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.
Hang in there and stay tuned… 🙂
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.
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!
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,
“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.
This is so weird, I can’t believe I’m doing it. Ten minutes ago I thought of the idea, chuckled, shook my head, and thought, “Why not?” It’s my blog. It IS related to my genre of writing. And it sounds fun! It was not easy finding all these images, so be sure to use your imagination a bit!
Okay. Could you figure out what supernatural/fantasy being/creature these feet belong to? Here are the answers:
If you have a cat or dog or any other kind of pet, I’m sure you can relate to this fun, heartwarming post. Admit it. You really do love your pet, don’t you? He/she is a part of your family. You might even love your furry friend (or feathered or whatever…for the sake of this post, I’ll stick with pets with fur like dogs and cats) more than you do many humans. Yep, some of you are nodding in agreement.
That adorable cat photo you’re gazing at happens to be my baby Jessie. I tell her daily how much I love her. I don’t know why, but I suddenly have tears in my eyes right now. She wandered into my yard almost two years ago. She was starving, thin, unique looking with her tortoiseshell features and craving attention.
|Jessie-before she officially became our housecat-begging for love.|
I originally poo-pooed the notion of watching this new television show due out in the fall. I love my vampires, werewolves, witches and other demon-y things that belong to the world of the supernatural. But…another show about vampires? Would the viewing audience, me included, welcome yet one more series focused on these blood-thirsty, mesmerizing, physically and mentally powerful creatures?
Well, I made my final decision today. I’m watching it, right after I watch another favorite, “Grimm”.
|image credit: NBC.com|
I did my research. Which tends to be lengthy. Don’t worry, I’ll keep this as short as possible. It seems people are experiencing information overload nowadays. Hmm…don’t understand why. HA!
Okay, here’s the synopsis from NBC:
Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world’s most iconic characters.
It’s the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night – useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
From the producers of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning hit “Downton Abbey” comes “Dracula,” a twisted, sophisticated and sexy take on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, proving that some stories never die.
I am concerned with it being set in the late 19th century and how the younger viewing audience will accept that…if they’re okay with the story played out in the past or indifferent or will become bored without seeing modern things on the screen. But, this makes it unique, which equals something different. And we like that.
And if you watch the trailer as I did, you’ll realize there seems to be a heavy-duty plot in place. Real content. A story probably adults will be more drawn to, and less zeroing in on vampire horror and gore and teenage antics. Although, I did notice the trailer suggests the whole vampire “fun stuff” isn’t ignored, either. Yay!
SERIES PREMIERE — Dracula — OCTOBER 25, 2013, FRIDAYS 10/9c.
I’m there. Will you be? Feel free to comment. In fact, would someone PLEASE comment!?
That is all,
My memory sucks. And my comprehension is sometimes sluggish. I love MTV’s “Teen Wolf”, but I feel I need a refresher course on the show’s story lines. I find myself sitting on the couch, scrunching my face and tilting my head, staring blankly from the TV to my husband trying to understand something. Or trying to recall some plot point from previous episodes or even the previous seasons.
And in my frustration, I’ve typed down my burning, driving-me-nuts questions about “Teen Wolf”.
I’m not completely lost, although the following would make you believe I am. Several of the questions are more or less to confirm, refresh or clarify my frazzled, information-overloaded, distracted by shiny things brain.
Here are the 10 Questions. Would someone set me straight (and anyone else who’s a tad bit lost on the series)?
1) Who turned Scott into a werewolf?
2) Does Lydia has supernatural powers of some sort?
3) Did Allison and her dad completely stop werewolf hunting? And if so, why?
4) Does Stiles’s Dad know about werewolves and other beings?
5) Do we know WHAT or WHO the veterinarian dude (Scott’s boss) really is?
6) Didn’t Allison’s grandpa die? What was the black stuff drooling out of his mouth and nose?
7) So, is a Druid doing all of the sacrifices this season? Or is someone following certain Druid practices/methods? And why?
8) The blind Alpha werewolf, Deucalion is his name? Refresh us on what his plan is…
9) Who is it that Derek seems to be falling for? A teacher? How did he meet her?
10) Are there any other important plot points we need to keep in our brains?
|I love these guys!|
During the summer months I do not watch nearly as many TV shows as I do in the fall/winter season. This is likely true for you, too.
I always have mixed feelings when all my favorite fall/winter programs air their finales in spring. There is this sadness, like a weird type of withdrawal, knowing I won’t be able to watch these shows for MONTHS. Premieres usually fire up September through November and that is just so far away. I actually FORGET (how dare I?!) some of the highlights of what happened in the previous season. I appreciate when show makers give us a quick review to jog our overloaded brains right before the new premiere starts.
In the meantime…I do manage to find several summer shows to entertain me. Of course, the majority fall under my genre of writing. But not all.
Here are my summertime TV shows:
“Defiance” – not really considered a summer show, but it’s still airing new stuff for another week. And hey-we ARE in July now! Love the characters, interesting aliens, location in St. Louis (right next to me), many mysteries, great alien makeup, very cool how there’s the matching video game. What IS Irisa and how is she connected with that gold thingy?
“Under the Dome” – definitely caught my attention. It IS Stephen King! Wow-talk about mysteries and questions and a “Lost” feel to it. What is with the propane tanks?! And who or what created the dome over the city? What was that dude Barbie wanting from the doctor (the reporter’s husband) and ends up killing him over it (although it seemed sorta accidental)? Why did a couple of those teenagers collapse and mutter “the stars are falling in line”?
“Teen Wolf” – I’ve been watching this since it started in 2011, and have sometimes had a hard time staying awake. But the actors and the storyline kept me hanging in there. Scott, the main character, looks better with his latest haircut this year. Everyone has really fallen into a wonderful rhythm with their acting and the character Stiles is hilarious!
“My Cat From Hell” – with Jackson Galaxy. A one hour episode with two different cat behavior problems explored and basically resolved. Love it. I think I cry every week – but it’s usually happy, relieved, good feeling tears. I want all those cat toys he has!
“True Blood” – Holy cow! Or vampire, werewolf, shifter, demon, fairy, ghost, who knows! Constant shocks, lots of story lines (sometimes too many to keep track of), superb acting, the regular actors are so at ease with their characters making them believable and uber fun to watch, humor thrown in (Andy, Jason, Lafayette), hunky guys (Jason, Eric, Alcide, Bill, Sam), strong female characters (Sookie, Jessica, Pam, Tara)…And now we have the beginnings of a war between the humans and the vampires (and perhaps other supernaturals if they are found out). I’m already hyper-ventilating!
OK…those are the main shows I’m watching now. Sometimes I’ll catch these:
“America’s Got Talent”
What are YOU watching this summer? Feel free to comment!
That is all…