Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Reaper's Cat, Updates, and Where's Freaking Spring?

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My latest novel! The Reaper's Cat was written during the month of November 2014. I entered the National Novel Writing Month Challenge (NaNoWriMo) and was a winner by completing this book :) As of today, it's available:
DURING THE NEXT WEEK, it WILL BE available in print at Amazon, as an ebook at Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Apple... I will obviously keep you posted!

I will be updating this site with more details. The Reaper's Cat will have it's own page here like the other books do... 

Which, BTW, The Werewolf Series will be re-published in another month or so (end of March/beginning of April 2015), along WITH an entirely new (and final) book in the series, that I'm currently writing! *squeal* Making the Unknown Touch: Werewolf Series a trilogy!

At that point, I plan on diving into the last two books in the Chelsie Valdar Saga, also making that a trilogy. 

The Reaper's Cat, as of today, is considered a stand-alone novel and not a series. But you never know, anything's possible and it could be turned into a series in a blink of the eye.

Here is the SYNOPSIS:


Life meets death… literally. As in, Baylor meets the Grim Reaper, and his supernatural cat, during a horrific accident. Her life hinges on their help fighting a psycho killer seeking revenge… Baylor is his target. The more time The Reaper spends with Baylor, the more his own fate entangles with her future. As the clock ticks and lives unravel, his cat reveals a heartbreaking secret. Do you believe in miracles? They do. But sacrifices must be fulfilled in order to win the battle against evil and to stay with the one you love… And to survive. 


I'll post an excerpt soon... although at Amazon, it gives a free sample of the first several chapters!!

So, who opened up the clouds and let out all this SNOW! Tomorrow is March 1. I want spring. Yeah, yeah, it can snow in April here... I hear ya'. But I don't have to like it. 





Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Unknown/Werewolf Series Availability Update

Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series-Book 1 and Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2 (both print and ebook formats) may NOT be available through online stores for a period of time. I have gained the rights back to both books with my contract releases from my publisher. My current plan is to re-publish them myself, in the same manner that I handled Rocked: A Chelsie Valdar Saga, 1. 

Unknown Touch & Scent-Werewolf Series
Revamping time...

Hang in there and stay tuned... :)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Zombies - How I Love Them - In fiction, That is

Zombies. How we love them, let us count the ways. That's as long as they're not actually running rampant through our world, country, state, city...or clawing at the door of our house.


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A few years ago, I wasn't a huge fan of zombie movies, TV shows or books. I love horror, but I got it in my brain that the zombie stuff was cheesy and lacked any real depth.

And then along came "The Walking Dead".

My opinion completely changed. Although, I'll admit that I did not watch the first season as it premiered new shows. I kept hearing others comment about how awesome it was and that the show was a huge hit. After the first season wrapped up, I was aggravated for not giving it a try.

A co-worker of my husband mentioned he bought the first season on DVD and asked if we'd like to borrow it to watch. But of course, silly, hand it over!

We absorbed every episode - amazed at how much quality and depth and character building and emotion and action the story consistently threw at us. The whole zombie apocalypse wrapped us around its bloody, gnarly little finger. We were hooked. And finished watching the entire first season in about a week. All perfectly timed for when Season 2 was prepping to begin. Yay!

And the thing was ... we cared.

We cared about the characters and worried how they would survive. Wondered what catastrophe they'd encounter next...maybe only minutes from someone dying. Which of course did happen. A lot. *sniff*

And to know that everyone is infected with whatever this virus thing is...you die in any way and you turn into a crazed zombie. Well, a good spike in the head seems to stop 'em in their tracks.

By the way, am I missing a critical point of the story? HOW did this initially start? WHAT caused this virus that turns people into zombies? Come on, someone, give me feedback.

Anyway...I think about how a person can keep going on. Day after day. All the struggles, the death, fear of being attacked, finding food and water, fighting against other humans for whatever reason to survive, the complete collapse of society and technology, and if a cure will be found or what the heck?!?! Eeek!

OK. *breathe in, breathe out* Back to reality.

I looked back at the past year and realized how much zombie entertainment I've watched or read. Even shows that aren't zombie-focused, have introduced these dead (or is the proper term UNdead?) into some episodes.

Here's my list of zombie entertainment I've enjoyed during the past year...whether it's full-on zombie mayhem or just a tamed version of zombie wonderment:

"The Walking Dead" - show
"Grimm" - show
"World War Z" - movie (LOVED!)
"Warm Bodies" - movie
"Bloodborne: The Forsaken" - book by C. David Conner
"The Riser" - book by Becca C. Smith
"ParaNorman" - movie
The Paranormal Series - books by J.L. Bryan

Hmmm...could've sworn there were more. Probably are. I think my brain has zombified for the night. Scary.

Comments, questions...concerns?! Let me hear from you!




Thursday, September 5, 2013

"The Mortal Instruments" Fun Stuff I Found

I devoured Cassandra Clare's novel "The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones" recently. Superb. The characters sprung to life with distinct personalities and realistic language. I can't wait to watch the new movie. In the meantime, I discovered oodles of fun stuff related to the book and movie for devoted fans!

The Mortal Instruments movie poster promo

First, the short synopsis for those not familiar with the story: "When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld."

At The Mortal Instruments movie site I tested my knowledge of the book by taking a trivia challenge. There are 10 questions to start with. After answering those, you can try another round of questions. Answers are immediate. I did pretty good...

At this site you can watch trailers, play interactive games, take other quizzes, read the first 100 pages of the book, learn about the characters, and more.

Another site called Shadowhunters has a FAQ about the Shadowhunter novels. I love FAQ! There is a Videos link with trailers, interviews and events. The Extras link has wallpapers, screen savers, avatars, fan art.

If you're into reading tons of articles go to the Examiner page for The Mortal Instruments. (be prepared for pop-up ads there, grrr...)

Another fun thing is Madame Dorothea's Tarot Reading. You select 3 cards and are presented with your past, present and future...Pretty cool.

Funny memes and quotes with photos are here. And it allows you to create your own.

I've learned there are now 6 books in the series, with the last due to be released in May 2014. Well, I'll eventually get through them all...just toss 'em on my Kindle Wish List :)

Have you watched the movie or read the book(s)? Please comment! I'm always curious as to how much the movie makers change the movie from the book. I've read reviews and there are some differences. I understand that movies cannot possibly include everything written in the books or the movies would be hours and hours and HOURS long. But I really hate when radical changes are made and so I'm hoping the main plot and characters are kept as accurate as possible. And since I rarely ever go to theaters, I'll be clawing at the walls waiting for it to come out on DVD. *sigh*

Happy reading everyone! Or, happy movie watching!! That is all,

Gina






Thursday, August 22, 2013

Favorite "Supernatural" Quotes

"Supernatural" is one of my all-time favorite shows and I've been a faithful drooler fan forever. Sam and Dean Winchester...Castiel...*sigh*

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FYI: "Supernatural" season premiere is TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 9/8c on The CW.

And now for MY Favorite "Supernatural" Quotes! There are so many hilarious and snarky things they say, like, constantly, it was tough whittling it down to a Top 10 (and not in any particular order). Here we go - let the laughing and smirking begin:

1) Sam to Dean: "What do you wanna do, poke her with a stick? Dude! You're not gonna poke her with a stick!”

2) Sam: "Dean, there's ten times as much lore about angels as there is about anything else we've ever hunted." 
Dean: "Yeah, you know what? There's a ton of lore on unicorns too. In fact, I hear that they ride on silver moonbeams and they shoot rainbows out of their ass!" 
Sam: "Wait, there's no such thing as unicorns?" 

3) Dean: “I'm gonna go stop the Big Bad Wolf. Which is the weirdest thing I've ever said.”

4) Henriksen: “I shot the sheriff." 
Dean: “But you didn't shoot the deputy." 

5) Dean to Castiel: "Last time you zapped me someplace, I didn't poop for a week. 

6) Castiel: "I found a liquor store. And I drank it."

7) Dean: “Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cake hole.”

8) Sam: “What kind of a house doesn't have salt? Low sodium freaks!” 

9) Dean: "Of course, the most troubling question is why do these people assume we're gay?" 
Sam: "Well, you are kind of butch. They probably think you're overcompensating." 

10) Dean, explaining why he thinks he got out of Hell: "I'd like to think it's because of my perky nipples."

OMG - I could not pull away from reading all the bazillion quotes...still catching my breath :) What are YOUR favorite "Supernatural" Quotes? I simply did a Google search and went to a few websites and dove into reading them...Feel free to comment so everyone can have a few more laughs!

That is all,
Gina