Thursday, March 31, 2011

Release Day for Unknown Scent

TODAY is the official release date for Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book Two. Woohoo! BUT...it will still take a few weeks for info to "show up" on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, BooksAMillion.com and for me to physically be holding them in my hands to sell. [pouting]

So, it kinda makes me feel like -- "here it is -- but you can't actually have it yet! eeeek!!"

Coming soon!

Reading Excerpts - I'm NOT an actress

I have uploaded two -- count 'em -- two videos of yours truly reading excerpts from Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series-Book 1 and Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2 (RELEASE DAY - TODAY)  at the following:

http://www.youtube.com/ginamarielong

Trust me - I am not an actress. I had an older version of me reading an excerpt for Book One which has now been "retired" as it was poor in quality...too grainy, my mouth didn't match up with the audio and my eyes kept diverting to points unknown trying to read off a cheat sheet. "Try" to enjoy them!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Excerpts for Unknown Scent

EXCERPT FROM UNKNOWN SCENT - WEREWOLF SERIES - BOOK TWO

by

 Gina Marie Long



From Chapter 10

Rising





We parked across the street from the old building. Josiah stepped out from the darkness and under a streetlight, giving us a single wave to approach him. Without speaking, we walked around to the back of the building and spotted a door.

Josiah spoke in our minds, The witches are here. Can everyone sense them?

Zac looked frustrated. He was the only one that didn't have some form of psychic ability. The werewolves didn't have much, but could sense that something wasn't right, something evil permeated this area. Not only that, but with their heightened senses, they could pick up distant sounds and scents indicating the ritual was being performed.

I grabbed Zac's hands. Josiah immediately understood what I was doing and placed one hand on Zac's arm. By doing this we created a powerful mind link with Zac and fully shared with him what we were feeling and hearing from inside the building. Everyone needed to be on the same page, to work as a team.

The door was locked. Dominic gave it one quick look and used his telekinetic ability to slide the deadbolt open. Josiah held up one hand in a warning gesture to prevent us from charging inside and touched a finger to his lips reminding us to stay quiet and use telepathy to speak.

Daniel questioned him, Is there a boundary spell? Will we trigger an alarm?

I think there is one but it's weak, Josiah relayed…

…Josiah gave one nod that signaled we were clear to go. He sensed a positive change in the atmosphere surrounding the door. Dom and I brought up the rear, making sure to stay several paces behind the rest of the team and to remain in the shadows while they confronted the witches and whatever else we walked in on.

With incredible stealth, we crept through a stock room and an office like professional burglars. The next area revealed the huge, wide-open space where groceries would have been found when the store was in operation.

The chanting reverberated in my ears and sent chills down my spine. I smelled herbs and burning candles and a revolting odor of decay. We stayed hidden in the darkness for another moment, gathering our bearings as we observed the witches. Dom and I wouldn't leave that spot when the others decided to raid the scene. The only electrical source of lighting came from one fluorescent fixture hanging on the far left side of the store. The front windows had been covered with sheets of brown paper. Many, many shelving and display units were shoved to the front of the store to create plenty of floor space for the ritual and to add another layer of concealment from the outside world. There must have been fifty candles lit around them.

The witches were totally oblivious to our presence while they recited the incantation. They stood within a large circle that had been traced on the floor along with other painted symbols and letters. We were looking at the right side of their bodies. That was an advantage as opposed to trying to rush them face on.

A cold wind whipped through the building. The candles flickered; a few went out. The air sizzled and a section of the floor cracked. The chanting never stopped; instead it grew in volume and intensity. My pounding heart and rapid breathing seemed compelled to match the rhythm of the chant. Josiah shook my arm when he noticed the signs that I was slipping into a trance.

Daniel and Isaac stripped off their clothes and tossed them to me. Silently they transformed into the true werewolf shape of the beast and were ready for action.

Blood dripped from several of the witches' hands. All wore black, hooded robes that covered the length of their bodies and brushed the tops of their feet, making it impossible to identify who was who. Then one witch stepped forth from the rest, but did not leave the protection of the painted circle. This particular witch seemed to be the leader, as the others followed any commands given by this person. Suddenly, all the hoods were pulled back, revealing each individual.

We were shocked with the identity of the leader. Josiah held back gasping.

Josiah, Daniel and Isaac swooped in at super-human speed. Dom and I didn't move a muscle in the dark. No worry about exposing ourselves as we were too terrified to budge. We desperately tried to access the witches' minds with no luck besides sensing their confusion and fear. The witches had freaked out when two werewolves and a vampire appeared out of nowhere, interrupting their ritual.

My eyes shifted to Daniel who wielded a long, wicked sword. Isaac brought along a similar weapon. Daniel didn't hesitate as he charged the creature, swinging his razor-sharp blade with perfect accuracy aimed at the neck. At the same moment, Isaac approached the creature from behind and ripped his sword horizontally through the back and spine. Between the two of them, that thing was going down with the sweet sound of blades singing through the air.

…or not.

 
From Chapter 11
Transformation

He reared his head back, as if stretching his neck, but stayed in an odd crouched position on all fours. I did not recognize him anymore. His head magically enlarged and supported a huge, grizzly, sinewy muzzle with a black nose and whiskers that poked out in all directions. And the teeth…sharp, deadly, "rip your throat out" weapons…which could so easily pass on the werewolf curse with just the teeniest little scratch. The pain of the conversion was evident as his lips curled back from his muzzle and a gooey drip of saliva hung from the corner of his mouth, not quite able to swallow yet.
A high-pitched whine, a desperate cry, surfaced from his throat. I absently took one step forward and Dom jerked my arm to stop my motion. Daniel looked at me for a split second and mouthed, "No." As long as he wasn't attacking anyone or totally destroying the house, we knew it was best to not interfere with this painstaking transformation. But did someone hit a slow motion button? The punishing torture to his body and mind was a nightmare to watch as it just lingered on and on.
His ears were tall, rigid and alert like a wolf or a German Shepherd. They twitched trying to capture any sounds of predators…or perhaps prey…I hoped we wouldn't be targeted as such.
His eyes dropped to what used to be his hands, but now were lethal claws. He glanced down at the rest of his body, inspecting it, and growled again shaking his head in disbelief. 
He garbled and coughed out one word, "Angry."
We waited in silence to see what he would do next. It was hard to tell if he was going to cry or punch the living daylights out of someone.
Another word tumbled from his mouth, "Eat."
He looked at Dom and me as he said that. He took only one stride in my direction when Daniel burst through his clothes while shape shifting into the beast. Isaac ripped through his clothes, too, following Daniel's lead. Daniel, Isaac and Josiah created a blockade to prevent him from attacking us.

Captain Picard Quote

Being a fan of Star Trek Next Generation, I like the following quote, especially since it makes me think of my Unknown Touch book series:
Q: "It's an unknown – isn't that enough?"
Picard: "If you'd earned that uniform you're wearing, you'd know it's the unknown that brings us out here!"

Chapter 22 Teaser

"I didn't care for the idea. But Dom's suspicions had grown and we needed answers." - a TEASER from Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2, Ch. 22.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Unknown Scent Updates

Lots of progress towards the release of Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2. Received my copy of the Press Release for the book today. Received my author's copy of the book today for my approval to proceed with the printing which confirms the release date for Thursday, March 31. Received my T-shirts I had printed with the book cover on the front of them today. Have 2 book signings setup & will post info about those soon.

New Article on Source Code

New article I've written on Source Code - Jake Gyllenhaal plays Captain Colter Stevens. The last thing Colter remembers is flying a helicopter in Iraq. He is obviously on another, very different mission where he has entered another person's body.
If interested in the rest of the article, click here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/source-code-2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Chapter 21 Teaser

"I could no longer be silent. It didn't matter how weak and drowsy I felt, I screamed at the top of my lungs." - a TEASER from Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2, Ch. 21.

Friday, March 25, 2011

'Breaking Dawn' - Posted 3/25/11

I've written an article on:  "Twilight's Breaking Dawn will be PG-13"...

The final book in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, is more graphic, darker and gruesome. The majority of the readers are screaming for the film to remain true to the book. For that to happen, the movie would have to be labeled with an R rating. And that's not going to happen. It will be PG-13, fans.

Many of what are considered R-rated scenes have been or will be filmed. The directors, producers and editors will obviously have to work some creative editing magic to either blur those scenes or have them "take place off camera." Since the other movies in the series have all been PG-13, they cannot suddenly throw an R rating on the last of the franchise finales.

To read the entire article:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/twilight-s-breaking-dawn-will-be-pg-13

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chapter 20 Teaser

"Knowing I had little to no control, panic would rise then fall in a haze." - a TEASER from Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2, Ch. 20.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Werewolf Series Merchandise

I've had my www.cafepress.com/ginamarielong merchandise site for quite awhile...I've updated it to include items with the Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book Two cover design.
I just bought this black shirt and a blue one last night. I realize most people are not interested in this, but I love wearing this type of fun stuff!!!



 

Synopsis for Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2

I thought I had posted my synopsis on my blog, but it doesn't appear to be here...ta-da -- here it is:


SYNOPSIS

Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book Two

By

Gina Marie Long



Danger awaits Kara and her friends on unfamiliar territory when their covert operation goes bad. Werewolves, a vampire, psychics and black magic witches face-off in several fast-paced battles of good vs. evil. Time is running out for The Liaison team. They must locate the witches' hideout and prevent a sacrificial ritual before it's too late and all beings suffer the consequences. But major shocks and turmoil cause self-control and aggression issues within Kara's circle of friends. A gift Kara receives proves priceless in a life or death situation. Her psychic powers of mental manipulation and mind-reading are instrumental to the survival of others and herself. New allies are formed; not all are human. Throughout the mayhem, Kara's internal battle remains in limbo over who she truly loves the most: her best friend who is a psychic human or her boyfriend who is a werewolf. A choice needs to be made that could be life-altering. Especially as she continues to delve into the unknown. 

Chapter 19 Teaser

"Besides killing us, what better way to disable a psychic than to knock one out?" -a TEASER from Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2, Ch. 19.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2 Cover

New Article-Limitless (2011)

New article I compiled on the new movie Limitless...

The movie-goer imagines what it must be like to be in the character's shoes and have his life completely flip-flopped from what it had been before taking the new drug...giving him super-human abilities.

If interested, go here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/limitless

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Latest Unknown Scent News

Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book Two is still due to be released March 31. The public won't physically have it in hand until a few weeks later, of course, if they're ordering it say from Amazon. The printer has to print the copies & by the time I personally get my batch, I've been told to play it safe at 2 - 3 weeks AFTER March 31.

I gave final approval to the edits and layout of the book today!

I gave final approval to the BOOK COVER today!! Which I will be posting/uploading very soon!

I'm starting the process of setting up local book signings.

I have excerpts & synopsis available & will post soon.

Busy!!

Soak up the Sun; True Blood on DVD

Strange to have both topics in the same title (Sun & True Blood)!

It is finally 70 degrees & sunny! Heaven!! I walked outside and felt that "special feeling" I get every spring. Don't know how to describe it but it soaks into me and lifts my spirits...a warming sensation tingling through my body. Ahhhh... I'm looking out my window and see a little girl on her purple bike riding down my road with her shorts on! In another hour (more internetting first), I swear I'm going outside to sit in the sun & read my newspaper...which the reading may be difficult since the wind is blowing fiercely (of course - can't be a completely perfect day now, can it?!).

True Blood, The Complete 3rd Season, is available on DVD & Blu-ray from Amazon as a PRE-ORDER. It's $39.99, free shipping, released on May 31, 2011. Two more months+ before I'll actually receive it. Which means I'll be ordering it next, silly! We don't have HBO so watching it on DVD is what I have to do. Sad to think I'm almost one year behind all the HBO viewers as the next, new season will start about the time I get my Season 3 DVD set and begin watching it. And I don't even bother trying to watch anything like that over the internet with my lovely Verizon Wireless USB broadband modem that constantly disconnects! I have their new 4G modem - which I can't even get 4G - even though I was told I could. But the disconnections drive me freaking insane!! I should've stuck with their older 3G service & modem. I had good luck with that! But, I'm hanging in there with Verizon...trying to give them a chance to redeem themselves.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chapter 18 Teaser

"Josiah landed with a thump and rolled to the side avoiding Daniel's lunge." -a TEASER from Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2, Ch. 18.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Chapter 17 Teaser

"Don't you think if we wanted you dead, between two werewolves and a vampire, we'd have already killed you?" -a TEASER from Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2, Ch. 17.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Hereafter Movie, Editing, Etc.

I've been furiously and feverishly line editing my new book due out March 31 - Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book Two. The thorough editing is done after many days staring at the computer. My eyeballs survived.

I'm really looking forward to the new movie, Red Riding Hood, which is due out in theaters today. BUT, I tend to wait for movies to come out on DVD, so I can comfortably watch them at home without all the distractions around me like at the movie theater. Can you say, "ADHD?" Then I'm able to pause, rewind, etc. at home. Plus, there's the special features on DVDs. So, I must wait...

New article I've written on the movie Hereafter:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/hereafter-on-dvd

Monday, March 7, 2011

Chapter 16 Teaser

"She grasped his hand, tilted her head and questioned, "You're not human, are you?""-a TEASER from Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2, Ch. 16.

New Article

I wrote an article on the movie The Adjustment Bureau. Click here to read:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/the-adjustment-bureau

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Teaser - Chapter 15

"Claws ripped at Daniel's neck, close to the jugular vein but missing the target thanks to his arm deflecting the aim." – a TEASER from Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2, Ch. 15.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spewing Soda

Last night I knocked a plastic soda bottle over. The lid was twisted closed. No spill. But I was thirsty & proceeded to open the bottle. Wrong choice! Soda spewed forth like a volcano erupting violently. Quickly, I turned away from my precious computer (of course-must save!)!!! In the meantime, soda drenched all kinds of paperwork sitting on my two desks, my outline to my new series (which now has brown spots all over it & wrinkly from being wet), my clothes, the carpet, the afghan wrapped around me and a few splatters landed on the mouse & mousepad and cell phone. Fun. I'm sure anyone watching it would have laughed their butts off, though, as soda shot straight up & kept fizzing around the partially opened cap & I failed miserably in my attempt to get it under control, all the while screaming for my husband to fetch towels. (I say this as I reach over to drink my coffee sitting 3 inches from the keyboard - careful not to spill it!) EEEKKK!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chapter 14 Teaser

"In my eyes, I'm looking at a miracle. An amazing creature with incredible abilities." – a  TEASER from Unknown Scent, Werewolf Series, Book 2, Chapter 14.