August 05, 2014

Lightning in a Bottle, Henry Darrow biography

 Henry was the heart throb on the TV series High Chaparral. Many of you ladies will remember him! He's had many other memorable roles. Check out his book!

Henry Darrow (born EnriqueTomás Delgado) overcame life-threatening illness, crippling anxiety and prejudice to become internationally famous as sexy, complex "Manolito Montoya" in the western The High Chaparral (1967-1971). He was the first actor of Puerto Rican heritage to star in a television series. "Henry survived and had a career when if you were Latino, you couldn't be just good, you had to be beyond great and that's Henry," says noted writer/entertainer Rick Najera. At the height of his fame Darrow put his hard-won career on the line to open doors for other Hispanics. He has continued to break ground for over fifty years as a working actor. He was the first Latino to portray Zorro, the first Latino to win a Daytime Emmy for Best Supporting Actor and in 2012 he received the prestigious ALMA award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). "Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle" is the must-read portrait of this inspirational, fiercely determined, endearing and enduring performer. This is a great read, don't miss it!

Dear readers, I met Henry Darrow at the 2014 High Chaparral Reunion in Tucson when I was there for the premiere of Geronimo, Life on the Reservation*.. What a charming, likable man!

*Note: Some of you may not of heard of my one-man Geronimo show starring Rudy Ramos. It's traveling around the Southwest United States. If it comes to a theater near you, don't miss it! 
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May 28, 2014

Booking information for Geronimo, Life on the Reservation

Booking information:
Penny McQueen
ph: (812) 214-5044
Rudy Ramos is bringing Geronimo back to life with his one-man, traveling show. shows across the Southwest have earned standing ovations.
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February 14, 2014

A Valentine story: It All Started With That Darn Shoebox!

Not all of us are good at romance. This is a story about one of those women...
 Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Hope you enjoy the story, originally printed in my short story book: Free Pecan Pie and Other Chick Stories. Paperback and Kindle.
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January 28, 2014

Announcing a new project: videos!

copyright 2014 Late Bloomer Video
This is the logo I designed for my new projects: videos! What fun I'm having! It all started when I began making frame-based book trailers that I posted on YouTube (search: Janelle Meraz Hooper). I love my YouTube! Now, I'm branching out into using more film that I'm taking with a little Cannon camera that has a video function. I am a late bloomer, so all of my equipment is small and easy to work with. I hand-picked it at Glazer's Camera (430 8th Ave. North, Seattle- Ph: 206-624-1100). My husband and I have relied upon them for years. Now that I am in my senior years and not as strong as I once was, they are still providing all of my camera needs.
For this stage of my photography life, I've purchased two lightweight tripods and two battery-operated video lights. I think it will be a while before I advance to more complicated equipment. But I'm not positive. I have a friend who is also a senior, Dorothy Wilhelm, who has just acquired a Logitech 920! What is she going to do with that?! I can't wait to find out! Brad Pitt, look out!
So, are we having fun yet? I think so! Of course, I am still writing my books and short stories...and more: I have a one-man show opening in Tucson this spring titled Geronimo, Life on the Reservation. It stars Rudy Ramos, a star of The High Chaparral TV show. It premieres on March 22nd, 2014 and will travel to a town near you. Don't miss it! I'll be writing more about it as we go along.
I'll also be blogging more again. I got a little wrapped up in the Geronimo show, but I've missed you. I have another blog ( but it's format doesn't leave room for me to just chat with you. Am I am a big talker! All of the women in my family were talkers. How I miss them. My grandmother, mother, and her sisters were the inspiration for my Turtle Trilogy ( Amazon and others).
What's new:
In music: Daryl's House, on YouTube. Check it out. The music and concept of visiting musicians getting together to play in a relaxed setting blows me away. Check it out!
Dan Mangan, Nice, Nice, Very Nice-also on YouTube but I also purchased the CD.
Bread, The Best of Bread on YouTube, but I also purchased the Cd.
On my Kindle: I have been researching historical romances and they have become a passion. The settings, clothing, and vocabulary have enchanted me. My new favorite word is besotted--as in, "He was besotted with the woman". What a great word! Has a man ever been besotted with me? I'm sure not! DRAT! I guess, at almost 70, it's too late now! Ha!
There are too many titles to mention, but if you want to try one out, look for novelists like Sherry Thomas (Start with Delicious!), Tessa Dare (you might try Goddess of the Hunt), Carole Mortimer (the St. Claire series)...
Pinterest: This site confounds me. Just when I think I understand it, I get lost again. I have been building my site--off and on--for weeks now. I'm sure you'll do better than I. I am a certified, card-carrying tech-idiot.
WorldReader: this organization loads up Kindles with books and distributes them to children in third world countries. I am pleased and honored to have three of my books chosen. More are on their way, I hope! I wish I knew what children think of my books about Native American Indians! Oklahoma! and my Hispanic family!
Oh! I am out of time. This blog is over 5 times longer than my normal blogs. I would like to thank my readers for sticking with me. I really have missed you! Please come back soon!
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