Monday, June 27, 2011

My latest article on Season of the Witch

My latest article on Season of the Witch (2011-DVD) Comments:

Synopsis: 14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks will decide if her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.
Read full article here, complete with my comments AS I watch the movie:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/season-of-the-witch-2011-dvd-comments

Sunday, June 26, 2011

True Blood tonight

I posted this on my Paranormal Entertainment blog and decided I wanted it on my author blog, too:

I am in True Blood bliss! Just finished watching the dvd collection for Season 3 last night. Awesome! And of course numerous questions!! Tonight, Season 4 starts and I actually HAVE HBO now!! I called Dish Network this morning and received a "special" from them. So, I don't have to wait till next YEAR when the dvd's come out before I can finally watch Season 4! What a treat - to have literally wrapped up the finale last night and then to start with the premiere tonight - everything is completely fresh in my brain!

Some questions/comments I have: if Sookie's blood is half human and half fae (fairy) wouldn't that mean her brother, Jason, is also part fairy?! And what about Jason's comments in the hospital a few episodes back about Sookie NOT being born in a hospital & that he remembers her being born...I thought he was YOUNGER than her. Maybe I'm wrong on that. Even if he is older, he would NOT remember her birth! And that one fairy telling Sookie something about her parents and their death...something about Sookie shouldn't fear the water...that's not what "took" her parents!!?? Which side of the family had fairy in it -- was it her Gram's side (the one that died)?

Can't believe Tara cut her hair off at the end of the season...but understand the point of her needing to "change" her life. Watching her drive off into the night alone...I wondered what would be in store for her in the next season - and if she would return or if that was her exit from the show! She had a devastating chain of events (again) that she lived through...I actually thought it was worse than what Sookie dealt with in some ways!

And to find out Bill had set Sookie up to get beaten in the first season, first episode so he could rush in and "save" her...all to manipulate her...I about fell off my couch! Sure, he seems to have truly fallen in love with her and wants to protect her...but wow - the look on her face of betrayal when Eric (covered in cement) arrived at her doorstep to spill the beans of Bill's initial intentions when those two met...working undercover for the Queen Sophie (that's her name, right?) to find out exactly what Sookie was/is.

I kept expecting Alcide to show up on Sookie's doorstep at the end...instead she steps into the fairy realm and who knows what happened then?

Many, many more thoughts...not enough time to type them now...My heart is pounding with excitement to watch True Blood tonight!

Friday, June 24, 2011

My latest article on The Adjustment Bureau - Trivia

My latest article is on The Adjustment Bureau Trivia.
Example:  Damon wears a baseball cap with the letter "F," standing for Fordham University where some of the movie was filmed.

Stars:  Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Florence Kastriner.

Read full article:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/the-adjustment-bureau-trivia

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Speech, True Blood, Time

My speech on Monday night went well--satisfying to talk about writing business stuff to other writers! 

Halfway through Season 3 of True Blood dvds and loving it! I think this season is better than Season 2.

I really need to re-focus and re-organize my brain. I've spent too much time on networking, promo, research, joining writing groups, etc. (all important!) but need to get back to WRITING! This internet is my friend and my enemy  -  I am majorly distracted by it (time suck)...but am addicted to it, too!

Such is  my life...

Monday, June 20, 2011

My latest article on Red Riding Hood

My latest article:  Red Riding Hood (2011) Trivia
 
TRIVIA:
>At the very beginning during the flyover of the village, not one tree is rustling yet there is enough wind to turn the windmill.
>Taylor Lautner was considered for the role of Peter.

FULL ARTICLE HERE:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/red-riding-hood-2011-trivia

Friday, June 17, 2011

New article on Green Lantern

My latest article...
Green Lantern (2011) Info, Trivia - A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
Read full article here:

http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/green-lantern-2011-info-trivia

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Speech - Speech!

I'm a guest speaker for The Highland League of Writers Group in Highland, Illinois on Monday, June 20, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. Location: Korte Recreation Center in Highland, 2nd floor in Room 1. It's free! My speech will last 1 hour and afterwards I'll sign/sell my books to interested people. The writing group is always looking for new members and it's free to join. I'll be speaking about writing topics such as: query letters, the publishing choices, self-publishing, cover art, social networking and more.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Super Summer Sci-Fi & Supernatural Movies - my latest article

Super Summer Sci-Fi & Supernatural Movies --

Here's the lowdown on the showdown of the June - August Sci-Fi and Supernatural Movie Releases...
My latest article can be read here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/super-summer-sci-fi-and-supernatural-movies

Friday, June 10, 2011

5 Star Reviews for Unknown Scent!

Several 5 star reviews are posted at Amazon for my book Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2.
Can be read here or below: 

Here's the latest:
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Review by Patricia Foltz of Way2Kool Reviews

Unknown Scent is about a werewolf Daniel, a vampire Josiah, a psychic Kara, who has the ability to manipulate someone’’s mind, and her best friend Dominic who also is a psychic along with telekinetic powers. They all have the power to talk to each other through telepathy. Daniel is Kara’’s boyfriend and Dom is also in love with Kara. Kara is considering the idea of becoming a werewolf. Dominic is totally against it.

Together they are part of the Liaison team, a group of beings and human people who take care of the evil in the world, funded by a scientist name Eli. In this series they are after black magic witches who are trying to raise a demon. Daniel and his pack were cursed back in 1693 by black magic witches and have sworn revenge.

This book was such an exciting read. I wish I had read the first book and can’’t wait to read the next one. We all think of werewolves and vampires as being evil murderers, but not so in this story. The author Gina Marie Long has made them into the good guys who hurt, love and care just like the rest of us humans.

If you like the author Laurell Hamilton and the Anita Blake series then you will love Gina Marie Long and the Werewolf Series. I could see this as a television series, where the Liaison team go out each week and fight evil. I think it would be original and an exciting show to watch. And original is something we need on television.

If I could I would give 6 stars. Best read of the year so far, and I have read a lot of good books this year.

Additional comments from Cindy Evans:
I really like this story. Even if you didn’’t read the first book in the series you were able to understand what is going on. The writer really pulls you into the story and makes you feel for the characters. I can’’t wait for the next book to come out in the series.
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Now isn't that so cool?!?! I LOVE these reviews! Tears in my eyes again!!

Super 8 - summer blockbuster I would bet!

Super 8 (2011) - My latest speculative fiction article...

After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.

Read full article here:

http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/super-8-2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Criticism, Quake, Temps, Lost

How's that for the subject title line? Concerning criticism - I noticed I don't give bad reviews very often. That covers movies, TV shows and books. I think for the most part, I'm able to see the entertainment in whatever I'm trying to be entertained by! Of course I don't believe everything I watch or read to be a 5 star review...but even what I consider 3 and 4 star material I'm able to enjoy it without tearing it apart. What made me think of this criticism topic? Well - I subscribe to (but probably not for much longer) and receive emails from a person who covers/reviews/discusses movies. I rarely read the full articles, just skim over the opening sentences. I swear this person criticizes almost all the movies chosen for their articles! Anyway...

Near Sullivan, MO around 3 A.M.-ish this morning, an earthquake rattled people with a magnitude of 4.2. I live near St. Louis, MO but slept right through it! My husband "thinks" he felt a sensation that mildly woke him around that time.

It's HOT! Like 95 - 98 degrees hot!!!

I am once again going to research the true meaning behind the "Lost" series finale. We were so disappointed and confused by the ending as we watched it on TV and are currently watching the DVD set we bought of the last season. We're REALLY picking up clues - mostly verbal stuff - that I'm sure we didn't catch the first time around...about death, dying, things aren't what they seem, etc.  But even so, I'm still sitting on the couch scratching my head. It's pretty bad, too, when I wake up the next morning and as I'm taking a shower I start re-hashing and trying to put together the pieces of Lost! Then my husband wakes up, waddles to the kitchen and announces he had a dream with Claire in it! Hmm...Well, anyway, those bonus features included with the set better do some major explaining!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Psyched about Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)-coming in August

I am beyond excited about this new movie coming in August. I was having a difficult time choosing what to write about for my speculative fiction - movies - article (for my Examiner page) today. Then I stumbled upon the info for this movie and almost jumped out of my seat!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011): An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
>Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a reboot to the original Planet of the Apes film series. The continuity will be a new start.

Read full article here: http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-2011

I'm feeling the urge to buy all the original movies after writing this article!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Summer TV Shows I'm Going to Watch

Several exciting TV shows falling into the genres of sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal are about to hit the screen for summertime entertainment. Perhaps the withdrawal I experience from the hiatus of my winter season shows will disappear as I'll be tuning in to the following: Falling Skies, Teen Wolf, Outcasts (a little iffy), Alphas, and Torchwood: Miracle Day.

And I'll be able to watch Torchwood only because Dish Network handed out 1 free year of Starz (probably due to the ordeal from last fall with NO FX [& a few other channels] for about a month & this was their way of saying they're sorry). Outcasts is iffy because I read it was canceled after only one 8-episode season in Britain. Seems like that happens A LOT with BBC shows, especially ones I start to watch on Saturday nights & enjoy. When the next season is due to start - they're gone, off the radar, dead, canceled!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

New article I've written on Awesome Vampire Movies of All Time!

Popular Vampire Movies - Also referred to as: best, favorite, well-known, top-grossing vampire movies of all time.  Although some fans prefer to sink their fangs into vampire movies made in the last 30 - 40 years (or much less) and to steer clear of the old black and whites. And rules on what counts as a vampire flick are part of the equation…you'd think that should be easy to figure out!
Read full article here:
http://www.examiner.com/speculative-fiction-in-st-louis/best-vampire-movies

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

5 Star Reviews; Grandpa's Comment

Woohoo! Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2 has several 5 star reviews on both Amazon and B&N! Love it! If you're reading this and still haven't gotten the book, I am going to beat you with a wet noodle!

On a less visual thought, my 83 year old Grandpa has read both books in my Werewolf Series. How strange! He commented yesterday that he had to stop reading Book 2 for a few weeks because he couldn't handle his granddaughter having to go through all that stuff...I paused & thought about what the heck he was talking about and then replied, "The girl in the books is NOT ME!! The character may have some of my quirks but also some of my husband's personality plus other traits I picked up from who knows where!"  He said he knew that...but it still "sounded" like me "talking" in the story. Isn't that wild?!