Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Article on X-Men First Class

New article I've compiled on the movie X-Men: First Class (2011)...

In 1963, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend...and future archenemy.

FAQ:
>Q: Does this movie pick up from the point X-Men Origins: Wolverine left off?

Read full article here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/x-men-first-class-2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Salivating for True Blood

I'm clawing the walls in anticipation for the DVD set for True Blood - The Complete Third Season. I do not have HBO (shame on me!) so have not watched last season's episodes. I pre-ordered the DVD set through Amazon three months ago. According to Amazon, it will be released tomorrow - Tues., May 31, 2011 for $29.99. Hopefully it will arrive within the week. With all my fall/winter shows having wrapped up for the season, I'm going into withdrawal...feeling all empty inside & lost without my normal dose of supernatural, fantasy or sci-fi entertainment. So here's a big Yahoo!!!! for the day I yank the package out of the mailbox & start drooling!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Reading, Racing, Writing

Lounged in the glorious sun that finally emerged from the clouds and read on my Nook - L.J. McDonald's "The Shattered Sylph". Eyeballs dried out from wind, got massive tan lines & fascinated with neighbor's huge, red, fake parrot stuck in ground! Came inside, witnessed the wild ending of the Indy 500 (think Danika made #8) and already looking forward to burritos from Taco Bell tonight. Functioning on 4 1/2 hrs. of sleep after finishing a thorough outline last night for my next book (Bigfoot Series). It's so descriptive, I will literally copy/paste portions into the new manuscript, making the writing easier. Yay!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New article on Drive Angry w/Nic Cage

New article I've written on the movie Drive Angry with Nicolas Cage, due out on DVD May 31, 2011.

Read full article here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/drive-angry-2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weather Blues

I have weather fatigue. I heard the meteorologist use that term today. And I am convinced I'm suffering from it. I am sick and tired of all this bad weather, as I'm positive MANY people will agree with me. Tornados, gale force &/or straight-line winds, damaging hail, flash floods, lightning strikes. Enough already! I can't keep focused on anything when I'm freaking out about my house blowing away! I think of all the horrible, heart-breaking destruction the recent tornados have caused in cities across the U.S. & realize that could easily have been us! Uber distracting!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Researching shape shifting

I have seen this term typed 3 ways: shape shift, shapeshift and shape-shift, whether it's as you see it here or with or without "er" or "ing" on the ending. I had even typed it in two ways while writing my last book, not realizing I wasn't consistent until after the book was written. Eeek! Then I had to "find" the variation I did NOT want and correct it to be the same throughout the story. Thank goodness for the "Find" option in Word, saving me a chunk of time! And I decided to keep a space in the term/word:  shape shifting. Anyway...I finished researching themes in shape shifting for my next novel. Not that I haven't already immersed my readers with transformations of werewolves and vampires, because I definitely HAVE, but I was checking out some new angles for my work-in-progress: The Bigfoot Series! I keep deleting sentences as I type this - I start to say too much about what I'm writing...and I don't want to ruin the story by flapping my mouth!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Article on thriller movie Seconds Apart

Seconds Apart (2011)

Seth and Jonah are twins with a dangerous ability. Telekinesis. Things start to spiral out of their control as their classmates end up dying in twisted and bizarre ways. The police suspect them. But, jealousy begins to divide them and soon they can no longer trust each other. Leading up to a horrific battle against themselves.

On DVD, digital download and On Demand with a release date of May 24th, 2011.

Rated R - 89 min - Horror | Thriller.

Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) Voters gave Seconds Apart a score of 6.7 out of a 10 (48 votes).

Stars: Orlando Jones, Edmund Entin and Gary Entin.

Read full article here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/seconds-apart-2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Zinc Overload

I have self-diagnosed that I've been taking "toxic" levels of zinc. Not by a lot, but enough that I believe some problems I've been having are directly related to a zinc overdose. I take nutritional supplements & zinc is one I've been swallowing for years to promote healthier skin, hair & a beefed-up immune system. Well...I used to break a pill in half for every day consumption. For whatever reason, I really can't remember, I quit breaking that pill in half and started taking the whole thing which is 50 mg. AND my daily Centrum already has 11 mg of zinc in it which now equals 61 mg a day. Too much for the average person. Approximately 15 mg a day is fine, up to maybe 40 mg a day. At the 40 mg point and above a person is starting to get zinc toxicity. Now, I'm sure there are people standing by to argue all of this with me. I'm not a doctor, so I'm just going by about 6 different places I researched on the net, basically saying the same thing. You ask - what symptoms was I having? Well, the excess zinc in my body can create an iron deficiency...which then I believe probably caused the funky ridges on my nails, made me shed hair like a cat and gave me belly problems. Today is Day One with taking a WAY reduced amount of zinc. How's that for a little health talk?!

Article I've written on Johnny Depp

Admiring Johnny Depp:

High praise goes out to Johhny Depp and his brilliant acting and entertainment career! This man "becomes" the characters he portrays. It's as if the roles he chooses have been specifically created just for him. And in some cases, they probablywere written with Depp in mind to play a certain character. He is truly different, mysterious, odd and lovable and fans DO love him!

Full article here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/admiring-johnny-depp

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Last Scheduled Book Signing

My last scheduled book signing (at least at this point in time) is this Sat., May 21 from 10 till noon at Walgreens in Highland, IL. I will have both books available for sale at my little table as I meet people: Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series-Book 1 and Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2. Bookmarks included. Walgreens in Highland is currently stocking the books for sale at any time, too. And Box TV in Highland also stocks the books.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Author Interview and Giveaway

Here is the Once Upon A Twilight Book Blog Interview with me answering 10 questions.
To see it at their site go here:
http://www.onceuponatwilight.com/2011/05/author-interview-and-giveaway-gina.html


Monday, May 16, 2011

Author Interview and Giveaway: Gina Marie Long author of Werewolf Series


Help us welcome today to the blog, author Gina Marie Long, she is the author of the Werewolf Series. Unknown Touch - Werewolf Series - Book One and Unknown Scent - Werewolf Series - Book Two are the two out now available. You can click HERE to read Jenny's review for Unknown Scent and read below for a chance to win a signed paperback copy. Now we hope you enjoy reading the Q&A that Jenny asked.

Gina Marie Long's Links:
Welcome Gina!


OUaT: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I’m an only child. I grew up in a rural town with a population of about 800 from the time I was a baby until I was 18. Then I moved out from my parent’s house and fled to the big city...6 miles away with a population of 7,000 - Oh boy. I’m married with no kids. I have ADHD and OCD, which messes with my ability to focus. And I talk a lot and can make friends with a rock.


OUaT: I read that you owned/operated a Beauty Salon for 16 years? What influenced you to change careers after so many years? and When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?


Yes, I was a single owner and sole operator of a beauty salon for 16 years – in that location. But in the big picture, I had been “doing hair” for 25 years. Gulp. I’m giving my age away! And actually, going back further, I attempted my first haircut on my best friend when I was a mere 14 years old! I must’ve done a decent job because she continued to let me cut it (and eventually perm and highlight it)! During the last several years with my beauty salon, I had hit the burn-out phase working on hair, though. I loved my customers but no longer liked the business end of it and everything I, alone, had to take care of. I realized I had an interest in writing 20 years ago and toyed with writing a book at that time. Nothing at all came of it. I recalled in high school getting A’s on essays with positive notes scribbled in the margins from the teachers, so I felt I had some potential but didn’t fully submerse and commit myself to a full-fledged novel until 2009. I was frustrated with life and wanted to sell my shop but needed a job or another career. I thought, what the heck? Write “the” book now! If anything, it’s something to concentrate on and alleviate my aggravation with my current situation. In my spare time, I pumped out the first book in my Werewolf Series. Unknown Touch was finished in 2 1/2 months and published in October 2009. I finally sold my beauty salon in June of 2010 and devoted myself to writing full time as a career in some form or fashion. In March of this year, Unknown Scent was published. There is a catch to all of this: I’ve given myself two years (financially can’t go longer than that) to attain a legitimate, modest, income-producing career in writing. I have one year left. Tick, tick...


OUaT: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?


As a child/young teen, the books or authors that stand out in my memory are Watership Down by Richard Adams and several Judy Blume books. Then as a teenager I read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Wow. Very involved and deep. A complete WORLD this genius had created! Moving on...as a young adult/adult, Anne Rice was superb! Eventually, the one author who ultimately sparked my desire to get serious and write a book was Stephenie Meyer. Beyond her, several authors I admire and bow down to are Christine Feehan, Jacquelyn Frank, Karen Marie Moning and Amanda Hocking. Sorry, I couldn’t pick just one book or one author!


OUaT: Did you design the cover?


The cover is actually a photo I chose and purchased from an online image site! My publisher cropped it and added the printed words. One interesting note: the title is actually a Werewolf Font, according to what my publisher told me. The type is made to resemble animal hair!!


OUaT: Will you have a new book coming out soon? PLEASE PLEASE BOOK 3!


Hopefully, I will have a new book out in a few months that I will self-publish. Yep, I’m gonna jump on the bandwagon and try my hand at it like many famous authors have done. It will be a Bigfoot Series! I will heavily promote it as an eBook on all the major sites that sell eBooks and will still offer it in paperback, too, through Amazon. I’m only taking a pause on my Werewolf Series but plan on writing Book 3 of it after the first Bigfoot book is done. As long as my publisher wants me, I will stick with them for the Werewolf Series, but self-publish the Bigfoot Series, just to be clear on that.


OUaT: How did you develop the plot for “Unknown Scent”?


I sat down with a notebook and brainstormed on and off for days. I jotted down what “makes” a good story – what are the important elements to include in it (example: good vs. evil, some form of romance, supernatural goodies, etc.). I asked myself what I was interested in: specific types of story lines, TV shows, movies, other books. I tossed around about three different ideas and settled on one to write. I created an outline of the story from start to finish. I basically know how it’s going to end before I start writing. Plus I research on the Internet anything I need to know for the book. I come up with names, locations, book title, chapter titles, background stuff on the characters, the timeline of events/scenes in the book, etc. I have most of this all figured out before I start typing Chapter One.


OUaT: What is the craziest thing you've learned while writing?


That question could be taken several ways...Here’s a few different answers: While I actually write, I’ve learned that I just cannot let it flow and type endlessly. I have to type a little and edit a little and I just assumed I’d be able to zip off page after page and come back later to proofread and edit it. No can do. On a positive note to that, I don’t have to edit as much after the book is finished. Another way to answer your question: Some crazy things I’ve learned while writing have to do with all the cool myths and mythology I draw from/use for certain character’s background. The research is fun, mind-blowing and stirs my creative juices into weaving the old legends into my own story. Of course, I can’t give you an actual example, because I don’t want to spoil HOW my werewolves and vampires become or are who they are...mwahahaha...(oh that was lame).


OUaT: It’s almost summertime, YAY! What’s your favorite thing to do outside?


Sitting in the sun or shade, reading a book (usually on my Nook) and sipping coffee with approximately ten mini-marshmallows that’s spiked with two sugar-free sweeteners. Yep. That’s the truth.


OUaT: What questions are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?


Hmm...How about: What surprises have you learned as a published writer? My answer: I’m shocked at the number of writers (published or not) or wanna-be writers out there in the world. Until I really dove into the whole writing business, I had no idea that so many people were out there doing or trying to do the same thing as me! The competition is tremendous. Also, the amount of time I spend on promoting my books is unreal. I have a small publishing house and I understand they don’t have the time or money to devote much to marketing each individual author and almost all of it falls on us – the writers. That means a good portion of time that I should be writing, I’m working on ways to get my books “out there”. Sad, but true. Luckily, and perhaps oddly, I love marketing! But am still shocked when I look at the clock and realize the day is over and I never typed a single word in my next novel.


OUaT: Is there anything additional you would like to share with your readers?


Oh now that’s a loaded question. We could be here for hours with my answers...OK...I’ll attempt to summarize. I love to use ellipses (plural)...and I know I overuse them...so you’ll have to deal with it...okay?! [chuckling] Next...I try to keep my writing PG-13 for two reasons: 1) I want to have a broad age-range for readers of my books and we know tweens and teens are eating up the genre I write in; 2) My parents and sister-in-law read my books and I just can’t handle writing sex scenes knowing they’ll read it. Awkward! It’s just the way I am! Next...Advice about writing: Try to follow in the footsteps of those who have succeeded. Dissect what they’ve done right (and wrong). Don’t reinvent the wheel when others have already created the blueprint for you. The meaning of success is different for each person. Most success requires luck, timing, time itself, reaching out, persistence, investment (some money), who you know, a well-written entertaining story and NOT giving up.


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Monday, May 16, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Article/Info

New article I've compiled on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Johnny Depp is totally amazing for the role of Captain Jack Sparrow...perfect personality that fits the part!
Full article with trivia here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

New Book I'm Outlining!

I've been working on the outline to a new book in a trilogy that will be my Bigfoot Series. I started writing Chapter 1 about 2 months ago, but got sidetracked promoting the new Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book Two that released March 31. During that time, I jotted down notes to make changes to my original handwritten outline. Over the last few days, I've been typing up the new outline, making the changes as needed, as I could no longer make sense (or read) all the scribbled notes! I will hold true to my style/genre of writing: paranormal thriller, urban fantasy, young-adult, written in first person. This new series will have a tiny tie-in to my Werewolf Series, but is not a spin-off - which would be taking a character from the Werewolf Series and making a story about or for him/her. I will keep the Werewolf Series with my publisher (as long as they'll have me) BUT will strike out on my own and self-publish the Bigfoot Series! I am only hitting the pause button on the Werewolf Series to write this new Bigfoot book. I plan on writing 3 more books in the Werewolf Series yet!! I'd like to switch off writing between the two series (Bigfoot, then Werewolf, then Bigfoot, etc.)  Stay tuned!

Survivor Finale

Can't believe tonight is the Survivor finale with so many contestants left to be voted off! Long night - 3 hours - of TV watching. We have NEVER missed an episode of any of the seasons of Survivor! My vote goes to Boston Rob - hoping he makes it to the final 2 (or sometimes they've done 3). He deserves to win! Love him!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Unknown Scent - Excellent Book Review

The first official book review is in from my mailings sent out to reviewers! Yay! Scroll down to the actual review:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Book Review: Unknown Scent - Werewolf Series, Book Two

Unknown Scent
Werewolf Series, Book Two
Author: Gina Marie Long
Pages: 256 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Published: March 31st 2011
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Available: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Books A Million

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.


The first words that came to mind when I began writing this review was WOW. This story was truly amazing and touched me deeply. I enjoyed reading every page and could not stop until the very end and even then I did not want to stop. I fell in love with all the characters in this book immediately. I laughed often, cried even but was overall intrigued that all the characters seemed to get along. Although, there was some tension at times and a mini love triangle, I felt the bond. Imagine a team of supernatural beings that consists of Vampires, Werewolves, Psychics and Witches that come together for one sole purpose and that is to protect the greater good from all evil. I felt as if I was apart of this bond by the amazing way that this author brings you to the story. I especially loved the part that although all these supernatural beings are completely different they are able to connect telepathically through various distances and read each other’s minds. At times one of the character’s would snoop in or over hear what the other was thinking and boy was that funny. The best part of the mind reading and telepathy was that I was in on all the secrets between all the characters. This book is a story about a team of supernatural beings that with each of their special skills, love, compassion and understanding form a team called “The Liaison”. The Liaison basically receives information or hears of rumors regarding “Evil” doing and they are sent to verify the evil and convert them (if they are not too evil of course) or eliminate them if they are. Unknown Scent is the second installment of the series but can be read as a stand alone. I, for instance did not read book one and I did not need to read it to continue with this book. Although, I would love to read the first book so that I know how and where everyone met and how they became what they are in book two. But that’s just me because I’m nosy. This is the second story I read that unites all different species and creates a story where they can all be friends, co-exist and fight crime together. This book is for everyone, if your like me and like the supernatural without all the horror this book is perfect and I highly recommend it.

Once Upon a Twilight Book Reviewer
Once Upon a Twilight Blog Link http://www.onceuponatwilight.com/

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New article on horror movie The Violent Kind

New article I've compiled on the slasher/horror/supernatural flick The Violent Kind  (2010) on DVD...

Brace yourself for an unrelenting new horror classic that’s scary, rough, and willing to break all the rules! Your life will never be the same when you meet The Violent Kind, a ruthless pack of unstoppable psychopaths terrorizing the wilds of Northern California. Now they have their eyes on young Cody, the member of a notorious biker gang whose ex-girlfriend, Michelle (scream queen, Tiffany Shepis), turns up hysterical, drenched in blood… and carrying a dark, terrifying secret. Unrelenting and wildly unpredictable, this acclaimed shocker from the Butcher Brothers, directors of the horror hit,The Hamiltons, shocked audiences at Sundance and takes you on a wild ride you’ll never forget! (Editorial Review from Amazon.com)

Full article here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/the-violent-kind-2010

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

One remaining Book Signing

One last book signing is arranged for Sat., May 21 from 10 till noon at WALGREENS in Highland. Both books will be available (w/free coordinating bookmarks). Keep in mind that Walgreens stocks signed copies (w/bookmarks) of the books so you're able to pop in there anytime and buy them! Box TV & Video in Highland also has the same situation with stocking my books!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Misc. Stuff

Listening to Hootie & the Blowfish - Let Her Cry, waiting on several book reviews of Unknown Scent sometime over the next month or so, contemplating speaking engagements, organized notes on next book, sick of rain because our yard is a jungle now, toying with trip to Montana (not too promising) sometime over the next 6 months, preparing for withdrawal symptoms after my TV shows all finish their finales for the season.

Monday, May 9, 2011

New article on "Black Death" - DVD

New article I've written on Black Death (2010):

Sean Bean - perfectly picked for the part of a warrior knight!!!

Synopsis: Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk (that is NOT Sean Bean!) is tasked with learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.

R rating - 97 min - Adventure | Drama | Mystery - DVD Released on May 10, 2011 (USA)

Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) voters gave Black Death a rating of 6.5 out of a 10. Although that rating seems deceiving as the majority of the reviews I've read seem to be giving this movie a higher rating than 6.5. Who knows!?

Full article:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/black-death-2010

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Amazon or B&N reviews

I sincerely appreciate those readers who go to Amazon or B&N and post their reviews! These are important for capturing the attention of bookstores, libraries, future readers, etc. Thanks!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Unknown Scent available for Kindle

Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2 is NOW available in eBook format for the Amazon Kindle. After about one month of the paperback being released, for those interested in the eBook, go to Amazon & search for me, the book, or CLICK HERE:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Reminder-Book Signing on Saturday

Don't forget - I have a book selling and signing at:

Pizza Man, 611 Edw. Rd., Troy – Sat., May 7, 11 – 1.

Both of my books will be available for sale. Includes free coordinating bookmarks. Buy both books (Unknown Touch and Unknown Scent) for a special $3.50 OFF the two!

New article I've compiled on "Priest"

Priest (2011) - Storyline: a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Written by Screen Gems)

To read full article, go here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/priest-2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

FAQ Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2

Now that Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book Two has been released into the world over a month ago and more people have had a chance to read it, I just want to remind those looking for more "answers" to go to my FAQ Page at my website. It has spoilers so if you haven't read the books - don't read the FAQ!
http://ginamarielong.com/FAQUnknownScent.aspx

Monday, May 2, 2011

New Article on "The Green Hornet" on DVD

New article I've written on The Green Hornet  (2011) on DVD:

Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team. (Brief synopsis)

PG-13, 119 min - Action | Comedy | Crime   - January 14, 2011 (USA) released in theaters. Available on DVD and Blu-ray on May 3, 2011.

Special DVD Features:  Filmmakers' Commentary, "Awesoom"-Gag Reel, Writing The Green Hornet, The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool.

Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) Voters gave The Green Hornet a score of 6.2 out of a 10 with 28,764 votes.

Read article here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/the-green-hornet-2011-on-dvd