—a since forgotten tale about a Dr. Seuss character—and won a writing contest at school. From there, her love for the craft only grew, as she spent her days dreaming up new characters and drawing inspiration from songs, news reports, and stories from those around her. Starting out, Nightingale’s writing was an outlet for self-expression, and a means of personal growth. Now, a more mature writer, she uses her stories to entertain and help others by providing readers with a brief escape from their own lives.

A romance author who writes both young and new adult romance, Nightingale applies her vast imagination to developing unique and fully fleshed out characters who introduce readers to new perspectives and experiences. As a romance reader herself, she understands the genre inside and out, and knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats. READ MORE


Cris Pasqueralle

April 10, 2015

It was the Harry Potter series — and the experience of sharing in the adventures with his daughters — that led retired New York City police officer Cris Pasqueralle to become interested in the young adult fantasy genre. A voracious reader for many years, Pasqueralle decided to write a novel of his own, one that would allow kids and teens to stretch their imaginations while exploring a tale of magic, mystery and the strength of family bonds.

Published in August of 2014, Pasqueralle’s Destiny Revealed tells the story of 13-year-old twins Jack and Maddie Austin, who learn a shocking secret about their identities and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

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What was your childhood like, and how did it shape who you are today? READ MORE

Television Personalities

Alison Bedell

February 27, 2015
Alison Bedell

In March of 2014, reality television series Catch a Contractor, featuring comedian Adam Carolla, licensed contractor Skip Bedell and his wife, private investigator Alison Bedell, premiered on the Spike network. The premise of the show involves the trio meeting with homeowners who were taken advantage of by shady contractors and then, with the help of Alison’s sleuthing skills, tracking down those contractors and offering them the opportunity to return to the home and complete the job correctly, or else wind up in court.

In 2007, Alison began working as a probation officer, and along the way, she became familiar with tracking absconders, record searches, surveillance, working undercover and apprehending suspects; skills which she uses frequently as a private investigator. While on the job as a probation officer, she earned a Distinguished Pistol Expert bar, a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognition award for DWI arrests and a County Legislature’s Probation Officer of the Month award. READ MORE