Monthly Archives: July 2011

Weekly Overview (Jul 31st)

In the last week…

What We’ve Been Reading

Steph

Has read:
Eternal Hearts (A Darkness Within, #2) by Jennifer Turner
For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson, #1.5) by Darynda Jones
Dragon Bound (Elder Races #1) by Thea Harrison

Is Currently Reading:
Sleeping With the Wolf (After the Crash #1) by Maddy Barone
Black Heart Loa (Hoodoo, #2) by Adrian Phoenix

Ames

Has read:
Wolf’s Glory (After the Crash #2) by Maddy Barone

Is Currently Reading:
A Clash of Kings by (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R. Martin

What’s Been Posted Here @ Random {Para}normal Musings

BOOKS

Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ Meow!
Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Love is in the Air
Freaky Friday ~ Beware of … Vampire Dogs?
Kitty Norville Series Extended!
Richelle Mead Series News

MOVIES

“May the odds be ever in your favor!” ~ Hunger Games Movie News

TV


Recap: True Blood ~ S4, Ep5 “Me and the Devil”
Vamps-Kill Campaign
True Blood’s SexFest Index


Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you next week!

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“May the odds be ever in your favor!” ~ Hunger Games Movie News

The Poster

Prepare to be wowed! Click on the poster below and it will take you to an absolutely stunning motion poster! You have to see it to believe it.

Entertainment Weekly ~ The Boys

We saw Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in an issue of last month‘s Entertainment Weekly, this month we’ve got the boys 21-year-old Liam Hemsworth as Gale and 18-year-old Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.

[Source: Photos]

The Soundtrack

12-time Grammy winner T Bone Burnett (Cold Mountain, Walk the Line) will team up with award-winning composer Danny Elfman (have you seen a Tim Burton movie? Or any movie really, he’s done them all it seems) to produce the score and soundtrack to The Hunger Games.

A Message From Suzanne Collins (posted on Facebook)

“Now that the filming of The Hunger Games has begun, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the script, so I thought I might share a little of my experience with you. Back in early 2010, Color Force and Lionsgate began the process of adapting the book to the screen and I wrote the first draft of the script. After that, we brought on veteran screenwriter Billy Ray to further develop the piece. Not only has he written and directed excellent films like Shattered Glass and Breach, he was a complete pleasure to work with. Amazingly talented, collaborative, and always respectful of the book. His adaptation further explored the world of Panem and its inhabitants. As though I wasn’t lucky enough, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross, known for his wonderful works such as Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, came on board. As part of his creative process, he wrote a subsequent draft which incorporated his incredible directorial vision of the film. And then he very generously invited me in to work with him on it. We had an immediate and exhilarating creative connection that brought the script to the first day of shooting. Of course, the piece will naturally continue to evolve through the filming, as the actors bring the characters to life, as the entire crew brings their significant talents to the piece, as the editors work with Gary to best realize his vision. The final draft will be on the screen next March.

So that’s been the script process, and as an author, I’m truly grateful for the journey.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Suzanne Collins

Richelle Mead Series News

Storm Born Comic

Issue 2 is now out!



SNEAK PEEK: There is a 5-page preview from the middle of the issue:

Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5

The Storm Born Comics are based upon the first book of the Dark Swan series, Storm Born, featuring Eugenie Markham, a powerful shamaness. Here’s the first scene from the first book:

The 5-page preview from issue #1: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5

Series reading order:
Storm Born volume #1Storm Born volume #2Storm Born volume #3Storm Born volume #4


Vampire Academy Graphic Novel

This series may have been put to bed last December with Last Sacrifice but the very first book that started it all has been turned into a graphic novel which is due out August 30, 2011!








Bloodlines


SNEAK PEEK: The first chapter of Bloodlines, the first book in the Vampire Academy spin-off series, is now available to read HERE.

It’s due for release on August 23, 2011.








COVER REVEAL: The Golden Lily, book #2 of the Bloodlines series is set for release on May 1, 2012.

A Q&A about Bloodlines by Mead is HERE.

Bloodlines Facebook Page
Bloodlines YouTube Channel


Georgina Kincaid


SNEAK PEEK:The first chapter of the sixth and final book in the Georgina Kincaid series, Succubus Revealed is available HERE.

This one is set for release on August 30, 2011.






And finally, Mead has discussed her future schedule now that she’s having a baby.

So, three Mead books out in August. Will you be buying any of them?



Kitty Norville Series Extended!

Carrie Vaughn‘s Kitty Norville series, which starts with Kitty and the Midnight Hour, has been extended from 10 books to 14!

From Vaughn’s blog:

I’ve officially signed a contract for four more Kitty books. That’s #11 – #14, for those keeping score, though one of those will probably be a spinoff. I’ll update y’all as I’m writing them and know more. Like, I’m currently halfway through #11, which doesn’t have a title yet, and is at the “oh crap, how am I going to pull this all together and I’ve left out an entire plot line” stage.

So, back to work with me.


Series reading order:

Freaky Friday ~ Beware of … Vampire Dogs?

Freaky Friday is a new feature in which we’ll be sharing our strangest finds concerning books, movies and the paranormal.


Original? Yes. Odd? Absolutely!



Vampire Dogs: Episode One by Robert Hawke

Thrasher is a 4 pound Yorkshire Terrier who is leader of the Canine Protection Group. Together with his sidekick Kong, he battles squirrels, vampires and other dangers that lurk beyond the darkness. To save his owners, he and his pack are willing to sacrifice themselves and even form an alliance with Thrasher’s most dreaded enemy; Balthazar, The Lord of the Racoons. If his “Masters” only knew…


Available now @ Smashwords


The funniest part to me, a 4-pound Yorkie?? I can just see it now. *Walkin’ along mindin’ my own business …* “Ah, aren’t you a cuti…. AHHHH! WTH?! You bit me!” LOL!! 🙂




Happy Friday!


True Blood’s SexFest Index

While scouting around for some fun True Blood news, I found NY Magazine Vulture‘s post The True Blood Sex Index: What Characters Have Had the Most, and How? Samantha Zalaznick and Jen Cotton chat about the one thing you can always count on seeing on True Blood season after season. No matter which supes join the cast from one season to another, SEX is always in the air. These ladies even created a breakdown of the types of supeR sex the guys and gals of Bon Temps have had to date. Love it! (Click on the image to check out their full size chart.) Looks like Alcide has got a lot of catching up to do. No doubt, if Sookie hadn’t gotten lost in Fairyland for 13 months, he might have a few more icons next to his name.

True Blood Sex Index

Recap: True Blood ~ S4, Ep5 “Me and the Devil”

TB Recap & Review Header by StephB

“I had a bad dream.” ~ Eric


I had a dream … Godric was there
Our favorite 2,000 yr old vamp makes an appearance in Eric’s dream. This time Godric’s not the peaceful mentor, but the “you know you wanna drink her blood and be able to walk in the sun” type. He gets Eric all hot and heavy, fangs drop and he’s panting over Sookie when he awakes from his nightmare.
Still aroused from the dream, he wanders into Sookie’s room. She’s startled awake before he can take a nibble. Old Eric would’ve taken what he wanted, but Eric 2.0 goes Weepy Wendy and tells Sookie, “I had a bad dream.” He lays down with his head in her lap and cries bloody tears seeking comfort.

He says he’d never hurt someone as beautiful as her. He asks permission to stay with her, she agrees as long as he keeps his hands and fangs to himself. While they spoon, it’s obvious that his vulnerable new self is slowly, but surely breaking down Sookie’s “I’ll never be with Eric Northman” wall.

Tara pops over for some BFF support after her girlfriend finds some mail with her real name and address on it. Needless-to-say, Naomi is hurt to learn that “Toni” has lied to her. Sookie advises Tara to go to her now and fight for the girl she loves. She’s also trying to get rid of her before Eric saunters out of his cubby. Tara realizes something’s up with Sookie and before she can tell her, Eric walks into the room. Tara freaks out, screams and cusses at Sookie for housing such an evil vamp after all he’s done to her. When Tara leaves, Eric is once again saddened to learn that everything Tara said is true. And when the wall finally comes tumblin’ down, we get our moment … Eric and Sookie k-i-s-s-i-n-g! If you missed it, here’s a loop for ya.

I had a dream … I killed mama and papa
Tommy, still caught in Joe Lee’s choke collar, passes out – or so they think. Instead he jumps Joe Lee and wraps the chain around his neck trying to kill him. Mama’s none to happy and starts beating on Tommy begging him to stop. Joe Lee just won’t die – kinda like a cockroach – so Tommy grabs a pipe and beats him in the head until he’s dead, dead, dead. Only problem, mama got so angry and kept jumping Tommy, so he OOPS! kills her too.

In his panic, he packs them up in a van and heads to Sam for help. Sam helps Tommy wrap them and drives them to the swamp for gater bait. On the way, Andy pulls him over demanding to see in the back of the van. Tommy, grew a brain for 5 seconds and shifted into a gater to scare him off. The bodies, which are floating, are finally gobbled up by gaters when Sam tosses in some marshmallows because, “Gators love marshmallows. You should know that.” Umm, ok.

I had a dream … I f**ked Jessica and Hoyt was there
At the end of the last episode, Jason was found passed out on the side of the road by Jessica and Hoyt. Jessica feeds Jason some of her blood to help heal his wounds. They get Jason home in bed to rest and recover. Hoyt can sense something is up with Jessica, she’s being distant, but insists she’s just exhausted from being a blood donor. Hoyt, not buying what she’s sellin’, decides to stay with Jason for a bit. The brofriends have a chat about Jason’s Hot Shot “experience”. He tells Hoyt, in his best God-voice (actually sounded more like the movie trailer guy, but no less hilarious) “Jason Stackhouse, you have f**ked too many hot women. Now let’s see how you like it!”

Back at home, Jessica crawls up Jason and he’s quick enough to ask, “Is this a dream?” Jessica confirms and he puts a short stop to the seduction as he feels a pang of guilt over Hoyt’s love of Jessica, then he blows it off … it is a dream after all. While smexin’, she keeps calling out Hoyt’s name which is freaking him out, but nothing does that as well as Hoyt showing up on top of Jason which shocks him awake.

I had a dream … my face was falling off
Poor Pam! She shows up at Bill’s decked out in her best funeral attire, veil and all. He says, “Oh good, the world needs more beekeepers.” Best Bill line in a looong time. She is understandably pissed off and exclaims, “You f**k with my face, it’s time to die.” She demands that he “Convene your sheriffs so we can kill this uppity wiccan c**t … your majesty.”
He tells her that cannot be done, vamps cannot kill humans. Bill’s wicca spy meets with Marnie and Bill’s goons step in to “arrest” her. They lock her up in Bill’s state-of-the-art prison. He whammies her to find out exactly what she knows about the disappearance of Eric and how to reverse the melting spell on Pam. As we all know, she knows nothing. Pam and Bill meet with the other sheriffs in Louisiana to discuss the wiccan threat. Pam accidentally spills, in front of them all, that Eric has had his memory wiped. Bill demands to know everything she knows and where he is staying. Pam can’t resist his Kingly powers and tells him Eric’s at Sookie’s house.

I had a dream … Zzzzz I dosed off, what’d I miss?

Jesus convinces Lafayette to head to Mexico to visit Grandpa. Why? When Jesus was young, his grandpa gave him a goat. Little Boy Jesus was thrilled to have a pet, only grandpa had other plans. Demanding he kill the goat and take in his essence. When he did, he felt something so powerful …. he believes that power is what he and Lafayette need now to protect themselves from two vamps and a crazy ass witch.

Sookie listens in on Holly’s inner monologue and learns about the Moon Goddess Emporium. She heads over there and introduces herself to Marnie. When Marnie refuses to do a reading for her, she says, “When I was a kid, my two favorite TV shows were Sabrina and Charmed!” Marnie gives in and during the reading Sookie’s Gran shows up. Gran tells Sookie not to lose her heart to this boy, his situation is temporary. Then, she tells Sookie to stay away from this witch, she’s dangerous … RUN! Sookie thanks Marnie, telling her when her Gran tells her to run, she runs.

Arlene is freaked by the writing on the wall. Terry calls for some religious back up to cleanse the house of Rene’s spirit. Turns out the preacher he calls is Reverend Daniels and his wife, Tara’s Mom. They sing some songs and do some smudging around the house. Great line: Arlene says, “Smells a little like pot.” Terry responds, “Not really.” Convinced that took care of their problem, they have some satin sheet nookie and spoon. On the dresser, a matchbook lights and burns out on it’s own.

Alcide gets a visit from Shreveport’s pack master, Luna’s baby daddy. He tells Alcide he’s been in town long enough and should’ve registered with pack by now. Alcide’s decided to go it alone and tells him to buzz off. (In case you haven’t seen it, Alcide, in all his hot muscled glory, is sportin’ the cover of Muscle & Fitness’ July 2011 issue. The photos are hawt! It’s a MUST see!)

Portia just can’t take no for an answer and shows up at Bill’s with reasons why incest isn’t a good enough reason for the two of them to stop f**king seeing each other. He puts the vamp whammy on her so that anytime she sees him she’ll want to run from the room screaming, which she does.


Check out the trailer HBO premiered at Comic Con! Looks like it should be an interesting season!


Ep. 42/Season 4, Ep. 6 ~ “I Wish I Was the Moon” Preview


Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Love is in the Air

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


❧ Love is in the Air ❧


*Sigh*  It’s been a long time coming, but Strider (Defeat) is gettin’ his happily ever after!

That lucky little harpy!


The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

Release Date: 27 September 2011

The Lords of the Underworld return in this enthralling tale of an immortal warrior determined to win and the beautiful seductress he can’t resist.

Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.

Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can’t afford because he has an agenda of his own – steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter – the love neither had thought possible…


Happy Reading!


Vamps-Kill Campaign

Beware of Vamps Zealots!

In Season 4 Episode 3, we saw some of the members of vamps-kill.com at work.
They were capturing a vamp feeding on video to show the world just how deadly the vamps can be.

Wake up people before we are all DEAD. Vampires are EVIL KILLERS who feed off of humans and they are EATING US ALIVE. This site is dedicated to proving that bloodsuckers ARE AMONG US and that we must stop at nothing to rid America of these scavengers.

Of course, they offer a link to The Fellowship of the Sun’s website. If you hop over to the site you’ll see a Missing Person Alert for Steve Newlin, as well as information about the zealots group.


They are dead set on providing proof that vampires kill and no one is safe.


      

If you’d like to learn more, check out vamps-kill for more information.

Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ Meow!

MM-DBR

Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews is a weekly feature where we’ll share some mini-reviews Alice-style.


Here Kitty, Kitty! (Magnus Pack #3) by Shelly Laurenston

What do you do when you’ve got a hillbilly tiger by the tail? Or maybe the question should be: what wouldn’t you do…

Nikolai Vorislav likes his single life just as it is. Simple, relaxing and quiet. What he doesn’t need is some foul-mouthed Texan hellcat living in his house, eating his food, flirting with his idiot brothers and shooting holes in his home with his granddaddy-s gun. But those long legs, dark eyes and lethal tongue are making Nik insane and he fears he may be caught in the sexiest animal trap ever.

Angelina Santiago doesn’t know how she got from Texas to North Carolina in a night or how she ended up in some hillbilly tiger’s house wearing only a sheet. What she does know is that she doesn’t like good ol’ boys with slow, sexy drawls who can’t seem to stop rubbing up against her. Yet in order to protect her friends, Angie has to stay with a cat who seems hellbent on finding all sorts of delicious ways to make her purr.

Warning – this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and strong violence.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: He didn’t actually see the wall until he walked into it. {Prologue: Nikolai}
Closing Line: For life. {Nikolai}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

Big cats have always been my favorite animals and Nikolai Vorislav has now proven they are among my favorite shifters as well. Nik is happy being unattached. He was perfectly fine alone until his brothers brought the long-legged beauty, Angelina Santiago, into his house. She was attacked by hyenas, rescued and kidnapped all in the same day. She demands they take her to Sara & Zach, but the pack asks her to wait a bit because they have their hands full at the moment keeping a pregnant Miki safe. True to form, she tortures Nik with her over-the-top purchases (using his money) and constantly calls him a hillbilly. Nik’s mom and dad are monogamous, but that’s not typical with big cats. His sister, Kisa and cousin, Reena tease him when he starts displaying signs of a man/shifter who has found his mate. The pairing is once again a perfect match. These two balance each other out with her spicy attitude and his sweet Southern charm. (I do love it when a southern man says, “Sugar.” Mmmm)

Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations” ~ Alice

Shelly Laurenston was not a New2Me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

Shelly really knows how to write spicy hot shifters. I have had so much fun reading this series!
I am looking forward to reading her Pride series next.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves” ~ The Dutchess

As always, there is no shortage of LOL and/or sizzlin’ hot quotes. These are just a couple of my favorites.


“Because, Sugar… you make me purr.” {Nikolai}
“Claws! Claws! Claws in my ass!” {Angie}
“Dammit, man … You’re a cat. Act like one!” {Ban, Nik’s brother}


“We are all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat award for making me wish I had a 700-pound Siberian tiger to snuggle.




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!