Soundproof Panel

CB's audio recording studio "before" photo

Dan suggested and designed a wooden soundproof panel that is now hanging over my studio recording desk. Check out the video here. It took four people to corroborate over three days to saw 2×2 boards into various heights, sand them, arrange them on the panel, and glue them into place. Then Dan painted it and he and John hung it over the desk. This was a major project with major rewards. We are all hoping the book recordings for will attain a new level of professional sound. Can’t wait to get started!  

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Social Media Marketing

Bulletproof Wedding: An Alexa Silven Finale

Gottta be truthful here! I really am not accomplished in this department… I’d rather be writing and I feel very comfortable sitting on my sofa, churning out the characters and stories and painting pictures in the reader’s mind. Social media is actually pretty hard for me… I’d rather be looking at the person I’m talking to, face-to-face. I prefer getting to read facial expressions and body language. You know, sometimes what you write on the phone, emails, or in social media is misunderstood because the reader can’t hear your voice and inflections. Words on paper seem so antiseptic and disconnected from warmth and familiarity. Guess I’m never gonna change my opinion, but I have to learn to get connected on social media because we need to promote our books – a new genre in literature, Christian suspense/thriller murder mysteries. Think about that one for a while! AND CHECK THEM OUT »

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So grateful…

Video still from "Consuming Fire: An Alexa Silven Novel" by C.B. Hoffmann

My whole family, husband John, and sons, Dan and Mark, have been supportive and helpful in producing our first film clip. Truly a family effort: Dan suggested the film, directed it, filmed it, edited it, and posted it on UTube. WOW!! Mark, struggling with a badly strained set of tendons in his right foot, managed to take care of the lighting, nonetheless. John filmed Dan filming the clip. Hmmm…. bloopers and out-takes are both fun and essential! Dan’s wife, Emille, played the main character and showed true acting ability. Our good friend, Danny Perri, gave us his acting debut as a city cop…. actually, he’s a state trooper so he was a natural! I’m grateful to each of you and I want to go on record as saying so!!! Love to you all!

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Two-Sided Coins

I was trying to watch Salt for the first time, but she voiced a GD before the first ad break. Wow… there goes another movie I’ll live without! Christ said, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ This actually unnerves me because it is easy to neglect doing what you should for others. Very easy to go our way and mind our own business when someone else really needs help. We’ve probably all done this. Bottomline comment: Refraining from blaspheming God’s name is something we should all do for the least of these, as well as for the honor and glory of God….. Each of us, including myself, needs to »

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Finding the Right Filming Location

We tried for three weeks to procure a church building, with stained glass windows, that would match the description in the first chapter of Consuming Fire: An Alexa Silven Novel. We planned to film the action scene from the first chapter. This was no small endeavor as most churches wanted to have a board meeting to decide. And then, there was the problem that none of windows were quite what we wanted. Meanwhile, our timing was crucial as both of our actors were only available for a couple of weeks. Dan motivated all of us to keep searching. On the last day before our planned shoot, we prayed and finally approached a church I’d previously disregarded, Grace Presbyterian Church in Winter Springs. For the first time, we pulled into their dirt parking lot, past the crew that was removing trees damaged by Hurricane Irma, and to the back of the church where »

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Things are Moving Fast!

We did it! We made our own 2 1/2 min. movie of the action scene in the first chapter of the first book of the Alexa Silven trilogy. We are getting great reviews!! You can watch it here. You won’t regret it! My son and partner, Dan, is developing some great skills as a director & editor! I couldn’t be happier about the quality of this film!

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Filtering Movies

I love Westerns! I’ve been wanting to see the new Christia Bale movie, Hostiles, but I checked it on Plugged In and the Lord’s name is misused/abused. You know, I just don’t get it. In some religions, if you dishonor their leader, they’ll end your life. Yet here in America, dishonoring the one who gave His life for us is considered no big deal. If we really want to exercise our freedom of speech, maybe we should stop cursing and start praising Jesus Christ – loud & clear!!

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Gun Range

CB & Dan at the gun range

How ironic?! I write murder mysteries about a female assassin with a Glock, who uses hollow point bullets –  but I don’t like guns. Emille and Dan took us to a gun range in Orlando and everyone enjoyed shooting at the hanging target. That is,  everyone but me. I shot the Glock 9mm only a couple of times and that was totally sufficient for me. Even with earmuffs, it’s too loud. I would definitely need more practice to hit the bullseye, because though I thought I was aiming directly at the bullseye, with the recoil, I don’t think I even hit an outer ring. It’s a good thing my main character in the Alexa Silven novels is a sniper who qualified for the Olympics… boy, imagination is great!  

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Just read again the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and hope everyone gets a chance to read it. We revisited it after our church pastor gave a sermon that began with the inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr.  What a statesman he was! So genuine in sincerely seeking justice and equality for all. Here’s one of my favorite of his famous quotes: “You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, »

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Some Good Netflix

So thrilled with “Taken” that we’ve been watching on Netflix. There are several things I appreciate, like the action and suspense/thriller plots mixed with mystery. Many of  the plots are similar to scenes from my trilogy: Consuming Fire, Murder by Design, and Bulletproof Wedding – all of which are Alexa Silven Novels. Aside from the thrill of seeing plots similar to mine in a movie, the lack of cursing is a bonus. Personally, I fast forward past any gratuitous sex scenes (unnecessary to the plot). In fact, there’s very little that’s offensive in the “Taken” series.  The action and plot drives each scene. That’s what you get when it’s worth watching… no sensationalism…nothing disgustingly or horrifically graphic – just to cover for a weak story. The acting and cinematography are to be commended. Try it out if you’re looking for a first class, refreshing change from the status quo. It will »

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