Haunted Marietta interview as a download!

Look what I discovered this morning on Amazon when I was looking for a list of my reviews! Rob McConnell of X Zone Radio made my “Haunted Marietta” interview available as a dowload for $.99 ! Now for less than a dollar you can hear how strange I sound on the radio. (At least to myself.) Here’s the link:

Rhetta Akamatsu- Haunted Marietta


My book, music and video reviews at Blogcritics

Aside from writing my own books, I also review books, music, and video at Blogcritics. There are many of them, but I thought I would share a few of my favorites:

Book Reviews:

The House at the End of Hope Street

The Shadow Wars: Book Two of the Demi-Monde Saga

The Union Street Bakery

The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club

The Kashmir Shawl

Music Reviews:

Willie Nelson- Let’s Face the Music and Dance

The Chapin Sisters- A Date With the Everly Brothers

The Rev.  Jimmie Bratcher – Secretly Famous

Video Reviews

The History of the Eagles

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

I also review quite a few children’s DVDs and music CDs, and you can find my favorites of those reviews in my Star’s Kid Stuff blog ,

Fun at the GA Renaissance Fair


Adeleine the squire and Rhetta the knight at RenFest. Is it a good look for me, do  you think?

Saturday, my husband Ken and i went to the GA Renaissance Fair with my son Jeremy and his wife Jennifer and their little girl Adeleine, who is 2. It was the first time we have been to RenFest in about 5 years and the first time we have gone with a small child. What a delight! A lot was exactly the same, with some of our old favorite performers and vendors and shows still active. (We used to go every year, for about 8 years.) I wrote all about the fair here, and there are photos, too:


Working on Kickstarter

I am about to start a Kickstarter projecxt for my Ghosts in the Family Tree book, which would incorporate some of my crazy family history, especially the couple of hundred year the Martins lived at Athelhampton House in England but all including the Viking who landed in Wales and captured a castle, the ancestors who fought on both sides of some very famous Scottish battles Alfred the Great, and enough tales of bloodshed and treachery to fuel Game of Thrones for a season. I want to travel to some of my ancestral places and take my photos, talk to locals, and then write the book. That will take money, even if I only go in stages starting with the UK, and write that book and then add others.

But I am afraid, frankly, What if I start a Kickstarter and nobody contributes? I’m always contributing to ones for my friends. What if nobody supports mine?

That’s the sort of fear that often stops people from doing things. I won’t let it stop me but I do freely admit that the fear is there.

Only one way to find out. Finish the video for the project and get it started!

The game was afoot: Review of 221B Con, Atlanta, April 13-14, 2013 – Atlanta Steampunk | Examiner.com

Ken and I went to 221B Con this weekend. We had a blast, I was astonished at how many young female fans Sherlock Holmes has, and in print as well as movies and TV! Read all about it!

The game was afoot: Review of 221B Con, Atlanta, April 13-14, 2013 – Atlanta Steampunk | Examiner.com.