Monthly Archives: September 2011

Freaky Friday ~ Can Ya Dig It?!

Gotta love the slow jazzy feel of the 60’s mixed with futuristic sci-fi!

This flick looks like a splash from the past with a dash of the future.  I’m definitely diggin’ the ‘fro she’s sportin’.  This clip is for the movie, Soul Man, a CG animated sci-fi flick. The film is being developed by French director Guillaume Ivernel.  You can read more about this sci-fi-funk creator at BlacklightMovies.com or check out his IMDB page.


http://vimeo.com/29712832

(Via Blastr.com)

Cover Reveal ~ Doubletake by Rob Thurman

Doubletake (Cal Leandros #7) by Rob Thurman

Rob shared her love for the newest Cal Leandros cover created by artist, Chris McGrath.

Chris is the cover artist for many of our favorite series, in addition to Rob’s Nightlife series.

Release date: 6 March 2012 | Publisher: Roc

Pre-order your copy @ Amazon | Book Depository | B&N

Freaky Friday ~ Shelter from the Storm

“Not a word was spoke between us, there was little risk involved
Everything up to that point had been left unresolved.
Try imagining a place where it’s always safe and warm.
“Come in,” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

~ Bob Dylan’s Shelter from the Storm

My husband showed me this site he’d heard about while watching Stephen Colbert. It’s called Vivos. They are offering “The Underground Shelter Network for Long-Term Survival of Future Catastrophes.” Talk about praying on the fears of the people. Wow! We’ve all heard the stories about the coming of the apocalypse on 12/20/12. But, seriously?! I do have to admit, the “pods” do look pretty cool. I guess if I was looking for shelter from the storm, was insanely rich and eccentric, maybe.

Robert Vicino, the head of the Vivos Management Team, asks the people, “Are you a survivor? Watch this video to find out. As seen in most disasters, even in America, the government may not be there for you, and cannot accommodate, or provide for everyone. This is especially true with any widespread event, as witnessed with Katrina, or what may be even more catastrophic in the coming years. Vivos is your opportunity to have a shelter solution that is assured to be there waiting for you, even on short notice.”

The clock is ticking …. 464 Days, 13 Hours, 14 Minutes, 14 Seconds Remaining …. “The Choices is Yours”

How about you? Interested?

“This is a New War” ~ Underworld: Awakening in 2012

“This is a new war…”

Underworld: Awakening, starring the beautiful Kate Beckinsale, will air in US theaters on 20 January 2012. In this edition of Underworld, Selene wakes up to a “new world” where the humans are at war with vampires and lycans. From the preview clip, Selene is on the hunt for Michael (played by Scott Speedman), the vamp-lycan hybrid from Underworld: Evolution. Read ShockTillYouDrop.com’s report on their visit to the set.

Synopsis from Comingsoon.net:

“Underworld Awakening” brings a stunning new dimension to the epic battle between Vampires and Lycans, as the first film in the franchise to shoot in 3D.

Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.






Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Bounty Hunter Babe

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.


Bounty Hunter Babe, Anna Strong

If you don’t recognize the character name, Anna Strong, you are missing out on a great urban fantasy series!


Crossroads (Anna Strong Chronicles #7) by Jeanne C. Stein
Release Date: 30 August 2011

As a bounty hunter, Anna Strong knew how to find trouble. But now that she’s a vampire, trouble seems to have a knack for finding her…

The death of Anna’s old vampire mentor is causing ripples in the mortal world. His forensic report has brought up some anomalies and people are asking questions-questions that no vampire wants to answer. Anna needs to lie low, but the sudden discovery of a slew of drained bodies near the Mexican border brings an old flame back into her life and with him, a new challenge. Then, some stunning news from an unexpected source sends Anna and her friend Daniel Frey on a journey that may change both their lives-forever.



Happy Reading!


“The Secret Circle” Pilot Available Early @ iTunes

Watch the pilot for free @ iTunes

Cassie Blake was a happy, normal teenage girl – until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington – the town her mother left so many years before – where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them – until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers. But it’s not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother’s childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny. What Cassie and the others don’t yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana’s father and Faye’s mother – and that Cassie’s mother’s death might not have been an accident.

The Secret Circle is based on L. J. Smith‘s young adult trilogy by the same name. The show was well cast. I haven’t read the books, but the familiar (and some not so familiar) faces should prove to be a big draw. My favorite – Gale Harold, who I first fell in love with when he starred as Brian Kinney on the amazing series Queer as Folk, plays a baddie. He’s the father of Diana, who I’ve nicknamed Glenda, the good witch. Here’s a breakdown on the characters we’ve met so far.

Cassie Blake, 16 years old
— Mom, Amelia, deceased (died in fire “accident”)
— Dad, “a bad man”, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
— Grandma, Jane
Nick Armstrong, “guy in the window”, Cassie’s neighbor
— Mom ?
— Dad ?
Adam Conant, Cassie’s “star mate”, but Diana’s boyfriend
— Mom, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
— Dad, owns Boat House, a drunk, loved Cassie’s mom, she was his “star mate”
Diana Meade, appears to want to do the right thing
— Adam’s girlfriend
— Dad, Charles, powerful baddie
— Mom, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
Faye Chamberlain, loves her the new strength of her powers, doesn’t want control
— Mom, HS principle, Dawn, working with Charles to “bring power”
— Dad, deceased (died 16 yrs earlier in “accident”)
Melissa, appears to be Faye’s follower
— Mom ?
— Dad ?

These six make up the “Secret Circle”. The five had some powers prior to Cassie’s arrival in town. But, since her arrival, their powers have increased. In the pilot, we find out that some sort of “accident” happened 16 years earlier. In that accident, each of them lost one parent. Diana tries to convince Cassie that she too is a witch. They all must bind their powers so they can learn to control them. Faye isn’t looking to control her powers, she’s reveling in them. But, her arrogance may just get the best of her. Adam’s dad tells Cassie how much he loved Amelia, “It was written in the stars …” they were meant to be together. But, her father came to town and everything changed. He also tells Cassie that she and Adam are fated to be together too. Que love triangle between Cassie – Adam – Diana. I really don’t like love triangles. But, we’ll see how this one plays out.

So, will you be watching? Have you read the trilogy? If so, let us know how the show compares to the books.

Whet Your Appetite … V3, baby!

Vampire Diaries Season 3 premieres 15 September

The final episode of Season 2, “As I Lay Dying” aired on 12 May 2011

Official Synopsis:
Mystic Falls screens “Gone with The Wind” in the town square, and Damon’s memories of Katherine in 1864 mix with the reality of present-day Elena. Stefan pays a steep price after trying to prevent a tragedy, and Sheriff Forbes makes a dangerous mistake while trying to keep everyone safe. Multiple lives hang in the balance as the consequences of the sacrifice ritual play out to a horrifying conclusion.

In case you need a visual reminder of how things in Mystic Falls left off, here’s a recap vid for ya.

And here’s what we have to look forward to in the premiere.


Yipee! Disillusionists #3 Has a Name & Release Date!

The final book in Carolyn Crane‘s Disillusionists trilogy
has a name and release dates!


We may not know what the cover looks like, but we do know what it will be called …. HEAD RUSH. Carolyn posted the great news on her website, “The third and final book in the Disillusionists trilogy, HEAD RUSH, will release as an audio book in early November (all 3 books will come out at once in audio). It will release as an ebook on December 6th (Samhain) and as print in 2012 at some point.”

The first two books in the Disillusionists trilogy are some of the most unique I have read in a long time. I have had so much fun meeting and following Justine and her merry band of Disillusionists. I am THRILLED to hear the trilogy will finally be complete later this year. I am looking forward to Head Rush.

If you haven’t done so already, check out the stories available now!


Mind Games (Disillusionists Trilogy #1)

JUSTINE KNOWS SHE’S GOING TO DIE. ANY SECOND NOW.

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.

Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness—only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.

DETAILS:
Publisher: Bantam/Spectra
Release Date: 23 March 2010
Excerpt
Buy Now: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N


Double Cross (Disillusionists Trilogy #2)

SOME SECRETS COME BACK TO HAUNT. OTHERS COME TO KILL.

Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will.

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.

DETAILS:
Publisher: Bantam/Spectra
Release Date: 28 September 2010
Excerpt
Buy Now: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N


Wild & Steamy Anthology (Disillusionists Trilogy #2.5)

Kitten-tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane – A Disillusionists novella of 20,000 words: Sophia Sidway, Midcity’s most dangerous memory revisionist, seeks out the mysterious Monk in the wasteland beneath the Tangle turnpike, hoping for redemption…but it turns out that the Monk is not all that pious, and the turnpike is no turnpike at all.

DETAILS:
Format: eBook only
Release Date: 2 August 2011
Excerpts for each novella within the anthology (Other novellas authored by Meljean Brooks and Jill Myles)
Buy Now: Kindle | All Romance Ebooks | Smashwords | Nook



Where, Oh Where Have My TB Recaps Gone?

TB Recap & Review Header by StephB


In case you’re wondering what happened to my weekly True Blood recaps … the answer = RL got in the way! I’m behind on watching, so I haven’t had anything to recap. BUT, I know the Season 4 Finale, “And When I Die”, premieres this Sunday, 11 September on HBO. I’ll try to catch up quick, so we can chat next week about the finale and the season as a whole.

What do you think of this season? Lovin’ it? Left it? Share your thoughts with us!

So, who will die? Who will survive? And, for the love of Pete, who will Sookie pick? Has she kicked Bill to the curb yet? And, if not, WHY?!

Here are two clips to get ya pumped up for Sunday’s finale.




I’m Seein’ Green

RomanticTimes Announces 2012 Booklovers Convention


I'm a big ball of envy!

RT’s 2012 Booklovers Convention, held at the HYATT REGENCY O’HARE, ROSEMONT, IL on APRIL 11-15, will host some of my favorite authors. AND they’ve dubbed it,

The Year of the Reader at the 2012 RT Convention ~ According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon but at the RT convention it is without a doubt the Year of the Reader! We’ve got an exciting expanded pro- gram for fans that includes several fun workshops and lots of parties led by bestselling authors and publishers. In addition to the reader program, fans may attend any of the 100 offerings on the agenda, including the popular genre workshops.”

Me, jealous? You betcha! They have “quadrupled the number of fun workshops and happenings … all designed with fans in mind.” *Waah!*

Just a few of the events on the schedule:

NO HOLDS BARRED WITH J.R. WARD & JESSICA ANDERSEN ~ Join No. 1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward and New York Times bestselling author Jessica Andersen for a candid, no-holds-barred Q&A about everything and anything. Get their takes on how to make it in paranormal romance, the value of critique partnering, the business and the craft of writing and the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Final Prophecy novels. Bring your questions and let’s see where they take us!” *sniffle*

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT: POST-APOCALYPTIC AND NEAR-FUTURE YA ~ The Hunger Games marked the start of a growing subgenre in young adult fiction. Join our panel of authors whose novels span the breadth of near-future YA. From sci-fi adventure to dystopian romance and zombie survival, these talented authors have it covered. PANELISTS: Ally Condie, David MacGinnis Gill, Beth Revis, Carrie Ryan MODERATOR: Margaret Stohl”

SEVEN MINUTES IN URBAN FANTASY HEAVEN ~ Join us for the most intense urban fantasy hour ever. Authors will find their funniest, most romantic or most action-packed scenes … and have just seven minutes to read them aloud to you! You’ll get a whirlwind trip of different creatures, styles and characters — as well as the chance to win books from all of the participating authors. HOSTS: Lynda Hilburn, Nicole Peeler MODERATOR: Richelle Mead More UF authors to be announced! *waaaaaah!*

”FEVER” PARTY HOSTED BY KAREN MARIE MONING ~ In a rare appearance, meet this star of paranormal fiction as she hosts a special ”Fever“ party for readers. Details are in the works but rest assured
it will be FAN-tastic! One of her biggest fans, author TJ Michaels, is assisting with the plans so stay tuned for an amazing event for readers!”

I wanna play too!

If you are lucky enough to attend, please stop by after, share your stories and brag about your swag, will ya? That way I can live vicariously through you. Think there’s any hope of a 2013 convention in Japan? Oh how I wish!